Greetings New Mexico beer drinkers, this is E-Rock here to bring you my first official Tuesday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. I started writing this column a year ago, and one thing I always wanted to do since I started was expand the scope of this column to include Santa Fe and Taos. I finally did it. For the first time ever, The Week Ahead in Beer has grown to include more than just the Albuquerque metro area. Other changes will follow in the coming weeks with the hopes of making this column more readable, user friendly, and more interesting in general. This column is now hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos.

Once again, I would like to thank Sandia Chile Grill for supplying me with some delicious chicken tacos and Rio Negro Milk Stout as I worked on this column. It is always appreciated.

There are a handful of new releases in the Duke City (Albuquerque) this week. Later this week Broken Bottle will be introducing their new Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison, which is a beer made in collaboration with Kevin from Southwest Grape & Grain. Cazuelas has a new Hefeweizen on tap. The Il Vicino Canteen is introducing their new Hell(y)es and they have a new batch of their multiple award-winning Exodus IPA on tap as well. La Cumbre is now serving May’s Maize, their new beer made in collaboration with New Belgium Brewery made with three local strains of corn and three local types of sage. Tractor has a new batch of their Pilsner on tap. Turtle Mountain has new batches of their Amnesia on tap starting Wednesday, and it is already on cask.

Meanwhile in the City Different (Santa Fe), Blue Corn Brewery is now serving Swartzbier, The Lighter Side, and Red. Second Street Brewery has their Maibock, Saison, and Citraweizen on tap. Santa Fe Brewing Company is now serving their Freestyle Pilsner and Black IPA.

Up in Taos, Eske’s has their Green Chile IPA, Seco Stout, Millenium IPA, Artist Ale, Brown, Scottish Ale, Why Rye, Blonde Betty, and Peach Naked Ale on tap. Taos Ale House is serving the Taos Ale House Dirty Brown and their Porter. Taos Mesa Brewing is featuring Wheeler Peak Wheat, Hopper IPA, Superstitious Stout, Sappho Amber, Lunch Pale Ale, Great Scot Scottish, and Knight Rider Imperial Stout.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 27.

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 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 — (505) 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. The Barley Wine has a hint of hops that helps balance out the sweetness that can be overpowering in other barley wines.

News: 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!)

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Swartzbier, The Lighter Side, Red. The Lighter Side is a light pilsner that is perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot summer day.

Cask: Blue Corn features a new beer on cask every Friday starting at 4 p.m.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 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. 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. 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.

Music: Mon — TBA 7-9 p.m.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

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

Beers: Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison, Brown Bear Toffee Stout, 2 Scoops Amber, DADU Honey Wheat, Juan’s Mocha Brown. Juan’s Mocha Brown is on its last keg, and it is expected to be replaced by Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison by the end of the week. 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 currently brewing their Don Cherry Wheat, which should be on tap in the near future.

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: Fri — Michael Moxey and Special Guest 8-9 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)

Beers: Hefeweizen, 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 — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Amarillo Pale Ale, Summer Ale, India White Elephant, Nobel Session PA. As far as the Amarillo Pale Ale goes, the name says it all. This pale ale is made with Amarillo hops. The Summer Ale is a light lager crafted to help beat back the Albuquerque summer heat.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Green Chile IPA, Seco Stout, Millenium IPA, Artist Ale, Brown, Scottish Ale, Why Rye, Blonde Betty, Peach Naked Ale.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Hell(y)es, Exodus IPA, Saison Il Sera, Wakawit, Irish Red, Hefeweisen, Belgian Strong Golden, Belgian Dark Strong. 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.

Cask: The Mosaic IPA is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the beer that will be on cask on Saturday is yet to be announced.

News: Exodus IPA just won a bronze medal at the 2013 Australian International Beer Awards! Congrats!

Music: Tues — Ian McFeron & Alisa Milner (Indie/Americana) 6-9 p.m., Sun — Keith Sanchez (Songwriter) 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: May’s Maize, Mosaic Pale Ale, Siberian Silk Baltic Porter, Proprietary Pale Ale, 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. 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, however there is nothing on cask at this time.

Food: The Rustic Food Truck parks at La Cumbre on Tuesday, The Supper Truck parks there Thursday, and Sabastiano’s will be parking at La Cumbre every Friday and Sunday starting this week.

Music: Sat — Floozie 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Iron Horse Extra IPA, American Gold, Double White, Anniversary Ale, The Abbey, Rye Somethin’ Else. Marble’s website had this to say about Iron Horse Extra IPA, “An exclusive blend of experimental hops deliver a pungent, one-of-a-kind American hop experience. $1 from each pint benefits ‘Ales for ALS’. (7.0% ABV, $5.50/Pint, growler fill add $4)

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub. This week the Downtown Pub will feature the Iron Horse Extra IPA on cask.

Food: The Supper Truck will be at the Downtown Pub on Wednesday. Chicharroneria Don Choche will park at the Pub on Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to late. The Rustic Truck will also be at the Pub from 2:30-9 p.m. on Friday.

Music: Wed — StereoFidelics 6-9 p.m., Thurs — Reviva 7-10 p.m., Fri — The Big Spank and Con Razon 8-11 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Tripel, Barley Wine, Beam Me Up Scottish, Chocolate Porter, Billy’s Beer Irish Red, Imperial Cream Ale. Nexus is almost out of their specially aged Barley Wine and Beam Me Up Scottish. If you haven’t sampled these delicious beast yet, hurry over and give them a try. Both are great, but I highly recommend the Barley Wine.

Cask: Nexus is currently featuring their Chocolate Porter on cask.

News: Nexus will release their new Ginger Beer in early June. This isn’t some ginger beer that you would find at the corner store. This beer is a pale ale brewed with ginger, the way a ginger beer should be made.

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 — (505) 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, New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen. SCG’s New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen took first place at the New Mexico Cup competition earlier this year. This is one crisp and tasty beer that is not to be missed. 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!

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be bringing back their Sun Red (Irish Red) early next week.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)

Beers: Freestyle Pilsner, Black IPA. The Freestyle Pilsner is SFBC’s summer seasonal and the Black IPA is their winter sesasonal. This is springtime in New Mexico, if the weather is going to act like it is summer half the time and winter the other half, so SFBC is going to make sure we can drink appropriately.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Maibock, Saison, Citraweizen. The Citraweizen is a wheat beer made with Citra hops that gives this beer a hint of grapefruit flavor and a refreshing finish.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Taos Ale House Dirty Brown, Porter.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily noon–close)

Beers: Wheeler Peak Wheat, Hopper IPA, Superstitious Stout, Sappho Amber, Lunch Pale Ale, Great Scot Scottish, Knight Rider Imperial Stout. The Crew hopes to travel up to visit Taos Mesa for the first time at some point this summer.

Music: Tues — StereoFidelics 6 p.m., Wed — Lumpz One 6 p.m., Thurs — Open Mic 4-7 p.m., The Dons 7 p.m. Fri — Taos Poetry Festival 1-11 p.m., Sat — Stranger 7 p.m., Sun — NomiPalooza 3-close

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 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, Tractor Hard Cider, Big Bale Wheat, Apricot Tailwaggin Wheat, Oaked Cider, Chocolate Stout, Barnstorm Ale, Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock. 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 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 Tailwaggin Wheat sold goes to the Animal Humane Society.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 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: Amnesia, Hefeweisen, Milk Shake Stout, Maibock, Rye IPA, Odd Job Brown, Yardsale Blonde, Hopduster IPA, Nitro Irish Stout, Belgian IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s website has this to say about their Hefeweizen: “Our Hefeweizen is unfiltered and cloudy in appearance, just the way it should be. You’ll notice hints of clove and coriander as you enjoy a pint.” (4.3% ABV, 15 IBU, 1.044 OG) TMBC’s website also has this to say about Odd Job Brown: “This brown has roast, black and caramelized malts that are subtle when paired with small amounts of Magnum and East Kent Goldings hops.” (4.2% ABV, 10 IBU, 1.044 OG)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Amnesia 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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