Downtown drinkers, your lives just got a wee bit easier. In a bright Arts District space with a smattering of outdoor seating, CraftHaus Brewery has joined the burgeoning ranks of the Downtown beer scene. And while its marquee announces itself as a brewery, that's a bit of a misnomer. The new location doesn't include actual brewing operations; all beers are still brewed in the original Henderson Booze District brewery.
The lack of an actual on-site brewpub impacted the original permitting process, slightly delaying the opening. But always-resourceful CraftHaus' owner Wyndee Forrest worked with the city to establish a new type of permit, allowing for both on-site consumption and to-go purchases previously limited to actual breweries. And the world is a better place for her perseverance.
What this means: You can try some of CraftHaus' more eclectic offerings beyond the Booze District, including the surprisingly quaffable Scorpion malt liquor, the NoMad Restaurant collaboration Belgian brown ale ¡A Ganar, A Ganar! and a straggler from a quartet of anniversary ales brewed in conjunction with local coffee roasters—the Mothership rendition. Along with the recently opened Able Baker and Arts District stalwart Hop Nuts, you've got yourself a high-quality beer crawl.
CraftHaus doesn't have a kitchen, but Downtown darling Esther's Kitchen is right across the street, ready for deliveries. You're welcome to order in all the freshly baked house-made sourdough bread with anchovy garlic butter or cacio e pepe chitarra your heart desires.
CraftHaus Brewery & Taproom 197 E. California St. #130, 702-888-1026. Daily, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.