beer tours

Whether it’s Eske’s Brew Pub, a Taos institution, or the edgy, exciting energy you’ll find in the futuristic design at Taos Mesa Brewery, any weekend is a good one for pub crawling in Taos. For at least two weekends each year, the Brewmasters descend on Taos County. On Columbus Day Weekend, Oktoberfest comes to Red River where the fun centers on Brandenburg Park, and on the third Saturday of December, the Brewmasters’ Festival lights up the slopes in Taos Ski Valley. Plan to come any time of the year!

Bavarian Restaurant

The Bavarian Restaurant

Day 1:

  • Check in to your favorite Taos area hotel or bed and breakfast
  • Stop in for a late lunch featuring traditional pub fare and a locally crafted beer at Eske’s Brew Pub. For the hardy palate, try the award-winning Green Chile Beer, invented here.
  • Visit world-famous Taos Pueblo; the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. For an in-depth look at the traditions and history of this Tiwa Indian society, take the tour.
  • For dinner, stop by the Burger Stand at Taos Ale House, and sample a variety of New Mexico craft brews.
  • Dinner and brew sampling at Taos Mesa Brewing; either at the brewery and restaurant & indoor/outdoor music venue on the spectacular Taos Mesa, or at their new tasting room downtown. The brewery’s pub menu features both classic offerings and regional fare, including salads, while their tasting room offers gourmet pizza. Order a flight to sample your favorites.

Day 2:

  • Attend the all-day Brewmasters’ Festival in Taos Ski Valley
  • Attend the all-day Red River Oktoberfest: 800-384-6444 ext. 1
  • Spring through Fall – Take a Llama to Lunch: Trek into the local mountains or the new Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Alternatively, choose a whitewater or float trip on the Rio Grande with one of our local certified outfitters.
  • Winter – Downhill skiing or snowboarding; snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at one of the many local ski and cross-country resorts in and around the county.
  • If your afternoon ends nearby, stop in at The Bavarian Restaurant in Taos Ski Valley for an authentic German brew from the historic Spaten-Frankiskaner Brewery in Munich.
  • Dinner at the Festival(s) or Old Martina’s Hall, a lovingly restored historic dance hall and restaurant in Ranchos de Taos with a distinctive selection of brews and contemporary international cuisine.

Day 3:

  • Breakfast at your hotel or bed & breakfast, or: enjoy a late brunch overlooking Taos Plaza at the Gorge Bar and Grill, with New American appetizers, mouth-watering salads, sandwiches and wraps and tasty entrees accompanied by a great selection of craft beers.
  • Visit the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, awarded the “Most Beautiful Steel Bridge” in the “Long Span” category in 1966, the year after its completion. It is the 7th highest bridge in the country, towering some 650 feet above the river.

Beer Lovers Dates to Remember

Annual Brewmasters’ Festival
Taos Ski Valley
(Third Saturday of December annually)

Red River Oktoberfest
(Columbus Day weekend every year)

Spring Beer Festival at Taos Ski Valley, March

Micro Brew Ski Week at Sipapu, March

As always, drink responsibly and do not drink and drive.


This Ain’t No Disco

Taos Mesa Brewing’s original location (dubbed the “Mother Ship” by its owners), is housed in an old, converted airplane hangar, four miles east of the bridge on 64., and has been one of the hippest hangouts in Taos since opening in 2012.

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