Greetings Burque beer drinkers, 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. As per usual, I am writing this column from Sandia Chile Grill. I would like to thank the guys at SCG for supplying me with delicious huevos rancheros and a pint of the Red Ryder Imperial Red.

The biggest event going on this week in the Albuquerque metro-area is the Belgian Beer Bash at Back Alley Draft House. On Friday night, BADH will celebrate all things Belgian with imported kegs of Delirium Tremens and Silly Belgium Scotch Ale on tap, a Belgian-style pub menu, flight specials, and the reggae music stylings of Reagan Shamani.

Broken Bottle will have their new 2 Scoops Amber on tap by the end of the week. The Il Vicino Canteen is introducing their Wakawit this week, and they also have a new batch of their Irish Red on tap. Tractor is introducing their new Big Bale Wheat this week. Turtle Mountain has a new batch of their Maibock on tap this week.

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 May 13.

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 seasonals on tap this week. 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, IPA, Barley Wine. I had the Apricot IPA a couple of weeks ago. The Barley Wine has a hint of hops that helps balance out the sweetness that can be overpowering in other barley wines.

Events: The biggest event going on this week in the Albuquerque metro area is the Belgian Beer Bash at Back Alley Draft House. On Friday night, BADH will celebrate all things Belgian with imported kegs of Delirium Tremens and Silly Belgium Scotch Ale on tap, a Belgian-style pub menu, flight specials, and the reggae music stylings of Reagan Shamani.

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: Trubsucker Double IPA, Boss Pale Ale, Valley Fog (California Stream), Engaano Hefeweizen, Mellow Brit English Brown. 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.

News: 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. Stoutmeister sampled the new version of the Boss Pale Ale at Blues & Brews. He said it has a nice mix of some sweetness and mild hoppiness that sets it apart from most pale ales.

Music: Mon — Kata 6-8 p.m.

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

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

Beers: 2 Scoops Amber, DADU Honey Wheat, Juan’s Mocha Brown, Brokenberry (Strawberry Chocolate) Brown, Hoppy Birthday. Hoppy Birthday is an extra hoppy IPA that was brewed to celebrate B3’s one-year anniversary. The DADU Honey Wheat is on its last keg, and it will soon be replaced by 2 Scoops Amber. The DADU Honey Wheat (10.8 % ABV) is heavy on the honey and light on the wheat. It’s so sweet, it’s almost a mead. B3’s website had this to say about 2 Scoops Amber, “Did you know that raisins have natural yeast on them and it can be used to ferment beer? We learned this from a BBB patron and decided to try it. An amber ale fermented with 100% natural raisins.”

News: B3 is working on a new Toffee Stout which should be available in the next week or two.

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).

Music: Sat — Vince & Steve 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. Now that we’ve gotten through the madness of Beer Week, the Crew will head over to Cazuela’s to do a formal review and full tasting sometime soon.

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, so it may not look imposing, but it’s high alcohol content packs quite a punch.

Farside Brew Pub


News: After two years of business, Farside Brew Pub has closed its doors.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Wakawit, Irish Red, Hefeweisen, Belgian Strong Golden, Belgian Dark Strong, Just Esteem, Saison, Black IPA. The Wakawit is a Belgian wheat beer beer brewed with waka hops. Stoutmeister tried the Belgian Dark Strong recently. He said the BDS is packed with a massive amount of flavors.

News: The Sasquatch Scotch will be on tap at Celtic Fest, and it will go back on tap at the Canteen starting next week.

Cask: Exodus Clone (Wet Mountain-based IPA brewed with hops used in the Exodus IPA) is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Collaboration IPA will be on cask on Saturday.

Music: Tues — Russel James Pyle 8-11 p.m., Sun — Boris McCutcheon & Salt Licks (Americana) 5-8 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 in March 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 esophagus 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.

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

Music: Wed — Chris Dracup & Hillary Smith 7-10 p.m., Sat — Odd Dog 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, The Abbey, 505-2013, Rye Somethin’ Else. 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.

News: Marble’s Double White will be back on tap next week.

Food: The Talking Fountain Kitchen will be at the Downtown Pub on Wednesday, and Chicharroneria Don Choche will be at the Downtown Pub on Friday from 5 p.m. to late.

Music: Wed — Hot Honey 6-9 p.m., Thurs — The Tumbleweeds 7-10 p.m., Fri — Mississippi Rail Company 8-11 p.m., Sat — Dominic Pettine 1:30-3:30 p.m., Pawnshop Poster Boys, Ben Jammin & the Skanartists, and Good Green 7-11 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

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

Beers: Billy’s 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 is on tap at Nexus; both Stoutmeister and Franz Solo rated it among their favorites this year. 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 Red on cask.

News: On Thursday, May 23, Nexus will be celebrating their two-year anniversary with the release of a Tripel (9-10% ABV), their Barley Wine aged for one and a half years, and Beam Me Up Scottish aged for one year.

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: Red Ryder Imperial Irish Red on Nitro, IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout on Nitro, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, Rattlesnake IPA, Smooth Move Amber, New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen. SCG’s Red Ryder 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 Ryder is a heavy hitter, so be careful or you will poke your eye out! 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.

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!

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: Big Bale Wheat, Apricot Wheat, Oaked Cider, Chocolate Stout, 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.

News: $1 from each pint of Apricot Wheat sold goes to the Animal Humane Society.

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: Maibock, Rye IPA, Odd Job Brown, Yardsale Blonde, IPA Cubed, Dubbel Trubbel, Cherry Wheat, Hopduster IPA, Nitro Irish Stout, Belgian IPA, Imperial Pilsner, 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 the Rye IPA 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

  1. mikey says:

    Nice blog. Thanks. you need to stop whoring yourself out to Sandia Chile Grill though.

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