Silver State Sips
Statewide distilleries are ready to share their unique operations and libations.
North, south, and almost everywhere in between, distilleries have popped up across the Silver State’s landscape. Craft cocktail connoisseurs have carved their own niche out of this trendy pastime, and each has a uniquely Nevada story to tell.
Las Vegas Distillery
In the state where there is no last call, tough laws favoring alcohol distributors prevented any distilleries statewide until 2011, when Transylvanian native George Racz boldly opened Las Vegas Distillery. The Racz-penned Nevada Craft Distillery Bill was signed into law in 2013, opening the floodgates for others to get in on the action. Today, Las Vegas Distillery produces whiskey, bourbon, vodka, gin, “rumskey,” legal moonshine, and makes a perfect first stop in the Artisan Booze District, which is home to several breweries and wineries. A wide variety of tours and tasting experiences are available.
Lost Spirits Distillery
The latest entry into Las Vegas’ growing distillery scene is found in the city’s newest entertainment and retail space: Area 15. Lost Spirits Distillery is one-part interactive show, one-part art gallery, and all parts quality liquor. Craft whiskeys, anejo tequilas, and rums are served in a football-field sized establishment with multiple tasting and touring options.
Desert Cane Distillery
Putting the RUM in Pahrump, this small-batch distillery promises big flavor. An easy 45 minutes from Las Vegas, Desert Cane Distillery serves hand-crafted rums made from sugar cane grown right on the property. The tasting room is the only place to purchase and enjoy these Nevada rums.
The Frey family has distilled five generations of grain farming expertise into a farm-to-glass operation. These self-described “whiskey farmers,” led by Colby and Ashley Frey, have made waves with 90-proof, non-chill filtered, single-barrel straight bourbon whiskey (three-time gold winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition) and single-barrel straight rye whiskey (2021 double gold winner). Visit on Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. to take a tour and taste the deliciousness.
Ferino Distillery was born from owner Joe Cannella’s exploration of his Sicilian roots. That journey led to the creation of delectable Italian liqueurs, cordials, and digestivos. Book a tour and tasting Thursday-Saturday afternoons to experience these international delights.