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.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Normally this is the part of TWAIB where I focus in on a major event or find some sort of theme with a new beer or two. The thing is, there’s really nothing this week. And that’s just fine. This is a quiet week where everyone can kick back and enjoy their beer. There are plenty of new beers around (see next paragraph) to try, plus now would be a good time to catch up on your favorites or some you have missed. Head over to one of the smaller events around town, or catch a band at Marble or Tractor. There are beer events coming in the near future. Plus we’re expecting to soon announce the official openings of Lizard Tail Brewing, Pi Brewing, and the Albuquerque Draft Station. (Though their VIP opening was not open to the press, as we might have mentioned on Facebook the other day.) It appears Septemberfest is coming back to Marble on Sept. 6 (nothing official on that yet), and beyond that there will be the bigger festivals in the months to come. Until then, relax and unwind with a pint or two. Especially all of you poor teachers and/or parents. It’s the first week of school. You don’t just want a pint, you need a pint.

UPDATE >>> While Pi Brewing has not technically opened yet to the public, they are selling their beers next door at Nicky V’s Pizzeria, so we’re adding them to the list. See more below!

The breweries are back to cranking out their seasonals, with some old favorites coming back to tap as well. Back Alley brought back its Berliner Weiss and the wholly unique Ladron’s Peak. Boxing Bear will debut Sun Bear Summer Ale and Red Panda Session Red. Chama River is doing the chop with the Chamahawk Pale Ale. Il Vicino brought back Fest Beer. Kaktus brewed up a fresh batch of Amber Ale. La Cumbre has Old Hop, New Hop on tap. Tractor will debut the La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, plus they’ve brought back Otter IPA.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 11.

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, Berliner Weiss, Ladron’s Peak. Berliner Weiss and Ladron’s Peak are the most recent additions to the lineup. The Ladron’s debuted at the Beer Premier earlier this summer and was a huge hit. It’s one of the most unique beers you will ever taste (and thusly hard to describe). 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 boasts a good hop kick with a dry finish. Pathfinder Pils, a Bohemian style, is now on tap as well to help beat the last of the summer heat. It’s a delicious, malty alternative to the hoppy Kick the Can.

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.

Scale Tipper: Batch 4 is being brewed this week. The next entry in Bosque’s big IPA series will be taking the trip to Denver in October for the Great American Beer Festival. Other beers in the more distant future will include a pumpkin ale, Oktoberfest, and a barley wine. Plus, Bosque will be aging its Scotia Scotch Ales in rum barrels, and they just received a shipment of casks to start doing that as well. We’re a bit excited.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: East Kent Ale, Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Black Bear Stout, Uppercut IPA, Sun Bear Summer Ale, Red Panda Session Red. Brewer Justin Hamilton said he hoped to have the new Sun Bear (4.8% ABV, 30 IBU) and Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU) on tap before this week is out and lo and behold, they were tapped Wednesday. Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now. The Uppercut IPA (7.6% ABV, 100 IBU) certainly looks like it packs a punch. It seems 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 Hairy Mit Hefe. 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, DADU Honey Wheat Ale, Triad IPA, Barely Legal Bourbon Oak Stout, 12 Step Apricot Ale, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat. Both the Apricot and Watermelon went on tap this past weekend. The Stinky Pinky (5.3% ABV) is a hefeweizen infused with grapefruit. 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.

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), 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: Chamahawk Pale Ale, Double Rainbow, Sun Dog Kolsch, Hefe Nice Day! New to taps this week is the Chamahawk (6.7% ABV, 60 IBU), a burly pale ale. 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) are perfect beers to beat the summer heat, but if you haven’t had the Sun Dog yet hurry over as the supply is nearly out.

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.

When the Sun Dog Kolsch does run out, the Pecan Brown (5.8% ABV, 25 IBU) will take its place.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)

Beers: Aztec Lager, Irish Red, Fest Beer, Sessa’s Wet Hop Cascade Pale Ale, Galaxy IPA, Citra C-Hop Shop IPA, Exodus IPA. Sadly, Hop Kwondo run its course at the Canteen. The C-Hop Shop IPA was the first of the IPAs to kick. There are still plenty of hoppy beers on tap, plus the Aztec, Irish, and the Fest — back after a short break — will have you covered if you prefer malt-forward beers.

News: Il Vicino posted some pics on Facebook of the beers they are currently barrel-aging in the back. They’ve got Double IPA in tequila barrels, American Stock Ale in rum barrels, Belgian Strong Golden in wine barrels, and Panama Joe Coffee Stout in bourbon barrels.

Events: A special Mug Club event is set for Monday. Head into the brewery with your membership card to get a burger and a pint for just $5. The select beers will include the Double IPA (not from the tequila barrels, that’s not ready yet), Day of the Dead (aged Belgian dark strong), and Farmhouse Rye on cask. It will run from 5 to 8 p.m.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8 p.m., Fri-Sun 11:30-10 p.m.)

Beers: Amber Ale, Cream Stout, Banty Rooster (Hefe IPA), London Porter, Choice ESB, Solstice Pilsner, Banaweizen, Jabberwocky IPA. The Amber is the new kid on the menu, replacing the Lil Red Wagon. The Solstice is another recent addition, brewed with two types of Belgian malts and German hops. It’s sweet and refreshing on a hot day. 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.

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.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Grange’s Red Card 4ALS, Like Mother Like Daughter, Saison d’Hommel, Fievre d’Abricot, Old Hop, New Hop. 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). The newest beer on tap is Old Hop, New Hop (5.4% ABV, 41 IBU), an American pale ale that uses Centennial (old) and Simcoe (new) hops. The Saison (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU) and the Fievre (7.8% ABV, 25 IBU) are also available for sale in bombers.

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.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Double White, Iron Horse Extra IPA, Extra Special Bitter, Saisonette, India Pale Lager. The newest beer on tap is the IPL (5% ABV, 62 IBU). It’s the first beer brewed by Andrew, a member of the Marble brewery 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)

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.

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Unchallenged IPA, First IPA, West Coast Red. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. You can try the last of the First IPA (75 IBU), or go for the bigger Unchallenged IPA (100 IBU). The West Coast Red is a hoppier red. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food.

News: Lost Grain English Summer Ale should be on tap by Friday. Next week, Pi IPA will hit taps along with a fresh batch of Vanilla Bourbon Porter.

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.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Apple Cider, Javi Light Lager, Pilsner Roja, Berry Cider, Berliner Weisse Sour, C+C IPA.

Beers at Wells Park only: L4 IPL, Maibock Lager, Trekker Red Belgian Ale, Barley Wine, Juniper Xtra Pale Ale, Scotch Ale, Milk Mustachio Stout, F.Y.F.A. IPA, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, Otter IPA. 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. New to taps this week are the La Llorona Dry Hop Amber and Otter IPA.

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.

Tonight (Wednesday), Wells Park will host Art:Fusion for a Cause by The Guild of Ethical Tattooists. There will be an open mic for any musician, poet, or comedian who would like to come down. There will be tattoo artists on site as well. It begins at 8 p.m.

Tractor’s pLOUD music series at Wells Park continues this Thursday with Randy Abeyta and the Travis Joel Band performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s will provide the food.

Tractor is introducing a new series called In the Mix: DJs on the Wells Park Patio. Nicolatron 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.

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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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