The Changing Face of Beer in Las Vegas

(03/13/2013) Nick Tribulato

The Changing Face of Beer in Las Vegas


While the local craft beer scene has had some solid brewpubs making a wide variety of quality, award-winning beers for the local market since 1993, the Strip area has not been as hospitable for craft beer lovers over the years.  As many Vegas tourists will attest (and locals can confirm), the obligatory trip on-Strip to enjoy the sites can mean dismal options when it comes to tracking down quality brew. For decades, the casino tap station has been the epitome of playing it safe, with mainstays like Bud Light, Michelob Amber Bock, and Shock Top rounding out the standard draft selection. Although we’re still behind the craft beer-curve compared to San Diego, Denver, and Chicago- the good news for beer aficionados is that the on-Strip Las Vegas beer scene is changing!

Once designated a “Craft Beer Wasteland” by Beer Advocate magazine, a recent influx of craft beer indicate the Strip has finally listened to the burgeoning populace of folk demanding fresh, flavorful ale while visiting the mega-resorts.  Finally, those participating in a convention at the Sands can pop into Public House at the Venetian for cask ale, or Big Dog’s very own small-batch War Dog Imperial IPA. Just finished up walking through the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay with the family? Head over to Burger Bar for a round of Chef Hubert Keller’s acclaimed burgers paired with a Dirty Dog IPA. Stuck in the dreaded sea of humanity that is the nightclub line at the Cosmopolitan? Just steps away, Holstein’s Shakes & Buns offers 24 craft drafts, including Big Dog’s award-winning Red Hydrant English Brown Ale, to ease the pain that will be $12 Newcastle Brown Ale in the club.

The Strip, a long time host to world-class culinary fare, is finally recognizing the demand for craft beer as well. Formerly dominated by wine-centric beverage menus, on-strip foodie hot spots now carry complex Belgian ales and experimental American craft beer to pair with their kitchen creations.  Many are even scheduling beer dinners and tap take overs with the craft brewers to further highlight the connection good food and great beer.

Never experienced a beer pairing dinner before? Opportunities to ditch the grape for the hop in this unique dining adventure are now the norm! Take your taste buds for a ride and catch a Big Dog’s Brewing Co. Tap Takeover Event- details below!

Big Dog’s Brewing Co.
Tap Takeover

When: March 19, 2013, 6-11pm

Where: Public House- Luxor Hotel & Casino

Beers: Tailwagger Hefeweizen, Watchdog Belgian Wit, Dirty Dog IPA, Red Hydrant English Brown, Sled Dog Imperial Stout

Pricing: $5 Big Dog’s Pints, $9 Tasting Flights, $15 Sampling Platters of American fare inspired by and to be enjoyed in tandem with Big Dog’s handcrafted beers! 

Check out the links below to track down Big Dog’s Draft and Bottled selections on-Strip, and throughout the Las Vegas Valley!

On Draft

In Bottles