Beer has been around for thousands of years. In the modern world, it is the third most consumed beverage behind water and tea. Throughout history, it has nourished us, quenched our thirst and even been used medicinally. Modern studies have proven that light to moderate consumption can actually reduce a person’s risk of stroke and cardiac disease. Beer is often considered the lubricant that makes run-of-the-mill events special occasions, and some of the world’s best beers and beer halls can be found in Las Vegas. — Mike Donahue

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

4510 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 853-BEER (2337)

For those who think beer starts and stops in Germany, Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas has a mouth-watering selection that exemplifies the freshness, taste and purity of all German beers. Its Hofbrau beer is made using recipes handed down for 400 years from Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria. It is imported directly from German breweries. Hofrauhaus Las Vegas is a reproduction of the historic Hofrauhaus Munchen, a famous German attraction in Munich that dates from 1589. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.

Tenaya Creek Restaurant & Brewery

3101 North Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, NV 89128
(702) 362-7335

Tenaya Creek Restaurant & Brewery opened its doors in 1999 to give Las Vegas residents and tourists an opportunity to enjoy a unique, locally brewed product that is second to none. Owner/brewer Tim Etter’s pilsner is special among a host of delicious beverages. It was awarded a gold medal at Denver’s Great American Beer Festival in 2002. Other singular brews include the malty Nut Brown Ale, which has a milder hop flavor than ales, and the Ringtail Pale Ale, a copper-colored drink with a medium malt body and high hop characteristics. It started out as a special brew for English soldiers in India. Guests can enjoy the many different varieties in the Tenaya Creek Restaurant, or the beers can be purchased at several locations throughout the city. Hours: Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Crown and Anchor

Crown and Anchor British Pub
1350 East Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 739-8676, (702) 739-0281

Little Crown and Anchor
4755 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 876-4733

Both locations of the Crown and Anchor British pub are considered paradise for beer drinkers. The small pubs have a vast selection of different brews, including 30 different draught beers from around the world, including Bass Ale, Smithwick’s Irish Ale, Boddingtons Pub Ale, Old Speckled Hen, Pyramid Apricot, Guinness Stout and Sierra Nevada. The restaurants serve traditional English fare that complements its best beers. Hours: 24 hours daily.