Best brewpub in Las Vegas?

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  1. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (440) Apr 17, 2012 California
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    Just hit Vegas for Super Bowl and were looking for a brewpub with a decent beer selection somewhat near the strip.

  2. Schmittymack

    Schmittymack Defender (629) Sep 3, 2008 Colorado
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    I'm somewhat surprised that BA Destral hasn't chimed in yet; this DEFINITELY needs to be pinned permanently somewhere:

    Can we get this pinned at the top of the forum already? LOL...

    If you are just limited to the Strip:

    1. Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay - Has a good beer menu and good food.
    2. Yardhouse at Town Square - Located just south of the Strip, big selection and reasonably priced (at the end of the year there will be a Strip location at project LINQ, along with a Tilted Kilt).
    3. The Pub at Monte Carlo - Pretty decent tap list (80 or so?)
    4. Todd English PUB at Crystals/CityCenter - Some interesting food items, decent beer menu, and beer engines.
    5. Pour 24 at NYNY - Not a bad little satellite bar to try some good beers
    6. Whole Foods at Town Square - If you are looking to pick up a few bottles, find the leprechaun for the good stuff.
    7. Sin City Brewing at Planet Hollywood - Tickers gonna tick?
    8. Public House at the Venetian - Has a certified Cicerone, Russ Gardner working there. Good selection (some casks too) and service, but very expensive and the food is good but not worth it.
    9. Rattlecan at the Venetian - Really good burgers, but not nearly as good a selection as the above.
    10/11. Gordon Ramsey BurGR at Planet Hollywood and Pub and Grill at Caesars - Haven't had a chance to try them but both are supposed to have a larger selection of beer than your average strip restaurant
    12. Strip Liquor - A small liquor store just North of the Wynn at LV Blvd and Convention Center. I've heard they have a very small selection of a few of the local breweries. Its the unbranded little stepchild store of Lee's Discount Liquor.

    If you don't mind going a few miles:

    1. Money Plays - A couple blocks west of the strip, just past The Palms. Small little dive, but local BA Nick (Here4Beer) is doing some good things with their beer selection. Sunday's we have a small gathering and bottle share. I think they are up to 24 taps now...
    2. Downtown - You can hit up 777 Brew Pub at Main Street Station and the Chicago Brewing Company hub at Four Queens.
    3. Freakin Frog - Beer bar with the biggest bottle selection in town, but you pay a big premium especially for the bottles

    If distance isn't an option (and sadly these are better than any of the above):

    1. Aces and Ales - Best draft selection in town, has a lot of tapping parties and beer events, and hosts the local homebrew club. A few miles East of the strip near Sams Town. Tuesdays there is a $20 tasting pairing. You get 6 beer tasters and a special food item. Some locals tend to bring in bottles for a small share as well.
    2. Khoury's Fine Wine - The local bottle shop that also has 11 tap lines and some Vinotemps). Good selection, knowledgeable staff, and fair prices. We have a weekly meetup every Wednesday from 6-10 and there is usually a food truck. Bring something fun in or buy something off the shelf to share. They just bought a randall to start experimenting with specialty pours of beers.
    3. Big Dogs Drafthouse - The best brew pub in town. Dave brews some great hoppy beers and the food is great. Oddly you can usually find 1 or 2 of their beers on draft at Carlsbad Pizza Port and vice versa. Farthest trip from the strip though.
    4. Tenaya Creek - Another Nevada brew pub. Anthony has been making good beers for quite a while. Especially dig the wood-aged nitro pours of their barleywine.
    5. Joseph James Brewery - You can find their beers around town and they do brewery tours if you are into that. Matt and the other guys are around at most of the beer events and their last brewer really stepped up the quality of the beers.
    6. Chicago Brewing Company - Up in the Summerlin area, this is one of our other solid brewpubs. Won GABF gold last year.
    7. Fireside Lounge - A "Nevada" style tavern (think PT's) with better food and much better beer. Good place to combo with Khoury's since they are about 2 blocks apart.

    Personally, if I were limited to the Strip, I'd probably choose Burger Bar. Or you could get a 24 hour pass for the Double Deuce bus and take it downtown to Triple 7 and/or Chicago Brewing at Four Queens.
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  3. JBogan

    JBogan Champion (814) Jul 15, 2007 California

    Seriously, it needs to be.
  4. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    I'm all about paying the $20 cab ride over the Aces and Ales and checking that place out...Awesome selection, and they really epitomize Beer Advocacy in Las Vegas.
  5. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (440) Apr 17, 2012 California
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    Thanks for all the tips. Ended up at Freakin Frogs last night, great bottle list and also has some great scotch as well!
  6. JBogan

    JBogan Champion (814) Jul 15, 2007 California

    A fine place to check out for sure. To get to Aces and Ales from a strip hotel by taxi will run you around $20 as you said. To get back to your strip hotel will run you another $20 or so. Throw in tips and you're looking at roughly $50 or so to get there and back. Just a thought for anyone considering making the trip by taxi. Might be worth it just to rent a car for the day instead.
  7. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Yah, that whiskey attic is pretty impressive...albeit EXTREMELY overpriced.
  8. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (440) Apr 17, 2012 California
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    Same with most of the bottles, but there are decent picks with a decent price hidden in there.
  9. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (440) Apr 17, 2012 California
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    I prefer not to drive while in Vegas, safer for everyone!
  10. Here4Beer

    Here4Beer Aspirant (261) Nov 2, 2006 Nevada

    From what I've been hearing, a lot of people have been negating the expensive taxi-issue to/from Aces by taking a shuttle bus from properties affiliated with the Sam's Town Casino (which is located about 1/2mi from Aces).
    Here are the properties affiliated w/Sam's:

    Disclaimer: I live here, so I haven't tried it myself; and personally, Aces is in a lousy area, so a $5 cab from Sam's Town is probably worth it to dodge the riff-raff. Anyone that has can chime in with their experience.
    As a bonus, there will likely be a lot of smokin' 75 year old Bingo-addict blue-hairs to mack-on during the haul over if you're looking to make a Vegas memory.
  11. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (440) Apr 17, 2012 California
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    We decided against Aces and Ales due to the distance and the tap list. When we called to see what was on draft, they said they had four IPAs. Odd thing was they said the four were rayon vert, celebration, torpedo, and a local one. Seeing as they claimed rayon vert and celebration as IPAs, we decided they haven't a clue and didn't waste the cab fare.
  12. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,187) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    I had a horrible experience at Aces & Ales, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to tourists anyway. It's a $25-30 cab from the strip. Service was awful and after insisting "we have everyone on that chalkboard" - their waitress got angry with me after discovering they were actually out of the first 4 things we ordered off of that chalkboard.
    I may have caught them on a bad day, but considering the time and trouble to get out there, it's not a risk I'll take again. It might be different if you have a car, though.
    If you're familiar with the Falling Rock in Denver, it's like that, but everything (except the selection) was amplified x2.
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