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.
Festival season is about to roar to life in a big, big way over the next few weeks, which will have beer lovers scrambling about. I got the scoop on the upcoming Mountain West Brew Fest (Sept. 5-6 in Bernalillo) and the NM Brew Fest (Oct. 10 at the State Fairgrounds), so look for those advance previews this week. We will also have all you need to know about this year’s Hopfest (Aug. 29 at Isleta Casino). Oh, and then there is also the Great American Beer Festival (Sept. 24-26 in Denver). Plus Durango’s San Juan Brewfest (Aug. 29) and the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival (Sept. 18-20). And probably a whole lot of others I have not yet added to my calendar. Phew. A whole lotta stuff is coming up, but do not fret, there are still things to do this weekend. We know many of you have not yet gotten over to either Boese Brothers or Rio Bravo, so now would be a good time to check them out. If you need something to do Friday night, might we recommend the Desert Darlings performing at Tractor Wells Park. Then on Saturday, carpool out to Moriarty for the grand opening of Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca’s awesome beer garden, which we previewed a little while back. Finally, chill out (metaphorically speaking) at Marble on Sunday as El Festival will have four bands playing in the late afternoon/early evening.
Meanwhile, there are a few new beers worth checking out around town. Back Alley has churned out fresh batches of Kentucky Common, Hefen or Hell, and Penn Swankey. Bosque is feeling sessionable with Little Tipper. C Legs, a single hop IPA, is on tap at Boxing Bear. Canteen has brought back their ESB and Scrumtralescent. Radioactive IPA is glowing again at Chama River. Marble heard you all and brought back Brett IPA, while Apricot Sour makes its debut. Tractor has planted Cowboy Blend Coffee Pale Stout, Summer Ale, and Kristal Hefe in their lineup. Turtle Mountain gets into the kettle-soured experience as well with AmeriKriek.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has three new ones to try in Drone Wars Braggot, HALT!-bier, and Night Train Schwarzbier. Whiptail Pale Ale is on at Second Street.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 16.
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 recently 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: SuMariOatmeal Stout, Brown Eyes. 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 SMO Stout is available on CO2 and nitro.
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: Cali Common, Soroche IPA, Kentucky Common, Hefen or Hell, Penn Swankey. New this week are the Kentucky Common, Hefen or Hell, and Penn Swankey. Not sure what the Swankey is. Oh, darn, gotta take a trip over to Back Alley this week. Shucks.
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.
Boese Brothers Brewery — (505) 382-7060
Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Old Shonie Scottish Ale, Steampunk Lager. Welcome to the listings, Boese Brothers! We got a chance to sample their beers in advance of the grand opening this past weekend. The Porter (6% ABV) is a pre-Prohibition style of American porter, more brown than black with strong roasted flavors smoothed out by the nitro pour. La Onza (5.4% ABV) offers up a big, citrusy kick for a Belgian-style witbier. Old Shonie (4.5% ABV) is also available on nitro; it is lighter than most of the other Scottish beers in the ABQ area. Steampunk (5% ABV) combines the style of a California common/steam beer with a pale ale made with Cascade and Willamette hops, but it does so quite nicely.
Events: Boese will have a happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with $3 pints. You can also get $3 pints all day Tuesday and $6 growler fills all day Wednesday.
News: The Dr. Strangehop XPA is in the fermenter and should be ready to debut soon. No word on the status of their website. You can follow them on their Facebook page.
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, Bucketmouth Lager, Thunderhead Black IPA, Little Tipper, Summer Stout (also on nitro at Nob Hill and Las Cruces). All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. Bucketmouth Lager (4.4% ABV, 20 IBU) debuted recently and fits this scorching weather perfectly. The fourth and final entry in the Monsoon IPA Series, Thunderhead Black IPA (6.5% ABV, 95 IBU), is a wonderful mix of sweet and roasted malts with a whole lotta hops. Scale Tipper (6.5% ABV, 95 IBU), the two-time NMIPAC winner and current National IPA champion, is on tap until supplies run out. If that is too many hops, try the new Little Tipper (6% ABV, 35 IBU), a sessionable sibling.
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, Title Clincher IPA, Umbers Cucumbers, Cream Pale, C Legs. The most recent additions to taps are C Legs, a single-hop IPA brewed with Falconer’s Flight 7 C’s, the 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. 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. 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, Knights of the Canteen, Saison, Dark American Lager, Scrumtralescent, ESB. The most recent additions are the ESB and Scrumtralescent, back for another run. Before that came the Saison, Dark American Lager, English Summer, and Knights of the Canteen, a hoppy little ale with a Helles-style base.
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.
The new brewing system is up and running at Canteen. Guess we have to go over and check it out. With a pint or two.
Events: Todd & the Fox will perform Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. on the patio. M. Lockwood Porter with John Calvin Abney 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), Kilt Kicker (Smoked Scottish). 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. The Kilt Kicker is the newest entry on the list, a smoked Scottish ale.
Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Pan Am Pale Ale, Oxbow ESB, Woot! Saison, Radioactive. Pan Am (6.3% ABV, 65 IBU) offers up a tart but tasty hop profile. The Oxbow (6% ABV, 33 IBU) is smooth and a little biscuity, but not overly sweet. The Woot! Saison is a hopped up farmhouse ale. Old favorite Radioactive IPA is back for all you thirsty hopheads out there.
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.
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, 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 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 Jade Masque 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, Frilled Irish Red, Earless English IPA. During a recent visit I made sure to write down the 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. Earless (6.4% ABV, 50 IBU) is in the classic English tradition. The Irish Red (5.3% ABV, 24 IBU) has the perfect malt profile, not too sweet, not too dry.
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, Double IPA, Dang Pale Ale; Downtown only — Brett IPA, Apricot Sour; Westside only — Hieronymus. 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 returned by popular demand. The most recent additions are the popular Brett IPA and the new Apricot Sour.
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, Robby Overfield performs tonight (Wednesday) from 5 to 8 p.m. Pherkad takes the stage Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. The Dregz perform Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday will feature the Green Billies from 8 to 11 p.m.
Sunday will feature El Festival, with four bands performing. Jade Masque goes from 3:30 to 4:30, followed by Wagogo from 5 to 6, Burque Sol from 6:30 to 7:30, and Baracutanga from 8 to 10.
Garry Blackchild performs tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 at the Westside Taproom. Russell James Pyle heads west on Friday from 6 to 9, followed by David Berkeley 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 recently 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 The Real Matt Jones on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. The Jack Brown Party takes over the stage on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909
(Mon–Thu noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–9 p.m.)
Beers: Rio Bravo Amber, Karl’s Hefeweizen, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA. Welcome to the weekly listings, Rio Bravo! In case you were not aware, RBBC held their soft opening over the weekend with four of their own beers on tap, plus some guest taps. You can find them all at 1912 2nd St. NW, which is just south of I-40. The Amber offers up a more flavorful kick than most of its genre. The Hefeweizen has a big banana aroma, but the flavor is more balanced and smooth. Dirty Rotten Bastard is a “level one” IPA, similar to a session in that it sits at 4.8-percent ABV. Columbus is the primary hop in the DRB. Snakebite (6.6% ABV) is the bigger “level two” IPA, armed with Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, and Crystal hops. Want to learn more about Rio Bravo and their plans for the future? Check out our in-depth look.
News: The Black Angus Stout should be ready soon, with the Duke City Pils coming along after that.
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, Pear Cider, Dry Apple Cider (Nob Hill only), Summer Ale (Wells Park only), Cowboy Blend Coffee Stout (Wells Park only), Kristal Hefe (Wells Park only). A trio of recent additions highlight the lineup in the Cowboy Blend (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU), Summer Ale (7% ABV), and Kristal Hefe (6.6% ABV). Other 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: Solos on the Hill is back at Nob Hill tonight (Wednesday) with Keith Sanchez performing at 8:30 p.m. Or you can test your own singing voice at Wells Park with Kamikaze Karaoke at 7 p.m.
In an off-site event, Tractor and The Grain Station are teaming up for Back to School Pint Night at the latter at 5 p.m. All Tractor pints will be $3 and there will be food specials as well.
The Thirsty Thursday Music Series returns to Wells Park with Eryn Bent on stage at 8 p.m. Stick around afterwards for the 3rd Thursday’s Comedy Night at 10 p.m.
The Desert Darlings return to Wells Park on Friday at 8 p.m. for their latest edition of Hops and Dreams. This time around there will be some guest dancers for even more fun.
The In the Mix series returns Saturday to Wells Park with DJ Justin Credible at 9 p.m. Before that on Saturday, head over to Nob Hill for Setting the Tone with Eryn Bent performing at 5 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) Cannon Fodder DIPA, Cucumbersome Kosmonaut Kolsch, After Midnight, AmeriKriek. 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 AmeriKriek, a kettle-soured beer dosed with cherries. The Cucumbersome Kosmonaut Kolsch is a cucumber-infused version of the popular Kosmonaut, in case you could not guess. Cannon Fodder is a big old hop beast. Another recent addition 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: Night Train Schwarzbier, HALT!-bier, Drone Wars Braggot. The taps have turned over with the return of two old favorites and the arrival of a newcomer. HALT! is of course an altbier with a clever name and a great flavor. The Night Train is always a big hit with the locals. New is the Drone Wars, a braggot that is essentially a hybrid of a beer and a mead. That just begs to be tried. Oh, Draft Station, could you please get some down here in ABQ? Thanks! We appreciate it as always.
News: Blue Corn brewer James Warren said next up is the Brown Paper Bag, a malt liquor, which should be ready by Saturday. After that, he is brewing three specialty IPAs. One is made wild hops from here in New Mexico, another is the Alpha Reaper 2.0, made with wet hops from Colorado, and the big kid in the bunch will be Good Guys IPA, brewed for the upcoming Alpha King Challenge.
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, Boneshaker Bitter, British Mild, Agua Fria Apricot, Whiptail Pale Ale. The most recent addition is the Whiptail. Before that came 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. 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. Jono Mason performs Friday and Swing Soleil will be on stage Saturday.
Over at the Railyard, Pigment performs Friday followed by Hot Honey on Saturday and the Gunsels on Sunday. The AMP Concert Series returns to the Railyard this Sunday night with the Red Elvises 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.
Events: There is an Open Mic tonight (Wednesday) at Twisted Chile. Jones and Miles will perform on the patio on Friday night.
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