There is a hidden treasure in a lovely, unassuming part of Henderson in a commercial and industrial neighborhood near us 95 & Sunset Road. It’s a true find & must-visit experience for both local Las Vegas residents and visitors, it’s the Henderson Booze District! There are five, soon to be six, locally-owned artisan beer, wine & spirits makers are conveniently nestled together on Eastgate Road at Warm Springs. Each one is special, welcoming and available for you to visit, tours, sip & enjoy. It is a booze-lovers dream crawl!
Let’s take you on a virtual tour, sure to make your mouth water!
1. Las Vegas Distillery (7330 Eastgate Road, 702-629-7534) Las Vegas Valley’s first and only distillery produces vodka, rum, bourbon, moonshine and more. Book a tour for an urban traditional artisan “grain to bottle” family distillery experience. You will feel the steam heartbeat of the two beautiful pot stills, “The Las Vegas Copper Angels”, smell the fresh ambrosia of the fermented mash and listen to the peaceful breaths of the sleeping barrels. You will arrive as a Guest but you will leave as a Friend for a lifetime, says George Racz, Founder, and Distiller. Booking and more information may be found at lasvegasdistillery.com (Tours Tuesday-Friday, 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on the hour)
2. Bad Beat Brewing (200 steps south of Las Vegas Distillery. 7380 Eastgate Rd. #110)
The taproom is a smoke/vape free and gaming free establishment. They offer craft beer, guest taps, hard cider, cola, and water. They do not serve food except chips but you are more than welcome to bring in your own food, order delivery, or bring in food from a food truck (check schedule). Enjoy fun games like an original NES with over 20 original games, giant Jenga, shuffleboard, steel tip darts, and a variety of card games. (Closed Tuesdays. Mon, Wed, Thu: 5 pm – 10 pm, Fri: 2 pm – 12 am, Sat: 12 pm – 12 am, Sun: 12 pm – 11 pm) 702-463-4199 badbeatbrewing.com
3. CraftHaus (350 steps northeast of Bad Beat. 7350 Eastgate Rd. #110, 702-415-9184) The CraftHaus Brewery offers a taproom for you to enjoy your locally brewed craft beer. You are able to view the working brewery and fermentation from the large viewing windows. If you like, enjoy cheese and charcuterie plates from our “Nook” kitchen along with other small snacks to nibble on with your brew. They offer a non-smoking and nongaming environment for you to enjoy. Enjoy all this during normal business offers or take them up on the Saturday 11 am tour for $10. It includes a guided tour and a flight of 4 beers. The colorful decor and welcoming philosophy make this friendly brewery a must-visit. (Closed Tuesdays. Mon, Wed, Thur: 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-12 a.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m.) Learn more at crafthausbrewery.com
4. Grape Expectations (350 steps north of CraftHaus, 7360 Eastgate Rd. #125, 702-806-3383) Founded a decade ago, Charlie & Patty Peters had a dream to bring the community together through the art & craft of winemaking. Now, two times a year, new & experienced winemakers can crush, press, rack and bottle their own wine in the fall and in spring. The rest of the year, you can tour the facility and begin getting some ideas for when the Californian or South American varietals come in. And while you can’t drink at the winemaking school, General Manager Mike Schownbaechler is happy to inform you that the tasting room is right next door to the Vegas Valley Winery. (Tours Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 2 pm – 11 pm; Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.)
5. The Vegas Valley Winery (20 steps north/next to Grape Expectations, 7360 Eastgate Rd. #123, 702-806-3383) Clark County’s first and only winery, Vegas Valley Winery is the baby of Grape Expectation founders/owners, made possible when laws changed in Nevada, allowing for a winery in our densely populated community. Enjoy a tasting of 5 wines for $8 or enjoy your favorite wine by the glass in this warm, friendly winery. Ask about a tour of the winery and the wine school next door. The history, the charm, the education and the rows & rows of wine barrels make for a truly unique Las Vegas experience. The winery is smoke and gaming free and you must be 21 & older to enter. In addition to the hand-crafted wines, charcuterie and pizza are available for your enjoyment. (Open Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 2 pm – 11 pm; Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.) See more at vegasvalleywinery.com.