Archive for June 4, 2016

 Caleigh Snyder from Mother Road Brewing with Joshua Wussow of Premier Distributing Co.

Caleigh Snyder from Mother Road Brewing, with Joshua Wussow of Premier Distributing Co.

Last summer, I stopped by Mother Road Brewing in Flagstaff as they were just about to launch their product in New Mexico. I was already a fan of their Lost Highway Black IPA (8% ABV, 100 IBU), and was thrilled to find that I loved their seasonal Roadside Grove even more. Last summer’s experiment added grapefruit to their popular Roadside Pale Ale (5% ABV, 27 IBU), and it was absolutely the best summer brew I found last year. Caleigh Snyder, Mother Road’s brewhouse ambassador, says it’s on tap this summer as well — road trip!

Caleigh was on hand Thursday night at Total Wine’s Uptown location, along with Joshua Wussow from Premier Distributing Co. All four brews currently available in New Mexico were being poured — Lost Highway, Roadside Pale Ale, Gold Road Kölsch-style (4.3% ABV, 19 IBU), and the Tower Station IPA (7.3% ABV, 70 IBU). Staying true to their vision of naming their beers after places along the legendary Mother Road, Route 66, the name Tower Station was inspired by a spot along the New Mexico/Texas border where an old abandoned gas station sits.

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Arizona has “convertible top” cans; sadly, not allowed in New Mexico. (Photo: Instagram/caleigh_motherroadbeer)

I had tasted Tower Station previously, after picking it up at Susan’s Fine Wine & Spirits in Santa Fe for post-mountain bike thirst quenching. It stands out among our excellent New Mexico IPAs because it doesn’t try to compete with their dankness. It’s smooth, mellow, and a great choice for hot summer days. Caleigh informed me it is less bitter than most IPAs because it’s brewed with 10 percent wheat and 40 percent pilsner malt. After she said that, I could immediately see this reflected in the flavor profile. You can pick up a four-pack of tallboys wherever Mother Road is stocked throughout New Mexico for about $10.

I spent some time with the Gold Road Kölsch as well, and was impressed by the dry, refreshing taste. Gold Road is named after the gold road stretch between Flagstaff and Lake Havasu. At only 4.3-percent ABV, this is another great option for the hot days ahead.

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Travel the Mother Road to the source this summer.

Cheers to Mother Road for adding new summer staples for all of us here in New Mexico. And, if you make it to Flagstaff, word is that they also have the Lost Highway on nitro brewed with coffee; and Cedar is still holding court behind the bar in the taproom, as if you needed another reason to visit!

— Julie

We are off and running with 14 events on the opening day!

Nearing the end on Day Ten, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had.

The party isn’t over yet, so it’s time to gear up for one last Saturday full of events.

There are two big fundraisers today, one at Tractor Wells Park and the other at Marble Westside.

Throw in some more beer releases, special tappings, sampling events, and more, and you should stay plenty busy as we wind down to the end.

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: Planned Parenthood Beer & Bands Annual Fundraiser. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 5 p.m. Cost: $15.

Details: Tractor is turning the entire front parking lot into an event space. All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood. There will be live music from Keith Sanchez, Le Chat Lunatique, and more, plus performances by the Desert Darlings, the ABQ Aerialist Collective, and more. Music, art, beer, all in one place.

Why you should go: It’s a big old block party. Go have some fun.

All the other great events

What: Marble Special Release. Where: 5 Star Burgers Central. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: They’re tapping another keg of Saison #1. Why you should go: Beer, burgers, bliss.

What: Sidewalk Chalk Contest. Where: Ponderosa. When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $20. Details: They provide the chalk, you make the art. All contestants get a T-shirt. The prizes are a $20 gift card for third place, a 1-year mug club membership for second, and a $100 gift card for first. Why you should go: Make some art, drink some beer, win some swag.

What: Albuquerque Brewing Tour. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: Noon. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Brewer Carnie will give a tour of the inner workings of ABC. Why you should go: See how they make the beer, then drink the beer.

What: Barrel-Aged Beer Release. Where: Tractor Nob Hill. When: Noon. Cost: $12 for a flight. Details: For the first time, the general public gets to try Tractor’s three new barrel-aged beers, Scotcholate, Barley Wine, and Luna de los Muertos. Why you should go: Because barrel-aged beers are delicious. And a limited number of bombers will be available for purchase.

What: Car Show & Live Music. Where: Rio Bravo. When: Noon. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Check out a car show outside and then listen to Reverend Catfish at 4 p.m. and Dirty Brown Jug Band at 6 p.m. Why you should go: If you love cars and/or tunes, this is for you.

What: Beer Baked Goods Cake Walk and Circus Day. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $5 per person. Details: Bring a baked dish made with beer to participate. Why you should go: Enjoy some food and beer on the patio.

What: Upslope Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Come check out the full lineup of Upslope beers. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Watermelon Mountain Ranch Fundraiser. Where: Marble Westside. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: There will be live music and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Watermelon Mountain Ranch. Why you should go: Support a good cause while enjoying a beer or two.

What: Raven and Co. Where: Santa Fe ABQ Taproom. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Live music at Green Jeans. Why you should go: Support local music.

What: Sierra Nevada Special Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: They are tapping three heavyweights in Five Hop DIPA, Bigfoot Barley Wine, and Hoptimum Imperial IPA. Why you should go: Big hops or big malts, you can’t lose.

(Five stars)

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister