Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the reunified edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and one newcomer down in Socorro also joining the party. We tried hard to keep the state edition going, but without participation from the breweries outside the I-25 corridor, it was futile.
Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.
By the time you are reading this, there will be less than 24 hours until ABQ Beer Week begins. At 167 events, this 11-day homage to craft beer has the potential to overwhelm. Fear not, the Crew will be with you throughout the duration. Between our original members, the Bullpen, and our correspondents, we will have a lot of events covered, and we should have most of the big events covered. At the very least, we will do our best to always identify the beer(s) being poured at every event. While numerous events will occur at places like O’Niell’s, Nob Hill Bar & Grill, Two Fools, and the like, the breweries themselves will still host a fair number of their own events on site. You should also remember that the 505 Collaboration Beer, this year a session IPA that was hopped to oblivion, will be on tap at numerous breweries around town. Canteen, Chama River, La Cumbre, Marble, Nexus, Ponderosa, and Turtle Mountain all participated in the Brew Day, so they should each have it available starting Thursday afternoon. For the breweries themselves, we will include a number of their on-site events below along with their regular listings. But fear not, every day during Beer Week in the morning we will have a comprehensive list of all the events for that day. It will be a lot of work this year (here’s hoping no carpal tunnel for yours truly), but the Crew is up for the challenge.
On the new beer front, even if you are not planning on hitting up too many Beer Week events, the breweries have a fair number of new offerings for you to enjoy. Albuquerque Brewing is back open with a blonde, session IPA, imperial red, and a special red infused with Prosum Roaster coffee. Bosque will unleash their first sour, My Cheating Tart, at all three locations. Canteen will bust out an old favorite in Exodus IPA, plus the annual Beer Week special Hopspitality IPA will be on tap starting Thursday. Chama River has brought back the popular Hefe Nice Day! La Cumbre is hosting a release party tonight (Wednesday) for their new Strawberry Gose. Marble has Brett Stout, which debuted to much acclaim during their recent anniversary week, on tap at last downtown. Nexus sticks with the Star Trek theme with Q’s Omnipotent Wit. Ponderosa has The Phantom Conductor II, a double IPA, and Midnight Kolsch. Tractor will debut their new Saison at both locations on Friday.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has Velo IPA on tap at least. Second Street has a fresh batch of Boneshaker Bitter and some new High Wheeler Pale Ale available. Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile has some Maibock, perfect for the season.
And on the subject of cask beers, rather than listing them brewery by brewery in here, we’re doing something a little different. Since oftentimes breweries don’t know what they’re putting on cask until the day of (usually Friday), rather than just put “TBD” down below, instead we’re offering updates via our Facebook page and Twitter feed. Look for the “Firkin Friday” post every week on those social media sites. One of these days when we get around to upgrading the main website we will make it a permanent feature on there, but for now we’ll provide live updates as the breweries get us the information.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 18.
To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.
Albuquerque metro area breweries
ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year, ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.
Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842
(Mon–Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-10 p.m.)
Beers: Blonde, Session IPA, Imperial Red, Coffee-infused Red on nitro. Located at 8620 Pan American Blvd., on the east side of I-25 and between Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ABC is now open and ready for business. In addition to the house beers, there are often guest taps, plus the plan is to have at least one beer on a nitro tap at all times. For more info on ABC, you can check out my advance preview.
Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590
(Mon–Weds 4 p.m. to midnight, Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight or later, Sun 4 p.m. to midnight)
Beers: Malt Tonic, Cali Common, Belgian Wit, Ameriweiss, Ladron’s Peak, Magdalena Beer. The Ladron’s finally went back on tap recently. Friend of the Brew Crew Lonnie said it’s a big old blast of juniper this time around. The Ameriweiss is a pre-Prohibition American sour wheat. The most recent addition is the Magdalena (4.3% ABV, 12 IBU), a light lager brewed with another pre-Prohibition recipe.
News: Note the new summer hours listed above.
Events: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded.
All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.
The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579
(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)
Beers: Maibock. The fourth beer in the Grasshopper’s short history, the Maibock (5.6% ABV, 39 IBU) went on tap last week. They sold out of their previous beers, Sunset Amber, Dubbel Dunkel, and Beach Bum Pale Ale, in a hurry, so head over to try this one before it runs out. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.
News: Next up on the beer list is a Belgian-style IPA.
Click the link above to check out the new Blue Grasshopper website, with updated lists of guest beers, a full menu, and a full music listing.
Events: The Grasshopper has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.
Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)
(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)
Beers: Team COOP Golden Ale, Bosque Pale Lager (Polly’s Pale Lager at San Mateo, see below for details), Equinox S.M.A.S.H., Hop Chocolate Pale Ale, My Cheating Tart, Oak-A-Scotia (Nob Hill and Las Cruces). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. The Pale Lager (5.4% ABV, 45 IBU) gets a rebranding as Polly’s Pale Lager at the San Mateo location only. For every pint sold there, $1 will go to Polly’s Run, a charity that donates to pancreatic cancer research. You can also buy commemorative glasses for $5, with all proceeds going to the charity. As for the beer description, they took a lager and then went with whirlpool and dry hop additions of El Dorado, Centennial, Citra, and 7C’s. The Team COOP Golden Ale (5% ABV, 20 IBU) is still available, though the charitable donation portion is now over. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations. Oak-A-Scotia is on nitro at Las Cruces. Driftwood Oatmeal Stout is on nitro at San Mateo. The most recent additions are the Hop Chocolate (5.4% ABV, 30 IBU), a pale ale brewed with cocoa nibs added for a unique mix of the bitter hoppy and sweet chocolate, and My Cheating Tart (5.1% ABV, 15 IBU), a wheat-based sour beer made with the new Mandarina Bavaria hop.
Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. This week’s beer is Equinox S.M.A.S.H. with juniper and sweet orange peel.
News: Congratulations to Bosque for winning the Brewing News National IPA Challenge with Scale Tipper. This comes on the heels of last year’s victory in the NM IPA Challenge. It marks the second year in a row a New Mexico brewery won the NIPAC, following La Cumbre’s Project Dank taking the title last year.
The Bosque Public House is now open, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also opened a taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.
Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.
Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327
(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Beers: (Regular) Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Apple Bear Hard Cider; (Seasonal) Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, Bearzen, Red Knuckle Salute Your Schwarz, Wiener Munchner, Regal Squabble English IPA. The most recent addition to taps is Regal Squabble. The newest before that was the Wiener Munchner, another German-style beer as the name might imply. The Red Knuckle (4.7% ABV, 25 IBU) is still kicking. Bearzen (4.8% ABV, 25 IBU) is Boxing Bear’s take on a traditional German marzen. The Body Czech (4.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a great way to start your flight. The Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU), which is on tap at all times, claimed the 2015 Stout Challenge, held by the Crew before the last Super Bowl. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) is now permanently on tap.
News: Boxing Bear now has a happy hour. 10-, 16-, and 22-ounce beers are all discounted from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Growler Happy Hour then runs from 6 p.m. to close on those nights. Get $2 off a growler fill and $1 off a half-growler (they call ’em “squealers”).
Also, every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.
Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear.
This Sunday is Bearfest, a festival featuring multiple local breweries that will be held in the BB parking lot. We will have a more formal preview soon.
Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777
(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Cracked Cork Barley Wine, End of Days Tripel, Twig and Berries Sahti, Tom Selleck Ale, Rip Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Nacho Brau, Coco-Cabana Coconut Porter, Honey Pot Sour Ale, Stinky Pinky. The Stinky Pinky, a grapefruit hefeweizen, is back for another run by popular demand. The Coco-Cabana and Honey Pot are recent additions. Curious about Twig and Berries? A Sahti is a Finnish style of beer using some unique grains as well as juniper berries. If you’re one of the lucky few to not be allergic to junipers, have at it! The Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.
Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.
Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737
(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)
Beers: Irish Red, The Other Red, Hefeweizen, Dark American Lager, Saison, Big Red Fez, Boysenberry Wheat, Exodus, Hopspitality IPA. The old fan favorite Boysenberry is back for another run. New are the Saison and Big Red Fez, a rich, malty Belgian Red Ale. The Dark American was a recent addition. The Hefeweizen (6.2% ABV, 14 IBU) is a good example of the classic style. The Other Red (5.6% ABV, 26 IBU) is quite tasty, just a tad different then the Irish Red, with a little more hop kick. Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, Exodus is back on tap. Just in time to put hop by hop, er, side by side with Hopspitality IPA and the 505 Collaboration Session IPA. Smash your palate to pieces yet come away with a smile on your face.
News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.
Events: Keith Sanchez and the Moon Thieves will perform live Sunday. Alex Maryol takes the patio stage on Tuesday night.
Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364
(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)
Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.
News: Cazuela’s is looking to potentially open a taproom on the east side of ABQ near Canteen and La Cumbre in the Brewery District.
Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Lemon Jester, Munich Helles, Midas Well IPA, Hefe Nice Day. Back for its annual run is the Hefe Nice Day, a classic German hefeweizen. A recent addition is the light-but-flavorful Helles (5.2% ABV, 20 IBU). The Midas Well (7.5% ABV, 88 IBU) was brewed with copious amounts of Amarillo and El Dorado hops, yet it is far from overpowering. The Lemon Jester (4.9% ABV, 28 IBU) is the first in a line of four seasonal saisons that Chama will be releasing in the coming weeks/months.
Events: Chama has a beer dinner coming up for ABQ Beer Week on Thursday at 6:3o p.m. We will have more details in our daily ABW preview for Thursday, including the food/beer pairings.
Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072
(Hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)
Beers: Helles, Bier De Garde, ESB, Amber, Chinook IPA, Black Beauty Stout, Irish Red, London Porter, Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. The most recent additions are the Helles, Black Beauty, and Cider. The Black Beauty is a sweet, creamy stout that is not too thick for the warming weather (well, we assume the weather is going to warm up here at some point). Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.
Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.
The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: The Angry Belgian, VMO #2, Jenny’s Cream Ale, Father Nelson, ‘Merica Pale Ale, Strawberry Gose. Head over to LC tonight (Wednesday) for the Strawberry Gose release party. The sweetness from the strawberries versus that salty gose flavor, we’ll be interested to see who wins. The description for ‘Merica (6.2% ABV, 45 IBU) is hilarious, but it is too long to print here. Go to the brewery, drink the beer, read its bio. The blast of hoppy goodness known as Father Nelson (10.6% ABV, 100+ IBU) is on tap and for sale in bombers at the brewery and other locations. Trust us when we say you need to get yours as fast as possible, it ran out in a hurry last year. The other recent additions to tap are old favorite VMO #2 (5.8% ABV, 29 IBU), a German-style marzen lager, and Jenny’s Cream Ale (5% ABV, 23 IBU). Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank and Red Ryeot no longer appearing here as seasonals. They are now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. Red Ryeot cans are now for sale around town and at the brewery.
News: La Cumbre’s new and improved website is now up and running. Check it out by clicking the link here. Their online calendar now includes what food trucks will be serving, plus live music and a current draft list.
Events: The Rudy Boy Experiment performs Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.
Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.
Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301
(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)
Beers: Whiptail Weisse, Bluetail Blonde, Horned Honey Pale, Reptilian IPA, Chameleon Amber, Basilisk Brown, Sanddigger Dubbel, Desert Night India Black Ale, Black Bearded Rye Stout, Smoot-tailed Oatmeal Stout, Prairie Lizard Porter, Biscochito Brown, Belgian Strong Dark, Chuckwalla Abbey, ESB, Long Nosed Tripel, Gecko Gratzer, Whiptail White, Legless Double IPA. Brace yourselves for the hefty Legless Double IPA (9.2% ABV, 100 IBU) and Long Nosed Tripel (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU). The Gecko Gratzer (3.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is an oak-smoked wheat beer, while the Whiptail White (4.7% ABV, 18 IBU) has hints of citrus, banana, Noble hops, and chamomile. The ESB (6% ABV, 40 IBU), Chuckwalla Abbey (7.1% ABV, 25 IBU) and the Belgian Dark Strong (9.7% ABV, 30 IBU) are other recent additions. So far Lizard Tail has shown themselves to be more malt-forward than hop-centric. The oatmeal stout and porter are solid, while the IBA has shown improvement since its debut.
News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.
Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.
Events: Lizard Tail will host Geeks Who Drink every Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739
(Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Both locations — Brett IPA, Rauchbier, White Out; Downtown only — Brett Stout, Weizenbock, Maibock; Westside only — Imperial Stout, Double IPA. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The popular Brett Stout is finally on tap downtown. It debuted during Marble’s anniversary week last month and also made a recent appearance at Nob Hill Bar & Grill. The most recent additions before that were the Weizenbock (7% ABV) and Maibock (7% ABV). The Brett IPA (6.8% ABV, 93 IBU) and White Out (9% ABV, 40 IBU), Marble’s seventh anniversary ale, and both are also available in bombers. The Rauchbier (5.2% ABV) is a smoky delight. The Choice Blanc, Jarrylo IPA, and Imperial Red have all run out for now.
News: Marble has revamped their website. It kinda really kicks ass now. Click the link above to see what we mean.
Events: Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
In events this week at the downtown pub, Wildewood performs tonight (Wednesday) from 5 to 8 p.m. Porter Draw and Red Light Cameras will take the stage Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m., in that order, to help kick off ABQ Beer Week. Pawnshop Posterboys perform Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday features Last to Know from 8 to 11 p.m.
Monday is the Memorial Day Festival, an official Beer Week event, from 3 to 9 p.m. The bands, performing in this order, are Bellemah, Lilah Rose, Sad Baby Wolf, Cactus Tractor, and The Chemical West. We will have more details on what else is planned for the event in our daily ABW Preview.
Matt Jones performs at the Westside Taproom on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Youngsville will be out west Saturday from 6 to 9.
Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Make It So, Marzen, T.N.G. Porter, Night at the Roggenbury, Q’s Omnipotent Wit. For someone who once said she was not good at naming beers, Kaylynn has come a long way with the various Star Trek-themed names, the latest being Q’s Omnipotent Wit, a new Belgian-style witbier. Another recent addition is the T.N.G. (6% ABV, 30 IBU), a smoked porter. Make It So, Marzen might seem out of season, but in my personal opinion, quality German beers are year-round treats. Night at the Roggenbury, a collaboration beer with Turtle Mountain, is still available.
Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.
News: Next up on the beer list is the latest batch of Beam Me Up Scottish. It has quite the twist this time around, something we will have more details on in advance of its release during ABQ Beer Week on Friday.
Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: PiPA, West Coast Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Peppermint Porter, Pumpkin Abbey Ale. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food. The PiPA will now be a regular beer, replacing the Unchallenged IPA.
Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941
(Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch; (Seasonal) The Phantom Conductor II, Collaboration Cream Ale, Zwickel Pils, Brunch Stout, Rosa’s Gose, Midnight Kolsch. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). The Midnight Kolsch (4.3% ABV, 24 IBU) looks like a dark lager but still tastes like a sweet, light kolsch. The second version of the Phantom Conductor DIPA (8.2% ABV, 110 IBU) is still a big old hop bomb. If you are looking for something lighter, the Collaboration (4.5% ABV, 25 IBU) was brewed with help from the good folks at Anodyne (it’s on tap there, too) and the Zwickel (4.7% ABV, 42 IBU) should also fit the (hopefully) warming weather. The Brunch Stout (4.4% ABV, 40 IBU) and Rosa’s Gose (4.7% ABV, 15 IBU) offer up totally different flavor experiences.
News: Next up on the beer front is a Rauchweizen, which will debut during the upcoming Rauchfest as part of ABQ Beer Week.
Events: There is live music at Ponderosa as The Troy BrownE Duo perform Thursday at 6 p.m. Ziatron will be live Saturday at 5 p.m.
Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Watership Brown, Broken Arrow Pale Ale, Baby Got Bock, Vanilla Cream Ale. The new Vanilla Cream should get you in a summer mood. For the first time, Red Door tapped a lager and it is excellent as the Baby Got Bock (7.5% ABV, 18 IBU) hits all the right maibock notes. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) was made with just Equinox hops for a rather unique, yet multi-faceted, flavor profile. To the rescue for all malt lovers comes Watership Brown (4.9% ABV, 19 IBU), which won ABQ Beer’s holiday brewing competition. It’s a tasty delight, the kind of beer you can just enjoy slowly over the course of a lazy afternoon or evening.
News: Take note of Red Door’s new summer schedule listed above.
Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast. From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer. Sorry, but the English football (soccer) season ends on Sunday this week with all 10 games airing at 8 a.m. If Newcastle somehow avoids relegation, I will be stunned.
There is also yoga at the brewery every Sunday at 11 a.m.
Monday will feature a Brews and Food Truck Battle at Red Door as part of ABQ Beer Week. Fear not, we are on the case for more details.
There will be a new musical feature on a weekly basis at Red Door. Monday Blues with Mike Hogan will be every week from 5 to 7 p.m.
Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970
(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)
Beers: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.
News: Congrats to SCG on sweeping all three medals in the mead category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am, while also claiming a silver medal for Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen.
Events: Throughout ABQ Beer Week, SCG will have a daily smoked meat and beer combo special. We will have the full, mouth-watering schedule posted soon!
Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), TBA (Wells Park)
(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
Last call 30 minutes before close.
No package after midnight.
Brewery tours Saturday at 1 p.m.)
Beers: Saison, Belgian Blonde, Barley Wine, Barnstorm Ale, Branding Iron DIPA, Goat Head Hador Doppelbock, Billy’s Basil IPA, Cowboy Blend Pale Coffee Stout (Wells Park only), C&C IPA (Nob Hill only), Ebony & Ivory (Nob Hill only). Tractor has revamped their beer list and pricing system. All of the Tractor Classics — Farmer’s Tan Red, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, Almanac IPA, Sodbuster Pale Ale, Haymaker Honey What, plus now Pilsner #15, Mustachio Milk Stout, and Apple Hard Cider — are priced at $4 apiece ($3 for Beer Farmer’s Co-op members). All seasonal/specialty beers will now be $5 ($4 for members). Just about everyone in town has slightly increased prices in the past four months, but an extra 50 cents or a dollar shouldn’t bankrupt anyone, right? Anyway, on the seasonal front, the new guy debuting this Friday at both locations is the Saison (7% ABV, 25 IBU), an old world-style beer brewed with lemon and orange peel. That follows up last week’s debut of the Belgian Blonde (6.5% ABV, 33 IBU). We’re sensing a theme this spring. The Ebony & Ivory (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is a “pale stout,” made with pale malt, pale chocolate malt, and caramel malt. It smells like a stout, but tastes like something a little different. The Cowboy Blend (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU)is a coffee-infused variation on the Ebony. The Branding Iron (7.6% ABV, 110 IBU) is just a wonderful blast of Nelson Sauvin hops. The popular Barnstorm Ale (5.8% ABV, 41 IBU), a maibock, is back. The 2015 edition of the Barley Wine (9.5% ABV, 65 IBU) is a giant malt monster, not too boozy but just enough to remind you that a few of these will leave you babbling alone in the corner.
Events: Kamikaze Karaoke returns to Wells Park tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m.
If you would rather hear someone sing tonight, head up to Nob Hill to listen to Dos Pendejos perform at 7 p.m. for the Solos on the Hill series.
The Thirsty Thursday Music Series is back at Wells Park as Keith Sanchez performs at 8 p.m.
The wonderfully awesomely talented and lovely Desert Darlings are back at Wells Park on Friday at 9 p.m. for another edition of Hops and Dreams, a bellydancing show like no other.
Wells Park will host Beer and Boards, a music and art show that honors the skateboard and much more. It all kicks off at 6 p.m. with live performances from Zack Freeman, Burque Sol, and The Riddims. We will have more details that day as it’s an official ABQ Beer Week event.
Speaking of ABW events, this Monday is Battle of the Beer Geeks II. Starting at 5 p.m., you can arrive and get samples of various beer groups’ creations, all brewed in-house on Tractor’s pilot system. The Crew has created Darkside Donutbrau, an imperial breakfast stout, as we aim to defend our title from last year and retain the Rock Em Sock Em Robots trophy. Come on by and help us retain our bragging rights.
Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity.
You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.
Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497
(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates. Please call.)
Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Kellerbock, Brohemian Pilsner, The B Word (ESB), Manneken Pale Ale. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the new Stauffenberg Stout (it replaced the Piedra Lisa Porter in the regular lineup) and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The most recent addition is the Kellerbock, which replaces the Adrift IPA. The B Word, an ESB, and Manneken Pale Ale, a Belgian-style, are other recent additions.
News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery.
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Keenendrem, Almanac, Velo IPA, Barleywine. The most recent addition is the big hopped Velo IPA. The Keenendrem is a Belgian black ale brewed in collaboration with Duel. The Almanac is a dry-hopped farmhouse ale. More Barleywine has been brought out of the cellar for your enoyment.
News: A cranberry cream ale and an imperial red are next on the docket.
Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301
(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)
Beers: Whistler (Petit Blonde), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Printemps (Imperial Saison), Keenendrem. The Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. The new Cezanne promises to keep up the tradition of big, big beers from Duel. Fiction is back after a short absence.
Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).
Life Drawing every other Sunday beginning on April 19 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) $22 includes a drink and a waffle. $15 for students (with ID), or if you don’t want a drink & waffle. Everyone draws from a nude model. People can call the brewery to reserve a spot.
Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333
(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)
Beers: Belgian Stout, Black IPA, Chicken Killer Barley Wine, Freestyle Pilsner. The Belgian Strong is out and the Belgian Stout has replaced it. The Kriek, which won a bronze medal at GABF this year, is on sale around the state in bombers, but supplies are low. A new Single Barrel Sour can also be purchased in bombers. A fresh batch of Chicken Killer is now available, too. The Freestyle is now available on tap and in cans across the state.
Events: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the tasting room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.
News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. We got to check out the new digs, with lots of pictures to show for it.
Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)
Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Barrel-Aged Belgian Stout, Eldorado Pale Ale, Kidder Special Bitter, High Wheeler Pale Ale, Boneshaker Bitter. Welcome back to the popular Boneshaker, which rejoined the lineup this week. New to taps is the High Wheeler Pale Ale, which as the name might imply was brewed for the recent Outside Bike and Brew Festival (as the Boneshaker was originally last year). The Civil Rye came and went quickly, but you might still find some on tap at Tractor’s Nob Hill taproom. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.
Events: Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Policulture plays Friday. Saturday will feature the Alto Street Band.
Over at the Railyard location, the AMP Concert Series brings Ben Lee to the stage Friday. E Christina Herr & Wild Frontier will perform Saturday.
Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright.
Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.
Other breweries you need to visit
Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: 790 IPA, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Swartzbar Black Lager, Maibock. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beer on tap is the Maibock. The Irish Stout came in third in our Stout Challenge. Hopheads still have the 790 IPA (7% ABV).
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