Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is Stoutmeister, filling in again 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 making his way back to ABQ from the Mendocino Middle Eastern Music Camp in Northern California, so this should be my final substitute appearance (until the next out-of-town musical excursion, at least). Thus, I again say thank you to all the brewery staffers I have talked to over the phone (and internet) for your help.

The big news this week is what breweries are preparing for The Beer Premier, the newest event from the New Mexico Brewers Guild. It will take place Saturday at the Hispanic Cultural Center from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $35 for a regular ticket, or $70 for a VIP ticket that includes a four-course beer dinner. A total of 16 breweries will debut a new beer that they have never brewed before. So who’s participating and what are they unveiling? Abbey Brewing in Abiquiu is bringing Monk’s Kolsch, a departure from their usual Belgian- and wheat-style beers. Back Alley Draft House has created the White Ryeno, an imperial rye wit brewed with vanilla. Bosque is brewing up a Double German Ale. Broken Bottle will take a nostalgia trip with Knight Rider, a black-as-KITT wheat beer. Chama River has a Red Session Ale ready to go. La Cumbre will unveil the Saison d’Hommel. Marble has been aging a 111 Farmhouse Ale, which is spiked with Brettanomyces. Nexus will go with their English Brown Ale. Santa Fe has concocted the Pirate’s Booty, a pineapple hefeweizen. Second Street is bringing the Single Hop Mosaic IPA. Sierra Blanca shall introduce the Oak Aged Desert Pils. Tractor has come up with the Peaotch, a peach-infused pale ale. Turtle Mountain will unleash the Summer Scotch, a spicy variant of the style. Taos Mesa has its Notorious ESB ready to go. Il Vicino said they will be in attendance but did not have a beer to announce as of yet.

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.

I finished this week’s column from home since I’m planning on heading somewhere with beer tonight to watch the USA vs. Costa Rica Gold Cup match. It’s on Fox Soccer (which I don’t have) and sounds a whole lot more compelling than the All-Star Game. And this is coming from a baseball fan.

The Duke City does a few more new seasonal beers on tap this week as compared to last week. Wheat beers are still a big theme in the summer. Broken Bottle has brought back the Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat. Back Alley’s IPA has also returned. Il Vicino is unleashing the Belgian Pale Ale and the Peach Wheat. La Cumbre resurrects an old favorite in the Blanche de Burque, plus it debuts the Slice of Hefe-en. Marble has the Fleur de Rouge. Nexus has Chocolate Porter back in the lineup. Tractor brought back their Pilsner #15 after a brief hiatus. Turtle Mountain is bringing back the excellent Arsenal Porter, which even Tottenham fans can enjoy (sorry, had to make at least one soccer geek joke in this column).

In the City Different, Second Street now has the second of its July Summertime Brew series on tap with the German Pilsner. Blue Corn has brought back the popular Lakeside Summer Ale.

Up in the Taos area, Blue Heron has the Embudo Golden Ale back in the rotation. Eske’s is unveiling the gluten-free Alchemist Ale, the Oatmeal Porter, and Doobie Rock Heller Bock. Taos Mesa just put the aforementioned Notorious ESB 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 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: IPA, Double IPA. Addison, BADH’s brewer, has brought his regular IPA back to tap this week. He will also have his Summer Ale and Belgian White in tow with the aforementioned White Ryeno at the Beer Premier. His favorite out-of-state (well, out-of-country) beer also on tap at BADH is the Cuvee Van de Kaizer Blauw, an 11-percent ABV behemoth from the Het Anker Brewery in Belgium.

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: Czech Your English, Jemez Hefeweizen, Lakeside Summer Ale. The Lakeside, an English-style brew, is back on tap after popular demand encouraged the Blue Corn staff to resurrect it. Blue Corn’s website had this to say about the Czech Your English, “A fun twist on an English style pale ale. This rustic looking, unfiltered beer exhibits a single hop variety that is rarely seen in such a style. Hefty amounts of Czech Saaz give this beer a spicy, woody, and light fruit character. Medium bodied with a light dry finish. This is a nicely balanced middle of the road beer with plenty of flavor. Brewed with the finest Maris Otter malt, light crystal malt, and Czech Saaz hops. Fermented with American Ale yeast 1056. (5.4% ABV, 30 IBU, Original Gravity 1.059)”

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, Embudo Golden Ale, 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. Shilling and I 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), Mellow Brit English Brown. I sampled the new version of the Boss Pale Ale at Blues & Brews. It has a nice mix of some sweetness and mild hoppiness that sets it apart from most pale ales. 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, Wise Ass Watermelon 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 Knight Rider, brewed with midnight wheat to give it an almost stout-like color but without the roasted flavor, will be on tap at B3 after Saturday’s Beer Premier.

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%). E-Rock 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.” E-Rock 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. 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 E-Rock 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), Hula Hoop Hefeweizen, Green Chile IPA, Artist Ale, Alchemist Ale, Oatmeal Porter, Doobie Rock Heller Bock. 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 Alchemist Ale is a gluten-free offering.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Dunkleweizen, Apricot Hefeweizen, Peach Wheat, Belgian Pale Ale, 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. Clearly wheat beers are in at Il Vicino with the Dunkle, Apricot, Peach, and regular Hefe. If that style is your thing, head on over.

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 Centennial IPA will be on hand. On Saturday, the Canteen will have an Oaked Dunkleweizen, which sounds intriguing even to this non-wheat drinker.

Events: The summer edition of the Pint for a Pint Blood Drive will kick off at Il Vicino on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. For more info go to our story on this event.

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: Slice of Hefe-en, Blanche de Burque, 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. And for those who did not know, Home on La Grange IPA was brewed in honor of a former UNM soccer player who lost his life to ALS. One dollar from every pint sold will be donated to help in the fight against this terrible disease.

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), Double White, Double IPA, Saison, Fleur de Rouge. 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) The Fleur de Rouge was created with the Babes in Brewland. It is a wheat beer infused with botanicals and fruit flavors. As the name implies, it does not look like a beer, but rather has a strong pink color. It’s only 4.8-percent ABV, so it’s quite drinkable. Stop by and try this one, then share your thoughts and we’ll pass it along to the Babes.

News: Tickets for the Beer Premier will be on sale at Marble, both general admission and VIP, while supplies last.

Events: The Pint for a Pint Blood Drive will be at Marble on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

Food: Tuesday, Talking Fountain Kitchen; Wednesday, The Melting Truck; Thursday, Don Choche; Friday, Rustic Truck & Don Choche; Saturday, TFK Smokehouse; Sunday, The Melting Truck & The Lunch Box; Monday, Sebastiano’s

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, Chocolate Porter. The new Steam from Nexus is now on tap and comes highly recommended by Franz Solo. 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: The Espresso Chocolate Porter will be on cask today. Go get some before the Crew heads over and drinks it all. And no, we’re not kidding.

News: Nexus is currently brewing up a batch of their English-style Brown, which should be on tap this coming Saturday and at The Beer Premier.

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%, Smoked Milk Stout, 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) last week 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. The Rio Negro Sweet Milk Stout will also be returning soon.

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 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: ESB, Mosaic Pale Ale, Bavarian Hefeweizen, German Pilsner. Second Street is known for rolling our several versions of one style in a given month. For July it’s the Summertime Brew series, starting with the Bavarian Hefeweizen and continuing with the German Pilsner.

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, a.k.a. “Miami Vice.” Shilling and I both got to try the Dirty Brown when we visited Taos recently but sadly it has run out. 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, Great Scot Scottish, Notorious ESB. 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) I enjoyed the Superstitious Stout and Shilling gave a thumbs up to the Fall Down Brown when we visited Taos Mesa recently. The Notorious ESB is the beer that will debut (down here, at least) at The Beer Premier.

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, Pilsner #15. 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.

Events: The Pint for a Pint Blood Drive will be at Tractor on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

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)

News: TMBC’s Hefeweizen is on its way back soon. The Independence IPA is also in the works.

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.


— Stoutmeister


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