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 

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