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.

There is so much beer news going on in the Land of Enchantment, that it is hard to know where to start. Tractor is opening a new taproom on 4th Street on Saturday, and they will have live music, great food, and 24 beers on tap to help celebrate the opening. Many new IPAs are appearing on taps around the state brewed with a variety of traditional and experimental hops. And let’s not forget Super Bowl Sunday. Some breweries are closing early, but will be selling growlers up until kickoff and some will be throwing a big party to watch the big game. Continue reading below for all the glorious details.

And yes, all of us in the NMDSBC will be holding our annual Super Bowl of Stouts on Sunday, choosing the best of the best among ABQ-area breweries.

Right now in the Duke City, the Il Vicino Canteen has a new batch of Exodus IPA on tap, and HBC-291-IPA, part of the Canteen’s experimental hop series, should be on tap by the end of the week. In addition to having their IPA back on tap this week, Kaktus Brewing will be running a Super Bowl special on Sunday featuring $9 growlers, $3 pints, and $4.50 food items. They will be adding three TVs for the event. Marble recently released their Azacca Pale Ale, which is a single-hopped pale ale brewed with an experimental hop. Nexus will be serving their English Pale on cask this week. Turtle Mountain is now serving their new Revelation IPA on tap and their popular Hybrid IPA on cask. They should have their new Oatmeal Stout on tap by Thursday.

In the City Different, Blue Corn has several imperial beers on tap including Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Barrel Series #2 (Brett Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels), and Kamikaze Ace, an Imperial Pilsner hopped up with Sorachi Ace and clocking in at 8.7-percent ABV, which will be hitting the taps at the end of the week. This week, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features a Traditional Dunkleweizen – German Style Dark Wheat Beer (6.4% ABV).

Up in Taos, Taos Ale House’s single hop Mosaic Pale will be on tap in a few days, and they are throwing a big Super Bowl party this Sunday with door prizes, a raffle, and potluck.

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. 27.

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: All of Back Alley’s house beers have been cleaned out! Luckily, BADH is brewing at max capacity so they should be back soon (hopefully by next week). Until then, BADH is still offering Lips of Faith Cigar City, Stone Double Bastard, Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA, and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine on tap.

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: Kamikaze Ace, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter, Barrel Series #2. Kamikaze Ace, an Imperial Pilsner hopped up with Sorachi Ace and clocking in at 8.7-percent, will be hitting the taps at the end of the week. Barrel Series #2 is a Brett Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels.

News: Blue Corn is currently serving 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, Blue Heron Blonde, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Aurora IPA The Aurora, an English-style IPA, rejoins the lineup this week. 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, and they should start moving equipment into the new brew space early to mid next week. 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 in 2012. 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 lineup is unchanged from last week. Stoutmeister and Franz Solo sampled some HDBC beers at WinterBrew last week. They recommend the Dark Bock, in particular. 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: HBC-291-IPA, Exodus IPA, Whiskey Sour (bourbon barrel-aged sour, 10-ounce pours), Summer Pale Ale, English Brown Porter, Stovepipe American Porter, Operation Black Hops, Just Esteem, Irish Red Ale. HBC-291-IPA is from the Canteen’s experimental hop series, and it should be on tap by the end of the week. 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: IPA, Traditional Bock, American Wheat, 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: On Sunday, Kaktus will be running a Super Bowl special featuring $9 growlers, $3 pints, and $4.50 food items. They will be adding three TVs for the event. It should be a damn good time.

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, Cafe Con Leche. 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 and the even newer Cafe Con Leche 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 Iya Khan at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Azacca Pale Ale, Abbey Darkness, Tripel, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Reserve Ale. Azacca is an experimental hop that imparts the Azacca Pale Ale citrus notes balanced by a subtle earthiness. 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) 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 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, but hurry because it is almost out. 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 English Pale on cask this week.

News: In the next week or two Nexus will have a hoppy American pale ale on tap.

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: Traditional Dunkleweizen, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features a Traditional Dunkleweizen – German Style Dark Wheat Beer (6.4% ABV). 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: Ringwood Red, Kolsch, IPA, ESB, Winter Warmer, Halifax Strong Pale Ale, Tres Equis. The Ringwood Red, ESB and Winter Warmer are nearly out, so hurry over soon before they are gone. New to taps this week are the Halifax and the Tres Equis. Coming back soon are the Outlier Special Bitter and Rod’s Best Bitter. Further down the line look for Citra IPA and a new version of the Winter Warmer brewed with the same Ringwood yeast as the Red and 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: Mosaic Pale, Yet-to-be-named IPA, Mogul, Dunkelweizen. Taos Ale House’s single hop Mosaic Pale will be on tap in a few days. The Mogul is a staple at Taos Ale House.

News: TAH is throwing a big Super Bowl party this Sunday with door prizes, a raffle, and potluck.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Party Gal, Hopper IPA, Kolsh 45, Notorious ESB, Old 96 Sticke Alt, Superstitious Stout, White Feather. The Hopper and Old Sticke return to the lineup, while White Feather, an American pale ale, joins the ranks. Among the more creatively named beers, the Party Gal is an aptly named mild ale (4.2% ABV). Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout.

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: Tractor is thrilled to announce the grand opening of their new 4th Street Brewery taproom! You’ll love their beautiful wooden bar; just as much as the 24 taps they’ve installed in to it. Tractor’s grand opening is set for Saturday. The taproom is sure to be packed and full of the good spirits (and beer) of all the staff who worked so hard and the Tractor lovers who make it all worthwhile.

They have musical guests to entertain you, starting at 4 p.m. Bands include Mondo Vibrations, Youngsville, and St. Petersburg. Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ will be there, too. Don’t forget to like the new taproom location on Facebook. You can also join and share the Facebook event for the grand opening!

Hours of Operation:
 Starting this Friday — Monday-Thursday 3 p.m.-close
; Friday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-close

Location: 
1800 4th St. NW, 
Albuquerque, NM 87102 
Map this address

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: Oatmeal Stout, Revelation IPA, Walter White Wheat Lager, White Knight Belgian Golden Ale, Red Rye, Cabo Lager, Golden Ale, Oblivion Express Barleywine, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. New on tap this week will be an Oatmeal Stout coming online Thursday. Revelation IPA, which is an offshoot of TMBC’s Genesis IPA, is brewed using Pils malt and hopped with Simcoe, Summit, Falconer’s Flight, and dry hopped with Simcoe. (7.3% ABV, 100 IBU) Walter White Wheat Lager is a 50-percent wheat beer brewed with a lager yeast, 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)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring their Hybrid IPA on cask.

News: TMBC will be closing down this Sunday at 4 pm for the Super Bowl, so be sure ti fill your growlers for the Big Game.

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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