ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Dust off your lederhosen and slip into that dirndl dress because it’s time to celebrate Oktoberfest in Land-of-Enchantment-style at this year’s New Mexico Brew Fest.
There will be 20 breweries serving up the best of what they’ve got, including six winners at the Great American Beer Festival held in Denver last weekend, according to festival director Chris Goblet.
Marble Brewery was named Small Brewery of the Year and won gold medals for its Double White and Imperial Red.
Canteen Brewhouse, formerly known as Il Vicino Brewing Co., took gold for its Dougie Style Amber Ale and earned a silver for its St. Bob’s Imperial Stout.
Chama River Brewing Co. won gold with its Class VI Golden Lager. Blue Corn Cafe & Brewery got the gold for its Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout.
Bronze medals were awarded to Bosque Brewing Co. for its Acequia IPA and Santa Fe Brewing Co. for its Los Innovadores Kriek.
GABF brings in brewers from around the country competing to see who has the best craft beers in a variety of categories.
New Mexico craft beer connoisseurs are fully aware of what New Mexico breweries have to offer. But, if you’re not in the know, this event – put on by Local IQ magazine – is a great way to open your beer palate to some of the state’s best, including the GABF winners, as well as The Abbey Brewing Company, La Cumbre, Tractor, Taos Mesa and Turtle Mountain.
“The new ones are Ponderosa, Red Door, Pi, Boxing Bear and Lizard Tail,” Goblet said. “All of these opened in the last two months and are participating this year. They bring a fun new element.”
Craft beer from regional breweries including California’s BJ’s Brewhouse also will be part of the event. New to the Albuquerque scene is Heimat House Restaurant, which features European beers as well as Czechoslovakian and German-style cuisine. The restaurant is set to open Oct. 18 at 6910 Montgomery NE, according to its website.
Heimat House, which also is a festival sponsor, will bring wood barrel-aged beers that will be available to Barrel-Aged tasting ticket holders. Marble Brewery also will be bringing its cache of specialty beers, according to Goblet.
Traditional German oompah band Die Polka Schlingel will perform throughout the event. Bands Mondo Vibrations, The Lymbs and Man No Sober will keep the rhythms going with a variety of musical styles.
Hungry event-goers can chow down on delicious dishes from a number of food trucks including Rustic, Irrational Pie, Nomad’s Barbecue and Dr. Field Goods.