ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Taos Ski Valley is the place to be for craft beer enthusiasts next weekend.
Eighteen brewing companies from New Mexico, California and Colorado, as well as two distributing companies, are participating in the 18th Annual Brew Master’s Festival from 4:30-7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the ski base. Admission is $25.
Event-goers will receive a commemorative taster glass to sample a selection of craft beers from a variety of New Mexico brewers: Back Alley Draft House, Chama River Brewing Company, Eske’s Brewpub, La Cumbre Brewing Company, Marble Brewery, Santa Fe Brewing Company, Taos Ale House and Taos Mesa Brewing Company, according to Jonah Salloway, Taos Ski Valley event coordinator. Out-of-state participants include Boulder Beer Company, New Belgium Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewery and Stone Brewing Company.
New to Taos Ski Valley is the Taos Mesa Brewing Company Taproom that opened on Nov. 28 next to the post office in the resort center. The taproom features six taps and is a scaled-down replica of the brewery’s main location in El Prado, N.M.
Currently on tap are Taos Mesa Brewing Company’s Honeysuckle Ale, Hopper IPA, Kolsch 45, Al’s Amber and Black Widow Porter, according to head brewer Jayson Wiley. The beer selection at the Taproom will differ from Taos Mesa’s main location.
“What we are doing up there (in the Taproom) is naming our beers after some (Taos Ski Valley) runs that they have up there,” managing member Gary Feuerman said.
Also on tap is Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Java Stout. This tap is sponsored by the New Mexico Brewers Guild and will rotate featured beers from a number of New Mexico breweries.
“We are all over the Ski Valley with our beer and it made sense,” Feuerman said of opening the taproom. “The Ski Valley attracts people from all over the world and to combine our brands is a great opportunity for us to expose new people to our beer.”