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.

The rebuilding of this column is currently underway. I will be spending my Labor Day weekend getting ready to cover all New Mexico breweries wherever they are in the state. If you have some free time this weekend, you might want to head over to Brewfest at Angel Fire this Saturday featuring Taos Ale House and other local breweries. When you are done there, consider joining Santa Fe Brewing Company as they will be selling beers and partying at the Santa Fe Ski Basin on both Saturday and Sunday. Thanks again to everyone in the craft brewing community who has responded to my e-mail requests. Without your help this column could not happen.

E-Rock has smiled over pints and samples of beer all year long, in between his various musical gigs.

E-Rock has smiled over pints and samples of beer all year long, in between his various musical gigs.

There is no big brewing event or brewing trend happening in the Land of Enchantment this week, as far as I know. However, there are several breweries in Albuquerque and Taos that are releasing some intriguing new beers.

Right now in the Duke City, Broken Bottle is serving a pair of new American ales this week with the release of El Campeon and the Cactus Juice Ale. Il Vicino has several exciting new beers for you to try at the Canteen, including Sucellus Stout (Il Vicino’s GABF pro-am dry stout brewed by Marc Bernard, a home-brew competition winner), Wine Barrel Aged Belgian Golden Strong, and Boysenberry Wheat on their regular taps, plus their ½ Barrel Series will feature Dark Pils and then a Scotch Ale. La Cumbre will have their new Hoppy & Weiss on tap by Wednesday or Thursday. Marble has their new Belgian-inspired Saison “de Primera” on tap this week, and they will be releasing a new batch of their Heisenberg’s Dark on Saturday at 1 p.m. Tractor is now serving the heavy-hitting Double Almanac (8.0 ABV) on their regular tap and Barn Storm on their always-changing Scramble Tap,

In the City Different, Blue Corn has Cerveza Obrera on tap, and they will have Scottish Export on tap by Wednesday. Duel is now serving Bad Amber, Duchamp, and Sour Wit. They are also helping Santa Fe Brewing Company celebrate their 25th anniversary by carrying SFBC’s anniversary beer, Saison ’88. Santa Fe Brewery’s Small Batch Saturday offering this Saturday will be the Big SIPA, a collaboration beer conceived on Google Plus and brewed in eight different breweries in the US and England.

Up in the Taos area, Taos Ale House has a new batch of Simple Porter on tap, and they will soon be releasing a yet-to-be-named Light American Wheat.

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 26.

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.

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. Addison, BADH’s brewer, 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 a few weeks ago, and I thought it was a great tasting beer. In terms of non-New Mexico beers of note, BADH should have Stone’s Coconut IPA on tap this week, and they already have w00tstout, a 13-percent ABV beast on tap. Franz Solo and Stoutmeister both enjoyed a bomber of the w00tstout recently; they can only imagine how good it tastes on tap. This collaboration beer was made by Stone, the creator of,  and actor/sci-fi icon Wil Wheaton.

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: Scottish Export, Cerveza Obrera, Raspberry Wheat, Belgian Style 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: In the near future, Blue Corn will release Paonia Wet, which is an IPA made with wet Cascade and Chinook hops from a small hop farm in Paonia, Colo.

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: Red Ale, Doppelbier (8.4% ABV), Saison Rouge (Dark Saison), Pale Ryder (Pale Ale), 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 too many 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 just brewed a new IPA that will incorporate fresh hopps of the vine from Colorado. The IPA will primarily feature Chinook. Look for it to be available in 2-3 weeks

Bosque has a new happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. 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.

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: El Campeon, Cactus Juice Ale, Knight Rider Wheat (Black Hefeweizen), Tingley Peach. El Campeon is a light American ale, and Cactus Juice Ale is an American ale made with a whole lot of locally picked prickly pear fruit. 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.

News: Cazuela’s will have a new pale ale on tap starting next week.

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.

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: Creekside Blond, Farmhouse Wheat, Deadman Pale Ale, Old Smokey Ale. According to CCBC’s website, Deadman Pale Ale “is a light bodied pale ale with fragrant hop character.” If you are in the Taos-Eagle Nest-Angel Fire area, make your way to Comanche Creek and let us know what you think of their current slate of beers.

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, Duchamp, Sour Wit, Saison 88’ (Santa Fe Brewing Company), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (11% ABV), Titian (11% ABV). Duel has one keg of Grunewald (on tap now). A deep mysterious Belgian-style imperial porter with hints of chocolate, plum, and a little something else. At 12-percent ABV, embrace the dark side! According 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 Winter Brew back in January. He said it was absolutely lethal, but you’ll enjoy every second of your demise with this sweet, fiendish beer. Duchamp is a Belgian style wit with lots of citrus punch (5% ABV).

News: To help Santa Fe Brewing Co commemorate their 25th anniversary, Duel is pouring their Saison ’88 for a limited time. The Saison ’88  fruity Belgian yeast balanced by black pepper notes and a citrus finish (5.5% ABV).

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: Sucellus Stout, Wine Barrel Aged Belgian Golden Strong, Boysenberry Wheat, Dark Pils, Scotch, Aztec Lager (Mexican Lager), Belgian Pale Ale, Galaxy IPA, Barrel Rye PA, Cerveza Rita (28M American Wheat with margarita mix, served frozen or neat). The Sucellus Stout is Il Vicino’s GABF pro-am dry stout brewed by Marc Bernard, Il Vicino’s home brew competition winner. The Dark Pils is part of the Canteen’s 1/2 barrel series where they have saved one keg from past batches. The Scotch is next in line when the Dark Pils runs out. There is only one keg, so it is very limited.

Cask: This Wednesday, Southern Progress (featuring a hop from South Africa) will be on cask for Hop Hullabaloo. On Saturday, the Canteen will have their Bier d’ Gard. 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: Hoppy & Weiss, Project Dank: Operation Drown Moses, Old Hop New Hop, Who Gose There? (Leipziger-style Gose), Belgian Wit, Saison. Old Hop, New Hop is and American Pale Ale brewed with Mosaic (new) and Cascade (old) hops. 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)

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: Saison “de Primera”, Heisenberg’s Dark, Walt’s White Lie, Double White. Heisenberg’s Dark and Walt’s White Lie were inspired by Breaking Bad. Marble still has Walt’s White Lie, but they are going to limit it to Sundays for Breaking Bad growler fills and for people watching the show at Marble. Marble is doing a second release of the Heisenberg’s Dark this Saturday at 1 pm. Saison “de Primera” is a traditional, Belgian-inspired ale that is a first class example of balance between fruity, spicy flavor and aroma.

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- TLC Taco Box, Cactus Tractor & Travis Joel Band 6-9 p.m., Thurday- Don Choche 5-close, Boulevard Lane 7-10 p.m., Boiler Monkey & Don Choche, Merican Slang & Le Chat Lunatique 8-11 p.m.. The bands are starting the critical mass ride at the duck pond then heading down to the Downtown Pub with whomever would like to follow. Saturday- The Supper Truck, The Old Main 7-11 p.m., Soo Bak Foods, Monday- Labor Day Fest (4-10 p.m.) with Red Light Cameras, Sad Baby Wolf, Sea Horn, Pancho, & The Lymbs. Sebastiano’s & TLC Taco Box.

Music: The good people over at Marble sent me the list of their performers mingled with their food truck list. Check the food listing above to find your favorite bands and see what food will be available while they are playing. Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Imperial Cream, Brown, Steam. 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.

Cask: Nexus’ Scottish Ale should be on cask in a day or two.

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: Rattlesnake IPA, 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: The Big SIPA, Saison ’88, Oktoberfest. It may not feel much like fall but with the arrival of SFBC’s Oktoberfest it is not far off. Santa Fe Brewery’s Small Batch Saturday offering this Saturday will be the Big SIPA, a collaboration beer conceived on Google Plus by the Craft Beer Nation community and brewed in eight different breweries in the US and England. The brewing process was broadcast on YouTube. The Big SIPA is made with two-row and caramel malt 80 and hopped with five American hops (Columbus, Simcoe, Summit, Amarillo, and Centennial), then dry hopped with the same five hops. Columbus were the bittering hops, the other four plus Columbus were the final aroma hops at the end of the boil. (6.5-6.7% ABV, 50 IBU). This changes every Saturday according to which homebrew is ready to go on tap. 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: Light American Wheat (yet to be named), Simple Porter, Dirty Brown, Mogul Imperial IPA. Mogul Imperial IPA is local favorite and is 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 summer. Taos Ale House also carries multiple beers from other in-state breweries so there’s almost always something for everyone.

News: Taos Ale House will be at the Brewfest in Angel Fire this Saturday.

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 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Old ’96 Sticke (Altbier), Cross-Eyed Rye, Lunch Pale Ale, Fall Down Brown, Kolsch 45, Hopper IPA, Great Scot Scottish, Notorious ESB, Ramblin’ Red, Superstitious Stout and Wheeler Peak Wheat. 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:  Double Almanac (8.0 ABV), Barn Storm (Scramble Tap), Peach Pale Ale ABV (6.5 ABV), Hard Cider (8.0 ABV), India Black Lager (6.0 ABV), Milk Stout (6.0 ABV). Tractor’s Double Almanac is heavy in hops and heavy in alcohol. It does not disappoint. 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 be purchased at area liquor establishments, with 13 in the Albuquerque metro area including Jubilation.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates.  Please call.)

Beers: Dark Star Black IPA, Genesis IPA, Independence IPA, Summer Scotch, Hefeweizen, Arsenal Porter, Amnesia (Strong Ale), Cabo Lager, Red Rye. Genesis IPA was TMBC’s very respectable entry for this year’s IPA Challenge. 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).

News: TMBC’S Hybrid IPA, Triple Play Pale Ale, and Pork and Brew Brown will be making their way back to taps in the coming week.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Dark Star Black 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.


— E-Rock


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