So, you're heading to Vegas and you are looking for great craft beer, well we have the spots that you can't miss right here.
The Las Vegas Beer Scene Heats up.
It used to be that the best craft beer you could find on the Las Vegas Strip was Newcastle, Amstel Light or the occasional Sam Adams Seasonal, well all that is changing. Craft beer is finally making it's way onto the scene in Vegas and we have the proof.
On The Strip:
Sin City Brewery - Located in the Planet Hollywood Forum Shops. It is a fun stop on the strip to pick up a locally brewed beer.
The Pub at Monte Carlo - Nice bottled beer list including six of the seven Trappist beers in existence – a specialty beer that is solely brewed by Trappist monks.
Public House at The Venetian - Has room for 4 beers on cask at any given time. If that isn't reason to stop by, I don't know what is.
Yard House at Town Square - Big selection in a name we all recognize. And it's in a beautiful outdoor mall right next to the Rave movie theaters.
The real gems, however, are still off-strip:
Big Dog's Brewery - A local Las Vegas brewery with 3 locations in the valley that has a great lineup of beers they bottle and seasonal brews only available on tap at their Draft House location on Rancho Drive. They also have great food - Try the Bratzel!!
Tenaya Creek Brewery - A nice little brewery in NW las vegas that has bottled and draft beers they brew on site, worth the drive.
Chicago Brewing Company - Awesome beer offerings and delicious pizza!
Joseph James Brewery - Brewery based out of Henderson a suburb 40 mins from the strip and their new brewer is making waves. They do tours, but when I was there last they didn't have a tasting room.
Aces & Ales - 2 locations of great beers on tap and a good tap list with very tasty food offerings and frequent beer events.
Freakin' Frog - Biggest beer selection in Las Vegas, not too far from the strip. Owner Adam is a great guy and the bar has cool vibe, near UNLV.
Not only are these beer destinations awesome, but craft beer is even making it out onto the casino floors with places like Mandalay Bay now serving Lagunitas thanks to their new Food and Beverage Director, Sarah Johnson, who also happens to be Nevada's first female Certified Cicerone. And we can't forget the many upscale dining establishments, like Sage at Aria, now featuring extensive beer lists and even beer pairings on their menus.
One of the reasons that craft beer is making such sudden leaps here in the city of lost wages is thanks to Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada’s Director of Craft Russell Gardner. He is a character that I recently had the opportunity meet and chat with who truly loves craft beer and with the whole of Southern Wine and Spirits is helping create a place in Vegas where brewers will be proud to send their beers knowing they will be in the knowledgeable hands of hundreds of certified beer servers who know about beer and will represent it well.
Let's hope that like what happens in Vegas, the beer stays in Vegas. Cheers!