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.
All of our breweries across New Mexico have become great at creating multiple charitable events during the year. The team at Red Door, though, might have just taken things to the next level. Every year, St. Baldrick’s Day is honored across the country in order to combat children’s cancer. One of the biggest ways this is done is by having good folks shave their heads to raise money for charity. Last year, Crew emeritus member Shilling stepped up and shaved his head. This year Red Door brewer Wayne Martinez has volunteered to go bald for a good cause. Red Door then put out the challenge for other breweries’ staffers to step up. We know Blue Corn brewer James Warren has taken up the offer, and others will likely join them. You can support them all via this page online. Or head over to Red Door at 11 a.m. this Sunday (not Saturday, sorry about the confusion) and join them, either to lose your locks or just enjoy a pint while Wayne, James, and the rest lose theirs. Just in case none of the Crew can make it over, please snap some photos and send them our way at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the new beer front, things have picked up a bit before the madness of ABQ Beer Week begins May 21. Back Alley has uncovered another pre-Prohibition recipe to create Magdalena Beer, a special light lager. Bosque is taking your taste buds for a ride with Hop Chocolate Pale Ale, plus they will have My Cheating Tart available at both Albuquerque locations. Canteen has brought back Boysenberry Wheat while adding a Saison and Big Red Fez, a Belgian red. Chama River has the golden touch with Midas Well IPA. Red Door is feeling sweet with Vanilla Cream Ale. Tractor will unleash Belgian Blonde on Friday at both locations. Turtle Mountain is kicking with Kellerbock.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has a new American Style IPA ready to go as soon as the Gose kicks. Second Street has a British Mild and a fresh batch of Pivotal IPA.
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 May 11.
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.
Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590
(Mon–Weds 4 p.m. to midnight, Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight or later, Sun 4 p.m. to midnight)
Beers: Malt Tonic, Cali Common, Belgian Wit, Ameriweiss, Ladron’s Peak, Magdalena Beer. In case you missed it, we interviewed BADH’s new brewer, Brandon Venaglia. There are some exciting times coming, including a possible expansion. The Ladron’s finally went back on last week. Friend of the Brew Crew Lonnie said it’s a big old blast of juniper this time around. The Ameriweiss is a pre-Prohibition American sour wheat. New this week is Magdalena (4.3% ABV, 12 IBU), a light lager brewed with another pre-Prohibition recipe.
News: Note the new summer hours listed above.
Events: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded.
All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.
The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579
(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)
Beers: Maibock. The fourth beer in the Grasshopper’s short history, the Maibock (5.6% ABV, 39 IBU) went on tap last week. They sold out of their previous beers, Sunset Amber, 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.
Click the link above to check out the new Blue Grasshopper website, with updated lists of guest beers, a full menu, and a full music listing.
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: Team COOP Golden Ale, Bosque Pale Lager (Polly’s Pale Lager at San Mateo, see below for details), Oak-A-Scotia, Equinox S.M.A.S.H., Hop Chocolate Pale Ale, Summer Origins (Las Cruces only), My Cheating Tart (San Mateo and Nob Hill). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. The Pale Lager (5.4% ABV, 45 IBU) gets a rebranding as Polly’s Pale Lager at the San Mateo location only. For every pint sold there, $1 will go to Polly’s Run, a charity that donates to pancreatic cancer research. You can also buy commemorative glasses for $5, with all proceeds going to the charity. As for the beer description, they took a lager and then went with whirlpool and dry hop additions of El Dorado, Centennial, Citra, and 7C’s. The Team COOP Golden Ale (5% ABV, 20 IBU) is still available, though the charitable donation portion is now over. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations. Oak-A-Scotia is on nitro at all three locations. New this week are the Hop Chocolate (5.4% ABV, 30 IBU), which is a pale ale brewed with cocoa nibs added for a unique mix of the bitter hoppy and sweet chocolate. The new My Cheating Tart (5.1% ABV, 15 IBU) is a wheat-based beer made with the new Mandarina Bavaria hop.
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 Salute Your Schwarz, Wiener Munchner, Regal Squabble English IPA. The most recent addition to taps is Regal Squabble. The newest before that was the Wiener Munchner, another German-style beer as the name might imply. The Red Knuckle (4.7% ABV, 25 IBU) is still kicking. 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. The Irish Red has run out. We bid it adieu until next March.
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.
Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737
(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)
Beers: Irish Red, The Other Red, Hefeweizen, Dark American Lager, Saison, Big Red Fez, Boysenberry Wheat. The old fan favorite Boysenberry is back for another run. New are the Saison and Big Red Fez, a rich, malty Belgian Red Ale. The Dark American was a recent addition. The Hefeweizen (6.2% ABV, 14 IBU) is a good example of the classic style. The Other Red (5.6% ABV, 26 IBU) is quite tasty, just a tad different then the Irish Red, with a little more hop kick.
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.
Canteen will have more beers on tap for ABQ Beer Week, including the Hopspitality IPA.
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: Lemon Jester, Connect with MS Pale Ale, Munich Helles, Midas Well IPA. A recent addition is the light-but-flavorful Helles (5.2% ABV, 20 IBU). For the Connect, $1 from each pint sold will go to benefit the MS Society. The Midas Well (7.5% ABV, 88 IBU) was brewed with copious amounts of Amarillo and El Dorado hops. The Lemon Jester (4.9% ABV, 28 IBU) is the first in a line of four seasonal saisons that Chama will be releasing in the coming weeks/months. We will miss the Smoke Em Out, a delicious smoked porter that was here and gone too soon.
Events: Chama has a beer dinner coming up for ABQ Beer Week. We will have more details next week.
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: Helles, Bier De Garde, ESB, Amber, Chinook IPA, Black Beauty Stout, Irish Red, London Porter, Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. The most recent additions are the Helles, Black Beauty, and Cider. 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, ‘Merica Pale Ale. The description for ‘Merica (6.2% ABV, 45 IBU) is hilarious, but it is too long to print here. Go to the brewery, drink the beer, read its bio. The blast of hoppy goodness known as Father Nelson (10.6% ABV, 100+ IBU) is 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). 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 is a Gose.
Events: Group Therapy 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, 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.)
Beers: Both locations — Brett IPA, Double IPA, Choice Blanc, Imperial Red, Rauchbier; Downtown only — Jarrylo IPA, White Out, Weizenbock, Maibock. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The most recent additions are the Weizenbock (7% ABV) and Maibock (7% ABV). The Brett IPA (6.8% ABV, 93 IBU) and White Out (9% ABV, 40 IBU), Marble’s seventh anniversary ale, and both are also available in bombers. Other recent additions 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.
In events this week at the downtown pub, Tiffany Christopher performs tonight (Wednesday) from 5 to 8 p.m. The Noms take the stage Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Group Therapy performs Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday features Gipsy Moon from 8 to 11 p.m. Reviva! is back at Marble on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Tyler T. performs at the Westside Taproom on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. David Berkeley 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, T.N.G. Porter, Night at the Roggenbury. A recent addition is the T.N.G. (6% ABV, 30 IBU), a smoked porter. Make It So, Marzen might seem out of season, but in my personal opinion, quality German beers are year-round treats. Night at the Roggenbury, a collaboration beer with Turtle Mountain, is now available.
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.
News: Next up on the beer list is a Belgian Wit, in addition to the latest batch of Beam Me Up Scottish. The latter has quite the twist this time around, something we will have more details on in advance of its release during ABQ Beer Week.
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, Rosa’s 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 Rosa’s Gose. 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.
News: Next up on the beer front are Rauchweizen, Midnight Kolsch, and a Double IPA.
Events: There is live music at Ponderosa as Dos Pendejos perform Thursday at 6 p.m. The Bus Tapes will be live Saturday at 3 p.m.
Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
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, Baby Got Bock, Vanilla Cream Ale. The new Vanilla Cream should get you in a summer mood. For the first time, Red Door tapped a lager and it is excellent. The Baby Got Bock (7.5% ABV, 18 IBU) hits all the right maibock notes. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) was 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.
News: Take note of Red Door’s new summer schedule listed above.
Events: Tiffany Christopher performs live tonight (Wednesday) from 7 to 9.
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. The relegation battle will rage in the early game Saturday as Southampton’s bid for a Europa League spot collides with Aston Villa’s determination to avoid relegation.
Later that day, of course, is the St. Baldrick’s Day event that we listed in our intro above.
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.
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: Belgian Blonde, Barley Wine, Barnstorm Ale, Branding Iron DIPA, Goat Head Hador Doppelbock, Billy’s Basil IPA, Cowboy Blend Pale Coffee Stout (Wells Park only), C&C IPA (Nob Hill only), Ebony & Ivory (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 new guy debuting this Friday at both locations is the Belgian Blonde (6.5% ABV, 33 IBU). 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 Cowboy Blend (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU)is 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. The 2015 edition of the Barley Wine (9.5% ABV, 65 IBU) is a giant malt monster, not too boozy but just enough to remind you that a few of these will leave you babbling alone in the corner.
UPDATED >>> Events: Art Fusion for a Cause returns to Wells Park tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. Raffle proceeds will benefit CLN Kids.
The pLOUD Music Series is back at Wells Park as Burque Sol performs at 8 p.m. this Thursday.
This Saturday, Wells Park will host a rare ticketed event for a good cause. Beer & Bands for Better Sex Ed, an event to benefit Planned Parenthood, will cost $15. Merican Slang, Vision, and Beard will perform starting at 5:30 p.m. Erica Viking of Coyote 102.5 will be your host. You can also buy $45 tickets for a special VIP tour and tasting event that starts at 4:30 p.m. Contact Tractor for more info including how to buy tickets in advance.
The Beer and Bellies Open Dance is back this Tuesday at 8 p.m.
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) Kellerbock, Brohemian Pilsner, The B Word (ESB), Manneken 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. New this week is the Kellerbock, which replaces the Adrift IPA. The B Word, an ESB, and Manneken Pale Ale, a Belgian-style, are other recent additions.
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: Keenendrem, Friar Bacon’s Mild, Imperial Gose, Almanac. The Friar Bacon’s Mild is a modest dark ale. The Imperial Gose is on tap at Blue Corn in Santa Fe and at the ABQ Draft Station. The Keenendrem is a Belgian black ale brewed in collaboration with Duel. The Almanac is a dry-hopped farmhouse ale.
News: Brewer James Warren is dumping copious amounts of hops into a new American IPA that he says will be ready for the upcoming Outside Bike & Brew Festival. It will replace the Gose any day now when the last keg kicks.
A cranberry cream ale and an imperial red are next on the docket.
Events: Blue Corn is one of several Santa Fe-area establishments having beer dinners as part of the Outside Bike & Brew Festival this week. Don’t worry, Luke has everyone covered with all the info you need on every event.
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), Keenendrem. 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.
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, 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, Barrel-Aged Belgian Stout, Eldorado Pale Ale, Kidder Special Bitter, Pivotal IPA, British Mild. Welcome back to the Pivotal and British Mild, who rejoined the lineup this week. The Civil Rye came and went quickly, but you might still find some on tap at Tractor’s Nob Hill taproom. The Imperial Stout has also run out, which always makes us sad. The Pivotal IPA 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, Joe West and Santa Fe Revue play Friday. Saturday will feature Tiffany Christopher.
Over at the Railyard location, all music will be a part of the Outside Bike & Brew Festival.
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.
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