Archive for May 27, 2017

Get your tickets if you haven’t already!

We have the updated local beer lists for Sunday’s ABQ Blues & Brews festival at Sandia Resort & Casino. Early admission (we seriously recommend you pay extra for it) gets you in at 2 p.m. Otherwise, join the masses at 3 p.m. The event runs until 6 p.m. Purchase your tickets online or at either Tractor location.

Anyway, here are the lists. Last-minute changes could always happen, but several breweries assured us these are correct.

  • Abbey: Monks Ale, Monks Dark, Monks Wit
  • Canteen: Social Capital (with pineapple, coconut, orange peel), Exodus IPA, High Plains Pils, Boysenberry Wheat
  • Cazuela’s: Acapulco Gold, Panama Red, Idaho SMASH IPA, Beer For My Horses
  • Desert Valley: Double Wheat, Honey IPA
  • Dialogue: Belgian Citrus IPA, Sour Raspberry, Berliner Weisse, Gose
  • Drafty Kilt: Groundskeeper Willie, Wee Beastie, Campbell Toe IPA, Obliviscaris Stout
  • Enchanted Circle: Glory Hole IPA, Graveyard Stout, Plum Sour, Red River Red Ale, Helles Lager
  • Flix Brewhouse: Luna Rosa Wit, Golden Ale, Lupulus IPA, Umbra Chocostout, Baby You’re Much Too Fast (Irish Red), Flora Colossus (DIPA)
  • Isotopes: Slammin Amber, Triple-A Blonde
  • Kellys: Amber, IPA, Peach
  • Lava Rock: Java Stout, Irish Red, Wheat IPA
  • Marble: Double White, Red, Golden Strong, Mosaic IPA, Gin Blossom Ashlar, Blackberry Gose, All Barke, Nein Bitter
  • Nuevo: Cerveza
  • Pecan Grill: Pecan Beer, Hon N’ Wheat
  • Ponderosa: Crosscut Kolsch, 200th Baltic Porter, Spanglish, Hop Burst Ale
  • Quarter Celtic: Common Irish Conversation, Mangose, Pedro O’Flanagan’s, Crimson Lass
  • Red Door: Trapdoor Wheat, Vanilla Cream, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Open Saison, Rye Steam, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Draft Session IPA
  • Rio Bravo: Pinon Coffee Porter, Road Kill Red, La Luz Lager, Snakebite IPA
  • Santa Fe: Happy Camper IPA, Western Bloc IPA, Freestyle Pilsner
  • Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande: Pancho Verde, Bone Chiller Brown, Cherry Wheat, Alien IPA
  • Tractor: Berry Cider, NM Lager, Berliner Weisse, Big Sipper, Flanders Red

We have not yet made it up to Enchanted Circle in Angel Fire, so we will have to check them out. Lava Rock is making its debut here before the brewery opens on Unser north of Ladera. Beers debuting at the fest include Common Irish Conversation, a collaboration between Quarter Celtic and Dialogue, as well as the Ponderosa Hop Burst Ale and the Quarter Celtic Mangose.

In addition to the locals, there are some nationally distributed breweries who are bringing some beers worth checking out. At least in our humble opinion. Visit their booths to see if you can find a better one.

  • 38 State Brewing: Mile 419.99 Rye Pale Ale (new brewery to the fest, so might want to try all their offerings)
  • Avery Brewing: Anniversary Ale
  • Boston Beer (Samuel Adams): Golden Hour (Helles Lager)
  • Bridgeport: Mosaic Hopped Cream Ale
  • Dogfish Head: Burton Baton
  • Firestone Walker: Luponic Distortion IPA
  • Great Divide: Yeti Imperial Stout
  • Mother Road: Tower Station IPA
  • Upslope: Citra Pale Ale

The Crew will see you at the fest!


— Stoutmeister

Day Three will show you no mercy, but it will show you plenty of fun.

After Friday’s events, we can understand if some of you want to take it easy today.

Beer Week, though, has no concept of mercy, because it’s gonna be a big one. The 505 Collaboration beer is releasing all over town, O’Niell’s is throwing a Beer Olympics, Santa Fe is having a party, Rio Bravo is having a music festival, the Hash House Harriers are running amok, there’s food pairings everywhere … back on your feet, people!

There is fun to be had.

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: Beer Olympics. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: 1-5 p.m. Cost: $10 per player.

Details: I stopped by O’Niell’s a while back to ask them about this fun-looking event. Basically it involves teams of four people, each with a special skill to win one of four events. There will be trivia, so take your most knowledgeable beer geek friend. There’s cornhole, and we’re sure you have that one friend who just dominates that game. There’s an obstacle course, which will be similar to bussing tables, so take your friend with the most server experience. Finally, there will be a mini-keg toss, so take your friend who’s either from Scotland or just spends a lot of time at the gym. There will also be beer specials from four Colorado breweries — Boulder Beer, Left Hand, New Belgium, and Oskar Blues.

Why you should go: Sure, you can just sit around and drink beer all day, but why not put your talents to use in a better way? (And still drink beer while doing it.)

All the other great events

What: Candemonium Charcuterie with Upslope. Where: M’tucci’s Italian. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Stop by and get cans of different Upslope beers paired with different charcuterie offerings. This is an all-day event. Why you should go: Fuel up before everything else starts.

What: Odell Special Tapping. Where: Gecko’s (both locations). When: 11 a.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale shall be tapped and there will also be pint glass giveaways. Why you should go: Holy hops bless you to start the day.

What: Santa Fe Brewing ABQ Beer Week Bash. Where: Green Jeans Farmery. When: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: All of Green Jeans will be permitted, so grab your beer and wander about, but the biggest party is on the SFBC rooftop deck where Chef Marie Yniguez of Bocadillos will be overseeing a cookout. There will be live music from Eugene (5-7 p.m.) and Garry Martin Beasley (8-10 p.m.), with lots of special tappings and giveaways. Watermelon Mountain Ranch will also be on hand looking for good homes for rescued pets. Why you should go: Feast, dance, drink, and maybe even find a new best friend.

What: 505 Collaboration Beer Release. Where: Bosque, Boxing Bear, Broken Trail, La Cumbre, Marble, Ponderosa, Quarter Celtic, Red Door, Starr Brothers, Steel Bender, Tractor. When: All day. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The annual release of this Brewers Guild benefit beer is upon us! A team of ABQ brewers got together at Steel Bender last month to create a Golden Strong (8.74% ABV, 25 IBU) that will rock your world. Why you should go: Celebrate collaboration and help raise funds for the Guild.

What: Passing the Torch Festival. Where: Rio Bravo. When: 1-7 p.m. Cost: $12 for adults, $8 for ages 12 and under. Details: The RBBC patio will become a music fest as The Big Spank, Keith Sanchez and the Moon Thieves, Red Light Cameras, and Le Chat Lunatique perform. There will be food trucks, live art, craft vendors, a kids tent, and more. It all benefits the NMARB youth music program. Why you should go: Support local music, both what’s here now and the talent coming up through the pipeline.

What: Pig Roast and Marble Special Tapping. Where: Freight House. When: 1-10 p.m. Cost: $15 per person. Details: Head up to Bernalillo and enjoy a whole pig roast, with Marble providing a special keg of a one-of-a-kind beer. Why you should go: Explore the mystery of the beer and feast.

What: Founders Sampling. Where: Jubilation. When: 2-4 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Sample a slew of new Founders beers, including Doom, a barrel-aged imperial IPA. There’s also a chance to enter a giveaway for a counter-top grill. Why you should go: Free beer! Free stuff!

What: Hash House Harriers Brewery Run/Walk. Where: Canteen Brewhouse (starting point). When: 2-7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Join our friends Matt and Dana (of Babes in Brewland fame) as they lead the HHH team and folks of all running/walking skill levels on a 5-kilometer trek to breweries starting at the Canteen on Aztec. Why you should go: Get some exercise with your beer today, just remember to wear lots of sunscreen.

What: Beer and Tapas Pairing. Where: Ponderosa. When: 4-7 p.m. Cost: $7. Details: A different beer and tapas pairing will be available each day. Why you should go: You need some food in your belly to go with all this beer.

What: Family Style Dinner featuring Upslope. Where: Eclectic Urban Pizzeria and Tap House. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $25 per person. Details: Get a full meal of delicious food paired with Upslope beers. There will be live music by Anna Rudolph. Why you should go: It’s not like you actually want to make dinner tonight, right?

What: Mother Road and Tractor Collaboration tapping with Le Chat Lunatique. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 7-11 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The two breweries made two beers, an Altbier and a Double IPA, and now we all get to enjoy them while grooving along to some gypsy jazz. Why you should go: Great music and new beers to try.

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


— Stoutmeister