Beer fans have a lot to look forward to in Las Vegas over the next few weeks.
For starters, April 7 is National Beer Day. (See below for a list of the best places to celebrate.)
Then, on April 19, Big Dog’s Draft House throws its Peace, Love and Hoppy-ness festival, which features bold IPAs and Double IPAs from around the country.
The beer-centric events culminate with the Great Vegas Festival of Beer downtown on April 26 where you can sample more than 250 brews and enjoy live entertainment.
To get you in the proper mindset for all of the upcoming beer festivities, we put together a list of the best places around Vegas where you can drink a great brew. Here are 10 of our favorites:
Big Dog’s Draft House – Big Dog’s, located a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip at 4543 N. Rancho Dr., has been brewing in Las Vegas since the early ’90s. There are seven signature brews on tap at all times – the Leglifter Light, the Tailwagger Wheat, the Holy Cow! Original Pale Ale, the Red Hydrant Ale (a 2006 and 2010 World Beer Cup gold medal winner), the 38 Special, the Black Lab Stout and the Dirty Dog IPA. And there are always seasonal brews on tap as well as Big Dog’s bottles sold to go. Big Dog’s also hosts seasonal on-site beer festivals with food and entertainment.
Triple 7 – This brew pub, located downtown at Main Street Station, offers six varieties of hand crafted beer. There’s also a monthly rotation of brewmaster brews and a special Brewmaster’s Reserve. The newest is Ichabod’s Folly Imperial Pumpkin Porter made with pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise. Triple 7 has a great happy hour from 3 – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday where you can enjoy a 16-ounce hand crafted microbrew for $2.50.
Banger Brewing – Banger Brewing, located at the Fremont Street Experience, is the first craft brewery to open in downtown Las Vegas. There are several beers to choose from that you can order by the pint or as part of a flight. El Heffe is an award-winning brew infused with freshly roasted jalapenos and Serrano peppers. The Apple Hopper is a brown ale with apple and cinnamon infusions and the Weisse So Serious is a tasty wheat beer with banana and clove flavors. For those who are interested in the art of brewing, tours are offered daily at 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m.
Aces & Ales (3740 S. Nellis Blvd. or 2801 N. Tenaya Way) – Aces & Ales has two locations in Las Vegas. The east side location features 22 draft beers and on the west side there are 50 draft beers. Selections are rotated regularly and you’ll find pilsners, imperial stouts, reds, hefeweizens, and IPAs. Plus, both Aces & Ales locations feature more than 150 bottled beers and lots of regional craft beers like Green Flash, Left Coast and Stone from the San Diego area.
Yard House – This restaurant and bar has locations at Town Square, Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa and The Linq. You’ll find a large array of beers from classic lagers to obscure ales. The glass-enclosed keg room holds as much as 5,000 gallons of beer at a time. Three to five miles of individual beer lines stretch overhead from the keg room to the main bar maintaining a constant temperature of 34 – 36 degrees, making sure your pint is perfectly chilled. Guests can sip their favorite draft beer from the popular half-yard, traditional pint or six pack sampler.
Ellis Island Casino and Microbrewery – This microbrewery is located just off the Strip, a block east on Flamingo Road (behind Bally’s) at 4178 Koval Lane. Inside you’ll discover a maze of stainless steel tanks filled with a variety of brews including a light beer, a weiss, an IPA, a stout, a red Irish ale and an amber ale. There are also seasonal specialties including a hard lemonade and an Oktoberfest brew. Ellis Island also brews old fashioned thick and creamy root beer.
Tenaya Creek – (3101 N. Tenaya Way) Tenaya Creek Brewery originally opened as a restaurant and brewery in November of 1999. In 2008 the kitchen operations were closed and Tenaya Creek began offering its draft beer around Las Vegas. In 2010 the brewery was expanded and now its bottled beers are available throughout several states. Try the God of Thunder Baltic Porter, a dark and malty brew or the Old Jackalope Barleywine Style Ale, a complex ale made with a variety of malts and hops.
Pub at Monte Carlo – This industrial-style pub is located in the Monte Carlo’s Street of Dreams shopping promenade. The array of large kegs are sure to impress you – as will The Pub’s beer menu, which boasts more than 300 selections. Choose from a list of bottled, draught and locally brewed beers including hefeweizens, IPAs, ciders, porters, stouts and more. The Pub also hosts the Gus’ Beers and Bites series – a series of beer pairing dinners. Hosted by breweries from across the country, the dinners include four- to five-course meals paired with beer. The next one is April 30 and features the beers of Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands, Calif. Tickets are $65 per person.
Public House – Public House at the Venetian has a four-page beer menu with more than 200 premier ales, lagers, IPAs and stouts. There are 24 taps with lagers, rare pilsners and oak barrel housed cask beers. You can sample the beer by flights including the Hop Trip, a Belgian flight, a fruit palate flight and a Big & Dark flight. There’s also a Beer Alchemy menu with selections like the Pumpkin Carver, made with Hardcore Apple Whiskey, pumpkin ale and Angry Orchard’s Apple Crisp Hard Cider.
Michael Mina Pub 1842 – Named for the year Pislner beer was invented, Pub 1842 at MGM Grand offers a wide range of American and international brews by the can, bottle or draft. Tap beer comes in 12-, 17- or 33-ounce pours. Beer flights are also available so guests may sample a variety of the more than 50 selections that include ales, pilsners, stouts and lagers. The menu also features “sidekicks” cocktails made with beer. Try The Ireland, made with Guinness and Jameson; The San Franciscan with Anchor Steam and Fernet Branca and The Boilermaker with PBR and Buffalo Trace Bourbon.