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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.

Let us all officially welcome Albuquerque Brewing Co. to the local lineup. ABC held their grand opening Tuesday night (I was unable to attend due to an onslaught of allergies) with four beers on regular taps and one on nitro, plus three guest beers (see below). They will hardly be the last brewery to open this year. Rio Bravo Brewing is still aiming for an early May opening. We have also heard of at least two breweries opening in the heart of downtown, another near 12th St. and I-40, plus possibly another near 2nd St. and Paseo del Notre. Oh, and there is the strong possibility of an Abbey Brewing taproom in ABQ in the near future. We’ll do our best to keep tabs on all of them and their progress amid all of the other beer-related news going on right now.

On the new beer front, it’s a quiet week. Canteen brought back Exodus IPA, the national runner-up, at the end of last week, while adding Oaked Cascade Pale and Citrus Saison for this week. Chama River tapped Sun Dog Kolsch and Wee Bit Loco, a Scottish wee heavy, late last week as well. Kaktus brought back James Blonde and also added Wheat Wood Mac. La Cumbre’s VMO #2 will be on tap again soon.

Up in Santa Fe, Duel has brought back Whistler, a Petit Blonde. Second Street has Cascade Pilzner, plus fresh batches of Rod’s Best Bitter and Boneshaker Bitter on tap.

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 March 23.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year, ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — no phone (yet)

(Mon–Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Pale Ale, IPA, Imperial Red, Dry Stout. 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 three guest taps from Bosque and Boxing Bear, plus the plan is to have at least one beer on a nitro tap at all times. Brewer Mike Marsh said they’re in the process of installing a phone line and, for now, the website link is to their Facebook page. For more info on ABC, you can check out my advance preview.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: California Common, Belgian Dark, Belgian Wit, Latir Pale Ale. In case you missed it, we interviewed BADH’s new brewer, Brandon Venaglia. There are some exciting times coming, including a possible expansion. I ran into Brandon recently while beer shopping and learned that the new Latir Pale Ale was made with Latir hops given to him by the monks from Abbey Brewing in Abiquiu. Gotta love it when one brewery helps another. Look for another batch of Ladron’s Peak in the near future, too.

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

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

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

Beers: Golden Amber. The third beer in the Grasshopper’s short history, the Amber just went on tap recently. They sold out of their previous beers, Dubbel Dunkel and Beach Bum Pale Ale, in a hurry, so head over to try this one before it runs out. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.

News: Next up on the beer list are Cherry Bomb and Maibock.

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: Riverbank Brown, Crystal Single Hop Pale Ale, Loyle’s Choice Irish Red, Dry Irish Stout, Tandem Ryder Double Pale Ale, Wake Up and Smell the Stout (Nob Hill only), Old School Session IPA (San Mateo only), It’s Spelt Centennial (Las Cruces only). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. The Loyle’s Choice (5.4% ABV) is a not-too-sweet, not-too-dry style of red. The Dry Irish Stout (5% ABV) is available on nitro at San Mateo and Nob Hill; it’s a creamy delight. Wake Up (5.6% ABV, 16 IBU) is a wonderful coffee stout that does not overpower. The Old School (4.7% ABV, 60 IBU) is a mild little delight. The Crystal Single Hop (5.6% ABV, 30 IBU) offers up a nice hop kick. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations.

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

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) Sucker Punch DIPA, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Black Eye-PA, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, Bearzen, Red Knuckle Irish Red, Barnburner IPA. The Red Knuckle (4.7% ABV, 25 IBU) is available only nitro. The Barnburner (6.8% ABV, 80 IBU) is listed as a “specialty IPA.” Bearzen (4.8% ABV, 25 IBU) is Boxing Bear’s take on a traditional German marzen. The Body Czech (4.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a great way to start your flight. The Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU), which is on tap at all times, claimed the 2015 Stout Challenge, held by the Crew before the last Super Bowl. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Iron Lung Smoked Porter (6.1% ABV, 40 IBU) and Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) offer up treats at different ends of the flavor spectrum. The Black Eye-PA (6.2% ABV, 80 IBU) is a hoppy yet malty black IPA. The Sucker Punch (8.5% ABV, 125+ IBU), which as the name might imply, could leave you on the floor if you’re careful.

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: Cracked Cork Barley Wine, End of Days Tripel, Twig and Berries Sahti, Tom Selleck Ale, Rip Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Nacho Brau, Coco-Cabana Coconut Porter, Honey Pot Sour Ale, Stinky Pinky. The Stinky Pinky, a grapefruit hefeweizen, is back for another run by popular demand. The Coco-Cabana and Honey Pot are recent additions. Curious about Twig and Berries? A Sahti is a Finnish style of beer using some unique grains as well as juniper berries. If you’re one of the lucky few to not be allergic to junipers, have at it! The Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.

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

B3 shows The Walking Dead every Sunday at 7 p.m. and Better Call Saul every Monday at 8 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: Irish Red, Opal Esteem, The Other Red, Edel Helles, Exodus IPA, Oaked Cascade Pale, Citrus Saison. Exodus, the runner-up to Bosque’s Scale Tipper in the final of the National IPA Challenge, is back on tap. New are the Oaked Cascade Pale and Citrus Saison. The Opal Esteem (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU) is a traditional steam-style beer brewed with German Opal hops. The Other Red (5.6% ABV, 26 IBU) is a fairly new addition and quite tasty, just a tad different then the Irish Red. The Edel Helles (5% ABV, 18 IBU) is a light, sweet little beer to start off your day or night just right.

News: The 2015 edition of Malt Madness is now underway. Head to Canteen and get two samples of the day’s competing beers, then vote for your favorite. They won’t tell you which is which, but that just makes it more fun. Then wait and see who comes out on top April 2.

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), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: O’Houlihan’s Irish Stout, Irish Red, Hank (Nut Brown), Kissy Face Chocolate Cherry Wheat, Ha-Za! DIPA. The Kissy Face (6% ABV, 22 IBU) was made for Valentine’s Day. It has a healthy amount of dark cherry puree and cocoa nibs in the mix. All of you Better Call Saul fans drank up the Saul-utations IPL. To kick off March, Chama’s delicious Irish Red is on tap again. This is always a seasonal standout. The new O’Houlihan’s (4.5% ABV, 20 IBU) will also help get you in the Irish frame of mind. Just don’t go throwing any wrenches at dodgeball players after drinking it. We were tipped off, via our friends’ Untappd checkins, that Ha-Za! is now available. It’s listed at 8.8 percent ABV, so you just know it’s a beast of a beer.

Events: Chama’s Irish Beer Spring Social is March 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. It costs $26 and reservations are required. We’ll have more details next week.

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 Lager, Honk If You’re …, James Blonde, Wheat Wood Mac, Amber, IPA, I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout, Brunette. The James Blonde made its return recently, while the Wheat Wood Mac is new. The regular IPA is back and has been joined by Honk If You’re …, a British-style mild ale. I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout is Kaktus’ first barrel-aged beer. A bunch of the Crew gathered at Kaktus recently and the Brunette, a sweet, nutty brown ale, was a big hit with all of us. We gotta say, Kaktus is getting pretty good at naming their beers. 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: Azacca Pale Ale, Simcoe Pale Ale, Hell Froze Over, Imperial Red Ryeot, No, You’re a Dort. The Imperial Red Ryeot (9% ABV, 100 IBU) is on tap and for sale in bombers at the brewery and places like Jubilation. The Simcoe (5.5% ABV, 37 IBU) and Azacca (5.5% ABV, 38 IBU) pale ales are still hanging around, though the Simcoe is nearly out. Hell Froze Over (5.5% ABV, 30 IBU), La Cumbre’s take on a brown ale, is back for 2015. Also back is No, You’re a Dort (5.7% ABV, 26 IBU), a bold, Bavarian-style lager. Though it is not on tap, you can buy bombers of Tres Padres, La Cumbre’s first Belgian-style Tripel, at the brewery. 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.

When Simcoe runs out VMO #2 will replace it. Father Nelson and a Cream Ale are also coming soon.

Events: Rudy Boy performs Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

Beers: Whiptail Weisse, Bluetail Blonde, Horned Honey Pale, Reptilian IPA, Chameleon Amber, Basilisk Brown, Sanddigger Dubbel, Desert Night India Black Ale, Black Bearded Rye Stout, Smoot-tailed Oatmeal Stout, Prairie Lizard Porter, Biscochito Brown, Belgian Strong Dark, Belgian Abbey, ESB, Belgian Tripel, Gratzer, White. Brace yourselves for the hefty new Belgian Tripel (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU). The new Gratzer (3.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is an oak-smoked wheat beer, while the White (4.7% ABV, 18 IBU) has hints of citrus, banana, Noble hops, and chamomile. The ESB (6% ABV, 40 IBU), Belgian Abbey (7.1% ABV, 25 IBU) and the Belgian Dark Strong (9.7% ABV, 30 IBU) are other recent additions, as one can probably tell since they have yet to be given lizard-themed names like the rest of the lineup. So far Lizard Tail has shown themselves to be more malt-forward than hop-centric. The oatmeal stout and porter are solid, while the IBA has shown improvement since its debut.

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

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

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

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

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Nitro Sesh, Reserve Ale, Double IPA, Imperial Stout, Paddy McNitro, Choice Blanc, Imperial Red. Since the renovated taproom was reopened, the silky smooth little Sesh (4.4% ABV) was the only seasonal on tap, but not anymore. The full seasonal lineup is back, featuring old favorites like the Imperial Stout (11% ABV), Reserve (9% ABV), and DIPA (8% ABV) all guaranteed to pack a wallop. The Choice Blanc (5.6% ABV) is a single-hop pale ale. The Paddy McNitro (4.7% ABV) got a twist this year in that it was barrel-aged before being put on nitro. So that’s where that little kick of bourbon-y vanilla you get in the middle comes from. It’s quite wonderful.

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.

Bottom Dollar String Band performs tonight (Wednesday) at the downtown pub. The Giving Tree Band takes the stage Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m., while Brothers Gow Band will play Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. and The Porter Draw performs Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be a special Songwriters Showcase from 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday.

Squash Blossom Boys perform at the Westside Taproom on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Youngsville will be out west Saturday from 6 to 9.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Warp 10 Golden Strong, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Make It So, Marzen, Irish Red. The Irish Red is really quite excellent this year. Anyway, Make It So, Marzen might seem out of season, but in my personal opinion, quality German beers are year-round treats. The Blackberry Hefeweizen should have you pining for summer in no time. The Warp 10 Golden Strong is an English-style golden ale.

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

Nexus has always hosted viewing parties for The Walking Dead in the community room, where you can also play Walking Dead pinball. The show is back this Sunday at 7 p.m. We’re guessing they will keep the TV on AMC for Better Call Saul on Mondays, too.

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: PiPA, West Coast Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Peppermint Porter, Pumpkin Abbey Ale. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food. The PiPA will now be a regular beer, replacing the Unchallenged IPA. The scrumptious Bourbon Vanilla Porter is back, replacing the Robust Porter. Recent additions to tap are the Peppermint Porter and Pumpkin Abbey Ale, while a fresh batch of ESB is on tap as well.

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) Dunkelblitzen, Nikolaus Spiced Lager, Imperial Sawmill Stout, The Dark Demon ICDA, The Brauny Bavarian, Smoky the Beer, Ella Single Hop Pale Ale. 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 to taps is Smoky the Beer (6.2% ABV, 40 IBU), a smoked porter. It should go well with that new meat smoker they have in the kitchen. The Dark Demon (8% ABV, 110 IBU) is an imperial Cascadian dark ale (basically a black IPA), and it is a devilish delight. The Nikolaus (5.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Weihnachtsbier, a traditional Bavarian dark lager brewed for the holidays. Brace yourselves for the Imperial Sawmill Stout (8.2% ABV, 65 IBU). The Brauny Bavarian (5.2% ABV, 15 IBU), a dunkelweizen, sticks with the German theme. New to taps is the Ella (5% ABV, 35 IBU), made with a special Australian hop, the latest in their single-hop series.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m. to midnight, Fri–Sun noon to midnight)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Watership Brown, Broken Arrow Pale Ale. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) is the newest addition, made with just Equinox hops for a rather unique, yet multi-faceted, flavor profile. To the rescue for all malt lovers comes Watership Brown (4.9% ABV, 19 IBU), which won ABQ Beer’s holiday brewing competition. It’s a tasty delight, the kind of beer you can just enjoy slowly over the course of a lazy afternoon or evening. Sadly, the Stormtrooper DIPA and O.D.B. have run out.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new weekday schedule for the winter months as they will now open at 2 p.m. instead of noon. Weekend hours remain the same.

Events: Marcus Scott will perform at Red Door tonight (Wednesday) from 9 to 11.

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 and a bit of English football on the telly.

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: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.

News: Congrats to SCG on sweeping all three medals in the mead category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am, while also claiming a silver medal for Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Bang Up Blonde, Hefferweizen, Pig Sticker Pale, Iron Horse IPA, Rawhide Red, Boneyard Brown, Hop Trough (Double IPA), Soiled Dove (Imperial Stout), Black IPA. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Black IPA is the current seasonal beer, plus there are often one or two cask beers.

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: Goat Head Hador Doppelbock, Berry Cider, C&C IPA, Double Sickle DIPA, Turkey Drool, Luna de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout (Wells Park only), Ebony & Ivory (Wells Park only), Wonder Weisse (Nob Hill only), Half Acre Hefe (Nob Hill only). Tractor has revamped their beer list and pricing system. All of the Tractor Classics — Farmer’s Tan Red, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, Almanac IPA, Sodbuster Pale Ale, Haymaker Honey What, plus now Pilsner #15, Mustachio Milk Stout, and Apple Hard Cider — are priced at $4 apiece ($3 for Beer Farmer’s Co-op members). All seasonal/specialty beers will now be $5 ($4 for members). Just about everyone in town has slightly increased prices in the past four months, but an extra 50 cents or a dollar shouldn’t bankrupt anyone, right? Anyway, on the seasonal front, the 2015 batch of Luna (8% ABV) is a dark delight, loaded with flavor and decadently smooth. We love us some Turkey Drool (8% ABV) any time of year. It’s a brown ale with all sorts of holiday-themed spices and other added ingredients. This year’s batch is arguably the best yet. The wonderful Lauren Poole also showed us that if you mix the Drool with Mustachio to create Turkey Milk, it’s absolutely stupendous. The Double Sickle DIPA (7.6% ABV, 110 IBU) is not an overwhelming hop bomb, but has a nice malty backbone to balance itself out. The Ebony & Ivory (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is a “pale stout,” made with pale malt, pale chocolate malt, and caramel malt. It smells like a stout, but tastes like something a little different.

News: There are a slew of new beers set to debut in the coming weeks. While we were brewing at Tractor recently, brewer David Hargis shared a wonderful new IPA and a dry cider with us. And those are just the tip of the iceberg. Oh, yeah, and he has a whole bunch of beers aging in barrels in the brewery. Good beer times are coming!

Events: Kamikaze Karaoke is back at Wells Park tonight (Wednesday) at 7. They are working on having a set schedule for karaoke going forward.

The pLOUD Music Series is back at Wells Park as The Chemical West performs on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Friday is Hops & Dreams: A Night With Desert Darlings Belly Dance at 9 p.m. at Wells Park. Seriously, if you have never seen the Desert Darlings live, you need to go to this event.

This Saturday features the In the Mix series with Flo Fader spinning at 9 p.m. at Wells Park. Prior to that at 7 p.m., there will be a Zia Sun 16 Bars Listening Party.

Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity.

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

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Mr. Hoover’s Steam, Phantom Sun Pale Ale, Marzen, Timber! Oaked IPA. 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. New to taps this week is Timber! Oaked IPA. The other recent beers here are the Marzen and the special guest tap, Second Street’s Berliner Weisse. The Phantom Sun (4.8% ABV) is a tart little sucker. The Mr. Hoover’s Steam is an old recipe that’s being brought back for the upcoming 16th anniversary celebration. Tim said one or more classics will also be making a brief return soon.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Irish Red, Friar Bacon’s Mild, Imperial Gose, Wrinkled Kilt. The Irish Red has arrived, ending the run of the Toro Blanco White IPA. The Friar Bacon’s Mild is a modest dark ale. The Wrinkled Kilt (5.6% ABV) is a Scottish export that debuted recently. The new Imperial Gose is on tap at Blue Corn in Santa Fe and at the ABQ Draft Station.

Events: The next Thursday at the Brewer’s Table is set for April 23. It will feature a collaboration with Duel! We love collaborations.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

Beers: Whistler (Petit Blonde), Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Goya (Imperial Stout), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour). The Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. If you like your beers big, Duel has you covered. Dark Ryder and Tititan check in at 11-percent ABV, while Goya (15.9% ABV) is an absolute monster of a beer. You can buy Goya in bottles at the brewery or down in ABQ at Jubilation.

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

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Belgian Strong Ale, Black IPA, Hefeweizen, Chicken Killer Barley Wine, Irish Red Ale. The second beer in the new Ever Changing Series is Belgian Strong Ale (9.6% ABV), which debuted recently to much acclaim from Luke, our Santa Fe writer. 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 Irish Red is 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. Here are all the details that Luke could find. It sounds promising.

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

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

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Cascade Pilzner, Jordy’s Irish Red, Imperial Stout, U2 Dry Stout, Halifax Strong Pale Ale, Boneshaker Bitter, Rod’s Best Bitter. The Cascade Pilzner is the new kid here. It’s also still Irish Month at Second Street. Jordy’s Irish Red, Imperial Stout, and U2 Dry Stout are all on tap. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Busy and The Crazy 88’s play Friday and Drastic Andrew performs Saturday. MVIII Unplugged will be at the Railyard location Friday and Mystic Lizard performs Saturday.

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

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

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: Venom IPA, English Porter, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hellesmarzen, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Swartzbar Black Lager, Hose Company 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 beer on tap is the Red Lager. Other recent additions are the Irish Stout, which came in third in our Stout Challenge, and Black Lager. Also of note are the 790 IPA (7% ABV), while the Zia Pilsner (5.25% ABV) is done in the German style. The Venom IPA (8.2% ABV) is the biggest beer on tap, as the name might imply. The Hellesmarzen is another recent addition.

Events: Tonight (Wednesday) is Open Mic Night hosted by Johnny Dean starting at 6 p.m. There will be food and drink specials.

Sabinal Sisters will perform Saturday at 7 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

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.

It’s always a little weird when a major drinking holiday falls smack in the middle of a week, but that was what we all faced with St. Patrick’s Day on a Tuesday this year. Hopefully most of you still managed to have fun, whether at home with a growler or sixer, or out and about at the various breweries around town. Didn’t we tell you it would be more fun than just going to a regular bar, drinking Guinness and doing shots of Jameson’s? Don’t panic, though, if you didn’t get to all those Irish-style beers in one day/night. Bosque, Boxing Bear, Canteen, Chama River, Marble, and Nexus in ABQ will have theirs on tap until the supply runs out; ditto Blue Corn, Duel, Santa Fe, and Second Street up north, plus Twisted Chile in Socorro. There will also be a belated St. Patrick’s Day festival in Socorro this weekend featuring Twisted Chile and some ABQ breweries, plus Chama’s Irish Beer Spring Social is still pending on March 26.

A couple quick notes, please welcome The Blue Grasshopper to the listings. We’ll keep track of their beers, but never forget, they also carry beer from around the state on tap. So just in case their current house beer is not to your liking, trust us, they will have plenty more available. And secondly, Albuquerque Brewing Co. will hold their grand opening this coming Tuesday (March 24) from 3 to 10 p.m. Just try to carpool, as the parking lot they share with United Stoneworks is not that big. We will add them to the listings next week.

On the new beer front, there are a few new ones worth checking out around town. Blue Grasshopper has Golden Amber, their third house beer, now available. Bosque added the Loyle’s Choice Irish Red and Dry Irish Stout, the latter of which is available on nitro at both ABQ locations. In addition to the Red Knuckle Irish Red, Boxing Bear also has the new Barnburner IPA. Chama River has Ha-Za!, a new DIPA. La Cumbre has brought back a fan favorite in No, You’re a Dort. Marble has Choice Blanc, a single-hopped pale, plus Paddy McNitro Irish Stout. Nexus’ new batch of Irish Red is their best yet. Tractor brought back C&C IPA, Goat Head Hador Doppelbock, and Berry Cider. Turtle Mountain has Timber! Oaked IPA.

Up in Santa Fe, Duel has an Irish Red (no, really, they do). Santa Fe has Hefeweizen on tap for spring. Second Street’s full March lineup of U2 Dry Stout, Jordy’s Irish Red, Imperial Stout, and Red Comet are all available. Down in Socorro, a fresh batch of Hose Company 1 Red Lager is on tap.

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 March 16.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year, ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: California Common, Belgian Dark, Belgian Wit, Latir Pale Ale. In case you missed it, we interviewed BADH’s new brewer, Brandon Venaglia. There are some exciting times coming, including a possible expansion. I ran into Brandon recently while beer shopping and learned that the new Latir Pale Ale was made with Latir hops given to him by the monks from Abbey Brewing in Abiquiu. Gotta love it when one brewery helps another. Look for another batch of Ladron’s Peak in the near future, too.

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

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

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

Beers: Golden Amber. The third beer in the Grasshopper’s short history, the Amber just went on tap this week. They sold out of their previous beers, Dubbel Dunkel and Beach Bum Pale Ale, in a hurry, so head over to try this one before it runs out. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.

News: Next up on the beer list are Cherry Bomb and Maibock.

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: Riverbank Brown, Crystal Single Hop Pale Ale, Loyle’s Choice Irish Red, Dry Irish Stout, Tandem Ryder Double Pale Ale (San Mateio and Nob Hill), Wake Up and Smell the Stout (Nob Hill and Las Cruces), Old School Session IPA (San Mateo only), Scale Tipper IPA (Nob Hill and Las Cruces). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. The new Loyle’s Choice (5.4% ABV) is a not-too-sweet, not-too-dry style of red. The Dry Irish Stout (5% ABV) is available on nitro at San Mateo and Nob Hill; it’s a creamy delight. Wake Up (5.6% ABV, 16 IBU) is a wonderful coffee stout that does not overpower. The Old School (4.7% ABV, 60 IBU) is a mild little delight. The Crystal Single Hop (5.6% ABV, 30 IBU) is fairly new, while the Scale Tipper (6.4% ABV, 95 IBU) is running low and should get lower after its recent victory (see below). Riverbank Brown is the newest seasonal. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations.

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) Sucker Punch DIPA, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Black Eye-PA, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, Bearzen, Red Knuckle Irish Red, Barnburner IPA. New to taps this week are the Red Knuckle, which was available on nitro for a limited time, and the Barnburner. Bearzen is Boxing Bear’s take on a traditional German marzen. The Body Czech 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 Super Bowl this past Sunday. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Iron Lung Smoked Porter (6.1% ABV) and Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) went on tap recently. The Black Eye-PA (6.2% ABV) is a hoppy yet malty black IPA. A recent addition to taps is the Sucker Punch (8.5% ABV, 125+ IBU), which as the name might imply could leave you on the floor if you’re careful.

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: Cracked Cork Barley Wine, End of Days Tripel, Twig and Berries Sahti, Tom Selleck Ale, Rip Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Nacho Brau, Coco-Cabana Coconut Porter, Honey Pot Sour Ale, Stinky Pinky. The Stinky Pinky, a grapefruit hefeweizen, is back for another run by popular demand. The Coco-Cabana and Honey Pot are recent additions. Curious about Twig and Berries? A Sahti is a Finnish style of beer using some unique grains as well as juniper berries. If you’re one of the lucky few to not be allergic to junipers, have at it! The Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.

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

B3 shows The Walking Dead every Sunday at 7 p.m. and Better Call Saul every Monday at 8 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Kentucky Common, Opal Esteem, Cantenator Doppelbock, The Other Red, Edel Helles, White Shine Wheat Wine. Back for another run is the White Shine, one of the more unique beers you can find in ABQ. The Kentucky Common (5.4% ABV, 24 IBU) is a fairly recent addition. The Opal Esteem (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU) is a traditional steam-style beer brewed with German Opal hops. The Cantenator (7% ABV, 20 IBU) and Other Red (5.6% ABV, 26 IBU) are fairly new additions and quite tasty. The Edel Helles (5% ABV, 18 IBU) is a light, sweet little beer to start off your day or night just right. For those panicking about missing out on Exodus, fear not, it will be back by the end of this week.

News: The 2015 edition of Malt Madness is now underway. Head to Canteen and get two samples of the day’s competing beers, then vote for your favorite. They won’t tell you which is which, but that just makes it more fun. Then wait and see who comes out on top April 2.

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), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: O’Houlihan’s Irish Stout, Irish Red, Hank (Nut Brown), Kissy Face Chocolate Cherry Wheat, Ha-Za! DIPA. The Kissy Face (6% ABV, 22 IBU) was made for Valentine’s Day. It has a healthy amount of dark cherry puree and cocoa nibs in the mix. All of you Better Call Saul fans drank up the Saul-utations IPL. To kick off March, Chama’s delicious Irish Red is on tap again. This is always a seasonal standout. The new O’Houlihan’s (4.5% ABV, 20 IBU) will also help get you in the Irish frame of mind. Just don’t go throwing any wrenches at dodgeball players after drinking it. We were tipped off, via our friends’ Untappd checkins, that Ha-Za! is now available. It’s listed at 8.8 percent ABV, so you just know it’s a beast of a beer.

Events: Chama’s Irish Beer Spring Social is March 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. It costs $26 and reservations are required. We’ll have more details next week.

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 Lager, Honk If You’re …, ESB, Amber, IPA, I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout, Czech Pilsner, Brunette. The Helles Lager made its return recently. The regular IPA is back and has been joined by Honk If You’re …, a British-style mild ale. I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout is Kaktus’ first barrel-aged beer. A bunch of the Crew gathered at Kaktus recently and the Brunette, a sweet, nutty brown ale, was a big hit with all of us. We gotta say, Kaktus is getting pretty good at naming their beers. 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: Azacca Pale Ale, Simcoe Pale Ale, Hell Froze Over, Imperial Red Ryeot, No, You’re a Dort. The Imperial Red Ryeot (9% ABV, 100 IBU) is on tap and for sale in bombers at the brewery and places like Jubilation. The Simcoe (5.5% ABV, 37 IBU) and Azacca (5.5% ABV, 38 IBU) pale ales are still hanging around. Hell Froze Over (5.5% ABV, 30 IBU), La Cumbre’s take on a brown ale, is back for 2015. Also back is No, You’re a Dort (5.7% ABV, 26 IBU), a bold, Bavarian-style lager. Though it is not on tap, you can buy bombers of Tres Padres, La Cumbre’s first Belgian-style Tripel, at the brewery. Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank and Red Ryeot no longer appearing here as seasonals. They are now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. Red Ryeot cans are now for sale around town and at the brewery.

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

Events: The Bus Tapes perform Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

Beers: Whiptail Weisse, Bluetail Blonde, Horned Honey Pale, Reptilian IPA, Chameleon Amber, Basilisk Brown, Sanddigger Dubbel, Desert Night India Black Ale, Black Bearded Rye Stout, Smoot-tailed Oatmeal Stout, Prairie Lizard Porter, Biscochito Brown, Belgian Strong Dark, Belgian Abbey, ESB, Belgian Tripel, Gratzer, White. Brace yourselves for the hefty new Belgian Tripel (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU). The new Gratzer (3.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is an oak-smoked wheat beer, while the White (4.7% ABV, 18 IBU) has hints of citrus, banana, Noble hops, and chamomile. The ESB (6% ABV, 40 IBU), Belgian Abbey (7.1% ABV, 25 IBU) and the Belgian Dark Strong (9.7% ABV, 30 IBU) are other recent additions, as one can probably tell since they have yet to be given lizard-themed names like the rest of the lineup. So far Lizard Tail has shown themselves to be more malt-forward than hop-centric. The oatmeal stout and porter are solid, while the IBA has shown improvement since its debut.

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

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

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

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

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Nitro Sesh, Reserve Ale, Double IPA, Imperial Stout, Paddy McNitro, Choice Blanc. Since the renovated taproom was reopened, the silky smooth little Sesh (4.4% ABV) was the only seasonal on tap, but not anymore. The full seasonal lineup is back, featuring old favorites like the Imperial Stout (11% ABV), Reserve (9% ABV), and DIPA (8% ABV) all guaranteed to pack a wallop. The Choice Blanc (5.6% ABV) is a single-hop pale ale. The Paddy McNitro (4.7% ABV) got a twist this year in that it was barrel-aged before being put on nitro. So that’s where that little kick of bourbon-y vanilla you get in the middle comes from. It’s quite wonderful.

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.

The Shift performs tonight (Wednesday) from 5 to 8 p.m. at the downtown pub. Champagne With Friends takes the stage Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., while Groove Session will play Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Zoltan Orkestar performs at the Westside Taproom on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Daigle Duo 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: Warp 10 Golden Strong, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Make It So, Marzen, Irish Red. New this week is the Irish Red, which is really quite excellent this year. The Crew will have to do a new Irish Red Challenge to see how it stacks up to Bosque, Boxing Bear, Canteen, and Chama River. Oh, darn, we have to drink more beer. Anyway, Make It So, Marzen might seem out of season, but in my personal opinion, quality German beers are year-round treats. The Blackberry Hefeweizen should have you pining for summer in no time. The Warp 10 Golden Strong is an English-style golden ale.

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

Nexus has always hosted viewing parties for The Walking Dead in the community room, where you can also play Walking Dead pinball. The show is back this Sunday at 7 p.m. We’re guessing they will keep the TV on AMC for Better Call Saul on Mondays, too.

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: PiPA, West Coast Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Peppermint Porter, Pumpkin Abbey Ale. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food. The PiPA will now be a regular beer, replacing the Unchallenged IPA. The scrumptious Bourbon Vanilla Porter is back, replacing the Robust Porter. Recent additions to tap are the Peppermint Porter and Pumpkin Abbey Ale, while a fresh batch of ESB is on tap as well.

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) Dunkelblitzen, Nikolaus Spiced Lager, Imperial Sawmill Stout, The Dark Demon ICDA, The Brauny Bavarian, Smoky the Beer, Ella Single Hop Pale Ale. 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 to taps is Smoky the Beer (6.2% ABV, 40 IBU), a smoked porter. It should go well with that new meat smoker they have in the kitchen. The Dark Demon (8% ABV, 110 IBU) is an imperial Cascadian dark ale (basically a black IPA), and it is a devilish delight. The Nikolaus (5.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Weihnachtsbier, a traditional Bavarian dark lager brewed for the holidays. Brace yourselves for the Imperial Sawmill Stout (8.2% ABV, 65 IBU). The Brauny Bavarian (5.2% ABV, 15 IBU), a dunkelweizen, sticks with the German theme. New to taps is the Ella (5% ABV, 35 IBU), made with a special Australian hop, the latest in their single-hop series.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m. to midnight, Fri–Sun noon to midnight)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Stormtrooper Imperial IPA, O.D.B. (Oaked Dark Belgian), Watership Brown, Broken Arrow Pale Ale. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) is the newest addition, made with just Equinox hops for a rather unique, yet multi-faceted, flavor profile. To the rescue for all malt lovers comes Watership Brown (4.9% ABV, 19 IBU), which won ABQ Beer’s holiday brewing competition. It’s a tasty delight, the kind of beer you can just enjoy slowly over the course of a lazy afternoon or evening. Red Door still has Stormtrooper (8.4% ABV, 110 IBU), the biggest beer they have brewed to date, for all you hopheads. The O.D.B. (9% ABV) is quite a treat as well. The Trappe Door Wheat, a Belgian-style if you couldn’t guess by the name, replaces the Trapdoor Wheat in the regular lineup.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new weekday schedule for the winter months as they will now open at 2 p.m. instead of noon. Weekend hours remain the same.

Events: Country Lips will perform at Red Door tonight (Wednesday) from 7 to 9. Spankey Lee will perform Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

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 and a bit of English football on the telly.

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: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.

News: Congrats to SCG on sweeping all three medals in the mead category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am, while also claiming a silver medal for Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Bang Up Blonde, Hefferweizen, Pig Sticker Pale, Iron Horse IPA, Rawhide Red, Boneyard Brown, Hop Trough (Double IPA), Soiled Dove (Imperial Stout), Black IPA. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Black IPA is the current seasonal beer, plus there are often one or two cask beers.

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: Goat Head Hador Doppelbock, Berry Cider, C&C IPA, Double Sickle DIPA, Turkey Drool, Luna de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout (Wells Park only), Ebony & Ivory (Wells Park only), Wonder Weisse (Nob Hill only), Half Acre Hefe (Nob Hill only). Tractor has revamped their beer list and pricing system. All of the Tractor Classics — Farmer’s Tan Red, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, Almanac IPA, Sodbuster Pale Ale, Haymaker Honey What, plus now Pilsner #15, Mustachio Milk Stout, and Apple Hard Cider — are priced at $4 apiece ($3 for Beer Farmer’s Co-op members). All seasonal/specialty beers will now be $5 ($4 for members). Just about everyone in town has slightly increased prices in the past four months, but an extra 50 cents or a dollar shouldn’t bankrupt anyone, right? Anyway, on the seasonal front, the 2015 batch of Luna (8% ABV) is a dark delight, loaded with flavor and decadently smooth. We love us some Turkey Drool (8% ABV) any time of year. It’s a brown ale with all sorts of holiday-themed spices and other added ingredients. This year’s batch is arguably the best yet. The wonderful Lauren Poole also showed us that if you mix the Drool with Mustachio to create Turkey Milk, it’s absolutely stupendous. The Double Sickle DIPA (7.6% ABV, 110 IBU) is not an overwhelming hop bomb, but has a nice malty backbone to balance itself out. The Ebony & Ivory (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is a “pale stout,” made with pale malt, pale chocolate malt, and caramel malt. It smells like a stout, but tastes like something a little different.

News: There are a slew of new beers set to debut in the coming weeks. While we were brewing at Tractor last week, brewer David Hargis shared a wonderful new IPA and a dry cider with us. And those are just the tip of the iceberg. Oh, yeah, and he has a whole bunch of beers aging in barrels in the brewery. Good beer times are coming!

Events: Mondo Vibrations performs at Wells Park on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Friday is ’80’s Night at both Tractor locations. We’re waiting for more details on what this entails, but we’re guessing lots of nostalgic music.

This Saturday features the In the Mix series with Flo Fader spinning at 9 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.

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

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Mr. Hoover’s Steam, Phantom Sun Pale Ale, Marzen, Timber! Oaked IPA. 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. New to taps this week is Timber! Oaked IPA. The other recent beers here are the Marzen and the special guest tap, Second Street’s Berliner Weisse. The Phantom Sun (4.8% ABV) is a tart little sucker. The Mr. Hoover’s Steam is an old recipe that’s being brought back for the upcoming 16th anniversary celebration. Tim said one or more classics will also be making a brief return soon.

Events: This Friday will mark the first release of a bottled TMBC beer. Wilde Jagd (7% ABV, 31 IBU), a barrel-aged winter warmer, will be for sale in bombers at the brewery. It’s all part of TMBC’s 16th anniversary celebration this weekend. Stay tuned for more details on what’s happening out in Rio Rancho.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Irish Red, Friar Bacon’s Mild, Gee-Eyed (Dry Irish) Stout, Wrinkled Kilt. The Irish Red has arrived, ending the run of the Toro Blanco White IPA. The Friar Bacon’s Mild is a modest dark ale. The Gee-Eyed (4% ABV, 40 IBU) is a classic Irish dry stout. The Wrinkled Kilt (5.6% ABV) is a Scottish export that debuted recently. Pucker Up, a strawberry sour, is available.

News: Next up, watch out for an Imperial Gose.

Events: The next Thursday at the Brewer’s Table is set for April 23. It will feature a collaboration with Duel! We love collaborations.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

Beers: Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Goya (Imperial Stout), Talbeaux 15 (Barrel-Aged Brett Pale Ale), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Irish Red. The Tableaux 15 and Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. If you like your beers big, Duel has you covered. Dark Ryder and Tititan check in at 11-percent ABV, while Goya (15.9% ABV) is an absolute monster of a beer. You can buy Goya in bottles at the brewery or down in ABQ at Jubilation.

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

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Belgian Strong Ale, Black IPA, Hefeweizen, Chicken Killer Barley Wine, Irish Red Ale. The second beer in the new Ever Changing Series is Belgian Strong Ale (9.6% ABV), which debuted recently to much acclaim from Luke, our Santa Fe writer. 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 Irish Red is 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. Here are all the details that Luke could find. It sounds promising.

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

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

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Jordy’s Irish Red, Imperial Stout, U2 Dry Stout, Red Comet, Tres Equis Lager, Halifax Strong Pale Ale, Bastogne Bitter, Brown Ale, Ringwood Red, ESB. The Tres Equis, Halifax, ESB, and Ringwood Red are back, but more new beers have arrived as it’s Irish Month at Second Street. Jordy’s Irish Red, Imperial Stout, U2 Dry Stout, and Red Comet are all on tap. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: Cask ‘n Curry is back Thursday night at the main location. U2 Irish Stout will be the featured beer.

Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Pollo Frito plays Friday and E. Christina Herr & Wild Frontier perform Saturday. Swing Soleil will be at the Railyard location Friday and The Bill Hearne Trio performs Saturday.

This Sunday at the Railyard, a portion of the proceeds from food sales will go to Whole Planet Foundation. There will be a silent auction and Ben Wright will perform from 3 to 7 p.m.

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

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

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: Venom IPA, English Porter, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hellesmarzen, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Swartzbar Black Lager, Hose Company 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 beer on tap is the Red Lager. Other recent additions are the Irish Stout, which came in third in our Stout Challenge, and Black Lager. Also of note are the 790 IPA (7% ABV), while the Zia Pilsner (5.25% ABV) is done in the German style. The Venom IPA (8.2% ABV) is the biggest beer on tap, as the name might imply. The Hellesmarzen is another recent addition.

Events: Tonight (Wednesday) is Open Mic Night hosted by Johnny Dean starting at 6 p.m. There will be food and drink specials.

Sabinal Sisters will perform Saturday at 7 p.m.

Socorro’s first St. Paddy’s Day Shindig will be this Saturday, featuring beers from Twisted Chile and other New Mexico breweries.

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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

Canteen isn't the only place with an awesome Irish Red on tap today, but you should still probably start here.

Canteen isn’t the only place with an awesome Irish Red on tap today, but you could still probably start here. (And yes, that’s an old, stock photo we had in the archives. You can tell by the IV coaster.)

As New Mexico basks in the glory of some truly amazing weather outside and Bosque Brewing’s Scale Tipper winning the Brewing News National IPA Challenge on Monday night, truly spring has sprung when everyone wears green and pretends to be Irish for a day. Ah, yes, St. Patrick’s Day, one of the major drinking holidays of the year, along with Cinco de Mayo, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Memorial Day, the 4th of July … yeah, we’ve got a few of those days here in America.

Like it or think it’s too cheesy, St. Patrick’s Day is here. So go eat some corned beef and cabbage for the one time you do every year, down a shot of Jameson’s in honor of your late grandfather, and if you must, imbibe in some Irish-made brews. We would rather support local, however, so instead here is a list of what special Irish-style beers and other shenanigans are going on at the breweries along the I-25 corridor. If a place is not listed below, they do not have an Irish-style beer or a special event today.

Bosque: There will be an Irish Red and an Irish Dry Stout, both new to the lineup, on tap at all three locations — the original brewery on San Mateo, the Nob Hill Public House, and the Las Cruces taproom.

Boxing Bear: You can get the new Red Knuckle Irish Red on regular CO2 or on nitro this week. Plus, it will be the featured cask on Friday, aged with French oak. Hey, St. Patty’s Day doesn’t have to stop when Tuesday ends.

Canteen: As it often is, Irish Red is on tap. But it’s pretty much the best of the style we’ve had around town. Guess we’ll have to buckle down and do another Irish Red Challenge this year just to make sure. Oh, darn.

Chama River: The CR Irish Social isn’t until March 26, but in the meantime there’s Irish Red and O’Hoolihan’s Irish Stout there to drink up.

Kaktus: At the brewery, there will be a special food truck present serving up corned beef and cabbage dinners, plus live music with Red Light Ramblers. It’s all nice and free, too. But if you can’t make it up to Bernalillo, Kaktus is the host brewery for the giant St. Patrick’s Day at ABQ Rail Yards. You can still buy tickets at the door for that huge event. There will be beer and food, live music, dancers, and a whole lot more.

Marble: The wonderful Paddy McNitro will be released again today at all three locations (downtown, Westside, Santa Fe). The tapping will be at noon downtown, with live music at night from Crazy Fool and Mondo Vibrations going from 6 to 9 p.m. TFK Smokehouse will be on hand serving up some specials, including smoked bangers and mash with stout gravy, beer battered fish ‘n chips, and The Dubliner. On the Westside, Joe Sausage will provide the food and Mar Ata will perform on stage from 6 to 9.

Nexus: I may update this if I find anything on the menu at lunch that’s new, but otherwise you’ll just have to “settle” for the great food that’s already there and, oh, yeah, there’s an Irish Red here, too.

Stumbling Steer: They have corned beer and cabbage dinners for $11.95. There will be some drink specials as well.

Tractor: Wells Park will be home to The Green Room: Market and Mixer. There will be music, live art, poetry, a merchandise giveaway, vendors, beer specials, and a whole lot more. The fun kicks off at 6 p.m.

Turtle Mountain: There will be corned beef and cabbage, shepherds pie, and Irish stew to keep you full, and the usual beer lineup to quench your thirst.

Blue Corn: They have an Irish Red as well to go with the Gee-Eyed Stout, which is in the Irish dry stout style. Oh, and there is a full menu for the day, with Cheddar Brocoli Ale Soup (made with Atalaya Amber), Shepherd’s Pie Potato Skins, Corned Beef Sandwich, Corned Beef Dinner, and Irish Chocolate Cake for dessert made with the stout plus Jameson’s and Bailey’s chocolate custard. Dear lord. Somebody box that up and send it to me. I work till 8 p.m. tomorrow!

Duel: What, they broke away from the Belgian theme? Yeah, there’s an Irish Red on tap here, too. Plus Beef Irish Stew and Irish Soda Bread, and Edmund Gorman will provide the music from 6 to 9 p.m.

Santa Fe: It’s just a regular old day at the brewery, but if you want your Irish fix in a convenient take-home form, don’t forget to snag a sixer of Irish Red at your favorite store.

Second Street: The Jordy’s Irish Red and U2 Dry Stout are both on tap. Food options will include corned beef and cabbage, stout potato cheddar soup, lamb shepherd’s pie, a vegetarian/gluten-free shepherd’s pie, and more. The ABQ & 4 Corners Pipe & Drums Band will perform from 4:30 to 6:30, followed by Gunsels from 7 to 9 p.m.

Twisted Chile: Pints of K.C.’s Traditional Irish Stout will be just $2. Live Celtic session music will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Plus, there may be a special dessert provided by Sweet Occasions Bakery.

If we hear of any additional special beers or events going on around town, we will let you know. Just remember, since this is one of the biggest drinking days of the year, be extra careful getting home. Don’t take any risks, call a cab or Uber or a sober friend or whatever you need to do to get home safe. This is a day to celebrate life, right?

Slainte!

— Stoutmeister (and for the record, I am at least part Irish, right, Great Grandpa Sullivan of County Cork?)

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.

First up, dear lord I am tired this Tuesday night. Please, everyone, remind me next year to not cover the 8 a.m. high school basketball game at The Pit and then still work at my other job til 8 p.m. I am no longer equipped for 12-hour work days. Unless I’m doing something like brewing, but that’s it. So, yeah, if there are a bunch of typos or missing stuff below, now you know why.

Anyway, back to beer. So it’s time for another Thursday at the Brewer’s Table at Blue Corn up in Santa Fe, only this one is a little more special than most. Blue Corn is celebrating brewer James Warren’s one-year anniversary with a special four-course, beer-paired meal of total awesomeness. So while some of us will be praying for something decent in the hospitality room at the Star Center, those of you in Santa Fe or those who wish to drive up will get to enjoy the following: Passed Hors D’oeuvres with Imperial Gose; Black Lip Mussels with Roadrunner IPA; Steak Island with Russian Imperial Stout; Salted Cashew Torte with Barleywine. That is the last of the available RIS and Barleywine, plus it will offer patrons their first taste of the Imperial Gose before it goes on tap for the general public to enjoy. The event kicks off at 6 p.m., costs $45, and reservations are highly recommended. Call Blue Corn at (505) 438-1800 to secure your spot(s). And cheers to you, James! Thank you for all the great beers you have brewed. If I am conscious enough to risk it come Thursday night, I will endeavor to sneak down to The Draft Station ABQ and enjoy one of your creations. (I’m just worried I might fall asleep in my beer.)

On the new beer front, there are a few new ones worth checking out around town. Bosque has Riverbank Brown down at the Nob Hill Public House. Boxing Bear is defying the season with Bearzen. Broken Bottle brought back a fan favorite in Stinky Pinky, a grapefruit hefeweizen. Chama River is sticking with the March holiday theme with O’Houlihan’s Irish Stout. La Cumbre brought the Imperial Red Ryeot to bear. Lizard Tail is going big with a Belgian Tripel, plus a smaller Gratzer and White (Wheat). Nexus flies in with Make It So, Marzen. Turtle Mountain has taken a trip back in time with Mr. Hoover’s Steam, just in time for their upcoming 16th anniversary party.

Up in Santa Fe, it’s pretty quiet this week, though Second Street has Halifax Strong Pale Ale.

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 March 9.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year, ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: California Common, Belgian Dark, Belgian Wit, Latir Pale Ale. In case you missed it, we interviewed BADH’s new brewer, Brandon Venaglia. There are some exciting times coming, including a possible expansion. I ran into Brandon recently while beer shopping and learned that the new Latir Pale Ale was made with Latir hops given to him by the monks from Abbey Brewing in Abiquiu. Gotta love it when one brewery helps another. Look for another batch of Ladron’s Peak in the near future, too.

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

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: Old School Session IPA, Crystal Single Hop Pale Ale, Tandem Ryder Double Pale Ale, Wake Up and Smell the Stout, Slack Jaw Imperial Porter (Nob Hill only), Humo Rojo (San Mateo and Las Cruces), Scale Tipper IPA (San Mateo and Las Cruces), Riverbank Brown (Nob Hill only). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. Wake Up (5.6% ABV, 16 IBU) is a coffee stout that we all really need to try. It’s on nitro at the original San Mateo brewery. The Old School (4.7% ABV, 60 IBU) is a mild little delight. The Humo Rojo (5.7% ABV, 16 IBU) is a smoke bomb and a half. Slack Jaw (8.8% ABV, 45 IBU) is a monstrous delight; it’s on nitro at Nob Hill. The Crystal Single Hop (5.6% ABV, 30 IBU) is fairly new, while the Scale Tipper (6.4% ABV, 95 IBU) is back for another run. Riverbank Brown is the newest seasonal. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations.

News: 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) Sucker Punch DIPA, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Black Eye-PA, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, Bearzen. New to taps this week, defying its autumn-only status, is Bearzen, Boxing Bear’s take on a traditional German marzen. The Body Czech 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 Super Bowl this past Sunday. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Iron Lung Smoked Porter (6.1% ABV) and Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) went on tap recently. The Black Eye-PA (6.2% ABV) is a hoppy yet malty black IPA. A recent addition to taps is the Sucker Punch (8.5% ABV, 125+ IBU), which as the name might imply could leave you on the floor if you’re careful.

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: Cracked Cork Barley Wine, End of Days Tripel, Twig and Berries Sahti, Tom Selleck Ale, Rip Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Nacho Brau, Coco-Cabana Coconut Porter, Honey Pot Sour Ale, Stinky Pinky. The Stinky Pinky, a grapefruit hefeweizen, is back for another run by popular demand. The Coco-Cabana and Honey Pot are recent additions. Curious about Twig and Berries? A Sahti is a Finnish style of beer using some unique grains as well as juniper berries. If you’re one of the lucky few to not be allergic to junipers, have at it! The Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.

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

B3 shows The Walking Dead every Sunday at 7 p.m. and Better Call Saul every Monday at 8 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Sasquatch Scotch, Kentucky Common, Black Rye PA, Opal Esteem, Cantenator Doppelbock, The Other Red, Edel Helles. This year’s edition of Solstice Blackout has ended. Hurry over before the remaining Solstice beers — Sasquatch (8% ABV, 26 IBU) and Black Rye PA (7% ABV, 50 IBU) — run out. The Kentucky Common (5.4% ABV, 24 IBU) is a fairly recent addition. The Opal Esteem (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU) is a traditional steam-style beer brewed with German Opal hops. The Cantenator (7% ABV, 20 IBU) and Other Red (5.6% ABV, 26 IBU) are fairly new additions, but the newest guy on tap is Edel Helles (5% ABV, 18 IBU), a light, sweet little beer to start your day or night off right. For those panicking about missing out on Exodus, fear not, it will be back in about a week or so.

News: The last barrel-aged beer in the back, waiting to be tapped, is American Stock Ale in rum barrels.

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), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: O’Houlihan’s Irish Stout, Irish Red, Hank (Nut Brown), Kissy Face Chocolate Cherry Wheat. The Kissy Face (6% ABV, 22 IBU) was made for Valentine’s Day. It has a healthy amount of dark cherry puree and cocoa nibs in the mix. All of you Better Call Saul fans drank up the Saul-utations IPL. To kick off March, Chama’s delicious Irish Red is on tap again. This is always a seasonal standout. The new O’Houlihan’s (4.5% ABV, 20 IBU) will also help get you in the Irish frame of mind. Just don’t go throwing any wrenches at dodgeball players after drinking it.

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 Lager, Honk If You’re …, ESB, Amber, IPA, I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout, Czech Pilsner, Brunette. The Helles Lager made its return recently. The regular IPA is back and has been joined by Honk If You’re …, a British-style mild ale. I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout is Kaktus’ first barrel-aged beer. A bunch of the Crew gathered at Kaktus recently and the Brunette, a sweet, nutty brown ale, was a big hit with all of us. We gotta say, Kaktus is getting pretty good at naming their beers. 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.

Kaktus is also one of the sponsors of a huge upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Railyards. You can find tickets and more info at the official website. It runs from 4 to 10 p.m. on March 17 and will feature beer, food trucks, music, dancers, and more.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Azacca Pale Ale, Simcoe Pale Ale, Bohemian from Burque, Hell Froze Over, Imperial Red Ryeot. The Azacca was the newest beer on tap until Imperial Red Ryeot (9% ABV, 100 IBU) debuted Tuesday night on tap and in bombers for sale at the brewery and places like Jubilation. The Simcoe Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 37 IBU) is still hanging around. A recent addition to taps is the Bohemian from Burque (5.7% ABV, 45 IBU), a Bohemian-style pilsner. Hell Froze Over (5.5% ABV, 30 IBU), La Cumbre’s take on a brown ale, is back for 2015. Though it is not on tap, you can buy bombers of Tres Padres, La Cumbre’s first Belgian-style Tripel, at the brewery. 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: Quality Retreads perform 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.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Whiptail Weisse, Bluetail Blonde, Horned Honey Pale, Reptilian IPA, Chameleon Amber, Basilisk Brown, Sanddigger Dubbel, Desert Night India Black Ale, Black Bearded Rye Stout, Smoot-tailed Oatmeal Stout, Prairie Lizard Porter, Biscochito Brown, Belgian Strong Dark, Belgian Abbey, ESB, Belgian Tripel, Gratzer, White. Brace yourselves for the hefty new Belgian Tripel (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU). The new Gratzer (3.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is an oak-smoked wheat beer, while the White (4.7% ABV, 18 IBU) has hints of citrus, banana, Noble hops, and chamomile. The ESB (6% ABV, 40 IBU), Belgian Abbey (7.1% ABV, 25 IBU) and the Belgian Dark Strong (9.7% ABV, 30 IBU) are other recent additions, as one can probably tell since they have yet to be given lizard-themed names like the rest of the lineup. So far Lizard Tail has shown themselves to be more malt-forward than hop-centric. The oatmeal stout and porter are solid, while the IBA has shown improvement since its debut.

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

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

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

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

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Nitro Sesh. Since the renovated taproom was reopened, the silky smooth little Sesh (4.4% ABV) was the only seasonal on tap, though that might and probably should change this week. When I get an update from Marble, you will see it here. The most recent quartet of seasonals — Double IPA, 2014 Imperial Stout, Belgian Quad, Imperial Red — may be available, all or some, at the Westside and Santa Fe taprooms, but call ahead to make sure they are there if you have a hankering for one or more. Anyway, this year’s batch of Imperial Stout (11% ABV) is a big, bold beast of a beer. If the bourbon flavor is too much, just let it warm for a bit and it will mellow out and the stout flavors will come forward. The hefty Quad (10.3% ABV) is a big old blast of Belgian bad-assery.

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

Island of Black & White performs tonight (Wednesday) from 5 to 8 p.m. at the downtown pub. If you miss them, there will be a second performance at the Westside Taproom on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Jill Cohn also performs at the Westside Taproom on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Blue Hornets & Crazy Fool will then take the stage on St. Patrick’s Day downtown from 6 to 9 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Warp 10 Golden Strong, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Make It So, Marzen. New this week is the Make It So, Marzen, which might seem out of season, but in my personal opinion, quality German beers are year-round treats. The Blackberry Hefeweizen should have you pining for summer in no time. The 2015 batch of Beam Me Up Scottish is no more, sadly. Another fairly recent addition to taps is the Warp 10 Golden Strong, an English-style golden ale.

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

Nexus has always hosted viewing parties for The Walking Dead in the community room, where you can also play Walking Dead pinball. The show is back this Sunday at 7 p.m. We’re guessing they will keep the TV on AMC for Better Call Saul on Mondays, too.

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: PiPA, West Coast Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Peppermint Porter, Pumpkin Abbey Ale. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food. The PiPA will now be a regular beer, replacing the Unchallenged IPA. The scrumptious Bourbon Vanilla Porter is back, replacing the Robust Porter. Recent additions to tap are the Peppermint Porter and Pumpkin Abbey Ale, while a fresh batch of ESB is on tap as well.

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) Dunkelblitzen, Nikolaus Spiced Lager, Imperial Sawmill Stout, The Dark Demon ICDA, The Brauny Bavarian, Smoky the Beer, Ella Single Hop Pale Ale. 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 to taps is Smoky the Beer (6.2% ABV, 40 IBU), a smoked porter. It should go well with that new meat smoker they have in the kitchen. The Dark Demon (8% ABV, 110 IBU) is an imperial Cascadian dark ale (basically a black IPA), and it is a devilish delight. The Nikolaus (5.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Weihnachtsbier, a traditional Bavarian dark lager brewed for the holidays. Brace yourselves for the Imperial Sawmill Stout (8.2% ABV, 65 IBU). The Brauny Bavarian (5.2% ABV, 15 IBU), a dunkelweizen, sticks with the German theme. New to taps is the Ella (5% ABV, 35 IBU), made with a special Australian hop, the latest in their single-hop series.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m. to midnight, Fri–Sun noon to midnight)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Stormtrooper Imperial IPA, O.D.B. (Oaked Dark Belgian), Watership Brown. The first Red Door seasonal, Strong Scotch Ale, has finally run out. Sniff. To the rescue for all malt lovers comes Watership Brown, which won ABQ Beer’s holiday brewing competition. It’s a tasty delight, the kind of beer you can just enjoy slowly over the course of a lazy afternoon or evening. Red Door still has Stormtrooper (8.4% ABV, 110 IBU), the biggest beer they have brewed to date, for all you hopheads. The O.D.B. is quite a treat as well. The Trappe Door Wheat, a Belgian-style if you couldn’t guess by the name, replaces the Trapdoor Wheat in the regular lineup.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new weekday schedule for the winter months as they will now open at 2 p.m. instead of noon. Weekend hours remain the same.

Events: Red Door has embraced the video game culture with those old Nintendo systems they have hooked up in their taproom. Now they go a step further by hosting a Call of Duty: Ghosts tournament tonight (Wednesday). For more info, click here.

Tiffany Christopher will perform at Red Door on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

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 and a bit of English football on the telly.

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: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.

News: Congrats to SCG on sweeping all three medals in the mead category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am, while also claiming a silver medal for Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Bang Up Blonde, Hefferweizen, Pig Sticker Pale, Iron Horse IPA, Rawhide Red, Boneyard Brown, Hop Trough (Double IPA), Soiled Dove (Imperial Stout), Black IPA. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Black IPA is the current seasonal beer, plus there are often one or two cask beers.

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: Double Sickle DIPA, Turkey Drool, Luna de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout (Wells Park only), Ebony & Ivory (Wells Park only), Wonder Weisse (Nob Hill only), Half Acre Hefe (Nob Hill only). Tractor has revamped their beer list and pricing system. All of the Tractor Classics — Farmer’s Tan Red, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, Almanac IPA, Sodbuster Pale Ale, Haymaker Honey What, plus now Pilsner #15, Mustachio Milk Stout, and Apple Hard Cider — are priced at $4 apiece ($3 for Beer Farmer’s Co-op members). All seasonal/specialty beers will now be $5 ($4 for members). Just about everyone in town has slightly increased prices in the past four months, but an extra 50 cents or a dollar shouldn’t bankrupt anyone, right? Anyway, on the seasonal front, the 2015 batch of Luna (8% ABV) is a dark delight, loaded with flavor and decadently smooth. We love us some Turkey Drool (8% ABV) any time of year. It’s a brown ale with all sorts of holiday-themed spices and other added ingredients. This year’s batch is arguably the best yet. The wonderful Lauren Poole also showed us that if you mix the Drool with Mustachio to create Turkey Milk, it’s absolutely stupendous. The Double Sickle DIPA (7.6% ABV, 110 IBU) is not an overwhelming hop bomb, but has a nice malty backbone to balance itself out. The Ebony & Ivory (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is a “pale stout,” made with pale malt, pale chocolate malt, and caramel malt. It smells like a stout, but tastes like something a little different.

News: There are a slew of new beers set to debut in the coming weeks. While we were brewing at Tractor last week, brewer David Hargis shared a wonderful new IPA and a dry cider with us. And those are just the tip of the iceberg. Oh, yeah, and he has a whole bunch of beers aging in barrels in the brewery. Good beer times are coming!

Events: Art Fusion For a Cause is back at Wells Park tonight (Wednesday) at 8 p.m.

Eryn Bent will perform for Solos on the Hill tonight (Wednesday) at Nob Hill starting at 8:30 p.m.

The SCXSW Tour will hit Wells Park on Friday as Luckyiam performs starting at 9 p.m.

This Saturday features the In the Mix series with Cloudface spinning at 9 p.m. at Wells Park.

Lucy LaForge will stop by Wells Park on Sunday en route to SXSW in Austin. She will perform starting at 4 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day at Wells Park will be special for many reasons this coming Tuesday. The GREEN Room: St. Patrick’s Day Market and Mixer will feature vendors, artists, a poetry showcase, live music, beer specials, and more. It all kicks off at 6 p.m. and will go to at least midnight.

Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity.

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

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Mr. Hoover’s Steam, Phantom Sun Pale Ale, Marzen, Second Street’s Berliner Weisse (guest tap). 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 newer beers here are the Marzen and the special guest tap, Second Street’s Berliner Weisse. The Phantom Sun (4.8% ABV) is a tart little sucker. The Mr. Hoover’s Steam is an old recipe that’s being brought back for the upcoming 16th anniversary celebration. Tim said one or more classics will also be making a brief return soon.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Toro Blanco White DIPA, Friar Bacon’s Mild, Gee-Eyed (Dry Irish) Stout, Wrinkled Kilt. The Toro Blanco White DIPA (9.1% ABV, 100+ IBU) is not to be taken lightly. The Friar Bacon’s Mild is a modest dark ale. The Gee-Eyed (4% ABV, 40 IBU) is a classic Irish dry stout. The Wrinkled Kilt (5.6% ABV) is a Scottish export that debuted recently. Pucker Up, a strawberry sour, will debut later this week. The Barleywine, sadly, has run out. Next up, watch out for an Imperial Gose.

Events: The next Thursday at the Brewers’s Table is this week. It’s explained in detail in our introduction above.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

Beers: Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Goya (Imperial Stout), Talbeaux 15 (Barrel-Aged Brett Pale Ale), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour). The Tableaux 15 and Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. If you like your beers big, Duel has you covered. Dark Ryder and Tititan check in at 11-percent ABV, while Goya (15.9% ABV) is an absolute monster of a beer. You can buy Goya in bottles at the brewery or down in ABQ at Jubilation.

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

Live music is back at Duel. Island of Black & White will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. Edmund Gorman will then perform at 7 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Belgian Strong Ale, Black IPA, Deviator Doppelbock, Chicken Killer Barley Wine, Irish Red Ale. The second beer in the new Ever Changing Series is Belgian Strong Ale (9.6% ABV), which debuted recently to much acclaim from Luke, our Santa Fe writer. 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 Irish Red is 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. Here are all the details that Luke could find. It sounds promising.

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

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

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Tres Equis Lager, Halifax Strong Pale Ale, Bastogne Bitter, Brown Ale, Ringwood Red, ESB. The Tres Equis, Halifax, ESB, and Ringwood Red are back, but more new beers are coming as it’s Irish Month at Second Street. Jordy’s Irish Red, Imperial Stout, U2 Dry Stout, and Red Comet are all on deck. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Alpha Cats play Friday and Ometcetera performs Saturday. Blues Revue will be at the Railyard location Friday and Broomdust Caravan performs Saturday.

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

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

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Venom IPA, English Porter, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hellesmarzen, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Swartzbar Black Lager, Apricot Wheat. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ‘em. The newest beer on tap is the Apricot Wheat. Other recent additions are the Irish Stout, which came in third in our Stout Challenge, and Black Lager. Also of note are the 790 IPA (7% ABV), while the Zia Pilsner (5.25% ABV) is done in the German style. The Venom IPA (8.2% ABV) is the biggest beer on tap, as the name might imply. The Hellesmarzen is new to taps this week.

Events: Tonight (Wednesday) is Open Mic Night hosted by Johnny Dean starting at 6 p.m. There will be food and drink specials.

Steve and Martha Cather will perform Saturday evening.

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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.

Much like the 12-hour blizzard-of-doom, the short stretch of days without more beer releases is quickly coming to an end. There will also be some upcoming some mountaintop festivals, Blues & Brews tickets are now on sale … dare I say it? Spring is here, people. And it is a good season for beer. First up, today (Wednesday) is the Single Barrel Sour release at Santa Fe Brewing. The latest entry in the Los Innovadores series will be tapped and bottled at the SFBC taproom. If sours aren’t your thing, you can wait till this coming Tuesday when La Cumbre will unleash Imperial Red Ryeot at the brewery. It will be on tap (confirmed by LCBC) as well as for sale in bombers. And further down the line, Marble is bringing Paddy McNitro, their Irish dry stout, back to tap on St. Patrick’s Day. How festive. We’ll have more on that event as we get closer to the annual day where everyone claims to be Irish. In the meantime, if you like to mix beer drinking and skiing (hopefully not in that order), you can head up to Pajarito Mountain for Skiesta on Saturday, March 14. Marble, Second Street, Santa Fe, Bosque, and Taos Mesa will be pouring beers as part of that day’s festivities. If you’re too busy with the state high school basketball tournament that weekend (that’s probably just me, but hey, a man has to earn copious amounts of beer money), you can wait til March 21 for the Spring Brewmasters Festival at Taos Ski Valley. There will be about 10 breweries, but no list is available yet. So don’t go saying there’s nothing to do besides just drink the same old beers at the same old places!

On the new beer front, there are a few new ones worth checking out around town. Back Alley has rolled out a Belgian Dark and Belgian Wit, plus a new Latir Pale Ale. The California Commons was out at the start of the week, but should be back before the weekend. Broken Bottle has Coco-Cabana Coconut Porter and Honey Pot Sour Ale now on tap. Canteen is mellowing out with some Edel Helles. Chama River is kicking off March with their Irish Red. Marble will have a Hoppy Lager and a Nitro Session when the downtown taproom reopens this weekend. Ponderosa’s latest single-hop pale ale is Ella, made with an Australian hop. Turtle Mountain tapped a Marzen and has a guest tap of Second Street’s Berliner Weisse.

Up in Santa Fe, it’s pretty quiet this week, though Second Street has fresh ESB and the Ringwood Red. Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile has a new Hellesmarzen, fusing two German styles into one.

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 March 2.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year, ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: California Common, Belgian Dark, Belgian Wit, Latir Pale Ale. In case you missed it, we interviewed BADH’s new brewer, Brandon Venaglia. There are some exciting times coming, including a possible expansion. I ran into Brandon the other day while beer shopping and learned that the new Latir Pale Ale was made with Latir hops given to him by the monks from Abbey Brewing in Abiquiu. Gotta love it when one brewery helps another. The California Common was out at the start of the week, but a fresh batch will be on tap by the weekend.

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

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: Old School Session IPA, Crystal Single Hop Pale Ale, Humo Rojo, Tandem Ryder Double Pale Ale, Wake Up and Smell the Stout (Nob Hill and Las Cruces), Slack Jaw Imperial Porter (San Mateo and Nob Hill), Scale Tipper IPA (San Mateo and Las Cruces). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. Wake Up (5.6% ABV, 16 IBU) is a coffee stout that we all really need to try. The Old School (4.7% ABV, 60 IBU) is a mild little delight. The Humo Rojo (5.7% ABV, 16 IBU) is a smoke bomb and a half. Slack Jaw (8.8% ABV, 45 IBU) is a monstrous delight; it’s on nitro at the brewery and should be on nitro at Nob Hill by week’s end. The Crystal Single Hop (5.6% ABV, 30 IBU) is new, while the Scale Tipper (6.4% ABV, 95 IBU) is back for another run. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations.

News: 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) Sucker Punch DIPA, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Black Eye-PA, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner. The new Body Czech 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 Super Bowl this past Sunday. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Iron Lung Smoked Porter (6.1% ABV) and Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) went on tap recently. The Black Eye-PA (6.2% ABV) is a hoppy yet malty black IPA. New to taps is the Sucker Punch (8.5% ABV, 125+ IBU), which as the name might imply could leave you on the floor if you’re careful.

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.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Cracked Cork Barley Wine, End of Days Tripel, Twig and Berries Sahti, Tom Selleck Ale, Rip Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Nacho Brau, Coco-Cabana Coconut Porter, Honey Pot Sour Ale. The Coco-Cabana and Honey Pot are the newcomers. Curious about Twig and Berries? A Sahti is a Finnish style of beer using some unique grains as well as juniper berries. If you’re one of the lucky few to not be allergic to junipers, have at it! The Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.

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

B3 shows The Walking Dead every Sunday at 7 p.m. and Better Call Saul every Monday at 8 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Sasquatch Scotch, Kentucky Common, Black Rye PA, Opal Esteem, Cantenator Doppelbock, The Other Red, Edel Helles. This year’s edition of Solstice Blackout has ended. Hurry over before the remaining Solstice beers — Sasquatch (8% ABV, 26 IBU) and Black Rye PA (7% ABV, 50 IBU) — run out. The Kentucky Common (5.4% ABV, 24 IBU) is a fairly recent addition. The Opal Esteem (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU) is a traditional steam-style beer brewed with German Opal hops. The Cantenator (7% ABV, 20 IBU) and Other Red (5.6% ABV, 26 IBU) are fairly new additions, but the newest guy on tap is Edel Helles (5% ABV, 18 IBU), a light, sweet little beer to start your day or night off right. For those panicking about missing out on Exodus, fear not, it will be back in about two weeks.

News: The last barrel-aged beer in the back, waiting to be tapped, is American Stock Ale in rum barrels.

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), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Guero IPA, Irish Red, Hank (Nut Brown), Kissy Face Chocolate Cherry Wheat. The Kissy Face (6% ABV, 22 IBU) was made for Valentine’s Day. It has a healthy amount of dark cherry puree and cocoa nibs in the mix. All of you Better Call Saul fans drank up the Saul-utations IPL. To kick off March, Chama’s delicious Irish Red is on tap again. This is always a seasonal standout.

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 Lager, Honk If You’re …, ESB, Amber, IPA, I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout, Czech Pilsner, Brunette. The Helles Lager made its return recently. The regular IPA is back and has been joined by Honk If You’re …, a British-style mild ale. I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout is Kaktus’ first barrel-aged beer. A bunch of the Crew gathered at Kaktus recently and the Brunette, a sweet, nutty brown ale, was a big hit with all of us. We gotta say, Kaktus is getting pretty good at naming their beers. 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.

Kaktus is also one of the sponsors of a huge upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Railyards. You can find tickets and more info at the official website. It runs from 4 to 10 p.m. on March 17 and will feature beer, food trucks, music, dancers, and more.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Azacca Pale Ale, Simcoe Pale Ale, Bohemian from Burque, La Llorona Baltic Porter, Hell Froze Over. The Azacca replaced the Munchener Dunkel last Friday. Brandon and I enjoyed the outstanding La Llorona Baltic Porter (8.9% ABV, 45 IBU). The Simcoe Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 37 IBU) is still hanging around. A recent addition to taps is the Bohemian from Burque (5.7% ABV, 45 IBU), a Bohemian-style pilsner. Hell Froze Over (5.5% ABV, 30 IBU), La Cumbre’s take on a brown ale, is back for 2015. Though it is not on tap, you can buy bombers of Tres Padres, La Cumbre’s first Belgian-style Tripel, at the brewery. 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: Anthony Leon and the Chain perform Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

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

The Imperial Red Ryeot release party is this coming Tuesday. We’ll share more details on our Facebook site as we get closer to the event.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

Beers: Whiptail Weisse, Bluetail Blonde, Horned Honey Pale, Reptilian IPA, Chameleon Amber, Basilisk Brown, Sanddigger Dubbel, Desert Night India Black Ale, Black Bearded Rye Stout, Smoot-tailed Oatmeal Stout, Prairie Lizard Porter, Biscochito Brown, Belgian Strong Dark, Belgian Abbey, ESB. Lizard Tail is up to 15 beers with a new ESB (6% ABV, 40 IBU). The Belgian Abbey (7.1% ABV, 25 IBU) and the Belgian Dark Strong (9.7% ABV, 30 IBU) are other recent additions, as one can probably tell since they have yet to be given lizard-themed names like the rest of the lineup. So far Lizard Tail has shown themselves to be more malt-forward than hop-centric. The oatmeal stout and porter are solid, while the IBA has shown improvement since its debut.

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

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

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

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

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: There are no seasonals being poured on the patio at the Downtown Pub during renovations (see below for a link with more details). Only classics like the Pilsner, Amber, Wildflower Wheat, IPA, Red, and Double White are currently available. The Oatmeal Stout is not yet available on the patio. Take note that when the weather is too cold outside, they are frequently pouring beers in the back of the brewery. Check Marble’s Facebook and Twitter pages daily for details. The most recent quartet of seasonals — Double IPA, 2014 Imperial Stout, Belgian Quad, Imperial Red — may be available, all or some, at the Westside and Santa Fe taprooms, but call ahead to make sure they are there if you have a hankering for one or more. Anyway, this year’s batch of Imperial Stout (11% ABV) is a big, bold beast of a beer. If the bourbon flavor is too much, just let it warm for a bit and it will mellow out and the stout flavors will come forward. It is still at the Westside Taproom. A recent addition to taps is a hefty Quad (10.3% ABV), a big old blast of Belgian bad-assery. Two new seasonal additions due out this weekend, according to brewer Josh Trujillo, are a Nitro Session Ale and Hoppy Lager.

News: So in case you missed it, the interior of the Downtown Pub will be closed until Friday to undergo a much-needed renovation. Until then, you can still drink beers fresh from taps on the patio (weather-permitting).

Events: Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (We are not sure if this is affected by the renovations or not.)

Happy Gland Band performs at the Westside Taproom on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. They will be followed by Pherkad on Saturday, also from 6 to 9.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Warp 10 Golden Strong, Beam Me Up Scottish, Blackberry Hefeweizen. New this week is the Blackberry Hefeweizen, which should have you pining for summer in no time. The 2015 batch of Beam Me Up (9.5% ABV, 32 IBU) uses the same malt bill as the first batch from three years ago, but with a modified hop mix. The result sets it apart from the first two versions. Go drink one before the supply runs out and pay tribute to the late, great Leonard Nimoy. Another fairly recent addition to taps is the Warp 10 Golden Strong, an English-style golden ale.

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

Nexus has always hosted viewing parties for The Walking Dead in the community room, where you can also play Walking Dead pinball. The show is back this Sunday at 7 p.m. We’re guessing they will keep the TV on AMC for Better Call Saul on Mondays, too.

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: PiPA, West Coast Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Peppermint Porter, Pumpkin Abbey Ale. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food. The PiPA will now be a regular beer, replacing the Unchallenged IPA. The scrumptious Bourbon Vanilla Porter is back, replacing the Robust Porter. Recent additions to tap are the Peppermint Porter and Pumpkin Abbey Ale, while a fresh batch of ESB is on tap as well.

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) Dunkelblitzen, Nikolaus Spiced Lager, Imperial Sawmill Stout, The Dark Demon ICDA, The Brauny Bavarian, Smoky the Beer, Ella Single Hop Pale Ale. 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 to taps is Smoky the Beer (6.2% ABV, 40 IBU), a smoked porter. It should go well with that new meat smoker they have in the kitchen. The Dark Demon (8% ABV, 110 IBU) is an imperial Cascadian dark ale (basically a black IPA), and it is a devilish delight. The Nikolaus (5.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Weihnachtsbier, a traditional Bavarian dark lager brewed for the holidays. Brace yourselves for the Imperial Sawmill Stout (8.2% ABV, 65 IBU). The Brauny Bavarian (5.2% ABV, 15 IBU), a dunkelweizen, sticks with the German theme. New to taps is the Ella (5% ABV, 35 IBU), made with a special Australian hop, the latest in their single-hop series.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m. to midnight, Fri–Sun noon to midnight)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Stormtrooper Imperial IPA, O.D.B. (Oaked Dark Belgian), Watership Brown. The first Red Door seasonal, Strong Scotch Ale, has finally run out. Sniff. To the rescue for all malt lovers comes Watership Brown, which won ABQ Beer’s holiday brewing competition. It’s a tasty delight, the kind of beer you can just enjoy slowly over the course of a lazy afternoon or evening. Red Door still has Stormtrooper (8.4% ABV, 110 IBU), the biggest beer they have brewed to date, for all you hopheads. The O.D.B. is quite a treat as well. The Trappe Door Wheat, a Belgian-style if you couldn’t guess by the name, replaces the Trapdoor Wheat in the regular lineup.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new weekday schedule for the winter months as they will now open at 2 p.m. instead of noon. Weekend hours remain the same.

Events: The Real Matt Jones will perform at Red Door on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

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 and a bit of English football on the telly.

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

This Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m., 15 percent of all taproom revenue will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There will also be a silent auction, live music, and a food truck.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.

News: Congrats to SCG on sweeping all three medals in the mead category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am, while also claiming a silver medal for Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Bang Up Blonde, Hefferweizen, Pig Sticker Pale, Iron Horse IPA, Rawhide Red, Boneyard Brown, Hop Trough (Double IPA), Soiled Dove (Imperial Stout), Black IPA. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Black IPA is the current seasonal beer, plus there are often one or two cask beers.

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: Little Red Rye-ding Hood, Winter Hop IPA, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Double Sickle DIPA, Luna de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout (Wells Park only), Ebony & Ivory (Wells Park only), Turkey Drool, Oxbow Scotch Ale, Wonder Weisse (Nob Hill only), Half Acre Hefe (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, Oxbow Scotch (7.7% ABV, 33 IBU) will be released at both locations this Friday. The 2015 batch of Luna (8% ABV), which debuted at WinterBrew, is a dark delight, loaded with flavor and decadently smooth. We love us some Turkey Drool (8% ABV) this time of year. It’s a brown ale with all sorts of holiday-themed spices and other added ingredients. This year’s batch is arguably the best yet. The wonderful Lauren Poole also showed us that if you mix the Drool with Mustachio to create Turkey Milk, it’s absolutely stupendous. The Little Red (5.8% ABV) has a malty rye kick and is still just $2 a pint. The Double Sickle DIPA (7.6% ABV, 110 IBU) is not an overwhelming hop bomb, but has a nice malty backbone to balance itself out. The Barn Burner (6% ABV, 52 IBU) is a bitter little pale ale that uses 40 pounds of El Dorado hops. The Ebony & Ivory (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is a “pale stout,” made with pale malt, pale chocolate malt, and caramel malt. It smells like a stout, but tastes like something a little different. The Winter Hop IPA (7% ABV) is back on tap.

News: Congrats to Tractor and their Mustachio Milk Stout, which won in the Best of Albuquerque competition from ABQ the Magazine. It may not be on tap but it is still for sale in cans just about everywhere.

Events: Kamikaze Karaoke takes over Wells Park tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m.

Eryn Bent will perform for Thirsty Thursday at Wells Park.

This Saturday features the In the Mix series with BuddhaFunk spinning at 9 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.

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

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Cafe Bella Coffee Porter, Phantom Sun Pale Ale, Marzen, Second Street’s Berliner Weisse (guest tap). 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 newer beers here are the Marzen and the special guest tap, Second Street’s Berliner Weisse. The Phantom Sun (4.8% ABV) is a tart little sucker, while the Cafe Bella has more than enough coffee kick to wake you up.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Toro Blanco White DIPA, Friar Bacon’s Mild, Gee-Eyed (Dry Irish) Stout, Wrinkled Kilt, Barleywine. The Toro Blanco White DIPA (9.1% ABV, 100+ IBU) is not to be taken lightly. The Friar Bacon’s Mild is a modest dark ale. The Gee-Eyed (4% ABV, 40 IBU) is a classic Irish dry stout. The Wrinkled Kilt (5.6% ABV) is a Scottish export that debuted recently. Pucker Up, a strawberry sour, will debut later this week. Barleywine debuted recently to plenty of acclaim from folks up in Santa Fe. Here’s hoping they send it our way via the Draft Station.

Events: The next Thursday at the Brewers’s Table will be on March 12. Stay tuned for more details, but we know it will be a four-course meal this time.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

Beers: Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Goya (Imperial Stout), Talbeaux 15 (Barrel-Aged Brett Pale Ale), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour). The Tableaux 15 and Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. If you like your beers big, Duel has you covered. Dark Ryder and Tititan check in at 11-percent ABV, while Goya (15.9% ABV) is an absolute monster of a beer. You can buy Goya in bottles at the brewery or down in ABQ at Jubilation.

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

After a quiet week, live music is back in droves at Duel. Magpie will perform tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay are back on Thursday at 7 p.m. And finally the trio of David Berkeley, Ben Wright and Josh Martin perform Friday at 7 p.m.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Belgian Strong Ale, Black IPA, Deviator Doppelbock, Chicken Killer Barley Wine, Irish Red Ale. The second beer in the new Ever Changing Series is Belgian Strong Ale (9.6% ABV), which debuted recently to much acclaim from Luke, our Santa Fe writer. The Kriek, which won a bronze medal at GABF this year, is on sale around the state in bombers, but supplies are low. A fresh batch of Chicken Killer is now available. The Irish Red is 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. Here are all the details that Luke could find. It sounds promising.

Another new beer on deck is the Single Barrel Sour, part of the Los Innovadores series (see our intro).

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, Tres Equis Lager, Outlier Special Bitter, Bastogne Bitter, Brown Ale, Ringwood Red, ESB. The Tres Equis, Outlier Special Bitter, ESB, and Ringwood Red are back, but more new beers are coming as it’s Irish Month at Second Street. Jordy’s Irish Red, Imperial Stout, U2 Dry Stout, and Red Comet are all on deck. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Pigment plays Friday and Eryn Bent performs Saturday. Alto Street Band will be at the Railyard location Friday and Jim Almand performs Saturday.

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

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

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Venom IPA, English Porter, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hellesmarzen, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Swartzbar Black Lager, Apricot Wheat. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ‘em. The newest beer on tap is the Apricot Wheat. Other recent additions are the Irish Stout, which came in third in our Stout Challenge, and Black Lager. Also of note are the 790 IPA (7% ABV), while the Zia Pilsner (5.25% ABV) is done in the German style. The Venom IPA (8.2% ABV) is the biggest beer on tap, as the name might imply. The Hellesmarzen is new to taps this week.

Events: Tonight (Wednesday) is Open Mic Night hosted by Johnny Dean starting at 6 p.m. There will be food and drink specials.

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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.

This is one of those rare weeks where there is no major beer release, beer/food pairing event, festival, or anything. It’s just a regular old week, albeit a stupidly cold one. Rather than join in with everyone else and gripe about the weather, I wanted to reflect on some stuff I brought up earlier this week in regards to what seemed to us to be declining attendance/interest in some of the recent special releases. While most of you chimed in that there is no such as too many bottle nights, one person dropped a (rather inflammatory) post in which he complained loudly about the concept of paying extra money for beer. The majority of you who follow our site responded that you will pay anything for good beer and this guy was crazy. The more I think about it, however, I wonder if he has a slight point. While there are many of us who love craft beer, especially our local breweries, there is a huge sea of casual beer drinkers/customers out there. These are often the folks who just show up at their one favorite place, rarely trying other joints, and frequently just order the same style over and over. Or they just pick up the same four- or six-pack at the store to take home. We should not dismiss them (they do outnumber us die-hard fans), but at the same time perhaps the specialty beer release nights are the way we separate the two groups. If a certain beer style (not IPAs) is released, it might not attract the attention of the casual folks. That could explain some of the recent downturn in crowd size for beers like Marble’s Imperial Red and Santa Fe’s Belgian Strong. Those are not “mainstream” styles. Perhaps that’s all this was, just a blip, not the beginning of a bad trend. Hey, we can hope, right?

(In a late update, his issue was less with price and more with the quality of the special release beers; that’s not a debate I’m looking to have with anyone. People’s beer tastes are often as intractable as their politics and preference for music. That being said, to hell with politics and listen to metal.)

On the new beer front, there are a few new ones worth checking out around town. Bosque says good morning with Wake Up and Smell the Stout. Boxing Bear is prepared to knock you flat with Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner. Canteen has run out of Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, but they tapped The Other Red and Cantenator Doppelbock to keep your malt fix going. La Cumbre now has Azacca Pale Ale. Red Door has tapped a home-brew-competition-winning recipe for Watership Brown. Tractor will release Oxbow Scotch Ale on Friday.

Up in Santa Fe, it’s pretty quiet this week, though we can confirm Second Street has Trebuchet IPA, Outlier Special Bitter, and Tres Equis Lager available.

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 Feb. 23.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year, ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Pre-Prohibition Malt Tonic, Poth’s Pilsner, Ladron’s Con Fuego, Back Alley Red, California Common, Soroche IPA. In case you missed it, we interviewed BADH’s new brewer, Brandon Venaglia. There are some exciting times coming, including a possible expansion. The Malt Tonic and Poth’s Pilsner are back after a short absence.

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

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)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Old School Session IPA, Crystal Single Hop Pale Ale, Humo Rojo, Tandem Ryder Double Pale Ale, Wake Up and Smell the Stout (Nob Hill only), Slack Jaw Imperial Porter (San Mateo and Nob Hill), Scale Tipper IPA (San Mateo and Las Cruces), Bosque Dark Lager (Las Cruces only). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. The Old School (4.7% ABV, 60 IBU) is a mild little delight. The Humo Rojo (5.7% ABV, 16 IBU) is a smoke bomb and a half. The Dark Lager (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is similar in profile to Durango Brewing’s standout flagship beer. Slack Jaw (8.8% ABV, 45 IBU) is a monstrous delight; it’s on nitro at the brewery and should be on nitro at Nob Hill by week’s end. The Crystal Single Hop (5.6% ABV, 30 IBU) is new, while the Scale Tipper (6.4% ABV, 95 IBU) is back for another run. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations.

News: 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) Sucker Punch DIPA, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Black Eye-PA, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner. The new Body Czech 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 Super Bowl this past Sunday. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Iron Lung Smoked Porter (6.1% ABV) and Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) went on tap recently. The Black Eye-PA (6.2% ABV) is a hoppy yet malty black IPA. New to taps is the Sucker Punch (8.5% ABV, 125+ IBU), which as the name might imply could leave you on the floor if you’re careful.

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: Cracked Cork Barley Wine, End of Days Tripel, Twig and Berries Sahti, Tom Selleck Ale, Rip Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Nacho Brau. Two old favorites are back in the burly Cracked Cork and End of Days. New to the menu is Twig and Berries. A Sahti is a Finnish style of beer using some unique grains as well as juniper berries. If you’re one of the lucky few to not be allergic to junipers, have at it! The Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.

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

B3 shows The Walking Dead every Sunday at 7 p.m. and Better Call Saul every Monday at 8 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Sasquatch Scotch, Kentucky Common, Black Rye PA, Opal Esteem, Exodus IPA, Cantenator Doppelbock, The Other Red. This year’s edition of Solstice Blackout has ended. Hurry over before the remaining Solstice beers — Sasquatch (8% ABV, 26 IBU) and Black Rye PA (7% ABV, 50 IBU) — run out. The Kentucky Common (5.4% ABV, 24 IBU) is a fairly recent addition. The Opal Esteem (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU) is a traditional steam-style beer brewed with German Opal hops. The Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout was wiped out in a hurry by all of you; good job, Burquenos. Another fan favorite, Exodus (7.7% ABV, 100+ IBU), is back for another run. The Cantenator (7% ABV, 20 IBU) and Other Red (5.6% ABV, 26 IBU) are new to the lineup this week.

News: The last barrel-aged beer in the back, waiting to be tapped, is American Stock Ale in rum barrels.

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), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Guero IPA, Saul-utations IPL, Hank (Nut Brown), Kissy Face Chocolate Cherry Wheat. The Kissy Face (6% ABV, 22 IBU) was made for Valentine’s Day. It has a healthy amount of dark cherry puree and cocoa nibs in the mix. Saul-utations (6.3% ABV, 35 IBU) was brewed in honor of the new hit TV series Better Call Saul, which filmed part of an episode at the Chama Microbar downtown. It is an India Pilsner Lager, making it a hybrid of a traditional pilsner lager and an IPA.

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 Lager, Honk If You’re …, ESB, Amber, IPA, I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout, Czech Pilsner, Brunette. The Helles Lager made its return recently. The regular IPA is back and has been joined by Honk If You’re …, a British-style mild ale. I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout is Kaktus’ first barrel-aged beer. A bunch of the Crew gathered at Kaktus recently and the Brunette, a sweet, nutty brown ale, was a big hit with all of us. We gotta say, Kaktus is getting pretty good at naming their beers. 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.

Kaktus is also one of the sponsors of a huge upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Railyards. You can find tickets and more info at the official website. It runs from 4 to 10 p.m. on March 17 and will feature beer, food trucks, music, dancers, and more.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Azacca Pale Ale, Simcoe Pale Ale, Bohemian from Burque, La Llorona Baltic Porter, Hell Froze Over. The Azacca replaced the Munchener Dunkel last Friday. Brandon and I enjoyed the outstanding La Llorona Baltic Porter (8.9% ABV, 45 IBU). The Simcoe Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 37 IBU) is still hanging around. A recent addition to taps is the Bohemian from Burque (5.7% ABV, 45 IBU), a Bohemian-style pilsner. Hell Froze Over (5.5% ABV, 30 IBU), La Cumbre’s take on a brown ale, is back for 2015. Though it is not on tap, you can buy bombers of Tres Padres, La Cumbre’s first Belgian-style Tripel, at the brewery. Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank and Red Ryeot no longer appearing here as seasonals. They are now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. Red Ryeot cans are now for sale around town and at the brewery.

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

Events: The Green Billies perform Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

Beers: Whiptail Weisse, Bluetail Blonde, Horned Honey Pale, Reptilian IPA, Chameleon Amber, Basilisk Brown, Sanddigger Dubbel, Desert Night India Black Ale, Black Bearded Rye Stout, Smoot-tailed Oatmeal Stout, Prairie Lizard Porter, Biscochito Brown, Belgian Strong Dark, Belgian Abbey, ESB. Lizard Tail is up to 15 beers with a new ESB (6% ABV, 40 IBU). The Belgian Abbey (7.1% ABV, 25 IBU) and the Belgian Dark Strong (9.7% ABV, 30 IBU) are other recent additions, as one can probably tell since they have yet to be given lizard-themed names like the rest of the lineup. So far Lizard Tail has shown themselves to be more malt-forward than hop-centric. The oatmeal stout and porter are solid, while the IBA has shown improvement since its debut.

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

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

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

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

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: There are no seasonals being poured on the patio at the Downtown Pub during renovations (see below for a link with more details). Only classics like the Pilsner, Amber, Wildflower Wheat, IPA, Red, and Double White are currently available. The Oatmeal Stout is not yet available on the patio. Take note that when the weather is too cold outside, they are frequently pouring beers in the back of the brewery. Check Marble’s Facebook and Twitter pages daily for details. The most recent quartet of seasonals — Double IPA, 2014 Imperial Stout, Belgian Quad, Imperial Red — may be available, all or some, at the Westside and Santa Fe taprooms, but call ahead to make sure they are there if you have a hankering for one or more. Anyway, this year’s batch of Imperial Stout (11% ABV) is a big, bold beast of a beer. If the bourbon flavor is too much, just let it warm for a bit and it will mellow out and the stout flavors will come forward. It is still at the Westside Taproom. A recent addition to taps is a hefty Quad (10.3% ABV), a big old blast of Belgian bad-assery.

News: So in case you missed it, the interior of the Downtown Pub will be closed until March 6 to undergo a much-needed renovation. Until then, you can still drink beers fresh from taps on the patio (weather-permitting). Also, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday you can enjoy Studio 111 inside the brewery itself. See below for the schedule.

Events: Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (We are not sure if this is affected by the renovations or not.)

Studio 111 in the Brewery will feature DJ Halcyon this Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Leftover Soul will perform Friday from 8 to 11. Matty Be will then be on hand Saturday from 7 to 10.

Ali Holder and Daniel Thomas Phipps perform at the Westside Taproom on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. They will be followed by Kevin Harig and Kyle Ruggles on Saturday, also from 6 to 9.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Nexus Maximus, Warp 10 Golden Strong, Beam Me Up Scottish, Blackberry Hefeweizen. New this week is the Blackberry Hefeweizen, which should have you pining for summer in no time. The 2015 batch of Beam Me Up (9.5% ABV, 32 IBU) uses the same malt bill as the first batch from three years ago, but with a modified hop mix. The result will set it apart from the first two versions. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight has unleashed Nexus Maximus (7.6% ABV, 100 IBU), a big old DIPA that will have you chanting its name like you’re back in the Roman Coliseum. Another fairly recent addition to taps is the Warp 10 Golden Strong, an English-style golden ale.

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

Nexus has always hosted viewing parties for The Walking Dead in the community room, where you can also play Walking Dead pinball. The show is back this Sunday at 7 p.m. We’re guessing they will keep the TV on AMC for Better Call Saul on Mondays, too.

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: PiPA, West Coast Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Peppermint Porter, Pumpkin Abbey Ale. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food. The PiPA will now be a regular beer, replacing the Unchallenged IPA. The scrumptious Bourbon Vanilla Porter is back, replacing the Robust Porter. Recent additions to tap are the Peppermint Porter and Pumpkin Abbey Ale, while a fresh batch of ESB is on tap as well.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Dunkelblitzen, Nikolaus Spiced Lager, Imperial Sawmill Stout, The Dark Demon ICDA, The Brauny Bavarian, Smoky the Beer. 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 to taps is Smoky the Beer (6.2% ABV, 40 IBU), a smoked porter. It should go well with that new meat smoker they have in the kitchen. The Dark Demon (8% ABV, 110 IBU) is an imperial Cascadian dark ale (basically a black IPA), and it is a devilish delight. The Nikolaus (5.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Weihnachtsbier, a traditional Bavarian dark lager brewed for the holidays. Brace yourselves for the Imperial Sawmill Stout (8.2% ABV, 65 IBU). The Brauny Bavarian (5.2% ABV, 15 IBU), a dunkelweizen, sticks with the German theme.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m. to midnight, Fri–Sun noon to midnight)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Stormtrooper Imperial IPA, O.D.B. (Oaked Dark Belgian), Watership Brown. The first Red Door seasonal, Strong Scotch Ale, has finally run out. Sniff. To the rescue for all malt lovers comes Watership Brown, which won ABQ Beer’s holiday brewing competition. It’s a tasty delight, the kind of beer you can just enjoy slowly over the course of a lazy afternoon or evening. Red Door still has Stormtrooper (8.4% ABV, 110 IBU), the biggest beer they have brewed to date, for all you hopheads. The O.D.B. is quite a treat as well. The Trappe Door Wheat, a Belgian-style if you couldn’t guess by the name, replaces the Trapdoor Wheat in the regular lineup.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new weekday schedule for the winter months as they will now open at 2 p.m. instead of noon. Weekend hours remain the same.

Events: The Fabulous Martini-Tones will perform at Red Door tonight (Wednesday) from 7 to 9 p.m.

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 and a bit of English football on the telly.

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: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.

News: Congrats to SCG on sweeping all three medals in the mead category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am, while also claiming a silver medal for Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Bang Up Blonde, Hefferweizen, Pig Sticker Pale, Iron Horse IPA, Rawhide Red, Boneyard Brown, Hop Trough (Double IPA), Soiled Dove (Imperial Stout), Black IPA. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Black IPA is the current seasonal beer, plus there are often one or two cask beers.

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: Little Red Rye-ding Hood, Winter Hop IPA, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Double Sickle DIPA, Luna de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout, Ebony & Ivory, Turkey Drool, Oxbow Scotch Ale, Wonder Weisse (Nob Hill only), Half Acre Hefe (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, Oxbow Scotch (7.7% ABV, 33 IBU) will be released at both locations this Friday. The 2015 batch of Luna (8% ABV), which debuted at WinterBrew, is a dark delight, loaded with flavor and decadently smooth. We love us some Turkey Drool (8% ABV) this time of year. It’s a brown ale with all sorts of holiday-themed spices and other added ingredients. This year’s batch is arguably the best yet. The wonderful Lauren Poole also showed us that if you mix the Drool with Mustachio to create Turkey Milk, it’s absolutely stupendous. The Little Red (5.8% ABV) has a malty rye kick and is still just $2 a pint. The Double Sickle DIPA (7.6% ABV, 110 IBU) is not an overwhelming hop bomb, but has a nice malty backbone to balance itself out. The Barn Burner (6% ABV, 52 IBU) is a bitter little pale ale that uses 40 pounds of El Dorado hops. The Ebony & Ivory (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is a “pale stout,” made with pale malt, pale chocolate malt, and caramel malt. It smells like a stout, but tastes like something a little different. The Winter Hop IPA (7% ABV) is back on tap.

News: Congrats to Tractor and their Mustachio Milk Stout, which won in the Best of Albuquerque competition from ABQ the Magazine. It may not be on tap but it is still for sale in cans just about everywhere.

Currently, all pints of Little Red RYE-ding Hood are just $2 and you can fill your growler for just $5. Time to make room for a new beer on tap!

Events: Kamikaze Karaoke takes over Wells Park tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m.

This Saturday features the In the Mix series with Nicolatron spinning at 9 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 is this Monday.

In addition to Beer for a Better Burque, 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.

This coming Tuesday features Casey Mraz’s Music for What ALES You: Girl Power Edition at Wells Park. Head on over at 8 p.m. and sing along or just listen while you enjoy your pint(s).

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) Cafe Bella Coffee Porter, Munich Dunkel, Battle Royale Red, Phantom Sun 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 newer beers here are the Dunkel (4.7% ABV), Phantom Sun (4.8% ABV), and Battle Royale (6.5% ABV). The red is hoppier than most, more akin to Marble’s Red than an Irish red. The Phantom Sun is a tart little sucker. The Dunkel is comparable to the one at La Cumbre.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Toro Blanco White DIPA, Friar Bacon’s Mild, Gee-Eyed (Dry Irish) Stout, Wrinkled Kilt, Barleywine. The Toro Blanco White DIPA (9.1% ABV, 100+ IBU) is not to be taken lightly. The Friar Bacon’s Mild is a modest dark ale. The Gee-Eyed (4% ABV, 40 IBU) is a classic Irish dry stout. The Wrinkled Kilt (5.6% ABV) is a Scottish export that debuted recently. Pucker Up, a strawberry sour, will debut later this week. Barleywine debuted last week to plenty of acclaim from folks up in Santa Fe. Here’s hoping they send it our way via the Draft Station.

Events: The next Thursday at the Brewers’s Table will be on March 12. Stay tuned for more details, but we know it will be a four-course meal this time.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

Beers: Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Goya (Imperial Stout), Talbeaux 15 (Barrel-Aged Brett Pale Ale), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour). The Tableaux 15 and Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. If you like your beers big, Duel has you covered. Dark Ryder and Tititan check in at 11-percent ABV, while Goya (15.9% ABV) is an absolute monster of a beer. You can buy Goya in bottles at the brewery or down in ABQ at Jubilation.

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

After a quiet week, live music is back in droves at Duel. Magpie will perform tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay are back on Thursday at 7 p.m. And finally the trio of David Berkeley, Ben Wright and Josh Martin perform Friday at 7 p.m.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Belgian Strong Ale, Black IPA, Deviator Doppelbock, Chicken Killer Barley Wine, Irish Red Ale. The second beer in the new Ever Changing Series is Belgian Strong Ale (9.6% ABV), which debuted last week to much acclaim from Luke, our Santa Fe writer. The Kriek, which won a bronze medal at GABF this year, is on sale around the state in bombers, but supplies are low. A fresh batch of Chicken Killer is now available. The Irish Red is 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. Here are all the details that Luke could find. It sounds promising.

Another new beer on deck this month is the Single Barrel Sour, part of the Los Innovadores series (which gave you all Kriek, which you adore).

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, LVL Stout, Trebuchet IPA, Tres Equis Lager, Outlier Special Bitter, Bastogne Bitter, Brown Ale. The Tres Equis, Outlier Special Bitter and Trebuchet IPA are back, while the LVL Stout made a rather excellent debut at WinterBrew and is now on tap. Right now Second Street pretty much covers everything from hoppy to medium malty to their classic Cream Stout. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Drastic Andrew plays Friday and Broomdust Caravan performs Saturday. MVIII Unplugged will be at the Railyard location Friday and Kitty Jo Creek performs Saturday.

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

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Venom IPA, English Porter, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Swartzbar Black Lager, Apricot Wheat. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ‘em. The newest beer on tap is the Apricot Wheat. Other recent additions are the Irish Stout, which came in third in our Stout Challenge, and Black Lager. Also of note are the 790 IPA (7% ABV) and the Hose Co. 1 Red Lager (6% ABV). The Zia Pilsner (5.25% ABV) is done in the German style. The Venom IPA (8.2% ABV) is the biggest beer on tap, as the name might imply.

Events: Tonight (Wednesday) is Open Mic Night hosted by Johnny Dean starting at 6 p.m. There will be food and drink specials.

Peter Chase and the Quadrupeds will perform Saturday from 7:30 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

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.

One of the great drinking holidays is now less than a month away. Yes, St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone is a little bit Irish and a lot stupid, will soon be upon us. To get everyone in the mood, Santa Fe Brewing is holding their annual Irish Red Ale release party this Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at the brewery. We’ll be sending Luke over to do a full recap of the shenanigans, of course. I would go, but as per usual, I will be covering the NMAA State Swimming Championships at Albuquerque Academy. It’s an annual tradition that includes having my eyes burn from all the chlorine in the air. Anyway, Tacos y Mas will provide the food for the party, while High Desert Pipes & Drums will start playing music at 3 p.m. There will also be a “How Do You Enjoy Your Irish Red” photo contest online starting Saturday. Just tag your photos online with #StPattysFe and you will be entered to win a prize pack from SFBC.

On the new beer front, there are a few new ones worth checking out around town. Bosque has Slackjaw Imperial Porter now on nitro at both the brewery and the Public House in Nob Hill. There is also a Crystal Single Hop Pale Ale and Tandem Ryder Double Pale Ale, plus a fresh batch of Scale Tipper, last year’s IPA Challenge winner. Canteen has their own heavyweight IPA, Exodus, back on tap. Cazuela’s has Primo, a seasonal brown ale. A crowd favorite returns at Kaktus in the form of the Helles Lager. La Cumbre’s Azacca Pale Ale should be available by week’s end. Nexus has a new Blackberry Hefeweizen. Ponderosa is getting into a smoked theme with Smoky the Beer, a smoked porter.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn’s Barleywine will be tapped Thursday. Second Street has some new batches of Trebuchet IPA, Outlier Special Bitter, and Tres Equis coming soon.

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 Feb. 16.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year, ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Pre-Prohibition Malt Tonic, Poth’s Pilsner, Ladron’s Con Fuego, Back Alley Red, California Common, Soroche IPA. In case you missed it, we interviewed BADH’s new brewer, Brandon Venaglia. There are some exciting times coming, including a possible expansion. The Malt Tonic and Poth’s Pilsner are back after a short absence.

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

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

(Main brewery: 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: Old School Session IPA, Crystal Single Hop Pale Ale, Bosque Dark Lager, Humo Rojo, Slack Jaw Imperial Porter on nitro, Scale Tipper IPA. Tandem Ryder Double Pale Ale (Nob Hill only). All beers listed are on tap at both the brewery taproom and the Public House in Nob Hill, unless noted. The Tandem Ryder DPA should be on tap at the San Mateo location soon. The Old School (4.7% ABV, 60 IBU) is a mild little delight. The Humo Rojo (5.7% ABV, 16 IBU) is a smoke bomb and a half. The Dark Lager (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is similar in profile to Durango Brewing’s standout flagship beer. Slack Jaw (8.8% ABV, 45 IBU) is a monstrous delight, and now it’s on nitro and that is just plain awesome. The Crystal Single Hop (5.6% ABV, 30 IBU) is new, while the Scale Tipper (6.4% ABV, 95 IBU) is back for another run. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations.

News: 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: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Sucker Punch DIPA, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Black Eye-PA, Apple Bear Hard Cider. 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 Super Bowl this past Sunday. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Iron Lung Smoked Porter (6.1% ABV) and Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) went on tap recently. The Black Eye-PA (6.2% ABV) is a hoppy yet malty black IPA. New to taps is the Sucker Punch (8.5% ABV, 125+ IBU), which as the name might imply could leave you on the floor if you’re careful.

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: Cracked Cork Barley Wine, End of Days Tripel, Twig and Berries Sahti, Tom Selleck Ale, Rip Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Nacho Brau. Two old favorites are back in the burly Cracked Cork and End of Days. New to the menu is Twig and Berries. A Sahti is a Finnish style of beer using some unique grains as well as juniper berries. If you’re one of the lucky few to not be allergic to junipers, have at it! The Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup.

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.

B3 shows The Walking Dead every Sunday at 7 p.m. and Better Call Saul every Monday at 8 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Wine Barrel-Aged Belgian Golden, Sasquatch Scotch, Kentucky Common, Black Rye PA, Opal Esteem, Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, Exodus IPA. This year’s edition of Solstice Blackout has ended. Hurry over before the remaining Solstice beers — Sasquatch (8% ABV, 26 IBU) and Black Rye PA (7% ABV, 50 IBU) — run out. The Kentucky Common (5.4% ABV, 24 IBU) is a fairly recent addition. The Opal Esteem (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU) is a traditional steam-style beer brewed with German Opal hops. The Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout (8% ABV, 40 IBU) is back for another run. It won a bronze medal at GABF in 2012. Another fan favorite, Exodus (7.7% ABV, 100+ IBU), is back for another run.

News: The last barrel-aged beer in the back, waiting to be tapped, is American Stock Ale in rum barrels.

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), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: Guero IPA, Saul-utations, Hank (Nut Brown), Kissy Face Chocolate Cherry Wheat. The Kissy Face (6% ABV, 22 IBU) was made for Valentine’s Day. It has a healthy amount of dark cherry puree and cocoa nibs in the mix. Saul-utations (6.3% ABV, 35 IBU) was brewed in honor of the new hit TV series Better Call Saul, which filmed part of an episode at the Chama Microbar downtown. It is an India Pilsner Lager, making it a hybrid of a traditional pilsner lager and an IPA.

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 Lager, Honk If You’re …, ESB, Amber, IPA, I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout, Czech Pilsner, Brunette. The Helles Lager makes its return to taps this week. The regular IPA is back and has been joined by Honk If You’re …, a British-style mild ale. I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout is Kaktus’ first barrel-aged beer. A bunch of the Crew gathered at Kaktus recently and the Brunette, a sweet, nutty brown ale, was a big hit with all of us. We gotta say, Kaktus is getting pretty good at naming their beers. 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.

Kaktus is also one of the sponsors of a huge upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Railyards. You can find tickets and more info at the official website. It runs from 4 to 10 p.m. on March 17 and will feature beer, food trucks, music, dancers, and more.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Munchener Dunkel, Simcoe Pale Ale, Bohemian from Burque, La Llorona Baltic Porter, Hell Froze Over. Brandon and I enjoyed the outstanding La Llorona Baltic Porter (8.9% ABV, 45 IBU). The Simcoe Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 37 IBU) is still hanging around. A recent addition to taps is the Bohemian from Burque (5.7% ABV, 45 IBU), a Bohemian-style pilsner. Hell Froze Over (5.5% ABV, 30 IBU), La Cumbre’s take on a brown ale, is back for 2015. Though it is not on tap, you can buy bombers of Tres Padres, La Cumbre’s first Belgian-style Tripel, at the brewery. 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: Azacca Pale Ale should be on tap by the end of this week.

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: Whiptail Weisse, Bluetail Blonde, Horned Honey Pale, Reptilian IPA, Chameleon Amber, Basilisk Brown, Sanddigger Dubbel, Desert Night India Black Ale, Black Bearded Rye Stout, Smoot-tailed Oatmeal Stout, Prairie Lizard Porter, Biscochito Brown, Belgian Strong Dark, Belgian Abbey, ESB. Lizard Tail is up to 15 beers with a new ESB (6% ABV, 40 IBU). The Belgian Abbey (7.1% ABV, 25 IBU) and the Belgian Dark Strong (9.7% ABV, 30 IBU) are other recent additions, as one can probably tell since they have yet to be given lizard-themed names like the rest of the lineup. So far Lizard Tail has shown themselves to be more malt-forward than hop-centric. The oatmeal stout and porter are solid, while the IBA has shown improvement since its debut.

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

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

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

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

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: There are no seasonals being poured on the patio at the Downtown Pub during renovations (see below for a link with more details). Only classics like the Pilsner, Amber, Wildflower Wheat, IPA, Red, and Double White are currently available. The Oatmeal Stout is not yet available on the patio. The most recent quartet of seasonals — Double IPA, 2014 Imperial Stout, Belgian Quad, Imperial Red — may be available, all or some, at the Westside and Santa Fe taprooms, but call ahead to make sure they are there if you have a hankering for one or more. Anyway, this year’s batch of Imperial Stout (11% ABV) is a big, bold beast of a beer. If the bourbon flavor is too much, just let it warm for a bit and it will mellow out and the stout flavors will come forward. A recent addition to taps is a hefty Quad (10.3% ABV), a big old blast of Belgian bad-assery.

News: So in case you missed it, the interior of the Downtown Pub will be closed until March 6 to undergo a much-needed renovation. Until then, you can still drink beers fresh from taps on the patio (weather-permitting). Also, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday you can enjoy Studio 111 inside the brewery itself. See below for the schedule.

Events: Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (We are not sure if this is affected by the renovations or not.)

Studio 111 in the Brewery will feature Leftover Soul this Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. DJ Halcyon will perform Friday from 8 to 11. Dave Decibel will then be on hand Saturday from 7 to 10.

The Saltine Ramblers perform at the Westside Taproom on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. They will be followed by Harmaleighs on Saturday, also from 6 to 9.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Nexus Maximus, Warp 10 Golden Strong, Beam Me Up Scottish, Blackberry Hefeweizen. New this week is the Blackberry Hefeweizen, which should have you pining for summer in no time. The 2015 batch of Beam Me Up (9.5% ABV, 32 IBU) uses the same malt bill as the first batch from three years ago, but with a modified hop mix. The result will set it apart from the first two versions. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight has unleashed Nexus Maximus (7.6% ABV, 100 IBU), a big old DIPA that will have you chanting its name like you’re back in the Roman Coliseum. Another fairly recent addition to taps is the Warp 10 Golden Strong, an English-style golden ale.

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

Nexus has always hosted viewing parties for The Walking Dead in the community room, where you can also play Walking Dead pinball. The show is back this Sunday at 7 p.m. We’re guessing they will keep the TV on AMC for Better Call Saul on Mondays, too.

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: PiPA, West Coast Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Peppermint Porter, Pumpkin Abbey Ale. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food. The PiPA will now be a regular beer, replacing the Unchallenged IPA. The scrumptious Bourbon Vanilla Porter is back, replacing the Robust Porter. Recent additions to tap are the Peppermint Porter and Pumpkin Abbey Ale, while a fresh batch of ESB is on tap as well.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Dunkelblitzen, Nikolaus Spiced Lager, Imperial Sawmill Stout, The Dark Demon ICDA, Dunkelweizen, Smoky the Beer. 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 to taps is Smoky the Beer, a smoked porter. It should go well with that new meat smoker they have in the kitchen. The Dark Demon (8% ABV, 110 IBU) is an imperial Cascadian dark ale (basically a black IPA), and it is a devilish delight. The Nikolaus (5.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Weihnachtsbier, a traditional Bavarian dark lager brewed for the holidays. Brace yourselves for the Imperial Sawmill Stout (8.2% ABV, 65 IBU). The Dunkelweizen (5.2% ABV, 15 IBU) sticks with the German theme.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m. to midnight, Fri–Sun noon to midnight)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Stormtrooper Imperial IPA, O.D.B. (Oaked Dark Belgian). The first Red Door seasonal, Strong Scotch Ale, has finally run out. Sniff. But Red Door still has Stormtrooper (8.4% ABV, 110 IBU), the biggest beer they have brewed to date. The O.D.B. is quite a treat as well. The Trappe Door Wheat, a Belgian-style if you couldn’t guess by the name, replaces the Trapdoor Wheat in the regular lineup.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new weekday schedule for the winter months as they will now open at 2 p.m. instead of noon. Weekend hours remain the same.

Events: The El Paso band Next 2 the Tracks will perform at Red Door tonight (Wednesday) from 7 to 9 p.m.

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 and a bit of English football on the telly.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.

News: Congrats to SCG on sweeping all three medals in the mead category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am, while also claiming a silver medal for Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Bang Up Blonde, Hefferweizen, Pig Sticker Pale, Iron Horse IPA, Rawhide Red, Boneyard Brown, Hop Trough (Double IPA), Soiled Dove (Imperial Stout), Black IPA. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Black IPA is the current seasonal beer, plus there are often one or two cask beers.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), TBA (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
 Last call 30 minutes before close. 
No package after midnight.
 Brewery tours Saturday at 1 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Little Red Rye-ding Hood, Winter Hop IPA, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Wonder Weisse, Double Sickle DIPA, Half Acre Hefe, Luna de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout, Ebony & Ivory, Turkey Drool.

Beers at Wells Park only: It’s the same list at both! Tractor has revamped their beer list and pricing system. All of the Tractor Classics — Farmer’s Tan Red, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, Almanac IPA, Sodbuster Pale Ale, Haymaker Honey What, plus now Pilsner #15, Mustachio Milk Stout, and Apple Hard Cider — are priced at $4 apiece ($3 for Beer Farmer’s Co-op members). All seasonal/specialty beers will now be $5 ($4 for members). Just about everyone in town has slightly increased prices in the past four months, but an extra 50 cents or a dollar shouldn’t bankrupt anyone, right? Anyway, on the seasonal front, the 2015 batch of Luna (8% ABV), which debuted at WinterBrew, is a dark delight, loaded with flavor and decadently smooth. We love us some Turkey Drool (8% ABV) this time of year. It’s a brown ale with all sorts of holiday-themed spices and other added ingredients. This year’s batch is arguably the best yet. The wonderful Lauren Poole also showed us that if you mix the Drool with Mustachio to create Turkey Milk, it’s absolutely stupendous. The Little Red (5.8% ABV) has a malty rye kick and is still just $2 a pint. The Double Sickle DIPA (7.6% ABV, 110 IBU) is not an overwhelming hop bomb, but has a nice malty backbone to balance itself out. The Barn Burner (6% ABV, 52 IBU) is a bitter little pale ale that uses 40 pounds of El Dorado hops. The Ebony & Ivory (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is a “pale stout,” made with pale malt, pale chocolate malt, and caramel malt. It smells like a stout, but tastes like something a little different. The Winter Hop IPA (7% ABV) is back on tap.

News: Congrats to Tractor and their Mustachio Milk Stout, which won in the Best of Albuquerque competition from ABQ the Magazine. It may not be on tap but it is still for sale in cans just about everywhere.

Currently, all pints of Little Red RYE-ding Hood are just $2 and you can fill your growler for just $5. Time to make room for a new beer on tap!

Events: Solos on the Hill is back tonight (Wednesday) at Nob Hill with Alex Maryol performing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The Thirsty Thursday music series is back at Wells Park as Eryn Bent will perform at 8 p.m.

This Saturday features the In the Mix series with Nicolatron spinning at 9 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.

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) Cafe Bella Coffee Porter, Munich Dunkel, Battle Royale Red, Phantom Sun 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 newer beers here are the Dunkel (4.7% ABV), Phantom Sun (4.8% ABV), and Battle Royale (6.5% ABV). The red is hoppier than most, more akin to Marble’s Red than an Irish red. The Phantom Sun is a tart little sucker. The Dunkel is comparable to the one at La Cumbre.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Toro Blanco White DIPA, Friar Bacon’s Mild, Gee-Eyed (Dry Irish) Stout, Wrinkled Kilt, Barleywine. The Toro Blanco White DIPA (9.1% ABV, 100+ IBU) is not to be taken lightly. The Friar Bacon’s Mild is a modest dark ale. The Gee-Eyed (4% ABV, 40 IBU) is a classic Irish dry stout. The Wrinkled Kilt (5.6% ABV) is a Scottish export that debuted recently. Pucker Up, a strawberry sour, will debut later this week. Barleywine debuts Thursday (see below).

Events: Thursday at the Brewers’s Table is back this week (Luke will have a full preview posted soon). This time around they are pairing the new Barleywine with Chef D’s Gumbo. It costs $10 and reservations are required, just call the number above.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

Beers: Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Goya (Imperial Stout), Talbeaux 15 (Barrel-Aged Brett Pale Ale), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour). The Tableaux 15 and Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. If you like your beers big, Duel has you covered. Dark Ryder and Tititan check in at 11-percent ABV, while Goya (15.9% ABV) is an absolute monster of a beer. You can buy Goya in bottles at the brewery or down in ABQ at Jubilation.

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

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Belgian Strong Ale, Black IPA, Deviator Doppelbock, Chicken Killer Barley Wine, Irish Red Ale. The second beer in the new Ever Changing Series is Belgian Strong Ale (9.6% ABV), which debuted last week to much acclaim from Luke, our Santa Fe writer. The Kriek, which won a bronze medal at GABF this year, is on sale around the state in bombers, but supplies are low. A fresh batch of Chicken Killer is now available. The Irish Red will return Saturday with a release party (see the intro above).

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. Here are all the details that Luke could find. It sounds promising.

Another new beer on deck this month is the Single Barrel Sour, part of the Los Innovadores series (which gave you all Kriek, which you adore).

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, LVL Stout, Fulcrum IPA, Super Comet, Rod’s Best Bitter, Bastogne Bitter, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Brown Ale. The Super Comet and Fulcrum IPA are back, while the LVL Stout made a rather excellent debut at WinterBrew and is now on tap. The Steam Bitter won a gold medal at the 2013 GABF. Right now Second Street pretty much covers everything from hoppy to medium malty to their classic Cream Stout. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

News: Rod’s Best Bitter may already be out, but fear not, Outlier Special Bitter, Tres Equis, and Trebuchet IPA will soon return.

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

Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, The Bus Tapes play Friday and The Barbwires perform Saturday. Watermelon Mountain Jub Band will be at the Railyard location Friday and Swing Soleil performs Saturday.

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Venom IPA, English Porter, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Swartzbar Black Lager, Apricot Wheat. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ‘em. The newest beer on tap is the Apricot Wheat. Other recent additions are the Irish Stout, which came in third in our Stout Challenge, and Black Lager. Also of note are the 790 IPA (7% ABV) and the Hose Co. 1 Red Lager (6% ABV). The Zia Pilsner (5.25% ABV) is done in the German style. The Venom IPA (8.2% ABV) is the biggest beer on tap, as the name might imply.

Events: Tonight (Wednesday) is Open Mic Night hosted by Johnny Dean starting at 6 p.m. There will be food and drink specials.

There will also be Ash Wednesday seafood specials today and throughout Lent.

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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.

This Saturday is the dreaded holiday known as Valentine’s Day. While the members of the Crew with wives or girlfriends will be busy appeasing them, I’ll probably be wearing black, listening to Johnny Cash, watching hockey highlights, and drinking something barrel aged. Sure, that’s almost every weekend, save for the Man in Black, who I always keep in reserve until this special holiday. Thankfully, however, there will be more drinking options than ever as local breweries get into the V-Day spirit with lots of beer. Since red is the color of the day, Marble is busting out their GABF gold medal-winning Imperial Red tonight (Wednesday) at all three locations, both on tap and in bombers for sale. The tapping starts at noon, but as of 5 p.m. you can get complimentary sliders from Rustic Food Truck at the downtown pub. Food + beer = love, people. Elsewhere as we get closer to the weekend, new beers will be hitting taps. Canteen has their own past GABF medal winner in the Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, which will be available starting Friday. Blue Corn’s Pucker Up, a sour made with 140 pounds of strawberries, will debut Thursday in Santa Fe. Chama River should have Kissy Face Chocolate Cherry Wheat on tap around the same time. And if that’s not enough, Second Street has Cask n’ Curry Night on Thursday with Cream Stout in the cask. Cazuela’s will have a Valentine’s Day dinner with beer, of course, so click this link to get your reservation. Duel will also have a Valentine’s Day special food-and-beer-pairing, so click here for more details. Beer is love, people.

On the new beer front, things are picking up again after a couple slow weeks in addition to the special holiday beers listed above. Boxing Bear is going for the K.O. with Sucker Punch DIPA. Chama River is mellowing out with Hank, a nut brown ale. Kaktus has a fresh batch of IPA and Honk If You’re …, a British-style mild. La Cumbre’s Hell Froze Over, another brown, is back with a new batch. Ponderosa has tapped a Dunkelweizen. Tractor will debut their new Half-Acre Hefeweizen on Friday.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has a Friar Bacon’s Mild on tap. Santa Fe Brewing will release the second beer in their Ever Changing Series, a Belgian Strong Ale, today (Wednesday). Second Street has Brown Ale back on tap.

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 Feb. 9.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year, ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Pre-Prohibition Malt Tonic, Poth’s Pilsner, Ladron’s Con Fuego, Back Alley Red, California Common, Soroche IPA. In case you missed it, we interviewed BADH’s new brewer, Brandon Venaglia. There are some exciting times coming, including a possible expansion. The Malt Tonic and Poth’s Pilsner are back after a short absence.

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

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery)

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

Beers: Old School Session IPA, Rio Grande Tortoise Black IPA, Bosque Dark Lager, Humo Rojo, Slack Jaw Imperial Porter, Mystery Man IPA, Fallout Pils. Bosque quietly debuted a bunch of new beers recently. The Old School (4.7% ABV, 60 IBU) is a mild little delight. The Fallout straddles the line between a traditional pilsner and a sweeter Kolsch. The Humo Rojo (5.7% ABV, 16 IBU) is a smoke bomb and a half. The Dark Lager (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is similar in profile to Durango Brewing’s standout flagship beer. Mystery Man is best described as bitter and mean, the way some IPAs are meant to be. And Slack Jaw is a monstrous delight. The Rio Grande Tortoise (6.5% ABV, 80 IBU) was brewed in collaboration with Turtle Mountain. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations.

News: 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: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Sucker Punch DIPA, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Black Eye-PA, Apple Bear Hard Cider. The Chocolate Milk Stout has run out, causing much sadness around town. 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 Super Bowl this past Sunday. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Iron Lung Smoked Porter (6.1% ABV) and Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) went on tap recently. The Black Eye-PA (6.2% ABV) is a hoppy yet malty black IPA. New to taps is the Sucker Punch (8.5% ABV, 125+ IBU), which as the name might imply could leave you on the floor if you’re careful.

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: Cracked Cork Barley Wine, End of Days Tripel, Twig and Berries Sahti, Tom Selleck Ale, Rip Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Nacho Brau. Two old favorites are back in the burly Cracked Cork and End of Days. New to the menu is Twig and Berries. A Sahti is a Finnish style of beer using some unique grains as well as juniper berries. If you’re one of the lucky few to not be allergic to junipers, have at it! The Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup.

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, Wine Barrel-Aged Belgian Golden, White Shine Wheat Wine, Sasquatch Scotch, Kentucky Common, Schwarzbier, Black Rye PA, Opal Esteem. This year’s edition of Solstice Blackout has ended as everyone has wiped out the supply of barrel-aged Panama Joe. Hurry over before the remaining Solstice beers — Sasquatch, Schwarzbier, Black Rye PA — run out. We bid a fond farewell to our Dark Side Baltic Porter. Hope you all enjoyed it. The Kentucky Common (5.4% ABV, 24 IBU) has taken its place. Taking the place of the Panama Joe on tap is the Opal Esteem, a traditional steam-style beer brewed with German Opal hops. The Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, 2015 edition, will debut this Friday.

News: The last barrel-aged beer in the back, waiting to be tapped, is American Stock Ale in rum barrels.

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), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

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

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Guero IPA, De-cen-ni-ale Russian Imperial Stout, Saul-utations, Hank (Nut Brown). The De-cen-ni-ale Russian Imperial Stout (10% ABV, 85 IBU), which was aged in bourbon barrels, is just a delight. It is a big, thick beer, but the bourbon flavors don’t overpower the roasted malts here. We snagged a few bombers before they ran out of the limited run they made. Saul-utations (6.3% ABV, 35 IBU) was brewed in honor of the new hit TV series Better Call Saul, which filmed part of an episode at the Chama Microbar downtown. It is an India Pilsner Lager, making it a hybrid of a traditional pilsner lager and an IPA.

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: Winter Warmer Ale, Honk If You’re …, ESB, Amber, IPA, I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout, Czech Pilsner, Brunette. The regular IPA is back and has been joined by Honk If You’re …, a British-style mild ale. I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout is Kaktus’ first barrel-aged beer. A bunch of the Crew gathered at Kaktus this past Sunday and the Brunette, a sweet, nutty brown ale, was a big hit with all of us. We gotta say, Kaktus is getting pretty good at naming their beers. 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.

Kaktus is also one of the sponsors of a huge upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Railyards. You can find tickets and more info at the official website. It runs from 4 to 10 p.m. on March 17 and will feature beer, food trucks, music, dancers, and more.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Munchener Dunkel, Simcoe Pale Ale, Bohemian from Burque, La Llorona Baltic Porter, Hell Froze Over. This year’s batch of Cafe Con Leche (7.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is no longer on tap and we’re not sure if any bombers remain at the brewery or liquor stores around town. A moment of silence, please. Brandon and I enjoyed the outstanding La Llorona Baltic Porter (8.9% ABV, 45 IBU). The Simcoe Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 37 IBU) is back. A recent addition to taps is the Bohemian from Burque, a Bohemian-style pilsner. Hell Froze Over, La Cumbre’s take on a brown ale, is back for 2015. Though it is not on tap, you can buy bombers of Tres Padres, La Cumbre’s first Belgian-style Tripel, at the brewery. 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 will soon be set loose (check the LC Facebook page for the awesome new label) with a full release party. Stay tuned for more info.

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

Beers: Whiptail Weisse, Bluetail Blonde, Horned Honey Pale, Reptilian IPA, Chameleon Amber, Basilisk Brown, Sanddigger Dubbel, Desert Night India Black Ale, Black Bearded Rye Stout, Smoot-tailed Oatmeal Stout, Prairie Lizard Porter, Biscochito Brown, Belgian Strong Dark, Belgian Abbey, ESB. Lizard Tail is up to 15 beers with a new ESB (6% ABV, 40 IBU). The Belgian Abbey (7.1% ABV, 25 IBU) and the Belgian Dark Strong (9.7% ABV, 30 IBU) are other recent additions, as one can probably tell since they have yet to be given lizard-themed names like the rest of the lineup. So far Lizard Tail has shown themselves to be more malt-forward than hop-centric. The oatmeal stout and porter are solid, while the IBA has shown improvement since its debut.

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

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

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

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

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Double IPA, 2014 Imperial Stout, Belgian Quad, Imperial Red. The Brett IPA (6.8% ABV) and Barley Wine (10% ABV) are available in bombers but are not on tap anymore. The nitro tap is currently empty after you all drank up all the Porter. This year’s batch of Imperial Stout (11% ABV) is a big, bold beast of a beer. If the bourbon flavor is too much, just let it warm for a bit and it will mellow out and the stout flavors will come forward. A recent addition to taps is a hefty Quad (10.3% ABV), a big old blast of Belgian bad-assery. There is also the rotating “black handle,” which tends to feature some impressive “secret” beers.

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

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

Floozy performs at the Westside Taproom tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. They will be followed by Cafe Bomba on Friday and Tiffany Christopher on Saturday, both at the same time.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Nexus Maximus, Warp 10 Golden Strong, Beam Me Up Scottish. The new Beam Me Up (9.5% ABV, 32 IBU) uses the same malt bill as the first batch from three years ago, but with a modified hop mix. The result will set it apart from the first two versions. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight has unleashed Nexus Maximus (7.6% ABV, 100 IBU), a big old DIPA that will have you chanting its name like you’re back in the Roman Coliseum. The wonderful Dry Stout has finally run its course. Another fairly recent addition to taps is the Warp 10 Golden Strong, an English-style golden ale.

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

Nexus has always hosted viewing parties for The Walking Dead in the community room, where you can also play Walking Dead pinball. The show is back this Sunday at 7 p.m. We’re guessing they will keep the TV on AMC for Better Call Saul afterwards.

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: PiPA, West Coast Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Peppermint Porter, Pumpkin Abbey Ale. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food. The PiPA will now be a regular beer, replacing the Unchallenged IPA. The scrumptious Bourbon Vanilla Porter is back, replacing the Robust Porter. Recent additions to tap are the Peppermint Porter and Pumpkin Abbey Ale, while a fresh batch of ESB is on tap as well.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Dunkelblitzen, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Marbelous (Imperial Rice Lager), Nikolaus Spiced Lager, Bavarian Belle Hefeweizen, Imperial Sawmill Stout, The Dark Demon ICDA, Dunkelweizen. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex. The most recent addition to taps is The Dark Demon (8% ABV, 110 IBU), an imperial Cascadian dark ale (basically a black IPA). The Marbelous (7% ABV, 32 IBU) was brewed as a tribute to Marble’s Ted Rice, whose staff has helped Ponderosa in their early months of existence. The Nikolaus (5.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Weihnachtsbier, a traditional Bavarian dark lager brewed for the holidays. The Bavarian Belle Hefeweizen (4.8% ABV, 15 IBU) debuted recently and may become a regular fixture in the lineup. Brace yourselves for the new Imperial Sawmill Stout (8.2% ABV, 65 IBU). The new Dunkelweizen (5.2% ABV, 15 IBU) is now on tap.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m. to midnight, Fri–Sun noon to midnight)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Strong Scotch Ale, Stormtrooper Imperial IPA, O.D.B. (Oaked Dark Belgian). The first Red Door seasonal, Strong Scotch Ale, finally has some company with the new Stormtrooper (8.4% ABV, 110 IBU), the biggest beer they have brewed to date. The O.D.B. is quite a treat as well. The Trappe Door Wheat, a Belgian-style if you couldn’t guess by the name, replaces the Trapdoor Wheat in the regular lineup. After a short absence, the Unhinged Cider is back on tap.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new weekday schedule for the winter months as they will now open at 2 p.m. instead of noon. Weekend hours remain the same.

Events: Tiffany Christopher will perform at Red Door tonight (Wednesday) from 8 to 10 p.m.

Saturday morning will mark the return 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 and a bit of English football on the telly. The fifth round of the FA Cup will take center stage this weekend.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.

News: Congrats to SCG on sweeping all three medals in the mead category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am, while also claiming a silver medal for Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Bang Up Blonde, Hefferweizen, Pig Sticker Pale, Iron Horse IPA, Rawhide Red, Boneyard Brown, Hop Trough (Double IPA), Soiled Dove (Imperial Stout), Black IPA. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Black IPA is the current seasonal beer, plus there are often one or two cask beers.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), TBA (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
 Last call 30 minutes before close. 
No package after midnight.
 Brewery tours Saturday at 1 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Little Red Rye-ding Hood, Mustachio Milk Stout, Pilsner #15, Berry Cider, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout, Wonder Weisse, Double Sickle DIPA.

Beers at Wells Park only: Luna de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout, Apple Cider, Ebony & Ivory, Turkey Drool, Winter Hop IPA. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The 2015 batch of Luna (8% ABV), which debuted at WinterBrew, is a dark delight, loaded with flavor and decadently smooth. We love us some Turkey Drool (8% ABV) this time of year. It’s a brown ale with all sorts of holiday-themed spices and other added ingredients. This year’s batch is arguably the best yet. The wonderful Lauren Poole also showed us that if you mix the Drool with Mustachio to create Turkey Milk, it’s absolutely stupendous. The Little Red (5.8% ABV) has a malty rye kick and is still just $2 a pint. The new Double Sickle DIPA (7.6% ABV, 110 IBU) is not an overwhelming hop bomb, but has a nice malty backbone to balance itself out. The Chocolate Milk Stout (5% ABV) should tide over your sweet tooth. The Barn Burner (6% ABV, 52 IBU) is a bitter little pale ale that uses 40 pounds of El Dorado hops. The Ebony & Ivory (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is a “pale stout,” made with pale malt, pale chocolate malt, and caramel malt. It smells like a stout, but tastes like something a little different. The Winter Hop IPA (7.2% ABV) is back on tap.

News: Congrats to Tractor and their Mustachio Milk Stout, which won in the Best of Albuquerque competition from ABQ the Magazine.

Currently, all pints of Little Red RYE-ding Hood are just $2 and you can fill your growler for just $5. Time to make room for a new beer on tap!

Events: Solos on the Hill is back tonight (Wednesday) at Nob Hill with Alex Maryol performing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Down at Wells Park tonight, Art Fusion for a Cause is back with proceeds going to Paws and Stripes.

The pLOUD music series is back as Travis Joel Band will perform at Wells Park this Thursday at 8 p.m.

This Saturday features the In the Mix series with Flo Fader spinning at 9 p.m. Prior to that, from 7 to 9, will be the Lovers’ Lounge variety show, featuring local comedians, musicians, and burlesque acts.

Drag Queen Bingo, a special charity event benefiting Truman Health Services, will take place Monday at Wells Park starting at 5 p.m. Head to the WP Facebook page for more details.

Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Cafe Bella Coffee Porter, Munich Dunkel, Battle Royale Red, Phantom Sun 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 newer beers here are the Dunkel (4.7% ABV), Phantom Sun (4.8% ABV), and Battle Royale (6.5% ABV). The red is hoppier than most, more akin to Marble’s Red than an Irish red. The Phantom Sun is a tart little sucker. The Dunkel is comparable to the one at La Cumbre.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Toro Blanco White DIPA, Friar Bacon’s Mild, Gee-Eyed (Dry Irish) Stout, Wrinkled Kilt. The Toro Blanco White DIPA (9.1% ABV, 100+ IBU) is not to be taken lightly. The Friar Bacon’s Mild is a modest dark ale. The Gee-Eyed (4% ABV, 40 IBU) is a classic Irish dry stout. The Wrinkled Kilt (5.6% ABV) is a Scottish export that debuted recently. Pucker Up, a strawberry sour, will debut later this week.

News: Blue Corn just brewed up this year’s batch of Barley Wine. It should be on tap in a few weeks. Check their Facebook page for pictures.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

Beers: What WOOD Amber Do (Barrel-Aged Amber Ale), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Titian (Golden Strong), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Goya (Imperial Stout), Talbeaux 15 (Barrel-Aged Brett Pale Ale), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour). The Tableaux 15 and Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. There is a fresh batch of Grunewald this week as well. If you like your beers big, Duel has you covered. Dark Ryder and Tititan check in at 11-percent ABV, while Goya (15.9% ABV) is an absolute monster of a beer. You can buy Goya in bombers at the brewery or down in ABQ at Jubilation.

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

Live music is back at Duel. Cloacas will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Belgian Strong Ale, Black IPA, Deviator Doppelbock, Chicken Killer Barley Wine. The second beer in the new Ever Changing Series is Belgian Strong Ale (9.6% ABV), which will debut today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. The Kriek, which won a bronze medal at GABF this year, is on sale around the state in bombers, but supplies are low. A fresh batch of Chicken Killer is now available.

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.

The annual Irish Red release party is set for Feb. 21. We will more detail in the weeks ahead.

News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. Here are all the details that Luke could find. It sounds promising.

Another new beer on deck this month is the Single Barrel Sour, part of the Los Innovadores series (which gave you all Kriek, which you adore).

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, LVL Stout, Fulcrum IPA, Super Comet, Rod’s Best Bitter, Bastogne Bitter, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Brown Ale. The Super Comet and Fulcrum IPA are back, while the LVL Stout made a rather excellent debut at WinterBrew and is now on tap. The Steam Bitter won a gold medal at the 2013 GABF. Right now Second Street pretty much covers everything from hoppy to medium malty to their classic Cream Stout. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

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

Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Greg Daigle Band plays Friday and Bill Hearne performs Saturday. Alto Street Band will be at the Railyard location Friday and Steve Guthrie performs Saturday.

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Venom IPA, English Porter, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Swartzbar Black Lager, Apricot Wheat. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ‘em. The newest beer on tap is the Apricot Wheat. Other recent additions are the Irish Stout, which came in third in our Stout Challenge, and Black Lager. Also of note are the 790 IPA (7% ABV) and the Hose Co. 1 Red Lager (6% ABV). The Zia Pilsner (5.25% ABV) is done in the German style. The Venom IPA (8.2% ABV) is the biggest beer on tap, as the name might imply.

Events: Tonight (Wednesday) is Open Mic Night hosted by Johnny Dean starting at 6 p.m. There will be food and drink specials.

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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

I meant to write up a final summation of our annual Look Back/Look Ahead Series last week, but I was holding out hope we would get the last breweries done. Alas, it was not to be, as they (Broken Bottle and Pi) never responded to Franz Solo’s interview requests. So we finish this series with a whopping 19 entries, instead of 21, covering breweries in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Santa Fe, and even a future brewery in Los Alamos.

We did not do an entry on Back Alley Draft House since we covered just about everything in an earlier interview with new brewer Brandon Venaglia. Nor did we do an entry on The Stumbling Steer, because, well, they’re not brewing their own beer on site and things do not sound good about the future (we have yet to get anyone on the record about exactly what is happening, but the rumors are not good).

Rather than focus on what we did not do, let us take a look back at what we did learn about the local brewing scene. Breweries are listed in alphabetical order similar to how we do it in The Week Ahead in Beer. All the links will take you to the stories if you want more details. And thanks for reading this series, January alone was the third biggest month in our site’s history for page views.

Cheers from all of us (even those not present in this photo from Heimat House) for reading the Look Back/Look Ahead Series for 2014-15.

Cheers from all of us (even those not present in this photo from a recent Crew dinner at Heimat House) for reading and commenting on the Look Back/Look Ahead Series for 2014-15.

Blue Corn Brewery will be expanding their brewing operation soon, though they were pretty tight-lipped about the exact plans. This comes after a year of adjustment for new brewer James Warren and his assistant Nick Richardson. Of course, that adjustment paid off pretty quickly with a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their (aptly-named) Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout.

Bosque Brewing had an incredibly busy 2014, hiring brewer John Bullard and opening not one but two taprooms (OK, technically the Public House in Nob Hill opened in January, but the vast majority of the work was done in the months before that). They also won the IPA Challenge and brought home a bronze medal from GABF. Once things settle in with the taprooms, expect more big news to surface.

Boxing Bear opened to widespread acclaim in 2014. They already started off 2015 with a bang by winning the Brew Crew’s annual Stout Challenge. So what else is on the docket? Well, look for Boxing Bear brews at taps around town, for one thing. Beyond that, some festivals and other special events at the brewery will be announced in the near future.

Canteen Brewhouse has already kicked off this year on a fun note by introducing crowlers, 32-ounce cans of beer that are filled for you at the brewery. Yet that will be just one of the smaller events this year for Canteen, as they have a new 15-barrel brewhouse and additional equipment on the way. Look for lots of fun after all that is done. This all comes after that whole changing-their-name bit and another GABF gold medal in the year gone by.

Chama River brought in a new brewing team in Zach Guilmette and David Facey last year and the payoff was immediate. They brought home a gold medal from GABF for Class VI Golden Lager. Their plans for this year are to just continue to brew great beer and have fun.

Duel Brewing started putting their beer into bottles in 2014, giving beer drinkers outside of Santa Fe the chance to try their unique take on traditional Belgian styles. They started this year by unleashing even more new styles at WinterBrew. Expect the experimentation to continue.

Kaktus is growing steadily up in Bernalillo. They have a cider on tap and are now serving gourmet pizzas. Kaktus will be the main sponsor of a St. Patrick’s Day party at the Railyards this year, but otherwise they are keeping things within reason for being a small brewing operation.

La Cumbre has been building out the northern half of the brewery to fit the new 30-barrel brewhouse that should be installed soon. All of that will help Jeff Erway and his staff keep up with demand. They are also releasing Red Ryeot in cans soon.

See, there has been progress on La Cumbre's expansion since Stoutmeister interviewed Jeff Erway in December.

See, there has been progress on La Cumbre’s expansion since Stoutmeister interviewed Jeff Erway in December.

Lizard Tail opened their doors in 2014, bringing craft beer back to the far Northeast Heights. They have finalized their regular beer menu now. Expect some new seasonals in the future, plus they have plans for limited distribution later this year, including right next door at The LOCAL Brewhouse.

Los Alamos Beer Co-op moved ever closer to opening their brewery in 2014. The doors should swing open later this spring, bringing locally-made craft beer to a thirsty mountain town.

Marble hopes to follow up a banner 2014 with more good times this year. All they did in the year gone by was claim Small Brewery and Brewer of the Year honors at GABF, plus net two more gold medals for Double White and Imperial Red. A major expansion of the downtown brewery is set to begin soon. There will also be some additional remodeling going on inside the taproom downtown to further improve the experience for customers.

Nexus is still aiming to open that elusive second location this year. While owner Ken Carson hopes to finally nail down a location, brewer Kaylynn McKnight will be able to brew more beer and some different styles this year. She has more equipment at her disposal this year, which will give her the opportunity to experiment more often.

Ponderosa was another new brewery that opened in 2014. After overcoming some initial hiccups, things are looking up. They finally have their new sign atop their building in the Sawmill District, which should really help considering the number of people who still seem unaware of their actual location. You should be able to find Ponderosa beers on tap at locations around town this year as they have begun distributing to bars and restaurants.

Red Door was yet another 2014 newbie that quickly made a positive impact on the local scene. They have already started limited distribution to bars and restaurants around town, with the plan to add more this year. Expect Red Door to appear at more festivals while also holding more charitable events at the brewery. They also hope to have an outdoor deck ready in a few months for when it gets warm(er).

Sandia Chile Grill had steady progress in the year gone by, including finally settling on a permanent IPA recipe. They continued to rack up the awards for their mead, which will now be all they bring to festivals. Beyond that, they have some plans for this year, but were not willing to share too much just yet.

Santa Fe Brewing continued to expand their distribution list, adding Utah as their 10th state in 2014. Things will get even busier in 2015 as they begin the long-awaited, massive expansion of the main brewery. SFBC will grow from 20,000 barrels per year to 10 times that amount in the years to come. In addition, of course, they will add a third taproom, this one in Albuquerque. This could well be the biggest, wildest year in SFBC’s 27-year history.

Second Street turned 18 in the year gone by. To celebrate, they put their first two beers in cans, Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter. They will be continuing with their barrel-aging program and should have some new beers out this year.

Tractor had a huge 2014 with the opening of the Wells Park location, moving the entire brewing operation north from Los Lunas. They got three of their popular beers into cans for mass distribution around the state, with the Apple Cider set to join those styles this year. Tractor also continued their terrific support of the arts, with Wells Park becoming a major go-to destination for live music, dancing, performances, and more. All of that will continue throughout this year.

Turtle Mountain also hired a new brewer in 2014, bringing Tim Woodward over from Chama River. While Tim was busy crafting a whole new beer menu, owner Nico Ortiz finally got approval from Rio Rancho to add a new parking lot this year. TMBC will also hope that new legislation in Santa Fe will pave the way for them to start distributing their beers to other locations.

All right, so those are all the links to the stories we wrote. Big thanks to Adam, Amy, and Luke for their contributions to the series. It is nice with so many breweries now to not have to do this all by myself.

And if Broken Bottle and Pi do get back to us, we will of course still head over to chat about the year gone by and the year to come.

So until the end of 2015, the Crew bids adieu to the Look Back/Look Ahead Series. Do not worry, however, we have plenty of stories to come between now and then. After all, we have a lot of follow-up stories to what we wrote over the past two months, plus there always seem to be new places opening up. The beer news never stops, it just keeps flowing like the beer itself. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

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.

The one drawback about doing TWAIB on Wednesday is that oftentimes cool things tend to happen on Tuesday. Rather than miss something this time around, there is something fun going down six days from now. La Cumbre is ramping up the creativity with their beer release parties by including a Beer’d (Beard) Competition to go with the debut of Tres Padres, a Belgian-style tripel. Check in with your beard from 6 to 7 p.m. this coming Tuesday. Voting will then begin at 7. While you’re there, enjoy the debut of Tres Padres and/or grab a bomber (or two) to take home. I don’t have the greatest beard amongst the Crew, so I’m not worried that I don’t get off work til 8 p.m. that night and won’t be able to participate. Hopefully Franz Solo and/or Brandon can make it over, but they are at the mercy of work and an infant son, respectively. We don’t want Brandon to fall asleep on the bar and knock over his Tres Padres glass, now do we?

Prior to that, this weekend marks the premier of a great show on AMC. Yup, The Walking Dead is back … oh, wait, you’re all excited for Better Call Saul. Well, if you would rather watch with lots of beer instead of just with friends or by yourself at home, there will be options. Broken Bottle, Chama River, Tractor Wells Park, and The LOCAL Brewhouse will all be hosting viewing parties. Each place is trying to go a little above and beyond. Broken Bottle will have special B.C.S. cookies made by the wonderful folks at Rude Boy Cookies. Chama River will tap Saul-utations, an India pilsner lager, in honor of the fact they filmed an episode of the show at Chama’s Microbar downtown. Tractor will have merchandise giveaways while you watch on the giant projector screen. The LOCAL is actually where they used to film Saul’s “office” on Breaking Bad.

On the new beer front, things are really quiet right now. Bosque has had some new beers reach their taps recently, including Slack Jaw Imperial Porter, Old School Session IPA, Fallout Pils, and Humo Rojo, a smoked red ale. They also have a new house IPA, Riverwalker, now on tap. Canteen enters the derby with Kentucky Common. Kaktus has I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout plus a new batch of Brunette. Marble is sticking with a recent Belgian trend by introducing Funky Monk.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has a Dark English Mild due out Friday or Saturday. Second Street has LVL Stout now on tap alongside fresh batches of Fulcrum IPA and Super Comet. Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile added Apricot Wheat to their lineup.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Feb. 2.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year, ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Pre-Prohibition Malt Tonic, Poth’s Pilsner, Ladron’s Con Fuego, Back Alley Red, California Common, Soroche IPA. In case you missed it, we interviewed BADH’s new brewer, Brandon Venaglia. There are some exciting times coming, including a possible expansion. The Malt Tonic and Poth’s Pilsner are back after a short absence.

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

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery)

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

Beers: Old School Session IPA, Rio Grande Tortoise Black IPA, Bosque Dark Lager, Humo Rojo, Slack Jaw Imperial Porter, Mystery Man IPA, Fallout Pils. Bosque quietly debuted a bunch of new beers recently. The Old School (4.7% ABV, 60 IBU) is a mild little delight. The Fallout straddles the line between a traditional pilsner and a sweeter Kolsch. The Humo Rojo (5.7% ABV, 16 IBU) is a smoke bomb and a half. The Dark Lager (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is similar in profile to Durango Brewing’s standout flagship beer. Mystery Man is best described as bitter and mean, the way some IPAs are meant to be. And Slack Jaw is a monstrous delight. The Rio Grande Tortoise (6.5% ABV, 80 IBU) was brewed in collaboration with Turtle Mountain. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations.

Cask: We’re waiting to hear what will be available this Friday.

News: 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: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Chocolate Milk Stout, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Black Eye-PA, Apple Bear Hard Cider. The Chocolate Milk Stout is hugely popular with Boxing Bear regulars, so hurry over before they drink it all up. The Iron Lung Smoked Porter (6.1% ABV) and Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) went on tap recently. The Black Eye-PA (6.2% ABV) is a hoppy yet malty black IPA. 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 Super Bowl this past Sunday. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer.

Cask: We’re awaiting word on this week’s cask.

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: Cracked Cork Barley Wine, End of Days Tripel, Twig and Berries Sahti, Tom Selleck Ale, Rip Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Nacho Brau. Two old favorites are back in the burly Cracked Cork and End of Days. New to the menu is Twig and Berries. A Sahti is a Finnish style of beer using some unique grains as well as juniper berries. If you’re one of the lucky few to not be allergic to junipers, have at it! The Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup.

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, Wine Barrel-Aged Belgian Golden, White Shine Wheat Wine, Sasquatch Scotch, Kentucky Common, Schwarzbier, Black Rye PA, Opal Esteem. This year’s edition of Solstice Blackout has ended as everyone has wiped out the supply of barrel-aged Panama Joe. Hurry over before the remaining Solstice beers — Sasquatch, Schwarzbier, Black Rye PA — run out. We bid a fond farewell to our Dark Side Baltic Porter. Hope you all enjoyed it. The new Kentucky Common (5.4% ABV, 24 IBU) has taken its place. Taking the place of the Panama Joe on tap is the new Opal Esteem, a traditional steam-style beer brewed with German Opal hops.

News: The last barrel-aged beer in the back, waiting to be tapped, is American Stock Ale in rum barrels.

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), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

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

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Rise ‘n Shine Breakfast Stout, Collaborator Doppelbock, Guero IPA, De-cen-ni-ale Russian Imperial Stout, Saul-utations. The Collaborator (7% ABV, 25 IBU) was brewed with the team at Blue Corn; it’s a solid, flavorful doppelbock. Chama recently brewed up Rise ‘n Shine (5.8% ABV, 30 IBU), a traditional breakfast stout. The De-cen-ni-ale Russian Imperial Stout (10% ABV, 85 IBU), which was aged in bourbon barrels, is just a delight. It is a big, thick beer, but the bourbon flavors don’t overpower the roasted malts here. We snagged a few bombers before they ran out of the limited run they made. Saul-utations will debut Sunday with the premier of Better Call Saul (see the intro above). It is an India Pilsner Lager, making it a hybrid of a traditional pilsner lager and an IPA.

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: Winter Warmer Ale, I’ll Be Bock, ESB, Traditional Amber, Chinook IPA, I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout, Czech Pilz, Brunette. The Brunette rejoined the lineup this week, replacing the Charlie Brown. I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout is Kaktus’ first barrel-aged beer. We gotta say, Kaktus is getting pretty good at naming their beers. 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. This week they have the Seven Seas Belly Dance Party. Dress up in costume and join in on the fun. The Albuquerque Khans will provide the music, or you can bring you own via iPod and plug it in. But we recommend the Khans, and not just because E-Rock is one half of that duo, and the other half is our friend Frank. This special event kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs til 8.

Kaktus is also one of the sponsors of a huge upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Railyards. You can find tickets and more info at the official website. It runs from 4 to 10 p.m. on March 17 and will feature beer, food trucks, music, dancers, and more.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Cafe Con Leche, Munchener Dunkel, Simcoe Pale Ale, Bohemian from Burque, La Llorona Baltic Porter. This year’s batch of Cafe Con Leche (7.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is a standout, or so says Franz Solo and I. It’s available on tap and for sale in bombers. Brandon and I enjoyed the outstanding La Llorona Baltic Porter (8.9% ABV, 45 IBU). The Simcoe Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 37 IBU) is back. New to taps is the Bohemian from Burque, a Bohemian-style pilsner. 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 will soon be set loose (check the LC Facebook page for the awesome new label) with a full release party. Stay tuned for more info.

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: On the live music front, Moonhat performs Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

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

See our intro for information on the Tres Padres release party on Tuesday.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

Beers: Whiptail Weisse, Bluetail Blonde, Horned Honey Pale, Reptilian IPA, Chameleon Amber, Basilisk Brown, Sanddigger Dubbel, Desert Night India Black Ale, Black Bearded Rye Stout, Smoot-tailed Oatmeal Stout, Prairie Lizard Porter, Biscochito Brown, Belgian Strong Dark, Belgian Abbey, ESB. Lizard Tail is up to 15 beers with a new ESB (6% ABV, 40 IBU). The Belgian Abbey (7.1% ABV, 25 IBU) and the Belgian Dark Strong (9.7% ABV, 30 IBU) are other recent additions, as one can probably tell since they have yet to be given lizard-themed names like the rest of the lineup. So far Lizard Tail has shown themselves to be more malt-forward than hop-centric. The oatmeal stout and porter are solid, while the IBA has shown improvement since its debut.

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

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

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

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

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Double IPA, 2014 Imperial Stout, Belgian Quad, El Robusto, Funky Monk. The Brett IPA (6.8% ABV) and Barley Wine (10% ABV) are available in bombers but are not on tap anymore. The nitro tap is currently empty after you all drank up all the Porter. This year’s batch of Imperial Stout (11% ABV) is a big, bold beast of a beer. If the bourbon flavor is too much, just let it warm for a bit and it will mellow out and the stout flavors will come forward. New this week is El Robusto (6.5%), a barrel-aged stout made with Espresso and cacao, as the name might imply. A recent addition to taps is a hefty Quad (10.3% ABV), a big old blast of Belgian bad-assery. If you need a Belgian kick with less potency, the new Funky Monk is about to go on tap. There is also the rotating “black handle,” which tends to feature some impressive “secret” beers.

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

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

The Lonesome Heroes perform at the Westside Taproom on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. They will be followed by Cali Shaw on Friday and Todd and the Fox on Saturday, both at the same time.

Marble will hold a release party a week from today, Feb. 11, for their 2015 batch of Imperial Red at all three locations. Stayed tuned for more details next week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Dry Stout, Nexus Maximus, Warp 10 Golden Strong, Beam Me Up Scottish. The new Beam Me Up (9.5% ABV, 32 IBU) uses the same malt bill as the first batch from three years ago, but with a modified hop mix. The result will set it apart from the first two versions. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight has unleashed Nexus Maximus (7.6% ABV, 100 IBU), a big old DIPA that will have you chanting its name like you’re back in the Roman Coliseum. The Dry Stout is bold and thick, the kind of burly beer you want in the winter (or year-round if you’re like us). Another fairly recent addition to taps is the Warp 10 Golden Strong, an English-style golden ale.

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

Nexus has always hosted viewing parties for The Walking Dead in the community room, where you can also play Walking Dead pinball. The show is back this Sunday at 7 p.m. We’re guessing they will keep the TV on AMC for Better Call Saul afterwards.

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: PiPA, West Coast Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Peppermint Porter, Pumpkin Abbey Ale. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food. The PiPA will now be a regular beer, replacing the Unchallenged IPA. The scrumptious Bourbon Vanilla Porter is back, replacing the Robust Porter. Recent additions to tap are the Peppermint Porter and Pumpkin Abbey Ale, while a fresh batch of ESB is on tap as well.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Dunkelblitzen, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Marbelous (Imperial Rice Lager), Nikolaus Spiced Lager, Bavarian Belle Hefeweizen, Imperial Sawmill Stout, The Dark Demon ICDA. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex. The most recent addition to taps is The Dark Demon (8% ABV, 110 IBU), an imperial Cascadian dark ale (basically a black IPA). The Marbelous (7% ABV, 32 IBU) was brewed as a tribute to Marble’s Ted Rice, whose staff has helped Ponderosa in their early months of existence. The Nikolaus (5.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Weihnachtsbier, a traditional Bavarian dark lager brewed for the holidays. The Bavarian Belle Hefeweizen (4.8% ABV, 15 IBU) debuted recently and may become a regular fixture in the lineup. Brace yourselves for the new Imperial Sawmill Stout (8.2% ABV, 65 IBU).

News: The next batch of brews will include Dunkelweizen and Ella Single Hop Pale Ale.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m. to midnight, Fri–Sun noon to midnight)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Strong Scotch Ale, Stormtrooper Imperial IPA, O.D.B. (Oaked Dark Belgian). The first Red Door seasonal, Strong Scotch Ale, finally has some company with the new Stormtrooper (8.4% ABV, 110 IBU), the biggest beer they have brewed to date. The O.D.B. is quite a treat as well. The Trappe Door Wheat, a Belgian-style if you couldn’t guess by the name, replaces the Trapdoor Wheat in the regular lineup. After a short absence, the Unhinged Cider is back on tap.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new weekday schedule for the winter months as they will now open at 2 p.m. instead of noon. Weekend hours remain the same.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.

News: Congrats to SCG on sweeping all three medals in the mead category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am, while also claiming a silver medal for Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Bang Up Blonde, Hefferweizen, Pig Sticker Pale, Iron Horse IPA, Rawhide Red, Boneyard Brown, Hop Trough (Double IPA), Soiled Dove (Imperial Stout), Black IPA. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Black IPA is the current seasonal beer, plus there are often one or two cask beers.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), TBA (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
 Last call 30 minutes before close. 
No package after midnight.
 Brewery tours Saturday at 1 p.m.)

UPDATED >>> Beers at Nob Hill: Little Red Rye-ding Hood, Mustachio Milk Stout, Pilsner #15, Berry Cider, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout, Wonder Weisse, Double Sickle DIPA.

UPDATED >>> Beers at Wells Park only: Luna de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout, Apple Cider, Ebony & Ivory, Turkey Drool, Winter Hop IPA. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The 2015 batch of Luna (8% ABV), which debuted at WinterBrew, is a dark delight, loaded with flavor and decadently smooth. We love us some Turkey Drool (8% ABV) this time of year. It’s a brown ale with all sorts of holiday-themed spices and other added ingredients. This year’s batch is arguably the best yet. The wonderful Lauren Poole also showed us that if you mix the Drool with Mustachio to create Turkey Milk, it’s absolutely stupendous. The Little Red (5.8% ABV) has a malty rye kick and is still just $2 a pint. The new Double Sickle DIPA (7.6% ABV, 110 IBU) is not an overwhelming hop bomb, but has a nice malty backbone to balance itself out. The Chocolate Milk Stout (5% ABV) should tide over your sweet tooth. The Barn Burner (6% ABV, 52 IBU) is a bitter little pale ale that uses 40 pounds of El Dorado hops. The Ebony & Ivory (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is a “pale stout,” made with pale malt, pale chocolate malt, and caramel malt. It smells like a stout, but tastes like something a little different. The Winter Hop IPA (7.2% ABV) is back on tap.

News: Congrats to Tractor and their Mustachio Milk Stout, which won in the Best of Albuquerque competition from ABQ the Magazine.

Currently, all pints of Little Red RYE-ding Hood are just $2 and you can fill your growler for just $5. Time to make room for a new beer on tap!

Events: Dos Pendejos, Buddha and Jerel of Reviva, will perform at Wells Park this Thursday at 8 p.m.

This Saturday features the In the Mix series with Cloudface spinning at 9 p.m.

Poetry and Beer is back on Tuesday at 7 p.m. It’s a poetry slam and open mic night.

Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Cafe Bella Coffee Porter, Munich Dunkel, Battle Royale Red, Phantom Sun 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 newer beers here are the Dunkel (4.7% ABV), Phantom Sun (4.8% ABV), and Battle Royale (6.5% ABV). The red is hoppier than most, more akin to Marble’s Red than an Irish red. The Phantom Sun is a tart little sucker. The Dunkel is comparable to the one at La Cumbre.

Events: This Saturday is the fifth annual Taste of Rio Rancho at the Santa Ana Star Center. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., but this year you can buy a pre-taste ticket for $20 and get in at 4 to start sampling. If you would rather do general admission, tickets are $10 apiece or $30 for a group of four. Needless, TMBC will be one of the many restaurants present, with all of them vying for your votes as the best in town.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Toro Blanco White DIPA, Collaborator Doppelbock, Gee-Eyed (Dry Irish) Stout, Wrinkled Kilt. The Toro Blanco White DIPA (9.1% ABV, 100+ IBU) is not to be taken lightly. The Collaborator (7% ABV, 25 IBU) was made with the brewing team at Chama River and is available now at both locations. It’s nearly out, however, and will soon be replaced by a Dark English Mild, probably by the end of this week. The Gee-Eyed (4% ABV, 40 IBU) is a classic Irish dry stout. The Wrinkled Kilt (5.6% ABV) is a Scottish export that debuted last week.

News: Blue Corn just brewed up this year’s batch of Barley Wine. It should be on tap in a few weeks. Check their Facebook page for pictures.

Pucker Up, an American Fruited Sour with strawberries, will be available by Valentine’s Day.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

Beers: What WOOD Amber Do (Barrel-Aged Amber Ale), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Titian (Golden Strong), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Goya (Imperial Stout), Talbeaux 15 (Barrel-Aged Brett Pale Ale), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour). The Tableaux 15 and Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. There is a fresh batch of Grunewald this week as well. If you like your beers big, Duel has you covered. Dark Ryder and Tititan check in at 11-percent ABV, while Goya (15.9% ABV) is an absolute monster of a beer. You can buy Goya in bombers at the brewery or down in ABQ at Jubilation.

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

Live music is back at Duel this weekend. First up on Friday, 50 Watt Whale will perform at 7 p.m. Edmund Gorman will then take the stage Saturday, also at 7.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Double White IPA, Black IPA, Deviator Doppelbock, Full Mast Kilt Scottish Ale. The first beer in the new Ever Changing Series is a Double White IPA, which Luke of the Brew Crew bullpen recently reviewed. The Kriek, which won a bronze medal at GABF this year, is on sale around the state in bombers.

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.

The annual Irish Red release party is set for Feb. 21. We will more detail in the weeks ahead.

News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. Here are all the details that Luke could find. It sounds promising.

Two new beers on deck this month are a Single Barrel Sour, part of the Los Innovadores series (which gave you all Kriek, which you adore), and a Belgian Strong Ale that will be part of the ECS.

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, LVL Stout, Fulcrum IPA, Super Comet, Rod’s Best Bitter, Bastogne Bitter, Rod’s Steam Bitter. The Super Comet and Fulcrum IPA are back, while the LVL Stout made a rather excellent debut at WinterBrew and is now on tap. The Steam Bitter won a gold medal at the 2013 GABF. Right now Second Street pretty much covers everything from hoppy to medium malty to their classic Cream Stout. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

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

Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Kodama Trio plays Friday and Eryn Bent performs Saturday. E Christina Herr and the Wild Frontier will be at the Railyard location Friday and Mystic Lyzard performs Saturday.

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Venom IPA, English Porter, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Swartzbar Black Lager, Apricot Wheat. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ‘em. The newest beer on tap is the Apricot Wheat. Other recent additions are the Irish Stout, which came in third in our Stout Challenge, and Black Lager. Also of note are the 790 IPA (7% ABV) and the Hose Co. 1 Red Lager (6% ABV). The Zia Pilsner (5.25% ABV) is done in the German style. The Venom IPA (8.2% ABV) is the biggest beer on tap, as the name might imply.

Events: Tonight (Wednesday) is Open Mic Night hosted by Johnny Dean starting at 6 p.m. There will be food and drink specials.

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