Since today is the day of the big festival, it is also the quietest day for Beer Week events. In fact, there are only two others besides Blues & Brews, and we flipped a coin to figure out which of those two to feature.
In the end, if you are not going to the festival, you can attend both of the other events, as one runs in the afternoon and the other in the evening. Not a bad bit of planning there, folks.
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: La Cumbre Bowling Tournament. Where: Silva Lanes, 3010 Eubank Blvd. NE. When: 1-3 p.m. Cost: $5 per person.
Details: If you are not going to Blues & Brews, might we suggest this fun annual event. Get a team of four together to challenge the staff of La Cumbre, other beer fans, and maybe even other brewery staffs. You get to play two games, with the highest combined scores winning special prizes. La Cumbre beer will take over the taps at the bar. If you wish to attend, please email spencer@lacumbrebrewing dot com.
Why you should go: You will likely never brew beer as well as they do at La Cumbre, but you can at least attain bragging rights in bowling. Or, just go and have some fun at the midpoint of the holiday weekend.
All the other great events
What: ABQ Blues & Brews Festival. Where: Sandia Casino. When: 2 p.m. (VIP and early admission), 3 p.m. (general admission), lasting until 6 p.m. Cost: $62 (VIP), $42 (Early Access), $32 (General Admission), $12 (Non-Sampling). Details: We covered it all in Friday’s preview story. Why you should go: Unlimited samples of delicious local and regional beers.
What: Oils and Ales. Where: Red Door Downtown. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $10. Details: Challenge your senses as you enjoy the aromas of essential oils alongside a tray of four beers of your choice. Assistant brewer Jason Larson will be your host and guide through this unique event. Why you should go: If you are skipping the festival, or in good shape after attending, this is a pretty neat way to end the day.
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Enjoy yourselves out there, but please, do it responsibly.