Albuquerque has plenty of craft beer breweries where it's easy to sit down and pull up to a pint. The annual ABQ Hopfest celebrates these breweries and their fine craft beers each year. For 2016, the annual celebration takes place Saturday, August 27, at the Isleta Resort and Casino.
Beer lovers will get to sample beers and taste different beer styles. Learn how to make beer with the experts. There will also be food, games and the chance to win free beer for a year.
The event brings together more than 50 breweries and over 150 specialty and micro-bewed beers. Guests sample beers while music plays on three different sound stages. Eight bands will perform a variety of music throughout the event at three different stages. Food vendors will be on hand for anyone hungry as well as thirsty.
The annual event benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico, which helps grant wishes to local children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Cost comes in a variety of pricing levels:
General admission is $27 in advance/early bird (before July 29).
$30 general admission before July 29, or $35 at the door.
Extra Hoppy Hour ticket $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
VIP Experience, $50 advance, $55 at the door.
Non-sampling ticket, $10.
A ticket gives you 30 two-ounce beer samples, a souvenir tasting glass, event program and entry into the grand prize drawing.
Admission is for those 21+.
Tickets can only be sold to those 21 and older.
Tickets can be purchased online or at Sandia Chile Grill. Starting July 10, you can buy your tickets at Sandia Grill. Pay cash for tickets at Sandia Grill to avoid the online fees--cash only. They pay the sales tax and buy you a 10 oz. beer. However, these tickets go fast.
General admission runs from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Extra Hoppy Hour begins at 2 p.m. for one more hour of sampling, 2 to 3 p.m.
VIP Experience features exclusive pours with brewers' presentations, festival souvenir and VIP Room opening at 2 p.m.
Guests can vote for their favorite home brew as well as learn how to brew beer with SW Grape & Grain.
Regionall and New Mexico breweries that will be on hand include:
- Broken Bottle Brewery
- Blue Moon
- Chama River Brewery
- Kelly's Brewpub
- Marble Brewery
- Mother Road Brewing Company
- Ponderosa Brewery
- Red Door Brewery
- Rio Grande Brewing Company
- Sandia Chile Grill
- Santa Fe Brewing Company
- Sierra Blanca Brewing Company
- Taos Mesa Brewing
- Tractor Brewing Company
Live music takes place on four stages, with groups that include Great States, Lenin & McCarthy, the Real Matt Jones, and Shane Wallin.
Visit Albuquerque Hopfest to purchase tickets online. Like Hopfest on Facebook to get 5% off your ticket price.