Not long ago, the craft beer scene in Las Vegas was as barren as the surrounding desert. That’s changed quite a bit in the past few years. Not only is it easier to find quality, locally brewed beer in the town called Paradise — you can even visit a craft brewery right within a casino, for the beer fan’s ultimate Vegas experience.
Ready to plan your own visit to sip fresh hops and golden lagers amid the colorful lights and flashing signs in the Entertainment Capital of the World? Start your trip planning right here, with a few of the top breweries responsible for making Las Vegas a beer destination on the rise.
Tenaya Creek Brewery — 831 W. Bonanza Road
When Tenaya Creek first started brewing in 1999, they were making a bold move. Craft beer was not seen as a lucrative business opportunity then — especially not in Las Vegas, where even today the beverages of choice at casinos include mixed drinks and mass-produced light beers. Tenaya Creek started as a brewpub serving a full food menu, but they closed their kitchen in 2008 to focus wholeheartedly on making the best beer they could. In 2015, they moved to a new location on Bonanza Road, just across the freeway from downtown. They are by far the largest brewery in Las Vegas in terms of output.
While you can find Tenaya Creek beer throughout Nevada and the Southwest, the large, air-conditioned tasting room in the brewery is the best place to sample their wares. Look for year-round favorites like Hop Ride, a traditional West Coast-style IPA full of bitter hops, or the hefeweizen, an ideal choice on a hot summer day. Tasting room visitors will find a selection of one-off brews they won’t see anywhere else, as well as a few guest taps. The brewery has a live webcam for those curious to scan the tap list before they visit.
Banger Brewing — 450 Fremont St., Suite 135
Banger Brewing is situated just a few steps from the Fremont Street Experience downtown. For avid people-watchers, the outdoor seating provides a great view of the hustle and bustle of Fremont Street from a quiet location, while the dark, dive-bar vibe of the interior offers a cool sanctuary on a hot day.
Their list of core beers includes staples like a brown ale, pale ale, and an IPA, as well as some novel options, such as a jalapeño hefeweizen and a kolsch (light ale) with coffee added. Seasonal beers include thirst-quenchers like a watermelon wheat, and some stronger Belgian styles. Keep an eye out for the occasional sour or bourbon barrel-aged release, too.
Banger Brewing offers a food menu of light-but-tasty pub fare. We highly recommend the potato tacos and bacon popcorn.
Sin City Brewing — Various Strip Locations
The days of dreaming wistfully for a craft beer (and then settling for a subpar pilsner) on the famous Las Vegas Strip are long gone. You can thank Sin City Brewing for that, in part. This brewery serves up its creations at four locations on the Strip, operating bars in or near The Venetian, Bally’s, and a pair at Planet Hollywood.
Sin City Brewing’s small lineup of beers feature names that play to the city’s romantic or promiscuous nature, depending on how you view it: “Never Pass Up a Blonde” and “Say Hello to Amber” are two of the five year-round libations. (For those interested, the others are an English IPA, a hefeweizen, and a dry stout.) Each Sin City Brewing location also includes a seasonal offering on tap.
The brewery is known for their witty line of clothing and merchandise, and each t-shirt purchase comes with a free beer. Now, if only department stores worked that way…
Hop Nuts Brewery — 1120 S. Main St., Suite 150
Located in the city’s revitalized Arts District, Hop Nuts Brewing has developed a solid reputation in just over four years of operation. Not one to be content with brewing the same tried-and-true styles, Hop Nuts has pushed boundaries and kept up with the changing tides of American craft beer. You’ll find sought-after styles like the New England IPA alongside a strong list of mainstays, including a porter, red ale, saison, and more. A dozen house-brewed beers are pouring at any given time, along with eight guest taps.
If you’re planning a visit, consider stopping by during “Hoppy Hour” — 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day — when pints are just $4.
More Options for Beer Lovers
The above are just a few of the many breweries that have popped up across Sin City. For a full list, consult the Nevada Craft Brewers Association.
Looking for great beer to take home? Many Vegas breweries sell packaged beer to go, or offer to fill growlers for off-site consumption. If you’re downtown, check out Atomic Liquors (917 Fremont St.), which features the best selection of packaged craft beer you’ll find between Southern California and Denver.
Since it’s never a good idea to brewery hop and drive, consider an organized beer tour of Vegas. This allows you and your group to visit a handful of breweries on a chartered bus, with tastings included in the ticket price. For greater control and flexibility, you can also book your own private tour — which is a great way to celebrate special occasions.
Get Local in Las Vegas
Choosing to buy local craft beer is not only a delicious decision for you, but also allows you to support local businesses; something we’re passionate about at Sky Las Vegas Condos. We’ve made our home on the north end of the Strip, and we’re proud of the many businesses of all sorts that call Las Vegas home alongside us. We delight in living close to all the best that this city has to offer, including its many breweries. Whether you’re just passing through town, or looking to settle into your own life of luxury in this beautiful city, we encourage you to explore the unique crafts of our local businesses.