Thousands of beer enthusiasts congregate each year for Blues & Brews.
This year the event, which was scheduled for May 24, will have to wait, because large gatherings are banned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is part of ABQ Beer Week, which features food pairing events, beer releases, beer tastings, beer dinners, tap takeovers and more at a number of breweries, restaurants and bars around town. This year, the events are going virtual.
“In the beginning, ABQ Beer Week has been about supporting the local spots, and obviously with this stay-at-home (order), everything, with COVID-19, has been really tough on them, but they’re really scrambling and working hard to do the to-go orders and things like that, and Beer Week wasn’t really top of mind,” said Marne Gaston of Feel Good Festivals. “So we were waiting it out, but then they discovered they’re just not going to be open. … So we decided to do a last-minute pivot to some virtual events so that there are fun things for people to do and get a little more business to some of these breweries and restaurants.”
The New Mexico Brewers Guild and some breweries such as Tractor Brewing Co. and Casa Vieja Brewery have confirmed virtual events. Other breweries are putting together virtual events. A list of the events and where they can be accessed can be found on the ABQ Beer Week website, abqbeerweek.com.
The NMBG is holding Nesh Sesh Fest II (BYOB) from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 29. The virtual event will feature brewery tours, provide insider news and showcase some brewers’ hidden talents. More information can be found at facebook.com/newmexicobrewersguild.
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