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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.

Last week I highlighted the sheer onslaught of awesome pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers appearing at New Mexico breweries. With a total of seven Oktoberfests now on tap, all of us in the Crew figured it’s as good a time as any this weekend to hold another beer challenge. As we have done in the past with stouts, Irish reds, and most recently with hefeweizens, it will be a blind taste test to determine who has the most masterful marzen in the metro area. (Say that three times fast.) As of today, our contenders will be from Back Alley, Boxing Bear, Broken Bottle, La Cumbre, Ponderosa, Tractor, and Turtle Mountain. Hopefully we’ll be able to get a majority of the Crew together for this (never any easy task with all of our wacky schedules). Heck, Franz Solo is gonna cook up a 20-pound turkey. Beer plus cooked meat plus football on TV? Yeah, that’s pretty much our ideal Sunday. Look for the results next week!

With festival season in full swing and breweries gearing up for GABF this week, there were only a few new beers (or old favorites) popping up this week. Boxing Bear is busting out its Oktobearfest. Il Vicino has Rye PA and the delicious American Stout on tap. Kaktus has Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Alt German Lager, Fresh Hop Amber, and a new batch of Jabbawocky IPA.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn’s Oktoberfest will debut Monday. Second Street has Rauchbier on tap, while bringing back Cream Stout and Amber Ale.

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

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

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

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Soroche IPA, Red Ale, Berliner Weisse, Octoberfest. We enjoyed the Octoberfest over at Hopfest, so hopefully it’s on tap for a while so we can get some more. BADH has been fighting to keep with demand lately, so we can’t guarantee all of these beers will be on tap through the weekend. Don’t worry, though, as BADH always carries a large swath of beers from across New Mexico and the world. Brewer Addison Poth highlighted the new Stone Reason to be Damned, a Belgian pale ale aged in red wine barrels, and New Belgium’s La Folie.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

Beers: Fade to Blackberry Sour, Acequia Wet Hop IPA, Rebel Brit, Bosque’s Burnin’ Red, Olde Bosky Porter, Simcoe IPA. The Rebel Brit is a variation of the Mellow Brit. Also an American brown ale, it was brewed with London Ale yeast to produce a unique but tasty flavor. Personally, I think it may be the best brown ale on tap anywhere in New Mexico right now. Fade to Blackberry finds some balance between the sweet blackberry flavor and the usual tartness of a sour. Scale Tipper #4 (7.4% ABV, 100+ IBU) is out for the time being as the remaining stock is bound for GABF this week. In its place is Acequia, brewed with fresh-picked hops from Colorado. It was our pick for the best hoppy beer at Septemberfest recently. Both the Blackberry and Acequia are nearing the end of their run. The Burnin’ Red, with a new recipe, is back on tap. Also back on tap is an old favorite in the Olde Bosky Porter.

Cask: Yup, Bosque is doing a cask now, because they love us all that much more (actually, they just recently acquired some casks to do these sorts of things, but we can pretend). This week’s cask offering will be an IPA, though which one will be determined later.

News: Construction continues on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also signed a lease on a new taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

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

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Red Panda Session Red, Uppercut IPA, Oktobearfest. Boxing Bear is tapping into the season with their new Oktobearfest (extra point on the name). Recent additions to the lineup are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU). The other somewhat recent addition is the Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU), while the Sun Bear Summer Ale has vanished with the arrival of fall. Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now, but the punchy Uppercut IPA is back.

UPDATED >>> News: Glassjaw DIPA went into the fermenter back on Sept. 17. It will debut Thursday as part of Local iQ’s West Side Brewery night.

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: 12 Step Apricot Ale, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Atomic Rye Red, Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale, Stray Dog IPA, Cactus Juice, Oktoberfest. The Stray Dog, Apricot, Watermelon, Atomic, and Elixir went on tap recently, while the Cactus Juice is the newest beer listed via BBB’s Facebook page. It’s made with prickly pears. The Oktoberfest went on tap today (Wednesday).

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.

UPDATED >>> News: Broken Bottle will feature Peculiar Pumpkin Porter as part of Local iQ’s West Side Brewery Night on Thursday.

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: Hardscrabble ESB, Wee Bit Loco, The Hound (Amber Ale), Valle de Oro Pale Ale. Wee Bit Loco is a new Scottish ale and was our pick as the best malty beer at Septemberfest. Hardscrabble (5.4% ABV, 35 IBU) another recent entry to the lineup. The Valle de Oro (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) was brewed in honor of the Friends of Valle de Oro, the wildlife shelter in the South Valley. For every pint sold, $1 will be donated to the shelter. The Hound (6% ABV, 40 IBU) was described as “a roasty fall amber.”

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

Zach said he expects his Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers will be ready by the end of next week.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen/Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Elmo’s IIPA, Pumpkin Saison, Pumpkin Porter, Mimosa Beer, Rye PA, American Stout. The Rye PA (7% ABV, 50 IBU) and the American Stout (7.4% ABV, 60 IBU) are the most recent additions. I got to try the American Stout while interviewing brewer Brady McKeown about the name change to Canteen Brewhouse. It’s a big, bold, thick, mean-as-hell-yet-totally-lovable stout. It’s my kind of stout, and that’s saying something. The Elmo’s (10% ABV) is a modified version of the Elsa Imperial IPA with Mosaic hops added. If you need to get your fall fun going, the Pumpkin Saison (6.5% ABV, 24 IBU) and Porter (7.2% ABV, 38 IBU) are a good place to start. We lean toward the porter, but, uh, we’ve got “Dark Side” in our name. The Mimosa (4% ABV, 12 IBU) has a wheat base infused with blood oranges.

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

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

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

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

Kaktus is celebrating its one-year anniversary all weekend! There will be all sorts of food specials all weekend, plus live music Friday night and Flamenco dancers on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by live music from 6 to 8 p.m.

And of course, the Desert Darlings belly dancers will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out. Head on over to Kaktus this weekend for all the fun (and beer) you can handle!

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Full Nelson, Project Dank, Across the Pond, Witch’s Tit, Oktoberfest, Levitated (Imperial) Pilsner. Well, hello there Oktoberfest (5.7% ABV, 25 IBU), aren’t you a tasty, more-dry-than-sweet, little bundle of malty goodness. The Levitated (8% ABV, 82 IBU) is a cacophony of flavors. It’s not for the weak, despite being classified as a pilsner. It’s also available in bombers. The other somewhat recent additions include the popular seasonal pumpkin beer, Witch’s Tit (7.5% ABV, 30 IBU) and Across the Pond (6.5% ABV, 65 IBU), a British-style IPA. The Full Nelson (8.5% ABV, IBUs listed as “stupid”) is a powerful DIPA, but the brewery has run out of bombers for sale. You may still find some around town. Project Dank (7.5% ABV, “a lot” IBU) is back with a fresh batch.

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

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

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

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Double White, Rescue Craft Draft, Double IPA. The Rescue Craft is an English-style pale ale. Proceeds benefit the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council. Otherwise it’s a relatively light seasonal list as Marble is at capacity brewing the regular beers for distribution. There is the rotating “black handle,” which tends to feature some impressive “secret” beers. Last Saturday they had a stout/barley wine blend. It was, oh let’s see, epic.

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.

Marble will hold a release party for their Pumpkin Ale on Oct. 15. Other beers coming up an English-style pub ale, which may be served on nitro, and an English-style chocolate stout. We’re sensing a theme here …

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Altbier. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight cranked out a new seasonal in the Blackberry Hefeweizen while the popular Altbier has returned. The RPA (5.9% ABV) has somewhat muted rye flavor, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon.

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

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

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

Beers: Unchallenged IPA, West Coast Red, Robust Porter, Lost Grain English Summer Ale, Apricot Wheat. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food.

UPDATE >>> Events: Nicky V’s be one of four sites for Local iQ’s West Side Beer night this Thursday at 7 p.m. Live music will be provided by MizzBeeHavans. Boxing Bear, Broken Bottle, and Marble’s West Side Pub will also have some fun going on.

News: Pi will be at GABF at the NM Brewers Guild booth. The IPA and Bourbon Vanilla Porter, a Crew favorite from Hopfest, will be available.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Sawmill Stout, XPA1 Pale Ale, Helles Lager, Double IPA, Oktoberfest, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. Porter Pounder and I went over for the grand opening recently. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex. As for the beers, they are all the initial batches, so expect some modifications/changes going forward. Needless to say we both liked the Stout (5.2% ABV, 22 IBU) the best, but we’re dark beer guys (then again, you could also call us dark beer snobs, so consider that). Porter Pounder liked the XPA1 Pale Ale (5% ABV, 35 IBU), which will always be a rotating single-hop pale ale. The Crosscut Kolsch (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) is almost like a Kolsch/hefeweizen hybrid. The Ghost Train (6.2% ABV, 75 IBU) needs some work, but the brewer has already identified what went wrong in the first batch and is working on correcting that for the next run. The new Double IPA (7.7% ABV, 90 IBU) begs to be tried in the near future. The new Oktoberfest (5.7% ABV, 17 IBU) is an interesting variation on the traditional style; we tasted wheat malts in the mix. The new Chocolate Pumpkin Porter debuted over the weekend.

News: A Schwarzbier is in the works.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Noon to midnight all week)

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

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re going to dispatch E-Rock (he needs a new assignment) to re-establish our lines of communication with Sandia Chile Grill.

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

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

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: 6% Humidity 9% ABV Cider, Barnstorm Ale, Javi Light Lager, Milk Mustachio Stout, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, Berliner Weisse, Tractoberfest, Pilsner #15, 4 Seasons 1 Week Cider.

Beers at Wells Park only: Tupac Cali Red. 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 Berliner Weisse Sour is a variation of a traditional German-style wheat beer that has the qualities of a sour. It’s an acquired taste. The Tractoberfest is back and this year’s batch is one of the best yet. It’s just a malt blast of happiness. The other recent beer additions to the lineups are the Barnstorm Ale, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, which is drier yet more flavorful than most ambers, and Tupac Cali Red. The 4 Seasons 1 Week Cider is a variation of the 6%-9% (these names, oy), slightly sweeter and it’s only 7.2-percent ABV.

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

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

Tractor’s Thirsty Thursday music series at Wells Park continues with Sunlight performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ will provide the food.

The In the Mix series continues Saturday at Wells Park as Cloudface will perform at 9 p.m. Kimo’s again provides the sustenance.

Beer for a Better Burque will hold a kickoff event, Non-Profit Night, on Monday at Wells Park at 6 p.m.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Monochrome Milk Stout, Pork ‘n’ Brew Brown Ale, Saison du Soleil, Oktoberfest. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The newest beer on tap is the Oktoberfest, a beer I will have to trek out to Rio Rancho to sample. I got to enjoy the decadently smooth Monochrome Milk Stout from a guest tap at Boxing Bear.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Funkadelic Dunkel, Night Train (Schwarzbier), Scorched (smoked olde ale), Alpha Reaper (Imperial Red Ale). If the Alpha Reaper (9% ABV, 100 IBU) sounds imposing, that’s because it is. A wet-hopped imperial red, it was made with 50 pounds of fresh Chinook hops grown in Colorado. Now good luck keeping “Don’t Fear the Reaper” from getting stuck in your head. The most recent German-style beer addition is the Night Train (5% ABV, 32 IBU), a darker lager made with two types of German malts and noble hops, though it’s down the last keg. The Funkadelic (5.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Bavarian-style brown ale, with Crystal hops added to balance the big malt bill. Scorched debuted last week. I got the chance to try both Funkadelic, which is exceptionally smooth, and Scorched, which is exactly the big old smoky blast you would expect.

News: Blue Corn’s Oktoberfest is due to be tapped this coming Monday.

A pumpkin ale is also in the works, while further down the line we are really looking forward to an imperial stout and a barley wine.

Events: Blue Corn and Santa Fe Spirits will team up for a beer-cocktail dinner on Oct. 16.

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: Study Series: Brown (Belgian-style Sour Brown Ale), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Synne (Pale Ale), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Whistler (Blonde), Manikin Small Scottish-style Dark Ale, Oaked Grunewald (Barrel Aged Imperial Porter). Duel brewer Todd Yocham described the latest Study Series entry (5% ABV) like this, “A very malt forward light bodied brown ale, soured with Lactobacillus and accentuated by the fruity esters from our Trappist yeast.” The Fantin (7.5% ABV), which I tried and liked at Pajarito Summerfest, gets this summary, “Aromas of strawberry and pineapple accentuated by our Trappist yeast will keep you wanting more.” Todd also said his supply of the Oaked Grunewald is very limited, so hurry over before it runs out.

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

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Oktoberfest, Double White IPA. The first beer in the new Ever Changing Series is a Double White IPA. We didn’t get an update this week on Small Batch Saturday, but if one comes along we will add it to this article. (There’s always a chance that too much of the brewery staff is up at GABF, so they may not do one this week).

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

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

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

Beers: Kolsch, Atalaya Altbeir, Citra Weizen, IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Boneshaker Bitter. The Wet-hopped Otowi Pale Ale and Pivotal IPA have run out for now, while the Citra Weizen is nearing the end of its current run (it may even be out by the team you read this). The Cream Stout, Amber Ale, and Rauchbier are all back on tap. You can also pick up four-packs of cans of Boneshaker at the brewery. The good folks from Mother Road Mobile Canning stopped by again to team up with Second Street. We love teamwork when it comes to beer.

Events: Jake will be the featured performer all October for the Thursday Patio Series. Pollo Frito are playing Friday at the original location. Pigment plays Saturday.

Shows at the Railyard include Mushi Trio on Friday, MVIII Jazz Project on Saturday, and Drastic Andrew & the Cinnamon Girls on Sunday.

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

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

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

Beers: KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Venom IPA. Twisted Chile has been open for a while as a restaurant, but as the name might imply, they will be brewing their own beer on site. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, they will be the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado.

News: The Venom IPA should be on tap today. We’ll try to head down to Socorro as soon as we can and do a proper write-up for Twisted Chile.

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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

This weekend marks a temporary respite amid festival season, falling in between Hopfest last week and the upcoming Lions, Tigers, and Beers at the Zoo next weekend (plus GABF, for those lucky enough to head up to Denver) and then NM Brew Fest the weekend after that. So the good folks at Marble decided it was as good of a time as any to hold a sort of mini-festival. This one is not as much about the beer as it is everything else.

This is just one of this weekend's many events involving local breweries.

This is just one of this weekend’s many events involving local breweries.

The annual Mountain Rescue Brew Fest will run at the downtown pub from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday. The entire event supports the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council. It’s free to get in, but donations are encouraged. There will be a raffle, a silent auction, plenty of Mountain Rescue apparel for sale, plus some “Mountain Skills Trivia,” so start studying up now.

While there won’t be a lineup of beers to sample, Marble will have a special new brew called Rescue Craft on draft. We have no idea what type of beer this is going to be, so for curiosity’s sake we might just have to stop by to try it. There will be a commemorative pint glass, just in case your collection from all over hasn’t completely taken over an entire cabinet (it already has for Franz Solo and Mrs. Solo, FYI).

This being Marble, there will of course be lots of live music playing during the festival. A total of eight acts will perform including Alex Maryol, Boris McCutcheon, DJ Matty Be, Eliza Linde, Floozy, The Green Billies, The Jake Leg Three, and Sol de la Noche.

If you’re busy Saturday, Marble has another event Sunday. Meet up at the downtown pub at 1 p.m. with your bicycle and then head up to Gecko’s in Nob Hill for a special party. There will be a tap takeover, commemorative glasses for the first 50 people, and of course football on Gecko’s many TVs. The event lasts from 2 to 10 p.m., and yes, you don’t have to be one of the ones to bike over. You can drive/walk/skateboard, hell, parachute in if you want (we just wouldn’t recommend that one; space is tight in Nob Hill).

As for other breweries’ weekend events in the ABQ metro area …

  • Up in Bernalillo on Sunday, the Desert Darlings belly dancers will be performing a special masquerade-themed show at Kaktus from 6 to 9 p.m. If you bring your own mask, Kaktus will only charge you $3 per pint.
  • Broken Bottle is hosting a Headliners Comedy event Saturday at 9 p.m. Kevin Kennedy will be the host, while the comedians will include A.J. Martinez, John Cuellar, Mary Byrd, Genevieve Garcia de Mueller, and friend of the Crew Margaret VonShnorkelstein.
  • The Stumbling Steer has live music tonight and Saturday. First up is Boulevard Lane tonight at 7, followed by Ravin Hills at 7 on Saturday.
  • Tractor will be holding brewery tours at Wells Park on Sunday. The tours will kick off at 3:30, 5:30, and 7 p.m. If you would rather stay out front, the I’ll Drink to That variety show starts at 4 p.m.

If we left out anybody’s events this weekend, we apologize. Just let us know via email (nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com) or on social media and we’ll update this.

Have fun this weekend, everyone! And don’t forget to listen to 1600 AM/95.9 FM on Saturday at 3 p.m. to hear the dulcet tones of myself and Brandon Daniel as we chat about the local brewing scene with the hosts of The Spirits of New Mexico.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the reunified edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and one newcomer down in Socorro also joining the party. We tried hard to keep the state edition going, but without participation from the breweries outside the I-25 corridor, it was futile.

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

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

We technically entered into autumn this week, but it’s been acting like fall for a while in the craft brewing world. While the big boys (Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada, etc.) have been filling the shelves with their pumpkins and marzens since August, breweries in New Mexico are now catching up. Hey, you all were drinking so much of their stock this summer they were fighting to keep up with demand. Now that things have cooled off (literally, I guess), the locals are releasing their fall beers as well. Don’t worry, the Crew will soon have enough beers to do a double challenge. In the meantime, Back Alley’s Oktoberfest debuted at Hopfest. Broken Bottle’s Oktoberfest went on tap today. Il Vicino has both a Pumpkin Porter and a Pumpkin Saison. La Cumbre has Witch’s Tit (pumpkin) and an Oktoberfest. Ponderosa has jumped on board quickly with an Oktoberfest, just their second seasonal. Turtle Mountain’s Oktoberfest went on tap this week. Bosque has an Oktoberfest and a pumpkin in the works, as does Chama River. Blue Corn is also working on an Oktoberfest for the near future.

With festival season in full swing and breweries gearing up for GABF next month, there were only a few new beers (or old favorites) popping up this week. Bosque has brought back its popular Olde Bosky Porter, plus there’s a Simcoe IPA on tap. Broken Bottle resurrected Cactus Juice, made with prickly pears. Chama River has The Hound, an amber ale.

Up in Santa Fe, Santa Fe’s small-batch beer is Carne’s Peachy Camper, plus the first in their Ever Changing Series, a Double White IPA, is due out this week. Second Street has Rod’s Best Bitter and Boneshaker Bitter back on tap.

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

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

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

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Soroche IPA, Red Ale, Berliner Weisse, Octoberfest. We enjoyed the Octoberfest over at Hopfest, so hopefully it’s on tap for a while so we can get some more. BADH has been fighting to keep with demand lately, so we can’t guarantee all of these beers will be on tap through the weekend. Don’t worry, though, as BADH always carries a large swath of beers from across New Mexico and the world.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

Beers: Fade to Blackberry Sour, Acequia Wet Hop IPA, Rebel Brit, Bosque’s Burnin’ Red, Olde Bosky Porter, Simcoe IPA. The Rebel Brit is a variation of the Mellow Brit. Also an American brown ale, it was brewed with London Ale yeast to produce a unique but tasty flavor. Fade to Blackberry finds some balance between the sweet blackberry flavor and the usual tartness of a sour. Scale Tipper #4 (7.4% ABV, 100+ IBU) is out for the time being as the remaining stock is bound for GABF next month. In its place is Acequia, brewed with fresh-picked hops from Colorado. It was our pick for the best hoppy beer at Septemberfest recently. Both the Blackberry and Acequia are nearing the end of their run. The Burnin’ Red, with a new recipe, is back on tap. Also back on tap is an old favorite in the Olde Bosky Porter.

Cask: Yup, Bosque is doing a cask now, because they love us all that much more (actually, they just recently acquired some casks to do these sorts of things, but we can pretend). This week’s cask offering will be the Olde Bosky with coffee added. That should wake us all up Friday afternoon/evening.

News: Construction continues on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also signed a lease on a new taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

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

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Red Panda Session Red, Uppercut IPA. Recent additions to the lineup are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU). The other somewhat recent addition is the Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU), while the Sun Bear Summer Ale has vanished with the arrival of fall. Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now, but the punchy Uppercut IPA is back.

News: Glassjaw DIPA went into the fermenter back on Sept. 17. It should debut in the weeks ahead.

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: 12 Step Apricot Ale, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Atomic Rye Red, Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale, Stray Dog IPA, Cactus Juice, Oktoberfest. The Stray Dog, Apricot, Watermelon, Atomic, and Elixir went on tap recently, while the Cactus Juice is the newest beer listed via BBB’s Facebook page. It’s made with prickly pears. The Oktoberfest went on tap today (Wednesday).

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.

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: Hardscrabble ESB, Wee Bit Loco, The Hound (Amber Ale), Valle de Oro Pale Ale. Wee Bit Loco is a new Scottish ale and was our pick as the best malty beer at Septemberfest. Hardscrabble (5.4% ABV, 35 IBU) another recent entry to the lineup. The Valle de Oro (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) was brewed in honor of the Friends of Valle de Oro, the wildlife shelter in the South Valley. For every pint sold, $1 will be donated to the shelter. The Hound (6% ABV, 40 IBU) was described as “a roasty fall amber.”

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

UPDATED >>> Events: Chama is hosting a beer dinner Thursday at 6:30 p.m. It will feature all five of the beers that Chama is sending to the Great American Beer Festival next week. Call the number above for reservations, they’re required, and it’s $45 per person. It will be your first chance to try Cosmic Dog, a new coffee stout. Zach, we’re all poor, can you save some of that for us after you get back from Denver? Thanks.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: Irish Red, Sessa’s Wet Hop IPA, Exodus IPA, Henhouse Saison, Elmo’s IIPA, Pumpkin Saison, Pumpkin Porter, Mimosa Beer. The Elmo’s (10% ABV) is a modified version of the Elsa Imperial IPA with Mosaic hops added. Citra IPA (8.3% ABV, 65 IBU) and the return of Exodus (7.8% ABV, 100+ IBU) will keep the hopheads happy. Henhouse will be entered in the GABF Pro-Am this year. Mike Archibeck teamed up with Doug to brew this unique new beer. If you need to get your fall fun going, the Pumpkin Saison and Porter are a good place to start. We lean toward the porter, but, uh, we’ve got “Dark Side” in our name. The Mimosa was a late addition to the lineup. It’s got a wheat base infused with blood oranges.

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

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Kolsch, Oyster Stout, Banty Rooster (Hefe IPA), Helles Lager, Honk Ale, Alanna’s Amber, Banaweizen, Charlie Brown. The Oyster Stout and the Alanna’s Amber are the newest entries. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

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

The Desert Darlings belly dancers will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out. This week’s event will be masquerade-themed, so wear your masks.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Full Nelson, Project Dank, Across the Pond, Tank 10 Red Ale, Witch’s Tit, Oktoberfest, Levitated (Imperial) Pilsner. Well, hello there Oktoberfest (5.4% ABV, 35 IBU). It debuted last Saturday while we were all at Hopfest. Oh, darn, we’ll have to head over and try it along with the Levitated, which debuts with a release party on tap and in bombers today (Wednesday). The other somewhat recent additions include the popular seasonal pumpkin beer, Witch’s Tit (7.5% ABV, 30 IBU), plus Across the Pond (6.5% ABV, 65 IBU), a British-style IPA, and Tank 10 Red Ale (6.8% ABV, 85 IBU), which is a wonderful combo hop bomb/malt blast of a beer, just the way we like ‘em. The Full Nelson (8.5% ABV, IBUs listed as “stupid”) is a powerful DIPA, but the brewer has run out of bombers for sale. You may still find some around town. Project Dank (7.5% ABV, “a lot” IBU) is back with a fresh batch.

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

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

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

A Dubbel is next up on the rotating beer tap list.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Red Light Lager, Double White, Imperial Red, Wilderness Pale Ale. The Imperial Red is back on tap. This batch was brewed for GABF in Denver next month. Wilderness is a pale ale brewed with local spruce and pine. A portion of the profits will be donated to the Wilderness Society. Otherwise it’s a relatively light seasonal list as Marble is at capacity brewing the regular beers for distribution.

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 annual Mountain Rescue Brew Fest will run this Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. There will be plenty of live music, special giveaways, and more (plus a special new beer). We’ll have more on this event coming up.

Marble will hold a release party for their Pumpkin Ale on Oct. 15.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Altbier. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight cranked out a new seasonal in the Blackberry Hefeweizen while the popular Altbier has returned. The RPA (5.9% ABV) has somewhat muted rye flavor, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon.

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

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

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

Beers: Unchallenged IPA, West Coast Red, Robust Porter, Lost Grain English Summer Ale, Apricot Wheat. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Sawmill Stout, XPA1 Pale Ale, Helles Lager, Double IPA, Oktoberfest. Porter Pounder and I went over for the grand opening recently. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex. As for the beers, they are all the initial batches, so expect some modifications/changes going forward. Needless to say we both liked the Stout (5.2% ABV, 22 IBU) the best, but we’re dark beer guys (then again, you could also call us dark beer snobs, so consider that). Porter Pounder liked the XPA1 Pale Ale (5% ABV, 35 IBU), which will always be a rotating single-hop pale ale. The Crosscut Kolsch (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) is almost like a Kolsch/hefeweizen hybrid. The Ghost Train (6.2% ABV, 75 IBU) needs some work, but the brewer has already identified what went wrong in the first batch and is working on correcting that for the next run. The new Double IPA (7.7% ABV, 90 IBU) begs to be tried in the near future. The even newer Oktoberfest (5.7% ABV, 17 IBU) is also calling our name.

News: A Schwarzbier is in the works.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Noon to midnight all week)

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

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re going to dispatch E-Rock (he needs a new assignment) to re-establish our lines of communication with Sandia Chile Grill.

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

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

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: 6% Humidity 9% ABV Cider, Barnstorm Ale, Javi Light Lager, Milk Mustachio Stout, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, Berliner Weisse, Tupac Cali Red.

Beers at Wells Park only: L4 IPL, Pilsner #15, 4 Seasons 1 Week Cider. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Berliner Weisse Sour is a variation of a traditional German-style wheat beer that has the qualities of a sour. It’s an acquired taste. The most recent beer additions to the lineups are the Barnstorm Ale, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, which is drier yet more flavorful than most ambers, and Tupac Cali Red. The 4 Seasons 1 Week Cider is a variation of the 6%-9% (these names, oy), slightly sweeter and it’s only 7.2-percent ABV.

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

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

The Solos on the Hill series is back at Nob Hill tonight at 8:30. Cali Shaw will be performing.

Tractor’s pLOUD music series at Wells Park continues Thursday with Youngsville performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ will provide the food.

Wells Park will host a Red or Blue Party, a sort of political mixer for everyone. It starts at 7 p.m.

The ABQ Slam Poetry City Championship will be held at Wells Park on Saturday at 6 p.m.

The In the Mix series continues Saturday at Wells Park as DJ Cloudface will perform at 9 p.m. Kimo’s again provides the sustenance.

After an afternoon of NFL games on the projector screen at Wells Park on Sunday, the I’ll Drink to That variety show kicks off at 4 p.m. with music, poetry, comedy, and more.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Monochrome Milk Stout, Pork ‘n’ Brew Brown Ale, Saison du Soleil, Oktoberfest. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The newest beer on tap is the Oktoberfest, a beer I will have to trek out to Rio Rancho to sample. I got to enjoy the decadently smooth Monochrome Milk Stout from a guest tap at Boxing Bear.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Berliner Weiss, Funkadelic Dunkel, Night Train (Schwarzbier), Scorched (smoked olde ale), Alpha Reaper (Imperial Red Ale). If the Alpha Reaper (9% ABV, 100 IBU) sounds imposing, that’s because it is. A wet-hopped imperial red, it was made with 50 pounds of fresh Chinook hops grown in Colorado. Now good luck keeping “Don’t Fear the Reaper” from getting stuck in your head. The most recent German-style beer addition is the Night Train (5% ABV, 32 IBU), a darker lager made with two types of German malts and noble hops. The Funkadelic (5.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Bavarian-style brown ale, with Crystal hops added to balance the big malt bill. Scorched debuted last week. I got the chance to try both Funkadelic, which is exceptionally smooth, and Scorched, which is exactly the big old smoky blast you would expect.

News: An Oktoberfest and a pumpkin ale are in the works, while further down the line we are really looking forward to an imperial stout and a barley wine.

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: Study Series: Brown (Belgian-style Sour Brown Ale), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Synne (Pale Ale), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Whistler (Blonde), Manikin Small Scottish-style Dark Ale, Oaked Grunewald (Barrel Aged Imperial Porter). Duel brewer Todd Yocham described the latest Study Series entry (5% ABV) like this, “A very malt forward light bodied brown ale, soured with Lactobacillus and accentuated by the fruity esters from our Trappist yeast.” The Fantin (7.5% ABV), which I tried and liked at Pajarito Summerfest, gets this summary, “Aromas of strawberry and pineapple accentuated by our Trappist yeast will keep you wanting more.” Todd also said his supply of the Oaked Grunewald is very limited, so hurry over before it runs out.

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

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Oktoberfest, Carne’s Peachy Camper, Double White IPA, Wet-Hop Pale Ale. The Peachy Camper is this week’s entry for Small Batch Saturday, while the Pale Ale is on tap for a short time. Kriek, SFBC’s popular sour, is not on tap, but it is available in bombers around the state. The first beer in the new Ever Changing Series is a Double White IPA, which will debut with a release party this Friday. We’ll have more on the event soon.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: SFBC will be busy pouring beers at multiple events this weekend, including Durango Oktoberfest on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, they will also be at the South Valley Chili Fest. And, as they have been the last few weeks, SFBC will be at the Santa Fe Ski Basin Fall Gold sale, which will hold its final event this Sunday.

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, Wet-hopped Otowi Pale Ale, Pivotal IPA, Atalaya Altbeir, Citra Weizen, IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Boneshaker Bitter. The Steam Bitter and Scotch Ale have run out, but the Rod’s Best Bitter and Boneshaker Bitter are back.

Events: Kodama Trio are playing Friday at the original location. The Alto Street Band plays Saturday.

Shows at the Railyard include Andy Primm on Friday, Christina Herr & Wild Frontier on Saturday, and the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band on Sunday.

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

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

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

Beers: IPA. Twisted Chile has been open for a while as a restaurant, but as the name might imply, they will be brewing their own beer on site. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, they will be the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado.

News: A stout is in the fermenter. When it’s ready we’ll try to head down to Socorro and do a proper write-up for Twisted Chile.

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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.

To say this is a busy beer week might be a massive understatement. Red Door Brewing is having its soft opening today (Wednesday) with the grand opening Friday. The Crew got a sneak preview and loved their beers, considering they were all debuts. It was a much stronger start than Ponderosa had recently (we have faith that they will improve considerably in the months to come), more akin to what Boxing Bear did out of the gate. While all that is going on, two more breweries are revving up this week outside of the ABQ metro area. Twisted Chile Brewing in Socorro (see entry below) will have its first beer on tap, an IPA of course, this Saturday. Spotted Dog Brewing in Mesilla will open Friday. Look for a full preview from Porter Pounder this week (he got an advance visit while working on a film crew down in Las Cruces last month). If all that wasn’t enough, Ullrfest is taking place on Pajarito Mountain next to Los Alamos on Saturday. The biggest event of all, however, is Hopfest, which is set for Isleta Casino on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. for “extra hoppy hour” and 3 p.m. for everyone else. I met with Marne Gaston (at Red Door) and will have a full preview, including a list of the beers you need to seek out, on Thursday.

With festival season in full swing and breweries gearing up for GABF next month, there were only a few new beers (or old favorites) popping up this week. Back Alley hopes to have a new October Fest on tap by Friday. Bosque has revamped Burnin’ Red. Broken Bottle introduces the Stray Dog IPA. Il Vicino has the funky Pumpkin Saison. Ponderosa unleashed a Double IPA. Tractor has brought back Barnstorm Ale and is introducing Cider Especial.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn does not fear the Alpha Reaper, an imperial red. Santa Fe’s small-batch beer is a Doppelbock this week. Second Street has Wet-hopped Otowi Pale Ale, Pivotal IPA, and Atalaya Altbeir now available.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Sept. 15.

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

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

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Soroche IPA, Red Ale, Berliner Weisse, October Fest. Brewer Addison Poth said as of Monday that his taps had run dry, due in part to preparing kegs to take to Hopfest on Saturday, and because so many of you visited last weekend and drank up what was left. He hopes to have the four beers listed back on tap either Thursday or Friday. Don’t worry, though, as BADH always carries a large swath of beers from across New Mexico and the world.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

Beers: Fade to Blackberry Sour, Acequia Wet Hop IPA, Rebel Brit, Bosque’s Burnin’ Red. The Bosque Lager is temporarily out (guess you all liked it, didn’t you?) but will return soon. The Rebel Brit is a variation of the Mellow Brit. Also an American brown ale, it was brewed with London Ale yeast to produce a unique but tasty flavor. Fade to Blackberry finds some balance between the sweet blackberry flavor and the usual tartness of a sour. Scale Tipper #4 (7.4% ABV, 100+ IBU) is out for the time being as the remaining stock is bound for GABF next month. In its place is Acequia, brewed with fresh-picked hops from Colorado. It was our pick for the best hoppy beer at Septemberfest recently. The Burnin’ Red, with a new recipe, is back on tap.

News: Construction continues on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also signed a lease on a new taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

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

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Red Panda Session Red, Uppercut IPA. Recent additions to the lineup are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU). The other somewhat recent addition is the Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU), while the Sun Bear Summer Ale has vanished with the arrival of fall. Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now, but the punchy Uppercut IPA is back.

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: 12 Step Apricot Ale, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Atomic Rye Red, Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale, Stray Dog IPA. The Apricot, Watermelon, Atomic, and Elixir went on tap recently, while the Stray Dog IPA is the newest beer listed via BBB’s Facebook page.

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.

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: Hardscrabble ESB, Wee Bit Loco, Radioactive IPA, Valle de Oro Pale Ale. Wee Bit Loco is a new Scottish ale and was our pick as the best malty beer at Septemberfest. Hardscrabble (5.4% ABV, 35 IBU) another recent entry to the lineup. Radioactive IPA (7.5% ABV, 100 IBU) was Chama’s standout entry in the IPA Challenge back in July. It’s back by popular demand. New to taps is the Valle de Oro (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU), which was brewed in honor of the Friends of Valle de Oro, the wildlife shelter in the South Valley. For every pint sold, $1 will be donated to the shelter.

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

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Sessa’s Wet Hop IPA, Exodus IPA, Henhouse Saison, Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Elmo’s IIPA, Pumpkin Saison. The Elmo’s (10% ABV) is a modified version of the Elsa Imperial IPA with Mosaic hops added. Citra IPA (8.3% ABV, 65 IBU) and the return of Exodus (7.8% ABV, 100+ IBU) will keep the hopheads happy. Welcome back to a Crew favorite, the GABF gold-medal winning Panama Joe (8% ABV, 37 IBU). Speaking of GABF, Henhouse will be entered in the Pro-Am this year. Mike Archibeck teamed up with Doug to brew this unique new beer.

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

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Kolsch, Oyster Stout, Banty Rooster (Hefe IPA), Helles Lager, Honk Ale, Alanna’s Amber, Banaweizen, Charlie Brown. The Oyster Stout replaces the Cream Stout, while the Helles Lager returns. The Alanna’s Amber is a new entry, taking the Solstice Pilsner’s spot on the roster. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

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

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

Kaktus will be one of four breweries pouring at the Rio Rancho Oktoberfest this Friday and Saturday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Full Nelson, Saison d’Hommel, Fievre d’Abricot, Across the Pond, Tank 10 Red Ale, Witch’s Tit. Jeff was out of town, so we didn’t get an update (yet). Oh, darn might have to stop by La Cumbre after this afternoon’s Isotopes affiliation announcement (spoiler: it’s the Rockies, according to sources). The most recent additions include the popular seasonal pumpkin beer, Witch’s Tit, plus Across the Pond (6.5% ABV, 65 IBU), a British-style IPA, and Tank 10 Red Ale (6.8% ABV, 85 IBU), which is a wonderful combo hop bomb/malt blast of a beer, just the way we like ‘em. The Full Nelson (8.5% ABV, IBUs listed as “stupid”) is a powerful DIPA that’s also available in bombers, though none are left at the brewery. You may still find some around town. The Saison (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU) and the Fievre (7.8% ABV, 25 IBU) are likewise available for sale in bombers.

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

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

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

A Dubbel and a Porter are next up.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Red Light Lager, Double White, Imperial Red, Wilderness Pale Ale. The Imperial Red is back on tap. This batch was brewed for GABF in Denver next month. Wilderness is a pale ale brewed with local spruce and pine. A portion of the profits will be donated to the Wilderness Society. Otherwise it’s a relatively light seasonal list as Marble is at capacity brewing the regular beers for distribution.

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.

Don’t forget about the Community Ride and Refueling Party for cyclists and beer lovers alike this Saturday at Marble. All the info you need was posted last week, or go to Marble’s website for more info.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Altbier. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight cranked out a new seasonal in the Blackberry Hefeweizen while the popular Altbier has returned. The RPA (5.9% ABV) has somewhat muted rye flavor, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon.

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

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

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: Unchallenged IPA, West Coast Red, Robust Porter, Lost Grain English Summer Ale, Apricot Wheat. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Sawmill Stout, XPA1 Pale Ale, Helles Lager, Double IPA. Porter Pounder and I went over for the grand opening recently. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex. As for the beers, they are all the initial batches, so expect some modifications/changes going forward. Needless to say we both liked the Stout (5.2% ABV, 22 IBU) the best, but we’re dark beer guys (then again, you could also call us dark beer snobs, so consider that). Porter Pounder liked the XPA1 Pale Ale (5% ABV, 35 IBU), which will always be a rotating single-hop pale ale. The Crosscut Kolsch (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) is almost like a Kolsch/hefeweizen hybrid. The Ghost Train (6.2% ABV, 75 IBU) needs some work, but the brewer has already identified what went wrong in the first batch and is working on correcting that for the next run. The new Double IPA (7.7% ABV, 90 IBU) begs to be tried in the near future.

News: More German-style beers are on the way in the weeks ahead.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Noon to midnight all week)

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

News: Red Door’s soft opening is today (Wednesday) from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The grand opening will be Friday from noon to midnight. Europa Roaming Kitchen will provide the food on Friday.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, American IPA. We’re going to dispatch E-Rock (he needs a new assignment) to re-establish our lines of communication with Sandia Chile Grill.

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

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

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: Cider Especial, Barnstorm Ale, Javi Light Lager, Milk Mustachio Stout, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, Berliner Weisse, Tupac Cali Red.

Beers at Wells Park only: L4 IPL, Maibock, Maibock. 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 Berliner Weisse Sour is a variation of a traditional German-style wheat beer that has the qualities of a sour. It’s an acquired taste. The most recent beer additions to the lineups are the Barnstorm Ale, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, which is drier yet more flavorful than most ambers, and Tupac Cali Red. The Cider Especial is also new.

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

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

Tractor’s Thirsty Thursday music series at Wells Park continues with April Barreiro performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ will provide the food.

The In the Mix series continues Saturday at Wells Park as DJ Young Native will perform at 9 p.m. Kimo’s again provides the sustenance.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Monochrome Milk Stout, Pork ‘n’ Brew Brown Ale, Dog Daze Summer Lager, Saison du Soleil. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The newest beer on tap is the Saison du Soleil, a French/Belgian saison. I got to enjoy the decadently smooth Monochrome Milk Stout from a guest tap at Boxing Bear.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Berliner Weiss, Funkadelic Dunkel, Night Train (Schwarzbier), Scorched (smoked olde ale), Alpha Reaper (Imperial Red Ale). If the Alpha Reaper (9% ABV, 100 IBU) sounds imposing, that’s because it is. A wet-hopped imperial red, it was made with 50 pounds of fresh Chinook hops grown in Colorado. Now good luck keeping “Don’t Fear the Reaper” from getting stuck in your head. The most recent German-style beer addition is the Night Train (5% ABV, 32 IBU), a darker lager made with two types of German malts and noble hops. The Funkadelic (5.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Bavarian-style brown ale, with Crystal hops added to balance the big malt bill. Scorched debuted last week. I got the chance to try both Funkadelic, which is exceptionally smooth, and Scorched, which is exactly the big old smoky blast you would expect.

News: An Oktoberfest and a pumpkin ale are in the works, while further down the line we are really looking forward to an imperial stout and a barley wine.

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: Study Series: Brown (Belgian-style Sour Brown Ale), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Synne (Pale Ale), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Whistler (Blonde), Manikin Small Scottish-style Dark Ale, Oaked Grunewald (Barrel Aged Imperial Porter). Duel brewer Todd Yocham described the latest Study Series entry (5% ABV) like this, “A very malt forward light bodied brown ale, soured with Lactobacillus and accentuated by the fruity esters from our Trappist yeast.” The Fantin (7.5% ABV), which I tried and liked at Pajarito Summerfest, gets this summary, “Aromas of strawberry and pineapple accentuated by our Trappist yeast will keep you wanting more.” Todd also said his supply of the Oaked Grunewald is very limited, so hurry over before it runs out.

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

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

UPDATED >>>> Beers: Oktoberfest, Lydia and Carne’s Doppelbock. The Doppelbock is this week’s entry for Small Batch Saturday, while the Crystalweis we listed earlier will be held back until a later date. Kriek, SFBC’s popular sour, is not on tap, but it is available in bombers around the state. The first beer in the new Ever Changing Series will be a Double White IPA, which potentially will debut this week or the next.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: SFBC will be all over the place pouring beers this week, including Rio Rancho Oktoberfest and Globalquerque on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, they will be at Hopfest, Ullrfest in Los Alamos, Bands and Brews in Pagosa Springs, Sipapu Music on the Rocks, Taos Chile Challenge, and the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair. And, as they have been the last three weeks, SFBC will be at the Santa Fe Ski Basin Fall Gold sale, which will be held this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

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, Wet-hopped Otowi Pale Ale, Pivotal IPA, Atalaya Altbeir, Citra Weizen, Scotch Ale, IPA, Steam Bitter. The Cream Stout, Rod’s Best Bitter, Boneshaker Bitter, and Pajarito Pale Ale have run out, but the Pivotal IPA and wet-hopped Otowi Pale Ale are back, plus the Atalaya Altbier has debuted. This year’s Scotch Ale is a cherry wood smoked aged beer, which gives it a smoky yet sweet flavor profile, without being too much of either. It’s a big, thick, tough beer that’s not for the faint of heart.

Events: SSB Thursday’s Patio series features Bill Hearne. Tumbleweeds are playing Friday. Eryn Bent plays Saturday.

Shows at the Railyard include Pollo Frito on Friday, Jaka on Saturday, and the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band on Sunday.

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

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

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

Beers: IPA. Twisted Chile has been open for a while as a restaurant, but as the name might imply, they will be brewing their own beer on site. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, they will be the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado.

Events: As noted above, the debut of the IPA as the first homemade beer at Twisted Chile will be this Saturday. The Crew hopes to go down some time next week to try this and hopefully the stout will be ready when we arrive.

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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 Metro Edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, giving you a list of their current beers on tap as well as any special events going on in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Bernalillo. Look for the State Edition, which will include everywhere from Taos and Santa Fe up north to Las Cruces and Silver City down south, this Thursday.

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.

New Mexico is one of the most bicycle-friendly states in the country. Tying that love to another love, craft beer, has been beneficial to both cycling groups and to our breweries. Next Saturday (Sept. 20) at Marble will be a special event tied into the upcoming Big Ride for 1400 Miles event. That event will start in Austin, Texas, on Sunday and end in Denver in advance of the Great American Beer Festival in Oct. 2-4. It’s designed to help raise money and awareness for prostate health. Marble will tie into this by having a special Community Ride and Refueling Party next Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with proceeds going to Pints for Prostates. Riders can go one of two distances (12 miles or 63 for you crazy folks) with the ride beginning and ending at Marble. It costs $30 for registration right now through Marble, or $35 on the day of the event. You get a 1400 Miles T-shirt, entry to the Refueling Party (it’s $15 if you just want to go to the party but don’t want to ride), and you get to go on one of the two rides. There will be live music at Marble from Le Chat Lunatique, Alex Maryol and the Dirty Shades. The party will take place in the north parking lot at Marble’s downtown pub. The Supper Truck and Rustic Food Truck will be present to help refuel the riders with something other than beer. Contact Marble for more information.

With festival season in full swing and breweries gearing up for GABF next month, there were only a few new beers (or old favorites) popping up this week. Bosque’s Acequia Wet Hop IPA, our pick for the best hoppy beer at Septemberfest last weekend, is now on tap. Boxing Bear’s Uppercut IPA is back by popular demand. Chama River has brought back the potent Radioactive IPA, while also adding the Valle de Oro Pale Ale. La Cumbre has Across the Pond, a British-style IPA, and Tank 10 Red Ale.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Sept. 8.

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.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

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

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Soroche IPA, California Commons, Berliner Weisse. All the thirsty patrons drank up the last of the Kolsch, Pale Ale, and Ladron’s Peak. Brewer Addison Poth is hard at work restocking his supply of house beers. Don’t worry, though, as BADH always carries a large swath of beers from across New Mexico and the world.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

Beers: Farmhouse Pale Ale, Fade to Blackberry Sour, Acequia Wet Hop IPA, Rebel Brit. The Bosque Lager is temporarily out (guess you all liked it, didn’t you?) but will return soon. The Rebel Brit is a variation of the Mellow Brit. Also an American brown ale, it was brewed with London Ale yeast to produce a unique but tasty flavor. Fade to Blackberry finds some balance between the sweet blackberry flavor and the usual tartness of a sour. Scale Tipper #4 (7.4% ABV, 100+ IBU) is out for the time being as the remaining stock is bound for GABF next month. In its place is Acequia, brewed with fresh-picked hops from Colorado. It was our pick for the best hoppy beer at Septemberfest last weekend.

News: Construction continues on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also signed a lease on a new taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

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

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Sun Bear Summer Ale, Red Panda Session Red, Uppercut IPA. Recent additions to the lineup are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU). The other somewhat recent additions to the lineup are the Sun Bear (4.8% ABV, 30 IBU) and Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU). Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now, but the punchy Uppercut IPA is back.

Events: Boxing Bear has live music this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. as Monday Catfish, a solo blues act, will perform on the patio.

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: 12 Step Apricot Ale, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Atomic Rye Red, Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale. The Apricot, Watermelon, and Atomic went on tap recently, while the Elixir is the newest beer listed via BBB’s Facebook page.

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.

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: Hardscrabble ESB, Wee Bit Loco, Radioactive IPA, Valle de Oro Pale Ale. Wee Bit Loco is a new Scottish ale and was our pick as the best malty beer at Septemberfest. Hardscrabble (5.4% ABV, 35 IBU) another recent entry to the lineup. Radioactive IPA (7.5% ABV, 100 IBU) was Chama’s standout entry in the IPA Challenge back in July. It’s back by popular demand. New to taps is the Valle de Oro (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU), which was brewed in honor of the Friends of Valle de Oro, the wildlife shelter in the South Valley. For every pint sold, $1 will be donated to the shelter.

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

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Sessa’s Wet Hop IPA, Exodus IPA, Henhouse Saison, Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Elmo’s IIPA. It’s rare that Il Vicino runs out the same lineup two weeks in a row. Clearly this is a sign that most of you need to get to the Canteen and drink more beer. The Elmo’s (10% ABV) is a modified version of the Elsa Imperial IPA with Mosaic hops added. Citra IPA (8.3% ABV, 65 IBU) and the return of Exodus (7.8% ABV, 100+ IBU) will keep the hopheads happy. Welcome back to a Crew favorite, the GABF gold-medal winning Panama Joe (8% ABV, 37 IBU). Speaking of GABF, Henhouse will be entered in the Pro-Am this year. Mike Archibeck teamed up with Doug to brew this unique new beer.

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

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Kolsch, Oyster Stout, Banty Rooster (Hefe IPA), Helles Lager, Honk Ale, Alanna’s Amber, Banaweizen, Charlie Brown. The Oyster Stout replaces the Cream Stout, while the Helles Lager returns. The Alanna’s Amber is a new entry, taking the Solstice Pilsner’s spot on the roster. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

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

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

Kaktus will be one of four breweries pouring at the Rio Rancho Oktoberfest Sept. 19-20. Look for a full preview next week.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Full Nelson, Saison d’Hommel, Fievre d’Abricot, Across the Pond, Tank 10 Red Ale. New this week are Across the Pond (6.5% ABV, 65 IBU), a British-style IPA, and Tank 10 Red Ale (6.8% ABV, 85 IBU), which sounds like a combo hop bomb/malt blast of a beer, just the way we like ‘em. The Full Nelson (8.5% ABV, IBUs listed as “stupid”) is a powerful DIPA that’s also available in bombers. The Saison (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU) and the Fievre (7.8% ABV, 25 IBU) are likewise available for sale in bombers.

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

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

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

A Dubbel and a Porter are next up.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Red Light Lager, Double White, Imperial Red, Wilderness Pale Ale. The Imperial Red is back on tap. This batch was brewed for GABF in Denver next month. Wilderness is a pale ale brewed with local spruce and pine. A portion of the profits will be donated to the Wilderness Society. Otherwise it’s a relatively light seasonal list as Marble is at capacity brewing the regular beers for distribution.

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

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

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Altbier. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight cranked out a new seasonal in the Blackberry Hefeweizen while the popular Altbier has returned. The RPA (5.9% ABV) has somewhat muted rye flavor, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon.

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

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

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

Beers: Pi IPA, West Coast Red, Porter, Lost Grain ESA, Apricot Wheat. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Sawmill Stout, XPA1 Pale Ale, Helles Lager. Porter Pounder and I went over for the grand opening last week. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex. As for the beers, they are all the initial batches, so expect some modifications/changes going forward. Needless to say we both liked the Stout (5.2% ABV, 22 IBU) the best, but we’re dark beer guys (then again, you could also call us dark beer snobs, so consider that). Porter Pounder liked the XPA1 Pale Ale (5% ABV, 35 IBU), which will always be a rotating single-hop pale ale. The Crosscut Kolsch (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) is almost like a Kolsch/hefeweizen hybrid. The Ghost Train (6.2% ABV, 75 IBU) needs some work, but the brewer has already identified what went wrong in the first batch and is working on correcting that for the next run.

News: A double IPA was already in the fermenter and more German-style beers are on the way in the weeks ahead.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, American IPA. We’re going to dispatch E-Rock (he needs a new assignment) to re-establish our lines of communication with Sandia Chile Grill.

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

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

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: Hard Apple Cider, Pilsner Roja, Javi Light Lager, Milk Mustachio Stout, Berry Cider, C+C IPA, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber.

Beers at Wells Park only: Tupac Cali Red, L4 IPL, Maibock, Berliner Weisse, Trekker Red Belgian Ale. 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 Pilsner Roja is a crisp, Marzen-style beer that tastes good in the hot summer months. The Berliner Weisse Sour takes a traditional German-style weiss beer and twists it into a sour. It’s an acquired taste. The most recent additions to the lineups are the La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, which is drier yet more flavorful than most ambers, and Tupac Cali Red.

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

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

Music is back at Nob Hill today (Wednesday). The new “Solos on the Hill” series begins with Cali Shaw performing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Joanie and Art’s BBQ will be parked outside for all your culinary needs.

Down at Wells Park tonight, the Pints and Politics series returns with “Political Speed Dating.” Ever wanted to get a few minutes with a local politician to ask him/her all the important questions? Grab a pint and take a seat and find out just who’s there. It starts at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Wells Park will host a Millenial Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Come hang out with the rest of the under-40 set. (If you believe Generation X ends in 1979, there are still some of us Xers under 40, thank you very much.) Afterward, Tractor’s pLOUD music series at Wells Park continues with Burque Sol performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ will provide the food.

The In the Mix series continues Saturday at Wells Park as Nicolatron will perform at 9 p.m. Kimo’s again provides the sustenance.

Next Tuesday, get ready for Beer and Bellies, as some of the city’s best belly dancers will perform at Wells Park from 7 to 9 p.m.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Monochrome Milk Stout, Pork ‘n’ Brew Brown Ale, Dog Daze Summer Lager, Saison du Soleil. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The newest beer on tap is the Saison du Soleil, a French/Belgian saison. I got to enjoy the decadently smooth Monochrome Milk Stout from a guest tap at Boxing Bear.

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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

Despite the title above, I don’t mind a good cider every now and again. But, seriously, a cider won a beer competition?

That was the case with this year’s State Fair Pro-Am competition for professional brewers. Santa Sidra’s A Tad Sweet was named Best of Show. Congrats to the folks at Santa Sidra, we’re sure they’re making good stuff, but come on, Pro-Am judges. SERIOUSLY?!

This year's State Fair Pro-Am results are finally posted.

This year’s State Fair Pro-Am results are finally posted.

All right, moving on from all that, here are the results boiled down into some nice stats. Hey, I cover a lot of baseball, numbers are a part of the game. Categories (typically) had a gold, silver, and bronze. No brewery won more than three golds, achieved by Blue Corn, Cazuela’s, Santa Fe, and Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande. Three Rivers won the most overall medals with seven (four silver, three bronze).

A breakdown, of sorts.

Abbey Brewing: 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze

B2B Bistronomy: 1 goal, 1 bronze

Back Alley: 2 gold, 2 bronze

Blue Corn: 3 gold, 2 bronze

Bosque: 1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze (plus Best Ale for Scotia Scotch Ale)

Boxing Bear: 1 silver, 2 bronze

Cazuela’s: 3 gold, 1 silver

Duel: 1 silver

High Desert: 3 bronze

Kaktus: 2 gold, 2 silver

Pi: 1 gold

Sandia Chile Grill: 1 silver (plus 2 golds, 1 silver, and 2 bronzes for mead, a category brewer Clinton Coker has been dominating for some time)

Santa Fe: 3 gold, 2 silver

Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande: 3 gold, 2 bronze

Three Rivers: 4 silver, 3 bronze

Tractor: 3 silver, 3 bronze

Take note that several major breweries (Chama River, Il Vicino, La Cumbre, Marble, Nexus, Second Street, Turtle Mountain) did not participate, so take these medals as you wish to interpret them.

The big awards, in addition to Santa Sidra’s A Tad Sweet, went to Bosque’s Scotia Scotch Ale for Best Ale, Cazuela’s Inebriator doppelbock for Best Lager, and B2B Bistronomy’s Coconut Porter for Best Specialty.

Abbey Brewing captured gold for its delicious Monks’ Dubbel Reserve in the Belgian and French Ale category. B2B’s Coconut Porter also took the Specialty Beer category. Back Alley doubled up on gold in Sour Ale (Berliner Weisse) and Belgian and French Ale (Belgian White). Blue Corn snagged golds in Light Lager (Training Wheels), American Hybrid Beer (HALT!-bier), and American Ale (End of the Trail Brown Ale). Bosque’s Scotia naturally took the Scottish and Irish Ale category. Cazuela’s earned a trio of golds in Pilsner (Acapulco Gold), Bock (Inebriator), and Stout (Beer for my Horses). Kaktus picked up a gold with Banaweizen in the German Wheat and Rye Beer category. Pi Brewing, in its first year competing, snagged a gold in IPA for Unchallenged. Santa Fe claimed gold in European Amber Lager (Oktoberfest), English Pale Ale (Pale Ale), and Strong Ale (Chicken Killer Barley Wine).

UPDATED >>> Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande snatched gold in three categories (Light Hybrid Beer, English Brown Ale, Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer) for what was listed as Ben Couger. It seemed weird that one beer could win these categories, and today the SB/RG Facebook page explained that Ben Couger is a person. It’s the brewer who made these beers. The winning beers were Pancho Verde Chile Cerveza, Alien Wheat, and Bone Chiller Brown. That makes a lot more sense.

There was no gold handed out in the Fruit Beer category (why, we have no idea). There were also two categories (Porter, Smoke-Flavored/Wood-Aged Beer) where gold was awarded to the CBA. We assume that’s Craft Brewers Alliance, because no brewery in New Mexico has those initials, but honestly we have no idea. Anyway, congrats to the CBA.

Click on the link above for a full list of winners. See what you agree with and you disagree with.

Congrats to all the winners. We’ll be by to drink those beers when we can.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the Metro Edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, giving you a list of their current beers on tap as well as any special events going on in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Bernalillo. Look for the State Edition, which will include everywhere from Taos and Santa Fe up north to Las Cruces and Silver City down south, this Thursday.

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.

With Labor Day in the rear view mirror, the unofficial end of summer has come and gone. Sure, it may not feel like it outside, but just head over to Jubilation and check out the number of pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers on tap. If that’s not enough to convince you it’s fall, then Septemberfest will. Marble’s annual kickoff to autumn is also the kickoff to beer festival season in Albuquerque. Septemberfest will be held this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. outside Marble’s downtown pub. Just $20 gets you 10 samples of beers from breweries across New Mexico and a pint of your favorite, plus there will be live music and more. I have the tough task of sitting down with the lovely Leah Black today to find out more details about this first awesome festival of the fall. Look for a full preview Thursday afternoon. And if that’s not enough, don’t forget tickets are on sale now online for both the seventh annual Hopfest (Sept. 20) and fifth annual NM Brew Fest (Oct. 11). There are a lot of other great beer events going on as well, so we’ll do our best to keep you updated.

In other big news of the week, today (Wednesday) is opening day at Ponderosa Brewing Co. Located at 1761 Bellamah NW, Ponderosa is now open for business. We’ll be checking it out today. There’s an entry below for Ponderosa, now with the initial beer list uploaded. Fear not, a full review is pending.

Perhaps due to the arrival of festival season, the breweries didn’t bring a lot of new beers or old favorites back to tap this week. Bosque has introduced a variation to the popular Mellow Brit, calling this version Rebel Brit. Chama River is feeling festive with Wee Bit Loco, a Scottish ale. Il Vicino has Elmo’s IIPA (see below for details). Kaktus has an Oyster Stout and Alanna’s Amber now on tap, plus the popular Helles Lager has returned. La Cumbre is bringing back La Roja later this week. Marble’s Wilderness Pale Ale will debut with a release party this Thursday. Turtle Mountain has unleashed the Saison du Soleil.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Sept. 1.

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.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

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

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Soroche IPA, California Commons, Berliner Weisse. All the thirsty patrons drank up the last of the Kolsch, Pale Ale, and Ladron’s Peak. Brewer Addison Poth is hard at work restocking his supply of house beers. Don’t worry, though, as BADH always carries a large swath of beers from across New Mexico and the world.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

Beers: Farmhouse Pale Ale, Pathfinder Pils, Fade to Blackberry Sour, Scale Tipper Batch #4, Rebel Brit. The Bosque Lager is temporarily out (guess you all liked it, didn’t you?) but will return soon. The Rebel Brit is a variation of the Mellow Brit. Also an American brown ale, it was brewed with London Ale yeast to produce a unique but tasty flavor. Pathfinder Pils (5.9% ABV, 35 IBU), a Bohemian style, is now on tap as well to help beat the last of the summer heat. It’s a delicious, malty-sweet beer. Scale Tipper #4 (7.4% ABV, 100+ IBU) is the latest in Bosque’s series of big IPAs and will be the batch they are taking to GABF next month.

News: Construction has begun on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also signed a lease on a new taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

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

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Sun Bear Summer Ale, Red Panda Session Red. Recent additions to the lineup are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU). The other somewhat recent additions to the lineup are the Sun Bear (4.8% ABV, 30 IBU) and Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU). Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now.

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: 12 Step Apricot Ale, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Atomic Rye Red, Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale. The Apricot, Watermelon, and Atomic went on tap recently, while the Elixir is the newest beer listed via BBB’s Facebook page.

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.

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.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Hardscrabble ESB, Wee Bit Loco, Nutty Professor, Hefe Nice Day! Wee Bit Loco is a new Scottish ale. Hardscrabble (5.4% ABV, 35 IBU) is the new entry to the lineup. The Hefe Nice Day! (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) won the Brew Crew’s recent Hefeweizen Challenge. Nutty Professor is a pecan brown that’s very sweet in flavor. You might want to get a waffle to go from across the freeway at Nexus and bring it over, then pour the NP on top.

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

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Sessa’s Wet Hop IPA, Exodus IPA, Henhouse Saison, Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Elmo’s IIPA. The Elmo’s (10% ABV) is a modified version of the Elsa Imperial IPA with Mosaic hops added. Citra IPA (8.3% ABV, 65 IBU) and the return of Exodus (7.8% ABV, 100+ IBU) will keep the hopheads happy. Welcome back to a Crew favorite, the GABF gold-medal winning Panama Joe (8% ABV, 37 IBU). Speaking of GABF, Henhouse will be entered in the Pro-Am this year. Mike Archibeck teamed up with Doug to brew this unique new beer.

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

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: Kolsch, Oyster Stout, Banty Rooster (Hefe IPA), Helles Lager, Honk Ale, Alanna’s Amber, Banaweizen, Charlie Brown. The Oyster Stout replaces the Cream Stout, while the Helles Lager returns. The Alanna’s Amber is a new entry, taking the Solstice Pilsner’s spot on the roster. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

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

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

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Full Nelson, Saison d’Hommel, Fievre d’Abricot, Old Hop, New Hop. The newest beer on tap is Full Nelson (8.5% ABV, IBUs listed as “stupid”), a powerful DIPA that’s also available in bombers. If you need good hops but less of them, try Old Hop, New Hop (5.4% ABV, 41 IBU), an American pale ale that uses Centennial (old) and Simcoe (new) hops. The Saison (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU) and the Fievre (7.8% ABV, 25 IBU) are also available for sale in bombers.

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

Brewer Jeff Erway says the popular La Roja will return to taps later this week.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

Beers: German Blonde Ale, Berliner Weisse, Belgian Abbey, Honey Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Oatmeal Brown, India Black Ale, Rye Stout. Both Brandon and I have had chances to visit Lizard Tail, which is the newest brewery in town located in the shopping center on the southeast corner of Eubank and Montgomery. They specialize is malt-forward beers. The German Blonde (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU) is a good place to start. The Berliner Weisse (4.3% ABV, 8 IBU) is not nearly as sour as most of its genre. The Belgian Abbey (6.8%, 25 IBU) is a good example of its style. The Honey Pale Ale (6.3% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice little hop kick to it. The IPA (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU) has a good mix of Mosaic, Warrior, and Galaxy hops. The Rye Stout (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice flavor but lacks body. The first batch of Oatmeal Brown (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU) needed some work, but I got to sample the second batch that will be on tap soon and it’s improved.

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

A Dubbel and a Porter are next up.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: Red Light Lager, Brau, Double White, Imperial Red. Brau (7.1% ABV) is a new German-style Sticke Altbier. The Imperial Red is back on tap. This batch was brewed for GABF in Denver next month. Otherwise it’s a relatively light seasonal list as Marble is at capacity brewing the regular beers for distribution.

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

News: A fresh batch of Imperial Red is headed to GABF soon. Hopefully it will also be on tap at the brewery soon.

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

The Wilderness Release Party is this Thursday at the Downtown Pub starting at 5 p.m. Wilderness is a pale ale brewed with the finest pine and spruce from right here in New Mexico. Proceeds will benefit The Wilderness Society. You can enjoy your pints with complimentary Taos Energy Bars and popsicles from Pop Fiz. Baracutanga will then take the stage from 7 to 10 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Altbier. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight cranked out a new seasonal in the Blackberry Hefeweizen while the popular Altbier has returned. The RPA (5.9% ABV) has somewhat muted rye flavor, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon.

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

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

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

Beers: Pi IPA, West Coast Red, Porter, Lost Grain ESA, Apricot Wheat. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Sawmill Stout, XPA1 Pale Ale, Helles Lager. Porter Pounder and I went over for the grand opening today (Wednesday) and came away with this full list of beers. 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. We will have a more formal review (with better directions) soon. As for the beers, they are all the initial batches, so expect some modifications/changes going forward. Needless to say we both liked the Stout (5.2% ABV, 22 IBU) the best, but we’re dark beer guys (then again, you could also call us dark beer snobs, so consider that). Porter Pounder liked the XPA1 Pale Ale (5% ABV, 35 IBU), which will always be a rotating single-hop pale ale. The Crosscut Kolsch (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) is almost like a Kolsch/hefeweizen hybrid. The Ghost Train (6.2% ABV, 75 IBU) needs some work, but the brewer has already identified what went wrong in the first batch and is working on correcting that for the next run.

News: A double IPA was already in the fermenter and more German-style beers are on the way in the weeks ahead.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, American IPA. The American IPA was a new version of the Rattlesnake IPA brewed especially for the 4th of July. The Irish Red was also back on tap.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

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: Hard Apple Cider, Pilsner Roja, Javi Light Lager, Milk Mustachio Stout, Berry Cider, C+C IPA, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber.

Beers at Wells Park only: Tupac Cali Red, L4 IPL, Maibock, Barley Wine, Berliner Weiss, FYFA IPA, Trekker Red Belgian Ale. 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 Pilsner Roja is a crisp, Marzen-style beer that tastes good in the hot summer months. If you need a hop punch to the face, the F.Y.F.A. (F— Yeah Friday Ale) is a much more hop-forward IPA than what Tractor usually creates. The Berliner Weisse Sour takes a traditional German-style weiss beer and twists it into a sour. It’s an acquired taste. The most recent additions to the lineups are the La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, which is drier yet more flavorful than most ambers, and Tupac Cali Red.

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

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

Tractor’s Thirsty Thursday music series at Wells Park continues with Keith Sanchez performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ will provide the food.

The In the Mix series continues Saturday at Wells Park as DJ Cloudface will perform at 9 p.m. Kimo’s again provides the sustenance.

Next Tuesday, Poetry and Beer will present a Qualifying Slam as poets try out for the 2015 ABQ Slam Team. It runs at Wells Park from 7 to 9 p.m.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Monochrome Milk Stout, Pork ‘n’ Brew Brown Ale, Dog Daze Summer Lager, Saison du Soleil. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The newest beer on tap is the Saison du Soleil, a French/Belgian saison. I got to enjoy the decadently smooth Monochrome Milk Stout from a guest tap at Boxing Bear.

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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 Metro Edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, giving you a list of their current beers on tap as well as any special events going on in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Bernalillo. Look for the State Edition, which will include everywhere from Taos and Santa Fe up north to Las Cruces and Silver City down south, this Thursday.

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.

As more and more restaurants bring in craft beer to their taps, they are also embracing the concept of beer dinners. This is good news for all those who consider themselves both food and beer connoisseurs. Turtle Mountain has begun special beer and food pairings every Friday. While they don’t always have the pairing known by Wednesday, we will always try to update this site with the information before the dinner is served. Meanwhile, Chama River has a beer dinner Thursday at 6:30 p.m. It’s $45 for five courses and five beers, including the Class VI Golden Lager, Jackalope IPA, Radioactive IPA, Hefe Nice Day, and the new Wee Bit Loco Scotch Ale. Call the number in the Chama entry below for reservations. In addition to Chama and Turtle combining their own food and beer, other breweries and brewery restaurants are joining forces as well. The Stumbling Steer and Bosque are teaming up for a dinner Thursday at 6:30 p.m. It costs $45, but you get a five-course meal paired with five delicious beers. Bosque’s Pathfinder Pils, Cumulus Wheat IPA, and Scotia Scotch Ale will be poured, along with the Steer’s Pigsticker Pale Ale and Rawhide Red Ale. Give the Steer a call to make your reservations. The more people that attend these events, the more special pairings there will be in the future. And maybe in the future it will fall on a night where at least one of us in the Crew can attend.

UPDATE: Turtle Mountain will have a special cask of Saison du Soliel dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace this Friday. The food dish it will be paired with is TBD. TMBC’s beer entry below also got an update, so scroll down to check it out.

The breweries are back to cranking out their seasonals, with some old favorites coming back to tap as well. Bosque unleashes Scale Tipper Batch #4, their follow-up to their IPA Challenge winner, plus the Fade to Blackberry Sour. Boxing Bear now has Ambear and Standing 8 Stout. Chama River has Hardscrabble ESB. Il Vicino has brought back Panama Joe Coffee Stout and Exodus IPA. Kaktus promises not to pull the football away from Charlie Brown. La Cumbre went full hop-bomb with Full Nelson DIPA on tap and in bombers. Marble has its Rye Bretta back. Tractor has a fresh batch of Tupac Cali Red. Turtle Mountain’s Heidelberg Helles is back and an Altbier is on deck.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 25.

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.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

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

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Soroche IPA, Pale Ale, Kolsch, California Commons, Berliner Weiss, Ladron’s Peak. Berliner Weiss and Ladron’s Peak are the most recent additions to the lineup. The Ladron’s debuted at the Beer Premier earlier this summer and was a huge hit. It’s one of the most unique beers you will ever taste (and thusly hard to describe). Can’t wait to head over, order some grub from NY Pizza Dept. next door and enjoy a pint or two.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

Beers: Farmhouse Pale Ale, Pathfinder Pils, Bosque Lager, Fade to Blackberry Sour, Scale Tipper Batch #4. The Lager (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU) is a good place to start on the menu. Pathfinder Pils (5.9% ABV, 35 IBU), a Bohemian style, is now on tap as well to help beat the last of the summer heat. It’s a delicious, malty-sweet beer.

News: Construction has begun on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Scale Tipper: Beers in the more distant future will include a pumpkin ale, Oktoberfest, and a barley wine. Plus, Bosque will be aging its Scotia Scotch Ales in rum barrels, and they just received a shipment of casks to start doing that as well. We’re a bit excited.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

UPDATED >>>> Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Sun Bear Summer Ale, Red Panda Session Red. New to the lineup are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU). The other somewhat recent additions to the lineup are the Sun Bear (4.8% ABV, 30 IBU) and Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU). Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now.

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: Stinky Pinky, DADU Honey Wheat Ale, Triad IPA, Barely Legal Bourbon Oak Stout, 12 Step Apricot Ale, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Atomic Rye Red. Both the Apricot and Watermelon went on tap recently, while the Atomic Rye Red is the newest beer listed via BBB’s Facebook page. The Stinky Pinky (5.3% ABV) is a hefeweizen infused with grapefruit. The DADU (8.2% ABV) is almost like a beer/mead hybrid. The Triad (6.6% ABV) uses a mix of three hops for a bigger, bolder flavor, plus additional dry hopping has given it a stronger aroma.

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.

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.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Hardscrabble ESB, Double Rainbow, Nutty Professor, Hefe Nice Day! Hardscrabble (5.4% ABV, 35 IBU) is the new entry to the lineup. The Double Rainbow (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU) is a blackberry beer. The Hefe Nice Day! (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) won the Brew Crew’s recent Hefeweizen Challenge. Nutty Professor is a pecan brown that’s very sweet in flavor. You might want to get a waffle to go from across the freeway at Nexus and bring it over, then pour the NP on top.

News: Head brewer Zach Guilmette has revamped the recipe for Chama’s Jackalope IPA to give it a stronger kick and tastier palate. Franz Solo and I also highly recommend you try the revamped Sleeping Dog Stout. It’s creamy and burly and sweet and roasted … it’s a damn contradiction of a beer, but it’s wonderful.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Fest Beer, Vienna Lager, Sessa’s Wet Hop Cascade Pale Ale, Citra IPA, Exodus IPA, Henhouse Saison, Panama Joe Coffee Stout. There was a whole lot of tap turnover at the Canteen this week. Citra IPA (8.3% ABV, 65 IBU) and the return of Exodus (7.8% ABV, 100+ IBU) will keep the hopheads happy. Welcome back to a Crew favorite, the GABF gold-medal winning Panama Joe (8% ABV, 37 IBU). Speaking of GABF, Henhouse will be entered in the Pro-Am this year. Mike Archibeck teamed up with Doug to brew this unique new beer.

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

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Kolsch, Cream Stout, Banty Rooster (Hefe IPA), London Porter, Honk Ale, Solstice Pilsner, Banaweizen, Charlie Brown. The Kolsch, Honk, and Charlie Brown are new to the roster, replacing the Amber, ESB, and Jabberwocky IPA. The Solstice is another recent addition, brewed with two types of Belgian malts and German hops. It’s sweet and refreshing on a hot day. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

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

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

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Full Nelson, Saison d’Hommel, Fievre d’Abricot, Old Hop, New Hop. The newest beer on tap is Full Nelson (8.5% ABV, IBUs listed as “stupid”), a powerful DIPA that’s also available in bombers. If you need good hops but less of them, try Old Hop, New Hop (5.4% ABV, 41 IBU), an American pale ale that uses Centennial (old) and Simcoe (new) hops. The Saison (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU) and the Fievre (7.8% ABV, 25 IBU) are also available for sale in bombers.

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

Beers: German Blonde Ale, Berliner Weisse, Belgian Abbey, Honey Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Oatmeal Brown, India Black Ale, Rye Stout. Both Brandon and I have had chances to visit Lizard Tail, which is the newest brewery in town located in the shopping center on the southeast corner of Eubank and Montgomery. They specialize is malt-forward beers. The German Blonde (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU) is a good place to start. The Berliner Weisse (4.3% ABV, 8 IBU) is not nearly as sour as most of its genre. The Belgian Abbey (6.8%, 25 IBU) is a good example of its style. The Honey Pale Ale (6.3% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice little hop kick to it. The IPA (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU) has a good mix of Mosaic, Warrior, and Galaxy hops. The Rye Stout (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice flavor but lacks body. The first batch of Oatmeal Brown (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU) needed some work, but I got to sample the second batch that will be on tap soon and it’s improved.

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

A Dubbel and a Porter are next up.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Red Light Lager, Brau, Double White, Saisonette, Rye Bretta. Brau (7.1% ABV) is a new German-style Sticke Altbier. The Rye Bretta (6.7% ABV) is back on tap; it’s a barrel-aged pale ale with some serious funk. It debuted in cask format back during ABQ Beer Week. The Saisonette (4.2% ABV) is one of the lower alcohol beers we’ve seen this summer.

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

News: A fresh batch of Imperial Red is headed to GABF soon. Hopefully it will also be on tap at the brewery soon.

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

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Altbier. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight cranked out two new seasonals in the Blackberry Hefeweizen and the popular Altbier has also returned. The RPA (5.9% ABV) has somewhat muted rye flavor, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon.

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

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

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

Beers: Pi IPA, West Coast Red, Porter, Lost Grain ESA, Apricot Wheat. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, American IPA. The American IPA was a new version of the Rattlesnake IPA brewed especially for the 4th of July. The Irish Red was also back on tap.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

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: Apple Cider, Javi Light Lager, Pilsner Roja, Berry Cider, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, Milk Mustachio Stout, C+C IPA.

Beers at Wells Park only: L4 IPL, Maibock Lager, Trekker Red Belgian Ale, Barley Wine, Berliner Weisse Sour, F.Y.F.A. IPA, Tupac Cali Red. 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 Pilsner Roja is a crisp, Marzen-style beer that tastes good in the hot summer months. If you need a hop punch to the face, the F.Y.F.A. (F— Yeah Friday Ale) is a much more hop-forward IPA than what Tractor usually creates. The Berliner Weisse Sour takes a traditional German-style weiss beer and twists it into a sour. It’s an acquired taste. The most recent additions to the lineups are the La Llorona Dry Hop Amber and Tupac Cali Red.

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

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

On Thursday, Tractor’s pLOUD music series at Wells Park continues with ‘Merican Slang performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s will provide the food.

At Nob Hill on Saturday, the latest Perfect Pub Pet class runs from noon to 1 p.m. It costs $15.

Tractor’s In the Mix series continues Saturday at Wells Park with DJ Shakedown performing from 9 p.m. to midnight.

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.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Monochrome Milk Stout, Berry Cherry Wheat, Pork ‘n’ Brew Brown Ale, Dog Daze Summer Lager. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The newest beer on tap is the Monochrome Milk Stout. I got to enjoy this decadently smooth beer from a guest tap at Boxing Bear. The Berry Cherry Wheat is nearly out, with an Altbier waiting in the wings to replace it.

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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 Metro Edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, giving you a list of their current beers on tap as well as any special events going on in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Bernalillo. Look for the State Edition, which will include everywhere from Taos and Santa Fe up north to Las Cruces and Silver City down south, this Thursday.

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

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

We must be nearing autumn because Marble is starting to crank out the beers and events and other fun things they like to do every fall. First up, today (Wednesday) they are having a special beer release party. Red Light Lager is back and they are releasing it as a collaboration beer this year with the Audubon Society. It kicks off at 5 p.m. and $1 from every pint sold will benefit Audubon. The band Science! will perform on the stage from 6 to 9 p.m. as well. You can also pair up the beer with Focaccia slices from the good guys over at Bosque Baking Co. (Not to be confused with Bosque Brewing Co., but don’t you all think they need to collaborate on something soon?) Following that event, Marble has “something hatching” this Friday. The rumors/buzz is that Marble’s beer bottles and cans will be going through a major re-branding. They’ll still be called Marble, and the beers will still taste the same, but the outside appearance will change. We’re not sure exactly how much else will be impacted by these changes; it’s been pretty hush-hush over there, but we’re damn curious to see what’s up. They’re having a party on the patio to celebrate it all. And if all that wasn’t enough, Marble is bringing back Septemberfest on Saturday, Sept. 6. Just $20 gets you in for 10 four-ounce samples of beers from around the state, plus a pint of your favorite, and you get to listen to great music, eat awesome food, and hang out with lots of cool fellow beer drinkers. Maybe even those oddball bearded metal heads in the black shirts with the red logos on them. Tickets are for sale at all three Marble locations and online at HoldMyTicket.com.

Also, if you scroll down this week you’ll see a new brewery entry! Lizard Tail Brewing had their soft opening last Friday and will have a grand opening this Friday. They already have a number of beers on tap, which we have listed below. We’ll do our best to make sure the grand opening is covered this week. Welcome to the ABQ Area Brewing Community!

The breweries are back to cranking out their seasonals, with some old favorites coming back to tap as well. Bosque smooths out with Bosque Lager. Chama River has gone to class with the Nutty Professor, a Pecan brown ale. Il Vicino has brought back its powerful American Stock Ale, plus the Vienna Lager and the Hefeweizen. La Cumbre will release Father Nelson this coming Monday both on tap and in bombers. Marble also has Brau, a German Sticke Alt, on tap. Nexus is preparing to release Blackberry Hefeweizen and will bring back Altbier this week.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 18.

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

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

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

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Soroche IPA, Pale Ale, Kolsch, California Commons, Berliner Weiss, Ladron’s Peak. Berliner Weiss and Ladron’s Peak are the most recent additions to the lineup. The Ladron’s debuted at the Beer Premier earlier this summer and was a huge hit. It’s one of the most unique beers you will ever taste (and thusly hard to describe). Can’t wait to head over, order some grub from NY Pizza Dept. next door and enjoy a pint or two.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

Beers: Farmhouse Pale Ale, Kick the Can IPA, Pathfinder Pils, Bosque Lager. The Lager (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU) is the newest addition to the lineup. Pathfinder Pils (5.9% ABV, 35 IBU), a Bohemian style, is now on tap as well to help beat the last of the summer heat. It’s a delicious, malty-sweet beer. But if you need a good dose of hops, Kick the Can (7.2% ABV, 100 IBU) has you covered.

News: Construction has begun on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Scale Tipper: Batch 4 has been brewed and will be on tap in the near future. The next entry in Bosque’s big IPA series will be taking the trip to Denver in October for the Great American Beer Festival. Also keep an eye out for the Blackberry Sour, which is due on tap quite soon. Other beers in the more distant future will include a pumpkin ale, Oktoberfest, and a barley wine. Plus, Bosque will be aging its Scotia Scotch Ales in rum barrels, and they just received a shipment of casks to start doing that as well. We’re a bit excited.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Black Bear Stout, Uppercut IPA, Sun Bear Summer Ale, Red Panda Session Red. The newest additions to the lineup are the Sun Bear (4.8% ABV, 30 IBU) and Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU). Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now, while both the Paw Swipe and Black Bear were out temporarily as of Sunday but should be back soon. The Uppercut IPA (7.6% ABV, 100 IBU) certainly packs a punch, but has a nice malt backbone to balance itself out.

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: Stinky Pinky, DADU Honey Wheat Ale, Triad IPA, Barely Legal Bourbon Oak Stout, 12 Step Apricot Ale, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Atomic Rye Red. Both the Apricot and Watermelon went on tap recently, while the Atomic Rye Red is the newest beer listed via BBB’s Facebook page. The Stinky Pinky (5.3% ABV) is a hefeweizen infused with grapefruit. The DADU (8.2% ABV) is almost like a beer/mead hybrid. The Triad (6.6% ABV) uses a mix of three hops for a bigger, bolder flavor, plus additional dry hopping has given it a stronger aroma.

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.

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.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Chamahawk Pale Ale, Double Rainbow, Nutty Professor, Hefe Nice Day! New to taps this week is the Nutty Professor, a Pecan brown ale. Another recent addition is the Chamahawk (6.7% ABV, 60 IBU), a burly pale ale. The Double Rainbow (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU) is a blackberry beer. The Hefe Nice Day! (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) won the Brew Crew’s recent Hefeweizen Challenge.

News: Head brewer Zach Guilmette has revamped the recipe for Chama’s Jackalope IPA to give it a stronger kick and tastier palate. Franz Solo and I also highly recommend you try the revamped Sleeping Dog Stout. It’s creamy and burly and sweet and roasted … it’s a damn contradiction of a beer, but it’s wonderful.

When the Sun Dog Kolsch does run out, the Pecan Brown (5.8% ABV, 25 IBU) will take its place.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Aztec Lager, Irish Red, Fest Beer, Vienna Lager, American Stock Ale, Hefeweizen, Sessa’s Wet Hop Cascade Pale Ale, Galaxy IPA, Citra C-Hop Shop IPA. Sadly, Hop Kwondo run its course at the Canteen. The C-Hop Shop IPA was the first of the IPAs to kick, followed by Exodus. There are still plenty of hoppy beers on tap, plus the Aztec, Irish, Fest, Vienna, Hefe, and the Stock Ale — back after a short break — will have you covered if you prefer malt-forward beers.

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

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Amber Ale, Cream Stout, Banty Rooster (Hefe IPA), London Porter, Choice ESB, Solstice Pilsner, Banaweizen, Jabberwocky IPA. The Amber is the newest kid on the menu, replacing the Lil Red Wagon. The Solstice is another recent addition, brewed with two types of Belgian malts and German hops. It’s sweet and refreshing on a hot day. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

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

There will be lots of live music at Kaktus this week. Thursday will feature Latin music from a live guitarist from 6 to 8 p.m. Guitarist Jimmy Phiefer will perform Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Town of Bernalillo will have its official wine poster signing at Kaktus on Saturday starting at 4 p.m.

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

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Saison d’Hommel, Fievre d’Abricot, Old Hop, New Hop. The newest beer on tap is Old Hop, New Hop (5.4% ABV, 41 IBU), an American pale ale that uses Centennial (old) and Simcoe (new) hops. The Saison (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU) and the Fievre (7.8% ABV, 25 IBU) are also available for sale in bombers.

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

Monday will mark the release party for another big old hop bomb of a beer. Full Nelson, a powerful IPA, will return both on tap at the brewery and for sale in bombers.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Hours TBA)

Beers: German Blonde Ale, Honey Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Oatmeal Brown, India Black Ale, Rye Stout. The initial lineup from Lizard Tail, located in the shopping center on the southeast corner of Eubank and Montgomery, looks quite promising. I or one of the other Crew members will try to attend their grand opening party (see above). The biggest beer on the menu is the IPA (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU), while the India Black Ale (6.6% ABV, 70 IBU) can match it for hoppiness. Lizard Tail is more of a malt-forward brewery, so we’re looking forward to trying the Rye Stout (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) and Oatmeal Brown (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU).

News: Two more beers are on the way in the Berliner Weisse (4.3% ABV, 8 IBU) and the Belgian Abbey (6.6% ABV, 25 IBU).

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Red Light Lager, Brau, Double White, Iron Horse Extra IPA, Extra Special Bitter, Saisonette, India Pale Lager. Brau (7.1% ABV) is a new German-style Sticke Altbier. One of the newer beers on tap is the IPL (5% ABV, 62 IBU). It’s the first beer brewed by Andrew, a member of the Marble brewery team. The Iron Horse (8.0% ABV) uses a blend of experimental hops for a one-of-a-kind taste. In addition, $1 from every pint sold of Iron Horse goes to the Ales for ALS campaign. Pints cost $5.50, add $6 extra for a growler. The ESB (4.7% ABV) uses West Yorkshire yeast and English malts for a, well, very English beer. The Saisonette (4.2% ABV) is one of the lower alcohol beers we’ve seen this summer.

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

News: In April, Marble was presented the gold medal at the World Beer Cup for their Pilsner.

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

As noted above, Marble will have a special release party for the Red Light Lager today (Wednesday) at 5 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Altbier. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight is cranking out one new seasonal coming out later this week in the Blackberry Hefeweizen, while her popular Altbier is also returning. The RPA (5.9% ABV) has somewhat muted rye flavor, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon.

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

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

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

Beers: Unchallenged IPA, First IPA, West Coast Red. 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. You can try the last of the First IPA (75 IBU), or go for the bigger Unchallenged IPA (100 IBU). The West Coast Red is a hoppier red. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food.

News: Lost Grain English Summer Ale was supposed to be on tap last Friday. This week, Pi IPA was supposed to hit taps along with a fresh batch of Vanilla Bourbon Porter.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, American IPA. The American IPA was a new version of the Rattlesnake IPA brewed especially for the 4th of July. The Irish Red was also back on tap.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

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: Apple Cider, Javi Light Lager, Pilsner Roja, Berry Cider, Berliner Weisse Sour, C+C IPA.

Beers at Wells Park only: L4 IPL, Maibock Lager, Trekker Red Belgian Ale, Barley Wine, Juniper Xtra Pale Ale, Scotch Ale, Milk Mustachio Stout, F.Y.F.A. IPA, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, Otter 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 Pilsner Roja is a crisp, Marzen-style beer that tastes good in the hot summer months. If you need a hop punch to the face, the F.Y.F.A. (F— Yeah Friday Ale) is a much more hop-forward IPA than what Tractor usually creates. The Berliner Weisse Sour takes a traditional German-style weiss beer and twists it into a sour. It’s an acquired taste. The most recent additions to the lineups are the La Llorona Dry Hop Amber and Otter IPA.

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

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

Tractor’s Thirsty Thursday music series at Wells Park continues with Seth Hoffman performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s will provide the food.

Club Cultura will kick off Friday night at 9 p.m. at Wells Park.

Tractor is introducing a new series called In the Mix: DJs on the Wells Park Patio. DJ Halcyon will perform Saturday at 9 p.m. Kimo’s will provide all your culinary needs once again.

Sunday will feature not one but two events. First up is the latest I’ll Drink to That at 7 p.m., with TED Before BED kicking off shortly thereafter at 7:30.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter. (Seasonal/specialty) Monochrome Milk Stout, Berry Cherry Wheat, Pork ‘n’ Brew Brown Ale, Dog Daze Summer Lager. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The newest beer on tap is the Monochrome Milk Stout. I got to enjoy this decadently smooth beer from a guest tap at Boxing Bear.

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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

The Dark Side Brew Crew gathered last weekend for a blind taste test to determine the best hefeweizen in the ABQ metro area. Mrs. Solo and I hosted the event with Stoutmeister, E-Rock, Porter Pounder, and Brandon present from the original Crew. Only Shilling was absent due to his job. Brandon’s awesome girlfriend Taylor handled the pouring of the beers so as not to disrupt the blind taste test format for any Crew member.

The growlers and half-growlers for the Hefe Challenge. That's Kaktus in the Tractor half-growler.

The growlers and half-growlers for the Hefe Challenge. That’s Kaktus in the Tractor half-growler.

This challenge was first conceived in late May during beer week. Mrs. Solo and I were intent on expanding our Dark Side beer challenges beyond our Super Bowl of Stouts and this year’s mini Irish Red challenge. Of the available summer seasonal brews we considered Pilsner and Kolsch before agreeing with the Crew that Hefeweizen was the ticket.

From our Duke City breweries we managed to acquire five distinct entrants which battled for supremacy on a lovely Sunday afternoon. Our challengers were as follows (in order of tasting): Cazuela’s Hefeweizen, Kaktus’ Bananaweizen, Chama River’s Hefe Nice Day!, Boxing Bear’s Hairy Mit Hefe, and La Cumbre’s A Slice of Hefen. We would have liked to have had a couple of other entrants (Bosque’s hefe would have been a contender), but sadly they were not available at the time of our challenge.

A rare gathering of multiple Crew members. Clockwise from left, Stoutmeister, Porter Pounder, E-Rock, Brandon, Mrs. Solo, Franz Solo. Picture courtesy of Brandon's awesome girlfriend.

A rare gathering of multiple Crew members. Clockwise from left, Stoutmeister, Porter Pounder, E-Rock, Brandon, Mrs. Solo, Franz Solo. Picture courtesy of Brandon’s awesome girlfriend.

Our field of five ran the gauntlet of what one finds in a Hefeweizen — hints of banana, wheat, tart citrus, and yeasty goodness. We were 5-1 in our decision of a champion. With 92.5 out of a possible 120 points, Chama’s Hefe Nice Day! is our choice for best Hefe in ‘Burque. Second place goes to Boxing Bear with 85.5 points, third place to Cazuela’s with 81.5, fourth place to La Cumbre with 80, and fifth place to Kaktus with 52. (Take note on Kaktus’ low score, the keg blew halfway through filling the half-growler, so they had to change kegs. Perhaps batch #1 and #2 were a bit different, resulting in some strange flavors that we don’t normally associate with Kaktus’ beers. — Stoutmeister)

We rated each of these brews using the same criteria as our stout challenge: aroma, flavor, mouthfeel, and finish. Our consensus was that Hefe Nice Day! had a good banana flavor with hints of clove, and a nice, thick mouthfeel to back up the also well-received aroma. I (Franz Solo) was impressed with the orange citrus aroma and the banana bread flavor of our champion.

This was a nice and strong field of hefeweizens which we thoroughly enjoyed. So until the next beer battle this fall (we’re hoping for Oktoberfests or pumpkin beers), grab a pint of local hefeweizen and enjoy!

Prost!

— Franz Solo, Mrs. Solo, and the rest of the Crew