BREW FOR THOUGHT

For all the chatter of all the things that Benjamin Franklin is credited as saying, there is no evidence that the quote to your left was ever uttered by our kite-flying genius of yesteryear.

There’s more to support that he wasn’t a fan of beer at all.

He did love wine, or so it seems when he penned “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” in his circa 1779 letter to the Abbé Morellet.

He’s also credited with saying “A penny saved is a penny earned.” along with countless other great priceless and timeless insights.

None of that matters. In the end, it’s all just good old-fashion common sense, anyway.

What we do know though, is this…

Benjamin Franklin has been featured on the $100 bill since it was first introduced in 1914, and it remains the largest value bill in circulation in the United States to this day.

So, all that leads us to ask “How far does a hundred dollars go in Las Vegas if you’re looking for a great beer experience?”

The answer – “Further than you might think.”

The craft beer scene in Las Vegas is growing like crazy (fear not, it’s a good crazy :-)

There are more craft brewers today than ever, with more opening up all across town and throughout Nevada. And the best part is, the beer is great!

So, back to our question… Assuming that you are drinking alone (and we hope you’re not), you can enjoy anywhere from a few craft beers for that Benjamen of yours, up to 50 (before sales tax and tips to your friendly server) if you know where to go.

Las Vegas is all about variety. There are places where you have upwards of five hundred beers to choose from, including dozens on tap.

To see how far our hundred would go, we did a little legwork and some quick math over a couple amazing beers, and we’ve concluded that your dollar (or hundred dollars) actually goes amazingly far.

It’s generally accepted anymore that a quality craft beer six-pack will set you back about ten bucks, which means your $100 will get you about ten six-packs at several finer grocery stores. Not bad, sixty beers or so, crafted by your favorite brewers.

Most great destinations in the valley and on the Strip offer beers from around $4-10 a glass. Some places get closer to $12-15 for a beer, but still not bad when you factor in the setting. After all, this is Las Vegas, one of the most glamorous places in the world.

You don’t have to get far off-strip to enjoy awesome affordable beer.

Most craft brewers offer smaller size servings so you can enjoy several samplings for around $2-4 each. We enjoy this because we can experience lots of new beer flavors as beer flights.

On the other extreme, we recently visited a new Smith’s grocery megastore where they’ve set up a great beer bar center-court near the ready-to-eat food section. Smart thinking given they offer everything from fried chicken, to deli sandwiches, sushi and more, to compliment your brew. They have about a dozen regional draft beers to choose from with pints priced at $2 each and some for $3. At a beer a day, your Benjamin will get you through a month to a month-and-a-half (sans sushi).

In the end, no matter who said it first… Beer is proof that God loves us. And more importantly, that Benjamen in your pocket still goes a long way in Las Vegas, in wisdom, love, and beer.

Cheers to that!

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