It’s another big day for ABQ Beer Week as there are nine total events going on Wednesday, including two beer dinners and a beer breakfast before that.
What: Stone Beer Dinner. Where: The Stumbling Steer. When: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $65. Details: How does a five-course meal with lots of delicious Stone beers sound? Apparently it sounded pretty good, because this event has sold out. Just check out the beer list — Go to IPA, Saison, IPA, Smoked Porter with Chipotle, Arrogant Bastard, Imperial Russian Stout — plus some additional beers on tap, including Stone beers on cask. With all those beers you get to have special mini grilled cheeses, a new take on bangers and mash, a variation of green eggs and ham, plus a New York strip for the main course, and pudding for dessert. This dinner will leave you fat and happy. But then again, the Steer always leaves you fat and happy. Why you should go: For those who bought a ticket, good for you. For those who didn’t, Franz Solo and Mrs. Solo will be sure to make you regret it by posting a lot of pictures on Facebook and writing up a full review, too.
All the other great events
What: Breakfast & Beer. Where: Cazuela’s. When: 7 to 11 a.m. Cost: Unknown. Details: There aren’t really any details available for this event, other than there will be a full breakfast menu and house beers to go with the dishes. Call Cazuela’s at (505) 994-9364 for more information. Why you should go: We’re kinda curious what they’ve got going on. Satisfy our curiosity by going and finding out. We’d go, but, uh, that’s early. We’re mostly a nocturnal Brew Crew.
What: Boulder Beer Event. Where: The Barley Room. When: 4 to 5 p.m. Cost: Unknown. Details: Another event with no details. We’ll try to call The Barley Room and find out more as to what Boulder Beers will be poured, if there’s a cover charge, and if anything else special is in store for you. Why you should go: We’ll figure that part out for you later.
What: Boulder Beer Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Boulder’s Black IPA will be the featured beer at Two Fools. Head on over to try some of this (relatively) new concoction. Why you should go: Has Two Fools disappointed anyone yet? Didn’t think so.
What: Alaskan Tap Takeover. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: There will be six Alaskan beers taking over the taps. Amber, White, Summer Ale, Icy Bay IPA, Freeride APA and Stout will be the night’s selections. Why you should go: If you’re up in the Northeast Heights and need a beer fix, this one is tough to beat.
What: Left Hand Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s Nob Hill. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free tastings of five Left Hand beers, plus they will be on tap if you want a pint of your favorite. Longtime favorites like Polestar Pilsner and Milk Stout will be there, plus there will be Beer Week Sauce (porter with coffee), Ambidextrous, and Widdershins (barley wine). We don’t know if it’s Ambidextrous #5, a Sticke alt, or #6, a smoked dopple weizenbock. Why you should go: The Sauce, Ambidextrous, and Widdershins are pretty darned good and often hard to find. Here’s your chance to get all three. Plus, you can get the chance to meet me, since I’ll be the official Beer Week volunteer rep at this event.
What: Food Truck Beer Dinner. Where: Marble Downtown. When: 5 to 9 p.m. Cost: $35. Details: Since Stone is sold out, and you’re probably going to be hungry no matter what, head over to Marble for this special dinner. The $35 will get you plates from three food trucks — The Supper Truck, Street Food Institute, Conchitas Creations — and three 10-ounce beers paired up with each dish. For your musical entertainment, The Squash Blossom Boys will be playing from 6 to 9 p.m. Why you should go: It’s hard to pass up the chance to have great food truck meals paired up with Marble beers. Throw in some good bluegrass on Marble’s new covered patio and you’re in for a great night.
What: New Belgium Frozen T-Shirt Contest and Bike Giveaway. Where: Monte Vista Fire Station. When: 7 to 10 p.m. Cost: Unknown. Details: Yeah, we had to admit, this was a weird one when we first saw it. Apparently a frozen T-shirt contest goes like this — they soak a New Belgium shirt, then freeze it solid, and it’s up to folks to then untie the frozen shirt. So, yeah, that could be fun. Plus you get a chance to enter a raffle for a free New Belgium cruiser bike. Why you should go: It might be the most unique event this week. Give it a shot, and let us know how hard it is to untie a frozen shirt.
What: Beer Cocktails. Where: ArtBar by Catalyst Club, 2nd Street and Gold. When: 7 p.m. to midnight. Cost: Unknown. Details: Members and their guests can head over to try a slew of special beer cocktails. Not only that, but you can get the recipes for your favorites and take them home. The cocktails are crafted with Alaskan beers and some other styles as well. Plus, there will be an open mic for entertainment. Why you should go: For those who like to play with their beer, this is your chance.
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Enjoy Day Seven! Just remember to pace yourselves and be responsible.