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A hopping festival: Silver City’s Little Toad Creek Brewery hosts tap takeover

The New Mexico Brewers Guild is taking a number of special craft beers to Silver City, and Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery is putting them all on tap.

Eventgoers mingle and enjoy New Mexico craft beers at a past Toad Fest at Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery’s Corner Pub. (Courtesy of John Gozigian)

The tap takeover event known as Toad Fest will feature about 20 craft beers from about a dozen New Mexico breweries.

“The beers are always new and rotating,” said Teresa Dahl-Bredine, co-owner of Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery. “The Brewers Guild breaks them down, and people send them from all over the state, and they try to send something interesting that you can’t buy in a store. We’re expecting all kinds of new flavors this year.”

Attendees can buy a 5-ounce sample for $2.50 or a pint for $4. Some of the offerings include High Plains Pilsner and White IPA from Canteen Brewhouse, Blood Orange Cider from Tractor Brewing Co., Green Chile Cerveza and Alien IPA from Sierra Blanca Brewing Co., Raspberry Dynamite and Compa Los Ranchos Lager from Steel Bender Brewyard, Double White Triple Berry and Marble Cerveza from Marble Brewery, and Copper Cream Ale and Grumpy Old Troll IPA from Little Toad Creek.

“What we do is we split it up so half (of the beers) are inside or approximately (half),” Dahl-Bredine said. “There’s some inside at the bar and some outside on the back patio. We’ll have a jockey box set up, and you can go to one location or the other and then switch and spend part of the time outside, where there’s games, music and part of the time inside, so they can try every beer.”

Entertainment will be provided by Truth or Consequences band Moody Little Sister at 3 p.m. and Grant County’s Gila River Band at 8 p.m. Attendees also will get to take part in a cornhole tournament and play several games including hammerschlagen, giant beer pong and giant Jenga.

“We’ll have hammerschlagen, which is this really fun game where you try to, it’s hard to explain, it’s a contest to see how many hits it takes you to hammer a nail into a block of wood,” Dahl-Bredine said. “It’s a really fun kind of traditional German biergarten, game but the crowds sort of look on and cheer, so everyone gets involved and riled up.”

Toad Fest is a collaboration between the New Mexico Brewers Guild and Little Toad Creek.

“Maybe it was sort of a collaboration of they had a thought and we had a thought and it just sort of came together this way,” Dahl-Bredine said. “Other than gathering all the beer from all the different breweries, it’s kind of a low-maintenance event for them, because we do the event planning itself and it’s a good fundraiser. We tend to have a really good turnout. It’s a very cool opportunity to taste beers you definitely can’t get in this area of the state. That’s what people are most excited about, is the beer tasting.”