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.

Nothing says August like Oktoberfest!

Nothing says August like Oktoberfest!

The long hot month of August is almost upon us. The good folks up at Santa Fe Brewing decided that August is a perfect time to release their … Oktoberfest?! Yup, the popular German Marzen-style beer is going on tap this Saturday with a special release party at the brewery from noon to 5 p.m. The first 100 people who show up will even get a free burrito from Tortilla Flats. There will be a live radio broadcast by KBAC as well. So trek on up I-25 or hop on the Railrunner to join the festivities.

And to keep up with the German theme, Blue Corn is releasing its Berliner Weiss with a special dinner Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the southside brewery. You can get this beer with raspberry, peach, or herbal syrup added, or just try it as is. There will be a menu of German-inspired dishes as well.

In the meantime, there are new beers around the state to try. Blue Heron’s unique Ladybug IPA is available. High Desert brings back its Octoberfest (sensing a theme here?) and Steam Beer. Second Street put their ESB, Pivotal IPA, and St. George IPA back into the lineup. Taos Mesa has brought Hopricot to tap.

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 28.

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: Lunch Meeting (Session IPA), Training Wheels Light Lager, Pound for Pound IPA, HALT!-bier, Berliner Weiss. The Berliner Weiss will make its debut on Friday, see above for more details. The Pound for Pound IPA (7.5% ABV, 100+ IBU) was 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. 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. For craft beer beginners, Blue Corn has an American light lager called Training Wheels (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU). It’s made with flaked maize, rice, and pilsner malt. HALT!-bier (6% ABV, 40 IBU) is an Altbier made with two types of German color malts and a mix of Warrior and Crystal hops that give it a crisp, dry finish. It comes out today (Thursday) and will be paired with a special German-style dinner.

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), Dark Ryder (Strong Dark 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) and Marcel (Belgian Witbier).

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, Oktoberfest. For more on the release of Oktoberfest on Saturday, scroll back to the top of this story.

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, Kolsch, IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Boneshaker Bitter, Railyard Red Ale, ESB, St. George IPA, Pivotal IPA. The ESB is back on tap this week. July is IPA Month at Second Street, so the house IPA and now St. George and Pivotal are all on tap as July comes to an end.

Events: SSB Thursday’s Patio series will feature Joe West all month long. Bill Hearne is playing Friday, followed by Alto Street on Saturday. There is never a cover. Shows at the Railyard include Blues Revue on Friday and Hot Honey with Sunday brunch. Saturday will feature the Heath Concert Series at the Railyard with James McMurty from 7 to 9:30 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!

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: Embudo Gold Golden Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Ladybug IPA, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The Ladybug and Embudo were the most recent additions to the lineup when we visited Blue Heron last weekend. The Ladybug offers up a unique mix of varied hops that produce a beer that tends to be sweeter and mellower than what we normally think of with IPAs. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers, including longtime Crew favorite La Llorona Scottish Ale.

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.

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 Pale Ale, Mogul Imperial IPA, Simple Porter. When we visited the Mosaic and the Porter were still listed on the menu, but both had run out. There was no word when they’d be back. We did try the Mogul, which is served in 10-ounce glasses only due to a high ABV (9.5%). It’s not a hop bomb, but instead has a lot of balance between the hops and the malty backbone. 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: Sessions 3 (IPA), Superstitious Stout, Kolsch 45, Hopper IPA, Hopricot. Sessions 3 is the third entry in their session IPA series. It’s a little lighter and mellower than its predecessors, maybe closer to a pale ale than a traditional IPA. We were big fans of the Kolsch 45 and the Superstitious Stout was pretty good as well, even for the hot summer. There are also multiple guest taps, including one rotating tap called the “NM Brewers Guild” tap, featuring random beers from all over the state. They had the McDay’s Cream Ale from Turtle Mountain last weekend.

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, 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 recently. 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.

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: Amber, Rice Beer, Hard Cider, Hoppy, Wheat, Porter. 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. Her review of Artesia’s original brewery just ran on our site. 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.

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, Octoberfest, Extra Special Bitter, IPA, Black IPA, Brown Ale, Steam Beer, Irish Red, Barley Wine. The Octoberfest and Steam Beer rejoined the lineup this week, replacing the American Pale Ale and Porter. Lots of fresh beer is ready for you, Las Cruces! High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave.

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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