Diners can wash down a five-course beer-pairing dinner hosted by Goose Island Beer Company at Lagasse’s Stadium in the Venetian. From salad to dessert, the Chicago-based brewery will pair a compatible brew for each course. Reservations required, 6 p.m., $55, 702-607-2665, Venetian.com.
Vegas Seven’s Desert Hops International Beer Festival returns to the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan for its third year. Festivalgoers can enjoy unlimited samples of more than 150 brews from around the world—including Las Vegas!—while VIP attendees will enjoy rare beers during the VIP hour. And everyone gets to appreciate the beer-friendly foods from Jaleo, China Poblano and Holsteins. $45, 9 p.m. to midnight, 800-745-3000, DesertHops.com.
New Belgium makes the rounds with Just a Love Tap, featuring a tapping of Love Apple Felix, a rare sour ale aged in Leopold Bros. apple whiskey barrels. Try the beer or make it a Boilermaker with a pairing of Leopold’s New York Apple Whiskey. $6, Atomic Liquors, AtomicVegas.com.
New Belgium Brewing Company assistant brewmaster Grady Hull shares his company’s rich history, unique corporate culture and, of course, delicious brews hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado, at A Class from Grain to Glass. RSVP to reserve your seat. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Total Wine & More, 501 N. Stephanie St., Suite 1202, 702-433-2709, TotalWine.com.
Aug. 28- 30
Mandalay Bay and Back Bar USA team the three-day Las Vegas Beer & Barrel Project, featuring four beer seminars; craft beer and barrel-aged spirit tastings on Mandalay Beach; and two beer-pairing meals including a three-course brunch at Fleur. $200 all-access, à la carte tickets available, 702-632-7777, LVBeerBarrelProject.com.
Celebrating the glory of aluminum packaging, beer lovers can sample unlimited tastings of more than 100 craft beers poured exclusively from cans at Canfest in the Peppermill Resort in Reno. For more info about beer in Reno. $35, 6-11 p.m., 755-826-2121, CanfestBeer.com.
Get thee to San Diego for Las Vegas-based Motley Brews’ first out-of-town event, the Brew & Food Festival at Waterfront Park. More than 70 breweries will present 200-plus beers, along with food from more than 20 chefs and live music. Proceeds benefit San Diego Coastkeeper. $40, 3-6:30 p.m., BrewAndFoodFest.com.
At Cask Fest, no less than 10 Bad Beat Brewery cask-conditioned “real ales”—unfiltered and unpasteurized—will be served directly from a cask without introducing nitrogen or carbon dioxide. Purchase a two-drink ticket for $15 or unlimited pours for $30. Each comes with a Cask Fest barrel glass. 5 p.m.-midnight, 702-463-4199, BadBeatBrewing.com.
Can you believe it’s been one whole year for CraftHaus brewery and taproom? Celebrate with a Glitter Bomb Anniversary, featuring 16 beers on tap, three firkins, live music, food from Rx Boiler Room, Taco Fest and JoJo’s Jerky. Your ticket includes six 4-ounce beers and a souvenir glass. 6 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, CraftHausAnniversary.BrownPaperTickets.com.
Sept. 18-Oct. 31
For an authentic Oktoberfest celebration, stop by Hofbräuhaus for all things German including food, beer and entertainment. 702-853-2337, HofbräuhausLasVegas.com.
At Aces & Ales’ Tenaya location, guests can enjoy any of 10 different Brooklyn Brewery beers for $5 each during Brooklyn Brewery Craft Appreciation Night. A free pint glass comes with the first beer purchase, plus there will be raffles for specialty bottles all night. 5 p.m., 2801 N. Tenaya Way, 702-638-2337, AcesAndAles.com.
Oct. 2-4, 9-11
Ready to road trip? Celebrate two weekends of beer, German cuisine, specialty vendors and live contemporary and German oompah music at Das Beer Fest on the Riverwalk, a sidewalk between the Colorado River and the Colorado Belle Casino in Laughlin. Free admission, beer available for purchase, 702-298-4000, ColoradoBelle.com.
Oct. 9- 10
Save the date for Golden Nugget’s Fall Beer Festival, a two-day extravaganza that includes the Grand Tasting at the Grand Event Center ($45 in advance, $55 day of), as well as a free Friday-night pool party at The Tank. GoldenNugget.com.
For a little friendly competition, head over to Aces & Ales’ Tenaya location for the East vs. West event, tapping 50 beers from four West Coast breweries (Firestone, Port Brewing Co., Speakeasy Ales and Sierra Nevada) and four East Coast breweries (Victory, Dogfish Head, Brooklyn and Ommegang). Guests will be given scorecards, and the victor will be announced at the end of the night. May the best coast win! 5-10 p.m., 2801 N. Tenaya Way, 702-638-2337, AcesAndAles.com.
Big Dog’s Draft House will feature more than 45 craft beers, live music and genuine Wisconsin-style brats at DOGtober Beer Fest & Brat Party. Food and beverage is pay-as-you-go using the Big Dog’s festival token system, and a portion of proceeds goes to the Animal Foundation. Free admission, token packages available for purchase Sept. 1,3-9 p.m., 702-645-1404, DogtoberBeerFest.com.
Motley Brews brings back the Downtown Brew Festival, offering a more intimate festival experience with shorter lines to sample more than 200 beers from 60 breweries at the Clark County Amphitheater. Try beer-inspired dishes at Restaurant Row, plus enjoy live bands and other entertainment. 5–9 p.m., tickets start at $35, DowntownBrewFestival.com.