ABQ Beer Week Recaps: Rockin’ the saison and changin’ the plans

Posted: June 2, 2016 by amyotravel in ABQ Beer Week 2016
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Bartender James was all smiles serving up Marble's Saison #1 at Rock & Brews.

Bartender James was all smiles serving up Marble’s Saison #1 at Rock & Brews.

Rock & Brews had a Tuesday Brewsday tapping of Marble’s Saison #1. We were on our way (more on this later) to an Isotopes game, so we made sure to stop by and to get there early for happy hour. The Saison #1 is a little bright and a little funky, both at the same time, but at 7-percent ABV, it ends up tasting sweeter than most saisons. It paired really, really well with the $4 happy hour green chile cheese fries! As always, the staff behind the bar were cool people and they seemed genuinely sad when we said we had to go to the game. They said you don’t really have to go. As it turns out, they were right.

We had free tickets to the Isotopes game from some friends, so after Rock & Brews we all headed out to the stadium. Alas, along the way, the famous Albuquerque spring winds that just will not seem to die this year decided to kick up a mighty wind storm. Our friends texted us and said they could exchange the tickets for another day if we didn’t use them. Did we just want to go have beer somewhere instead of battling allergies in the wind? We agreed, and made our way over to Nob Hill since there were a couple of Beer Week events going on there. I said I wanted to go to the event at Canvas Artistry, because Ballast Point. Because Tom DeCaro.

Coconut Victory at Sea is a victory for all!

Coconut Victory at Sea is a victory for all!

They had Ballast Point’s Coconut Victory at Sea. Yes, please! Tom had given me the lowdown earlier in the day: “Our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. We infused this robust porter with whole vanilla beans and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate. For this one we filled the Miramar kitchen with bags and bags of coconut and toasted them. We then loaded the beer with massive amounts of toasted coconut.”

It’s a heavy-hitting 10-percent ABV and you can definitely taste the coconut, but I was not overwhelmed by it. I was so enthralled I forgot to take a picture until we were well in to our beers.

Baseball’s great, but I don’t think any of us really felt like we missed out. The weather seemed to want us to have a dark beer, because we were actually chilly walking along Central. This was a victory on land!

Bonus: Tom let us know that he was able to get Ballast’s Mango Even Keel into Isotopes Park. Look for it next time you are there — it’s at the Guinness/Beers of the World stand (at least right now) across from Dion’s.

Surviving Beer Week Cheers!

— AmyO

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