Oh, my, Day 8 of Beer Week is a busy one. In addition to the ongoing Lips of Faith series at Geckos, there are nine other events. Yup, nine. Pick and choose carefully.
In a bit of shameless self-promotion, we in the Crew would definitely recommend a visit to Marble at 6 p.m. That’s where four of Albuquerque’s beer groups will gather for a Meet & Greet. Come on down to meet us in the Brew Crew, as well as the ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group, the Worthogs Home Brew Club of Rio Rancho, and the Babes in Brewland.
This is a great opportunity for people to learn what each of our groups is all about. If you have ever thought about joining a group, this is your chance to find out which one fits you best. As a bonus, you can get Mug Club pricing on pints while you visit. So stop on by Marble between 6 and 7:30 and say hello. There is no cover charge or anything like that.
As for the rest of the events, as I said before, choose carefully.
What: Cask Ale Night. Where: Marble West Side Taproom. When: 3 p.m. to midnight. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The west side gets to have some of Marble’s delicious beers on cask, including the 505 collaboration beer, red ale and oatmeal stout. You can get free samples. Why you should go: For those west of the Rio Grande, if you have never tried cask beer, this is your chance, and you have a lot of time to choose when to go over.
What: Special Beer Release. Where: Kellys Brewpub in Nob Hill. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Kellys finally gets in on the Beer Week fun by releasing The Forgotten Brewer, a double IPA. You can also get free tours of the brewery from the brewers. Why you should go: We have been hearing from people that the beer at Kellys is starting to rise to the standards set by the other microbreweries in town. Head on over and see if the rumors are true, plus you can grab a bite to eat and watch the NHL and NBA playoffs on the 8,000 televisions at Kellys.
What: Sandia Chile Grill special. Where: SCG, located in the shopping center on the northeast corner of San Antonio and Wyoming. When: 4 to 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Stop in this afternoon/evening at SCG and get a free loaded baked potato with the purchase of a pint of beer. Why you should go: Free food with your beer. Who doesn’t like that?
What: Special Beer Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s in Nob Hill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: New Belgium beers will be on hand for folks to sample. Why you should go: Free beer samples.
What: Special Beer Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s on Juan Tabo. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Left Hand beers will be on hand for folks to sample. Why you should go: Free beer samples.
What: Special Beer Tapping. Where: Two Fools. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Reps from La Cumbre will be on hand to talk while you enjoy Project Dank (IPA). Why you should go: Trust us, any conversation with La Cumbre staff will raise your beer IQ by at least 10 to 20 points. Those of us that participated in Cask Fest at Il Vicino back in March rather enjoyed Project Dank, so let us know what you think.
What: Special Beer Tapping. Where: Billy’s Pub on Juan Tabo. When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: Unknown. Details: Head on over to try some of Boulder Brewing’s Kinda Blue, an American blueberry wheat. Why you should go: Even if a blueberry wheat is not your thing, there are plenty of other beers on tap at Billy’s for you to try.
What: Special Beer Release. Where: Horse & Angel Tavern. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: If you missed any of the prior opportunities to try Odell’s Amuste, this is your chance. Amuste is a porter brewed with juice from Tempranillo grapes (grown in Colorado) and then aged in oak wine barrels. Why you should go: It is never too early to have a potent but sweet beer that can double as your dessert.
What: Special Beer Tasting. Where: Sister Bar on Central downtown. When: 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Stone is bringing its 2013 Old Guardian Oak-Aged Ale, the Espresso Imperial Russian Stout, and Cali-Belgique IPA to draft at Sister. Why you should go: Since we have an hour before Meet & Greet, a lot of us in the beer groups are planning on sneaking over to Sister for a quick pint. Three of Stone’s awesome beers on draft. Poor Franz Solo is stuck at work during this time, so we will raise our glasses in his honor.
OK, that’s it for Thursday. Things do not get any less busy for us on Friday when the Crew joins forces with Blackout’s Lauren Poole and a slew of awesome performers to bring you the Dark Ages at ArtBar. We will have a lot more details on that, plus all of the other Beer Week events (and there are a lot of them) on the final night before Blues & Brews.