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Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party.

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

Make fun of the New Mexico Rail Runner all you want, but at least the folks running it are trying hard to get more people on board. This Saturday they are tying into the craft beer scene with the Rails, Trails & Ales Brewery Tour. Basically they are tying the Rail Runner into many of the existing brewery tours that are being run, from ABQ Trolley to the Duke City Pedaler to walking tours in Nob Hill and bicycle tours in ABQ and Santa Fe. The first 1,000 people to use the train to get to the sites noted on the website will receive a commemorative pint glass. You can also do a self-guided tour from any RR stop and still get the glass. So if your cabinets are not like ours, which are overflowing with commemorative glassware to the point of where we are seriously contemplating building new cabinets, go ahead and hop on board the train and then hit up one of the tours. Prices range from $20 to $50 for the guided tours and tickets can be purchased online via the link above.

Of course, there is also the Full House Party at Bathtub Row Brewing in Los Alamos, which will celebrate the fact that all eight of their house beers are now on tap, and that runs Friday and Saturday. We will have a full preview of the event on Thursday.

Meanwhile, there are barely any new beers around town this week. Bosque’s wacky Pink Elephants on Parade is now at all three locations, while Cumulus 2.0 debuts as the latest entry in the Monsoon IPA Series. Ponderosa is having a release party for Blanco Bock on Friday.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has limited amounts of Barleywine and Imperial Stout on tap. Duel has brought back Manikin, while the new Hair of the Wolf is also available. Second Street tapped fresh batches of Pivotal IPA, Equinox Pale Ale, and International Pale Steam. Over in Los Alamos, the five beers to fill out their taps for this weekend are Wit Rock, Le Becquerel (Saison), Mild at Heart, Red Hammer, and Big House Belgo.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of July 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: Imperial IPA, Red Ale, Cherry Sour. ABP carries beers from Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca. 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. Adam and I just got to try two new brews from Benjamin Couger that are on tap at ABP. The Imperial IPA is a big old blast of hops, but not the usual suspects like Simcoe or Centennial (at least, we didn’t think so). The Red Ale is a smooth, biscuit-y delight. The new addition is a Cherry Sour, the first sour ever produced by the folks at RG/SB.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 1-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Possessive IPA, SuMariOatmeal Stout, 505 Bananas (Saison). Located at 8620 Pan American Blvd., on the east side of I-25 and between Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ABC is now open and ready for business. In addition to the house beers, there are often guest taps, plus the plan is to have at least one beer on a nitro tap at all times. For more info on ABC, you can check out my advance preview. The Possessive and Stout are ready now, but the Saison may not be ready to pour just yet.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Mon–Weds 4 p.m. to midnight, Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight or later, Sun 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Malt Tonic, Cali Common, Belgian Wit, Oak-Aged Pre-Prohibition IPA, Ryejus Red, Soroche IPA. An old favorite returns in the Soroche. The oak-aged version of the Pre-Pro IPA is now available. The Ryejus is also a recent addition.

Events: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded.

All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)

Beers: Dunkel Weizen. The Dunkel Weizen went on tap recently. BG goes through their beers fast, so hurry out to try it. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.

News: Next up on the beer list is a Belgian-style IPA. They are also working on opening a patio soon and will have Cherry Bomb, which has been aging for six months, on tap to celebrate once it is open.

Click the link above to check out the new Blue Grasshopper website, with updated lists of guest beers, a full menu, and a full music listing.

Events: The Grasshopper has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)

(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)

Beers: Cumulus 2.0, Scale Tipper IPA, Pink Elephants on Parade, Driftwood on nitro, EKG Pale Ale (San Mateo and Nob Hill), Departure Witbier (Las Cruces only), Red Dawn IPA (Nob Hill and Las Cruces). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. You all have to be wondering what the heck is Pink Elephants on Parade (5.5% ABV, 12 IBU). Well, it earned this awesome description from the Bosque staff: “Enough with the fruit nuance, put it out in front! Packed with raspberry and cranberry puree, this American-style wheat ale clocks in at just over a one pound of fruit per gallon! On top of the fruity flavor contributions, the fruit adds a slight sweetness and tartness. Unfiltered, medium-full bodied, and colored with a Sandia sunset.” Red Dawn (5.5% ABV, 100 IBU), a hoppy red ale, was the second entry in the ongoing Monsoon IPA series. It is big in flavor but not in potency. The third entry in that series, Cumulus 2.0 (7.3% ABV, 90 IBU), is now available. It is a wheat/IPA hybrid modeled after one of the original beers in the Bosque lineup. Another recent addition is the Departure (4.9% ABV, 12 IBU), a witbier made with orange peel, coriander, and Belgian yeast. Scale Tipper, the two-time NMIPAC winner and current National IPA champion, is on tap until supplies run out. The other seasonal is the EKG Pale (5% ABV, 25 IBU), though it is already out in Las Cruces and should be out by the end of the week at Nob Hill. It will be replaced by the new Farm and Cherry. Driftwood Oatmeal Stout is now on nitro at all three locations. It is creamy, burly goodness personified in a beer.

Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. This week’s beer is TBA.

News: Congratulations to Bosque for winning their second straight NM IPA Challenge with Scale Tipper. Earlier this year, Bosque also claimed the Brewing News National IPA Challenge with Scale Tipper. It marks the second year in a row a New Mexico brewery won the NIPAC, following La Cumbre’s Project Dank taking the title last year.

The Bosque Public House is now open, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also opened a taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: (Regular) Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Apple Bear Hard Cider; (Seasonal) Rye Mouth, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, Black and Blue Sour, Sucker Punch DIPA, Title Clincher IPA, Umbers Cucumbers. The most recent addition to taps is Umbers Cucumbers, which as the name might imply is a cucumber beer. It got high marks from the hopheads, believe it or not, during the NMIPAC. Prior to that, Boxing Bear unleashed the Black and Blue Sour, a purple-colored delight that does not overpower like sours often do. Title Clincher was made with about 10 pounds of hops per barrel; it came in seventh. Not bad for their first showing in the NMIPAC. If that’s not enough hops for you, try Sucker Punch (8.1% ABV, 125 IBU), a monstrous, piney, resinous DIPA. The Body Czech (4.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a great way to start your flight. The Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU), which is on tap at all times, claimed the 2015 Stout Challenge, held by the Crew before the last Super Bowl. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) is now permanently on tap.

News: Boxing Bear now has a happy hour. 10-, 16-, and 22-ounce beers are all discounted from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Growler Happy Hour then runs from 6 p.m. to close on those nights. Get $2 off a growler fill and $1 off a half-growler (they call ’em “squealers”).

Also, every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear.

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: Rob Van Winkle Stout, Xico (Chico) Suave, FREDD’s Apple Ale, Stinky Pinky Hefeweizen. This seasonal list may already be out of date, so call the brewery for an updated list. The Stinky Pinky (5.4% ABV) is a popular grapefruit hefe. The FREDD’s (5.2% ABV) is a hybrid of a cider and an American Ale. The Xico (6% ABV) is a spiced beer. The Rob Van Winkle (5.7% ABV) is a vanilla stout. Take note, the Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Bombshell Red, Hoppyweizer, Marzen, Centennial Pale Ale, English Summer Ale, Exodus IPA. The most recent additions are the English Summer and old favorite Exodus. Before that came Bombshell (5.6% ABV, 26 IBU), a sweet little red ale, and Centennial PA (6.2% ABV, 60 IBU), which has a nice backbone to balance out those hops. An old favorite, the Marzen (5.6% ABV, 22 IBU), also came back recently. The Hoppyweizer (6.1% ABV, 40 IBU) is a hopped-up wheat beer created in collaboration with the team at ABQBeer.com.

News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

Events: Boris and the Salt Licks will perform Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. on the patio. Next Three Miles will follow on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup. I also recommend the Primo, a solid English-style brown ale that I finally got to try at Blues & Brews.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Schwarzbier, Cherry Tart, Lupulo Lager, Radioactive IPA. So which IPA did Franz Solo and Brandon select as their favorite at the final round of NMIPAC? Why, that would be Radioactive, Chama’s annual nuclear blast of hoppy goodness. It is joined on tap by Cherry Tart, a tart cherry sour, Lupulo Lager, an India Pale Lager, and our old favorite, Schwazbier.

Distillery 365 — (505) 221-6281

(Hours Mon-Thu 3-9 p.m., Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun 11-8 p.m.)

Beers: 365 ESB, 4th of July American Ale. Welcome to the listings, Distillery 365! They are located at 2921 Stanford Dr., just south of Candelaria and not far from La Cumbre and Canteen. The 4th of July is their first beer to highlight the native Neomexicanus hops. It is a highly aromatic strong ale with very little bitterness. The ESB a simple English ale. This batch has very little bitterness, but plenty of malt character. They are also serving their house-made Holy Ghost Vodka and Horsethief Rum, a 100-percent molasses-based silver rum.

Events: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Distillery 365 has a build-your-own bloody mary bar. You can purchase three bloodies for just $20.

News: The second batch of their ESB is in the fermenter. They are continuously refining their recipes; this batch should be hoppier and maltier. Barrel No. 1 of their Tres Pistolas Bourbon has been filled, but it’ll be another two years before anyone can drink it. Good things come to those who wait, I suppose.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: Helles, Bier De Garde, ESB, Amber, Aye Aye IPA, Black Beauty Stout, London Porter, Jaison, Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. The most recent addition is Aye Aye, which owner Dana Koller described as the biggest IPA that Kaktus has ever brewed. The Jaison is a special saison, offering up a tangy, spicy medley of flavor. The Black Beauty is a sweet, creamy stout that is not too thick for the warming weather (well, we assume the weather is going to warm up here at some point). Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.

Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Acclimated DIPA, Fievre d’Abricot, State Fair Cream Ale, Male Stripper IPA. The most recent addition is Male Stripper, La Cumbre’s entry in NMIPAC. Just in time for the heat, the refreshing Fievre d’Abricot is back on tap. Another big addition is the State Fair Cream Ale, which is the official beer of the New Mexico State Fair (and pretty darned tasty, if you ask the Crew members who wiped out a four-pack on July 4). Also, for all of you hopheads, the Acclimated is back. It is Elevated’s bigger, hoppier brother. The Hop-Back Centennial has run out, but fear not, for it was only the first in a planned series of Hop-Back pale ales, assuming Jeff can get his hands on lots of whole leaf hops. Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank and Red Ryeot no longer appearing here as seasonals. They are now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. Red Ryeot cans are now for sale around town and at the brewery.

News: La Cumbre’s new and improved website is now up and running. Check it out by clicking the link here. Their online calendar now includes what food trucks will be serving, plus live music and a current draft list.

Events: Live music is back this Saturday as Alex Maryol performs from 7 to 10 p.m.

Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)

Beers: Long Nosed Tripel, Legless DIPA, Oak Smoked Wheat, Apricot Wheat, Irish Red. Adam checked in from Lizard Tail recently with an updated seasonal list. The Long Nosed (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is one of the biggest beers on the menu. The Legless (8.5% ABV, 100 IBU) offers up quite the hop kick. The Oak Smoked Wheat (3.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is basically the renamed Gratzer from before. The Apricot Wheat (5.3% ABV, 10 IBU) fits the summer weather. The Irish Red was added more recently, Lizard Tail said on Facebook.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.

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

Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Both locations — 111 Farmhouse, Hieronymus; Downtown only — Imperial Red, Nitroatmeal; Westside only — none. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The popular 111 Farmhouse (7.2% ABV) is back for another summer run and is now at both locations. The Hieronymus (4.5% ABV) was brewed in collaboration with Sun King Brewing. It is kettle-soured and and dry-hopped for a truly unique beer. Also, the nitro tap is back, and as you might guess by the name, Nitroatmeal is the Oatmeal Stout, but dear lord it is so good on nitro.

News: Marble has revamped their website. It kinda really kicks ass now. Click the link above to see what we mean.

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

In live music this week at the downtown pub, Picklefish performs tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. The Squash Blossom Boys takes the stage Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Drastic Andrew Band performs Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday will feature a tribute to Jerry Garcia from 5 to 11 p.m. with the Lonn Calanca Band and Detroit Lightning performing back-to-back.

Meredith Wilder performs tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 at the Westside Taproom. Lonesome Doves head west on Friday from 6 to 9.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Q’s Omnipotent Wit, Prosperity Works Belgian Scottish, Extra IPA, U.S.S. Saaz. The most recent addition is the Saaz (6.4% ABV, 30 IBU), which replaces the T.N.G. Porter. As the name might imply, the Saaz is a single-hop beer made with, you guessed it, Czech Saaz hops. Also still on tap are Q’s Omnipotent Wit, a Belgian-style witbier, and the Belgian Scottish was the Beam Me Up Scottish made with Belgian yeast. One dollar from each pint sold goes to Prosperity Works, a local charity. Another recent addition is Extra IPA (7.5% ABV, 100 IBU), which should appease all the thirsty hopheads.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

News: The recent renovation/remodel at Nexus is nearly complete and they are fully open for business.

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: ESB, Tropical IPA, Amarillo Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, PiPA, Challenge IPA. The most recent addition is the Challenge IPA, which as you might guess is Pi’s NMIPAC entry. The Bourbon Vanilla Porter is an old favorite amongst the Crew. The Tropical IPA and Amarillo Red also call to us. 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. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch; (Seasonal) Rauchweizen, Bellamah Brown, American Wheat, Raspberry Gose, Rosa’s Gose. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). The Blanco Bock debuts with a release party Friday. Also on tap are the Bellamah Brown (5% ABV, 30 IBU), American Wheat (5.2% ABV, 16 IBU), and Raspberry Gose (5.5% ABV, 15 IBU). The smoky Rauchweizen (5.3% ABV, 17 IBU) earned high grades from folks when it debuted during ABQ Beer Week.

News: Next up on the beer front is a Barley Wine.

We just had an interview with new brewer Andrew Krosche.

Events: Keith Sanchez will perform Thursday at 6 p.m.

The Blanco Bock Release Party on Friday will feature Tres Pendejos from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Broken Arrow Pale Ale, Vanilla Cream Ale, Ryeson Sun Saison. The most recent addition is the Ryeson, which has to be the first rye saison we have ever of. The Vanilla Cream should get you in a summer mood. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) was made with just Equinox hops for a rather unique, yet multi-faceted, flavor profile.

Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast. From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

There is also yoga at the brewery every Sunday at 11 a.m.

Live music is back this week with Tiffany Christopher on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Son Ranger Irish Red, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen, Rio Negro Milk Stout, Rattlesnake IPA. These are the four core beers of SCG’s lineup, though we cannot guarantee they are on tap at all times. Give them a call to check and see which beers are available.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), (505) 243-6752 (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: The Ruggles, Desert Heat DIPA, C+C IPA, Farmhouse Saison (Wells Park only), Tupac Cali Red, Berliner Weisse, Dry Apple Cider, Pear Cider, Berry Cider. The most recent addition is The Ruggles (4.4% ABV), a California Common-style beer, sweet and light and great for beating the heat. The Desert Heat (7.9% ABV) debuted recently, offering up a nice malt backbone to balance the heavy hops up front. Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is back at both locations. The popular Tupac Cali Red (6% ABV) is also back for a second run. Another recent addition is the Saison (7% ABV, 25 IBU), an old world-style beer brewed with lemon and orange peel. And if you have friends who are living the gluten-free life, you can take them with you to Tractor and let them choose between four ciders, the standard Apple Hard Cider and four new seasonals in the Dry Apple, Pear, and Berry.

Events: The Thirsty Thursday Music Series returns to Wells Park with Russell James Pyle on stage at 8 p.m.

The Desert Darlings will perform their amazing belly dance routine, with Flamenco, on Friday at 8 p.m.

Saturday at Wells Park, there will be two free events. First up at 1 p.m. is 1st Draught: A Writer’s Workshop. That will be followed by What the Halcyon? A Listening Party at 9 p.m.

Sunday will feature Gesture Drawing & Beers with the Bergens at 1 p.m. at Wells Park.

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. So yes, that will be this Monday.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates. Please call.)

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Cannon Fodder DIPA, Pork & Brew Premium Lager, Care Bear Stare IPA, Kosmonaut Kolsch. 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. The most recent addition is the Kosmonaut Kolsch, a perfect beer for summer. The P&B Premium Lager, as its name might imply, was brewed for the recent Pork & Brew Festival. Cannon Fodder is a big old hop beast, but is not actually Turtle’s NMIPAC entry. That is the new Care Bear Stare, which we have to admit, might be the strangest name for a beer we have seen in a while. And that is saying a lot in this state.

News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Orogrande, Citra Pale Ale, Imperial Stout, Barleywine. The most recent addition is the Citra PA (6.1% ABV, 55 IBU), a single-hopped delight. Before that they tapped Orogrande (6% ABV), a golden ale. Hoplon IPA, the runner-up at the NM IPA Challenge, and Midnight Red have run out. Blue Corn has brought Imperial Stout and Barleywine kegs out of the cellar to fill in until the next pair of seasonals are ready.

News: Blue Corn brewer James Warren said next up are the Night Train Schwarzbier, an annual crowd favorite, and HALT!-bier.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Hair of the Wolf, Manikin (Scotch Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Printemps (Imperial Saison), Tantalus (Golden Sour), Cezanne Magnifique (Barrel-Aged Imperial Saison). The Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. The Cezanne Printemps promises to keep up the tradition of big, big beers from Duel, while the barrel-aged Magnifique is probably even bigger. Marcel and Dark Ryder are back after a short absence. The Hair of the Wolf was brewed to benefit Meow Wolf, a local arts collective. It is described as a spiced ale with other special ingredients. It is available in bottles in limited supply.

Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

Life Drawing every other Sunday beginning on April 19 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) $22 includes a drink and a waffle. $15 for students (with ID), or if you don’t want a drink & waffle. Everyone draws from a nude model. People can call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)

Beers: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Highland Heath, Santa Fe Gold, Autonomous Collective IPA. The third entry in the ECS (Ever Changing Series) is now available on tap and in bombers in the form of Highland Heath, a barrel-aged Scottish ale that is just heavenly. The Freestyle Pilsner is now available on tap and in cans across the state. The Autonomous Collective would have been SFBC’s NMIPAC entry, but things did not go so well at VIPA. Instead, everyone will just have to drink it at the brewery while the supply lasts. The Santa Fe Gold is now for sale all around the state in six-packs.

Events: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the tasting room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. We got to check out the new digs, with lots of pictures to show for it.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, 2920 Pilzner, Railyard Red, Pivotal IPA, Equinox Pale Ale, International Pale Steam. The most recent additions are the Pivotal and Equinox, two old favorites back for another run, plus the Pale Steam. Prior to that SSB tapped Railyard and 2920. The Pivotal and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

UPDATED >>> Events: On the live music front, the Thursday Patio Series at the original location continues with Jaka’s final performance. Tiffany Christopher will perform Friday and Alpha Cats follow on Saturday.

Over at the Railyard, there will be a Friday doubleheader with Man No Sober and Jono Mansion. Saturday will feature the Santa Fe Reporter‘s Best Of Party. The new Sunday Patio Series will feature Gunsels all month.

Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright.

Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381

(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Little Bird Blonde, Black Point Stout, Hoppenheimer IPA, Wit Rock, Le Becquerel (Saison), Mild at Heart (English Mild), Red Hammer (Double Red), Big House Belgo (Pale Ale). We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. They currently have four house beers on tap and some guest taps, the latter of which they tend to cycle through pretty quickly. New this week is the Big House, a single-hopped pale ale with Azacca. The Black Point Stout is just screaming for us to come up and try it. The Hoppenheimer IPA has one of our favorite names of any beer in the state. All of the others are new this week, meaning BRB has all eight of their taps filled with their own beer at last!

Events: Bathtub Row hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6 p.m.

The Full House Party, when they have their full lineup of beers, will be a two-night event this Friday and Saturday. There will be five live bands (two Friday, three Saturday) and a whole lot of delicious beer (see above). Guess I know when the Crew will be heading up. Join us! A full preview will run Thursday.

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Schwarzbar Black Lager, McFadden Scotch, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Quebradas Sunrise Amber, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Twisted Black (IPA). Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beers on tap are the Twisted Black, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Zia Pilsner, and McFadden Scotch. The popular Irish Stout, which came in third in our Stout Challenge, is temporarily out.

Events: Twisted Chile’s one-year anniversary is this Friday and Saturday. See our intro above for more info.

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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

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party.

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.

Man, time flies. No, we are not just talking about the fact E-Rock’s 20-year high school reunion was last weekend (which sadly means mine is in a year; yes, I’m that old). We are also talking about the fact that this weekend Boxing Bear and Twisted Chile will be celebrating their respective one-year anniversaries. Yup, the Bear is already a year old. In that span they have made some great brews, hosted a beer festival, and hosted the final round of the IPA Challenge. Oh, yeah, and they even won the Brew Crew’s Stout Challenge back on Super Bowl Sunday in their first year of competing with Standing 8 Stout. Now it is their turn to say thank you to everyone with a two-day celebration. From their Facebook event page: “Come out and celebrate 365 days of Beary goodness with fun events Friday night and all day Saturday. Cali Shaw will be playing some awesome tunes from 6-9 p.m. on Friday. We’ll be tapping a couple of different very limited release libations (an apple mead and a funky sour Old Ale) to honor our homebrewing roots and connection to Southwest Grape & Grain. One will be tapped Friday night and one during the day on Saturday. We’ll also have SWAG giveaways for our Facebook followers. Follow our posts Friday night and Saturday for announcements to check with your server to see if you are the first to respond and collect your prize. Hats, T-shirts, pint glasses, etc. will be given away throughout the party. We’ll also have some special giveaways for our Champions Club members to thank them for their support during our first year. Check back for additional details.” So for everyone who does not have a couple of Isotopes games to cover this weekend, trek on out to the West Side and enjoy the festivities. Happy birthday, Boxing Bear! We can’t wait to see what you have in store for Year Two.

As for Twisted Chile, they are partying it up this weekend as well. Over the last year they have brought fresh, locally made craft beer back to a town that was screaming for it, while also providing great food and a venue for local musicians to perform. From an email: “We are having music by Gleewood on the (Friday) from 7 to 10 p.m. Mose McCormack Band (performs) on Saturday with pint & pizza specials and a special treat Saturday evening while the band is playing.” So basically you can do one anniversary party Friday and another Saturday. Aw, come on, if you survived NMIPAC, your liver can handle this, too.

Meanwhile, there are a few new beers around town this week. Back Alley has brewed up some Ryejus Red, plus a fresh batch of Soroche IPA and they have an Oak-Aged Pre-Prohibition IPA available. Bosque just tapped the Pink Elephants on Parade, another contender for most unique beer name of the year. Boxing Bear has unleashed another hit with Umbers Cucumbers. Chama River brought back Radioactive IPA, just as promised. Marble has Hieronymus, a kettle-soured delight, and the Nitroatmeal, which is their Oatmeal Stout on nitro. Nexus is heading for the stars on board the U.S.S. Saaz.

Up in Santa Fe, Second Street has brought back Railyard Red and Fulcrum IPA. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row has a fresh batch of Hoppenheimer IPA. Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile debuts Twisted Black (IPA).

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of July 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: Imperial IPA, Red Ale, Cherry Sour. ABP carries beers from Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca. 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. Adam and I just got to try two new brews from Benjamin Couger that are on tap at ABP. The Imperial IPA is a big old blast of hops, but not the usual suspects like Simcoe or Centennial (at least, we didn’t think so). The Red Ale is a smooth, biscuit-y delight. The new addition is a Cherry Sour, the first sour ever produced by the folks at RG/SB.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 1-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Possessive IPA, SuMariOatmeal Stout, 505 Bananas (Saison). Located at 8620 Pan American Blvd., on the east side of I-25 and between Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ABC is now open and ready for business. In addition to the house beers, there are often guest taps, plus the plan is to have at least one beer on a nitro tap at all times. For more info on ABC, you can check out my advance preview. The Possessive is back on tap after a short absence. For now, the 505 Bananas and SMO Stout are out, but brewer Mike Marsh said both should be back on tap by the end of the week.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Mon–Weds 4 p.m. to midnight, Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight or later, Sun 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Malt Tonic, Cali Common, Belgian Wit, Oak-Aged Pre-Prohibition IPA, Ryejus Red, Soroche IPA. An old favorite returns in the Soroche. The oak-aged version of the Pre-Pro IPA is now available. The Ryejus is also new this week. Running out for the time being are the Ameriweiss and the popular Ladron’s Peak.

Events: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded.

All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)

Beers: Dunkel Weizen. The Dunkel Weizen went on tap recently. BG goes through their beers fast, so hurry out to try it. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.

News: Next up on the beer list is a Belgian-style IPA. They are also working on opening a patio soon and will have Cherry Bomb, which has been aging for six months, on tap to celebrate once it is open.

Click the link above to check out the new Blue Grasshopper website, with updated lists of guest beers, a full menu, and a full music listing.

Events: The Grasshopper has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)

(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)

Beers: EKG Pale Ale, Driftwood on nitro, Scale Tipper IPA, Departure Witbier, Red Dawn IPA, Pink Elephants on Parade. All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. You all have to be wondering what the heck is Pink Elephants on Parade (5.5% ABV, 12 IBU). Well, it earned this awesome description from the Bosque staff: “Enough with the fruit nuance, put it out in front! Packed with raspberry and cranberry puree, this American-style wheat ale clocks in at just over a one pound of fruit per gallon! On top of the fruity flavor contributions, the fruit adds a slight sweetness and tartness. Unfiltered, medium-full bodied, and colored with a Sandia sunset.” Red Dawn (5.5% ABV, 100 IBU), a hoppy red ale, went on tap recently as the second entry in the ongoing Monsoon IPA series. It is big in flavor but not in potency. Another recent addition is the Departure (4.9% ABV, 12 IBU), a witbier made with orange peel, coriander, and Belgian yeast. Scale Tipper, the two-time NMIPAC winner and current National IPA champion, is on tap until supplies run out. The other seasonal is the EKG Pale (5% ABV, 25 IBU). Driftwood Oatmeal Stout is now on nitro at all three locations. It is creamy, burly goodness personified in a beer.

Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. This week’s beer is Scale Tipper.

News: Congratulations to Bosque for winning their second straight NM IPA Challenge with Scale Tipper. Earlier this year, Bosque also claimed the Brewing News National IPA Challenge with Scale Tipper. It marks the second year in a row a New Mexico brewery won the NIPAC, following La Cumbre’s Project Dank taking the title last year.

The Bosque Public House is now open, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also opened a taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: (Regular) Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Apple Bear Hard Cider; (Seasonal) Rye Mouth, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, K.O. Kolsch, Black and Blue Sour, Sucker Punch DIPA, Title Clincher IPA, Umbers Cucumbers. The most recent addition to taps is Umbers Cucumbers, which as the name might imply is a cucumber beer. It got high marks from the hopheads, believe it or not, during the NMIPAC. Prior to that, Boxing Bear unleashed the Black and Blue Sour, a purple-colored delight that does not overpower like sours often do. Title Clincher was made with about 10 pounds of hops per barrel; it came in seventh. Not bad for their first showing in the NMIPAC. If that’s not enough hops for you, try Sucker Punch (8.1% ABV, 125 IBU), a monstrous, piney, resinous DIPA. The newest before that were the Rye Mouth and K.O. Kolsch. The Body Czech (4.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a great way to start your flight. The Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU), which is on tap at all times, claimed the 2015 Stout Challenge, held by the Crew before the last Super Bowl. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) is now permanently on tap.

News: Boxing Bear now has a happy hour. 10-, 16-, and 22-ounce beers are all discounted from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Growler Happy Hour then runs from 6 p.m. to close on those nights. Get $2 off a growler fill and $1 off a half-growler (they call ’em “squealers”).

Also, every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear.

Boxing Bear’s one-year anniversary party is this weekend. See our intro above for more details.

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: Rob Van Winkle Stout, Xico (Chico) Suave, FREDD’s Apple Ale, Stinky Pinky Hefeweizen. This seasonal list may already be out of date, so call the brewery for an updated list. The Stinky Pinky (5.4% ABV) is a popular grapefruit hefe. The FREDD’s (5.2% ABV) is a hybrid of a cider and an American Ale. The Xico (6% ABV) is a spiced beer. The Rob Van Winkle (5.7% ABV) is a vanilla stout. Take note, the Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Bombshell Red, Hoppyweizer, Marzen, Centennial Pale Ale, English Summer Ale, Exodus IPA. The most recent additions are the English Summer and old favorite Exodus. Before that came Bombshell (5.6% ABV, 26 IBU), a sweet little red ale, and Centennial PA (6.2% ABV, 60 IBU), which has a nice backbone to balance out those hops. An old favorite, the Marzen (5.6% ABV, 22 IBU), also came back recently. The Hoppyweizer (6.1% ABV, 40 IBU) is a hopped-up wheat beer created in collaboration with the team at ABQBeer.com.

News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

Events: Live music is back at the Canteen. Keith Sanchez plays Sunday at 3 p.m. and Alex Maryol will be on the patio Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup. I also recommend the Primo, a solid English-style brown ale that I finally got to try at Blues & Brews.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Schwarzbier, Cherry Tart, Lupulo Lager, Radioactive IPA. So which IPA did Franz Solo and Brandon select as their favorite at the final round of NMIPAC? Why, that would be Radioactive, Chama’s annual nuclear blast of hoppy goodness. It is joined on tap this week by Cherry Tart, a tart cherry sour, Lupulo Lager, an India Pale Lager, and our old favorite, Schwazbier.

Distillery 365 — (505) 221-6281

(Hours Mon-Thu 3-9 p.m., Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun 11-8 p.m.)

Beers: 365 ESB, 4th of July American Ale. Welcome to the listings, Distillery 365! They are located at 2921 Stanford Dr., just south of Candelaria and not far from La Cumbre and Canteen. The 4th of July is their first beer to highlight the native Neomexicanus hops. It is a highly aromatic strong ale with very little bitterness. The ESB a simple English ale. This batch has very little bitterness, but plenty of malt character. They are also serving their house-made Holy Ghost Vodka and Horsethief Rum, a 100-percent molasses-based silver rum.

Events: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Distillery 365 has a build-your-own bloody mary bar. You can purchase three bloodies for just $20.

News: The second batch of their ESB is in the fermenter. They are continuously refining their recipes; this batch should be hoppier and maltier. Barrel No. 1 of their Tres Pistolas Bourbon has been filled, but it’ll be another two years before anyone can drink it. Good things come to those who wait, I suppose.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: Helles, Bier De Garde, ESB, Amber, Aye Aye IPA, Black Beauty Stout, London Porter, Jaison, Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. The most recent addition is Aye Aye, which owner Dana Koller described as the biggest IPA that Kaktus has ever brewed. The Jaison is a special saison, offering up a tangy, spicy medley of flavor. The Black Beauty is a sweet, creamy stout that is not too thick for the warming weather (well, we assume the weather is going to warm up here at some point). Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.

Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Hop-Back Centennial Pale Ale, Acclimated DIPA, Fievre d’Abricot, State Fair Cream Ale, Male Stripper IPA. The most recent addition is Male Stripper, La Cumbre’s entry in NMIPAC. Just in time for the heat, the refreshing Fievre d’Abricot is back on tap. Another big addition is the State Fair Cream Ale, which is the official beer of the New Mexico State Fair (and pretty darned tasty, if you ask the Crew members who wiped out a four-pack on July 4). Also, for all of you hopheads, the Acclimated is back. It is Elevated’s bigger, hoppier brother. The Hop-Back Centennial has run out, but fear not, for it was only the first in a planned series of Hop-Back pale ales, assuming Jeff can get his hands on lots of whole leaf hops. Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank and Red Ryeot no longer appearing here as seasonals. They are now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. Red Ryeot cans are now for sale around town and at the brewery.

News: La Cumbre’s new and improved website is now up and running. Check it out by clicking the link here. Their online calendar now includes what food trucks will be serving, plus live music and a current draft list.

Events: La Cumbre is taking Saturday off from live music this week.

Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)

Beers: Long Nosed Tripel, Legless DIPA, Oak Smoked Wheat, Apricot Wheat, Irish Red. Adam checked in from Lizard Tail recently with an updated seasonal list. The Long Nosed (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is one of the biggest beers on the menu. The Legless (8.5% ABV, 100 IBU) offers up quite the hop kick. The Oak Smoked Wheat (3.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is basically the renamed Gratzer from before. The Apricot Wheat (5.3% ABV, 10 IBU) fits the summer weather. The Irish Red was added more recently, Lizard Tail said on Facebook.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.

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

Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Both locations — 111 Farmhouse, Hieronymus; Downtown only — Imperial Red, Nitroatmeal; Westside only — none. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The popular 111 Farmhouse (7.2% ABV) is back for another summer run and is now at both locations. The Hieronymus (4.5% ABV) was brewed in collaboration with Sun King Brewing. It is kettle-soured and and dry-hopped for a truly unique beer. Also this week, the nitro tap is back, and as you might guess by the name, Nitroatmeal is the Oatmeal Stout, but dear lord it is so good on nitro.

News: Marble has revamped their website. It kinda really kicks ass now. Click the link above to see what we mean.

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

In live music this week at the downtown pub, Todd and the Fox perform tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. Burque Sol takes the stage Thursday from 7 to 8:15 p.m., followed by Innastate from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Boris McCutcheon & the Salt Licks perform Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday Nite Fever Blisters will be on the patio, you guessed it, this Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m.

Russell James performs tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 at the Westside Taproom. Next Three Miles heads west on Friday from 6 to 9. They will be followed by The Real Matt Jones from 6 to 9 on Saturday.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Q’s Omnipotent Wit, Prosperity Works Belgian Scottish, Extra IPA, U.S.S. Saaz. New this week is the Saaz (6.4% ABV, 30 IBU), which replaces the T.N.G. Porter. As the name might imply, the Saaz is a single-hop beer made with, you guessed it, Czech Saaz hops. Also still on tap are Q’s Omnipotent Wit, a Belgian-style witbier, and the Belgian Scottish was the Beam Me Up Scottish made with Belgian yeast. One dollar from each pint sold goes to Prosperity Works, a local charity. Another recent addition is Extra IPA (7.5% ABV, 100 IBU), which should appease all the thirsty hopheads.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

News: The recent renovation/remodel at Nexus is nearly complete and they are fully open for business.

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: ESB, Tropical IPA, Amarillo Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, PiPA, Challenge IPA. The most recent addition is the Challenge IPA, which as you might guess is Pi’s NMIPAC entry. The Bourbon Vanilla Porter is an old favorite amongst the Crew. The Tropical IPA and Amarillo Red also call to us. 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. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch; (Seasonal) Midnight Kolsch, Rauchweizen, Collaboration Cream, Bellamah Brown, American Wheat, Raspberry Gose, Lemongrass Pale. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). The most recent addition is the Lemongrass Pale Ale (5% ABV). Back for a second run is the Collaboration Cream (4.5% ABV, 25 IBU), which was made with help from the staff at Anodyne. Also on tap are the Bellamah Brown (5% ABV, 30 IBU), American Wheat (5.2% ABV, 16 IBU), and Raspberry Gose (5.5% ABV, 15 IBU). The Midnight Kolsch (4.3% ABV, 24 IBU) looks like a dark lager but still tastes like a sweet, light kolsch. The smoky Rauchweizen (5.3% ABV, 17 IBU) earned high grades from folks when it debuted during ABQ Beer Week.

News: Next up on the beer front is a Barley Wine.

We just had an interview with new brewer Andrew Krosche.

UPDATED >>> Events: RJ Perez of Ziatron will perform Thursday at 6 p.m.

This Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., $1 from every pint sold will be donated to charity. In this case, it all goes to Doctors Without Borders. There will be a raffle with up to $1,000 in prizes donated by local breweries and other businesses. The raffle will take place at 2:30 p.m. For more info, check the Ponderosa Facebook page.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Broken Arrow Pale Ale, Vanilla Cream Ale, Ryeson Sun Saison. The most recent addition is the Ryeson, which has to be the first rye saison we have ever of. The Vanilla Cream should get you in a summer mood. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) was made with just Equinox hops for a rather unique, yet multi-faceted, flavor profile.

Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast. From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

There is also yoga at the brewery every Sunday at 11 a.m.

Live music is back this week with The Green Billies on Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. B-Man and the MizzBeeHavens will perform Tuesday from 7 to 9.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Son Ranger Irish Red, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen, Rio Negro Milk Stout, Rattlesnake IPA. These are the four core beers of SCG’s lineup, though we cannot guarantee they are on tap at all times. Give them a call to check and see which beers are available.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), (505) 243-6752 (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: The Ruggles, Desert Heat DIPA, C+C IPA, Farmhouse Saison, Barley Wine, Tupac Cali Red, Half-Acre Hefe, Berliner Weisse, Dry Apple Cider, Pear Cider, Berry Cider, Goat Head Hador Doppelbock (Nob Hill only). The most recent addition is The Ruggles (4.4% ABV), a California Common-style beer, sweet and light and great for beating the heat. The Desert Heat (7.9% ABV) debuted recently, offering up a nice malt backbone to balance the heavy hops up front. Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is back at both locations. Half-Acre Hefe (6.2% ABV, 10 IBU) has also returned just in time for summer. The popular Tupac Cali Red (6% ABV) is also back for a second run. Another recent addition is the Saison (7% ABV, 25 IBU), an old world-style beer brewed with lemon and orange peel. The 2015 edition of the Barley Wine (9.5% ABV, 65 IBU) is a giant malt monster, not too boozy but just enough to remind you that a few of these will leave you babbling alone in the corner. And if you have friends who are living the gluten-free life, you can take them with you to Tractor and let them choose between four ciders, the standard Apple Hard Cider and four new seasonals in the Dry Apple, Pear, and Berry.

Events: The pLoud Music Series returns to Wells Park this Thursday with Step In Blues on stage at 8 p.m.

Saturday at Wells Park, Tractor will host a special art opening for Wes Naman. The well-known ABQ-based photographer will be showcasing his work starting at 6 p.m. The 2Bers will provide music from 7 to 9 and then BuddhaFunk will spin for the In the Mix Series 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.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates. Please call.)

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Cannon Fodder DIPA, Pork & Brew Premium Lager, Care Bear Stare IPA, Kosmonaut Kolsch. 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. The most recent addition is the Kosmonaut Kolsch, a perfect beer for summer. The P&B Premium Lager, as its name might imply, was brewed for the recent Pork & Brew Festival. Cannon Fodder is a big old hop beast, but is not actually Turtle’s NMIPAC entry. That is the new Care Bear Stare, which we have to admit, might be the strangest name for a beer we have seen in a while. And that is saying a lot in this state.

News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Midnight Red, Orogrande, Hoplon IPA, Citra Pale Ale. The most recent addition is the Citra PA (6.1% ABV, 55 IBU), a single-hopped delight. Another recent addition is Hoplon, Blue Corn’s NMIPAC entry that came in second overall. Before that they tapped Orogrande (6% ABV), a golden ale. Midnight Red is a big old beast of an imperial red that is just a huge dose of happy.

News: Blue Corn brewer James Warren said next up is the Night Train Schwarzbier, an annual crowd favorite.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Marcel (Witbier), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Printemps (Imperial Saison), Tantalus (Golden Sour), Cezanne Magnifique (Barrel-Aged Imperial Saison). The Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. The Cezanne Printemps promises to keep up the tradition of big, big beers from Duel, while the barrel-aged Magnifique is probably even bigger. Marcel and Dark Ryder are back after a short absence.

Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

Life Drawing every other Sunday beginning on April 19 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) $22 includes a drink and a waffle. $15 for students (with ID), or if you don’t want a drink & waffle. Everyone draws from a nude model. People can call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)

Beers: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Highland Heath, Santa Fe Gold, Autonomous Collective IPA. The third entry in the ECS (Ever Changing Series) is now available on tap and in bombers in the form of Highland Heath, a barrel-aged Scottish ale that is just heavenly. The Freestyle Pilsner is now available on tap and in cans across the state. The Autonomous Collective would have been SFBC’s NMIPAC entry, but things did not go so well at VIPA. Instead, everyone will just have to drink it at the brewery while the supply lasts. The Santa Fe Gold is now for sale all around the state in six-packs.

Events: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the tasting room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. We got to check out the new digs, with lots of pictures to show for it.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Latona Amber, St. George IPA, 2920 Pilzner, Railyard Red, Fulcrum IPA. New this week are the Railyard and Fulcrum, two old favorites back for another run. Prior to that SSB tapped St. George and 2920. The Pivotal and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: On the live music front, the Thursday Patio Series at the original location continues all month with Jaka, followed by Alex Maryol on Friday and Sisters Sweet on Saturday.

Railyard music includes Mushi Trio on Friday. AMP Concerts presents Joe King Carrasco y Los Side FX on Saturday. Lens Gens Bruyants will perform Sunday.

Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright.

Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381

(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Little Bird Blonde, Posh Bitter, Black Point Stout. We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. They currently have four house beers on tap and some guest taps, the latter of which they tend to cycle through pretty quickly. New this week is the Big House, a single-hopped pale ale with Azacca. The Black Point Stout is just screaming for us to come up and try it. Still available is the Posh Bitter (5.9% ABV, 54 IBU). The Hoppenheimer IPA figures to return soon.

Events: Bathtub Row hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6 p.m.

The Full House Party, when they have their full lineup of beers, will be a two-night event on July 31 and Aug. 1. There will be five live bands (two Friday, three Saturday) and a whole lot of delicious beer. Guess I know when the Crew will be heading up. Join us!

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Schwarzbar Black Lager, McFadden Scotch, OrgasBerry Wheat, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Quebradas Sunrise Amber, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Twisted Black (IPA). Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beers on tap are the Twisted Black, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Zia Pilsner, McFadden Scotch, and OrgasBerry Wheat. The Irish Stout came in third in our Stout Challenge.

Events: Twisted Chile’s one-year anniversary is this Friday and Saturday. See our intro above for more info.

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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

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party.

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.

The big event of this weekend is still the final round of the IPA Challenge at Boxing Bear, though we know not all of you are going. Not everyone is a hophead, so fear not, there are other things to do. The Route 66 Summerfest will also be held Saturday in Nob Hill. Eight different breweries will be featured at Cork & Tap — Abbey, Broken Bottle, Canteen, Chama River, Kaktus, Marble, Red Door, Santa Fe. It all runs from 2 to 10:30 p.m. and will feature lots of food, arts, music, and more. Just do yourselves a favor and carpool or Uber or something, because lord knows, parking fills up fast down there. Beyond that mega-sized event, there are plenty of smaller events that are listed below with each brewery.

Oh, and speaking of breweries, we have added Distillery 365 to our listings this week. Yes, they are first and foremost a distillery, but they have brewed two of their own beers, so we are happy to have them on board.

Meanwhile, there are a few new beers around town this week. Boxing Bear has unleashed another hit with Black and Blue Sour. Canteen has gone mellow with English Summer Ale and heavy with the return of Exodus IPA. Chama River tapped Tweener Pale Ale. Nexus has gone big with Extra IPA. Ponderosa harvested some Lemongrass Pale Ale. Red Door has brought Ryeson Sun Saison into the house. Turtle Mountain has caught flight with Kosmonaut Kolsch and the big, burly Care Bare Stare IPA.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has Citra Pale Ale available. Santa Fe went big with the Autonomous Collective IPA. Second Street has resurrected St. George IPA while also adding 2920 Pilzner. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row also goes the single-hop route with Big House Pale Ale. Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile has a fresh batch of Hose Co. 1 Red Lager.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of July 13.

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: Imperial IPA, Red Ale. ABP carries beers from Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca. 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. Adam and I just got to try two new brews from Benjamin Couger that are on tap at ABP. The Imperial IPA is a big old blast of hops, but not the usual suspects like Simcoe or Centennial (at least, we didn’t think so). The Red Ale is a smooth, biscuit-y delight.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 1-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: SuMariOatmeal Stout, 505 Bananas (Saison). Located at 8620 Pan American Blvd., on the east side of I-25 and between Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ABC is now open and ready for business. In addition to the house beers, there are often guest taps, plus the plan is to have at least one beer on a nitro tap at all times. For more info on ABC, you can check out my advance preview. The 505 Bananas is a saison with an obvious flavor kick, but let it warm up and you will taste the pepper hints. Brewer Mike Marsh said he is still tinkering with that one as it is using a new yeast strain. The SMO Stout can be enjoyed in summer or winter.

News: Due out any day are the 3222 Wheat and Southside Pale Ale.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Mon–Weds 4 p.m. to midnight, Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight or later, Sun 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Malt Tonic, Cali Common, Belgian Wit, Ameriweiss, Ladron’s Peak, Pre-Prohibition IPA. The Ladron’s went back on tap recently. Friend of the Brew Crew Lonnie said it’s a big old blast of juniper this time around. The Ameriweiss is a pre-Prohibition American sour wheat. The Pre-Prohibition IPA is back for another run.

News: Note the new summer hours listed above.

Events: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded.

All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)

Beers: Dunkel Weizen. The Dunkel Weizen went on tap recently. BG goes through their beers fast, so hurry out to try it. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.

News: Next up on the beer list is a Belgian-style IPA. They are also working on opening a patio soon and will have Cherry Bomb, which has been aging for six months, on tap to celebrate once it is open.

Click the link above to check out the new Blue Grasshopper website, with updated lists of guest beers, a full menu, and a full music listing.

Events: The Grasshopper has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)

(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)

Beers: EKG Pale Ale, Old Man Jameson, Scotia on nitro, Scale Tipper IPA, Departure Witbier, Red Dawn IPA, Summer in Hallertau (Las Cruces only). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. Red Dawn (5.5% ABV, 100 IBU), a hoppy red ale, went on tap late last week as the second entry in the ongoing Monsoon IPA series. It is big in flavor but not in potency. Another recent addition is the Departure (4.9% ABV, 12 IBU), a witbier made with orange peel, coriander, and Belgian yeast. Scale Tipper, the defending NMIPAC and National IPA champion, is on tap until supplies run out. The other seasonals are the EKG Pale (5% ABV, 25 IBU) and Summer in Hallertau (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), though that delightful beer is down to its final drops in Las Cruces. Welcome back to the Old Man Jameson (5.2% ABV, 18 IBU), a Scottish export ale. Scotia, Jameson’s big brother, is now on nitro at all three locations.

Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. This week’s beer is TBA.

News: Congratulations to Bosque for winning the Brewing News National IPA Challenge with Scale Tipper. This comes on the heels of last year’s victory in the NM IPA Challenge. It marks the second year in a row a New Mexico brewery won the NIPAC, following La Cumbre’s Project Dank taking the title last year.

The Bosque Public House is now open, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also opened a taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: (Regular) Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Apple Bear Hard Cider; (Seasonal) Rye Mouth, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, K.O. Kolsch, Salute Your Schwarz, Black and Blue Sour, Sucker Punch DIPA, Title Clincher IPA. The most recent addition to taps is Black and Blue Sour, a purple-colored delight that does not overpower like sours often do. Hurry over to try Title Clincher, Boxing Bear’s entry in the NMIPAC. Made with about 10 pounds of hops per barrel, this beer came in fifth at the VIPA, just one vote behind Marble. Not bad for their first showing in the NMIPAC. If that’s not enough hops for you, try Sucker Punch (8.1% ABV, 125 IBU), a monstrous, piney, resinous DIPA. The newest before that were the Rye Mouth and K.O. Kolsch. The Body Czech (4.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a great way to start your flight. The Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU), which is on tap at all times, claimed the 2015 Stout Challenge, held by the Crew before the last Super Bowl. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) is now permanently on tap.

News: Boxing Bear now has a happy hour. 10-, 16-, and 22-ounce beers are all discounted from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Growler Happy Hour then runs from 6 p.m. to close on those nights. Get $2 off a growler fill and $1 off a half-growler (they call ’em “squealers”).

Also, every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear.

The final round of the IPA Challenge will be held at Boxing Bear this Saturday from noon to 5:30 p.m. We will have more in advance, of course.

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: Rob Van Winkle Stout, Xico (Chico) Suave, FREDD’s Apple Ale, Stinky Pinky Hefeweizen. This seasonal list may already be out of date, so call the brewery for an updated list. The Stinky Pinky (5.4% ABV) is a popular grapefruit hefe. The FREDD’s (5.2% ABV) is a hybrid of a cider and an American Ale. The Xico (6% ABV) is a spiced beer. The Rob Van Winkle (5.7% ABV) is a vanilla stout. Take note, the Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Bombshell Red, Hoppyweizer, Marzen, Centennial Pale Ale, English Summer Ale, Exodus IPA. New this week are the English Summer and old favorite Exodus. Before that came Bombshell (5.6% ABV, 26 IBU), a sweet little red ale, and Centennial PA (6.2% ABV, 60 IBU), which has a nice backbone to balance out those hops. An old favorite, the Marzen (5.6% ABV, 22 IBU), also came back recently. The Hoppyweizer (6.1% ABV, 40 IBU) is a hopped-up wheat beer created in collaboration with the team at ABQBeer.com. The Saison and Dark American Lager ran out this week.

News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

Events: Live music is back at the Canteen. Next Three Miles plays Sunday at 3 p.m. and Eryn Bent will be on the patio Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup. I also recommend the Primo, a solid English-style brown ale that I finally got to try at Blues & Brews.

News: Cazuela’s is looking to potentially open a taproom on the east side of ABQ near Canteen and La Cumbre in the Brewery District.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Schwarzbier, Cherry Tart, Lupulo Lager, Tweener Pale Ale. So who came in first at the VIPA? Why, that would be Radioactive, Chama’s annual nuclear blast of hoppy goodness. The first batch ran out, but the second will be on tap this Friday. It is joined on tap this week by Cherry Tart, a tart cherry sour, Lupulo Lager, an India Pale Lager, and the new Tweener (6.5% ABV, 66 IBU).

Events: Chama is having a charity party on Thursday at 6 p.m. Tim’s Big Heart IPA (7.5% ABV, 92 IBU) will be tapped with $1 from every pint going to Tim’s Big Heart Foundation. There will be live music by The Bus Tapes.

Distillery 365 — (505) 221-6281

(Hours Mon-Thu 3-9 p.m., Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun 11-8 p.m.)

Beers: 365 ESB, 4th of July American Ale. Welcome to the listings, Distillery 365! They are located at 2921 Stanford Dr., just south of Candelaria and not far from La Cumbre and Canteen. The 4th of July is their first beer to highlight the native Neomexicanus hops. It is a highly aromatic strong ale with very little bitterness. The ESB a simple English ale. This batch has very little bitterness, but plenty of malt character. They are also serving their house-made Holy Ghost Vodka and Horsethief Rum, a 100-percent molasses-based silver rum.

Events: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Distillery 365 has a build-your-own bloody mary bar. You can purchase three bloodies for just $20.

News: The second batch of their ESB is in the fermenter. They are continuously refining their recipes; this batch should be hoppier and maltier. Barrel No. 1 of their Tres Pistolas Bourbon has been filled, but it’ll be another two years before anyone can drink it. Good things come to those who wait, I suppose.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: Helles, Bier De Garde, ESB, Amber, Aye Aye IPA, Black Beauty Stout, London Porter, Jaison, Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. The most recent addition is Aye Aye, which owner Dana Koller described as the biggest IPA that Kaktus has ever brewed. The Jaison is a special saison, offering up a tangy, spicy medley of flavor. The Black Beauty is a sweet, creamy stout that is not too thick for the warming weather (well, we assume the weather is going to warm up here at some point). Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.

Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Hop-Back Centennial Pale Ale, Acclimated DIPA, Fievre d’Abricot, State Fair Cream Ale, Male Stripper IPA. The most recent addition is Male Stripper, La Cumbre’s entry in NMIPAC. Just in time for the heat, the refreshing Fievre d’Abricot is back on tap. Another big addition is the State Fair Cream Ale, which is the official beer of the New Mexico State Fair (and pretty darned tasty, if you ask the Crew members who wiped out a four-pack on July 4). Also, for all of you hopheads, the Acclimated is back. It is Elevated’s bigger, hoppier brother. The Hop-Back Centennial is the first in a planned series of Hop-Back pale ales, assuming Jeff can get his hands on lots of whole leaf hops. Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank and Red Ryeot no longer appearing here as seasonals. They are now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. Red Ryeot cans are now for sale around town and at the brewery.

News: La Cumbre’s new and improved website is now up and running. Check it out by clicking the link here. Their online calendar now includes what food trucks will be serving, plus live music and a current draft list.

Events: La Cumbre is taking Saturday off from live music this week. Guess they figure we will all be at the final round of NMIPAC.

Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)

Beers: Long Nosed Tripel, Legless DIPA, Oak Smoked Wheat, Apricot Wheat, Irish Red. Adam checked in from Lizard Tail recently with an updated seasonal list. The Long Nosed (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is one of the biggest beers on the menu. The Legless (8.5% ABV, 100 IBU) offers up quite the hop kick. The Oak Smoked Wheat (3.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is basically the renamed Gratzer from before. The Apricot Wheat (5.3% ABV, 10 IBU) fits the summer weather. The Irish Red was added more recently, Lizard Tail said on Facebook.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.

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

Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Both locations — Imperial Red; Downtown only — 111 Farmhouse; Westside only — Dang Pale Ale, Weizenbock, White Out. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The popular 111 Farmhouse (7.2% ABV) is back for another summer run. The Dang PA (5.2% ABV) was made with wildflower honey and Curacao orange peel. It is out downtown but Marble’s Leah Black assures me it will be back soon due to popular demand. The Weizenbock (7% ABV) fits the season nicely. The White Out (9% ABV, 40 IBU), Marble’s seventh anniversary ale, is also available in bombers.

News: Marble has revamped their website. It kinda really kicks ass now. Click the link above to see what we mean.

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

In live music this week at the downtown pub, Todo Mundo perform tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. Decker takes the stage Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Liver Down the River performs Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Jade Masque will be on the patio Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m.

This Sunday is the Rock Solid Fest from 4 to 8 p.m. First up is the Alex Maryol Band, followed by The Dregz and Mondo Vibrations. Each set will last an hour with 30-minute breaks in between.

Lilah Rose performs tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 at the Westside Taproom. Garry Blackchild heads west on Friday from 6 to 9. He will be followed by Youngsville from 6 to 9 on Saturday.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: T.N.G. Porter, Q’s Omnipotent Wit, Prosperity Works Belgian Scottish, Extra IPA. For someone who once said she was not good at naming beers, Kaylynn has come a long way with the various Star Trek-themed names, the latest being Q’s Omnipotent Wit, a new Belgian-style witbier. Another recent addition is the T.N.G. (6% ABV, 30 IBU), an excellent smoked porter that is not overwhelmingly smoky. The Belgian Scottish was the Beam Me Up Scottish made with Belgian yeast. One dollar from each pint sold goes to Prosperity Works, a local charity. New this week is Extra IPA (7.5% ABV, 100 IBU), which should appease all the thirsty hopheads.

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: ESB, Tropical IPA, Amarillo Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, PiPA, Challenge IPA. New this week is the Challenge IPA, which as you might guess is Pi’s NMIPAC entry. The Bourbon Vanilla Porter is an old favorite amongst the Crew. The Tropical IPA and Amarillo Red also call to us. 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. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch; (Seasonal) Midnight Kolsch, Rauchweizen, Collaboration Cream, Bellamah Brown, American Wheat, Raspberry Gose, Lemongrass Pale. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). New this week is the Lemongrass Pale Ale (5% ABV). Back for a second run is the Collaboration Cream (4.5% ABV, 25 IBU), which was made with help from the staff at Anodyne. New are the Bellamah Brown (5% ABV, 30 IBU), American Wheat (5.2% ABV, 16 IBU), and Raspberry Gose (5.5% ABV, 15 IBU). The Midnight Kolsch (4.3% ABV, 24 IBU) looks like a dark lager but still tastes like a sweet, light kolsch. The smoky Rauchweizen (5.3% ABV, 17 IBU) earned high grades from folks when it debuted during ABQ Beer Week.

News: Next up on the beer front is a Barley Wine.

We just had an interview with new brewer Andrew Krosche.

Events: Live music is back this week as Joshua Johnson performs Thursday at 6 p.m. and Mike Hogan plays Saturday at 5 p.m.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Broken Arrow Pale Ale, Vanilla Cream Ale, Ryeson Sun Saison. New this week is the Ryeson, which has to be the first rye saison we have ever of. The Vanilla Cream should get you in a summer mood. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) was made with just Equinox hops for a rather unique, yet multi-faceted, flavor profile.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new summer schedule listed above.

Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast. From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

There is also yoga at the brewery every Sunday at 11 a.m.

Live music is back this week with Last Call on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Alex Maryol will perform Tuesday from 7 to 9.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Son Ranger Irish Red, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen, Rio Negro Milk Stout, Rattlesnake IPA. These are the four core beers of SCG’s lineup, though we cannot guarantee they are on tap at all times. Give them a call to check and see which beers are available.

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: Desert Heat DIPA, C+C IPA, Farmhouse Saison, Barley Wine, Tupac Cali Red, Half-Acre Hefe, Berliner Weisse, Dry Apple Cider, Pear Cider, Berry Cider, Sour Cherry Cider, Goat Head Hador Doppelbock (Nob Hill only). The Desert Heat debuted recently. Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is back at both locations. Half-Acre Hefe (6.2% ABV, 10 IBU) has also returned just in time for summer. The popular Tupac Cali Red (6% ABV) is also back for a second run. Another recent addition is the Saison (7% ABV, 25 IBU), an old world-style beer brewed with lemon and orange peel. The 2015 edition of the Barley Wine (9.5% ABV, 65 IBU) is a giant malt monster, not too boozy but just enough to remind you that a few of these will leave you babbling alone in the corner. And if you have friends who are living the gluten-free life, you can take them with you to Tractor and let them choose between five ciders, the standard Apple Hard Cider and four new seasonals in the Dry Apple, Pear, Berry, and Sour Cherry.

Events: Solos on the Hill is back tonight (Wednesday) in Nob Hill with Jason Riggs performing at 8:30 p.m.

The Thirsty Thursday Series returns to Wells Park with Nick Pena on stage at 8 p.m.

Saturday at Wells Park, Flo Fader will spin for the In the Mix Series at 9 p.m.

Tuesday will feature the return of the Beer & Bellies Community Dance Show at 7 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.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates. Please call.)

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Cannon Fodder DIPA, Pork & Brew Premium Lager, Care Bear Stare IPA, Kosmonaut Kolsch. 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. New this week is the Kosmonaut Kolsch, which replaces the Kellerbock. The P&B Premium Lager, as its name might imply, was brewed for the recent Pork & Brew Festival. Cannon Fodder is a big old hop beast, but is not actually Turtle’s NMIPAC entry. That is the new Care Bear Stare, which we have to admit, might be the strangest name for a beer we have seen in a while. And that is saying a lot in this state. We will ask Tim about its origins.

News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Midnight Red, Orogrande, Hoplon IPA, Citra Pale Ale. New this week is the Citra PA (6.1% ABV, 55 IBU), a single-hopped delight. Another recent addition is Hoplon, Blue Corn’s NMIPAC entry that came in sixth at VIPA. Before that they tapped Orogrande (6% ABV), a golden ale. Midnight Red is a big old beast of an imperial red that is just a huge dose of happy.

News: Blue Corn brewer James Warren said next up is the Night Train Schwarzbier, an annual crowd favorite.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Marcel (Witbier), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Printemps (Imperial Saison), Tantalus (Golden Sour), Cezanne Magnifique (Barrel-Aged Imperial Saison). The Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. The Cezanne Printemps promises to keep up the tradition of big, big beers from Duel, while the barrel-aged Magnifique is probably even bigger. Marcel and Dark Ryder are back after a short absence.

Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

Life Drawing every other Sunday beginning on April 19 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) $22 includes a drink and a waffle. $15 for students (with ID), or if you don’t want a drink & waffle. Everyone draws from a nude model. People can call the brewery to reserve a spot.

This Saturday is Duel’s second anniversary party from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be food specials, a birthday cake, and happy hour prices on all beer, wine, and cider. They will also be releasing their new Belgian-style barrel-aged sour amber ale, Hmwwa Fiacfw, a beer so good it is impossible to pronounce.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)

Beers: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Highland Heath, Santa Fe Gold, Autonomous Collective IPA. The third entry in the ECS (Ever Changing Series) is now available on tap and in bombers in the form of Highland Heath, a barrel-aged Scottish ale that is just heavenly. Available in limited supply at the brewery are the Session and Simcoe PA. The Freestyle Pilsner is now available on tap and in cans across the state. The Autonomous Collective would have been SFBC’s NMIPAC entry, but things did not go so well at VIPA. Instead, everyone will just have to drink it at the brewery while the supply lasts.

Events: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the tasting room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. We got to check out the new digs, with lots of pictures to show for it.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Rod’s Best Bitter, Four Hour Lunch IPA, Latona Amber, St. George IPA, 2920 Pilzner. New this week are the St. George and 2920. An old favorite returned recently in Rod’s Best Bitter, while the Four Hour Lunch IPA is Second Street’s NMIPAC entry. The Latona Amber debuted last week. The Pivotal and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: On the live music front, the Thursday Patio Series at the original location continues all month with Jaka, followed by Busy and the 88s on Friday and Mystic Lizard on Saturday.

Railyard music includes Moscow Mules on Friday. AMP Concerts presents Cubanismo on Saturday.

Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright.

Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381

(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Little Bird Blonde, Posh Bitter, Black Point Stout. We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. They currently have four house beers on tap and some guest taps, the latter of which they tend to cycle through pretty quickly. New this week is the Big House, a single-hopped pale ale with Azacca. The Black Point Stout is just screaming for us to come up and try it. Still available is the Posh Bitter (5.9% ABV, 54 IBU). The Hoppenheimer IPA figures to return soon.

Events: Bathtub Row hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6 p.m.

ScienceFest takes place this week all over Los Alamos. BRB gets into the fun with Science Trivia Night on Wednesday at 6 p.m., a special science class about brewing on Thursday at 7 p.m., and the Lyrics and Libation concert on Saturday at noon. BRB, Abbey, and Tractor will provide the beer while music will be in the form of Kodama Trio, Broomdust Caravan, and DK & The Affordables.

The Full House Party, when they have their full lineup of beers, will be a two-night event on July 31 and Aug. 1. There will be five live bands (two Friday, three Saturday) and a whole lot of delicious beer. Guess I know when the Crew will be heading up. Join us!

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Schwarzbar Black Lager, McFadden Scotch, OrgasBerry Wheat, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Quebradas Sunrise Amber, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beers on tap are the Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Zia Pilsner, McFadden Scotch, and OrgasBerry Wheat. The Irish Stout came in third in our Stout Challenge.

News: The next beer due out is a yet-to-be-named Black IPA.

Events: There will be two nights of live music this week. Sabinal Sisters perform Friday from 7 to 10 p.m., while Revelation takes the stage Saturday from 7 to 10.

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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

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party.

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.

Remember how last week there were all of those awesome events going on and it almost seemed overwhelming? Sorry, it’s not easing up this week. The first round of the IPA Challenge is Saturday at the Draft Station in Santa Fe. In case you missed who qualified from the VIPA Challenge, just click there for our review of the event, including the 15 beers that advanced. If IPAs aren’t your thing, fear not, thirsty Santa Feans, for SFBC is hosting a release party for their newest beer, Santa Fe Gold, this Saturday. Oh, and before that, Blue Corn is having another Thursday at the Brewer’s Table, this time featuring their Barley Wine aged in Santa Fe Spirits’ Apple Brandy Barrels. This is another form of in-state collaboration we can get behind. Throw in all the New Mexico-made ciders and wines now being served at breweries across the state, and darn it, your gluten-free friends no longer have an excuse to not join you anymore. And just so no one thinks poor ABQ/Rio Rancho is being left out, check out ABQBeer.com’s Mini-Fest on the patio at Cazuela’s this Saturday. We will have a full preview of that posted later this week. Plus, a few of us might be in attendance.

Meanwhile, there are a few new beers around town this week. Bosque has tapped Departure, a new witbier, and the second entry in their Monsoon IPA Series, Red Dawn, is also due out any day now. Boxing Bear is going for the gold with their Title Clincher IPA, their NMIPAC entry. Canteen is aiming for the middle ground with their new Bombshell Red and Centennial Pale Ale. Chama River has turned over the taps with the arrival of Cherry Goodness, Lupulo Lager, and Radioactive IPA, which was the leading vote getter at the VIPA Challenge. La Cumbre is having a little fun with their NMIPAC entry, dubbing it Male Stripper, an obvious but good-natured jab at Bosque’s Scale Tipper. Turtle Mountain has their Pork & Brew Premium Lager on tap at the brewery, plus Cannon Fodder DIPA (which is not their NMIPAC entry, they hope to have that on tap soon).

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has unleashed Hoplon IPA, their NMIPAC entry. Santa Fe has the aforementioned Santa Fe Gold. Second Street has brought back Rod’s Best Bitter while also adding the Four Hour Lunch IPA (a four-hour lunch, that’s just a dream for most of us). Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row goes to the dark side with Black Point Stout.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of July 6.

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: Imperial IPA, Red Ale. ABP carries beers from Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca. 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. Adam and I just got to try two new brews from Benjamin Couger that are on tap at ABP. The Imperial IPA is a big old blast of hops, but not the usual suspects like Simcoe or Centennial (at least, we didn’t think so). The Red Ale is a smooth, biscuit-y delight.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 1-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: SuMariOatmeal Stout, 505 Bananas (Saison). Located at 8620 Pan American Blvd., on the east side of I-25 and between Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ABC is now open and ready for business. In addition to the house beers, there are often guest taps, plus the plan is to have at least one beer on a nitro tap at all times. For more info on ABC, you can check out my advance preview. The 505 Bananas is a saison with an obvious flavor kick, but let it warm up and you will taste the pepper hints. Brewer Mike Marsh said he is still tinkering with that one as it is using a new yeast strain. The SMO Stout can be enjoyed in summer or winter.

News: Due out any day are the 3222 Wheat and Southside Pale Ale.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Mon–Weds 4 p.m. to midnight, Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight or later, Sun 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Malt Tonic, Cali Common, Belgian Wit, Ameriweiss, Ladron’s Peak, Pre-Prohibition IPA. The Ladron’s went back on tap recently. Friend of the Brew Crew Lonnie said it’s a big old blast of juniper this time around. The Ameriweiss is a pre-Prohibition American sour wheat. The Pre-Prohibition IPA is back for another run.

News: Note the new summer hours listed above.

Events: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded.

All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)

Beers: Dunkel Weizen. The Dunkel Weizen went on tap recently. BG goes through their beers fast, so hurry out to try it. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.

News: Next up on the beer list is a Belgian-style IPA. They are also working on opening a patio soon and will have Cherry Bomb, which has been aging for six months, on tap to celebrate once it is open.

Click the link above to check out the new Blue Grasshopper website, with updated lists of guest beers, a full menu, and a full music listing.

Events: The Grasshopper has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)

(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)

Beers: EKG Pale Ale, Old Man Jameson, Summer in Hallertau, Scotia on nitro, Scale Tipper IPA, The Last Straw (Nob Hill and Las Cruces), Departure (San Mateo only). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. New this week is the Departure (4.9% ABV, 12 IBU), a witbier made with orange peel, coriander, and Belgian yeast. Scale Tipper, the defending NMIPAC and National IPA champion, is on tap until supplies run out. If you need less hops, try the Summer in Hallertau (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), a pale ale made with a slew of European noble hops. The other seasonals are the EKG Pale (5% ABV, 25 IBU) and The Last Straw (5% ABV, 12 IBU), a hefeweizen. Welcome back to the Old Man Jameson (5.2% ABV, 18 IBU), a Scottish export ale. Scotia, Jameson’s big brother, is now on nitro at all three locations. Coming soon is Red Dawn (5.5% ABV, 100 IBU), the second entry in the Monsoon IPA series. This red IPA was made with whole-leaf Azacca hops.

Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. This week’s beer is TBA.

News: Congratulations to Bosque for winning the Brewing News National IPA Challenge with Scale Tipper. This comes on the heels of last year’s victory in the NM IPA Challenge. It marks the second year in a row a New Mexico brewery won the NIPAC, following La Cumbre’s Project Dank taking the title last year.

The Bosque Public House is now open, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also opened a taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: (Regular) Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Apple Bear Hard Cider; (Seasonal) Rye Mouth, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, K.O. Kolsch, Salute Your Schwarz, Wiener Munchner, Sucker Punch DIPA, Title Clincher IPA. The most recent addition to taps is Title Clincher, Boxing Bear’s entry in the NMIPAC. Made with about 10 pounds of hops per barrel, this beer came in fifth at the VIPA, just one vote behind Marble. Not bad for their first showing in the NMIPAC. If that’s not enough hops for you, try Sucker Punch (8.1% ABV, 125 IBU), a monstrous, piney, resinous DIPA. The newest before that were the Rye Mouth, K.O. Kolsch, and Wiener Munchner, another German-style beer as the name might imply. The Body Czech (4.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a great way to start your flight. The Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU), which is on tap at all times, claimed the 2015 Stout Challenge, held by the Crew before the last Super Bowl. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) is now permanently on tap.

News: Boxing Bear now has a happy hour. 10-, 16-, and 22-ounce beers are all discounted from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Growler Happy Hour then runs from 6 p.m. to close on those nights. Get $2 off a growler fill and $1 off a half-growler (they call ’em “squealers”).

Also, every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear.

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: Rob Van Winkle Stout, Xico (Chico) Suave, FREDD’s Apple Ale, Stinky Pinky Hefeweizen. Thank you to new Crew Bullpen member Laura for sending us an updated seasonal list. The Stinky Pinky (5.4% ABV) is a popular grapefruit hefe. The FREDD’s (5.2% ABV) is a hybrid of a cider and an American Ale. The Xico (6% ABV) is a spiced beer. The Rob Van Winkle (5.7% ABV) is a vanilla stout. Take note, the Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Dark American Lager, Saison, Bombshell Red, Hoppyweizer, Marzen, Centennial Pale Ale. New this week are the Bombshell (5.6% ABV, 26 IBU), a sweet little red ale, and Centennial PA (6.2% ABV, 60 IBU), which has a nice backbone to balance out those hops. An old favorite, the Marzen (5.6% ABV, 22 IBU), also came back recently. The Hoppyweizer (6.1% ABV, 40 IBU) is a hopped-up wheat beer created in collaboration with the team at ABQBeer.com. The Saison (5.5% ABV, 24 IBU) may be nearing the end of its run.

News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

Events: Live music is back at the Canteen. Claudio Tolousse Group plays Sunday at 3 p.m. and RagTime Dan will be on the patio Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup. I also recommend the Primo, a solid English-style brown ale that I finally got to try at Blues & Brews.

News: Cazuela’s is looking to potentially open a taproom on the east side of ABQ near Canteen and La Cumbre in the Brewery District.

Events: Cazuela’s is teaming up with ABQBeer.com this Saturday for Mini-Fest on the patio. We will have more info later this week.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Schwarzbier, Cherry Tart, Lupulo Lager, Radioactive IPA. So who came in first at the VIPA? Why, that would be Radioactive, Chama’s annual nuclear blast of hoppy goodness. It is joined on tap this week by Cherry Tart, a tart cherry sour, and Lupulo Lager, an India Pale Lager, to be specific.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: Helles, Bier De Garde, ESB, Amber, Aye Aye IPA, Black Beauty Stout, London Porter, Jaison, Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. The most recent addition is Aye Aye, which owner Dana Koller described as the biggest IPA that Kaktus has ever brewed. The Jaison is a special saison, offering up a tangy, spicy medley of flavor. The Black Beauty is a sweet, creamy stout that is not too thick for the warming weather (well, we assume the weather is going to warm up here at some point). Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.

Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Hop-Back Centennial Pale Ale, Acclimated DIPA, Fievre d’Abricot, State Fair Cream Ale, Male Stripper IPA. New this week is Male Stripper, La Cumbre’s entry in NMIPAC. Just in time for the heat, the refreshing Fievre d’Abricot is back on tap. Another big addition is the State Fair Cream Ale, which is the official beer of the New Mexico State Fair (and pretty darned tasty, if you ask the Crew members who wiped out a four-pack on July 4). Also, for all of you hopheads, the Acclimated is back. It is Elevated’s bigger, hoppier brother. The Hop-Back Centennial is the first in a planned series of Hop-Back pale ales, assuming Jeff can get his hands on lots of whole leaf hops. Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank and Red Ryeot no longer appearing here as seasonals. They are now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. Red Ryeot cans are now for sale around town and at the brewery.

News: La Cumbre’s new and improved website is now up and running. Check it out by clicking the link here. Their online calendar now includes what food trucks will be serving, plus live music and a current draft list.

Events: Live music is back this Saturday as Zoltan Orkestar performs at 7 p.m.

Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)

Beers: Long Nosed Tripel, Legless DIPA, Oak Smoked Wheat, Apricot Wheat. Adam checked in from Lizard Tail on Tuesday night with an updated seasonal list. The Long Nosed (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is one of the biggest beers on the menu. The Legless (8.5% ABV, 100 IBU) offers up quite the hop kick. The Oak Smoked Wheat (3.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is basically the renamed Gratzer from before. The Apricot Wheat (5.3% ABV, 10 IBU) fits the summer weather.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.

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

Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Both locations — Imperial Red; Downtown only — DIPA, 111 Farmhouse; Westside only — Dang Pale Ale, Weizenbock, White Out. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The popular 111 Farmhouse (7.2% ABV) is back for another summer run. The Dang PA (5.2% ABV) was made with wildflower honey and Curacao orange peel. It is out downtown but Marble’s Leah Black assures me it will be back soon due to popular demand. The Weizenbock (7% ABV) fits the season nicely. The White Out (9% ABV, 40 IBU), Marble’s seventh anniversary ale, is also available in bombers.

News: Marble has revamped their website. It kinda really kicks ass now. Click the link above to see what we mean.

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

In live music this week at the downtown pub, Duke City Swampcoolers perform tonight (Wednesday) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Stanlie Kee takes the stage Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. The Blue Hornets perform Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Palomino Shakedown will be on the patio Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. DJ Halcyon will be spinning Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Kyle Martin performs tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 at the Westside Taproom. Russell James Pyle heads west on Friday from 6 to 9. He will be followed by The McCormicks from 6 to 9 on Saturday.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: T.N.G. Porter, Night at the Roggenbury, Q’s Omnipotent Wit, Prosperity Works Belgian Scottish. For someone who once said she was not good at naming beers, Kaylynn has come a long way with the various Star Trek-themed names, the latest being Q’s Omnipotent Wit, a new Belgian-style witbier. Another recent addition is the T.N.G. (6% ABV, 30 IBU), an excellent smoked porter that is not overwhelmingly smoky. Night at the Roggenbury, a collaboration beer with Turtle Mountain, is still available. The Belgian Scottish was the Beam Me Up Scottish made with Belgian yeast. One dollar from each pint sold goes to Prosperity Works, a local charity.

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: Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Tropical IPA, Amarillo Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, PiPA. We got an updated beer list at last! Now we will have to go over try some of these. The Bourbon Vanilla Porter is an old favorite amongst the Crew. It would be nice to see how the Pre-Pro Pilsner compares to Back Alley’s past offering of that style. The Tropical IPA and Amarillo Red also call to us. 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. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch; (Seasonal) Midnight Kolsch, Rauchweizen, Stage 1 IPA, Collaboration Cream, Bellamah Brown, American Wheat, Raspberry Gose. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). There was a big tap turnover last week at Ponderosa. Gone are the Brunch Stout, Zwickel Pils, Phantom Conductor II, Rosa’s Gose, and Bavarian Belle. The good news is there are three newcomers and one returnee in the lineup. Back for a second run is the Collaboration Cream (4.5% ABV, 25 IBU), which was made with help from the staff at Anodyne. New are the Bellamah Brown (5% ABV, 30 IBU), American Wheat (5.2% ABV, 16 IBU), and Raspberry Gose (5.5% ABV, 15 IBU). The Midnight Kolsch (4.3% ABV, 24 IBU) looks like a dark lager but still tastes like a sweet, light kolsch. The smoky Rauchweizen (5.3% ABV, 17 IBU) earned high grades from folks when it debuted during ABQ Beer Week.

News: Next up on the beer front is a Barley Wine.

We just had an interview with new brewer Andrew Krosche. His first beer, Stage 1 IPA (6.3% ABV, 96 IBU), is now on tap.

Events: Live music is back this week as Keith Sanchez performs Thursday at 6 p.m. and Kenny y Los Jimmy’s, a collaboration band, plays Saturday at 5 p.m.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Broken Arrow Pale Ale, Vanilla Cream Ale. The new Vanilla Cream should get you in a summer mood. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) was made with just Equinox hops for a rather unique, yet multi-faceted, flavor profile.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new summer schedule listed above.

Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast. From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

There is also yoga at the brewery every Sunday at 11 a.m.

Live music is back this week with Lenin and McCarthy on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Call the brewery for an updated list. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.

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: Desert Heat DIPA, C+C IPA, Farmhouse Saison, Barley Wine, Tupac Cali Red, Half-Acre Hefe, Berliner Weisse, Dry Apple Cider, Pear Cider, Berry Cider, Sour Cherry Cider, Goat Head Hador Doppelbock (Nob Hill only). The Desert Heat debuted last weekend. Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is back at both locations. Half-Acre Hefe (6.2% ABV, 10 IBU) has also returned just in time for summer. The popular Tupac Cali Red (6% ABV) is also back for a second run. Another recent addition is the Saison (7% ABV, 25 IBU), an old world-style beer brewed with lemon and orange peel. The 2015 edition of the Barley Wine (9.5% ABV, 65 IBU) is a giant malt monster, not too boozy but just enough to remind you that a few of these will leave you babbling alone in the corner. And if you have friends who are living the gluten-free life, you can take them with you to Tractor and let them choose between five ciders, the standard Apple Hard Cider and four new seasonals in the Dry Apple, Pear, Berry, and Sour Cherry.

Events: Art Fusion for a Cause is back tonight (Wednesday) at Wells Park.

Quietly Kept will perform at Nob Hill on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Saturday at Wells Park, Cloudface will spin for the In the Mix Series at 9 p.m. Prior to that over at Nob Hill, Setting the Tone is back with DilesCielo performing at 5 p.m.

Doberman Rescue of New Mexico will sponsor Dancin’ with the Dobies on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Clik will handle the music.

Tuesday will feature the return of Poetry and Beer at 7 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.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates. Please call.)

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Kellerbock, Manneken Pale Ale, Cannon Fodder DIPA, Pork & Brew Premium Lager. 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. New this week are the P&B Premium Lager, which as its name might imply was brewed for the recent Pork & Brew Festival. Cannon Fodder is a big old hop beast, but not actually Turtle’s NMIPAC entry. That should be on tap soon.

News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Midnight Red, Bogged Down, Orogrande, Hoplon IPA. The most recent addition is Hoplon, Blue Corn’s NMIPAC entry that came in sixth at VIPA. Before that they tapped Orogrande (6% ABV), a golden ale. Midnight Red is a big old beast of an imperial red that is just a huge dose of happy. Bogged Down, a cranberry cream ale, is on tap for those who can’t take the big hops.

News: Blue Corn brewer James Warren said next up are a Citra Pale Ale and Night Train Schwarzbier, an annual crowd favorite.

Events: The next Thursday at the Brewer’s Table is this Thursday. They are aging Barley Wine in Apple Brandy Barrels provided by Santa Fe Spirits. It kicks off at 6 p.m. and you can make reservations by calling the number above. It costs $40 per person. In addition to the Barley Wine, you get four beer cocktails paired with food — A Little “Sage” Advice paired with creamy bleu cheese with pear caviar and tomato granita shooter with chile-grilled shrimp; Oatmeal Stout Manhattan with roasted leg of lamb, herb demi, buttered new potatoes, and chile-stuffed asparagus; 40k Honey Wheat Sidewalker with local arugula & frisee tossed with sorrel vinaigrette with roasted beets, house-cured duck bacon, and lavash; and finally the BA Barley Wine with three special dessert bites. Luke is going to have a run a 10K after this is all said and done.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Marcel (Witbier), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Printemps (Imperial Saison), Tantalus (Golden Sour), Cezanne Magnifique (Barrel-Aged Imperial Saison). The Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. The Cezanne Printemps promises to keep up the tradition of big, big beers from Duel, while the barrel-aged Magnifique is probably even bigger. Marcel and Dark Ryder are back after a short absence.

Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

Life Drawing every other Sunday beginning on April 19 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) $22 includes a drink and a waffle. $15 for students (with ID), or if you don’t want a drink & waffle. Everyone draws from a nude model. People can call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)

Beers: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Highland Heath, Santa Fe Gold. The third entry in the ECS (Ever Changing Series) is now available on tap and in bombers in the form of Highland Heath, a barrel-aged Scottish ale that is just heavenly. Available in limited supply at the brewery are the Session and Simcoe PA. The Freestyle is now available on tap and in cans across the state.

Events: This Saturday is the Santa Fe Gold release party for this newly canned session golden ale. There will be live music, a food truck, and more. We are pretty sure Luke and/or Julie will have this one covered for us.

$1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the tasting room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. We got to check out the new digs, with lots of pictures to show for it.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Rod’s Best Bitter, Four Hour Lunch IPA, Latona Amber. An old favorite returns in Rod’s Best Bitter, while the Four Hour Lunch IPA is new to the lineup. The Latona Amber debuted last week. The Steam Bitter won a gold medal at the 2014 GABF. The Pivotal and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: On the live music front, the Thursday Patio Series at the original location continues all month with Jaka, followed by 50 Watt Whale on Friday and Gary Blackchild on Saturday.

Railyard music includes the Shiners Club Jazz Band on Friday, Alto Street Band on Saturday, and the Sunday Patio Series will feature Les Gens Bruyants all month.

Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright.

Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381

(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Little Bird Blonde, Posh Bitter, Hoppenheimer IPA, Black Point Stout. Please welcome Bathtub Row to The Week Ahead in Beer! We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. They currently have four house beers on tap and some guest taps, the latter of which they tend to cycle through pretty quickly. New this week is the Black Point Stout, which is just screaming for us to come up and try it. Still available are the Posh Bitter (5.9% ABV, 54 IBU) and awesomely-named Hoppenheimer IPA (7.3% ABV, 67 IBU). The Hoppenheimer figures to be an almost permanent addition to the lineup as Bathtub Row’s flagship IPA.

Events: Bathtub Row hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6 p.m..

There will be a “rockin’ release party” coming up in August when they have their full lineup of beers. Guess I know when the Crew will be heading up. Join us!

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Venom IPA, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Schwarzbar Black Lager, Maibock, McFadden Scotch, OrgasBerry Wheat, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Quebradas Sunrise Amber. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beers on tap are the Venom IPA, Zia Pilsner, McFadden Scotch, and OrgasBerry Wheat. The Irish Stout came in third in our Stout Challenge.

News: Please note the new summer hours listed above.

The next beers due out are the Hose Co. 1 Red Lager and a yet-to-be-named Black IPA.

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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

A couple enjoying some BBQ in front of the Santa Ana Star Center.

A couple enjoying some BBQ in front of the Santa Ana Star Center.

It started out as a perfect summer day at the 12th Annual Pork & Brew at the Santa Ana Star Center. There was just enough cloud cover and sun to make the start of this event perfect. Getting out of our car, the wonderful smoky aroma hit us immediately. We usually fuel up on food first, but we had a feeling the delicious local BBQ would totally trash our palates for the beer so we headed over to the craft beer tents. Four breweries were featured in this event — Kaktus, Red Door, Turtle Mountain, and Cazuela’s.

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Hello, brewer Mike Campbell (right) and the Cazuela’s staff.

Our first stop was at Cazuela’s, where they offered a Beergarita (5% ABV), a better version of the ‘rita beers that are so popular at the supermarket lately. It was a blend of one of their beers and margarita ingredients that seemed to be very popular at this event. They also had their Acapulco Gold Mexican Lager (6% ABV), Piedra Del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (6% ABV), and the hubby’s favorite, Kilt Kicker Scottish Ale (6%). Both the Stoned Cream Ale and the Kilt Kicker Scottish Ale sold out a few hours into the event.

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Kaktus was looking good.

Next was Kaktus Brewing, which offered an “American” Pilsner, a London Porter, an Amber, and a refreshing Saison. We were told that all of the beers were approximately 5-percent ABV. Kaktus was the only brewery that was also pouring wine. Three different Matheson wines were available. Senate Bill 440 went into effect on July 1 and gives local breweries and wineries the option to serve each others products, increasing choices and potential customer base. (Editor’s note: Mark Matheson is a former brewer at Turtle Mountain and now runs his own winery, plus he frequently helps out over at Kaktus. It’s synergy of the finest kind. — Stoutmeister)

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The Red Door staff sport a professional look.

Red Door’s beers included Sowbelly Blonde (4.9% ABV), a delicious, light summer ale brewed especially for the event. It was a beer that was different than their house blonde by shorting the mash time and dry-hopping the brew a little more to make it lighter and crisper. It definitely was. They also offered their Roamer Red (6.2% ABV), Threshold IPA (6.6% ABV), and their ever-popular Unhinged Cider (7% ABV).

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Brewer Tim Woodward, right, and the Turtle Mountain team brought a whole lot of fun.

Turtle Mountain also had some great beers ready for this event. Their Pork & Brew Premium Lager (4.4% ABV) will be available at the brewery as well. They also had their Brohemian Pilsner (5.5% ABV), English Pub Ale (4.9% ABV), and my favorite of the event, the Belgian Extra Pale Ale (6.1% ABV). The Belgian isn’t on tap at Turtle Mountain though, it was a well thought-out combination of their Mannekin Pale Ale (75-percent of the brewer) and their Hopshell IPA (25 percent). They told us they are dropping the Pilsner and Pub Ale to introduce a Kolsch and a DIPA at the brewery.

Kenneth from Nomad is working the grill.

Kenneth from Nomad’s is working the grill.

After our sampling it was time to wander the grounds and get some grub. Our noses led us to Nomad’s BBQ, where we bought a pulled pork sandwich that well exceeded our expectations. The old-school smoker grills they were using made for some delicious, smoky fare. I kind of have a feeling that any food purchased at this event would have been delicious. I washed my sandwich down with a Belgian Extra Pale Ale from Turtle Mountain and the hubby chose the Kilt Kicker from Cazuela’s.

As we were finishing up our beers, a downpour occurred. People were crowded under the tents waiting for it to pass. We had a chance to have another pint and visit with some folks enjoying this event. I heard absolutely no complaints on this event and I must agree that it was outstanding.

Thank you to everyone involved in Pork & Brew. See you in 2016!

Cheers!

— Laura

Yeah, we had fun. As if you couldn't have guessed that beforehand.

Yeah, we had fun. As if you couldn’t have guessed that beforehand.

Well, that was fun! The Brew Crew was part of the 90-plus judges who took part in the inaugural VIPA Challenge on Sunday afternoon at the Sandia Casino. This preliminary round of the annual New Mexico IPA Challenge was designed to narrow what has become a crowded field of 25 IPAs down to the 14 the masses will taste at the regular three-round NMIPAC that starts this coming Saturday.

Did it go off without a hitch? No, but overall it was an outstanding event. It was efficient, well-organized, and went smoothly for those of us who were judging. For the record, the Crew was represented by myself, Franz Solo, Mrs. Solo, Brandon, Adam, and Laura. We were joined at our table by Dana, the organizer of Babes in Brewland, and her husband Matt (two of our more frequent partners in crime, for the record). As a collective, we mostly agreed on the top seven or eight beers.

And about those seven or eight, it is going to be a heck of an upcoming NMIPAC. It is a tight, vicious field, filled with so much hop-tastic excellence that we can only pray most of you have an easier time than we did (we didn’t have to rank them 1-14, but most of us did anyway).

The beers were sent out in batches of eight. We also had lots of food and water to help cleanse our palates.

The beers were sent out in batches of eight. We also had lots of food and water to help cleanse our palates.

Now for the part you have all been waiting for, here are the full results from the VIPA. The number in parentheses is what the beer was numbered on our trays. The top 14 advance to the regular NMIPAC.

  1. Chama River (9) 94 votes
  2. Bosque (19) 91 votes
  3. Canteen (4) 89 votes
  4. Marble (18) 85 votes
  5. Boxing Bear (13) 84 votes
  6. Blue Corn (11) 79 votes
  7. La Cumbre (7) 73 votes
  8. Turtle Mountain (3) 68 votes
  9. Second Street (20) 62 votes
  10. Ponderosa (10) 60 votes
  11. Three Rivers (23) 56 votes
  12. Spotted Dog (1) 54 votes
  13. Back Alley (17) 46 votes
  14. (tie) Pi (8) 45 votes
  15. Taos Mesa (6) 45 votes — so yes, both will participate
  16. Lizard Tail (5) 41 votes
  17. Red Door (21) 36 votes
  18. Bathtub Row (12) 28 votes
  19. Sierra Blanca (22) 25 votes
  20. Tractor (14) 21 votes
  21. High Desert (15) 20 votes
  22. Kaktus (2) 19 votes
  23. Roosevelt (16) 16 votes

Yes, there were supposed to be 25 breweries, but something happened (we were unclear) and Sandia Chile Grill’s IPA was not available. It may be allowed into the main NMIPAC, but that is to be determined. UPDATE: We received an email from the Guild about what happened to SCG. This is what Chris Goblet had to say: “I just wanted to let you know that Mick and Clinton Coker did deliver their keg and it was our oversight that kept them from participating today. I want to be sure that I, meaning Chris Goblet as the representative of the the Guild, am accountable for the mistake.

“I have offered Mick and Clinton the opportunity to put their beer forward to be judged as the rest. It may seem unfair to some, but all beers are judged in the IPA Challenge for their merit, and every Challenger’s beer deserves to be judged. I am not certain if Mick and Clinton will choose to continue but I honestly hope they do. Please note the Guild is taking the responsibility for this oversight if you make any updates or further comments.”

As for the 25th entry, Santa Fe’s IPA simply would not pour. We got a sorta-sample and smelled … something bad. Something went horribly wrong with a beer that Luke told us was downright epic when he had it at SFBC itself.

Besides that, as I said before, this was an excellent event. Kudos to Chris Goblet and everyone else from the NM Brewers Guild who put it together. We were happy to help in our small way, getting people to sign up and doing our best to promote the event. It was fun getting to meet some of our readers for the first time.

Cheers to the first VIPA Challenge!

Cheers to the first VIPA Challenge!

Oh, and the best part is the whole thing ended in time for us to see Carli Lloyd go straight Gojira on poor Japan in the Women’s World Cup final. U-S-A, U-S-A!

The Crew will have full coverage of the next three rounds of the NMIPAC. Look for our writers in Santa Fe, Las Cruces (hopefully), and finally at Boxing Bear here in Albuquerque on July 18, where the next IPA champion will be crowned.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Behold, the hopped mysteries of the pint.

Behold, the hopped mysteries of the pint.

“In the broader sense, I’m wondering how many medals New Mexico will score at Great American Beer Festival,” said New Mexico Brewers Guild director Christopher Goblet. “IPA is only one section within GABF, but let’s wave that ‘NMIPA’ flag proudly.”

He’s right. I make a formal motion for all of us to turn that flag into a formal #NMIPA hashtag and brandish it proudly. Full disclosure — I’m a fan of hops. I know it’s trendy, and I accept all the responsibility (and the chance I may be called a hipster) that goes along with declaring myself an IPA fan. But there’s something notable happening here in New Mexico. These hoppy beers that we get to order at the local pub are being recognized nationally.

Christopher Goblet, the Beer Ambassador for New Mexico, tests a sip of Second Street's IPA entry in this year's glassware

Christopher Goblet, the Beer Ambassador for New Mexico, tests a sip of Second Street’s IPA entry in this year’s glassware

So what’s the big deal with the VIPA Challenge? And, wait … isn’t there an IPA Challenge coming up? Yes, there is. The bigger question is how do we narrow down all of this hoppy goodness to just 14 samples on a tray when there are 25 New Mexico breweries entering their finest concoctions? That’s where you come in. This is your chance to put your hops knowledge to the test and make it count. By attending the VIPA Challenge this Sunday, you will be casting your vote for those final 14 brews that make it onto next week’s tasting trays. Then, when your friends show up for the IPA Challenge later this month, you can say you had a part in deciding who was on (or off) the island.

Some of our own Dark Side Brew Crew members will be official judges at the VIPA Challenge. I thought it prudent to ask a few of them what their hops preferences tended towards, just so you know what you may be up against should you choose to show up and cast your vote.

Brandon: “What I like most is an IPA that has some complexity in its makeup with the malt bill and hop profile, and a hop profile that shows different dimensions of each strain used.”

Franz: “I am a lover of hops in all forms. American style is by far my favorite over English and I love both brutal bitter and aromatic tropical creations. Currently I’m on a tropical sweet trend as my own batch of Sturmbrau Blitzhammer double IPA will attest.”

Adam: “Grew up English style, convert to the way of the West Coast in recent years.”

Laura: “My IPA preferences are citrus and tropical fruit with a great malt balance. But any well-made, complex, balanced IPA is very much appreciated by my palate.”

Brewers beware. And hops fans, you’ve been warned! The hop-sophisticates this Crew represents could be a veritable tipping point for the VIPA Challenge.

For $40 (single entrance ticket) or $70 for two, you’ll enjoy the right to be an official hops snob alongside the judges and cast your vote for the best hoppy brews from around the state. To sweeten the pot, you’ll get a T-shirt, the official IPA Challenge glass, an insulated six-pack cooler, plus $5 off admission to any New Mexico Brewer’s Guild event for the remainder of the year. Learn more at www.nmbeer.org/vipa. (Editor’s note: This is the Enthusiast Membership we were helping people to sign up for during ABQ Beer Week. — S)

Cast your vote for your favorite hops concoction on Sunday, and help usher in the next phase of #NMIPA. Our state has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to hops, and we humbly plead for your help.

nmipaThe full list of breweries who will be participating in the VIPA, as provided by the Guild (subject to change).

  1. Back Alley Draft House
  2. Bathtub Row
  3. Blue Corn
  4. Bosque (defending champion)
  5. Boxing Bear
  6. Canteen
  7. Chama River
  8. High Desert
  9. Kaktus
  10. La Cumbre
  11. Lizard Tail
  12. Marble
  13. Pi
  14. Ponderosa
  15. Red Door
  16. Roosevelt
  17. Sandia Chile Grill
  18. Santa Fe
  19. Second Street
  20. Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande
  21. Spotted Dog
  22. Taos Mesa
  23. Three Rivers
  24. Tractor
  25. Turtle Mountain

The format of the event, for those participating, is as follows. The doors at Sandia Casino, ballrooms A & B, will open at 11:45 a.m. Settle in and grab a table with friends. Bring your ticket(s) and a valid ID. At 12:15 p.m. things will begin with some opening remarks from the Guild, at which point you will receive the first tray of 13 IPAs. There will be palate-cleansing snacks, water, and other finger food available to keep the hops from hammering you into submission. Take some serious notes, then pick your seven favorites from that tray. After a break, you will get a second tray of 12 beers. Take your time, take some notes, keep your palate as fresh as possible, and ultimately pick another seven. These 14 beers will be your choices to reach the main rounds of the IPA Challenge. Please remember, you do not have to finish every sample, not even the ones you really like. Dump buckets will be available.

Above all, have fun, enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow hopheads, and may the best IPAs win!

Cheers!

— Julie (with an assist from Stoutmeister)

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.

Another holiday weekend is upon us, which means lots and lots of things are going on. Take note that a few places are going to close early Saturday, such as Bosque San Mateo and Nexus at 5 p.m. So get those growlers filled early and then head off to watch the fireworks. If any other breweries decide to close early, we will do our best to update you all via social media this weekend. Beyond that, in case you missed our post Wednesday afternoon, Bosque is having a release party for Scale Tipper on tap and in bombers tonight (Thursday) from 6 to 9 p.m. at their Nob Hill Public House.  Pork & Brew is kicking off in Rio Rancho on Friday with Cazuela’s, Kaktus, Red Door, and Turtle Mountain all participating. We hope to have some beer lineups posted soon when they are made available. The event runs through Sunday and we had a little preview posted earlier in June if you need more info. Then, to cap the weekend, how about the VIPA Challenge? The preliminary round of the annual three-stage event will feature 25 IPA samples that must be whittled down to 14. We will have an extended preview posted later today with all the details you need. Tickets (a.k.a. Enthusiast Memberships) are still available online!

Meanwhile, there are a few new beers around town this week. Albuquerque Brewing has added Golden Oak, with 3222 Wheat and Southside Pale Ale due up any day now. Chama River has harnessed the power of Schwarzbier. La Cumbre will tap their State Fair Cream Ale today. Marble has brought back the popular 111 Farmhouse. Ponderosa has a slew of new beers including Bellamah Brown, American Wheat, and Raspberry Gose. Tractor’s Berliner Weisse is back for another summer run.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has Orogrande on tap now and any day will be putting their IPA Challenge entry on tap as well. Duel goes big again with Cezanne Magnifique, a barrel-aged imperial saison. Santa Fe tapped Simcoe Pale Ale. Second Street has a fresh batch of Latona Amber. Up in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row has floated the new Posh IPA and Hoppenheimer IPA (which might win our beer name of the year award).

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 29.

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: Imperial IPA, Red Ale. ABP carries beers from Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca. 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. Adam and I just got to try two new brews from Benjamin Couger that are on tap at ABP. The Imperial IPA is a big old blast of hops, but not the usual suspects like Simcoe or Centennial (at least, we didn’t think so). The Red Ale is a smooth, biscuit-y delight.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 1-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: SuMariOatmeal Stout, Possessive IPA, 505 Bananas (Saison), Golden Oak. Located at 8620 Pan American Blvd., on the east side of I-25 and between Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ABC is now open and ready for business. In addition to the house beers, there are often guest taps, plus the plan is to have at least one beer on a nitro tap at all times. For more info on ABC, you can check out my advance preview. The new Golden Oak is the regular IPA that has been barrel-aged for a unique twist. The 505 Bananas is a saison with an obvious flavor kick, but let it warm up and you will taste the pepper hints. Brewer Mike Marsh said he is still tinkering with that one as it is using a new yeast strain. The SMO Stout can be enjoyed in summer or winter.

News: Due out any day are the 3222 Wheat and Southside Pale Ale.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Mon–Weds 4 p.m. to midnight, Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight or later, Sun 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Malt Tonic, Cali Common, Belgian Wit, Ameriweiss, Ladron’s Peak, Pre-Prohibition IPA. The Ladron’s went back on tap recently. Friend of the Brew Crew Lonnie said it’s a big old blast of juniper this time around. The Ameriweiss is a pre-Prohibition American sour wheat. The Pre-Prohibition IPA is back for another run.

News: Note the new summer hours listed above.

Events: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded.

All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)

Beers: Dunkel Weizen. The Dunkel Weizen went on tap last week. BG goes through their beers fast, so hurry out to try it. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.

News: Next up on the beer list is a Belgian-style IPA. They are also working on opening a patio soon and will have Cherry Bomb, which has been aging for six months, on tap to celebrate once it is open.

Click the link above to check out the new Blue Grasshopper website, with updated lists of guest beers, a full menu, and a full music listing.

Events: The Grasshopper has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)

(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)

Beers: EKG Pale Ale, The Last Straw, Old Man Jameson, Summer in Hallertau, Scotia on nitro, Scale Tipper IPA (all locations by Friday), Cirrus DIPA (San Mateo and Nob Hill), Bosque Pale Lager (Las Cruces only). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. Scale Tipper will return with a release party tonight (Thursday) at Nob Hill. It will then be tapped at the other two locations Friday. Bombers of Scale Tipper will be on sale at all three locations. Before that, the most recent addition was Cirrus DIPA (8% ABV, 100 IBU), a beautifully burly hop bomb that kicks off the Monsoon IPA series for the summer. Look for three more specialty IPAs in the weeks to come. If you need less hops, try the Summer in Hallertau (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), a pale ale made with a slew of European noble hops. The Pale Lager (5.4% ABV, 45 IBU) was brewed as a traditional lager and then they went with dry hop additions of El Dorado, Centennial, Citra, and 7C’s during the whirlpool. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations. The other seasonals are the EKG Pale (5% ABV, 25 IBU) and The Last Straw (5% ABV, 12 IBU), a hefeweizen. Welcome back to the Old Man Jameson (5.2% ABV, 18 IBU), a Scottish export ale. Scotia, Jameson’s big brother, is now on nitro at all three locations.

Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. This week’s beer is EKG Pale Ale.

News: Congratulations to Bosque for winning the Brewing News National IPA Challenge with Scale Tipper. This comes on the heels of last year’s victory in the NM IPA Challenge. It marks the second year in a row a New Mexico brewery won the NIPAC, following La Cumbre’s Project Dank taking the title last year.

The Bosque Public House is now open, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also opened a taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: (Regular) Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Apple Bear Hard Cider; (Seasonal) Rye Mouth, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, K.O. Kolsch, Salute Your Schwarz, Wiener Munchner, Regal Squabble English IPA, Sucker Punch DIPA. The most recent addition to taps is Sucker Punch, a monstrous, piney, resinous DIPA checking in at 8.1-percent ABV and about 125 IBU. The newest before that were the Rye Mouth, K.O. Kolsch, Regal Squabble, and Wiener Munchner, another German-style beer as the name might imply. The Body Czech (4.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a great way to start your flight. The Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU), which is on tap at all times, claimed the 2015 Stout Challenge, held by the Crew before the last Super Bowl. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) is now permanently on tap.

News: Boxing Bear now has a happy hour. 10-, 16-, and 22-ounce beers are all discounted from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Growler Happy Hour then runs from 6 p.m. to close on those nights. Get $2 off a growler fill and $1 off a half-growler (they call ’em “squealers”).

Also, every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear.

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: Rob Van Winkle Stout, Xico (Chico) Suave, FREDD’s Apple Ale, Stinky Pinky Hefeweizen. Thank you to new Crew Bullpen member Laura for sending us an updated seasonal list. The Stinky Pinky (5.4% ABV) is a popular grapefruit hefe. The FREDD’s (5.2% ABV) is a hybrid of a cider and an American Ale. The Xico (6% ABV) is a spiced beer. The Rob Van Winkle (5.7% ABV) is a vanilla stout. Take note, the Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Hefeweizen, Dark American Lager, Saison, Big Red Fez, Hops-pitality IPA, Hoppyweizer, Marzen, Raspberry Lime Wheat. An old favorite, the Marzen (5.6% ABV, 22 IBU), is back, and the new Raspberry Lime Wheat (4% ABV, 12 IBU) is selling fast, so go get some if you like the style. The Hoppyweizer (6.1% ABV, 40 IBU) is a hopped-up wheat beer created in collaboration with the team at ABQBeer.com. Other recent additions are the Saison (5.5% ABV, 24 IBU) and Big Red Fez (7.6% ABV, 22 IBU), a rich, malty Belgian Red Ale. The Hefeweizen (6.2% ABV, 14 IBU) is a good example of the classic style. Hops-pitality (7.3% ABV, 80 IBU) was brewed for Beer Week, so it might not last much longer.

News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup. I also recommend the Primo, a solid English-style brown ale that I finally got to try at Blues & Brews.

News: Cazuela’s is looking to potentially open a taproom on the east side of ABQ near Canteen and La Cumbre in the Brewery District.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Magic Mullet Cream Ale, Schwarzbier, Chamahawk Xtra Pale Ale, Sage Saison. Magic Mullet (5.7% ABV, 18 IBU) is another example of a great summer-style beer. The Schwarzbier replaced the Red River Ale this week. The Sage Saison (6% ABV, 20 IBU) is the latest entry in the summer of saison at Chama.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: Helles, Bier De Garde, ESB, Amber, Aye Aye IPA, Black Beauty Stout, London Porter, Jaison, Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. The most recent addition is Aye Aye, which owner Dana Koller described as the biggest IPA that Kaktus has ever brewed and one they will enter in the IPA Challenge. The Jaison is a special saison, offering up a tangy, spicy medley of flavor. The Black Beauty is a sweet, creamy stout that is not too thick for the warming weather (well, we assume the weather is going to warm up here at some point). Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.

Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Saison D’Hommel, Hop-Back Centennial Pale Ale, Acclimated DIPA, Fievre d’Abricot, State Fair Cream Ale. Just in time for the heat, the refreshing Fievre d’Abricot is back on tap. New to taps starting today (Thursday) is the State Fair Cream Ale. Also, for all of you hopheads, the Acclimated is back. It is Elevated’s bigger, hoppier brother. Another recent addition is an old favorite in Saison D’Hommel. The Hop-Back Centennial is the first in a planned series of Hop-Back pale ales, assuming Jeff can get his hands on lots of whole leaf hops. Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank and Red Ryeot no longer appearing here as seasonals. They are now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. Red Ryeot cans are now for sale around town and at the brewery.

News: La Cumbre’s new and improved website is now up and running. Check it out by clicking the link here. Their online calendar now includes what food trucks will be serving, plus live music and a current draft list.

Events: There is no live music this Saturday due to the holiday.

Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)

Beers: Long Nosed Tripel, Legless DIPA, Oak Smoked Wheat, Apricot Wheat. Adam checked in from Lizard Tail on Tuesday night with an updated seasonal list. The Long Nosed (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is one of the biggest beers on the menu. The Legless (8.5% ABV, 100 IBU) offers up quite the hop kick. The Oak Smoked Wheat (3.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is basically the renamed Gratzer from before. The Apricot Wheat (5.3% ABV, 10 IBU) fits the summer weather.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.

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

Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Both locations — Dang Pale Ale, Weizenbock, Imperial Red; Downtown only — DIPA, 111 Farmhouse; Westside only — White Out. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The popular 111 Farmhouse (7.2% ABV) is back for another summer run. The Dang PA (5.2% ABV) was made with wildflower honey and Curacao orange peel. The Weizenbock (7% ABV) fits the season nicely. The White Out (9% ABV, 40 IBU), Marble’s seventh anniversary ale, is also available in bombers.

News: Marble has revamped their website. It kinda really kicks ass now. Click the link above to see what we mean.

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

In live music this week at the downtown pub, Cranford Hollow performs tonight (Thursday) from 7 to 10 p.m. Ziatron performs Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. The Saturday show this week is an early one as Zoltan Orkestar performs from 2 to 5 p.m.

Funk Tractor performs Friday from 6 to 9 at the Westside Taproom. They will be followed by Eryn Bent from 6 to 9 on Saturday.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: T.N.G. Porter, Night at the Roggenbury, Q’s Omnipotent Wit, Prosperity Works Belgian Scottish. For someone who once said she was not good at naming beers, Kaylynn has come a long way with the various Star Trek-themed names, the latest being Q’s Omnipotent Wit, a new Belgian-style witbier. Another recent addition is the T.N.G. (6% ABV, 30 IBU), an excellent smoked porter that is not overwhelmingly smoky. Night at the Roggenbury, a collaboration beer with Turtle Mountain, is still available. The Belgian Scottish was the Beam Me Up Scottish made with Belgian yeast. One dollar from each pint sold goes to Prosperity Works, a local charity.

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: Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Tropical IPA, Amarillo Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, PiPA. We got an updated beer list at last! Now we will have to go over try some of these. The Bourbon Vanilla Porter is an old favorite amongst the Crew. It would be nice to see how the Pre-Pro Pilsner compares to Back Alley’s past offering of that style. The Tropical IPA and Amarillo Red also call to us. 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. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch; (Seasonal) Midnight Kolsch, Rauchweizen, Stage 1 IPA, Collaboration Cream, Bellamah Brown, American Wheat, Raspberry Gose. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). There was a big tap turnover this week at Ponderosa. Gone are the Brunch Stout, Zwickel Pils, Phantom Conductor II, Rosa’s Gose, and Bavarian Belle. The good news is there are three newcomers and one returnee in the lineup. Back for a second run is the Collaboration Cream (4.5% ABV, 25 IBU), which was made with help from the staff at Anodyne. New are the Bellamah Brown (5% ABV, 30 IBU), American Wheat (5.2% ABV, 16 IBU), and Raspberry Gose (5.5% ABV, 15 IBU). The Midnight Kolsch (4.3% ABV, 24 IBU) looks like a dark lager but still tastes like a sweet, light kolsch. The smoky Rauchweizen (5.3% ABV, 17 IBU) earned high grades from folks when it debuted during ABQ Beer Week.

News: Next up on the beer front is a Barley Wine.

We just had an interview with new brewer Andrew Krosche. His first beer, Stage 1 IPA (6.3% ABV, 96 IBU), is now on tap.

Events: There is no live music listed this week.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Broken Arrow Pale Ale, Vanilla Cream Ale. The new Vanilla Cream should get you in a summer mood. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) was made with just Equinox hops for a rather unique, yet multi-faceted, flavor profile.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new summer schedule listed above.

Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast. From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

There is also yoga at the brewery every Sunday at 11 a.m.

Live music is back this week with The Real Matt Jones tonight (Thursday) from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by Felix y Los Gatos on Monday from 7 to 9.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Call the brewery for an updated list. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.

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: C+C IPA, Farmhouse Saison, Barley Wine, Tupac Cali Red, Half-Acre Hefe, Berliner Weisse, Dry Apple Cider, Pear Cider, Berry Cider, Sour Cherry Cider, Goat Head Hador Doppelbock (Nob Hill only). Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is back at both locations. Half-Acre Hefe (6.2% ABV, 10 IBU) has also returned just in time for summer. The popular Tupac Cali Red (6% ABV) is also back for a second run. Another recent addition is the Saison (7% ABV, 25 IBU), an old world-style beer brewed with lemon and orange peel. The 2015 edition of the Barley Wine (9.5% ABV, 65 IBU) is a giant malt monster, not too boozy but just enough to remind you that a few of these will leave you babbling alone in the corner. And if you have friends who are living the gluten-free life, you can take them with you to Tractor and let them choose between five ciders, the standard Apple Hard Cider and four new seasonals in the Dry Apple, Pear, Berry, and Sour Cherry.

Events: The Thirsty Thursday Music Series is back at Wells Park as Nick Pena performs at 8 p.m.

Saturday at Wells Park, DJ Clout will spin for the In the Mix Series at 9 p.m.

Tuesday will feature the return of Music For What ALES You with Casey Mraz at 8 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. So yes, that is this Monday.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates. Please call.)

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Kellerbock, Brohemian Pilsner, The B Word (ESB), Manneken Pale Ale. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the new Stauffenberg Stout (it replaced the Piedra Lisa Porter in the regular lineup) and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The most recent addition is the Kellerbock, which replaces the Adrift IPA. The B Word, an ESB, and Manneken Pale Ale, a Belgian-style, are other recent additions.

News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Midnight Red, Bogged Down, Orogrande. The most recent addition is Orogrande (6% ABV), a golden ale. Midnight Red is a big old beast of an imperial red that is just a huge dose of happy. Bogged Down, a cranberry cream ale, is on tap for those who can’t take the big hops.

News: Blue Corn brewer James Warren said next up are their entry in the upcoming IPA Challenge, which they made with 60 pounds of hops, and a Citra Pale Ale.

Events: The next Thursday at the Brewer’s Table is July 9. They are aging Barley Wine in Apple Brandy Barrels provided by Santa Fe Spirits. We will have more on this event next week.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Marcel (Witbier), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Printemps (Imperial Saison), Tantalus (Golden Sour), Cezanne Magnifique (Barrel-Aged Imperial Saison). The Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. The Cezanne Printemps promises to keep up the tradition of big, big beers from Duel, while the barrel-aged Magnifique is probably even bigger. Marcel and Dark Ryder are back after a short absence.

Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

Life Drawing every other Sunday beginning on April 19 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) $22 includes a drink and a waffle. $15 for students (with ID), or if you don’t want a drink & waffle. Everyone draws from a nude model. People can call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)

Beers: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Highland Heath, Santa Fe Session, Simcoe Pale Ale. The third entry in the ECS (Ever Changing Series) is now available on tap and in bombers in the form of Highland Heath, a barrel-aged Scottish ale that is just heavenly. Available in limited supply at the brewery are the Session and Simcoe PA. The Freestyle is now available on tap and in cans across the state.

Events: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the tasting room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. We got to check out the new digs, with lots of pictures to show for it.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Railrunner Pale Ale, Golden Ale, Latona Amber. The Latona Amber is the newcomer this week. The Steam Bitter won a gold medal at the 2014 GABF. The Pivotal and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, the Thursday Patio Series kicks off tonight with Jaka. Cloacas plays Friday. Saturday will feature the Swing Soleil.

Over at the Railyard location, Howl and Pine will take the stage Friday. The Gunsels will perform Saturday. Sunday will feature a Patio Series with Les Gens Bruyants.

Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright.

Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381

(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Little Bird Blonde, Posh IPA, Hoppenheimer IPA. Please welcome Bathtub Row to The Week Ahead in Beer! We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. They currently have three house beers on tap and four guest taps, the latter of which they tend to cycle through pretty quickly. They also cycled through two house beers last week as the Wit Rock and Second Base Pale Ale were wiped out by thirsty folks. To replace them, the Posh IPA (5.9% ABV, 54 IBU) and awesomely-named Hoppenheimer IPA (7.3% ABV, 67 IBU) are now available. The Posh is a more traditional English-style IPA, while the Hoppenheimer figures to be an almost permanent addition to the lineup as Bathtub Row’s flagship IPA.

Events: Bathtub Row hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6 p.m., except this week when Trainwreck Blues Band takes the stage.

There will be a “rockin’ release party” coming up in August when they have their full lineup of beers. Guess I know when the Crew will be heading up. Join us!

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Venom IPA, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Schwarzbar Black Lager, Maibock, McFadden Scotch, OrgasBerry Wheat, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Quebradas Sunrise Amber. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beers on tap are the Venom IPA, Zia Pilsner, McFadden Scotch, and OrgasBerry Wheat. The Irish Stout came in third in our Stout Challenge.

News: Please note the new summer hours listed above.

The next beers due out are the Hose Co. 1 Red Lager and a yet-to-be-named Black IPA.

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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

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 all love summer, for many reasons, but let’s face it, we’re wimps in New Mexico. It hits 100 and we pretty much become useless (folks in Arizona are laughing, people in the humid zone are doing worse). Nonetheless, we do not like triple digits here, especially since it makes us sweaty and dehydrated and then we worry about drinking beer. Nothing, especially weather, should ever get between us and our beer. Thankfully, most of the breweries are nicely air conditioned, and many currently have summer-style beers on tap. From kolsches to pilsners to hefeweizens, there are a lot of beers considered summery. So we wanted to ask you, what are your favorites? They can be individual beers, or just a specific style or two. Is there a difference between, say, a hot day stuck in an office versus a day where for some ungodly reason you have to work outside? (Just ask Franz Solo, we’re just thankful he’s not dead right now.) Anyway, drop us a line at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com or leave a comment somewhere — here, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

In a couple programming notes, I will be out of the state from the time you read this until Monday night (family wedding in Maine; yes, I will be at Allagash and will share pictures). So no major brewing news is allowed to break. You hear me, breweries? NO NEWS. Also, please welcome Los Alamos’ Bathtub Row Brewing to our listings. They will be down below alongside Socorro’s Twisted Chile. Slowly but surely we are re-expanding TWAIB back into other parts of the state outside Santa Fe and the ABQ metro area.

Meanwhile, there a few new beers around town this week. Albuquerque Brewing just tapped 505 Bananas, a saison. Blue Grasshopper has unleashed a Dunkel Weizen. La Cumbre taps a seasonal favorite, Fievre d’Abricot, this Thursday. The Dang Pale Ale came on tap late last week at Marble. Stage 1 IPA is now available at Ponderosa.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has brought back Imperial Gose and Friar Bacon’s Mild in a limited run after their medal wins at the North American Beer Awards. Santa Fe has Highland Heath and There She Gose on draft. Second Street has fresh batches of Railrunner Ale, Golden Ale, and the award-winning Rod’s Steam Bitter. Down in Socorro, 790 IPA and Quebradas Sunrise Amber are back on tap at Twisted Chile.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 22.

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: Imperial IPA, Red Ale. ABP carries beers from Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca. 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. Adam and I just got to try two new brews from Benjamin Couger that are on tap at ABP. The Imperial IPA is a big old blast of hops, but not the usual suspects like Simcoe or Centennial (at least, we didn’t think so). The Red Ale is a smooth, biscuit-y delight.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 1-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Barefoot in Barley, SuMariOatmeal Stout, Possessive IPA, 505 Bananas (Saison). Located at 8620 Pan American Blvd., on the east side of I-25 and between Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ABC is now open and ready for business. In addition to the house beers, there are often guest taps, plus the plan is to have at least one beer on a nitro tap at all times. For more info on ABC, you can check out my advance preview. The Barefoot is a S.M.A.S.H. beer made with Chinook hops. The 505 Bananas is a saison with an obvious flavor kick, but let it warm up and you will taste the pepper hints. Brewer Mike Marsh said he is still tinkering with that one as it is using a new yeast strain. The SMO Stout can be enjoyed in summer or winter.

News: Take note of the new hours listed above.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Mon–Weds 4 p.m. to midnight, Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight or later, Sun 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Malt Tonic, Cali Common, Belgian Wit, Ameriweiss, Ladron’s Peak, Pre-Prohibition IPA. The Ladron’s finally went back on tap recently. Friend of the Brew Crew Lonnie said it’s a big old blast of juniper this time around. The Ameriweiss is a pre-Prohibition American sour wheat. The Pre-Prohibition IPA is back for another run.

News: Note the new summer hours listed above.

Events: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded.

All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)

Beers: Dunkel Weizen. The Dunkel Weizen went on tap this week. BG goes through their beers fast, so hurry out to try it. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.

News: Next up on the beer list is a Belgian-style IPA. They are also working on opening a patio soon and will have Cherry Bomb, which has been aging for six months, on tap to celebrate once it is open.

Click the link above to check out the new Blue Grasshopper website, with updated lists of guest beers, a full menu, and a full music listing.

Events: The Grasshopper has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)

(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)

Beers: Cirrus DIPA, EKG Pale Ale, The Last Straw, Old Man Jameson, Summer in Hallertau, Scotia on nitro, Bosque Pale Lager (Las Cruces only), Hop Chocolate Pale Ale (Las Cruces only). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. The most recent addition is Cirrus DIPA (8% ABV, 100 IBU), a beautifully burly hop bomb that kicks off the Monsoon IPA series for the summer. Look for three more specialty IPAs in the weeks to come. If you need less hops, try the Summer in Hallertau (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), a pale ale made with a slew of European noble hops. The Pale Lager (5.4% ABV, 45 IBU) was brewed as a traditional lager and then they went with dry hop additions of El Dorado, Centennial, Citra, and 7C’s during the whirlpool. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations. The other seasonals are the EKG Pale (5% ABV, 25 IBU), The Last Straw (5% ABV, 12 IBU), a hefeweizen, and Hop Chocolate (5.4% ABV, 30 IBU), a pale ale brewed with cocoa nibs added for a unique mix of the bitter hoppy and sweet chocolate. Welcome back to the Old Man Jameson (5.2% ABV, 18 IBU), a Scottish export ale. Scotia, Jameson’s big brother, is now on nitro at all three locations.

Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. This week’s beer is EKG Pale Ale.

News: Congratulations to Bosque for winning the Brewing News National IPA Challenge with Scale Tipper. This comes on the heels of last year’s victory in the NM IPA Challenge. It marks the second year in a row a New Mexico brewery won the NIPAC, following La Cumbre’s Project Dank taking the title last year.

The Bosque Public House is now open, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also opened a taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: (Regular) Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Apple Bear Hard Cider; (Seasonal) Rye Mouth, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, K.O. Kolsch, Salute Your Schwarz, Wiener Munchner, Regal Squabble English IPA, Sucker Punch DIPA. The most recent addition to taps is Sucker Punch, a monstrous, piney, resinous DIPA checking in at 8.1-percent ABV and about 125 IBU. The newest before that were the Rye Mouth, K.O. Kolsch, Regal Squabble, and Wiener Munchner, another German-style beer as the name might imply. The Body Czech (4.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a great way to start your flight. The Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU), which is on tap at all times, claimed the 2015 Stout Challenge, held by the Crew before the last Super Bowl. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) is now permanently on tap.

News: Boxing Bear now has a happy hour. 10-, 16-, and 22-ounce beers are all discounted from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Growler Happy Hour then runs from 6 p.m. to close on those nights. Get $2 off a growler fill and $1 off a half-growler (they call ’em “squealers”).

Also, every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear.

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: Rob Van Winkle Stout, Xico (Chico) Suave, FREDD’s Apple Ale, Stinky Pinky Hefeweizen. Thank you to new Crew Bullpen member Laura for sending us an updated seasonal list. The Stinky Pinky (5.4% ABV) is a popular grapefruit hefe. The FREDD’s (5.2% ABV) is a hybrid of a cider and an American Ale. The Xico (6% ABV) is a spiced beer. The Rob Van Winkle (5.7% ABV) is a vanilla stout. Take note, the Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Hefeweizen, Dark American Lager, Saison, Big Red Fez, Hops-pitality IPA, Hoppyweizer, Marzen, Raspberry Lime Wheat. An old favorite, the Marzen (5.6% ABV, 22 IBU), is back, and the new Raspberry Lime Wheat (4% ABV, 12 IBU) is selling fast, so go get some if you like the style. The Hoppyweizer (6.1% ABV, 40 IBU) is a hopped-up wheat beer created in collaboration with the team at ABQBeer.com. Other recent additions are the Saison (5.5% ABV, 24 IBU) and Big Red Fez (7.6% ABV, 22 IBU), a rich, malty Belgian Red Ale. The Hefeweizen (6.2% ABV, 14 IBU) is a good example of the classic style. Hops-pitality (7.3% ABV, 80 IBU) was brewed for Beer Week, so it might not last much longer.

News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

Events: Live music is back at Canteen. Keith Sanchez will perform Sunday afternoon, followed by Eryn Bent on Tuesday night.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup. I also recommend the Primo, a solid English-style brown ale that I finally got to try at Blues & Brews.

News: Cazuela’s is looking to potentially open a taproom on the east side of ABQ near Canteen and La Cumbre in the Brewery District.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Magic Mullet Cream Ale, Red River Ale, Chamahawk Xtra Pale Ale, Sage Saison. Magic Mullet (5.7% ABV, 18 IBU) is another example of a great summer-style beer. The Chamahawk and Red River are also back just in time for the season. The new Sage Saison (6% ABV, 20 IBU) is the latest entry in the summer of saison at Chama.

Events: The next beer dinner at Chama River is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and you can still reserve a spot now by calling the number above. It costs $45 per person and the pairings are as follows — Bib Lettuce Salad with Broken Spoke Honey Wheat, Ceviche with Copper John Pale Ale, Cornish Hen with Sage Saison, Wagyu Beef Short Ribs with Red River Ale, Cajeta with Tart Cherry Sour.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: Helles, Bier De Garde, ESB, Amber, Aye Aye IPA, Black Beauty Stout, London Porter, Jaison, Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. The most recent addition is Aye Aye, which owner Dana Koller described as the biggest IPA that Kaktus has ever brewed and one they will enter in the IPA Challenge. The Jaison is a special saison, offering up a tangy, spicy medley of flavor. The Black Beauty is a sweet, creamy stout that is not too thick for the warming weather (well, we assume the weather is going to warm up here at some point). Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.

Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Saison D’Hommel, Hop-Back Centennial Pale Ale, Acclimated DIPA, Fievre d’Abricot. Just in time for the heat, the refreshing Fievre d’Abricot will be back on tap this Thursday. Pair with a pie from Adoughbe Pizza on the patio (once it is shady) and you will be in a state of beervana. Also, for all of you hopheads, the Acclimated is back. It is Elevated’s bigger, hoppier brother. Another recent addition is an old favorite in Saison D’Hommel. Got an update from La Cumbre brewer/owner Jeff Erway. They are working hard on cranking out some new seasonals on the new brewhouse, but it may be a little while. The first new one is the Hop-Back Centennial, which is the first in a planned series of Hop-Back pale ales, assuming Jeff can get his hands on lots of whole leaf hops. In the interim, you can also look for a lot of special beers to be brought out of the cellar for your enjoyment. Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank and Red Ryeot no longer appearing here as seasonals. They are now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. Red Ryeot cans are now for sale around town and at the brewery.

News: La Cumbre’s new and improved website is now up and running. Check it out by clicking the link here. Their online calendar now includes what food trucks will be serving, plus live music and a current draft list.

Events: Jade Masque performs Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)

Beers: Long Nosed Tripel, Legless DIPA, Oak Smoked Wheat, Apricot Wheat. Adam checked in from Lizard Tail on Tuesday night with an updated seasonal list. The Long Nosed (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is one of the biggest beers on the menu. The Legless (8.5% ABV, 100 IBU) offers up quite the hop kick. The Oak Smoked Wheat (3.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is basically the renamed Gratzer from before. The Apricot Wheat (5.3% ABV, 10 IBU) fits the summer weather.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.

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

Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Both locations — Dang Pale Ale, White Out, Imperial Red; Downtown only — Fuego, Weizenbock, Maibock, Rauchbier; Westside only — none. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The new Dang PA (5.2% ABV) was made with wildflower honey and Curacao orange peel. Fuego is a chipotle-infused version of the Rauchbier. The most recent additions before that were the Weizenbock (7% ABV) and Maibock (7% ABV). The White Out (9% ABV, 40 IBU), Marble’s seventh anniversary ale, is also available in bombers. The Rauchbier (5.2% ABV) is a smoky delight.

News: Marble has revamped their website. It kinda really kicks ass now. Click the link above to see what we mean.

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

In live music this week at the downtown pub, The Fabulous Martini Tones perform tonight (Wednesday) from 5 to 8 p.m. Odd Dog will take the stage Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. The Dirty Shades perform Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday features Wagogo from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by Cali Shaw Band from 8 to 11 p.m. Reviva! has a Sunday performance set from 2 to 5 p.m.

Dos Pendejos performs tonight from 6 to 9 at the Westside Taproom. They will be followed by Jimmy’s Famjamly from 6 to 9 on Friday. Bosque Blues will be out west Saturday from 6 to 9.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: T.N.G. Porter, Night at the Roggenbury, Q’s Omnipotent Wit, Prosperity Works Belgian Scottish. For someone who once said she was not good at naming beers, Kaylynn has come a long way with the various Star Trek-themed names, the latest being Q’s Omnipotent Wit, a new Belgian-style witbier. Another recent addition is the T.N.G. (6% ABV, 30 IBU), an excellent smoked porter that is not overwhelmingly smoky. Night at the Roggenbury, a collaboration beer with Turtle Mountain, is still available. The Belgian Scottish was the Beam Me Up Scottish made with Belgian yeast. One dollar from each pint sold goes to Prosperity Works, a local charity.

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: Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Tropical IPA, Amarillo Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, PiPA. We got an updated beer list at last! Now we will have to go over try some of these. The Bourbon Vanilla Porter is an old favorite amongst the Crew. It would be nice to see how the Pre-Pro Pilsner compares to Back Alley’s past offering of that style. The Tropical IPA and Amarillo Red also call to us. 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. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch; (Seasonal) The Phantom Conductor II, Zwickel Pils, Brunch Stout, Rosa’s Gose, Midnight Kolsch, Bavarian Belle, Rauchweizen, Stage 1 IPA. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). The Midnight Kolsch (4.3% ABV, 24 IBU) looks like a dark lager but still tastes like a sweet, light kolsch. The second version of the Phantom Conductor DIPA (8.2% ABV, 110 IBU) is still a big old hop bomb. If you are looking for something lighter, the Zwickel (4.7% ABV, 42 IBU) and Bavarian Belle (4.8% ABV, 15 IBU), a hefeweizen, should fit with the warming weather. The Brunch Stout (4.4% ABV, 40 IBU) and Rosa’s Gose (4.7% ABV, 15 IBU) offer up totally different flavor experiences. The smoky Rauchweizen (5.3% ABV, 17 IBU) earned high grades from folks when it debuted during ABQ Beer Week.

News: Next up on the beer front is a Barley Wine.

We just had an interview with new brewer Andrew Krosche. His first beer, Stage 1 IPA (6.2% ABV, 95 IBU), is now on tap.

Events: There is live music at Ponderosa as The Bus Tapes perform Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Josh Johnson then takes the stage Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Broken Arrow Pale Ale, Vanilla Cream Ale. The new Vanilla Cream should get you in a summer mood. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) was made with just Equinox hops for a rather unique, yet multi-faceted, flavor profile.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new summer schedule listed above.

Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast. From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

There is also yoga at the brewery every Sunday at 11 a.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Call the brewery for an updated list. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.

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: Barnstorm Ale, C+C IPA, Farmhouse Saison, Barley Wine, Tupac Cali Red, Dry Apple Cider, Pear Cider, Berry Cider, Sour Cherry Cider, Half-Acre Hefe (Wells Park only), Belgian Blonde (Nob Hill only), Goat Head Hador Doppelbock (Nob Hill only). Tractor has revamped their beer list and pricing system. All of the Tractor Classics — Farmer’s Tan Red, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, Almanac IPA, Sodbuster Pale Ale, Haymaker Honey What, plus now Pilsner #15, Mustachio Milk Stout, and Apple Hard Cider — are priced at $4 apiece ($3 for Beer Farmer’s Co-op members). All seasonal/specialty beers will now be $5 ($4 for members). Just about everyone in town has slightly increased prices in the past four months, but an extra 50 cents or a dollar shouldn’t bankrupt anyone, right? Anyway, on the seasonal front, Half-Acre Hefe (6.2% ABV, 10 IBU) is back just in time for summer. The popular Tupac Cali Red (6% ABV) is also back for a second run. Another recent addition is the Saison (7% ABV, 25 IBU), an old world-style beer brewed with lemon and orange peel. That followed the Belgian Blonde (6.5% ABV, 33 IBU). We’re sensing a theme this spring. The popular Barnstorm Ale (5.8% ABV, 41 IBU), a maibock, is back. The 2015 edition of the Barley Wine (9.5% ABV, 65 IBU) is a giant malt monster, not too boozy but just enough to remind you that a few of these will leave you babbling alone in the corner. And if you have friends who are living the gluten-free life, you can take them with you to Tractor and let them choose between five ciders, the standard Apple Hard Cider and four new seasonals in the Dry Apple, Pear, Berry, and Sour Cherry.

Events: The pLOUD  Music Series is back Thursday at Wells Park as Alien Space Kitchen performs at 8 p.m.

Saturday at Wells Park, BuddhaFunk will spin for the In the Mix Series 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.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates. Please call.)

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Kellerbock, Brohemian Pilsner, The B Word (ESB), Manneken Pale Ale. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the new Stauffenberg Stout (it replaced the Piedra Lisa Porter in the regular lineup) and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The most recent addition is the Kellerbock, which replaces the Adrift IPA. The B Word, an ESB, and Manneken Pale Ale, a Belgian-style, are other recent additions.

News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Midnight Red, Bogged Down, Imperial Gose, Friar Bacon’s Mild. The most recent addition is Midnight Red, a big old beast of an imperial red that is just a huge dose of happy. Bogged Down, a cranberry cream ale, is on tap for those who can’t take the big hops. The Mild and Gose are back for a limited time.

News: Blue Corn brewer James Warren said next up are Orogrande (6% ABV), a golden ale, and their entry in the upcoming IPA Challenge, which they made with 60 pounds of hops.

Events: The next Thursday at the Brewer’s Table is July 9. They are aging Barley Wine in Apple Brandy Barrels provided by Santa Fe Spirits.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Marcel (Witbier), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Printemps (Imperial Saison), Tantalus (Golden Sour). The Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. The new Cezanne promises to keep up the tradition of big, big beers from Duel. Marcel and Dark Ryder are back after a short absence.

Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

Life Drawing every other Sunday beginning on April 19 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) $22 includes a drink and a waffle. $15 for students (with ID), or if you don’t want a drink & waffle. Everyone draws from a nude model. People can call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)

Beers: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Highland Heath, Santa Fe Session, There She Gose. The third entry in the ECS (Ever Changing Series) is now available on tap and in bombers in the form of Highland Heath, a barrel-aged Scottish ale that is just heavenly. Available in limited supply at the brewery are the Session and There She Gose. The Freestyle is now available on tap and in cans across the state.

Events: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the tasting room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. We got to check out the new digs, with lots of pictures to show for it.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Railrunner Pale Ale, Pivotal IPA, Red Comet, Golden Ale. Welcome back to the popular Steam, Railrunner, and Golden, which all rejoined the lineup this week. The Pivotal and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans. Though it is not on tap, Adam and I got to try some more of the Barrel-Aged Belgian Stout they have waiting in the brewery. It was quite delicious.

Events: Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Detroit Lightning, a Grateful Dead tribute band, plays their final show on Thursday. The Bill Hearne Trio plays Friday. Saturday will feature the MVIII Jazz Trio.

Over at the Railyard location, Bus Tapes will take the stage Friday. Todd and the Fox will perform Saturday. Sunday will feature The Shiners Club Jazz Band.

Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright.

Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381

(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Wit Rock, Little Bird Blonde, Second Base. Please welcome Bathtub Row to The Week Ahead in Beer! We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. They currently have three house beers on tap and five guest taps, the latter of which they tend to cycle through pretty quickly. The Wit Rock (5.2% ABV, 15 IBU) is a classic witbier with chamomile, orange peel, and coriander, perfect for the hot weather. Little Bird Blonde (5.6% ABV, 35 IBU) is an American-style golden ale. Second Base (6.5% ABV, 50 IBU) is a pale ale that doubled up on the dry hop with Zythos and Azzaca.

Events: Bathtub Row hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6 p.m.

There will be a “rockin’ release party” coming up in August when they have their full lineup of beers. Guess I know when the Crew will be heading up. Join us!

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Venom IPA, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Schwarzbar Black Lager, Maibock, McFadden Scotch, OrgasBerry Wheat, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Quebradas Sunrise Amber. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beers on tap are the Venom IPA, Zia Pilsner, McFadden Scotch, and OrgasBerry Wheat. The Irish Stout came in third in our Stout Challenge.

News: Please note the new summer hours listed above.

The next beers due out are the Hose Co. 1 Red Lager and a yet-to-be-named Black IPA.

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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

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.

Bosque Brewing is too good to us. Between their hoppy beers and their dark beers and all the beers in between, from nitro to cask, they have been delivering some of the best brews in New Mexico for the past couple years. In the spirit of the summer season, now they are rolling out their Monsoon IPA Series, which will showcase all the different IPA styles that brewer John Bullard and his staff can create. First up, Cirrus Double IPA (8% ABV, 100 IBU) will drop by the end of this week, hopefully. It will showcase El Dorado, Equinox, and Centennial hops atop a solid malt base. If anyone saw that picture of the Azacca whole-leaf hops on Bosque’s Facebook page this week, the answer to “what beer is that?” is Red Dawn Red IPA, which will be the second entry in the four-part series. Third on the docket will be Cumulus 2.0 White IPA, the recreation of an old favorite now with Jarrylo hops atop the wheat base. The summer finale looms as a potential new Crew favorite in Thunderhead Black IPA. Someone crank up the AC/DC for this one. It will have a similar hop profile to Riverwalker IPA, which is just plain awesome. Thanks for making this summer even better, Bosque!

Meanwhile, there a few new beers around town this week. Albuquerque Brewing just tapped Possessive IPA. Bosque’s new Summer in Hallertau is on tap at San Mateo and should be at their other locations this week as well. Canteen has a fresh batch of Marzen and the new Raspberry Lime Wheat. Chama River is rocking some Magic Mullet Cream Ale. Kaktus says yes to the hopped up Aye Aye IPA. Acclimated IPA, Elevated’s big brother, is back at La Cumbre.

Up in Santa Fe, Duel has resurrected Marcel and Dark Ryder, while Tantalus joins the lineup. Second Street has fresh batches of Red Comet and Pivotal IPA. Down in Socorro, Zia Pilsner, Venom IPA, McFadden Scotch, and OrgasBerry Wheat are all new at Twisted Chile.

And on the subject of cask beers, rather than listing them brewery by brewery in here, we’re doing something a little different. Since oftentimes breweries don’t know what they’re putting on cask until the day of (usually Friday), rather than just put “TBD” down below, instead we’re offering updates via our Facebook page and Twitter feed. Look for the “Firkin Friday” post every week on those social media sites. One of these days when we get around to upgrading the main website we will make it a permanent feature on there, but for now we’ll provide live updates as the breweries get us the information.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 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: Imperial IPA, Red Ale. ABP carries beers from Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca. 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. Adam and I just got to try two new brews from Benjamin Couger that are on tap at ABP. The Imperial IPA is a big old blast of hops, but not the usual suspects like Simcoe or Centennial (at least, we didn’t think so). The Red Ale is a smooth, biscuit-y delight.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 1-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Barefoot in Barley, SuMariOatmeal Stout, Possessive IPA. Located at 8620 Pan American Blvd., on the east side of I-25 and between Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ABC is now open and ready for business. In addition to the house beers, there are often guest taps, plus the plan is to have at least one beer on a nitro tap at all times. For more info on ABC, you can check out my advance preview. The Barefoot is a S.M.A.S.H. beer.

News: Take note of the new hours listed above.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Mon–Weds 4 p.m. to midnight, Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight or later, Sun 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Malt Tonic, Cali Common, Belgian Wit, Ameriweiss, Ladron’s Peak, Pre-Prohibition IPA. The Ladron’s finally went back on tap recently. Friend of the Brew Crew Lonnie said it’s a big old blast of juniper this time around. The Ameriweiss is a pre-Prohibition American sour wheat. The Pre-Prohibition IPA is back for another run.

News: Note the new summer hours listed above.

Events: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded.

All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)

Beers: Bow Bridge Ale. The Bow Bridge (6.8% ABV, 64 IBU) is a new English Pale Ale. BG goes through their beers fast, so hurry out to try the Bow Bridge. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.

News: Next up on the beer list is a Belgian-style IPA.

Click the link above to check out the new Blue Grasshopper website, with updated lists of guest beers, a full menu, and a full music listing.

Events: The Grasshopper has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)

(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)

Beers: Hop Chocolate Pale Ale, EKG Pale Ale, The Last Straw, Old Man Jameson, Bosque Pale Lager (Las Cruces only), Summer in Hallertau (San Mateo only), Scotia on nitro. All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. New this week is the Summer in Hallertau (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), a pale ale made with a slew of European noble hops. The Pale Lager (5.4% ABV, 45 IBU) was brewed as a traditional lager and then they went with dry hop additions of El Dorado, Centennial, Citra, and 7C’s during the whirlpool. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations. The other seasonals are the EKG Pale (5% ABV, 25 IBU), The Last Straw (5% ABV, 12 IBU), a hefeweizen, and Hop Chocolate (5.4% ABV, 30 IBU), a pale ale brewed with cocoa nibs added for a unique mix of the bitter hoppy and sweet chocolate. Welcome back to the Old Man Jameson (5.2% ABV, 18 IBU), a Scottish export ale. Scotia, Jameson’s big brother, is now on nitro at all three locations. Coming soon is the Cirrus DIPA (8% ABV, 100 IBU) that we mentioned up above in our main preview.

Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. This week’s beer is Old Man Jameson.

Events: Bosque is partnering with Pueblo Harvest Cafe for a beer dinner tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. The cost is $60 per person and reservations can be made at (505) 724-3510. There are six dishes paired with six Bosque beers — Bosque Lager, Brewer’s Boot Amber, Riverwalker IPA, Driftwood Oatmeal Stout, Scotia Scotch Ale, Hop Chocolate.

News: Congratulations to Bosque for winning the Brewing News National IPA Challenge with Scale Tipper. This comes on the heels of last year’s victory in the NM IPA Challenge. It marks the second year in a row a New Mexico brewery won the NIPAC, following La Cumbre’s Project Dank taking the title last year.

The Bosque Public House is now open, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also opened a taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: (Regular) Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Apple Bear Hard Cider; (Seasonal) Rye Mouth, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, K.O. Kolsch, Salute Your Schwarz, Wiener Munchner, Regal Squabble English IPA, Sucker Punch DIPA. The most recent addition to taps is Sucker Punch, a monstrous, piney, resinous DIPA checking in at 8.1-percent ABV and about 125 IBU. The newest before that were the Rye Mouth, K.O. Kolsch, Regal Squabble, and Wiener Munchner, another German-style beer as the name might imply. The Body Czech (4.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a great way to start your flight. The Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU), which is on tap at all times, claimed the 2015 Stout Challenge, held by the Crew before the last Super Bowl. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) is now permanently on tap.

News: Boxing Bear now has a happy hour. 10-, 16-, and 22-ounce beers are all discounted from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Growler Happy Hour then runs from 6 p.m. to close on those nights. Get $2 off a growler fill and $1 off a half-growler (they call ’em “squealers”).

Also, every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear.

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: Rob Van Winkle Stout, Xico (Chico) Suave, FREDD’s Apple Ale, Stinky Pinky Hefeweizen. Thank you to new Crew Bullpen member Laura for sending us an updated seasonal list. The Stinky Pinky (5.4% ABV) is a popular grapefruit hefe. The FREDD’s (5.2% ABV) is a hybrid of a cider and an American Ale. The Xico (6% ABV) is a spiced beer. The Rob Van Winkle (5.7% ABV) is a vanilla stout. Take note, the Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Hefeweizen, Dark American Lager, Saison, Big Red Fez, Hops-pitality IPA, Hoppyweizer, Marzen, Raspberry Lime Wheat. An old favorite, the Marzen (5.6% ABV, 22 IBU), is back this week, and the new Raspberry Lime Wheat (4% ABV, 12 IBU) is selling fast, so go get some if you like the style. The Hoppyweizer (6.1% ABV, 40 IBU) is a hopped-up wheat beer created in collaboration with the team at ABQBeer.com. Other recent additions are the Saison (5.5% ABV, 24 IBU) and Big Red Fez (7.6% ABV, 22 IBU), a rich, malty Belgian Red Ale. The Hefeweizen (6.2% ABV, 14 IBU) is a good example of the classic style. Hops-pitality (7.3% ABV, 80 IBU) was brewed for Beer Week, so it might not last much longer.

News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

Events: Live music is back at Canteen. Jade Masque will perform Sunday afternoon, followed by Alex Maryol on Tuesday night.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup. I also recommend the Primo, a solid English-style brown ale that I finally got to try at Blues & Brews.

News: Cazuela’s is looking to potentially open a taproom on the east side of ABQ near Canteen and La Cumbre in the Brewery District.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Magic Mullet Cream Ale, Red River Ale, Chamahawk Xtra Pale Ale, Sage Saison. Magic Mullet (5.7% ABV, 18 IBU) replaces Sun Dog Kolsch this week, as one summer style replaces the other. The Chamahawk and Red River are also back just in time for summer. The new Sage Saison (6% ABV, 20 IBU) is the latest entry in the summer of saison at Chama.

Events: The next beer dinner at Chama River is June 25 and you can reserve a spot now by calling the number above.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: Helles, Bier De Garde, ESB, Amber, Aye Aye IPA, Black Beauty Stout, London Porter, Jaison, Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. New this week is Aye Aye, which owner Dana Koller described as the biggest IPA that Kaktus has ever brewed and one they will enter in the IPA Challenge. The Jaison is a special saison, offering up a tangy, spicy medley of flavor. The Black Beauty is a sweet, creamy stout that is not too thick for the warming weather (well, we assume the weather is going to warm up here at some point). Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.

Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Saison D’Hommel, Hop-Back Centennial Pale Ale, Acclimated DIPA. Get ready, hopheads, the Acclimated is back. Another recent addition is an old favorite in Saison D’Hommel. Got an update from La Cumbre brewer/owner Jeff Erway. They are working hard on cranking out some new seasonals on the new brewhouse, but it may be a little while. The first new one is the Hop-Back Centennial, which is the first in a planned series of Hop-Back pale ales, assuming Jeff can get his hands on lots of whole leaf hops. In the interim, you can also look for a lot of special beers to be brought out of the cellar for your enjoyment. Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank and Red Ryeot no longer appearing here as seasonals. They are now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. Red Ryeot cans are now for sale around town and at the brewery.

News: La Cumbre’s new and improved website is now up and running. Check it out by clicking the link here. Their online calendar now includes what food trucks will be serving, plus live music and a current draft list.

Events: Odd Dog performs Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)

Beers: Long Nosed Tripel, Legless DIPA, Oak Smoked Wheat, Apricot Wheat. Adam checked in from Lizard Tail on Tuesday night with an updated seasonal list. The Long Nosed (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is one of the biggest beers on the menu. The Legless (8.5% ABV, 100 IBU) offers up quite the hop kick. The Oak Smoked Wheat (3.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is basically the renamed Gratzer from before. The Apricot Wheat (5.3% ABV, 10 IBU) fits the summer weather.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.

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

Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Both locations — Maibock, Fuego, Imperial Red; Downtown only — Weizenbock, White Out, Rauchbier, Imperial Red; Westside only — Double IPA. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. Fuego is a chipotle-infused version of the Rauchbier. The most recent additions before that were the Weizenbock (7% ABV) and Maibock (7% ABV). The White Out (9% ABV, 40 IBU), Marble’s seventh anniversary ale, is also available in bombers. The Rauchbier (5.2% ABV) is a smoky delight.

News: Marble has revamped their website. It kinda really kicks ass now. Click the link above to see what we mean.

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

In live music this week at the downtown pub, Pawn Shop Poster Boys perform tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. Jade Masque will take the stage Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. The Dirty Brown Jug Band performs Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday features Le Chat Lunatique from 8 to 11 p.m.

Jordan Trimarchi performs Wednesday from 6 to 9 at the Westside Taproom. He will be followed by Chase Gassaway from 6 to 9 on Friday. The Hubcap Stealers Band will be out west Saturday from 6 to 9.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: T.N.G. Porter, Night at the Roggenbury, Q’s Omnipotent Wit, Prosperity Works Belgian Scottish. For someone who once said she was not good at naming beers, Kaylynn has come a long way with the various Star Trek-themed names, the latest being Q’s Omnipotent Wit, a new Belgian-style witbier. Another recent addition is the T.N.G. (6% ABV, 30 IBU), an excellent smoked porter that is not overwhelmingly smoky. Night at the Roggenbury, a collaboration beer with Turtle Mountain, is still available. The Belgian Scottish was the Beam Me Up Scottish made with Belgian yeast. One dollar from each pint sold goes to Prosperity Works, a local charity.

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: Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Tropical IPA, Amarillo Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, PiPA. We got an updated beer list at last! Now we will have to go over try some of these. The Bourbon Vanilla Porter is an old favorite amongst the Crew. It would be nice to see how the Pre-Pro Pilsner compares to Back Alley’s past offering of that style. The Tropical IPA and Amarillo Red also call to us. 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. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch; (Seasonal) The Phantom Conductor II, Zwickel Pils, Brunch Stout, Rosa’s Gose, Midnight Kolsch, Bavarian Belle, Rauchweizen. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). The Midnight Kolsch (4.3% ABV, 24 IBU) looks like a dark lager but still tastes like a sweet, light kolsch. The second version of the Phantom Conductor DIPA (8.2% ABV, 110 IBU) is still a big old hop bomb. If you are looking for something lighter, the Zwickel (4.7% ABV, 42 IBU) and Bavarian Belle (4.8% ABV, 15 IBU), a hefeweizen, should fit with the warming weather. The Brunch Stout (4.4% ABV, 40 IBU) and Rosa’s Gose (4.7% ABV, 15 IBU) offer up totally different flavor experiences. The smoky Rauchweizen (5.3% ABV, 17 IBU) earned high grades from folks when it debuted during ABQ Beer Week.

News: Next up on the beer front is a Barley Wine.

We just had an interview with new brewer Andrew Krocshe.

Events: There is live music at Ponderosa as Dos Pendejos perform Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Ziatron then takes the stage Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Broken Arrow Pale Ale, Baby Got Bock, Vanilla Cream Ale. The new Vanilla Cream should get you in a summer mood. For the first time, Red Door tapped a lager and it is excellent as the Baby Got Bock (7.5% ABV, 18 IBU) hits all the right maibock notes. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) was made with just Equinox hops for a rather unique, yet multi-faceted, flavor profile.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new summer schedule listed above.

Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast. From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

There is also yoga at the brewery every Sunday at 11 a.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Call the brewery for an updated list. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.

Events: Throughout ABQ Beer Week, SCG will have a daily smoked meat and beer combo special. We will have the full, mouth-watering schedule with our daily ABW previews.

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: Barnstorm Ale, C+C IPA, Farmhouse Saison, Barley Wine, Tupac Cali Red, Dry Apple Cider, Pear Cider, Berry Cider, Sour Cherry Cider, Half-Acre Hefe (Wells Park only), Belgian Blonde (Nob Hill only), Goat Head Hador Doppelbock (Nob Hill only). Tractor has revamped their beer list and pricing system. All of the Tractor Classics — Farmer’s Tan Red, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, Almanac IPA, Sodbuster Pale Ale, Haymaker Honey What, plus now Pilsner #15, Mustachio Milk Stout, and Apple Hard Cider — are priced at $4 apiece ($3 for Beer Farmer’s Co-op members). All seasonal/specialty beers will now be $5 ($4 for members). Just about everyone in town has slightly increased prices in the past four months, but an extra 50 cents or a dollar shouldn’t bankrupt anyone, right? Anyway, on the seasonal front, Half-Acre Hefe (6.2% ABV, 10 IBU) is back just in time for summer. The popular Tupac Cali Red (6% ABV) is also back for a second run. Another recent addition is the Saison (7% ABV, 25 IBU), an old world-style beer brewed with lemon and orange peel. That followed the Belgian Blonde (6.5% ABV, 33 IBU). We’re sensing a theme this spring. The popular Barnstorm Ale (5.8% ABV, 41 IBU), a maibock, is back. The 2015 edition of the Barley Wine (9.5% ABV, 65 IBU) is a giant malt monster, not too boozy but just enough to remind you that a few of these will leave you babbling alone in the corner. And if you have friends who are living the gluten-free life, you can take them with you to Tractor and let them choose between five ciders, the standard Apple Hard Cider and four new seasonals in the Dry Apple, Pear, Berry, and Sour Cherry.

Events: Kamikaze Karaoke is back at Wells Park tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. The Solos on the Hill Series is back at Nob Hill as Eryn Bent performs tonight from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The Thirsty Thursday Music Series is back at Wells Park as Mondo Vibrations performs at 8 p.m.

Saturday will feature the return of the Setting the Tone Series at Nob Hill as Carlos the Tall performs at 5 p.m. Meanwhile at Wells Park, Nicolatron will spin for the In the Mix Series 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.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates. Please call.)

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Kellerbock, Brohemian Pilsner, The B Word (ESB), Manneken Pale Ale. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the new Stauffenberg Stout (it replaced the Piedra Lisa Porter in the regular lineup) and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The most recent addition is the Kellerbock, which replaces the Adrift IPA. The B Word, an ESB, and Manneken Pale Ale, a Belgian-style, are other recent additions.

News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Almanac, Midnight Red, Bogged Down. The most recent addition is Midnight Red, a big old beast of an imperial red that is just a huge dose of happy. Bogged Down, a cranberry cream ale, is on tap for those who can’t take the big hops. The Almanac is a dry-hopped farmhouse ale.

News: Blue Corn brewer James Warren said they are brewing a golden ale and their entry in the upcoming IPA Challenge this week.

Events: The next Thursday at the Brewer’s Table is July 9. They are aging Barley Wine in Apple Brandy Barrels provided by Santa Fe Spirits.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Marcel (Witbier), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Printemps (Imperial Saison), Tantalus (Golden Sour). The Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. The new Cezanne promises to keep up the tradition of big, big beers from Duel. Marcel and Dark Ryder are back after a short absence.

Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

Life Drawing every other Sunday beginning on April 19 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) $22 includes a drink and a waffle. $15 for students (with ID), or if you don’t want a drink & waffle. Everyone draws from a nude model. People can call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)

Beers: Belgian Stout, Black IPA, Chicken Killer Barley Wine, Freestyle Pilsner. The Belgian Strong is out and the Belgian Stout has replaced it. The Kriek, which won a bronze medal at GABF this year, is on sale around the state in bombers, but supplies are low. A new Single Barrel Sour can also be purchased in bombers. A fresh batch of Chicken Killer is now available, too. The Freestyle is now available on tap and in cans across the state.

Events: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the tasting room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. We got to check out the new digs, with lots of pictures to show for it.

Next up in the Ever Changing Series is Highland Heath, a Scottish ale that’s like nothing you have tasted before. It debuted back at Blues & Brews and will be on tap around the metro area soon.

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, Rod’s Best Bitter, High Wheeler Pale Ale, Pivotal IPA, Red Comet. Welcome back to the popular Pivotal IPA and Red Comet, which both rejoined the lineup this week. The Pivotal and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans. Though it is not on tap, Adam and I got to try some more of the Barrel-Aged Belgian Stout they have waiting in the brewery. It was quite delicious.

Events: Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Detroit Lightning, a Grateful Dead tribute band, plays Thursday. 50 Watt Whale plays Friday. Saturday will feature the Busy McCarroll Band.

Over at the Railyard location, Moscow Mules will take the stage Friday. Alex Maryol will perform Saturday. Sunday will feature The Shiners Club Jazz Band.

Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright.

Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Venom IPA, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Schwarzbar Black Lager, Maibock, McFadden Scotch, OrgasBerry Wheat, Zia Pilsner. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beers on tap are the Venom IPA, Zia Pilsner, McFadden Scotch, and OrgasBerry Wheat. The Irish Stout came in third in our Stout Challenge.

News: Please note the new summer hours listed above.

The next beers due out are the Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Quebradas Sunrise Amber, and a yet-to-be-named Black IPA.

Events: Mose McCormack will perform Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.

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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