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.

ABQ Beer Week has begun, and several breweries from around the country will be holding special tastings in various bars and beer stores throughout the Duke City. As this column is dedicated to seasonal beers brewed throughout the state of New Mexico, I will continue to do what I do best and focus only on brews native to the Land of Enchantment. The big news this week is the 505-2014 Collaboration Beer, which will be released on Thursday. Described as a Red Rye Pale Ale and coming in at an ABV of 4.6 percent, this beer was brewed by Il Vicino, La Cumbre, Bosque, Chama River, Nexus, and Marble. It will be on tap at all the participating breweries. Marble will host a kickoff release party Thursday night from 7 to 10 p.m.

Right now in the Duke City, Chama River is introducing Coconut Brown Ale (5.7% ABV, 25 IBU), Raspberry Ale (5.0% ABV, 30 IBU), and Hop the Pond ESB (5% ABV, 33 IBU) to taps this week. Il Vicino will bring back their Hops-pitality IPA on Thursday in honor of Beer Week. La Cumbre is now serving their Retro Pale Ale. On Saturday, Marble will be releasing the barrel-aged version of the Babes In Brewland beer, Fleur de Rouge.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Duskin’s Golden Strong Rye.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 19.

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.

Events: Back Alley will host the Second Annual Tower of Sour on Friday as part of Beer Week. Stoutmeister will have more in our daily preview of Beer Week events that morning.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Rampant Lamb Maibock, Acme Anvil Double IPA, ½ Wit Belgian Style Witbier, The Malty-Ness Monster (a Scottish Wee Heavy), Locomotion California Commons. Stoutmeister enjoyed the smooth Locomotion during a recent visit to Blue Corn.

News: Blue Corn will be putting an apricot and peach saison, that has yet to be named, on tap soon.

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: 505-2014 Collaboration, Scottish Export, Peach Pale Ale, Beligian Specialty Ale, Polly’s S.M.A.S.H. Polly’s was made with Marris Otter and HBC 342 hops. $1 of each sale for Polly’s S.M.A.S.H. goes to help fund Polly’s Run, a fundraiser to support pancreatic cancer research. The supply of this beer is nearly out, so hurry down to contribute. BBC’s Scottish and Peach Pale Ale will be coming out the end of this week (or beginning of next).

News: Bosque will be out of their Brewer’s Boot Amber Ale until next week.

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), 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: 505-2014 Collaboration, Coconut Brown Ale (5.7% ABV, 25 IBU), Raspberry Ale (5.0% ABV, 30 IBU), Hop the Pond ESB (5% ABV, 33 IBU), Idle Time IPA (4.9% ABV, 65 IBU). Hop the Pond ESB features an English malt bill and American hops to create an extra special bitter. Stoutmeister sampled the Idle Time and called it a superior session IPA to Stone’s Go to IPA or Lagunitas’ Daytime IPA.

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: Study Series: Blonde (Belgian Style Blonde, 4% ABV), Marcel (Belgian Style Wit, 5% ABV), Duchamp (Belgian Style Sour Wit, 5% ABV), Tableaux (Belgian style Sour Dark Ale, 11% ABV), 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: Duel Brewing has just started bottling Tableaux and Fiction (Belgian Style IPA) in 22-ounce bottles.

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, Hefeweizen, Bohemian Pilsner, IPA, Steam Beer, Octoberfest, Brown Ale, Scotch Ale, Barley Wine. The Hefe, Steam, Octoberfest, and Brown rejoin the lineup this week. 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: 505-2014 Collaboration, Hops-pitality IPA, Hefeweizen (5.0% ABV, 14 IBU), Sc-Out smoked stout (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 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 p.m., Fri-Sun 11:30-10 p.m.)

Beers: Amber, Cream Stout (nitro), Jabberwocky 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. During a couple of recent visits, I enjoyed the Dark Abbey, while Stoutmeister gave thumbs up to the London Porter, Cream Stout, and Helles Lager.

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: 505-2014 Collaboration, Retro Pale Ale, A Gringo from Bombay (white IPA), Blanche De Burque (witbier), Project Dank, VMO #2 (Marzen). La Cumbre decided to let Miles from Cologne sit slightly longer, and they are going to have their Retro Pale Ale on tap instead. Look for Miles from Cologne to return to La Cumbre in the near future. VMO #2 is a German-style Marzen that’s great when you need a break from all the hoppy beers on tap, but it is near the end of its run. Grab a pint while you still can.

News: Blanche De Burque is now on tap and has now been released in bottle conditioned 750 ml bottles. Other La Cumbre beers for sale in bombers include La Negra Imperial Russian Stout and Project Dank IPA.

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: 505-2014 Collaboration, Dukes of Ale/Marble Collaboration Beer (7.1% ABV), Anniversary Triple, Anniversary Barley Wine, India Wheat, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout. On Saturday, Marble will be releasing the barrel-aged version of the Babes In Brewland beer, Fleur de Rouge. 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 Zoltan Okestar on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m, Groove Session from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, Rand Larceny from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, and Former Friends from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday. Also Marble will have a big Memorial Day Festival. Bands scheduled so far, Floozy, Kimo, And Double Plow.

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: 505-2014 Collaboration, 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. It comes highly recommended by Stoutmeister, Franz Solo, Mrs. Solo, and myself. 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: Duskin’s Golden Strong Rye, Freestyle Pilsner, Irish Red. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Duskin’s Golden Strong Rye. SFBC’S seasonal Freestyle Pilsner is officially on tap and on the shelf.

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: Hallertau Blanc Pale Ale, Boneshaker Bitter, Kolsch, IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Extra Special Bitter, Rod’s Steam Bitter (gold medal-winner at GABF), Cream Stout, Old Pecos Porter. The Boneshaker was brewed for the recent Outside Magazine Bike & Brew Festival.

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: 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, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Kolsh 45, Superstitious Stout, Three Peaks IPA, White Feather IPA. For hopheads, try the Three Peaks (7.1% ABV, 101 IBUs), while the White Feather is a more mild white IPA (6.5% ABV, 55 IBUs). Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout (naturally). There are also three guest taps featuring Marble’s Pilsner and Wildflower Wheat, plus La Cumbre’s Elevated IPA.

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), Apple Cider, Maibock Lager (5.8% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), Dopplebock (8.0% ABV), Tupac Cali Red Ale. 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 at Wells Park. This is a free event starting at 7 p.m. Food will by served by Nomad’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: 505-2014 Collaboration, Piedra Lisa Porter (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU), N.B. SMaSH (5.7%, 45 IBU), Heidelburg Helles (5.1%, 20 IBU), Oku Amber (6.5% ABV, 30 IBU), Hopshell IPA (6.7% ABV, 100 IBU), Parasol White IPA (7.0% ABV, 50 IBU), Hop Duster (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU), Turbo Pilz (4.7%, 25 IBU), Red Rye (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU). The McDay’s Cream Ale is now off line (but for the fans, don’t worry… it’s coming back as a house beer!). Heidelburg Helles will also be making its way to TMBC’s regular menu, so you can enjoy it all year.

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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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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