Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Remember how last week there were all of those awesome events going on and it almost seemed overwhelming? Sorry, it’s not easing up this week. The first round of the IPA Challenge is Saturday at the Draft Station in Santa Fe. In case you missed who qualified from the VIPA Challenge, just click there for our review of the event, including the 15 beers that advanced. If IPAs aren’t your thing, fear not, thirsty Santa Feans, for SFBC is hosting a release party for their newest beer, Santa Fe Gold, this Saturday. Oh, and before that, Blue Corn is having another Thursday at the Brewer’s Table, this time featuring their Barley Wine aged in Santa Fe Spirits’ Apple Brandy Barrels. This is another form of in-state collaboration we can get behind. Throw in all the New Mexico-made ciders and wines now being served at breweries across the state, and darn it, your gluten-free friends no longer have an excuse to not join you anymore. And just so no one thinks poor ABQ/Rio Rancho is being left out, check out’s Mini-Fest on the patio at Cazuela’s this Saturday. We will have a full preview of that posted later this week. Plus, a few of us might be in attendance.

Meanwhile, there are a few new beers around town this week. Bosque has tapped Departure, a new witbier, and the second entry in their Monsoon IPA Series, Red Dawn, is also due out any day now. Boxing Bear is going for the gold with their Title Clincher IPA, their NMIPAC entry. Canteen is aiming for the middle ground with their new Bombshell Red and Centennial Pale Ale. Chama River has turned over the taps with the arrival of Cherry Goodness, Lupulo Lager, and Radioactive IPA, which was the leading vote getter at the VIPA Challenge. La Cumbre is having a little fun with their NMIPAC entry, dubbing it Male Stripper, an obvious but good-natured jab at Bosque’s Scale Tipper. Turtle Mountain has their Pork & Brew Premium Lager on tap at the brewery, plus Cannon Fodder DIPA (which is not their NMIPAC entry, they hope to have that on tap soon).

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has unleashed Hoplon IPA, their NMIPAC entry. Santa Fe has the aforementioned Santa Fe Gold. Second Street has brought back Rod’s Best Bitter while also adding the Four Hour Lunch IPA (a four-hour lunch, that’s just a dream for most of us). Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row goes to the dark side with Black Point Stout.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of July 6.

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, 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 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 recently. 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, Old Man Jameson, Summer in Hallertau, Scotia on nitro, Scale Tipper IPA, The Last Straw (Nob Hill and Las Cruces), Departure (San Mateo only). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. New this week is the Departure (4.9% ABV, 12 IBU), a witbier made with orange peel, coriander, and Belgian yeast. Scale Tipper, the defending NMIPAC and National IPA champion, is on tap until supplies run out. 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 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. Coming soon is Red Dawn (5.5% ABV, 100 IBU), the second entry in the Monsoon IPA series. This red IPA was made with whole-leaf Azacca hops.

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) Rye Mouth, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, K.O. Kolsch, Salute Your Schwarz, Wiener Munchner, Sucker Punch DIPA, Title Clincher IPA. The most recent addition to taps is Title Clincher, Boxing Bear’s entry in the NMIPAC. Made with about 10 pounds of hops per barrel, this beer came in fifth at the VIPA, just one vote behind Marble. Not bad for their first showing in the NMIPAC. If that’s not enough hops for you, try Sucker Punch (8.1% ABV, 125 IBU), a monstrous, piney, resinous DIPA. The newest before that were the Rye Mouth, K.O. Kolsch, 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, Dark American Lager, Saison, Bombshell Red, Hoppyweizer, Marzen, Centennial Pale Ale. New this week are the Bombshell (5.6% ABV, 26 IBU), a sweet little red ale, and Centennial PA (6.2% ABV, 60 IBU), which has a nice backbone to balance out those hops. An old favorite, the Marzen (5.6% ABV, 22 IBU), also came back recently. The Hoppyweizer (6.1% ABV, 40 IBU) is a hopped-up wheat beer created in collaboration with the team at The Saison (5.5% ABV, 24 IBU) may be nearing the end of its run.

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 the Canteen. Claudio Tolousse Group plays Sunday at 3 p.m. and RagTime Dan will be on the patio Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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.

Events: Cazuela’s is teaming up with this Saturday for Mini-Fest on the patio. We will have more info later this week.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Schwarzbier, Cherry Tart, Lupulo Lager, Radioactive IPA. So who came in first at the VIPA? Why, that would be Radioactive, Chama’s annual nuclear blast of hoppy goodness. It is joined on tap this week by Cherry Tart, a tart cherry sour, and Lupulo Lager, an India Pale Lager, to be specific.

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. 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: Hop-Back Centennial Pale Ale, Acclimated DIPA, Fievre d’Abricot, State Fair Cream Ale, Male Stripper IPA. New this week is Male Stripper, La Cumbre’s entry in NMIPAC. Just in time for the heat, the refreshing Fievre d’Abricot is back on tap. Another big addition is the State Fair Cream Ale, which is the official beer of the New Mexico State Fair (and pretty darned tasty, if you ask the Crew members who wiped out a four-pack on July 4). Also, for all of you hopheads, the Acclimated is back. It is Elevated’s bigger, hoppier brother. 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: Live music is back this Saturday as Zoltan Orkestar performs at 7 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 — Imperial Red; Downtown only — DIPA, 111 Farmhouse; Westside only — Dang Pale Ale, Weizenbock, 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. It is out downtown but Marble’s Leah Black assures me it will be back soon due to popular demand. 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, Duke City Swampcoolers perform tonight (Wednesday) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Stanlie Kee takes the stage Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. The Blue Hornets perform Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Palomino Shakedown will be on the patio Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. DJ Halcyon will be spinning Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Kyle Martin performs tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 at the Westside Taproom. Russell James Pyle heads west on Friday from 6 to 9. He will be followed by The McCormicks 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 last 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: Live music is back this week as Keith Sanchez performs Thursday at 6 p.m. and Kenny y Los Jimmy’s, a collaboration band, plays Saturday at 5 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.

Live music is back this week with Lenin and McCarthy on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.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: Desert Heat DIPA, 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). The Desert Heat debuted last weekend. 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: Art Fusion for a Cause is back tonight (Wednesday) at Wells Park.

Quietly Kept will perform at Nob Hill on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Saturday at Wells Park, Cloudface will spin for the In the Mix Series at 9 p.m. Prior to that over at Nob Hill, Setting the Tone is back with DilesCielo performing at 5 p.m.

Doberman Rescue of New Mexico will sponsor Dancin’ with the Dobies on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Clik will handle the music.

Tuesday will feature the return of Poetry and Beer at 7 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, Manneken Pale Ale, Cannon Fodder DIPA, Pork & Brew Premium Lager. 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. New this week are the P&B Premium Lager, which as its name might imply was brewed for the recent Pork & Brew Festival. Cannon Fodder is a big old hop beast, but not actually Turtle’s NMIPAC entry. That should be on tap soon.

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, Hoplon IPA. The most recent addition is Hoplon, Blue Corn’s NMIPAC entry that came in sixth at VIPA. Before that they tapped 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 a Citra Pale Ale and Night Train Schwarzbier, an annual crowd favorite.

Events: The next Thursday at the Brewer’s Table is this Thursday. They are aging Barley Wine in Apple Brandy Barrels provided by Santa Fe Spirits. It kicks off at 6 p.m. and you can make reservations by calling the number above. It costs $40 per person. In addition to the Barley Wine, you get four beer cocktails paired with food — A Little “Sage” Advice paired with creamy bleu cheese with pear caviar and tomato granita shooter with chile-grilled shrimp; Oatmeal Stout Manhattan with roasted leg of lamb, herb demi, buttered new potatoes, and chile-stuffed asparagus; 40k Honey Wheat Sidewalker with local arugula & frisee tossed with sorrel vinaigrette with roasted beets, house-cured duck bacon, and lavash; and finally the BA Barley Wine with three special dessert bites. Luke is going to have a run a 10K after this is all said and done.

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 Gold. 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: This Saturday is the Santa Fe Gold release party for this newly canned session golden ale. There will be live music, a food truck, and more. We are pretty sure Luke and/or Julie will have this one covered for us.

$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.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Rod’s Best Bitter, Four Hour Lunch IPA, Latona Amber. An old favorite returns in Rod’s Best Bitter, while the Four Hour Lunch IPA is new to the lineup. The Latona Amber debuted last 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: On the live music front, the Thursday Patio Series at the original location continues all month with Jaka, followed by 50 Watt Whale on Friday and Gary Blackchild on Saturday.

Railyard music includes the Shiners Club Jazz Band on Friday, Alto Street Band on Saturday, and the Sunday Patio Series will feature Les Gens Bruyants all month.

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 Bitter, Hoppenheimer IPA, Black Point Stout. 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 four house beers on tap and some guest taps, the latter of which they tend to cycle through pretty quickly. New this week is the Black Point Stout, which is just screaming for us to come up and try it. Still available are the Posh Bitter (5.9% ABV, 54 IBU) and awesomely-named Hoppenheimer IPA (7.3% ABV, 67 IBU). 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..

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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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.


— Stoutmeister

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