And so it begins!

From towers of sours to beer battles and beer dinners, this is how you start your weekend.

The end is nigh, but there is still much more to drink. Welcome to the second and final weekend of ABQ Beer Week. Friday kicks off with all sorts of events scattered across town as this annual tradition nears its end for 2015. We lead off with the return of the popular Tower of Sour at Back Alley Draft House.

Beyond that there is more fun scheduled for Nob Hill Bar & Grill, Rock & Brews, Two Fools, Jubilation, O’Niell’s Juan Tabo, Kellys Brewpub, Tractor Wells Park, and both Marble locations. Throw in the first ABW event at the new Sinners ‘N Saints (which replaced the short-lived LOCAL Brewhouse), and you have a full Friday ahead of you.

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: Third Annual Tower of Sour. Where: Back Alley Draft House. When: 5 p.m. Cost: $15 for seven samples and a 10-ounce pour of your favorite.

Details: It’s back! The annual adventure in sour beers returns to BADH, this time featuring Marble Brett IPA, Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose, Santa Fe Sour State Pen Porter (aged two years), New Belgium La Folie, and BADH’s homemade trio of Belgian Dark Sour, Berliner Weissbier, and Indigenous Prickly Pear Lambic. It’s the All-American incarnation this year. We doubt anyone will complain.

Why you should go: If you love sour beers, and we know many of you do, this event was made for you. Plus, you can order NY Pizza Department slices and watch Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on TV. Go Lightning!

All the other great events

What: North Coast Tap Takeover. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: A bunch of beers from North Coast Brewing will be available. Why you should go: Come on, you’re curious to know which beers. Head over and then let us know.

What: Firkin Friday. Where: Marble (both locations). When: Noon. Cost: No cover charge. Details: We’re anxiously awaiting the list of casks (three Downtown, two Westside) that will be available. Why you should go: Isn’t it already your Friday tradition to visit Marble for a cask ale? Yeah, we thought so.

What: Redd’s Green Apple Ale Tasting. Where: Total Wine (both locations). When: 1 to 3 p.m. (Cottonwood), 4 to 6 p.m. (Uptown). Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free beer samples. Why you should go: Free beer samples.

What: Stone Tap Invasion. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 3 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: A bunch of Stone beers will be available, including Stochasticity Project, Ruination 2.0, and Points Unknown IPA, a collaboration between Stone, Ecliptic, and Wick Weed. Why you should go: Because Stone still kicks butt, that’s why. And so does Wicked Weed, so that collaboration IPA sounds wonderful.

What: Marble Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free beer samples, including White Out. Why you should go: Free beer samples.

What: Kellys Special Beer Release. Where: Kellys Brewpub. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The brewers at Kellys have created two new beers, a Saison and Sandia Saison, that will be tapped this afternoon. Why you should go: Go find out the difference between the two variations while relaxing on that giant patio.

What: Avery Special Tapping and Alpine NM Draft Kickoff. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Oh, just a keg of the amazingly epic Uncle Jacob’s Stout from Avery that’s been aging a few extra months. There will also be two Alpine beers making their NM debut in Hoppy Birthday (American Pale Ale) and Duet (American IPA). Why you should go: Please head over and welcome Alpine to ABQ. If you’re not a hops person, trust us, the Uncle Jacob’s has you covered.

What: Smithwick’s Nitro Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Yup, the classic Irish ale has been put on nitro. Why you should go: It was already a smooth beer, now it might just be the smoothest ever.

What: Boulder Beer Sampling. Where: Total Wine Uptown. When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free beer samples. Why you should go: Free beer samples.

What: Battle of Fort Albuquerque. Where: Sinners ’n Saints (formerly The LOCAL Brewhouse). When: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: No cover charge listed. Details: It’s a good old-fashioned beer battle as Colorado’s New Belgium and Odell go up against Bosque and La Cumbre. Why you should go: Lots of great beers to try in a competition format.

What: Odell Beer Dinner. Where: Crown Room at The Downs Casino. When: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $49.99, call (505) 767-7166 to make reservations. Details: Six Odell beers have been paired with a five-course meal — Hawaiian Ahi Poke with Easy Street Wheat; Maryland Crab Cake and Kicked up Hummus with IPA; Baby Field Greens, Fennel, and Duck Salad with Loose Leaf Session IPA; Short Ribs, Cabbage Rolls, and Sausage with Cutthroat Porter and Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA; Homemade Double Brazzle Brownie with Brazzle Ale. Why you should go: All that delicious food paired with all that delicious beer.

What: Youngsville CD Release Party. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Youngsville will be on hand to perform and release their copy of “Drought City,” which is free with a paid bar tab. Bellemah and Slow Jeremiah will open. Why you should go: Support local music while drinking 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 Sunday. 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
What: Beer and smoked meat pairing; beers are $3.50 per pint, $6 per 10-ounce mead sample
Today — 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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Got any questions, comments, complaints, send them to nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, or leave them here on our site, on Facebook, or on Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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