Day Two of ABQ Beer Week 2014 will feature eight different events, including two devoted to that heavily debated beer style — the dreaded/beloved sour ale! Viva Friday!
Oh, and by the way, thank you to everyone that came out for the Battle of the Beer Geeks on Thursday. We’ll have a little more on that, including which beer group won, a little later today.
What: 2nd Annual Tower of Sour. Where: Back Alley Draft House, Central and 2nd Street. When: 5 to 10 p.m. Cost: $12 for flights of four beers, plus a pint of your favorite. Details: The good folks at Back Alley have put together an impressive lineup for the discerning sour lover. There will be two flights, priced separately, of the following eight beers — Petrus Aged Pale, Petrus Aged Red, Ichtegems Grand Cru, Moylan’s Lonely Tart Club, Silly Sour, Alvinne Phi, Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie, and New Belgium La Follie. Come decide which is the best of the best. And if you want some sour-to-go, there will be 750ml bottles of Goose Island’s Lolita for just $20. Why you should go: Back Alley brewer Addison Poth knows his sours, so you can rest assured he has picked an epic lineup. And if you can’t hack the sours, well, you’ll be at Back Alley, which has a great lineup of house beers, other New Mexico brews, and some additional beers from around the world. And on top of that, you can order food from New York Pizza Department next door and have it delivered to your table.
All the other great events
What: Wonderful World of Sours. Where: Total Wine Cottonwood. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: Unknown. Details: This special class will feature beers from Petrus and Monk’s Cafe. That’s all the details we got, but we’ll update if more arrive. Call (505) 890-8467 for more information. Why you should go: If you’re just getting into sours or are not sure yet about them, this is a good introduction to the style.
What: Tractor Brewing Tasting. Where: Total Wine Cottonwood. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Tractor’s new cans will be poured with all three styles present — Farmer’s Tan Red Ale, Farmer’s Almanac IPA, and Milk Mustachio Stout. Why you should go: If you were wondering how canning would affect three of your favorites from Tractor, this will give you a chance to try them out before purchasing. Though we’re still confident you’ll buy them anyway.
What: Kellys Brewpub Tasting. Where: Total Wine Uptown. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Kellys has released two beers, its Amber and IPA, in cans and they will be poured for you to sample. Why you should go: If you don’t want to deal with Nob Hill on a Friday afternoon/evening but still want some Kellys beer, here ya’ go.
What: Caip-beer-inha’s. Where: Imbibe Cigar Bar. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: We’ll admit to never having had a Caipirinha, which is some sort of mixed drink. In this case the bartenders at Imbibe are mixing three beers with other ingredients to create some unique concoctions. There will be three Caip-beer-inha’s — Raspberry (with Wittekerke Raspberry Frambois), Orange Blossom (with Indian Wells Orange Blossom Amber), and Summertime (with Wittekerke Wheat). Why you should go: If you still have that one friend who won’t make the switch from mixed drinks to beer, then take him/her to this and begin his/her training to eventually reach the heights of ambers and pilsners.
What: Goose Island Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 to 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The Ogden, a Belgian-style triple, will be poured for your drinking pleasure. Why you should go: If you prefer draft to bottle, and prefer powerful triples, this is your chance. Plus, chow down on some Beef Boxty and watch rugby highlights on the telly.
What: New Belgium Tap Takeover. Where: Gecko’s on Academy. When: 5 p.m. to midnight. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Once again, beers from NB will be poured all night for you to enjoy with your tapas dishes. Why you should go: Food, beer, and if you’re too worn out from a long week to leave the Northeast Heights, you don’t have to now.
What: Oskar Blues Special Tapping. Where: Horse & Angel Tavern. When: 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Another Northeast Heights bar is jumping into the fray with some selections from the great Colorado brewery. Among the beers expected to be poured are Gubna Imperial IPA, Old Chub Scottish Ale on Nitro, and Fat Slim, the collaboration beer OB brewed with La Cumbre. Why you should go: Old Chub on Nitro? Do you really need a reason beyond that?
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Enjoy Day Two! Just remember to pace yourselves and be responsible.