Greetings, Burque beer lovers, this is E-Rock here to bring you another Monday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. As always, this column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Albuquerque metro area.
The NM Cup must have wiped out a lot of kegs this weekend, because many Duke City area breweries are finding enough tap space to introduce multiple brews this week. The Winter Saison is back on tap at the ABQ Brew Pub. Broken Bottle will have a new batch of their Saul Rosenberg Ale on tap by the end of the week. Farside Brew Pub has two new beers on tap this week including the Cow Tipper Cream Stout and Anni-Oaky Imperial IPA. La Cumbre has their new El Dorado PA on tap, and they expect to have their German Helles on tap some time this week. Marble is now serving their Imperial Red and Oaked Double IPA, and they should have a new Tripel and an unnamed beer brewed with plenty of hops and honey on tap some time this week. Nexus will have their new Imperial Red on tap by Thursday. Sandia Chile Grill has new batches of their New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen and Amber on tap. Turtle Mountain is now serving their new Ol’ Brown Eyes.
In addition, I finally remembered to contact the 505’s newest brewery before writing this column this morning. Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill is now open at 4051 Sara Road SE in Rio Rancho (take a right on Sara, just north of Intel). Their house beer menu includes: Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Cerveza Por Mis Cavallios Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Tomazula Brown (5.2% ABV), Tierra del Fuego Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), Alcapulco Gold Mexican Lager (4.8% ABV), and an ESB. We now have roughly 15 separately owned and operated breweries in the Albuquerque area!
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 Feb. 18.
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: Winter Saison, Monk’s Tripel Ale. ABP is now carrying Monk’s Tripel Ale. This heavy-hitting ale was reviewed by our very own Cryptogrind back in early January.
Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)
(Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)
Beers: Goat Head Java Stout, Back Alley Porter, Goat Head Barley Wine. BADH ran out of a lot of their beers this weekend, so expect many new offerings to be introduced to taps in the coming weeks. Several members of the Brew Crew had a chance to sample Goat Head’s Barley Wine and Java Stout at our one-year anniversary party at BADH. Both beers had bold tastes that we have come to expect from Goat Head. If you are a fan of Marble beers, then you need to sample some of Goat Head’s beers, which have plenty of hops in recent hits like the Imperial Red. The Java Stout compares favorably with Santa Fe’s version. If you love coffee flavor, this beer packs a ton of it.
Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596
(Mon–Thurs 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 2 p.m.–midnight)
Beers: Greybeard Imperial Stout, Boss PA, Scotia Scotch, Ember IPA, Brewer’s Boot Amber Ale, Bitter Brit English IPA, 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: Saul Rosenberg Ale, Glugg Porter, End of Days Tripel, Cracked Cork BarleyWine, Debacle Pumpkin Ale. The Saul Rosenberg Ale should be on tap by the end of the week. B3’s website had this to say about their Glugg Porter, “Typically, the ingredients for glug are red wine, sugar, spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and bitter orange, but we said ‘let’s make it with beer!’ A perfect spiced winter porter while we wait for Spring to come.” (5% ABV)
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. On Sunday, B3 will be showing the new episode of The Walking Dead.
Music: Fri — Jordan Trimarchi 8-9 p.m., Sat — Waylaid! 8-10 p.m.
Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — 994-9364
(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)
Beers: Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Cerveza Por Mis Cavallios Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Tomazula Brown (5.2% ABV), Tierra del Fuego Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), Alcapulco Gold Mexican Lager (4.8% ABV), and an ESB. Franz Solo and I gave high marks to Cerveza Por Mis Cavallios Oatmeal Stout during the NMDSBC’s Battle of the Beers II competition on Super Bowl Sunday.
Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Big Head Imperial Ale, Cascade PA, Simcoe PA, Serenity Milk Stout. The Cascade and Simcoe Pale Ales take up where the Centennial and Chinook Pale Ales left off. For those who don’t know, Cascade, 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, and Cascade hops are medium strength and add citrus and floral notes to an ale. Stoutmeister and Brandon give thumbs up to the Serenity, which differs ever so slightly from the more standard type of milk stouts such as Left Hand, but in a good way.
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: Cow Tipper Cream Stout, Anni-Oaky Imperial IPA, Torn Kilt, Zombie IPA, Double Headed Zombie, English Brown Smog, Feather Weight Ale, Dragon’s Blood. The Farside Brew Pub had their two year anniversary yesterday. To celebrate, the folks at FBP brewed up one barrel of Anni-Oaky Imperial IPA. I’m told that Anni-Oaky was meant to be brewed in a limited quantity and it will not be brewed again until this time next year, so grab a pint while you can.
News: Farside Brew Pub just finished remodeling the pub recently, including a new serving counter and new paint job.
Events: FBP is now hosting Monday Madness featuring all day happy hour pints and Thursday College Night (with a valid college ID) featuring a $7 Pizza and Pint Special, plus all night happy hour pints. FBP will be showing the new episode of The Walking Dead on Sunday.
Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737
(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)
Beers: Oaked Rye (possibly), Exodus IPA, Odin’s Imperial Red, Dark Matter Pilsner, London Calling ESB, Saint Bob’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Sasquatch Scotch, Dark American Lager. A couple weeks ago I posted that Odin’s Imperial Red and the Donker were on tap at the Canteen. When I called the Il Vicino Canteen to find out what beer they had on tap, they were still debating which beer to put on a newly vacated tap. It looks like it will be the Oaked Rye or possibly the Irish Red, or maybe something else entirely. It’s nice to know that the Canteen has so many great beers on hand that they have to schedule to make sure a new beer is not going to be on tap alongside other similar beers. Odin’s Imperial Red is a beer fit for the Norse god, made with five pounds of Simcoe hops per barrel. (10.25% ABV, 100+ IBU) The Brew Crew had a sample recently, and we can say that it was worth the wait.
Cask: The beer for Cask Wednesday is yet to be determined and the Coffee Brown will be on cask Saturday.
News: The Donker (10% ABV, 23 IBU) is a Belgian Strong Dark that was brewed with dark candy sugar, and it should be available within the next week or two.
Music: Tues — Kimo, Jim Phillips, Cali Shaw (Songwriter) 6-9 p.m., Sun — Keith Sanchez (Songwriter) 3-6 p.m.
La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: El Dorado PA, German Helles, BEER, Whirlpool Pale Ale, Noche de Paz, Potter’s PA (Belgian-style pale ale), Hot Shots Rauch (Rauchbier). La Cumbre’s website had this to say about BEER, “This is by far the lightest beer that we have made, or ever will make. Utilizing 100% North American ingredients, including 25% corn, it is ‘lite,’ but it actually has flavor compared with what 95% of Americans are used to. Delicate hop nuances, and subtle esters, followed by a bone-dry finish, this is a great BEER to start the night off with.” (5.2 ABV, 25 IBU) LC’s website also described the Noche de Paz, “tarting with our rich British ale malt, we blended in 6 different caramel and chocolate malts as well as a touch of corn to make this richly malty beer, just lightly balanced with a kiss of English hops. The finish is lightly sweet with a plethora of rich caramel and biscuit.” (7.9% ABV, 20 IBU)
Cask: La Cumbre is currently featuring the Malpais Stout on cask.
Music: Wed — The Green Billies 6-9 p.m., Sat — Group Therapy 7-10 p.m.
Marble Brewery — 243-2739
(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Oaked DIPA, Imperial Red, Tripel, honey DIPA (yet to be named), Double White, India Wheat Ale, Saison (6.5% ABV). The Saison is almost out, and it will soon be replaced by Marble’s Tripel and their still unnamed honey double IPA. Marble’s website had this to say about the Oaked DIPA, “Tropical fruit notes stand out in this double dry-hopped, American oak-aged DIPA.” (8.0% ABV, $6/Goblet) This tasty beer won the people’s choice award for best specialty brew at the NM Cup.
Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.
Events: On Saturday Marble’s Downtown Pub will be donating $1 of every pint sold from 1-4 p.m. to Pints for Pets. Live music provided by Flight of Miranda and Squash Blossom Boys. The Supper Truck parks at Marble’s Downtown Pub every Saturday.
Music: Sat — Flight of Miranda and Squash Blossom Boys 1-4 p.m.
Nexus Brewery — 242-4100
(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Imperial Red, Extra Pale, Amber Bock, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream Stout, Barley Wine. The Barley Wine is almost out, but Nexus’ new Imperial Red should be ready to take its place by Friday. For all you cask fans out there, the Imperial Red will also be making an appearance on cask starting on Friday. I am already planning my weekend excursion to Nexus. Their currently slate of beers is too good to pass up.
Cask: Nexus will have their Scottish Ale on cask starting on Tuesday and their Imperial Red on cask starting on Friday.
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: New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen, Amber, Milk Stout, Smoked Porter, IPA (6.5% ABV, 100 IBU), 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: SCG will have a new Crystalweisen on tap in the next couple of weeks. 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: Pilsner #15, Tupac California Red, Wild Wheat Belgian, Duchess Imperial Pale Ale, Tractor Hard Cider. Stoutmeister had the Tupac California Red at WinterBrew, and he had this to say about it, “Nice middle ground between an Irish red and the hoppier reds like Marble.” The Tractor Hard Cider is sweeter than their usual cider.
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: Ol’ Brown Eyes, Yardsale Amber, Irish Coffee Stout, TMBC IPA, Triple Play PA, American Wheat, Ironman (Black IPA), Collateral Damage Barley Wine, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s web site has this to say about Ol’ Brown Eyes, “This brown ale has a slight roastiness from the black & C-60 malts and is surprisingly smooth & balanced with a touch of Galena & Mt. Hood hops.” (5.4% ABV, 20 IBU, 1.052 OG) Stoutmeister, Shilling, Franz Solo, and Brandon all visited Turtle recently and gave positive reviews to the Ironman BIPA.
Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Hybid IPA on cask.
News: TMBC is also featuring the 2011 Sierra Nevada Big Foot Barley Wine on tap.
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