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.

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.

Sour beers return to Albuquerque this week with the homegrown Il Vicino Whiskey Sour and the imported Petrus Aged Pale Ale and Petrus Aged Red now available at ABQ Brew Pub. All of these beers are barrel-aged brews. Whiskey Sour is available in 10-ounce pours at the Il Vicino Canteen. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high-alcohol, barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. Sours rarely make an appearance in the Land of Enchantment, so get them while you can.

Right now in the Duke City, Broken Bottle has new batches of Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red and Rosemary’s Baby (a rosemary porter) on tap. Chama River is now serving their English IPA, Union Jackalope. The Il Vicino Canteen has their Whiskey Sour (bourbon barrel aged sour) and Summer Pale Ale on tap. Kaktus is releasing their new Traditional Bock this week. La Cumbre has Full Pint Pale Ale (a collaboration with Oskar Blues), La Roja, and No, You’re a Dort on tap. On Friday, La Cumbre will also be tapping a cask of their Elevated IPA dry-hopped with NZ Waimea. Abbey Darkness is tapped and flowing at Marble.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing company will be featuring Hidden Rye Porter by Brian Broom-Peltz for this week’s Small Batch Saturday. Second Street Brewery is now serving Ringwood Red on tap. On Wednesday Second Street’s Railyard location will be celebrating its fourth year with food specials throughout the day.

Up in Taos, Taos Ale House has reopened after being closed briefly to make some upgrades. A yet-to-be-named IPA will make its way to tap this week, joining Mogul, Simple Porter, and Dunkelweizen, which are already pouring.

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. 20.

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: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family owned brewery in Flanders. 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 Corn is closed until Saturday to make some upgrades.

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, Blue Heron Blonde, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Embudo Gold Golden Ale. The Embudo Gold is made with locally grown Cascade hops. 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: Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter), End of Days Tripel, Cracked Cork Barley Wine (11% 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. B3 will have live music Friday Featuring John Allen at 8pm and Saturday featuring Brandon Gomez at 8pm.

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: Union Jackalope (5.8% ABV, 65 IBU), Shadow Boxer (6.5% ABV, 65 IBU), Son of Slap (4.9%ABV, 40 IBU), Serenity Milk Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU). Chama had this to say about Union Jackalope: “Our British-style IPA has flavors and aromas of earthy, spicy, and down-right tasty East Kent Golding hops as well as a rounded caramel backbone to create the perfectly balanced beer.” 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, Extra Special Bitter, IPA, Black IPA, Brown Ale, Dark Bock, Octoberfest, Stout, Imperial Stout, Barley Wine. The ESB, Black IPA, Dark Bock, Octoberfest, and Imperial Stout have all rejoined the lineup. High Desert will be present at WinterBrew on Friday night in Santa Fe. 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: Whiskey Sour (bourbon barrel aged sour, 10 oz pours), Summer Pale Ale, English Brown Porter, Stovepipe American Porter, Operation Black Hops, PIPA English Style IPA, Just Esteem, Irish Red Ale. With fellow Solstice Blackout beers Sweet Sandarine Porter and Panama Joe Coffee Stout having run out, it figures to only be a matter of time until the English Brown Porter, Stovepipe American Porter, and Operation Black Hops also finish their time on tap.

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

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: Traditional Bock, American Wheat, Basil Lager, Helles Lager, Winter Ale, ESB, Late Hop Amber, 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 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: Full Pint Pale Ale (a collaboration with Oskar Blues), La Roja, No, You’re a Dort, Centennial Pale Ale, 2012 Barley’s Wine. 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: On Friday, La Cumbre will be tapping a cask of their Elevated IPA dry-hopped with NZ Waimea.

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.

Look for the new Project Dank bottles at your local stores. A Slice of Hefen 16 oz. cans are also on store shelves. Malpais Stout is next, hopefully by February.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

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.

Events: LTC will host live music by Loose Blues Band at 8 p.m. this Friday, and they will host Iya Khan at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Abbey Darkness, Tripel, Josh’s Brown Lager, Double White, Imperial Red, Belgo Stout, Imperial Stout, India Lite, Reserve Ale. Abbey Darkness is a Belgian-inspired strong, dark ale featuring fruity aromatics with a dried fruit and caramelized sugar palate.

(8.7% ABV, $5.50 16oz Goblet)  The 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: Stout Americano will be released Wednesday, February 12 for the INDULGE party. They will have gift packs and featured chocolates. 111 Farmhouse will be released on March 5. Stay tuned for more
 information.

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: Hidden Rye Porter, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Hidden Rye Porter by Brian Broom-Peltz
. 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 will be at WinterBrew on Friday pouring some special things from the vault including Smoked Rye Imperial Porter with Chipotle peppers, the Kickin’ Chicken (bourbon barrel aged Chicken Killer), and IPA poured through native NM Latir hops, in addition to everyone’s usual favorites.

SFBC will also be pouring beer at Pajarito on Saturday from noon-6 p.m.

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: Ringwood Red, Kolsch, IPA, Citra IPA, Dortmunder, Outlier Special Bitter, ESB, Winter Warmer. The Outlier is back as the first of January’s series of Ringwood beers, and it is now joined by the Ringwood Red. The new Winter Warmer checks in at 8.3-percent ABV. That should certainly warm up most people.

Events: On Wednesday, Second Street’s Railyard location will be celebrating its fourth year with food specials throughout the day.

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: Yet-to-be-named IPA, Mogul, The Simple Porter, Dunkelweizen. Taos Ale House has reopened after being closed briefly to make some upgrades. The Mogul and Simple Porter are staples at Taos Ale House.

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, Rasputin’s Imperial Stout (X-Beer), S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, 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 beer on tap is the Imperial Stout (8.3% ABV).

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Chocolate Oak Imperial Porter. Next up will be the Brandy Oak Imperial Stout.

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 got to take an advance tour last week.

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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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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