Boese Brothers’ Cherry Bomb Review

Boese Brothers Cherry Bomb

Boese Brothers Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb – Boese Brothers Brewery

ABV: 6.2% – IBU: 30
Cherry Hefeweizen

Overall Rating 3.25 of 5 Mugs


MrHoppy 3.25 of 5 mugs

Boese Brothers Cherry Bomb Served in a shaker glass, Cherry Bomb has amazing glass appeal with it’s dark strawberry orange color, small frothy head, and murky body. Smells as you’d expect from a big wheat beer with the wheat malts leading the way while almost no cherry aromas are detectable. The initial taste is bitter from the hops which is slightly unexpected of this style. The wheat and cherry profiles come through strong in the middle. The finish is dominated by the cherries, long and tart.

Overall Cherry Bomb is a good warm weather beer however missed the mark for me a bit on the flavor profile. The high ABV and Hefeweizen yeast make for a strange mix that takes away from the cherries which should be the main flavor profile in my opinion. I’d recommend this hefe to anyone who loves fruit beers and or Hefeweizens.

CHEERS!

DOA July Meeting: SAKE!

Dukes of Ale July Meeting

Join the Dukes at their July meeting where Tad and Marty Ashlock will share their wisdom about all things sake! The types, the tastes, and how to brew your best batch!

Sake (Japanese: ), also spelled saké, is a Japanese rice wine made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Unlike wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in fruit, typically grapes, sake is produced by a brewing process more akin to that of beer, where starch is converted into sugars which ferment into alcohol.

The brewing process for sake differs from the process for beer in that, for beer, the conversion from starch to sugar and from sugar to alcohol occurs in two distinct steps. Like other rice wines, when sake is brewed, these conversions occur simultaneously. Furthermore, the alcohol content differs between sake, wine, and beer. Wine generally contains 9%–16% ABV, while most beer contains 3%–9%, and undiluted sake contains 18%–20% (although this is often lowered to about 15% by diluting with water prior to bottling).

This is your chance to learn from an expert , so bring your questions (and any beers you would like to share of course) to Rio Bravo Brewing on July 6th.

Date:    July 6th, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Location:  Rio Bravo Brewing
1912 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

CHEERS!

Red Door Brewing’s Open Saison Review

red door brewing open saison

red door brewing open saison

Open Saison – Red Door Brewing

ABV: 6.2% – IBU: 29
Saison

Overall Rating 4 of 5 Mugs


Beer Muse 4 of 5 mugs

Red Door Brewing did a nice little number when they attacked the farmhouse ale style, and brewed their Open Saison. This beer’s aroma is bright with shots of spiced notes. The taste was lightly filled with spiced orange peel and bold wild malty characteristics, to make it a delightful earthy balanced saison with a light dry finish. It’s a solid bodied beer with a reddish caramel color, high carbonation, and low foam. I enjoyed this beer. It fired up my taste buds with unique and pleasant rounds of flavor. If you want a beer that hits the target on spiced saisons, then take aim at Red Door’s Open Saison and don’t miss!

MrHoppy 4 of 5 mugs

red door brewing open saisonOpen Saison has an amber hue with a dark murky body, soft carbonation with a small fizzy white head. The smell is sweet and malty mixed with some fruity, herbal hop aromas and light peppery/spicy notes. While some malty notes are present the flavor is very light and more similar to a pale ale than an amber like it’s color implies. This leaves the hops to balance out and dominate the flavor profile. There is also a strong funk flavor from the wild “Brett” yeast that finishes long on the tongue leaving you guessing until next sip.

Overall a clean and flavorful farmhouse style ale. I really enjoyed this brew and it is definitely a great warm weather beer. I recommend this Saison to more seasoned beer drinkers who can appreciate the unique flavors.  Also to anyone looking to step outside the box and try a new style.

CHEERS!

MrHoppy’s Beer Week Recap Part 2

After taking a break for a few days I was feeling re-charged and ready for the second half of Beer Week! If you didn’t get a chance to read about my adventures earlier in the week you can do so here: MrHoppy’s Beer Week Recap Part 1

Day 7 ( Wednesday)

It was hump day and there were no shortage of events happening in the 505! My son had a Little League game so I had to wait a bit later than usual to head out. I decided that the Mini Cask Fest at Quarter Celtic would be a good choice. Since I still hadn’t tried their Collaboration beer with Dialogue Brewing it was a two beer with 1 stone type of deal.

I tried the Irish Conversation first and was very pleased. A very clean and flavorful rye beer. It was so good that I took a crowler home with me later along with their Denali Pale. With all the tastings throughout the week it can be hard to keep track so I try to take bottles, cans, growlers, crowlers home of my favorites whenever I can.

Next up was the main event of the night: Mini Cask Fest. The cask fest was out on the patio because… well.. casks can get messy! The Mini Cask Fest featured four cask aged beers including a Chocolate Hefe (What?!), Vanilla Cream Quarter Porter, Kill or be KILT (a Wee Heavy), and Rye’t Side of Dublin dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin.

Not wanting to save the dark and heavy beer for last I decide to KILL, the kill or be KILT. It was sweet and thick with caramel coming to to mind as it went down. Next up the vanilla porter which was excellent! I’m not sure why vanilla beers taste so goo on cask but they always do and this was no exception for sure. Saving the hoppy beer for last I moved on to the Chocolate Hefeweizen. To be honest I wast sure how the hefeweizen yeast was going to blend with chocolate flavors but Quarter Celtic pulled it off. The chocolate was present but very subtle which let the Hefe flavors lead the way. The chocolate did however add a nice sweetness on finish with the chocolate left to linger.

Finally I was on to their rye, Rye’t Side of Dublin dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin. For those of you unfamiliar with Nelson Sauvin, they are hops developed in New Zealand that give off flavors described as gooseberry and grape. The finish is a fruity wine like quality similar to their name sake Sauvignon Blanc wine. Mixed with the slight spicy character of the rye malt body, balanced out for a delicious hop forward cask aged ale.

Day 8 ( Thursday)

My kids had little leagues games again so I wasn’t able to attend any events in the evening. I did venture out mid day for the Marble Guava Gose Special Release at Sandia Saloon. This was first time at the Sandia Saloon and I was impressed with the selection of good beer they had to offer. It was an easy decision for me this time as I was a man on a mission. I ordered the Guava Gose and was informed I was the first of the day to do so! You can’t get any fresher than that and it tasted just like fresh fruit.

I had guava only a few times because it’s not the easiest fruit to come by which makes it even rarer to find in a beer. I really enjoyed the guava that dominated the fore front of the flavor profile. The base style was a Gose, which has a slight salty sour finish that perfectly balances out the fruit. I believe this is a limited release so if you’d like to try it I’d get there quickly.

Day 9 (Friday)

Friday night I set out on the town with MrsHoppy. We started by heading to Gecko’s for diner. We both ordered the Passion Fruit Wit by La Cumbre they had tapped the night before. I already knew it was good and wanted another glass while it was available. MrsHoppy took my word for it. After that I had a pretty good Strawberry Lager by Abita. It tasted a lot like strawberry but more like Nesquik than real strawberries. Still good though. After dinner we took a short stroll down to Nob Hill Bar & Grill.

NHBG had quite a few events going on throughout beer week and at this point had accumulated a beer lineup resembling a baseball allstar team from the steroid era. Everyone was a guaranteed home run. On top of that our waitress was nice enough to let us sample a few beers before we made our decision. I decided on one of the Goose Island sisters Halia. The peach was super mellow but overall a smooth and tasty beer as expected.

MrsHoppy ordered one of my favorites, Krieky Bones, a cherry kriek from Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks. This beer starts out as Flanders Red style beer aged 24 months in a French oak foeder. Sour cherries are added and allowed a secondary fermentation. The result is absolute sour cherry goodness. This stuff is extremely limited availability and usually only in bottles. Needless to say I sampled a few sips!

Some of the other rare taps we tasted at Nob Hill Bar & Grill include: Blueberry & Elderberry from Cascade Brewing (sours), Velvet Yeti from Great Divide Brewing, Bourbon County Stout 2016 also by Goose Island, 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing.

By this time we were warmed up, dinnered up and ready to sample! We headed for the main event of out night, the Tower of Sour at NY Pizza Dept/ Back Alley Draft House. The tower of sour is a mini beer fest featuring stickily sour beer from both local and regional craft breweries. They had several options for entry. I opted for the unlimited samples and MrsHoppy got the 6 sample pass.

We should have gotten an earlier start on the night because by the time we arrived a few of the rarer beers had already sold out. Either way there was still plenty of amazing sour, beer most of which I had never tried.This is one of those times I wish I had a voice recorder because I tried so many new beers in such a short period of time it was hard to keep track of them all. I did however check in all of the beers I sampled on Untappd so at least I’d have all the names of sours I tasted. In additional I will highlight the stand out beers that I remember.

Bretta Rose (Batch 3) from Firestone Walker. Flemish Giant, Zard-Alu, Crossover and my favorite of the group Pina Agria, all from Odell. Strawberry Gose from La Cumbre. Upslope had several beers I really liked including American Brett and my favorite Champagne Saison with Nelson Sauvin. They also had a photo booth which we thoroughly enjoyed! There was also Lime Pilsner from Uinta, and Rosetta from Ommegang. New Belgian Brewing offered a French Oak Saison and Clutch (Lips of Faith).Marble was repping the 505 strong with several tasty sour offerings including La Blanche, Blackberry Gose, Cranberry Gose and my personal favorite Rita! Mod Project Pineapple Gose from Ska Brewing. Dialogue brewing had their Berliner Weisse and Raspberry Sour. Otra Vez from Sierra Nevada. Sour Connor from Rio Grande & Sierra Blancha. With Rodenbach Grand Cru, Echt Kriekenbier, Barbe Noire, and Duchesse de Bourgogne ending out the list.

This event and night was by far my favorite of Beer Week for several reasons. One I got to enjoy a night out with MrsHoppy and no kids which is always fun! On top of that I sampled so many amazing and hard to finds beers from so many different breweries in one place. It was amazing. In addition I love sour beer styles and they aren’t the most common so it was fun to attend an event dedicated strictly to sours.

Day 10 ( Saturday)

Kids had Baseball again all day so I couldn’t attend any major events during the day. I was also pretty beat from the week and decided to take the night off as well.

Day 11 (Sunday)

I mustered up enough energy to swing by Canteen Brewery to taste their recent sour, Social Capital. It was higher on the sour scale which I love and had very unique flavors including lemongrass, coconut and basil. I also sipped a small glass of Super Smalls Session IPA an easy drinking citrus IPA.

Beer Week was super fun this year with an absolutely mind boggling number of amazing events. It’s always hard to choice what events to attend and cover while I try to blend my personal preferences with trying to go to and cover as many events as possible. I hope you all enjoyed reading about my adventures and if you missed beer week yourself just remember there is always next year!

 

CHEERS!

 

 

MrHoppy’s Beer Week Recap Part 1

La Cumbre Passion Fruit Wit

The first half of ABQ Beer Week 2017 was a flavor packed adventure in Saisons, Sours and Fruit Beers!

Day 1 (Thursday)

ABQ Beer Week 2017 started out nice and easy for me. It was Thursday night and although there were many events I would have liked to attend such as the Coffee and Chocolate pairing at Rio Bravo or the Cigar and Alaskan Pairing at Jinja West, I opted to stay in. However since there was a Mother Road tasting at Total Wine and I still needed some beer, I headed over.

Seems I was the only one to get the memo about the tasting. There was no one from Mother Road and none of the Total Wine staff seemed to be aware of the tasting either. I did however get to sample some Smirnoff Ice Raspberry which taste like a some thing you’d find in the hand of a college girl. They were also sampling some fancy looking canned sparkling water. I didn’t bother trying any because…. well… it was water.

La Cumbre Apricot SaisonI quickly headed to the bomber cooler where they usually keep the higher end & rare craft stuff.  A big, orange, wax topped bottle with no label caught my eye. I opened the cooler for a closer inspection and just as I thought, the mysterious beer was Fievre d’ Abricot. Not sure why the first bottle was missing it’s label? Did it fall off? Did someone remove it to hide a stash of delicious beer? Was someone trying to sabotage sales?! Sorry Batman,  but I really didn’t care to solve this mystery. I grabbed the next bottle with a label on it and headed for the register.

It just released a few days before and I had really been looking forward to trying Fievre d’ Abricot, from La Cumbre Brewing. It is one of the seasonal releases I never miss. For those of you that don’t know it’s a saison that has been heavily fruited with Apricots. Like really HEAVY! The aroma is almost pure fruit with subtle notes of the saison style present. First sip was tart initially and finished dry like a wine. Everything in the middle is Apricot. While the flavor of the fruit is very strong the sweeter aspects of the Apricots have been removed as the yeast in beer ferments all of the sugars. What’s left is a dry tart fruit flavor which layered on top of the saison style with a heavy dose of carbonation blends into a perfect beer for me. I quite enjoyed sipping this one while I watched the sunset in my backyard.

Day 2 (Friday)

Rowley Farmhouse AlesIt’s Friday night and I’m feeling alright! There were several events that I would have loved to attend but since I’m only one man with limited time and money I had to pick my priorities. On top of that list was checking out the Sour Hour tasting by Rowley Farmhouse Ales hosted at Tractor Brewing – Wells Park.

The home brewing community in New Mexico is like one big family. Even though we take our competitions very seriously, all of the brewers are friends who enjoy sampling each other’s wildest and crazy brews. For those of you that don’t know John Rowley, he had been putting a whooping on us home brewers for some time. So needless to say I was glad to see him go pro and give someone else a shot at those Best of Show Medals (lol.. j/k).  With the above in mind I knew his stuff would be good at the very least and most likely outstanding.

I got to Tractor about a half an hour before the event began. (Tip: If you want bar seating and a parking spot at a popular event get there early!) The bar was already filled but with good timing I arrived right as another couple was leaving. Since I was a bit early all the Rowley Farmhouses were off limits. I order a Tractor Berliner while I waited. Tractor’s Berliner Weisse was light tasting with a low to moderate sour kick. Very tasty and a perfect pick to warm up my sour taste buds with.

Rowley Farmhouse Sour Hour FlightOnce Sour Hour commenced you were allowed to order up to 4 of the 6 samples as a package deal. My only critic of this event is that I would have liked to try all of them even if it meant in smaller portions. A good response to that however would be: If your only complaint was you wanted more beer you have no complaint at all! Fair enough…

Of the 6 beers offered I tried the first 4 on the list: Germophile, Saison du Sarlacc, Ab Initio – Apricot, and Ab Initio – Boysenberry. To keep things short they were all amazing! The Germophile Berliner has a dry tart finish from an addition of Thiriez yeast. The saison is very fruity from dry hopping and finishes with the funk of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. The two others were varieties of the Ab Initio which is a Berliner Weisse made using Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces yeast. The apricot was a very pleasant addition which I thoroughly enjoyed. My personal favorite of the group however was the Boysenberry. It exploded with berry flavor from start to finish. The sweetness from the berries did not ferment completely out which made for an interesting sweet and sour combo I absolutely loved! I highly recommend any of the four I sampled.

LaCumbre Passion Fruit WitI caught a late addition to the beer week (either that or I missed it initially) on my twitter feed @MrHoppy505, about a limited La Cumbre Passion Fruit tapping at Sister bar. Since it’s only a hop, skip and a jump away I figured I better not miss this, and headed over. Sister was starting to fill up but not quite as busy as Tractor had gotten which was a nice switch. Once again I found a spot a the bar and ordered away. The once is a lifetime(so far) beer was my obvious choice.

Passion Fruit Wit, a simple wit beer that hosted an enormous amount of passion fruit flavor. One of the best fruit beer I have tried since.. well.. basically the day day before (Fievre d’ Abricot). I initially thought it was just a wit beer they brewed and then poured a bunch of passion fruit juice over. Which would have been perfectly acceptably and tasty, however not the case. I found out that this beer was brewed specifically for this event on a new smaller 2 barrel system. Half the brew was Passion Fruit (1 barrel = 2 kegs) the other half mango. Mmmm mangoes!

Theses two fruited wits are the beginning of a new one-off Ultra Rare category of beers that will be brewed by La Cumbre specifically for special events like this. Me being the rare beer head that I am, I love the idea of special brewed beers available only once (or until they’re gone). It works to the favor of both the brewery and the establishment tapping said beers. Also not bad for the beer drinker! So yeah, cheers that and I look forward to the mangoes edition!

Marble Farmhouse 111I headed home and once again finished my day in the backyard watching the sun set. The theme of the day seemed to be farmhouse ales and sours. I search my beer cooler and found a Farmhouse 111 from Marble I had stashed away a few weeks ago. This topped my day off perfectly as the flavor was amazing and had a champagne like carbonation quality. The only downside was that after all my eew and ahhing over the first sip I had to share with MrsHoppy. 😉

Day 3 (Saturday)

Off to the races! Literally there was so much happening Saturday. This was my main day for beer week events and I wanted to get on it early. It should also be noted that I’m not a big fan of crowds or lines and tend to do my tasting during the day hours.

I started out by heading over to the Santa Fe tap room and Green Jeans Farmery. It’s a super cool place with lots of other shops and eateries on the premise.

It was only just after 12 noon and the parking lot was already full and barely any seats left in the tap room. I found myself a parking spot and ordered a Western Block IPA from the bar. I was under the impression that the whole property was licensed so I stepped out and began to wander. Not a few steps out of the brewery and I was told I had to stay inside the gated area with my beer. Bummer! I walked back in, sat down and finished my pint. The seats outside where already filled up and I didn’t feel like sitting at a table inside on such a beautiful day. Solid IPA.

505 Collaboration Brew 2017I next headed over to Steel Bender Brewyard for a tasting of this year’s 505 Collaboration, a Golden Strong ale. I wanted to try the beer week special and I figured there was no better place than the source; Steel Bender, where it was brewed. My brewtender warned me it was strong and I still had a few beers ahead of me so I opted for a small sample sized glass. Just as the name implies the beer is a big golden ale. While very tasty it’s hard for me to appreciate a beer that big mid day. Probably would have been a better beer to take home and drink later.

Red Door Brewing Blackberry HefeNext on my list was the Founders tasting but I still had some time to kill so I made my way to Red Door Brewing. They had released a Blackberry Hefe the previous day and I was eager to try it. Very tasty indeed! A solid Hefe with a good amount of berry flavor. A good easy drinking warm weather beer that I slowly enjoyed on the back patio soaking up the rays of the mid day sun.

Founders TastingAfter relaxing for while I headed uptown to Jubilation Wine and Spirits for their Founders tasting event. I sampled a few new beers I hadn’t ever seen before which is always nice. Founders never disappoints delivering solid beers in any category. The sample list included: Centennial IPA, All Day IPA, Rubaes, Sumatra Mountain Brown, and Doom. My favorite was Doom, an Imperial IPA aged in bourbon barrels. A close second for me was the Sumatra Mountain that was full of coffee flavors.

Bosque Brewing Exotic elephants: GuavaMy beer week adventures were officially done for the day but I was hungry from all that sampling. I was in Nob Hill and decide to stop by one of my favorite spots in the area, Bosque. I ordered a Caprese sandwich and a pint of Exotic Elephants: Guava . The Elephants was full of guava flavor and my first beer I had tasted using guava. If you are into fruit beer I highly recommend trying this one before it’s gone.

By the time my sandwich arrived my beer was gone (I drink fast) and I order a small glass of Crimson and Clover. The sandwich was amazing and I literally inhaled it. The Crimson + Clover was brewed to represent cherry pie and was also very good!

Day 4 (Sunday)

Tractor Brewing Big SipperI took a bit of a break from the official beer week on Sunday and attended a BBQ with family friends for the day. Missing the Big Sipper 16oz can release at Tractor a few nights before I decided to snag a 4 pack of cans while at Jubilation on Saturday. They paired well with my spicy black bean veggie burger as well as the rest of the BBQ (I’m told). Overall a great easy drinking session IPA that I’m glad I chose for the day. I’ll definitely be getting a few more of these limited release cans before they are gone.

A few other beers I drank that day included:  HopShock by SanTan Brewing, Tangerine Express IPA from Stone and a Doubleganger by Tree House Brewing.

Day 5 and 6 (Monday & Tuesday)

I spent Memorial Day relaxing with family. I took my boys on a hike down to the river and drank a few beers in the afternoon. Nothing worth noting, no beer events or anything.

Tuesday I was back to work and trying to catch up from the long weekend. I didn’t get out to any events although I was really looking forward to the Social Capital release at Canteen. I will stop by this week for a taste and report back in part 2!

Check out our Beer Week Top Picks here: http://abqbeer.com/beer-blog/news-updates/abq-beer-week-2017-top-picks-part-3/

Look for a link to Part 2 of MrHoppy’s ABQ Beer Week Recap here: http://abqbeer.com/beer-blog/news-updates/mrhoppys-beer-week-recap-part-2/

 

CHEERS!

DOA June Meeting: WATER

Dukes of Ale June Meeting

The Dukes of Ale will have a special guest presenting on a topic that a lot of people have questions on.  WATER.

Scott Salvas is the Chief Engineer of Surface Water for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority managing the San Juan Chama Drinking Water Project.He manages operations of the Rio Grande Diversion Facility as well as the 92 Million Gallon per Day Surface Water Treatment Plant, the largest water treatment plant in the State.Scott has also been an active homebrewer for approximately 8 years. Mr. Salvas will explain the available water quality data on the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Website, how to interpret it, and how it may impact the brewing process.

This is your chance to learn from an expert on how our water affects the beers that we brew.  So bring your water reports and your questions (and any beers you would like to share of course) to Rio Bravo Brewing on June 1st.

Date:    June 1st, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Location:  Rio Bravo Brewing

Dialogue’s Sour Raspberry Review

Sour Raspberry – Dialogue Brewery

ABV: 6.6% – IBU: 10
Sour Ale

Overall Rating 4.25 of 5 Mugs


Beer Muse 4.5 of 5 mugs
Dialogue brewery has a good grasp on the sour style but their Sour Raspberry was my favorite. This beer executed the wonderful balance of tartness with bright fruit flavors a classic sour should have. The taste displays high acidic characteristics with light notes of raspberries sweetness with a dry finish. The aroma was filled with pops of sour raspberry notes that will tickle your nose. The beers appearance was inviting with a glowy tangerine color with very low foam and had moderately high carbonation. If you want a bright delicious sour beer to enjoy on a warm summer day then go to Dialogue and get ready to pucker up with this refreshing beer! I really enjoyed this beer.

MrHoppy 4 of 5 mugs
Sour Raspberry has a lively and sparkling clear orange/red glass appeal with a small foamy white head. Sweet malt backbone aromas hide beneath raspberry overtones.  Very acidic and tart. First taste is puckering sour followed by smoother berry flavors that are left to linger on your tongue. As with most sours the flavor and aromas are dominated by the yeast (sour) and the fruit is left as subtler notes.

Overall a very well balanced sour ale. I enjoy the heaver side of the sour scale and this ale delivered for me.  I would recommend “Sour Raspberry” to all the sourheads and anyone else who enjoys puckering ales!

CHEERS!

 

 

Dialogue Brewery (1501 1st St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102)

ABQ BEER WEEK 2017 Top Picks Part 3

abq beer week 2017

ABQ BEER WEEK 2017 – Part 3

This year’s Albuquerque Beer Week will run from Thursday May 25th through Sunday June 4th, 2017.

To keep things a little bit shorter and easier to digest we have broken up the week into three parts that can be easily accessed through the links below.

Part 1 – Opening Weekend (Thursday May 25th – Sunday May 28th, 2017)
Part 2 – Early-Mid Week (Monday May 29th – Wednesday May 31st, 2017)
Part 3 –  Final Weekend (Thursday June 1st – Sunday June 4th, 2017)

For a full list of ABQ Beer Week events please visit: http://www.abqbeerweek.com/new-events/

Final Weekend – Part 3: June 1st – 4th

June 1st, 2017 – Thursday

Battle of the Beer Geeks at Tractor Brewing Co Wells Park

It’s going down again! Put your beers up because these beer geeks got some delicious brews to compete with. 5 teams, a flight of 5 beers that you vote on, and a pint of your favorite. All for only 10 dollars.

  • Thursday, June 1, 2017
  • 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Tractor Brewing Co Wells Park 1800 4th Street Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 87102

La Cumbre Special Tapping at Gecko’s

Special tapping from La Cumbre Brewing Co at Gecko’s Bar and Tapas Nob Hill.  Passionfruit Wit

  • Thursday, June 1, 2017
  • 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Gecko’s Bar & Tapas Nob Hill 3500 Central Avenue Southeast Albuquerque, NM, 87106

Beer & Food Pairing at Canteen Taproom
  • Thursday, June 1, 2017
  • 3:00pm – 10:00pm

Location: Canteen Taproom 417 Tramway Boulevard Albuquerque, NM, 87123

Marble Guava Gose Special Release at Sandia Saloon
  • Thursday, June 1, 2017
  • 11:00am – 9:00pm

Location: Sandia Saloon 5815 Wyoming Boulevard Northeast Albuquerque, NM, 87109


For a full list of ABQ Beer Week events please visit: http://www.abqbeerweek.com/new-events/

June 2nd, 2017 – Friday

Tower of Sour

Exactly what the name implies.. a towering list of sours beers to choose from!

  • Friday, June 2, 2017
  • 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Location: JC’s NYPD Pizza 215 Central Avenue Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 87102

Art Fight Beer Week Edition
  • Friday, June 2, 2017
  • 7:00pm – 10:30pm

Location: Tractor Brewing Co 1800 4th Street Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 87102

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Special Tapping at Gecko’s

Special tapping and giveaways featuring Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

  • Friday, June 2, 2017
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Gecko’s Bar & Tapas Academy 5801 Academy Road Northeast Albuquerque, NM, 87109


For a full list of ABQ Beer Week events please visit: http://www.abqbeerweek.com/new-events/

June 3rd, 2017 – Saturday

Food Truck Battle at Red Door

In the spirit of Beer Week, this is a relaxed, family oriented event. Our plan is to bring these trucks together but intend for the rest of the event to be fairly laid-back. Food trucks are competing for a totally arbitrary title… let’s say Lord of the Food of Beer Week. Each truck will have a scaled down menu, in many cases paired with one of Red Door’s beers, priced for multiple samplings. So come out, enjoy some food sampling, beer sampling, and live music.

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017
  • 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Red Door Brewing Downtown – 400 Gold Ave SW #105 Albuquerque, NM 87102

Yappy Hour With Watermelon Mountain Ranch at Cazuela’s

Cazuela’s Mexican Grill and Brewery will be hosting a fundraiser/adoption event on their patio benefiting Watermelon Mountain Ranch!

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017
  • 11:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Cazuela’s Mexican Grill & Brewery 4501 Sara Road Southeast Rio Rancho, NM, 87124

Ladies Loving Beer Luncheon at Marble Westside
  • Saturday, June 3, 2017
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Marble Brewery West Side Tap Room 5740 Night Whisper Road Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 87114


For a full list of ABQ Beer Week events please visit: http://www.abqbeerweek.com/new-events/

June 4th, 2017 – Sunday

NM True Fest at Rio Bravo Brewing

Join Rio Bravo Brewing Co in the bier garden with several certified NM True vendors selling along with food trucks and music.

  • Sunday, June 4, 2017
  • 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Rio Bravo Brewing Co 1912 2nd Street Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 87102

9th Annual NM Brewers Guild Golf Tournament

Join your fellow beer lovers and golfers for a round of golf at the beautiful Santa Ana Golf Course while tasting some of the best beers the New Mexico Brewers Guild has to offer. $110 gets you free range balls, a golf cart, breakfast burrito, round of golf with beer on the course, lunch, and a chance to win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place swag from the NMBG! Register your foursome or sign up as a single at www.nmbeer.org.

  • Sunday, June 4, 2017
  • 7:30am – 1:00pm

Location: Santa Ana Golf Club 288 Prairie Star Road Santa Ana Pueblo, NM, 87004

Joe S. Sausage Super Sunday Sampler
  • Sunday, June 4, 2017
  • 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Location:  Marble Brewery Downtown 111 Marble Avenue Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 87102


Opening Weekend – Part 1: May 25th – 28th

Early-Mid Week- Part 2: May 29th – 31st

ABQ BEER WEEK 2017 Top Picks Part 2

abq beer week 2017

ABQ BEER WEEK 2017 – Part 2

This year’s Albuquerque Beer Week will run from Thursday May 25th through Sunday June 4th, 2017.

To keep things a little bit shorter and easier to digest we have broken up the week into three parts that can be easily accessed through the links below.

Part 1 – Opening Weekend (Thursday May 25th – Sunday May 28th, 2017)
Part 2 – Early-Mid Week (Monday May 29th – Wednesday May 31st, 2017)
Part 3 –  Final Weekend (Thursday June 1st – Sunday June 4th, 2017)

For a full list of ABQ Beer Week events please visit: http://www.abqbeerweek.com/new-events/

Early-Mid Week – Part 2: May 29th – 31st

May 29th, 2017 – Monday

Memorial Day Music Fest at Marble Downtown

It’s Memorial Day and Marble always puts on great events with good beer, music and food!

  • Monday, May 29, 2017
  • 12:00pm – 11:00pm

Location: Marble Brewery 111 Marble Avenue Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 87102

Ponderosa Brewing Co Tapas and Beer Pairing

Each day Ponderosa Brewing Co will feature a unique pairing of one of their beers with a new tapa. A different pint and tapa will be available everyday for $7 from 3-6 pm.

  • Monday, May 29, 2017
  • 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Ponderosa Brewing Co 1761 Bellamah Avenue Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 87104

Firestone Walker Brewing Co Sampling at Total Wine & More
  • Monday, May 29, 2017
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Total Wine & More Uptown 6701 Uptown Boulevard Northeast Albuquerque, NM, 8711

  • Monday, May 29, 2017
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Total Wine & More Cottonwood 10420 Coors Bypass Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 87114


For a full list of ABQ Beer Week events please visit: http://www.abqbeerweek.com/new-events/

May 30th, 2017 – Tuesday

 Canteen Brewhouse Special Release of Social Capital

Special Release of Social Capital, an American kettle sour, brewed with basil, lemongrass and coconut.

  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017
  • 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: Canteen Brewhouse 2381 Aztec Road Northeast Albuquerque, NM, 87107

Firestone Walker Brewing Co Barrelworks Beer Dinner at Nob Hill Bar & Grill

If you missed the Tasting on Monday this event is sure to deliver some Firestone Walker tasties including; Luponic Distortion, Parabola, Leo V. Ursus: Fortem, and my(MrHoppy) personal favorite Krieky Bones. Space is limited, Reservations Required. Make them today, call (505) 266-4455.

  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017
  • 6:30pm 9:00pm

Location:  Nob Hill Bar & Grill 3128 Central Avenue Southeast Albuquerque, NM, 87106

Saison Tasting at Jubilation Wine & Spirits

A range of saisons from Belgium, France, and all over the US, as well as two local examples of the style from here in New Mexico: The Saison du Sarlacc from Rowley Farmhouse Ales in Santa Fe, and the Sancho de la Sierra, a collaboration between Jubilation and Broken Trail Spirits + Brew based on their Sancho Saison with added rye malt, infused with native plant Oregano de la Sierra, giving it a fragrant spicy character. Come and try a great range of examples of this fantastic, fascinating style!

  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Location:  Jubilation Wine & Spirits 3512 Lomas Boulevard Northeast Albuquerque, NM, 87106


For a full list of ABQ Beer Week events please visit: http://www.abqbeerweek.com/new-events/

May 31st, 2017 – Wednesday

Mini Cask Fest at Quarter Celtic Brewpub

Quarter Celtic Brewpub will have 4 house favorites on cask that day. Grab 4 samples of Cask Beer for Only $5.00, or a pint of your favorite style. Featuring: Rye’t Side of Dublin dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin, Kill or be KILT (13oz pours), Vanilla Cream Quarter Porter, Chocolate Hefeweizen

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Location:  Quarter Celtic Brewpub 1100 San Mateo Blvd NE #50 Albuquerque, NM 87110

Early 90’s Night at The Grain Station with Upslope Brewing Co

Get out your Tupac bandannas and relive the 90’s with all the classic hits spun by live dj’s, a costume contest with prizes for the top three costumes and cold Upslope brews on tap!

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Location:  The Grain Station 2004 Central Avenue Southeast Albuquerque, NM, 87106

Marble Brewery’s Brett IPA Tap & Bottle Release

IPA with funky yeast aged in barrels? Yes please!

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • 12:00pm – 11:59pm

Location:  Downtown – 111 Marble NW, 87102
Location:  West Side – 5740 Night Whisper Rd NW, 87114
Location:  Marble Heights Brewery & Taproom 9904 Montgomery Blvd NE


Opening Weekend – Part 1: May 25th – 28th

Final Weekend – Part 3: June 1st – 4th

ABQ BEER WEEK 2017 Top Picks

abq beer week 2017

ABQ BEER WEEK 2017

This year’s Albuquerque Beer Week will run from Thursday May 25th through Sunday June 4th, 2017.

Every year ABQ Beer Week gets bigger and bigger with more and more amazing events added each day. This year was no exception as ABQ Beer Week 2017 looks to be one of the best years to date! To help guide you through the week the staff at ABQBeer.com have assembled our picks for the Top 3 Events each day.

To keep things a little bit shorter and easier to digest we have broken up the week into three parts that can be easily accessed through the links below.

Part 1 – Opening Weekend (Thursday May 25th – Sunday May 28th, 2017)
Part 2 – Early-Mid Week (Monday May 29th – Wednesday May 31st, 2017)
Part 3 –  Final Weekend (Thursday June 1st – Sunday June 4th, 2017)

For a full list of ABQ Beer Week events please visit: http://www.abqbeerweek.com/new-events/

Opening Weekend – Part 1: May 25th – 28th

May 25th, 2017 – Thursday

Rio Bravo Brewing Co Beer, Coffee & Chocolate Pairings with New Mexico Pinon Coffee

Beer, chocolate and coffee! What more needs to be said?

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
  • 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Rio Bravo Brewing Co 1912 2nd Street Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 871

A Cigar, Food and Beer Evening on the Patio at Jinja West with Alaskan Brewing Co.

Special Tapping of Perseverance,  Alaskan Pilot Series Raspberry Wheat Ale, & Summer Kolsch with  Perdomo Craft Series Cigars from Jake & Harley’s Cigar Gallery.

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
  • 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Jinja Bar & Bistro 5400 Sevilla Avenue Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 87120

Big Sipper IPA Can Launch w/ The Silver String Band

Tractor Brewing Company’s limited release of their Session IPA, the BIG SIPPER in 16oz cans! Albuquerque group Silver String Band will be playing a show not for the faint of heart!

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Location: Tractor Brewing Co 1800 4th Street Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 87102


For a full list of ABQ Beer Week events please visit: http://www.abqbeerweek.com/new-events/

May 26th, 2017 – Friday

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Cooper Project

A special tapping of barrel aged beer from Goose Island Beer Co, including Bourbon County Stout and Cooper Project (a barrel aged Scotch Ale).

  • Friday, May 26, 2017
  • 5:00pm – 11:00pm

Location: Nob Hill Bar & Grill 3128 Central Avenue Southeast Albuquerque, NM, 87106

Sour Hour with Rowley Farmhouse Ales

Come quench that sour palette with a taste from Rowley Farmhouse Ales.

  • Friday, May 26, 2017
  • 5:00pm – 11:59pm

Location: Tractor Brewing Co Wells Park 1800 4th Street Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 87102

Red Door Brewing Co Blackberry Hefeweizen Release

Red Door Brewing Co is releasing their Blackberry Hefeweizen at both their locations!

  • Friday, May 26, 2017
  • 11:00am – 11:59pm

Location: 400 Gold Ave, SW, Suite 105, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Location: 1001 Candelaria Rd. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107


For a full list of ABQ Beer Week events please visit: http://www.abqbeerweek.com/new-events/

May 27th, 2017 – Saturday

Bash at SFBC Tap Room and Green Jeans Farmery

Live music, hourly limited release beer tappings and raffles, on-site pet adoption, beer and food pairings with Bocadillo’s (Owner and Chef Marie Yniguez recently took top price on Food Network’s “Chopped”.) and the entire Green Jeans premises will be licensed, so you can walk around with your beer outside, enjoy the music and shop with other GJ tenants.

  • Saturday, May 27, 2017
  • 11:00am – 11:00pm

Location: Santa Fe Brewing Co ABQ Tap Room 3600 Cutler Avenue Northeast Albuquerque, NM, 87110

Beer Olympics at O’Niell’s Juan Tabo

O’Niell’s Pub will be partnering with National and Colorado breweries (Boulder, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and Left Hand) for the Beer Olympics. We are looking to have 20 teams of 4 each to participate in four events. The cost is $5.00/per person or $20.00/team. The money raised will go to Viva Animal Rescue, but the winner of the Beerlympics will get a WWE style belt with the O’niell’s logo.

  • Saturday, May 27, 2017
  • 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo 3301 Juan Tabo Boulevard Northeast Albuquerque, NM, 87111

ABQ Brewers Collaboration Beer Release

ABQ Brewers collaboration beer is an annual favorite during ABQ Beer Week. Several of ABQs breweries collaborated on a Golden Strong Ale this year. On draft at the participating breweries and their corresponding tap rooms throughout beer week until the kegs run dry!

  • Saturday, May 27, 2017
  • 12:00pm+

Location: Steel Bender Brewyard, Ponderosa Brewing Co, Broken Trail Spirits & Brew, Tractor Brewing Co, Red Door Brewing Co, Quarter Celtic Brewpub, Marble Brewery, Bosque Brewing Co, La Cumbre Brewing Co, Boxing Bear Brewing Co, & Starr Bros Brewing.


For a full list of ABQ Beer Week events please visit: http://www.abqbeerweek.com/new-events/

May 28th, 2017 – Sunday

ABQ Blues & Brews Craft Beer Fest

The 7th Annual ABQ Blues & Brews is the offical kickoff celebration for ABQ Beer Week. Listen to great blues music and enjoy some of the greatest brews available with unlimited sampling and a souvenir tasting glass. More than 70 great breweries, unlimited sampling, 4 great blues bands.

  • Sunday, May 28, 2017
  • 1:30pm – 6:00pm

Location: Sandia Resort & Casino 30 Rainbow Road Albuquerque, NM, 87113

Quarter Celtic & Dialogue Collaboration Release of Common Irish Conversation

We are looking forward to this collaboration release!

  • Sunday, May 28, 2017
  • 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Location: Quarter Celtic Brewpub 1100 San Mateo Boulevard Northeast Albuquerque, NM, 87110

Rio Bravo Brewing Co Pints, Planks & Pups

A mobile yoga studio offers a 1 hour class at RBBC that tends to all levels of yoga from beginner to intermediate. Class is $5 cash and stay after for drink specials! Animal Humane is bringing dogs for adoption and $1 for all beers sold between 11am – 6:00 pm will be donated by RBBC.

  • Sunday, May 28, 2017
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Rio Bravo Brewing Co 1912 2nd Street Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 87102


Early-Mid Week- Part 2: May 29th – 31st

Final Weekend – Part 3: June 1st – 4th


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