Some time ago we wrote about the concept of the casino brewery in an article about a few of Las Vegas’ best breweries. On might imagine that a city with a history of entertainment and gambling such as Las Vegas would also have a rich heritage of brewing its own beer but surprisingly that is not the case. There are some breweries here now but these are relatively recent additions – perhaps the feeling was that the casino atmosphere was more suited to cocktails and mixers rather than the amber nectar.
Things change of course and now it is quite normal to sit down at a game of poker or take a seat at the roulette table with a glass of beer. Even better, there are a number of local breweries that offer casinos the chance to sell a beer that is a cut above the usual corporate offerings. You can read about them in this article but today we’re going to concentrate on one that appears to be the perfect marriage for beer drinkers – Barley’s Casino and Brewing Company. It’s not actually in Las Vegas but is situated in Henderson, Nevada, not far from Vegas and as far as we can tell appears to be the only one of its kind.
Barley’s Casino and Brewing Company opened about 15 years ago, just predating some of the other breweries that began to open a few years later. It seems like such an obvious solution now – open up a huge slots-based casino and produce the refreshments yourself. It will prove more profitable in the long run, especially if your brews get a good name for themselves and perhaps new and returning customers will come and play your slot machines and video poker purely because they know they can get a good beer there. If you don’t sell your beer outside the casino, beer aficionados will head to your venue just to try them out.
The casino itself is not gigantic but it’s not small either. Slots and video poker are the main focus here (more than 200), there’s no poker or blackjack and you can’t test out your roulette skills here, but you can also use the sport betting facility if that’s your thing. Or why not order yourself beer while at the Brewer’s Cafe.
The beer has always been decently reviewed and includes brews such as Boulder Cold, Black Mountain, Red Rock and Blue Diamond. Slots fans and beer fans – give it a try.