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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.

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

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

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

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

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

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

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

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

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

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

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

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

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

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

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

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

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

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

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

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

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

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

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

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

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

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

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

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

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

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

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Sawmill Stout, XPA1 Pale Ale, Helles Lager, Double IPA, Oktoberfest, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Schwarzbier, Breakfast Stout. Porter Pounder and I went over for the grand opening recently. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex. As for the beers, they are all the initial batches, so expect some modifications/changes going forward. Needless to say we both liked the Stout (5.2% ABV, 22 IBU) the best, but we’re dark beer guys (then again, you could also call us dark beer snobs, so consider that). Porter Pounder liked the XPA1 Pale Ale (5% ABV, 35 IBU), which will always be a rotating single-hop pale ale. The Crosscut Kolsch (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) is almost like a Kolsch/hefeweizen hybrid. The Ghost Train (6.2% ABV, 75 IBU) needs some work, but the brewer has already identified what went wrong in the first batch and is working on correcting that for the next run. The Double IPA (7.7% ABV, 90 IBU) provides plenty of hops; it was briefly out, but it’s going to be back on tap soon. The Oktoberfest (5.7% ABV, 17 IBU) is an interesting variation on the traditional style; we tasted wheat malts in the mix. The Schwarzbier (4.7% ABV, 24 IBU) debuted recently. It’s smooth and flavorful. The new Breakfast Stout (7.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a smoky, malty, yet smooth beast of a beer. It’s another sign that Ponderosa’s beers are getting better with each batch.

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

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Noon to midnight all week)

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

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

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

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

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Cascade Session Ale, Saison du Soleil, Brown Ale for Boobies, Uberaltbier, A Little Somethin’ Pumpkin. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. Congratulations to Turtle Mountain on winning our inaugural Oktoberfest challenge. Unfortunately, it’s run out for now. However, they’ve added A Little Somethin’ Pumpkin, which is served on nitro. Yeah, that sounds pretty damn intriguing to us.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

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

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

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

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

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

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

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

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

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

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

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

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

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

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

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

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

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

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

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

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

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

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

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

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

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

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

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

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

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

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

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

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

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

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

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

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

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

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Sawmill Stout, XPA1 Pale Ale, Helles Lager, Double IPA, Oktoberfest, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Schwarzbier. Porter Pounder and I went over for the grand opening recently. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex. As for the beers, they are all the initial batches, so expect some modifications/changes going forward. Needless to say we both liked the Stout (5.2% ABV, 22 IBU) the best, but we’re dark beer guys (then again, you could also call us dark beer snobs, so consider that). Porter Pounder liked the XPA1 Pale Ale (5% ABV, 35 IBU), which will always be a rotating single-hop pale ale. The Crosscut Kolsch (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) is almost like a Kolsch/hefeweizen hybrid. The Ghost Train (6.2% ABV, 75 IBU) needs some work, but the brewer has already identified what went wrong in the first batch and is working on correcting that for the next run. The Double IPA (7.7% ABV, 90 IBU) provides plenty of hops. The Oktoberfest (5.7% ABV, 17 IBU) is an interesting variation on the traditional style; we tasted wheat malts in the mix. The Schwarzbier (4.7% ABV, 24 IBU) debuted recently.

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

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Noon to midnight all week)

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

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

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

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

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday’s In the Mix Series at Wells Park will feature DJ Shakedown performing at 9 p.m.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Cascade Session Ale, Saison du Soleil, Brown Ale for Boobies, Uberaltbier, A Little Somethin’ Pumpkin. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. Congratulations to Turtle Mountain on winning our inaugural Oktoberfest challenge. Unfortunately, it’s run out for now. However, they’ve added A Little Somethin’ Pumpkin, which is served on nitro. Yeah, that sounds pretty damn intriguing to us.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

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

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

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

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

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

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

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

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

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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

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

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

This pumpkin beer thing might just be catching on, it seems. Multiple breweries around the ABQ and Santa Fe areas currently have one on tap, with Marble joining the party with an actual release party tonight (Wednesday). Starting at 5 p.m., you can enjoy a pint of pumpkin ale with complimentary mini-cheesecakes from Cuppycakes. Rio will provide live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Oh, and if you’re really into pumpkins, there will be a carving contest. You can purchase the locally grown pumpkins, just bring your own carving tools (so yes, this is the only time you’ll ever really be allowed to walk into a brewery with a knife). Judging will commence at 7 p.m. If you can’t make it to Marble, you plenty of other pumpkin options. Broken Bottle has Peculiar Pumpkin Porter, Canteen has Pumpkin Saison and Pumpkin Porter, Kaktus has Pumpkin Charlie Brown, La Cumbre still has Witch’s Tit, and Ponderosa has Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. There’s also Shattered Pumpkin up at Blue Corn. Chama River will soon be bringing back Punkin Drublic as well.

On the new beer front, it’s a fairly quiet week. Bosque’s Oktoberfest has joined the fray at last. La Cumbre has added Hell Froze Over, the second edition of their brown ale. Lizard Tail will tickle your sweet tooth with Biscochito Brown. Nexus has tapped Saisons Change, a Belgian dark strong, and a dry stout. Turtle Mountain has introduced Brown Ale for Boobies, benefiting breast cancer research, as well as Cascade Session Pale Ale and Uberaltbier.

Up in Santa Fe, the Small Batch Saturday beer at SFBC is Duskin’s Forgotten Rye.

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

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

Beers: 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.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Oktoberfest, PSA (Pumpkin Spice Ale), The Box IPA, Bosque Lager, Bosque’s Burnin’ Red, Olde Bosky Porter, Simcoe IPA. The Burnin’ Red, with a new recipe, is back on tap. Also back on tap is an old favorite in the Olde Bosky Porter. We’ll have to head over and try the PSA and The Box IPA, which are the newest additions. The Lager is back by popular demand. And in a late update, Bosque’s Oktoberfest is now on tap. I got a sneak sample (OK, a full pint) last week courtesy of brewer John Bullard. It’s quite outstanding, just a massive, malty beer that’s not too sweet nor too dry.

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

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

Bosque has a happy hour running from 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 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: Glass Jaw Double IPA, Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Oktobearfest. Boxing Bear is tapping into the season with their new Oktobearfest (extra point on the name), which is a hoppier variation on the traditional marzen style. Recent additions to the lineup are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU). The Glass Jaw is now out in full force.

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, Peculiar Pumpkin Porter. 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 last week and is a solid example of the style, having finished third in our recent Oktoberfest challenge.

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

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: 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) and Valle de Oro (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) are nearing the end of their runs and will soon be replaced by the Cosmic Dog (7% ABV, 25 IBU), a coffee stout, and the Raspbooby (5% ABV, 20 IBU). The latter beer is a raspberry wheat, brewed up to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness month as part of the “Toast for Tatas” campaign. The Hound (6% ABV, 40 IBU) was described as “a roasty fall amber.”

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

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Kolsch, Oyster Stout, Helles Lager, Honk Ale, Fresh Hop Amber, Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Alt German Lager, Jabberwocky IPA. The Fresh Hop Amber, Alt German Lager, and the Pumpkin Charlie Brown are the newest entries, while the Jabberwocky 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.

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

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Across the Pond, Witch’s Tit, Meridian Pale Ale, Levitated (Imperial) Pilsner, Hell Froze Over. Hell Froze Over (5.6% ABV, 42 IBU) is the new kid on the tap list, returning for a second go-around after debuting last fall. It’s a brown ale, which as the name might imply is not something that’s made regularly. 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), Across the Pond (6.5% ABV, 65 IBU), a British-style IPA, and Meridian Pale Ale (5.4% ABV, 40 IBU). Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank no longer appearing here as a seasonal. It is now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. And in more good news, Jeff Erway said Red Ryeot will soon return and become a regular beer as well.

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

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

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

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

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

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

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

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

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Saisons Change, Dry Stout, Belgian Dark Strong. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight cranked out three new seasonals in the Saisons Change, Dry Stout, and Belgian Dark Strong. We’ve been remiss in visiting Nexus for a while; our chicken-and-waffles deficiency is starting to affect our daily lives, so we’ll have to head over soon and try those new seasonals while we indulge in one of ABQ’s great culinary delights.

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

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

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

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

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

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

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. All six beers are on tap this week.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

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

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

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

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

Beers at Wells Park only: Pilsner #15, Mustachio Milk Stout, 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 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.

The Solos on the Hill series continues tonight (Wednesday) at 8:30 p.m. in Nob Hill as Alex Maryol performs.

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

Tractor’s 15th anniversary party will kick off Saturday at 5 p.m. We’ll have a lot more on that event later this week.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Cascade Session Ale, Saison du Soleil, Brown Ale for Boobies, Uberaltbier. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. Congratulations to Turtle Mountain on winning our inaugural Oktoberfest challenge. Unfortunately, it’s run out for now.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

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

News: An imperial stout is due out around Nov. 1 (they fit 900 pounds into the mash tun, for crying out loud), and they have begun brewing a Belgian blonde table beer.

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

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

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

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

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

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

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

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

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

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

Events: Jaka will be the featured performer all October for the Thursday Patio Series. The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band is playing Friday at the original location. Broomdust Caravan plays Saturday.

Shows at the Railyard include Carolina Wray on Friday, Hot Club of Santa Fe on Saturday, and Drastic Andrew and 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. As soon as a certain editor’s schedule clears up, I’ll be headed down there to do a formal review.

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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.

If there was ever a week to trek out to a brewery and congratulate a brewer, it was this one. I had family in town until this morning (Wednesday), so I’m a bit behind on it, but for the rest of you, get out there and try one of the eight medal-winning beers available in this state. The Great American Beer Festival saw New Mexico pick up eight more medals, including five golds, as well as the Small Brewery of the Year for Marble. Marble’s Imperial Red and Double White both took home gold, as did Chama River’s Class VI Golden Lager, Blue Corn’s Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout, and Canteen’s Dougie Style Amber. The Canteen got a silver for the St. Bob’s Imperial Stout ’07, while Bosque and Santa Fe earned bronze for the Acequia Wet Hop IPA and Los Innovadores Kriek, respectively. Almost all of those beers are on tap or available for purchase, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and get busy!

On the new beer front, it was a little limited this week as most of the brewing staffs were in Denver and are playing catch-up. Still, there are some newbies to highlight. Bosque has PSA (Pumpkin Spice Ale), Bosque Lager, and The Box IPA on tap. Chama River will have Cosmic Dog (coffee stout) and Raspbooby, which will benefit Breast Cancer Awareness month, available by the end of the week. La Cumbre has added Meridian Pale Ale to their lineup.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn’s Pumpkin Ale will debut Monday. Duel has introduced Danae, a golden sour ale. Second Street expects to have a British Mild, Oktoberfest, and Fulcrum IPA on tap before the week is out.

I was a little pressed for time (had to help get my cousin and his family to the airport) this morning so I will go back and update this article later with more details by brewery. Also keep an eye out in the days ahead as I’m slowly hitting each brewery for their reactions to their medal-winning beers. And yes, we’ll have a full preview of NM Brew Fest before that event kicks off Saturday afternoon (and we’ll be there, of course).

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

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

Beers: 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: PSA (Pumpkin Spice Ale), The Box IPA, Bosque Lager, Bosque’s Burnin’ Red, Olde Bosky Porter, Simcoe IPA. The Burnin’ Red, with a new recipe, is back on tap. Also back on tap is an old favorite in the Olde Bosky Porter. We’ll have to head over and try the PSA and The Box IPA, which are the newest additions. The Lager is back by popular demand.

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 ESB.

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: Glass Jaw Double IPA, 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), which is a hoppier variation on the traditional marzen style. 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. The Glass Jaw is now out in full force.

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 last week and is a solid example of the style, having finished third in our recent Oktoberfest challenge.

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) and Valle de Oro (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) are nearing the end of their runs and will soon be replaced by the Cosmic Dog (7% ABV, 25 IBU), a coffee stout, and the Raspbooby (5% ABV, 20 IBU). The latter beer is a raspberry wheat, brewed up to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness month as part of the “Toast for Tatas” campaign. The Hound (6% ABV, 40 IBU) was described as “a roasty fall amber.”

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

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

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, Jabberwocky IPA. The Fresh Hop Amber, Alt German Lager, and the Pumpkin Charlie Brown are the newest entries, while the Jabberwocky 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.

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, Project Dank, Across the Pond, Witch’s Tit, Meridian Pale Ale, Levitated (Imperial) Pilsner. The Meridian is the new kid on the tap list, replacing the Oktoberfest. 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 next Wednesday. 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.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

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

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. All six beers are on tap this week.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

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

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

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

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

Beers: 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, Tupac Cali Red, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, Berliner Weisse, Tractoberfest.

Beers at Wells Park only: Pilsner #15, Mustachio Milk Stout, 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 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.

The Solos on the Hill series continues tonight (Wednesday) at 8:30 p.m. in Nob Hill as Cali Shaw performs.

Tractor’s pLOUD music series at Wells Park continues Thursday with Travis and Joel Band 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.

Poetry and Beer will be back Tuesday at Wells Park with an open mic event starting at 7 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. Congratulations to Turtle Mountain on winning our inaugural Oktoberfest challenge. You need to head out to Rio Rancho and try this excellent marzen for yourselves.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Oktoberfest, 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 is exactly the big old smoky blast you would expect. Oktoberfest debuted this past Monday and is quite the exceptional beer. It would have contended with Turtle Mountain for the top spot in our Oktoberfest challenge.

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

An imperial stout and a barley wine will be out later this year.

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

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

This Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. you can attend a tasting event of Duel beers at Jubilation. The only place outside the brewery you can purchase bombers of Duel beers is Jubilation, so this is a unique opportunity to snag some samples before you buy.

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, which Luke of the Brew Crew bullpen recently reviewed. We didn’t get an update this week on Small Batch Saturday, but if one comes along we will add it to this article.

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

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

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

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Trappist Strong Ale, Cream Stout, Rauchbier, Amber. The SSB staff hopes to have British Mild, Fulcrum IPA, and Oktoberfest on tap by the end of the week. I got to sample the Rauchbier when I took my relatives to SSB for lunch; it’s not overly smoky, just smooth and balanced. You can also pick up four-packs of cans of Boneshaker Bitter at the brewery. The good folks from Mother Road Mobile Canning stopped by again to team up with Second Street. We love teamwork when it comes to beer.

Events: Jake will be the featured performer all October for the Thursday Patio Series. Alex Maryol is playing Friday at the original location. Bill Hearne plays Saturday.

Shows at the Railyard include Kenny Skywolf on Friday, Alex Culbreth on Saturday, and Shiners Club Jazz Band on Sunday.

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

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

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

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

It’s that time of year again, when lots of folks from outside Albuquerque and New Mexico descend upon the Duke City for the Balloon Fiesta. While a lot of us locals grumble about the increase in traffic, even we’re big softies for the Fiesta (assuming we wake up in time). Well, we are, our dogs are not. They’re huddling in the corner thinking the end times are upon us.

This group of bearded lunatics has all the beer news Balloon Fiesta visitors can use.

This group of bearded lunatics has all the beer news Balloon Fiesta visitors can use.

Anyway, with all these newcomers visiting ABQ, and balloons not flying 24-7, they will all need something to do. So for our regular readers, there won’t be much here that you don’t already know. But if you have people in from out of town asking you, “What else is there to do here?” well now you have this post to show them that there is more to this town than balloons, green chile, and “Breaking Bad.”

We’ve updated this for 2014, since we’ve added just a few new breweries. If you’re just interested in the current slate of seasonal beers, as always, check out The Week Ahead in Beer. That feature runs every Wednesday.

Breweries near the Fiesta

Bosque Brewing: Located at 8900 San Mateo, Bosque is by far the closest to all the balloon action. Heck, you can walk there if you want to. The easiest way to get to Bosque is to take I-25 and get off at Alameda and go west, just like you would go to Balloon Fiesta Park. San Mateo is the first red light you’ll encounter and if you take a right and go north, Bosque will be ahead on your right. Bosque is not a huge place, so don’t be surprised if it gets crowded around happy hour. They have a menu of sandwiches and other items to munch on to keep your belly full. On the beer side, Bosque is more malt-forward than hop-forward. That does not mean Bosque beers lack flavor (their slogan is “Flavor is Boss”). We would recommend trying the Cumulus Wheat IPA, Scotia Scotch Ale, and our favorite, the Driftwood Oatmeal Stout. The current seasonals are topped by the Olde Bosky Porter, formerly a regular, and Rebel Brit (Brown Ale).

Kaktus Brewing: Just to the north of Albuquerque is the small town of Bernalillo, which finally got a brewery of its own when Kaktus opened last month. Located at 471 South Hill Road, you can access it easily from the Highway 550 exit off I-25. Head west on 550 and then take a left and go south at Hill, which is the first red light you will encounter. Kaktus will be down the road on your right. A quaint, unique setting, Kaktus has rotating lineup of quality beers and a small food menu. We recommend the Oyster Stout, Honk Ale, and the Helles Lager, which is one of the better lighter (in color, not flavor) beers around.

Grab a bite to eat and a pint of quality beer at Sandia Chile Grill, near the Balloon Fiesta grounds.

Grab a bite to eat and a pint of quality beer at Sandia Chile Grill, near the Balloon Fiesta grounds.

Sandia Chile Grill: Located near the intersection of San Antonio and Wyoming, SCG is a restaurant with a small but good selection of beers. If you get off I-25 at San Antonio and head east, there is a shopping center on the northeast corner of SA and Wyoming just a mile-plus up the road. SCG is located near a Subway and the Sports and Wellness, behind the McDonald’s and Walgreens. We endorse the Rio Negro Stout, Red Ranger Irish Red, and Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen, though the lineup tends to change a lot.

Breweries in the far Northeast Heights

Lizard Tail: If you feel like getting away from the more crowded areas, head east on Montgomery until you reach the intersection with Eubank. Located in a shopping center on the southeast corner with a Pelican’s and the Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall (for country music lovers only), Lizard Tail is a new neighborhood pub. They have a little food, but it’s mostly about the beer, which is more malt-forward than hoppy. The Belgian Abbey and Rye Stout are worth trying. If you do need some hops, go for the IPA or India Black Ale.

Breweries along the I-25 corridor

Most of these breweries can be accessed off the freeway between the Jefferson, Montgomery/Montano, and Comanche/Candelaria exits. Two are visible from the freeway, the others are tucked away but are very much worth making an effort to find.

Chama River: Right next to the Century Rio 24 movie theater is one of ABQ’s oldest and most respected breweries. You can access it via the Jefferson exit and the southbound frontage road. Chama is a restaurant with a full menu featuring a wide array of food. If you’re on a budget, it’s a good place to splurge. Personally, I think they might have the best BBQ ribs in town. On the beer side of things, Chama’s selection is plentiful but not overly heavy. The Sleeping Dog Stout is a personal favorite. The Jackalope IPA, Rio Lodo Brown Ale, and Rio Chama Amber Ale are also popular. The current seasonal lineup includes the tasty Wee Bit Loco Scottish ale and the Hardscrabble ESB.

Chicken and waffles and beer at Nexus. What more do you really need in life?

Chicken and waffles and beer at Nexus. What more do you really need in life?

Nexus Brewery: Located on the east side of the freeway, you can access Nexus via the northbound frontage road just north of the Montgomery/Montano exit. Also a restaurant, Nexus is unique in New Mexico for its soul food-style menu. The chicken and waffles is among the most popular dishes you will find in town. The food alone is well worth a visit, but make sure to try the beer while you’re there. The Scotch Ale, Cream Ale, Chocolate Porter, and IPA are all popular with customers. Nexus tends to be a more malt-forward brewery.

Canteen Brewhouse: One of two breweries tucked away in an industrial area located between Candelaria to the south and Comanche to the north (now officially known as “The Brewery District”), you can find the Canteen Brewhouse (formerly Il Vicino Brewery Canteen) on Aztec Road. If you take the frontage road northbound, Aztec will be on your right as you go from Candelaria to Comanche. Head east a few blocks and the Canteen will be on your left. The Canteen usually has a huge selection of seasonals. There is a small menu of sandwiches (try the Piggly Wiggly, a pulled pork monstrosity) and other snack items. For beer, you can go with the popular Wet Mountain IPA, Slowdown Brown, and Dark & Lusty Stout. The current seasonal lineup includes the popular Irish Red, as well as the Pumpkin Porter and Pumpkin Saison, giving you some options for your fall palate.

There are a ton of quality beers available in the cozy confines of La Cumbre.

There are a ton of quality beers available in the cozy confines of La Cumbre.

La Cumbre: Just around the corner from Il Vicino is La Cumbre, one of the fastest-growing and most highly regarded breweries in the state. If you love hops, this is your place to visit. The easiest way to find La Cumbre is to take Candelaria east from I-25 and then take a left (north) on Girard, which is the last street before you reach an overpass to cross a diversion channel. La Cumbre will be just north of Candelaria on the left side. Parking is mostly restricted around La Cumbre by the other businesses, so be careful not to park anywhere you might get towed. There is usually a food truck parked out front, but for the most part La Cumbre is a place to enjoy a pint or buy a growler or some bombers or four-packs of cans. The award-winning Elevated IPA tops the list of regular beers on tap, though I would also recommend the burly Malpais Stout. The current seasonal list includes the awesome Witch’s Tit, a spiced pumpkin beer, as well as the ultra-hoppy Project Dank IPA. If you’ve never had an imperial pilsner, La Cumbre has one for you in the form of Levitated.

Red Door: One of the newest breweries in Albuquerque, Red Door just opened. It’s on Candelaria just west of I-25 on the north side of the street. There is usually a food truck parked out back for your culinary needs. Inside the spacious taproom, Red Door has its initial lineup of beers and sometimes guest beers from other local breweries. The Red Door staff has discovered keeping up with thirsty Burquenos is no easy task. The Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, and Paint it Black Milk Stout (served on nitro) have all been hugely popular. Red Door also has one of the more potent ciders you can find in the Unhinged Cider (7.9% ABV).

Breweries on the West Side

If you are staying west of the Rio Grande, the beer options are only getting better.

Staying on the west side? Broken Bottle will keep you from going thirsty.

Staying on the west side? Broken Bottle will keep you from going thirsty.

Broken Bottle: Located in a small shopping center just north of the intersection of Coors Blvd. and Irving Blvd., Broken Bottle has a unique take on beers. The official address is 9421 Coors Blvd. NW. There is some food available, plus there’s a Subway and a sushi place located in the same shopping center so you can keep your belly full. On the beer front, I definitely recommend The Incident Black IPA, which should satisfy both dark beer lovers and hopheads. The David Hasselhefe (wheat beer) and AFD Red are also popular. The current seasonal lineup includes Oktoberfest and Cactus Juice, which is made with prickly pear cactus.

Pi Brewing: This new brewery is operational, but all beers are served next door at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria (same owners). They have a small but solid lineup, including the Unchallenged IPA, West Coast Red, and Robust Porter. Of course, you can also chow down on lots of tasty Italian dishes at Nicky V’s. As for how to get there, Nicky V’s is located on Coors Blvd. just north of Paseo del Norte. The address is 9780 Coors on the east side of the road.

Boxing Bear: The newest joint on the west side is Boxing Bear, which took over the old Elliott’s Bar space in the shopping center on the northeast corner of the intersection of Alameda and Coors/Corrales Road. There is a small menu of sandwiches and snacks. Brewer Justin Hamilton has made an immediate impact with some big, bold beers. The Uppercut IPA packs a punch, while the Glassjaw Double IPA is just what hopheads want. The Standing 8 Stout and Hairy Mit Hefe are there if you don’t want to pummel your palate with too many hops.

The Stumbling Steer: If you need a gourmet meal with your craft beer, it’s hard to go wrong at the Steer. (Pardon the rhyming pun.) The menu is extensive, and boy oh boy do we love the Pork Bites (aka BAG OF MEAT) for an appetizer. The Steer is still assembling the in-house brewery; for now they are brewing out at Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande in Moriarty east of Albuquerque. Still, those are brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes, and they are quite tasty. The brown ale and imperial stout are tremendous. A recent black IPA specialty beer was excellent as well. The Steer is located on Ellison on the southeast corner of the intersection with Alameda.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill: Located on Sara Road just east of Rio Rancho Blvd./Highway 528, this Rio Rancho-based brewery is a full-on restaurant that also brews its own beer. The beer lineup changes from time to time, but at present we know the Chupacabra IPA, Panama Red Ale, Robusto Porter, and our favorite, the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, are all on tap.

Turtle Mountain: One of the oldest and most respected breweries around, TMBC is located on Southern Blvd. just west of Highway 528 in Rio Rancho. Offering a full menu of awesome pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, and more, TMBC has plenty of culinary delights to go along with a strong lineup of beer created by new brewer Tim Woodward. Regular favorites include the Heidelberg Helles, Piedra Lisa Porter, Parasol White IPA, and McDay’s Cream Ale. The Monochrome Milk Stout and Oktoberfest top the current seasonal list.

Breweries in Uptown

The area around Coronado Mall and the Uptown Shopping Center, located between I-40 to the south and Menaul to the north along Louisiana Blvd., this is a popular destination for shoppers. There are not a lot of options here for beer, unfortunately.

ABQ Brew Pub: Featuring beers from Moriarty’s Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca Brewing (for those not in the know, Moriarty is a small town east of the Sandia Mountains along I-40), the Brew Pub has a solid food menu and more. Located on Uptown Blvd. just west of Louisiana, it shares a building with Uptown Sports Bar. Regular beers on tap include Rio Grande Outlaw Lager, Roswell Alien Amber, and the Pancho Verde Chile Cerveza. The Sierra Blanca Bonechiller Brown won a silver medal at last year’s GABF, so make sure to check it out, too.

B.J.’s: It’s the big chain brewery/restaurant. It’s not local, so you can do better. Support local while you visit ABQ.

Breweries in Nob Hill

This is a very popular area located along Central between Girard on the west and Washington to the east. There are lots of shops and restaurants to visit.

The best place to grab a pint in Nob Hill is Tractor's tap room.

The best place to grab a pint in Nob Hill is Tractor’s tap room.

Tractor: While the brewery is located near downtown (see below), the tap room has quickly become one of the most popular destinations in Nob Hill. Located at 118 Tulane SE, you can find Tractor fairly easily if you’re on Central. Just look for the Arby’s and/or Starbucks on the south side of Central. Tractor is located just behind Starbucks. The joint is jumping during happy hour and almost every night after 10 p.m., especially on weekends. Because they do not brew on site, Tractor can stay open until 2 a.m., unlike the breweries where they have to close at midnight. The staff at Tractor is among the friendliest and funniest in town. There is no food on site, but the restaurants around Tractor are no dummies; many will deliver your food straight to the tap room. And there is always at least one food truck outside. On the beer front, the regular menu includes the popular Almanac IPA, Farmer’s Tan Red Ale, and our favorite, the Double Plow Oatmeal Stout. You can also find Tractor’s IPA, Red, and Mustachio Milk Stout in six-packs at local liquor establishments all over town.

Kellys: One of the older and more popular establishments, Kellys features a full restaurant menu of favorite American and Mexican dishes. The insides features dozens of televisions showing sports from around the world, too, though most folks prefer the spacious patio to relax and unwind after a long day or week. The beers are decent, though not our personal favorites. The Red Ale, Scottish, and others are worth sampling. Kellys is best for the atmosphere and if you want to watch your favorite team in action on TV. For great beer, head elsewhere. Kellys is located on the south side of Central on Wellesley.

Breweries around downtown

ABQ’s downtown underwent a major cleanup/renovation over a decade ago. There are lot of restaurants and more traditional bars worth checking out. Plus there are some good establishments for live, local music, such as Launchpad, Burt’s Tiki Lounge, and the Sunshine Theater. The best beer bar downtown is Sister, located on Central near 4th Street. It features a wide array of out-of-town (and out-of-country) beers on tap. For local beers, there are five options.

Marble Brewery downtown has hosted many big events, including this year's IPA Challenge.

Marble Brewery downtown has hosted many big events, including this year’s IPA Challenge.

Marble: Located on Marble Street just north of Lomas Blvd. along 1st Ave., Marble is the largest local brewery. You can find Marble beers on tap at numerous other bars around town, plus you can buy six-packs and bombers of Marble beers all over the place as well. The downtown pub is attached to the brewery. It features a comfy patio out front with a music stage, and a small interior. There is a limited in-house menu of food, including chips & salsa, but there is almost always a food truck out front. On the beer front, the IPA, Red Ale, Wildflower Wheat, Double White, and Oatmeal Stout are among the most popular regular beers. For seasonals, make sure to try the Rescue Craft Draft, an English-style pale ale. Marble also does a special cask beer every Friday.

Back Alley Draft House: Located on Central in the back of J.C.’s New York Pizza Dept., BADH is a small establishment that brews some of its own beers and also offers beers from other local breweries. You can order some pizza from NYPD and they will bring it back to you while you enjoy some solid local offerings as well as some unique out-of-state/country beers on tap. The current BADH lineup includes Soroche IPA, Red Ale, Berliner Weisse, and Octoberfest.

Chama River Microbar: In addition to its main location off I-25, Chama has a small tap room located next to the Sunshine Theater on 2nd Ave. just south of Central. Space is very limited, and there is only beer here. Check in via Chama’s main site to see what’s on tap. They usually have four to five regular beers and two seasonals on tap.

Tractor Wells Park: Tractor moved its brewing operation to this huge space at 1800 4th Ave. from Los Lunas, a town south of Albuquerque. While the brewing is humming in the back, the taproom has become a popular place with an external patio as well. Tractor hosts live music and other special events pretty frequently. The beer list here is extensive, with traditional favorites like those listed above with Nob Hill are always on tap. You can also find multiple seasonals, including Tractoberfest, Tupac Cali Red, and La Llorona Dry Hop Amber.

The Draft Station: Located on Central just west of downtown before you get to Old Town is this taproom owned by the same folks as Chama River and Santa Fe’s Blue Corn Brewery. There is a rotating selection of local brews on tap. It’s a fairly new place.

Ponderosa: Another new place (which I forgot when I first typed this up, sorry), Ponderosa is owned by the same folks behind Portland’s PINTS Brewery. It opened recently on Bellamah near the Natural History Museum and Explora. The easiest way to get there is to take I-40 to Rio Grande. Head south on Rio Grande and as you approach Hotel Albuquerque on the left, you’ll see the light for Bellamah. Turn left (east) and head to where the road curves south. Before the curve, turn into the parking lot for the brightly colored apartment building/retail complex. Ponderosa is on the first floor. They serve a full menu of food and a wide selection of beers, including a seasonal Oktoberfest and a Chocolate Pumpkin Porter.

Breweries in Santa Fe and further north

If you are taking the time to head north to our state’s capital, don’t fret, there are plenty of beer options. Santa Fe Brewing, the oldest and biggest brewery in the state, is located south of the city along I-25 (there is also a second location in town). The tap room is small and cozy and features many of the brewery’s finest beers. You can also find SFBC beers almost everywhere in the state on bar taps or in bottle form at liquor stores. The most popular are the Happy Camper IPA, Nut Brown, and Java Stout. The current seasonal is Oktoberfest.

Within the city limits are two breweries that give you two locations apiece to visit. Blue Corn combines a restaurant and brewery that has recently been racking up the accolades. Blue Corn became the first non-ABQ brewery to win the annual IPA Challenge in 2013. Among its current beers on tap are Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout, End of the Trail Brown Ale, and Alpha Reaper, an imperial red ale.

Need a place to kick back and relax with a pint in Santa Fe? Visit Second Street's original location.

Need a place to kick back and relax with a pint in Santa Fe? Visit Second Street’s original location.

Second Street is a favorite of the Crew and has two locations, one on Second Street and one at the Railyard. While their IPAs are solid, our favorites at Second Street include their Kolsch, Cream Stout, and whatever variety of English bitter that brewer Rod Tweet has come up with. Second Street has a full food menu at both locations.

Duel Brewing is the newest Santa Fe brewery. Brewing Belgian-style beers, Duel features some (very) high ABV beers, so be careful when you visit. There is a food menu to help you out. We recommend the Dark Ryder, Titian, and Grunewald Imperial Porter.

If you feel like heading up to Taos, make sure to stop along the way in Embudo to visit Blue Heron. A small establishment located along the main road on the left/west side, Blue Heron has a small interior and cozy patio in the back. They also sell their beer in bottle form if you don’t have time to enjoy a pint. We highly recommend the La Llorona Scottish Ale, though at present it’s only available in bottles. Make sure to try the Aurora IPA and Penasco Porter if you have time for a pint. There is also a second Blue Heron location that opened recently in the nearby town of Espanola.

In Taos itself, stop by the Taos Ale House near the north end of town. The beers change fairly frequently, but if they’re available snag a pint of the Porter or Brown Ale. You can also visit Taos Mesa west of town. It’s a popular music venue, so watch out for expensive cover charges, but the beer is solid, particularly their Stout and Kolsch.

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Welcome to ABQ and we hope that you all have a great time this week!

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.

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