Archive for April 3, 2019

The sours and barrel-aged beers will be back at Sister in a week-and-a-half! (Photo courtesy of Craft King Consulting)

Pucker up, people, because one of your favorite beer tastings of the year is back for another go around. Tart at Heart returns to Sister on Saturday, April 13 for its fifth annual onslaught of sour and barrel-aged beer goodness. To get the scoop on what this year’s event holds, I sat down with the main man behind the event, Angelo Orona of Craft King Consulting.

“We’re trying to do it big for the fifth year, for sure,” he said. “Some of the same concepts are going to be in play this year. Obviously we’ve got a lot of sour and barrel-aged beers … always trying to get the most exclusive (and) interesting beers into the state.”

This event sells out every year, and for those still hoping for a VIP ticket, sorry, you are already too late. Those sold out shortly after our interview took place; Angelo said there were only 10 left at the time we sat down. There are still general admission tickets ($40) for sale online and at the Kelly Liquors on Juan Tabo. Those still get you in for three hours of unlimited tastings from 2 to 5 p.m., and you get to keep the commemorative glass. VIP ticket holders get in at 1 p.m. and also keep the glass and a special T-shirt designed by local artist Chris Erickson.

Whether it is three hours or four hours of unlimited tasting, Tart at Heart has always brought out some unique and special beers, from local and regional breweries, plus national and international ones as well.


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, and one in Red River 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.

A while back, a whole slew of local brewers gathered at the Marble Heights location to eat, drink, share stories, laugh, and of course create a new collaboration beer in advance of the upcoming Craft Brewers Conference. Gracias Greg, named for MavLab head brewer Greg Dupy, is now available at Marble (all locations) and Toltec, and figures to roll out soon at the other participating breweries — Bosque, Canteen, Santa Fe, and Turtle Mountain. We can also note that the brewing day took place long enough ago that Andrew Krosche and Dan Cavin, who brewed for Chama River/Kellys, participated. (Fear not, both have found new brewing jobs, with Andrew returning to Marble, and Dan joining the staff at the soon-to-open Ex Novo Brewing in Corrales.) The reason it took so long for Gracias Greg to appear on tap is that it is a lager, checking in at a sessionable 4.5-percent ABV. If the weather ever makes up its mind outside, this seems like a crushable porch/patio brew. Grab one and raise it in honor of all of our local brewers, as a portion of the proceeds goes back to the New Mexico Brewers Guild.

Also, take note that there are NM United watch parties at a slew of breweries and taprooms this Saturday for the 6:30 p.m. road game at Rio Grande Valley. In addition to the official fan group, The Curse, hosting parties at Starr Brothers and Rio Bravo, you can also watch the games (via ESPN+ streaming) at Toltec, Red Door, and all three Marble locations. Do take note, if you want a seat at a lot of these places, get there early, especially at Starr Brothers.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few other options to check out. Boese Brothers recently rolled out Zeus Juice and a Marzen, and will add Prickly Pear Sour during the ABQ Artwalk this Friday. Boxing Bear managed to sneak a few new brews in late last week in the Murkito Hazy Pale, OktoBEARfest, and Mosaic Mountain IPA. La Cumbre brings out Acclimated American Pale Ale on tap and in cans on Friday, while also adding Helles Lager, Tres Padres Belgian Tripel, and The Magestic Stag Scotch Ale on tap. Marble is also feeling silky smooth with Cashmere SMASH. Nexus brings back Mango Milkshake IPA at the Blue Smokehouse only (for now). Ponderosa blossoms with more Blood Orange Double Wit. Red Door puckers up with Lemonade Stand. Steel Bender resurrects The Goose is Loose and Out to Pasture. Toltec has added The Salty Orchard, a pear/peach gose, and Vamanos, a coffee brown ale, in time for Craft Course Wednesday. Tractor says yeeha with Cowgirl Coffee Stout. Turtle Mountain flies in with Yum Yum Breeze.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn brings back its tasty Scotch Ale. HoneyMoon adds three new kombucha styles in Cidrucha, Lupolo Seca, and Cereza Negra. Tumbleroot has Honey Double IPA back on draft. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row whipped up 50 Shades of Haze, Amber, and American Wheat.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of April 1.