Okay, these days beerfests happen year round, but the lower temps mean more of them and more held outdoors.

Occidental Taphouse Grill Oktoberfest ~

First up, on October 5 from 1-8 p.m. is the Occidental Taphouse Grill Oktoberfest party. Held in the Taphouse and a tent outside, $25 gets you in, with a glass mug, and covers beer and food, with a special menu available that day and live entertainment. All sales will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. Occidental is located within the Baldini’s Casino in Sparks (Reno area).

Silver State ~

Next up is the Silver State Brewfest from 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Tuscany Main Pool, which will feature brews from Nevada breweries. At press time breweries expected to attend include  Able Baker, Astronomy, Big Dog’s, CraftHaus, Hop Nuts, Joseph James, Lovelady, Pigeon Head (from Reno) and Tenaya Creek. There will also be games such as giant jenga, prizes to give away and food from Pub 365 for purchase. For more info and to purchase tickets visit www.eventbrite.com/e/silver-state-brewfest-at-tuscany-pool-hosted-by-pub-365-tickets-72756341175.

Motley Brews ~

The Motley Brews 7th Annual Downtown Brew Festival on Oct. 19 from 5-9 p.m.(early entry at 4) will again be held at the Clark County Amphitheater at 500 S Grand Central Pkwy in Downtown Las Vegas, where you can expect a wide range of beer styles with more than 200 beer choices from 60+ breweries, including several from Nevada. For more info and to purchase tickets go to www.downtownbrewfestival.com.

Big Dog’s ~

Big Dog’s Brewing will host its annual DOG-tober Beer Fest & Brat Party on October 26 from 3-9 p.m. combining traditions of Oktoberfest celebrations with the charm of an old Wisconsin brat cookout along with live bands and more than 40 local, regional and international beers, including several Big Dog’s brews. As usual, it will be held in the outdoor area of the Draft House at Craig Rd. and Rancho Dr. in northwest Las Vegas. For more info and the line-up of beers visit www.dogtoberbeerfest.com.

Sour Saturday ~

What began as a small niche event has grown to one of the largest sour-only beer festivals in the nation and it happens to occur at Atomic Liquors. This year will mark the 7th annual Sour Saturday on Nov. 9 from 2-5 p.m. This fest celebrating the uniqueness and complexity of sour beer offers unlimited pours of more than 50 unique beers from dozens of breweries ranging from the slightly tangy to mouthpuckeringly sour. This year the VIP ticket will get you early admission at 12:30, as well as a Sour Saturday T-Shirt, a limited Sour Saturday tasting glass, access to a private VIP area to taste exclusive sours, food provided by Chef Jackson Stamper of The Kitchen at Atomic, a custom Sour Saturday koozie and raffle tickets for specialty vintage bottles and swag. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.atomiccitybrews.com/sour-saturday.

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“As always, great beer happens in Nevada!”

— Bob Barnes

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