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.

It’s that time of year to show appreciation to the one you love, and while you are appreciating that beer you should probably think about what you are getting your significant other for Valentine’s Day, too. Whether or not you have a significant other, breweries across the state will play host to a variety of different Valentine’s Day parties and other unrelated beer events that you can share with the one you love, or just enjoy by yourself. The Il Vicino Canteen, Marble Brewery, Santa Fe Brewing Company, Second Street Brewery, and Tractor are a few local breweries serving up something special this week.

Right now in the Duke City, Back Alley Draft House has their IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, and Belgian White back on tap this week. The Il Vicino Canteen has Smooth Operator, a cherry-chocolate doppelbock, on tap for Valentine’s week, and they will have an IPA dry-hopped with Simcoe and lemon zest on cask. Later this week, the Canteen will also be serving a chocolate and beer pairing-board featuring five beers and an assortment of chocolates to complement and contrast them. Marble will be releasing Stout Americano today (Wednesday) for the INDULGE party. They will have gift packs and featured chocolates. Nexus will be featuring their Scottish on cask this week.

In the City Different, Blue Corn Brewery is releasing Tomorrow’s IPA, a variation on the IPA Challenge winning Resurgence IPA, this week. Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Phil’s All Brett Porter, a traditional porter fermented with wild Brettanomyces yeast. SFBC will be in Grants on Saturday selling beer at their Quadrathlon. In addition, SFBC will be brewing a beer at Sipapu at the ski hill with fresh runoff in their stream. Second Street Brewery will be featuring British Mild as the Firkin cask beer to be paired with Chef Jason’s menu on Thursday for Cask & Curry Night. On Friday, Second Street will also debut Brewer Jordy’s Hard Cider.

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 Feb. 10.

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: IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Stone’s Matt’s Burning Rosids, an imperial saison brewed in tribute to Matt Courtright, and Lips of Faith Cigar City, Stone Double Bastard, Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA, and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Tomorrow’s IPA, Kamikaze Ace, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter. Blue Corn Brewery is releasing Tomorrow’s IPA, a variation on the IPA Challenge winning Resurgence IPA, this week. The difference is the hops that were used. Tomorrow’s IPA showcases Mosaic, Galaxy, Citra, and Simcoe hops. Blue Corn used seven pounds of hops per barrel, including 3.5 pounds in the dry-hop alone! (7.5% ABV, 100 IBU, OG 1.076) Kamikaze Ace, an Imperial Pilsner hopped up with Sorachi Ace hops and clocking in at 8.7 percent, is also on tap.

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: Penasco Porter, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Blue Heron Blonde, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Cascabel IPA. The Porter and the Cascabel IPA rejoin the lineup this week. The Cascabel is an English-style IPA, though with more hops than most beers in that genre. Blue Heron also has many of its beer 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: Nestordamus Belgian Dark Strong, Imperial Wheat IPA, Mellow Brit, Amarillo Red, 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.”

News: The last of Bosque’s new brewing equipment has arrived this week, and they have started moving equipment into the new brew space. 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 8 p.m. and Saturday featuring Brandon Gomez 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.

Events: Cazuela’s 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), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. 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).

This week, Duel will be hosting live music by Bill Palmer and Stephanie Hatfield on Thursday, Joe West and Anthony Leon as a Valentine’s Day Special on Friday, and Petty Theft on Saturday. All performances run from 7-10 p.m.

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. 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, Steam, Anniversary IPA, 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. 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: Smooth Operator (a cherry-chocolate doppelbock), Sasquatch Scotch, HBC-291-IPA, Exodus IPA, Summer Pale Ale, English Brown Porter, Just Esteem, Irish Red Ale. HBC-291-IPA is from the Canteen’s experimental hop series. Sasquatch Scotch and Exodus IPA are back on tap at the Canteen. Both beers are local favorite seasonals that make their way to taps several times a year.

Cask: This week, the Canteen will have an IPA dry-hopped with Simcoe and lemon zest on cask.

Events: The Canteen will be serving a chocolate and beer pairing-board featuring five beers and an assortment of chocolates to complement and contrast them. The pairings will begin on Thursday and will continue until they run out of chocolate.

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: Hop Donkey IPA, 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. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. 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 Saturday from 4-6 p.m., Kaktus will be doing a $2.5 pint happy hour with live music.

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: Red Ryeot, Southern Cross Pale Ale, Full Pint Pale Ale (a collaboration with Oskar Blues), No, You’re a Dort, Cafe Con Leche. The Red Ryeot and Southern Cross were big hits when they were released last week. The former finds a nice balance between the rye and its other aspects. The Southern Cross is made entirely with hops from the Southern Hemisphere, giving it a very unique flavor.

News: Look for the new Red Ryeot, Project Dank, and 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 some time later this month.

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: Stout Americano, 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.

Events: Stout Americano will be released today (Wednesday) for the INDULGE party. They will have gift packs and featured chocolates. They will also be selling Valentine’s Day gift packs featuring soap and shampoo made with Marble beer and giving away Rebel donuts with the purchase of a Stout Americano (while supplies last).

News: 111 Farmhouse Ale 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: Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Imperial Stout, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. 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 featuring their Scottish 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 last 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: Phil’s All Brett Porter, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Phil’s All Brett Porter, a traditional porter fermented with wild Brettanomyces yeast. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. 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 in Grants on Saturday selling beer at their Quadrathlon. In addition, SFBC will be brewing a beer at Sipapu at the ski hill with fresh runoff in their stream. There will also be lots of giveaways and a can “hunt” for prizes on the hill.

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: Cream Stout, British Mild, Brewer Jordy’s Hard Cider, Outlier Special Bitter, Kolsch, IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Halifax Strong Pale Ale, Tres Equis Lager, Brown Ale. The Halifax is nearly out, so hurry over soon before it is gone. SSB will be featuring British Mild as the Firkin cask beer to be paired with Chef Jason’s curry menu on Thursday for Cask & Curry Night. On Friday, they will also debut Brewer Jordy’s Hard Cider. Further down the line look for a new version of the Winter Warmer brewed with the same Ringwood yeast as the Outlier.

Events: Ben Wright will be hosting Open Mic Night at the Railyard on Tuesday night.

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.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Big Brown, Kolsh 45, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Old 96 Sticke Alt, Rainy Day IPA, Superstitious Stout, White Feather. The Lunch Pale Ale (5.2% ABV) returns to the lineup. Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout, while Brandon has enjoyed the Notorious ESB in the past. There are also five guest taps featuring La Cumbre Elevated IPA, Marble IPA and Wildflower Wheat, plus Santa Fe Black IPA and Nut Brown.

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, S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, German Pilsner, Rasputin’s Imperial Stout (X-Beer), Bisti Blonde, Longshot Light, 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 are the German Pilsner and Longshot Light.

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), TBA (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill 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; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
 Last Call 30 minutes before close. 
No package after midnight.
 Brewery tours Saturday at 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Pilsner #15 (6.8% ABV), Berry Cider, Black IPA, ESB (6.2% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park: Luna De Los Muertos imperial stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale, Javi Lager, Black IPA, Berry Cider, Barn Storm Ale, C+C IPA, Chocolate Milk Stout. The ESB and Pilsner are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

News: Tractor’s Wells Park taproom, located at 1800 4th Street NW, is now open for business.

Events: Tractor, well known for their love of dogs, is working with Luvin’ Labs to hold an adoption event. So go by their 4th Street taproom and check out some gorgeous Labradors. You never know, you might be bringing home your new best friend by the time the event is over!

On the first and third Thursdays of each month, Tractor’s Wells Park taproom will show love to the local music scene. One dollar from every pint bought during the time the musician is playing will serve as payment for the night’s worth of musical entertainment.

This Friday night, Nob Hill will play host to the second annual Ex-orcism Party, which encourages singles to stop by with a picture of their ex and then exorcise the bad memories with beer, music, and fun.

In case anyone missed it, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, a Tractor staple, is this year’s NMDSBC Stout Challenge champion.

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: Grandma’s Brown, Triple Play Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Revelation IPA, White Knight Belgian Golden Ale, Red Rye, Cabo Lager, Golden Ale, Oblivion Express Barleywine, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. 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) TMBC also has their Oblivion Express Barleywine back on tap. 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: Maximus IPA is in the fermenter. TMBC hopes to have it on tap next week.

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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