The ULTIMATE Guide to Saturday's DOGtober Beer Fest!




The fun starts at 3 pm!

As with our previous beer and music festivals, admission is absolutely free to come out and enjoy an evening 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 40 different beers as well as your choice of our grilled sausages or authentic Bavarian Pretzels.  
  1. So first things first: Step up and get your tokens and your DOGtober Beer Fest 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 40 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 sausage or an authentic Bavarian Pretzel? The food counter is at the dogtober12food 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!  

    Both the grilled Bierwurst and Knackwurst come with our homemade Bavarian-style Apple & Bacon Sauerkraut upon request.

    The Bavarian Pretzels are the real deal!  These are the same ones served at Oktoberfest in Germany!  The Bavarian Pretzel is served with our Bavarian Beer Mustard. 

  5. The music will be flowing throughout the event! 
    We have a great line up to keep you entertained throughout the event!

    3-6 pm: Sahara! sahara prade

    Sahara is a multifaceted entertainer, hailing from Akron, Ohio. Her voice has been compared to singing greats such as Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill! With a strong Reggae influence, an energetic stage presence, a sweet as well as raspy vocal undertones and an eclectic collection of songs; Miss Sahara is a crowd pleaser!

    6-9 pm: The Leeroy Jenkins Incident

    If there's one thing Las Vegas knows, it's how to rock, and only one band can keep up! Covering all of the greatest modern rock hits, the Leeroy Jenkins Incident is prepared to shred, melt, and jam until the cops send us packing! Several years of experience playing on the West Coast has formed and shaped the greatest modern rock experience you've ever seen. Visit LJIncident.com for more information about this talented band.

    9 pm - ????!: The Boy'z in the Parking Lot "The Boy'z in the Parking Lot" are a musically versatile band. Serving up classic R&B and popular music along with their own"Home Brewed Style of Funky Southern Blues."  The band consists of four multi-talented musicians:  Steve Brandon (hailing from Chicago) on the keys, Terry Johnson (from Lafayette La.) on bass, Conrad Csogi (N.Y.C.) on drums, and heading up the crew is "Mr.Billy Ray Charles" coming to you from Sweetport, La.  Billy has been performing and writing hit songs for the likes of Bobby Bluebland, Tyrone Davis, Johnnie Taylor, and The Temptations (to name a few.)   He is now blending it all together in his own band!  So for a very personal interpretation of"Love, Life, and Music " come and checkout Billy Ray Charles and the Boy'z in the Parking Lot Band as they rock the DOGtoberfest After-Party.
  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.  Did you know we have 30 more beers on draft inside (almost completely different than what is available outside) available for purchase by the pint? Your tokens are worth $1 each for inside purchases on Saturday, October 11th only.   Actually, we'll take them until 4 am on the 12th! Of course, you can also save your unused tokens for our Winterfest on Saturday, January 24, 2015!  

  7. Support a GREAT local cause - The Animal Foundation.  There are many great animal charities, shelters, and dog rescue groups operating in Las Vegas. Throughout the years, we have supported so many of them through donations, giveaways, and direct support. The only thing we love more than our animals might be our love of craft beer!

    AF13 For our DOGtober Beer Fest & Brat Party event, Big Dog's is proud to support the great work of pet adoption by Las Vegas' own Animal Foundation. $1 from each pour of Big Dog's Oktoberfest Lager will be donated to the Animal Foundation. In addition, festival goers that donate a new dog leash or new dog toy on the day of the event will receive 5 bonus tokens added to their purchased festival package.
  8. Take a chance to win some great prizes!  Big Dog's will be hosting its traditional Beer Fest Raffle with a ton of great brewery prizes - including cases of Big Dog's bottled beers, Growlers for a year, free food, free t-shirts, gift cards, and more!    We've got great prize packs from New Belgium Brewery and Crown Royal, as well.  One of our featured raffle prizes is an Apple iPad Mini tablet!  The grand prize is a very cool, one-of-a-kind customized Big Dog's "DOGtober" 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 the DOGtober Beer Fest & Brat Party.

    Be sure to check out our t-shirts we will be featuring for sale out at our token booth. Bulk up on your Big Dog's Brewing Company wardrobe!

  10. Tag us in your festival related tweets.   Let the world know how much fun you are having, which beers you are trying, which BBQ platter you are liking, and which band you are enjoying by adding the hashtags #bigdogs or #dogtoberfest to your tweets. #drinklocal and #craftbeer are other great hashtags that let the world know about the great craft beer scene that is developing in Las Vegas!