Editor’s note: Pardon the delay, but E-Rock’s new summer work schedule at CNM collided with my Beer Week responsibilities. Hopefully we can reorganize how we do this column and start getting it to you on Tuesday now instead of Wednesday. If any brewer or brewery rep who serves as our email contact is reading this, please try to get your listings to E-Rock by Monday or Tuesday morning at the latest. Thanks! — 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, 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 continues in the Duke City. Festivities run until Saturday, culminating at the Il Vicino Canteen with Cask Fest, which still has a few tickets still available for purchase. If you find yourself at the Canteen before Saturday, you can still sample pints of their Beer Week Specials including the return of St. Bob’s and the last of their Two Fools Great Heart Whisky Stout. I tried a pint of the Whisky Stout at Two Fools as part of their special sampling on Tuesday. The smooth stout had hints of vanilla and is not to be missed. There are so many seasonals on tap at the Canteen that they had to remove some of their standard beers to make room on the taps!

Right now in the Duke City, Back Alley Draft House added Kolsch Style Ale and Belgian Wit to their selection of house beers, and they still have some beers still on tap from their Tower of Sour tasting as well as new releases from Green Flash and Stone. Il Vicino Canteen has unleashed Two Fools Whisky Stout (6.6% ABV, 60 IBU) and HBC 436 IPA (6.4% ABV, 60 IBU). They also have St. Bob’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Hops-Pitality IPA, and Apricot Saison on tap as Beer Week specials. Turtle Mountain has McDay’s Cream Ale back on tap.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Bill’s Latir Cream Ale brewed with Latir, one of the native NM hops that SFBC will be growing on their farm. Second Street Brewery is now serving Huell Melon Pilzner, Otowi Pale Ale, and Pivotal IPA.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 26.

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: Kolsch Style Ale, Belgian Wit, IPA, Pale Ale, Belgian White. BADH still has a few remnants of their highly successful Tower of Sour tasting including limited quantities of Ichtegems Grand Cru, Silly Sour, Moylan’s Lonely Tart Club, Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie, Petrus Aged Pale, and Lips of Faith La Folie. BADH also tapped Green Flash Brewing’s “Le Freak” Imperial Belgian IPA and Stone’s new saison this week. Stoutmeister enjoyed the new Kolsch Style Ale, calling it a perfect, relaxing beer for the hot summer days to come.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Rampant Lamb Maibock, ½ Wit Belgian Style Witbier, The Malty-Ness Monster (a Scottish Wee Heavy), AproPeach Saison. The new saison uses both apricots and peaches for a wholly unique flavor.

News: Blue Corn is brewing up a cream ale for summer.

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, Old Man Jameson (Scottish Export), Peachburgh, PA (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.

News: Construction has begun on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central.

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, 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. The Pecan Porter that Franz and Mrs. Solo raved about at Blues & Brews will be on tap soon.

News: Head brewer Zach Guilmette has revamped the recipe for Chama’s Jackalope IPA to give it a stronger kick and tastier palate.

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, Bohemian Pilsner, IPA, Steam Beer, Octoberfest, Anniversary IPA, Brown Ale, Scotch Ale, Barley Wine. The Anniversary IPA replaces the Hefeweizen on tap 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: Two Fools Whisky Stout (6.6% AVB, 60 IBU), HBC 436 IPA (6.4% ABV, 60 IBU), St. Bob’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (11.5% ABV), Apricot Saison 6.5% ABV, 24 IBU), 505-2014 Collaboration, Hops-pitality IPA, Hefeweizen (5.0% ABV, 14 IBU), Farmhouse Rye (5.7% ABV, 22 IBU), Exodus IPA (7.6% ABV, 100+ IBU), Spiced Belgian Golden (9.2% ABV), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV, 24 IBU). Two Fools Whisky Stout is a whiskey barrel aged stout. This is a very small batch which the Canteen is sharing and pouring alongside Two Fools Tavern. 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 is this weekend, and some tickets are still available. $20 affords you entry, your 16-sample board, and a printed take-home pint glass that you can fill with your favorite magical cask concoction!

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 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, Miles from Cologne.The Miles is a Kolsch-style beer, smooth and mild to help beat the summer heat. It replaced the popular VMO #2.

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. 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 the Colorado band We’s Us on Thursday from 7-10 p.m, Let it Grow, a Grateful Dead tribute band, from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, and Aspen Hourglass 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: 505-2014 Collaboration, Altbier, Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream, Beam Me Up Scottish. 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.

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: Bill’s Latir Cream Ale, Freestyle Pilsner, Irish Red. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Bill’s Latir Cream Ale brewed with Latir, one of the native NM hop that SFBC will be growing on their farm. 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: Huell Melon Pilzner, Otowi Pale Ale, Pivotal IPA, Boneshaker Bitter, Kolsch, IPA, Rod’s Steam Bitter (gold medal-winner at GABF). The Boneshaker was brewed for the recent Outside Magazine Bike & Brew Festival.

Events: SSB’s Second Street location will host the music of Eryn Bent and the Troupe Red on Friday, and they will host Busy and the Crazy 88’s on Saturday.

SSB’s Railyard location will host the Bus Tapes on Friday, they will host Catahola Curse on Saturday, and they will host Santa Fe Revue on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Also, on June 5 at the Railyard plaza, Jimmy Vaughn will be performing starting at 6 p.m.

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: Cross Eye Rye, Great Scot Scottish, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Hopper IPA, Kolsh 45, Superstitious Stout, Three Peaks IPA, White Feather IPA. New to the taps this week are the Cross Eye Rye (6.7% ABV) and Great Scot Scottish (7.2% ABV). 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 two guest taps featuring Marble’s Wildflower Wheat and La Cumbre’s Elevated IPA.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Sandstone Wheat, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Fare Well Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Kokopelli Coconut Wheat, Chaco Nut Brown, Hop Junkie (DIPA), NM Colona, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Powerplant Porter. The lineup at Three Rivers has been shaken up. Sandstone Wheat, Fare Well Pale Ale, Kokopelli Coconut Wheat, Hop Junkie, NM Colona, and Powerplant Porter are all new. The Hop Junkie is a powerful DIPA checking in at 8.5-percent ABV, with nine hop additions (as opposed to just five in the regular IPA). The Sandstone is a Bavarian-style hefeweizen. The Colona is modeled after a light Mexican lager, but with more flavor. 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.

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 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), McDay’s Cream Ale. McDay and Heidelburg Helles will be making their way to TMBC’s regular menu, so you can enjoy them 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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