Southern Nevada Beer Events

After a two-year absence, the return of beerfests to Lake Las Vegas will begin with the MonteLago Village Beerfest, held from 3-7 p.m. on October 15. The festival reboot will be hosted by The Auld Dubliner Irish Pub and 30 breweries will be pouring from booths located throughout the Village. Admission is free, but souvenir glass and unlimited beer sampling is $35 $45 at the door or $45 for VIP $60 at the door with early admission at 2. These discounted prices are available until Oct. 14 and can be purchased at The Auld Dubliner Pub in MonteLago Village and at Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits on Eastern Avenue in Henderson or by visiting http://mlvbf.com. At press time the participating breweries include local breweries Ellis Island and Gordon Biersch; and regional breweries College Street, Indian Wells, Modern Times, Squatters and Stone.

Last issue I mentioned the Motley Brews 5th Annual Downtown Brew Festival, set for October 22 at the Clark County Amphitheater. So, if you haven’t done so already, head to downtownbrewfestival.com, as this fest never fails to sell out.

Big Dog’s Brewing’s next quarterly beerfest will be its DOGtoberfest on October 29 and will include Halloween contests for both beer lovers and canines. As usual, it will be held in the outdoor area of the Draft House at Craig Rd. and Rancho Dr. in northwest Las Vegas and there will be live bands and more than 40 local, regional and international beers will be poured, including several from the host brewery. For the line-up of beers visit dogtoberbeerfest.com.

On November 5 Atomic Liquors in downtown Las Vegas will host its 4th annual Sour Saturday fest, pouring more than 40 beers ranging from the slightly tangy to mouthpuckeringly sour. General admission will get in at 1 p.m. and VIP at noon, with the last pour at 4:30. VIP also includes food pairings by the brand new Atomic Kitchen, a t-shirt, private area and a raffle ticket to win a special sour beer bottle. I attended this fest last year and was quite wowed by the vast assortment of sour beers from several local, regional and Belgian breweries. If sour beers are your thing, this is a must-attend event. For more info and to purchase tickets visit soursaturdaylv.com.

CraftHaus Celebrates 2nd Anniversary in Style

On September 17th I attended the CraftHaus Hop Bomb, the brewery’s 2nd anniversary bash, and was quite happy I did. The occasion had all the makings of a well-rounded event, with an excellent turnout; plenty of food offerings from an assortment of food trucks, including celebrity chef Mike Minor’s Truck U Barbeque; three live bands; and five beer stations pouring 33 stellar beers from local and regional breweries, including several from the host brewery. There was a range of beer styles, but as you would expect if you are familiar with CraftHaus’s offerings, the main styles were IPA, various Belgian-styles and wild and sour ales. Standouts for me were the Bruery Terreux Tart of Darkness Sour Stout, CraftHaus Resinate IPA with chipotle and Morita chili peppers, CraftHaus Comrade Imperial Russian Stout with Makers & Finders coffee, Joseph James Barrel Aged Imperial Mild, Big Dog’s Triple Dog Dare Belgian Tripel and Lost Abbey Angel’s Share brandy barrel-aged American Strong Ale. Here’s to wishing CraftHaus another two years times a hundred.