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.
If it wasn’t obvious that this is dark beer season, this week alone should blast you into an obsidian happy place of epic proportions. First up, in a little bit of self-promotion, Obey the Darkside Stout is now on tap at Chama River. Brandon and I helped Zach and David brew this burly foreign export stout, which clocks in at 6-percent ABV and 65 IBUs. It’s big and roasty, yet smooth and even a little sweet. As it warms, the coffee and chocolate flavors become even more pronounced. They named it in our honor and we are quite proud of this beer.
But wait, that’s not all this week. Tonight (Wednesday) will see a pair of special beer releases. Marble’s 2015 edition of Imperial Stout will debut tonight at all three locations. They will actually tap the beer at noon, but starting at 5 p.m. you can get it paired with M’Tucci’s Italian Market’s Bruschetta with onion marmalade, pancetta, arugula, and pecorino or mastarda guanciale and pine nuts. Your other beer option tonight is at Bosque Brewing, where Scotia Limited will debut in bottles with plenty more going on at the brewery, which we covered here in our Look Back/Look Ahead Series 2014-15 entry on Bosque.
If you’re too busy tonight, don’t worry, there’s more (yes, more) on Friday. Canteen Brewhouse’s annual Solstice Blackout returns with a certain Dark Side Baltic Porter in this year’s lineup. Yup, it’s the beer that Franz Solo, E-Rock, and I helped Brady brew. The recipe was conceived by Brandon, it should also be noted. Joining our beer in the lineup are Sasquatch Scotch, Panama Joe Coffee Stout (aged eight months in bourbon barrels), Schwarzbier, Black RYE PA, and Dark~N~Lusty Stout. You can also buy full pints of your favorite, so hurry over before we drink all of our porter out of stock. (We’re not kidding.)
And if that’s not enough Friday, there’s also the return of the Dark Brew Festival at Bird of Paradise. Hosted by the same folks responsible for the annual Dark Matters Film Festival at The Guild, this tasting fest starts at 6:30 p.m. The available beers will include Stone’s Xocoveza Mocha Stout on draft, plus bottled beers to sample from including Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Old Rasputin XVII Anniversary Barrel-Aged Stout, Straffe Hendrik Heritage 2012 Oak-Aged Quad, Traquair 2020; Rogue XS Old Crustacean (2012, ’13 & ’14), XS Dead Guy and Morimoto Imperial Pils; Odell 180 Shilling and Trellis Garden Ale; Deschutes Black Butte Porter, New Belgium/3 Floyds Grätzer, Biira Montegioco Fumigant, and many more. They will be available in flights of six-ounce samples. The entry fee is just a suggested $5 donation to the Dark Matters Film Festival, which will take place at 4, 6, and 8 p.m. at The Guild on Saturday. You can also purchase rare 1.5-ounce samples of Sam Adams Utopias 11 for just $10.50.
So much dark beer, so little time. Good thing we’re here for all of you, isn’t it?
On the new beer front, it’s a fairly quiet week outside of the big beers listed above. Back Alley has brought back their Red Ale, Cali Common, and Wit. Bosque has Rio Grande Tortoise Black IPA, their collaboration beer with Turtle Mountain, on tap along with Whirlpool Lager and Old Man Jameson, a Scottish-style export. Ponderosa has Nikolaus Spiced Lager and Bavarian Belle Hefeweizen. Tractor has cooked up Barn Burner Pale Ale.
Up in Santa Fe, SFBC’s 12 Beers of Christmas continues this week (see more below). Second Street has International Style Steam, Huell Melon Pilsner, and Festivus Ale. Down south in Socorro, Twisted Chile has a new English Porter.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Dec. 15.
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: Pre-Prohibition Malt Tonic, Ladron’s Peak, Back Alley Red, Cali Common, Wit. In case you missed it, we recently interviewed BADH’s new brewer, Brandon Venaglia. There are some exciting times coming, including a possible expansion. The Pre-Prohibition Malt Tonic is a dark American lager that’s based on a 110-year-old recipe and will now become a regular beer at BADH. The Red, Cali Common, and Wit are all back after a short absence.
Events: Sundays will now be Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers.
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.)
UPDATED >>> Beers: PSA (Pumpkin Spice Ale), Rio Grande Tortoise Black IPA, IPA 65, Prospector Milk Stout, Old Man Jameson, Whirlpool Lager. The Old Man Jameson (5.2% ABV, 18 IBU) is a Scottish-style export while the Whirlpool Lager (5.9% ABV, 45 IBU) is a Mosaic-infused blast of happy. The Bosque Lager will now be on tap year round, replacing the Kindling, which moves to the seasonal list (this is much as Driftwood Oatmeal Stout replaced Olde Bosky earlier this year). The new IPA 65 (6% ABV, 75 IBU) is a slight variation on the IPA 57. I got to try the Prospector Milk Stout (6.5% ABV, 20 IBU) when it debuted recently. It’s smooth as silk and a little less sweet and more robust than most milk stouts. It still retains a lot of stout character, which is a nice change from the more Left Hand-influenced versions. The Rio Grande Tortoise (6.5% ABV, 80 IBU) was brewed in collaboration with Turtle Mountain and is available at both breweries. The PSA is nearly out, so hurry over to help finish it off so a new beer can be tapped. Next up are a special dry-hopped version of the award-winning Acequia Wet-Hop IPA and Jet Black Winter, a burly Russian imperial stout served on nitro.
Cask: We’re waiting to hear what will be on tap this Friday.
News: Bosque has opened 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. Construction continues on Bosque’s second taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central.
Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.
Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327
(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Oso Otono, Chocolate Milk Stout. Last week Boxing Bear put the Chocolate Milk Stout on cask and it sold out by 7 p.m., the first time that has ever happened with a cask, one of the servers told us. Now that it’s on tap it should last longer than a few hours, but you can tell already how popular this beer is with folks. Oso Otono, an oatmeal lager, looks like a standard ale in color but tastes like a robust brown. Another recent addition 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).
Cask: We’re waiting to hear what’s on for this Friday.
News: Boxing Bear now has a happy hour. 10-, 16-, and 22-ounce beers are all discounted from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Growler Happy Hour then runs from 6 p.m. to close on those nights. Get $2 off a growler fill and $1 off a half-growler (they call ‘em “squealers”).
Also, every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.
Events: Every Wednesday is now Karaoke Night at Boxing Bear. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m.
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: Drunken Hobo Milk Stout, Tom Selleck Ale, Rip Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Nacho Brau. The Drunken Hobo will soon replace the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup, or so Franz Solo was told when he visited recently. The Nacho Brau is another of Franz’s favorite seasonals. Get over to BBB before he drinks it all up.
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: Fog Nozzle Smoked Marzen, Pils Pls, Irish Red, Wine Barrel-Aged Belgian Golden, White Shine (White Wine), Tequila IPA. The Tequila IPA (8.3% ABV, 100+ IBU) was aged in tequila barrels for eight months and is now ready for public consumption. A recent addition to the taps is Fog Nozzle (5.7% ABV, 22 IBU), a rauchbier, which has all the smoky goodness you need for this sudden drop in temperature. The White Shine (9.75% ABV, 50 IBU) is a big old wheat wine that has some unique flavors. The Pils Pls (6.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is a tasty pilsner, if you couldn’t guess from the name. The Solstice Blackout lineup is listed above in our introduction. It starts Friday and will run until the Dark Side Baltic Porter is completely consumed by the Crew. And, uh, the rest of you.
News: The other barrel-aged beers in the back, waiting to be tapped, are American Stock Ale in rum barrels and Panama Joe Coffee Stout in bourbon barrels, with the latter joining the Solstice Blackout lineup on Friday.
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: Obey the Darkside Stout, Red River Ale, Radioactive IPA, Coney Pale Ale. The Red River (5.7% ABV, 33 IBU) is an ESB. The Coney Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU) is a recent addition to taps, made with Mosaic and Falconer’s Flight hops. Obey the Darkside (6% ABV, 65 IBU) is a delicious foreign export stout, or at least we’re biased enough to think so, but others we’ve talked to love it as well. The Radioactive (7.5% ABV, 100+ IBU) is back with a new recipe. I got to try a sample Tuesday and boy, does it have some serious hoppy bite to it. It should keep the hopheads happy amid all these malty monsters popping up across the state.
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: Oatmeal Stout, Gunslinger Cherry Smoked Brown, Helles Lager, ESB, Red Ale, German Alt Lager, Jabberwocky IPA, London Porter, Holiday Peppermint Stout. Kaktus has seen a massive turnover in beers recently with the Oatmeal Stout, Helles Lager, ESB, Red Ale, and London Porter returning to taps. The newest beers to try are the Gunslinger Cherry Smoked Brown and the Holiday Peppermint Stout. 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.
News: For the remainder of the year, all growler refills at Kaktus are just $8. Talk about happy holidays!
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: 4th Anniversary Barley Wine, Mind Phoq, C3-PA, Gracias Por Fumar. The Gracias Por Fumar was aged in wine barrels and is available on tap and in bombers. Mind Phoq, a coffee pale ale, is an experimental new beer. It uses an Ethiopian light roast from Prosum Roasters and is lightly hopped to showcase the coffee flavor. As LC said on their Facebook page, “It’s so good it will blow your mind!” Another recent addition is the C3-PA (6.2% ABV, 43 IBU), a pale ale brewed with Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops. The 4th Anniversary is an English-style barley wine aged in rum barrels. It’s delightfully sweet, enough to hide the huge 10.5-percent ABV. You can also buy it in bombers at the brewery and Jubilation. Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank and Red Ryeot no longer appearing here as seasonals. They are now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup.
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, Belgian Strong Dark. 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 Biscochito Brown (8.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is not overly sweet. The Lizard Tail staff said the next batch will be a little maltier. The newest beer on tap is the Belgian Strong Dark (9.7% ABV, 30 IBU).
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: Lizard Tail will host Geeks Who Drink every Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739
(Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Double White, Double IPA, Imperial Red, Nitro Pub Ale, Pumpkin Noir, Reserve Ale, White Out, Imperial Stout. A fairly recent addition is White Out (9% ABV), a burly Belgian-style ale. The popular Pumpkin Noir is nearing the end of its run. The Nitro Pub Ale is what Boddington’s was meant to taste like. It’s a creamy little delight. This year’s batch of Reserve Ale is a cacophony of flavors. Both it and the Brett IPA (which is not on tap) are available for sale in bombers at Marble and up at Jubilation. There is also the rotating “black handle,” which tends to feature some impressive “secret” beers. The Double White and Imperial Red 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.
Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
UPDATED >>> Beers: Dry Stout, 2013 Barley Wine, Warp 10 Golden Strong. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight popped an aged keg or two of the Barley Wine. This year’s Equinox was best described as a Christmas cookie in a glass, which is probably why it ran out so quickly, because you all drank it up. Don’t worry, though, we’ve heard something Trekkie is coming next week. We’ve been able to get over there and try the Dry Stout 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 most recent addition to taps is the Warp 10 Golden Strong, an English-style golden ale.
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.
While “The Walking Dead” is done until early 2015, you can still play Walking Dead pinball in Nexus’ community room. It’s one of four pinball machines now available for some nostalgic fun.
Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: PiPA, West Coast Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, 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 PiPA will now be a regular beer, replacing the Unchallenged IPA. The scrumptious Bourbon Vanilla Porter is back, replacing the Robust Porter.
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, Double IPA, Dunkelblitzen, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Breakfast Stout, Marbelous (Imperial Rice Lager), Nikolaus Spiced Lager, Bavarian Belle Hefeweizen. 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. The Marbelous (7% ABV) was brewed as a tribute to Marble’s Ted Rice, whose staff has helped Ponderosa in their early months of existence. The Nikolaus is a Weihnachtsbier, a traditional Bavarian dark lager brewed for the holidays. The new Hefeweizen just debuted this week.
News: The next batch of brews will include Dunkelweizen and Ella Single Hop Pale Ale.
Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675
(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m. to midnight, Fri–Sun noon to midnight)
Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trapdoor Wheat. (Seasonal) Strong Scotch Ale. The first Red Door seasonal, Strong Scotch Ale, debuted recently. We stopped by and wrote up a quick review and we’ve been back since to enjoy it again. Brewer Wayne Martinez said he hopes to have more seasonals on tap before the end of the year.
News: Take note of Red Door’s new weekday schedule for the winter months as they will now open at 2 p.m. instead of noon. Weekend hours remain the same.
Red Door has three merchandise bundles for holiday shoppers. For $70 you can get a special new insulated growler, a $10 gift card, and a hat or T-shirt. For $90 you get the growler, gift card, and a hoodie.
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 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: Little Red Rye-ding Hood, Turkey Drool, Mustachio Milk Stout, Javi Light Lager, Berry Cider, Winter Hop IPA, Chocolate Milk Stout.
UPDATED >>> Beers at Wells Park only: Jack the Sipper, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Apple Cider. 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). We love us some Turkey Drool (8% ABV) this time of year. It’s a brown ale with all sorts of holiday-themed spices and other added ingredients. This year’s batch is arguably the best yet. The Little Red (5.8% ABV) has a malty rye kick. Jack the Sipper (7% ABV) is Tractor’s take on a spiced pumpkin ale. The new Winter Hop IPA (6.4% ABV, 70 IBU) uses a blend of fragrant hops and caramel malts for a unique twist on the popular style. The Chocolate Milk Stout should tide over your sweet tooth. New to taps this week is the Barn Burner (6% ABV, 52 IBU), a bitter little pale ale that uses 40 pounds of El Dorado hops.
News: Congrats to Tractor and their Mustachio Milk Stout, which won in the Best of Albuquerque competition from ABQ the Magazine.
Mustachio’s bigger, meaner brother, Luna de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout, is aging in the back, including some in a barrel. Oh, man, that could kill us … but we’d die happy.
Events: Today (Wednesday) at Wells Park, you can come met the band The Burning of Rome before they head over to Sunshine Theater to play a sold out show. The band will arrive at 3 p.m. and hang out with fans, and they’ll give away some free tickets and merchandise to a few lucky people.
Tonight (Wednesday) at Nob Hill, the Solos on the Hill series continues with Eryn Bent performing at 8:30 p.m.
The Thirsty Thursday series is back at Wells Park with Chad Barela performing at 8 p.m.
The In the Mix series is back Saturday at Wells Park as DJ Buddha Funk performs at 9 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 Pale Ale, Uberaltbier, A Little Somethin’ Pumpkin, Rio Grande Tortoise Black IPA, Devil to Pay Double IPA, Wild Hunt Winter Warmer. 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. The new beers here are the Devil to Pay DIPA (7.7% ABV, 125+ IBU), a hop monster for the holidays brewed with Cascade and Chinook, and the Wild Hunt Winter Warmer (7% ABV, 31 IBU), which was brewed with orange peel, nutmeg, fresh ginger root, clove, and molasses.
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Snow Advisory, Monks Mesa (Belgian Blonde), Meltdown Chocolate Porter, Rakau Single Hop IPA. The Monks Mesa (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) is a Belgian blonde table beer. The Meltdown used no less than 25 pounds of cocoa nibs. The Rakau, using a powerful New Zealand hop, is now on tap. New to the lineup is Snow Advisory (7.5% ABV, 17 IBU), a winter warmer.
News: Next up in the beer list is a White DIPA.
Events: Thursday at the Brewer’s Table Holiday Party is this week starting at 6 p.m. It costs $20 and reservations are required. For more info click the Facebook link here.
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: Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Whistler (Blonde), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Goya (Imperial Stout). The lineup got a shakeup with some big beers joining the rotation. Dark Ryder and Grunewald check in at 11-percent ABV, while Goya (15.9% ABV) is a monster of a beer. It will be available on tap and in bombers at the brewery this Friday.
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: Double White IPA, Black IPA. The first beer in the new Ever Changing Series is a Double White IPA, which Luke of the Brew Crew bullpen recently reviewed. The Kriek, which won a bronze medal at GABF this year, is on sale around the state in bombers, though it is no longer on tap. The 12 Beers of Christmas continues this week. Click that link for a full schedule of what’s on tap; beers go online at 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the 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.
News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. Here are all the details that Luke, our Santa Fe correspondent, could find. It sounds promising.
Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)
Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Chinook Imperial Porter, Huell Melon Pilsner, Fulcrum IPA, International Style Steam, Festivus Ale, Anniversary Ale. The new International Style Steam and Festivus Ale make their debuts this week, while the Huell Melon Pilsner is back after a short absence. The Anniversary Ale will see its recipe tweaked and will now feature a blend of Millennium, Columbus, Chinook, Citra, and Comet hops. Coming soon will be Trebuchet Imperial IPA, which completes a “trilogy” with Pivotal and Fulcrum IPAs.
Events: This month’s Cask-n-Curry Night is Thursday, featuring Festivus Ale.
Also this weekend, Alpha Cats perform Friday night at the original location and Bill Hearne performs Saturday. Shows at the Railyard will feature Alex Culbreth on Friday and the Kodama Trio on Saturday, performing the entirety of “It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas.”
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!
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Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Venom IPA, English Porter, Zia Pilsner. Twisted Chile has been open for a while as a restaurant, but as the name might imply, they are also brewing their own beer on site. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, they are the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ‘em. The newest beer on tap is the English Porter, which will get a more formal name soon. The Zia Pilsner is done in the German style.
Events: Twisted Chile has specials running during Monday and Thursday Night Football every week.
Tonight (Wednesday) is Open Mic Night from 6 to 9 p.m. It will be the final one until 2015.
Celtic Sessions will perform Sunday starting at 2:30 p.m.
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