Archive for October 9, 2013

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is 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

Fall has arrived in the Land of Enchantment,  and with the change of the the season comes a slew of new Oktoberfests, Pumpkin Ales, and Porters. This week I will let the beers speak for themselves. Enjoy!

Right now in the Duke City, Bosque’s Oatmeal Stout is back on tap. Broken Bottle has resurrected the Debacle Pumpkin Ale. Chama River is releasing their new experimental ale, One Fell Swoop, and they have a new batch of Porter for Pyros on tap as well. The Il Vicino Canteen is unleashing Iggy Gourd Pumpkin on nitro this week. They will also have Experimental Hop 01210 on cask on Wednesday and Face First Pale Ale on cask on Saturday. La Cumbre is now serving Like Mother Like Daughter, a session Pale Ale. In addition to their new barrel-aged peach brew called Pesche, Marble is releasing two pumpkin ales this week, Classic Pumpkin Ale and Pumpkin Noir. Just up the road in Bernalillo, Kaktus has now tapped their Stout and American Wheat.

In the City Different, Blue Corn is celebrating the coming of autumn with the release of their Pumpkin Ale and Oktoberfest this week. Santa Fe Brewing Company’s small batch this Saturday is a Vanilla Porter by Phil Armour.

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 Oct. 7.

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. Stoutmeister and Brandon had this at Son of Septemberfest. While Stoutmeister 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: White Ryeno, Red Ale, Belgian White, IPA, Imperial Russian Stout. The White Ryeno, one of my personal favorites, is an intriguing hybrid of the standard rye and Belgian white styles. The Red Ale is the newest entry on BADH’s homemade lineup. BADH is now offering La Cumbre’s Witch’s Tit and Bosque Brewing’s Cumulus Wheat IPA on tap.

Events: 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: Pumpkin Ale, Oktoberfest, Paonia Wet Hop. Blue Corn’s website had this to say about their Oktoberfest: “This beer is rich, malty, smooth, and complex. German malts shine through from start to finish. Made with Vienna, Munich, and Pilsner malts.” (5.2% ABV, 23 IBUs, OG 1.060) 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, Whitewater Wheat, Penasco Porter, Aurora IPA, Embudo Gold Golden Ale. The Penasco Porter is “a dry dark porter with a touch of roasted porter in the background,” according to Blue Heron’s website. 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. Blue Heron also has Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, and Aurora IPA in bottles.

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: Oatmeal Stout, Far Darrig Red Ale, Engaano Hefeweizen, Nor’wester IPA. Stoutmeister has enjoyed the Far Darrig on recent visits, which is brewed in the classic Irish tradition. He said it has “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: Pale Ryder and Mellow Brit will both be back tap next week.

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: El Campeon, Cactus Juice Ale, Nacho Brau, Oktoberfest, Debacle Pumpkin Ale. 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.

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%). 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.” Brandon tried Panama Red at NM Brew Fest and recommends this slightly hoppy red ale.

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: Porter for Pyros (6.1% ABV, 40 IBU), One Fell Swoop, Hop Slap IPA (7.2% ABV, 110 IBU, $5.25 pints), Summer Ale (5.4% ABV, 28 IBU). Chama had this to say about One Fell Swoop: “This experimental pale ale was created by using a simple malt recipe and handfuls of every hop we have in inventory, 14 varieties in all, which forms a complex yet satisfying and flavorful beer.” (6.2% ABV, 55 IBU)

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: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American sytle IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek last year. 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: Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), 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. Stoutmeister, who usually shies away from Belgian-style beers, tried the Non-Fiction at NM Brew Fest and found it quite good.

Events: On a sad note, Duel has canceled their Anniversary party because it is the same weekend as Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest Oct. 19-20. On the bright side, you can always drown your sorrows at SFBC.

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: Extra Special Bitter, Brown Ale, Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Fresh Hop IPA, Rye Beer, Barley Wine, Bohemian Pilsener, Irish Red Ale, Steam. The Extra Special Bitter and Brown Ale 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: Iggy Gourd Pumpkin (on nitro), Elsa’s Double IPA (8.5% ABV, 100+++ IBU, 10 oz. pours), Dark American Lager (GABF entry), Hell(y)es, Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, Groping Gnome IPA (GABF entry), Caliente IPA, Identity Theft Belgian Blonde (wine-aged). 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. Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the MCCS, Iggy Gourd, and Hell(y)es, while Franz Solo enjoyed the Caliente and Elsa’s DIPA.

Cask: On Wednesday the Canteen will be offering the Experimental Hop 01210 on cask, and they will have Face First Pale Ale on cask on Saturday.

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, Stout, American Wheat. 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 Stoutmeister highly recommends the Helles, ESB, and London Porter. The Crew will head up soon as a group, especially with the new Stout and American Wheat joining the lineup.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Like Mother Like Daughter (Session Pale Ale), Hoppy & Weiss, Project Dank: Operation Return of Pharoah, Hell Froze Over, VMO #3 (Oktoberfest), Witch’s Tit. Stoutmeister recently trekked over to La Cumbre with Franz Solo and Mrs. Solo after she tipped them off that Witch’s Tit was back on tap. They found that their favorite pumpkin ale was back at last and this year’s batch does not disappoint. In addition, two other new beers greeted them in the form of the Hell Froze Over, LC’s first crack at a brown ale, and the Oktoberfest. 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: Pesche, Classic Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Noir, Lambert’s Pale Ale, Double IPA, Double White, Red Light Lager, Thunder from Dortmunder, India Lite. Pesche is barrel-aged with organic peaches, and it will be released at Hops and Harvest on Saturday. 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 today 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 called Pumpkin Noir. Finally, Harvest Season culminates the Downtown Growers Market’s annual fundraiser Hops and Harvest on Saturday, 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. — (575) 426-6079

(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.

News: NMCBC picked wild hops in Gallinas Canyon, and they are brewing them in a wet-n-wild hopped ale right now. They have a wide range of growler fills going on at the brewery including AIPA, Strong, and Oatmeal Stout. Also, NMCBC is no longer selling at the Sandbar.

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 Stoutmeister enjoyed that one during NFL games on a recent Sunday.

Cask: The Red 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: Red Ranger (7.1% ABV), Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal at the New Mexico Cup earlier this year.

News: There is a chance of a Double Pilsen this fall. A new batch of Smooth Move Amber is now being brewed.

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: Vanilla Porter, Saison ’88, Oktoberfest. The Vanilla Porter, brewed by Phil Armour, will be on tap for this week’s edition of Small Batch Saturday. SFBC’s Oktoberfest, one of my personal favorites, is back on tap. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: SFBC will be at Taste of New Mexico this Saturday.

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. The rest of the Crew all had the Citra at Son of Septemberfest and enjoyed it. Yes, even non-IPA drinker Shilling liked it. The new lineup of Oktoberfest beers should be on tap soon.

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 Belgian Saison (6.4% ABV). Tractor’s Double Almanac is heavy in hops and heavy in alcohol. The Milk Stout is finally out. Stoutmeister swears he didn’t finish it off by himself.

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. Fall seasonals will be pouring soon at Tractor.

Events: Tractor will be at Albuquerque Hopfest on Saturday, Oct. 26.

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, Gluten Free Amber. 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.

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

This just came over TMBC’s Facebook page: “In our continuing effort to provide new offerings for those who are gluten intolerant, Turtle Mountain is putting on tap today our newest creation, creatively called Gluten Free Amber. Using an enzyme from White Labs that removes gluten from the brewing process, Mark and Bill crafted up an American Amber ale hopped with Cascades that we think tastes much better than those beers brewed with sorghum. White Labs did an analysis of the finished product for us, and it came in a 10.4 PPM of gluten, which is about half of the FDA’s guideline of 20 PPM to be considered gluten free. Come in and try and pint and let us know what you think. We would appreciate the feedback.”

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!

— E-Rock

 

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The remnants of Stoutmeister and Brandon greet you all on this weekday after an enjoyable weekend at the fourth annual New Mexico Brew Fest. Sure, we ended up a little sunburned and a little hungover, but that’s what outdoor beer festivals are all about, right?

There were many shenanigans afoot for all of us at the NM Brew Fest.

There were many shenanigans afoot for all of us at the fourth annual NM Brew Fest.

With our friends Dan, Jessica, and Adam in tow, we zipped through the various NM breweries and later made quick stops at the out-of-state breweries (not surprisingly, there were few beers outside the regulars that we get all over town). Rather than focus on that, we will stick with the in-state beers since those were better anyway. You can then use this as a handy guide for what seasonal beers to seek out at local breweries.

The crowd was large (but friendly) so there was not time to try every single beer being poured. We tended to skip over a lot of the beers we can get regularly, focusing instead on the newbies, debuting seasonals, and a few “secret beers” that popped up.

Among those specialty brews, the damage was done largely by Nexus’ two-years-aged barley wine and La Cumbre’s two-years-aged Barley’s Wine. Both were wonderful, the pours were generous, and that’s probably the cause of both of our hangovers. As for the rest, here’s a brewery-by-brewery recap (of at least those we remember).

Back Alley Draft House: I tackled the Russian Imperial Stout, a big old beast of a beer with lots of bourbon hints. It was thick and powerful. We will have to visit BADH for more of this, and by more I mean one per visit since BADH is a long ways from any Crew member’s residence by foot. — Stoutmeister

The Russian Imperial (a favorite style of mine) is a burly beer, and BADH did a beautiful rendition. Strong bourbon hints, loads of coffee and roasted malt with a slightly burnt bitterness, and bit of alcohol bite. Proceed with caution on this one, but you will enjoy the hell out of it. — Brandon Daniel

Blue Corn: The only bummer here was that BC was on the far (west) end of the place, and we went east-to-west like most people, so by the time we got there our palates were a bit dulled. In other words, I’m quite certain I liked the BC Oktoberfest, but I have a hard time actually picking out why from my clouded memories. Darn it, I’ll have to drive up to Santa Fe and try it again. — S

My memory was a bit stronger than Stoutmeister’s on the good folks at Blue Corn. Specifically, I’m focusing on their Pumpkin Ale, because this is giving La Cumbre’s Witch’s Tit a run for its money. The pumpkin was fresh and prominent without being too much, the spices were balanced well with enough nutmeg to round out the brew. What a treat. John Bullard does it again, folks. — BD

Bosque: They only brought the regulars, but I still stopped for some Olde Bosky Porter. It’s just that good. — S

What can I say that Stoutmeister didn’t? Not much. Olde Bosky is a wonderful rendition of a tried and true meal in a glass. Fill your growler soon or we will drink it for you. — BD

Broken Bottle: They weren’t even on the list we got from Local iQ, but hey, we didn’t mind the surprise. I snagged a pint of their new Oktoberfest Marzen. It was pretty solid. I imagine we’ll be doing an Oktoberfest Beer Battle this coming weekend or the following one, so I’ll be able to share more formal thoughts then. — S

Chama River: Welcome back, Porter for Pyros, I missed you. This beer is a smoky delight, with a smooth finish after the mesquite opening. — S

Punkin Drublic is abound. Last year’s was a bit underwhelming; this year was a slight step up. Though it was a bit lighter than I prefer and heavy on the cinnamon, it still stands as a sessionable seasonal. Now when it comes to dark beers, Chama River usually delivers, so Porter For Pyros was a welcome sight to see on tap. — BD

Duel: It was good to see Todd for the first time since WinterBrew, even better to try some beers he did not have back then. I went with the Non-Fiction Pale Ale. It was cloudy, but smooth, with just enough hoppy bite. I feared something more sour or citrus-y since it’s brewed in a Belgian style, but I just ended up with a real quality pale ale, offering up a lot more flavor than most of its genre. — S

Upon strolling up to Duel’s booth, Todd shook my hand and immediately snatched my glass and proceeded to give me a sample of a Sour Amber that wasn’t on tap yet. What a great guy! Brewed in the Belgian style they specialize in, this brew was plenty tart all the way through, but there was enough malt to give it a light/medium body and sweetness to balance. A crisp, dry finish made this a surprisingly enjoyable beer … perhaps my bias against sours is fading. I was thoroughly impressed with the Non-Fiction Pale Ale as well, a tasty hybrid with some citrus hop punch and finish. Awesome brews from Duel all around. — BD

The crowd at Brew Fest kept getting bigger as the day went on, but it was a friendly bunch of beer lovers on hand.

The crowd at Brew Fest kept getting bigger as the day went on, but it was a friendly bunch of beer lovers on hand.

Il Vicino: Speaking of welcome back, Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout returned with a vengeance. This year’s batch is heavy on the chocolate flavor; Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout has some competition. The cherry is buried this time around, appearing only briefly on the back end. — S

I also snagged a pint of the Hell(y)es Lager. It is a classic German-style beer, clean and crisp. Just for future reference, Hell(y)es first, MCCS second. — S

The first beer we sampled? Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout. Yes, leave it to us to try dessert beers first. Not especially big on the cherry, but loads of dark chocolate body here to make a smooth creamy glass of awesome. — BD

La Cumbre: Did I already mention the Barley’s Wine ’12? It was ridiculously good. It was a little stronger in flavor than Nexus’ barley wine (see below), with some bitterness on the back end from the hops. — S

Barley’s Wine ’12 is not to be trifled with. And I mean this in a good way. A strong hop character, silky malt, and a slight alcohol kick make for a potent mix.  Arguably one of my favorites of the day. — BD

Las Cazuela’s: OK, so they’ve officially thrown the “Las” in front of their name, so we’ll be listing them that way from now on. I went with the Panama Red, which is a maltier red but drier and a little hoppier than, say, Il Vicino’s Irish Red, but far from the hoppiness of Marble’s Red. I guess it falls in the middle of the red ale spectrum, which is just fine to help set it apart. — S

I was quite pleased with the Panama Red, as it had a strong malty body with some nice toasted caramel notes, with a bit of hop punch in the back that sticks with you. This one struck me slightly more on the hoppy end of the spectrum, but don’t shy away from it if you prefer your reds in the malty Irish varieties, as this is certainly a solid concoction. — BD

Little Toad Creek: One of the newest breweries in attendance, LTC is located in a resort outside of Silver City. They brought three beers up, so naturally I went with the Oatmeal Stout. It was a stout that started well, smooth and creamy, but had an odd flavor on the back end. None of us could figure out quite what it was. For a young brewery it was a good start, but there is still work to be done. — S

The Oatmeal Stout was an odd fellow, but quite enjoyable. Rich and creamy, but something gave an uncharacteristic bitterness on the back end. Overall a good start from some new faces in the NM craft brewing scene; we’re definitely eager to hear more. — BD

Marble: A few weeks back I went to Marble to interview John and Jeff in advance of Son of Septemberfest. The newest beer on tap was Thunder from Dortmunder, so I got a sample … and could not taste a thing. This was the fault of the beer, but my fall allergies roared to life that day like you wouldn’t believe. Luckily they were in check on Saturday, so I finally got to taste the Thunder. I would love to size it up side-by-side with the Hell(y)es. They were pretty similar, and both quite good, a little sweeter than a standard pilsner with less of that dry bite in the middle. — S

Nexus: Manuel kept filling up our glasses with his barley wine. Twas wondrous, not too sweet, with minimal alcohol flavor. And I was really, really glad we all walked from Dan’s house a couple blocks west of San Pedro. — S

Barley Wine … Nexus brewed a truly evil one. This one was marvelous in caramel quality, with some earthy hops to balance it out. The alcohol is barely detectable (which contributed to our not-so-coherent collective state by the end of the day), and it has subtle hints of vanilla. A standout that I desperately need to drink again, albeit in smaller quantities. — BD

Santa Fe: So it’s official, the Oktoberfest from SFBC that we had at Son of Septemberfest was a bad batch. We had the seasonal again and it was just fine, pretty much the same as we remembered from past years. This year’s batch might have been a little lighter, but it’s still up there with the best examples of a good Marzen. — S

Rejoice! The off-batch of Oktoberfest which the Crew tried at Son of Septemberfest was sacrificed for the sake of beer drinkers everywhere, and Santa Fe brought a solid batch. Personally, I think last year’s version had a bit more character, but this was certainly back up to the standards they have for quality beers. Pick up a six-pack for the coming cool fall evenings. — BD

Brandon, and just about everybody else, was smiling throughout Brew Fest. Or maybe that was just the barley wines talking.

Brandon, and just about everybody else, was smiling throughout Brew Fest. Or maybe that was just the barley wines talking.

Second Street: As usual, Rod sent a bunch of beers to a festival that we had never tried before. I’ve been to Second Street quite a few times, but I had never had any of this collection. Needless to say, I revisited their booth a few times to try and cross them off my list. The Scotch Ale rivals Nexus and Broken Bottle’s in quality — sweet, heavy, strong from start to finish. The Otowi Pale Ale was a nice little changeup for me, offering up a good hoppy bite with a sweet, malty finish. After all that, though, the highlight was the Cherrywood Smoked Imperial Porter. It was bold, thick, tough. This is not a beer for the light of heart. — S

Second Street’s Scotch Ale was a great find. A big body of toasted malts, minimal bitterness brewed in a more traditional Scotch ale style, which I prefer. Another reason to get back to Santa Fe for a brew trip! — BD

Tractor: Another old friend was on hand as Tractoberfest returned. This year’s batch was just as smooth and sweet as its predecessors. Time to return to the tap room for some lazy days and nights. — S

All I can say is I remember liking the Tractoberfest as per usual.  That is all.  Forgive me, Dave, I will stop in to give a few pints a proper appraisal! — BD

Turtle Mountain: To keep with the theme, I tackled their Oktoberfest as well. It matched up with all the rest. So yes, it’s definitely time for a Mini-Beer Battle featuring some local Marzens. — S

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Several breweries were listed as attending but did not show up. I knew Sandia Chile Grill would not be there, but surprisingly neither were Mimbres Valley, Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca, and Taos Mesa. Who knows what happened, but it’s always sad when we miss out on good beer to try. Hopefully they will be at Hopfest on Oct. 26.

Well, that’s all from this event. It was great to meet some of our readers, see some friends from the brewing community and the beer-drinking community as well.

Until we do a Santa Fe trek or Mini-Beer Battle …

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister and Brandon