Like Christmas or that really lazy FWB, the Great Vegas Festival of Beer only comes around once a year, but we’re always overjoyed to see it. One of our favorite events of the Downtown scene, GVFB has helped put Las Vegas on the national map for brewing beer. Whether you’re a beer expert here to titillate your taste buds or a beer enthusiast who likes that term better than beer-belly-waiting-to-happen, be sure to give love to the locals who make the Vegas beer scene so epic.
But Vegas is still a tourist town and we give all due props to the guest breweries making the long trek to Las Vegas – even if they’re just using the fest as an excuse to write off a trip to sin city. This year will feature brews from 42 out of 50 states ranging from porters in Portland to East Coast ales and everything in between. We couldn’t get a definitive answer on which states were not represented, but to those states we say get your act together. And if by change the members of Hanson are reading this, bring your Mmmhops brew. And call us, Taylor. Squee!
If beer isn’t your thing, or you just like more activity than standing around talking about IBUs and whether that’s more of a boysenberry or black currant finish, the fest also has tons of activities to keep you entertained. Here are just a few of the fantastic things to fill your day with:
- Silent disco with dancing and headphones
- Live music that everyone can hear
- Amazing food that pairs well with everything
- Life-sized human arcade games presented by Zappos
- Brewlogic speakers series providing info on the brewing process
- The Funk – this one really needs no further explanation, right?
- Souvenirs for purchase including decorative coasters and T-shirts
Like every event put on by Motley Brews, the GVFB screams Vegas while burping beer. It excuses itself politely right after. But hey, when this much delicious beer is involved, we can excuse a few exaltations. Come down to the GVFB and spend an afternoon immersed in the side of Vegas that’s relaxed, easy-going and full of beer.
When: April, 9 at 3 p.m. (Early entry at 2 p.m.)
Where: Downtown Las Vegas
How much: More than 400 beers to sample
Oh, you meant how much does it cost to get in: $40 in advance / $45 at the door (EE is $50/$55)