Seven reasons to lift up a glass—of beer!

1. Grab a group of friends and head to The Pub at Monte Carlo to experience Pubtoberfest, Sept. 17-Oct. 3. The 17-day spin on the world-famous Bavarian beer festival, Oktoberfest, culminates with the Pubtoberfest Festival on Oct. 17. Activities include $25 all-you-can drink beer sampling, a Bavarian sing-along, beer-pong tournaments and a “Das Boot” beer-chugging competition. Specials available beginning at noon every day. Just say “Ja.”

2. September at Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at the Palazzo means the return of the popular Moules, Frites and Craft Beer lunch menu, available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The menu offers a variety of succulent mussel and frites paired with American craft beers. Try yours steamed with steamed with tarragon, garlic and crème fraiche, chowder-style with corn, Nueske’s bacon and cream sauce, or à la Provençal, steamed in salsa verde broth with fresh herbs and pistou. Then pair with any of five brews from Delaware to Oregon and Cali. Dishes are $15-$16; beers $8-$9. If lunch is too early, Morels will hold a late-night four-course beer pairing dinner at 10 p.m. Sept. 29. $65 per person, 607-6333.

3. Enjoy a three-course meal with three beer pairings for $28 per person when Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar in the Monte Carlo (730-7965) offers a special craft beer dinner menu this month. Dishes include sushi, appetizers and entrees and are paired with beer from Sapporo, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Pyramid.

4. The countdown continues to Oct. 13, when the Las Vegas World Beer Fest takes up semi-permanent residence behind Bally’s, delighting hop-heads and ale-hunters with more than 500 different beers from 100 world brew masters, including brands not often found in the United States. The event is slated to run Thursday-Sunday for a full year.

6. At Rí Rá in the Shops at Mandalay Place, you can choose your own beer flight! For $6 (uh, that’s one beer in a nightclub, and a bad one at that), you select four different draught beers you would like to try from the pub’s extensive selection, 20 ounces in total.

7. Beer fetishists and wine snobs in Southern Nevada (and everywhere else) gather for good reason—to get wasted—at the Grapes & Hops Festival. Oh, and to benefit Par for the Cure, a nonprofit group raising money for breast-cancer research. Springs Preserve’s second annual fest features fine food from local eateries Mon Ami Gabi, Fleming’s, Stripburger and El Segundo Sol, plus tastings of premier wines and beers. Island-oriented jam-band Kava Kreation will perform. There are VIP tickets, which let you skip lines and secure a private, air-conditioned area with a Strip view. If you’re gonna blow a diet or ignore doctor’s advice, do it here. 5 p.m. Oct. 1, Springs Amphitheater in Springs Preserve, $35-$75, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., 822-7700, —Jarret Keene



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