Weekend Beer-cap: Back from a long winter’s nap

If anyone thought that this weekly feature died in the snow, well, it did not. We all just decided to enjoy our holiday stretch without writing down every beer that we consumed (well, we still have Untappd just in case our fuzzy memories need some clarity). Anyway, keeping things rather recent, have I mentioned how…

Ska kicks you in the Face with its delicious barrel-aged barleywine

Thanks to our friends at Ska Brewing in Durango, we in the crew were delighted recipients of a bottle of their barrel-aged Ska Face Barleywine. A quorum of Stoutmeister, myself (Franz Solo), and Cryptogrind gathered to enjoy this lovely winter warmer. Take note, Ska Face will be available today (Friday) from 5 to 8 p.m….

La Cumbre and Ska join forces to create an outstanding summer beer

There is always something a little extra special about a collaboration beer. The notion of two great breweries coming together to combine their powers for the goodness of all just warms the heart. In these extra warm days, when that collaboration beer fits perfectly into summer, it can be all the better. La Cumbre and…

Brace yourselves for a happy dose of serious Palate Fatigue

Hop harvest season is upon us, in case you have not noticed by all the pictures of brewers stuffing their noses in mounds of fresh-picked hops that are floating around social media these days. Of course, one could argue hop season is year-round in New Mexico, judging by IPA sales remaining steady even in the…

ABQ Beer Week 2015: Celebrate a big anniversary on Day Three

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…

Surprise, the second annual Marchfest was a huge hit

Last Saturday was the second annual Marchfest put on by Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. Previously, this was an event that many of the Crew had written off due, mostly in part to little to no advertising, except through commercials on the mainstream radio stations (I’d be pretty surprised if the Crew listened to the…

Hopfest in Review: A proper farewell to festival season

There was a bittersweet feeling as the Crew left Hopfest on Saturday afternoon. It stemmed not from any disappoint in the event — it was quite the opposite, in fact — but instead it came with the realization that beer festival season in 2013 was coming to a close. Even though the year itself is…

To properly tackle Hopfest everyone needs a battle plan

Hopfest is big. There are 62 breweries serving up samples for thousands of beer lovers. In other words, it is not the place to just walk into and wander about. Nope, you need a plan, a battle plan. Luckily, the Dark Side Brew Crew is here to provide one. It’s what we do. In terms…