ABQ Hopfest is nearly upon us

Our apologizes for not posting about this sooner, but this Saturday, Stoutmeister and Shilling will be present at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the fifth annual ABQ Hopfest.

The Hopfest is a fundraiser for the New Mexico Make-A-Wish Foundation, raising money to grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. This year the festival features 50 breweries, eight bands on three stages, plus indoor and outdoor booths.

Doors open at 3 p.m. for general admission tickets, while the special Extra Hoppy tickets get you in at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online or you can purchase them at the Tractor Tap Room in Nob Hill. Extra Hoppy tickets are nearly gone.

Widmer Bros. Brewing, the kings of the American Hefeweizen, are the sponsor brewery for the event.

Also in attendance this year are Abita (Louisiana), Big Sky (Montana), Deschutes (Oregon), Goose Island (Illinois), Green Flash (San Diego), Kona (Hawaii), Sam Adams, Blue Moon, Guinness, Left Coast, Bridgeport; our Colorado favorites Breckenridge, Left Hand, Oskar Blues, Odell, and Ska; plus New Mexico’s Marble, Tractor, Broken Bottle, Santa Fe, Boar’s Nest, Back Alley, Taos Ale House, and many, many more!

Stoutmeister will unleash a mondo preview on Friday of all the breweries and all the beers (we hope) they will be bringing along for us to enjoy.

Folks, this is a great event supporting an amazing cause. So if you’re interested in attending, redirect your browser over to the Hopfest Web site to get your tickets and we’ll see you guys there!


— Shilling

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