You know an event is official when they have an official pint glass.

You know an event is official when they have a swanky official pint glass. (Photo courtesy of Boxing Bear)

The good folks at Boxing Bear have put together their first beer festival, which will go down today (Sunday) from 2 to 6 p.m. You can still buy your tickets online or at that door, though VIP tickets have already sold out.

The other participating breweries are Bosque, Canteen, Chama River, La Cumbre, Marble, Nexus, Santa Fe, and Turtle Mountain. It is a locals-only event.

There will be food trucks, live music (Cali Shaw and Red Light Cameras), and lots of fun on top of just the beer. You can also by plenty of special merchandise as well. Since this is a website about beer, however, we tend to focus on just what will be poured for all of you, our wonderful readers. For this festival, it is not a straight unlimited sampling event like Blues & Brews. Your ticket gets you four free 4-ounce samples and one pint of your choice. After that, you can purchase additional pints. The first 1,000 festival goers get a cool pint glass like the one pictured above.

As there is a limited amount of sampling, you need to know what the beers are so you can make a good, educated choice. Thankfully, the breweries have been letting us know what they are taking. Well, some have figured it out, the others will update us when they finalize their lists.

Boxing Bear: Uppercut IPA, Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Body Czech Pilsner, Hairy Mit Hefe, Salute Your Schwartz, Regal Squabble (English IPA), Wiener Munchner, AppleBear Hard Cider, K.O. Kolsch. The newest beer here is the Kolsch, which is a fitting brew for a warm summer day. Among the rest, we highly recommend the Standing 8 if you are into the darker end of the spectrum. The other current seasonals (Regal Squabble, Wiener Munchner, Salute Your Schwartz) are all solid as well.

Bosque: Driftwood Oatmeal Stout on nitro, others TBA. The Driftwood was heavenly on nitro after the ABQ Brew Dash. So smooth and decadent it was almost criminal.

Canteen: Hopspitality IPA, Boysenberry Wheat, Saison, Dougie Style Amber, Canteenator Doppelbock. Hard to go wrong with the big blast of hoppy goodness that is Hopspitality. If it’s malts you’re looking for, the Doppelbock has you covered. And for those who like their beer pink, Boysenberry is for you.

Chama River: Class VI Golden Lager, Plum Goodness, Hefe Nice Day, Radioactive IPA. Three seasonals and one regular beer, but the Class VI is a GABF gold medal-winner. The Radioactive is a monstrous hop bomb. The Plum is a new sour. Basically, they have almost every aspect of style covered here.

La Cumbre: TBA

Marble: Maibock, Brett IPA, Pilsner, Red Ale, Double White. Do these beers scream spring or what? The hugely popular Double White is always a fan favorite. Brett IPA and Maibock are two exceptionally different seasonals for two types of beer lovers.

Nexus: TBA

Santa Fe: TBA

Turtle Mountain: Heidelberg Helles, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Stauffenberg Stout, Cannon Fodder DIPA. The Cannon Fodder will be making its debut, further appeasing all of you hopheads out there. You can also get samples of their bottled beer, Wilde Jagd, and with your BearFest ticket stub you can buy some of the bombers for $5 off the regular price back up at TMBC itself. (No package sales at BearFest, sorry.)

Got any questions? Contact us all the usual ways (Facebook, Twitter @nmdarksidebc, email or you can contact the folks over at Boxing Bear.

Oh, and keep an eye out for Franz Solo and Mrs. Solo on site. They will have sign-up sheets for the NM Brewers Guild Enthusiast Membership. Follow that link if you missed the story.


— Stoutmeister

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