The Tacos | Hopped Taco Throwdown

the TACOS

Hopped Taco Throwdown gathers the best and most innovative chefs from all of Las Vegas who normally don’t create tacos to step out of their comfort zones for one goal: to create a few dozen eccentric tacos and earn the title of Hopped Taco Champion.

Chefs will compete in three categories:

Hopped Taco – best beer-infused taco

Taco Loco – most creative taco

Taco Dulce – best sweet/dessert taco

the WINNERS

Taco Dolce WinnerChef Geno Bernardo

Taco Dolce

Pizzelle, Philly Cheese Cake, Oculto & Strawberry Granita

Taco Loco WinnerChef Jamie Tran

Taco De La Chinois

Tuna and Salmon Tartare Taco with Micro Cilantro, Spicy Jalapenño Sauce, Tobiko, on a Crispy Salmon Skin Shell.

Hopped Taco WinnerChef Sterling Buckley

Beer Belly

Beer Braised Pork Belly, Drunk Pickles & Magic

the RESTAURANTS (MORE TO FOLLOW)

Featuring Chef Jamie Tran

La Vaca Borracha

Braised Short Rib Taco with Housemade Pickles, Fresh Herbs, On a Mole Tortilla

Taco De La Chinois

Tuna and Salmon Tartare Taco with Micro Cilantro, Spicy Jalapenño Sauce, Tobiko, on a Crispy Salmon Skin Shell.

Featuring Chef Carlos Vejar

Cerveza Asada

Charred Steak, Lime, Chili, Cilantro

Drunk, Drunk, Goose

Spit Roasted Goose,El Jefe Mole, Blue Corn Tortillas

 

Featuring Chef Dalton Wilson

H-angry Heffers

Jerk Pork Leg Taco, Beer BBQ Sweet Tangy Sauce Garnish with Crispy Fried Onion Straws with Corn Tortilla

Dalton’s 99 Problems and a Brisket Ain’t One

Red Stripe Beer slow Roasted Brisket Taco, Jicama Cilantro Lime Slaw with Corn/Plantain tortilla Infused with Beer

Featuring Chef Nicholas Aoki

The Drunk Rabbit

Lager Braised Rabbit, Jicama, Passion Fruit, Summer Truffle

Where Am I?

Crispy Pork Katsu, Banh Mi Slaw, Cilantro Crema

Featuring Chef Erik Wepfer

On A Beach in Baja

Beer Battered Striped Bass, Avocado Crema, Caramelized Lime

Silly Wabbit

Nduja Braised Rabbit, Charred Pineapple/Strawberry Salsa

Featuring Chef Stephen Lasala

Hopped Up Pig Ears

Crispy Pig Ears, Cilantro, Chili, Lime

The Charred Puss

Charcoaled Octopus, Orange, Fennel

Featuring Chef John Simmons

IPA Puerco en Chile Verde Taco

Pork Braised in IPA with Tomatillo and Chilis, Served with Chicharron on a Yellow Tortilla

“Reuben” Taco

Duck Pastrami Taco on a Rye Flour Tortilla with Hopped Celery Root Slaw and Chipotle Thousand Island

Choco Taco

Churro Taco Shell with Horchata Ice Cream, Barley Wine Dulce de Leche, Candied Malted Barley, and Chocolate Drizzle

Featuring Chef Bryan Forgione

The Smokin’ Shorty

Beer basted smoked short rib, chiliale hottish, masa fry bread, chimi-verde

The Italian Stallion

Crispy Salumi Taco Shell, Pecorino Toscano, Olive & Fennel Salsa, Pepperocini

How you Like Dem Apples

Caramel Apple, Sweet Cream, Toasted Peanuts, Cannoli Taco Shell

Featuring Chef Josh Clark

Mi Corozon Baracho

Cerveza Marinated Duck Heart, Pineapple Pico, Nuts n’ Skin, Scallion, Habanero Beer Foam, Spent grain Tortilla

Plato de Queso

Crispy Oaxaca, Smoked Almond, Fruit Textures, Honey, Cilantro, Chile

Mouss – Aco

Ground lamb and eggplant, green chille bechamel with manzano escabeche

Featuring Chef Sterling Buckley

Beer Belly

Beer Braised Pork Belly, Drunk Pickles & Magic

Oh Not So Sweet

Crispy Sweet Breads, Guiancale, Marmalade

Featuring Chef Geno Bernardo

Borracho Italiano

Bonanza Brown Ale Pizza Dough, Shaved Porchetta, Rapini, Beer Vinegar

Taco Dolce

Pizzelle, Philly Cheese Cake, Oculto & Strawberry Granita