SANTA FE, N.M. — Take a break from the winter chill by warming up your insides with a soothing New Mexico craft beer or cider at the fourth annual WinterBrew in Santa Fe.
The event, presented by the New Mexico Brewers Guild, will feature numerous New Mexico breweries including Abbey Brewing Company, Taos Mesa Brewing Co., La Cumbre Brewing Co., Marble Brewery, Second Street Brewery, Rio Grande and Sierra Blanca Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co., Bosque Brewing Co., Blue Corn Brewery, Duel Brewing, Blue Heron Brewing Co., Turtle Mountain Brewing Co. and Tractor Brewing Co.
This year’s newcomers are Albuquerque’s Ponderosa Brewing Co. and Red Door Brewing Co., as well as Portales’ Roosevelt Brewing Co. Those seeking a gluten-free option can enjoy ciders from Santa Fe Cider Works, according to New Mexico Brewers Guild director Chris Goblet.
“It’s been cold outside and it’s perfect for the nice winter warmer or a seasonal winter beer,” Goblet said.
The general admission ticket cost includes entry as well as a commemorative tasting glass for sampling or enjoying a purchased pint. Event-goers also will receive one ticket that can be redeemed for a pint of their favorite craft beer or cider. Designated driver tickets are available for $5.
Goblet says the event usually sells out every year and there have been people along the way suggesting the event move from the Santa Fe Farmers Market hall to a larger venue.
“We don’t want to move it,” Goblet said. “There’s a connection to the Rail Runner and the farmers market. … If we move it to a bigger venue, people will say, ‘Remember how cool it was when it was a packed room at the farmers’ market?’ It’s welcoming and vibrant. People are packed in there having a good time. Every year someone is talking about moving it, and we come back to the fact that it’s for 900 of our closest friends who wanted to kick off the year with an intimate beer festival.”
The New Mexico Brewers Guild encourages event-goers to use the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. The Santa Fe Depot stop is a short walking distance from the Santa Farmers Market hall where WinterBrew is held. For Rail Runner schedules and information, visit riometro.org.
Two Santa Fe hotels also are offering special pricing for the event. Santa Fe Sage Inn & Suites is offering a $69 room rate and La Posada de Santa Fe is offering a $99 special rate when you reference the WinterBrew event. For information, visit santafesageinn.com or laposadadesantafe.com.