Archive for May 23, 2019

From the last Marble beer and cheese experience, a similar tray awaits you this afternoon.

With every one of the major brewery participants in ABQ Beer Week, we endeavor to put together a separate summary of their many events. After already checking in on Tractor Brewing and Steel Bender Brewyard, we present the Marble Brewery summation.

First up, today (Thursday) is one of our annual favorites, Beer, Cheese & More. The big change this year has the event moving from downtown to the Heights Taproom. Hey, why not take advantage of The Lounge?

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased in advance online. The event starts at 5 and runs until 7 p.m. Your ticket gets you a tray of five Marble beers paired up with five select gourmet cheeses from Whole Foods Market. There are some additional food items on the tray to further help with the culinary experience.

Oh, and the pairings? Cerveza will be paired with Manchego, Double White with Comte, Uptown Brown Lager with Cabot Catamount, Ginger Rye Lager with Lamb Chopper Gouda, and Brut Savant with Chevre.


There will be plenty of events at Steel Bender during ABQ Beer Week.

ABQ Beer Week 2019 is upon us with a true blitzkrieg of funky events and new brews, and a Los Ranchos brewery is right at the heart of it. Steel Bender Brewyard is embracing its neighborhood roots by branching out across the city, while still staying close to home. 

“We really did want to build a place to ‘brew,’ that’s where our tag line comes from,“ said Steel Bender marketing director/co-owner Shelby Chant. “Yes, to brew the beer, but to brew with your friends, to brew up a great idea, to brew up your next vacation.” 

Steel Bender is kicking off ABQ Beer Week today (Thursday) with the release of their new beer, Stay Golden Ale, an English-style summer ale brewed with lemon peel. Then on Friday, SBB sales reps will be at Jubilation Beer, Wine, & Spirits’ Wild and Sour beer tasting event along with with Rowley Farmhouse Ales and Bow & Arrow Brewing. 

Among several in-house celebrations, Steel Bender has some surprises for us. On Saturday, they have teamed up with Bristol Doughnuts Co. (located in Nob Hill) for the “Breakfast of Champions” beer-and-donuts pairing. Head brewer Bob Haggerty, who is a former chef, and SBB Chef Jason Baczkiewicz met with the Bristol Doughnuts owners Sara and Coy Tremmel to decide what pairings would work best.

“All of us agreed we’ve never tasted such an incredible donut,” Shelby said.

The pairings are chosen to highlight the flavors the beer and the donuts together and individually.


It all kicks off with events including Marble’s Beer, Cheese & More and Tractor’s Sour Hour.

Once again, we kick off 11 days of craft beer madness around Albuquerque venues big and small, featuring local and regional breweries.

There are a lot of big events over the opening three days of Beer Week, so pace yourselves accordingly. The hardest thing will be picking which events to attend. At least it will be for us.

Today was a good example, as we were torn between Marble’s Beer, Cheese & More and the Tractor/Rowley Farmhouse Ales Sour Hour as our featured event. We finally had to pick one, but rest assured, we plan to hit up both events.

Featured Event

Every day we will pick what we consider the biggest, most interesting, most unique event. This does not mean you should go to only this event and ignore the rest. All of them deserve your attention, but realistically, you can probably only attend a few. So we will make our daily pick, and you can either jump on it, or declare the Crew is foolish (we kinda are) and pick your own.

What: Beer, Cheese & More. Where: Marble Heights. When: 5 p.m. Cost: $25, buy advance tickets here.

Details: This was such a tough choice today, but we went with this classic, which got moved from the downtown taproom this year. As in the past, you get five 7-ounce pours of Marble beers paired up with different gourmet cheeses provided by Whole Foods Market, plus some additional flavorful bites to liven up your palate.

Why you should go: The Marble and Whole Foods Staffs do their homework on this one, so expect some perfect pairings of some tasty treats.