Happy New Year fellow craft beer aficionados, this is E-Rock here this fine Monday to bring you the first edition of the Week Ahead in Beer covering 2013. As always, this column is designed to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Albuquerque metro area.

Duke City area breweries and tap rooms are currently going through the process of finishing off the last remnants of their 2012 brews in order to make way for new beers to compliment the new year. Now is a great time to help your local brewers make room for new beers. All you have to do is drink! Just be responsible, of course. There are a few establishments that are introducing new beers or releasing old favorites this week. Back Alley Draft House is now carrying Goat Head Imperial Red. Bad Ass Brewery has new batches of C Squared and 3 Way IPA. Broken Bottle is expecting to start serving their Cracked Cork BarleyWine by the end of the week. Chama River is introducing their Copper John Pale Ale this week. Il Vicino has new batches of their Exodus IPA, Sasquach Scotch, and Marzen now on tap. Turtle Mountain has a new batch of their very popular Iron Man Black IPA on tap this week.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the Duke City. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Dec. 31.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number (all are area code 505, for out-of-state readers) and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: No new seasonals at this time.

News: It’s been a long wait, but Ben Miller’s newest creation should be making its way to the taps at ABP in the new year.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

(Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Goat Head Imperial Red, Goat Head Raspberry Blonde, JC’s Pumpkin, JC’s Pale Ale, Melia Belgian Strong Ale, The Streets Saison. I had the opportunity to have a pint of JC’s Pumpkin recently. This beer is well spiced and tasty without being overpowering. It’s exactly what I want out of a pumpkin beer.

Bad Ass Brewery — 918-2337

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–midnight, Sun 4–7 p.m.)

Beers: C Squared, 3 Way IPA, 66 Pinup Porter, Charlie’s Old Red, Midnight Imperial Stout, Torn Kilt, English Brown Smog, Belgian Mistress, Double Headed Zombie, Matts Wine Barrel Sour, Nutty Cafe, Desert Rose, Dragon Blood, Eat Your Oatmeal. The BAB staff is especially excited about the Midnight Imperial Stout. I had a flight of this stout recently. This bad boy clocks in at 10-percent ABV with 25 IBU, and it is smooth with a nice smoked flavor. It could be BAB’s tastiest offering to date. If you have never been to BAB or haven’t been there in a while, this is definitely the time to go and the Midnight Imperial Stout is the beer to have.

News: BAB will host a New Year’s Eve party on Monday and they will host their biweekly open mic on Tuesday.

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 2 p.m.–midnight)

Beers: Brewer’s Boot Amber Ale, Bitter Brit English IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Olde Bosky (Porter), Kindling (Golden), Mellow Brit (Brown), Cumulus IPA. According to BBC’s website, Kindling is “a smooth and crisp Golden Ale. Very drinkable.” Bitter Brit is “an English IPA, with subtle citrus notes.” Mellow Brit is “an English Brown with hints of honey.” And Olde Bosky is “a robust porter with roasted and coffee undertones.”

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Cracked Cork BarleyWine, John Quincey Adams Ale, Xico Suave, Anamole (Chocolate Red Chile Stout), Debacle Pumpkin Ale. B3 is currently on their last barrels of John Quincey Adams Ale, which is something of a hard cider and ale hybrid brewed with quinces. Once it is out, which should be by the end of the week, they will begin serving their Cracked Cork BarleyWine.

News: B3 is now serving a limited menu in the taproom. The food is provided by one of ABQ’s best new restaurants, Paco’s. They have things like roasted duck quesadillas, chips & queso and much more. Also, on Feb. 10, they will host a Beer Pairing Dinner catered by Paco’s, with tickets now available at B3.

B3 will be open from 4 until 8 p.m. on Monday.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. They will be showing football throughout the day on Sunday.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: Copper John PA, Centennial PA, Shadow Boxer (Black IPA), Porter for Pyros. According to a post on Chama’s Facebook page, the Black IPA Shadow Boxer is “very dark in color with a punchy hop flavor and aroma, finishing with a hint of roast malt.” (6.6% ABV, 65 IBU) Stoutmeister tried the Shadow Boxer and Porter for Pyros and highly recommends both.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Sasquatch Scotch, Marzen, Exodus, Aphelion Black IPA, Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, Dark American Lager, Baltic Porter, Oatmeal Stout. Remnants of Solstice Blackout remain at the Canteen, but these dark gems are beginning to run out. IV has already replaced the Dark-n-Lusty Stout with a trio of their most popular seasonal beers including the Sasquatch Scotch, Exodus IPA, and Marzen.

News: The Super Hop IPA (brewed with Galaxy and Cascade hops) is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Oaked Scotch will be on cask Saturday. Saint Bob’s Imperial Stout will be on tap soon. We had a chance to sample it, and oh, boy, is it powerful. Handle it with care, or your liver might move out and not leave a forwarding address.

Il Vicino Canteen will be open from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Noche de Paz, Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Potter’s PA (Belgian-style pale ale), Hot Shots Rauch (Rauchbier), Pecos Porter, Trout (English-style) Pale Ale. According to La Cumbre’s website, the Hot Shots Rauch is “named in honor of the heroes that regularly put themselves into harm’s way in the hopes of saving our lives, our property, and our National Forests and Parks, this Bamberg-style Rauchbier is pungent with the smoke, apple, and rich bready maltiness that one should expect from the style. 100% German malts and hops along with our house lager yeast and over 2 months of lagering have left this beer both formidable, and incredibly smooth and drinkable. It finishes lightly malty, with enough hop spice to balance the sweetness contributed by lots of Munich, Vienna and Bamberg Rauch malt.” 

(5.4% ABV,
30 IBU)

Stoutmeister and Cryptogrind both sampled the Imperial Stout during La Cumbre’s two-year anniversary celebration earlier this month. Both were blown away by this awesome mix of traditional stout flavors with bourbon and wine hints.

News: La Cumbre will close at 5 p.m. on Monday and will be closed Tuesday.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Daisy Mae, 2013 Marble Reserve, Brew Cut Volume 1, Brown Porter, Dark Secret (Brown Lager), Pumpkin Porter, Imperial Red (9.0% ABV). Brew Cut Volume 1 is a barrel-aged Imperial Red. According to their website, the 2013 Marble Reserve is their “much-anticipated annual holiday offering. This American strong ale spends months in oak bourbon barrels before it is deemed ready for release. This year’s batch is replete with molasses and vanilla notes.” Daisy Mae is a Brett-forward Farmhouse Ale that “features a delicate tartness tempered with Belgian wit spiciness. ” (7.0% ABV, $7/Goblet) And the Brown Porter is
 Tim Lambert’s State Fair Best-of-Show winner. (5% ABV, $4/Pints) Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Brown Porter, noting it is a unique hybrid of traditional smoked porter and nut brown flavors.

News: Marble’s holiday gift packs ($19.95) are now available at all of their locations. Choose from Imperial Stout, Chocolate Cartel’s Red Chile Chocolate bar and dark chocolate macadamia nuts OR Imperial Red, a leather pint koozie, and green chile pistachios. They also have brown and black hoodies ($30) back in stock in all sizes at their Downtown Pub and their Westside Taproom.

Events: Get the new year off to a great start with a free brewery tour! Learn all about Marble Brewery’s history and our brewing techniques, philosophy, ingredients, and packaging process this Friday starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Pub. Also, check out Marble’s cask (or “real” ale) selection on tap this Friday while you are at the Downtown Pub.

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Chocolate Porter, Maximus (Double) IPA, Imperial Cream Stout, Barley Wine. At 9.2-percent ABV, Nexus’ new Barley Wine packs quite a punch. But be warned, Nexus has a way of brewing high alcohol content beers that go down smoother than a pilsner. Make sure to order a hardy meal with this bad boy. Derek and Stoutmeister sampled this one recently; both labeled it “dangerous, since you don’t taste the alcohol, just the sweet.” The Chocolate Porter was popular among the entire Crew, who had a rare meeting of the minds two weeks ago at Nexus.

Events: Celebrate the new year at Nexus as they serve up Happy Hour All Day with $3 pints starting at 11:00 am. Nexus will have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies. Nexus will have NFL Sunday Ticket with $7 wings starting at 11 a.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — 798-1970

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

Beers: IPA (6.5% ABV, 100 IBU), Hefeweizen, ESB, Amber Ale (6% ABV), Irish Red Ale (6% ABV). SCG has made an IPA especially for all you hopheads out there. At 100 IBU, SCG’s new IPA is sure to give your taste buds a dry, bitter experience fitting for any Burqueño. While you’re there, grab a meal smothered in red and/or green chile. It doesn’t get more New Mexican than that.

News: At Sandia Chile Grill you can enjoy great New Mexican food with your beer such as their $10 double chicken enchilada and beer special served with beans, potatoes, chile, and a 16-ounce beer. SCG’s Milk Stout (with added malts and hints of smoked flavors) should be on tap shortly after the new year.

Tractor Brewing Company — 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

(The tap room opens most days around 3 p.m. and stays open as late as 2 a.m.; it opens earlier on weekends)

Beers: Man Der Damm Lager, Turkey Drool, Adebisi (black lager), Lunas De Los Muertos Imperial Stout. Man Der Damm Lager is group-effort brew dedicated to the late Javier Garcia. This year’s Turkey Drool checks in lighter in alcohol (6.5 percent vs. 7.8), with a more subtle opening, but still that multi-flavored finish that makes it so unique. Stoutmeister tried it and found it an improvement over last year’s more powerful version.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

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

Beers: Iron Man (Black IPA), Hoptimus Prime (Double IPA), Molasses Porter (6.3% ABV, 30 IBU), Imperial Baltic Porter (7.6% ABV, 25 IBU), 3-Galloot’s Pale Ale, Collateral Damage Barley Wine, Texas Twister Brown, Golden Ale, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye, Collateral Damage Barley Wine on cask. Hoptimus Prime (7.0% ABV, 125 IBU) is one of TMBC’s most beloved IPAs. Only 6-1/2 barrels (13 kegs) were brewed for this most recent batch, so drop by Turtle Mountain and grab a pint (or growler) before it is gone.

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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!

— E-Rock

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