A name change was arguably the biggest change for the combined brewery/distillery this year.

A name change was arguably the biggest change for the combined brewery/distillery this year.

From Broken Trail’s Website: Broken Trail — A path or trail that has been cut, through snow or deep brush or other obstructions. To break trail is to venture where no one has before. It is to find your own path, hike your own hike, and to Find Your Spirit.

This past year brought two major changes to a local distillery and brewery. In 2016, Distillery 365 changed its name to Broken Trail Spirits + Brew. It must have been a good idea, because according to co-owner and head distiller Matt Simonds, lately the beer part of the business has blazed its own trail, so to speak. We joked about how this worked out so well that maybe they should just change the name every year. Simonds said that breweries often have a theme; this could be theirs and he could hold a contest each year for customers to choose the name. This was, of course, all very tongue-in-cheek, but we had a good laugh over it.

Additionally in 2016, they opened a satellite tasting room for the spirits at Green Jeans Farmery. That effort took up a great deal of the owners’ time. Broken Trail cannot sell beer at the Green Jeans location due to an agreement with the property owners and Santa Fe Brewing, but an advantage to the Green Jeans location is the ability to collaborate with Santa Fe and the relationships that Broken Trail has developed through the collaboration.

The brewing goal from last year going into 2016 was simply to give the beer more exposure. They have “done that and more,” Simonds said.  They took a couple of beers to their distributor, he said. The distributor tried them and said, “How much do you have? We’ll take it.” The beer was never intended to be a focus. Yet, as of this last quarter of 2016, the beer is getting equal billing with the spirits. Now the beer is popping up in local bars and restaurants. Jubilation bought a sixtel of the Otero ESB and it sold out in a week — it was reportedly their best seller. Simonds said it’s been humbling considering the company he keeps in this town. In the past few months, they have been brewing as much as they are distilling. They really have to be on top of their scheduling to keep up, which he said has been challenging, but a lot of fun.

The beer taps have a prominent place at the main location.

The beer taps have a prominent place at the main location.

Simonds said he never thought they would be in bars and restaurants, and even earlier in 2016, he just thought that they would be moving more beer through the distillery site and have more selections. Going through an entire batch in a couple of weeks is new to him. Another good thing about it is that it gives customers more exposure to the overall brand. When they go to a festival and go check Untappd afterward, it’s flattering to hear the positive feedback, Simonds said.

(Note: Simonds told me how much he appreciates the NMDSBC always treating them like a real brewery. Now they are living up to it!.He said it is great that we liked them before they were a “real brewery.” It’s still not the goal to compete with the big guys on beer, but to even be mentioned, ever, in the same breath is remarkable, he said.)

Simonds said that he also enjoys the opportunity that beer gives him to be more creative. He could come up with a new beer recipe every week and put it on tap, whereas with spirits you have to go through all kinds of approvals, formulas, labels, etc. For instance, Simonds said he is very excited about a new beer that he hopes to get out by the end of the year, a Newcastle Brown Ale clone. It’s actually a two-part beer, in that is then blended. He had previously tried numerous times to brew a brown ale to match Newcastle, but eventually found out that was not the way it was originally done. In deference to the namesake, but with a local spin, this beer will be called Old Pueblo.

One difficulty Broken Trail endured in 2016 happened on the spirit side. Broken Trail had planned to begin selling and distributing a craft beverage — a canned mule with house-made ginger beer and vodka. They went through the whole grueling process of product and label approvals, etc., and everything was all lined up. Unfortunately, they incurred issues with getting the can certified; the spirit causes deterioration of the aluminum if it is not exactly the right formula. Simonds is a chemist, so he said he was up for the challenge. He also thought about just using bottles instead, as they have higher tolerance to reactivity. The problem he found is that the feds will not allow you to put spirits in a 12-ounce bottle, although you can do it in a 12-ounce can. Oh, all those lovely regulations!

Genius or madness? Only time will tell.

Genius or madness? Only time will tell.

The process to make Pepe the Mule starts with a corn mash as a base for their vodka. The distillers taste it throughout the process, and the staff laughingly commented at one stage that it tastes like Zima (for all you young people out there, Zima was a clear, carbonated alcoholic beverage that was big in the mid 90’s). This was, for Simonds, an ah-ha moment. At this stage, it’s about 10-percent ABV and it is a malt beverage, not a distilled spirit. He figured that he could treat it like a beer instead; there are just a few regulatory issues required to make it a beer. As a beverage, it tastes the same. Plus, it can be sold/distributed more widely because the retailer does not need a full liquor license. This also makes the distributor very happy, Simonds said. It fits the same type of product category as, say, a cider. But, it’s unlike anything out there.

The hardest part is that when you distill the spirit, it removes the yeast. This type of product will require adding flavoring, which has sugar in it, to a yeasted beverage (because the yeast is not distilled out). That, in turn, can cause some stability issues, like possible additional fermentation. They are in the testing phase of this now. Simonds joked that the plan for 2017 is to show up at a beer challenge with “Craft Zima, bitches! We’ll get laughed out of the room, but it will be great.”

So, of course, I said to him, “And then, you’ll just change your name!”

Looking forward to 2017, Broken Trail is always looking at opportunities to grow. However, there are some concerns about saturation. Simonds noted he has talked to some of the newer taprooms and the sales are not necessarily reaching projections. In 2016, each time a new place opened, it would be reflected in Broken Trail’s sales numbers. In 2017, he says they need to further cement themselves as a player in the game so they do not end up being a casualty.

Other opportunities may exist or present themselves to further the brand. This will likely be more on the distribution side, as it is still a fraction of what they do. They are currently making a push into southern and southeastern New Mexico, because those areas are virtually untapped. There is also an opportunity available to them to add a tasting room that fills a void and a need in the city. However, they are being cautious and are looking at measured growth in 2017, Simonds said. They do not want to outgrow themselves, but rather keep the focus on quality and creativity. That, Simonds said, is the advantage of being a small brewer.

Cheers!

— AmyO

That's two more silver medals for Bosque on another banner day for New Mexico breweries.

Pedal to the medal(s)? It was that kind of year at Bosque Brewing in 2016.

It was another banner year over at Bosque Brewing, as everyone might have noticed. There were additional medals and awards, the arrival of six-pack cans, taproom renovations, and more. Do not expect things to slow down anytime soon, either.

I had the chance to meet with head brewer John Bullard, owners Gabe Jensen and Jotham Michnovicz, and Jessica Griego, the director of culture and engagement, at the San Mateo taproom earlier this week. We discussed the ongoing whirlwind of their business over a few pints on a rare quiet day for the quartet.

2016 actually got off to a fairly quiet start, save for two major awards. Bosque became the first brewery to ever repeat as champion of the National IPA Challenge, with Scale Tipper going back to back in March. Bosque then claimed a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup in April for its IPA. After that, well, then things really got busy.

“Since June we’ve had our foot on the gas pedal,” Jotham said. “It was going along easy for the first half of 2016, then it was pedal to the metal.”

“It was like a whole year was jammed into six months,” Jessica added. “At least that’s how I feel.”

No brewery in America has ever pulled off back-to-back victories.

No brewery in America has ever pulled off back-to-back victories.

One major project completed by June was the expansion and renovation of the San Mateo taproom. Bosque’s original location earned a much-needed makeover, easing its crowded space, at least on most days.

“This was such a big win for us, too, because we were able to get a feel for what our style going forward is going to be,” Jotham said. “The decor in here, we feel like we nailed it. We’re excited about putting it in Bernalillo and Las Cruces, and eventually in Nob Hill.”

Speaking of taprooms, Las Cruces was finding itself packed beyond capacity on a regular basis. That quickly led the command staff to figure out they needed a larger space down south. Luckily for them, one was open in the same shopping center across the street from New Mexico State University as the current taproom. Not so lucky was getting that ball rolling.

“Yes, Cruces ground has been broken,” Gabe said. “Four architects later … once they got started, our current architect has been great. I think they’re pretty close to (being) on schedule.”

Construction started at the new, larger Las Cruces taproom in October. (Photo courtesy of Bosque)

Construction started at the new, larger Las Cruces taproom in October. (Photo courtesy of Bosque)

Jessica said they should be open in January in the new space, which should come as a welcome relief not just for the command staff, but also their many, many patrons in Las Cruces and nearby El Paso.

“What’s kind of nice is we actually have a template now for how we open taprooms now,” Jessica said. “We’re not flying by the seat of our pants anymore. I’m excited to see how it’s going to pan out.”

John said all the credit should go to Jessica for the overall taproom experience.

“A lot of the focus has gone into the taprooms, too,” John said. “That’s Jess’ hard work. That’s why they look so good, that’s why the service is so good. Like you said, the experience is great.”

Bosque also rolled out its first three beers in cans — IPA, Scotia, Lager — far sooner than expected. With construction finally underway in Bernalillo for the upcoming production facility — “Ground’s broke!” John exclaimed with a fist pump — that forced Bosque to look for an alternative means to grabbing some shelf space. Enter Sleeping Giant, a contract brewery in Denver. In turn, that led to Bosque signing a distribution agreement with Admiral.

It will no longer be called Riverwalker, but it will still be the same delicious recipe.

Take some hops home with you!

Despite a couple early hiccups, it has been fairly smooth sailing for Bosque as far as packaging has gone so far.

“At the beginning there were a couple people that got some low fills or something,” Gabe said. “Those were (vocal) Untappd people, so we’re like, oh, man. That first week I was freaking out, oh my gosh, if these two people got it like that, everyone could. Then that was it, nothing happened.”

“Those cans that he’s talking about, that was a different can manufacturer than Sleeping Giant had used before, so that led to a couple complications,” John added. “The same thing would have happened if we were packaging.”

The real surprise in the cans has been in sales, specifically which of the beers has stood out.

“Scotia is selling better than I expected, better than any of us expected,” Gabe said.

At first, the command staff was unsure of whether or not to even can the popular Scotch ale. Their sales manager convinced them it had to be done.

“I think the only person who truly believed that is Jesse (Hiott),” Jessica said. “He knows (the market). The rest of us, we wanted to do it, we just didn’t know.”

Gabe said even the folks at Admiral wanted Scotia, backing up Jesse. That finally pushed things over the top, and to market it went. Scotia became the first packaged Scotch/Scottish-style ale in New Mexico, which might have helped.

“It’s selling about the same rate as Lager,” Gabe said. “IPA is still, I think, 50 percent of our sales. The other two are 25 and 25, which is weird. We expected that to be a little more skewed toward IPA taking a larger portion of the sales.”

We cannot wait to get a six-pack of this malty behemoth.

The Crew knew in advance this would sell quite well in package, and we’re standing by that.

Gabe and Jessica said there has been a learning curve in terms of working with a distributor for the first time.

“It’s not about Admiral’s learning curve, it’s (ours),” Gabe said. “Now someone else has control of what’s getting sold in a lot of places we’ve never been, like Roswell. We didn’t know anything about Roswell, now it’s our fourth biggest market.

“I feel overall it’s been good. We’ve moved a lot of beer.”

Jotham said Bosque chose Admiral over the other major New Mexico distributors for a reason.

“That was one of the big reasons why we went with Admiral, because we liked the fact that they would be they were willing to work with us,” he said. “We told them we never want to short them on product if at all possible. We don’t want to run out at our taprooms, we want to keep the same rotating specialty beers. They were all for that. They had a very similar mindset.”

John and the brewing team have enjoyed the relationship as well.

“Without Admiral, we couldn’t have expanded into a lot of these markets if we still self distributed,” John said. “It would really have been impossible for us to do that. Roswell, we wouldn’t be there. Admiral’s been great.

“Then, we we take back our packaging, we’re already out there. That’s half the reason why we did it.”

All of the success in the market would not come without a strong, stable brewing team. John has spoken throughout the year about what a solid group Bosque has assembled.

“The team is really dialed in back there,” John said. “We’ve had a lot of success with competitions this year as well, and that’s because those guys are working together so well. They’re doing what they love doing.

Head brewer John Bullard talks about his beers with the crowd.

Head brewer John Bullard raises a glass to the hard work of his brewing team.

The team got a boost from the arrival of Tim Woodward, the former head brewer at Turtle Mountain, who joined them in May.

“Tim’s doing a great job,” John said. “He’s taking over a lot more as Jackalope is pushing forward so I can work on that more.”

Another long-time staff member earned a promotion as well.

“Ira (Strain-Bey), we just promoted him to brewer,” John said. “He’s been here since day one. He’s been our lead cellarman. He’s really taking off in a brewer position.”

All the hard work of the brewing team paid off again in October when Bosque claimed two silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival for Acequia IPA and the Lager. Winning for the latter, a house beer as opposed to a seasonal/specialty, was an amazing accomplishment.

“That silver in Lager, I jumped up at that one,” Gabe said.

“That one was the one where we were all looking at each other (shocked),” Jessica added.

John could only smile at the memory.

“That was huge,” he said. “That’s Bosque’s biggest accomplishment and probably my biggest accomplishment of my career so far. I’m more proud of that than any other (award).”

Win medal, add to can label. Simple as that.

Win medal, add to can label. Simple as that.

The World Beer Cup bronze for IPA and the GABF silver for the Lager are both displayed on the cans themselves.

“That was pretty huge that we (were able) to do that with (Lager) and IPA, two of the three can styles,” Jotham said.

Overall, 2016 will go down as another successful year for Bosque.

“It’s been a fun year, but it’s been a different kind of year than last year,” Gabe said.

“We’ve been dialing in everything, really, in preparation for improving the taproom experience at Las Cruces and Bernalillo,” Jessica added.

2017 will start big

As noted above, the completion of the new Las Cruces taproom is first on the agenda for Bosque in 2017. After that, the production facility and taproom in Bernalillo will take center stage.

“2017 is all about these few projects we have and then deciding what to do (next),” Gabe said.

The new Las Cruces taproom will have a full kitchen, just like the San Mateo taproom, with a nearly identical food menu, Gabe said. Overall, there will be 2,900 square feet of indoor space, including the kitchen, and a 1,500-square-foot patio outside.

The plans for the Bernalillo taproom and production facility have not changed.

The plans for the Bernalillo taproom and production facility have not changed.

Once that is complete in the first month or two of the year, the staff will be diving headfirst into the construction in Bernalillo. Part of the delay up there was due to issues with Highway 550. Bosque is the anchor tenant of a large retail complex, which will necessitate having its own red light along the busy road. That in turn kept construction from getting going until the State of New Mexico and Sandoval County could figure out where to specifically put the light. With that issue now solved, the same construction company that just wrapped up Flix Brewhouse on the West Side is beginning work on renovating and expanding the old Jackalope building.

“The timing is actually working out nicely that we don’t have to be involved yet in Bernalillo,” Jessica said. “I don’t know how we would do it if they were happening at the same time.”

So far, there have been no changes to the plans to the facility.

“It’s going to be substantially similar to what we’ve seen in the renderings,” Gabe said. “We’ve been hammering out details. The experience there will be different than any other place that we have, for sure. I don’t know how much we want to say right now. It will really be wrapped around the brewery aspect of it. My favorite thing is when you walk in, there will be a 30-foot wide, 12-foot high glass wall that looks into the brewery. I really think that encapsulates what we’re trying to do there. It’s about the beer.”

The taproom will still occupy the south and part of the east side of the structure. There will be a mezzanine level where patrons can also look down into the brewery.

“And then, on top of that, we get to have a Bosque Brewing Company in the Bosque, which was always a dream of all of ours,” Gabe said with a laugh. “To actually be able to do that, we’re excited about that.”

Soon, John will have space to brew. So much space!

Soon, John will have space to brew. So much space!

The thought of having a ton of space, especially compared to the current cramped brewing quarters of San Mateo, led to a joke about John being able to ride a Segway around. He could only laugh at the idea.

On a more serious note, John said he expects to hit the ground running as soon as the facility is ready for brewing.

“We’re going to be busier there when we first start than what we previously thought,” he said. “We’re going to have more equipment than what we previously thought. That’s all thanks to the Sleeping Giant and Admiral partnership.”

Overall, 2017 should start out as a busy year with the two construction projects. Once that is done, it is hard to say what will pop up next for Bosque. Based on recent history, though, it can only be more good times for one of the best breweries in New Mexico.

A huge thank you to Gabe, Jessica, John, and Jotham for taking time out of their busy schedules to sit down and chat. The Dry Stout and Double Brown were delicious, too.

Until the next big Bosque story breaks, the Look Back/Look Ahead Series will continue with even more brewery entries over the coming weeks.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

The 377 Brewery took flight only recently in southeast Albuquerque.

The 377 Brewery took flight only recently in southeast Albuquerque.

Editor’s note: Once again, one of our new Bullpen writers makes his debut with the Look Back/Look Ahead Series entry for one of the newest breweries here in town. Please share some feedback to let Tom know how he did. Thanks! — S

If you’re looking to grab a “patriotic pint,” look no further than The 377 Brewery near the corner of Yale and Gibson in southeast Albuquerque. The new brewery, a furniture store in a previous life, is named for the 377th Air Base Wing stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base. As you enter, it feels as though you stepped inside an airplane hangar with beer taps, and what’s not to love about that?

Another bonus is the fact that many components of the brewery equipment are located in and around the seating area (awesome for us beer geeks). With red tabletops, blue and silver chairs, and Old Glory hanging proudly on the wall, it’s evident that the owners designed the brewery with strong, American pride. Although a grand opening remains unscheduled for now, a soft opening occurred in late October. Head brewer Lyna Waggoner, one of only two women to hold that job in the state, recently sat down to reflect on 2016 and, more importantly, look forward to what lies ahead for The 377 in 2017 and beyond.

The current lineup at The 377 is made up of guest taps from around the state.

The current lineup at The 377 is made up of guest taps from around the state.

Like so many breweries before, The 377 overcame one obstacle after another before finally opening its doors.  Through all the trials and tribulations, Waggoner said she remained focused on one thing — brewing.

“I live for brewing beer,” Lyna said. “I continuously home brewed the entire time the owners, Cliff Sandoval and Fred Attencio, were dealing with everything besides the beer itself.”

The brewing equipment is ready to go.

The brewing equipment is ready to go.

Waggoner said her goal was to continue to perfect her award-winning recipes (she has won many home brewing competitions, including at the State Fair), so that once she began brewing on site, the beer would be as consistent as possible. Waggoner is also a landscape designer, and also applied her talents in that area at the brewery.

As for food offerings, the current plan is the reliable and time-tested food truck concept. Future plans, however, include a pizza oven within the brewery building itself. While currently their 12 taps feature creations from Enchanted Circle, Tractor, Santa Fe, Quarter Celtic, and Sierra Blanca, rest assured that Waggoner is busy brewing her own classic and traditional lineup.  Lyna’s brews will include a traditional IPA, black IPA, session IPA, robust porter, oatmeal stout, best bitter, Scottish export 80, imperial crème, hefeweizen, saison, and a kolsch. Waggoner said that her goals for 2017 include “dialing in her recipes, brewing competitions, barrel-aging, sours, and eventually special releases and seasonals.” With a list like that, co-brewer Tammy Pluym should be kept quite busy as well.

There are plans to make the patio covered in the future.

There are plans to make the patio covered in the future.

The 377’s location serves KAFB, Sandia National Labs, the Sunport, and numerous surrounding hotels and, of course, UNM. Their stated goal is to become the premier UNM tailgating location, making for a perfect stop either before or after a Lobo basketball or football game. Future expansion will include an indoor/outdoor concept, featuring a retractable canvas roof and an entertainment pavilion, including a stage. When a military patron stops in, they are encouraged to provide their signature on one of the overhead beams, just above the bar. A fitting nod to those whose serve, as they themselves are served a pint.

It would appear the sky is the limit for The 377 Brewery going forward in the ever-expanding Albuquerque brew scene!

Cheers!

— Tom

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 Socorro, 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.

Remember when all those giant, cartoon bombs went up around town last year? It turns out it was a charitable effort by a group called boomtimeABQ, and they are back with another round for this holiday season. They are having a fundraiser at Tractor Wells Park that also benefits the NM Brewers Guild this Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. Basically, if you go to Wells Park, use the hashtag #MakeEmBoom via any social media outlet (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and you get $1 off a beer. In turn, the boomtimeABQ folks will donate $1 to the Guild and Dream Time LLC, up to $5,000 for the holiday season. Help the Guild, help a charity, enjoy a beer, and listen to Still Closed for Repairs play some music. Other breweries participating, meaning you can get $1 off there, too, include Abbey Brewing (Monks’ Corner), Dialogue, Marble, Nexus, Quarter Celtic, Red Door, Santa Fe, and Sidetrack. Hashtag away at multiple breweries throughout the month of December, people. Happy holidays to us all!

On the new beer front this week, there are a few new options to check out. Boese Brothers will debut Santa’s Little Helper, a raspberry vanilla porter, on Saturday. Bosque has fresh batches of Dry Acequia, Dry Stout, and Double Brown. Canteen rolls out Blood Orange Apricot IPA and Smoked Oat Porter. Flix Brewhouse’s first seasonal, The Brown Basilisk, debuts today (Wednesday). La Cumbre is feeling sour with Blackberry Briar. Comet Pale Ale flies into Marble. The rum-barrel-aged Cockness Monster surfaces again at Palmer on Sunday. Red Door goes to the dogs with Ottobrau Pilsner on Friday. Rio Bravo has a barrel-aged Belgian Strong Golden, plus a new Oatmeal Stout. Pullman Porter pulls into Sidetrack. Starr Brothers spots Therecastle, an English brown.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn rises to High Altitude Pale Ale on Friday. Second Street brings in Red Comet and Scotch Ale.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of November 28.

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

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

Beers: High Plains Drafter Blonde, Duke’s Pale Ale, Off the Richter Imperial Red, Dunkelweizen, Tom’s Green Chile Amber Ale, English Oatmeal Stout (nitro only). ABC has updated their permanent lineup with the blonde, pale ale, imperial red, and dunkel, though the pale and red are temporarily out. The special amber is on tap for a limited time. They will also have a nitro tap upon which they always hope to have a darker beer.

Weekly Events: Sunday—Walking Dead Watch Party, 8 p.m.; Monday—Game Night, with blonde pints for $2.50

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

Ale Republic — (505) 281-2828

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

Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

Alien Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

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

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

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

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

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

Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

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

Beers: Belgian Pale Ale, Paddy Wagon Red, Dunkelweizen. The Dunkelweizen is the most recent addition.

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

Boese Brothers Brewery — (505) 382-7060

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

Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Double Dead Ale. Double Dead Ale is the most recent addition and is also available in bombers. Coming this Saturday is the new Santa’s Little Helper, which is not the Simpsons’ dog, but instead a raspberry vanilla porter.

Live Music: Saturday—Cali Shaw, 9 p.m.

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

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: Humo Rojo, Autumn Wheat, Scotia Lager, Dry Acequia, Dry Stout, Double Brown. Red Lightning, Bosque’s fourth anniversary beer, is an imperial red that has been barrel aged, and it is still for sale in bombers. The most recent additions are the Dry Acequia, Double Brown, and Dry Stout.

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

Bow & Arrow Brewing — (505) 247-9800

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

Beers: Flint & Grit (British Mild), Sun Dagger (Saison), Crossed Arrows (Scotch Ale), Hoka Hey (IPA), Jemez Field Notes Lager, Desert Standard Hop Session, Wayward Arrow Hefeweizen, Loosen Your Bolo DIPA, Autumn Archer Marzen, Dark Harvest Dunkelweizen, Storm & Hearth Vanilla Bean Stout. The most recent additions are the Dark Harvest Dunkelweizen, Loosen Your Bolo DIPA, and Autumn Archer Marzen. Storm & Hearth Vanilla Bean Stout is back and even better than the first time.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Bow & Arrow has happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Get $1 off pints. A new late happy hour starts Thursday at 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: La Flama Blanca, Oso Loco, The Saaz Man Cometh, The Red Glove, Chocolate Milk Stout, Bear Knuckle IPA, Barrel-Aged Chocolate Milk Stout, Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only). The Oso Loco (4.8% ABV, 25 IBU) is a coffee-infused red ale, made with a blend from Prismatic Coffee, and is also available on nitro. La Flama (7% ABV, 80 IBU) is a white IPA. Fresh batches of Boxing Bear’s gold-medal-winning beers from GABF, The Red Glove and Chocolate Milk Stout, are now on tap, along with Bear Knuckle IPA, the 2016 NM IPA Challenge winner, on tap and for sale in bombers.

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.

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

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

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

Beers: Otero ESB, Lone Pine Pilsner, Sancho Saison, Red Ale. Keep an eye out for a bourbon barrel sour in the coming weeks.

Live Music (main location): Friday—Happy Hour with D’Santi Nava, 6 p.m.; Sunday—Sloan Arthur Armitage, noon-2 p.m.

Other Events (main location): Saturday—Winter Daze Art Show, 6 p.m.; Tuesday—Cheese & Libations, $20 per person, 6-9 p.m.

Weekly Events (main location): Today (Wednesday)—Cards Against Humanity hosted by 10 Drink Minimum, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday—All hours beers $2 a pint

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: Codswallop ESB, Munich Helles, Astro Hound DIPA, Movember Vanilla Oatmeal Stout, Clean Livin’ IPL, Blood Orange Apricot IPA, Smoked Oat Porter. A portion of the proceeds from the new Vanilla Oatmeal Stout will go to charity. The Blood Orange Apricot and Smoked Oat are the most recent additions.

UPDATED >>> Live Music: Thursday—Alex Maryol, 6-9 p.m.

News: The Canteen taproom at Tramway and Cloudview is now open. They have all the regular beers and four seasonal taps, plus crowlers and a cooler with six-packs of Exodus and Dougie Style Amber for sale. There is a full menu, too, including flatbread pizzas.

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

(Open daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m.)

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Dunkelweizen, English Brown Porter. This Dunkelweizen is a solid example of the style, crisp and clean with a tangy little bite.

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

Dialogue Brewing — (505) 585-1501

(Open daily noon-midnight)

Beers: Belgian Citrus IPA, Berliner Weisse, Sour Raspberry, Cream Ale, Saison, Robust Porter. Welcome to the listings, Dialogue! They opened recently at the corner of 1st Street and Kinley, just five blocks north of Marble. Stop by to check out the sculpture garden and try some of their unique beers, including the Sour Raspberry. Other fairly recent additions include the Cream Ale, Saison, and Robust Porter.

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

News: Kitsune Food Truck will be parked out front every day for lunch.

Drafty Kilt Brewing — (505) 881-0234

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

Beers: Groundskeeper Willie Cream Ale, Wee Beastie Scottish Ale. Welcome to the listings, Drafty Kilt! Brewer/owner Mike Campbell has two of his own creations on tap at 4814 Hardware Dr. NE. Check out our review.

Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500

(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Blonde Ale, Lupulus IPA, Satellite (Red IPA), 10 Day Scottish Ale, Luna Rose Wit, Umbra Chocostout, The Brown Basilisk. We can now confirm that all six of the house beers are available, with the first seasonal, The Brown Basilisk (5% ABV, 19 IBU), an English brown ale, going on tap today (Wednesday). We had more information in our preview. Click the link to their official website to make reservations to see your favorite movies.

News: Upcoming seasonal brews will include Dubbel Whammy (6.8% ABV, 19 IBU) on Monday, Rebel Yell Porter (5% ABV, 35 IBU) on Dec. 16 (for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), and Holy Mother of Quad (8.5% ABV, 30 IBU) on Dec. 22.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Stout, Dunkelweizen, London Porter, Roggen Rye, Basil Lager, Brown Suit, Rocky Raccoon IPA, Wet Hop Amber, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. A whole bunch of old favorites like London Porter and Basil Lager are back, plus newcomers like Brown Suit, Rocky Raccoon, and Wet Hop Amber.

Weekly Events (Nob Hill): Thursday—The Desert Darlings, 7 to 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.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Citrus Pale Ale, Angry Belgian, Witch’s Tit, La Negra, Blackberry Briar. This batch of La Negra is outstanding. Get it on tap while you can, and take a couple bombers home. The Briar is a sour ale, added to the lineup at the last minute.

Live Music: TBA

Other Events: Monday—La Cumbre Bowling Night at Silva Lanes, 6-8 p.m.; Tuesday—My Sweet Basil Beer Dinner, $45 per person, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Lego Night Build Off, 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: Kohatu SHPA, Octoberfest, Saison, Rye Stout. The Kohatu is a single-hopped pale ale.

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: Dunkel, Dang Pale Ale, Reserve Ale, Rye’d Out, Imperial Red, Comet Pale Ale (Heights and Westside only), Cholo Stout (Downtown and Heights only), Double IPA (Downtown only), Blood Orange Gose (Downtown only), Pumpkin Noir (Heights and Westside only). A recent addition is Cholo Stout (7.8% ABV), a robust stout with a punch of Pacific Northwest hops. Also, check out Rye’d Out, a collaboration beer between Marble and Telluride Brewing, which is a rye-infused version of White Out.

Live Music (Downtown): none this week (!)

Live Music (Westside): Friday—Hub City Sound System, 8-11 p.m.

Live Music (Heights): Friday—Alturnation, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Grim News for Polar Bears, 7-10 p.m.

Other Events (Heights): Saturday—Marble Market, noon-5 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: Assimilation White IPA, 2016 Barleywine, Equinox, Nitro Chai Chocolate Porter, Ensign Belgo. The Equinox, a spiced brown ale, is back for another autumn run. The Nitro Chai Chocolate Porter, means that, yes, Nexus has a nitro tap!

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

Weekly Events (Silver Taproom): Saturday—a live DJ will perform

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

(Tues–Sat 3–9 p.m.)

Beers: MWA (Malt With Attitude), Guero (Belgian Wit), Pale Ale, Stout, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale). Palmer shares a building with Left Turn Distilling on Girard south of Candelaria. Their beers were a big hit at the recent grand opening, but sadly, you all drank up the rum-barrel-aged version of Cockness Monster. But, good news, that version will be back on tap this Sunday during the Left Turn Bloody Mary Bar, which runs all day.

Pi Brewing — (505) 890-9463

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

Beers: Discordia IPA, U Down w/ BVP?, 40 to 5, Burque Lite, Sleepy Hollow, Trinity, Cardinal Sin Red, AdHd. Sleepy Hollow is a funky farmhouse cousin to Pumpkin Pi, which has run out for now. Trinity is a golden sour aged with local organic white peaches and apricots. The AdHd is a sour dry hopped with Amarillo.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Belgian Pale Ale, Imperial Black IPA, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Schwarzbier, Mosaic Single Hop Pale Ale. The Schwarzbier and Mosaic are the newest additions. You can also still bombers of Sour Saison, Big Belgian IPA, and Preacher’s Daughter (Belgian Golden Strong) at the taproom or at liquor stores around town.

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: Clark IPA, Mile Hi Blood Orange IPL, Kill or be KILT. Clark is a hazy, New England-style IPA, and boy is it delicious. Kill or be KILT (9% ABV) is a big Scotch ale that debuted recently. It is just the kind of beer to get you through the holidays.

Weekly Events: Saturday—Premier League Viewing Party, 8 a.m.

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: Nieuwe Bruin, La Calabaza Roja, Damn White IPA, Vanilla Mocha Double Porter, Downtown Pale Ale (downtown taproom only). La Calabaza is a pumpkin red ale. Vanilla Mocha Double Porter is the most recent addition to the lineup. Coming this Friday, Ottobrau Pilsner.

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

Weekly Events (Brewery): Saturday—Beer and Breakfast, 7-10 a.m.

Weekly Events (Taproom): Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7-9 p.m.

Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909

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

Beers: Rio Bravo Amber, Weizen, Randy’s Shandy, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Black Angus Stout, Randy’s Red Ale, Duke City Pilsner, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel aged), Barley Wine (regular and barrel aged), Oktoberfest, Raspberry Sour, Cereza Loco (Cherry Sour), NM Pinon Coffee Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Belgian Strong Golden. The big new additions are the Oatmeal Stout (5.7% ABV), which is perfect for this weather, and the Belgian Strong Golden (10.5% ABV). The latter is also being aged in barrels upstairs and will debut in that form after New Year’s Day.

Live Music: Saturday—Petey and Myles of The Riddims, 8 p.m.

Other Events: Today (Wednesday)—Stout and Belgian Release Party, 4-6 p.m.

Weekly Events: Friday—Philly Friday, all day; Tuesday—$2 Taco Tuesday, all day

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Call the brewery for an updated list.

Sidetrack Brewing — (505) 288-6468

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

Beers: Pub Ale, Railhead Red, Switchgear IPA, Pullman Porter, 3:10 to Belen Brown, Zoso SMASH. The Zoso and the 3:10 to Belen are back. New is the Pullman Porter, a take on an English brown porter, with a mix of roasty, almost nutty, and chocolate notes.

Cask: The IPA and Pub Ale 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, Riff Raff Brown Ale, Booby Trap (Milk Stout), St. Pumpkins Eve (Holiday Stout), Weizenheimer, Therecastle. The most recent additions are Weizenheimer, a hefeweizen, and Therecastle, an English-style brown ale.

Weekly Events: Saturday—Premier League Viewing Party, 8 a.m.

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

(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)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Turkey Drool, Traktoberfest, Javi Light Lager, Kolsch (Nob Hill only), Tupac Cali Red, Farmhouse Saison, Farmer’s Freckles Scottish Export, Chiapas Mexican Amber, Big Sipper IPA, Apricot Wheat, Berliner Weisse, Dry Hard Cider, Nitro Milk Stout (Wells Park only). Turkey Drool, our ultimate fall favorite, is on tap and as delicious as ever. Look for our favorite winter offering from Tractor, Luna De Los Muertos, late next week.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—John Verga, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Dos Gatos Christmas, 5 p.m.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—The Gershom Brothers, 8 p.m.; Saturday—John De Hoyos, 8 p.m.

Other Events (Wells Park): Thursday—Entrepreneurial Happy Hour: Social Media Edition, 5:30 p.m.; Friday—Make’em Boom Fundraiser, 7 p.m.; Sunday—I’ll Drink to That: Merry MixMas Shopping Edition, 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., ABQ Pens & Pints, 8 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 classic beers and $3 seasonals.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: The Rise of Fall, Cocomilia Robur, Mash Hole (Brown IPA), McSmack, Wooden Teeth, Cargill IPA. The Rise of Fall, an autumnal harvest squash ale, debuted recently. he Cocomilia Robur is a Brett cream ale, aged over plums in a barrel for nine months.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Oat DIPA, Lobo Rojo Red Ale, Scotch Ale. The Scotch Ale and Lobo Rojo have joined the tap list recently. The Oktoberfest finally ran out, thus giving up its tap handle to High Altitude Pale Ale, which should be ready Friday.

Chili Line Brewing — (505) 500-7903

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

Beers: Cascada Lager, El Jefe, India Pale Lager, Wheat Porter, Stout, Dunkelweizen, Imperial Pilz. The latter two beers are the newest additions to the revamped lineup. Also, check the website for new menu items.

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, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Monomyth (Belgian DIPA), Duchamp (Farmhouse Witbier), Whistler (Belgian Blonde), Cezanne Magnifique, Cezanne Denouement. One of the most recent additions here is the aptly named Monomyth, which checks in at 9-percent ABV and 90 IBUs. In addition to those beers, you can also get sample pours of Goya ’14, Rye Goya ’14, and Tableux ’16, or a Cezanne flight featuring Origine ’15, Magnifique ’16, and Denouement ’15 and ’16.

Other Events (ABQ taproom): Friday—Spoken: A Celeste Garcia Art Exhibit, 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: Haole Kook. Say hello to Santa Fe’s newest brewery, which opened this month. They have some guest taps, plus their latest offering, Haole Kook, a Berliner weisse aged on pineapples.

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: Sangre de Frambuesa, Hipster Union Red Rye, Adobe Igloo, Nuevo (Blonde Ale). The next entry in the Ever Changing Series, Sangre De Frambuesa, is a throwback to one of SFBC’s first medal-winning beers at the Great American Beer Festival back in 1991. Adobe Igloo is back on tap and in six packs.

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, Cherrywood Smoked Imperial Porter, Schwarzbier, Rauchbier, Rod’s Best Bitter, Fulcrum IPA, Red Comet, Scotch Ale. The most recent additions are the Red Comet and Scotch Ale. Get some of the big porter while it lasts.

Live Music (Original location): Today (Wednesday)—Flossy Clouds, 6-9 p.m.; Friday—Todd and The Fox, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Sugar Still, 6-9 p.m.

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Half Broke Horses, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Ornetcetera, 6-9 p.m.

Weekly Events (Railyard): Thursday—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: Little Boy GFB, Mild at Heart, The Tripel Lindy, Tweed Jacket, Fatman Stout, Dr. Rudi SMASH, Raconteur Belgian Table Beer, Hoppenheimer IPA. The most recent tap turnover went down in Los Alamos with Tripel, Tweed, Fatman, Dr. Rudi, and Raconteur making their debuts.

Weekly Events: Thursday—Open mic, 6 p.m.

Sierra Blanca Brewing — (505) 832-2337

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

Beers: Cherry Wheat, Whiskey Stout, Blonde Ale, Cherry Sour, Interstella Vanilla. The folks in Moriarty asked us to be added, thus, here they are. The popular Cherry Wheat is more tart than sweet, and it will soon be bottled. This is a second, improved batch of the Whiskey Stout that debuted earlier this year.

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m.)

Beers: Zia Pilsner, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, KC’s Irish Stout, English Porter, Pilabo Pale Ale, Schwarzbar Black Lager, Pumpkin Ale, Lobo Blanco White IPA. The newest addition is the Lobo Blanco.

Live Music: TBA

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

The full re-branding of Nicky V's into Pi Brewing is now complete. (Photo courtesy of Pi Brewing)

The biggest change of the year was re-branding Nicky V’s into Pi Brewing. (Photo courtesy of Pi Brewing)

Editor’s note: We sent Andrew to Pi Brewing for its Look Back/Look Ahead Series entry a while back. Pardon the delay. Let him know how he did in his first Brew Crew Bullpen story in the comments. — S

Tuesday, November 8 was a day that will likely go down in history as the Election Day that marked the end of one of the most divisive presidential campaign seasons …. not to mention one of the most unprecedented election results in American history. I confess that it was also a day where I was glad to have a distraction from the political process (after voting earlier in the day, of course). That distraction was Pi Brewing on Albuquerque’s West Side. I had suggested the date to Greg Villareal, head brewer and co-owner with his wife, Nicole, a week or two prior. At the time, it hadn’t occurred to me that we had picked Election Day. If Election Day 2016 becomes one of those days that you will always remember what you were doing, even years later. I will remember hanging out with Greg and Stoutmeister at a table just far enough away from the TVs in the bar area that the “Trump this, Trump that” and “Hillary this, Hillary that” blended together into a spectacular white noise.

Greg was gracious enough to host me on my first interview since becoming a contributor to the NMDSBC, and I was also fortunate to have Stoutmeister providing moral support. As it turned out, distracting me really wasn’t difficult at all. Apparently, the trick is feeding me pizza and pouring various delicious beers down my throat. Somebody must have tipped off Greg, because this is exactly what he did. He also discussed this past year’s challenges and successes at Pi and provided some insight as to what the future might hold.

Regular readers might recall that Greg and Nicole’s business started as Nicky V’s Pizzeria before adding the brewery next door a couple years ago, followed by a complete re-branding and combination of the two under the name Pi Brewing. Greg explained the further evolution of the business over the past year since the re-branding in February of this year.

“I think we’ve kind of become a brewpub over time,” Greg said. “Breweries are very dynamic and they tend to kind of change to meet demand, whatever that demand might be, and that’s kind of what we’re seeing as well. Over time our demographics have just changed a little bit, and we’re just kind of changing with the people that are coming through the door. This year’s been a year of just kind of putting the feelers out there and trying some new things. I want to try something new, so I have been doing, as you know, a lot of sours this year … and, we’re getting some decent traction with the sours. … That’s kind of what we seem to be having decent success with right now.”

The beer board at Pi greets you right as you walk in the front door.

The beer board at Pi greets you right as you walk in the front door.

Greg jumped right into describing some of the sour beers that he has been passionate about this past year.

“The first one we did was a gose, a key lime gose, and that was more of a kettle sour then like a traditional multiple bacteria yeast fermentation, so that was just a really clean kettle sour and it was popular,” Greg said. “After that I was like, ‘You know what? This is kind of cool, why don’t we try actually doing some barrel aging and see what happens?’ That’s when we kind of went down the path of doing a more, you know, traditional sour in barrels.

“Time frames obviously went up. They take forever. So, we started filling barrels, and we just harvested everything out of those barrels over the last few weeks to a month, and refilled the barrels and put them down for the winter, and that’s kind of where we’re at right now.”

The Pi customer base has been receptive to the sours.

“So, some of the sours you have tried … Manhattan Project already is gone,” Greg said. “That was on for a month and it’s out of here. Right now we’ve got Sleepy Hollow on, which is not necessarily a sour, more of a pumpkin farmhouse is what we’re calling it. We also have the Trinity on, that’s kind of a cool one, it’s got some fruity qualities to it that’s organic white peaches and apricots. Zinister Dichotomy … it was a red sour. It spent about 40 days on raspberries.”

Greg’s passion for brewing was palpable early in our conversation and it was equally balanced with his awareness of the challenges that are inherent in running a small brewery.

“Breweries take up a lot of room… it’s just the nature of the beast,” Greg said. “You need room. I just need space just to brew, to bring in additional fermenters. We’re kind of stuck in this little space next door. So, I need to figure something out in the coming year.”

While space might be a limitation for any small brewery (or even a big brewery, just ask Marble), it seems that sour beer further amplifies the challenge by introducing additional considerations related to cross-contamination and barrel storage. Greg suggested that, while he has no intent of focusing solely on sour beer, he is considering the possibility of isolating the sour brewing in a separate facility.

“Something comes down the pipe that works perfect, like maybe somewhere down in an industrial area where we could just do nothing but our sour beers, that would be really cool,” Greg said. “Plus it would maybe also give us the taproom potential.”

Taproom potential, all right, now we are talking. That’s right, Pi Brewing is not shying away from expansion. Why not take it a step further and get Pi’s beer in bottles this upcoming year?

“We’re looking at, especially with the sour beers, I’m trying to figure out now how to do some limited bottling runs because that beer just ages so well,” Greg said. “It really ages well. Just to let it bottle condition for time, I think, would really be a benefit to the product.”

There is a second beer board above the taps.

There is a second beer board above the taps.

Sour beers are still being produced only in limited quantities around Albuquerque. They remain a sort of final frontier for local brewers.

“This year I’ve spent a lot of time working on sour beers,” Greg said. “I had to talk to a lot of people about sour beer … a lot. Not a lot of guys here in this state are doing sours. There’s not a big pool of reference here in this state when it comes to sour beers. It takes travel. You gotta travel and you gotta go hit places like San Diego, Portland, (and) San Francisco. You gotta move.”

Greg made it very clear that, in spite of the challenges, he does not intend to put anything on tap that is not up to snuff. He also has a lot of respect for the quality of brewing in ABQ, which seems to further elevate his standards.

“If we make bad beer I’m going to dump it,” Greg said. “I’m not going to try and butter it up with like blueberries or something and try and make it palatable for somebody. If it’s bad, it’s bad. If it’s not palatable, it’s not going to get served, obviously.”

Greg’s standards and expectations were also evident in his comments about working this past year to ensure that Pi was putting out enough beer.

“One of the things I wanted to commit to, coming into the brewhouse, is keeping eight beers on our handles and that took a lot of time,” Greg said. “At one point we were down to one handle of our beer and seven guest taps, and it drove me insane. Having a brewery that doesn’t have beer of its own (was unacceptable). So, we fixed the glitch. Obviously, we have eight handles on now and we’ve got beer behind it.”

Furthermore, it’s good to see that Greg isn’t just a passionate brewer but a passionate supporter of our local craft brew scene.

“If there is one bright spot out of like just the sheer number of breweries that are out there right now, I think the quality … it’s just … it’s getting really good in this city,” Greg said. “You know I’ve been drinking beer in this town for a long long time. These days, man, just about everybody’s got pretty decent beer. It’s cool to see that we’re kinda getting some national traction. I think it’s good. It’s good for the state.”

So ... many ... samples ...

So … many … samples …

During our conversation, a couple specific goals were mentioned for this coming year. The first was a result of my prodding about the possibility of an in-house Pi Brewing beer dinner. Greg’s wife Nicole is a step ahead of both of us on this one.

“Nicole and I have spoke about trying to put together a beer dinner now that we have like a really broad range of beers on our draft handles,” Greg said. “I think now would be a good time to kind of go into that as we get through the holiday season. And, it’s something were trying to … Nicole just had this idea like two or three weeks ago. For us it’s something new. We’ve done a lot of wine dinners out of this space. We’ve never really done a beer dinner, per se, and I think it’s about time to kind of do one. Kind of see what the kitchen can do, and kind of see what they can do to match up with some of the beers on draft. So, I think it’s something that’s going to be happening … my guess would be in January or February.”

The other specific goal, which Greg brought up himself, is the effort to enter Pi’s beer into more competitions.

“If there’s one thing I want to do more of going forward, it’s actually getting our beer entered into competitions,” Greg said. “I miss dates all the time because I’m stuck dealing with stuff. Life happens and I turn around like I have forgot all these different dates. I need to start getting our beer into more competitions. That’s one goal I have for this year.”

Last, but not least, a significant Pi success from this past year that demonstrated their effort to be involved in the community, and a source of pride for Greg, was the founding of a meetup group.

“Actually one thing we did put together this year is we put together a meetup group called Albuquerque gears and beers,” Greg said. “It’s been big. We’ve got like 325 people in our meetup now. We took a number of our riders to Santa Fe century this year. A number of our other riders did Enchanted Circle, which is a really hard century. It’s no joke. It’s 100 miles and it’s at like 8,000 (to) 9,000 feet. It’s hard.”

Those of you who have not had a chance to make it out to Pi Brewery, make it happen and give Greg some feedback on his beer. He will appreciate any constructive criticism. If you are a sour lover, then you might find a new favorite. If you have yet to find a sour that you liked, this might be the place where your luck changes.

Either way, you are bound to find something you like from the eight house beers on tap, plus do not forget about the selection of Italian entrees. We didn’t have much time to discuss the food, but I would be surprised to find someone who couldn’t pick out a pizza or pasta dish on the menu that fails to satisfy, or doesn’t match up well with a beer.

Thanks again to Greg for being a great host and we wish him, his wife Nicole, and Pi Brewing the best of luck in this upcoming year.

Cheers!

— Deezbeers

It was another great year to Get Plowed at Tractor.

It was another great year to Get Plowed at Tractor.

Welcome back to our annual Look Back/Look Ahead Series, where we recap the year that was and preview the year to come for all of our local breweries. To follow the series, simply click the category link above.

Back before the holiday madness set in, I ventured over to Tractor Brewing to talk to co-owner Skye Devore, co-owner/brewmaster David Hargis, and marketing director Jeremy Kinter. While enjoying a little Turkey Drool (what else?), they summed up a productive 2016.

“From the brewery perspective, we have three new 60-barrel fermenters that were installed in 2016, (and) a 60-barrel bright that was installed in 2016,” David said. “The boiler was installed finally in late 2015 and we really didn’t wrap our arms around its efficiency until 2016. Those 60-barrel (fermenters) almost doubled our fermentation capacity. A big win in the brewery in 2016 was we took a 20-hour double shift to a 12-hour double shift. We picked up eight hours of efficiency with the new boiler. From a time perspective, just a huge impact.”

In addition to happier, less stressed employees, Tractor also added two more full-time staffers to the brewery. Part of that came with the arrival of their own canning line, courtesy of another local brewery. Prior to that, Tractor had relied on Mother Road Mobile Canning to roll in and roll out to keep six-packs of Almanac IPA, Farmer’s Tan Red, Milk Musatchio Stout, and Apple Cider in stores.

“Also in 2016, the canner from Marble arrived,” David said. “We purchased very close to 1,000 new kegs this year, which is (still) not enough. We’ll not quite double the barrels produced in 2015, but we’re going to get pretty close.”

David is all smiles around his own canning line.

David is all smiles around his own canning line.

Skye said that Tractor did more than double its cider production. Considering how many other breweries now carry Tractor’s cider, that should not come as a surprise. The cider ended up in a virtual tie for Tractor’s top seller for 2016.

“Also in 2016, we got crop year 2015 Simcoe, so that was a huge impact to our revisiting our Almanac recipe, which we worked on January and February, and then in March got what we’ve stuck with for now as our new Almanac recipe,” David said. “We’ve seen our Almanac production, that may have quadrupled, honestly. Was it the recipe? Was it the availability of more production? We’re not sure, but it has grown exponentially. Almanac and Cider are our two big growth stories this year.”

Specialty beers remain a big draw at Tractor. Their two barrel programs both saw an increase in capacity.

“We brought more barrels into the sour production, about 16 now,” David said. “We also have more bourbon-barrel-aged (barrels). Because the year’s not over, so the (remaining) things that happen will be our first bomber release outside of the taproom. We’ll be hitting the market in early to mid-December with about 1,000 bombers of bourbon-barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout.”

A mass distribution of Luna De Los Muertos? Sign us up!

Barrel-aged deliciousness is inbound!

Barrel-aged deliciousness is inbound!

David added that Tractor now has a full-time lab employee and has increased the overall amount of equipment back there.

“It’s been pretty exciting back in the brewery,” David said. “Lots of new toys, new efficiencies, which has helped morale, which has helped getting stuff done without everybody working (too much).”

Tractor is also a major site for local events, ranging from music to art to poetry and a whole lot more. Needless to say, it was another busy year on that front.

“Once again, we basically did as many events as there are days in the year,” Jeremy said. “We’ve done some new and cool things. I know for a fact we booked more touring acts than any brewery here, and that’s something I’ve been trying to enact.”

Skye was a little hesitant to make that claim about touring acts, lest it provoke a challenge by any of their counterparts, but Jeremy said he checked the math and it was true.

“Last month alone we had eight touring acts,” he said. “It’s something I’ve been trying to do in terms of expanding our music and entertainment palate and providing something new for our beer drinkers. Other new stuff that we’ve done this year, we did open mic, we tried that out. We also did the first metal show at a brewery, Hails and Ales. We also have a monthly drag queen show now.”

Metal! At a brewery! Hails!

Metal! At a brewery! Hails!

Jeremy has been overseeing events for a little over half the year now. It has been a positive change in the eyes of his superiors.

“So much of what Jeremy is talking about comes from in May we made a change in who was in change of our events,” Skye said. “Carlos (Contreras) left Tractor and Jeremy took over that position. I’m extremely happy with the diversity and depth of the kind of shows we’re seeing with that kind of change. I feel like it’s been really good for us as far as reaching different demographics of people and appealing to larger audiences.

“I’ve always felt a brewery’s patronage is representative of its ownership and staff. I feel like any time you make a change in one of those positions, it changes your culture a little bit, it changes the people that you appeal to. I feel like we (still) make an effort to reach the same audience we had before, we didn’t say we’re not going to do that anymore, but it’s definitely a broader spectrum of things that we’re doing. Jeremy has this really awesome can-do attitude.”

In addition to supporting a mix of local performers, artists, musicians, and those touring acts, Tractor also started doing more events related to the beer.

Special beer releases for co-op members included the Kolsch, served with giant German-style pretzels. Yum.

Special beer releases for co-op members included the Kolsch, served with giant German-style pretzels. Yum.

“We did a lot more stuff that caters to the beer side of what we do,” Skye said. “We do a lot of events, but wait, let’s bring it back to the beer. For our co-op members we do a lot of pre-tastings, a lot of food pairings. We’re putting some focus there. I held a certified Cicerone study group class every Sunday from March through November. We had five candidates from that class take the exam who will have their results back by the end of the year. They all felt they did really well. It was a really great honor to be able to lead that, to let them know we know stuff about the serious (side of) beer.

“We also guest lectured two classes here for CNM’s program. They learned about draft systems and did a brew day with us, which was super cool. We made really great friends and connections there. Those are the new things we’ve done this year.”

Another new wrinkle is having local artists design the glassware for each major seasonal/specialty beer release, with those then going on sale to the public. Reyes Padilla created the glasses for Turkey Drool, while Louis Wilcox will unveil his glasses for Luna De Los Muertos in December.

More beer, heck, more of just about everything is coming in 2017

More specialty bomber releases are on the docket for 2017.

More specialty bomber releases are on the docket for 2017.

Like most other local breweries, Tractor is aiming for steady growth in all sectors, while not ruling out any major developments for the coming year, but not guaranteeing them, either.

“Well, 2017 from the brewery perspective will hopefully be to grow,” David said. “We haven’t thrown a big target out yet. We’d like to be at 50-percent growth, which is what we’re planning for right now. We are continuing to look potentially for a new taproom. We’re not 100-percent committed for that as things change in the market, but it’s something we keep in mind. Then we are looking to go into Texas in 2017, with draft, actually. Skye’s working on that process.”

The plan is to get Tractor on tap at bars and restaurants in El Paso, with an eventual eye to distributing cans to different places around the state.

“There’s like really fun parts of Texas that most people don’t even think about,” Skye said. “We make some really great light beers and I think they’d enjoy them. It’s a big state, once you’re approved, you can go anywhere in it.”

Those plans in turn could keep the canning line even busier.

“There is the potential of adding another package to the line,” David said. “We’re considering that right now as we’re heading south. It would be something on the lighter side.”

All the new fermenters will be kept plenty full in 2017.

All the new fermenters will be kept plenty full in 2017.

As for tap handles around town, Tractor is looking to expand upon their offerings beyond the current four canned and distributed beers (including the cider).

“We’re going to look at a lot more seasonal releases in the market outside our taprooms,” David said. “We’re looking at creating a menu which we think will be arranged seasonally. For example, Turkey Drool will likely be available hopefully in a lot of places. Then on that same front, to sort of coordinate with that, there could be bomber releases with those tap handle releases on the market.”

In addition to seasonal beers, also look for seasonal cider releases. For all of you who keep asking about it, look for the popular Berry Cider to become a year-round release, David said.

“Seasonal cider releases is something that we’re definitely working on more this year because of the growth we’ve seen in the cider area,” Skye said. “And, we have our sour barrel program that we keep hanging out with. Maybe, eventually we’ll decide that David and I won’t drink it all and we’ll put it out there for other people to enjoy. We also have barrel-aged cider back there.”

Local performers like the Desert Darlings will still be present at Tractor, but look for some sponsored off-site events, too.

Local performers like the Desert Darlings will still be present at Tractor, but look for some sponsored off-site events, too.

As always, Tractor will be aiming to continue with its innovative approach to advertising everything from beer to events.

“Marketing-wise I just want to get a little bit more radical with our advertising, try some different stuff in the future,” Jeremy said.

“I think with events and marketing, if you come out big and you push the envelope with what people are doing, and other people see that you’re doing really successful stuff,” Skye added. “Lots of places start doing it (too), not just breweries. I think it’s a constant evolution. You can’t always make typewriters. At some point you’ve got to go do something else before everything becomes a typewriter. Your events don’t stay fresh.”

Skye said that Tractor will take its cues from other cities whose breweries are pushing that envelope, while adapting those ideas for the local market. She also wants to tie more events into supporting non-profit companies around the city and state. Folks outside of Albuquerque could also potentially start seeing Tractor-hosted events popping up far from Wells Park and Nob Hill.

“I think we’re going to try in our marketing department and our events department to branch out beyond our four walls,” Skye said. “Have a focus on where our beer is available, can we do Tractor-type events there. Our beer is up at Taos Ski Valley now, so we’re going to take Tractor-type shows and do them there. There’s a (correlation) between our beer and our brand, but also between our beer and our events.”

More beer goodness is always a good thing.

More beer goodness is always a good thing.

The Crew will continue to work with Tractor in making sure all the information about its beer and events is shared across the digital landscape. We will also drink up a lot of the Luna De Los Muertos when it comes out, so please, get your bombers quickly before they all end up in our possession.

Of course, we will also be having our five-year anniversary celebration at Wells Park on Saturday, January 21 at 8 p.m. It will be combined with the latest edition of Hails and Ales, featuring some of our finest local heavy metal bands (ear plugs will be provided), plus the release of a special new beer. We will have more info on the event after the New Year.

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 Socorro, 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.

It’s Thanksgiving week, and I will do my best not to do any of that “list everything you are thankful for.” But, if I did have a list, it would probably include beer, sports, metal, overeating and not feeling bad about it for 24 hours, and so on. Anyway, as they do with most holidays, our breweries are shutting down operations on Thanksgiving day. In other words, get your growlers/crowlers filled today (Wednesday). Just remember, this is one of those holidays where people tend to overdo it. Please keep that to the food, only, and watch how much you drink and how much others drink. We want you all to be safe and sound, seeking refuge in breweries on Black Friday. Oh, and do not forget, we posted the annual merchandise guide so you can shop for items besides beer over the weekend.

The only breweries open Thursday are Red Door, which will be filling growlers only from noon to 3 p.m., and Chili Line in Santa Fe, which will open for dinner at 4 p.m. The only breweries with altered hours Friday are Broken Trail (closed) and Boese Brothers (opening at 5 p.m.). Both resume normal hours Saturday.

A lot of breweries will have specials on growlers today. Those are: Boese Brothers (two growlers for $15, or bomber of Double Dead Ale and a pint for $12); Boxing Bear (half-growlers $7, growlers $12); Red Door (half-growlers $4, growlers $7.50); Sidetrack ($8 grolwers, $3.50 pints). Also, Jubilation has special holiday hours for those last-minute six-pack/bomber pick-ups. You can stop by today from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., because that’s the day they are releasing this year’s Goose Island Bourbon County Stout right at the start. See some of you in line out there. Yeah, I might bring you all Rebel Donuts again.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few new options to check out. Boxing Bear has something we should all be thankful for in the form of Barrel-Aged Chocolate Milk Stout. Broken Trail has fresh Red Ale. Chama River has a new Dunkelweizen and English Brown Porter. Marble is heading to the dark side with Cholo Stout. Quarter Celtic unleashes a big ol’ Scotch ale called Kill or be KILT. Tractor has a double beer release today (Wednesday) with Apricot Wheat and Berliner Weisse.

Up in Santa Fe, Rowley Farmhouse Ales has Haole Kook, a Berliner Weisse aged on pineapples. Fulcrum IPA is back at Second Street. Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile introduces Lobo Blanco White IPA.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of November 21.

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

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

Beers: High Plains Drafter Blonde, Duke’s Pale Ale, Off the Richter Imperial Red, Dunkelweizen, Tom’s Green Chile Amber Ale, English Oatmeal Stout (nitro only). ABC has updated their permanent lineup with the blonde, pale ale, imperial red, and dunkel, though the pale and red are temporarily out. The special amber is on tap for a limited time. They will also have a nitro tap upon which they always hope to have a darker beer.

Weekly Events: Sunday—Walking Dead Watch Party, 8 p.m.; Monday—Game Night, with blonde pints for $2.50

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

Ale Republic — (505) 281-2828

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

Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

Alien Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

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

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

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

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

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

Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

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

Beers: Belgian Pale Ale, Paddy Wagon Red, Dunkelweizen. The Dunkelweizen is the most recent addition.

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

Boese Brothers Brewery — (505) 382-7060

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

Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Sour Strangehop, Double Dead Ale. The Sour Strangehop is also for sale in bombers at the brewery and at Jubilation. Double Dead Ale is the most recent addition and is also available in bombers.

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.

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: Red Lightning, Pale Ryder, Humo Rojo, Autumn Wheat, Coming to America, Scotia Lager. Red Lightning is Bosque’s fourth anniversary beer, an imperial red that has been barrel aged. It is also for sale in bombers. Scotia Lager is a version of the popular Scotch ale made with lager yeast.

Events (San Mateo): Friday—2nd Annual Sock Drive for the Homeless, noon-3 p.m.

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

Bow & Arrow Brewing — (505) 247-9800

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

Beers: Flint & Grit (British Mild), Sun Dagger (Saison), Crossed Arrows (Scotch Ale), Hoka Hey (IPA), Jemez Field Notes Lager, Desert Standard Hop Session, Wayward Arrow Hefeweizen, Loosen Your Bolo DIPA, Autumn Archer Marzen, Dark Harvest Dunkelweizen, Storm & Hearth Vanilla Bean Stout. The most recent additions are the Dark Harvest Dunkelweizen, Loosen Your Bolo DIPA, and Autumn Archer Marzen. Storm & Heart Vanilla Bean Stout is back and even better than the first time.

Events: Today (Wednesday)—Pale Ale Showdown, buy a five-beer flight and a pint of your favorite for $10, 3-10 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Bow & Arrow has happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Get $1 off pints. A new late happy hour starts Thursday at 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: La Flama Blanca, Pumpkin Oso, Oso Loco, The Saaz Man Cometh, The Red Glove, Chocolate Milk Stout, Bear Knuckle IPA, Barrel-Aged Chocolate Milk Stout, Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only). The Oso Loco (4.8% ABV, 25 IBU) is a coffee-infused red ale, made with a blend from Prismatic Coffee, and is also available on nitro. La Flama (7% ABV, 80 IBU) is a white IPA. Fresh batches of Boxing Bear’s gold-medal-winning beers from GABF, The Red Glove and Chocolate Milk Stout, are now on tap, along with Bear Knuckle IPA, the 2016 NM IPA Challenge winner, on tap and for sale in bombers.

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.

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

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

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

Beers: Otero ESB, Lone Pine Pilsner, Sancho Saison, Red Ale. Keep an eye out for a bourbon barrel sour in the coming weeks.

Live Music (main location): Sunday—Eryn Bent, noon-2 p.m.

Weekly Events (main location): Today (Wednesday)—Cards Against Humanity hosted by 10 Drink Minimum, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday—All hours beers $2 a pint

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: Codswallop ESB, Munich Helles, Astro Hound DIPA, Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale, Movember Vanilla Oatmeal Stout, Clean Livin’ IPL, Chocolate Vanilla Oatmeal Stout (nitro only). A portion of the proceeds from the new Vanilla Oatmeal Stout will go to charity. The ESB and DIPA are the newest additions to the lineup, replacing the Irish Red and Exodus IPA.

Live Music: Sunday—Keith Sanchez, 4-7 p.m.

News: The Canteen taproom at Tramway and Cloudview is now open. They have all the regular beers and four seasonal taps, plus crowlers and a cooler with six-packs of Exodus and Dougie Style Amber for sale. There is a full menu, too, including flatbread pizzas.

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

(Open daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m.)

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Dunkelweizen, English Brown Porter. This Dunkelweizen is a solid example of the style, crisp and clean with a tangy little bite.

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

Dialogue Brewing — (505) 585-1501

(Open daily noon-midnight)

Beers: Belgian Citrus IPA, Berliner Weisse, Sour Raspberry, Cream Ale, Saison, Robust Porter. Welcome to the listings, Dialogue! They opened recently at the corner of 1st Street and Kinley, just five blocks north of Marble. Stop by to check out the sculpture garden and try some of their unique beers, including the Sour Raspberry. Other fairly recent additions include the Cream Ale, Saison, and Robust Porter.

Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—DJ Birdman, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Burque Sol, 6-9 p.m.

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

News: Kitsune Food Truck will be parked out front every day for lunch.

Drafty Kilt Brewing — (505) 881-0234

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

Beers: Groundskeeper Willie Cream Ale, Wee Beastie Scottish Ale. Welcome to the listings, Drafty Kilt! Brewer/owner Mike Campbell has two of his own creations on tap at 4814 Hardware Dr. NE. Check out our review.

Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500

(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)

Beers: Blonde Ale, Lupulus IPA, Satellite (Red IPA), 10 Day Scottish Ale. We can now confirm that four of the six house beers are available, with some seasonals to come. We had more information in our preview. Click the link to their official website to make reservations to see your favorite movies.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Stout, Dunkelweizen, London Porter, Roggen Rye, Basil Lager, Brown Suit, Rocky Raccoon IPA, Wet Hop Amber, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. A whole bunch of old favorites like London Porter and Basil Lager are back, plus newcomers like Brown Suit, Rocky Raccoon, and Wet Hop Amber.

Weekly Events (Nob Hill): Thursday—The Desert Darlings, 7 to 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.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Citrus Pale Ale, Angry Belgian, Witch’s Tit, La Negra. This batch of La Negra is outstanding. Get it on tap while you can, and take a couple bombers home.

Live Music: Saturday—Blackhouse Angels, 6-9 p.m.

Weekly Events: Tuesday—Lego Night Build Off, 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: Kohatu SHPA, Octoberfest, Saison, Rye Stout. The Kohatu is a single-hopped pale ale.

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: Dunkel, Dang Pale Ale, Reserve Ale, Rye’d Out, Imperial Red, Cholo Stout, Double IPA, Pumpkin Ale (Heights and Westside only), Blood Orange Gose (Downtown only), Pumpkin Noir (Heights only), Ready. Fire. Aim. (Westside only). The latest addition is Cholo Stout (7.8% ABV), a robust stout with a punch of Pacific Northwest hops. Also, check out Rye’d Out, a collaboration beer between Marble and Telluride Brewing, which is a rye-infused version of White Out.

Live Music (Downtown): Saturday—Sloan Armitage, Calah Mae & Quietly Kept, Virtual Friday, noon-5 p.m.

Live Music (Westside): Friday—Tres Pendejos, 8-11 p.m. Saturday—Eryn Bent, 8-11 p.m.

Live Music (Heights): Friday—Hub City Sound System, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Cowboys & Indian, 8-11 p.m.

Other Events (Downtown): Saturday—Marble Market, noon-5 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: Assimilation White IPA, 2016 Barleywine, Equinox, Nitro Chai Chocolate Porter, Ensign Belgo. The Equinox, a spiced brown ale, is back for another autumn run. The Nitro Chai Chocolate Porter, means that, yes, Nexus has a nitro tap!

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

Weekly Events (Silver Taproom): Saturday—a live DJ will perform

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

(Tues–Sat 3–9 p.m.)

Beers: MWA (Malt With Attitude), Guero (Belgian Wit), Pale Ale, Stout, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale). Palmer shares a building with Left Turn Distilling on Girard south of Candelaria. Their beers were a big hit at the recent grand opening, but sadly, you all drank up the rum-barrel-aged version of Cockness Monster.

Pi Brewing — (505) 890-9463

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

Beers: Discordia IPA, U Down w/ BVP?, 40 to 5, Burque Lite, Sleepy Hollow, Trinity, Cardinal Sin Red, AdHd. Sleepy Hollow is a funky farmhouse cousin to Pumpkin Pi, which has run out for now. Trinity is a golden sour aged with local organic white peaches and apricots. The new AdHd is a sour dry hopped with Amarillo.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Belgian Pale Ale, Imperial Black IPA, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Schwarzbier, Mosaic Single Hop Pale Ale. The Schwarzbier and Mosaic are the newest additions. You can also still bombers of Sour Saison, Big Belgian IPA, and Preacher’s Daughter (Belgian Golden Strong) at the taproom or at liquor stores around town.

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: Clark IPA, Mile Hi Blood Orange IPL, Kill or be KILT. Clark is a hazy, New England-style IPA, and boy is it delicious. Kill or be KILT (9% ABV) is a big Scotch ale that debuted Tuesday. Looks like just the kind of beer to get you through the holiday.

Events: Friday—Fundraiser for St. Andrew Scottish Society of New Mexico, all day.

Weekly Events: Saturday—Premier League Viewing Party, 8 a.m.

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: Nieuwe Bruin, La Calabaza Roja, Damn White IPA, Vanilla Mocha Double Porter, Downtown Pale Ale (downtown taproom only). The Nieuwe (6.7% ABV, 20 IBU) is a variation on an Oud Bruin, a tart and sour dark beer. La Calabaza is a pumpkin red ale. Vanilla Mocha Double Porter is the most recent addition to the lineup.

Live Music (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Marty York, 7-9 p.m.; Monday—The Draft Sessions, 7-9 p.m.

Weekly Events (Brewery): Saturday—Beer and Breakfast, 7-10 a.m.

Weekly Events (Taproom): Wednesday—Paint it Black Open Mic Night, 8-10:30 p.m.; Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7-9 p.m.

Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909

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

Beers: Rio Bravo Amber, Weizen, Randy’s Shandy, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Black Angus Stout, Randy’s Red Ale, Duke City Pilsner, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel aged), Barley Wine (regular and barrel aged), Oktoberfest, Raspberry Sour, Cereza Loco (Cherry Sour), Pinon Coffee Porter. Rio Bravo recently celebrated its first anniversary, with the Oktoberfest going on tap. We had more on the new Raspberry Sour before its recent debut.

Live Music: Friday—Burque Sol, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Star City Rejects, 6:30 p.m.

Weekly Events: Friday—Philly Friday, all day; Tuesday—$2 Taco Tuesday, all day

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Call the brewery for an updated list.

Sidetrack Brewing — (505) 288-6468

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

Beers: Pub Ale, Railhead Red, Switchgear IPA, Dark Engine Stout, 3:10 to Belen Brown, Zoso SMASH. The Zoso and the 3:10 to Belen are back.

Cask: The IPA and 3:10 to Belen 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, Jack Tooth Grin, Riff Raff Brown Ale, Booby Trap (Milk Stout), St. Pumpkins Eve (Holiday Stout). The Jack Tooth is Starr Brothers’ take on a pumpkin spice ale. The St. Pumpkins Eve is now on tap, and the Weizenheimer is up next.

Weekly Events: Saturday—Premier League Viewing Party, 8 a.m.

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

(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)

Beers: Turkey Drool, Traktoberfest, Jack the Sipper, Javi Light Lager, Cerveza New Mexican Lager, Kolsch, Tupac Cali Red, Farmhouse Saison, Farmer’s Freckles Scottish Export, Big Sipper IPA, Apricot Wheat, Berliner Weisse, Dry Hard Cider, Nitro Milk Stout (Wells Park only). The annual pumpkin favorite, Jack the Sipper, has returned alongside its fall sibling, Traktoberfest. Turkey Drool, our ultimate fall favorite, is on tap and as delicious as ever.

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

Other Events (Wells Park): Friday—Hops & Dreams: Nasty Women Edition, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Grim News for Polar Bears, 8 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., ABQ Pens & Pints, 8 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 classic beers and $3 seasonals.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: Red Rye Redux, The Rise of Fall, ‘Sno Siberian, Cocomilia Robur, Mash Hole (Brown IPA), McSmack, Wooden Teeth, Seaward IPA. The Rise of Fall, an autumnal harvest squash ale, debuted recently. ‘Sno Siberian, a new Baltic porter, is a beautiful beast of a beer. The Cocomilia Robur is a Brett cream ale, aged over plums in a barrel for nine months.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Oat DIPA, Oktoberfest, Lobo Rojo Red Ale, Scotch Ale. The Scotch Ale and Lobo Rojo have joined the tap list recently.

Chili Line Brewing — (505) 500-7903

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

Beers: Cascada Lager, El Jefe, India Pale Lager, Wheat Porter, Stout, Dunkelweizen, Imperial Pilz. The latter two beers are the newest additions to the revamped lineup. Also, check the website for new menu items.

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, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Monomyth (Belgian DIPA), Duchamp (Farmhouse Witbier), Whistler (Belgian Blonde), Cezanne Magnifique, Cezanne Denouement. One of the most recent additions here is the aptly named Monomyth, which checks in at 9-percent ABV and 90 IBUs. In addition to those beers, you can also get sample pours of Goya ’14, Rye Goya ’14, and Tableux ’16, or a Cezanne flight featuring Origine ’15, Magnifique ’16, and Denouement ’15 and ’16.

Live Music (ABQ taproom): Saturday—Buddha Funk Loop Set, 8 p.m.

Other Events (ABQ taproom): Friday—Black Friday Dance Party, 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: Ab Initio, Haole Kook. Say hello to Santa Fe’s newest brewery, which opened this month. They have some guest taps, plus their fourth offering, Ab Initio, a grapefruit-infused Berliner Weisse. New to taps is the Haole Kook, a Berliner weisse aged on pineapples.

Events: Today (Wednesday)—Welcome Back Shelton Brothers, featuring Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast and Blaugies Darbyste on tap, plus Cantillon bottles for sale for on-site consumption, 4 p.m.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Sangre de Frambuesa, Hipster Union Red Rye, Adobe Igloo, Nuevo (Blonde Ale). The next entry in the Ever Changing Series, Sangre De Frambuesa, is a throwback to one of SFBC’s first medal-winning beers at the Great American Beer Festival back in 1991. Adobe Igloo is back on tap and in six packs.

Live Music (ABQ taproom): Friday—Dos Gatos Black Friday Happy Hour, 6 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, Cherrywood Smoked Imperial Porter, Schwarzbier, Rauchbier, Rod’s Best Bitter, Railyard Red, Fulcrum IPA. The most recent additions are the Railyard Red, Cherrywood Smoked Imperial Porter, and Rauchbier. Yeah, it’s kinda smoky at Second Street.

Live Music (Original location): Friday—Busy McCarroll Band, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Broomdust Caravan, 6-9 p.m.

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—The Sting Masters, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Jano Manson, 6-9 p.m.

Weekly Events (Railyard): Thursday—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: Little Boy GFB, Mild at Heart, The Tripel Lindy, Tweed Jacket, Fatman Stout, Dr. Rudi SMASH, Raconteur Belgian Table Beer, Hoppenheimer IPA. Another big tap turnover recently went down in Los Alamos, with Tripel, Tweed, Fatman, Dr. Rudi, and Raconteur making their debuts.

Weekly Events: Thursday—Open mic, 6 p.m.

Sierra Blanca Brewing — (505) 832-2337

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

Beers: Cherry Wheat, Whiskey Stout, Blonde Ale, Cherry Sour, Interstella Vanilla. The folks in Moriarty asked us to be added, thus, here they are. The popular Cherry Wheat is more tart than sweet, and it will soon be bottled. This is a second, improved batch of the Whiskey Stout that debuted earlier this year.

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m.)

Beers: Zia Pilsner, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, KC’s Irish Stout, English Porter, Pilabo Pale Ale, Schwarzbar Black Lager, Pumpkin Ale, Lobo Blanco White IPA. Got a chance to try the Oktoberfest while passing through Socorro recently. It is a solid example of the style, just sweet enough without going overboard. The newest addition is the Lobo Blanco.

Live Music: Saturday—Jen Exten, 7-9 p.m.

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

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

From on high, brewery merch is available for all this holiday season!

From on high, brewery merch is available for all this holiday season!

As we did the last two years, the Crew has put together a brewery merchandise guide for all of you just in time for your holiday shopping. Hey, it might be nice to just buy people beer, but sometimes they need more in life, like cool shirts, hoodies, growlers, and other specialty items carrying the logos of their favorite breweries. To make all of your lives easier and save you time in terms of searching the web or driving all over the place, we compiled the local breweries’ merch lists into one place. Now you can find out what is where, what is online, what it all costs, and any other additional info you might need.

Please take note, we will have a separate post in the weeks ahead detailing all the different brewery memberships you can purchase.

The breweries are listed in alphabetical order, starting with the ABQ metro area breweries, then the breweries from outside the metro listed below that (those that sent us info, at least). We will be updating this list throughout the holiday season, so if you do not see a brewery here, once their info arrives, we will share it. Thank you to all the brewers, owners, and other key brewery staffers who helped us put this together. Whether via email or in person, it was greatly appreciated!

Albuquerque Brewing

They are out of shirts for the time being, but still have hats for sale. The trucker hat ($20) and fitted hat ($25) are both available.

Hats to protect you from the bright lights of the merch cabinet!

Hats to protect you from the bright lights of the merch cabinet!

Alien Brew Pub

The alien logo is being put to good use this year. They have T-shirts ($20), koozies ($7), glassware ($5 to $7), glass growlers ($5), and stainless steel growlers ($25). The ABP logo is available only on location. Also, see the Sierra Blanca entry below for more items of a similar out-of-this-world nature.

The truth is out there, as is the merch.

The truth is out there, as is the merch.

Boese Brothers

For a limited time, they have T-shirts with the Double Dead Ale logo for $20. You can also still buy bombers ($10) at the brewery or at Jubilation. In addition, there are three styles of regular T-shirts ($15), plus glassware ($4) and growlers ($6). You can also opt for a combo of a bomber and a pint glass for $12.

Get those Double Dead Ale shirts for a limited time.

Get those Double Dead Ale shirts for a limited time.

Bosque

It should come as no shock that one of Albuquerque’s most successful breweries has a ton of available merchandise. You can shop online or hit up any Bosque location. They currently have a slew of T-shirt variations available, including a women’s boyfriend tee ($15), unisex Elephants on Parade baseball tee ($25), women’s heather white V-neck ($15), women’s flowy top ($20), unisex logo tee ($20), women’s logo tee ($20), women’s racerback tank top ($12), and even a youth tee ($15). There is also a men’s woven button-up shirt ($35), and appropriate enough for the season, there are hoodies ($40) for both men and women. If you need some gear for your head, you can choose from two styles of hats (both $20), plus beanies ($15 to $20). Bottle openers ($10) are also available, and of course so are growlers ($5). Oh, and membership has its benefits, as all merchandise is 20 percent off all the time for members.

You may need to set aside some extra time to browse the Bosque selection.

You may need to set aside some extra time to browse the Bosque selection.

Bow & Arrow

The relative newbies north of downtown have a swanky merchandise line. You can snag a T-shirt ($25) or a hoodie ($60). A glass growler costs $6, or you can go big with a 64-ounce Miir Growler ($59). They also have growler coolie sleeves ($10). Need glassware? They have Belgian glasses ($6), pub glasses ($5), and 5-ounce Belgian tasters ($5). A 16-ounce Klean Kanteen pint checks in at $15. Gift cards are also available.

The weird sculpture thing is not for sale, FYI.

The weird sculpture thing is not for sale, FYI.

Boxing Bear

The West Siders have some of their merch online and more available at the brewery. There are T-shirts ($18), baseball shirts ($25), pull overs ($35), work shirts ($40), and hoodies ($45). They have two styles of hats ($14 and $20) as well.

Your West Side merch options keep increasing.

Your West Side merch options keep increasing.

Broken Trail

Owner Matt Simonds does not have any merch available this holiday season, but he does have quite the gift, if you have the dinero. Ever wanted to mash and distill your own barrel of whiskey? It’s pricey ($255), as one might expect, but if you have some money to spend, contact the brewery/distillery and see if it’s a worthwhile gift that will keep on giving for a long, long time.

Canteen

The veterans have quite the array of goods, including T-shirts ($25), pullover jackets ($45), and trucker hats ($20). Logo pint glasses ($3) are available, but if you want something really fancy, they have 64-ounce metal growlers ($57) and then the 128-ounce mega-growlers ($110). You can add a tap system to those big boys for $30.

Grab all that and a crowler and you'll be good to go!

Grab all that and a crowler and you’ll be good to go!

Chama River

The selection is fairly limited this year. They have two styles of T-shirts ($15) and hats ($15) available at the brewery.

Dialogue

Only two months old and they already have quite the array of merch. You can pick up T-shirts ($25), work shirts ($35), and hoodies ($45). They also have regular baseball hats ($20) and snapback hats ($25). Look for additional merch to arrive in December.

Yup, Dialogue is already well stocked for the holiday season.

Yup, Dialogue is already well stocked for the holiday season.

Drafty Kilt

OK, now they are only a few days old, so all they have for now are glass growlers ($5) with the brewery logo. But hey, it’s a start!

Kaktus

No clothing this year, just glassware. You can buy one pint glass for $6 or four for $20. Growlers are $5 empty, $13 filled.

La Cumbre

The merch cabinet keeps migrating around the taproom, but you can find it below the stairs to the second floor now. Among the available items this year are hats ($23), T-shirts ($23 to $25), hoodies ($35 to $40), and those super-swanky bike jerseys ($70). They have both 16-ounce ($5) and 20-ounce glasses ($6) as well.

Finding the right angle with the La Cumbre merch cabinet with less reflection and less glare was impossible.

Finding the right angle with the La Cumbre merch cabinet with less reflection and less glare was impossible.

Marble

It should come as no surprise by now that Marble has a merch item for almost everyone. Tank tops and T-shirts ($20), baseball tees ($25), women’s pullovers ($35), and hoodies ($40) are available. They have urban beanies ($25) and regular hats ($20) to keep your head warm in the winter. Marble even has sunglasses ($12), plus foam ($3) and leather koozies ($12), as well as insulated tumblers ($12), bottle openers ($10), and insulated growlers ($30 and $45). The annual Marble Gift Pack is back as well, featuring a 22-ounce bottle of the delicious Reserve Ale with two limited edition tasting glasses and a bottle opener for just $28.

Double your shopping fun by visiting the Marble Market, this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the downtown taproom, featuring a slew of local artists selling their finest products. Shop, eat, and drink local, while listening to live music by Sloan Armitage, Calah Mae & Quietly Kept, and Virtual Friday. It’s the ultimate Small Business Saturday event.

Marble has marvelous merch available at all three locations.

Marble has marvelous merch available at all three locations.

Monk’s Corner (Abbey Brewing)

The new guys downtown are already well stocked with merch. Choose from T-shirts ($20) and polo shirts ($38), or go with the many options in which to carry your beer. They have tumbler glasses ($6), pint glasses ($5), leather koozies ($13), glass growlers ($5.50 and $7), chalices ($6), 32-ounce insulated growlers ($30), and 64-ounce insulated growlers ($45), plus a growler case ($36).

The folks at Monk's Corner moved quickly to stock the joint with merch.

The folks at Monk’s Corner moved quickly to stock the joint with merch.

Nexus

Sure, you could just get some food to go and give that away, but really, keep the chicken for yourself and mail out some merch instead. They have T-shirts ($25) in different styles for men and women. You can also choose from work shirts ($30), hoodies ($32), and yeah, some of those ugly sweaters ($20) are still around, with new ones expected in December. Glassware ranges from $5 to $9, plus they have glass growlers ($5 and $6) and insulated silver growlers ($35).

Yes, Nexus sells stuff besides delicious beer and food. Stop by and get all three.

Yes, Nexus sells stuff besides delicious beer and food. Stop by and get all three.

Palmer

Another relative newcomer, they already have some gear ready. T-shirts ($20), muscle tank tops ($25), V-necks ($25), and hoodies ($40) are available for humans. And, in what may be a first for a local brewery, you can get a dog raglan ($20) for your best friend.

Cute dog not included.

Cute dog not included.

Ponderosa

They have some items available online, including T-shirts ($10), trucker hats ($20), pint glasses ($4), and growlers ($7). This holiday season they will also have a special bundle of all three of their bottled beers with a commemorative pint glass for $25. It can be found at the brewery and wherever their bombers are sold.

Quarter Celtic

Once again, eat the food, buy and mail out the merch. QC has T-shirts ($20), work shirts ($50), and two styles of hats ($20 and $30). Glass growlers ($3 and $4) are available as well. You can also get Celtic cash, gift cards that you can load up for family and friends with a minimum of $5 up to however much you think they can eat in Hagerty Skins. Seriously, those are so damn good.

Wait for cloud cover, then take a slightly less back-lit photo of the QC merch.

Wait for cloud cover, then take a slightly less back-lit photo of the QC merch.

Red Door

The lineup has not changed much from last year. They still have T-shirts ($15), V-neck shirts ($18), Zia tees ($20), and hats ($20). Pint glasses ($5) and those cool 5-ounce sample goblets ($4) are available, along with glass growlers ($9.50 and $14). The staff said they hope to have new hoodies ($40) available in December.

The shirts on the wall are just a few of the items available at Red Door.

The shirts on the wall are just a few of the items available at Red Door.

Rio Bravo

They have the usual selection of popular items, but the one that caught our eye was the frisbee ($3) with the RB logo. See, our breweries want us to get out and be active, too! You can also pick up T-shirts for men ($22) and women ($21), men’s polo shirts ($32.50), black caps ($16.50), camo caps ($19), and hoodies ($45). They also have pint glasses ($5.50), glass growlers ($5 and $7), and steel growlers ($40).

It took some ninja skills to fit all the Rio Bravo merch into and onto that glass case.

It took some ninja skills to fit all the Rio Bravo merch into and onto that glass case.

Sidetrack

Another of our newer breweries, they have a few items available. You can choose from short-sleeve ($18) and long-sleeve T-shirts ($20). Glass growlers ($6) and stainless steel growlers ($27.50) are available. They are expecting their first shipment of hoodies in December.

Starr Brothers

UPDATED >>> Thanks for the update, SBBC. They are selling special gift bundles for the holiday season. You can get a Side logo T-shirt, a 32-ounce growler (with one fill included), and a hat for $30. Or, you can get a hoodie with the other two items for $45. Take note, add $10 for XXL sizes. For every $50 that you spend, you get a free appetizer as well.

Bundle up some goodies for the holidays at Starr Brothers.

Bundle up some goodies for the holidays at Starr Brothers.

Tractor

UPDATED >>> As always, they have one of the most extensive catalogues of brewery merch anywhere, which you can find at both locations or online. They have a new women’s rainbow flowy long-sleeve tee ($25) that’s just come out, plus their new hoodies (price TBD) are due in December. Other items they wanted to highlight include olive Tractor shirts ($20), white-on-black Get Plowed tees ($12), and Beer for a Better Burque shirts ($20), with each featuring one of the four current charities. They also have a Milk Mustachio tote bag ($12.25), 64-ounce glass growlers ($4.25), and special glassware ($6) from local artist Reyes Padilla. Other items include gray pullover hoodies ($35), green women’s pullover hoodies ($35), and gift cards ($25). For the first time you can also purchase Beer Farm Co-op Memberships as a gift. We will have more information on those when we do our membership guide soon.

We'll just say it, the new Tractor hoodies are rather metal.

We’ll just say it, the new Tractor hoodies are rather metal.

Turtle Mountain

TMBC now has a dedicated merch area, which was a nice addition this year (note, if it was before this year, we were solely focused on the beer and pizza, and offer our apologies). Items available include T-shirts ($18 to $20), tote bags ($12), bar towels ($10), tap handles ($50), bottle openers ($5), stickers ($2), pint glasses ($5), and glass growlers ($4 and $6).

Quite the impressive merch cabinet at Turtle Mountain.

Quite the impressive merch cabinet at Turtle Mountain.

Breweries outside the ABQ metro area

Blue Corn (Santa Fe)

All their stuff is available only at the brewery and the downtown cafe, so, darn, you will have to drive up and probably have a beer while you shop. Before you fill up on beer, check out their T-shirts ($18), polos ($20), pint glasses ($2.50), gift cards, and they will have their limited metal holiday growlers (price TBD) available in December.

Blue Corn will be bringing back their special holiday growlers soon.

Blue Corn will be bringing back their special holiday growlers soon.

Rowley Farmhouse Ales (Santa Fe)

UPDATED >>> The merch is in at Santa Fe’s newest brewery. They have men’s and women’s T-shirts ($20), hoodies ($32), and those cool YOpeners ($25), which Jubilation’s Adam Auden call the best opener of any kind on the planet. You can also snag a sticker ($1) and put it on your car bumper. Assuming you’re like Franz Solo and I.

The merch has just arrived at Rowley Farmhouse Ales.

The merch has just arrived at Rowley Farmhouse Ales.

Sierra Blanca (Moriarty)

They have one of the better online merch sites if you do not feel like driving out to Moriarty. Of course, then you wouldn’t be able to hang in the beer garden and enjoy a pint. The extensive catalogue includes men’s and women’s T-shirts ($14.95 to $19.95), long-sleeve shirts ($24.95), multiple styles of hoodies ($34.95 to $49.95), tap handles ($49.95), caps ($9.95 to $19.95), and beanies ($18.95).

Santa Fe Brewing

No surprise here, they have a whole lot of merch available online. Items include T-shirts ($20 to $24), work shirts ($39 to $47), and those hugely popular Zia hoodies ($39) you see almost everywhere. Other cool items include jersey knit scarfs ($22), recycle can bracelets ($20), half-pint infant and toddler onesies ($16), all sorts of hats ($20 to $25), and ski caps ($20 to $25).

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Happy holiday shopping, beer lovers!

— Stoutmeister

The taps are flowing at Drafty Kilt, with the Groundskeeper Willie Cream Ale quickly becoming a hit.

The taps are flowing at Drafty Kilt, with the Groundskeeper Willie Cream Ale quickly becoming a hit.

Just in case anyone out there missed it, Drafty Kilt Brewing became the 28th brewery in Albuquerque (33rd in the metro area) over the weekend when it officially opened for business. I finally managed to stop by and say hello to brewer/owner Mike Campbell on Sunday evening.

For those who missed our advance preview story, Drafty Kilt is located at 4814 Hardware NE, which is basically one block west of San Mateo, and a half-block south of McLeod. It is not far from the Movies 8. The taproom features a long bar and several tables. It does not serve food, though there are now some small snacks available such as pretzels and peanuts.

Mike has two of his own beers on tap, Groundskeeper Willie Cream Ale (5% ABV, 16 IBU) and Wee Beastie Scottish Ale (6% ABV, 20 IBU), with more beers coming in future weeks. The cream ale is darker in color than Nexus’ Cream Ale, but otherwise shares some similar characteristics. It is sweet, but not overly so. There is more of a malty breadiness apparent in the Groundskeeper Willie. It should do well whether it is warm or cold outside. The Wee Beastie is a smoky, peaty little beast, as the name might imply. It is nowhere near as sweet as many other Scottish ales around town, and that is a good thing. In many ways, it stands on its own.

The bar area features two guest taps for now. Growlers are already for sale.

The bar area features two guest taps for now. Growlers are already for sale.

Both are pretty darn solid for being the first two beers at a new brewery, but then again, this is hardly Mike’s first go-around. As a history lesson reminder, he brewed at the original Rio Bravo Restaurant Brewery downtown in the mid-1990s, followed by a long stint at Tractor in Los Lunas (1999-2007), and more recently at Cazuela’s in Rio Rancho.

Another bit of good news is that Mike and his wife, Sheryl, said they have been given the go-ahead to add a patio area outside in the spring. It will be located on the south side of the building, away from the parking lot. The metal garage door on that side will be converted to let people go in and out more easily. They also have secured more space in an adjacent building which they can use to store kegs, grain, and more, all of which has become needed as the current brewing area in the back has filled up quickly.

The Drafty Kilt interior is spacious and relaxing.

The Drafty Kilt interior is spacious and relaxing.

Overall, Drafty Kilt offers a comfortable, no-frills atmosphere. It is an old-fashioned taproom, with beer, a couple TVs, and quite the collection of old-school cans and bottles on the wall. It does not aspire to be anything fancy, just a relaxing place to enjoy a couple pints while winding away the day or night.

Stop by, check it out, and let us know what you think.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

A rare moment without a packed house at Starr Brothers, which has enjoyed a successful first year of business.

A rare moment without a packed house at Starr Brothers, which has enjoyed a successful first year of business.

Editor’s note: This is the second entry in our annual Look Back/Look Ahead Series. Click the category tag above to find all the stories.

The beginning of 2016 was a whirlwind for the local beer scene, as five breweries opened within a span of less than three months. One of these was Starr Brothers, and in the short time that has followed, it has already enjoyed tremendous success.

Starr Brothers began construction in late 2015 on San Antonio Drive, east of Interstate 25, but as happens with most new breweries, progress was a bit delayed. With the completion of the kitchen in January 2016, they were ready to make some money, and the crowds began to flock into what was essentially at first just a restaurant that poured other local beers. In April, they were able to put their own beers on tap, and the crowds kept right on coming in a big way. Opening a brewery on a major street in an under-served Albuquerque east side area worked like gangbusters.

Over a seasonal Don’t Fear the RIPA (red IPA, oh, my, yum), I talked to brewer Rob Whitlock about their first year of operations – their “year in beer” as it were – and some exciting plans for 2017.

First and foremost, Rob wanted to share his and the company’s gratitude to local favorite Boxing Bear for the incredible amount of support and training he received from them. Rob was a home brewer and regular customer of Southwest Grape and Grain next door, as well as, of course, The Bear. He told brewers Justin Hamilton and Dylan Davis about an opportunity to brew on a commercial scale for Starr Brothers, and they immediately took him under their wing (or furry bear arm, I suppose). They also still allow Rob to use their keg washer to wash his kegs.

Rob, a retired journeyman plumber, but not a miracle worker, soon discovered that the 7-barrel system was not large enough for their demand; admittedly, it is a good problem to have. He said it’s difficult just to keep the house beers, including the two favorites Starrstruck IPA and L.A. Woman Blonde, on at all times. He said he would love to have the capacity do more seasonals. The recent Oktoberfest sold out in a mere eight days. There is a Dunkelweizen fermenting now, and Rob said that is their first beer made with a weizen yeast. They hope to have a holiday stout available for Thanksgiving, he added.

It is quite crowded in the back, but Starr Brothers will be expanding into the next commercial space to the east in 2017.

It is quite crowded in the back, but Starr Brothers will be expanding into the next commercial space to the east in 2017.

I asked Rob about their strip mall location and if they would ever be able to take over some additional space. Coincidentally, Rob said that as a matter of fact that just happened, and construction just started in the space just to the east of the current brewery area. They are going to be able to increase their capacity by 60 barrels with the addition of four more 15-barrel fermenters. There will also be a new walk-in cooler with four 15-barrel bright tanks.

Starr Brothers participated in a few festivals this year, and was one of the breweries to provide a happy hour at the State Fair. I chose their Motorbrreath Smoked Porter as one of my two growler-fills-to-go at the Alibi on Tap event in September.

In another bit of news for the upcoming year, Starr Brothers had to get their zoning adjusted to get a distributor license. When that license is in place and the production capacity is increased, they will be able to put tap handles at other bars and restaurants. Several establishments have already asked if they can put their beer on tap, Rob said. The owners, John and Heather Starr, are mulling over the idea of an additional location, but there are no firm plans as of the printing of this story.

It has been a fantastic first year for Starr Brothers, and the NMDSBC wishes them continued great success in the upcoming year.

Holiday Cheers (wow, it’s here)!

— AmyO