I'm one of those guys who actually go on beer vacations. Over the past 6 months I've written a couple really long, really VP intensive Trip Reports that also talks about what great beer is now available downtown. A couple of people have suggested that most of this board are not going to wade through those TR's. While I'm not going to recreate my experiences in these places, I am going to try and provide beer lovers some direction. The quality of Downtown beer has skyrocketed. The Arts District is particularly fantastically fantastic with 2 brewpubs and a tasting room already open and two more coming. We'll start with Casinos. Main Street Station MSS has their tap list on their website. They are an independent micro brewery. They have two bars, their 777 brewpub and the casino's Boar Heads Bar. BHB serves the brewery's standard line up. This includes a red, porter, golden, hefeweizen, pale, and an IPA. The IPA is probably their flagship at 7.6 %, 60 IBU's. The rest of the line up is 5% to 5.5%. These beers are comped to players both at the bar and on the floor. I honestly can't tell you how much they cost, but I will guess $2.50. Some of their glasses look like pints, but they aren't. The plastic cups are suppose to hold 14oz, the newer glasses are probably similar, and the pint looking glasses are a little above 12 oz. I like the Carlsbad IPA. The rest of their beers I consider as acceptable examples of their style. They are nothing I would pay for, but are some of the best beer that you can get comped on a DT casino floor. BHB also has a bottled collection. These do change and Bar Tenders will not always know what they have in the coolers. Most, but not all, of their bottles are displayed on the bar. When I left in November, bottles included Space Dust, basically a double IPA, and Stone's IPA. The 777 brew pub also carries the year round beers, but does not comp them at their non VP bar. It has HH's running M-F 3pm to 6pm and 11pm to 3pm. The beer cost more for larger servings. Beer is served in in attractive glasses by the pint or 23oz. Most people like the food and HH's have both food and beer discounts. 777 also has a Brewer's Special and Brewer's Reserve Taps. While I occasionally find these to be awful, they are usually at least drinkable and usually good to great. I've had a couple hit fantastic. Some floor servers use 777. You can get these comped from them if you know exactly how to order them. The current taps are a Rye IPA and a Brown.You should not expect a CW to know these taps. QQQQ's 4Q's has 3 bars. The downstairs bars carry some of Chicago Brewing's beers and (I think) Deshute's Mirror Pond Ale. All 3 are VP bars that comp their beer. I'm a big fan of their 7% Hardaway IPA that is only served upstairs in what is in effect a Chicago Brewing tasting room. This bar serves good food. They are known for their Chicago style square cut pizza. The staff are actually Chicago Brewing employees. Beer is comped for players in both 14oz and 22oz glasses. It's player's choice. They have a light ale, Red, Brown, Stout, Hefeweizen, a root beer, and IPA. I drink the IPA. A large glass cost around $6 or $7. The food is mostly $6 to $12. If you gamble and have comp dollars, you can pay with those. Oddly, while you can buy these beers at Magnolia's, they are not available at Hugo's which has a rather underwhelming beer lineup. I generally bring an IPA to dinner there. These beers aren't comped on the floor. In addition, they have an unadvertised rotating tap. When I left in November, It was Self Esteem Ale which was a California Common. Golden Gate Players can get excellent comped beer both at the bar and on the floor. CW service can slow down to non existent back where the good VP is hidden. In June I was drinking Stone's Xocoveza Stout and Delicious IPA. This month they still had the Delicious IPA, and added Bells 2 Hearted Ale, a good IPA, and Duvel, an actual Belgium beer. Serving size is maybe 10oz's. They have a lot of taps. I saw Firestone, Guinness, and a bunch of others that I don't remember. The challenge with getting good beer at GG is that staff don't know what they have. I had to memorize the name and tell the CW where the tap was located to get the beer I wanted. I was at the bar briefly twice this trip and could not find out what the bottled selection was. One BT just gave me an incomplete written list. Golden Nugget A GN VP bar has a pretty good selection of bottled beer, if you want to play bad VP for comps. If you will pay for your beer, I'll be talking about cheaper and better options later. California. I believe that the Cal still carries and comps Goose Island IPA. The standout beer there isn't comped to players. The bar serving Redwood has Dogfish 90 minute IPA in bottles. I think it costs $6 and $4 during HH. I always order it when I can pull a Redwood or noodle house comp. The noodle house has been only charging $4 for it. DTG DTG usually has Lagunitas IPA on tap. Otherwise, I consider the casino a beer desert. The Furnace Bar does have some decent beer for purchase and has a couple of HH's. I would have gotten a Greenflash IPA, but hit the brewpubs instead. Binion's Their cigar bar has decent BBQ. The bar has some bar tops, so beer is comped to players. Their taps are similar to the downstairs 4Q's bar. The standout tap is Tenaya Creek's Haulin Oats oatmeal stout. I was considering walking to Tenaya later that night, but 3 comped Oatmeal Stouts changed my mind. Serving sizes are the same as at Chicago Brewing. The D The Long Bar has a lot of taps. They comp players, but the VP is better upstairs at the Vue Bar. The Vue Bar was serving Stone IPA in bottles and Draft and Alaska Amber on tap. Someone else will have to talk about the Long Bar selection. Freemont, I assume Goose IPA, but I haven't had a beer there in years. El Cortez: There are no micros on the floor. The bars usually carry some drinkable stuff, but the bar tops suck now and I stopped drinking there. Feel free to make additions or corrections. I'm headed to dinner now, but will follow up with the excellent brew pubs that have opened up.