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It’s a fairly mellow Friday … oh, wait, no it’s not, mainly because of one bonkers tapping after another.

That was still a lot of beer on Thursday, but we gotta admit that we like limiting the number of events to 10 or less per day. It keeps us more focused, cuts down on our Lyft/Uber expenses, and so on.

There are only six events today. Each one is a little different, yet we cannot take our eyes off one particular downtown gathering.

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: 21 and Over. Where: Sister. When: 5-8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge.

Details: Eight breweries that have been around for 21 or more years are coming to Sister, each with a rare beer (or two) for this special event. Feeling light? There’s Four Peaks’ Green Tea Lager or Sierra Nevada’s Kolsch German-Style Ale. Feeling hoppy? Rogue’s Combat Wombat could be your ticket, or perhaps Bell’s Double Two Hearted. Feel like puckering up? Odell’s ’16 Meddler or New Belgium’s Clutch Sour Stout could whet your whistle. Feeling malty? There’s a choice between Left Hand’s Chai Milk Stout Nitro, Firestone Walker’s ’17 Helldorado, and Bell’s 30th Anniversary Cherry Stout Reserve.

Why you should go: There are not your regular beers on the shelves at liquor and grocery stores across town. There’s a little something for everyone here. We can’t think of a better way to kick off your weekend.

All the other great events

What: Beam Me Up Scotty Release. Where: Nexus Brewery. When: All day. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Just in time for the anniversary party, this Scottish Wee Heavy returns to taps with a burly, malty base and a slight peaty/smoky kick. Why you should go: Get some now before the place gets packed for the anniversary party, which you should still attend, but this will give you time to truly enjoy this beer slowly without anyone eyeing your table.

What: Bosque Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 4-6 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Rather than just bring beers to taste, Bosque is teaming up with Carnivore Popcorn. Try some Bosque Lager with Hollypeno popcorn, Elephants on Parade with Sour Apple popcorn, Bosque IPA with Garlic Rosemary popcorn, and Scotia Scotch Ale with Cinnamon Caramel Espresso popcorn. Why you should go: If you did not get simultaneously hungry and thirsty reading those details, go see a doctor, now.

What: Founders KBS ’17/18 Vertical. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5-7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Remember when the Crew did our latest ridiculous review of this classic barrel-aged stout? Well, now you can do your own version by trying the 2017 and 2018 versions side-by-side. Why you should go: You get to grab some delicious food while trying a couple of big beers. Hey, you gotta eat dinner at some point, right?

What: ABQ Trolley Company’s The Hopper—A hop-on, hop-off brew cruise. Where: Red Door Downtown, Duel Downtown, Marble Downtown, Rio Bravo. When: 6:30-11 p.m. Cost: $25. Details: Hop on the trolley, hop off at a brewery, enjoy a pint, and repeat. With trolleys running every 30 minutes or so, there will be stops at Red Door’s downtown taproom, Duel’s taproom, Marble, and Rio Bravo. Why you should go: Feel like a pub crawl? Worried about your car? Leave it at home and leave the driving to these good folks.

What: Beer Release & Folk Covers of Radiohead. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 8 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: A slew of local musicians will be covering the band, while Tractor releases its next entry in the Beer for a Better Burque (BBB) series, Peach Chinook Common with gold glitter, which will benefit Equality New Mexico. Why you should go: Radiohead might be not our thing, but maybe it’s yours. Also, you gotta admit to be curious about an actual glitter beer.

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

How I really won in Vegas

Posted: August 28, 2015 by amyotravel in News, Uncategorized
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The beer is better, the lighting is not. Ah, casinos!

The beer is better, the lighting is not. Ah, casinos!

Hello, all. I just got back from Vegas and I have some exciting news for you. I had heard a rumor just before I left for my trip that Mandalay Bay casino was starting to serve craft beers on the casino floor. I could barely contain my excitement. Of course, this beer traveler had to take one for the team and check it out in person. (Oh, yeah, that’s taking one for the team, going to Vegas and all. — S)

I can confirm from my own personal experience this week that this is indeed true. Now, usually, when gambling at any of the Vegas casinos, the selection of free-while-gambling-beer is very limited. We consider it pretty “lucky” when we have more choices than Corona, Heineken, or Bud Light. If I can get a Dos Equis, I will on occasion settle for that, but usually I just get a vodka drink instead.

The craft beer list now available at Mandalay Bay.

The beer list now has some outstanding craft entries available at Mandalay Bay.

As excited as I was about this new development, I did start to question my sanity after having a couple of excellent (read: also much higher ABV) craft beers while gambling. The good thing is that since I somehow wisely didn’t carry a wallet/purse with me that afternoon. I was limited to spending only the cash I had in my pockets. Whew, that saved me from what might have been really dangerous.

If this works out for the Mandalay Bay Casino like I think it will, the practice will likely spread pretty quickly throughout the Strip. That would be great fun for craft beer lovers; but I do advise you to please proceed with caution, dear readers! Stay safe and practice responsible gaming.

Winning!

— AmyO

Stoutmeister here with another Beer Roundup. We did the last one three weeks ago but hope to stick to more of a biweekly schedule from here on out (the July 4 extended holiday weekend threw us off). As we stated last time, the idea of the Beer Roundup is to provide our readers with short reviews of the beers we try at local breweries and, starting this time around, the beers we purchase to take home from in-state and out-of-state breweries. Think of it as a big old collection of our suggested beers for your weekend activities … which we’re releasing on a Monday, but only this time. It will go back to being a Friday feature next time.

The two Brew Crew members on the left have had free time to enjoy beer lately. The busy guys on the right have not.

The two Brew Crew members on the left have had free time to enjoy beer lately. The busy guys on the right have not.

With all that being said, we’re still open to people providing reviews of the beers we haven’t tried. Yes, you, gentle reader, can chime in on the discussion. You can send us a one-paragraph review at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com or via our Facebook page.

To help you out with that, at the suggestion of our friend Josh “Be a Hoptimist” Sanders, here is a list of some of the beers we have wanted to try but have not gotten around to at local breweries:

Bosque Brewing — Saison Rouge; Broken Bottle — Jurye 4th Brown, Don Cherry Wheat; Chama River — Cold Crush Kolsch, Bock to the Future II, Sunset Red; Marble — Bier, American Gold; Turtle Mountain — Genesis IPA, Triple Play Pale Ale

There are others, of course, and if anyone is up in Santa Fe or the Taos area or pretty much anywhere in New Mexico with a locally-made beer, share that with us, too.

Brewery beers

Nexus’ Chocolate Porter

Stoutmeister: This delectable beer is back at Nexus. Hooray. This batch is not as sweet and overwhelmingly chocolate as the last one. It has a better balance between the sweetness and the roasted malts. The mouthfeel is thicker than most summer beers but it still works despite the warm season outside. For those craving dark beer in the summer, Nexus has come through for you (ditto Tractor and its Milk Stout).

Sandia Chile Grill’s Sun Ranger, Rattlesnake IPA, and Smooth Move Amber

Stoutmeister: I grabbed small samples of these (I had an Isotopes game to cover later, so I could not indulge in a full pint) when I stopped by to talk to Mickey and Clinton about what they had on tap for The Week Ahead in Beer. The Amber was first. As the name implies, it is very smooth and light on the palate. This is a good starter beer; it won’t linger too long. I prefer beers with a little more oomph and body. The Sun Ranger is a variation on their Irish red. It is also light on the palate but with a nice, malty sweetness that hits you in the middle. This is a tasty and refreshing beer, perfect for summer. The Rattlesnake IPA has been confounding Clinton since he started brewing it. The guys from Il Vicino have given him some advice, so I look forward to the next batch. This current batch had a bit of an odd flavor profile. There are some hops present but they lack the bite you normally associate with an IPA.

Tractor’s Milk Stout

Stoutmeister: Oh, how I missed thee, Milk Stout. It is good to have you back. This is not an overly sweet stout. There are still some nice roasted malt flavors that mix in with the creamy sweetness, giving this beer a good amount of balance. The mouthfeel is lighter than most stouts, so it fits the warmer season. I just find it nice that Tractor is still willing to give us a dark seasonal beer when everybody else is churning out the light-colored stuff in the summer. You can do both, brewers!

Take-home beers

I left this section to the dynamic duo of Franz Solo and Brandon. They each even wrote an intro.

Franz Solo: Well, let’s go through the past month and really dig deep to find the best gems (there have been many, many good brews worthy of mentioning). I’ve mostly stuck to what I’ve been stocking my beer fridge with, lots of bombers of really strong double imperial behemoths of beers so here’s a couple of my favorites of late.

Brandon: I feel a slight bit of shame, as time to make it out to our local watering holes has been hard to come by for me lately; thus, most of my beer consumption has been at home, so here are some of the bombers and bottles that have graced my fridge recently.

Anytime you relate a beer to a mosh pit, you know at least a couple of us are gonna buy it and drink it.

Anytime you relate a beer to a mosh pit, you know at least a couple of us are gonna buy it and drink it.

Stone’s RuinTen

Franz Solo: This monster of an IPA is the 10th anniversary of my personal favorite IPA, Ruination. It smells like an ocean of hops and sandblasts you in the face right from the start. We have a superb amber color like liquid gold and the first taste hits like an IPL without the sweetness, a truly metal beer that lives up to the maxim on the bottle: “A stage dive into a mosh pit of hops.” If this beer was a metal show it would be Slayer and Pantera back-to-back for double sets. Now, I’d spend a good long while describing the subtle … waaaaaait, there are no subtle flavors here, and that time could be much better spent enjoying what is a 10-year homage to my favorite IPA! So if you have a chance, head to Jubilation to pick one of these up while you can. Pröst!

Brandon: I appreciate a cacophony of hops in my beer here and there. However, Stone’s RuinTen KILLED MY PALATE. As Franz wrote, there is really nothing subtle about the hops packed into this anniversary offering of the Ruination IPA. You pick up resin, citrus, light floral offerings, and an almost nonexistent malt profile. RuinTen claims to be “a stage dive into a mosh pit of hops;” I’d say it was more like being in the middle of a wall of death at a Sick Of It All show (needless to say, it took me back to my hardcore punk roots). Definitely not for the faint of heart. If you like a hoppy kick in the teeth, turn your stereo to 11, pour one of these and bang your head.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Imperial Red Ale

Franz Solo: This beer had an enormous head, very creamy with a strong hoppy aroma. It drank and tasted almost like a barleywine, but was exceptionally smooth for the ABV of 8.65 percent and clocking in at 76.92 IBU’s. I would have liked a tad more malt presence in this burly red monster, but we are talking about Lagunitas here so I will let that slide (re: Hop Stoopid IPA). I’d rate this one as nearly on par with Il Vicino’s Odin’s Imperial Red with a slight edge to Odin.

It's a strange name for a beer, but hey, it works.

It’s a strange name for a beer, but hey, it works.

Rogue’s Dad’s Little Helper

Franz Solo: This had an incredibly thick and wonderfully creamy head, not unlike that of a milk stout, but not much in the way of any aroma. The first taste had a delightful double whammy with a little coffee and a delightful bite of hops. This almost had a wavelike quality in the flavors, which would do a wonderful cresting of hops leading down to just a delightfully bitter, slightly burnt finish like good dark coffee. As I poured a second glass, the dark creamy head came back just as strongly as at the start. Delightful!

Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout

Franz Solo: I had this one twice, once on a Friday evening and then while I was grilling on the Fourth of July. It lives up very much to the billing that it tastes and smells like Wild Turkey. There are strong hints of raisins and a very crisp and creamy head.  You pick up the aroma of Hunter S. Thompson’s favorite whiskey (“buy the ticket, take the ride”). I’m astounded at the amount of flavor that came out of this very full bourbon barrel stout as it only clocked in at 6 percent ABV! I am very impressed with this beer and it’s one I could certainly drink all day.

Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Bigfoot Barleywine Ale

Brandon: Now, I know what you are probably thinking, and yes this beer came out months ago. I’ve been storing a bomber of this to age a bit and just couldn’t resist popping it open recently. The folks at SNB did a wonderful job here: mellow resiny hops, oak hints throughout that play well with the strong malt base. A helping of vanilla and toasted coconut hits around the middle and helps provide a smooth mouthfeel. A big beer that is oh-so-smooth but big in ABV, this is a good beer to end the evening with. Delicious stuff.

Rogue’s Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale

Brewed in honor of Sig, Edgar and Norman Hansen (you may be familiar with their crab wrangling on “The Deadliest Catch”), Rogue classifies this brew as an India Red Ale. It leans more towards the red end of things, though, as the hops are light and floral, though they give good support to the malt bill found in the rest of the beer. A medium-bodied ale that drinks smooth and still provides a good deal of caramel throughout. A nice flavorful beer for those looking for a richer taste in the summer months, without being too heavy.

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All right, that’s it from us for this time around. We should have E-Rock back from his California “work” excursion and hopefully we get Shilling out to more than just a soccer game in the next two weeks (though it was good game, even though the Rapids lost). Oh, and Porter Pounder might finally be done with his movie … eh, probably not. Even when that one ends, another shall begin.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

There are nine total events going on for Day 7 of ABQ Beer Week. NINE. Here is hoping you all have some energy to tackle this day.

Seven days old and the events keep increasing in awesomeness.

Seven days old and the events keep increasing in awesomeness.

Actually, one of the events is already over. Kegs & Eggs was at Cazuelas in Rio Rancho this morning at 7 a.m. We should have included it with Tuesday’s events list; sorry to anyone that missed it due to our oversight.

In another bit of bad news, Desert Fish, the Nob Hill bar/eatery where Hot Sunner Nights was going on all of Beer Week, is no more. Yes, they shut their doors right in the midst of Beer Week. Bummer. The good news is we are not out of Sunner Kolsch if you missed your go chance to try this classic German beer. See below. The New Belgium Lips of Faith series at Geckos will continue, however, at both the Academy and Nob Hill locations.

None of the Crew was able to make it out to any of Tuesday night’s four events. Yeah, I know, shame on us, but I had baseball, Brandon worked late, and the others were busy with various things as we’re all trying to clear our schedules in advance of the Beer Groups Meet & Greet at Marble on Thursday, the Dark Ages show on Friday at ArtBar, and Blues & Brews at the Pavilion on Saturday.

Those of us not covering baseball tonight will be out and about. If you see a Crew member, say hello. They’re friendly. Especially when they have a pint in hand.

What: Abita Tasting. Where: Quarters on Wyoming, just north of Montgomery. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: $20. Details: Louisiana’s top brewery will bring several of its beers for you to try at Quarters. Food will be provided and you get a souvenir glass with your $20 payment. Why you should go: One of the best breweries in the South compels you to come to Quarters. Plus, you can go next door to the restaurant afterward and wolf down some ribs or steak.

What: Marble Brewery Food Truck Rumble. Where: The downtown pub. When: 4 to 8 p.m. Cost: $20, reservations required. Details: It’s like a giant speakeasy, so dress up 1930s style and head on down to the pub. There will be four food trucks (The Supper Truck, Soo Bak Foods, Talking Fountain Kitchen, The Boiler Monkey) pairing up one food dish apiece with one specific pint. Supper’s Spring Shrimp ‘n Grits is paired with Triple. Soo Bak will serve porter-braised short ribs with Double IPA. The other two trucks’ pairings were TBA as of this morning, but I’m sure they will be delectable. Why you should go: Great food paired with Marble beers, plus a chance to dress up like you’re hanging with Al Capone in Chicago (minus the whole baseball bat-to-the-head thing). Plus, Zoltan the Incredible and His Royal Two Man Pirate Circus Band will be performing throughout the event. You can buy tickets online here.

What: Widmer Special Release. Where: Fox & Hound. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: The Oregon brewery is bringing down some of its Kill Devil Brown Ale. Get ready for a brown ale with a Caribbean twist. Sweet Barbados and Blackstrap Molasses are among the ingredients for this beer, which is aged in Puerto Rican rum barrels. Why you should go: This is not the type of beer that you can find at your local liquor store. Plus, there are about 8,000 televisions inside Fox & Hound so you can start watching the Pittsburgh Penguins begin their march to the Stanley Cup.

What: Stone Beer Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s in Nob Hill. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: There shall be great beers from Stone for you to enjoy. Need we say more? Why you should go: Dude, it’s Stone. Do you really need a reason?

What: Rogue Beer Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s on Juan Tabo. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: There shall be great beers from Rogue for you to enjoy. Need we say more? Why you should go: Dude, it’s Rogue. Seriously, Franz Solo is losing his mind trying to decide between Rogue and Stone. It’s almost unfair.

What: Beers of the World Flight Event. Where: Sister Bar on Central downtown. When: 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: $12. Details: Get ready for some rare European beers, served to you in 2-ounce sample glasses, plus you get a full-sized pint of your favorite. The beers in question are Sunner Kolsch (Germany), La Trappe Witte Trappist (Netherlands), Gavroche Red Ale (France), Petrus Aged Pale Ale (Belgium), Hobgoblin English Ale (England), and Delirium Tremens Trippel (Belgium). Why you should go: Odds are you have never had these beers before. Annoy or impress your friends by earning multiple badges on Untappd when you drink these.

What: Left Hand Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No cover charge. Details: Those wonderful folks up in Longmont, Colo., are bring their Twin Sisters Double IPA to tap in Nob Hill tonight. There will be brewery representative(s) on hand if you want to talk about this beer and all the other good ones they make. Why you should go: A double IPA goes great with fish & chips. Plus, you could meet Left Hand staffers. Just don’t run up and hug them like I would. It’s probably a good thing I’m at the Isotopes game tonight.

All right, that’s it for today, but it’s plenty. We will have an extended preview of Thursday’s events, plus a look at what you’re in for at the Dark Ages event on Friday.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

E-Rock and Franz Solo each made trips out for Thursday’s ABQ Beer Week events in Nob Hill. They offer up their thoughts on all the great beers that were available.

Rogue Nation seized control at O’Niell’s in Nob Hill, much to the delight of Franz Solo and E-Rock!

Once again, I found myself at beer tastings on Nob Hill. I started the day’s tastings at Two Fools where I ran into the ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers crew. They graciously invited me to their table to join them in a tasting of Left Hand’s Week Sauce, a coffee porter. Once again, Left Hand reminded me why they are my favorite out-of- state brewery. The coffee porter had the perfect amount of espresso taste in this delicious and smooth offering. If you are a fan of Marble’s Oatmeal Stout, then you are going to love the Week Sauce, a beer brewed especially for beer weeks across the country.

Next, I was off to O’Niell’s for a Rogue Brewery tasting. Due to a filing error, I did not have enough money on hand to buy the two pints that Rogue had on tap. However, I had no problem heading over to their free sample table and trying four other beers that they had on hand. First up was the Hazelnut Brown, which was amazing. The sweet hazelnut flavor would make for an irresistible dessert beer. It was my favorite of the four.

Then I had the Mocha Porter. It was good, but not nearly as smooth and tasty as Left Hand’s Week Sauce. Next up was the John John Ale, which is the Dead Guy Ale aged for 21 days in a whiskey barrel. The secondary aging process gave this beer a sweet whiskey taste that was not overpowering. I ended this stretch of tasting with the Double Dead Guy. This beer was very malty, but not as sweet as the John John Ale.

All in all, it was a great night filled with delicious beers. This evening I will double check my wallet and make sure I have enough cash to properly enjoy Stone Brewery’s offerings at O’Niell’s in Nob Hill. I hope to see you there.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Rogue Nation invaded Albuquerque the past two evenings and it was glorious! The tasting lineup was a good roundup of some of the basic Rogue beers that I have enjoyed over the years and a couple of the excellent variations on the classic Dead Guy Ale. But the showstopper was the fact that the XS Imperial Russian was on tap alongside the aforementioned Dead Guy.

I had the chance to taste a couple of the XS series ales in bomber form in the past, but having this one, in particular on tap, was simply magical. This one packs a punch with a nearly impenetrable black-hole-like color, a dark copper head and an aroma that is dank, like good tilled earth. This one is a fire-breathing dragon when it comes to flavor, certainly not for the meek, or for those who avoid darker beers like they were the plague or something, but for those of us who have a love of the darkness (dark side!) this one delivers so well that I was forced to give it a triple helping!

Now, even with this delicious lineup and the appearance of the XS, this is but a small snapshot of the Rogue empire. If you ever chance to be in the Pacific Northwest, head to Newport, Oregon, where the brewery lies and you will be assaulted with more than 30 varieties on tap which form a galaxy of flavors, styles and just plain good beer!

In any event, this tasting was most welcome and I look forward to enjoying more of Rogue Nation!

— Franz Solo

Friday’s Beer Week events

  • Imbibe will be playing host to two big events. Santa Fe Brewing is bringing its Chicken Killer Barleywine and Black IPA (on draft) to the Nob Hill joint for folks to enjoy. That will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Also, there will be another beer trivia contest. It’s only a $5 entry fee per person. Team registration begins at 6 p.m. and the contest starts at 7 p.m. There will be plenty of Beer Week prizes on hand.
  • Two Fools will be doubling up on out-of-state brews for their taps at 5 p.m. New Belgium’s Cocoa Mole’ will occupy one tap, while Montana’s Big Sky will offer up … something. Nothing is listed at the moment on the Beer Week events page, but I’m sure whatever they are bringing will be tasty.
  • O’Niell’s Juan Tabo will have another round of tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. as Colorado’s Oskar Blues shows off its finest creations. Samples of Dale’s Pale Ale, Deviant, Yellow Pilsner, and Old Chub will be available, while you can also buy full pints of G’Knight.
  • O’Niell’s Nob Hill will play host to Franz Solo. Oh, and So Cal’s Stone Brewing, one of Franz’s favorites, will be there with Sublimely Self Righteous, Smoked Porter, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, the classic IPA all available for sampling. Once you (and Franz) are done with that you can purchase full pints of Levitation, Arrogant Bastard, and Cali Belgique. This event will also run from 5 to 7 p.m.

Memorial Day weekend suggestions

If you are escaping ABQ (and the smoke cloud) this weekend for other, cooler parts of the state, seek out the breweries in those areas!

  • For the Taos area, start at Blue Heron Brewing along Highway 68, just past the Dixon exit on the left (river) side of the road. We recommend the Tarantula Trek Red Ale, the Amber’s Folly, and the Prieta Real Imperial Stout (though probably not if you’re doing the driving). If you have the time, and we think you should make time, head over toward Eagle Nest and look for a dirt road with a brewery sign on it to find your way to Comanche Creek Brewing. Find your way to the little log cabin and enjoy some Homestead Amber. Then swing north through Red River and loop your way back into Taos. Right off the main drag you will find the Taos Ale House across the street from the main post office. They are always brewing up something awesome, and something a little out of the ordinary, so make sure to stop on by.
  • If you are just heading to Santa Fe, the Big Three up there — Blue Corn, Santa Fe Brewing, Second Street — will be there for you as always. The Road Runner IPA tops the menu at Blue Corn, but the Atalaya Amber Ale and the End the of the Trail Brown Ale are worth a look as well. SFB will have its usual collection of powerhouse beers, plus an Oranjelo Belgian White will be featured for Small Batch Saturday at the main tasting room. The good folks at Second Street will have favorites like their E.S.B. and Cream Stout, plus summer styles including a Kolsch and the Rail Runner Pale Ale.

E-Rock reports on his ABQ Beer Week experience from Wednesday:

Marble’s menu has been loaded up for Beer Week goodness!

After spending most of Tuesday at several different establishments doing beer tastings, I decided to take it easy and enjoy Marble’s Real Ale night. Marble had three cask beers to choose from, including their Maibock (7.0% ABV), Doppel Bock (7.0%), and the collaboration beer 505 Five (8.0%).

I decided to go with the sweet and exceptionally smooth Maibock. Marble was packed full of beer lovers, so I didn’t get a chance to track down one of the staff members to ask about the ins and outs of the secondary fermentation processes that enhance the taste of the already delicious Maibock.

Instead, I kicked back on their comfy couch and slowly enjoyed my beer as I watched the Sixers tie up their series with Boston on the big screen behind the bar. (E-Rock is a Knicks fan, so yes, he dislikes the Celtics more out of those two rival teams. — Stoutmeister)

I will be out and about in the Nob Hill area doing some tastings tonight. I hope to see you there.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Thursday’s Beer Week events

  • It’s a double dose of Oregon as Deschutes and Rogue will offer tastings at the two O’Niell’s locations. Deschutes, which produces the awesome Obsidian Stout (unknown if it will be among those available), will be the Juan Tabo location. Rogue will unleash the fury of multiple beers — Dead Guy, Double Dead Guy, John John Dead Guy, Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Mocha Porter — for sampling at the Nob Hill location. Dead Guy and the XStreme Imperial Porter will both be available in full pints for sale. Both tastings will kick off at 5 p.m. and run for two hours.
  • Not to be outdone by those Oregon breweries, Colorado’s Left Hand will offer up a very special beer at Two Fools starting at 5 p.m. Week Sauce is describe as a “stealthy coffee porter” that checks in at 6-percent ABV. Left Hand brews up this batch anytime there is a beer week around the country, so let’s give a big (left) hand to the men and women from Longmont.
  • Red Hook moves on over to Ibiza, another trendy Nob Hill eatery, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be four Red Hook beers to sample, with a pint of your favorite available, and you get to keep the special pint glass.
  • Kelly’s finally jumps into Beer Week with a special release of a Belgian trippel. It will be poured in the brewery area, not the restaurant, so head on back, try some, and get the chance to talk to the brewing staff about its creation.
  • There will be more beer pong at Spectators tonight starting at around 7 p.m., for those who have the appropriate hand-to-eye coordination.
  • It’s not technically a Beer Week event, but for those on the west side of town, do not forget that Broken Bottle will be playing host to a night of stand-up comedy beginning at 8 p.m. Chris and Donovan are also hard at work with BBB’s first seasonal beer, Nacho Brau, which should be available in the coming weeks.

Many breweries had tastings on Tuesday night. I made it to four different establishments to see what was new for Beer Week.

The Mustachio Milk Stout was back on tap at Tractor on Tuesday. Stoutmeister had tears in his eyes when he saw it.

I started the evening at Two Fools where Sierra Nevada released Hoptimum (100 IBU, 7.8% ABV). This dry and hoppy double IPA was what Stoutmeister would refer to as a kung-fu kick to the face. It packs a punch.

Next it was off to O’Niell’s in Nob Hill to catch some La Cumbre offerings. I took in a pint of Jefe’s Hefe, a pretty standard and delicious hefeweizen. Also on tap was La Cumbre’s celebrated Elevated IPA.

Next up was the Il Vicino Canteen. I had a pint of the cask version of their new Scotch Ale. This beauty had a subtle smoked flavor and was even smoother than the tap version they released at Two Fools on Sunday. Before I left, I sampled their Albuquerque Hops-pitality (90 IBU, 6.7% ABV). This tasty IPA was hoppy and a little dry, but not as much as the Hoptimum. It was a great beer on par with Marble’s regular IPA.

Finally, I finished the night at Tractor. They had already finished their trivia challenge and had brought back kegs of some fan favorites. I had the smooth and delicious Moustachio Milk Stout (“The Precious! It was mine again!” — Stoutmeister). Also on tap was their Barley Wine, Ox Bow Scotch Ale, and the Tinkerbell Pear-y Cider. All in all, it was a great night for beer tasting. See you at some more events throughout the week.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Wednesday’s Beer Week events

  • There be tastings and tappings ahead, matey! Red Hook, the big dog sponsor at Sunday’s Blues & Brews, will have its summer-worthy pilsner on tap at Two Fools at 5 p.m. Escape our latest freaky wind storm and cool off with a pint.
  • Colorado’s New Belgium takes over O’Niell’s Nob Hill, offering up tastings of Shift, Sunshine Wheat, Trippel, Biere de Mars, La Folie, Cocoa Mole’, and Tart Lychee. No idea what half of those beers are, so this sounds like a job for the more adventurous beer drinkers.
  • Oregon’s Rogue Brewing will unleash its fury of deliciousness at O’Niell’s Juan Tabo with Hazelnut Brown, Chocolate Stout, Juniper Pale Ale, and the ubiquitous Dead Guy Ale. Both O’Niell’s will start the tastings at 5 p.m.
  • Miss your chance at a pint of Hoptimum at Two Fools? Fear not, Billy’s Long Bar will have it on tap as of 8 p.m. for just $3 per glass. A Sierra Nevada rep will be on hand to talk about the DIPA and maybe, if you ask nicely, other beers being brewed in Northern California.
  • Marble, in the meantime, will play host to Real Ale night. What is a real ale? It is a naturally carbonated beer served at room temperature. If you only drink beer cold, skip this one unless you feel like taking a chance; if you’re English, definitely head on over. The Maibock, Dopplebock, and 505 Five collaboration beer will all be served in this style.
  • La Cumbre will be having a beer dinner out at Rio Rancho’s Fat Squirrel Pub & Grille, which is located near Turtle Mountain on Southern Blvd., just west of Rio Rancho Blvd. The dinner kicks off at 6 p.m., costs $45, and requires reservations, which can be made by calling (505) 994-9004.

Today is like Christmas Eve for craft beer lovers. Yes, here on May 16, an otherwise average Wednesday, the community braces itself for the start of ABQ Beer Week on Thursday. The NMDSBC is preparing for the onslaught of flavorful delights that are coming our way over the next 11 days (which, yes, I realize makes “Week” a bit of a misnomer, but bonus beer days are always welcome). Despite the fact we have one member (Shilling) who has gone MIA, the rest of us will do our best to preview and review as many events as we can.

So many events … so much beer … it’s Beer-vana!

I will be at Isotopes games most of the time (the longest homestand of the season exactly coincides with A.B.W., of course), but from my command chair in the press box I will be rapidly editing posts and keeping the Crew on track.

Now take note that we are not wealthy beer drinkers, so a lot of the more expensive beer dinners will not be covered, but we will be at a lot of the tastings and other events, all culminating in celebrating Franz Solo’s 30th birthday at the massive Blues & Brews beer festival at Sandia Casino on May 27.

Here is the massive schedule of Beer Week, with some details included. You can also go to the official site for more info.

Thursday

  • Chama River will be playing host to the kickoff beer dinner ($45 per person, reservations required) at 6:30 p.m. I will skip this to cover baseball, but I will visit Chama tonight (Wednesday) to finally get my hands on some 3 Dog Night Baltic porter.
  • For the young, or the young-at-heart, live or relive your college days with a beer pong tournament at Spectators, starting at 7 p.m.
  • As the ABQ Beer Geek put it best “bust your best Izod out of the closet” and head for Imbibe, where Durango’s Ska Brewing will have a special release of its DIFF, a flavor-loaded Belgian Wit.
  • E-Rock plans to be in attendance for the Beer 101 class being held at Marble from 6 to 8 p.m. Reservations are required and it costs $10, but hey, you get to try 10 beers along the way, so that works out.
  • Three local bars — Billy’s Long Bar, Stone Face Tavern, Horse and Angel Tavern — will all have the Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock on tap. It is a rare release of a quality beer from the craft brewing pioneers.

Friday

  • Imbibe is at it again, this time with a special release of a beer from Green Flash Brewing, one of the newer and more successful breweries in the San Diego area. No details have been released as to exactly what kind of beer they are unveiling, so Franz Solo said he would try to investigate.
  • The Whole Foods at Carlisle and Indian School, which employs a lot of local musicians during the day and thus deserves your support, will be playing host to a tasting event from 5 to 7 p.m. No further details have been released as to who or what will be on tap, so stay tuned.
  • As E-Rock noted in his last post, the 505 Five Collaboration beer is set to be released Friday at all five of the breweries that created it. So stop on by Chama, Il Vicino Canteen, La Cumbre, Marble or Nexus and enjoy a pint or two.

Saturday

  • Just as a side note, do the world a favor and root for Bayern Munich to crush Chelsea in the Champions League final (it’s Europe’s Super Bowl, for those who don’t follow soccer), which airs at 12:30 p.m. on Fox. Odds are a lot of breweries will be showing the game, so stop on by and double up on the enjoyment.
  • The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival is back at Balloon Fiesta Park for the weekend and there will be a craft brewers tent, filled with lots of Celtic-themed beers. The Craic Festival will feature beers from Abby Brewing, Blue Corn, Chama River, Il Vicino, La Cumbre, Marble, Santa Fe, Second Street, Tractor and Turtle Mountain. The entire festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. You can buy a one-day pass for $15 or a two-day pass for $20. The beer is not totally free, you can get samples to pick your favorite and then pints are $4 apiece.
  • The ABQ Trolley’s Ale Trail is back again this year, but sadly it is all sold out, and even the Crew did not manage to get a ticket in time. Good luck to all of those who are hopping on board.
  • Tractor Brewing’s Tap Room in Nob Hill will be playing host to the Pint-for-Pint event, a blood drive donation co-sponsored by Isotopes Brewing Co. If you stop by Tractor to donate blood, you will get an Isotopes pint glass, a $5 Tractor gift certificate and other beer coupons. We just don’t recommend you start drinking after giving blood. But your needle-phobic friends can always stop by and enjoy themselves while they wait for you. The event starts at noon and runs until about 4:30. Reservations are going fast, so click here and put your name in if you can.

Sunday

  • Our little Nexus Brewery is growing up fast! Come celebrate the one-year anniversary with a beer brunch at 11 a.m. and a BBQ at 2 p.m. There will be live music, a special imperial Scottish ale will be on tap and there will be plenty of excellent food. The BBQ will feature Nexus’ original red chili BBQ sauce, so those with strong tastebuds should start lining up.
  • Another trendy Nob Hill joint, Zinc, will be playing host to a Marble beer dinner at 6 p.m. Get your reservations in, but remember it is $35 and since it’s Zinc, hopefully you have another Izod handy.
  • Two Fools Tavern, an old favorite in Nob Hill, will be the home of multiple special tappings during Beer Week. First up will be a TBA offering from Il Vicino, beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing until they run out.

Monday

  • Like beer? Like cheese, too? Then you are in luck as Marble brings back its beer & cheese pairings from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost is $15.
  • Local legend Ben Miller, who won the Sam Adams longshot competition a few years back, will unveil his new Belgian Dark Strong at ABQ Brew Pub in uptown. The beer will go on tap at noon, while Miller himself will stop by to talk to the masses around 5 p.m.
  • Two Fools will tap the Widmer Brothers Brrrrbon ’11, a 9.5-percent ABV beast. If you love bourbon barrel-style beers, drop by to check this one out.
  • O’Niell’s Nob Hill will play host to the first of its tasting events, this one brought by the good folks from Colorado’s Odell Brewing, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday

  • Think you know beer? Round up some friends and head down to Tricklock Theater Co.’s space on Gold and 2nd Street (next to The Box) at 7 p.m. for Tractor’s Tournament of Trivia! Make sure you sign up first at the tap room; the cost is $10 per person. As a bonus, Tractor’s Lauren and Nathan (who are both actors currently performing in the rock musical F8, though you probably know Lauren from her YouTube role as Lynette in the S@#$ Burquenos Say videos) will be hosting in character, whatever that means.
  • O’Niell’s Nob Hill will have a La Cumbre tasting from 5 to 7 p.m., while Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum IPA will be tapped at Two Fools starting at 5 p.m.
  • Il Vicino Canteen will be serving both its excellent Sasquatch Scotch on cask as well as unveiling a special IPA, “Albuquerque Hops-pitality.”
  • We are not sure what it is, but the trendy Nob Hill Bar & Grill will be playing host to an event called New Belgium vs. “New Belgium.” Um, OK, sure. When more details are available, we will post them.

Wednesday, May 23

  • This may go down as the ultimate tapping/tasting night. Red Hook’s Pilsner will be on tap at Two Fools, Marble will have Real Ale Night (details TBA), Billy’s Long Bar has Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum IPA on tap if you missed the previous night’s event, New Belgium tasting will be at O’Niell’s Nob Hill and Rogue Ales tasting will be at O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. Phew. Got all that? That’s a lot of great beer. Franz Solo promises he will be with his beloved Rogue (he once told us we can scatter his ashes at the brewery in Oregon).
  • There are two exclusive beer dinners as well this night. The Fat Squirrel Pub welcomes La Cumbre for a $45 beer dinner, while Quarters on Wyoming has the North Coast Old Stock Vertical dinner, which is limited to all of 10 people, so get your reservation in ASAP if you are interested in this NorCal brewery.

Thursday, May 24

  • More tastings: Oregon’s awesome Deschutes Brewery will be unleashing the goodness at O’Niell’s Juan Tabo while Rogue Ales will head to O’Niell’s Nob Hill for a second night of greatness. Both are from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Two Fools will have a special tapping of Left Hand’s Week Sauce, a burly coffee porter, starting at 5 p.m.
  • The Red Hook Tap Takeover will occur at yet another trendy spot, Ibiza, in Nob Hill from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Kelly’s Brew Pub in Nob Hill will have a special beer release of its own. Details to come.

Friday, May 25

  • Imbibe will have both a beer trivia event (starting at 6 p.m., details TBA) and welcome Santa Fe Brewing’s Chicken Killer barleywine and Black IPA to the taps from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • New Belgium and Montana’s Big Sky will have special tappings at Two Fools, starting at 5 p.m. New Belgium will unveil Cocoa Mole’, a beer with chocolate and spicy ingredients, while Big Sky’s release is TBA.
  • Colorado’s Oskar Blues will have a tasting at O’Niell’s Juan Tabo while SoCal’s Stone Brewing will be at O’Niell’s Nob Hill. Both are from 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 26

  • If you cannot make it to Tractor for Pint-for-Pint this Saturday, there is another up the freeway at Santa Fe Brewing. Check back for more details.
  • Southwest Grape and Grain will have a homebrewing demonstration. Check back for more details, as I imagine will be sending the Crew’s homebrewer extraordinaire, Cryptogrind, to this event.
  • Oskar Blues will have a tasting at O’Niell’s Nob Hill from 6 to 8 p.m., while Odell Brewing will be over at Billy’s Long Bar with all of its beers available for $3 a pint all day and night.

Sunday, May 27

  • The big one finally arrives: ABQ Blues & Brews kicks off for the masses at 3 p.m. and runs until 6 p.m. (unless you paid extra for a VIP ticket, then you get in at 2 p.m.) Sandia Resort and Casino is the host for this 30-plus brewery event. Just make sure you have a designated driver on hand, or else grab a hotel room upstairs. We are hoping to have the entire Crew at this event, so keep an eye out for us (E-Rock is working on our T-shirts now for easier identification). And don’t forget to find our friend and inspiration for this blog, the ABQ Beer Geek, who should be present as well.

That is all from the Crew for now. Check back here often as we will do our best to cover as much of Beer Week as we can!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Chatoe Madness

Posted: February 21, 2012 by Franz Solo in Beer-to-go
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The Chatoe series is a must-buy at any local beer-selling establishment.

Rogue, thou art glorious.  It was a chance purchase that introduced me to the awesomeness of the Chatoe line of bombers crafted at Brewers on the Bay in Newport, Ore., northwest capital of beer, Rogue Nation.  First impressions of the OREgasmic Ale: nice, delicious coppery looking color; has a pretty good-sized head; the scent gives this ale’s true greatness away from the get-go.  The first taste hits with an immediate burst of delicious flavor. It’s got a very crisp start, with a pungent floral sort of things, hops galore, and then the rest of it tastes very malty and smooth.  Each time it tastes a bit different, another facet takes the stage, utterly unique … well, just as the name implies.  This is an orgasmic beer, a true northeastern ale in style with potent layers of flavor that empty your glass rather quickly regardless of the 22oz barrel of helping.  This was a damn fine find which made up for the fact that my favorite, the American ale by the same brewery, was not available at the time.  And, well, this one holds its own.  It is neither overbearing nor underwhelming.  A delicious and very refreshing testament to that balance that one finds in very well-made craft beer.  If you have the opportunity, and the will, pick one of these up for a great sunny afternoon quencher, it will not disappoint!

Cheers!

— Franz Solo