One of the only downsides to having an ABQ Beer Week has been a lack of participation from the breweries outside the city limits. Other than Blues & Brews, Santa Fe Brewing largely sat out the festivities in years past. This year, what with their swanky taproom at Green Jeans Farmery and all, the good folks at SFBC are churning out some awesome on-site and off-site events.
I sat down with SFBC sales rep, and longtime friend of the Crew, Silas Sims over at the taproom last week. Amid some of that weird weather — wind, rain, cold in mid-May! — we covered the key events that are coming up.
One fun off-site event has already been covered by AmyO — the beer dinner at Torino’s @ Home. Click the link for more info on that event, which is Thursday at 6 p.m. In addition to the info compiled there, Silas said either brewmaster Bert Boyce or head brewer Noah Tuttle will be on hand to interact with customers.
And the reason it is either or?
“That one we’re going to actually have our brewmaster there as long as (his wife) doesn’t have a baby,” Silas said. “(They’re) having the baby soon. If we don’t have our brewmaster we’ll have our head brewer.”
At the taproom on Thursday, you can stop by for a special collaboration beer release. Boese Brothers has teamed up with SFBC to create Double Barrel Porter. The beer is a blend of State Pen Porter and Patriot Porter, with both beers aged in toasted oak barrels. That will officially be tapped at 3 p.m.
Friday through Sunday will feature a food and beer pairing series, starting at 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. When your taproom is surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants, most of whom already deliver to your door, take advantage.
“Basically that one we’re going to pair three days straight, the 27th through the 29th with all the people here,” Silas said. “You’ll be able to come in and see a menu of our pairings, say Amore or what have you.”
As for Memorial Day, stop in around 2 p.m. for the first firkin tapping of Beer Week. Thanks to technology (e.g. Bert texting Silas mid-interview), we learned that it will be a White Tea Chardonnay Sour.
Tuesday will feature a beer battle of a sort. The Grain Station will have one keg each of SFBC’s Freestyle Pilsner and Upslope’s Craft Lager on tap starting at 6 p.m. Whichever keg is emptied first, that brewery is the winner.
“It’s (about) supporting a local brewery against a Colorado brewery,” Silas said, while adding that there will be lots of merchandise and other swag available from both breweries, plus possibly some food specials.
Wednesday will see the debut of an event that should be a lot of fun. The crew from 10 Drink Minimum will be recording a live podcast at SFBC starting at 2 p.m.
“It’s going to be kind of a beer class slash question and answer type of thing,” Silas said. “Bert is supposed to be here. Again, with Bert, (he’s here) if his kid doesn’t happen, if not we’ll have Noah. I think our distributing head Kevin will be here. We’re going to have some start power up here.”
The event will be held on the upstairs patio, so anyone sitting up there will be expected to participate. The good news is participants will get a sneak preview of the next beer in the Ever Changing Series, Lemon Skynyrd, a saison. Everyone else will get to try it when it is officially released on Friday, June 3, at 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 2, will feature another collaboration release, this time with next door neighbor Broken Trail Spirits. Horse Thief Porter will make its debut at 3 p.m.
Everything will wrap up with a second firkin tapping on Saturday, June 4, at 2 p.m., this time featuring a Blood Orange Hefeweizen.
Overall, it looks like a solid lineup for SFBC in their first full ABQ Beer Week. Welcome to the show.