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Cool pairings: Four-course meal served with Bosque beers at Downs Casino event

The Crown Room inside The Downs Racetrack & Casino has teamed up with Bosque Brewing Co. for a special beer dinner on Thursday, Aug. 18. (Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack & Casino)

The Crown Room inside The Downs Racetrack & Casino has teamed up with Bosque Brewing Co. for a special beer dinner on Thursday, Aug. 18. (Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack & Casino)

This story has been updated to clarify the promotion for recipients of the August Birthday mailer.

One of Albuquerque’s highly awarded breweries is teaming up with The Downs Racetrack & Casino for a beer-and-bites pairing that will satisfy your craft beer and fine-dining cravings.

The Crown Room at The Downs and Bosque Brewing Co. have collaborated on a handcrafted beer sampling and food pairing on Thursday, Aug. 18. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., with the first course of Chinese grilled chicken salad with red chile peanut dressing accompanied by Bosque Lager.

The second course consists of fish tacos with cilantro rice paired with Hot Bosque. The third course is a certified Angus beef New York strip with green peppercorn glaze served with oven-roasted potatoes with spaghetti zucchini. Rounding out the dinner is a finale of fresh fruit strudel with Belgian crème anglaise.

The four-course dinner featuring some of Bosque’s finest craft beers is $49.99 per person, which does not include gratuity or tax. Reserve your spot quickly at opentable.com or call 767-7180.

If you cannot make the Bosque beer dinner, you can still visit The Crown Room from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday for its new menu and pricing featuring fine steaks, seafood and pasta selections. The Crown Room also is open for brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For a complete listing of its menu and more information, visit abqdowns.com/the-crown-room.

Down the way in the Downs Cafe and Food Court, there are some affordable and tasty meals being served up daily this month. August’s daily special is the pork chop breakfast, featuring one pork chop, eggs, hash browns and toast or the pork chop dinner with two pork chops, mashed potatoes and vegetables. The breakfast and dinner options both include a beverage and are each $5.99 per person.

The Downs Cafe menu offers full-service seated dining. It opens at 4 p.m. daily and at 9:30 a.m. on weekends. The special breakfast menu offered on weekends includes a free coffee and pastry with purchase. There also is a bottomless soup and salad bar beginning at 11 a.m.

There are plenty of exciting August promotions waiting for you on the Downs casino floor. On Monday through Saturday, enjoy the “$125,000 Roll to Win” promotion. There will be three winners per drawing at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Winners will roll oversize dice to determine winnings ranging from $75 to $500.

Wrap up the week with “$12,000 Downs Derby Sundays.” Drawings will be held at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. There will be $600 in free play awarded during each drawing. The prize pool will be shared with those finishing in the win, place, show and fourth place during the horse racing themed promotion.

The Downs wants to wish those born in August a happy birthday. Recipients of the August Birthday mailer earn two times the points every Tuesday. August birthday Triple Crown Players Club members, with a weekly free play reward of $20 or more on any Thursday in August, can spin a virtual wheel at their machine to win free play.

Don’t forget that you can accumulate five times the points on your Triple Crown Players Club card on Wednesdays this month.

Unwind with a refreshing cocktail or beer during the daily happy hour at the First Turn Lounge inside The Downs. There you can enjoy simulcast horse racing and wagering daily.

Sing your heart out every Tuesday and Wednesday evening when First Turn Lounge offers karaoke. Leave the singing and entertainment to local bands every Friday and Saturday night this month, with Black Pearl tonight and Saturday, Aug. 13, Fat City on Aug. 19-20 and Gonzalo on Aug. 26-27.

For more information on The Downs, call 767-7171 or visit abqdowns.com.

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