Stonewise is a family-owned and operated craft mead and cider maker in Pahrump, NV, specializing in modern fermentation of ancient beverages with over 150 unique recipes and counting!
Offering a variety of options, including 12 taps of “sessionable” (less than 7% ABV) draft meads and ciders as well as higher ABV limited bottle releases, Stonewise has something for everyone.
Our meads and ciders are available to go with curbside pick-up!
Thursday: 4pm – 8pm
Friday: 4pm – 8pm
Saturday: 3pm – 8pm
Sunday: 3pm – 6pm
Monday: Closed for Production
Tuesday: Closed for Production
Wednesday: Closed for Production
Age: You must be at least 21 to purchase/consume alcohol. We welcome those under 21 (such as families, kids, babies) to visit our taproom with parents or guardians to enjoy games, our kids’ area, snacks, and our non-alcoholic beverages (e.g., craft sodas, juice boxes).
IDs: We require valid identification to purchase/consume alcohol. Valid identification is current (non-expired), government-issued, and contains your photo and birth date (e.g., driver’s license, state ID, military ID, passport).
Food: Although we have some small snacks available for purchase, you are always invited to bring your own food to enjoy with our drinks. We also encourage you to order takeout or delivery from any of Pahrump’s excellent food establishments!
Drinks: In accordance with Nevada law, no outside alcoholic drinks may be brought to or consumed at Stonewise.
Smoking: In accordance with state law, there is no smoking or vaping of ANY substances allowed at Stonewise or in our patio area. There is a small walkway nearby where you may smoke or vape, but you are not allowed to remove open containers of alcohol from our establishment.
Tours, Groups, & Parties: For information about hosting small groups, tours, or private events, please contact us here.
What's On Tap?
Updated: November 26, 2023
House-Made Session Meads, Ciders, Etc., on Draft
Off-dry hydromel made from desert wildflower honey and orange blossom honey.
Off-dry hydromel made from desert wildflower honey, orange blossom honey, and way too many cranberries!
Sweet melomel made from desert wildflower honey, blue agave nectar, limes, and oranges.
Sweet pyment made from desert wildflower honey, orange blossom honey, and zinfandel grapes.
Sweet acermel made from desert wildflower honey, maple syrup, milk sugar, and a mosh pit of Fall spices.
Dry, lactic-sour mead made with desert wildflower & buckwheat honeys, passion fruit, orange, and guava.
Off-dry, modern cider made from a blend of dessert apples.
Sweet, modern cider made from apples, lemons, cane sugar, and a smidgen of grapes.
Rich, modern cider made from apples, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, and milk sugar.
Semi-sweet cider made from apples, blood oranges, and mangos (the “d” is silent).
Sweet and tart “jerkum” made entirely from peaches.
Semi-sweet, modern cider made from apples, maple syrup, and real bacon.
House-Made "Viking-Style" Bottled Meads
Our original Viking-style mead uses Norwegian ale yeast, Kveik, to ferment loads of desert wildflower honey into whatever mead the Fates decide. Semi-sweet and intense; you may feel like raiding a monastery by the end of this bottle!* *Stonewise is not responsible for the raiding of monasteries. Eik is the Old Norse word for “oak” and this recipe splits a portion of Kveiking’s Fate off to age on oak from our friends at Desert Cane™ after they’ve finished making their Oak Amber Rum. With hints of bourbon, sherry, and rum on top of wildflower mead, the smoothness of each sip serves as a reminder to respect your elders!
Semi-sweet, desert wildflower mead aged on Madagascar vanilla beans.
Semi-sweet, desert wildflower mead aged on Central American cacao nibs.
House-Made "Shield Maiden" Wines
Bold and intense, our Cabernet Sauvignon mirrors the powerful and strong personality of Brynhild, the legendary Shieldmaiden and Valkyrie from Norse mythology.
Smooth and velvety, our Merlot matches Freydis Eiríksdóttir, the Shieldmaiden and explorer who displayed fierceness in battles and a softer side during her 11th century travels to North America.
Robust and spicy, our Zinfandel is a fitting representation of Hervor, the legendary Shieldmaiden from Iceland who was known for her feisty and independent spirit.
Complex and nuanced, our Pinot Noir pairs well with Lagertha, the legendary Shieldmaiden and Scandinavian ruler, who was a skilled fighter and leader with a sensitive side.
Vibrant and floral, our Muscat pairs well with Alfhild, the legendary Viking Shieldmaiden and princess who displayed both beauty and grace as a warrior princess, often disguised as a man to fight in battles.
Classic and timeless, our Chardonnay represents Gudrid the Fair, the Shieldmaiden, explorer, and settler who showcased wisdom and intelligence during her 11th century journey to North America.
Bright and lively, our Sauvignon Blanc is like Sigrid the Haughty, a Shieldmaiden and powerful 10th century queen of Sweden who was known for her political savvy and military prowess.
Fruity and citrusy, our Riesling is a good representation of Veborg, whose versatility and ability to adapt to different situations made her a legendary Shieldmaiden who fought alongside men in battles.
Nevada Craft Beer Selection
“Silver State, Blonde Ale carries round notes of caramel and finishes smooth.”
“Bursting with tropical fruit, pear, peach, melon, and citrus hop aroma and flavor — this IPA shines brightly with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that’s rich in hop character without bitterness.”
“A deep mahogany brew, rich with caramel malts and a hint of English hops with notes of toffee and toasted malt.”
“One of the most award-winning cream-style stouts in the world, Outlaw Milk Stout is infamous for its silky rich mouthfeel and unmistakable flavor that we craft from the generous use of roast and caramel malt.”
“It’s a little hoppy, a little malty, a lot crisp, and a lot more crushable! Exquisitely balanced with biscuit and caramelized sugar malt flavors against floral and citrus hops. Easy, flavorful, and elegantly nuanced.”
“Light bodied, refreshing vanilla cream ale is crafted for mass appeal. The combination of 2-row, caramalt, and biscuit malt produces a silky mouthfeel, accentuated with real vanilla, brightened by a pop of liberty hops.”
Cacao-a-Bunga Porter – “is infused with toasted organic coconut and roasted cacao nibs, resulting in a chocolatey explosion, a slight sweet finish, and a perfect touch of bitterness from the traditional UK hops used to brew it.
Dark brown with red highlights, it both tastes and smells not only of chocolate and nutty coconut, but also of coffee and caramel — pairing perfectly with the beer’s slight roast character.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are meads and ciders?
Mead, also known as “honeywine,” is a broad category of alcoholic beverages fermented from honey. Likewise, cider is the alcoholic beverage fermented from apples.
What does “fermented” mean?
In this context, fermentation is the process by which yeast convert sugars to ethanol and carbon dioxide. All alcoholic beverages start with fermentation.
How are meads and ciders different from beer and wine?
The different names basically come from the source of sugar. Actually, the easiest way to think about meads and ciders is to compare them to other alcoholic beverages, both well known and relatively unknown:
|Sugar source||Resulting drink|
Could you make it more complicated?
Sure can! Within the broad category of mead are a number of both ancient and modern “styles” that have their own names. Here are only a few:
|Hydromel||Mead made to have a lower percentage of alcohol (typically 3.5% to 7% ABV)|
|Melomel||Mead made from a mixture of honey and fruit (e.g., pineapple, elderberry, etc.)|
|Metheglin||Mead made from honey and various spices (e.g., ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)|
|Cyser||Mead made from honey and apples (similar to honey cider)|
|Pyment||Mead made from honey and grapes (typically wine varieties)|
|Braggot||Mead made from honey and malted grain (e.g., barley)*|
|Bochet||Mead made from caramelized honey|
|Acermel||Mead made with maple syrup|
*Both Federal and NV State law prohibit the use of grains by a winery; therefore, commercial braggots can only legally be brewed by a licensed brewery.
What are you serving right now?
Check above, under “What’s On Tap?“
Do you allow children/minors?
Absolutely! We welcome those under 21 (such as families, kids, babies) to visit our taproom with parents or guardians to enjoy games, our kids’ area, snacks, and our non-alcoholic beverages (e.g., soda, juice boxes).
Why do you close so early?
Our taproom is a place for grown-ups to enjoy a civilized drink with family and friends. Closing on the early side allows us to preserve this atmosphere.
Do you have a patio?
Yes! Weather permitting, the covered area directly in front of our windows has tables and chairs for your enjoyment.
How can I be an excellent patio patron?
We are so happy you asked!
Briefly, excellent patrons are polite, considerate of others, and do nothing that will cause Nye County to regret giving Stonewise a liquor license.
– Good patrons do not remove open containers of alcohol from the covered patio area outside our windows (lest they jeopardize our liquor license and our very existence).
– They return empty glassware from the patio to the bar, and they NEVER steal glassware.
– They are understanding when the bartender asks to see each person (and their IDs) who is ordering an alcoholic drink to be sure they are not under 21 or visibly intoxicated.
– They do not consume alcoholic beverages not served to them by Stonewise, including cans or bottles purchased in the taproom for off-site consumption.
– Good patrons do not smoke cigarettes on the patio! Instead, they go to their car or the designated area in the walkway between Chatthai and Precious Tattoos and they put cigarette butts in the butt receptacle at this location, not on the ground.
Do you allow dogs?
We allow well-behaved, quiet dogs on the patio. Dogs MUST be on a leash. They are NOT allowed in the taproom, no matter how cute or tiny they may be.
Do you serve food?
We have small food items for purchase (please ask for current options) and you are invited to bring a picnic, order takeout next door, or have delivery from any of Pahrump’s other food establishments! Please bring your own napkins and utensils because we may not have any.
Do you plan to serve full meals?
Not really. We make alcohol for a living and have no interest in running a full kitchen.
What do you serve?
We serve all of our draft meads and ciders (usually 12 choices) on tap by the glass or in flights. We have special-release meads, ciders, and wines that are made on-site as well as a carefully curated selection of beers made by local breweries. We have several craft sodas on tap, ice-cream floats (for mead, cider, and soda), several kinds of snacks, and water, which is always free.
Do you do drinks to go?
Yes, we sell Stonewise-branded 750mL glass growlers an 32oz insulated metal growlers of our meads and ciders, filled to order, at the tap room. We also sell limited-release bottles whenever we’ve got them (keep an eye out for these). Finally, we will refill your clean, well-maintained growler and we don’t care whose name is on the outside (though, there is a discount if it’s ours)!
When will you bring back my favorite mead or cider?
Unfortunately, it’s the very nature of mead and cider that honey and fruit flavors change from one season to the next. As small-batch producers, our focus is on developing new and exciting recipes that utilize the ingredients we have available. That being said, some recipes are so popular that we keep making new versions of them, so keep your eyes open and try to catch them before they’re gone.
What’s on TV at Stonewise?
We usually play music and the main TV shows information about the songs we’re listening to; the future TV in the kids’ area will likely show something our daughter has chosen to watch. Additionally, as huge Vegas Golden Knights fans, we show as many VGK games as we can.