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

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