Brewery Name: Banger Brewing
Type of Brewery: Retail Brewery
Location: Vegas Baby! Located right on the old Vegas Strip at 450 Fremont Street.
Facebook: Banger Brewing
Growlers: They sell a couple different options at the Brewery including my favorite look: the tiny keg growler.
The Beers: Tons! Here are the beers that I tried on my visit:
They’ve got a slightly different list up at the moment and it seems that they rotate quite a bit. Banger is clearly going for beers outside the norm, with a few staples that everyone digs of course. The Hop Band Boom and Uncle Jud’s are both solid beers that fall in line with what one should expect from a good craft brewery. The Miley Sours is a bit unique coming from the brown ale, but not so overbearing that even non-sour fans will enjoy the taster of it. After that, WOW are these beers cool. The El Heffe absolutely begs to be paired with good food (chips and guac would be my choice) and the Step-Child somehow works in a massive kick of cucumber without making this beer taste like gin. The Morning Joe, however, completely wowed me. As you may be tired of hearing through my review posts, I am not a wheat beer fan. Banger already gave me a Hefe and a Kolsch that I enjoyed and then I had this one. I’d never had a light beer that was coffee flavored, and am not sure I normally would’ve even gone for it. It was so cool! This would be a no brainer for our Worth A Shot section and I’d highly recommend to anyone who likes beer or coffee (pretty sure that's everyone)!
Vibe: Right up my alley!
The bar itself could easily be mistaken for a nice cocktail bar if not for the brewing equipment and aging barrels at one end. Everything has great finishes with tons of stainless steel, barrel wood, and great use of their logo throughout. It was consistently busy while I visited (a weekend night, fairly late) as one would expect being on the strip. I like a place to be busy enough that there is a bit of electricity in the air but not so busy that I can’t get to the bar easily. A lot to ask for in some places I know, but it definitely adds to the experience.
Bartenders were EXCELLENT and were happy to come and chat with us between waves of customers after we showed some interest. They also offered info on a Saison they were bottling and gave us a try of the Shotski with our beers.
They’ve got glass walls that view into their brewery and have aging barrels and kegs everywhere as decoration and space fillers. Outside is obviously designed to fit the strip and not the inside of the brewery, but no harm there.
Dogs: Though I didn’t see anything about this, I can’t imagine dogs are okay here.
Price ($ to $$$$$): $$. Kind of tough here. Full pours and tasters seemed on the cheap side which is my main criteria. The stuff they had bottled, all of the merch, and growler fills seemed a bit expensive. I wrote the latter off to being in Vegas. They also run two happy hours every day which is always a welcome surprise to stumble into late-night.
Food: No food here, but plenty around and a really laid back atmosphere.
Final Thoughts: I don’t hold not having food against breweries like this, and my only suggestion is that they have a few more standard beer types available. I know that sounds counter-intuitive to what I have been harping on about the amazing flavored brews, but those are ones you want one pint of, not six. I’d love to see two West Coast IPAs on the menu and perhaps something like an Amber or Pale Ale. The Uncle Jud stout was delicious, but again, I think they might benefit from having a basic dark beer on the menu for those more interested in a few full pours.
Overall, this was a terrific experience and I was so very pleasantly surprised with this being a brewery wedged into the Las Vegas strip. No tourist-trap feel to this place at all and I’d highly recommend dropping in for the unique brews they’ve got.
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