Bob Barnes

Editorial Director

Bob Barnes is a native Las Vegan, editorial director of The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional, regional correspondent for Celebrator Beer News and covers the LV restaurant scene for Gayot.com. He welcomes your inquiries.

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Product Review

Notorious Pink Rosé Once regarded as an unsophisticated drink for those just wanting to drink something sweet, in recent years Rosé has enjoyed a surge in popularity. According to a Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Nov 1, 2017

Product Review

Patrón Extra Añejo  The Jalisco, Mexico-based Patrón has introduced its first new addition to its core range of tequilas in 25 years: Patrón Extra Añejo. Crafted from Mexico’s highest-quality 100% Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Oct 1, 2017

Dining at the Beach

The word driftwood refers to lumber that has drifted onto the shoreline. Driftwood Kitchen is well named, as it could not be much closer to the surf and sand Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Sep 1, 2017

Product Review

Founders DKMLI’m old enough to remember when all malt liquors were bland renditions of a high alcohol beer that you drank to accelerate getting your buzz on. I’ve honestly Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Sep 1, 2017

Coastal Kitchen

From Historic Gas Station Diner to Modern Day EateryIn June 2016 Owners Christina and Mike Grant were fueled by their passion for food and a love of hospitality when Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Aug 2, 2017

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

Lone Tree Brewing Cucumber WheatLone Tree Brewing Company opened in 2011 and is named for the city in Colorado it is located in. It is now canning its Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Aug 1, 2017

Product Review

Just SpicesJust Spices, a German-based company, has a mission to emotionalize the often-dusty, cupboard-restricted world of spices, as the right spices can make a huge difference in making cooking Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Aug 1, 2017

Product Review

Grill DaddyNow with summer in full swing, chances are your BBQ is getting a workout, which also brings the chore of cleaning the grill. The Grill Daddy Brush Company, Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Jul 1, 2017

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

Summer is a time of harvest and with warmer temperatures, beers that are easy drinking and refreshing. Fruit beers come to the forefront, but I want to dispel the Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Jun 1, 2017

Epicurean Affair

The Epicurean Affair, held at The Palazzo Pools on May 25, is one of Las Vegas’ premiere culinary events, and a chance to sample the best from more than Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Jun 1, 2017

Product Review

RiceSelect Organic Pearl CouscousRiceSelect recently launched Organic Pearl Couscous and is the first company to produce couscous in the US and the first in the world to commercially make Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Jun 1, 2017

Behind the Scenes at Power of Love®

Imagine presenting a gourmet meal for 1,500 of your best friends, prepared by some of the top celebrity chefs in the world and paired with world-class wines selected by Read more ›

Bob Barnes on May 2, 2017

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

When I think of Australian beer, Foster’s usually comes to mind. Now that I’ve discovered the handcrafted beers from the aptly named Australian Brewery, that is about to change, Read more ›

Bob Barnes on May 1, 2017

Product Review

49th Parallel VodkaAdmittedly I’ve never been a big fan of vodka, but after tasting 49th Parallel Vodka that has changed. Truthfully, I’d never tried a vodka this smooth and Read more ›

Bob Barnes on May 1, 2017

Pizza Expo and Nightclub & Bar

Pizza Expo and Nightclub & Bar Rocks the Town During Its Annual Conventions at the Las Vegas Convention CenterThese two conventions are one of the highlights of the Read more ›

Bob Barnes on May 1, 2017

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

The Bruery Chocolate RainMembers of The Bruery’s Society Members and Preservation Society clubs with an annual membership fee that allows members to purchase rare, special beers not available to Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Apr 1, 2017

Product Review

HyperChiller Recently I reported on a product for commercial bars and restaurants that could rapidly chill spirits. Now I have found one you can use at home. Called Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Apr 1, 2017

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

Reuben’s Brews Blimey That’s BitterTriple IPAThe name of this beer brings to mind the Keystone Light commercials that aired in the 1990s lambasting craft beer by depicting the bitter Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Mar 1, 2017

Book Review

100 THINGS TO DO IN LAS VEGAS BEFORE YOU DIE by Laura Carroll and Adam Kealoha CauseyPart of the 100 Things to Do Before You Die book series, both Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Mar 1, 2017

Product Review

Rao’s Specialty FoodsThe iconic Rao’s has been pleasing lovers of Italian cuisine in NYC since 1896 and was featured on our January issue cover in celebration of its Caesar’s Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Mar 1, 2017

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Presents 5th Annual Splash into the Season 2017

On a cold winter’s day in February, with the day’s high topping out in the 50s, the last thing I was thinking about was summer. That is, until I Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Feb 2, 2017

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

Upslope Brewing CompanyCitra Pale AleThe Boulder, CO-based Upslope Brewing Company has introduced this very tropical fruit aroma pale ale, which on Feb. 1 replaces its first beer released eight Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Feb 1, 2017

Book Review

Virgil’s Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook—The Best Barbecue From Around the Country Without Ever Leaving Your Backyard By Neil Corman with Chris PetersonIf you’ve already made your way out to Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Feb 1, 2017

Product Review

Zabov ZabaglioneThis traditional Italian liqueur commonly starts with a base of advocaat, an eggnog-like brandy liqueur popular in the Netherlands, Belgium, southern Germany and Austria. Made since 1946 by Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Feb 1, 2017

Rao’s Celebrates a Decade of Excellence and Longevity

Rao’s, one of our nation’s oldest family-owned and -operated restaurants, located at 455 East 114th Street in East Harlem, was founded in 1896 by Charles Rao, and is still Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Jan 2, 2017

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout for 2015First brewed in 1992 in commemoration of Goose Island’s 1,000th batch at the original Clybourn brewpub in Chicago, this Imperial Stout Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Jan 1, 2017

Book Review

Now with the number of breweries in the US setting new records every day which at last count topped 5,000 and yearly beer sales in the US topping more Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Jan 1, 2017

Product Review

Cognac de Collection Jean Grosperrin Petite Champagne VSOP Cognac, named after the town of Cognac, France, is a variety of brandy produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Jan 1, 2017

A Dragon Rises

Situated at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino celebrated its grand opening on Dec. 3 and is the first Vegas casino resort Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Dec 2, 2016

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

Holiday Ales, also called Winter Warmers, typically appear around the prelude to winter and are usually robust malty ales. While in past years, most were infused with some of Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Dec 1, 2016

Book Review

More than just a cookbook, the title refers to the travels of the two authors as the book chronicles the voyages of Chefs Bernard Guillas and Ron Oliver of Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Dec 1, 2016

Product Review

PAUL JOHN INDIAN SINGLE MALTWell-known for years in India where it is distilled, Paul John released their range of award-winning single malts in 2012 and its whiskies are now Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Dec 1, 2016

Room with a View: La Jolla Shores Hotel

Originally opened in 1970 as the Sea Lodge Hotel, the three-story 128-room family-owned and -operated La Jolla Shores Hotel is one of the few in San Diego situated directly Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Nov 2, 2016

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

CraftHausBelgard Coffee Stout Beers made with coffee have been catching on in recent years, and while I have tasted quite a few coffee-infused beers over the past few years, Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Nov 1, 2016

Product Review

Fizzics Transforming Canned or Bottled Beer to DraftBy Bob BarnesThose of you who watch Shark Tankshould be already familiar with Fizzics, a machine that uses patent-pending fluid & sound Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Nov 1, 2016

Product Review

The Wine HookLast month I was sent a sample of The Wine Hook, a cute little device intended to secure a wine glass to a chair with an armrest. Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Oct 1, 2016

Book Review

I was initially drawn to check out this book by its title alone. Being both a history buff and a student of spirits, I saw an opportunity to explore Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Oct 1, 2016

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

Stone Citracado IPASomeone just had a birthday and that someone is Stone Brewing! The brewery which just turned 20 years old is now one of the largest craft breweries Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Sep 1, 2016

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

Meyer Lemon Lager & Mango WheatFruit beer styles have grown at 81% by volume in the US, evidence that consumers continue to crave fruity brews. Anchor Brewing, known for Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Aug 1, 2016

Product Review

The Bitter TruthIf you know me at all you are aware that I like products that are out of the ordinary and like to experiment. The Bitter Truth fit Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Aug 1, 2016

California Beer Tripping

Pretty much everyone in the know is aware of the exploding beer scene in San Diego. Now it’s time to set our sights on the bourgeoning beer activity taking Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Aug 1, 2016

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

Victory Brewing Company Cage Radler3% ABVFor many years the Germans have concocted Radlers, a 50/50 mix of sparkling sweet lemonade or soda and lager beer, to sip during the Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Jul 1, 2016

Product Review

Murray’s Cheese Shopat Smith’sNew York transplants and the rest of us have reason to rejoice. Murray’s Cheese one of New York’s oldest cheese shops, established in 1940 in Greenwich Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Jun 1, 2016

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

Nothing Sweet About this LindemansLindemans Cuvée René Oude Kriek Lambic AleEveryone knows Lindemans for their soda pop-like sweet Frambois, Kriek and Peche, which are loaded with added sugar, but Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Jun 1, 2016

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

Wake Up and Taste the CoffeeCoronado Brewing Company Blue Bridge Coffee StoutAt the turn of this century it was considered innovative to make a stout with coffee. Now nearly Read more ›

Bob Barnes on May 1, 2016

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

Feel the Burn!Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout BeerNo, this is not a political advertisement for Bernie Sanders, but you’ll feel the burn for sure in this 5.7% stout. The bright Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Apr 1, 2016

Product Review

Royal Brackla Single Malt Scotch Whiskey 12-YearCraigellachie Single Malt Scotch Whiskey-13 YearMy attendance at the Universal Whiskey Experience at Encore Las Vegas last month gave me the opportunity to Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Apr 1, 2016

Book Review

Fresh off the press with an April 2016 release is 200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes. Smoothie bowls are hugely popular right now and many home chefs and restaurateurs are Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Apr 1, 2016

Nightclub & Bar Show 2016

The Nightclub & Bar Show made its annual stop in Las Vegas and brought more than 39,000 nightclub, bar, beverage and hospitality professionals to the LVCC. One of the Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Apr 1, 2016

Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips

Two Out-of-the-Box Barley WinesBarley Wine has long been one of my favorite beer styles. I think what appeals to me is the bombastic blast of sweet malt and alcohol Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Mar 1, 2016

What’s Cooking

Churchill’s Pub and Grille has long been an English pub-themed haven for craft beer and a mainstay of San Marcos about an hour’s drive north of San Diego. A Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Mar 1, 2016

Product Review

Blue Nun is a German wine brand by the company H. Sichel Söhne that was created in 1923 with the 1921 vintage, and which between the 1950s and 1980s Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Jan 1, 2016

Hotel La Casa Del Camino

The historic mission-style building at the corner of Cress Street and the Coast Highway, known as Hotel La Casa Del Camino, is described as a Mediterranean-style boutique hotel. I Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Dec 2, 2015

A Good Read:

The legendary award-winning chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer, who has been at the forefront of great American food since the 1980s, has released his latest cookbook, American Fare: Everyday Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Dec 1, 2015

Craft Beer Takes Center Stage at 2015 NBWA Convention & Trade Show

The 78th annual National Beer Wholesalers Association Convention and Trade Show convened at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Oct. 11-13 and attracted nearly 4,000 industry representatives.Spokane, Washington’s No-Li Brewhouse Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Dec 1, 2015

What’s Cooking

Situated in the outer circle of the trendy Fashion Island in Newport Beach, this outpost is one of eight locations of the restaurant chain founded by Laurent Halasz with Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Nov 1, 2015

Product Review

Ever wanted to combine a healthy drink with a favorite libation? In the case of Marlee’s Green Tea Whiskey, a new flavored whiskey that combines whiskey and green tea, Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Nov 1, 2015

Whats Cooking

Nestled inside a shopping center between the Coast Highway and Balboa Island just a short jaunt from the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, Sapori Ristorante is celebrating its 26th Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Oct 1, 2015