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.
We all know that Tractor is one of the most active breweries in the community, particularly through their Beer for a Better Burque campaign. Every month Tractor raises money for four charities — Animal Humane NM, Blackout Theater Company, Harwood Arts Center, Health Action NM — through pint sales and special growlers. Taking things one step further this week, Tractor is having a parking lot party this Saturday at Wells Park beginning at 4 p.m. There will be four bands performing, with each band assigned one of the charities. The band voted upon as the crowd’s favorite will then have its designated charity receive an extra $500. Those bands are a quartet of local standouts, Merican Slang, Mondo Vibrations, Red Light Cameras, and Youngsville. They will all perform on the south patio, with food trucks and a beer garden out in the parking lot. Because this is a charitable event, it is not free, but it is by no means expensive. You can purchase your tickets online for $8 or pay $10 at the door. Your entry fee will get you two votes, so if you consider two bands to be equal, you can split ’em, or double up on your favorite. So head on out for some great music and beer and remember, it is all for a good cause. Hey, sometimes we all need to balance the cosmic scales by giving back. This is a great time to do it.
Meanwhile, there are a few new beers worth checking out around town. Albuquerque Brewing has Brown Eyes on nitro, plus a new Belgian ale. Bosque has tapped the smooth Bucketmouth Lager, plus the Thunderhead Black IPA. Canteen has brought back their Saison and Dark American Lager. Kaktus has kicked up the new Darkness Falls Stout, Berna Brown, and Wit. Marble listened to the crowds and has brought back Dang Pale Ale. Turtle Mountain is staying up late with After Midnight.
Up in Santa Fe, Second Street tapped fresh batches of British Mild and Boneshaker Bitter, plus the new Agua Fria Apricot.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 9.
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, Cherry Sour. 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. The new addition is a Cherry Sour, the first sour ever produced by the folks at RG/SB.
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: Possessive IPA, SuMariOatmeal Stout, 505 Bananas (Saison), Brown Eyes, Belgian Ale. 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. New this week are Brown Eyes, which is served on nitro, and the Belgian 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, Oak-Aged Pre-Prohibition IPA, Ryejus Red, Soroche IPA. An old favorite returns in the Soroche. The oak-aged version of the Pre-Pro IPA is now available. The Ryejus is also a recent addition.
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: Scale Tipper IPA, Pink Elephants on Parade, Bucketmouth Lager (San Mateo and Nob Hill), Thunderhead Black IPA (San Mateo and Nob Hill), Cumulus 2.0 (Nob Hill and Las Cruces), Farm and Cherry (Las Cruces only), Summer Stout (also on nitro at Nob Hill and Las Cruces). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. You all have to be wondering what the heck is Pink Elephants on Parade (5.5% ABV, 12 IBU). Well, it earned this awesome description from the Bosque staff: “Enough with the fruit nuance, put it out in front! Packed with raspberry and cranberry puree, this American-style wheat ale clocks in at just over a one pound of fruit per gallon! On top of the fruity flavor contributions, the fruit adds a slight sweetness and tartness. Unfiltered, medium-full bodied, and colored with a Sandia sunset.” Bucketmouth Lager (4.4% ABV, 20 IBU) debuted this week. The third entry in the Monsoon IPA Series, Cumulus 2.0 (7.3% ABV, 90 IBU), is available while supplies last. It is a wheat/IPA hybrid modeled after one of the original beers in the Bosque lineup. The fourth and final entry in that series, Thunderbird Black IPA (6.5% ABV, 90 IBU), is rolling out this week. Scale Tipper, the two-time NMIPAC winner and current National IPA champion, is on tap until supplies run out. Farm and Cherry is a tart little sour, but not overly sour, so regular folks can drink it, too.
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 their second straight NM IPA Challenge with Scale Tipper. Earlier this year, Bosque also claimed the Brewing News National IPA Challenge with Scale Tipper. It marks the second year in a row a New Mexico brewery won the NIPAC, following La Cumbre’s Project Dank taking the title last year.
The Bosque Public House is now open, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also opened a taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.
Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.
Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327
(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Beers: (Regular) Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Uppercut IPA, Apple Bear Hard Cider; (Seasonal) Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, Black and Blue Sour, Sucker Punch DIPA, Title Clincher IPA, Umbers Cucumbers, Cream Pale. The most recent additions to taps are Cream Pale, a hybrid of the two styles, and Umbers Cucumbers, which as the name might imply is a cucumber beer. It got high marks from the hopheads, believe it or not, during the NMIPAC. There are also plans to try and put the Cream Pale on nitro by week’s end. Prior to that, Boxing Bear unleashed the Black and Blue Sour, a purple-colored delight that does not overpower like sours often do. Title Clincher was made with about 10 pounds of hops per barrel; it came in seventh. 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 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. This seasonal list may already be out of date, so call the brewery for an updated 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, English Summer Ale, Rapsberry Lime Wheat, Knights of the Canteen, Saison, Dark American Lager. The most recent additions are the Saison and Dark American Lager, back for another run. Before that came Raspberry Lime Wheat, Knights of the Canteen, a hoppy little ale, and English Summer.
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: Alex Maryol Duo will perform Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. on the patio. Cali Shaw will follow on Tuesday from 6 to 9 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.
Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Lupulo Lager, Pan Am Pale Ale, Oxbow ESB, Woot! Saison. Got a chance to try three of the CRBC seasonals last week and none of them disappointed. Lupulo (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU), an IPL, and Pan Am (6.3% ABV, 65 IBU) offer up different but tasty hop profiles. The Oxbow (6% ABV, 33 IBU) is smooth and a little biscuity, but not overly sweet. New this week is Woot! Saison, so I guess I will have to go back soon. Darn. All in all, an excellent lineup.
Distillery 365 — (505) 221-6281
(Hours Mon-Thu 3-9 p.m., Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun 11-8 p.m.)
Beers: 365 ESB, 4th of July American Ale. Welcome to the listings, Distillery 365! They are located at 2921 Stanford Dr., just south of Candelaria and not far from La Cumbre and Canteen. The 4th of July is their first beer to highlight the native Neomexicanus hops. It is a highly aromatic strong ale with very little bitterness. The ESB a simple English ale. This second batch offers up more flavor from the hops and malts. They are also serving their house-made Holy Ghost Vodka and Horsethief Rum, a 100-percent molasses-based silver rum, plus guest taps from Red Door.
Events: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Distillery 365 has a build-your-own bloody mary bar. You can purchase three bloodies for just $20.
Distillery 365 is hosting an outdoor movie night this Friday. They will be showing Pulp Fiction at 8 p.m. with no cover. Bring your own chair, if you wish, since places to sit could disappear fast.
News: Barrel No. 1 of their Tres Pistolas Bourbon has been filled, but it’ll be another two years before anyone can drink it. Good things come to those who wait, I suppose.
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: Darkness Falls Stout, London Porter, Honk Ale, Yard Sale IPA, Tasty Red, Berna Brown, Wit, Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. The most recent additions to the Darkness Falls Stout, Berna Brown, and Wit. They join old favorites like London Porter, Honk Ale, Yard Sale IPA, Tasty Red, and the Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.
News: 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.
Events: 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: Acclimated DIPA, Fievre d’Abricot, State Fair Cream Ale, Male Stripper IPA, BEER. The most recent addition is BEER (4.6% ABV, 25 IBU), an American pilsner that is perfect for beating the late summer heat. Male Stripper was La Cumbre’s entry in NMIPAC. 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 has run out, but fear not, for it was only 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 Odd Dog performs 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, Irish Red. Adam checked in from Lizard Tail recently 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. The Irish Red was added more recently, Lizard Tail said on Facebook.
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.
Happy first anniversary to Lizard Tail! They will be celebrating this Saturday. We will have more information soon.
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739
(Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Both locations — Imperial Red, Double IPA, Hieronymus; Downtown only — Dang Pale Ale; Westside only — Weizenbock. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The Hieronymus (4.5% ABV) was brewed in collaboration with Sun King Brewing. It is kettle-soured and and dry-hopped for a truly unique beer. Dang Pale Ale returns by popular demand this week.
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 Plateros perform tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. Le Chat Lunatique takes the stage Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Porter Draw performs Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday will feature The Noms from 8 to 11 p.m. There will even be music on Sunday as We Came to Cumbia performs from 5 to 8 p.m.
Charles Johnson performs tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 at the Westside Taproom. The Shacks and Quietly Kept head west on Friday from 6 to 9, followed by Seth Hoffman on Saturday, also from 6 to 9.
Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Prosperity Works Belgian Scottish, Extra IPA, U.S.S. Saaz. The most recent addition is the Saaz (6.4% ABV, 30 IBU), which replaces the T.N.G. Porter. As the name might imply, the Saaz is a single-hop beer made with, you guessed it, Czech Saaz hops. Also still on tap is the Belgian Scottish, which used the Beam Me Up Scottish recipe but with Belgian yeast. One dollar from each pint sold goes to Prosperity Works, a local charity. Another recent addition is Extra IPA (7.5% ABV, 100 IBU), which should appease all the thirsty hopheads.
Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.
News: The recent renovation/remodel at Nexus is complete and they are fully open for business.
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: ESB, Tropical IPA, Amarillo Red, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, PiPA, Challenge IPA. The most recent addition is the Challenge IPA, which as you might guess was Pi’s NMIPAC entry. The Bourbon Vanilla Porter is an old favorite amongst the Crew. 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) Rauchweizen, Bellamah Brown, American Wheat, Rosa’s Gose, Lemongrass Pale Ale, Blanco Bock, Offbeat Wheat. 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 Blanco Bock (6.3% ABV, 40 IBU) and the Offbeat Wheat (5.2% ABV, 16 IBU) were the most recent additions. The latter is a modified version of the standard American Wheat with raspberries added. Also on tap are the Bellamah Brown (5% ABV, 30 IBU), American Wheat (5.2% ABV, 16 IBU), and Rosa’s Gose (4.7% ABV, 16 IBU). 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.
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, Ryeson Sun Saison. The most recent addition is the Ryeson, which has to be the first rye saison we have ever of. The 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.
Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast, now with Barclays Premier League soccer on the telly! 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: Son Ranger Irish Red, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen, Rio Negro Milk Stout, Rattlesnake IPA. These are the four core beers of SCG’s lineup, though we cannot guarantee they are on tap at all times. Give them a call to check and see which beers are available.
Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), (505) 243-6752 (Wells Park)
(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight. Last call 30 minutes before close. No package after midnight. Brewery tours Saturday at 1 p.m.)
UPDATED >>>> Beers: Javi Lager, The Ruggles, Tupac Cali Red, Berliner Weisse, Barley Wine (Wells Park only), Dry Apple Cider, Pear Cider. The most recent additions are the old-favorite Javi Lager (5% ABV, 20 IBU) and the Ruggles (4.4% ABV), a California Common-style beer that’s sweet and light and great for beating the heat. Actually, they both fit that sessionable description. Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is back at both locations. The popular Tupac Cali Red (6% ABV) is also back for a second run. 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 four ciders, the standard Apple Hard Cider and two new seasonals in the Dry Apple and Pear.
Events: Art Fusion for a Cause is back at Wells Park tonight (Wednesday) at 8 p.m. The pLOUD Music Series returns to Wells Park on Thursday with Roger Jameson on stage at 8 p.m. DJ Clout will spin for the Pack That Tap Room Party on Friday at 8 p.m. at Wells Park. Saturday will feature the BBBands Non-Profit Fundraiser (see our intro above).
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) Cannon Fodder DIPA, Care Bear Stare IPA, Cucumbersome Kosmonaut Kolsch, After Midnight. 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. The most recent addition is the Cucumbersome Kosmonaut Kolsch, which as the name might imply is a cucumber-infused version of the popular Kosmonaut. Cannon Fodder is a big old hop beast, but was not actually Turtle’s NMIPAC entry. That was the Care Bear Stare, which we have to admit, might be the strangest name for a beer we have seen in a while. And that is saying a lot in this state. The new addition this week is After Midnight, a schwarzbier dosed with black currant berries.
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: Orogrande, Citra Pale Ale, Imperial Stout, Barleywine. The most recent addition is the Citra PA (6.1% ABV, 55 IBU), a single-hopped delight. Before that they tapped Orogrande (6% ABV), a golden ale. Blue Corn has brought Imperial Stout and Barleywine kegs out of the cellar to fill in until the next pair of seasonals are ready.
News: Blue Corn brewer James Warren said next up are the Night Train Schwarzbier, an annual crowd favorite, and HALT!-bier.
Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301
(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)
Beers: Hair of the Wolf, Manikin (Scotch Ale), Marcel (Witbier), 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), Cezanne Magnifique (Barrel-Aged Imperial Saison), Ara Pacis (Barrel-Aged Imperial Golden Sour). 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. The Hair of the Wolf was brewed to benefit Meow Wolf, a local arts collective. It is described as a spiced ale with other special ingredients. It is available in $20 bottles in limited supply, with all proceeds going to Meow Wolf.
Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).
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, Autonomous Collective IPA, Oktoberfest. Welcome back, Oktoberfest, even if it does not even remotely feel like October out there. 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. The Freestyle Pilsner is now available on tap and in cans across the state. The Autonomous Collective would have been SFBC’s NMIPAC entry, but things did not go so well at VIPA. Instead, everyone will just have to drink it at the brewery while the supply lasts. The Santa Fe Gold is now for sale all around the state in six-packs.
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, Rod’s International Pale Steam, Boneshaker Bitter, British Mild, Agua Fria Apricot. The most recent additions are two old favorites in the Boneshaker and British Mild, while the new kid is the Agua Fria, a sour. Another recent returnee is the award-winning Rod’s Steam Bitter. Before that came the Pale Steam. 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 will feature Mushi Trio all month long. 50 Watt Whale performs Friday and Barbwire will be on stage Saturday.
Over at the Railyard, Todd & the Fox perform Friday followed by Broomdust Caravan on Saturday. The AMP Concert Series returns to the Railyard this Sunday with Martin Sexton performing.
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, Black Point Stout, Hoppenheimer IPA, Wit Rock, Le Becquerel (Saison), Mild at Heart (English Mild), Red Hammer (Double Red), Big House Belgo (Pale Ale), Posh Bitter. We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. They have eight available taps, so we are not sure which of their own beers is the odd man out (we’re guessing Hoppenheimer), though that was likely determined by how much everyone drank recently at the awesome Full House Party. I especially enjoyed the Black Point Stout, but just about every beer was great. Check out the review.
Events: Bathtub Row hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6 p.m.
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: Schwarzbar Black Lager, McFadden Scotch, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Quebradas Sunrise Amber, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Twisted Black (IPA), Venom IPA. 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, Twisted Black, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Zia Pilsner, and McFadden Scotch. The popular Irish Stout, which came in third in our Stout Challenge, is temporarily out.
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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. Cheers! — Stoutmeister