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One day not enough? How about a Beer Weekend?

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Mandalay Bay Beach will be the venue for the beer festival portion of Mandalay’s upcoming Beer Weekend from September 12-14.

Las Vegas already has so many beer festivals—but damn it, we need more! Luckily, the folks at Mandalay Bay are well aware of this, and have scheduled a three-day Beer Weekend to celebrate not only the best beer has to offer, but some of the Strip's finest cuisine.

The beer list is tempting enough by itself: Dogfish Head, Ballast Point, Stone and Firestone Walker, as well as local breweries Big Dog’s, Tenaya Creek, Chicago Brewing Company, Joseph James, Bad Beat and Crafthaus. But Mandalay Bay’s Director of Food and Beverage (and the state’s first female certified cicerone) Sarah Johnson is taking the event over the top by including food from some of Mandalay Bay’s finest restaurants.

The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. September 12 with a brewmasters’ dinner at Mix, featuring a five-course menu served with Firestone Walker and Brooklyn Brewery beers, with presentations by the brewers themselves. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is $225 per person.

If that’s a bit too much for your wallet, wait until September 13 for the beer festival at Mandalay Bay Beach at 7:30 p.m. It’s $75, but there will still be plenty of beer on offer, as well as food from chefs including Hubert Keller, Michael Mina, Alain Ducasse, Shawn McClain, Matthias Merges and more.

And to get you in the mood to drink, attend a craft beer revolution panel discussion from 3-4 p.m. at Eyecandy Sound Lounge earlier that day, featuring Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy. The event is free, but seating is limited to the first 100 who attend.

Assuming you’re in good enough shape the following morning, check out Beer for Breakfast at 9 a.m. September 14 at Fleur. Chef Hubert Keller will prepare a special brunch menu, all of it paired with beers selected by Johnson. To make a reservation, call 702-632-7400.

For more information got to mandalaybay.com/beer.

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