Bacon and Brews this Saturday
What’s better than bacon and eggs? Bacon and brews! The second annual Bacon and Brews Festival is returning to Taos Ski Valley on Saturday, July 7th featuring a fantastic lineup of regional breweries and local restaurants for a fun afternoon of sampling beer and bacon themed bites. As the weather heats up, the Ski Valley is staying cool and these visiting breweries are promising a variety of crisp beer, perfect for summer.
New Belgium, from Fort Collins, Colorado, is coming with a variety of beer, including the popular Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA. “This is an East coast style IPA,” says Brian of New Belgium. “It has a strong hop aroma of lemons, oranges, limes and grapefruits mixed with tropical and grassy flavors that make this IPA is a little sweet initially before it becomes smoothly bitter.” You can also find Brian at the festival to try out the Hemperor HPA pale ale which is “the dankest,” and the classic Fat Tire Belgian White.
For a classic American craft beer, we recommend visiting the Sierra Nevada booth and sampling the unwavering Pale Ale. Its unique piney and grapefruit aromas from the use of whole-cone American hops have made this beer iconic. Keith from Sierra Nevada has a few favorites that he is bringing to the festival. “The Otra Vez Gose-Style Ale is my choice for warm weather. It’s a tart, tangy, salty, sweet and refreshing brew. What more could you ask for?”
Showcasing New Mexico’s finest brews, Albuquerque based breweries La Cumbre Brewing Co., Bosque Brewing Co., Marble Brewery, Tractor Brewing and Red Door Brewing will be in attendance, as well as locally based Nuevo Cerveza and Eske’s Brew Pub. New Mexico is known for hops-forward beer and a rapidly growing roster of creative brews that range from Bosque’s Acequia IPA to Eske’s Green Chile Ale.
Surrounded by so many of these iconic regional breweries, Taos Ski Valley is the perfect spot for the convergence of craft brews this summer. The bacon, sponsored by Smithfield, will be prepared by local restaurants including 192, Medley, The Sagebrush Grill, Rhoda’s and The Bavarian.
The festival kicks off with live music at noon on July 7th. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 at SkiTaos.com/events through July 6 at 11:00 PM. Day of tickets will be available for $35. Each Full Entry admission includes a commemorative event tasting glass, beer sampling and food tasting. A Food Only Entry is also available for $15 in advance online or $20 day-of-event.