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V.26 No.7 | 02/16/2017

Event Horizon

Ex-Beer-imental

Friday, Feb 24: Science of Beer

Get your beer geek on with demos, talks and fun experiments.
V.26 No.1 | 01/05/2017

Event Horizon

Winter Beer for My Winter Bod

Friday, Jan 13: Sixth Annual WinterBrew Festival

Unlimited sampling, food, pints, package and growlers available for purchase from 18 New Mexican breweries.
V.23 No.52 | 12/25/2014
Henry Miller

A Drinkable Feast

Henry Miller’s Birthday

A day-after-Christmas celebration of a filthy provocateur

Hosho McCreesh celebrates the filthy provocateur with a beer, a book and a meal from a local food truck.
V.23 No.37 | 9/11/2014
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

A Drinkable Feast

Literary Kegger

A Drinkable Feast’s guide to bookish beering

Albuquerque’s beer scene has exploded, but ADF is here to help you navigate it. With a book in hand, of course.
Patrick Johnson (left) and Zach Gould of the Ale Republic.
Ty Bannerman

Food News

Democracy by the Pint

New alehouse concept puts the people in charge of the pivo

A new alehouse concept puts the people in charge of the pivo.
V.23 No.16 |

news

The Daily Word in horrible mutilations, further annexations and Albuquerque city council quandaries

The Daily Word

Top of the list of "unexpected beer cities? Albuquerque, por supuesto.

The suspect shot by APD yesterday was a woman.

City council is gearing up to kill the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission in order to create a new system of checks and balances vis a vis citizenry and APD.

A bicyclist was killed Saturday when she was hit by the Rail Runner in Santa Fe.

Among steep competition, rapper Andre Johnson may have committed the most bizarre musician suicide attempt ever. Ever.

Netflix is introducing another kinda-weird price increase.

Sometimes "refined" means fart jokes.

Controversial State of Michigan decision prohibiting race based college entrance was upheld by the SCOTUS.

Crimea is getting strange and Russia is a master of propaganda.

Nothing wrong with thinking about Nudie suits folks.

V.20 No.43 | 10/27/2011
Inside Bad Ass Brewery

Feature

The Year in Beer

January

Everything is coming up hop flowers in the world of craft beer in 2011. Bubbling up from less than 100 breweries in 1980 to an all-time high of 1,716 before the year began, 2011 is poised to be the year craft brands finally overtake the old big three: Anheuser-Busch, Miller and Coors (now AmBev and MillerCoors). Overall beer sales fell by 1 percent in 2010 while craft sales jumped 11 percent.

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Bewitching Brews

Fall season means some heavy and hopppy brews. ABQ Beer Geek gives the lowdown on a variety of styles. From bourbon barrel-aged stouts to coffee porters, and in categories ranging from Best Beer for Yoga Enthusiasts to Best Beer for a Repenting, you’re bound to find something to buzz about.

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Burque Breweries

A comprehensive round-up of Albuquerque breweries and brew pubs.

V.20 No.2 | 1/13/2011
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ABQ Beer Geek

ABQ Beer Geek

Beers at Their Peak

A new Albuquerque brewery’s good altitude

La Cumbre Brewing Co.

The first words emblazoned on La Cumbre’s growlers: “La Cumbre Brewing Company is what happens when two people take one thing altogether way too seriously.”

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V.19 No.42 | 10/21/2010
ABQ Beer Geek

Feature

Seasonal Samplings

A fall beer face-off

There isn’t a true category of fall beers, as there is for winter warmers. But fall is the season when two popular styles, Märzen (commonly known as Octoberfest in the U.S.) and pumpkin are released. New Mexico gets imported versions of most of the beers served at Germany’s legendary Oktoberfest. Locally, Santa Fe Brewing has an Octoberfest available in cans, and Turtle Mountain has an excellent version available at their pub. Pumpkin beer choices are limited in the Albuquerque area as far as bottled offerings. I recommend the pumpkin releases from Marble, Hallenbrick and Chama River, which should be available in the next week. Chama will also debut a new version of theirs, dubbed “Punkin Drublic.”

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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)

V.19 No.36 | 9/9/2010
A representative scene from last year&amp;rsquo;s shindig
ABQ Beer Geek

ABQ Beer Geek

Septemberfest

Ah, September. The month when I have to start accounting for 20 minutes of extra travel time because I always get stuck in 15 mph school zones. (Wouldn’t it make sense to up the speed limit in the zones of schools that are known for athletics? Those kids are pretty fast.)

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V.19 No.31 | 8/5/2010
Judges paid to taste samples of 10 New Mexico beers, served &amp;ldquo;blind,&amp;rdquo; at Chama River Brewing Co. on Saturday.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

ABQ Beer Geek

The 2010 New Mexico IPA Challenge

From 10 breweries and hundreds of judges, one beer emerged victorious

Thanks to my nightly ritual of “adult NyQuil,” also known as beer, I rarely have a hard time sleeping. But the eve of the New Mexico IPA Challenge always brings an uncomfortable night of rest. Mixed with humid weather that left my swamp cooler helpless, the looming challenge had me tossing and turning all night. Last year’s judging in Albuquerque was held at Il Vicino Tap Room, and seating was scarce—most people sat on empty kegs. I was afraid if I didn’t get to this year’s competition early enough, I wouldn’t be able to get my fill of the best IPAs our state has to offer.

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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.

You, citizen drinker, just pay $20 for a tray of samples from all the participating local brewers—11 of em!—and vote on your favorite. The exciting twist is that the tasting and judging is done blind: You won’t know who’s who until all the votes are in and tallied. There are some extra niceties as well, but let’s get right to the breweries (copied and pasted from nmbeer.org, which flickered on again after an almost yearlong hiatus. Welcome back!):

Blue Corn Cafe & Brewery, Santa Fe

Chama River Brewing, Albuquerque

Hallenbrick Brewing, Albuquerque

High Desert Brewing, Las Cruces

Il Vicino Brewing, Albuquerque

Marble Brewery, Albuquerque

Santa Fe Brewing, Santa Fe

Second Street Brewery, Santa Fe

Rio Grande Brewing, Moriarity

Three Rivers Brewing, Farmington

Turtle Mountain Brewing, Rio Rancho

Even if you can’t make it, pick up next week’s Alibi for ABQ Beer Geek’s recap of the challenge and its bitter winners and losers (hops are bitter, you see, so the winners and the losers ... oh, never mind). And be sure to check www.ABQBeerGeek.com for even more constantly updated beer wisdom. On tap right now: The Beer Geek reports that it’s Il Vicino Tap Room’s last night at their current location. (Look for the new place at 2381 Aztec NE sometime in or after September.) He has pictures, too.