FARMINGTON — In the past, Distil's Brew Fest has taken place in a parking lot outside of the brewery, but, Saturday's beer-based festival had a new venue -- Lions Wilderness Park.
"It seems more like a relaxed environment here," said Tammi Thornton, a Distil employee, while serving beer to customers.
In addition to changing locations, the Brew Fest added two additional features -- meats and bands -- to create the first-ever Brews Meats Bands Festival.
In addition to featuring beer from Distil's brewery, Distil invited other breweries to attend.
Melissa Dunn from Ska Brewing Co. in Durango, Colo., said she liked being able to come to New Mexico, partly because there aren't a lot of beer-based events in the Farmington area.
"I feel like there's a beer festival every weekend in Colorado," Dunn said.
The event attracted a large crowd, and cars overflowed from the parking lot.
Christina Arellano and Suzanne Kelsheimer attended the event to listen to their friend's band, Boomtown.
"Plus, I'm like a beer nerd, so I'm attracted to any type of beer festival," Kelsheimer said.
Arellano also worked the morning session of the event. She said she thinks it's a great event.
"It builds community," Arellano said. "It gets people together."
Anthony Larrazolo from Premier Distributing Company attended to market some of the beers his company represents.
Larrazolo said some of the beer at the festival from the Alaskan Brewing Co. have only been available in New Mexico for about two weeks. Brewed in Juneau, Ala., the company tries to use environmentally friendly methods to make their brews.
"It's one of the first breweries to recycle their (carbon dioxide) and reuse their spent grains," Larrazolo said.