Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Test Your Stamina With the Most IBUs Under One Roof

Local craft beer consultant, brand rep, BJCP certified taste buds owner, and all-around good guy Angelo Orona is putting on another craft beer extravaganza at Sister on Saturday, Oct. 17. Sister will open at 2 to welcome Palate Fatigue: A Hop Forward event. Featuring a 20 tap takeover from local and national breweries, this event is sure to have you scraping the hop oils off your tongue by night's end...which may sound unappealing, but it sure beats the heartburn after that last sour beer event Angelo put on. Presale tickets for the event are $35, available at holdmyticket.com If you wait and buy at the door (IF there are any tickets left) you'll be paying $40. And that's quite the fair price, considering that you get unlimited samples of all the beers; 10-12 of which are either exclusive to the event or are being tapped for the very first time in New Mexico!
The lineup consists of:
Upslope Lychee IPA
Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin
Alpine Hoppy Birthday
Santan Moon Juice IPA
Marble Imperial Red
Stone Enjoy By 10.31.15
Santa Fe Black IPA through the Randall (think of your beer being French pressed with fresh hops...)
Blue Corn Triple IPA
Ponderosa India Pale Kolsch
Founders All Day IPA
Founders Breakfast Stout
Bosque Acequia Wet Hop IPA
Evil Twin Yin Imperial Stout
Evil Twin Yang Imperial IPA
Ska Modus Manadrina
Sierra Blanca small batch IPA
La Cumbre NZ Dank
Canteen Dutch Courage IPA
Gaverhopke/Tired Hands Bittersweet Symphony
And a couple of surprise kegs!
I'm looking forward to the entire list, but a couple of my non-local brewery picks: glad to see the Modus Manadrina since I missed trying it in Denver a few weeks ago. I'm a sucker for orange-y IPAs, especially since I have a cold right now and need my vitamin C. Also can't wait to try Evil Twin Yang on tap for the first time ever. And how about the collaboration Belgian IPA between Gaverhopke and Philly area's Tired Hands, who are making some of the most sought after IPAs in the country!
Portions of the proceeds go to Aljaba Casa Hogar Children's Home in Mexico, so you can feel even better about your drinking problem. There were only 150 tickets made available for this event, so get yours quick!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cross San Diego Off the List

I used to love visiting San Diego. Great beaches, great weather, bars, food...but I realized the main reason I returned there again and again was for one thing: Alpine Nelson. But I don't need to wait for the Southwest Click N' Save alerts anymore: Nelson is here. Along with Hoppy Birthday and Duet, as evidenced by the horrible picture I took when seeing them at Jubilation. We can thank Green Flash for getting them here (about the only thing worth thanking Green Flash for lately) after their acquisition of Alpine. We've seen the random keg of Hoppy Birthday and Duet in town since the move, but none of those telltale Alpine labels. Walking into a store and seeing those babies on the shelf suddenly had me back in San Diego...until I walked outside and didn't see palm trees. Or an ocean. Just a Walgreens. So I may still venture back out to the coast, but for now, I'm happy to be able to drink their finest here in Albuquerque.