ABQ Beer Week: Day Four offers up more beyond the big fest

Yes, it is Blues & Brews day, but there are still some other options for those either not attending or just looking for a little pre-game fun. We posted the beer lists for Blues & Brews on Saturday, so click that link if you’re curious. Otherwise, kick back and enjoy! You earned the break. Featured…

ABQ Beer Week 2015: The Beer Geeks battle to dethrone the Crew on Day Five

Well, everyone out there seemed to survive the two big festivals on Sunday. The crowd was big at Blues & Brews but not overwhelming. The local breweries held their own in the face of the national and international brands. And the big surprise? The soon-to-open Firkin Brewhouse, which debuted with a flourish. The Capo’s Java…

ABQ Beer Week 2015: Celebrate a big anniversary on Day Three

Welcome back to ABQ Beer Week, though technically it never left. After Thursday’s surge of events contrasted with the terrible weather, we expected more Friday, but the sun kept the rain at bay for a change. So we have that going for us, if nothing else. Today’s lineup kicks off with a golf tournament and…

The Dark Side Brew Crew’s guide to Bike & Brew’s beer dinners

Right smack dab in the middle of American Craft Beer Week, Outside Magazine’s giant celebration of all things craft beer and cycling kicks off with a barrage of beer dinners, pairing culinary creations from some of Santa Fe’s finest chefs, with beers from New Mexico, California, and Colorado craft breweries. As the Crew now has…

Surprise, the second annual Marchfest was a huge hit

Last Saturday was the second annual Marchfest put on by Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. Previously, this was an event that many of the Crew had written off due, mostly in part to little to no advertising, except through commercials on the mainstream radio stations (I’d be pretty surprised if the Crew listened to the…

Best of the (Brew) Fest plus other notes from one wild afternoon

No one got sunburned! Well, that’s how we all looked back on NM Brew Fest 5 after a long, rough Sunday (our football teams, real and fantasy, didn’t help our hangovers, either). OK, we also looked back at the many great beers we drank and how much fun we had. From the VIP barrel-aged beginning…

Grab a brew at the Zoo this Saturday

Beer festivals are usually held at hotels, casinos, convention centers, parking lots, and a whole lot of other nondescript places. So whoever thought “we should have a festival at the ABQ BioPark Zoo” deserves a medal. One of the most unique settings we have ever heard of will host Lions, Tigers, & Beers this Saturday…

Where to quench your hop thirst at Hopfest

Oh, Hopfest, you lovely giant beer festival, you have returned. It’s Lucky No. 7 for Hopfest, which returns to the Isleta Casino this Saturday. Tickets are still available online today (Friday). They go up in price at the door ($35 for general admission, $45 for Extra Hoppy Hour), so we highly recommend you get them…

Storm’s a brewin’ at Blues and Brews ’14

Owing to the fact that I (Franz Solo) had a birthday on Monday, my review of 2014’s ABQ Blues and Brews was a tad delayed (This is Brew Crew-speak for “I was really, really hungover” — Stoutmeister), so without further ado: On a rainy Sunday (perfect beer weather, in my opinion), Mrs. Solo and I…

Hopfest in Review: A proper farewell to festival season

There was a bittersweet feeling as the Crew left Hopfest on Saturday afternoon. It stemmed not from any disappoint in the event — it was quite the opposite, in fact — but instead it came with the realization that beer festival season in 2013 was coming to a close. Even though the year itself is…