Here's some craft brew selections around the Las Vegas valley.
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Big Dog Brewing Company
Big Dog is a pioneer of the modern brewing industry in Southern Nevada. It opened the first brewery in 1992 and moved in 2003 to its current location in northwest Las Vegas. Its signature brews include Peace Love & Hoppiness, an American Pale Ale, and Sled Dog Stout, a 9.1 percent alcohol by volume barrel-aged nitro. Can I Get A "Wit"Ness, a Witbier, and Kibbles N' Nibs, an American Porter are some brewmaster specials.
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It's another of the older breweries around Las Vegas, serving beer since 1999. While there are the more traditional beers, such as the Tenaya Pilsner and Bonanza Brown Ale, there are also seasonal brews such as the God of Thunder Baltic Porter and the Old Jackalope, a Barleywine style ale.
Old School Brewing
It's easy to pass by Old School on Desert Inn Road but once you check it out, you'll want to return. Old School recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Their beers have school-related names, such as Homeroom Hefeweizen and Varsity Vanilla Porter. They also have great food, such as the chicken caprese and yummy pizzas.
Chicago Brewing Company
Whether you want to be downtown (Four Queens hotel-casino) or on the west side of the valley (Village Square), Chicago Brewing Company is a good choice with beers such as Old Town Brown and Weizenheimer. There's a happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and breakfast is served 24 hours a day.
Joseph James stands out a bit by offering its beer in cans rather than just on draft or glass bottles. The Henderson brewery has selections such as the Hop Box, an Imperial IPA, and Red Fox, a Russian Imperial Stout. And if you're with a friend who doesn't drink, Joseph James also makes gourmet sodas.
Bad Beat Brewing
The Henderson brewery has been around since July 2014. You can try flights, pints or even growlers of your favorite brew. Among its offerings are Bluffing Isn't Weisse, a tasty Hefeweizen, and Gutshot, a dry Irish stout. They also have rotating taps, such as a Chardonnay Barrel Aged Weizenbock that has a 9.3 percent alcohol by volume (and get your beer and wine in one!). Bad Beat also holds brewery tours on Sundays at 3 p.m.
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Lovelady is new to the block in Henderson but it has beer aficionados interested with a packed house for its grand opening in April. While the brews could be changing as it settles in, some of its selection includes the Love Triangle, a red ale, and Sour Puss, a kettle sour ale.
Triple 7 Microbrewery
Feeling a craving for beer while at a downtown casino? Check out Triple 7 restaurant and microbrewery inside Main Street hotel-casino. Beers include Black Chip Porter and High Roller Gold and there's an extensive food menu here, including sushi and late night.
Sin City Brewing Company
If you're looking for craft beer while wandering around the Strip, check out Sin City Brewing Company. The original is inside the Miracle Mile Shops, while the others are inside The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian hotel-casino and on Harmon Corner, facing Las Vegas Boulevard. All locations feature the brewery's five custom brews, including Say Hello to Amber and The Dark Side of Sin.
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Right in the middle of the Strip, it's a good place for both beer drinkers and those who would prefer hard alcohol or nothing at all. Located at Paris hotel-casino, patrons get a great view of the Bellagio hotel-casino (and of course its fountains) while also looking at the central Strip around them. And the beer selection isn't too shabby either.
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Beerhaus is part of The Park that opened earlier this year. There are a wide variety of specials during the week, including Tap Takeovers, Geeks Who Drink, Haus Party and Beer Freak Fridays. For Tap Mondays, Beerhaus will turn over five taps to a craft brewery while Haus Party is the daily happy hour from 4-6 p.m. with $4 featured brews and deals on food.
The brewery in Downtown Arts District held its grand opening in February 2015. They have an 18b Pale Ale, named after the 18b Arts District in which they're located. For "Harry Potter" fans, there's the Harry Porter. And one of their seasonal beers is the Imperial Espresso Stout, made from Bolivian espresso beans from Makers & Finders nearby.
Thirteen isn't quite enough to cover all the places to get beer in Las Vegas but it's a start. More breweries are "hopping" up all the time. Check out more breweries around Nevada at NVBeer.com.
If you're curious about checking out new beers but don't know where to start, Untapped is a fun app that allows you to check in on your beers (think FourSquare for beer) but also gives people's thoughts and critiques on beers at that location and beyond.
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