The history of Las Vegas brewery taprooms is short but rich. The first Las Vegas microbrewery opened in 1993. Since then, dozens of microbreweries making all sorts of inventive beer have popped up. While the town is known as Sin City, it’s also getting increasingly famous for its fantastic craft beer scene. Here are nine excellent Las Vegas brewery taprooms you should visit for outstanding craft beer.
Big Dog’s Brewing Company
The original Las Vegas brewery Big Dog’s Brewing Company opened in 1993 at the Holy Cow Casino. The company takes its name from its founder, influential businessman and politician Tom “Big Dog” Wiesner. After Holy Cow closed, Big Dog’s Brewing moved further north of The Strip.
Big Dog’s Brewing offers a wide variety of signature beers and brewmaster specials. Many of the beers have names with fantastic dog puns. At the taproom, you can down some Leglifter Light, Black Lab Stout, Tailwagger Wheat, Tripel Dog Dare, and more. It’s absolutely worth taking a trip 30 minutes from The Strip for some tasty craft beer and some Las Vegas history.
Ellis Island Brewery
Ellis Island is best known for its restaurant, where locals and tourists alike devour delicious food that’s cheaply priced. The casino is also home to a great Las Vegas brewery with a bright future. Ellis Island Brewery has been serving up quality craft beer for decades. Eddie Leal, formerly of Gordon Biersch and Steelhead Brewing Company, took over as head brewer in late 2018. Leal has already made notable tweaks to Ellis Island’s four signature beers and promised to add more seasonal and monthly selections to the lineup.
Ellis Island Brewery offers light, amber, IPA, and Weiss beers. The brewers have been experimenting with an Irish Stout made with locally roasted Bad Owl Coffee. If you happen to bring friends that don’t enjoy alcoholic beer then treat them to some freshly-brewed root beer to show your appreciation.
Coming soon to Ellis Island is “The Front Yard.” This open-air two-story addition to the casino will feature modern decor and spacious accommodations. It will be the perfect place to enjoy some beer from this fine Las Vegas brewery.
Tenaya Creek Brewery
Serving up exemplary craft beer since 1999, Tenaya Creek Brewery offers a number of fantastic beers throughout the year and numerous seasonals. The company has received plaudits for its Bonanza Brown Ale, Hop Ride IPA, and God of Thunder Baltic Porter. This Las Vegas brewery normally offers six beers throughout the year accompanied by several seasonal selections.
The Tenaya Creek Brewery taproom offers all of the company’s beers and a large selection from other microbreweries. It’s separated by glass from the brewery, so customers that enjoy watching the fermentation process can see the beer brewing. The taproom offers indoor and outdoor seating. While it doesn’t have a kitchen, a rotation of food trucks makes its way to Tenaya Creek and customers are allowed to bring outside food into the taproom.
Triple 7 Restaurant and Microbrewery
Located inside Main Street Station, Triple 7 Restaurant and Microbrewery is an outstanding place to grab a meal, watch some sports, and, of course, down some incredible beers. It has six beers available all year, as well as Brewmaster’s Specials and Brewmaster’s Reserve. The former are seasonal selections, while the latter are one-offs and specialty brews.
The most popular beer at Triple 7 Restaurant and Microbrewery is the High Roller Gold; it’s a golden ale that’s crisp and light. With IPAs being en vogue, the fruity and hoppy Carlsbad IPA has been popular. For those that appreciate the dark arts, there’s the Black Chip Porter; this dark beer is made with five malts that give it undertones of coffee, chocolate, and caramel.
Lovelady Brewing Company
Located in the Henderson Water Street District, Lovelady Brewing Company offers delicious beers and a stellar taproom. The offerings on tap range from traditional to experimental, with nine-year-long selections and a handful of seasonals available. The HopAtomic double IPA is a treat for fans of bright and hoppy ales. 9th Island is a sour made with pineapple puree. Paleo Porter is a dark beer with notes of peanut butter, chocolate, and coffee — three great tastes that go great together. Growlers (64 ounces), crowlers (32 ounces), and six-packs are available to go.
Lovelady Brewing Company’s taproom is divided into two sections. The indoor area is spacious and filled with games. Shuffleboard, giant Jenga, and giant Connect Four are available to play. The outdoor patio is large and dog-friendly. For food, the taproom sells snacks, Juan’s Flaming Fajitas is next door, and a food truck is parked outside. Customers are also allowed to bring their own food to the taproom.
One of the most prolific microbrewers in the Las Vegas area, CraftHaus Brewery always has more than a dozen beers at the ready, with seasonal selections that change rapidly. Fan favorites include the Silver State Blonde (bright and clean ale with a hint of caramel), Resinate (citrusy American IPA made with three types of hops), and Belgard (chocolate stout made with cold-brew coffee from Vesta Coffee Roasters). No matter what type of beer you prefer, this Las Vegas brewery is sure to have a luscious libation you’ll love.
CraftHaus’ spacious taproom serves all of the company’s beers, as well as frozen beer slushies. Hot pretzels, cheese spreads, charcuterie plates, and other snacks are available. Food trucks often park outside of the taproom for additional noshing options. Most beers are available for takeaway in 64-ounce growlers and 32-ounce squealers, with a smaller selection of six-packs.
CraftHaus Brewery also offers Saturday tours of its Las Vegas brewery. The tour comes with a flight of four beers. It’s a great way to learn more about the beer making process, support an independent business, and enjoy some of the best beer you can imbibe in Las Vegas.
Bad Beat Brewing
Located in the same complex as CraftHaus, Bad Beat Brewing is another rapidly growing newcomer to the Las Vegas craft beer scene. The company currently only distributes in Nevada, making it a rare treat for tourists and a cherished secret for locals. Bad Beat Brewing currently has four beers in its year-round lineup and a larger number of creative seasonals. Popular brews include The Ringer (crisp German pilsner with a touch of citrus), Bluffing isn’t Weiss (fruity hefeweizen with a substantial mouthfeel), and Dogs Playing Poker (smooth English stout with fig and molasses notes).
The Bad Beat Brewing taproom has all of its selections on draft and many of its offerings available in cans or bottles to bring home. Shuffleboard, giant Jenga, and a Nintendo console are available to play. The taproom has an “early-20-something from the ‘90s got a lovely apartment and doesn’t know how to decorate” vibe, but in a charming way. Food trucks are stationed outside and customers are permitted to bring their own food. The company often runs special events, like its “Karate Karaoke” night, music bingo, trivia night, and more.
With delicious beers that are destined for greatness, Bad Beat Brewing’s fame should spread well beyond Nevada in the near future. Give the taproom a visit and say you were one of the cool kids that enjoyed Bad Beat before it blew up.
With a location at the base of the Fremont Street Experience, Banger Brewing is a brilliant place to kick off an evening in Downtown Las Vegas. The beers are so delectable that many customers come in for a pint and stay for several more. The company was started by five friends that worked food service jobs at The Bellagio. Their passion for beer and hospitality lead to Banger Brewing.
The El Jeffe is one of the most popular beers from this Las Vegas brewery; it’s an American hefeweizen infused with jalapeno, serrano, habanero, and bell peppers for an unforgettable touch of spice. Morning Joe is a light golden ale that’s given a bit of richness from coffee beans. Sandia is a wheat beer that’s made with 200 pounds of watermelon per batch; this delightful and refreshing summer beer is arguably the company’s most popular seasonal.
The Banger Brewing taproom offers the company’s five signature beers, a large selection of seasonals, and several beers from other brewers. It has a small menu of snacks, fries with various toppings, and sandwiches. The company offers brewery tours daily Monday through Thursday and twice a day on weekends.
Hop Nuts Brewing
As you’ve probably deduced from its name, Hop Nuts Brewing is a Las Vegas brewery that’s wild about hops. Although it’s known for its hop-forward concoctions, it also has a number of tasty beers that are malt-heavy. Hop Nuts has eight beers available throughout the year, accompanied by a number of seasonal brews.
Named after the city’s NHL team, The Golden Knight is a dry and strong Belgian ale that satisfies. On the other end of the spectrum, Harry Porter is a rich and dark beer with lovely coffee undertones. IPA fans will love Chasing Clouds and Hopathon; the former is a New England IPA made with three different hops for complexity, while the latter is a West Coast IPA that has an in-your-face fruity flavor.
The Hop Nuts brewing taproom has 15 of the company’s beers on draft and 5 guest taps. Food is not served, but patrons are allowed to bring outside food into the bar or order food for delivery. The company conveniently offers a binder of takeout menus. The restaurant next door, Makers and Finders, will bring your order to the taproom.
More Las Vegas Brewery Taprooms
Those are nine of the best Las Vegas Brewery taprooms you can visit. With a burgeoning craft beer scene, there are many choices, with more coming each month. For additional ideas on where to drink, eat, and play in Las Vegas, visit our website.