2014 October, Santa Fe's Booming Brew Scene Features Two New Award WinnersOctober 15, 2014 - Two new awards for Santa Fe beers serve further proof of the southwest city’s brew boom:
- Blue Corn Brewery’s “Blue Corn Café and Brewery Gold Medal Stout” won, righty enough, The Gold Medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. This new award complements the brewery’s growing collection of hardware-winning libations such as “Resurgence IPA”, winner of the 2013 New Mexico IPA challenge, and hops-lovers’ dream: best-seller “Road Runner IPA.” Also, The Blue Corn downtown Café just off the historic Plaza provides the same world class beer selection, classic New Mexican cuisine, and hosts Thursdays At The Brewer’s Table beer socials once a month.
- Santa Fe Brewing Company’s “Kriek” is the 2014 Bronze Medal Winner at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in the American Sour Ale Category. SFBC, a New Mexico State Fair legend, is located at the top of Santa Fe’s Turquoise Trail and has 26 years of craft experience. The green-conscious brewer’s flagship “Santa Fe Pale Ale” is their polestar around which a revolving constellation of popular seasonal specialty brews turn.
Running With The Pack the Santa Fe boom includes a number of beloved sudsy destinations and events to give the new award winners a run for their hops renown:
Second Street Brewery is set amidst a funky mix of artists’ studios, stoneyards, and fitness studios and offers a host of beers on tap such as “Kolsch” and “Boneshaker Bitter.” Their pairing of brew with dishes such as beer-back pork shanks along with live talent from Santa Fe’s bustling music scene makes the neighborhood pub a home base for brew crewmembers.
Locals and tourists alike love a Saturday morning of Farmers Market and shopping at The Santa Fe Railyard, which features Second Street Brewery’s second Santa Fe outpost. Choose from the same great craft brews as the original location and be sure to try an Alien Burger, winner of the 2014 Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown.
Duel Brewing is a craft-driven Belgian brewery with an evolved creative side that matches the complex flavors of their amber ambrosia. The beatnik atmosphere and industrial setting is an archetype of the contemporary pub scene. Duel’s “Fiction IPA” is precisely named as they didn’t set out to make hopheads cheer but rather to produce a balanced brew—one that upon taste readily explains its best-seller status. Their “Octoberfest” serves as a perfect accompaniment to the sausage plate of white bratwurst paired with spicy hot sausage resting on a pile of sauerkraut with an unforgettable authentic marble rye bread. Movie screenings, live music, and other artistic events on the Duel calendar are vintage City Different creativity and diversity.
Winter Brew 2014: Craft Beer & Comfort Food Festival The New Mexico Brewers Guild celebrates a new year for craft beer at the 4th Annual WinterBrew on January 23, 2015 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Join 16 local breweries and a half dozen food vendors for a cozy winter evening inside the Santa Fe Farmers Market hall. Tickets for WinterBrew 2014 sold out one week before the event, so get yours now. Bikes, Beer & Beyond Outside Magazine, headquartered in Santa Fe, inaugurated a three-day Bike & Brew Festival in 2014 that was so successful—over 4,000 cyclists and 8,500 participants—they're bringing five full days of Bikes, Beer & Beyond in 2015. From May 13 through May 17 there will be group rides for all ages including road, mountain and cruiser tours, a bike poker run (on dirtǃ), and Tour de Brewer rides led by a pro rider that end up at Santa Fe Brewing's pilsner release party. Craft beer will be paired with handmade bicycles, art openings and independent film all topped off with sponsored bowling, grand openings for breweries, and a full-on Brewfest or two.
Whether you travel to Santa Fe for a week, a weekend, or a season, you’ll have no problem whatsoever wetting your whistle with a new and different award-winning brew on your nights on the town.
Carlyn Topkin/Emily Kingston
Lou Hammond & Associates
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