The Week Ahead in Beer: Holiday cheers!

Posted: December 18, 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.

The holiday season is upon us, and breweries around the state are celebrating with a wide range of special events. Santa Fe Brewing is halfway through their 12 Beers of Christmas celebration. Marble Brewery will host their Reserve Ale Release Party today at 5 p.m. The Il Vicino Canteen begins Solstice Blackout on Saturday featuring six dark bears on tap and available in flights. The Taos Brew Master’s Festival is also on Saturday. Stoutmeister has previewed a lot of this weekend’s activities, if you need more info. If that isn’t enough to keep all you craft beer fanatics happy, there is a huge amount of new and returning seasonal beers around the state that will keep a smile on face for the foreseeable future.

Right now in the Duke City, Back Alley Draft House has their White Ryeno and Red Ale back on tap. Broken Bottle has new batches of Cracked Cork Barley Wine (11% ABV) and Tom Selleck Ale (5.1% ABV) now on tap, and a new batch of the End of Days Tripel will be on tap by the end of the week. The Canteen is now serving Day of the Dead, and they are working on getting their dark beers lined up for Solstice Blackout. Kaktus is now serving their Christmas Ale and American Wheat on tap and their ESB on cask. La Cumbre has a new batch of Pater’s Pale Ale on tap. Marble is now serving their Josh’s Brown Lager and Double White. Sandia Chile Grill has their Red back on tap. Turtle Mountain has a whole host of new beers and returning favorites on tap this week including Red Rye, Cabo Lager, Golden Honey Ale, Maduro Stout, Oblivion Express Barleywine, Low-Gluten Amber, and the Hybrid IPA.

In the City Different, Duel’s Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) is now on tap. Santa Fe Brewing Company’s 12 Beers of Christmas continues this week with Grapefruit IPA today followed by Nick & Leif’s Collaboration Sour (Bottled), Tamarind Saison, Bourbon Barrel Black Ale, Santa Fe White IPA, Fat Man Minty Stout, and ending with Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewer’s Club Collaboration Sour (Bottled) on Christmas Eve. See SFBC’s entry below for a complete listing of each beer and its release date.

As a programming note, I will be taking next week off, so The Week Ahead in Beer will return in two weeks. Stoutmeister told me I earned a break. (Yes, yes you have. — S) Expect the next edition of this column by New Year’s Eve day at the latest, so you know where to go and what beers to get for your celebratory fun.

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. 16.

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

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

Beers: Sierra Blanca Oktoberfest. Stoutmeister and Brandon had this at Son of Septemberfest. While Stoutmeister thought it was fine, Brandon thought it was missing something flavor-wise. Try it for yourselves and see what you think. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: White Ryeno, Red Ale, 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: On Saturday, BADH will be participating at the Taos Brew Master’s Festival, and they will also have the Rio Grande Family Band playing Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Barrel Series #2 Russian Imperial Stout, Smoky Brown, Galaxy Pale Ale (5.3% ABV, 30 IBU), Shootout Pale Ale, Chocolate Porter. Barrel Series #2, a Brett Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels, is available on both Co2 and Nitro. The latter version is unbelievably smooth, as Stoutmeister and Porter Pounder recently discovered over lunch at Blue Corn. 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.

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: End of Days Tripel, Cracked Cork Barley Wine (11% ABV), Tom Selleck Ale (5.1% ABV), Elixir (Vanilla Cream) Ale (6.4% ABV), Drunken Hobo Milk Stout (6.7% ABV). Drunken Hobo Milk Stout should be sold out by the end of the week and after it the End of Days Tripel will be on tap.

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 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: Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), 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 describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: 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).

Events: 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, Holiday Ale, Irish Red Ale, IPA, Brown Ale, Porter, Barley Wine. New to the lineup this week are the Irish Red Ale and Porter. 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.” 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: Day of the Dead, Just Esteem, Irish Red, Raz Wheat, Sasquatch Scotch. The Canteen is working on getting their dark beers lined up for winter solstice. The Solstice Blackout starts on Saturday and features six beers (black IPA, stout, coffee stout, brown porter, smoked porter, robust porter) blacker than the longest night.

News: Looking for gift ideas? The Canteen is selling their growler gift pack (one flip top gene bottle growler, filled or with a fill voucher, and 2 logo pint glasses). They are also running a gift card special. Spend $25 in gift card purchases and receive a free $5 gift card. Their brewery calendar should be ready for purchase later this week.

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: Christmas Ale, American Wheat, ESB, 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 their ESB 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: Pater’s Pale Ale, Cabra Fuerte (German-style Bock), Weizenbock, 2012 Barley’s Wine, Project Dank. La Cumbre still has a few bottles of their 3rd Anniversary Belgian-style Quad available for purchase with a mug club membership, although it is no longer available on tap. Pater’s Pale Ale and Weizenbock are back on tap. Project Dank will be on tap in La Cumbre’s taproom as much as they can keep it there for the foreseeable future.

Cask: La Cumbre now has Elevated IPA available on cask.

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. There are still a few bottles left, so sign up for the mug club soon.

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: Josh’s Brown Lager, Double White, Imperial Red, 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. Stoutmeister also recommends Josh’s Brown Lager, a sessionable beer perfect during the cold weather months.

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

News: Marble will be closing at 8 on Christmas Eve, and they closed Christmas.

Events: Marble’s Reserve Ale Release Party will start today at 5 p.m.

Marble host their Gift Market on Sunday from noon-4 p.m.

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. The Imperial Stout has gotten thumbs up from Stoutmeister and Franz Solo, with the latter also recommending the current batch of Equinox as an improvement over the one we all tried during our pumpkin ale mini-beer battle.

Cask: Nexus will be serving the English Pale Ale on cask this 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: Red, 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.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)

Beers: Grapefruit IPA, Nick & Leif’s Collaboration Sour (Bottled), Tamarind Saison, Bourbon Barrel Black Ale, Santa Fe White IPA, Fat Man Minty Stout, Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewer’s Club Collaboration Sour (Bottled), Black IPA, Saison ’88. 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.

This is SFBC’s official 12 beers of Christmas list and the dates on which they will be available (all are tapped at noon at both SFBC locations):

Today — Grapefruit IPA; Thursday — Nick & Leif’s Collaboration Sour (Bottled); Friday — Hector’s Tamarind Saison; Saturday — Bourbon Barrel Black Ale; Sunday — Santa Fe White IPA; Monday — Fat Man Minty Stout; Tuesday, 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 recently stopped by Second Street.

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 Ale House will be participating in the Taos Brew Master’s Festival on Saturday, so that’s good news.

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: Red Rye, Cabo Lager, Golden Honey Ale, Maduro Stout, Oblivion Express Barleywine, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA, Hazelnut Brown, Ironman Black IPA, Hop Duster Pale Ale (4.7% ABV, 50 IBU), Cosmic Imperial Stout (7.75% ABV, 80, IBU, 1.072 OG). New on tap this week at TMBC is a Golden Honey Ale brewed with Gambrinus Honey Malt giving it a very dark rich honey hue and slightly sweet malty finish. (4.2% ABV, 15 IBU)  TMBC also has their Oblivion Express Barleywine back on tap this week. This tribute to the more-malty and less-hoppy English-style barleywines is one TMBC’s favorite recipes. (8.7% ABV, 60 IBU)  The Maduro Stout is also back on tap.

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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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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