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 Gold Rush Pilsen (and the Rio Negro Milk Stout, because it’s so hard to choose just one beer) as I worked on this column. It is always appreciated.
Albuquerque breweries and tap rooms have a lot of new summer beers coming to tap this week. Broken Bottle will introduce their new Roasted Rye Brown by the end of the week. Cazuela’s has a new batch of their Acapulco Gold Mexican Lager back on tap. Chama River plans on helping Duke City residents beat the heat with their new Cold Crush Kolsch. The Il Vicino Canteen decided to see what would happen if they crossed and Irish Red with an ESB. They ended up creating their new Red River Bitter. Odin’s (Imperial) Red and Exodus IPA are also back on tap at the Canteen. Marble released their new Cuvee Trois on Friday. The Cuvee Trois is the first in Marble’s Single Barrel Sour Series. Only one barrel of this bad boy was aged for one year. That barrel is already low, so hurry up and grab a pint while you still can. Tractor has unleashed their Bourdain’s Bruja Roja to an unsuspecting world, and they also have a new batch of their Otter IPA on tap. Turtle Mountain is now serving up their Wit.
In the state capital (Santa Fe, for you non-New Mexicans), Blue Corn Brewery is now serving their Schwarzbier, Golden Ale, and Saaz Pale Ale. Santa Fe Brewery has a small batch of Verdeweizen on tap and ready to be tasted. Second Street Brewery has a whole host of new beers on tap this week including Cream Stout, Railyard Red, Cascade Pilsner, Pajarito Pale Ale, and Mosaic 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. Taos Mesa has new batches of their Fall Down Brown and Wheeler Peak Wheat on tap.
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 17.
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 a 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: BADH should have a new Summer Ale on tap in a couple of weeks.
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: Schwarzbier, Golden Ale, Saaz Pale Ale, East Fork IPA, Vienna Lager. East Ford is an English style IPA. According 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.
News: Blue Corn has a new hefeweizen in the works. It should be on tap in a week or two.
Event: Fresh From the Farmer Pt. 2. 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: Aurora IPA, Embudo Gold Golden Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Cascabel IPA (only on bottle), La Llorona Scottish 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. 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 — John Sena 6-8 p.m., Sat — The Pick-Up Artist 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), 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 — Sean Lucy 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: Roasted Rye Brown, Don Cherry Wheat, Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison, Brown Bear Toffee Stout, 2 Scoops Amber. The Roasted Rye Brown should be on tap by the end of the week. 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.” Stoutmeister and Franz Solo both tried the Toffee Stout and came away impressed with a stout that is brewed for the hot summer months.
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 — Jordan Trimarchi 8-9 p.m.
Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364
(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)
Beers: Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Inebriator (Doppel Bock) (8+% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” Stoutmeister and I don’t always agree on beers, but we both found this light yet flavorful cream ale to be one of our favorites.
Music: Sat — Live music 6-9 p.m.
Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Cold Crush Kolsch, Captain’s Chair IPA, Bock to the Future II, Amarillo Pale Ale. Chama River’s website has this to say about their Cold Crush Kolsch: “Our Kolsch-style beer was brewed with the finest German malts and aromatic varieties of Noble hops to create an extremely soft, hot weather companion.” (5.3% ABV, 22 IBU) In addition, Chama River’s website had this to say about Bock to the Future II: “Great Scott! Our Maibock-style lager is like hopping in a DeLorean, punching it to 88, and letting the Flux Capacitor do the rest. This cult classic beer was brewed with German pilsner and biscuit malts as well as classic noble hop varieties to create a deliciously clean spring lager.” (6.2% ABV, 30 IBU, $5 pints)
News: Mondays all summer, Chama is offering to their Brew Club Members 1/2 off an entree when one entree of greater or equal value is purchased. They also offer 1/2 price bottles of wine from their glass list all day on Monday.
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: 10,000-Foot Stout, Green Chile IPA, Seco Stout, Millenium IPA, Artist Ale, Brown, Blonde Betty, Peach Naked Ale. The Peach Naked Ale is a light summer beer.
Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737
(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)
Beers: Red River Bitter (ESB), Odin’s Red (Imperial), Exodus IPA, Hefeweizen, Cervesarita (28M Pale Ale with margarita mix), Hell(y)es, Wakawit, Irish Red. Odin’s Red is back on tap. This high alcohol imperial red is a Brew Crew favorite. The Wakawit is a Belgian wheat beer brewed with waka hops.
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, citra hops with be on display. On Saturday, the Canteen will have their Oak Aged Brown Ale on cask.
Music: Tues — Eryn Bent (Indie/Folk) 6-9 p.m., Sun — Todd and the Fox (Indie/Folk) 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: Wed — Chris Dracup 7-10 p.m., Sat — The Rudy Boy Experiment 7-10 p.m.
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739
(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Cuvee Trois, Chinook Pale Ale, Red Light Lager, 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.
Food: The Boiler Monkey will be at the Downtown Pub on Wednesday. Chicharroneria Don Choche will park at the Pub on Thursday and Friday. The Rustic Truck will also be at the Downtown Pub on Friday. The Supper Truck will be at the Downtown Pub on Saturday.
Music: Wed — Daigle Duo 6-9 p.m., Thurs — The Great Depression & Friends 7-11 p.m., Fri — Mala Mana 8-11 p.m., Sat — The Bus Tapes 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: 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: New Rattlesnake IPA, Son Ranger (Irish Red) 5%, Rio Negro Milk Stout on Nitro, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, 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 introducing their new Blonde Bombshell (5% ABV) in two-to-three weeks, and they will have a new batch of the Smooth Move Amber in a week or two.
News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Cottonwood Winery and Brewery open their first brewery in Artesia. They will be opening in about two months.
Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333
(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)
Beers: Verdeweizen (small batch), Freestyle Pilsner. The Freestyle Pilsner is SFBC’s summer seasonal, and it will be on tap throughout the season. Verdeweizen one of the small batch beers that SFBC brews periodically.
Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.
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: Cream Stout, Railyard Red, Cascade Pilsner, Pajarito Pale Ale, Mosaic 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 and Second Street will release four different 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, Sat — Railyard Reunion.
Music at the Railyard: Tues — Acoutic Open Mic Hosted by Case Tanner, Thurs — Kenny Skywolf, Fri — The Troy Brown Trio, Sat — Alex Culbreth, Sun — The Bill Hearne Trio,
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: La Rubia Blonde, Southwest Pale Ale. The crew had a chance to sample TAH’s Paddy Nitro Stout last summer. That beer was amazing. We are all looking forward to sampling TAH’s newest beers. Actually, we just hope to get back up to Taos, period. Must … escape … heat …
Music: Sat — Jim Keaveny with Anna Oakley 8 p.m., Sun — Two Ton Strap After Kickball Party 6 p.m., Mon — The Changing Colors and Sarah Quintana 7 p.m
Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900
Beers: Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, 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: Tues — Luminaries 6 p.m., Wed — OK Vancouver OK and Katie and the Lichen 7 p.m., Thurs — Open Mic Night – Hosted by Jeff from Lenny’s Reign of Terror 4 p.m., 575 Takeover Fest with BoyDirrt, Unorthodox, Nikki T, Lodi, Redrum, and Doc Holidae 7 p.m., Fri — D Numbers 7 p.m., Sat — Gorilla Theatre 7 p.m., Sun — Soul Sundays with DJ Miles Bonny noon.
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: Bourdain’s Bruja Roja, Otter IPA, Pilsner #15, Tractor Hard Cider, Big Bale Wheat. Stoutmeister stopped by Tractor on Sunday after the Isotopes game and came away impressed by the Bruja Roja. As friend of the Brew Crew Lauren Poole explained, it was brewed as a “red pilsner” but actually came out more like a marzen. Stoutmeister said it tastes very similar to Tractoberfest, with malty sweetness and a smooth finish. He highly recommends the Bruja Roja as a way to beat the heat.
News: Tractor is working on a new Triple Berry Hard Cider made with blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry that should be on tap in a week or two.
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: Wit, Celebrator IPA, Amnesia (Double IPA), 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 Wit: “This is a Dutch style Wheat beer made popular in Hoegaarden. Our witbier is brewed using equal parts of Wheat and Pilsner malts that blend amazingly with coriander and bitter & sweet orange peel.” (4.7% ABV, 10 IBU, 1.046 OG) In addition, TMBC’s website had this to say about the Celebrator IPA: “This is our clone of Sierra Nevada’s Celebrator IPA. The grains in this IPA were boiled for two hours to caramelize them and create a fuller flavor and deeper hue. Dry-hopping with some Cascade hops also provides a crisp nose.” (6.3% ABV, 70 IBU, 1.060 OG)
Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Celebrator IPA on cask.
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