Sometimes you just gotta get out of town and try more beers, especially when it's stupidly hot outside.

Sometimes you just gotta get out of town and try more beers, especially when it’s stupidly hot outside.

July was just crazy hot. In Albuquerque, and all over the Southwest. I must have been out of my mind to continue the summer road tripping.

I love Las Vegas. I mean, I really must, because I go there two to three times a year. But, sometimes it’s nice to feel less “Vegas-y” when you are there and get a little break from the madness. There are ways to feel more like a local and it is not hard to do as soon as you venture just a little off of the Strip or Fremont Street.

The beer menu at the new Tenaya Creek location in Las Vegas is worth checking out.

The beer menu at the new Tenaya Creek location in Las Vegas is worth checking out.

A new way to escape while in Vegas is just a short Uber or Lyft ride from downtown; or, about a 15-minute (boring) walk if it’s not too hot. Late last year, arguably the best-known brewery in Vegas, Tenaya Creek, moved into a new spot on Bonanza Road. The contemporary digs are spacious and beautiful. Our beerista was awesome, too. You seriously have to love sitting at a bar and hearing stories from a local bartender about what happens in Vegas that doesn’t always stay in Vegas.

Because there are still not many local breweries in the area, I am thrilled that I can get to another Vegas brewery that moved closer to the action. Their old place was so far out, I never made it over there. Take note, however, that there is no kitchen, so you will need to find food elsewhere.

As far as the beer goes, if it’s on tap I can recommend the Local 702 Pale Ale (5.2% ABV) and the God of Thunder Baltic Porter (9% ABV). You can definitely add Tenaya Creek to your best (beer) bets in Vegas.

Boulder City is worth a stop, if for nothing else than its own brewery.

Boulder City is worth a stop, if for nothing else than its own brewery.

On the road out of town, heading towards Arizona from Vegas, a good place to stop for lunch is Boulder Dam Brewing Company in Boulder City. Without this stop, I never would have known that Boulder City has such a quaint central area! We ate some tasty burgers alongside Hell’s Hole Hefeweisen (4.8% ABV).

Who says books are just for reading? At Historic Brewing in Flagstaff, they have another key role.

Who says books are just for reading? At Historic Brewing in Flagstaff, they have another key role.

One of our favorite small towns with a big beer scene is Flagstaff. That scene just got even better with the addition of Historic Brewing’s new Barrel and Bottle House on San Francisco Street in downtown. The new space has an open concept, but a cozy and functional feel, and is just a great place to hang out and have some beer. I feel like I have been ordering beer sample flights for decades now — well, maybe I have — and I still get a huge kick out of unique presentations of samplers. The ones at Historic, made from carved-out hardback books, are my favorite of the summer (see photo). The “book titles” are funny, too, and it’s a game in its own right to see who gets what book.

The new patio at Durango Brewing makes it an even more inviting place.

The new patio at Durango Brewing makes it an even more inviting place.

Finally, with a similarly small, but happening beer town vibe, you can always count on Durango. At the beginning of July, Durango’s oldest (and reportedly Colorado’s third-oldest) brewery, Durango Brewing Company, reopened after being closed for nearly a year. In my opinion, it is a vast improvement and worth checking out. The beer quality has improved to some degree as well, although super hopheads may not find the most prominent hop profiles up to snuff. The patio space is awesome; and while the location remains the same, the building was completely remodeled. I sampled just about everything they had to get a feel for the “new” brewery. It’s all about taking one for the team, you know.

So goes the summer of ’16. Now it’s time for football, which, of course, just means more beer.

Cheers!

— AmyO

BP and FH

Hey, Santa Fe! Are you looking for a fun craft beer event tonight that also supports a good cause? Of course you are! And, that’s how I would begin this, if I was one of those heartless ad-wizards, preaching to a blank-faced uninitiated audience.

But, no, Santa Fe, that’s not who I am, and that’s not who you are. I’m increasingly more proud to say that we’ve become a very craft enthusiastic town. We’ve had good beer for a very long time, but it was only bar/brewery regulars, home brewers, and closet beer geeks that came out to cool craft beer events, or even knew about them for a long time. Now, we have a large craft beer community, and a good one at that.

We’re a host of craft beer enthusiasts, largely fostered by the fact that our breweries have gotten bigger, better, and more bold in their brewing. Sales reps have worked hard as well to get us some amazing distribution lines so that we do get great beers from Ballast Point, Firestone Walker, Founders, etc. And, we, the people, have become brave with our palates.

Well, my Santa Fe craft beer community, here’s another cool event for us. Tonight from 5 to 10 p.m., Fire and Hops is hosting a special tap takeover with Ballast Point as part of their ongoing two-year anniversary celebration. This particular event is also a benefit for the Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, where, Fire & Hops is donating 10 percent of their sales to the local organization. Ballast Point was also kind enough to match whatever Fire & Hops raises. Everyone wins!

Ballast Point’s New Mexico Rep, Thomas DeCaro, said this about the event: “This tap takeover is a special one. This is to celebrate the two-year anniversary of Fire and Hops. My boss, Derek Plug, and I wanted to give something special to owner Josh Johns and their crew for their second anniversary, so we created this tap takeover and snuck out of our special stash at Ballast Point, and gave them two super awesome kegs and supported them with three other special-release kegs as well.”

Thomas provided this excellent tap list.

  • Orange Vanilla Fathom — Our Orange Vanilla Fathom India Pale Lager continues our quest for exploration. The piney and citrus hop aromas of our Fathom IPL combines with sweet orange and creamy vanilla — while staying true to classic lagering techniques. Brewed with a touch of nostalgia, it may remind you of a childhood treat, but this one is just for adults. 7.0%, 70 IBUs
  • Dead Ringer — Our Dead Ringer Oktoberfest lager is inspired by old-style Märzen brews customarily enjoyed during Bavaria’s world-famous beer festival. Thanks to an abundance of toasted malt and a lower hop bitterness, this dark reddish brown lager is loaded with sweet, caramel toffee flavors and aromas. All the taste and celebration of Oktoberfest packed into one bottle; no lederhosen required. 6.0%, 26 IBUs
  • Pumpkin Down — Our 2016 World Beer Cup Bronze Winning Beer. A pumpkin ale that bucks the trend. Some might think we’re out of our gourd for making a pumpkin ale, but our Pumpkin Down is not like the others. The caramel and toffee maltiness of our Piper Down Scottish ale is the perfect backdrop for a boatload of roasted pumpkin. Just before bottling, we add a subtle amount of spice to complement, but not overwhelm, the earthy flavor. It was a smash at the brewery, and we think you’ll agree. 5.8%, 22 IBUs

And now a rare sour

  • Raspberry Sour Wench — The First keg in New Mexico. Sour Wench was a Home Brew Mart recipe that we made every year for the Southern California Home Brewers Fest in Temecula. This raspberry Ale was originally developed by Ballast Point’s original Master Brewer Peter A’Hearn and Colby Chandler. While interning in Germany, Peter fell in love with the Berliner Weiss style of beer. A beer made with a procedure in which the mash was soured. The tartness of the Raspberries, at one pound per gallon, was a perfect addition for this sour style. 7.0%, 10 IBUs

And the whale

  • Victory at Sea Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels for 13 Months — We infused this robust porter with whole vanilla beans and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate. Then Steve Anderson, our cellar master, puts it to rest for 13 months in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels. The result is a chocolatey and incredible smooth beer. 14%, 60 IBUs

It bodes well for Santa Fe’s craft beer scene that reps like Thomas like working with local bars, pubs, and gastropubs like Fire & Hops. It also bodes well that gastropubs such as Fire & Hops do so well in a town where craft beer was largely a secret talked about in home-brew meetings, among brewers, or only a very few folks in the know, when I started asking questions seven years ago. It’s nice to see that these great tap takeovers from great breweries are now the rule and not the exception. I’m excited for the direction Santa Fe is moving in. And, there will certainly be a lot more Santa Fe craft brewing industry news coming very soon as we reach autumn. What was once clandestine, even sub rosa, if you will, may come to light, very soon. Keep your eyes open and your glasses up, Santa Fe.

Cheers!

— Luke

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.

Remember when we presented our guide to all of the upcoming beer festivals? Well, it included the fact that the NM Brew Fest, one of our favorites, would have an Early Bird Ticket Party. That party is almost here, in fact, it will go down Thursday at Marble downtown from 5 to 9 p.m. You can grab discounted tickets to the festival, just $20 apiece, plus some cool T-shirts for just $10. There will be live music (see Marble’s entry below) and food trucks, of course, because it’s Marble and all. The seventh edition of NMBF will be back at Villa Hispana inside the State Fairgrounds on Oct. 1. That’s the weekend before the Great American Beer Festival, so get on out there and support a fest that features a whole lot of New Mexico breweries, food trucks, musicians, and more!

Thursday also marks the return of the award-winning Scale Tipper IPA to Bosque. To kick off the return of this popular hop bomb, Bosque Insiders can head to the brewery on San Mateo to sample the new batch and by some bombers. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Not a Bosque Insider? Next time you are at any of their locations, make sure to ask how to sign up.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few new options to check out. Bosque also has a couple lighter styles on tap in the 8 Days of Wheat and Cyp, an American-style lager. Boxing Bear is closing out summer with Strawberry Wheat. Summer Strong, a burly barley wine, is back at La Cumbre. Marble has brought back Dang Pale Ale, plus there is a limited supply of Imperial Stout, Reserve Ale, and Hey Porter! on tap at the Heights taproom. Pi adds up 40 to 5, an American pale wheat, and the popular Scotty Doesn’t Know is back. Starr Brothers goes dark with Rosin Dubh, an Irish dry stout. Turtle Mountain unveils Jac’s Elope Raspberry Pale Ale.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn debuts the new Chaparral IPL on Thursday. Duel goes big with Monomyth, a Belgian-style DIPA. Second Street has fresh batches of Mosaic IPA and Rod’s Best Bitter. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row has a whole new set of beers on tap, including old favorites Wit Rock and Red Hammer, plus Mild at Heart, Little Boy GFB, Tres Litros Saison, and Simons Says Drink Green Chile Pils.

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

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, Imperial Red, Session IPA, Bayou Smash Saison, American Golden Stout, Vienna Amber. The Tilted Windmill is now the permanent IPA on tap at ABC. The Vienna Amber is the newest addition.

Live Music: TBA

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.

Saturday marks the NM Desert Kings Pizza N Cars Show starting at 7 p.m.

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: June Bock, Kreem Ale. Well, look at that. Two house beers on tap, both brewed especially for summer.

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, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Cherry Bomb, Sour Strangehop, 101 Anniversary DIPA, Clockwork Orange DIPA. The two DIPAs are the most recent additions to the lineup.

Live Music: Saturday—David Chavez and Nate Guyre, 10 p.m. to midnight

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: Imperial Popcorn Pilsner, Hot Bosque, Simcoe S.M.A.S.H., Old Man Jameson, Cyp, 8 Days of Wheat. The Cyp (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) is an American-style lager, while the 8 Days of Wheat (5.6% ABV, 12 IBU) is pretty self-explanatory. Scale Tipper returns Thursday for Bosque Insiders and should be on tap for everyone else, and for sale in bombers, soon after.

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

Beers: Flint & Grit (British Mild), Sun Dagger (Saison), Crossed Arrows (Scotch Ale), Hoka Hey (IPA), Jemez Field Notes Lager, Desert Standard Hop Session, Wildorado Unfiltered Wild Rice Pale Ale, Rustic Oak Robust Porter, Belgian Pale Ale, Wayward Arrow Hefeweizen. The most recent additions are the Wildorado, Rustic Oak, Belgian Pale, and the Desert Standard Hop Session. The hefeweizen is back after a short absence.

Events: Sunday—Bow & Basil Pop-Up: Harvest Brunch, 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Bow & Arrow has happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Get $1 off pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Centennial S.M.A.S.H., Kerfuffle British IPA, Featherweight Session IPA, Bearcat Altbier, New MexiKolsch, Pineapple Kolsch, Red Glove, Strawberry Wheat, Bearfuzz Peach Sour (bombers only), Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only). The New MexiKolsch (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU) is back by popular demand. Also returning for another run is the Red Glove (7.2% ABV, 100 IBU), a powerful double red.

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: Otero ESB, Lone Pine Pilsner, Sancho Saison. New names, same (good) beers.

Live Music (main location): Sunday—Sloan, noon to 2 p.m.

Other Events: 10 Drink Minimum host a Cards Against Humanity night at the main location 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 at the main location. You can purchase three bloodies for just $20.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Mongrel DIPA, Solana Summer Ale, Sol Quest Saison, Peach Vanilla Wheat, Canteen Cabana, Fill in the Blanco IPA, Grundy Thunder (on nitro). Fill in the Blanco is a white IPA, if you couldn’t guess. Grundy Thunder is a delicious English porter with hints of chocolate.

Live Music: TBA

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). These are the regular house beers. Call the number above for an updated seasonal list.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Dubble-Monic, Diabhal’s River, Libertad Lager, Smokey the Brown. The Dubble-Monic (7.1% ABV, 90 IBU) is a mix of IPA and the Dubbel Tap, creating a Belgian-style hoppy beer. Diabhal’s is a collaboration Belgian strong ale made with Quarter Celtic.

News: Chama now has a rotating nitro tap. Call to see what is available this week.

The Firkin Brewhouse — (505) 881-0702

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

We went to Firkin recently and found out they are still open. Contact the brewery for an updated beer list. Note the new hours above.

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: Stout, Helles Lager, Honk Ale, Maibock, Brumoso Hefe, Guy IPA, Red Card, Scotch Ale, DjinnJar Kombucha, Albuquerque Rapid Transit Ale. The Albuquerque Rapid Transit Ale is a pickle juice porter, with proceeds going to the fight against the project that would tear up Central. Drink it if you dare, like our own Reid did, and he lived to tell the tale.

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: Arrogant Bastard, No, You’re a Dort, ‘Merica, Dunkel Jefe, State Fair Cream Ale, Summer Strong. The Summer Strong is a powerful barley wine. The SFCA is back for another run on tap and in cans. Look for it at Jubilation and other fine venues.

Live Music: Saturday—Jade Masque, 6 to 9 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: Red Light Lager (Downtown and West Side), White Out (Downtown and West Side), Imperial Red (Downtown and West Side), Stout Americano (Downtown and West Side), Dang Pale Ale (Downtown only), Nitro Amarillo (West Side only), Reserve Ale (Heights only), Imperial Stout (Heights only), Hey Porter! (Heights only). The Red Light Lager (4.7% ABV) is a refreshing summer session offering. The supply of the Reserve, Imperial Stout, and Hey Porter! at the new Heights taproom is limited, so hurry over to get some before they are gone.

Live Music (downtown): Thursday—The Outer Vibe, 7 to 10 p.m.; Friday—The Porter Draw, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Nathan Fox, 8 to 11 p.m.

Live Music (West Side): Friday—Eryn Bent, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Alex Maryol, 8 to 11 p.m.

Live Music (Heights): Friday—Le Chat Lunatique, 8 to 11 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: Salted Caramel Stout, Wrath of Kolsch, Blood Orange Worf-a-Weizen. We are downright shocked that you all have yet to drink up the Salted Caramel Stout. Shocked!

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

Pi Brewing — (505) 890-9463

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

Beers: Discordia IPA, U Down w/ BVP?, Pineapple Express, Amber’s Amber, Zinister Dichotomy, Cardinal Sin Red, 40 to 5, Scotty Doesn’t Know. The Zinister (6.3% ABV) is a potent red sour. The new 40 to 5 is an American pale wheat ale.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Enkel Biter Belgian Wheat, Azacca Pale Ale, Preacher’s Daughter, Alt the Hoople, Manzano Milk Stout, Cascadian Pilsner. The Preacher’s Daughter is for sale on tap and in bombers, both at the brewery and at Jubilation.

Events: Saturday—Crafts & Drafts with Da Terra Meiga, 4 to 9 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: Pedro O’Flanagan’s Mexican Lager, Dusk’s Early Light, You Reek of Pale Ale, Vienna Lager, #GFF, Diabhal’s River. GFF stands for Grapefruit Forver, so you can guess what they added to this IPA. The Diabhal’s (11% ABV, 30 IBU) is a massive Belgian golden strong that is not for the faint of heart. This is what happens when you put Brady McKeown and Chama River’s Andrew Krosche together on the same brewhouse for a collaboration.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675 (brewery), (505) 990-3029 (downtown taproom)

(Brewery hours: 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.; Downtown taproom hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: Vanilla Cream Ale, Downtown Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Nieuwe Bruin. The Downtown Pale Ale (5.6% ABV, 37 IBU) was brewed in honor of the new downtown taproom, but fear not, it is available at both locations. The Nieuwe (6.7% ABV, 20 IBU) is a variation on an Oud Bruin, a tart and sour dark beer.

Live Music (main location)—Today (Wednesday): Eryn Bent, 7 to 9 p.m.

Other Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast at the main brewery. From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer. Oh, yeah, and soccer is back, so get there early for Arsenal vs. Watford, Chelsea vs. Burnley, and Leicester City vs. Swansea.

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, Level 3 IPA. The popular Karl’s Sommer Bier is back on tap as well.

Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Eli Berry, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday—Eryn Bent, 7 p.m.; Friday—Ely Write, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Roger Lewis All-Star Blues Band, 6:30 p.m.

Other Events: Tuesday—Two Dollar Tuesdays, 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 3–11 p.m., Fri 3 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Pub Ale, Railhead Red, Switchgear IPA, Zoso SMASH, Dark Engine Stout, Shoofly Wheat. The Zoso is the most recent addition.

Cask: IPA and Zoso will be in the firkins all week.

Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752

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

Beers: Starrstruck IPA, Double Live Jonzo, Red Zepplin, Electric Sun, LampShade Porter, L.A. Woman, Rosin Dubh. Rosin Dubh is a new Irish dry stout. The Porter and L.A. Woman (blonde ale) are also recent additions to tap.

Events: Starr Brothers will open at 8 a.m. every Saturday for Premier League soccer games. We like this new trend among our breweries, even if my team was relegated this year. Woe be unto you, oh, Newcastle.

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, Maibock, Grapefruit Wheat, Verano New Mexico Lager, Summer En Blanc Belgian Witbier, Berliner Weisse, Barrel-Aged Scotcholate, Barrel-Aged Barley Wine, Kolsch, Et Tu Brute Cider (Wells Park only), Nitro Coffee Stout (Wells Park only), Ebony & Ivory Pale Stout (Wells Park only). Tractor’s take on a Kolsch is a bit different, but still tasty. They dry hopped it with Mosaic, giving it a different aroma.

Live Music (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Tractor Summer Tour Series: Buggaboo, 8 p.m.; Thursday—pLoud Music Series: Step in Blues, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Fred Johnson, 8 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Saturday—Setting the Tone: Tres Pendejos, 5 p.m.

Other Events: Every Monday at Wells Park you can now find Mondays on the Mic 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. Then at 8 p.m., ABQ Pens & Pints is a new weekly event!

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: McSmack, Kiwi Killer Southern Hemisphere IPA, Blueberry Yum Yum, Jac’s Elope Raspberry Pale Ale; One, If By Land. The McSmack is a Scottish ale, in case you could not guess by the name. The malty sweet McSmack and hop-heavy Kiwi Killer demand a visit to TMBC now, before they run out!

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Ginger Plum Saison, Rakau Pale Ale, Chaparral IPL. The Chaparral, an India Pale Lager, debuts on Thursday. Sadly, the Coffee Imperial Stout has run out at the brewery.

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 Origine (Spring Saison), Hair of the Wolf (Experimental), Harmonia (Barrel-Aged Sour IPA), Monomyth (Belgian DIPA). The new addition here is the aptly named Monomyth, which checks in at 9-percent ABV and 90 IBUs.

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

Live Music (ABQ): Friday—Mr. Melty’s Cosmic Swirl, 9 p.m.

Other Events (ABQ): Thursday—Drink & Draw, 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: Oktoberfest, Autonomous Collective DIPA, Sunset Limited. The Sunset Limited, a collaboration with a Louisiana brewery, debuted recently. Oktoberfest is back on tap and in six-packs. Get some, it’s a wonderful batch this year.

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, Trebuchet DIPA, Mosaic IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, International Steam Pale Ale, Centennial Pale Ale, 2920 Pilsner. Welcome back, Trebuchet, a silver medal winner at the World Beer Cup.

Live Music (Original location): Thursday—Patio Series: The Santa Fe Revue; Friday—Zoltan & the Fortune Tellers; Saturday—The Bus Tapes

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Alto Street Band; Saturday—Busy McCarroll Band

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.

News: Second Street is moving ever closer to opening their third location, which will feature a taproom and a full production facility.

Please note, Second Street will be closed (both locations) on Sunday for their employee party.

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: Red Hammer Ale, Wit Rock, Tres Litros Saison, Little Boy GFB, Mild at Heart, Simon Says Drink Green Chile Pils. Another big tap turnover recently went down in Los Alamos, with old favorites Red Hammer, Mild at Heart, and Wit Rock returning alongside three newcomers.

Events: Thursday—Open mic, 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: Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, KC’s Irish Stout, McFadden’s Scotch, English Porter, El Camino ReAle Summer Pale, Love Potion Peach, Schwarzbar Black Lager. The most recent addition is the English Porter. Before that came old favorite Schwarzbar and the new Love Potion, a peach wheat.

Live Music: TBA

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

Since somebody forgot to take a picture with the interview, Mick was kind enough to send us a brewery selfie, which is really the only acceptable kind of selfie.

Since somebody forgot to take a picture with the interview, Mick was kind enough to send us a brewery selfie, which is really the only acceptable kind of selfie.

Back in May, the Crew learned that brewer Tim Woodward was leaving Turtle Mountain for a job at Bosque. That in turn necessitated a replacement for Tim in the form of Mick Hahn, who had been working as an assistant brewer at Marble.

After letting Mick get his bearings at Turtle Mountain over the last two-plus months, I trekked out to Rio Rancho to finally sit down and get to know the man in charge of one of New Mexico’s oldest breweries.

Mick said he did not come from a craft beer background.

“Let’s start with the fact that I’ve seen my dad drink three beers in his life, 98 percent of which was Miller Lite,” he said with a laugh. “Turning 21 and getting into beer, I was pretty apprehensive. I was down in Socorro at New Mexico Tech, I got my degree in chemical engineering and I minored in partying while I was down there. I found plenty of delicious, off-the-menu beers that I wasn’t aware existed, stuff that tasted a lot better than Miller Lite.”

That led to the inevitable — home brewing.

“I got a home brew kit just before graduation,” Mick said. “I think I did three batches before I realized this was something I could really enjoy, and be good at, and make minimal money doing it! (But) I have a fun job that I enjoy going to every day, that makes a big difference.”

Of course, armed with an engineering degree from Tech, Mick was first looking for something closer to his field of study.

“During the whole course of that (post-college life), I was looking for engineering jobs and the markets were very slim,” he said. “They were looking for three to five years experience, which is hard to do when all you have is a degree.”

That led Mick to try and kick down the door to a brewery, metaphorically, at least.

“I started bugging Ted (Rice) and Jeff (Erway) right around New Year’s of 2012,” Mick said. “I was trying to get in. I bugged them once a month. I went to the Siebel Institute that April for their new crash course of introduction to brewing technology. I met a lot of cool people from all around the place, plus I learned some great lessons.

“I came back and it was still another two months before I ran into Ted at a beer dinner and finally got to meet him face to face. I told him I was still looking to get into the market. He said call me tomorrow and I got an interview and started up cleaning floors and not even running the packaging line, just bottling beer and moved my way up. I had a lot of fun doing it.”

Once he moved up to assistant brewer, Mick’s first beer that he poersnally created at Marble was the popular one-off Mick’s Mac, a Scottish ale. Even though he had plenty of fun being part of the brewing team there, when the chance came to take over at Turtle Mountain, Mick jumped at the chance.

“I had to take it, immediately,” he said. “I didn’t even have Tim’s number, he didn’t have mine. I got a text from Andrew (Krosche) saying, ‘Hey, Tim needs to get a hold of you. You should call him. It would be in your best interest!’

“I called (Tim) like two minutes later. He said, ‘I’m leaving and we need someone good to take this over. You’re my first choice.’ I pretty much said hell yeah right then. I came over, checked it out, met Nico (Ortiz), that’s about it.”

Mick started working alongside Tim on May 9 as they started the transition. Mick officially took over on June 1.

Once that was done, Mick learned the challenge of being a head brewer goes beyond just making all the beer. As Nico, TMBC’s owner, pointed out at a smaller brewpub like theirs, Mick does not have an accounting department or anyone else to fill in the many roles like they do over at Marble.

“It hasn’t been too bad,” Mick said. “The biggest challenge with it is to keep stock of everything. When you’re working at Marble, the one to two areas I was working in each day, I had a limited amount of tasks. Now it’s just me and (assistant brewer) Evan, and everything falls onto our plates. We’ve got a lot to manage all at once and make sure nothing slips through the cracks. It’s a lot of keeping your eyes everywhere.”

With almost three months under his belt, Mick has been able to put his stamp on some of the TMBC seasonals, including the current Scottish ale, McSmack.

“I definitely think we’ve had some really delicious specials in the past three months and more to come,” he said. “I’m working bit by bit on the house beers. I had a really good baseline to start with. I had a few tweaks to start with last week. We went through all of them, gauged where we feel each one is at, what we can do with it and where we feel they can go. We’re also figuring if they’re worthy of remaining house beers.”

The first major beer competition of Mick’s career is looming in October as TMBC will be sending entries to the Great American Beer Festival. Rather than just send the usuals, Mick is gambling in some smaller, but still tough categories.

“We’re entering all lagers into it,” he said. “Four different ones — we’ve got our house Helles; Bien Tu Helles Bock, a really tasty maibock that Tim actually brewed a while ago and it’s been sitting back there lagering; Oktoberfest; and what was Hockey Teeth, but we’ve renamed it Wooden Teeth. It’s Tim’s recipe and we’re giving him a little nod in that fashion. I can manipulate Wooden Teeth as I see fit, give it a new start.”

Brandon and I will have to stop by and check on those beers when we provide live coverage of GABF, including the awards ceremony.

Until then, keep up the good work, Mick! We encourage everyone to visit Turtle Mountain and let him know how he’s doing. Just talk in between bites of delicious TMBC pizza, please. We don’t want anyone to choke to death on pepperoni.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Ale Republic became the 63rd active craft brewery in New Mexico this past weekend.

Ale Republic became the 63rd active craft brewery in New Mexico this past weekend.

There has been a taproom, there have been a few bars with local craft taps, but the communities of the East Mountains have never had their own brewery. Until now, that is, as the Ale Republic Brewery opened its doors this weekend in Cedar Crest.

With a little time before another Isotopes homestand began, I hit the road Saturday afternoon. The good news was I knew what sign to look for along Highway 14 north of I-40. This was good because the map on Facebook was wrong (something the Ale Republic staff was aware of and has since fixed). For those planning to visit, just stay on 14 a ways north of the freeway exit. Keep going past the Greenside Cafe and Triangle Grocery. As you go down one hill and up the next, you will either see the tall, white Ale Republic sign on your right (east) side, or look for the sign for the Post Office. Turn right at that sign (the street is Arroyo Seco) and head to the third of four buildings back from the road. That’s the Ale Republic.

Ale Republic is keeping things modest to start.

Ale Republic is keeping things modest to start.

Is it small? Yes. Is that OK? Yes. A modest beginning is just fine. After heading inside, I ran into brewer/owner Patrick Johnson, who gave me the quick tour of the small operation. As he said, “We didn’t want to go too big right away, we just wanted to get the doors open and start serving beer.” There is a future option to move into the larger building behind the current one, though that will be a while from now.

As always, I could yammer on about what is there, or I could just show all the pictures of the interior.

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Part one of two …

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OK, so the two photos don’t perfectly match up, but the folks at Ale Republic wanted to thank their friends at La Cumbre for helping to set up the tap lines in the walk-in cooler.

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The brewhouse is tiny compared to the monsters are ABQ, but it can churn out about one barrel at a time.

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An IPA is due up next for the brewhouse.

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The little one-barrel grundy on the left is filled with a Belgian Dubbel.

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The new three-barrel fermenters will be put to use soon.

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The staff assembled those steel panels for the interior decor, which they hope will give off the illusion of greater warmth during the cold winter months.

Two of three tables outside, where the views are rather spectacular.

Two of three tables outside, where the views are rather spectacular.

There are multiple guest taps for now, as only the Blonde Ale is on tap right now. They have a Belgian Dubbel due up next and an IPA after that. The Blonde (6.2% ABV, 20 IBU) is an unfiltered, tangy little sucker. It almost has hints of apricot, and is definitely more robust than your average example of the style.

Look for some more formal events coming up from Ale Republic in the near future. We will add them to The Week Ahead in Beer and keep you all up to date on what the future holds.

Welcome to the NM craft beer community, Ale Republic! All of us, and especially the folks in Cedar Crest, are happy to have you!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

There are plenty of new breweries and old favorites still worth visiting in the Phoenix metro area.

There are plenty of new breweries and old favorites still worth visiting in the Phoenix metro area.

The kids are back in school, and the heat is finally starting to break a little. Just like when you were a kid and had to write an essay at the beginning of the year about the past summer, I recently took time to reflect upon the summer of ‘16.

Since I have some big trips coming up this fall football season, I did surprisingly little (for me) travel over the summer. Unsurprisingly, as revealed by revisiting the photos on my phone, the travel I did do always included stops at some new, relocated, or remodeled breweries. The locations are all popular travel destinations from Albuquerque, and were all fairly brief visits.

The first quick trip was to the Phoenix metro area. My boyfriend and I stayed in the Old Town Scottsdale neighborhood as we usually do, but due to the 115-plus-degree heat at the time, we spent less time walking and more time blasting the air conditioner in the car than usual. That afforded us the opportunity to visit places we probably would not have seen otherwise. We finally made it to some that have been around a long while like SanTan Brewing, and others that are somewhat newer like The Perch and Arizona Wilderness.

SanTan is an anchor tenant in downtown Chandler.

SanTan is an anchor tenant in downtown Chandler.

SanTan is a large place in downtown Chandler and the food looked really good, although we were not hungry at the time. Their beer sampler was large and the most reasonably priced for the size. They are only one of two Arizona breweries to distribute to New Mexico, along with Mother Road from Flagstaff.

Hey, we know that logo in the bottom right!

Hey, we know that logo in the bottom right!

The Perch, also located in Chandler, has a very unique atmosphere, both inside and out. You can visit exotic birds on their patio, and taste their exotic beer styles inside. In my opinion, it’s best to stick to other local beers they have on tap because their own beers were not nearly as good. But, they were very nice and they displayed a big shout out to Marble (see photo!).

The beer at Arizona Wilderness, located in Gilbert, was pretty good, and it is a nice place. However, I don’t think I will likely make the trek back out there. They are pretty proud of their beer, as it was much more expensive than the other places we visited. Additionally, they would not let you taste or even sell you samples of about half their beers (they do have a lot of styles). You had to buy a full pint, and at their prices, that was not an investment I really wanted to make without tasting it first. I stuck with a pint of one of their regular beers. (Editor’s note: I, on the other hand, rather enjoyed this place when I visited in March 2015. I guess they changed their policies since I got to choose my flight from all the beers listed. Personally, I highly recommend the beastly American Presidential Stout and hop-laden DC Mountain DIPA, which is my second favorite hop-forward beer in Arizona behind the IPA at Dragoon in Tucson. — Stoutmeister)

That is a mighty fine patio, Pedal Haus.

That is a mighty fine patio, Pedal Haus.

On the new brewery front, we visited Pedal Haus in Tempe. This brewery is on Mill Avenue in the heart of Sun Devil territory. (Ahem, you mean Scum Devil. — S) Take note, they are currently closed for remodeling, but should reopen soon. It is already a pretty new place, so I don’t know what the story is about the remodel. We were told by beer patrons at another brewery that it was already closed when we were there in early summer, but luckily I called ahead and that was not true at the time. This place is “yuuuuge,” folks, including the patio. The beer was just average, but our appetizer was outstanding. It’s a pretty great alternative to some of the other hard-partying places on Mill.

It's new, it's swanky, but sorry, it is not owned by former Rockies first baseman Todd Helton.

It’s new, it’s swanky, but sorry, it is not owned by former Rockies first baseman Todd Helton.

By far the best beer we had in the metro area was from the newest place. Only a few months old when we were there, Helton Brewing centrally located on Indian School in Phoenix, and is knocking it out of the park. It clearly already has a following, too, because the place was fairly crowded at 1:30 in the afternoon. They are keeping the styles limited at first, and concentrating on the quality. I especially liked their Rye Pale Ale. There is a roomy production area in the back, so it seems they plan on producing larger quantities in the future.

Other quick trips this summer included Vegas, Flagstaff, and Durango. The recap on these will be combined as one story, coming soon.

Cheers!

— AmyO

It's like Where's Waldo?, but with Adam.

It’s like Where’s Waldo?, but with Adam.

Well, gosh, that was fun.

Marble opened their long-awaited Northeast Heights taproom on Wednesday night to a humongous crowd. There were a lot of familiar industry faces in the crowd, plus myself and Adam, but also what figured to be a strong mix of old and new customers. Things went off seemingly without a hitch, which was impressive for their “soft” opening. Heck, this was not soft. This was a full-on mosh pit of people and beer and more beer and more people. In the end, everyone kept on moshing without anyone being lost into the abyss.

I could keep rambling, but after two Stout Americanos and one Imperial Red, I’m gonna let the pictures tell the story. Take note, those two beers are on tap, along with White Out, The Duchess, and Red Light Lager, in addition to your usual favorites. The best part about Americano, Red, and White is that these are from the batches brewed to enter the competition at the Great American Beer Fesitval in October.

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As president/brewmaster Ted Rice told us, Marble had some really good people design this space (namely Modulus Design).

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It’s all kegs in the walk-in cooler for now, but there could be some grundies in there in the near future.

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The new 10-barrel pilot brewhouse is nearly ready to start working on some new specialty and seasonal beers that will soon be on tap at all three Marble locations.

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Those are a lot of fermenters. We’re excited for what they shall soon hold.

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Meet the loading dock door, or how they will get the beers brewed here to the other locations, and the beers from the mothership to taps here.

Hello and good-bye, patio denizens! See you Friday!

Hello and good-bye, patio denizens! See you Friday!

The 10-barrel brewhouse should be active in the next few weeks. Expect to see a lot of familiar faces from downtown brewing up here once or twice a week, creating new beers to be shared among all three locations.

A big thanks to Tony Calder for playing tour guide, plus thanks to Ted Rice, Barbie Gonzalez, Nate Jackson, Josh Trujillo, and all the rest of the Marble staff (seriously, there were so many) who worked hard to get this place ready to go. We would add Leah Black, too, but at this point we have thanked her so many times for so many different reasons, she’s probably saying “eh, whatever, just go drink more beer.” (But seriously, without her and her constant helpful updates, this would have caught us all by surprise. You rule, Leah!)

Oh, and this Friday will mark the grand opening, starting at noon. There will be special food dishes to pair with beers from Savoy, all starting around 5 p.m. You can also expect about four more special beers to make their return to taps. We would share, but we are sworn to secrecy. Also, we totally want to drink up one of them. (Damn, did that give it away?)

Just remember, the parking lot is somewhat limited in size, so if you can, take an Uber or carpool with friends. Or bike or walk if you live close enough.

Until Friday, when we will be the bearded guys in black in a corner with goblets of (REDACTED) waiting for you to join us, enjoy your Thursday.

Cheers, Marble staff, and thanks for the fresh Imperial Red!

Cheers, Marble staff, and thanks for the fresh Imperial Red!

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.

For a good part of this year, the Crew’s FAQ list was topped by some variation of “do you guys know when Marble’s Northeast Heights taproom is going to open?” After rumblings last week, we got the confirmation Tuesday afternoon that they were indeed opening today (Wednesday). A huge thanks to the intrepid Leah Black for keeping us updated. Today will mark the soft opening, starting at 5 p.m. All the bells and whistles may not be in place, but there will be beer, and really, what else do you need? Food? Well, there is Slice Parlor, which occupies the other storefront in the building (which Marble’s parent company bought recently, as it turns out, so the empty storefront might just become part of the taproom if it’s deemed necessary). The grand opening will kick off Friday at noon and run all day/night. When we get all the info as to what that will entail, fear not, we will have a post. And of course we will be taking photos and sharing them via Instagram and all our other social media platforms tonight. Come on out, enjoy a pint of your favorite Marble beer, and say hello.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few new options to check out. Boese Brothers will release Clockwork Orange Double IPA on Saturday. Boxing Bear brought back New MexiKolsch, plus Red Glove and Pineapple Kolsch join the fray. Canteen unleashed Fill in the Blanco IPA, while Grundy Thunder takes over the nitro tap. The Chama River/Quarter Celtic collaboration, Diabhal’s River, is on tap at both breweries.

Up in Santa Fe, Second Street has brought back 2920 Pilsner, International Style Pale Ale, and our favorite, Trebuchet DIPA! Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile added an English Porter to their 10-beer lineup.

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

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, Imperial Red, Session IPA, Bayou Smash Saison, American Golden Stout, Vienna Amber. The Tilted Windmill is now the permanent IPA on tap at ABC. The Vienna Amber is the newest addition.

Live Music: TBA

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: June Bock, Kreem Ale. Well, look at that. Two house beers on tap, both brewed especially for summer.

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, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Cherry Bomb, Sour Strangehop, 101 Anniversary DIPA. The 101 Anniversary Double IPA debuted last Saturday for their one-year anniversary party, as the name might imply. Debuting this Saturday will be the Clockwork Orange Double IPA.

Live Music: Saturday—Soul Asylum, 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: Imperial Popcorn Pilsner, Hot Bosque, Belgian Golden Strong, River Lager, Simcoe S.M.A.S.H., Old Man Jameson. The River Lager (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is a variation of the Riverwalker IPA made in a lager style, and dear lord it is a wonderful variant. Old Man Jameson is a delicious, malty Scottish export ale.

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.

News: Scale Tipper returns next week on tap and in bombers! Lil’ Tipper will join it on tap.

Bow & Arrow Brewing — (505) 247-9800

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

Beers: Flint & Grit (British Mild), Sun Dagger (Saison), Crossed Arrows (Scotch Ale), Hoka Hey (IPA), Jemez Field Notes Lager, Desert Standard Hop Session, Wildorado Unfiltered Wild Rice Pale Ale, Rustic Oak Robust Porter, Belgian Pale Ale, Wayward Arrow Hefeweizen. The most recent additions are the Wildorado, Rustic Oak, Belgian Pale, and the Desert Standard Hop Session. The hefeweizen is back after a short absence.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Bow & Arrow has happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Get $1 off pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Centennial S.M.A.S.H., Kerfuffle British IPA, Featherweight Session IPA, Bearcat Altbier, New MexiKolsch, Pineapple Kolsch, Red Glove, Bearfuzz Peach Sour (bombers only), Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only). The New MexiKolsch (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU) is back by popular demand. Also returning for another run is the Red Glove (7.2% ABV, 100 IBU), a powerful double red.

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: Otero ESB, Lone Pine Pilsner, Sancho Saison. New names, same (good) beers.

Live Music (main location): Sunday—Gabriel Tafoya, noon to 2 p.m.

Other Events: 10 Drink Minimum host a Cards Against Humanity night at the main location every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

This Saturday, there will be a special art show from 5 to 10 p.m. featuring Bubzilla and VooDoo. There will be a DJ and food specials at the main location.

Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Broken Trail has a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar at the main location. You can purchase three bloodies for just $20.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Mongrel DIPA, Solana Summer Ale, Sol Quest Saison, Peach Vanilla Wheat, Canteen Cabana, Fill in the Blanco IPA, Grundy Thunder (on nitro). Fill in the Blanco is a white IPA, if you couldn’t guess. Grundy Thunder is a delicious English porter with hints of chocolate.

Live Music: Thursday—Russell James Pyle, 6 to 9 p.m.; Sunday—Zach Pohl, 4 to 7 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). These are the regular house beers. Call the number above for an updated seasonal list.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Hopmonic-Convergence, Dubble-Monic, Diabhal’s River. The Hopmonic (7.7% ABV, 100+ IBU) is a fancy-sounding IPA, with the Dubble-Monic (7.1% ABV, 90 IBU) is a mix of the IPA and the Dubbel Tap, creating a Belgian-style hoppy beer.

News: Chama now has a rotating nitro tap. Call to see what is available this week.

The Firkin Brewhouse — (505) 881-0702

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

We went to Firkin recently and found out they are still open. Contact the brewery for an updated beer list. Note the new hours above.

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: Stout, Helles Lager, Honk Ale, Maibock, Brumoso Hefe, Guy IPA, Red Card, Scotch Ale, DjinnJar Kombucha, Albuquerque Rapid Transit Ale. The Albuquerque Rapid Transit Ale is a pickle juice porter, with proceeds going to the fight against the project that would tear up Central. Drink it if you dare, like our own Reid did, and he lived to tell the tale.

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: Arrogant Bastard, No, You’re a Dort, ‘Merica, Dunkel Jefe, State Fair Cream Ale. The ‘Merica is an American-style pale ale that debuted last summer and has returned with a fresh batch. The SFCA is back for another run on tap and in cans. Look for it at Jubilation and other fine venues.

Live Music: Saturday—Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, 6 to 9 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 — Red Light Lager; Downtown only — The Duchess; Westside only — Nitro Amarillo. The Duchess (8% ABV) is a variation of a Flemish red. The Red Light Lager (4.7% ABV) is a refreshing summer session offering. If we find any different beers from these on tap at the Heights location, we will update this post.

Live Music (downtown): Thursday—Silver String Band, 7 to 10 p.m.; Friday—Lonn Calanca Band, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Matt Jones, 8 to 11 p.m.; Sunday—El Festival featuring Lone Pinon, 3 to 4 p.m., Jade Masque, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Nosotros, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Concepto Tambor, 7 to 8 p.m.

Live Music (West Side): Saturday—The Gershom Brothers, 8 to 11 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: E.S.A. (Extra Special Amber), Imperial Pilsner, Salted Caramel Stout, Wrath of Kolsch, Blood Orange Worf-a-Weizen. We are downright shocked that you all have yet to drink up the Salted Caramel Stout. Shocked!

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

Pi Brewing — (505) 890-9463

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

Beers: Discordia IPA, U Down w/ BVP?, Pineapple Express, Amber’s Amber, Zinister Dichotomy, Cardinal Sin Red, Purple Haze Lavender Honey, Burque Lite Cream Ale. The Zinister (6.3% ABV) is a potent red sour.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Enkel Biter Belgian Wheat, Azacca Pale Ale, Preacher’s Daughter, Alt the Hoople, Manzano Milk Stout, Cascadian Pilsner. The Preacher’s Daughter is for sale on tap and in bombers, both at the brewery and at Jubilation.

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: Pedro O’Flanagan’s Mexican Lager, Dusk’s Early Light, You Reek of Pale Ale, Vienna Lager, #GFF, Diabhal’s River. GFF stands for Grapefruit Forver, so you can guess what they added to this IPA. The Diabhal’s (11% ABV, 30 IBU) is a massive Belgian golden strong that is not for the faint of heart. This is what happens when you put Brady McKeown and Andrew Krosche together on the same brewhouse for a collaboration.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675 (brewery), (505) 990-3029 (downtown taproom)

(Brewery hours: 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.; Downtown taproom hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: Vanilla Cream Ale, Downtown Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Nieuwe Bruin. The Downtown Pale Ale (5.6% ABV, 37 IBU) was brewed in honor of the new downtown taproom, but fear not, it is available at both locations. The Nieuwe (6.7% ABV, 20 IBU) is a variation on an Oud Bruin, a tart and sour dark beer.

Live Music (main location)—Today (Wednesday): Sloan Armitage, 7 to 9 p.m.

Other Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast at the main brewery. From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer. Oh, yeah, and soccer is back, so get there early for Tottenham vs. Crystal Palace, then stick around for Arsenal vs. defending champion Leicester City.

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, Level 3 IPA. The popular Karl’s Sommer Bier is back on tap as well.

Live Music: Friday—The Cowboy Way, 7 p.m.

Other Events: Tuesday—Two Dollar Tuesdays, noon; Saturday—Cornhole Tournament, 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 3–11 p.m., Fri 3 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Pub Ale, Railhead Red, Switchgear IPA, Zoso SMASH, Dark Engine Stout, Shoofly Wheat. The Zoso is the most recent addition.

Cask: IPA and Zoso will be in the firkins all week.

Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752

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

Beers: Starrstruck IPA, Double Live Jonzo, Red Zepplin, Planet of the Ape-rricots. The taps are turning over pretty frequently at Starr Brothers, but that’s because people are drinking them up at a rapid pace. So if you see a favorite listed above, head over now, before this batch runs out.

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, Maibock, Grapefruit Wheat, Verano New Mexico Lager, Summer En Blanc Belgian Witbier, Berliner Weisse, Barrel-Aged Scotcholate, Barrel-Aged Barley Wine, Kolsch, Et Tu Brute Cider (Wells Park only), Nitro Coffee Stout (Wells Park only), Ebony & Ivory Pale Stout (Wells Park only). Tractor’s take on a Kolsch is a bit different, but still tasty. They dry hopped it with Mosaic, giving it a different aroma.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Thirsty Thursday: Twin Cisterns, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Project Bouldering and Jams, 5 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Solos on the Hill: The Gershom Brothers, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Setting the Tone: Sloan Armitage, 5 p.m.

Other Events: The Rail Yards Market is back at Wells Park on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Every Monday at Wells Park you can now find Mondays on the Mic 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. Then at 8 p.m., ABQ Pens & Pints is a new weekly event!

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: McSmack, Kiwi Killer Southern Hemisphere IPA, Blueberry Yum Yum; One, If By Land. The McSmack is a Scottish ale, in case you could not guess by the name.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Coffee Imperial Stout, Ginger Plum Saison, Rakau Pale Ale. The Coffee Imperial Stout was made with coffee from a local company. The most recent addition is the Ginger Plum Saison.

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 Origine (Spring Saison), Hair of the Wolf (Experimental), Harmonia (Barrel-Aged Sour IPA). With the release of the Cezanne Origine, Duel has brought out all of their 2015 saisons out of the cellar and is now offering a flight of five at both locations.

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

Live Music (ABQ): Friday—Free Fall, 9 p.m.

Other Events (ABQ): Thursday—Drink & Draw, 7 p.m., a new weekly event; Saturday—Enchanted PopUp Presents: Vintage Nights, 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: Oktoberfest, Autonomous Collective DIPA, Sunset Limited. The Sunset Limited, a collaboration with a Louisiana brewery, debuted recently. Oktoberfest is back on tap and in six-packs. Get some, it’s a wonderful batch this year.

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, The Quark and Berries, Southern Hemisphere Red, Trebuchet DIPA, Tres Equis Lager, International Style Pale Ale, Centennial Pale Ale, 2920 Pilsner. Welcome back to Trebuchet, a silver medal winner at the World Beer Cup.

Live Music (Original location): Thursday—Patio Series: The Santa Fe Revue; Friday—The Blues Revue Band; Saturday—Alpha Cats

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—The Josh Martin Trio; Saturday—Lone Pinon; Sunday—Patio Series: Michael Combs and Eagle Star

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.

Cask n’ Curry is back this Thursday at the original location.

News: Second Street is moving ever closer to opening their third location, which will feature a taproom and a full production facility.

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: Hoppenheimer IPA, 3-Hop IPA, Barley Wine, Honey DIPA, The Belgian Biscuit, Julie’s GFB, Brexit Summer Bitter. Another big tap turnover recently went down in Los Alamos, with the most excellently named Brexit Summer Bitter topping the list. It was joined by the 3-Hop, Honey DIPA, Belgian Biscuit, and Julie’s GFB.

Events: Thursday—Open mic, 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: Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, KC’s Irish Stout, McFadden’s Scotch, English Porter, El Camino ReAle Summer Pale, Love Potion Peach, Schwarzbar Black Lager. The most recent addition is the English Porter. Before that came old favorite Schwarzbar and the new Love Potion, a peach wheat.

Live Music: Friday—Ben & Val T., 7 to 10 p.m.

Other events: Today (Wednesday)—Open mic, 6:30 to 9 p.m., featuring the New Mexico Tech Belly Dancers

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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

Brandon, far right, and Stoutmeister, in the back, found plenty of time for shenanigans with their friends.

It’s almost time for festival overload. Prepare yourselves and your friends.

Beer festival season in New Mexico and neighboring states is about to kick into overdrive. To help everyone out, we put together a list of the key info you need to know (what/when/where/how much, etc.) in order to plan out how to keep your liver functioning and you bank account from evaporating.

What: ABQ Hopfest
When: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2 to 6 p.m.
Where: Isleta Casino
How much: $30 for general admission in advance ($35 day of), $40 for Extra Hoppy Hour ($45 day of), $55 VIP ($65 day of)
Details: The biggest fest in New Mexico is back, with 70 breweries in attendance, including a number of locals (Bathtub Row, Duel, Marble, Ponderosa, Quarter Celtic, Red Door, Rio Bravo, Santa Fe, Sierra Blanca, Tractor). Official link.

What: San Juan Brewfest
When: Saturday, Aug. 27, 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: Durango, Colo., Buckley Park
How much: $30 general admission, $45 upgraded general admission, $70 VIP
Details: La Cumbre, Marble, and Santa Fe are among the 54 breweries scheduled to be in attendance. Plus, a slew of those breweries are Colorado and regional standouts that do not distribute to NM, such as Prost, Melvin, and Great Divide. Save yourself some mileage driving all over the state and get ’em all in one place! Official link.

What: Mountain West Brew Fest
When: Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Bernalillo
How much: $20 general admission, $40 VIP
Details: The two-day outdoor festival returns for a second go-around over Labor Day weekend. New breweries such as Enchanted Circle, Palmer, and The 377 will join returning favorites Bosque, Canteen, Kaktus, Ponderosa, and Santa Fe. Official link.

What: New Mexico True Fest
When: Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4
Where: State Fairgrounds
How much: TBA
Details: Breweries and eateries that have been certified as NM True will be present, with six breweries pouring Saturday and another six on Sunday. La Cumbre, Tractor, Santa Fe, Quarter Celtic, Sidetrack, and Lizard Tail are on the first day. Boxing Bear, Bow & Arrow, Enchanted Circle, Rio Bravo, Taos Mesa, and Nuevo get Sunday. Official link.

What: Telluride Blues and Brews
When: Sept. 16-18
Where: Telluride, Colo.
How much: $199 three-day pass, $70 Friday or Sunday pass, $75 Saturday pass
Details: If she wasn’t so darned busy right now, we would just have Leah Black tell you why you should go. But, we’re also trying to keep these capsules short. Let’s just say it’s a lot of live music in an awesome setting, with a “House of Brews” featuring four Colorado breweries and a cidery throughout the fest. On Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m., there will be a special beer tasting featuring 54 breweries, including Marble and Eske’s, plus regional heavyweights like Epic, Great Divide, Ninkasi, Prost, and many more you can’t get in New Mexico. Official link.

What: Alibi on Tap
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 4 to 10 p.m.
Where: ABQ Rail Yards
How much: TBA
Details: This new event will feature bands, beer, and burlesque acts. Rio Bravo, Duel, Sidetrack, Palmer, and Dialogue (their debut?) will be present. There’s no official site, but we found this link.

What: New Mexico Brew Fest
When: Saturday, Oct. 1, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Villa Hispana at State Fairgrounds
How much: TBA, tickets go on sale Aug. 26 online
Details: This fun annual event is back for a seventh time, returning to Villa Hispana after a year out on main street. Just about every local place is involved, and it’s in-state breweries only. Taos Mesa, Blue Corn, Second Street, Santa Fe, Duel, and Sierra Blanca are among those coming in from outside the ABQ metro area. There will be a special pre-sale at Marble on Aug. 25. Official link.

What: ABQ Corks & Brews
When: Saturday, Oct. 1, noon to 4 p.m.
Where: ABQ Rail Yards
How much: $27
Details: It’s an “afternoon tasting of craft beers and fine wines, paired with artisanal chocolates.” No breweries are listed, but basically you get a tasting passport for 30 samples, or one from each vendor, plus five bonus. You can also purchase pints or glasses of wine. How fancy of them. Official link.

What: Flagstaff Oktoberfest
When: Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Wheeler Park, Flagstaff, Ariz.
How much: $7 general admission
Details: No word on which breweries will be there, but you can expect a lot of the locals (Mother Road, Historic, Lumberyard, etc.) will probably be present. Music, food, games, and more, only a four-hour drive from ABQ. Official link.

What: UllrFEST
When: Saturday, Oct. 1, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Pajarito Ski Area, Los Alamos
How much: TBA
Details: We await more information on this annual event, a sort of farewell to the non-skiing season on the mountain. We do know that Enchanted Circle, Bathtub Row, Blue Heron, Boxing Bear, Chili Line, La Cumbre, Santa Fe, Second Street, Taos Mesa, and Tractor are planning on being there. There will also be music, games, and more! Official link.

What: Great Tucson Beer Festival
When: Saturday, Oct. 1, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Kino Sports North Complex, Tucson, Ariz.
How much: $45 general admission ($50 day of), $90 VIP ($100 day of)
Details: OK, maybe we’re stretching “regional” a bit, but Tucson is only about seven hours away by car. They also say this is the 30th annual, which is weird, because I lived there from 1996-2003 and never heard of it back then. Oh, the days before social media. Anyway, this iteration already has a lot of Arizona breweries (Nimbus, Huss, Prescott, Barrio, Grand Canyon, Mother Road, etc.), plus some notable national brands (Boulevard, Victory, Funkwerks). Official link.

What: Great American Beer Festival
When: Thursday, Oct. 6, through Saturday, Oct. 8
Where: Denver Convention Center
How much: Tickets are sold out, so good luck finding something affordable on the resale market
Details: Fear not! The Crew (well, myself and Brandon) will be attending via press passes this year. Look for some Facebook live chats as long as our phone batteries last (we’ll try not to drain them checking into Untappd, but no promises), plus coverage of the awards ceremony and more. Official link (to make everyone jealous, of course)

What: Red River Oktoberfest
When: Friday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 9
Where: Brandenburg Park, Red River
How much: $5 general admission
Details: Info is a little scarce right now, but it’s cheap, the setting is wonderful, and Luke sure had a fun time up there a couple years ago. Official link.

If we missed any major regional beer festivals, please let us know. We left out anything small, like a one-brewery-hosted Oktoberfest, or anything like that. Those we will keep you updated on as they come along.

Otherwise, good luck planning the next couple months. We will see some of you at GABF, and possibly some of these other events as well.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

From left, Stoutmeister, Shilling, Franz Solo, and E-Rock gathered for the first Beer Battle back in February on Super Bowl Sunday.

We have come a long way, added more members, and more facial hair, since we started writing about beer in 2012.

A little while back, well, five stories ago, we hit our 1,000th post here on this site. There was no celebration or anything, but it was a bit of a milestone. We have written a lot about beer the last four-plus years, and we plan to keep this thing going as long as we are able to devote the necessary time and energy, and as long as all of you keep drinking and reading. Thanks, everyone, from the brewery staffs to their customers, for making it all possible.

Now, all that being said, we have a whole lotta news items to get to, much of which pertains to this weekend.

Get your collaboration on

Quarter Celtic brewer Brady McKeown told us that he had a collaboration beer on deck a little while ago. Then, long after The Week Ahead in Beer was published, he remembered to let us know that today (Friday) will mark the debut of this new creation. Quarter Celtic and Chama River brewed up a Belgian Strong Ale that checks in at 11-percent ABV and 30 IBU. It will be available on tap at both locations all day today and then until the supply runs out.

Make sure to head over to either place and order a pint. It is always a good thing to see our breweries collaborate. We need more collaborations, but they will only happen if the sales justify making them.

Also, don’t forget that today features $3 pints of Oktoberfest over at the Santa Fe Brewing taproom at Green Jeans. And conveniently, SFBC is located in between Chama and QC!

Toast of ABQ beer lists

Five local breweries are participating in the Taste & Toast of ABQ at Uptown on Saturday. The event costs $20 per person and gets you 10 samples from participating restaurants, vendors, and breweries. Ultimately they want you to buy pints, so make sure to support the breweries this way. It’s OK, because the food lineup is potentially tremendous. Local favorites like Artichoke Cafe and Cocina Azul will be there, along with Chocolate Cartel, Villa Myriam Coffee Roasters, and Uptown-based restaurants like Elephant Bar and Marcello’s. The whole thing is a fundraiser for charity, too.

Over on the Toast side, there will also be a couple wineries and Broken Trail will have their spirits available. Here are the brewery beer lists, or at least those who provided theirs (if the others send us their lists, we will update).

  • Kaktus: Helles Lager, Scotch Ale, Honk Ale, and one more TBD
  • La Cumbre: TBA
  • Marble: Double White, IPA, Pilsner, Red Light Lager, Galaxy Pale Ale
  • Quarter Celtic: Pedro O’Flanigan’s Mexican Lager, Rye’t Side of Dublin, Crimson Lass Irish Red, Quarter Porter
  • Tractor: TBA

The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. You can purchase tickets online in advance.

Brewery space available

Speaking of Villa Myriam, they recently outgrew their original business space at 2420 Midtown Place. Thus, the real estate agent looking for a new tenant sent us an email asking if we knew of any new breweries looking for a location. (Yes, we were surprised at this, but why not share it?)

It is about 4,800 square feet, occupying Suites F and G. There are already floor drains, cold storage, a drive-in bay, and more. Anyone interested can contact Riley McKee at Maestas & Ward at (505) 878-0001.

And another anniversary

Lizard Tail turns two this weekend, an anniversary we almost missed. They will be celebrating all day Saturday. The Black House Angels will provide the music at 8 p.m. Beyond that, we would suggest anyone interested contact the brewery for more details.

Beer festival news

There are two major upcoming beer festivals with Hopfest set for Isleta Casino on Aug. 27 and then the Mountain West Brewfest returning to Bernalillo on Sept. 3-4.

For the latter, they released their list of attending breweries. MWBF is no longer associated with the NM Brewers Guild, and thus, the lineup is missing some major names. Who is scheduled to be there? Albuquerque Brewing, Bosque, Canteen, Enchanted Circle, Firkin, Kaktus, Palmer, Ponderosa, Rio Bravo, Sandia Chile Grill, Santa Fe, Starr Brothers, and The 377 Brewery are planning on attending.

So who is not there? Well, the big ones are obviously Boxing Bear, Chama River, La Cumbre, Marble, Nexus, Quarter Celtic, Red Door, Tractor, and Turtle Mountain from the ABQ metro area, plus Bathtub Row, Blue Corn, Duel, Second Street, and Taos Mesa from outside the metro area (as breweries that frequently attend fests). This will give some of the less-well-known breweries a chance to strut their stuff, plus newcomers like Enchanted Circle (which opened in Angel Fire in April) and the forthcoming 377 figure to draw long lines of curious folks.

Still, it is a bit of a disappointment in how many breweries bailed out on what was once promised as the largest beer festival in NM history.

Meanwhile, the actual largest, Hopfest, is adding a new feature this year. The Brewers Guild Sensory Analysis Seminar will be hosted by our friend Angelo Orona of Craft King Consulting. This half-hour course will take place at Hopfest at 3:30 p.m. (the whole event is 2-6) It will cost an extra $10, and tickets are limited, but they will benefit the Guild and our breweries. You will get a thorough overview of beer styles and flavors, plus you will get to see what an off-flavor kit can do to beers so you can better understand what you should and should not be tasting. You will get a special sample of Sierra Blanca Whiskey Barrel-Aged Stout and a commemorative 13-ounce glass.

New breweries update

Here is the latest news on the breweries that are coming to New Mexico in the next few months. Those without a city/town listed are in ABQ. We only included breweries that have officially applied for a small brewer license.

  • Ale Republic (Cedar Crest): They reported on Facebook that they have all five Bernalillo County permits. Now they just await their small brewer license and a health permit. They are also hiring servers, so contact zach@alerepublic.com.
  • Bombs Away Beer Co.: We still know nothing about this brewery beyond the name on the application. Anyone out there got info?
  • Colfax Ale Cellar (Raton): Here is a link to our recent update on Raton’s first brewery.
  • Dialogue Brewing: They have a ton of construction photos on Facebook right now, so progress is continuing. There is no set opening date yet (probably a smart thing).
  • Drafty Kilt Brewing: They officially changed the name (it was OffKilter, but that was already taken). By the pictures on Facebook, it looks like their final construction is near completion. We project a fall opening.
  • Flix Brewhouse: Construction continues on the West Side movie theater with a brewery. They said on social media the plan is to be open in December. Looks like we know where we will be watching Rogue One.
  • Hops Brewery: They have one license active and another pending. We are not sure what any of that means. We are also totally unsure of their progress. Anyone out there hear about them?
  • Rowley Farmhouse Ales (Santa Fe): Construction is all but over, just a few little aesthetic touches remain. They hope to be open later this month. Once he gets back from his vacation in San Diego, Luke will be on the case. (And yes, SFBC does allow Luke to go on vacation; of course he picked a beer town to visit, thus reinforcing the fact that his girlfriend is a wonderful human being.)
  • Sleeping Dog Tavern (Santa Fe): We still do not know much about this plan for the tavern to start brewing its own beer.
  • Steel Bender Brewyard: Contact has been made with the owners, who have hired a notable local brewer to run the show. We should have more news on this North Valley project in the next couple of weeks.
  • The 377 Brewery: Their brewer told us that the build out is nearly complete, now they just await all the permits and licenses. It will still be a while before they are open.

Know of any other breweries in the works? Contact us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com.

Sample tray

  • There will be a special Stone tasting at Jubilation today (Friday) from 4 to 6 p.m. Rather than more of the usual offerings, they will be featuring Mocha IPA, Citrusy Wit, Wussie Pils, Enjoy After 7/4 Brett IPA, and the 20th Anniversary Citracado IPA, which was made with Citra hops and avocado honey. That looks … different.
  • John Bullard has brewed up a new batch of his award-winning IPA, Scale Tipper. Look for it on tap and in 22-ounce bombers in a few weeks at all Bosque locations.
  • The 2016 Doggie Dash and Dawdle Kickoff Party will be at Boxing Bear on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can register for the Dash, enjoy some live music, and $1 from every pint sold goes to Animal Humane. If you lack a furry friend for the Dash, fear not, they will have mobile adoptions there as well!
  • Fill in the Blanco IPA, a white wheat hoppy beast, was added to the seasonal lineup at Canteen on Thursday. Meanwhile, over at La Cumbre today (Friday), they have Red Ryeot dry-hopped with Comet in the cask.
  • Speaking of La Cumbre, they will have another Lego Build-Off at the brewery on Tuesday. Sign up starting at 6:15 p.m. and it all gets underway at 7. The winners get $10 gift certificates.
  • Ponderosa has their fourth head brewer in place. Antonio Fernandez has taken over the operation from Bob Haggerty. We will try to set up an interview with Antonio in the near future and we will also update you on where Bob is headed. (Fear not, he is not going far.)
  • Starr Brothers will open at 8 a.m. this Saturday to show all the opening matches of the Premier League season. You might just see some Crew members and our friends over there. I’ll be the guy bitterly ruing Newcastle’s relegation all season.

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That is all for now. Remember, if you have any tips about beer news in New Mexico, contact us via social media or at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister