The Yards Craft Beer Premier: a photo journey of the longest day of the year for craft beer

The Yards Craft Beer Premier: a photo journey of the longest day of the year for craft beer

If you are a fan of New Mexico's craft breweries, The Albuquerque Rail Yards Craft Beer Premier was the place to be this past summer solstice. The first-time event featured twenty breweries from across the state along with many of the city's food trucks.

Craft Beer Premier - Brian Spencer 

The Rail Yards proved to be an excellent location for the beer festival, with a rich history and a nice open atmosphere. The space easily accommodated the vendors, music acts and attendees. More than 85 beers were on tap. 

Craft Beer Premier - Brian Spencer

Admission to the event was $15, which included a commemorative pint glass and a free beer. New Mexico Brewers Guild director, Chris Goblet, said that the focus of the event was not beer sampling - although brewers did give out samples when people asked for them - but more of an introduction to great beer and a new venue.

Kelly's Canned Beers - Brian Spencer 

All twenty breweries, with the exception of BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, are rooted in New Mexico. Participating Albuquerque breweries included Kelly'sMarbleNexusChama River Brewing Company and more.

The Yards Craft Beer Premier - Brian Spencer

Over 2,000 attendees showed up for the event, another to put in The Rail Yards' arsenal. The Barellas neighborhood venue is also host to the popular Rail Yards Market and other community events. 

Craft Beer Premier - Brian Spencer

If you didn't make this year's event, there are plenty of other beer events coming up. Be sure to check out the New Mexico Brewers Guild's website, NMBeer.org, to stay in the loop. 

Craft Beer Premier - Brian Spencer 

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Brian
Brian Spencer is an Albuquerque native and avid outdoorsman. He enjoys hiking, camping and nights spent under an open New Mexico sky. He is hobbyist photographer who brings his camera on all of his adventures. Check out more of his work at www.BrianSpencer.com.  
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