Oskar Blues Brewery’s “Canned Beer Apocalypse”
Although not included in the event’s title, the Alibi will be featuring an outstanding beer garden as part of the free samplings being offered at the Friday, April 6 Fine Wine and Art event. The beer garden will host about 30 craft breweries including Ska, New Belgium and, of course, local favorites Marble, La Cumbre and Blue Heron. Ironically, the beer garden actually became the busiest gathering place at Alibi’s last wine event and our spectacular beer lineup garnered rave reviews from attendees.
If you’re stuck at home on trick-or-treater duty tonight, make sure you stock up on some ABQ Beer Geek-recommended brewskies first. (For you, not the children.) They’re frighteningly goooooood!
Marble is suing a startup brewery in Tennessee
Albuquerque’s Marble Brewery is suing the fledgling Marble City Brewing Company for trademark infringement. Knoxville’s first and only microbrewery was slated to open this month. Some Knoxvillians are labeling it a dick move and calling for boycotts of Marble beer. Read the Metro Pulse story, and the volley of reader comments, right here.
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Give the finger to crappy beer at Albuquerque Hopfest
At this year's Albuquerque Hopfest, "drinking a 40" will not mean you've resorted to chugging Mickey's, King Cobra or any other man-tasticly named malt liquor that's pretending to be beer. No, it'll mean you're sampling from each and every brewery that's pouring at the Hopfest. At last count, 39 formidable brewing companies had committed to Saturday's event at O'Niell's Irish Pub in Nob Hill (4310 Central SE)—save that 40<SUP>th</SUP> drink for a repeat tasting of your favorite. Beer wristbands are $30 in advance, $40 at the gate, with proceeds benefiting the Make A Wish New Mexico chapter. Designated drivers ($10 entry) won't need to drink to have a good time—they'll get to hear live music and hang out in their own special lounge. Gates open at 2 p.m., with tastings from 3 to 6 p.m. and live music until 8 p.m. Visit albuquerquehopfest.com to see what else is on tap. (Laura Marrich)
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Tomorrow and Next Saturday: Hop Harvest
This coming and the following Saturdays (August 21 and 28), from 8:00am to noon, you can experience what it's like to be a manual laborer on a farm, except instead of getting paid to do the work, you then have to pay for the produce that you harvested by hand.
Beer here: Tomorrow is the Albuquerque leg of the N.M. IPA Challenge!
New Mexico’s ninth annual cage fight de hops (¿cómo se dice “cage fight” en español?) started at High Desert Brewing in Las Cruces on Tuesday, traveled up to Santa Fe Brewing company Thursday, and settles in for the final stop in Albuquerque tomorrow. The gloves come off at Chama River Brewing (4939 Pan American W Fwy NE, 342-1800) from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Fourth of Jul-IPA Beer Challenge!
Have a hoppy 4th of July? We sure did at the ABQBeerGeek compound, where the third annual 4th of JulIPA Challenge took place. Nine IPAs competed IPAs this time around. Last year we did thirteen beers, but felt that was a bit too many to judge, as people were missing their mouths by the thirteenth beers. Here's how it worked: it was a blind tasting of the all the beers by a panel of near twenty drinkers with good taste in beer. Beers were judged on a scale from 1-5 overall. I didn't bother with different judging for color, smell, or mouthfeel. That's just too much for me to calculate when all is said and done. Besides, IPAs range in color from straw to caramel to black, so it turns into a what's your favorite color contest. And mouthfeel? That sounds dirty.
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