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Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, one in Silver City, and one in Truth or Consequences also joining the party.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

It seems like only yesterday that Boese Brothers Brewery and the Marble Brewery Heights Taproom both opened, but instead it was four and three years ago, respectively, and this Saturday will mark the anniversary parties for both locations. Boese will have an all-day michelada bar, plus birthday cake and possibly singing (we can only hope by staff members with good voices) later on. Adam Hooks & His Hangups will perform from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by DJ Dave 12 from 9 to midnight. Up at Marble, it all kicks off at 11 a.m. as Oni Noodles will be taking over the patio until 5. The Pina Loco Gose will be tapped all day, and music will be provided by The Moon Thieves, Eugene, and DJ Ryan Dedmond from 3 p.m. onward.

In addition to that, Red Door will be holding a soft opening for its new downtown taproom location starting today (Wednesday). In case anyone forgot, the new spot is in the former Zullo’s Bistro/Blackbird Buvette location on Central. It comes with a full liquor license, too. This could be a good spot to pregame the Goatwhore concert at Launchpad. A little blackened death metal soothes the troubled soul.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bombs Away moves on to version seven of its Hazy Chain DIPA. Bow & Arrow brings back El Breakfast Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Stout on Saturday. Canteen releases the State Fair Pilsner on tap and in cans this Thursday. Cantero puckers up with Sour’d Haze IPA. Ex Novo brings back Aperture Pale Ale, while also adding a Hefeweizen. La Cumbre added a Dortmunder and Tres Padres Belgian Tripel. Marble also added Daisy Duke City Kolsch and a fresh batch of Rita. Ponderosa has an Amber Ale ready to go by this weekend. Quarter Celtic bellows Blimey Gold, while also feeling the Fading Days of Summer Haze. Red Door brings back Rickety Cricket, a raspberry green tea hefeweizen. Starr Brothers cracks The Velvet Whip, a hybrid IPA, and kneels before The Red Queen, a raspberry gose. Tractor’s latest Beer for a Better Burque offering is Saddle Up Jefe, plus Apricot Wheat returns.

Up in Santa Fe, Rowley Farmhouse Ales tapped Agent Scully – Season Two, Episode 10 IPA, and has a limited number of Cote d’Or Cerise Redux bottles for sale.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 12.

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Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, one in Silver City, and one in Truth or Consequences also joining the party.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

A trio of charitable events at three different breweries caught our eyes this weekend. First up on Saturday, the main Red Door location will host the Doggie Dash  Kick-Off Bash from noon to 4 p.m. The brewery will introduce Left Paw Lager, a special Bohemian pilsner with $1 from every pint sold going to Animal Humane. There will be sign-ups for the Doggie Dash in November, Animal Humane merchandise for sale, and good pups looking to be adopted, too. Then on Sunday, start your day at Marble downtown for the annual Love Beer, Hate Cancer event from 2 to 8 p.m. A portion of the day’s proceeds will go to Camp Enchantment, a camp for children who have been affected by cancer, as a slew of local musicians, artists, vendors, and even a cornhole tournament from 2 to 5 p.m. Register online for $10 for a team of two, with all proceeds going to Campa Enchantment. Finally, Starr Brothers will be hosting a watch party Sunday night for New Mexico United’s road game at Portland Timbers II, but it will also be doing its part to help the victims of the recent mass shooting in El Paso. The Bloodmobile will be parked outside from 3 to 6 p.m., and anyone donating will get a free appetizer (free beer after donating blood is probably not a good idea, FYI). Ten percent of all sales of food, drinks, and Curse merchandise during the blood drive, and then during the United match that starts at 7, will be donated to the El Paso Shooting Victims’ Fund. There will also be a team-signed jersey auctioned off during the watch party.

Two other events worth mentioning are going all day and night on Saturday. Boxing Bear will be hosting its fifth anniversary party at the Westside brewery, which we will preview in full this week. Red Door will also be saying good-bye to its taproom in the Simms Building downtown with one final bash before the move to the new location on Central begins. Stop by for $2 off all pints.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bosque goes old school with Old Days Pilsner, plus Strawberry Sabotage returns for another run. Boxing Bear will have two beers on tap and in cans for the anniversary party in the Guava Gose and new Headlock Hazy IPA. Canteen is still feeling the season with Watermelon Cardamom Kettle Sour. Ex Novo is keeping a Stiff Upper Lip ESB while also introducing Pina Corrales Wheat, plus the ridiculously popular Hello My Name is Indigo Montoya returns on tap and in cans on Friday. La Cumbre has been Saved by the Belgian in time to tap Kool Thoughts and Apricots. Marble rises up with Lifted Pale Ale. Quarter Celtic is going to Haze the New Guy IPA. Red Door brings back Riley’s Switch Lager at its Clovis taproom only. Starr Brothers kicks up a fresh batch of 505 Reds Liverpool Ale. Steel Bender shines with a new batch of Stay Golden Ale, plus there will be two special casks Thursday and Friday with different fresh hops from Red Hat Hops, a local farm. Thirsty Eye is getting artsy with Mise-en-scene Pils on Friday. Toltec is brewing up Red Devils Helles in time for the start of the Premier League season this weekend, plus an as-yet-unnamed hoppy red ale should also hit taps this weekend.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn is puckering up with a local flair with 505 Apricot Sour. Down in Truth or Consequences, T or C Brewing is positively glowing with Earthshine Double IPA.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 5.

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Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, one in Silver City, and one in Truth or Consequences also joining the party.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Thanks to Crew co-founder E-Rock, we have all gotten to know the talented women who make up the Desert Darlings bellydance troupe (he used to provide the music for many of their live shows). The Darlings have become a regular fixture at Kaktus Brewing, and with their monthly Hops & Dreams shows at Tractor Wells Park, connecting them to the brewing community. This Friday they are back at TWP, but with a special performance. The Magic Lamp Edition will feature a special fundraiser for their upcoming super-sized stage production of The Wizard of Oz at the South Broadway Cultural Center on July 12 (go here for tickets). Friday’s show will feature a silent auction and special vendors that starts at 6 p.m., guest performers will take the stage at 7 p.m., and the Darlings will then perform at 8:30 p.m. You can enjoy Tractor’s beers, ciders, and cocktails throughout the performance. Head on down to support some amazing local performers!

Another big event this weekend is the World Food and Music Festival at Marble 111 on Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. My Sweet Basil, Street Food Blvd., and The Witching Flour Bakery will be serving up a wide variety of dishes inspired by recipes from all over the world. The eclectic music lineup will feature Sol De La Noche (2-3 p.m.), Wagogo (3:15-4:45), Jade Masque (5-6:30), and Nosotros (6:45-8). As always, it is free to attend.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Ale Republic rolls out some new brews for summer in Cream Pie, Angry Wheat, Best Coast IPA, and Wheat St. Wheatwine. Bosque bucks the trend with Clearly Impossible Hazy IPA. Boxing Bear rounds up more Murkules Hazy DIPA and Ameri-Kolsch. Canteen did not run out of beer with its anniversary, even adding Strawberry Basil Gose and Maze of Haze Pale Ale. Ex Novo goes dark with Oat of Touch Stout, but finds the light with Coffee Cream Ale. La Cumbre tells us to Lager Softly Kellerbier while also adding a Green Cap Belgian Abbey Single. Marble keeps it varied with Idaho Pale Lager and Mountain Fog (Hazy IPA). Nexus has discovered A Haze Has No Name IPA. Ponderosa brings back its popular New Mexico Lime Lager. Rio Bravo continues its lineup makeover with Goodwill IPA, Thin Mint Stout, Made Wit Love, and Session IPA, plus Summer Day Pale Ale on Friday. Sidetrack rolls out more of its Güera American Blonde Ale. Steel Bender has New Peculiar English-Style Ale available Thursday. Tractor keeps it a little off-beat with Summer Spice Field Beer. Turtle Mountain added Preamble Pils, and brought back SCH Scotch Lager, with $1 from every pint sold of the latter going to help brewmaster Mick Hahn’s brother, who is battling cancer.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn is feeling downright peachy with a Peach Gose. HoneyMoon has locked in three more kombuchas, Lupolo Seca, Piedra, and La Moneda. Rowley Farmhouse ales has tapped more of the barrel-aged Steindock’d Barleywine, while also tapping the Covhefe Collab, created in partnership with Blue Corn. Second Street brings back XX ESB and Railrunner Pale Ale, plus cans of Supernova IPA are available for a limited time. Tumbleroot also aims for summer patio beers with a German Pilsner and Hefeweizen.

Out in Moriarty, Sierra Blanca introduces Tularosa Burro Flats Cider, plus Alien IPA has landed. Down in Truth or Consequences, T or C Brewing brings back Big River India Brown Ale.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 17.

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You can watch soccer and drink beer, or just drink beer today.

Ah, it’s the big day. No, not about beer, though there’s plenty of that, but it’s the Champions League final today at 1 p.m. We’re all rooting for Tottenham to upset Liverpool, but no matter the outcome, it should be a fun finale for the European soccer season.

For all the non-soccer fans out there, fear not, there’s plenty for you, too.

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: IPAiring. Where: Marble Westside. When: 3-6 p.m. Cost: $20 (mug club), $25 (general admission).

Details: Marble is teaming up with Savor by Chef Stephen Ormsby for a special lineup of three food dishes paired up with three 7-ounce pours of IPA. The hoppy lineup includes the classic IPA, Desert Fog Hazy IPA, and Double IPA. Tickets for mug club members can only be purchased at the taproom, while everyone else can buy theirs online.

Why you should go: If you love hops, you know Marble has you covered, and if you love food, Savor has you covered.

All the other great events

What: Farm House Ale Event. Where: Loretto Park, Bernalillo. When: Noon. Cost: $10. Details: We already previewed this fun celebration of farmhouse ales and country music, with beers from Kaktus and Bosque. Why you should go: If you like your beers funky and your music country, this is the one for you.

What: Brut IPA Release. Where: Canteen Brewhouse and Taproom. When: Noon. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Brewtus the Younger makes its debut at both locations. Why you should go: If you have a hankering for this style, go get it.

What: Worthogs Homebrew Demo. Where: Casa Vieja Brewery. When: 1 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The local homebrew club is offering up demonstrations on how to brew your own beer at home. This will be followed by a brewery tour at 4 p.m., and live music with Dan O’Brien on the patio from 6 to 9. Why you should go: If you have any interest in homebrewing, this is a good introduction, plus you can watch while sipping on a pint of Casa Vieja’s beer.

What: Pop Fizz Paleta Pairing with Strawberry Blonde Collaboration. Where: Rio Bravo Brewing. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Rio Bravo and High and Dry have collaborated on a new Strawberry Blonde Ale, and they are pairing it with paletas from Pop Fizz. Why you should go: Indulge your sweet tooth and support two breweries for the price of one.

What: Super Smash Brews Tournament. Where: Kilt Check Brewing. When: 5-9 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Test your Super Smash Brothers skills against other local fans. Sign-ups start at 5, tournament starts at 6. Why you should go: Video games go quite well with beer.

What: Beer, BBQ and Bites Pairing with Asa Stone. Where: Canteen Brewhouse. When: 6-9 p.m. Cost: $10 per pairing. Details: Join advanced Cicerone Asa Stone for a special series of three pairings, each with two 5-ounce pours of Canteen beers, where you determine which one is the better fit. The pairings are smoked shrimp with Social Capital vs. Dougie Style Amber, pulled pork with Pecos Trail Brown vs. Irish Red, and short ribs with Brewtus the Younger IPA vs. Dark ‘n Lusty Stout. Why you should go: So much good food, so many good beers.

What: Steel Bender Beer Dinner. Where: Artichoke Cafe. When: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $65. Details: It’s a four-course meal paired with Steel Bender beers. RSVP to (505) 243-0200. Why you should go: If it’s not sold out already, go ahead, indulge yourselves for once.

What: Prism Bitch Unplugged. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $5. Details: As we previewed in our roundup of Tractor’s events, the popular local band will be performing in front of a limited crowd of 75 people, so get those tickets in advance. Why you should go: Support local musicians while drinking local beer/cider/spirits. It’s a win-win.

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Enjoy yourselves out there, but please, do it responsibly.
Cheers!
— Stoutmeister

No, we did not ask Mayor Tim Keller to wear that shirt, he did it on his own, and we approve.

Sometimes, to get what you want, it really is all about who you know. In our case, we just needed long-time friend-of-the-Crew Carlos Contreras’ help to land an interview with Mayor Tim Keller. After a careful negotiation of our schedules (mainly his), we were able to sit down with our Metal Mayor over a pint of Munich Dunkel at Dialogue Brewing to discuss all things craft beer in Albuquerque.

“Well, I think at a very surface level, it’s something we’re very good at,” Keller said of our craft brewing industry. “This is a pride thing for us. I forget the exact publication or ranking, but we’re top 10 or top 25 in all of them. I think in one we’re top five. That’s just a great thing for our city in general.

“I think there’s a lot of things that people take for granted, like our open space, our outdoors, and our culture. And, in some ways now, it’s our brewing scene. I think we’ve come to expect it (to always be there) and we don’t realize it’s actually something special.”

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Beer is on the move, beer and foods continue to be paired up, and it all ends with bingo.

The final weekend begins with a selection of eight events spread across town.

Ex Novo fans who haven’t made the trek to Corrales can try the beers at Nob Hill Bar & Grill. M’tucci’s fans who don’t want to cross the river can try some pairings at Dialogue. There are additional beer-and-food pairings with Marble at Jubilation, and at Canteen, plus a special tapping at Two Fools, comedy at Kilt Check, and fun and games at Tractor Wells Park.

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: Ex Novo Brewing Taste the Rainbow. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5-11 p.m. Cost: No cover charge.

Details: Taste any of six Ex Novo beers — Mass Ascension IPA, Cadillac Dreams Hazy IPA, Perle Haggard Pilsner, Cactus Wins the Lottery, Hello My Name is Indigo Montoya, The Most Interesting Lager in the World — in the friendly confines of NHBG.

Why you should go: Well, if you have not been to the brewery in Corrales yet, let this be your final preview of what’s to be found out there.

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Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, and one in Truth or Consequences also joining the party.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Dialogue Brewing won’t turn 3 years old until this fall, but the brewery owner and staff decided it was already in need of a makeover. This Saturday, that project comes to fruition with the Grand Re-Opening Party, starting at 4 p.m. Come check out the revamped interior, new food menu, expanded patio, and enjoy some live music from Silver String Band and The Porter Draw. There will also be a pop-up artisan market and beer specials, and the best part is there is no cost of admission.

Another weekend event to check out is the Passing the Torch Festival at Marble Downtown on Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. This event benefits the New Mexico Academy of Rock and Blues, featuring some of its students performing in between sets by local music titans Eli Del Puerto Y Los Encantos, Red Light Cameras, Jenna Dunlap, The Moon Thieves, and Reviva. There will be live art, a special auction and raffle, and all sorts of fun for people of all ages, and again, no cover charge!

As a note about official Beer Week events, if they are taking place at a brewery or its taproom(s), we will still list them here, but for more details check out our daily previews that run through Sunday.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bombs Away hits the mark with S.A.F. Mango Sour. Bosque is singing some Sour Songs, while also bringing back the charity beer Pints for Polly (Blackberry Merlot Blonde), and Summer in Hallertau makes its debut in cans on Thursday. Boxing Bear introduces Mountain Pale Ale and Blood Orange Pale Ale. Canteen unveils Brewtus the Younger Brut IPA on Saturday. Cantero has its own Brut IPA on tap later this week.  Ex Novo already has two seasonals, Cadillac Dreams Hazy IPA and Czech Lager, on tap. La Cumbre brings back Mind Phoq and Extra Slice of Hefen, while also adding Nelson Brut IPA. Quarter Celtic brought back Mangose on Tuesday. Sidetrack has Cit Mo Mo Cit IPA and Upside Brown Ale on tap. Starr Brothers enjoys a Session Under a Mosaic Sky. Steel Bender will release Saison de Luxe, its collaboration with Ex Novo, on Thursday.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has more Scotch Ale on tap. Rowley Farmhouse Ales moves on to Agent Scully – Season Two, Episode 8 IPA, while also bringing back Ab Initio (Berliner Weisse) with Merlot grapes added. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row added a Cali Common. Further north in Red River, RRBC has Desperado Mexican Lager.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 27.

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Get on out there this Memorial Day and enjoy yourselves without overdoing it.

After running ourselves ragged over the last four days, we all need a day to kick back a little. This is that day.

Whether you’re feasting, dancing, singing, or whatever else you feel like doing from the list below, have a great time out there.

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: Memorial Day Bender Smoke-out. Where: Steel Bender Brewyard. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No cover charge.

Details: The good people at Steel Bender know that a proper barbecue is a holiday must, but they want to spare you the stress of cooking. Instead, come to the brewery, let the wonderful staff take care of you, and then gorge yourselves on smoked turkey legs, brisket, and hot links, with all the proper sides. Enjoy the full lineup of Steel Bender beers while also listening to the Dirty Brown Jug Band perform from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the patio.

Why you should go: Have you seen the pictures that SBB has been posting of those turkey legs? This was an epic event last year, and it shall be again this year. Wear your stretchy pants.

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From the last Marble beer and cheese experience, a similar tray awaits you this afternoon.

With every one of the major brewery participants in ABQ Beer Week, we endeavor to put together a separate summary of their many events. After already checking in on Tractor Brewing and Steel Bender Brewyard, we present the Marble Brewery summation.

First up, today (Thursday) is one of our annual favorites, Beer, Cheese & More. The big change this year has the event moving from downtown to the Heights Taproom. Hey, why not take advantage of The Lounge?

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased in advance online. The event starts at 5 and runs until 7 p.m. Your ticket gets you a tray of five Marble beers paired up with five select gourmet cheeses from Whole Foods Market. There are some additional food items on the tray to further help with the culinary experience.

Oh, and the pairings? Cerveza will be paired with Manchego, Double White with Comte, Uptown Brown Lager with Cabot Catamount, Ginger Rye Lager with Lamb Chopper Gouda, and Brut Savant with Chevre.

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It all kicks off with events including Marble’s Beer, Cheese & More and Tractor’s Sour Hour.

Once again, we kick off 11 days of craft beer madness around Albuquerque venues big and small, featuring local and regional breweries.

There are a lot of big events over the opening three days of Beer Week, so pace yourselves accordingly. The hardest thing will be picking which events to attend. At least it will be for us.

Today was a good example, as we were torn between Marble’s Beer, Cheese & More and the Tractor/Rowley Farmhouse Ales Sour Hour as our featured event. We finally had to pick one, but rest assured, we plan to hit up both events.

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: Beer, Cheese & More. Where: Marble Heights. When: 5 p.m. Cost: $25, buy advance tickets here.

Details: This was such a tough choice today, but we went with this classic, which got moved from the downtown taproom this year. As in the past, you get five 7-ounce pours of Marble beers paired up with different gourmet cheeses provided by Whole Foods Market, plus some additional flavorful bites to liven up your palate.

Why you should go: The Marble and Whole Foods Staffs do their homework on this one, so expect some perfect pairings of some tasty treats.

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