Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the Metro Edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, giving you a list of their current beers on tap as well as any special events going on in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Bernalillo. Look for the State Edition, which will include everywhere from Taos and Santa Fe up north to Las Cruces and Silver City down south, this Thursday.
Tomorrow (Thursday) is the annual holiday — well, it should be a holiday, c’mon, Congress, get on it — known as National IPA Day. New Mexico’s favorite style of beer gets celebrated like it does, uh, every day around here. Anyway, most places will just have their IPAs as is, but there are a few good deals. La Cumbre will have a special cask of Project Dank dry-hopped with Citra. You just know LCBC will be packed. If you want more space to stretch out with your IPA, head over to Tractor Wells Park, where all the IPAs on the menu will be $3 from 3 to 7 p.m. And of course Hop Kwondo is still going on at the Il Vicino Brewery Canteen. Grab a tray of six excellent IPA samples. Ridiculous headbands, such as the ones that Franz Solo and I were wearing last Friday, are no longer available, but it’s more about the beer than silly photos, right? Right?
Also this weekend, the Crew will be hosting a mini-beer battle of the metro area’s available hefeweizens. We’ll be pitting La Cumbre’s Slice of Hefen up against Kaktus’ Banaweizen, Cazuela’s Hefeweizen, Chama River’s Hefe a Nice Day!, and Boxing Bear’s Hairy Mit Hefe (thus quite possibly marking the first competitive event for a Boxing Bear beer). Look for our recap next week.
There are only a few new beers on tap this week worth highlighting as most breweries have not unleashed any new styles. This summer has been exceptionally busy (Marble’s Westside Taproom even ran out of IPA briefly) for all the breweries just to keep up with demand for their regular beers. If you see a brewer around, make sure to thank him/her for all the hard work. Back Alley brought back its Kolsch and added a California Commons. Bosque has brewed up Pathfinder Pils and Kick the Can IPA. Boxing Bear is taking a swing with Uppercut IPA. Il Vicino brought back Aztec Lager and still has the IPAs for Hop Kwondo. La Cumbre will have a special bottle release party Wednesday for their Fievre d’Abricot. Turtle Mountain has released Dog Daze Summer Lager. (UPDATE) Marble has added India Pale Lager to the lineup, while Nexus has Rye Pale Lager.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 4.
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: Soroche IPA, Pale Ale, Kolsch, California Commons. The Kolsch and California Commons are the most recent additions to the lineup. Brewer Addison Poth teased that he has a bunch of new beers coming as well. Can’t wait to head over, order some grub from NY Pizza Dept. next door and enjoy a pint or two.
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: Close to Clever (saison), Farmhouse Pale Ale, Ember IPA, Pathfinder Pils, Kick the Can IPA. Ember IPA is going to become a seasonal as Bosque will rotate various IPAs for the rest of the year. Once Bosque’s new hop contracts kick in next year they will decide on whether to reinstate Ember to the regular lineup or go with a different IPA. Kick the Can IPA will join the lineup in the middle of this week. Pathfinder Pils, a Bohemian style, is now on tap as well to help beat the last of the summer heat.
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.
Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327
(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Beers: East Kent Ale, Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Bear Knuckle Double IPA, Hairy Mit Hefe, Black Bear Stout, Uppercut IPA. The new Uppercut IPA (7.6% ABV, 100 IBU) certainly looks like it packs a punch. Looks like we’ll have to make another trip to the west side to see what this new contender has in store for us. On past visits we’ve really enjoyed the Black Bear Stout and Bear Knuckle Double IPA. Boxing Bear is off to a great start.
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: Stinky Pinky, Vienna Saaz-age, DADU Honey Wheat Ale, Triad IPA, Barely Legal Bourbon Oak Stout, Cheeky Cherry Wheat. The Stinky Pinky (5.3% ABV) is a hefeweizen infused with grapefruit. The Vienna Saaz-age (5.5% ABV) is a single-hop (Saaz) and single-malt (Vienna) beer. The DADU (8.2% ABV) is almost like a beer/mead hybrid. The Triad (6.6% ABV) uses a mix of three hops for a bigger, bolder flavor, plus additional dry hopping has given it a stronger aroma. The Vienna and the Cherry are nearly out.
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.
News: The next round of seasonals in the works are 12 Step Apricot Ale and Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat.
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), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), 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.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.
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: Radioactive IPA, Double Rainbow, Sun Dog Kolsch, Hefe Nice Day! The three new seasonals have joined Radioactive (7.5% ABV, 100+ IBU), Chama’s IPA Challenge entry. The Double Rainbow (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU) is a blackberry beer. Sun Dog (5.1% ABV, 23 IBU) and the Hefe (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) sound like perfect beers to beat the summer heat.
News: Head brewer Zach Guilmette has revamped the recipe for Chama’s Jackalope IPA to give it a stronger kick and tastier palate. Franz Solo and I also highly recommend you try the revamped Sleeping Dog Stout. It’s creamy and burly and sweet and roasted … it’s a damn contradiction of a beer, but it’s wonderful.
Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737
(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)
Beers: Aztec Lager, Irish Red, Sessa’s Wet Hop Cascade Pale Ale, C-Hop Shop IPA, Galaxy IPA, Citra C-Hop Shop IPA, Exodus IPA. Hop Kwondo is still going strong at the Canteen. You can order the six IPA sampler (the five listed above plus Wet Mountain), or individual pints of your favorites. If you need a malty break, the Aztec and Irish should have you covered.
News: Il Vicino posted some pics on Facebook of the beers they are currently barrel-aging in the back. They’ve got IPA in tequila barrels, American Stock Ale in rum barrels, Belgian Strong Golden in wine barrels, and Panama Joe Coffee Stout in bourbon barrels.
Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072
(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8 p.m., Fri-Sun 11:30-10 p.m.)
Beers: Lil Red Wagon, Cream Stout, Banty Rooster (Hefe IPA), London Porter, Choice ESB, Solstice Pilsner, Banaweizen, Jabba Wocky IPA. The Solstice is the newest addition, brewed with two types of Belgian malts and German hops. 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. 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.
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.
Cowboy and Killer will provide live music Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Desert Darlings belly dancers will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out. Plus, their music will be performed by The Khans, a two-man group comprised of our very own E-Rock and our good friend Frank.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: Grange’s Red Card 4ALS, What’s the ALTernative, Jenny’s Cream Ale, Like Mother Like Daughter, Saison d’Hommel. The Red Card (8.4% ABV, 100 IBU) 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. Like Mother Like Daughter (5.9% ABV, 45 IBU) is a pale ale brewed with a “mother hop” (Simcoe) and a “daughter hop” (Mosaic). Jenny’s Cream Ale (5.4% ABV, 15 IBU) is named for La Cumbre’s taproom manager as it’s her preferred style of beer.
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.
For National IPA Day on Thursday, La Cumbre will have a special cask of Project Dank dry-hopped with Citra.
Events: This Wednesday, La Cumbre will host a special bottle release party for the Fievre d’Abricot. Adoughbe Pizza will provide special pizza pairings from 2 to 10 p.m., while the Cali Shaw Band will play from 6 to 9 p.m.
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739
(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)
UPDATED >>>> Beers: Double White, Iron Horse Extra IPA, Extra Special Bitter, Saisonette, India Pale Lager. A late addition to taps this week is the IPL, which checks in at 5-percent ABV and 62 IBUs. It’s the first beer brewed by Andrew, a member of the Marble brewing team. The Iron Horse (8.0% ABV) uses a blend of experimental hops for a one-of-a-kind taste. In addition, $1 from every pint sold of Iron Horse goes to the Ales for ALS campaign. Pints cost $5.50, add $6 extra for a growler. The ESB (4.7% ABV) uses West Yorkshire yeast and English malts for a, well, very English beer. The Saisonette (4.2% ABV) is one of the lower alcohol beers we’ve seen this summer.
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: Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
UPDATED >>>> Beers: Rye Pale Ale. Checking at 5.9-percent ABV, the RPA is the lone seasonal beer currently on tap at Nexus. The rye flavor is somewhat muted, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon. There should be other new seasonals on tap in the near future, but business is nuts (as it is every summer) right now, so Nexus is just trying to keep all the regular favorites on tap at all times.
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.
Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970
(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)
Beers: Irish Red, American IPA. The American IPA was a new version of the Rattlesnake IPA brewed especially for the 4th of July. The Irish Red was also back on tap.
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.
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.)
UPDATED (beers and events) >>>> Beers at Nob Hill: Hard Apple Cider, Javi Light Lager, Pilsner Roja, Berry Cider, Berliner Weiss Sour, F.Y.F.A. IPA, C+C IPA.
Beers at Wells Park only: L4 IPL, Maibock Lager, Trekker Red Belgian Ale, Barley Wine, Juniper Xtra Pale Ale, Pilsner #15, Scotch Ale, Milk Mustachio Stout. 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). The Pilsner Roja is a crisp, Marzen-style beer that tastes good in the hot summer months. If you need a hop punch to the face, the F.Y.F.A. (F— Yeah Friday Ale) is a much more hop-forward IPA than what Tractor usually creates. The Berliner Weisse Sour takes a traditional German-style weiss beer and twists it into a sour. It’s an acquired taste.
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 Mystique.
Tractor’s Thirsty Thursday music series at Wells Park continues this week with Carlos the Tall performing from 8 to 10 p.m. Kimo’s will provide the food.
Saturday will feature the Doggie Dash and Dawdle Kickoff party from 1 to 4 p.m. at Wells Park. You can register for the 32nd annual Dash and Dawdle while enjoying free music, food, and beer. There will also be an Animal Humane mobile adoption unit for those of you who don’t have a dog to enter.
Tractor is introducing a new series called In the Mix: DJs on the Wells Park Patio. DJ N-Tox will perform Saturday at 9 p.m. Kimo’s will provide all your culinary needs once again.
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: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter. (Seasonal/specialty) Stars & Stripes American Lager, Blackberry Tart Cherry Wheat, N.B. SMaSH Pale Ale, Pork ‘n’ Brew Brown Ale, Dog Daze Summer Lager. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The newest beer on tap is the Dog Daze Summer Ale.
News: This Friday, TMBC will unleash a special cask of Monochrome Milk Stout doused with fresh raspberries. Mmm, dessert. Look for a full release of Monochrome in the near future.
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