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.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Our breweries have been quite friendly of late, and really all year, to various charities in New Mexico. Sometimes they brew a special beer and have a release party, other times they just invite everyone over with a portion of proceeds going to a designated charity. That will be the case again this Saturday when La Cumbre plays host to the Cerveza for a Cause! event from noon to 4 p.m. The Q Active 20-30 Club will receive $1 from every pint sold during this period to distribute to local children’s charities. Yup, you drink beer and it helps kids. The A&J BBQ food truck will be there for your culinary needs, while The Django Rhythm Meat Grinder will perform. There will also be face painting (naturally of a Dia de los Muertos theme) and crafts, plus a brewery tour at 2 p.m. for the first 30 people to sign up. There will also be a silent art auction and a special raffle. So head on over to La Cumbre this Saturday. We kinda doubt we’ll have to twist any arms to get people to attend.

On the new beer front, it’s a promising week. Boxing Bear is mixing up styles again with their Punkelweizen. Canteen has Chronic X2 IPA, plus half barrels of the popular Aztec Lager and award-winning Panama Joe Coffee Stout. Chama River’s seasonal Punkin Drublic is back, with the Otono Lager due up soon. Kaktus is ready for shootout with Gunslinger Smoked Porter. La Cumbre’s Lazy Sunday is back and Red Ryeot is about to return as a permanent fixture in the lineup. Marble is having a release party tonight (Wednesday) for the return of Pumpkin Noir. Pi is going old school with a Pre-Prohibition Pilsner. Ponderosa’s Breakfast Stout will wake you up.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn’s Monks Mesa, a Belgian table beer, is on tap at last. Santa Fe has Deviator Doppelbock, plus Black IPA returns with a release party Saturday. Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile’s Pumpkin Ale and McFadden Scotch Ale are now available.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Oct. 27.

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.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Soroche IPA, Berliner Weisse, Poth’s Pilsner, Ladron’s con Fuego. We will have an interview with BADH’s new brewer posted soon. There are some exciting times coming, including a possible expansion. In the meantime, the beer list has not changed yet. The pilsner is based on a pre-Prohibition recipe. It’s a sweet, tasty little treat. This version of the Ladron’s is smoky, as the name might imply.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Oktoberfest, PSA (Pumpkin Spice Ale), The Box IPA, Bosque Lager, Bosque’s Burnin’ Red, Olde Bosky Porter, Cottonwood Anniversary Ale. The Cottonwood is a big old double red ale, similar to but still different than Marble’s Imperial Red; there’s more malt backbone here, a little less hop bite, but it’s still excellent. Bosque’s Oktoberfest is just a malt blast of goodness, not overly sweet nor too dry. The Burnin’ Red, with a new recipe, is back on tap. Also back on tap is an old favorite in the Olde Bosky Porter. The Lager is back by popular demand. The Simcoe IPA has run out, but The Box is more than enough hops to keep you satiated.

Cask: We didn’t get a cask update yet. When we do, we’ll post it.

News: Construction continues on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also signed a lease on a new 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.

Beers in the future will include a barley wine, ESB, and a new IPA. Plus, Bosque is aging its Scotia Scotch Ales in rum barrels, and they just received a shipment of casks to start doing that as well. We’re a bit excited.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)

Beers: Glass Jaw Double IPA, Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Punkelweizen. The new kid here is Punkelweizen, a pumpkin/dunkelweizen hybrid. Their Facebook page described it as “liquid banana bread.” Other recent additions to the lineup are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU). The Glass Jaw is now out in full force.

Cask: Yup, Boxing Bear is doing a cask. Rejoice! This Friday they have a Dunkelweizen with blackberries and dark chocolate.

Events: Boxing Bear will be having free demonstrations on their brewing system this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of National Learn to Homebrew Day. Reservations are not required.

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: Stray Dog IPA, Cactus Juice, Peculiar Pumpkin Porter, Drunken Hobo Milk Stout, Debacle Pumpkin Ale. Cactus Juice is made with actual prickly pears. The most recent additions to the taps are the Drunken Hobo Milk Stout and the Debacle Pumpkin Ale. Compare that to the Peculiar Pumpkin Porter and see which is the better style.

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, Rye PA, American Stout, The Good Stuff, Chronic X2 IPA, Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Aztec Lager. The Chronic is a big new beer on tap. Both the Panama Joe and Aztec will be on tap for a limited time as there is just a half barrel available of each. A recent addition to the lineup is The Good Stuff (5.7% ABV, 70 IBU), a session IPA. The Rye PA (7% ABV, 50 IBU) and the American Stout (7.4% ABV, 60 IBU) are fairly recent additions. I got to try the American Stout while interviewing brewer Brady McKeown about the name change to Canteen Brewhouse. It’s a big, bold, thick, mean-as-hell-yet-totally-lovable stout. It’s my kind of stout, and that’s saying something.

News: Canteen posted some pics on Facebook of the beers they are currently barrel-aging in the back. They’ve got Double IPA in tequila barrels, American Stock Ale in rum barrels, Belgian Strong Golden in wine barrels, and Panama Joe Coffee Stout in bourbon barrels.

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), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock). 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.

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver and also captured a gold medal in the stout category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Punkin Drublic, The Hound (Amber Ale), Rasp-booby Wheat, Cosmic Dog. This year’s batch of Punkin (7.3% ABV, 25 IBU) just went on tap. The Cosmic Dog (7% ABV, 25 IBU), a coffee stout, and the Rasp-booby (5% ABV, 20 IBU) are recent additions to tap. The latter beer is a raspberry wheat, brewed up to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness month as part of the “Toast for Tatas” campaign. The Hound (6% ABV, 40 IBU) was described as “a roasty fall amber,” but it’s nearly out. The Otono Lager will soon replace it. It’s a VMO-style beer.

News: Head brewer Zach Guilmette has revamped the recipe for Chama’s Jackalope IPA to give it a stronger kick and tastier palate. Franz Solo and I also highly recommend you try the revamped Sleeping Dog Stout. It’s creamy and burly and sweet and roasted … it’s got everything you want in a stout.

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: James Blonde, Oyster Stout, Gunslinger Smoked Porter, Harvest Amber, Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Alt German Lager, Jabberwocky IPA, Oktoberfest. The Gunslinger is new and screaming for us to come try it. The Harvest Amber, Oktoberfest, and the popular James Blonde are recent entries, while the Jabberwocky came back recently after a brief absence. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newer breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

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.

E-Rock and his friend Stephen will be playing music at Kaktus on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Seems like a pretty darned good time to head up there, try all those beers.

The Desert Darlings belly dancers will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on 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: Meridian Pale Ale, Hell Froze Over, Peek-a-Boob Porter, Lazy Sunday. The Lazy Sunday, a session IPA, is back on tap for the first time since April. The Peek-a-Boob Porter was made for charity, as $1 from every pint sold will go to the local YWCA to benefit early breast cancer awareness. Hell Froze Over (5.6% ABV, 42 IBU) is one of the newer kids on the tap list, returning for a second go-around after debuting last fall. It’s a brown ale, which as the name might imply is not something that’s made regularly. If you’re looking for something to sip slowly, Meridian Pale Ale (5.4% ABV, 40 IBU) is available. Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank no longer appearing here as a seasonal. It is now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. And in more good news, Jeff Erway said Red Ryeot will soon return and become a regular beer as well.

Events: See our intro for information on Saturday’s Cerveza for a Cause event.

News: We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Sun–Weds 9 a.m.–11 p.m., Thurs–Sat 9 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: German Blonde Ale, Berliner Weisse, Belgian Abbey, IPA, Amber, Oatmeal Brown, India Black Ale, Rye Stout, Porter, Dubbel, Biscochito Brown. Both Brandon and I have had chances to visit Lizard Tail, which is one of the newest breweries in town, located in the shopping center on the southeast corner of Eubank and Montgomery. They specialize in malt-forward beers. The German Blonde (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU) is a good place to start. The Berliner Weisse (4.3% ABV, 8 IBU) is not nearly as sour as most of its genre. The Belgian Abbey (6.8%, 25 IBU) is a good example of its style. The IPA (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU) has a good mix of Mosaic, Warrior, and Galaxy hops. The Rye Stout (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice flavor but lacks body. The first batch of Oatmeal Brown (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU) needed some work, but I got to sample the second batch that will be on tap soon and it’s improved. The Honey Pale Ale (6.3% ABV, 35 IBU) has run out for a little while, but it will be back soon. The Porter (5.6% ABV, 35 IBU) is a semi-smoky, thick beer that goes perfectly with the cooler weather. The new Biscochito Brown (8.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is not overly sweet. The Lizard Tail staff said the next batch will be a little maltier.

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.

Events: Every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Lizard Tail will host Geeks Who Drink.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Double White, Rescue Craft Draft, Double IPA, Imperial Red, Barley Wine, Pumpkin Noir. The popular Pumpkin Noir is back with a release party (see below). The Rescue Craft is an English-style pale ale. Proceeds benefit the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council. Otherwise it’s a relatively light seasonal list as Marble is at capacity brewing the regular beers for distribution. There is the rotating “black handle,” which tends to feature some impressive “secret” beers. The Double White and Imperial Red both brought home gold medals from GABF.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

Events: The Pumpkin Noir Release Party is tonight (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. David Berkeley will perform on stage from 6 to 9 p.m. With your pint of this pumpkin porter-style beer you can get complimentary Joliesse chocolates, “three artisnal varieties perfectly designed to bring out Pumpkin Noir’s unique spice.”

Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

News: Other beers coming up an English-style pub ale, which may be served on nitro, and an English-style chocolate stout. We’re sensing a theme here …

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Saisons Change, Dry Stout, Belgian Dark Strong. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight cranked out three new seasonals in the Saisons Change, Dry Stout, and Belgian Dark Strong. We’ve been able to get over there and try all three and came away quite impressed. The Dry Stout is bold and thick, the kind of burly beer you want in the winter (or year-round if you’re like us). The Saisons Change packs a ton of flavor in every sip. It’s not spicy hot, but it will leave your tongue tingling with a strong Belgian yeast backbone behind the initial bite. The Belgian Dark Strong is almost too sweet; it would go great as dessert after any of Nexus’ awesome food dishes.

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.

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: Unchallenged IPA, West Coast Red, Robust Porter, Lost Grain English Summer Ale, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner. 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 new pilsner just went on tap, replacing the Apricot Wheat.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

(Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Sawmill Stout, XPA1 Pale Ale, Helles Lager, Double IPA, Oktoberfest, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Schwarzbier, Breakfast Stout. Porter Pounder and I went over for the grand opening recently. 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. As for the beers, they are all the initial batches, so expect some modifications/changes going forward. Needless to say we both liked the Stout (5.2% ABV, 22 IBU) the best, but we’re dark beer guys (then again, you could also call us dark beer snobs, so consider that). Porter Pounder liked the XPA1 Pale Ale (5% ABV, 35 IBU), which will always be a rotating single-hop pale ale. The Crosscut Kolsch (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) is almost like a Kolsch/hefeweizen hybrid. The Ghost Train (6.2% ABV, 75 IBU) needs some work, but the brewer has already identified what went wrong in the first batch and is working on correcting that for the next run. The Double IPA (7.7% ABV, 90 IBU) provides plenty of hops; it was briefly out, but it’s going to be back on tap soon. The Oktoberfest (5.7% ABV, 17 IBU) is an interesting variation on the traditional style; we tasted wheat malts in the mix. The Schwarzbier (4.7% ABV, 24 IBU) debuted recently. It’s smooth and flavorful. The new Breakfast Stout (7.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a smoky, malty, yet smooth beast of a beer. It’s another sign that Ponderosa’s beers are getting better with each batch.

News: The next batch of brews will include Dunkles, Dunkelweizen, Helles Hefeweizen, Ella Single Hop Pale Ale, and something called Marbelous.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Noon to midnight all week)

Beers: Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trapdoor Wheat. We were excited to try Red Door ever since they first invited us to visit many months ago. They are now open and their initial batches of beer are all quite good. The Roamer Red (6% ABV) was a favorite for Porter Pounder, sitting midway between hoppy reds like Marble and sweeter reds like the standard Irish variety. The Paint it Black (5.5%) is served on nitro, so it’s criminally smooth. The potent Threshold IPA (6.6% ABV) should appeal to local hopheads. Beware the Unhinged Cider as it checks in at 7.9 percent, but you don’t taste the alcohol.

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 going to dispatch E-Rock (he needs a new assignment) to re-establish our lines of communication with Sandia Chile Grill.

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.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Bang Up Blonde, Hefferweizen, Pig Sticker Pale, Iron Horse IPA, Rawhide Red, Boneyard Brown, Hop Trough (Double IPA), Soiled Dove (Imperial Stout), Black IPA. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all. The Black IPA is the current seasonal beer, plus there are often one or two cask beers. We recently had their Bacon Bourbon Stout and Green Chile IPA on cask. Franz Solo loved the latter.

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 at Nob Hill: Berry Cider, Ruby Red Wheat, Barnstorm Ale, Javi Light Lager, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, Pilsner #15, Little Red Rye-ding Hood, Tractoberfest.

Beers at Wells Park only: 6% Humidity 9% ABV Cider, 4 Seasons 1 Week Cider, Mustachio Milk Stout, Bulls-Eye PA. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Tractoberfest is back and this year’s batch is one of the best yet. It’s just a malt blast of happiness. The 4 Seasons 1 Week Cider is a variation of the 6%-9% (these names, oy), slightly sweeter and it’s only 7.2-percent ABV. The newest beers on tap were brewed up for Tractor’s 15th anniversary. The Ruby Red Wheat is loaded with grapefruit. The Little Red has a malty rye kick. The Bulls-Eye is a solid IPA.

UPDATED >>> Events: There is no live music at Tractor Wells Park this weekend due to Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, but it will resume Tuesday with Music for What ALES You as Casey Mraz will be performing on the piano from 8 to 10 p.m.

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.

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, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Cascade Session Ale, Saison du Soleil, Brown Ale for Boobies, Uberaltbier, A Little Somethin’ Pumpkin. 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 Porter 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. Congratulations to Turtle Mountain on winning our inaugural Oktoberfest challenge. Unfortunately, it’s run out for now. However, they’ve added A Little Somethin’ Pumpkin, which is served on nitro. Yeah, that sounds pretty damn intriguing to us.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Shattered Pumpkin, Oktoberfest, Alpha Reaper (Imperial Red Ale), Monks Mesa (Belgian Blonde). If the Alpha Reaper (9% ABV, 100 IBU) sounds imposing, that’s because it is. A wet-hopped imperial red, it was made with 50 pounds of fresh Chinook hops grown in Colorado. Now good luck keeping “Don’t Fear the Reaper” from getting stuck in your head. Oktoberfest debuted last week and is quite the exceptional beer. It would have contended with Turtle Mountain for the top spot in our Oktoberfest challenge. Both the Reaper and the Oktoberfest are nearly out. Shattered Pumpkin (6.5% ABV, 20 IBU) was made with French saison yeast and 20 pounds of locally sourced pumpkin for a unique flavor. The new Monks Mesa (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) is a Belgian blonde table beer.

News: An imperial stout is due out Nov. 13 (they fit 900 pounds into the mash tun, for crying out loud).

Events: Blue Corn’s imperial stout will be released with a special party that will require reservations on Nov. 13. Starting at 6 p.m., for $10 you get a pint of stout with three small dishes. Not a bad deal for a beer of that power.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Danae (Golden Sour Ale), Study Series: Brown (Belgian-style Sour Brown Ale), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Synne (Pale Ale), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Whistler (Blonde), Manikin Small Scottish-style Dark Ale. Duel brewer Todd Yocham described the latest Study Series entry (5% ABV) like this, “A very malt forward light bodied brown ale, soured with Lactobacillus and accentuated by the fruity esters from our Trappist yeast.” The Fantin (7.5% ABV), which I tried and liked at Pajarito Summerfest, gets this summary, “Aromas of strawberry and pineapple accentuated by our Trappist yeast will keep you wanting more.” The Danae is the newest entry.

Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)

Beers: Oktoberfest, Double White IPA, Deviator Doppelbock, Black IPA, Kriek. The first beer in the new Ever Changing Series is a Double White IPA, which Luke of the Brew Crew bullpen recently reviewed. This week’s Small Batch Saturday beer is Deviator Doppelbock. The Kriek, which won a bronze medal at GABF this year, is back on tap and also for sale around the state in bombers.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC 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.

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, Palisade Pale Ale, Schwarzbier, British Mild, Berliner Weisse. The Schwarzbier is new on tap this week. In addition to their own beers, Second Street has a guest tap that currently features La Cumbre’s Elevated IPA.

Events: Jaka will be the featured performer all October for the Thursday Patio Series. Boris & the Salt Licks are playing Friday at the original location. The Troy Brown Trio plays Saturday.

Shows at the Railyard include Catahoula Curse on Friday and Alex Maryol on Saturday.

Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!

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: KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, 790 IPA, Pumpkin Ale, McFadden Scotch Ale. Twisted Chile has been open for a while as a restaurant, but as the name might imply, they will be brewing their own beer on site. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, they will be the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado. As soon as a certain editor’s schedule clears up, I’ll be headed down there to do a formal review.

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Every year the various “best of ABQ” restaurant polls come out, all with some variation of “what style of restaurant would you like to see here?” Personally, I put down “German” every year, but the hipsters always want Ethiopian, because they’re hipsters and German is so 19th Century or something like that. (Oh, go cry in the closed kitchen at Blackbird, hipsters, and stay away from our beer!) Anyway, I was thankfully not the only person to realize the ABQ had a big old culinary hole in its heart. But what goes better with German food than German beer? With that thought also in mind, Heimat House may become a new go-to haunt for myself and other members of the Crew.

Heimat House is open and ready to serve up excellent German food and beer.

Heimat House is open and ready to serve up excellent German food and beer.

I got to stop by Heimat House on Monday afternoon while they were going through all the final preparations before opening for dinner at 5 p.m. Now, finding Heimat House was fairly easy for me, but just in case your Google or Apple Maps let you down, it’s located just southwest of the Louisiana-Montgomery intersection. It’s at 6910 Montgomery NE on Georgia, a block west of Louisiana, less than a block south of Montgomery, located behind the Spin Cycle laundromat. It’s in a building that has been many restaurants in the past, including Liquid Assets, but hopefully Heimat House will become a permanent fixture.

Heimat House co-owners Carri Phillis and her boyfriend Blayne Hare welcomed me amid the somewhat chaotic final preparations. Starting Tuesday, Heimat House will be open at 11 a.m. for lunch on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant will probably close between 9 and 10 from Monday through Thursday, though it can stay open till 11 if there are still enough paying customers inside that late, Carri said. It will be open till 11 on weekends.

There is plenty of room inside Heimat House.

There is plenty of room inside Heimat House.

The menu is loaded with German dishes, plus dishes from Poland and Hungary. And thanks to the big wood oven, there will be a few pizzas and calzones for those who aren’t willing to go for the more Central European food. Personally, though, if the schnitzel is good, I don’t need anything else. (Full disclosure: When my dad was in the Army we lived in Augsburg, Germany, from 1980 to ’83, and I probably ate my body weight in schnitzel several times over.) The inspiration to create a German restaurant came from both Carri’s upbringing overseas and a recent trip that she and Blayne undertook.

“We went to visit my parents in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and he had never been,” Carri said of a trip during Thanksgiving 2013. “It was about halfway through our trip, we were there for a couple weeks, we’d had German food every single day. I was like, ‘Don’t you want something else?’ He was like, ‘Nope, can’t have it back home.'”

Carri, who owns Effex Nightclub and Cafe Adieux downtown, said she had long wanted to open a full restaurant. Now she had a legitimate idea.

All the food you need to go with your beer.

All the food you need to go with your beer.

“I’m very blessed with Effex, it’s very unique,” she said. “So if I ever did a restaurant I wanted it to be very unique. He loved the food, I loved the food, of course, I was born and raised on it. We started talking about it and one day I just looked at him and said, ‘So I’ve found a place where I want to open a restaurant. Is that OK?'”

Though initially Carri and Blayne felt they could open quickly as the restaurant space seemed to be ready to go, they ultimately decided it needed some fixing and sprucing up. A little paint here, some new wood paneling there, and soon a renovation of the interior was underway.

“We did not do any structural (work) or any major overhaul at all, it was just making this place what it is now,” Carri said. “We wanted it to be perfect. With Effex you walk in and don’t feel like you’re in Albuquerque. And here I want you to walk in, we both do, we want you to feel like you’re in a restaurant in Germany.”

Carri was born in Heidelberg, Germany, when her father was serving in the military. Her favorite dish back then was currywurst, a sliced red sausage with curry tomato sauce.

“As a kid, I remember eating currywurst all the time,” she said. “Seriously, we got off the plane and the first thing I was like I want currywurst. It’s a street food. We put it on the menu here. There’s a schnitzel house in Heidelberg that has 100 different styles of schnitzel. We only have three. That’s where the German food came from, it’s the stuff I grew up eating.

“Blayne has a very good friend that he’s worked with before who’s Polish. And his wife is also Polish. So she came over a few months ago and taught me a bunch of her mother’s recipes. So those are the Polish dishes you see on there.”

Just in case you didn't get the German theme.

Just in case you didn’t get the German theme.

The food certainly looks good, though I only got to try a small a bite of the raspberry cream roulade, a tasty Hungarian dessert. I will have to go back for a full meal. (Yes, of schnitzel. I am a creature of habit with food.)

But as noted above, nothing goes better with German food than German beer, and Heimat House has that covered as well. There will be 30 beers on tap, some of which you can’t even find in bottles at Total Wine, and once another cooler is installed, 60-plus bottled beers will also be available.

“From day one when we talked about it, if we were going to do this and put our blood, sweat, and tears into it … as much as I love beer, he researched beer,” Carri said of Blayne. “When we stared this and got into it, there were six taps from the previous restaurant. So I told him I wanted 20.”

“A distributor came in and we were brainstorming,” Blayne said. “We looked at the size of the walk-in. We figured we could cram in eight (kegs). She wanted 20 and we thought we could get 12 total. We looked at and realized we could expand the walk-in. We got it to where we could easily fit in 20, and then we were able to fit in 30.

“But when it came time to make the decision, we don’t know what we would have done with 20 or 15. It was hard enough to narrow the list down to 30.”

Thirty taps of beer goodness.

Thirty taps of beer goodness.

The initial tap list includes 12 German beers, seven Belgians, eight microbrews from around the U.S., and three local taps (La Cumbre’s Elevated IPA, Marble’s Double White, Bosque’s Oktoberfest).

“At first we had distributors that were like you can’t get that here,” Carri said. “So Blayne started calling importers directly, figuring out who brought what into the United States. As soon as we found the closest place, we would hand it to the distributor.”

Bitburger Pilsner, though seemingly available in cans at most liquor stores, was supposedly not available for draft anywhere in the country. Heimat House, though, was able to track it down and it will be on tap. Toss in Erdinger Weissbier, Hofbrau Original and Marzen, Andechser Vollbier Hell, Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Krombacher Dark and Pils, Spaten Optimator, and Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse and Grodziskie, and Heimat House’s German beer selection is unmatched in New Mexico.

“We wanted this to be something unique and as authentic as you could possibly do it,” Carri said.

Carri said she felt Heimat House had to “pay homage to the local folks” by including Bosque, La Cumbre, and Marble. They will be joined by national craft beer favorites like Odell, Deschutes, North Coast, Rogue, Oskar Blues, and Widmer Bros. Blayne added that Deschutes’ The Abyss will be on tap for the first time in New Mexico when it comes to Heimat House in the near future. There will eventually be beer happy hour specials, including tasting flights, though it will be a little while down the line until special glassware arrives, Blayne said.

Now, back when we first heard of Heimat House earlier this year there was talk that they would be a full brewpub, with their own Germany-style beers being brewed in the back. That plan is on hold, but not out of the realm of possibility in the future.

“It was initially a huge then because when we walked in, there was a brewery on that side (the east part of the building),” Carri said. “There was a ton of infrastructure. I was excited. Then one day I came in and it was gone. And I was really upset with him.”

Blayne, however, upon closer inspection had realized something about the leftover brewing equipment.

“From the initial look of it, everything was seemingly in place,” he said. “But once you got up to the ceiling everything was cut off. It really wasn’t able to work.”

Carri said her initial plan was to send Blayne’s brother, Austin, to Europe to learn how to brew for six months and then bring him back. Without any usable equipment, though, everything was moved to the back burner.

“So it is not out of the question, whatsoever, but we really need to focus on this (the restaurant) for a while and go from there,” Carri said. “But that is (still) on the table, for sure.”

Until then, we in the Crew are pretty sure we can live with the hard-to-get German and craft beers on tap. ABQ has been overdue for this kind of restaurant/beer bar. Danke, Heimat House, for giving us exactly what we need.

Prost!

— Stoutmeister

So I usually try to keep Beer Notes limited to once a week, but this weekend screamed out for some sort of preview. Originally we were going to have a sneak preview of Heimat House, the new German restaurant/brewpub in the Northeast Heights, but they got just a bit busy preparing for their grand opening and we won’t be able to stop by until later this evening. Don’t worry, we’ll still get you all the info you need, it just may not run till Monday.

Back Alley says good-bye to one brewer and hello to another this weekend.

Back Alley says good-bye to one brewer and hello to another this weekend.

Now it’s just a matter of trying to figure out how to cram all of this beer goodness into our schedules. And to make it worse, I have to take some folks to the airport at 5:30 a.m. Saturday. So if any of you run into me Saturday night and I seem completely out of it, it’s not the beer. Well, it might be partly the beer.

Brewery by brewery, here’s what we know is going on this weekend. Some of this is a repeat of Monday’s Beer Notes and/or Wednesday’s The Week Ahead in Beer, but you can never repeat good brewing news too many times. At least I hope you can’t.

Back Alley bids adieu

Brewer Addison Poth is leaving for San Diego, so there will be a going-away party Saturday night at the Draft House. Two special beers, Ladron’s con Fuego and Poth’s Pilsner, will be on tap. For more details, go back to Week Ahead.

Bosque turns two

We gotta start writing down when breweries are having their anniversaries so we are not caught unprepared. Otherwise we could have given this a full write-up. As it is, the Bosque crew is celebrating all weekend long. There will be all sorts of as-yet-unannounced prizes and giveaways, so if we get details I will update this (yeah, I’ll head over there this afternoon). They are tapping their Cottonwood Anniversary Double Red (9.5% ABV, 90 IBU), a monster beer from brewer John Bullard. You just know it’s gonna be epic.

Boxing Bear steps into the cask ring

Brewer Justin Hamilton and his staff are trying to make cask Fridays a regular thing, so let’s all support them if we can. First up is their Uppercut IPA dry-hopped with eight ounces of Equinox.

The 2013 version of the wondrous St. Bob's is on tap at Canteen.

The 2013 version of the wondrous St. Bob’s is on tap at Canteen as of this afternoon.

Canteen just did what?

The mad scientists have just put the 2013 St. Bob’s Imperial Stout (12.1% ABV, 90 IBU), a barrel-aged behemoth, on tap as of this afternoon. It’s just one keg, so haul ass over there and get some. Lord, this plus that Bosque Double Red … this weekend could be rough.

La Cumbre pitches in for charity

UPDATED >>> Following up on Wednesday’s Peek-a-Boob Porter release for breast cancer awareness, LC will be hosting the Cerveza for a Cause event NEXT Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., not this Saturday. Whoops. Was typing this up so fast I misread the date. Anyway, for every pint sold, $1 will go to the Q Kids Foundation. There will also be a silent art auction and a raffle, plus live music from Django Rhythm Meat Grinder.

And yeah, La Cumbre has a cask up, in this case today (Friday) it will be Elevated IPA dry-hopped with Mosaic. Pints are just $3.

More room for more beer equals a party. Woots.

More room for more beer equals a party. Woots.

Marble Westside gets larger

Marble’s taproom out west has increased in size and is open again, so now it’s time to celebrate. The event runs 5 to 10 p.m. tonight, with complimentary hors d’ouevres from M’Tucci’s Kitchina from 5 to 7. Live music will be provided by Russell James Pyle at 5 and Merican Slang at 7.

If you can’t get to the west side tonight, head downtown as Alex Maryol performs from 8 to 11. Then on Saturday, the downtown pub will host the Hops & Harvest Fest, benefiting the Downtown Growers Market. That lasts from 2 to 9 p.m. and will feature live music and more.

Red Door gets into the season

The new guys will have a Pumpkin Carving Contest this Sunday at 5 p.m. You can bring your own pumpkin or buy one there for $8. You do have to bring your own carving equipment. There will be prizes for the winners and maybe even some consolation prizes for everyone else. They are hoping to make this an annual event, so head on over.

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OK, that seems to be all the events going on this weekend. If there are any more events to add or you need further details on anything listed here, contact us the usual ways (email: nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, Twitter @nmdarksidebc, Facebook, or the comments section below). I will try to get some more details about Bosque soon. While enjoying a Double Red. Followed by a St. Bob’s at Canteen. Followed by a stop at Heimat House. Followed by cask at Boxing Bear. Followed by a stop at Marble Westside. Small beer samples only for me today/tonight.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

I attended the Southwest Bacon Fest at the Balloon Park this past Saturday. Normally, I might not write up any information on a bacon festival for a beer website. However, quite a few local breweries were there. And goodness, many of those beers went so well with the bacon food items. In particular, I had Pi’s Bourbon Vanilla Porter with some bacon-wrapped dates. That was fabulous. I enjoyed a “BLT” from Chama as well. This was their version of a “red beer” or “bloody beer.” It was Bacon, Lager, and Tomato. It is a refreshing way to cleanse the palate after some heavy, heavy food and beer.

It's doesn't look like a beer, but that's Chama River's BLT (Bacon, Lager, and Tomato) from last weekend's Bacon Fest.

It’s doesn’t look like a beer, but that’s Chama River’s BLT (Bacon, Lager, and Tomato) from last weekend’s Bacon Fest. (Photo courtesy of Chama River)

I like bacon just fine. But really, it was the weather, the venue, and the local breweries that sold me. Oh, and full disclosure, I won a ticket for this event when I attended Hopfest. Only one, though, so we still had to buy one ticket. This is a nice festival and the weather was perfect for sitting around and enjoying New Mexico craft brews and some very interesting uses of bacon.

It seems each festival comes with its challenges (I’m looking at you, ABQ BioPark Zoo; that one still hurts). I had finished my final beer because although the festival ended at 6 p.m., the beer purveyors let us know they had to stop selling at 5 p.m. That was a little disappointing since we didn’t get there until 3:30, but I had some delicious stuff and I was basically OK with it.

I will not mention any names, but I happened to overhear a very heated conversation. One of the smaller breweries got in an argument with the people in charge because they said they weren’t notified they had to stop selling at 5 p.m. until it happened at the event. According to this smaller brewery, one of the larger ones didn’t bother to stop selling. He said it wasn’t fair and that there was not equal treatment. Hopefully the miscommunication can be avoided up front next year.

At the end, we wandered over to the charming folks from The Stumbling Steer. They had coupon tickets (good for the following day only, Sunday) for $3 house beers. I knew from previous visits that on Sundays you can ask for and get free pint glasses of bacon (shhhh!) while they last. We did make it over there the next day. So, yes, more bacon. And I ate it with the Bourbon Bacon Stout they had on cask.

For $3 with the ticket, seriously, what in the world could be more perfect?

Cheers — to beer and to bacon!

— AmyO

This past Saturday, as promised (or as warned), I attended Santa Fe Brewing Co.’s grand swingin’ shindig, Oktoberfiesta, and it was a perfect end to a great festival season. Now let me begin by saying that Stoutmeister had told me that I didn’t have to work because it was my birthday, and so it was certainly NOT my intent to be on the job. I didn’t take any notes, mental or otherwise, nor did I conduct any interviews, and if I did, there were none that I can remember. In fact, I believe I said “off the record,” so many times, that it has officially become my new nickname. I honestly did my best not to come away with any content. But somehow, somewhere deep down, the journalist in me decided he was going to document the event. And so, in the aftermath, I found a few pictures between the two of our phones. And while I may not have captured all the important shots, or hit all the important angles, or really have taken much of anything in focus, I have a few pictures for you guys. The following is the only stuff deemed appropriate enough to share with our friends and readers of the Crew. Hopefully, the pics might show tiny bit of how it all went down. Enjoy!

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Oktoberfiesta has officially begun!

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Jerome and Miggs of the Sangre De Cristo Craft Brewers. These guys are brewing their famous Biscochito Stout on the small batch system for SFBC’s “12 Beers of Christmas.” Can’t wait to try it!

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Now that’s a sample!

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These happy campers are enjoying the music of Pigment.

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The bratwurst eating contest. The before picture. Note: After picture not available. It was NOT a pretty sight!

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And they’re off!

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If bratwurst wasn’t your thing, Food Truck Tacos Y Mas was there serving up some New Mexico deliciousness! Taster glass photo-bomb!

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A little serenading with dinner? Not exactly. That’s the yodeling contest. Riiiiicooooolaaaaa! No?

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How weird! It’s The Strange! These guys rock, even a man down.

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That poor fellow is out of beer! Quick, someone get him an Oktoberfest, STAT!

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This gentleman has acquired one of the very last of the Krieks! My prediction is that he became very popular before the night was through.

When the dust settled on Sunday morning, I was happy to have made the trip out to 35 Fire Place, and thrilled as always, to have made it home safely. (The cab system in Santa Fe is still amazing.) Oktoberfiesta was a party to remember, if remembering is at all possible after an event like that. I would do it again and again, but not in a heartbeat. I need some time. I think I’ve finally reached my Oktoberfest and brewfest limit for the year, but what a few weeks it’s been! There have been some great Oktoberfest events and some amazing Oktoberfest beer. Great job New Mexico! You absolutely nailed the season and the style. Oktoberfiesta certainly pushed me over the top. And for that, I can’t thank them enough!

My head still hurts and my liver may be threatening to walk, but my heart is full, and my soul is now repaired of the damage of the daily grind. But wasn’t that the point of beer in the early days? To be there for you after a rough day, and smooth you through to the next? We live in a great state folks, where the beer is bigger than dad’s after-work medicine. We live in a place where the beer scene is in full swing and only growing stronger. We live in a time when anyone with the courage to pour something new into their taster glass can become a pioneer. We live on the Frontier of Beer, where every weekend there’s something new to drink and something fun to do, if you just look for it. If fest season is over for now, I’m okay with that. I’ll breathe. I’ll recharge. I’ll count my dropping degrees until Imperial Stout, Winter Warmer, and Black IPA season. Guys and gals, brewfest season has come to a close, but our great NM beer is not going anywhere, and I promise, neither are we. For now, see you around the taps. As always, think globally, drink locally, and come to the Dark Side. We have beer.

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— Luke

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.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

We start this week with news of a brewer change. After running the show for a while now, Addison Poth is leaving Back Alley Draft House. He will be heading out to San Diego, where many more brewing opportunities will await. A new brewer has been named, and both he and Addison will be at the latter’s going away party this Saturday. After many tasty brews in one of ABQ’s hidden gems, we thank Addison for all of his good service to our beer community. Operating on a small system in a place that seems more suited to pizza parties, he has nonetheless produced some solid styles, including the wonderfully unique Ladron’s Peak earlier this year. To help celebrate the end of this little era, Addison brewed up a variation called Ladron’s con Fuego, where they took some actual granite from the real Ladron, heated it up, and put it into the wort. The result, Addison said, was one of the most complex beers he has ever tasted. We can’t wait to head over to try this one, as well as the new Poth’s Pilsner, which was brewed with a pre-Prohibition recipe from the Poth’s and Sons Brewery, which never reopened after Prohibition ended. It should be another unique variation on a traditional style. Good luck to Addison on his new path! We’ll miss you, buddy!

On the new beer front, it’s a fairly quiet week. Broken Bottle has tapped their Drunken Hobo Milk Stout and Debacle Pumpkin Ale. Canteen has The Good Stuff, a session IPA. Kaktus has brought back James Blonde while adding Harvest Amber and Oktoberfest. La Cumbre’s Peek-a-Boob Porter debuts with a release party tonight, plus they have a limited supply of 2013 La Negra imperial stout on tap. Tractor’s Ruby Red Wheat, Little Red Rye-ding Hood, and Bulls-Eye PA all debuted during Saturday’s 15th anniversary party. Turtle Mountain’s A Lil’ Somethin’ Pumpkin is being served on nitro.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn’s Belgian Blonde Table Beer will be out soon. Second Street’s Amber and Berliner Weisse are back. Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile’s potent 790 IPA is back as well.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Oct. 20.

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.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Soroche IPA, Berliner Weisse, Poth’s Pilsner, Ladron’s con Fuego. See our intro on the upcoming brewer change at Back Alley, plus info on the two new beers, Poth’s Pilsner and Ladron’s con Fuego.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Oktoberfest, PSA (Pumpkin Spice Ale), The Box IPA, Bosque Lager, Bosque’s Burnin’ Red, Olde Bosky Porter. Bosque’s Oktoberfest is just a malt blast of goodness, not overly sweet nor too dry. The Burnin’ Red, with a new recipe, is back on tap. Also back on tap is an old favorite in the Olde Bosky Porter. The Lager is back by popular demand. The Simcoe IPA has run out, but The Box is more than enough hops to keep you satiated.

Cask: We didn’t get a cask update yet. When we do, we’ll post it.

News: Construction continues on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also signed a lease on a new 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.

To staff the new locations, Bosque will be holding a job fair from Nov. 4-6. Send your resume, a brief note about why you want to work for Bosque, and your preferred location to work at and available interview times in one tidy email to employment@bosquebrewing.com. Applications are due this Friday. See their Facebook page for more details.

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.

Beers in the future will include a pumpkin ale, barley wine, ESB, imperial red, and a new IPA. Plus, Bosque is aging its Scotia Scotch Ales in rum barrels, and they just received a shipment of casks to start doing that as well. We’re a bit excited.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)

Beers: Glass Jaw Double IPA, Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA. Recent additions to the lineup are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU). The Glass Jaw is now out in full force. The Oktobearfest has run out, sadly. But a new pumpkin ale is now being brewed.

UPDATED >>> Cask: Yup, Boxing Bear is doing a cask. Rejoice! This Friday they have Uppercut IPA dry-hopped with eight ounces of Equinox hops. Next week, prepare yourselves for a Dunkelweizen with blackberries and dark chocolate.

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: Stray Dog IPA, Cactus Juice, Peculiar Pumpkin Porter, Drunken Hobo Milk Stout, Debacle Pumpkin Ale. Cactus Juice is made with actual prickly pears. New to taps this week are the Drunken Hobo Milk Stout and the Debacle Pumpkin Ale. Compare that to the Peculiar Pumpkin Porter and see which is the better style.

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, Pumpkin Saison, Pumpkin Porter, Mimosa Beer, Rye PA, American Stout, The Good Stuff. New to taps this week is The Good Stuff (5.7% ABV, 70 IBU), a session IPA. The Rye PA (7% ABV, 50 IBU) and the American Stout (7.4% ABV, 60 IBU) are fairly recent additions. I got to try the American Stout while interviewing brewer Brady McKeown about the name change to Canteen Brewhouse. It’s a big, bold, thick, mean-as-hell-yet-totally-lovable stout. It’s my kind of stout, and that’s saying something. If you need to get your fall fun going, the Pumpkin Saison (6.5% ABV, 24 IBU) and Porter (7.2% ABV, 38 IBU) are a good place to start. We lean toward the porter, but, uh, we’ve got “Dark Side” in our name. The Mimosa (4% ABV, 12 IBU) has a wheat base infused with blood oranges.

News: Canteen posted some pics on Facebook of the beers they are currently barrel-aging in the back. They’ve got Double IPA in tequila barrels, American Stock Ale in rum barrels, Belgian Strong Golden in wine barrels, and Panama Joe Coffee Stout in bourbon barrels.

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), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock). 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.

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver and also captured a gold medal in the stout category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Wee Bit Loco, The Hound (Amber Ale), Rasp-booby Wheat, Cosmic Dog. Wee Bit Loco is a new Scottish ale and was our pick as the best malty beer at Septemberfest. The Cosmic Dog (7% ABV, 25 IBU), a coffee stout, and the Rasp-booby (5% ABV, 20 IBU) are recent additions to tap. The latter beer is a raspberry wheat, brewed up to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness month as part of the “Toast for Tatas” campaign. The Hound (6% ABV, 40 IBU) was described as “a roasty fall amber.”

News: Head brewer Zach Guilmette has revamped the recipe for Chama’s Jackalope IPA to give it a stronger kick and tastier palate. Franz Solo and I also highly recommend you try the revamped Sleeping Dog Stout. It’s creamy and burly and sweet and roasted … it’s got everything you want in a stout.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8 p.m., Fri-Sun 11:30-10 p.m.)

Beers: James Blonde, Oyster Stout, Honk Ale, Harvest Amber, Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Alt German Lager, Jabberwocky IPA, Oktoberfest. The Harvest Amber, Oktoberfest, and the popular James Blonde are the newest entries, while the Jabberwocky came back recently after a brief absence. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newer breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

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 will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on 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: Across the Pond, Meridian Pale Ale, Hell Froze Over, 2013 La Negra, Peek-a-Boob Porter. Yeah, they’ve busted out a batch of barrel-aged La Negra, a massive imperial stout worthy of the elder gods. The Peek-a-Boob Porter was made for charity, as $1 from every pint sold will go to the local YWCA to benefit early breast cancer awareness. Hell Froze Over (5.6% ABV, 42 IBU) is one of the newer kids on the tap list, returning for a second go-around after debuting last fall. It’s a brown ale, which as the name might imply is not something that’s made regularly. If you’re looking for something to sip slowly, Across the Pond (6.5% ABV, 65 IBU), a British-style IPA, and Meridian Pale Ale (5.4% ABV, 40 IBU) are available. Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank no longer appearing here as a seasonal. It is now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. And in more good news, Jeff Erway said Red Ryeot will soon return and become a regular beer as well.

Events: Peek-a-Boob Porter gets its own special release party tonight (Wednesday). See La Cumbre’s Facebook page for more details.

News: We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Sun–Weds 9 a.m.–11 p.m., Thurs–Sat 9 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: German Blonde Ale, Berliner Weisse, Belgian Abbey, IPA, Amber, Oatmeal Brown, India Black Ale, Rye Stout, Porter, Dubbel, Biscochito Brown. Both Brandon and I have had chances to visit Lizard Tail, which is one of the newest breweries in town, located in the shopping center on the southeast corner of Eubank and Montgomery. They specialize in malt-forward beers. The German Blonde (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU) is a good place to start. The Berliner Weisse (4.3% ABV, 8 IBU) is not nearly as sour as most of its genre. The Belgian Abbey (6.8%, 25 IBU) is a good example of its style. The IPA (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU) has a good mix of Mosaic, Warrior, and Galaxy hops. The Rye Stout (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice flavor but lacks body. The first batch of Oatmeal Brown (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU) needed some work, but I got to sample the second batch that will be on tap soon and it’s improved. The Honey Pale Ale (6.3% ABV, 35 IBU) has run out for a little while, but it will be back soon. The Porter (5.6% ABV, 35 IBU) is a semi-smoky, thick beer that goes perfectly with the cooler weather. The new Biscochito Brown (8.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is not overly sweet. The Lizard Tail staff said the next batch will be a little maltier.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs Thursday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

Events: There will be live music Saturday at 9 p.m. Also, every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Lizard Tail will host Geeks Who Drink.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Double White, Rescue Craft Draft, Double IPA, Imperial Red, Barley Wine. The Rescue Craft is an English-style pale ale. Proceeds benefit the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council. Otherwise it’s a relatively light seasonal list as Marble is at capacity brewing the regular beers for distribution. There is the rotating “black handle,” which tends to feature some impressive “secret” beers. The Double White and Imperial Red both brought home gold medals from GABF.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

Events: Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

News: Other beers coming up an English-style pub ale, which may be served on nitro, and an English-style chocolate stout. We’re sensing a theme here …

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Saisons Change, Dry Stout, Belgian Dark Strong. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight cranked out three new seasonals in the Saisons Change, Dry Stout, and Belgian Dark Strong. We’ve been able to get over there and try all three and came away quite impressed. The Dry Stout is bold and thick, the kind of burly beer you want in the winter (or year-round if you’re like us). The Saisons Change packs a ton of flavor in every sip. It’s not spicy hot, but it will leave your tongue tingling with a strong Belgian yeast backbone behind the initial bite. The Belgian Dark Strong is almost too sweet; it would go great as dessert after any of Nexus’ awesome food dishes.

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.

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: Unchallenged IPA, West Coast Red, Robust Porter, Lost Grain English Summer Ale, Apricot Wheat. 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.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

(Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Sawmill Stout, XPA1 Pale Ale, Helles Lager, Double IPA, Oktoberfest, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Schwarzbier. Porter Pounder and I went over for the grand opening recently. 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. As for the beers, they are all the initial batches, so expect some modifications/changes going forward. Needless to say we both liked the Stout (5.2% ABV, 22 IBU) the best, but we’re dark beer guys (then again, you could also call us dark beer snobs, so consider that). Porter Pounder liked the XPA1 Pale Ale (5% ABV, 35 IBU), which will always be a rotating single-hop pale ale. The Crosscut Kolsch (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) is almost like a Kolsch/hefeweizen hybrid. The Ghost Train (6.2% ABV, 75 IBU) needs some work, but the brewer has already identified what went wrong in the first batch and is working on correcting that for the next run. The Double IPA (7.7% ABV, 90 IBU) provides plenty of hops. The Oktoberfest (5.7% ABV, 17 IBU) is an interesting variation on the traditional style; we tasted wheat malts in the mix. The Schwarzbier (4.7% ABV, 24 IBU) debuted recently.

News: The next batch of brews will include Breakfast Stout, Dunkles, Dunkelweizen, Helles Hefeweizen, Ella Single Hop Pale Ale, and something called Marbelous. We’re down for a Breakfast Stout at any time of day.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Noon to midnight all week)

Beers: Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trapdoor Wheat. We were excited to try Red Door ever since they first invited us to visit many months ago. They are now open and their initial batches of beer are all quite good. The Roamer Red (6% ABV) was a favorite for Porter Pounder, sitting midway between hoppy reds like Marble and sweeter reds like the standard Irish variety. The Paint it Black (5.5%) is served on nitro, so it’s criminally smooth. The potent Threshold IPA (6.6% ABV) should appeal to local hopheads. Beware the Unhinged Cider as it checks in at 7.9 percent, but you don’t taste the alcohol. Red Door has been having trouble keeping up with demand, though all six beers were on tap last week.

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 going to dispatch E-Rock (he needs a new assignment) to re-establish our lines of communication with Sandia Chile Grill.

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.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Bang Up Blonde, Hefferweizen, Pig Sticker Pale, Iron Horse IPA, Rawhide Red, Boneyard Brown, Hop Trough (Double IPA), Soiled Dove (Imperial Stout), Black IPA. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all. The Black IPA is the current seasonal beer, plus there are often one or two cask beers. We recently had their Bacon Bourbon Stout and Green Chile IPA on cask. Franz Solo loved the latter.

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.)

UPDATED >>> Beers at Nob Hill: 4 Seasons 1 Week Cider, Ruby Red Wheat, Barnstorm Ale, Javi Light Lager, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, Pilsner #15, Tractoberfest.

Beers at Wells Park only: 6% Humidity 9% ABV Cider, Berry Cider, Mustachio Milk Stout, Little Red Rye-ding Hood, Bulls-Eye PA. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Tractoberfest is back and this year’s batch is one of the best yet. It’s just a malt blast of happiness. The 4 Seasons 1 Week Cider is a variation of the 6%-9% (these names, oy), slightly sweeter and it’s only 7.2-percent ABV. The newest beers on tap were brewed up for Tractor’s 15th anniversary. The Ruby Red Wheat is loaded with grapefruit. The Little Red has a malty rye kick. The Bulls-Eye is a solid IPA.

Events: On Wednesday, Tractor will be hosting another Cards Against Humanity night at Wells Park. This is a free event starting at 7 p.m. Food will by served by Nomad’s BBQ.

Geeks Who Drink is now setting up shop at the Wells Park Tap Room every Monday at 8 p.m. Bar cash for winners and bonus questions all night. Wanna see what GWD at Tractor has been up to? Check out the blog! Food will be served by Mystique.

Pints and Politics is back at Wells Park tonight (Wednesday) at 6 with “Know Your Initiatives.” Come learn about the issues and the candidates while enjoying a good pint or two.

Tractor’s pLOUD Music Series at Wells Park continues Thursday with Waylaid performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ will provide the food.

Saturday’s In the Mix Series at Wells Park will feature DJ Shakedown performing at 9 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, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Cascade Session Ale, Saison du Soleil, Brown Ale for Boobies, Uberaltbier, A Little Somethin’ Pumpkin. 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 Porter 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. Congratulations to Turtle Mountain on winning our inaugural Oktoberfest challenge. Unfortunately, it’s run out for now. However, they’ve added A Little Somethin’ Pumpkin, which is served on nitro. Yeah, that sounds pretty damn intriguing to us.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Shattered Pumpkin, Oktoberfest, Scorched (smoked olde ale), Alpha Reaper (Imperial Red Ale). If the Alpha Reaper (9% ABV, 100 IBU) sounds imposing, that’s because it is. A wet-hopped imperial red, it was made with 50 pounds of fresh Chinook hops grown in Colorado. Now good luck keeping “Don’t Fear the Reaper” from getting stuck in your head. Scorched is exactly the big old smoky blast you would expect. Oktoberfest debuted last week and is quite the exceptional beer. It would have contended with Turtle Mountain for the top spot in our Oktoberfest challenge. Shattered Pumpkin (6.5% ABV, 20 IBU) was made with French saison yeast and 20 pounds of locally sourced pumpkin for a unique flavor.

News: An imperial stout is due out Nov. 13 (they fit 900 pounds into the mash tun, for crying out loud), and they have begun brewing a Belgian blonde table beer that will hopefully be ready next week.

Events: Blue Corn’s imperial stout will be released with a special party that will require reservations on Nov. 13. Starting at 6 p.m., for $10 you get a pint of stout with three small dishes. Not a bad deal for a beer of that power.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Danae (Golden Sour Ale), Study Series: Brown (Belgian-style Sour Brown Ale), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Synne (Pale Ale), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Whistler (Blonde), Manikin Small Scottish-style Dark Ale. Duel brewer Todd Yocham described the latest Study Series entry (5% ABV) like this, “A very malt forward light bodied brown ale, soured with Lactobacillus and accentuated by the fruity esters from our Trappist yeast.” The Fantin (7.5% ABV), which I tried and liked at Pajarito Summerfest, gets this summary, “Aromas of strawberry and pineapple accentuated by our Trappist yeast will keep you wanting more.” The Danae is the newest entry.

Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)

Beers: Oktoberfest, Double White IPA, Duskin’s Forgotten Rye. The first beer in the new Ever Changing Series is a Double White IPA, which Luke of the Brew Crew bullpen recently reviewed. This week’s Small Batch Saturday beer is Duskin’s Forgotten Rye (9% ABV).

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC 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.

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, Trappist Strong Ale, Cream Stout, Rauchbier, Amber Ale, Oktoberfest, British Mild, Berliner Weisse. The Amber and Berliner Weisse are back on tap this week. I got to sample the Rauchbier when I took my relatives to SSB for lunch recently; it’s not overly smoky, just smooth and balanced. The Oktoberfest was a big hit at NM Brew Fest and you can never go wrong with the Cream Stout. You can also pick up four-packs of cans of Boneshaker Bitter at the brewery. The good folks from Mother Road Mobile Canning stopped by again to team up with Second Street. We love teamwork when it comes to beer.

Events: Jaka will be the featured performer all October for the Thursday Patio Series. Bus Tapes are playing Friday at the original location. Eryn Bent plays Saturday.

Shows at the Railyard include the Alto Street Band on Friday, Swing Soleil on Saturday, and Shriner’s Club Jazz Band on Sunday.

Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!

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: KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Venom IPA, 790 IPA. Twisted Chile has been open for a while as a restaurant, but as the name might imply, they will be brewing their own beer on site. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, they will be the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado. As soon as a certain editor’s schedule clears up, I’ll be headed down there to do a formal review.

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Be one of the “300” in Los Alamos

Posted: October 21, 2014 by reidrivenburgh in News
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Okay, the “300” we’re referring to aren’t those ol’ Greeks with their ripped abs and crazy blood-lust.  These “300” are you, gentle readers, with keg-abs and wacky beer-lust! The Los Alamos Beer Co-op (LABC) is making its final push to recruit members and get the funds necessary to open up their brewery and taproom.

Be one of the 300!

Be one of the 300!

Much progress has been made this year, with the purchase of a brewing system from Bosque Brewing in Albuquerque and the rental and renovating of a retail space in downtown Los Alamos. A few more hurdles remain, however; little things, like hiring a brewer and staff, completing the renovations, etc. This is where you come in. By purchasing a membership (lifetime or one-year) or investing in a member loan, you can help make this happen. And now, there are extra benefits to doing so. During the months of October and November:

  • NEW Members will receive a FREE LABC pint glass and token for one free beer.
  • Existing members will receive a token for one free beer for EACH NEW MEMBER they recruit.
  • Member Loan Incentives (including more free beer and other excellent rewards) can now be earned by recruiting new members or new investors.

Nice! So, if you’ve been putting off getting involved, there’s no better time than now to make the move. If you have made the move, encourage someone else to make the move!

The LABC is still aiming for a grand opening in early 2015. Just think, a place in Los Alamos to grab a great beer and fill your growler.

For additional information about the LABC, including all of the details about membership and loans, visit www.losalamosbeer.coop.

Cheers!

— Reid

Put away those sample glasses. Don’t worry about what’s being served. Festival season for 2014 is over (well, save for one event, see below) and as such, the beer news is grinding (almost) to a halt. It’s the quiet period, which usually lasts from now through the holidays, and it can be maddening for a group of beer writers to keep finding things to write about.

Cheers to Tractor on their 15th anniversary and to this rather scrumptious Little Red Rye-ding Hood.

Cheers to Tractor on their 15th anniversary and to this rather scrumptious Little Red Rye-ding Hood.

Luckily it’s not too quiet, so there are still some things to keep us (and you, dear readers) entertained. This past weekend marked two celebrations as Santa Fe held their annual Oktoberfiesta and Tractor celebrated their 15th anniversary. We sent Luke, our Santa Fe correspondent, to the former, but it was his actually his birthday, so we told him that he didn’t need to work, just have fun (we think he did, but he may still be nursing a hangover, so we’re not about to call him or anything).

As for Tractor, work schedules and the like conspired to keep us away until later in the evening. Franz Solo and I popped in and found a random table in the hallway next to the brewery, between the taproom and the bathrooms. It made for a nice spot to people watch, as well as give us a chance to actually hear each other talk. The DJ was playing away in the main taproom, and other than a brief usage of The Song of Evil (if anyone follows me on Twitter @topeswriter, you know what song that is), it wasn’t too bad of a song selection. We did miss what Melissa told us was a rather epic drunk dance-off, but instead we got to enjoy hearing some stories from brewer David Hargis. We also enjoyed the Little Red Rye-ding Hood and Bulls Eye PA, while Franz alone got to have the Ruby Red Wheat. It was actually a relaxing couple of hours amid the festivities. Kudos to you and your wonderful staff, Tractor. Here’s to another 15 years.

Anyway, on with the random little tidbits of beer news for the week and beyond …

One more festival, then we rest

The NM Brewers Guild is again holding the Dia de la Cerveza down in Las Cruces on Sunday, Nov. 2. We have been trying to set things up to have a Las Cruces-area correspondent to join our Bullpen, but that’s still up in the air right now. Anyway, we know Bosque, which is opening a taproom soon in LC, and local boys High Desert will be there. We’ll work on getting a list of other breweries from the Guild as we get closer to the event.

After that, there’s nothing until the always awesome WinterBrew up in Santa Fe on Jan. 23, 2015. For more info, visit the Guild’s website.

We'll always come try a new porter, but when it's for a good cause, we guarantee our attendance.

We’ll always come try a new porter, but when it’s for a good cause, we guarantee our attendance.

Beer for a cause

There are a number of beers with eye-popping names being released right now, but all with a good cause behind them. Chama River’s Rasp-booby Wheat and Turtle Mountain’s Brown Ale for Boobies have both been out for a little while. Both beers were made to help breast cancer awareness this month (in case there were five of you left on earth wondering why all those NFL players are wearing pink lately).

La Cumbre is jumping into the mix with a release party this Wednesday for Peek-a-Boob Porter. LC will donate $1 from every pint sold to the YWCA to benefit early cancer screenings for women. The porter will be tapped at noon and there will be live music from The Rudy Boy Experiment from 6 to 9 p.m., while Adoughbe Pizza’s truck will be parked outside.

Then on Saturday at La Cumbre, the Cerveza for a Cause event will be hosted by The Q Active 20-30 Club. Again $1 from every pint sold will go to charity, in this case children’s charities, and this time it will work for any beer purchased between noon and 4 p.m. There will also be a charity art auction and a free brewery tour for the first 30 people to sign up. There will be a Dia de los Muertos theme, plus Django Rhythm Meat Grinder will perform. A&J BBQ Food Truck will be parked outside.

Deutschland meets Burque

The new Heimat House will be opening this weekend near the corner of Louisiana and Montgomery (right near a certain middle school that I used to attend). This German-themed restaurant will have a special Oktoberfest celebration Saturday. They will also have some 30 beers on tap, including many you can’t find anywhere else in New Mexico. We’ll be stopping in to visit them when they have a few free minutes to talk this week. Look for that preview soon.

But not, we’re still not gonna bust out the lederhosen. Franz Solo might have some hidden in the back of a closet, but the rest of us aren’t that brave to try to wear any.

Who will be the king of pumpkin beers in the ABQ area? We hope to find out soon.

Who will be the king of pumpkin beers in the ABQ area? We hope to find out soon.

Pumpkin challenge or not to pumpkin challenge?

We were originally gonna do a double beer challenge a few weeks ago along with the area’s selection of Oktoberfest beers, but there were so many different pumpkins scattered around we worried about palate destruction or just general drunkenness distorting our results. If everything breaks right with our collective crazy schedules, we may finally try to do a pumpkin beer challenge this weekend. It ought to be an interesting one, due to all the variations of pumpkin beers. This year we’ve seen pumpkin porters, pumpkin saisons, and there are still more pumpkin beers due out this week and beyond. It’s time to see what really is the best way to make a beer with pumpkin in it. Even if we know some of you despise pumpkin beers, it’s clearly a style that’s here to stay.

Sensory panels and big beers to brew

We were recently invited to participate in some of Tractor’s upcoming sensory panels, particularly in that’s dark beer season and our palates tend to be tuned to those. Whenever we figure out with the good Tractor folks how to set that all up, expect a story or two.

There’s also a good chance you may some Brew Crew beers on tap in the months ahead, and not just from small batch productions, either. We’ve had conversations with Canteen Brewhouse, Chama River, and Tractor about potential future brews on their main system. When I told the others, I’m not sure “ecstatic” is enough to describe their reactions. We’ll have more on all of that as it comes together.

Anything we’ve forgotten?

This is the time of year when we rely on outside input more than ever to let us know what’s going on out there. It can be anything from story ideas to news items big and small to pretty much anything dealing with beer.

For instance, here was a neat little item shared with us by reader Natalie B via our Facebook page: “So, with all the pumpkin beer talk I though I would pitch this to you guys and see if you think we would have any takers here. I just got back from a trip to the New England area to see the fall foliage and to, of course drink a beer or two. The very first place that we visited was a place called, Beer Works – across the street from Fenway Park. I have been a fan of Pumpkin beer since I first tasted it at Socorro Springs probably 6 or 7 years ago… well, they had a “Pumpkin Works” on their tap list and I ordered it. It came in a chilled glass rimmed with cinnamon and a little sugar, not crazy on the sugar but tastable. I know that it sounds strange but it tastes amazing!! Pretty much every tap room back there when you ordered pumpkin beer asked if you wanted a rimmed glass.. so this wasn’t just a single tap room fluke. Some places moistened the rimmed with water, a few with lemon or lime – not my favorite… but then we hit a tap room in Plymouth, MA and that is where the best was served. In this tap room they rimmed the glass with honey and then dipped it in the cinnamon/sugar… oh my goodness. It tastes pretty awesome. … I think you all seem to know EVERYONE and might have a better idea of someone that has pumpkin that might be open to the idea of trying something new. Even the guys that were with us thought that it tasted good so even though this might lean a little more to the girl side of beer drinking I think you might be surprised at just how many people would love a rimmed glass with their pumpkin beer!! Anyway, just something I wanted to share!!”

We had to admit, that’s a brilliant, creative way to serve a seasonal beer that the folks in New England came up with, and it’s something one of our local breweries (HINT) might want to try.

But that is the kind of stuff we’re looking for right now, even little creative tidbits in addition to news about brewery expansions or new places opening or staffs being shuffled or anything like that. We don’t have to fill our site with BIG NEWS all the time. Sometimes it’s the fun stuff that works out.

Anyway, thanks as always for reading. You can send us comments or news items or story suggestions via the comments section here, via Facebook, via Twitter (@nmdarksidebc), and via email (nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com). Or just come up and say hello if you ever spot any of the bearded wanderers out at the breweries. We’ll be nice, we promise. Well, unless you’re singing along to anything by Neil Diamond. Isotopes season is over, we don’t have to listen to The Song of Evil anymore.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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Santa Fe Brewing is hosting a party and everyone is invited.

As I was driving home from Red River’s Oktoberfest last Sunday, I had a couple questions on my mind. How much Oktoberfest is too much Oktoberfest? And can anyone really have too much Oktoberfest in their lives? The answers that I came up with were thus: “too much” is too broad of a statement, and no, you can never have too much Oktoberfest! And that’s why the Germans celebrate this festival every year for 17 to 18 days. Well, tomorrow (Saturday), Santa Fe Brewing Company is hosting their fourth annual Oktoberfiesta at the brewery, just off of highway 14, at 35 Fire Place. Not to be confused with their Oktoberfest (Beer) Release Party, which I wrote about in August, this will be the real deal, whole enchilada, and sauerkraut meal. This, beer and fiesta enthusiasts, will be one Oktoberfest bash in true Santa Fe Brewing style that you do NOT want to miss.

This year, three bands and a house DJ will be playing/spinning/killin’ it all day from noon to 7, including the mariachi band, Mariachi Diferencia, the jam band, Pigment, and the cure to southwestern rock, The Strange. The roof will come down.

Also, throughout the day, true tests of Wit and Will shall be held — contests of six-pack holding, yodeling, and bratwurst eating, none for the faint of heart. What’s German for “Game on?!”

SFBC will also be hosting a beer tasting with three other great breweries. For a mere suggested donation of $5, Oktoberfesters, 21 and older, will get a taster glass to sample the brewsical stylings of SFBC, Canteen Brewhouse, Boxing Bear Brewing Co., and Bosque Brewing Co. Even Santa Fe Cider Works will be there selling something a bit different. (Wink, wink.) And for your noshing pleasure, local food trucks Joe’s Sausage and Tacos y Mas will be there on site.

It’s a great philosophy to “celebrate the season, for no reason,” but SFBC has a great reason this year, or three, actually. Even though this is an admission-free event, a portion of the day’s proceeds will go to benefit the Santa Fe Humane Society & Animal Shelter, the Esperanza Woman’s Shelter, and the Assistance Dogs of the Southwest. Haven’t I been saying it all along? Beer saves lives, man!

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This crazy shindig is a family friendly event, so bring out the kiddos. Bring Grandma. Bring that weird aunt that always wants to show off her inappropriate dolphin tattoo. Hey, maybe one of them can be the DD! (Fest responsibly, folks! If you booze it, don’t cruise it.) I’m already convinced this will be the party of the year; in fact, I will be there celebrating my birthday, because it’s my particular brand of bash. So grab your Dirndls and lederhosen (how many times will I say that this year?) OR sombrero and head out to Santa Fe Brewing Company for a wicked good time! See you there! Aye, Aye!

Salud!

— Luke

From SFBC Website:

Schedule of Events

Noon – 12:30 — House DJ

12:30 – 1:30 — Mariachi Diferencia

1:30 – 2:15 — Six-pack holding contest (sign up limited to first 10 people located at festival entrance). There will also be a men’s heat and a women’s heat.

2:15 – 3 — Brat-eating contest (sign up is limited to the first 10 people located at festival entrance)

3 – 5 — Pigment

5 – 5:15 — Yodeling Contest (sign up is limited to the first five people located at the festival entrance)

5:15 – 7:30 — The Strange

* all event times are approximate and subject to change

There is something almost eerie about a brewery taproom being so quiet before it’s open. Such was the case when I stopped by Tractor Wells Park on Wednesday morning. It won’t be the case the next time I’m there Saturday night.

Tractor is turning 15. Shenanigans are imminent.

Tractor is turning 15. Shenanigans are imminent.

That’s because Saturday is Tractor’s Quincenera, a 15th anniversary party for the ages. There will be live music, live artists, an auction, and oh, yeah, plenty of beer.

I was joined Wednesday morning by Antal Maurer of the brewing team and Carlos Contreras, Tractor’s events coordinator. The first thing they did was introduce me to the newest Tractor brew which will debut Saturday when the event kicks off at 5 p.m.

“So we have our special release this which is this,” Antal said. “It’s our anniversary wheat, (but) we’ll probably name it something more exciting between now and then. So it’s a wheat base and then we’ve added 25 grapefruits worth of meat as well as candied peel. Once we did all the candying ourselves as far as boiling it down until we got the bitterness out of the peel and then adding the sugar to the peel. So both the meat and the candied peels were added to the fermenter at knockout, along with some coriander, some cinnamon, and some ginger.”

The decision to do a special wheat beer was drawn in part from the popularity of Tractor’s regular Honey Wheat.

“One of our strong points has always been that our Honey Wheat is one of our staple beers,” Antal said. “It’s always been kind of an introductory beer for people who are learning about craft beer. I think that’s one thing that Tractor does really, really well. We’re very un-pretentious and we’re very open to educating people about craft beer. What better place to start than Honey Wheat or a wheat beer?

“(So) that’s one of the reasons we’ve gone with the grapefruit. It’s something that kind of stands out as a Tractor signature, being able to play with the grapefruit. Galena and Fuggles are the hops, there’s a little bit of Maris Otter. Two Row is our base malt, a little bit of Acid Malt to help out with the grapefruit as well.”

Going with a wheat beer in the fall might seem unusual as most breweries move away from the style after the summer, but since ABQ is still nice and warm during the day, it’s still a transitional period between the seasons.

“I’d say it’s a nice segway into fall from a nice, refreshing wheat beer that you would enjoy in the summer, but then a little bit of spice and a little bit of bitterness that’s going to make it a bit of a fall session beer,” Antal said. “Although it is about 6.7 (percent) ABV.”

Antal poses with Tractor's special anniversary wheat. It only took Carlos about 10 or 12 tries to get the picture right. (Photo courtesy of Tractor Brewing)

Antal poses with Tractor’s special anniversary wheat. It only took Carlos about 10 or 12 tries to get the picture right. (Photo courtesy of Tractor Brewing)

For those who prefer other styles of beer (or, like me, have allergy-related issues), Tractor will have some other new beers and some returning old favorites on tap as well Saturday. Antal said there will be a Red Rye, a new take on the popular C+C IPA, and a new Berry Cider.

As for the entertainment, Carlos provided a summary of all that will be seen and heard.

“So on your events first and foremost you have Porter Draw, they’ll go on at 5 (p.m.). So we have music basically from 5 to close, almost. Porter Draw will play 5 to 7. Keith Sanchez will play 7 to 9. Then you have Flo Fader who will DJ from 9 to almost close.

“On top of those guys you’ll have live painters and face painters. You’ll have people painting Dia de los Muertos-themed paintings that will go up for auction. And then Sparrow, who works here, she and her mom are going to be doing Dia de los Muertos face paintings.”

Local artists James Montoya, who specializes in Dia de los Muertos paintings (you can see some at Red Door and Tractor Nob Hill), and David Santiago, who did all of Tractor’s can designs, will be among those present.

There will likely be some brewery tours being held as well. And if you’re worried about all the beer without any food, fear not, for Mystique will be the food truck on site.

While we were chatting about Saturday, assistant brewer Josh Campbell stopped by to fill me in on two of the Crew’s favorite Tractor beers which are coming up. I even got to try one of them, though it’s far from being ready, but it is quite tasty already. The Luna de los Muertos, Tractor’s epic Russian imperial stout, has just gone into the fermenter and projects to be ready in one month.

“It’s a little boozier than I’m used to,” Josh said. “It’s got a little more of an alcoholic note to it. It’ll mellow out, it’s still young. But usually you’re starting to get a little more raises right now. We brewed it a little bit later and it hasn’t quite gotten there yet. But it’s wicked good.”

Oh, and Turkey Drool, that wonderful holiday beer that is a cacophony of flavors, is scheduled to be brewed this coming week. Thank the beer gods for that brew! A happy Thanksgiving is all but guaranteed!

Until then, the Crew will see all of you at Wells Park on Saturday night. Who knows, maybe they’ll even let us lead one of the tours. (Probably not. We might start drinking the Luna straight from the fermenter.)

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister