We have completed two days of ABQ Beer Week and already we have had a slew of awesome events and beer tastings. The Crew was all over the place Friday, so look for our reviews coming up as the day goes along on events such as the Goose Island Tapping at Two Fools, the Beer Flights & Beer Brats at Sandia Chile Grill, the Tower of Sour at Back Alley, and the 505 2013 release all over town.
The good news is that today, Saturday, has plenty more fun events on tap. They are all during the day, leaving you plenty of time to regroup, eat some dinner, and then head back out to support your local breweries at night. Or to head home with a growler to enjoy on your own time.
What: Nexus Beer Tours & Festival, plus Pints for a Cure. Where: Nexus Brewery. When: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Nexus will host a festival of Native American music and food, with free tours of the brewery that will net you a pint glass and two beers to sample. Also, for every pint of Irish Red sold, $1 will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Why you should go: Support a good cause, get a free brewery tour and souvenir glass, listen to some great music … why wouldn’t you head over?
What: Goose Island Special Tasting. Where: Turtle Mountain. When: All day. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Pints of Sofie, a Belgian farmhouse-style ale, will be on tap. Why you should go: Hey, if you live in Rio Rancho and don’t want to travel too far, this is a great opportunity to try a unique beer you usually cannot get anywhere in New Mexico.
What: Perfect Pub Pet Class. Where: Tractor Brewing. When: Noon to 1 p.m. Cost: $15 per human and dog pair. Details: Ever been worried about how your best friend might behave on the patio at Tractor or other dog-friendly breweries? Let instructors from Animal Humane teach you about proper pub behavior for your pooch. Why you should go: Would you rather leave your dog at home to chew on your X-box or favorite pair of shoes? Or bring him/her along while you enjoy a good pint of beer? Yeah, we thought so.
What: Special Beer Tasting. Where: Two Fools. When: Noon to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: A selection of New Belgium beers will be put on tap, with brewer Lindsay Guerdrum herself on hand to talk about her Smores Porter and the other beers. This is a rare chance to interact with an out-of-town brewery. Why you should go: Increase your beer knowledge while trying beers, including the aforementioned porter, the Rampart IPA, and two beers from the Lips of Faith Series.
What: Total Wine & More Event. Where: Total Wine in Cottonwood Corners. When: Noon to 4 p.m. Cost: Unknown. Details: We know almost nothing about this event, other than they will have some beers from some rare, out-of-state breweries, for people to sample. Why you should go: Because darn it, we are curious as to what is going on out there. Head over, enjoy yourself, report on it, and we will print it up.
What: Double Barrel Beer Tasting. Where: Il Vicino Canteen. When: Noon to 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The mad scientists at IVCB have been keeping a Belgian blonde in a cabernet barrel and a Belgian strong in a bourbon barrel. They are also releasing the Hops-pitality IPA. Why you should go: Il Vicino always brews up some great beers and has been doing a good job with their barrel-aged beers in particular. Throw in the special IPA for those who are not into Belgians or looking for something with a lower ABV, and there are options for everyone. A number of the Crew will be heading over throughout the day, including myself, Derek, and Shilling.
What: Special Beer Tasting. Where: Jubilation on Lomas and Carlisle. When: 2 to 4 p.m. Cost: No cover charge despite earlier reports to the contrary. (Thanks for the update, Marne!) Details: Anderson Valley brews some of the best beers in Northern California, and now you get to compare how they taste from the can versus the bottle. Summer Solstice, Boont Amber, Hop Ottin IPA, and Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout will be on hand for you to sample. Why you should go: Come on, admit it, you are curious, do beers taste better from the bottle or the can. Plus, these are great beers. Brandon and Franz Solo are planning to attend this event.
That should be enough to keep everyone busy this Saturday. Don’t worry, Sunday is a bit lighter on events for anyone who might already be suffering from beer exhaustion (we assume this is such a thing, it’s just a foreign concept to the six of us). Remember to keep drinking responsibly and keep having fun out there! Just pace yourselves!