Raise your mugs, steins and pint glasses in Las Vegas for National Beer Day

The latest made-up drinking holiday is coming up fast: August 3 is National Beer Day, and we’ve put together a list of some our favorite spots to enjoy a brew in Las Vegas.

Legendary Las Vegas Strip performer Seigfried taps the first keg for Oktoberfest 2010 at Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas.

4510 Paradise Road

Get an early Oktoberfest experience at this replica of the original German restaurant, beer garden and beer hall, complete with building materials imported from Germany. But you’re not here to drink furniture. The original location was the starting point of the German Beer Purity Law, which states that all German beers must be made without additives or artificial ingredients. Guess what? This Hofbräuhaus serves the same beer, along with tasty pretzels, schnitzel, sauerbraten and authentic German eats.

Freakin’ Frog
4700 S. Maryland Pkwy.

You might write off the Freakin’ Frog as just another college bar, but that wouldn’t do it any justice. It’s a slight trek from the Las Vegas Strip, but Freakin’ Frog has a beer selection that’s unmatched in the state of Nevada – possibly even on the West Coast. With more than 700 beers in stock, you can find almost anything you’re looking for. As an added bonus, you can also grab something you eat while watching a local act on the stage.

Public House
Inside The Venetian
3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

Public House offers great-quality pub fare, whether you’re going for a brew and a snack or for a three-course meal. But the real reason to stop by is to consult with Nevada’s first beer cicerone (think sommelier, but for beer). Public House has a four-page beer menu, so the cicerone can help you pare down all those options to the beers you want to experience.

A selection from Sin City Brewery.

Sin City Brewing Company
Inside the Flamingo, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood
3555 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (Flamingo)
3327 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (Venetian)
3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (Planet Hollywood)

Microbrews, microbrews, microbrews. A selection of four beers running the gamut from a light blonde ale to a rich, coffee-like stout makes a stop at one of these locations a no-brainer. Like Hofbräuhaus, Sin City Brewing Company’s locations adhere to the German Beer Purity Law and are made in small batches to ensure quality. The other locations are fine if you’re grabbing a quick drink, but the Flamingo spot is the largest – and has patio seating.

Anthony’s Burgers and Brews
Inside M Resort
12300 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

If you like a good meal with your beer (or, OK, I guess vice-versa), you’ll have to stop here. Billed as a “grown-up burger bar experience,” Anthony’s big draw is its set of burger/beer pairings, which create a full culinary experience of premium burgers matched with the perfect beer. And when you’re done, get some gelato. You can’t go wrong with gelato.

The Pub at Monte Carlo has more than 200 selections for beer lovers

Monte Carlo Pub
Inside the Monte Carlo
3770 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

The Pub has a more than 200 beers available, a cool industrial-style look and TVs on just about every surface showing sports events. If you’re feeling particularly saucy, you can grab a 64-ounce drink in… a rain boot. Hey, it doesn’t rain much in Vegas, we’ve got to do something with all these boots. A limited selection of handcrafted brews includes a Hefeweizen, IPA, Nut Brown Ale, Pale Ale and a seasonal brew.

Triple 7 Restaurant and Brewery
Inside Main Street Station
200 N. Main St.

You’ll luck out with all the variety they have at Triple 7, which features award winning microbrews, a full menu, fresh sushi bar and more. Six varieties of fresh, hand-crafted beers on tap include three seasonal selections: “Double Wit” version of Belgian Wit Beer, a crisp Hefeweizen and “Soothsayer Saison” Belgian Farmhouse Ale.

Ellis Island's selection of handcrafted brews.

Ellis Island
4178 Koval Lane

Tucked behind the Strip, this gem’s selection is the perfect complement to the other things Ellis Island is known for – karaoke and cheap eats. The selection has something for every palate, from an golden IPA to a rich wheat malt beer. They even brew their own old-fashioned root beer, which is delicious and has a cream-like flavor, unlike the stuff at the store.