Nevada Beer Events

October will be a great month for beer in Nevada, with five quality events taking place in Las Vegas and Reno. If you could be in more than one place at one time, October 10 would be a good time to do so, with three events taking place. Atomic Liquors in Downtown Las Vegas will host a sour beer festival, with more than 30 sour beers being poured. General admission will get in at 4 p.m. and VIP at 3. The event will also herald the launch of local brewery Joseph James’s sour beer line-up, with six beers being released at Atomic the day before and at the fest. Atomic is at 917 Fremont St. in the Fremont East Entertainment District. For more info visit www.atomiclasvegas.com.

On the same day, also in Las Vegas, Aces & Ales will host an East vs. West Showdown pitting Sierra Nevada, Firestone Walker, Speakeasy, and Pizza Port vs. Brooklyn, Ommegang, Victory and Dogfish in a friendly competition. Participants will taste the breweries’ beers pouring from 50 taps and vote for their favorites. The event will begin at 3 p.m. at the Tenaya location.

Also on October 10, but in Reno, the Nevada Craft Brewers Association NCBA will host its Harvest Festival, a celebration of Nevada beer. The fest will take place in the outfield of the Reno Aces Ballpark and will be the first event ever held on the field. More than 30 breweries will be represented, with about a dozen local, 10 from Southern Nevada and 10 regional breweries; and 10 food trucks will be set up on the warning track along the outfield wall. Entry for VIP is at noon and general admission is at 1; the event will run till 5 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the NCBA and the American Cancer Society. For more info and to purchase tickets visit fallharvestfest.com.

On Oct. 17, Big Dog’s Brewing will host its next quarterly fest, the annual DOGtober Beer Festival, held from 3 to 9 p.m. in the outdoor area at the Draft House at Craig Rd. and Rancho Dr. in northwest Las Vegas. As usual, there will be more than 50 beers poured, including several from local breweries; live music; free admission; and as you may have guessed, brats will be served. For the line-up of beers, visit dogtoberbeerfest.com.

The 3rd annual Downtown Brew Festival on October 24 will take place from 5 with early entry and VIP at 4 to 9 p.m. at the Clark County Amphitheater in downtown Las Vegas. Expect more than 200 beers from 60 breweries, including plenty of locally-brewed brews from both Southern Nevada and Northern Nevada, food from local celebrity chefs and live bands. Organizer Brian Chapin never disappoints and always puts on superior events, with a great quantity of quality beer being served. This fest typically sells out with attendance capped at 3,000, so consider purchasing your tickets at downtownbrewfestival.com, where you’ll also find the line-up of breweries that will be pouring. The Amphitheater is located at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

What’s on Tap

Banger Brewing has expanded its hours and now opens at noon 7 days a week. Look for some more barrel aged beers in the near future. The Downtown Las Vegas brewpub has four Chardonnay wine barrels and two bourbon barrels currently full of aging beer. Also, its newest staple beer is Morning Joe, a traditional German Kolsch dosed with caramel and hazelnut coffee beans that drinks and smells like a stout, but looks like a Kolsch.

At the Las Vegas Gordon Biersch, Brewmaster Richard Lovelady is releasing a raspberry sour and an American Red Ale. Who would’ve thought you’d see those beers on tap at a Gordon Biersch years ago? GB is also hosting monthly beer dinners and a brewer’s happy hour, where you hang with the brewer and talk all things beer.

In Henderson, Joseph James has launched a new line of its beers in cans, with its Citra Rye, Busker Brown and I’m Out Imperial Stout formerly Red Fox now available. Also new are an assortment of barrel aged wild ales and fruited sours, which the brewery has been aging for more than a year. As mentioned earlier, several will debut at the Atomic sour beer fest, and other offerings will include the 7th Anniversary Ale, a blend of its Bourbon Barrel Stout and Bourbon Barrel Wee Heavy conditioned with cacao nibs and vanilla beans.

Also in Henderson, CraftHaus celebrated its 1st anniversary in September with a Belgian Quad. The brewery is continuing its tweaked series, in which it brews smaller batches with added twists. Up next is a Belgian Stout tweaked two ways: with toasted coconut and Makers and Finders cold brew coffee. On the second Friday of every month is Firkin Friday, with even more experimental takes on the beers. Recent adventures included a Belgian Stout on tart cherries, a Resinate IPA Rye on Fuggles and a Resinate IPA on oak and coconut.