Conceived by Brewvana’s J. Wilson and the tiny design empire at 818  to promote the #DrinkingPants hashtag, the Drinking Pants Pageant is a beer lovers’ fashion show that takes place each year during Des Moines Beer Week.

Along with Lady Miss Kier, Freddie Mercury, and David Bowie, Jeff Bagby of Bagby Beer Company (pictured at left with emcee Pablo Fahrenheit) was among the inaugural Drinking Pants Hall of Fame inductees during the 2017 Pageant. Photo by Paige Kleckner

Who: People with crazy pants (could be you*!)

What: The Most Fun You’ll Have w/ Your Pants On

Where: Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, Earth

When: June 21, 2018 (doors @ 6pm, show at 7pm)

Why: If everybody’s wearing goofy pants, nobody’s wearing goofy pants. It’s a great way to make friends! Also: prizes!

How Much: $5 at the door ain’t no thang! (proceeds benefit Des Moines Beer Week)

2017 Details: For our musical pleasure, Karen Meat opened the night, then we hit the catwalk with three categories of #DrinkingPants pageantry (men, women, and groups [2-4 people/ team]) judged by local celebrities.

(Deets on the 2018 Pageant coming soon!)

There’s more?!?! Yep, the Drinking Pants Hall of Fame induction!

The Des Moines Barley’s Angels works the crowd during the 2017 Pageant. Photo by Paige Kleckner

Big thanks to our 2017 judges:

Patrick Tape Fleming, Producer/Musician and Gloom Balloon

Kellie Kramer, Co-Host of IPTV’s Iowa Outdoors

Matt Leimkuehler, Music Writer for The Des Moines Register

Megan McKay, Owner of Peace Tree Brewing Company

The WG, Sales Representative for SingleSpeed Brewing Company

What are #DrinkingPants? Hit up the vintage clothing shop or your grandmother’s closet for fancy threads and join us for the most fun you’ll have with your pants on–you don’t want to miss it!


Peace Tree Brewing           SingleSpeed Brewing          Yelp DSM           McKay Insurance

(You, too, can sponsor! Shoot an email to jwilson@brewvana.net for info)

See our 2016 Pageant for yourself on the local ABC affiliate, Channel 5.

Wanna see more photos?

2016: here

2017: here

*ParticiPANTS encouraged, spectators welcome!

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