Editor’s note: This is the first of our correspondent reviews of key Beer Week events that the Crew members were not able to attend. We called upon Kristin of the ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group to give us the lowdown on how things went at Marble. Needless to say, aside from the weather, it was a tasty event. And don’t forget, if you missed this one, there is always the second event at Marble Westside on Wednesday. — Stoutmeister

Folks, that is formal presentation right there. Kudos to Marble!

Folks, that is formal presentation right there. Kudos to Marble!

It was a blustery day at Brew Corner; not exactly the kind of weather one would expect this far into May. Yet, here I was, soaked and shivering, heading in to Marble’s Downtown location for one of my favorite events of Beer Weeks’ past — Beer, Cheese, & More. Lucky for me and my BC&M Buddy, Brennan, the rain didn’t dampen our spirits or our enjoyment of this year’s offering.

Before I get to the beer itself, I feel the need to give a huge shout-out to the team at Marble. This year was by far the smoothest I have seen this event run. Even with all the chaos of everyone coming in from the rain, I received my tray in an extremely timely manner and the servers, while busy, never once made us feel like the crowd was a burden. Well done, all!

This year’s pairings were as follows.

Pairing 1: Rauchbier and Jasper Hills Landaff Holstein
Pairing 2: Maibock and Uniekaas Truffle Gouda
Pairing 3: Double White and Wensleydayle with Cranberries
Pairing 4: Brett IPA and Igor Gorgonzola
Pairing 5: Oatmeal Stout and Piave Vecchio

The attention that went into these pairings was evident as the cheeses were able to bring out flavors that I had never noticed in these beers before. The smokiness of the Holstein brought out a maltiness in the Rauchbier that I missed before. There were spicy finishing notes in the Maibock that I discovered for the first time when I washed down the Gouda it was paired with. The cranberry Wensleydayle almost muted the sweetness of the Double White completely, however, and was not my favorite pairing. The Brett IPA and the Gorgonzola were in a fun, power-flavor battle, though I lost some of the fruitiness in the beer that I enjoy. I was surprised by how much I liked the pairing of the stout and Piave Vecchio, as the hard cheese added a nice creaminess to the stout texture that I really enjoyed.

All that being said, the real fun of the beer and cheese pairing is then trying all the cheeses with all the beers. Some combos were immediately bad (Maibock and Piave Vecchio — just no), while others tasted better to me than how they were paired for us (the cranberry brought out the fruit notes in the Brett IPA beautifully).

Brennan somehow takes an innocent photo and makes it look kinda naughty.

Brennan somehow takes an innocent photo and makes it look kinda naughty.

At the end of the evening, here are the parings enjoyed most by Brennan and I.

Rauchbier and Jasper Hills Landaff Holstein (though the Oatmeal Stout with this was also wonderful)
Maibock and Uniekaas Truffle Gouda
Double White and Igor Gorgonzola
Brett IPA and Weneslydayle with Cranberries (my favorite pairing of the evening)
Oatmeal Stout and Piave Vecchio

Rauchbier and Gorgonzola
Maibock and Landaff Holstein
Double White and Uniekaas Truffle Gouda
Brett IPA and Weneslydayle with Cranberries
Oatmeal Stout and Piave Vecchio


— Kristin

And so it begins!

No, things are not slowing down today. You just have to fight harder to keep up!

The rain be damned, that was a pretty damn fine start to ABQ Beer Week on Thursday. Whether you were indulging in some beer and cheese (and other foods) at Marble, or snagging a pint of the Strawberry Cream Malpais at Two Fools, or the Oak Aged Wake Up Dead at Nob Hill Bar & Grill, or hell, just doing your local duty with the 505 Collaboration Session IPA, it was a good day. Remember, they only brewed up 10 barrels total of the 505 to split between eight breweries (Boxing Bear, Canteen, Chama River, La Cumbre, Marble, Nexus, Ponderosa, Turtle Mountain), so get over and try some ASAP. I am not exaggerating when I say it might be the best session IPA that I have ever tasted. If you are at Canteen, don’t forget to snag a pint of Hopspitality IPA while that lasts during ABW.

So anyway, onto Day Two, which features 11 events at 13 venues across the city. Let us all hope for better weather and equally good, if not better, beer. Though it will be hard to top the 505 and the Wake Up Dead. Jeebus, those were wonderful …

Featured event

Every day we will pick what we consider the biggest, most interesting, most unique event. This does not mean you should go to only this event and ignore the rest. All of them deserve your attention, but realistically, you can probably only attend a few. So we will make our daily pick, and you can either jump on it, or declare the Crew is foolish (we kinda are) and pick your own.

What: Beer and Bowling with Tractor. Where: Silva Lanes. When: 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: No cover charge.

Details: Start cranking out those Big Lebowski one-liners, people! The good folks at Tractor are teaming up with Silva Lanes for a night of bowling and beer. They will be serving up 20-ounce pours of Farmer’s Tan Red Ale for just $3, plus you can buy cans of Almanac IPA and Mustachio Milk Stout if you like to keep your options open. A number of bowling lanes will be reserved, but don’t panic, you do not have to bowl to participate in the fun. A whole lot of the Tractor staff will be present and participating as well, so come hang out in an even less formal atmosphere than Tractor itself. And, you know, bowl a game while always remembering, “The Dude abides.”

Why you should go: Dudes, you have to get off the bar stools at least once. So go bowl, the one “sport” that does not require much athletic skill. Bust out your tackiest clothes. Wear some ridiculous shoes. And drink beer and have fun, because that is what Beer Week is all about.

All the other great events

What: Samuel Adams Summer Ale Tasting. Where: Total Wine (both locations). When: 1 to 3 p.m. (Cottonwood), 4 to 6 p.m. (Uptown). Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free samples of the popular Summer Ale. Why you should go: Free beer (samples)!

What: Abita Special Tapping. Where: Anodyne. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Anodyne will serve up a keg of Bourbon Street Imperial Stout that was aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels. Why you should go: If you love dark beer, and you know we do, this is one that cannot be missed.

What: Mother Road Sampling. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The good folks from Flagstaff are bringing out some of their beers for you to sample. The three main bottled beers will be available, including the excellent Lost Highway Imperial Black IPA. Why you should go: Mother Road is one of the best breweries in Arizona, so if you have never tried their beer before, this is a great way to learn about all what they have to offer.

What: New Belgium Pint Night. Where: Gecko’s (both locations). When: 4 to 6 p.m. (North), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Nob Hill). Cost: No cover charge. Details: Head over to either Gecko’s for a pint of New Belgium’s new “test pint,” Opening Day Golden Ale. Why you should go: Well, OK, we’re a bit far into the baseball season for it to be a true opening day beer, but nonetheless, this is a chance to try a new NB beer and also grab some great food from Gecko’s menu.

What: Left Hand Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 5 p.m. until the supply runs out. Cost: No cover charge. Details: A keg of Introvert Session IPA will be opened. Why you should go: It’s a new beer, it’s from Left Hand so it’s probably darned good, and as a session IPA you will be OK to go try other beers, either at Two Fools or elsewhere. Plus, we’re pretty sure it will go great with Fish & Chips.

What: Goose Island Migration. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Bar manager Thomas DeCaro is from the Chicago area, so he has called in the big guns from the Windy City in the form of Sofie, The Ogden, The Illinois, and oh, yeah, our old friend the Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout. Why you should go: BCB Coffee Stout is all the reason you need. Oh, fine, and get something good to eat while you are there.

What: Appetizer Pairing with St. Bernardus, Verhaeghe and Belzebuth. Where: Shade Tree Customs & Cafe. When: 5 to 11 p.m. Cost: $17 for an appetizer tray. Details: The beers are St. Bernardus Abt 12, Verhaeghe Eckt Kriekenbier, and Belzebuth. The planned pairings are, respectively, mesquite-smoked chicken wings with red chile and cinnamon, white wine-steamed mussels, and chocolate plus marscapone cheese on a salted water cracker with a cherry on top. Why you should go: St. Bernardus Abt 12 is a clone of Westvleteren 12, considered by some to be the best beer in the world. Read about it here. Shade Tree Customs & Cafe is the first in the state to have this beer on tap. Representatives from D & V International, Inc., the U.S. importer of fine Belgian beers, will be in attendance to answer questions. — Amy O

What: Patio Invasion with NM Craft Brewing. Where: Stereo Bar. When: 5 to 10 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Adam was able to get some info on the beers from the Las Vegas-based NMCBC. There will be a special raffle where if you buy a pint, you get a raffle ticket to win a ticket to Blues & Brews. You are limited to three pints per customer and three tickets total. The beers on tap will be IPA, Red, Wry Blonde, Oatmeal Stout, Vapor (similar to a steam beer), and Sweet Stout. Why you should go: The opportunities to try beers from elsewhere in the state, besides Santa Fe, usually require a long drive out of town. Head over to Stereo Bar and enjoy some unique beers without having to rack up the mileage.

What: La Cumbre Tap Takeover. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 5 to 9 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: La Cumbre beers will take over the taps at the R&B location on Montgomery. Why you should go: If you are in the Northeast Heights and lacking in classic ‘80s rock, grab a pint of Elevated (we assume it will be there) and kick back with one of those giant R&B pretzels while listening to the tunes they play all night, loudly throughout the joint.

What: Stouts & Stogies. Where: Imbibe Cigar Bar. When: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge listed. Details: They are serving Picobrouwerij Alvinne Podge Belgian Imperial Stout and will have a professional cigar roller on site. Why you should go: A unique foreign stout and, for those who like them, cigars.

Special ongoing events

All throughout Beer Week, these two events will be running.

Brewery Scavenger Hunt at lululemon athletica at ABQ Uptown
Where: lululemon athletica ABQ Uptown and various other participating sites. When: Today through May 31. What: Pick up a scavenger pass at lululemon and head to six of nine participating locations. Take photos with your pass at the locations and then bring it all back to lululemon to be redeemed for a special pint glass. Participating sites: Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours, Duke City Trolley, Tractor, La Cumbre, Red Door, Marble, Chama River, The Grain Station, Rock & Brews

Smoked Meats Week
Where: Sandia Chile Grill When: 3 to 8 p.m., from today through Saturday, May 30
What: Beer and smoked meat pairing; beers are $3.50 per pint, $6 per 10-ounce mead sample
Today — Pulled Pork, Milk Stout
Saturday — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Dirty Steve Mead (9.5% ABV)
Sunday — Baby Back Ribs, Legacy Mead (9.2% ABV)
Monday — Smoked Sausage, Rattlesnake IPA
Tuesday — Potato Stuffer, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen
Wednesday — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Gold Rush Pilsner
Thursday — Smoked Salmon Platter, Red Ranger Irish Red
May 29 — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Rattlesnake IPA
May 30 — Smoked Meat Sample Platter, Rattlesnake and Red Ranger and Milk Stout ($3 per 10-ounce)

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Got any questions, comments, complaints, send them to nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, or leave them here on our site, on Facebook, or on Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).

Enjoy yourselves out there, but please, do it responsibly.


— Stoutmeister

Want to join? Just find a Brew Crew member out and about during ABQ Beer Week.

Want to join? Just find a Brew Crew member out and about during ABQ Beer Week.

Before the Ballast Point Draft Kickoff Party began at Nob Hill Bar & Grill on Wednesday night, yours truly made a stop by Tractor Wells Park to talk to co-owner Skye Devore about a new initiative involving the New Mexico Brewers Guild and its member breweries. As the guilds do in other states, the NMBG is now offering up a special membership for the most ardent supporters of craft beer in our state. The Dark Side Brew Crew has agreed to help out with this endeavor, so to start with, let us explain just what it is all about.

It costs $40 to become an Enthusiast Member. That money, just like at Guild-sponsored festivals, is then used by the Guild in its lobby efforts with the State Legislature in Santa Fe. As you all might remember, the Guild scored a number of big wins for craft brewing at this year’s legislative session and the hope is to continue that. How important can lobbying be? Well, as Skye pointed out, it costs $25 to get a wine grower’s license in New Mexico. A small brewing license costs $1,000. That is what the power of well-funded lobbying can do. As our craft brewing industry expands in New Mexico, it nonetheless runs into a lot of issues involving state and local governments. If we want that growth to continue in a positive manner, creating revenue and local jobs for our community, the Guild needs more help than ever.

Of course, this is not just you donating to the Guild. Fear not, you will get something back. Actually, you will get a long of things back. Maybe the biggest one is that you will be able to participate in the preliminary round of the 2015 IPA Challenge. There are now far more breweries than available spots in the Challenge. Last year 16 breweries competed, but with the state now pushing 40 breweries total, it could make life hard on the Guild to decide who gets in and who does not. For the record, the State of New Mexico has capped the Challenge at 16 when it is held in any city. There is a loophole, though, in that the Challenge could be held at a tribal casino. So the plan this year is to hold a preliminary round with 24 entries. Enthusiast Members will get to try them and pick not just one favorite but 12 favorites. Those 12 will then advance to the main rounds of the IPA Challenge, which will be held in July in Santa Fe, Las Cruces, and Albuquerque. So if you are a true hophead, this is a unique experience you can’t pass up. It will likely be held the last weekend in June, though that and the location is still TBD.

Beyond the Challenge, there will be other benefits. There should be some swag from the Guild, possibly including pint glasses and more. You will receive special discounts and other fun stuff during Guild-sponsored festivals throughout the state. And though all the details have yet to be ironed out, many of the Guild-affiliated breweries will be offering up certain mug club prices for Enthusiast Members. Tractor, for instance, will likely offer Beer Farmer pricing on growler sales. Other breweries might give you pint discounts, or special offers on clothing and pint glasses. Each brewery will make their own decisions. You will also receive a weekly beer news email, with links to stories from us in the Brew Crew and from the breweries themselves, plus maybe some special stories for members only (we’re still working out the details on all of that, too).

For now, signing up is easy. Just look for Brew Crew members out at ABQ Beer Week events. We will have sign-up sheets with us. All we need is your name and email and the Guild will contact you when everything is set in stone. If you are worried about not being able to find us, follow us on social media via Facebook or Twitter (@nmdarksidebc). We will let you know where we are so you can meet us. Or if you are not a social media person, get at us via email (nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com) and we will let you all know.

If you have any additional questions, you have all of those means to ask us electronically, or you can ask us in person when you see us. We will do our best to answer everything and look for a follow-up post when the Guild formally sets all the benefits in place to being an Enthusiast Member.


— Stoutmeister

And so it begins!

And so it begins!

Hello, Albuquerque beer lovers! And everyone else coming to town. ABQ Beer Week is here, a monolithic, 11-day series of events (167 total!) that is all about expressing our love of craft beer. The entire Crew, plus some special correspondents, will be doing our best to cover as many events as we can. Are we going to be everywhere? No, but I can guarantee you that we will be previewing every single event every day. Day in and day out, we will summarize every event and give you all the info you need to know to plan your days and nights of beer-drinking fun.

From time to time, we will run separate, larger previews for key events (most notably for Blues & Brews on Sunday and Battle of the Beer Geeks II on Monday). I have all of our active Crew members (myself, Franz Solo, Brandon, AmyO, Adam) working on stories, only Luke is exempt because, damn it, he has earned some time off for all of his hard work in Santa Fe. And, also, he lives in Santa Fe, so if he is going to come down here at all, we’re just gonna let him have some fun. Oh, and Reid is exempt as well since he lives in Los Alamos and is plenty busy working at the Labs and also writing up a preview of Bathtub Row Brewing’s grand opening and the upcoming Pajarito Mountain SummerFest.

OK, so let us get down to Day One of ABQ Beer Week. Here on Thursday we have … 19 events?! Jeez, Marne Gaston, you and your awesome staff and team of volunteers are clearly trying to kill us from the get-go. (Please note, if there was such as thing as sarcasm font, that last sentence would be in said font.)

Featured event

Every day we will pick what we consider the biggest, most interesting, most unique event. This does not mean you should go to only this event and ignore the rest. All of them deserve your attention, but realistically, you can probably only attend a few. So we will make our daily pick, and you can either jump on it, or declare the Crew is foolish (we kinda are) and pick your own.

So on this day of 19 events, which one stands out to us? Why, that would be the annual Beer, Cheese, and More at Marble Brewery.

“Beer and cheese pair beautifully, and we like to highlight this each year with our annual beer and cheese event,” said Amberley Rice, Marble’s director of marketing, in an email to the Crew.

This event costs $20 and reservations are highly recommended. Call Marble at (505) 243-2739, or sign up via their website.

The full beer/food pairing menu is as follows:

Holstein Uniekaas–Rauchbier
Truffle Gouda–Maibock
Cranberry–Double White
Igor Gorgonzola–Brett IPA
Vecchio–Oatmeal Stout
Castelvaltrano Olives
Marcona Spanish Almonds
Peruvian Sweet Pepper Drops
Water Crackers

Sounds like some pretty good stuff. In addition, two of the top local bands, Porter Draw and Red Light Cameras, will split time on the patio stage from 7 to 10 p.m., weather permitting (if necessary they will crowd onto the small stage inside the taproom).

Our special correspondent Kristin will have a full recap in the near future. Keep an eye out for it!

All the other great events

What: Oude Orval: Cellared Orval Limited Release. Where: Shade Tree Customs & Cafe. When: All day. RSVP only for cellared Orval. Others may attend and while it lasts will receive the new, but not cellared, Orval. Cost: $10. Details: As of the Monday, there are two spots left for the cellared Orval. If you RSVP, it will be set aside with your name on it. To RSVP, email shadetreecustoms.cafe@gmail.com. According to Shade Tree General Manager Josh Berry, there will be a food pairing offered at an additional cost (cost and item description unavailable at time of preview). Why you should go: Because we don’t all have a beer cellar with Oude Orval in it, do we? Plus, a Merchant du Vin representative will be there.

What: Hopspitality IPA Release. Where: Canteen Brewhouse. When: All day. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The annual specialty IPA is back for Beer Week and will be on tap when the doors open at noon. Why you should go: Start your day off right with a pint of this and a Piggly Wiggly for lunch. At least that is my plan.

What: 505 Collaboration Beer Release. Where: Boxing Bear, Canteen, Chama River, La Cumbre, Marble, Nexus, Ponderosa, Turtle Mountain. When: All of Beer Week or until supply runs out. Cost: No cover charge. Details: I got to be on hand when this year’s 505 was brewed at Chama River. They only made 10 barrels divided among eight breweries, so the supply will go fast. This is a session IPA in name only. Josh Trujillo, Zach Guilmette, and everyone else hopped the holy living hell out of this thing. You’re welcome, hopheads. Why you should go: Dear lord, you need a reason for this one? When has the 505 disappointed you, I ask? That’s right, go get some.

What: Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat Tasting. Where: Total Wine (both locations). When: 1 to 3 p.m. (Cottonwood), 4 to 6 p.m. (Uptown). Cost: No cover charge. Details: Stop by either Total Wine to try some samples of Blue Moon’s summer seasonal. Why you should go: Free beer samples. Need we say more? Plus, you can always stock up on take-home beers while you are there.

What: Thirsty Thursday Beer & Pizza Special. Where: Cazuela’s. When: 2 to 6 p.m. Cost: $7.99. Details: You get an 8-inch pizza of your choice paired with either Acapulco Gold, Piedra del Fuego (our pick), or Panama Red. Why you should go: If you are out on the west side and looking for something to eat and drink before heading into town for the other events, how can you beat this offer?

What: Krombacher Tap Takeover and Stein Night. Where: Heimat House. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: I could type something up, but Franz Solo had all this to say:

Krombacher Stein night at Heimat House: Let’s get down to brass tax, I am most definitely a fan of Heimat House, the cuisine is splendid and the selection of rare beers on tap is outstanding as well. Tonight from 4-7 they will have a limited number of Krombacher half-liter steins to give out on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition to Krombacher Pilsner and Dunkel we will have a chance to drink their Weizen as well. Half-liter pours will run you $4.50 apiece, which is a nice discount of one to two dollars off the regular price. These three are some solid offerings of good German brews, so head on down and enjoy the libations and outstanding cuisine! — FS

What: Brouwerij St. Bernadaus & Brouwerij Verhaeghe Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Samples of two of the finest beers from Belgium will be available for free. Why you should go: Prep your palate for the rest of the night, plus you can always pick up some beers for after hours once you have safely returned home and are done being out for the night. You know Jubilation will have plenty of awesome offerings.

What: Wild Beer Co. Somerset Wild Sour Ale Release. Where: Sister Bar. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: All the way from the U.K., Wild Beer’s Somerset Wild Sour Ale will make its ABQ debut. Why you should go: See how the English take on a sour ale and compare it to some of the more popular American versions. Take note, there are live bands performing after 9, so make sure to clear out before then to avoid paying the $7 cover (unless you want to stay and listen, of course).

UPDATED >>> What: La Cumbre Special Firkin Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 5 p.m. until the supply runs out. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Two Fools listed it as a Strawberry Cream Ale, but LC brewer Jeff Erway said it is almost certainly the Strawberry Gose that was released on Wednesday, ableit in cask form. NOPE. It’s actually a Strawberry Malpais Stout. Why you should go: It’s a special new LC beer, on cask no less, at a place that serves amazing food and has plenty of other beer on tap. Do you really need a reason?

What: Colorado Brewing Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s Nob Hill. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Brace yourselves for not one but three Colorado breweries’ offerings all available for sampling at the same time. We do not have a list of the exact beers, but between Left Hand, New Belgium, and Oskar Blues, there will be plenty of options. Why you should go: Dude, it’s three breweries’ wares being sampled at one location. Plus, you can stick around and fill your belly with delicious food to help soak up all the beer.

What: Second Annual Sierra Nevada Sausage & Cheese Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $5 for sausage and cheese tray (beer not included). Please reserve tickets by calling (505) 293-1122. Details: Buy a tray of sausage and cheese, then go off the list of suggestions with which Sierra Nevada beers go best with which food items. Why you should go: Expand and educate your palate, especially for those who can’t/won’t get out of the Northeast Heights. It’s food and beer. Trust us, they go great together.

What: Left Hand/New Belgium Special Tappings. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 6 to 11 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Not one but two special beers will be tapped in the form of Left Hand’s Oak Aged Wake Up Dead imperial stout and New Belgium’s Cocoa Mole. Why you should go: They oak-aged some Wake Up Dead. Holy mother of … anyway, that plus a spicy kick of mole with some cocoa in the NB concoction will make us some happy drinkers.

What: ABQ Beer Week Dinner. Where: Chama River. When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $45 per person. Reservations required, call (505) 342-1800. Details: Chef Goza and Brewer Zach’s first beer dinner collaboration is a doozy. The theme here is spring itself. For your $45, you get Shoulder of Spring Pig paired with Rio Chama Amber Ale, Spring Salad with Class VI Golden Lager (2014 GABF gold medal winner), Butter Poached Black Cod with Midas Well IPA, Spring Lamb with Smoke ‘Em Out Porter, and Spring Fruit Shortcake with Lemon Jester Saison. Why you should go: Because fat (for the night), drunk (please get a DD), and smart (see the previous two) is the way to go through life.

What: Oskar Blues Special Tapping. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 7 to 10 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Old favorites like Mama’s Lil’ Yella’ Pils and G’Knight will be on tap, plus Old Chub Nitro and a special, surprise beer. Why you should go: Who doesn’t like surprises? Plus, even if that isn’t to your liking, Old Chub Nitro should be to everyone’s liking.

What: Thirsty Thursday. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 8 to 10 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Local musician Keith Sanchez will perform. Why you should go: After all that fun, wouldn’t you just like to kick back at Wells Park? Enjoy some tunes, sip on your last pint of the night, and let all your worries melt away. Oh, and we recommend calling in “sick” on Friday.

Special ongoing events

All throughout Beer Week, these two events will be running.

Brewery Scavenger Hunt at lululemon athletica at ABQ Uptown
Where: lululemon athletica ABQ Uptown and various other participating sites. When: Today through May 31. What: Pick up a scavenger pass at lululemon and head to six of nine participating locations. Take photos with your pass at the locations and then bring it all back to lululemon to be redeemed for a special pint glass. Participating sites: Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours, Duke City Trolley, Tractor, La Cumbre, Red Door, Marble, Chama River, The Grain Station, Rock & Brews

Smoked Meats Week
Where: Sandia Chile Grill When: 3 to 8 p.m., from today through Saturday, May 30
What: Beer and smoked meat pairing; beers are $3.50 per pint, $6 per 10-ounce mead sample
Today — Pulled Chicken, Rattlesnake IPA
Friday — Pulled Pork, Milk Stout
Saturday — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Dirty Steve Mead (9.5% ABV)
Sunday — Baby Back Ribs, Legacy Mead (9.2% ABV)
Monday — Smoked Sausage, Rattlesnake IPA
Tuesday — Potato Stuffer, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen
Wednesday — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Gold Rush Pilsner
May 28 — Smoked Salmon Platter, Red Ranger Irish Red
May 29 — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Rattlesnake IPA
May 30 — Smoked Meat Sample Platter, Rattlesnake and Red Ranger and Milk Stout ($3 per 10-ounce)

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Got any questions, comments, complaints, send them to nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, or leave them here on our site, on Facebook, or on Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).

Enjoy yourselves out there, but please, do it responsibly.


— Stoutmeister


It was a whirlwind of fun again, Santa Fe! Cheers!

Everyone recaps events differently. Keeping that in mind, my experience of Outside Bike & Brew was entirely personal in such a way that it would take me several millions of words to really describe it to you. However, Stoutmeister would Force-choke me if I tried that. (You would be lucky if that was all I did when I’m buried in ABQ Beer Week prep. — S) So instead, here’s a few pictures and highlights of this year’s festival that went down in Santa Fe this past weekend.


Day 1: From the Maple Bacon-infused Java Stout poured through R2Beer2, to new stuff from Second Street, including their delicious High Wheeler Pale Ale, plus Project Dank from La Cumbre, some vanilla creamy goodness from Red Door, and a whole lot of samplin’ goin’ on, this was certainly a festival for craft beer lovers. My pick for glass of the night was Velo IPA from Blue Corn Brewery. Could this be a contender in the upcoming IPA Challenge? Maybe!


Bicycle companies like Reeb, Durango Bike Company, and Samsara Cycles came out to discuss cycling, trails, and shop with other gear heads. Is that a pun?


The gathering at the Railyard was one of the highlights of the festival. The huge crowd proved it.


Day 2: Well, it snowed in the morning, but the weather got a little nicer toward the start of the event. And mud or not, people came out for the food, music, and beer!


There were shenanigans in skirts, pouring in pink boots, hanging out with homebrewers, and beer talk with the beautiful folks of the Beer Trale! Cheers!


On Saturday, the breweries poured just as hard as the rain the day before, but with a few new twists on tap, like Santa Fe’s Freestyle infused with Tamarind. And look, I grabbed event coordinator and our very own Beer Ambassador, Chris Goblet, for an elevated selfie!


Day 3: On Sunday, the sun came out, and so did folks, one more time, to listen to some great bluegrass and say “Hoppy Trails” to Marble Brewery. Hopefully, once they’re settled in the UNM complex later this year, they’ll once again set their sights on the City Different! Farewell old friend! Thanks for all the great pours!


There were great beers, lots of die-hard cyclists who braved the elements, and there were beards. Didn’t I promise you beards? I did! I spent good time with old friends and made a few new ones. Cheers to a great Bike & Brew! I’ll definitely be there again next year!

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A major thanks to everyone involved. Thank you, Chris Goblet, and your hard-working team to make this another successful and fun event. The only thing you guys couldn’t control was the weather, and I’m sure, sir, you’re working on that. Special thank you to Julie Ruth, of IG: @CraftWhores and Loka Creative, whose part-brain-child/labor-of-love came to fruition as the perfect pairing of bikes and great craft beer in a setting so perfect for both. Cheers to all of the other organizers, vendors, security, media, and of course all of you who braved the cold on those snowy rides; all of you who came out in your boots to dance to psychobilly in the mud; and all of you who came to send Marble off in true Santa Fe style. Thank you, Santa Fe, for once again reminding me why I love this town. See you next year at Bike & Brew, rain or shine!


— Luke


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Soon these amazing beers will be ours!

Soon these amazing beers will be ours!

So in case you have somehow missed the huge news, Ballast Point Brewing of San Diego will be making their New Mexico debut tonight (Wednesday) at Nob Hill Bar & Grill at 7 p.m. There will be 10 different Ballast Point beers on tap. But seriously, you should not have missed this news since the Crew has been doing our best to promote it to death since the day we found out (and were invited to co-host this event, so look for us at our table in the bar area; we’re the bearded guys in black).

Ballast Point makes a whole lot of beers and in keeping with an oceanic theme, most are named for varieties of fish and other sea creatures. While extremely cool and unique, this can sometimes lead people to go “wait, what kind of beer is that?” Since BP may be new to many of you, or you only had it a few times while further west, we present a handy guide to what style each of these 10 beers are.

Sculpin/Grapefruit Sculpin/Habanero Sculpin: The Sculpin is Ballast Point’s flagship IPA. It is so popular that BP has gone ahead and made different specialty varieties, in this case one with actual grapefruit (instead of just using hops that create a similar flavor) and another loaded up with spicy habanero. Sculpin won the gold medal at the World Beer Cup in 2010 and 2014. Overall, it has 14 different medals. Stats: 7% ABV, 70 IBUs.

Dorado: A big old DIPA, Dorado is hopped at three points in the brewing process — mash, kettle, and dry. We shall see how it stacks up to the mightiest of the mighty DIPAs produced locally. Stats: 10% ABV, 90 IBUs.

Grunion: This pale ale was the result of an employee-only home brewing contest. It offers up more of a hop bite than most of its genre. Still, out of this group, it looms as the beer we are likeliest to start with, when compared to its bigger brethren. Stats: 5.5% ABV, 35 IBUs.

Black Marlin: For those who like a little hoppiness with their dark beers, BP presents this English-style porter brewed with a copious amount of American hops. It is not at the level of a black IPA, but it certainly offers up something different than most other porters. Stats: 6% ABV, 42 IBUs.

Big Eye: Another IPA, this one uses copious amounts of Centennial and Columbus, two classic hops, for its potent bite. This was one of the first major beers brewed at BP that helped put them on the map. Stats: 7% ABV, 71 IBUs.

Piper Down: This was the beer brewed for the malt lovers out there, a Scottish ale that will take you palate straight to Edinburgh. It uses a combination of British hops and UK Maris Otter malt. It is another option to start your tour of the BP beers tonight. Stats: 5.8% ABV, 22 IBUs.

Indra Kunindra: Rather than brew up just any old export stout, the BP staff collaborated with award-winning home brewer Alex Tweet. So they tossed in some Madras Curry, Cayenne, Cumin, Coconut, and Kaffir Lime Leaf to create a wholly unique tasting experience. Stats: 7% ABV, 50 IBUs.

Victory at Sea: Nothing like a little imperial porter to get you through the end of your night. This behemoth robust porter was infused with whole vanilla beans and Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The Crew has a bomber waiting for us in Franz Solo’s garage, but now we get to have some on tap as well. Oh, joyous times! Stats: 10% ABV, 60 IBUs.

We hope to see all of you at Nob Hill Bar & Grill tonight. If you have any questions, send us a message on Facebook, leave a comment here, email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, or tweet at us @nmdarksidebc.


— Stoutmeister

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the reunified edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and one newcomer down in Socorro also joining the party. We tried hard to keep the state edition going, but without participation from the breweries outside the I-25 corridor, it was futile.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

By the time you are reading this, there will be less than 24 hours until ABQ Beer Week begins. At 167 events, this 11-day homage to craft beer has the potential to overwhelm. Fear not, the Crew will be with you throughout the duration. Between our original members, the Bullpen, and our correspondents, we will have a lot of events covered, and we should have most of the big events covered. At the very least, we will do our best to always identify the beer(s) being poured at every event. While numerous events will occur at places like O’Niell’s, Nob Hill Bar & Grill, Two Fools, and the like, the breweries themselves will still host a fair number of their own events on site. You should also remember that the 505 Collaboration Beer, this year a session IPA that was hopped to oblivion, will be on tap at numerous breweries around town. Canteen, Chama River, La Cumbre, Marble, Nexus, Ponderosa, and Turtle Mountain all participated in the Brew Day, so they should each have it available starting Thursday afternoon. For the breweries themselves, we will include a number of their on-site events below along with their regular listings. But fear not, every day during Beer Week in the morning we will have a comprehensive list of all the events for that day. It will be a lot of work this year (here’s hoping no carpal tunnel for yours truly), but the Crew is up for the challenge.

On the new beer front, even if you are not planning on hitting up too many Beer Week events, the breweries have a fair number of new offerings for you to enjoy. Albuquerque Brewing is back open with a blonde, session IPA, imperial red, and a special red infused with Prosum Roaster coffee. Bosque will unleash their first sour, My Cheating Tart, at all three locations. Canteen will bust out an old favorite in Exodus IPA, plus the annual Beer Week special Hopspitality IPA will be on tap starting Thursday. Chama River has brought back the popular Hefe Nice Day! La Cumbre is hosting a release party tonight (Wednesday) for their new Strawberry Gose. Marble has Brett Stout, which debuted to much acclaim during their recent anniversary week, on tap at last downtown. Nexus sticks with the Star Trek theme with Q’s Omnipotent Wit. Ponderosa has The Phantom Conductor II, a double IPA, and Midnight Kolsch. Tractor will debut their new Saison at both locations on Friday.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has Velo IPA on tap at least. Second Street has a fresh batch of Boneshaker Bitter and some new High Wheeler Pale Ale available. Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile has some Maibock, perfect for the season.

And on the subject of cask beers, rather than listing them brewery by brewery in here, we’re doing something a little different. Since oftentimes breweries don’t know what they’re putting on cask until the day of (usually Friday), rather than just put “TBD” down below, instead we’re offering updates via our Facebook page and Twitter feed. Look for the “Firkin Friday” post every week on those social media sites. One of these days when we get around to upgrading the main website we will make it a permanent feature on there, but for now we’ll provide live updates as the breweries get us the information.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 18.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year, ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Session IPA, Imperial Red, Coffee-infused Red on nitro. Located at 8620 Pan American Blvd., on the east side of I-25 and between Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ABC is now open and ready for business. In addition to the house beers, there are often guest taps, plus the plan is to have at least one beer on a nitro tap at all times. For more info on ABC, you can check out my advance preview.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Mon–Weds 4 p.m. to midnight, Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight or later, Sun 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Malt Tonic, Cali Common, Belgian Wit, Ameriweiss, Ladron’s Peak, Magdalena Beer. The Ladron’s finally went back on tap recently. Friend of the Brew Crew Lonnie said it’s a big old blast of juniper this time around. The Ameriweiss is a pre-Prohibition American sour wheat. The most recent addition is the Magdalena (4.3% ABV, 12 IBU), a light lager brewed with another pre-Prohibition recipe.

News: Note the new summer hours listed above.

Events: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded.

All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)

Beers: Maibock. The fourth beer in the Grasshopper’s short history, the Maibock (5.6% ABV, 39 IBU) went on tap last week. They sold out of their previous beers, Sunset Amber, Dubbel Dunkel, and Beach Bum Pale Ale, in a hurry, so head over to try this one before it runs out. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.

News: Next up on the beer list is a Belgian-style IPA.

Click the link above to check out the new Blue Grasshopper website, with updated lists of guest beers, a full menu, and a full music listing.

Events: The Grasshopper has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)

(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)

Beers: Team COOP Golden Ale, Bosque Pale Lager (Polly’s Pale Lager at San Mateo, see below for details), Equinox S.M.A.S.H., Hop Chocolate Pale Ale, My Cheating Tart, Oak-A-Scotia (Nob Hill and Las Cruces). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. The Pale Lager (5.4% ABV, 45 IBU) gets a rebranding as Polly’s Pale Lager at the San Mateo location only. For every pint sold there, $1 will go to Polly’s Run, a charity that donates to pancreatic cancer research. You can also buy commemorative glasses for $5, with all proceeds going to the charity. As for the beer description, they took a lager and then went with whirlpool and dry hop additions of El Dorado, Centennial, Citra, and 7C’s. The Team COOP Golden Ale (5% ABV, 20 IBU) is still available, though the charitable donation portion is now over. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations. Oak-A-Scotia is on nitro at Las Cruces. Driftwood Oatmeal Stout is on nitro at San Mateo. The most recent additions are the Hop Chocolate (5.4% ABV, 30 IBU), a pale ale brewed with cocoa nibs added for a unique mix of the bitter hoppy and sweet chocolate, and My Cheating Tart (5.1% ABV, 15 IBU), a wheat-based sour beer made with the new Mandarina Bavaria hop.

Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. This week’s beer is Equinox S.M.A.S.H. with juniper and sweet orange peel.

News: Congratulations to Bosque for winning the Brewing News National IPA Challenge with Scale Tipper. This comes on the heels of last year’s victory in the NM IPA Challenge. It marks the second year in a row a New Mexico brewery won the NIPAC, following La Cumbre’s Project Dank taking the title last year.

The Bosque Public House is now open, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also opened a taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)

Beers: (Regular) Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Apple Bear Hard Cider; (Seasonal) Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, Bearzen, Red Knuckle Salute Your Schwarz, Wiener Munchner, Regal Squabble English IPA. The most recent addition to taps is Regal Squabble. The newest before that was the Wiener Munchner, another German-style beer as the name might imply. The Red Knuckle (4.7% ABV, 25 IBU) is still kicking. Bearzen (4.8% ABV, 25 IBU) is Boxing Bear’s take on a traditional German marzen. The Body Czech (4.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a great way to start your flight. The Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU), which is on tap at all times, claimed the 2015 Stout Challenge, held by the Crew before the last Super Bowl. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) is now permanently on tap.

News: Boxing Bear now has a happy hour. 10-, 16-, and 22-ounce beers are all discounted from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Growler Happy Hour then runs from 6 p.m. to close on those nights. Get $2 off a growler fill and $1 off a half-growler (they call ’em “squealers”).

Also, every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear.

This Sunday is Bearfest, a festival featuring multiple local breweries that will be held in the BB parking lot. We will have a more formal preview soon.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Cracked Cork Barley Wine, End of Days Tripel, Twig and Berries Sahti, Tom Selleck Ale, Rip Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Nacho Brau, Coco-Cabana Coconut Porter, Honey Pot Sour Ale, Stinky Pinky. The Stinky Pinky, a grapefruit hefeweizen, is back for another run by popular demand. The Coco-Cabana and Honey Pot are recent additions. Curious about Twig and Berries? A Sahti is a Finnish style of beer using some unique grains as well as juniper berries. If you’re one of the lucky few to not be allergic to junipers, have at it! The Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)

Beers: Irish Red, The Other Red, Hefeweizen, Dark American Lager, Saison, Big Red Fez, Boysenberry Wheat, Exodus, Hopspitality IPA. The old fan favorite Boysenberry is back for another run. New are the Saison and Big Red Fez, a rich, malty Belgian Red Ale. The Dark American was a recent addition. The Hefeweizen (6.2% ABV, 14 IBU) is a good example of the classic style. The Other Red (5.6% ABV, 26 IBU) is quite tasty, just a tad different then the Irish Red, with a little more hop kick. Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, Exodus is back on tap. Just in time to put hop by hop, er, side by side with Hopspitality IPA and the 505 Collaboration Session IPA. Smash your palate to pieces yet come away with a smile on your face.

News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

Events: Keith Sanchez and the Moon Thieves will perform live Sunday. Alex Maryol takes the patio stage on Tuesday night.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

News: Cazuela’s is looking to potentially open a taproom on the east side of ABQ near Canteen and La Cumbre in the Brewery District.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Lemon Jester, Munich Helles, Midas Well IPA, Hefe Nice Day. Back for its annual run is the Hefe Nice Day, a classic German hefeweizen. A recent addition is the light-but-flavorful Helles (5.2% ABV, 20 IBU). The Midas Well (7.5% ABV, 88 IBU) was brewed with copious amounts of Amarillo and El Dorado hops, yet it is far from overpowering. The Lemon Jester (4.9% ABV, 28 IBU) is the first in a line of four seasonal saisons that Chama will be releasing in the coming weeks/months.

Events: Chama has a beer dinner coming up for ABQ Beer Week on Thursday at 6:3o p.m. We will have more details in our daily ABW preview for Thursday, including the food/beer pairings.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: Helles, Bier De Garde, ESB, Amber, Chinook IPA, Black Beauty Stout, Irish Red, London Porter, Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. The most recent additions are the Helles, Black Beauty, and Cider. The Black Beauty is a sweet, creamy stout that is not too thick for the warming weather (well, we assume the weather is going to warm up here at some point). Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.

Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: The Angry Belgian, VMO #2, Jenny’s Cream Ale, Father Nelson, ‘Merica Pale Ale, Strawberry Gose. Head over to LC tonight (Wednesday) for the Strawberry Gose release party. The sweetness from the strawberries versus that salty gose flavor, we’ll be interested to see who wins. The description for ‘Merica (6.2% ABV, 45 IBU) is hilarious, but it is too long to print here. Go to the brewery, drink the beer, read its bio. The blast of hoppy goodness known as Father Nelson (10.6% ABV, 100+ IBU) is on tap and for sale in bombers at the brewery and other locations. Trust us when we say you need to get yours as fast as possible, it ran out in a hurry last year. The other recent additions to tap are old favorite VMO #2 (5.8% ABV, 29 IBU), a German-style marzen lager, and Jenny’s Cream Ale (5% ABV, 23 IBU). Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank and Red Ryeot no longer appearing here as seasonals. They are now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. Red Ryeot cans are now for sale around town and at the brewery.

News: La Cumbre’s new and improved website is now up and running. Check it out by clicking the link here. Their online calendar now includes what food trucks will be serving, plus live music and a current draft list.

Events: The Rudy Boy Experiment performs Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)

Beers: Whiptail Weisse, Bluetail Blonde, Horned Honey Pale, Reptilian IPA, Chameleon Amber, Basilisk Brown, Sanddigger Dubbel, Desert Night India Black Ale, Black Bearded Rye Stout, Smoot-tailed Oatmeal Stout, Prairie Lizard Porter, Biscochito Brown, Belgian Strong Dark, Chuckwalla Abbey, ESB, Long Nosed Tripel, Gecko Gratzer, Whiptail White, Legless Double IPA. Brace yourselves for the hefty Legless Double IPA (9.2% ABV, 100 IBU) and Long Nosed Tripel (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU). The Gecko Gratzer (3.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is an oak-smoked wheat beer, while the Whiptail White (4.7% ABV, 18 IBU) has hints of citrus, banana, Noble hops, and chamomile. The ESB (6% ABV, 40 IBU), Chuckwalla Abbey (7.1% ABV, 25 IBU) and the Belgian Dark Strong (9.7% ABV, 30 IBU) are other recent additions. So far Lizard Tail has shown themselves to be more malt-forward than hop-centric. The oatmeal stout and porter are solid, while the IBA has shown improvement since its debut.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.

Events: Lizard Tail will host Geeks Who Drink every Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Both locations — Brett IPA, Rauchbier, White Out; Downtown only — Brett Stout, Weizenbock, Maibock; Westside only — Imperial Stout, Double IPA. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The popular Brett Stout is finally on tap downtown. It debuted during Marble’s anniversary week last month and also made a recent appearance at Nob Hill Bar & Grill. The most recent additions before that were the Weizenbock (7% ABV) and Maibock (7% ABV). The Brett IPA (6.8% ABV, 93 IBU) and White Out (9% ABV, 40 IBU), Marble’s seventh anniversary ale, and both are also available in bombers. The Rauchbier (5.2% ABV) is a smoky delight. The Choice Blanc, Jarrylo IPA, and Imperial Red have all run out for now.

News: Marble has revamped their website. It kinda really kicks ass now. Click the link above to see what we mean.

Events: Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

In events this week at the downtown pub, Wildewood performs tonight (Wednesday) from 5 to 8 p.m. Porter Draw and Red Light Cameras will take the stage Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m., in that order, to help kick off ABQ Beer Week. Pawnshop Posterboys perform Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday features Last to Know from 8 to 11 p.m.

Monday is the Memorial Day Festival, an official Beer Week event, from 3 to 9 p.m. The bands, performing in this order, are Bellemah, Lilah Rose, Sad Baby Wolf, Cactus Tractor, and The Chemical West. We will have more details on what else is planned for the event in our daily ABW Preview.

Matt Jones performs at the Westside Taproom on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Youngsville will be out west Saturday from 6 to 9.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Make It So, Marzen, T.N.G. Porter, Night at the Roggenbury, Q’s Omnipotent Wit. For someone who once said she was not good at naming beers, Kaylynn has come a long way with the various Star Trek-themed names, the latest being Q’s Omnipotent Wit, a new Belgian-style witbier. Another recent addition is the T.N.G. (6% ABV, 30 IBU), a smoked porter. Make It So, Marzen might seem out of season, but in my personal opinion, quality German beers are year-round treats. Night at the Roggenbury, a collaboration beer with Turtle Mountain, is still available.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

News: Next up on the beer list is the latest batch of Beam Me Up Scottish. It has quite the twist this time around, something we will have more details on in advance of its release during ABQ Beer Week on Friday.

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: PiPA, West Coast Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Peppermint Porter, Pumpkin Abbey Ale. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food. The PiPA will now be a regular beer, replacing the Unchallenged IPA.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

(Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch; (Seasonal) The Phantom Conductor II, Collaboration Cream Ale, Zwickel Pils, Brunch Stout, Rosa’s Gose, Midnight Kolsch. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). The Midnight Kolsch (4.3% ABV, 24 IBU) looks like a dark lager but still tastes like a sweet, light kolsch. The second version of the Phantom Conductor DIPA (8.2% ABV, 110 IBU) is still a big old hop bomb. If you are looking for something lighter, the Collaboration (4.5% ABV, 25 IBU) was brewed with help from the good folks at Anodyne (it’s on tap there, too) and the Zwickel (4.7% ABV, 42 IBU) should also fit the (hopefully) warming weather. The Brunch Stout (4.4% ABV, 40 IBU) and Rosa’s Gose (4.7% ABV, 15 IBU) offer up totally different flavor experiences.

News: Next up on the beer front is a Rauchweizen, which will debut during the upcoming Rauchfest as part of ABQ Beer Week.

Events: There is live music at Ponderosa as The Troy BrownE Duo perform Thursday at 6 p.m. Ziatron will be live Saturday at 5 p.m.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Watership Brown, Broken Arrow Pale Ale, Baby Got Bock, Vanilla Cream Ale. The new Vanilla Cream should get you in a summer mood. For the first time, Red Door tapped a lager and it is excellent as the Baby Got Bock (7.5% ABV, 18 IBU) hits all the right maibock notes. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) was made with just Equinox hops for a rather unique, yet multi-faceted, flavor profile. To the rescue for all malt lovers comes Watership Brown (4.9% ABV, 19 IBU), which won ABQ Beer’s holiday brewing competition. It’s a tasty delight, the kind of beer you can just enjoy slowly over the course of a lazy afternoon or evening.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new summer schedule listed above.

Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast. From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer. Sorry, but the English football (soccer) season ends on Sunday this week with all 10 games airing at 8 a.m. If Newcastle somehow avoids relegation, I will be stunned.

There is also yoga at the brewery every Sunday at 11 a.m.

Monday will feature a Brews and Food Truck Battle at Red Door as part of ABQ Beer Week. Fear not, we are on the case for more details.

There will be a new musical feature on a weekly basis at Red Door. Monday Blues with Mike Hogan will be every week from 5 to 7 p.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.

News: Congrats to SCG on sweeping all three medals in the mead category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am, while also claiming a silver medal for Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen.

Events: Throughout ABQ Beer Week, SCG will have a daily smoked meat and beer combo special. We will have the full, mouth-watering schedule posted soon!

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), TBA (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
 Last call 30 minutes before close. 
No package after midnight.
 Brewery tours Saturday at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Saison, Belgian Blonde, Barley Wine, Barnstorm Ale, Branding Iron DIPA, Goat Head Hador Doppelbock, Billy’s Basil IPA, Cowboy Blend Pale Coffee Stout (Wells Park only), C&C IPA (Nob Hill only), Ebony & Ivory (Nob Hill only). Tractor has revamped their beer list and pricing system. All of the Tractor Classics — Farmer’s Tan Red, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, Almanac IPA, Sodbuster Pale Ale, Haymaker Honey What, plus now Pilsner #15, Mustachio Milk Stout, and Apple Hard Cider — are priced at $4 apiece ($3 for Beer Farmer’s Co-op members). All seasonal/specialty beers will now be $5 ($4 for members). Just about everyone in town has slightly increased prices in the past four months, but an extra 50 cents or a dollar shouldn’t bankrupt anyone, right? Anyway, on the seasonal front, the new guy debuting this Friday at both locations is the Saison (7% ABV, 25 IBU), an old world-style beer brewed with lemon and orange peel. That follows up last week’s debut of the Belgian Blonde (6.5% ABV, 33 IBU). We’re sensing a theme this spring. The Ebony & Ivory (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is a “pale stout,” made with pale malt, pale chocolate malt, and caramel malt. It smells like a stout, but tastes like something a little different. The Cowboy Blend (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU)is a coffee-infused variation on the Ebony. The Branding Iron (7.6% ABV, 110 IBU) is just a wonderful blast of Nelson Sauvin hops. The popular Barnstorm Ale (5.8% ABV, 41 IBU), a maibock, is back. The 2015 edition of the Barley Wine (9.5% ABV, 65 IBU) is a giant malt monster, not too boozy but just enough to remind you that a few of these will leave you babbling alone in the corner.

Events: Kamikaze Karaoke returns to Wells Park tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m.

If you would rather hear someone sing tonight, head up to Nob Hill to listen to Dos Pendejos perform at 7 p.m. for the Solos on the Hill series.

The Thirsty Thursday Music Series is back at Wells Park as Keith Sanchez performs at 8 p.m.

The wonderfully awesomely talented and lovely Desert Darlings are back at Wells Park on Friday at 9 p.m. for another edition of Hops and Dreams, a bellydancing show like no other.

Wells Park will host Beer and Boards, a music and art show that honors the skateboard and much more. It all kicks off at 6 p.m. with live performances from Zack Freeman, Burque Sol, and The Riddims. We will have more details that day as it’s an official ABQ Beer Week event.

Speaking of ABW events, this Monday is Battle of the Beer Geeks II. Starting at 5 p.m., you can arrive and get samples of various beer groups’ creations, all brewed in-house on Tractor’s pilot system. The Crew has created Darkside Donutbrau, an imperial breakfast stout, as we aim to defend our title from last year and retain the Rock Em Sock Em Robots trophy. Come on by and help us retain our bragging rights.

Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates. Please call.)

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Kellerbock, Brohemian Pilsner, The B Word (ESB), Manneken Pale Ale. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the new Stauffenberg Stout (it replaced the Piedra Lisa Porter in the regular lineup) and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The most recent addition is the Kellerbock, which replaces the Adrift IPA. The B Word, an ESB, and Manneken Pale Ale, a Belgian-style, are other recent additions.

News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Keenendrem, Almanac, Velo IPA, Barleywine. The most recent addition is the big hopped Velo IPA. The Keenendrem is a Belgian black ale brewed in collaboration with Duel. The Almanac is a dry-hopped farmhouse ale. More Barleywine has been brought out of the cellar for your enoyment.

News: A cranberry cream ale and an imperial red are next on the docket.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Whistler (Petit Blonde), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Printemps (Imperial Saison), Keenendrem. The Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. The new Cezanne promises to keep up the tradition of big, big beers from Duel. Fiction is back after a short absence.

Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

Life Drawing every other Sunday beginning on April 19 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) $22 includes a drink and a waffle. $15 for students (with ID), or if you don’t want a drink & waffle. Everyone draws from a nude model. People can call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)

Beers: Belgian Stout, Black IPA, Chicken Killer Barley Wine, Freestyle Pilsner. The Belgian Strong is out and the Belgian Stout has replaced it. The Kriek, which won a bronze medal at GABF this year, is on sale around the state in bombers, but supplies are low. A new Single Barrel Sour can also be purchased in bombers. A fresh batch of Chicken Killer is now available, too. The Freestyle is now available on tap and in cans across the state.

Events: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the tasting room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. We got to check out the new digs, with lots of pictures to show for it.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Barrel-Aged Belgian Stout, Eldorado Pale Ale, Kidder Special Bitter, High Wheeler Pale Ale, Boneshaker Bitter. Welcome back to the popular Boneshaker, which rejoined the lineup this week. New to taps is the High Wheeler Pale Ale, which as the name might imply was brewed for the recent Outside Bike and Brew Festival (as the Boneshaker was originally last year). The Civil Rye came and went quickly, but you might still find some on tap at Tractor’s Nob Hill taproom. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Policulture plays Friday. Saturday will feature the Alto Street Band.

Over at the Railyard location, the AMP Concert Series brings Ben Lee to the stage Friday. E Christina Herr & Wild Frontier will perform Saturday.

Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright.

Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: 790 IPA, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Swartzbar Black Lager, Maibock. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beer on tap is the Maibock. The Irish Stout came in third in our Stout Challenge. Hopheads still have the 790 IPA (7% ABV).

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.


— Stoutmeister

It's back and bigger than ever, so we need your help to cover it all, dear readers!

It’s back and bigger than ever, so we need your help to cover it all, dear readers!

Greetings, everyone! Only a few days remain before the epic madness of ABQ Beer Week 2015 descends upon us. All the participating members of the NMDSBC have worked out what events we can attend and provide coverage of, but needless to say with 160-plus this year, we cannot get to all of them. So we are looking for a few good correspondents, as the title of this post says, to help us out this year. Want to apply? Email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com. Still unsure if you are up for it? Then keep reading and learn a little more about what we are looking for this year.

The relevant info, FAQ style:

Does this pay? No, sadly, we are poor and all do this out of a love of beer and supporting local events and establishments.

Can you get us into certain events that require money for admission? Probably not, but we can always ask for maybe a discount or some other bonus. It would depend on the event host.

What would you need from a correspondent after the fact? Basically a short story, anywhere from 200 to 500 words (or whatever you think is the right size), recapping the event itself. Some important things we would always ask for might include your general thoughts on the venue, thus encouraging people to visit at a later time, or offering up constructive criticism if the event did not turn out as the organizers had hoped. No attacks, please. You know how we write, we try to be fair and balanced (unlike a certain cable channel) but also open and honest. We are not here to slam anyone or anything.

OK, but what about the beer? Well, first off, please do not overindulge. We are calling for responsible drinkers who love craft beer. So for the beer itself the most important thing you can tell readers is this — was it good and is it available locally? Folks might love to hear you loved the beer you tried, but if they can’t try it themselves, it doesn’t do them a lot of good.

What about during the event? We do love social media, so if you have a Twitter account just share the name with us and we will re-tweet you from the NMDSBC account. You can also email us (or direct-message us) photos and quick explanations of the pics to our email or our Facebook page, and we can post the pictures on the latter for all to see.

So take lots of pictures? Take as many as possible. Remember when taking pics involving people to get their full names and titles, if they are employees working there. Just make sure they spell their names for you. There are a thousand ways to spell a name like Caitlin, so be sure you get it right. And never assume anything. For every Chris there is a Kris or Khris or Cris or … you get the point.

The most important things are what? What, actually is one of them. The others are easy — who, when, where, why. The facts are the most important thing. Your opinion, no matter how well you back it up, is always secondary.

So how does one apply to be a correspondent? Easy, after you read the list of events we need to be covered below, you can email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com. Or contact us through Facebook or Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).

When are reviews due to the site? As soon as possible. Preferably the next day, but we understand life often gets in the way.

Will Stoutmeister be kind to my lack of formal training as a writer? He promises to be nice. The only editing we do is for grammar and then checking your facts. Otherwise the stories should always remain in your voice. If you are still skeptical, go back and read every Franz Solo story. Now that is a unique voice. “Viking poetry,” as Dr. Brews Banner once called it.

If I have fun doing this and you like my work, would it be possible for me to join the Crew in the future? As it so happens, with Porter Pounder and E-Rock out of the state for most of the remainder of 2015, plus Mrs. Solo heading into Physicians Assistant school and Shilling having disappeared down the rabbit hole, we are lacking a bit in writers. As we have done in the recent past, if things work out, you can join the Brew Crew Bullpen. From there, if you excel in terms of the quality and quantity of your writing, you can be like Luke and attain full Crew membership. So think of this as your audition. No pressure, though.

The list of events available to cover

Thursday, May 21

Beer, Cheese, & More at Marble downtown, 4 to 7 p.m.

Somerset Wild Sour Ale Release at Sister Bar, 4 to 7 p.m.

Second Annual Sierra Nevada Sausage & Cheese Tasting at O’Niell’s Juan Tabo, 6 to 8 p.m.

ABQ Beer Week Dinner at Chama River, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, May 22

New Belgium Pint Night at Gecko’s North, 4 to 6 p.m., and at Gecko’s Nob Hill, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

La Cumbre Tap Takeover at Rock & Brews, 5 to 9 p.m.

Stouts & Stogies at Imbibe Cigar Bar, 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 23

7th Annual NM Brewers Guild Golf Tournament at Santa Ana Golf Club, 7 a.m.

The Harwood’s Annual Fundraiser at Marble downtown, noon

Beer and Boards at Tractor Wells Park, 1 p.m.

Belgian Beer Dinner at Heimat House, 5 p.m.

Bosque Tap Takeover at Rock & Brews, 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 24

Old World/New World Beer Paired Lunch & a Movie at Shade Tree, noon

Monday, May 25

Brews and Food Truck Battle at Red Door, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 26

Tractor’s Tupac Tuesday at The Grain Station, 3 p.m.

Marble/Farm & Table Beer and Food Pairings, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27

Beer, Cheese, & More at Marble Westside, 4 p.m.

Tractor Specialty Beer Release at M’Tucci’s Kitchina Italian Restaurant, 5 p.m.

Monks’ Ale Beer Dinner at The Crown Room at The Downs Casino, 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 28

Tractor Tap Takeover and Special Release at Rock & Brews, 3 p.m.

Boulder Beer Special Tapping at Sister Bar, 5 p.m.

Marble Beer Dinner at Los Poblanos, 5:30 p.m.

Second Annual New Belgium Frozen T-Shirt Contest at Monte Vista Fire Station, 6 p.m.

Tractor Beer Dinner at First Turn Lounge at The Downs Casino, 6:30 p.m.

Beer on the Patio featuring Monks’ Ale at Torino’s, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 29

Kellys Special Beer Release, 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 30

Cider Day/Night Fever at Tractor Nob Hill, 8 p.m.

Secret Beer Mixes at Tractor Wells Park, 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 31

Second Annual Belgian Beer & Cheese Pairing at Shade Tree, noon

Joe S. Sausage Super Sunday Sausage Fest Sampler at Marble downtown, 2 p.m.

Special screening of the movie “Blood, Sweat and Beer” at Tractor Wells Park, 5 p.m.

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So that is the list. If you have any independent story ideas or see an event you plan to be at not listed here, you can always send us your experience on that event as well. We can add it to our reviews or just eventually compile a bunch of short reviews into a single story from all of our readers.

We in the Crew want ABQ Beer Week 2015 to be our most interactive week yet with all of you, our dear readers. So come and join us in the madness. We promise it will be fun, since after all, it is all about the beer in the end.


— Stoutmeister

Pardon the lateness of this post, but yours truly has been swamped with high school sports coverage this week that prevented me from posting these photos of Distillery 365 in a timely manner. Well, some high school sports, mostly just waiting out lots and lots of ridiculous weather delays. Seriously, New Mexico, you are outdoing yourself with this batsh*t weather for the month of May.

Anyway, Distillery 365 will hold their grand opening today, though technically they have been open since I was there to snap some photos on Monday. Their own liquor is not ready yet — look for Horsethief Rum for an ABQ Beer Week event May 30 — but they will have libations from Left Turn Distilling and Silver City’s Little Toad Creek, plus beer from Red Door. Considering the terrible weather outside, why not head inside and enjoy yourselves?

Just remember, the address is 2921 Stanford NE. Once you turn off Candelaria onto Stanford (you are turning south from either direction), Distillery 365 will be the second building on your right.

The various drink mixes that will be available at Distillery 365.

The various drink mixes that will be available at Distillery 365.


You can look from the bar area back into the distillery.


All told, the place seats about 50 people at a time.


All the bright, shiny equipment.


Not everything is out of the packaging yet.


The main distilling tower.

Have fun if you go, just be careful if you are driving. Not just due to alcohol consumption, but due to stupid NM drivers in the rain.

Meanwhile, I’ll be stuck at the rain-delayed state baseball tournament from now till the end of human civilization. So have one on me.


— Stoutmeister

Bike&Brew2Outside Magazine’s Bike & Brew has cycled into town for the second year running, and rain or shine, Santa Fe is going to have a great time. With food trucks, beer, and free concerts on the Railyard, this will be a true celebration of the great outdoors and the things we like to do in them. While it’s an event which largely revolves around the spandexedly bespoked, you came to the Dark Side because you’re here for the beer, and I will stick to that as much as possible, and maybe throw in a food-truck lineup, because you shouldn’t drink on an empty stomach, right? Right. And if you’re nice, I’ll add the concert line up because music and brews, man. Music and brews! Okay, I’ll cover most of the info. I’ll leave the bikes to the pros, but as for everything else, here we go!

The Beer!

Drum roll please! This, ladies and gents (and hipsters), is the brewery lineup for the 2015 Outside Bike & Brew Festival!

Note: I wasn’t able to get all their beer lists, but, as I will be there at the event, live-drinking, I mean live-tweeting, I will keep the lists updated as much as possible so that you know what to look for. Cheers!

Local Breweries

Blue Corn Brewery
Almanac Farmhouse Ale
Velo IPA

La Cumbre

Red Ryeot

Slice of Hefen

Malpais Stout

Elevated IPA

Project Dank


Red Door
Both days, Red Door will be pouring:
Vanilla Cream Ale
Broken Arrow Pale Ale
Baby Got Bock
There will be some sweet Red Door swag and yeah, they’ll take your credit card because it’s the future.

Santa Fe Brewing Company

On Friday our pals at SFBC will be pouring:
Black IPA
Freestyle Pilsner
R2Beer2 will also make an appearance pouring something perfect for biking and camping and outdoor cooking, a Bacon Maple Java Stout, Randalling the always popular Java Stout through crispy bacon soaked in maple syrup! Holy Breakfast in a glass, Batman! When in doubt! Java Stout!

On Saturday SFBC will be pouring:
Black IPA
Java Stout

And for R2Beer2’s Second beer, it will be the Freestyle Pilsner, but officially that’s all I can say. As for its infusion, well, that’s a surprise you’re just going to have to come out for (or wait for SFBC to post it to their Facebook page).

Second Street

I didn’t get their list, but I know they’ll have some fresh cans of Boneshaker Bitter available, courtesy of Mother Road Mobile Canning. And their freshly brewed High Wheeler Pale Ale will be on tap for those with a love for silly contraptions, mustaches, and great beer.

Colorado Breweries


Oskar Blues

Dale’s Pale Ale


Old Chub

Mama’s Little Yella Pils


+ any surprises to the event coordinator himself, Mr. Goblet.

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Aside from the many amazing restaurants and diners surrounding the Railyard, there will be five food trucks parked in the lot behind Site Santa Fe, including:
Bang Bite
Joe S. Sausage
The Street Food Institute
Dr. Field Goods.
Noms for one and all! Huzzah!

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Because you’ve been good, I’m including the music schedule, so you can make those important plans. Just remember that all events on the Railyard are free! Beer Garden will cost you, but from the line-up, it’ll be worth your cha-chings. To sate your aural fixation, here’s the Music Schedule:

Friday, May 15

On Friday, Miles Bonny will start the roof-tearing on the motha-sucka at 4:00 p.m.. With songs like Lumberjack Soul, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place, and dressed appropriately. Contraband will steal the stage roughly around 5:15 p.m. and then give it back to Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah who will be rocking for your approval at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 16

On Saturday, Man No Sober will kick things off at 4:00 p.m. in the Railyard park and again, you can get your groove on for free. Grammy nominated Rose’s Pawn Shop will be playing their own brand of Americana, Rock, Folk, and Bluegrass at 5:15 p.m. and finally, Reverend Horton Heat will be back once again to preach Psychobilly to the Santa Fe masses at 7:00 p.m..

Sunday, May 17

On Sunday the event will be held at the Luna Building, where just one year before Marble opened up their temporary Taproom. Well, holding to their level of class, even though they’ve shut their doors, they’re still holding a party for the people and pouring their great beer, one last time for the City Different.

12:00 p.m. The Badly Bent is playing it straight at 12p.m., Gipsy Moon will be teaching their string theory at 2:00 p.m., and once again Rose’s Pawn Shop will be selling out the tunes at 4:00 p.m..

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Organizer, Chris Goblet explained that “Bike & Brew is not a tasting event.” That’s an important distinction to keep in mind for us beer lovers. It’s not a typical brewfest with samples and pretzels. There will be beards, however. Don’t worry. Oh, and there’s bikes too! Bike & Brew is a celebration of the outdoors, a celebration of all the things we enjoy doing outdoors in our beautiful state, where it rains one minute and then bam! Beautiful skies! Whether it’s cycling, drinking beer, or hiking you enjoy, Bike & Brew is about getting off the couch, out of the house, being active, and being social. In lieu of our parents, this is us, as adults, telling ourselves to go outside and play.

For Friday’s and Saturday’s events, tickets are $15 each day, which includes 1 pint. $10 on Sunday. Your best bet is to buy the “Craft-Brewed Concert Pass,” which gets you into all the beer-gardens with 1 free beer each day. That’s $15 worth of incredible beer folks! Thank you Mr. Goblet and company for getting this monster of a festival organized. So come on Santa Fe (and the surrounding areas), let’s show Mother Nature that we’re not afraid of a little rain and head outside for an unforgettable festival! I’ll see you there!



Any new info, corrections, updated tap-lists send them my way to SantaFeLuke@gmail.com.


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