Archive for May 24, 2015

You know an event is official when they have an official pint glass.

You know an event is official when they have a swanky official pint glass. (Photo courtesy of Boxing Bear)

The good folks at Boxing Bear have put together their first beer festival, which will go down today (Sunday) from 2 to 6 p.m. You can still buy your tickets online or at that door, though VIP tickets have already sold out.

The other participating breweries are Bosque, Canteen, Chama River, La Cumbre, Marble, Nexus, Santa Fe, and Turtle Mountain. It is a locals-only event.

There will be food trucks, live music (Cali Shaw and Red Light Cameras), and lots of fun on top of just the beer. You can also by plenty of special merchandise as well. Since this is a website about beer, however, we tend to focus on just what will be poured for all of you, our wonderful readers. For this festival, it is not a straight unlimited sampling event like Blues & Brews. Your ticket gets you four free 4-ounce samples and one pint of your choice. After that, you can purchase additional pints. The first 1,000 festival goers get a cool pint glass like the one pictured above.

As there is a limited amount of sampling, you need to know what the beers are so you can make a good, educated choice. Thankfully, the breweries have been letting us know what they are taking. Well, some have figured it out, the others will update us when they finalize their lists.

Boxing Bear: Uppercut IPA, Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Body Czech Pilsner, Hairy Mit Hefe, Salute Your Schwartz, Regal Squabble (English IPA), Wiener Munchner, AppleBear Hard Cider, K.O. Kolsch. The newest beer here is the Kolsch, which is a fitting brew for a warm summer day. Among the rest, we highly recommend the Standing 8 if you are into the darker end of the spectrum. The other current seasonals (Regal Squabble, Wiener Munchner, Salute Your Schwartz) are all solid as well.

Bosque: Driftwood Oatmeal Stout on nitro, others TBA. The Driftwood was heavenly on nitro after the ABQ Brew Dash. So smooth and decadent it was almost criminal.

Canteen: Hopspitality IPA, Boysenberry Wheat, Saison, Dougie Style Amber, Canteenator Doppelbock. Hard to go wrong with the big blast of hoppy goodness that is Hopspitality. If it’s malts you’re looking for, the Doppelbock has you covered. And for those who like their beer pink, Boysenberry is for you.

Chama River: Class VI Golden Lager, Plum Goodness, Hefe Nice Day, Radioactive IPA. Three seasonals and one regular beer, but the Class VI is a GABF gold medal-winner. The Radioactive is a monstrous hop bomb. The Plum is a new sour. Basically, they have almost every aspect of style covered here.

La Cumbre: TBA

Marble: Maibock, Brett IPA, Pilsner, Red Ale, Double White. Do these beers scream spring or what? The hugely popular Double White is always a fan favorite. Brett IPA and Maibock are two exceptionally different seasonals for two types of beer lovers.

Nexus: TBA

Santa Fe: TBA

Turtle Mountain: Heidelberg Helles, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Stauffenberg Stout, Cannon Fodder DIPA. The Cannon Fodder will be making its debut, further appeasing all of you hopheads out there. You can also get samples of their bottled beer, Wilde Jagd, and with your BearFest ticket stub you can buy some of the bombers for $5 off the regular price back up at TMBC itself. (No package sales at BearFest, sorry.)

Got any questions? Contact us all the usual ways (Facebook, Twitter @nmdarksidebc, email or you can contact the folks over at Boxing Bear.

Oh, and keep an eye out for Franz Solo and Mrs. Solo on site. They will have sign-up sheets for the NM Brewers Guild Enthusiast Membership. Follow that link if you missed the story.


— Stoutmeister

And so it begins!

It’s a big day, but if you would rather go small, there are some events besides Blues & Brews.

The biggest event of ABQ Beer Week is today when Blues & Brews kicks off at 2 p.m. for VIP, 3 p.m. for general admission. We already covered what to expect from the humongous festival, but feel free to go back and reread it to better plan your afternoon. However, we know not everyone is going there (or to BearFest on the west side; we will have a separate preview for that as it is not technically an official ABW event). So to help you out, here are some other options for your afternoon/evening.

Today’s smaller lineup includes a beer/food/movie pairing, a multi-media entertainment event, an ongoing anniversary party, and a special tapping. There is also a bike tour, though it has already sold out.

Featured event

Every day we will pick what we consider the biggest, most interesting, most unique event. This does not mean you should go to only this event and ignore the rest. All of them deserve your attention, but realistically, you can probably only attend a few. So we will make our daily pick, and you can either jump on it, or declare the Crew is foolish (we kinda are) and pick your own.

What: Old World/New World Beer Paired Lunch & Movie. Where: Shade Tree Customs & Cafe and Guild Cinema. When: Noon. Cost: $35 includes a three-course lunch, old world/new world beer pairings, and the movie; lunch only is $30, and movie only is $10.

Details: Planned menu and pairings, provided to us this past Tuesday — 1) Pinkus Hefe-Weisen versus La Cumbre A Slice of Hefen, paired with a goat cheese, roasted beets, toasted almonds, and baby beet greens salad; 2) Samuel Smith IPA versus La Cumbre Elevated IPA, paired with a Southwest patty melt served with bitterballen; 3) Lindemans Cuvee Rene versus La Cumbre Strawberry Gose, paired with sea-salted chocolate. The movie is the Albuquerque premier of Crafting a Nation next door at the Guild.

Why you should go: It’s a beer smack-down AND a movie premier! Paul from La Cumbre and Tom from Merchant du Vin will be there to help you understand the beers a little better. And since it starts at noon, you can still make it for the general admission portion of Blues & Brews.

All the other great events

What: Nexus Fourth Anniversary Party. Where: Nexus Brewery. When: 11 a.m. to close. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The party continues with more of the special red chile BBQ ribs and the Prosperity Works Belgian Scottish. Why you should go: If the big crowds Saturday scared you away, now is your chance to grab some brunch or dinner.

What: Bike & Brew Tour. Where: All over the place. When: 1 p.m. Cost: $45 with bike rental, $40 if you bring your own bike. Details: Sadly, it’s sold out, but there will be another special tour of multiple ABQ-area breweries by bicycle on May 31. Why you should go: Get some exercise with your beer, but if you didn’t get a ticket yet, you’ll have to aim for next week. You can find more information here.

What: I’ll Drink to That. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Tractor’s Carlos Contreras will host an evening of spoken word, slam poetry, live music, and more. National Slam Champion Ed Mabrey will be featured, while Leah Leyva & The Band will perform, and the Desert Darlings will handle the belly dancing. Why you should go: Kick back and relax after Blues & Brews. Let others do the entertaining.

What: Canteen Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The Canteenator Doppelbock will be the featured beer. Why you should go: Devour some delicious food after the festival and enjoy a quality local beer.

Special ongoing events

All throughout Beer Week, these two events will be running.

Brewery Scavenger Hunt at lululemon athletica at ABQ Uptown
Where: lululemon athletica ABQ Uptown and various other participating sites. When: Today through May 31. What: Pick up a scavenger pass at lululemon and head to six of nine participating locations. Take photos with your pass at the locations and then bring it all back to lululemon to be redeemed for a special pint glass. Participating sites: Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours, Duke City Trolley, Tractor, La Cumbre, Red Door, Marble, Chama River, The Grain Station, Rock & Brews

Smoked Meats Week
Where: Sandia Chile Grill When: 3 to 8 p.m., from today through Saturday, May 30
What: Beer and smoked meat pairing; beers are $3.50 per pint, $6 per 10-ounce mead sample
Today — Baby Back Ribs, Legacy Mead (9.2% ABV)
Monday — Smoked Sausage, Rattlesnake IPA
Tuesday — Potato Stuffer, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen
Wednesday — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Gold Rush Pilsner
Thursday — Smoked Salmon Platter, Red Ranger Irish Red
Friday — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Rattlesnake IPA
Saturday — Smoked Meat Sample Platter, Rattlesnake and Red Ranger and Milk Stout ($3 per 10-ounce)

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Enjoy yourselves out there, but please, do it responsibly.


— Stoutmeister