ABQ Beer Week: Day Two brings out the big guns

The big beers are at Nob Hill Bar & Grill, while the local beers are at Tractor Wells Park. Try ’em all!

This thing is only getting started, so there is no time to rest. This is one of the biggest days of ABQ Beer Week, with 16 events scheduled, so choose carefully.

Much like Thursday, we had a hard time picking our featured event. On one hand, the beer lineup for the 21 and Over Tap Takeover at Nob Hill Bar & Grill is just downright ridiculous. On the other hand, two New Mexico breweries are joining forces, and in the end, the double local prevails.

Of course, once again, we plan to hit up both, but we will definitely be taking advantage of Lyft/Uber, because those 21 and Over beers are monsters. We like monsters, but we do not wish to become monsters behind the wheel of a car.

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: Truth or Consequences Tap Takeover and Bottle Sale. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge.

Details: T or C has been brewing up some excellent beers down south, but this will be the brewery’s first trip to Albuquerque. You can order a sampler flight or individual pints of Cosmic Blonde, Buckhorn IPA, and Fireside Tripel. If you like the latter, you can purchase a bomber to go, or opt for the Truth Serum Barleywine. Or, heck, take both home. Afterwards, stick around for two other special back-to-back events at Tractor WP, which you can find if you scroll below.

Why you should go: We do love when Tractor plays host to out-of-town breweries to help them get more exposure, so of course we are going to throw our support in as well.

All the other great events

What: Social Capital Key Lime Pie Release. Where: Canteen Brewhouse and Taproom. When: Noon. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The latest batch of this popular kettle sour was made in the style of a key lime pie. Why you should go: If you love key lime pie, don’t you just have to try it in beer form?

What: Taos Mountain Energy Collaboration Beer Release. Where: High and Dry Brewing. When: Noon. Cost: No cover charge. Details: High and Dry made a special hazy pale ale using shavings from the Almond Agave Bar with Cascade hops, so enjoy one paired with an energy bar for $6. Why you should go: We gotta admit, that is a potentially interesting flavor combination that is totally worth trying.

What: Bosque Beer and Cheese Tasting. Where: Albertsons Market at Wyoming and San Antonio. When: 3 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Try beers paired with cheese. Why you should go: Free beer.

What: Santa Fe Beer and Cheese Tasting. Where: Albertsons Market at Eubank and Candelaria. When: 3 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Try beers paired with cheese. Why you should go: Free beer.

What: Sierra Blanca Beer and Cheese Tasting. Where: Albertsons Market at Montgomery and San Mateo. When: 3 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Try beers paired with cheese. Why you should go: Free beer.

What: Tractor Beer and Cheese Tasting. Where: Albertsons Market at Juan Tabo and Comanche. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Try beers paired with cheese. Why you should go: Free beer.

What: Alaskan Beer and Cheese Tasting. Where: Albertsons Market at Academy and Tramway. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Try beers paired with cheese. Why you should go: Free beer.

What: Wild and Sour Beer Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Sample some of the best sours and wild ales made here in New Mexico by Bow & Arrow, Rowley Farmhouse Ales, and Steel Bender. Why you should go: Sample for free, then buy the bottles of your favorites to take home.

What: 21 and Over Tap Takeover. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Eight breweries that have been around for 21 years or more will be bringing a specialty beer to this tap takeover — Bell’s (Mango Habanero Oberon and Bear Hug Imperial Stout), Boulevard (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Quad), Firestone Walker (Maple Parabola), Four Peaks (Single Tank Imperial Pale Lager), New Belgium (Le Terroir Dry Hopped Sour), Odell (180 Shilling), Sierra Nevada (Vintage Barrel-Aged Bigfoot Barleywine Style), Stone (Wine Barrel-Aged Winter Harvest). Why you should go: Dear lord what a lineup, with each and every one of those major ABV beers pretty much guaranteeing that you should Lyft/Uber to NHBG and back.

What: Sweet Samplings Dessert and Beer Pairing. Where: Canteen Taproom. When: 6 p.m. Cost: $14. Details: Only the taproom on Tramway, not both locations as previously listed, will have this special pairing of desserts and beers. Why you should go: You know you cannot go wrong with Canteen’s beers, so just imagine them paired up with some delicious food.

What: Beer and Belly Dance Class with Charlotte Montoya. Where: Kilt Check Brewing. When: 6 p.m. Cost: $10. Details: An all levels, beginner-friendly dance class, plus a pint of beer is included with the cost. Why you should go: Express yourself through dance and enjoy a brew or two.

What: A Flight of Fancy Craft Beer and Dessert Pairing. Where: Casa Vieja Brewery. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $15. Details: Enjoy a special tray of four beers paired with four desserts, with live music on the patio from Franklin Salazar, and free tours of the brewery. Why you should go: Tasty treats, soulful tunes, and a little bit of education.

What: Movie Night in the Biergarten. Where: Rio Bravo Brewing. When: 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Bring a blanket, grab a pint, and watch the Adam Sandler biopic The Waterboy. Wait, that’s not a biopic? Huh, could have fooled us. Why you should go: Movies go better with beer.

What: Magic Night with Dave Grimm. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: After downing those T or C Brewing pints, stick around to watch magician Dave Grimm perform. Why you should go: Free magic show, and you can keep drinking.

What: Hops & Dreams Practical Magic Edition. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 9 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The Desert Darlings are back for their latest performance, this time featuring the spirit of the movie Practical Magic. Why you should go: These shows are always a lot of fun.

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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