Greetings Burque beer drinkers, this is E-Rock here in Houston, Texas, to bring you another Monday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. My apologies for the late post last week. The logistics of traveling, calling all of the breweries in Albuquerque, and writing this column proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. I will be back at my home base at Sandia Chile Grill next week ready to drink some beers and satiate my chile cravings. 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.
Beer Week is gearing up for its second week in the Duke City. There are still plenty of events to catch including a meet and greet with the Brew Crew on Thursday and the Brew Crew-hosted Dark Ages variety act and dark beer worshiping extravaganza at ArtBar, co-hosted by Tractor and the Blackout Theater Group. With that said, read on to see what’s new with ABQ’s local brews.
Once again, several local breweries will be releasing seasonal bees in conjunction with sanctioned Beer Week events this week. Bosque Brewing Company has a new batch of their Boss Pale Ale ready for your consumption. Broken Bottle is now serving Juan’s Mocha Brown and they will release Dadu Honey Wheat on Friday in conjunction with their Beer Week event. Chama River has a new batch of their India White Elephant on tap. Il Vicino has a new batch of their Hefewiesen at the Canteen. Marble is now serving their Anniversary Ale and Abbey. Nexus already has their new Billy Beer Irish Red on tap, and they will be releasing a new batch of their Zaragosa Pale Ale during their Beer Week event on Sunday. Sandia Chile Grill has a new batch of their nitro Rio Negro Milk Stout on tap. Tractor has a new Apricot Wheat and Oaked Cider on tap.
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 April 29.
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: Pecan Ale. ABP carries beers from Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande Brewing and Monk’s Brewing. Most of their beers are on tap all year long. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller.
Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)
(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)
Beers: Belgian White, Apricot IPA, IPA, Red, Barley Wine. Fresh new batches of the Belgian White and IPA will be on tap this week.
Events: BADH will be serving their IPA and Belgian White at Blues & Brews on Saturday. Also, last week’s Tower of Sour event went so well that BADH is looking to do another Belgian-themed night in the near future.
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!)
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: Boss Pale Ale, Valley Fog (California Stream), Engaano Hefeweizen, Mellow Brit English Brown. Bosque is taking $1 per pint purchased of Engaano and donating it to adoption agencies (see news entry below for details).
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.
BBC has several beers in the works including a new pale ale, a new steam, and a new beer that will benefit the NM Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Stay tuned for more details as we receive them.
Music: Mon — Shane Wallin 6-8 p.m.
Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777
(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Dadu Honey Wheat, Juan’s Mocha Brown, Broken Berry (Strawberry Chocolate) Brown, Hoppy Birthday, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red. Hoppy Birthday is an extra hoppy IPA that was brewed to celebrate B3’s one year anniversary. The Dadu Honey Wheat is heavy on the honey and light on the wheat. It’s so sweet, it’s almost a mead.
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 Saturday, Broken Bottle will be at Blues & Brews.
Music: Fri — You Knew Me When 8-9 p.m.
Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — 994-9364
(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)
Beers: Porter (5.9% ABV), Inebriator (Doppel Bock) (8+% ABV), 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), P.J.’s Amber, and an ESB. Cazuela’s newest beer is the Porter. Stoutmeister is still the lone Crew member to head out there. He highly recommends the Tomazula Brown and the ESB. The former is sweet and full-bodied, while the latter is dry but not bitter. Once we get through the madness of Beer Week, the Crew will head over to Cazuela’s to do a formal review and full tasting.
Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: India White Elephant, 505-2013, The Big Lebrewski (Double IPA), Nobel Session PA. The Big Lebrewski is a sweet in taste and golden in color.
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: English Brown Smog, Dragon’s Blood (India Dark Ale), C Squared (Kolsch), Sunburn Irish Red, Triple Chocolate Stout, Zombie IPA, Feather Weight Ale. FBP has revamped their Triple Chocolate Stout. FPB’s popular Dragon’s Blood is a little lighter than a black IPA, but it still has the bite of a good American style IPA. I’m told the new batch has a cleaner and crisper taste. FPB’s Sunburn Irish Red is a mellow red that sits at a cool 4.8-percent ABV and 18 IBU.
News: FBP will be open for a couple more weeks. Plans are in the works for a possible reopening in the future.
Events: FBP hosts $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 be hosting their biweekly open mic on Tuesday with sign-ups starting at 7 p.m.
Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737
(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)
Beers: Hefeweisen, Hopspitality, Belgian Strong Golden, Belgian Dark Strong, 505-2013, Just Esteem, Saison, Black IPA, Odin’s (Imperial) Red. Hopspitality is back, and this year it was brewed with Motueka and Topaz hops. The folks at the Canteen has assured me that making Hopspitality with unique hops during Beer Week is now officially an annual tradition. 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).
Cask: Hopspitality is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Jedi Juice Kiwi Wheat will be on cask on Saturday.
Music: Tues — Eryn Bent (Indie/Folk) 6-9 p.m., Sun — TBA 3-6 p.m.
La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: Proprietary Pale Ale, Project Irie, VMO #2, 505-2013, Barley’s Wine (10.8% ABV, 100 IBU), Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter), Irish Red Lager. Proprietary Pale Ale is the first beer in New Mexico to be made with a new South African strain of hops, and it clocks in at 5.6-percent ABV and 50 IBU. Project Irie is part of the same series as Project Dank, which made its debut at Cask Fest last month and took second place in open voting. La Cumbre’s website had this to say about the Barley’s Wine, “It’s not wine; trust me. What it is is an incredibly strong American ale of epic proportions. The beer pours a deep amber with a lasting off-white head. Rich, piney American hops are front and center in the aroma. Digging deeper, you’ll find rich caramel, figs, and freshly baked rum-cake? The initial sip is mouth-filling to say the least. Sweet malt is there in spades, but it’s backed up by an obscene amount of spicy hops. The beer coats the tongue with a plethora of beery complexity; hops, hops and more hops, hugely rich malt, and finally alcohol. Ahh… the alcohol. It’s well hidden, until you swallow and then the warmth creeps back up your esophogas letting you know this is no normal beer. This monster finishes with an incredibly drying and lasting bitterness that accomplishes it’s goal of balancing out all that malt.” (10.8% ABV, 100 IBU)
Cask: La Cumbre usually offers a couple beers on cask. La Cumbre is starting this week off with the 505-2013 on cask.
Food: The Rustic Food Truck parks at La Cumbre on Tuesday, and The Supper Truck parks there Thursday.
Music: Wed — TBA 7-10 p.m., Sat — TBA 7-10 p.m.
Marble Brewery — 243-2739
(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Anniversary Ale, Abbey, 505-2013, Rye Somethin’ Else, Double White, Tripel. Marble’s website had this to say about Rye Somethin’ Else, “Bright hops lead the way for the earthy rye and spicy Belgian yeast character to shine through in this quenching, golden delight.” (5.9% ABV)
Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.
Events: Join Marble On Thursday from 6-8 p.m. For a meet and great with the Dark Side Brew Crew and several other local beer drinking groups.
Food: The Downtown Pub will host the Food Truck Rumble on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. featuring four different food trucks battling to win over your taste buds. Chicharroneria Don Choche will be at the Downtown Pub on Thurday and Friday.
Music: Wed — Zoltan Orkestar 4-8 p.m., Thurs — Liv 7-10 p.m., Fri — Saltine Ramblers 8-11 p.m., Sat — Amateur Dramatics 7-9 p.m., The Haptics 9-10 p.m.
Nexus Brewery — 242-4100
(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Zaragosa Pale Ale, Billy Beer Irish Red, 505-2013, Oatmeal Stout, Belgian Dark Strong (10.2% ABV), Imperial Cream Ale, Belgian Golden (5.8% ABV). Nexus is premiering their second Belgian ale this month. The Oatmeal Stout has made its first appearance on tap at Nexus and comes strongly recommended by Franz Solo and Stoutmeister. Belgian Dark Strongs are loaded with malts and have a sweet taste that even a stout drinker would love.
Cask: Nexus is currently featuring their IPA on cask, and they will have the 505-2013 on cask later in the week.
Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room. 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: Rio Negro Milk Stout on Nitro, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, Rattlesnake IPA, Smooth Move Amber, Red Ranger Imperial Irish Red, New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen. SCG’s Red Ranger Imperial Irish Red is comparable to a Scottish ale, but it is darker in color with a sweet-to-dry flavor profile. Sitting at 7 percent ABV, the Red Ranger is a heavy hitter, so be careful or you will poke your eye out! SCG’s New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen took first place at the New Mexico Cup competition. This is one crisp and tasty beer that is not to be missed.
News: SCG’s newly christened Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen is so named because Barb, a long time patron of SCG, no longer wanted her favorite beer to be made seasonally. So, she bought a barrel and donated it to SCG so that there would be a dedicated barrel with her favorite beer in it all year round. Thanks, Barb!
Events: On Monday SCG will be serving a free Frito Pie with a purchase on any regular $4 pint of beer from 4-8 p.m.
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: Apricot Wheat, Oaked Cider, Chocolate Stout, Ox Bow Scotch, Barnstorm Ale, Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock, Duchess (Imperial) Pale Ale. Tractor had a post on their Facebook page that had this to say about the Goat Head Hador 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 Oaked Cider is an oak-aged version of the Tractor Hard Cider. Stoutmeister recently called the Chocolate Stout “my new addiction.” It has a drier, more mocha-style profile than the more prolific milk chocolate-style stouts at most breweries these days.
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: Yardsale Blonde, IPA Cubed, Dubbel Trubbel, Cherry Wheat, Hopduster IPA, Ol’ Brown Eyes, Celtic Brown, Nitro Irish Stout, Belgian IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Steam+, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s website has this to say about the IPA Cubed, “Cubed is hopped with over 20 pounds of hops to reach the 125 bittering units. This awesome amount of hops is balanced with the nearly 1000 pounds of grains.” (7.75% ABV, 125 IBU, 1.072 OG) TMBC’s website also has this to say about Dubbel Trubbel, “Here’s a perfectly brewed Belgian Dubbel to close out our Belgian series of beers. Candied sugars help bring out those oh-so-distinct flavors. Cheers!” (6.0% ABV, 20 IBU, 1.060 OG)
Cask: TMBC is currently featuring Mr. Hoover’s Steam on cask.
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