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.
We must be nearing autumn because Marble is starting to crank out the beers and events and other fun things they like to do every fall. First up, today (Wednesday) they are having a special beer release party. Red Light Lager is back and they are releasing it as a collaboration beer this year with the Audubon Society. It kicks off at 5 p.m. and $1 from every pint sold will benefit Audubon. The band Science! will perform on the stage from 6 to 9 p.m. as well. You can also pair up the beer with Focaccia slices from the good guys over at Bosque Baking Co. (Not to be confused with Bosque Brewing Co., but don’t you all think they need to collaborate on something soon?) Following that event, Marble has “something hatching” this Friday. The rumors/buzz is that Marble’s beer bottles and cans will be going through a major re-branding. They’ll still be called Marble, and the beers will still taste the same, but the outside appearance will change. We’re not sure exactly how much else will be impacted by these changes; it’s been pretty hush-hush over there, but we’re damn curious to see what’s up. They’re having a party on the patio to celebrate it all. And if all that wasn’t enough, Marble is bringing back Septemberfest on Saturday, Sept. 6. Just $20 gets you in for 10 four-ounce samples of beers from around the state, plus a pint of your favorite, and you get to listen to great music, eat awesome food, and hang out with lots of cool fellow beer drinkers. Maybe even those oddball bearded metal heads in the black shirts with the red logos on them. Tickets are for sale at all three Marble locations and online at HoldMyTicket.com.
Also, if you scroll down this week you’ll see a new brewery entry! Lizard Tail Brewing had their soft opening last Friday and will have a grand opening this Friday. They already have a number of beers on tap, which we have listed below. We’ll do our best to make sure the grand opening is covered this week. Welcome to the ABQ Area Brewing Community!
The breweries are back to cranking out their seasonals, with some old favorites coming back to tap as well. Bosque smooths out with Bosque Lager. Chama River has gone to class with the Nutty Professor, a Pecan brown ale. Il Vicino has brought back its powerful American Stock Ale, plus the Vienna Lager and the Hefeweizen. La Cumbre will release Father Nelson this coming Monday both on tap and in bombers. Marble also has Brau, a German Sticke Alt, on tap. Nexus is preparing to release Blackberry Hefeweizen and will bring back Altbier this week.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 18.
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: Farmhouse Pale Ale, Kick the Can IPA, Pathfinder Pils, Bosque Lager. The Lager (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU) is the newest addition to the lineup. Pathfinder Pils (5.9% ABV, 35 IBU), a Bohemian style, is now on tap as well to help beat the last of the summer heat. It’s a delicious, malty-sweet beer. But if you need a good dose of hops, Kick the Can (7.2% ABV, 100 IBU) has you covered.
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 has been brewed and will be on tap in the near future. The next entry in Bosque’s big IPA series will be taking the trip to Denver in October for the Great American Beer Festival. Also keep an eye out for the Blackberry Sour, which is due on tap quite soon. 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.)
Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Black Bear Stout, Uppercut IPA, Sun Bear Summer Ale, Red Panda Session Red. The newest additions to the lineup are the Sun Bear (4.8% ABV, 30 IBU) and Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU). Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now, while both the Paw Swipe and Black Bear were out temporarily as of Sunday but should be back soon. The Uppercut IPA (7.6% ABV, 100 IBU) certainly packs a punch, but has a nice malt backbone to balance itself out.
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, Atomic Rye Red. Both the Apricot and Watermelon went on tap recently, while the Atomic Rye Red is the newest beer listed via BBB’s Facebook page. 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, Nutty Professor, Hefe Nice Day! New to taps this week is the Nutty Professor, a Pecan brown ale. Another recent addition is the Chamahawk (6.7% ABV, 60 IBU), a burly pale ale. The Double Rainbow (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU) is a blackberry beer. The Hefe Nice Day! (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) won the Brew Crew’s recent Hefeweizen Challenge.
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, Vienna Lager, American Stock Ale, Hefeweizen, Sessa’s Wet Hop Cascade Pale Ale, Galaxy IPA, Citra C-Hop Shop IPA. Sadly, Hop Kwondo run its course at the Canteen. The C-Hop Shop IPA was the first of the IPAs to kick, followed by Exodus. There are still plenty of hoppy beers on tap, plus the Aztec, Irish, Fest, Vienna, Hefe, and the Stock Ale — 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.
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 newest 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.
There will be lots of live music at Kaktus this week. Thursday will feature Latin music from a live guitarist from 6 to 8 p.m. Guitarist Jimmy Phiefer will perform Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Town of Bernalillo will have its official wine poster signing at Kaktus on Saturday starting at 4 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.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: Saison d’Hommel, Fievre d’Abricot, Old Hop, New Hop. 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.
Monday will mark the release party for another big old hop bomb of a beer. Full Nelson, a powerful IPA, will return both on tap at the brewery and for sale in bombers.
Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301
Beers: German Blonde Ale, Honey Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Oatmeal Brown, India Black Ale, Rye Stout. The initial lineup from Lizard Tail, located in the shopping center on the southeast corner of Eubank and Montgomery, looks quite promising. I or one of the other Crew members will try to attend their grand opening party (see above). The biggest beer on the menu is the IPA (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU), while the India Black Ale (6.6% ABV, 70 IBU) can match it for hoppiness. Lizard Tail is more of a malt-forward brewery, so we’re looking forward to trying the Rye Stout (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) and Oatmeal Brown (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU).
News: Two more beers are on the way in the Berliner Weisse (4.3% ABV, 8 IBU) and the Belgian Abbey (6.6% ABV, 25 IBU).
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739
(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Red Light Lager, Brau, Double White, Iron Horse Extra IPA, Extra Special Bitter, Saisonette, India Pale Lager. Brau (7.1% ABV) is a new German-style Sticke Altbier. One of the newer beers 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.
As noted above, Marble will have a special release party for the Red Light Lager today (Wednesday) at 5 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, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Altbier. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight is cranking out one new seasonal coming out later this week in the Blackberry Hefeweizen, while her popular Altbier is also returning. The RPA (5.9% ABV) has somewhat muted rye flavor, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon.
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 was supposed to be on tap last Friday. This week, Pi IPA was supposed to 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. The most recent additions to the lineups 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.
Tractor’s Thirsty Thursday music series at Wells Park continues with Seth Hoffman performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s will provide the food.
Club Cultura will kick off Friday night at 9 p.m. at Wells Park.
Tractor is introducing a new series called In the Mix: DJs on the Wells Park Patio. DJ Halcyon will perform Saturday at 9 p.m. Kimo’s will provide all your culinary needs once again.
Sunday will feature not one but two events. First up is the latest I’ll Drink to That at 7 p.m., with TED Before BED kicking off shortly thereafter at 7:30.
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) Monochrome Milk Stout, Berry Cherry Wheat, 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 Monochrome Milk Stout. I got to enjoy this decadently smooth beer from a guest tap at Boxing Bear.
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