Pork & Brew tops list of beer-centric events for July 4 weekend

Posted: June 28, 2016 by cjax33 in Pork and Brew 2016
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Pork & Brew is back at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, featuring three local breweries in the beer tent.

Pork & Brew is back at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, featuring three local breweries in the beer tent.

It is another Fourth of July weekend, which means it is once again time for Pork & Brew. The 13th annual edition of this Rio Rancho-based event will take place this Saturday through Monday at the Santa Ana Star Center. Just like last year, there will be quite a bit of craft beer on tap.

“This is not a (traditional) beer fest, but the beer vendors do just fine,” said Noah Trujillo of the Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s more of a family event.”

Local beer will be available in the beer tent outdoors, plus there should be some additional national brands available on tap inside the Star Center. Cazuela’s and Red Door will be back, while Tractor joins the fun. Not attending this year are Kaktus and Turtle Mountain.

Cazuela’s will have the new Porky’s Malt Liquor, plus old favorites Chupacabra IPA, Panama Red, Piedra del Fuego Cream Ale, and Acapulco Gold Mexican Lager. They will also be making beer-garitas.

Red Door again made the Sowbelly Blonde just for the event. It will be joined by Roamer Red, Paint It Black Milk Stout, and Trapdoor Belgian Wit.

Tractor joins the fun with the new Sam’s Honey Glazed Shandy, plus they will Delicious Red Apple Cider, Cerveza Mexican Lager, and Haymaker Honey Wheat on tap. You can also purchase cans of Almanac IPA, Farmer’s Tan Red, and Milk Mustachio Stout.

“One thing I kind of like to let people know when they come to the event, you’re not going to find long lines, you’re not going to wait 45 minutes for food,” Noah said. “I’ve heard that’s been happening at a lot of events. You’ll be able to go get beer, go get food, and sit down inside or outside. The indoor/outdoor layout lends itself to comfort. If it rains for a little bit, you can go inside. We’ve been doing the event for long enough where we’ve kind of mastered short lines and people being able to actually enjoy the event rather than standing in line for 30 to 45 minutes.”

In addition to the beer, here is the music lineup between the two stages.

“We’ll have live music both inside and outside,” Noah said. “Last year was the first year we did an outdoor stage in the beer area and obviously it went over well. A lot of local bands will be playing outside. Obviously we’re going to build on that.”

  • Saturday (Brew Tent Stage)—Bosque Blues, 11:30 a.m., Gershom Brothers, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday (SASC Stage)—Toby McBrooks, 12:30 p.m., Split Decision, 3:30 p.m., Twist & Shout, 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (Brew Tent Stage)—Danny the Harp, 11 a.m., Ancient Bones, 3:15 p.m.
  • Sunday (SASC Stage)—Toby McBrooks, 11 a.m., Bob Farrell & Brushfire, 12:30 p.m., Red Wine, 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday (Brew Tent Stage)—Bosque Blues, noon
  • Monday (SASC Stage)—Toby McBrooks, 11 a.m., 3rd Element, 12:30 p.m., Red Wine, 3:45 p.m.

There will be special eating contests, watermelons for kids and pies for adults, on the main stage every day. They will start at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday, and 2:15 p.m. on Monday.

The BBQ Award Ceremony will be Sunday at 4 p.m.

“On the kids’ side, there are two components that we hope will draw people in,” Noah said. “Galloping Grace Youth Ranch will have a petting zoo and a pig race.

“This year we’re doing a mascot day on Saturday. Orbit will be there. I did not know this until a couple weeks ago, but CNM has a mascot. The Sun Cat will be there. There will be a few others. It looks like we’ll have eight to 10 mascots floating around the event. That’s a little bit different.”

The exact hours for all three days will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. It costs $6 for general admission, but active duty military (with ID), seniors over 65, and kids between 4 and 12 only cost $4. Kids 3 and under are free.

Just don’t forget the sunblock, and enjoy the weekend!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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