Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is Stoutmeister, with some bad news. E-Rock will no longer be doing The Week Ahead in Beer. I’m filling in again this week and Brandon will try to take it over starting next week, but that’s assuming we can make it work with his, well, work. Brandon is the only one of us who works a traditional Monday-Friday, 9 to 5 job, so this may or may not work for him. Right now we’re looking at dividing this feature into two parts, one for ABQ metro breweries, and one for the rest of the state.

A farewell to E-Rock, who put this weekly feature on his back and carried it for two-plus years.

A big thank you to E-Rock, who put this weekly feature on his back and carried it for two-plus years.

In case you haven’t been able to tell of late, we haven’t had much content. It’s not because the beer news has stopped, but our collective free time seems to shrink every week. And on the weeks when I’m covering the Isotopes, well, you can all see how little I can write (it’s hard to drink beer and then cover a game, and forget after the games, which tend to keep me at the ballpark till 11 p.m. or later). With Porter Pounder working on film projects all summer, Shilling working the graveyard shift, and Franz Solo and Mrs. Solo both working long hours, the ability of the rest of the Crew to do a lot of writing has shrunk to almost zero. Throw in the fact that none of them have my writing/editing background (I can churn out a story in less than an hour without breaking a sweat; most of them need quite a bit longer), and our site has suffered from a serious lack of content all summer.

To that end, I am now taking applications for full-fledged membership in the NM Dark Side Brew Crew. We’re looking for someone (or more than one person, even) who 1. Loves beer, 2. Has at least some sort of writing background (you don’t need to be published or have 10 years of journalism experience) or has experience in the brewing industry as a substitute, and 3. Does not mind essentially doing this out of love because obviously we don’t pay. The perks of this job are getting to go around and try new beers (sometimes you still have to pay, other times you might get lucky), go to beer festivals (often for discounted prices or free), and in general you get to see your work published. If your grammar or spelling is not stellar, don’t worry, I just edit for those things and let you keep your “voice” in the story (if you need a good example, look up anything Franz Solo has written; he has a very distinct writing style). I’m happy to meet you in person to discuss further details, and in fact any applicant will get an in-person interview. I promise to be the nicest interviewer you’ve ever dealt with and I’ll even buy you a beer at a brewery when we do the interview. So if you are interested send us an email (nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com) explaining why you’re right for the job and we’ll go forward from there. You can also direct message us on Facebook or send us a tweet (@nmdarksidebc).

Anyway, back to the business of what’s on tap this week. Due to initial time constraints, expect a lot of updates as breweries inform me of their listings. Back Alley Draft House has their Red Ale back on tap. Chama River is introducing Cascading River, a single-hop pale ale. Il Vicino has Everyday IPA and Aztec Lager on tap. Kaktus is bringing out James Blonde. La Cumbre has introduced Grange’s Red Card 4ALS, go to their entry below for more on this special beer (which is wonderful, by the way). Second Street has brought back Railyard Red and Boneshaker Bitter. Also, we now have the address and hours of operation for Blue Heron’s new taproom in Espanola.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 16.

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, Red Ale. 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, The Malty-Ness Monster (a Scottish Wee Heavy), AproPeach Saison, Lawn Gnome Cream Ale. The new saison uses both apricots and peaches for a wholly unique flavor. I enjoyed the Scottish at Pajarito SummerFest. It’s a big and bold beer that, as its name implies, is very malt-forward.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188 (original location), (505) 747-4506 (Espanola taproom)

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

(Espanola taproom, 100 Los Alamos Hwy: Wes-Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., happy hour Weds-Fri 4 p.m.–6 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.

News: Blue Heron’s new taproom in Espanola is now open for business. Stop by on your next time up north and check out all they have to offer (and yes, we’ll head up there before the summer is out, time permitting).

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. I did try the Fisticuffs. If you remember what brewer John Bullard did last summer to win the IPA Challenge (when he was with Blue Corn), well, this is right up that amazing elixir.

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), Summer Smoke, Cascading River (5.0% ABV, 50 IBU).Summer Smoke is a smoked rauchbier. The Cascading River is a single hop Cascade pale ale.

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: St. Bob’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (11.5% ABV), Apricot Saison (6.5% ABV, 24 IBU), Hefeweizen (5.0% ABV, 14 IBU), Exodus IPA (7.6% ABV, 100+ IBU), Blood Orange Hefeweizen (5.0% ABV, 14 IBU), Everyday IPA (5.0% ABV, 70 IBU), Aztec Lager (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU). The Everyday and Aztec are the newcomers to taps this week. Supply of St. Bob’s is limited (and not just to 10-ounce pours), so hurry up and head over before it runs out.

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 be 50 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. For the full beer list (it’s a little long to print here), check out their Facebook page.

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, James Blonde, 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.

There will be some live country music at Kaktus on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., while on Sunday the Desert Darlings belly dancers will perform from 6 to 8.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: BEER, Retro Pale Ale, Miles from Cologne, Grange’s Red Card 4ALS. 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. The Red Card is a beer brewed in honor of former UNM soccer player Pat Grange, who died of ALS. Proceeds from this beer will go to ALS research. I got to try this beer with the Solos; it’s a wonderful, bold red ale, with strong hop and malt flavors that make it one of the burliest, yet tastiest beers you’ll get to have this summer. Kudos to Jeff Erway and his staff on creating this beer and doing it for a great cause.

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, Pivotal IPA, IPA, Railyard Red, Boneshaker Bitter. SSB’s Cream Stout is one of the Crew’s favorite beers brewed in the state of New Mexico. The Boneshaker was brewed for May’s Outside Magazine Bikes & Brews Festival. Get it now while it’s back on tap.

Events: SSB’s Second Street location will host the music of Cloacas on Friday. The Railyard has Pollo Frito on Friday, Santa Fe Music Revue for Sunday brunch, plus there are two shows on the Railyard Plaza with Make Music Santa Fe on Saturday night and Jackie Green performing Sunday night. Second Street will have a beer garden up and running for both shows.

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).

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: Milk Mustachio Stout, Apple Cider, Saison (6.7% ABV), Scotch Ale (7.5% ABV), Maibock Lager (5.8% ABV), Pilsner #15, C+C IPA (7.0% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: L4 IPL (6.5% ABV), Juniper Xtra Pale Ale, Red Trekker Belgian 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.

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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!

— Stoutmeister

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