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Wish You Were Beer

House Edition: Boxing Bear's Chocolate Cream Stout

By Geoffrey Plant [ Mon Dec 5 2016 4:50 PM ]

Weekly Alibi is an intrinsically local affair. Recently the Alibi staff were blessed with a device that delivers—on demand—one of the locally made products our city is most famous for, besides blue colored crystal methamphetamine and Pimental & Sons guitars. It's our internationally recognized, high-quality local beer. This writer is still trying to think of another name for the thingamajig we use to access this magical liquid, because the word “kegerator”, like “labradoodle”, is just plain hard to say without inviting a sinking feeling that the english language is seriously at risk. Also, Alibi's beer machine is as finicky as an old Evinrude outboard motor and deserves more than two words mashed together. Perhaps something vintage sounding, like “Fine Time Foam Queen”; "The Spigot” would work as well. Patience is required to get a glass of brew out of our little fridge with a tap on the top of it but the quality of our city's locally produced beer makes the effort worthwhile. As one beer replaces another in the grog box in the back room, Weekly Alibi will share our thoughts and tasting notes. Stay tuned for some ideas on what to order next time you're at one of our local brew-pubs or tap-rooms, there are not-to-be missed pints to be had in nearly every part of town these days. Like the delicious stout our brew hydrant currently dispenses in expanding gushers of foam, creating a fun atmosphere not unlike the one in The Rolling Stones' video for “It's Only Rock 'N' Roll".

Boxing Bear's Chocolate Milk Stout (5.2 % ABV, 20 IBU)
Boxing Bear took home a pile of awards in 2016, including “mid-size brew-pub of the year” at the Great American Beer Festival, where their Chocolate Milk Stout bested 72 others to win first place in the cream stout category. This stout has won awards at various other festivals and competitions over the past couple years and the Alibi staff is honored to work alongside this standout beer; we couldn't ask for a finer wintertime co-worker.

Boxing Bear's milk stout is a shining example of an American cream stout, so-called because of the addition of non-fermentable lactose—milk sugar— which retains its mild sweetness through fermentation and lends a creamy character to the resulting beer. American stouts are traditionally lighter bodied than their British ancestors and are thus well suited for the addition of an adjunct like lactose, adding texture without creating a monster thick dark beer.

The milk sugar combines with a generous helping of chocolate and caramel malt to bring the beer close to confectionary status without becoming overwhelming. Some chocolate stouts must be rationed like a triple-layer chocolate cake; one glass of Young's Double Chocolate Stout, for example, is sufficient. With any sense, that beer should be delivered to your palate as a finisher, after your main course. Part of what makes Boxing Bear's Chocolate Cream Stout an award-winning beer is its drinkability. It has a medium bodied mouth feel that is textbook American cream stout. Where some chocolate stouts blow the doors off with sweetness and chocolate adjuncts, the Burque-based brewers show restraint. Their measured addition of unprocessed cocoa nibs at the finish adds flavor without dominating the stout's well-balanced character. The result is a brew that some will drink like Guinness (you know, like water) while others will treat their pour as a sophisticated dessert beer. Well done.

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The Daily Word in Victory at Standing Rock, Fire in Oakland, and the Cost of Protecting Donald Trump

By Robin Babb [ Mon Dec 5 2016 11:25 AM ]
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In a historic decision, the Army Corps of Engineers prevented further construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Sunday afternoon. The Corps denied the pipeline a legal easement required to drill under the Missouri River, saying that an environment impact assessment was needed before the Energy Transfer Partners could put an oil pipeline beneath the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's only source of drinking water. Finally, something to celebrate. (Not that Trump couldn't legally reverse this decision once he's in office.)

President-Elect Trump has tapped Dr. Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. This despite the fact that Carson said he would not seek a cabinet position, since he has literally no government experience. So, you know. I'm sure that'll pan out well.

Tragedy in Oakland–my old home–on Friday night, when the Ghost Ship warehouse-turned-art-space burned down during a dance party. At least 36 people are confirmed dead.

The murder trial for the police shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man, is still deadlocked. Michael Slager, the police officer on trial, was recorded laughing immediately after he shot the man, who was running away from him.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked the federal government for $35 million to cover the cost of protecting Donald Trump and his family until inauguration day.

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Armed with Knowledge

Sunday, Dec 4: Third Annual Nelson Mandela Commemoration

By August March [ Sat Dec 3 2016 10:00 AM ]
Learn more about the life and ideals of the South African patriot and president who changed the world.
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The Daily word in privilege, time-wasting and a new branch in the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County library system

By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Dec 2 2016 1:21 PM ]

The Duke City is opening a new library branch where the Caravan East nightclub has been oh these many years.

Yar, here be the suspect in a string of suspicious fires that afflicted several businesses in Albuquerque.

Is Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev asleep? Russians want to know.

British politicians will be exempt from the scrutiny of their country's new "Investigative Powers Act" which will collect data en masse from "ordinary" Brits.

Niagara Falls has a new, balls-to-the-wall, LED powered illumination that turns the whole place into a DMT fairy mound made of violent water. Wow.

Utah drivers suck.

It's official. Serial killers are out. Individuals with a bunch guns and less than an hour are in.

In local weather, Sunday, December Fourth will be a beautiful day for a yard sale. Especially in the Mountain Road/Harwood area, they say.


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Healing One Word at a Time

Saturday, Dec 3: Women of the World Poetry Slam Championship

By Megan Reneau [ Fri Dec 2 2016 12:00 PM ]
Ten of the best female performance poets in Albuquerque compete to claim the title of Best Woman Slammer in Albuquerque.
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Saturday, Dec 3: Twinkle Light Parade

By Desiree Garcia [ Fri Dec 2 2016 11:00 AM ]
Kick off the holiday season with dozens of festive floats, dancers, car clubs, animals, marching bands and more.
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Run, Santa, Run

Saturday, Dec 3: Santa Shuffle and Elf Scoot

By Joshua Lee [ Fri Dec 2 2016 10:00 AM ]
Watch runners complete a 5K or walk a 1K in a Santa costume.
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The Daily Word in Noticias de Nuevo Mexico

By August March [ Thu Dec 1 2016 11:30 AM ]
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Pete Domenici is back!

Lobo men's hoopsters beat Abilene Christian by nine.

A Las Cruces woman allegedly attacked her boyfriend with a chainsaw.

A man from Albuquerque died in Califas.

State Game and Fish officers nabbed an alleged poacher.

Hanna Skandera likes Betty DeVos.

There was a deadly police chase near Clovis.

As the Facebook Data Center in Valencia County begins construction, issues have arisen regarding the hiring of local subcontractors and laborers.

Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez was found guilty of "gross immorality."

Mountainair's only grocery store closed in April, but is set to reopen before Christmas.

A member of the Breitbart News editorial team will speak at UNM in January.

When humans vacate the state of Oklahoma, they rarely land in the land of enchantment.

New Mexico is among five US states with the highest rates of death from opioid overdose.

The US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a claim of pay discrimination claim emanating from New Mexico.

Un Burqueño caught a rainbow trout at Tingley Beach, while fly-fishing with an egg pattern.

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Christmas Rocks

Friday, Dec 2: Mother Nature's Luminarias

By Renée Chavez [ Thu Dec 1 2016 11:00 AM ]
An interactive black light adventure in the brightly colored world of fluorescent minerals.
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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle … Art

Friday, Dec 2: Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival

By Maggie Grimason [ Thu Dec 1 2016 10:00 AM ]
A showcase of art created from discarded materials.
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