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Las Cruces’ Blazin’ Brewfest features 18 breweries from around the state

Blazin’ Brewfest, featuring a number of New Mexico breweries, returns to Las Cruces on Friday, May 17. (Courtesy of The New Mexico Brewers Guild)

Head down to Las Cruces for a fiery fun time with many of your favorite New Mexico breweries during Blazin’ Brewfest.

The event on Friday, May 17, will feature 18 breweries from around the state: Bosque Brewing, Canteen Brewhouse, Cloudcroft Brewery, High Desert Brewing Co., Icebox Brewing Co., La Cumbre Brewing Co., Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, Lost Hiker Brewing Co., Marble Brewery, Pecan Grill & Brewery, Picacho Peak Brewing Co., Red Door Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co., Sierra Blanca Brewing Co., Spotted Dog Brewery, Steel Bender Brewyard, Tractor Brewing Co., and Truth or Consequences Brewing Co. A number of food trucks will have a variety of savory selections for purchase.

“Eighteen breweries is really exciting,” said Leah Black, executive director of the New Mexico Brewers Guild. “It’s so great too, because the southern part of the state is growing, beer-wise. I don’t think people realize there are so many great breweries coming out of the southern part of New Mexico, and this will be a great way to showcase that. And it’s not just southern breweries; Santa Fe (Brewing Co.) is going to be there, and we have people from all over Albuquerque, and Moriarty, we have Sierra Blanca (Brewing Co.) coming, so it’s going to be really cool.”

Ticketholders will receive a pint glass upon entry to use for unlimited sampling or to purchase a pint of their favorite pours. Attendees also will be able to dance to the sounds of Albuquerque’s DJ Demonic. He will be stepping up last year’s set by adding more lights and speakers to this year’s show to make it an even bigger experience for the beer lovers who attend.

“Last year he was the DJ, and people loved him, and he’s really fun because he reads the crowd really well, and he also takes requests,” Black said. “Like, people can come out and request songs, which is so fun at a beer festival to hear what you want to hear. That’s really awesome.”

Blazin’ Brewfest is taking place in the main plaza off Main Street. Part of the street will be shut to accommodate the beer festival.

“They are blocking it off,” Black said. “It’s just in that main plaza. They’ve done some cool renovations there in the last couple years, so it’s going to be a big ole street party.”

Black is strongly encouraging people to buy their tickets in advance. The event sells out every year. Last year, many who tried to buy tickets at the gate were turned away. Tickets can be purchased at holdmyticket.com or at High Desert Brewing Co., Spotted Dog Brewery or Bosque Brewing Taproom in Las Cruces.

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