While many people might think beer is just for hot summer nights, real connoisseurs know beer is a beverage to be enjoy all year round. In Las Vegas, there are beer brewers and breweries developing winter flavors unique to Southern Nevada. Add a fun atmosphere, tours and supporting the economy, and those beers will taste even better.

Boulder Dam Brewing Company
453 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 243-2739
www.boulderdambrewing.com

Just 20 miles east of Las Vegas, Boulder Dam Brewing Company brews original beers. Draft Portal IPA is a classic American IPA with malty body and copper color made with 2-row brewers, Carapils, caramel and Munich malts. Pale Wheat Ale is light with 2-row brewers and Bavarian white wheat, chinook, Perle and cascade. Hell’s Hole Hefeweizen is a true Bavarian Hefeweizen wheat beer, made with 2-row brewers malt, Herschbrucker Hallertauer, spalt and Perle, with hints of banana and clove. High Scaler Pale Ale uses 2-row brewers, white wheat and Carapils malt along with German Hallertau, domestic chinook and cascade. For a tasting, try the Six-Shooter sampler tray for $10.

Triple 7 Brewery
Main Street Station
200 N. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV, 89101
(702) 387-1896
www.mainstreetcasino.com

Located in downtown Las Vegas, Triple 7 Brewery features six winter beers. Its High Roller Gold is light, crisp, clean and refreshing. Royal Red Lager is a German style Vienna lager that is malt forward with caramel and bread flavors, a hit of roast and a ruby red color. Marker Pale Ale is an American pale ale with a light malt backbone and citrus and floral flavors using citra and Centennial American hops. Double Down Hefeweizen is a classic German style wheat beer that is light with flavors of banana and clove. Black Chip Porter is an English brown porter with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee.

Banger Brewing
450 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 456-2739
www.bangerbrewing.com

Banger Brewing is part of the thriving downtown East Fremont district in downtown Las Vegas. The Black Eye IPA is made with black patent malt, giving it a robust roasted flavor. The Hop Bang Boom is an IPA dry hopped with citra and simcoes, with hints of grapefruit. Morning Joe is a German style Kolsch infused beer with a light malt body, dry hopped with French caramel coffee and hazelnut coffee beans. Midnight in Brussels is a dark saison with a subtle yeast flavor and rich color. IPK (Dry Hopped Kolsch) combines two styles with malt bill, hops and fermented with a Kolsch yeast.

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Sin City Brewing Co.’s Sin City Weisse
Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood
3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 732-1142

Grand Canal Shoppes
Venetian / Palazzo
3377 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 629-1906

3717 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 749-8864
www.sincitybeer.com

Sin City Brewing Co., a craft brewery with three locations on the Las Vegas Strip, produces signature beers and seasonal selections. Sin City Weisse is a traditional German Hefeweizen, featuring an unfiltered, straw-colored wheat beer with low hops, clove aroma and citrus undertones. Sin City Light is refreshing and crisp, micro-brewed with imported malted barley. Sin City Amber is a full-bodied amber hued lager made with imported and specialty malts. Sin City IPA is a full-bodied British-style India pale ale with a distinct hoppy nose and finish with a caramel malt. Sin City Stout is a traditional Irish dry stout with a roasted coffee taste, a hint of chocolate and rich hop profile with a dry finish.

Ellis Island Casino & Brewery’s Amber Ale
4178 Koval Lane
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
(702) 733-8901
www.ellisislandcasino.com

Originally opened as The Village Pub in 1967 by the Ellis family, the name was changed to Ellis Island in 1986 and remains a local favorite for its brewery. Light beer is handcrafted using barley malt, rice, the American hops and hand selected lager yeast. Amber Ale features a European taste and caramel color. Weiss is made with wheat malt and brewed in the Bavarian style with yeast left in the beer creating a light effervescent drink (served with a slice of fresh lemon). Stout, inspired by English and Irish Stouts, is a dark beer made with roasted malt, creating a rich, smooth, malty, full-bodied flavor. The original American Lager is a deep golden color, with hop character, floral tones, intense aroma and moderate bittering. IPA features a golden color and a slight tint of amber with American hops, big herbal flavors and a smooth finish.

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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (37 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.