Who Has the Largest Beer Selection in Nevada?

The previous holder of this designation was The Pub at Monte Carlo, which with more than 300 beers closed on Oct. 3 to make way for the resort’s rebranding as The Nomad and The Park. About six weeks prior to that Pub 365 at the Tuscany opened and surpassed The Pub with its number of beers equaling the days of the year. Now yet another pub has entered the market and reigns as the holder of the largest selection: World of Beer at the Galleria Mall in Henderson. Part of a nationwide Tampa-based company founded in 2007 with more than 90 locations known for its expansive beer selection, the newest Southern Nevada location opened in late September as the first in Nevada, and boasts of 550 bottles and cans and another 51 on tap, pushing it well into first place.

The new pub is easy to get to, with an entrance right off of the parking lot at the newly expanded southwest end of the mall and is on the upper level between Larsen’s Grill and Gen Korean BBQ House. Franchisee Wolfgang Hauck, a native New Yorker who has been in the booze biz his whole life, visited here four years ago and after not seeing an abundance of craft beer offerings realized the concept would fill a niche in Southern Nevada.

I’m happy to see a commitment to carrying local brews and during my visit found Nevada brews from Bad Beat, Big Dog’s, CraftHaus, Great Basin, Joseph James, Lovelady, Tenaya Creek and Tonopah Brewing, nearly all of the Nevada breweries that distribute. Other beer gems being poured during my visit included several not found elsewhere, such as Deschutes Abyss, AleSmith Lil Devil, Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura, Evil Twin Cowboy and Tahoe Mountain Evolution of the Barrel. Your best bet is to order the four-beer sampler, with choice of any of the beers on tap. I’m also happy to report that your beer will not be poured into any frosted glasses, which as any savvy beer connoisseur knows will dull the intricate flavors of a fine craft beer.

The room décor features large windows, Edison lights, a long bar, wood tables, booths, several TVs, an outdoor patio with oversized Jenga and cornhole games and most importantly, a chalkboard listing the offerings on tap and a cooler delineating beers by their place of origin.

The kitchen is helmed by Kitchen Manager Brian Escalante who executes all dishes from scratch such as street tacos in flavors of beer-battered shrimp/Sriracha lime, beer-brined chicken and beef barbacoa/Sriracha lime; wings in flavors of dry rubbed, Buffalo, garlic Parmesan, hot honey BBQ and Korean spicy; and dishes featuring chicken marinated for one day in beer. Speaking of that, 60% of the menu items contain beer, such as the fried dill pickles with peppadews and pickled green beans, served with an IPA dipping sauce; and Tavern Taters—tots topped with homemade beer cheese, jalapeños, crispy bacon, scallions and sour cream.

If you want a deal, check out the Happy Hour Mon-Fri from 3-7 p.m. and Sun-Thu. From 10 p.m. to close with a selection of beers for $4, Tavern Shares for $5 and cocktails and wine
for $6.

I see World of Beer being a beer destination, as well as a reward to yourself after the strenuous work of shopping at the mall. Go to worldofbeer.com/Locations/Henderson to see the complete food menu, current draft with announcements posted the moment a new keg is tapped, bottle and can selection.

Hours are Mon-Thu 11 a.m. to midnight; Fri 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sun 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

World of Beer
1300 West Sunset Rd, Suite 2940
Henderson, NV 89014

The Strip Celebrates Oktoberfest

Last month the two newest beer-centric pubs on the Vegas Strip took the opportunity to celebrate the German holiday that is centered around beer. Beerhaus at The Park went for a traditional celebration, which was held inside the restaurant and outdoor area where the Dummkopfs performed. There were also ceremonial steins, drinking games, 10 different Oktoberfest-style lagers from around the world and the US such as Ayinger, Spaten and Firestone Walker and food to fit the occasion including German potato salad and three kinds of brats.

Beer Park by Budweiser at Paris Las Vegas held its bash on the rooftop perch of the Chateau Nightclub underneath the Eiffel Tower, and while the food it served up soft pretzels, brats and chicken wings was mainly traditional fare, most of the beers poured were not Oktoberfest style, with the likes of Gordon Biersch Strawberry Sour, Banger Brewing Jalapeno Heffe, Elysian Space Dust IPA and a Mystery Lager that guests had to guess what beer it was. Ready for the big surprise? It was none other than Budweiser.