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 seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, and one in Las Cruces 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.

What New Mexico lacks in population, it makes up for in land area. It can be hard to find the time to make it to the breweries outside of the Albuquerque-Santa Fe corridor, even though it is often well worth the trip. In turn, most of those breweries aren’t really big enough to launch mass distribution efforts down here to lure folks to visit. This Friday, however, Taos Mesa is staging a tap takeover at Tractor Wells Park. From 3 p.m. onward, there will be 10 beers available from the Mothership right in the heart of Albuquerque. For once, we did not have to go ask for the beer list, as it is already available: Koenig Lager, Solstice Pale, Cross Eye Rye, Mosaic IPA, Hefeweizen, Old 96, Deep Thought IPA #42, Nitro Project: Scottish, British Blonde, Barleywine. The Crew has had a few of those over the years (the Barleywine batch served at WinterBrew back in January was outstanding), but we are just as eager as the rest of you to try as many as we can. We do love the concept of the far-off breweries being able to partner up with our locals. Hopefully this will encourage more team-ups in the future. We would love to see more Little Toad Creek, Milton’s, Three Rivers, and many, many more down here. Then, as they create fans here, we would love to see more people venturing out to see what else they have in store at their respective home bases. It is truly a win-win.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bow & Arrow goes big with a double beer release on Thursday, unveiling Waffle Bandit Stout and Ace Supreme Saison. Boxing Bear gets in on the trend with RasBearry Gose. Marble has a trifecta of newcomers in the American Pale Lager, Black Passion, and Cholo Lean. Ponderosa serves up the PB&J Stout for lunch and dinner. Red Door rolls out Lemongrass Pilsner on Friday. Sidetrack brings back CO-MO IPA and Guera American Blonde. Steel Bender answers your prayers for more Manana Tropical IPA on Thursday. Toltec honors the NBA champs, Chef David Ruiz’s favorite team, with Golden State Kolsch.

Up in Santa Fe, the Second Street staff is still in recovery mode after the Crab & Pilsner Festival, but they did manage to tap Fulcrum IPA, Raspberry Lager, Citraweisen, Rail Runner Pale Ale, and more of the delicious Breaking Plaid. Out in Moriarty, Sierra Blanca says pucker up with Raspberry Sour and Cranberry Sour.

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

Ale Republic — (505) 281-2828

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

Beers: Brune, Bernalillo Weisse, Best Coast IPA, Parasol, Red Mountain, Double Trouble, Sombra Stout, Trail Head DIPA. The Bernalillo Weisse is a tremendous name. The most recent addition is the Trail Head, and before that came the Parasol, Red Mountain (IPA), Double Trouble, and Sombra Stout.

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.

Bistronomy B2B — (505) 262-2222

(Mon–Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-9:30 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)

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: Contact the brewery 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: La Onza White Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Washington’s Hatchet, Super Kreak, TruBlu Pilsner, Zeus Juice White IPA, Rock’N’Boese Mango IPA. The current seasonals include the Super Kreak and TruBlu, plus the new Mango IPA. Zeus Juice White IPA has also returned on tap and in bottles.

Live Music: Thursday—decker, 7 p.m.

Bombs Away Beer Company — (505) 554-3204

(Hours: Mon–Sat noon–10 p.m., Sun noon–8 p.m.)

Beers: BABC IPA, Willie Pete Wit, Low Order Porter, Operation Single Hop, Proximity Pilsner, Actuator IPA, Hazy Chain DIPA, High Speed Low Drag Lager, The RED Ale, Wild Card, Spring Lager, Arsenal Amber Ale, Claymore Scotch Ale, K98 Kolsch, Kristallweizen, Booster Blueberry Sour. The most recent additions are the Booster, K98, and Kristallweizen.

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: Driftwood Oatmeal Stout, Spacelion IPA, Polly’s Run (Blackberry Merlot Blonde Ale), Center Fielder Pale Ale. The Spacelion is a charity beer meant to raise funds for the family of a Bosque staff member in Las Cruces, while Polly’s Run was brewed to help in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Center Fielder is the other recent addition.

Bow & Arrow Brewing — (505) 247-9800

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

Beers: (House) Sun Dagger (Saison), True Aim (Scotch Ale), Denim Tux Lager, Nomadico IPA, Savage Times Sour IPA, Visionland Amber Ale; (Seasonal) Thirsty Land: Foraged Series (Grisette), Saison de Blanc, Roam Free DIPA, Desert Rambler Hefeweizen, Thief of Time (Barleywine), Rancho Bizarro (Sour red Ale), Zia Pelta Pale Ale. Bottles of Dark Mesa, a barrel-aged quad with brett, are still on sale at the brewery, but the supply is limited. Bottles of Cosmic Arrow Brett Saison are available, but it is no longer on tap. There are a limited number of bottles available of the Rancho Bizarro, the most recent addition on tap. This Thursday marks the double release of Ace Supreme Saison and Waffle Bandit Stout.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Featherweight Session IPA, New Mexikolsch, Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Common Ground, Schwarzbier, RasBearry Gose, Black and Blue Tart, Strong Arm Pale Ale. The most recent additions is RasBearry Gose, which was preceded by Strong Arm, Black and Blue, Common Ground, a California common, and Schwarzbier. Chocolate Milk Stout is back on the nitro tap.

Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8-10 p.m.

Broken Trail Brewery & Distillery — (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, Pepe the Mule, Double Black. OK, fine, Pepe the Mule counts as a beer, even though it is basically a Moscow Mule, but it was made with beer. Double Black is now on tap at all times, and that is a good thing.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737 (brewery), (505) 200-2344 (taproom)

(Brewery: Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight; Taproom: Open daily 3–10 p.m.)

Beers: Exodus IPA, Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale, Peach Wheat, Laid Back Lager, Social Capital, Oompa Lupulin DIPA, Zafado Groove, Dream Esteem. This batch of Social Capital was made with pink guava and kaffir lime leaf. Zafado Groove is a passionfruit Belgian ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with brett.

Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Julian Dossett Trio, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Dusty Low, 4-7 p.m.

Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—Melissa Rios, 5-8 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.

Dialogue Brewing — (505) 585-1501

(Mon-Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Sun noon-midnight)

Beers: Belgian Citrus IPA, Berliner Weisse, Sour Raspberry, 505 Lager, Stormy (Belgian Blonde), Jeff Wenzel Fights Fires Saison, King Salmon Lager, Men Who Stare at Goats Maibock, Boysenberry Berliner, Dialectical Reasoning DIPA. The new saison is named for Jeff Wenzel, Dialogue’s assistant brewer, since it’s his first recipe. The King Salmon Lager was made with Chinook hops (get it?). Dialectical Reasoning DIPA is the most recent addition.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Game Night, 7 p.m.

Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500

(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)

Beers: Hazeas Corpus Hazy IPA, Brewhouse Shandy, Schnitz N Giggle, Hoppiness is a Warm Gun (IPA), Lightspeed Vienna Lager. Schnitz N Giggle is a Dortmunder lager made with Steel Bender. Hoppiness is a West Coast-style IPA.

High and Dry Brewing — (505) 433-5591

(Mon closed, Tues-Thurs 2-10 p.m., Fri-Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Liberty Crate IPA, Zest Out, Humble Affair Stout, Black Hole’s Son (Porter), Constable Reggie (Tart Amber), Swipe White (Tart Wheat), Mestia #3 (Table Sour). It has been a busy few months for the new brewery at 529 Adams St. NE, just south of Lomas. The Zest Out is an orange coffee beer made in collaboration with Steel Bender. This batch of Humble Affair Stout is the delicious coffee stout we were promised.

Hops Brewery — (505) 369-1378

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

Beers: Dad Joke (California Common), Tipsy Cow (Milk Stout), Warm Scottish Nights, An Irish Tan (English Bitter), Honey Wheat, Chica (Pale Ale), Hop Hill IPA. Hops has started out with these seven beers on tap, but they also have 31 more guest taps, just in case you don’t find one to your liking.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Helles Lager, Puddle Stomper IPA, Maibock, Stop Amber Time, CutBow Coffee Schwarz, Paleontology (Lager), Smoove Porter, Grandma’s Prescription Pils, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. It was another big tap turnover at Kaktus, with six new beers going on tap recently. The Stop Amber Time might be our favorite beer name to come around in a while.

Live Music: Friday—Stan Kee, 7 p.m.

Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Jazz Jam Sesh, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Blues Jam Sesh, 3 p.m., The Desert Darlings, 6-8 p.m.

Kellys Brew Pub — (505) 262-2739

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

Beers: (house) Apricot Ale, American Lager, IPA, Lobo Red Ale, Session IPA, Sleeping Dog Stout, 35 N Coffee Porter, Common; (seasonal) German Pilsner, Capspackler DIPA, Dortmunder, Oak-Aged Natalia. The lineup got a bit of a makeover, with American Lager and Common joining the regulars, bumping out the Blonde. The Natalia was originally made at Chama River and dear lord it was dark decadence in a glass. Get some quick before it runs out!

Live Music: Every Wednesday 6-9 p.m. and Sunday 3-6 p.m.

Kilt Check Brewing (formerly Drafty Kilt) — (505) 881-0234

(Sun 11 a.m–10 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thu 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Groundskeeper Willie Cream Ale, Wee Beastie Scottish Ale, Campbell Toe IPA, Outlamber Amber, Obliviscaris Oatmeal Stout. The Obliviscaris is back, having replaced the Covfefe Hefe, and boy does it taste good, as we proved with a fourth-place finish at our Stout Challenge. Take note, Kilt Check is now closed on Mondays.

Live Music: Thursday—Jam Night, 7 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Mosaic SMASH IPA, Good Time Guava, Miles From Cologne, Sun Fade (Hazy IPA), Strawberry Gose. There are cans of Strawberry Gose available for a limited time, too. Miles From Cologne is awesome, again.

Lava Rock Brewing — (505) 836-1022

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

Beers: All guest taps for now. Welcome to the listings, Lava Rock! We just wanted everyone to know that the kitchen is up and running and some unique guest taps from other local breweries are available now at 2220 Unser Blvd. NW. When the house beers appear, we will let everyone know.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 8 p.m.; Thursday—Karaoke, 8-11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739 (downtown), (505) 508-4638 (Westside), (505) 323-4030 (Heights)

(Downtown: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.; Westside: Mon–Thurs noon–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.; Heights: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Cholo Stout, Imperial Red, Nitro Pub Ale, Guava Berry Gose, Thunder From Dortmunder (Downtown only), American Pale Lager (Downtown and Heights only), Black Passion (Downtown and Heights only), Cholo Lean (Downtown and Heights only), Pina Colada (Heights only), Barrel-Aged Quad (Heights and Westside only), Fog Lite (Westside only), Nitro Madera (Westside only). There are so, so many beers between the three locations. Don’t feel bad if you can’t get to them all. The most recent additions are American Pale Lager, Black Passion, and Cholo Lean, and before that came Guava Berry Gose, Thunder From Dortmunder, and BA Quad.

Live Music (Downtown): Today (Wednesday)—Group Therapy, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday—Porter Draw, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Squash Blossom Boys, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Eric McFadden Trio with Funk of the West, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday—Ray Anthony+Powerslyde, 3-6 p.m.

Live Music (Heights): Friday—Jade Masque, 7-10 p.m.

Live Music (Westside): Friday—Keith Sanchez, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Vintage Brew, 8-11 p.m.

Weekly Events (Downtown): Saturday—Brewery tours, 2 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100 (brewery), (505) 226-1055 (Silver Taproom)

(Brewery: 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.; Silver Taproom: Mon–Fri 4-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Lemon Wheat Ale, Notorious BUN (Big Ugly Nasty) IPA, Beam Me Up Scotty. Welcome back to Beam Me Up, always a Crew favorite, and hello to the Notorious BUN.

News: The Silver taproom no longer has weekly music, but it does have an abbreviated menu to keep folks plenty happy.

Palmer Brewery and Cider House — (505) 508-0508

(Tues–Sat 3–9 p.m.)

Beers: MWA (Malt With Attitude), Guero (Belgian Wit), Pool Session Pale Ale, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale), Switch Stance Stout, Lawn Ninja, Dark Side of the Wort. A pair of collaboration beers are now available. Lawn Ninja is a summery rice ale made with Quarter Celtic. Dark Side of the Wort is an imperial brown made in collaboration with the Worthogs Homebrew Club and, well, you can probably guess.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

(Brewery: Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Taproom: Daily 1-8 p.m.)

Beers: Tart Cherry Chocolate Porter, Czech Pilsner, Amber Ale, Brewer’s Beard Bock, PB&J Stout. The PB&J Stout is the most recent addition, and before that came the Czech Pilsner and TCC Porter.

News: Ponderosa’s taproom at the El Vado Motel redevelopment is now open! Here are the details and some sweet photos.

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: Test Batch #2 DIPA, All Rye’t All Rye’t All Rye’t, Berliner Weisse, Lawn Ninja. The most recent additions are the Lawn Ninja, a rice ale collaboration with Palmer Brewery, plus All Rye’t and Berliner Weisse. One of QC’s four regular beers, Pedro O’Flannigan, won a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup.

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.; Wyoming 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: English IPA, Blackberry Hefeweizen, ESB, Berliner Weisse. The Berliner Weisse is the most recent addition, preceded by the ESB and English IPA. This Friday, Lemongrass Pilsner joins the list.

Weekly Events (Brewery): Monday—The Draft Sessions, 7-9 p.m.

Weekly Events (Downtown Taproom): Today (Wednesday)—Paint it Black Open Mic Comedy, 7-9 p.m.; Thursday—Art at the Bar, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday—Parents’ Day Out, noon-3 p.m.; Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7-9 p.m.

Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909

(Mon noon–10 p.m., Tues–Thu noon–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–1 a.m., Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Bravo Amber, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Roadkill Red Ale, La Luz Lager, Barrel-Aged Barley Wine, Vanilla Porter, NM Pinon Coffee Porter, Level 3 DIPA, Lemongrass Wit, Blueberry Gose, Imperial Kolsch, Marzen, Barrel-Aged Grab ‘Em By the Putin (Russian Imperial Stout), Hella Fine Pils, Blurred Lines (New England-style IPA), Sandia SMASH Watermelon Sour, Old Firestone Pale Ale, Cherry Wheat, Oatmeal Stout, Wildcard Weiss. There are two barrel-aged beers on tap in the Barley Wine and Putin. The most recent addition is the Wildcard Weiss, a traditional German-style weissbier.

Live Music: Thursday—Benny Bassett, 6 p.m.; Friday—Gato Fest, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Frankly Scarlett, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Calvin Appleberry Trio, 1 p.m.

Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Loungy Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.; Friday—Headliners Comedy presents Friday Night Fools ($5 cover, event only), 9:30 p.m.; Sunday—Pints & Planks with Yoga Zo; Family Funday, 2-5 p.m.

Sidetrack Brewing — (505) 832-7183

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

Beers: CO-MO IPA, Buzz Bomb, Apricot Tart Pale Ale, Sidetrack Pilsner, Railhead Red, Pub Ale, Guera American Blonde. The CO-MO and Guera are the most recent additions.

News: Sidetrack recently enlarged its draft tower and will have 10 taps instead of six, so look for more new beers in the future!

Cask: The CO-MO and Pilsner are in the firkins.

Live Music: Thursday—Still Closed For Repairs, 7-9 p.m.; Friday—DJ Chachi, Boogaloo B and Haloe5000, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday—Cooper CW Ayon, 7-9 p.m.

Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752

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

Beers: Starrstruck IPA, L.A. Woman (Blonde), Red Zepplin, Lampshade Porter, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Plaid Boy Boogie, Them Boyzz, Super Chinookie (Pale Ale), Thunderr Ale, Bottoms Up (Kolsch-style ale). The most recent addition is Bottoms Up, and before that came Super Chinookie, Plaid Boy Boogie, a Scottish Red, and Them Boyzz, a boysenberry wheat.

Steel Bender Brewyard — (505) 433-3537

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

Beers: (house) Skull Bucket IPA, Red Iron Red, Sparkfitter Amber, Lloyd’s 3 O’Clock Kolsch, Blue Bullet Stout, Steel Bender Lager, The Village Wit; (seasonals/specialties) Homegrown Pils, Yogi Beera, Schnitz N Giggle, Kettle Run – A Solo Hop Sour, Raspberry Dynamite. The most recent additions are the Schnitz N Giggle, a Dortmunder made with Flix Brewhouse, Kettle Run, and the ever popular Raspberry Dynamite is back on tap and in cans, alongside Skull Bucket and Red Iron. This Thursday marks the return of Manana Tropical IPA.

The 377 Brewery — (505) 934-0795

(Open noon-11 p.m. most days)

Beers: (house) 377 IPA, Dieterhosen Hefe, El CuCuy (DIPA), Fat Brown Guy (Porter), Red Horse NM Lager, Schwarzbier, Berliner Weisse, Naked Ale (Pale); (seasonals) Loonies Lime Saison, Short Wee Heavy, Milk Stout, Peach Wheat, Kolsch, Scottish Ale, Say Juan Saison, Skin Walker Triple IPA, Plum Cherry Sour, Imperial Cream Ale, BBA (Barrel-Aged Dark Lager). A trio of new additions hit taps recently with Plum Cherry Sour, Imperial Cream Ale, and BBA, which is made with coffee, cocoa, and vanilla.

Toltec Brewing — (505) 890-1455

(Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight, Sunday noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Agave Wheat, Pale Ale, IPA, Stout, Altbier, Rye Lager. The Altbier is back after a short absence, while Rye Lager became the last of the core beers to arrive on tap (naturally, being a lager and all). Our favorite so far is (prepare to be shocked) the Stout, which is roasty, creamy, slightly sweet, and rather wonderful overall. The first seasonal, Golden State Kolsch, arrives on Friday.

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

(Nob Hill: Sun–Weds noon–midnight, Thurs noon–2 a.m., Fri–Sat noon–2 a.m.; Wells Park: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–close, Fri–Sun 1 p.m.–midnight; Four Hills: Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m.)

Beers: Gose, Tupac Cali Red Ale, Boot Girl IPA, Explora G&T Cider, Coloring Night, Apricot Wheat, Thai Basil Mint Cider, Break Pointe Pale Ale, Oud Bruin (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Belgo American Pale Ale (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Pete’s Porter (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Cascara Cider (Four Hills only). All proceeds from the G&T Cider go to the Explora Science Center. Break Pointe, Boot Girl, Coloring Night, a fruited wheat, plus Apricot Wheat and Thai Basil Mint Cider are the most recent additions.

News: The Westside Taproom is now open!

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Glenn McLaughlin, 8 p.m.; Saturday—RJ Perez, 8 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Katie Williams, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Keith Sanchez, 5 p.m.

Live Music (Four Hills): Saturday—Lani Nash, 6 p.m.

Live Music (Westside): Saturday—Alex Maryol, 5 p.m.

Other Events (Wells Park): Friday—Taos Mesa Tap Takeover, 3 p.m.; Saturday—World Cup Viewing Party: Mexico vs. South Korea, 9 a.m.; Tuesday—Meet & Greet #1, 5:30 p.m.

Other Events (Four Hills): Tuesday—Paint Your Own Stein Night, 6 p.m.

Weekly Events (Wells Park): Monday—Super Tractor Gamers Night, 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday—Kamikaze Karaoke, 7 p.m.

Weekly Events (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Writing Wednesdays, 5 p.m.; Monday—Tractor Tune Up, 7:30 p.m.

Weekly Events (Four Hills): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: Rainbow in the Dunkel, Taurisian Monstrosity, Tim’s Mom (IPA), Pech Chilz Pivo 12, Sup’s Sesh’d (Session IPA). The most recent additions are Sup’s Sesh’d, Tim’s Mom, and Pech Chilz.

Cask: Tuesday—TBA

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Helles Wind Staff Maibock, Black Thought IPA, Santa Fe Especial, Blueberry Gose. The Santa Fe Especial is a Mexican-style amber. The Blueberry Gose and Helles Wind are the most recent additions.

Chili Line Brewing — (505) 500-7903

(Mon–Sat 4–11 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: El Jefe (Rauchweizen), Antonio Bandito (Dunkelweizen), Llorona Lager, La Bamba (Rauchbier), Stara Baba (Oak Smoked Polish Gratzer), Jacona Stout, P.G. (Pinche Guey) IPA. The Jacona and P.G. are the most recent additions.

Live Music: Every night at 7 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Reverse happy hour after 9 p.m. includes $1 off pints, $6 appetizers, $10 entrees and pizzas.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

Beers: Bad Amber, Whistler (Blonde), Manikin (Small Scottish), Small Stout, Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Sans Titre (Sour Blonde), Fiction (IPA), Monomyth (DIPA), Titian, Dark Ryder, Grunewald, Goya, Project 10 (Biere de Mars). There has been a big tap turnover with the return of Whistler, Manikin, Sans Titre, Monomyth, and the new Small Stout and Project 10. The Titian, Dark Ryder, Grunewald, and Goya (13.3% ABV) are available on tap and in bombers.

Live Music (ABQ taproom): Thursday—RJ Perez, 7 p.m.; Friday—Lindy Vision with Benny Bassett, 9 p.m.; Tuesday—Sub-Assembly: The Electric Underground, 8 p.m.

Other Events (ABQ taproom): Saturday—The Open Bra: Round 3, 7 p.m.

Weekly Events (ABQ taproom): Today (Wednesday)—Wikki Wikki Wednesday Free Hip-Hop Show, 7 p.m.; Tuesday—Bike-In Brew, 7 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts (Brewery): Happy hour Mon–Fri, 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

Happy Hour/Discounts (ABQ taproom): Happy hour Mon–Fri, 5-7 p.m.

Rowley Farmhouse Ales — (505) 428-0719

(Open all week from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: Fields of Rye, Agent Scully – Season One, Episode Six (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Petit Blanche, Saison du Sarlacc First Order (Imperial Saison), Fields of Rye Spring ’18, Kaffeeklatsch, Tea for Two (Saison), One at a Time – Galaxy, Sketches of Simplicity (Farmhouse Pilsner). The Agent Scully is a series of IPAs which will vary by hop combinations. Episode Six is the most recent iteration. The Kaffeeklatsch is a mixed fermentation coffee Berliner Weisse. The RFA staff has taken a Belgian-style dubbel and aged it in Saint Croix rum barrels with an addition of Santa Rosa Plums, calling it Mixed Dubbels Curling.

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: Hipster Union IPA, Lustgarten Lager, Imperial Pastry-Free Porter, Twisted Root, Schneeball Imperial Pilsner. The most recent additions are Schneeball and Twisted Root, the latter a blonde ale with ginger and lemongrass. You can also find Twisted Root and Lustgarten in six-pack cans.

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, 2920 IPA, Agua Fria Pilsner, Boneshaker Bitter, Dragon’s Blood Sour, LVL Stout, Red and Yellow Armadillo, Diablo Canyon Pale Ale, XX ESB, Fulcrum IPA, Raspberry Lager, Breaking Plaid, Citraweisen, Rail Runner Pale Ale. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. The Fulcrum, Raspberry Lager, Breaking Plaid, Citraweisen, and Rail Runner are the most recent additions.

Live Music (Rufina): Saturday—Ornetcetera and Shake Alert, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Motofina, noon

Other Events (Rufina): Thursday—Sit, Stay, Support, 5 p.m.

Weekly Events (Railyard): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8 p.m.

Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery — (505) 303-3808

(Bisbee Tasting Room: Daily 4-8 p.m.; Agua Fria Taproom: Sunday-Wednesday noon-10 p.m., Thursday-Saturday noon-midnight)

Beers: Dortmunder, Farmhouse Ale, Dry Irish Stout, Citra Pale Ale, IPA, Honey Hibiscus Wheat, Imperial Red, Maibock. At last, Tumbleroot joins the listings! Stop by the tasting room at 32 Bisbee Court or go all-in at the taproom and music venue at 2791 Agua Fria Street. All the rest of us look forward to trying the beers quite soon!

Live Music: Thursday—Jono Manson, 5 p.m.; Friday—Key Frances, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Blake and Sutton at Billfest, 2 p.m.; Tuesday—Bill Palmer, 5 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: Hoppenheimer IPA, Wit Rock, Pennsylvania Swanky, Dunkel Bock, Flat Cap Brown, Little Bird Blonde, Lichtenhainer. With a new brewer in place, BRB shakes up the lineup. Old favorites Hoppenheimer, Wit Rock, and Little Bird are joined by some fascinating newcomers in the Dunkel Bock, Flat Cap, and Lichtenhainer, a sour ale.

Picacho Peak Brewing — (575) 680-6394

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

Beers: Picacho Lite, Keller Hefeweizen, Twisted Windmill IPA, Old Crawley, 575 Scotsman, Irish Xtra Stout, I Heart Porter, Smooth and Stout. Welcome to the listings, Picacho Peak! For the first time in a long, long time we have a Las Cruces brewery in here. Make sure to check it out the next time you are down south. This Thursday, a limited amount of Seco Simcoe American Pale Ale, brewed by a homebrewer friend of Picacho Peak on National Homebrew Day, will be tapped.

Red River Brewing — (575) 754-4422

(Open daily 5-10 p.m.)

Beers: Lazy Bear Blonde, Greenie Peak Wheat, Ed Iver Pale Ale, Thirsty Marmot Citra IPA, Copper Chair Amber, Bobcat Pass Brown, Midnight Meadows Oatmeal Stout, Prospector Porter, Back Forty Farmhouse Ale, Bad Medicine Honey DIPA. Welcome to the listings, Red River! The brewery in the ski town in Northern New Mexico is now open, and these are the initial beers. We will be up there soon to try them all!

Live Music: Friday—Eryn Bent, 7 p.m.

Sierra Blanca Brewing — (505) 832-2337

(Mon–Thurs 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri –Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m.)

Beers: Cherry Wheat, Single Hop IPA, Elcitmos IPA, Raspberry Sour, Cranberry Sour. It’s a double dose of new sours with Raspberry and Cranberry on tap for the summer. Elcitmos, if you could not guess by the name, features Eldorado, Citra, and Mosaic hops. Cherry Wheat is available in bottles and won a gold medal at GABF in 2017.

Live Music: Friday—The Rudy Boy Experiment, 6 p.m.; Saturday—The Blunts, 4 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

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It’s back for the 15th time! (Photos courtesy of Alex Archuleta)

The 15th annual Pork & Brew Festival is returning to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho from June 29 through July 1. The Crew sat down with SASC director of marketing Alex Archuleta to get all the details for all of you beer and barbecue lovers.

“We call it New Mexico’s original food festival,” Alex said. “It’s been around for 15 years, so it’s kind of stood the test of time. Rio Rancho’s real proud of it.”

The goal of the organizers this year is to make the event more friendly to customers. The first change, Alex said, was to change the hours on the opening Friday from all day to 3 to 9 p.m.

“Something a little different we’re doing on Friday is running it from 3 to 9, so hopefully we’ll capture more of that after-work crowd,” he said, while also noting that it tends to be the least crowded day, if huge crowds are not your thing. “If we’re on a date that’s not as packed, it will be Friday, because people get off work and go home, and once you get home, you stay home.”

Another revision is in how customers will purchase food and beer.

“The big change this year is we’re doing away with those barbecue bucks,” Alex said. “Before you had to go in and exchange your money. It made it tough on the consumer. You ended up stuck with extras. All the vendors will take cash or cards now.”

OK, we’re getting hungry.

The breweries in attendance are the same as last year, as Cazuela’s, Red Door, and Tractor will return. Alex said each brewery will have five to six beers on tap under a tent outside. There will also be mixed drinks, wine, and macro beers available inside the arena.

There will not be a special beer made just for the event, unlike the last couple of years.

“No, that’s something we decided not to do (this year),” Alex said. “It was cool, that was something that stood out a little bit. It’s something we’d like to do (again) in the future.”

Franz Solo, who went to the event last year, noted that it was a bit confusing as to where the entrance was, so Alex said that has also been adjusted.

“We’re going to have one entrance, too,” he said. “That will be up top in the VIP parking area. That will make things easier, too, rather than people running around.”

Another fun event for all the grilling novices out there will take place Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.

“The other new (event) is BBQ 101,” Alex said. “One of the vendors each day will give demonstrations on how they do what they do. They’ll do different stuff, show you how to grill vegetables, fish, pretty much anything you can cook.”

Oh, fine, we’ll just have to come out there and eat all that delicious BBQ.

While live music, Galloping Grace Youth Ranch, the pig races, and paintball will all return, there will be one new live performance to watch.

“Another thing is we’re bringing in the New Mexico Gunfighters this year,” Alex said. “They’re local guys, they get all dressed up in Wild West garb. They’ll be doing performances Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3.”

As for the live music schedule, here it is:

Friday, June 29

  • 3 p.m.: Beg Borrow & Steal (Brew Tent Stage)
  • 4:30 p.m.: Toby McBrooks (SASC Stage)
  • 5:30 p.m.: Paul Pino & the Tone Daddies (Brew Tent Stage)
  • 7:30 p.m.: LifeGroups (SASC Stage)

Saturday, June 30

  • 11 a.m.: Avenge Apollo (Brew Tent Stage), Toby McBrooks (SASC Stage)
  • 12:30 p.m.: Split Decision (SASC Stage)
  • 1:30 p.m.: Danny the Harp (Brew Tent Stage)
  • 3:45 p.m.: Red Wine (SASC Stage)
  • 5:30 p.m.: Twist & Shout (SASC Stage)

Sunday, July 1

  • Noon: The Gershom Brothers (Brew Tent Stage), Toby McBrooks (SASC Stage)
  • 1:30 p.m.: Sour Puss (SASC Stage)
  • 4 p.m.: Ancient Bones (Brew Tent Stage)
  • 4:30 p.m.: Red Wine (SASC Stage)

For more information, head over to the Santa Ana Star Center official site. Tickets are $6 for adults, while kids, seniors, and anyone with a military ID can get a ticket for $4.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Ponderosa’s taproom at the revamped El Vado Motel is now open.

Greetings fair readers, Franz Solo here, the other day upon learning that the El Vado taproom for Ponderosa Brewing had opened for business, I was tasked by Stoutmeister with checking it out. As it happens, the historic El Vado Motel, which first opened in 1937 and will reopen after some pretty awesome looking renovations this July, is just two minutes of a bike ride from my usual stopping point on the river by Tingley Beach.

The El Vado Motel sits just over the river on the south side of Central at New York (2500 Central Ave. is the precise address). So after a lovely late morning ride by the Rio Grande in the wonderful June heat (yes, I am a bit crazy to enjoy biking in the afternoons of June through August), I stopped in the just-opened taproom to have a look.

There are 10 Ponderosa beers on tap.

The space is wonderfully rustic, with all of the charm you’d expect for an 80-plus-year-old building, matched flawlessly with modern lighting, fixtures, and so forth. The El Vado taproom has 10 Ponderosa beers on tap at present, and is open daily from noon to close (around 8 p.m., but that is subject to change).

The patio off of the taproom itself is spacious and quite a lovely spot in which to have a pint and a bite to eat, especially once more food options arrive in the other available “pods” on site. When I rode up, several people were enjoying tacos from one of these such establishments which looked quite tempting indeed.

The patio area includes this awesome fountain.

At the back is the motel proper, which from the exterior looked like quite a nice place for both tourists and staycationers alike. The proximity to Tingley Beach, Rio Grande, and the ABQ Biopark makes this quite a nice addition to the area which, is already a lovely part of town in which to spend the day.

(You can also stop by to check out Metal the Store, an awesome clothing and merch space created by Brew Crew friend Michael Wieclaw, which is already open in the El Vado complex. — S)

Another shot of the cozy interior.

So head down and check it out for a pint or two, whether you bike (just head east on Central off the main Bosque bike trail for a couple of blocks) or perambulate down the freshly paved and finally completed Central. 

Until our next adventure, I bid you adieu!

Skål!

— Franz Solo

The beer will flow inside this building starting Saturday afternoon! (Photo courtesy of Tractor Brewing)

Tractor Brewing will open the doors of its new Westside Taproom this Saturday at noon, the culmination of a two-year effort to bring the Beer Farm west of the Rio Grande. Located at 5720 McMahon Blvd., just east of Unser on the south side of the street, between Starbucks and McDonald’s, the taproom will seat around 70 inside and 50 outside on the patio.

During the final days of the buildout, I stopped by to visit co-owner Skye Devore as she was busy putting the finishing touches on the bar top. The very fact she was on the verge of opening a taproom out west showed how far that part of town has come.

“David (Hargis) and I both used to live out here,” Skye said of herself and her co-owner/brewmaster. “We both moved east because we’re like there’s nothing to do out here. It really stuck out in my mind, when we lived out this way, when the Whiskey over at Montano and Coors closed. It was a nice place to go get a drink, but the west side just couldn’t sustain it. At that time we thought there was no real market out there.”

Population growth, however, changed the opinions of the Tractor owners.

“But, I think that what’s been happening is that people are tired of (battling) traffic and they’re looking for stuff closer (to home),” Skye said. “So about two years ago, David said let’s go to the west side. I was very not sure of that decision. I was like OK, let’s give it a shot.”

As other breweries have found out, however, just wanting to go west does not equal being able to do that. There are not a lot of buildings that were taproom-ready.

“Instead of looking for (existing) spaces, we found this one, which was just a dirt lot,” Skye said. “We figured it was a good place, it was underserved, and I had just had my twins out this way, so (I knew) there was stuff out there, there were people.”

Tractor signed the lease, but Skye said it was just a long wait for the developer to finish building the actual structure. There were plenty of delays along the way, but there was nothing to do but stay patient and hope for the best.

“It was our first new construction and there were all the things that you don’t think about, like there’s not Comcast here that you just have to have turned on,” Skye said. “You have to bring the Comcast to the building. You don’t have to do a lot of demo and do-over, (but) there’s a lot of other stuff.”

Now the taproom is ready to go. The interior has some impressive high ceilings, where Skye said some future art installations could go. There will be plenty of taps behind the bar, with a larger interior walk-in cooler. Beyond that and the patio, there are just two bathrooms and a small office for the staff. There will not be any food in-house, but there will be a pizza place open next door in July, and there should be food trucks and other nearby eateries for those who want more than just beer or cider.

“It felt really big before we put the fridge in,” Skye said. “It was like oh, my god, what have we done? But, by the time you put the fridge in, plus the office and bathrooms, it has about as much floor space as any of our other places.”

The grand opening this weekend will be the last of its kind in Albuquerque for Tractor.

“This will be our last external project for a while,” Skye said. “We’re really turning our focus on redoing (our existing locations). We opened Nob Hill seven years ago and we opened Wells Park four years ago. There’s definitely some things we need to go back and work on there before we even look at opening anything else new. Definitely no other beer concepts in Albuquerque, we’re done.”

That does not mean Tractor would never consider a future taproom outside of Albuquerque, but it is not on the horizon.

“You want to do something close, because the management problem of going outside of Albuquerque is massive,’’ Skye said. “I’m like having night sweats as it is thinking about being 35 minutes away in case this place goes down in flames. I’m going should I rent a Winnebago and put it in the parking lot for the first month? Because you don’t know what’s going to happen. Are you going to be understaffed? Are you going to be overstaffed? That whole thing.”

Skye did talk about a few projects that are either on deck or already underway at other Tractor locations.

Changes in Nob Hill

With a new landlord, the oldest Tractor taproom is getting an overdue makeover.

“We’re moving the (walk-in cooler) inside, which is done,” Skye said. “Then we will take down the fridge that was outside and turn that into a private patio so we can events back there, and also have it as a non-smoking patio. That was a request from people, we love the patio, but get rid of the smoking. I respect that, but anytime you don’t have designated smoking, they end up smoking right next to the patio, taking their beers outside.”

Another development should be welcomed with open arms by customers.

“Eventually, starting in July, I think, we’re getting two new restrooms in Nob Hill, so we’ll have a total of four,” Skye said. “They’ll be next to the refrigerator, one room with two stalls. We’re excited about that.”

Tractor Distillery coming soon

Yes, Tractor has a craft distilling license, and once all the dust has settled from the Westside Taproom, the staff will start cranking up the new distilling operation at Wells Park.

“For us, I really enjoy beer, I think beer is great, but I think like with anything, you’ve got to grow,” Skye said. “We’ll always do beer, but I don’t see a big focus on our expansion being beer right now. We’ve got four packages in the market, we’ve got 20-some taps of our own, but how many times can you make all of those things? We want to do different stuff.”

The beer and cider will not disappear, but they will be augmented by new spirits and cocktails.

“Once we’re done here, we’ll move our focus to Wells Park and cocktails and distilling and making that excitement happen,” Skye said. “We’ve done a lot of staff changes recently, not removing people, but carefully adding people to our team that have that craft cocktail background, so that once that happens we have the right people in place, too, to hopefully not slaughter it. That’s the best you can hope for, right? A beertender is not a bartender.”

Skye said she is excited to start that enterprise, but it will not begin right away.

“It’s a whole new game, but we can’t think about that, even though we have the license,” she said. “We can’t think about it until we’re done here, because David and I are DIYers to a fault.”

All of us in the Crew, particularly our Westside residents, wish Tractor a lot of luck with the new taproom, and in all of its future ventures. Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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We’re really digging the poster.

On Saturday, the Rufina taproom will host Second Street’s first Crab and Pilsner Festival, and you’re all invited. The event goes from 11 a.m. on Saturday to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Yes, it’s a two-day festival, and it seems like the perfect thing to bring your dad to on Sunday, because it’s Father’s Day, in case you’ve forgotten. And, gosh darn it, dad deserves good beer! And, if dad’s into the light stuff, like most dads are, well, we know where he can find a few of them this weekend.

The Crab and Pilsner Festival is free to attend. You don’t have to buy tickets or make reservations. Just get to 2920 Rufina Street early enough to buy your pilsner glass and T-shirt. All pilsners will be sold at regular pint prices, but you can buy flights as well. And, we’re pretty sure they’ll let you sample a few more, if you ask nicely.

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You can wear the poster? Even better!

As of the posting, we’re still missing a few beers from some of the breweries, but there will be pilsners from 17 breweries in total.

Blue Corn — Atomic Blond

Bosque — TBA

Boxing Bear — Body Czech

Canteen Brewhouse — High Plains Pilsner

Duel — Sorachi Ace Pilsner

Enchanted Circle — Palisades Pilsner

Kaktus — Kaktus Pilsner

Marble — Marble Pilsner

Marble Heights — Thunder From Dortmunder

Santa Fe — Freestyle

Second Street — Agua Fria Pilsner

Sidetrack — Sidetrack Pilsner

Starr Brothers — Starrphire

Steel Bender — Schnitz ‘N Giggle

Taos Mesa — Koenig Lager

Tractor — TBA

Turtle Mountain — TBA

As the name of the festival implies, it’s also a crab festival, with a menu put together by Second Street’s southern chef Milton Villarrubia, which, if you’ve ever eaten at Rufina, you’d know this man can do southern food.

MENU:
Crab and Tasso Gumbo
Cup $7.50 / Bowl $15
Succulent Gulf blue crab meat and house-made smoked Cajun Tasso Ham are cooked in a seafood stock with trinity, chef’s signature dark chocolate brown roux. Seasoned to perfection with Cajun spices and served with white rice, grilled baguette, and garnished with green onions.

Snow Crab Plate
Half Portion $18.50 / Whole Portion $37
Traditionally boiled Pacific Northwestern snow crab-cluster, served with boiled red potatoes, corn, crackers, and melted butter.

Dungeness Crab Plate
Half Portion $18.50 / Whole Portion $37
A Pacific Northwest classic! Dungeness crab served with boiled red potatoes, corn, crackers, and melted butter.

Sides
Corn on the cob – $.75 each
Red Potato – $.75 each
Andouille Sausage – $3.50
Whole Artichoke with Caper Aioli – $7
Dry Creole Spice – $1

There will also be a free live show on Saturday by guitarist Combsy, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to keep us all entertained well into the night.

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Hello, proper glassware!

This will be a different festival than our Albuquerque crowd will be used to, but then again, this model seems to work for most of Second Street’s festivals, where it’s a little less of a line and sample-fest, and more of a food-and-drink-and-music hangout. At these things, I’ve never left feeling like I’ve spent too much or gotten too little to taste, and I’ve always made a few new friends. So, I’ll be there on Saturday, enjoying some of the best clean and clear beers our New Mexico breweries have to offer under one roof.

To the pilsner, where mistakes have nowhere to hide, raise ‘em up!

— Luke

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If you’re gonna build a brewery in the mountains, go big.

A little back story: When I began learning about beer, real beer, all those years ago, it was because I had a dream of opening a brewery in a very specific location. This dream led to homebrewing, joining the local homebrew club, writing about beer for the Dark Side, and then working for a brewery for a minute or two. Long ago, I had wanted to open a brewery in Red River, one of my favorite mountain towns, a place I go every year for Oktoberfest. It’s been quite a few years after I had that initial dream, and since, I’ve found my place in the industry as a writer instead. And, though I no longer have any inclination to run a brewery, I still believed, wholeheartedly, that Red River wanted a brewery; no, it needed one.

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RRBC at Bacon & Brews prior to opening. From center to right, owner Michael Calhoun, son Chris Calhoun, and wife Sharon Calhoun. (I’m sorry I don’t know the other two nice ladies.)

Red River Brewing Company (RRBC) officially opened its doors to the public on Friday, May 25, right at the start of Memorial Day weekend. And, for one family, it’s been quite the ride from which they still have yet to come down.

I recently visited Red River with family from Norway. During that time, I was able to schedule an interview with the owner and his son, at some point between a hike and a chairlift ride. Though they wouldn’t be open for a couple of hours, owner Michael Calhoun let me in through the back with the grain. And, standing there next to the shiny brewhouse, I asked him how it all got started.

“The Calhoun family has always been into craft beer,” Michael said. “Sharon, my wife, and I grew up here. We were born and raised in Red River. And then, we were in Los Alamos for a while. When Bathtub Row (Brewing Co-op), opened up, we were having such a fantastic time at that place, that we realized that Red River could really benefit from having a brewery up there. And, my wife and I were looking for an excuse to get back up here to Red River. My dad, who’s involved in this business, had this awesome piece of land. This location, it’s phenomenal! My brother is an architect, and he was itching to do another project here in Red River. So, all these planets just lined up, and it just made sense. Everybody in the family was on board, so we just decided to do it.”

Getting started

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Back on September 30, 2017, there was just a foundation and a dream.

As with all brewery-related buildouts (ever), the construction took longer than anticipated. But, this comes as no surprise to any of us beer-folk who have ever waited for a brewery to open for several painfully-long months, only to see our rocket-ship dreams of exploring a new moon’s worth of beer territory never leave the runway. Maybe the permits were unable to be signed, or there was trouble with the fire codes, issues with copyright, or whatever the case may be to cause the much-anticipated spring opening of a brewery to now look more like a tentative opening in summer.

In the brewery business, we know that delays are the rule, not the exception. And yet, when it all works out, and the beer gets here precisely when it means to, just as a wizard might. And, let’s all admit it out loud together, beer takes time, and it’s better when it’s not rushed.

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Big deliveries meant big snows for Red River, like washing a car used to mean we’d get rain. (Photo courtesy of Red River Brewing Company.)

Delays and all, Red River Brewing Company plowed through, like a forklift in the snow, yet, much more literal than figurative. The Van Gieson and Company contractors and Calhoun teams worked relentlessly, building and crafting long hours into cold nights, and sometimes beneath a blanket of snow, as Red River may have been the only town in New Mexico to receive any this season.

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Assistant brewer Allen Withrow sands tables in the presence of fierce animals. He’s been with RRBC since nearly the beginning. (Photo courtesy of RRBC)

They built in the rain and in the presence of fierce animals, but at last, they opened their doors, ready for business just before Memorial Day weekend, during one of Red River’s largest events, the 36th Annual Red River Memorial Motorcycle Rally. Talk about brave as hell and tough as nails. They must have descended from hardy frontier folk. Think you had a rough soft opening? Ask the Calhouns how it went.

“Bonkers,” Michael Calhoun said. “I would have preferred to be open in February, but that’s just not how it happened. We had fantastic business! The beer was awesome and flowing freely, and the crowd up here for Memorial Day weekend was just here to have fun. It was bumpy, of course. I wouldn’t recommend a business opening that particular weekend, but the only thing worse than opening on Memorial Day weekend is not being open.”

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The Memorial Day opening was bonkers, indeed. (Photo courtesy of RRBC)

Fortunately, it was well-planned enough for all involved, that they survived their first blizzard of a weekend successfully, and amazingly enough, they had done it while remaining under budget. And, they did it together as a family.

As I mentioned, RRBC is very much a family business. To recap, Michael’s father is involved, his brother designed it, and he and his wife run it. Their sons are both involved, as well. Steven, a graphic designer, designed the logo and the menus, and then his brother, Chris, just so happens to be the head brewer.

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Head brewer Chris Calhoun sips his own creation with us.

I got to speak with Chris for a bit before he gave me the grand tour of the gorgeous space made of timber, steel, and thunder. I was excited to know what it was like to be a head brewer, just shy of being old enough to rent a car.

Chris studied biology and chemistry in college, and he was going to grad school for chemical engineering up at Montana State in Bozeman. That was around the time his family got started on the RRBC project.

“I was pretty excited about it,” he said. “I was trying to be involved and help them with the design of the brewery and the equipment. I was trying to do it remotely, but I soon realized that this was such a cool project, and I wasn’t enjoying grad school very much. (Laughs) So, my dad, half-jokingly, said I should come and be the brewer.”

At first, Chris was reluctant. He was in the middle of studying. It sounded fun, but he wasn’t yet convinced that it was a viable option.

“But, I realized what a cool thing they were doing here,” Chris said. “It was my parents, my uncle, my grandparents, my brother, and they built something amazing. I really wanted to be involved. And so we decided that if we’re going to do this, I’m going to need to learn how to brew.”

Chris had the science background, but he admitted, “There’s just so much you still have to learn, practical knowledge.”

But where would he get this knowledge from? To answer that, you’d have to know that RRBC’s brewing equipment came from Rocky Mountain Vessels in Montrose, Colorado. While Michael was up there, he wanted to see the equipment in action in a working brewery. Rocky Mountain Vessels pointed him in the direction of Ouray Brewery and co-founder and brewer, Erin Eddy.

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Snapped on my way passing through, one week before this interview.

Over time, Erin was really helpful via correspondence, answering questions, providing guidance here and there on brewhouse size, as well as whatever other equipment they might need to get the facility up and running. There was only one piece of the puzzle missing. And so, the Calhouns asked Eddy, nicely, I’m sure, if he needed some unpaid help in the brewhouse, perhaps an assistant or an apprentice.

Chris Calhoun arrived in Ouray on a Sunday night. He was brewing at 6 in the morning the next day. He spent four months at Ouray Brewery with Eddy and his girlfriend/partner/co-head brewer Pacie Merling. There, Chris learned brewing, cellaring, carbonating, and of course, cleaning. Eddy and Merling proved to be great teachers, giving Chris the tools he needed to lead his own brewhouse one day. It’s an amazing thing to give a kid a chance to learn. Funny enough, when Erin Eddy decided to open up Ouray Brewery just off the main drag of town all those years ago, he’d never brewed a day in his life.

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The RRBC pilot system has gotten plenty of use.

After four months of “brew school of hard knocks,” Chris returned to Red River to set up the brewhouse. With beer as the priority, the contractors finished the brewery part of the building first, so that RRBC could brew while the rest of the building was under construction. It gave Chris plenty of time to play around with recipes on their pilot system, and then work out the kinks on the production system. At the time of the interview (June 2), on their 7-barrel brewhouse, they’d already brewed 22 batches so far, producing close to 150 barrels. They began in March, and most of the recipes Chris brewed on the pilot system made their way into the taps today.

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RRBC’s 7-barrel brewhouse has been put through plenty of work so far.

Food

Before I get into the beer, I’ll quickly mention the food, as it’s just as important to this town as the beer now flowing in its veins. From what I know through my years of visiting this town, RRBC should absolutely be the exciting place to eat in Red River. Their menu is about what you would expect from a big-kitchen brewpub, yet reasonably-priced and with good-sized portions. The menu features surf and turf, soups and salads, burgers, sandwiches, baked potatoes, and desserts (and yes, Andrew, there is beer cheese) — all created with the Red River clientele in mind, by the Calhoun family in conjunction with Chef Steve Garrett, a man with 12 years of Red River experience. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try anything, as they weren’t open for lunch, and that was my only time to sneak away from my family. But, at risk of beating a dead Terminator, “I’ll be back.”

Beers

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Fun fact: all of the large Ponderosa Pine bar tops and tables came from the same piece of destroyed tree rescued in the Jemez Mountains and cut in Santa Fe, put together by Michael Calhoun, tongue and groove, and sanded by Chris and Withrow, and possibly others.

When it came to choosing which styles to brew, they considered right away that they were in a tourist town, with many of their visitors coming from Oklahoma and Texas, and that many of them were light-beer drinkers.

“What we wanted to do was have a line-up with something for everyone, a line-up that was pretty approachable, but still have some depth with some unique beers for those people who want to branch out and try something new, and for those craft beer people who are just coming to visit the brewery,” Chris said.

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View of the indoor bar.

It came down to deciding on how many taps they wanted, and then filling them with a broad, but hand-picked team of beer styles. The magic number for the squad is 12, with two lead-off hitters being a Blonde and a Wheat, just aiming to get folks on base. Also on the roster (at the time) was their Pale Ale, Citra IPA, Amber, Oatmeal Stout, Brown, Porter, Farmhouse Ale, and their heavy hitter, the Honey Double IPA.

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View of the outdoor bar from the stairs. And that’s Tucker, the brewdog.

I’ve tried every beer at this point. Thankfully, I got a lead off the bag at Bacon & Brews only a couple weeks before. I can honestly tell you that from everything I’ve tasted, I’ve got big playoff-sized hopes for this first-year team, and I mean it. These guys came to play ball.

I asked Chris what he saw for Red River Brewing Company’s future, and he told me that they’re just getting started, but they’re really going to ramp up their beer production. They plan to start a barrel-aging program. He’s confirmed for us in the Dark Side that an Imperial Stout is certainly right up there in his mind for the bourbon and rye whiskey barrels they already have on the premises. He says it’ll be a while before they even start thinking about distribution beyond smaller local accounts, but with crowlers and growlers, you can definitely take their beer home with you, and you should.

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The Crew will be bringing some of these back to ABQ in the near future.

“I’m just getting started, but I’m really happy with the results. I just want to continue to improve and come up with new and interesting recipes,” Chris said. “And, what I think is neat — is out here, a lot of the visitors that come in — this might be their first craft brewery they’ve ever visited. And, if we can get them to try our Blonde, and like it, maybe we can get them to try our IPA. We get to introduce them to craft beer.”

Such is life on the frontier.

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RRBC will participate in the upcoming NM IPA Challenge.

As far as Chris’ personal tastes go, his go-to is a really good IPA. He loves Belgian beers, a good Saison in the summer, and in the winter he loves a nice, thick, Imperial Stout. I think we could be friends.

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Red River Brewing Company is located at 217 W. Main St.

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Though this may be an unpopular opinion, I believe that though brewing can be an art form, it must be treated as a science as well. Good beer is not about guesswork. Sure, get creative with the recipes, but then do the math, dial it in. And, I think what Chris has done here, with his background in chemistry and chemical engineering, and his brief apprenticeship at Ouray, has proven my point. Everything he’s done has been deliberate, and well done at that. Maybe he didn’t brew an Albuquerque-style IPA, but his family knows their visiting clientele better than we do. And, besides, at the end of the day, he makes damn good beer, beyond the skill of many seasoned veterans I’ve experienced in my travels. Now, at long last, the beautiful frontier brewery of my dreams is open, and it fits so well, as if it’s always been there.

Ladies and gents, to new frontiers, and to damn good beers, raise up your glasses.

Cheers!

— Luke

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Luke’s been with the Dark Side Brew Crew for about four years. His beer territory is anything north of La Bajada hill (the big one between Albuquerque and Santa Fe). For more #craftbeernews or basically beer pictures, follow him on Twitter at @SantaFeCraftBro. Email complaints or compliments to SantaFeLuke@gmail.com. Maybe he’ll check it one of 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 seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, and one in Las Cruces 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.

Some weeks, it can be hard to find a single event to highlight here in our introduction. Other weeks, like this one, there is seemingly one major event to highlight per day. Ready? Let’s go. Tonight (Wednesday), head down to Marble 111 for the latest edition of the Brews & Bites Challenge. Tickets are $30 and on sale at the taproom now. Thursday, live music is back at Boese Brothers, now out on the patio. A trio of acts will perform from 7 to 11 p.m. (see the entry below for their identities). Friday, when you see Art Fight 44: End of an Era on the calendar, you stop in shock. Yup, it is the final Art Fight for Wells Park, so make sure to support the artists one last time. Saturday, we already previewed the St. Baldrick’s Brew Fest at Broken Trail, but I wanted to remind you again to get over there and enjoy some beers, cocktails, and live music in support of the fight against childhood cancer. Sunday, you can take the dads in your life to just about any brewery, but take note that Quarter Celtic is having all-day barbecue specials. Monday, head back to Tractor Wells Park for a unique Anthony Bourdain Tribute. They will be showing some of the best episodes of his various cable TV series with some paired food items available. Tuesday, you can rest up before it all starts again next week.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Ale Republic gets out in front with Trail Head DIPA. Boese Brothers unveils its collaboration with Rock’N’Brews, Rock’N’Boese Mango IPA. Bombs Away flies in with Booster Blueberry Sour. Boxing Bear has a fresh batch of Strong Arm Pale Ale. Canteen does not sleep on Dream Esteem. Dialogue thinks up Dialectical Reasoning DIPA. La Cumbre will release Strawberry Gose in cans Friday. Marble keeps the fruited gose train rolling with Guava Berry Gose. Ponderosa pops some Czech Pilsner, plus PB&J Stout should be on tap by the weekend. Starr Brothers rocks out with some fresh Thunderr Ale, plus Bottoms Up, a Kolsch-style ale, joins the lineup. Steel Bender fulfills your wish list with more Raspberry Dynamite. Turtle Mountain kicks back with Sup’s Sesh’d.

Up in Santa Fe, it’s a quiet week for new brews.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 11.

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

Ale Republic — (505) 281-2828

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

Beers: Brune, Bernalillo Weisse, Best Coast IPA, Parasol, Red Mountain, Double Trouble, Sombra Stout, Trail Head DIPA. The Bernalillo Weisse is a tremendous name. The most recent addition is the Trail Head, and before that came the Parasol, Red Mountain (IPA), Double Trouble, and Sombra Stout.

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.

Bistronomy B2B — (505) 262-2222

(Mon–Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-9:30 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)

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: Contact the brewery 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: La Onza White Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Washington’s Hatchet, Super Kreak, TruBlu Pilsner, Zeus Juice White IPA, Rock’N’Boese Mango IPA. The current seasonals include the Super Kreak and TruBlu, plus the new Mango IPA. Zeus Juice White IPA has also returned on tap and in bottles.

Live Music: Thursday—Holly Durante, Alonerly, Javier Ortega, 7-11 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Boese has 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.

Bombs Away Beer Company — (505) 554-3204

(Hours: Mon–Sat noon–10 p.m., Sun noon–8 p.m.)

Beers: BABC IPA, Willie Pete Wit, Low Order Porter, Operation Single Hop, Proximity Pilsner, Actuator IPA, Hazy Chain DIPA, High Speed Low Drag Lager, The RED Ale, Wild Card, Spring Lager, Arsenal Amber Ale, Claymore Scotch Ale, K98 Kolsch, Kristallweizen, Booster Blueberry Sour. The most recent additions are the Booster, K98, and Kristallweizen, plus the Hazy Chain is fresh.

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: Driftwood Oatmeal Stout, Spacelion IPA, Polly’s Run (Blackberry Merlot Blonde Ale), Center Fielder Pale Ale. The Spacelion is a charity beer meant to raise funds for the family of a Bosque staff member in Las Cruces, while Polly’s Run was brewed to help in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Center Fielder is the other recent addition.

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 3 p.m.-midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: (House) Sun Dagger (Saison), True Aim (Scotch Ale), Denim Tux Lager, Nomadico IPA, Savage Times Sour IPA, Visionland Amber Ale; (Seasonal) Thirsty Land: Foraged Series (Grisette), Saison de Blanc, Roam Free DIPA, Cake Bandit, Desert Rambler Hefeweizen, Thief of Time (Barleywine), Rancho Bizarro (Sour red Ale). Bottles of Dark Mesa, a barrel-aged quad with brett, are still on sale at the brewery, but the supply is limited. Bottles of Cosmic Arrow Brett Saison are available, but it is no longer on tap. Cake Bandit, an imperial German chocolate cake stout, is a decadent treat available for a limited time. There are a limited number of bottles available of the Rancho Bizarro, the most recent addition on tap.

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: Featherweight Session IPA, New Mexikolsch, Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Common Ground, Schwarzbier, Blood Orange Pale Ale, Black and Blue Tart, Strong Arm Pale Ale. The most recent additions are Strong Arm, Black and Blue, Blood Orange Pale Ale, Common Ground, a California common, and Schwarzbier. Chocolate Milk Stout is back on the nitro tap.

Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8-10 p.m.

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.

Broken Trail Brewery & Distillery — (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, Pepe the Mule, Double Black, Raspberry Kolsch. OK, fine, Pepe the Mule counts as a beer, even though it is basically a Moscow Mule, but it was made with beer. Double Black and Raspberry Kolsch are the most recent additions.

Events: Saturday—St. Baldrick’s Brew Fest, 4-9 p.m.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737 (brewery), (505) 200-2344 (taproom)

(Brewery: Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight; Taproom: Open daily 3–10 p.m.)

Beers: Exodus IPA, Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale, Peach Wheat, Laid Back Lager, Social Capital, Oompa Lupulin DIPA, Zafado Groove, Dream Esteem. This batch of Social Capital was made with pink guava and kaffir lime leaf. Zafado Groove is a passionfruit Belgian ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with brett.

Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Silver String Band, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Higher Ground, 4-7 p.m.

Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—Greg Butera, 5-8 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.

Dialogue Brewing — (505) 585-1501

(Mon-Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Sun noon-midnight)

Beers: Belgian Citrus IPA, Berliner Weisse, Sour Raspberry, 505 Lager, Stormy (Belgian Blonde), Jeff Wenzel Fights Fires Saison, King Salmon Lager, Men Who Stare at Goats Maibock, Boysenberry Berliner, Dialectical Reasoning DIPA. The new saison is named for Jeff Wenzel, Dialogue’s assistant brewer, since it’s his first recipe. The King Salmon Lager was made with Chinook hops (get it?). Dialectical Reasoning DIPA is the most recent addition.

Live Music: Sunday—Los Sencillos, 2 p.m.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Game Night, 7 p.m.

Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500

(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)

Beers: Hazeas Corpus Hazy IPA, Brewhouse Shandy, Schnitz N Giggle, Hoppiness is a Warm Gun (IPA), Lightspeed Vienna Lager. Schnitz N Giggle is a Dortmunder lager made with Steel Bender. Hoppiness is a West Coast-style IPA.

High and Dry Brewing — (505) 433-5591

(Mon closed, Tues-Thurs 2-10 p.m., Fri-Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Liberty Crate IPA, Zest Out, Humble Affair Stout, Black Hole’s Son (Porter), Constable Reggie (Tart Amber), Swipe White (Tart Wheat), Mestia #3 (Table Sour). It has been a busy month-plus for the new brewery at 529 Adams St. NE, just south of Lomas. The Zest Out is an orange coffee beer made in collaboration with Steel Bender. This batch of Humble Affair Stout is the delicious coffee stout we were promised.

Hops Brewery — (505) 369-1378

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

Beers: Dad Joke (California Common), Tipsy Cow (Milk Stout), Warm Scottish Nights, An Irish Tan (English Bitter), Honey Wheat, Chica (Pale Ale), Hop Hill IPA. Hops has started out with these seven beers on tap, but they also have 31 more guest taps, just in case you don’t find one to your liking.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Helles Lager, Puddle Stomper IPA, Maibock, Stop Amber Time, CutBow Coffee Schwarz, Paleontology (Lager), Smoove Porter, Grandma’s Prescription Pils, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. It was another big tap turnover at Kaktus, with six new beers going on tap recently. The Stop Amber Time might be our favorite beer name to come around in a while.

Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Jazz Jam Sesh, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Grace Askew, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Blues Jam Sesh, 3 p.m.

Weekly Events: Sunday—The Desert Darlings, 6-8 p.m.

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

Kellys Brew Pub — (505) 262-2739

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

Beers: (house) Apricot Ale, American Lager, IPA, Lobo Red Ale, Session IPA, Sleeping Dog Stout, 35 N Coffee Porter, Common; (seasonal) German Pilsner, Capspackler DIPA, Dortmunder, Oak-Aged Natalia. The lineup got a bit of a makeover, with American Lager and Common joining the regulars, bumping out the Blonde. The Natalia was originally made at Chama River and dear lord it was dark decadence in a glass. Get some quick before it runs out!

Live Music: Every Wednesday 6-9 p.m. and Sunday 3-6 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Thursday Pint night $1 off pints.

Kilt Check Brewing (formerly Drafty Kilt) — (505) 881-0234

(Sun 11 a.m–10 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thu 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Groundskeeper Willie Cream Ale, Wee Beastie Scottish Ale, Campbell Toe IPA, Outlamber Amber, Obliviscaris Oatmeal Stout. The Obliviscaris is back, having replaced the Covfefe Hefe, and boy does it taste good, as we proved with a fourth-place finish at our Stout Challenge. Take note, Kilt Check is now closed on Mondays.

Live Music: Friday—Kalina Scollon, 7-9 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: $1 off pints and 20-ounce pours, Mon-Fri, 3-6 p.m.; “Just Because We Love You Club,” happy hour prices at all times for teachers, first responders, law enforcement, and military with ID; Growler Fill Days on Thu and Sun, $2 off new growlers, $1 off refills

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Mosaic SMASH IPA, South Peak Pilsner, Fievre d’Abricot, Good Time Guava, Miles From Cologne, Sun Fade (Hazy IPA). There are cans of South Peak and bottles of Fievre d’Abricot available for a limited time. Miles From Cologne is awesome, again. Strawberry Gose debuts on tap and in cans this Friday.

Lava Rock Brewing — (505) 836-1022

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

Beers: All guest taps for now. Welcome to the listings, Lava Rock! We just wanted everyone to know that the kitchen is up and running and some unique guest taps from other local breweries are available now at 2220 Unser Blvd. NW. When the house beers appear, we will let everyone know.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

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.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 8 p.m.; Thursday—Karaoke, 8-11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739 (downtown), (505) 508-4638 (Westside), (505) 323-4030 (Heights)

(Downtown: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.; Westside: Mon–Thurs noon–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.; Heights: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Cholo Stout, Imperial Red, Fog Lite, Pina Colada, Passionate Gose, Barrel-Aged Quad, Thunder From Dortmunder, Guava Berry Gose, DIPA Especial (Downtown only), Nitro Pub Ale (Downtown only), Nitro Madera (Heights and Westside only), From the Wood Saison (Westside only), Session White (Westside only). There are so, so many beers between the three locations. Don’t feel bad if you can’t get to them all. The most recent addition is Guava Berry Gose, and before that came Thunder From Dortmunder, DIPA Especial, and BA Quad.

Live Music (Downtown): Thursday—Merican Slang, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Lonn Calanca Band, 8-10 p.m.; Saturday—Pherkad, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday—Wagogo, 3-6 p.m.

Live Music (Heights): Friday—Tres Pendejos, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Nathan Fox, 7-10 p.m.

Live Music (Westside): Friday—Lenin and McCarthy, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Todd Tijerina, 8-11 p.m.

Other Events (Downtown): Today (Wednesday)—Brews & Bites Challenge, 6-8 p.m.

Weekly Events (Downtown): Saturday—Brewery tours, 2 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100 (brewery), (505) 226-1055 (Silver Taproom)

(Brewery: 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.; Silver Taproom: Mon–Fri 4-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Lemon Wheat Ale, Notorious BUN (Big Ugly Nasty) IPA, Beam Me Up Scotty. Welcome back to Beam Me Up, always a Crew favorite, and hello to the Notorious BUN.

News: The Silver taproom no longer has weekly music, but it does have an abbreviated menu to keep folks plenty happy.

Happy Hour/Discounts (Brewery): Monday–Friday, $5 appetizers, 3-5 p.m.

Palmer Brewery and Cider House — (505) 508-0508

(Tues–Sat 3–9 p.m.)

Beers: MWA (Malt With Attitude), Guero (Belgian Wit), Pool Session Pale Ale, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale), Switch Stance Stout, Lawn Ninja, Dark Side of the Wort. A pair of collaboration beers are now available. Lawn Ninja is a summery rice ale made with Quarter Celtic. Dark Side of the Wort is an imperial brown made in collaboration with the Worthogs Homebrew Club and, well, you can probably guess.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Tart Cherry Chocolate Porter, Triple IPA, Czech Pilsner, Amber Ale, Brewer’s Beard Bock. The Czech Pilsner is the most recent addition, and before that came the TCC Porter, Brewer’s Beard, and Amber Ale. Triple IPA should be out by this weekend, at which point PB&J Stout will replace it.

News: Ponderosa’s taproom at the El Vado Motel redevelopment is now open! We are working on getting all the details.

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: Test Batch #2 DIPA, All Rye’t All Rye’t All Rye’t, Berliner Weisse, Lawn Ninja. The most recent additions are the Lawn Ninja, a rice ale collaboration with Palmer Brewery, plus All Rye’t and Berliner Weisse. One of QC’s four regular beers, Pedro O’Flannigan, won a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup.

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.; Wyoming 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: English IPA, Blackberry Hefeweizen, ESB, Berliner Weisse. The Berliner Weisse is the most recent addition, preceded by the ESB and English IPA.

Live Music (Downtown): Saturday—Whole Hearted, 8-10 p.m.

Weekly Events (Brewery): Monday—The Draft Sessions, 7-9 p.m.

Weekly Events (Downtown Taproom): Today (Wednesday)—Paint it Black Open Mic Comedy, 7-9 p.m.; Thursday—Art at the Bar, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday—Parents’ Day Out, noon-3 p.m.; Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7-9 p.m.

Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909

(Mon noon–10 p.m., Tues–Thu noon–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–1 a.m., Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Bravo Amber, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Roadkill Red Ale, La Luz Lager, Barrel-Aged Barley Wine, Vanilla Porter, NM Pinon Coffee Porter, Level 3 DIPA, Lemongrass Wit, Blueberry Gose, Imperial Kolsch, Marzen, Barrel-Aged Grab ‘Em By the Putin (Russian Imperial Stout), Hella Fine Pils, Blurred Lines (New England-style IPA), Sandia SMASH Watermelon Sour, Old Firestone Pale Ale, Cherry Wheat, Oatmeal Stout. There are two barrel-aged beers on tap in the Barley Wine and Putin. This batch of Oatmeal Stout just went on tap late last week. Next up, Wildcard Weiss debuts for Adventure Club members on Thursday with a special food pairing, and then for the general public on Friday.

Live Music: Thursday—Royal Hills, 6 p.m.; Friday—Black Smoke, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Old Dog Tre, 8 p.m.

Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Loungy Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.; Friday—Headliners Comedy presents Friday Night Fools ($5 cover, event only), 9:30 p.m.; Sunday—Pints & Planks with Yoga Zo; Family Funday, 2-5 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Happy hour Monday-Friday, 2-6 p.m., $1 off pints

Sidetrack Brewing — (505) 832-7183

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

Beers: Turntable IPA Track 4, Buzz Bomb, Apricot Tart Pale Ale, Sidetrack Pilsner, Railhead Red, Pub Ale. The Railhead, Turntable, and Apricot Tart are the most recent additions.

Cask: The Turntable and Apricot Tart are in the firkins.

Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752

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

Beers: Starrstruck IPA, L.A. Woman (Blonde), Red Zepplin, Lampshade Porter, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Plaid Boy Boogie, Them Boyzz, Super Chinookie (Pale Ale), Thunderr Ale, Bottoms Up (Kolsch-style ale). The most recent addition is Bottoms Up, and before that came Super Chinookie, Plaid Boy Boogie, a Scottish Red, and Them Boyzz, a boysenberry wheat.

Steel Bender Brewyard — (505) 433-3537

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

Beers: (house) Skull Bucket IPA, Red Iron Red, Sparkfitter Amber, Lloyd’s 3 O’Clock Kolsch, Blue Bullet Stout, Steel Bender Lager, The Village Wit; (seasonals/specialties) Homegrown Pils, The Goose is Loose, Yogi Beera, Schnitz N Giggle, Kettle Run – A Solo Hop Sour, Raspberry Dynamite. The most recent additions are the Schnitz N Giggle, a Dortmunder made with Flix Brewhouse, Kettle Run, and the ever popular Raspberry Dynamite is back.

The 377 Brewery — (505) 934-0795

(Open noon-11 p.m. most days)

Beers: (house) 377 IPA, Dieterhosen Hefe, El CuCuy (DIPA), Fat Brown Guy (Porter), Red Horse NM Lager, Schwarzbier, Berliner Weisse, Naked Ale (Pale); (seasonals) Loonies Lime Saison, Short Wee Heavy, Milk Stout, Peach Wheat, Kolsch, Scottish Ale, Say Juan Saison, Skin Walker Triple IPA, Plum Cherry Sour, Imperial Cream Ale, BBA (Barrel-Aged Dark Lager). A trio of new additions hit taps recently with Plum Cherry Sour, Imperial Cream Ale, and BBA, which is made with coffee, cocoa, and vanilla.

Toltec Brewing — (505) 890-1455

(Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight, Sunday noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Agave Wheat, Pale Ale, IPA, Stout, Altbier, Rye Lager. The Altbier is back after a short absence, while Rye Lager became the last of the core beers to arrive on tap (naturally, being a lager and all). Our favorite so far is (prepare to be shocked) the Stout, which is roasty, creamy, slightly sweet, and rather wonderful overall.

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

(Nob Hill: Sun–Weds noon–midnight, Thurs noon–2 a.m., Fri–Sat noon–2 a.m.; Wells Park: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–close, Fri–Sun 1 p.m.–midnight; Four Hills: Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m.)

Beers: Gose, Tupac Cali Red Ale, Boot Girl IPA, Explora G&T Cider, Coloring Night, Apricot Wheat, Thai Basil Mint Cider, Break Pointe Pale Ale, Oud Bruin (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Belgo American Pale Ale (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Pete’s Porter (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Cascara Cider (Four Hills only). All proceeds from the G&T Cider go to the Explora Science Center. Break Pointe, Boot Girl, Coloring Night, a fruited wheat, plus Apricot Wheat and Thai Basil Mint Cider are the most recent additions.

Live Music (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Singer Songwriter Showcase, 8 p.m.; Thursday—The Timewreckers, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Melissa Rios, 8 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Ruben Vail, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Dan Lavoie, 5 p.m.

Live Music (Four Hills): Friday—Jimmy Deveney, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Julian Dossett, 6 p.m.

Other Events (Wells Park): Friday—Art Fight 44: End of an Era, 8 p.m.; Monday—Anthony Bourdain Tribute, 5 p.m.

Weekly Events (Wells Park): Monday—Super Tractor Gamers Night, 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday—Kamikaze Karaoke, 7 p.m.

Weekly Events (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Writing Wednesdays, 5 p.m.; Monday—Tractor Tune Up, 7:30 p.m.

Weekly Events (Four Hills): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Tractor now has a late happy hour from 9 p.m. to midnight on Mondays with $2.25 classic beers and $3.25 seasonals. 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.

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: Rainbow in the Dunkel, Taurisian Monstrosity, Tim’s Mom (IPA), Pech Chilz Pivo 12, Sup’s Sesh’d (Session IPA). The most recent additions are Sup’s Sesh’d, Tim’s Mom, and Pech Chilz.

Cask: Tuesday—TBA

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Helles Wind Staff Maibock, Black Thought IPA, Santa Fe Especial, Blueberry Gose. The Santa Fe Especial is a Mexican-style amber. The Blueberry Gose and Helles Wind are the most recent additions.

Chili Line Brewing — (505) 500-7903

(Mon–Sat 4–11 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: El Jefe (Rauchweizen), Antonio Bandito (Dunkelweizen), Llorona Lager, La Bamba (Rauchbier), Stara Baba (Oak Smoked Polish Gratzer), Jacona Stout, P.G. (Pinche Guey) IPA. The Jacona and P.G. are the most recent additions.

Live Music: Every night at 7 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Reverse happy hour after 9 p.m. includes $1 off pints, $6 appetizers, $10 entrees and pizzas.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

Beers: Bad Amber, Whistler (Blonde), Manikin (Small Scottish), Small Stout, Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Sans Titre (Sour Blonde), Fiction (IPA), Monomyth (DIPA), Titian, Dark Ryder, Grunewald, Goya, Project 10 (Biere de Mars). There has been a big tap turnover with the return of Whistler, Manikin, Sans Titre, Monomyth, and the new Small Stout and Project 10. The Titian, Dark Ryder, Grunewald, and Goya (13.3% ABV) are available on tap and in bombers.

Live Music (ABQ taproom): Saturday—The Rudy Boy Experiment, 9 p.m.

Other Events (ABQ taproom): Thursday—Drink & Draw with Paradise Club Vintage, 7 p.m.

Weekly Events (ABQ taproom): Today (Wednesday)—Wikki Wikki Wednesday Free Hip-Hop Show, 7 p.m.; Tuesday—Bike-In Brew, 7 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts (Brewery): Happy hour Mon–Fri, 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

Happy Hour/Discounts (ABQ taproom): Happy hour Mon–Fri, 5-7 p.m.

Rowley Farmhouse Ales — (505) 428-0719

(Open all week from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: Fields of Rye, Agent Scully – Season One, Episode Six (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Petit Blanche, Saison du Sarlacc First Order (Imperial Saison), Fields of Rye Spring ’18, Kaffeeklatsch, Tea for Two (Saison), One at a Time – Galaxy, Sketches of Simplicity (Farmhouse Pilsner). The Agent Scully is a series of IPAs which will vary by hop combinations. Episode Six is the most recent iteration. The new Kaffeeklatsch is a mixed fermentation coffee Berliner Weisse. The RFA staff has taken a Belgian-style dubbel and aged it in Saint Croix rum barrels with an addition of Santa Rosa Plums, calling it Mixed Dubbels Curling.

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: Hipster Union IPA, Lustgarten Lager, Imperial Pastry-Free Porter, Twisted Root, Schneeball Imperial Pilsner. The most recent additions are Schneeball and Twisted Root, the latter a blonde ale with ginger and lemongrass. You can also find Twisted Root and Lustgarten in six-pack cans.

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, 2920 IPA, Agua Fria Pilsner, Boneshaker Bitter, Crystal Persuasion IPA, Nova Pale Ale, Dragon’s Blood Sour, Rod’s Best Bitter, LVL Stout, Red Comet, Red and Yellow Armadillo, Diablo Canyon Pale Ale, ESB, XX ESB, Lime Chin-gose. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. The Lime Chin-gose, Rod’s Best, LVL Stout, Red Comet, Armadillo, Diablo Canyon, and both ESBs are the most recent additions.

Live Music (Rufina): Today (Wednesday)—Sleepspent, Snaggletooth, Patema, 8 p.m.

Other Events (Main Location): Thursday—Cask ‘N Curry, all day

Other Events (Rufina): Saturday-Sunday—Crab & Pilsner Festival, all day

Weekly Events (Railyard): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8 p.m.

Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery — (505) 303-3808

(Bisbee Tasting Room: Daily 4-8 p.m.; Agua Fria Taproom: Sunday-Wednesday noon-10 p.m., Thursday-Saturday noon-midnight)

Beers: Dortmunder, Farmhouse Ale, Dry Irish Stout, Citra Pale Ale, IPA, Honey Hibiscus Wheat, Imperial Red, Maibock. At last, Tumbleroot joins the listings! Stop by the tasting room at 32 Bisbee Court or go all-in at the taproom and music venue at 2791 Agua Fria Street. All the rest of us look forward to trying the beers quite soon!

Live Music: Thursday—Jono Manson, 5 p.m.; Tuesday—Bill Palmer, 5 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: Hoppenheimer IPA, Wit Rock, Pennsylvania Swanky, Dunkel Bock, Flat Cap Brown, Little Bird Blonde, Lichtenhainer. With a new brewer in place, BRB shakes up the lineup. Old favorites Hoppenheimer, Wit Rock, and Little Bird are joined by some fascinating newcomers in the Dunkel Bock, Flat Cap, and Lichtenhainer, a sour ale.

Picacho Peak Brewing — (575) 680-6394

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

Beers: Picacho Lite, Keller Hefeweizen, Twisted Windmill IPA, Old Crawley, 575 Scotsman, Irish Xtra Stout, I Heart Porter, Smooth and Stout. Welcome to the listings, Picacho Peak! For the first time in a long, long time we have a Las Cruces brewery in here. Make sure to check it out the next time you are down south. This Thursday, a limited amount of Seco Simcoe American Pale Ale, brewed by a homebrewer friend of Picacho Peak on National Homebrew Day, will be tapped.

Red River Brewing — (575) 754-4422

(Open daily 5-10 p.m.)

Beers: Lazy Bear Blonde, Greenie Peak Wheat, Ed Iver Pale Ale, Thirsty Marmot Citra IPA, Copper Chair Amber, Bobcat Pass Brown, Midnight Meadows Oatmeal Stout, Prospector Porter, Back Forty Farmhouse Ale, Bad Medicine Honey DIPA. Welcome to the listings, Red River! The brewery in the ski town in Northern New Mexico is now open, and these are the initial beers. We will be up there soon to try them all!

Live Music: Friday and Saturday—Tom Munch, 7 p.m.

Sierra Blanca Brewing — (505) 832-2337

(Mon–Thurs 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri –Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m.)

Beers: Cherry Wheat, Single Hop IPA, Elcitmos IPA. Elcitmos is the newest addition to the seasonal lineup, and if you could not guess by the name, it features Eldorado, Citra, and Mosaic hops. Cherry Wheat is available in bottles and won a gold medal at GABF in 2017.

Live Music: Friday—Merican Slang, 6 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

Broken Trail will clean out that lot to the left for the St. Baldrick’s Brew Fest this Saturday.

There are many beer festivals that give a portion of the proceeds to worthy charities. Then there is the St. Baldrick’s Brew Fest, which puts its charity front and center, and will see 100 percent of the net sales go to the cause. It all goes down this Saturday at Broken Trail’s main location at 2921 Stanford NE starting at 4 p.m.

To learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and this new festival, I sat down with Broken Trail owner Matt Simonds and event organizer/one-woman-army Morgan McLain.

In the past, Morgan had teamed up with Red Door, but that ended last year.

“Last year, we didn’t do a big event, Red Door was in the middle of opening several other businesses,” she said. “We decided to do a St. Patrick’s Day special at Broken Trail because the first couple of events for St. Baldrick’s were held at an Irish pub in New York.”

The small event raised about $300, Morgan said, but more is always good.

“When we were thinking about this year, after all of the kerfuffle we went through with Red Door, it made sense to do it here (at Broken Trail),” she said. “(Matt) had offered that up last year. We decided to do it here, but we asked are we just going to do a (small) event or throw a party. When the Red Door event started up, we challenged all the brewers (to shave their heads) and they came through the first year, which was great. We decided why not do the same thing, we have the space to do it, we have the licensure to do it, which is something we didn’t have at Red Door. We reached out to 15 or 20 breweries.”

Broken Trail will make use of its spacious, and fenced-in, exterior lot for the festival.

“The idea is that let’s utilize the huge space that we have,” Matt said. “We’ve basically invited breweries to come in and hopefully donate kegs if not sell it to us at a reduced rate. Then with the idea that 100-percent of the net sales will be going directly towards St. Baldrick’s. So hopefully we’ll have tents set up.”

The breweries on hand will include Canteen, Little Toad Creek, Quarter Celtic, The 377, and Tractor. Steel Bender will donate a keg, too, and the forthcoming Hollow Spirits will pop up as well (as Morgan put it best, “Hollow Spirits will be here with a banner and Frank’s head, but I don’t think they have anything to contribute, but they’re working on it.”) Fork & Fig will cater the event, and Nomad’s BBQ will park its truck and smoker at the event as well. Pop Fizz will be present, too. On the music front, Morgan said, “Red Light Cameras and Le Chat Lunatique are both playing because they love me, and so I badgered them (a lot).” The traditional act of having one’s head shaved during the event will also occur, and yes, Morgan has signed up Matt, among others.

It is no easy undertaking to put all of this together, but this year marks a milestone in Morgan’s personal life.

“It makes the most sense to have a (big) party,” she said. “This is a huge year for me, it’s my 25th year cancer free, so we had to do it up great. Why not have a party? We might as well have a big festival. It’s more fun to do that and I feel like in the long run it’s easier to do that than just have one small event.”

Morgan was lucky to survive cancer as a child, but the disease did not end with her, so she has remained active in helping others.

“Over high school and the beginning of college I actually lost three of my friends that I had known through the oncology department,” she said. “One of them lost his original battle and two of them with their relapse as young adults in their mid-20s. That, of course, hangs around with you.

“Cancer has been pretty pervasive in my family and my life. My father passed away from cancer, I’ve lost friends from cancer.”

Morgan said she also has a number of friends working in the medical community, many in cancer-related fields, both here in Albuquerque and around the country. Growing up, she was also involved in another local charity, Camp Enchantment, which helps children who are cancer survivors.

“Childhood cancer is probably the most underfunded kind of cancer,” Morgan said. “The National Institute of Health is offering only 4 percent of their funding budget to cancer research, although that’s changing now. The Scott Act passed (last week), it’s the biggest piece of legislation that ever passed for childhood cancer research. It guarantees them $30 million over the next five years. It goes to the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute for ongoing clinical research for kids who have survived cancer and longevity after that and how childhood cancer affects you as an adult.”

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the largest private organization in the country that raises money in the fight against childhood cancer, as well as helping the survivors get on with their lives.

“As an adult with cancer there are obviously lasting effects from the chemotherapy, but especially as a child who has to go through a really intense type of therapy, there are side effects that can last a lifetime,” Morgan said. “Whether it’s cognitive defects, whether that’s learning disabilities, whether that’s physical defects, you have to have something amputated. Long-term effects from childhood cancers aren’t as widely understood as adult cancers are. If you have childhood cancer your odds of having cancer again skyrocket in your adult lifetime, regardless of where you live, what you do, what you come into contact with, et cetera. It’s not a matter of if, but when.”

A huge thanks to Morgan and Matt for taking the time to sit down and talk about this important cause. We hope to see everyone out at Broken Trail this Saturday (and yes, we will get those beer lists to you before the end of the week). If you cannot attend, but are interested in donating, go the event’s official page.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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Escape the heat by heading up the mountain for some beer and fun this Saturday!

Greetings, beer lovers! Los Alamos is once again hosting one of its annual beer-related events this Saturday, SummerFest. As usual, the event will take place at Pajarito Mountain, the local ski area. The temperatures are finally starting to climb, so this is a good opportunity to climb a few thousand feet to where the air is crisp and cool. (Note: Hopefully it will be nice, but weather on the mountain can be quite unpredictable, so be ready for anything.)

The beautiful mountain environment makes for a great place to visit, and you can burn some calories hiking or biking in the morning to make room for the afternoon food and brews. As a bonus, the beer lines will no doubt be shorter than those at the more crowded Albuquerque events. Winning all around!

The Stephanie Hatfield Band will be playing their brand of eclectic indie folk rock starting at 2 p.m. If you’re not familiar, check them out at their web site. Bill Palmer’s TV Killers will be joining them.

The ski lifts will be operating from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., if you’d like to take the easy and fun route up the mountain. Other events include a bike race and a disc golf tournament (register online). The cafe will be open as well, serving up their excellent eats.

I know you’re here for the beer, so here is the current list of breweries that will be in attendance and the available beers from those that responded to Stoutmeister’s request for their lists. We also noted the breweries that are new to the event.

  • Bathtub Row: Grapefruit IPA, Little Bird Blonde, Irish Red, and Acid Canyon Sour, as well as a few wine options
  • Bosque: 1888 Blonde Ale, Elephants on Parade, IPA, Center Fielder Extra Pale Ale
  • Bow and Arrow (NEW): TBA
  • Boxing Bear: Uppercut IPA, New Mexikolsch, Black and Blue Tart, Cider
  • Red Door: English IPA, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Unhinged Cider, Vanilla Cream Ale
  • Red River (NEW): Lazy Bear Blonde, Greenie Peak Wheat, Midnight Meadows Oatmeal Stout, Bad Medicine Honey Double IPA
  • Second Street: TBA
  • Sierra Blanca: TBA
  • The 377: TBA
  • Tractor: TBA
  • Tumbleroot (NEW): TBA
  • Turtle Mountain: Pech Chilz Pico 12, Bocky Mountain High, Sup’s Sesh’d Session IPA, Tim’s Mom, Trivial Monstrosity, Rainbow in the Dunkel (Tim’s Mom will be tapped first, then once it runs out, Trivial will be poured on the same tap)

That’s a lot of quality beer! As we get more info about the beers, we will update this list right up until the start of the beer festival at 1 p.m.

Admission is $20, which includes unlimited sampling, a pint glass, and pint of your favorite brew. If you do plan on unlimited sampling and don’t want to drive, be sure to take the free shuttles that run from the high school in town.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or Pajarito Mountain’s blog post.

Cheers!

— Reid

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 seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, and one in Las Cruces 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.

Did everyone survive ABQ Beer Week? There weren’t as many events this year, but it was still exhausting. Fun, but exhausting. Now it’s just back to the normal grind and we’re quite OK with that. So what’s up besides the usual mix of new beers and live music? Well, the Green Jeans Farmery is gonna be abuzz with activity Saturday for the Jig & Swig Arts Festival, with Santa Fe Brewing as one of the hosts. Local artists and musicians will be on hand from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. There will be live art, craft vendors, delicious food from the Green Jean eateries, cocktails from Broken Trail, and of course plenty of beer from SFBC. Musicians performing will include (deep breath) August, Cap’n Swivler, DaMuppet, James Black, Natch, Naked Foot, Purpetual, Sliptek, The Rev, thmpr, and Tree Gaud.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bosque has a new charity beer, Blackberry Merlot Blonde Ale, plus Center Fielder Pale Ale debuts. Flix Brewhouse thinks Hoppiness is a Warm Gun (West Coast IPA), and also goes to Lightspeed Vienna Lager. Kaktus had a big tap turnover with Stop Amber Time, Maibock, CutBow Coffee Schwarz, Smoove Porter, Grandma’s Prescription Pils, and Paleontology (Lager) now available. La Cumbre’s latest hazy IPA, Sun Fade, debuts on tap and in cans this Friday. Marble brings back an old favorite in Thunder From Dortmunder. Red Door opens some Berliner Weisse on Friday. Rio Bravo has a fresh batch of Oatmeal Stout available, plus Wildcard Weiss, a German-style weissbock, debuts Friday. Steel Bender brings Kettle Run – A Solo Hop Sour back to the brewery after it debuted at Violet Crown Cinemas last week. Toltec has its full beer lineup in place, including Rye Lager and more Altbier. Turtle Mountain has some fun with Tim’s Mom (IPA) and Pech Chilz Pivo 12 (Degrees).

Up in Santa Fe, Tumbleroot sent us their full tap list of eight beers, so look for their entry down below.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 4.

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

Ale Republic — (505) 281-2828

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

Beers: Brune, Bernalillo Weisse, Best Coast IPA, Parasol, Red Mountain, Double Trouble, Sombra Stout. The Bernalillo Weisse is a tremendous name. The most recent additions are Parasol, Red Mountain (IPA), Double Trouble, and Sombra Stout.

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.

Bistronomy B2B — (505) 262-2222

(Mon–Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-9:30 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)

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: Contact the brewery 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: La Onza White Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Washington’s Hatchet, Cascade Grenade, Super Kreak, TruBlu Pilsner, Zeus Juice White IPA. The current seasonals include the Super Kreak, TruBlu, and Cascade Grenade. Zeus Juice White IPA has also returned on tap and in bottles.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Boese has 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.

Bombs Away Beer Company — (505) 554-3204

(Hours: Mon–Sat noon–10 p.m., Sun noon–8 p.m.)

Beers: BABC IPA, Willie Pete Wit, Low Order Porter, Operation Single Hop, Proximity Pilsner, Actuator IPA, Hazy Chain DIPA, Imperial Session IPA, High Speed Low Drag Lager, The RED Ale, Wild Card, Spring Lager, Arsenal Amber Ale, Claymore Scotch Ale, K98 Kolsch, Kristallweizen. The most recent additions are the K98 and Kristallweizen, plus the Hazy Chain is fresh. Before that came the Claymore, Spring Lager, and Arsenal.

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: Driftwood Oatmeal Stout, Spacelion IPA, Scale Tipper IPA, Crimson and Clover, Blackberry Merlot Blonde Ale, Center Fielder Pale Ale. The Spacelion is a charity beer meant to raise funds for the family of a Bosque staff member in Las Cruces, while Blackberry Merlot Blonde Ale was brewed to support Polly’s Run and the fight against pancreatic cancer. Center Fielder is the other recent addition.

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 3 p.m.-midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: (House) Sun Dagger (Saison), True Aim (Scotch Ale), Denim Tux Lager, Nomadico IPA, Savage Times Sour IPA, Visionland Amber Ale; (Seasonal) Thirsty Land: Foraged Series (Grisette), Saison de Blanc, Roam Free DIPA, Cake Bandit, Desert Rambler Hefeweizen, Thief of Time (Barleywine), Rancho Bizarro (Sour red Ale). Bottles of Dark Mesa, a barrel-aged quad with brett, are still on sale at the brewery, but the supply is limited. Bottles of Cosmic Arrow Brett Saison are available, but it is no longer on tap. Cake Bandit, an imperial German chocolate cake stout, is a decadent treat available for a limited time. There are a limited number of bottles available of the Rancho Bizarro, the most recent addition on tap.

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: Featherweight Session IPA, Sucker Punch DIPA, New Mexikolsch, Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Common Ground, Schwarzbier, Blood Orange Pale Ale, Black and Blue Tart, MavBear Hazy IPA. The most recent additions are Black and Blue, MavBear, Blood Orange Pale Ale, Common Ground, a California common, and Schwarzbier. Chocolate Milk Stout is back on the nitro tap.

Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8-10 p.m.

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.

Broken Trail Brewery & Distillery — (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, Pepe the Mule, Double Black, Raspberry Kolsch. OK, fine, Pepe the Mule counts as a beer, even though it is basically a Moscow Mule, but it was made with beer. Double Black and Raspberry Kolsch are the most recent additions.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737 (brewery), (505) 200-2344 (taproom)

(Brewery: Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight; Taproom: Open daily 3–10 p.m.)

Beers: Exodus IPA, Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale, Boysenberry Wheat, Laid Back Lager, Social Capital, Oompa Lupulin DIPA, Zafado Groove. This batch of Social Capital was made with pink guava and kaffir lime leaf. Zafado Groove is a passionfruit Belgian ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with brett.

Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Porter Draw, 4-7 p.m.

Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—Dust City Opera, 5-8 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.

Dialogue Brewing — (505) 585-1501

(Mon-Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Sun noon-midnight)

Beers: Belgian Citrus IPA, Berliner Weisse, Sour Raspberry, 505 Lager, Micro Hands Session IPA, Munich Dunkel, Stormy (Belgian Blonde), Jeff Wenzel Fights Fires Saison, King Salmon Lager, Men Who Stare at Goats Maibock, Boysenberry Berliner. The new saison is named for Jeff Wenzel, Dialogue’s assistant brewer, since it’s his first recipe. The King Salmon Lager was made with Chinook hops (get it?). The Men Who Stare at Goats is nowhere near as weird as its namesake movie. We hope.

Events: Saturday—Pet Costume Contest, noon

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Game Night, 7 p.m.

Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500

(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)

Beers: Hazeas Corpus Hazy IPA, Brewhouse Shandy, Schnitz N Giggle, Hoppiness is a Warm Gun (IPA), Lightspeed Vienna Lager. Schnitz N Giggle is a Dortmunder lager made with Steel Bender. Hoppiness is a West Coast-style IPA.

High and Dry Brewing — (505) 433-5591

(Mon closed, Tues-Thurs 2-10 p.m., Fri-Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Liberty Crate IPA, Zest Out, Humble Affair Stout, Black Hole’s Son (Porter), Constable Reggie (Tart Amber), Swipe White (Tart Wheat), Mestia #3 (Table Sour). It has been a busy month-plus for the new brewery at 529 Adams St. NE, just south of Lomas. The Zest Out is an orange coffee beer made in collaboration with Steel Bender. This batch of Humble Affair Stout is the delicious coffee stout we were promised.

Hops Brewery — (505) 369-1378

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

Beers: Dad Joke (California Common), Tipsy Cow (Milk Stout), Warm Scottish Nights, An Irish Tan (English Bitter), Honey Wheat, Chica (Pale Ale), Hop Hill IPA. Hops has started out with these seven beers on tap, but they also have 31 more guest taps, just in case you don’t find one to your liking.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Helles Lager, Puddle Stomper IPA, Maibock, Stop Amber Time, CutBow Coffee Schwarz, Paleontology (Lager), Smoove Porter, Grandma’s Prescription Pils, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. It was another big tap turnover at Kaktus, with six new beers going on tap recently. The Stop Amber Time might be our favorite beer name to come around in a while.

Live Music: Sunday—Blues Jam Sesh, 3 p.m.

Weekly Events: Sunday—The Desert Darlings, 6-8 p.m.

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

Kellys Brew Pub — (505) 262-2739

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

Beers: (house) Apricot Ale, American Lager, IPA, Lobo Red Ale, Session IPA, Sleeping Dog Stout, 35 N Coffee Porter, Common; (seasonal) German Pilsner, Capspackler DIPA, Dortmunder, Oak-Aged Natalia. The lineup got a bit of a makeover, with American Lager and Common joining the regulars, bumping out the Blonde. The Natalia was originally made at Chama River and dear lord it was dark decadence in a glass. Get some quick before it runs out!

Live Music: Every Wednesday 6-9 p.m. and Sunday 3-6 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Thursday Pint night $1 off pints.

Kilt Check Brewing (formerly Drafty Kilt) — (505) 881-0234

(Sun 11 a.m–10 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thu 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Groundskeeper Willie Cream Ale, Wee Beastie Scottish Ale, Campbell Toe IPA, Outlamber Amber, Obliviscaris Oatmeal Stout. The Obliviscaris is back, having replaced the Covfefe Hefe, and boy does it taste good, as we proved with a fourth-place finish at our Stout Challenge. Take note, Kilt Check is now closed on Mondays.

Live Music: Thursday—Jam session with The Rudy Boy Experiment, 7-10 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: $1 off pints and 20-ounce pours, Mon-Fri, 3-6 p.m.; “Just Because We Love You Club,” happy hour prices at all times for teachers, first responders, law enforcement, and military with ID; Growler Fill Days on Thu and Sun, $2 off new growlers, $1 off refills

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Mosaic SMASH IPA, South Peak Pilsner, Fievre d’Abricot, Good Time Guava, Miles From Cologne. There are cans of South Peak and bottles of Fievre d’Abricot available for a limited time. Miles From Cologne is awesome, again. Sun Fade, a new hazy IPA, debuts on tap and in cans this Friday.

Lava Rock Brewing — (505) 836-1022

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

Beers: All guest taps for now. Welcome to the listings, Lava Rock! We just wanted everyone to know that the kitchen is up and running and some unique guest taps from other local breweries are available now at 2220 Unser Blvd. NW. When the house beers appear, we will let everyone know.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

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.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 8 p.m.; Thursday—Karaoke, 8-11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739 (downtown), (505) 508-4638 (Westside), (505) 323-4030 (Heights)

(Downtown: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.; Westside: Mon–Thurs noon–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.; Heights: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Cholo Stout, Imperial Red, Fog Lite, Pina Colada,Tickle Factory, Passionate Gose, DIPA Especial, Barrel-Aged Quad, Thunder From Dortmunder (Downtown only), From the Wood Saison (Downtown and Westside only), BBBerry Gose (Heights only), Session White (Heights and Westside only), Kentucky Juleps (Heights and Westside only), Nitro Madera (Heights and Westside only), Rita! (Westside only). There are so, so many beers between the three locations. Don’t feel bad if you can’t get to them all. The most recent addition is Thunder From Dortmunder, and before that came DIPA Especial and BA Quad.

Live Music (Downtown): Today (Wednesday)—The Deal with Lorelei, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday—The Noseeums, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—St. Range, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Reviva, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday—Rock Solid Fest with Dave Payne + Salt Cedar, 3-4 p.m., TV Killers, 4:20-5:40 p.m., Buy Y Los Big Deals, 6-8 p.m.

Live Music (Heights): Friday—Hub City Sound System, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Jimmy and Chuck, 7-10 p.m.

Live Music (Westside): Saturday—Royal Hills, 8-11 p.m.

Weekly Events (Downtown): Saturday—Brewery tours, 2 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100 (brewery), (505) 226-1055 (Silver Taproom)

(Brewery: 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.; Silver Taproom: Mon–Fri 4-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Lemon Wheat Ale, Notorious BUN (Big Ugly Nasty) IPA, Beam Me Up Scotty. Welcome back to Beam Me Up, always a Crew favorite, and hello to the Notorious BUN.

News: The Silver taproom no longer has weekly music, but it does have an abbreviated menu to keep folks plenty happy.

Happy Hour/Discounts (Brewery): Monday–Friday, $5 appetizers, 3-5 p.m.

Palmer Brewery and Cider House — (505) 508-0508

(Tues–Sat 3–9 p.m.)

Beers: MWA (Malt With Attitude), Guero (Belgian Wit), Pool Session Pale Ale, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale), Switch Stance Stout, Lawn Ninja, Dark Side of the Wort. A pair of collaboration beers are now available. Lawn Ninja is a summery rice ale made with Quarter Celtic. Dark Side of the Wort is an imperial brown made in collaboration with the Worthogs Homebrew Club and, well, you can probably guess.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Tart Cherry Chocolate Porter, Triple IPA, Hop-Mosa 2.0, Amber Ale, Brewer’s Beard Bock. The Amber Ale is the most recent addition, and before that came the TCC Porter, Brewer’s Beard, and Hop-Mosa 2.0, a New England-style DIPA. Blood Orange Witbier has run out on tap, but fear not, bottles are coming soon.

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: Test Batch #2 DIPA, All Rye’t All Rye’t All Rye’t, Berliner Weisse, Lawn Ninja. The most recent additions are the Lawn Ninja, a rice ale collaboration with Palmer Brewery, plus All Rye’t and Berliner Weisse. One of QC’s four regular beers, Pedro O’Flannigan, won a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup.

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.; Wyoming 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: English IPA, Blackberry Hefeweizen, ESB. The ESB is the most recent addition, preceded by the English IPA. Next up is a Berliner Weisse due out Friday.

Weekly Events (Brewery): Monday—The Draft Sessions, 7-9 p.m.

Weekly Events (Downtown Taproom): Today (Wednesday)—Paint it Black Open Mic Comedy, 7-9 p.m.; Thursday—Art at the Bar, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday—Parents’ Day Out, noon-3 p.m.; Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7-9 p.m.

Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909

(Mon noon–10 p.m., Tues–Thu noon–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–1 a.m., Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Bravo Amber, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Roadkill Red Ale, La Luz Lager, Barrel-Aged Barley Wine, Vanilla Porter, NM Pinon Coffee Porter, Level 3 DIPA, Lemongrass Wit, Blueberry Gose, Imperial Kolsch, Marzen, Barrel-Aged Grab ‘Em By the Putin (Russian Imperial Stout), Hella Fine Pils, Blurred Lines (New England-style IPA), Sandia SMASH Watermelon Sour, Old Firestone Pale Ale, Cherry Wheat, Oatmeal Stout. There are two barrel-aged beers on tap in the Barley Wine and Putin. This batch of Oatmeal Stout just went on tap late last week. Next up, Wildcard Weiss debuts for Adventure Club members on Thursday with a special food pairing, and then for the general public on Friday.

Live Music: Thursday—Wes Williams, 6 p.m.; Friday—The Rudy Boy Experiment, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Jimmy Deveney, 4 p.m., The Dregz, 8 p.m.

Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Loungy Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.; Friday—Headliners Comedy presents Friday Night Fools ($5 cover, event only), 9:30 p.m.; Sunday—Pints & Planks with Yoga Zo; Family Funday, 2-5 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Happy hour Monday-Friday, 2-6 p.m., $1 off pints

Sidetrack Brewing — (505) 832-7183

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

Beers: Turntable IPA Track 4, Buzz Bomb, Apricot Tart Pale Ale, Sidetrack Pilsner, Railhead Red, Pub Ale. The Railhead, Turntable, and Apricot Tart are the most recent additions.

Cask: The Turntable and Apricot Tart are in the firkins.

Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—The Rudy Boy Experiment, 7 p.m.

Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752

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

Beers: Starrstruck IPA, L.A. Woman (Blonde), Red Zepplin, Lampshade Porter, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Bloodshot, Dos Cabrones, Plaid Boy Boogie, Them Boyzz, Chinookie Pale Ale. The most recent addition is Chinookie, and before that came Dos Cabrones, a Mexican lager, Plaid Boy Boogie, a Scottish Red, and Them Boyzz, a boysenberry wheat.

Steel Bender Brewyard — (505) 433-3537

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

Beers: (house) Skull Bucket IPA, Red Iron Red, Sparkfitter Amber, Lloyd’s 3 O’Clock Kolsch, Blue Bullet Stout, Steel Bender Lager, The Village Wit; (seasonals/specialties) Homegrown Pils, The Goose is Loose, Yogi Beera, Schnitz N Giggle, Kettle Run – A Solo Hop Sour. The most recent additions are the Schnitz N Giggle, a Dortmunder made with Flix Brewhouse, and this Thursday will see the arrival of Kettle Run on tap at the brewery after its debut at Santa Fe’s Violet Crown Cinema last week.

The 377 Brewery — (505) 934-0795

(Open noon-11 p.m. most days)

Beers: (house) 377 IPA, Dieterhosen Hefe, El CuCuy (DIPA), Fat Brown Guy (Porter), Red Horse NM Lager, Schwarzbier, Berliner Weisse, Naked Ale (Pale); (seasonals) Loonies Lime Saison, Short Wee Heavy, Milk Stout, Peach Wheat, Kolsch, Scottish Ale, Say Juan Saison, Skin Walker Triple IPA, Plum Cherry Sour, Imperial Cream Ale, BBA (Barrel-Aged Dark Lager). A trio of new additions hit taps recently with Plum Cherry Sour, Imperial Cream Ale, and BBA, which is made with coffee, cocoa, and vanilla.

Weekly Events: Sunday—Open Mic/Jam Session, 5 p.m.

Toltec Brewing — (505) 890-1455

(Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight, Sunday noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Agave Wheat, Pale Ale, IPA, Stout, Altbier, Rye Lager. The Altbier is back after a short absence, while Rye Lager became the last of the core beers to arrive on tap (naturally, being a lager and all). Our favorite so far is (prepare to be shocked) the Stout, which is roasty, creamy, slightly sweet, and rather wonderful overall.

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

(Nob Hill: Sun–Weds noon–midnight, Thurs noon–2 a.m., Fri–Sat noon–2 a.m.; Wells Park: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–close, Fri–Sun 1 p.m.–midnight; Four Hills: Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m.)

Beers: Gose, Tupac Cali Red Ale, Boot Girl IPA, Explora G&T Cider, Coloring Night, Apricot Wheat, Thai Basil Mint Cider, Break Pointe Pale Ale, Oud Bruin (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Belgo American Pale Ale (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Pete’s Porter (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Cascara Cider (Four Hills only). All proceeds from the G&T Cider go to the Explora Science Center. Break Pointe, Boot Girl, Coloring Night, a fruited wheat, plus Apricot Wheat and Thai Basil Mint Cider are the most recent additions.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—The Diamond Celebration: NME’s Prince Tribute Concert, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday—Alto Estilo, 8 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Clark Andrew Libbey and Kristen Rad, 8:30 p.m.; Friday—My Girl My Whiskey & Me, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Lani Nash, 3 p.m.

Live Music (Four Hills): Saturday—Quietly Kept, 6 p.m.

Other Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Poetry & Beer, 7 p.m.; Friday—Drag Queen Bingo: Pride Edition, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Abel Lopez Art Opening, 7 p.m.

Weekly Events (Wells Park): Monday—Super Tractor Gamers Night, 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday—Kamikaze Karaoke, 7 p.m.

Weekly Events (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Writing Wednesdays, 5 p.m.; Monday—Tractor Tune Up, 7:30 p.m.

Weekly Events (Four Hills): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Tractor now has a late happy hour from 9 p.m. to midnight on Mondays with $2.25 classic beers and $3.25 seasonals. 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.

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: Triple Play Pale Ale, Rainbow in the Dunkel, Taurisian Monstrosity, Tim’s Mom (IPA), Pech Chilz Pivo 12. The most recent additions are Tim’s Mom and Pech Chilz, but they will have company in the Sup’s Sesh’d, a session IPA, which will replace the almost-out Triple Play by the weekend.

Cask: Tuesday—Trivial Monstrosity IPA

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Helles Wind Staff Maibock, Black Thought IPA, Santa Fe Especial, Blueberry Gose. The Santa Fe Especial is a Mexican-style amber. The Blueberry Gose and Helles Wind are the most recent additions.

Chili Line Brewing — (505) 500-7903

(Mon–Sat 4–11 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: El Jefe (Rauchweizen), Antonio Bandito (Dunkelweizen), Llorona Lager, La Bamba (Rauchbier), Stara Baba (Oak Smoked Polish Gratzer), Jacona Stout, P.G. (Pinche Guey) IPA. The Jacona and P.G. are the most recent additions.

Live Music: Every night at 7 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Reverse happy hour after 9 p.m. includes $1 off pints, $6 appetizers, $10 entrees and pizzas.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

Beers: Bad Amber, Whistler (Blonde), Manikin (Small Scottish), Small Stout, Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Sans Titre (Sour Blonde), Fiction (IPA), Monomyth (DIPA), Titian, Dark Ryder, Grunewald, Goya, Project 10 (Biere de Mars). There has been a big tap turnover with the return of Whistler, Manikin, Sans Titre, Monomyth, and the new Small Stout and Project 10. The Titian, Dark Ryder, Grunewald, and Goya (13.3% ABV) are available on tap and in bombers.

Live Music (ABQ taproom): Friday—Riddims with DJ Buddah, 8 p.m.; Monday—Beat Makers Only, 7 p.m.

Weekly Events (ABQ taproom): Tuesday—Bike-In Brew, 7 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts (Brewery): Happy hour Mon–Fri, 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

Happy Hour/Discounts (ABQ taproom): Happy hour Mon–Fri, 5-7 p.m.

Rowley Farmhouse Ales — (505) 428-0719

(Open all week from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: Fields of Rye, Agent Scully – Season One, Episode Six (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Petit Blanche, Saison du Sarlacc First Order (Imperial Saison), Fields of Rye Spring ’18, Kaffeeklatsch, Tea for Two (Saison), One at a Time – Galaxy, Sketches of Simplicity (Farmhouse Pilsner). The Agent Scully is a series of IPAs which will vary by hop combinations. Episode Six is the most recent iteration. The new Kaffeeklatsch is a mixed fermentation coffee Berliner Weisse. The RFA staff has taken a Belgian-style dubbel and aged it in Saint Croix rum barrels with an addition of Santa Rosa Plums, calling it Mixed Dubbels Curling.

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: Hipster Union IPA, Lustgarten Lager, Imperial Pastry-Free Porter, Twisted Root, Schneeball Imperial Pilsner. The most recent additions are Schneeball and Twisted Root, the latter a blonde ale with ginger and lemongrass. You can also find Twisted Root and Lustgarten in six-pack cans.

Events (ABQ taproom): Saturday—Jig & Swig Arts Festival, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

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, 2920 IPA, Agua Fria Pilsner, Boneshaker Bitter, Crystal Persuasion IPA, Nova Pale Ale, Dragon’s Blood Sour, Rod’s Best Bitter, LVL Stout, Red Comet, Red and Yellow Armadillo, Diablo Canyon Pale Ale, ESB, XX ESB, Lime Chin-gose. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. The Lime Chin-gose, Rod’s Best, LVL Stout, Red Comet, Armadillo, Diablo Canyon, and both ESBs are the most recent additions.

Live Music (Original location): TBA

Live Music (Railyard): TBA

Live Music (Rufina): Saturday—Name Sayers with Golden General, 8 p.m.

Weekly Events (Railyard): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8 p.m.

Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery — (505) 303-3808

(Bisbee Tasting Room: Daily 4-8 p.m.; Agua Fria Taproom: Sunday-Wednesday noon-10 p.m., Thursday-Saturday noon-midnight)

Beers: Dortmunder, Farmhouse Ale, Dry Irish Stout, Citra Pale Ale, IPA, Honey Hibiscus Wheat, Imperial Red, Maibock. At last, Tumbleroot joins the listings! Stop by the tasting room at 32 Bisbee Court or go all-in at the taproom and music venue at 2791 Agua Fria Street. All of us (besides Luke) look forward to trying the beers quite soon!

Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Shatner Powerslide, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Jono Manson, 5 p.m.; Tuesday—Bill Palmer, 5 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: Hoppenheimer IPA, Wit Rock, Pennsylvania Swanky, Dunkel Bock, Flat Cap Brown, Little Bird Blonde, Lichtenhainer. With a new brewer in place, BRB shakes up the lineup. Old favorites Hoppenheimer, Wit Rock, and Little Bird are joined by some fascinating newcomers in the Dunkel Bock, Flat Cap, and Lichtenhainer, a sour ale.

Picacho Peak Brewing — (575) 680-6394

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

Beers: Picacho Lite, Keller Hefeweizen, Twisted Windmill IPA, Old Crawley, 575 Scotsman, Irish Xtra Stout, I Heart Porter, Smooth and Stout. Welcome to the listings, Picacho Peak! For the first time in a long, long time we have a Las Cruces brewery in here. Make sure to check it out the next time you are down south. This Thursday, a limited amount of Seco Simcoe American Pale Ale, brewed by a homebrewer friend of Picacho Peak on National Homebrew Day, will be tapped.

Red River Brewing — (575) 754-4422

(Open daily 5-10 p.m.)

Beers: Lazy Bear Blonde, Greenie Peak Wheat, Ed Iver Pale Ale, Thirsty Marmot Citra IPA, Copper Chair Amber, Bobcat Pass Brown, Midnight Meadows Oatmeal Stout, Prospector Porter, Back Forty Farmhouse Ale, Bad Medicine Honey DIPA. Welcome to the listings, Red River! The brewery in the ski town in Northern New Mexico is now open, and these are the initial beers. We will be up there soon to try them all!

Live Music: Friday—The Michael Smith and Jeff Fagan Duo, 7 p.m.

Sierra Blanca Brewing — (505) 832-2337

(Mon–Thurs 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri –Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m.)

Beers: Cherry Wheat, Single Hop IPA, Elcitmos IPA. Elcitmos is the newest addition to the seasonal lineup, and if you could not guess by the name, it features Eldorado, Citra, and Mosaic hops. Cherry Wheat is available in bottles and won a gold medal at GABF in 2017.

Live Music: Friday—Auto Electric, 6 p.m.

Other Events: Tuesday—Monthly Potluck, 4 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