On Saturday, January 26th 2013, Las Vegas Weekly presented the Big Dog’s Winterfest Beer and Music Festival, held at the Big Dog’s Brewery Draft House off Rancho and Craig Roads in Las Vegas, Nevada. We meet Sergio at the Lake Las Vegas BeerFest way back in November, and during a spotlight piece we did on them, he casually mentioned the Winterfest event. Ever since then, we couldn’t wait for it! And it certainly was worth the wait as the craft beer festival was a tremendous success with hundreds in attendance, despite the rainy Las Vegas weather.

The event was also sponsored by PetChing with raffle proceeds benefiting the Animal Foundation. In addition to the live music all day and night with Big Dog’s acoustic All-Star Jam (they were amazing!), the craft beer event featured more than 50 brews from around the region and around the world and featured the tapping of Dog Gone Saison, a Belgian-style farmhouse ale. Plus, the food did not disappoint either as no one could resist Chef Sergio’s canjun gumbo or the pozole!

With free admission, how can you go wrong? Big Dog’s set up a numbered system where you would purchase drink tokens, choose whatever beer you wanted to drink from a long list of craft beer selections, then decide what kind of pour you wanted (1/4, 1/2, or full), all of which corresponded to a specific amount of tokens. Here’s a list of the craft beers featured:

Craft Beers On Draft:

  • Big Dog’s Leglifter
  • Big Dog’s Tailwagger Wheat
  • Big Dog’s Red Hydrant
  • Big Dog’s Rebel Red
  • Big Dog’s Holier than Cow! Dry Hopped Pale
  • Dirty Dog IPA
  • Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
  • Ballast Point Victory at Sea Imperial Porter
  • Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
  • Chicago Brewing Company English Pale Ale
  • Chimay Cinq Cents Tripel
  • Delirium Tremens Belgian Strong Pale
  • Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA
  • Dogfish Head Miles Davis Bitches Brew Imp Stout
  • Firestone Walker “Pivo” Czech Pils
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack Double IPA
  • Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA
  • Green Flash Green Bullet 9th Anniv Dbl IPA
  • Green Flash Palate Wrecker Double IPA
  • Lagunitas Olde Gnarleywine
  • Joseph James Citra Rye Pale Ale
  • Joseph James Imperial Pilsner
  • Joseph James Mocha Coffee Imp Stout
  • New Belgium Biere De Mars Biere De Garde
  • New Belgium Snow Day Winter Ale
  • New Belgium Tart Lychee American Wild
  • New Belgium Cocoa Mole
  • New Belgium Imperial Chocolate Coffee Stout
  • New Belgium Peach Porch Lounger Saison
  • Noble Brewing Pale Ale
  • North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imp Stout
  • Pyramid Snow Cap English-style Strong Ale
  • Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barleywine
  • Sam Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout
  • Sierra Nevada Big Foot Barleywine
  • Strongbow Cider
  • Tenaya Creek Monsoon Double IPA
  • Triple 7 Lemongrass Kolsch
  • Unibroue Trois Pistoles Belgian-style Dark Strong
  • Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen

Bottled Brews

  • Affligem Noel Belgian Dark Strong
  • Chimay Blue Cap Grand Reserve
  • Dogfish Head 120 Min IPA
  • Dogfish Head “Hellhound on my Ale” Dbl IPA
  • Eel River Triple Exultation Organic Old Ale
  • Lindemans Cuvee Renee Gueuze
  • Ommegang Rare Vos Belgian-style Pale
  • Rogue 19 Colonies Mead
  • Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Winter Ale
  • Sam Adams Stoney Brook Flanders-style Red
  • St. Feuillien Saison
  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
  • Stone Smoked Porter
  • Stone Vertical Epic 12-12-12 Belgian-style Dark Strong

I mean really – read that beer list over again. It’s a craft beer tasters paradise! In addition, the guys over at No Limit Brewing poured complimentary tasters of their newest craft beer selections including “The Nooner”, “Closer”, “Toffee Coconut Brown” and “Berry Basil Wheat!”. These guys are up-and-coming. We really liked their beers and hope to feature them in an upcoming “I Love Beer” show. Text BEER to 69302 to stay up-to-date with show happenings and/or “like” our Facebook fanpage too!

By the way, did we mention the after party, which went from 9:00pm to who-knows-when? Just a terrific event from start to finish. We loved doing the “I Love Beer” show live from the location, and can’t wait for the next Big Dog extravaganza! Look for the latest news and “Like” Big Dog’s at their Facebook Fan Page or visit their website here.