Las Vegas-based beer festival production company, Motley Brews, hosted its largest event ever with the 8th Annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer at the World Center Market Pavilion in Downtown Las Vegas, with approximately 10,000 guests in attendance over two days.

The beer-filled weekend kicked off with the Mad Craft Experience on Friday, where local brewers and chefs experimented with unique beer and food pairings in a friendly competition, providing attendees with unlimited samples of more than 30 beer creations and 20 culinary dishes. The Grand Tasting on Saturday featured over 120 breweries pouring more than 500 beers from across the country.

Mad Craft brewers including CraftHaus Brewery, Joseph James Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company and more competed in four categories: Best Beer Blend, Best Beer Cocktail, Best Specialty Beer and Best Beer Experiment. Culinary participants including Esther’s Kitchen, The Black Sheep, Donut Bar and others competed in three categories: Best Craft Beer-Infused Bacon Dish, Best Craft Beer-Infused Vegetable Dish and Best Craft Beer-Infused Overall Dish.

Along with the beer offerings, the Grand Tasting included a variety of high-energy, interactive experiences from sponsors including the Zappos Pretzel Brewtique, PT Brewing Company’s giant beer pong games, Ellis Island’s Karaoke Front Yard and Brooklyn Bowl’s Silent Disco.

Additional sponsors at this year’s event included Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, PKWY Tavern and New Amsterdam Vodka. Guests also had the opportunity to pair their brews with a bite from local food trucks, including Stripchezze, Cousins Maine Lobster, Sin City Wings and more. Participating local restaurants, Searsucker and Panacea, were also available on-site throughout the duration of the two-day event.

A portion of the proceeds from the event benefited various local non-profits, including the Folded Flag Foundation, the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation and the Nevada Craft Brewers Association.

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