On Saturday, April 9, Las Vegas celebrated Nevada’s largest and most anticipated craft beer event of the year, Motley Brews’ sixth annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer (GVFB), with a sold-out crowd of thousands of festival goers taking over the streets of Downtown Las Vegas. Rain and storm clouds could not stop craft beer fans from taking part in the endless flow of more than 400 tasty craft brews from over 110 local, national and international breweries.
A favorite of this year’s GVFB was PT’s Brewing Company’s Festival Pale Ale, a guava, mango and pineapple pale ale created by brewmaster Dave Otto as the “Official 2016 GVFB Beer.” Alongside the official brew, kegs were tapped by breweries from near and far, including newcomers Modern Times Beer, Founder’s Brewing Co., Vernal Brewing Company, Bootlegger’s Brewery and the Henderson newcomer Lovelady Brewing alongside all-time favorites Crafthaus Brewery, Big Dog’s Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Company, Joseph James Brewing Company, Small Town Brewery and many more.
Mouthwatering cuisine filled the air from the Gastropub, where guests snacked on craft beer-inspired and infused fare, including exceptional dishes from Las Vegas’ most celebrated culinary masterminds, including Cantina Laredo, D.O.C.G., Dragon Grille, Gals Hot Dogs, Glutton, Good & SLO, Pot Liquor, Sausagefest, Stripchezze, TruckUBarbeque and Urban Turban.
As the afternoon continued, ticketholders brought out their inner child with life-sized pub games inside the Human Arcade, grooved to the beat at the Silent Disco and learned the ins and outs of mixology and the craft beer industry during BrewLogic sessions. One of the biggest surprises at BrewLogic came when the unannounced special guest, Chef Justin Kingsley Hall, surprised the crowd with a stuffed smoked suckling pig on the BrewLogic stage.
The VIP Brewers Lounge offered sampled of exclusive rare pours and dishes such as Naked Cowboy Oyster Shooters prepared by Las Vegas’ world class chef, Geno Bernardo of Herringbone and Double Cooked Ribs prepared by Stephen LaSala of Searsucker. In addition, MGM hosted the Beerhaus Media Hangout, where media and industry professionals enjoyed tasty treats, including sausages, rotisserie sandwiches, cold drinks and signature Beerhaus brews.
A portion of the proceeds from the event went to the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation and Nevada Craft Brewers Association.
Founded in 2010, Motley Brews was created for breweries and beer 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 who thirst for good times and great beer. Since its founding, Motley Brews has established signature events with a focus on enhancing the local craft brewing industry. Motley Brews events attract over 20,000 guests with discerning taste each year, including the Great Vegas Festival of Beer each spring, Nevada’s largest craft beer festival. Motley Brews believes in giving back to the local community; each festival always benefits a deserving local non-profit organization.
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