ABQ Beer Week: Variety is the word on Day Three

Posted: May 24, 2014 by cjax33 in ABQ Beer Week 2014
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Hello, weekend! While some of us are currently flying to Chicago (well, me), there are still plenty of events (10 total) going on as ABQ Beer Week rolls into Day Three. There are a lot of different types of events Saturday, so there should be something for everyone. And by something we mean great beer.

Golf, trolley tour, live podcasting, and of course lots of great beer will be on hand for Day Three.

Golf, trolley tour, live podcasting, and of course lots of great beer will be on hand for Day Three.

Featured event

What: Fleur de Rouge Release Party. Where: Marble Brewery Downtown. When: 2:30 to 6 p.m. Cover charge: None. Details: The Babes in Brewland created the FdR at Marble last summer, then took what was left over and aged it in special barrels. From their Facebook page: “Fleur de Rouge is a white wheat ale brewed with hibiscus, rose hips and orange peel originally released during the summer of 2013. This batch has been barrel aged for close to a year in Chardonnay barrels then blended with a barrel aged Saison. The result may have lost its pink color, but certainly gained in oaky flavors from the barrel and matured to something quite special!” There will be live music and food trucks present. There will be an official toast by the Babes at 2:30. Why you should go: A group of lovely and talented women created a wholly unique beer and want you to come drink it. You will never get to try a beer like this again in your life. Get down to Marble! No excuses!

All the other great events

What: NM Brewers Guild Golf Tournament. Where: Santa Ana Golf Course. When: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cover charge: $100 per person. Details: The format is a four-man scramble. For the $100, you get coffee, pastries, and a breakfast burrito, then 18 holes, followed by lunch and beer. The deadline for registration was May 10, so hopefully you already signed up. Why you should go: Golf, beer, and helping the Guild. Nothing wrong with that, so long as you have the money. And hopefully some semblance of golf skills. None of us in the Crew have any.

What: Belgian Beer & Cheese Pairings. Where: Shade Trade Customs & Cafe. When: noon to 6 p.m. Cover charge: $10. Details: You get a flight of rare Belgium beers and some cheese to pair with them. Shade Tree is located in Nob Hill next to the Guild Theater, near Central and Tulane. Supply will be limited, so stop by as early as possible. Why you should go: If you’ve got a hankering for Belgian beers, there are worse ways to spend the early part of your afternoon.

What: Indio Beer Tasting. Where: Total Wine, both locations. When: Noon to 3 p.m. in Uptown, 4 to 6 p.m. in Cottonwood. Cover charge: None. Details: Beers from Indio Brewing will be poured for your sampling pleasure. Why you should go: Admit it, you probably haven’t tried many Indio beers. Here’s your chance (plus, any you like, you can buy a six-pack on your way out).

What: Ale Trail Trolley Tour. Where: Board the trolley at Hotel Albuquerque near Old Town. When: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cover charge: $55 to $65 per person (click here to buy tickets). Details: The annual brewpub tour is back from ABQ Trolley Company. Board at Hotel Albuquerque and then set out for Back Alley Draft House, Marble, and Tractor. You will get behind the scenes tours of each brewery, plus beer samples to taste and some pub swag to take home. Along the way, participate in beer trivia for great prizes. Why you should go: If you’re new to the brewing scene and want to learn how things work, this is a great opportunity to visit three breweries and see how they do it. Plus, you don’t have to worry about who has to drive and, the great bane of our existence, finding parking within spitting distance at each popular location.

What: Beers of Colorado Tap Takeover. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: 4 to 6 p.m. Cover charge: None. Details: Not just one but three Colorado breweries will have some of their finest beers on tap. Left Hand is bringing Beer Week Sauce, Ambidextrous, Widdershins, Milk Stout, and Good Juju. New Belgium is offering up Snapshot, Trippel, and one of their Lips of Faith series. Oskar Blues will showcase Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Dale’s Pale Ale, and Deviant Dale’s IPA. Why you should go: When else are you going to get that much good Colorado beer in one place? Seriously, when?

What: Stone Tap Takeover. Where: O’Niell’s Nob Hill. When: 4 to 6 p.m. Cover charge: None. Details: No, it’s not just another run of IPA and, uh, IPA. No, instead this takeover will include Cali-Belgique (aged in red wine barrels), Tiger Cub (aged in white wine barrels), Saison, and Smoked Porter with Chipotle. These are not beers for the weak. Why you should go: Oh, come on, suck it up and go. You can handle these beers. Plus, you can tell us what the heck Tiger Cub is.

What: Kilkenny Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cover charge: None. Details: This popular Irish beer has never been available on tap in New Mexico until now. It’s an Irish cream ale from the makers of Guinness. Oh, and it’s nitro, not Co2. Why you should go: Did we mention this the first time this has been available in our state? Unless you’re following friend of the Crew Sandy Zimmerman to Ireland itself, this may be your only chance to enjoy this unique brew.

What: 10 Drink Minimum Special Brewers Edition. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 7 to 9 p.m. Cover charge: None. Details: The 10 Drink Minimum podcast will be broadcast live from Wells Park, with special guests to talk about Beer Week. We’re dispatching Brandon to represent the Crew in person. Plus, even though I’ll be 1,000 miles away, I might just call in to contribute to the show. Why you should go: A live audience only makes podcasts more fun. Plus, you can drink lots of beer while you listen in, and who knows, maybe you’ll even be called upon to contribute to the show.

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

Enjoy Day Three! Just remember to pace yourselves and be responsible. Oh, and raise a glass to this here traveling comrade. My flight left at 6 a.m. for crying out loud. I hope there are a lot of coffee beers in Chicago …


— Stoutmeister

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