Where the Business of Spirits Meets the Spirit of Business.
Located only 15 minutes from the iconic Las Vegas Strip, The Booze District is an alliance of family-owned beverage manufacturers dedicated to connecting the community through the spirit of spirits. The first of its kind in the Southwest, guests may taste award-winning locally-inspired beer, wine and spirits, tour the facilities that craft them, or even participate in the activity of creation themselves. Home to Bad Beat Brewing, CraftHaus Brewery, Vegas Brewing Company, Grape Expectations – Nevada School of Winemaking and Las Vegas Distillery, The Booze District is dedicated to the culture of crafting libations locally, and enjoying them together! I had four of these fine establishments give us a talk about what it took to open their establishments, the business of their spirits, and the new tour.
LAS VEGAS DISTILLERY: The first artisan craft distillery in the State of Nevada. Founded by George Racz, the family’s love and passion for their craft are contagious. Beyond the delicious and expertly crafted booze, the Las Vegas Distillery will serve you joy in abundance. Come feel the steam heartbeat of the two beautiful pot stills, “The Las Vegas Copper Angels”, smell the fresh ambrosia of the fermented mash and listen to the peaceful breaths of the sleeping barrels. At Las Vegas Distillery, you may arrive as a guest, but you will leave as a friend for a lifetime. George passed away last year, but his lovely wife Katalin continues to run the place.
BAD BEAT BREWING: Founded on a whim and funded by a home mortgage, Bad Beat Brewing has been all about one thing, a hardcore passion for beer. The first brewery to relocate to The Booze District, Bad Beat started in 2002 and now crafts an assortment of locally inspired beers that is sure to please any palate.
CRAFTHAUS: Dave Forrest is the owner and founder. CraftHaus Brewery is a community-focused brewery that produces artisanal beers infused with friendship. Their dedication to offering quality beer in a comfortable setting is only surpassed by their passion for sharing their love of the craft. Crafthaus has opened its 2nd establishment downtown Las Vegas at 197 East California Street with the name Crafthouse Arts District. It’s a must-try.
GRAPE EXPECTATIONS: “Where u make a da wine one barrel at a time.” Grape Expectations is a private client winery and school where individuals, groups, companies, and institutions will learn to make a barrel of wine from stomping to bottling. Our full-service winery produces single varietals and blends from hand-picked California North Coast and Chilean grapes, and our experts will ensure that your personal label is as delicious as it is precious.