Free Shuttle Service, Hotel Discounts Available in Los Alamos

LOS ALAMOS, NM—July 12, 2013—The Los Alamos Beer Co-op in Los Alamos, New Mexico is brewing up one of the highest-elevation events in the country for beer lovers with the first annual “Beer Fiesta” on Saturday, July 27 at Pajarito Ski Mountain. Because Pajarito Ski Mountain sits at an altitude above 9,000 feet, this is one of the highest elevation beer fiestas in the nation and sure to be a high-spirited one, at that.

 The family-friendly “Beer Fiesta” is sponsored by the Los Alamos Beer Co-op, which now has over 140 members. The fiesta is their first anniversary celebration.

“In the ‘City Where Discoveries are Made, it’s only fitting that Los Alamos offer a unique event where beer lovers can experience high quality New Mexico made brews while discovering all the wonderful features of Los Alamos and Pajarito Ski Mountain,” said Micheline Devaurs, President of Los Alamos Beer Co-op.  “Members of the Co-op are on their way to realizing their goal of locally crafted beer, and hope to continue growing interest and membership at this important summer event and milestone for us—we hope to see lots of people there, enjoying both beer and the ski hill.”

From 2 to 7 p.m., beer lovers can try a number of handcrafted beers from several New Mexico microbreweries including: Marble Brewery, Second Street Brewery, La Cumbre Brewing Company, Turtle Mountain Brewing Company, and Santa Fe Brewing Company. Entry is $10 per person and includes one beer. Beers will also be sold individually by vendors.

Local band DK and the Affordables will perform live rock n’ roll music from 3 to 7 p.m., and food will be available for purchase at Pajarito Mountain Cafe from noon to 4 p.m.

Pajarito Mountain’s summer ski lift is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers breathtaking views of the Jemez Mountains. Guests can participate in a “hike and bike” where lifts will take riders to the top of Aspen Lift – with an elevation of 10,331 feet at its highest point – and riders can hike or bike down. Lift tickets are reduced to $25 for “Beer Fiesta” on July 27 and on summer Saturdays including: Aug. 10, Aug. 24, Sept. 14, and Sept. 28. All other days, ticket prices can be found at skipajarito.com/lift_tickets.php.

Free shuttle service is available every half hour between noon and 8 p.m. from Sullivan Field at Los Alamos High School to Pajarito Ski Mountain’s Ski Hill. Sullivan Field is located at 1300 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.

“Beer Fiesta” is $10 per person, cash only. Tickets can be purchased on site at Pajarito Ski Mountain.

Several Los Alamos hotels are offering 10 percent discounts to “Beer Fiesta” participants who show their bracelets upon check in. Participating hotels include: Hampton Inn (125 State Highway 4 Los Alamos), Holiday Inn Express (60 Entrada Dr Los Alamos), and North Road Inn (2127 N. Rd Los Alamos).  Please notify the hotel agent about participation in the fiesta in order to get the discount.

While in Los Alamos, families can celebrate the Valles Caldera National Preserve’s birthday and learn more about the wonderful stories centered around the Jemez Valley during the “Jemez Valley Story Telling Jamboree” at the Preserve. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 28, hear storytellers from across New Mexico share tales and legends about the area and Preserve. Vendors, demonstrators, and activities for the kids will be available. Free “birthday” related events will be ongoing throughout the weekend. Call 866-382-5537 or visit vallescaldera.gov for details.

On Friday, July 26, Bandelier National Monument will host a night walk at sunset, led by a ranger. Experience a whole new dimension to the Monument at night. “Night Walk at Bandelier” is free; however, entry fees apply. Calll 505-672-3861 or visit nps.gov/band.

The “Beer Fiesta” is sponsored by the Los Alamos Beer Co-op, whose purpose is to establish a brewery and taproom in Los Alamos as a place for the community to gather and enjoy locally handcrafted beer. For membership applications and more information visit losalamosbeer.coop.

For more information including events taking place in Los Alamos for the weekend of July 27, visit http://visit.losalamos.com/Calendar.htm.