The Crew has been largely focused on events that occur either at our local breweries or that still involve them at off-site locations. Every now and again, however, a pretty cool event pops up around town that we think you all need to know about.
This weekend will feature a vertical epic of The Abyss, the epic imperial stout from Deschutes, at Side Effex downtown. There will be pours of the 2014, 2015, and 2016 editions. The event is actually broken over two days. Today (Friday) will feature a beer and food pairing for $30, with a sneak preview of the vertical, which will be held Saturday. The pairing today will feature three plates with a variety of food items paired with different beers. To RSVP, call ahead at (505) 243-oo28 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It all starts tonight at 7.
The main vertical tasting will begin Saturday at 7. If you have never had The Abyss before, good lord, are you missing out on one of the finest stouts in the world. If you have had it before, but drank it all up every time it comes out, we highly suggest enjoying a vertical. It is a fascinating way to see the differences between the recipes for the three batches, as well as to what aging can do to a barrel-aged beer. The Crew did our own version of an Abyss vertical a couple years ago. It was tremendous.
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Another off-site event to know about is the upcoming Tart at Heart 3, which will be held again at Sister on April 15. Go follow Jon Hamm’s advice and get your taxes won, then head over to try 25-plus rare sour and barrel-aged beers. You can already buy tickets online, with general admission costing $35 and VIP costing $45. The latter gets you in an hour early, plus you get some exclusive food-and-beer pairings courtesy of the kitchen staff at Sister. Tickets can also be purchased at Sister, Jubilation, and the Kelly Liquors on Juan Tabo.
There will be local breweries involved this year. The Canteen staff told me Thursday that they will be sending a new version of their popular Social Capital kettle sour to the event.
Angelo Orona, of Craft King Consulting, said he will be providing a full list of beers before the event, so stay tuned for that.
Take note, Tart at Heart has sold out the last two years, so if you love to pucker up with your beer, get your tickets ASAP.