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Turning 11: Marble Brewery marks anniversary with Once Años party

Marble Brewery is turning 11, and its president, Ted Rice, says things still feel “fresh and young.”

Marble Brewery is celebrating its 11th birthday with a big party, Once Años, on Saturday, April 20. (Courtesy of Marble Brewery)

“We are always innovating and thinking forward, which keeps it exciting,” he said.

Marble is celebrating with a big party it themed Once Años. It is important to the Marble crew to include the public in its celebration.

“Marble exists and thrives because of our amazing fans,” Rice said. “Every day at Marble is a celebration of the flavors and experiences we enjoy. It only makes sense to throw down on a birthday.”

The brewery will be releasing Cerveza, a Mexican-style lager, to commemorate its 11th year. It will be available on draft and in cans.

“Our Marbleously crushable take on the Mexican-style lager is crisp, refreshing, and ready to accompany anything from hiking La Luz Trail to ceviche with friends, or simply soakin’ up sun rays,” said Geraldine Lucero, Marble marketing and events coordinator. “The awesome thing about these cans is they are in a 19-ounce format. Tall and crushable.”

The festival block party will feature live music, food trucks, contests and a few surprises. Bands include Isaac Aragon and the Healing, Lonn Calanca Band, Wagogo, Mondo Vibrations, Mariachi Nuevo Sonido, Aaron Kamm & The One Drops and The Main Squeeze. The first 111 attendees will get a free tote and complimentary food pairing from Don Choche, according to Lucero.

For people who want to pre-game, they can enjoy different sour ales today at Marble’s three locations as part of Funk Friday. The releases are a From The Wood Saison sour at Marble Downtown, a Toasted Orange Peel sour ale at Marble Heights, and a cherry sour ale at Marble Westside. All locations will release a Malbec Zinfindel Sour.

Marble has continued to thrive in what some see as a brewery-saturated market.

“We are always evolving, pushing ourselves and our boundaries,” said Barbie Gonzalez, Marble’s director of taproom operations. “Our people, regardless of department or role, are committed to excellence and each other. We believe and love the city of Albuquerque and give back, cultivate community and raise awareness. We don’t cut corners but rather pay attention to every detail. We are always experimenting with ingredients and educating ourselves to continue to introduce new flavors. We are proud and honored to be a part of this city and the state of New Mexico.”

Marble continues to expand. It recently began distributing in El Paso, and there are plans to increase distribution across the Southwest.

“Additional taprooms have been a discussion, but nothing is in the works at this point,” Rice said. “Additional territories in Texas are a possibility. We just added a full-time sales rep in Arizona, so we are looking forward to an increased presence there.”