Las Vegas may be more closely associated with champagne showers and $500 bottles of vodka than craft beer, but don’t let the yardstick-long margaritas fool you – Sin City has a vibrant craft beer scene. Scattered across the Strip, Fremont Street area and local neighborhoods away from the neon chaos, you’ll find a surprisingly diverse array of award-winning local breweries. Whether you’re looking to grab a quick pint of something cold and hoppy in between gambling and a show, you’re in the mood to drink a local Nevada beer while doing yoga (yes, really) or you want to spend the afternoon trying everything on tap, here are 10 breweries to add to your Las Vegas agenda.
Just braved the Slotzilla zipline? Reward yourself with a beer at Downtown Las Vegas’ Banger Brewing. The Fremont Street favorite is poised perfectly between the rowdy Fremont Experience and the ultra-cool Fremont East district. Stop by for happy hour from 1-3 p.m. for a $5 house draft, tour the brewhouse, or enjoy the El Heffe jalapeno hefeweizen along with some people watching on the brewery’s small patio.
Tenaya Creek Brewery
Located just minutes from Downtown Las Vegas, Tenaya Creek Brewery features an airy, industrial tasting room with perennial and seasonal brews. Try the classic 702 pale ale and stick around for trivia night.
Lovelady Brewing Company
If getting away from the Strip and exploring Las Vegas’ local neighborhoods is your thing, take the time to check out Henderson’s up-and-coming Water Street area. Here, you’ll find Lovelady Brewing Company. This family owned and operated spot features 16 taps, a dog-friendly patio and popular selections such as the Paleo Porter, a robust dark brew with notes of chocolate, peanut butter and coffee.
Bad Beat Brewing
If you’ve ever set foot in a grocery store in Las Vegas, you’ve likely seen Bad Beat’s distinctive cans. Try it straight from the source at Bad Beat Brewing’s taproom where you can enjoy four different year-round beers and eight rotating selections.
Big Dog’s Brewing Company
Want to drink what the locals drink? Get yourself to Big Dog’s Brewing Company. The neighborhood brewery has been around since 1993. The brewpub is the site of much-loved parties, a wide selection of craft beer and a Wisconsin-focused menu that includes cheese curds and beer cheese soup.
A casino and brewery? Only in Vegas. Located just a block away from the Strip, Ellis Island is a no-frills casino that just so happens to have a brewery nearby the slot machines. Try an oatmeal stout, an IPA or a non-alcoholic root beer.
Another casino brewery option is Triple 7 at Main Street Station in Downtown Las Vegas. The microbrewery serves six varieties of beer and also has a restaurant that serves pizza, burgers and all the greasy goodness you crave after a few pints.
Hop Nuts Brewing
If you’re exploring Las Vegas’ eclectic (and newly revitalized) Arts District, take a break from shopping for vintage wares and have a beer at Hop Nuts Brewing. The inviting space offers a sunny patio where you can sip a bourbon barrel aged stout, a belgian pale ale brewed with raspberries or a double IPA that packs a seriously hoppy punch.
CraftHaus Brewery in Henderson is a great option for those looking to see where the magic happens by way of a brewery tour. Stop by on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and for $10, you can take a tour and try four beers. CraftHaus is also known for periodically offering boozy yoga.
Chicago Brewing Company
After a day of hiking in Red Rock Canyon, sometimes you just really, really need a cold beer. Chicago Brewing Company on the west side of Las Vegas is available to meet that need 24 hours a day. The brick-walled space brews its much-loved Old Town Brown, All Nighter golden ale and other house drafts and seasonal selections on-site. You’ll also find Chicago style pizza, hot dogs, burgers and breakfast all day and all night – just in case you wanted a side of scrambled eggs with your IPA.