Buzz Grows As Albuqueque Brews Up Beer Week

By CraftBeer.com May 15, 2012

Albuquerque, NM: Catapulting off the success of the 1st ABQ Beer Week in 2011, Albuquerque is preparing for its 2nd annual ABQ Beer Week May 17-27. This 11 day series of events was conceived by the creators of www.abqbeergeek.com and Feel Good Festivals with the purpose of joining the community in celebration of great beers, local music and amazing venues.

Patrick Cavanaugh and Marne Gaston, co-creators of ABQ Beer Week, were thrilled by the success of the first year.
“Our 1st year was so well-received by the community that  this year we have increased the number of events and venues in hopes of inspiring even more people to support great beer in Albuquerque,” said Cavanaugh. 
Gaston adds” The power of social media and word of mouth is amazing; we are thrilled with the support we have gotten from the community.”

Gaston credits the success to the accessibility of the events saying, “Albuquerque Beer Week is a barley-filled celebration with something for everyone: local microbrew tastings, exciting tours, incredible food events, and some of the best bands that Albuquerque has to offer!”

Albuquerque Beer Week has over 40 events,  kicking off with an official pairing dinner at Chama River Brewing Company. New events this year include; Marble Beer 101. This event is specifically tailored for those looking to increase their beer knowledge and will highlight the understanding and tasting of 10 classic beers styles. Class entry fee is $10. RSVP through ABQbeerweek.com or Marble Brewery.

Also new this year is Beer Triva at Imbibe Cigar Bar.  Albuquerque beer experts can show off their knowledge on Friday, May 25th. Team registration begins at 6 pm.

Additionally, there are a slew of free events taking place throughout the week, including five consecutive special beer releases at Two Fools Tavern. Russell Reid, General Manager of Two Fools Tavern agreed to participate again this year after the great response from hosting events in 2011. “Our customers and our staff enjoyed it… everyone had a great time,” said Reid.

The US craft brewing industry has been growing steadily and cities across the country have been organizing beer celebrations to promote the industry. These beer weeks include a great number of beer tastings, brewers’ dinners and other events celebrating craft beer. Breweries, retailers, bars, restaurants and beer writers participate in beer weeks by helping bring greater awareness to a region’s craft beers. Cities such as Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago all boast successful beer weeks.

Albuquerque Beer Week’s objective is to bring a greater awareness of craft beer in the Albuquerque area. They aim to accomplish this by providing a website that beer drinkers can peruse and locate beer related events taking place during the week, getting more people excited and involved with the craft beer scene. Abqbeerweek.com will also provide a forum for businesses to promote their beer week efforts. Albuquerque Beer Week culminates with the ABQ Blues & Brews Festival on May 27 at Sandia Resort & Casino with great blues and unlimited samples of local and regional brews.  Tickets for general admission tasting are $25 in advance/$30 at the door and $35 for VIP tickets/$40 at door.  However, tickets are only available while supplies last. Please note that tickets were sold out for ABQ Blues & Brews in 2011 and there were no tickets available at the gate.

Please contact Marne Gaston at marne@feelgoodfestivals.com or visit www.abqbeerweek.com for more information.

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