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Cool brews: Find a new favorite craft beer at a festival at Sandia Resort & Casino

Alaskan Brewing Co. of Juneau, Alaska, will be offering its Alaskan Amber at the Blues and Brews festival. (Courtesy of Premier Distributing Company)

Alaskan Brewing Co. of Juneau, Alaska, will be offering its Alaskan Amber at the Blues and Brews festival. (Courtesy of Premier Distributing Company)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Celebrate craft beers of the local kind and from out of state including national chain favorites this Sunday at the 2014 Albuquerque Blues and Brews.

The festival has everything beer enthusiasts enjoy for sampling and for purchase including a huge selection of craft beers from locals Cazuela’s Mexican Grill & Brewery, Chama River Brewing Co., Il Vicino Brewing Company, Kellys Brew Pub, Marble Brewery, Rio Grande Brewing Company, Sandia Chile Grill & Brewery, Santa Fe Brewing Company, Sierra Blanca Brewing Company, The Stumbling Steer, Tractor Brewing Company and Turtle Mountain Brewing Company. Read more about Tractor Brewing Company.

Breweries from Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Texas and Vermont also will be showcasing what they have to offer.

Blues and Brews, which is part of ABQ Beer Week, will feature 50 breweries. The event is a fundraiser and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico and other charities. Live entertainment will be provided by Tijerina, The Plateros and Alex Maryol.

Paid admission gets you unlimited 2-ounce beer samples, a souvenir tasting glass and an event program. VIP ticket holders get an hour extra to enjoy in the festivities beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The event is presented by Alaskan Brewing Co. of Juneau, Alaska. It will offer up several of its year-round beers such as Alaskan Amber, Alaskan Freeride APA, Alaskan Icy Bay IPA, as well as its seasonal Alaskan Summer Ale, according to Premier Distributing draught manager Tony Calder.

The Alaskan Amber, which Alaskan Brewing Co. considers its flagship beer, is based on a turn-of-the-century recipe that quenched the thirst of miners during the Klondike gold rush. It is a smooth and richly malty altbier, according to the brewing company’s website.

Alaskan Freeride APA has a tropical hop aroma and is made with three hop varieties, which make it full in flavor. Alaskan Icy Bay IPA is “intense” and has a “fruity, citrusy” aromatic character with a refreshing finish. The Alaskan Summer Ale is a traditional Kölsch beer with a crisp, clean flavor, according to the website.

The Deschutes Brewery’s Fresh Squeezed IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of citra and mosaic hops. It will be offered for sampling at the Albuquerque Blues and Brews. (Courtesy of Deschutes Brewery)

The Deschutes Brewery’s Fresh Squeezed IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of citra and mosaic hops. It will be offered for sampling at the Albuquerque Blues and Brews. (Courtesy of Deschutes Brewery)

Premier Distributing is providing tastings of the Alaskan Brewing Co. beers as well as other samplings from across the board from Odell Brewing Co. and Goose Island. It also will offer Stella Artois Cidre and local favorite Kellys Brew Pub’s Session IPA and Amber craft beers in cans. Last month, Kellys began selling its two popular craft beers in cans.

Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Ore., will have its beers for event-goers to taste. Take in samples of its Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter and Fresh Squeezed IPA.

The event also will feature a cocktail lounge featuring samplings of Silver and Reposado Tequila from Camarena, New Amsterdam Vodka in regular, peach, coconut and pineapple flavors, as well as New Amsterdam Gin.

For more information or to download an event program with map, visit abqbluesandbrews.com.

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