Podcast Episode 354: No Limits! Dave Pascual of Big Dogs Plays His Medal-Winning Cards Close to the Vest

With 10 GABF medals (including four golds) and three World Beer Cup medals (two more golds) to their name, this Las Vegas brewery has cracked the competition code and figured out how to win big.

Jamie Bogner Apr 12, 2024 - 6 min read

Podcast Episode 354: No Limits! Dave Pascual of Big Dogs Plays His Medal-Winning Cards Close to the Vest Primary Image

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Dave Pascual, head brewer for longtime Las Vegas brewery Big Dog’s, takes a methodical approach to running the brewhouse, even if it doesn’t feel out-of-the-ordinary to this longtime brewer. Running a clean and organized brewery is just how it’s done. Despite how obvious some of these little things may appear, it’s the sum of all those professional details that’s helped cement Big Dog’s legacy as a consistent award winner in categories as diverse as English-Style Brown Ale and Belgian-Style Tripel.

In this episode, Pascual discusses his approach to creating recipes and brewing award-winning beers, including:

  • brewing light lager with two-row instead of pilsner
  • tasting and comparing, consistently
  • dialing in hops in very light lagers
  • building a full-spectrum malt bill for brown ale
  • achieving pleasant fermentation notes in Belgian-style beers
  • changing medal-winning recipes
  • wood-aging barleywine
  • building a team that consistently focuses on excellence

And more.

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