The Week Ahead in Beer: So much news!

Posted: April 16, 2014 by erockslab in Uncategorized

Editor’s note: If you’re seeing this, be happy, for you are now reading the edited version. E-Rock hit “publish” instead of “save” this morning while he was hustling out the door to go to work. I was busy running in the Bosque (yes, really, I am trying to get in shape; better shape = more beer can be consumed, or so I hope) while this happened, so now I have finally gotten around to fixing things here. You’re welcome, Burquenos (and folks from points beyond). — Stoutmeister

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 is always there for New Mexico when its citizens need to know what new craft beer is on tap.

E-Rock is always there for New Mexico when its citizens need to know what new craft beer is on tap.

This is the part of the column where I normally relate some big event or new trend that is going on in New Mexico’s highly regarded brewery scene. There was so much news and new beers to keep track of that I am already an hour late for work, and I still haven’t finished this column. In short, Marble won a gold medal for their Pilsner at the World Beer Cup, Second Street Brewery is now serving gluten-removed varieties of some of their most popular beers, and Tractor has a whole lot of new seasonals at both of their locations. For more news, continue reading while I run to work and procede to kiss my boss’ butt with reckless abandon. Cheers!

Right now in the Duke City, Chama River has new batches of Serenity Milk Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU) and Marzen (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) on tap. The Il Vicino Canteen is now serving Spiced Belgian Golden (9.2%, 10-ounce pours) and Cascade Pale Ale (6.1% ABV, 60 IBU). La Cumbre has released Kaylynn’s Last Stand, a rye lager. Marble has their India Wheat and Paddy McNitro on tap this week. Tractor’s Nob Hill Location is now serving Dry Hard Berry Cider (8.3% ABV), Berry Cider (7.6% ABV), Et Tu Brute Cider (8.2% ABV), C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Cortijo Farmhouse Ale (6.7% ABV), L4 IPL (6.2% ABV), and Luna de los Muertos Stout (9.2% ABV). Tractor’s Wells Park Location is now serving IBL (6.0% ABV), Apple Cider (7.2% ABV), Jack The Sipper (8.5% ABV), and Javi Lager (5.0% ABV).

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Leif’s Pomelo Plunge. Second Street Brewery has unveiled their newest creation, Pivotal IPA. They are now offering their India Pale Ale and Kolsch gluten-removed.

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 April 14.

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: Berliner Weisse, IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. Franz Solo and I both recommend the Berliner Weisse. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Stone’s IRS on tap as well as Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine. There is still some of Stone’s Enjoy by 4.20 on tap.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Milk Stout, Lakeside Summer Ale, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter.

News: Blue Corn is currently serving a rotating Nitro beer.

Stoutmeister will be interviewing BC’s new brewer James Warren this coming week.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week, but when it’s a lineup as good as this one, no one wants it to change. The Scottish is a longtime Brew Crew favorite. Blue Heron also has many of its beers 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: The Last Straw Hefe, California Commons, Citra SMASH (single malt and single hop pale ale), Bosque’s Burnin’ Red. New head brewer John Bullard’s first Bosque creation, SMASH (single malt and single hop) pale ale with Maris Otter and Citra, is now on tap. The Last Straw is John’s second beer, and is the latest release in the Adoption Ale Series. Bosque’s Burnin’ Red is back from last year, new and improved. Pale Ryder and Driftwood Oatmeal Stout have replaced Old Bosky Porter as year-round offerings. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Driftwood, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

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: Sol Rosenberg Ale, Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter).

News: B3 will have Java the Hutt, a coffee ale, and Broken Berry Brown, a chocolate strawberry ale, on tap in the near future.

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 celebrate its second anniversary on Saturday from 5 p.m. until close. There will be live music, special giveaways, and four small-batch seasonals available that day only.

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.”

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Serenity Milk Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), Marzen (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU), Irish Red Ale (5.3% ABV, 25 IBU), Woodward SMASH Pale Ale. The Woodward SMASH is brewed with Amarillo hops and is a tribute to former assistant brewer Tim Woodward, who is now running the show at Turtle Mountain.

News: If there is anything you want to know about new head brewer Zach Guilmette, Stoutmeister interviewed him recently.

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.

News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.

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: Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), 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 had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). 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 is popular with the tourist crowd. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beers 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, Bohemian Pilsner, ESB, IPA, Rye Beer, Porter, Scottish Ale, Steam Beer, Barley Wine. The Pilsner, Rye Beer, and Scottish Ale rejoin the lineup this week, which makes it a good week as any to head over and try all these fresh batches of beer. 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: Spiced Belgian Golden (9.2% ABV, 10-ounce pours), Cascade Pale Ale (6.1% ABV, 60 IBU), Panama Joe Coffee Stout (2013 GABF Gold Medal Winner), Biere de Mars (5.8% ABV), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV), Irish Red Ale, Southern Hemisphere Pale Ale (SHAle), Sweet Sandarine Porter. The Irish Red won its second consecutive Irish Red Challenge, which half the Crew held on St. Patrick’s Day.

News: Panama Joe took home a silver medal at the World Beer Cup last week.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8, Fri-Sun 11:30-10)

Beers: Hexa IPA (brewed with six different hops), Belgian Blonde, Red Ale, Honk Ale, American Brown, Dark Abbey, Black Out Stout, Helles Lager. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. 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.

Events: Kaktus hosts live music by original songwriters 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: Kaylynn’s Last Stand, Project Dank, Kettle Bell, Pogue Mahone (Irish-style Dry Stout), Breaking Bread (Doppelbock), Pecos Porter. Kaylynn’s Last Stand, a rye lager, is the last beer brewed by Kaylynn McKnight before she took over the head brewer position at Nexus Brewery. Jaramillo Strong, a British Strong Ale, has been renamed Kettle Bell. Stoutmeister recommends the Pogue Mahone, calling it the beer that Guinness should be.

News: Father Nelson should be on tap on Monday. There will be a little party at the brewery to celebrate and bottles will be on sale for those who can handle this hop bomb and want to take it home.

We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

La Cumbre’s next bottled release will be Father Nelson, a Triple IPA that Jeff Erway described as “monstrous.” They have a picture of the label on their Facebook page. Look for the new Red Ryeot, Project Dank, and Cafe Con Leche bottles at your local stores. A Slice of Hefen and Malpais Stout 16-ounce cans are also on store shelves.

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.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: India Wheat, Paddy McNitro, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Marble Reserve Ale. India Wheat has the citrusy, tropical hop character of an IPA with the refreshing quench of a wheat ale. Paddy McNitro is a stout rich in chocolate and molasses balanced by cold lager fermentation. 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: This week Marble was presented the gold medal at the World Beer Cup for their Pilsner!

Events: Marble’s Downtown Pub will host music performances by Shawn James and the Shapeshifters on Wednesday, Cafe Bomba from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Diamond Down String Band from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, Boris McCutcheon and the Salt Licks from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, and Cali Shaw from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Marble will host their Sixth-Anniversary Party on Tuesday. They will be tapping the two specialty brewed brew club beers including a Belgo-American Style Triple enhanced with Brettanomyces and a Barrel Aged Barley Wine. This is going to be a very fun event that will also feature the music of Le Chat Lunatique from 6-9 p.m.

Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery has already closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Pancho Villa Stout, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, Light Lager. Sad news from Southern NM as Deming’s Mimbres Valley is closing its doors. The taproom in Las Cruces will stay open till they run out of beer. Make sure to raise your pints in honor of a fallen brother.

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: Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. 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 the Air Beer 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: Leif’s Pomelo Plunge, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Leif’s Pomelo Plunge. 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.

Events: On Saturday SFBC wil be hosting the Gypsy Bazaar at their tasting room with lots of vendors, food by Dr. Fieldgoods, and music performances including one of my bands, Sadaqah. I hop to see you there.

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: Pivotal IPA, Civil Rye, Jordy’s Irish Red, St George IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Kidder Special Bitter, Centennial Pale Ale, Kolsch, IPA. Pivotal IPA (6.9% ABV, 68 IBU, 1.062 OG) is the newest addition to SSB’s stable of IPA recipes. This one showcases some of the latest-and-greatest of the new hops to come out of the Pacific NW – including the precious Citra and Mosaic, along with a couple of longtime brewer’s favorites. A full mouthful of floral, herbal, and fruity hop flavors followed by a clean and dry finish that disappears into thin air – only to leave you wanting more.

News: After 18 years of brewing beer, SSB has some exiting news for our patrons that are gluten sensitive.  After several months of experimentation they are happy to announce that two of their very popular flagships, the India Pale Ale and Kolsch, are now available as gluten-removed beers to their lineup. These beers are in fact made with barley malt, but are crafted in a way that de-natures the gluten during fermentation. Then to insure results, the finished beers are tested at a TTB and American Society of Brewing Chemists certified laboratory. The results are currently showing gluten levels of 10ppm, or less. This process has no discernable impact on the flavor or body of your beer.

A note: The recently adopted FDA standard for “gluten free” products is 20ppm. While the IPA and Kolsch that SSB is serving is greatly reduced in gluten and below this threshold, results for diagnosed Celiac consumers can vary from person-to-person, and consumption should be approached cautiously.

Events: Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

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: Mogul IPA, Ale House Dirty Brown, Simple Porter. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Mogul IPA will be back on tap next week.

Construction continues at TAH. They are partnering with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. They are putting together a pretty sweet bottle and tap list for when they open with the restaurant.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Big Brown, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Hopper IPA, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Superstitious Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week. Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout (naturally) and Brandon enjoyed the Notorious ESB. There are also four guest taps featuring Marble’s IPA and Wildflower Wheat, plus Santa Fe’s Happy Camper IPA and Irish Red Ale.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, SHIPA Falconer’s, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Strawberry Wheat, German Pilsner, Chaco Nut Brown, Double Barrel Amber Ale, Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Main St. Irish Stout. The Falconer’s is a single-hop IPA made with Falconer’s Flight. It’s available only at the taproom. 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 Chaco Nut Brown and Main St. Irish Stout are the other recent additions to tap.

Cask: There is nothing on cask at present.

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: Dry Hard Berry Cider (8.3% ABV), Berry Cider (7.6% ABV), Et Tu Brute Cider (8.2% ABV), C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Cortijo Farmhouse Ale (6.7% ABV), L4 IPL (6.2% ABV), Luna de los Muertos Stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: IBL (6.0% ABV), Apple Cider (7.2% ABV), Jack The Sipper (8.5% ABV), Javi Lager (5.0% ABV), Maibach Lager (6.2% ABV), Easy Rider IPA (6.0% ABV), ESB (6.0% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV). All of the Nob Hill seasonals 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.

Events: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, Tractor welcomes a band to their Wells Park Tap Room for a music series they call pLoud music. This week, Tractor will feature April Barreiro starting at 8 p.m.

Every Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. Tractor hosts a Cards Against Humanity night. You can borrow a Tractor deck from the bar or buy your own!

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: Hop Duster (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU), Anniversary Brown Ale (8.7% ABV, 45 IBU), Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs), Irish Stout (4.5% ABV, 40 IBUs on nitrogen), Turbo Pilz, Belgian Dubbel, Steam, Red Rye, Triple Play Pale Ale, Cabo Lager, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. The Anniversary Brown Ale is the first beer created by head brewer Tim Woodward for TMBC, and it was brewed to celebrate TMBC’s 15th anniversary. Naturally, TMBC’s Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs) and Irish Stout (4.5%, 40 IBUs on nitrogen) were tapped to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day last month. Get them before they run out.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Triple Play Pale Ale on cask.

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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