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 taprooms in New Mexico.
If you haven’t had a chance to try Bernalillo’s newest (and only) brewery, then now is the time. This Thursday, Kaktus will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting to introduce their Self-Guided brewery tour. The Green Chamber and the Sandoval County Chamber of Commerce will be attending along with Major Torres (of Bernalillo). Following the ceremony will be drink specials and live music by Claystone. The party continues this Saturday as Kaktus will be celebrating their president Dana’s birthday by inviting their clients in for free snacks, drink specials and music by Mood Swing starting at 6 p.m.
Right now in the Duke City, Back Alley Draft House is serving their Stout on tap. Mellow Brit is back on tap at Bosque. Chama River is introducing Shadow Boxer and Son of Hops (a variation of their popular Hop Slap) to their brewery and taproom. Kaktus has a new batch of American Wheat on tap. La Cumbre will have Project Dank dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin for Friday’s cask. Nexus will be serving their Barley Wine on tap and Scottish Ale on cask this week. Turtle Mountain is releasing many beers this week including White Wheat, White Knight, Genesis IPA, and Triple Play Pale Ale. They are also releasing their Maduro Stout on cask this week.
In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Latir Red Ale, a deep red ale hopped with native NM Latir Hops brewed by Duskin Jasper. Second Street has its burly Winter Warmer on tap.
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 Jan. 13.
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: 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 — (505) 766-8590
(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)
Beers: Stout, IPA, Red Ale, Pale Ale. In addition to their house brews, BADH is now offering Lips of Faith Cigar City, Stone Double Bastard, Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA, and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine on tap as well.
News: BADH has a new number. They can now be reached at (505) 766-8590.
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Plaza Porter, Barrel Series #2, Smoky Brown, Galaxy Pale Ale (5.3% ABV, 30 IBU), Shootout Pale Ale. Barrel Series #2 is 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: Blue Corn will have an Imperial American-style brown on tap soon. They are also doing a rotating Nitro beer.
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, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Oro de Rio Grande Pilsner, La Cabra Doppel Bock, Aurora 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 Imperial Stout, La Llorona, Lava Rock, Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, and Aurora IPA 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: Mellow Brit, Amarillo Red, Double IPA, Pale Ryder, Oatmeal Stout. The new Amarillo Red uses Amarillo hops to balance out a smooth, sweet red ale. 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: Bosque’s new brewing equipment has arrived! They expect their expanded brewery and new taproom to be in place in the near future.
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), Anamole Stout. Both the Tripel and the Barley Wine are being served in 10-ounce glasses due to their high alcohol content.
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: Shadow Boxer (6.5% ABV, 65 IBU), Son of Slap (4.9%ABV, 40 IBU), Serenity Milk Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBUs), Punkin Drublic (6.4% ABV, 20 IBU). Chama had this to say about Shadow Boxer: “Our version of a “Black IPA” is very dark in color with a punchy hop flavor and aroma, finishing with a hint of roast malt. After a few rounds you’ll be sure you’ve found a great contender!” Chama also had this to say about Son of Slap: “AKA Hop-Tap, this session pale ale continues the legacy of its bigger, stronger, and notorious ancestor “Hop-Slap!” Brewed with similar malt and hop varieties as its predecessor, this ale has less alcohol with the same refreshingly dry finish and hop forward flavor.”
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 Lager, American Pale Ale, Holiday Ale, Brown Ale, IPA, Stout, Porter, Barley Wine. The lineup is unchanged from last week. High Desert’s website says the Holiday Ale has “a complex flavor profile & creamy texture. Brewed with orange zest, Madagascar vanilla beans, cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, allspice, & clover honey.” 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: English Brown Porter, Sweet Sandarine Robust Porter, Stovepipe American Porter, Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Operation Black Hops, PIPA English Style IPA, Just Esteem, Irish Red Ale. The Solstice Blackout sampler is still pouring six black beers right now: all three Porters, both Stouts (the other being Dark & Lusty), and the Black IPA.
Cask: Cask beers at the Canteen for this week are yet-to-be-announced.
Events: The Canteen will be hosting their mug club members only event on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. They will be featuring barrel aged brews! St. Bob’s Imperial Stout, Day of the Dead, a Bourbon Sour (yes, a sour!) and a strong beer of Brady’s choosing. Old Windmill Cheese Company will be providing the cheese to pair with these beers. No charge, just show up with a valid Mug Club card and enjoy.
News: The Canteen has a new Calendar in stock that is selling at $12. It features lots of photos, antics, and craziness, as well as beer facts from around the world, and scheduled events and releases at the Canteen.
Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072
(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8, Fri-Sun 11:30-10)
Beers: American Wheat, Basil Lager, Helles Lager, Winter Ale, ESB, Late Hop Amber, 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. 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’ Bock is on the way.
Kaktus has a new winterized patio covered by a tent, so now you can enjoy a 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.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: Centennial Pale Ale, Southern Star Pale Ale, Pater’s Pale Ale, 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 will have Project Dank dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin for Friday’s 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 has also begun bottling Project Dank.
Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144
(Taproom hours are not available at this time)
Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739
(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Tripel, Josh’s Brown Lager, Double White, Imperial Red, Belgo Stout, Imperial Stout, India Lite, Reserve Ale. 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 multiple times to enjoy this powerful elixir. He also recommends Josh’s Brown Lager and the Imperial Red, which is not as overly hopped as years past.
Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.
News: Marble’s next big event will be their Stout Americano release on Wednesday, February 12. They will have gift packs and featured chocolates.
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: Barley Wine, Imperial Stout, English Pale, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. Nexus’ English Pale is a light, sessionable beer that makes for a perfect to start your visit. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.
Cask: Nexus will be serving their Scottish 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.
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 Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.
Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333
(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)
Beers: Latir Red Ale, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Latir Red Ale, a deep red ale hopped with native NM Latir Hops 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.
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 purchasing a 7.5-acre farm in Northern New Mexico where they will begin growing their own hops. SFBC has also purchased property adjacent to the brewery with plans to eventually expand brewing operations from 30,000 barrels per year to 200,000 barrels.
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, IPA, Citra IPA, Dortmunder, Outlier Special Bitter, ESB, Winter Warmer, 2011 Barley Wine. The 2011 Barley Wine has a limited supply. The Outlier is back as the first of January’s series of Ringwood beers. The new Winter Warmer checks in at 8.3-percent ABV. That should certainly warm up most people.
News: This Thursday marks the latest Cask and Curry night, with Chef Jason’s special curry dishes paired with a specific beer on cask. This week’s beer will be the Outlier.
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: We know from their Facebook posts that Taos Ale House has reopened after being closed briefly to make some upgrades. However, we do not know what is currently on tap right now as our efforts to reach TAH have been unsuccessful. We will keep trying, but the important thing is that TAH is open again and serving delicious beers all during the ski season.
Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900
(Daily 11 a.m. – close)
Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Black Widow Porter, Booty Call, Party Gal, Rainy Day IPA, Fall Down Brown, Honey Cat, Kolsh 45, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Superstitious Stout. The lineup is 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. The Amarillo Rojo (7.3% ABV) is a strong amber ale.
Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605
Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Orchard Street Raspberry Wheat, Paralyzing Porter (X-Beer), 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, New London 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 Orchard Street (4.9% ABV), New London Porter (4.7% ABV), and the Paralyzing Porter (7.3% ABV), which is packed with chocolate notes and toffee hints that can mellow an otherwise powerful alcohol punch.
Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Chocolate Oak Imperial 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), Hard Apple Cider (8.0% ABV), Scotch Ale (7.3% ABV), (Not Yo Mama’s) Turkey Drool (8.3% ABV), ESB (6.2% 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. The ESB is the newest addition to the lineup and also gets a thumbs up from Stoutmeister.
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.
Tractor’s new taproom will be opening soon on Fourth Street. The Crew will get to take an advance tour this Friday evening.
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: White Wheat, White Knight, Genesis IPA, Triple Play Pale Ale, Red Rye, Cabo Lager, Golden Honey Ale, Maduro Stout, Oblivion Express Barleywine, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA, Hazelnut Brown. Coming this Friday is White Wheat, which is a 50-percent wheat beer brewed with a lager yeast. They were shooting for a Belgian Golden Strong, but it came in a bit light on the alcohol. It is brewed with Pilsner malt, dextrose ,and a Belgian yeast strain, but no spices, so all the fruitiness comes from the yeast. 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 Golden Honey Ale was originally a honey wheat brewed with Gambrinus honey malt, but it came in too dark to be called a wheat.
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. Stoutmeister had a pint recently and seemed to rather enjoy himself.
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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