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Nexus Brewery expands to the West Side

Posted: June 8, 2016 by theshenerd in Taproom Preview
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Say hello to Nexus, West Siders!

Once breweries achieve some level of success, it seems the first thing they do is open another location. This was not the case for Ken Carson at Nexus. Even after the success of the food menu, national TV appearances, awards, and lines out the door, he was very cautious about his expansion plans. That patience has paid off with the opening of the Nexus Silver Taproom at 2641 Coors Blvd NW. It is an easy to get to location in an untapped market. This should spell success. It officially opens Thursday, but I got to poke around a bit during the soft opening Tuesday.

So, what’s different?

  1. No kitchen. People hoping for some chicken and waffles with Kaylynn’s exquisite brews are out of luck. That doesn’t mean no food, however. Ken is working to partner with eateries in the strip mall location to deliver food to patrons. There are also several restaurants that you can pick up food from and take into the taproom. Karim and I opted for Wing Stop, and I would say he was pleased …
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  2. The layout. The first thing I noticed was the ample patio (see above photo). Like the original location, the patio faces east so there is a bit less worry about roasting in the afternoon sun. Ken is sticking with later openings for now, but once the place becomes a hit (and it will be), some sort of shading option will become necessary for earlier in the day. The inside is very spacious and gives it an open and welcoming feel. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but you will notice that it does not feel as cramped as the original location. We’ll see what happens when it’s full of people, though.
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What’s the same?

  1. The beer. It’s still delicious, and you can get all Kaylynn’s signature beers in addition to a few guest taps. Plus, they have the Salted Caramel Stout on tap. WIN!!! I was a very happy nerd and it was the perfect dessert after my wings. (Karim and I may have pestered Ken about serving it with a scoop of ice cream, or putting it on cask, or barrel aging it, or serving it on nitro … bless his patience with us as we geeked out!)
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  2. The service. Granted, it was a quiet evening there with it being a soft opening, but I was happy to see the friendly service that I love at the original location is still a priority at Nexus Silver. Every person I spoke with had genuine smiles on their faces and were eager to know what they could do to make the experience even better.

Since I had his attention, I asked Ken about the status of the Nexus Neighbor program. Regulars may have been frustrated by the system being out of commission. That’s nothing compared to the frustration Ken and the staff have been going through. What happened was this: The old payment system would not allow the two locations to communicate, meaning that points would not transfer from OG Nexus to Nexus Silver. The company hired to make the new systems communicate and upload the member database had a few glitches. This left the poor servers to manually enter each ticket. BUT, he also gave me this scoop: He will be giving bonus points to all Neighborhood members once the system is back online as a thank you for their patience and understanding. Did I mention that Nexus has good service? It starts at the top.

All in all, Ken has set himself up for success yet again. I can see Nexus Silver quickly becoming a regular hangout for the neighborhood, as well as those who happen to be passing by.

Cheers!

— Kristin

Chama just made the best stout better

Posted: February 26, 2016 by theshenerd in Beer Review
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Hello, beautiful darkness!

What do you do when you have the best stout in Albuquerque, as decided by the Brew Crew? If you are Chama River Brewing, you take that winner and throw it in a cask. They tapped it Wednesday night and I knew I had to head over to try it out.

The result? Well, no mere words can truly describe the experience of the first pint. Nor the second. (I would have gone for a third, but I was driving home, plus I didn’t want to be greedy.)

But still, how to describe the casked Sleeping Dog Stout? The only way that seemed fitting was in the form of a sonnet of love.

Ode to a Casked Dog
by
The SheNerd

It should be unstated that dear Chama
Has always brewed one damn delicious stout.
Now they’ve done something made me yell ‘oooh Mama.’
But what exactly is this all about?
The brewer hid this nectar in a cask
And made improvements to our Sleeping Dog.
‘Is it really different?’ you ask.
Well, yes and no, and here’s my little log.
Served cool, not cold, it made the flavors sing
Not bubbly yet not flat it balanced well
Beer served this way it really is my thing
I’d drink it ’till the cask’s and empty shell
It hearkened back to ye olde England pub
And paired ever so nicely with their grub

Sláinte

— The SheNerd

Founders thingy

If you needed to get away this weekend, might we recommend this event in Flagstaff?

This time of year is a bittersweet one for craft beer lovers. Bitter for those who didn’t score tickets to the Great American Beer Festival and SWEET for those who did.

If you need to nurse those wounds, there is an event coming up this weekend in Flagstaff, Arizona, that may just do the trick — Founders Far Out West Fest. This Saturday, Flagstaff’s newest brewery, Dark Sky Brewing Co., is hosting this fundraiser to benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. During the summer months not a day goes by that we don’t hear about wildfires springing up across the country. Many brave men and women have given their lives protecting people from these fires and the Founders Far Out West Fest is one way to ensure that the families of these fallen heroes are provided for.

Now that you’ve gotten the guilt trip, here are the nuts and bolts.

Date: August 8
Time: 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Dark Sky Brewing, 117 N. Beaver St. Suite A, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
Tickets: $50
What you get for that $50:

  • Six 5-ounce tastings of specially selected Dark Sky beers.
  • Six 5-ounce tastings of Founders beers, including Mosaic Promise, Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Curmudgeon, All Day IPA, Rubeus, and the next-to-impossible-to-find CBS. I have it on good authority that this event has the only kegs of CBS available in the Western Hemisphere.
  • In addition to the beer, there are also swag bags being given away and raffles for other cool prizes. If $50 still seems like too much, remember that all proceeds go to help the families of fallen firefighters.

Because this is the first year of this festival, there is no way to pre-order tickets online or over the phone. Tickets can only be purchased in person and will be available at the door. The person I spoke with does not anticipate the event selling out, but if it does, look on the bright side: You are in Flagstaff and there are plenty of breweries to spend your time at. Might I recommend Historic Brewing Company? Hands down my favorite brewery in Flagstaff.

If you have any more questions about the event itself, there is an extensive Q&A post on the Facebook event page.

Cheers!

— Kristin

Editor’s note: And since this is Kristin’s first story as a member of the Brew Crew Bullpen, we asked her to include a bio as a way of introducing herself to all of you.

The precious!

The precious!

Kristin (The SheNerd): I’m still a relative noob in the world of beer appreciation. While I had enjoyed an occasional beer from time to time, it wasn’t until I moved to Albuquerque in 2009 that I had my mind blown by what beer could actually be — freaking delicious! Craft beer hadn’t really caught on where I used to live in Southern California, so I would stick with Guinness, or Newcastle if I wanted a light beer. (I know …) Oh, the things I have learned since moving here. Though I do have my favorite styles, namely stouts, porters, browns and ESBs, I really enjoy trying everything. It was a banner day the first time I found an IPA I would order on a regular basis. Trying new beer makes for fun adventures and is a great way get to know the people whereever I am visiting. From Scotland to California, I have made fantastic friends thanks to craft beer. It really is about so much more than just the taste. It is about the total experience from the atmosphere of where I am drinking beer to the people I am surrounded by. Beer just tastes better when shared with great people. My habit is supported by my day job of being on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all day. Seriously, I get paid to do that. Outside of that, I co-host a radio show called Director’s Cut Radio (www.directorscutradio.com) and have even created some beer-centric shows to educate my co-host about the wonders of different beer styles. Cheers all and feel free to hit me up on Twitter and Instagram: @TheSheNerd