★ Gordon Biersch presents Beers & Brats in the Bier Garden: $10 gets you a cold 21-ounce brew and a brat. Can’t beat that! 5-7 p.m., 3987 Paradise Rd., 702-312-5247, GordonBiersch.com.
★ Catch the last days of Twin Peaks’ Oktoberfest in September with biergarten fraüleins, beer-poached Knotty Bratwursts topped with spicy brown mustard and tangy sauerkraut, and Samuel Adams Oktoberfest beer, poured at a frosty 29 degrees. 3717 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 285, 702-795-8946, and 9510 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 100, 702-564-1280, TwinPeaksRestaurant.com.
★ Hofbräuhaus gets in on its 11th annual Oktoberfest with a keg tapping by Eddie Griffin at 7:30 p.m. Rick Harrison has the honor Oct. 4, Anthony Cools on Oct. 10 and Holly Madison on Oct. 17; check the online events calendar for the complete celebrity guest-tapper lineup. While you’re there, test your strength during the stein-holding competition or receive a sound Jägermeister spanking—your move. 4510 Paradise Rd., 702-853-2337, HofbrauhausLasVegas.com.
★ Freakin’ Frog gets frisky with an Italian Beer Weekend, Sept. 26-28, showcasing 50 Italian beers (most starting at $3) and offering special menu items for the pairing. The Frog does it again Oct. 3-5 for a Belgian Beer Weekend. Oct. 10, beers are paired with Japanese whisky ($88), while on Oct. 18, it’s Beer Versus Whiskey, with more than 100 beers and 100 whiskies pitted against one another in a winner-takes-all-competition ($25). Finally, on Oct. 25 a U.K.-inspired beer-pairing dinner takes over ($50). All events start at 7 p.m., 4700 S. Maryland Pkwy., Suite 8, 702-217-6794, FreakinFrog.com.
★ Vegas Seven presents the third annual Desert Hops International Beer Experience, 8-11 p.m. at the Cosmopolitan (VIP ticket holders get in at 7 p.m.), offering unlimited tastings of 150 beers from 25 countries. Drink your way around the world, then tuck into beer-friendly cuisine by property restaurants. $45-$65 VIP, VegasSeven.com/BeerFestival.
★ Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits celebrates its 10th anniversary with a specially commissioned barrel-aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout by Joseph James, which will be tapped (and heavily discounted) from 5-10 p.m. Other rare beers and some specialty wines (think Caymus and Prisoner) will be opened throughout the party, which will be fed by the Dragon Grille food truck and punctuated by raffles and prize giveaways. 9915 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 110, 702-435-9463, KhourysFineWine.com.
★ Sample fine wine, beer and food from some of the city’s best restaurants—while helping to raise money for a good cause—at the Springs Preserve’s fifth annual Grapes & Hops Festival. $40 per person, $70 for two, $100 VIP includes early admission, private bar, specialty foods; 5-9 p.m., 333 S. Valley View Blvd., 702-822-7700, SpringsPreserve.org.
★ Oktoberfest is free at Centennial Plaza from 2-9 p.m., presented by the City of Las Vegas in partnership with the German-American Social Club of Nevada. The sixth annual event features German food, beers, music and dance with refreshments available for sale. Entertainment includes all-female “oom-pop” party band Oompoporama, and the Las Vegas Bavarian Dancers; a children’s activity area will feature caricature artists, face painting, balloon artists, games and activities. 401 S. Fourth St., 702-229-3515, ArtsLasVegas.org.
★ San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing Co. and Wirtz Beverage Nevada team up for Treasure Chest at Velveteen Rabbit, raising money for breast cancer research with every pint sold of the pink-hued barrel-aged saison with plum. 6:30-9 p.m., 1218 S. Main St., 702-685-9645, Facebook.com/VelveteenRabbitLV.
★ Golden Nugget’s fifth annual Fall Beer Fest pairs American craft beers with Oktoberfest for a two-day, around-the-world affair. Friday’s All-American Craft Beer Tasting offers more than 125 beers from 30 breweries, plus appetizers and live music ($55, 7-10 p.m.). Saturday, head out to the shark tanks for a free-to-enter poolside Oktoberfest (1-7 p.m.) with more than 150 beers and food available for purchase. 129 Fremont St., 702-386-8221, GoldenNugget.com.
★ Rock ‘N Roll Wine’s ninth annual Wine Amplified festival rolls in the barrels, adding a craft-beer garden (25-plus craft-beer selections) to the two-day event. Bands performing Friday include Train, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Of Verona and Auyon Jones & The Way; Saturday’s lineup includes Blink-182, Violent Femmes, Magic!, the Mystic Roots Band and the Mowgli’s. $69-$299, 4 p.m.-midnight, MGM Resorts Village, WineAmplified.com.
★ Always a crowd-pleaser: Big Dog’s Brewing Co.’s Dogtober Fest returns with a true Wisconsin-style brat party at the Draft House with 40-plus seasonal brews, huge hot pretzels, raffles and live music, all benefiting the Animal Foundation. Free admission, 3-9 p.m., 4543 N. Rancho Dr., 702-645-1404, DogtoberBeerFest.com.
★ Sip into something tasty at the eighth annual Taste of Spirit in the Grand Ballroom at the South Point, benefiting Spirit Therapies, which has been providing physical therapy on horseback for more than 10 years. Enjoy dinner, wine and beer tasting, live entertainment, live and silent auctions and a raffle; hosted by KLAS-TV anchorwoman Paula Francis. $75, 5-9:30 p.m., in the South Point, 702-219-1728, SpiritTherapies.org.
★ McMullan’s Irish Pub presents a four-course beer-pairing dinner. Menu highlights include avocado shrimp ceviche, spicy beef potato pasties, apple-glazed pork chops and banoffee cream pie paired with beers from Henderson’s Joseph James Brewing Co: Fox Tail Gluten-Free Ale, Citra Rye Pale Ale, American Lager, Weize Guy Hefeweizen, Red Fox Imperial Stout and a “nightcap” of Rum-Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Beer. (Joseph James also hits Culinary Dropout on Oct. 16, Henderson’s Gold Mine Tavern on Oct. 24 and Imperial Tacos & Beer on Nov. 6.) $60, 7 p.m., 4650 W. Tropicana Ave., Suite 110, 702-247-7000, McMullansIrishPub.com.
★ The Rock Star Beer Festival rolls into the Hard Rock Hotel with more than 30 breweries, such as Stone, Lost Abbey, Victory and Smog City, plus a frozen beer station (oh, hello, frozen Heretic Chocolate Hazelnut Porter!), sounds by DJ ParaDice and live music poolside at Rehab. Bands include Play for Keeps, All Night Pressure and Dantes Boneyard. Proceeds benefit the UNLV Beverage Management Club’s scholarship program. $35 in advance, $40 at the door, 7-10 p.m., Vegas-BeerFestival.com.
★ Local west-side watering hole Distill presents OctoberFeast, a four-course Oktoberfest-inspired beer-pairing dinner featuring sausage and sauerkraut fritters (served with a pilsner), beer bacon and quark cheese soup (doppelbock), pork loin medallions schnitzel or beer-battered dorsch (lager), and fried apple pie with graham cracker ice cream (with a Märzen). $55, 6 p.m. 10820 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-534-1400, DistillBar.com.
★ The October installment of the monthly Gus’ Beer & Bites beer-pairing dinner series at the Monte Carlo Pub welcomes the beers of Oregon’s Deschutes Brewing Co., which will be served alongside five courses of beer-loving cuisine. (On Nov. 19, the series features Shock Top beers, produced by Anheuser-Busch Brewing Co.) $65, 6:30 p.m., in the Monte Carlo, MonteCarlo.com/BeerSeries.
★ Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits celebrates Halloween with an evening of specialty one-off beers from Las Vegas’ local breweries served from giant beer-filled pumpkin kegs. Food trucks bring the eats; you bring your costumed and thirsty self. $25, 6-10 p.m., 9915 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 110, 702-435-9463, KhourysFineWine.com.
★ Enjoy live music and stroll cobblestone walkways with a frosty one in-hand when the Brew’s Best Fall Beer Festival takes over the Village at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, offering 80 local and regional beers from 20 booths. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, 2-6 p.m.; $40 VIP ticket gets you in at 1 p.m., BrewsBestLV.com.
★ Anheuser-Busch flocks to Lagasse’s Stadium for the Goose Island Brewing Co. beer dinner, featuring Goose Island IPA, 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Sofie, Honkers Ale and—who could forget—Matilda. Pairings include bacon-crusted swordfish on apple; grilled salmon on sweet corn; herb-roasted turkey breast on focaccia stuffing; and apple crisp with caramel sauce. Matilda will no doubt be stuffed. 6 p.m., $55, in the Palazzo, 702-607-2665, EmerilsRestaurants.com/Lagasses-Stadium.
★ Chopped alumnus, chef Rick Giffen of the Stratosphere hosts a four-course craft-beer dinner featuring the portfolio of Nevada Beverage Company as part of UNLV’s fall 2014 Chef Artist Management Class. $100, 6 p.m., in the Stan Fulton Building, 801 E. Flamingo Rd., 702-525-2127 for reservations, which are required.
★ Hi Scores has been hoarding kegs of Joseph James’ 2013 Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout and Fifth Anniversary Wee Heavy—and tonight, they’re both being tapped. Here’s the scoop: These beers get better with age, and these kegs are among the last available. 6-9 p.m., 65 S. Stephanie St., Henderson, 702-522-7766, HIScoresLV.com.