The first beer festival of 2015 is upon us. WinterBrew is set for Friday at the Santa Fe Farmers Market from 4 to 9 p.m. The event, run by the New Mexico Brewers Guild, has already sold out all 750 of its tickets. So for those 750 lucky people, this preview is for you. For everyone else, um, live vicariously through us?
As always when we preview festivals, the number one question is “what beers are being poured?” Before we get to that, take note of some important things.
How to get there: You can drive up or take the RailRunner. We recommend the latter, though you won’t be able to attend for the full five hours. It leaves the Downtown ABQ stop at 4:26, Montano at 4:35, and Los Ranchos/Journal Center at 4:41. You’ll arrive at the Santa Fe Railyard at 6:03 p.m. if everything goes to schedule, so that’s still almost three hours of drinking time.
Don’t drink on an empty stomach: There will be food vendors on site, including Blue Corn, Second Street, Santa Fe Culinary Academy, and Bambini Philly Cheese Steaks. Food plates are supposed to range from $2 to $8. If you have the time, though, we always recommend you eat a late lunch to keep your stomach full before all the sampling starts.
Beyond the samples: You do get a ticket for one free pint of your favorite beer. You can purchase additional pints afterward.
Our best advice: Pace yourselves. It’s a fairly confined space, but things tend to move pretty quickly. Whether you are there for all five hours or less, there is plenty of time to try all the beers you want. And it never hurts to ask what may be on tap at the breweries, so you can focus only on the exclusive beers.
All right, without further adieu, here are the beer lists we received for most of the 17 participating breweries. If we get the missing lists in time, this article will be updated, have no fear. (UPDATED: We got Duel and Tractor, look below!)
Abbey — Monks’ Ale, Wit, Dark Ale, Dubbel Reserve, Tripel Reserve, and maybe Kirstall Weissbier (which is brand new and may or may not be ready in time)
Blue Corn — Gee-Eyed Stout, Road Runner IPA, two more TBD
Blue Heron — Aurora IPA, Penasco Porter, two more TBD
Bosque — Slack Jaw Imperial Porter, Slack Jaw on nitro, Jet Black Winter on cask, Mystery Man IPA, Fall Out Pils, Bosque Lager, Pale Ryder, Scotia Scotch Ale, Old Man Jameson
Boxing Bear — Chocolate Milk Stout, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Black Eye-PA, and either Ambear Ale or Uppercut IPA
Duel — Titian, Dark Ryder, Grunewald, Fantin, Bad Amber, Marcel, plus sips only of Goya, Tableaux 15, Still of the Night (there will also be some bottles for sale, including Goya)
La Cumbre — Slice of Hefen, Malpais Stout, Elevated IPA, Project Dank, Cafe Con Leche, Simcoe Pale Ale, Red Ryeot
Marble — Imperial Stout, Double IPA, Red Ale, Double White
Ponderosa — Nikolaus Spiced Lager, Ghost Train IPA, The Dark Demon ICDA, Imperial Sawmill Stout
Red Door — Stormtrooper Imperial IPA, O.D.B., Gateway Blonde, Trappe Door Wheat, Roamer Red, Unhinged Cider
Roosevelt — we did not hear back yet
Santa Fe — Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Black IPA, Java Stout, Kriek, BB-Aged Imperial Smoked Rye Porter, Double White IPA, Barrel-Aged Sour State Pen Porter
Second Street — Fulcrum IPA, Pivotal IPA, Mosaic IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Foreign Extra Stout, Bastogne Special Bitter (featuring Mosaic), Cream Stout, Kolsch
Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande — Milk Stout, Alien Imperial Stout, Pancho Verde Chile Cerveza, Alien Amber, Desert Pils, Bone Chiller Brown Ale, Sun Chaser Pale Ale
Taos Mesa — we did not hear back yet
Tractor — Double Sickle DIPA, Wonder Weisse, Luna de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout
Turtle Mountain — Heidelberg Helles, Munich Dunkel, Hopshell IPA, Cafe Bella Coffee Porter
Franz Solo, Mrs. Solo, Luke, and I will all see you at the Railyards!