Editor’s note: E-Rock wrote this yesterday (Monday) and it should have been posted then, but a certain on-vacation-editor was busy watching baseball and drinking beer. Hey, it was work. All work, I swear. Anyway, even a day late, the news here is still fresh. Oh, lord, what a terrible saying. It’s before 8 a.m. Arizona time and I have to go talk to the Dodgers/Isotopes players. While I do that, enjoy this. — Stoutmeister

Greetings craft beer aficionados, this is E-Rock here to bring you another Monday Tuesday 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 Duke City.

Looking over all of the new seasonals around town, the trend seems to favor Irish Reds. Chama River, Farside Brew Pub, Il Vicino Canteen, La Cumbre, Marble, and Sandia Chile Grill all have Irish Reds on tap this week. That’s enough to make your own Irish Red Challenge! Sandia Chile Grill even has their Irish Red on nitro! That said, I decided to name this week’s column in honor of Bosque’s Engaano Hefeweizen. Bosque is taking $1 per pint purchased of Engaano and donating it to adoption agencies. We at the NMDSBC are always happy when we can drink a beer and help a good cause at the same time.

There are several other beers making their way to taps around town this week. ABQ Brew Pub is now serving a Belgian Saison. Broken Bottle should have a new batch of their Nacho Brau on tap within the next two days. Farside has a new batch of their Zombie IPA and a revamped version of their Triple Chocolate Stout hitting taps this week. Il Vicino now has Panama Joe’s (Coffee) Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Boysenberry Wheat, and Exodus IPA on tap. La Cumbre is now serving Project Dank (IPA). Tractor has a new batch of their Barnstorm Ale on tap this week. Turtle Mountain has a new batch of their Celtic Brown on tap and their Irish Stout on nitro.

I would like to give a special thanks to Sandia Chile Grill for hosting me as I created this week’s column and for supplying me with my new favorite steak tacos and the award-winning New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the 505. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of March 18.

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: Belgian Saison. March is a great month to sample some refreshing, light Belgian ales. ABP is doing their part this month by serving up their Belgian Saison.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Back Alley Belgian Pale Ale, Goat Head IPA, Goat Head Red, Back Alley Belgian White, Goat Head Java Stout, Goat Head Barley Wine. The Back Alley Belgian Pale Ale is a Belgian pale ale brewed with Belgian white yeast. 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 have 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.

News: BADH will be open every day starting at 4 p.m. Also, celebrate Dollar off Tuesdays on your favorite beers. Industry people always get a dollar off; show your server certificate or some other proof that you work in the crazy restaurant/bar industry. (Kitchen peeps TOO!)

Music: Mon — Underground Etiquette featuring resident DJ Beatnick and Guest DJ WAZE 9 p.m.

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

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

Beers: Engaano Hefeweizen, Mellow Brit English Brown, Bosque’s Burning Red Rye, Brown, Greybeard Imperial Stout, Boss PA. Bosque is taking $1 per pint purchased of Engaano and donating it to adoption agencies (see news entry below for details). Stoutmeister named the Greybeard Imperial Stout as his favorite imperial seasonal to come out in the month of February. He called it “a welcome departure from all the barrel-aged imperial stouts that have crowded the market.”

News: Bosque Brewing Co. is excited to announce their “Adopted” line of specialty ales! Periodically, they will release 7-barrel batches of seasonal ales and $1 of each pint sold will be donated to the ABBA Fund, an organization that extends zero-percent interest loans to families aspiring to adopt domestically and internationally. Their first Adopted Ale is the Engaano Hefeweizen.

Music: Mon — The Palace Flophouse  6-8 p.m.

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

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

Beers: David Hasselheffe (Hefeweizen), Rob Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Nacho Brau, Sol Rosenberg Ale, End of Days Tripel. B3’s website had this to say about David Hasselheffe, “We’ve done several wheat beers with our unique take on them (watermelon and apricot), but this is our first true hefeweizen. We think its destined to become more beloved in Germany than it’s namesake. Kit approves!” (4.7% ABV)

News: The End of Days Tripel is on its last keg and should be out in a day or two. Once it is tapped, B3 will replace it with the Nacho Brau, brewed with blue corn. Also, look for the Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red to be on tap by the end of the week or early next week.

Fill out a tournament bracket at BBB between now and Wednesday night and compete with fellow BBB patrons for prizes! 1st place- Mug Club Membership, 2nd place- BBB growler, 3rd place-BBB pint glass!

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 Thursday, B3 will host World Tavern Poker (It’s free to play and you can earn points, prizes, and a shot at the World Series of Poker). On Sunday, B3 will have and NCAA Selection Show party. As usual, B3 will also be showing the new episode of The Walking Dead on Sunday. Broken Bottle will be open early for the NCAA Tournament starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday and Friday. Enjoy Happy Hour Prices ALL DAY and FOOD SPECIALS!

Music: Sat — Jordan Trimarchi 8-9 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.

News: Cazuela’s will be introducing a new Porter in two weeks and a new beer called the Inebriator in early April.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: Irish Red, Nobel Session PA, Rye PA, Cascade PA. Chama River’s newest brew is their Irish Red. The Cascade Pale Ale takes up where the Centennial, Cascade, 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 known for adding especially bitter aromas and flavors to pale ales.

Farside Brew Pub — 918-2337

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–11 p.m., Sun 4–8 p.m.)

Beers: Sunburn Irish Red, Triple Chocolate Stout, Zombie IPA, Anni-Oaky Imperial IPA, Torn Kilt, Double Headed Zombie, English Brown Smog, Feather Weight Ale. FBP has revamped their Triple Chocolate Stout. Their new and improved batch should be on tap by the end of the week. FPB’s Sunburn Irish Red will also be making its way to taps by the end of the week. The Farside Brew Pub recently had their two-year anniversary. 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.

Events: FBP is now hosting $3 Pint Night every Monday and Thursday College Night (with a valid college ID) featuring a $7 Pizza and Pint Special, plus all night happy hour pints. FBP will also be hosting their biweekly open mic this Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. 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: Panama Joe’s (Coffee) Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Boysenberry Wheat, Exodus IPA, Irish Red, Chainsaw Irish Lager, CRAP (Classic Real American Pilsner). Panama Joes’s (Coffee) Stout will only be on tap today (Monday) as a preview for the Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest (see news entry below for details). The Oatmeal Stout is back in tap as part of the Canteen’s annual Malt Madness. The Chainsaw is a nice variation on the standard lager, offering up a drier flavor, yet with a hint of sweetness, or at least that’s how Stoutmeister described it to the rest of us.

Cask: The Motueka IPA is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Mocha Stout will be on cask Saturday.

News: Il Vicino will be at the 3rd annual Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest, March 23 and 24, Saturday and Sunday at Expo New Mexico. They will be pouring four beers, including their Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout and Panama Joe (coffee) Stout.

Music: Tues — Swag 6-9 p.m., Sun — Keith Sanchez 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Project Dank (IPA), Where in the Helles Beer, Irish Red Lager, Munchner Dunkel, El Dorado PA, Hot Shots Rauch (Rauchbier). Project Dank made its debut at Cask Fest this month on took second place in open voting. This supper hoppy gem clocks in at 7.6-percent ABV. La Cumbre’s website had this to say about the El Dorado Pale Ale, “The new proprietary hop from Brewers Supply group was only released in 2012 and is already being widely heralded by many in the craft brewing industry. It displays a number of the more complex aromatics found in many of the newer Pacific Northwest hops without any of the garlic and cattiness that has been so prevalent. We kept a simple but firm malt backbone to let the subtle wood, earth, blueberry and lychee qualities of this hop play center stage.” (6.3 ABV, 55 IBU)

Cask: This week, LaCumbre is offering up their Elevated IPA and Siberian Silk Porter on cask.

Food: The Rustic Food Truck parks at La Cumbre on Tuesday, and The Supper Truck parks there on Thursday.

Music: Wed — The Saltine Ramblers 7-10 p.m., Sat — Cynical Bird 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Irish Red, Porter, Imperial Red, Stands with a Fist. Marble’s website had this to say about the Irish Red, “Inspired by the malt forward, fruity ales of Ireland, this rounded, seasonal brew will have your eyes smiling” (6.5% ABV) In addition, the website says of Stands with a Fist, “A super clean palate leads the way for German malts and American hops to finish dry and assertive. This beer stands with a fist.” (8.0% ABV, $5/Pint) Stoutmeister had this beer, both on cask and C02, when he recently interviewed brewer Josh Trujillo, and he highly recommends grabbing a pint while it is available.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

Food: 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: Belgian Golden, Oak Aged Imperial Red, Extra Pale Ale. The Oak Aged Imperial Red made its debut on St. Patrick’s Day. Lucky for us, St. Patrick’s Day may have passed, but this tasty beer lives on. Get it while it’s still on tap.

Cask: Nexus will have their Scottish back on cask later this week.

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: Nitro Irish Red, Amber, Nitro Milk Stout, IPA, Crystalweizen, New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen, Smoked Porter, IPA (6.5% ABV, 100 IBU), Irish Red Ale (6% ABV). SCG’s New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen recently took first place at the New Mexico Cup competition. This is one crisp and tasty beer that is not to be missed. SCG’s Nitro Milk Stout is smooth with a subtle smoked finish.

News: SCG will have an extra hoppy IPA, called the Rattlesnake IPA, on tap in about two weeks, and they will have an Imperial Red on tap in about a week.

SCG is expanding their tap space. Starting this week they will be offering six beers on tap.

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: Barnstorm Ale, Goat Head Hater Doppel Bock, Wild Wheat Belgian, Duchess (Imperial) Pale Ale, Tractor Hard Cider. Tractor had a post on their Facebook page that had this to say about the Goat Head Hater Doppel Bock, “a doppelbock is a German style bock (lager) that was traditionally brewed in the late fall, lagered (stored in the cellar) over the winter and served in late winter or early spring. We adhere to this tradition here at Tractor; this doppelbock was brewed in November and has been lagering until now.” 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: Celtic Brown, Nitro Irish Stout, Belgian IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Steam+, Honey Wheat, White Knight (Belgian), Yardsale Amber, Triple Play PA, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s web site has this to say about the White Knight, “This is a Belgian Strong Ale. With an ABV over 7%, you need to mind yourself as your enjoying this wonderful beer. If you’ve never had a Belgian dubbel or tripel, this is your opportunity to try one here without making the trip to Belgium. This is also the first of our Belgian style series of beers to close out winter. We have a Belgian IPA in the works and are looking forward to a Dubbel and a Blonde. Cheers!” (7.09% ABV, 30 IBU, 1.070 OG)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Mr. Hoover’s Steam on cask.

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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.


— E-Rock


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