Ah, yes, it’s that time of year when I have to cover a football game and not go to the Taos Brew Master’s Festival. Of course, the rest of you don’t have to write about the New Mexico Bowl to pay for future beers, so you might as well hit the road Saturday afternoon and go to the Taos Ski Valley for this annual event. It costs $25 and runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Tenderfoot Katie’s and the Martini Tree, which are located at the base of the Chair 1 lift.
Of course, the attraction of every beer festival is the beer on hand. This year’s TBMF has a lot of out-of-state breweries participating. Most are from Colorado, including heavyweights New Belgium, Odell, Oskar Blues, Boulder, Ska, and Left Hand, plus Durango’s Steamworks, which doesn’t distribute to our fair state. There’s also Alaskan and Sierra Nevada, which are available just about everywhere.
Local boys Eske’s and Taos Mesa will be on hand, plus seven breweries from further south including Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca. The rest we did our best to find out who’s bringing what for you to enjoy. Here’s what they all said.
Back Alley: Ladron’s Peak, California Common, Belgian Wit. For anyone that hasn’t had the rather unique Ladron’s before, here’s your chance.
Boxing Bear: We didn’t hear back, but if you get some Standing 8 Stout, you’ll be good.
Marble: Reserve Ale, Double IPA, White Out, Imperial Stout. This year’s Imperial Stout batch is quite wonderful, as is the Reserve.
Santa Fe: Happy Camper IPA, Java Stout, Scotch Ale, Dirty Blonde Ale, Double White IPA, Sour Porter. There will also be a “secret beer” that you can get by looking up the password via SFBC’s social media pages.
Tractor: Mustachio Milk Stout, Farmer’s Tan Red Ale, Farmer’s Almanac IPA. Basically the canned beers, but it’s hard to go wrong with Mustachio.
Turtle Mountain: Heidelberg Helles, Saison Du Soleil, India Stupid Shell (a 50/50 blend of Hopshell IPA and India Stupid Ale), Piedra Lisa Porter. The porter and helles are quality beers. Let us know how that hybrid IPA turns out.
If we hear back from Boxing Bear before Saturday we will update this list. Enjoy your beer weekend, folks, but if you can’t make it to Taos, visit Chama River for Obey the Darkside Stout or Canteen for Dark Side Baltic Porter or, heck, visit both!
(Shameless self-promotion points achieved)