Monday, April 4, 2011

Cask Fest was Firkin Fun

Another day, another successful NM Brewers Guild event.
Saturday's Cask Ale Festival at La Cumbre was a well organized event, and by "well organized" I mean I didn't have to wait long for a beer, even though the place was packed. Of course, you can't really see that from the first pic I put up here. That was taken at the very beginning of the fest. I have to get to these things early because I have a minor problem with waiting in lines that may only be treatable with a tranquilizer gun.

Cask-conditioned beers from nine New Mexico breweries were pouring on Saturday. I don't have a list of all of them but I will go by memory: Santa Fe Irish Red, Turtle Mountain ESB, Il Vicino Slow Down Brown, Three Rivers IPA, Blue Corn Roadrunner IPA, Turtle Mountain IPA, Il Vicino Wet Mountain IPA, Chama River Sleeping Dog Stout, ABQ Brew Pub (Ben Miller) Oatmeal Stout, Chama River Double Red, La Cumbre Three-Legged Dog TIPA, Marble DIPA, La Cumbre El Negro Imperial Stout, and La Cumbre Mole Mole Malpais Stout with red chile. Standout beers for me were the Chama Double Red, which was more of a DIPA and less of a Red; Marble DIPA, and El Negro RIS. Thanks to all the breweries who made the event possible and to all the pourers who kept glasses full all day.

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