In the 17th century, Paulaner monks from Munich would survive only on beer when they were fasting. Unless you have built up a monk-like tolerance, you are going to need something to eat during Vegas Seven’s third annual Desert Hops International Beer Festival, September 27 at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool. Property restaurants, including Jaleo, Comme Ça and Scarpetta, will be represented at the festival, each with its own concession booth, providing global cuisine to complement the international beer options.
The Cosmopolitan will also trot out a grill just for the event, serving bratwurst made with Old High German pork, beef and veal sausage, as well as currywurst, made with your choice of sausage, curry ketchup and onion straws. Each is served on a pretzel roll with smoked ham-hock sauerkraut, caramelized onions and choice of mustard for $7. Snack options include a warm, soft jumbo salt-and-cheddar pretzel with Schlenkerla smoked-beer cheese dip and spicy brown mustard for $4, or landjäger (a.k.a. a semi-dried meat stick) to gnaw on for $5.
So get your money’s worth of beer at the festival, but remember to eat, too—just as long as you’re not breaking any sacred vows.