This week, I had the pleasure of briefly speaking with Ben Couger and John Gonzales at Alien Brew Pub to get an update on their small batch program. I am really glad I stopped by, because there is exciting news. John tells me that ABP will be starting a Firkin Friday (hopefully beginning next week, in fact), and we can all use a little more of that in our lives.
Ben said he is a fan of vanilla and milk stouts, so hopefully we can see more of that type of beer in their future. John added that future plans also include beer and food parings with local chefs. If we get any more information, we will pass it along.
I was able to get a look at the 1-barrel system they have in place at ABP. Basically, Ben explained that it mimics the full system they have out at the Sierra Blanca Brewery in Moriarty. Ben said they have a really good time brewing up experimental batches on a smaller system. Coming up, they are going to brew some IPAs on the system. They have some experimental hops, the ones with numbers for names, numbers that mean nothing whatsoever to me.
I was fortunate enough to try the 20th Anniversary Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout when I was at the Beer Premier and Matanza. The Wild Turkey barrels used to make that beer were cleaned out and are now being used for cherry and cranberry sours. Speaking of their 20th anniversary, the big party is this Saturday at their Beer Garden in Moriarty. If you haven’t had a chance to check out their recently upgraded venue, this is a great opportunity to head out and help them celebrate 20 years of brewing craft beer in New Mexico.