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The sour power hour runs strong across Day Two!

Did you survive? Did you make it through all of it?

No, not Day One of ABQ Beer Week, but the Penguins’ double-overtime victory over Ottawa in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Just ask anyone at Quarter Celtic last night, half the Crew almost died several times over.

But, we digress, for it is time to get back to beer while taking a needed emotional break from hockey until Monday. Day Two features fewer events, but there are still some pretty awesome ones, especially if you love sour beers.

Read on, dear, um, readers!

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: Sour Hour with Rowley Farmhouse Ales and Hops & Dreams: Beer Week Edition. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 5 p.m. (beer), 8 p.m. (belly dancers). Cost: No cover charge.

Details: As we covered in our Tractor Beer Week preview, RFA is coming down from Santa Fe with some of their finest sours to pair up with some of Tractor’s best, including Flanders Red Ale, Berliner Weisse, and possibly a newcomer from the barrel room. It’s an awesome opportunity to taste these beers from two breweries, especially for all the folks down here who don’t make it up to Santa Fe often enough. Then, stick around as the spectacularly talented Desert Darlings shimmy up a storm.

Why you should go: Beer and belly dancers are a combination that simply cannot be defeated.

All the other great events

What: Blackberry Hefeweizen Release. Where: Red Door. When: All day. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The annual summer favorite is back at both locations. Why you should go: It’s the perfect lighter (ABV) beer with lots of flavor to start your weekend.

What: Beer and Tapas Pairing. Where: Ponderosa. When: 3-6 p.m. Cost: $7. Details: A different beer and tapas pairing will be available each day. Why you should go: You need some food in your belly to go with all this beer.

What: Mother Road Sampling and Special Keg Tapping. Where: Jubilation. When: 4-6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The latest epic tasting at Jubilation features the full lineup of excellent beers from Flagstaff, plus there will be a keg of the Altbier brewed in Arizona in collaboration with Tractor. You can fill your growlers with it, too. Why you should go: Good beer, new beer, take-home beer, all for the win.

What: La Cumbre Sampling. Where: Whole Foods Carlisle. When: 4-6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Taste the entire current packaged lineup while getting your grocery shopping done. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Santa Fe Sampling. Where: Kelly Liquors on Wyoming. When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Taste the entire current packaged lineup, buy your favorites, fill your fridge for the weekend. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Upslope presents Loteria. Where: Monroe’s on Lomas. When: 5-7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Play Loteria for prizes and indulge in some great New Mexican food paired with Craft Lager as the Upslope train rolls on. Why you should go: Feast and claim victory over all mortal men and women!

What: La Cumbre Tap Takeover. Where: Sister Bar. When: 5-8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: There will be seven LC beers on tap including Gracias Por Fumar, Fievre d’Abricot, Ryeot on Bourbon (soooo good), Elevated IPA, Slice of Hefen, and the special Beer Week offering, Passionfruit Wit. Why you should go: Dear lord, that is an amazing lineup. Enough said.

What: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Cooper Project #1 Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5-11 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Enjoy pours of BCBS ’15 and ’16, plus a barrel-aged Scotch wee heavy. Why you should go: The power of the darkness compels you to ignore who owns this brewery!

What: New Belgium Rare Beer Alert. Where: Gecko’s (both locations). When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: A special New Belgium offering will be tapped at both Gecko’s, but we don’t know what it is just yet. Why you should go: Solve the mystery and get something tasty to eat.

What: Sour Beer Flight. Where: Dialogue Brewing. When: 6-10 p.m. Cost: $8 per flight. Details: In a late addition to the events list, Dialogue is selling discounted flights of their entire lineup of sour beers. Why you should go: Pucker up, sour lovers, this is a good day for you.

What: ABQ Trolley The Hopper — Hop-on, Hop-off Brew Cruise. Where: 219 Central NW (starting point). When: 7-11 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance (buy tickets here), $25 day of. Details: The Hopper is back, visiting eight downtown-area breweries every 30 to 45 minutes. All you have to do is hop on, then hop off and enjoy a pint. The participating breweries/taprooms/beer bars are Duel, Red Door, Sidetrack, Back Alley Draft House, Boese Brothers, Marble, Rio Bravo, and Tractor Wells Park. Why you should go: If you want to visit multiple breweries, definitely let someone else do the driving, then just have Uber or Lyft pick you up at the end to take you home.

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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

This is the look of a man who’s about to be rather busy over the next 11 days.

Local favorite Jubilation Wine & Spirits is known for their frequent tastings of new and rare beers. So, how are they going to make things special for this year’s Albuquerque Beer Week? I spoke (technically emailed) with beer manager and Brew Crew emeritus member Adam Auden about what we can expect.

SheNerd: What makes Beer Week different from other events/tastings hosted at Jubilation?

Adam: As always I’m blown away by the range and number of events going on. It’s a great opportunity to push the boat out and do something a little special for the beer scene in town. I hope folks enjoy what we have on offer!

SheNerd: Jubilation is hosting five events for Beer Week this year. Is there any one that is particularly special?

Adam: So, the big event we’re running this year is going to be our Grand Saison Tasting (on Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m.). Twelve different saison beers from around Europe and the U.S. with a couple from here in New Mexico, too. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be able to compare a range of beers from this fantastic style. Another new addition for us is having the option of offering draught-only beers on our growler fill station, and we are taking advantage of that for the saison tasting, and to be able to offer up the Mother Road/Tractor Altbier collaboration, too.

SheNerd: Tell me about the beer collaboration (with Broken Trail) and how it came to be?

Adam: This one has actually been in the works for a little while. Back in September I was lucky enough to go and brew at Sierra Nevada for Beer Camp No. 181, and during the tasting where we launched that beer, I was talking with Keith Hynes, the Sierra Nevada rep here in New Mexico, about the Neomexicanus hop. (It is) a hop Sierra Nevada has used for a couple of their Harvest series IPAs, which was propagated from a wild varietal here in New Mexico by a chap called Todd Bates, who has a farm up on the Rio Grande in the northern part of the state. Turns out he’s turned his hand to herbs and is farming this local plant known as Oregano de la Sierra. It has the characteristics of oregano, but with a spicy aspect, too. My response was that I thought it would be great in a saison — fragrant and spicy to complement the yeast character you get with those beers.

Roll on to a couple of months back when we were putting our Beer Week plans together and I get chatting to Katixa Mercier, our Favorite Brands sales rep, about my ideas around this Saison tasting and she suggests we could do something with Broken Trail’s Sancho Saison. I put the idea of a collaboration brew to her and Matt Simonds from the brewery, and everyone was excited for the idea! We had a great time hanging out and getting our hands dirty making the beer. We hope everyone enjoys drinking it as much as we enjoyed making it!

SheNerd: Are there any more collaborations in your/Jubilation’s future?

Adam: Given the opportunity I’d love to be able to do more collaboration beers down the road. We are already expanding our program of providing barrels to local breweries from single-barrel spirit releases at the store. We currently have barrel-aged beers from Boxing Bear and Quarter Celtic in the pipeline and more releases to come from Bosque Brewing, too. I also had the pleasure in getting to brew on the Oskar Blues pilot system a couple of months back and we should be seeing that beer on tap very soon. If anyone else wants to let me stick an oar in their mash tun, just say the word!

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Here is the complete list of what Jubilation is doing starting tonight (Thursday).

Thursday, 4-6 p.m.
La Cumbre Beer and Cheese Pairing —
La Cumbre beers paired with artisanal cheeses
Book SigningAlbuquerque Beer: Duke City History on Tap from the brains behind the Brew Crew, Chris Jackson

Friday, 4-6 p.m.
Mother Road Tasting & Special Tapping — Caleigh Snyder of Mother Road Brewing will be tapping an Altbier brewed in Flagstaff in collaboration with Tractor Brewing specifically for ABQ Beer Week
Saturday, 2-4 p.m.
Founders Tasting & Giveaway
— A tasting of Doom barrel-aged IPA, Sumatra Mountain Brown Imperial Brown Ale with sumatran coffee, Curmudgeon, PC Pils, and others. You can also enter to win a counter-top grill.
Tuesday, 4-6 p.m.
Saison Tasting & Broken Trail Collaboration Tapping — See Adam’s description above.
Beers to be sampled:
  • Broken Trail Sancho de la Sierra
  • Rowley Farmhouse Ales Saison du Sarlacc
  • Saison Dupont
  • St. Feuillien Dry-Hopped Saison
  • Thiriez Extra
  • Blackberry Farm Brewing Classic Saison
  • St. Somewhere Traditionnel & Serge
  • North Coast Puck Petite Saison
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Ace
  • Off Color Apex Predator
  • Stillwater Artisanal Rockstar Farmer

Sláinte!

— SheNerd

Here we go again. Eleven days of beer goodness starts today!

All right, people, it’s go time!

Make sure you have your Lyft and/or Uber accounts up to date, and then start checking off the events you can’t miss. The Crew will be here for you every day with info on every single event.

We also have separate previews for the events at Ponderosa Brewing, Tractor Brewing, and everything involving Upslope Brewing.

We start off with the most event-packed day of all, including a certain person (me) having his first book signing alongside an excellent beer-and-food pairing from one of our finest breweries.

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: Albuquerque Beer Book Signing AND La Cumbre Beer and Cheese Pairings. Where: Jubilation Beer Wine and Spirits. When: 4-6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge.

Details: Shameless self promotion time! Yours truly spent last year writing up the history of brewing in Albuquerque, and now Albuquerque Beer: Duke City History on Tap is ready. I will have a limited number of copies available for purchase at Jubilation. But, since you might need greater incentive to come on by, La Cumbre will also be on hand with many of their best beers paired up with all sorts of artisanal cheeses, and that won’t cost you a dime.

Why you should go: Learn all about Albuquerque’s beer history while enjoying some of our city’s best present-day beers.

All the other great events

What: Boxing Bear Special Beer Tapping. Where: Gecko’s Nob Hill. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: We are working to find out just what beer(s) will be available. Why you should go: A Boxing Bear beer with your lunch. How can you go wrong?

What: Special Beer Release. Where: Bow & Arrow. When: 3 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: They are releasing a special dry-hopped sour farmhouse ale (name TBA). Why you should go: Pucker up with a new local brew to get the ball rolling!

What: Beer and Tapas Pairing. Where: Ponderosa. When: 3-6 p.m. Cost: $7. Details: A different beer and tapas pairing will be available each day. Why you should go: You need some food in your belly to go with all this beer.

What: Mother Road Sampling. Where: Total Wine Cottonwood. When: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Sample Mother Road’s packaged lineup. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Upslope Special Tapping. Where: M’tucci’s Moderno. When: 4-7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: In addition to happy hour food and beer specials, there will be a specialty keg tapped. Why you should go: Solve the mystery of the mystery beer, and devour awesome M’tucci’s food.

What: Alaskan Sampling. Where: Total Wine Cottonwood. When: 4-6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Sample Alaskan’s packaged lineup. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Alaskan Tap Takeover. Where: Bubba’s 33. When: 4-8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Multiple Alaskan beers will be on tap. Why you should go: Burgers and beer.

What: Mother Road Sampling. Where: Total Wine Uptown. When: 4-6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Sample Mother Road’s packaged lineup. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Beer, Coffee, and Chocolate Pairings. Where: Rio Bravo. When: 5-8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Rio Bravo will be pairing up its beers with items from NM Pinon Coffee and Chocolate Dude. Why you should go: Get your dessert before dinner.

What: A Cigar, Food and Beer Evening on the Patio. Where: Jinja West. When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Jinja is pairing up cigars from Jake and Harley with the special tapping of three Alaskan Brewing beers, Raspberry Wheat, Summer Kolsch, and the awesome Perseverance Russian Imperial Stout. Why you should go: Perseverance alone should get you across the river.

What: La Cumbre Beer Dinner. Where: Torino’s @ Home. When: 6-9 p.m. Cost: $45 per person. Details: A four-course dinner paired with four classic LC beers. Check the Facebook event page for the full menu. Why you should go: Delicious food plus delicious beer.

What: Beer, Cheese, & More. Where: Marble Heights. When: 6-8 p.m. Cost: $25. Details: Five 4-ounce beers will be paired with five 1-ounce portions of different cheeses. There were only 75 tickets available as of Monday afternoon. Get them quick at the taproom. Why you should go: It’s annually one of the best Marble events, and that is saying something.

What: Upslope Tap Takeover. Where: M’tucci’s Italian. When: 6-10 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: They are busting out the rare beers for this event. Why you should go: Rare beers. Need we say more?

What: Big Sipper IPA Can Release. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 7-10 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Tractor will release Big Sipper for the first time in cans, made especially for July’s annual Pork & Brew in Rio Rancho. The Silver String Band will provide the music. Why you should go: You can’t live on big beers alone, so a nice session IPA will help get you through this busy day.

What: Sierra Nevada and Girl Scout Cookie Pairing. Where: O’Niell’s Nob Hill. When: 7-9 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: Enjoy delicious Sierra Nevada beers and some of the best cookies in the world. Why you should go: Oh, come on, you’ve always wanted to know what the perfect pairing is with the cookies you bought.

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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

Welcome back, Dogfish Head. We missed you.

Welcome back, Dogfish Head. We missed you. (Courtesy of Jubilation)

One of the worst-kept secrets of recent beer memory has been that Dogfish Head was coming back to New Mexico. The Delaware brewery was here long ago, but the news that it was returning was circulating throughout the local scene. The only question left was when it would arrive.

Ta-da! That day is today. Dogfish Head six-packs are now available at Jubilation and Total Wine.

The returning of the quirky, award-winning craft brewery will likely generate more hype than Great Divide’s recent return did, or at least that seems to be the case around here. Then again, perhaps in a way Dogfish’s star has dimmed a bit. The Vermont beer scene is the big trend on the East Coast now, and the most hard-core beer geeks we know have been far more keen on getting their hands on brews from Trillium, Tree House, and The Alchemist of late.

Whether or not Dogfish Head still has the cachet around these parts will be determined in sales. The sight of trendy beers arriving, causing a huge splash, and then fading into the background on shelves has become a trend into itself. Local beer drinkers here seem to swarm to a new out-of-state brewery for a few weeks or months, then they move on to the next shiny arrival. We have seen it with Ballast Point, Founders, and many others in the last few years.

In the end, loyalty to local brands seems to take precedence over out-of-state for a lot of people. That is just fine with us (fresh beer is better, supporting local is better, etc.), but at least the national craft beer market has recognized that New Mexico is worthy of receiving many more options from around the country.

Go grab some Beer for Breakfast Stout (and maybe snag its Founders counterpart for some head-to-head tastings) and enjoy your weekend. It’s gonna be cold and miserable out there. We will keep an ear out to see which local beer bars might have some tapping events coming up. The original date was January 14 (location TBA), but now it looks like that could be a lot sooner, or perhaps not, considering the holiday chaos descending around town.

UPDATE: Readers on Facebook have passed along the following. Fire & Hops will have Dogfish beers on tap Saturday. O’Niell’s should have at least 60 Minute IPA, if not more, on tap the same day. The Local Brewhouse in Rio Rancho also expects to tap several kegs soon, though they are not sure exactly when.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Come get your growlers filled at Jubilation!

Come get your growlers filled at Jubilation!

After the not-so-good news from Thursday, we figured you could all use something positive to start the weekend. How does the Jubilation growler station sound? Good, but is it enough? Oh, wait until you see the beer list.

First, this is how it works. You can bring your own growler in, but please, make sure it is 100-percent clean first. Or, you can purchase a Jubilation growler ($5.99 for 32-ounce, $7.99 for 64-ounce). Then, all you have to do is pick the beer. Good luck with that part. Jubilation beer guru Adam Auden told us his goal is to have specialty beers on tap that are not available in six-packs or bombers in our market right now. From time to time, they will feature a local brewery’s beer, so keep an eye out.

They have growlers if you do not have your own.

They have growlers if you do not have your own.

Finally, the beers. The first price listed is for a 32-ounce fill. The second is for a 64-ounce fill.

  • Abita Oktoberfest $6.99 / $12.99
  • Ballast Point Pescodero Pils $8.99 / $16.99
  • Lagunitas Born Again Yesterday $9.99 / $18.99
  • New Belgium Hop Kitchen Bretta IPA $10.99 / $20.99
  • Upslope Grapefruit Pale $11.99 / $22.99
  • Sierra Nevada Six Rights DIPA $16.99 / $32.99
  • Founders Mango Magnifico $18.99 / $35.99
  • Founders KBS $25.99 (32oz only)
  • Coming soon: Founders Imperial Stout $15.99 / $29.99

That is a beautiful combination of hoppy and malty beers, from light to dark and everything in between. Good luck figuring out which one you want!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

From left, Stoutmeister, Shilling, Franz Solo, and E-Rock gathered for the first Beer Battle back in February on Super Bowl Sunday.

We have come a long way, added more members, and more facial hair, since we started writing about beer in 2012.

A little while back, well, five stories ago, we hit our 1,000th post here on this site. There was no celebration or anything, but it was a bit of a milestone. We have written a lot about beer the last four-plus years, and we plan to keep this thing going as long as we are able to devote the necessary time and energy, and as long as all of you keep drinking and reading. Thanks, everyone, from the brewery staffs to their customers, for making it all possible.

Now, all that being said, we have a whole lotta news items to get to, much of which pertains to this weekend.

Get your collaboration on

Quarter Celtic brewer Brady McKeown told us that he had a collaboration beer on deck a little while ago. Then, long after The Week Ahead in Beer was published, he remembered to let us know that today (Friday) will mark the debut of this new creation. Quarter Celtic and Chama River brewed up a Belgian Strong Ale that checks in at 11-percent ABV and 30 IBU. It will be available on tap at both locations all day today and then until the supply runs out.

Make sure to head over to either place and order a pint. It is always a good thing to see our breweries collaborate. We need more collaborations, but they will only happen if the sales justify making them.

Also, don’t forget that today features $3 pints of Oktoberfest over at the Santa Fe Brewing taproom at Green Jeans. And conveniently, SFBC is located in between Chama and QC!

Toast of ABQ beer lists

Five local breweries are participating in the Taste & Toast of ABQ at Uptown on Saturday. The event costs $20 per person and gets you 10 samples from participating restaurants, vendors, and breweries. Ultimately they want you to buy pints, so make sure to support the breweries this way. It’s OK, because the food lineup is potentially tremendous. Local favorites like Artichoke Cafe and Cocina Azul will be there, along with Chocolate Cartel, Villa Myriam Coffee Roasters, and Uptown-based restaurants like Elephant Bar and Marcello’s. The whole thing is a fundraiser for charity, too.

Over on the Toast side, there will also be a couple wineries and Broken Trail will have their spirits available. Here are the brewery beer lists, or at least those who provided theirs (if the others send us their lists, we will update).

  • Kaktus: Helles Lager, Scotch Ale, Honk Ale, and one more TBD
  • La Cumbre: TBA
  • Marble: Double White, IPA, Pilsner, Red Light Lager, Galaxy Pale Ale
  • Quarter Celtic: Pedro O’Flanigan’s Mexican Lager, Rye’t Side of Dublin, Crimson Lass Irish Red, Quarter Porter
  • Tractor: TBA

The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. You can purchase tickets online in advance.

Brewery space available

Speaking of Villa Myriam, they recently outgrew their original business space at 2420 Midtown Place. Thus, the real estate agent looking for a new tenant sent us an email asking if we knew of any new breweries looking for a location. (Yes, we were surprised at this, but why not share it?)

It is about 4,800 square feet, occupying Suites F and G. There are already floor drains, cold storage, a drive-in bay, and more. Anyone interested can contact Riley McKee at Maestas & Ward at (505) 878-0001.

And another anniversary

Lizard Tail turns two this weekend, an anniversary we almost missed. They will be celebrating all day Saturday. The Black House Angels will provide the music at 8 p.m. Beyond that, we would suggest anyone interested contact the brewery for more details.

Beer festival news

There are two major upcoming beer festivals with Hopfest set for Isleta Casino on Aug. 27 and then the Mountain West Brewfest returning to Bernalillo on Sept. 3-4.

For the latter, they released their list of attending breweries. MWBF is no longer associated with the NM Brewers Guild, and thus, the lineup is missing some major names. Who is scheduled to be there? Albuquerque Brewing, Bosque, Canteen, Enchanted Circle, Firkin, Kaktus, Palmer, Ponderosa, Rio Bravo, Sandia Chile Grill, Santa Fe, Starr Brothers, and The 377 Brewery are planning on attending.

So who is not there? Well, the big ones are obviously Boxing Bear, Chama River, La Cumbre, Marble, Nexus, Quarter Celtic, Red Door, Tractor, and Turtle Mountain from the ABQ metro area, plus Bathtub Row, Blue Corn, Duel, Second Street, and Taos Mesa from outside the metro area (as breweries that frequently attend fests). This will give some of the less-well-known breweries a chance to strut their stuff, plus newcomers like Enchanted Circle (which opened in Angel Fire in April) and the forthcoming 377 figure to draw long lines of curious folks.

Still, it is a bit of a disappointment in how many breweries bailed out on what was once promised as the largest beer festival in NM history.

Meanwhile, the actual largest, Hopfest, is adding a new feature this year. The Brewers Guild Sensory Analysis Seminar will be hosted by our friend Angelo Orona of Craft King Consulting. This half-hour course will take place at Hopfest at 3:30 p.m. (the whole event is 2-6) It will cost an extra $10, and tickets are limited, but they will benefit the Guild and our breweries. You will get a thorough overview of beer styles and flavors, plus you will get to see what an off-flavor kit can do to beers so you can better understand what you should and should not be tasting. You will get a special sample of Sierra Blanca Whiskey Barrel-Aged Stout and a commemorative 13-ounce glass.

New breweries update

Here is the latest news on the breweries that are coming to New Mexico in the next few months. Those without a city/town listed are in ABQ. We only included breweries that have officially applied for a small brewer license.

  • Ale Republic (Cedar Crest): They reported on Facebook that they have all five Bernalillo County permits. Now they just await their small brewer license and a health permit. They are also hiring servers, so contact zach@alerepublic.com.
  • Bombs Away Beer Co.: We still know nothing about this brewery beyond the name on the application. Anyone out there got info?
  • Colfax Ale Cellar (Raton): Here is a link to our recent update on Raton’s first brewery.
  • Dialogue Brewing: They have a ton of construction photos on Facebook right now, so progress is continuing. There is no set opening date yet (probably a smart thing).
  • Drafty Kilt Brewing: They officially changed the name (it was OffKilter, but that was already taken). By the pictures on Facebook, it looks like their final construction is near completion. We project a fall opening.
  • Flix Brewhouse: Construction continues on the West Side movie theater with a brewery. They said on social media the plan is to be open in December. Looks like we know where we will be watching Rogue One.
  • Hops Brewery: They have one license active and another pending. We are not sure what any of that means. We are also totally unsure of their progress. Anyone out there hear about them?
  • Rowley Farmhouse Ales (Santa Fe): Construction is all but over, just a few little aesthetic touches remain. They hope to be open later this month. Once he gets back from his vacation in San Diego, Luke will be on the case. (And yes, SFBC does allow Luke to go on vacation; of course he picked a beer town to visit, thus reinforcing the fact that his girlfriend is a wonderful human being.)
  • Sleeping Dog Tavern (Santa Fe): We still do not know much about this plan for the tavern to start brewing its own beer.
  • Steel Bender Brewyard: Contact has been made with the owners, who have hired a notable local brewer to run the show. We should have more news on this North Valley project in the next couple of weeks.
  • The 377 Brewery: Their brewer told us that the build out is nearly complete, now they just await all the permits and licenses. It will still be a while before they are open.

Know of any other breweries in the works? Contact us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com.

Sample tray

  • There will be a special Stone tasting at Jubilation today (Friday) from 4 to 6 p.m. Rather than more of the usual offerings, they will be featuring Mocha IPA, Citrusy Wit, Wussie Pils, Enjoy After 7/4 Brett IPA, and the 20th Anniversary Citracado IPA, which was made with Citra hops and avocado honey. That looks … different.
  • John Bullard has brewed up a new batch of his award-winning IPA, Scale Tipper. Look for it on tap and in 22-ounce bombers in a few weeks at all Bosque locations.
  • The 2016 Doggie Dash and Dawdle Kickoff Party will be at Boxing Bear on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can register for the Dash, enjoy some live music, and $1 from every pint sold goes to Animal Humane. If you lack a furry friend for the Dash, fear not, they will have mobile adoptions there as well!
  • Fill in the Blanco IPA, a white wheat hoppy beast, was added to the seasonal lineup at Canteen on Thursday. Meanwhile, over at La Cumbre today (Friday), they have Red Ryeot dry-hopped with Comet in the cask.
  • Speaking of La Cumbre, they will have another Lego Build-Off at the brewery on Tuesday. Sign up starting at 6:15 p.m. and it all gets underway at 7. The winners get $10 gift certificates.
  • Ponderosa has their fourth head brewer in place. Antonio Fernandez has taken over the operation from Bob Haggerty. We will try to set up an interview with Antonio in the near future and we will also update you on where Bob is headed. (Fear not, he is not going far.)
  • Starr Brothers will open at 8 a.m. this Saturday to show all the opening matches of the Premier League season. You might just see some Crew members and our friends over there. I’ll be the guy bitterly ruing Newcastle’s relegation all season.

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That is all for now. Remember, if you have any tips about beer news in New Mexico, contact us via social media or at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Thanks to Thomas DeCaro for the poster showing what's going on tap tonight!

Thanks to Thomas DeCaro for the poster showing what’s going on tap tonight!

Some astute eyes on social media may have spotted a teaser from Favorite Brands NM last week that Prairie Artisan Ales is coming here. Well, despite the lack of a formal press release, we can confirm that the popular Oklahoma-based brewery will be debuting today (Tuesday) with five of their beers on tap at Nob Hill Bar & Grill.

We know that the infamous Bomb! (Imperial Stout) will be one of those beers, while the rest are ones we have never tried before. The others are Funky Gold Mosaic, a dry-hopped sour, Prairie Ace, a dry-hopped farmhouse ale, Prairie Weisse, a sour wheat, and Standard, a hoppy farmhouse. Basically, a lot of funk. And an imperial stout that checks in at 13-percent ABV and was aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers. (Their spelling, not ours on chili.)

Jubilation will have a special tasting Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. We await the beer list from them, but it should be fairly similar. UPDATE: Here is the whole list, much of which was expected — Standard, Funky Gold, Bomb!, Weisse, Sorachi Ace, and Phantasmagoria (a DIPA) will be available for tasting and/or purchase. There will also be a limited supply of the following beers for purchase only, no sampling — Birthday Bomb! (they added caramel sauce), Prairie Ale (Belgian saison), Prairie Vous Francais (farmhouse), and TRVE Edition (a collaboration sour with a certain Denver heavy metal brewery). WOW. Props to Jubilation!

Santa Fe’s Fire & Hops will also have a tasting Wednesday at 5 p.m. In addition to Bomb!, they will have Standard, Funky Gold, Berliner Weisse, and Sorachi Ace Saison.

There were rumors of tappings at Anodyne and/or Sister later in the week, but nothing concrete is out there. We still wanted to make sure you all knew about the other tappings and tasting event. If you have never had Prairie before, this is definitely a great chance to check them out. They are a bit different than your normal brewery, so if you have been craving something unique and different, this is your chance.

A friend got us some Bomb! when traveling earlier this year. Now we'll be able to get it at Jubilation on a regular basis. Woots!

A friend got us some Bomb! when traveling earlier this year. Now we’ll be able to get it at Jubilation on a regular basis. Woots!

Just remember, standing between Brew Crew members and Bomb! is not a good idea. We rather like that one.

Yeah, yeah, shocking. We know.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Now that's a party!

Now that’s a party!

Oh, Nob Hill. You wonderful little place, except for your lack of parking. Home to three taprooms, several beer bars, and that place with the nice patio. This Saturday, it will also be home to one small-but-awesome event, and one very large event. Then comes Tuesday, with another small-but-awesome.

First up, Ballast Point will be celebrating their 20th anniversary locally at Nob Hill Bar & Grill. As the beer list above shows, they are bringing out all the big guns available this time of year. The real highlight is the collection of five beers from their R&D team. The Schwarzbier and DIPA caught our eye, while the Tripel could be a beast. All of that taps starting flowing at 1 p.m., so stop in, grab lunch, and then consume. Just do so quickly, because Saturday is also …

Route 66 Summerfest

The biggest of all the Summerfests is the one in Nob Hill, and it begins at 2 p.m. There will be three stages for music (find the full list here on Facebook), including one in the Cork & Tap area, where local breweries and wineries will be pouring their finest. Cork & Tap will be located at Central and Montclair, which is two blocks west of O’Niell’s.

This is not a sampling event. You get a wristband with the ID check, head in, and pay for your beers. Please drink responsibly. Traffic getting in and out of Nob Hill will be about 10 times as bad as normal, and expect a heavy police presence for your safety.

Nine breweries were listed by the City of ABQ as attending, but Abbey Brewing will not be there. Of the remaining eight, seven got us their lists. If the other one happens to share between the time you read this and Saturday, we will update their list.

  • Boxing Bear: Uppercut IPA, Hairy Mit Hefe, Ambear, Cider, Bearzen, New Mexikolsch, Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Broken Trail: Lone Pine Pils, Otero ESB, Sancho Saison, Pepe the Mule (not a beer, but we will list it anyway for them)
  • Canteen: TBA
  • Kaktus: GuyPA (IPA), Redcard, Dunkelweizen
  • La Cumbre: Slice of Hefen, Elevated IPA, Malpais Stout, Fievre d’Abricot, ‘Merica, Red Ryeot
  • Marble: Double White, Pilsner, IPA, Red Ale
  • Red Door: Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Vanilla Cream, Unhinged Cider
  • Santa Fe: Autonomous Collective DIPA, Pale Ale, Java Stout, Freestyle Pilsner, Nut Brown, Hefeweizen

The nice thing here is that some of the breweries are not just bringing their usual house beers. Boxing Bear is bringing their award-winning Chocolate Milk Stout, plus the new New Mexikolsch. Broken Trail has their new Sancho Saison (we approve of the name, Matt). Kaktus plucked three current favorites from their constantly rotating taps. La Cumbre has current seasonals ‘Merica, a pale ale, and Fievre d’Abricot. Red Door has their summer-friendly Vanilla Cream. Santa Fe rolls out a hop bomb in the Autonomous Collective. Cheers to all of those!

And, of course, you can always duck into Bosque, Kaktus, or Tractor for fresh beers on tap. With air conditioning. Yeah, they will all be pretty crowded until the sun goes down.

But wait, there is more …

Welcome to New Mexico, Firestone Walker!

We will drink them all. ALL.

We will drink them all. ALL.

At long last, FW arrives in our fair state. This Tuesday, Nob Hill Bar & Grill will once again host a potentially epic launch party starting at 5 p.m. If you fall in love with some of those beers, go load up the trunk the following day when they go on sale at Jubilation.

First, though, that list … Parabola. PARABOLA. PARABOLA ON TAP. PARABOLA ON TAP IN ALBUQUERQUE!!!!

Ahem, yes, well, one of my all-time favorite barrel-aged imperial stouts is worth celebrating. Yet there are also the Double Jack, Wookey Jack, Nitro Merlin Milk Stout, and that 19th Anniversary behemoth. Bring lots of friends with you so that you can all try as many as possible. Then get an Uber.

UPDATE: As for the Jubilation list, we just got it from our own Adam Auden, the wonderful beer manager — Union Jack, Easy Jack, Wookey Jack, Luponic Distortion, DBA, Pivo Pils, Opal, and the variety 12-pack. There might be an extra special or two that made it on the truck, but we will have to wait and see.

So, yeah, parking be damned, scorching weather be damned, it is gonna be a fun stretch in Nob Hill. See you all out there.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

We are off and running with 14 events on the opening day!

Nearing the end on Day Ten, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had.

The party isn’t over yet, so it’s time to gear up for one last Saturday full of events.

There are two big fundraisers today, one at Tractor Wells Park and the other at Marble Westside.

Throw in some more beer releases, special tappings, sampling events, and more, and you should stay plenty busy as we wind down to the end.

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: Planned Parenthood Beer & Bands Annual Fundraiser. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 5 p.m. Cost: $15.

Details: Tractor is turning the entire front parking lot into an event space. All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood. There will be live music from Keith Sanchez, Le Chat Lunatique, and more, plus performances by the Desert Darlings, the ABQ Aerialist Collective, and more. Music, art, beer, all in one place.

Why you should go: It’s a big old block party. Go have some fun.

All the other great events

What: Marble Special Release. Where: 5 Star Burgers Central. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: They’re tapping another keg of Saison #1. Why you should go: Beer, burgers, bliss.

What: Sidewalk Chalk Contest. Where: Ponderosa. When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $20. Details: They provide the chalk, you make the art. All contestants get a T-shirt. The prizes are a $20 gift card for third place, a 1-year mug club membership for second, and a $100 gift card for first. Why you should go: Make some art, drink some beer, win some swag.

What: Albuquerque Brewing Tour. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: Noon. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Brewer Carnie will give a tour of the inner workings of ABC. Why you should go: See how they make the beer, then drink the beer.

What: Barrel-Aged Beer Release. Where: Tractor Nob Hill. When: Noon. Cost: $12 for a flight. Details: For the first time, the general public gets to try Tractor’s three new barrel-aged beers, Scotcholate, Barley Wine, and Luna de los Muertos. Why you should go: Because barrel-aged beers are delicious. And a limited number of bombers will be available for purchase.

What: Car Show & Live Music. Where: Rio Bravo. When: Noon. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Check out a car show outside and then listen to Reverend Catfish at 4 p.m. and Dirty Brown Jug Band at 6 p.m. Why you should go: If you love cars and/or tunes, this is for you.

What: Beer Baked Goods Cake Walk and Circus Day. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $5 per person. Details: Bring a baked dish made with beer to participate. Why you should go: Enjoy some food and beer on the patio.

What: Upslope Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Come check out the full lineup of Upslope beers. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Watermelon Mountain Ranch Fundraiser. Where: Marble Westside. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: There will be live music and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Watermelon Mountain Ranch. Why you should go: Support a good cause while enjoying a beer or two.

What: Raven and Co. Where: Santa Fe ABQ Taproom. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Live music at Green Jeans. Why you should go: Support local music.

What: Sierra Nevada Special Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: They are tapping three heavyweights in Five Hop DIPA, Bigfoot Barley Wine, and Hoptimum Imperial IPA. Why you should go: Big hops or big malts, you can’t lose.

(Five stars)

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

We are off and running with 14 events on the opening day!

Time to finish with a flourish as Beer Week is nearly wrapping up!

The end of Beer Week is in sight.

There is still fun to be had, however. From one of the biggest events — the Beer Premier — to a whole lot of smaller tastings and tappings and other fun will be going on.

Through the breweries you can also support other businesses, musicians, and artists. It’s a whole lot of local helping local, and that’s always a good thing.

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: NM Brewers Guild Beer Premier. Where: National Hispanic Cultural Center. When: 6 p.m. Cost: $35 per person.

Details: We went in-depth on this major event, which supports the Guild. There will be 16 brand-new beers from 16 different breweries (we had nine of them announced by press time), plus matanza pits to keep your bellies full.

Why you should go: Support the Guild, try lots of new beers, chow down on some roasted pork, and have fun!

All the other great events

What: La Cumbre Special Tapping. Where: Gecko’s (both locations). When: 11:30 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: No beer is officially listed, so think of it as a Friday surprise with your lunch. Why you should go: Sometimes it’s fun to be surprised.

What: Marble Firkin Friday. Where: Marble (both locations). When: Noon. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The brew team will put some unique creations in the casks. Why you should go: You know it’s gonna be something good.

What: Alaskan Sampling. Where: Total Wine (both locations). When: 1 p.m. (Cottonwood), 4 p.m. (Uptown). Cost: No entry fee. Details: Taste some of Alaskan’s finest ales on either side of town. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: IPA Tap Night. Where: Rio Bravo. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Compare Rio Bravo’s three IPAs — DRB, Snakebite, Magnum 44 — to three guest taps from La Cumbre, Second Street, and Sierra Blanca. Why you should go: If you like hops, this is for you.

What: Santa Fe Special Release. Where: Santa Fe ABQ Taproom. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The next beer in the Ever Changing Series, Lemon Skynyrd, will debut on tap and in bottles. Why you should go: Check out this summer-themed beer and take some home.

What: New Belgium and Hof Ten Dormaal Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: It’s a whole lot of Belgian-style beers, including a collaboration between the two craft giants. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Odell Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: It’s another mystery keg. Why you should go: Solve the mystery, drink the beer.

What: Palmer Brewery and Left Turn Distillery Special Release. Where: Imbibe. When: 4:30 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Try M.W.A. (Malt With Attitude), an 8-percent ABV blue corn malt liquor. Why you should go: New brewery, new beer, gotta try it, right?

What: Tractor Tap Takeover. Where: Hooters San Mateo. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: They’re taking Cerveza New Mexican and their four packaged beers, along with Felix y Los Gatos to provide music on the patio. Why you should go: Grab some wings and a pint and listen to the music.

What: Marble Special Release. Where: Uptown Sports Bar. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: It’s another tapping of Saison #1. Why you should go: Watch some baseball and enjoy a pint or two.

What: Odell Special Encore Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The Russian Pirate, a rum barrel-aged imperial stout, is back for another run. Why you should go: A big, beautiful beer for happy hour and to start your weekend.

What: Upslope Tap Takeover. Where: Mezcal (formerly Stereo Bar). When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: There will be a huge onslaught of Upslope beers available. Why you should go: Haven’t found a favorite Upslope beer yet? This is your time to find it.

What: Minute 16. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: 7 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Minute 16 is a band, apparently. Why you should go: Support local music!

What: Beer Themed Art Fight. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 7 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Grab a pint and watch a whole lot of artists create new works, all including images of beer. When all is said and done, you can vote on your favorite and maybe even take it home. Why you should go: Support local art!

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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