It seems hard to believe that Marble Brewery is about to turn eight years old. Time flies when you are drinking beer, right? Like any good brewery, Marble will be celebrating that anniversary with all of their faithful customers. In keeping with last year’s seven-day celebration for seven years, this time around they will have an eight-day celebration for eight years.
I got to sit down with director of taproom operations Barbie Gonzalez, marketing and events coordinator Elyse Cushman, and of course brewmaster/president Ted Rice to talk about all that those eight days have in store from April 17-24.
“This anniversary we’re definitely trying to continue to enhance the customer experience by really giving back to our people that have been such loyal supporters to Marble and our brand,” Barbie said. “We really came up with some interesting new things that we’ve never done before.”
Here is a day-by-day breakdown of all that they have in store, with music festivals as the bookends.
“We have a ton of events going on that week,” Elyse said. “We’re starting on a Sunday with the Rocksteady Festival, that’s just all-day music. We’re (also) ending with all-day music on the 24th with the Bluegrass Festival. But, in between is the really (unique) stuff.”
Sunday, April 17: Rocksteady Fest at Marble 111 downtown, a free all-day music festival featuring Pawnshop Poster Boys (2 to 3 p.m.), Balkan Dub Squad (3:30 to 4:30), and Blue Hornets (5 to 7 p.m.).
Monday, April 18: Brew Club Member Appreciation Party at Marble 111, 5 to 9 p.m.
“The one thing that I really want to highlight is the Brew Club Member Appreciation Party,” Barbie said. “This is the first time we’re doing a members-only appreciation event. We’ve had some very loyal brew club members since we’ve opened, so this is our way to say thank you to them and give a special party for them in the fermentation hall.
“Ted will be there to do a tour. We’re going to do some magnet giveaways. We designed this eighth anniversary magnet that we’re only going to give to brew club members. We’re going to do raffles, we’re going to do music. It’s a free event, (but) the only thing that gets you in is your brew club card.”
“And they get a sneak peak of the anniversary beer,” Elyse added.
More on that anniversary beer below …
Tuesday, April 19: Beer 201 with Ted Rice at Westside Taproom
“One (event) in particular is Beer 201, which I’m really, really excited about,” Elyse said. “It’s going to be led by Ted, as well as Chef Stephen Ormsby, (who) works for Marcello’s. We’ve been working together that’s putting together this (beer-food) pairing that we’ve been calling a palate exploration. So, Ted’s going to guide people on how to pair food, so that way our customer can walk away and know if they’re at the grocery store and pick up a six-pack of IPA, they know what this goes well with and we can do this, too. I’m really excited.”
“It’s like a beer dinner, it’s just a lot more interactive,” Ted added.
“It’s really intimate, it’s going to be awesome, (but) there is limited seating,” Elyse said.
Tickets are on sale at both Marble locations. Now through April 11, they will cost $25. Regular sales will begin April 12 and will cost $35.
Wednesday, April 20: Anniversary Beer Release at both locations
There will be a special beer-and-food pairing, with customers able to purchase an anniversary beer and commemorative glass for $10. Without the beer, the glass costs $8 and those are limited to four per customer. Quantities will be limited.
Of course, this does beg the question, what is the anniversary beer that will follow in the footsteps of the popular White Out?
“The anniversary beer is a tequila barrel-aged beer and there’s a couple different components that comprise this beer, so it’s still being hashed out as far as everything,” Ted explained. “We’re still a little hush-hush internally on it because it’s still a work in progress, a foray into the unknown.”
Thursday, April 21: Anniversary Party with Reviva at Marble 111
The band will perform from 6 to 9 p.m., there will be hors d’ouvres, and it will also mark the Double White can release. Plus, if the weather cooperates, there will be a preview of the new rooftop deck.
“So, the structure is going to be done in the very short future,” Ted said. “The full completion of the rooftop deck — bar, furniture, all the finishes — we’re looking at mid-summer. It’s still a work-in-progress. The concept is to have a debut on (April 21).”
Friday, April 22: Apricot Sour Release at both locations
Music will be provided by Rhythm Dragons downtown from 8 to 11 p.m. and from Sloan Armitage at Westside, also from 8 to 11.
Customers should be seeing even more specialty, barrel-aged beers from Marble in the near future.
“One thing that’s nice with all the barrel-aged beers, with the new fermentation hall freeing up some space, I’m able to access our barrels a lot easier and we’re able to maintain them better,” Ted said. “We look forward to turning out a steady flow of barrel-aged beers, on the funk side for sure and also on the bourbon side.”
Happy anniversary to us all!
Saturday, April 23: Food Truck Frenzy all day at Marble 111
“That (Saturday) we also have Food Truck Frenzy, with five food trucks parked all day,” Elyse said. “For $25, they can taste each of the pairings. There will be live music all day and into the night. It will be a really good night.”
That means five beers paired with five different food items. The participating food trucks are My Sweet Basil, Adoughbe, Supper Truck, TFK, and Street Food Blvd.
Lone Pinion will add some music to the mix from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
There are advance sales and a sign-up sheet at the brewery.
Sunday, April 24: Bluegrass Extravaganza at Marble 111
The music lineup — Nosseums, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Green Billies, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Porter Draw, 6 to 8 p.m.
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There were also a few additional notes about Marble worth sharing.
- The aforementioned White Out was such a big hit last year that a second batch was brewed over the winter and there are plans to bottle it for a limited run this year. It may expand beyond all of that. “White Out was definitely a fun beer that’s become one of our staples,” Ted said. “I did a December/January version of White Out. I personally love that beer and it got a really strong response, so I’m sure it might make its way to the regular rotation beyond once a year.”
- One other cool aspect of the rooftop deck at 111 is that customers do not have to worry about going downstairs whenever they need a new beer. “We’re going to feed draft lines up there to a tower from serving vessels,” Ted said. “We’re not going to haul kegs up there.” No one is probably happier about this than the cellar staff.
- Ted said that the opening of the Northeast Heights taproom is “forecasted for (the) end of June.” That projection, of course, is subject to change due to unexpected construction or permitting delays. And, as anyone who has followed pretty much every brewery or taproom that has opened in the last few years knows, the City of Albuquerque is notorious for impeding businesses from opening.
Keep an eye on all of Marble’s social media pages for any changes or updates in the time leading up to the events.
A big thanks to Ted, Barbie, Elyse, and Leah Black, too, for going the extra mile to make sure we got all the pertinent details.