12 Best Las Vegas Breweries

By Lip Smacking Foodie Tours
May 7th, 2020 - 12:07 AM

12 Best Las Vegas Breweries

It’s never a problem to get a drink in Las Vegas – from yard-long frozen concoctions in souvenir cups to trendy cocktails shaken or stirred by mixologists at swanky bars and lounges on the Strip. But sometimes all you’re really thirsting for is a good beer.

You once had to hunt to find craft beers in town. But over the last decade, Las Vegas has joined the growing craft beer scene and become a true hot spot for breweries.

Las Vegas boasts dozens of local breweries that are pouring delicious varieties of your favorite ales, porters, stouts and lagers. Most of these gems are located off the Strip, so if you visit, you’ll find a more relaxed, chill environment than your typical Vegas tourist scene.

Here’s where to find the best breweries in Las Vegas:

1. CraftHaus Brewery

CrafHaus Brewery was created by a husband and wife team in 2014 and now has two locations in town – the original at the Henderson Booze District, and a new tap room downtown.

CraftHaus offers a core selection of beers, as well as a rotating menu of seasonal and special one-off batches of brew.

Year-round beers are available on tap or in six-packs and include the signature Silver State Blonde Ale, Evocation Belgian Saison, Resinate IPA, Belgard Coffee Stout, and Zitrone Gose.

Seasonal selections include the Super Bloom IPA in spring and Black Star IPA in winter.

At the Henderson location, you can check out the brewery and fermentation process from large viewing windows. Guests can grab a glass or enjoy a tasting flight of 4-ounce pours. Small bites are available to pair with your beer. On release days, there are usually food trucks on site too. Be sure to try the frozen beer slushies, not to mention the beer pairing with local chocolate from Ethel M.

CraftHaus’ Downtown Las Vegas location features a dog-friendly patio, and a menu of quick bites curated by the popular Esther’s Kitchen across the street.

2. Able Baker Brewing Company

This downtown brewery has a Nevada Atomic Age theme and gets its name from the first two atomic bombs detonated at the Nevada Test Site, which were code-named Able and Baker. Legend has it that a duck was the only animal to survive those atomic blasts. Hence, “Atomic Duck” is the mascot of the brewery.

Able Baker Brewing Company boasts more than 30 beers brewed in-house. You can see the brewery equipment while you’re hanging out in the tap room or you can schedule a tour. The tap room features casual wooden tables, as well as a lovely patio.

Unique brews include the Chocolate Chip Honey Dip Stout, a limited barrel release of Imperial Stout brewed with Madagascar vanilla beans and honey, then aged on unfinished oak and grilled cocoa nibs.

The Test Site Saison is a refreshing choice that’s brewed with fresh chamomile flowers and ginger. To spice things up, there’s the 5 Pepper Porter, an American Porter brewed with fresh toasted coconut that’s dry hopped with a pepper combination that includes jalapenos and habaneros.

Able Baker also plans to brew beers from Vegas Golden Knight Ryan Reaves’ 7Five Brewing Co. You can find Reaves’ Training Day Golden Ale on tap.

If you get the munchies with your beer, AD Craft & Kitchen, located inside the brewery, serves delicious bites like craft burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, fish tacos, banh mi sandwiches, salads, and more.

3. Banger Brewing

Banger Brewing is the brainchild of five friends who worked in the food and beverage industry and decided to come together to pursue their dream of opening a brewery on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas.

Stop into the tasting room for drafts or flights, or sign up for a guided tour to see how the brews are made with the freshest ingredients. The brewery also hosts fun events like Bingo & Beers regularly.

Be sure to try one of Banger’s most popular signature beers, the El Heffe, an American Hefeweizen with roasted jalapeno, serrano and habanero peppers.
If spice isn’t your thing, enjoy The Long Knight, an oatmeal stout; or the Morning Joe, a tasty coffee Kolsch.

4. Joseph James Brewing Co.

Joseph James Brewing Co. in Henderson started brewing its craft beers in 2008. It now produces thousands of barrels a year, including year-round beers, seasonal creations, Berliner Weisse, and a special series of sour beers.

It also still sells its original root beer that was created while the owners were awaiting their brewing license.

Joseph James does not currently have a tap room to visit, but you can find its brews in stores, bars, and restaurants.

Year-round offerings include the Weize Guy Hefeweizen, Hop Box Imperial IPA, and gluten-free ale Foxtail. You’ll also want to try its specialty beer, the Something About Berry.

5. Lovelady Brewing Company

Lovelady Brewing Company is a family-owned business in downtown Henderson started by four brothers and a friend.

The tap room features 16 taps, a dog-friendly patio, and plenty of fun, old-fashioned games like cornhole and shuffleboard.

Lovelady offers year-round and seasonal brews. For year-round enjoyment, try the 9th Island pineapple sour or the Paleo Porter, a chocolate, peanut butter and coffee flavored porter. Its most popular beer is the Love Juice, a hazy IPA with barley, oats and wheat.

Seasonal brews include the Pucker Up, a dark golden kettle sour with key lime.

Another local brewery, Sin City Brewing Co., also brews on site, and its brews are on tap at Lovelady.

6. Big Dog’s Brewing Company

Longtime locals will remember that Big Dog’s was the first microbrewery in Las Vegas located inside the former Holy Cow casino. The brewery is currently located in the northwest part of town, and features a Wisconsin-themed restaurant and bar.

The signature beers here have dog-inspired names like the Tailwagger Wheat, Leglifter Light, Black Lab Stout, and Dirty Dog IPA.

Seasonal brews on tap include Lake Mead Monster with caramel and toffee flavors, and Watch Dog tangerine wit.

Big Dog’s hosts seasonal beer festivals on site, as well as beermaster dinners, tapping parties, and beer tastings.

7. Hop Nuts Brewing

Hop Nuts was the first microbrewery in downtown’s Arts District, and has since expanded with a second location at Tivoli Village in Summerlin.

Try one of its signatures like the 18b Pale Ale, named after the 18b Arts District, that’s available only at the downtown location. Another favorite is the Harry Porter, a full-bodied porter with a rich chocolate character.

You can also enjoy seasonal brews like the Derby Beer, a Kentucky Common Ale that’s a blend of specialty malts and subtle hop aromas.

8. Tenaya Creek Brewery

Tenaya Creek Brewery originally opened in 1999 as Tenaya Creek Restaurant & Brewery, a fine-dining restaurant that offered freshly brewed craft beer. In 2008, the owners decided to close the restaurant operations, and follow their passion of brewing beer instead. They moved downtown in 2015, and now operate a brewing and canning facility at the new location.

Tenaya Creek produces cans, bottles, and tap beers. Some of its signatures include the Hop Ride IPA, Bonanza Brown Ale, and Hauling Oats with beguiling notes of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

Tenaya Creek also supplies beer for Allegiant Airlines on its western U.S. flight routes.

9. Bad Beat Brewing

Bad Beat Brewing, which opened in July 2014 in the Henderson Booze District, pours four year-round offerings and eight rotating specialties. It brews, bottles and cans on site and currently distributes in Nevada only.

Bad Beat Brewing started brewing with Gutshot, a dry Irish stout. Year-round options include Hoppy Times IPA, Bluffing Isn’t Weisse, and The Ringer German pilsner. You can also find specialty brews like the Luau Brown, a rum barrel-aged imperial brown ale.

There’s plenty to keep you entertained at Bad Beat, including darts, giant Jenga, shuffleboard, board games, and trivia nights. While no food is available at the tap room, you can bring in your own or stop in on Thursday nights or during new releases when food trucks are on site.

10. Scenic Brewing Company

Scenic Brewing Company is one of the new kids on the block in the Las Vegas brewery business. It opened in March 2019 in the Lakes area of Las Vegas.

Scenic Brewing Company features 18 local craft beers on tap, including five of its own signature beers. These are Scenic’s Blonde Ale, American Brown Ale, Lemon Ginger Hefe, Imperial Coffee Stout, and the Yeast Bud India Pale Ale.

Other options include blackberry wheat fruit beer, Guava Hopsicle (a pale ale brewed with lactose and guava puree), and Key lime Berliner Weisse.

Patrons can watch sports on 33 TV screens and dine on a globally-inspired menu that features items like Ale House nachos, beer-steamed mussels, Scenic bratwurst, and jumbo Bavarian pretzels.

11. Astronomy Aleworks

Astronomy Aleworks is a family-owned business brewing and serving beer in the Henderson Booze District.

As the name implies, Astronomy Aleworks is a fun space that boasts a science-themed brewery with beer names inspired by space.

Try the Hawking Hazy Pale or the Hawking Radiation with its twist of vanilla and lemon juice. Pluto is a Planet is a tasty West Coast IPA, while Moons of Uranus is a coconut porter with coffee from local coffee makers Mothership Roasters.

Stop into the tap room for fun events like science fiction movie nights.

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