Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock back 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, news, and events served up at breweries and tap rooms in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos.
I’m still working out the kinks in converting from calling breweries to switching to e-mail. Hopefully, I will be able to cover all of New Mexico by the end of the summer and maybe have a new interactive events calendar in place as well. Thanks to everyone who has responded to my e-mail requests and to Stoutmeister with helping me keep this column current during a very hectic period in my life. (You’re welcome. — S)
Now, on to the important stuff. The big news this week is the conclusion of the 2013 IPA Challenge. The four-part competition for the public to decide New Mexico’s best IPA continues at Santa Fe Brewing on Friday and at Marble’s downtown pub on Saturday. Tickets are now on sale at all the participating breweries and can also be purchased online. The Dark Side Brew Crew will have a few more stories about the IPA Challenge debuting this week, including do’s and don’t’s at the IPA Challenge and a specific preview of what you’re in for at the Albuquerque/Santa Fe rounds.
Right now in Burque breweries, ABQ Brew Pub is serving Pecan Beer. Cazuela’s is unleashing their new Papa Cabra (Double IPA) this week, and they will have a new beer on cask this Friday. Il Vicino has new batches of Aztec Lager (Mexican Lager), Belgian Pale Ale, and Baltic Porter at the Canteen. La Cumbre now has Old Hop, New Hop on tap and Cafe con Leche on cask. Marble should have new batches of Heisenberg’s Dark and Walt’s White Lie on tap soon. Tractor is now serving their Peach Pale Ale. Turtle Mountain is introducing their Dark Star Black IPA this week.
In the City Different, Blue Corn now has Resurgence IPA (their Challenge entry that currently leads the voting), Lakeside Summer Ale, and Raspberry Wheat on tap. Duel unleashed a small batch of Grunewald (Imperial Porter) this week that is sure to run out soon. Second Street is now serving IPA 1000, Citra IPA, and Brown Ale.
Up in the Taos area, Blue Heron has new batches of Amber’s Folly Amber and Tarantula Trek Red Ale on tap. Eske’s is now serving their Red Ale and Apricot Ale. Taos Ale House now has Drunk Cyclist IPA and Dirty Brown 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 August 12.
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: Pecan Beer. 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. I had the White Ryeno last week, and I thought 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 Stoutmeister both enjoyed a bomber last weekend; they 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: Resurgence IPA, Lakeside Summer Ale, Raspberry Wheat, Belgian Style IPA. Resurgence IPA is Blue Corn’s current entry in the IPA Challenge. As of the time of this post, the Resurgence IPA has taken a sizable lead in votes in the IPA Challenge, 30-19 over Turtle Mountain’s Genesis IPA. Blue Corn’s website had this to say about the Lakeside Summer Ale: “Back by popular demand! A refreshing English style summer ale brewed in an American fashion with Centennial hops. Light notes of toast mingle with hints of citrus and pine while a subtle maltiness holds it all together. A great beer for this hot New Mexico weather. Brewed with Crisp pale malt, Vienna malt, honey malt and torrified wheat. Fermented with American Ale yeast 1056.” (5.4% ABV, 20 IBU, Original Gravity 1.051).
News: There are three new beers in the pipeline including the Cerveza Obrera (Classic American Pilsner), the Paonia Wet which is an IPA made with wet Cascade and Chinook hops from a small hop farm in Paonia, Colo., and a Scottish Export.
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, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Aurora IPA, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale. Shilling and Stoutmeister 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, Engaano Hefeweizen. Stoutmeister stopped by Bosque recently and had a pint of the Doppelbier. Here’s his take: “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. Check out B3’s new karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m. On Saturday starting at 2 p.m., 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: Papa Cabra (Double IPA), 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.
Cask: Cazuela’s will be tapping a special cask brew on Friday. It is a brew that has made its way across the ocean to the Great British Beer Festival. Cazuela’s will be tapping it the same day as they are tapping it over there.
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 Stoutmeister 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: Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (11% ABV), Titian (11% ABV), Fiction (6% ABV). Accoring to Duel’s website, Titian is Duel’s “flagship golden ale: an age old classic … tempted by the colors of Gloria.” Stoutmeister had the Dark Ryder at WinterBrew back in January. He said 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: Red Ale, Apricot Ale, Scottish Ale (6% ABV), Mesa Pale Ale, Green Chile IPA, Artist Ale. The Artist Ale and Green Chile IPA are local favorites.
Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737
(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)
Beers: Aztec Lager (Mexican Lager), Belgian Pale Ale, Baltic Porter, Exodus IPA, Wet Mountain IPA, Galaxy IPA, Groping Gnome Belgian IPA, Barrel Rye PA, Cervesarita (28M Pale Ale with margarita mix). The Baltic Porter is part of the Caneen’s 1/2 barrel series where they have saved one keg from past batches. There is only one keg, so it is very limited. Coming up in the 1/2 barrel series are London Calling ESB, Saison, and Roggenbock.
Cask: This Wednesday, the Summit IPA will be on cask for Hop Hullabaloo. On Saturday, the Canteen will have a Fresh Hop Wheat, their house wheat cask-conditioned with fresh Cascade hops. For those who aren’t in the know, Hop Hullabaloo happens every Wednesday at the Canteen. Every Wednesday, brewers 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: Heisenberg’s Dark, Walt’s White Lie, Farmhouse Pale Ale, Double White, Lambert’s Pale Ale. Heisenberg’s Dark and Walt’s White Lie were inspired by Breaking Bad. They were so well loved that Walt’s White Lie is already out. Luckily, Marble has new batches of both beers in the works so they will both be on tap soon. 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)
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, Chocolate Porter. Nexus’ English-style Brown made its first appearance at the Beer Premier, and now it is at the 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. Don’t panic, a new batch of Imperial Cream is on its way next week.
Cask: There was nothing on cask as of Tuesday but there will certainly be something new by week’s end.
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, Son Ranger (Irish Red) 5%, 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. Stoutmeister recommended this as a great summer beer. Rio Negro Sweet Milk Stout is one of Burque’s smoothest and tastiest offerings.
News: Sandia Chile Grill’s Rattlesnake IPA will be back on tap in a week, and a new batch of their award-winning New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen will be back in a few weeks as well. 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, Oktoberfest. It may not feel much like fall but with the arrival of SFBC’s Oktoberfest it is not far off. 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: IPA 1000, Citra IPA, Brown Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, St. George IPA. Second Street is known for rolling out 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, IPA 1000, and Citra IPA are all on tap for your sampling pleasure.
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: Drunk Cyclist IPA, Dirty Brown, Mogul Imperial IPA, La Rubia. Mogul Imperial IPA is local favorite and still on tap. This IPA has a sweet piney flavor. Stoutmeister and Shilling loved the nutty flavor of the Dirty Brown when they tried it earlier this year. Taos Ale House also carries multiple beers from other in-state breweries so there’s almost always something for everyone.
News: Taos Ale House now has a taco cart, Gringo Taco! It’s got a pretty fancy gourmet menu and has been really well received.
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.
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, Peach Pale Ale. In addition to the beers at the Nob Hill tap room, 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 area liquor establishments, with 13 in the Albuquerque metro area including Jubilation.
Events: Tractor is closing out their summer adult educational series with one final workshop. Working with Pallets is this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The event will 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) Stoutmeister enjoyed the current batch of the Arsenal Porter during a recent stop by TMBC after covering a Little League tournament (yes, he did that; in the summer, freelance writers take whatever they can get).
Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Independence IPA 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.