Locals Only Beer Fest Promotes Hometown Craft

The Nevada craft beer scene is small but mighty in part to local brewers’ camaraderie. The second annual Locals Only Beer Fest hosted by Banger Brewing and the Nevada Craft Brewers Association on May 14 in the Neonopolis courtyard showcases what the tight-knit community has to offer.

“The best part is the creativity. The more breweries that open, [the more] it breeds creativity,” says Banger Brewery co-owner Nick Fischella. “Typically most businesses are very cutthroat, but the craft beer scene is the other way around.”

Fischella says the number of craft breweries has doubled within the past three years. But there are still less than 40 breweries in Nevada, ranking our state as 30th in the number of craft breweries per capita in the Unites States according to the national Brewers Association. In order to continue to grow and support the local scene, proceeds go to the Nevada Craft Brewers’ Association to promote craft brew culture. Last year, $5,000 was raised.

This year, try samples from Henderson breweries Bad Beat, CraftHaus, Joseph James and, the latest to open, Lovelady. Banger, Hop Nuts and Tenaya Creek (which recently moved locations) will be there representing Downtown. Great Basin Brewing Co. out of Sparks and Pint’s from Laughlin make the trek to Neonopolis along with other favorites from around the Valley such as Old School Brewing Co. and Big Dogs.

There will be a live band, a DJ, food truck, games and a dunk tank.

“Come out. Support. Drink local,” says Fischella.

Locals Only Beer Fest is in the Neonopolis courtyard at 405 Fremont St. from 2-6 p.m. on May 14. Tickets $35.

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