Five spirit creators offer samples

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New Mexico environmental conditions make for a variety of local spirit creations from all across the state.

The Spirit Tent at SocorroFest offers a taste of New Mexico beer and wine. With the $5 entrance fee, guests get a free commemorative glass with their entry. Only visitors with IDs will be allowed into the tent.

St. Clair Winery
St Clair Winery is nestled in the heart of the Mimbres Valley in Deming, 34 miles from the Mexican border. The winery is situated on 15 acres with a 500,000 gallon capacity, using state of the art equipment to produce award winning wines with the expertise of winemakers Florent and Herve Lescombes.
The vineyard is located 47 miles west of Deming with its elevation of 4,500 feet creating warm days and cool nights where there is often a difference between day and night temperatures of 30 degrees or more.
This climate makes it possible to grow some of the best grapes in New Mexico. Emmanuel Lescombes, viticulturalist, manages the day to day operations of our vineyard, producing seven to 10 tons of grapes per acre on average.
St. Clair currently has 180 acres planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and several other varietals. The vines are planted on 8′x5′ spacing which allows over 1,000 vines per acre.
www.stclairwinery.com

Anasazi Fields Winery
Anasazi Fields Winery sits on the western edge of the old village of Placitas.
Orchards and vineyards surrounding the winery are watered by a spring-fed irrigation system that dates back over a thousand years to a time when the Anasazi people farmed the Placitas Valley. Nearby are the petroglyphs which have been reproduced on the wine labels.
At Anasazi Fields Winery dry table wines are hand-crafted from fruits and berries other than grapes.
Unlike most “fruit wines,” Anasazi Fields wines are not sweet dessert wines. Their delicious dryness makes them the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
The wines, such as plum wine, apricot wine, peach wine and blackberry wine, are crafted from area and other New Mexico fruits and berries.
The winery also produces several dry grape-based wines and an off-dry cranberry wine for the holiday season. All of the wines, except the cranberry, are aged on oak for two or more years before bottling. www.anasazifieldswinery.

Abbey Beverage Company
Today, the Abby Beverage Company products are brewed on a small scale at the brewery on the grounds of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert in Abiquiu and also under special agreement in Moriarty.
At both breweries, Abbey Beverage Company directly controls all aspects of the brewing process, including the formulations and brewing process details.
The monks, through Abbey Beverage Company, are also directly responsible for sourcing all ingredients and packaging materials at both breweries.
The brewing equipment on the grounds of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert is entirely owned by Abbey Beverage Company. At the brewery in Moriarty, some of the major brewing equipment, such as the fermenting vessels, bright tanks and hop storage freezers, are owned by Abbey Beverage Company.
Several monks are directly involved in the daily operations of Abbey Beverage Company and other monks are regularly involved in the brewing and packaging processes at both breweries.
www.abbeybeveragecompany.

Mimbres Valley Brewing Co.
Come by the Mimbres Valley Brewing Co. Deming Brewery location to see where craft beer magic happens. All the company’s locally brewed craft beers are available to be enjoyed as well as a selection of New Mexico wines and burgers, salads and sandwiches.
The beers are all hand-crafted and have a unique personality to them that sets Mimbres Valley apart from other breweries. They use hops from all over the world and take great care in the selection of hops and grain.
Mimbres strives to provide the best variety and the best tasting beers you can find.
At the new Las Cruces Taproom live music to goes with the craft beer, every Wednesday in October, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. www.demingbrew.com

Turtle Mountain
Brewing Company
TMBC is the end result of dreaming, and drinking, on the part of the proprietor, Nico Ortiz. Starting with a student exchange to Germany when he was 16, he has dedicated his life to the pursuit of good beer. This brewpub is the culmination of over two decades of “market research” in hundreds of restaurants, bars, brewpubs, breweries, garages and beer festivals all over the world.
The name “Turtle Mountain” comes from the Tewa name for Sandia Peak. Alfonso Ortiz, Nico’s late father, was born and raised at Oke Owingeh, north of Espanola, and one of six Pueblos that speak Tewa. Nico’s father’s Native name was “Oku Pin,” which translates as “Turtle Mountain.”
As a tribute to his father, who provided the inspirational and financial means to open the pub, Nico named it Turtle Mountain Brewing Company.
The guiding principle of Turtle Mountain Brewing Company is to provide the people of New Mexico with delicious, high-quality foods and beverages at an affordable price in a comfortable, friendly environment.
Turtle Mountain has been recognized locally with a 3 1/2 stars review in the Albuquerque Journal, as well as the “Best of: Pizza” category CitySearch.com. They have been featured nationally in All About Beer Magazine and Brewpub Magazine, and just won the 2011 Alibi Readers Poll for Rio Rancho’s best restaurant.
www.turtlemountainbrewing.com