Triple 7 Hits the Jackpot for Craft Brews in Downtown Vegas By Jack Bulavsky
Updated: Feb 28, 2022
Triple 7 Restaurant and Microbrewery opened at Main Street Station in 1996 during the rise of the modern craft beer movement. As the first brewery in downtown Las Vegas, it established a landmark for the area and a cornerstone of local craftsmanship.
Tom Harwood is Triple 7’s Brewmaster. He has been brewing at Triple 7 since 2015 and has seen the craft beer community grow and become more sophisticated. Harwood oversees six award-winning microbrews and is always thinking about a new creation to add to the list of his hand-crafted beers. “Las Vegas has its own taste, culture and style of beers when compared to other parts of the country,” he said. “We have a great local following, but many tourists come here, and they expect something different. They want a Vegas-style beer, not something they might find in Portland or San Diego or Phoenix.”
A Menu of Standards and Seasonal Brews
“I have five beers that are available all the time and have proven themselves over the years,” he said. “But I might have several others on tap, such as an IPA, a Pilsner, or maybe an Imperial Red with an eight percent ABV (alcohol by volume). Our traditional beers are not that hoppy and don’t have a high ABV, so I like to create seasonal beers, for instance, a Mango Hefeweizen in the summer or Imperial Stout in the fall.” There is always a Brewmaster Special on a monthly rotation, which could include Raspberry Wheat, India Pale Ale and the famous Black Cherry Stout that won both silver and bronze at the 1997 and 1999 Great American Beer Festival.
The five standard beers at Triple 7 are:
· High Roller Gold, a refreshing lager and the most popular
· Marker Pale Ale, slightly bitter with an ABV of 5.6%
· Royal Red Lager, a medium bodied Vienna-style lager
· Blackchip Porter, full-bodied with a blend of five malts that gives it a complex flavor
· Double Down Hefeweizen, unfiltered in accordance with custom for this traditional German wheat beer
Pair Your Beer With a Bite
Harwood likes to mention Executive Chef Joseph Koniski who oversees the restaurant. “We have such a high-quality menu that pairs so well with our beers,” he said. “There are items like Korean short ribs, Texas chili with corn bread, seared ahi salad, Chinese chicken salad, poke bowls, gourmet pizzas, the house lager-battered cod fish and chips, smoked brisket sandwich, and our famous 777 hamburger that comes with a special brewmaster sauce.”
Triple 7 is open Thursday – Monday, from 5 p.m. – midnight.
Triple 7 Restaurant & Microbrewery
Main Street Station
200 N. Main Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
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