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On tap: ABQ Beer Week features brewery releases, ‘something for everybody’

(Illustration by Cathryn Cunningham/Albuquerque Journal)

Whether you are beer connoisseur or a novice to the brewing scene, there is something for everyone during ABQ Beer Week.

“Obviously, it depends on the person, and that’s kind of the joy of ABQ Beer Week is we try to get something for everybody,” said Marne Gaston of Feel Good Festivals, which organizes the event. “Lots of new beers – that’s exciting for most people. If you like beer, then you want to try new beers if you’re into that. Unless you have that one beer that you always drink, and that’s probably not what you’re interested in anyway, but we try to get them thinking outside the box and trying new stuff.”

ABQ Beer Week started Thursday, May 23, and runs through June 2. There are more than 100 events that are part of ABQ Beer Week, with a number of breweries, bars, restaurants and retailers participating.

There will a number of beer pairing dinners that range from fine dining to fun. Marble Brewery’s popular beer and cheese pairing returns. The free tasting will be held at 4 p.m. May 31 at Jubilation Wine & Spirits. Tractor Brewing Co.’s “Donut and Beer Pairing” was a big hit last year and will return this year. Tractor has joined forces with Rebel Donuts to put on the event at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Tractor’s Four Hills location, according to Gaston.

Steel Bender Brewyard will team up with The Artichoke Cafe for a fine-dining beer experience. The four-course beer dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 1 at The Artichoke Cafe. It is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Patrons will receive a souvenir glass and can take part in a raffle. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant at 243-0200.

Many breweries will have special beer releases, including Cantero Brewing Co., one of Albuquerque’s newer breweries. It will release its Tamarind Sour on Monday, May 27. Ex Novo Brewing, which is planning to open in Corrales soon, will have a sampling event today at Jubilation Wine & Spirits and a release party at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Sister Bar, according to Gaston. Quarter Celtic Brewpub will hold its “Mini Cask-Fest” from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. Attendees can get four samples of cask beer for $5 or a pint of their favorite style.

For some eclectic fun, head over to “PuttSlope and Putt Putt Competition” with Upslope Brewing Co. at Nob Hill Bar & Grill at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28. Play some Drag Queen Bingo: Pride Edition at 8 p.m. May 31 at Tractor Brewing Co. Wells Park.

ABQ Beer Week will also include the Blues & Brews festival on Sunday, May 26, at Sandia Resort & Casino.

New this year to ABQ Beer Week is the Farm House Ale Event, presented by Kaktus Brewing Co. on June 1 at Loretto Park in Bernalillo. It will feature country music, a car show, games, music, food and a beer garden, according to Gaston. Tickets are $10 before May 30 and $15 after May 30. For tickets and information, visit

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