The Week Ahead in Beer: Sours and casks and more fun abound

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the reunified edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and one newcomer down in Socorro also joining the party. We tried hard to keep the state edition going, but without participation from the breweries outside the I-25 corridor, it was futile.

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.

There are quiet a few special tappings and events this week, with thankfully none of them happening on the same night. Tonight (Wednesday) is the Cuvee Rouge Release Party at all three Marble locations. The tapping of this special sour is at noon, but things really kick off at 5 p.m. at the downtown pub. The Cuvee Rouge will be paired with crispy duck egg rolls served by Street Food Institute. Meanwhile, this Thursday is the annual Defrost Fest at Blue Corn’s southside location in Santa Fe. The event pairs up cask beers from multiple breweries with special food dishes created by Blue Corn’s chef David Sundberg. It begins at 6 p.m. and costs $20 per person. You get three-ounce samples of each cask beer, plus a pint of your favorite, and appetizers. The casks are from Blue Corn, Bosque, Chama River, Duel, Santa Fe, and Second Street. RSVP by calling 505-438-1800 or emailing You can find more info on their Facebook page. If that’s not enough for you, Santa Fe is serving up four specialty beers dredged up from the cellar for Martin Luther King Day (Monday) from noon to 10 p.m. The beers are Whiskey Barrel Stout, Hot Hef (Green Chile Hefeweizen), Kicken Chicken (barrel-aged sour version), and Wet Hop IPA (made with New Mexico-grown Latir hops).

On the new beer front, it’s a very quiet week. Bosque has a new Dark Lager at their Nob Hill taproom. La Cumbre is getting a little German with a fresh batch of Munchener Dunkel.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn will tap a Collaboration Doppelbock and a Dry Irish Stout on Saturday. Second Street has fresh batches of Mosaic Pale Ale, Pivotal IPA, and Huell Melon Pilsner.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Jan. 12.

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.

Albuquerque metro area breweries

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: Ladron’s Peak, Ladron’s Con Fuego, Back Alley Red, California Common, Witbier, Soroche IPA. In case you missed it, we recently interviewed BADH’s new brewer, Brandon Venaglia. There are some exciting times coming, including a possible expansion. The Red, Cali Common, Wit, and IPA are all back after a short absence.

Events: Sundays will now be Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers.

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: Prospector Milk Stout (all locations), Rio Grande Tortoise Black IPA (brewery only), Old Man Jameson (brewery and Nob Hill only), Acequia IPA, Pumpkin Spiced Ale, Whirlpool Lager (brewery and Las Cruces only), Bosque Dark Lager, Chocolate Brown (Nob Hill only), Jet Black Winter, Olde Bosky Porter (Las Cruces only). The GABF bronze medal-winning Acequia (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is back on tap. The Whirlpool Lager (5.9% ABV, 45 IBU) is a Mosaic-infused blast of happy. It hits you with big hop flavor at the beginning and then washes out with some sweet, smooth malts on the back end. It’s a uniquely wonderful beer. The Old Man Jameson (5.2% ABV, 18 IBU) is a tasty Scottish-style Export; think of it as a session version of Scotia Scotch Ale. The Bosque Lager will now be on tap year round, replacing the Kindling, which moves to the seasonal list (this is much as Driftwood Oatmeal Stout replaced Olde Bosky earlier this year). I got to try the Prospector Milk Stout (6.5% ABV, 20 IBU) when it debuted recently. It’s smooth as silk and a little less sweet and more robust than most milk stouts. It still retains a lot of stout character, which is a nice change from the more Left Hand-influenced versions. The Rio Grande Tortoise (6.5% ABV, 80 IBU) was brewed in collaboration with Turtle Mountain and is available at both breweries. The PSA is nearly out, so hurry over to help finish it off so a new beer can be tapped.

Cask: We’re waiting to hear what will be on tap this Friday, if anything considering the holiday.

News: The Bosque Public House is now located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has opened a taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items 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: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Chocolate Milk Stout, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Apple Bear Hard Cider. The Chocolate Milk Stout is hugely popular with Boxing Bear regulars, so hurry over before they drink it all up. The Iron Lung Smoked Porter and Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) went on tap recently. Two of the Crew’s favorites are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU).

Cask: Word is that Boxing Bear is taking a short break from casks. When they return, we’ll let you know.

News: Boxing Bear now has a happy hour. 10-, 16-, and 22-ounce beers are all discounted from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Growler Happy Hour then runs from 6 p.m. to close on those nights. Get $2 off a growler fill and $1 off a half-growler (they call ’em “squealers”).

Also, every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Events: Every Wednesday (except today) is now Karaoke Night at Boxing Bear. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m.

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: Cracked Cork Barley Wine, End of Days Tripel, Twig and Berries Sahti, Drunken Hobo Milk Stout, Tom Selleck Ale, Rip Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Nacho Brau. The Drunken Hobo will soon replace the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup, or so Franz Solo was told when he visited recently. The Nacho Brau is another of Franz’s favorite seasonals. Get over to BBB before he drinks it all up. Two old favorites are back in the burly Cracked Cork and End of Days. New to the menu is Twig and Berries. A Sahti is a Finnish style of beer using some unique grains as well as juniper berries. If you’re one of the lucky few to not be allergic to junipers, have at it!

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.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Pils Plz, Wine Barrel-Aged Belgian Golden, White Shine (White Wine), Sasquatch Scotch, Dark Side Baltic Porter, Schwarzbier, Black Rye PA, Panama Joe (aged in bourbon barrels). This year’s edition of Solstice Blackout is now available — Sasquatch, DS Baltic, Schwarzbier, Black Rye PA, Panama Joe are all on tap plus the Dark-n-Lusty Stout. It’s all six beers in sample format for $6. Trust us, it’s worth it. Again, a huge thank you to Brady McKeown for letting us brew our Baltic Porter on his system. The resulting beer is a burly blast of smokiness, plus chocolate and toffee. Let it warm a tad (we recommend a full pint) and you will get a massive, multi-flavor profile. As for the rest, we loved the malty sweetness of this year’s Sasquatch. The Schwarzbier is a tart, earthy little beer. The Black Rye PA is pretty much a blast of rye goodness. And the Panama Joe, aged in bourbon barrels, needs a bit of warming to help the coffee and stout flavors catch up to the bourbon. Don’t worry, all of these dark beers are worth it. At least, we think so.

News: The last barrel-aged beer in the back, waiting to be tapped, is American Stock Ale in rum barrels.

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 and also captured a gold medal in the stout category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Rise ‘n Shine Breakfast Stout, Rye on the Hog, Gold Pale Ale, Coney Pale Ale. Chama has brewed up Rise ‘n Shine (5.8% ABV, 30 IBU), a traditional breakfast stout. Also debuting recently are Rye on the Hog (7.3% ABV, 35 IBU) and Gold Pale Ale (5% ABV, 45 IBU). The Coney Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU) is a mellow but still punchy little delight made with Mosaic and Falconer’s Flight hops.

News: Chama River’s 10th anniversary blowout party begins Jan. 21 and runs through Jan. 25. It will include a special pint night, a beer dinner, a tap takeover at Draft Station, and, oh yeah, the debut of “De-Cenn-I-Ale,” a monstrous imperial stout that will be bottled (!) in addition to being on tap. I got to have an advance taste, so when I say monstrous, I’m talking Godzilla. Straight up Kaiju, folks. You’ve been warned. We’ll have more details as we get closer to the dates in question.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: James Blonde, Winter Warmer Ale, I’ll Be Bock, ESB, Traditional Amber, Maltz IPA, Roaster London Porter, Oatmeal Stout. There was another big tap turnover recently. Gone are the Gunslinger Brown, Helles, Red, German Alt, Jabberwocky IPA, and Peppermint Stout. The newest guys are the Winter Warmer, I’ll Be Bock, Traditional Amber, Maltz IPA, and Oatmeal Stout. Sounds like a trip up I-25 may be in order soon. Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.

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: Cafe Con Leche, Munchener Dunkel, Simcoe Pale Ale, Dunkel Jefe, La Llorona Baltic Porter. This year’s batch of Cafe Con Leche (7.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is a standout, or says Franz Solo. It’s even on cask right now in addition to being available on a regular tap and in bombers. Brandon and I were equally complimentary of the outstanding La Llorona Baltic Porter (8.9% ABV, 45 IBU). The Simcoe Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 37 IBU) and Dunkel Jefe (5.4% ABV, 15 IBU) are back as you all drank up the supply of the 4th Anniversary Barley Wine and the Gracias Por Fumar. Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank and Red Ryeot no longer appearing here as seasonals. They are now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup.

News: La Cumbre’s new and improved website is now up and running. Check it out by clicking the link here. Their online calendar now includes what food trucks will be serving, plus live music and a current draft list.

Events: On the live music front, Jade Masque performs Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Yoga is back at the taproom Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)

Beers: Whiptail Weisse, Bluetail Blonde, Horned Honey Pale, Reptilian IPA, Chameleon Amber, Basilisk Brown, Sanddigger Dubbel, Desert Night India Black Ale, Black Bearded Rye Stout, Smoot-tailed Oatmeal Stout, Prairie Lizard Porter, Biscochito Brown, Belgian Strong Dark, Belgian Abbey. Lizard Tail is up to 14 beers with a fresh batch of Belgian Abbey (7.1% ABV, 25 IBU). That and the Belgian Dark Strong (9.7% ABV, 30 IBU) are the newest additions, as one can probably tell since they have yet to be given lizard-themed names like the rest of the lineup. So far Lizard Tail has shown themselves to be more malt-forward than hop-centric. The oatmeal stout and porter are solid, while the IBA has shown improvement since its debut.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.

Events: Lizard Tail will host Geeks Who Drink every Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Double White, Imperial Red, Pumpkin Noir, Imperial Stout, Brett IPA, Barley Wine, Nitro Porter, Cuvee Rouge. The Brett IPA (6.8% ABV) and Barley Wine (10% ABV) are available on tap and in bombers. The Nitro Porter is the latest entry in what Marble hopes will be a consistent series of beers on the nitro tap. This year’s batch of Imperial Stout (11% ABV) is a big, bold beast of a beer. If the bourbon flavor is too much, just let it warm for a bit and it will mellow out and the stout flavors will come forward. There is also the rotating “black handle,” which tends to feature some impressive “secret” beers. The Double White and Imperial Red brought home gold medals from GABF.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

Events: Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

For more on the Cuvee Rouge release party tonight (Wednesday), see the intro above.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Dry Stout, 2013 Barley Wine, Warp 10 Golden Strong, Beam Me Up Scottish. The new Beam Me Up (9.5% ABV, 32 IBU) uses the same malt bill as the first batch from three years ago, but with a modified hop mix. The result will set it apart from the first two versions. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight popped an aged keg or two of the Barley Wine. We’ve been able to get over there and try the Dry Stout and came away quite impressed. The Dry Stout is bold and thick, the kind of burly beer you want in the winter (or year-round if you’re like us). The second most recent addition to taps is the Warp 10 Golden Strong, an English-style golden ale.

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.

While “The Walking Dead” is done until February, you can still play Walking Dead pinball in Nexus’ community room. It’s one of four pinball machines now available for some nostalgic fun.

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: PiPA, West Coast Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, Lost Grain English Summer Ale, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner. 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. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food. The PiPA will now be a regular beer, replacing the Unchallenged IPA. The scrumptious Bourbon Vanilla Porter is back, replacing the Robust Porter.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

(Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Dunkelblitzen, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Marbelous (Imperial Rice Lager), Nikolaus Spiced Lager, Bavarian Belle Hefeweizen, Imperial Sawmill Stout. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex. The Marbelous (7% ABV, 32 IBU) was brewed as a tribute to Marble’s Ted Rice, whose staff has helped Ponderosa in their early months of existence. The Nikolaus (5.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Weihnachtsbier, a traditional Bavarian dark lager brewed for the holidays. The Bavarian Belle Hefeweizen (4.8% ABV, 15 IBU) debuted recently and may become a regular fixture in the lineup. Brace yourselves for the new Imperial Sawmill Stout (8.2% ABV, 65 IBU).

News: The next batch of brews will include Dunkelweizen and Ella Single Hop Pale Ale.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m. to midnight, Fri–Sun noon to midnight)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trappe Door Wheat. (Seasonal) Strong Scotch Ale, Stormtrooper Imperial IPA, O.D.B. (Oaked Dark Belgian). The first Red Door seasonal, Strong Scotch Ale, finally has some company with the new Stormtrooper (8.4% ABV, 110 IBU), the biggest beer they have brewed to date. The new O.D.B. is quite a treat. The Trappe Door Wheat, a Belgian-style if you couldn’t guess by the name, replaces the Trapdoor Wheat in the regular lineup. After a short absence, the Unhinged Cider is back on tap.

News: Take note of Red Door’s new weekday schedule for the winter months as they will now open at 2 p.m. instead of noon. Weekend hours remain the same.

Red Door received a new shipment of their popular red T-shirts this week, so head on over and buy a few.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re going to dispatch AmyO to re-establish our lines of communication with Sandia Chile Grill.

News: Congrats to SCG on sweeping all three medals in the mead category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am, while also claiming a silver medal for Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Bang Up Blonde, Hefferweizen, Pig Sticker Pale, Iron Horse IPA, Rawhide Red, Boneyard Brown, Hop Trough (Double IPA), Soiled Dove (Imperial Stout), Black IPA. 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 Black IPA is the current seasonal beer, plus there are often one or two cask beers.

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: Little Red Rye-ding Hood, Turkey Drool, Mustachio Milk Stout, Javi Light Lager, Berry Cider, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout.

Beers at Wells Park only: Jack the Sipper, Winter Hop IPA, Apple Cider, Ebony & Ivory, La Llorona Amber. 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). We love us some Turkey Drool (8% ABV) this time of year. It’s a brown ale with all sorts of holiday-themed spices and other added ingredients. This year’s batch is arguably the best yet. The Little Red (5.8% ABV) has a malty rye kick. Jack the Sipper (7% ABV) is Tractor’s take on a spiced pumpkin ale. The new Winter Hop IPA (6.4% ABV, 70 IBU) uses a blend of fragrant hops and caramel malts for a unique twist on the popular style. The Chocolate Milk Stout should tide over your sweet tooth. The Barn Burner (6% ABV, 52 IBU) is a bitter little pale ale that uses 40 pounds of El Dorado hops. The Ebony & Ivory (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is a “pale stout,” made with pale malt, pale chocolate malt, and caramel malt. It smells like a stout, but tastes like something a little different. La Llorona returns to taps this week.

News: Congrats to Tractor and their Mustachio Milk Stout, which won in the Best of Albuquerque competition from ABQ the Magazine.

Mustachio’s bigger, meaner brother, Luna de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout, is aging in the back, including some in a barrel. Oh, man, that could kill us … but we’d die happy.

Currently, all pints of Little Red RYE-ding Hood are just $2 and you can fill your growler for just $5. Time to make room for a new beer on tap!

Events: Solos on the Hill is tonight at Nob Hill as Cali Shaw performs at 8:30 p.m.

The Thirsty Thursday series is back at Wells Park with Russell James Pyle going on at 8 p.m.

This Saturday is a pretty darned big show at Wells Park. Christian Gallegos’ “The Heart Show” will showcase many of his works of art. To celebrate, two big bands will be performing — Reviva and Red Light Cameras! It all starts at 6 p.m. and runs until midnight.

If that’s not enough, Sunday will feature the return of I’ll Drink to That at Wells Park at 4 p.m. This special benefit show is a mix of poetry, comedy, music, and more.

Tractor will be pouring beers during many of the events at the Revolutions Theater Festival. Check out the calendar for more info.

Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity.

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, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Stauffenberg Stout, Cafe Bella Coffee Porter, A Little Somethin’ Pumpkin, Devil to Pay Double IPA, Wild Hunt Winter Warmer. 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 Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The newer beers here are the Stauffenberg Stout, Cafe Bella Coffee Porter, Devil to Pay DIPA (7.7% ABV, 125+ IBU), a hop monster for the holidays brewed with Cascade and Chinook, and the Wild Hunt Winter Warmer (7% ABV, 31 IBU), which was brewed with orange peel, nutmeg, fresh ginger root, clove, and molasses.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Monks Mesa (Belgian Blonde), Toro Blanco White DIPA, Collaboration Doppelbock, Dry Irish Stout. The Monks Mesa (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) is a Belgian blonde table beer. The only other seasonal currently tap is Toro Blanco White DIPA (9.1% ABV, 100+ IBU). All of you thirsty people in Santa Fe, plus thirsty tourists, have consumed all of the remaining specialty beers. Don’t worry, though, brewer James Warren is hard at work in the back cranking out more as fast as he can. The Collaboration and Stout will be out this Saturday.

News: Blue Corn just brewed up this year’s batch of Barley Wine. It should be on tap in a few weeks. Check their Facebook page for pictures. Also on deck is a Scottish export.

Events: See above in the intro for more information on Thursday’s Defrost Fest.

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: What WOOD Amber Do (Barrel-Aged Amber Ale), Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Whistler (Blonde), Titian (Golden Strong), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Goya (Imperial Stout). The lineup got a shakeup with some big beers joining the rotation. Dark Ryder and Tititan check in at 11-percent ABV, while Goya (15.9% ABV) is a monster of a beer. You can buy Goya in bombers at the brewery or down in ABQ at Jubilation. The most recent addition to taps is What WOOD Amber Do, which has to be the first barrel-aged amber we have seen. Hopefully brewer Todd Yocham will bring some to WinterBrew so we can try it. (HINT!)

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: Double White IPA, Black IPA, Deviator Doppelbock, Full Mast Kilt Scottish Ale. The first beer in the new Ever Changing Series is a Double White IPA, which Luke of the Brew Crew bullpen recently reviewed. The Kriek, which won a bronze medal at GABF this year, is on sale around the state in bombers. It will soon be on tap in Albuquerque for the first time. Look for it on Jan. 21 at Nob Hill Bar & Grill and Jan. 22 at Rock and Brews.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 pint 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.

See above for SFBC’s barrel-aged event on Monday.

News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. Here are all the details that Luke could find. It sounds promising.

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: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Rod’s Best Bitter, Boneshaker Bitter, Pivotal IPA, Mosaic Pale Ale, Red Comet, Huell Melon Pilsner. Get ready for fresh batches of the Pivotal IPA, Mosaic Pale Ale, and Huell Melon Pilsner. Right now Second Street pretty much covers everything from hoppy to medium malty to its classic Cream Stout.

Events: 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!

Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Barb Wire plays Friday and Bill Hearne performs Saturday. Swing Soleil will be at the Railyard location Friday and Alex Maryol performs Saturday.

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

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

Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Venom IPA, English Porter, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beers on tap are the 790 IPA (7% ABV) and the Hose Co. 1 Red Lager (6% ABV). The Zia Pilsner (5.25% ABV) is done in the German style. The Venom IPA (8.2% ABV) is the biggest beer on tap, as the name might imply.

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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 and Happy New Year!

— Stoutmeister

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Denise Baker says:

    Rio Bravo Brewing Company just got final City approval to have a brewery with patio and package sales today.
    Plan to be open officially May 1, 2015 after a few weeks of soft openings.

    Denise K. Baker
    DRB Electric, Inc.
    PO Box 12868
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87195
    (505) 877-8500

    Rio Bravo Brewing Company, LLC

    1. cjax33 says:

      That’s great news! If you all want to sit down for an interview soon to talk about your plans, just let us know. We’ll figure out a day and time that works for everyone.

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