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.
We all love summer, for many reasons, but let’s face it, we’re wimps in New Mexico. It hits 100 and we pretty much become useless (folks in Arizona are laughing, people in the humid zone are doing worse). Nonetheless, we do not like triple digits here, especially since it makes us sweaty and dehydrated and then we worry about drinking beer. Nothing, especially weather, should ever get between us and our beer. Thankfully, most of the breweries are nicely air conditioned, and many currently have summer-style beers on tap. From kolsches to pilsners to hefeweizens, there are a lot of beers considered summery. So we wanted to ask you, what are your favorites? They can be individual beers, or just a specific style or two. Is there a difference between, say, a hot day stuck in an office versus a day where for some ungodly reason you have to work outside? (Just ask Franz Solo, we’re just thankful he’s not dead right now.) Anyway, drop us a line at email@example.com or leave a comment somewhere — here, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
In a couple programming notes, I will be out of the state from the time you read this until Monday night (family wedding in Maine; yes, I will be at Allagash and will share pictures). So no major brewing news is allowed to break. You hear me, breweries? NO NEWS. Also, please welcome Los Alamos’ Bathtub Row Brewing to our listings. They will be down below alongside Socorro’s Twisted Chile. Slowly but surely we are re-expanding TWAIB back into other parts of the state outside Santa Fe and the ABQ metro area.
Meanwhile, there a few new beers around town this week. Albuquerque Brewing just tapped 505 Bananas, a saison. Blue Grasshopper has unleashed a Dunkel Weizen. La Cumbre taps a seasonal favorite, Fievre d’Abricot, this Thursday. The Dang Pale Ale came on tap late last week at Marble. Stage 1 IPA is now available at Ponderosa.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has brought back Imperial Gose and Friar Bacon’s Mild in a limited run after their medal wins at the North American Beer Awards. Santa Fe has Highland Heath and There She Gose on draft. Second Street has fresh batches of Railrunner Ale, Golden Ale, and the award-winning Rod’s Steam Bitter. Down in Socorro, 790 IPA and Quebradas Sunrise Amber are back on tap at Twisted Chile.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 22.
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: Imperial IPA, Red Ale. ABP carries beers from Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca. 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. Adam and I just got to try two new brews from Benjamin Couger that are on tap at ABP. The Imperial IPA is a big old blast of hops, but not the usual suspects like Simcoe or Centennial (at least, we didn’t think so). The Red Ale is a smooth, biscuit-y delight.
Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842
(Mon–Fri 1-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)
Beers: Barefoot in Barley, SuMariOatmeal Stout, Possessive IPA, 505 Bananas (Saison). 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 often guest taps, plus the plan is to have at least one beer on a nitro tap at all times. For more info on ABC, you can check out my advance preview. The Barefoot is a S.M.A.S.H. beer made with Chinook hops. The 505 Bananas is a saison with an obvious flavor kick, but let it warm up and you will taste the pepper hints. Brewer Mike Marsh said he is still tinkering with that one as it is using a new yeast strain. The SMO Stout can be enjoyed in summer or winter.
News: Take note of the new hours listed above.
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, Pre-Prohibition IPA. The Ladron’s finally went back on tap recently. 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. The Pre-Prohibition IPA is back for another run.
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: Dunkel Weizen. The Dunkel Weizen went on tap this week. BG goes through their beers fast, so hurry out to try it. 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 a Belgian-style IPA. They are also working on opening a patio soon and will have Cherry Bomb, which has been aging for six months, on tap to celebrate once it is open.
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: Cirrus DIPA, EKG Pale Ale, The Last Straw, Old Man Jameson, Summer in Hallertau, Scotia on nitro, Bosque Pale Lager (Las Cruces only), Hop Chocolate Pale Ale (Las Cruces only). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. The most recent addition is Cirrus DIPA (8% ABV, 100 IBU), a beautifully burly hop bomb that kicks off the Monsoon IPA series for the summer. Look for three more specialty IPAs in the weeks to come. If you need less hops, try the Summer in Hallertau (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), a pale ale made with a slew of European noble hops. The Pale Lager (5.4% ABV, 45 IBU) was brewed as a traditional lager and then they went with dry hop additions of El Dorado, Centennial, Citra, and 7C’s during the whirlpool. Riverwalker IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU) is now the permanent IPA on tap at all Bosque locations. The other seasonals are the EKG Pale (5% ABV, 25 IBU), The Last Straw (5% ABV, 12 IBU), a hefeweizen, and Hop Chocolate (5.4% ABV, 30 IBU), a pale ale brewed with cocoa nibs added for a unique mix of the bitter hoppy and sweet chocolate. Welcome back to the Old Man Jameson (5.2% ABV, 18 IBU), a Scottish export ale. Scotia, Jameson’s big brother, is now on nitro at all three locations.
Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. This week’s beer is EKG Pale Ale.
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) Rye Mouth, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, K.O. Kolsch, Salute Your Schwarz, Wiener Munchner, Regal Squabble English IPA, Sucker Punch DIPA. The most recent addition to taps is Sucker Punch, a monstrous, piney, resinous DIPA checking in at 8.1-percent ABV and about 125 IBU. The newest before that were the Rye Mouth, K.O. Kolsch, Regal Squabble, and Wiener Munchner, another German-style beer as the name might imply. 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: Rob Van Winkle Stout, Xico (Chico) Suave, FREDD’s Apple Ale, Stinky Pinky Hefeweizen. Thank you to new Crew Bullpen member Laura for sending us an updated seasonal list. The Stinky Pinky (5.4% ABV) is a popular grapefruit hefe. The FREDD’s (5.2% ABV) is a hybrid of a cider and an American Ale. The Xico (6% ABV) is a spiced beer. The Rob Van Winkle (5.7% ABV) is a vanilla stout. Take note, 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, Hefeweizen, Dark American Lager, Saison, Big Red Fez, Hops-pitality IPA, Hoppyweizer, Marzen, Raspberry Lime Wheat. An old favorite, the Marzen (5.6% ABV, 22 IBU), is back, and the new Raspberry Lime Wheat (4% ABV, 12 IBU) is selling fast, so go get some if you like the style. The Hoppyweizer (6.1% ABV, 40 IBU) is a hopped-up wheat beer created in collaboration with the team at ABQBeer.com. Other recent additions are the Saison (5.5% ABV, 24 IBU) and Big Red Fez (7.6% ABV, 22 IBU), a rich, malty Belgian Red Ale. The Hefeweizen (6.2% ABV, 14 IBU) is a good example of the classic style. Hops-pitality (7.3% ABV, 80 IBU) was brewed for Beer Week, so it might not last much longer.
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.
Events: Live music is back at Canteen. Keith Sanchez will perform Sunday afternoon, followed by Eryn Bent on Tuesday night.
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. I also recommend the Primo, a solid English-style brown ale that I finally got to try at Blues & Brews.
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: Magic Mullet Cream Ale, Red River Ale, Chamahawk Xtra Pale Ale, Sage Saison. Magic Mullet (5.7% ABV, 18 IBU) is another example of a great summer-style beer. The Chamahawk and Red River are also back just in time for the season. The new Sage Saison (6% ABV, 20 IBU) is the latest entry in the summer of saison at Chama.
Events: The next beer dinner at Chama River is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and you can still reserve a spot now by calling the number above. It costs $45 per person and the pairings are as follows — Bib Lettuce Salad with Broken Spoke Honey Wheat, Ceviche with Copper John Pale Ale, Cornish Hen with Sage Saison, Wagyu Beef Short Ribs with Red River Ale, Cajeta with Tart Cherry Sour.
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, Aye Aye IPA, Black Beauty Stout, London Porter, Jaison, Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. The most recent addition is Aye Aye, which owner Dana Koller described as the biggest IPA that Kaktus has ever brewed and one they will enter in the IPA Challenge. The Jaison is a special saison, offering up a tangy, spicy medley of flavor. The Black Beauty is a sweet, creamy stout that is not too thick for the warming weather (well, we assume the weather is going to warm up here at some point). 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: Saison D’Hommel, Hop-Back Centennial Pale Ale, Acclimated DIPA, Fievre d’Abricot. Just in time for the heat, the refreshing Fievre d’Abricot will be back on tap this Thursday. Pair with a pie from Adoughbe Pizza on the patio (once it is shady) and you will be in a state of beervana. Also, for all of you hopheads, the Acclimated is back. It is Elevated’s bigger, hoppier brother. Another recent addition is an old favorite in Saison D’Hommel. Got an update from La Cumbre brewer/owner Jeff Erway. They are working hard on cranking out some new seasonals on the new brewhouse, but it may be a little while. The first new one is the Hop-Back Centennial, which is the first in a planned series of Hop-Back pale ales, assuming Jeff can get his hands on lots of whole leaf hops. In the interim, you can also look for a lot of special beers to be brought out of the cellar for your enjoyment. 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.
Events: Jade Masque 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: Long Nosed Tripel, Legless DIPA, Oak Smoked Wheat, Apricot Wheat. Adam checked in from Lizard Tail on Tuesday night with an updated seasonal list. The Long Nosed (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is one of the biggest beers on the menu. The Legless (8.5% ABV, 100 IBU) offers up quite the hop kick. The Oak Smoked Wheat (3.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is basically the renamed Gratzer from before. The Apricot Wheat (5.3% ABV, 10 IBU) fits the summer weather.
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 — Dang Pale Ale, White Out, Imperial Red; Downtown only — Fuego, Weizenbock, Maibock, Rauchbier; Westside only — none. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The new Dang PA (5.2% ABV) was made with wildflower honey and Curacao orange peel. Fuego is a chipotle-infused version of the Rauchbier. The most recent additions before that were the Weizenbock (7% ABV) and Maibock (7% ABV). The White Out (9% ABV, 40 IBU), Marble’s seventh anniversary ale, is also available in bombers. The Rauchbier (5.2% ABV) is a smoky delight.
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 live music this week at the downtown pub, The Fabulous Martini Tones perform tonight (Wednesday) from 5 to 8 p.m. Odd Dog will take the stage Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. The Dirty Shades perform Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday features Wagogo from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by Cali Shaw Band from 8 to 11 p.m. Reviva! has a Sunday performance set from 2 to 5 p.m.
Dos Pendejos performs tonight from 6 to 9 at the Westside Taproom. They will be followed by Jimmy’s Famjamly from 6 to 9 on Friday. Bosque Blues 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: T.N.G. Porter, Night at the Roggenbury, Q’s Omnipotent Wit, Prosperity Works Belgian Scottish. For someone who once said she was not good at naming beers, Kaylynn has come a long way with the various Star Trek-themed names, the latest being Q’s Omnipotent Wit, a new Belgian-style witbier. Another recent addition is the T.N.G. (6% ABV, 30 IBU), an excellent smoked porter that is not overwhelmingly smoky. Night at the Roggenbury, a collaboration beer with Turtle Mountain, is still available. The Belgian Scottish was the Beam Me Up Scottish made with Belgian yeast. One dollar from each pint sold goes to Prosperity Works, a local charity.
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: Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, ESB, Tropical IPA, Amarillo Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, PiPA. We got an updated beer list at last! Now we will have to go over try some of these. The Bourbon Vanilla Porter is an old favorite amongst the Crew. It would be nice to see how the Pre-Pro Pilsner compares to Back Alley’s past offering of that style. The Tropical IPA and Amarillo Red also call to us. 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. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens.
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) The Phantom Conductor II, Zwickel Pils, Brunch Stout, Rosa’s Gose, Midnight Kolsch, Bavarian Belle, Rauchweizen, Stage 1 IPA. 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 Midnight Kolsch (4.3% ABV, 24 IBU) looks like a dark lager but still tastes like a sweet, light kolsch. The second version of the Phantom Conductor DIPA (8.2% ABV, 110 IBU) is still a big old hop bomb. If you are looking for something lighter, the Zwickel (4.7% ABV, 42 IBU) and Bavarian Belle (4.8% ABV, 15 IBU), a hefeweizen, should fit with the warming weather. The Brunch Stout (4.4% ABV, 40 IBU) and Rosa’s Gose (4.7% ABV, 15 IBU) offer up totally different flavor experiences. The smoky Rauchweizen (5.3% ABV, 17 IBU) earned high grades from folks when it debuted during ABQ Beer Week.
News: Next up on the beer front is a Barley Wine.
We just had an interview with new brewer Andrew Krosche. His first beer, Stage 1 IPA (6.2% ABV, 95 IBU), is now on tap.
Events: There is live music at Ponderosa as The Bus Tapes perform Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Josh Johnson then takes the stage Saturday from 5 to 8 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) Broken Arrow Pale Ale, Vanilla Cream Ale. The new Vanilla Cream should get you in a summer mood. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) was made with just Equinox hops for a rather unique, yet multi-faceted, flavor profile.
News: Take note of Red Door’s new summer schedule listed above.
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.
There is also yoga at the brewery every Sunday at 11 a.m.
Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970
(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)
Beers: Call the brewery for an updated list. We’re still trying to get a current beer list from SCG. If we get one, we’ll update this.
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.)
Beers: Barnstorm Ale, C+C IPA, Farmhouse Saison, Barley Wine, Tupac Cali Red, Dry Apple Cider, Pear Cider, Berry Cider, Sour Cherry Cider, Half-Acre Hefe (Wells Park only), Belgian Blonde (Nob Hill only), Goat Head Hador Doppelbock (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, Half-Acre Hefe (6.2% ABV, 10 IBU) is back just in time for summer. The popular Tupac Cali Red (6% ABV) is also back for a second run. Another recent addition is the Saison (7% ABV, 25 IBU), an old world-style beer brewed with lemon and orange peel. That followed the Belgian Blonde (6.5% ABV, 33 IBU). We’re sensing a theme this spring. 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. And if you have friends who are living the gluten-free life, you can take them with you to Tractor and let them choose between five ciders, the standard Apple Hard Cider and four new seasonals in the Dry Apple, Pear, Berry, and Sour Cherry.
Events: The pLOUD Music Series is back Thursday at Wells Park as Alien Space Kitchen performs at 8 p.m.
Saturday at Wells Park, BuddhaFunk will spin for the In the Mix Series at 9 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.
Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.
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. The most recent addition 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: Midnight Red, Bogged Down, Imperial Gose, Friar Bacon’s Mild. The most recent addition is Midnight Red, a big old beast of an imperial red that is just a huge dose of happy. Bogged Down, a cranberry cream ale, is on tap for those who can’t take the big hops. The Mild and Gose are back for a limited time.
News: Blue Corn brewer James Warren said next up are Orogrande (6% ABV), a golden ale, and their entry in the upcoming IPA Challenge, which they made with 60 pounds of hops.
Events: The next Thursday at the Brewer’s Table is July 9. They are aging Barley Wine in Apple Brandy Barrels provided by Santa Fe Spirits.
Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301
(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)
Beers: Marcel (Witbier), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Printemps (Imperial Saison), Tantalus (Golden Sour). 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. Marcel and Dark Ryder are 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: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Highland Heath, Santa Fe Session, There She Gose. The third entry in the ECS (Ever Changing Series) is now available on tap and in bombers in the form of Highland Heath, a barrel-aged Scottish ale that is just heavenly. Available in limited supply at the brewery are the Session and There She Gose. 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, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Railrunner Pale Ale, Pivotal IPA, Red Comet, Golden Ale. Welcome back to the popular Steam, Railrunner, and Golden, which all rejoined the lineup this week. The Pivotal and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans. Though it is not on tap, Adam and I got to try some more of the Barrel-Aged Belgian Stout they have waiting in the brewery. It was quite delicious.
Events: Live music is back this week at both locations. At the original location, Detroit Lightning, a Grateful Dead tribute band, plays their final show on Thursday. The Bill Hearne Trio plays Friday. Saturday will feature the MVIII Jazz Trio.
Over at the Railyard location, Bus Tapes will take the stage Friday. Todd and the Fox will perform Saturday. Sunday will feature The Shiners Club Jazz Band.
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
Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381
(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Wit Rock, Little Bird Blonde, Second Base. Please welcome Bathtub Row to The Week Ahead in Beer! We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. They currently have three house beers on tap and five guest taps, the latter of which they tend to cycle through pretty quickly. The Wit Rock (5.2% ABV, 15 IBU) is a classic witbier with chamomile, orange peel, and coriander, perfect for the hot weather. Little Bird Blonde (5.6% ABV, 35 IBU) is an American-style golden ale. Second Base (6.5% ABV, 50 IBU) is a pale ale that doubled up on the dry hop with Zythos and Azzaca.
Events: Bathtub Row hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6 p.m.
There will be a “rockin’ release party” coming up in August when they have their full lineup of beers. Guess I know when the Crew will be heading up. Join us!
Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)
Beers: Venom IPA, KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Schwarzbar Black Lager, Maibock, McFadden Scotch, OrgasBerry Wheat, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Quebradas Sunrise Amber. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beers on tap are the Venom IPA, Zia Pilsner, McFadden Scotch, and OrgasBerry Wheat. The Irish Stout came in third in our Stout Challenge.
News: Please note the new summer hours listed above.
The next beers due out are the Hose Co. 1 Red Lager and a yet-to-be-named Black IPA.
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