(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 8 | View All Season 8 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: June 20, 2021
The Bar's Original Name Was: Nevada Brew Works
Nevada Brew Works Address: 1327 S Main St Ste 160 Las Vegas, NV 89104
Nevada Brew Works was a Las Vegas, Nevada bar that was featured on Season 8 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Nevada Brew Works Bar Rescue episode aired in June 2021, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place a couple of months before that during Bar Rescue’s Covid-19 inspired focus on Las Vegas.
It was Season 8 Episode 6 and the episode name was “Rookie of the Beer”.
Nevada Brew Works is in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It’s located about five miles away from the Las Vegas Strip.
As the name suggests, it’s both a brewery and a bar, rather than just a standalone bar.
In January 2020, Jason Taylor, the owner of Nevada Brew Works, began construction on the bar.
At that time, he was working as an electrical engineer.
Ken, Jason’s father law and investor, was named Brew Master.
Due to the pandemic, the bar opened in September 2020 without much fanfare. It’s about the worst possible time you could’ve started a bar (but remember that they started construction before people knew how big of a deal Covid-19 would be).
Jason worked as the bartender and didn’t train the staff to save costs.
The beer menu was trendy, but the cocktail menu was not.
Jason ran out of money and had to put his home up for collateral when he took out a loan from the bank.
His wife is pregnant, and the couple already has a child that has special needs.
Basically, the Nevada Brew Works Bar Rescue episode is one where you’re really hoping Jon Taffer can help them out.
Rob Floyd, expert mixologist, and pizza expert Tony Gemignani are Jon Taffer’s experts for the rescue.
Tony goes into Nevada Brew Works as Jon’s spy.
He uses the QR code for the menu. When told his pizza will take about fifteen minutes, Tony orders a beer.
Rob joins Tony at the bar and orders a drink and chicken wings.
On the camera footage, Jon sees tickets piling up in the kitchen, yet the cook is only making one meal at a time.
The drink Rob orders is terrible, and after sitting at the bar for a while, the pizza hasn’t even been started yet.
Jon Taffer comes into the bar to speak to Ken and Jason about the long wait times.
Jon thinks Jason needs to learn how to cook to help out in the kitchen when they get backed up.
When the pizza finally comes out thirty minutes later, Jason tells Jon they learned how to cook it from YouTube.
The spies can tell that they learned it on YouTube because the pizza does not taste good.
The next day, Jon Taffer and the experts return for a meeting.
Jason admits to being untrained and using the old sauce on Jason’s pizza.
Rob and Jason also bring up the timing issues then they look over the bar and kitchen.
The cheese is of low quality in the kitchen, and the sauce is not homemade.
The bar is not functional, and the bartenders cannot work efficiently.
Rob times the bartenders on making margaritas while Jason trains the staff on making a pizza with fresh ingredients.
The stress test is about to begin. The server gives the kitchen all the orders at once.
Jon Taffer goes and makes Jason help in the kitchen.
Drinks are going out fast, but the food takes a long time.
Eventually, the kitchen picks up and creates tasty food.
After the stress test, Jon gives Jason praise, while Dani is called out for being a slow bartender.
Rob shows the bartenders how to make sangria, and Dani is timed while she makes it.
Jon brings the owners to UNLV, and their Senior VP tastes Nevada Brew Works beer.
He likes it and offers to sell it, which is a big get.
After thirty-six hours, the staff gathers for the relaunch.
The interior of the bar is more colorful and brighter.
As with a lot of the episodes from the first half of Bar Rescue Season 8, Jon Taffer didn’t change the name of the bar and stuck with the original name of Nevada Brew Works.
Nevada Brew Works now has a contactless pickup station, a Bluezone system, and Atmosphere TVs.
The relaunch starts slowly. Jason converses with the customers.
The kitchen picks up speed.
The customers are delighted with the offered beers and food.
Nevada Brew Works Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Nevada Brew Works Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer and his crew left the bar.
As with all of the bar’s from the first half of Bar Rescue Season 8, Nevada Brew Works’ biggest problem was the Covid-19 pandemic and health restrictions, not necessarily the fact that it was a “bad” bar like a lot of bars from other season.
So, you’d expect that as Covid-19 pandemic restrictions started to recede, the bar would get back on track.
Of course, that assumes the bar was able to weather the storm and actually make it to the end of the tunnel.
Thankfully, there’s good news about Nevada Brew Works…
Is Nevada Brew Works from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2023, Nevada Brew Works is still open and serving customers in Las Vegas, NV.
The bar is very active on its Facebook page, regularly posting about upcoming events and specials.
As you’d expect from a beer place, they show a lot of sports and have specials to match.
It seems like you can watch the game outside on the patio, which sounds like a nice experience.
Here’s an example of a post from the Nevada Brew Works Facebook page:
Here’s what the Nevada Brew Works Las Vegas location looks like in the most recent picture from Google Maps street view – you can see that they have a very cool curb appeal:
Reviews for the bar also seem very good as it has a 4.5 star rating on Yelp and Google Reviews.
4.5 stars on Yelp is a pretty dang good rating for a bar from Bar Rescue, as most other bars are more in the 3 star or 3.5 star range.
Here’s a sampling of some of the recent Nevada Brew Works reviews from 2022, which is well after the Nevada Brew Works Bar Rescue episode aired on TV.
5 star Yelp review:
Nevada Brew Works was the third brewery that we visited during our Saturday night bar crawl at the Arts District.
By far I think Nevada Brew Works was my favorite brewery to visit.
Sitting on the patio we enjoyed an amazing view of the Stratosphere.
4 star Yelp review:
Welcome to brewery visit #187.
This was our third brewery of the day and was a great stop.
First of all, it was BUSY!
There was a college game on and there were quite a few fans of one of the teams.
We grabbed flights while the ladies hovered and finally nabbed a table on the patio.
The patio is a great spot to watch the world go by.
My apologies for not giving more details on the individual beers.
We were enjoying the company of friends and enjoying our beers!
5 star Yelp review from June 2022:
I chose this place after seeing it on Bar Rescue.
I really enjoyed it.
I do wish that it was a little bit bigger on the inside but I had a good experience.
The two beers that I had were tasty and I enjoyed my pizza.
I had friendly experiences with the staff, you get back the energy that you give out.
There are also some negative reviews, though.
Some people criticize the staff quality and service.
But overall, it seems like people are really enjoying Nevada Brew Works.
This is another one that can be added to the Bar Rescue success list.
If you want to see some other Las Vegas Bar Rescue episodes, check out these posts:
- Capo’s Restaurant update
- Paradise Cantina update
- Gipsy update
- Ninja Karaoke update
- Champagne’s update
- The End / Underground Wonder Bar update
- Shattered Bar update
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Last updated: 2023-01-24 06:28