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New Mexico Brew Fest offers beers from 20 local and regional producers

A group of eventgoers at a past New Mexico Brew Fest event stops for a quick toast. (Courtesy of New Mexico Brew Fest)

A group of eventgoers at a past New Mexico Brew Fest event stops for a quick toast. (Courtesy of New Mexico Brew Fest)

It’s a one-stop shop of many great New Mexico beers and brews from other states at this year’s New Mexico Brew Fest.

Eventgoers receive a commemorative glass to fill up on complimentary tastes from more than 20 local and regional breweries. Full pints are available for purchase for those who taste something they really like.

Those with early-entry tickets will have privy to special beer tastings offered by the Whole Foods Sandia Saloon staff starting at 11:30 a.m. Early-entry tickets are limited to 500 people.

“The early-entry ticket has been very popular in the past,” festival coordinator Kyle Malone said in a news release. “It’s all about avoiding folks, and they have the entire festival all to themselves, plus tastings that won’t be around come 1 p.m.”

There also will be plenty of entertainment to keep the upbeat festival mood going. DJ David Barsanti, The Porter Draw and Red Light Cameras make up the entertainment lineup.

New to this year’s event are Albuquerque’s Dialogue Brewing and Starr Brothers Brewing Co., as well as Enchanted Circle Brewing of Angel Fire. They will be joining many returning New Mexico breweries, including Blue Corn Brewery, Boxing Bear Brewing Co., Canteen Brewhouse, Chama River Brewing Co., La Cumbre Brewing Co., Marble Brewery, Red Door Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co., Sierra Blanca Brewing Co., Tractor Brewing Co. and Turtle Mountain Brewing Co.

Out-of-state participants include California’s Ballast Point Brewing Co., Colorado’s Upslope Brewing Co. and Fat Tire by New Belgium Brewing Co. and Washington’s Tieton Cider Works.

Hungry patrons can chow down on food from a few local food trucks including Street Food Institute, Nomad’s BBQ, The Phat Beaner and more. Whole Foods also will be grilling German bratwursts.

“With so much beer to be tasted, we encourage lots of eating at the event,” festival founder Kevin Hopper said. “And we give people lots of options.”

This year’s event has changed locations but remains at Expo New Mexico. It will be held at Villa Hispana at instead of on Main Street.

“We held last year’s event on Main Street at Expo New Mexico, but many of our guests were longing for the picnic-style atmosphere of Villa Hispana,” Hopper said. “We were happy to oblige them.”