Launch of the first Enchantment Beer, Wine & Spirits festival

The Enchantment Beer, Wine & Spirits Festival will make its Albuquerque debut on November 12 at Balloon Fiesta Park. (Courtesy of Fermenters Events)

Your one-stop-shop for tasting and sipping some of New Mexico’s finest beer, wine and spirits awaits you at the Enchantment Beer, Wine & Spirits Festival.

The event will kick off on Saturday, November 12 and will feature more than 50 New Mexico vendors at Balloon Fiesta Park.

“Even though people like beer, there are a lot of people who don’t like beer,” said event organizer Joseph Lopez. “Our goal is to provide options for everyone and to make sure we include the whole community.”

Fermenters Events, the Brewers Guild of New Mexico and the Distillers Guild of New Mexico have partnered to present the event created to serve as a catalyst to “interconnect” breweries, wineries and distilleries.

“Another of our goals is to bring everyone together from the industry side as well as the attendee side,” Lopez said. “Hopefully people can make connections there.”

Many breweries will be there including Beer Creek Brewing Co., Brew Lab 101 Beer & Cider Co., Boxing Bear Brewing Co., Canteen Brewhouse, Downshift Brewing Co., Ex Novo Brewing Co., Juno Brewery, Kilt Check Brewing Co. , La Cumbre Brewing Co., Marble Brewery, Nexus Brewery, Palmer Brewery & Cider House, Red River Brewing Co. & Distillery, Rumor Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co., Second Street Brewery, Steel Bender Brewyard, Thirsty Eye Brewing Co . ., Truth or Consequences Brewing Co. and Tumbleroot Brewery & Distillery.

Participating wineries and distilleries include Gruet Winery, Lescombes Family Vineyards/St. Clair Wines, Noisy Water Winery & Cellars, Sheehan Winery, Wines of the San Juan, 505 Spirits, Albuquerque Distilling, Altar Spirits, Hollow Spirits, Left Turn Distilling, Safe House Distilling Co., Taylor Garrett Spirits and Troubled Minds Distilling. Leaf & Hive Brewlab will also be present at the event.

Attendees looking to beat the crowds can opt for a $45 VIP ticket, which includes early entry at noon; a souvenir tasting glass; 20 tastings of beer, wine or spirits; and free VIP parking closer to the festival gates. General Admission ticket holders will be admitted to the event at 1 p.m. They will receive a souvenir tasting glass with 15 beer, wine and spirit tastings of their choice. Attendees can also purchase additional beverages directly from vendors as well as packaged goods or bottles for future consumption. Designated driver tickets are available for $10 for non-drinking guests.

Prior to the event, Traverses Yoga will hold a session from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for $15 per person. Yogis can pre-register on Traverses’ Instagram page, @traverses_yoga, and click through the bio.

The 21+ event will also feature a plethora of market vendors selling their wares, live entertainment from reggae-rock band, Elevated Roots, as well as a DJ spinning the decks and plenty of food vendors , including Burrito Baby NM, Craft Q, Gourmet Doner Kebab, Kamikaze Kitchen, Street Food Institute, The Kitchen Sink 505 and The Sugabom.

“There will be lots of food options,” Lopez said. “Each food truck will offer a different cuisine. For example, a pizza food truck, a barbecue food truck, ideally a vegan food truck, a burger food truck, just to give our attendees myriad options.

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