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Blues & Brews offers samples from 70 breweries, cideries, distilleries

Blues & Brews returns to Sandia Resort and Casino on Sunday, May 29. The event will feature 70 breweries, cideries and distilleries, as well as several bands. (Courtesy of Ray Mares Photography)

Blues & Brews returns to Sandia Resort and Casino on Sunday, May 29. The event will feature 70 breweries, cideries and distilleries, as well as several bands. (Courtesy of Ray Mares Photography)

Prepare your taste buds for a wide range of exemplary craft beers, ciders and spirits to touch your tongue on Sunday, May 29.

Albuquerque Blues & Brews once again takes over Sandia Resort & Casino with 70 breweries, cideries and distilleries serving up unlimited samples of their best products. Local, regional, national and international offerings will be available to taste and explore what makes your palate pop.

The event, sponsored by Alaskan Brewing Co., will feature numerous New Mexico breweries, including Abbey Beverage Co., Albuquerque Brewing Co., Cazuela’s Mexican Grill & Brewery, Firkin BrewHouse, Kellys Brewpub, Marble Brewery, De La Vega’s Pecan Grill & Brewery, Eddyline Brewing, Nuevo Cerveza, Pi Brewing Co., Red Door Brewing Co., Rio Bravo Brewing Co., Rio Grande Brewing Co., Sandia Chile Grill & Brewery, Santa Fe Brewing Co. and Sierra Blanca Brewing Co.

Albuquerque’s Sandia Hard Cider and Dukes of Ale Homebrew Club will also be showcasing their products at the event.

Arizona breweries SanTan and Mother Road; California breweries Ballast Point, Green Flash, Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada; Colorado breweries Avery, Breckenridge, Boulder, Durango, Left Hand, Odell, Oskar Blues, Ska, and Upslope; Texas breweries Adelbert’s, Guns & Oil and Shiner are just the short list of what you can find at Blues & Brews. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit several New Mexico charities. Todd Tijerina Trio, Levi Platero, Alex Maryol, Lakota John, Rudy Boy and Bosque Blues are scheduled to perform.

Blues & Brews, in its sixth year, continues to grow. About a dozen breweries, distilleries and cideries will be part of the event for the first time, according to organizer Marne Gaston of Feel Good Festivals. To accommodate the new spirits coming on board, the cocktail lounge is getting a revamp.

There you can enjoy organic margaritas with tequila from Tres Amigos and Moscow Mules with Effen Vodka, as well as J├Ągermeister shots and more.

Newcomers to the cocktail area are CopperMuse Distillery, out of Fort Collins, Colo., Ludlows Cocktail Co.’s Jelly Shots and some spicy, zesty mixers from Crazy Good Specialty Foods.

“Last year, we extended into the foyer last minute,” Gaston said. “We don’t get the whole space technically, but since there was nothing there going on we moved into the foyer and put some breweries and put a stage. This year we did that from the beginning. We knew that we had that space and we’ve got two bands playing out there. We’ve got a bunch of brewery booths out in that foyer, so it’s kind of expanded our space a bit. We’re not going to sell any extra tickets, so it just helps a little bit.”

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