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.
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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