Taps: 10 / Bottles: 1,000
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by slander:
4.6/5 rDev +12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Yeah, I had a whole bunch of places mapped out, brewpubs and bars. I was going to take in a good bunch of 'em that I hadn't hit last year, and then... nothing. Every night, the blackjack table sirens were singing their sad songs to me. I couldn't get away. I was there for 4 days and never saw anything until the last night, when me and Mark (the Connecticut Kid) made a dash for The Freaking Frog...
A 3 mile cab found us staring down some space towards the end of a strip mall. Wasn't too promising looking and I could see the look of, "Uhhh" on Mark's face. In a pair of smallish narrow rooms with the connecting wall mostly removed, an "L" shaped bar seating a dozen, kitchen functions, the "2 for 1 cooler", and a piano occupy one room (there was a guy playing it belting out Tom Waits tunes when we got there). There's a large projection screen TV on the rear wall where they do movies. The other room holds 3 booths and 5 tables, all with these beautiful "beer & brewery" table tops (Alaskan, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Ayinger, Stone, Merchant Du Vin, Sam Adams, Beamish, made by a company called, "Tabletops", check out their website, they make cool shit). There's a small elevated stage to the rear of the room, a pair of dart boards, and a Ms. PacMan/Galaxa machine. The beige walls are decorated with beer neon lights and guitars that people take down and play.
10 taps (Stone Double Bastard, Alaskan Smoked Porter, Sierra Celebration Ale, Chimay Triple, Lindeman's Framboise, Beamish, Pyramid Apricot, Abita Andy Gator, John Courage, Icehouse, with the Alaskan Amber on deck). I opted for the Alaskan Smoked Porter and we needed to find Mark a beer. When he said that he liked the Dunkels we fed him in Chicago, the guy walking through carrying cases to the back room offered up some help unsolicited, suggesting, I think it was the Scnheider Dunkel. I concurred. Mark liked the beer. I guess as the owner, Adam has a pretty good handle on what his clientele is looking for (a clientele by the way, that is mostly made up of professionals, UNLV staff from across the street, and grown up beer people and not so much the college kids). He sat with us for a good while and talked beer. Adam let me into the beer room for a looksie. Damn!! Extensive collection of Belgians (Caracole, Affligem, Duvel, Chimay, De Ranke, Saison DuPont, Fantome, Piraat, Pater Lieven, Mort Subite, Bruegel, Achel, Scaldis, Petrus, Gulden Draak, Westmalle, De Dolle, Bon Secour, Delirium, Corsendonk, Urthel, Foret, Moinette, Gouden Carolus, Oude Beersel, Westvleteren, Maredsous, Duinen, Liefman's, Leffe, Orval, Rochefort) and American micros regional (Avery, Stone, Deschutes, Speakeasy, Moylan's, Alesmith, Hoptown, Anderson Valley, Bear Republic, North Coast, Acma, Laguanitas, New Belgium, Mendicino, Ruby Mountain, Lost Coast, Pyramid, Flying Dog, MacTarnahan's, Sierra Nevada, Rogue, Anchor) and beyond (Alaskan, DogFishHead, Ommegang). All sorts of nice stuff back there (Unibroue Fringante, Avery Grand Cru '03, Horny Devil & Old Numbskull, Stone Symposium and on and on). 472 bottles. We pulled a bottle of the MacTarnahan's Tripel and Blackwatch Cream Porter (Bourbon cask aged) from the vault. Both were very nice and went well with the "pretty good phuckin' fries" we ordered.
He took us upstairs to see the sick ass Whiskey bar (under construction) and spec out the blueprints. 500 whiskeys, a 5 seat bar, a tasting counter over here, banquet type seating for 2 dozen there. It's going to be brilliant when it's done.
It was time to go and cutie bartender Jen called us a cab, but it was going to be a long while, so she offered up to drive us back to the hotel as she was leaving anyway (thanx Jen, you rock!!!).
Adam's a most hospitable host, doin' a good beer thing. I got out of Vegas 4 bills up and a Freaking Frog visit under my belt. Not a bad trip.
04-03-2005 19:08:33 | More by slander
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4.59/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
So I came to town for business and did another beer trade with a great BA. Asked for recommendations for a place to go to for a good selection and she said to go here. I called to ask questions and got the owner, Andy. Great guy. Told me to see JD when I got there. JD immediately took us into the beer cooler and I picked out a 2004 Stone IRS. Very cool but a bit spendy at $65. He also took us up to the whiskey attic. I am not a whiskey fan but it was pretty amazing. Overall great place for a beer selection and amazing staff!! I would definitely go again.
06-13-2013 06:06:34 | More by krl2112
4.36/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5 | $$$
After a bit of a summertime hike, my two friends and I made it. One friend asked if I was sure about this place since from the outside it looked like a bit of a dive with but a couple cars in the front at about 9 PM. Went in to find a couple booths, tables, and a few bar stools at the bar. Sign told us to order food at the bar. Tim Burton's Batman is playing on a big screen TV. We grab a booth but I then get up to check out the visible cooler that is near a stage. A guy from the bar asks me if it is our first time there and would like to see the cooler. My friends join me and we go into a cooler that I wish I had had more time and money to enjoy. Brews are arranged by country and the use is then divided by state. I see so many that I have never seen or heard of. My eye see Innis & Gunn's Independence Day 2012 and I know what I want. Friends grad different bottles as well. There is also 8 taps of different drafts, some that they claim are also rarities from around the US.
They then offer us a tour of the whisky cellar upstairs. My love of bourbon almost makes me order a shot from this giant collection but I decide to stick with the beers.
Not much of a menu for food. Pub fare with burgers, pizzas, some sandwiches (I got OMG BLT - highly recommend that on).
Don't know what the liquor laws are down here but it was really neat that you could also buy any bottles from the cooler to go. Friend go a rare German chocolate cake beer, loved it, and got another bottle for his wife. Price bomber at $22 but the guy who helped us told us that it was part of a limited 60 case production. My Innis was $11 but it's on my Wants so why not.
The only bad thing is not about the place but about their website. Menu tab shows no menus for food, beer, or whiskies. Calendar shows no past of future event. I think the only reason to go to the site is to sign up for their newsletter. Their Facebook page is better for info about what is happening at the Frog.
06-08-2013 23:16:34 | More by JMBSH
3.31/5 rDev -19.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.75 | $$$
This place is a bit on the smallish side. It has a little stage area for impromptu performances, but not exactly much for seating other than a couple tables and a belly up to the bar. It gets excessively loud during the performances as well. You wind up yelling at someone next to at the bar.
The selection on tap is along the lines of Delirium and Lagunitas. Nice for a bar, not great for a true tap room. The real selection is in the chiller room, but you pay way over liquor store prices. Don't expect any real deals. But you can find nice stuff if you look. If it's busy, you won't be able to. If slow, you might.
This place is right across the street from UNLV and draws the typical college crowds, young college age students, professors, and some out of towners.
This place is best for the liquor room upstairs where they cater to people wanting to sample high end Bourbons and whiskies. Once again, bring your check book. Not even remotely cheap. But cheaper than an imported bottle.
Great for a visit, but not a great go to hangout.
05-19-2013 22:00:57 | More by CasanovaCummins
Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas, NV
92 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.