Aces & Ales (2801 N. Tenaya Way) Aces’ newer—and larger—location features 50 rotating taps emphasizing rare pours, like exclusive collaborations with Stone (New England-style IPA Millennial Decay) and Tenaya Creek (red ale Second Cousins). Bring a growler … or three.
Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar(1115 S. Casino Center Blvd.) In six short months, this Arts District spot has established itself as a must-stop on beer adventurers’ Vegas tour, offering 30 rotating taps filled with finds like Funkwerks’ Saison and Able Baker’s Double Barrell Honey Dipped Stout.
Also: Atomic Liquors, Corduroy, the Kitchen at Atomic, Nevada Taste Site, Pizza Rock, Velveteen Rabbit
BBD’s (Palace Station) Not only is this recent NYC import set up with 26 taps pumping out hard-to-find, vintage, nitro and cask brews, it boasts a custom draft delivery system reported to be the first of its kind in the Vegas Valley. Recent sightings have included Sand City’s Oops I Hopped My Pants IPA and Interboro’s We Bring the Monkey With Us sour/farmhouse ale.
Also: Bar Code Burger Bar, Beerhaus, Beer Park, Burger Bar, Crown & Anchor, Pub 1842, Pub 365, Rebel Republic, the Sand Dollar Lounge, Tacos & Beer.
World of Beer (Galleria at Sunset) The name’s no lie; this mall-adjacent beer hall serves up 52 options on tap and another 500 (!) in bottles and cans. Marvel at the central-bar infusion tower, sign up for the loyalty program and earn freebies as you down rare gems like Avery’s (16.3 percent ABV) Rumpkin pumpkin ale.
Also: Khoury’s, Pizza Rock, Shakespeare’s.
595 Craft and Kitchen (4950 S. Rainbow Blvd. #100) This year-plus-old locals’ favorite took home a 2018 Weekly Best of Vegas award for a carefully curated tap list that rotates seasonal goodies like Occidental’s Oktoberfest and exclusives like Tenaya Creek Jade Garden pilsner through its 24 selections.
Also: Cheba Hut, Public School 702, Sporting Life Bar.
BRO, DO YOU EVEN BOTTLE SHARE?
For the unindoctrinated, bottle sharing is the gathering of beer drinkers for the sole purpose of enjoying beers that might not otherwise be readily available locally. Each attendee typically brings a bomber (aka a 750 ml bottle) of something not readily available here—beers typically acquired on cross-country travels or in trades online. So no longer are you bound by regional distribution models preventing you from trying the Alchemist’s Heady Topper or 3 Floyds’ Dark Lord.
Where does one bottle share? Local beer sceners throw private ones frequently, but for those not in such circles, there are a trio of regularly scheduled public shares where you can tiptoe into the pool.
Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits (9915 S. Eastern Ave. #110) The alleged godfather of the Vegas bottle share scene, dating back to 2012, draws drinkers from across the Valley every Wednesday at 6 p.m., coordinated with a new beer release. Bring an obscure bottle, or grab one from the loaded coolers. Corkage charges vary depending upon whether your bottle is from your fridge or theirs.
CraftHaus Brewery (7350 Eastgate Road #110) The Henderson Booze District hub hosts a bottle share every Thursday night beginning at 5 p.m. Buy a beer while you’re there, and share something from your stash with the group.
595 Craft and Kitchen (4950 S. Rainbow Blvd. #100) Chris Jacobs/Beer Zombies hosts the Last Saturday Bottle Share at high noon each month. A $10 entry fee gets you a beer glass for the share and a raffle ticket—plus, it gives you an excellent reason to day drink.
A MYSTERY AT REBAR
Why order PBR or Schlitz when you can get a microbrew for the same price? If you’re feeling lucky (and your wallet’s feeling light), head to ReBar in Downtown Art’s District and order the mystery beer. Unlike the meatloaf you used to get in elementary school, this mystery is half the fun. For $3, you’re delivered an ice-cold beer in a brown paper bag, and you can bet it’ll actually have some flavor (and probably a higher ABV) than any of those cheap domestics. No, you don’t get to ask what the mystery beer is, but it’s a chance worth taking. Past mystery beers have included IPAs from Uinta, Ballast Point and Saint Archer. The risk is worth the reward.
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