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Motley Brews’ Great Vegas Festival of Beer Review - The Perfect Afternoon to Enjoy Many Cold Brews

By Stephan Martin

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Downtown Las Vegas was the setting for Nevada’s largest craft beer event, Motley Brews’ Great Vegas Festival of Beer. The event was celebrating its fifth anniversary and joining the celebration was more than 6,000 beer connoisseurs who were able to enjoy 400 craft brews served by over 100 breweries to go along with craft beer-inspired dishes by some of Las Vegas’ top chefs.

Great Vegas Festival of Beer fans line up to celebrate delicious brews served by Nevada Craft Beer Association (Photo credit: Fred Morledge)


Beer has witnessed huge growth over the past few years with increased options all over Las Vegas and a number of local breweries that are making an impact locally. With all of the beer related success in Las Vegas the City of Las Vegas proclaimed Saturday, April 11th “Motley Brews Craft Beer Day.” A portion of the proceeds from this incredible day went to the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation and Nevada Craft Brewers Association.

Shock Top

“This festival is a celebration of craft beer, great food and even better people,” said Brian Chapin, founder of Motley Brews. “Las Vegas has been such a great supporter of our events over the past five years, and it’s because this city welcomes us with open arms that we are able to return year after year with a bigger and better event.”

Fun at the Atomic Liquors

With such an honor being bestowed upon them, Motley Brews and CraftHaus Brewery created a specialty fifth anniversary beer, dubbed “Motley in the Haus.” This amazing Xtra Pale Ale is brewed with five different hop varietals. The anniversary beer was just the beginning as local breweries and breweries from all over the United States were impressing guests with all of their unique beers. Some of the highlights of the day inlcuded; Old School Brewing Co., Hop Nuts Brewing Co.,  Tonopah Brewing Co., Alpine Beer Co., Rough Draft, The Bruery, Banger Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Watsach, Green Flash, Big Dog’s, Joseph James Brewing and to go with the pretzel necklaces so many people were wearing at the festival guests were treated to the Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Limited Edition Wheat beer.

Sierra Nevada

This fabulous and sunshine filled Saturday afternoon was about more than just beer, guests were able to enjoy the Gastropub area that featured food from; MTO Café, DW Bistro, Stack Restaurant & Bar, Naked City Pizza, O Face Doughnuts, Nacho Daddy, TruckUBarbeque, Sausagefest, The Goodwich, Echo & Rig, Cantina Laredo and Pot Liquor. Once again, Motley Brews pushed the limits of the craft beer and culinary world with BrewLogic sessions. During the session,  Chef Justin K. Hall showed how to make beer vinegar and Stone Brewing Co. Craft Beer Ambassador Bill Sysak proved that beer goes well with anything as he showed how to create beer pairings with doughnuts.

If you were lucky enough to have purchased on of the sold out VIP tickets, you were able to sample exclusive beer cocktails from local celebrity mixologist Andrew Pollard and menu items created by celebrity Chef Ben Vaughn’s new restaurant, Southern Kitchen. If you didn't have a VIP ticket and wanted a little break from the sun and crowds, the classic bar Atomic Liquors was one of the most fun spots of the day to meet people and enjoy a cold drink.

DJ from the Foundation Room

If you are a fan of beer and always looking for something unique or a new brewery to try out then Motley Brews’ Great Vegas Festival of Beer should already be marked on your calendar for 2016. This is simply one of the best events in all of Las Vegas to not only meet some new beers, but you are likely to meet some great new people as well while enjoying the renovated downtown.

Live Music

About Motley Brews:

Founded in 2010, Motley Brews was created for locals and breweries and brew fans alike to share great libations in a true local setting. The organization hosts beer-centric festivals and events designed to bring a local flavor to thousands of Las Vegans who thirst for good times and great beer. Since its founding, Motley Brews has established two signature events each year with a focus on enhancing the local craft brewing industry. The annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer each spring is Nevada’s largest craft beer festival, attracting more than 5,000 attendees each year. The Downtown Brew Festival held each fall is a more intimate affair that showcases the best tastes of the season. Motley Brews believes in giving back to the local community; each festival always benefits a deserving local non-profit organization. To date, Motley Brews has raised more than $60,000 for Nevada charities.

Published on Apr 14, 2015

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