With brewing beer, it’s all about the ingredients and patience to craft tasty, cold suds of your own. Try as you might, there’s always the possibility of running into a snafu here and there. Las Vegans are lucky to have a number of resources, shops and clubs that will help you be your own brewmeister, offering ingredients, supplies and expert advice to make your first batch the best.
Vegas Homebrew & Winemaking
5140 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Las Vegas Homebrew & Winemaking is here to please you, with an ever-expanding inventory based on customers’ needs. Here, you will find everything you need to brew your own beer or make your own wine. It has a complete inventory to suit those just making their first batch or for those experienced brewers needing to add to their supplies. As a relatively new business, it is always looking for ways to improve its service and supply list. Of course, this service comes complete with expert advice by folks eager to help you out.
2230 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Suite 150
Henderson, NV 89052
You-Bottle-It is the place to go in Henderson for the full beer- and wine-making experience. The newly expanded store contains a complete inventory of essential supplies, including the full line of Wyeast and White Labs and over 60 different hops. You can explore more than 50 different beer kits and 30 different wine kits, so there’s no problem finding just what you need for your excursion into home brewing. Expert advice is available to help you concoct your favorite beverage of choice.
Washoe Zephyr Zymurgists
If you live outside the greater Las Vegas area close to Reno and you want to get together for meetings to find out about brewing techniques and tried-and-true methods with like-minded folks, the WZZ is the place to be. This is a great resource for brewers wishing to enter into competitions and those beginners hoping to perfect their craft. The club holds a home-brew competition at the end of February each year to get you ready for the AHA National Competition. Members include BJCP judges who offer expert advice. Membership dues are $25 a year, including complimentary logo glassware. Meetings are held the second weekend of each month, with shared beer and food. All are welcome.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Keg World carries an extensive line of kits for those wishing to brew their own beer, including basics and extras to set up your own home bar. You’ll even find draught root beer, which is a rarity. From furniture and glassware to oak barrel products, genuine quality fixtures and equipment, Keg World has it all. Home brewers can find all of their needs at either of the two Las Vegas locations with expert advice available onsite. This shop will even help you find the right place for what you want if you can’t find it at either of its stores.
Nevada Brewers Guild
Las Vegas, NV
Whether you are looking for advice or the best beer bars in the Las Vegas area, there’s no better source than the Nevada Brewers Guild. If you run into problems brewing your first batch, or if things just aren’t going the way you hoped, this group has excellent online resources to help you find the answers you need. To find supply stores or local breweries and events, visit its website and get all of the current information. You’ll also find links to local Nevada clubs and brewer supply shops. The Nevada Brewers Guild acts as an advocate and supporter for local breweries and brewers as well as an excellent resource for residents and guests.
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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.