Hoptoberfest is more than a beer event it is also a celebration of New Mexico hops growers.
This is the first time members of the New Mexico Hops Growers Association have come together for a public event. Hoptoberfest, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 19, at Beer Creek Brewing Co., south of Santa Fe, will showcase Crossed Sabers Hops Co., La Capilla Hops, Red Hat Hops, Sherrog Hops, Stone Lizard Hops, White Crow Hops and Willow Creek Royal Hops will participate in the festival. The local craft beers that will be part of the event were made with hops grown in New Mexico.
Attendees will get to sample and purchase pints of the beers made with local hops that were created by Beer Creek, Bombs Away Beer Co., Cantero Brewing Co., High & Dry Brewing, Red Door Brewing Co., Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Second Street Brewery, Santa Fe Brewing Co. and Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery.
Beer Creek’s owners are also partners of Crossed Sabers Hops Co.
“Hops are an essential ingredient in beer,” said Rich Headley, Beer Creek and Crossed Sabers Hops Co. partner. “It all started as a hobby with making homebrews, which we did for a decade, and … now we’re a commercial brewery. It’s funny. Hops are essential ingredients in almost all beer. Hop plants are beautiful, so we were growing them ornamentally for ourselves and decided, ‘Hey, let’s do a test (run) on the ranch.’ ”