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Family-friendly Route 66 Summerfest includes a beer garden adults will appreciate

Crowds walk on Central Avenue in Nob Hill during a past Route 66 Summerfest. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

Crowds walk on Central Avenue in Nob Hill during a past Route 66 Summerfest. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill has plenty to offer.

And for those who enjoy craft beer, the event will offer a beer garden featuring six New Mexico breweries and an Albuquerque distillery.

This year, there is no charge to enter the Cork & Tap area featuring a stage that will be showcasing entertainment throughout the event.

This year’s participating breweries are Abbey Brewing Co., Bosque Brewing Co., Broken Bottle Brewery, Il Vicino, Marble Brewery and Santa Fe Brewing Co. Albuquerque’s Left Turn Distilling also will be part of the event, according to Bree Ortiz, events and operations supervisor for the city of Albuquerque.

Beer garden patrons will be able to purchase craft beer from the various brewing companies as well as spirits from Left Turn. There will be a shaded seating area where patrons can imbibe, as well as take in the sounds of bands performing on the Cork & Tap stage. There also will be an area outside the beer garden fencing where bystanders, who are not drinking, can watch the stage.

The Cork & Tap area will be open from 2-10 p.m. and is located on Central Avenue at Montclaire. This year’s entertainment is: What the What at 2 p.m.; Memphis P. Tails at 3:05 p.m.; Sage and Jared’s Happy Gland Band at 4:15 p.m.; Great States at 5:25 p.m.; Floozy at 6:35 p.m.; Cali Shaw Band at 7:40 p.m.; and Mil-Tones Brass Band at 8:50 p.m.

Down the street at Imbibe Cigar Bar, cool off with $2 adult snow cones and music. The snow cones will be flavored with 3 Olives Vodka in grape, cherry, strawberry, Tartz, Rangtang or Loopy, according to Imbibe marketing executive Laura Harris.

Music will be provided by Rudy Boy Experiment from 3-6 p.m., and later by DJ Ryan McCormick, who has played at Imbibe since its opening in 2008.

Master Cuban cigar roller Antonio Garcia will be hand-rolling cigars beginning at 3 p.m. Imbibe is the only licensed smoking establishment in Albuquerque, according to Harris.

It also offers one of the largest humidors in the state, as well as an upstairs patio that overlooks Central Avenue.

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