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.
Another holiday weekend is upon us, which means lots and lots of things are going on. Take note that a few places are going to close early Saturday, such as Bosque San Mateo and Nexus at 5 p.m. So get those growlers filled early and then head off to watch the fireworks. If any other breweries decide to close early, we will do our best to update you all via social media this weekend. Beyond that, in case you missed our post Wednesday afternoon, Bosque is having a release party for Scale Tipper on tap and in bombers tonight (Thursday) from 6 to 9 p.m. at their Nob Hill Public House. Pork & Brew is kicking off in Rio Rancho on Friday with Cazuela’s, Kaktus, Red Door, and Turtle Mountain all participating. We hope to have some beer lineups posted soon when they are made available. The event runs through Sunday and we had a little preview posted earlier in June if you need more info. Then, to cap the weekend, how about the VIPA Challenge? The preliminary round of the annual three-stage event will feature 25 IPA samples that must be whittled down to 14. We will have an extended preview posted later today with all the details you need. Tickets (a.k.a. Enthusiast Memberships) are still available online!
Meanwhile, there are a few new beers around town this week. Albuquerque Brewing has added Golden Oak, with 3222 Wheat and Southside Pale Ale due up any day now. Chama River has harnessed the power of Schwarzbier. La Cumbre will tap their State Fair Cream Ale today. Marble has brought back the popular 111 Farmhouse. Ponderosa has a slew of new beers including Bellamah Brown, American Wheat, and Raspberry Gose. Tractor’s Berliner Weisse is back for another summer run.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has Orogrande on tap now and any day will be putting their IPA Challenge entry on tap as well. Duel goes big again with Cezanne Magnifique, a barrel-aged imperial saison. Santa Fe tapped Simcoe Pale Ale. Second Street has a fresh batch of Latona Amber. Up in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row has floated the new Posh IPA and Hoppenheimer IPA (which might win our beer name of the year award).
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 29.
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: SuMariOatmeal Stout, Possessive IPA, 505 Bananas (Saison), Golden Oak. 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 new Golden Oak is the regular IPA that has been barrel-aged for a unique twist. 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: Due out any day are the 3222 Wheat and Southside Pale Ale.
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 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 last 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: EKG Pale Ale, The Last Straw, Old Man Jameson, Summer in Hallertau, Scotia on nitro, Scale Tipper IPA (all locations by Friday), Cirrus DIPA (San Mateo and Nob Hill), Bosque Pale Lager (Las Cruces only). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. Scale Tipper will return with a release party tonight (Thursday) at Nob Hill. It will then be tapped at the other two locations Friday. Bombers of Scale Tipper will be on sale at all three locations. Before that, the most recent addition was 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) and The Last Straw (5% ABV, 12 IBU), a hefeweizen. 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.
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, Schwarzbier, Chamahawk Xtra Pale Ale, Sage Saison. Magic Mullet (5.7% ABV, 18 IBU) is another example of a great summer-style beer. The Schwarzbier replaced the Red River Ale this week. The Sage Saison (6% ABV, 20 IBU) is the latest entry in the summer of saison at Chama.
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, State Fair Cream Ale. Just in time for the heat, the refreshing Fievre d’Abricot is back on tap. New to taps starting today (Thursday) is the State Fair Cream Ale. 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. The Hop-Back Centennial is the first in a planned series of Hop-Back pale ales, assuming Jeff can get his hands on lots of whole leaf hops. 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: There is no live music this Saturday due to the holiday.
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, Weizenbock, Imperial Red; Downtown only — DIPA, 111 Farmhouse; Westside only — White Out. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The popular 111 Farmhouse (7.2% ABV) is back for another summer run. The Dang PA (5.2% ABV) was made with wildflower honey and Curacao orange peel. The Weizenbock (7% ABV) fits the season nicely. The White Out (9% ABV, 40 IBU), Marble’s seventh anniversary ale, is also available in bombers.
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, Cranford Hollow performs tonight (Thursday) from 7 to 10 p.m. Ziatron performs Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. The Saturday show this week is an early one as Zoltan Orkestar performs from 2 to 5 p.m.
Funk Tractor performs Friday from 6 to 9 at the Westside Taproom. They will be followed by Eryn Bent from 6 to 9 on Saturday.
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) Midnight Kolsch, Rauchweizen, Stage 1 IPA, Collaboration Cream, Bellamah Brown, American Wheat, Raspberry 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). There was a big tap turnover this week at Ponderosa. Gone are the Brunch Stout, Zwickel Pils, Phantom Conductor II, Rosa’s Gose, and Bavarian Belle. The good news is there are three newcomers and one returnee in the lineup. Back for a second run is the Collaboration Cream (4.5% ABV, 25 IBU), which was made with help from the staff at Anodyne. New are the Bellamah Brown (5% ABV, 30 IBU), American Wheat (5.2% ABV, 16 IBU), and Raspberry Gose (5.5% ABV, 15 IBU). The Midnight Kolsch (4.3% ABV, 24 IBU) looks like a dark lager but still tastes like a sweet, light kolsch. 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 (6.3% ABV, 96 IBU), is now on tap.
Events: There is no live music listed this week.
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.
Live music is back this week with The Real Matt Jones tonight (Thursday) from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by Felix y Los Gatos on Monday from 7 to 9.
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: C+C IPA, Farmhouse Saison, Barley Wine, Tupac Cali Red, Half-Acre Hefe, Berliner Weisse, Dry Apple Cider, Pear Cider, Berry Cider, Sour Cherry Cider, Goat Head Hador Doppelbock (Nob Hill only). Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is back at both locations. Half-Acre Hefe (6.2% ABV, 10 IBU) has also returned 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. 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 Thirsty Thursday Music Series is back at Wells Park as Nick Pena performs at 8 p.m.
Saturday at Wells Park, DJ Clout will spin for the In the Mix Series at 9 p.m.
Tuesday will feature the return of Music For What ALES You with Casey Mraz 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. So yes, that is this Monday.
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, Orogrande. The most recent addition is Orogrande (6% ABV), a golden ale. Midnight Red is 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.
News: Blue Corn brewer James Warren said next up are their entry in the upcoming IPA Challenge, which they made with 60 pounds of hops, and a Citra Pale Ale.
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. We will have more on this event next week.
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), Cezanne Magnifique (Barrel-Aged Imperial Saison). The Stille of the Night debuted at WinterBrew to plenty of acclaim from the folks in attendance. The Cezanne Printemps promises to keep up the tradition of big, big beers from Duel, while the barrel-aged Magnifique is probably even bigger. 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, Simcoe Pale Ale. 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 Simcoe PA. 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, Golden Ale, Latona Amber. The Latona Amber is the newcomer this week. The Steam Bitter won a gold medal at the 2014 GABF. 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, the Thursday Patio Series kicks off tonight with Jaka. Cloacas plays Friday. Saturday will feature the Swing Soleil.
Over at the Railyard location, Howl and Pine will take the stage Friday. The Gunsels will perform Saturday. Sunday will feature a Patio Series with Les Gens Bruyants.
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: Little Bird Blonde, Posh IPA, Hoppenheimer IPA. 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 four guest taps, the latter of which they tend to cycle through pretty quickly. They also cycled through two house beers last week as the Wit Rock and Second Base Pale Ale were wiped out by thirsty folks. To replace them, the Posh IPA (5.9% ABV, 54 IBU) and awesomely-named Hoppenheimer IPA (7.3% ABV, 67 IBU) are now available. The Posh is a more traditional English-style IPA, while the Hoppenheimer figures to be an almost permanent addition to the lineup as Bathtub Row’s flagship IPA.
Events: Bathtub Row hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6 p.m., except this week when Trainwreck Blues Band takes the stage.
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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