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Grab your tasting glass for these upcoming Vegas beer events

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Motley Brews’ Downtown Brew Festival is an annual must for beer lovers.
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Downtown Brew Festival (October 20, Clark County Amphitheater)

Nearly everything about Motley Brews’ sudsy to-do is epic in scale. It brings together more than 60 breweries, local and national, serving up in excess of 200 deliciously different beers. Its “Festurant Row” offers a caravan of great eats from Good Pie, Tacotarian, Toddy Shop and more. It’s got a live music stage, upon which Mike Xavier, Ryan White Maloney and others will pour their hearts out. And inside its VIP Pavilion Lounge, Border Grill Chef Mike Minor and Pamplona Chef Errol LeBlanc will cook up custom-made chicken tacos and paella. But when you’re walking around with friends, beers in hand, the DBF doesn’t feel like a blockbuster. It feels neighborly and personal. Just as it should.

The Beer Witch Project (October 25-27, Topgolf)

It’s like an adult trick-or-treating circuit, with five Halloween-themed tasting stations dispersing brews from Victory, Firestone and Able Baker, among others.

Elysian Great Pumpkin Roadshow (October 26-28, the Park)

Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Company graces our humble stadium plaza with a pumpkin-inspired beer fest, featuring 40-plus jack-o’-lantern’d brews. Good grief!

Dogtober Beer Fest & Brat Party (October 27, Big Dog’s Brewing Company)

Enjoy a nice, long afternoon of live music, raffles and tasty bratwurst, and wash it all down with more than 50 craft brews.

Vegas Beer & Music Fest: Halloween Edition (October 27, Downtown Events Lot behind Backstage Bar & Billiards)

Come for the 60-odd beers (including some “killer autumn seasonals”); stay for the music and “scary creatures.” Costumes encouraged.

Beers & Buddies Fundraiser (November 3, Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits)

While not strictly a beer fest, this fundraiser for our local ASPCA will feature brews from Big Dog’s and lots of actual dogs—you’re encouraged to bring your four-legged buds. Stay for the “holiday-themed pet parade.”

New Vista’s Brew’s Best Craft Beer Festival (November 3, Downtown Summerlin)

Now in its 11th year, Brew’s Best offers beers from local and national brewers, and as always, its proceeds benefit folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Sunset Park’d Food Truck, Microbrew & Vegan Festival (November 3, Sunset Park)

It’s exactly what it says it is: A day of specialty brews, food truck dining and … craft sangrias? Hey, we can’t live by beer alone, and sangria ostensibly contains fruit.

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