Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Great New Mexico Beer Fest

As you probably know, I just got back from the Great American Beer Fest- still have some things to write about that, but I wanted to take a minute and remind you that there are still tickets available to New Mexico's largest beer fest: Hopfest, held at Isleta Resort and Casino, or as I like to call it: Hard Rock Casino. I bought the Isleta Hard Rock jacket, I'm going to call the place what I want.
Hopfest takes place on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 2-6 pm. From 2 to 3 is the Extra Hoppy Hour, with limited admission for that extra sampling space, and tickets selling for $35. If you're feeling like a high roller and have a leather Hard Rock jacket, consider the $50 VIP ticket. VIP gets you into the Extra Hoppy Hour and the special VIP area where special beers will be pouring on the hour, with food pairings like beer candied bacon and chocolate truffles. Just want to go to the regular ol' fest and sample around 170 beers from 62 breweries? A $25 tickets gets you in at 3.
This is a big beer fest as far as the amount of beers available, and from someone who has been to many around the country, I can tell you that it is very well organized event that does a great job showcasing both local and national breweries. And the option of staying right upstairs after the fest makes this one even more enticing. I've done it before, and though I can't recommend the after fest hotel room bottle share as the smartest idea for a "frequent sampler" like myself, you certainly can do so. The festival floor allows for a good amount of drinking space, and the bands won't drown out your beer talk. Please invite me to your bottle share.

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