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.
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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