Bosque’s Challenge IPA 3.0 Review

Bosque Challenge IPA 3.0

Challenge IPA 3.0 – Bosque Brewing

ABV: 6.5% – IBU: 90

Overall Rating 5 of 5 Mugs

Bosque Challenge IPA 3

MrHoppy 5 of 5 mugs

Challenge IPA 3.0 starts out with HUGE Hop Aroma I could smell from across the table. Obviously they put in some quality time with the dry hops. Boasting big citrus and tropical fruit aromas mixed with subtler notes of peaches. I would describe the glass appeal as a clear copper, caramel Ale body, topped with the head of a stout. Thick and creamy leaving perfect lacing as you sip.

Bosque Challenge IPA 3.0The taste is appropriately bitter for the 6.5 ABV malt bill without ravaging your taste buds. The hops flavor really is super balanced and refreshing. Layer upon layer of of thick herbal and fruit, without being over powered in any one direction. The body is thick and creamy on the finish. (Is this thing on Nitro? j/k)

A very enjoyable and repeatable IPA! Dare I say the perfect IPA? I think so. Honestly if Bosque canned this bad boy and got Albertsons to start selling it, this would be my new go-to IPA (Please do!).

I’m not much of a betting man but if I was, this might be my pick to take the NM IPA Challenge. Only time will tell but one thing is for sure. This IPA is tasty!



Marble’s Piña Pale Ale Review

marble pina pale ale

Piña Pale Ale – Marble Brewery

ABV: 5.5% – IBU: 30
Fruit Beer (Pale Ale with Pineapple)

Overall Rating 4.75 of 5 Mugs

marble pina pale ale

MrHoppy 4.75 of 5 mugs

Piña Pale Ale delivers as the ultimate refreshing, mouth watering patio sipper. I knew from the first look at it’s hazy orange body and small foamy white head it would be a dry hopped monster. Aroma is thick herbal, fruity dankness with notes of melon, lime, and a citrus and floral bouquet. Piña Pale looks like a glass of fruit juice with the aromas to match.

marble pina pale aleWith the first sip the pineapple taste and acidity jump right out at you and take over. The Chinook hops take the backseat however offer a very complex flavoring. Like layers of a cake, new flavors pop out at you with each sip. The mix of tropical fruit and hops is delightful and finishes slightly tart with pineapple notes lingering.

A very easy drinking  warm weather pale ale that literally has a mouth watering quality leaving you craving another sip. Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits and one rarely done well in beers (IMHO). From the pineapple beers I’ve tried in my day, this is by far the BEST!! I recommend Piña Pale to anyone who likes flavorful beer, definitely to anyone who likes pineapple or fruit beers in general. While not super bitter I’m also pretty confident that Hop Heads would enjoy the dank herbal and fruity hop profile.



It’s 3 O’Clock Somewhere!

Thanks to the lovely weather we are currently being bombarded with a lovely variety of Berliner-Weisses and other tart ales. A lovely variety of light beer that is not as common in the ABQ craft beer community is the Kolsch-style beer. Steel Bender Brewyard offers a bright, masterfully crafted rendition of this classic German style.

Steel Bender Brewyard is located on the northmos t bit of Albuquerque on your way to Corralles at 8305 2nd St. NW. It offers a great variety of gorgeous ales to Albuquerque. I stopped in a bit “green around the gills” on a warm Sunday around noon to get some food and a light crispy beer. I ordered their signature “Steel Bender Burger” which offered toppings of a fried egg and fried green chile which matched perfectly with their lovely Lloyd’s 3 O’Clock Kölsch-style ale.

steel bender 3 o'clock kolschThe beer opens up with a bouquet of dry, bready flavors and finishes with a subtle hint of lemons. Made traditionally with German Pilsner Malt this beer comes in 25 IBU and 5% ABV making it a beautiful choice for sessioning on a porch on a nice hot day.

The taproom itself is spacious with plenty of natural light. It also features a 360 bar and a dog friendly patio. Also a big plus is it’s spacious parking lot!

Steel Bender Brewyard offers a wide variety of delicious house ales including a Red IPA, a Witbier, a dry Irish Stout, and many more. They offer rotating seasonals and a selection of local wines. The Steel Bender Brewyard is a great place to stop that is outside of the usual Downtown Brewery District and for those who live northwest section of Albuquerque. It is a new brewery that truly hit the ground running.


Written by  Barney Gumbel

Steel Bender’s Lloyd’s 3 O’Clock Kolsch Review

steel bender 3 o'clock kolsch

Lloyd’s 3 O’Clock Kolsch – Steel Bender Brewyard

ABV: 5% – IBU: 25
Kolsch-style Ale

Overall Rating 4.25 of 5 Mugs

steel bender 3 o'clock kolsch

Barney Gumbel 4 of 5 mugs

The beer opens up with a bouquet of dry, bready flavors and finishes with a subtle hint of lemons. Made traditionally with German Pilsner Malt this beer comes in 25 IBU and 5% ABV making it a beautiful choice for sessioning on a porch on a nice hot day.

MrHoppy 4.5 of 5 mugs

Lloyd’s 3 O’Clock Kolsch is a very easy drinking, light bodied beer that is clean and crisp from start to finish. Light golden body with ultra high clarity and a small white frothy head that leaves good lacing. A light straw, hay aroma from pilsen malt is present mixed with faint notes of noble hops. The taste is smooth and light while finishing long and dry, true to style.

Definitely a refreshing warm weather beer. They get very close to the Kolsch style without lagering (I’m assuming). I would recommend this Kolsch style Ale to anyone new to the craft beer scene looking to make the cross over from a big box beer. Also to anyone looking for an easy drinking, low ABV session brew on the less hoppy side. I imagine this would be a great BBQ or party beer you could drink a whole keg of, with the help of a few friends!



Boese Brothers’ Cherry Bomb Review

Boese Brothers Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb – Boese Brothers Brewery

ABV: 6.2% – IBU: 30
Cherry Hefeweizen

Overall Rating 3.25 of 5 Mugs

Boese Brothers Cherry Bomb

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.


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


Red Door Brewing’s Open Saison Review

red door brewing open saison

Open Saison – Red Door Brewing

ABV: 6.2% – IBU: 29

Overall Rating 4 of 5 Mugs

red door brewing open saison

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.


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!





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!

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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

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