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.
A lot of old favorites are back on tap this week in Albuquerque with brews as diverse as an Irish Red, Chocolate Porter, Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Cream Ale, and Milk Stout. There’s something for everyone, and they are all delicious. If you are up in Santa Fe, check out Santa Fe Brewing Company’s3rd Annual Oktoberfiesta. While you are there, check out their Small Batch Saturday offering brewed by Chris Goblet, the Director of the NM Brewers Guild.
Right now in the Duke City, Bosque is releasing fresh new batches of Pale Ryder and Mellow Brit. Cazuela’s is now serving their new Cabrocito Pale Ale. Chama River should be bringing Punkin Drublic, their famed pumpkin spiced ale, back to taps later this week. The Il Vicino Canteen is introducing their new Face First Pale Ale this week, and they have a fresh batch of Irish Red now on tap. Dunkelweizen and Pater’s Pale Ale will be on tap at La Cumbre at some point this week. Marble is introducing Crystal Belgique this week. Nexus is now serving their Chocolate Porter and Imperial Cream, plus Equinox, their pumpkin ale, will be on tap by week’s end. Sandia Chile Grill has a new batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout on nitro.
In the City Different, Blue Corn has added Columbus (Red) to their esteemed menu. Goblet’s Galaxy, brewed by Chris Goblet, the Director of the NM Brewers Guild, will be on tap at Santa Fe Brewing Company for this week’s edition of Small Batch Saturday.
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. 14.
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: Columbus (Red), Pumpkin Ale, Oktoberfest, Paonia Wet Hop. Columbus, Blue Corn’s new red ale is hopped with Columbus hops, of course. 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. Stoutmeister and Franz Solo were just at Blue Corn and wrote up a review, pegging the Paonia and Pumpkin as two of the best beers in the state. Also, the Gold Medal Stout and End of the Trail Brown Ale are always on tap. Those two beers both earned silver medals at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival.
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: Pale Ryder, Mellow Brit, Oatmeal Stout, Engaano Hefeweizen, Nor’wester IPA. 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. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Oatmeal Stout, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”
News: 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.
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. Nacho Brau might rank as Franz Solo’s favorite seasonal beer in ABQ.
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: Cabrocito (Pale Ale), 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), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). First there was the Chupacabra IPA, then Papa Cabra Double IPA, and now Cazuela’s is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Cabra family, the Cabrocito Pale Ale. Try them all. 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 an Oatmeal Stout on tap in about three weeks.
Events: Cazuela’a now features a live guitarist every Friday.
Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Punkin Drublic (pumpkin spiced ale), 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.
Events: Chama will host a beer social this week on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
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. He and Franz Solo visited Duel this past Sunday and will have a full review posted soon.
Events: On a sad note, Duel has canceled their Anniversary party because it is this weekend, the same as Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Oktoberfiesta. 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: Face First Pale Ale, Irish Red, Iggy Gourd Pumpkin (on nitro), Elsa’s Double IPA (8.5% ABV, 100+++ IBU, 10 oz. pours), Dark American Lager, Hell(y)es, Groping Gnome IPA. Face First Pale Ale was brewed by Il Vicino’s assistant GM David Facey. The Irish Red is a recurring favorite at the Canteen. Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Iggy Gourd and Hell(y)es.
Cask: On Wednesday the Canteen will be offering the Experimental 06300 IPA on cask. The Canteen traditionally has something on cask on Saturday as well, but the is no word at this time as to what they might be offering.
News: Congratulations to Il Vicino for winning a gold medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. IV brought home the gold in the coffee beer category for Panama Joe’s Coffee Stout. Hopefully this wonderful beer will be back on tap soon so that all might enjoy its sheer awesomeness.
Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072
(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8, Fri-Sun 11:30-10)
Beers: ESB, London Porter, Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Helles, Oktoberfest, Stout, American Wheat, Pumpkin Dunkel. 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, Oktoberfest, and American Wheat joining the lineup. (The Pumpkin Dunkel was just announced as being ready about 30 minutes after I finished editing this column. Good thing I can go back and add it, huh? — Stoutmeister)
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: Dunkelweizen, Pater’s Pale, Like Mother Like Daughter (Session Pale Ale), Hoppy & Weiss, Hell Froze Over, Witch’s Tit. Several Brew Crew members headed over to La Cumbre recently, and they found that their favorite pumpkin ale was back at last and that this year’s batch does not disappoint. In addition, another new beer greeted them in the form of the Hell Froze Over, LC’s first crack at a brown ale.
Cask: Hell Froze Over has become La Cumbre’s first cask beer in a long while. Fall must actually be here.
News: There were over 250 beers entered in the American IPA category at GABF this year and La Cumbre’s Project Dank: Operation Return of Pharoah managed to beat out all but two to earn a bronze medal. Congratulations to Jeff and the whole La Cumbre brewing team!
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739
(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Crystal Belgique, La Pêche, Classic Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Noir, Lambert’s Pale Ale, Double IPA, Double White, Red Light Lager, Thunder from Dortmunder, India Lite. Marble has this to say about La Pêche: “Fresh, pitted Colorado peaches were introduced to a barrel-aged pale wheat ale, resulting in a refreshing, slightly tart wild ale. Perfect for the harvest season.” (7.0% ABV) 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: Watch for the Stout Americano, brewed for GABF, to be on tap in the near future.
Speaking of GABF, congratulations to Marble on winning silver for its Pilsner, while Thunder from Dortmunder brought back a bronze medal.
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. They will be offering up their beers at Hopfest on Oct. 26.
Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Equinox (pumpkin ale), Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream, Brown, Beam Me Up Scottish, American Amber Ale. Nexus’ English-style Brown made its first appearance at the Beer Premier, and now it is at the brewery patiently waiting for you to drink it. It’s a little more sweet than nutty on the brown ale spectrum. Beware the Beam Me Up, which checks in at a hefty 11.2-percent ABV. Franz Solo and Stoutmeister enjoyed that one during NFL games on a recent Sunday.
Cask: Nexus is now serving Equinox on cask.
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. Our own Porter Pounder was going to stop by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales. We will post his review if he has time to stop by and then write one up.
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: 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: New batches of Smooth Move Amber and Rattlesnake IPA should be back on tap starting next week.
Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Cottonwood Winery and Brewery open their first brewery in Artesia. They will be open for business soon. SCG will also be at Hopfest on Oct. 26.
Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333
(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)
Beers: Goblet’s Galaxy, Saison ’88, Oktoberfest. Goblet’s Galaxy, brewed by Chris Goblet, the Director of the NM Brewers Guild, 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: The Babes in Brewland will be brewing on SFBC’s small batch system this week. Also, SFBC will host their 3rd annual Oktoberfiesta this week.
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: Belgian Witbier, St. George IPA, Oktoberfest, Cascade Pilsner, Simcoe Pale Ale, Altbier, Cherrywood Smoked Imperial Porter. In honor of Oktoberfest, Second Street has brewed up three beers that fit the season in the Oktoberfest, Altbier, and Rauchbier, though the latter was not available to Stoutmeister and Franz Solo when they visited this past weekend. The two of them did do a comprehensive review of all of Second Street’s current regular and seasonal offerings.
News: Second Street brought home a gold medal from GABF for Rod’s Steam Bitter. Hopefully this beer will be back on tap before long.
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), Pilsner (6.8% ABV), Tractoberfest (6.5% ABV), Berry Cider (8.0% ABV). Tractor’s Double Almanac is heavy in hops and heavy in alcohol. It is only sold in 12-ounce glasses. Tractor describes the Berry Cider as “Hard apple cider with New Mexico honey, blue berries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. Slightly tart with a hint of fresh berry flavor. This unfiltered cider is delicious and crisp. Enjoy.”
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: 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 Pale Ale (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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