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.
From time to time, two or more of our local breweries have teamed up on a beer. Thursday will mark the debut of the first collaboration between Blue Corn and Duel up in Santa Fe. The beer itself is called Keenendrem (they spell it fancier than this, but we can’t make a backwards “e” without switching our language to Klingon, or something of the sort, here on WordPress). It is a Belgian-style black ale made with Trappist yeast, American hops, and German malts. It checks in at 6.45-percent ABV and 75 IBU. It will be part of the monthly Thursday at the Brewer’s Table at Blue Corn starting at 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per person for the beer and a food pairing. For reservations call 505-438-1800. As per usual, the Crew is sending Luke over to give us all a full report on this beer and the entire event. Oh, and in a late update, it turns out Duel will then have a beer-and-food pairing Friday for the same price. The food will be a Midnight Strip Slider from Duel’s chef and Carnitas Tacos from Blue Corn’s chef. Well now, that’s double the fun.
On the new beer front, things have picked up this week. Back Alley has a new batch of Belgian Wit, plus Ameriweiss should be on tap today (Wednesday), with Ladron’s Peak coming back Friday. Blue Grasshopper has debuted their new Maibock. Boxing Bear is feeling German with a Wiener Munchener. Chama River follows suit with a new Munich Helles. Kaktus rolls out fresh batches of Bier De Garde, ESB, Irish Red, and London Porter. Marble has bombers of their anniversary beer, Whiteout, now available (it’s on tap, too), plus today is the release party for the 2015 version of Brett IPA. Nexus will tap Night at the Roggenbury this week, their collaboration beer with Turtle Mountain, where it’s already on tap. Ponderosa has a new Brunch Stout and will debut a Gose this Thursday. Tractor will release Barley Wine on Friday at both locations.
Up in Santa Fe, it’s a quiet week save for the collaboration beer listed above.
And on the subject of cask beers, rather than listing them brewery by brewery in here, we’re doing something a little different. Since oftentimes breweries don’t know what they’re putting on cask until the day of (usually Friday), rather than just put “TBD” down below, instead we’re offering updates via our Facebook page and Twitter feed. Look for the “Firkin Friday” post every week on those social media sites. One of these days when we get around to upgrading the main website we will make it a permanent feature on there, but for now we’ll provide live updates as the breweries get us the information.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of April 20.
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.
Albuquerque Brewing Co. — no phone (yet)
(Mon–Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-10 p.m.)
Beers: Blonde, Pale Ale, IPA, Imperial Red, Dry Stout. Located at 8620 Pan American Blvd., on the east side of I-25 and between Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ABC is now open and ready for business. In addition to the house beers, there are three guest taps from Bosque and Boxing Bear, plus the plan is to have at least one beer on a nitro tap at all times. Brewer Mike Marsh said they’re in the process of installing a phone line and, for now, the website link is to their Facebook page. For more info on ABC, you can check out my advance preview.
News: Please take note that ABC said on their Facebook page recently they would be closed for “a couple days” due to a plumbing problem. The days are starting to stretch on. Keep an eye on their FB page to see when they reopen. UPDATE: They are hoping to reopen this Friday, but that is not official yet.
Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590
(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)
Beers: Malt Tonic, Pre-Prohibition American IPA, Belgian Wit, Ameriweiss. In case you missed it, we interviewed BADH’s new brewer, Brandon Venaglia. There are some exciting times coming, including a possible expansion. The Latir Pale Ale and Poth’s Pilsner are out, but the Belgian Wit is already on tap and the new Ameriweiss should be on tap today (Wednesday). The Ameriweiss is a Pre-Prohibition American sour wheat.
News: A fan favorite, Ladron’s Peak, will be back this Friday.
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.
The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579
(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)
Beers: Golden Amber, Maibock. The fourth beer in the Grasshopper’s short history, the Maibock went on tap this week. They sold out of their previous beers, Dubbel Dunkel and Beach Bum Pale Ale, in a hurry, so head over to try this one before it runs out. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.
News: Next up on the beer list is Cherry Bomb.
Events: The Grasshopper has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.
Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)
(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)
Beers: It’s Spelt Centennial, Marzen March Lager, Team COOP Golden Ale, Dry Irish Stout, Oak-A-Scotia (Nob Hill and Las Cruces), Wake Up & Smell the Stout (San Mateo only). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. Scale Tipper, the reigning National IPA Champion (and New Mexico IPA Challenge champion), is already out again. Jeez, people, we never even got back for a second one. The Team COOP Golden Ale (5% ABV, 20 IBU) comes with the added bonus of where $1 from each pint sold will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It’s Spelt (5.7% ABV, 50 IBU) is a red ale of a sort with a healthy dose of, well, Centennial hops. The Dry Irish Stout (5% ABV) is a creamy delight. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations. The nitro beers this week are Oak-A-Scotia at Nob Hill and March Lager at San Mateo.
Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. This week’s beer is TBA.
News: Congratulations to Bosque for winning the Brewing News National IPA Challenge with Scale Tipper. This comes on the heels of last year’s victory in the NM IPA Challenge. It marks the second year in a row a New Mexico brewery won the NIPAC, following La Cumbre’s Project Dank taking the title last year.
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: (Regular) Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Apple Bear Hard Cider; (Seasonal) Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, Bearzen, Red Knuckle Irish Red, Barnburner IPA, Salute Your Schwarz, Wiener Munchner. New to taps this week is Wiener Munchner, another German-style beer as the name might imply. The Red Knuckle (4.7% ABV, 25 IBU) is still kicking. The Barnburner (6.8% ABV, 80 IBU) is listed as a “specialty IPA.” Bearzen (4.8% ABV, 25 IBU) is Boxing Bear’s take on a traditional German marzen. The Body Czech (4.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a great way to start your flight. 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 last Super Bowl. Head on over to indulge in this beast of a beer. The Apple Bear Hard Cider (5% ABV) is now permanently on tap.
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, Coco-Cabana Coconut Porter, Honey Pot Sour Ale, Stinky Pinky. The Stinky Pinky, a grapefruit hefeweizen, is back for another run by popular demand. The Coco-Cabana and Honey Pot are recent additions. Curious about 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. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.
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.
B3 shows Better Call Saul every Monday at 8 p.m.
Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737
(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)
Beers: Irish Red, Opal Esteem, The Other Red, Edel Helles, Oaked Cascade Pale, El Dorado Extra Pale Ale, S.A.W.-Wheat White IPA. The most recent additions are the El Dorado, a mild little delight, and S.A.W., which offers up a heck of a double kick of hops and Belgian yeast. Another fairly recent addition is the Oaked Cascade Pale (6.1% ABV, 60 IBU). The Opal Esteem (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU) is a traditional steam-style beer brewed with German Opal hops. The Other Red (5.6% ABV, 26 IBU) is a fairly new addition and quite tasty, just a tad different then the Irish Red. The Edel Helles (5% ABV, 18 IBU) is a light, sweet little beer to start off your day or night just right.
News: 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), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Primo (Brown Ale). 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.
News: Cazuela’s is looking to potentially open a taproom on the east side of ABQ near Canteen and La Cumbre in the Brewery District.
Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Smoke Em Out, Pastime Great American Lager, Connect with MS Pale Ale, Munich Helles. New to taps this week is the light-but-flavorful Helles (5.2% ABV, 20 IBU). The Pastime Great American Lager (4.5% ABV, 25 IBU) will make you feel like you’re outdoors at a baseball game. For the new Connect, $1 from each pint sold will go to benefit the MS Society. Smoke Em Out (6.3% ABV, 33 IBU), as the name might imply, is a smoked porter.
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: Bier De Garde, ESB, James Blonde, Amber, Chinook IPA, I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout, Irish Red, London Porter. New this week is the Bier De Garde, plus fresh batches of fan favorites like the ESB, Irish Red, and London Porter. I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout is Kaktus’ first barrel-aged beer. 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.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: The Angry Belgian, VMO #2, Jenny’s Cream Ale, Father Nelson. The blast of hoppy goodness known as Father Nelson (10.6% ABV, 100+ IBU) is back on tap and for sale in bombers at the brewery and other locations. Trust us when we say you need to get yours as fast as possible, it ran out in a hurry last year. The other recent additions to tap are old favorite VMO #2 (5.8% ABV, 29 IBU), a German-style marzen lager, and Jenny’s Cream Ale (5% ABV, 23 IBU). The Imperial Red Ryeot (9% ABV, 100 IBU) may still be available in bombers at LC and other locations, such as Jubilation, but hurry before the last of it runs out. 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 are now for sale around town and at the brewery.
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.
Next up on the beer list are Olde School American Pale Ale and a Gose.
Events: Stanlie Kee and the Step In perform 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, Chuckwalla Abbey, ESB, Long Nosed Tripel, Gecko Gratzer, Whiptail White, Legless Double IPA. Brace yourselves for the hefty Legless Double IPA (9.2% ABV, 100 IBU) and Long Nosed Tripel (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU). The Gecko Gratzer (3.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is an oak-smoked wheat beer, while the Whiptail White (4.7% ABV, 18 IBU) has hints of citrus, banana, Noble hops, and chamomile. The ESB (6% ABV, 40 IBU), Chuckwalla Abbey (7.1% ABV, 25 IBU) and the Belgian Dark Strong (9.7% ABV, 30 IBU) are other recent additions. 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.)
UPDATED >>> Beers: Nitro Sesh, Choice Blanc, Imperial Red, Double IPA, Brett IPA, White Out, Rauchbier (Downtown only), Jarrylo IPA (Downtown only), Imperial Stout (Santa Fe only), Quad (Santa Fe only). We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at the three Marble locations, Downtown, Westside, and Santa Fe. If not otherwise noted, all beers on are on tap at all three locations. New this week are the Brett IPA (6.8% ABV, 93 IBU), which gets a release party today (Wednesday) at all three locations. It will be available on tap and in bombers. White Out (9% ABV, 40 IBU), Marble’s anniversary ale, is also available on tap and in bombers. The next most recent additions, at the Downtown pub only so far, are the Rauchbier (5.2% ABV) and Jarrylo IPA (6.8% ABV). The Choice Blanc (5.6% ABV) is a single-hop pale ale.
News: Marble has revamped their website. It kinda really kicks ass now. Click the link above to see what we mean.
Events: Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
For a look at all the Seventh Anniversary Week events, click the link.
In other events this week, Felix y Los Gatos perform tonight (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. at the downtown pub in conjunction with the Brett IPA release. Thursday’s music showcase downtown is Under the Native Stars from 7 to 10 p.m. The bands are Sage Bond at 7, Tha ‘Yoties at 7:30, The Jir Project Band at 8:15, Daisy Chain Seattle at 9, and Innastate at 10. There is no show Friday due to the anniversary party at the El Rey (see the link above). The Higgs perform Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday will feature the annual Bluegrass Festival (see the link above).
David Berkeley performs at the Westside Taproom on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Swingrass will be out west Saturday from 6 to 9.
Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Make It So, Marzen, Irish Red, T.N.G. Porter. The most recent addition is the T.N.G. (6% ABV, 30 IBU), a smoked porter. The Irish Red is really quite excellent this year. Make It So, Marzen might seem out of season, but in my personal opinion, quality German beers are year-round treats. The Blackberry Hefeweizen is out, with Night at the Roggenbury, a collaboration beer with Turtle Mountain, set to take its place later this week.
Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.
Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: 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.
Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941
(Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch; (Seasonal) Dunkelblitzen, Weizendoppelbock, Smoky the Beer, The Phantom Conductor DIPA, The Bavarian Belle, Ella Single Hop Pale Ale, Marzen Madness, Brunch Stout, Gose. 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 (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). The newest beers on tap are the Brunch Stout and the Gose, which gets a release party Thursday starting at 3 p.m. Other recent additions are the Weizendoppelbock (6.8% ABV, 18 IBU), Marzen (5% ABV, 24 IBU), and the Conductor (8.2% ABV, 110 IBU). The Belle (4.8% ABV, 15 IBU), a hefeweizen, is back for a second go-around. Smoky the Beer (6.2% ABV, 40 IBU) is a smoked porter, as the name might imply. It should go well with that new meat smoker they have in the kitchen. A recent addition to taps is the Ella (5% ABV, 35 IBU), made with a special Australian hop, the latest in their single-hop series.
Events: Dos Pendejos perform Thursday at 3 p.m. Ziatron will perform Saturday, also at 3.
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) Watership Brown, Broken Arrow Pale Ale. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) is the newest addition, made with just Equinox hops for a rather unique, yet multi-faceted, flavor profile. To the rescue for all malt lovers comes Watership Brown (4.9% ABV, 19 IBU), which won ABQ Beer’s holiday brewing competition. It’s a tasty delight, the kind of beer you can just enjoy slowly over the course of a lazy afternoon or evening. Sadly, the Stormtrooper DIPA and O.D.B. have run out.
News: Take note of Red Door’s new weekday schedule as they open at 2 p.m. instead of noon. Weekend hours remain the same.
Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast. From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer and a bit of English football on the telly. Southampton and Tottenham will battle for a spot in next season’s Europa League in the early game this week.
There is also yoga at the brewery every Sunday at 11 a.m.
There will be a new musical feature on a weekly basis at Red Door. Monday Blues with Mike Hogan will be every week from 5 to 7 p.m.
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. 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: Barnstorm Ale, Branding Iron DIPA, Goat Head Hador Doppelbock, C&C IPA, Ebony & Ivory, Billy’s Basil IPA, Cowboy Blend Pale Coffee Stout (Wells Park only), Berry Cider (Nob Hill only). Tractor has revamped their beer list and pricing system. All of the Tractor Classics — Farmer’s Tan Red, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, Almanac IPA, Sodbuster Pale Ale, Haymaker Honey What, plus now Pilsner #15, Mustachio Milk Stout, and Apple Hard Cider — are priced at $4 apiece ($3 for Beer Farmer’s Co-op members). All seasonal/specialty beers will now be $5 ($4 for members). Just about everyone in town has slightly increased prices in the past four months, but an extra 50 cents or a dollar shouldn’t bankrupt anyone, right? Anyway, on the seasonal front, 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. A newer addition to the menu is the Cowboy Blend (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU), a coffee-infused variation on the Ebony. The Branding Iron (7.6% ABV, 110 IBU) is just a wonderful blast of Nelson Sauvin hops. The popular Barnstorm Ale (5.8% ABV, 41 IBU), a maibock, is back. Tractor will release the 2015 edition of their popular Barley Wine (9.5% ABV, 65 IBU) on Friday at both locations.
Events: Solos on the Hill is back tonight (Wednesday) at Nob Hill as Keith Sanchez performs starting at 8:30 p.m.
The pLOUD Music Series is back at Wells Park this Thursday as Gary Blackchild performs at 8 p.m.
Hops & Dreams, the Desert Darlings’ amazing belly dance show, is back this Friday at 9 p.m. Seriously, do not miss this.
This Saturday, first up is It’s Consensual, Not Conceptual, a poetry reading event supporting the Rape Crisis Center at 7 p.m. Then at 9 p.m., In the Mix is back with DJ Clout spinning.
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.
You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.
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) Timber! Oaked IPA, Aphelion Double Stout, Adrift IPA, Night at the Roggenbury. 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 most recent additions to tap are the Aphelion, Adrift, and the Roggenbury, which was a collaboration beer brewed with Nexus.
News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery.
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Irish Red, Friar Bacon’s Mild, Imperial Gose, Barleywine. The Irish Red has arrived, ending the run of the Toro Blanco White IPA. The Friar Bacon’s Mild is a modest dark ale. The Wrinkled Kilt (5.6% ABV) is a Scottish export that debuted recently. The new Imperial Gose is on tap at Blue Corn in Santa Fe and at the ABQ Draft Station.
Events: See the intro above for news on this week’s Thursday at the Brewer’s Table.
Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301
(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)
Beers: Whistler (Petit Blonde), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Printemps (Imperial Saison). The Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. The new Cezanne promises to keep up the tradition of big, big beers from Duel. Fiction is back after a short absence.
Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).
Life Drawing every other Sunday beginning on April 19 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) $22 includes a drink and a waffle. $15 for students (with ID), or if you don’t want a drink & waffle. Everyone draws from a nude model. People can call the brewery to reserve a spot.
See above for news on Duel’s collaboration beer with Blue Corn.
Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333
(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)
Beers: Belgian Stout, Black IPA, Hefeweizen, Chicken Killer Barley Wine, Freestyle Pilsner. The Belgian Strong is out and the Belgian Stout has replaced it. The Kriek, which won a bronze medal at GABF this year, is on sale around the state in bombers, but supplies are low. A new Single Barrel Sour can also be purchased in bombers. A fresh batch of Chicken Killer is now available, too. The Freestyle is now available on tap and in cans across the state.
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. We got to check out the new digs, with lots of pictures to show for it.
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, Imperial Stout, St. George IPA, Fulcrum IPA, Mosaic IPA, Bohemian Pilzner, Barrel-Aged Belgian Stout. The Fulcrum and Mosaic IPAs are back on tap, taking the spots of the Pivotal IPA and Latona Amber Ale. The Pivotal and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.
Events: Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Kitty Jo Creek plays Friday and Alpha Cats perform Saturday. The Kodama Trio will be at the Railyard location Friday followed by The Moscow Mules on Saturday.
Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright.
Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.
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: Venom IPA, English Porter, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hellesmarzen, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Swartzbar Black Lager, Hose Company 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 beer on tap is the Red Lager. 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), while 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. The Hellesmarzen is another recent addition. The Swartzbar is almost out.
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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