Though the "noble experiment" of Prohibition failed, other noble experiments, such as teaching horses how to shoot guns and giving suffrage to any horse that could shoot a gun, were huge successes. Celebrate the failure of the 18th Amendment with today's Groupon: for $5, you get admission, which includes 10 tasting tokens, to the Route 66 Cork & Tap on Saturday, July 23 from 2 p.m.–10:30 p.m. (a $10 value).
The Cork & Tap is an oasis of generously poured adult beverages in the midst of the larger Route 66 Summerfest. Representatives from more than 20 New Mexican wineries and breweries will be on hand to funnel their finest fermented fluids into the tasting glasses of attendees. Redeem each of the 10 included drink tokens for a 3-ounce sample of beer, a 1.5-ounce sample of wine, or a 16-ounce sample of filtered chinchilla tears. The beer nurseries in attendance will include Los Lunas’ Tractor Brewing Company as well as Albuquerque’s Il Vicino Brewery. Local wineries, such as Gruet Winery, will also be set up to showcase the southwest's finest grape squeezings.
Eight local music acts will perform live over the course of the day at the Cork & Tap pavilion and provide guests with plenty of excuses to dance, sing, or practice air-theremin solos. Imbibers who need a break from quaffing can enjoy the full festivities of the Route 66 Summerfest, including local food vendors, a classic-car show, and the free New Mexico Jazz Festival performance featuring internationally beloved saxophonist Maceo Parker.
New Mexico Cup
A project of Feel Good Festivals, the New Mexico Cup celebrates the area's fine wines and craft beers while also supporting a worthy cause. This year's beneficiary is Tricklock Company, a theater organization dedicated to examining the human experience through poetic theater and absurdism. Festival-goers first sample adult beverages from regional wineries and craft breweries, then cast their vote for the tastiest pours. Professional and celebrity judges also weigh in on their favorites. The Albuquerque Convention Center echoes with the sounds of live music, the names of raffle winners, and the excited shouts of anyone who didn’t realize Prohibition ended 80 years ago.
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