A beer festival, like the beach, is a relaxing oasis that allows tired travelers to bask in golden hues, frolic in frothy spumes, and get in splash fights with siblings. Savor sudsy fun with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get two tickets to the New Vista’s Brew’s Best Hand-Crafted Beer Festival, 1 p.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at The Village at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson (a $50 value). Each ticket includes:
- Admission to the festival
- Sampling kit with a beer mug
- Unlimited beer samplings<p>
More than 80 beers from local and regional brewers waft malty, hoppy aromas into the spring air at New Vista’s Brew’s Best Hand-Crafted Beer Festival, a biannual event benefiting charity. Fest-goers venture along The Village’s cobbled paths and piazzas and Lake Las Vegas’s glistening shores of slot tokens to sample ales, lagers, and pilsners under brewers’ tents and canopies. While the official vat of brewers and brews has yet to be bottled and capped, each attendee can fill an included festival mug with craft creations by area brewmasters such as Big Dog’s Brewing Company and Joseph James Brewing Company. Made in southern Nevada, Joseph James’s Tahoe Blue pale ale betrays a sweet, citrusy essence, and the Las Vegas–based Big Dog’s kennels 15 barrels in its microbrewery system, including the Tailwagger wheat and the Black Lab stout, which packs nine malts under its spiked collar.
Guests can also broaden their beer horizons with a journey to Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing Co.. In addition to a regular menu of robust ales, Stone releases select seasonal and special-edition brews, among them last fall’s salute to binary code, the 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale. With mugs in hand, fest makers can gaze at the mountains that peek over The Village’s boutiques and terraces, as funky reggae beats from Haleamano rumble in the background.
New Vista Community
A nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities, New Vista Community hosts festive fundraisers throughout the year. Savvy to the pulse of the community, event organizers throw raucous events such as wine walks, which regale guests with the foolproof combination of fine food samples, wine and cocktails, and live music. Guests at the Brew's Best Hand-Crafted Beer festival sip free samples of regional brews. Though many in the community may know New Vista Community primarily for these events, the organization dedicates its best energies to help those with disabilities. Founded in 1984 by three sets of parents with intellectually challenged kids, the charity provides group homes, assisted living, job training, and field trips to kids and adults.