Albuquerque + Craft Beer = Love

All craft beer enthusiasts near and far will delight in the Albuquerque Beer Week 2016 (ABW16) event schedule.

Albuquerque, NM: Craft beer enthusiasts will be flooding our local breweries, bars, restaurants and streets celebrating the great beers that New Mexico has to offer.      

ABW16 kicks off May 26 and pours through June 5 with over a 130 events, including a return favorite the 6th Annual ABQ Blues & Brews festival at Sandia Resort & Casino which features unlimited sampling from more than 70 breweries, cideries and distilleries.

ABW16 was conceived by the Patrick Cavanaugh of and Marne Gaston of Feel Good Festivals with the purpose of joining the community in celebration of great beers, local music and amazing venues.  

If you want to try out multiple breweries during ABW16, check out the Hopper: Hop-on, Hop-off Brew Cruise with ABQ Trolley during ABW16. Hop-off and enjoy discounts at 5 breweries over 3 hours on May 27.

Lagunitas Brewing Co. is bringing some new flavors to ABW16 mashing beer & apples in their GravensTimeApple-esque Beer at Nob Hill Bar & Grill on May 31. 

Always looking for new flavors, breweries are showcasing multiple barrel-aged beers for ABW16.  Gaston says, “Beers can be aged in tequila, bourbon, whiskey and even wine barrels. Many of the beers are wonderful to begin with, but this aging process makes them even more complex.” Some of the breweries showcasing barrel-aged beers are Ballast Point, Tractor Brewing Co., Boulder Beer, Ska Brewing, and Rio Bravo Brewing Co.

Food is also big on the menu this year. “Look for beer paired with almost anything this year.  Cheese, sausage, brats, pizza, chocolate and more,” says Cavanaugh. “We have over 25 food-related events this year including pairings, brunch and dinners.”

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. will also provide a forum for businesses to promote their beer week efforts.

Contact Marne Gaston at or visit for more information.