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.
Tickets for the Il Vicino Cask Fest are on sale and going fast! Il Vicino Cask Fest will be held at the Canteen on Saturday, May 31 from noon to 4 p.m. The Canteen did sell out the last Cask Fest and had to turn people away at the door. Tickets are $20 (only $15 for Mug Club Members showing their card). Purchasing a ticket pays for the price of admission, a sample board, and a full pour of your favorite beer in your own commemorative pint glass. Stoutmeister and I attended the first Cask Fest. We sampled a selection of cask-conditioned beers from around the state ranging in styles from IPAs to stouts. Those interested in learning more about Cask Fest should check out Stoutmeister’s series of Cask Fest-related articles from last year. I highly recommend the event for all cask connoisseurs.
Right now in the Duke City, the Il Vicino Canteen is now serving Hefeweizen (5.0% ABV, 14 IBU) and Sc-Out (7.9% ABV, 40 IBU). La Cumbre has a new batch of Blanche De Burque back on tap. On Monday, Marble tapped the Dukes of Ale/Marble Collaboration Beer (7.1% ABV) which is a Maibock. Tractor is serving new batches of Javi Lager (6.5% ABV) and Hard Berry Cider (7.6% ABV) at their Nob Hill location. Tractor is also serving Scotch Ale (7.5% ABV), L4 IPL (6.5% ABV), Berry Cider (7.5% ABV), and Et Tu Brute Cider (8.0% ABV) at their Wells Park location. Turtle Mountain’s Smash Pale Ale (5.7%, 45 IBU) and Munich Style Helles Lager (5.1%, 20 IBU) are both unnamed at this time, but they will have an official name by the time they hit taps on Friday. The Helles will also be make its way to Turtle Mountain’s regular menu, so you can enjoy it all year long.
In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Evan’s Traditional Dopplebock this week.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 5.
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: Locomotion California Commons, Zythos Pale Ale. Stoutmeister stopped by Blue Corn recently to interview new brewer James Warren. While he was there, Stoutmeister of course sampled both of the new beers on tap. The Locomotion is brewed in the style of the popular steam beers of Northern California. It is a smooth, sessionable beer that goes well with the warming weather. The Zythos is a single-hop PA that offers up a unique mix of both tart and sweet.
Event: Tap into the Outside Bike & Brew Festival with three VIP days of bikes, beer and food. Blue Corn Brewery’s VIP ticket offers access to top beer events at Santa Fe’s largest beer festival Wednesday, May 14 to Saturday, May 16. In addition to a special VIP party on Wednesday night, and several events throughout the weekend, your VIP ticket also snags you a souvenir growler, and Blue Corn Brewery Roadrunner IPA T-shirt. Tickets cost $95 ($145 value) and can be purchased online here.
The VIP party is May 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Draft Station. There will be an exclusive beer tapping, pizza from Rooftop Pizzeria, and you can get a $5 coupon for a pint for use the following night. On May 15, the NM Brewers Guild is hosting a tap handle takeover at the Draft Station, beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting through the weekend. On May 16, Blue Corn will host a Bike & Brew Patio Party at 4 p.m. at their downtown cafe. There will be a special beer on tap and you can have a chance to meet James himself. On May 17, the Velo y Vino Ride will begin at 10 a.m. The ride will tour through Tesuque, Chupadero, and Rio en Medio, with stops at the Four Seasons Encantado Resort and ending at La Casa Sena. You can register at the VIP party or the morning of the event at La Casa Sena. Also on May 17 at 6 p.m. is the Blue Corn Brewery Beer Dinner, a five-course event that is a collaborative effort between Blue Corn Chef David Sundberg, brewer James Warren, Chef Jeffery Caplan, and John Rowley, the head of the Home Brewers Association.
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, Railyard Rust (California Commons). The Last Straw is John Bullard’s second beer, and is the latest release in the Adoption Ale Series. Railyard Rust is the new and improved California Commons. It’s still sinfully smooth, but with a little more body and bite. 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.
News: Bosque’s new brewhouse is expected to be operational next week.
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), Java the Hutt (coffee ale), Broken Berry Brown (chocolate strawberry ale). Franz Solo plans to head over to Broken Bottle soon to try all of these new beers. As he is the only Crew member who lives on the West Side, he figures he should be the one to keep tabs on the breweries on that side of the river.
Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.
Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364
(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)
Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefeweizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). 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. Hopefully it will be on tap again soon.
Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Idle Time IPA, Serenity Milk Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), Marzen (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU), Woodward SMASH Pale Ale. Idle Time IPA is a session IPA (5.0% ABV, 65 IBU) which will be released for a “Beer Social” at Chama from 6-8 p.m. The Woodward SMASH is brewed with Amarillo hops and is the last creation at Chama River by 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!”
News: This week, Duel will be hosting live music by J.Q. Whitcomb & What the What today (Wednesday) from 7-9 p.m., Drastic Andrew on Thursday from 7-9 p.m., Bill Palmer’s TV KILLERS on Friday from 7-9 p.m., and 50 Watt Whale on Saturday from 7-9 p.m.
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, IPA, American Pale Ale, Rye Beer, Black IPA, Irish Red Ale, Amber Ale, Scotch Ale, Barley Wine. The Pale Ale and Irish Red rejoin the lineup this week, which makes it a good week as any to head over and try a fresh batch 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: Hefeweizen (5.0% ABV, 14 IBU), Sc-Out (7.9% ABV, 40 IBU), Farmhouse Rye (5.7% ABV, 22 IBU), Exodus IPA (7.6% ABV, 100+ IBU), Spiced Belgian Golden (9.2% ABV, 26 IBU, 10-ounce pours), Cascade Pale Ale (6.1% ABV, 60 IBU), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV, 24 IBU), Irish Red (6.4% ABV, 25 IBU). With Farmhouse Rye the Canteen continues a series of beers using the farmhouse strain of yeasts. Mash includes a portion of rye, and the brew is hop-bursted with Sorachi Ace and Mosaic, yielding a beer that is hoppier and a bit more bitter than the 22 IBUs might suggest.
News: Il Vicino Cask Fest will be held at the Canteen on Saturday, May 31 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets for the Il Vicino Cask Fest are on sale and going fast! The Canteen did sell out at the last Cask Fest and had to turn people away at the door. Tickets are $20 (only $15 for Mug Club Members showing their card), includes their admission and sample board, and a full pour of their favorite in their own commemorative pint glass.
Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072
(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8, Fri-Sun 11:30-10)
Beers: Amber, Cream Stout (nitro), Trident IPA, London Porter, Belgian Blonde, Honk Ale, Dark Abbey, 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 has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: Blanche De Burque, Kaylynn’s Last Stand, Project Dank, Kettle Bell, Breaking Bread (Doppelbock), VMO #2 (Marzen). 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. VMO #2 is a German-style lager that’s great when you need a break from all the hoppy beers on tap.
News: Blanche De Burque is now on tap and will be released in bottle conditioned 750 ml bottles in the next couple weeks. Other La Cumbre beers for sale in bombers include La Negra Imperial Russian Stout and Project Dank.
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.
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: Dukes of Ale/Marble Collaboration Beer (7.1% ABV), Anniversary Triple, Anniversary Barley Wine, India Wheat, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout. On Monday, Marble tapped the Dukes of Ale/Marble Collaboration Beer, which is a Maibock. India Wheat has the citrusy, tropical hop character of an IPA with the refreshing quench of a wheat ale. The special releases of the Triple and Barley Wine occurred during Marble’s Sixth Anniversary Party last week. Both beers will be on tap and available in bombers for mug club members, new and old. Stoutmeister tried both beers. He highly recommends the Barley Wine, calling it “the barley wine of the elder gods.” He and Franz Solo might be hanging out too much.
Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.
News: In April, Marble was presented the gold medal at the World Beer Cup for their Pilsner!
Events: On Tuesday, Marble hosts an open mike night from 6-9 p.m. with Boris Mccutcheon. Marble’s Downtown Pub will also host music performances by Marlee Crow on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m, Step In from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, The Blue Hornets from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, and The Green Billies from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday.
Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
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: Altbier, Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. Altbier is the first new recipe brewed for Nexus by head brewer Kaylynn McKnight. 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: Evan’s Traditional Dopplebock, Freestyle Pilsner, Irish Red. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Evan’s Traditional Dopplebock. 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.
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: Rod’s Steam Bitter (gold medal-winner at GABF), Cream Stout, Trappist Pale Ale, Extra Special Bitter, IPA, Golden Ale, Old Pecos Porter, Pivotal IPA, Kolsch. 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 Northwest — 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. Even Stoutmeister recommends this since he got to have a pint while interviewing brewer Rod Tweet recently.
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!
This weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at the original location, SSB will host their annual Crawfish Bowl. They will also host the music Jono Manson on Friday night. On Saturday they will feature the music of Boris and the Saltlicks from 2-5 p.m. and The Greg Daigle Band from 6-9 p.m. On Sunday they will host Mil-Tones Brass Band from 1-4 p.m. and Alex Maryol from 5-8 p.m. (an event not to be missed).
SSB’s Rail Yard location hosts the music of Maxwell Hughes (formerly of the Lumineers) on Tuesday night, Swamp Sugar Radio on Friday, and the Rail Yard’s Saturday performance will feature Steve Guthrie … NO cover … ever.
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: Dirty Brown, Mosaic Lollipop, Mogul IPA, Simple Porter. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.
News: Taos Ale House recently partnered with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. The Burger Stand is now open and is already booming with business.
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: Javi Lager (6.5% ABV), Hard Berry Cider (7.6% ABV), C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Cortijo Farmhouse Ale (6.7% ABV), Luna de los Muertos Stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV).
Beers at Wells Park only: Scotch Ale (7.5% ABV), L4 IPL (6.5% ABV), Berry Cider (7.5% ABV), Et Tu Brute Cider (8.0% ABV), Maibock Lager (5.8% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), Dopplebock (8.0% 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). Tractor’s Scotch Ale is “Fermented with Edinburgh Scotch Ale Yeast and brewed with a hundred pounds of smoked malt, big flavors from smoke and caramel malts make this a pleasure for the palate. A rich burgundy color and subtle flavors of bacon, caramel and smoke are all balanced by slightly earthy and hoppy characteristics.” 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.
Events: On Wednesday, Tractor will be hosting another Cards Against Humanity night. This is a free event starting at 7 p.m. Food will by served by Nomad’s BBQ.
The pLoud music series is back, featuring Cloudface over at Wells Park starting at 8 p.m. Food will by served by Kimo’s BBQ.
Geeks Who Drink is now setting up shop at the Wells Park Tap Room every Monday at 8 p.m. Bar cash for winners and bonus questions all night. Wanna see what GWD at Tractor has been up to? Check out the blog! Food will be served by Europa Roaming Kitchen.
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: Smash Pale Ale (5.7%, 45 IBU), Munich Style Helles Lager (5.1%, 20 IBU), Oku Amber (6.5% ABV, 30 IBU), Hopshell IPA (6.7% ABV, 100 IBU), McDay’s Cream Ale (5.6% ABV, 16 IBU), Parasol White IPA (7.0% ABV, 50 IBU), Hop Duster (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU), Anniversary Brown Ale (8.7% ABV, 45 IBU), Irish Red (4.9% ABV, 25 IBUs), Irish Stout (4.5% ABV, 40 IBUs on nitrogen), Turbo Pilz (4.7%, 25 IBU), Red Rye (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU). TMBC’s Smash Pale Ale and Munich Style Helles Lager are both unnamed at this time, but they will have an official name by the time they hit taps on Friday. The Helles will also be make its way to TMBC’s regular menu, so you can enjoy it all year. 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.
News: The Oku Amber and Hopshell IPA are the first of TMBC’s new house beers to come online. They are dialing in efficiency so alcohol and IBUs may drift around a little, but Oku and Hopshell will always be on tap from now on.
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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