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. I am happy to announce that starting this week, the Week in Beer will be covering Blue Heron Brewery in Rinconada and Comanche Creek in Eagle Nest.
Once again, I would like to thank Sandia Chile Grill for supplying me with some delicious beef tacos and Gold Rush Pilsen as I worked on this column. It is always appreciated.
Father’s Day is this Sunday, which is perfect timing seeing as there are a lot of pale ales currently being offered in New Mexico. Instead of buying your father a tie or tools that he will never use, consider picking up a growler of pale ale from your favorite local brewery. A pale ale is not only a great way to beat the summer heat, it is also a great way to introduce craft beer to someone who has spent a lifetime drinking Bud Light, Coors, or Miller. Pale ales are light in color and light on the hops, but they have actual flavor. (Clearly this is meant for fathers other than mine; the Professor Emeritus of Beer has been enjoying non-macro brews for almost two decades, and that’s not counting his time in Germany 30 years ago. — Stoutmeister)
Duke City (Albuquerque) breweries and tap rooms have a lot of new summer beers coming to tap this week. Broken Bottle will introduce their new Don Cherry Wheat within the next day or two. Bosque is releasing their new Pale Ryder (Rye Pale Ale). Chama River is showing off their sci-fi street cred with their new Captain’s Chair IPA and Bock to the Future II. This week La Cumbre is releasing their new Ooh Baby, I’m Common (Steam Beer) and they brought back their popular Miles from Cologne (Kolsch). Marble has their Chinook Pale Ale on tap. Nexus is now serving their Ginger Beer. Turtle Mountain is serving their new Celebrator IPA on tap and on cask.
Meanwhile in the City Different (Santa Fe), Second Street Brewery is quenching thirsty people with their Chinook Pale Ale and Centennial Pale Ale.
Up in the Taos area, Blue Heron is serving Prieta Real Imperial Stout, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, White Water Wheat, Cascabel IPA, La Llorona Scottish Ale, and Tarantula Trek Red Ale. Comanche Creek is serving Homestead Amber Ale, Touch-Me-Not IPA, and Deadman Pale Ale. Eske’s currently has their Porter on tap, and they will soon release their 10,000-Foot Stout. Taos Ale House is now serving the Rarubia Blonde.
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 9.
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: Ben Miller’s 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 Pale Ale, 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, 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 Vienna 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.
Event: Fresh From the Farmer Pt. 1. Join Blue Corn Brewery this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for the next Beer Social. $15 for three craft beers paired with three dishes inspired by the SF Farmer’s Market. RSVP early!
Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188
(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)
Beers: Prieta Real Imperial Stout, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, White Water Wheat, Cascabel IPA, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale. Lava Rock Pale Ale is a classic pale ale that is well balanced and pleasantly hopped. Amber’s Folly Amber Ale is a nice malty ale with a caramel finish. Prieta Real Imperial Stout is a dark rich and creamy stout with a touch of coffee in the background. Stoutmeister and Shilling consider the La Llorona Scottish Ale to be one of the best beers brewed anywhere on Planet Earth. Yup, the whole darned planet.
Music: Fri — Bittersweet Highway 6-8 p.m., Sat — The Redheads 5-7 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: Pale Ryder (Pale Ale), 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 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 be replaced by Don Cherry Wheat within the next day or two. 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 will be releasing Roasted Rye Brown in the near future. Check back next week for more details.
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 — The Shadowmen 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), 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. No, really, we’re finally going Wednesday, barring anything unforeseen happening. Looking for the review later this week.
Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Captain’s Chair IPA, Bock to the Future II, Amarillo Pale Ale, Summer Ale. 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.
Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337
(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)
Beers: Homestead Amber Ale, Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale. According to CCBC’s website Homestead Amber Ale is “a full bodied beer made in the traditional German alt (old) style. It provides a sweet maltiness with subtle hop flavor and a floral finish. Homestead Amber is named for a small log cabin located on the Comanche Creek in Northern New Mexico and constructed by the great grandfather of Comanche Creek Brewing Company’s founder.” Both Stoutmeister and I tried the Homestead last summer and found it to be a great beer for the season.
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: Il Vicino is doing something new for Cask Wednesday for the summer that they call Hop Hullabaloo. Every Wednesday, brewers at the Canteen will start with a Wet Mountain IPA base and dry hop a single hop variety over that base. The idea is to give faithful Cask Wednesday patrons a unique view of how cask aging affects the flavor profile of different hops. This Wednesday, galaxy hops with be on display. On Saturday, the Canteen will have their Chocolate & Vanilla Stout on cask. This has the Dark & Lusty Stout as its base and has added cocoa nibs and vanilla beans. We imagine that since Stoutmeister has an Isotopes game that night, he’ll be by to try this during lunch.
Event: On Monday, June 17, the Canteen will host a “Launch Party” for the Paperback edition of BUTTERFLY KISSES by Michael Thomas. Thomas notes that he will be selling and signing his various books, but the focus is BK, his latest novel. The event will begin at 5 p.m., with the author chatting, signing, and possibly doing a short reading from his book. Everyone is invited!
Music: Tues — Zoltan Orkestar (Gypsy Jazz) 6-9 p.m., Sun — The Fabulous Martini Tones (Lounge/Surf) 3-6 p.m.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: Ooh Baby, I’m Common (Steam Beer), Miles from Cologne (Kolsch), Home on La Grange IPA, Simcoe’s Daughter (Mosaic Pale Ale), Siberian Silk Baltic Porter, Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter). La Cumbre’s website had this to say about Ooh Baby, I’m Common, “Kaylynn has been brewing at La Cumbre Brewing Co. for nearly as long as we have been open and this is the first time she has requested to formulate a Brewers Special. The style of Steam Beer (aka California Common) nearly died until a young heir to the Maytag fortune bought the ailing Anchor Brewery of San Francisco. Our California Common is a big slap on the ass of… balance. Rich caramel malts, nuanced Northern Brewer hops, and the dark fruit esters that are the hallmark of this lager yeast come together to make an extremely satisfying but quaffable lager.” (6.0% ABV, 43 IBU) Shilling tried this beer over the weekend and loved it. Miles from Cologne is one of my favorite summer beers. Last year, Miles from Cologne was only sold in the traditional 7-ounce glasses. This year, La Cumbre is selling them in pints and a special larger side for their beer club members.
Cask: La Cumbre usually offers a couple beers on cask throughout fall and winter, but 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: Sat — Odd Dog 7-10 p.m.
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739
(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Chinook Pale Ale, Red Light Lager, Iron Horse Extra IPA, American Gold, Double White. 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) Their website also had this to say about the American Gold, “Our big, bright summer barley wine is just right for warm weather. Single hopped with Cascade, the classic America craft hop.” (10.5% ABV, $6/13Oz., growler fill add $6)
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 either feature the Chinook Pale Ale or the IPA, depending on how the brewer is feeling that day.
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. Soo Bak Foods will also be at the Pub on Friday.
Music: Wed — Zoltan Orkestar 6-9 p.m., Thurs — Jah Kings & Da Bruddah Project 5-11 p.m., Fri — Ryan Dishen & Cynical Bird 8-11 p.m., Sat — Squash Blossom Boys 8-11 p.m.
Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100
(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Ginger Beer, Tripel, Chocolate Porter, Billy’s Beer Irish Red, Imperial Cream Ale. Nexus’ Ginger Beer 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. Billy’s Beer is almost out, so get a pint or growler while you still can.
Cask: Nexus is currently featuring their Scottish ale on cask.
Events: Celebrate Father’s Day at Nexus. Your dad works hard, he deserves only the best! What father wouldn’t enjoy a hardy meal and nice, cold craft beer? Special food items will be announced.
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, 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. This Irish red is made with a new summertime recipe that is more suited for drinking during a long, hot day. 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 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.
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. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse, and at 6:00 p.m. the SFBC Tasting Room will host Stitch, Bitch and Beer.
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, Chinook Pale Ale, Centennial Pale Ale. 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 Otowi Pale Ale is a multi-hop ale and Chinook and Centennial are single-hop ales. That leaves one more pale ale yet to be released.
Music at 2nd Street: Thurs — Joe West Trio, Fri — Milton Villarrubia’s Birthday Bash, Sat — The Broomdust Caravan.
Music at the Railyard: Tues — Acoutic Open Mic Hosted by Case Tanner, Thurs — Alex Maryol, Fri — Color Blind Poet, Sat — Man No Sober.
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: Rarubia Blonde, Southwest Pale Ale, Prairie Dog IPA on Nitro. 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. Actually, we just hope to get back up to Taos, period. Must … escape … heat …
Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900
Beers: Cross Eye Rye (Rye IPA), Kolsch 45, 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.
Events: On Saturday, Taos Mesa will be closed all day for a private function.
Music: Wed — Clay McClinton 7 p.m., Thurs — Open Mic Night – Hosted by Jeff from Lenny’s Reign of Terror 4 p.m., DJ Swamp in the Desert + Sattva Ananda + Dave Decibel + J Kanizzle – Foundations PreParty 7 p.m., Fri — Thistle (Happy Hour Show) 4 p.m., Anthony Leon & The Chain 8 p.m., Sun — Soul Sundays with DJ Miles Bonny noon, Mon — Smooth Hound Smith 7 p.m.
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, 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: Celebrator IPA, 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 Celebrator IPA on cask.
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