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Albuquerque Hopfest gets hardcore with BMX performances and an ‘Extra Hoppy Hour’

A vendor at last year’s Albuquerque Hopfest pours a sample of a pilsner for a festival-goer to taste. (Courtesy of Albuquerque Hopfest)

A vendor at last year’s Albuquerque Hopfest pours a sample of a pilsner for a festival-goer to taste. (Courtesy of Albuquerque Hopfest)

This year Albuquerque Hopfest is taking things to the extreme.

The event on Saturday, Aug. 29 will feature a combination of its usual craft beers, ciders and spirits tastings but this time with extreme BMX performances throughout the day.

“It’s entertaining and fun and fits well with craft beer,” Hopfest organizer Marne Gaston said. “People who love outdoor sports usually love craft beer and love doing outdoor things.”

There will be three different performances throughout the day featuring four BMX riders from Arizona doing some hair-raising stunts. Other stages set around the festival will feature music acts Eric Owens Project, Great States, DNA, Lenin & McCarthy, Carlos the Tall, The Real Matt Jones and Shane Wallin.

There will be 70 breweries, cideries and distillers at this year’s event. Twenty-two of those are from New Mexico including Abbey Beverage Co., B2B Bistronomy, Back Alley Draft House, Boese Brothers Brewery, Canteen Brewhouse, Cazuela’s, Firkin BrewHouse, Marble Brewery, Red Door Brewing Co., Rio Grande & Sierra Blanca Brewing Co., Sandia Chile Grill & Brewery, Santa Fe Brewing Co. and others.

If you don’t have the opportunity to cross state lines, Hopfest is bringing the beers of a number of states to you. Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Vermont and other states will be providing tastings of their libations. They include Alaskan Brewing Company, Mother Road Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co., Ska Brewing, Kona Brewing Co., Big Sky Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Shiner Beers, Wasatch Beers and Magic Hat.

All ticketholders with the exception of nonsampling guests will receive a commemorative sampling glass. The number of sampling tokens will range according to ticket level.

Xtreme VIP gets you in the door at 2 p.m., which is an hour earlier than general admission guests. You can also be privy to exclusive pours starting at 3 p.m. in the Xtreme VIP Room as well as food pairings. A festival souvenir also will be thrown in for good measure.

Exclusive Extra Hoppy Hour ticket-holders get an extra hour of sampling including 10 extra drink tokens, for a total of 40, beginning at 2 p.m. General admission receive the souvenir tasting glass as well as 30 drink tokens for beer sampling beginning at 3 p.m.

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