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Posted: Oct 3, 2014 12:00pm ET
The most impressive craft beer bar in Las Vegas isn't inside a hotel or casino along The Strip, but rather in a tiny strip mall near the airport. Freakin' Frog is the name of the place, and while it may not look like a world-class beer bar from the outside, as the saying goes, it's what inside that counts. And while you won't see any freakin' sharks with freakin' laser beams inside Freakin' Frog, you will find loads of great beer, from the fairly common to the extremely rare. The bar shares space with a handful of other shops in a tiny retail outlet that is about a 15 minute drive from the Vegas Strip. It's directly across the street from the University of Nevada Las Vegas dorms (a wise business decision). It's a bit difficult to see from S. Maryland Parkway, the bar's official street, as it's tucked behind a vacant lot that's surrounded by a chainlink fence. Owner Adam Carmer is a gregarious, bespectacled fellow with neatly cropped hair and the type of memory that can only be compared to an encyclopedia. He came to Vegas in the early '90s to work as the maître d'hôtel for Treasure Island and never left. Carmer's worked as a hotel sommelier for the Mirage Resort & Casino and was named Steve Wynn's first hotel sommelier. Aside from owning Freakin' Frog, Carmer also teaches courses at UNLV in beer, wine and spirits. The guy knows his stuff.