This weekend marks a temporary respite amid festival season, falling in between Hopfest last week and the upcoming Lions, Tigers, and Beers at the Zoo next weekend (plus GABF, for those lucky enough to head up to Denver) and then NM Brew Fest the weekend after that. So the good folks at Marble decided it was as good of a time as any to hold a sort of mini-festival. This one is not as much about the beer as it is everything else.
The annual Mountain Rescue Brew Fest will run at the downtown pub from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday. The entire event supports the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council. It’s free to get in, but donations are encouraged. There will be a raffle, a silent auction, plenty of Mountain Rescue apparel for sale, plus some “Mountain Skills Trivia,” so start studying up now.
While there won’t be a lineup of beers to sample, Marble will have a special new brew called Rescue Craft on draft. We have no idea what type of beer this is going to be, so for curiosity’s sake we might just have to stop by to try it. There will be a commemorative pint glass, just in case your collection from all over hasn’t completely taken over an entire cabinet (it already has for Franz Solo and Mrs. Solo, FYI).
This being Marble, there will of course be lots of live music playing during the festival. A total of eight acts will perform including Alex Maryol, Boris McCutcheon, DJ Matty Be, Eliza Linde, Floozy, The Green Billies, The Jake Leg Three, and Sol de la Noche.
If you’re busy Saturday, Marble has another event Sunday. Meet up at the downtown pub at 1 p.m. with your bicycle and then head up to Gecko’s in Nob Hill for a special party. There will be a tap takeover, commemorative glasses for the first 50 people, and of course football on Gecko’s many TVs. The event lasts from 2 to 10 p.m., and yes, you don’t have to be one of the ones to bike over. You can drive/walk/skateboard, hell, parachute in if you want (we just wouldn’t recommend that one; space is tight in Nob Hill).
As for other breweries’ weekend events in the ABQ metro area …
- Up in Bernalillo on Sunday, the Desert Darlings belly dancers will be performing a special masquerade-themed show at Kaktus from 6 to 9 p.m. If you bring your own mask, Kaktus will only charge you $3 per pint.
- Broken Bottle is hosting a Headliners Comedy event Saturday at 9 p.m. Kevin Kennedy will be the host, while the comedians will include A.J. Martinez, John Cuellar, Mary Byrd, Genevieve Garcia de Mueller, and friend of the Crew Margaret VonShnorkelstein.
- The Stumbling Steer has live music tonight and Saturday. First up is Boulevard Lane tonight at 7, followed by Ravin Hills at 7 on Saturday.
- Tractor will be holding brewery tours at Wells Park on Sunday. The tours will kick off at 3:30, 5:30, and 7 p.m. If you would rather stay out front, the I’ll Drink to That variety show starts at 4 p.m.
If we left out anybody’s events this weekend, we apologize. Just let us know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on social media and we’ll update this.
Have fun this weekend, everyone! And don’t forget to listen to 1600 AM/95.9 FM on Saturday at 3 p.m. to hear the dulcet tones of myself and Brandon Daniel as we chat about the local brewing scene with the hosts of The Spirits of New Mexico.