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Greetings, everyone. Hope you are all well-rested now. If not, get on that. ABQ Beer Week was bigger and better than ever, but after 11 days of beer events, we all have to admit we are pretty darn tired. It was an exhausting affair. At least it was fun. So much fun. So much fun it is hard to put it into words. So much as Luke did with the Outside Bike & Brew Festival in Santa Fe, I just assembled a bunch of our photographs and used this as a wrap-up.

Do not fret, however, we are not totally going to cop out on things. We did try a lot of beers, and while some were one-offs or specialties, we also tried a lot that you can get on tap or for sale in bottles/cans/bombers around town. The Crew will present our choices for the best beers of Beer Week. Just as soon as I get everyone to wake up and remember what they had.

Without further rambling, here are our pics from ABQ Beer Week 2015.

ABQ Beer Week kicked off with the simultaneous release of the 505 Collaboration Session IPA, left, and Canteen's Hops-pitality IPA.

ABQ Beer Week kicked off with the simultaneous release of the 505 Collaboration Session IPA, left, and Canteen’s Hops-pitality IPA.

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One of the many food and beer pairings over at Shade Tree Customs & Cafe, who brought their A Game to Beer Week.

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Two Fools did their fair share of tappings as well, including Hitachino Nest White Ale.

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New Mexico Craft Brewing came down from Las Vegas to stage a tap takeover at Stereo Bar downtown.

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We went bowling with the folks from Tractor. Um, we were rusty, that totally explained our scores. That and the Farmer’s Tan Red Ale.

Nexus' anniversary party was a huge hit, as if you couldn't tell by the crowds.

Nexus’ anniversary party was a huge hit, as if you couldn’t tell by the crowds.

Nob Hill Bar & Grill was one of our favorite spots throughout Beer Week. Our friend Karim agreed, twas quite metal.

Nob Hill Bar & Grill was one of our favorite spots throughout Beer Week. Our friend Karim agreed, twas quite metal.

Mother Road brought their beers to Jubilation for all to try.

Mother Road brought their beers to Jubilation for all to try.

Beer, Cheese, & More at Marble was a tremendous success. It was so nice, they did it twice.

Beer, Cheese, & More at Marble was a tremendous success. It was so nice, they did it twice.

Food and beer goes together brilliantly sometimes. Red Door's food truck battle was one outstanding example.

Food and beer goes together brilliantly sometimes. Red Door’s food truck battle was one outstanding example.

More food and beer, this time the Sierra Nevada Cheese & Sausage festival at O'Niell's.

More food and beer, this time the Sierra Nevada Cheese & Sausage festival at O’Niell’s.

Franz and Mrs. Solo basked in the warm glow of the inaugural BearFest.

Franz and Mrs. Solo basked in the warm glow of the inaugural BearFest.

Marble, Santa Fe, and everyone else brought their finest to Blues & Brews.

Marble, Santa Fe, and everyone else brought their finest to Blues & Brews.

The crowd was bustling at Blues & Brews, but it was a happy pack of beer drinkers.

The crowd was bustling at Blues & Brews, but it was a happy pack of beer drinkers.

Firkin Brewhouse, which will open soon in the Brewery District, made a nice debut at Blues & Brews. Their Capo's Java Stout was excellent.

Firkin Brewhouse, which will open soon in the Brewery District, made a nice debut at Blues & Brews. Their Capo’s Java Stout was excellent.

The Crew who attended Blues & Brews were a happy bunch. From left, Adam, Laura, Stoutmeister, Kristin, with the photo bomb from Karl.

The Crew who attended Blues & Brews were a happy bunch. From left, Adam, Laura, Stoutmeister, Kristin, with the photo bomb from Karl.

The Crew came up short in the second Battle of the Beer Geeks (congrats again to the Babes in Brewland!), but we still had a great time, and not just because of Baby Bannon. From left, proud parents Brandon and Taylor, Mrs. Solo, Franz Solo, John, and Stoutmeister all enjoying our Darkside Donutbrau.

The Crew came up short in the second Battle of the Beer Geeks (congrats again to the Babes in Brewland!), but we still had a great time, and not just because of Baby Bannon. From left, proud parents Brandon and Taylor, Mrs. Solo, Franz Solo, John, and Stoutmeister all enjoying our Darkside Donutbrau.

The Marble staff was all smiles throughout Beer Week, including at the second Beer, Cheese, & More at Marble Westside.

The Marble staff was all smiles throughout Beer Week, including at the second Beer, Cheese, & More at Marble Westside.

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Another outstanding entry for Two Fools’ tappings was Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout.

Hoppiness Envy, the collaboration IPA between Canteen and Bosque, was an amazing addition to the Beer Week fun.

Hoppiness Envy, the collaboration IPA between Canteen and Bosque, was an amazing addition to the Beer Week fun.

Avery's Uncle Jacob's Stout at Nob Hill Bar & Grill was a fitting finale for a couple of us.

Avery’s Uncle Jacob’s Stout at Nob Hill Bar & Grill was a fitting finale for a couple of us.

There are a lot of people to thank for all the fun of the past week-plus. I realize I will miss a few on this list, but here are the ones my tired mind could remember: Thomas DeCaro, Monica Mondragon, Silas Sims, Tony Calder, Angelo Orona, Skye Devore, Chris Goblet, Amberley Rice, Leah Black, Carlos Contreras, Zach Guilmette, Barbie Gonzalez, Ken Carson, Antal Maurer, John Bullard, Brady McKeown, Brandon Venaglia, Patrick Cavanaugh, all the bar and brewery staffs, the festival volunteers, all of you happy beer drinkers, and last and most importantly the amazing Marne Gaston. Thank you one and all!

We will see you all around the breweries and upcoming festivals. If you have any photos or stories you would love to share from Beer Week, email them to us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com. And yes, we are still taking signups for the NM Brewers Guild Enthusiast Membership. Just send us your name and email and we will add you to the list to give to the Guild.

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

Editor’s note: Meet Vicki, another of our correspondents, who went to review the Sierra Nevada Sausage and Cheese event at O’Niell’s Juan Tabo from last week. She was delayed in sending this to us, so in the end I figured, hey, why not run this review the day they are holding a second event at O’Niell’s Nob Hill. This way her review can also serve as a preview of tonight’s event. It’s a classic Brew Crew two-for-one story. — Stoutmeister

It's a veritable feast paired with great Sierra Nevada beers!

It’s a veritable feast paired with great Sierra Nevada beers!

Whether walking down the grocery isle or the wedding isle, finding a flight of Sierra Nevada’s finest waiting for you at the end of it would be a welcomed treat indeed. Albeit one of these scenarios is a bit more unexpected than the other; not many grooms I have met would find a reason to object.

And as I entered the sudsy sanctuary, a.k.a. O’Niell’s Pub Juan Tabo, last Thursday for the first official day of ABQ Beer Week to witness the holy moley union of Sierra Nevada with — wait for it — cheese and Sierra Nevada’s own sausage made at Chico State University Farms, I couldn’t find a single reason to object, either.

If you live in the 505 and like to wet your whistle with wheat, you have most likely been to the iconic Irish establishment known as O’Niell’s. With two pet-friendly locations to choose from, you are never more than a quick jaunt from one of ABQ’s most beloved pubs. When we arrived, the place was pleasantly and expectedly packed. Jonathan and our server Rick were welcoming and fun, and the service was attentive and quick.  If you have never been to O’Niell’s (gasp!), or if you haven’t been in a while (your bad), you don’t know or have forgotten what you are missing!

The same can be said for one of the cornerstones of craft brew and the event’s honoree, Sierra Nevada. If like your dreams of yesterday, you have put your love for this beer on a shelf, it is time to pull them back on down and dream and drink again! As Sierra Nevada’s exceptionally knowledgeable and talented tasting host, Keith, said, “This is the beer that beer brewers tell me they have in their own fridges!”

Sierra Nevada’s offerings for the evening consisted of Kellerweis (you would be Weis to give it a try), Scotch Ale (a full-bodied fan favorite), Hop Hunter IPA (Hop. On. That. Seriously!), Harvest Idaho 7 IPA (I do hope they keep making this stuff), Nooner Pilsner (insert afternoon-er delight joke here for my personal fav), and of course their flagship brew, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (the beer that launched the company and the aspirations of countless home brewers).

The event was like being on an episode of The Bachelor, except this episode wasn’t lame or scripted, and instead was awesome and delicious, and one in which you would be sure to find an honest and true brew that you could make a long-term commitment to with or without a rose ceremony.

In case you are the type whose decision would hinge on how your beer-trothed would get along with your friends and family, what could be more telling than a pairing with Sierra’s own Italian Sausage and Bratwurst made at Chico State University Farms, and YES PLEASE, Pass the CHEESE, which on this night happened to be Roquefort, Havarti, Goat, Mascarpone, Port Salut, and Camembert en Croute. (Disclaimer, sausage and cheeses’ likeness to actual friends and family members isn’t anyone’s darn fault but their own.)

The pairings went together like the brew and the pub, Sierra Nevada with their strong commitment to the environment and the community, believing, “Put good in and good will come out,” and O’Niell’s straightforwardly motivational motto — “Good Food. Honest Drink.” — both proving to be a winning recipe for a lasting relationship, and don’t forget in liquids as in life, “No Sniveling!”

A Poem In Closing

If you haven’t drunken, chosen, or been,
it is time to check in with each of them!
They are both classics, like the one that got away,
But even better because they stayed!
Signed,
I have, I did, and yep I do
Faithfully, and Still Loving You …

For more info on dream, green, brew machine that is Sierra Nevada visit their website.

To find out what’s up, neat, and good to eat at either of O’Niell’s locations visit their website.

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!

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

Welcome back to ABQ Beer Week, though technically it never left. After Thursday’s surge of events contrasted with the terrible weather, we expected more Friday, but the sun kept the rain at bay for a change. So we have that going for us, if nothing else.

Today’s lineup kicks off with a golf tournament and concludes with multiple tastings. In between, a major brewery celebrates their anniversary weekend.

Featured event

Every day we will pick what we consider the biggest, most interesting, most unique event. This does not mean you should go to only this event and ignore the rest. All of them deserve your attention, but realistically, you can probably only attend a few. So we will make our daily pick, and you can either jump on it, or declare the Crew is foolish (we kinda are) and pick your own.

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

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

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

All the other great events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special ongoing events

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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

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

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

The relevant info, FAQ style:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The list of events available to cover

Thursday, May 21

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 22

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

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

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

Saturday, May 23

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

The Harwood’s Annual Fundraiser at Marble downtown, noon

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

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

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

Sunday, May 24

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

Monday, May 25

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

Tuesday, May 26

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

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

Wednesday, May 27

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

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

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

Thursday, May 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 29

Kellys Special Beer Release, 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 30

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

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

Sunday, May 31

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

It was fun to get back to ABQ Beer Week on Wednesday and meet some new beer lovers at the Left Hand tasting at O’Niell’s Nob Hill. With all that done, it’s time to move on to a busy Day Eight on Thursday. Yours truly will be at Tractor Nob Hill, plus maybe some other events.

Satisfy your sweet tooth along with your beer tooth on Thursday.

Satisfy your sweet tooth along with your beer tooth on Thursday, plus there are tastings galore.

Featured event

What: Casks & Cupcakes. Where: Tractor Nob Hill. When: 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Get your sweet tooth satiated with this little pairing of two cask beers with six different styles of cupcakes from Caked by Bittersweets. It’s $5 for a combo, where you get three cupcakes and one cask beer. If you just want the beer, it’s $4 for a 12-ounce pour. Or if you are the designated driver, it’s $4 for a cupcake trio. The beers on cask are Milk Mustachio Stout and and the Saison. The Stout will be paired with Caramel Macchiato, Dark Chocolate Chile Decadence, and Cinnamon Toast with Bacon. The Saison will be paired with Fresh Lemon with local grown honey, Cherry Limeade, and Nacho Libre. Come grab dessert before dinner! Hey, you’re an adult, you’re allowed to do that now. Why you should go: A little sugary goodness never hurt anyone. Besides, you can walk it off going to all of the other great events around Nob Hill tonight.

All the other great events

What: Lagunitas Tap Takeover. Where: The Stumbling Steer. When: 4 p.m. to close. Cost: No cover charge. Details: There will be beers aplenty once again at The Steer. Undercover Shutdown, Nighttime Cascade (Black) IPA, Maximus IPA, Hop Stupid Ale, Lil Summpin’ Summpin’, and Day Time: A Fractional IPA will all be on tap. The Shutdown is a big, burly strong ale, while the rest should satisfy any and all hopheads. Why you should go: If you’re on the west side and already hungry and thirsty, there’s no better place to visit.

What: Santa Fe Brewing Tasting. Where: Total Wine Uptown. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: We assume all (or most) of Santa Fe’s bottled and/or canned beers will be available for sampling. Why you should go: Remind yourself of your favorite(s) and then take some home for the weekend.

What: Pyramid Tasting. Where: Total Wine Cottonwood. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: We don’t know what Pyramid beers will be available for sampling. Why you should go: Come on, you’re curious as to what they’ll have.

What: Stone Brewing Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: We just got the list of Stone beers that will be available for sampling. They will include the Collective Distortion IPA, which is brewed with elderberries and coriander, plus the Saison, Smoked Porter with Chipotle, Cali-Belgique IPA, Arrogant Bastard, and the newest entry in the Stochasticity Project, the Quadro Triticale, a Belgian-style quad. Why you should go: Always support local, and Jubilation is just that. Plus that Quadro just sounds like a beast that must be tamed.

What: New Belgium Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The rather uniquely named I Believe I Wood! will be available for purchase. It’s listed as a blackberry whiskey barrel beer. That, plus the usual Two Fools food excellence, should compel you to visit. Why you should go: Oh, come on, like you really need an excuse to visit Two Fools.

What: Marble Beer & Cheese Pairing. Where: Marble Downtown Pub. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: $20. Details: One of the favorite annual events of many folks around town, Marble will again pair up some of its finest beers with some distinct styles of cheese. We did not get the lineup, but we will update this if we can. Why you should go: Nothing says serious beer drinker more than attending beer and cheese pairing.

What: Boulder Beer Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Some of Boulder’s top beers will be available for sampling. We did not get a list, sadly. Why you should go: If you’re in the Heights and curious as to what they’ve got, stop on by.

What: Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover. Where: O’Niell’s Nob Hill. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: We did get the list for this one! (Hallelujah) Collective Distortion Double IPA, Summerfest, Hoptimum, and the ubiquitous Pale Ale will all be available. The Pale Ale was a gateway craft beer for many, myself included. So see what else Sierra Nevada has to offer nowadays. Why you should go: Grab a pint, grab some grub, and enjoy the patio before the weather heats up anymore than it already has.

What: Nexus Beer Dinner. Where: Prairie Star. When: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $39. Details: This late addition to Beer Week will feature four Nexus beers paired up with some of Prairie Star’s dishes. The Cream Ale, IPA, Chocolate Porter, and Beam Me Up Scottish will all be on hand. Why you should go: Food plus beer. Plus you can meet Nexus owner Ken Carson and brewer Kaylynn McKnight.

What: Big Sky Sampling. Where: Gecko’s on Academy. When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: They will have Moose Drool (brown ale) on draft, plus samples of their IPA, Scape Goat Pale Ale, and Bobo’s Robust Porter. Why you should go: If you’re in the Heights and don’t feel like going too far, enjoy the craft beer experience close to home.

What: New Belgium Mini Tap Takeover and Rolle Bolle Game Night. Where: Adieux Cafe. When: 7 p.m. to midnight. Cost: Unknown. Details: Rolle Bolle is apparently a game like bocce ball (we think). You can play it and win some prizes, plus there will be a selection of New Belgium beers on tap. Adieux Cafe is located on the southeast corner of Central and 5th Street downtown. Why you should go: Admit it, you want to know what Rolle Bolle is and see if you can dominate the game and rule the world. Or at least the cafe.

Got any updates or additional info for the Crew? Email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com or contact us via Facebook or Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).

Enjoy Day Eight! Just remember to pace yourselves and be responsible.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

It’s another big day for ABQ Beer Week as there are nine total events going on Wednesday, including two beer dinners and a beer breakfast before that.

Beer breakfast, two beer dinners, and plenty of tappings and tastings. Wednesday is going to be a big day.

Beer breakfast, two beer dinners, and plenty of tappings and tastings. Wednesday is going to be a big day.

Featured event

What: Stone Beer Dinner. Where: The Stumbling Steer. When: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $65. Details: How does a five-course meal with lots of delicious Stone beers sound? Apparently it sounded pretty good, because this event has sold out. Just check out the beer list — Go to IPA, Saison, IPA, Smoked Porter with Chipotle, Arrogant Bastard, Imperial Russian Stout — plus some additional beers on tap, including Stone beers on cask. With all those beers you get to have special mini grilled cheeses, a new take on bangers and mash, a variation of green eggs and ham, plus a New York strip for the main course, and pudding for dessert. This dinner will leave you fat and happy. But then again, the Steer always leaves you fat and happy. Why you should go: For those who bought a ticket, good for you. For those who didn’t, Franz Solo and Mrs. Solo will be sure to make you regret it by posting a lot of pictures on Facebook and writing up a full review, too.

All the other great events

What: Breakfast & Beer. Where: Cazuela’s. When: 7 to 11 a.m. Cost: Unknown. Details: There aren’t really any details available for this event, other than there will be a full breakfast menu and house beers to go with the dishes. Call Cazuela’s at (505) 994-9364 for more information. Why you should go: We’re kinda curious what they’ve got going on. Satisfy our curiosity by going and finding out. We’d go, but, uh, that’s early. We’re mostly a nocturnal Brew Crew.

What: Boulder Beer Event. Where: The Barley Room. When: 4 to 5 p.m. Cost: Unknown. Details: Another event with no details. We’ll try to call The Barley Room and find out more as to what Boulder Beers will be poured, if there’s a cover charge, and if anything else special is in store for you. Why you should go: We’ll figure that part out for you later.

What: Boulder Beer Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Boulder’s Black IPA will be the featured beer at Two Fools. Head on over to try some of this (relatively) new concoction. Why you should go: Has Two Fools disappointed anyone yet? Didn’t think so.

What: Alaskan Tap Takeover. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: There will be six Alaskan beers taking over the taps. Amber, White, Summer Ale, Icy Bay IPA, Freeride APA and Stout will be the night’s selections. Why you should go: If you’re up in the Northeast Heights and need a beer fix, this one is tough to beat.

What: Left Hand Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s Nob Hill. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Free tastings of five Left Hand beers, plus they will be on tap if you want a pint of your favorite. Longtime favorites like Polestar Pilsner and Milk Stout will be there, plus there will be Beer Week Sauce (porter with coffee), Ambidextrous, and Widdershins (barley wine). We don’t know if it’s Ambidextrous #5, a Sticke alt, or #6, a smoked dopple weizenbock. Why you should go: The Sauce, Ambidextrous, and Widdershins are pretty darned good and often hard to find. Here’s your chance to get all three. Plus, you can get the chance to meet me, since I’ll be the official Beer Week volunteer rep at this event.

What: Food Truck Beer Dinner. Where: Marble Downtown. When: 5 to 9 p.m. Cost: $35. Details: Since Stone is sold out, and you’re probably going to be hungry no matter what, head over to Marble for this special dinner. The $35 will get you plates from three food trucks — The Supper Truck, Street Food Institute, Conchitas Creations — and three 10-ounce beers paired up with each dish. For your musical entertainment, The Squash Blossom Boys will be playing from 6 to 9 p.m. Why you should go: It’s hard to pass up the chance to have great food truck meals paired up with Marble beers. Throw in some good bluegrass on Marble’s new covered patio and you’re in for a great night.

What: New Belgium Frozen T-Shirt Contest and Bike Giveaway. Where: Monte Vista Fire Station. When: 7 to 10 p.m. Cost: Unknown. Details: Yeah, we had to admit, this was a weird one when we first saw it. Apparently a frozen T-shirt contest goes like this — they soak a New Belgium shirt, then freeze it solid, and it’s up to folks to then untie the frozen shirt. So, yeah, that could be fun. Plus you get a chance to enter a raffle for a free New Belgium cruiser bike. Why you should go: It might be the most unique event this week. Give it a shot, and let us know how hard it is to untie a frozen shirt.

What: Beer Cocktails. Where: ArtBar by Catalyst Club, 2nd Street and Gold. When: 7 p.m. to midnight. Cost: Unknown. Details: Members and their guests can head over to try a slew of special beer cocktails. Not only that, but you can get the recipes for your favorites and take them home. The cocktails are crafted with Alaskan beers and some other styles as well. Plus, there will be an open mic for entertainment. Why you should go: For those who like to play with their beer, this is your chance.

Got any updates or additional info for the Crew? Email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com or contact us via Facebook or Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).

Enjoy Day Seven! Just remember to pace yourselves and be responsible.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Tuesday should be a fun day as ABQ Beer Week kicks back into full gear. It features two major food-oriented events, plus some additional festivities. Plus, this here Stoutmeister returns from Chicago (albeit later at night).

Tuesday boasts more tastings, tappings, food pairings, a beer dinner, and a battle between New Mexico and California.

Tuesday boasts more tastings, tappings, food pairings, a beer dinner, and a battle between New Mexico and California.

Featured event

What: NM vs. CA Rare Beer Night. Where: The Stumbling Steer. When: 4 p.m. to close. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Sierra Nevada has sent nine beers, including two on cask, to compete with the Steer’s house beers. Sample away and figure out who goes home with the crown. The SN beers are the Porter, Blindfold Black IPA, Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop Ale, Hoptimum (DIPA), Dogtown Pale Ale, Kellerweis, Summerfest Lager, Sno Wit Whole Cone Imperial IPA (on cask), and Torpedo Extra IPA (on cask). The Steer will send out their newly named house beers, including the Bang up Blonde, Pig Sticker Pale Ale, Rawhide Red, Boneyard Brown, Iron Horse IPA, Hop Trough (DIPA), and Soiled Dove (imperial stout). There will also be some special randalls and a “surprise” beer. Why you should go: A vote for the Steer is a vote for New Mexico!

All the other great events

What: Tractor Brewing Sampling. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: All three of the Tractor beers now in cans — Almanac IPA, Farmer’s Tan Red, Milk Mustachio Stout — will be sampled. You can also meet can artist David Santiago. Why you should go: It’s double helping locals when you purchase Tractor cans at Jubilation.

What: Mad River Tasting. Where: Total Wine Cottonwood. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Head over to the west side for a sampling of Mad River’s many excellent beers. Which ones? We don’t know, so call (505) 890-8467. And tell them to send the Crew some info while you’re at it. Why you should go: Your curiosity is killing you to find out what beers are being sampled, isn’t it? Go indulge.

What: Il Vicino Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Remember back a few months ago when Two Fools and Il Vicino got together and took some Dark & Lusty Stout and aged it in a Two Fools whisky barrel? It was hugely popular at Two Fools’ anniversary party. Well, they did it again, as Great Heart Whisky Stout is back for one night only. Get over there fast before the supply runs out. Why you should go: We have no idea if they will ever do this again, so it may be your last chance to try the Great Heart.

What: 5 Star 5. Where: 5 Star Burgers, Academy and Wyoming. When: 5 to 9 p.m. Cost: $20. Details: 5 Star is pairing up two appetizers and three sliders with five 5-ounce beers. Grab some fried pickles with La Cumbre’s Elevated IPA. Then onion rings should go great with Sierra Blanca Route 66 American Lager. A BBQ Pork Slider and Santa Fe Nut Brown should go well. Then there’s a Turkey Slider with La Cumbre’s South Peak Pilsner. And finish it off with a 5 Star Burger Slider with a Marble Red. Why you should go: I got really hungry and thirsty just typing this. And it’s 9:40 a.m. on a Monday in Chicago.

What: Odell and Goose Island Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s Nob Hill. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Three beers apiece from the popular breweries will be available for sampling. Odell is bringing 90 Shilling, St. Lupulin and Lugene Milk Chocolate Stout on nitro. Goose Island features The Ogden Belgian Tripel, Sofie, and Honker’s Ale. Why you should go: Lugene on Nitro?! Damn my flight for not landing till 8:30.

What: Marble Beer Dinner. Where: Farm & Table, 8917 4th Street NW. When: 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: $65. Details: The folks at Farm & Table have created a special four-course meal that will be paired up with Marble’s best beers. We don’t know what they’re going to have, but we bet it will be good. Why you should go: Food, beer, happy belly, happy you.

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Enjoy Day Six! Just remember to pace yourselves and be responsible.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Hello, weekend! While some of us are currently flying to Chicago (well, me), there are still plenty of events (10 total) going on as ABQ Beer Week rolls into Day Three. There are a lot of different types of events Saturday, so there should be something for everyone. And by something we mean great beer.

Golf, trolley tour, live podcasting, and of course lots of great beer will be on hand for Day Three.

Golf, trolley tour, live podcasting, and of course lots of great beer will be on hand for Day Three.

Featured event

What: Fleur de Rouge Release Party. Where: Marble Brewery Downtown. When: 2:30 to 6 p.m. Cover charge: None. Details: The Babes in Brewland created the FdR at Marble last summer, then took what was left over and aged it in special barrels. From their Facebook page: “Fleur de Rouge is a white wheat ale brewed with hibiscus, rose hips and orange peel originally released during the summer of 2013. This batch has been barrel aged for close to a year in Chardonnay barrels then blended with a barrel aged Saison. The result may have lost its pink color, but certainly gained in oaky flavors from the barrel and matured to something quite special!” There will be live music and food trucks present. There will be an official toast by the Babes at 2:30. Why you should go: A group of lovely and talented women created a wholly unique beer and want you to come drink it. You will never get to try a beer like this again in your life. Get down to Marble! No excuses!

All the other great events

What: NM Brewers Guild Golf Tournament. Where: Santa Ana Golf Course. When: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cover charge: $100 per person. Details: The format is a four-man scramble. For the $100, you get coffee, pastries, and a breakfast burrito, then 18 holes, followed by lunch and beer. The deadline for registration was May 10, so hopefully you already signed up. Why you should go: Golf, beer, and helping the Guild. Nothing wrong with that, so long as you have the money. And hopefully some semblance of golf skills. None of us in the Crew have any.

What: Belgian Beer & Cheese Pairings. Where: Shade Trade Customs & Cafe. When: noon to 6 p.m. Cover charge: $10. Details: You get a flight of rare Belgium beers and some cheese to pair with them. Shade Tree is located in Nob Hill next to the Guild Theater, near Central and Tulane. Supply will be limited, so stop by as early as possible. Why you should go: If you’ve got a hankering for Belgian beers, there are worse ways to spend the early part of your afternoon.

What: Indio Beer Tasting. Where: Total Wine, both locations. When: Noon to 3 p.m. in Uptown, 4 to 6 p.m. in Cottonwood. Cover charge: None. Details: Beers from Indio Brewing will be poured for your sampling pleasure. Why you should go: Admit it, you probably haven’t tried many Indio beers. Here’s your chance (plus, any you like, you can buy a six-pack on your way out).

What: Ale Trail Trolley Tour. Where: Board the trolley at Hotel Albuquerque near Old Town. When: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cover charge: $55 to $65 per person (click here to buy tickets). Details: The annual brewpub tour is back from ABQ Trolley Company. Board at Hotel Albuquerque and then set out for Back Alley Draft House, Marble, and Tractor. You will get behind the scenes tours of each brewery, plus beer samples to taste and some pub swag to take home. Along the way, participate in beer trivia for great prizes. Why you should go: If you’re new to the brewing scene and want to learn how things work, this is a great opportunity to visit three breweries and see how they do it. Plus, you don’t have to worry about who has to drive and, the great bane of our existence, finding parking within spitting distance at each popular location.

What: Beers of Colorado Tap Takeover. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: 4 to 6 p.m. Cover charge: None. Details: Not just one but three Colorado breweries will have some of their finest beers on tap. Left Hand is bringing Beer Week Sauce, Ambidextrous, Widdershins, Milk Stout, and Good Juju. New Belgium is offering up Snapshot, Trippel, and one of their Lips of Faith series. Oskar Blues will showcase Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Dale’s Pale Ale, and Deviant Dale’s IPA. Why you should go: When else are you going to get that much good Colorado beer in one place? Seriously, when?

What: Stone Tap Takeover. Where: O’Niell’s Nob Hill. When: 4 to 6 p.m. Cover charge: None. Details: No, it’s not just another run of IPA and, uh, IPA. No, instead this takeover will include Cali-Belgique (aged in red wine barrels), Tiger Cub (aged in white wine barrels), Saison, and Smoked Porter with Chipotle. These are not beers for the weak. Why you should go: Oh, come on, suck it up and go. You can handle these beers. Plus, you can tell us what the heck Tiger Cub is.

What: Kilkenny Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cover charge: None. Details: This popular Irish beer has never been available on tap in New Mexico until now. It’s an Irish cream ale from the makers of Guinness. Oh, and it’s nitro, not Co2. Why you should go: Did we mention this the first time this has been available in our state? Unless you’re following friend of the Crew Sandy Zimmerman to Ireland itself, this may be your only chance to enjoy this unique brew.

What: 10 Drink Minimum Special Brewers Edition. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 7 to 9 p.m. Cover charge: None. Details: The 10 Drink Minimum podcast will be broadcast live from Wells Park, with special guests to talk about Beer Week. We’re dispatching Brandon to represent the Crew in person. Plus, even though I’ll be 1,000 miles away, I might just call in to contribute to the show. Why you should go: A live audience only makes podcasts more fun. Plus, you can drink lots of beer while you listen in, and who knows, maybe you’ll even be called upon to contribute to the show.

Got any updates or additional info for the Crew? Email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew.com or contact us via Facebook or Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).

Enjoy Day Three! Just remember to pace yourselves and be responsible. Oh, and raise a glass to this here traveling comrade. My flight left at 6 a.m. for crying out loud. I hope there are a lot of coffee beers in Chicago …

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister