If there is such a thing as a collective of ABQ Beer Week veterans, it has to be the staff over at Marble Brewery. They have always been one of the most involved and entertaining participants in the 11-day extravaganza. This year will bring more fun and more beer, so to sort out all the details, Marble marketing director Elyse Cushman and I managed to carve out 15 minutes to sit down and talk about it all.
“Beer Week for Marble is looking good,” she said. “We have a lot of events coming up. I’m really excited.”
Breaking it down, event by event.
Thursday—Beer, Cheese & More! at Marble 111
We will have more on this annual event of awesomeness in our first daily ABQ Beer Week roundup running Thursday morning. Suffice it to say, it once again figures to be a big hit. There will be six beers — Pilsner, Oatmeal Stout, 111 Farmhouse, Mosaic, Brettanna Rouge, and a mystery entry — paired up with delicious cheeses and other items from Whole Foods. It costs $25, with tickets for sale in advance at the brewery, and runs from 5 to 8 p.m. The Silver String Band will provide the tunes.
“It was my first year doing it with Anna (Kornke) and Josh (Trujillo), and the guy from Whole Foods it was his first year doing it,” Elyse said, referring to Marble’s brewess and head brewer. “Anna and Josh are both really excited about these pairings, really excited, so that makes me feel better.”
Buy your tickets in advance, because this event sells out every year. If you miss it Thursday, you will have another chance (see below).
UPDATED >>> Other events: A new Marble Saison, a non-brett cousin of 111 Farmhouse, will be tapped at Spinn’s Burgers & Beer at 11:30 a.m.; the Abricot Sour will be tapped at the Sandia Saloon inside Whole Foods on Academy at 4 p.m., plus there will be reps on hand offering samples of other beers.
Friday—Firkins and more
There will be firkins tapped at both Marble locations at noon (beers TBA). You can also try the Marble Saison at The Local Brewhouse in Rio Rancho at 4 p.m.
Saturday—Harwood Art Center Fundraiser at Marble 111
Marble will once again hold a fundraiser for Harwood’s scholarships to their Summer Art Camp. There will be live music and more.
“We have our Harwood Fundraiser, which is always a big hit,” Elyse said. “We support them, they support children learning the arts. That’s going to be on Saturday. They have a great lineup. They’ve got a couple of local (bands). Theirs is always really, really fun to show for.”
DJ Matt, Joanie and Darin, and the Kevin Herig Trio will provide the tunes from 1 to 7 p.m. The Supper Truck and Ay K Rico will be parked on the curb to keep everyone satiated. And, there will be live art being produced. Entry is free.
“I know there’s live music, there’s beer, and it’s all for a good cause,” Elyse said. “We’re donating a portion of our sales to them.”
Other events: The Marble Saison will be tapped at Piatanzi Juan Tabo at 11 a.m.
Sunday—Blues & Brews at Sandia Casino
Marble will once again be this massive festival. We have confirmed that the following beers will be poured, with the last two no longer available anywhere else: Double IPA, Double White, IPA, Red Ale, Abricot Sour, Pilsner Anejo, Rita.
Monday—Memorial Day Festival at Marble 111
Once again, Marble is having a musical holiday, with free admission to this event from 3 to 10 p.m
“Again, like a huge, all-day music festival with a ton of local artists,” Elyse said. “We’ve got Chris Raven, Todd Tijerina, The Dregs, Double Plow, Duke City Riot. It’s going to be pretty epic.”
Well, epic depends on one’s musical tastes …
“Not quite metal like I know you like, but definitely a good rock show,” she quickly added.
(The Marble staff is now aware I like metal! Now to finally get them to finally book a metal show. I must prevail!)
Anyway, this is the type of music festival most Marble fans would love, so get your butts over there.
Tuesday—Special tapping at Rock & Brews
We covered this, and all of the other events at Rock & Brews. It will be the Marble Saison on tap at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 1—Beer, Cheese & More! at Marble Westside
Same setup as downtown, same cost ($25), same hours (5 to 8 p.m.), and just like downtown, buy your tickets in advance! The only difference is Jill Cohn will provide the music starting at 6 and finishing at 9.
Other events: Another keg of Marble Saison will be tapped at Filling Philly’s at 11 a.m.
Thursday, June 2—Beer dinner at Torino’s @ Home
We already covered the details, thanks to AmyO, including the menu of beer/food pairings, for this event.
“Tony (Calder) set up quite a bit for Beer Week,” Elyse said of Marble’s most excellent Beer Ambassador. “We’ve got exclusive tastings, tap takeovers, and then the one thing him and I collaborated on was the beer dinner. … It’s going to be delicious, I was very impressed by the menu.”
Other events: Even more kegs of Marble Saison (hope they made a lot) will be tapped at both Gecko’s locations at 11 a.m.
Friday, June 3—Beer Premier at NHCC
This awesome event will be covered in more detail shortly. It will be held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center at 6 p.m. The cost is $35, which you can buy online via the NM Brewers Guild. There will be 16 breweries, including Marble, debuting new beers. There will be unlimited sampling and matanza pit-roasted pork shoulder, courtesy of M’Tucci’s. Tony said Marble has not decided on what beer they are sending, but will soon.
Other events: More special tappings, this time Marble Saison at Uptown Sports Bar at 5 p.m. Before that, stop by either location for another Firkin Friday, beginning at noon.
Saturday, June 4—Watermelon Mountain Ranch Fundraiser at Marble Westside
Head west to help the animals rescued by the good folks at Watermelon Mountain Ranch. Gabe Tafoya (8 to 9 p.m.) and Whetherman (9 to 11 p.m.) will provide the music. A portion of sales will be donated to WMR.
Other events: The Marble Saison will be tapped at Five Star Burgers on Central at 5 p.m .
Sunday, June 5—Joe S. Sausage Super Sunday Sampler Sausage & Beer Bliss Extravaganza at Marble 111
Dear lord, that event title alone is a mouthful. So are all the good sausages that Joe will be making, paired up with Marble beers. This one runs from 2 to 6 p.m. and costs $25. Buy your tickets in advance because, you guessed it, it sold out last year.
“Last year, I do want to emphasize this, it sold out really quickly,” Elyse said. “A lot of the pre-sales didn’t sell out, (but) if you were here that day, I remember it, it sold out really, really quickly. People were actually upset because they couldn’t get tickets. So, we upped the tickets this year, but a reminder to tell people don’t forget to show up early, because it goes (quickly).”
Alex Maryol will provide the music from 3 to 6 p.m.
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A big thank you to Elyse for carving out the time to chat about these events and fill in some of the details. Marble is stepping it up once again and all the beer drinkers in ABQ will benefit. Plus, some great charities, local musicians, local food trucks, and more will also get to celebrate this upcoming 11-day onslaught of awesomeness.
See you all out there!