Clash of the Titans: ABQ groups go head-to-head at Battle of the Beer Geeks

Posted: May 19, 2014 by Brandon Daniel in ABQ Beer Week 2014, Events, News
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The birth of a beast: Brandon (right) and Tractor assistant brewer Josh Campbell getting their grain on.

The birth of a beast: Brandon (right) and Tractor assistant brewer Josh Campbell getting their grain on.

Well, folks, the calendar has rapidly turned to the month of May, the weather is ascending into our usual Albuquerque warmth (freak occurrences of snow and locusts aside), and that yearly tradition we here at the DSBC love so much is finally upon us again. What tradition would that be? The NBA playoffs? Not a chance! The annual disappointment of our respective hockey teams being eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs? No way … although the sting still hasn’t faded from that. (Damn the Rangers. — S)

No, the tradition I speak of is ABQ Beer Week, a collection of events intended to spread interest in craft beer. From May 22-31, you will be able to find events going on across the city, including tasting events, music, tours, food pairings and more. Being the upstanding individuals we are, at least when it comes to beer, we will have lots of coverage on all the festivities coming up. While we are at it, though, how about a bit of shameless self promotion for an event we are taking part in called Battle of the Beer Geeks!

If you follow us regularly, you may recall that last month we trekked to Tractor Brewing Company’s new Wells Park location for a Saturday brewing session. Well, Battle of the Beer Geeks is the culmination of our efforts, as well as the efforts of other beer groups from around town. The good folks at Tractor allowed ourselves, the Babes in Brewland, Dukes of Ale, NM Wort Hogs, and the ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group to brew small batches on their new pilot system. We were given free reign with ingredients and allowed to whip up our own concoctions. With support from assistant brewer Josh Campbell, we let the darkness of our hearts pour forth into our beer; by which I mean we brewed a stout! I mean, we are the Dark Side Brew Crew. What else would you expect from us?

We could not disappoint our readers on the dark beer front, so we brewed a nice sweet — but still big, rough, and burly — stout that was deserving of such a brutal name. Thus, inspired by the relentless pummeling of a song by death metal legends Cannibal Corpse, we bring you Hammer Smashed Stout! We built a pretty sizable malt bill for our beer, as there are hefty amounts of chocolate, roasted, caramel malts, and flaked oats swirling around your palate. We added an extra something special for that bit of sweetness as well. What that is you can see by coming down to the Battle of the Beer Geeks. This beer will make you bang your head!

Porter Pounder, left, and Stoutmeister work on our beer at Tractor Wells Park.

Porter Pounder, left, and Stoutmeister work on our beer at Tractor Wells Park.

The Battle of the Beer Geeks will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at Tractor’s Wells Park location on 1800 4th Street NW. Patrons will be able to purchase sample flights of the five beers available for $7 and will receive a token, which can be redeemed for a full pint of your favorite of the beers. Aside from our beer, Babes in Brewland will have RIPA #11, a rye IPA; the Dukes of Ale feature their Adobe Red Hoppy Ale; the NM Wort Hogs have Controlled Burn green chile IPA; and Sangre Pale Ale from ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers. Members of all of the beer groups will be available, so be sure to stop by and talk shop with the folks who brewed your libations. The winner will be announced after 8 p.m., so make sure to cast your vote for your favorite (come on, embrace the darkness of the Hammer Smashed Stout). There will also be live music and food trucks are sure to be around to fill your bellies.

Keep an eye out on here for more information and coverage of the upcoming ABQ Beer Week events and happenings, or check out their website. And as always, feel free to say hi, give us a high five, and raise a pint with any of the Crew if you see us around! Until next time …

Prost!

— Brandon Daniel

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