Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is Stoutmeister, filling in for E-Rock for 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.

Your fill-in writer for this week always takes his beer drinking seriously.

Your fill-in writer for this week always takes his beer drinking seriously.

There is nothing quite like waking up to a text message saying “got friends and family in town, can’t do The Week Ahead in Beer.” That was what greeted me this morning before I went running in the Bosque (newsflash: it got hot early today). So consider this a very scrambled version of this column, culled mainly from online sources since I don’t really have the time today (blame the Topes) to put in two-dozen phone calls. If you see some glaring omissions, please get in touch via Facebook, the comments section here, our email (, Twitter (@nmdarksidebc), or if you’ve got my personal contact info, don’t hesitate to use it. I will keep updating this as needed until we reach the weekend.

Right now in the Duke City, Bosque has unleashed Fisticuffs IPA, which has a ridiculous IBU due to eight pounds of hops per barrel (!). Broken Bottle is bringing forth Vienna Saaz-age, a SMASH beer with just Saaz hops and Vienna malts. Il Vicino has the Blood Orange Hefeweizen, for those who can drink beer with citrus in it (I can’t). Marble is hosting a party all day today (Wednesday) for the release of their new Sansa Sour, plus they have the new Jarrylo IPA. Tractor has created the tart Juniper Xtra Pale Ale. Turtle Mountain has its Fitzgerald Session IPA on tap.

In the City Different, Blue Corn has debuted the new Lawn Gnome Cream Ale. Duel has its new and unique Fantin Double Pale Ale. The Citra Weizen is back at Second Street. Further north, try some Herkules IPA at Taos Ale House.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 9.

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, Pale Ale, Belgian White. I enjoyed the new Kolsch Style Ale. I found it a perfect, relaxing beer for the hot summer days that have arrived. As always, there are lots of additional beers on tap at BADH, so stop on by, they’ll have something to appease your palate.

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, Locomotion California Commons, Lawn Gnome Cream Ale. The new saison uses both apricots and peaches for a wholly unique flavor. The Locomotion is back on tap after a short absence. I enjoyed the Wit and Scottish at Pajarito SummerFest last weekend.

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, Peachburgh, PA (Peach Pale Ale), Polly’s S.M.A.S.H., Fisticuffs IPA, The Last Straw Hefeweizen. Polly’s was made with Maris 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. The Last Straw is back by popular demand.

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), Stinky Pinky, Vienna Saaz-age. The Stinky Pinky is a hefeweizen infused with grapefruit.

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%), Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout). E-Rock 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: 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), Summer Smoke. Hop the Pond ESB features an English malt bill and American hops to create an extra special bitter. I sampled the Idle Time and found it to be 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, Fantin (Double 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!” I got to try the new Fantin and an Oaked Grunewald at SummerFest. Both were quite flavorful, a little different than what you might expect.

News: Duel Brewing has just started bottling Tableaux, Titian, 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, Hefeweizen, Stout, Barley Wine. The lineup is unchanged from last 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: 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), Hops-pitality IPA, Hefeweizen (5.0% ABV, 14 IBU), Exodus IPA (7.6% ABV, 100+ IBU), Blood Orange Hefeweizen (5.0% ABV, 14 IBU). The awesome Two Fools Whisky Stout has run out (at least for now), but two others brewed for Beer Week — St. Bob’s and Hops-pitality — are still on tap.

News: Il Vicino brought home two medals from the North American Beer Awards. Dougie Style Amber won a gold medal, while Irish Red took home a bronze.

Events: Il Vicino’s 20th anniversary party is set for June 28. We’ll have more information in the coming weeks on this special event. For now we know there will 40-plus beers, live music, food trucks, artists’ booths, and more. It will run from 5 to 10 p.m. and tickets will be sold at the door.

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, Choice ESB, Helles Lager, Spring Pilz, CZ Dunkel. 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 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.

This Father’s Day Kaktus will have live music from 4 to 6 p.m., the Desert Darlings belly dancers from 6 to 8, and discounted pints for all dads in attendance.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: BEER, Retro Pale Ale, Miles from Cologne. The Miles is a Kolsch-style beer, smooth and mild to help beat the summer heat. Or you can go with BEER, also known as Bi-Partisan Pilsner.

News: 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. I got to try the Amber and Porter at SummerFest. Both hit all the right notes for their respective styles. LTC’s beers are getting better and better.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: India Session Ale (4.5% ABV), Porter (5.3 ABV%), Farmhand Pale Ale (5.8% ABV), India Wheat, Double White, Sansa Sour, Jarrylo IPA. India Session Ale fuses all the vibrant hop character of an IPA coupled with a sessionable ABV to create a perfect patio pint. The Porter’s mild, fruity English yeast character balances a drinking experience full of plum, dark chocolate, and raisin. Marble’s Farmhand Pale Ale is a tawny tinged, rustic pale ale bursting with quenching American hops. The Jarrylo IPA is a single-hopped IPA using a new strain of hops from Yakima, Wash.

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: Marble’s Sansa Sour Release Party runs all day today (Wednesday), with music and food trucks present from 5 p.m. onward. The Sansa will also be tapped on the West Side.

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, Shepard’s Session IPA (5.3% ABV, 41 IBU), Beam Me Up Scotty II (9.6% ABV, 37 IBU). The Shepard’s is a little sweeter and creamier than you might expect from a session IPA. There’s nothing wrong with being different. The Beam Me Up is back, ready to brawl with your palate like Celtic and Rangers fans in Glasgow. It puts the heavy back into the Scottish Wee Heavy style.

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: Freestyle Pilsner, Irish Red. We’re awaiting the word on what beer will be on tap for Small Batch Saturday this week. Expect an update as soon as we receive the info.

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 6:30 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. 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: Cream Stout, Citra Weizen, Simcoe Pale Ale, Otowi Pale Ale, Pivotal IPA, Kolsch, Rod’s Best Bitter. SSB’s Cream Stout is one of the Crew’s favorite beers brewed in the state of New Mexico. In the words of SSB’s media rep, the Otowi “tastes like spring.” I had it last year and she is right, it’s a wonderful mix of flowery hops and sweet malts.

Events: SSB’s Second Street location will host the music of Boris and The Saltlicks on Thursday, Bustapes on Friday and Hot Club of Santa Fe on Saturday.

Are you ready for the World Cup? SSB is at the Railyard, with a big screen outside for the 4 p.m. game Monday between the United States and Ghana. Thank Heath Concerts and the Northern New Mexico Soccer Club for this event. The screen will also be back for the World Cup final on July 13.

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.

Events: Brace yourselves for Tap that Cask Thursday, which will feature Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous with Amarillo Hops. The Todd Tiejerina Band will play on Randall Friday, which will feature the Brown Ale with candied pecans and cinnamon sticks.

For Father’s Day, there will be a full brunch plus an ugly tie contest. The winner gets dinner for two and a growler. All participants get 10 percent off their bills that day. For the regular Stumbling Sunday, Kyle Martin will be performing on the patio starting at 2 p.m.

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, Herkules IPA. 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: Cold Gold, Cross Eye Rye, Great Scot Scottish, Rainy Day IPA, Fall Down Brown, Lunch Pale Ale, Sessions (IPA), Superstitious Stout, White Feather IPA. Recent additions to the taps are the Cold Gold (5.0% ABV, 20 IBU), a golden ale, and Sessions (5.0% ABV, 60 IBU), a session IPA. The popular Rainy Day IPA (7.2% ABV, 90 IBU) and Lunch Pale Ale are also back in the regular lineup. For a darker beer, I recommend the Superstitious Stout (naturally), though I enjoyed the Sessions when I tried it at SummerFest. There are also three guest taps featuring Marble’s Wildflower Wheat and Pilsner, plus the Marble Beers’ IPA from Great Britain (not ABQ).

Events: Taos Mesa will host the Blues, Brews and Bikes Festival on Saturday, June 14. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. We will have additional info later this week.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Sandstone Wheat, Afternoon D’light IPL, 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 recently. Sandstone Wheat, Fare Well Pale Ale, Kokopelli Coconut Wheat, Hop Junkie, NM Colona, and Powerplant Porter are all fairly new, with the Afternoon D’light IPL (5.0% ABV) joining the lineup this week. The D’light is an India pale lager made with just Pilsner malt and Citra hops. 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), Apple Cider, Saison (6.7% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV), Scotch Ale (7.5% ABV), Maibock Lager (5.8% ABV), Pilsner #15.

Beers at Wells Park only: L4 IPL (6.5% ABV), Berry Cider (7.5% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Juniper Xtra Pale 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.”

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: Kosmonaut Kolsch (5.3% ABV, 22 IBU), 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), Red Rye (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU), McDay’s Cream Ale, The Fitzgerald (session IPA). McDay and Heidelburg Helles will be making their way to TMBC’s regular menu, so you can enjoy them all year. I had the Kolsch, Porter, and new Fitzgerald Session IPA at SummerFest. They are all well worth the trip to Rio Rancho and the Fitz is now officially on tap.

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.

* * * *

That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.


— Stoutmeister

  1. Concerned Citizen says:

    The Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers club meeting is always on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30, and usually at Santa Fe Brewing Company. You are off by a week and a half hour.

  2. Concerned Citizen says:

    Not Marris, my bad.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s