Rejoice for ABQ Beer Week is upon us again (part two)

Posted: April 24, 2013 by cjax33 in ABQ Beer Week 2013

This is a listing of the Crew’s day-by-day picks for Beer Week, plus co-creator Marne Gaston’s recommendations as well. In truth, Marne wants people to go as many events as they can, these are just the ones where you might run into her. And us, in a lot of cases. For a full introduction, look above for part one of this preview. — Stoutmeister

E-Rock attended Beer 101 at Marble last year. This Thursday is your chance to expand your beer knowledge.

E-Rock attended Beer 101 at Marble last year. This Thursday is your chance to expand your beer knowledge.

Thursday’s picks

Stoutmeister: So everything kicks off on Thursday. The big ones that day are the Kickoff Beer Dinner at Chama and Beer 101 here (at Marble).

Marne: The Beer Week Collaboration Kickoff Beer Dinner I think will be really good. They do a real good job at Chama River. It’s expensive, but it’s really worth it. You get to try like five beers.

Stoutmeister: It’s not just Chama’s beers, right?

Marne: Right, La Cumbre, Marble, Nexus. I’m going to start off the night with the Santa Fe Brewing thing (at Imbibe) because they’re going to give away free stuff. That starts at 4, so you can go there, then go to the dinner or Beer 101. There are so many things it’s really difficult to choose.

The Crew’s pick: Beer 101 at Marble. This event will teach you everything you need to know about beer that you probably only think you know already. Learn how to differentiate between the hops and malts that vary from style to style. You can buy tickets for $15 at the downtown pub. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Yours truly will be in attendance, because while I might write like I’m some kind of expert, I know I always have more to learn.

The 505-Five, a collaboration beer brewed especially for Beer Week, will return this year.

The 505-Five, a collaboration beer brewed especially for Beer Week, will return this year.

Friday’s picks

Stoutmeister: We have a lot of events. But I would say the collaboration beer release is the one people are waiting for.

Marne: Oh, yeah, the beer was so good last year they’re doubling the amount they’re making this year because it sold out so fast.

Stoutmeister: Do you know what it is this year?

Marne: It’s going to be similar, a hoppy red, but I don’t know if it’s going to have the rye or not.

Stoutmeister: So if you had to pick one other event on Friday, which would it be?

Marne: Well, for beer geeks the Bourbon County Coffee Stout (from Goose Island) at Two Fools, you can’t get that anywhere else. I’m thinking that I could just start at lunch at Sandia Chile Grill because you get free brats with a flight. I think Tower of Sour (at Back Alley) is interesting.

But since I’ll be at Two Fools, I’ll probably hit Imbibe because I love Green Flash and Ska beers. And then maybe Geckos (for Lips of Faith) since it’s Friday.

My birthday is Thursday, but I’m really going to celebrate Friday. I still can’t pick what I’m going to do.

Stoutmeister: I agree that it’s convenient to have those three events you can walk to in Nob Hill.

Marne: If I start off with lunch at Sandia Chile Grill, then I can stop at one of the collaboration breweries. Then I can go to Two Fools, then Imbibe, then Geckos. I’ll just need somebody to drive me.

The Crew’s pick(s): We agree with Marne. We’ll start off with Sandia Chile Grill, so look for Derek, myself, and the Professor Emeritus of Beer in the afternoon. Later on, we’re all going to celebrate Shilling surviving his semester of EMT courses, so I’m sure we’ll be in and around Nob Hill, plus we’ll definitely hit up one of the big five breweries — Chama River, Il Vicino, La Cumbre, Marble, or Nexus — to try the 2013 version of the 505-Five. Brandon was going to try and hit up the Tower of Sour, a sampling of four different Belgian beers at Back Alley, while Franz was looking into the Anderson Valley beer tasting hosted by Total Wine & More on the west side.

Brady from Il Vicino, left, and his collection of mad scientists will have two barrel-aged Belgian beers on tap this Saturday.

Brady from Il Vicino, left, and his collection of mad scientists will have two barrel-aged Belgian beers on tap this Saturday.

Saturday’s picks

Stoutmeister: We have the Il Vicino Double Barrel Beer Tasting event.

Marne: I know they’re doing three beers, so that’s cool. Then of course Nexus is right around the corner from there.

The Perfect Pet Pub Class at Tractor should be good, too.

The Crew’s pick(s): Myself, assuming the baseball game I’m covering ends in a reasonable amount of time, and Shilling plan to attend the Double Barrel Beer Tasting at Il Vicino, which starts at noon and runs until 5 p.m. Brandon and Franz are hoping to stop by Jubilation for the Anderson Valley beer tasting event from 2 to 4 p.m. For anyone looking to give to a charitable cause, Nexus will be donating $1 from every pint of Irish Red sold this day to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. There will also be brewery tours, special foods, music and more at Nexus all day.

Sunday’s picks

Marne: Sunday is a big non-profit day. We’ve got the Brewers Guild golf tournament, the Fun Run Fundraiser at Bosque, and then the Pint for Pint at Tractor. Pint for Pint is awesome. You get a $4 gift certificate, which magically is the price of a beer, you just can’t give away beers.

Stoutmeister: Right, and you also don’t want people to give blood and then drink a beer right away, so the gift certificate doesn’t become valid until the day after. But it’s a good cause, so if you can give blood, unlike those of us who lived in Europe after 1980, you should do it.

The Crew’s pick(s): Even if you don’t want to do the Fun Run part, you can still donate to a good cause at Bosque from 1 to 4 p.m. if you purchase any pint, $1 will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. There are no beer specials, but if live music is your thing, we’d also recommend the Bluegrass Extravaganza at Marble.

Stoutmeister will be covering baseball while the rest of you can go to multiple special beer tappings and tastings.

Stoutmeister will be covering baseball while the rest of you can go to multiple special beer tappings and tastings.

Monday’s picks

Marne: Monday starts the beer tastings at O’Niell’s with Deschutes. It’s not the dinner anymore. Now it’s free. Then of course there’s Beer & Cheese at Marble, which is always one of my favorite things. But Five Star Burgers’ event sounds really good. I’m trying to figure out how to go to both. And I want to go to Odell Treeshaker (at Two Fools).

Stoutmeister: Yeah, it’s going to be a busy night. Too bad I have baseball to cover.

The Crew’s pick(s): Shilling will be at Two Fools to sample the Odell Treeshaker Imperial Peach IPA. That tasting begins at 5 p.m. Brandon will head down to Marble for the Beer & Cheese Pairings at 4 p.m. The cost is $15 and tickets are on sale at the downtown pub. Now that the Deschutes event is a free tasting instead of a pricey beer dinner, one or two of us might stop there as well between 5 and 7 p.m.

Tuesday’s picks

Stoutmeister: We’ve got the Taps & Apps event at Hotel Andaluz, that’s going to be a big one.

Marne: Taps & Apps is the big one, I think. And then there’s the New Belgium vs. Belgium at Nob Hill Bar & Grill. I didn’t make it last year, but I heard it’s good. Then Odell is at Sister Bar downtown. Then there’s a free beer tasting at Two Fools and at O’Niell’s.

The Crew’s pick(s): Man, this is a night I wish I was not covering the Isotopes, but I gotta make money to buy beer. Coulda used a day game … anyway, Derek and Brandon are going to try to make the Taps & Apps at Andaluz. Bosque, Il Vicino, La Cumbre, and Marble will provide the beers starting at 5 p.m. Shilling will be at the Il Vicino beer tasting at Two Fools, with the Irish Lager and Irish Red on cask. We would also recommend the Odell Invasion at Sister from 5 to 8 p.m. Lugene milk stout and Porter on nitro … oh, my.

Wednesday’s picks

Marne: Lots of free beer tastings and then the Food Truck Rumble is an exciting thing. It’s got a 1930s theme. Really, really good food trucks. They’re each going to make one thing and one thing only and pair it with a beer. Widmer’s Kill Devil Brown is really good, that will be at Fox & Hound. The Abita Tasting at Quarters on Wyoming will also have some food and you get a free pint glass.

Stoutmeister: And then there’s Kegs & Eggs at Cazuela’s in Rio Rancho at 7 a.m.

Marne: That’s for everybody that just got off work from the night shift at Intel.

The Crew’s pick(s): E-Rock is back from his latest sojourn to Texas, so he and Derek will both be checking out the special release of Left Hand’s Twin Sisters DIPA at Two Fools at 5 p.m. Brandon intends to visit O’Niell’s Nob Hill for a selection of Stone’s finest beers, while Derek also hopes to hit up O’Niell’s Juan Tabo for Rogue tasting. Throw in a Belgium flight event at Sister and there are so many beer tastings to try … what a day. Also, if you’re into dressing up 1930s style and indulging in ABQ’s best food trucks, head down to Marble for the Food Truck Rumble.

The plan is for the entire Crew to be at the Beer Groups Meet & Greet at Marble next Thursday. We cannot guarantee Derek will wear the viking helmet, however.

The plan is for the entire Crew to be at the Beer Groups Meet & Greet at Marble next Thursday. We cannot guarantee Derek will wear the viking helmet, however.

Thursday’s picks

Stoutmeister: This is the day of the big event, the Meet & Greet at Marble.

Marne: That’s a free event, too!

Stoutmeister: That day is loaded with free beer tastings, too.

Marne: It just gets busier and busier, it seems like. There’s all the free beer tastings. There’s things all over town, too.

Stoutmeister: Yeah, Cask Ale Night at Marble Westside, events in Nob Hill, the Northeast Heights.

Marne: I want to try Kellys Double IPA (The Forgotten Brewer).

I also want to try the Odell Amuste at Horse & Angel.

The Crew’s pick(s): We will be at Marble at 6 p.m. for the Meet & Greet Local Beer Groups event. If there is any time before our event kicks off at 6 p.m., we might check out the coffee stout from La Cumbre that will be tapped at Two Fools at 5 p.m. There will also be Left Hand beers at O’Niell’s Juan Tabo and Stone at Sister Bar. Those tappings/tastings will also start at 5 p.m.

Our friends in Blackout Theater Company designed this rather awesome poster for our very own Beer Week event next Friday!

Our friends in Blackout Theater Company designed this rather awesome poster for our very own Beer Week event next Friday!

Friday’s picks

Marne: We’ve got Broken Bottle for the west siders. We’ve got the second chance to get the Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout (at Billy’s Longbar). Lagunitas is coming, their rep should be in town at Imbibe.

Stoutmeister: Which Whole Foods is hosting the Beer and Cheese Pairings event?

Marne: The one on Carlisle.

The Crew’s pick(s): In the hours leading up to the Dark Ages at ArtBar, hosted by the Crew and Lauren Poole, we would definitely recommend visiting Broken Bottle for the release of a new seasonal and some live music. You can also try Boulder Beers at Two Fools, Left Hand at O’Niell’s Nob Hill, Stone at O’Niell’s Juan Tabo, and more, all starting at 5 p.m. Our event starts at 9 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of time.

Saturday’s picks

We will preview Blues & Brews with Marne closer to the event itself. Let’s just say there’s so much beer goodness packed into one afternoon that we are going to be one happy Crew. Happy birthday to me!

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Thank you to Marne, as always, for taking the time out of her busy schedule to sit down and talk. While we have our picks above, we invite all of you to visit as many different events as possible. Find your favorites and share your experiences with us. We’ve always said we would take reader submissions, whether it’s just 140 characters or a lot more, we invite you to let your voice be heard on this website.

So keep an eye for the Crew. We have shirts now, so for the big three events at the end of next week, it will be easy to pick us out of the crowd.

Let there be Beer Week, and let it be grand!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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