As New Mexico basks in the glory of some truly amazing weather outside and Bosque Brewing’s Scale Tipper winning the Brewing News National IPA Challenge on Monday night, truly spring has sprung when everyone wears green and pretends to be Irish for a day. Ah, yes, St. Patrick’s Day, one of the major drinking holidays of the year, along with Cinco de Mayo, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Memorial Day, the 4th of July … yeah, we’ve got a few of those days here in America.
Like it or think it’s too cheesy, St. Patrick’s Day is here. So go eat some corned beef and cabbage for the one time you do every year, down a shot of Jameson’s in honor of your late grandfather, and if you must, imbibe in some Irish-made brews. We would rather support local, however, so instead here is a list of what special Irish-style beers and other shenanigans are going on at the breweries along the I-25 corridor. If a place is not listed below, they do not have an Irish-style beer or a special event today.
Bosque: There will be an Irish Red and an Irish Dry Stout, both new to the lineup, on tap at all three locations — the original brewery on San Mateo, the Nob Hill Public House, and the Las Cruces taproom.
Boxing Bear: You can get the new Red Knuckle Irish Red on regular CO2 or on nitro this week. Plus, it will be the featured cask on Friday, aged with French oak. Hey, St. Patty’s Day doesn’t have to stop when Tuesday ends.
Canteen: As it often is, Irish Red is on tap. But it’s pretty much the best of the style we’ve had around town. Guess we’ll have to buckle down and do another Irish Red Challenge this year just to make sure. Oh, darn.
Chama River: The CR Irish Social isn’t until March 26, but in the meantime there’s Irish Red and O’Hoolihan’s Irish Stout there to drink up.
Kaktus: At the brewery, there will be a special food truck present serving up corned beef and cabbage dinners, plus live music with Red Light Ramblers. It’s all nice and free, too. But if you can’t make it up to Bernalillo, Kaktus is the host brewery for the giant St. Patrick’s Day at ABQ Rail Yards. You can still buy tickets at the door for that huge event. There will be beer and food, live music, dancers, and a whole lot more.
Marble: The wonderful Paddy McNitro will be released again today at all three locations (downtown, Westside, Santa Fe). The tapping will be at noon downtown, with live music at night from Crazy Fool and Mondo Vibrations going from 6 to 9 p.m. TFK Smokehouse will be on hand serving up some specials, including smoked bangers and mash with stout gravy, beer battered fish ‘n chips, and The Dubliner. On the Westside, Joe Sausage will provide the food and Mar Ata will perform on stage from 6 to 9.
Nexus: I may update this if I find anything on the menu at lunch that’s new, but otherwise you’ll just have to “settle” for the great food that’s already there and, oh, yeah, there’s an Irish Red here, too.
Stumbling Steer: They have corned beer and cabbage dinners for $11.95. There will be some drink specials as well.
Tractor: Wells Park will be home to The Green Room: Market and Mixer. There will be music, live art, poetry, a merchandise giveaway, vendors, beer specials, and a whole lot more. The fun kicks off at 6 p.m.
Turtle Mountain: There will be corned beef and cabbage, shepherds pie, and Irish stew to keep you full, and the usual beer lineup to quench your thirst.
Blue Corn: They have an Irish Red as well to go with the Gee-Eyed Stout, which is in the Irish dry stout style. Oh, and there is a full menu for the day, with Cheddar Brocoli Ale Soup (made with Atalaya Amber), Shepherd’s Pie Potato Skins, Corned Beef Sandwich, Corned Beef Dinner, and Irish Chocolate Cake for dessert made with the stout plus Jameson’s and Bailey’s chocolate custard. Dear lord. Somebody box that up and send it to me. I work till 8 p.m. tomorrow!
Duel: What, they broke away from the Belgian theme? Yeah, there’s an Irish Red on tap here, too. Plus Beef Irish Stew and Irish Soda Bread, and Edmund Gorman will provide the music from 6 to 9 p.m.
Santa Fe: It’s just a regular old day at the brewery, but if you want your Irish fix in a convenient take-home form, don’t forget to snag a sixer of Irish Red at your favorite store.
Second Street: The Jordy’s Irish Red and U2 Dry Stout are both on tap. Food options will include corned beef and cabbage, stout potato cheddar soup, lamb shepherd’s pie, a vegetarian/gluten-free shepherd’s pie, and more. The ABQ & 4 Corners Pipe & Drums Band will perform from 4:30 to 6:30, followed by Gunsels from 7 to 9 p.m.
Twisted Chile: Pints of K.C.’s Traditional Irish Stout will be just $2. Live Celtic session music will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Plus, there may be a special dessert provided by Sweet Occasions Bakery.
If we hear of any additional special beers or events going on around town, we will let you know. Just remember, since this is one of the biggest drinking days of the year, be extra careful getting home. Don’t take any risks, call a cab or Uber or a sober friend or whatever you need to do to get home safe. This is a day to celebrate life, right?
— Stoutmeister (and for the record, I am at least part Irish, right, Great Grandpa Sullivan of County Cork?)