Mojave Brewing Company makes friends on Water Street
One of the things that separates Henderson’s Water Street area from other pedestrian areas teeming with bars, shops and restaurants is its neighborhood character. You feel like a regular even if it’s your first time visiting one of these welcoming businesses, and that’s especially true at Mojave Brewing Company.
This place said hello to me, mostly because of its tasty and creative beers, some of which are named after my favorite pop culture nostalgia. How not to enjoy Almost Famous Porter Toasted or Point Break West Coast IPA Hoppy?
âOne of the wilds that I thought were seasonal, but I can’t turn off the tap, because too many people would complain, is Shotgun Wedding Lager with Raspberry and Peppers,â says co-owner and brewer John âGriffâ Griffith . âIt really sets off the switches for a number of our regulars. “
Griffith and his business partner Nate Carney, both former CCSD educators, opened Mojave on February 2, 2020, running for six weeks before COVID hit. As locals returned to their favorite watering holes more regularly this year, many have discovered this one-of-a-kind brewery and auction house in a former Bank of America building that fits hand-in-hand into the rebirth of Water Street.
âI’m a kid from Michigan and I have a kind of small town mentality. Even though Henderson isn’t a small town, you still wave your neighbor over here and see what we can do to help each other, âsays Griffith. âNo one is ruthless on Water Street. There’s this rising tide, all the bloating is floating higher.
As for beers, they are everywhere, and that is intentional. Right now you’ll find seasonal holiday specials alongside top sellers like Skrogzilla Blonde Ale, and then there’s wild creativity at play with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Fruity Pebbles beers, because what a beer drinker doesn’t. not want to remember the Saturday morning cartoons with a big bowl of cereal?
âWe take care to respect traditional styles when adopting a traditional style,â says Griffith. “But when we make an experimental beer, there are no restrictions.”
Mojave is betting on big beers for the cold season, aging some beers in bourbon casks after New Years Eve. The next Russian Imperial stout will be the first to exceed 11% ABV. And the brewery’s One More series continues from Mexican lager Uno Mas and Oktoberfest KÃ¶lsch Einer Noch with a future Japanese-style lager. Yes, it will be called Mohitotsu, or something like that.
I’ll be back to try it out and see if Griffith names a third beer after a Patrick Swayze movie. I had the Point Break and the Red Dawn IPA rouge.
âAt the very least, it’s a talking point,â Griffith says. “Maybe you feel comfortable, if you know this movie, to try a new beer.”
MOJAVE BREWING COMPANY 107 S. Water Street # 100, 725-204-1387. Monday-Thursday, 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 2 pm-10pm; Saturday, 12 pm-10pm; Sunday, noon-7 p.m.