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

Time to finish with a flourish as Beer Week is nearly wrapping up!

The end of Beer Week is in sight.

There is still fun to be had, however. From one of the biggest events — the Beer Premier — to a whole lot of smaller tastings and tappings and other fun will be going on.

Through the breweries you can also support other businesses, musicians, and artists. It’s a whole lot of local helping local, and that’s always a good thing.

Featured event

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

What: NM Brewers Guild Beer Premier. Where: National Hispanic Cultural Center. When: 6 p.m. Cost: $35 per person.

Details: We went in-depth on this major event, which supports the Guild. There will be 16 brand-new beers from 16 different breweries (we had nine of them announced by press time), plus matanza pits to keep your bellies full.

Why you should go: Support the Guild, try lots of new beers, chow down on some roasted pork, and have fun!

All the other great events

What: La Cumbre Special Tapping. Where: Gecko’s (both locations). When: 11:30 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: No beer is officially listed, so think of it as a Friday surprise with your lunch. Why you should go: Sometimes it’s fun to be surprised.

What: Marble Firkin Friday. Where: Marble (both locations). When: Noon. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The brew team will put some unique creations in the casks. Why you should go: You know it’s gonna be something good.

What: Alaskan Sampling. Where: Total Wine (both locations). When: 1 p.m. (Cottonwood), 4 p.m. (Uptown). Cost: No entry fee. Details: Taste some of Alaskan’s finest ales on either side of town. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: IPA Tap Night. Where: Rio Bravo. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Compare Rio Bravo’s three IPAs — DRB, Snakebite, Magnum 44 — to three guest taps from La Cumbre, Second Street, and Sierra Blanca. Why you should go: If you like hops, this is for you.

What: Santa Fe Special Release. Where: Santa Fe ABQ Taproom. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The next beer in the Ever Changing Series, Lemon Skynyrd, will debut on tap and in bottles. Why you should go: Check out this summer-themed beer and take some home.

What: New Belgium and Hof Ten Dormaal Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: It’s a whole lot of Belgian-style beers, including a collaboration between the two craft giants. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Odell Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: It’s another mystery keg. Why you should go: Solve the mystery, drink the beer.

What: Palmer Brewery and Left Turn Distillery Special Release. Where: Imbibe. When: 4:30 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Try M.W.A. (Malt With Attitude), an 8-percent ABV blue corn malt liquor. Why you should go: New brewery, new beer, gotta try it, right?

What: Tractor Tap Takeover. Where: Hooters San Mateo. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: They’re taking Cerveza New Mexican and their four packaged beers, along with Felix y Los Gatos to provide music on the patio. Why you should go: Grab some wings and a pint and listen to the music.

What: Marble Special Release. Where: Uptown Sports Bar. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: It’s another tapping of Saison #1. Why you should go: Watch some baseball and enjoy a pint or two.

What: Odell Special Encore Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The Russian Pirate, a rum barrel-aged imperial stout, is back for another run. Why you should go: A big, beautiful beer for happy hour and to start your weekend.

What: Upslope Tap Takeover. Where: Mezcal (formerly Stereo Bar). When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: There will be a huge onslaught of Upslope beers available. Why you should go: Haven’t found a favorite Upslope beer yet? This is your time to find it.

What: Minute 16. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: 7 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Minute 16 is a band, apparently. Why you should go: Support local music!

What: Beer Themed Art Fight. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 7 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Grab a pint and watch a whole lot of artists create new works, all including images of beer. When all is said and done, you can vote on your favorite and maybe even take it home. Why you should go: Support local art!

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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

Ready for event overload? Because it’s today, people!

Welcome to the single biggest day of Beer Week.

Don’t believe us? Scroll below. Yeah, that’s 23 events. Twenty. Three.

Now more than ever, you need a plan of attack. Go by time. Go by geographic location. Go by whatever you can do safely (if driving, or even Ubering).

Just remember to carve out some time to visit Battle of the Beer Geeks and vote. Hopefully you vote for our beer (clearly I won’t be there to offer up hints), but since it’s a blind taste test this year, we just want you to pick the best one.

Featured event

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

What: Battle of the Beer Geeks III. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: $10 for a tray of all five beers, plus a 12-ounce pour of your favorite.

Details: It’s time for war! Again! Battle of the Beer Geeks is back as the Crew (2014 champs) and three other beer groups (Dukes of Ale, ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers, Wort Hogs) try to dethrone the Babes in Brewland. This year there are some changes to the format. First up, you will get your tray that will identify the beers, but not the identity of the groups that brewed them. That should make it a little more objective (maybe). Pours start at 5 and end at 7:30, with the winners announced at 8. There will be a people’s choice award and a professional judges’ best of show.

Why you should go: We need your votes! Even if we cannot tell you which beer is ours. Odds are, though, you’ll figure it out (but to be fair, please only vote for it if it’s truly the best of the bunch).

All the other great events

What: Outside the 505 Tap Takeover. Where: Cazuela’s. When: 8 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: We can’t imagine this actually starts that early, but word is it will involve NM breweries from outside the ABQ metro area and their beers. Why you should go: You can always hope for something from outside ABQ other than Santa Fe or Sierra Blanca.

What: Ballast Point Tap Takeover. Where: The Barley Room. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Sea Monster, Mango Even Keel, and Calm Before the Storm are expected to be available. Why you should go: Lunch breaks in the NE Heights need beer.

What: Santa Fe Special Release. Where: M’Tucci’s Market & Deli. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The Western Bloc IPA will be on tap. Why you should go: You don’t have to leave the West Side to try this SFBC seasonal.

What: Marble Special Tapping. Where: Gecko’s (both locations). When: 11 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Saison #1 will be tapped. Why you should go: Another beer-plus-lunch opportunity.

What: Second Annual Food Truck Battle. Where: Red Door. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: It’s a casual competition between several food trucks, who will have scaled-down menus, with many items paired with Red Door beers. Pick your favorite truck and dish and see if they win. Why you should go: Chow down, drink up, don’t feel guilty. It’s a win-win.

What: Barrel-Aged Release and Chocolate Pairings. Where: Rio Bravo. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Get a flight of BA beers (Stout, Porter, Barleywine, Belgian Dark Strong) for $7, or a chocolates tray for $4. Better yet, combine them both for $10. Why you should go: Dude, chocolate and barrel-aged beer. If you need any reason beyond that, then you’re just too needy.

What: Bow & Arrow Special Release. Where: Bow & Arrow. When: 3 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Wild Rice Pale Ale will debut. Why you should go: New beer alert!

What: Santa Fe/Broken Trail Collaboration Release. Where: Santa Fe ABQ Taproom. When: 3 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Say hello to Horse Thief Porter, a barrel of State Pen aged on rum-soaked pecans, oak chips, and molasses. Why you should go: They are the best of neighbors, aren’t they? Celebrate with them at Green Jeans.

What: Ponderosa Special Bottle Release. Where: Ponderosa. When: 3 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Say hello to Ponderosa’s first special bottle release — Saison Petite Souris. Why you should go: Grab a beer and go, drink at your leisure.

What: La Cumbre Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Strawberry Gose will be available on regular CO2, while Malpais Stout will be on nitro. Why you should go: Malpais on nitro? Goes great with Beef Boxty.

What: Sierra Blanca Special Release. Where: Alien Brewpub. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The Whiskey Barrel-Aged Stout will go on tap for the first time anywhere. Why you should go: It’s their official anniversary beer, and if you like it on tap, you can still buy four-packs at Jubilation while they last.

What: Mother Road Sampling. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Taste the full lineup from Flagstaff’s finest, including the Anniversary Barleywine and the delectable Tower Station IPA. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Odell Tap Invasion. Where: Mezcal (formerly Stereo Bar). When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Remember when we all thought Ballast Point went crazy with 15 taps? Well, Odell is matching them with (deep breath) 90 Shilling, IPA, St. Lupulin, Myrcenary, Loose Leaf, 5 Barrel, Cutthroat Porter, Easy Street, Levity, Tree Shaker, Splice Session IPA, The Meddler, Prop Culture, Lugene, and Friek. Why you should go: If you love Odell, this is your event. If you don’t love Odell, go anyway, and then you will love them.

What: Beer and Food Pairings. Where: Sandia Chile Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: Green chile chicken enchiladas will be served with a hefeweizen. Why you should go: You gotta eat at some point, NE Heights residents.

What: Alaskan Tap Takeover. Where: Bubba’s 33. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Get all your favorites from Alaskan with a burger or more. Why you should go: Again, eating is good, eating while drinking craft beer is better.

What: Goose Island Special Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Bourbon County Stout is the beer in question. Why you should go: Come on, you know you want more BCBS in your life.

What: Mother Road Tap Invasion. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Remember those Mother Road beers you loved at Jubilation? Get them in pint form. Plus, there will be a special firkin. Why you should go: Admit it, you’re far too curious about what’s in the firkin.

What: Marble Beer Dinner. Where: Torino’s @ Home. When: 6 p.m. Cost: $45 per person, call (505) 797-4491 for reservations. Details: We covered this event, along with the entire menu, a while back. Why you should go: Great beer plus great food equals happiness. It’s scientific fact.

What: Steal the Pint Night. Where: Canvas Artistry. When: 6 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: The description simply reads “join us for a night of thievery and steal all the pint glasses we have.” Um, OK, sounds like fun. Throw in beer and food specials and it should be a treat. Why you should go: Someone please go and find out just what the heck this crazy thing actually is.

What: 3rd Annual Sierra Nevada Sausage and Cheese Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s Nob Hill. When: 6 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: Head over to the second iteration of this annual event, featuring sausage and other foods paired with on-tap entries from the 2016 Beer Camp Across America. Why you should go: The BCAA beers are delicious this year, and the food is always good, so how can you possibly go wrong?

What: New Belgium Frozen T-Shirt Contest. Where: Monte Vista Fire Station. When: 6:30 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: It’s year three of this crazy event, where folks get to try and untwist a wet, frozen T-shirt in a timed contest. The winner gets a special cruiser bike from NB. Why you should go: Win a bike!

What: Brews and Blues with Roger Lewis All-Stars. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: 7 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: It’s another jam session on the patio; all musicians are welcome. Why you should go: Support local music.

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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

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

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

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

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

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

Featured event

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

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

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

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

All the other great events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Got any questions, comments, complaints, send them to nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, or leave them here on our site, on Facebook, or on Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).
Enjoy yourselves out there, but please, do it responsibly.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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

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

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

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

Good luck picking out which events you want to attend.

Featured event

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

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

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

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

All the other great events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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

Yes, there are still events going on during Memorial Day. Avoid family, drink beer!

Well, Sunday was a long, hot, exhausting day. Whether you were at Blues & Brews or BearFest, there was plenty to keep you busy and satiated beer wise.

Now, before you trek over to a friend or relative’s house (or host yourselves) for a Memorial Day party, take note that Beer Week is not shutting down just because of a holiday.

From musical madness at Marble to honoring our veterans and their families at Red Door and Rio Bravo, plus a lot more, there is still plenty going on. Get on out there. Trust us, you will need good beer to get you through any family events.

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: Folds of Honor Foundation Fundraiser. Where: Red Door. When: Noon. Cost: No entry fee.

Details: Since 2007, the Folds of Honor Foundation has been raising money to cover the educational costs of the spouses and dependents of American service men and women who have died or been wounded in combat. Nearly of nine of 10 family members do not qualify for federal aid for college, so they are determined to close that gap. Over 80 percent of funds raised go directly to recipients. On this Memorial Day, Red Door will donate 20 percent of sales to the Foundation. There will also be representatives on hand to accept additional donations.

Why you should go: We cannot think of a better cause to be a part of on Memorial Day. Head over to Red Door, order a pint or two, and donate generously.

All the other great events

What: Armed Forces Recognition Day. Where: Rio Bravo. When: Noon. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Rio Bravo is giving all military personnel $2 off their pints all day long. Why you should go: Honor our service men and women with beer.

What: Special Firkin Tapping. Where: Santa Fe ABQ Taproom. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: This one sounds interesting — a cask of White Tea Chardonnay Sour. Why you should go: Don’t you just have to try a beer like that? Lord knows we’ve never had anything like it.

What: Cornhole Tournament with Upslope. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 2 to 5 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: Go have yourself some fun with Upslope beers on tap. Why you should go: Test your skills and drink beer.

What: Memorial Day Festival. Where: Marble Downtown. When: 3 to 10 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: It’s an all-day music extravaganza with Chris Ravin, Todd Tijerina, The Dregz, Duke City Riots, and Double Plow. Why you should go: Support local music, support local beer, support local food trucks.

What: Rio Bravo Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The folks at RBC are sending their barrel-aged porter and barrel-aged barleywine up to Nob Hill. Why you should go: Big beers, big food, big happy smile on your face afterwards.

What: Cheese, Boards and Brews. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: 6 p.m. Cost: $10 per person for pairings. Details: Get some delectable cheeses paired up with ABC beers, while also playing board games. Why you should go: It will be like when you were a kid back in the day and playing board games with friends on a holiday, only now you can have beer, too!

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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

Try not to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of events on Day Two!

How did you do in Thursday’s opening events? Did you pace yourselves properly? Or was it all too much?

We hope it was a good, efficient day and night, with plenty of fun involved without going overboard. After all, it’s important to be well-rested and ready to go again, since Friday’s docket features 19 (!) events all over the map. There will be big, there will be small, but most of all, there will be a lot of great beer.

Choose wisely, grasshoppers.

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: 505 Collaboration Rye Kellerbier NM Brewers Guild Fundraiser. Where: 17 different locations in the ABQ metro area, plus locations in Santa Fe and Farmington (see below). When: 1 p.m. Cost: No entry fee at any location.

Details: Yep, it’s that time again. The annual beer made by a dozen different breweries came together last month at La Cumbre. Now, you get to try it by the pint at your favorite local breweries. You will have to check in and see at each brewery if they will sell it in growlers (we are thinking no, but you can ask). Remember, $1 from every pint sold goes to the NM Brewers Guild. That money will be used to continue their efforts to help all of our breweries throughout New Mexico. Grab yourselves a pint and raise it to all of our talented brewers anytime during Beer Week!

The full list of participating breweries in the metro area — Bosque, Bow & Arrow, Boxing Bear, Canteen, Chama River, Draft Station, Firkin, La Cumbre, Marble, Nexus, Ponderosa, Quarter Celtic, Red Door, Santa Fe ABQ Taproom, Sidetrack, Tractor, Turtle Mountain — and those outside of the metro area — Blue Corn, Draft Station, Santa Fe, Second Street in Santa Fe; 3 Rivers in Farmington.

Why you should go: We think that’s covered above.

All the other great events

What: Beer and Food Pairings. Where: Santa Fe Brewing ABQ Taproom. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: For the next three days, SFBC will be teaming up with their neighbors at Green Jeans to create delicious pairings. The menu will change every day. Why you should go: You already know the restaurants at Green Jeans rock, and you know the beer at SFBC rocks, so odds are this will all rule.

What: Firkin Friday. Where: Marble (both locations). When: Noon. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Head brewer Josh Trujillo and his team will surely have some awesome creations in the casks. If we get advance notice, we will update it. Why you should go: Delicious cask beer makes for the perfect lunch break with Nosh Wagon downtown.

What: Founders Sampling. Where: Total Wine Cottonwood. When: 1:30 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Some of Michigan’s finest beers will be available for you to try. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Moylan’s Special Release. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Get ready for the most British beer ever, Afternoon Tealight, an ESB infused with Earl Grey. Why you should go: That sounds like Captain Picard’s kind of beer. Make it so.

What: Beer Brat Cookout. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: 4 p.m. Cost: $5 per brat. Details: The folks at ABC are boiling bratwurst in their beers. Why you should go: Food made with beer, plus you can drink more beer. Woots!

What: Founders Meet the Brewery Rep and Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: For those who don’t live on the West Side, you can get some Founders samples, too. Why you should go: Devil Dancer Triple IPA will be among those available. Dudes, you need this beer in your life.

What: Marble Special Tapping. Where: The Local Brewhouse. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: A keg of the new Marble Saison will be available for folks way out in Rio Rancho. Why you should go: This is one of the only Rio Rancho-based events, so for those who live out there, jump on board.

What: Left Hand Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Get your hop dose with Extrovert IPA. Why you should go: Beer plus great food, huzzah.

What: Smokin’ BBQ Night. Where: Rio Bravo. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Get ready for lots of BBQ, plus hand-rolled cigars made to order, and special beer flights for $5. Music from Eryn Bent starts at 4. Why you should go: Beer, food, cigars, music; there are worse ways to spend a Friday.

What: 4th Annual Tower of Sour. Where: Back Alley Draft House. When: 4 p.m. Cost: $15. Details: We hope to have more than what fits here, but there will be 16 sours to choose from. Your entry fee covers four samples and a 10-ounce pour of your favorite. Why you should go: In addition to the hosts, other participating breweries will include Marble, Santa Fe, Sierra Blanca, a Bathtub Row/Cazuela’s collaboration, plus from all around the country — Anderson Valley, Ballast Point, Goose Island, New Beligum, Odell, Stone, Uinta — and the world, Rodenbach.

What: Boese Brothers Special Tapping. Where: Imbibe. When: 4:30 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Zeus Juice White IPA, their most recent seasonal, will be available for all of you who don’t like downtown, but will go to Nob Hill. Why you should go: Boese’s seasonals don’t last long, so this might be your last chance to try it before it’s gone, at least outside the brewery.

What: New Belgium Lips of Faith Special Tapping. Where: Gecko’s Nob Hill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: This is a new collaboration beer made by NB and Hof Ten Dormaal. Why you should go: If you love Belgian-style beers, you gotta try this one.

What: Jake & Harley’s Cigar Gallery, Food and Beer Evening. Where: Jinja West. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee, but beers, food, and cigars are to be paid for a la carte. Details: The folks out west are tapping Founders Backwoods Bastard and Porter, plus they will have cans of Dirty Bastard, All Day IPA, Centennial IPA and Rubaeus. Why you should go: If you love Founders and don’t want to commute to the east side of town, this is for you, West Siders.

What: Avery Special Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: This a double tapping of Raja and Maharaja, two massive IPAs. Why you should go: HOPS. Need we say more?

What: Tractor Co-op Members Barrel-Aged Beer Pre-Release and Youngsville’s Farewell to ABQ Show. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 6 p.m. (pre-release), 8:30 p.m. (music). Cost: $15 for pre-release, show is free. Details: We got all the details about this epic double event earlier this week. Why you should go: Barrel-aged beers and awesome live music.

What: Brews with a View Beer Dinner. Where: Hyatt Regency. When: 6 p.m. Cost: None listed, call (505) 980-9671 for more info and reservations. Details: Upslope will be on hand for a four-course dinner on the 19th floor, hosted by Forque Restaurant. Why you should go: Delicious food, delicious beer, and you can’t beat the view.

What: The Hopper: Hop-on, Hop-off Brew Cruise. Where: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. When: 6 p.m. Cost: $20. Details: The ABQ Trolley Company is taking folks around for a 3-hour tour with stops of 30-45 minutes at each of the five participating breweries — Back Alley, Boese Brothers, Duel, Ponderosa, Sidetrack. Why you should go: Visit five breweries and you only pay one low price for transportation.

What: Ballast Point Tap Takeover. Where: Mezcal, the former Stereo Bar. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: BP is taking over 15 different taps, bringing all of their finest ales and lagers. The full list — Big Eye IPA, Big Eye with fresh ginger root, Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin, Pineapple Sculpin, Black Marlin Porter, Mango Even Keel, Longfin Lager, Navigator Doppelbock, Homework Series #6 Robust Porter, Homework Series #7 Session Saison, Wahoo White, Piper Down, Grunion Hoppy Pale Ale, Calm Before the Storm. Why you should go: That is a ton of wonderful beer.

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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

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

It’s go time, people!

ABQ Beer Week 2016 swings into action today (Thursday) with 14 events, from downtown to Nob Hill to the Northeast Heights, and all points in between. There will be special tappings, beer and food pairings, live music, and a whole lot more.

To help you out today and every day throughout this series of events, the Crew will have daily previews encapsulating every Beer Week-affiliated event. Think of us as your one-stop-shop for all the basic info you need.

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: Beer, Cheese & More! Where: Marble Brewery Downtown. When: 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: $25, buy in advance at the pub as they almost always sell out.

Details: One of the most popular of all the annual events will be part of today’s kickoff. Head downtown and get a tray of delicious cheeses, provided by Whole Foods, with each style paired up with a specific beer. Marble marketing director Elyse Cushman said she wants to keep a lot of it a surprise, but she did provide some cool info.

“We are, for the most part, using all special beers,” Elyse said. “Besides the Oatmeal Stout and the Pilsner, we’re using the Mosaic, which is a very, very special beer; the Brettanna Rouge, which is my personal favorite pairing out of this group, because the Rouge is so special, it’s a barrel-aged red with brettanomyces, it’s a very special beer as well; and then the 111 Farmhouse. I think they’re really great seasonals.”

Oh, come on, Elyse, just a little hint on the pairings?

“In terms of what cheeses were using, I think you’re going to be surprised,” she said. “I’m really excited about the flow of it, if that makes sense. I’m excited that we start with, they’re all decadent cheeses, but they’re not as pungent as other ones. We kind of have this roller coaster, this kind is pungent, this kind is spicy. It’s a palate roller coaster.

“I’m particularly excited about the last pairing, and that’s all I will say. The Brettanna is my favorite, but the last one is whoa, you would never expect it.”

Mystery beer! That alone should spark even more interest. Get thee to Marble!

Why you should go: Great beer paired with unique cheeses, plus the usual Marble vibe of endless fun. That should be plenty of reason. But, again, get those tickets before it starts! (If you have not already.)

All the other great events

What: Marble Special Tapping. Where: Spinn’s Burgers & Beer, 4411 Montano Rd. NW. When: 11:30 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Marble will be tapping their new Marble Saison, which is a cousin to the 111 Farmhouse. Why you should go: All of you living on the West Side could probably use a beer with your lunch. Don’t worry, we won’t tell your bosses.

What: Santa Fe and Boese Brothers Collaboration Tapping. Where: Santa Fe ABQ Taproom. When: 3 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The good folks at SFBC and their pals at Boese Brothers have blended their State Pen and Patriot Porters, but only after aging them in oak barrels. Why you should go: Because a blend of two great porters that have been oak aged just sounds wonderful.

What: Founders Sampling. Where: Total Wine Uptown. When: 3:30 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Sample many of the top offerings from Michigan’s Founders Brewing. Why you should go: Free beer! (And you can grab a sixer on your way out.)

What: Abita Special Firkin Tapping. Where: Anodyne. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The Louisiana brewery has sent a firkin of their Horchata Turbodog. Why you should go: That has to be one of the strangest sounding, yet intriguing beers being offered anywhere. Leave it to Anodyne to be the ones to get their hands on it.

What: German Beer & Brats Night. Where: Rio Bravo Brewing. When: 4 p.m. Cost: $15 for a pint, brat, and potato salad. Details: Grab some German-themed grub and wash it down with a German-style beer, plus there will be live music from Jill Cohen at 4 p.m., and Grace at 6:30 p.m. Why you should go: It’s as close as you will get to Deutschland without requiring Lederhosen.

What: Marble Sampling and Special Tapping. Where: Whole Foods Academy. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: There will be a sampling of Marble’s packaged beers, plus they’re putting a keg of Abricot Sour on tap in the Sandia Saloon, Whole Foods’ new craft beer bar. Why you should go: For all you Northeast Heights residents, you were gonna stop to buy some food for dinner anyway, so you might as well have a few samples and a pint, too.

What: La Cumbre Beer and Cheese Pairing. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Get some samples of the new Strawberry Gose, plus Elevated IPA, Red Ryeot, Malpais Stout, Slice of Hefen, and Project Dank, each paired with a matching cheese. Why you should go: Free beer! Free cheese! And you can then buy some to take home (the beer, we’re not sure about the cheese).

What: Stone Special Release. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Stone will bring Americano Stout and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard to one of Nob Hill’s finest institutions. Why you should go: Those big, dark, beautiful beers would pair nicely with some fish and chips or beef boxty.

What: Santa Fe Brewing Beer Dinner. Where: Torino’s @ Home, 7600 Jefferson St. NE. When: 6 p.m. Cost: $45 per person, call (505) 797-4491 for reservations. Details: AmyO got all the information you need. Why you should go: Delicious beer, delicious food, and you get to hang with one of the top two brewers from the largest brewery in New Mexico.

What: Colorado Brewery Showcase. Where: O’Niell’s Nob Hill. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Four Colorado heavyweights — Boulder, Left Hand, New Belgium, Oskar Blues — will have their beers available for sampling, plus many will be on tap. Meet the brewery sales reps and grab some swag. Why you should go: Free beer, nice people, plus you can stick around for a meal and a pint.

What: Ballast Point Special Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The Piper Down just won a silver medal at the World Beer Cup in the Irish-style Red category. This batch was barrel aged, just to make it more awesome. Why you should go: Award-winning barrel-aged beer. Need we say more?

What: Third Annual Sierra Nevada Sausage and Cheese Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: 6 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: The ultimate food-and-beer pairing from Sierra Nevada is back. This year will feature the full lineup of 2016 Beer Camp Across America on tap, all paired with unique sausages and cheeses and more. Why you should go: This year’s Beer Camp is quite a bit better than what they had last year. That alone should convince you to go.

What: Brews and Blues with Roger Lewis All Stars. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: 7 p.m. Cost: No cover. Details: Head up to ABC for a jam session. Bring your own instrument(s), but take note it’s mostly blues and jazz. Why you should go: If you’re a musician or just love listening to music and/or dancing, this is your event.

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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

So many tappings, so little time. (Photo courtesy of Two Fools Tavern)

So many tappings, so little time. (Photo courtesy of Two Fools Tavern)

Editor’s note: Welcome to the first of our three (!) ABQ Beer Week preview stories for Tuesday. This year we are endeavoring to provide information not just on a daily basis, but also for the places that will be hosting multiple events. Later today look for our previews of the events at Rock & Brews and the Santa Fe Brewing ABQ Taproom. — Stoutmeister

Has a year already passed? According to my calendar it has, and that means ABQ Beer Week 2016 is upon us. As battle-tested veterans of this event, we here at the Dark Side Brew Crew are here to help you set up a successful plan of attack, because let’s face it … you will likely faceplant at some point if you try to get to all of the events going on!

To make things easy on you, faithful reader, we are highlighting the events happening at different locations. We begin today with a rundown of ABQ Beer Week events at Two Fools Tavern. The Nob Hill pub has been a staple of events in previous years, and 2016 is no exception, as they will have plenty of shenanigans involving beer. Here’s a daily breakdown:

Thursday—Stone Brewing Co. special release tapping, 4-8 p.m.: Thanks to Stoutmeister reaching out to Stone sales rep Karl LaVine, we got the info for this one. It will be a double tapping of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard and Americano Stout. Go big, or go dark. Take your pick, either way, you win.

Friday—Left Hand Brewing Company tapping of Extrovert IPA, 4-8 p.m.: A keg of Left Hand’s Extrovert, an American-style IPA, will be flowing.

Saturday—Boulder Beer Co. special release tapping, 4-5 p.m.: Boulder Beer is bringing some unique offerings in the form of a Blood Orange IPA and tequila barrel-aged beer. Intriguing!

Monday—Rio Bravo Brewing special tapping, 4-6 p.m.: Rio Bravo Brewing will be providing a double dose of barrel-aged goodness in the form of their Porter and Barleywine. Those are a couple of big, robust beers, so make sure to order a lot of food to go with them.

Tuesday, May 31—New Belgium Brewing Lips of Faith Special Nitro Oscar Worthy Coffee Barrel tapping, 4-7 p.m.: This is one event you won’t want to miss, as New Belgium is bringing a barrel-aged version of their Oscar Worthy Coffee beer, and it will be available on nitro. This won’t last long, so arrive early.

Wednesday, June 1—Canteen Brewhouse special tapping, 4-9 p.m.: Canteen Brewhouse is bring their Dark ‘n Lusty Stout, with coffee, to Two Fools’ Nitro tap.

Thursday, June 2—La Cumbre Brewing special tapping, 4-8:30 p.m.: We got the not one, but two, beers LC will be bringing to tap. Strawberry Gose will be available first on CO2, while Malpais Stout will be on the nitro tap.

Friday, June 3—Odell Brewing special release tapping, 4-9 p.m.: Odell will be bringing down a special keg for this Beer Week tapping, stay tuned for more details.

Beer lineups are subject to change, and we will do our best to provide updates on any lineup changes or updates as we get them. Hey, reporting the beer news is our forte.

Until next time.

Prost!

— Brandon Daniel

Here we go again. Are you ready?

Here we go again. Are you ready?

One month and one day from now, the annual exercise in brew-insanity otherwise known as ABQ Beer Week will kick off with multiple events across the metro area. From May 26 to June 5, there will be 84 events (with more likely to be announced), ranging from tastings to special tappings to beer dinners and festivals and more. After sorting through all of those events, we came up with our early list of the one per day you should not miss, at least in our humble opinions. Once ABW arrives, fear not, the Crew will have a daily roundup of all the events every morning, even though one of us (hint: me) will actually miss most of the whole shebang due to a family wedding out in California. Don’t feel bad for me or anything, though; my hotel is within walking distance of Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buellton.

And before anyone asks, no, I am not stealing a barrel of Parabola and sharing it with everyone.

(It’s all mine. MINE!)

Ahem, anyway, here are our daily picks, plus the other events each day that should be worth checking out if the primary pick doesn’t hold any interest for you.

Thursday, May 26

3rd Annual Sierra Nevada Sausage and Cheese Tasting at O’Niell’s Juan Tabo: This annual event always seems to be a blast for everyone that attends. There will be a whole lot of tasty food pairings again, but this time with the entire lineup from the forthcoming 2016 Beer Camp Across America (the collaboration set to end all collaboration sets). Reservations are usually required, so stay tuned for that info.

Other events of note: Marble special tapping at Spinn’s Burgers & Beer; Abita Horchata Turbodog firkin tapping at Anodyne; Ballast Point Barrel-Aged Piper Down special tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill

Friday, May 27

505 Collaboration Rye/Kellerbier NM Brewers Guild Fundraiser: OK, this day was almost impossible to pick, as there are 13 (!) events already planned. What a way to kick off the weekend, right? This year’s 505 collaboration beer will debut at multiple breweries (locations TBA) across the metro area. Raise a pint or two and help the Guild in its ongoing quest to make our beer scene better and better. We will have more info as we get closer to the day of release.

Other events of note: Marble special tapping at The Local Brewhouse; Beer Brat Cookout at Albuquerque Brewing; 4th Annual Tower of Sour at Back Alley Draft House; Avery special tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill; Tractor Co-op Members barrel-aged beer release at Wells Park; Ballast Point tap takeover at Stereo Bar

Saturday, May 28

Founders KBS Vertical Tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill: Oh, dear lord, you all know how much we love barrel-aged imperial stouts. KBS is one of our favorites, and the chance to drink two (or more) varieties on tap and compare them side-by-side is too much to pass up.

Other events of note: Marble special tapping at Piatanzi Juan Tabo; Cornhole Tournament at Albuquerque Brewing; Beer & Seeds Anti-GMO Festival at Tractor Wells Park; Duke City Pedaler Beer Bike Social; Cider Night Fever at Tractor Nob Hill

Sunday, May 29

6th Annual ABQ Blues & Brews: The annual mega-sized festival will be back at Sandia Casino. Get your tickets now online (we always recommend VIP for that extra tasting hour). The full brewery list is online as well.

Other events: ABQ Bike & Brew Tour; Patio Brews at Albuquerque Brewing

Monday, May 30

Folds of Honor Foundation Fundraiser at Red Door: Folds of Honor works to provide financial aid for the dependents of American military personnel, the majority of whom do not qualify for federal financial aid when it comes to going to college. Over 80 percent of funds raised go to recipients. On this day, Red Door will donate 20 percent of all sales to Folds of Honor, and representatives will be on hand to take additional donations. Enjoy some beers for a good cause.

Other events: Cheese, Boards and Brews at Albuquerque Brewing

Tuesday, May 31

Beer & Cheese Pairing with Cheesy Street at Tractor Wells Park: Cheesy Street, one of our finest food trucks, is again teaming up with Tractor to offer up pairings of their cheese-centric dishes with specific Tractor beers. Look for more information online soon.

Other events: Marble special tapping at Rock & Brews; Lagunitas special tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill; Ballast Point special tapping and pairing at Canvas Artistry

Wednesday, June 1

Ask a Certified Cicerone and Bad Beer Tasting at Tractor Wells Park: Yes, if you are sensing a theme here, Tractor is definitely pulling out some unique events beyond tappings and tastings. In this case, co-owner Skye Devore is a certified Cicerone and she will be presenting tips and tricks to pass the Cicerone test. Afterwards, there will be a special “bad beer” tasting to discuss what flavors can be identified to tell whether or not a beer is bad.

Other events: Ska special tapping of barrel-aged Dementia and Bump & Grind Coffee Stout at Nob Hill Bar & Grill; Mother Road tap invasion and special firkin tapping at Grain Station; Ballast Point tap takeover and special tapping at Rock & Brews

Thursday, June 2

Battle of the Beer Geeks III: Once again, the Brew Crew, Babes in Brewland, ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers, and more will be brewing up some special beers at Tractor Wells Park to compete to see who has made the best beer of the year. We won in 2014, the Babes took the trophy home in 2015, and this year is anyone’s contest to win. It costs $12 for a tray of beers and a pint of your favorite. This year, we won’t say who brewed what, as to avoid any possible bias toward your favorite beer writers. I’ll miss this event, so someone save me some of the Crew’s entry!

Other events: Outside the 505 tap takeover at Cazuela’s; Marble special tapping at Gecko’s; Red Door 2nd Annual Food Truck Battle; 3rd Annual Sierra Nevada Sausage and Cheese Tasting at O’Niell’s Nob Hill; Goose Island Bourbon County Stout special tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill; New Belgium 3rd Annual Frozen T-Shirt Contest at Monte Vista Fire Station

Friday, June 3

NM Brewers Guild Beer Premiere: It’s back! The National Hispanic Cultural Center will again host this special Guild event, which will feature 15 breweries debuting brand-new beers. It costs $40 and M’Tucci’s Cocina will provide custom appetizers. We will have a lot more details on this event as we get closer to the date.

Other events: Marble special release at Uptown Sports Bar; Odell special encore tapping of Russian Pirate at Nob Hill Bar & Grill; Beer-Themed Art Fight at Tractor Wells Park

Saturday, June 4

Planned Parenthood Beer & Bands Annual Fundraiser: Tractor Wells Park will again host this event, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. It costs $15 at the door. There will be live performances from Le Chat Lunatique, Keith Sanchez, Desert Darlings, Robb Janov, and more.

Other events: Marble special release at 5 Star Burgers on Central; Barrel-aged beer release at Tractor Nob Hill; Beer Baked Goods Cake Walk and Circus Day at Albuquerque Brewing; Sierra Nevada special tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill

Sunday, June 5

8th Annual NM Brewers Guild Golf Tournament: It’s another Guild event, but this one is just for those who can actually hit a golf ball in the right direction. Head out to the Santa Ana Golf Course for the 8 a.m. shotgun start. For $100, you can get free range balls, a breakfast burrito, a round of golf, lunch, beer on the course, and a chance to win prizes by finishing first, second, or third. You can register as an individual or as a team at nmbeer.org.

Other events: Goose Island Brunch at Nob Hill Bar & Grill; ABQ Bike & Brew Tour

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Well, as noted above, I will be absent for most of these events, but the rest of the Brew Crew will be out and about. We will endeavor to preview every major event and then cover those as well.

Until May, prep those palates, clear your schedules for the key events, and get ready for some fun.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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.

AmyStereoBar

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