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Set your calendars!

We are T-minus one month and one day until the annual madness of ABQ Beer Week is upon us once again. The Crew received a copy of the final printed schedule that you will soon be able to find (almost) everywhere there is craft beer. More events figure to be added between now and May 25, but those will appear online only. Fear not, as we done every year since 2012, we will have full coverage every day, previewing every event and recapping the big ones.

As we have done in years past, we are also gonna unveil a way-too-early preview of the events that jump out to us. These are our picks, and merely suggestions. In the end, chart your own Beer Week path. Just enjoy it safely and responsibly.

Day One: Thursday, May 25

  • Event: Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Pairing Flight at O’Niell’s Nob Hill — Sierra Nevada beers paired with Girl Scout cookies? Uh, yeah, we’re down for that.
  • Others to consider: Pork and Brew Big Sipper IPA Can Launch with The Silver String Band at Tractor Wells Park; Beer, Coffee & Chocolate Pairings at Rio Bravo; Upslope Special Release Tapping and Beer Week Kickoff at M’tucci’s Moderno

Day Two: Friday, May 26

  • Event: Sour Hour with Rowley Farmhouse Ales plus Hops and Dreams Beer Week Edition at Tractor Wells Park — This is your opportunity to try RFA’s unique beers in ABQ, plus you can stick around and watch the Desert Darlings shimmy their way to glory.
  • Others to consider: ABQ Trolley Co. The Hopper — Hop-on, Hop-off Brew Cruise; Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout and Cooper Project tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill

Day Three: Saturday, May 27

  • Event: Beer Olympics at O’Niell’s Juan Tabo — We have no idea what a Beer Olympics looks like, but if it’s something like the movie Beerfest, the Crew may have to assemble a team.
  • Others to consider: (This day was insanely hard to pick just one event, FYI.) Mother Road and Tractor Collaboration Beer Release with Le Chat Lunatique; Pig Roast and Marble Special Release Keg Tapping at Freight House; Santa Fe’s ABQ Beer Week Bash at Green Jeans Farmery

Day Four: Sunday, May 28

  • Event: Blues & Brews — It’s back at Sandia Resort & Casino, and the best part this year is you do not have to pick between it and BearFest, which has been moved to June 17. You can do both, with plenty of time to recover in between!
  • Others to consider: Founders Barrel-Aged Beer & Cigar Pairing at Imbibe; Mother Road Sampling and Special Keg Tapping at Sandia Saloon (Whole Foods Academy)

Day Five: Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day)

  • Event: Beer Geeks Trivia at Tractor Nob Hill — Shameless self promotion time! The Crew is hosting this five-round test of your beer knowledge. There will even be a tasting round. It’s never too early to start studying. Our archives are a good place to start.
  • Others to consider: Memorial Day Music Fest at Marble Downtown

Day Six: Tuesday, May 30

  • Event: Beer Geek Trivia Night at Marble Westside — Just in case you miss us the day before, you can join the Marble staff for their version. We may even send a team to see if their questions are harder than ours!
  • Others to consider: Firestone Walker Beer Dinner at Nob Hill Bar & Grill

Day Seven: Wednesday, May 31

  • Event: Quarter Celtic Mini Cask Fest — We don’t know what constitutes “mini,” but it’s a cask festival, and those are far too hard to pass up.
  • Others to consider: Marble Brett IPA Tap and Bottle Release at all locations; Tractor Beer vs. Wine Food Pairing with Gruet

Day Eight: Thursday, June 1

  • Event: Battle of the Beer Geeks at Tractor Wells Park — OK, here we go again with the shameless self promotion. Come join us, The Babes in Brewland, The Dukes of Ale, and more local groups to see how our beers stack up against each other. The Babes have taken the last two titles after we won the first in 2014. This time around, there will be a twist, every beer will be a variation of a wheat beer. Be warned, we still went overboard.
  • Others to consider: Cascade Tapping of Sang Royal and Elderberry at Nob Hill Bar & Grill; Upslope Beer Dinner at Freight House

Day Nine: Friday, June 2

  • Event: Tower of Sour at JC’s NYPD Pizza and Back Alley Draft House — We know how much some of you love the beers that make you pucker up, so rejoice, this annual event is back. The organizers have already told us you should expect a very different lineup than what was at Tart at Heart 3, but equally good.
  • Others to consider: Oskar Blues Secret Stash at Nob Hill Bar & Grill

Day Ten: Saturday, June 3

  • Event: Yappy Hour with Watermelon Mountain Ranch at Cazuela’s — This is another brutally tough day to pick out one event, but then Cazuela’s went and held a fundraiser/adoption event for the animals rescued by the good folks at WMR and, well, how could we resist?
  • Others to consider: 3rd Annual Food Truck Battle at Red Door; Ladies Loving Beer Luncheon at Marble Westside; Quarter Celtic “Mangose” Release; Jodie Herrera Art Opening, Glass and Beer Release with Blank Tapes at Tractor Wells Park

Day Eleven: Sunday, June 4

  • Event: 9th Annual Brewers Guild Golf Tournament at Santa Ana Golf Course — Dust off those clubs and hit the links in support of the Guild. For more info, go to the official site.
  • Others to consider: Goose Island Sisters Brunch at Nob Hill Bar & Grill; End of Beer Week Brunch with Upslope at M’tucci’s Italian; Joe S. Sausage Super Sunday Sampler at Marble Downtown

OK, before any of you panic and scream “Where is the 505 Collaboration beer release?!” fear not! The exact release date has not been scheduled, but we have confirmed they will be brewing the 505 this coming Saturday at one of our local breweries. It will be back.

Once again, there are a lot of events still to be posted to the website. Keep checking back there or with us for more info.

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!

Turn off the lights, the party’s over …

And so it ends.

After 11 days, ABQ Beer Week 2016 comes to a close. The theme of the final day is kick back and relax, enjoy a final few tastings and pairings, and generally reflect on all the awesome that just transpired.

A big thanks to the breweries, beer bars, and everyone else who helped get us this information every day. It wasn’t easy (especially since I’ve been out of state since Memorial Day), but it was a lot of fun to provide this every day.

And most of all, thank you to the wonderful, tireless work of Marne Gaston. Without her, we would have no Beer Week. Raise your pints in her honor today!

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: 8th Annual New Mexico Brewers Guild Golf Tournament. Where: Santa Ana Golf Course. When: 7 a.m. Cost: $110 per player.

Details: Hit up the Santa Ana GC with some of the best beer lovers/golfers around. The price gets you free range balls, a golf cart, a breakfast burrito, a full round of golf, beer on the course, lunch, and a chance to win swag (for first, second, third place) from the Guild. The shotgun start will be at 8 a.m.

Why you should go: Get out there and support the Guild! And yell “FORE!” a lot.

All the other great events

What: Goose Island Brunch. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 11 a.m. Cost: TBA. Details: Goose Island is teaming up with Sofie’s Mimosas and Waffles to bring you the ultimate end-of-ABW brunch. Why you should go: Kick that hangover in style.

What: ABQ Bike & Brew Tour. Where: Routes Bicycle Tours, 404 San Felipe NW. When: 1 p.m. Cost: $60, or $65 if you need to rent a bike. Details: Take a guided tour of three TBD local breweries via bicycle. Intermediate riders are welcome. It’s a 10-12 mile round trip. Why you should go: Stay in shape, still drink beer.

What: Joe S. Sausage Super Sunday Sausage Fest Sampler Sausage and Beer Bliss Extravaganza. Where: Marble Downtown. When: 2 p.m. Cost: $25. Details: Get your tickets ASAP for this annual bit of fun as Joe brings his best sausages to pair up with your favorite Marble Beers. Alex Maryol will provide the music from 3 to 6 p.m. Why you should go: Chow down, listen to local music, drink great beer. It’s what Sunday Funday is all about.

What: Special Firkin Tapping. Where: Santa Fe ABQ Taproom. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: A Blood Orange Hefeweizen will be tapped in the cask. Why you should go: If that’s your kind of beer, go for it!

What: Porter Party & Chocolate Pairings. Where: Rio Bravo. When: 2:30 p.m. Cost: $7 for porter flight, $4 for chocolate assortment. Details: They will have four porters — regular, barrel-aged, vanilla, and pinon. Pair it up with chocolates, then kick back for some live music between 3 and 7 p.m. Why you should go: This just sounds like a treat, so go treat yourselves.

What: Pizza Cooked by the Brewer. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Carnie will be making pizzas paired up with specific beers. Why you should go: Finish Beer Week with some pizza and beer, as the beer gods intended.

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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

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

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

Get over this hump day with a ton of beer events all over the place!

While I am out in California this week, I was reminded of two key things. First, traffic here still makes the worst I-25/I-40 messes you’ve ever seen look like nothing. Second, they charge $14 for craft beer at Angels games. For one pour. Not like multiple pints or a pint plus a flight or anything.

At least the Angels won on a walkoff home run by C.J. Cron.

Anyway, for all of you back in New Mexico, it’s already Day Seven (!) of Beer Week. Time to get serious and really start crossing off all of those events that have caught your eye. Because soon, it will all be over, and then all you have to look forward to is me telling stories of the hideousness of taking the 15 to the 60 to the 57, while avoiding the 55 and the 91, and trying to discern if the 5 to the 101 is the best option instead of daring the 405 even on a weekday …

Damn, I’ve already been out here too long. Miss you all! I’ll raise a glass at The Bruery today in your honor, New Mexico!

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: Ask a Certified Cicerone and Bad Beer Tasting. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 6 p.m. Cost: Study session is free, bad beer tasting costs $5.

Details: Tractor president/co-owner Skye Devore is a certified Cicerone, and she wants to help you prepare to take the upcoming certification exam, or at least learn more about beer and the program. When the study books are closed, there will be an off-flavor kit to create some bad beers to help folks further identify just what should not be in their ales and lagers.

Why you should go: Furthering the education of your palate and mind is never a bad thing, is it?

All the other great events

What: Santa Fe Tapping. Where: Gecko’s Nob Hill. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The excellent porch beer SF Gold will be available. Why you should go: It’s a drinkable way to start your day.

What: Green Flash and Alpine Tapping. Where: Uptown Sports Bar. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: It’s an awesome quadruple tapping, with Barleywine and Soul Style IPA from Green Flash, plus Hoppy Birthday and Nelson IPA from Alpine. Why you should go: Those are four amazing beers, certainly worth the trip to the Uptown area.

What: Marble Special Tapping. Where: Filling Philly’s, 6904 Menaul Blvd. NE. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Marble continues to spread the Saison love all around town. Why you should go: At some point they have to run out of Saison, right? So get it before it’s gone!

What: Beer & Sausage Pairing Night. Where: Rio Bravo. When: Noon. Cost: $20. Details: Get five special sausages from Joe S. Sausage paired up with five Rio Bravo beers. Why you should go: Be like your German ancestors and enjoy beer and sausage. Lederhosen and yodeling not required.

What: Mother Road Sampling. Where: Total Wine (both locations). When: 1 p.m. (Cottonwood), 4 p.m. (Uptown) Cost: No entry fee. Details: Try some of Flagstaff’s finest creations. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Beer Class Podcast. Where: Santa Fe ABQ Taproom. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Hang out and listen to the SFBC command staff, including their top brewers, sales staff, general manager, and more discuss all you need to know about their beers with the guys from 10 Drink Minimum. Why you should go: This all comes with the chance to enjoy a sneak taste of Lemon Skynyrd, the newest entry in the Ever Changing Series.

What: Alaskan Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Meet the local rep and enjoy some of the best offerings from way up north. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Canteen Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: They are putting Coffee Dark & Lusty Stout on nitro. Why you should go: Coffee stout on nitro should be enough, but if it’s not, just think of the food menu. Mmm, fish and chips.

What: Beer, Cheese & More! Where: Marble Westside. When: 5 p.m. Cost: $25 per person. Details: For everyone that missed this annual event downtown, you get a second chance to try multiple special Marble beers paired up with delicious cheeses. Why you should go: Because there isn’t going to be another of these until 2017. Remember, buy your tickets at the taproom as far in advance as you can, because it will sell out!

What: Ska Special Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Oh, it’s just a wee double dip of Barrel-Aged Dementia and Bump & Grind Coffee Stout. Why you should go: Don’t let two of the best beers to ever come from Durango slip through your grasp!

What: Mother Road Tap Invasion and Special Firkin Tapping. Where: The Grain Station. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: We have no idea what’s going to be in the Firkin, but damn it, we’re betting it will be amazing. Why you should go: Solve the mystery! Enjoy the beer! Have dinner while you’re there!

What: Alaskan Tap Takeover. Where: Billy’s Long Bar. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: If you loved any of those Alaskan beers you tried at Jubilation so much you desperately need a pint, well, voila! Why you should go: Because sometimes it’s too hard to drive out of the Heights for a beer event, so here’s one in your backyard.

What: Ballast Point Tap Takeover and Special Tapping. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: It’s going to include Heaven Hill Barrel-Aged Victory at Sea (13% ABV). BARREL-AGED VICTORY AT SEA. Why you should go: The previous sentence was all you need to know, but just in case, Thomas DeCaro called it the smoothest 13-percenter you will ever try.

What: Beer for Stage Fright Open Mic. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: 7 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Get over that fear of crowds and sing your heart out with the help of your good friend beer. Why you should go: They’re throwing in $5 cheeseburger combo specials.

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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

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

There are some tough choices to make on the beer front this Tuesday.

Now that the holiday has come and gone, things are starting to rev up again.

From a competition, of a sort, between two breweries, to lots of new food-and-beer pairings, more samplings/tastings, a beer dinner, and an educational class on off flavors, the afternoon and evening are packed with lots of fun.

Good luck picking out which events you want to attend.

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: Battle of the Breweries. Where: The Grain Station. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee.

Details: It’s a Kill the Keg competition between Santa Fe’s Freestyle Pilsner and Upslope’s Craft Lager. Whichever beer runs out first, that brewery is the victor. There will some swag on hand and you can chat with SFBC and Upslope reps. Plus, of course, The Grain Station’s awesome menu of delectable food will be available.

Why you should go: We can’t really let a Colorado brewery defeat a New Mexico brewery on our turf, right?

All the other great events

What: Beer & Cheese Pairings with Cheesy Street. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 3 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: The folks at Cheesy Street food truck will have trays of grilled cheese slideres, each paired up with a specific selection of Tractor beers. What those are were a mystery at press time, so go find out and let us know if they are as tasty as we expect them to be. Why you should go: Dude, grilled cheese and beer. It’s so American it’s scary.

What: Japanese Beer Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Jubilation will have beers from Hitachino, Coedo, and Miyazaki Hideji for everyone to sample. Why you should go: It’s no longer all about Sake in Japan these days, see what they have to offer.

What: New Belgium Lips of Faith One Off Tasting. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Oscar Worthy Coffee Barrel is the beer of choice today, and it will be served on nitro. There will also be additional NB beers on special. Why you should go: Sometimes you just have to see if a beer is worthy of its name. This is one of those times.

What: Beer and Food Pairing. Where: Sandia Chile Grill. When: 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: SCG will serve up some smoked brisket with their Red Ranger Irish Red. Why you should go: Beer and food for hungry/thirsty residents of the Northeast Heights.

What: Lagunitas Special Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: From the One Hitter Series comes GravensTime Apple-esque Beer, one of those grand rarities that must be tried. Why you should go: It’s the 2015 vintage, so go check it out before it’s gone forever.

What: Tuesday Brewsday Marble Special Tapping. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Marble is bringing Saison #1 to tap once again. Why you should go: For all you in the Heights, this is your chance to experience this new creation from Marble.

What: Beer & Taco Night. Where: Rio Bravo. When: 5:30 p.m. Cost: No entry. Details: Order tacos from the Taco Lady for $1 and wash them down with $5 flights of Pilsner, Sommer, DRB, and Red. Why you should go: Next to pizza, tacos may be our favorite food to pair with beer.

What: Ballast Point Special Tapping and Pairing. Where: Canvas Artistry, 3120 Central Ave. SE. When: 6 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: We are working on getting details about this event. Why you should go: TBA.

What: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Beer. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: 6 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: Brewer John “Carnie” Bevz will host a tasting/sampling even to discuss off flavors and more that makes your beer good or bad. Why you should go: Get an education while enjoying some beer.

What: Chef’s Pairing. Where: Ponderosa. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $45 per person ($40 mug club members). Details: Brewer Bob Haggerty and executive chef Knoulan Tanner are teaming up for their first beer dinner featuring Sour Saison paired with a charcuterie plate, Crosscut Kolsch paired with scallop salad, Red Rye Lager paired with a wild mushroom risotto with braised lamb, and Chocolate Stout paired with a pot de creme. Why you should go: Hopefully you signed up, because the deadline was Saturday. Call Ponderosa at (505) 639-5941 to see if there are any late openings.

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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

Marble's Tony Calder has been running the show at all of their off-site tasting/tapping events.

Marble’s Tony Calder has been running the show at all of their off-site tasting/tapping events.

Editor’s note: Julie came down to Albuquerque to attend a pair of Beer Week events on Thursday. We will be running recaps from the Crew throughout the coming week, highlighting some of the best beers for you to go out and track down on your own. Enjoy! — Stoutmeister

Marble Tasting, Abricot: Whole Foods Market, Sandia Saloon

I’ve met a lot of beer reps in my day, but I have to say Tony Calder is one of the best. After 19 years working for a wholesale distributor, he joined Marble last October. Well done, Marble. This guy knows his stuff and is an absolute pleasure to talk to.

The tasting (well-placed in the artisanal cheese section of Whole Foods Market), showcased an array of tried-and-true favorites — Pilsner, IPA, Red, Wildflower Wheat —plus a “dinner bottle” of their seasonal Brett IPA and their newly canned Double White. The real star of the show was the Abricot (7.4% ABV, 8 IBU), which was on tap at the new Sandia Saloon just a few steps away. They reserved the last 1/6 barrel of this beer for Albuquerque Beer Week at the Saloon.

Tony described it as a French oak-aged, funk-ified wheat ale fermented with apricots. In his words, “Sour and dry with spontaneous flair.” I like that. I found the Abricot (Marble chose the French spelling for the name) really effervescent with a lot of tang as you swallow. The nose is fruity, as you might expect. While the aftertaste definitely smacks of alcohol, the overall effect is smooth and very drinkable.

While I was there, I tried the Double White (7% ABV, 8 IBU) for the first time. I know, I know … I’m an IPA girl. I need to branch out, but their IPA is just so classic and consistent I have a hard time drinking anything but that. I was surprised to find a little bite in the Double White. Tony let me know it was the grains of paradise that lent this Chilean orange pepper taste, which was a nice was to offset the sweetness normally found in white beer.

I also sampled the seasonal Brett IPA (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU), which had been aged in oak barrels for “a year or two.” The Brett IPA had an exceptionally strong nose, tangy mouthfeel, and a funkiness that gave a very distinct aftertaste. Tony said the funkiness was from the brewing process where they spiked the IPA with the Brett yeast, which leaves more sugar in the mix and results in the funky aftertaste. Overall, very good beer. I bought a “dinner bottle,” Marble’s attempt to rename bomber bottles, for the collection at home.

Cheers, Tony, and thanks for the beer and company!

The truly delicious Barrel-Aged Piper Down from Ballast Point.

The truly delicious Barrel-Aged Piper Down from Ballast Point.

Ballast Point Barrel-Aged Piper Down tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill

Full disclosure — I attended the Ballast Point beer dinner at Joseph’s of Santa Fe as part of the Outside Bike & Brew Festival last weekend (it was fabulous). But, we didn’t have this special tapping of Elijah Craig bourbon barrel-aged Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point (9% ABV after the barrel-aging process). So, I hightailed it to Nob Hill Bar & Grill to see if always-helpful rep Thomas DeCaro could give me some insight. I found both Thomas and Derek Pflug, the director for New Mexico and Arizona, on hand to answer my questions.

The Scottish ale normally has a base of 5.8-percent ABV, and just was named a silver medal winner at the World Beer Cup. Derek said it was the only barrel experiment to come in under 10 percent after being aged for eight months. The result is a big initial taste that surprised me with how effervescent it was. The body was very oakey and dark. The back end had notes of stonefruits — I insisted it was black cherry, my companions insisted it was apricot. (Your companions were right. — S) You be the judge, if you have the chance to try this delicious brew.

Cheers!

— Julie

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

This is no time to kick back on a Saturday, there is beer out there, and we must drink it up!

Forget keeping up with the Joneses, it’s all about keeping up with the beerses, um, yeah, this weekend.

Saturday is another jam-packed day, with two major events for charities, a slew of beer tastings, and two big beer dinners.

Beyond what’s listed below, don’t forget, today is also Nexus’ fifth anniversary. They will have an all-day party with food specials, live music, and there are multiple new beers to try.

Oh, and if you have not gotten yourself a pint of the 505 Collaboration Rye Kellerbier yet, what are you waiting for? Carpe diem, people!

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: Harwood Art Center Fundraiser. Where: Marble Brewery Downtown. When: 1 p.m. Cost: No entry fee.

Details: From our preview story on all of Marble’s Beer Week events.

Marble will once again hold a fundraiser for Harwood’s scholarships to their Summer Art Camp. There will be live music and more.

“We have our Harwood Fundraiser, which is always a big hit,” marketing director Elyse Cushman said. “We support them, they support children learning the arts. That’s going to be on Saturday. They have a great lineup. They’ve got a couple of local (bands). Theirs is always really, really fun to show for.”

DJ Matt, Joanie and Darin, and the Kevin Herig Trio will provide the tunes from 1 to 7 p.m. The Supper Truck and Ay K Rico will be parked on the curb to keep everyone satiated. And, there will be live art being produced. Entry is free.

“I know there’s live music, there’s beer, and it’s all for a good cause,” Elyse said. “We’re donating a portion of our sales to them.”

Why you should go: This is one of two major charitable events on Saturday (the other is at Tractor, see below). It’s hard to say no to drinking for a cause, especially when that is keeping children involved in the arts. Throw in the music and food, and it will all be worth the sun and crowd.

All the other great events

What: Marble Special Tapping. Where: Piatanzi, 3305 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The new Marble Saison will be available. Why you should go: Grab a new beer and check out the lunch menu.

What: Beer and Food Pairings. Where: Santa Fe ABQ Taproom. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The good folks at SFBC are teaming up with the restaurants at Green Jeans Farmery to provide a perfect lineup of pairings. Why you should go: The lineup will change every day, so make sure to head over and find your favorite pairing before it’s gone.

What: Beer and Cornhole Tournament. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: Noon. Cost: $5 per person. Details: Test your cornhole skills while enjoying some pints on the patio. Why you should go: Who doesn’t love a good competition as long as there is beer involved?

What: Colorado Brewery Showcase. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: Noon. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Boulder, Left Hand, New Belgium, and Oskar Blues beers will be available for sampling. Why you should go: Find out what the best beers are from these Colorado heavyweights for the summer.

What: Randy’s Shandy Day. Where: Rio Bravo. When: Noon. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Grab a Weizen and Sommer Shandy Flight for $5 and enjoy watermelon slices for $2 on the patio, with music at 6 p.m. from Scotty & The Atomics and Double Plow at 8 p.m. Why you should go: If shandy is your thing, this is hard to miss.

What: Bees & Seeds ANTI-GMO Festival. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 1 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: We covered this event as part of Tractor’s full list of goings on. Why you should go: Grab a pint for a good cause and listen to some live, local music.

What: Ballast Point Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Our friend Thomas DeCaro will be on hand to share some of BP’s stalwarts and seasonals, including the Calm Before the Storm, Grunion, and Homework Series #7: Session Saison. Why you should go: Grab some unique tastings and then snag some beer to take home.

What: Duke City Pedaler Beer Bike Social. Where: Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory, 219 Central Ave. NW. When: 3 and 6 p.m. Cost: $23/$25. Details: Hop on the Duke City Pedaler and bike around for 2.5 hours, with the bike leader selecting three downtown area breweries. There will be food and drink specials for riders at each location. Why you should go: Burn off some calories and stay fit amid all of this great beer and food.

What: Boulder Beer Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: A Blood Orange Gose and a special tequila-aged beer will be tapped. Why you should go: Grab some food and a unique beer or two.

What: Upslope Tap Takeover. Where: Sandia Saloon inside Whole Foods Academy. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Upslope takes over the taps in the new bar inside Whole Foods. Why you should go: For those of you in the Northeast Heights who have yet to try Upslope, here is your chance.

What: Beer and Food Pairing. Where: Sandia Chile Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: They will be serving up fish and shrimp tacos paired with their IPA. Why you should go: Support local beer, and grab a bite to eat.

What: Ballast Point Beer Dinner. Where: Seasons Rotisserie & Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: $40 per person. Details: Ready for a five-course meal paired with BP beers? Start off with Coconut Crusted Shrimp Lettuce Wraps paired with Sculpin IPA, then Basil Pesto Crusted Wild Pacific Swordfish with Grapefruit Sculpin, Prosciutto Wrapped Halibut Saltimbocca with Grunion Pale Ale, Cajun Crusted Soft-Shell Crab Po’Boy with Watermelon Dorado, and Victory at Sea will be paired with a TBD dessert. Why you should go: That menu looks ridiculous, and $40 is cheap for a beer dinner these days.

What: Founders KBS Vertical Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: They will have the 2015 and 2016 KBS on tap for you to try side by side. Why you should go: Two of the finest barrel-aged imperial stouts on the planet is all the reason you need.

What: Cider Day Night Fever. Where: Tractor Nob Hill. When: 7 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Celebrate ciders with some awesome cider cocktails while DJ Wae Fonky spins some disco favorites from way back in the day. Why you should go: We dare you to go and reenact the scene from Airplane. Just no brawling girl scouts, OK?

What: La Cumbre Beer Dinner. Where: M’Tucci’s Market & Deli. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $69, call (505) 639-4819 for reservations. Details: Ready for a seven-course meal paired with LC beers? Start with a House Charcuterie Board paired with BEER, then Roasted Apple and Crab Moussaline with VMO #2, Smoked Buffalo Heart Pate with Saison d’hommel, Heritage Pork Jowl Bacon paired with Fievre de Abricot, Duck Confit with Mind Phoq, Red Ryeot-braised NM Lamb Basajo Potato Puree with Summer Barley Wine, and Basil Lemon Tart with Strawberry Gose. Why you should go: Stop drooling on your keyboards/phones and make a reservation.

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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