A beer zombie may sound like the name for a person suffering from an ale-effected hangover, but it’s not. When artist Chris Jacobs isn’t busy putting up artwork at Park on Fremont, Commonwealth, Banger Brewing and other places around town, he’s drinking beer. His social media accounts and Beer Zombies blog highlight Jacobs’ love of suds and art. His brand celebrates its three-year anniversary on February 18 at Atomic Liquors with unlimited samples of 50-plus beers from 40 breweries, many of which are rare finds in Las Vegas.
“[Beer is] something I grew up with. I know that sounds bad,” Jacobs says about living near Southern Nevada breweries as a kid. Although not a brewer himself, the aficionado’s new collaboration with Kings Brewing Company out of Rancho Cucamonga, Mosaic Juice IPA, will be poured at the festival. He says it’s not a typical IPA in that it’s not so bitter, but more fruity and juicy.
This will be the first beer festival at Atomic that celebrates all types of styles. (Atomic launched Sour Saturday last year.) Jacobs reached out to general manager Rose Signor to see if he could hold the festival there, which she was happy to accommodate. Signor says they want to bring new breweries to Vegas that people, including herself, have not been able to try or are unfamiliar with.
Some of her most anticipated? Notorious ale from Boneyard Beer, Fantasia wild ale from Upright Brewing Company and Cerasus Logsdon farmhouse ale, all out of Oregon. “Eeek! I’m so excited to try these!” she emailed when sending over her list of favorites. Jacobson says he has most likely tried all of the beers that will be poured, but he is looking forward to sampling some of the local one-off recipes.
The festival will take place on the Atomic Patio with food truck snacks and Beer Zombies merch for sale. VIP entry starts at 12 p.m. with special samples, ticket $75. General admission entry 1 p.m., tickets $40. Ticket holders also get access to the Feb. 19 bottle share event. Bring your own rare bottle to share with others. Doors open 11 a.m.