MEETING AT MICROBREWERIES (AND DISTILLERIES)
Posted on September 03, 2014
As breweries become more popular as destinations for groups, they are bolstering their spaces to better accommodate the needs of organizations. Hardywood recently expanded, adding a room with A/V capabilities including projector, screen, and sound system. A glass garage door on one side of the room allows guests to see beer aging in whisky barrels, and a bar with a half-dozen beers on tap.
The same unconventional feel can be created at local distilleries. The Las Vegas Distillery offers a 1,000-square-foot Spirits Room and 4,000-square-foot Distillery. Visitors can join in tours to see how the distillery makes its vodka, rum, and whisky — including its Nevada 150 Bourbon, the state’s first official straight bourbon, released on Nevada’s 150th birthday. In addition to tasting the products, visitors can create custom labels and fill their own bottles from the barrel.
“The copper pot stills, the whiskey barrels, and the scent of the fresh-distilled mash creates an unforgettable experience for an event,” says George Racz, the distillery’s owner.
This month, on the same premises, the distillery opens the Booze District event space along with the Chocolate Makery (creating handcrafted chocolates such as Booze Bumps, Grandma’s Apple Pie Moonshine Balls, and customizable Story Chocolate Bars).
The Las Vegas Distillery is a rare space for the country’s gaming capital — a venue that offers what Racz calls “local community.” A refreshing change from the high-end restaurants, eye-popping shows, and dazzling casino floors, the distillery is a casual venue with an old-fashioned feel.
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