Archive for May 25, 2018

We always recommend you get to Blues & Brews early to avoid the long lines. It’s worth the extra cost.

The biggest event of ABQ Beer Week always falls during the first weekend. As always, we did our best to round up who is pouring what beers for the ABQ Blues & Brews this Sunday at Sandia Casino.

If you do not have a ticket yet, get one now, because it can sell out long before you get to the door. We highly recommend an early admission ticket, which gets you inside from 2-3 p.m., a nice hour in which you can take your time trying your top beer targets. General admission gets you in at 3 p.m., and the entire festival lasts until 6. It is unlimited sampling, but you cannot buy pints of your favorite (that is the trade-off).

As various delays have led to the 2018 event program not being posted online, we did our best to learn what each New Mexico brewery will be bringing. All told, there are more than 70 breweries, cideries, and distilleries represented. The Dukes of Ale will have their booth as well, and it is a must-visit to try some of the best homebrews in the state, plus you can vote for your favorite.

See? This is what it’s like once the general admission ticket holders flood into the venue.

When other breweries update us with their lists, we will post them here. We can confirm that after initially committing to attending, Ponderosa has withdrawn.

  • Bathtub Row: Hoppenheimer IPA, Mexican Lager, California Common, Hoppy Amber Lager, Oatmeal Stout
  • Bosque: Bosque Lager, Bosque IPA, Scotia Scotch Ale, Elephants on Parade
  • Broken Trail: Pepe the Mule
  • Canteen: Laid Back Lager, Exodus IPA, Dougie Style Amber, Raspberry Wheat
  • Duel: Duchamp (Sour Wit), Monomyth (DIPA), Titian (Golden Strong), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter)
  • Enchanted Circle: Head’n Home Helles Lager, Summer Seasonal Lemon Shandy, Red River Red, Nice Day IPA, Barrel-Aged Belgian Quad
  • Eske’s: Maibock, Czech Dark Lager, Pale Ale, Taos Green Chile Ale
  • Hops: Hop Hill IPA, Chica (Extra Pale Ale), Dad Joke (Kentucky Common)
  • Kilt Check: Wee Beastie Scottish Ale, Campbell Toe IPA, McRojo or No? Red Ale
  • Lava Rock: Vanilla Nut Brown, 2220 Wheat IPA
  • Marble: Cholo Stout, Double IPA, Double White, Imperial Red, Passionate Gose
  • Nexus: TBA
  • Quarter Celtic: Mor-Buck IPA, Pedro O’Flannigan’s Mexican Lager, Crimson Lass Irish Red, MacLomas Irish Dry Stout
  • Rio Bravo: Level 3 DIPA, Blueberry Mint Gose, Imperial Kolsch, Blurred Lines NEIPA; cans of NM Pinon Coffee Porter, Snakebite IPA, Roadkill Red, La Luz Lager
  • Santa Fe: Reluctant IPA, Segal SMASH (Pale Ale), Twisted Root, 7K IPA
  • Sierra Blanca: Cherry Wheat, Elcitmos IPA, Alien Amber, Cranberry Sour; bottles of Green Chile Cerveza, Bone Chiller Brown, Desert Pilsner
  • Steel Bender: Skull Bucket IPA, Red Iron Red, Steel Bender Lager, Raspberry Dynamite, Ingenio
  • Tractor: New Mexican Lager, Mustachio Milk Stout, Farmer’s Tan Red Ale, Delicious Red Hard Apple Cider, Almanac IPA, seasonals TBA
  • Tumbleroot: Citra Pale Ale, Maibock, Honey Hibiscus Wheat, Dortmunder

Your best bet to get to Sandia is via Lyft or Uber, or heck, just get a room and crash for the night. Only, try not to wipe out your life savings on blackjack after the festival.


— Stoutmeister

It’s a fairly mellow Friday … oh, wait, no it’s not, mainly because of one bonkers tapping after another.

That was still a lot of beer on Thursday, but we gotta admit that we like limiting the number of events to 10 or less per day. It keeps us more focused, cuts down on our Lyft/Uber expenses, and so on.

There are only six events today. Each one is a little different, yet we cannot take our eyes off one particular downtown gathering.

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: 21 and Over. Where: Sister. When: 5-8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge.

Details: Eight breweries that have been around for 21 or more years are coming to Sister, each with a rare beer (or two) for this special event. Feeling light? There’s Four Peaks’ Green Tea Lager or Sierra Nevada’s Kolsch German-Style Ale. Feeling hoppy? Rogue’s Combat Wombat could be your ticket, or perhaps Bell’s Double Two Hearted. Feel like puckering up? Odell’s ’16 Meddler or New Belgium’s Clutch Sour Stout could whet your whistle. Feeling malty? There’s a choice between Left Hand’s Chai Milk Stout Nitro, Firestone Walker’s ’17 Helldorado, and Bell’s 30th Anniversary Cherry Stout Reserve.

Why you should go: There are not your regular beers on the shelves at liquor and grocery stores across town. There’s a little something for everyone here. We can’t think of a better way to kick off your weekend.

All the other great events

What: Beam Me Up Scotty Release. Where: Nexus Brewery. When: All day. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Just in time for the anniversary party, this Scottish Wee Heavy returns to taps with a burly, malty base and a slight peaty/smoky kick. Why you should go: Get some now before the place gets packed for the anniversary party, which you should still attend, but this will give you time to truly enjoy this beer slowly without anyone eyeing your table.

What: Bosque Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 4-6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Rather than just bring beers to taste, Bosque is teaming up with Carnivore Popcorn. Try some Bosque Lager with Hollypeno popcorn, Elephants on Parade with Sour Apple popcorn, Bosque IPA with Garlic Rosemary popcorn, and Scotia Scotch Ale with Cinnamon Caramel Espresso popcorn. Why you should go: If you did not get simultaneously hungry and thirsty reading those details, go see a doctor, now.

What: Founders KBS ’17/18 Vertical. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5-7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Remember when the Crew did our latest ridiculous review of this classic barrel-aged stout? Well, now you can do your own version by trying the 2017 and 2018 versions side-by-side. Why you should go: You get to grab some delicious food while trying a couple of big beers. Hey, you gotta eat dinner at some point, right?

What: ABQ Trolley Company’s The Hopper—A hop-on, hop-off brew cruise. Where: Red Door Downtown, Duel Downtown, Marble Downtown, Rio Bravo. When: 6:30-11 p.m. Cost: $25. Details: Hop on the trolley, hop off at a brewery, enjoy a pint, and repeat. With trolleys running every 30 minutes or so, there will be stops at Red Door’s downtown taproom, Duel’s taproom, Marble, and Rio Bravo. Why you should go: Feel like a pub crawl? Worried about your car? Leave it at home and leave the driving to these good folks.

What: Beer Release & Folk Covers of Radiohead. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: A slew of local musicians will be covering the band, while Tractor releases its next entry in the Beer for a Better Burque (BBB) series, Peach Chinook Common with gold glitter, which will benefit Equality New Mexico. Why you should go: Radiohead might be not our thing, but maybe it’s yours. Also, you gotta admit to be curious about an actual glitter beer.

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


— Stoutmeister