Greetings fellow beer snobs, this is E-Rock here to bring you a special Tuesday installment of the Week Ahead in Beer. I took yesterday off to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and to drive 12 hours across Texas. Austin, Texas, has some really good beers (like Pecan Porters), but they don’t come close to some of the great beers brewed in the Land of Enchantment. Speaking of local breweries, 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. So let’s talk about that.
Looking at the new seasonals hitting taps this week, it’s hard not to notice the availability of pale ales and stouts coexisting at the taps. I expected to see stouts given the cold weather, but I’m also pleasantly surprised that many breweries have been experimenting with different hop varieties to make new and exciting pale ales. For example, Bosque Brewing is introducing their new Boss Pale Ale this week. Chama River now has their Simcoe Pale Ale and Serenity Milk Stout on tap. Marble brought back their Imperial Stout and Sephira (Sour) this week. Last but never least, Turtle Mountain is now serving their Triple Play Pale Ale. There are other great beers that are hitting taps as well. This week ABQ Brew Pub is releasing the Light Color Belgian Ale brewed by Ben Miller. Back Alley Draft House should have a new Barley Wine and Red Ale on tap some time this week. Back Alley will also be hosting the Brew Crew’s one-year anniversary party on Saturday with special brews provided by Goat Head Brewery. Tractor Brewing Company is releasing the Maibock Amber Lager and Tractor Hard Cider this week.
In other brewery news, Bad Ass Brewery is now Farside Brew Pub. It is still located in the same building and has the same menu. The name change accompanies the many changes that the brewery has undergone over the past few months. This week, Farside Brew Pub is bringing back a slew of BAB favorites including: Zombie IPA, Dragon’s Blood, Dead Red, Feather Weight Ale, and Dark IPA.
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 Jan. 21.
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: Light Color Belgian Ale. Ben Miller, a past grand prize winner of the Sam Adams Long Shot American Homebrew Contest, is bring his home brewing ninja skills back to APB with his new Light Color Belgian Ale. Quantities are limited, and he only brews for ABP a few times a year. So grab a pint or two while you can.
Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)
(Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)
Beers: Barley Wine, Red Ale, Belgian White, Goat Head Imperial Red, Goat Head Raspberry Blonde, JC’s Pale Ale, Melia Belgian Strong Ale. Addison from Back Alley has been perfecting his brewing skills and is now adding a new dimension to Back Alley’s slate of house beers. His new Red Ale should be ready to hit taps some time this week, while the Goat Head Barley Wine is also ready to pour. Recently, Stoutmeister and I had a chance to try the Goat Head Imperial Red, which is a hoppy beast that compares with the finest hop-infused reds that Marble produces.
Events: The Brew Crew turns one this year! Celebrate with us on Saturday at BADH starting at 7:30 p.m. Goat Head will be providing special brews for the event. This is your chance to meet the Brew Crew in person. If that doesn’t do it for you, you can always just go for the great beer and the delicious NYPD pizza.
Music: Thurs — Underground Etiquette Thursdays, 8 p.m.
Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596
(Mon–Thurs 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 2 p.m.–midnight)
Beers: Boss PA, Scotia Scotch, California Commons, Ember IPA, Brewer’s Boot Amber Ale, Bitter Brit English IPA, Olde Bosky (Porter), Kindling (Golden), Mellow Brit (Brown), Cumulus IPA. California Commons is a Steam Beer, which is one of the few beer styles created in the United States. Stoutmeister joked “it’s so smooth it stole three of my future girlfriends.” 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.”
News: BBC’s Imperial Porter will be hitting taps in the near future. Bosque will also be making its beer festival debut Friday in Santa Fe at WinterBrew. Look for a WB preview here on Thursday.
Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777
(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: End of Days Tripel, Cracked Cork BarleyWine, Anamole (Chocolate Red Chile Stout), Debacle Pumpkin Ale. According to B3’s website, their Cracked Cork BarleyWine is “a nice, slightly sweet barley wine fermented with raisins. Has a great caramel flavor and at 10% it’s sure to put some hair on your chest!” The End of Days Tripel should be on tap some time this week.
News: B3’s long awaited Glugg Porter is ready to make it to taps and is only waiting for tap room. That means you should go to Broken Bottle and drink up. It’s your civic duty! Also, 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.
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.
Music: Sat — The Bastard Project & Special Guest 8-10 p.m.
Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Simcoe PA, Serenity Milk Stout, Me Llamo Lodo (Imperial Brown), Copper John PA. Me Llamo Lodo is an imperial version of Chama’s Rio Lodo Brown Ale. Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Me Llamo Lodo, which at 7.2-percent ABV is more drinkable than most imperial styles. The Simcoe Pale Ale takes up where the Centennial and Chinook Pale Ales left off. For those who don’t know, Simcoe, Centennial, and Chinook are hops varieties with different flavor profiles. Chama River often brews pale ales based on a single hop variety. Simcoe hops are best know for adding especially bitter aromas and flavors to pale ales.
Farside Brew Pub — 918-2337
(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–midnight, Sun 4–7 p.m.)
Beers: Zombie IPA, Dead Red, Feather Weight Ale, Dragon’s Blood, Dark IPA, Matt’s Wine Barrel Sour, Desert Rose, Eat Your Oatmeal. Matt’s Wine Barrel Sour is a tasty concoction that adds hints of apple to give this sour beer a unique flavor that reminds me of the sour puckers candy that I used to eat when I was younger.
Events: FBP will host its biweekly open mic tonight. FBP will also be showing the new season of The Walking Dead starting on Feb. 10.
Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737
(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)
Beers: London Calling ESB, Irish Red, Groping Gnome Belgian IPA, Saint Bob’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Sasquatch Scotch, Marzen, Dark American Lager, Baltic Porter. Solstice Blackout was a big success at the Canteen. Only the Dark American Lager and the Baltic Porter are left on tap, so IV has brought back several favorites to fill out the roster. Also on tap is the Groping Gnome Belgian IPA. Clocking in at 65 IBU and 7.2-percent ABV, this light, yet hoppy, offering is sure to become a classic in its own right.
News: An IPA made with continental and Amarillo hops is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Galaxy Red will be on cask Saturday.
Music: Tues — Sean Lucy (Folk/Songwriter) 6-9 p.m., Sun — Keith Sanchez (Songwriter) 3-6 p.m.
La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: Full Nelson (Double IPA), Whirlpool Pale Ale, Noche de Paz, Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Potter’s PA (Belgian-style pale ale), Hot Shots Rauch (Rauchbier). La Cumbre’s website had this to say about the Full Nelson, “If our Elevated IPA is on the hoppy side of the aisle for you, stay away. If you drink that beer and think to yourself in Homer Simpson’s voice, ‘That’s kinda hoppy… I guess …’ prepare to meet your match. This beer is gonna put the beat down. Will you tap out before you finish the pint?” (8.7% ABV, IBU: A lot!) LC’s website also described the brewing processes used to create the Whirlpool Pale Ale. “We started with Marris Otter, the very finest pale malt money can buy, added a small amount of caramel malt and went about our regular boil, but only added hops after the boil was over. 25 lbs. of a blend of some of our favorite hops were added to give the beer an enormous perfumey aroma and flavor … and hopefully some bitterness.” (4.2% ABV, IBU: ???)
Music: Wed — The Bus Tapes 7-10 p.m., Sat — Russell James Pyle Safety Committee 7-10 p.m.
Marble Brewery — 243-2739
(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Sephira (8.0% ABV), Imperial Stout (10% ABV), Imperial Red (9.0% ABV). According to Marble’s website, the Imperial Stout was “aged for a full year in oak bourbon barrels, this high gravity stout is a quintessential winter warmer.” (10% ABV, $7.00/Goblet, limit 2 per customer) The Imperial Red was “brewed with royalty in mind, no expense was spared in crafting our Imperial Red. Generous additions of our favorite hop varieties blend harmoniously with long layers of dark caramel malts.” (9.0% ABV)
News: Buy your WINTERBREW (Jan 25th, 4-8 p.m.) tickets at Marble’s Downtown Pub or Santa Fe Tap Room and receive a free pint of any of their house beers!
Events: Dia de los Takos will be at the Downtown Pub on Wednesday from 3:30-9:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 3-9 p.m. In addition, Wednesday is NAME YOUR PRICE TAKOS! The menu includes Baja fish takos; beer-battered avocado, green chile, or sweet potato takos; and BurQue Fish Takos with seared snapper, tempura green chile, Baja slaw and extra cilantro crema.
Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.
The Supper Truck parks at Marble’s Downtown Pub every Saturday.
Nexus Brewery — 242-4100
(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Amber Bock, Chocolate Porter, 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 a few weeks ago at Nexus.
Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. They also have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies.
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 soon.
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: Maibock Amber Lager, Tractor Hard Cider, Man Der Damm Lager, Adebisi (black lager). Man Der Damm Lager is group-effort brew dedicated to the late Javier Garcia. The Tractor Hard Cider is sweeter than their usual cider. Stoutmeister and I will be heading to Tractor’s late tonight (Tuesday) to try the Maibock Amber Lager. All you night owl beer lovers are encouraged to join us.
News: Tractor beer will be featured at several events around the 505 this week including WinterBrew (Friday), Tricklock Reptilian Lounge (Saturday), and the Art Bar’s I’ll Drink to That (Sunday). In addition, Tractor’s Nob Hill Tap Room is currently exhibiting the artwork of Jocelyn Richards. You gotta love Tractor’s spirit of community outreach.
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: Triple Play PA, Oatmeal IPA, American Wheat, Celtic Brown, Iron Man (Black IPA), Hoptimus Prime (Double IPA), 3-Galloot’s Pale Ale, Collateral Damage Barley Wine, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye, Collateral Damage Barley Wine on cask. TMBC’s web site has this to say about the Celtic Brown, “We are gearing up for St. Patties Day with this delicious Celtic Brown. The chocolate, melanoidin, carapils and victory malts are perfect accomplices to the chinook hops.” (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU, 1.054 OG) Stoutmeister, Shilling, Franz Solo, and Brandon all visited Turtle this past Saturday and gave positive reviews to the Celtic Brown and the Iron Man.
News: TMBC will be at WinterBrew this Friday in Santa Fe. Drop by and sample some of the tasty brews that are now gracing their menu.
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