March 15, 2011

Running with the Big Dogs — Las Vegas, Nevada

    If you are a beer aficionado, a big element of planning for any business trip or vacation is to scope out where you can find a decent brew. Even though Las Vegas is a late-comer to the microbrew scene, each year finds new and varied offerings. One of the best of the Las Vegas brew purveyors — Big Dog’s Brewing Company — is an inviting pub located in one of the ubiquitous Las Vegas strip malls west of The Strip. I have to admit that this is one of our favorites — we've been regulars for a long time — and we're thrilled that it is now on the iDine program.
    Big Dog’s has a great combination of craft beer, good food, gaming, and retail. In keeping with its Las Vegas location, the bar/casino has a gaming license and is outfitted with state-of-the-art LCD multi-denominational gaming machines. Smoking and dining with the full menu is legally offered in the bar area; the dining room is reserved for nonsmoking patrons.
    Whether you want a place to hang out with friends and enjoy some local craft beers, are looking for a place to hit at 2:00 a.m. for a late-night snack, need a friendly place to have lunch or dinner with the family, or want to celebrate with other sports fans, be sure and schedule time for a visit.
The Beer 
    Brewing award-winning beers in Las Vegas since 1993, Big Dog’s is Las Vegas’ original brew pub. While the beer is brewed across town at the Draft House facility, the brews served up at this convenient Sahara Boulevard location are fresh and go down easy in the dry desert climate. The beers are brewed using an all-stainless-steel 15-barrel system that can produce up to 30 kegs of beer per batch. Around 25 different styles of brews are made throughout the year, ranging from light beer to a rich, dark Russian Imperial Stout. 

    At any given time, the impressive beer selection features over ten craft beers on draft, including guest taps. The house award-winning brews include a smooth Black Lab Stout, showing a hint of caramel, a lightly hopped Real Draft, and a fragrant IPA — light beers, wheat beers, and porters complete the range. Specials and seasonal brews are generally available, too.

The Food
    Although food is served throughout the establishment, the restaurant itself is separate from the bar and provides a wholesome, if basic, family atmosphere. Locals come here just as often for the delicious food as for the beer, and the rack of ribs and the burgers are standouts. In keeping with the Midwest origins of the founder, the menu also includes some Wisconsin specialties such as a deep-fried Wisconsin Cheese Curd appetizer, Wisconsin Walleye (Fridays only), and a good selection of bratwursts. And for vegetarians — the BOCA Burger and Marinated Portabello Mushroom Burger are delicious.

Big Dog’s also offers some generous discounts:

Monday                       2-for-1 Philly’s
Tuesday                       2-for-1 Cheeseburgers (3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
Wednesday                 All-You-Can-Eat Fried Shrimp (3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
Thursday                     Double-Up Rewards Card Points (3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
Saturday                      1/2-price bottled wine and Big Dog pitchers
Sunday                        Rewards Card 2-for-1 Dinner Entrees (5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)

    Hours are Las Vegas typical — 24/7, 365. The restaurant area does close around 10:00 p.m.; however the full menu is served in the bar all night long. Big Dog’s is a comfortable place, a favorite with locals, and counts many tourists among its repeat customers. After just one visit, Big Dog's will become a regular item on your Las Vegas itinerary.

Note for visitors: Big Dog’s is located west on Sahara, four miles from mid-Strip. Although taxi fare can be spendy, taking a cab is recommended as craft beers tend to be a bit higher in alcohol than the average commercial brew.

Big Dog's Café & Casino
 6390 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89146
P. (702) 368-3715 

Originally published by Dishkebab
March 15, 2011

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