Beer Fiesta at Pajarito Ski Mountain One of Highest-Elevation Microbrew Events in U.S.

Beer Co-op members sign up recruits at the Ski Hill. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

The Los Alamos Beer Co-op is brewing up one of the highest-elevation events in the country for beer lovers with the first ever Beer Fiesta 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 more than 140 members. The fiesta celebrates the group’s first anniversary.  

“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 Los Alamos Beer Co-op President Micheline Devaurs.

“Members of the Co-op are on the 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,” Devaurs said.

Beer lovers can try a number of handcrafted beers 2-7 p.m., 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, cash only and includes one beer. Beers also will be sold individually by vendors. Tickets can be purchased on site at Pajarito Ski Mountain.

Local band DK and the Affordables will perform live rock n’ roll music 3-7 p.m., and food will be available for purchase noon to 4 p.m. at Pajarito Mountain Cafe. Pajarito Mountain’s summer ski lift is open 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 along Aspen Lift – with a peak elevation of 10,331 – and riders can hike or bike down.

Lift tickets are reduced July 27 to $25 for “Beer Fiesta” as well as Saturdays Aug. 10, Aug. 24, Sept. 14 and Sept. 28. For ticket prices on other days, visit

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

Several Los Alamos hotels are offering 10 percent discounts to “Beer Fiesta” participants who show their bracelet upon check in. Participating Los Alamos hotels include the Hampton Inn, 125 N.M. 4; Holiday Inn Express, 60 Entrada Dr. and North Road Inn, 2127 North Road Los Alamos. Notify the hotel agent about participation in the fiesta in order to get the discount when booking online.

While in Los Alamos, families can celebrate the Valles Caldera National Preserve’s birthday and learn more about the stories centered around the Jemez Valley during the “Jemez Valley Story Telling Jamboree” at the Preserve.

July 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., storytellers from across New Mexico will 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 for details.

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

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

For more information, including events taking place in Los Alamos for the weekend of July 27, visit


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