Motley Brews’ Hopped Taco Throwdown will return for its second year on Saturday, June 23, bringing together craft beer and tacos for a culinary competition showcasing the talents of some of Las Vegas’ top chefs. The event will be held at Zappos Headquarters’ backyard in Downtown Las Vegas, a venue typically closed to the public, from 8 to 11 p.m.

The all-inclusive experiential event will gather some of the best and most innovative Las Vegas chefs to test their talent in a one-of-a-kind culinary competition. The chefs will step out of their culinary comfort zones and strive to earn the title of “Hopped Taco Champion” in one of three categories: Hopped Taco, for best-beer-infused taco; Taco Loco, for most creative taco; and Taco Dulce, for best dessert taco. This year’s competitors include Chef John Simmons from Firefly and Tacotarian, Chef Bryan Forgione from Buddy V’s, Chef James Trees from Esther’s Kitchen, Chef Hemant Kishore from The Toddy Shop, Carol Garcia and Carlos Buscaglia from HEXX, Chef Josh Clark from The Goodwich, Chef Bubba Grayer from Jammyland Cocktail Bar & Reggae Kitchen and more.

Motley Brews will also bring together top-notch local and regional breweries to complement the tacos with endless samples of craft brews throughout the evening. Popular highlights include CraftHaus Brewery, Joseph James Brewing Company, Inc., PT’s Brewing Company, Ellis Island Brewery, Big Dog’s Brewing Company, Latitude 33 Brewing, Bootlegger’s Brewery, Mother Earth Brew Co. and more.

Both general admission and VIP tickets are available for the 21+ event, which includes endless tacos and craft beer samples. Prices will vary with purchase times with general admission tickets starting at $60 and VIP starting at $85. VIP tickets include one-hour early entry at 7 p.m., exclusive tacos only available during the VIP hour and upgraded glassware for sampling brews.

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