Monday, April 25, 2011

Bock it to Me

Public transportation is under-utilized by all but the smelliest of people here in Albuquerque. I wish I could say I took advantage of the bus routes that go right by my house, but I just complain about my car's mpg and gas prices and getting stuck behind buses when I drive. But on Saturday, May 21, I may actually leave the car at home and let the city do the driving. Not on a bus, but on the Rail Runner train, which conveniently has a stop in Santa Fe just about 1/4 of a mile from Santa Fe Brewing Co., host of the 2011 BockFest. The event starts at noon and goes till 6 pm, with eight regional breweries taking part. Marble, Santa Fe, Tractor, Second Street, Rio Grande, Blue Corn, Chama River, and Turtle Mountain will each be pouring a Bock beer and other styles as well. Patrons can cast a vote for their favorite Bock of the fest and the brewery with the most votes receives the Bock trophy to display in their pub. There will be free shuttle transportation from the Rail Runner station to the BockFest. Tickets are limited in order to allow for plenty of sampling time with minimum standing in line time. Tickets cost $15 for the fest and are available at participating breweries and also online at Music will be provided by Albuquerque's hottest oompah band, Die Polka-schlingel. To get a taste of what this band is about, visit, where you can purchase their CD for only $18.25! What a bargain, right? Come on, think of what you paid for that Radiohead album...this band will grab you by the schlingel and won't let go! The world tour of music continues with reggae-ish Crazy Fool and Cajun-ish Gumbo Project.

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