Just in case ya missed our last story, Tart at Heart returns for its third go-around, this Saturday at 1 p.m. (VIP)/2 p.m. (general admission) at Sister downtown. Considering that the first two editions sold out in 2015 and 2016, we figured there were still some details you all needed to know. To find out all of it, I sat down with organizers Angelo Orona of Craft King Consulting and Kevin McAllister, the beer manager of Kelly Liquors on Juan Tabo, inside the friendly confines of Starr Brothers over a pint of Phantom Limb Black Rye IPA.
“Kevin’s done a great job curating a really big, interesting list of sour and barrel-aged beers,” Angelo said. “One thing that I noticed that was a little different this year was the interest from local breweries to participate was way up. I think the other thing that Kevin and I noticed was that people started proactively asking us about the fest. Whereas the last two years I think we had to kind of like had to convince people to participate.”
There will be 14 New Mexico breweries present with one or more beers — Boxing Bear, Canteen, Chama River, Dialogue, Duel, Enchanted Circle (Angel Fire), Hub City (Belen), La Cumbre, Marble, Ponderosa, Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Santa Fe, Sierra Blanca, and Turtle Mountain.
“The format is going to be similar to last year,” Angelo said. “It’s going to be unlimited tasting. We have it looks like (several) more beers than last year.”
The VIP tickets have sold out, but Angelo said there will likely still be general admission tickets at the door. Just in case, you might want to head to the website and buy yours in advance if you have not already.
For VIPs, a new treat this year is a trifecta of food pairings — artichoke hearts, pork belly skewers, salted chocolate torte — with the beers, including some specials that will only be available in that first hour. That replaces the T-shirt from last year.
“Sister has really stepped up the sophistication of their kitchen and what they’re putting out,” Angelo said. “They were excited to collaborate on the food pairings. Their head chef put a lot of effort into researching ingredients and pairings that will work well with all of these sour beers. That’s definitely different. We learned our T-shirt lesson.”
Oh, and we wish we could share something really cool that we know should be happening for VIP ticket holders, but we have been sworn to secrecy. Let us just say, a big surprise potentially awaits you. A tasty surprise.
There will also be a charity to benefit from all of this beer sampling.
“The only new thing I can think about is the charity involved is Storehouse of Albuquerque,” Kevin said. “We’re accepting non-perishable food items at the door as well.”
Angelo said there will be more capacity this year at Sister after things got a tad crowded last year. The bar will also be open if designated drivers wish to sit there and enjoy a tasty non-alcoholic beverage or two while waiting.
“We’re hoping to just make it fun,” Angelo said. “Obviously we want everyone to get home safe. We want to make sure we have resources there so everyone can get home.”
If there are special Uber or Lyft codes made available, we will update this story.
OK, now having made everyone reading this wait this long (you better not have scrolled down), here is the final beer list for Tart at Heart 3.
- Boxing Bear Black and Blue Sour
- Canteen Social Capital with cherries on French oak
- Canteen Social Capital with orange peel, cardamom, and vanilla
- Cascade Sang Royal (oak and port barrel aged with bing cherries)
- Chama River Crema Anejo
- Dialogue Berliner Weisse
- Dialogue Raspberry Sour
- Dogfish Head Alternate Takes #4 (farmhouse with apricots aged on oak)
- Dogfish Head Siracusa Nera (wine barrel aged sour with grape mist)
- Duchesse de Burgone Oude Bruin
- Duel Sour Nelli
- Enchanted Circle Plum Sour
- Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse
- Firestone Walker Parabola
- Founders KBS
- Hub City Mango Chile Gose
- La Cumbre Ryeot on Rye
- Marble Cereza Cerveza
- Marble La Brune
- New Belgium Apple Felix
- North Coast Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse
- Ponderosa Oud Bruin
- Rowley Farmhouse Ales Ab Initio
- Rowley Farmhouse Ales Baby Hands
- Rowley Farmhouse Ales Saison du Solstice Double Cherry (VIP only)
- Santa Fe Cherry Berliner Weisse
- Sierra Blanca Cranberry Sour Ale
- Sierra Nevada Barrel-aged Biere de Garde
- Stone Locoveza
- Turtle Mountain Brett Barrel-Aged Plum Creme Ale
- Upslope Barrel-Aged Quad
- Upslope Brett Beer
Full descriptions of the beers will be loaded into the WhichCraft app for the event. They will also, of course, be on hand at the event.
“We’re grateful for people for supporting us over the last two years,” Angelo said.
“Sister has been a great partner for us again this year. Every year they’ve supported Kevin and I more than we can ask for.”
Thanks to Angelo and Kevin for the sit-down, the beer, and of course for putting on this event. I swear I will not just be drinking the Parabola and KBS, but you might want to avoid cutting in front of me in line for either. See you all Saturday afternoon.