The third annual Las Cruces Tour de Beer continues from
On the museum campus, surrounded by livestock and eclectic exhibits, beer fans enjoyed a fusion international/country ambiance as they roamed the grounds, sampling beers from more than 60 major and micro breweries in
"After the recent rains, the fairgrounds could have been a very, very muddy venue," Hinton said.
"We love different beers and we've already found two or three we really like," said
"We do enjoy beer and this is a chance to get out on a beautiful day," said
"We like the Monk's Ale and we just tried beer that had chocolate and coffee flavors," said
"I like them all," said
"I like the IPAs, especially the Almanac I just tried. I'm going through and trying to find all the India Pale Ales here," said
The event also features arts and crafts shopping opportunities, including some merchandise created to appeal to beer aficionados.
"I call my business Matthew's magnets, because this is how I plan to help send my 2-year-old grandson Matthew through college," said Hinton.
Along with beer-themed T-shirts and handmade wooden bottle racks ornamented with red and green chiles, Hinton offered a colorful display of magnets made from bottle caps of beers from around the world, all of which he has personally consumed, he reported.
Sunday's entertainment roster features ARDK,
Before, after or with your favorite brew, beer fans have a chance to settle in for lunch, supper or snacks, chowing down on a variety of offerings from food vendors or at the museum's gift shop, which also offers free wine tastings for those in the mood to expand their spirit horizons.
Several family groups showed up Saturday and took advantage of the museum venue to visit livestock outdoors or tour exhibits and kids' activity areas in the museum's cool interior.
Brews to taste include Alaskan, Fortune, Shock Top,
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