Beer Premier features wild lineup of all-new brews from around the state

The pint glass all Beer Premier attendees will receive on Saturday. Actual Sasquatch not included. (Photo courtesy of Rio Bravo Brewing and the New Mexico Brewers Guild)

The Beer Premier, the final annual event on the New Mexico Brewers Guild’s calendar, is set for Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Rio Bravo. The BP will feature 23 brand-new beers from 22 different breweries, plus the recent Guild collaboration beer Land of Enchantment Lager.

Lo and behold, we have the identities of all those beers, thanks in large part to Guild executive director Leah Black and her tireless efforts to get this festival in gear for another run. Tickets are still available online for a $20 discount, and you can also pick them up in person at Rio Bravo if those internet service fees are not worth the convenience of buying from home (or anywhere).

While selling tickets at the Bosque Brewing Public House in Nob Hill on Tuesday afternoon, Leah shared some last-minute details with us about why you, beer geeks of New Mexico, should be in attendance on Saturday afternoon.

“I think the coolest thing about this event that occurred to me is that all of these breweries will eventually, at some point after the Beer Premier, be releasing these beers intermittently,” she said. “But, you can come to this one event and they bring them all to you. It’s 23 different beers.

“Everything is brought to you, and it’s all condensed right there, and you get a beautiful commemorative glass with a Sasquatch on it, which is huge. You get to keep your pint glass. You use that to get all your samples. Brewers will be there also sampling them with you, talking about their beers.”

The amount of samples one can have is limited to one taste per each beer.

“(I)t is responsible sampling for three hours and then the beer of your choice,” Leah said. “You get a complimentary fill of your pint glass for that after you sample what you feel is an adequate amount.”

All right, now for the beers, as provided to us by the Guild and the individual breweries:

  • Bosque: West Hop Ekuanot (Hazy IPA)
  • Bow & Arrow: Desert Revival Peach
  • Boxing Bear/Marble collaboration: Munich Lager
  • Broken Trail: Waggin’ Tail Old Ale
  • Canteen: Hustle and Glow (Hazy DIPA)
  • Ex Novo: Antwerp Disco Party (Belgian tripel)
  • La Reforma: Red Ale (hoppy)
  • Marble: Doppelator 2.0 (Doppelbock)
  • New Mexico Brewers Guild: Land of Enchantment Lager
  • Nexus: Oak-Aged Hot Chocolate Milk Stout (aged in rum barrels with Hatch red chile)
  • Palmer: Caballo American Lager
  • Ponderosa: S’More Stout
  • Quarter Celtic/Dark Side Brew Crew collaboration: The Winchester (English old ale)
  • Rio Bravo: Saison with carrot, apple, prickly pear juice
  • Roosevelt: Hazy Plains (NEIPA)
  • Santa Fe: Dark & Jefe (Dunkelweizen)
  • Sidetrack: Trackside IPA on cask
  • Starr Brothers: Spunkles Uncle (vanilla porter)
  • Steel Bender/Majin Garcia collaboration: Explored Hypotheticals aka Tracksuit Stout (Pastry stout with vanilla beans, banana powder, cinnamon)
  • Taos Mesa: Spruce Wayne (winter warmer)
  • Thirsty Eye: Biscochito Liquido
  • Toltec: Berliner Weisse
  • Tractor: Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Brown Ale

The entire event will take place in the Biergarten outside, and if we are to believe the weather folks, it will be in the low-to-mid 60s and sunny, which should be nice and pleasant. The BP will also end at 4, which gives people plenty of time to go find dinner and then pick one of the dozen or so major events going down at breweries all over town at night.

Everyone in attendance is encouraged to come in costume. There will be a red carpet with professional photographer John Campi taking pictures of attendees. The Crew and QC will be there in our finest Shaun of the Dead costumes, just in case anyone did not pick up on where The Winchester name originated.

Now to go find a cricket bat.


— Stoutmeister

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