Beer tastings become the toast of Downtown Container Park

The third and final installment of Motley Brews’ Open Container summer beer tasting series is scheduled for 9 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Downtown Container Park, 707 Fremont St., and organizers are hoping locals will check out the shopping venue and the wide variety of craft brews.

“It’s been a big success,” said Motley Brews event coordinator Lee Flint. “It’s on the fourth Friday of each month, and we cap out at about 500 (participants), which we’ve had both times. It’s a chance to get out, meet new people and try out a lot of different beer.”

Motley Brews organizes beer-centric events, and it was in April, at its largest annual event, the Great Vegas Festival of Beer, that the Downtown Container Park decided to reach out to organizers. Motley Brews was tasked with creating a similar but scaled down event to draw people to the park.

Open Container takes place in a fenced-off section of the grassy park. For $20, visitors receive an armband that provides admission and access to booths, which offer samples of three to six beers and other brewed beverages. A play list of popular music is periodically punctuated with a gong, followed by a short comedy clip from a film.

“That was Motley Brews’ idea,” said Doug McPhail, director of retail operations for the Downtown Container Park. “It’s been quite the thing to see. When the gong sounds, everyone turns to the screen because they learn pretty quickly that something funny is going to happen.”

McPhail has been pleased with the turnout and the success of the event. Despite the fact that everyone is trying lots of beer, organizers have had no trouble with anyone getting unruly. McPhail attributes that to the nature of the event, which encourages critical taste analysis and discussion.

“There’s a whole sense of exploration that people get,” he said. “It’s not just coming out and meeting new people, which is so important, but trying new things — in this case, beers.”

Each event has had a different selection of beer. In July, the event focused on locally brewed beers. In August, organizers are hoping to bring in more local brewers that couldn’t be a part of the previous event and add regional and national craft beers to the mix.

The park is looking to conduct similar events after this final Open Container event.

“It might not be beer, but it may be,” McPhail said. “It’s been a well-curated event, and we’re looking into what else we might bring in. It may involve other drinks, art, food, music or a mix of several of those.”

No similar event is scheduled at the Downtown Container Park for September’s fourth Friday as the date is too close to the Downtown Brew FestivalMotley Brews has planned from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

“We may hold off on September and push on for an October event,” McPhail said. “It will probably be something with food, beer and music.”

The Open Container event is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit motleybrews.com or call 855-235-2867.

Contact East Valley View reporter F. Andrew Taylor at ataylor@viewnews.com or 702-380-4532.

ad-high_impact_4
Local
Downtown Summerlin hosts its annual Festival of Arts
People crowd to Downtown Summerlin for the 23rd annual Summerlin Festival of Arts in Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County educators debate alternative grading systems
Spring Valley High School principal Tam Larnerd, Spring Valley High School IB coordinator Tony Gebbia and retired high school teacher Joyce O'Day discuss alternative grading systems. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Grandparents on the fire that killed three family members
Charles and Doris Smith talk about the night an apartment fire took the lives of three of their family members. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
New York artist Bobby Jacobs donated a sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden
Bobby Jacobs, an artist from upstate New York, has spent much of the past year creating a sculpture of two separate angel wings. He donated the sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Weather will cool slightly through the end of the week
The weather will cool slightly through the end of the week., but highs are still expected to be slightly above normal for this year. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Mayor announces new public-private partnership
Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced the creation of the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a public-private partnership that will allocate money to the city’s neediest.
Fremont9 opens downtown
Fremont9 apartment complex has opened in downtown Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Fall fairytale gets cozy at Bellagio Conservatory
Bellagio Conservatory introduces its fall-themed garden titled "Falling Asleep." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
What the house that Ted Binion died in looks like today
Casino heir Ted Binion died in this Las Vegas home in 1998. Current home owner Jane Popple spent over $600,000 to restore and modernize the home. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Rescue Mission employees terminated
Don James, a former employee for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, talks about the day his team was terminated. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Cupcakes at Freed's Bakery
Freed's Bakery will have Raiders-themed cupcakes available in store and for order during football season. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s fans say goodbye to Cashman Field
Las Vegas 51s fans said goodbye to Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Monday September, 3, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s owner Don Logan's last weekend at Cashman Field
Don Logan, owner of the Las Vegas 51s, gives a tour of Cashman Field before the team's final weekend using the field. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Metro Asst. Sheriff Brett Zimmerman on Aug. 8 officer-involved shooting
Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman met with media Monday to discuss the details of the 14th officer-involved shooting of the year. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program where community and business leaders joined to welcome students back with an inspirational welcome. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Star Trek fans on show’s enduring popularity
Star Trek fans at the Star Trek Convention 2018 talk about why they think the show has stayed popular across the years Thursday, August 2, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Nonprofit provides clothing for homeless
Sydney Grover of Can You Spare A Story?, talks about how she founded the non-profit organization. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Family remembers deceased mother
Family members of Adriann Gallegos remember her. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Camp Broadway teaches kids how to sing and dance
The Smith Center's seventh annual Camp Broadway musical theater program gives 150 kids ages 6-17 an opportunity to learn musical theater skills from industry professionals over a five-day period. Marcus Villagran/ Las Vegas Review-Journal @brokejournalist
Restoring classic Corvettes to perfection
Members of the National Corvette Restorers Society Convention talk about what it takes to earn the NCRS Top Flight Award for a restored Corvette at South Point in Las Vegas on Tuesday July 17, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like