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Albuquerque Hopfest Beer Festival in New Mexico | 2018 Recap

Albuquerque Hopfest Beer Festival in New Mexico | 2018 Recap

Albuquerque Hopfest Beer Festival in New Mexico

This past weekend, I attended the Albuquerque Hopfest beer festival at Isleta Restort & Casino. I love beer festivals and this was my third one this year! I also went to the ABQ Blues & Brews and Rio Rancho Pork & Brew. My boyfriend and I decided to take an Uber to the festival so we could both enjoy sampling.

I received free admission in exchange for an article about the event. All opinions expressed herein are my own.

Albuquerque Hopfest

About a half hour before the doors open, they start checking IDs and stamp your hand, and 15 minutes before the doors open, they let you into a small vendor area so you can get your wristband, pamphlet, and souvenir sampling glass.

Albuquerque Hopfest Beer Festival in New Mexico

I had an Extra Hoppy Hour ticket, so I got to go in an hour before General Admission. I highly recommend the Extra Hoppy Hour! It was nice to get to sample beers from each tent without having to wait in lines. It is also far less crowded. All tickets allow for unlimited samples!

There were about 60 breweries and they each had 3 or more beer to try! Some vendors had games, like ring toss and prize wheels. Many also had free stickers to give away.

Albuquerque Hopfest Beer Festival in New Mexico

There were bands and musicians playing throughout the event on 3 stages, plus one in the VIP Room. There were also artists doing live art throughout the festival and it was so cool to see them at work. Many of them are local artists and I love that this festival supports the community.

Albuquerque Hopfest Beer Festival in New Mexico

Albuquerque Hopfest Beer Festival in New Mexico

Ticket Information

Must be age 21 or over to enter the ABQ Hopfest. This event does sell out, so I recommend buying tickets in advance.

XTREME VIP ROOM ADMISSION – Get first taste of great brews with the exclusive, limited admittance Extra Hoppy hour plus VIP sampling tickets, and admittance into the VIP Room with special tappings and food pairings. Includes unlimited 2-ounce Beer Samples, souvenir tasting glass, event program and entrance to the Grand Prize Drawing.

$55 – Early Bird VIP Tickets (Save 10% before August 7)
$60 – Advanced VIP Tickets (before September 7)
$65 -VIP Admission at Gate (while supplies last)
*plus tax and applicable credit card fees

EXTRA HOPPY HOUR – Get first taste of great brews with this exclusive, limited admittance hour. Includes unlimited 2-ounce Beer Samples, souvenir tasting glass, event program and entrance to the Grand Prize Drawing.

$36 – Early Bird Extra Hoppy Tickets (Save 10% before August 7)
$40 – Advanced Extra Hoppy Tickets (before September 7)
$45 -Extra Hoppy Admission at Gate (while supplies last)
*plus tax and applicable credit card fees

GENERAL ADMISSION – Unlimited 2-ounce Beer Samples, souvenir tasting glass, event program and entrance to the Grand Prize Drawing.

$27 – Early Bird General Admission Tickets (Save 10% before August 7)
$30 – Advanced General Admission Tickets (before September 7)
$35 – General Admission at Gate (while supplies last)
*plus tax and applicable credit card fees

NON SAMPLING TICKET – entrance to festival, music, vendors and games. One bottle of water for first 100 ticket holders.

$10
*plus tax and applicable fees

Festival Information

Isleta Resort and Casino
Conference Center near Casino Entrance

Extra Hoppy Hour and VIP 2p-6p
General Admission 3p-6p

Albuquerque Hopfest Beer Festival in New Mexico

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