One of the oldest styles of beer in the world, originating in Germany, sour beers are gaining momentum in the United States. If you’re new to sour beers, one food/drink critic described them perfectly: “Sour beers are to the adult beverage world what yogurt is to dairy. It’s beer that’s been intentionally spoiled by good bacteria.” When at a bar or restaurant, look for descriptions like tart, pale, funky, wild and barrel aged. Here are 5 best places to find Lactobacillus and Pediococcus bacteria brewed into your beer.
Aces & Ales’s Sour Wild Ale
2801 N.Tenaya Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89128
(702) 638-2337

Aces & Ales has two locations in Las Vegas, both offering a wide variety of food, drinks and the finest of craft beers, inspired by the famous gastropubs of London. Nightly specials and two happy hours keeps this business booming. With 22 beers on tap at the east side location (3705 S.Nellis Blvd), and 50 on the West side, you’ll have no excuse not to try one of many sour beers, along with a full range of other beer styles. Two popular sour beers are ‘The Bruery’ – Sour Wild Ale, and ‘Under The Rose’ – a French Farmhouse Ale. Try going on a Tuesday at 6 pm at either location for their $20 beer and food sampler, offering 6 different brews.

Boulder Dam Brewing’s Plum Saison
453 Nevada Highway
Boulder City, Nevada 89005
(702) 243-2739

Located about 25 minutes from the Las Vegas strip, Boulder Dam Brewing in Boulder City is yet another great place to try out a new or different beer. Brewed on-site, their finely tuned handcrafted beers have won numerous awards over the years, and the food, beer, wine and live entertainment every weekend out on the patio set the stage to try their current selections of beer. The “Plum Saison” is a farmhouse ale made with a Belgian yeast strain, a complex sour beer with a finishing fresh plum taste.

Big Dog’s Draft House’s Prickly In Pink
4543 N. Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
(702) 645-1404

Opened in 1988, Big Dog has won numerous awards for their signature beers, including a gold medal for their ‘Big Dog’s Red Hydrant Ale’ at the Great American Beer Festival. Beer is handcrafted in small batches, and is available on tap at Big Dog’s and around town in 22 oz. bottles. The neighborhood brewery and casino offers food, drinks, events, seasonal and signature beers, including sour beer. “Big Dog’s Prickly In Pink” is a pale wheat beer low in alcohol with a light bread and clean lactic sour flavor.

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Public House’s Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale
3355 S.Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
(702) 407-5310

Located in the Venetian on the Las Vegas strip, Public House is a casual setting for business or leisure, and home to the first certified beer cicerone in Las Vegas, (think wine sommelier.) Rare Cask beers, Pilsners and Belgians are among 200 premier beer selections, inlcuding 24 on tap. One of the popular sour beers at Public House is the ‘Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale,’ a slight lactic sour beer with a somewhat spicy smooth finish.

Hop Nuts Brewing’s Papa’s Red Ale
1120 S. Main St.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
(702) 816-5371

Hop Nuts is the first microbrewery in the rising Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. The eccentric bar inside, or the patio outside, offers a relaxed atmosphere to try one of their original, classic or seasonal unique beers. ‘Papa’s Red Ale’ is one of the popular sour beers, but be sure to ask if there are any new light, dark, sour or smooth beers in the making.

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