Great Vegas Festival of Beer Announces Culinary and Brewery Lineup


Great Vegas Festival of Beer
Announces Culinary and Brewery Lineup


Motley Brews has announced the culinary and beer lineup for its ninth annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer, the state’s largest craft beer festival, taking place at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6.


The festival will kick off with a Mad Craft Experience from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 5. Touted as the ultimate experiential science fair, local brewers, mixologists, chefs, and restaurateurs will come together to compete in multiple beer and culinary competitions, which include “most spirited booth décor” as well as the following:


  • Beer categories
    • Best blend of two or more beers with no other ingredients.
    • Best beer cocktail in which beer constitutes of at least 50 percent of the mixture and non-beer ingredients are used. Cocktails must be pre-batched and ingredients cannot contain liquor.
    • Best specialty beer that is not distributed outside of the breweries’ taproom(s).
    • Best beer experiment that lies outside of the previous categories but within the spirit of Mad Craft.
  • Culinary categories
    • Best craft IPA or pale ale-infused dish.
    • Best stout or porter-infused dish.
    • Best overall protein craft beer-infused dish.
    • Best overall vegetable craft beer-infused dish.


Participating chefs include John Simmons, representing both Tacos & Beer and Tacotarian, Carlos Buscaglia with HEXX Kitchen + Bar, Joseph Thompson with Jake & Eli restaurant, James Trees with Esther’s Kitchen and Eric Hobbie from A Family Secret. Participating breweries will include Joseph James Brewing Co., Big Dog’s Brewing Company, Shades of Pale Brewing, Tonopah Brewing Company, Hop Valley Brewing Company, Saint Archer Brewing Co. and Garage Brewery. A panel of local experts from the culinary, craft beer and entertainment industries will judge the competition, awarding winners with bragging rights and a variety of prizes.


The Great Vegas Festival of Beer Grand Tasting will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, with early entry available at 2 p.m. The Grand Tasting will offer a selection of over 500 beers from popular breweries and culinary offerings from some of Las Vegas’ top chefs. Get Motley’s VIP culinary lineup will feature Chef Jose Navarro, Las Vegas native and co-owner of Stache & Suit Catering and Chef Geno Bernardo, executive chef of The Summit Club, the only fully-private residential golf and lifestyle club community in Las Vegas.

Grand Tasting attendees will also have access to unlimited beer samples from top breweries, including Joseph James Brewing Co., Bootlegger’s Brewery, Lovelady Brewing Company, Chicago Brewing Company, Shades of Pale Brewing, Triple 7 Restaurant and Microbrewery, Big Dog’s Brewing Company, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, Tonopah Brewing Company, Virginia City Brewery and Taphouse, Samuel Adams, Angry Orchard, Hard Cider, Hard Seltzer Beverage Company, Twisted Tea Hard Ice Tea, Anchor Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas, 595 Craft and Kitchen, Aces and Ales, Stone Brewing Co., PT’s Brewing Company, Ellis Island Casino & Brewery, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Saint Archer Brewing Company, Garage Brewing Company and more.


Tickets for the all-inclusive brew and food Mad Craft Experience start at $55 plus fees. Tickets for the Grand Tasting start at $40 plus fees, with entry access at 3 p.m. along with a tasting glass for unlimited beer samples. Early admission tickets are also available, providing entry at 2 p.m., starting at $50 plus fees. Limited VIP tickets to the Grand Tasting are priced at $85 plus fees, complete with early entry at 2 p.m., access to the Get Motley VIP Lounge, which includes limited-release and unique brews, a decadent spread of beer-inspired cuisine prepared by top chefs from Las Vegas, upgraded seating and more. All tickets are available for purchase now at


A portion of the proceeds, which always benefit local non-profits, will be donated to the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation and the Nevada Craft Brewers Association. More information about Great Vegas Festival of Beer is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @GreatVegasBeer, or on the website at


About Motley Brews:
Awarded “Best Food and Drink Festival” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s 2018 Best of Las Vegas Awards, Motley Brews was created for locals, breweries and brew fans alike to share great libations in a true local setting. Motley Brews develops beer-centric festivals and events throughout the Southwest, including San Diego, Las Vegas and Pasadena, Calif. Motley Brews’ annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer, founded in 2011, is Nevada’s largest craft beer festival. More information about Motley Brews is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MotleyBrews, or on its website at

Photos/Recap: Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Hosts Part Two of its “Summer of Beer” Event Series with Joseph James Brewing Co. – July 11

Last night (Tuesday, July 11), Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Downtown Summerlin hosted its “Summer of Beer” event, the second of its three-part dinner series with beer partner Joseph James Brewing Co. (JJBC). The evening introduced guests to the local brewery’s seasonal selections expertly matched with Executive Chef Spencer Rudow’s Summertime picnic-themed menu favorites.


Beginning at 6:30 p.m. guests were presented with welcome appetizers paired with the Citra Rye Ale as they were shown to the dining room to take their seat. Joseph James Brewing Co.’s representative Jon Simmons kicked off the meal with some opening remarks on the brewery’s beer varieties they were about to taste, while Chef Rudow discussed the courses planned for the evening.


The first course of Corn & crab salad with piquillo vinaigrette, cherry tomatoes and avocado purée was served set to the pairing of JJBC’s Blood Orange & Cranberry Berliner Weisse. Course two gave way to the highly anticipated mains, featuring a generous helping of Buttermilk fried chicken, BBQ baby back ribs and traditional picnic sides such as four cheese mac n’ cheese, housemade slaw, grilled vegetables and warm cornbread all set to the refreshing accompaniment of Hop Box Imperial IPA and Weize Guy Hefeweizen. Last but not least was the dessert course highlighting a Brownie sundae with Bing cherry ice cream and chocolate sauce paired with JJBC’s rich and flavorful “I’m Out” Imperial Stout.


As guests made their way out of the venue and the event concluded, a customary pint glass from the brewer was presented to each attendee to take home with them.


The final beer dinner is planned with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling the restaurant at 702.202.6300 or visiting Bar & Grill’s event link at


(Photo credit: Sam Abrams)

Wolfgang Puck Las Vegas Restaurants Brings BBQ, Special Events and New Menus this July


Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Extends BBQ Menu for Limited Time and Summer of Beer with Joseph James Brewing Co.

With scorching temperatures in full force, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Downtown Summerlin is bringing the heat with not one, but two promotions during the month of July. Bar & Grill will extend its featured BBQ menu, limited to the third weekend of the month. For $19 per person Saturday, July 15 beginning at 1 p.m., the BBQ menu will feature Bar & Grill’s signature ¼ rack of baby back ribs, ¼ chicken (legs and thighs), pulled pork, cornbread and chef’s choice of sides all plated patio-side on the grill. Carry-out options are also available.


In addition, July makes way for its coveted Summer of Beer dinner part two of three planned for Tuesday, July 11. Alongside it’s brewing partner Joseph James Brewing Co, the evening will commence at 6 p.m. to welcome beer-goers and ticketholders with an appetizer greet before the meal kicks off at 6:30 p.m. where pairings and Summertime picnic-themed menu items will be passed throughout the dining room.


Menu includes:


First Course

Corn and crab salad, piquillo vinaigrette, cherry tomato, avocado

Beer: Blood Orange and Cranberry Berliner Weisse


Second Course (family-style)

Buttermilk fried chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, Four cheese mac and cheese, coleslaw with cider dressing, jalapeño corn bread, and grilled market vegetables in an herb gremolata

Beer: Hop Box Imperial IPA, Weize Guy Hefeweizen


Third Course (dessert)

Brownie Sundae with Bing Cherry Ice Cream and chocolate sauce drizzle

Beer: Imperial Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans


To learn more, call the restaurant at 702.202.6300.


Cucina and Lupo by Wolfgang Puck Introduce Summer Prix Fixe Dinner Menus

Summer deals just got a little warmer with new Summer prix fixe dinner menus at Cucina and Lupo by Wolfgang Puck.


  • Cucina by Wolfgang Puck at The Shops at Crystals Cucina’s 3 for $35 dinner prix fixe menu bringing together Italian antipasti, mains and dessert favorites for a deal that can’t be beat! Choose one appetizer such the tomato bruschetta with basil pesto, aged balsamic and parmesan, one main dish such as Cucina’s signature Pappardelle with Bolognese and ricotta salata and finish with a sweet fix like their house favorite Panna cotta with market berries. To give it a try, make your reservation at 702.238.1000


  • Lupo by Wolfgang Puck at Mandalay Bay – Locals and tourists alike will fall in love with the new 3 for $45 dinner prix fixe menu at Lupo. Only available for a limited time, this menu brings the very best appetizer, entrée and dessert hits with some Summertime flair to your table. Choose between a standout seasonal such as the San Daniele prosciutto and melon with ricotta salata, arugula and white balsamic a traditional Chicken parmigiana with roasted tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese and for dessert, finish with a light Cremoso with caramel mousse and hazelnut gelato. Make your reservations now by calling 702.740.5522. Valet parking validation available for locals.


For more information on July events and more, please visit


About Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group

The name Wolfgang Puck is synonymous with the best of restaurant hospitality and the ultimate in all aspects of the culinary arts. The award-winning restaurants in the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group include Chinois (Santa Monica); Cucina by Wolfgang Puck (Las Vegas); CUT (Bahrain, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, London, Singapore, New York City, Doha (2017)); Five Sixty (Dallas); Spago (Beverly Hills, Istanbul, Las Vegas, Maui and Singapore); The Source by Wolfgang Puck (Washington, DC); Lupo by Wolfgang Puck (Las Vegas); Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles); re/Asian Cuisine (Bahrain); Wolfgang Puck American Grille (Atlantic City); Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (Las Vegas, Summerlin and Los Angeles); Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina (Detroit); Wolfgang Puck Steak (Detroit); and WP24 (Los Angeles).  For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.