Downtown’s Excellent Vegas Festival of Beer raises a glass to the neighborhood

With 100-plus breweries and more than 500 craft developments ready for sampling, this weekend’s eighth-annual event definitely sounds terrific. But its size and scope are not why it’s called the Great Vegas Festival of Beer.

“Something we have actually truly focused on from in 2015 to this one is partnering with more business that allow us to construct the experience and making it all come together in unity,” says Brian Chapin of producer Motley Brews. “You know there will be awesome beer cocktails, cool infusions and beer with food, but likewise an opportunity to comprehend the energy and personality and passion of all the people behind it. We desire the festival to bleed into the neighborhood, due to the fact that it’s whatever great about Vegas, all these cool things happening at the local level.”

The festival has actually constantly linked its audience with regional culinary offerings, and this year’s fest will include Esther’s Kitchen, the Black Sheep and Searsucker at the 2nd Mad Craft Experience on Friday night, and more dining establishments and food trucks like Remedy, Sin City Wings and Oming’s Kitchen at Saturday’s Grand Tasting.

Among the collaborations: the return of the Zappos.com Pretzel Brewtique, where you can personalize your very own pretzel pendant to stylishly assist your sipping of the suds, and a Brooklyn Bowl-sponsored silent disco. On the beer front, anticipate surprises as well as more in your area crafted creations. Chapin states Joseph James is bringing 25 different beers to the Grand Tasting, including a series of bourbon barrel-aged royal stouts and the Dead Fox tequila barrel-aged agave ale.

FANTASTIC VEGAS FESTIVAL OF BEER April 6, 7 p.m.; April 7; 2 p.m.; $45-$100. World Market Center Pavilion, greatvegasbeer.com.

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