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: September 20, 2023
House-Made Session Meads & Ciders
Off-dry hydromel made from desert wildflower honey and orange blossom honey.
Dry, lactic-sour hydromel made from a blend of wildflower honeys.
Sweet melomel made from desert wildflower honey, blue agave nectar, limes, and oranges.
Sweet melomel made from desert wildflower honey and pomegranates.
Semi-sweet metheglin made from desert wildflower honey, agave nectar, and hibiscus blossoms.
Inspired by Imperial Milk Stouts, this sweet mead was made with wildflower honey, buckwheat honey, cold brew coffee, milk sugar, vanilla, and toasted coconut.
Off-dry, modern cider made from apples with just a hint of orange blossom honey.
Sweet, modern cider made from apples, cranberries, and a touch of orange blossom honey.
Rich, modern cider made from apples, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, and milk sugar.
Sweet, modern cider made from apples, blackberries, and blueberries.
Off-dry, tart libation made entirely from pomegranates.
Off-dry, modern cider made from apples and Pahrump-grown pluots (plum-apricot hybrid).
House-Made 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! Named for Freyja’s daughter, Hnoss (the meaning of which is “Treasure”), this recipe takes a portion of Kveiking’s Fate and ages it on rosehips (the fruit, or “daughter,” of roses). Although the rosehips certainly add a sweet and floral femininity, do not be fooled! Like a Norse shieldmaiden, this mead can sneak up and take out even the strongest of warriors. Inspired by a gift of Dates from Odin’s Spear himself (AKA our friend, Jerry), a portion of Kveiking’s Fate was aged on Dates. This second release uses three times the Dates as our last batch and the Dates are from O.U Farms right here in Pahrump, NV. Adding a subtle fruitiness to the mead under which they aged, the Dates round out some of Kveiking’s Fate’s intensity, hinting at the natural molasses notes of this ancient fruit.
Nevada Craft Beer Selection
“Silver State, Blonde Ale carries round notes of caramel and finishes smooth.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.