Beer festival season wraps up (sniff) in our state with the fifth annual NM Brew Fest at Expo New Mexico (the fairgrounds) this Saturday. It promises to go out with a bang, thanks to a special early event admission where you get to taste multiple barrel-aged beers brought in by the NM Brewers Guild. Yes, they’re rolling out extra potent beer to start the event. Brandon and I may be doomed.

Festival season will end in style this weekend. (Photo courtesy NM Brew Fest)

Festival season will end in style this weekend. (Photo courtesy NM Brew Fest)

Anyway, here’s the lowdown on key things you need to know. Tickets are still available online but are selling fast, while there will also be tickets at the gate. The difference is online it’s $35 for early admission, $25 for general admission, while it’s $40 and $30 at the gate. So get ’em online, people! Save that $5 for beer (or food). Gates open for early admission at 11:30 a.m., where you can go straight for the barrel-aged beers. Then at noon you can start hitting the regular brewery booths (full list below). General admission will then enter the fest at 1 p.m. and it lasts until 6. It’s 21-and-over only this year; sorry, no more parents bringing their little kids along while they sample.

The barrel-aged tasting is new for this year.

“We’ve had VIP kind of tickets in the past,” said Kevin Hopper, one of the event organizers who works for Local iQ. “It’s always just kind of been I don’t know if it fits, the whole VIP thing. We got into the mind of a beer aficionado and what do people love? They love to taste new and creative beers.

“I thought that, more so than a sealed off, VIP section would be a better experience for the people that come. Hopefully that will work out.”

For those worried about drinking on an empty stomach, there will be multiple food trucks/food stands. Nomad’s BBQ, Irrational Pie, Rustic, and Street Food Institute will all be there with their trucks, plus the new Heimat House (opening Oct. 25 at Montgomery and Louisiana) and Adieux Cafe will be represented. There will be live music as well.

If you need a ride, Uber will provide $20 off if it’s your first with the company. Just use the code nmbrewfest. If it’s not your first time using Uber, you can still get 20 percent off. Otherwise designated driver tickets are $10, and riding your bicycle is encouraged for those who live nearby (or are crazy bike riders with supreme endurance skills that should be in France every summer).

All right, now that all the nitty gritty stuff is out of the way, it’s on to the most important thing: The beer! We contacted a majority of the 20 breweries in attendance to find out what they’re bringing, plus the organizers from Local iQ and the Brewers Guild. Here’s what they had to say, starting with the barrel-aged beers. If we get any lists later on, we’ll go back and update this as many times as needed before we head over ourselves Saturday.

We can't promise you'll have as much fun at Brew Fest as we did last year, but you can always try.

We can’t promise you’ll have as much fun at Brew Fest as we did last year, but you can always try.

Barrel-aged specials: Odell Jaunt, Odell Trellis Garden Ale, BJ’s Bourbon Barrel Stout, Canteen St. Bob’s Imperial Stout, La Cumbre La Negra 2013, Marble Imperial Stout, Marble Barley Wine, plus Santa Fe’s Kriek and/or Double White IPA (not barrel-aged, but still tasty), and a TBA beer from the new Heimat House.


Blue Corn: Oktoberfest, Alpha Reaper (imperial red), Shattered Pumpkin, Gold Medal Stout (unless they run out at the brewery, in which case their IPA will replace this GABF gold medal winner)

Bosque: Rebel Brit (brown ale), Bosque Lager, PSA (pumpkin spice ale), Bosque’s Burnin’ (red rye), Olde Bosky (porter), and Oktoberfest (if it’s ready). The Box IPA might also pop up.

Boxing Bear: Glass Jaw Double IPA, Uppercut IPA, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Oktobearfest

Canteen: Dougie Style Amber (GABF gold medal winner), Wet Mountain IPA, Pumpkin Saison, 28M Wheat

Cazuela’s: TBA

Chama River: Class VI Golden Lager (GABF gold medal winner), Jackalope IPA, Cosmic Dog (coffee stout), Red River Ale (Irish red)

Comanche Creek: TBA

La Cumbre: A Slice of Hefen, Elevated IPA, Project Dank IPA, Malpais Stout, Full Nelson (DIPA), Witch’s Tit (pumpkin ale), Meridian Pale Ale

Lizard Tail: In a late update from the Guild, they report Lizard Tail will no longer be in attendance. Bummer.

Marble: Imperial Red (GABF gold medal winner), Double White (GABF gold medal winner), IPA, Oatmeal Stout

Pi: Unchallenged IPA, Lost Grain English Summer Ale, Apricot Wheat, Bourbon Vanilla Porter

Ponderosa: TBA

Red Door: Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Stout (on nitro), Unhinged Cider

Santa Fe: Happy Camper IPA, Kriek (sour ale), Hefeweizen, Oktoberfest, maybe Java Stout

Second Street: TBA

Stumbling Steer: TBA

Taos Mesa: TBA

Tractor: TBA

Turtle Mountain: McDay’s Cream Ale, Oktoberfest, Uber Altbier, Saison du Soleil, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter

Sorry we couldn’t get more lists. A lot of the breweries have been playing catch-up this week since a good chunk of their brewing staffs were in Denver for GABF. In the end, we expect a lot of pleasant surprises this weekend. We’ll see you all out there!


— Stoutmeister

  1. ravengirl57 says:

    What happened to Lizard Tail, I wonder?

  2. adamauden says:

    Last I chatted with Dan and Ken they are flat out brewing and getting things settled at the taproom. Will be sure to find out next time I’m down there.

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