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Motley Brews Hosts Third Annual Hopped Taco Throwdown at Zappos Headquarters’ Backyard

Motley Brews Hosts Third Annual Hopped Taco Throwdown at Zappos Headquarters’ Backyard
Motley Brews
 hosted its third annual Hopped Taco Throwdown at Zappos Headquarters’ backyard in Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday evening. The festival offered unlimited samples of over 100 craft beers and an assortment of tacos, showcasing the creative skills of some of Las Vegas’ top chefs in a culinary competition (Pictured: Hopped Taco 2019 Brian Chapin and Chef Phillip Dell – Photo credit: Beau Caldwell) 

Hopped Taco 2019 Grilling
Hopped Taco 2019 Grilling

Photo credit: Beau Caldwell

Demonstrating innovative culinary skills and vying for the title of “Hopped Taco Champion,” chefs from across the city competed in a fiery taco competition with three categories: Hopped Taco, for best-beer-infused taco; Taco Loco, for most creative taco; and Taco Dulce, for best dessert taco.

Group of Friends at Hopped Taco 2019
Group of Friends at Hopped Taco 2019

Photo credit: Beau Caldwell

This year’s competitors included Chef Adam Pusateri from Cut and Taste, Chef Chris Bulen from Andiron Steak & Sea, Chef Bryan Forgione from Buddy V’s Ristorante, Chef Oscar Amador Edo from EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine, Chef Marc Marrone from Graffiti Bao and Pina by Graffiti Bao, Chef Roy Ellamar from Harvest by Roy Ellamar and more.

Mariachi Performance at Hopped Taco 2019
Mariachi Performance at Hopped Taco 2019

Photo credit: Beau Caldwell

The 2019 winners of the Hopped Taco Throwdown competition include:

  • Matt Meyer from Served for “Best Hopped Taco”
  • Chef Phillip Dell for “Most Creative Taco Loco”
  • Roy Ellamar from Harvest by Roy Ellamar for “Taco Dulce”

Motley Brews brought together local and regional breweries to complement the event with endless samples of craft brews, including local favorites Crafthaus Brewery, Joseph James Brewing Company, Inc., Lovelady Brewing Company, Ellis Island Brewery, Tonopah Brewing Company, Big Dog’s Brewing Company and more. Guests posed for a photo booth and enjoyed entertainment and various wall art installations provided by Zappos throughout the evening.

More information about Motley Brews is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MotleyBrews, or on their website at http://motleybrews.com/.