Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is Stoutmeister, filling in for E-Rock, 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.

So E-Rock is off at the Mendocino Middle Eastern Music Camp in Northern California this week and, since he does not get back until a week from today, I imagine I will be doing this column again next week. Thus, I say thank you to all the brewery staffers I have talked to over the phone for your help. Sure, this column looks easy to do but, um, it’s really not. This is a lot of work! Everyone raise a glass to E-Rock the next time you’re at a brewery and thank him for doing this every week. We’re just hoping he also stops at Russian River on the way back (he tortured us with tales of visiting there on Sunday) and brings some beer home. A little Damnation and a little Pliny (Younger or Elder, we’re not picky) would go a long way to making for a happy Brew Crew.

This is the place where E-Rock usually thanks the good guys over at Sandia Chile Grill for feeding him and giving him a pint to drink while he works. I have an Isotopes games to cover, so sadly I could not drink beer while I wrote this (I did snag a sample, but no full pints). Next week, it’s the All-Star break, so I’ll be out and about. Huzzah!

While E-Rock is away, Stoutmeister has taken charge of this here column.

While E-Rock is away, Stoutmeister has taken charge of this here column. Send all complaints and/or corrections his way via Twitter. You can pester him @TopesWriter.

The Duke City does not have many new seasonal beers on tap this week. Chama River has unveiled the Sunset Red. Marble has brought back its Double IPA and Saison. Nexus has their Steam on tap and on cask this week. Sandia Chile Grill has the Smooth Move Amber back in their lineup. Tractor now has their Triple Berry Hard Cider for those who need a break from beer.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewery has the Saison ’88 on tap at the brewery and for sale in cans around the state. Second Street now has the first of its July Summertime Brew series on tap with the Bavarian Hefeweizen, plus the ESB is back.

Up in the Taos area, Blue Heron has the White Water Wheat and a new batch of the Tarantula Trek Red Ale on tap. Comanche Creek is debuting a new sour. Taos Mesa just put the Ramblin’ Red and Black Widow Porter into the starting rotation. Taos Ale House has cranked out some Centennial Pale Ale.

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 8.

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) is the lone specialty beer on tap right now. ABP carries beers from Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande Brewing and Monks Brewing throughout the year. 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. Addison, BADH’s brewer, is down to only one homemade beer as he is working on something for the upcoming Beer Premier event on July 20. However, he would like to point out some of the rare out-of-state beers that BADH currently has on tap including Stone Enjoy By IPA, Cuvee Van de Kaizer Blauw, Rogue Extreme Dead Guy and Moylans Hopsickle Double IPA.

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: Czech Your English, Jemez Hefeweizen, 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: Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Cascabel IPA, White Water Wheat, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale. 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. A new batch will be on tap Wednesday.

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), 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 has just run out of the Engaano Hefeweizen. Head brewer Gabe Jensen said he is working on a new “double German ale” (name TBD) that will debut at The Beer Premier event on July 20. Both the Boss and the Valley Fog are nearing the end of their supply, so hurry down to Bosque before they are gone.

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.”

News: The Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat is making its return in the coming weeks. Also look for a new black wheat called Night Rider.

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

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

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.

News: In about four weeks or so Cazuela’s will be releasing an as-yet-unnamed double IPA. This monster will check in at about 120 IBUs, so start preparing your palates now.

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, Sunset Red, Bock to the Future II. The Sunset Red takes the place of the Captain’s Chair IPA. 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, Comanche Sour. 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. The Sour is new this week while the Deadman Pale Ale should return next week.

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, 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. There is nothing new on tap this week, so expect an onslaught of new beers next week.

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, the Haller Tau IPA will be on hand. On Saturday, the Canteen will have the Galaxy IPA, giving you a double shot of IPAs on cask this week. Hey, in this state, I don’t think there is ever such a thing as too much IPA.

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, Miles from Cologne (Kolsch), Home on La Grange IPA, Siberian Silk Baltic Porter, Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter). Miles from Cologne is one of E-Rock’s 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. The rest of the Crew really, really enjoyed the decadent Siberian Silk. This is a big (8.7% ABV) beer with a smooth taste, bordering on some whiskey-like hints as if it was barrel-aged. It was not, but darn it, it sure tastes like a beast. The Gracias por Fumar this year is a little lighter and not overly smoky. Both dark beers work well despite the high temperatures outside the taproom.

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, Double IPA, Saison. 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: Talking Fountain Kitchen will be parked outside the downtown pub tonight (Tuesday). Soo Bak Foods and TLC Taco Box will be on hand this Sunday.

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

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

Beers: Steam, Tripel, Ginger Beer, Imperial Cream Ale. The new Steam from Nexus is now on tap. 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 Steam on cask.

News: Nexus is currently brewing up a batch of their English-style Brown, which should be on tap next week. They also have 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, Smooth Move Amber. The Son Ranger Irish red is made with a new summertime recipe that is more suited for drinking during a long, hot day. I got to try a quick sample when I stopped by (they’re not far from where I live) and definitely recommend this as a great summer beer. 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 award-winning New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen in a week or so. SCG is also tinkering with the Rattlesnake IPA, with a little advice from Il Vicino.

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: Saison ’88, Freestyle Pilsner. The Freestyle Pilsner is SFBC’s summer seasonal, and it will be on tap throughout the season. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

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, ESB, Abiquiu Pale Ale, Bavarian Hefeweizen. 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 Abiquiu Pale Ale was the final entry in this series and the supply could run out “in the next day or two.” For July it’s the Summertime Brew series, starting with the Bavarian Hefeweizen. The German Pilsner will be out either by the end of this week or by the start of next week.

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, Centennial Pale Ale. Shilling and I both got to try the Dirty Brown when we visited Taos recently but sadly it has run out. The Centennial is the newest beer on tap. Taos Ale House also carries multiple beers from other in-state breweries so there’s almost always something for everyone.

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

(Daily noon–close)

Beers: Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Kolsch 45, Hopper IPA, Superstitious Stout, Lunch Pale Ale, Great Scot Scottish, Black Widow Porter, Ramblin’ Red. 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) Stoutmeister enjoyed the Superstitious Stout and Shilling gave a thumbs up to the Fall Down Brown when they visited Taos Mesa last Friday. The Black Widow Porter and Ramblin’ Red are new to the menu. The porter is made with chocolate malts and has a sweeter, smoother flavor than its menacing name might imply.

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, Triple Berry Hard Cider, Maibock, Bourdain Bruja Roja, Otter IPA, Apple Cider, Big Bale Wheat. I 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. I found that it tastes very similar to Tractoberfest, with malty sweetness and a smooth finish and as such highly recommend the Bruja Roja as a way to beat the heat. The return of the Milk Stout was something I very much welcomed. This batch is as smooth as silk but not overly sweet. It’s a rare stout that can work in the summer heat. New to tap this week is the Triple Berry Hard Cider, which has been made with blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry.

News: 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, Amnesia (Double IPA), Maibock, 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 Genesis IPA: “This red IPA has the bitterness you love and also an undenying maltiness, hopped and dry-hopped two times with Summit, Falconer’s Flight and Columbus hops. Cheers!” (7.36% ABV, 100+ IBU, 1.068 OG)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Triple Play Pale Ale 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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