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Block party: Boxing Bear hosts other craft vendors for daylong event

Boxing Bear is teaming up with other craft artisans for it its Boxing Bear Block Party.

“We have really enjoyed doing collaborations with other kinds of craft vendors and try to work with establishments that provide interesting and unique flavors to the local economy,” said Boxing Bear partner Kevin Davis. “Thinking about how the New Mexico microbrew scene has quality micro breweries doing great stuff, we thought we could collaborate with craft vendors doing the same thing and maybe some craft food places. It makes for a good mix of craft culture to come together with each other on the patio and our facility here inside Boxing Bear.”

Participating in the event will be Bosque Azul merchandising, which will bring its handcrafted jewelry, and members of High Desert Flame Works, who will show off their glass blowing skills. Their glass creations will be available for purchase. CCR Roasters will serve its fresh roasted corn on the cob. Prosum Roasters will bring its exceptional handcrafted coffees, and Fat City will showcase its delicious confections. D’Santi Nava and his trio will provide live music.

The dog-friendly Boxing Bear did not forget its four-legged friends. Pawsitively Appetizing will have its gourmet pet treats available.

“We love dogs here at Boxing Bear,” Davis said. “We’re dog-friendly and thought we have to have something here to make dogs happy here too.”

Boxing Bear will make its patrons happy with the highly anticipated tapping of its Black and Blue Tart, which also will be available in bottles. The brewery also will tap some other special limited-release beers, which head brewer and co-owner Justin Hamilton wants to keep a surprise.

“Black and Blue Tart is a delicious fruity, summery beer,” Davis said. “It’s a kettle sour, and we make it not as a traditional barrel sour. It’s a kettle sour. It really is delicious. It is a fascinating beer with some tartness and sweetness to it; with the fruit, it is a great little beer that people seem to love.”

Boxing Bear decided to go with a block party rather than its BearFest, which was a paid event featuring a number of New Mexico breweries. The first two events were held at Boxing Bear in 2015 and 2016 and later relocated to the Albuquerque Convention Center in 2017.

“We decided not to host BearFest this year, because frankly, it grew so big that we were inconveniencing our neighbors,” Davis said. “In the spirit of BearFest, we will host several free events of this nature on various dates so everyone can have a chance to join in the fun.”

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