Cheers to another great year, La Cumbre!

It was not the splashiest of years for La Cumbre Brewing, but it was another strong and successful one in 2017. Sticking with tradition for our annual Look Back/Look Ahead Series, I sat down with owner/master brewer Jeff Erway first to kick things off. We hit up all that went down in 2017 and what to expect in 2018.

“Good, I can’t complain,” Jeff said of 2017. “We continue to grow at a similar pace as 2016. We finished a couple of major business projects, nothing too sexy, but things that were definitely necessary for us to continue growing as a business.”

One of those necessary moves was to take over the building just north of the brewery.

“We were able to not only enter into a lease purchase agreement but just last month we were able to actually close on that property,” Jeff said. “We (also) built a 2,500-square-foot cold room out back and all the fun permitted types of projects that go along with building that cold room. We added a few new tanks to keep up with demand and production. We added a whole bunch of different, fun beers.”

La Cumbre has expanded next door. This is a good thing, too.

One of those different, fun beers will debut this Friday. Postcards From Hell is a new IPA brewed in collaboration with San Diego’s Modern Times Beer. The collaboration grew out of Jeff’s admiration for Jacob McKean, the owner of Modern Times.

“I had read some of Jacob’s posts on blogs and online a couple times,” Jeff said. “I always prided myself on being a eloquent writer, but not just eloquent like I pride myself on being good on organizing my thoughts and such. He is just so clearly better than I am. I would read these things that he had written and I was just (blown away).”

It was a move by AB InBev, and Jacob’s response, that triggered the decision to work together.

“It came down to a post that he had made about the South African hops that would not be available to American craft brewers this next year,” Jeff said. “Basically, he said it in two or three short paragraphs what would have probably taken me two or three pages. I finally reached out to him and I said I’ve got a whole bunch of those hops left and what would you think about getting together and brewing a beer together.”

It all came down to mutual respect, which in turn led to the new beer that will be available on tap and in a limited canning run.

“As much as anything, though, we have a mutual respect for each other,” Jeff said. “I can’t speak for their respect for us, but obviously they think we’re worthwhile to do a collaboration with us. But just speaking for myself, there is not a brewery in the country that really impresses me more, not just from a beer quality standpoint, but also just from a total business ethics (standpoint) and the way they’re kind of a total package. They represent their brand incredibly well. Their graphic designers, I truly think they’re the best in the industry.

“The creativity that comes out of that place is really admirable. Getting to spend a few days with Andrew (Schwartz), one of their head brewers, is pretty incredible. He’s 10 years younger than me and has every bit of the knowledge I have and a zest for creativity that I find really admirable. I’ve had a bit of a fascination with the newer style of IPA and I feel like they do it more consistently than anybody else. So when they said that’s what they wanted to do, I was completely on board.”

La Cumbre’s popularity at events like GABF has led to its decision to expand into another state, Arizona.

Another big move for La Cumbre in 2017 was the decision to expand distribution into Arizona. Jeff said things have been going great so far.

“They’re clearly going to be our second biggest market already,” he said. “We knew they would. We signed on with a pretty incredible distributor and we knew they were incredible before we signed with them. The proof’s in what your current distributees say about you and I didn’t hear a negative thing from just about any of them. They all like working with Hensley. It’s been good.

“Jason Metzger, our brand rep out there is doing a really good job getting our beer into as many places as he can. We’re really looking forward to 2018. It was a really big investment of not just money but time as well getting into Arizona. We’re hoping that that investment pays off for us.”

Jeff talked last year about how great of job head brewer Alan Skinner had done for La Cumbre. Alan continued to impress his boss in 2017.

“Inside of our company, I think probably one of the biggest surprises to all of us is how well Alan has come into his position in this company and he’s seen what Daniel (Jaramillo) is good at and what Daniel is the best that and done such a damn good job of complementing those skills,” Jeff said. “(Alan) leans on me when he needs to, but for the most part he’s grabbed the bull by the horns and taken over the brewery. I’m truly in awe. The way that he’s been able to get our new quality control lab technician, Andrea, up to speed on everything we need done, where she’s grabbed a hold of that job (and) just the way that everything has gotten dialed in has been pretty awesome.”

That confidence in Alan has led to an even greater willingness to push the envelope on the beers.

“I don’t think in the past we haven’t released too many beers I wasn’t truly proud of, but that being said, there wasn’t anything where I wasn’t like that was great,” Jeff said. “There wasn’t anything I wasn’t pleased with in every way. All the beers were really well done.”

The entire La Cumbre command staff has gelled together to keep the company pointed in the right direction.

“I feel like as a cohesive team — Corey (Campbell), Paul (Cornett), Daniel, Scot (Nelson), Jenn, myself — have really hit a flow that’s working out well for us,” Jeff said. “Hopefully the greater craft community sees the projects we’re taking on, sees the beers we’re taking on and are pleased with them. It seems they are.”

That cohesion has helped La Cumbre adapt to the changes in the craft beer market as a whole.

“If there’s anything that really stood out to me this year, it’s just the new world order in craft brewing now,” Jeff said. “It’s not an internal thing, it’s just a fact of life in the way that this business is running nowadays. The level of competition, the level of money that’s coming into the industry, both positive and negative, there’s a lot of both.

“Some of the types of people that are getting into it are very new and have some really, really incredible ideas on what they want to do. I think Jacob from Modern Times is a really great example of that. I’ve met several people that have gotten in the last couple years it’s incredible the amount that they’re accomplishing in such a short period of time. I’m just thinking to myself you must not have children or a wife or a husband, because jesus that’s a lot of work that you’re taking on.

“For others, I feel like it’s a sign of the times right now that they’re getting into it and they have very little interest (in quality), they want to make a quick buck.”

More experimentation on deck for 2018

More and more new beers will pop up at the taproom in 2018, as well as in limited canning and bottling runs for distribution in New Mexico and beyond.

The focus for 2018 will be keeping the beers fun and fresh, rather than any major capital projects, Jeff said.

“What has become abundantly clear is that there are going to be (changes), everybody that’s successful is going to have their own pathway forward,” he said. “That’s been kind of obvious for several years now. There is no one right way. There are many wrong ways. We are going to really double down on trying to push the envelope with interesting beer releases and trying to do our best to grab the proverbial attention of the true craft beer aficionado, which is what we’ve always tried to accomplish. It’s just gotten harder. It’s not just making the greatest IPA in the state, it’s not just making the greatest lineup of beers available, it’s also like what did you do for me in the last week.”

A small but important addition to the La Cumbre team in 2017 will continue to go a long ways to helping keep the brewery relevant.

“That’s part of the reason why I finally got that 3-barrel brewhouse put together is so we can do things like the beer you’re drinking right now, beers that we wouldn’t necessarily brew 15 or 30 barrels or even 60 barrels of,” Jeff said, pointing to the pint of Mochavation that I had purchased. “We can brew a 3-barrel batch of something like that. But, it’s also for beers we can (later) be releasing 30-barrel batches of and things that we know, one, that we can knock out of the park, and two, that are really going to grab attention.

“As hard as it might be to stick out in our own town, and I think we do a pretty good job of that, it’s far, far harder to grab the attention outside of the state of New Mexico with anything than a steady flow of new releases, a steady flow of new beers that excite people. I feel like that’s become so much a part of my job nowadays is simply to know what is going to excite people and trying to identify that and perfect it.”

That can be both fun and challenging at the same time.

“I feel like this year I’ve actually pushed my creative juices probably farther than I ever have before,” Jeff said. “If someone had told me five years ago that I was going to do a sour saison aged in tequila barrels with hibiscus added, I doubt I would have believed it. … I feel like my place has never excelled at completely pushing new boundaries and coming up with completely off the wall, adjunct ideas. But, what I feel like I’ve always excelled at and what Alan and Daniel and I have truly excelled as a team at is finding that one cool thing or just any kind of style, whatever that style is, and slowly but surely making it our own and doing it better than the vast majority can do it.”

The core lineup of packaged beers — Elevated IPA, Slice of Hefen, Red Ryeot, BEER, Malpais Stout, Project Dank — will not change, Jeff said.

“No, absolutely not,” he said. “The year-round releases are going to stay right where they’re at. We’ll definitely be doing more series, I would say. Yes, I’ll brew more Oktoberfest this year, I’ll guarantee that.

“As far as what (else) we’re thinking, yeah, there will be a lot of new and interesting can releases. Several of them will be these kind of series of beers that we haven’t necessarily brewed before. I’m very confident they’re going to be well received.”

As for the possibility of doing La Cumbre’s first off-site taproom, Jeff remained non-committal, though he did not rule it out completely.

“It’s possible,” he said. “I don’t have any solid plans of doing it. As that market fills up, it becomes a little less enticing to go after one. The number of taprooms in this town that are fighting really hard to sell $5,000 a week of beer is just growing and growing every day. I have zero interest in working my tail off to open a taproom that’s not gonna be profitable for our company.”

Jeff does love his German beers, so we can all hope that somewhere down the line, he might open up an all-German brewery here. It just won’t be in 2018.

Our conversation drifted toward talk of how the craft beer scene is evolving around the country, and how they could eventually trickle down to Albuquerque. Both of us have been impressed by how breweries are adapting to the constantly changing market in Denver, particularly in the rise of specialization breweries like Bierstadt Lagerhaus. While it is true that New Mexico already has some breweries focusing on certain styles (Duel, Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Dialogue), Jeff said our state is not ready for a German-styles-only type of brewery.

“You’ll know when we are (ready) when I do it,” he said. “I love those styles and I’d love to brew them. I don’t know how hungry I am to take on another project right now. I would not open up another brewery right now. I think we’re probably four years away from just the dust has cleared and it might be time to look at other projects. … It’s not nearly crowded here as elsewhere. I was in Chicago and there were some straight-up good breweries that were just dead, dead as doornails.”

Jeff said he remains optimistic that the Albuquerque craft beer scene is still capable of positive growth.

“I still totally believe there is room for really high-quality breweries in this town,” he said. “If you’ve got a really high-quality head brewer and a vision of doing something truly unique and interesting, great, go for it.”

He just will not gamble with everything La Cumbre has built on a whim or a trend.

“We’re finally at the point as a company where we’re offering pretty good benefits to our key employees,” Jeff said. “Anybody that’s been here for any period of time is making good money. Scot and I are comfortable, so why are we going to go jump at any opportunity that comes our way just to risk it all?

“We’re just going to keep on focusing on making the most killer beer we can and hopefully the people that have always been our big supporters keep on being our big supporters.”

The Crew certainly looks forward to more fun beers from La Cumbre in 2018. More Oktoberfest is always a good thing, too.

We will continue our Look Back/Look Ahead Series with even more Albuquerque and Santa Fe area breweries in the weeks ahead. Keep an eye out for all the entries!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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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 six breweries, one in Los Alamos, and one in Moriarty 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.

This is one of those beautiful weeks for wood-aged beers. Of course, how much do you really know about what aging beer in a barrel does to the beer? Well, Marble wants to help educate you with Beer 301, which is dedicated to everything from the wood, tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Heights Taproom. Tickets cost $25 in advance and can be purchased at the taproom only, so head up early if you still hope to grab a spot. Brewers Josh Trujillo and John Heine will take you through a course featuring 111 Farmhouse, Rouge Maverique, 2016 Imperial Stout, and this year’s batch of Reserve Ale. There will be some snacks provided to help cleanse your palate. If you cannot make it to the Heights, or tickets sell out, fear not, for today is also the release day for Reserve Ale. This beautiful beast of a beer is a Crew favorite, year in and year out, and you can also buy it in bombers to go. To keep the barrel-aged theme going, also head over to Bow & Arrow on Saturday for Coyote Waits (10.5% ABV), their imperial mole stout. It has been aged in Wyoming Whiskey barrels for three-plus months. The non-aged version was a big hit earlier this year, so hurry down before this version runs out. Look for even more barrel-aged beers from multiple breweries later this year and into early next year. It is truly the best time of year to be a fan of big, burly beers!

If big and burly is not really your thing, and you are still clinging to the hops of summer, then fear not. La Cumbre and San Diego’s Modern Times are teaming up for the special release of Postcards From Hell, a new IPA that will debut at the brewery on tap and for sale in cans on Friday.

Oh, and we can’t really go a weekend without an anniversary party. Palmer Brewery is celebrating its first anniversary, which coincides with neighboring Left Turn Distilling’s fourth anniversary. The party runs this Saturday from noon to close. There will be happy hour prices all day, with a car show featuring Daniello Productions at noon, Whisk of Doom Pie Company’s pie eating contest at 3 p.m., Apocalypse Karaoke at 4 p.m., and Sorry Guero will headline live music starting at 8:30 p.m. Look for Left Turn’s first bourbon to be available, plus there will be a Bloody Mary bar, and Kitsune and La Rivas food trucks will be on hand.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bosque has some fun with Chocolate Mint Stout, plus Pale Ryder is back for another run. Boxing Bear is feeling a little hoppy in this warmer-than-average weather with Bulldog English IPA and Simcoe SMASH. Canteen rolls out a new Social Capital kettle sour, this time with peaches and plums added in. La Cumbre also has some delightful Mochavation on nitro, plus a small amount of the smoky Gracias Por Fumar is on tap. Marble also unleashes some Dry Oaked Stout, Golden Ale, Tripel, Cereza! Cerveza!, Prickly Pear Gose, and another batch of the gold-medal-winning Cholo Stout. Nexus unveils Dunkelweizen on Thursday. Quarter Celtic decided it was time to Come to the Dort Side. Rio Bravo has a big ol’ Barleywine on tap, plus Cherry Wheat Cuvee, a barrel-aged blend of the regular Cherry Wheat and the Barleywine. Sidetrack has a fresh batch of Railhead Red. Starr Brothers decided it’s time to take a A Roll in Ze Haye again. Tractor has its new Cranberry Ginger Cider on tap at Wells Park, soon to be at the taprooms as well.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has the new La Santa Oscura, a dark lager, available.

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

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Ale Republic — (505) 281-2828

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

Beers: Brune, Blonde, Strong Dark and Handsome, Diablo del Oro, Single and Ready to Mingle. The most recent addition is the Single and Ready to Mingle (5.5% ABV, 30 IBU), a Belgian-style ale.

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: El Jeffe Hefeweizen, Friars Belgian-Style Single, June Bock German Lager. Rejoice, for Blue Grasshopper is brewing again! The Friars and June Bock are the more recent additions.

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, Grapefruit Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, Sour Strangehop, Double Dead Red. The Double Dead Red returned recently, so enjoy it while it’s still fresh.

Weekly Events: Saturday—Downtown Growers’ Winter Market, 10 a.m.

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

Bombs Away Beer Company — (505) 554-3204

(Hours: Mon–Fri 2 p.m.–close, Sat–Sun noon–close)

Beers: Short Fuse Blonde Ale, BABC IPA, Willie Pete Wit, Low Order Porter, High Speed Low Drag Lager, Wild Card Spiced Ale, Brisance Bitter, Bag Drag BPA, Arsenal English Amber, Proximity Pilsner, MKDeuce Pale Ale, Primer Pub Ale, Actuator IPA, Stockpile Stout, Phil’s Incendiary IPA. Welcome to the listings, Bombs Away! The newest brewery in the Southeast Heights is now open at 9801 Acoma Road SE. The Phil’s Incendiary IPA was brewed up for a great cause, so head over to try it soon. Stockpile is a nice, robust beer that is perfect for the season.

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: Scotia Limited, PSA (Pumpkin Spiced Ale), Chocolate Mint Stout, Pale Ryder, Olde Bosky Porter, Cumulus Wheat IPA. Welcome back, Pale Ryder, Cumulus, and Olde Bosky Porter! Scotia Limited is Bosque’s fifth anniversary beer, aged in Taos Lightning barrels for a year. The Chocolate Mint Stout is the latest delectable dessert beer on tap.

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

Bow & Arrow Brewing — (505) 247-9800

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

Beers: Sun Dagger (Saison), True Aim (Scotch Ale), Hoka Hey (IPA), Jemez Field Notes Lager, Wayward Arrow Hefeweizen, Cosmic Arrow Brett Saison, Hoodoo Monster Imperial Red, Way Out West Sour Sumac, Black Chandelier (Belgo Stout), Desert Dynamo IPL, Fast Luck Dry-Hopped Pale Ale, Wolf Eyes (Oktoberfest), Nomadico IPA, Visionland Amber Ale, Sweetfetti Weizenbock, Thirsty Land: Foraged Series (Grisette). The most recent additions to the lineup are the Thirsty Land, Sweetfetti, Visionland, Nomadico, and Wolf Eyes. The sheer variety of styles on tap is quite impressive. Look for Coyote Waits, the barrel-aged imperial mole stout, this Saturday.

Events: Saturday—DJ Garronteed, 6-8 p.m.

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

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Crystal Kolsch, Oso Otono, Black and Blue Sour, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Bulldog English IPA, Simcoe SMASH. The most recent additions are the Bulldog, Simcoe, Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Iron Lung, Oso Otono (brown ale), and Black and Blue Sour. Chocolate Milk Stout is also on tap on nitro.

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, Trailworks IPA, Dogtoberfest. OK, fine, Pepe the Mule counts as a beer, even though it is basically a Moscow Mule, but it was made with beer. Dogtoberfest is the most recent addition.

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, Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Grundy Thunder, Oompa Lupulin DIPA, Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale, Laid Back Lager, Social Capital. The most recent addition is a new version of Social Capital with plums and peaches in the mix. Get yourself some Panama Joe before the Crew drinks it all up.

Live Music: Thursday—The Moves Collective, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Squash Blossom Boys, 4-7 p.m.

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

(Open daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout). These are the regular house beers. Call the number above for an updated seasonal list.

Dialogue Brewing — (505) 585-1501

(Open daily noon-midnight)

Beers: Belgian Citrus IPA, Berliner Weisse, Sour Raspberry, Sour Pale, Oktoberfest, Dry Irish Stout, O.D.B., Pine Sap Pale Ale, Biere de Mars, Amber Ale. The most recent additions are the Biere de Mars and Amber Ale. Sadly, the recent batch of Das Palabra lager has run out.

Live Music: Friday—Chris Dracup, 7-9 p.m.

Other Events: Thursday—HandCrafted with DJ Buddha Funk (music), Mia Rivera (artist), and All Chola (vendor), 6-10 p.m.

Weekly Events: Monday—Service Industry Night, 6 p.m.

Drafty Kilt Brewing — (505) 881-0234

(Sun 11 a.m–10 p.m., Mon 11 a.m.–8 p.m., 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, Covfefe Hefe, Outlamber Amber. The Outlamber is the most recent addition. Take note that Drafty Kilt needs our help picking a new name due to a trademark issue. You can send your suggestions to our email and we will pass them along to the brewery.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Blues Jam 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

Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500

(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)

Beers: Tart and Soul (Guava Berliner Weisse), Tripel Whammy, Pilsner? I Barley Know’er!, January Embers Barleywine, Eater of Worlds Pale Ale, The Agitator Doppelbock. The most recent additions include the return of January Embers, while Eater of Worlds and Agitator are new.

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. The Hop Hill (7.1% ABV, 69 IBU) was the most recent addition.

Live Music: Saturday—Sloan Armitage, 8 p.m.

Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Open Mic, 7-9 p.m.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Porter Auf Deutsch, Cucumber Ale, Bavarian Golden Ale, Ctrl-Alt-Drink, Basil Lager, Helles Lager, IPA, Walnut Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. The most recent additions include Cucumber Ale, Basil Lager, and Helles Lager.

Weekly Events (Nob Hill): Thursday—The Desert Darlings, 7-9 p.m.

Weekly Events (Bernalillo): Sunday—Brunch, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., The Desert Darlings, 6-8 p.m.

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.

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, Blonde, Farm House Ale, IPA, Red, Scotch Ale, Session IPA, Sleeping Dog Stout; (seasonal) Hefeweizen, Farmhouse Apricot, Mars DIPA, Lobo Red Ale. The recent change in ownership at Kellys has led to some seriously improved beers and food, so we decided it was high time to add it to the listings. The Lobo Red was brewed for the University of New Mexico athletic program, if you could not guess. Yes, that is Sleeping Dog Stout, formerly of Chama River, now back in all its dark glory.

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

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

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Ales for ALS IPA, Pecos Porter, Gracias Por Fumar, Mochavation. The amazing La Negra has already run out on tap, so if you can find more for sale in bombers, get it now. This Friday, Postcards From Hell, a new IPA made in collaboration with San Diego’s Modern Times, makes its debut.

Live Music: Saturday—Julian Dossett Trio, 6-9 p.m.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Loteria (every other week), 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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: Gin Barrel Brett, Amarillo Pale Ale, Barrel-Aged Amber, Dubbel, NM State Fair Pale Ale (Downtown only), Simcoe IPA (Downtown only), Golden Ale (Downtown only), Dry Oaked Stout (Downtown and Heights only), Joe Pumpkin on nitro (Downtown and Westside only), Rouge Maverique (Downtown and Westside only), Raspberry Nitro Stout (Heights and Westside only), Cereza! Cerveza! (Heights and Westside only), Cholo Stout (Heights and Westside only), Tripel (Heights only), Prickly Pear Gose (Heights only), Abbey Brett (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 Dry Oaked Stout, Golden Ale, Cereza! Cerveza! (a sour), Tripel, Prickly Pear Gose, and Cholo Stout are the most recent additions.

Live Music (Downtown): Music is done for the colder months, but will resume at 111 in the spring!

Live Music (Heights): Friday—Delphia, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Lenin & McCarthy, 7-10 p.m.

Live Music (Westside): Friday—Tres Pendejos, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Issac Aragon and the Healing, 8-11 p.m.

Other Events (Heights): Today (Wednesday)—Beer 301, 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: Bird of Prey IPA, To Boldly Gose, Honey Dubbs, Equinox, Irish Red, Imperial Pilsner (Silver only), Beam Me Up Scotty (Silver only). The most recent additions are Irish Red, Equinox, Bird of Prey, To Boldly Gose, and Honey Dubbs (Imperial Honey Chamomile Wheat). Dunkelweizen joins the lineup Thursday.

News: Nexus Silver now has food! Rejoice and check out the menu on their main website.

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

Weekly Events (Silver Taproom): Saturday—a live DJ will perform; Sunday—a live band will perform at 2 p.m.

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

(Tues–Sat 3–9 p.m.)

Beers: MWA (Malt With Attitude), Guero (Belgian Wit), Poolside Pale Ale, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale), Switch Stance Stout. Palmer shares a building with Left Turn Distilling on Girard south of Candelaria. This batch of Cockness Monster is fresh and tasty.

Events: Saturday—First Anniversary Party, noon (see our intro above for details)

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Imperial Red, Topaz Pale Ale, Red Chile Chocolate Porter, Dry-Hopped Saison, Amber Ale. The new Topaz Pale Ale is the latest in a series of single-hop beers. The most recent additions are the Amber Ale, Imperial Red, and Red Chile Chocolate Porter.

News: You can now find India Pale Lager 2.0 for sale in cans, at the brewery and at local liquor stores, including Total Wine, Bird of Paradise, Jubilation, Kelly’s, and Quarters!

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: Fresh Hop Clark, S’More Than a Beer, Mangose, Imperial Clark, Baltic Bollocks, Come to the Dort Side. QC has brewed up a delicious monster in the Baltic Bollocks Porter. The Imperial Clark is not for the faint of heart. S’More Than a Beer was made with graham crackers, lactose, and chocolate.

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

(Brewery hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Downtown taproom hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: Imperial Red IPA, Plum Gose, Oktoberfest, White AF IPA (downtown only). The Imperial Red IPA was the first in a series of beers to celebrate Red Door’s recent anniversary. The Plum Gose was second and Oktoberfest was third.

Events (Taproom): Saturday—Watermelon Mountain Ranch Puppy Adoption, noon

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

Weekly Events (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, Weizen, Randy’s Shandy, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Roadkill Red Ale, La Luz Lager, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel-aged), Vanilla Porter, NM Pinon Coffee Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Barrel-aged Belgian Strong Golden, Level 3 IPA, Imperial Russian Stout (regular and barrel-aged), Lemongrass Wit, Peach Gose, Cherry Sour, Kolsch, Hibiscus Mojito, Penguin Lager, Belgian Blonde, Cherry Wheat, Belgo IPA, Pink Boots Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, Grapefruit Launcher IPA, Schwarzbier, Rubus Ruckus, Barleywine, Cherry Wheat Cuvee. A portion of the Penguin Lager proceeds are going to the new exhibit at the ABQ Bio Park. There are now three barrel-aged beers on tap in the Porter, RIS, and Belgian Strong. The Cherry Wheat Cuvee is a barrel-aged blend of Cherry Wheat and Barleywine.

Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—The Moves Collective, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday—The John Adam Smith Experience, 6-8 p.m.; Friday—Beloved Band, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Higher Ground Bluegrass, 6-9 p.m.

Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Movie Night (now outside), 7 p.m. or later, weather permitting; Thursday—Girls Pint Out, all day; Friday—Headliners Comedy presents Friday Night Fools ($5 cover, event only), 9:30 p.m.; Sunday—Pints & Planks with Yoga Zo

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: Switchgear IPA, 3:10 to Belen Brown Ale, Railhead Red, Dark Engine Stout, 2926 Steam Lager, #91 Pale Ale. The most recent additions are the Railhead, Switchgear, and 2926 Steam.

Cask: The Switchgear and 3:10 to Belen 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, Starrphire Pilsner, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Foggy Monocle (Oatmeal Stout), Oakey Smokey, Jack Tooth Grin, Citra Grin (Pale Ale), A Roll in Ze Hay (Hefeweizen).  The most recent additions are A Roll in Ze Hay, Citra Grin, Jack Tooth Grin, and Oakey Smokey, which goes down in history as the last collaboration brew with Chama River.

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, The Village Wit; (seasonals/specialties) Smith Hopper Extra Pale Ale with Dr. Rudi, Cow Plow Brown Ale, V.M.O.M.G. (Marzen), Figgy Pudding, Plymouth Rock & Rye Saison, Who’s Brett IPA. The most recent additions are the Who’s Brett, Figgy Pudding, and Plymouth Rock & Rye Saison.

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) Secret Squirrel (Best Bitter), Black Ops Hops, Kolsch, Full Booty Stout, Scottish Ale, Say Juan (Summer Saison), Plum Sour, Peach Wheat, Oktoberfest, Spiced Wild Red Ale, Milk Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Porter. This inaugural batch of Oktoberfest from The 377 hits the right notes, with some malty breadiness without too much sweetness. The Spiced Wild, Milk Stout, and BBA Pumpkin Porter are the most recent additions.

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

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: Chocolate Milk Stout, Berry Cider, Scout Golden Ale, Javi Lager, Jack the Sipper, Belgo American Pale Ale, Three-Two Amber, Goathead Hador Doppelbock, Turkey Drool, Cowboy Coffee (Wells Park batch is on nitro), Cranberry Ginger Cider (Wells Park only), Plum Spice Berliner Weisse (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Cascara Cider (Nob Hill and Four Hills only), Minute-4 (Nob Hill and Four Hills only), Big Sipper IPA (Four Hills only), Delicious Golden Dry Cider (Four Hills Only), Holstein & Hops (Four Hills only). Recent additions to the lineup are the Cranberry Ginger Cider, which should be on tap at all locations soon, as well as the Turkey Drool and Goathead Hador.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Holly Durante, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Hurdle, 8 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Garry Blackchild, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Russell James Pyle, 5 p.m.

Live Music (Four Hills): Thursday—Rose Quartz Terrarium, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—Still Closed For Repairs, 7 p.m.

Other Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Adult Coloring Night with Carla Bryant, 3 p.m.; Friday—Hops & Dreams: Rick and Morty Edition, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Women in the Arts IV, 4 p.m.

Weekly Events (Wells Park): 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.

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.

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.

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: Lil’ Shelly (Pale Ale), Cosmic Yum Yum, Can’t Catch Me Copper Lager, Arsenal Porter, Pour les Abeilles, S.O.S. (Wet Hop Pale Ale), Depravity Barleywine. An archived keg of Depravity has been tapped for a limited time. The Can’t Catch Me and Cosmic Yum Yum are the most recent additions. Arsenal Porter has replaced the SCH Scotch Lager.

Cask: Tuesday—TBA

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Oktoberfest, Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter, Apparition Pale Coffee Ale, La Santa Oscura. The most recent addition is La Santa Oscuar, a holiday spiced dark lager.

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, WWWMD (Barrel-Aged Whistler), Marcel, Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Duchamp (Sour Wit), Cezanne Magnifique, HMWWA FIACFW, Cezanne Verite, Fiction (IPA), Lourd of Funk. This batch of Cezanne Verite is barrel aged and it is also for sale in bombers. The WWWMD acronym stands for What Would Whistler’s Mother Do. Old favorite Fiction is back, and Titian and Whistler will return soon.

Live Music (ABQ taproom): Friday—Nick FurioStylz, Zack Freeman & Jonathan Grimes, 9 p.m.; Saturday—Moonhat, 9 p.m.

Other Events (ABQ taproom): Thursday—Drag Queen Trivia: Friendsgiving, 8 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, Saison du Sarlacc, Agent Scully – Season One, Episode Four (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Meier (Meyer Lemon Gose), Fruhschoppen (Hefeweizen), Little White Lies (Belgian Blonde), Conduit (Belgian IPA). The Agent Scully is a new series of IPAs which will vary by hop combinations. Episode 4 is the most recent iteration. This batch of Germophile was dry-hopped with Motueka and Simcoe.

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: Adobe Igloo, Hipster Union IPA, Oktoberfest, Bobcat Dynamite (Kolsch), Wet Hop Pale Ale (ECS). With the colder weather almost upon us, Adobe Igloo makes its annual return. Hipster Union is also back, while Bobcat Dynamite is the most recent addition.

Live Music: Saturday—Vintage Brew, 6-9 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, Coffee Porter, XX ESB, 2920 IPA, LVL Stout, Nova Pale Ale, Breaking Plaid Scotch Ale. The most recent additions are the Nova and Breaking Plaid, the latter of which was the first beer brewed at the Rufina location.

Live Music (Original location): TBA

Live Music (Railyard): TBA

Other Events (Rufina): Thursday—Almost FaMIX, 6 p.m.

Weekly Events (Railyard): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 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: Kutthroat Kolsch, Kaboom Quad, Wit Rock, Catherine’s Historical Stout, Little Bird Blonde, Anderson Amber. Well, look at that, an updated beer list for BRB. The Wit Rock and Little Bird are old favorites, the rest are more recent recipes.

Sierra Blanca Brewing — (505) 832-2337

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

Beers: Oktoberfest, Cherry Sour, Interstella Vanilla, Cherry Wheat, Single Hop IPA. The Whiskey Stout will return in a week-and-a-half. The Cherry Sour is back for another run. Oktoberfest is now available on tap. Cherry Wheat is available in bottles and won a gold medal at GABF this year.

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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

Everything is ready to take flight at the new Red Door taproom at Wyoming and Comanche.

The staff at Red Door Brewing expected to have their second offsite taproom open by now. As usual, though, the red tape piled up and slowed the process to a crawl. Now, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel after the taproom received its license from the State of New Mexico.

“This was definitely one thing after another,” said co-owner/head brewer Wayne Martinez. “It ended up being pushed back further than we’d like it to (have been). It’s just (finishing the) small things now.”

With luck, those small things will be done by the end of this week, and the taproom will be open by this weekend. Located on the southwest corner of Wyoming and Comanche, it will bring Red Door beers to a new audience while also appeasing long-time fans who live closer to there than the original or downtown taprooms.

“I’ve heard several people say they could walk home from here,” Wayne said.

Wayne provided a quick tour of the space on Monday evening.

“It will fit about 90 people,” he said. “The (taps) tower should be here, hopefully at the end of the week, but we’ll see. And then we still have to have (the final) inspection.”

All that is missing is the taps tower.

As soon as the taps are ready, there will be 14 total, two more than downtown. Wayne said that will enable the brewery keep more seasonal and specialty offerings on tap, so look for an even greater variety of beer in the future.

The taproom occupies the southern end of the building, which also houses the Poki Poki Cevicheria restaurant. Wayne said patrons can bring food from Poki Poki (or any outside eatery) into the taproom, as there is not enough space for a food truck to park outside.

The space inside will feature a bar and tables on the ground level. There is a small area on the west side of the building where a familiar feature will be set.

“This will be the retro gaming area,” Wayne said. “We’ll have a couch, we’ll have a TV with probably a (Nintendo) 64 again.”

The loft area upstairs will be a popular feature.

There is also a loft area above the west side.

“If we have any kind of groups that want to a have a (private) party, we’ll be able to accommodate that,” Wayne said.

Another interesting motif is a number of red doors hanging above the main bar area. Sound padding is on top of each one to help with the echo effect of the high ceiling.

The large garage doors on the south side will open up in good weather. While not a true patio, it will at least take advantage of sunny and pleasant days.

With luck, the last piece of equipment will arrive this week, the final inspection will go smoothly, and Red Door Wyoming will open its doors by Saturday. Stay tuned for further updates.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Ready to rename a brewery? Drafty Kilt needs our help.

If anyone missed the news from the Albuquerque Journal on Friday, Drafty Kilt Brewing has to change its name by the end of 2017. It turns out that there was a beer called Drafty Kilt from Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta, and it was trademarked back in 2010. To avoid a possible future lawsuit, Drafty Kilt now has a short time to brainstorm up a new moniker.

All of us in the Crew decided it would be a good idea to lend owner/brewer Mike Campbell a hand, but even we could use some extra help. That is why we are calling upon all of you, the beer-loving public, to help us come up with a new name for Drafty Kilt.

Here are a few rules.

  • No offensive names. Come on, folks, keep it PG. The federal government has to approve this, and you know that people in Washington have no sense of humor.
  • Do your homework, please check to make sure there is not an existing brewery or beer trademarked with the name. Google is your friend.
  • Sorry, but just changing letters in the name (e.g. Draughty Kilt) will not work. Mike made sure to point this out. So the new name cannot be a phonetic variant of the current one.
  • All names will be considered, but if you have a really good one with a Scottish theme, that would probably be best. Just don’t get the producers of Highlander mad or anything.
  • How to submit? Simple, send us your best ideas to nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, or you can direct message us via any of our social media platforms. We just need to have a way to contact you (see below). We will then forward all serious suggestions to Drafty Kilt.
  • Will there be a prize? Yes, if your new name for the brewery is chosen, there will be some sort of reward from the owners.
  • If we could get all suggestions by Friday, that will help out the brewery. They hope to apply for a new name sooner than later, giving the government plenty of time to respond.

Get creative, have fun, and help a brewery out. Hey, there are worse ways to spend the quiet hours the rest of this week.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Bombs Away Beer Company has brewed a new red IPA in honor of Air Force Tech Sergeant Phillip A. Myers, who died in Afghanistan in 2009.

In the short time it has been open, Bombs Away Beer Company has become a frequent hangout for many active-duty service members from Kirtland Air Force Base, as well as the many retired military who live in Albuquerque. This Veterans Day, BABC is giving back with a special beer brewed in honor of an Air Force sergeant who lost his life serving his country.

Phil’s Incendiary IPA is the creation of not just head brewer David Kimbell, but also Casey Pascoe, who served in the Air Force with BABC owner John Degnaro. The beer was made to honor Tech Sergeant Phillip A. Myers, who died in Afghanistan on April 4, 2009, when he was just 30 years old, leaving behind a wife and two children. Proceeds from the sale will go to the EOD Warrior Foundation, a charity that supports veterans from Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal and their families.

“We were approached by the Explosive Ordinance Disposal shop on base that they were putting together a charity fundraiser and they wanted to know if we wanted to be a part of it,” John said. “We said yes. It was actually a golf tournament, so we sponsored a hole. After that they said do you want to put up an item for a silent auction as part of the charity. I said yeah, but I don’t really know what to auction.

“I kind of kicked it around a little bit, so we came up to auction off basically a brew day. The winner of the auction would come in, they would brew the beer, and then we would eventually release the beer and proceeds would go back to the charity.”

Then it was just the matter of the right person winning that prize in the silent auction.

“Highest bidder, that was me,” Casey said. “I’d been here (to BABC) before. I’d seen the progress they had done on making the brewery. When I saw that at the auction, I was like I had to get that.”

Of course, winning the prize was one thing, making the beer was another.

“I’d never brewed before, so I think after the golf tournament we all ended up here,” Casey said. “The soft opening we all ended up back here. I let them know that I had won the auction and was looking forward to brewing some beer with them.”

Casey had a good idea of what kind of beer to make.

“It was between Casey and David to come up with how the beer is going to look, as far as what style,” John said. “Casey said, ‘I want to do a red and I want to name it after a fallen EOD tech named Phil Myers,’ who was a friend of both of ours.”

The incendiary part of the beer name holds double meaning.

“It’s in the EOD or ordinance world, it’s the color of the bombs, they have a red stripe on them,” Casey said. “And, Phil was a red-headed dude with a big ginger beard because when he was deployed he was out of regs, like most of us were, because we were out in the middle of nowhere. We didn’t have all the stuff to shave every day. I think that would be the best (name).

“I think that that also falls in line with the names of the beers they already have up on the board. Phil was a bit of an incendiary fella himself, I guess you could say. Everything he touched kind of caught fire, whether it was being a mentor to me as a young airman, or just everything he did he excelled at.”

Air Force veteran Casey Myers, up bright and early, brewing beer for the first time in his life.

Phil would probably have been amused to know just how much hard work Casey put into the beer.

“Learning to brew with David in the back, I didn’t realize how much work that was,” Casey said. “It’s a lot of work. I think I went home that day and I put the kids to bed at 7 and I hit the pillow at 7:30. I learned a lot.”

As for the beer itself, it should satisfy the hop-loving palates of Burquenos.

“I guess you could say what Casey wanted was something with a lot of citrus aroma, so I used a lot of citrus-forward hops (like) Citra, Centennial,” David said. “There are some dark fruit notes in there (too). It makes for a very malty IPA.”

Phil’s Incendiary IPA will go on tap this Saturday for Veterans Day. Also, BABC will be launching its brewery membership, with special discounts for active-duty service members and retired military.

Raise those pints high this weekend.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s six breweries, one in Los Alamos, and one in Moriarty 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.

Hops for Hunger is new charitable effort rotating between different breweries throughout November and December. We missed the first edition at Red Door’s downtown taproom last week, but it’s back again this Friday at Steel Bender. The event is in support of Storehouse New Mexico, the largest food pantry in the state. Each participating brewery will be donating a portion (or all of) the sales of a specialty beer to the charity through December 9. In the case of Steel Bender, it will be the Plymouth Rock & Rye Saison. The good folks from 94 Rock will be doing a live broadcast Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and anyone is welcome to bring canned goods to donate, but since the Storehouse can purchase food at wholesale prices, a donation of just $1 can get up to five meals for people in need. Head on over and get your weekend started on a good note! (The next edition will be held November 17 at the Santa Fe taproom at Green Jeans.)

There is also a brewery anniversary party this weekend. Drafty Kilt is celebrating its first anniversary with two days of live music and fun. Steve Hall and Secret 7 will perform Friday starting at 4:30 p.m., followed by Daddy Long Loin’s Jam Session on Saturday starting at 4 p.m., featuring musicians from Merican Slang, the Chuck Hawley Group, and The Goatheads.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bosque brings back another old favorite in Cumulus Wheat IPA. Drafty Kilt will have the new Outlamber Amber on tap for its anniversary party. Marble has Barrel-Aged Amber and Dubbel on tap. Ponderosa is feeling smooth with a fresh batch of Amber Ale. Quarter Celtic is feeling burly with Baltic Bollocks, a new Baltic porter. Sidetrack brings back Switchgear IPA, plus 2926 Steam Lager rolls back into the station. Steel Bender will also have Who’s Brett IPA on tap this Thursday. Tractor has Doppelbock on already, plus the epic epicness of Turkey Drool (a Crew seasonal favorite) returns Thursday. Turtle Mountain fired up a seasonal batch of Arsenal Porter.

Up in Santa Fe, Second Street has Breaking Plaid Scotch Ale, the first beer from the new Rufina brewhouse, plus Nova Pale Ale on tap.

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

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Ale Republic — (505) 281-2828

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

Beers: Brune, Blonde, Strong Dark and Handsome, Diablo del Oro, Single and Ready to Mingle. The most recent addition is the Single and Ready to Mingle (5.5% ABV, 30 IBU), a Belgian-style ale.

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: El Jeffe Hefeweizen, Friars Belgian-Style Single, June Bock German Lager. Rejoice, for Blue Grasshopper is brewing again! The Friars and June Bock are the more recent additions.

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, Grapefruit Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, Sour Strangehop, Double Dead Red. The Double Dead Red returned recently, so enjoy it while it’s still fresh.

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.

Bombs Away Beer Company — (505) 554-3204

(Hours: Mon–Fri 2 p.m.–close, Sat–Sun noon–close)

Beers: Short Fuse Blonde Ale, BABC IPA, Willie Pete Wit, Low Order Porter, High Speed Low Drag Lager, Wild Card Spiced Ale, Brisance Bitter, Bag Drag BPA, Arsenal English Amber, Proximity Pilsner, MKDeuce Pale Ale, Primer Pub Ale, Actuator IPA, Stockpile Stout. Welcome to the listings, Bombs Away! The newest brewery in the Southeast Heights is now open at 9801 Acoma Road SE. The initial lineup ranges from lighter beers like Short Fuse (5.6% ABV, 25.6 IBU) and Willie Pete (5.8% ABV, 20 IBU), to dark and malty beers like Low Order (5.2% ABV, 58 IBU), and of course plenty of hop-forward ales like BABC IPA (6.1% ABV, 91.33 IBU). Head on over and try them out!

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: Scotia Limited, ABQ Double IPA, Rio Soleado (Fresh-Hop Blonde), PSA (Pumpkin Spiced Ale), Moon Cannon DIPA, Olde Bosky Porter, Cumulus Wheat IPA. Welcome back, Cumulus and Olde Bosky Porter! ABQ and Moon Cannon give Bosque a pair of massive double IPAs. Both have ABVs over 9 percent and IBUs over 100. Scotia Limited is Bosque’s fifth anniversary beer, aged in Taos Lightning barrels for a year.

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

Bow & Arrow Brewing — (505) 247-9800

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

Beers: Sun Dagger (Saison), True Aim (Scotch Ale), Hoka Hey (IPA), Jemez Field Notes Lager, Wayward Arrow Hefeweizen, Cosmic Arrow Brett Saison, Hoodoo Monster Imperial Red, Way Out West Sour Sumac, Black Chandelier (Belgo Stout), Desert Dynamo IPL, Fast Luck Dry-Hopped Pale Ale, Wolf Eyes (Oktoberfest), Nomadico IPA, Visionland Amber Ale, Sweetfetti Weizenbock, Thirsty Land: Foraged Series (Grisette). The most recent additions to the lineup are the Thirsty Land, Sweetfetti, Visionland, Nomadico, and Wolf Eyes. The sheer variety of styles on tap is quite impressive.

Events: Saturday—Charlie Five Cowboy Gala, 6 p.m.

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

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Crystal Kolsch, P.U.B., Oso Otono, Black and Blue Sour, Oktobearfest, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout. The most recent additions are Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Iron Lung, Oktobearfest, Oso Otono (brown ale), Black and Blue Sour, and P.U.B. (Pineapple Upside-down Beer). Chocolate Milk Stout is also on tap on nitro.

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, Trailworks IPA, Dogtoberfest. OK, fine, Pepe the Mule counts as a beer, even though it is basically a Moscow Mule, but it was made with beer. Dogtoberfest is the most recent addition.

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, Canteen Kolsch, Oktoberfest, Grundy Thunder, Oompa Lupulin DIPA, Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale, Laid Back Lager. The most recent additions are the Falconer’s, Social Capital, Grundy Thunder (a brown porter), and the downright beastly Oopma Lupulin. The Oktoberfest is about to run out, so get it fast before Panama Joe goes on tap this Thursday.

Live Music: Thursday—Julian Dosset Trio, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Chris Dracup, 4-7 p.m.

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

(Open daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout). These are the regular house beers. Call the number above for an updated seasonal list.

Dialogue Brewing — (505) 585-1501

(Open daily noon-midnight)

Beers: Belgian Citrus IPA, Berliner Weisse, Sour Raspberry, Sour Pale, Oktoberfest, Dry Irish Stout, O.D.B., Pine Sap Pale Ale, Biere de Mars, Amber Ale. The most recent additions are the Biere de Mars and Amber Ale. Sadly, the recent batch of Das Palabra lager has run out.

Live Music: Friday—Keith Sanchez, 7-9 p.m.

Other Events: Thursday—HandCrafted with DJ Wae Fonkey (music), Sparrow (artist), and All Chola (vendor), 6-10 p.m.

Weekly Events: Monday—Service Industry Night, 6 p.m.

Drafty Kilt Brewing — (505) 881-0234

(Sun 11 a.m–10 p.m., Mon 11 a.m.–8 p.m., 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, Covfefe Hefe, Outlamber Amber. The Outlamber is the most recent addition, brewed just in time for the anniversary party this Friday and Saturday.

Live Music: Friday—Steve Hall and Secret 7, 4:30-10 p.m.; Saturday—Daddy Loin’s Jam Session with members of Merican Slang, Chuck Hawley Group, The Goatheads, 4-11 p.m.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Blues Jam 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

Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500

(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)

Beers: Tart and Soul (Guava Berliner Weisse), Tripel Whammy, Pilsner? I Barley Know’er!, January Embers Barleywine, Eater of Worlds Pale Ale, The Agitator Doppelbock. The most recent additions include the return of January Embers, while Eater of Worlds and Agitator are new.

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. The Hop Hill (7.1% ABV, 69 IBU) was the most recent addition.

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: Porter Auf Deutsch, Cucumber Ale, Bavarian Golden Ale, Ctrl-Alt-Drink, Basil Lager, Helles Lager, IPA, Walnut Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. The most recent additions include Cucumber Ale, Basil Lager, and Helles Lager.

Weekly Events (Nob Hill): Thursday—The Desert Darlings, 7-9 p.m.

Weekly Events (Bernalillo): Sunday—Brunch, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., The Desert Darlings, 6-8 p.m.

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.

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, Blonde, Farm House Ale, IPA, Red, Scotch Ale, Session IPA, Sleeping Dog Stout; (seasonal) Hefeweizen, Farmhouse Apricot, Mars DIPA, Lobo Red Ale. The recent change in ownership at Kellys has led to some seriously improved beers and food, so we decided it was high time to add it to the listings. The Lobo Red was brewed for the University of New Mexico athletic program, if you could not guess. Yes, that is Sleeping Dog Stout, formerly of Chama River, now back in all its dark glory.

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

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

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: All That I Need Kellerbier, Eldorado SMASH IPA, Ales for ALS IPA, Pecos Porter, The Madding Crowd Special Bitter, La Negra. The amazing La Negra is the newest addition to the lineup. Get it in bombers while they are still available (or, until the Crew buys them all).

Live Music: Saturday—The Squash Blossom Boys, 6-9 p.m.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Trivia or Loteria (alternates by week), 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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: NM State Fair Pale Ale, Gin Barrel Brett, Amarillo Pale Ale, Rouge Maverique, Joe Pumpkin, Barrel-Aged Amber, Dubbel, Simcoe IPA (Downtown and Heights only), Horchata Porter (Downtown only), Raspberry Nitro Stout (Heights and Westside only), Abbey Brett (Westside only), Marble Pale Ale (Westside only), Jabroni Lite (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 Barrel-Aged Amber, Horchata Porter, and Dubbel are the most recent additions.

Live Music (Downtown): Music is done for the colder months, but will resume at 111 in the spring!

Live Music (Heights): Friday—Todd Tijerina, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Black Smoke Blues, 7-10 p.m.

Live Music (Westside): Friday—Julian Dosset Trio, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Funk Tractor, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday—The Dustjackets, 3-7 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: Bird of Prey IPA, To Boldly Gose, Honey Dubbs, Equinox, Irish Red, Imperial Pilsner (Silver only), Beam Me Up Scotty (Silver only). The most recent additions are Irish Red, Equinox, Bird of Prey, To Boldly Gose, and Honey Dubbs (Imperial Honey Chamomile Wheat).

News: Nexus Silver now has food! Rejoice and check out the menu on their main website.

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

Weekly Events (Silver Taproom): Saturday—a live DJ will perform; Sunday—a live band will perform at 2 p.m.

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

(Tues–Sat 3–9 p.m.)

Beers: MWA (Malt With Attitude), Guero (Belgian Wit), Poolside Pale Ale, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale), Switch Stance Stout. Palmer shares a building with Left Turn Distilling on Girard south of Candelaria. This batch of Cockness Monster is fresh and tasty.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Imperial Red, Topaz Pale Ale, Red Chile Chocolate Porter, Dry-Hopped Saison, Amber Ale. The new Topaz Pale Ale is the latest in a series of single-hop beers. The most recent additions are the Amber Ale, Imperial Red, and Red Chile Chocolate Porter.

News: You can now find India Pale Lager 2.0 for sale in cans, at the brewery and at local liquor stores, including Total Wine, Bird of Paradise, Jubilation, Kelly’s, and Quarters!

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: Fresh Hop Clark, S’More Than a Beer, Mangose, Imperial Clark, Baltic Bollocks. QC gets dark with the return of Bruce, which was brewed in the hazy New England style but still as a black IPA, and Baltic Bollocks Porter. The Imperial Clark is not for the faint of heart. S’More Than a Beer was made with graham crackers, lactose, and chocolate.

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

(Brewery hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Downtown taproom hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: Imperial Red IPA, Plum Gose, Oktoberfest, White AF IPA (downtown only). The Imperial Red IPA was the first in a series of beers to celebrate Red Door’s recent anniversary. The Plum Gose was second and Oktoberfest was third.

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

Weekly Events (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, Weizen, Randy’s Shandy, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Roadkill Red Ale, La Luz Lager, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel-aged), Vanilla Porter, NM Pinon Coffee Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Barrel-aged Belgian Strong Golden, Level 3 IPA, Imperial Russian Stout (regular and barrel-aged), Lemongrass Wit, Peach Gose, Cherry Sour, Kolsch, Hibiscus Mojito, Penguin Lager, Belgian Blonde, Cherry Wheat, Belgo IPA, Pink Boots Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, Grapefruit Launcher IPA, Schwarzbier, Rubus Ruckus. A portion of the Penguin Lager proceeds are going to the new exhibit at the ABQ Bio Park. There are now three barrel-aged beers on tap in the Porter, RIS, and Belgian Strong. The Rubus Ruckus, a raspberry sour, is the most recent addition.

Live Music: Thursday—Melissa Rios, 6 p.m.; Sunday—Dave Payne & Salt Cedar, 2 p.m.

Other Events: Saturday—Duke City Cornhole Club Tournament, 12:30 p.m.

Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Movie Night (now outside), 7 p.m. or later, weather permitting; Thursday—Girls Pint Out, all day; Friday—Headliners Comedy presents Friday Night Fools ($5 cover, event only), 9:30 p.m.; Sunday—Pints & Planks with Yoga Zo; Monday—Micro Mondays, 7 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: Switchgear IPA, 3:10 to Belen Brown Ale, Bonehead Red, Dark Engine Stout, 2926 Steam Lager, #91 Pale Ale. The most recent additions are the Switchgear and 2926 Steam.

Cask: The last of the Turntable IPA, and #91, 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, Starrphire Pilsner, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Foggy Monocle (Oatmeal Stout), Sando Spice (Green Chile IPA), Oakey Smokey, Jack Tooth Grin, Citra Grin (Pale Ale). Welcome back, Foggy Monocle, the winner of the 2017 Brew Crew Stout Challenge. The most recent additions are the Citra Grin, Sando Spice, ThereWolf, Jack Tooth Grin, and Oakey Smokey, which goes down in history as the last collaboration brew with Chama River.

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, The Village Wit; (seasonals/specialties) Smith Hopper Extra Pale Ale with Dr. Rudi, Cow Plow Brown Ale, V.M.O.M.G. (Marzen), Figgy Pudding, Plymouth Rock & Rye Saison. The most recent additions are the Figgy Pudding and Plymouth Rock & Rye Saison, at least until Who’s Brett IPA debuts Thursday.

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) Secret Squirrel (Best Bitter), Black Ops Hops, Kolsch, Full Booty Stout, Scottish Ale, Say Juan (Summer Saison), Plum Sour, Peach Wheat, Oktoberfest, Spiced Wild Red Ale, Milk Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Porter. This inaugural batch of Oktoberfest from The 377 hits the right notes, with some malty breadiness without too much sweetness. The Spiced Wild, Milk Stout, and BBA Pumpkin Porter are the most recent additions.

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

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: Chocolate Milk Stout, Berry Cider, Scout Golden Ale, Javi Lager, Jack the Sipper, Belgo American Pale Ale, Three-Two Amber, Cascara Cider, Doppelbock, Turkey Drool, Cowboy Coffee (Wells Park batch is on nitro),

Plum Spice Berliner Weisse (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Flanders Red Ale (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Minute-4 (Nob Hill and Four Hills only), Big Sipper IPA (Four Hills only), Delicious Golden Dry Cider (Four Hills Only), Holstein & Hops (Four Hills only). Recent additions to the lineup are the Doppelbock and Plum Spice Berliner Weisse, plus Turkey Drool returns Thursday.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Lincoln County War, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Still Closed for Repairs, 8 p.m.

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

Live Music (Four Hills): Saturday—Keith Sanchez, 7 p.m.

Other Events (Wells Park): Thursday—Angie May Rehnberg Glass Release, 7 p.m.; Friday—Live Karaoke with Casey Mraz, 7 p.m.

Weekly Events (Wells Park): Monday—MNF Fantasy Shootout, 5 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.

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.

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.

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: Lil’ Shelly (Pale Ale), Cosmic Yum Yum, Can’t Catch Me Copper Lager, Arsenal Porter, Pour les Abeilles, S.O.S. (Wet Hop Pale Ale), Depravity Barleywine. An archived keg of Depravity has been tapped for a limited time. The Can’t Catch Me and Cosmic Yum Yum are the most recent additions. Arsenal Porter has replaced the SCH Scotch Lager.

Cask: Tuesday—Arsenal Porter

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Oktoberfest, Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter, Apparition Pale Coffee Ale, La Catrina Rye IPA. The most recent addition is the powerful BA Imperial Porter.

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, WWWMD (Barrel-Aged Whistler), Marcel, Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Duchamp (Sour Wit), Cezanne Magnifique, HMWWA FIACFW, Cezanne Verite, Fiction (IPA), Lourd of Funk. This batch of Cezanne Verite is barrel aged and it is also for sale in bombers. The WWWMD acronym stands for What Would Whistler’s Mother Do. Old favorite Fiction is back, and Titian and Whistler will return soon.

Live Music (ABQ taproom): Saturday—R.J. Perez, 9 p.m.

Other Events (ABQ taproom): Today (Wednesday)—Free Foosball Tournament, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday—Drink & Draw with Van Zayton Arts, 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, Saison du Sarlacc, Agent Scully – Season One, Episode Four (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Meier (Meyer Lemon Gose), Fruhschoppen (Hefeweizen), Little White Lies (Belgian Blonde), Conduit (Belgian IPA). The Agent Scully is a new series of IPAs which will vary by hop combinations. Episode 4 is the most recent iteration. This batch of Germophile was dry-hopped with Motueka and Simcoe.

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: Adobe Igloo, Hipster Union IPA, Oktoberfest, Bobcat Dynamite (Kolsch), Wet Hop Pale Ale (ECS). With the colder weather almost upon us, Adobe Igloo makes its annual return. Hipster Union is also back, while Bobcat Dynamite is the most recent addition.

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, Coffee Porter, XX ESB, 2920 IPA, LVL Stout, Nova Pale Ale, Breaking Plaid Scotch Ale. The most recent additions are the Nova and Breaking Plaid, the latter of which was the first beer brewed at the Rufina location.

Live Music (Original location): TBA

Live Music (Railyard): TBA

Live Music (Rufina): Today (Wednesday)—Smokey Brights, Prism Bitch, Ten Ten Division, 8 p.m.

Other Events (Rufina): Saturday—Making Movies: Immigrants are Beautiful Tour, 8:30 p.m.

Weekly Events (Railyard): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 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: Kutthroat Kolsch, Kaboom Quad, Wit Rock, Catherine’s Historical Stout, Little Bird Blonde, Anderson Amber. Well, look at that, an updated beer list for BRB. The Wit Rock and Little Bird are old favorites, the rest are more recent recipes.

Sierra Blanca Brewing — (505) 832-2337

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

Beers: Oktoberfest, Cherry Sour, Interstella Vanilla, Cherry Wheat, Single Hop IPA. The Whiskey Stout will return in a week-and-a-half. The Cherry Sour is back for another run. Oktoberfest is now available on tap. Cherry Wheat is available in bottles and won a gold medal at GABF this year.

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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

The ups and downs of having a full kitchen, or not, continue to vex many local breweries.

A small news item crossed our desk today (Monday) when we found out that Turtle Mountain is adding new items to its food menu. This is something that happens all the time in the restaurant business, where the palates of diners and their interests ebb and flow, often unpredictably. While several of the dishes look like things we have to try (hello, Ruidoso Ribs), it got us thinking again about the ongoing issue of breweries and food.

A few years back, the success of Marble and La Cumbre seemingly heralded the new model would be kitchen-free, relying instead on food trucks and neighboring restaurants. The brewpub was a dying breed, but a funny thing happened on the way to all of this happening. The brewpub did not die, it just had to be revamped and reborn, much like the restaurant industry as a whole (though that whole is far slower to adapt to change, as we see in the current decline in the national chains as more and more close here in ABQ and other parts of the country).

The most recent trend has seen breweries that previously had little or no food expanding to full kitchens. Bosque just had a few appetizers and panini-press sandwiches, until the decision was made to go the full kitchen route. The opening of the second, larger Las Cruces taproom saw the arrival of a full kitchen down south, while Nob Hill has recently expanded into the old Wise Pies space so it can also have a full kitchen, much like the original San Mateo location (and that full kitchen will head to the new mothership location being built along the Interstate 25 frontage road).

Boxing Bear expanded its kitchen and menu, while Tractor added a small food menu to its new Four Hills taproom. Now comes the word that Tractor will turn the old merchandise nook at Wells Park into a small food area as well (if you went to the Stranger Things Arcade Carnival before Halloween, you saw a preview of this).

Rio Bravo had long ago kept a space for a future kitchen, located just on the south side of the main bar area. After struggling with food trucks (more on that below) for a while, the decision was finally made to essentially outsource the in-house food production to The Burger Stand, which already had locations in Taos and Santa Fe.

As more new breweries seek to open, most, if not all, are advertising that they will indeed have in-house food. The most recent new brewery to open, Bombs Away Beer Company, did not open with any food, but its owner already mentioned that he has a space set aside for what seems like an inevitable addition of a small food prep area.

The need for in-house food is seemingly being driven by two things. First, the consumer demand is there. Second, the food truck situation in town has been slipping, from what a number of brewery owners have told us. Many of the best food trucks have either shut down or been so successful that they have been able to open brick-and-mortar restaurants. The best of what remain are now stretched thin across the metro area due to the proliferation of so many taprooms and breweries. While established, large breweries like La Cumbre, Marble, and Tractor are still able to keep the best of the best food trucks parked outside, other breweries have struggled immensely to fill out their schedules with reliable trucks.

Food is still a tricky thing for breweries. A kitchen, whether limited or full, adds another layer of inspections and regulations, many of them even tighter than what exists for beer production. Having food on site is no guarantee of increased business. It certainly did not save the Firkin Brewhouse or Albuquerque Brewing, or perhaps most prominently, Chama River. Even places with well-established reputations for having top-notch kitchens, like Nexus and Turtle Mountain, are constantly having to adjust and adapt to the changing tastes of consumers. One could debate whether or not people are even pickier about food than beer, but it often seems that way around Albuquerque.

It can also be debated as to where the food-versus-no-food debate falls geographically. Desert Valley opened its West Side taproom with a full kitchen and has gone to great lengths to promote it as a food-first establishment. After initially opening the Nexus Silver taproom sans food, the decision was recently made to begin serving food there. It can be argued that food is almost necessary in areas with a denser neighborhood population, like Nob Hill or the Northeast Heights, as opposed to the more nightlife-oriented aspects of downtown, the Brewery District, and Wells Park (though things are changing at some of the breweries located in that district).

The issue can then become how customers view and treat brewpubs versus breweries. Reading the less-than-kind comments online for many brewpubs, they often seem to focus mainly on the food itself and the service, rather than the beer. Food seems to be more polarizing than beer, while the expectation of service is often higher in what many regard as more of a restaurant than bar setting. It often seems that for every benefit about having a kitchen, there is a significant drawback as well. Finding the balance in between is an ongoing challenge, with no easy answers.

What is the future of the brewpub model? Cantero Brewing is gambling that it will be of the popular farm-to-table variety, as the forthcoming brewery fights to overcome the fact it took over the old Firkin space, one of the least desirable physical locations for any brewery. The other newcomers will have to make up their own minds.

As always, we want to know what all of you think, so we designed a rather simple poll below. Add your comments here or on social media. The more the breweries know about what we want from them in terms of food is better for everyone involved.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s six breweries, one in Los Alamos, and one in Moriarty 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.

My personal favorite beer holiday is back Thursday as International Stout Day returns. This annual celebration of the darkest of beers is always a treat, even in the wake of Halloween. As always, it is a great time to go all over town and try some new stouts and old favorites. So where are all of those stouts on tap right now? Bombs Away just released Stockpile Stout back on Friday, so that is fresh and delicious. Sadly, Bosque is out of Driftwood, but a fresh batch is coming soon. Whether it will be on tap by Thursday is unknown. Bow & Arrow doesn’t have a traditional stout, but it does have Black Chandelier, a Belgian stout. Boxing Bear has a tripleheader of stouts available now with Standing 8, Chocolate Milk Stout, and the delectable Coffee Chocolate Stout. Canteen is re-releasing its award-winning Panama Joe, or if coffee is not your thing, you can still snag a pint of Dark & Lusty. Dialogue may still have some Dry Irish Stout available. If you want a burly stout, Obliviscaris Stout is still at Drafty Kilt. Flix Brewhouse keeps Umbra Choco Stout on tap year round. Hops Brewery also stays on the sweet side with its milk stout, Tipsy Cow. For anyone feeling nostalgic for Chama River, you can still get Sleeping Dog Stout over at Kellys, and yes, it is the original recipe. La Cumbre’s Malpais Stout is always on tap and for sale in four-packs, and if you can wait one more day, La Negra returns on tap and in bombers on Friday. Marble always has its Oatmeal Stout on tap, plus there should still be some Raspberry Nitro Stout available at all three locations. Red Door always has Paint it Black Milk Stout on nitro. Rio Bravo has its Oatmeal Stout and there may be a little barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout on tap, which, in case anyone forgot, won a bronze medal at the Great British Beer Festival. Starr Brothers has Foggy Monocle on tap, which way back in February won the Crew’s annual Stout Challenge. Steel Bender always has Blue Bullet Stout, and sometimes it’s on nitro in addition to CO2. The 377 should still have some Milk Stout available. Tractor has knocked it out of the park with its latest batch of Cowboy Coffee Stout, with the Wells Park batch on nitro, while Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, Mustachio Milk Stout, and Chocolate Milk Stout are also around. Turtle Mountain keeps Stauffenberg Stout on tap year round, too. Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout, Chili Line has Jacona Stout, Duel often has Goya (including at its ABQ taproom), Santa Fe has its Java Imperial Stout on tap and in cans, and Second Street has its Cream Stout available at almost all times. Get out there and embrace the darkness this Thursday!

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bosque brings back another old favorite, quite literally, in Olde Bosky Porter. Bow & Arrow debuts a new Grisette, Thirsty Land: Foraged Series, on Friday. Canteen kicks back with Laid Back Lager, plus there is a fresh batch of Exodus IPA. Marble livens up the season with Joe Pumpkin, plus Simcoe IPA is now available. Nexus added Irish Red to its lineup last weekend. Ponderosa goes big with Imperial Red, plus the Red Chile Chocolate Porter from Beer Premiere is now available. Quarter Celtic also unveils its BP beer, S’More Than a Beer, to the general public. Sidetrack brings back 3:10 to Belen Brown by popular demand. Steel Bender has its Beer Premiere offering, Figgy Pudding, on tap, plus Plymouth Rock & Rye Saison is set to debut today (Wednesday), with all proceeds going to charity. Tractor gets funky with Plum Spice Berliner Weisse. Turtle Mountain takes flight with Cosmic Yum Yum, Can’t Catch Me Copper Lager, and an archived batch of Depravity Barleywine.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has the monstrous Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter available. Santa Fe’s recent additions include its winter seasonal, Adobe Igloo, plus Hipster Union IPA and Bobcat Dynamite, a new Kolsch.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of October 30.

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, Blonde, Strong Dark and Handsome, Diablo del Oro, Single and Ready to Mingle. The most recent addition is the Single and Ready to Mingle (5.5% ABV, 30 IBU), a Belgian-style ale.

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: El Jeffe Hefeweizen, Friars Belgian-Style Single, June Bock German Lager. Rejoice, for Blue Grasshopper is brewing again! The Friars and June Bock are the more recent additions.

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, Grapefruit Pale Ale, Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest returned recently, so enjoy it while it’s still fresh.

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.

Bombs Away Beer Company — (505) 554-3204

(Hours: Mon–Fri 2 p.m.–close, Sat–Sun noon–close)

Beers: Short Fuse Blonde Ale, BABC IPA, Willie Pete Wit, Low Order Porter, High Speed Low Drag Lager, Wild Card Spiced Ale, Brisance Bitter, Bag Drag BPA, Arsenal English Amber, Proximity Pilsner, MKDeuce Pale Ale, Primer Pub Ale, Actuator IPA, Stockpile Stout. Welcome to the listings, Bombs Away! The newest brewery in the Southeast Heights is now open at 9801 Acoma Road SE. The initial lineup ranges from lighter beers like Short Fuse (5.6% ABV, 25.6 IBU) and Willie Pete (5.8% ABV, 20 IBU), to dark and malty beers like Low Order (5.2% ABV, 58 IBU), and of course plenty of hop-forward ales like BABC IPA (6.1% ABV, 91.33 IBU). Head on over and try them out!

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: Scotia Limited, ABQ Double IPA, Rio Soleado (Fresh-Hop Blonde), PSA (Pumpkin Spiced Ale), Moon Cannon DIPA, Olde Bosky Porter. Welcome back, Olde Bosky Porter! ABQ and Moon Cannon give Bosque a pair of massive double IPAs. Both have ABVs over 9 percent and IBUs over 100. Scotia Limited is Bosque’s fifth anniversary beer, aged in Taos Lightning barrels for a year.

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

Bow & Arrow Brewing — (505) 247-9800

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

Beers: Sun Dagger (Saison), True Aim (Scotch Ale), Hoka Hey (IPA), Jemez Field Notes Lager, Wayward Arrow Hefeweizen, Cosmic Arrow Brett Saison, Hoodoo Monster Imperial Red, Way Out West Sour Sumac, Black Chandelier (Belgo Stout), Desert Dynamo IPL, Fast Luck Dry-Hopped Pale Ale, Wolf Eyes (Oktoberfest), Nomadico IPA, Visionland Amber Ale, Sweetfetti Weizenbock, Thirsty Land: Foraged Series (Grisette). The most recent additions to the lineup are the Thirsty Land, Sweetfetti, Visionland, Nomadico, and Wolf Eyes. The sheer variety of styles on tap is quite impressive.

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: Crystal Kolsch, P.U.B., Oso Otono, Black and Blue Sour, Oktobearfest, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout. The most recent additions are Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Iron Lung, Oktobearfest, Oso Otono (brown ale), Black and Blue Sour, and P.U.B. (Pineapple Upside-down Beer). Chocolate Milk Stout is also on tap on nitro.

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, Trailworks IPA, Dogtoberfest. OK, fine, Pepe the Mule counts as a beer, even though it is basically a Moscow Mule, but it was made with beer. Dogtoberfest is the most recent addition.

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, Canteen Kolsch, Oktoberfest, Grundy Thunder, Oompa Lupulin DIPA, Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale, Laid Back Lager. The most recent additions are the Falconer’s, Social Capital, Grundy Thunder (a brown porter), and the downright beastly Oopma Lupulin. The Oktoberfest is about to run out, so get it fast before Panama Joe goes on tap this Thursday.

Live Music: Thursday—Porter Draw, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—TBA, 4-7 p.m.

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

(Open daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout). These are the regular house beers. Call the number above for an updated seasonal list.

Dialogue Brewing — (505) 585-1501

(Open daily noon-midnight)

Beers: Belgian Citrus IPA, Berliner Weisse, Sour Raspberry, Sour Pale, Oktoberfest, Dry Irish Stout, O.D.B., Pine Sap Pale Ale, Biere de Mars, Amber Ale. The most recent additions are the Biere de Mars and Amber Ale. Sadly, the recent batch of Das Palabra lager has run out.

Live Music: Friday—Brian Shonerd, 7-9 p.m.; Sunday—Reviva! (acoustic set), 2 p.m.

Other Events: Thursday—HandCrafted with TBA (music), TBA (artist), and All Chola (vendor), 6-10 p.m.; Saturday—3rd Annual Bears and Brews, 7 p.m.

Weekly Events: Monday—Service Industry Night, 6 p.m.

Drafty Kilt Brewing — (505) 881-0234

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

Beers: Groundskeeper Willie Cream Ale, Wee Beastie Scottish Ale, McWabbit Pale Ale, Campbell Toe IPA, Obliviscaris Oatmeal Stout, McRojo or No (Irish Red), Covfefe Hefe. Brewer/owner Mike Campbell has five of his own creations on tap at 4814 Hardware Dr. NE, including the Campbell Toe (no snickering). The Obliviscaris is a burly throwback to the stouts of old. The Covfefe Hefe is the most recent addition.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Blues Jam 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

Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500

(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)

Beers: Tart and Soul (Guava Berliner Weisse), Tripel Whammy, Pilsner? I Barley Know’er!, January Embers Barleywine, Eater of Worlds Pale Ale, The Agitator Doppelbock. The most recent additions include the return of January Embers, while Eater of Worlds and Agitator are new.

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. The Hop Hill (7.1% ABV, 69 IBU) was the most recent addition.

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: Porter Auf Deutsch, Cucumber Ale, Bavarian Golden Ale, Ctrl-Alt-Drink, Basil Lager, Helles Lager, IPA, Walnut Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. The most recent additions include Cucumber Ale, Basil Lager, and Helles Lager.

Weekly Events (Nob Hill): Thursday—The Desert Darlings, 7-9 p.m.

Weekly Events (Bernalillo): Sunday—Brunch, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., The Desert Darlings, 6-8 p.m.

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.

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, Blonde, Farm House Ale, IPA, Red, Scotch Ale, Session IPA, Sleeping Dog Stout; (seasonal) Hefeweizen, Farmhouse Apricot, Mars DIPA, Lobo Red Ale. The recent change in ownership at Kellys has led to some seriously improved beers and food, so we decided it was high time to add it to the listings. The Lobo Red was brewed for the University of New Mexico athletic program, if you could not guess. Yes, that is Sleeping Dog Stout, formerly of Chama River, now back in all its dark glory.

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

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

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: All That I Need Kellerbier, Eldorado SMASH IPA, Ales for ALS IPA, Pecos Porter, The Madding Crowd Special Bitter. The Madding Crowd is the newest addition to the lineup. La Negra, an amazing barrel-aged imperial stout, returns on tap and in bombers this Friday.

Live Music: Saturday—Silver String Band, 6-9 p.m.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Trivia or Loteria (alternates by week), 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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: NM State Fair Pale Ale, Gin Barrel Brett, Amarillo Pale Ale, Raspberry Nitro Stout, Rouge Maverique, Joe Pumpkin, Dark Strong (Downtown and Heights only), Simcoe IPA (Heights and Westside only), Cherry Brune (Heights only), Das Roggen Weiner (Westside only), Abbey Brett (Westside only), Marble Pale Ale (Westside only), Jabroni Lite (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 Rouge Maverique, Joe Pumpkin, and Simcoe IPA are the most recent additions.

Live Music (Downtown): Thursday—The Big News, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Red Light Cameras, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Muertos Fiesta with Tres Pendejos, 3-4 p.m., The Big Spank, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Jade Masque, 6-8 p.m.

Live Music (Heights): Friday—Hub City Soundsystem, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Gershom Brothers, 7-10 p.m.

Live Music (Westside): Friday—Lone Pinon, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Still Closed for Repairs, 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: Bird of Prey IPA, To Boldly Gose, Honey Dubbs, Equinox, Irish Red, Imperial Pilsner (Silver only), Beam Me Up Scotty (Silver only). The most recent additions are Irish Red, Equinox, Bird of Prey, To Boldly Gose, and Honey Dubbs (Imperial Honey Chamomile Wheat).

News: Nexus Silver now has food! Rejoice and check out the menu on their main website.

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

Weekly Events (Silver Taproom): Saturday—a live DJ will perform; Sunday—a live band will perform at 2 p.m.

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

(Tues–Sat 3–9 p.m.)

Beers: MWA (Malt With Attitude), Guero (Belgian Wit), Poolside Pale Ale, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale), Switch Stance Stout. Palmer shares a building with Left Turn Distilling on Girard south of Candelaria. This batch of Cockness Monster is fresh and tasty.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Imperial Red, Topaz Pale Ale, Red Chile Chocolate Porter, Dry-Hopped Saison, Oktoberfestbier. The new Topaz Pale Ale is the latest in a series of single-hop beers. The most recent additions are the Imperial Red and Red Chile Chocolate Porter.

News: You can now find India Pale Lager 2.0 for sale in cans, at the brewery and at local liquor stores, including Total Wine, Bird of Paradise, Jubilation, Kelly’s, and Quarters!

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: Fresh Hop Clark, S’More Than a Beer, Mangose, Imperial Clark. QC gets dark with the return of Bruce, which was brewed in the hazy New England style but still as a black IPA. The Imperial Clark is not for the faint of heart. S’More Than a Beer was made with graham crackers, lactose, and chocolate.

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

(Brewery hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Downtown taproom hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: Imperial Red IPA, Plum Gose, Oktoberfest, White AF IPA (downtown only). The Imperial Red IPA was the first in a series of beers to celebrate Red Door’s recent anniversary. The Plum Gose was second and Oktoberfest was third.

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

Weekly Events (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, Weizen, Randy’s Shandy, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Roadkill Red Ale, La Luz Lager, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel-aged), Vanilla Porter, NM Pinon Coffee Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Barrel-aged Belgian Strong Golden, Level 3 IPA, Imperial Russian Stout (regular and barrel-aged), Lemongrass Wit, Peach Gose, Cherry Sour, Kolsch, Hibiscus Mojito, Penguin Lager, Belgian Blonde, Cherry Wheat, Belgo IPA, Pink Boots Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, Grapefruit Launcher IPA, Schwarzbier, Rubus Ruckus. A portion of the Penguin Lager proceeds are going to the new exhibit at the ABQ Bio Park. There are now three barrel-aged beers on tap in the Porter, RIS, and Belgian Strong. The Rubus Ruckus, a raspberry sour, is the most recent addition.

Live Music: Thursday—Blame it on Rebekkah, 6-8 p.m.; Friday—Garry Blackchild, 7-9 p.m.

Other Events: Saturday—Learn to Homebrew Demo, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday—Flea Market, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Movie Night (now outside), 7 p.m. or later, weather permitting; Thursday—Girls Pint Out, all day; Friday—Headliners Comedy presents Friday Night Fools ($5 cover, event only), 9:30 p.m.; Sunday—Pints & Planks with Yoga Zo; Monday—Micro Mondays, 7 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, 3:10 to Belen Brown Ale, Bonehead Red, Dark Engine Stout, Sidetrack Pilsner, #91 Pale Ale. The most recent addition is the 3:10 to Belen, with Turntable IPA and #91 Pale Ale coming before that.

Cask: The Turntable and #91 are in the firkins.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Taco Tuesday, all day

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, Starrphire Pilsner, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Foggy Monocle (Oatmeal Stout), Sando Spice (Green Chile IPA), Oakey Smokey, Jack Tooth Grin, Citra Grin (Pale Ale). Welcome back, Foggy Monocle, the winner of the 2017 Brew Crew Stout Challenge. The most recent additions are the Citra Grin, Sando Spice, ThereWolf, Jack Tooth Grin, and Oakey Smokey, which goes down in history as the last collaboration brew with Chama River.

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, The Village Wit; (seasonals/specialties) Smith Hopper Extra Pale Ale with Dr. Rudi, Cow Plow Brown Ale, Alewitch Pumpkin Ale, V.M.O.M.G. (Marzen), Compa NM Lager, Figgy Pudding, Plymouth Rock & Rye Saison. The Alewitch and V.M.O.M.G. won’t be around for too long, so get these fall favorites while you can. The Compa is back by popular demand. The most recent additions are the Figgy Pudding and Plymouth Rock & Rye Saison.

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) Secret Squirrel (Best Bitter), Black Ops Hops, Kolsch, Full Booty Stout, Scottish Ale, Say Juan (Summer Saison), Plum Sour, Peach Wheat, Oktoberfest, Spiced Wild Red Ale, Milk Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Porter. This inaugural batch of Oktoberfest from The 377 hits the right notes, with some malty breadiness without too much sweetness. The Spiced Wild, Milk Stout, and BBA Pumpkin Porter are the most recent additions.

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

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: Chocolate Milk Stout, Berry Cider, Scout Golden Ale, Javi Lager, Cowboy Coffee (on nitro at Wells Park only), Jack the Sipper, Belgo American Pale Ale, Three-Two Amber, Cascara Cider, Plum Spice Berliner Weisse, Flanders Red Ale (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Traktoberfest (Nob Hill and Four Hills only), Minute-4 (Nob Hill and Four Hills ony), Big Sipper IPA (Nob Hill and Four Hills only), Cucumber Gose (Four Hills only), Delicious Golden Dry Cider (Four Hills Only), Holstein & Hops (Four Hills only). Some delicious old favorites return in the Javi Lager, Cowboy Coffee, Nitro Milk Stout, and Jack the Sipper. Recent additions to the lineup are the Plum Spice Berliner Weisse, Belgo American, and Three-Two Amber, which is the first in a series of 3.2-percent ABV beers (talk about sessionable).

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Beth Lee and the Breakups, 8 p.m.; Saturday—String Dinner, 8 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Todd Tijerina, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Casey Mraz, 5 p.m.

Live Music (Four Hills): Saturday—Hub City Soundsystem, 7 p.m.

Other Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Poetry & Beer, 7 p.m.

Weekly Events (Wells Park): Monday—MNF Fantasy Shootout, 5 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.

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.

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.

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: Lil’ Shelly (Pale Ale), Cosmic Yum Yum, Can’t Catch Me Copper Lager, SCH Scotch Lager, Pour les Abeilles, S.O.S. (Wet Hop Pale Ale), Depravity Barleywine. An archived keg of Depravity has been tapped for a limited time. The Can’t Catch Me and Cosmic Yum Yum are the most recent additions. Arsenal Porter should be on tap this week, replacing the SCH.

Cask: Tuesday—Oktoberfest

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Oktoberfest, Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter, Apparition Pale Coffee Ale, La Catrina Rye IPA. The most recent addition is the powerful BA Imperial Porter.

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, WWWMD (Barrel-Aged Whistler), Marcel, Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Duchamp (Sour Wit), Cezanne Magnifique, HMWWA FIACFW, Cezanne Verite, Fiction (IPA), Lourd of Funk. This batch of Cezanne Verite is barrel aged and it is also for sale in bombers. The WWWMD acronym stands for What Would Whistler’s Mother Do. Old favorite Fiction is back, and Titian and Whistler will return soon.

Live Music (ABQ taproom): Thursday—Brian and Kristoff, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Bandwidth No Name, 9 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, Saison du Sarlacc, Agent Scully – Season One, Episode Four (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Meier (Meyer Lemon Gose), Fruhschoppen (Hefeweizen), Little White Lies (Belgian Blonde), Conduit (Belgian IPA). The Agent Scully is a new series of IPAs which will vary by hop combinations. Episode 4 is the most recent iteration. This batch of Germophile was dry-hopped with Motueka and Simcoe.

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: Adobe Igloo, Hipster Union IPA, Oktoberfest, Bobcat Dynamite (Kolsch), Wet Hop Pale Ale (ECS). With the colder weather almost upon us, Adobe Igloo makes its annual return. Hipster Union is also back, while Bobcat Dynamite is the most recent addition.

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, Coffee Porter, Diablo Canyon Pale Ale, XX ESB, 2920 IPA, LVL Stout, Oktoberfest, Summer Rain Sour, Latona Amber. The most recent addition is the Latona Amber. This batch of Oktoberfest is excellent, classic stuff. Hurry up and drink up some of these beers so they can make room for another batch of the GABF bronze medal-winning Rod’s Steam Bitter.

Live Music (Original location): TBA

Live Music (Railyard): TBA

Live Music (Rufina): Saturday—Heather Trost and Greg Butera, 8 p.m.

Weekly Events (Railyard): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 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: Kutthroat Kolsch, Kaboom Quad, Wit Rock, Catherine’s Historical Stout, Little Bird Blonde, Anderson Amber. Well, look at that, an updated beer list for BRB. The Wit Rock and Little Bird are old favorites, the rest are more recent recipes.

Sierra Blanca Brewing — (505) 832-2337

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

Beers: Oktoberfest, Cherry Sour, Interstella Vanilla, Cherry Wheat, Single Hop IPA. The Whiskey Stout will return in a week-and-a-half. The Cherry Sour is back for another run. Oktoberfest is now available on tap. Cherry Wheat is available in bottles and just won a gold medal at GABF.

Live Music: Friday—Silver String Band, 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

The Brewers Association is working with the USDA to help hop growers, big and small.

Even in a slow news period, there are still little items we would like to share.

Brewers Association moves to support independent hop growers

The good folks over at the BA announced today that they have struck an agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service (USDA-ARS) “to fund public hop breeding for the purpose of developing and releasing disease resistant aroma hop cultivars into the public domain, in support of hop growing efforts throughout the U.S.”

What that basically means is it will be even easier for more and more folks to start growing hops without worrying about copyrights and the like, so long as they are working to create disease- and pest-resistant strains. The hop-growing industry is booming in the Pacific Northwest, and now even local farms in New Mexico are beginning to pop up, such as Red Hat Hops in Los Ranchos. Fighting the scourge of disease and pests is a key to that continued expansion, as well as keeping costs due to shortages from spiraling out of control.

Coincidentally, Red Hat is hosting a special meeting this Saturday (invite-only) to bring together breweries, hop farmers, and other farmers to work in even better collaboration. In other words, your local beers may be getting even more local ingredients as everyone finds even better ways to work together. If one of the Crew can attend this event, we will have a full report next week.

International Stout Day returns

The glorious holiday known is back this Thursday, celebrating all that is great and wonderful about beers on the darker end of the spectrum. Canteen will be bringing back the award-winning Panama Joe just in time, but as always we encourage everyone to seek out great stouts all around the city.

Sadly, Driftwood Oatmeal Stout is no longer a part of the regular menu at Bosque, having been bumped from the lineup due to low sales and the need to make a permanent tap for the 1888 Blonde Ale.

Happily, Bombs Away Beer Company unveiled its first stout back on Friday, the mean and burly Stockpile Stout. This is not a sweet, creamy little thing, but instead a thick, robust stout that will go oh-so-well once the weather finally turns cold (which, as a side note, could very well be this weekend to coincide with the NMAA state soccer tournament, which always has terrible weather, as us freelance reporters always find out the hard way).

Look for more on Stout Day in the upcoming edition of The Week Ahead in Beer.

Rio Bravo hosts homebrew event

This Saturday is National Learn to Homebrew Day, with events across the country to encourage folks to start up or improve their existing techniques. The main event here in town will take place at Rio Bravo Brewing, which has the available space to host the Dukes of Ale and Worthogs of Rio Rancho. Southwest Grape and Grain should also be on hand.

We should have a lot more on this later in the week, but for now, check the Facebook pages of Rio Bravo and the rest for more details. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free.

Obligatory updates on new breweries

Here are the latest little bits and pieces about forthcoming breweries and off-site taprooms.

  • High and Dry Brewing, located on Adams just south of Lomas, is making some serious progress and could open before the end of the year. They are painting the exterior and just received their new 1-barrel brewing system.
  • Hollow Spirits, located on 1st Street between Dialogue and Marble, has begun its interior build-out. Friends and family helped in the demolition/clean-up of the warehouse space. The combined brewery/distillery is aiming to open in 2018.
  • Cantero Brewing, located in the old Firkin Brewhouse space on Columbia south of Aztec, and Lava Rock Brewing, located on Unser north of Ladera, are both moving along, though there is no big news from either place. It remains to be seen who will win the race between them and High and Dry to be the next brewery to open in Albuquerque.
  • Outside of the metro area, Guadalupe Mountain Brewing in Carlsbad now has an active small brewer license with the state. Anyone in the Carlsbad area looking for work can check the list of open positions on the brewery Facebook page.
  • Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery in Santa Fe is making some major progress. The still has arrived and the build-out of the production facility is nearly complete.
  • Lost Hiker Brewing in Ruidoso has received public approval and is now moving ahead with the final stages before opening, possibly before the year is out. The brewery already has merchandise for sale online.
  • Red River Brewing now has a pending license with the state. Construction of the new brewery building in the ski town is progressing quickly as the crew rushes to finish before the snow arrives.
  • We reported last month that Bare Bones Brewing in Cedar Crest had an active license, but that was not the case. Instead, the license has been withdrawn by the brewery owners, who told us via Facebook message that they are looking to go in a new direction. There were no further details, but it looks like Ale Republic will remain the lone brewery in the East Mountains for the foreseeable future.
  • On the new taproom front, Santa Fe Brewing has a pending offsite license for a new downtown location, though no exact address is listed. When we learn more, we will make sure to update everyone.

That is all from us for the time being. If anyone has news or updates they would like to share, please email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com or drop us a line via any of our social media sites.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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Tonight (Thursday), Blue Corn is hosting another epic beer and cocktails dinner, with Santa Fe Spirits, at their south side location. Because we’ve had so much fun at these dinners in the past, we wanted to give you a quick look at what you’ll be enjoying tonight.

APPETIZER (1st Course) Paired with gin and tonic with Mosaic hop bitters
Crispy kale croquettes served with a herbal aioli

CHEF’S SALAD (2nd Course) Paired with Atapiño brown ale cocktail
Citrus-marinated chicken breast, roasted piñon nuts, orange segments and caramelized red onions on a bed of spring mix, with a sweet and tangy vinaigrette

ENTREES (3rd Course) Paired with a brandy honey wheat cocktail
Farm-raised Atlantic salmon poached in herb-infused extra virgin olive oil with baby carrots and 40K Honey Wheat jasmine rice

DESSERT (4th Course) Paired with a barrel-aged imperial porter, aged in a used Kolkeegan Whisky Barrel from Santa Fe Spirits
Chocolate volcano-molten bundt cake topped with vanilla ice cream and roasted-spiced pecans

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Why you should go: Aside from the always excellent food and beer, mixed with the award-winning guest-showcase of cocktails, these beer dinners serve as a great chance to mingle with other people who love crafted beverages as much as you. Personally, in addition to seeing plenty of other friends in the industry at these things, I’ve always met someone new, and each and every time made a new friend. Hell, I met the guy I bought my house from at one of these beer dinners at Blue Corn.

Also, in a fun, intimate setting, you get to sample special unique creations not usually found on your regular weeknight menu. You get to see the best of what these chefs and brewers have to offer, and then talk to them about it! It is completely underrated, being able to talk to a brewer about the passion he or she puts into their work. Better still, the brewers actually have a spare moment to sit and chat. Any event where the brewers and/or chefs/distillers will walk around and talk with you about what they’re trying to achieve, and the process involved, is worth its weight in gold. It will change your dining/drinking experience forever. To me, that’s worth the price of entry.

You might look at $45 per person as being pricey, but you certainly get your value from these events. Four-course dinners alone fall along that range. Pair them with craft beer, craft cocktails, and good conversation, and the experience is a steal. Get your tickets. Drink some craft. Make some friends. Here’s to keeping it local!

Cheers!

— Luke

For reservations, email manager@bluecornbrewery.com or call (505) 438-1800. The event is from 6-9 p.m.

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