The Week Ahead in Beer: SFBC’s 12 Beers of Christmas

Posted: December 11, 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, 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.

For those you who missed La Cumbre’s 3rd anniversary party on Tuesday (and judging by the healthy turnout, not many of you did), there is still a chance to celebrate the holiday season at one of New Mexico’s other large-scale breweries. From December 13 through December 24, Santa Fe Brewing Company will be celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas with a new beer every day. See SFBC’s entry below for a complete list of beers, brewers, and release date. Stoutmeister will have a formal preview Thursday with more info on how this series came to be. Merry Beers-mas to us all!

Right now in the Duke City, Back Alley Draft House has a new Pale Ale on tap this week. Just Esteem is back on tap at the Il Vicino Canteen and their Dark-n-Lusty Stout is now on nitro. Kaktus will have their ESB on tap this week. La Cumbre is now serving their 3rd Anniversary Belgian-style Quad, which was keg conditioned, as well as un-oaked 2nd Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout. They also released two special cask beers as part of their 3rd anniversary celebration — Project Dank dry-hopped with Citra and Shitty Beer, which is their 2nd anniversary aged with kopi luwak coffee (the very most expensive coffee in the world). Nexus will be serving an English Pale Ale on cask this week, and they should have their Imperial Stout on tap this week as well. “Tupac” Cali Red Ale returns to Tractor this week. Turtle Mountain is currently featuring their Ironman Black IPA on cask with all of its 80 IBU hop bite and roasty body, but served at cellar temp and naturally carbonated. They also have a Hazelnut Brown (5.7% ABV, 33 IBU) on tap this week, modeled after Rogue’s beer of the same name.

In the City Different, Blue Corn will be tapping Barrel Series #2, a Brett Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels, on Thursday. This week, Santa Fe Brewing Company will release Duskin’s Raspberry Frambozen on Friday, Babes in Brewland’s Southern Pecan Spiced Brown Ale on Saturday, Sonya’s Cheery Wit on Sunday, Barrel Aged Belgian Sour Tripel on Monday, and Biscochito Stout on Tuesday. See SFBC’s entry below for a complete list of the 12 Beers of Christmas and release dates.

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 Dec. 9.

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: Pale Ale, American Strong Ale, Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Pumpkin Ale. 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: BADH will host live music from Mondo Vibrations and Crazyfool on Saturday.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Barrel Series #2, Smoky Brown, Galaxy Pale Ale (5.3% ABV, 30 IBU), Shootout Pale Ale, Chocolate Porter. This Thursday, Blue Corn will be tapping Barrel Series #2, a Brett Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels. 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 hops.

News: From Blue Corn’s Facebook page: “Please make plans to join us on Thursday 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. 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, Backpacker (Dubbel/Abbey Style), Pale Ryder, Mellow Brit, Oatmeal Stout. Bosque’s new Double IPA is on tap, the first entry their “Scale Tipper” series of Double IPAs. It checks in at 100 IBUs to satiate all the hopheads out there. 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.” The Oatmeal Stout will soon be joining Bosque’s regular lineup as it is their second best-selling beer at the moment. It will replace the Olde Bosky porter, which will return later as a seasonal.

News: Subway moved out Dec. 1 so Bosque’s new 15-barrel brewhouse is now under construction next door to the current brewery and taproom.

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: Elixir (Vanilla Cream) Ale (6.4% ABV), Drunken Hobo Milk Stout (6.7% ABV), Mayflower Stout (6.5% ABV), Glugg Porter (6.0% 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: Broken Bottle has some old favorites in the works including Cracked Cork Barley Wine (11% ABV) and a new batch of Tom Selleck Ale (5.1% ABV).

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: Me Llamo Lodo (7.1% ABV , 60 IBUs), Punkin Drublic (6.4% ABV, 20 IBU), Whispering Rye (6.3% ABV, 60 IBU), 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.” Chama’s also had this to say about their Imperial Brown Ale, Me Llamo Lodo: “Big chocolate and caramel malt flavors and aromas dominate this warming seasonal beer.”

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 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, Amber Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Imperial Stout, Holiday Ale, Anniversary IPA, IPA, Brown Ale, Stout, Barley Wine. New to the lineup this week are the Amber Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Anniversary IPA, and Brown Ale. 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 Anniversary IPA is an imperial, so be careful, though no ABV is listed on the website. 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: Just Esteem, Irish Red, Raspberry Wheat, Sasquatch Scotch, Marzen, Face First Pale Ale. 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 Marzen is a slightly more mellow cousin to the Helles.

News: The Canteen will be ramping up on their porters and other dark beers for Solstice Black Out that will start on Dec. 21. There should be enough available that you won’t have to fight Stoutmeister for a flight of dark beers.

The Canteen is now serving their Dark-n-Lusty Stout on nitro.

Cask: Cask beers at the Canteen for this week are yet-to-be-announced.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: ESB, Peppermint Stout, Basil Lager (made with true basil leaf), Late Hop Amber, Big Ben (London) Porter, Vienna (Dark) Lager, IPA, 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 hosts live music by original song writers every Monday night from 6-8 p.m, and they are also offering $3 pints every Monday. On Wednesday, David and Felix from Felix De Los Gatos are playing from 6-8 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Cabra Fuerte (German-style Bock), Weizenbock, 2012 Barley’s Wine, 2nd Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout, 3rd Anniversary Belgian Quad, Project Dank. La Cumbre is now serving their 3rd Anniversary Belgian-style Quad, which was keg conditioned, as well as un-oaked 2nd Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout. Both of these beers will be VERY limited on draft. The 3rd Anniversary will be available to the first 1,000 mug club members. About 50 cases are going to be available for purchase.

Cask: La Cumbre now has Elevated IPA available on cask. They also released two special cask beers as part of their 3rd anniversary celebration — Project Dank dry-hopped with Citra and Shitty Beer, which is their 2nd anniversary aged with kopi luwak coffee (the very most expensive coffee in the world).

News: La Cumbre has begun mug club renewals. This year’s gift with the mug club membership is a very special Belgian-style Quad (10% ABV) aged on cocoa nibs (bottle conditioned, 750ml) for their first bottle release.

A Slice of Hefen 16 oz. cans are now on store shelves. Malpais Stout is next, hopefully by February.

La Cumbre’s holiday hours will be a bit different this year. They will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. They are closing at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, so you will have plenty of time to get your growlers filled. New Year’s Eve they will be closing at 8 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Imperial Red, 111 Farmhouse Ale, Belgo Stout, Imperial Stout, 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: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. 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: Imperial Stout, 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 will be serving the English Pale Ale on cask this week.

News: Nexus’ Imperial Stout should be on tap early next week.

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: Duskin’s Raspberry Frambozen, Babes in Brewland’s Southern Pecan Spiced Brown Ale, Sonya’s Cheery Wit, Barrel Aged Belgian Sour Tripel, Biscochito Stout, Black IPA, Saison ’88, 1,000 Duck Sized Horses. 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.

This is SFBC’s official 12 beers of Christmas list and the dates on which they will be available:

Friday, Dec. 13 — Duskin’s Raspberry Frambozen; Saturday, Dec. 14 — Babes in Brewland’s Southern Pecan Spiced Brown Ale; Sunday, Dec. 15 — Sonya’s Cheery Wit; Monday, Dec. 16 — Barrel Aged Belgian Sour Tripel; Tuesday, Dec. 17 — Biscochito Stout; Dec. 18 — Grapefruit IPA; Dec. 19 — Nick & Leif’s Collaboration Sour (Bottled); Dec. 20 — Hector’s Tamarind Saison; Dec. 21 — Bourbon Barrel Black Ale; Dec. 22 — Santa Fe White IPA; Dec. 23 — Fat Man Minty Stout; Dec. 24 — Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewer’s Club Collaboration Sour (Bottled)

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 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 in October. November was 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 last 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.)

UPDATE: Taos Ale House will be closed for the rest of December. The owners assured us over Facebook that they are not shutting down permanently, only that they are working to improve the nanobrewery with the goal of reopening in January. When we have more news to pass along, we will do so.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Black Widow Porter, Booty Call, Party Gal, Big Brown, Great Scot Scottish, Fall Down Brown, Honey Cat, Hopper IPA, Lunch Pale Ale, Superstitious Stout. The lineup us unchanged from last week. Among the more creatively named beers, Booty Call is a hefty (10.5% ABV) barley wine. The Party Gal is an aptly named mild ale (4.2% ABV). The Honey Cat (5.4% ABV) is a pale ale. 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, Numb Junkie (X-Beer), Peachy Keen, S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, Bare Naked Aggie Wheat Ale, Bisti Blonde, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, S.M.A.S.H. – Vienna Lager. 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 Bisti Blonde (4.1% ABV), Vienna Lager (5.1%), and the Numb Junkie (8.7%), a burly combo IPA that features the grain from Hop Junkie and the hops from Numbskull.

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Thai Dragon Pepper Kolsch on cask. Coming soon are the Imperial Chocolate Oak Porter and Peppercorn IPA.

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: “Tupac” Cali Red Ale (5.8% ABV), Pilsner #15 (6.8% ABV), Tractoberfest (6.5% ABV), Hard Apple Cider (8.0% ABV), Scotch Ale (7.3% ABV), (Not Yo Mama’s) Turkey Drool (8.3% ABV). The “Tupac” Cali Red Ale, Cider, and Scotch have rejoined the lineup at the Taproom after a long absence. Stoutmeister recommends this year’s version of the Scotch, which is smoother than last year without being overly sweet. The Turkey Drool 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 is now hosting their Thursday Night Game Night. Play whatever game you want with a fellow drinker. The winner of each game can enter to win their awesome door prizes! Let the bar staff know you’re playing. Bring a game or borrow one of theirs. 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: Hazelnut Brown, 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). TMBC has a Hazelnut Brown (5.7% ABV, 33 IBU) on tap this week, modeled after Rogue’s beer of the same name. The Hoptimus Prime is on tap right now with a two-pint limit.  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%)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring their Ironman Black IPA on cask with all of its 80 IBU hop bite and roasty body, but served at cellar temp and naturally carbonated.

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

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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Cheers!

— E-Rock

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