So many events down, so many beers consumed. C’mon, troopers, let’s gear up. The end to this glorious time is nearly in sight. We shall not go out with a whimper, but a cosmic bang worthy of the elder gods. To that end, Friday is Day Nine of Ten, and it shall be a valiant conclusion to our beer-drinking efforts.
UPDATED >>>> What: Cask Ale Night. Where: Marble Downtown and West Side. When: All day. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Marble will be tapping lots of casks as per their Friday tradition, only it will be more than one. We finally got the list — 505-2014 Collaboration, Pilsner, and Rye Bretta. The 505 will be the only cask on the West Side. We also know that The Grateful Dead tribute band, Let It Grow, will be playing music from 8 to 11 p.m. Why you should go: Marble is one of the best in town when it comes to cask beers. Go drink a lot of them (unless you’re driving, in which case pick one or two or just get small samples). And it will help prepare you for Saturday’s Cask Festival at Il Vicino.
All the other great events
What: Tractor Brewing Tasting. Where: Total Wine Uptown. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: All three Tractor cans — IPA, Milk Stout, Red — will be on hand for sampling. Plus, you can meet artist David Santiago, who designed the cans’ unique look. Why you should go: Grab a sample, get an artist autograph, then take a sixer home.
What: Kellys Beer Tasting. Where: Total Wine Cottonwood. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The two styles from Kellys Brewpub that have been canned, Amber and IPA, will be sampled. Why you should go: Give ’em a try, let us know how Kellys is doing with canning.
What: Birra del Borgo Special Tapping. Where: Imbibe Cigar Bar. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: Unknown. Details: Some crazy beer called the Zymatore 25 Dodici, which is a Belgian-style dark strong ale but made in Italy, will be tapped. This particular batch was aged in wine and whiskey barrels, and then mixed with a fresh batch of the same original beer. That sounds … insane. Why you should go: We gotta admit, there’s a good chance we’ll never see this particular beer in ABQ ever again. Or anywhere on earth, for that matter.
What: Left Hand Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The most unique beer from Wednesday’s tasting at Jubilation, the Ambidextrous, makes its way over to Two Fools. This is a smoked doppel weizenbock. It’s heavy on the smoke, but with a different sort of finish than you might expect. It’s another unique beer, and it won’t be coming out in bottles anytime soon, so this might be your last chance to try it. Why you should go: If you missed it Wednesday’s at O’Niell’s, this is a second chance you can’t pass up.
UPDATED >>> What: Goose Island Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Jubilation released a new list, and it’s a doozy. They have Lolita, a wild ale made with raspberries and then aged in Cabernet Sauvignon casks for eight months. Sofie, a saison, is made up of 80 percent ale and 20 percent ale aged in wine barrels with citrus peel. Class of ’88 is a Belgian ale with Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes added, with the mixture then aged in Muscat wine barrels. Oh, and there’s also Ogden, a Belgian tripel, and the brand new Endless IPA. Why you should go: Need proof that Goose Island can still make some kick-ass beers? Here’s your chance.
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Enjoy Day Nine! Just remember to pace yourselves and be responsible.