Local brewmasters trek north to Taos Ski Valley for 24th annual festival

Come in from the cold for the 24th annual Brewmasters Festival in Taos Ski Valley.

By all accounts, there is no older beer festival in New Mexico than the annual Brewmasters Festival at Taos Ski Valley. The 24th edition of this entertaining event takes place this Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Resort Center.

Tickets are available online for $38 per person, or $18 if you just want to attend for the food and not drink. They go up to $43 and $23 on the day of the event, so make sure to get them by 11:45 p.m. today (Friday). The full pass gets every attendee a commemorative mug.

Eight New Mexico breweries will join in on the festivities, along with several nationally distributed craft breweries. Coming in from out of state are Bell’s, Firestone Walker, Four Peaks, New Belgium, Odell, Sierra Nevada, Stone, and Upslope.

As for the locals, we of course asked for their beer lists, and so far seven of the eight have responded.

  • Bosque: Open Space Haze, Elephants on Parade, Scotia, and (maybe) Fresh Start
  • Ex Novo: (all cans) Mass Ascension IPA, Perle Haggard, Most Interesting Lager in the World, Cactus Wins the Lottery
  • La Cumbre: Elevated IPA, Origin Hazy DIPA, Gilded Age Porter, A Slice of Hefen, Project Dank Winter Edition
  • Marble: Double White, Cholo Stout, both seltzers, Ski Break Hazy IPA
  • Santa Fe: Pale Ale, Nut Brown, Happy Camper IPA, Java Stout, Freestyle Pilsner, Chicken Killer Barleywine, 7K IPA, Pepe Loco, Social Hour, Adobe Igloo, Oktoberfest
  • Steel Bender: Skull Bucket IPA, Raspberry Dynamite, Compa Los Ranchos Lager, Red Iron Red, Brickie American Stout
  • Three Rivers: Sky High IPA, San Juan Stout, Pinon Pils, “I’m a Ram” German Bock, Atramentous Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Stout
  • Tractor: TBA

Red Door was listed as attending, but head brewer Matt Meier informed us that they will not be there.

Food will be provided by local restaurants 192, Bavarian, Rhoda’s, Tender Foot Katie’s, Sagebrush, and Rio Hondo.

Wherever you end up this weekend, make it a good one.


— Stoutmeister

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