Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the second half of the now-divided Week Ahead in Beer. This edition covers all the breweries outside of Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties. From Taos to Santa Fe to Farmington to Las Vegas in the north, to Portales, Artesia, Silver City, and Las Cruces in the south, this edition will keep you up to date every week with as many breweries as we can reach. I’ll be handling both editions (for now), at least until we fill the spots in the new Brew Crew Bullpen (more on that in a week or so).

Los Alamos Beer Co-op president Micheline Devaurs signs the lease for the brewery's new space downtown.

Los Alamos Beer Co-op president Micheline Devaurs, left, signs the lease for the brewery’s new space downtown.

With all that said, it’s a relatively quiet week up north save for one piece of news for a future brewery. The Los Alamos Beer Co-op has found a home. They will be taking over the space at 163 Central Park Square formerly occupied by Canyon Bar & Grill. LABC projects to open in early 2015 and come next summer they will have the space for a nice outdoor beer garden. We look forward to trekking up there this winter to check out all they will have to offer.

Speaking of new places, Desert Water Brewing is up and running in Artesia, if their website is any indication. Check out their entry below for more info. To further help people organize any brewing adventures, rather than list the breweries alphabetically here as we do in the Metro Edition, they’re grouped by geographic region: Northwest (Farmington), Santa Fe area, Taos area, Northeast (Las Vegas), East (Portales), Southeast (Artesia), Southwest (Las Cruces, Silver City).

In the meantime, there are new beers around the state to try. Blue Corn has the beer for anyone that loves blueberry syrup on waffles, the new Blueberry Wheat. Second Street has Railrunner Pale Ale back on tap, plus IPA Month is slated for July with lots of new IPAs in the works.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 30.

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.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Blueberry Wheat, Lunch Meeting (Session IPA). The Blueberry Wheat (6% ABV, 15 IBU) was made with 84 pounds of pure blueberry puree. Wow. It’s also brewed with 40-percent wheat, honey, orange peels and coriander. The Lunch Meeting (4.7% ABV, 50 IBU) was made with Citra, Simcoe, and Amarillo hops. There is a lot of Vienna malt to balance out the hops.

News: A new American light lager called Training Wheels (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) is expected to be ready by Monday. It’s made with flaked maize, rice, and pilsner malt. Blue Corn’s IPA challenge entry is also in the works.

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: Belma (Double Pale Ale), Fiction (IPA), Non-Fiction (Pale Ale), Marcel (Wit), Desire (Sour Dark Ale), Tableaux (Barrel-aged Sour Dark Ale). The new Belma (7.5% ABV) is described as having “aromas of strawberry and pineapple accentuated by our Trappist yeast will leave you wanting more.” The Tableaux (12% ABV) is a sour dark ale aged in Rye Whiskey and Bourbon Whiskey barrels.

News: Duel Brewing has just started bottling Tableaux, Titian, and Fiction (Belgian Style IPA) in 22-ounce bottles.

Coming soon are Bad Amber, Grunewald (Imperial Porter), and Duchamp (Sour Wit).

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.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)

Beers: Freestyle Pilsner, 3 Drifters Sesion. Small Batch Saturday this week features the 3 Drifters Sesion, which was a beer brewed by three Canadians who had never brewed before, said SFBC’s Leif Rotsaert. They came, they brewed, they left. Lord only knows what people are in for, but I’m sure plenty will stop by the main brewery to find out.

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: Railyard Red, IPA, Amber Ale, Railrunner Pale Ale, Saison, Kolsch, Bohemian Pilsner. The Railrunner PA is back on tap. The Amber, Saison, and Pilsner are other recent additions. July is IPA Month at Second Street, so expect lots of varieties of the most popular style of beer to hit taps in the weeks ahead. In addition to the Original IPA and Pivotal IPA, look for St. George IPA and Fulcrum.

Events: SSB Thursday’s Patio series will feature Joe West all month long. For Friday, Eryn Bent will perform followed by Alex Culbreth on Saturday. At the Railyard location, Friday will feature Mushi Trio, Saturday MVIII Jazz, and Sunday Brunch with Alex Maryol. There is never a cover.

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!

Taos-area breweries

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).

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Scully Mountain IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale, Iron Mountain Porter, Belgian Blond. Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when E-Rock and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area. We also had the Iron Man back then. It’s a burly beer worthy of Tony Stark.

News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: We haven’t gotten an update from Eske’s in a long time. If anyone out there is planning on visiting, snap a photo of their beer listings and email it over.

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. A second version debuted at The Beer Premier. There are also three guest taps featuring Marble’s Wildflower Wheat and Pilsner, plus the Marble Beers’ IPA from Great Britain (not ABQ).

Northeast breweries

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.

Northwest breweries

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.

Eastern breweries

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 (6.1% ABV, 69 IBU), Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout (10% ABV, 75 IBU), Black Water Draught Porter (8.5% ABV, 30 IBU), Green Chile Lager (5% ABV, 18 IBU), Wild Cherry Stout (4% ABV, 15 IBU), Roosevelt Golden Lager (4.8% ABV, 21 IBU), Wagon Wheel Wheat (4% ABV, 15 IBU). 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.

Southeast breweries

Desert Water Brewing — (888) 959-9342

(Tues-Sat noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: El Hefe (hefeweizen), Rice Beer, Hard Cider, Amber, Oat Beer, Pilsner. Desert Water, located at 1 E. Cottonwood Road in Artesia, brews in small batches, so the lineup is constantly changing. They sell the beer in 4-ounce samples ($1, $2 for cider) or 12-ounce glasses ($3.50 beer, $5 cider). You can also purchase the beer in growlers.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Call the brewery for more info. We do not have a current list as their website is down and we do not have an email for them.

Southwest breweries

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Kolsch Ale, Rye Beer, IPA, Octoberfest, Amber Ale, Stout, Barley Wine. The lineup is unchanged from last week. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

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.

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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.


— Stoutmeister


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