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  • Kay Davis

A Pedacito Of The Downtown Beer Festival, Las Vegas, Nevada

Updated: Jun 19, 2022

As I mentioned before, my September trip to Las Vegas with my husband was canceled thanks to Hurricane Ida. So after a quick scramble, we were able to rebook it for mid-October. While it wasn't the exact itinerary we planned, we were excited to be able to check out some places and events we didn't expect.

The biggest one was the Downtown Brew Festival, held near the Arts District. This festival featured nearly 90 craft breweries and was held at the Clark County Amphitheater. My husband loves craft beer and even though I'm not as into it as he is,

I'm always game to check out a few breweries on our trips. When I learned about the festival, I knew I needed to get tickets immediately.

Thank goodness I did. Two days after purchasing tickets, I learned the fest had sold out. That made me even more excited to check out a festival for only the second time since Covid hit.

Since the festival started at 5p, we decided to head downtown earlier in the day to walk around. We popped into Banger Brewing on Fremont Street for a few tasters before hitting lunch. They weren't going to be at the festival, so we were glad we got a chance to check out their latest offerings.

After a quick lunch, we headed to our hotel to change and make our way to the amphitheater for the beer festival. We got there about 45 minutes early and were so glad we did.

We made our way through the vaccination check (a requirement was proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours), scanned our tickets, and then grabbed our tasting glasses to get in line.

By the time the gate officially opened, we were about 30 people back from the front of the line, with about 200 or so in line behind us. Thanks to our handy map, and a great tip from the ladies at Banger, we knew exactly what tents we wanted to hit first.

Although many of the local breweries had lines, it was never a problem to grab a taste of something that was either local to Las Vegas or the region. Being from New Orleans, we made a point to try beers we had never had and would likely never be able to purchase in town. That's the fun of a festival like this when traveling. All-new experiences.

The fest didn't just feature beer but had some great food options while three great bands hit the stage. Hearing live music while being at a festival that was crowded but never felt too crowded was good for the soul. It added a fun element to a really relaxed vibe.

Great beers, good music, and meeting some fun people was a perfect consolation prize for our canceled trip just a few weeks prior. We are hoping to hit this fest again next year and maybe bring some friends with us to enjoy this cool experience.

We tried some really great beers at the Las Vegas Beer Festival
We tried some really great beers at the Las Vegas Beer Festival

What event or experience have you had on a trip that you weren’t expecting?


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