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Day Eight features the local beer geeks taking center stage with their own brews.

Four years ago, the Dark Side Brew Crew stunned everyone (mostly ourselves) by winning the inaugural Battle of the Beer Geeks at Tractor Wells Park.

Then, the Babes in Brewland kicked our butts two years in a row.

Well, the time has come … for all of you to probably vote for them again. But, just in case, we are unveiling another monster beer that we hope can lead to another upset. All that and more in Day Eight of Beer Week!

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 Beer Geeks IV. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 6-8 p.m. Cost: $10 for tray of all five beers and a pint of your favorite.

Details: For the fourth time, all the local beer appreciation groups have brewed up something special at Tractor. Now it’s time for the public to decide who made the best. Come on down and vote for your favorite from the offerings made by the ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers, The Wort Hogs, Dukes of Ale, the two-time defending champion Babes in Brewland, and of course the 2014 champion Dark Side Brew Crew. This year had a theme of wheat beers, but naturally we each got to put our own spin on that.

Why you should go: Support the local amateurs and Tractor at the same time. Have a bit of fun, listen to all the (mostly friendly) smack talk, and see who takes home the Rock-Em-Sock-Em Robots trophy!

All the other great events

What: Marble Special Release Keg Tapping. Where: Sandia Saloon. When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The Guava Gose is the special beer of choice that will be served at the pub inside Whole Foods Academy. Why you should go: Another new Marble beer? Yup. Guess everyone has to try it (the Crew got a sneak peek on Tuesday).

What: Beer & Food Pairing. Where: Canteen Taproom on Tramway. When: 3-10 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: There’s no info available, but we’re guessing they’re going to pair up their delicious food items with specific beers. Why you should go: Learn how you’ve probably been missing some amazing combos all this time.

What: Beer and Tapas Pairing. Where: Ponderosa. When: 4-7 p.m. Cost: $7 per pairing. 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: Odell Sampling and Giveaways. Where: Whole Foods Carlisle. When: 4-6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Taste the Odell packaged lineup and maybe get some free stuff. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Cascade Brewing Special Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5-9 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Enjoy some true sours from the Pacific Northwest, including rare tappings of 2013 Sang Royal and the limited Elderberry. Why you should go: If you dig on sours, these are two of the finest made anywhere in the country.

What: Odell Tap Takeover. Where: Grain Station. When: 6-8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Look for 90 Shilling, IPA, Cutthroat Porter, and St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale. There will also be special giveaways. Why you should go: Enjoy some delicious beers, maybe pick up some swag, and grab a bite to eat.

What: Marble Beer Dinner. Where: Bien Shur at Sandia Resort & Casino. When: 6 p.m. Cost: $65 per person. Details: Join Marble at Bien Shur for an epic five-course meal paired with different beers. The welcome reception pairs a blue lump crab tater tot with avocado aioli with Pilsner. The first course of the main dinner features a blue cheese and baby heirloom beet salad with Brett IPA. The second course is a grilled lemon parsley rubbed escolar with White Out. The main course features wild boar loin paired with Bacon’s Best Friend. The finale duo consists of a meyer lemon semifreddo and summer berry tart paired with Blackberry Gose. Why you should go: Go ahead, be decadent, we won’t judge. We’ll just be jealous.

What: La Cumbre Special Tapping. Where: Gecko’s Nob Hill. When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: One TBA beer will actually be on tap when Gecko’s opens at 11 a.m., but at 6:30 a LC representative will be on hand to talk about it, and the Passionfruit Wit will also be available (it sold out fast at the Sister Tap Takeover last week). Why you should go: Increase your beer knowledge, like we do every time we talk with someone from La Cumbre.

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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

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Good beer for a good cause. Sign us up.

Good beer for a good cause. Sign us up.

Came across this news on Friday, but elected to hold off on running it while we were all dealing with that crazy weekend. Now that things have settled down again, here is another reason (besides the beer itself) to be at Nob Hill Bar & Grill on Wednesday night.

From bar manager Thomas DeCaro:

Hey everyone,

My very close friend/coworker/mentor Tyson Putman’s significant other Monique Montano was recently diagnosed with cancer. To show our support and help them and their family we will be tapping Odell Brewing Co’s Draft exclusive Whiskey Aged Peach Ale, Oak Haven THIS Wednesday, September 23rd at 6pm (in a previous post I accidentally put October, sorry for the confusion).

At this event Nob Hill will be donating a dollar from every draft beer sold as well as 25% of all food sales.

I would like to again, thank all of you for your continuous support of everything I have done at Nob Hill Bar & Grill. Without you guys, I wouldn’t be able to bring in all of the cool beer and have these events. I appreciate you guys more than you’ll ever know.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Let’s raise as much money as we can for Monique, enjoy great beer and great company this Wednesday.

If you cannot make the event, here is the link to donate to help Monique out.

Sincerely,

Thomas DeCaro

P.S. I will be trying to get a hockey tournament going in the near future to raise funds for Monique and possibly others battling cancer. If any of you know of anyone who would be willing to donate gift certificates, time, money, items or anything to help with a silent auction or with the event itself please have them contact me at tdecaro3@gmail.com

All of that sounds like reason enough to head over to NHBG for a pint on Wednesday. See you all there.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

The Tuesday announcement that Founders Brewing was coming to New Mexico in October was greeted warmly by most of the people we interacted with online or in person. However, more than a few folks seemed a bit disappointed that one beer was missing from the (outstanding) lineup of nine Founders offerings that will be at the Kickoff Party at Nob Hill Bar & Grill on Oct. 7.

Of course we are referring to KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout), one of the most sought-after beers in America. It can be hard if not impossible to acquire. Over the years the Crew has had a mere handful of bottles of this wonderful elixir, where the already excellent Breakfast Stout is aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Yet, we have never had the pleasure of enjoying the epic epicness on tap.

Drum roll …

Please don't drool on your computer.

Please don’t drool on your computer.

Oh, Oct. 14 is so far away, is it not? We all need things to look forward to in life, so at least we have this event.

To keep us satiated through September, though, NHBG and bar manager/craft lover extraordinaire Thomas DeCaro has lined up some serious goodness every Wednesday night.

Sept. 2: Avery Special Tapping featuring The Beast, The Maharaja, Samael’s, and The Reverend. The Beast (15-17% ABV, 63 IBU) is a Grand Cru. The Maharaja (10-12% ABV, 102 IBU) is a monstrous imperial IPA. Samael’s (15-17% ABV, 41 IBU) is an oak-aged English-style strong ale.  The Reverend (10% ABV, 24 IBU) is a decadent Belgian quad.

Sept. 9: Green Flash/Apline Tap Takeover featuring Hoppy Birthday, Pacific Gem Single Hop, Styrian Golding Single Hop, Green Bullet, Double Stout, and Hop Head Red. The Green Bullet (10.1% ABV, 100+ IBU) is a specialty release from Green Flash.

Sept. 16: Special tapping of a 2014 Alaskan Smoked Porter keg

Sept. 23: Special tapping of Odell Oak Haven (Peach Ale aged in whiskey barrels)

Sept. 30: Double Bourbon Barrel Tapping of Pumpkin Barrel Ale and Kentucky Barrel Ale from Lexington Brewing

That should keep everyone more than satisfied until KBS night.

Got any questions? Ask us and we will do our best to answer, or we will pass it along to Thomas and get back to you via the usual channels (Facebook, Twitter, this site, email, in person, etc.).

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

And so it begins!

Breweries join forces for the benefit of mankind. We love this world.

Teamwork is always a good thing, but when is it at its best? Simple, when two breweries get together and collaborate on a beer. That is happening more than once here on Saturday as Canteen and Bosque team up for Hoppiness Envy IPA, while La Cumbre and Odell have Paridisal Pale Ale down at Sister Bar.

As per usual, there are plenty of other events to check out as well as Beer Week nearly wraps up. Two Fools, Jubilation, O’Niell’s Nob Hill, Shade Tree, Nob Hill Bar & Grill, and Rock & Brews all have a wide variety of tappings and tastings. There will also be a little educational session over at Distillery 365. Throw in a couple of special late-night events at both Tractor locations and everyone should be happy from noon to midnight.

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: Canteen/Bosque Special Beer Releases. Where: Canteen Brewhouse, Bosque Nob Hill and San Mateo. When: Noon. Cost: No cover charge.

Details: First up is Hoppyweizer, a beer brewed in collaboration with the guys from ABQBeer.com (available only at Canteen). Then comes the big one, Hoppiness Envy, a collaboration between Canteen and Bosque. Yeah, that’s right, the two finalists for the National IPA Challenge are making an IPA together. Exodus and Scale Tipper merged into one blast of hoppy awesomeness. If you can’t make it to Canteen, head over to Bosque’s main brewery or to the Public House on Girard. It is good to have options in life, like drinking on the north side, central, or south side.

Why you should go: This is basically hophead heaven. See you all at the pearly gates.

All the other great events

What: Boulder Beer Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: There will be three different Boulder offerings tapped over the course of the day. One is the Honey Saison, the other two are TBA. Why you should go: Uncover the identity of the mystery beers, be a hero to your fellow beer drinkers. Celebrate by drinking those beers.

What: Odell Sampling. Where: Total Wine Cottonwood. When: 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free beer samples. Why you should go: Free beer samples.

What: Stone Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free beer samples. Why you should go: Free beer samples.

What: From Beer to Whiskey. Where: Distillery 365. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Ever wonder how close your beer is to being whiskey or another distilled spirit? The guys over at the new Distillery 365 are happy to show you, with a tour of their distillery/brewery and a chance to meet other craft distillers from around the state, including Left Turn, Santa Fe Spirits, Little Toad Creek, and more. Why you should go: Take a break from beer and enjoy some free samples while getting an education. It’s the best way to learn.

What: Marble Specialty Tap Takeover. Where: O’Niell’s Nob Hill. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Marble is bring a slew of their seasonal/specialty beers to O’Niell’s. Belgian Quad, Belgian Stout, Choice Blanc, Brett IPA, Maibock, Weizenbock, Double White, and regulars Pilsner, IPA, and Wildflower Wheat will all be available. Brewery reps will be on site with special giveaways. Why you should go: Get some free stuff from Marble while trying multiple beers, some of which are not even available anymore at the pub downtown.

What: Stone Double Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: A pair of excellent Stone offerings will be available in the form of Reason Be Damned Belgian Pale Ale and Red Wine Barrel Aged Cali Belgique. It’s a double dose of Belgian goodness. A Stone rep will be available to chat from 5 to 7 p.m. Why you should go: You know you love Stone, plus you can chow down on some good food and watch the NHL Western Conference finals Game 7 between Chicago and Anaheim.

What: Goose Island Special Release. Where: Shade Tree Customs & Cafe. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Miss your previous chances to get some Bourbon County Brand Stout? Fear not, Shade Tree has a keg on tap. There will also be live music and free raffles. Why you should go: Even if you’ve had this one before during Beer Week, it’s the stout you need in your life. Go get some.

What: Santa Fe Brewing/Rock & Brews Collaboration Special Tapping. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: It’s a special IPA (5.7% ABV) made with Eldorado and Amarillo hops, then extra dry-hopped for a wonderful aroma. Come and get it! Why you should go: Rock out with a fresh new IPA.

What: Odell Tap Takeover. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: If the SFBC offering isn’t to your liking, or you need something besides it, grab some Odell beers as well. Why you should go: If you’re already there for SFBC, stick around for some Odell, especially if they have Barrel Thief Imperial IPA.

What: Odell/La Cumbre Collaboration Beer Release. Where: Sister Bar. When: 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The new Paradisal Pale Ale, created by the good brewing folks at La Cumbre in collaboration with Odell, will be tapped downtown. Why you should go: Teamwork is a wonderful thing, especially in beer, and when two wonderful breweries join together to make a beer, we should all celebrate.

What: In the Mix & Secret Beer Mixes. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Tractor’s weekly In the Mix series will feature Flo Fader spinning, but in addition to the music, this week they’re doing something a little special. Get ready for special beer mixes and beer cocktails, many created by the members of the Tractor staff. Why you should go: We’ve had our fair share of beer mixes from the Tractor staff over the years (Lauren Poole’s Turkey Milk, the combo of Mustachio and Turkey Drool is probably our all-time favorite), so it should be fun to see what all they have this time around.

What: Cider Day Night Fever. Where: Tractor Nob Hill. When: 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Tractor is unleashing ciders, nothing but ciders, at their Nob Hill taproom. From regulars like the Apple Cider, Berry Cider, and Dry Cider, plus some new ones they just brewed up, every cider fan should find what he or she likes. Nicolatron will be there to DJ the event, so grab some cider and bust out your best dance moves. Why you should go: If you gluten-free friend has been bugging you to hang out for a while, this is your event.

Special ongoing events

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

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

Smoked Meats Week
Where: Sandia Chile Grill When: 3 to 8 p.m., today is the last day.
What: Beer and smoked meat pairing; beers are $3.50 per pint, $6 per 10-ounce mead sample
Today — Smoked Meat Sample Platter, Rattlesnake and Red Ranger and Milk Stout ($3 per 10-ounce)

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

And so it begins!

From towers of sours to beer battles and beer dinners, this is how you start your weekend.

The end is nigh, but there is still much more to drink. Welcome to the second and final weekend of ABQ Beer Week. Friday kicks off with all sorts of events scattered across town as this annual tradition nears its end for 2015. We lead off with the return of the popular Tower of Sour at Back Alley Draft House.

Beyond that there is more fun scheduled for Nob Hill Bar & Grill, Rock & Brews, Two Fools, Jubilation, O’Niell’s Juan Tabo, Kellys Brewpub, Tractor Wells Park, and both Marble locations. Throw in the first ABW event at the new Sinners ‘N Saints (which replaced the short-lived LOCAL Brewhouse), and you have a full Friday ahead of you.

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: Third Annual Tower of Sour. Where: Back Alley Draft House. When: 5 p.m. Cost: $15 for seven samples and a 10-ounce pour of your favorite.

Details: It’s back! The annual adventure in sour beers returns to BADH, this time featuring Marble Brett IPA, Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose, Santa Fe Sour State Pen Porter (aged two years), New Belgium La Folie, and BADH’s homemade trio of Belgian Dark Sour, Berliner Weissbier, and Indigenous Prickly Pear Lambic. It’s the All-American incarnation this year. We doubt anyone will complain.

Why you should go: If you love sour beers, and we know many of you do, this event was made for you. Plus, you can order NY Pizza Department slices and watch Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on TV. Go Lightning!

All the other great events

What: North Coast Tap Takeover. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: A bunch of beers from North Coast Brewing will be available. Why you should go: Come on, you’re curious to know which beers. Head over and then let us know.

What: Firkin Friday. Where: Marble (both locations). When: Noon. Cost: No cover charge. Details: We’re anxiously awaiting the list of casks (three Downtown, two Westside) that will be available. Why you should go: Isn’t it already your Friday tradition to visit Marble for a cask ale? Yeah, we thought so.

What: Redd’s Green Apple Ale Tasting. Where: Total Wine (both locations). When: 1 to 3 p.m. (Cottonwood), 4 to 6 p.m. (Uptown). Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free beer samples. Why you should go: Free beer samples.

What: Stone Tap Invasion. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 3 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: A bunch of Stone beers will be available, including Stochasticity Project, Ruination 2.0, and Points Unknown IPA, a collaboration between Stone, Ecliptic, and Wick Weed. Why you should go: Because Stone still kicks butt, that’s why. And so does Wicked Weed, so that collaboration IPA sounds wonderful.

What: Marble Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free beer samples, including White Out. Why you should go: Free beer samples.

What: Kellys Special Beer Release. Where: Kellys Brewpub. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The brewers at Kellys have created two new beers, a Saison and Sandia Saison, that will be tapped this afternoon. Why you should go: Go find out the difference between the two variations while relaxing on that giant patio.

What: Avery Special Tapping and Alpine NM Draft Kickoff. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Oh, just a keg of the amazingly epic Uncle Jacob’s Stout from Avery that’s been aging a few extra months. There will also be two Alpine beers making their NM debut in Hoppy Birthday (American Pale Ale) and Duet (American IPA). Why you should go: Please head over and welcome Alpine to ABQ. If you’re not a hops person, trust us, the Uncle Jacob’s has you covered.

What: Smithwick’s Nitro Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Yup, the classic Irish ale has been put on nitro. Why you should go: It was already a smooth beer, now it might just be the smoothest ever.

What: Boulder Beer Sampling. Where: Total Wine Uptown. When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free beer samples. Why you should go: Free beer samples.

What: Battle of Fort Albuquerque. Where: Sinners ’n Saints (formerly The LOCAL Brewhouse). When: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: No cover charge listed. Details: It’s a good old-fashioned beer battle as Colorado’s New Belgium and Odell go up against Bosque and La Cumbre. Why you should go: Lots of great beers to try in a competition format.

What: Odell Beer Dinner. Where: Crown Room at The Downs Casino. When: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $49.99, call (505) 767-7166 to make reservations. Details: Six Odell beers have been paired with a five-course meal — Hawaiian Ahi Poke with Easy Street Wheat; Maryland Crab Cake and Kicked up Hummus with IPA; Baby Field Greens, Fennel, and Duck Salad with Loose Leaf Session IPA; Short Ribs, Cabbage Rolls, and Sausage with Cutthroat Porter and Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA; Homemade Double Brazzle Brownie with Brazzle Ale. Why you should go: All that delicious food paired with all that delicious beer.

What: Youngsville CD Release Party. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Youngsville will be on hand to perform and release their copy of “Drought City,” which is free with a paid bar tab. Bellemah and Slow Jeremiah will open. Why you should go: Support local music while drinking local beer.

Special ongoing events

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

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

Smoked Meats Week
Where: Sandia Chile Grill When: 3 to 8 p.m., from today through Saturday
What: Beer and smoked meat pairing; beers are $3.50 per pint, $6 per 10-ounce mead sample
Today — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Rattlesnake IPA
Saturday — Smoked Meat Sample Platter, Rattlesnake and Red Ranger and Milk Stout ($3 per 10-ounce)

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

And so it begins!

Beyond the usual tastings and tappings, you can learn more about beer from the brewers themselves today.

It can be hard to single out a theme on each day of Beer Week, but sometimes there are things that stand out amid all the various tappings, tastings, and food/beer pairings. For instance, today there are two chances to learn from brewing representatives about the beer you are drinking. Head to Chama River to learn about the process of brewing their sour, Plum Goodness, from brewer Zach Guilmette. (We will have a full preview later today.) Or you can go to Torino’s and learn about the various Abbey Brewing creations from their representatives.

Beyond that there is more fun scheduled for Nob Hill Bar & Grill, El Pinto, Rock & Brews, Gecko’s, Two Fools, Cazuela’s, Jubilation, O’Niell’s Nob Hill, Sister, and our featured event at Ponderosa. So many events, so little time. Divide and conquer!

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: Rauchfest. Where: Ponderosa Brewing. When: All day. Cost: No cover charge.

Details: A festival of smoke! Ponderosa will be hosting Rauchfest, debuting a traditional Rauchweizen. Comprising of mostly smoked wheat (oak smoked), some smoked barley (beech smoked), and Munich malt with a banana/clove flavor from the hefeweizen yeast. It should come in around 5.5-percent ABV with a low IBU, but it will be a truly smoked beer, with lots of flavor. You can play cornhole all day and Chef Tanner will have smoked brats and some other smoked goodies to accompany the beer. Plus, Ponderosa will have Dos Pendejos performing live in the evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Why you should go: Live music, a new beer, and excellent Ponderosa food. There are worse ways to spend part of your evening. Or go earlier for just the beer and food.

All the other great events

What: Santa Fe Brewing Special Tapping. Where: Gecko’s (both locations). When: 11 a.m. Details: The new Session Ale will be tapped at Gecko’s in Nob Hill and the one on Academy. Why you should go: New beer (it was popular at Blues & Brews) plus awesome food. Happy lunch break!

What: Thirsty Thursday Beer & Pizza Special. Where: Cazuela’s. When: 2 to 6 p.m. Cost: $7.99. Details: You get an 8-inch pizza of your choice paired with either Acapulco Gold, Piedra del Fuego (our pick), or Panama Red. Why you should go: If you are out on the west side and looking for something to eat and drink before heading into town for the other events, how can you beat this offer?

What: Tractor Tap Takeover and Special Release. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 3 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: There will be lots of Tractor beers on tap. We have no idea which ones. Why you should go: It’s a mystery! Go indulge.

What: Odell Sampling. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free beer samples. Why you should go: Free beer samples.

What: Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager Tasting. Where: Total Wine (both locations). When: 4 to 6 p.m. (both locations) Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free beer samples. Why you should go: Free beer samples.

What: Dogs Drink Free Happy Hour. Where: El Pinto. When: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: No, that’s not a typo, your dogs can drink for free on the patio at El Pinto from today through Thursday. They will have Bowser Beer, a special alcohol-free beer made specifically for dogs. As for humans, there will be four Lagunitas beers for you — Cappuccino Stout, Equinox Pale Oat Ale, Brown Shugga’ Barleywine, and the special limited release of Waldo 4/20. Why you should go: Awesome new Lagunitas beers and old favorites, plus a chance to relax with your best friend. Throw in some delicious El Pinto food and it all adds up to a great afternoon.

What: Odell Special Tapping and Takeover. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Once again, NHBG makes us all proud. In addition to stalwart 90 Schilling, you can get French{hop}Connection (saison), Perle White IPA, Fernet Aged Porter, and the exclusive Barrel Thief Imperial IPA aged in oak barrels. Why you should go: With that lineup, everyone should go home happy. Throw in food and sports on TV and you’re a winner, guaranteed.

What: Boulder Beer Special Tapping. Where: Sister Bar. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: An unknown Boulder Beer will be tapped at Sister. Why you should go: Solve the mystery.

What: Plum Goodness Release Party. Where: Chama River. When: 5 to 6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: See our separate preview that will run later today. Why you should go: Enhance your beer knowledge while drinking beer. Plus, lots of food options and sports on TV.

What: Marble Beer Dinner. Where: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. When: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Cost: The event is sold out, but contact Los Poblanos (505-344-9297) to get on their waiting list. Tickets are $65. Details: Live music, specials, unique beers, and more at Los Poblanos, with a reception from 5:30 to 6 and dinner afterward. Why you should go: Take a chance, see if you can make the list, then enjoy great food paired with great beer.

What: Alaskan Tap Invasion. Where: Bubba’s 33. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Alaskan beers will be on tap at the eatery along I-25 near Chama River. Why you should go: If you love Alaskan beers and classic American food, go for it.

What: Second Annual New Belgium Frozen T-Shirt Contest. Where: Monte Vista Fire Station. When: 6 p.m. Cost: Inquire at the door. Details: For the second time, the folks from New Belgium are giving folks a chance to win a special NB bicycle. All you have to do is unwrap a completely frozen T-shirt faster than everyone else. Why you should go: We had some friends who nearly won this last year. So go test your frozen-shirt-unwrapping skills. It’s harder than it looks.

UPDATED >>> What: Odell Special Firkin Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Friend of the Crew Tony Calder informs us that it will be a Mango Habanero IPA in the cask tonight. Well now, that just sounds like a flavor combo for the ages. Why you should go: Unleash this crazy beer upon your taste buds, plus snag some good food while you are there.

What: Second Annual Sierra Nevada Sausage & Cheese Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s Nob Hill. When: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $5 for sausage and cheese tray (beer not included). Please reserve tickets by calling (505) 255-6782. Details: Buy a tray of sausage and cheese, then go off the list of suggestions with which Sierra Nevada beers go best with which food items. Why you should go: Expand your palate, but fear not if you are unconvinced, we have a review of the previous event at O’Niell’s Juan Tabo up on our site today from one of our new correspondents.

What: Beer on the Patio. Where: Torino’s. When: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $25 per person, call Torino’s at (505) 797-4491 to reserve your spot. Details: Torino’s is hosting a four-course pairing of Monks’ Ales with cured meats, cheeses, and fine breads. Featured beers will include Monks’ Ale, Tripel, Dubbel, and Golden Ale (Krystal Weisse). Abbey Brewing reps will be on hand to give a master speech and answer your questions. Why you should go: Learn more about these unique beers while enjoying some delicious food.

What: Beer Bike 5K. Where: Civic Plaza. When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Cost: $30, with tickets available online here. Details: Hope on board the Duke City Pedaler at Civic Plaza and ride it around to Marble, Tractor Wells Park, and Back Alley Draft House. You get member prices at each location. This even will repeat Wednesday and Thursday. Why you should go: Burn off some beer calories while, um, adding more beer calories! Hey, it’s a win-win, plus it is one of the most fun and unique ways to enjoy a mini-pub crawl. Just be prepared, it’s a little over 3 miles in length and the DCP is tougher to pedal than it looks. You’ll get a good workout plus good beer.

What: pLOUD Music Series. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Felix y Los Gatos will perform live. Why you should go: Chill out with some good music and beer.

Special ongoing events

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

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

Smoked Meats Week
Where: Sandia Chile Grill When: 3 to 8 p.m., from today through Saturday, May 30
What: Beer and smoked meat pairing; beers are $3.50 per pint, $6 per 10-ounce mead sample
Today — Smoked Salmon Platter, Red Ranger Irish Red
Friday — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Rattlesnake IPA
Saturday — Smoked Meat Sample Platter, Rattlesnake and Red Ranger and Milk Stout ($3 per 10-ounce)

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

And so it begins!

So much food and beer combos today, we’ll almost need another Brew Dash to work it all off.

If Tuesday got you back into the swing of things for ABQ Beer Week, then Wednesday is about to punch you in the face. There are a ton of events today, from tastings to a whole lot of beer dinners or special beer/food pairings. Picking one out of the bunch was difficult, if not impossible, so despite the headline above our featured event is not actually a beer/food event. But hey, you can still go experience the fun at Marble Westside, 5 Star Burgers in the NE Heights, and the Sandia and Downs Casinos.

Beyond all that there is more fun scheduled for Nob Hill Bar & Grill, The Grain Station, El Pinto, Rock & Brews, M’Tucci’s, Gecko’s, Two Fools, both Tractor locations, and our pick at Canteen Brewhouse. Now is the time to call in that favor for a designated driver, or cough up the money for a cab or Uber. There is just too much going on today. Deep breath. Ready?

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: Canteen Barleywine 2012 Release. Where: Canteen Brewhouse. When: Noon to close. Cost: No cover charge.

Details: This is the first of several special beer releases at Canteen beyond last week’s Hopspitality IPA and 505 Collaboration session IPA. First up, they have dipped into the cellar and found some of their Barleywine from 2012. This is almost-three-year-0ld beer. It’s big, it’s malty, and it’s been aged, and as anyone who loves beer knows, the bigger and maltier the better it ages. This is decadence in a glass, and it’s only the start of what they have to offer to close out Beer Week.

Why you should go: Grab a sandwich or a beer sponge, snag a glass of this aged wonder, and enjoy your afternoon. Oh, come on, work can wait.

All the other great events

What: Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen Tasting. Where: Total Wine (both locations). When: 1 to 3 p.m. (Cottonwood), 4 to 6 p.m. (Uptown). Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free beer samples. Why you should go: Free beer samples.

What: Santa Fe Sampling. Where: Total Wine Cottonwood. When: 3 to 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free beer samples. Why you should go: Free beer samples.

What: Santa Fe Special Cask and Widmer Brothers Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 4 p.m. (SFBC), 6:30 p.m. (Widmer). Cost: No cover charge. Details: First up, a hopped-up cask of delicious Black IPA, with a SFBC rep on hand to chat about that beer and more. After that, Widmer’s Russian Imperial Stout with raspberries will be on tap. Why you should go: Drink great beer and learn about great beer. Throw in some food and sports on TV and you have it made.

What: Beer, Cheese, & More. Where: Marble Westside. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: $20, make reservations in advance via the Marble website. Details: Just like they did downtown last week, Marble will be busting out trays of food paired with their beers. The pairings are the same as last time, but we know many of you missed it, so head on over. As a bonus, Le Chat Lunatique will provide the music. Why you should go: Seriously, if you missed round one, you missed a great time. Get on over there.

What: Odell Sampling. Where: Total Wine Uptown. When: 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free beer samples. Why you should go: Free beer samples.

What: Widmer Brothers Tap Takeover. Where: The Grain Station. When: 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Widmer’s famous Hefe will be on tap, along with Upheaval IPA and the new Hefe Shandy. Why you should go: If you like Widmer beers and brats, you’ll pretty much be in heaven here.

What: Dogs Drink Free Happy Hour. Where: El Pinto. When: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: No, that’s not a typo, your dogs can drink for free on the patio at El Pinto from today through Thursday. They will have Bowser Beer, a special alcohol-free beer made specifically for dogs. As for humans, there will be four Lagunitas beers for you — Cappuccino Stout, Equinox Pale Oat Ale, Brown Shugga’ Barleywine, and the special limited release of Waldo 4/20. Why you should go: Awesome new Lagunitas beers and old favorites, plus a chance to relax with your best friend. Throw in some delicious El Pinto food and it all adds up to a great afternoon.

What: Lagunitas Tap Takeover. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 5 to 9 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: There will be an unknown number of Lagunitas beers on tap at R&B on Montgomery just west of San Mateo. Why you should go: Rock out with some Lagunitas. Plus, solve the mystery of what they’re bringing by going and telling the rest of us.

What: Tractor Specialty Beer Release. Where: M’Tucci’s Kitchina Italian Restaurant. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The new batch of Berliner Weisse will make its debut. Why you should go: Grab some delicious Italian food with a tart pint of Berliner.

What: Red Door Tap Takeover. Where: Gecko’s (both locations). When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: A selection of Red Door beers will on tap at Gecko’s Nob Hill and Gecko’s Academy. Why you should go: Get some tapas and see how it pairs up with one of our best local breweries’ creations.

What: New Belgium Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Old favorite 1554 Black Ale, plus a Lips of Faith series beer, and a third, experimental style will all be tapped. Why you should go: Figure out the mystery beers, or just enjoy some 1554, while chowing down on fish and chips or beef boxty, depending on your preference.

What: 5 Star Burgers Event. Where: 5 Star Burgers at Academy and Wyoming. When: 6 p.m. Cost: $18, plus optional dessert for $2 extra. Details: It’s another food-and-beer pairing event, so prep your palate. Chile strips with La Cumbre South Peak Pilsner; Sweet potato fries with Marble Double White; Green Chile Turkey Slider with La Cumbre Elevated IPA; BBQ pork slider with Marble Red; Burger slider with Santa Fe Nut Brown. Why you should go: Look at all that wonderful food paired with wonderful beer. These things don’t happen often in the Northeast Heights, so head on over.

What: Beer Bike 5K. Where: Civic Plaza. When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Cost: $30, with tickets available online here. Details: Hope on board the Duke City Pedaler at Civic Plaza and ride it around to Marble, Tractor Wells Park, and Back Alley Draft House. You get member prices at each location. This even will repeat Wednesday and Thursday. Why you should go: Burn off some beer calories while, um, adding more beer calories! Hey, it’s a win-win, plus it is one of the most fun and unique ways to enjoy a mini-pub crawl. Just be prepared, it’s a little over 3 miles in length and the DCP is tougher to pedal than it looks. You’ll get a good workout plus good beer.

What: Art Fight hosted by James Montoya. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Come watch some of the best visual artists in the city create paintings live. Buy some beer to win a chance to vote for your favorite painting. At the end of the show, the painter with the most votes wins and gets to collect the entry fees from everyone else. Why you should go: Support the local arts community with a pint or two in hand. Sounds like a win-win.

What: Alaskan Beer Dinner. Where: Council Room at Sandia Casino. When: 7 p.m. Cost: None listed, call (505) 798-3961 for RSVP and price. Details: It’s a beer dinner featuring Alaskan beers. Beyond that, there was no other information listed. Why you should go: It’s a mystery as to the food and beer pairings. Go solve it for us.

What: Monks’ Ale Beer Dinner. Where: The Crown Room at the Downs Casino. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $44.99, call (505) 767-7166 for reservations. Details: A four-course beer dinner will be paired with five different beers from Abbey Brewing. Why you should go: Once again, it’s a mystery as to the food-beer pairings, so go solve it for those of us who are too pour to spend that much money.

What: Tractor Special Beer Release. Where: Tractor Nob Hill. When: 8:30 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Dos Pendejos (Jerel Garci and Buddha Benavidez of Reviva!) will perform live, while Tractor puts a special mystery beer on tap. Why you should go: Once again, solve the mystery, plus listen to some great tunes.

Special ongoing events

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

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

Smoked Meats Week
Where: Sandia Chile Grill When: 3 to 8 p.m., from today through Saturday, May 30
What: Beer and smoked meat pairing; beers are $3.50 per pint, $6 per 10-ounce mead sample
Today — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Gold Rush Pilsner
Thursday — Smoked Salmon Platter, Red Ranger Irish Red
Friday — Stuffed Avocado Street Tacos, Rattlesnake IPA
Saturday — Smoked Meat Sample Platter, Rattlesnake and Red Ranger and Milk Stout ($3 per 10-ounce)

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

The spacious Sister Bar will be filled with sour beer lovers on April 11. (Photo courtesy of Sister)

The spacious Sister Bar will be filled with sour beer lovers on April 11. (Photo courtesy of Sister)

Sour beers are the final frontier of the industry for a lot of folks. For some people, they are a unique and cherished style, never to be missed when available. For others, they are a style to be avoided, so different from the rest of the beer universe. And for a third group, they remain a mystery, something not readily available in most places.

It is that third group, plus the first of course, that is being targeted for the upcoming Tart at Heart, a sour beer tasting event set for Sister Bar in downtown ABQ on April 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets are available online by clicking here. The cost is $35 and it gets you a sample of all 20, plus three additional samples of your favorites. The event will feature 20 rare sour beers, many of them barrel aged, from around the country and around the world. Among the local breweries, Blue Corn will send Pucker Up, their strawberry sour, while Tractor will send Wonder Weisse. Santa Fe is sending Kriek, Sour State Pen Porter, and the new Single Barrel Sour. Marble will bust out a sour from its reserves. There will also be exclusive beers from national heavyweights New Belgium, Odell, Sierra Nevada, and Stone, plus beers from Belgium that have never been tapped before in New Mexico.

The man organizing all of this is Angelo Orona, who currently works as the sales rep for Abbey Brewing and Santa Sidra Cidery and was formerly at Marble. I sat down with him over lunch at Nexus on Tuesday to get some additional details.

Q: So how did you guys come up with the idea?

Angelo: It’s kind of modeled after some of the other sour-centric beer fests that are around. Specifically, the format that happens during GABF up in Denver. I came up with the idea to feature these nice, high-end, esoteric beers so that Albuquerque could also enjoy a festival that has type of theme to it.

Q: Was Sister a natural place to partner with, especially considering the size of it and all the available taps?

Angelo: Sister is sort of becoming a destination for really eccentric, high-end beers, so they’re a natural partner for us. They’re also trying to bolster their reputation as a beer-centric bar and sort of a place where people can seek out hard-to-find and rare beers from local or national breweries.

Q: So what are some of the beers you’re bringing to this event?

Angelo: We have several new beers that are debuting at the fest, including Stone Passion Project, which will be its first time in the state. They’re only sending one keg for the festival. It has two pounds of Stone passion fruit per barrel. So it’s (a) really nice, sort of fruit-centric sour, barrel-aged offering. Odell’s raspberry sour, Golden Raspberry Ale. We’ve got some beer from overseas as well, Belgian-style lambic and also a beer from Italy that’s a collaboration between Birrifico del Ducato and Fontaine, which is from Belgium as well.

Q: What is your take on sours? They’re kind of divisive. Some people love them to pieces and others are saying no way. Is this one of these events for those on the fence to come out and help make up their minds?

Angelo: Yeah, the idea is to make the event educational as well as enjoyable from an aspect of bringing all these unique flavors. I think one thing about sour beers is, you’re right, they’re divisive, because people don’t have knowledge about the styles and the history of those styles. So part of our festival will be to have an educational component to it. So there will be an AV projector which will have descriptions of the beers and the styles that will be featured at Tart at Heart.

Q: All right, anything else you’d like to add?

Angelo: There’s limited space. There’s only like 150 seats total. So we started selling like a week ago and they’re selling pretty rapidly. People should buy their tickets in advance. They’re $35 (online) and $40 at the door.

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Assuming none of the rest of you have to cover the Albuquerque Isotopes game that night, this sounds like a fun event, especially for people who love sours or want to learn more about them. If we get any additional updates on some of the special beers being tapped, we will list them on our Facebook page. Thanks to Angelo for the information (and for lunch).

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

No one got sunburned!

St. Bob's Imperial Stout '07, the best of the Brew Fest 2014.

St. Bob’s Imperial Stout ’07, the best of the Brew Fest 2014.

Well, that’s how we all looked back on NM Brew Fest 5 after a long, rough Sunday (our football teams, real and fantasy, didn’t help our hangovers, either). OK, we also looked back at the many great beers we drank and how much fun we had. From the VIP barrel-aged beginning all the way through to the end, this was one of the best festivals of the year. The fact it was almost entirely local didn’t hurt. It was great to see all the familiar faces from the breweries together in one place.

Kudos to the Brew Fest organizers for combining the VIP early entry with the barrel-aged beers. It was a wonderful beginning, and that extra span of time gave us all a chance to actually enjoy the beers rather than feel like we were pressed for time to get from station to station. So if we absolutely positively had to rank the best of the fest (barrel-aged only) …

1. Canteen’s St. Bob’s Imperial Stout ’07

2. Marble’s Imperial Stout

3. Marble’s Barley Wine

4. Pi’s Bourbon Vanilla Porter

5. La Cumbre’s La Negra 2013

Brandon, far right, and Stoutmeister, in the back, found plenty of time for shenanigans with their friends.

Brandon, far right, and Stoutmeister, in the back, found plenty of time for shenanigans with their friends.

Mind you, the gap from one to five is about as small as can be. And others argued for a different order (Marble’s Imperial Stout seemed to produce the most varied opinions, from love to meh). Other special beers we got to try included Odell’s Jaunt and Trellis, two Rochefort Trappist ales (#8 and 10), and Deschutes’ Black Butte XXVI. Thanks to Christopher Goblet and the Brewers Guild for providing those for us to sample.

As for the “regular” part of the festival, things went well as the lines never got too long (after the zoo debacle, hallelujah), and as per usual the crowd was great. There was no Comanche Creek nor Taos Mesa, but otherwise all the other breweries showed up with most of the beers they had promised.

Among the favorites, having consulted with the crowd, were Blue Corn’s Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout, Bosque’s Pumpkin Spice Ale, Canteen’s Dougie Style Amber, Cazuela’s Beer for my Horses (oatmeal stout), Chama River’s Cosmic Dog (coffee stout), La Cumbre’s Full Nelson (DIPA), Marble’s Brett IPA, Ponderosa’s Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Red Door’s Paint it Black Milk Stout, Second Street’s Rauchbier, Stumbling Steer’s Imperial Stout, and Turtle Mountain’s Oktoberfest.

Jeff Erway brought home another prestigious award. He's getting good at that.

Jeff Erway brought home another prestigious award. He’s getting good at that.

Just about all of those beers are on tap at breweries around the ABQ and Santa Fe areas. For all of you who could not make it out to Brew Fest, head to your closest brewery and see what everyone is buzzing about.

And a special congrats to La Cumbre’s Jeff Erway, who was presented with his award from the Great British Beer Festival for Best American Cask Ale. Project Dank claimed that honor earlier this year, but we guess it takes a while to ship the plaque from Britain to New Mexico.

As for the Crew, festival season may be at an end for 2014, but we’ve still got plenty of stories to work on. I have an interview with Marble’s Ted Rice coming up to talk about everything from their GABF haul to future expansion plans and more. There are still more breweries on the way, so we’ll keep tabs on how those are progressing around town. Adam is working on a series about just what are the best bars for craft beer around ABQ (Luke will mirror that for Santa Fe). We’ll also be heading back to Blue Grasshopper when their beers are ready and we still need to visit Twisted Chile down in Socorro. Oh, and a pumpkin beer challenge is coming up for the Crew as well. Don’t worry, the beer scene is going to keep us plenty busy.

Good to see so many of you out there this weekend. We’ll see you around the breweries.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Beer festival season wraps up (sniff) in our state with the fifth annual NM Brew Fest at Expo New Mexico (the fairgrounds) this Saturday. It promises to go out with a bang, thanks to a special early event admission where you get to taste multiple barrel-aged beers brought in by the NM Brewers Guild. Yes, they’re rolling out extra potent beer to start the event. Brandon and I may be doomed.

Festival season will end in style this weekend. (Photo courtesy NM Brew Fest)

Festival season will end in style this weekend. (Photo courtesy NM Brew Fest)

Anyway, here’s the lowdown on key things you need to know. Tickets are still available online but are selling fast, while there will also be tickets at the gate. The difference is online it’s $35 for early admission, $25 for general admission, while it’s $40 and $30 at the gate. So get ’em online, people! Save that $5 for beer (or food). Gates open for early admission at 11:30 a.m., where you can go straight for the barrel-aged beers. Then at noon you can start hitting the regular brewery booths (full list below). General admission will then enter the fest at 1 p.m. and it lasts until 6. It’s 21-and-over only this year; sorry, no more parents bringing their little kids along while they sample.

The barrel-aged tasting is new for this year.

“We’ve had VIP kind of tickets in the past,” said Kevin Hopper, one of the event organizers who works for Local iQ. “It’s always just kind of been I don’t know if it fits, the whole VIP thing. We got into the mind of a beer aficionado and what do people love? They love to taste new and creative beers.

“I thought that, more so than a sealed off, VIP section would be a better experience for the people that come. Hopefully that will work out.”

For those worried about drinking on an empty stomach, there will be multiple food trucks/food stands. Nomad’s BBQ, Irrational Pie, Rustic, and Street Food Institute will all be there with their trucks, plus the new Heimat House (opening Oct. 25 at Montgomery and Louisiana) and Adieux Cafe will be represented. There will be live music as well.

If you need a ride, Uber will provide $20 off if it’s your first with the company. Just use the code nmbrewfest. If it’s not your first time using Uber, you can still get 20 percent off. Otherwise designated driver tickets are $10, and riding your bicycle is encouraged for those who live nearby (or are crazy bike riders with supreme endurance skills that should be in France every summer).

All right, now that all the nitty gritty stuff is out of the way, it’s on to the most important thing: The beer! We contacted a majority of the 20 breweries in attendance to find out what they’re bringing, plus the organizers from Local iQ and the Brewers Guild. Here’s what they had to say, starting with the barrel-aged beers. If we get any lists later on, we’ll go back and update this as many times as needed before we head over ourselves Saturday.

We can't promise you'll have as much fun at Brew Fest as we did last year, but you can always try.

We can’t promise you’ll have as much fun at Brew Fest as we did last year, but you can always try.

Barrel-aged specials: Odell Jaunt, Odell Trellis Garden Ale, BJ’s Bourbon Barrel Stout, Canteen St. Bob’s Imperial Stout, La Cumbre La Negra 2013, Marble Imperial Stout, Marble Barley Wine, plus Santa Fe’s Kriek and/or Double White IPA (not barrel-aged, but still tasty), and a TBA beer from the new Heimat House.

BJ’s: TBA

Blue Corn: Oktoberfest, Alpha Reaper (imperial red), Shattered Pumpkin, Gold Medal Stout (unless they run out at the brewery, in which case their IPA will replace this GABF gold medal winner)

Bosque: Rebel Brit (brown ale), Bosque Lager, PSA (pumpkin spice ale), Bosque’s Burnin’ (red rye), Olde Bosky (porter), and Oktoberfest (if it’s ready). The Box IPA might also pop up.

Boxing Bear: Glass Jaw Double IPA, Uppercut IPA, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Oktobearfest

Canteen: Dougie Style Amber (GABF gold medal winner), Wet Mountain IPA, Pumpkin Saison, 28M Wheat

Cazuela’s: TBA

Chama River: Class VI Golden Lager (GABF gold medal winner), Jackalope IPA, Cosmic Dog (coffee stout), Red River Ale (Irish red)

Comanche Creek: TBA

La Cumbre: A Slice of Hefen, Elevated IPA, Project Dank IPA, Malpais Stout, Full Nelson (DIPA), Witch’s Tit (pumpkin ale), Meridian Pale Ale

Lizard Tail: In a late update from the Guild, they report Lizard Tail will no longer be in attendance. Bummer.

Marble: Imperial Red (GABF gold medal winner), Double White (GABF gold medal winner), IPA, Oatmeal Stout

Pi: Unchallenged IPA, Lost Grain English Summer Ale, Apricot Wheat, Bourbon Vanilla Porter

Ponderosa: TBA

Red Door: Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Stout (on nitro), Unhinged Cider

Santa Fe: Happy Camper IPA, Kriek (sour ale), Hefeweizen, Oktoberfest, maybe Java Stout

Second Street: TBA

Stumbling Steer: TBA

Taos Mesa: TBA

Tractor: TBA

Turtle Mountain: McDay’s Cream Ale, Oktoberfest, Uber Altbier, Saison du Soleil, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter

Sorry we couldn’t get more lists. A lot of the breweries have been playing catch-up this week since a good chunk of their brewing staffs were in Denver for GABF. In the end, we expect a lot of pleasant surprises this weekend. We’ll see you all out there!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister