Archive for October 24, 2014

So I usually try to keep Beer Notes limited to once a week, but this weekend screamed out for some sort of preview. Originally we were going to have a sneak preview of Heimat House, the new German restaurant/brewpub in the Northeast Heights, but they got just a bit busy preparing for their grand opening and we won’t be able to stop by until later this evening. Don’t worry, we’ll still get you all the info you need, it just may not run till Monday.

Back Alley says good-bye to one brewer and hello to another this weekend.

Back Alley says good-bye to one brewer and hello to another this weekend.

Now it’s just a matter of trying to figure out how to cram all of this beer goodness into our schedules. And to make it worse, I have to take some folks to the airport at 5:30 a.m. Saturday. So if any of you run into me Saturday night and I seem completely out of it, it’s not the beer. Well, it might be partly the beer.

Brewery by brewery, here’s what we know is going on this weekend. Some of this is a repeat of Monday’s Beer Notes and/or Wednesday’s The Week Ahead in Beer, but you can never repeat good brewing news too many times. At least I hope you can’t.

Back Alley bids adieu

Brewer Addison Poth is leaving for San Diego, so there will be a going-away party Saturday night at the Draft House. Two special beers, Ladron’s con Fuego and Poth’s Pilsner, will be on tap. For more details, go back to Week Ahead.

Bosque turns two

We gotta start writing down when breweries are having their anniversaries so we are not caught unprepared. Otherwise we could have given this a full write-up. As it is, the Bosque crew is celebrating all weekend long. There will be all sorts of as-yet-unannounced prizes and giveaways, so if we get details I will update this (yeah, I’ll head over there this afternoon). They are tapping their Cottonwood Anniversary Double Red (9.5% ABV, 90 IBU), a monster beer from brewer John Bullard. You just know it’s gonna be epic.

Boxing Bear steps into the cask ring

Brewer Justin Hamilton and his staff are trying to make cask Fridays a regular thing, so let’s all support them if we can. First up is their Uppercut IPA dry-hopped with eight ounces of Equinox.

The 2013 version of the wondrous St. Bob's is on tap at Canteen.

The 2013 version of the wondrous St. Bob’s is on tap at Canteen as of this afternoon.

Canteen just did what?

The mad scientists have just put the 2013 St. Bob’s Imperial Stout (12.1% ABV, 90 IBU), a barrel-aged behemoth, on tap as of this afternoon. It’s just one keg, so haul ass over there and get some. Lord, this plus that Bosque Double Red … this weekend could be rough.

La Cumbre pitches in for charity

UPDATED >>> Following up on Wednesday’s Peek-a-Boob Porter release for breast cancer awareness, LC will be hosting the Cerveza for a Cause event NEXT Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., not this Saturday. Whoops. Was typing this up so fast I misread the date. Anyway, for every pint sold, $1 will go to the Q Kids Foundation. There will also be a silent art auction and a raffle, plus live music from Django Rhythm Meat Grinder.

And yeah, La Cumbre has a cask up, in this case today (Friday) it will be Elevated IPA dry-hopped with Mosaic. Pints are just $3.

More room for more beer equals a party. Woots.

More room for more beer equals a party. Woots.

Marble Westside gets larger

Marble’s taproom out west has increased in size and is open again, so now it’s time to celebrate. The event runs 5 to 10 p.m. tonight, with complimentary hors d’ouevres from M’Tucci’s Kitchina from 5 to 7. Live music will be provided by Russell James Pyle at 5 and Merican Slang at 7.

If you can’t get to the west side tonight, head downtown as Alex Maryol performs from 8 to 11. Then on Saturday, the downtown pub will host the Hops & Harvest Fest, benefiting the Downtown Growers Market. That lasts from 2 to 9 p.m. and will feature live music and more.

Red Door gets into the season

The new guys will have a Pumpkin Carving Contest this Sunday at 5 p.m. You can bring your own pumpkin or buy one there for $8. You do have to bring your own carving equipment. There will be prizes for the winners and maybe even some consolation prizes for everyone else. They are hoping to make this an annual event, so head on over.

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OK, that seems to be all the events going on this weekend. If there are any more events to add or you need further details on anything listed here, contact us the usual ways (email:, Twitter @nmdarksidebc, Facebook, or the comments section below). I will try to get some more details about Bosque soon. While enjoying a Double Red. Followed by a St. Bob’s at Canteen. Followed by a stop at Heimat House. Followed by cask at Boxing Bear. Followed by a stop at Marble Westside. Small beer samples only for me today/tonight.


— Stoutmeister