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Cold beer & comfort food: WinterBrew knows what you like

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Santa Fe’s Duel Brewery will be serving up craft beers and comfort food at WinterBrew 2014.

Santa Fe’s Duel Brewery will be serving up craft beers and comfort food at WinterBrew 2014.

Comfort foods and craft brews are what WinterBrew is made of.

“It is the first beer festival of the year 2014,” New Mexico Brewers Guild Director Chris Goblet said of the Santa Fe event. “It’s celebrating a happy new beer.”

The event, now in its third year, will feature 16 New Mexico breweries: Blue Heron, Bosque, Chama River, Duel, High Desert, La Cumbre, Marble, Monks Ale, Nexus, Roosevelt, Second Street, Santa Fe, Taos Mesa, Tractor and Turtle Mountain.

Event-goers also will get a sneak peek at what Stumbling Steer has to offer. Stumbling Steer is tentatively expected to open by early February on Albuquerque’s West Side.

Porter, stout, winter warmer and seasonal brews will be some of the samplings that the participating breweries will have to offer, according to Goblet. If you like what you taste, beers also are available for purchase. The price of admission gets event-goers a 6.5-ounce logo sampling glass, free beer samples and one free pint of beer of their choosing.

Enjoy the craft brews, but save some room for comfort food being served up by Blue Corn Brewery, Duel, Second Street and one of Santa Fe’s newer food trucks, Bambini Philly Cheese Steaks. Artisan treats also will be available for sampling and buying including: Albuquerque’s Valley Gurlz pickles, Estancia’s Old Windmill Dairy goat cheese and Roswell’s Ranchline all-natural lamb jerky.

“Everything is local with a focus on food, fun and great beers and a cozy atmosphere on the Santa Fe Farmers Market grounds,” Goblet said.

He encourages Albuquerque event-goers to take the New Mexico Rail Runner Express to the event. There is a train that leaves during the 4 o’clock hour from Albuquerque stations and arrives at the Santa Fe Depot at 6 p.m. Another train leaves at 9 p.m. from the Santa Fe Depot back to Albuquerque, according to Goblet.

“They have about three hours to enjoy the festival and can jump on the train at 9 p.m.,” Goblet said. “It’s a safe transport.”

For Rail Runner schedules, visit nmrailrunner.com.

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