Back in 2018, the Weekly tapped Chris Jacobs, founder of the Beer Zombies brand and former Blue Ribbon bartender, as the Valley’s Best Beer Ambassador. Since then, Jacobs has held fast to the role. He’s a constant presence at local beer events, extolling the virtues of malted beverages. And in July, he opened Beer Zombies Bottle Shop in a small alcove adjacent to SkinnyFats on Warm Springs Road.
Despite its name, BZBS doesn’t simply sell bottles; in fact, its 15 tap handles showcase an eclectic selection, including a pair of kombuchas. You’ll typically find a trio of hazies, a West Coast IPA and a pilsner, along with a pair of stouts and one or two oddball kegs depending upon bartender preference.
As if that weren’t enough, there are also two coolers, one for cans and another for bottles. With 58 can selections each day, shelves are mostly dedicated to stouts and sours, along with hazy IPAs. You’re sure to find offerings from Connecticut’s Abomination Brewing and Long Island’s Nightmare Brewing—as an artist himself, Jacobs loves their can art—along with SoCal stalwarts Modern Times and Mason Ale Works. The other cooler features what Jacobs calls “geeky stuff,” ranging from lambics and wild ales to large-format stouts. The way he looks at it, “If you’re a beer geek and run your business like one, the business will come.”
What better way to roll into Halloween than by scaring up some brews with a Beer Zombie?
BEER ZOMBIES BOTTLE SHOP 8680 W. Warm Springs Road #170, 702-596-5167. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.