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.
The one drawback about doing TWAIB on Wednesday is that oftentimes cool things tend to happen on Tuesday. Rather than miss something this time around, there is something fun going down six days from now. La Cumbre is ramping up the creativity with their beer release parties by including a Beer’d (Beard) Competition to go with the debut of Tres Padres, a Belgian-style tripel. Check in with your beard from 6 to 7 p.m. this coming Tuesday. Voting will then begin at 7. While you’re there, enjoy the debut of Tres Padres and/or grab a bomber (or two) to take home. I don’t have the greatest beard amongst the Crew, so I’m not worried that I don’t get off work til 8 p.m. that night and won’t be able to participate. Hopefully Franz Solo and/or Brandon can make it over, but they are at the mercy of work and an infant son, respectively. We don’t want Brandon to fall asleep on the bar and knock over his Tres Padres glass, now do we?
Prior to that, this weekend marks the premier of a great show on AMC. Yup, The Walking Dead is back … oh, wait, you’re all excited for Better Call Saul. Well, if you would rather watch with lots of beer instead of just with friends or by yourself at home, there will be options. Broken Bottle, Chama River, Tractor Wells Park, and The LOCAL Brewhouse will all be hosting viewing parties. Each place is trying to go a little above and beyond. Broken Bottle will have special B.C.S. cookies made by the wonderful folks at Rude Boy Cookies. Chama River will tap Saul-utations, an India pilsner lager, in honor of the fact they filmed an episode of the show at Chama’s Microbar downtown. Tractor will have merchandise giveaways while you watch on the giant projector screen. The LOCAL is actually where they used to film Saul’s “office” on Breaking Bad.
On the new beer front, things are really quiet right now. Bosque has had some new beers reach their taps recently, including Slack Jaw Imperial Porter, Old School Session IPA, Fallout Pils, and Humo Rojo, a smoked red ale. They also have a new house IPA, Riverwalker, now on tap. Canteen enters the derby with Kentucky Common. Kaktus has I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout plus a new batch of Brunette. Marble is sticking with a recent Belgian trend by introducing Funky Monk.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has a Dark English Mild due out Friday or Saturday. Second Street has LVL Stout now on tap alongside fresh batches of Fulcrum IPA and Super Comet. Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile added Apricot Wheat to their lineup.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Feb. 2.
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 (main brewery)
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)
Beers: Old School Session IPA, Rio Grande Tortoise Black IPA, Bosque Dark Lager, Humo Rojo, Slack Jaw Imperial Porter, Mystery Man IPA, Fallout Pils. Bosque quietly debuted a bunch of new beers recently. The Old School (4.7% ABV, 60 IBU) is a mild little delight. The Fallout straddles the line between a traditional pilsner and a sweeter Kolsch. The Humo Rojo (5.7% ABV, 16 IBU) is a smoke bomb and a half. The Dark Lager (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is similar in profile to Durango Brewing’s standout flagship beer. Mystery Man is best described as bitter and mean, the way some IPAs are meant to be. And Slack Jaw is a monstrous delight. The Rio Grande Tortoise (6.5% ABV, 80 IBU) was brewed in collaboration with Turtle Mountain. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations.
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. The Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU), which is on tap at all times, claimed the 2015 Stout Challenge, held by the Crew before the Super Bowl this past Sunday. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer.
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.
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, Tom Selleck Ale, Rip Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Nacho Brau. 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! The Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup.
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, Wine Barrel-Aged Belgian Golden, White Shine Wheat Wine, Sasquatch Scotch, Kentucky Common, 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, Schwarzbier, Black Rye PA — run out. We bid a fond farewell to our Dark Side Baltic Porter. Hope you all enjoyed it. The new Kentucky Common (5.4% ABV, 24 IBU) has taken its place. 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, Saul-utations. 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. Saul-utations will debut Sunday with the premier of Better Call Saul (see the intro above). It is an India Pilsner Lager, making it a hybrid of a traditional pilsner lager and an IPA.
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: Winter Warmer Ale, I’ll Be Bock, ESB, Traditional Amber, Chinook IPA, I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout, Czech Pilz, Brunette. The Brunette rejoined the lineup this week, replacing the Charlie Brown. I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout is Kaktus’ first barrel-aged beer. 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 Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out. This week they have the Seven Seas Belly Dance Party. Dress up in costume and join in on the fun. The Albuquerque Khans will provide the music, or you can bring you own via iPod and plug it in. But we recommend the Khans, and not just because E-Rock is one half of that duo, and the other half is our friend Frank. This special event kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs til 8.
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, Moonhat performs Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.
Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.
See our intro for information on the Tres Padres release party on Tuesday.
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.
Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739
(Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Double IPA, 2014 Imperial Stout, Belgian Quad, El Robusto, Funky Monk. 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. If you need a Belgian kick with less potency, the new Funky Monk is about to go on tap. 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.
The Lonesome Heroes perform at the Westside Taproom on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. They will be followed by Cali Shaw on Friday and Todd and the Fox on Saturday, both at the same time.
Marble will hold a release party a week from today, Feb. 11, for their 2015 batch of Imperial Red at all three locations. Stayed tuned for more details next week.
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.
Nexus has always hosted viewing parties for The Walking Dead in the community room, where you can also play Walking Dead pinball. The show is back this Sunday at 7 p.m. We’re guessing they will keep the TV on AMC for Better Call Saul afterwards.
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, 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.
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.
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 this.
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, Mustachio Milk Stout, 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, Apple Cider, Ebony & Ivory, Turkey Drool, 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 still 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) is back on tap.
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: Dos Pendejos, Buddha and Jerel of Reviva, will perform at Wells Park this Thursday at 8 p.m.
This Saturday features the In the Mix series with Cloudface spinning at 9 p.m.
Poetry and Beer is back on Tuesday at 7 p.m. It’s a poetry slam and open mic night.
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, 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.
Events: This Saturday is the fifth annual Taste of Rio Rancho at the Santa Ana Star Center. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., but this year you can buy a pre-taste ticket for $20 and get in at 4 to start sampling. If you would rather do general admission, tickets are $10 apiece or $30 for a group of four. Needless, TMBC will be one of the many restaurants present, with all of them vying for your votes as the best in town.
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, Wrinkled Kilt. 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. It’s nearly out, however, and will soon be replaced by a Dark English Mild, probably by the end of this week. The Gee-Eyed (4% ABV, 40 IBU) is a classic Irish dry stout. The Wrinkled Kilt (5.6% ABV) is a Scottish export that debuted last week.
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.
Pucker Up, an American Fruited Sour with strawberries, 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.
Live music is back at Duel this weekend. First up on Friday, 50 Watt Whale will perform at 7 p.m. Edmund Gorman will then take the stage Saturday, also at 7.
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.
The annual Irish Red release party is set for Feb. 21. We will more detail in the weeks ahead.
News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. Here are all the details that Luke could find. It sounds promising.
Two new beers on deck this month are a Single Barrel Sour, part of the Los Innovadores series (which gave you all Kriek, which you adore), and a Belgian Strong Ale that will be part of the ECS.
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, LVL Stout, Fulcrum IPA, Super Comet, Rod’s Best Bitter, Bastogne Bitter, Rod’s Steam Bitter. The Super Comet and Fulcrum IPA are back, while the LVL Stout made a rather excellent debut at WinterBrew and is now on tap. The Steam Bitter won a gold 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, Kodama Trio plays Friday and Eryn Bent performs Saturday. E Christina Herr and the Wild Frontier will be at the Railyard location Friday and Mystic Lyzard 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, Apricot Wheat. 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 beer on tap is the Apricot Wheat. Other recent additions are the Irish Stout, which came in third in our Stout Challenge, and Black Lager. Also of note 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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