Motley Brews Presents: Pasadena Octoberfest at the Rose Bowl on October 15th, 2016

  Pasadena Octoberfest The 2016 Pasadena Octoberfest sponsored by Motley Brews & Samuel Adams. Date/Time: Saturday, October 15th, 2016, 2:00pm Motely Brews presents the inaugural Pasadena Octoberfest at the Rose Bowl on October 15th, 2016. The festival is proudly sponsored by Samuel Adams and features 50+ craft breweries, live music, a Silent Disco and a culinary ensemble of beer-inspired food from various restaurants and food trucks.   The 2016 Pasadena Octoberfest Features: Craft beer inspired culinary creations from local restaurants and food trucks Over 50 of the Top Craft Breweries Samuel Adams Raise The Stein hoisting competition with winners attending the finals in Las Vegas on November 12th Time released samples of rare craft beers including over 30 different Sam Adams brews Live entertainment and Silent Disco Dome Benefits the Cancer for College Foundation    Ticket Information Beer Tasting (GA) (21+) 3:00pm – 6:30pm – $40   Early Entry (EE) (21+) 2:00pm – 6:30pm – $50   Brewers Lounge (VIP) (21+) 2:00pm – 6:30pm – $70   Buy Tickets!    Map & Directions Location: The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Dr Pasadena, CA 91103 Get Directions You won’t wanna miss this Pasadena beer fest, buy your tickets...

Great Vegas Returns for 5th Anniversary

The team here at Motley Brews is very excited to announce the return of our flagship event: the Great Vegas Festival of Beer! Great Vegas will hit the streets of the Downtown core of the city on Saturday, April 11, 2015 with even more of the craft beer, food, and entertainment that brings us all together for this epic day. Tickets open up for Cyber Monday sales, so while you’re trying to decide if this is the best gift of the year, or of all time, here’s what we’re all in for: We’re blowing up The Gastropub after last year’s success with more prominent Las Vegas chefs and restaurants with wicked craft beer-infused/inspired menus from the best culinary minds in the land. Craft beer is just as complex and interesting as wine when it comes to food pairing, and we’re ready to stand by our favorite beverage in the culinary arena. It’s gonna be awesome, but you might have a little trouble deciding what to dive into when you see what these chefs dream up. BrewLogic is also returning for a brand new educational program from master brewers, certified cicerones, industry pros, and beer-savvy people all around. Do you wonder about how to properly pair a beer with your dinner, or what makes a sour beer, or what the hell IBU’s are? This is your spot. If you missed last year’s sessions, make sure to give BrewLogic a visit and take your beer knowledge to the next level. Of course we know the most important part is the beer, and we’ve got you taken care of, as always.  We’re...

Downtown Brew Festival Announces Breweries

The team here at Motley Brews has been drooling over the beer list long enough.  It’s time to let it spread its wings and fly.  We couldn’t be happier with the lineup of breweries that have come together to put on an amazing craft beer experience next September.  We’ve got some awesome first-time participants we’re welcoming to the fest and an incredible lineup of returning breweries. Take a look at the full list on the...

What’s New with Motley Brews

The summer months have hit and we’re keeping it cool with our favorite escape from the heat: beer. Obviously. We’ve partnered up with the Downtown Container Park for a nighttime summer series called Open Container. Every fourth Friday this summer we take over for a few hours of beer sampling from some of our favorite breweries, who bring out their best summer beers for your pleasure. We light up the big screen with classic movie clips for some hilarious entertainment between sips of cold brew.  Head to www.opencontainerpark.com for event tickets and beer lists exclusive to each event. We’re also in the midst of planning the return of the Downtown Brew Festival!  We’re bringing it back to the Clark County Amphitheater for another night of unforgettable brews, grub, and live music.  We’re stepping up the game in pretty much every way to bring even more to Las Vegas’ largest fall festival–more beer, craft brew-inspired dishes from local restaurants, and live entertainment from Vegas bands all night long.  Get all of your updates, info, and tickets at the brand new...

Sweet ‘N Funky Logo Contest

We left the naming up to you and now it’s time to give it a look. Submit your design for Sweet ‘N Funky Desert Junkie, the official beer of GVFB, and you could win 2 VIP Brewers Lounge tickets to the 2014 GVFB and have your artwork prominently displayed at the festival. You’ll also receive an invite to the exclusive industry and press tasting of the official beer at Joseph James Brewing Company and a Craft Beer Hound Prize Pack. Prize The winner of the Motley Brews Sweet ‘N Funky Desert Junkie Logo contest will receive 2 VIP Brewers Lounge tickets for the 2014 Great Vegas Festival of Beer and their artwork will be featured in the NCBA pavilion for the unveiling of Sweet ‘N Funky Desert Junkie. The winner will also receive an invite to the first industry tasting of the official beer at Joseph James Brewing Company and a Craft Beer Hound Prize Pack. How to Enter 1. Initial entries must be submitted by email to [email protected] with the subject line “Logo Contest”. The entries must be submitted as a scalable vector graphic in EPS format and also as a 1000×1000 pixels JPG. See the Submission Guidelines below for further information. 2. The email must include the name, age, postal address, phone number and email address of the Entrant. 3. No more than 3 Entries may be submitted by any one Entrant. 4. Entries must conform to the Submission Guidelines set out below. Entries which fail to do so will be rejected. 5. The deadline for Entries is 11:59 PM on March 30, 2014 Pacific Standard Time....

The Brewers Lounge is Righteous

As you know, the super exclusive Brewers Lounge is home base for Great Vegas Festival of Beer VIP’s.  What you don’t know is how totally insane this year’s Brewers Lounge is going to be.  We were determined to make this the festival where we set the bar for the VIP experience.  Here’s what we’ve cooked up so far: Brewers Lounge guests will be hosted in the ultra sleek and sophisticated Commonwealth for beer cocktails, reserve pours, and a stunning rooftop view of the festival.  It’s going to be so awesome that we were worried about people getting stuck in there from the sheer gravity of its coolness. But then we remembered that food is a really good motivator, so… VIP’s will indulge in the offerings of La Comida, a Morton Group restaurant (of the La Cave and Crush family), and dine on small plate dishes inspired by, and in some cases, made with our favorite ingredient: beer.  We’ll save the menu for a little later, but rest assured that you’ll be in good hands at La Comida. Between the swank spots to chill, rare brews, innovative mixology bar, ridiculous menu, and priority entry, VIP is without a doubt the best way to experience the Great Vegas Festival of...

Big Changes for 2014 GVFB

The team here at Motley Brews is very happy to announce that Las Vegas’ largest handcrafted beer festival will be making some innovative changes to bring a new and unique beer experience to our fair city. For starters, we’re putting together the biggest, baddest, most stupidly awesome craft beer list Vegas has ever seen. On Saturday, April 26, brewers from around the world will descend on Downtown Las Vegas to pour samples of over 250 brews including one-off production beers, special releases, and festival exclusives, and in the Brewers Lounge expert mixologists will treat VIP’s to handcrafted beer cocktails for a twist on the ordinary. Now we know that in reality there’s only as many beers as there is space to grab and enjoy them in, which is why we’re switching up the venue and sprawling the festival across streets, lots, and local establishments in the heart of the Fremont East Entertainment District.  This development will not only allow plenty of room for access to beer, food, and entertainment, but also lands the festival smack in the middle of the action Downtown, where there will be plenty of options for continuing the party once the festival (as it sadly must) comes to a close. So that’s the meat and potatoes of the festival.  Here comes the gravy.  This year we’re stepping up the game by cooperating with the local community to provide a few new ways to experience beer beyond the sampling.  Learn more about the craft and culture in the beer world with talks, demos, and guided tastings from Cicerones and Brewmasters in BrewLogic, enter The Gastropub for...

Inside GVFB with Motley Brews

Check out footage from the 2013 GVFB and hear what Motley Brews owner Brian Chapin has to say about his vision for developing the craft beer scene in Las...

Inside the Pyrite Brewing Process

NCBA brewers and the Motley Brews team assemble for the brewing of Pyrite Pale Ale, the first-ever NCBA collaboration brew and the Official Beer of the 2013 Great Vegas Festival of Beer. Close up of the Pyrite mash, where the starches in the barley are broken down into sugars for the yeast to eat and produce alcohol. Matt Marino of Joseph James Brewing Co. monitors the temperature and consistency of the mash.  The difference of a few degrees can mean a totally different beer.  We’re aiming for a light bodied brew with a conservative alcohol percentage. Viewing ports in the mash tun give us a close look at what’s going on in there.  Those vertical tubes will start to clear up as the mash finishes, giving us the first glimpse of our pale ale. Pyrite is starting to look like a beer, but it definitely doesn’t taste like one yet. This is the wort, the malty and sugary liquid extracted from the mash. The wort will travel from the mash tun on the left over to the kettle on the right, where it will be boiled with hops for their bitter flavor and flowery aroma.  Speaking of which, here they are!  We used precious Amarillo hops in the 90-minute boil. Meanwhile, it’s time to clean the leftover grains out of the mash tun. Following the boil the wort is sent to fermentation tanks–the ones with conic bottoms–where yeast is finally added so it can get to work converting those sugars into alcohol.  When the fermentation period is over the beer will be piped into the large cylindrical brite tanks,...