The Ultimate Guide to Peace, Love & Hoppy-ness!

(04/10/2013) Robert Snyder

See you Saturday, April 13th @ Big Dog's Draft House in Las Vegas!
As with our previous beer and music festivals, admission is absolutely free to come out and enjoy an afternoon of great music.  If you wish to enjoy the food and beverage offered outside, you will purchase tokens from our sales tent and use those tokens throughout the event to purchase tasters, half pours and full pints of the more than 50 different beers as well as your choice of our Grilled Tri Tip or Smoked Pulled Chicken Southwestern BBQ sandwich platters.

So here is our Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Big Dog's PLH:


  1. So first things first: Step up and get your tokens and your PLH pint glass from our token and retail sales booth. You need both a glass and tokens in order to purchase festival items.  You will find this tent along the front parking lot of Big Dog's Draft House.  Click here to learn about our token packages.
  2. Use your menu to map out a beer plan!  With over 50 different beer choices, you will want to map out your personal tasting plan.  With each package sold, we also give you a beer menu that lists each available beer with its assigned number and the amount of tokens required to taste a 1/4 glass, 1/2 glass or full glass of the chosen brew.  Click here to learn about the different beers that will be available.
  3. DO NOT BE AFRAID!  Step right up and order by Number.  
    After you get your glass and tokens, head on over to the food and beverage booth.  It is situated in the southern parking lot at Big Dog's Draft House. It's very casual.  No strict lines to stand in.  Work your way up to the bar and tell the friendly bartender exactly what you what.  "I'll have a 1/4 pour of #6" or "I'll have a 1/2 Pour of #32."
  4. Hungry for a Grilled BBQ Tri Tip or a Smoked Chicken BBQ Sandwich Platter? The food counter is at the far left side of the food and beverage booth. Same as with the beer, just work your way up to the counter and order.  
    Feel free to get a beer at the same time!
  5. The live music will be going on throughout the event! We have a great line up to keep you entertained throughout the event.  First up from 2-5 pm, Big Dog's favorite Nick Mattera will be rockin' it for you with his unique one man show.  Next up, "All the Madmen" will take the stage for the evening slot (6 pm until we shut it down outside). 
  6. Your tokens are also good inside! If you feel like you'd rather park yourself inside the Draft House and enjoy our always-available stellar menu and beer list instead of the special offerings that are available outside, then that's okay with us, too. Your tokens are worth $1 each for inside purchases on Saturday, April 13th only.  Actually, we'll take them until 4 am on the 14th! Of course, you can also save your unused tokens for our Summerfest festival on Saturday, July 20th.
  7. Support a GREAT local cause - the Nevada Craft Brewers Association.  The Nevada Craft Brewers Association was founded in 2012 as an 501(c)(6) organization with the goal to promote awareness and increase the visibility of fresh, locally brewed beer through education and participation in community events, to improve the lines of communication among its members, and to advocate for the industry on legislative matters that promote the growth of Nevada-made beer.  Along with its 17 fellow Nevada based breweries, Big Dog's is proud to be a part of the state's first association that is "by the brewers, for the brewers and the beer community."  We have designated the Nevada Craft Brewers Association as the recipient of our beer donation...$1 from each pour of the Peace, Love & Hoppy-ness Pale Ale will be donated to the Association to help fund its efforts to promote Nevada-made beers! 
  8. Take a chance to win some great prizes! We've got two great opportunities for you to win great cash and prizes throughout the event with two separate raffles.  1st off, the Nevada Craft Brewers Association is having a CASH RAFFLE for $10 each.  The winning ticket gets half of the CASH and the rest supports the Nevada Craft Brewers Association in its efforts to support the developing craft beer movement throughout the Silver State.  In addition, the Nevada Craft Brewers will draw for three lucky winners who will each get a 1/6 bbl keg of the very rare "Pyrite Pale Ale," the first ever Nevada Craft Brewers collaboration brew that will debut in late April.  Also, Big Dog's will be hosting its traditional Beer Fest Raffle with a ton of great brewery prizes - including beer (including a case of the very rare War Dog Imperial IPA), Growlers for a year, free food, free t-shirts, gift cards, and more!  The grand prize is a very cool, one-of-a-kind customized Big Dog's Dirty Dog IPA Epiphone guitar. Drawing winners do not need to be present to win but must claim prizes within 48 hours.
  9. Take home a Big Dog's t-shirt to help you remember the great time you are having at Peace, Love & Hoppy-ness! 
    Be sure to check out our t-shirts we will be featuring for sale out at our token booth. Not only will we be hawking our Peace, Love & Hoppy-ness t-shirts, but we'll also be featuring our all-new Dog Lover t-shirts.  We also will be featuring for sale our new embroidered hats and more!  Be sure to check it out.
  10. Keep the fun going all night long!  Be sure to stick around after the festival ends for the after party in the Big Dog's Beer Garden... featuring OKAY JIM! This fun band has closed out a few of our festival after parties! "Okay Jim!" is a collection of professional musicians from all over the country joined together here in Las Vegas to rock the covers other bands don't play very often.  Their set list is a high-energy, eclectic mix of songs ranging from classic to modern rock, with even a few country hits thrown in for good measure!  They get started as the fest winds down and will rock on into the next morning!
  11. Tag us in your festival related tweets.   Let the world know how much fun you are having, which beers you are trying, which sandwich you are liking, and which band you are enjoying by adding the hashtag #plh to your tweets.  #drinklocal and #craft beer are other great hashtags that let the world know about the great craft beer scene that is developing in Las Vegas!
  12. Vote for the "Best in Show!"  During the event, pull out your smart phone and go to our mobile enabled website to rate the beers as you are enjoying them.  Simply click on the vote icon, choose the beer from the list, and give it a rating of 1-5.  We will tally up the votes and announce a winner at the end of the night!