Four Beer Hoppenings and a Wine Dinner With Legendary Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Here's what's stirring in the beverage scene this week.

Courtesy of PKWY Tavern

PKWY Tavern has launched a beer dinner series at its Flamingo Road and Marks Street locations. The new monthly event largely focuses on local breweries, and kicked off with an August dinner hosted by CraftHaus Brewery with a Mexican-inspired four-course menu by executive chef Lanny Chin. Up next will be paired beers from Big Dog’s Brewing on September 12 at PKWY Tavern Flamingo Road and on September 27 at PKWY Tavern Marks. Chin says the menu will be a throwback to Midwest food and will include beer soup, chicken meatloaf sliders, Salisbury steak and apple pie. Pair those with Big Dog’s Peace Love & Hoppiness Pale Ale, Dirty Dog IPA, SeDATEd Belgian-style Quad and Red Hydrant Brown Ale. Tickets for PKWY’s beer dinners are $45 each.

Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest

The original Oktoberfest was a five-day wedding party that occurred in Munich, Germany, in 1810 to honor the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, and it’s been commemorated ever since. While millions still flock to Munich each year, you can save yourself the cost of a plane ticket and head to Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, where you can enjoy its Oktoberfestbier, the very same brew they’ll be drinking in Germany. Our Las Vegas Hofbräuhaus is an authentic replica of the identically named bierhalle in Munich, which is one of only six breweries commissioned to make the beer for the city’s Oktoberfest. This year marks the Las Vegas restaurant’s 14th Oktoberfest with celebrity guest keg tappings taking place every Friday and Saturday night, bands from Germany and Austria providing nightly entertainment and the aforementioned beer flowing from September 15 through October 31.

Those who have been around town since the late 1990s may remember the outdoor celebrations Gordon Biersch once hosted to commemorate its yearly anniversary, something it hasn’t done since 2006, but now that it’s time to celebrate the brewpub’s 20th anniversary, the parking lot party is back. Show up on September 16 from 2-11 p.m. and, like a blast from the past, you’ll enjoy live music from Bonafide—the reggae band who used to play on Saturday nights the first few years GB was open—plus games and food and beer priced at happy hour prices all day.

Las Vegas has seen plenty of beerfests in recent years, but has yet to experience one comprised solely of beers made with pumpkin. On Friday, October 13, Tuscany Casino will partner with Seattle-based Elysian Brewing, known for its yearly assortment of pumpkin beers, to host The Great Pumpkin Roadshow. Held poolside from 6-9 p.m., a collection of 30 beers infused with the gourd will be poured, including styles ranging from stouts and schwarzbiers to saisons and doppelbocks from local breweries including Big Dog’s, CraftHaus, Hop Nuts, Joseph James, Lovelady, Tenaya Creek and Triple 7 plus regional breweries Breckenridge, Four Peaks and Elysian, which will bring eight limited-release brews. Tickets are $30 until October 1, $35 after, which will get you a souvenir glass and 20 tokens with which to purchase beer and food.

Credit to Erik Kabik/Caesars Palace

On September 9, Japanese master chef Nobu Matsuhisa will roll into town along with his longtime friend, master of wine Yuji Aruga of Aruga Branca Wines from the Katsunuma Jyozo Winery in Japan, to co-host a wine dinner at Nobu Restaurant at Caesars Palace. The full menu for the seven-course omakase-style dinner won’t be announced till Matsuhisa arrives, but it will include a mix of hot and cold dishes, sushi and dessert, and the pairings will feature blends previously only available in Japan and poured in the U.S. for the first time at this dinner. If you can handle the $395 price tag, 702-731-7967 to RSVP.