Ahh, crisp, cool weather, and all the darker beers that brings! Fall usually represents the end of the New Mexico craft beer festival season. But, one event still remains that many locals like to circle on their calendars, one which has become a personal favorite of ours (and which has now coined its own term in our Crew vocabulary). Yes, it is time for the eighth annual NM Brew Fest!
Here are the nitty gritty details.
- What: Eighth annual NM Brew Fest
- Where: Expo New Mexico
- When: Saturday
- Time: 1-6 p.m, VIP ticket entry at 11:30 a.m.
- Price: $25 general admission, $45 VIP tickets (prices will increase $5 day of event)
NM Brew Fest brings out a group of over 20 of the state’s top breweries to showcase some of their finest beers and new seasonal releases. Aside from the obvious favorites from each brewery, NM Brew Fest allows a chance for breweries to showcase their one-off, rare, and specialty offerings. In the past this has meant everything ranging from cask tappings, to rare barrel-aged beers (that was a rough year, FYI). Here we give you a breakdown of what to expect from each brewery that has responded, and we must admit we are just a wee bit excited for some of these (those are in bold). We will update the other seven breweries once we receive their lists.
- Abbey: Tripel Reserve, Monks’ IPA #1, Dark Ale, Golden Ale, Monks’ Ale, Blood Orange Wit
- Blue Corn: La Catrina Rye IPA, Apparition Pale Coffee Ale, Ginger Braggot, 2016 Scotch Ale, 2015 Imperial Stout
- Bosque: Lager, Elephants on Parade, IPA, Brewers Boot (Amber Ale), 1888 Blonde Ale, Rio Soleado (Wet-Hopped Blonde Ale), Down in the Hollow (English Brown), PSA (Pumpkin Spiced Ale)
- Bow & Arrow: TBA
- Boxing Bear: Featherweight Session IPA (GABF bronze medal winner), Crystal Kolsch, Black and Blue Sour, Oktobearfest, Chocolate Milk Stout, Oso Otono, Uppercut IPA, Apple Bear Cider
- Canteen: Oktoberfest, Oompa Lupulin DIPA, Grundy Thunder Porter, North 14 Pale Ale
- Dialogue: TBA
- Drafty Kilt: Groundskeeper Willie Cream Ale, Covfefe Hefeweizen, CampbellToe IPA, Wee Beastie Scotch Ale
- Enchanted Circle: Hells Bells Helles Lager, Panty Tosser Peach Wheat, Oktoberfest, Red River Red, Nice Day IPA
- La Cumbre: TBA
- Marble: Double White, Cuvee Rouge, Raspberry Nitro Stout, Das Roggen Wiener (Vienna Lager), Amarillo Pale Ale, Abbey Brett
- Palmer: TBA
- Ponderosa: Ecliptic Wet Hop Ale, Imperial Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Dry-Hopped Saison
- Red Door: TBA
- Rio Bravo: Schwarzbier, Grapefruit Launcher IPA, Lemongrass Wit (all draft); Pinon Coffee Porter, Road Kill Red, La Luz Lager, Snakebite IPA (all cans)
- Santa Fe: TBA
- Sidetrack: Pilsner, #91 Pale Ale, Bonehead Red, Pub Ale (and maybe a cask-conditioned ale)
- Starr Brothers: Don’t Fear the RIPA, Foggy Monocle (Oatmeal Stout), Starrphire Pilsner, Sando Spice IPA
- Steel Bender: Alewitch Pumpkin Ale, Smith Hopper XPA (Dr. Rudi), V.M.O.M.G. (Oktoberfest), Skull Bucket IPA
- Tractor: TBA
- Turtle Mountain: Wooden Teeth, Oktoberfest, Cosmic Yum Yum, Hopshell IPA, Depravity (Barleywine)
With great beer also comes the need for great food to soak it all up. Therefore, NM Brew Fest will feature a lineup of local food trucks such as Soo Bak, Krazy Lizard Taqueria, Nomad’s BBQ, and Street Food Institute. And, for your music and chill moments, there’s a diverse mix of artists playing with DJ Flo Fader, Zach Quintana, and Michael Moxey & the Easy Sinners. Local vendors will also be selling other arts and craft merchandise, so make sure to bring your wallet and support all aspects of the local community!
The atmosphere of Expo NM, coupled with the weather, always serve to make this event a standout in the local craft scene. So, make sure to seize the chance for one last fest before the weather turns to a bitter chill and you are forced to relax by a fire with a burly imperial stout … because that sounds so horrible …
That was sarcasm, folks.
— Brandon Daniel