With its explosion of craft breweries, New Mexico has a growing reputation as a beer drinker’s paradise. This weekend, you can taste it for yourself at the annual Beer & Cider Festival at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino (20 Buffalo Thunder Trail), where you can sample the best local beers and ciders. Because you should never drink on an empty stomach, there will be plenty of food vendors as well. T-shirts, jewelry, and crafts are also available for sale. A portion of the proceeds goes to help The Food Depot, which offers several programs that help alleviate child hunger and poverty in the nine Northern New Mexico counties it serves. The fest starts at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, in Buffalo Thunder’s Pueblo Showroom. It’s a 21-and-over event, so bring a valid ID. Tickets are $25 in advance at buffalothunder.yapsody.com, $30 at the door. Call Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder at 505-455-5555 or visit hiltonbuffalothunder.com for more information.