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Old 01-21-2013, 01:09 AM   #1
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Default Planning a trip to Las Vegas and Phoenix.

I'm planning a trip to Las Vegas, Phoenix, and possibly a 3rd destination. I'll be there for 10 days. I'd like to make a few beer-related stops. Any good brewpubs or beer stores I should visit?

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Old 01-21-2013, 01:13 AM   #2
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Barley's Brew Pub & Casino in Vegas/Henderson used to be real good. Holy Cow is closed down. I'd ask these folks http://snafubrew.com/Forum/index.php about both areas.

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Old 01-21-2013, 01:29 PM   #3
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Four Peaks in Phoenix (Tempe) is our best brew-pub. The food and atmosphere are great, and they make some of the best beer in town. Their IPA won gold for Strong Pale Ale at GABF a year or two ago; it's pretty good =) Otherwise, it's a fun place to kick back a few beers, as it's about 1/2mi from ASU's campus. Great vibe, with a good mix of college kids and adults. It's a bit of a zoo around spring-training season, but always fun. If you have time for one, go here.

Papago Brewery is pretty much a bar, but a great one. Great beer selection (mostly other breweries), and good pizza.

Santan is down in Chandler. Pretty good beer, ok food. Good vibe. The brewpub it self is very nice, but I've never been wow'd by the food. Beers are hit or miss for me. None are bad, but most are just good.

There's a number of small startups in the past couple years, and I really don't have much feedback on those.

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In Phoenix I definitely 2nd Four Peaks and San Tan. Everything they make is good to phenomenal. I'm a huge fan of Four Peak's Kiltlifter and Hop Knot. San Tan's PA and IPA are also really good IMO, and they just released their seasonal Sex Panther which is a chocolate porter and also one my favorites. There is a small bar off Scottsdale Rd in Scottsdale (close to Papago) called AZ Wine that has a really good craft beer selection on tap. There are Groupon deals that pop up for Old World Brewery and I do not suggest going there, probably the worst beer in town.

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Thanks. I'll check a few of these out. I'm also hoping to pick up some hard to find west coast beers while I'm there. Any good beer stores that might stock some interesting stuff?

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Thanks. I'll check a few of these out. I'm also hoping to pick up some hard to find west coast beers while I'm there. Any good beer stores that might stock some interesting stuff?
Yes, we get most West Coast brewey's beers. Russian River and Alpine are the only two popular ones we don't get.

Total Wine and Bevmo are the big-box liquor stores. Tops and Sun Devil liquor are the smaller family owned ones that have great selection. Firestone Walker Union jack and Double Jack. If you haven't had them, buy them.

I'm not sure what you don't get in your area, but Green Flash, Lost Abbey, Port, Moylan's, and Bear Republic are all fantastic.
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For Vegas, not sure where you're going to be staying, if you'll have a car, etc. Last time I was there staying at Palazzo, and I spent a day checking out every single beer bar on the Strip, walking down one side and back up on the other side.

So, on the Strip, my favorite beer bars are the Pub (I think that's the name) inside Monte Carlo, and Burger Bar inside Mandalay Bay. Burger Bar has something like 20ish taps, although they have cut back on the number of craft brews on tap, and a decent bottle list. Usually they have one tap that's got something pretty good on it. Last time I was there it was DFH 120. The Pub has way more taps--not really sure how many exactly, and an impressive bottle selection to boot. I found the bartenders at both locations to be pretty friendly and knowledgeable.

If I had to pick one, I'd say The Pub is a better choice.



Also I will put a shout out to the bartender in Carne Vino, who sold me a $8-$10 glass of Pinot Noir and then gave me samples of all their homemade liquors sitting on the bar when I asked about them (apparently I was the only person who had ever asked to try them), followed by free samples of the bartender's favorite Italian grappas.

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Yes, we get most West Coast brewey's beers. Russian River and Alpine are the only two popular ones we don't get.

Total Wine and Bevmo are the big-box liquor stores. Tops and Sun Devil liquor are the smaller family owned ones that have great selection. Firestone Walker Union jack and Double Jack. If you haven't had them, buy them.

I'm not sure what you don't get in your area, but Green Flash, Lost Abbey, Port, Moylan's, and Bear Republic are all fantastic.
Actually Union Jack is one I 'm hoping to get. I can get Double Jack around here, but not Union Jack for some reason. I had some on tap in NYC and thought it was fantastic.
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Vegas isn't a great place for craft beer... Last time I was there, though, I went to Todd English P.U.B. and generally enjoyed it.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/todd-english-p-u-b-las-vegas-3

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http://www.brewcommune.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=2452

Good tap list, good food, hot waitresses, and open your wallet. That about sums it up.

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Actually Union Jack is one I 'm hoping to get. I can get Double Jack around here, but not Union Jack for some reason. I had some on tap in NYC and thought it was fantastic.
UJ is probably my favorite beer in the country. At the moment I'm particularly smitten with Stone's Enjoy By IPA, but Union Jack is amazing.

They date their bottles, so check the dates. It holds up pretty well, but it's even better fresh.

Also there are a couple bars that almost always have it on tap. The Hungry Monk down here in the East Valley has it on tap about 99.4% of the time.
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