ABQ Beer Week: Battling beer geeks highlight Day One

Posted: May 22, 2014 by cjax33 in ABQ Beer Week 2014
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ABQ Beer Week 2014 is here at last! Wondering what to do tonight? Here is all the info you will need for Thursday’s opening events.

Year four of this wonderful week begins!

Year four of this wonderful week begins!

Featured event

What: Battle of the Beer Geeks. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $7 for five samples and a pint of your favorite. Details: Brandon pretty much covered all the details you need for this awesome event that pits beers brewed by five different ABQ-area beer groups (including the Crew, of course). Stop in, sample all five, pick your favorite, and see if the rest of the public agrees with you. There will be live music and a chance to interact with all the various beer group members. Why you should go: Because when else in your lives are you going to get to drink Hammer Smashed Stout?

All the other great events

What: Hops-pitality IPA release. Where: Il Vicino Canteen. When: Noon to close. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Il Vicino’s annual special Beer Week creation, the Hops-pitality IPA, is back for 2014. The Crew got to try an advance sample of Hops-pitality on Wednesday night. This year’s batch was made primarily with Waimea hops from New Zealand. Weighing in at 7.9-percent ABV and 80 IBUs, it has a unique flavor, both sweet and bitter, with a smooth, clean finish. Why you should go: In many ways the release of this beer is the start of everything. Besides, it’s an IPA. You all love IPAs. Don’t deny your love. Embrace it!

What: Albuquerque Brewers Collaboration Beer Release Party. Where: Marble Downtown Pub. When: 1 p.m. until close (music 7 to 10 p.m.). Cost: No cover charge. Details: The 505-Five, er Seven, is back for another round. Brewed by Marble in collaboration with Chama River, Il Vicino, La Cumbre, Nexus, and now Bosque and Turtle Mountain, this is traditionally a bold, hoppy beer. Marble will be pouring the beer at its West Side and Santa Fe locations as well, but the big party is downtown. The Gregg Daigle Band will provide the music. Why you should go: It’s the ultimate beer of Beer Week, darn it. If you can’t make it to Marble, the other participating breweries will also have it on tap.

What: Taste Through Belgium. Where: Total Wine Uptown. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: Unknown as of press time. Details: We asked Total Wine to email us details on their events. We did not receive anything in time for publication. If interested, give them a call at (505) 830-2080. Why you should go: If you love Belgian beers, or would like to learn to love them, this might be a good opportunity. It’s Total Wine, so the variety should be good.

What: Lagunitas Brewing Co. Tasting. Where: Total Wine Uptown and Cottonwood. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: All we know is there will be a number of Lagunitas beers on hand for sampling. If you’ve never had Lagunitas before, they brew big beers, mostly toward the hoppy end of the spectrum. Why you should go: Free sampling is always good.

The Crew seeks a flawless victory.

The Crew seeks a flawless victory.

What: Odell Brewing Perle White IPA Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern in Nob Hill. When: 6 p.m. until it runs out. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Odell is bringing a keg of its new white IPA for Two Fools patrons to enjoy. Grab a pint and some Fish & Chips. Why you should go: Odell makes some darned good beers. Why would this be any different? And Two Fools makes some awesome food.

What: Sierra Nevada Beer & Cheese Pairings. Where: O’Niell’s on Juan Tabo. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: $5. Details: There will be samples of cheese and Sierra Nevada-made sausage, paired up with some SN beers. Among the beers expected to be on tap are Ovila Saison, Harvest Ale, Pale Ale, Torpedo Extra IPA, Summerfest, and Kellerweis. Why you should go: Good food and good beer for just $5? If you’re already in the Northeast Heights, you can’t beat that.

What: Beers of Belgium Tap Takeover. Where: O’Niell’s in Nob Hill. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: There will be a free tasting of multiple beers from the great country of Belgium, plus you can purchase pints of your favorite as they will all be on draft. Among the beers expected to be available are Draak Tripel, Lucifer Blone, Delirium Nocturnum Quad, Petrus Oud Broun Sour, Bavik Wittekerke (Wheat), and Petrus Aged Red (Sour Cherry). Why you should go: If you love Belgian beers and don’t want to go to Total Wine, this is a pretty good alternative. Plus, you can grab a bite to eat.

What: New Belgium Tap Takeover. Where: Gecko’s in Nob Hill. When: 5 p.m. to close. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Beers from the Lips of Faith series and other “rare styles” will be on hand all night at Gecko’s. Why you should go: Tapas food plus good beer.

What: Tap the Source Beer Dinner. Where: Chama River. When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $45 per person, reservations required (call 505-342-1800). Details: The good folks are Chama River will combine their excellent beers with some amazing food dishes. This five-course meal will be paired with five Chama beers — Raspberry Ale, Copper John Pale Ale, Jackalope IPA, 505-Five, Coconut Brown. Why you should go: We all know how good the food is at Chama. A man (or woman) cannot live off beer alone! But why not combine both?

What: Yelp’s on Tap. Where: B2B Bistronomy in Nob Hill. When: 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: Unknown. Details: B2B has brewed up a special red ale in honor of “the Yelpers of Albuquerque.” Come on by for a pint, plus a class on how the ale was created, and leave with a special Yelp pint glass. Why you should go: Your collection of glassware is boring. Spruce it up. And enjoy a local beer while you’re at it!

UPDATED >>> What: Stone Brewing Tap Takeover. Where: Billy’s Longbar on San Mateo north of Montgomery. When: 7 to 10 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: A slew of Stone beers will be on tap. The list sent over from BLB is Cali-Belgique aged in red wine barrels, “The Tiger Cub” Saison aged in white wine barrels, the Kyle Hollingsworth/Kerri Kelly/Stone Collective Distortion IPA, Smoked Porter with Chipotle, Saison, and IPA. Why you should go: If you’re heading back to the Northeast Heights from the other events, and this won’t put you over the top, stop in for a good-night pint of your favorite Stone beer.

Got any updates or additional info for the Crew? Email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew.com or contact us via Facebook or Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).

Enjoy Day One! Just remember to pace yourselves and be responsible.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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