Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, an authentic replica of the iconic Munich beerhall, is always THE place to celebrate Oktoberfest on this side of the pond. This year the festivities begin on Sept. 13 and run through Oct. 31 with live entertainment, celebrity keg tappings and stein holding competitions and most importantly, the one time of the year you can enjoy their Oktoberfestbier, the very same beer brewed by the Hofbräu Brewery and served at the Munich Oktoberfest. This year you can buy tickets for $85 for VIP seating and a $60 food and drink credit. For tickets and more info visit hofbrauhauslasvegas.com.

CraftHaus Brewery, Henderson, NV

CraftHaus Brewery will celebrate its 5th anniversary with its Haus Party, held in and in front of the brewery in the Booze District in Henderson on Sept. 14 from 7-11 p.m. The block party-style event will include more than 30 new beers, local beers, out of market guest beers and the return of a few fan favorite beers they have been hiding. There will also be live music from local bands, a DJ and food from Mike Minor’s BBQ Mexicana and Chef Vincent Rotolo’s Good Pie Pizza. Ticket includes keeper glass and unlimited pours and VIP also includes early entry at 6, admittance to the brewery lounge and small bites. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.crafthausbrewery.com.

Time to mark your calendar for the Motley Brews 7th Annual Downtown Brew Festival, set for Oct. 19 from 5-9 p.m. (early entry at 4). The fest will again be held at the Clark County Amphitheater at 500 S Grand Central Pkwy in Downtown Las Vegas, and you can expect a wide range of beer styles with more than 200 beer choices from 60+ breweries, including several from Nevada. I know it’s months away, but Motley Brews fests typically sell out, and purchasing in advance gets you a reduced rate, as well as availability of VIP and early admission tickets. You can purchase tickets at www.downtownbrewfestival.com, where you’ll also find the line-up of breweries that will be pouring.

Lovelady Brewing will partner with the Pink Boots Society (an organization of women brewers and beer industry associates) to help sponsor the It’s Not Water But On Water Street, a beer/root beer mile relay race on Nov. 9. The fundraiser will feature teams of four tag team runners who will consume a beverage (beer or root beer) after each ¼ mile leg. The race will begin and end at Lovelady Brewing at 20 S. Water St. in Downtown Henderson. For more info and to enter, email Linda Lovelady at loveladybrewing@gmail.com or find it on Facebook by searching for It’s Not Water But It’s On Water Street. All proceeds will benefit the Blaine Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Las Vegas Chapter of The Pink Boots Society.

What’s on Tap
Lovelady Brewing Brewmaster Richard Lovelady reports he is putting on several new beers: State of Change IPA (Orange IPA, 6.9%, 55 IBU); Lord of the Hatch (Hatch Chile bock, 7.4%); Tango Malt Seltzer (tangerine orange seltzer, 5.5%); assistant brewer Courtney’s Raspberry Fields Forever (8.5% raspberry cheesecake stout); Max (Richard’s son and assistant brewer) is brewing a barleywine for release this winter; and in the near future look for a fruit hazy New England-style DIPA.

As always, great beer happens in Vegas!

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