And so it ends. ABQ Beer Week will wrap up with a handful of events on this lovely Sunday. While not all of us in the Crew have been able to be everywhere, we felt we hit the best events, and fear not, we will work on a giant compilation of all our favorite beers that all of you need to seek out in the days and weeks ahead.
There are a couple of final beer/food pairings at Nob Hill Bar & Grill, Shade Tree, and Marble Downtown today. Throw in a few final special tappings scattered about, a bike tour, and a beer movie screening at Tractor Wells Park, and we bid Beer Week adieu for another year.
Now if you will all excuse me, I need a nap. Preferably one that lasts a few days.
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.
(Thanks to AmyO for the write-up on this one.)
What: Boulder Beer Brunch and Special Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: Entrees are $8 to $15, plus the cost of the beer(s) of your choice.
Details: The regular NHBG brunch menu will be available as well as a couple of special items, such as chocolate waffles using Boulder Beer’s Shake Chocolate Porter. There will be a pairing with a Boulder Tequila barrel-aged IPA (woo-hoo!) and their Blonde Ale will be used to make “beer-mosas.”
Why you should go: Did you read the part about Tequila barrel-aged IPA? Also, Carrie from Boulder Beer will be in attendance to discuss their beers. And she just might have swag! Tom from Nob Hill Bar & Grill says: “This is your chance to relax and enjoy the patio while having a rare beer and some beer infused brunch items.”
All the other great events
What: Straffe Hendrik Tap Takeover. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Belgian beers will be available. Why you should go: Go find out which ones.
What: Canteen Rum Barrel Aged Stock Ale Release. Where: Canteen Brewhouse. When: Noon. Cost: No cover charge. Details: They have been aging this sucker for a while. Franz Solo got some as a mug club member and shared it with the rest of us. We don’t remember much afterwards. Why you should go: Barrel-aged strong ales rule.
What: Second Annual Belgian Beer & Cheese Pairing. Where: Shade Tree Customs & Cafe. When: On the hour, every hour, while supplies last. Cost: Approximately $20. Details: Planned cheese/beer pairings include Sofia paired with Ommegang Scythe & Sickle; Serrat d’Ovella with Orval; Pleasant Ridge Reserve with Trappiste Rochefort 10 or St. Bernardus Abt 12; Nevat with Saison Dupont; and Le Welsche Gewurtztraminer with Lindemans Cuvee Rene Oude Gueuze. Why you should go: All cheese for this event will be from Cheesemongers of Santa Fe. Come early to sit at the bar. They will line up the bar and walk through each step, explaining why they chose each pairing. There will be a little history, a few jokes, some stories, and a whole lot of fun.
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: Good news, according to the website there are still spots available after the previous tour during Beer Week sold out. You will hit at least three of the following breweries — Kellys, Canteen, Red Door, Marble, Tractor, Nexus, Ponderosa, Left Turn Distillery. Why you should go: Get some exercise with your beer.
What: Joe S. Sausage Super Sunday Sausage Fest Sampler and Beer Bliss Extravaganza. Where: Marble Downtown. When: 2 to 6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge, but it’s $20 for the sausage tray with five 5-ounce beer samples. Details: Brewer Josh Trujillo and the Joe S. Sausage food truck have created a special menu for the day. The pairings — Imperial Stout with Maple Blueberry Sausage, Red Ale with Carne Adovada Sausage, Double White with Andouille, Rauchbier with Curry Sausage, Choice Blanc with Jamaican Jerk Sausage. Alex Maryol will perform from 3 to 6 p.m. Why you should go: Food, beer, music, sun, fun.
What: Screening of “Blood Sweat and Beer”. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 5 p.m. Cost: Unknown, contact Tractor. Details: It’s a movie about beer shown in a place that serves beer. Win-win. Why you should go: Kick back and relax with some fresh beer on tap rather than the old stuff in your fridge.
What: Weihenstephaner Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: An unknown German beer will be available. Why you should go: Solve the mystery, enjoy some great food, then slip into a beer/food coma.
What: Sierra Nevada Special Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: It’s Narwhal Imperial Stout. Huzzah! Why you should go: Narwhals, narwhals, swimming in the ocean … sorry, we shouldn’t do that to you. It was stuck in all of our heads for weeks thanks to that dumb commercial. So purge it from your head with this awesome stout.
Special ongoing events
All throughout Beer Week, this event has been running.
Brewery Scavenger Hunt at lululemon athletica at ABQ Uptown
Where: lululemon athletica ABQ Uptown and various other participating sites. When: Today. 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
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