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New Mexico Brew Fest is a one-stop sampling of local, winning beers

A group of craft beer aficionados lift their glasses for a quick cheers at a past New Mexico Brew Fest event. (Courtesy of New Mexico Brew Fest)

A group of craft beer aficionados lift their glasses for a quick cheers at a past New Mexico Brew Fest event. (Courtesy of New Mexico Brew Fest)

Gold, silver and bronze – that’s what winners are made of, and New Mexico knows a thing or two about that when it comes to its craft beers.

On Oct. 10 guests can get a taste of craft beers from about 25 New Mexico breweries including Great American Beer Festival winners, past and present, during the New Mexico Brew Fest 6.

This year, Bosque Brewing Company won the gold medal for its Acequia IPA at GABF. Last year, it won bronze for the same beer. Silver medal winners Boxing Bear Brewing Co., which won this year for its Chocolate Milk Stout, and Nexus Brewery & Restaurant, which won for its Honey Chamomile Wheat, also will be present.

Also attending is Marble Brewery, which has won a number of GABF medals over the years, including a bronze for its Imperial Red Ale this year, and last year was prestigiously named Small Brewery and Brewmaster of the Year. GABF receives thousands of entries from breweries from around the country competing to see who has the best craft beers in a variety of categories.

Past GABF winners including Blue Corn Brewery, Canteen Brewhouse, Chama River Brewing Co., La Cumbre Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co. and Sierra Blanca Brewing Co. also will be part of NMBF6.

New to the event are Boese Brothers Brewery, Picacho Peak Brewing Co. and Nuevo, according to event founder Kevin Hopper.

Rounding out the list are Cazuela’s Brewery, Red Door Brewing Co., Tractor Brewing Co., Back Alley Draft House, Duel Brewing, Rio Grande Brewing Co., Turtle Mountain Brewing Co., Second Street Brewery, Abbey Brewing Co., Little Toad Creek, B2B Bistronomy, Taos Mesa Brewing and others.

“We are partnering with the New Mexico Brewers Guild,” Hopper said. “We worked with them cohesively to showcase the best beers in New Mexico and bring more awareness through the beer fest of all the brews in New Mexico.”

Cideries New Mexico Hard Cider and Santa Fe Hard Cider as well as St. Clair Winery will be offering tastings.

Event-goers also can sample items from New Mexico distilleries Little Toad Creek, Distillery 365, Algodones Distillery, Left Turn Distilling and Santa Fe Spirits.

This year, event-goers will have a larger area to peruse, taste and purchase award-winning craft beers as well as enjoy live music and buy food from several food trucks. The event was formerly housed in Villa Hispana at Expo New Mexico and will now be held on Main Street.

Several food trucks will be on-site, including Irrational Pie, Nomads Barbecue, Street Food Institute, Supper Truck and others as well as music by German Oompah Band Die Polkaschlingel. Squash Blossom Boys, The Plateros and Lovers & Leavers also will perform.

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