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.
As a programming note, I will not be writing this column next week, so I will be handing over the reins at that time to Stoutmeister. On his behalf, if any brewery staffers are reading this, if you could give the man a hand and e-mail your new seasonal listings to email@example.com. He would greatly appreciate some extra help since he has an Isotopes homestand to cover next Monday/Tuesday.
Once again, I would like to thank Sandia Chile Grill for supplying me with a huge Ultimate Warrior Burrito and a pint of New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen as I worked on this column. It is always appreciated.
I had a hard time deciding what to name this week’s edition of this column. On one hand, everyone in the state seems to have a hefeweizen on tap. Bosque, Blue Corn, Eske’s, Sandia Chile Grill, Second Street, Cazuela’s, and Il Vicino all have a hefe on tap this week. In addition to the hefe, the Il Vicino Canteen has a new Dunkleweizen and an Apricot Hefeweizen on tap. For that hat trick, I was about to title this column “Weizen Up at the Canteen.” If that weren’t enough, Rio Rancho’s annual Pork & Brew Festival this weekend. Turtle Mountain brewed a batch of the their PNB Brown for the event, as they do every year. Plus there’s the whole Fourth of July celebrations that go great with beer. In the end, I had to tip my hat to Santa Fe Brewery’s 25th anniversary celebration.
The Duke City has has several new seasonal beers on tap this week. ABQ Brew Pub is serving up Monk’s Double starting this week. Back Alley Draft House is now serving their Double IPA. Bosque is unveiling their new Saison Rouge (Dark Saison) this week. Cazuela’s has their Acapulco Red coming to tap this week. Marble has a new lager called Bier on tap. Tractor now has their Apricot Cider on tap and they are serving their Milk Stout once again. Turtle Mountain is serving up new batches of the aforementioned PNB Brown and also the Triple Play Pale Ale.
In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewery is releasing their 25th Anniversary Saison (5.5% ABV) this week. Second Street now has Rod’s Best Bitter and Abiquiu Pale Ale on tap, and they will have their Hefeweizen on tap by the end of the week.
Up in the Taos area (I really need to learn more about Taos so I can call it by a nickname, too), Taos Ale House has the aptly named Beat the Heat 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 July 1.
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: Monks Double (7.5% ABV, 20 IBU). ABP carries beers from Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande Brewing and Monks 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 or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.
Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)
(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)
Beers: Double IPA, IPA.
News: BADH should have a new Summer Ale on tap in a couple of weeks.
Events: BADH will be showing Phish’s New York concert on the big screen this Saturday and Sunday in collaboration with Jams of Enchantment. Also, look for BADH at the Beer Premiere Festival on July 20.
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: Czech Your English, Hefeweizen, 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.
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: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Blue Heron’s website calendar for regular music events.
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: Saison Rouge (Dark Saison), 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 one that will benefit the N.M. chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Stay tuned for more details as we receive them.
Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out BBC’s Facebook page for their regular Monday music series.
Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777
(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Black Star Stout, Jurye 4th (Roasted Rye) Brown, Don Cherry Wheat, Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison. B3’s website had this to say about the Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison: “We collaborated with Kevin from SWGG to brew this incredible beer. Saisons originated in southern Belgium during the 19th century. Meaning ‘season’ in French, Saisons were given to farm workers as a form of hydration when water wasn’t suitable for drinking.”
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: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out B3’s website calendar for regular music events.
Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364
(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)
Beers: Acapulco Red, Panama Red, 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: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website for Friday and Saturday music events.
Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Centennial Pale Ale, Cold Crush Kolsch, Captain’s Chair IPA, Bock to the Future II. 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 their Brew Club Members half off an entree when one entree of greater or equal value is purchased. They also offer half-priced bottles of wine from their glass list all day 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: Irish Red (4.5% ABV), Hoola Hop Hefeweizen, 10,000-Foot Stout, Green Chile IPA, Seco Stout, Artist Ale, Brown, Blonde Betty, Peach Naked Ale. Eske’s Irish Red was made from a recipe that hasn’t been used in 10 years, so grabbing a pint is like celebrating local history. This beer is a brewed to a light, well-balanced Irish red. The Hoola Hoop Hefeweizen should be on tap by the end of the week.
Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737
(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)
Beers: Dunkleweizen, Apricot Hefeweizen, Boysenberry Wheat, Red River Bitter (ESB), Odin’s Red (Imperial), Hefeweizen, Cervesarita (28M Pale Ale with margarita mix), Irish Red. Odin’s Red is back on tap. This high alcohol imperial red is a Brew Crew favorite. Half the Crew recently had the Red River Bitter and liked it an awful lot, too.
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, Topaz hops with be on display. On Saturday, the Canteen will have their Zwickle Beer on cask. The Zwickle Beer is an unfiltered, oak-aged lager.
Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Il Vicino’s website calendar for daily music events.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: Chinook, Pale Ale, Ooh Baby, I’m Common (Steam Beer), Miles from Cologne (Kolsch), Home on La Grange IPA, 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 recently 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 size 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.
Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out La Cumbre’s website calendar for daily music events and food truck info.
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739
(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Bier (4.5% ABV), American Gold, Double White. Bier is a dry-hopped German lager. Marble’s website had this to say about Double White, “Our poplular pale, hazy, Belgian-inspired wheat ale is brewed with coriander and orange peel. It is both refreshing and satisfying.” (7.0% ABV) 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, $6/13-oz., 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: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Marble’s website calendar for daily music events.
Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100
(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Steam, Tripel, Ginger Beer, Imperial Cream Ale. The new Steam from Nexus should be out by the end of the week. 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.
Cask: Nexus is currently featuring their Scottish ale on cask.
News: Nexus is currently brewing up a batch of their Brown, which should be on tap in a couple of weeks. They also has an Espresso Chocolate Porter that should be on cask next week.
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. The Son Ranger 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 a couple of weeks, and they will have a new batch of the Smooth Move Amber next week.
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: Pumpkin Ale (small batch), Freestyle Pilsner. The Freestyle Pilsner is SFBC’s summer seasonal, and it will be on tap throughout the season. Pumpkin Ale is 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: Rod’s Best Bitter, Abiquiu Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Railyard Red, Pajarito Pale Ale. Second Street is known for rolling our several versions of one style in a given month. For instance, June was Pale Ale Month and Second Street released four different pale ales. The Otowi Pale Ale is a multi-hop ale and Chinook and Centennial are single-hop ales. The Abiquiu Pale Ale was the final entry in this series.
Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Second Street’s website for daily music events.
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: Beat the Heat Wheat, Taos Ale House Dirty Brown. Stoutmeister and Shilling both got to enjoy a pint of the Dirty Brown while they visited Taos last Friday. They called it a break from tradition, where the strong, nutty flavors are present and the usual sweetness of a brown is nowhere to be found. Nonetheless, it is a solid, smooth summer beer.
Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Taos Ale House’s Facebook page for daily music events.
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. 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. Stoutmeister enjoyed the Superstitious Stout and Shilling gave a thumbs up to the Fall Down Brown when they visited Taos Mesa last Friday.
Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Taos Mesa Brewing’s facebook page for daily music events.
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: Milk Stout, Apricot Cider, Maibock, Bourdain Bruja Roja “Red Which”, Otter IPA, Pilsner #15, Tractor Hard Cider, Big Bale Wheat. Stoutmeister stopped by Tractor recently after an 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. Now that Tractor is serving their Milk Stout again, it’s a safe bet that Stoutmeister will be spending all of his free time at Tractor. (Yes, yes I will. — S)
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. There is also news coming up about Tractor bottling its beers for sales at locations throughout the ABQ metro area. The Crew will be doing some in-depth “research” on this in the coming weeks.
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: PNB Brown, Triple Play Pale Ale, Genesis IPA, 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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