We are off and running with 14 events on the opening day!

Things have slowed down for Sunday if you do not count the big festivals.

The concept of a lazy Sunday is a pretty old one, and it won’t quite fit today if you have tickets to either Blues & Brews at Sandia Casino or BearFest at Boxing Bear.

For those that don’t have tickets, there are a few other options today, though all in all this is just about the lightest day of Beer Week.

Kick back and relax because remember, the Stanley Cup Finals start Monday, and you will need your rest for that. (Let’s go Pens!)

Featured event

Every day we will pick what we consider the biggest, most interesting, most unique event. This does not mean you should go to only this event and ignore the rest. All of them deserve your attention, but realistically, you can probably only attend a few. So we will make our daily pick, and you can either jump on it, or declare the Crew is foolish (we kinda are) and pick your own.

What: ABQ Bike & Brew Tour. Where: Routes Bicycle Tours, 404 San Felipe NW. When: 1 to 5 p.m. Cost: $60 or $65 if you need to rent a bicycle.

Details: Hop on a bicycle, hit the path outside, and head for a brewery! That’s the plan from the folks at Routes Bicycle Tours, who will take participants to three different breweries. There will be VIP brewery tours, flights of beer, swag from the breweries, and more. Throw in a locally-inspired appetizer and this will be a great way to stay in shape while still enjoying craft beer. The trip is about 10-12 miles and all participants must of course be 21 or over. For more details visit their website.

Why you should go: For all of you bicycling and brew enthusiasts, this is the event for you. It makes for a good alternative if you are not going to either festival today.

All the other great events

What: Beer Mimosas & Brunch. Where: Rio Bravo. When: 11 a.m. Cost: $25 per person. Details: Grab some brunch and a beer mimosa to kick off your day. Why you should go: There are worse ways to start a Sunday.

What: Patio Brews with Zembra featuring Noe Licon. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: 1 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Dance to some R&B, jazz, and blues on the patio. Why you should go: Support local music.

What: Beer and Food Pairings. Where: Santa Fe ABQ Taproom. When: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: It’s the final day of pairings between SFBC and their Green Jeans neighbors. Why you should go: Support the double local of beer and food.

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Got any questions, comments, complaints, send them to nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, or leave them here on our site, on Facebook, or on Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).

Enjoy yourselves out there, but please, do it responsibly.


— Stoutmeister

The many delicious Founders beers are for sale at Jubilation.

The many delicious Founders beers are for sale at Jubilation.

Editor’s note: We continue our ABQ Beer Week recaps with a doubleheader from AmyO, which she compiled during her adventures on Friday. — Stoutmeister

Founders sent their reps along with six beers over to Jubilation to give Albuquerque East Siders a chance to taste and talk about Founders.

Up first was Rubeaus, a light and fruity raspberry ale coming in at 5.7-percent ABV and a scant 15 IBUs. It is sold in a cute nine-pack called a “Ruby Cube.” Too adorable. I don’t gravitate toward fruit beers, but this was surprisingly good. It’s almost as if a raspberry cider and summer ale had a high-achieving baby.

Next was All Day IPA, a very popular session IPA (4.7% ABV, 42 IBU). The reps told us that this beer is now the most popular canned craft beer in the U.S., despite the fact that it is only in 36 states.

Mosaic Promise (5.5% ABV, 55 IBU) is a single-hop, single-malt beer with Mosaic hops and Golden Promise malt. It is very hop forward with a light body, yet heavy earthiness from the Mosaic.

By far the strangest of the bunch was Mango Magnifico (10% ABV), a high gravity fruit beer at sold in 750-ml bottles. It was both super sweet from the mango and noticeably spicy from habenero chiles.

Founders Porter (6.5% ABV, 45 IBU) is a solid expression of the style. I will confess to screwing up the order in which I tasted, because I had the Porter right after the Mango Magnifico, and my palate was blown in that moment.

Last, but in no way least, was the Devil Dancer Triple IPA. I would be remiss if I didn’t warn everyone — this beer is flat-out deceptive. Although it does drink as a higher alcohol, hoppy beer, you would never guess it is 12-percent ABV and has a whopping 122 IBUs from dry hopping with 10 (!) hop varieties. This is a must-try, but you should proceed with an abundance of caution, readers.

Thanks, Founders! Everyone at the Jubilation tasting seemed, well, jubilant.

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Albuquerque Brewing owner Curt Richter got the brats going after a bit of a delay.

Albuquerque Brewing owner Curt Richter got the brats going after a bit of a delay.

I stopped by Albuquerque Brewing Company last night following the Founders tasting at Jubilation. It was time for food, and beer brats were on the menu at ABC. That sounded perfect for Beer Week.

Unfortunately, although the event was advertised to start at 4 p.m. and continue through the evening — we arrived about 5:15 — there were no brats to be had. When we arrived, we inquired but the staff had no knowledge of when the food would begin. No owners were on site, nor was the brewer.

We were waiting for friends to join us at 6 so we decided to wait it out; otherwise we probably would have left, because they were also out of almost half of their beers. At the beginning of Beer Week. They didn’t even have the popular Dunkleweisen (really, for the brat event?), which hopefully means it’s all going to Blues and Brews.

As it turns out, Joe S. Sausage was supposed to provide the brats, but backed out of the event for unknown reasons. Curt Richter, one of the owners, showed up about a half hour later and started cooking brats himself. I found out that Joe S. Sausage did not back out that same day so there was some notice.

At this point, it was almost 6, two hours after the advertised time. The brats were cooking on the grill in front of the building, but there was music on the patio, so some people didn’t even know they were cooking. It was very disjointed.

I grabbed Curt a while later and told them there were four of us so we wanted four brats. By this time I was starving. Perhaps jokingly, perhaps not, he said something about me being demanding. Maybe that would be the case if everyone there were just buddies casually hanging out at someone’s house (those who have been to ABC know that’s what it’s like inside), but we were paying customers at an advertised Beer Week event, paying for both our beer and our food.

The owners are always nice and fun to pal around with, and the brats were really good when we finally got them. I just hoped for more organization for a Beer Week event. Granted, I am sure I take my Beer Week events way too seriously. There are so many events and there are only so many hours in an after-work evening, so a lack of available beer styles in addition to waiting around with no knowledge of when we could get food was difficult for a naturally impatient person like me to deal with.

Still, a big Beer Week cheers!

— AmyO

Marble's Tony Calder has been running the show at all of their off-site tasting/tapping events.

Marble’s Tony Calder has been running the show at all of their off-site tasting/tapping events.

Editor’s note: Julie came down to Albuquerque to attend a pair of Beer Week events on Thursday. We will be running recaps from the Crew throughout the coming week, highlighting some of the best beers for you to go out and track down on your own. Enjoy! — Stoutmeister

Marble Tasting, Abricot: Whole Foods Market, Sandia Saloon

I’ve met a lot of beer reps in my day, but I have to say Tony Calder is one of the best. After 19 years working for a wholesale distributor, he joined Marble last October. Well done, Marble. This guy knows his stuff and is an absolute pleasure to talk to.

The tasting (well-placed in the artisanal cheese section of Whole Foods Market), showcased an array of tried-and-true favorites — Pilsner, IPA, Red, Wildflower Wheat —plus a “dinner bottle” of their seasonal Brett IPA and their newly canned Double White. The real star of the show was the Abricot (7.4% ABV, 8 IBU), which was on tap at the new Sandia Saloon just a few steps away. They reserved the last 1/6 barrel of this beer for Albuquerque Beer Week at the Saloon.

Tony described it as a French oak-aged, funk-ified wheat ale fermented with apricots. In his words, “Sour and dry with spontaneous flair.” I like that. I found the Abricot (Marble chose the French spelling for the name) really effervescent with a lot of tang as you swallow. The nose is fruity, as you might expect. While the aftertaste definitely smacks of alcohol, the overall effect is smooth and very drinkable.

While I was there, I tried the Double White (7% ABV, 8 IBU) for the first time. I know, I know … I’m an IPA girl. I need to branch out, but their IPA is just so classic and consistent I have a hard time drinking anything but that. I was surprised to find a little bite in the Double White. Tony let me know it was the grains of paradise that lent this Chilean orange pepper taste, which was a nice was to offset the sweetness normally found in white beer.

I also sampled the seasonal Brett IPA (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU), which had been aged in oak barrels for “a year or two.” The Brett IPA had an exceptionally strong nose, tangy mouthfeel, and a funkiness that gave a very distinct aftertaste. Tony said the funkiness was from the brewing process where they spiked the IPA with the Brett yeast, which leaves more sugar in the mix and results in the funky aftertaste. Overall, very good beer. I bought a “dinner bottle,” Marble’s attempt to rename bomber bottles, for the collection at home.

Cheers, Tony, and thanks for the beer and company!

The truly delicious Barrel-Aged Piper Down from Ballast Point.

The truly delicious Barrel-Aged Piper Down from Ballast Point.

Ballast Point Barrel-Aged Piper Down tapping at Nob Hill Bar & Grill

Full disclosure — I attended the Ballast Point beer dinner at Joseph’s of Santa Fe as part of the Outside Bike & Brew Festival last weekend (it was fabulous). But, we didn’t have this special tapping of Elijah Craig bourbon barrel-aged Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point (9% ABV after the barrel-aging process). So, I hightailed it to Nob Hill Bar & Grill to see if always-helpful rep Thomas DeCaro could give me some insight. I found both Thomas and Derek Pflug, the director for New Mexico and Arizona, on hand to answer my questions.

The Scottish ale normally has a base of 5.8-percent ABV, and just was named a silver medal winner at the World Beer Cup. Derek said it was the only barrel experiment to come in under 10 percent after being aged for eight months. The result is a big initial taste that surprised me with how effervescent it was. The body was very oakey and dark. The back end had notes of stonefruits — I insisted it was black cherry, my companions insisted it was apricot. (Your companions were right. — S) You be the judge, if you have the chance to try this delicious brew.


— Julie

We are off and running with 14 events on the opening day!

This is no time to kick back on a Saturday, there is beer out there, and we must drink it up!

Forget keeping up with the Joneses, it’s all about keeping up with the beerses, um, yeah, this weekend.

Saturday is another jam-packed day, with two major events for charities, a slew of beer tastings, and two big beer dinners.

Beyond what’s listed below, don’t forget, today is also Nexus’ fifth anniversary. They will have an all-day party with food specials, live music, and there are multiple new beers to try.

Oh, and if you have not gotten yourself a pint of the 505 Collaboration Rye Kellerbier yet, what are you waiting for? Carpe diem, people!

Featured event

Every day we will pick what we consider the biggest, most interesting, most unique event. This does not mean you should go to only this event and ignore the rest. All of them deserve your attention, but realistically, you can probably only attend a few. So we will make our daily pick, and you can either jump on it, or declare the Crew is foolish (we kinda are) and pick your own.

What: Harwood Art Center Fundraiser. Where: Marble Brewery Downtown. When: 1 p.m. Cost: No entry fee.

Details: From our preview story on all of Marble’s Beer Week events.

Marble will once again hold a fundraiser for Harwood’s scholarships to their Summer Art Camp. There will be live music and more.

“We have our Harwood Fundraiser, which is always a big hit,” marketing director Elyse Cushman said. “We support them, they support children learning the arts. That’s going to be on Saturday. They have a great lineup. They’ve got a couple of local (bands). Theirs is always really, really fun to show for.”

DJ Matt, Joanie and Darin, and the Kevin Herig Trio will provide the tunes from 1 to 7 p.m. The Supper Truck and Ay K Rico will be parked on the curb to keep everyone satiated. And, there will be live art being produced. Entry is free.

“I know there’s live music, there’s beer, and it’s all for a good cause,” Elyse said. “We’re donating a portion of our sales to them.”

Why you should go: This is one of two major charitable events on Saturday (the other is at Tractor, see below). It’s hard to say no to drinking for a cause, especially when that is keeping children involved in the arts. Throw in the music and food, and it will all be worth the sun and crowd.

All the other great events

What: Marble Special Tapping. Where: Piatanzi, 3305 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The new Marble Saison will be available. Why you should go: Grab a new beer and check out the lunch menu.

What: Beer and Food Pairings. Where: Santa Fe ABQ Taproom. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The good folks at SFBC are teaming up with the restaurants at Green Jeans Farmery to provide a perfect lineup of pairings. Why you should go: The lineup will change every day, so make sure to head over and find your favorite pairing before it’s gone.

What: Beer and Cornhole Tournament. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: Noon. Cost: $5 per person. Details: Test your cornhole skills while enjoying some pints on the patio. Why you should go: Who doesn’t love a good competition as long as there is beer involved?

What: Colorado Brewery Showcase. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: Noon. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Boulder, Left Hand, New Belgium, and Oskar Blues beers will be available for sampling. Why you should go: Find out what the best beers are from these Colorado heavyweights for the summer.

What: Randy’s Shandy Day. Where: Rio Bravo. When: Noon. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Grab a Weizen and Sommer Shandy Flight for $5 and enjoy watermelon slices for $2 on the patio, with music at 6 p.m. from Scotty & The Atomics and Double Plow at 8 p.m. Why you should go: If shandy is your thing, this is hard to miss.

What: Bees & Seeds ANTI-GMO Festival. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 1 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: We covered this event as part of Tractor’s full list of goings on. Why you should go: Grab a pint for a good cause and listen to some live, local music.

What: Ballast Point Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 2 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Our friend Thomas DeCaro will be on hand to share some of BP’s stalwarts and seasonals, including the Calm Before the Storm, Grunion, and Homework Series #7: Session Saison. Why you should go: Grab some unique tastings and then snag some beer to take home.

What: Duke City Pedaler Beer Bike Social. Where: Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory, 219 Central Ave. NW. When: 3 and 6 p.m. Cost: $23/$25. Details: Hop on the Duke City Pedaler and bike around for 2.5 hours, with the bike leader selecting three downtown area breweries. There will be food and drink specials for riders at each location. Why you should go: Burn off some calories and stay fit amid all of this great beer and food.

What: Boulder Beer Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: A Blood Orange Gose and a special tequila-aged beer will be tapped. Why you should go: Grab some food and a unique beer or two.

What: Upslope Tap Takeover. Where: Sandia Saloon inside Whole Foods Academy. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Upslope takes over the taps in the new bar inside Whole Foods. Why you should go: For those of you in the Northeast Heights who have yet to try Upslope, here is your chance.

What: Beer and Food Pairing. Where: Sandia Chile Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: They will be serving up fish and shrimp tacos paired with their IPA. Why you should go: Support local beer, and grab a bite to eat.

What: Ballast Point Beer Dinner. Where: Seasons Rotisserie & Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: $40 per person. Details: Ready for a five-course meal paired with BP beers? Start off with Coconut Crusted Shrimp Lettuce Wraps paired with Sculpin IPA, then Basil Pesto Crusted Wild Pacific Swordfish with Grapefruit Sculpin, Prosciutto Wrapped Halibut Saltimbocca with Grunion Pale Ale, Cajun Crusted Soft-Shell Crab Po’Boy with Watermelon Dorado, and Victory at Sea will be paired with a TBD dessert. Why you should go: That menu looks ridiculous, and $40 is cheap for a beer dinner these days.

What: Founders KBS Vertical Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: They will have the 2015 and 2016 KBS on tap for you to try side by side. Why you should go: Two of the finest barrel-aged imperial stouts on the planet is all the reason you need.

What: Cider Day Night Fever. Where: Tractor Nob Hill. When: 7 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Celebrate ciders with some awesome cider cocktails while DJ Wae Fonky spins some disco favorites from way back in the day. Why you should go: We dare you to go and reenact the scene from Airplane. Just no brawling girl scouts, OK?

What: La Cumbre Beer Dinner. Where: M’Tucci’s Market & Deli. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $69, call (505) 639-4819 for reservations. Details: Ready for a seven-course meal paired with LC beers? Start with a House Charcuterie Board paired with BEER, then Roasted Apple and Crab Moussaline with VMO #2, Smoked Buffalo Heart Pate with Saison d’hommel, Heritage Pork Jowl Bacon paired with Fievre de Abricot, Duck Confit with Mind Phoq, Red Ryeot-braised NM Lamb Basajo Potato Puree with Summer Barley Wine, and Basil Lemon Tart with Strawberry Gose. Why you should go: Stop drooling on your keyboards/phones and make a reservation.

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Got any questions, comments, complaints, send them to nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, or leave them here on our site, on Facebook, or on Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).

Enjoy yourselves out there, but please, do it responsibly.


— Stoutmeister

The Crew who attended Blues & Brews were a happy bunch. From left, Adam, Laura, Stoutmeister, Kristin, with the photo bomb from Karl.

The Crew who attended Blues & Brews in 2015 were a happy bunch. From left, Adam, Laura, Stoutmeister, and Kristin, with the photo bomb from Karl.

The biggest of the big is back at Sandia Casino this weekend as Blues & Brews returns for its sixth annual beer-a-palooza. This Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. (2 to 6 for VIP ticket holders), attendees will be able to choose beers from 70 different breweries, a mix of local, national, and international.

As we do every year, we present the key things you need to know.

  1. Uber is your friend, or a taxi, or a designated driver, or just get a room for the night.
  2. The VIP ticket is worth it, but the supply is nearly out, so buy it online ASAP. That first hour where there are only a handful of people is huge when it comes to being able to properly taste and enjoy your beers. Make a list of your “must haves” and hit those first.
  3. Load up on food beforehand, whether at home, a stop on the way, or at one of the casino restaurants.
  4. And most of all, have fun. Just about everyone in attendance always seems to be in a good mood, so keep the positive vibes flowing.

That brings us to the beers, which are always the key. As noted, there will be an awful lot, too many to simply list below. To start, here are all the local breweries with their full lists. Some are correct in the event program, others have been updated thanks to info from the breweries.

  • Abbey: Monks’ Ale, Monks’ Wit, Monks’ Dark, Monks’ Dubbel, Monks’ Tripel
  • Albuquerque Brewing: Saison, Dunkelweizen
  • Cazuela’s: Agave, Chupacabra IPA, 1859 India Porter, Lemon Drop
  • Firkin: Peach Fuzz, Jailhouse Java Stout, Ombibulous IPA
  • Isotopes: Slammin’ Amber, AAA Blonde
  • Kellys: Amber, Session IPA, Apricot Ale
  • Marble: Double IPA, Double White, IPA, Red Ale, Abricot Sour, Pilsner Anejo, Rita
  • Pi: 5 O’Hop Somewhere Session IPA, Barrel-Aged Bourbon Vanilla Porter, Prohibition Pilsner
  • Red Door: Vanilla Cream Ale, Shift Ender Golden Lager, Belgian Dubbel, Threshold IPA
  • Rio Bravo: Black Angus Stout, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Karl’s Weizen, Amber, Roadkill Red
  • Sandia Chile Grill: Red Ranger Irish Red, Legacy Mead, Honey Moon Mead
  • Santa Fe: Freestyle Pilsner, SF Gold, Western Bloc Wheat IPA
  • Sierra Blanca: Bone Chiller Brown, Sun Chaser Pale Ale, Pancho Verde Chile Cerveza, Vanilla Milk Stout, Desert Pilsner, Alien Amber, Cran Sour, Alien Imperial Stout, Rio Grande IPA, Outlaw Lager, Alien Wheat
  • Tractor: Farmer’s Almanac IPA, Farmer’s Tan Red Ale, Milk Mustachio Stout, Cerveza New Mexican, Hard Apple Cider, and either Desert Flower IPA or Hopsplitter IPA

If we had to pick a few favorites from that list you need to try, make sure to hit up the Monks’ Tripel, ABC’s Dunkelweizen, Cazuela’s Porter, Firkin’s Jailhouse Java Stout, Marble’s Pilsner Anejo (it is the last of that beer available anywhere, ditto the Rita), Pi’s Barrel-Aged BVP, Red Door’s Vanilla Cream Ale, any mead from Sandia Chile Grill, Santa Fe’s unique Western Bloc, Sierra Blanca’s Vanilla Milk Stout, and whichever of those two specialty IPAs that Tractor brings. These are suggestions only, pick out your favorites, and then let us know what you think. Who knows, maybe you will find a great beer that we have overlooked.

Oh, and of course you need to visit The Dukes of Ale’s booth to try their beers as well. We do not know what they are bring, but odds are, it will be home brew that rivals many of the professional beers you will be tasting. Get over there during VIP hour, because the lines always get long later on.

Once you have done your solemn duty and visited as many of the local breweries as possible, then head out into the national/international landscape. Again, we cannot list every available beer or brewery or this would get longer than The Week Ahead in Beer, so these are just our picks. Of course, your palate could demand something completely different, so double check the listings in the event program.

  • Alaskan: It may seem out of season, but their Smoked Porter is good year round. (Alternative: Kicker Session IPA)
  • Avery: They did not have a list in the guide, but odds are, they will have something amazing.
  • Ballast Point: Whichever fruit you like the best between Watermelon (Dorado), Mango (Even Keel), or Pineapple (Sculpin) is the one you should go with.
  • Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams): Surprise! They brought some of their newer styles instead of the same old, same old. Our pick is the Heaven or Helles. (Alternative: Got to Gose)
  • Boulder Beer: At some point in your life you have probably had Hazed or Confused. They are offering up a twist on it in the form of Hazed Hoppy Session Ale. (Alternative: Shake Chocolate Porter)
  • Eddyline: The Colorado brewery has their Java Stout on tap. Try it and compare it to Firkin. (Alternative: Crank Yanker IPA)
  • Founders: The current season of choice is Mosaic Promise, which is definitely worth sampling, and the next day you can go buy a six-pack at Jubilation and be the hit of your Memorial Day party. (Alternative: Dirty Bastard)
  • Green Flash: Get in the groove with Soul Style IPA. (Alternative: Tangerine Soul Style)
  • Lagunitas: Does mine eye spy a Lil Sumpin’ Sumpin’? Why, it does! (Alternative: Lucky 13)
  • Left Hand: They listed three of their standards — Milk Stout, Polestar Pils, Good Juju — plus one TBA. Go check out what that one is and let us know.
  • Mother Road: Our friends in Flagstaff debuted Tower Station IPA here last year at Hopfest. Go see what all the buzz is about with this delicious hop bomb. (Alternative: Lost Highway Black IPA)
  • New Belgium: Oh, come on, they don’t do hoppy. Or do they? Rampant Imperial IPA is bucking the NB trend. (Alternative: Heavy Melon Watermelon Lime Ale)
  • Oskar Blues: The Beerito Mexican Lager sounds like a summer porch beer for a lazy afternoon. (Alternative: Pinner Throwback IPA)
  • SanTan: Our friend Nicole Duke of Tractor absolutely loves Mr. Pineapple, and we are pretty sure she would never, ever steer us wrong. (Alternative: Devil’s Ale)
  • Sierra Nevada: If you have not tried Nooner Pilsner yet, you are still doing summer wrong. (Alternative: Otra Vez Gose-Style Ale)
  • Ska: To hell with the heat, grab some Bump ‘n’ Grind for that perfect coffee stout flavor. (Alternative: Modus Mandarina)
  • Upslope: Another contender for porch beer of the summer is their Craft Lager. (Alternative: Belgian Pale Ale)

Other breweries in attendance will include Adelbert’s, Bridgeport, Durango, Goose Island, Guns & Oil, Kona, Leinenkugel, Lexington, Magic Hat, North Coast, Odell, Omission, Pyramid, Redhook, Shiner, Squatters, Wasatch, and Widmer Brothers. There will also be multiple cideries and other vendors.

Remember to pace yourselves, be kind to others, don’t spill your beer, and above all else, have fun and stay safe. Send us your pictures and your comments afterwards and we will include those in our Beer Week in Review story that will run the week of June 6.


— Stoutmeister

We are off and running with 14 events on the opening day!

Try not to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of events on Day Two!

How did you do in Thursday’s opening events? Did you pace yourselves properly? Or was it all too much?

We hope it was a good, efficient day and night, with plenty of fun involved without going overboard. After all, it’s important to be well-rested and ready to go again, since Friday’s docket features 19 (!) events all over the map. There will be big, there will be small, but most of all, there will be a lot of great beer.

Choose wisely, grasshoppers.

Featured event

Every day we will pick what we consider the biggest, most interesting, most unique event. This does not mean you should go to only this event and ignore the rest. All of them deserve your attention, but realistically, you can probably only attend a few. So we will make our daily pick, and you can either jump on it, or declare the Crew is foolish (we kinda are) and pick your own.

What: 505 Collaboration Rye Kellerbier NM Brewers Guild Fundraiser. Where: 17 different locations in the ABQ metro area, plus locations in Santa Fe and Farmington (see below). When: 1 p.m. Cost: No entry fee at any location.

Details: Yep, it’s that time again. The annual beer made by a dozen different breweries came together last month at La Cumbre. Now, you get to try it by the pint at your favorite local breweries. You will have to check in and see at each brewery if they will sell it in growlers (we are thinking no, but you can ask). Remember, $1 from every pint sold goes to the NM Brewers Guild. That money will be used to continue their efforts to help all of our breweries throughout New Mexico. Grab yourselves a pint and raise it to all of our talented brewers anytime during Beer Week!

The full list of participating breweries in the metro area — Bosque, Bow & Arrow, Boxing Bear, Canteen, Chama River, Draft Station, Firkin, La Cumbre, Marble, Nexus, Ponderosa, Quarter Celtic, Red Door, Santa Fe ABQ Taproom, Sidetrack, Tractor, Turtle Mountain — and those outside of the metro area — Blue Corn, Draft Station, Santa Fe, Second Street in Santa Fe; 3 Rivers in Farmington.

Why you should go: We think that’s covered above.

All the other great events

What: Beer and Food Pairings. Where: Santa Fe Brewing ABQ Taproom. When: 11 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: For the next three days, SFBC will be teaming up with their neighbors at Green Jeans to create delicious pairings. The menu will change every day. Why you should go: You already know the restaurants at Green Jeans rock, and you know the beer at SFBC rocks, so odds are this will all rule.

What: Firkin Friday. Where: Marble (both locations). When: Noon. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Head brewer Josh Trujillo and his team will surely have some awesome creations in the casks. If we get advance notice, we will update it. Why you should go: Delicious cask beer makes for the perfect lunch break with Nosh Wagon downtown.

What: Founders Sampling. Where: Total Wine Cottonwood. When: 1:30 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Some of Michigan’s finest beers will be available for you to try. Why you should go: Free beer!

What: Moylan’s Special Release. Where: Rock & Brews. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Get ready for the most British beer ever, Afternoon Tealight, an ESB infused with Earl Grey. Why you should go: That sounds like Captain Picard’s kind of beer. Make it so.

What: Beer Brat Cookout. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: 4 p.m. Cost: $5 per brat. Details: The folks at ABC are boiling bratwurst in their beers. Why you should go: Food made with beer, plus you can drink more beer. Woots!

What: Founders Meet the Brewery Rep and Tasting. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: For those who don’t live on the West Side, you can get some Founders samples, too. Why you should go: Devil Dancer Triple IPA will be among those available. Dudes, you need this beer in your life.

What: Marble Special Tapping. Where: The Local Brewhouse. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: A keg of the new Marble Saison will be available for folks way out in Rio Rancho. Why you should go: This is one of the only Rio Rancho-based events, so for those who live out there, jump on board.

What: Left Hand Special Tapping. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Get your hop dose with Extrovert IPA. Why you should go: Beer plus great food, huzzah.

What: Smokin’ BBQ Night. Where: Rio Bravo. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Get ready for lots of BBQ, plus hand-rolled cigars made to order, and special beer flights for $5. Music from Eryn Bent starts at 4. Why you should go: Beer, food, cigars, music; there are worse ways to spend a Friday.

What: 4th Annual Tower of Sour. Where: Back Alley Draft House. When: 4 p.m. Cost: $15. Details: We hope to have more than what fits here, but there will be 16 sours to choose from. Your entry fee covers four samples and a 10-ounce pour of your favorite. Why you should go: In addition to the hosts, other participating breweries will include Marble, Santa Fe, Sierra Blanca, a Bathtub Row/Cazuela’s collaboration, plus from all around the country — Anderson Valley, Ballast Point, Goose Island, New Beligum, Odell, Stone, Uinta — and the world, Rodenbach.

What: Boese Brothers Special Tapping. Where: Imbibe. When: 4:30 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Zeus Juice White IPA, their most recent seasonal, will be available for all of you who don’t like downtown, but will go to Nob Hill. Why you should go: Boese’s seasonals don’t last long, so this might be your last chance to try it before it’s gone, at least outside the brewery.

What: New Belgium Lips of Faith Special Tapping. Where: Gecko’s Nob Hill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: This is a new collaboration beer made by NB and Hof Ten Dormaal. Why you should go: If you love Belgian-style beers, you gotta try this one.

What: Jake & Harley’s Cigar Gallery, Food and Beer Evening. Where: Jinja West. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee, but beers, food, and cigars are to be paid for a la carte. Details: The folks out west are tapping Founders Backwoods Bastard and Porter, plus they will have cans of Dirty Bastard, All Day IPA, Centennial IPA and Rubaeus. Why you should go: If you love Founders and don’t want to commute to the east side of town, this is for you, West Siders.

What: Avery Special Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 5 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: This a double tapping of Raja and Maharaja, two massive IPAs. Why you should go: HOPS. Need we say more?

What: Tractor Co-op Members Barrel-Aged Beer Pre-Release and Youngsville’s Farewell to ABQ Show. Where: Tractor Wells Park. When: 6 p.m. (pre-release), 8:30 p.m. (music). Cost: $15 for pre-release, show is free. Details: We got all the details about this epic double event earlier this week. Why you should go: Barrel-aged beers and awesome live music.

What: Brews with a View Beer Dinner. Where: Hyatt Regency. When: 6 p.m. Cost: None listed, call (505) 980-9671 for more info and reservations. Details: Upslope will be on hand for a four-course dinner on the 19th floor, hosted by Forque Restaurant. Why you should go: Delicious food, delicious beer, and you can’t beat the view.

What: The Hopper: Hop-on, Hop-off Brew Cruise. Where: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. When: 6 p.m. Cost: $20. Details: The ABQ Trolley Company is taking folks around for a 3-hour tour with stops of 30-45 minutes at each of the five participating breweries — Back Alley, Boese Brothers, Duel, Ponderosa, Sidetrack. Why you should go: Visit five breweries and you only pay one low price for transportation.

What: Ballast Point Tap Takeover. Where: Mezcal, the former Stereo Bar. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: BP is taking over 15 different taps, bringing all of their finest ales and lagers. The full list — Big Eye IPA, Big Eye with fresh ginger root, Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin, Pineapple Sculpin, Black Marlin Porter, Mango Even Keel, Longfin Lager, Navigator Doppelbock, Homework Series #6 Robust Porter, Homework Series #7 Session Saison, Wahoo White, Piper Down, Grunion Hoppy Pale Ale, Calm Before the Storm. Why you should go: That is a ton of wonderful beer.

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Got any questions, comments, complaints, send them to nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, or leave them here on our site, on Facebook, or on Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).

Enjoy yourselves out there, but please, do it responsibly.


— Stoutmeister

The first BearFest was a hit, now it is time to raise a glass for round two! (Photo courtesy of Boxing Bear)

The first BearFest was a hit, now it is time to raise a glass for round two! (Photo courtesy of Boxing Bear)

If last year proved anything, it is that Albuquerque has reached the point where it can support two beer festivals at the same time. There was much rejoicing about this, as the two events — BearFest at Boxing Bear and Blues & Brews at Sandia Casino — ended up attracting different crowds, thus not truly competing with one another, but in a way complementing one another and giving people options.

Of course, competition was never the intent for the Boxing Bear staff.

“There was a lot of confusion out there as to why we’re doing it at the same time as Marne (Gaston) is having her festival,” said Boxing Bear co-owner Kevin Davis. “It has absolutely nothing to do with competition. With us, it’s all about logistics. If we tried to do our festival on a Saturday, I’d have about 14 tenants in this shopping center coming after me. I’d have to wear Kevlar armor. It would be very, very bad.

“Everybody is closed on Sunday; the only other person open is Little Anita’s and they close at like 10. We invited them to come in, but they declined, they said, ‘Nah, we want to go home.’ So, that’s kind of why we have that (scheduled as is). Everybody is saying, ‘Why are we trying to hurt Marne?’ We’re not, this is why we have to do it.”

“It’s literally the one day out of the year we have to do it,” said head brewer and co-owner Justin Hamilton. “It’s coincidence the last two years. We’re not checking their schedules. It just came out on the same day twice.”

This year, BearFest will be back at Boxing Bear on Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 2 p.m. for general admission, running until 6. GA tickets currently cost $25 while VIP are $35; they can be purchased at the brewery or online. The price of each will rise to $30 and $40 on the day of the event.

“Your entry is going to get you a commemorative pint glass,” Justin said. “You’re going to get five tickets, four of those tickets are for 4-ounce samples, one of those tickets is for a pint of your choice. From there you can purchase pints or purchase samples, depending on the brewery. We kind of leave it up to them if they want to sell samples.”

“We want to avoid the unlimited word,” Kevin added. “Because to get your permitting done, it’s getting more and more difficult with all of these festivals, they’re really cracking down on them.”

Kevin told us just to get permitted for a festival, even before adding the alcohol-related requests, it can come out to a half-inch of paperwork.

Luckily, all that paperwork is done and everything is ready to go.

“As far as what’s new to Bearfest this year, we’ve expanded everything,” Justin said. “We’ve expanded the amount of breweries we’re going to have (to 12), the amount of space we’re going to have, the amount of food trucks and vendors we’re going to have. We’re just really trying to kind of push the limits of the festival we did last year, which was kind of testing the waters. It did really well. We’re making improvements and hopefully changing it to incorporate more people in general.”

Another big hit was the band, but that should not be a surprise since it was Red Light Cameras. The good news is they will be back, only Amanda won’t have to jump around on stage while singing her heart out for hours upon hours. Burque Sol will also be performing, so the more local music, the merrier.

Two issues that arose last year have been dealt with in advance. Since Boxing Bear is right along the Bosque river trails, lots of folks biked over, but parking was at a premium. This year Justin said they will have a bike valet. Considering how popular that was at the Arizona Strong Beer Festival, it should be a hit here, too.

Kevin added that he got some bad advice on the number of porta-potties to have outside, leading to some long lines as the beer hit many bladders. This year they will have four times the number, ensuring more time for folks to have fun drinking, eating, and listening to music.

Speaking of food …

“We’ll have about seven total,” Justin said. “I think there’s going to be about five trucks and two carts. We’ll have a lot more food options this year, also different options than we had last year. It’s going to be a good spread. We tried not to get any two trucks that have the same type of food.”

The list to date: Macs Steak-In-The-Rough, Smoke Outs Top BBQ, Nosh Wagon, Phat’s Beats and Eats, Joe S. Sausage, Italian Ice Truck, CCR Roasted Corn

In addition, local vendors Urban Hats and Boots, High Desert Flame Works, and Tapped Life will be there.

Another cool feature will be a solar-powered retro video game tournament. No, seriously, that will be happening.

“Right around the corner we’ve got Gamers Anonymous,” Justin said. “They’re going to partner up with Positive Energy Solar. They’ve got a solar-powered like, almost like a U-Haul truck with panels on it. They’re going to pull right up to a tent and Gamers Anonymous is going to plug into that. We’re going to have a retro gaming tournament while you drink beer.”

Among the games Justin heard could be in the mix are Street Fighter, GoldenEye, and a whole lot more.

“There will be a lot of good stuff,” he said. “The lines will probably be high, (but) hopefully a lot of fun. I don’t know if anyone’s done anything like that before.”

As for the breweries, among those returning alongside the hosts are Bosque, Canteen, Chama River, La Cumbre, Santa Fe, and Turtle Mountain. Bathtub Row, Blue Corn, and Second Street will be coming down for the first time.

“That’s another reason, we wanted it to be local, but we wanted to showcase (all of) New Mexico,” Justin said. “Those guys are nice up there, they do a great job with their pub, so we thought we’d bring them down here. They had a lot of interest in it really early, so they were lucky to get in and we’re happy to have them.”

Justin said he also hopes some of the beer lovers who live up north will follow their favorite breweries to the festival. Folks can always grab a hotel for the night and drive up Monday since it is a holiday.

Also new to the fest are two places that opened this year — Quarter Celtic and Starr Brothers. The latter was a late addition after what Kevin said was a “late, unexpected vacancy.”

“Justin was instrumental in the training of Starr’s head brewer (Rob Whitlock), so we kind of feel a little kinship with those guys,” Kevin said. “We wish we could get guys like Red Door and Rio Bravo and some of the newer breweries out there, but we don’t have the room. We’re packed in there. We have to wait till somebody wants to leave.”

If you have been reading up to this point you are probably champing at the bit for the most important bit of info, namely who is bring which of their beers. As of press time, we had heard back from 10 of the 12 participants. If others send us theirs later, we will update this list. (Note: Beers with a * won a medal the World Beer Cup.)

  • Bathtub Row: Gose, Orange Blossom Belgo Pale, Hoppenheimer IPA, Organic Farmhouse
  • Blue Corn: NM Red, Two Lanterns ESB, Quad, 40K Honey Wheat
  • Bosque: TBA
  • Boxing Bear: Chocolate Milk Stout* on nitro, Black and Blue Sour, Bear Knuckle IPA, Blood Orange Pale Ale, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, Hairy Mit Hefe, Ambear, Uppercut IPA
  • Canteen: The Hop Baller IPA, That’s How It Gose, High Plains Pilsner*, Pecos Trail Brown
  • Chama River: Class VI, Jackalope IPA, Sturer Bock, River Gose
  • La Cumbre: BEER*, Elevated IPA, Strawberry Gose, A Slice of Hefen, VMO #2, Red Ryeot, No, You’re a Dort
  • Quarter Celtic: Sangria Wheat, Saoirse Hefeweizen, Mo’r Buck IPA, Irish Extra Stout
  • Santa Fe: TBA
  • Second Street: Trebuchet*, Rod’s Steam Bitter, 2920 Pilzner, Agua Fria Apricot, Railyard Red, Cream Stout
  • Starr Brothers: Problem Child Porter, Thunderr Ale (West Coast Transplant IPA), Red Zepplin, LA Woman California Blonde Ale
  • Turtle Mountain: Bien Tu Helles Bock, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles

All in all, it should be a blast once again. Look for some of the Crew in the crowd and be sure to say hello. Just remember, no one finishes the elusive Trebuchet without us.

Thanks to Justin and Kevin for taking the time to chat.


— Stoutmeister

We are off and running with 14 events on the opening day!

We are off and running with 14 events on the opening day!

It’s go time, people!

ABQ Beer Week 2016 swings into action today (Thursday) with 14 events, from downtown to Nob Hill to the Northeast Heights, and all points in between. There will be special tappings, beer and food pairings, live music, and a whole lot more.

To help you out today and every day throughout this series of events, the Crew will have daily previews encapsulating every Beer Week-affiliated event. Think of us as your one-stop-shop for all the basic info you need.

Featured event

Every day we will pick what we consider the biggest, most interesting, most unique event. This does not mean you should go to only this event and ignore the rest. All of them deserve your attention, but realistically, you can probably only attend a few. So we will make our daily pick, and you can either jump on it, or declare the Crew is foolish (we kinda are) and pick your own.

What: Beer, Cheese & More! Where: Marble Brewery Downtown. When: 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: $25, buy in advance at the pub as they almost always sell out.

Details: One of the most popular of all the annual events will be part of today’s kickoff. Head downtown and get a tray of delicious cheeses, provided by Whole Foods, with each style paired up with a specific beer. Marble marketing director Elyse Cushman said she wants to keep a lot of it a surprise, but she did provide some cool info.

“We are, for the most part, using all special beers,” Elyse said. “Besides the Oatmeal Stout and the Pilsner, we’re using the Mosaic, which is a very, very special beer; the Brettanna Rouge, which is my personal favorite pairing out of this group, because the Rouge is so special, it’s a barrel-aged red with brettanomyces, it’s a very special beer as well; and then the 111 Farmhouse. I think they’re really great seasonals.”

Oh, come on, Elyse, just a little hint on the pairings?

“In terms of what cheeses were using, I think you’re going to be surprised,” she said. “I’m really excited about the flow of it, if that makes sense. I’m excited that we start with, they’re all decadent cheeses, but they’re not as pungent as other ones. We kind of have this roller coaster, this kind is pungent, this kind is spicy. It’s a palate roller coaster.

“I’m particularly excited about the last pairing, and that’s all I will say. The Brettanna is my favorite, but the last one is whoa, you would never expect it.”

Mystery beer! That alone should spark even more interest. Get thee to Marble!

Why you should go: Great beer paired with unique cheeses, plus the usual Marble vibe of endless fun. That should be plenty of reason. But, again, get those tickets before it starts! (If you have not already.)

All the other great events

What: Marble Special Tapping. Where: Spinn’s Burgers & Beer, 4411 Montano Rd. NW. When: 11:30 a.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Marble will be tapping their new Marble Saison, which is a cousin to the 111 Farmhouse. Why you should go: All of you living on the West Side could probably use a beer with your lunch. Don’t worry, we won’t tell your bosses.

What: Santa Fe and Boese Brothers Collaboration Tapping. Where: Santa Fe ABQ Taproom. When: 3 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The good folks at SFBC and their pals at Boese Brothers have blended their State Pen and Patriot Porters, but only after aging them in oak barrels. Why you should go: Because a blend of two great porters that have been oak aged just sounds wonderful.

What: Founders Sampling. Where: Total Wine Uptown. When: 3:30 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Sample many of the top offerings from Michigan’s Founders Brewing. Why you should go: Free beer! (And you can grab a sixer on your way out.)

What: Abita Special Firkin Tapping. Where: Anodyne. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The Louisiana brewery has sent a firkin of their Horchata Turbodog. Why you should go: That has to be one of the strangest sounding, yet intriguing beers being offered anywhere. Leave it to Anodyne to be the ones to get their hands on it.

What: German Beer & Brats Night. Where: Rio Bravo Brewing. When: 4 p.m. Cost: $15 for a pint, brat, and potato salad. Details: Grab some German-themed grub and wash it down with a German-style beer, plus there will be live music from Jill Cohen at 4 p.m., and Grace at 6:30 p.m. Why you should go: It’s as close as you will get to Deutschland without requiring Lederhosen.

What: Marble Sampling and Special Tapping. Where: Whole Foods Academy. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: There will be a sampling of Marble’s packaged beers, plus they’re putting a keg of Abricot Sour on tap in the Sandia Saloon, Whole Foods’ new craft beer bar. Why you should go: For all you Northeast Heights residents, you were gonna stop to buy some food for dinner anyway, so you might as well have a few samples and a pint, too.

What: La Cumbre Beer and Cheese Pairing. Where: Jubilation. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Get some samples of the new Strawberry Gose, plus Elevated IPA, Red Ryeot, Malpais Stout, Slice of Hefen, and Project Dank, each paired with a matching cheese. Why you should go: Free beer! Free cheese! And you can then buy some to take home (the beer, we’re not sure about the cheese).

What: Stone Special Release. Where: Two Fools Tavern. When: 4 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Stone will bring Americano Stout and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard to one of Nob Hill’s finest institutions. Why you should go: Those big, dark, beautiful beers would pair nicely with some fish and chips or beef boxty.

What: Santa Fe Brewing Beer Dinner. Where: Torino’s @ Home, 7600 Jefferson St. NE. When: 6 p.m. Cost: $45 per person, call (505) 797-4491 for reservations. Details: AmyO got all the information you need. Why you should go: Delicious beer, delicious food, and you get to hang with one of the top two brewers from the largest brewery in New Mexico.

What: Colorado Brewery Showcase. Where: O’Niell’s Nob Hill. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: Four Colorado heavyweights — Boulder, Left Hand, New Belgium, Oskar Blues — will have their beers available for sampling, plus many will be on tap. Meet the brewery sales reps and grab some swag. Why you should go: Free beer, nice people, plus you can stick around for a meal and a pint.

What: Ballast Point Special Tapping. Where: Nob Hill Bar & Grill. When: 6 p.m. Cost: No entry fee. Details: The Piper Down just won a silver medal at the World Beer Cup in the Irish-style Red category. This batch was barrel aged, just to make it more awesome. Why you should go: Award-winning barrel-aged beer. Need we say more?

What: Third Annual Sierra Nevada Sausage and Cheese Tasting. Where: O’Niell’s Juan Tabo. When: 6 p.m. Cost: TBA. Details: The ultimate food-and-beer pairing from Sierra Nevada is back. This year will feature the full lineup of 2016 Beer Camp Across America on tap, all paired with unique sausages and cheeses and more. Why you should go: This year’s Beer Camp is quite a bit better than what they had last year. That alone should convince you to go.

What: Brews and Blues with Roger Lewis All Stars. Where: Albuquerque Brewing. When: 7 p.m. Cost: No cover. Details: Head up to ABC for a jam session. Bring your own instrument(s), but take note it’s mostly blues and jazz. Why you should go: If you’re a musician or just love listening to music and/or dancing, this is your event.

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Got any questions, comments, complaints, send them to nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, or leave them here on our site, on Facebook, or on Twitter (@nmdarksidebc).

Enjoy yourselves out there, but please, do it responsibly.


— Stoutmeister

Barrel-aged beers and a whole lot more will be happening down on the Beer Farm during ABQ Beer Week. (Photo courtesy of Tractor)

Barrel-aged beers and a whole lot more will be happening down on the Beer Farm during ABQ Beer Week. (Photo courtesy of Tractor)

Continuing our run of ABQ Beer Week site previews, I hit up Tractor Wells Park on Tuesday afternoon. One could sense the staff knew it was the calm before the storm, the last moments of tranquility before chaos. Or maybe that was just the exhausted look on the face of Tractor public relations guru Jeremy Kanter, who carved out the last minutes of his long, long day to chat about all of the events they will be hosting and attending over the next 11 days.

On with the day-by-day list of great length:

Friday—Members-Only Barrel-Aged Beer Pre-Tasting at Wells Park

The benefit of being part of the Beer Farmers Co-op is that numerous times this year, Tractor has invited folks to come try beers before they are released to the public, while also getting to interact with head brewer David Hargis and co-owner and certified Cicerone Skye Devore. For ABW, Tractor is busting out the big guns.

“We have only 30 spots available to Co-op members and tickets are $15 apiece,” Jeremy said. “We’re going to do it in the brewery. They get three 8-ounce snifters of Barrel-Aged Scotcholate, Barley Wine, and Luna de los Muertos.”

There will be bombers available from a limited bottling run of all three. Co-op members can purchase them for $12 this night only, limit three per person. That all starts at 6 p.m., so make your reservations ASAP.

For everyone else, or Co-op members who feel like sticking around, Youngsville will have their Farewell to Albuquerque show at 8:30 p.m. The band is relocating to Austin, Texas, which makes sense for a group determined to try to make it big. The Porter Draw will also perform.

Saturday—Bees & Seeds Festival at Wells Park, Cider Day Night Fever at Nob Hill

The folks at GMO-Free NM are moving their annual festival from Tiguex Park to Wells Park starting at 1 p.m. There will be live music, vendors, a ton of food, and of course plenty of beer.

“We’ve permitted our parking lot,” Jeremy said. “We have tons of vendors, inside and outside. We have an outdoor stage with a lot of bands.”

Burque Sol, Innastate, Keith Sanchez, Buddhafunk, and Element37 will all perform. Click that link above for the full list of vendors. Plus, there will be a live art auction and art activities for children.

When all that is done, head up to Nob Hill for Cider Day Night Fever at 7 p.m. DJ Wae Fonkey will be spinning out some groovy tunes. There will be special cider cocktails, or you can just pick your favorite cider(s) and drink it/them straight up. Costumes are encouraged, of course. Just don’t end up brawling like the girl scouts in Airplane when they start playing “Staying Alive.”

Sunday—Blues & Brews at Sandia Casino

Tractor will be taking a lot of their beers to the big fest. In addition to their three canned beers and cider, they will have Cerveza New Mexican and one of their two specialty IPAs, Desert Flower or Hopsplitter.

Tuesday—Beer & Cheese with Cheesy Street at Wells Park

After taking Memorial Day off, events resume with this annual beer/food pairing with one of our favorite food trucks.

“That’s the one we do with a tray with four mini-sliders (of grilled cheese) paired with four beers, a flight,” Jeremy said. “I don’t know (about the beers), we’re still determining that pairing.”

The cost is $13 for the tray and things will kick off at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, June 1—Ask a Certified Cicerone and Bad Beer Tasting at Wells Park

As noted above, Tractor co-owner Skye Devore is a certified Cicerone, so she will be hosting a special class for the ultimate beer geeks.

“That’s study tips and tricks for beer geeks,” Jeremy said, whether one is studying for Cicerone certification, or just anyone who wants to learn more about the beers they drink.

The study session is free and starts at 6 p.m. Afterwards, stick around as Skye will bust out her Off-Flavor Kit and help folks understand just what you should not be tasting in your beer. If you wish to participate, that costs $5.

Thursday, June 2—Battle of the Beer Geeks III at Wells Park

It is time. Time for the Crew to RECLAIM OUR GLORY. Ahem, this annual tasting event is back for a third time (we won the first one), starting at 5 p.m. From then until 7:30, you can purchase a tray of five beers created on Tractor’s pilot brewing system by five different beer groups (including the Crew) for just $10. You get samples of all five beers, plus a 12-ounce pour of your favorite. The winner will then be announced at 8 p.m. This year there will be both a People’s Choice Award and a professional Judges’ Best of Show. In a twist from years past, the beers will be not be identified by which group made which beer, just to keep things a little more objective.

Melissa Rios will also be on hand to provide the music.

Friday, June 3—Beer Themed Art Fight at Wells Park

So, what exactly makes an art fight beer themed?

“OK, so every art fight is themed with something,” Jeremy explained. “Last art fight was bees and seeds. You have to paint within that criteria. This one has to have beers and pups. All the money from the art auction is going to PACA.”

Head over at 7 p.m., grab a beer, watch some amazing art being made live, bid on your favorites, and help out a charity that takes care of dogs and cats. By this point in Beer Week, you will probably need to restore some good karma, so head on over.

Other events: Tractor will also have a tap takeover at the Hooters on San Mateo. Felix y Los Gatos will perform at 5 p.m. on the patio. The Cerveza New Mexican will be poured along with stalwarts like Almanac IPA, Farmer’s Tan Red, Mustachio Milk Stout, and Hard Apple Cider.

Saturday, June 4—Planned Parenthood Beer & Bands Annual Fundraiser at Wells Park, Official barrel-aged beers release at Nob Hill

This is a huge fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. Once again, Jeremy said the parking lot will be permitted with an outdoor stage for musical acts and a lot more. This is a ticketed event, costing $15, with all proceeds going to PP. Confirmed musical acts include Le Chat Lunatique and Keith Sanchez, plus the Desert Darlings will perform along with the ABQ Aerialist Collective. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

If you cannot make it downtown, stay in Nob Hill as the three aforementioned barrel-aged beers will go on tap at noon. You can get a flight of all three for just $12. If you like one a lot, you can purchase a bomber for $15, but the supply will be limited.

“I’ll be surprised if we have very much left over from the pre-release, especially the Luna, it’s so good,” Jeremy said.

If the Lobo baseball team’s schedule permits, I will be at the Members Only Pre-Tasting, so you know I will be taking some Luna home. As much as they let me have, to be honest.

Sunday, June 5—Official barrel-aged beers release at Wells Park

It’s the same deal as the day before at Nob Hill. Grab a sampler tray or take a bomber home for the same prices. It all kicks off at noon.

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Thanks to Jeremy (and Skye) for the information on all the events. Once again Tractor is putting on a wide range of entertaining, vibrant, and even educational events for Beer Week. We cannot thank them enough.

And remember to get to Battle of the Beer Geeks and vote for us! (Even if we cannot tell you which beer is ours.)


— Stoutmeister

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

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

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

In case you missed it, but we are guessing you have not based on all the previews we have been running, but ABQ Beer Week starts Thursday. Amid all of the great events, all the craziness, there will be times you need a break. Thankfully, our breweries are still here for you, each an oasis of beer tranquility. Or, maybe they are just having their own parties, like Nexus. Yup, it’s anniversary party time at Nexus, as they turn 5 this Saturday. There will be festivities all day, plus live music from 2 to 5 p.m. They will be serving up delicious Red Chile Ribs and brewer Kaylynn McKnight has not one but three new beers on tap (plus the 505 Collaboration beer, of course). So, in between or before or after your Beer Week stops, make sure to swing by Nexus for some food, beer, and tunes, and wish them all a happy anniversary!

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Boxing Bear puts together quite a combination in the form of Blood Orange Pale Ale. Canteen hits nothing but net with Hop Baller IPA. Firkin gets in the summer groove with Peach Hefe. La Cumbre does as well with Strawberry Gose. Those aforementioned three new beers at Nexus are E.S.A. (Extra Special Amber), Bird of Prey IPA, and Beam Me Up Scottish. Turtle Mountain taps a new Session Red.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn is keeping the red theme going with New Mexico Red. Second Street has fresh batches of old favorites High Wheeler, Rod’s Best, and 2920 Pilsner.

Also, for this week and the next, please take note that we are not including Beer Week events with these listings to save time and space. Those are available with the individual previews for some of the breweries, or as part of our daily previews that will run from Thursday until Sunday, June 5.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 23.

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

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

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

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

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

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

Alien Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

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

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

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

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

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

Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

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

Beers: Call the brewpub for an updated list.

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

Boese Brothers Brewery — (505) 382-7060

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

Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Old Shonie Scottish Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Zeus Juice White IPA. The Zeus Juice is the newest seasonal at Boese.

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

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

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

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

Beers: Mosaic S.M.A.S.H., Beermosa, Team Dave, Amber Rye, Bosque Ale, Red Cs (Nob Hill and Las Cruces), Just For Fun, Tu-Bock Shakur (Nob Hill and Las Cruces). The Red Cs (6.3% ABV, 35 IBU) is a red ale made with seven different hops that all start with, you guessed it, the letter C.

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

Bow & Arrow Brewing — (505) 247-9800

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

Beers: Flint & Grit (British Mild), Tumbling Waters (Pale Wheat), Sun Dagger (Saison), Crossed Arrows (Scotch Ale), Hoka Hey (IPA), Dust Up (Pale Ale), Jemez Field Notes Lager, Bison Eye Rye, Hefeweizen. The Bison Eye Rye is an unfiltered pale ale made with rye, as if you could not guess by the name. It is the second in a series of four specialty pale ales from Bow & Arrow.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Bow & Arrow will have a happy hour for the first time, 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: Kodiak Brown, Black and Blue Sour, K.O. Kolsch, Mosaic S.M.A.S.H., Black Eye-PA, Blood Orange Pale Ale, Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only). A Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout will be on nitro by week’s end. You can all start rejoicing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coming up on June 18, Broken Trail’s outdoor movie night will be back with Purple Rain.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Kira Ora New Zealand Session IPA, Sundance Kolsch, Exodus IPA, That’s How It Gose, Hop Baller IPA. There are plenty of hoppy options, such as the new Hop Baller (7.6% ABV, 99 IBU). But there is also the Gose, which was kettle-soured and brewed with orange peel, coriander, and sea salt.

Live Music: Thursday—Alex Maryol, 6 to 9 p.m.; Sunday—Keith Sanchez, 4 to 7 p.m.

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

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

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Vermilion, River Gose, Chamiso Mexican Lager, Caramel Kolsch. The Vermilion is a red ale that lies somewhere between the maltier Irish style and the hop-forward West Coast style.

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

The Firkin Brewhouse — (505) 881-0702

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

Beers: Ombibulous IPA, Bootleggers Vanilla Nut Brown, Jailhouse Java Stout, McFinnigan’s Ale, The Dawn of the Red, 11th Hour, What’s Up Beech, Peach Hefe. The most recent addition is the Peach Hefe, which was made with orange peel, ginger, and of course peaches, a perfect summer mix.

Live Music: Saturday—Montana, Still Closed For Repairs, Melissa Rios, 7 p.m.

Other Events: Monday—Poker Night, 7 to 10 p.m.; Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Cards Against Humanity, 7 p.m.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Milk Stout, London Porter, Honk Ale, Maibock, Classic Amber, Wheat IPA, Red Card, German Pilsner, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha, Ship’s Hull Barrel-Aged IPA. The Ship’s Hull is the first barrel-aged beer that Kaktus has ever done. Head over and check out the first of they hope will be a series of barrel-aged beers.

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

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

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

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: It’s Not EVEN Brown, Cascade Hop Back, VMO #2, Arrogant Bastard, Strawberry Gose. The Brown is nearly out, so hurry over to help finish off the last of it. The Gose is an experience unto itself, so try that as well.

Live Music: Saturday—Stanlie Lee and The Step-Ins, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

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

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

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

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

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Both locations — 111 Farmhouse, Brettana Rouge, Mosaic Pale Ale; Downtown only — Double IPA; Westside only — none. The new Brettanna Rouge (6.8% ABV) is the Red Ale aged in Chardonnay barrels and spiked with brettanomyces.

Live Music (downtown): Today (Wednesday)—Markland, 6 to 9 p.m.; Thursday—Silver String Band, 7 to 11 p.m.; Friday—Funk Tractor, 8 to 11 p.m.

Live Music (West Side): Today (Wednesday)—Todd Tijerina, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday—Entangled Dreams, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Youngsville, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

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

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

Pi Brewing — (505) 890-9463

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

Beers: Prohibition Pilsner, Hoppy Ending IPA, Scotty Doesn’t Know, Red Headed Stranger, 5 O’Hop Somewhere. The most recent additions are the Red Headed Stranger (6.3% ABV, 65 IBU) and a session IPA called 5 O’Hop Somewhere (5.1% ABV, 60 IBU). Also, take note the Scotty is nearly out, so get it while you can.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

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

Quarter Celtic Brewpub — (505) 503-1387

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

Beers: Knotted Blonde, Rye’t Side of Dublin, Mor-buck IPA, Quarter Porter, Crimson Lass, Irish Extra Stout, Cranberry Sangria Wheat, Pedro O’Flanagan’s Mexican Lager, Saoirse Hefeweizen, Biggest Small Beer Ever. The BSBE is a collaboration beer for American Craft Beer Week. We got the full scoop on this imperial porter, which is served on nitro.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

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

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

Live Music: Tuesday—Aaron Plays Random Music, 7 to 9 p.m.

Other Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast. From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909

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

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

Live Music: Thursday—Jill Cohn, 4 p.m., Grace Askew, 6:30 p.m.; Friday—Smoke on the Rio, noon, Eryn Bent, 4 p.m., Broken Rules Band, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—Double Plow with Scotty & the Atomics, 4 p.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Call the brewery for an updated list.

Sidetrack Brewing — (505) 288-6468

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

Beers: Pub Ale, Railhead Red, Switchgear IPA, Crossbuck Pale Ale, Dark Engine Stout, Shoofly Wheat. The new Shoofly replaces the 3:10 to Belen Brown in the lineup, just in time for the warmer weather.

Cask: The Switchgear and Pub Ale will be in the firkins all week.

Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752

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

Beers: Starrstruck IPA, Thunderr Ale, Problem Child Porter, Red Zepplin. The taps are turning over pretty frequently at Starr Brothers, but that’s because people are drinking them up at a rapid pace. So if you see a favorite listed above, head over now, before this batch runs out.

News: Next up on the beer docket are Electric Sun Wheat and L.A. Woman California Blonde.

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

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

Beers: Berry Cider, Stein Wine, Veruca Salt Gose, Half-Acre Hefe, Maibock, Desert Flower IPA, Hop Splitter IPA, Grapefruit Wheat, Cerveza New Mexican, Tupac Cali Red. Tractor has a double dose of hops on tap, with the Desert Flower being the more unique of the two. It is heavy in Mosaic, so if that’s your hop, go get a pint or two.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—pLoud Music presents: Lorin Madsen, 8 p.m.

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

Other Events: Every Monday at Wells Park you can now find Mondays on the Mic hosted by Kyle Ruggles starting at 6 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: Session Red, Gose With The Flow, For the Bees, Hemisphere Hopper ESB. Head over for some Hemisphere Hopper quickly, as it is nearly out. This unique take on an ESB was the product of a collaboration between TMBC and Second Street.

News: When the Hopper runs out, Bien Tu Helles Bock will be ready to take its place.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Barleywine, Continual IPA, Two Lanterns ESB, New Mexico Red. Say hello to the New Mexico Red (6.1% ABV, 78 IBU), a hop-forward ale made with Chinook, Citra, and Mosaic. They blend nicely with the caramel malts.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

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

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

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

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

ABQ Live Music: Thursday—Silver String Band, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Alex Maryol, 7 p.m.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

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

Happy Hour/Discounts: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

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

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

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Civil Rye, High Wheeler Pale Ale, Rod’s Best Bitter, 2920 Pilsner, Amber Ale, Otowi Pale Ale. The most recent additions are the High Wheeler, Rod’s Best, and 2920 Pilsner.

Live Music (Original location): Friday—Mystic Lizard; Saturday—The Bill Hearne Trio

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Lone Pinon; Saturday—AMP Concert on the Railyard Plaza with a beer garden provided by Second Street

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

Other breweries you need to visit

Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381

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

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

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

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

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

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

Live Music: Friday—Moral Turpitude, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Harmonica Mike, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

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— Stoutmeister