Alibi V.19 No.42 • Oct 21-27, 2010 
Hopheads wait for the 2010 Great American Beer Festival to start. Note the profusion of pretzel necklaces.

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You’ve Got Ale

New Mexico breweries tackle America's largest beer fest

It’s May, four months before the Great American Beer Festival, but Justin Hamilton is already contemplating which brews to bring.

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ABQ Beer Geek

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Seasonal Samplings

A fall beer face-off

There isn’t a true category of fall beers, as there is for winter warmers. But fall is the season when two popular styles, Märzen (commonly known as Octoberfest in the U.S.) and pumpkin are released. New Mexico gets imported versions of most of the beers served at Germany’s legendary Oktoberfest. Locally, Santa Fe Brewing has an Octoberfest available in cans, and Turtle Mountain has an excellent version available at their pub. Pumpkin beer choices are limited in the Albuquerque area as far as bottled offerings. I recommend the pumpkin releases from Marble, Hallenbrick and Chama River, which should be available in the next week. Chama will also debut a new version of theirs, dubbed “Punkin Drublic.”

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