Beer Notes: A festival for Cruces, Dead pints, Hopfest winners

Happy Friday everyone. Stoutmeister here with a grab-bag of beer news and notes. I would ask if you all had a fun Halloween, but it seemed strangely quiet out there. Save for a show at Sister Bar and the kids trick-or-treating, putting the great holiday on a Thursday meant a lot of folks put it…

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…

ABQ Beer Week: No rest for the weary on Day 7

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. 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…

Beer Week: The Scottish ales are free!

Well, not really free as in you don’t have to pay for them, but two new variations on the popular Scottish genre were on the loose on Sunday. Two Fools had a peat-smoked version of Il Vicino’s excellent Sasquatch Scotch on tap for the nice, low price of $3.75, while Nexus unleashed the burly Beam…