Posts Tagged ‘Events’

Editor’s note: Shilling wrote this with Jan. 1 in mind, but we had to hold off until things were finalized with our anniversary party. What party? Read on and find out! — Stoutmeister

Happy New Year, folks!

Man, it feels like its been forever since I’ve gotten to write one of these. The Great American Beer Festival usually marks the end of festival season, which means things slow down quite a bit in the brewing world. Well, sort of; we do stay busy with the many new beer tastings that happen over the fall and winter months.

The good news is that the new year will bring us some new beer festivals and events.

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The New Mexico Brewers Guild presents WinterBrew, January 25 at the Santa Fe Farmers Market from 4-8 p.m.

You can purchase tickets at and at the entry of the event. The ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group highly recommends purchasing your tickets in advance and taking the RailRunner to and from the event.

The Brewers Guild calls the event “a craft beer and comfort food festival.”  We are bringing Derek, our resident “foodie,” along for the ride (as of now), so he should be able to judge the culinary delights while Stoutmeister and Brandon focus on the beer.


B.J.’s Brewhouse presents the inaugural New Mexico Cup, February 16 at the Albuquerque Convention Center from 1-7 p.m.

We are very excited for this event because many of the Brew Crew members will be present as celebrity judges. (Editor’s note: When we know what this entails, we will share it, but to call us excited would be an understatement, and it’s not just because they think we are celebrities. — Stoutmeister) This will be a beer and wine competition and festival for New Mexico only, a sort of scaled-down GABF. Breweries that have signed so far include Back Alley, Bosque, Broken Bottle, Il Vicino, Kellys, Marble, Nexus, Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca, Sandia Chile Grill, Santa Fe, and Tractor. We would love to see more breweries from the north (3 Rivers, Taos Ale House, Blue Heron, 2nd Street, etc.) and from the south (High Desert, Mimbres Valley, Roosevelt, Wellhead) sign up as well.

You can buy tickets online here.

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Last, but not least, the New Mexico Dark Side Brew Crew will be kicking off the new year with our first anniversary party. That’s right, the NMDSBC turns one this month. We will be celebrating downtown at Back Alley Draft House on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 7:30 p.m. until closing. For those who have never been to Back Alley, it is located behind J.C.’s New York Pizza Dept. on the north side of Central between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Back Alley is owned by NYPD, so you can enjoy a wide selection of microbrews — including in-house beers plus Goat Head, Chama River, La Cumbre, Marble, Santa Fe, and many more from around the country — while still being able to order pizza and other food from NYPD.

We felt that this would be a perfect place for our little shindig. All of our readers are invited to come down, share a pint and talk beer with us. We hope that everyone can make it out and pack Back Alley!

Come on out and start the new year by supporting your local breweries!


— Jon

ABQ Hopfest is nearly upon us

Posted: August 21, 2012 by Shilling in Events
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Our apologizes for not posting about this sooner, but this Saturday, Stoutmeister and Shilling will be present at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the fifth annual ABQ Hopfest.

The Hopfest is a fundraiser for the New Mexico Make-A-Wish Foundation, raising money to grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. This year the festival features 50 breweries, eight bands on three stages, plus indoor and outdoor booths.

Doors open at 3 p.m. for general admission tickets, while the special Extra Hoppy tickets get you in at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online or you can purchase them at the Tractor Tap Room in Nob Hill. Extra Hoppy tickets are nearly gone.

Widmer Bros. Brewing, the kings of the American Hefeweizen, are the sponsor brewery for the event.

Also in attendance this year are Abita (Louisiana), Big Sky (Montana), Deschutes (Oregon), Goose Island (Illinois), Green Flash (San Diego), Kona (Hawaii), Sam Adams, Blue Moon, Guinness, Left Coast, Bridgeport; our Colorado favorites Breckenridge, Left Hand, Oskar Blues, Odell, and Ska; plus New Mexico’s Marble, Tractor, Broken Bottle, Santa Fe, Boar’s Nest, Back Alley, Taos Ale House, and many, many more!

Stoutmeister will unleash a mondo preview on Friday of all the breweries and all the beers (we hope) they will be bringing along for us to enjoy.

Folks, this is a great event supporting an amazing cause. So if you’re interested in attending, redirect your browser over to the Hopfest Web site to get your tickets and we’ll see you guys there!


— Shilling

Albuquerque Beer Week

Posted: February 21, 2012 by Shilling in Events, News
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Well folks, it’s almost time for Beer Week.  The fourth annual ABQ Beer Week has been extended for few more days to give you tasting, drink specials at local watering holes, beer dinners, pong tournaments, Blues and Brews, plus so much more. This year’s events kick off on May 17 and will run through May 27.

Visit for more info on events and ticket information.  Also stay up to date by signing up for e-mail updates from us or follow us on twitter.

As a teaser, here are some of the events being planned:

May 19 — Pint for Pint blood drive, sponsored by Isotopes Beer: donate blood and receive a pint glass from Isotopes Beer and coupons for beer lovers

May 19 — Join ABQ Trolley for their Ale Trail Brewpub Tour with trivia, behind-the-scenes tours, pub swag, and beer samples.

May 20 — Nexus Brewery Beer Brunch and the fifth annual New Mexico Brewers Guild Golf Tournament

May 21 — A special beer release by Ben Miller, winner of the Sam Adams Long Shot Competition, at ABQ BrewPub; also, the Marble Brewery Beer & Cheese Pairing

May 27 — ABQ Blues & Brews returns to Sandia Resort & Casino

There are many, many more in the works, including events at Tractor, Il Vicino, Turtle Mountain, and the metro area’s two new breweries, Broken Bottle and Boar’s Nest (both opening soon). There will also be a Pint for Pint in Santa Fe, for those who cannot make the trek down I-25.

This is a huge event folks.  Come on out and support your local watering holes!

— Shilling

Starting 2012 Off with a… Beerfest?

Posted: January 27, 2012 by Shilling in Events

That is right folks, February 3 is Winterbrew, the state’s first beer festival of 2012.

Winterbrew is happening at the Santa Fe Farmers Market starting at 4 p.m.

Some of the state’s finest breweries will be on hand for your sampling pleasure.  This list includes all three Santa Fe locals — Blue Corn, Second Street, and Santa Fe Brewing Co. — plus Albuquerque Metro’s Marble, Chama River, Nexus Brewing, La Cumbre, and Turtle Mountain.  Southern New Mexico’s Mimbres Valley and High Desert Brewing Co. will make the trek north as well, along with Northern New Mexico’s Monk’s Ale and Blue Heron Brewing Co

Tickets for this event are $15 and include a commemorative sampling glass and $5 in tokens redeemable for beer and food.  Additional tokens may be purchased at the event.

Get your tickets at the New Mexico Brewers Guild’s Website   

A beer fest on a Friday? Sounds like a killer way start the weekend!