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

2014 Downtown Brew Festival Returns to Clark County Amphitheater with Elevated Culinary and Craft Beer Infusions Saturday, Sept. 20

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2014 Downtown Brew Festival Returns to Clark County Amphitheater with Elevated Culinary and Craft Beer Infusions Saturday, Sept. 20

Las Vegas’ premier fall beer festival adds new ingredients to the mix



Motley Brews’ third annual Downtown Brew Festival (DBF) returns to Clark County Amphitheater on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. with an all-new food focus featuring beer-inspired culinary creations from prominent Las Vegas chefs, paired with local entertainment in a backyard setting.


As the sun sets on Las Vegas’ iconic backdrop, the Downtown Brew Festival will become a friendly backyard celebration beneath the stars and a nonstop evening of live entertainment with performances by A Crowd of Small Adventures, Josh Royse and Daniel Park. This year, Las Vegas’ premier fall festival is expanding on the craft beer and backyard motif as local celebrity chefs add a new ingredient to the festival’s overall atmosphere with elevated culinary menus.


“Las Vegas’ craft beer industry has really expanded and we are thrilled to be able to provide an opportunity for the community to immerse itself into the lifestyle,” said Brian Chapin, founder of Motley Brews. “There is more to this whole movement than an abundance of craft brews and this year we are going to showcase how the different beers can redefine the culinary experience.”


Chefs from a number of culinary hotspots, including Comme Ça, DW Bistro and Forte will heighten the craft beer experience with dishes created specifically to emphasize the flavors and aromas of the featured brews. Chefs will be serving one-of-kind dishes ranging from Crispy Pig Skins with Chile Lime Sea Salt to Smoked Kumamoto Oysters.


Adding to the innovative culinary menu, VIP Pavilion guests will be treated to several courses created by Chef Sonia El-Nawal. The former Food Network “Chopped” finalist serves as executive chef for The Perch, which will open at Downtown Container Park in late September, and The Market, an urban grocery scheduled to open at 611 Fremont Street in October. El-Nawal is a veteran chef with experience in such restaurants as Jean-Georges, JoJo, Nobu in New York City and the Hotel Condesa DF in Mexico City, and brings a wealth of beer knowledge from her time spent living in Brussels.


“We’re celebrating Downtown and the strides the city is making, and we couldn’t be more excited to have someone like Chef Sonia, who draws from years of international experience to create an incredible culinary scene at this year’s festival,” remarked Chapin.


The grassy surroundings of the amphitheater will be lined with more than 50 stations representing more than 150 unique beers, from local, regional, and international breweries. Both Victory Brewing Company, Southern Pennsylvania’s premiere and nationally-celebrated craft brewery, which will soon be making its Las Vegas debut, and  Stone Brewing Co. will make their first appearance at the festival.


Tickets are currently on sale and available for General Admission for $35; Early Entry for $45; and VIP for $75 until Tuesday, Sept. 16. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit The Neon Museum and Nevada Craft Brewers Association (NCBA). For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Downtown Brew Festival website.


About Motley Brews:

Founded in 2010, Motley Brews was created for locals and breweries and brew fans alike to share great libations in a true local setting. The organization hosts beer-centric festivals and events designed to bring a local flavor to thousands of Las Vegans who thirst for good times and great beer. Since its founding, Motley Brews has established two signature events each year with a focus on enhancing the local craft brewing industry. The annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer each spring is Nevada’s largest craft beer festival, attracting more than 5,000 attendees each year. The Downtown Brew Festival held each fall is a more intimate affair that showcases the best tastes of the season. Motley Brews believes in giving back to the local community; each festival always benefits a deserving local non-profit organization.  To date, Motley Brews has raised more than $25,000 for Nevada charities.


Get the latest news on all Motley Brews events by following on Facebook (Motley Brews) and Twitter (@MotleyBrews).