Motley Brews puts on biannual beer festivals, which have the distinction of being the largest in Southern Nevada in terms of both attendance and the amount of beers offered. The sixth annual Downtown Brew Festival, set for October 21 from 5–9 p.m. (early entry at 4 p.m.), will again be held at the Clark County Amphitheater. There you can expect a wide range of beer styles with more than 200 choices from 70 breweries, including most of our local breweries. There will also be food offerings from eight local restaurants and live music. Tickets start at $40, but purchasing in advance gets you a reduced rate, as well as a chance to score VIP and early-admission tickets.
For a festival specializing in one type of beer, there’s Atomic Liquors’ fifth annual Sour Saturday on November 4 from 1–5 p.m. (VIP entry at noon). You’ll see more than 75 beers poured, ranging from the slightly tangy to the mouth-puckeringly sour. This has grown from a small niche event with 10 beers and 30 attendees in the inaugural year to one of the largest sour-only festivals in the U.S. (last year’s event attracted 400 attendees). General admission tickets are $65, and VIP are $95.
A longer version of this article appears in Bob Barnes’ drinking column in Vegas Seven. Read the full article here.