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

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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


Starr Bros’ Red Zepplin Review

starr bros red zepplin

Red Zepplin – Starr Brothers Brewing

ABV: 7.6% – IBU: 60
Red Ale

Overall Rating 4.5 of 5 Mugs

starr brothers brewing red zepplin red ale


MrHoppy – 4.5 of 5 mugs

Red Zepplin has a dark copper red color and a clear body topped by a small foamy white head. starr bros red zepplinThe aroma is smokey and heavy on roasted and toasted malts that smells like a sweet cookie. Initial flavor is dominated by the caramel malts and mellows as the hops balance out the finish. More subtle and less pronounced flavors include a brown sugar like sweetness and faint nuttiness. The heavy malt body is well balanced but not over powered by the clean hop finish.

I’m a big fan of more traditional style reds and Red Zepplin hits the mark perfectly for me.  It’s a great balance on a malt forward ale with just enough hops to tingle my senses. I would recommend Red Zepplin to anyone who enjoys malt forward ales such as browns, ambers, and reds.

CHEERS!

Starr Bothers Brewing ()

 

Carver Brewing & Animas Alers ProAm

Carver Brewing Co

Carver Brewing & Animas Alers ProAm Home Brewing Competition 2017

Animas AlersAnimas Aler’s Homebrew Club based in Durango, Colorado are hosting a GABF sanctioned Pro-Am Homebrew Competition with Carver Brewing Company (also in Durango). Entry registrations accepted 03/27/2017 at 12:00 AM, MDT through 06/05/2017 at 12:00 AM, MDT.

Judging Date: 06/16/2017 at 12:00 AM, MDT

This competition is only open to the 4 corner states and we would love to see New Mexico represented!

Register here at comp.animasalers.org

National Home Brew Day 2017

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Join Southwest Grape & Grain and Worthogs Homebrew Club in Celebrating National Homebrew Day!

Saturday May 6th – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm!

Home brewers from the Worthogs Homebrew Club will be brewing an All-Grain batch. They will be ready and eager to talk to anyone interested in learning how to brew, answer questions and share their experience!

Location: 2801-N Eubank Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Quarter Celtic’s Clark IPA Review

Clark IPA Quarter Celtic Brewing

Clark – Quarter Celtic Brewpub

ABV: 6% – IBU: 50
IPA (Juicy New England Style)

Overall Rating 4.25 of 5 Mugs

Clark IPA Quarter Celtic


Barney Gumbel – 4 of 5 mugs

I have been becoming more and more acquainted with the Quarter-Celtic brewery off of San Mateo and Lomas. I was recently hooked when I stopped in for corned beef and cabbage the day after St. Patrick’s Day and boy did they deliver. But I digress; we are here for beer aren’t we?

This time I stopped in try their Clark IPA. This IPA is different from what we are usually offered here in Albuquerque. It is a cloudy East Coast-Style IPA. It is a beautifully hazy orange illuminated gorgeously by the sun pouring in from the countless windows of the taproom. It is bright, citrusy, and pleasant. It offers a huge amount of hop juiciness without the bitterness – as opposed to many southwest style IPAs. It comes in 6.1% allowing more room for flavor complexity. It uses Rahr pale malt, flaked oats and wheat. The flavor is brought by Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, and little bit of Simcoe. It also uses Lupulin powder, which is extracted from the Lupulin gland of the hop.

Clark is a crispy and refreshing IPA that is uncommon in ABQ and should be tried alongside an item from their fantastic food menu.

MrHoppy – 4.5 of 5 mugs

Clark IPAIt’s name is Clark (AKA SUPERBEER), a soft, mellow and well balanced IPA. Golden orange and very hazy with a small white foamy head served in a traditional pint glass. I really enjoyed this New England style IPA which is heavily dry hopped and much lighter on the bitter end of the scale. It’s a good change of profile and tastes much different than what we think of as a traditional IPA here in NM. Clark puts on display the flavor of the hops without killing you with bitterness.

Clark starts out fairly mellow on the front of the tongue and slowly works it’s way back as the array of hop flavors dance on your palette. Clark is heavy on the knose but aroma dissipates quickly so take a whiff early.  Initial aroma is fruity and floral while the taste is more clean herbal, and citrus. You can really taste layers of hop flavor as the beer warms which adds another layer to the complexity.

I would recommend this beer for anyone looking for a low IBU (bitterness) IPA and to all IPA lovers looking to step out of their comfort zone a bit. I recently tried some of the highest rated NE style IPAs as my family is from NE and sent me a few. I can comfortably say that Clark holds it’s own against it’s East Coast counter parts in the NE IPA arena.

CHEERS!

Quarter Celtic Brewpub (1100 San Mateo Blvd NE #50, Albuquerque, NM 87110)

Tart at Heart

tart at heart

With the warm weather comes a change in palette and as a result, a change in beer styles. Sours is an umbrella term to cover a wide variety of different styles of beers that seem to be becoming more popular year by year. I had the opportunity to attend one of Albuquerque’s most exciting beer events: the 3rd annual Tart at Heart which took place at Sister Bar in downtown Albuquerque (407 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102). It featured of 25 different styles of sour and barrel-aged beers.

Upon entry I was given a “Tart at Heart” glass that would accompany me and my “unlimited tastings”. The first thing you are greeted with as a guest of Tart at Heart is a giant bowl of Tums, for pretty obvious reasons. It was both funny and relieving.

I made the rotation around the dance floor where various breweries offered their finest sour and barrel-aged ales.

Top 3 local offerings:

Canteen’s “Social Capital” w/ Orange Peel, Cardamom, and Vanilla Bean

Bright, crisp, and refreshing. It captures Albuquerque’s sun-soaked spring in a bottle. The light satisfaction of a lighter beer with the mouth-watering quality of a sour candy without being too overbearing.

Marble’s “¡Cereza Cerveza!” Aged Cherry Sour

Always delivering quality beer, this beer will not disappoint. Aged in Chardonnay barrels, this beer has a bright and bubbly quality about it. The cherries cause pleasant puckering. I had at least 3 refills of this bad boy.

Dialogue’s “Filth Peddler” Sour Lager

Dialogue has been continuing to impress me with their increasing arsenal of sour/tart beers. This beer is a little more subtle on the tart side to it’s advantage. It finishes nice and smoothly with almost a toasty taste that you might find in their Berliner Weisse or a nice German pilsner. Shining and unpretentious, this beer is not to be missed.

Top 3 National Offerings:

New Belgium’s “La Folie”

A sour brown ale with unmatched complexity. Reportedly from a yeast strain that’s been around since the mid-90’s. This ale packs a nice punch at 7% without taking away at all from the overall flavor profile. Lip-puckeringly tart, sharp, and reminiscent of stone fruit.

North Coast’s “Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse”

Made with Michigan Montmorency cherries, this beer is bright and refreshing and keeps you wanting more. A beautiful color, almost resembling Rosé, this beer is perfect for a warm Spring day.

Firestone’s “Parabola”

This heavy-hitting Russian Imperial Stout (13.1%) is described by Firestone as a “barrel-aged beast” and they could not have described it better. It’s as dark as night and twice as enticing. It is dark, tempting, and sweet with flavor notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, and bourbon undertones. This is a siren of a beer, as it’s smooth and delicious allure can catch up to you quick if you are not careful.

Do not miss this event next year. It is one of the finest organized specialty beer events we are offered in Albuquerque.

 

CHEERS!

Written by  Barney Gumbel

Social Capital

Social Capital 1

Spring is upon us; gracing Albuquerque with warmth, brightness, flowers, and beautifully tasty seasonal beers. My first taste of spring ale was this past Friday at Canteen Brewhouse.

The main taproom is a spacious and unpretentious haven for beer drinkers. It’s comfortable and has plenty of light pouring in to create a friendly environment. It is also a great hub for entertainment hosting events such as live music and trivia.

It is perhaps not known to some that Canteen Brewhouse (f.k.a. Il Vicino Brewing) is Albuquerque’s oldest microbrewery, opening its doors in 1994. With over two decades of brewing under its belt, Canteen remains a staple in the Albuquerque craft beer community.

I sat down with Zach Guilmette to talk a bit about Canteen as well as their “Social Capital” series. “Social Capital” is a reoccurring series that features rotating styles of kettle-soured ales. Kettle-souring is a process where the beer is soured using lactobacillus in the brewing process, allowing the beer to become sour very quickly.

I was fortunate enough to have one of the first pints of the most recent batch on it’s release. This batch is brewed with Orange Peel, Vanilla Bean, and Cardamom. The first sip explodes with a bouquet of citrusy brightness. It is unbelievably crisp and refreshing. It is on the very sour side making your mouth water in the best possible way. Coming in at 5.5% ABV this ale is perfect to have on on their spacious patio on a gorgeous spring afternoon.

The next addition of “Social Capital” will be released for ABQ Beer Week and will be Thai-style sour of sorts, combining sweet basil, lemongrass, and coconut.

 

CHEERS!

Written by Barney Gumbel

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