Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock back with another Tuesday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. 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 Barb’s Barrel Hefewizen as I worked on this column. It is always appreciated.

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone. In case you didn’t notice, the heat has settled on New Mexico. Several local breweries have new beers crafted to help you handle the high desert temperatures.

There are a wide variety of summer beers being released in the Duke City (Albuquerque) this week. Broken Bottle will introduce their new Don Cherry Wheat near the end of the week. The Il Vicino Canteen has concocted their new Cervesaritas, which are their 28M Pale Ale with margarita mix. The Canteen also has new batches of Sasquatch Scotch and Hefeweizen now on tap. This week La Cumbre is introducing Home on La Grange, which is a beer dedicated to the memory of Pat Grange. A portion of sales of Home on La Grange will go to Ales for ALS. Marble has a new batch of Red Light Lager on tap. Nexus is now serving their Double IPA. Sandia Chile Grill is introducing their Sun Red, which is an Irish Red brewed specifically for summertime drinking

Meanwhile in the City Different (Santa Fe), Blue Corn Brewery is now serving East Fork IPA, El Dorado, and Vienna Lager. Second Street Brewery has their Otowi Pale Ale on tap. The Otowi Pale Ale is the first in Second Street’s line of June pale ales. Collect all four!

Up in Taos, Taos Ale House is now serving the Southwest Pale Ale and Prairie Dog IPA on Nitro. Taos Mesa Brewing is now serving Cross Eye Rye (Rye IPA), Kolsch, and Old 96 Schticky. Old 96 is a light and drinkable summer version of an Oktoberfest.

Starting next week we will also try to add Blue Heron and Comanche Creek to this list, since both are close enough to Taos to fit our criteria.

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 June 2.

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. The Belgian White is lighter beer for a Belgian. This beer is great for kicking back on BADH’s porch while you wait for the sun to disappear behind the downtown buildings.

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: East Fork IPA, El Dorado, Vienna Lager, Oaked Schwarzbier, The Lighter Side. The Lighter Side is a light pilsner that is perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot summer day. Acording to Blue Corn’s website, the Viena Lager “is made with all German malts and hops. It’s a very drinkable, toasty, malty, lager. It has a medium body with a light copper color. Brewed with Vienna malt, Pilsner malt, dark Munich malt. Hopped with German Hallertau.”  (5.8% ABV, 23 IBU, 1.060 OG)

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: Don Cherry Wheat, Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison, Brown Bear Toffee Stout, 2 Scoops Amber, DADU Honey Wheat. The DADU Honey Wheat is on its last keg, and it will soon be replaced by Don Cherry Wheat. 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.”

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 — Brandon Gomez 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: Sasquatch Scotch, Hefeweizen, Cervesarita (28M Pale Ale with margarita mix), Hell(y)es, Saison Il Sera, Wakawit, Irish Red, Hefeweisen, 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 but Saturday’s cask has yet to be announced.

Music: Tues — Alex Maryol (Acoustic Blues) 6-9 p.m., Sun — Country Blues Review 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Home on La Grange, Simcoe’s Daughter (Mosaic Pale Ale), Siberian Silk Baltic Porter, Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter). 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 parks at La Cumbre every Friday and Sunday.

Music: Wed — Reviva 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Red Light Lager, Iron Horse Extra IPA, American Gold, Double White, Anniversary Ale. 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 and Saturday. 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 on Friday. TFK Smokehouse will park at the Pub on Wednesday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to late. Soo Bak Foods will also be at the Pub on Sunday.

Music: Wed — Kaleigh & Nate 5-6 p.m., David Castro Band 7-10 p.m., Thurs — Rio Grande Family Band 7-10 p.m., Fri — RJ Perez Quartet 8-11 p.m., Sat — Gato Fest 7-11 p.m., Sun — A day long festival featuring Flawk of Hawks, Odd Dog, & RJ Perez Quartet 1-8 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Double IPA, 505-2012, Tripel, 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 beasts yet, hurry over and give them a try. Both are great, but I highly recommend the Barley Wine.

Cask: Nexus is currently featuring their Scottish ale on cask.

News: Nexus will release their new Ginger Beer this month. 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: Sun Red (Irish Red), 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: Sun Red (Irish Red) will be on tap in two or three days. This Irish red is being made with the summertime recipe that is more suited for drinking during a long, hot day.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Cottonwood Winery and Brewery open their first brewery in Artesia. They will be opening in about 90 days.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Freestyle Pilsner. The Freestyle Pilsner is SFBC’s summer seasonal. A new seasonal will also be available soon.

News: Stoutmeister and Shilling visited the SFBC tasting room this past weekend for Small Batch Saturday, which featured You’re a Peach, a pale ale brewed with peaches that was co-created by the Babes in Brewland. If Shilling finds the time he will do a write-up soon that will include the Babes’ plan for their next beer that will be brewed at Marble.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room on Wednesday. $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse on Thursday.

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: Otowi Pale Ale, Maibock, Saison. Second Street is known for rolling our several versions of one style in a given month. For instance, June is Pale Ale Month. Over the next four weeks, Second Street will release four pale ales. The first pale ale to be released is Otowi Pale Ale. Stoutmeister might sneak over to Second Street before a friend’s wedding this coming Sunday to try the Otowi.

Music: Second Street Brewery has many live music acts at both of their locations throughout the week. Check their website for a complete listing.

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: Southwest Pale Ale, Prairie Dog IPA on Nitro, Taos Ale House Dirty Brown, Simple Porter. The TAH Dirty Brown is a classic nut brown. The crew had a chance to sample TAH’s Paddy Nitro Stout last summer. That beer was amazing. We hope to sample the Prairie Dog IPA on Nitro before it’s gone.

Music: Tues — The Marma Lakes (from Austin, TX)

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily noon–close)

Beers: Cross Eye Rye (Rye IPA), Kolsch, Old 96 Schticky, Hopper IPA, Superstitious Stout, Lunch Pale Ale, Great Scot Scottish, Knight Rider Imperial Stout. According to TMBC’s website, Superstitious Stout 
is a “dry Irish stout that pours with a creamy “Guinness” style head. Bitter and roast notes peak thorough this light bodied beer, making it a highly drinkable stout.” (5.5% ABV, 30 IBUs) Old 96 is a summer version of an Oktoberfest. It’s a little lighter and smoother than you would expect from a Marzen. The Crew hopes to travel up to visit Taos Mesa for the first time at some point this summer.

Music: Taos Mesa Brewing is also a very active music venue. Keep up-to-date by checking out their facebook page.

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 (Double IPA), Hefeweisen, Milk Shake Stout, Maibock, Odd Job Brown, Yardsale Blonde, 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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