NM Brew Fest vs. ABQ Corks & Brews: A tale of the tape

Posted: September 30, 2016 by cjax33 in ABQ Corks and Brews 2016, NM Brew Fest 2016
There were many shenanigans afoot for all of us at the NM Brew Fest.

We cannot guarantee this level of shenanigans at whichever beer festival you choose.

Isn’t it great when two beer festivals are on the same day? Yeah, when you get to try to weigh the pros and cons of going to one instead of the other. That is so much fun!

Well, as your local beer-writing collective, we felt it is our duty to try to help everyone make up their minds. Most of the Crew is working or broke or just plain M.I.A., so as of now, only I am heading over to the seventh annual NM Brew Fest on Saturday inside Villa Hispana at the State Fairgrounds. This does not mean that ABQ Corks & Brews, set for the Rail Yards south of downtown, is not worth considering. (For those who want to get out of town, there is also Ullrfest on Pajarito Mountain above Los Alamos, which we covered Thursday.)

Basically, if you are just a beer geek, head for NMBF. If you are more of a foodie who likes craft beer, Cork & Brews may be more your thing. But, again, let’s run the stats and see how the two fests stack up.

Official websites: NM Brew Fest, ABQ Corks & Brews

Locations: NMBF is inside Villa Hispana on State Fairgrounds, use the gate off San Pedro; Corks & Brews is at the Rail Yards. Debate which one has worse parking.

Time: NMBF has an early admission start at 11:30 a.m., with general admission at 1 p.m., lasting until 6 p.m. Corks & Brews runs from 1-4 p.m.

How much: NMBF tickets are $25 for general admission ($30 day of), $40 for early entry ($50 day of), and $10 for designated drivers. Buy them online here or at the gate. Corks & Brews tickets cost $27 and were nearly sold out as of Thursday night (less than 25 remained). Click on their official website link above to see if any remain.

What your money gets you: NMBF has unlimited sampling, though you can purchase pints. For folks with early entry tickets, there will be several exclusive tappings at the Whole Foods Sandia Saloon tent, including Clown Shoes Arch Druid (BA Irish Red), Against the Grain Poffo Pils, Abita Oktoberfest, Evil Twin Mission Gose, and Alltech KY Pumpkin Barrel Ale. At Corks & Brews, you get 30 samples total, plus you can purchase beer and wine by the glass. Your money also goes in part to two charities, Future Fund and Paws & Stripes.

Food options: NMBF will have multiple food trucks present — Nomad’s BBQ, Street Food Institute, Like a Big Dog, The Phat Beaner — plus they will have a tent for Whole Foods, who will be serving up traditional German sausages. At Corks & Brews, chow down at the Chocolate Dude, Celina’s Biscochitos, ChocGlitz & Cream, Q Cakes, L’Amour Baking Company, Cake Fetish, Irrational Pie, Street Food Blvd., and a whole lot more.

Music: NMBF will have Red Light Cameras, The Porter Draw, and DJ Spinifex. At Corks & Brews, The Noms, Vibestrong, Markland, and Sol De La Noche will perform.

And, finally, the beer lists, as provided by the attending breweries. These will be updated until the morning of the two events.

NM Brew Fest

  • Blue Corn: Pope Porter, Chaparral IPL, Octoberfest, Roadrunner IPA
  • Bow & Arrow: TBA
  • Boxing Bear: Oktobearfest, Ambear, Uppercut IPA, Standing 8 Stout, Cider
  • Broken Trail: Lone Pine Pilsner, Sancho Saison, Otero ESB
  • Canteen: Pecos Trail Brown, Flashback IPA, Codswallop ESB, Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale
  • Chama River: Jackalope IPA, Sleeping Dog Stout, Heavy Cream, Festbier
  • Dialogue: Berliner Weisse, Belgian Citrus IPA, Belgian Dark Strong, Zwickelbier, Lychee Wheat
  • Enchanted Circle: TBA
  • La Cumbre: TBA
  • Marble: Dang Pale Ale, Double White, IPA, Pilsner
  • Red Door: Trapdoor Wit, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Nieuwe Bruin
  • Santa Fe: Autonomous Collective DIPA, Oktoberfest, Hefeweizen, Nut Brown (cans)
  • Sierra Blanca: Oktoberfest, Desert Pilsner, Interstellar Vanilla, Cherry Wheat
  • Starr Brothers: Red Zepplin, Thunderr Ale, Motorbrreath, Oktoberfest, Electric Sun
  • Tractor: Cerveza NM Lager, Tractoberfest, scramble tap (Double Almanac, Sodbuster, Jack the Sipper, in that order), plus cans of Cider, Mustachio Milk Stout, Rose Syrah
  • Turtle Mountain: McDay’s Cream Ale, Parasol White IPA, Stauffenberg Stout, Oktoberfest, Honeymoon RIOT! (limited amount, will then be replaced by Hopshell IPA)

Corks & Brews

  • Bow & Arrow: TBA
  • Canteen: Pecos Trail Brown, Flashback IPA, Codswallop ESB, Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale
  • Chama River: Jackalope IPA, Sleeping Dog Stout, Heavy Cream, Festbier
  • Duel: Fiction (Belgian IPA), Fantin (Belgian Double Pale Ale), Monomyth (Belgian DIPA), Bad Amber
  • Kellys: TBA
  • Marble: IPA, Double White, Oatmeal Stout, Red
  • Ponderosa: TBA
  • Red Door: Trapdoor Wit, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Nieuwe Bruin
  • Rio Bravo: TBA
  • Sidetrack: Cascade Pale Ale, Pub Ale, Railhead Red, Shoofly Wheat

Consider the beers, the cost, the food, the music, all of it. Then good luck making up your minds.

Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen, and do not overdo it. Hails and Ales is at Tractor Wells Park at 8 p.m. The ABQ metal community needs your support!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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