Deciding whether or not to go to a beer festival is like deciding whether or not to order pizza. Even if it’s bad, it’s good, though you may need a nap when it’s all over.
Still, not everyone is willing to lace up those drinking shoes for every ale tasting and keg tapping that comes through town. The 2013 Downtown Brew Festival comes with live music from Rusty Maples and American Cream, snacks from Todd English P.U.B., Sausagefest, Robo Duck and Slow Cal BBQ and a four-course beer-infused meal for VIP ticket-holders, but let’s judge Motley Brews’ second annual fest on what matters most: the beer.
The festival, held September 21, 6-10 p.m. at the Clark County Amphitheater, has released the lineup for this year’s festivities, and it’s packed with six pages of IPAs, sours, saisons and stouts. Among the 150-plus beers from more than 50 breweries are Ballast Point’s Tongue Buckler imperial red ale, Left Coast’s Hop Juice double IPA, New Belgium’s LOF Cocoa Curry Hefe, Pizza Port’s Watermelon beer and Uinta’s Birthday Suit brown sour. And there’s more. Locals CraftHaus will be serving two brews in the VIP pavilion, while Anderson Valley, Dogfish Head, Epic, Firestone Walker and Speakeasy will all be offering tastes for the general crowd. There’s also a Nevada Craft Brewing Association table featuring pours from Chicago Brewing Co., Big Dog’s, Tenaya Creek and plenty of seasonals and ciders for your sampling pleasure.
But like delivery pizza, when it comes to beer, everyone has strong opinions and a personal favorite. So take a second to browse Saturday’s selections. Bet you’ll feel like cracking a beer afterward.
Click here for the complete 2013 Downtown Brew Festival beer list.
Downtown Brew Festival September 21, VIP: 5-10 p.m., $65-$75; GA: 6-10 p.m., $35-$45; Designated Drivers: $20. Clark County Amphitheater, downtownbrewfestival.com.