Archive for September 26, 2018

This is one event you cannot miss … unless you bought tickets to a metal show in Denver months ago.

Timing is everything in life. For instance, this Saturday is both Marblefest here in Albuquerque and the Amorphis/Dark Tranquillity/Omnium Gatherum/Moonspell metal show in Denver. Many of us in the Crew bought our tickets to the latter a while ago, so we are northbound again, but that just means the rest of you will have more beer to drink at 111 Marble Avenue this weekend.

Marble’s marvelous marketing and events coordinator Geraldine Lucero invited me to stop by the Heights taproom before GABF to talk about this awesome festival that I will personally miss. (Sniff) We were joined by brewmaster Josh Trujillo to discuss the beers as well.

The event begins with a VIP sampling session from noon to 2 p.m., followed by the general admission festival from 2 until 11. It costs $20 for VIP tickets and $5 for GA. General admission tickets will be on sale at the door only. Tickets for VIP are available at all three taprooms, or you can order VIP online. Those go up to $25 on the day of the event, so get ’em early. Geraldine said that the VIP gets you a commemorative tasting glass, six 4-ounce pours, a food pairing, and you get to enjoy music from Red Light Cameras.

“That’s going to be really exciting because we’re limiting the amount of tickets we’re selling to that,” Geraldine said. “We want it to be a lot smaller where people (won’t) wait in lines, taste as much beer as they want, talk to the brewers on hand. We’re trying to give them an awesome VIP experience.”


Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, and one in Las Cruces also joining the party.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

The Crew has returned from Denver. We are mostly alive. Beer will help revive us, especially when you tie it in with some Oktoberfest fun. The good news is two local breweries are hitting us with those sort of good times, and thankfully, it will not be in competition with one another. First up, Steel Bender is hosting OktoberFiesta at the Brewyard on Thursday. The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. with the return of the OktoberFiesta beer, plus Misfitter Altbier is also back. The kitchen will be dishing out some jaegerschnitzel with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, and braised red cabbage, plus Pastian’s Bakery is serving up some tasty strudel for dessert. Throw in live music from the Nathan Fox Quartet starting at 6, and what else could you need? Oh, how about a 20-ounce ceramic mug for $15, with your first pour on the house? That will do, Steel Bender, that will do.

Marblefest then takes over the downtown brewery on Saturday. We are gonna have a lot more in a separate story thanks to pre-fest interviews with marketing director Geraldine Lucero and brewmaster Josh Trujillo. There will be beers from multiple breweries, including one epic collaboration, plus food trucks and a huge band lineup with Red Light Cameras starting things off at noon for the VIP tasting (regular admission is just $5 and starts at 2). Hey, when RLC is the opener, you know it is a big event.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bow & Arrow hits the mark again with Desert Punch Hazy DIPA. Dialogue is feeling the season with its own Oktoberfest, plus 3x Tripel. La Cumbre rolls out cans of Autumn Project Dank on Friday. Marble gets innovative with Dryspell, a barrel-aged amber with brett, and Glowstick Juice, a new New England-style IPA. Ponderosa hopes to have Belgian Dubbel on tap by the weekend. Sidetrack also sneaked in an Oktoberfest. Starr Brothers goes all Young Frankenstein on us with Therewolf, its own take on an Oktoberfest. Steel Bender will also have more Brickie American Stout this week. The 377 is aiming to have a new Porter on tap soon, plus a small, experimental batch of Prickly Pear Porter.

Up in Santa Fe, Second Street rolls out a slew of new beers including Rod’s Steam Bitter, MBV Dry Stout, Imperial IPA, Saison, and Imperial IPA, with even more on deck, including Atalaya Altbier this Saturday. Further north in Red River, RRBC also jumps on the German trend with Tucker-Brau Oktoberfest Marzen.

Do not forget about the Great American Beer Festival medal winners. Currently on tap are Wooden Teeth (gold medal) at Turtle Mountain, Malpais Stout (silver) at La Cumbre, Germophile (silver) at Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Pistol Pete’s 1888 (bronze) at Bosque, Cherry Wheat (bronze) at Sierra Blanca, Lampshade Porter (bronze) at Starr Brothers, and the collaboration Mocha Hipster Bomb (bronze) at Palmer and Quarter Celtic.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of September 24.