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.
Up in Santa Fe, Duel Brewing has some ambitious plans for the future, but they need help from their customers. Duel has engaged in a crowdfunding endeavor to help expand their brewery and the taproom space. The goal is to eventually triple their production. Duel has already acquired the space next door for an additional 1400 square feet for an expanded serving area, but they could use some help going forward. Duel hopes to continue bottling some of their beers and with this additional funding they will be able to add even more. It will also give them the potential to begin selling Duel beers at other Santa Fe bars and restaurants as well. Duel has been successful so far, but if they want to kick it up to the next level, they’re calling on beer lovers for support. If you have the cash and love their beers, give them a hand. They’re going to be holding a big party to celebrate their efforts August 16. You can keep up to date on their progress via Duel’s Facebook page, they’re posting pretty regular updates. Good luck to Duel!
In the meantime, there are new beers around the state to try. Blue Corn has unleashed Pound for Pound IPA, their entry into the IPA Challenge. High Desert put the American Pale Ale back on tap. Second Street has added San International Pale Steam and Fulcrum IPA, their Challenge entry. Three Rivers tapped four new beers this week in the Red Mountain Wheat, Peachy Keen Wheat, Longshot Light, and the awesomely named Schnitzengiggle (a dunkelweizen).
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).
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of July 7.
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), Training Wheels Light Lager, Pound for Pound IPA. New to taps this week is the Pound for Pound IPA (7.5% ABV, 100+ IBU), Blue Corn’s entry into the IPA Challenge. It boasts 7.5 pounds of hops per barrel, utilizing a mixture of Amarillo, Chinook, Eldorado, and Simcoe hops. 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.A new American light lager called Training Wheels (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) is on tap. It’s made with flaked maize, rice, and pilsner malt.
News: There is an Altbier now in the works that should be ready soon.
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: Brown (Belgian-style Sour Brown Ale), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Non-Fiction (Pale Ale), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Oaked Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Titian (Strong Golden Ale). Duel brewer Todd Yocham described the latest Study Series entry (5% ABV) like this, “A very malt forward light bodied brown ale, soured with Lactobacillus and accentuated by the fruity esters from our Trappist yeast.” The Fantin (7.5% ABV), which I tried and liked at Pajarito Summerfest, gets this summary, “Aromas of strawberry and pineapple accentuated by our Trappist yeast will keep you wanting more.”
News: Duel Brewing has just started bottling Tableaux, Titian, and Fiction in 22-ounce bottles.
Coming soon are Whistler (Belgian Blonde), Marcel (Belgian Witbier), and Dark Ryder (Strong Dark Ale).
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. We did not hear back on what’s coming up for Small Batch Saturday this week. Head up to the brewery for a surprise!
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: San International Pale Steam, Amber Ale, Cream Stout, Kolsch, Fulcrum IPA, Pivotal IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter. The San International Pale Steam is new to the lineup. Rod’s Best Bitter back on tap as well. 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. As it turns out, Fulcrum is Second Street’s entry into the IPA Challenge.
Events: SSB Thursday’s Patio series will feature Joe West all month long. 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!
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: Mosaic Lollipop, Mogul IPA, Simple Porter, Landscaper Session IPA. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well. The Simple Porter was a personal favorite from a while back. Considering I have not tried the others, a trip back up to Taos is overdue. Finding actual time to go, well, that’s a whole other story.
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).
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.
Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605
Beers: India Pale Ale, Sandstone Wheat, Afternoon D’light IPL, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Red Mountain Wheat, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Peachy Keen Wheat, Chaco Nut Brown, Schnitzengiggle, Longshot Light, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Powerplant Porter. The lineup at Three Rivers has seen some changes. Red Mountain Wheat (4.5% ABV), Peachy Keen Wheat (4.9% ABV), Schnitzengiggle (7% ABV), and Longshot Light (3.5% ABV) are all new. The snicker-worthy name Schnitzengiggle (shout out to the movie “Beerfest”) is a German-style dunkelweizen. Some of the more interesting older beers on tap include the Afternoon D’light IPL (5.0% ABV), an India pale lager made with just Pilsner malt and Citra hops. The Sandstone (4.7% ABV) is a Bavarian-style hefeweizen. 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.
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.
Desert Water Brewing — (888) 959-9342
(Tues-Sat noon-9 p.m.)
Beers: El Hefe (hefeweizen), Rice Beer, Hard Cider, Wild Oat Beer, Hoppy, Wheat. 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: Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat, Wellhead Pale Ale, Crude Oil Stout, Roughneck Red, Wildcat IPA. Brew Crew Bullpen member Amy O visited The Wellhead recently and snapped a photo of their beer board. Look for her review of Artesia’s original brewery soon. The Wildcat IPA (7% ABV) is the biggest beer in the lineup, though personally I’d love to try the Crude Oil Stout (4.7% ABV) one of these days.
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, Rye Beer, American Pale Ale, Black IPA, Brown Ale, Porter, Irish Red, Barley Wine. The lineup had just one change this week as the American Pale Ale replaced the IPA. Lots of fresh beer is ready for you, Las Cruces! 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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