Archive for January 28, 2015

Greetings, New Mexico beer fans!  As part of the series of posts reflecting on 2014 and looking forward to 2015, we’re going to give you the latest scoop on the Los Alamos Beer Co-op (LABC).

Things are finally coming together for the Los Alamos Beer Co-op. (Courtesy of their Facebook page)

Things are coming together for the Los Alamos Beer Co-op. (Courtesy of their Facebook page)

As many of you already know, the LABC is an organization dedicated to opening up a brewery and taproom in the town of Los Alamos, nestled near the Jemez Mountains northwest of Santa Fe. Los Alamos is known for its national laboratory, and a respectable number of the employees there are beer aficionados. With so many other microbreweries popping up all over, it’s only natural that Los Alamos should get one, too.

2014 was a big year for the fledgling effort. Thanks to the hard work of the LABC Board of Directors and others, some major milestones were achieved: brewing equipment was purchased (from Bosque Brewing), a location was selected, and major renovations have begun. By the end of the year, they began the search for a head brewer and other staff. (Time is running out to apply for the head brewer and general manager positions, so if you’re interested, get in touch with the LABC as soon as possible.) A member loan program ran throughout the year, securing much-needed additional funds. Several social events were sponsored throughout the year, as well. The membership list grew to over 400 people. The groundwork was laid for an early opening in 2015.

The single most important piece of paper in the LABC world.

The single most important piece of paper in the LABC world.

With 2015 underway, the current target for an opening date is spring. Major details remain to be ironed out, of course; the entire staff still needs to be hired and renovations need to be completed. Once finished, the current board is looking forward to transitioning from a working board to one that’s mainly involved in oversight. As Micheline Devaurs, the president of the board, said, “It is critical that we make these transitions since the board has worked hard for several years, and we all have full-time jobs. We need to transition to individuals who can run the brewery as a full-time job.” As someone who has seen first-hand the amount of work that’s been involved the last several years, I can sympathize!

The immediate goals are to start brewing great beer and open the doors to the public.  After that, there are plans to have entertainment in the good-sized space. A patio adjoining the building will be installed, which will be a great spot once the weather warms. There are food options nearby (including pizza, sandwiches, and Mexican), but a dining menu will also eventually be considered. Being a co-op, the organization is always ready to listen to the demands of its members.

Here’s to a blog post about the grand opening in the near future!

For more information about LABC, including investment opportunities, what positions are available, and how to become a member, visit their home page.


— Reid

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.

Santa Fe Brewing has been doing their best to make their mark in Albuquerque of late, and it continues this Friday as SFBC will be hosting a tap takeover at Sister Bar. Don’t worry, it’s not the usual beers like you often see at some takeovers. Coming south are the Dopplebock (available for the first time outside the brewery), Double White IPA (the last keg available anywhere), Belgian Strong Ale, and classic favorites like the Black IPA and Nut Brown Ale. It all kicks off at Sister (407 Central Ave. NW, just in case you’ve somehow never been there to check out the standout tap list) at 5 p.m. There are lots of other events and specials going on around town if you can’t make it to Sister. Check all the entries below to see what, when, and where.

On the new beer front, things are quieter after a large number of debuts last week. Canteen has tapped Opal Esteem. Chama River has Guero IPA in addition to the De-cen-ni-ale Russian Imperial Stout. Kaktus promises not to pull the football away from a new batch of Charlie Brown. La Cumbre is feeling local with Bohemian From Burque. Lizard Tail tapped their first batch of ESB. Marble will wake you up with the new El Robusto coffee beer. Tractor has brought out the big gun with the 2015 version of Luna de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has a Scottish Export due out Friday. Duel has brought their two WinterBrew debuts, Tableaux 15 and Stille of the Night, to tap at the brewery.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Jan. 26.

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: Pre-Prohibition Malt Tonic, Poth’s Pilsner, Ladron’s Con Fuego, Back Alley Red, California Common, Soroche IPA. In case you missed it, we interviewed BADH’s new brewer, Brandon Venaglia. There are some exciting times coming, including a possible expansion. The Malt Tonic and Poth’s Pilsner are back after a short absence.

Events: Sundays will now be Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded.

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 available this Friday.

News: The Bosque Public House is now open, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also 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, Black Eye-PA, 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 (6.1% ABV) and Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) went on tap recently. The Black Eye-PA (6.2% ABV) is a hoppy yet malty black IPA. 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: We’re awaiting word on this week’s cask.

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: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear. Tonight will feature a calendar signing with the 2015 Girls of Geek Calendar Models. You can buy signed calendars for $20.

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, Opal Esteem. This year’s edition of Solstice Blackout has ended as everyone has wiped out the supply of barrel-aged Panama Joe. Hurry over before the remaining Solstice beers — Sasquatch, DS Baltic, Schwarzbier, Black Rye PA — run out. Just don’t finish off the Baltic before the Crew goes back and fills up our growlers one last time. Taking the place of the Panama Joe on tap is the new Opal Esteem, a traditional steam-style beer brewed with German Opal hops.

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

Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

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, Collaborator Doppelbock, Guero IPA, De-cen-ni-ale Russian Imperial Stout. The Collaborator (7% ABV, 25 IBU) was brewed with the team at Blue Corn; it’s a solid, flavorful doppelbock. Chama recently brewed up Rise ‘n Shine (5.8% ABV, 30 IBU), a traditional breakfast stout. The De-cen-ni-ale Russian Imperial Stout (10% ABV, 85 IBU), which was aged in bourbon barrels, is just a delight. It is a big, thick beer, but the bourbon flavors don’t overpower the roasted malts here. We snagged a few bombers before they ran out of the limited run they made.

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: Charlie Brown, Winter Warmer Ale, I’ll Be Bock, ESB, Traditional Amber, Chinook IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Czech Pilz. The Charlie Brown rejoined the lineup this week, replacing the James Blonde. We gotta say, Kaktus is getting pretty good at naming their beers. 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 Seis Amigos Comediantes Showcase will take place Thursday at 7:30 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. They will have a special show on Sunday, Feb. 8, with details to come in next week’s edition of this here column.

Kaktus is also one of the sponsors of a huge upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Railyards. You can find tickets and more info at the official website. It runs from 4 to 10 p.m. on March 17 and will feature beer, food trucks, music, dancers, and more.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Cafe Con Leche, Munchener Dunkel, Simcoe Pale Ale, Bohemian from Burque, La Llorona Baltic Porter. This year’s batch of Cafe Con Leche (7.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is a standout, or so says Franz Solo and I. It’s available on tap and for sale in bombers. Brandon and I enjoyed the outstanding La Llorona Baltic Porter (8.9% ABV, 45 IBU). The Simcoe Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 37 IBU) is back. New to taps is the Bohemian from Burque, a Bohemian-style pilsner. 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. Red Ryeot cans will soon be set loose (check the LC Facebook page for the awesome new label) with a full release party. Stay tuned for more info.

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, Odd Dog performs Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Yoga is back at the taproom every 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, ESB. Lizard Tail is up to 15 beers with a new ESB (6% ABV, 40 IBU). The Belgian Abbey (7.1% ABV, 25 IBU) and the Belgian Dark Strong (9.7% ABV, 30 IBU) are other recent 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.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Double IPA, 2014 Imperial Stout, Belgian Quad, El Robusto. The Brett IPA (6.8% ABV) and Barley Wine (10% ABV) are available in bombers but are not on tap anymore. The nitro tap is currently empty after you all drank up all the Porter. 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. New this week is El Robusto (6.5%), a barrel-aged stout made with Espresso and cacao, as the name might imply. A recent addition to taps is a hefty Quad (10.3% ABV), a big old blast of Belgian bad-assery. There is also the rotating “black handle,” which tends to feature some impressive “secret” beers.

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.

David Berkeley performs at the Westside Taproom this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., followed by the Squash Blossom Boys on Saturday at the same time.

Monday will be Merchandise Discount Day for all mug club members. All merchandise, save for glasses, growlers, and beer, will be 30 percent off at all three locations.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Dry Stout, Nexus Maximus, 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 has unleashed Nexus Maximus (7.6% ABV, 100 IBU), a big old DIPA that will have you chanting its name like you’re back in the Roman Coliseum. 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). Another fairly 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, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Peppermint Porter, Pumpkin Abbey Ale. 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 with a fresh batch this week, replacing the Robust Porter. Recent additions to tap are the Peppermint Porter and Pumpkin Abbey Ale, while a fresh batch of ESB is on tap as well.

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, The Dark Demon ICDA. 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 most recent addition to taps is The Dark Demon (8% ABV, 110 IBU), an imperial Cascadian dark ale (basically a black IPA). 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. They may be out later this week.

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 O.D.B. is quite a treat as well. 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 recently, so head on over and buy a few.

Events: Red Door will host the Pit Pong! Beer Tournament, a beer pong (with water) competition on Saturday at 7 p.m. in association with The Babes and Bullies. Proceeds will benefit animal rescue and education efforts.

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 still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update the list.

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.)

UPDATED >>> Beers at Nob Hill: Little Red Rye-ding Hood, Pilsner #15, Berry Cider, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout, Wonder Weisse, Double Sickle DIPA.

UPDATED >>> Beers at Wells Park only: Luna de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout, Mustachio Milk Stout, Apple Cider, Ebony & Ivory, Turkey Drool, Javi Lager, Winter Hop 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 2015 batch of Luna (8% ABV), which debuted at WinterBrew, is a dark delight, loaded with flavor and decadently smooth. 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 wonderful Lauren Poole also showed us that if you mix the Drool with Mustachio to create Turkey Milk, it’s absolutely stupendous. The Little Red (5.8% ABV) has a malty rye kick and is just $2 a pint. The new Double Sickle DIPA (7.6% ABV, 110 IBU) is not an overwhelming hop bomb, but has a nice malty backbone to balance itself out. The Chocolate Milk Stout (5% ABV) 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. The Winter Hop IPA (7.2% ABV) and Javi Lager (4.8% ABV) are back on tap as well this week.

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

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: This Saturday features the In the Mix series with DJ Shakedown spinning at 9 p.m.

Music for What ALES You returns Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Wells Park as Casey Mraz performs “Love Stinks Break Up Songs.” Just in time to set the mood for Valentine’s Day.

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. So yes, that will be this Monday at both locations.

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, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Cafe Bella Coffee Porter, Munich Dunkel, Battle Royale Red, Phantom Sun Pale Ale. 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 new Stauffenberg Stout (it replaced the Piedra Lisa Porter in the regular lineup) 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 Dunkel (4.7% ABV), Phantom Sun (4.8% ABV), and Battle Royale (6.5% ABV). The red is hoppier than most, more akin to Marble’s Red than an Irish red. The Phantom Sun is a tart little sucker. The Dunkel is comparable to the one at La Cumbre.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Toro Blanco White DIPA, Collaborator Doppelbock, Gee-Eyed (Dry Irish) Stout. The Toro Blanco White DIPA (9.1% ABV, 100+ IBU) is not to be taken lightly. The Collaborator (7% ABV, 25 IBU) was made with the brewing team at Chama River and is available now at both locations. The Gee-Eyed (4% ABV, 40 IBU) is a classic Irish dry stout. Look for a new Scottish Export on Friday.

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.

The Scottish Export will be on cask Friday at the Santa Fe Draft Station.

Pucker Up, an American Fruited Sour, will be available by Valentine’s Day.

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), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Titian (Golden Strong), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Goya (Imperial Stout), Talbeaux 15 (Barrel-Aged Brett Pale Ale), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour). The Tableaux 15 and Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. There is a fresh batch of Grunewald this week as well. If you like your beers big, Duel has you covered. Dark Ryder and Tititan check in at 11-percent ABV, while Goya (15.9% ABV) is an absolute monster of a beer. You can buy Goya in bombers at the brewery or down in ABQ at Jubilation.

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.

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 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.

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, Mosaic IPA, Rod’s Steam Bitter. Get ready for fresh batches of the Mosaic IPA and Steam Bitter, which won a medal at the 2013 GABF. Right now Second Street pretty much covers everything from hoppy to medium malty to their classic Cream Stout. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: Every Wednesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright.

Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Busy & The Crazy 88’s play Friday and Pollo Frito performs Saturday. Di & The Guys will be at the Railyard location Friday and the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band 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, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Swartzbar Black 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 Irish Stout and Black Lager, the latter of which is brand new. Other recent additions 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.

Events: Tonight (Wednesday) is Open Mic Night hosted by Johnny Dean starting at 6 p.m. There will be food and drink specials.

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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