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September 20, 2017

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Will bottle of beer in Las Vegas featured on ‘Brew Dogs’ break $17,000 record?



James Watt and Martin Dickie.

Until now, a bottle of beer rescued from the ill-fated Hindenburg flight holds the world record selling at $17,000. That record could be broken Tuesday night here at Trump International hotel.

TV cameras from “Brew Dogs,” now in Season 2 on the Esquire Network (formerly Style), will record the frenzied bidding at a tasting party with Scottish stars and co-hosts James Watt and Martin Dickie supervising the action.

The magnum of beer will be showcased in an incredible glass bottle blown by Chicago artist John Miller. The golden stout with white chocolate hops has been brewing for two weeks at Tenaya Creek craft brewery here.

James and Martin were filmed over the weekend, out of sequence, at Brett Ottolenghi’s high-roller Artisanal Foods store near McCarran Airport.

I made a caviar-tasting cameo as the hosts purchased an expensive selection of vanilla beans, saffron, coffee beans, black winter truffle, purified water from New Zealand and $110 jars of gold flakes, which went into the brewing process.

We’ll have a separate story later about the secret Artisanal Foods suppliers to the Strip’s high rollers and five-star restaurants.

During the first season of shows, James and Martin filmed in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle, Portland and Boston. This new season in addition to Las Vegas, they will film in Maui, Juneau, Alaska, and Durham, N.C. in search of the best beers in the world.

“In each place, we make a beer that’s never been brewed before,” explained James.

“Las Vegas has become a real center for craft beers in the past few months,” Martin told me. They own the brewery Brew Dog in Scotland and will open their first Brew Dog bar this year.

“We’ve fallen in love with Las Vegas, so it would be nice to open one here eventually,” he added.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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