October 6, 2014

Something Good is Brewing in Henderson

Henderson is now home to a booze district. It's tucked away in an industrial block on Eastgate Road not far from the Auto Show Mall. When you drive up the desolate road you'll feel you're going the wrong way, but keep the faith and you will come upon Bad Beat Brewery, CraftHaus Brewery, Grape Expectations and the Las Vegas Distillery. Friday, we stopped in to see what Henderson is brewing.

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Our first stop was Bad Beat Brewing. There is no bad beat at this brewery. We chose a flight so we could sample all the varieties currently being brewed. Love that they carry their theme throughout. The names are playful and the flight is served in what looks like a poker chip.

Bluffing isn't Weisse has banana and clove notes which I prefer to the citrusy Hefeweizens. It's pretty tasty.

Ante Up Amber is rich with some bite. But it's not overpowering or too bitter.

The Daily Grind Pale Ale is easy drinking at its finest.

Ale in Hole is a Basil Pale Ale. You will either love it or hate it. One of my favorite beers have honey and basil, but I found this one to herbaceous. The basil is packs a fierce punch.

Hoppy Times is a delicious IPA. It's a bit lighter and it doesn't have heavy a floral aromas which I appreciate. I'm fond of more bitter IPAs. This one was pleasing.

Gutshot is an Irish Stout. It is smooth and tastes like coffee, but no coffee is used. The flavor comes from the roasted barley. Great for a night you want to get all warm and cozy.

Bartenders were attentive, but didn't offer much history on the beer or brand. My only nitpick is that the tap room is too bright. It feels like an office space. Love that they have games, darts and shuffleboard, though.

CraftHaus is a great addition to the neighborhood. Steve gave us a tour of the brewery and was happy to answer all of our questions. The owners are incredibly passionate about their craft. They are currently brewing an IPA, Resinate, and two Saisons: Pomegranate and Evocation. We started with a flight to try them all and loved both the IPA and Saison enough to have one of each. The bar is comfortable and relaxed. The cuckoo clocks and dippy bird brought back fond memories of my grandparents.

They are celebrating Oktoberfest with specials and German treats. They also started offering Jones soda varieties.

I can't wait to see to see these breweries grow. This area has the potential to develop into something really special. Las Vegas consumes a huge amount of libations. It's about time we add to those crafted locally.

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