“Using Beer in Culinary Delights” January 6th 6:30 Rio Bravo. Featuring: Cuyler Pagano, and Professional Chef, Joe Sausage @ Rio Bravo Brewing
Jan 6 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Our esteemed webmaster Cuyler Pagano was a professional chef in his past, and he’s going to show (and make) us some foods, using beer.  We’ll have beer-battered fish, stir fry, and a couple other surprises, all using beer as an ingredient.  As if that wasn’t fun enough, professional sausage maker, and award winning chef Joe Sausage, will be there to discuss, demonstrate, and share food, using beers in different meats, both open grilled and in sausage.  This will be a great event for sure!  This is free for current Dukes members, and to cover the cost of food, $10 for guests.

Feb 3rd 6:30: Intro to Beer Judging @ Rio Bravo Brewing @ Rio Bravo Brewing
Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Ever wonder how beers/meads/ciders are judged?  You might be surprised at the detail and what it takes to evaluate a brew!  At our February 3rd (6:30) meeting, we’ll show you some of the processes.  We’ll have a suite of experienced judges, and after an overview of the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) judging scoresheet, and Styles Reference Manual, we’ll break up the students into smaller groups, then have a tasting/evaluation of some beers, and maybe ciders as well. Here are just a few of the topics and what we’ll be doing at the meeting:

What is the BJCP judging scoresheet, and how do you interpret it? What are the styles categories, and how do beers get segregated into them?  Evaluation/judging category breakdown.  Actual judging of 2-5 beers/ciders. Evaluation of student’s scoresheets.  Conclude class & share brews with other attendees.

We have a limited number of openings for students.  Current Dukes Of Ale members will have first shot at seating, then non-members until we have a full class (about 35-40, depending on how many instructors we have).

Meads, NMHC Info, Hopfest Brews Tasting @ Rio Bravo Brewing
Aug 4 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Hey gang, a reminder of our August meeting, which will feature meads, and don’t forget if you want your keg on tap at Hopfest, with your name in lights for all to see, Aug 27th is the event…. AND you get a gift card to cover for your ingredients, so bring a sample to the meeting.  We always need help at the booth pouring, and describing homebrewing to the 3000+ attendees…. it’s fun!!

Mead Day is an annual AHA event, so we thought we’d feature a short tutorial, including sampling of honeys, processes, nutrient additions (lets you make a great mead in 2 months, not 2 years!), and the process (with “young” samples) of making Tej, an Ethiopian style mead that’s hard to find in this country.

Also, we’re having a drawing for a kit to make your own gallon of Tej Mead!!  This prize includes the fermentation jar, honey, and the hard-to-find Gesho, which are aromatic twigs/leaves native to Ethiopia, and necessary to make Tej.

And finally, don’t forget to get your brews ready for our upcoming competition.  The officers just decided it was too much to try to run a large amateur competition, and Pro competition simultaneously, (and a few other reasons), so we’re focusing on homebrewers only, and the new name is New Mexico Homebrewers Competition (NMHC).  Entries due by September 9th. We’ll have the website up this week for more info.

See you Thursday!


“Belgian/Trappist Ales” Discussion Lead by Monk’s Brewing Brother @ Monks' Corner Taproom
Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
A very special meeting and location for February 2nd, will be a discussion and sampling of Trappist ales at Monks Alb taproom (205 Silver Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102). Discussions will be lead by one or more of the Brothers that are brewers for Monk’s Brewing, whose main brewery is near Abiquiu NM.
This is one of the very few breweries in the US located on-site at a Monastery (The Monastery of Christ in the Desert).  These gentlemen are top notch Trappist brewers, and are generous enough to have us “take over” their taproom, where we can listen, sample their delicious brews, and get some brewing tips as well! We’ll have an informal discussion/presentation, with tasting/sampling during the event.  After the event, we’ll sample homebrew as well.

PLEASE… there by 6:30 or earlier (also,traffic & parking takes extra time), to show respect for the Brothers, since they’re taking the time out of their schedule to host us at their taproom.

And to get your creative brewing going, we’ll have a May meeting, Trappist Ale competition, where we’ll judge the best Belgian-style homebrewed ales, with a gift card for the winner!….Better listen to the Monks carefully!
Science of Beer at Explora! @ Explora Science Center
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Dukes of Ale at Explora Science Center with Marble Brewery as we celebrate the Science of Beer on Friday, February 24th at 6:30pm! Stop by the Dukes table in the Rotary Pavilion to learn about the chemistry behind your brews!

Tickets are $10 at the door (purchase online at Explora webiste) and include 3 free beer tastes and a beer koozie. If purchased prior to Feb 23, you’ll also receive 30% off Marble merchandise and 20% off Explora merchandise!

This event was a blast last year, so we hope to see you on the 24th for beer and science!

March 2nd meeting @ Rio Bravo Brewing Co.
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Dukes of Ale for an informative presentation on the BJCP Category 20: American Porters and Stouts. We’ll meet at Rio Bravo Brewing on Thursday, March 2nd at 6:30pm.  Be sure to bring your own Category 20 homebrews for sharing after the presentation!

Meads and Cider Judging Seminar @ TBD
Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Battle of the Beer Geeks @ Tractor Brewing
Mar 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Battle of the Beer Geeks brew recipe due to Tractor.  We need a few volunteers to brew at Tractor, then it’s put on tap against other Beer Geek Clubs.  Any wheat beer is allowed.  We won judges’ choice last year, let’s win most-popular beer this year!!

Wort-Share at Broken Trails @ Broken Trails
Mar 18 all-day

2017 Dukes Of Ale/Broken Trail  Wort-Share and Spirits project

Keep the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy this club membership status benefit.

Initial order limited to 5 gallons Irish wort at $4.00/gallon and two bottles of spirits at $15.00/bottle.      (Limited supply based on estimated 217 gallons wort and 100 bottles spirits.)

  • March 11:  Small group to help with mash of Irish whiskey spirit.
  • March 18:  Wort-share mash, boil, and distribution, same time as spirit distillation and barrel fill.
  • Sept. Bottling session after 6+ month barrel aging.  Bottle distro’ and Homebrew evaluation.

Fine print:

  • Current Dukes of Ale club membership required.
  • Signup at Mar 2 meeting (or on-line) is required to reserve shares of wort and spirits.  
  • Additional shares may be available at time of distribution.
  • Activity times will be published later and all are welcome to participate.

Blues & Brews @ Sandia Resort & Casino
May 28 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This is great fun with bands & tons of breweries and attendees but best of all, we can have our beers/ciders/meads on tap to show the world the talents of homebrewers.  Make a bigger batch than normal, then save 4-5 gallons & we’ll evaluate it to see who gets to have their creation on tap.  You also get admission that normally is $35.  We’ll have a booth to talk homebrewing too, and we’ll reimburse you for the ingredients, so all good stuff here!