The great brewery crawl of the Arts District

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HUDL Brewing Company, located in downtown Las Vegas. Photo by Isaac Garcia.

The charming Arts District has grown tremendously over the years. It seems as though there’s a new bar, restaurant or art concept added every few months. The brewery scene in the Arts District has grown over the years, as well, which most Las Vegas locals have yet to discover.

“I’ve only heard of breweries like Yard House and Gordon Biersch, which are bigger chain companies,” student Katrina Arbis said. “I didn’t know we had breweries in the Arts District! I’d love to try them because they’re more local, and I think it would be a fun and cool experience!”

Despite there not being an official “brewery crawl,” there is still a way to try it out on your own or with friends. To sweeten the deal, every brewery in the Arts District is within walking distance of each other.

The first brewery to kick off the crawl starts off at the south end of Main Street at Able Baker Brewing. Located at 1510 South Main St., Able Baker’s hours of operation are as follows: Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, it closes at 12 a.m.

Able Baker is known for its “atomic duck” mascot and for its presentation of beer flights. The beer flights are presented on a large wooden tray shaped like the foot of a duck, allowing for four spots of beer samples. As an added bonus, the rubber duck placed on every wooden tray can be taken home. 

The brewery displays its 34 selections of beers ranging from ales, hefeweizens, stouts, lagers and more upon its back wall behind the bar. Want to pace yourself before going all in on beers? Try the root beer, it’s a game changer.

The brewery is adorned with a patio attached to the front, perfect for people-watching and especially for enjoying the cooler fall weather Las Vegas currently has to offer.

Speaking of patios, the next stop on the crawl is Nevada Brew Works. Nevada Brew Works is north of Main Street and located at 1327 South Main St., making it a four-minute walk from Able Baker Brewing.

Beer aficionados are greeted with a large kettle featuring the words “Nevada Brew Works” in bold letters with the word “brew” in green-colored text. The patio provides customers with a full view of the surrounding shops and the famous “What Happens in Vegas” movie location across the street.

The brewery contains 16 beers as well as an extensive list of bourbons, ryes, scotches and whiskeys. Not only do they offer beer flights, but bourbon flights as well. Nevada Brew Works also provides a full menu of food consisting of typical bar appetizers, salads, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and desserts. 

Nevada Brew Works is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and open until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Ready for the next brewery but not ready to walk off the last bit of alcohol from the previous two breweries? Don’t fret, HUDL Brewing Company is conveniently located a few steps to the right of Nevada Brew Works.

Sharing the same address with Nevada Brew Works with the same patio view, HUDL is open six days a week. Its hours of operations are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

HUDL Brewing Company contains 24 beers on tap ready to be poured for beer consumers and enthusiasts alike. Enjoy the last few sips here as the crawl stretches to its last location.

CraftHaus Brewery, unlike the previous three, is tucked away on California Avenue instead of Main Street. The exact address is 197 East California Avenue. Despite being nestled away on a street with less traffic, CraftHaus is no stranger to the Arts District scene. 

What sets it apart from the previous locations is the fact that this location is a taproom. No beers brewed at this particular location, but the Henderson location brews them.

Despite not brewing the beers in Vegas, it does provide 24 different beers to drink inside as well as on its dog-friendly patio. For the hungry beer crawlers, the taproom offers traditional European sausages as well as cheese and charcuterie boards.

Whether you’re a beer lover or an occasional drinker, this Arts District activity is sure to bring all together.

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