ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Beer enthusiasts from New Mexico and beyond will be ready to taste what Albuquerque has to offer when the seventh annual Albuquerque Beer Week starts Thursday.
Organizers expect about 12,000 people to attend one of more than 100 events spread across 11 days.
"We start working on Albuquerque Beer Week as soon as it ends," said Marne Gaston, the event producer.
Instead of competition, the event is about collaboration among Albuquerque’s many breweries. They will be serving beers from other breweries at their tap rooms, and some beers were created by brewers from more than one business.
"Ten breweries got together in April, brewed a beer for Albuquerque Beer Week, and it will be tapped on May 27 at all 10 locations," Gaston said.
Organizers are seeing tickets purchased from out of state, and out of the country.
"We just like to get more people out here to see how awesome and amazing Albuquerque is," Gaston said.
To make sure everyone gets around safely, they’ll have shuttles from some Albuquerque Rail Runner stations, and Uber code FGF2017 will get new users a free ride. Ticket prices vary with each event.
"Albuquerque beer week has a lot of free events, you can just come in and sample beers, or there are full on beer dinners, 5 courses for $65," Gaston said.
If beer isn’t your thing, there will be some other options.
"Along with beer there are food pairings, we have ciders, we have wine," Gaston said.
There are events every day through June 4. You’ll find a full schedule here: http://www.abqbeerweek.com/