WinterBrew returns to offer a taste of seasonal beer samples

WinterBrew returns to offer a taste of seasonal beer samples

WinterBrew returns to offer a taste of seasonal beer samples
Participants in the upcoming WinterBrew will receive a free pint glass for sampling. The event returns after a break in 2021. (Courtesy of the New Mexico Brewers Guild)

It’s cold outside, but a sip of beer will warm your stomach.

Even better is a sip of beer while outside.

The New Mexico Brewers Guilds annual WinterBrew is back to give people just that opportunity. WinterBrew returns on Saturday, January 22 after a year-long hiatus with a big change. It is held in a new place.

Alana Harris, vice president of the guild board and general manager of Santa Fe Brewing Co., said this year’s festival will take place at the Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing, meaning the event will mostly be held outside.

“If all the breweries bring a space heater,” Harris said. “We should be okay,” Harris said.

Traditionally, the event was held at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market.

“It’s been a great place,” she said. “But capacity would be limited and it would not have made it worth it.”

The change to an outdoor space makes it more secure and allows for a good size, she said. The capacity of the bridge is about 15,000, but Harris said they will only sell 8,000 tickets to minimize the amount.

The event takes place from kl. 1pm to 4pm. Tickets cost $ 26 for general admission and $ 45 for VIP, which will allow admission one hour ahead of time.

Glass and drink tickets await visitors to the 2019 WinterBrew. (With permission from the New Mexico Brewers Guild)

There will be more than a dozen breweries at the festival offering three to six different beers, and attendees will be given a cask when they come in for sampling.

“What’s cool about this festival is that people really highlight their winter specialty beers,” she said. “They want some traditional beer and then their new, creative stuff.”

Confirmed entrants are Beer Creek, Boxing Bear, Canteen, HoneyMoon, Little Toad Creek, Marble, Red River, ReSource, Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Santa Fe Brewing, Second Street, Sidetrack, Steel Bender and Toltec.

The Street Food Institute and Bruno’s & Punchy’z Pizza food trucks will be parked at the event.

Participants mingle during the 2019 WinterBrew in Santa Fe. (With permission from the New Mexico Brewers Guild)

Harris said the guild likes to hold this annual fundraiser in January because there are not many other events going on in Santa Fe at that time. Harris added that it is the only annual beer festival held in Santa Fe.

“It’s more of an event for the locals and more intimate,” Harris said. “Every time I go, I come across 30 people I know.”

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 24 hours is required to enter.

Visit santafebrewing.com/taproom/the-bridge/ to watch a short on-site video tour.

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