Taste Test

There’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot summer day, but just because triple-digit heat is probably behind us for this year doesn’t mean our love affair with suds has to end. And with that in mind, beer lovers and brew masters will gather at the Golden Nugget on Oct. 15 and 16 as the casino hosts its first Fall Beer Festival.

Things get under way at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15, with a Great American Craft Beer Tasting in the Grand Events Center. Tickets to the three-hour event are $50, and give beer lovers a chance to try more than 300 artisan beers in 180 minutes. (There’s also food and entertainment, but you’re not going for the appetizers or to watch the band.) The itinerary also includes a traditional tapping of 12 kegs of craft-brewed draft.

The intoxication continues on Day Two as The Tank hosts a free Oktoberfest-themed pool party from 3-9 p.m., complete with a Miss Oktoberfest contest. This raises a question: Can lederhosen double as a swimsuit?