Saturday, May 19, 2012

Beer Week Sunday 5.20-Monday 5.21

Fresh off their Silver medal award at the World Beer Cup for their Imperial Cream Ale, Nexus Brewery is celebrating ABQ Beer Week by hosting a 1st anniversary beer brunch and BBQ, starting at 2 pm. Gives you just enough time to wake up, pop some ibuprofen, belt out some hymns at church, and start the vicious cycle all over again. Nexus will be debuting their Imperial Scottish Ale (ABV 11% 28 IBUs)and smoking beef brisket, pulled pork, and smoked chicken, all featuring the Nexus red chile BBQ sauce. The ever popular Nexus chicken and waffles will be available as well in case you were running late for church and didn't get breakfast.

Now that your belly is full, head over to Two Fools Tavern at 5 pm and enjoy Il Vicino's commercial account come to life with beer on tap at locations other than their brewery and restaurants. Two Fools will be getting a special keg (no bottles available, so I PROMISE this will be a draft beer!) of a peat smoked version of Il Vicino's Scottish Ale. If you're still hungry, pair it with Two Fools fish and chips and watch the Brits and Scots battle it out, Braveheart style.

Still have a loose belt and money to burn? Walk a block, burn off 4 calories, and settle into Zinc's Marble Beer Dinner. Marble regulars Wildflower Wheat, Pilsner, and Red Ale as well as Abbey Darkness and...Draft Magazine's Top 25 Beers of the Year winner From the Wood (a Dubbel aged in bourbon barrels and spiked with brettanomyces) will be paired with duck l'orange puffs, mini snow crab cakes, brisket, goat's milk custard dessert and more for $35 per person. Reserve at

Starting Monday at noon. ABQ Brew Pub will be serving up guest brewer Ben Miller's Belgian Strong Dark Ale. You may not feel like eating meat ever again after Sunday's events, but ABQ Brew Pub has that award winning green chile burger to wash down Ben's special beer with. Ben is very happy with how this beer has turned out, and I am looking forward to trying it. Ben will be on hand after 5 to let you tell him how much you liked his beer.

One of the 2011 Beer Week's biggest turnouts came at Marble Brewery's Beer and Cheese event. For $15, you get to try St Andre Triple Cream with Double White Ale; Montegrappa with Dopplebock; Bucherondin de Chevre with From the Wood; Satori Monte Amore with DIPA, and Cypress Grove Humbolt Fog with 3 year old Winter Warmer. The event runs from 4-7 pm.

I'm a sucker for bourbon barrel-aged beers, so you can count on me being at Two Fools, where they will be tapping a 5 gallon keg of Widmer Brrrbon, a Kentucky bourbon aged Winter Warmer that clocks in at 9.4% ABV. The beer will be served in 10 oz. glasses, ensuring not only that you get your sample, but that you will be able to dial the number for a cab. I can attest to the fact that sometimes even that becomes a struggle.

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