Seven Years & 500 Beers For #BeerLovers In Downtown Sin City
The Homer Simpson in all of us loves the thought of more beer and that’s just what the Great Las Vegas Festival of Beer is providing as it is expanding to two days in 2017.
It now takes place on a Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, in downtown Vegas. It features more than 500 craft beers from 110 breweries. Originally created to feature Nevada breweries, it now involves beers from craft brewers throughout the West Coast and beyond in its seventh year.
More than 10,000 people are expected for it.
“Great Vegas Festival of Beer was founded to enhance the beer drinking experience,” said Brian Chapin, founder and CEO of Motley Brews, which puts on the event. “This year we’re taking that premise to a new level through the addition of a Friday night event, the Mad Craft Experience, that is basically a science fair for beer lovers.
“Both days will go beyond samplings to explore new types of experimentation with beer.” Chapin demonstrated Las Vegas’ thirst for craft beer with the inaugural Great Vegas Festival of Beer in 2011, which quickly sold out to more than 2,000 attendees. The event has grown from year to year, prompting an expansion to two days in 2017.”
The new Mad Craft Experience will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Friday. The food and beer-inclusive event will host various experimentations with beer pairing top chefs and brewers, as well as rare pours and special guests.
The Great Vegas Grand Tasting will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, with early entry at 2 p.m. Throughout both days, Great Vegas will offer beer-infused and inspired cuisine by some of Las Vegas’ top chefs, life-sized pub games and interactive entertainment.
Tickets for the Mad Craft Experience start at $70 plus fees. Tickets start at $40 plus fees for Saturday’s Grand Tasting, providing access to the festival from 3-7 p.m. along with a tasting glass, unlimited beer samples and entertainment options including a silent disco, BrewLogic seminars and more.
Early admission tickets are also available, providing entry at 2 p.m., priced at $50 plus fees. VIP tickets to the Grand Tasting are $85 plus a service fee, and include early entry at 2 p.m., access to the VIP Brewers Lounge, which includes a rotating tap of limited release and rare beers, food from Las Vegas chefs, a lounge area and more.
Tickets are available at www.greatvegasbeer.com.