Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, returning from a triumphal trip to Northern California to bring you another Tuesday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is 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 usual, I would like to thank my hosts at Sandia Chile Grill for providing me with Son Ryder Irish Red and beef tacos. My taste buds are happy to be back in New Mexico. I would also like to thank Stoutmeister for holding down the fort while I was gone. (You’re welcome. — S)
Now, on to business. Thanks in large part to last week’s Beer Premier, there are a whole lot of new beers in breweries and tap rooms in the Land of Enchantment this week. For those of you Duke City denizens who couldn’t make it to the Beer Premier, you can still drive, bike, or walk to your favorite brewery and try their newest offering. Many Santa Fe and Taos area breweries also have new beers on tap this week. It’s like Christmas in July, but with beer … and only in New Mexico!
Right now in Burque breweries, Back Alley Draft House is releasing their Belgian White, Summer Ale, and White Ryeno (Imperial Rye Witbier with vanilla notes) this week. Broken Bottle is releasing their Knight Rider Wheat (Black Hefeweizen) this week. I really want to pair this one with Broken Bottle’s Hasselhefe! Bosque is getting their double German on with their new Doppelbier. Chama River has their new Copper John Pale Ale on tap. La Cumbre is releasing Who Gose There?, which is an obscure beer style known as a Leipziger-style Gose. Beer snobs, I think we’ve found your soul mate. Meanwhile, Marble Brewery is now serving their new Farmhouse Ale. Nexus is releasing their new English-style Brown this week. Tractor Brewery is unleashing Peaotch Peach Ale. Turtle Mountain is now serving their Arsenal Porter, Summer Scotch, and Hefeweizen.
In the City Different, Blue Corn just released their Belgian Style IPA. Second Street has their Roadrunner Pale Ale, Noble Pale Ale, Kolsch, and IPA back on tap.
Up in the Taos area, Eske’s is now serving their dry-hopped Mesa Pale Ale. Taos Ale House has their Simple Porter back on tap. Taos Mesa has their Lunch Pale Ale back 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 22.
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: White Ryeno (Imperial Rye Wit), Summer Ale, Belgian White, IPA, Double IPA. Addison, BADH’s brewer, has brought his regular IPA back to tap. He also had his Summer Ale and Belgian White in tow with the aforementioned White Ryeno at the Beer Premier and now all are on tap at BADH. 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: Belgian Style IPA, 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: Blue Heron Blonde Ale, 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. 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: Doppelbier (8.4% ABV), Saison Rouge (Dark Saison), Pale Ryder (Pale Ale), Valley Fog (California Stream), Mellow Brit English Brown. The Valley Fog is nearing the end of its supply, so hurry down to Bosque before it is gone. Stoutmeister stopped by Bosque earlier today and had a pint of the Doppelbier: “This thing is a beast in terms of ABV, but you don’t taste an overwhelming amount of alcohol. Instead you just get a good German-style beer with a smooth finish, minimal hops, and a little more body from beers of a lighter color. Just be careful with this one. It will sneak up on you even after just one pint.”
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: Knight Rider Wheat (Black Hefeweizen), Black Star Stout, Jurye 4th (Roasted Rye) Brown, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison. The Knight Rider Wheat was brewed with midnight wheat to give it an almost stout-like color but without the roasted flavor. It was B3’s offering at last Saturday’s Beer Premier. 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
(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: Copper John Pale Ale, Centennial Pale Ale, Sunset Red, Bock to the Future II. 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: Deadman Pale Ale, 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.
Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517
(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)
Beers: Mesa Pale Ale, Irish Red (4.5% ABV), Hula Hoop Hefeweizen, Green Chile IPA, Artist 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 be a light, well-balanced Irish red.
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: This Wednesday, the Simcoe IPA will be on cask for Hop Hullabaloo. On Saturday, the Canteen will have their Belgian Pale Ale on cask. For those who aren’t in the know, Hop Hullabaloo happens every Wednesday at the Il Vicino Canteen. 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. Drink it. Learn it. Live it.
News: This Thursday is National IPA Day. In observance of this most cherished holiday the Canteen is bringing back Hop Kwon Do. Starting next Monday, hopheads should be spending all of their free time at the Canteen tasting every possible variation of the IPA that the Il Vicino brewers can come up with. Check back later this week for more details.
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: Who Gose There? (Leipziger-style Gose), Slice of Hefe-en, Blanche de Burque, Chinook Pale Ale, Home on La Grange IPA, Siberian Silk Baltic Porter, Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter). According to La Cumbre’s website, Who Gose There? is “quite possibly the most obscure of all beer styles, Leipziger-style Gose is just starting to garner some attention. Very popular in Saxony during the 19th and early 20th century, this beer was actually packaged in a bottle with a long narrow neck that was bunged by the hardened yeast that collected in it. The beer style falls somewhere in between Berliner Weiss (another very rare style of beer) and a Belgain Witbier. Incredibly refreshing, low in alcohol, and rich in mouthfeel from the judicious use of malted wheat, this ale also contains corriander and an addition of…. salt? The finish is lightly tart and begs the drinker for one more sip.” (3.8% ABV, 16 IBU) The decadent Siberian Silk 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: Farmhouse Pale Ale, 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.
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: Brown, Steam, Tripel, Ginger Beer, Imperial Cream Ale, Chocolate Porter. Nexus English-style Brown made its first appearance at the Beer Premier, and now it is at Nexus Brewery patiently waiting for you to drink it. The new Steam from Nexus comes highly recommended by Franz Solo.
Cask: There is nothing on cask today, but that should change within the next couple of days.
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 Ryder (Irish Red) 5%, Nitro Smoked Milk Stout, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, Smooth Move Amber. The Son Ryder Irish red is made with a new summertime recipe that is more suited for drinking during a long, hot day. Stoutmeister got to try a quick sample when he stopped by while I was gone and recommended 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 open for business soon.
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: Roadrunner Pale Ale, Noble Pale Ale, Kolsch, IPA, 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. Both beers are already on their last kegs, so grab a pint while you still can.
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: Simple Porter. Shilling and Stoutmeister both got to try the Dirty Brown when they visited Taos recently but sadly it has run out. The Simple Porter was on hand at last year’s Hopfest and was quite the delicious treat. 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
Beers: Lunch Pale Ale, 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) Stoutmeister enjoyed the Superstitious Stout and Shilling gave a thumbs up to the Fall Down Brown when they visited Taos Mesa recently. The Notorious ESB was the beer that debuted 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: Peaotch Peach Ale, Milk Stout, Maibock, Otter IPA, Apple Cider, Pilsner #15. The return of the Milk Stout was something Stoutmeister 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. The Peaotch was Tractor’s entry into The Beer Premier.
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: Summer Scotch, Hefeweizen, Arsenal Porter, PNB Brown, Triple Play Pale Ale, Genesis IPA, Amnesia (Double IPA), Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s website had this to say about the Genesis IPA (which we’ve heard will be their entry into the IPA Challenge): “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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