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January 16, 2018

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Las Vegas’ Tenaya Creek Brewery lays claim to most expensive bottle of beer



James Watt and Martin Dickie.

Thanks to female bartenders at Fremont Street’s Atomic Lounge, our city’s oldest bar, Las Vegas can now claim to own the most expensive bottle of beer ever brewed.

I reported Monday that Esquire Network’s “Brew Dogs” filmed segments at Tenaya Creek Brewery and Artisanal Foods near McCarran Airport for the program hosted by James Watt and Martin Dickie.

James and Martin decided that a bottle of commercially made Lowenbrau saved from the ill-fated Hindenburg airship that sold for $17,000 did not qualify for the craft beer record. That turned out to be another bottle of beer sold for $2,330 last year.

For two weeks, the craft brewery’s beer with its expensive ingredients from Artisanal Foods was brewed quietly in the famous “Rain Man” suite at Caesars Palace for the TV filming.

Then Tuesday night, the liter and a half beer in a beautiful magnum-sized glass-blown bottle inside a glass attache case was moved to Donald Trump’s penthouse suite at his International Hotel here to be auctioned.

I was asked to help James and Martin with the auction after they decided to donate the proceeds in full to our charity Keep Memory Alive at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Dozens of hands went up in the air as we moved the spirited bidding along in $250 increments. Would we set a new world record? Atomic Bar manager Rose Signor was bidding against two others as we closed in on $2,300.

She quickly recruited two of her female bartenders, and the price soared. At $3,000, James joined the girls with his contribution to beat out one other remaining bidder. As it went higher, I chipped in, too, and joined the Atomic girls. At $3,500, our rival folded, and we won the beer.

Each of the five of us agreed to pay $700 apiece to claim the new world record for Las Vegas. The rare and unique beer, with gold flakes, will go on display at Atomic for a few days until we can organize a party there this month for us to drink its delights.

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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