The Whole Foods in Santa Fe has a preview of what's coming to Albuquerque this weekend — an on-site craft beer bar!

The Whole Foods in Santa Fe has a preview of what’s coming to Albuquerque this weekend — an on-site craft beer bar!

This Saturday, the Sandia Saloon pub inside the Whole Foods on Academy will open. I recently visited the Pinon Pub at the Whole Foods in Santa Fe to get an idea of what to expect. I have to say, it was pretty great to be able to walk around and grab whatever we felt like snacking on, and then taking it into the bar area to eat and grab a pint. Full confession — after stopping by for a pint on Saturday afternoon, we were so impressed that we came back for an early lunch the next morning.

That's a whole lot of taps.

That’s a whole lot of taps.

There are 24 taps with some pretty diverse choices of local craft brews and a few interesting out-of-state choices as well. Wine and select cocktails made with local spirits are also available. Most pints were $5; some were $6, and La Cumbre’s A Slice of Hefen was on sale for $4. Glasses of wine were very reasonably priced. You can order from a small list of food items at the bar, too, such as wings and sliders. There are also oyster platters, charcuterie plates, and cheese plates to choose from, in addition to a beer and cheese pairing flight.

You can eat at the bar, too.

You can eat at the bar, too.

The very knowledgeable and super friendly staff in Santa Fe said that there will be the same number of taps in Albuquerque and a similar selection, but the layout will be slightly different. I am sure I will not be waiting long after they open to discover firsthand how it looks. Enjoy the photos from the Santa Fe location!

The beer menus were impressive.

The beer menus were impressive.

Cheers!

— AmyO

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“It has already become a major feature on the HW 14 landscape.”

As a result of the many inquiries I get all the time from folks interested in the new expansion at Santa Fe Brewing Co., I recently checked in on New Mexico’s oldest brewery to determine the progress they’re making in the expansion of their new production facility located just off of Highway 14. Bert Boyce, brewmaster of SFBC, gave me the low-down on where the brewery currently stands.

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Gosh that’s big.

Boyce said the major expansion happening right now is the great packaging hall. Having gone up in just a few short months, it has already become a major feature on the Highway 14 landscape. Patrons continue to ask, “What is that huge building? Is that you guys?” To which the employees answer proudly, “Yes, yes it is.” There, in this enormous new warehouse space, the high-speed canning line is being assembled. Coming all the way from CFT Packaging in Italy, the line features high-automation and recipe-driven control, as well as boasting very low dissolved oxygen, which, as you may know is a major killer of packaged products’ shelf-life.

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So high tech, so pretty.

Boyce said that SFBC is aiming for early June for the line to be operational. Currently on the old system, SFBC is doing 30 cans per minute. They hope to push that to 138 at first, expanding to 275, once it reaches completion. That means that SFBC has been doing about 400 cases per run, and will be hitting 5,500 cases at peak performance. This will be highly instrumental as the new 12-packs of Happy Camper and 18-packs of Santa Fe Gold start to hit the stores.

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SFBC staff touring the facility and picking up slack.

With the new horse power of the high-speed canning line, the brewhouse is obviously going to have to produce a lot more beer just to keep up. To address this, SFBC is about to purchase a new brewhouse within the month. This brewhouse will more than double the size, at 70 barrels, and is about one year out from being Death Star status (no Alderaans were harmed in the making of this brewhouse). Of course, bigger batches means a need for more fermenters, and Boyce said that there will be plenty more arriving as the need arises. In fact, two will be arriving this week. When asked exactly how many SFBC will be acquiring, Bert said, “A lot.”

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Take note of that truck for scale.

We will keep you updated on the next phases in Santa Fe Brewing Company’s ongoing expansion, including the new two-story tasting room, beer garden, sky bridge, barrel cave, and the event space known as The Bridge, as more info develops. Signing off for Dark Side Brew Crew Santa Fe — to all the ambitious brewery development in the works, cheers!

— Luke (Craft Crusader)

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The SFBC family. They’re a proud bunch these days.

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

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

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

We all have lots of opinions on the beer at our various breweries. It makes for some lively debates, tests of loyalty, etc., but if there is one thing we can all agree upon it is that a lot of our breweries are doing good work beyond simply selling us pints and filling our growlers. Take Tractor Brewing, for instance. They have been one of the most (if not the most) community-involved breweries for some time, and this week is no different. Wells Park will host “Love Beer, Hate Cancer,” a special fundraising event this Friday at 6 p.m. The Rio Grande Development Corporation’s Camp Enchantment will be the beneficiary of the evening’s festivities. What is Camp Enchantment? It is a special summer camp at the Manzano Mountain Retreat in Torreon for children between 7 and 17 who are either battling cancer or have had it in the past. Portions of beer sales will go to the camp, plus there will be live screen printings of T-shirts with the “Love Beer, Hate Cancer” on the front, courtesy of For The Good. There will also be live music from The Delbert Anderson Trio featuring Def-i starting at 7 p.m. For more information, check out Tractor’s Facebook page or contact the brewery.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Boese Brothers is having a release party for Zeus Juice White IPA on Thursday. Bosque has a Mosaic SMASH at all locations, plus Double Ditch DIPA is at both Albuquerque taprooms. Boxing Bear has their own version of a Mosaic SMASH (time to compare and contrast, me thinks). Canteen is feeling summery with Sundance Kolsch, plus Ripple DIPA is back. Chama River is feeling salty with River Gose. Lizard Tail whips up Scottish 80, Hefeweizen, and old favorite Long Nosed Tripel. Nexus debuts Hibiscus Imperial Cream. Red Door should have a new Belgian Dubbel out later this week. The Desert Flower IPA blooms at both Tractor locations today (Wednesday). Turtle Mountain unveils For the Bees, a honey wheat (natch).

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn is in perpetual motion with Continual IPA. Duel dusts of some Harmonia and brings back Cezanne Printemp. Second Street has a fresh batch of Pivotal IPA.

Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row has brought back Hoppenheimer IPA, while also adding five new beers (see their entry below).

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

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Tilted Windmill IPA, High Plains Drafter Blonde, Duke’s Pale Ale, Dunkelweizen, Imperial Red, Session IPA, Bayou Smash Saison, Handlebars Stout. The new Tilted Windmill will become the permanent IPA on tap at ABC.

News: ABC is now serving their in-house pizza starting at 5 p.m. every day, running till 8 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and till 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Other Events: Every Monday will now be game night at ABC, with everything from Pokemon to Cards Against Humanity. Also, all Blonde pints are just $2.50.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Monday–Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Sunday, all day

Alien 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: Call the number above for details on any small-batch beers currently available. They change frequently. The rest of the lineup is from the Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande family of beers.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Sun–Weds 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded. All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

Bistronomy B2B/Lobo Beast 101 — (505) 262-2222 (B2B), (505) 247-2116 (Lobo)

(B2B: Mon–Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-9:30 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.; Lobo: open every day 4 p.m. to close)

Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

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

Beers: Call the brewpub for an updated list.

Live Music: Bands perform from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday. Click the link for the schedule.

Boese Brothers Brewery — (505) 382-7060

(Hours: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–midnight, Fri 3 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat noon–2 a.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Old Shonie Scottish Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Galaxy DIPA, Cascade Grenade. Coming this Thursday, Zeus Juice White IPA will make its debut. Gold Street Caffe will pair special Greek Kabobs with the beer from 4 to 9 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Boese will have a happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with $3 pints. You can also get $3 pints all day Tuesday and $6 growler fills all day Wednesday.

News: They are still working on building their website. You can follow them on their Facebook page.

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

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

Beers: Marzen, 3 Hour Scotch, Mosaic S.M.A.S.H., Kindling, Tu-Bock Shakur, Beermosa, Double Ditch (San Mateo and Nob Hill). Oh, dear lord, John Bullard made another DIPA in the form of Double Ditch (8.7% ABV, 100+ IBU). If that’s too much, try the Mosaic (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU).

Happy Hour/Discounts: 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.

Bow & Arrow Brewing — (505) 247-9800

(Mon-Thurs 3–10 p.m., Fri-Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Flint & Grit (British Mild), Tumbling Waters (Pale Wheat), Sun Dagger (Saison), Crossed Arrows (Scotch Ale), Hoka Hey (IPA), Dust Up (Pale Ale), Jemez Field Notes Lager. The newest addition is the Lager (4.9% ABV, 20 IBU), which is the first of its style brewed at Bow & Arrow.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Vantablack Russian Imperial Stout, Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only), Kodiak Brown, Bearzen, Red Glove, Chocolate Milk Stout, Black and Blue Sour, K.O. Kolsch, Mosaic S.M.A.S.H. The Vantablack (10.2% ABV, 80 IBU) is a beautiful behemoth, not for the meek. Franz Solo composed some viking poetry to honor this dark overload from the halls of Valhalla.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

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

Broken Trail Brewery & Distillery (formerly Distillery 365) — (505) 221-6281

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

Beers: 365 ESB, Lone Pine Pilsner, Happenstance All-Day Blonde, Happenstance Better Red Than Dead, Faulty Barrel-Aged Ale. The All-Day Blonde is the first in a new series of beers created by Broken Trail’s new brewing partners, and the Better Red Than Dead is their second.

Live Music: Saturday—Clark Andrew Libbey, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Gabriel Tafoya, noon to 2 p.m.

Events: 10 Drink Minimum will host a Cards Against Humanity night every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Ripple DIPA, Hank ESB, Marzen, Apricot Hefeweizen, Kira Ora New Zealand Session IPA, Sundance Kolsch. Get your hops in a big dose from Ripple, or a smaller dose from Kira Ora, or there’s the house IPA, Flashback (formerly Wet Mountain) that lies in between.

Cask: Irish Red is the choice this week.

Live Music: Sunday—Green Billies, 3 to 6 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Kilt Kicker (Smoked Scottish), Festival (Oktoberfest), Primo with spruce tips (Brown Ale), Blood Brothers (Prickly Pear Berliner Weisse), Agave (American Hefe). Cazuela’s has now expanded to having 10 taps on site, so they have brought four old favorites from the cellar in the Festival, Primo, Blood Brothers, and Agave.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Vermilion, River Gose, The Lighter Fare, The Darker Fare. Chama brewer Andrew Krosche and his girlfriend, Nexus brewer Kaylynn McKnight, collaborated on The Lighter and Darker Fare. Those are an ESB and an Irish dry stout, respectively, and you can ask to combine them into a proper black and tan as the latter is on nitro.

News: Congratulations to Chama River, the winner of this year’s Stout Challenge with Sleeping Dog Stout.

The Firkin Brewhouse — (505) 881-0702

(Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Ombibulous IPA, Bootleggers Vanilla Nut Brown, Jailhouse Java Stout, McFinnigan’s Ale, The Dawn of the Red, 11th Hour, What’s Up Beech. After a slight delay, The Dawn of the Red (7.7% ABV, 49 IBU), is on tap. It’s a bigger-than-average Irish red. Another recent addition is the 11th Hour (8.1% ABV, 100+ IBU), a white IPA.

Events: Monday—Poker Night, 7 to 10 p.m.; Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Ladies Night, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday—The Firkin Comedy Show, 7 to 9 p.m.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Milk Stout, Irish Blonde, Honk Ale, Brown Aled Girl, Classic Amber, I.P.Address, Red Card, German Pilsner, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. Lots of new faces recently, including the Milk Stout, Irish Blonde, Red Card, and Brown Aled Girl.

News: Upcoming beers include the Helles, Maibock, and London Porter.

Events: The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 7 to 9 p.m. on almost every Thursday at the Nob Hill taproom and then Sunday in Bernalillo from 6 to 8 p.m. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out.

Every Sunday in Bernalillo, Kaktus is hosting a brunch special from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with breakfast pizzas and drink specials.

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

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Munchener Dunkel, La Llorona, Cascade Hop Back, Mind Phoq, VMO #2, Arrogant Bastard, Father Nelson, Cafe Con Leche (available in bombers only). Yes, you are reading that right, Stone’s Arrogant Bastard is on tap at La Cumbre. The catch here is that this batch was brewed at LC, too. $2 from every pint goes to charity, so hurry over as it will be only available at the brewery.

Live Music: Saturday—The Rudy Boy Experiment, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

Beers: New Zealand IPA, Apricot Wheat, Scottish 80, Hefeweizen, Long Nosed Tripel. There are three recent additions in the Scottish, Hefe, and Tripel. The latter is an old favorite, but beware the ABV (9.2%), for it will sneak up on you.

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

Events: Lizard Tail will host Geeks Who Drink every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Both locations — Barke Pilsner, Rita!, Pilsner Anejo, Abricot; Downtown only — none; Westside only — Imperial Red. Marble created not one but two anniversary beers in the Rita (4.3% ABV), a kettle-soured ale with lime and salt, while the Pilsner Anejo (4.9% ABV) was aged in tequila barrels with brettanomyces.

Live Music (downtown): Thursday—Under the Native Stars, 6 to 11 p.m.; Friday—Drastic Andrew Band, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Innastate, 8 to 11 p.m.

Live Music (West Side): Today (Wednesday)—Chris Dracup, 6 to 9 p.m.; Thursday—Jack Kerowax, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday—Clark Libbey & the Last Takes, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday—Silver String Band, 6 to 9 p.m.

Other Events: Marble will host a fundraiser for the Ballet Repertory Theater today (Wednesday) from 5 to 9 p.m. downtown.

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

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.)

Beers: Hibiscus Imperial Cream, The Dark Fare, Imperial Pilsner. Say hello to the Imperial Pilsner (8.7% ABV, 32 IBU). Nexus has always done the big malty beers well, and this beer is no different.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Monday–Friday, 3 to 5 p.m., get $5 off appetizers

Pi Brewing — (505) 890-9463

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

Beers: Cardinal Sin Red, Robust Porter, U Down with BVP? (Bourbon Vanilla Porter), Hoppy Ending IPA, Scotty Doesn’t Know, Preacher’s Daughter. The Preacher’s Daughter was brewed in honor of Holly Holm; it’s a red ale with red chile for an extra kick.

News: Nicky V’s Pizzeria has been completely re-branded as Pi Brewing. We have the full story here. They will also have a new IPA on tap in the coming weeks.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Zaftig, Saison Chet Sauvage, Berliner Weisse, Stage One DIPA, Manzanita Milk Stout, Spanglish. The Manzanita is a tasty milk stout that is not overly sweet. The lactose and roasted malts exist in good balance.

Quarter Celtic Brewpub — (505) 503-1387

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

Beers: Knotted Blonde, Rye’t Side of Dublin, Mor-buck IPA, Quarter Porter, Crimson Lass, Single Action Kolsch, County Down Brown, Irish Extra Stout, Cranberry Sangria Wheat. The most recent additions are the County Down (5.7% ABV, 20 IBU) and the Irish Extra (5.1% ABV, 45 IBU). They are delightful and go well with the bowl of meat, or pretty much any food dish at QCB.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

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

Beers: Shift Ender Golden Lager, Vanilla Cream Ale, Bad Moon Ryesing, Gluten Removed IPA, Belgian Dubbel. The new Bad Moon (6.3% ABV, 51 IBU) is a burly black rye pale ale. There is nothing sweet about this beer, it’s just a dark beast that is not for the weak of palate.

Live Music: Monday—The Draft Sessions Open Mic, 7 to 9 p.m.

Other Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast, with Barclays Premier League soccer on the telly! From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909

(Mon–Thu noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Bravo Amber, Weizen, Randy’s Shandy, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Black Angus Stout, Randy’s Red Ale, Duke City Pilsner, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel aged), Barley Wine (regular and barrel aged), Winterfest Marzen, Darkside Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. Yes, we helped make that monstrosity of a barrel-aged imperial. It’s a decadent 11-percent ABV, so be careful when consuming.

Live Music: Thursday—The Mikes, 5:30 p.m.; Friday—Eryn Bent, 4 p.m., Roger James and the Jaded Heart Band, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—The Bus Tapes and Smoke ‘n Honey, 5:30 p.m.

Other Events: Today (Wednesday)—Mudd Volleyball Tournament registration, 5 p.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Call the brewery for an updated list.

Sidetrack Brewing — (505) 288-6468

(Mon–Thurs 3–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–10 p.m., Sun noon–8 p.m.)

Beers: Pub Ale, Railhead Red, 3:10 to Belen Brown, Switchgear IPA, Crossbuck Pale Ale, Dark Engine Stout. Rejoice! The Dark Engine Stout is back on tap, it is on cask as well, with some added cacao nibs.

Cask: See above.

Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752

(Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day)

Beers: Starrstruck IPA, Thunderr Ale, Lampshade Porter, Electric Sun, Riff Raff Brown Ale. Meet the first four beers from Starr Brothers. We had a quick review posted recently. New this week is Riff Raff Brown Ale.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), (505) 243-6752 (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Sunday-Wednesday noon to midnight, Thursday noon to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday noon to 2 a.m.; 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: Berry Cider, Barnstorm Ale, Scotcholate Scotch Ale, Et Tu Brute Cider, Stein Wine, Cowboy Blend Coffee Stout, Veruca Salt Gose, Half-Acre Hefe, Maibock, Desert Flower IPA. Props to whoever named the Gose after 90s band Veruca Salt. Not because we liked that band, it’s just a creative name.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—pLoud Music Event: Wild Humans, 8 p.m.; Saturday—In the Mix: KGB Club, 9 p.m.

Other Events: See our intro above for information on Friday’s Love Beer, Hate Cancer event.

Every Monday at Wells Park you can now find Mondays on the Mic hosted by Carlos the Tall starting at 6 p.m.

Kamikaze Karaoke is back at Wells Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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

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

Happy Hour/Discounts: Tractor now has a late happy hour from 9 p.m. to midnight on Mondays with $2 classic beers and $3 seasonals.

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: The Kansas City Shuffle, Marzen, Gose With The Flow, Amethyst Brett Stout, For the Bees. To celebrate their 17th anniversary, TMBC brewed up a wowzer of a beer in the Amethyst Brett Stout (9.3% ABV). It started as a double stout that was then aged in wine barrels for a year and dosed with Brett Lambicus. It sells in 13-ounce tulip glasses for $6.

News: The Shuffle is nearly out, with Hemisphere Hopper ESB (a collaboration with Second Street) ready to replace it any day now.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Cherry Smoke, Barleywine, Continual IPA, Two Lanterns ESB. The Continual (7.2% ABV, 100+ IBU) is so named because it was continuously hopped throughout the brewing process. Columbus was the hop of choice, so head over and “discover” this IPA. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Brewery hours: Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.; ABQ taproom hours: Mon–Thurs 2 p.m. to midnight; Fri–Sun noon to midnight)

Beers: Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Cezanne Printemps (Spring Saison), Hair of the Wolf (Experimental), Harmonia (Barrel-Aged Sour IPA). Say hello to new additions Harmonia and Cezanne Printemps. They are available at the brewery and at the ABQ taproom.

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

News: Duel’s Albuquerque taproom has opened, and they are serving food from their European-style deli in addition to the beer. For more info, check out our recent story.

ABQ Live Music: Thursday—Cali Shaw Duo, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Funk Tractor, 7 p.m.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Main taproom: Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.; ABQ taproom: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight; Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Santa Fe Gold, Adobe Igloo 2.0 (Winter Warmer), La Bete Noire, Chaiway to Hell (ECS), Irish Red, Snowflake DIPA (ABQ only), Freestyle Pilsner, EXP-ESB, Western Block IPA. The EXP-ESB is named such because it features an experimental hop numbered 345. This trial batch checks in at 6.6-percent ABV and 35 IBUs and you can try it at every SFBC location.

Happy Hour/Discounts: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room. 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, Cream Stout, Agua Fria Apricot, Trebuchet Imperial IPA, Ringwood Stout, Schwarzbier, British Mild, Hemisphere Hopper ESB, Pivotal IPA. Head over to try the Hemisphere Hopper, a collaboration with Turtle Mountain, while you can. It’s a delicious ESB with a little extra hop kick.

Live Music (Original location): Friday—Jeez LaWeez; Saturday—Mystic Lizard

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Lon Pinon; Saturday—The Buckerettes

Other Events: Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright. Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381

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

Beers: Adam Bier, Hoppenheimer IPA, Kristy Kream, Fitz’s Cherry Quad on Rye, Rubber Ducky Red, Don’t Touch Maibock, Becquerel on Brett. Another big tap turnover just went down in Los Alamos, with some truly creative names alongside old stalwart Hoppenheimer. Kristy Kream is a vanilla cream ale.

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

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

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

Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, Twisted Black IPA, KC’s Irish Stout Orgazzberry.

Live Music: Friday—Gato Malo, 7 to 10 p.m.

Other Events: Today (Wednesday)—Open mic, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Craft beers are starting to crop up in Baja California.

Craft beers are starting to crop up in Baja California, such as the aptly named Baja Brewing Co.

When you are soaking up the heat and strong sunshine along the ocean, there is really no better accompaniment than a cold, crisp beer. But, at some point my body rebels and screams, “I just can’t drink one more damn Pacifico!” Last October, I wrote a story on a new brewery in Isla Mujeres, a short ferry ride from Cancun. Drinking craft beer (especially on an island) in Mexico made me positively giddy. This month I visited Baja California Sur and happily discovered that the craft beer industry is slowly gaining some ground in this part of Mexico as well.

We were actually able to try at least one craft beer in every town we visited. In Cabo San Lucas, we called on not one, but two breweries, both of which had some darn good beer. The first one, Baja Brewing Company, is owned by ex-pats from Colorado and even has two locations. One is a rooftop bar on top of a condo building, but we were not able to visit this location because they opened later in the day. We did, however, go to the main taproom conveniently located on the harbor. All the beers were decent to very good, and pretty true to style. The Peyote Pale Ale was especially refreshing in the Cabo heat.

Ramuri

Ramuri offers up some unique, artesanal beers.

Next, we ventured a few blocks off the beaten path and out of the main tourist area. We heard from a customer at Baja Brewing that there was another restaurant/brewery where they are making good beer. Cerveceria Ramuri is an artesanal, smaller-batch brewery with some styles that are harder to find south of the border, like saison and strong ale. Both of these beers were highly enjoyable.

In La Paz, we attempted to visit a very small craft brewery, but it was closed on Mondays, which was the only day we were there. The beer gods had our back, though, because as we were strolling along the ocean walkway, I spotted a convenience store with a tub of interesting-looking bottles sitting outside its door. The shopkeeper told us it was a brand-new beer made in La Paz that had only been on the market for two weeks. Unfortunately, my phone’s memory card decided to take a nose dive, so my picture of the bottle did not save, and I don’t remember the name of it. I can tell you that it was a hefeweizen, and it was a nice beer to drink while walking along the beach.

Loreto

Loreto’s beer scene benefits from having a lot of American and Canadian expatriates in the area.

Loreto is a lovely fishing village located about 200 miles north of La Paz. It has a population of less than 20,000, but a sizable amount of Canadian and U.S. ex-pats live there. As this was the least touristy town on our journey, we did not expect to find our favorite craft beer of the trip in Loreto. However, that is exactly what happened. El Zopilote (Vulture) Brewing Company/1697 Mexican Food and Craft Beer currently brews only three types of beer — an IPA, a pale ale, and a stout. The IPA was a too little bitter, as well as hoppy, so it was not our favorite. The pale ale was fantastic. They were out of the El Bandito Black Stout on site, but we were able to try it on draft later in the day at another local hotel. The stout was solid, with both chocolate and coffee notes.

Things are always moving fast at Los Muertos.

Things are always moving fast at Los Muertos Brewing in Puerto Vallarta.

It was not our first visit to Los Muertos Brewing in Puerto Vallarta. This brewery is always a welcome stop, due to their low, low prices, and lunchtime pizza and beer combos. However, they suffer from a carbonation issue, and all the beers are a little thin. Trust me, though, after days of drinking all the Mexican macros, hanging out at Los Muertos is still a delightful experience. It’s also a cool place to people watch, because it is on a busy corner in Old Town, and the walls open up to let in the ocean breezes.

Our last beer stop in Mexico was a beautiful, large beer bar and restaurant on the malecon (esplanade), called Cerveceria Union. We enjoyed a fabulous lunch of totstadas de pulpo (octopus) and molcajete de pollo with a Minerva Pale Ale. (Readers, are you noticing a theme? Perhaps a distinct craving for some pronounced hops?) They have dozens of beers on tap, including a large selection of Mexican craft beers. Cerveceria Union is a definite must do for the beer lover in Puerto Vallarta.

Grab a growler, fill it with a local craft beer, and hit the water.

Grab a growler, fill it with a local craft beer, and hit the water.

Growlers are now readily available at many of the breweries in Mexico. For your next adventure in Baja, I suggest buying a growler or two and hiring a boat with a captain for a few hours so you can drink your craft beer while relaxing on the water and enjoying the incredible scenery.

Cheers!

— AmyO

Here we go again. Are you ready?

Here we go again. Are you ready?

One month and one day from now, the annual exercise in brew-insanity otherwise known as ABQ Beer Week will kick off with multiple events across the metro area. From May 26 to June 5, there will be 84 events (with more likely to be announced), ranging from tastings to special tappings to beer dinners and festivals and more. After sorting through all of those events, we came up with our early list of the one per day you should not miss, at least in our humble opinions. Once ABW arrives, fear not, the Crew will have a daily roundup of all the events every morning, even though one of us (hint: me) will actually miss most of the whole shebang due to a family wedding out in California. Don’t feel bad for me or anything, though; my hotel is within walking distance of Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buellton.

And before anyone asks, no, I am not stealing a barrel of Parabola and sharing it with everyone.

(It’s all mine. MINE!)

Ahem, anyway, here are our daily picks, plus the other events each day that should be worth checking out if the primary pick doesn’t hold any interest for you.

Thursday, May 26

3rd Annual Sierra Nevada Sausage and Cheese Tasting at O’Niell’s Juan Tabo: This annual event always seems to be a blast for everyone that attends. There will be a whole lot of tasty food pairings again, but this time with the entire lineup from the forthcoming 2016 Beer Camp Across America (the collaboration set to end all collaboration sets). Reservations are usually required, so stay tuned for that info.

Other events of note: Marble special tapping at Spinn’s Burgers & Beer; Abita Horchata Turbodog firkin tapping at Anodyne; Ballast Point Barrel-Aged Piper Down special tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill

Friday, May 27

505 Collaboration Rye/Kellerbier NM Brewers Guild Fundraiser: OK, this day was almost impossible to pick, as there are 13 (!) events already planned. What a way to kick off the weekend, right? This year’s 505 collaboration beer will debut at multiple breweries (locations TBA) across the metro area. Raise a pint or two and help the Guild in its ongoing quest to make our beer scene better and better. We will have more info as we get closer to the day of release.

Other events of note: Marble special tapping at The Local Brewhouse; Beer Brat Cookout at Albuquerque Brewing; 4th Annual Tower of Sour at Back Alley Draft House; Avery special tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill; Tractor Co-op Members barrel-aged beer release at Wells Park; Ballast Point tap takeover at Stereo Bar

Saturday, May 28

Founders KBS Vertical Tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill: Oh, dear lord, you all know how much we love barrel-aged imperial stouts. KBS is one of our favorites, and the chance to drink two (or more) varieties on tap and compare them side-by-side is too much to pass up.

Other events of note: Marble special tapping at Piatanzi Juan Tabo; Cornhole Tournament at Albuquerque Brewing; Beer & Seeds Anti-GMO Festival at Tractor Wells Park; Duke City Pedaler Beer Bike Social; Cider Night Fever at Tractor Nob Hill

Sunday, May 29

6th Annual ABQ Blues & Brews: The annual mega-sized festival will be back at Sandia Casino. Get your tickets now online (we always recommend VIP for that extra tasting hour). The full brewery list is online as well.

Other events: ABQ Bike & Brew Tour; Patio Brews at Albuquerque Brewing

Monday, May 30

Folds of Honor Foundation Fundraiser at Red Door: Folds of Honor works to provide financial aid for the dependents of American military personnel, the majority of whom do not qualify for federal financial aid when it comes to going to college. Over 80 percent of funds raised go to recipients. On this day, Red Door will donate 20 percent of all sales to Folds of Honor, and representatives will be on hand to take additional donations. Enjoy some beers for a good cause.

Other events: Cheese, Boards and Brews at Albuquerque Brewing

Tuesday, May 31

Beer & Cheese Pairing with Cheesy Street at Tractor Wells Park: Cheesy Street, one of our finest food trucks, is again teaming up with Tractor to offer up pairings of their cheese-centric dishes with specific Tractor beers. Look for more information online soon.

Other events: Marble special tapping at Rock & Brews; Lagunitas special tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill; Ballast Point special tapping and pairing at Canvas Artistry

Wednesday, June 1

Ask a Certified Cicerone and Bad Beer Tasting at Tractor Wells Park: Yes, if you are sensing a theme here, Tractor is definitely pulling out some unique events beyond tappings and tastings. In this case, co-owner Skye Devore is a certified Cicerone and she will be presenting tips and tricks to pass the Cicerone test. Afterwards, there will be a special “bad beer” tasting to discuss what flavors can be identified to tell whether or not a beer is bad.

Other events: Ska special tapping of barrel-aged Dementia and Bump & Grind Coffee Stout at Nob Hill Bar & Grill; Mother Road tap invasion and special firkin tapping at Grain Station; Ballast Point tap takeover and special tapping at Rock & Brews

Thursday, June 2

Battle of the Beer Geeks III: Once again, the Brew Crew, Babes in Brewland, ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers, and more will be brewing up some special beers at Tractor Wells Park to compete to see who has made the best beer of the year. We won in 2014, the Babes took the trophy home in 2015, and this year is anyone’s contest to win. It costs $12 for a tray of beers and a pint of your favorite. This year, we won’t say who brewed what, as to avoid any possible bias toward your favorite beer writers. I’ll miss this event, so someone save me some of the Crew’s entry!

Other events: Outside the 505 tap takeover at Cazuela’s; Marble special tapping at Gecko’s; Red Door 2nd Annual Food Truck Battle; 3rd Annual Sierra Nevada Sausage and Cheese Tasting at O’Niell’s Nob Hill; Goose Island Bourbon County Stout special tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill; New Belgium 3rd Annual Frozen T-Shirt Contest at Monte Vista Fire Station

Friday, June 3

NM Brewers Guild Beer Premiere: It’s back! The National Hispanic Cultural Center will again host this special Guild event, which will feature 15 breweries debuting brand-new beers. It costs $40 and M’Tucci’s Cocina will provide custom appetizers. We will have a lot more details on this event as we get closer to the date.

Other events: Marble special release at Uptown Sports Bar; Odell special encore tapping of Russian Pirate at Nob Hill Bar & Grill; Beer-Themed Art Fight at Tractor Wells Park

Saturday, June 4

Planned Parenthood Beer & Bands Annual Fundraiser: Tractor Wells Park will again host this event, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. It costs $15 at the door. There will be live performances from Le Chat Lunatique, Keith Sanchez, Desert Darlings, Robb Janov, and more.

Other events: Marble special release at 5 Star Burgers on Central; Barrel-aged beer release at Tractor Nob Hill; Beer Baked Goods Cake Walk and Circus Day at Albuquerque Brewing; Sierra Nevada special tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill

Sunday, June 5

8th Annual NM Brewers Guild Golf Tournament: It’s another Guild event, but this one is just for those who can actually hit a golf ball in the right direction. Head out to the Santa Ana Golf Course for the 8 a.m. shotgun start. For $100, you can get free range balls, a breakfast burrito, a round of golf, lunch, beer on the course, and a chance to win prizes by finishing first, second, or third. You can register as an individual or as a team at nmbeer.org.

Other events: Goose Island Brunch at Nob Hill Bar & Grill; ABQ Bike & Brew Tour

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Well, as noted above, I will be absent for most of these events, but the rest of the Brew Crew will be out and about. We will endeavor to preview every major event and then cover those as well.

Until May, prep those palates, clear your schedules for the key events, and get ready for some fun.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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

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

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

Do you love special beer release events? Then prepare for an overload of your favorite thing this week. La Cumbre, Marble, Ponderosa, Rio Bravo, and Santa Fe are all unleashing new beers in the next four days. First up, today (Wednesday) will see the return of Father Nelson on tap and in bombers at La Cumbre. My Sweet Basil will also have a special food pairing to go with the beer. They will be set up in the taproom itself. We gotta imagine whatever it is will have to be packed with flavor to even stand a chance of holding up against that hop monster. Marble debuts not one but two anniversary beers today at both taprooms — Rita, a kettle-soured ale with salt and limes, and Pilsner Anejo, aged in tequila barrels with brettanomyces. Meanwhile, Ponderosa is bringing back a crowd favorite, Spanglish, their Mexican-style lager, with a release party on Thursday. Friday will feature the debut of 1912 Porter at Rio Bravo, or you have a completely opposite type of beer debuting at Marble in their Apricot Sour. Finally, Western Bloc IPA, a wheat IPA brewed for spring, will debut at all Santa Fe Brewing locations on Saturday.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few other options to check out. Bosque is busting out their latest pun-fueled beer with Tu-Bock Shakur. Bow & Arrow has gone to the lighter side with Jemez Field Notes Lager. Take a swing at K.O. Kolsch at Boxing Bear. A limited supply of Faulty Barrel-Aged Ale is available at Broken Trail. Grab your best rugby jersey and order a pint of Kira Ora New Zealand Session IPA at Canteen, or snag an Irish Red on nitro. The Electric Sun is shining brightly at Starr Brothers.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn is lighting up with Two Lanterns ESB.

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

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Alien 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: Call the number above for details on any small-batch beers currently available. They change frequently. The rest of the lineup is from the Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande family of beers.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Tilted Windmill IPA, High Plains Drafter Blonde, Duke’s Pale Ale, Dunkelweizen, Imperial Red, Session IPA, Bayou Smash Saison. The new Tilted Windmill will become the permanent IPA on tap at ABC.

News: ABC is now serving their in-house pizza starting at 5 p.m. every day, running till 8 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and till 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Other Events: Every Monday will now be game night at ABC, with everything from Pokemon to Cards Against Humanity. Also, all Blonde pints are just $2.50.

This Monday will also feature the release party for the next issue of Brewers Crew magazine.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Monday–Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Sunday, all day

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Sun–Weds 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded. All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

Bistronomy B2B/Lobo Beast 101 — (505) 262-2222 (B2B), (505) 247-2116 (Lobo)

(B2B: Mon–Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-9:30 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.; Lobo: open every day 4 p.m. to close)

Beers: House IPA, Cherry Stout, Coconut Porter, Raz Wheat, Red Rye, Brown Ale, Rye Noon, Very Chai Christmas, Cerveza Chile Verde (B2B only), Galaxy Pale Ale (Lobo only), Pepper Saison (Lobo only).

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

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

Beers: Call the brewpub for an updated listing.

Live Music: Bands perform from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday. Click the link for the schedule.

Boese Brothers Brewery — (505) 382-7060

(Hours: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–midnight, Fri 3 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat noon–2 a.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Old Shonie Scottish Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Galaxy DIPA, Cascade Grenade. The Cascade Grenade (8% ABV, 75 IBU) exploded onto the scene recently.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Boese will have a happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with $3 pints. You can also get $3 pints all day Tuesday and $6 growler fills all day Wednesday.

News: They are still working on building their website. You can follow them on their Facebook page.

Zeus Juicy White IPA is the next seasonal on deck.

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

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

Beers: Marzen, 3 Hour Scotch, Riverbank Brown, Equinox S.M.A.S.H., Kindling, Tu-Bock Shakur. As Bosque put it best, what does Tupac Shakur have to do with a doppelbock? Nothing, it’s just the pun-able style of beer name. And it’s apparently a pretty good beer, too, but we’re guessing you knew that since Bosque brewed it.

Happy Hour/Discounts: 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.

Bow & Arrow Brewing — (505) 247-9800

(Mon-Thurs 3–10 p.m., Fri-Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Flint & Grit (British Mild), Tumbling Waters (Pale Wheat), Sun Dagger (Saison), Crossed Arrows (Scotch Ale), Hoka Hey (IPA), Dust Up (Pale Ale), Jemez Field Notes Lager. The newest addition is the Lager (4.9% ABV, 20 IBU), which is the first of its style brewed at Bow & Arrow.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Vantablack Russian Imperial Stout, Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only), Kodiak Brown, Bearzen, Red Glove, Chocolate Milk Stout, Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Black and Blue Sour, K.O. Kolsch. The Vantablack (10.2% ABV, 80 IBU) is a beautiful behemoth, not for the meek. Franz Solo composed some viking poetry to honor this dark overload from the halls of Valhalla.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

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

Broken Trail Brewery & Distillery (formerly Distillery 365) — (505) 221-6281

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

Beers: 365 ESB, Lone Pine Pilsner, Happenstance All-Day Blonde, Happenstance Better Red Than Dead, Faulty Barrel-Aged Ale. The All-Day Blonde is the first in a new series of beers created by Broken Trail’s new brewing partners, and the Better Red Than Dead is their second.

Events: 10 Drink Minimum will host a Cards Against Humanity night every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Orbit IPA, Hank ESB, Marzen, Apricot Hefeweizen, Kira Ora New Zealand Session IPA. The Orbit has a wonderful mix of hops, including Galaxy, as well as some rye mixed in. Go try this unique new take on an IPA, which the staff said might just be a preview of what they are cooking up for the IPA Challenge this summer.

Cask: Irish Red is the choice this week.

Live Music: Sunday—Keith Sanchez, 3 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday—Sol de la Noche, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Kilt Kicker (Smoked Scottish), Festival (Oktoberfest), Primo with spruce tips (Brown Ale), Blood Brothers (Prickly Pear Berliner Weisse), Agave (American Hefe). Cazuela’s has now expanded to having 10 taps on site, so they have brought four old favorites from the cellar in the Festival, Primo, Blood Brothers, and Agave.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Vermilion, Islay Chaser, The Lighter Fare, The Darker Fare. Chama brewer Andrew Krosche and his girlfriend, Nexus brewer Kaylynn McKnight, collaborated on The Lighter and Darker Fare. Those are an ESB and an Irish dry stout, respectively, and you can ask to combine them into a proper black and tan as the latter is on nitro.

News: Congratulations to Chama River, the winner of this year’s Stout Challenge with Sleeping Dog Stout.

The Firkin Brewhouse — (505) 881-0702

(Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Ombibulous IPA, Bootleggers Vanilla Nut Brown, Jailhouse Java Stout, McFinnigan’s Ale, The Dawn of the Red, 11th Hour, What’s Up Beech. After a slight delay, The Dawn of the Red (7.7% ABV, 49 IBU), is on tap. It’s a bigger-than-average Irish red. Another recent addition is the 11th Hour (8.1% ABV, 100+ IBU), a white IPA.

Events: Monday—Poker Night, 7 to 10 p.m.; Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Ladies Night, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday—The Firkin Comedy Show, 7 to 9 p.m.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Milk Stout, Irish Blonde, Honk Ale, Brown Aled Girl, Classic Amber, I.P.Address, Red Card, German Pilsner, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. Lots of new faces this week, including the Milk Stout, Irish Blonde, Red Card, and Brown Aled Girl.

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

News: Upcoming beers include the Helles, Maibock, and London Porter.

Events: The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 7 to 9 p.m. on almost every Thursday at the Nob Hill taproom and then Sunday in Bernalillo from 6 to 8 p.m. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out.

Every Sunday in Bernalillo, Kaktus is hosting a brunch special from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with breakfast pizzas and drink specials.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: It’s Not EVEN Brown, Munchener Dunkel, La Llorona, Cascade Hop Back, Mind Phoq, VMO #2, Arrogant Bastard, Father Nelson, Cafe Con Leche (available in bombers only). Yes, you are reading that right, Stone’s Arrogant Bastard is on tap at La Cumbre. The catch here is that this batch was brewed at LC, too. $2 from every pint goes to charity, so hurry over as it will be only available at the brewery.

Live Music: Saturday—The Bus Tapes, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

Beers: New Zealand IPA, Strawberry IPA, Apricot Wheat, Belgian Strong, Raspberry Mead.

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

Events: Lizard Tail will host Geeks Who Drink every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Both locations — Imperial Red, Double IPA, Rita, Pilsner Anejo; Downtown only — Barke Pilsner, Stout Americano; Westside only — Paddy McNitro. Marble has not one but two anniversary beers in the Rita (4.3% ABV), a kettle-soured ale with lime and salt, while the Pilsner Anejo (4.9% ABV) was aged in tequila barrels with brettanomyces. For more in-depth info on all the events going o, click here for our story on Marble’s Eighth Anniversary Party. It runs through Sunday.

Live Music (downtown): Thursday—Anniversary Party with Reviva, 7 to 10 p.m.; Friday—Apricot Sour release with Rhythm Dragons, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Food Truck Frenzy with Lone Pinon, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Three Amigos, 8 to 11 p.m.; Sunday—Bluegrass Extravaganza with The Noseeums, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Green Billies, 4 to 5:30 p.m., The Porter Draw, 6 to 8 p.m.

Live Music (West Side): Friday—Apricot Sour release with Sloan Armitage, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday—Indie Night with Lillie Lemon, 6 to 7:15 p.m., Lila Rose, 7:45 to 9 p.m.

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

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.)

Beers: Barleywine, The Lighter Fare, The Dark Fare, Imperial Pilsner. Say hello to the Imperial Pilsner (8.7% ABV, 32 IBU). Nexus has always done the big malty beers well, and this beer is no different.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Monday–Friday, 3 to 5 p.m., get $5 off appetizers

Pi Brewing — (505) 890-9463

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

Beers: Cardinal Sin Red, Robust Porter, U Down with BVP? (Bourbon Vanilla Porter), Hoppy Ending IPA, Scotty Doesn’t Know, Preacher’s Daughter. The Preacher’s Daughter was brewed in honor of Holly Holm; it’s a red ale with red chile for an extra kick.

News: Nicky V’s Pizzeria has been completely re-branded as Pi Brewing. We have the full story here. They will also have a new IPA on tap in the coming weeks.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Zaftig, Saison Chet Sauvage, Berliner Weisse, Stage One DIPA, Manzanita Milk Stout. The Manzanita is a tasty milk stout that is not overly sweet. The lactose and roasted malts exist in good balance. The Spanglish returns on Thursday.

Live Music: Thursday—Christian Orellana, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Quarter Celtic Brewpub — (505) 503-1387

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

Beers: Knotted Blonde, Rye’t Side of Dublin, Mor-buck IPA, Quarter Porter, Crimson Lass, Single Action Kolsch, County Down Brown, Irish Extra Stout, Cranberry Sangria Wheat. The most recent additions are the County Down (5.7% ABV, 20 IBU) and the Irish Extra (5.1% ABV, 45 IBU). They are delightful and go well with the bowl of meat, or pretty much any food dish at QCB.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

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

Beers: Shift Ender Golden Lager, Strong Scotch Ale, Vanilla Cream Ale, Gluten Removed Roamer Red, Bad Moon Ryesing, Gluten Removed IPA. The new Bad Moon (6.3% ABV, 51 IBU) is a burly black rye pale ale. There is nothing sweet about this beer, it’s just a dark beast that is not for the weak of palate.

Live Music: Monday—The Draft Sessions Open Mic, 7 to 9 p.m.

Other Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast, with Barclays Premier League soccer on the telly! From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909

(Mon–Thu noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Bravo Amber, Weizen, Randy’s Shandy, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Black Angus Stout, Randy’s Red Ale, Duke City Pilsner, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel aged), Barley Wine (regular and barrel aged), Winterfest Marzen, Darkside Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. Yes, we helped make that monstrosity of a barrel-aged imperial. It’s a decadent 11-percent ABV, so be careful when consuming.

Live Music: Thursday—The Blunns, 4:30 p.m., Blame it on Rebbekah’s Birthday Party with The Mark McKee Experience and Gato Malo, 6:30 p.m.; Friday—Razzvio, 4 p.m., Baracutanga, 6:30 p.m.

Other Events: Friday—1912 Vanilla Porter Release Party, noon

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Call the brewery for an updated list.

Sidetrack Brewing — (505) 288-6468

(Mon–Thurs 3–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–10 p.m., Sun noon–8 p.m.)

Beers: Pub Ale, Railhead Red, 3:10 to Belen Brown, Switchgear IPA, Crossbuck Pale Ale, Dark Engine Stout. Rejoice! The Dark Engine Stout is back on tap, and soon it will be on cask as well, with some added cacao nibs.

Cask: The Crossbuck and Railhead are now in the firkins.

Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752

(Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day)

Beers: Starrstruck IPA, Thunderr Ale, Lampshade Porter, Red Zepplin, Electric Sun. Meet the first four beers from Starr Brothers. We had a quick review posted last week. New this week is the Electric Sun, an American-style wheat ale.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), (505) 243-6752 (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Sunday-Wednesday noon to midnight, Thursday noon to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday noon to 2 a.m.; 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: Berry Cider, Barnstorm Ale, Scotcholate Scotch Ale, Et Tu Brute Cider, Stein Wine, Cowboy Blend Coffee Stout, Veruca Salt Gose, Half-Acre Hefe, Maibock. Props to whoever named the Gose after 90s band Veruca Salt. Not because we liked that band, it’s just a creative name.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Thirsty Thursday: Sloan Armitage, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Luck&Lana with DJ Nykon, 8 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Solos on the Hill: Russell James Pyle, 8:30 p.m.

Other Events: Every Monday at Wells Park you can now find Mondays on the Mic hosted by Carlos the Tall starting at 6 p.m. Then at 8 p.m., kick back and watch the latest episode of Better Call Saul on the projector screen. This Monday is the season finale, so don’t miss it, lest social media spoil it all.

Kamikaze Karaoke is back at Wells Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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

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

Happy Hour/Discounts: Tractor now has a late happy hour from 9 p.m. to midnight on Mondays with $2 classic beers and $3 seasonals.

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: The Kansas City Shuffle, Marzen, Snake Driver Irish Stout, Gose With The Flow, Amethyst Brett Stout. To celebrate their 17th anniversary, TMBC brewed up a wowzer of a beer in the Amethyst Brett Stout (9.3% ABV). It started as a double stout that was then aged in wine barrels for a year and dosed with Brett Lambicus. It sells in 13-ounce tulip glasses for $6.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Cherry Smoke, Barleywine, Recreational Session IPA, Two Lanterns ESB. The latest edition is the Two Lanterns, a proper English ESB made with English malts, hops, and yeast. Jolly good show, Blue Corn! (They do still say that in England, right?)

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Brewery hours: Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.; ABQ taproom hours: Mon–Thurs 2 p.m. to midnight; Fri–Sun noon to midnight)

Beers: Bad Amber, Manikin (Scotch Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Denouement (Fall Saison), Ara Pacis (Barrel-Aged Imperial Golden Sour), Study Series: Session 1 (Golden Hopped Session), Study Series: Session 2 (Dark Hopped Session), Hair of the Wolf (Experimental), Goya Imperial Stout. Hair of the Wolf (7.7% ABV), a beer to benefit the local arts collective Meow Wolf, is back for a second run.

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

News: Duel’s Albuquerque taproom has opened, and they are serving food from their European-style deli in addition to the beer. For more info, check out our recent story.

ABQ Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Tres Pendejos 4/20 Fiesta, 8 p.m.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Main taproom: Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.; ABQ taproom: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight; Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Santa Fe Gold, Adobe Igloo 2.0 (Winter Warmer), La Bete Noire, Chaiway to Hell (ECS), Irish Red, Snowflake DIPA (ABQ only), Freestyle Pilsner, EXP-ESB. The EXP-ESB is named such because it features an experimental hop numbered 345. This trial batch checks in at 6.6-percent ABV and 35 IBUs and you can try it at every SFBC location.

News: The Western Block IPA (6.7% ABV, 70 IBU) debuts at all three SFBC locations on Saturday.

Happy Hour/Discounts: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room. 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, Cream Stout, Imperial Stout, Agua Fria Apricot, Trebuchet Imperial IPA, Ringwood Stout, Schwarzbier, British Mild, Rod’s Best Bitter. The Ringwood Stout is the last of the annual series of beers using Ringwood yeast.

Live Music (Original location): TBA

Live Music (Railyard): TBA

Other Events: Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright. Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381

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

Beers: Wit Rock, Organic Farmhouse, Craic the Red, Craic the Black, Little Bird Blonde, Lucky 13 IPA, Adam Bier, Belgian Golden Strong with Muscat. Another big tap turnover just went down in Los Alamos, with the two Irish-style beers left over from St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy the variety!

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

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

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

Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, Twisted Black IPA, KC’s Irish Stout Orgazzberry.

Live Music: Friday—Steven Senn, 7 to 10 p.m.

Other Events: Today (Wednesday)—Open mic, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Distillery 365 changed their name, but kept their same delicious beers and spirits.

Distillery 365 changed their name, but kept their same delicious beers and spirits.

There was some beer news that popped up last week while yours truly was out of town. Throw in the fact that I am greatly limited by Isotopes coverage this week, and well, this is our news article for the week. We will follow up on some of these articles as warranted in the weeks ahead.

New name, same place

Broken Trail Spirits + Brew is the new name for Distillery 365. Nothing has changed but the name. They are still making the same beer, the same spirits, and are keeping a lot of their same fun events.

365 was originally named after a hiking trail, but it seemed like few people (us included) never really got that. The new name keeps the same hiking theme, plus now it highlights the fact they are both a distillery and a brewery.

In other news, they have added more tap capacity. They now have five of their own beers, plus one guest tap (SFBC Happy Camper) right now. Also, while their Green Jeans Farmery location does not carry any of their beers, their non-alcoholic ginger beer is on tap at the SFBC taproom. Co-owner Matt Simonds highly recommends folks try the Ginger Chick, which is half ginger, half Chicken Killer.

The main location on Stanford will have the UFC fights on this Saturday, which includes Jon Jones. We’re safe, Burquenos, Jones is not on our streets this weekend! Instead he can go beat up someone in an octagon.

Yup, another brewery on the way

A long, long time ago, on a nearby street, we heard about Hops Brewery coming to Nob Hill. Then came a series of delays to the point where we all figured it was a dead project. Oh, but it was far from dead; Hops’ small brewer license with the state suddenly went active back in January. Following that, another reporter asked us if we knew what was going on with the spot in Nob Hill, where the windows had become boarded up.

Friend of the Crew and intrepid reporter Jessica Dyer finally got the scoop on Hops, which is much closer to opening than we thought. Owner Jim Shull is aiming for a summer opening, though he was smart enough not to name a specific date (anyone who has ever dealt with the City of Albuquerque is nodding at this). The location is 3507 Central NE, putting it just a little east of Tractor’s taproom on the north side of the street.

In addition to the Nob Hill location, Shull has also applied for a small brewer offsite location for Los Ranchos. That taproom would go in at 7222 4th Street NW.

Other new brewery rumors

We still have not found any new info on Lone Sun Brewing, which has a “coming soon” sign up along the Paseo del Norte frontage road about halfway between Jefferson and 2nd Street. If anyone knows more about that operation, drop us a line.

One of our staff met the owners of another forthcoming place, Dialogue Brewing. We didn’t get much beyond the name, but when they are ready to talk, they promised to contact us.

Friend of the Crew, Phil K., then contacted us about Bare Bones Brewing. Apparently it’s a resurrected project, now set for Edgewood after a first attempt to open closer to Cedar Crest fell through, or so says an old Facebook page.

On the licensing front, we can confirm that Flix Brewhouse, the movie theater/brewpub chain, has applied for their small brewer license with the state. Elsewhere, despite the presence of brewing equipment at Sugar House Brewing, the former Stumbling Steer space now owned by the same folks behind Wise Pies and Vernon’s, there is still not listing for a pending license. Until that happens, we can assume they are still a ways away from opening.

Sampler tray

  • Before anyone asks, no, we do not know what the mystery anniversary beer (or beers) for Marble is/are this year. We know one (or both) was aged in tequila barrels. Tequila is my alcohol kryptonite, so I will let the rest of you try whatever they release first. That release comes on Wednesday at both taprooms.
  • We will have more info in The Week Ahead in Beer, but there are three other beer releases this week. Spanglish, a Mexican-style lager, is back on tap with a release party at Ponderosa on Thursday. Before that, Wednesday will see the return of Father Nelson on tap and in bombers at La Cumbre. Finally, Friday’s release party is for the new 1912 Porter at Rio Bravo.
  • The Ale Trail: Burque Brewpub Tour is back on Saturday, courtesy of ABQ Trolley Co. You can visit the Facebook event page for more info, but it runs from noon to 3 p.m. You get behind-the-scenes tours of three breweries (none are named, though since Rio Bravo is sponsoring the ride, we have to guess that is one stop), plus free souvenirs, and a complimentary pint at each location. You buy tickets online.

That is all for this week. If you know if any news related to our craft beer scene anywhere in New Mexico, contact us via social media, a comment below this story, or you can email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com. The rest of the Crew will (hopefully) have some stories for you later this week while I am stuck at Isotopes Park. But, hey, I get free food, and they pay me to watch baseball. Could be worse, right?

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

A brewery we had never heard of wound up being the highlight of our trip, at least as far as the beer went.

A brewery we had never heard of wound up being the highlight of our trip, at least as far as the beer went.

In case you do not follow us on social media, you might have missed the photos that Franz Solo and I took from our visit to Denver. Our main purpose for this trip was to see Iron Maiden (they were awesome, of course), but we naturally took some time to indulge in the area’s vast beer scene.

Our last trip to Denver featured visits to a lot of well-known breweries, including Great Divide, Prost, TRVE, and Avery in Boulder. This time around we sought out some different places, smaller but highly-rated establishments. Sometimes the best beers are still being made by the little guys.

As we stayed near downtown, we set out on foot on our first night, aiming to the area north/northeast of Coors Field, which is home to a cluster of 10 breweries between 26th and 38th Streets. Our first stop was the famous Falling Rock Taphouse, where I met up with one of the Rockies writers I know to chat about baseball. We did enjoy Falling Rock, but it is a small space so we can see how it gets crowded during big events. Also, we struck out on our first two beer picks off the menu. They need to update that thing more often. I settled on the Bear Republic Hop Shovel, and after chatting about baseball, we got a dinner suggestion to hit up Breck on Blake, Breckenridge’s taproom/restaurant near the ballpark. While their beers have been passed by, Breckenridge does have good food and some guest taps of quality (Elevation’s 8 Second, Melvin’s Hubert MPA).

After filling up on food, our brewery call began. It might have gone longer, but it was a Tuesday, and most places were closed by 11.

We stumbled upon the beers at Zephyr.

We stumbled upon the beers at Zephyr.

Zephyr Brewing (Walnut and 26th): This was a newer place, so we took that into account with the beer selection. The American Blonde was fine for the style, while the Scottish came off more like a brown ale. The IPA needed the most work, though it had more to do with the malt bill than the hops. The star of the show here was the Holy Grail, a Belgian quad that was barrel aged. Sweet? You bet. A little hot? A little, but not too much. If any ABQ brewery wants to brew a quad and then barrel age it, we would be OK with that. Then we would drink it all up.

Spangalang Brewery (Welton between 27th and 28th): A patron at Zephyr recommended we head a few blocks down the road and try out Spangalang. We should have gotten that gentleman’s name, because we owe him a huge thank you. Another new place, Spangalang just celebrated their first anniversary. This comes on the heels of celebrating their first Great American Beer Festival medal last fall. Spangalang won gold for Sugarfoot, a Belgian table beer. Honestly, it was one of the finest American-made Belgian-style beers that I have had. In addition to that delightful little starter to our sample tray, we also got our fill of hops with El Dorado Single Hop Pale Ale, D-Train IPA, and Hop Colossus. Their Anniversary Ale was hop-forward as well, a beautiful blend of IPA and a barrel-aged IPA. And, because awesomeness found us multiple times on this trip, we got the additional benefit of their anniversary party leftovers — four versions of their Night Walker imperial stout. There was the regular version, which was delicious on its own, along with the Night Walker Con Alma (re-fermented with red wine), plus the 2015 and 2016 versions of the barrel-aged Night Walker. The 2015, in particular, could hold up with the finest BA imperials we have ever had. We cannot recommend this brewery enough on your next visit to Denver.

The beer board at Our Mutual Friend. Points for creative names.

The beer board at Our Mutual Friend. Points for creative names.

Our Mutual Friend Brewing (Larimer and 28th): It had a bit of a hipster vibe (in Denver, I know, shocking), but once you get past that, grab a spot at a raised community table and snag a flight. I tried seven of eight beers (allergy concerns strike again), and while there was no “Sweet Jeebus!” among the group, it was a pretty solid lineup. The Camisado Cream Ale was similar to Nexus’ Cream Ale and a good place to start. Franz was wondering if Blame It On the Kane, a dark British mild, was named after Tottenham striker Harry Kane. Whether it was or not, it was solid for the style. Dad’s Brown Ale used Star Anise as an ingredient, making for a rather different kind of brown. The Novo Coffee Stout was on nitro, which muted the sharp coffee flavors a little too much for me. Don’t Panic, a black IPA, is basically the malty little cousin of Santa Fe’s Black IPA. Feyd, their DIPA, was made in the East Coast style, with a heavy malt backbone, similar to what you would get from a Dogfish Head 90 Minute.

Ratio Beerworks (Larimer and 29th): A quick hop from OMFB, Ratio was the last place still open Tuesday night. It is a bigger, more spacious place with a bit of a retro vibe. I got to enjoy all eight beers off the sample tray — Domestica (Blonde Ale), Dear You (Saison), Repeater (Pale Ale), Rented World (IPA), Hold Steady (Scotch Ale), Hold Steady with coffee, One Great City! (Belgian Quad), Antidote (IPA). The best of the bunch were the One Great City! and the Hold Steady with coffee. Clearly, Denver breweries have gotten good at quads and at adding coffee to beers besides just stouts or porters. Rented World was the slightly better of the two IPAs by my Untappd ratings, but my comments were drying up by this point. Did I mention it was at the end of our crawl?

You know it's the end of the night when your picture of the last place is a mostly wiped-out flight.

You know it’s the end of the night when your picture of the last place is a mostly wiped-out flight.

As for Wednesday, the day of the concert, we did revisit Avery to try all the brewery-only beers they don’t bottle. It’s still awesome up there, and the food was great, too. For dinner we hit up the Rhein Haus, a massive, two-story German restaurant with an impressive beer selection, great food, and full-size bocce ball courts. We grabbed the house lager, which was brewed by Prost Brewing. It was about as authentic as you can get in the U.S.

Oh, and we did hit one new brewery that day …

Black Sky Brewery (Santa Fe and 5th): This is another heavy metal-themed brewery, but it’s more purposely done as being low-end than TRVE. It’s a bare bones place, with a handful of house beers, some guest taps, and a bunch of pizza/grinder/calzone-style food. On this day, it was also an unofficial Iron Maiden pregame event, so there were a whole lot of folks inside. And, only four people working behind the bar. There was no table service, and everything was backed up beyond belief. I have no idea if they underestimated the crowd, or the staff they had was all they could get on a Wednesday. But, in the end, I stood at the bar for 12 minutes without anyone so much as acknowledging my existence. I gave up, but Porter Pounder and his friends arrived and got some beers. I took a sip of the Hazelnut Porter, which was pretty mild for a porter with minimal hazelnut flavor, and With Odin We Ryed, a beer with a great name and next to no body or flavor or much of anything. Maybe my views on these beers were too influenced by the lack of good service, but considering that almost all of their beers hover in the 3.5 to 3.6 range on Untappd, I don’t think I’m alone.

For Thursday, our main goals were 1) sleep in and recover, 2) eat something hearty at Jelly (a wonderful breakfast place recommended to us by the awesome Dana Kleinman of Babes in Brewland), 3) fill the trunk with beer to go, and 4) visit one last brewery.

The name may sound Russian, but the beer is All-American.

The name may sound Russian, but the beer is All-American.

Comrade Brewing (7667 E. Iliff Ave.): Located pretty far south/southeast of downtown, we were hoping to stop here on our way into town on Tuesday, but it turns out that’s the one day a week Comrade is closed. We could not miss this place, not after their Superpower IPA made it to the finals of the National IPA Challenge. They may have lost to Bosque’s Scale Tipper, but we could easily see why Superpower was the national runner-up. It is a big, hefty IPA with a lot of hops up front, a strong malt backbone behind them, and overall it was the one IPA we tried on our trip that could truly hold up against the best of the best down here in ABQ. In addition, we tried their other three beers (samples only, we had to drive). The Yellow Card Citra Blonde proved that the best way to make a blonde ale that can actually produce a “Wow!” is to add Citra hops. REDCON was a solid Irish red, a little more sharp and dry than others in its genre, and less sweet. The closest local comparison would be the Crimson Lass at Quarter Celtic. Finally, the Koffee Kream Stout was their take on a coffee-infused beer. It was beautiful, balancing the coffee notes with the sweetness of the cream stout. Next time, if this is on tap, it will be my pint choice. No matter where you are staying in the Denver area, make sure to find time to visit Comrade. Just remember, not on a Tuesday.

Well, that sums up our visit as best as my memory can recollect. If Franz Solo feels like adding comments, we will let you know when those are posted.

To leave this trip, a final picture of that wee little concert we saw with about 30,000 other folks.

Hails! \m/ \m/

Hails! \m/ \m/

Up the Irons!

— Stoutmeister

Get off the couch and head southwest this weekend.

Get off the couch and head southwest this weekend.

Toad Fest, the street festival hosted by Little Toad Creek in Silver City, will not only feature live music and other fun this Saturday, but it will have 12 other New Mexico breweries serving up 20 different, unique beers.

The list, as provided to us by the NM Brewers Guild.

  • Abbey: Monks’ Tripel
  • Blue Corn: Fuzzy Snuggler
  • Bosque: Riverwalker IPA, Tu-Bock Shakur
  • Canteen: Marzen
  • Chama River: Class VI Golden Lager, Broken Spoke Wheat Ale
  • La Cumbre: BEER, Red Ryeot
  • Marble: Imperial Red, Double White
  • Red Door: Roamer Red, Bad Moon Ryesing
  • Santa Fe: Happy Camper, Santa Fe Gold
  • Second Street: Pivotal IPA, Schwarzbier
  • Sidetrack: Crossbuck Pale Ale, 3:10 to Belen Brown
  • Spotted Dog: Spring Thing (Belgian-style saison)

It’s a great opportunity for folks in Southern New Mexico, as well as those who wish to trek up from El Paso or from Arizona, to enjoy a lot of beers you can only get up north. Spotted Dog will represent the Las Cruces area, too. Plus, of course Little Toad Creek’s own beers will be available, and their spirits.

Admission is free to the event, which starts at 2 p.m. and runs until midnight. The music will be provided by Wylie Crazyhorse Jones at 2, Compas at 4, and JB & the Jackrabbits at 8. There will be games for kids and adults, too. Food-wise, look for a special menu featuring lots of grilled meats (ribs, brisket, etc.) and the like.

Remember, this is a Guild event, so a portion of the proceeds of beer sales will go to helping the Guild help breweries across our state.

Considering the weather right now in ABQ, it might not be a bad idea to trek south to Silver City for a day. Let us hope the sun stays out down there.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Will Brennand samples the beers at Red Door that they brewed since he left to pursue a masters degree in England.

Will Brennand samples the beers at Red Door that they brewed since he left to pursue a masters degree in England.

Albuquerque native Will Brennand is just a few months shy of his masters degree. This is not a typical masters degree, or else why would we be writing about it? Will is majoring in brewing in a project at the University of Nottingham. Yes, as in Nottingham, England, U.K.

A former assistant brewer at Red Door, Will met with me during a break from his studies abroad to talk about the unique program.

“It’s a dissertation project,” he said. “It’s a little bit different compared to your traditional academic project. The team — composed of myself as lead brewer; Will Gelder, an Englishman in charge of marketing and sales; and Stefano Occhi, an Italian, who’s in charge of project management and making sure we all hit our deadlines and quality assurance, making sure our product is where we actually want it to be — we created Zerogravity Brewing as a project, not to be confused with Zero Gravity Craft Brewing in Vermont. We’re going to brew a 30-hectaliter beer batch, which is about 25 and a half U.S. barrels of beer at the Castle Rock Brewery in Nottingham. It’s to be released some time in July.”

The project was originally created by Professor David Quain at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K., back in 2011. Professor Quain moved to the International Centre for Brewing Science at Nottingham and brought the project with him.

Each brewing team is made up of three people with the responsibilities divided as Will listed above. In essence, each person is trained to do a specific job relating to the brewing industry, not just churning out a line of potential brewers, but the folks who can serve as managers, marketers, sales people, and more. Think of it as a more advanced version of what CNM is hoping to do with its program that should start up this coming autumn.

Once his team was organized and got to work, Will said they have moved at a rapid pace. After an online poll led to the selection of Zerogravity as the name, their next move will be deciding on what beer they will ultimately be brewing at Castle Rock, an award-winning local brewery near the university who will then be selling the Zerogravity beer at their taprooms.

“We’re still in the development phase of that,” Will said. “For the prototype phase we’ve kind of gone all out. We’ve done six different beer styles, trying to figure out what we’re going to brew. It’s all in cask, so it’s going to be traditional English style served at basically room temperature. We’ve got a steam beer, an American cream ale, American wheat, session Belgian pale ale, an Irish Red, (and) an Altbier.

“We’re going to be doing, actually next week is we’re going to be using some sensory panels composed of our class. We’re being trained in sensory analysis next week. And we’ll use that to be the basis of what we choose. But, it’s probably going to be out of all the beers the favorite of the group (are) the Altbier and the Irish red.”

Will originally got into brewing while he was still an undergrad at UNM.

“I got into brewing two years ago when my sister got me a home brew kit for Christmas,” Will said. “I started making small batches and really, really messed up the first couple of times. I had some temperature control issues, froze a couple of batches.

“I stuck with it and a couple months later after I turned 21, I came down here to Red Door and met the guys. Nothing was in here, yet, really. This was June (2014) and right before opening in September. So, I came in and asked if they needed someone to come volunteer. I volunteered with them and they realized they couldn’t get rid of me. Eventually they gave me a job.”

After working for a short while with Red Door, Will opted to seek out ways to better improve his skills as a brewer.

“While I was doing that I finished up my undergrad at UNM,” he said. “I decided that I wanted to pursue higher education. I did some online searching and came across Nottingham and Heriot Watt. I applied and was actually accepted to both of them. Heriot Watt was brewing and distilling and I’m a beer guy. With Nottingham’s focus on beer, that’s why I went there.”

Will said the transition to living in England “wasn’t too bad.”

“The weather is definitely different,” he said. “It takes some getting used to because it’s cold and wet most of the time. People are very, very polite over there. Stereotypical British pub food is still kind of terrible. That’s why you learn to cook (for) yourself.”

As noted above, Will only has a few months left before finishing the program and earning his degree.

“I’m done in September,” he said. “It’s only a one-year-long course. Most masters programs (in England) are the same. It’s quite nice; it’s fast, very compact, which means you’re always going.

“It’s a full-on masters course, a masters of science. They do require usually some sort of science background to enter it. I have a bachelors in biology and a bachelors in foreign languages.”

When he is done, Will plans to look for a job in his native country.

“I’m keeping my options open as far as where I’ll go, but it’s definitely going to be stateside somewhere,” he said. “Ideally, I really love the craft brewing atmosphere, it’s a great community, but it’s always fun to see how the big guys do things because they have neat tips and tricks and ways to make beers very consistent.”

As for the final beer that ends up being chosen, all of us back here in New Mexico might get a shot at tasting it, either the original version or possibly a freshly brewed batch from around here.

“I’ll definitely have the recipe, I will brew that,” Will said. “As far as (bringing some back), it’s definitely difficult to get any significant quantity through (customs), but I’d like to try.”

Good luck to Will on finishing his project and his degree. It is amazing how far brewing has come in that universities around the globe are now offering degrees in the science.

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Cheers!

— Stoutmeister