Archive for November, 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, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

Things are slowing down at breweries and tap houses across the Land of Enchantment with the holidays upon us. Back Ale Draft House, the Il Vicino Canteen, Nexus, and Turtle Mountain Brewing Company have all confirmed that they will be closed on Thanksgiving. Expect most other breweries to be closed for the holiday as well. For those of you who like to ski, now is a perfect time to head north for the extended weekend and try some great new beers when you are done hitting the slopes. Blue Corn Brewery, Santa Fe Brewing Company, Taos Ale House, and New Mexico Craft Brewing Company (Las Vegas) all have new beers on tap just waiting to be sampled.

Right now in the Duke City, Punkin Drublic, Chama River’s famous pumpkin spiced ale, is back on tap just in time for the holidays. The Il Vicino Canteen has a new batch of Raspberry Wheat back on tap this week. La Cumbre is now serving Weizenbock, and they should have Southern Star, a pale ale made brewed South African hops, on tap later this week. Tractor has brought back the holiday favorite among the Crew, Turkey Drool, for another run.

In the City Different, Blue Corn Brewery should have an Oak Smoked English Inspired Brown on tap later this week and a Galaxy Hopped Pale Ale hitting the taps in a few days. They also have their Shootout Pale Ale already on tap this week. Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday will feature Hopweizen, a hoppy wheat ale, by Bill Eckman.

In Las Vegas, NMCBC currently has their Red, AIPA, Porter, and Oat Stout on tap.

Up in Taos, Taos Ale House is now serving their Westcoast IPA, and their Dunkelweizen will be on tap soon.

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 Nov. 25.

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: American Strong Ale, IPA, Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, White Ryeno. The White Ryeno, one of my personal favorites, is an intriguing hybrid of the standard rye and Belgian white styles. Stoutmeister and Brandon enjoyed the Imperial Pumpkin Ale, which is not overpowering on the alcohol end. BADH is now offering Stone’s Double Bastard on tap as well.

News: BADH will be closed on Thanksgiving day.

Events: BADH will host Crazyfool on Dec. 14.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Oak Smoked English Inspired Brown, Galaxy Hopped Pale Ale (5.3% ABV, 30 IBU), Shootout Pale Ale, Rye Lager, Chocolate Porter. Blue Corn Brewery should have an Oak Smoked English Inspired Brown on tap later this week and a Galaxy Hopped Pale Ale hitting the taps in a few days. Galaxy is an Australian hop variety, and Blue Corn heavily hopped their new pale ale to give you a sense of what Galaxy is all about. All of its bitterness came from 10-minute and zero-minute hop additions in the kettle and then dry hopped with 1.5 pounds per barrel. Shootout is a strong pale ale brewed with Centennial and Citra.

News: From Blue Corn’s Facebook page: “Please make plans to join us on Thursday, December 12th for our next Beer Release party. John has been barrel aging his Imperial Stout for almost a year now and we are excited to get it on tap. For only $5.00 be the first to enjoy a pint of stout and some delicious snacks courtesy of Chef D. Space is limited, so make your reservations soon (505) 438-1800. Cheers!”

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: Prieta Real Imperial Stout, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Autumn Sun Golden Ale, La Cabra Doppel Bock, Cascabel IPA. This week sees an 80-percent tap turnover with the return of the stout, red, IPA, and new golden ale. The Autumn Sun was made with locally grown hops in the Rinconada area. The Cascabel is an English-style IPA. The La Cabra gets this little writeup on Blue Heron’s website: “A dark creamy bock with a hint of chocolate, slightly hoppy.” Blue Heron also has Prieta Real, La Llorona Scottish Ale (a Crew favorite), Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Embudo Gold Golden Ale, and Lava Rock Pale Ale for sale in bombers.

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: Double IPA, Dubbel/Abbey Style, Pale Ryder, Mellow Brit, Oatmeal Stout. Bosque should have a Double IPA on tap by the end of the week, which will be part of their “Scale Tipper” series of Double IPAs. 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: Subway moved out recently so Bosque’s expansion should be underway shortly!

Bosque has a 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–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Mayflower Stout (6.5% ABV), Glugg Porter (6.0% ABV), Debacle Pumpkin Ale (4.4% ABV), Tom Selleck Ale (5.1% ABV). B3 describes Glugg Porter as “a traditional holiday drink typically made with wine. We said ‘Screw it! Let’s make it with beer!’ We add a lot of spices and orange zest to this porter to give it a definite holiday taste.” B3 added brown sugar roasted sweet potatoes to the Mayflower Stout, one of their most popular seasonals ever, to give it a nice sweetness.

News: Upcoming seasonal beers include Drunken Hobo Milk Stout and Elixir Ale.

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 karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

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, which we both recommend. 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 soon.

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 (6.4% ABV, 20 IBU), Whispering Rye (6.3% ABV, 60 IBU), 3 Dog Night (8.7% ABV, 35 IBU, $6.25 pints), Apricot Wheat (5.5% ABV, 15 IBUs, $5.25 Pints). Chama had this to say about Whispering Rye: “Our rye pale ale is a little slice of heaven for hop lovers. Immediate flavors of juicy hops matched with a ripe aroma of citrus and a spicy rye backbone create a great divide between this and other rye beers.” Both Stoutmeister and Franz Solo gave this year’s batch of 3 Dog Night, a burly Baltic porter, some very high grades on Untappd.

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 style 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: Manikin (Scottish Ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian Golden Strong Ale, 8.2% ABV), 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. Duchamp is a Belgian-style sour wit with lots of citrus punch (5% ABV). Duel has solidified their regular beer rotation, which includes Titian, Grunewald, Dark Ryder, Bad Amber, Duchamp Sour Wit, Fiction IPA, and Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Therefore, if there is a temporary outage in any of these beers, they will be back on tap soon. Stoutmeister and Franz Solo reviewed most of Duel’s beers in a recent visit to Santa Fe.

News: Duel’s “Goya” Stout will be going on tap in December. It will have the hearty ABV of 13.5 percent.

Duel is trying to have music at least Thurs-Sat (usually 7-10 p.m.), their food menu just expanded with three new items, and they have a life drawing session each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun).

The life drawing session is $25. You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

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, Imperial Stout, Holiday Ale, IPA, Black IPA, Porter, Stout, Dark Bock, Barley Wine. The lineup is unchanged from last week. High Desert’s website says the Holiday Ale has “a complex flavor profile & creamy texture. Brewed with orange zest, Madagascar vanilla beans, cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, allspice, & clover honey.” The Dark Bock is described as “a rich dark brew with traditional malty sweetness. Lightly hopped for balance, this is a true bock beer. A full bodied lager with a kick should be consumed with care. You’ll be bock.” 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: Raspberry Wheat, Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Sasquatch Scotch, Exodus IPA, Marzen, Day of the Dead (Belgian Dark Strong), Helles Bock, Face First Pale Ale. Day of the Dead is a Belgian Dark Strong aged in Bourbon barrels. Face First Pale Ale was brewed by Il Vicino’s assistant GM David Facey. Stoutmeister said it has a hoppy beginning and a smooth, malty finish. The Helles Bock is a sweet blast of malty goodness. The Marzen is a slightly more mellow cousin to the Helles. Panama Joe brought home a gold medal in the coffee beer category at the Great American Beer Festival this year.

News: The Canteen will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

The Canteen will be serving Irish Red, Just Esteem, and Boysenberry Wheat as soon as taps are available.

Cask: Nothing will be on cask this week due to the holidays. Il Vicino’s next cask will be a Biscochito Brown, which will most likely be on cask next week.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8, Fri-Sun 11:30-10)

Beers: Basil Lager (made with true basil leaf), Late Hop Amber, Big Ben (London) Porter, Dunkel, Green Bottle Lager, IPA, ESB, Stout. 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 of Kaktus and Stoutmeister highly recommends the ESB. The ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group visited Kaktus recently and Stoutmeister went along for the fun. He enjoyed the Stout (of course). Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

Cask: Kaktus is now serving the Big Ben Porter as their first of what we hope to be many selections on cask.

News: Kaktus has a new winterized patio covered by a tent, so now you can enjoy pint on the patio any time of year.

Events: Kaktus has live music on Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. by open mic song writers.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Southern Star, Weizenbock, 2012 Barley’s Wine, J-17 Pale Ale, wine barrel-aged Malpais Stout, Dunkelweizen, Pater’s Pale, Like Mother Like Daughter (Session Pale Ale). The J-17 Pale Ale is made with the VERY rare J-17 hops from SAB’s experimental hop farm in South Africa. Like Mother Like Daughter will be replaced by Southern Star Pale Ale some time this week. Like J-17, Southern Star is from the SAB hop research facility in South Africa. La Cumbre’s wine barrel-aged Malpais Stout has been sitting in the wood for nine months now, so expect a lot of wine and oak character. The Pater’s Pale is a Belgian-style pale ale, which packs less punch (4.7% ABV) but plenty of flavor.

Cask: La Cumbre now has their Malpais Stout on cask, and Gracias Por Fumar will join it later on in the week. Friday’s cask will be a Mosaic dry-hopped IPA. La Cumbre is planning a new cask tapping every Friday. From here on through the spring (at least) they will be tapping a new keg of real ale that has aged on whole leaf hops. The beer will change, but expect many appearances from the award-winning Elevated IPA. The hop varieties will change every week allowing the La Cumbre faithful to try the vast array of aromas that are contributed by dry hops.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Belgo Stout, Pumpkin Noire, Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Stout, Double White, India Lite. 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. This year’s batch of Imperial Stout finds a nice balance between the bourbon flavors from the barrels and the strong stout base, or so says Stoutmeister, who has already gone by twice to enjoy this powerful elixir.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the 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, 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. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Red, AIPA, Porter, Oat Stout. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: English Pale, Equinox (pumpkin ale), Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. Nexus’ English Pale is a light, sessionable beer that makes for a perfect to start your visit. The Equinox offers an interesting mix of flavors between pumpkin and spices on one hand and a nutty brown ale on the other hand. Brewer Manuel Mussen has tweaked the recipe for the porter; Stoutmeister said there is more of a roasted flavor now, with less chocolate. He suggested they call this recipe the Winter Porter.

Cask: Nexus is now serving their Scottish Ale on cask. If that cask goes soon enough, Nexus will be tapping a Vanilla Bean Equinox.

News: Nexus will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Nexus has an Imperial Stout in the works. Look for it 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. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

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: Smooth Move Amber, Rattlesnake IPA, 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 winner at the New Mexico Cup earlier this year.

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: Black IPA, Hopweizen, Saison ’88, 1,000 Duck Sized Horses. The Small Batch Saturday will feature Hopweizen, a hoppy wheat ale, by Bill Eckman.. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products. The taproom currently features the creatively-named sour 1,000 Duck Sized Horses. It is not a large batch, so stop by soon to try it.

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 is prepping the 12 Beers of Christmas series for December, which will include Southern Pecan Spiced Brown Ale by The Babes in Brewland, Barrel Aged Belgian Sour Tripel by Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers Club, Flaming Reindeer Scottish Ale by Greg, and many more. The Crew will have a full preview next week after Stoutmeister and Porter Pounder visited SFBC to get the full story on this third annual event.

SFBC is also purchasing a 7.5-acre farm in Northern New Mexico where they will begin growing their own hops.

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: Kolsch, Rod’s Best Bitter, Schwarzbier, IPA, Altbier, Cream Stout, Old Pecos Porter, 3 C’s Porter, Rod’s Steam Bitter. The Altbier and Schwarzbier are the last of the German-style offerings from Second Street’s Oktoberfest collection of beers that were on tap last month. November is Porter Month at Second Street, with the Old Pecos Porter and 3 C’s Porter now on tap. The 3 C’s is named for the three hops involved in its creation, Cascade, Chinook, and Citra. The Buenas Dias Porter is still to come. The GABF gold medal-winning Rod’s Steam Bitter is definitely worth a visit, Stoutmeister said, after he and Porter Pounder stopped by Second Street this week.

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: Dunkelweizen, Westcoast IPA, Simple Porter, Mogul Imperial IPA. TAH’s Dunkelweizen will be on tap soon. Mogul Imperial IPA is a local favorite and is still on tap. This IPA has a sweet, piney flavor. Last year’s batch of the Simple Porter, served at Hopfest, was excellent.

News: TAH is currently brewing a Citra Pale Ale that was hugely popular last year. It should be on tap soon.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Big Brown, Great Scot Scottish, Rainy Day IPA, Fall Down Brown, Kolsch 45, Lunch Pale Ale, Superstitious Stout. The Great Scot Scottish (7.2% ABV) and Rainy Day IPA (7.2% ABV) are the most recent additions to the lineup. Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout. In addition to their own beers, Taos Mesa has two guest taps. Marble’s IPA and Red can be found in the far north of New Mexico.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: Thode’s Fat Dog Stout, India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Leroy Brown (X-Beer), Peachy Keen, S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, Bare Naked Aggie Wheat Ale, 3 Rivers Kolsch, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Baltic Porter. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The newest beers on tap include Thode’s Fat Dog Stout (5.9% ABV), Animas Pale Ale (5.1% ABV), and Peachy Keen (4.9% ABV).

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Thai Dragon Pepper Kolsch 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: India Black Lager (6.5% ABV), Pilsner (6.8% ABV), Tractoberfest (6.5% ABV), Hard Apple Cider, Scotch Ale, Turkey Drool. The Cider and Scotch have rejoined the lineup at the Taproom after a long absence. The Turkey Drool, however, is an annual Crew favorite. Created by brewer Josh Campbell, it uses a variety of unique spices over a brown ale base to create a wholly unique beer. We will head over and grab some soon enough, so hurry up, or Brandon might drink it all. Again.

News: Non-smokers rejoice! Tractor’s patio flaps are up. Enjoy a beer with nice scenery with no pesky chilly weather to keep you from drinking your favorite beer.

Tractor has five new styles of apparel hot off the presses. Pick your favorite out for yourself then grab one as a gift for your best beer lover.

New/returning beers on the way include the Javi Memorial Lager, Russian Imperial Stout, and Chocolate Milk Stout.

Events: Tractor now has a new Thursday Night Domino Tournament. Be there every week for the fun and awesome prizes just for playing. The games begin at 9 p.m.

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: Ironman Black IPA, Hoptimus Prime, Hop Duster Pale Ale (4.7% ABV, 50 IBU), Cosmic Imperial Stout (7.75% ABV, 80, IBU, 1.072 OG), Hoptimus Prime (6.8% ABV, 150 IBU, 1.064 OG), Grandma’s Brown (6.3% ABV, 15 IBU), Spiced Pumpkin Ale (6.3% ABV, 15 IBU). The Hoptimus Prime is on tap right now with a two-pint limit.  There is only one half-barrel of Grandma’s Brown and one half-barrel of Pumpkin Spice, so those should be gone by Wednesday. The Ironman Black IPA will follow the Grandma’s, so it will probably be in tap on by Friday. 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 will closed for Thanksgiving.

TMBC is opening at 10:30 on Sundays as opposed to 11 a.m. for the hardcore football fans.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Hybrid 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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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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It was around this time last year when a fan of the Brew Crew told us that we should write up a post about all the brewery memberships/mug clubs around town. To us that sounded like a great idea and then, well, something happened. We got busy and 2012 sprinted to such a sudden end that the story slipped our minds.

Brewery membership can have its perks, like special growlers such as this one from Tractor in 2011.

Brewery membership can have its perks, like special growlers such as this one from Tractor in 2012.

Well, thankfully, I, Stoutmeister, remembered the story idea this year and with things fairly quiet on the local beer news front, I had time to throw something together this year.

First, a thanks to all the brewery reps who responded to my email inquiries. While it might seem like a quiet time for us in the beer reporting community, it’s actually quite busy within the breweries as the holidays are looming.

Secondly, in a totally unrelated bit, thanks to Marble for brewing up this year’s batch of Imperial Stout, which is beyond awesome. If you have not had it yet, damn the weather and full speed ahead to your closest Marble location.

Now on to the guide to brewery memberships. We took our info on Broken Bottle and Bosque from their websites, so if anything has changed, well, let us know and we’ll remind them to update their sites, too. For any brewery not listed, it means that they did not respond to us and have nothing on their sites. If they choose to send us info, we’ll update this story and give you a heads up via social media. In some cases, they may not have memberships yet.

So what is a brewery membership? Often also known as a mug club, you basically play a flat fee for one year, after which you get discounts on pints, growlers, special merchandise offers, and more. If you have one particular brewery you spend a lot of time at, it makes a lot of sense to sign up. If you wander constantly between breweries like we do, it might not, but it’s up to you and your annual budget for beer. And yes, in many cases you can purchase a membership for a friend or family member as a gift, so long as he or she is over 21, of course.

If there are any questions we do not answer here, please contact us via social media (or in person if you recognize any Crew members at breweries around town) or contact the breweries directly.

Without further adieu …

Bosque Brewing Co.
Cost: $25
Start date (if any): good for one year from date of sign-up
Discounts: $1 off pints or upgrade to 20-ounce glass (non-seasonal pours), $1 off growler refills
Swag: pint glass, $5 discount on hat or T-shirt

Broken Bottle
Cost: $25
Start date (if any): unknown
Discounts: 20-ounce pour for $4, $1 off pints, $1 off growlers, $.50 off Boston growler refills
Swag: 10% off merchandise

Il Vicino
Cost: $35, purchased at brewery; if giving as a gift, you get a voucher and recipient must bring in proof of age to get club card
Start date (if any): anytime, renews one year from day you sign up
Discounts: $.50 off every pint, $.75 off all 22-ounce glasses
Swag: Mug Club T-shirt, commemorative growler (filled)
Special events: four-to-six mug club gatherings all year including first tappings, preliminary tastings of beers for GABF and World Cup

La Cumbre
Cost: $25
Start date (if any): Dec. 10
Discounts: 22-ounce glasses for 16-ounce price; 10% off kegs; $1 off growler fills
Swag: Mug Club emails, main gift is a bottle of 3rd Anniversary Belgian Quad
Also: can buy at the brewery for yourself or someone else

Marble
Cost: $25
Start date (if any): May 1, 2014, but 2013 memberships still available
Discounts: 22-ounce pint for price of 16-ounce pint; discount on regular pints, growler refills; 10-percent off kegs
Swag: TBD for 2014; for 2013 you can get 30 percent off merchandise (not including growlers, gift packs, beer, or web purchases); you get a Marble Hop Burst Hat, free subscription to electronic newsletter
Additional details: Brew Club Appreciation Day is this Sunday at all three locations. For more info, go to Marble’s official site.

Nexus “Nexus Neighbor”
Cost: $35 single, $50 couple
Start date (if any): none listed
Discounts: for every $100 you spend, $10 off your next ticket (excluding beer); $1 off pints, 20-ounce pours, growlers; 10% off kegs
Swag: choose from a T-shirt, hat, filled growler, or two logo glasses when you sign up
Also: exclusive events TBD; $5 of your fee (or $10 for couples) goes into Nexus Community Fund for donations to non-profits chosen by members

Santa Fe “Regulars Club”
Cost: $50
Start date (if any): one year from the day you sign up
Discounts: happy hour prices at all times, 10% off kegs, $25 cases
Swag: you get invited to the annual Christmas party with all the employees

Tractor “Beer Farmer’s Co-op”
Cost: $35
Start date (if any): likely Dec. 1
Discounts: $1 off pints, $1 off six-packs, 10% off keg purchases
Swag: 2014 edition growler

Turtle Mountain
Cost: $50
Start date (if any): renewals must occur between Dec. 1-31; after Jan. 1 any spots vacated by existing members become open on a first-come, first-serve basis
Discounts: $1 off pints and growlers
Swag: at the Mug Club Party every April there will be a prize; this coming year’s is secret, but past swag has included growler coozies, custom-designed shirts, stainless steel growlers
Other stuff: members are allowed to bring in a vessel to display on shelves and drink from when visiting TMBC; this will be the 15th year of the mug club

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We hope that helps with your holiday shopping for 2013-14. Again, if you have questions, contact us or the individual breweries. There are direct links to all the breweries here on our site.

Enjoy the weekend, bad weather aside, and keep supporting your local breweries!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

Winter is the season for kicking back by the fire will with a nice malty beverage. But this is New Mexico, and we love us some hops no matter what time of year it is. Why else would Back Alley, Bosque, New Mexico Craft Brewing, Sandia Chile Grill, and Turtle Mountain be releasing various IPAs in mid-November? Because they know we will drink them, of course. As a native New Mexican, I salute you all.

Right now in the Duke City, Back Alley Draft House has their American Strong Ale and IPA now on tap. Bosque Brewing should have a Double IPA on tap by the end of the week, which will be part of their “Scale Tipper” series of Double IPAs. Chama River is now serving Whispering Rye, 3 Dog Night, Me Llamo Lodo, and they may tap a fresh batch of Punkin Drublic at the end of the week to help you celebrate Thanksgiving. Kaktus Brewing just tapped the Basil Lager (made with true basil leaf). Marble is now serving their new Belgo Stout, plus they are holding a special release party tonight (Wednesday) starting at 5 p.m. for their Imperial Stout. Sandia Chile Grill has new batches of Smooth Move Amber and Rattlesnake IPA now on tap. Turtle Mountain has two hopped up favorites coming back to taps this week in the Ironman Black IPA and Hoptimus Prime.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday will feature Traquair House Ale Clone, a Scottish Wee Heavy brewed by Duskin Jasper.

In Las Vegas, New Mexico NMCBC’s grand opening of the Old Town Draft House cleaned them out of a lot of beers, but the illustrious 90/90 Barleywine goes on tap Wednesday, and Imperial Stout is getting kegged that day, too. They also have their Imperial RyePA and Imperial AIPA now on tap.

Three Rivers Brewery is now serving Thode’s Fat Dog Stout in Farmington, while Taos Mesa has added Great Scot Scottish and Rainy Day IPA to their lineup for this week.

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 Nov. 18.

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: American Strong Ale, IPA, Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, White Ryeno. The White Ryeno, one of my personal favorites, is an intriguing hybrid of the standard rye and Belgian white styles. Stoutmeister and Brandon enjoyed the Imperial Pumpkin Ale, which is not overpowering on the alcohol end. BADH is now offering Stone’s Double Bastard on tap as well.

Events: Rio Grande Family Band coming back to BADH on Nov. 23.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Rye Lager, Chocolate Porter, Columbus (Red). Blue Corn’s new red ale is hopped with Columbus hops, of course. 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.

News: From Blue Corn’s Facebook page: “Please make plans to join us on Thursday, December 12th for our next Beer Release party. John has been barrel aging his Imperial Stout for almost a year now and we are excited to get it on tap. For only $5.00 be the first to enjoy a pint of stout and some delicious snacks courtesy of Chef D. Space is limited, so make your reservations soon (505) 438-1800. Cheers!”

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: La Llorona Scottish Ale, Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Embudo Gold Golden Ale, La Cabra Doppel Bock. The new La Cabra gets this little writeup on Blue Heron’s website: “A dark creamy bock with a hint of chocolate, slightly hoppy.” 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. It is also available in bombers, in case you’re driving by but don’t have time to sit down with a pint. Blue Heron also has Amber’s Folly, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Embudo Gold, and Lava Rock Pale Ale 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: Double IPA, Dubbel/Abbey Style, Pale Ryder, Mellow Brit, Oatmeal Stout. Bosque should have a Double IPA on tap by the end of the week, which will be part of their “Scale Tipper” series of Double IPAs. 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 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–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Mayflower Stout (6.5% ABV), Glugg Porter (6.0% ABV), Debacle Pumpkin Ale (4.4% ABV), Tom Selleck Ale (5.1% ABV). B3 describes Glugg Porter as “a traditional holiday drink typically made with wine. We said ‘Screw it! Let’s make it with beer!’ We add a lot of spices and orange zest to this porter to give it a definite holiday taste.” B3 added brown sugar roasted sweet potatoes to the Mayflower Stout, one of their most popular seasonals ever, to give it a nice sweetness.

News: Upcoming seasonal beers include Drunken Hobo Milk Stout and Elixir Ale.

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 karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

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, which we both recommend. 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 soon.

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: Whispering Rye (6.3%ABV, 60 IBU), 3 Dog Night (8.7% ABV, 35 IBUs, $6.25 pints), Me Llamo Lodo (7.1% ABV, 60 IBU, $5.25 Pints), Apricot Wheat (5.5% ABV, 15 IBUs, $5.25 Pints). Chama had this to say about Me Llamo Lodo: “Just in time for cold weather we offer the return of our Imperial Brown Ale. Big chocolate and caramel malt flavors and aromas dominate this warming seasonal beer.”

News: Chama will potentially be tapping a second batch of Punkin Drublic later this week in time for Thanksgiving.

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: Manikin (Scottish Ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian Golden Strong Ale, 8.2% ABV), 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. Duchamp is a Belgian-style sour wit with lots of citrus punch (5% ABV). Duel has solidified their regular beer rotation, which includes Titian, Grunewald, Dark Ryder, Bad Amber, Duchamp Sour Wit, Fiction IPA, and Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Therefore, if there is a temporary outage in any of these beers, they will be back on tap soon. Stoutmeister and Franz Solo reviewed most of Duel’s beers in a recent visit to Santa Fe.

News: Duel’s “Goya” Stout will be going on tap in December. It will have the hearty ABV of 13.5 percent.

Duel is trying to have music at least Thurs-Sat (usually 7-10 p.m.), their food menu just expanded with three new items, and they have a life drawing session each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun).

The life drawing session is $25. You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

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, Imperial Stout, Holiday Ale, IPA, Black IPA, Porter, Stout, Dark Bock, Barley Wine. The regular IPA is back on tap this week, replacing the Octoberfest. High Desert’s website says the Holiday Ale has “a complex flavor profile & creamy texture. Brewed with orange zest, Madagascar vanilla beans, cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, allspice, & clover honey.” The Dark Bock is described as “a rich dark brew with traditional malty sweetness. Lightly hopped for balance, this is a true bock beer. A full bodied lager with a kick should be consumed with care. You’ll be bock.” 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: Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Sasquatch Scotch, Exodus IPA, Southern Passion IPA (single hopped IPA), Marzen, Day of the Dead (Belgian Dark Strong), Helles Bock, Face First Pale Ale. Day of the Dead is a Belgian Dark Strong aged in Bourbon barrels. Face First Pale Ale was brewed by Il Vicino’s assistant GM David Facey. Stoutmeister said it has a hoppy beginning and a smooth, malty finish. The Helles Bock is a sweet blast of malty goodness. The Marzen is a slightly more mellow cousin to the Helles. Panama Joe brought home a gold medal in the coffee beer category at the Great American Beer Festival this year.

News: The Canteen will be serving Irish Red, Just Esteem, and Boysenberry Wheat as soon as taps are available.

Cask: There is no word yet on what the Canteen will have on cask this Wednesday and Saturday. The Canteen features is now featuring Big Flavor Firkins every Saturday.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8, Fri-Sun 11:30-10)

Beers: Basil Lager (made with true basil leaf), Late Hop Amber, Big Ben (London) Porter, Dunkel, Green Bottle Lager, IPA, ESB, Stout. 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 of Kaktus and Stoutmeister highly recommends the ESB. The ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group visited Kaktus recently and Stoutmeister went along for the fun. He enjoyed the Stout (of course). Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

Cask: Kaktus is now serving the Big Ben Porter as their first of what we hope to be many selections on cask.

News: Kaktus has a new winterized patio covered by a tent, so now you can enjoy pint on the patio any time of year.

Events: Kaktus has live music on Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. by open mic song writers.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: 2012 Barley’s Wine, J-17 Pale Ale, wine barrel-aged Malpais Stout, Dunkelweizen, Pater’s Pale, Like Mother Like Daughter (Session Pale Ale), Hoppy & Weiss. The J-17 Pale Ale is made with the VERY rare J-17 hops from SAB’s experimental hop farm in South Africa. La Cumbre’s wine barrel-aged Malpais Stout has been sitting in the wood for nine months now, so expect a lot of wine and oak character. The Pater’s Pale is a Belgian-style pale ale, which packs less punch (4.7% ABV) but plenty of flavor. Like Mother Like Daughter and Hoppy & Weiss will be probably be gone this week, so get your fill before they are gone.

Cask: La Cumbre now has their Oak-aged Malpais on cask. For Friday, La Cumbre will be featuring J-17 Pale Ale dry-hopped with Calypso on cask. La Cumbre is planning a new cask tapping every Friday. From here on through the spring (at least) they will be tapping a new keg of real ale that has aged on whole leaf hops. The beer will change, but expect many appearances from the award-winning Elevated IPA. The hop varieties will change every week allowing the La Cumbre faithful to try the vast array of aromas that are contributed by dry hops. Next week La Cumbre will be featuring cask conditioned Elevated IPA dry-hopped with Citra. That should be pretty intense.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Belgo Stout, Pumpkin Noire, Pumpkin Ale, 2012 Imperial Stout (one keg), Double White, India Lite. 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. The keg of Reserve Ale went on Tuesday, so it will not be there much longer (if it’s not already gone).

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

News: Marble will be hosting their Imperial Stout Release Party tonight (Wednesday) beginning at 5 p.m. The first 75 customers will get free S’mores from the Chocolate Cartel. There also will be food from The Supper Truck, since man should not drink Imperial Stout on a stomach filled with just S’mores.

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, 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. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Imperial AIPA, Imperial RyePA, Bohemian Pilsner, Cervesa de Vapor, Robust Porter. NMCBC’s grand opening of the Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas cleaned them out of a lot of beers, but the illustrious 90/90 Barleywine goes on tap today (Wednesday), and Imperial Stout is getting kegged today, too.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: English Pale, Equinox (pumpkin ale), Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. Nexus’ English Pale will be on tap later this week. The Equinox offers an interesting mix of flavors between pumpkin and spices on one hand and a nutty brown ale on the other hand. Brewer Manuel Mussen has tweaked the recipe for the porter; Stoutmeister said there is more of a roasted flavor now, with less chocolate. He suggested they call this recipe the Winter Porter.

Cask: Nexus will be tapping a cask of IPA this week.

News: Nexus has an Imperial Stout in the works. Look for it 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. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

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: Smooth Move Amber, Rattlesnake IPA, 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 winner at the New Mexico Cup earlier this year.

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: Black IPA, Traquair House Ale Clone – Scottish Wee Heavy, Saison ’88, 1,000 Duck Sized Horses. The Small Batch Saturday will feature Traquair House Ale Clone – Scottish Wee Heavy brewed by Duskin Jasper. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products. The taproom currently features the creatively-named sour 1,000 Duck Sized Horses. It is not a large batch, so stop by soon to try it.

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 is prepping the 12 Beers of Christmas series for December, which will include Southern Pecan Spiced Brown Ale by The Babes in Brewland, Barrel Aged Belgian Sour Tripel by Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers Club, Flaming Reindeer Scottish Ale by Greg, and many more.

SFBC is also purchasing a 7.5-acre farm in Northern New Mexico where they will begin growing their own hops.

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: Simcoe Pale Ale, Kolsch, Rod’s Best Bitter, Schwarzbier, IPA, Altbier, Cream Stout, Old Pecos Porter. The Altbier and Schwarzbier are the last of the German-style offerings from Second Street’s Oktoberfest collection of beers that were on tap last month. November is Porter Month at Second Street, with the Old Pecos Porter the first of the three offerings to debut. It will be followed by the Three C’s Porter and the Buenas Dias Porter. The GABF gold medal-winning Rod’s Steam Bitter will reportedly be back on tap sometime between Friday and Monday.

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 a 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 a Citra Pale Ale that was hugely popular last year. It should be on tap soon.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Big Brown, Great Scot Scottish, Rainy Day IPA, Fall Down Brown, Kolsch 45, Lunch Pale Ale, Superstitious Stout. The Great Scot Scottish (7.2% ABV) and Rainy Day IPA (7.2% ABV) are new to tap this week. Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout. In addition to their own beers, Taos Mesa has two guest taps. Marble’s IPA and Red can be found in far north of New Mexico.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: Thode’s Fat Dog Stout, India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Leroy Brown (X-Beer), Peachy Keen, S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, Bare Naked Aggie Wheat Ale, 3 Rivers Kolsch, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Baltic Porter. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The newest beers on tap include Thode’s Fat Dog Stout (5.9% ABV), Animas Pale Ale (5.1% ABV), and Peachy Keen (4.9% ABV).

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Thai Dragon Pepper Kolsch 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: Black India Lager (6.5% ABV), Jack The Sipper (7.8% ABV), Double Almanac IPA (8.0 % ABV), Pilsner (6.8% ABV), Tractoberfest (6.5% ABV), Berry Cider (8.0% ABV). Beer Farmer, Tractor’s latest insider email update, described Jack The Sipper. “This beer is a brown ale which has 440 pounds of real pumpkin and is spiced with Allspice, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. It’s a bite of spicy pumpkin pie that finishes with just a hint of pumpkin flavor.”

News: Non-smokers rejoice! Tractor’s patio flaps are up. Enjoy a beer with nice scenery with no pesky chilly weather to keep you from drinking your favorite beer.

Tractor has five new styles of apparel hot off the presses. Pick your favorite out for yourself then grab one as a gift for your best beer lover.

Events: Tractor now has a new Thursday Night Domino Tournament. Be there every week for the fun and awesome prizes just for playing. The games begin at 9 p.m.

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: Ironman Black IPA, Hoptimus Prime, Hop Duster Pale Ale (4.7% ABV, 50 IBU), Cosmic Imperial Stout (7.75% ABV, 80, IBU, 1.072 OG), Hoptimus Prime (6.8% ABV, 150 IBU, 1.064 OG), Grandma’s Brown (6.3% ABV, 15 IBU), Spiced Pumpkin Ale (6.3% ABV, 15 IBU). The Hoptimus Prime is on tap right now with a 2 pint limit.  There is only 1 half-barrel of Grandma’s Brown and 1 half-barrel of Pumpkin Spice so those should be gone by Wednesday. The Ironman Black IPA will follow the Grandma’s, so it will probably be in tap on by Friday. 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 will have their Ironman Black IPA coming on tap on Tuesday of next week, which is hopped with CTZ and Summit. No specifics yet, but last year’s batch was one of their finest beers.

TMBC is opening at 10:30 on Sundays as opposed to 11 a.m. for the hardcore football fans.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Hybrid 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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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

The Week Ahead in Beer: Back in black

Posted: November 13, 2013 by erockslab in The Week Ahead in Beer

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

The stouts are back! The stouts are back! From Mayflower to Cosmic Imperial to Panama Joe, if you are a lover of the blackest of beers, your time of the year is here at last! (Dancing a jig as I edit this. — Stoutmeister)

Right now in the Duke City, Bosque Brewing Company should have a yet-to-be-named Dubbel/Abbey-style beer on tap by the end of the week. Broken Bottle is now serving their very popular Mayflower Stout (6.5% ABV) and Glugg Porter (6.0% ABV). The Il Vicino Canteen has new batches of three of their most beloved beers coming back to tap this week: Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Sasquatch Scotch, and Exodus IPA. Kaktus Brewing just added Late Hop Amber to their beer selections on tap. La Cumbre will have 2012 Barley’s Wine going on tap this week. Marble has a slew of new beers on tap including: 3 Pumpkins, last year’s Reserve Ale (one keg), last year’s Imperial Stout (one keg), and Trident’s Spirit. Nexus’ English Pale will be on tap later this week. Tractor is now serving their Black India Lager (6.5% ABV). Turtle Mountain’s 2013 Cosmic Imperial Stout is on tap right now and their Hoptimus Prime will be back on tap as of today.

In the City Different, Duel is introducing their new Scottish ale, Manikin (3.9% ABV), this week. Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday will feature a Dunkelweizen brewed by Duskin Jasper.

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 Nov. 11.

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: Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, White Ryeno. The White Ryeno, one of my personal favorites, is an intriguing hybrid of the standard rye and Belgian white styles. BADH is now offering the Stone Suede Imperial Porter and Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine on tap as well. It’s all about the big beers downtown. Stoutmeister recommends both the Imperial Pumpkin and the Old Crustacean, though probably not in the same visit if you are driving.

Events: Rio Grande Family Band coming back to BADH on Nov. 23.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Rye Lager, Chocolate Porter, Columbus (Red). Blue Corn will be tapping the Rye Lager this weekend. Blue Corn’s new red ale is hopped with Columbus hops, of course. 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.

News: Blue Corn Brewery is now serving Chama River’s One Fell Swoop as part of their specialty beer selection.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: La Llorona Scottish Ale, Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Embudo Gold Golden Ale, La Cabra Doppel Bock. The new La Cabra gets this little writeup on Blue Heron’s website: “A dark creamy bock with a hint of chocolate, slightly hoppy.” 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. It is also available in bombers, in case you’re driving by but don’t have time to sit down with a pint. Blue Heron also has Amber’s Folly, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Embudo Gold, and Lava Rock Pale Ale 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: Dubbel/Abbey Style, Pale Ryder, Mellow Brit, Oatmeal Stout. Bosque should have a yet-to-be-named Dubbel/Abbey Style beer on tap by the end of the week. 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:  BBC is currently fermenting a Double IPA. Watch for it to be on tap in the coming weeks.

Bosque has a new happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Mayflower Stout (6.5% ABV), Glugg Porter (6.0% ABV), Debacle Pumpkin Ale (4.4% ABV), Tom Selleck Ale (5.1% ABV). B3 describes Glugg Porter as “a traditional holiday drink typically made with wine. We said ‘Screw it! Let’s make it with beer!’ We add a lot of spices and orange zest to this porter to give it a definite holiday taste.” B3 added brown sugar roasted sweet potatoes to the Mayflower Stout, one of their most popular seasonals ever, to give it a nice sweetness. The two varieties of pumpkin ale cover the darker and lighter ends of the spectrum.

News: Upcoming seasonal beers include Drunken Hobo Milk Stout and Elixir Ale.

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 karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

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 soon.

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: Mocktoberfest, Apricot Wheat (5.5% ABV, 15 IBUs, $5.25 Pints), Porter for Pyros (6.1% ABV, 40 IBU), One Fell Swoop, Hop Slap IPA (7.2% ABV, 110 IBU, $5.25 pints). 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)

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: Manikin (Scottish Ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian Golden Strong Ale, 8.2% ABV), 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. Duchamp is a Belgian-style sour wit with lots of citrus punch (5% ABV). Duel has solidified their regular beer rotation, which includes Titian, Grunewald, Dark Ryder, Bad Amber, Duchamp Sour Wit, Fiction IPA, and Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Therefore, if there is a temporary outage in any of these beers, they will be back on tap soon. Stoutmeister and Franz Solo reviewed most of Duel’s beers in a recent visit to Santa Fe.

News: Duel’s “Goya” Stout will be going on tap in December. It will have the hearty ABV of 13.5 percent.

Duel is trying to have music at least Thurs-Sat (usually 7-10 pm), their food menu just expanded with three new items, and they have a life drawing session each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun).

The life drawing session is $25. You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

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, Imperial Stout, Holiday Ale, Octoberfest, Black IPA, Porter, Stout, Dark Bock, Barley Wine. The Hefeweizen, Imperial Stout, and Holiday Ale are new to tap this week. High Desert’s website says the Holiday Ale has “a complex flavor profile & creamy texture. Brewed with orange zest, Madagascar vanilla beans, cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, allspice, & clover honey.” The Dark Bock is described as “a rich dark brew with traditional malty sweetness. Lightly hopped for balance, this is a true bock beer. A full bodied lager with a kick should be consumed with care. You’ll be bock.” 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: Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Sasquatch Scotch, Exodus IPA, Southern Passion IPA (single hopped IPA), Marzen, Day of the Dead (Belgian Dark Strong), Helles Bock, Face First Pale Ale. Day of the Dead is a Belgian Dark Strong aged in Bourbon barrels. Face First Pale Ale was brewed by Il Vicino’s assistant GM David Facey. Stoutmeister said it has a hoppy beginning and a smooth, malty finish. The Helles Bock is a sweet blast of malty goodness. The Marzen is a slightly more mellow cousin to the Helles. Panama Joe brought home a gold medal in the coffee beer category at the Great American Beer Festival this year.

Cask: The mad scientists at the Canteen are currently toying with how they are approaching casks. Brady, Ror, and Dave are steering away from safe “traditional casks” and are aiming for crazy unique casks. This Saturday they will unveil the first go around with Big Flavor Firkins, and they will have a Foreign Style Stout (not Dark And Lusty) cask conditioned with oak chips that were aged in Kentucky Bourbon.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8, Fri-Sun 11:30-10)

Beers: Late Hop Amber, Big Ben (London) Porter, Dunkel, Green Bottle Lager, IPA, ESB, 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 of Kaktus and Stoutmeister highly recommends the ESB. The ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group visited Kaktus recently and Stoutmeister went along for the fun. He enjoyed the Stout (of course). Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

Cask: Kaktus is now serving the Big Ben Porter as their first of what we hope to be many selections on cask.

News: Kaktus has a new winterized patio covered by a tent, so now you can enjoy pint on the patio any time of year.

Events: Kaktus will have live music provided by the Ramblers on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. They also have music this Friday (solo guitarist) from 5 to 7 p.m. and music on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. by open mic song writers.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: 2012 Barley’s Wine, J-17 Pale Ale, wine barrel-aged Malpais Stout, Dunkelweizen, Pater’s Pale, Like Mother Like Daughter (Session Pale Ale), Hoppy & Weiss. The J-17 Pale Ale is made with the VERY rare J-17 hops from SAB’s experimental hop farm in South Africa. La Cumbre’s wine barrel-aged Malpais Stout has been sitting in the wood for nine months now, so expect a lot of wine and oak character. The Pater’s Pale is a Belgian-style pale ale, which packs less punch (4.7% ABV) but plenty of flavor. Like Mother Like Daughter and Hoppy & Weiss will be probably be gone this week, so get your fill before they are gone.

Cask: La Cumbre now has their Oak-aged Malpais on cask. For Friday, La Cumbre will be featuring J-17 Pale Ale dry-hopped with Calypso on cask. La Cumbre is planning a new cask tapping every Friday. From here on through the spring (at least) they will be tapping a new keg of real ale that has aged on whole leaf hops. The beer will change, but expect many appearances from the award-winning Elevated IPA. The hop varieties will change every week allowing the La Cumbre faithful to try the vast array of aromas that are contributed by dry hops. Next week La Cumbre will be featuring cask conditioned Elevated IPA dry-hopped with Citra. That should be pretty intense.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: 3 pumpkins, 2012 Reserve Ale (one keg), 2012 Imperial Stout (one keg), Tridents Spirit, Double White, India Lite. 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. The keg of Reserve Ale went on Tuesday, so it will not be there much longer (if it’s not already gone).

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

News: There will be a Pint for Pint Blood Drive at Marble’s downtown pub on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. To determine if you are eligible click here. To schedule an appointment click here. The blood drive will be part of a One World, One Marble day-long celebration that will also include a chili cook-off, live music, a raffle, and more.

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. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: FYBIPADH Porter, Wet-n-Wild, (hopped ale), Bohemian Pilsner, Pale Ale, Brown, Vapor, Rye PA, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Strong Ale. NMCBC picked wild hops in Gallinas Canyon, and they are brewing them in the Wet-n-Wild hopped ale that proved to be a huge hit at Hopfest last weekend. The F Your Black IPA Dry Hopped Porter was also very popular with the masses.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps with Bohemian Pilsner, Pale Ale, Brown, Vapor, Rye PA, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Strong Ale, and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week. Their official grand opening party will be this Saturday. They will have a have a strong lineup at the grand opening, including the last five gallons of FYBIPADH Porter and the Wet-n-Wild.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: English Pale Ale, Equinox (pumpkin ale), Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. Nexus’ English Pale will be on tap later this week. The Equinox offers an interesting mix of flavors between pumpkin and spices on one hand and a nutty brown ale on the other hand. Brewer Manuel Mussen has tweaked the recipe for the porter; Stoutmeister said there is more of a roasted flavor now, with less chocolate. He suggested they call this recipe the Winter Porter.

Cask: Nexus has a fresh batch of their Vanilla Bean Porter on cask today.

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 stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

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 winner at the New Mexico Cup earlier this year.

News: New batches of Smooth Move Amber and Rattlesnake IPA should be back on tap soon.

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: Black IPA, Dunkelweizen, Saison ’88, 1,000 Duck Sized Horses. The Small Batch Saturday will feature a Dunkelweizen brewed by Duskin Jasper. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products. The taproom currently features the creatively-named sour 1,000 Duck Sized Horses. It is not a large batch, so stop by soon to try it.

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 is prepping the 12 Beers of Christmas series for December, which will include Southern Pecan Spiced Brown Ale by The Babes in Brewland, Barrel Aged Belgian Sour Tripel by Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers Club, Flaming Reindeer Scottish Ale by Greg, and many more.

SFBC is also purchasing a 7.5-acre farm in Northern New Mexico where they will begin growing their own hops.

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: Simcoe Pale Ale, Kolsch, Rod’s Best Bitter, Schwarzbier, IPA, Altbier, Cream Stout, Old Pecos Porter. The Altbier and Schwarzbier are the last of the German-style offerings from Second Street’s Oktoberfest collection of beers that were on tap last month. November is Porter Month at Second Street, with the Old Pecos Porter the first of the three offerings to debut. It will be followed by the Three C’s Porter and the Buenas Dias Porter. The GABF gold medal-winning Rod’s Steam Bitter will reportedly be back on tap sometime between Friday and Monday.

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 a 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 soon. 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 recently 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: Big Brown, Fall Down Brown, Hopper IPA, Kolsch 45, Lunch Pale Ale, Superstitious Stout. The Big Brown (8.5% ABV), Fall Down Brown (4.6% ABV), and Superstitious Stout (5.2% ABV) are new to tap this week. Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout. The Hopper IPA (6.2% ABV, 58 IBUs) got a writeup on Taplister: “This American style IPA is bold all the way around. A strong nose of floral hops starts off the experience, followed by crisp floral bitter on the tongue, which is spread out by the uncompromisingly full body, and finishes up with a smooth citrus flavor.” In addition to their own beers, Taos Mesa has four guest taps. La Cumbre’s Dunkel Jefe is joined by Marble’s IPA, Red, and Wildflower Wheat.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, 21st Amendment Pale Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Leroy Brown (X-Beer), Peachy Keen, S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, Bare Naked Aggie Wheat Ale, 3 Rivers Kolsch, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Baltic Porter. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The newest beers on tap include the Animas Pale Ale (5.1% ABV) and Peachy Keen (4.9% ABV).

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the S.M.A.S.H. – EPA and Simcoe Amber on cask. Next up will be the Thai Dragon Pepper Kolsch.

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: Black India Lager (6.5% ABV), Jack The Sipper (7.8% ABV), Double Almanac IPA (8.0 % ABV), Pilsner (6.8% ABV), Tractoberfest (6.5% ABV), Berry Cider (8.0% ABV). Beer Farmer, Tractor’s latest insider email update, described Jack The Sipper. “This beer is a brown ale which has 440 pounds of real pumpkin and is spiced with Allspice, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. It’s a bite of spicy pumpkin pie that finishes with just a hint of pumpkin flavor.”

News: Non-smokers rejoice! Tractor’s patio flaps are up. Enjoy a beer with nice scenery with no pesky chilly weather to keep you from drinking your favorite beer.

Tractor has five new styles of apparel hot off the presses. Pick your favorite out for yourself then grab one as a gift for your best beer lover.

Events: Tractor now has a new Thursday Night Domino Tournament. Be there every week for the fun and awesome prizes just for playing. The games begin at 9 p.m.

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: Hop Duster Pale Ale (4.7% ABV, 50 IBU), Cosmic Imperial Stout (7.75% ABV, 80, IBU, 1.072 OG), Hoptimus Prime (6.8% ABV, 150 IBU, 1.064 OG), Grandma’s Brown (6.3% ABV, 15 IBU), Spiced Pumpkin Ale (6.3% ABV, 15 IBU). Turtle Mountain’s 2013 Cosmic Imperial Stout is on tap right now and their Hoptimus Prime will be back on tap today. 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 will have their Ironman Black IPA coming on tap on Tuesday of next week, which is hopped with CTZ and Summit. No specifics yet, but last year’s batch was one of their finest beers.

TMBC is opening at 10:30 on Sundays as opposed to 11 a.m. for the hardcore football fans.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Hybrid 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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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

Howdy, all. It’s Stoutmeister. My personal holiday that I totally came up with is upon us. Yes, Friday is International Stout Day. Wait, you mean I don’t get credit for that? Oh. Well, can I get a free pint of stout? Please? Pretty please?

Oh, stout, you wonderful beer. We're giving an entire day to you.

Oh, stout, you wonderful beer. We’re giving an entire day to you.

Anyway, it really is International Stout Day, so get on out there and grab a pint of the black gold in a glass and enjoy. Yes, even you wimpy person who won’t drink a beer you can’t see through. It’s time to convert to the dark side (please don’t sue me for typing that, George Lucas, er, J.J. Abrams). And for Stout Day there are two special stouts worth checking out. Over at Il Vicino Canteen they have brewed up another batch of Panama Joe Coffee Stout, the gold medal winner at GABF this year. Meanwhile, over at La Cumbre, they have aged some of their delicious Malpais Stout in a wine barrel for the last nine months. It’s a stout-a-palooza!

Stouts are the old reliable beers of the brewing world. They are not some fad, some trend that will rise and fade away (looking at you, Belgian sours). They are the constant, the rock. The changes in the hops make IPAs differ from year to year. Not stouts; they’re the same big, robust bastards they were last year. They warm you up in the winter, mellow you out in the summer, and pretty much tell people that you are at the bar to enjoy a pint, not engage in banal conversation about celebrities and politics. Stouts are the beer of people who support the same sports teams since birth. They are the beer of soccer hooligans, mosh pits, SAMCRO, and gathering around the fire outside on a frigid night to drink straight from the growler. Stouts are what you drink when you blast Pantera at 2 a.m. because you want to forget about your ex, your crappy job, your bills, the fact they charged $3000 for a flight to Brazil and thus kept you from the 2014 World Cup. Stouts are your friend that snarls and curses and tells you to never stop fighting the good fight. They are therapy in a glass, only if you get whiny and needy, they’ll smack you upside the head and remind you that life sucks, so wear a helmet.

Ahem. So as I was thinking about why I love stouts, it actually got me thinking about why do other people love them. Specifically, why do people in the great beer community that is New Mexico love these obsidian masterpieces? Rather than just wonder, I emailed as many breweries as I had addresses for and asked a very simple question: In your opinion, what makes a great stout? (Also added a follow-up question about each brewer’s favorite stout(s) that they tend to enjoy.)

Here were some of the responses …

Bosque's wonderful Oatmeal Stout. Yeah, this entire post is just an excuse to show lots of photos of stouts.

Bosque’s wonderful Oatmeal Stout. Yeah, this entire post is just an excuse to show lots of photos of stouts.

Bosque’s Jotham Michnovicz: “Stouts are a funny sort of beer, sort of like stout drinkers. While a broad range of beers are considered ‘stouts,’ each sub-style is as different as the fanatic fan base they represent. Stouts are all about balance. For me, light bodied stouts often lack in flavor but full bodied stouts are usually too sweet. I prefer a medium body, leaning toward the dry end of the spectrum. Good stouts usually have some roast, chocolate and sometimes, smoked flavors. Each of these flavors can easily overpower (astringent bitterness or smoke) or leave you wanting when they are absent. Lastly, the creamy or velvety texture given by a healthy dose of flaked oats is what seals the deal. In short: medium bodied, dry, roasty, chocolatey and velvety.” Hmm, it’s almost like Jotham just described Bosque’s Oatmeal Stout there, which is one of the best stouts in ABQ.

Blue Corn’s John Bullard: “Drinkability. Smooth qualities without overdoing it with roasted malts.” John picked North Coast’s Old Rasputin imperial stout as his personal favorite. Considering that John’s own stout won a silver medal at GABF, I would say he knows what he’s talking about.

Cazuela’s Mike Campbell: “Stouts are rich and earthy. It’s amazing to think how many styles of stouts there are, many of which have been now stretched beyond the range of imperial by the American craft brewer. From dry to sweet to oatmeal, stout is a filling, satisfying, soul heartening glass of roasty malt-tacularness.” Mike’s Pastizal Oatmeal Stout is brewed with oats from Corrales Mercantile, meaning every time you drink one it supports two local businesses! Pretty good deal, if you ask us.

Duel’s Todd Yocham: “Balance.” A man of few words, though he brews complex beers. Looking forward to trying Duel’s first stout soon. Oh, and Todd’s favorite stout is Deschutes’ The Abyss.

Kaktus’ Mike Waddy: “My opinion, what makes a good Stout is the ‘mouth feel.’ It needs to be hearty, creamy and smooth. Nothing is worse than a thin feeling Stout.” Mike has a stout on tap right now; head up to Bernalillo and try it for yourselves.

Remember when the Crew did the Super Bowl Stout Battle? La Cumbre's Malpais Stout was the winner in 2013.

Remember when the Crew did the Super Bowl Stout Battle? La Cumbre’s Malpais Stout was the winner in 2013.

La Cumbre’s Jeff Erway: “As with all beer styles, I don’t appreciate vagueness. If you tell me this is a stout, it better damn well be a stout. Big, brash, excessively assuming. I don’t want to wonder “Is this a stout or a porter?” I want to know on first smell “This is an f%$*ing stout!” It’s one of the reasons I am just not that much of a fan of classic Irish dry stouts. There just too much like Pilsner with food coloring. In my mind, stouts should be a meal in a glass. Chewy, rich, and yet… silky all at the same time. Thanks. I was going to go have a nice refreshing pilsner. Now I am going to have to drink a stout.” When I asked Jeff for his favorite stouts, he did not hold back on that, either. “Of those easily accessible in this state (and not imperial stouts) I really love Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout. Winey and buttery (one of the only examples of a diacetyl ridden beer that I enjoy) rich and creamy, and exceptional milk chocolate notes. Samuel Smiths has a house character that is truly a unique combination of their fermentation geometry and their malt selection. No brewery anywhere achieves a more intense and intricate caramel character in their beers. Other’s less readily available are Pelican Tsunami Stout (maybe my favorite stout ever?) Snake River Zonker Stout, De Dolle Extra Stout, Herkules Stout (unique in it’s sour+brett character), Lion Stout, and, believe it or not, Guinness that is made in or for any market besides Great Britain or North America. Particularly good are the one’s made in Jamaica and Nigeria, as well as the brew made for the Belgian market.” Does anyone else feel like their beer IQ has gone up after reading Jeff’s comments? He is a treasure trove of knowledge.

New Mexico Craft Brewing’s Kyle Yonan: “Fat roasted barley, hard water, and bulging love. -woodlee And if you don’t want to take his word for it, he’ll show ya.” I’m not exactly sure what Kyle is quoting here, but it works. I guess. Anyway, we tried NMCBC’s stout a ways back and found it quite good. One of these weekends we’ll trek up to their new taproom in Las Vegas (opening Nov. 16!) and see if he has it again for us.

Taos Ale House’s Jesse Cook: “I like them on the high alcohol side, but still well balanced!” It should be noted that Jesse’s Nitro Patty Stout that E-Rock and I had back in April 2012 was one of the best limited-release stouts I have had in this state.

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Some of our readers sounded off on Facebook and/or Twitter about their favorite stouts. I also asked some of the frequent posters on the Dodgers’ website Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, who I chat with about the Isotopes (and other things, obviously). Here are a few of their responses.

Many people we've talked to over the years have praised the stouts produced by Colorado's Great Divide, which we found at GABF in 2012.

Many people we’ve talked to over the years have praised the stouts produced by Colorado’s Great Divide, which we found at GABF in 2012.

Brew Crew readers

David Gunter: “Santa Fe Brewing Company‘s Java Stout. Best in town.”

Miguel Lucero: “Older Viscosity from Port Brewing. Oskar Blues’ Ten Fidy. I like a big burly imperial stout preferably barrel aged. It has to have lots of creaminess, body, chocolate character, and I like mine more on the espresso side than coffee.”

Manuel Martinez: “The Yeti stouts from Great Divide. I hope to have oatmeal yeti soon.”

Josh Sanders: “Ska’s Hibernal Vinafera. Oskar Blue’s Ten Fidy. HV a beautiful blend of wine and beer. TF is a monster.”

Sandy Zimmerman: “I prefer the Oatmeal Stout at Marble. Outside of NM, I just enjoyed the Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer; it’s a smoked imperial stout.”

One of the best imperial stouts we have ever found around the country is the Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout.

One of the best imperial stouts we have ever found around the country is the Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout.

MSTI readers (enjoy their screen names, please, and the sheer lunacy of some of their comments, which were not edited for content; proceed with caution)

deBlue Silver Edition: “(North Coast) Brother Thelonius. Good with a friend and a burger. Especially if I want to get a warm buzz slowly and without fullness.”

Purple Drank: “Dogfish Head Santo Palo Marron. When Drank went on a tour there in Delaware, he got to check out the barrel that it ferments in, which uses a specific type of wood from South America. Really adds a richer flavor, plus gets Drank hammered.”

efb: “Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. I mean s***; it’s chocolate yo!” and “Green Flash Double Stout. The sweetest head you’ll ever get.”

Jacked Nate: “Bootleggers Black Phoenix stout has been a favorite of mine for the past couple of years. It’s chocolatey and coffee-y and has a little bite. I enjoy it alone or with cats and tears.”

Batted Bob: “Old Viscosity – Port Brewing Company, gets me wasted fast and tastes great.”

Deuces Wild: “Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout is at the top of my list. I went through 3 of those during the 3rd game of the NLCS and was feeling absolutely delightful. I love the flavor of roasted malt and the chocolate finish. Plus, 9% abv isn’t too shabby.”

NoHitWin2008: “Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout by Rogue. Why? Because of the mocha head and the well balanced flavors. It’s not just an awesome tasting stout, either. It’s fairly medium-bodied so it’s very drinkable.”

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And I would be remiss without including the Crew’s favorite stouts as well, starting with some of my own. I’ll probably forget a few awesome ones (particularly those I only had a GABF last year).

Eagerly awaiting the return of Marble's Imperial Stout, which debuts Nov. 20.

Eagerly awaiting the return of Marble’s Imperial Stout, which debuts Nov. 20.

Stoutmeister: Stouts from around the country — Deschutes Obsidian Stout, Left Hand Milk Stout, Devil’s Backbone Black Rock Milk Stout, Magic Hat Heart of Darkness Stout, Stone Russian Imperial Espresso Stout, Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon Russian Imperial Stout, Mendocino Imperial Stout, Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout, Lost Coast Eight-Ball Stout, Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout, Ska Steel-Toed Stout, Green Flash Double Stout, Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, Pizza Port Order in the Port American Stout; Stouts from around New Mexico — Back Alley Imperial Russian Stout, Blue Corn Gold Medal Stout, Bosque Oatmeal Stout, Broken Bottle Rip Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Chama River Sleeping Dog Stout and Serenity Milk Stout, Il Vicino Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout and St. Bob’s Imperial Stout and Panama Joe Coffee Stout, La Cumbre Malpais Stout and Chew and Swallow Oatmeal Stout and Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout, Marble Oatmeal Stout and Stout Americano and Imperial Stout, Sandia Chile Grill Rio Negro Smoked Milk Stout, Santa Fe Brewing Imperial Java Stout, Second Street Cream Stout, Taos Ale House Nitro Patty Stout, Taos Mesa Superstitious Stout, Tractor Double Plow Oatmeal Stout and Milk Stout, Turtle Mountain Maduro Stout.

Franz Solo: Lava Smoked Stout (from Iceland), Stone Russian Imperial Espresso Stout, Rogue XS Imperial Stout, Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout, Il Vicino Panama Joe’s Coffee Stout, North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout, Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout

Brandon: Lava Smoked Stout, Left Hand Milk Stout (he had others to list, but forgot to send them over)

E-Rock: Left Hand Milk Stout on nitro

Porter Pounder: Left Hand Milk Stout, Chama River Sleeping Dog Stout, Ska Mole Stout

Shilling: Someone was “too busy studying” again this week. You’d think this guy is trying to become a paramedic or something …

Enjoy International Stout Day! The Crew will be out and about, enjoying all the dark malevolence we can fit in our pint glasses and growlers.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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

The days have grown shorter, but there is no shortage of beer in the Land of Enchantment. Albuquerque is bursting with even more pumpkin ales, Oktoberfests, stouts, and even some new intriguing IPAs this week. Santa Fe Brewing Company is celebrating a release party on Saturday, and Las Vegas will witness the birth of a new pub this weekend.

I must admit that last week I reported that Duel has a new London Porter and Dunkel on tap. Those beers should have been attributed to Kaktus Brewery. With all of the great new breweries opening around the state, sometimes it is hard to keep track of them all. I send my thanks to all of the readers and brew staffs that help keep this column accurate and up-to-date.

Right now in the Duke City, Back Alley Draft House is serving their Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, and Imperial IPA. Chama River has added Apricot Wheat to their brewer’s specials list, and they will be adding Mocktoberfest to their menu later this week. The Il Vicino Canteen is unveiling their new Southern Passion IPA (single hopped IPA) this week, and they are also offering a new batch of their Marzen. Kaktus is now serving the Big Ben Porter as their first of what we hope to be many selections on cask. New on tap at La Cumbre is the J-17 Pale Ale made with the VERY rare J-17 hops from SAB’s experimental hop farm in South Africa. Later this week, La Cumbre will be tapping their wine barrel-aged Malpais Stout. It has been sitting in the wood for nine months now, so expect a lot of wine and oak character.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company will have a release party for their much-loved Black IPA on Saturday. SFBC’s Small Batch Saturday will feature an Irish Red Ale brewed by Bill Eckman.

Elsewhere in New Mexico, New Mexico Craft Brewing Company in Las Vegas is bringing out FYBIPADH Porter, Wet-n-Wild (hopped ale), Bohemian Pilsner, Pale Ale, Brown, Vapor, Rye PA, and Robust Porter for the grand opening of their new pub. Blue Heron in Embudo debuts the La Cabra Doppel Bock.

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 Nov. 4.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: 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: Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Imperial IPA, White Ryeno. The White Ryeno, one of my personal favorites, is an intriguing hybrid of the standard rye and Belgian white styles. BADH is now offering the Stone Suede Imperial Porter and Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine on tap as well. It’s all about the big beers this week.

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: Rye Lager, Chocolate Porter, Columbus (Red). Blue Corn will be tapping the Rye Lager this weekend. Blue Corn’s new red ale is hopped with Columbus hops, of course. 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.

News: Blue Corn Brewery is now serving Chama River’s One Fell Swoop as part of their specialty beer selection.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: La Llorona Scottish Ale, Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Embudo Gold Golden Ale, La Cabra Doppel Bock. The new La Cabra gets this little writeup on Blue Heron’s website: “A dark creamy bock with a hint of chocolate, slightly hoppy.” 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. It is also available in bombers, in case you’re driving by but don’t have time to sit down with a pint. Blue Heron also has Amber’s Folly, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Embudo Gold, and Lava Rock Pale Ale 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. 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.” It would make for a very good option for International Stout Day, which is this Friday at breweries and bars across the world.

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–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Peculiar Pumpkin Porter, El Campeon, Nacho Brau, Oktoberfest, Debacle Pumpkin Ale, Tom Selleck Ale. El Campeon is a light American ale. Nacho Brau might rank as Franz Solo’s favorite seasonal beer in ABQ. The two varieties of pumpkin ale cover the darker and lighter ends of the spectrum.

News: Next up on the rotating seasonals list is Mayflower Stout.

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 karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

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 soon.

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: Mocktoberfest, Apricot Wheat (5.5% ABV, 15 IBUs, $5.25 Pints), Punkin Drublic (pumpkin spiced ale, 6.2% ABV, 20 IBU), Porter for Pyros (6.1% ABV, 40 IBU), One Fell Swoop, Hop Slap IPA (7.2% ABV, 110 IBU, $5.25 pints). 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) Three of us in the Crew found this year’s batch of Punkin Drublic to be an improvement on the overly-spicy batches of years past.

News: Later this week Punkin Drublic will run out and Chama River will put on their Mocktoberfest, which is an Oktoberfest produced with an ale yeast at low temperatures.

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: Titian (Belgian Golden Strong Ale, 8.2% ABV), 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. Duchamp is a Belgian-style sour wit with lots of citrus punch (5% ABV). Duel has solidified their regular beer rotation, which includes Titian, Grunewald, Dark Ryder, Bad Amber, Duchamp Sour Wit, Fiction IPA, and Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Therefore, if there is a temporary outage in any of these beers, they will be back on tap soon. Stoutmeister and Franz Solo reviewed most of Duel’s beers in a recent visit to Santa Fe.

News: Duel is now brewing a Belgian-Style Scottish Ale that will be around 4.0-percent ABV. It has the working title of “Empiricist.” Their “Goya” Stout will be going on tap in December. It will have the hearty ABV of 13.5 percent.

Duel has a new winterized patio covered by a tent, so now you can enjoy pint on the patio any time of year.

Events: Duel will have live music provided by the Ramblers on Nov. 17 from noon to 3 p.m.

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, Extra Special Bitter, IPA, Anniversary IPA, Octoberfest, Black IPA, Porter, Stout, Dark Bock, Barley Wine. The Dark Bock is described as “a rich dark brew with traditional malty sweetness. Lightly hopped for balance, this is a true bock beer. A full bodied lager with a kick should be consumed with care. You’ll be bock.” 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: Southern Passion IPA (single hopped IPA), Marzen, Day of the Dead (Belgian Dark Strong), Helles Bock, Face First Pale Ale, Irish Red, Elsa’s Double IPA (8.5% ABV, 100+++ IBU, 10 oz. pours), Dark American Lager. Day of the Dead is a Belgian Dark Strong aged in Bourbon barrels. Face First Pale Ale was brewed by Il Vicino’s assistant GM David Facey. Stoutmeister said it has a hoppy beginning and a smooth, malty finish. The Irish Red is a recurring favorite at the Canteen, and the Helles Bock is a sweet blast of malty goodness. The Marzen is a slightly more mellow cousin to the Helles.

Cask: There is no word yet on the Wednesday and Saturday cask offerings at the Canteen.

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. This beer should be back on tap in the coming weeks.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8, Fri-Sun 11:30-10)

Beers: Big Ben (London) Porter, Dunkel, Green Bottle Lager, IPA, ESB, 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 of Kaktus and Stoutmeister highly recommends the ESB. The ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group visited Kaktus recently and Stoutmeister went along for the fun. He enjoyed the Stout (of course). Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

Cask: Kaktus is now serving the Big Ben Porter as their first of what we hope to be many selections on cask.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: J-17 Pale Ale, wine barrel-aged Malpais Stout, Dunkelweizen, Pater’s Pale, Like Mother Like Daughter (Session Pale Ale), Hoppy & Weiss. New on tap is the J-17 Pale Ale made with the VERY rare J-17 hops from SAB’s experimental hop farm in South Africa. Later this week La Cumbre will be tapping their wine barrel-aged Malpais Stout. It has been sitting in the wood for nine months now, so expect a lot of wine and oak character. The Pater’s Pale is a Belgian-style pale ale, which packs less punch (4.7% ABV) but plenty of flavor. Like Mother Like Daughter combines Simcoe and Mosaic hops.

Cask: La Cumbre is planning a new cask tapping every Friday. From here on through the spring (at least) they will be tapping a new keg of real ale that has aged on whole leaf hops. The beer will change, but expect many appearances from the award-winning Elevated IPA. The hop varieties will change every week allowing the La Cumbre faithful to try the vast array of aromas that are contributed by dry hops. They have done this twice now and the cask has sold out in a couple of hours, so get there early.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Crystal Belgique, Classic Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Noire, Lambert’s Pale Ale, Double IPA, Double White, Red Light Lager, Thunder from Dortmunder, India Lite. 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. Also, Marble’s Double White will return in about a week.

Speaking of GABF, congratulations to Marble on winning silver for its Pilsner, while Thunder from Dortmunder brought back a bronze medal.

Marble also bought a chiminea for the patio today, so look for some wood burning warmth on the patio once the weather turns cold again.

Events: Marble will have a beer dinner with Vinaigrette tonight and with Farina Alto on Nov. 11. The Vinaigrette Dinner will be casual with open seating. The Farina Alto one will feature five courses and include house-cured meats, big beers, and local and seasonal ingredients.

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. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: FYBIPADH Porter, Wet-n-Wild, (hopped ale), Bohemian Pilsner, Pale Ale, Brown, Vapor, Rye PA, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Strong Ale. NMCBC picked wild hops in Gallinas Canyon, and they are brewing them in the Wet-n-Wild hopped ale that proved to be a huge hit at Hopfest last weekend. The F Your Black IPA Dry Hopped Porter was also very popular with the masses.

News: NMCBC’s new pub in Las Vegas is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps with Bohemian Pilsner, Pale Ale, Brown, Vapor, Rye PA, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Strong Ale, and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week. Their official grand opening party will be Nov. 16. They will have a have a strong lineup at the grand opening, including the last five gallons of FYBIPADH Porter and the Wet-n-Wild.

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. The Equinox offers an interesting mix of flavors between pumpkin and spices on one hand and a nutty brown ale on the other hand. Brewer Manuel Mussen has tweaked the recipe for the porter; the Crew will head over to offer some feedback over some chicken and waffles. There is also a new English Pale Ale that should be on tap by hopefully next week.

Cask: Nexus will tap a cask of Scottish Ale today.

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 stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

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 winner at the New Mexico Cup earlier this year.

News: New batches of Smooth Move Amber and Rattlesnake IPA should be back on tap soon.

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: Black IPA, Irish Red, Saison ’88, 1,000 Duck Sized Horses. The Small Batch Saturday will feature an Irish Red Ale brewed by Bill Eckman. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products. The taproom currently features the creatively-named sour 1,000 Duck Sized Horses. It is not a large batch, so stop by soon to try it.

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 is having a big release party for their beloved Black IPA on Saturday at the brewery. They will have KBAC radio doing a live feed there, the famous Four Seasons food truck will be ending their national tour here at the brewery with amazing food offerings, they will have small chocolate ginger bites to pair with the Black IPA, trivia plinko with prizes, and some live music to boot. The event is from 2-7 p.m.

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: Simcoe Pale Ale, Kolsch, Rod’s Best Bitter, Schwarzbier, IPA, Altbier, Cream Stout, Old Pecos Porter. The Altbier and Schwarzbier are the last of the German-style offerings from Second Street’s Oktoberfest collection of beers that were on tap last month. November is Porter Month at Second Street, with the Old Pecos Porter the first of the three offerings to debut. It will be followed by the Three C’s Porter and the Buenas Dias Porter.

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 a 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 soon. 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 recently 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: Bitter Blonde, Dr. Okto, Hopper IPA, Kolsch 45, Lunch Pale Ale. Dr. Okto is Taos Mesa’s Oktoberfest ale, checking in at 6.2-percent ABV. The Bitter Blonde (4.7% ABV) is the other seasonal currently on tap. The Hopper IPA (6.2% ABV, 58 IBUs) got a writeup on Taplister: “This American style IPA is bold all the way around. A strong nose of floral hops starts off the experience, followed by crisp floral bitter on the tongue, which is spread out by the uncompromisingly full body, and finishes up with a smooth citrus flavor.” In addition to their own five beers, Taos Mesa has five guest taps. La Cumbre’s Dunkel Jefe and Elevated IPA are joined by Marble’s IPA and Red, as well as Santa Fe’s Nut Brown Ale.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, 21st Amendment Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Leroy Brown (X-Beer), Orchard Street Raspberry Wheat, Oktoberfest Lager, Bare Naked Aggie Wheat Ale, 3 Rivers Kolsch, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Baltic Porter. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The newest beers on tap include the 21st Amendment Pale Ale (4.9% ABV), which uses Amarillo and Cascade hops; the Leroy Brown (7.4% ABV), a bold brown ale; the Orchard Street Raspberry Wheat (4.9% ABV); the Oktoberfest (4.8% ABV); and the Baltic Porter (5.9% ABV).

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the S.M.A.S.H. – EPA and Simcoe Amber on cask. Next up will be the Thai Dragon Pepper Kolsch.

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: Jack The Sipper (7.8% ABV), Double Almanac IPA (8.0 % ABV), Pilsner (6.8% ABV), Tractoberfest (6.5% ABV), Berry Cider (8.0% ABV). Beer Farmer, Tractor’s latest insider email update, described Jack The Sipper. “This beer is a brown ale which has 440 pounds of real pumpkin and is spiced with Allspice, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. It’s a bite of spicy pumpkin pie that finishes with just a hint of pumpkin flavor.”

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.

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, Hybrid IPA, Summer Scotch, Cabo Lager, Red Rye, P&B Brown, Genesis IPA, Gluten Free Amber, American Wheat, Maduro Stout, 2013 Harvest 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%) From 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.”

News: TMBC is opening at 10:30 on Sundays as opposed to 11 a.m. for the hardcore football fans.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the 2013 Harvest Ale, which is made with Mosaic hops, 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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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 

Editor’s note: While working on a film crew recently, Porter Pounder was in the Clovis-Portales area in Eastern New Mexico and asked all of us if there was anything to do there. I told him to stop by Roosevelt Brewing and check it out. He did that and wrote up a full review of the beers he tried. — Stoutmeister

The sampler at Roosevelt Brewing in Portales offered up some surprising beers.

The sampler at Roosevelt Brewing in Portales offered up some surprising beers.

I grudgingly got this flight while disappointed their other porter and their brown weren’t available the evening I happened to be there, but I was instantly, and pleasantly, surprised by the overall quality of this small town brewery. The open mic night added to the atmosphere and the decor was beautiful. The staff was extremely knowledgeable about their brewing process and the details of the beer. The brewing equipment is right out front for you to admire and experience the process while you eat and drink off their full menu (including some awesome bacon green chile cheese dip and various beer-infused cupcakes).

Old Man Kohl’s Kolsch (4.9% ABV): Super sweet smelling. Almost like champagne. The light bubbles embellish that texture on your tongue. A beautiful, clean beer to start the night off.

Happy Heffer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV): Bold wheat with just the smooth, palate cleansing-style citrus flavor. For me this went really with the pizza I ordered, too, and balanced really well as an overall beer.

The artistry goes beyond just the beers at Roosevelt Brewing.

The artistry goes beyond just the beers at Roosevelt Brewing.

Green Chile Lager (5.0% ABV): My pizza was loaded with various chiles as it is and then having this potent, strongly chile-flavored beer (which is also cooling and crisp in its finish) was heaven. This definitely rivals one of the better-known chile beers I had at Twisted Pines in Boulder, Colo. What makes this one so good is that the heat does linger just enough for the chile fan like me to enjoy. You can drink it all day and never scald your mouth, but enjoy the beautiful tingle of some delicious NM-grown green chile.

Windblown Beeliner Weisse (3.5% ABV): With options like lemon lime, raspberry, red grapefruit, and grape among others, if you like fruit imparted beers you will love these. I tried the raspberry and our good friend Brendan tried the red grapefruit. They definitely taste of extracts to build up the flavors, but they’re smooth and light which is perfect for this style of beer.

Eleanor Blonde (3.5% ABV): The light, airy hops off the nose tip off your taste buds for a smooth beginning. The hops leave a sweet and slightly bitter layer that coats your mouth subtly. This is a great local beer to take tailgating or to parties to just share that fans of any style beer will probably enjoy in the end.

Clovis Point IPA (7.0% ABV): You can tell from the first sip that this is one of their heaviest alcohol content beers. Despite my being typically not much of a fan of IPAs, I was pleased with this one. I personally like an IPA to taste of some good hops without being so bold that it destroys my taste buds. I like them smooth, just like this one where you can’t get too much hop flavor, and then I can enjoy the rest of my flight tasting without this still remaining on my palate.

All of Roosevelt Brewing's equipment is visible just behind the bar.

All of Roosevelt Brewing’s equipment is visible just behind the bar.

Black Water Porter (8.0% ABV): Not surprisingly this was my finisher. Subtle coffee and cocoa flavors emerge to overtake and coat your palette. Still my favorite of the night and what I’m sticking to the rest of the night. It seemed to be the biggest crowd pleaser at my table, as well, as almost everyone I was with was having a taste of this wonderful, rich porter.

All the beers tonight are very clear surprisingly, with little or no head or body, but what’s more important is the consistency of the beer and the flavors. With a lower alcohol content series of beers mostly across the board, you have to expect less body, but take in the array of flavor they bring to the table instead, thus making them fully worth the stop if you’re in the Portales area.

Cheers!

— Porter Pounder

Happy Friday everyone. Stoutmeister here with a grab-bag of beer news and notes. I would ask if you all had a fun Halloween, but it seemed strangely quiet out there. Save for a show at Sister Bar and the kids trick-or-treating, putting the great holiday on a Thursday meant a lot of folks put it off till Saturday. Or at least it did for us in the Crew. We were not a festive bunch, but we will try to make up for it this weekend.

Anyway, there are some beer-related goings-on this weekend and a recap of stuff from last weekend.

Dia de la Cerveza

Las Cruces gets its own fall beer festival. Rejoice, southerners!

Las Cruces gets its own fall beer festival. Rejoice, southerners!

Las Cruces usually has little to celebrate on Saturdays, what with the New Mexico State football team being just about the worst program in America. So for a second time this year, the NM Brewers Guild is doing something about that with another beer festival.

The Dia de la Cerveza will take place in downtown Cruces on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. There are 11 breweries signed up and you can still get tickets online for just $15. There will also be food trucks and live music present.

So what breweries will be in attendance? Of course High Desert will be there, plus Deming’s Mimbres Valley, which has a taproom across the street from NMSU now. Others on hand will include Little Toad Creek, from the mountains near Silver City, and a full-on northern invasion featuring Abbey Brewing, Blue Corn, Bosque, La Cumbre, Marble, Santa Fe, Second Street, and Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande.

None of the Crew can make it down, but if anyone wants to share pictures or write a guest post review, contact us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, or via our Facebook page.

Beers for the Dead

The mad scientists at Il Vicino have created a beer called Day of the Dead. It’s a Belgian Dark Strong aged in bourbon barrels. This beer won’t just put hair on your chest, it will probably turn you into a Sasquatch. It debuts today at the Canteen, so keep an eye out for the Crew. We’ll almost certainly stop by to try some of this monstrosity, which should be well over 10-percent ABV.

Meanwhile, if you have a hops craving, head over to La Cumbre for some of their “Chinookered” IPA on cask. Head over quickly, since last week’s batch only lasted a few hours.

Up in Santa Fe, there will also be a firkin present at Second Street’s original location as their Cask and Curry series returns for 2013, starting today.

Hopfest favorites

The voting totals are in for the best of fest, plus the best of the home brews. For the latter, the Dukes of Ale were happy to pass along (via the always awesome Marne Gaston) that Brian Ausderau’s Green Chile Pumpkin Beer won the people’s vote as the best of the five home brews offered up at their booth in the southeast corner of Hopfest’s main room. Both Brandon and Derek greatly enjoyed this unique take on a pumpkin beer. Ben Miller’s IPA was a very close second, which should come as no surprise since A) this state loves IPAs, and B) Ben is a former winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot Competition. The man can brew, people.

Anyway, Hopfest also released the people’s choice for Best of Fest, which went to a full brewery rather than a specific beer (because we all know that was Uinta’s Labyrinth). The people’s choice for the fourth straight year was Marble. No wonder Ted was smiling all day.

Checking in at a very close second was New Mexico Craft Brewing, whose Wet-n-Wild IPA was one of the biggest hits at Hopfest. Il Vicino and Tractor came in third and fourth, so it was very nice to see that people continue to vote and support local breweries first and foremost.

Since I guess some folks needed a break from beer, Angry Orchard was fifth. There was a three-way tie for sixth between Alaskan, Dukes of Ale, and Woodchuck. This mad love for cider is … unexpected. Kona, Santa Fe, and Uinta tied for seventh. Eel River and Indian Wells tied for eighth. Ninth was a five-way tie between heavyweights Abita, Anderson Valley, Clown Shoes, Left Hand, and Odell. Kellys, Red Hook, and Widmer Bros. all tied for 10th place.

We can’t complain too much about those selections, as we enjoyed at least one beer from each of those breweries (leaving out the two cider joints, of course; it’s a beer festival, we drink beer).

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Anyway, that’s it from a surprisingly newsy Friday. If there is ever some breaking beer news that slips past us, please contact us at the email we listed above or Facebook or Twitter (@nmdarksidebc) or just leave a message here. And if you see us at a brewery, you can tell us there, too.

See some of you around the breweries this weekend. And a happy birthday on Saturday to Broken Bottle’s Chris Chavez!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister