Archive for September, 2013

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is Stoutmeister back to bring you this 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 New Mexico.

Stoutmeister, right, is filling in this week for E-Rock. At the very last minute. Again.

Stoutmeister, right, is filling in this week for E-Rock. At the very last minute. Again.

E-Rock is about one week away from having internet at his place (he has faith in Comcast that they’ll show up on time; insert “oh, you poor fool” here), so this morning he texted me to ask if I could do this again since he has the dreaded combo of work and rehearsal right afterward. Once I finished a pot of coffee I did my best to throw this thing together in a day. It’s not as easy as it looks, so again, thanks to all the brewers and brewery staffers who responded.

I have added Kaktus Brewing to our listings now that they are open up in Bernalillo. We did a review of them recently and I recommend a quick trip to Bernalillo to check them out. Another way to sample their beers would be to head out to the Rio Rancho Oktoberfest this Saturday and Sunday. Cazuela’s, Santa Fe, and Turtle Mountain will also be pouring their beers.

In addition, the Ullrfest is kicking off this Saturday at Pajarito Mountain from noon to 5 p.m. There will be live music, mountain sports, and other fun stuff for everybody, plus, of course, lots of beer. Abbey, Blue Corn, Chama River, La Cumbre, Marble, Santa Fe, Second Street, Sierra Blanca, and Taos Mesa will all be pouring their beers.

Right now in the Duke City, ABQ Brew Pub is tapping Sierra Blanca Oktoberfest. Il Vicino has brought back the popular Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, Groping Gnome IPA, Wine Aged Belgian Blonde, and has also added the new Caliente IPA. La Cumbre has brought back Witch’s Tit while also unveiling VMO #3, an Oktoberfest, and Hell Froze Over, a brown ale. Marble is introducing the aptly-named India Lite. Tractor has Cortijo Ale in the mix. Turtle Mountain’s Oktoberfest will debut this weekend at the Rio Rancho Oktoberfest.

In the City Different, Santa Fe will have Patersbier, a Belgian session ale, for Small Batch Saturday. Second Street is now pouring a Rauchbier, Belgian IPA, and Citra IPA.

Elsewhere in New Mexico, Blue Heron has brought back the Aurora IPA and Embudo Gold Golden Ale. High Desert has added Bohemian Pilsener, Irish Red Ale, and Steam Beer to its lineup.

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 Sept. 23.

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: Sierra Blanca Oktoberfest. We had this at Son of Septemberfest. I thought it was fine, Brandon thought it was missing something flavor-wise. Try it for yourselves and see what you think. 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: Red Ale, Belgian White, IPA, Imperial Russian Stout. The Red Ale is the newest entry on BADH’s homemade lineup. We will have to head down there to check it out and let you know if it falls more toward the Marble (hoppy) or Il Vicino (malty) side of the red spectrum. BADH also has the newest entry in New Belgium’s Lips of Faith Series, the Yuzu Berliner Weiss. It’s a hybrid of German and Japanese beer styles.

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: Smoked Plaza Porter, Scottish Export, Cerveza Obrera, The Paonia Wet Hop. The Smoked Porter was our favorite at Son of Septemberfest. Blue Corn’s website had this to say about the Cerveza Obrera, “This Classic American Style Pilsner was made with flaked maize and the lightest pilsner malt I could find. The result is a light and crisp beer. This beer is similar to the mass produced American lagers.” (4.8% ABV, 20 IBUs, OG 1.042) The new Paonia Wet Hop is an IPA checking in at 7.4-percent ABV and 100 IBUs.

News: On Friday, Oct. 4 from 4-6 p.m. Blue Corn will be hosting a release party for their Pumpkin Ale. They will have live music and a beer for a year raffle. For $5 you get a pint of the pumpkin with a pumpkin albondigas slider and a raffle entry.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: Blue Heron Blonde, Whitewater Wheat, Penasco Porter, Aurora IPA, Embudo Gold Golden 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. Though it is not on tap at the moment, it is still available in bombers. The Penasco Porter is “a dry dark porter with a touch of roasted porter in the background,” according to Blue Heron’s website.

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: Far Darrig Red Ale, Doppelbier (8.4% ABV), Saison Rouge (Dark Saison), Engaano Hefeweizen, Nor’wester IPA. I have rather enjoyed the Far Darrig on recent visits, which is brewed in the classic Irish tradition. It’s malty goodness with just enough, but not too much, sweetness. Grab and pint and let the day unwind around you. The Nor’wester IPA (7% ABV, 65 IBUs), which is brewed with Chinook hops and is in the style of IPAs from Oregon and Washington, was featured at Son of Septemberfest.

News: BBC will be brewing an Oatmeal Stout in the near future.

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.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Hwy. 6 Scottish, El Campeon, Cactus Juice Ale, 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. Hwy. 6 Scottish is the winning beer from B3’s recent home brewer’s contest. It was brewed with home brewer Kenny Garcia. Franz Solo and I gave it a thumbs up. See our most recent Beer Roundup for more details.

News: Nacho Brau will soon be making a return, much to Franz Solo’s delight, and an Oktoberfest Marzen is also in the works.

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).

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%). 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.”

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Hop Slap IPA, Bonus Czech Pilsner, Summer Ale, Last Minute Ale. So what is a Last Minute Ale? Chama’s website says: “The unique flavor of this beer comes from renowned aroma varieties of hops, all of which were added in the last fifteen minutes of boil. This one-of-a-kind ale was fermented at lower temperatures to offer a crisp clean flavor, balance of malt, and American hops.” (4.9% ABV, 26 IBUs)

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 Blonde, Farmhouse Wheat, Iron Mountain Porter, Homestead Amber Ale. The porter and amber were the two beers on hand when E-Rock and I visited Comanche Creek last year. The porter is a burly beast that will go perfect with the nights as summer turns to fall in northern New Mexico. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

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: Duchamp Sour Wit, Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale, Night Watch (whiskey barrel-aged porter). Duchamp is a Belgian-style sour wit with lots of citrus punch (5% ABV). The new Night Watch checks in at “only” 9-percent ABV.

News: Duel is currently carrying Blue Corn’s Scottish Export on its guest tap, replacing the Santa Fe Saison ’88.

Events: Duel is having an anniversary party Oct. 19 and 20 that will feature, you guessed it, a live duel between fencing partners. Plenty more including live music and special brews will be on hand. Look for more info as the staff finalizes all the details.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA got a big write-up in the Albuquerque Journal‘s revamped Friday entertainment section recently. The Chemist Ale is one of the few (perhaps only) gluten-free beer brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Fresh Hop IPA, Rye Beer, Porter, Barley Wine, Bohemian Pilsener, Irish Red Ale, Steam. The Bohemian Pils, Irish Red, and Steam are the new beers on tap this week. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Dark American Lager (GABF entry), Hell(y)es, Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, Groping Gnome IPA (GABF entry), Caliente IPA, Wine Aged Belgian Blonde. The Sucellus Stout is Il Vicino’s GABF pro-am dry stout brewed by Marc Bernard, Il Vicino’s home brew competition winner. The Caliente IPA is a single-hopped IPA. The Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, always a local favorite, won a bronze medal at GABF last year.

Cask: Saturday’s cask is called a 5 Minute Cask, which is conditioned with Crystal, Centennial, and Cascade hops. Next Wednesday’s Hop Hullabaloo cask is TBD. 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.

News: Congratulations to Il Vicino for winning a gold medal at the European Beer Star Awards. The St. Bob’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout was the recipient, one of only eight American beers to take home a gold medal.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8, Fri-Sun 11:30-10)

Beers: ESB, London Porter, Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Helles. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is the state’s newest brewery. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. We already did a review and I highly recommend the Helles, ESB, and London Porter.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Hoppy & Weiss, Project Dank: Operation Return of Pharoah, Who Gose There? (Leipziger-style Gose), Saison, Hell Froze Over, VMO #3 (Oktoberfest), Witch’s Tit. With the Pirates’ victory last night safely in the bag, I trekked over to La Cumbre with Franz Solo and Mrs. Solo after she tipped us off that Witch’s Tit was back on tap. Oh, what a glorious sight to behold, our favorite pumpkin ale back at last and this year’s batch does not disappoint. In addition, two other new beers greeted us in the form of the Hell Froze Over, LC’s first crack at a brown ale, and the Oktoberfest. I will need to try the HFO again before I can give it a proper review. The VMO #3 starts out mild and light, but as it warms up the flavor comes to life. It ends up being a sweet, pleasant beer that you could drink slowly as the autumn air creeps into town.

Cask: Hell Froze Over has become La Cumbre’s first cask beer in a long while. Fall must actually be here.

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 (available only on Sundays), Double White, Red Light Lager, Thunder from Dortmunder, India Lite. 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 their Breaking Bad viewing party. They will do growler fills and serve pints to people watching the show at Marble, though get there early, as the ABQ Beer Geek told us the keg had run dry before the show even started on a recent Sunday. The Thunder from Dortmunder got this little write-up from Marble: “In proper German fashion, this Dortmunder Export is a harmonious display of balance, purity, and simplicity. PROST! (5.8% ABV)” The new India Lite checks in at just 3.8-percent ABV. It was inspired by Marble’s recent trip to meet the folks at England’s Marble Brewery and their penchant for very low-ABV beers brewed in the classic English style, though they made it with Southern Passion hops from South Africa.

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

News: The brewers at Marble are busy working on their GABF entries. Watch for one of those entries, the Stout Americano, on tap in the near future. Marble will be releasing their Pumpkin Ale on Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. In addition to the classic Marble pumpkin-inspired ale, they’ll also be releasing a richly dark, malty version of Pumpkin Ale. Finally, Harvest Season culminates the Downtown Growers Market’s annual fundraiser Hops and Harvest on Oct. 12, the Downtown Growers Market annual fundraiser held at their Downtown Pub.

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery Hours: Mon–Fri 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.,)

Beers: Liquid Nap, Belgian Wit, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, America Pilsner, New England Hard Cider. Liquid Nap is a Belgian Style Tripel. While being a strong beer, it is sneaky smooth. Hard Ciders have grown increasingly popular in recent years, yet they are still pretty hard to find on-tap. The MVB Hard Cider is brewed with apples, brown sugar, and honey and has a high ABV of 8 percent. Because of the high alcohol content, the Hard Cider is served in 10-ounce glasses only. This dry cider is different from most other ciders. Mimbres Valley has a brewery in Deming and a taproom in Las Cruces. Both locations feature $7 tasting flights, and both locations carry the brews listed above.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — no phone number available

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

Beers: AIPA, Strong Ale, Oatmeal Stout. NMCBC has a brewery in Las Vegas, and they also sell beer at the Sand Bar in Albuquerque near Journal Center. The Crew got to sample the Strong Ale and recommends this beast of a beer for the adventurous beer drinkers out there. Just make sure to drink it after you play on the sand volleyball courts.

News: NMCBC picked wild hops in Gallinas Canyon, and they are brewing them in a wet-n-wild hopped ale right now. They have growler fills going on at the brewery of AIPA, Strong, and Oatmeal Stout.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Brown, Beam Me Up Scottish, American Amber Ale. 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. Beware the Beam Me Up, which checks in at a hefty 11.2-percent ABV. Franz Solo and I enjoyed that one during NFL games last Sunday. It made some of the pain of our wonderful 0-3 teams go away. Some.

Cask: The IPA is on cask right now.

News: The Imperial Cream will be back on tap by Friday at the latest. Also, Manuel has just brewed up a batch of Equinox, Nexus’ pumpkin ale. It will be on tap in the coming weeks.

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.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

(Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

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, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, Smooth Move Amber. Rio Negro Sweet Milk Stout is one of Burque’s smoothest and tastiest offerings.

News: A new batch of SGC’s award-winning New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen will be back in a few weeks. There is a chance of a Double Pilsen this fall and the Red Ranger, a 7-percent version of the summertime Son Ranger, will be on tap in October.

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: Patersbier, 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. The Patersbier, a Belgian Session Ale brewed by Duskin Jasper, will be on tap for this week’s edition of Small Batch Saturday.

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: Rauchbier, Belgian IPA, Citra IPA. We all had the Citra at Son of Septemberfest and enjoyed it. Yes, even non-IPA drinker Shilling liked it. The Rauchbier is the first in Second Street’s monthly series of special beers. September’s theme is smoked beers, but knowing Second Street, the smoke will only be a part of the flavor, not the entirety of what you drink.

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: Weisenberg (Light American Wheat), 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. Shilling and Stoutmeister loved the nutty flavor of the Dirty Brown when they tried it earlier this summer. Last year’s batch of the Simple Porter, served at Hopfest, was excellent as well. The Weisenberg is named after, you guessed it, Walter White’s alter ego on Breaking Bad. This state loves that show.

News: TAH is currently brewing the Curcurbita Imperial Pumpkin. This bad boy should be ready by next week, possibly even by this weekend. Also on the docket is a Citra Pale Ale that was hugely popular last year. It should be on tap in a few weeks.

In some good news, TAH won the People’s Choice award for best beer at the recent Rotary International Chile Challenge and Beer Fest.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Lunch Pale Ale, Hopper, Marzen, Kolsch 45, The Rainy Day IPA, Crosseye Fresh Hop Rye. We’re still going to include Taos Mesa in our listings, even if they won’t respond to our emails and phone calls. So from their Facebook page: “The Rainy Day IPA (7.6% ABV, 80 IBU…This forward ale offers a bouquet of hops from both England and America. The light straw color is indicative of its light malt profile, allowing for a bigger hop experience.) We’re also featuring our Crosseye Fresh Hop Rye (7.2% ABV, 100 IBU…..This hop forward ale uses local barley and rye from Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa, CO, and New Mexico Native hops from Amalia to create our annual fresh hop rye. Balanced malt and bitterness give way to subtle flavor profiles of the fresh hops—–only 8 hours from harvest to kettle! Grassy, piney, and citrus aromas abound from the late wet hop addition. Toast the season and The Valley!”

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Atomic Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Grandpa Bear’s Double Golden Honey (X-Beer), Strawberry Wheat, S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, Bare Naked Aggie Wheat Ale, NM Colona, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Roustabout Stout, Arroyo Amber Ale. The Arroyo Amber Ale is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. (5.0% ABV) Roustabout Stout is an oatmeal stout brewed in the English traditions. Made with malt sweetness and just enough hops to balance the beer. It makes for very easy drinking and pairs very well with chocolate. (5% ABV) Curious as to what S.M.A.S.H. means? “This is the next beer in our Single Malt And Single Hop series: an English Pale Ale. Pale Ale malt provides deep golden color and light biscuity malt flavor. Kent Goldings (the classic British hop) gives very clean bitterness and wonderfully earthy flavor and aroma. This one is special! Enjoy! (5.1% ABV)”

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Juniper Amber Ale and S.M.A.S.H. – EPA on cask.

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), Hard Cider (8.0 ABV), India Black Lager (6.0 ABV), Cortijo Ale. Tractor’s Double Almanac is heavy in hops and heavy in alcohol. The Milk Stout is finally out. I swear I didn’t finish it off by myself. Well, mostly.

News: Tractor’s IPA and Farmer’s Tan Red Ale are now for sale in bottles. Six-packs can be purchased at area liquor establishments, with 13 in the Albuquerque metro area including Jubilation, and now 160 locations statewide.

Events: The latest edition of I’ll Drink to That will be this Sunday at 4 p.m. at the taproom. For those who don’t know, I’ll Drink to That is in collaboration with the ABQ Cultural Conference, bringing you sud-busting, jaw dropping poetry and entertainment.

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 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates.  Please call.)

Beers: Steam Ale, Dark Star Black IPA, Triple Play Pale Ale, Hybrid IPA, Summer Scotch, Molasses Porter, Cabo Lager, Red Rye, P&B Brown, Genesis IPA. TMBC’s website had this to say about the Hybrid IPA, “This American I.P.A. brings you the best of both from our previous India Pale Ales. We combined two already fantastic recipes (TMBC and Independence) to bring you this citrusy & crisp I.P.A. A double dry-hop with an assortment of hops keeps this beer bountifully bitter.” (OG 1.060, BU 75, ABV 6.3%)

News: TMBC is opening at 10:30 on Sundays as opposed to 11 a.m. for the hardcore football fans.

TMBC’s Oktoberfest Lager will be released on Saturday in conjunction with Rio Rancho’s Oktoberfest, which runs both days this weekend at Haynes Park from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Other new beers in the pipeline are a Mosaic Pale Ale, American Wheat, and Dark Knight Maduro Stout.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Dark Star Black IPA on cask.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead PaleAle (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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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.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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The Crew tackled the dirty dozen beers at Marble’s Son of Septemberfest on Saturday. Without further adieu, here are our quick reviews of those beers.

Between four of us, our table in the back of Marble was rather crowded at all times.

Between four of us, our table in the back of Marble was rather crowded at all times.

Abbey Brewing, Monk’s Tripel

Sweet, but not overly so. You don’t taste the alcohol, which could be an issue with this 9.2-percent ABV beast. It is easy to find in bombers at area liquor stores. — Stoutmeister

Thoroughly enjoyed this one a few times before, so the only surprise was that this seemed slightly milder from previous bombers I’d had. The ABV is definitely hidden so it’s a dangerous brew, but still a tasty treat. Mild sweetness, smooth and strong-bodied, with good yeast characteristics mainly present in the finish. — Brandon Daniel

Blue Corn, Smoked Plaza Porter

Oh, John Bullard, you’ve done it again. My personal favorite at SOS, this has a good smoked flavor without tasting like you’re drinking a campfire. It’s lighter in mouthfeel than a lot of porters, so it goes good even in the warmer months. I know it’s not too big of a shock that I went with the darkest beer on the day as my session-ending mug, but this would stand out even among a dozen other stouts and porters. — S

I hear Blue Corn’s name come up at these beer festivals these days and I get excited, as they have put out some outstanding beers recently. The Smoked Plaza Porter was no exception; a wonderful strong smokey porter, not strong enough to leave a burnt wood or charcoal flavor in your mouth. Healthy amounts of toasted caramel and coffee were present, with a slightly smooth mouthfeel to soak up some of the dryness.  Lighter bodied than most porters, but doesn’t lack a bit in flavor. Thoroughly impressed with Bullard’s brews, this was my favorite for the day, too. — BD

Probably one of my personal favorites from this festival. Not a very overwhelming porter, but a good flavor. This was one of the first of the few darker beers that we got to sample on the list of 12. Thank you, John Bullard for always keeping my taste buds happy! — Shilling

Bosque Brewing, Nor’wester (Chinook IPA)

I already had a pint of this over at Bosque. Nice, mild IPA, with piney hints and a tinge of vanilla from the Chinook hops. Very smooth, it’s basically the beer you would enjoy on the porch in the Cascade Mountains after a day of hiking/fishing/whatever-outdoorsy-people-do-these-days. For the non-hophead in your life, this is a good gift. — S

IPAs … the trend in beers continues. The guys at Bosque Brewing made this single-hop version shine though. The simplicity of this beer was the beautiful thing; it really allows the drinker to appreciate the floral qualities and slight touch of vanilla in the finish that makes it oh-so-smooth. As opposed to a complex hop profile beer, this would be a good intro for someone not used to IPAs, or just for hop aficionados in general. A real standout for me, I will definitely be filling my growler with some of this. — BD

Chama River, Apricot Wheat Ale

A friend who shall go nameless put it best (or worst): “I love making beer from the apricots that have fallen on the ground already and gotten covered in dirt.” The front end was fine, the back end tasted like a mouthful of earth. You can do a fruit wheat right, but this was not right. — S

Wheat beers, always hit or miss with me, personally. Apricots, more miss than hit. That being said, this was very mellow in the nose and much too earthy on the palate. It had a rough mouthfeel, light bodied, and not very redeeming in the finish. Can’t say I’d have another one of these but if you enjoy those characteristics in a beer, give it a shot. Otherwise, keep on walking. — BD

Il Vicino, Groping Gnome (Belgian IPA)

Danger, Will Robinson, danger! At least for me, this one tasted like a citrus bomb, so I discarded it quickly. Stupid rare allergy. — S

Belgian IPA hybrids seem to always lean too heavily towards one end of the spectrum. Groping Gnome was more citrus hop notes than anything, but the Belgian yeasts bring out those complex characteristics in the finish for this one. Was not expecting to enjoy this one, but it was tasty. — BD

La Cumbre, Project Dank

Now, for that hophead in your life, get them this little monster. A multi-hop assault on the senses, this was really good, but a full pint would probably kill your palate for a week. Or two. — S

Upon first getting a whiff of this brew, the general consensus of the Crew was “DAMN YOU, JEFF AND DANIEL!” I was convinced I would not be able to taste anything else for a while after this one. There was a lot to enjoy here if you love hop bombs. However, there is remarkable complexity with the blend of hops here that make it enjoyable as the flavors bounce around on your palate. I found this one to be an extremely potent, but enjoyable, brew. Do yourself a favor, though, and don’t bother having another beer after this as you won’t be able to taste much afterward. I threw caution to the wind and finished the ones the rest of the Crew couldn’t finish, because, well … I am all that is man. — BD (You also weren’t driving. — S)

If you follow our Twitter feed @nmdarksidebc (yes, shameless promotion) then you would have read, “Project Dank … Holy sh*t @LaCrumbreBrewing …” Normally this is not my favorite type of beer. However, if you are into the West Coast-style IPA that kicks you in the testicles and then leaves a fresh patch of hair on them, then this is your beer. View Discretion is Advised. — Shilling

The geek factor is high amongst the NMDSBC. Very high.

The geek factor is high amongst the NMDSBC. Very high.

Marble, Farmhouse 111

Yikes, not my genre of saison. It smelled like a barnyard, that’s for sure. Flavor wasn’t as bad, but it’s not my cup of tea. — S

Stoutmeister got it right, the nose on this put me off right away, but the flavor was actually decent. Sessionable, if you can get past the aromatics here. — BD

Strange, we pre-gamed at Two Fools and had a discussion about saisons. Anyway, I think I was more surprised that Marble’s entry wasn’t more of a fall/winter beer. Oh well, the Farmhouse wasn’t my favorite. I tend to get my first impression with beers with my nose and like my comrades said, this one just seemed off to me. But beers like this really depend on taste. Monica from the ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group picked this as her favorite. — Shilling

Nexus, American Amber Ale

Take a boring amber, hop it up a bit, and that’s what Manuel did with this dry, tart little beer. Like most Nexus beers, it’s still smooth as silk, going great with most of their tasty food. — S

Quite smooth, flavorful, and easy drinking. Sessionable, mild, but with enough caramel flavors and some kick in the finish. A nice, solid all-around beer. — BD

Santa Fe Brewing, Oktoberfest

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?! Well, our response was something like that. One of the great seasonal staples here in NM turned out … poorly. It was more sour than sweet, with some bizarre flavors on the periphery. I can only hope it was a bad batch; this beer was really good in the past. Anyone who has had it at the taproom up north or in cans, let us know if this was an aberration. — S

Words fail me on this one. Usually a good seasonal staple from Santa Fe, this batch was not good. A muddled mix of flavors and a tart finish (for some reason), along with a grainy mouthfeel all added up to weird looks exchanged amongst the four of us. Not sure how something that was so good went bad this time. — BD

When I think of a solid Oktoberfest, I think of Santa Fe Brewing Co. Sadly, this batch wasn’t what I was looking for. — Shilling

Second Street, Citra IPA

There’s something comforting about single-hop IPAs in this land of hop bombs. Just enough for a hophead but not too much for a less hop-centric beer drinker like myself. Second Street is very good at making these types of beers. I usually get the various English-style bitters that Rod likes to brew, but maybe I’ll have to branch out and see what hoppier beers he has on tap. — S

Another single-hop IPA, this one with a bit more tart grapefruit and some slightly sweet citrus in there. Not an overly bitter finish that leaves you wanting another drink because it is a very easy-drinking IPA. Quite enjoyable, again nice to see the character of an individual hop have some attention devoted to it. — BD

If you have read my past reviews, I’m not much of an IPA fan. However, the Citra was rather delicious. Crisp, citrusy, and refreshing. — Shilling

Sierra Blanca, Oktoberfest

About average on the marzen spectrum, a little sweet, fairly mild, totally harmless. I would rate it a tick below this year’s batch of Sam Adams Oktoberfest, but still well above the Santa Fe we tried. — S

I was pretty unimpressed with this Oktoberfest. Flavors were not as pronounced as I would have hoped for. Smooth drinking, but pretty tame and uninspired. — BD

Stoutmeister and Brandon's pick for the best of Son of Septemberfest was Blue Corn's Smoked Plaza Porter.

Stoutmeister and Brandon’s pick for the best of Son of Septemberfest was Blue Corn’s Smoked Plaza Porter.

Taos Mesa, Old 96 Sticke Alt

Altbiers are harder to make than one might think. Do it right and it’s a solid beer, lying between a brown and an amber, just sweet enough without tasting like candy, with a strong, malty base beneath. The Old 96 does not quite find that middle ground. I still prefer Taos Mesa’s stout and brown. — S

This was a pretty decent beer. Plenty of caramel and hints of British malt as well, subtle earthy hop notes. Was hoping for a bit more from it, but overall a good beer with enough character to keep me interested. — BD

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Overall, it was a fun event. It got a little too packed by the end, but squeezing 300 people inside the confines of the taproom, the patio, and the brewery was going to be tight to begin with. The main problem seemed to be that even though lots of people were done, they didn’t want to leave. Hard to blame them. Saturday’s college football slate was crap.

The Marble leadership said if this event was a hit they might look to do similar events at other points during the year. We’re all for that.

Until the New Mexico Brewfest on Oct. 5 …

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

It was a sad day a while back when news came in that Marble’s Septemberfest had been canceled for 2013. A bad case of “festival fatigue” was blamed for the end of this popular event. Yet the thirsty public cried out for Marble to still do something to celebrate the end of summer and start of autumn, and Marble has responded.

The new Son of Septemberfest will kick off the fall beer festival season this weekend.

The new Son of Septemberfest will kick off the fall beer festival season this weekend.

The Son of Septemberfest will make its debut this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Unlike its predecessor, this event will be held on the patio and inside, rather than in the back parking lot. Tickets ($15 apiece) are selling fast (there are only 300 being sold) so hurry down to any Marble location and pick them up as fast as you can. The odds are there will be no tickets left at the door Saturday. Heck, the Brew Crew alone gobbled up four tickets; we can’t even imagine how many the ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group and the Babes in Brewland picked up.

As for the format itself, your $15 will get you a tray of beers from 12 different New Mexico breweries. Each brewery will supply one beer apiece (the full list is below) and you get a decent (2.5-3.0 ounces) sample. In the end, pick your favorite and get a commemorative Oktoberfest-style mug of goodness.

To help further prepare everyone for the event, I (Stoutmeister) went over to Marble on Wednesday afternoon (amid the worst allergy attack I’ve had since that one super-duper-windy day back in April) to talk to Marble’s co-founders Jeff Jinnett and John Gozigian about the change in format and what beer lovers can expect from this first major fall festival of beer.

Q: What was the actual impetus for changing the format of Septemberfest?

Jeff: We didn’t have to (change it). We’ve done Septemberfest the last four years in our parking lot and it got larger. We invited all the New Mexico breweries for a sampling fest. There’s so many festivals that we find that among all the breweries, even for us with a larger staff, are experiencing what I consider festival fatigue, especially at this time of year. Everybody is so busy cranking out beer that it’s hard to attend these festivals. Not only that, but the time and cost it takes to put on a festival in our own parking lot is incredible. So we originally thought we’ve got events going on almost every single weekend. There are events sponsored by the (New Mexico Brewers) Guild, events sponsored by Feel Good Festivals, events sponsored by the city. Breweries were totally booked up. We thought we were going to give ourselves a break and not do Septemberfest.

Q: So what changed your minds?

Jeff: Then we had such an overwhelming response from our customers, “Hey, that was our favorite event! We loved Septemberfest!” We thought well, why don’t we try another format? Let’s experiment with some festival formats that we haven’t done before, come up with some new parameters that would make it just as much fun for our customers. It won’t take fencing off our own parking lot and working with the city for months for permits. It won’t require all the breweries to send their staffs down and take their Saturdays off and come down here.

Attendees will get a tray of beer samples, similar to this one from the IPA Challenge.

Attendees will get a tray of beer samples, similar to this one from the IPA Challenge.

Q: How will the new format work?

Jeff: What we’re going to do is have the entire festival on our licensed premise so that we don’t have to mess around with any type of special permits or anything like that. We invited 12 breweries to participate. So they are welcome to attend, they are welcome to represent their beer, or they’re welcome to come and just enjoy the beer. They can participate in any way they feel comfortable. We’ll have our staff pour the beer. Because of the somewhat limited number of beers that will be available — under the old format we might have had 40 or 50 beers instead of 12 — we’re going to do larger samples and keep it a little bit smaller. We’re going to do live music. We’ve asked each of the breweries to do a special beer.

It’s going to be interesting. It’ll be a little smaller, a little more intimate, but it’s still going to be a lot of fun. The breweries we’re excited to have on board because it doesn’t take as much work or carry any risk. It’s the first time we’ve done this event format, so we’ll see how it goes. The good thing is you can do more events because the upfront cost and planning and effort that goes into is not as intense as the large parking lot festivals. The perception of our guests, the customers, is it’s just as much fun.

Q: So it sounds a lot closer in format to the IPA Challenge.

Jeff: It’s similar to the scenario of the IPA Challenge. People will spread throughout the brewery, on the patio; we’re going to have servers going around with trays for each of the different styles so you don’t have to wait in line. The beers will be brought out and circulated through the crowd. People can grab their seats with their friends and enjoy the beer.

Q: The IPA Challenge was awfully crowded at Marble. Was that the big reason for limiting this event to 300 tickets?

Jeff: We don’t want to oversell it to where it’s uncomfortable. Even 300 is pretty crowded.

John: For IPA Challenge everyone showed up at once. Spreading this out from noon to 5 is better.

Q: This all sounds a lot easier for the breweries and yourselves.

John: If we do a festival like this we can actually have a good time. We’re not managing so many aspects. It’s still going to be a lot of work but it’s an environment we’re used to.

We can actually walk around, sit down with people and talk about the beer. We’re not hidden behind a booth.

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In other good news from Marble, they are adding more fermenting tanks soon to increase their capacity. As John put it best, it is not much fun for the brewers in the back if they are only churning out the regular beers and not getting to have some fun with seasonals and specialty styles.

So as for those beers, as of Tuesday these were the dandy dozen that you will be able to sample from at Son of Septemberfest. And please note, this is not a blind taste test nor is it a competition. That being said, if people pick something other than an IPA for their festival-ending mug, we in the Crew will be greatly surprised. We know you, New Mexico beer lovers, and IPA is ingrained in your souls at this point.

Blue Corn – Smoked Porter, 6.5% ABV
Abbey Brewing – Tripel, 9.2% ABV
La Cumbre – Project Dank, 7.5% ABV
Il Vicino – Belgian IPA, 7.2% ABV
Chama River – Apricot Wheat, 5.5% ABV
Nexus – American Amber Ale, 6.1% ABV
Santa Fe – Oktoberfest, 6.0% ABV
Second Street – Citra IPA, 6.7% ABV
Marble Brewery – 111 Farmhouse Ale, 7.1% ABV
Bosque – Chinook IPA, 7% ABV
Sierra Blanca – Oktoberfest, 5.6% ABV
Taos Mesa – Old 96 Sticke Alt, 6% ABV

For me, the only beers on this list I have had are Nexus’ American Amber and Santa Fe’s Oktoberfest (albeit last year’s version), so I’m looking forward to trying all of these, even the styles I usually don’t partake in. Hey, at worst I might earn an extra badge on Untappd. The Blue Corn Smoked Porter, Sierra Blanca Oktoberfest, and Taos Mesa Old 96 Sticke Alt top my list in advance. We’ll see if anyone comes in and pulls an upset.

Got any questions about Son of Septemberfest? Message us on Facebook or send us an email at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com (or leave a message here). Or contact the friendly folks at Marble. But again, get your tickets in advance as this event will likely sell out before it starts Saturday at noon. And hey, just remember you can grab a pint of beer when you go to any Marble location when you buy your ticket. It’s a win-win.

See you all on Saturday!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this E-Rock (and Stoutmeister) back to bring you this 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 New Mexico.

E-Rock now has all of New Mexico covered.

E-Rock now has all of New Mexico covered.

The whole everything-by-email system is still a work in progress, so I have again called upon Stoutmeister to help me fill out this column. I did the hard part, emailing all the breweries, while Stoutmeister just has to type it all up and make it look good. (Yeah, you did the “easy” part, sure. At this point I’ve lost count of how many pints E-Rock owes me. — S)

In event news, Marble is hosting the Son of Septemberfest this Saturday. It will be closer to the IPA Challenge in format than a regular beer festival. For $15 you get a tray of 12 beers from 12 different breweries, then an Oktoberfest-style mug of your favorite beer. Buy your tickets now at any Marble location, though the event will be just at the downtown pub. Stoutmeister will have a full preview of the event up by Friday at the latest.

Unfortunately our chartered bus trip to Duel has been canceled. Not enough people between our group, the Babes in Brewland, and the ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group signed up. In fact, only Stoutmeister signed up. We’ll head up to Duel eventually, just not this weekend.

At this point I’m going to take over. E-Rock sent out emails to all the breweries listed below. Only a few responded this week. Thanks to those that did. The rest of ya, if we list you as needing an update, it means either A) you haven’t replied, or B) E-Rock did not forward me your response before he disappeared into the no-phone-reception zone that is CNM. Please re-send your email to nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com. In fact, just start CC’ing that into to the responses, if you could, please. We will constantly update this post until we have everybody’s current listings.

Right now in the Duke City, Bosque is introducing the Nor’wester IPA. La Cumbre debuts the next entry in its Project Dank Series, this one called Operation Return of Pharoah. Marble wins the best-name-of-the-week honors with Thunder from Dortmunder. Turtle Mountain will resurrect the Genesis IPA on Friday.

In the City Different, Blue Corn has unveiled The Paonia Wet Hop. Santa Fe Brewing will have Quaker Brown Ale on tap for this week’s edition of Small Batch Saturday.

Elsewhere in New Mexico, Blue Heron has concocted Penasco Porter. Taos Mesa brings forth The Rainy Day IPA and Crosseye Fresh Hop Rye. The Wellhead has its Cisco Canyon Blonde Ale and Indian Basin Wheat 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 Sept 23.

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: Monk’s Triple is now on tap. 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: Red Ale, Belgian White, IPA, Imperial Russian Stout. Updated! Thank you to Addison for getting back to us. The Red Ale is the newest entry on BADH’s homemade lineup. We will have to head down there to check it out and let you know if it falls more toward the Marble (hoppy) or Il Vicino (malty) side of the red spectrum.

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: Smoked Plaza Porter, Scottish Export, Cerveza Obrera, The Paonia Wet Hop. The Smoked Porter should be back on tap by Friday. Blue Corn’s website had this to say about the Cerveza Obrera, “This Classic American Style Pilsner was made with flaked maize and the lightest pilsner malt I could find. The result is a light and crisp beer. This beer is similar to the mass produced American lagers.” (4.8% ABV, 20 IBUs, OG 1.042) The new Paonia Wet Hop is an IPA checking in at 7.4-percent ABV and 100 IBUs.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: Blue Heron Blonde, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Whitewater Wheat, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Penasco Porter. 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. Though it is not on tap at the moment, it is still available in bombers. The new Penasco Porter is “a dry dark porter with a touch of roasted porter in the background,” according to Blue Heron’s website.

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: Far Darrig Red Ale, Doppelbier (8.4% ABV), Saison Rouge (Dark Saison), Pale Ryder (Pale Ale), Engaano Hefeweizen, Nor’wester IPA. Stoutmeister stopped by Bosque with Franz Solo and Mrs. Solo last week. They all rather enjoyed the Far Darrig, which is brewed in the classic Irish tradition. It’s malty goodness with just enough, but not too much, sweetness. Grab and pint and let the day unwind around you. New to tap this week is the Nor’wester IPA (7% ABV, 65 IBUs), which is brewed with Chinook hops and is in the style of IPAs from Oregon and Washington.

News: BBC will be brewing an Oatmeal Stout in the near future.

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.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Hwy. 6 Scottish, El Campeon, Cactus Juice Ale, Tingley Peach. Updated! (the lineup stayed the same) 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. Hwy. 6 Scottish is the winning beer from B3’s recent home brewer’s contest. It was brewed with home brewer Kenny Garcia. Stoutmeister and Franz Solo gave it a thumbs up. See our recent Beer Roundup for more details.

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).

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%). Those are last week’s beers. 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 soon.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Hop Slap IPA, Bonus Czech Pilsner, Summer Ale, Last Minute Ale. Those are last week’s beers. The newest Chama’s seasonals is the Last Minute Ale, which Chama’s website describes like so, “The unique flavor of this beer comes from renouned aroma varieties of hops, all of which were added in the last fifteen minutes of boil. This one-of-a-kind ale was fermented at lower temperatures to offer a crisp clean flavor, balance of malt, and American hops.” (4.9% ABV, 26 IBUs)

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 Blonde, Farmhouse Wheat, Iron Mountain Porter, Homestead Amber Ale. Those are last week’s beers. The porter and amber were the two beers on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek last year. The porter is a burly beast that will go perfect with the nights as summer turns to fall in northern New Mexico. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

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: Duchamp Sour Wit, Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale, Night Watch (whiskey barrel-aged porter). Duchamp is a Belgian-style sour wit with lots of citrus punch (5% ABV). The new Night Watch checks in at “only” 9-percent ABV.

News: Duel is currently carrying Blue Corn’s Scottish Export on its guest tap, replacing the Santa Fe Saison ’88.

Duel is having an anniversary party Oct. 19 and 20 that will feature, you guessed it, a live duel between fencing partners. Plenty more including live music and special brews will be on hand. Look for more info as the staff finalizes all the details.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. Those are last week’s beers. The Green Chile IPA got a big write-up in the Albuquerque Journal‘s revamped Friday entertainment section recently. The Chemist Ale is one of the few (perhaps only) gluten-free beer brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Hefeweizen, Amber Ale, Octoberfest, Anniversary IPA, Fresh Hop IPA, Rye Beer, Stout, Porter, Barley Wine. It’s the same lineup as last week. Stoutmeister had the Octoberfest two years ago and enjoyed it, though he warns that it is a lot sweeter than most Marzen-style beers. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Dark American Lager (GABF entry), Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Strong, Sucellus Stout, Boysenberry Wheat, Hell-yes, Identity Thief (Belgian blonde), Panama Joe’s Coffee Stout, 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 Panama Joe’s has returned and the Crew enjoyed it during our Saturday beer brunch recently at Franz Solo’s house. It is also GABF-bound next month.

Cask: On Wednesday, the Canteen will feature the Crystal IPA as part of Hop Hullabaloo. Saturday’s cask was still up in the air, but we bet it will be something delicious. 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.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Hoppy & Weiss, Project Dank: Operation Return of Pharoah, Who Gose There? (Leipziger-style Gose), 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)

Cask: La Cumbre usually offers a couple beers on cask throughout fall and winter, but there is nothing on cask at this time.

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 (available only on Sundays), Double White, Red Light Lager. 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 their Breaking Bad viewing party. They will do growler fills and serve pints to people watching the show at Marble, though get there early, as the ABQ Beer Geek told us the keg had run dry before the show even started on a recent Sunday. Saison “de Primera” is a traditional, Belgian-inspired ale that is a first class example of balance between fruity, spicy flavor and aroma. The new Thunder from Dortmunder got this little write-up from Marble: “In proper German fashion, this Dortmunder Export is a harmonious display of balance, purity, and simplicity. PROST! (5.8% ABV)”

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

News: The brewers at Marble are busy working on their GABF entries. Watch for one of those entries, the Stout Americano, on tap in the near future. The Red Light Lager, Josh’s recurring session beer, is back on tap with its deliciously dry-hopped flavor sensations. Drawing inspiration from Ted’s recent trip to London, Team Marble also brewed a single-hop, session ale featuring the South American hop variety Southern Passion. They will be releasing their Pumpkin Ale on Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. In addition to the classic Marble pumpkin-inspired ale, they’ll also be releasing a richly dark, malty version of Pumpkin Ale. Finally, Harvest Season culminates the Downtown Growers Market’s annual fundraiser Hops and Harvest on Oct. 12, the Downtown Growers Market annual fundraiser held at their Downtown Pub.

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery Hours: Mon–Fri 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.,)

Beers: Liquid Nap, Belgian Wit, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, America Pilsner, New England Hard Cider. Liquid Nap is a Belgian Style Tripel. While being a strong beer, it is sneaky smooth. Hard Ciders have grown increasingly popular in recent years, yet they are still pretty hard to find on-tap. The MVB Hard Cider is brewed with apples, brown sugar, and honey and has a high ABV of 8 percent. Because of the high alcohol content, the Hard Cider is served in 10-ounce glasses only. This dry cider is different from most other ciders. Mimbres Valley has a brewery in Deming and a taproom in Las Cruces. Both locations feature $7 tasting flights, and both locations carry the brews listed above.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — no phone number available

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

Beers: AIPA, Strong, Oatmeal Stout. Those are last week’s beers. NMCBC has a brewery in Las Vegas, and they also sell beer at the Sand Bar in Albuquerque near Journal Center. The Crew got to sample the Strong Ale and recommends this beast of a beer for the adventurous beer drinkers out there. Just make sure to drink it after you play on the sand volleyball courts.

News: NMCBC picked wild hops in Gallinas Canyon, and they are brewing them in a wet-n-wild hopped ale right now. They have growler fills going on at the brewery of AIPA, Strong, and Oatmeal Stout.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Imperial Cream, Brown, Beam Me Up Scottish, American Amber Ale. 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. Beware the Beam Me Up, which checks in at a hefty 11.2-percent ABV.

Cask: There is nothing on cask at the moment but something new and exciting should be available by the weekend.

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.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

(Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

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, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, Smooth Move Amber. Rio Negro Sweet Milk Stout is one of Burque’s smoothest and tastiest offerings.

News: A new batch of SGC’s award-winning New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen will be back in a few weeks. There is a chance of a Double Pilsen this fall and the Red Ranger, a 7-percent version of the summertime Son Ranger, will be on tap in October.

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: Quaker Brown Ale, 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. The Quaker Brown Ale, brewed by Bill Eckman, will be on tap for this week’s edition of Small Batch Saturday.

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: Amber Ale, Kidder Special Bitter, Rod’s Best Bitter, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Tres Equis Lager, Palisades Pale Ale. Those are last week’s beers. Before the next Second Street monthly beer series rolls out for September, they have unleashed three English-style brews in the bitter family. Despite the name, these are often sweet, flavorful beers with a strong malt backbone. Taste them all to challenge your palate to pick out what makes each bitter unique.

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: Weisenberg (Light American Wheat), 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. Shilling and Stoutmeister loved the nutty flavor of the Dirty Brown when they tried it earlier this summer. Last year’s batch of the Simple Porter, served at Hopfest, was excellent as well. The Weisenberg is named after, you guessed it, Walter White’s alter ego on Breaking Bad. This state loves that show.

News: TAH is currently brewing the Curcurbita Imperial Pumpkin. This bad boy should be ready by the end of September.

Events: TAH is going to the Taos Country Club on Sept. 21, and they won a Gold Medal for their Drunk Cyclist IPA (keg hopped with local grown Cascades) at the Gravity Games/ Brewfest at Angel Fire Resort recently.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Lunch Pale Ale, Hopper, Marzen, Kolsch 45, The Rainy Day IPA, Crosseye Fresh Hop Rye. We’re still going to include Taos Mesa in our listings, even if they won’t respond to our emails and phone calls. So from their Facebook page: “The Rainy Day IPA (7.6% ABV, 80 IBU…This forward ale offers a bouquet of hops from both England and America. The light straw color is indicative of its light malt profile, allowing for a bigger hop experience.) We’re also featuring our Crosseye Fresh Hop Rye (7.2% ABV, 100 IBU…..This hop forward ale uses local barley and rye from Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa, CO, and New Mexico Native hops from Amalia to create our annual fresh hop rye. Balanced malt and bitterness give way to subtle flavor profiles of the fresh hops—–only 8 hours from harvest to kettle! Grassy, piney, and citrus aromas abound from the late wet hop addition. Toast the season and The Valley!”

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Atomic Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Grandpa Bear’s Double Golden Honey (X-Beer), Strawberry Wheat, S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, Bare Naked Aggie Wheat Ale, NM Colona, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Roustabout Stout, Arroyo Amber Ale. The Arroyo Amber Ale is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. (5.0% ABV) Roustabout Stout is an oatmeal stout brewed in the English traditions. Made with malt sweetness and just enough hops to balance the beer. It makes for very easy drinking and pairs very well with chocolate. (5% ABV) Curious as to what S.M.A.S.H. means? “This is the next beer in our Single Malt And Single Hop series: an English Pale Ale. Pale Ale malt provides deep golden color and light biscuity malt flavor. Kent Goldings (the classic British hop) gives very clean bitterness and wonderfully earthy flavor and aroma. This one is special! Enjoy! (5.1% ABV)”

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Juniper Amber Ale and S.M.A.S.H. – EPA on cask.

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), Hard Cider (8.0 ABV), India Black Lager (6.0 ABV), Milk Stout (6.0 ABV). Those are last week’s beers. Tractor’s Double Almanac is heavy in hops and heavy in alcohol. Amazingly, Stoutmeister has still not finished off the Milk Stout (or poor Dave is just grinding to keep up with our editor’s demand).

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.

There is also an expansion in the number of taps at ArtBar downtown, which already pours many Tractor beers.

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 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates.  Please call.)

Beers: Steam Ale, Dark Star Black IPA, Triple Play Pale Ale, Hybrid IPA, Summer Scotch, Hefeweizen, Molasses Porter, Cabo Lager, Red Rye, P&B Brown, Genesis. This Friday, TMBC will be releasing their Genesis IPA. TMBC’s website had this to say about the Hybrid IPA, “This American I.P.A. brings you the best of both from our previous India Pale Ales. We combined two already fantastic recipes (TMBC and Independence) to bring you this citrusy & crisp I.P.A. A double dry-hop with an assortment of hops keeps this beer bountifully bitter.” (OG 1.060, BU 75, ABV 6.3%)

News: TMBC is opening at 10:30 on Sundays as opposed to 11 a.m. for the hardcore football fans.

TMBC’s Oktoberfest Lager will be released on Saturday, Sept. 28 in conjunction with Rio Rancho’s Oktoberfest on Sept. 28 and 29.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Hybrid IPA on cask.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead PaleAle (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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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.

Cheers!

— E-Rock (and Stoutmeister)

As promised a little while ago, the Crew has resurrected this bi-weekly feature. This is where we share short reviews of the various beers we have tried of late from local breweries and from microbreweries across the nation.

Since it has been a while since we have done one of these, I fear some of the guys might go overboard in a sheer number of reviews. Well, maybe they will. This is also us trying to find that free time amid work/school/sports coverage (we really can’t call what I do “work,” can we?) to jot stuff down. While it’s easy for this professional freelance writer to churn out copy quickly, the others, well, I at least know they don’t type with one finger. At least I hope they don’t.

Anyway, as always we divide this between local beers on tap and bottled beers from around the country.

Far Darrig Red Ale is well worth the trip to Bosque.

Far Darrig Red Ale is well worth the trip to Bosque Brewing.

Local brews

Bosque’s Far Darrig Red Ale: A malty blast of goodness, without too much sweetness like some Irish-style reds tend to have. This is a strong, flavorful brew but at the same time it is smooth and drinkable. It rather perfectly bridges that summer-to-autumn gap. The best comparison is Il Vicino’s Irish Red and the Far Darrig is very close in quality. It is a seasonal and those tend to often go quickly at Bosque, so head over ASAP for a pint or a growler fill. — Stoutmeister

Broken Bottle’s Highway 6 Scottish Ale: This one was delightfully smooth and as the pint warmed a bit I got a nice blast of peaty smoky goodness. Perhaps not my favorite Scottish (maybe I’m biased after the glorious Beam Me Up from Nexus), but very drinkable and worth a taste. — Franz Solo

I also had this one while watching my football team gag away its season opener. Thankfully, the beer was good enough to keep me distracted. The peat-smoked flavor was present early and late, but never to an overwhelming degree. Less sweet and malty than some other Scottish ales. It was the winner of a homebrewing challenge at BBB. — Stoutmeister

Broken Bottle’s Year Two IPA: Wow, did this one improve from last year in my opinion. The new batch includes some of my favorite hops (Willamette) which give it a lovely berry front end. What comes next in terms of flavor is the best elements from one of my personal favorites from BBB: Nacho Brau. These two beers are of a kind, with the IPA finishing nice and crisply. In a word, I LOVED this beer as an excellent alternative to some of the other offerings around town at this time. — Franz Solo

The Panama Joe Coffee Stout has become a regular feature at the Crew's weekend beer brunches.

The Panama Joe Coffee Stout has become a regular feature at the Crew’s weekend beer brunches.

Il Vicino’s Panama Joe Coffee Stout: I was very pleased that this one made a triumphant return to the Vicino lineup, a rare dark beer to end the summer. Delicious strong coffee aroma and flavor at the beginning well balanced with good strong stout malts. This was not as overwhelming in terms of coffee flavor as last year’s and all in all a wonderful stout. — Franz Solo

Il Vicino’s Wine Barrel Aged Golden Strong: I had this one during ABQ Beer Week at the Double Barrel tasting in April and it was really quite good, if a little young. The latest release was simply magical, sweet Cabernet with potent Belgian character, almost like drinking a really good mead. At the time of this posting Vicino has re-released the other of their barrel aged Belgians, the Dark Strong, which I also highly recommend and will be sampling soon. — Franz Solo

Il Vicino’s Sucellus Dry Stout: This beer is Denver-bound as the winner of IVBC’s Pro-Am homebrew challenge. As the name might imply, it is as dry as a beer can be. The roasted elements are somewhat muted. This is more akin to a regular Guinness stout, though it does have the feel of being as thick. I hope it does fairly well in the Pro-Am competition, though it’s not as good as the Coconut Porter from last year. — Stoutmeister

Il Vicino’s Dark American Lager: Another GABF entry, this beer looks and feels like a brown ale. It has some flavor, but seems to be missing something that would give the extra oomph it lacks. I liked their Dark Matter Pilsner a lot more than this. It’s just too light of a beer. — Stoutmeister

La Cumbre’s Who Gose There: Well, here’s something you don’t see around the 505 … ever. Honestly, I was a virgin to this style, but La Cumbre never really disappoints. A tall wheat body, with a somewhat complex hop profile, citrus notes abound. A light and crisp finish with a slightly tangy/sour hit in the finish. Refreshing and not too strong, this drinks like a very sessionable wheat beer. Definitely unique and different from other wheat beers, though. Try this if you like your pints crisp, tangy, and refreshing. — Brandon Daniel

Nexus’ American Amber Ale: More hops and less malt than your standard amber, this lies at the other end of the spectrum than the Alaskan Amber I reviewed last week. The hops are certainly not overwhelming, it’s a little closer to a pale ale and makes this drier than one would expect from an amber. Over time it mellows out and just becomes an easy-drinking beer to have alongside your chicken and waffles. — Stoutmeister

Out-of-town beers

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen: I’m typically not a fan of rauchbiers (there have been some bad ones), but this was a surprise procurement from a trip to Total Wine. The smoke flavor is very good, very consistent which one would expect from a beer that has been brewed for centuries in a small town in Bavaria. They use only beechwood to roast the malts and then age this beer in all-copper vessels for several months. If you want a smoked beer that is exactly what the title indicates, this is your beer; really good smoke flavor with a delightful Märzen base. — Franz Solo

Anderson Valley’s Fall Hornin’ Ale: I like this beer quite a bit, it may be too sweet for some palates, but I really enjoyed the pumpkin spices that are almost like pumpkin pie or marshmallow sweet potatoes. My one wish is that it were just a tad stronger in alcohol content, but for a pumpkin fall seasonal, very good. — Franz Solo

Of course a bunch of metal-loving beer reviewers went to Jubilation and bought this bomber.

Of course a bunch of metal-loving beer reviewers went to Jubilation and bought this bomber.

Robinson’s Trooper: Okay, I was excited but skeptical for this one. But a beer created by Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson? Of course I’m going to try it! And it was pretty solid overall. Earthy hop notes and biscuit are present in the nose. Drinks smooth with a medium body, and caramel, toffee, and almost a cookie flavor in there. Roasted malt and hop bitterness are pretty mild for an ESB, but pleasant. This would be a decent starting point for someone not used to the ESB style (an underrated one, if I do say so). Finishes mellow with more biscuit and caramel, bitterness fades quickly. Pretty solid stuff; run to the hills and grab some … I mean, run to the liquor store! — Brandon Daniel

Stone’s Götterdämmerung 17 Anniversary IPA: A monster of a beer. Fresh, flavorful, bitter, bold, awesome, all wrapped in the same bomber. I’ll take this one against any other IPA from 2013 as the best of the year. I’ve had three of these so far and I’m hooked so if you love hops and a mosh pit of hops try this guy! — Franz Solo

Uinta Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale: It’s that time of year for pumpkin beers! This is probably the most solid of the few I’ve tried this season. The nose is slight pumpkin, cinnamon, and clove, with slightly earthy hops. A light-to-medium bodied ale, the pumpkin flavors are fresh and accompanied by cinnamon, clove, some caramel and toffee. It has a smooth mouthfeel, with a touch of vanilla. I was hoping for more pronounced pumpkin, but it’s enough to make this one an enjoyable seasonal brew. It will certainly bring the feeling of fall to your palate. — Brandon Daniel

Local beers we’d like to try but have not had (yet)

Chama River’s Last Minute Ale; Il Vicino’s Hell(y)es; La Cumbre’s Hoppy & Weiss and Project Dank: Operation Drown Moses; Turtle Mountain’s Dark Star Black IPA and Molasses Porter; plus any and all beers from breweries in Farmington, Taos, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Portales, Deming, and Las Cruces!

If any of you readers have tried these and would like to share (or pretty much any beer available in NM, for that matter), please send your short reviews of 100 words or so to nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com. Please include whatever name you would like to go by. You can also direct message us your reviews on Facebook.

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That’s all from us this time around. We’re going to try to move this feature back to Fridays in the future. Thanks for reading and we will be back in about two-plus weeks (tentatively Oct. 4) with our next beer roundup.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

The Great White North has come south

Posted: September 13, 2013 by cjax33 in Beer-to-go
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Howdy, all, hope you’re staying nice and dry amid this freakish weather. This is Stoutmeister with a little review of the beers I tried Wednesday. Yeah, I know, a bit late, and before anyone asks about the Beer Roundup, it’s on life support at this point. No one else in the Crew has time to add to it anymore, so I guess it’s pretty well dead. We’ll hold a wake at a brewery this weekend.

All four primary beer styles from Alaskan Brewing are now on sale at Jubilation.

All four primary beer styles from Alaskan Brewing are now on sale at Jubilation.

Anyway, back on Wednesday afternoon the good folks at Jubilation held a small beer tasting. Jubilation does this quite often, cementing its place as the best store in town to enjoy craft beer from outside the state. In this case it was Alaskan Brewing that was making its New Mexico debut. Alaskan is, believe it or not, the 17th largest microbrewery in the country. That’s not bad considering it is arguably the most remote. It takes seven days by boat to get Alaskan’s beer from Juneau to Seattle so it can now be distributed to 15 states, with our humble state being the newest addition.

For those of you who are into history, Alaskan has quite the backstory. Founded in 1986, it is also one of the most environmentally-minded breweries in the country. They are even using spent grain to power their brewery (it’s not like there are lot of farms around Juneau to donate the grain to animals; in fact, there are none for a state capital that is accessible only by boat or plane). Many of their beers have proceeds donated to environmental causes. In other words, drink beer, save the planet. Sounds good to me.

At the outset, four of Alaskan’s flagship beers will be available for sale at Jubilation and other locations in New Mexico. There are some seasonal beers on their way. And as always, the more beers you drink from a specific brewery, the more likely they are to send us even more styles to enjoy.

Amber: The flagship beer might not, at first glance, appeal to our state full of hopheads. Yet as far as ambers go, this might be one of the most flavorful around. The recipe actually comes from before prohibition, discovered by the brewers when they were setting up shop in Juneau almost 30 years ago. Brewed in a way more reminiscent of a German alt beer than a traditional American amber. This is the type of beer you can enjoy in a New Mexico summer or an Alaskan winter. Think of it as the beer version of comfort food.

White: In general, Belgian wit-style beers are not my genre. I will let others judge this one, but from what I saw of the other customers who stopped by, they enjoyed it. It offers up different flavors from the average white beers, more in line with Marble’s White than the run-of-the-mill stuff.

All the info you need on Alaskan's Freeride APA, which should appeal to New Mexican hopheads.

All the info you need on Alaskan’s Freeride APA, which should appeal to most New Mexican hopheads.

Freeride American Pale Ale: I don’t know why this beer was dubbed a pale ale; it would do quite well competing in the IPA Challenge. Made with a mixture of Citra, Cascade, and Chinook hops, this has a strong piney flavor. It feels very much like a Northwestern IPA, like the kind you would find in Oregon or Washington. The finish is smooth, too, to appeal to folks (like myself) who like a little more malt in their hoppy beers for a good balance. This beer was only introduced earlier this year but has quickly become one of the best sellers for Alaskan. Check it out, New Mexico hopheads, and let me know what you think.

IPA: This is a malty IPA, with a milder hop profile than what we’re used to here in the desert. It is not bad by any means. For those who like Bosque’s Ember IPA, you will enjoy this as well. For true hopheads, go with the Freeride. If you do get both, start here, finish there. This is another sessionable beer from Alaskan, which is rare for an IPA.

Coming soon: The two beers I had from Alaskan at Valhalla (GABF) last year were their spruce-tinted Winter Ale and Smoked Porter. The good news is both will soon be available, with the Winter Ale coming to New Mexico on Oct. 1 and the Smoked Porter on Nov. 1. Have I mentioned how much I love fall for beer? A thousand times? OK, make this 1,001.

Again, a big thanks to Jubilation for putting on these events. While we should always put local beer first, it never hurts to see what other good breweries around the country are creating in the never-ending battle against the macros.

Now let’s all do an anti-rain dance so I can enjoy the Lobo soccer game tonight. For once, I get to be a fan instead of a reporter. I will not, however, bring a vuvuzela. I am not a sadist toward my fellow fans.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Just up the road from Albuquerque along I-25 sits the small, sleepy town of Bernalillo. Back in the day it had the Milagro Brewery, but that place did not last. Amid the post-2010 brewery boom in New Mexico, Bernalillo had been left behind until now. Kaktus Brewing is now undergoing a “soft opening” before a more formal grand opening on Oct. 1. Any opening is worth checking out, so yours truly (this is Stoutmeister) headed north on Thursday with Monica from the ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group to check out New Mexico’s newest brewery.

The charming patio of Kaktus Brewing in Bernalillo.

The charming patio of Kaktus Brewing in Bernalillo.

Kaktus is located at 471 S. Hill Road, a fairly nondescript part of town. Basically, if you get off I-25 onto Highway 550, Hill is the first light west of the freeway by the RailRunner stop. From the train, it is an eight-minute walk south, or a quick jaunt by vehicle along the road. Kaktus is working on getting more signage up to guide people; basically, if you’re driving on the road and get to the KOA campground, you’ve gone too far.

The brewery is small — it will really only qualify for nano status, brewing about 500 total barrels a year using a two-barrel system and four fermenters (they plan on having six in the near future) — and utilizes a lot of German equipment. When the Crew interviewed Mark Matheson from Turtle Mountain last year about CaskFest, Mark was storing Kaktus’ future equipment in the back of his winery’s tasting room. Mark has served as a mentor of sorts for Kaktus brewer Mike Waddy and owner Dana Koller. Hey, it’s never a bad idea to seek counsel from one of the state’s best and most experienced brewers.

The inside of Kaktus Brewing is still getting some finishing touches.

The inside of Kaktus Brewing is still getting some finishing touches.

Kaktus will have a small menu featuring brats and a homemade Frito pie, plus other food items may be added later, but they never plan to be a food-first establishment. The main idea behind Kaktus, as Dana explained, was to have a brewery where people can leisurely gather and relax away the afternoons and evenings.

As such, there is a patio area out front, a small interior, and there are plans to create a back patio where patrons can play games and listen to music on a small stage (this part of Kaktus still needs to go through the legal hoops; you can go back there and have fun, but your beer can’t go with you yet). Overall it is a charming little location, not unlike Blue Heron Brewing on the road between Santa Fe and Taos.

This being a beer review site, let us get to the beers that are currently on hand. The initial roll-out of beers includes a Helles, Hefeweizen, Pale Ale, London Porter, and an ESB. For what are essentially the first batches brewed, four out of five were rather good.

Four of the first five beers at Kaktus. From left, the Helles, Hefeweizen, Pale Ale, and London Porter. Only the ESB is not pictured.

Four of the first five beers at Kaktus. From left, the Helles, Hefeweizen, Pale Ale, and London Porter. Only the ESB is not pictured.

Helles: This German-style beer actually tastes like something you would find at a biergarten in Munich (trust me, I’ve been there). It does not have that slight bitterness you get from a pilsner, but instead has a sweet (but not overly so) flavor that makes this a very easy-drinking, lazy summer day kind of beer. You could sip this for hours on end (it’s only 4.3-percent ABV) and just chill out the way they do in Germany. I’m guessing this was Monica’s favorite, since she got a second small glass of it.

Hefeweizen: The difference between a good German hefe and an American can usually be found in initial appearance. The American hefes all look like Widmer, cloudy and murky. German hefes are hard to distinguish in appearance from a Helles/Kolsch/Pilsner. The flavor is different, of course, but it looks like a regular golden ale. Kaktus’ Hefe falls into that category. It has the aroma and taste of a German hefe. It’s not my style, but I could actually drink this if it was all that was on tap. I can’t say that about most hefes around town. E-Rock would be the best judge of the quality of this hefe. Darn, I’ll have to go back to Kaktus and take him with me. Darn.

Pale Ale: Out of the five this was the only “meh” offering in the bunch. It has a good aroma of mild, piney hops, but once you taste it the hops vanish. It just ends up more like a smooth, light lager. It needs more punch. I would recommend to the Kaktus crew to pick up a six-pack of Alaskan Brewing’s Freeride APA (American Pale Ale) and aim for something more like that. It would set it apart from the pale ales at other NM breweries and appease most hopheads. (And yes, an IPA is in the works at Kaktus, but don’t let that stop you from visiting)

London Porter: The average porter nowadays is hard to distinguish from stouts in appearance, sometimes even in flavor. The London Porter is more of a traditional British style, with a lighter appearance (more brown ale-esque than stout black) and a smoother, lighter flavor. There are strong vanilla tones here. This is a sweeter beer, not bitter, and also checks in as something you can quietly, slowly enjoy.

There are taps for up to eight beers at Kaktus. An IPA, Oktoberfest, and Stout are coming soon.

There are taps for up to eight beers at Kaktus. An IPA, Oktoberfest, and Stout are coming soon.

ESB: For whatever weird reason, this is a rare style in New Mexico, with Second Street in Santa Fe being the only real champion of the genre. Kaktus’ ESB is a smooth, slightly sweet, multi-flavored concoction that Second Street’s patrons would enjoy. It was really a three-way tie between the Helles, Porter, and ESB for my favorite at Kaktus, though I might lean slightly toward the ESB for how well it holds up to the standards of the style.

All in all, as noted before, it was a solid debut lineup for Kaktus. It is a small, quiet place, a nice respite from the noisy crowds that sometimes overwhelm Il Vicino/La Cumbre/Marble/Nexus/Tractor/Turtle Mountain. As the final dust settles and everything is put into a smooth working order, the Crew will definitely head back up (as in, not just me) and keep tabs on Kaktus’ progress. As with any other establishment, the beer will evolve and change over time, so don’t go up and then write ’em off forever if their initial batches aren’t to your liking (or if you absolutely, positively won’t visit a place without an IPA, you crazy hopheads). The thing is, the initial beers were pretty darned good, so I’ll definitely be heading back up. The convenience of the RailRunner stop being within walking distance will certainly help, but it is not really that far from Albuquerque (about 15 minutes north of Paseo del Norte). None of the current beers was over 5-percent ABV, so that should help, too.

A big thanks to Dana for hosting the two of us during our impromptu little visit. I’ll “drag” the rest of the Crew up there at some point, hopefully for the grand opening or shortly thereafter. If you can’t make it to Bernalillo, Kaktus will be one of the breweries pouring its beers (along with Turtle, Santa Fe, and Cazuela’s) at the Oktoberfest in Rio Rancho on Sept. 28-29, which for once is not falling opposite a major beer festival.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this E-Rock back to bring you this 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 New Mexico.

E-Rock now has all of New Mexico covered.

E-Rock now has all of New Mexico covered.

The time has finally come for the Week Ahead in Beer to cover all of New Mexico! In the near future we will also have a revamped music listing section. This column has being running late for the past couple of weeks, but I hope to be back to a regular schedule soon. Once again, thank you to everyone that has returned my email requests for brewery info, and a big thanks to Stoutmeister for filling in for me last week and to IQ Magazine for listing the Brew Crew in this week’s beer issue.

In event news, Marble is hosting the Son of Septemberfest event on Saturday, Sept. 21. It will be closer to the IPA Challenge in format than a regular beer festival. For $15 you get a tray of 12 beers from 12 different breweries, then an Oktoberfest-style mug of your favorite beer. Buy your tickets now at any Marble location, though the event will be just at the downtown pub.

That will be a busy weekend since the Crew, along with our friends in the ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group and the Babes in Brewland, will be heading up to Santa Fe (via chartered bus, no less) to Duel Brewing on Sunday, Sept. 22. We’ll all finally be able to try the many beers they have on tap at Santa Fe’s newest brewery. Look for some advance stuff and some reviews afterward. We’re all planning on heading up, so we should be able to cover all the Duel beers from the perspective of six different palates.

Right now in the Duke City, Broken Bottle is currently serving up Hwy. 6 Scottish, the winning beer from B3’s recent home brewer’s contest brewed with home brewer Kenny Garcia. The Il Vicino Canteen is now serving their Dark American Lager (GABF entry) and Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Strong. This Friday, Turtle Mountain will be releasing their Steam Ale.

In the City Different, Blue Corn’s Smoked Porter should be back on tap by Friday. Santa Fe Brewing Company will have an Apricot Hefeweizen on tap for this week’s edition of Small Batch Saturday.

Elsewhere in New Mexico, High Desert Brewing Company is now featuring their Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Hefeweizen, Amber Ale, Octoberfest, Anniversary IPA, Fresh Hop IPA, Rye Beer, Stout, Porter, and Barley Wine on tap in Las Cruces. Mimbres Valley has Liquid Nap, Belgian Wit, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, America Pilsner, and New England Hard Cider on tap at their brewery in Deming and their taproom in Las Cruces. New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. has AIPA, Strong Ale, and Oatmeal Stout on tap in their brewery in Las Vegas, and they also sell beer at the Sand Bar in Albuquerque. Roosevelt Brewing is serving Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, and Cole Espresso Porter in Portales. Three Rivers Brewing has India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Atomic Pale Ale, Red Apple, Flyer Cider, Grandpa Bear’s, Double Golden, Honey (X-Beer), Strawberry Wheat, S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, Bare Naked Aggie Wheat Ale, NM Colona, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Roustabout Stout, and Arroyo Amber Ale on tap in Farmington. The Wellhead is now serving Wellhead PaleAle (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Crude Oil Stout (4.7% ABV), and Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV) in Artesia.

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 Sept 9.

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: There are no seasonal or specialty beers on tap at the moment. 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: Summer Ale, Belgian White, IPA, Imperial Russian Stout. We are all overdue to visit BADH and try the Imperial Russian Stout. In terms of non-New Mexico beers of note, BADH has Stone’s Coconut IPA on tap this week, and they also have Twisted Pine’s new Roots Revival Carrot IPA. That sounds … different.

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: Smoked Porter, Scottish Export, Cerveza Obrera. The Smoked Porter should be back on tap by Friday. Blue Corn’s website had this to say about the Cerveza Obrera, “This Classic American Style Pilsner was made with flaked maize and the lightest pilsner malt I could find. The result is a light and crisp beer. This beer is similar to the mass produced American lagers.” (4.8% ABV, 20 IBUs, OG 1.042)

Events: On Thursday, Blue Corn is going to have a beer dinner featuring five beers with five specialty dishes for $35. Go to http://www.bluecorncafe.com/brewery-thursday-at-the-brewers-table to see the menu.

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: Blue Heron Blonde, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Whitewater Wheat, 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. The Tarantula Trek and Lava Rock are also favorites for anyone traveling on the road between Taos and Santa Fe.

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: Far Darrig Red Ale, Doppelbier (8.4% ABV), Saison Rouge (Dark Saison), Pale Ryder (Pale Ale), Engaano Hefeweizen. Stoutmeister stopped by Bosque with Franz Solo and Mrs. Solo last week. They all rather enjoyed the Far Darrig, which is brewed in the classic Irish tradition. It’s malty goodness with just enough, but not too much, sweetness. Grab and pint and let the day unwind around you.

News: Due to forces out of their control, Bosque could not finish brewing their new IPA with fresh hops off the vine from Colorado, so they had to make due with regular Chinook hops. Look for it to be available in the coming weeks. BBC will also be brewing an Oatmeal Stout in the near future.

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: Hwy. 6 Scottish, El Campeon, Cactus Juice Ale, 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. Hwy. 6 Scottish is the winning beer from B3’s recent home brewer’s contest. It was brewed with home brewer Kenny Garcia. Stoutmeister and Franz Solo gave it thumbs up while enduring some rough starts by their respective football teams (Steelers and Vikings).

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. This week B3 will host Zealous Groves on Saturday night at 8 p.m.

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 soon.

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: Hop Slap IPA, Bonus Czech Pilsner, Summer Ale, Last Minute Ale. All four seasonals at Chama were new last week, though some are past beers returning to the tap. The newest of the bunch is the Last Minute Ale, which Chama’s website describes like so, “The unique flavor of this beer comes from renouned aroma varieties of hops, all of which were added in the last fifteen minutes of boil. This one-of-a-kind ale was fermented at lower temperatures to offer a crisp clean flavor, balance of malt, and American hops.” (4.9% ABV, 26 IBUs)

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 Blonde, Farmhouse Wheat, Iron Mountain Porter, Homestead Amber Ale. The porter and amber were the two beers on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek last year. The porter is a burly beast that will go perfect with the nights as summer turns to fall in northern New Mexico. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

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), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale, Night Watch (whiskey barrel-aged porter). Duel has one keg of Grunewald that is still lingering around. 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 sour wit with lots of citrus punch (5% ABV). The new Night Watch checks in at “only” 9-percent 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 features a fruity Belgian yeast balanced by black pepper notes and a citrus finish (5.5% ABV).

Duel is having an anniversary party Oct. 19 and 20 that will feature, you guessed it, a live duel between fencing partners. Plenty more including live music and special brews will be on hand. Look for more info as the staff finalizes all the details.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA got a big write-up in the Albuquerque Journal‘s revamped Friday entertainment section recently. The Chemist Ale is one of the few (perhaps only) gluten-free beer brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Hefeweizen, Amber Ale, Octoberfest, Anniversary IPA, Fresh Hop IPA, Rye Beer, Stout, Porter, Barley Wine. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Dark American Lager (GABF entry), Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Strong, Sucellus Stout, Boysenberry Wheat, Hell-yes, Identity Thief (Belgian blonde), Panama Joe’s Coffee Stout, 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 Panama Joe’s has returned and the Crew enjoyed it during our Saturday beer brunch recently at Franz Solo’s house. It is also GABF-bound next month.

Cask: On Wednesday, the Canteen will feature the Millennium IPA as part of Hop Hullabaloo. On Saturday, the Canteen will have their Caliente IPA (single hop IPA). 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.

News: The 1/2-barrel series has run its course for the time being at the Canteen but could return in the future.

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), 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 (available only on Sundays), Double White, Red Light Lager. 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 their Breaking Bad viewing party. They will do growler fills and serve pints to people watching the show at Marble, though get there early, as the ABQ Beer Geek told us the keg had run dry before the show even started on a recent Sunday. 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.

News: The brewers at Marble are busy working on their GABF entries. Watch for one of those entries, the Stout Americano, on tap in the near future. The Red Light Lager, Josh’s recurring session beer, is back on tap with its deliciously dry-hopped flavor sensations. Drawing inspiration from Ted’s recent trip to London, Team Marble also brewed a single-hop, session ale featuring the South American hop variety Southern Passion. They will be releasing their Pumpkin Ale on Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. In addition to the classic Marble pumpkin-inspired ale, they’ll also be releasing a richly dark, malty version of Pumpkin Ale. Finally, Harvest Season culminates the Downtown Growers Market’s annual fundraiser Hops and Harvest on Oct. 12, the Downtown Growers Market annual fundraiser held at their Downtown Pub.

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 and food truck info.

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery Hours: Mon–Fri 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.,)

Beers: Liquid Nap, Belgian Wit, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, America Pilsner,  New England Hard Cider. Liquid Nap is a Belgian Style Tripel. While being a strong beer, it is sneaky smooth. Hard Ciders have grown increasingly popular in recent years, yet they are still pretty hard to find on-tap. The MVB Hard Cider is brewed with apples, brown sugar, and honey and has a high ABV of 8 percent. Because of the high alcohol content, the Hard Cider is served in 10-ounce glasses only. This dry cider is different from most other ciders. Mimbres Valley has a brewery in Deming and a taproom in Las Cruces. Both locations feature $7 tasting flights, and both locations carry the brews listed above.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — no phone number available

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

Beers: AIPA, Strong, Oatmeal Stout. NMCBC has a brewery in Las Vegas, and they also sell beer at the Sand Bar in Albuquerque near Journal Center.

Events: This week NMCBC is having a collaborative party with Taos Mesa Brewing Co. at their brewpub. They are pouring molten iron as well as beer on Saturday and they will be taking a single pony keg of RyePA for the event.

News: NMCBC picked wild hops in Gallinas Canyon, and they are brewing them in a wet-n-wild hopped ale right now. They have growler fills going on at the brewery of AIPA, Strong, and Oatmeal Stout.

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 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.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

(Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

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, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, Smooth Move Amber. Rio Negro Sweet Milk Stout is one of Burque’s smoothest and tastiest offerings.

News: A new batch of SGC’s award-winning New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen will be back in a few weeks. There is a chance of a Double Pilsen this fall and the Red Ranger, a 7-percent version of the summertime 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: Apricot Hefeweizen, 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. The Apricot Hefeweizen will be on tap for this week’s edition of Small Batch Saturday.

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: Amber Ale, Kidder Special Bitter, Rod’s Best Bitter, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Tres Equis Lager, Palisades Pale Ale. Before the next Second Street monthly beer series rolls out for September, they have unleashed three English-style brews in the bitter family. Despite the name, these are often sweet, flavorful beers with a strong malt backbone. Taste them all to challenge your palate to pick out what makes each bitter unique.

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: Weisenberg (Light American Wheat), 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. Shilling and Stoutmeister loved the nutty flavor of the Dirty Brown when they tried it earlier this summer. Last year’s batch of the Simple Porter, served at Hopfest, was excellent as well. The Weisenberg is named after, you guessed it, Walter White’s alter ego on Breaking Bad. This state loves that show.

News: TAH is currently brewing the Curcurbita Imperial Pumpkin. This bad boy should be ready by the end of September.

Events: TAH is going to the Taos Country Club on Sept. 21, and they won a Gold Medal for their Drunk Cyclist IPA (keg hopped with local grown Cascades) at the Gravity Games/ Brewfest at Angel Fire Resort last weekend.

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: I’ll let Stoutmeister handle this.

“Taos Mesa rudely hung up on me last week and did not respond to E-Rock’s emails this week. It’s a shame, but we’re removing them from our listings. We guess they did not like our criticism of the low turnout during the IPA Challenge. They could have communicated with us and let us know what happened, but instead they decided to act in this manner. Shilling and I liked the beer when we visited and the one staff member behind the bar who we interacted with, but apparently Taos Mesa’s management is awfully thin-skinned. We will continue to work with the professionally-run breweries in this state. If Taos Mesa wishes to respond, we are more than willing to discuss the situation like adults. If not, well, too bad.” — S

Three Rivers Brewery — (505)-325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Atomic Pale Ale, Red Apple, Flyer Cider, Grandpa Bear’s, Double Golden, Honey (X-Beer), Strawberry Wheat, S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, Bare Naked Aggie Wheat Ale, NM Colona, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Roustabout Stout, Arroyo Amber Ale. The Arroyo Amber Ale is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. (5.0% ABV) Roustabout Stout is an oatmeal stout brewed in the English traditions. Made with malt sweetness and just enough hops to balance the beer. It makes for very easy drinking and pairs very well with chocolate. (5% ABV)

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Juniper Amber Ale and S.M.A.S.H. – EPA on cask.

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), 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. Stoutmeister has still not finished off the Milk Stout (or poor Dave is just grinding to keep up with our editor’s demand). Much like the 1/2-barrel series at Il Vicino, Tractor has shut down the Scramble Tap after running out of small-batch beers to fill it. Basically at both breweries, the adoring public drank up all the small-batch supply. Il Vicino and Tractor appreciate all of you who helped finish off those kegs.

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.

There is also an expansion in the number of taps at ArtBar downtown, which already pours many Tractor beers.

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 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates.  Please call.)

Beers: Steam Ale, Dark Star Black IPA, Triple Play Pale Ale, Hybrid IPA, Summer Scotch, Hefeweizen, Molasses Porter, Amnesia, Cabo Lager, Red Rye, P&B Brown. This Friday, TMBC will be releasing their Steam Ale. TMBC’s website had this to say about the Hybrid IPA, “This American I.P.A. brings you the best of both from our previous India Pale Ales. We combined two already fantastic recipes (TMBC and Independence) to bring you this citrusy & crisp I.P.A. A double dry-hop with an assortment of hops keeps this beer bountifully bitter.” (OG 1.060, BU 75, ABV 6.3%)

News: Through this Saturday, TMBC is donating $1 for every Ojo Caliente, Chimayo and Sierra Blanca ordered to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

TMBC is opening at 10:30 on Sundays as opposed to 11 a.m. for the hardcore football fans.

TMBC’s Oktoberfest Lager will be released on Saturday, Sept. 28 in conjunction with Rio Rancho’s Oktoberfest on Sept. 28 and 29.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Dark Star Black IPA on cask.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead PaleAle (5.3% ABV),  Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Crude Oil Stout (4.7% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV). The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. Stout, a more familiar brew, is actually a derivative of the porter. Pair this with a bratwurst or blackened catfish. (4.7% ABV) The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert. (4.8% ABV)

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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.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

NOTE: The listing for Nexus is from last week (they must be packed with customers since no one is answering the phone). Once we get this week’s info we will update their section.

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is Stoutmeister filling in on this 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.

Stoutmeister, right, is filling in this week for E-Rock. That's pretty much the face he made after his parents' dog woke him up after just 3 hours of sleep today.

Stoutmeister, right, is filling in this week for E-Rock. That’s pretty much the face he made after his parents’ dog woke him up after just 3 hours of sleep today.

E-Rock’s schedule is unusual enough most weeks, but the Labor Day weekend threw him completely out of whack, so he asked me early today (Wednesday) to help out. I was glad to, though I’m currently working on a scant few hours of sleep (had to take my parents to the airport at 5 a.m.; you people who get up at the hour on a normal basis are completely alien to me). So if there are more errors than normal in here, that’s my fault. Or I’ll blame my folks’ dog, who only let me sleep in till 8:30 after I got back from the airport.

Anyway, a couple notes on some upcoming stuff since we’ve been amiss at filling the blog with new content of late. Marble is hosting the Son of Septemberfest event on Saturday, Sept. 21. It will closer to the IPA Challenge in format than a regular beer festival. For $15 you get a tray of 12 beers from 12 different breweries, then an Oktoberfest-style mug of your favorite beer. Buy your tickets now at any Marble location, though the event will be just at the downtown pub.

That will be a busy weekend since the Crew, along with our friends in the ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group and the Babes in Brewland, will be heading up to Santa Fe (via chartered bus, no less) to Duel Brewing on Sunday, Sept. 22. We’ll all finally be able to try the many beers they have on tap at Santa Fe’s newest brewery. Look for some advance stuff and some reviews afterward. We’re all planning on heading up, so we should be able to cover all the Duel beers from the perspective of six different palates.

Right now in the Duke City, Back Alley Draft House will give you a preview of winter with their Imperial Russian Stout. Chama River has turned over their entire seasonal list, bringing in the Hop Slap IPA, Bonus Czech Pilsner, Summer Ale, and Last Minute Ale. Il Vicino has resurrected the Hell-yes and Panama Joe Coffee Stout while also introducing the Identity Thief, a Belgian blonde. Marble has brought back the Red Light Lager. Turtle Mountain is also feeling nostalgic with the return of the Triple Play Pale Ale, Hybrid IPA, P&B Brown, and Molasses Porter.

In the City Different, Duel is now serving Night Watch, a porter aged in whiskey barrels. Second Street is going mad for ESB-style beers with the Kidder Special Bitter, Rod’s Best Bitter, and Rod’s Steam Bitter, plus the Tres Equis Lager and Palisades Pale Ale.

Up in the Taos area, Comanche Creek is bringing back the Iron Mountain Porter and Homestead Amber. Eske’s revives the Blonde Betty, Secot Stout, and the gluten-free Chemist Ale.

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 Sept. 4.

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: There are no seasonal or specialty beers on tap at the moment. 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: Summer Ale, Belgian White, IPA, Imperial Russian Stout. We are all overdue to visit BADH and try the Imperial Russian Stout. In terms of non-New Mexico beers of note, BADH has Stone’s Coconut IPA on tap this week, and they also have Twisted Pine’s new Roots Revival Carrot IPA. That sounds … different. I guess people are coming up with new ways to help you get a daily intake of veggies. My mother would be proud.

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. The Raspberry Wheat should be out of stock by this weekend, so hurry in and grab some before it’s gone. Blue Corn’s website had this to say about the Cerveza Obrera, “This Classic American Style Pilsner was made with flaked maize and the lightest pilsner malt I could find. The result is a light and crisp beer. This beer is similar to the mass produced American lagers.” (4.8% ABV, 20 IBUs, OG 1.042)

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: Blue Heron Blonde, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Whitewater 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. The Tarantula Trek and Lava Rock are also favorites for anyone traveling on the road between Taos and Santa Fe.

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: Far Darrig Red Ale, Doppelbier (8.4% ABV), Saison Rouge (Dark Saison), Pale Ryder (Pale Ale), Engaano Hefeweizen. I stopped by Bosque with Franz Solo and Mrs. Solo just the other day. It was (surprisingly) their first visit there. Crazy West Siders, missing the beer over here. Anyway, we all rather enjoyed the Far Darrig, which is brewed in the classic Irish tradition. It’s malty goodness with just enough, but not too much, sweetness. Grab and pint and let the day unwind around you.

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 the coming 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.

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%). 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: Cazuela’s will have a new pale ale on tap starting soon.

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: Hop Slap IPA, Bonus Czech Pilsner, Summer Ale, Last Minute Ale. All four seasonals at Chama are new this week, though some are past beers returning to the tap. The newest of the bunch is the Last Minute Ale, which Chama’s website describes like so, “The unique flavor of this beer comes from renouned aroma varieties of hops, all of which were added in the last fifteen minutes of boil. This one-of-a-kind ale was fermented at lower temperatures to offer a crisp clean flavor, balance of malt, and American hops.” (4.9% ABV, 26 IBUs)

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 Blonde, Farmhouse Wheat, Iron Mountain Mountain Porter, Homestead Amber Ale. The porter and amber were the two beers on hand when E-Rock and I visited Comanche Creek last year. The porter is a burly beast that will go perfect with the nights as summer turns to fall in northern New Mexico. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

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), Fiction IPA, Non-Faction Pale Ale, Night Watch (whiskey barrel-aged porter). Duel has one keg of Grunewald that is still lingering around. 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 sour wit with lots of citrus punch (5% ABV). The new Night Watch checks in at “only” 9-percent 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 features a fruity Belgian yeast balanced by black pepper notes and a citrus finish (5.5% ABV).

Duel is having an anniversary party Oct. 19 and 20 that will feature, you guessed it, a live duel between fencing partners. Plenty more including live music and special brews will be on hand. Look for more info as the staff finalizes all the details.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA got a big write-up in the Albuquerque Journal‘s revamped Friday entertainment section last week. The Chemist Ale is one of the few (perhaps only) gluten-free beer brewed in New Mexico.

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, Hell-yes, Identity Thief (Belgian blonde), Panama Joe’s Coffee Stout, 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 Panama Joe’s has returned and the Crew enjoyed it during our Saturday beer brunch this past weekend at Franz Solo’s house. It is also GABF-bound next month.

Cask: On Saturday, the Canteen will have their Cocoa Dry Stout. 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.

News: The 1/2-barrel series has run its course for the time being at the Canteen but could return in the future.

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), 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 (available only on Sundays), Double White, Red Light Lager. 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 their Breaking Bad viewing party. They will do growler fills and serve pints to people watching the show at Marble, though get there early, as the ABQ Beer Geek told us the keg had run dry before the show even started this past weekend. 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: Wednesday- Grace Askew with Lowcountry boil by The Supper Truck; Thursday- Whiskey Pig & Mudwave with Don Choche; Friday- Duke City Swampcoolers with Rustic Truck & Don Choche; Saturday- Just Lazarus, Blue IV, Gimme My Moon Back, One Foot In with The Supper Truck; Sunday- Breaking Bad Watch Party with The Supper Truck & Soo Bak Foods

Music: The good people over at Marble sent us 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, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, Smooth Move Amber. Rio Negro Sweet Milk Stout is one of Burque’s smoothest and tastiest offerings.

News: A new batch of SGC’s award-winning New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen will be back in a few weeks. There is a chance of a Double Pilsen this fall and the Red Ranger, a 7-percent version of the summertime 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. The taproom staff said there was no information available for the upcoming edition of Small Batch Saturday.

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: Amber Ale, Kidder Special Bitter, Rod’s Best Bitter, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Tres Equis Lager, Palisades Pale Ale. Before the next Second Street monthly beer series rolls out for September, they have unleashed three English-style brews in the bitter family. Despite the name, these are often sweet, flavorful beers with a strong malt backbone. Taste them all to challenge your palate to pick out what makes each bitter unique.

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: Weisenberg (Light American Wheat), 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. Shilling and I loved the nutty flavor of the Dirty Brown when we tried it earlier this summer. Last year’s batch of the Simple Porter, served at Hopfest, was excellent as well. The Weisenberg is named after, you guessed it, Walter White’s alter ego on Breaking Bad. This state loves that show.

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: Unknown. I called Taos Mesa and asked what their new beers were, but they just hung up on me without a response. It was rather rude, though I’ll try not to take it personally. I’ll let E-Rock contact them again next week via email and see what’s happening. If Taos Mesa no longer wishes to be listed, we would ask that someone from the brewery please let us know.

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), 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. And as E-Rock likes to joke, I can’t get enough of the Milk Stout, which remains one of my favorite semi-regular beers in the ABQ metro area. Much like the 1/2-barrel series at Il Vicino, Tractor has shut down the Scramble Tap after running out of small-batch beers to fill it. Basically at both breweries, the adoring public drank up all the small-batch supply. Il Vicino and Tractor appreciate all of you who helped finish off those kegs.

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, Triple Play Pale Ale, Hybrid IPA, Summer Scotch, Hefeweizen, Molasses Porter, Amnesia (Strong Ale), Cabo Lager, Red Rye, P&B Brown. TMBC’s website had this to say about the Hybrid IPA, “This American I.P.A. brings you the best of both from our previous India Pale Ales. We combined two already fantastic recipes (TMBC and Independence) to bring you this citrusy & crisp I.P.A. A double dry-hop with an assortment of hops keeps this beer bountifully bitter.” (OG 1.060, BU 75, ABV 6.3%)

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.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister