Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is Stoutmeister, filling in again for E-Rock and bringing 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, news, and events served up at breweries and tap rooms in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos.
E-Rock just started a new job (we’re serious, our resident musician has a day gig!) that kept him from making the rounds this week. He’s going to try and figure out how to readjust his schedule but it’s probably going to take some help from the breweries. We’re going to try and set up something e-mail-wise to help him out since he can’t spend noon to 4 p.m. calling breweries on Monday-Tuesday. So I’ll help for now, but eventually I also need to find a day job because freelance sports writing only pays so much (and by that I mean next to nothing).
Anyway, the big news this week is actually two bits of big news. First up, this Thursday Marble Brewery will be releasing its two beers that honor the final season of “Breaking Bad.” Starting Thursday at all three locations (downtown, west side, Santa Fe), Marble will have Heisenberg’s Dark, a black IPA, and Walt’s White Lie, an India White Ale, on tap. While there is no word of an official appearance by anyone involved with the show, it seems to be more than worth the trip out to try these new brews before they run out. And considering the combined popularity of both “Breaking Bad” and Marble, well, they’re gonna go quick.
The other big news is the start of the 2013 IPA Challenge. The four-part competition for the public to decide New Mexico’s best IPA begins Friday at 4 p.m. at High Desert Brewing in Las Cruces. Round two is set for Taos Mesa on Saturday at noon, with the final two rounds at Santa Fe Brewing on Aug. 16 and at Marble’s downtown pub on Aug. 17. Tickets are now on sale at all the participating breweries and can also be purchased online. I will have a two-part series on the IPA Challenge debuting this week, with a look back at the history of the event followed next week by a specific preview of what you’re in for at the Albuquerque/Santa Fe rounds.
Oh, and a late-breaking news of the “well that’s a bummer” variety, our friend the ABQ Beer Geek has reported that Marble is canceling Septemberfest this year. When I spoke to Christopher Goblet of the NM Brewers Guild last month he said that they were looking for a bigger venue to hold Septemberfest but were coming up empty. It appears that, plus a sort of “festival overload” convinced Marble to end the event. Hopefully it can be resurrected in the future. We at the Brew Crew do not believe in the concept of “festival overload.”
Right now in Burque breweries it’s pretty quiet in terms of new seasonals. Broken Bottle is serving the well-named Tingley Peach. Il Vicino has its Dunkelweizen and Cascade Pale Ale back on the board. La Cumbre’s BEER has returned. Marble is debuting Lambert’s Pale Ale.
In the City Different, Duel Brewing now has Fiction, a Belgian IPA, in addition to Non-Fiction, a Belgian pale ale. Santa Fe will debut its Oktoberfest this Saturday. Second Street rolls out St. George IPA as the first of its series of five IPAs this month.
Up in the Taos area, Blue Heron has the popular Lava Rock Pale Ale back on tap. Comanche Creek is busting out the Old Smokey Ale. Eske’s boasts the Chemist Ale, a gluten-free ESB. Taos Ale House has brought back the Simple Porter.
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 August 5.
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. 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 White Ryeno at the Beer Premier and now all are on tap at BADH. E-Rock had the White Ryeno last week, and he said it was a great tasting beer. In terms of non-New Mexico beers of note, BADH has w00tstout, a 13-percent ABV beast on tap as well. Franz Solo and I both enjoyed a bomber of this over the weekend; we can only imagine how good it tastes on tap. This collaboration beer was made by Stone, the creator of Fark.com, and actor/sci-fi icon Wil Wheaton. Way to go, Mr. Crusher!
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. 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) The Jemez Hefeweizen is nearing the end of its supply so hurry over if you want to still enjoy a little of this summer offering.
Cask: Blue Corn features a new beer on cask every Friday starting at 4 p.m.
News: There are three new beers in the pipeline. The Obrera Ale, a lighter beer in the cerveza style, will be out next week. A raspberry honey wheat is also coming up and a little further down the line will be a new pale ale.
Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188
(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)
Beers: Aurora IPA, Embudo Golden Ale, White Water Wheat, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale. 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: Doppelbier (8.4% ABV), Saison Rouge (Dark Saison), Pale Ryder (Pale Ale), Mellow Brit English Brown. I stopped by Bosque last week 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. There likely will not be any new seasonals for a while at least until any of the current batches run out as Bosque is at production capacity (see below for some good news on how that will be alleviated).
News: Bosque has a new happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.
Also in the near future Bosque will be expanding as the Subway next door moves out. Bosque will take over the space and begin the process of installing a new 10-barrel system, which will replace the current 3.5-barrel setup. Look for Bosque to begin distributing its beer to other establishments as well.
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, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Tingley Peach. 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 the 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 a few weeks 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: American Session Ale, Copper John Pale Ale, Centennial Pale Ale, Sunset Red. Chama River’s website had this to say about Sunset Red: “A deliciously balanced American Red Ale with flavors and aromas of pine and citrus matched with a crisp hoppy bite to finish.” (9.3% ABV, 85 IBU) The American Session Ale debuted at The Beer Premier. Brandon had a review of that event including his thoughts on the ASA.
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, Old Smokey 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 E-Rock and I tried the Homestead last summer and found it to be a great beer for the season.
Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301
(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Bad Amber (6% ABV), Dark Ryder (11% ABV), Non-Fiction (7% ABV), Marcel (5% ABV), Titian (11% ABV), Fiction (6% ABV). Accoring to Duel’s website, Bad Amber is “a deliciously wicked medium-bodied ale that goes down easy.” And Titian is Duel’s “flagship golden ale: an age old classic … tempted by the colors of Gloria.” I had the Dark Ryder at WinterBrew back in January. It was absolutely lethal, but you’ll enjoy every second of your demise with this sweet, fiendish beer.
Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517
(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)
Beers: Scottish Ale (6% ABV), Mesa Pale Ale, Green Chile IPA, Artist Ale, Oatmeal Porter, Doobie Rock Heller Bock, Chemist Ale. The Chemist Ale is one of the only gluten-free beers you can find brewed in New Mexico (it’s not easy to make a gluten-free beer, or more would probably do it). The Chemist is based on an ESB recipe.
Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737
(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)
Beers: Exodus IPA, Wet Mountain IPA, Galaxy IPA, Groping Gnome Belgian IPA, Barrel Rye PA, Dunkelweizen, Cascade Pale Ale Cervesarita (28M Pale Ale with margarita mix), Irish Red. Hop Kwon Do is still running as the Canteen is serving $6 sampler platters of five of the hoppiest offerings including Exodus IPA, Wet Mountain IPA, Galaxy IPA, Groping Gnome Belgian IPA, and the Barrel Rye PA. All of these beers are also be available by the pint.
Cask: This Wednesday, the Columbus IPA will be on cask for Hop Hullabaloo. On Saturday, the Canteen will have the Exodus IPA 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.
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), Belgian Wit, Home on La Grange IPA, Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter), BEER, Saison. 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) 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, Lambert’s Pale Ale. Bier is a dry-hopped German lager. Marble’s website had this to say about Double White, “Our popular pale, hazy, Belgian-inspired wheat ale is brewed with coriander and orange peel. It is both refreshing and satisfying.” (7.0% ABV) The Lambert’s Pale Ale (6.4% ABV) just went on tap today.
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 Supper Truck; Thursday and beyond, TBA (we will get it up soon!)
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, 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. It’s a little more sweet than nutty on the brown ale spectrum. The new Steam from Nexus comes highly recommended by Franz Solo. The current batch of Imperial Cream will be out by the end of this week. Don’t panic, a new batch is on its way next week.
Cask: Nexus’ Espresso Scottish goes on cask today (Tuesday).
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: Rio Negro Sweet Milk Stout on Nitro, New Rattlesnake IPA, Son Ranger (Irish Red) 5%, 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. I recommend this as a great summer beer. Rio Negro Sweet Milk Stout is one of Burque’s smoothest and tastiest offerings. The Amber will be back on tap in two-to-three days.
News: Sandia Chile Grill will have a new batch of the award-winning New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen in a few weeks. There is a chance of a Double Pilsen this fall and the Red Ranger, a 7-percent version of the Son Ranger, will be on tap in October.
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. The Freestyle Pilsner, SFBC’s summer seasonal, has run out. That’s the bad news. The good news is Oktoberfest will debut this Saturday in a special release party at the tap room. 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: Bohemian Pilsner, Cream Stout, Rod’s Best Bitter, Noble Pale Ale, Kolsch, St. George IPA. Second Street is known for rolling our several versions of one style in a given month. For August it’s IPA Month, in honor of the IPA Challenge. The St. George IPA is Second Street’s first offering in the series and a second IPA is expected to be on tap by this weekend.
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: Mogul Imperial IPA, La Rubia, Simple Porter. Mogul Imperial IPA is local favorite. This IPA has a sweet piney flavor. The Simple Porter was one of my favorites from last year’s Hopfest. 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: Old 96 Sticke (Altbier), Rainy Day IPA, Lunch Pale Ale, Fall Down Brown, Kolsch 45, Hopper IPA, Great Scot Scottish, Notorious ESB. According to TMBC’s website, Hopper IPA is an “American style IPA (that) is bold all the way around. A strong nose of floral hops starts off the experience, followed by crisp floral bitter on the tongue, which is spread out by the uncompromisingly full body, and finishes up with a smooth citrus flavor.” (7.2% ABV, 75 IBUs) The Notorious ESB was the beer that debuted at The Beer Premier and Brandon loved every drop of it.
News: In addition to hosting round two of the IPA Challenge this Saturday, Taos Mesa will be celebrating its one-year anniversary. So head on over for this double celebration or make the weekend trek north if you don’t have an Isotopes game to attend (or cover, in my case).
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 is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight)
Beers: Milk Stout, Maibock, Pilsner #15. We got the info from Tractor via the good old email. Thanks to Skye and Nicole for the info! They also wanted to let the world know that over at ArtBar by Catalyst Club they are not only pouring Tractor beers but have created the first “beer cocktail,” using Hard Cider with brandied cherries and Cherry Brandy Cordial to create The Lady Killer. Stop by, give it a try, and let us know what you think.
News: Tractor’s IPA and Farmer’s Tan Red Ale are now for sale in bottle form. Six-packs can purchased at liquor establishments with 13 in the Albuquerque metro area including Jubilation.
Events: Tractor is closing out their summer adult educational series with two more workshops. Hangover Yoga is this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Working with Pallets on Sunday, August 18 at 1:30 p.m. Both happen out on the patio. You can register through holdmyticket.com.
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: Independence IPA, Summer Scotch, Hefeweizen, Arsenal Porter, Amnesia (Double IPA), Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s website had this to say about the Independence IPA: “This American I.P.A. has a slightly red hue and is packed with the classic hops, Centennials and Cascades.” (6.3% ABV, 75 IBUs)
Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Independence IPA on cask.
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