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Help out our furry friends by enjoying a pint or two this Sunday!

We have noted before that sometimes stories slip past us. This latest edition of The Week Ahead in Beer, we focused on Tractor restarting its Beer For Burque program, while missing out on Rowley Farmhouse Ales preparing to restart its charity endeavor for 2018. Let us rectify that.

Pulls for Pups kicks off again this Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The basic setup is that RFA sets aside one tap handle where $1 from every full pour will go to a charity involved with animals. The charities change on a quarterly basis throughout the year. The first one this year will be New Mexico Pets Alive/NextGen Animal Shelter Project.

As RFA wrote on its Facebook page: “This is a truly remarkable, progressive organization that helps more animals find forever, loving homes through innovative means. Their methods are truly exciting, and we can’t wait to introduce them to Santa Fe!”

La Cumbre is donating a keg of Elevated IPA, as well as other beers (including La Negra!) for a tap takeover. All sales from the Elevated keg will go to the charity. For the rest of the next three months, there will be the one designated tap handle rotating between numerous standout beers.

Oh, and there will be animals available for adoption from 1 to 5 p.m., just in case you wanted to take a furry friend home, too.

Get out there and do some good this weekend while still enjoying some great beer.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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Folks will be gathering again at the Taos Ski Area for the annual Brewmasters Festival.

The Taos Brewmasters Festival returns for its 22nd edition this Saturday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. As in the past, it will be held at the base of Lift #1 at the Taos Ski Area, inside Tenderfoot Katie’s and the Martini Tree Bar.

This year’s event will feature 10 New Mexico breweries and a long list of out-of-state breweries, most of which will be represented by their distributors. The out-of-state breweries will include Alaskan, Bell’s, Big Sky, Full Sail, Left Hand, New Belgium, Odell, Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, Shiner, and Upslope.

As for the locals, we asked for their beer lists and half of them responded so far. If others add theirs late, we will update this story, as always.

  • Bosque: TBA
  • Dialogue: TBA
  • Eske’s: unavailable
  • La Cumbre: Project Dank, A Slice of Hefen, Malpais Stout, Imperial Red (collab with Taos Mesa)
  • Marble: Double White, IPA, Red Ale, Pilsner, Oatmeal Stout
  • Santa Fe: TBA
  • Steel Bender: The Judy, Red Iron Red, Skull Bucket IPA, Brickie American Stout, Die Dunkel Seite
  • Taos Mesa: TBA
  • Three Rivers: Float the Rivers (American lager), Pineberry (IPA), Coco Negro (Imperial stout with Toasted Coconut), Black Lilly (BBA imperial stout)
  • Tractor: Almanac IPA, Mustachio Milk Stout, NM Lager, Delicious Red Apple Cider

If you feel like getting out of town for a weekend, this is always an event worth attending. The entry fee is $30 at the door and you get a commemorative tasting mug.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Everything we are looking forward to in 2018

Posted: January 2, 2018 by cjax33 in Events, News

The World Beer Cup is back in 2018, and we expect more smiles from our brewers as they bring back awards. Hopefully Jeff Erway remembers to bring his award to the interview this year.

After publishing a recap of the biggest news stories of 2017 last week, the Crew begins the new year with a look ahead to what we think will be some of the biggest stories of 2018. Some of these come from the articles in our Look Back/Look Ahead Series that we have already published, others are from as-yet-unpublished stories in that series, and the rest is just from our vast databank of beer news knowledge. (Hey, no laughing!)

Organizing all of that into a post was not an easy task. There are far too many things with undetermined dates attached. We have also been covering the beer scene long enough to understand that when it comes to opening a brewery or a taproom, never, ever, EVER attach a fixed date. The City of Albuquerque alone all but guarantees some sort of bizarre, nonsensical delay because an inspector finds a sink is two inches too far to the left or something. Add it all up, and this is gonna be one hodgepodge story, but hey, we are still recovering from New Year’s Eve. If there is something you, gentle reader, thinks we are missing, send us an email or comment here or on social media.

Awards and competitions

Will Bosque become the first three-time winner of the NIPAC? Or will it be La Cumbre?

First up, the National IPA Challenge is bound to get underway just about any day now. There are multiple brackets as breweries pit their finest IPAs, Imperial IPAs, weird/experimental IPAs, and Session IPAs. The main IPA bracket will have 128 entrants. New Mexico has won the last four of these, with La Cumbre’s Project Dank taking the title in 2017 and 2014, sandwiched around back-to-back wins for Bosque’s Scale Tipper in 2015 and 2016. Prior to this, no brewery had ever won one or more, much less back-to-back, and no state had ever had more than one champion. The final votes will be cast in mid-March, right around the same time as you are fretting over another non-beer bracket.

April marks the return of the biennial World Beer Cup, which is held in conjunction with the annual Craft Brewers Conference. It all goes down in Nashville this year. Barring an unexpected lottery win, the Crew will sadly not be able to attend (we were invited to apply for press passes, so there’s that, at least). New Mexico breweries brought home six medals in 2016, including golds for Boxing Bear (Chocolate Milk Stout), La Cumbre (BEER), and Nexus (Honey Chamomile Wheat).

After those come the more familiar competitions, namely the NM IPA Challenge in July and of course the Great American Beer Festival, which will be held September 20-22 this year (weird, we know) instead of in October. We covered some potential changes that could be coming to the NMIPAC in our Look Back/Look Ahead Series article on the NM Brewers Guild.

Best of the fests

We look forward to another Friday night in Santa Fe as WinterBrew returns January 12.

So far, we have not heard of any new festivals coming to New Mexico this year, but most of our favorites are returning. First up, the Taos Brewmasters Festival is this Saturday at the ski area. We will have more on that later this week.

WinterBrew is set for Friday, January 12 at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. Get your tickets now, as this one always sells out.

The Stout Invitational is back at Bathtub Row in Los Alamos on February 17. Another Guild event, the Blazin’ Brewfest, will go down in Las Cruces on Cinco de Mayo (godspeed with that, everyone).

ABQ Beer Week returns May 24 and runs through June 2. Blues & Brews is the biggest event, as per usual, and will be held May 27 at Sandia Casino.

We are still holding out hope that BearFest will return some time this summer.

Fall festivals will include Hopfest, likely in August, and NM Brew Fest, likely in October. The Beer Premiere will also be back, location TBD. There figure to be plenty of other events scattered throughout the year, from Pajarito Summerfest to the Red River Oktoberfest and many others in between.

Oh, and of course the Crew will be holding our annual Stout Challenge on Super Bowl Sunday. Will this be the year a brewery finally earns a second title? In six years, we have had six different winners, capped by Starr Brothers last year.

Breweries get bigger

Construction is well underway in Bernalillo. (Photo courtesy of Bosque)

There are not as many construction projects on deck for our existing breweries as in years past, but there are quite a few that we are looking forward to in 2018.

Bosque is the big mover and shaker, with the Bernalillo production/packaging facility looking to open some time in the first quarter of the year. The Open Space project, a three-story brewery and taproom, will replace the original San Mateo location later in the year. That building is going up at Venice and the Interstate 25 frontage road. It will be one of only a handful of purpose-built breweries (as opposed to a retrofitted warehouse or restaurant) in the state.

Though there is no permit application posted yet on the State of New Mexico’s website, we have heard through the grapevine that Blue Grasshopper is aiming to open a brewing facility in the Albuquerque. The tiny brewing space at the original location in Rio Rancho was never going to cut it once they expanded to two taprooms. Whether this production facility will also have a taproom attached is unknown at this time.

We still await final confirmation that Boxing Bear will be opening a taproom on the East Side, specifically at the Snow Heights Promenade being built at Eubank and Menaul.

There are three breweries in Albuquerque that we know are opening off-site taprooms in 2018. Ponderosa is putting a small taproom in the El Vado Motel redevelopment near Central and Rio Grande. Tractor is opening its third taproom on the West Side near McMahon and Unser. Starr Brothers has a pending license for a location somewhere in the Southeast.

Other breweries rumored to be looking at/considering taprooms include Hops Brewery, Quarter Celtic, Rio Bravo, and Turtle Mountain, but nothing has been confirmed with any of them.

Up in the Santa Fe area, we know that Santa Fe Brewing has a pending license for a location near downtown.

Otherwise, we are mainly looking forward to seeing all the creative new beer releases, both on tap and in bottles/cans, from breweries across the state this year. The expansion of the barrel-aging programs at places like Bow & Arrow, La Cumbre, Marble, Tractor, and more should be enough to keep us all satiated throughout 2018.

Yes, more new places are on the way

Say hello to the first officially open new brewery of 2018. (Photo courtesy of Guadalupe Mountain Brewing)

Quite a few breweries are scheduled to open in 2018, though as we noted in our intro, attaching a fixed date more than a week out would be foolish.

The Crew will have to take another trip to Southeastern New Mexico this year. Drylands Brewing opened in Lovington after our last pass through the region, so we have to go back there. Monday also marked the grand opening of Guadalupe Mountain Brewing in Carlsbad. Lost Hiker Brewing in Ruidoso has an active small brewers license, so we should be seeing a grand opening announcement for them some time in the near future as well.

Other breweries hoping to open in the south/southeast include Switchback Brewery in Cloudcroft, Bonito Valley Brewing in Lincoln, and Deep Well Brewing in Artesia. The Las Cruces area will also see the opening of a Little Toad Creek taproom in 2018.

The northern half of the state could also see some new openings in 2018. Red River Brewing is taking advantage of the balmy winter weather to finish construction on its building. There are also Callahan West Brewing in Mosquero in the northeast, while Elkins Brewing is still looking to open in Grants to the west.

Santa Fe will soon see the arrival of its seventh brewery and first combined brewery/distillery operation in Tumbleroot. The small brewer license is already active, so now it is just a matter of finishing the last of the construction and getting everything up and running.

There are three breweries in Albuquerque moving closer and closer to opening here in the early part of 2018. Cantero Brewing, in the brewery district, is nearly ready to go. Lava Rock Brewing is also almost ready on the West Side. Throw in High & Dry Brewing in the Southeast, and the Crew has quite a few advance tours to take here in the coming weeks.

All of those breweries now have active licenses, while things are still pending for the likes of BLUE (near downtown), the Brewstillery (southeast), Hollow Spirits (Wells Park), 1933 Brewing (Rio Rancho), and Toltec Brewing (West Side). Those figure to be farther off, though at least of the five, Hollow Spirits is run by our old friend Frank Holloway (formerly of Red Door), who is keeping us up to date via Facebook.

Will additional breweries be announced as the year goes on? Of course. We promise to let you all know about them as soon as we find out.

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That is all from us. What are you looking forward to in 2018 from our craft beer scene? Drop us a line and we may share it the next time we choose to look ahead.

Cheers, and happy New Year!

— Stoutmeister

Black Note is a beauty, especially on tap.

December is here, and you have one more chance to snag a taste of one of the true wonders of the barrel-aged world with one last keg of Bell’s Black Note on tap at Nob Hill Bar & Grill this evening. This beer, a.k.a. Voldemort, is just as insidious as he who shall not be named. You will not notice the darkness as it creeps over your palate until it is far too late. A thoroughly delicious end, if I do say so myself.

This batch was added to freshly retired bourbon barrels, so it has a good, wet presence of bourbon that extends from the aroma and melts throughout the entire experience. I found hints of light cinnamon, vanilla, and plenty of roast and black malts in this one, with an incredibly smooth, sweet chocolate middle, finished off with fresh bourbon.

This beer does not mess around at all. A quintessential winter warmer with hints of creamy chocolate that coats your entire palate with sweet sweet darkness. But, don’t take my word for it, go forth and enjoy this black diamond of winter’s looming chill and decide for yourself!

You can still find this delicious offering in six packs around town.

For that matter, Bell’s is a brewery that has multiple stouts to choose from, as they put it themselves, a “stout portfolio,” ranging from the somewhat sweeter Special Double Cream Stout to the tart Cherry Stout all the way to Expedition (Russian Imperial) in all of its glory, not to mention Kalamazoo and of course Black Note. These alone are only some of the delightful darkness that has landed in our fair desert oasis on the wings of the tolling of the Bells. But, as I’ve said, don’t take my own musings for it, go forth and explore with your own palates and sensibilities! Deep was the darkness with no light at all, and it was good.

Skål!

— Franz Solo

Bombs Away Beer Company has brewed a new red IPA in honor of Air Force Tech Sergeant Phillip A. Myers, who died in Afghanistan in 2009.

In the short time it has been open, Bombs Away Beer Company has become a frequent hangout for many active-duty service members from Kirtland Air Force Base, as well as the many retired military who live in Albuquerque. This Veterans Day, BABC is giving back with a special beer brewed in honor of an Air Force sergeant who lost his life serving his country.

Phil’s Incendiary IPA is the creation of not just head brewer David Kimbell, but also Casey Pascoe, who served in the Air Force with BABC owner John Degnaro. The beer was made to honor Tech Sergeant Phillip A. Myers, who died in Afghanistan on April 4, 2009, when he was just 30 years old, leaving behind a wife and two children. Proceeds from the sale will go to the EOD Warrior Foundation, a charity that supports veterans from Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal and their families.

“We were approached by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal shop on base that they were putting together a charity fundraiser and they wanted to know if we wanted to be a part of it,” John said. “We said yes. It was actually a golf tournament, so we sponsored a hole. After that they said do you want to put up an item for a silent auction as part of the charity. I said yeah, but I don’t really know what to auction.

“I kind of kicked it around a little bit, so we came up to auction off basically a brew day. The winner of the auction would come in, they would brew the beer, and then we would eventually release the beer and proceeds would go back to the charity.”

Then it was just the matter of the right person winning that prize in the silent auction.

“Highest bidder, that was me,” Casey said. “I’d been here (to BABC) before. I’d seen the progress they had done on making the brewery. When I saw that at the auction, I was like I had to get that.”

Of course, winning the prize was one thing, making the beer was another.

“I’d never brewed before, so I think after the golf tournament we all ended up here,” Casey said. “The soft opening we all ended up back here. I let them know that I had won the auction and was looking forward to brewing some beer with them.”

Casey had a good idea of what kind of beer to make.

“It was between Casey and David to come up with how the beer is going to look, as far as what style,” John said. “Casey said, ‘I want to do a red and I want to name it after a fallen EOD tech named Phil Myers,’ who was a friend of both of ours.”

The incendiary part of the beer name holds double meaning.

“It’s in the EOD or ordinance world, it’s the color of the bombs, they have a red stripe on them,” Casey said. “And, Phil was a red-headed dude with a big ginger beard because when he was deployed he was out of regs, like most of us were, because we were out in the middle of nowhere. We didn’t have all the stuff to shave every day. I think that would be the best (name).

“I think that that also falls in line with the names of the beers they already have up on the board. Phil was a bit of an incendiary fella himself, I guess you could say. Everything he touched kind of caught fire, whether it was being a mentor to me as a young airman, or just everything he did he excelled at.”

Air Force veteran Casey Myers, up bright and early, brewing beer for the first time in his life.

Phil would probably have been amused to know just how much hard work Casey put into the beer.

“Learning to brew with David in the back, I didn’t realize how much work that was,” Casey said. “It’s a lot of work. I think I went home that day and I put the kids to bed at 7 and I hit the pillow at 7:30. I learned a lot.”

As for the beer itself, it should satisfy the hop-loving palates of Burquenos.

“I guess you could say what Casey wanted was something with a lot of citrus aroma, so I used a lot of citrus-forward hops (like) Citra, Centennial,” David said. “There are some dark fruit notes in there (too). It makes for a very malty IPA.”

Phil’s Incendiary IPA will go on tap this Saturday for Veterans Day. Also, BABC will be launching its brewery membership, with special discounts for active-duty service members and retired military.

Raise those pints high this weekend.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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Tonight (Thursday), Blue Corn is hosting another epic beer and cocktails dinner, with Santa Fe Spirits, at their south side location. Because we’ve had so much fun at these dinners in the past, we wanted to give you a quick look at what you’ll be enjoying tonight.

APPETIZER (1st Course) Paired with gin and tonic with Mosaic hop bitters
Crispy kale croquettes served with a herbal aioli

CHEF’S SALAD (2nd Course) Paired with Atapiño brown ale cocktail
Citrus-marinated chicken breast, roasted piñon nuts, orange segments and caramelized red onions on a bed of spring mix, with a sweet and tangy vinaigrette

ENTREES (3rd Course) Paired with a brandy honey wheat cocktail
Farm-raised Atlantic salmon poached in herb-infused extra virgin olive oil with baby carrots and 40K Honey Wheat jasmine rice

DESSERT (4th Course) Paired with a barrel-aged imperial porter, aged in a used Kolkeegan Whisky Barrel from Santa Fe Spirits
Chocolate volcano-molten bundt cake topped with vanilla ice cream and roasted-spiced pecans

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Why you should go: Aside from the always excellent food and beer, mixed with the award-winning guest-showcase of cocktails, these beer dinners serve as a great chance to mingle with other people who love crafted beverages as much as you. Personally, in addition to seeing plenty of other friends in the industry at these things, I’ve always met someone new, and each and every time made a new friend. Hell, I met the guy I bought my house from at one of these beer dinners at Blue Corn.

Also, in a fun, intimate setting, you get to sample special unique creations not usually found on your regular weeknight menu. You get to see the best of what these chefs and brewers have to offer, and then talk to them about it! It is completely underrated, being able to talk to a brewer about the passion he or she puts into their work. Better still, the brewers actually have a spare moment to sit and chat. Any event where the brewers and/or chefs/distillers will walk around and talk with you about what they’re trying to achieve, and the process involved, is worth its weight in gold. It will change your dining/drinking experience forever. To me, that’s worth the price of entry.

You might look at $45 per person as being pricey, but you certainly get your value from these events. Four-course dinners alone fall along that range. Pair them with craft beer, craft cocktails, and good conversation, and the experience is a steal. Get your tickets. Drink some craft. Make some friends. Here’s to keeping it local!

Cheers!

— Luke

For reservations, email manager@bluecornbrewery.com or call (505) 438-1800. The event is from 6-9 p.m.

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Counting down the days till Expedition and its stout friends arrive from Michigan! (Photo courtesy of Bell’s Brewery)

It was pretty awesome and all when Bell’s Brewery started distributing in New Mexico last month. After the initial excitement just to get beers like Two Hearted and Kalamazoo Stout here, plenty of folks started asking that one, inevitable question: “Where are the seasonals?”

Oh, they are about to arrive in a big, big way. Bell’s sales rep Silas Sims sent us the full list of upcoming seasonal beers coming to New Mexico, plus just where you will be able to sample them, enjoy them on tap, and get them to go.

First up, sour lovers, get ready for The Wild One (6.5% ABV, 20 IBU), a sour brown ale aged in oak foeders with a little brett thrown in for an extra funky kick. If you prefer something maltier and chewier, Christmas Ale (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU), a hefty Scotch ale, is “certain to make any occasion festive, or at least a bit more bearable,” per the Bell’s website.

Then comes the darkness, a quartet of excellent stouts that has the Crew already saving up some money in advance. Expedition Stout (10.5% ABV) is a massive Russian Imperial Stout that has earned plenty of fame among the fans of the darkness. It does not arrive alone, as two dessert stouts will accompany it to Albuquerque and points beyond. Cherry Stout (7% ABV) is a little more tart than sweet, using only Montmorency cherries from the Traverse City area in Michigan. Meanwhile, Special Double Cream Stout (6.1% ABV) gets its sweetness and smooth mouthfeel not from lactose, but from a blend of 10 special malts.

Finally, the whale of the bunch will be here, but in limited supply. Black Note Stout (11.2% ABV) is a wonderful behemoth, a bourbon barrel-aged blend of the Expedition and the Special Double Cream. “Aimed squarely at the stout and bourbon aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark.” That is just beautiful poetry right there, people.

These beers should arrive by the end of next week, meaning November will be getting off to a great start. Jubilation will have them, as should both Total Wine locations and both Whole Foods locations. Additional retailers will be announced when that information becomes available.

For those not quite sure if you want these beers, there will be some special tastings and tappings coming up as well.

  • Friday, November 3: Sister Bar will host the first tapping of Black Note from 5 to 8 p.m., with Porter, Oarsman, Lager of the Lakes, and Two Hearted also available.
  • Thursday, November 9: Jubilation will have a tasting of select beers (no Black Note, sorry, it is a limited amount) from 4 to 6 p.m. Keep an eye on their social media for the full lineup.
  • (Black) Friday, November 24: O’Niell’s on Juan Tabo will have kegs of Black Note, The Wild One, Winter White, and one TBD beer on tap from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 30: Whole Foods on Carlisle will have a tasting of all available beers from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • TBD date in December: There will be another Black Note tapping, this time at Nob Hill Bar & Grill. We will share that info when it is available.

Stout season is upon us! Glory to the elder gods!

Now we can’t wait to see what our local breweries will produce this season to go up against these national heavyweights. We have a feeling the winner will be … all of us!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

This is just one of the many big events on Saturday.

As we noted back in The Week Ahead in Beer, this Saturday is chock-full of beer-soaked events in Albuquerque and points nearby. To help everyone pick out where to go, we offer up a more detailed look at all of them.

We already covered ULLR Fest in Los Alamos, with an updated entry for Boxing Bear (thanks, Justin!), so you can also consider that fun annual event. Here are all the others. All times listed are for Saturday unless noted.

Out of town events

Sierra Blanca 6th Annual Oktoberfest

  • When: 2-9 p.m.
  • Where: Sierra Blanca Brewing, Moriarty
  • How much: $12 for Sam’s Famous Bratwurst Dinner (kids 12 and under are free)
  • Live music: Tom Williams and Full Moon
  • Other fun stuff: There will be a kids’ zone, so rest easy, parents. Kids also get a free plate with a hot dog, chips, and a soda.
  • Special beer(s): Oktoberfest and Whiskey Stout

Atalaya RescueFest

  • When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Where: Second Street original location
  • How much: No cover
  • Live music: Andrew Primm, Petty Theft, The Bus Tapes, Swing Soleil, Bill Hearne (set times TBA)
  • Other fun stuff: There will be commemorative pint glasses and apparel, plus a live auction and a raffle.
  • Special beer: Atalaya Altbier

In town events

Rio Bravo Second Anniversary Weekend

  • When: Today, 7-11 p.m., Saturday, 3-11 p.m., Sunday, 4-7 p.m.
  • Where: Rio Bravo
  • How much: No cover
  • Live music: Today—Le Chat Lunatique, 7-9 p.m., hONEyhoUSe, 9:30-11 p.m.; Saturday—Fred Johnson Band, 3-4 p.m., Higher Ground Bluegrass, 4:20-6:20 p.m., Silver String Band, 6:40-8:40 p.m., The Squash Blossom Boys, 9-11 p.m.; Sunday—Women in the Arts Showcase featuring musicians Anabellie Rivera and Elizabeth Marie Berry, 4-7 p.m.
  • Other fun stuff: This weekend also marks the grand opening of The Burger Stand at Rio Bravo. There will be lots of food specials, including a Saturday shrimp boil in the Bier Garten. Sunday’s Women in the Arts Showcase is hosted by poet/singer/author/activist Ebony Isis Booth and will feature 10-year-old author Marisol Paramo, a live artist auction, and women-owned businesses and arts vendors.
  • Special beer: Schwarzbier

Ponderosa Third Anniversary Party

  • When: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Where: Ponderosa Brewing
  • How much: No cover
  • Live music: Bands TBA
  • Other fun stuff: There will be door prizes, plus a special beer, cheese, and salami tasting for $30 that includes a free stein you can fill with your favorite brew. There will also be a special event called Wine Down with Art featuring Suki Willoughby from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Special beer: Barleywine (archived keg)

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Brew Fest

  • When: Noon-11 p.m.
  • Where: Marble Downtown
  • How much: No cover
  • Live music: The Real Matt Jones, noon-1 p.m., TV Killers, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Stanlie Kee and Step In, 3-4 p.m., DJ Leftovers, 4:30-6 p.m., Sol De La Noche, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Cynical Bird, 8-9 p.m., Wagogo, 9:30-11 p.m.
  • Other fun stuff: There are three rounds of silent auctions, a raffle, limited edition commemorative T-shirts, pint glasses, stickers, and hats, plus three food trucks (Saep Fire Grill, Soo Bak, Street Food Institute).
  • Special beer: Sandia Sunset Saison, brewed with watermelon

SOMOS Albuquerque

  • When: 4-10 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown on Central between 3rd and 7th Streets, running north to Copper and south to Gold.
  • How much: $10
  • Live music: There are four stages, Dance, Hip Hop, Rock, and Country/NM. Dillon Francis will headline the dance stage from 8:40-9:55 p.m. Deltron 3030 will headline the Hip Hop stage from 8-9:15 p.m. Minus the Bear will headline the Rock stage from 8:15-9:30 p.m. Jackie Lee will headline the Country/NM stage from 7:45-9 p.m.
  • Other fun stuff: There will be multiple food vendors, the Nuevo Tech Experience at Mezcal, native dance at the Kimo Theater, many local commercial vendors, a family zone, and more.
  • Special beer: None, but there is a beer garden with 10 local breweries, including Bow & Arrow, Marble, and Tractor.

If you are planning to attend multiple events, or even one for a good chunk of time, please use a designated driver, Lyft, Uber, or a taxi. We want to make sure everyone has a fun and safe time this weekend.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

The annual autumnal festival returns to the mountains above Los Alamos. Skal!

The days are getting shorter, and there’s a bit of a nip in the air here in the higher elevations. Fall will be here soon, officially, and with it the prospect of snow. To many people, snow means skiing, but, only if there’s enough of it! To please Ullr, the Norse god of snow and winter, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and the Los Alamos Ski Club host a festival each fall in the hope of bringing abundant snow. And, if you’re going to host a Nordic-themed festival, then you’re certainly going to include an abundance of beer.

This year’s ULLR Fest will be taking place Saturday at the Pajarito Mountain above Los Alamos. The weather has been very nice, so it should be a very pleasant afternoon (though being a mountain, you have to prepare for nearly anything, so dust off those hoodies). Being a themed event, there will be a costume contest, so bring your finest Viking garb.

Several New Mexico breweries will be in attendance to satisfy your thirst, and wine will also be available. For $15, you get a souvenir glass, unlimited tastings, and a pint of your favorite beer. Pints will also be available for purchase (cash only, please). Bring your ID! The beer portion of the event will begin at noon and run until 5 p.m.

Stoutmeister has been hard at work putting together beer lists for the attending breweries, and so far most have responded. Hopefully we hear back from the last three breweries before the festival begins.

  • Bathtub Row: Hoppenheimer IPA, Kritical Kolsch, Flat Cap Brown
  • Blue Corn: Apparition Pale Coffee Ale, Saison aged with Brett, Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout, Ginger Braggot
  • Bosque: Elephants on Parade, Oktoberfest, Pistol Pete’s 1888 Blonde Ale, Bosque IPA
  • UPDATED–> Boxing Bear: Uppercut IPA, Ambear, Chocolate Milk Stout, Pineapple Upside Down Beer, Cider
  • La Cumbre: TBA
  • Marble: Double White, IPA, Pilsner, Marblefest (making its debut!)
  • Red Door: Blackberry Hefeweizen, White AF IPA, Roamer Red, Oktoberfest
  • Santa Fe: Santa Fe Gold, 7K IPA, Happy Camper IPA, Nut Brown
  • Second Street: Fulcrum IPA, Atalaya Altbier, LVL Stout, Summer Rain Sour, Double X ESB, Kolsch
  • Taos Mesa: Mosaic IPA, Black Widow Porter, Kolsch 45, Great Scot Scottish
  • The 377: TBA

There are numerous other fun events planned for the day:

  • Disc Golf tournament begins at 10 a.m. at the Lodge; entry is $20. There are Pro/Advanced/Novice/Female Divisions. Cash payout for top three players in each division.
  • STRAVA self-timed downhill mountain bike race (download the app and time your run as many times as you want, prizes for the best time at the end of the day). This event is free.
  • Pajarito Poker Run mountain bike ride (pick a card as you board the lift each time, take any run you want, best two hands at the end of the day wins a prize). This event is also free.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Downhill Mountain Bike Rentals and free lessons all weekend.
  • Lift Served Biking and Hiking 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

On top of that, there will be some great music provided by Bronach and Felix y Los Gatos.  The cafeteria will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to soak up the beer.

As usual, a shuttle will run between Sullivan Field (adjacent to Los Alamos High School) and the ski area every 30 minutes, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also, shuttle service will be available to the White Rock Visitor Center. Call 661-RIDE (7433) to arrange that service.

Cheers!

— Reid

Your weekend just got more crowded with yet another event. But it’s for a good cause, so get out there and enjoy a pint!

Just when you thought we had all the weekend’s events covered in The Week Ahead in Beer, two more popped up, and we thought we might provide some additional details on one other. We will have our first review of the Desert Valley Brewing taproom up later today.

Oktoberfest at Taos Ski Valley

This Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., skedaddle on up to The Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant for the annual celebration of the German harvest. There will be plenty of food and beer, naturally, and you can reserve your stein in advance if you click here.

That same link will also help you find a discounted hotel room, since you might as well stick around in the beautiful ski valley before the snow shows up and Leah Black reclaims her favorite mountain.

Get on up there and have some fun!

Mariposa Fun(d)raiser at Bow & Arrow

The Mariposa Fund is holding their annual fundraiser this Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. The fund provides reproductive healthcare to women who are otherwise not eligible. There will be fun and games, and of course plenty of Bow & Arrow beer on tap. If you would like to contribute to the fund but cannot attend, click here.

In other Bow & Arrow news, they have re-done their Scotch ale recipe and renamed it True Aim Scotch Ale. We are always supportive of bigger and better Scotch ales. B&A has also added Fast Luck Dry-Hopped Pale Ale for the weekend, and will have Wolf Eyes Oktoberfest on tap this coming Thursday. From Sept. 25-30, B&A will donate $1 from every pint sold of Wolf Eyes to the UNM Alumni Association in honor of homecoming week.

Golden Days Brew Fest at Santa Fe Ski Area

We mentioned this one before, but thought you could use a few more details. It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The cost to enter is $18, which gets you a silicone pint glass, three samples, and one pint of your favorite beer. There will be extra runs of the 255 Mountain Trail Bus as well, so no need to drive up. Click here for more details.

As for the attending breweries, Boxing Bear, Broken Trail, Dialogue, Drafty Kilt, and La Cumbre will be heading up from Albuquerque. Locals on hand will include Chili Line, Santa Fe, and Second Street. New Mexico Hard Cider will also be on hand.

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The Crew will be bouncing around to various events and beer releases all weekend. We will also be attending the memorial/tribute show to our late friend and fellow beer geek/metalhead Justin Shearer on Saturday night (8-11) at The Moonlight Lounge. If you knew Justin, come on by and join us and his family and friends from around the country. Local bands Futilitarian, Jagged Mouth, The Extinction, and Distances will perform.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister