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Marblefest features German-inspired beers from local brewers

Celebrate Oktoberfest New Mexico-style during Marblefest.

The event on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Marble Brewery in Downtown Albuquerque will feature German-inspired beers from Marble Brewery, as well as local breweries Bosque Brewing Co., Boxing Bear Brewing Co., La Cumbre Brewing Co., Toltec Brewing, Steel Bender Brewyard, Canteen Brewhouse and Quarter Celtic Brewpub.

“It’s a celebration of friends and flavor is what we’re dubbing Marblefest,” said Geraldine Lucero, Marble Brewery marketing and events coordinator.

There will be four beer stations along the stretch of Marble Street where the brewery is located. A VIP sampling session will be held from noon to 2 p.m. VIP ticketholders will receive a commemorative glass and can enjoy six, 4-ounce pours, as well as a food treat. Local favorite, Red Light Cameras, will perform during the VIP sampling. VIP sampling tickets are $20, plus fees.

General admission will begin at 2 p.m. General admission patrons will get to purchase beers as well as enjoy entertainment by Merican Slang, Moonshine Blind, Partizani Brass Band, Tesuque Revolt and the Big Spank. General admission is $5 at the door. Dogs and strollers will not be permitted at the event.

Marble brewmaster Josh Trujillo brewed a Hefeweizen, which is dry-hopped with a trio of hops, including Hallertau Mittelfrüh German hops. Marble head brewer John Heine brewed a modern take on a Märzen. It is a “big and bold” beer that pairs well with pretzels and pickled vegetables, according to Lucero.

A collaboration beer created at Marble Brewery’s Heights location also will be featured at the festival. The Kottbusser, which is made using an original German brewing style, was created in collaboration with Toltec, Boxing Bear, Bosque Brewing, Steel Bender, Quarter Celtic, Canteen, and La Cumbre. The beer also will be featured on tap at their locations on Saturday.

“It is bready and floral,” Lucero said of the collaboration beer.

Marblefest will have a food court made up of four food vendors: Burque Bakehouse, Malaguena’s Latin Tapas, Urban Hotdog and Street Food Institute. Each vendor will feature German inspired items on their menus.

Marble staff also will be dressing for the occasion in dirndl and lederhosen. Marble encourages eventgoers to dress in their best dirndl and lederhosen and be part of competitions for prizes.

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