After two years without celebrating, Marble Brewery is revving up for its 14th anniversary this week, with events and specials at all three locations.
I caught up with Geraldine Lucero, director of marketing and philanthropy, and new events coordinator Amy Levine to discuss all seven days worth of events that begins today (Monday).
“Monday, we are having brewpub appreciation at all three locations,” Levine said. “We’re offering $4 classic pints to all current mug club members all day.”
The event on Tuesday is already sold out, which is no surprise since it involves a special beer-and-food pairing with M’tucci’s.
The official anniversary day is Wednesday, starting with a special beer release on tap and in cans.
“The Hoppy Birthdaze Hazy DIPA is being released at 11 a.m., a small-batch release exclusively available at all taproom locations,” Lucero said. “It is featuring Citra as the kettle hop, and it’s dry hopped with Strata, El Dorado, Galaxy, Chinook, and more Citra. It’s 8.6 percent, and it drinks like it’s under 7. It doesn’t drink like an 8.6 percent at all. It’s delicious.”
The downtown taproom will then host a bake sale, of sorts, and go ahead and make all the 4/20 jokes now.
“And then, starting from 4 to 7, we’re going to have freshly baked goods, we’re going to have three vendors — Rude Boy Cookies, Los Golondrinas Pie Company, and Sara’s Sweets and Treats,” Levine said. “They’re going to be serving pastries. Rude Boy Cookies is going to be making some cool anniversary cookies, (and) we encouraged them to have some fun with the cookies and do some 4/20 inspired.”
Two bands will then take the stage from 6 to 9 p.m. Night Time Drive will kick things off from 6 to 6:45, followed by Slums of Harvard at 7:15.
“One of the members of Nighttime Drive is affiliated with this low-rider car crew, so they called all the cars to come out on Wednesday night and do a really cool cruise around Marble,” Lucero said.
The entire event will be contained within Marble, at least for this year.
“Yeah, no street closure,” Lucero said. “When we were planning out of the schedule for the year, we didn’t know how things were going to play out. We’ll keep it on the safe side. We just weren’t ready to pull permits and shut everything down yet. It’s like a fun Marble party you would see back in the day.”
Oh, and do take note, though marijuana is now legal in New Mexico, you still cannot smoke it in public, so please save it for after you leave Marble and return home.
Moving along, Thursday will feature another special pairing, with a popular Westside eatery bringing its goods to the east.
“Thursday, over at the Heights location in the lounge, we’re going to have a sushi paring with Ohana Hut and Chef Raul Maestas,” Levine said. “We’re going to do three different rolls paired with three 10-ounce beers. We’re also going to have a small band playing, Kirk Matthews, and that’s from 6 to 8. Tickets are still on sale right now (for) $45.”
Friday will feature live music at all three taprooms — Reviva will be downtown (8-11 p.m.), Trinity Soul at the Westside (7-10 p.m.), and the High Desert Playboys Duo at Heights (7-10 p.m.).
“Then Saturday, we’re doing a Tour and Taste with Barbie (Gonzalez), Andrew (Krosche), and John Heine,” Lucero said. “There’s up to 10 guests per tour. They’re at 12 o’clock, 1 o’clock, and 2 o’clock. The tour includes three samples and a classic pint. Tickets are on sale for $10 at Hold My Ticket. So it’s pretty exciting to get a tour by our president (Gonzalez), head brewer (Krosche), or facilities manager (Heine).”
Live music will follow at all locations, with Adobe Disco on the downtown stage (7-11 p.m.), RJ Perez at Westside (7-10 p.m.), and DJ Flo Fader at the Heights (7-10 p.m.).
“Then we’re closing everything up (Sunday) with the Monsoon Music Festival,” Lucero said. “That’s a huge lineup, all-day music.”
The lineup for the downtown stage:
- 12-12:15: Danny Roses
- 12:20-12:35: Micah Thunder
- 12:40-12:55: Justin Nunez
- 1:10-1:40: Willa Jay
- 1:50-2:35: JD Nash
- 2:45-3:20: Van Ripper
- 3:30-4:10: Lowmello
- 4:20-5: Just Velvet
- 5:10-5:50: Jimmy Climbs
- 6-6:40: Mango Cakes
Overall, it sure looks like a classic Marble event extravaganza, maybe minus just the street closures of the pre-pandemic era. It is certainly a lot for Levine to take on, but she was up for the challenge when she took the job.
“It’s intimidating, but luckily I have Geraldine teaching me the ways,” Levine said. “She’s been an awesome mentor, helps me with whatever I need. I really appreciate that. I’m trying to bring back all the bands that were really popular, but I also want to come out with something new, something fresh.”
Lucero was happy to hand off some of her responsibilities so she focus her attention elsewhere.
“She’s doing an awesome job, honestly,” Lucero said. “We all work really closely together. I knew I was ready to grow in a different direction. But, luckily, we’re there for each other to help each other out. I can see her grow into this position. She has so many new ideas. Whenever you’re in the same position for so long, you can feel like you’re in a rut. So it’s really refreshing to have someone on the team saying, ‘Hey, let’s try this out.’ She’s fitting in right, she’s doing her (own) damn thing. I’m really proud of her.”
A big thanks to Geraldine and Amy for taking the time to sit down and chat. They immediately then resumed hanging decorations throughout the taproom, proving the work is never down at 111 Marble.
Happy anniversary, Marble Brewery!