LV World Beer Fest Begins October 13
500 Different Beers Will Be Available
Beer, beer, and more beer will be flowing in Las Vegas beginning on October 13 of this year. Patrick Gagnon, President of Patrick Gagnon Signature, announced plans for the Las Vegas World Beer Fest, an international Oktoberfest-styled showcase of micro brews, stouts, and ales at a May 25th press conference.
Special guest Peep Show star Holly Madison was on hand to share a special toast.
According to Gagnon, starting October 13, the Las Vegas World Beer Fest will be open every week, Thursday through Sunday, from noon to 11 PM. The Fest will be housed in the vacant lot at the southwest corner of Flamingo and Koval, behind Bally's and across the street from Ellis Island. The entrance fee is set at $10 and only 5,000 tickets will be available per day. Package deals including food and beer tastings will also be available. Details can be found at www.wbflv.com
The weekly beer fest will feature on a rotating basis more than 500 different beers from 100 different brew masters across the globe, including Germany, Belgium and the U.S.
Brands not often found in the United States, such as Dieu Du Ciel, Budvar and Wesvleteren, will be sold at The Fest. During the press conference, I had the opportunity to sample some Samirhlaus from Austria, a brew not often found at a Vegas bar.
Gagnon is no stranger to large scale events. His company Patrick Gagnon Signature has produced more than 1500 shows and festivals throughout Canada during the past ten years, including the Professional Bull Riders competition in Quebec. The Las Vegas Beer Fest marks the Montreal-based company’s first venture in the United States.
Gagnon anticipates more than one million visitors during the festival's first year. He announced that in addition to beer, The Fest will feature live performances from various bands, an above ground swimming pool to keep patrons cool during the summer months, an above ground spa, freshly-made food, and celebrities behind some of the beer taps. Of course what’s a Beer Fest without some beer games.
The most famous Oktoberfest is in Munich. Gagnon said, "Las Vegas, with its energy, amenities and mixture of adventurous tourists, is the ideal city for a year long festival," Gagnon said. "I think the only city that could compete with Las Vegas and an event like this is Munich. Their Oktoberfest is sixteen days and receives two million visitors each year."
The Las Vegas World Beer Fest may not be the same as the Oktoberfest in Munich, but will certainly be worth checking out. For advanced ticket purchase or vendor information, visit www.wbflv.com.
Casino MonteLago Reopens at Lake Las Vegas
VIP’s Enjoy Reception, Crowds Enjoy Fireworks
Casino MonteLago is back. After a lapse of about 14 months, the Casino held a private VIP party and public fireworks display to celebrate the reopening of the Lake Las Vegas property. The return of this 40,000 square foot, 275-slot machine casino is critical to the future success of Henderson’s Lake Las Vegas community. The May 26 event began with a red carpet celebration inside the casino. Participating restaurants included Bernard’s Bistro, Sunset Vines, Luna Rossa, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. (Okay, they aren’t a restaurant, but the chocolate was delicious.) Invited guests included Henderson councilwomen Debra March and Gerri Schroder and actress Barbara Eden.
Outside, there was free live entertainment by string quartet Phat Strad and cash bars on the Village street near the casino entrance.
At 9 p.m., fireworks from the casino rooftop signaled the official grand opening and time to "let the games begin!"
The interior of the casino has been completely remodeled since its closing 14 months ago. It now features 241 popular state-of-the-art slot machines such as Wheel of Fortune, Star Wars, Ruby Slippers and Sex and the City and 38 of the latest hi-tech electronic table game positions for roulette, blackjack and poker. The casino also include “Harrys” a full service restaurant and a 75 cent hot dog bar.
Intrepid Gaming of Las Vegas is operating the casino. I had the opportunity to visit with their president, Jon Berkley. He told me that the casino employs 100 workers and that expansion plans were all ready on the drawing board. Berkley said Casino MonteLago will market not only to Lake Las Vegas, but also to the 22,000 homes adjacent to the community and the 100,000 homes in nearby Henderson. The idea is promote Lake Las Vegas as whole.
Berkley told me that they were proud of their generous comp program and intended to market to Henderson locals. I could see (from personal experience) that the video poker payout schedules are good, better than they were previously. The comp program is clearly one of the most generous in the area. Berkley told me that, “We are very focused on locals and will have excellent food at reasonable prices.” Breakfast specials at 12:30 a.m. and the 75 cent hot dog stand sound like they will be popular
reasons for a visit. Berkley promised “personalized customer service” coupled with, “elegant but affordable offerings.”
Lake Las Vegas is a pleasant local destination with its unique scenery, shops and restaurants. Casino MonteLago fits well into its surroundings. Berkley referred to the casino and village as having a symbiotic relationship. A trip to Lake Las Vegas can provide visitors with a change to browse and shop and then, perhaps, win back the money they spent. It’s worth the visit.
At the beginning of Absinthe, the MC know as the Gazillionaire says, “If you are offended by words like f*** or s**** you just might be at the wrong show.” That having been said, Absinthe is an imaginative combination of an adult circus, vaudeville, and burlesque, an unreal, outrageous world. I loved it! I enjoyed the most talented acrobatic and balancing acts I have ever seen combined with raunchy sexy, bawdy, hysterical humor.
When you enter the well constructed Spiegeltent, a heritage wooden show tent from Europe set up in front of Caesars Palace, you are seated on folding chairs in a tent opulently decorated with mirrors, stained glass and velvet. Sit anywhere, it’s theater in the round. But be warned. As the two person roller skating act performs on the six foot round stage, those in the front row may be concerned about being hit by a skater careening off the tiny stage platform. It’s a little scary sitting there.
This is a hip, hedonistic world where the acrobats strip down to-- very little. Your host for the production is the Gazillionaire, a gold toothed almost cartoon-like character who is likely to say anything. Not almost anything, but anything. It is base, but hilarious humor. It’s directed at everyone, blacks, gays, anyone. His assistant, Penny, is either the most mindless creature in Vegas or an incredible entertainer who plays dumb better than anyone I’ve seen before. I believe the later.
This show is spectacular and decadent. The talent is overwhelming, the humor is hysterical. The Gazillionaire and Penny perform a comedic acrobatic ballet - of sorts. As “Can you Feel the Love tonight” plays, her foot gets caught in his crotch.
Angel Porrino, Holly Madison’s BFF, is in the show. Angel wears very little, and tap dances with part of her scantily clad body inside a huge inflated balloon. Trust me, this is funny.
The extraordinary acrobats include tightrope walkers, gymnasts, roller skaters, and balancing artists, all performing acts of strength and balance with a lot of tongue in cheek and often very little clothing. This show is artistry at its finest and humor at its raunchy best. . If you are open minded and appreciate the best of the best, go see Absinthe.