Well, hello there, ABQ-area beer lovers. Stoutmeister here, freed from the “shackles” of Isotopes Park for a few days. While I’ve been neck deep in baseball coverage, all those TBD events for ABQ Beer Week 2013 are suddenly coming into focus with full details and the like.
With so much info floating around out there, and less than two weeks until everything starts, this seemed like as good of a time as any to pull it all together to give everyone a handy “cheat sheet” that can help you plan out what events to attend and which ones you’ll be kicking yourself for missing. Everything kicks off on Thursday, April 25 and runs through Saturday, May 4.
- Hot Sunner Nights: All week at Desert Fish you can enjoy pints of one of Germany’s finest beers, Sunner Kolsch.
- New Belgium Lips of Faith Pairings: All week at Gecko’s on Central and on Academy, you can come by and try two of the Colorado brewery’s beers paired with Tapas dishes.
Thursday, April 25
- Kickoff Beer Dinner: Chama River will host this annual event that serves as the official starting event of Beer Week. Tickets are $60 per person and must be purchased in advance. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. and will feature beers from Chama and other breweries.
- Beer 101: So you think you know beer? Let the crack staff at Marble enhance your knowledge. Tickets cost $15 and numbers are limited; buy them at the brewery. E-Rock was in attendance last year and highly recommends this event.
- Eurotrash Tasting: Over at the Bird of Paradise you can pay $15 to taste a series of rare European beers. We’re not talking Newcastle or Guinness here. The event starts at 6 p.m.
- Imbibe Special Beer Tasting: The Nob Hill bar is hosting several events during the week, all running from 4-7 p.m., with Santa Fe Brewing providing the beer.
Friday, April 26
- Beer Flights & Beer Brats: The guys at Sandia Chile Grill will be cooking up some tasty beer brats to pair up with their excellent selection of beers. You can get a full flight of SCG’s beers for $1 per sample.
- Imbibe Special Beer Tasting: This day’s event will feature beers from Green Flash and Ska, from 4 to 7 p.m.
- Two Fools Beer Tasting: The Irish pub will put Goose Island’s Bourbon County Coffee Stout on tap starting at 5 p.m.
- Tour of Sour: Got a hankering for Belgian beers? Head over to Back Alley Draft House on Central and 2nd Street (behind N.Y. Pizza Dept.) and prepare to try at least four different Belgian sours, with tasting flights and 10-ounce pours available.
- Total Wine & More Event: Head over to Cottonwood Corners, because Anderson Valley is bringing some of Northern California’s best beers to town for you to sample. Further details TBA.
- Collaboration Beer Release: Remember the rye-infused red ale they called the 505-5? Well, this is the sequel, and it will be released simultaneously at the five breweries that combined to create it — Marble, La Cumbre, Il Vicino, Nexus and Turtle Mountain.
Saturday, April 27
- Total Wine & More Event: All details of this event at the Cottonwood Corners location are TBA.
- Jubilation Tasting Event: If you didn’t feel like driving to the west side for Anderson Valley at Total Wine the night before, head over to Jubilation on Lomas and Carlisle for a second round.
- Nexus Beer Tours & Festival: The Crew has been behind the scenes at Nexus, now you can take a tour of the brewery as well. Tours are held on the hour and include two beers and a souvenir glass. Everything starts at 10:30 a.m. There will be Native American music and food out in the parking lot, too.
- Pints for a Cure: Also at Nexus all day and night, for every pint of Irish Red that is sold, $1 will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
- Il Vicino Double Barrel Beer Tasting: The mad scientists at the Canteen have kept a Belgian blonde aging in a wine barrel and a Scotch ale aging in a bourbon barrel. Well, the experiments are ready for public consumption! Head on over anytime between noon and 5 p.m. to try these big, burly beers. While you’re there, you can also enjoy a pint of the Albuquerque Hops-pitality IPA, a special beer brewed for Beer Week.
- Perfect Pub Pet Canine Class: Ever wonder if your dog could handle hanging out with you at Tractor? Well, take him/her to this special class from noon to 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and pooch. You will learn from Animal Humane’s trainers about proper patio behavior. They might even teach your dog to not try to drink your Tractor beer.
- Goose Island Special Tapping: Don’t worry, Rio Rancho readers, you won’t be left out of Beer Week thanks to Turtle Mountain. Head over to TMBC to sample Sofie, a Belgian farmhouse-style ale from Chicago’s Goose Island.
Sunday, April 28
- Fun Run & Fundraiser: For the athletes out there, the guys at Bosque Brewing are teaming up with the Institute of Community Wellness and Athletics for a special fun run. More details on that will be announced. For those not running, or those who do run and need a beer afterward, for every pint purchased this day at Bosque, $1 will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
- Two Fools Special Beer Tapping: New Belgium is bringing both its Rampart Imperial IPA and a beer from its Lips of Faith series to tap in Nob Hill, starting at 5 p.m.
- Marble Bluegrass Extravaganza: The Squash Blossom Boys and a slew of other bands will be performing at Marble’s downtown pub all day and night.
- NM Brewers Guild Golf Tournament: For $65 per person, you can join a four-man (or woman) scramble and enjoy this annual event at Desert Greens Golf Course. For more info, call Mel Pearson (343-8593) or Scott Hallenbeck (238-4882).
- Pint for Pint: For those folks who can donate blood (those of us that lived in Europe as kids cannot, sadly), head over to Tractor to give to United Blood Services. For your donation you will receive a special pint glass from Tractor and a $4 gift certificate you can use on a future date.
Monday, April 29
- Two Fools Special Beer Tapping: Odell’s Treeshaker Imperial Peach IPA will be on tap as of 5 p.m.
- Beer & Cheese Pairings: This hugely popular event is back at Marble and it’s pretty self-explanatory. Tickets are $15 and available at the downtown brewery. Get yours quickly because they do sell out. It all starts at 4 p.m.
- Deschutes Beer Dinner: The mighty Oregon brewery is bringing six of its finest beers to O’Niell’s in Nob Hill to pair up with six food dishes. The cost is $45 per person, or you can reserve a table of six for $235. The dinner starts at 6 p.m.
- Five Star Burgers Pairing Event: The Northeast Heights Eatery (Wyoming and Academy, near Whole Foods) is pairing up its burgers and other dishes with four different beers. The cost is $20 per person and starts at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30
- Two Fools Special Beer Tapping: In a fitting move, Il Vicino will bring its new Irish Lager and a Cask Irish Red to Nob Hill’s iconic Irish pub, starting at 5 p.m.
- Taps & Apps: Prepare to enjoy beers from Bosque, Il Vicino, La Cumbre and Marble paired up with some tasty appetizers starting at 5 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. Call 923-9013 for reservations. Hurry up, they’re going quick!
- Odell Invasion: The Colorado brewery is bringing five of its beers — Amuste, Nitro Lugene, Nitro Porter, Myrcenary, and a seasonal red ale — to tap at Sister Bar downtown. If you have not been to Sister yet, stop by, they have a great selection of beers on tap from New Mexico and beyond. It is located directly underneath Anodyne.
- O’Niells Beer Tasting: O’Niell’s in Nob Hill will have a selection of Sierra Nevada beers available for sampling from 5 to 7 p.m.
- Belgium vs. New Belgium: The second annual event at Nob Hill Bar & Grill will pit some beers from Belgium itself versus Colorado’s New Belgium Brewery. Reservations are required and it costs $45, starting at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1
- Two Fools Special Beer Tapping: Left Hand will have one of its tasty beers, The Sister, go on tap at 5 p.m.
- Abita Tasting Event: Head over to the Quarters on Wyoming (just north of Montgomery) for this sampling session of some of New Orleans’ finest beers. The event will run from 4 to 7 p.m. and it costs $20 per person. The cost will also cover available food and gets you a souvenir glass.
- Food Truck Rumble: Dress up like you’re headed to a 1930s speakeasy and head over to Marble’s downtown brewery from 4 to 8 p.m. No, seriously, dress up, this event has a theme! $20 tickets include four dishes from four different food trucks and the four beers paired up with their dishes.
- O’Niell’s Beer Tastings: At Nob Hill from 5 to 7 p.m., Stone will have beers available. Rogue will be over at the Juan Tabo location at the same time. Decisions, decisions.
- Widmer Special Beer Release: Get yourself over to Fox & Hound at 5 p.m. to try the Kill Devil Brown.
- Belgium Flight Event: Details are still coming together for this sampling over at Sister Bar.
Thursday, May 2
- Meet & Greet Local Beer Groups: So, you ever wanted to meet the NMDSBC? Here’s your chance to come meet us to talk beer, or sports, or music, or whatever you feel like! Also on hand at Marble from 6 to 7:30 p.m. will be the ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group, Babes in Brewland, and Worthogs Home Brew Club of Rio Rancho. Come on over, grab a pint of Marble beer, and see what all of us are all about!
- Two Fools Special Beer Tapping: La Cumbre will be serving up something delicious, a new Coffee Stout, starting at 5 p.m.
- Cask Ale Night: Starting at 3 p.m. and running until closing at midnight, Marble’s west side taproom will feature up to three special beers served on cask.
- O’Niell’s Beer Tastings: From 5 to 7 p.m., Nob Hill will feature New Belgium, while Juan Tabo will have Left Hand and Oskar Blues.
- Special Beer Release at Kelly’s: The Nob Hill icon will join in on the fun with special tours of the brewery and the release of The Forgotten Brewer, a potent Double IPA. It starts at 4 and runs until 7 p.m.
- Odell Special Beer Release: Head on up to The Horse & Angel to indulge in Amuste, a porter brewed with grape juice and aged in wine barrels. Everything kicks off at 5 p.m.
Friday, May 3
- Broken Bottle Event: A new seasonal will be on tap and the touring band You Knew Me When will both be on hand at ABQ’s west side brewery. More details to come.
- Two Fools Special Beer Tapping: Boulder Beer will be the featured brand on tap at 5 p.m. They are bringing something intriguing called Barrel Aged Coconut Never Summer down from Colorado.
- O’Niell’s Beer Tastings: From 5 to 7 p.m., Left Hand will be at Nob Hill, Stone will be at Juan Tabo.
- Special Beer Release: Imbibe will welcome Lagunitas this night, with the exact beer(s) to be named later.
- Oskar Blues & La Cumbre Night: Sister Bar will welcome one of Colorado’s finest and one of Albuquerque’s finest to its taps.
- Goose Island Beer Tasting: Chicago’s brewery will bring its Bourbon County Coffee Stout to tap at Billy’s Longbar (on San Mateo, north of Montgomery) starting at 5 p.m.
- Whole Foods Beer & Cheese Pairing: In case you missed the wonderful blend of fine cheeses and great beers at Marble, Whole Foods and Odell are teaming up for another night. We’re not sure which location (our money is on Carlisle), so we’ll update this one as further details become available.
- Dark Side Brew Crew/Blackout/Tractor Dark Ages Event: Yeah, we’ve kind of teased the fact we’re doing a little something-something for Beer Week. We’re teaming up with Blackout, recently named ABQ’s best theater company, and Tractor to bring you a night of music, cabaret, and beer trivia. We’re finalizing all the details; look for the fliers at Tractor’s taproom soon. This event will be held at ArtBar downtown.
Saturday, May 4
- Blues & Brews: From 1 to 6 p.m., you can join with dozens of breweries to sample all their finest beers out at the Isleta Pavilion. And you can wish me a happy 25th birthday! Because I am not turning 35 on this day! No sir, I am not that old! (sigh, I totally am)
All right, that’s everything for now. Go to the official website for updates as they become available, follow Beer Week on Facebook, and so on and so forth. If we had anything wrong above, please let us know ASAP and we will correct it.
We will have plenty more on what is to come, particularly our little Dark Ages event. The Crew is meeting up at Chama River this Sunday at 11 a.m. to plot out our strategy. We plan to cover as many Beer Week events as possible.
And of course, we encourage all of you to continue to support our local breweries in the days leading up to Beer Week. Prepare your palates, people! Goodness is coming, and it is coming sooner than you think!