Now that we have entered into a new year and have our new 2018 calendars on our walls, I want to provide you with info on some beer events happening in this and the coming months. 

Aces & Ales will begin the New Year in style with its 8th Annual Winter Beer Fest. Held at its Nellis location on Friday, January 12th and at the Tenaya location on Saturday, January 13th, more than 60 rare & specialty brews will be tapped. On both days the fest will begin at 3 p.m.  Aces will follow up a month later with its 5th Annual Big Ass Barrel Aged Beer Blowout Bonanza on Saturday, Feb. 17. The event will begin at 3 p.m. at the Tenaya location and feature an impressive list of more than 30 rare barrel-aged brews from around the globe. Visit www.acesandales.com for more info. 

Big Dog’s Brewing will host its 8th annual Winterfest, a celebration of hearty stew and beers, on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 3 to 9 p.m. in the outdoor area at the Draft House at Craig Rd. and Rancho Dr. As usual, there will be live music, more than 45 beers poured, including several from local breweries, and admission is free. Festival packages including tokens, commemorative pint glasses, raffle tickets and T-shirts can be purchased in advance. For the lineup of beers being served and to purchase a festival package, visit www.bigdogsbrews.com/festivals/winterfest.

On February 3 CraftHaus will celebrate its 3rd annual Comrade Day, a celebration of camaraderie with The Las Vegas Distillery and owner George Racz. The event commemorates the annual release of its Comrade Russian Imperial Stout, which was oak aged on the Las Vegas Distillery’s wheat whiskey, and its first ever bottle release of Amigo (which previously was only available on tap), its version of Comrade with Mexican vanilla and roasted chilies. There will be eight different Comrade versions on tap: Comrade 2016, Comrade 2017, Comrade 2018, Amigo 2017, Amigo 2018, Comrade with Cacao Nibs, Comrade with Vesta Coffee and Comrade Wild Card. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.crafthausbrewery.com.

On February 24 Atomic Liquors on Fremont St. in Downtown Las Vegas will host the Beer Zombies Beer Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Ticket holders will have access to unlimited craft beer pours from dozens of breweries, including rare beers and some you normally can’t get in Las Vegas. GA (general admission) tickets are $45; GA+ are $55, which includes admission to the Next-Day Bottle Share on Feb. 19; and VIP is $75, which includes admission at noon and access to the Next-Day Bottle Share. One draft is included in the price of Next-Day admission and attendees are asked to bring a hard-to-find bottle to share. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.atomiccitybrews.com/beer-zombies.

The Nevada Craft Brewers Association (NCBA) will host the 3rd annual Brews N ‘Ques Beer Festival on March 3 from 1-5 p.m. (VIP entry at noon) at the Henderson Events Plaza at 200 S Water St. in downtown Henderson. This fest promises to be one-stop shopping, as it will be an opportunity to try brews from nearly all of our local breweries, as well as some one-off collaboration brews that will only be available that day. At press time details were still being worked out, so for more info and to purchase tickets, visit NVBeer.com.

On March 31 from 3-7 p.m. (VIP entry at 1) the 6th Annual Boulder City Beerfest will be held at Wilbur Square Park in the heart of the historic city. The park is located just two blocks from Boulder Dam Brewing, which is where you can buy tickets in advance (they are also being sold at Khoury’s). The only beerfest currently held in Boulder City, it will have more than 30 brewery tents pouring close to 100 beers, live music, food for purchase from eight food trucks, “beer centric” specialty vendors, homebrewing demonstrations and the brewers games hosted by the Nevada Beer Lovers. For more info, a list of breweries or to purchase tickets, visit bouldercitybeerfest.com.

Time to mark your calendar for the 8th annual Motley Brews Great Vegas Festival of Beer, which will return to the streets of Downtown Las Vegas on April 6 and 7. It is expected to draw 10,000 attendees over the two days and is Nevada’s largest craft beer festival in terms of amount of beers poured, offering tastings of more than 500 craft beers from more than 100 breweries. The Friday night event, the Mad Craft Experience from 7-10 p.m., will feature beer paired with culinary creations from some of the top establishments in the local culinary scene.  The next day, The Great Vegas Grand Tasting will be held from 3-7 p.m. with early entry at 2 p.m. For more info and to purchase tickets visit greatvegasbeer.com. Buy your tickets early, as prices increase closer to the festival dates.