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Quit looking at this photo. Go buy some. And drink it. And rejoice.

Quit looking at this photo. Go buy some. And drink it. And rejoice.

So in case you missed it, but judging by the sales sheet at Jubilation, you haven’t, Founders Brewing has arrived in Albuquerque and the fun has only just begun. This week alone we have beer for sale at Jubilation right now, beers on tap at Nob Hill Bar & Grill on Wednesday night, a special tasting/sampling at Jubilation on Friday, and a Founders beer dinner at Heimat House on Friday.

First up, the beer dinner! It costs $65 per person and you can buy in advance via this PayPal link. It takes place Friday starting at 6 p.m. The pairings are as follows:

  • Starter: Toasted pumpernickel bread with a fig porter jam (All Day IPA)
  • Baked brie with amber caramelized apples (Blushing Monk)
  • Butternut squash bisque (Dirty Bastard Scotch-style Ale)
  • IPA crab cakes (Centennial IPA)
  • Goat cheese and Portabello-stuffed pork loin (Porter)
  • Stout chocolate brownies with lemon IPA pudding (Breakfast Stout)

If that does not look deliciously decadent … well, you might want to have your palate checked. Pronto.

UPDATE: As it turns out, Heimat House already has three Founders beers on tap at their bar. Dirty Bastard, Centennial, and (drum roll) Breakfast Stout are available as of today (Tuesday)!

It's like Christmas in October! Thank you, Jubilation.

It’s like Christmas in October! Thank you, Jubilation.

Then there is everything at Jubilation. They will have a free sampling of all the beers on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. So what beers do they have for sale in bottles/cans/bombers?

  • Blushing Monk in bombers
  • Breakfast Stout four-packs
  • Curmudgeon Old Ale four-packs
  • Dirty Bastard Scotch-Style Ale six-packs
  • Porter six-packs
  • All Day IPA six-pack bottles and 15-pack cans
  • Centennial IPA six-pack bottles and 12-pack cans
We will see you all there.

We will see you all there.

Of course, we understand that for those new to Founders, you might want to try ’em before you buy ’em, or perhaps you just love everything twice as much on draft as you do packaged. So as a reminder, Nob Hill Bar & Grill is having nine different Founders beers (including the only-on-tap Redankulous Red IPA, plus the otherwise as-yet-unavailable Imperial Stout and Backwoods Bastard). That kicks off at 6 p.m. Wednesday. If you need even more incentive, if you come to that tap takeover, you will get a ticket that lets you in an hour early for KBS Night the following week. Basically, you guarantee yourself a pour of KBS, which otherwise will not be available in New Mexico for some time.

The Crew will see you all Wednesday night. Until then, hurry over to get some Breakfast Stout at Jubilation before we drink it all up. We’re totally serious, we will wipe out their supply if it’s not gone already. Sorry/not sorry.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

We'll be there, will you?

We’ll be there, will you?

We might as well rename October as Founders Month, for the beloved Michigan brewery’s New Mexico debut is certainly generating a lot of excitement. For anyone who missed the initial announcement, the Kickoff Party is Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Nob Hill Bar & Grill, with a second KBS release party the following week on Oct. 14. To make sure people were well-motivated to attend the former and not just the latter, NHBG sent us this press release.

To make sure the Founders gets the proper New Mexican welcome, we are adding something special for the people who attend the draft party. If you attend the draft party and drink a beer or two, you will have the first crack at KBS on tap a full hour before anyone who decided to forgo the party. This is Founders’ and Nob Hill’s way of saying thank you for coming to support a new brand release in the state and offer a little bonus to those who can come out. This is the 2015 KBS and we only got one keg.

We look forward to seeing everyone at both of the events and showing Founder’s that they made the right decision in coming to this state.

Cheers!

Thomas DeCaro
NHBG Draught Manager

Basically what that all means is you will get a ticket, of sorts, from attending the kickoff party and then you will bring that to KBS night to make sure you get a glass. (Note: You still have to pay for said glass; no free beer, people.)

Until those distant days arrive, NHBG still has some great beer events every Wednesday. Tonight is the Green Flash Draught Invasion, featuring Green Bullet, Styrian Golding Single Hop, Pacific Gem Single Hop, Double Stout, Hop Head Red, and Alpine’s Hoppy Birthday.

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Now, Nob Hill Bar & Grill is not the only place benefiting from Founders’ arrival. As it turns out, Heimat House, one of the Crew’s favorite culinary hangouts, is going to team up with Founders for a special beer dinner on Friday, Oct. 9. For $65 per person, you will get five special courses paired with five different Founders beers. We await the full list of food and beer for this event, but fear not, when it becomes available, we will post it.

UPDATE: As you can read in the comments section below, it appears that Founders’ Santa Fe debut will also come on Oct. 7 at Fire & Hops Gastropub. Luke and Julie will be so happy. We will have more on that event when the information is available.

Until the day Founders arrives in our hands, we will just have to carry on.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Gotta love the decor at Sinners n Saints.

Gotta love the decor at Sinners n Saints.

As a part of the new DSBC series on beer bars, I volunteered to drop in to Sinners n Saints on the southeast corner of Montgomery and Eubank in the Northeast Heights. Unbeknownst to my editor (sorry, Stoutmeister!), I thought it might be kind of fun to do a crawl of sorts with the bars that have the most taps along Montgomery.

A flight of local beer is available at Rock & Brews.

A flight of local beer is available at Rock & Brews.

I started off the evening at Rock & Brews on Montgomery near the intersection with San Mateo. For those who have not read the story, I did a review on them just after they opened. The number of taps there is notable, and I was recently very impressed with their willingness to participate in the local ABQ Beer Week events despite being a chain establishment. They promote a happy hour sampler flight of local beers, too, and that’s what I had there. I took note that they are offering several types of Ballast Point beers among their impressive list of craft brews.

A flight at Heimat House can take you all over the world with the selections.

A flight at Heimat House can take you all over the world with the selections.

From there, I moved east along Montgomery (just west of Louisiana) to Heimat House. I am a happy hour addict so I called ahead and asked about happy hour specials. I was told the hours of the specials, but that the special changes every day. The person on the phone did not either know or did not divulge the one for that day. Since it was on my route, I took a chance. My gamble paid off because the special that day was 50-percent off sample flights (note: no food specials). I was able to pick any of my own beers. I picked five beers that even included St. Bernardus, so I was a happy, happy girl.

Finally, I ended my journey at Sinners n Saints. Friday night was round four of their “Brewdown Challenge” – with that week’s participants being Odell versus La Cumbre. I had no preconceived notions, but I ended up kind of disappointed. I felt the pricing was off for challenge participants because a sign inside the bar said you could buy either of the beers on special for $3.50. However, for the challenge, you paid $8 for two smaller-than-pint-sized beers. I didn’t really understand why that was the case.

In order to avoid any comment wars, I am going to keep my opinions on the two beers to myself – except that I will say that they were wildly different styles, one of which is inherently pretty polarizing. My question is, how do you really compare the two if that is the case?

The tap selection at Sinners n Saints is impressive, the vibe less so.

The tap selection at Sinners n Saints is impressive, the vibe less so.

Sinners n Saints’ shopping center home on the southeast corner of Montgomery and Eubank has quite a few other imbibing options, including a microbrewery (Lizard Tail), a raucous music/dancing venue if you are into country, what I would call a “dive bar” (no offense, I love a good dive bar myself), and several restaurants that serve beer and wine or have a full bar. You can choose whatever suits your fancy, depending on your mood. My mood was suited to a beer bar with a chill vibe. At least on this crowded Friday evening, I didn’t feel like this had that vibe at all. I wonder if it was more of a pre-clubbing crowd waiting for things to get started next door. For the most part, people seemed to want to see and be seen. I left after about 15-20 minutes, because although this usually is not the case for me, sitting alone at the bar here felt uncomfortable. If you want a good beer selection and you like a hopping (no pun intended) after-work scene, give them a go.

Side note: Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul fans will love the front door at Sinners n Saints! (The bar sits in the location that served as Saul’s office in the Breaking Bad series.)

Cheers!

— AmyO

Everyone loved this beer (who could drink it) among Crew members, new and old.

Everyone loved this beer (who could drink it) among Crew members, new and old. Go get some if you have not already.

So once upon a time I asked all of our writers, new and old, if they could please send me their picks for the best beers they had during ABQ Beer Week that were still available for purchase either on tap or in bottles/cans/bombers around the metro area. After waiting a long time for people to send in their picks … I realized I had never written up my own picks. Thank the Beer Gods for Untappd, or otherwise I would be babbling away on here with no idea of what I was talking about.

Basically it would be like any other weekday. (Can you zing yourself? Because I think I just did.)

Here is everyone else. And yeah, I guess this is a preview of who is joining our Brew Crew Bullpen (full bios/intros pending in a separate story).

Also, if you sense a theme here, people kinda liked that one certain IPA from a certain San Diego-based brewery.

Adam’s picks

Left Hand Oak Aged Wake Up Dead (2014) (10.2% ABV, 44 IBU) Enjoyed this at a special taping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill. Like its un-oaked cousin, still a huge beer, but rounded vanilla notes calm it somewhat. Winey goodness, dangerously drinkable!

Oskar Blues Different Stiles (GUBNA Imperial IPA with Blood Orange and Passionfruit) (10% ABV, 100 IBU) Stumbled across this beer one night at Rock & Brews and enjoyed it so much I had to go back for more later in the week. The fruit combines with the massive hop profile to start it off tasting like fresh grapefruit juice, through to a large fruity hop finish. Outstanding beer, I hope it continues to be available.

Amy’s pick

Mother Road Lost Highway Black IPA (8% ABV, 100 IBU) Don’t let this “little” beer fool you. With those stats, it shouldn’t feel sessionable. But, to me it kind of did. That could be pretty dangerous. I could still taste the roasted malt characteristics and a bit of java. A pretty well-rounded, hoppy beer. Another reason to visit the brewery the next time I am in Flagstaff. Until then, I can be thankful Mother Road is now here in NM.

Brandon’s picks

Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Ballast Point (7% ABV, 70 IBU) We here in Albuquerque have been deprived of Ballast Point’s amazing lineup of beers long enough, but that all changed during the beginning of ABQ Beer Week. This seasonal variant of their award-winning Sculpin IPA brings all of the fresh citrus notes with a slight catty burst and floral notes, but with the tart addition of fresh grapefruit added in. The pairing results in a lupulin and fresh fruit explosion that is remarkably refreshing in the summer months. Find a six-pack at your local craft beer retailer and quench your thirst during the warm weather months.

Hoppy Birthday Pale Ale, Alpine Brewing (5.25% ABV, 60 IBU) Alpine Brewing also made their 505 debut during ABQ Beer Week, and Hoppy Birthday is not to be trifled with. This thing is dry-hopped like you would find in one of our dank modern-day IPAs, lending plenty of grapefruit, dank resiny notes, and bursts of lime and other citrus notes. However, it still possesses a solid pale malt bill to balance the beer out and keep it from being overwhelming or crossing into palate-wrecking territory. Mild ABV makes this a very tasty and sessionable beer. Although Alpine has yet to stock the shelves of our local stores yet, they are on their way very soon; for now, stop in at Nob Hill Bar & Grill for a pint!

Franz Solo’s picks

Note: He had a hell of a day Monday, so this is what he sent in one paragraph. Beers are highlighted in bold.

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Heimat House is amazing. This version of (Chama River’s) Radioactive IPA that I had at BearFest was equally outstanding and an excellent preview of the IPA Challenge. Also, Turtle Mountain’s Wilde Jagd is just wonderfully distinct and I can’t wait to do a full review. The advent of the age of Ballast Point is stupendous. Tractor’s Maibock (Barnstorm Ale) was a wonderful accompaniment to Battle of the Beer Geeks. I adore (Boxing Bear’s) Body Czech Pilsner and am very happy that it garnered a recent medal, for good reason, I might add.

Julie’s pick

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA (7% ABV, 70 IBU) I’ll admit, I’ve been stuffing my suitcase with this brew when traveling home from other states since I discovered it back in January. To have it readily available in New Mexico is nothing short of a hops miracle, and the kickoff for welcoming Ballast Point to the state launched this year’s Albuquerque Beer Week. Even if you’re not an IPA fan, give it a try. This beer’s light, crisp body walks the line between bitter hops and tart grapefruit and finishes incredibly smooth. Grapefruit Sculpin IPA’s hello is the scent of grapefruit, and the citrus kick is also the last thing lingering in your mouth. Scared? Don’t be. Friends of mine who are sworn enemies of grapefruit have embraced this beer wholeheartedly because of its balance — and collectively, we have stalked every last tap of it and drank it dry. Word is that Sister will soon have it on tap, and it’s sure to stay in rotation at Nob Hill Bar & Grill. Buy it in six-packs at various locations in New Mexico.

Laura’s picks

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin (7% ABV, 70 IBU) Tried this beauty at the Nob Hill Bar & Grill Ballast Point Tap Takeover. It is currently available at Jubilation and Total Wine. This could possibly be one of the best IPAs I have ever tried. Poured clear golden orange with a big white head. Big citrus nose of grapefruit, oranges and lemons. For a big ipa, the citrus flavor on top of a light caramel malt back backbone was perfectly balanced. Grapefruit aftertaste. Pretty much a perfect summer beer.

Ballast Point Indra Kunindra (7% ABV, 50 IBU) I tried this beer at the Nob Hill Bar & Grill Ballast Point Tap Takeover. India­style Export stout is a new style for me, this might be the only one. Poured a dark brown with and off-white head. Brewed with curry, cumin, cayenne, coconut, and Kaffir lime leaf! All of the spices in a coconut stout. Beers like this make this hobby so much fun. (Note: It should come back at some point, but we cannot guarantee this beer is still available anywhere in ABQ.)

Mother Road Lost Highway Imperial Black IPA (8% ABV, 100 IBUs) I tried this for the second time at ABQ Blues & Brews. Poured a dark brown, almost black, with a light tan head. Mouthfeel and roastiness of an Imperial Stout along with the resiny bitterness of a Black IPA. Heavy, but not too heavy to enjoy a couple in the same evening.

Marble Brewing Brett IPA (6.8% ABV, 93 IBUs) I tried this at the Marble Westside Taproom during the Beer, Cheese, & More event. It is available there on tap and in bottles. I have been struggling to get the hype of the brett and sour beers, but loved the blend of the flavors in this beer. Order one on tap and slowly let the temperature increase to bring out the complexities in this beer. The brett is more dominant with the increase. Great crossover beer that I highly recommend.

Uncle Jacob's will forever remain an all-time Brew Crew favorite.

Uncle Jacob’s will forever remain an all-time Brew Crew favorite.

Stoutmeister’s picks

Ballast Point Victory at Sea (10% ABV, 60 IBU) There were so many good beers on BP night at Nob Hill Bar & Grill, but not all of them involved a certain fruit I am allergic to put into an otherwise great IPA. Anyway, instead I indulged in this massive blast of malty goodness. Think one of the strongest coffees you have ever had, with a copious amount of vanilla cream dumped in there, then thickened up to the point of where your spoon stands straight up. Yeah, that is this beer. At last check, NHBG still had some left on tap. Whenever bombers appear at Jubilation, I fully expect the staff to warn me in advance. Otherwise I’m charging in there like Franz and Brandon into a Slayer mosh pit, elbows up, to make sure I get some.

Left Hand Oak Aged Wake Up Dead: See Adam’s entry above, he got it right.

Santa Fe Ever Changing Series #3 Highland Heath (9% ABV, 20 IBU) Fear not, the third entry in the ECS is heading our way soon on tap and in bottles. I will be buying many of them. The folks at SFBC took a Scottish ale, aged in barrels for six months, and tossed in copious amounts of heather, chamomile, and rose hips. It’s flowery and boozy and malty and that’s just what hits you right off the bat. A dominating debut at Blues & Brews. Here’s hoping I get to a festival this summer where they go even crazier and run this one through R2Beer2. Not that I’m suggesting anything here, Silas. But good ahead if you want.

Bosque/Canteen Hoppiness Envy (7.2% ABV, 100 IBU) A truly beautiful collaboration IPA, I sincerely hope some is still available at Canteen (not sure about Bosque). This is a big, mean hop bomb, the brainchild of the men who finished first and second at the National IPA Challenge this year and at the New Mexico IPA Challenge last summer. It is bitter, sharp, resinous, yet with that maltier backbone that is more common to Mr. Bullard’s big IPAs. In many ways this is the best of both worlds, but no one has to be assimilated. (Sorry, geek moment there, couldn’t resist.) Here is hoping more of our breweries have the time and energy to collaborate in the future. Anyone else want to see Bosque, Canteen, and La Cumbre make a Triple IPA together? I sure do.

Avery Uncle’s Jacob’s Stout (16.9% ABV, N/A IBU) There may still be some of this epic, barrel-aged imperial available on tap at Nob Hill Bar & Grill and in bottles at Jubilation. If there is, GO GET IT NOW. Seriously, this is one of the best beers I have ever had in my life. Yes, I am saying that. About a stout. Do you doubt its power? DO YOU?! I do not care how warm it is getting outside, you need this beer in your life if you have never had it before. Huge bourbon notes, that wonderful vanilla, massive dark malt blast, all wrapped up in one beautiful beer. Just note the ABV, please, and do not do anything stupid afterward. Like try to talk. It will leave you speechless.

Honorable mentions (a.k.a. editor’s privilege): Ballast Point Dorado DIPA, Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter, Nexus T.N.G. Porter, Deschutes Mirror Mirror Barley Wine, New Mexico Craft Brewing Rye Stout (available up in Las Vegas), Ponderosa Brunch Stout, Cazuela’s Primo Brown Ale, Duel’s amber sour of mystery (you had to be there), Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca Alien Milk Stout, Sandia Chile Grill Dirty Steve Mead, Monks’ Tripel Reserve, St. Bernardus Abt 12 (at Heimat House!), Widmer Bros. Raspberry Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout, Odell Barrel Thief Oak Aged Imperial IPA.

All right, that is all from us. Had a few favorites that we overlooked? Email us your picks at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com or just send us stuff via the usual social media outlets.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

And so it begins!

Release the beer hounds! The three-day weekend begins!

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 concludes with multiple tastings. In between, a major brewery celebrates their anniversary weekend.

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: Nexus 4th Anniversary Party. Where: Nexus Brewery. When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: No cover charge.

Details: Release the hounds as Nexus turns four years old today. To celebrate, they are grilling up some more red chile BBQ ribs, back by popular demand. You can also order a pint of Prosperity Works Belgian Scottish, which is the normal Beam Me Up Scottish this time with Belgian yeast. One dollar from each pint sold will go to the charity Prosperity Works. There will be live music from the Racine Kreyol Band from 1 to 4 p.m. The first 100 Nexus Members who walk in the door will get a special pint glass.

Why you should go: Even if the red chile BBQ ribs are too spicy, there will be plenty of other food, including the always awesome Chicken & Waffles. Throw in a new beer, live music, and more, and it has hard to see how you would sit this one out.

All the other great events

What: Seventh Annual NM Brewers Guild Golf Tournament. Where: Santa Ana Golf Club. When: 7 a.m. (registration), 8 a.m. (shotgun start). Cost: $100 per person. Details: From the Guild website, “Join New Mexico Brewers Guild for our 7th Annual Golf Tournament as we return to Santa Ana Golf Course for another round of beers and lost balls. Gather up a foursome of your best beer drinking buddies for this 4-Man or Woman scramble as we tee up some of the finest local beers to motivate the biggest hack to pick up some clubs.” The $100 covers your course fees, range balls, lunch, awards, and beer, of course. Why you should go: We know some of you love to play golf (looking at you, Karim), so why not throw in some beer and help the Guild at the same time?

What: Kiuchi Brewery Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Hitachino Nest White Ale is the selected beer from Japan that you will enjoy. Why you should go: For those who are into the burgeoning Japanese craft scene, Kiuchi is among the trailblazers with their Hitachino Nest series. Plus, stick around for a Kilarney Grilled Chicken for lunch.

What: Oskar Blues Sampling. Where: Whole Foods on Academy and Wyoming. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Pinner Throwback IPA will be among the styles to sample. Why you should go: Free beer samples. Plus, pick up some healthy food for later when you have to cook dinner for your significant other and/or family to make up for all the time you’ve been spending at Beer Week events.

What: The Harwood’s Annual Fundraiser. Where: Marble Downtown. When: Noon. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The Harwood Art Institute is an amazing community resource, with their Summer Art Camp teaching children in-depth lessons in various mediums. Marble hosts their annual fundraiser to raise money for art scholarships to the camp. Street Food Institute will be on the curb from noon to late, while Conchitas Creations will join them from 1 to 7 p.m. Carlos the Tall will perform from 1 to 2:30, followed by Jasper from 3 to 4:30, and Joanie and Darin from 5 to 6:30 p.m. There will also be a merch table with a button-making machine from Harwood. You can purchase raffle tickets ($1 each) for prizes ranging from local bands’ CDs to a grand prize of a $175 gift basket from Harwood that will include a membership, gift certificate to an art class, and more. Why you should go: Support a good cause, help some kids have a great summer, eat awesome food, buy some merch, enter the raffle, listen to great music, and of course indulge in Marble’s many great beers.

What: Angry Orchard Honey Cider Tasting. Where: Total Wine (both locations). When: 1 to 3 p.m. (Cottonwood), 4 to 6 p.m. (Uptown). Cost: No cover charge. Details: Sample Angry Orchard’s newest cider. Why you should go: Free cider samples.

What: Woodchuck Sampling. Where: Total Wine (both locations). When: 1 to 3 p.m. (Uptown), 4 to 6 p.m. (Cottonwood). Cost: No cover charge. Details: Sample some Woodchuck ciders. Why you should go: More free cider samples.

What: Tommyknocker Event. Where: Twin Peaks. When: 1 p.m. Cost: No cover charge listed. Details: Tommyknocker will be promoting their beers for sale locally with Maple Nut Brown and Jack Whacker Wheat on tap. Why you should go: Beer, food, sports on TV. Almost everything you need in life.

What: Beer and Boards. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 1 p.m. (opening), 6 p.m. (music). Cost: No cover charge. Details: Tractor and Kamagraph are teaming up again for another art show, this one showcasing the art of skateboards. There will be live art being made, plus skateboarding demos in the parking lot, and live music will begin at 6 with Zack Freeman, Burque Sol, and The Riddims. Why you should go: Support the local art community, support some local musicians, and of course enjoy some beer while you are there.

What: April Showers Bring May Sours. Where: Jubilation. When: 2 to 4 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Unleash the power of sour beers. There will be eight (!) sours available for sampling and then package sales. The lineup — St. Louis Framboise Lambic, St. Louis Peche Lambic, Petrus Aged Red, Petrus Oud Bruin, Monk’s Cafe (Flemish Red), Silly Sour (brown ale), St. Louis Fond Tradition Kriek Lambic, Petrus Aged Pale. Why you should go: If you love sour beers, this is practically nirvana.

What: Colorado Brewing Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Left Hand, New Belgium, and Oskar Blues will have samples for sampling. Why you should go: Three good Colorado breweries in one places.

What: Mother Road, Deschutes, and Ska Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 4 p.m. (Mother Road), 5 p.m. (Deschutes), 6 p.m. (Ska). Cost: No cover charge. Details: It’s a tripleheader of beer greatness. First up, Mother Road will have a special sour cask at 4 p.m. Then at 5, Deschutes will have some of their awesome Mirror Mirror barley wine from 2014. Then it’s Ska Keep the Pint Night, featuring Modus Hopperandi and True Blonde, with brewery swag and giveaways. Why you should go: One location, three epic breweries.

What: Sierra Nevada Special Tapping. Where: Sister Bar. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: A quartet of SN beers will be available in the form of Summerfest Lager, Kellerweis, Harvest Idaho 7 Single IPA, and Ovila Quad with plums. Why you should go: The Harvest and Ovila are a couple of hard-to-get beers, so reward the folks at Sister for getting them by stopping by and paying for a pint or two.

What: Belgian Beer Dinner. Where: Heimat House. When: 5 p.m. Cost: $55 per person. Details: It’s a five-course meal pairing up different dishes with different Belgian beers. Among those poured will be the St. Bernardus Abt 12. There will be brewery reps on hand to help you get through it. Why you should go: Get an education in Belgian beer and indulge in some amazing European food. Sound like a win-win.

What: Bosque Tap Takeover. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: An unknown number of different Bosque beers will be on tap at the rock bar. Why you should go: Well, if you’re in the area, save some gas money and stop here.

What: Alaskan Special Tapping. Where: Gecko’s Nob Hill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: We have no idea what this beer will be, but it will be on tap at the NH location. Why you should go: Curiosity is not a bad thing. Neither is tapas food.

What: Oskar Blues Sampling. Where: Whole Foods on Carlisle. When: 5:50 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Pinner Throwback IPA will be among the beer styles sampled. Why you should go: Free beer samples!

Special ongoing events

All throughout Beer Week, these two events will be running.

Brewery Scavenger Hunt at lululemon athletica at ABQ Uptown
Where: lululemon athletica ABQ Uptown and various other participating sites. When: Today through May 31. What: Pick up a scavenger pass at lululemon and head to six of nine participating locations. Take photos with your pass at the locations and then bring it all back to lululemon to be redeemed for a special pint glass. Participating sites: Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours, Duke City Trolley, Tractor, La Cumbre, Red Door, Marble, Chama River, The Grain Station, Rock & Brews

Smoked Meats Week
Where: Sandia Chile Grill When: 3 to 8 p.m., from today through Saturday, May 30
What: Beer and smoked meat pairing; beers are $3.50 per pint, $6 per 10-ounce mead sample
Today — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Dirty Steve Mead (9.5% ABV)
Sunday — Baby Back Ribs, Legacy Mead (9.2% ABV)
Monday — Smoked Sausage, Rattlesnake IPA
Tuesday — Potato Stuffer, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen
Wednesday — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Gold Rush Pilsner
Thursday — Smoked Salmon Platter, Red Ranger Irish Red
Friday — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Rattlesnake IPA
May 30 — Smoked Meat Sample Platter, Rattlesnake and Red Ranger and Milk Stout ($3 per 10-ounce)

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Got any questions, comments, complaints, send them to nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, or leave them here on our site, on Facebook, or on Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

It's back and bigger than ever, so we need your help to cover it all, dear readers!

It’s back and bigger than ever, so we need your help to cover it all, dear readers!

Greetings, everyone! Only a few days remain before the epic madness of ABQ Beer Week 2015 descends upon us. All the participating members of the NMDSBC have worked out what events we can attend and provide coverage of, but needless to say with 160-plus this year, we cannot get to all of them. So we are looking for a few good correspondents, as the title of this post says, to help us out this year. Want to apply? Email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com. Still unsure if you are up for it? Then keep reading and learn a little more about what we are looking for this year.

The relevant info, FAQ style:

Does this pay? No, sadly, we are poor and all do this out of a love of beer and supporting local events and establishments.

Can you get us into certain events that require money for admission? Probably not, but we can always ask for maybe a discount or some other bonus. It would depend on the event host.

What would you need from a correspondent after the fact? Basically a short story, anywhere from 200 to 500 words (or whatever you think is the right size), recapping the event itself. Some important things we would always ask for might include your general thoughts on the venue, thus encouraging people to visit at a later time, or offering up constructive criticism if the event did not turn out as the organizers had hoped. No attacks, please. You know how we write, we try to be fair and balanced (unlike a certain cable channel) but also open and honest. We are not here to slam anyone or anything.

OK, but what about the beer? Well, first off, please do not overindulge. We are calling for responsible drinkers who love craft beer. So for the beer itself the most important thing you can tell readers is this — was it good and is it available locally? Folks might love to hear you loved the beer you tried, but if they can’t try it themselves, it doesn’t do them a lot of good.

What about during the event? We do love social media, so if you have a Twitter account just share the name with us and we will re-tweet you from the NMDSBC account. You can also email us (or direct-message us) photos and quick explanations of the pics to our email or our Facebook page, and we can post the pictures on the latter for all to see.

So take lots of pictures? Take as many as possible. Remember when taking pics involving people to get their full names and titles, if they are employees working there. Just make sure they spell their names for you. There are a thousand ways to spell a name like Caitlin, so be sure you get it right. And never assume anything. For every Chris there is a Kris or Khris or Cris or … you get the point.

The most important things are what? What, actually is one of them. The others are easy — who, when, where, why. The facts are the most important thing. Your opinion, no matter how well you back it up, is always secondary.

So how does one apply to be a correspondent? Easy, after you read the list of events we need to be covered below, you can email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com. Or contact us through Facebook or Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).

When are reviews due to the site? As soon as possible. Preferably the next day, but we understand life often gets in the way.

Will Stoutmeister be kind to my lack of formal training as a writer? He promises to be nice. The only editing we do is for grammar and then checking your facts. Otherwise the stories should always remain in your voice. If you are still skeptical, go back and read every Franz Solo story. Now that is a unique voice. “Viking poetry,” as Dr. Brews Banner once called it.

If I have fun doing this and you like my work, would it be possible for me to join the Crew in the future? As it so happens, with Porter Pounder and E-Rock out of the state for most of the remainder of 2015, plus Mrs. Solo heading into Physicians Assistant school and Shilling having disappeared down the rabbit hole, we are lacking a bit in writers. As we have done in the recent past, if things work out, you can join the Brew Crew Bullpen. From there, if you excel in terms of the quality and quantity of your writing, you can be like Luke and attain full Crew membership. So think of this as your audition. No pressure, though.

The list of events available to cover

Thursday, May 21

Beer, Cheese, & More at Marble downtown, 4 to 7 p.m.

Somerset Wild Sour Ale Release at Sister Bar, 4 to 7 p.m.

Second Annual Sierra Nevada Sausage & Cheese Tasting at O’Niell’s Juan Tabo, 6 to 8 p.m.

ABQ Beer Week Dinner at Chama River, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, May 22

New Belgium Pint Night at Gecko’s North, 4 to 6 p.m., and at Gecko’s Nob Hill, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

La Cumbre Tap Takeover at Rock & Brews, 5 to 9 p.m.

Stouts & Stogies at Imbibe Cigar Bar, 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 23

7th Annual NM Brewers Guild Golf Tournament at Santa Ana Golf Club, 7 a.m.

The Harwood’s Annual Fundraiser at Marble downtown, noon

Beer and Boards at Tractor Wells Park, 1 p.m.

Belgian Beer Dinner at Heimat House, 5 p.m.

Bosque Tap Takeover at Rock & Brews, 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 24

Old World/New World Beer Paired Lunch & a Movie at Shade Tree, noon

Monday, May 25

Brews and Food Truck Battle at Red Door, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 26

Tractor’s Tupac Tuesday at The Grain Station, 3 p.m.

Marble/Farm & Table Beer and Food Pairings, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27

Beer, Cheese, & More at Marble Westside, 4 p.m.

Tractor Specialty Beer Release at M’Tucci’s Kitchina Italian Restaurant, 5 p.m.

Monks’ Ale Beer Dinner at The Crown Room at The Downs Casino, 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 28

Tractor Tap Takeover and Special Release at Rock & Brews, 3 p.m.

Boulder Beer Special Tapping at Sister Bar, 5 p.m.

Marble Beer Dinner at Los Poblanos, 5:30 p.m.

Second Annual New Belgium Frozen T-Shirt Contest at Monte Vista Fire Station, 6 p.m.

Tractor Beer Dinner at First Turn Lounge at The Downs Casino, 6:30 p.m.

Beer on the Patio featuring Monks’ Ale at Torino’s, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 29

Kellys Special Beer Release, 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 30

Cider Day/Night Fever at Tractor Nob Hill, 8 p.m.

Secret Beer Mixes at Tractor Wells Park, 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 31

Second Annual Belgian Beer & Cheese Pairing at Shade Tree, noon

Joe S. Sausage Super Sunday Sausage Fest Sampler at Marble downtown, 2 p.m.

Special screening of the movie “Blood, Sweat and Beer” at Tractor Wells Park, 5 p.m.

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So that is the list. If you have any independent story ideas or see an event you plan to be at not listed here, you can always send us your experience on that event as well. We can add it to our reviews or just eventually compile a bunch of short reviews into a single story from all of our readers.

We in the Crew want ABQ Beer Week 2015 to be our most interactive week yet with all of you, our dear readers. So come and join us in the madness. We promise it will be fun, since after all, it is all about the beer in the end.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Some things just never seem to stop around here in Albuquerque. The weather will always be weird and unpredictable. The drivers will continue to stupify us with their, well, stupidity. And new breweries will keep opening.

Yes, this brewery is opening up, and much sooner than any of us expected.

Yes, this brewery is opening up, and much sooner than any of us expected.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. currently has their first lineup of beers in the fermenters and the bright tanks. They could be open in March, which we admit, caught us by surprise. We had heard about ABC last summer, but then things went radio silent. Now they are back up and running, much closer to opening than we could have expected.

There is nothing wrong with that, mind you. Most places would probably like to keep things quiet until the exact moment where they are ready to swing the doors open with beers ready. We look forward to trying those beers here in the coming days and will report back to all of you.

For the record, ABC will be located at 8610 Pan American Fwy., just south of Alameda where Wilshire Ave. meets the frontage road.

So beyond that, what else is on deck? Everything else is just rumors at this point. We know of Boese Brothers Brewing downtown at Silver and 6th, but word is it might be one of just three or four new breweries looking to open in that area. The guys at Ale Republic are getting ever closer to their own location and we know downtown was the area they preferred (or at least the area north of downtown where we already have Marble, Tractor Wells Park, and soon Rio Bravo). Another brewery may soon pop up near 12th Street and I-40, but again, it’s all just a rumor until someone wants to confirm it.

We don’t know what’s up with Hops Brewery, the small place in Nob Hill, either. It looks like we have some homework assignments to do here in the coming weeks. But as always, if any of you out there have any info on new breweries you would like to share, you can reach us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com or via our Facebook and Twitter (@nmdarksidebc) pages. Or, heck, if you see us out and about in person, just buy us a beer and drop some knowledge.

How many special beer releases are too many?

How many special beer releases are too many?

Special beer release overload?

Many times we have asked for reader feedback and not gotten much, but we would really like to encourage some this time around. Recently at a few special beer/bottle releases, attendance was seemingly down compared to past nights. Luke and I started talking about why that might be the case, and Adam chimed in online and suggested maybe we’ve hit overload. There are so many breweries creating special beers, especially at this time of year, that in general the public may be a bit burned out. Luke talked to some beer distributors in Santa Fe who said that people in New Mexico only want “cans and kegs,” and don’t care much about bottles and bombers anymore.

So here are our two questions for all of you.

1. Have there been too many special beer releases lately and is that forcing you to limit your attendance at the special events?

2. Do New Mexicans really prefer cans and not care about specialty beers in bombers?

Let us know what you think on social media and we will share your thoughts. Let’s get a conversation going, over beer, of course.

Random stuff

  • Just for today, since it’s stupid cold outside, Marble will move their temporary tap cart inside to the back of the brewery. From 4 to 10 p.m., you can get your Marble fix on draft indoors. Only crazy people would be on the patio today, right?
  • Round Two of the Brewing News National IPA Challenge is in the books, with four of the nine New Mexico IPAs advancing. La Cumbre’s Project Dank, the defending champion, moved on along with Bosque’s Scale Tipper, the NM IPA Challenge winner, Canteen’s Exodus and Second Street’s Fulcrum. The round of 32 will be held this coming weekend. Here is the official bracket so you can follow along.
  • The next Thursday at the Brewer’s Table at Blue Corn will be March 12. It will include a four-course meal this time around. When they have the menu ready, we will share it. And then Luke will probably go eat all that food, drink all the beer, and make the rest of us jealous that he lives in Santa Fe.
  • A big thanks to Heimat House, where we had Brandon’s birthday dinner last night. The food was amazing and plentiful, the beer list was still so long that it took us forever to pick what we wanted, and overall it was a wonderful night. Brew Crew baby Bannon even slept through most of it, which his parents appreciated. If you still haven’t been to Heimat House, you need to get over there now. Just be prepared to have food to take home.
  • Oh, yeah, and we are already gearing up to defend our title at the Battle of the Beer Geeks. Remember that fun event that was part of ABQ Beer Week last year at Tractor Wells Park? We will be heading over soon to brew up Dark Side Donutbrau (once we settle on a recipe to give Josh and David). And since Tractor is going to make us a trophy and shirts, we may just have to turn this into something truly ridiculous this May. We’re sure the ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group, Babes in Brewland, Dukes of Ale, and so on will be overjoyed to see that. Right, everyone?

Until the next time I have a bunch of stuff I can throw in a notebook …

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Happy Sunday, everyone. I know we rarely post anything on Sundays, but those silly guys over at Red Door decided that today was a good day to tap their first seasonal beer. After making it through the first couple months with their six mainstays, the Red Door brewers were finally able to catch their breath and find the time to create something new.

Red Door's Strong Scotch Ale is on the left. Starting today you can get a full pint of it just like the Paint it Black Milk Stout on the right.

Red Door’s Strong Scotch Ale is on the left. Starting today you can get a full pint of it just like the Paint it Black Milk Stout on the right.

The result is the Strong Scotch Ale, a malty, peaty little delight of a beer. Frank, one of Red Door’s owners, said the brewers were worried it would have too much of a peat flavor (which tends to be smoky, for those not familiar with the style), but I found it to exist in balance with the sweetness from the malts. It gave it a little kick, a bit of tangy flavor that would otherwise be absent. Even with that, it is still a smooth, almost decadent type of beer. Though no ABV was listed, Porter Pounder and I guessed it was at least 7 percent or higher, yet you do not get an overwhelming taste of alcohol. I found it just different enough to separate it from the Scottish ales at Bosque, Canteen, and Nexus, but still reach the standard of quality that those breweries have already set for the style in ABQ.

So head on over to Red Door today and grab a pint while you watch some football. Europa Roaming Kitchen will be providing the food (fitting, since it’s a Scotch ale and all).

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Prior to heading over to Red Door, I joined the Professor Emeritus of Beer (my dad) and my dear mother at Heimat House for dinner. It was rather welcome after spending 30 minutes-plus in a dreadful traffic jam on the 550 bridge in Bernalillo on my way back from covering the state volleyball championships in Rio Rancho.

A pint of Andechser Helles is a good start at Heimat House. Just don't get lost in that bottled beer list.

A pint of Andechser Helles is a good start at Heimat House. Just don’t get lost in that bottled beer list.

A few things jumped out at me right away. Heimat House is busy, really busy, so if you expect to get in there and have your beer and food appear almost instantaneously, you’re going to be disappointed. Patience, grasshopper. As Carri and Blayne said back in our preview, the beers will be changing out pretty often, so some on the initial menu are already gone (I was personally saddened by the fact Odell Oktoberfest, which I have seen nowhere else in town, was out). The wait staff is up to date on what is available on tap, so they’ll guide you through it if the beer you want is tapped out.

The bottled beer list is now available, and it’s 61 beers long. That’s just ridiculous. The Crew is already planning a bottle share gathering, since many of those beers are not available at Jubilation or even Total Wine. Heimat House was not kidding when they said they would be getting some rare styles.

I followed in the Professor’s footsteps and had an Andechser Helles and a Hofbrau Marzen. The former is brewed by monks in Germany and I have vague memories of waiting in a line of cars as the Professor just had to get some of their renowned beers. It was certainly a quality helles, offering up a good balance of sweetness and some pilsner-like aromatic effects from the German hops. The Hofbrau Marzen was a milder version of what has become an almost too-sweet style in America. It was ultra smooth and a good beer with which to finish the evening.

On the food side, I grabbed something basic to start with in a wiener schnitzel with a side of french fries (it also comes with German noodles and red cabbage). The fries weren’t quite cooked long enough, but in the end they just reminded me more of some of the potato sides you get in Germany. The pork in the schnitzel was pounded down almost too thin. Mrs. Professor was not as keen on it, though I think her schnitzel was pounded down thinner than mine. The Professor grabbed some rouladen and enjoyed it, though he wanted a little less paprika in the sauce.

Overall for a place that has been open less than a month, I was impressed enough to certainly come back to eat and not just drink. Good work so far, Heimat House, we know you’ll only be getting better as time goes on.

But you absolutely, positively have to let us know when The Abyss goes on tap. We are not missing that one, no sir, we are not.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Every year the various “best of ABQ” restaurant polls come out, all with some variation of “what style of restaurant would you like to see here?” Personally, I put down “German” every year, but the hipsters always want Ethiopian, because they’re hipsters and German is so 19th Century or something like that. (Oh, go cry in the closed kitchen at Blackbird, hipsters, and stay away from our beer!) Anyway, I was thankfully not the only person to realize the ABQ had a big old culinary hole in its heart. But what goes better with German food than German beer? With that thought also in mind, Heimat House may become a new go-to haunt for myself and other members of the Crew.

Heimat House is open and ready to serve up excellent German food and beer.

Heimat House is open and ready to serve up excellent German food and beer.

I got to stop by Heimat House on Monday afternoon while they were going through all the final preparations before opening for dinner at 5 p.m. Now, finding Heimat House was fairly easy for me, but just in case your Google or Apple Maps let you down, it’s located just southwest of the Louisiana-Montgomery intersection. It’s at 6910 Montgomery NE on Georgia, a block west of Louisiana, less than a block south of Montgomery, located behind the Spin Cycle laundromat. It’s in a building that has been many restaurants in the past, including Liquid Assets, but hopefully Heimat House will become a permanent fixture.

Heimat House co-owners Carri Phillis and her boyfriend Blayne Hare welcomed me amid the somewhat chaotic final preparations. Starting Tuesday, Heimat House will be open at 11 a.m. for lunch on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant will probably close between 9 and 10 from Monday through Thursday, though it can stay open till 11 if there are still enough paying customers inside that late, Carri said. It will be open till 11 on weekends.

There is plenty of room inside Heimat House.

There is plenty of room inside Heimat House.

The menu is loaded with German dishes, plus dishes from Poland and Hungary. And thanks to the big wood oven, there will be a few pizzas and calzones for those who aren’t willing to go for the more Central European food. Personally, though, if the schnitzel is good, I don’t need anything else. (Full disclosure: When my dad was in the Army we lived in Augsburg, Germany, from 1980 to ’83, and I probably ate my body weight in schnitzel several times over.) The inspiration to create a German restaurant came from both Carri’s upbringing overseas and a recent trip that she and Blayne undertook.

“We went to visit my parents in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and he had never been,” Carri said of a trip during Thanksgiving 2013. “It was about halfway through our trip, we were there for a couple weeks, we’d had German food every single day. I was like, ‘Don’t you want something else?’ He was like, ‘Nope, can’t have it back home.'”

Carri, who owns Effex Nightclub and Cafe Adieux downtown, said she had long wanted to open a full restaurant. Now she had a legitimate idea.

All the food you need to go with your beer.

All the food you need to go with your beer.

“I’m very blessed with Effex, it’s very unique,” she said. “So if I ever did a restaurant I wanted it to be very unique. He loved the food, I loved the food, of course, I was born and raised on it. We started talking about it and one day I just looked at him and said, ‘So I’ve found a place where I want to open a restaurant. Is that OK?'”

Though initially Carri and Blayne felt they could open quickly as the restaurant space seemed to be ready to go, they ultimately decided it needed some fixing and sprucing up. A little paint here, some new wood paneling there, and soon a renovation of the interior was underway.

“We did not do any structural (work) or any major overhaul at all, it was just making this place what it is now,” Carri said. “We wanted it to be perfect. With Effex you walk in and don’t feel like you’re in Albuquerque. And here I want you to walk in, we both do, we want you to feel like you’re in a restaurant in Germany.”

Carri was born in Heidelberg, Germany, when her father was serving in the military. Her favorite dish back then was currywurst, a sliced red sausage with curry tomato sauce.

“As a kid, I remember eating currywurst all the time,” she said. “Seriously, we got off the plane and the first thing I was like I want currywurst. It’s a street food. We put it on the menu here. There’s a schnitzel house in Heidelberg that has 100 different styles of schnitzel. We only have three. That’s where the German food came from, it’s the stuff I grew up eating.

“Blayne has a very good friend that he’s worked with before who’s Polish. And his wife is also Polish. So she came over a few months ago and taught me a bunch of her mother’s recipes. So those are the Polish dishes you see on there.”

Just in case you didn't get the German theme.

Just in case you didn’t get the German theme.

The food certainly looks good, though I only got to try a small a bite of the raspberry cream roulade, a tasty Hungarian dessert. I will have to go back for a full meal. (Yes, of schnitzel. I am a creature of habit with food.)

But as noted above, nothing goes better with German food than German beer, and Heimat House has that covered as well. There will be 30 beers on tap, some of which you can’t even find in bottles at Total Wine, and once another cooler is installed, 60-plus bottled beers will also be available.

“From day one when we talked about it, if we were going to do this and put our blood, sweat, and tears into it … as much as I love beer, he researched beer,” Carri said of Blayne. “When we stared this and got into it, there were six taps from the previous restaurant. So I told him I wanted 20.”

“A distributor came in and we were brainstorming,” Blayne said. “We looked at the size of the walk-in. We figured we could cram in eight (kegs). She wanted 20 and we thought we could get 12 total. We looked at and realized we could expand the walk-in. We got it to where we could easily fit in 20, and then we were able to fit in 30.

“But when it came time to make the decision, we don’t know what we would have done with 20 or 15. It was hard enough to narrow the list down to 30.”

Thirty taps of beer goodness.

Thirty taps of beer goodness.

The initial tap list includes 12 German beers, seven Belgians, eight microbrews from around the U.S., and three local taps (La Cumbre’s Elevated IPA, Marble’s Double White, Bosque’s Oktoberfest).

“At first we had distributors that were like you can’t get that here,” Carri said. “So Blayne started calling importers directly, figuring out who brought what into the United States. As soon as we found the closest place, we would hand it to the distributor.”

Bitburger Pilsner, though seemingly available in cans at most liquor stores, was supposedly not available for draft anywhere in the country. Heimat House, though, was able to track it down and it will be on tap. Toss in Erdinger Weissbier, Hofbrau Original and Marzen, Andechser Vollbier Hell, Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Krombacher Dark and Pils, Spaten Optimator, and Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse and Grodziskie, and Heimat House’s German beer selection is unmatched in New Mexico.

“We wanted this to be something unique and as authentic as you could possibly do it,” Carri said.

Carri said she felt Heimat House had to “pay homage to the local folks” by including Bosque, La Cumbre, and Marble. They will be joined by national craft beer favorites like Odell, Deschutes, North Coast, Rogue, Oskar Blues, and Widmer Bros. Blayne added that Deschutes’ The Abyss will be on tap for the first time in New Mexico when it comes to Heimat House in the near future. There will eventually be beer happy hour specials, including tasting flights, though it will be a little while down the line until special glassware arrives, Blayne said.

Now, back when we first heard of Heimat House earlier this year there was talk that they would be a full brewpub, with their own Germany-style beers being brewed in the back. That plan is on hold, but not out of the realm of possibility in the future.

“It was initially a huge then because when we walked in, there was a brewery on that side (the east part of the building),” Carri said. “There was a ton of infrastructure. I was excited. Then one day I came in and it was gone. And I was really upset with him.”

Blayne, however, upon closer inspection had realized something about the leftover brewing equipment.

“From the initial look of it, everything was seemingly in place,” he said. “But once you got up to the ceiling everything was cut off. It really wasn’t able to work.”

Carri said her initial plan was to send Blayne’s brother, Austin, to Europe to learn how to brew for six months and then bring him back. Without any usable equipment, though, everything was moved to the back burner.

“So it is not out of the question, whatsoever, but we really need to focus on this (the restaurant) for a while and go from there,” Carri said. “But that is (still) on the table, for sure.”

Until then, we in the Crew are pretty sure we can live with the hard-to-get German and craft beers on tap. ABQ has been overdue for this kind of restaurant/beer bar. Danke, Heimat House, for giving us exactly what we need.

Prost!

— Stoutmeister