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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