Archive for September, 2015

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.

The calendar is slowly turning to fall, though the temperatures have yet to drop. As proof, this weekend is an onslaught of Oktoberfests in all directions. To the north, Kaktus’ Kaktoberfest kicks off Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and then again Saturday at the same time. There will be live music, food specials, and a ton of beer available, including Kaktoberfest the beer. The best part? It’s free to enter at the brewery. In the center of ABQ, Rio Bravo will host their Oktoberfest starting Thursday and running through Sunday. It will run from noon to 10 p.m. every day. There will also be food specials, music, and of course the debut of an Oktoberfest beer. Of course, those are just the newbies to this type of seasonal event. Head east to Moriarty as Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande is hosting their Oktoberfest on Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m. For $12 you get a bratwurst dinner and get to listen to live music in the half-acre beer garden. To help give families something to do, kids 10 and under get in for free, with their own plate of hot dogs, chips, and a soft drink. For more details, visit each brewery’s Facebook page.

This week will also mark the farewell for Broken Bottle Brewery. The first brewery to open on the west side of Albuquerque, way back in April 2012, they held their own for quite a long time. Unfortunately, they could not continue, so the decision was made to shut it all down. We know that Broken Bottle elicited a lot of opinions, good and bad. For now, we invite everyone to share their own thoughts on Broken Bottle’s three-plus-year run. We will stop by to have more on their closing later this week.

Meanwhile, there are a few new beers worth checking out around town. In the spirit of the season, Bosque has their Oktoberfest lager back on tap. Boxing Bear unleashes Noble Pale Ale and Body Slam Imperial Pilsner. Chama River glows with the return of Radioactive IPA, but if that many hops aren’t your thing, there is also a Kolsch. Kaktus has a fresh lineup for the weekend with Fresh Hop Amber (natch), Bulls Eye IPA, IPH (India Pale Helles), Bock, Helles Lager, and Full Bodied Stout. La Cumbre resurrects their popular version of Oktoberfest, dubbed VMO #3. Turtle Mountain will also have their Oktoberfest on tap this week.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn hopes to have their Oktoberfest on tap by Saturday. Second Street has a fresh batch of Brown Ale.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of September 28.

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: Unknown, please contact the brewery for more info.

News: We are working on getting a new contact for ABC.

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: Kentucky Common, Hefen or Hell, Ryeghteous RIPA, Berliner Weisse, Magdalena Lager. New brewer Peter Moore, who is taking over from Brandon Venaglia (bound in turn for Cazuela’s), shared a list of his newest offerings. The Ryeghteous, as you might have guessed, is a Rye IPA. Two old favorites also return in the Berliner Weisse and Magdalena.

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: Beach Bum Pale Ale. The popular Beach Bum is back for another run. 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: 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

(Hours: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–midnight, Fri 3 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat noon–2 a.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Old Shonie Scottish Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Amarillo Pale Ale, Oktoberfest. Welcome to the listings, Boese Brothers! We got a chance to sample their beers in advance of the recent grand opening. 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. The Dr. Strangehop XPA (6.5% ABV) debuted recently, offering up a wonderful mix of the piney Willamette and more floral Mosaic hops. Amarillo Pale Ale takes the place of Steampunk Lager as the current rotating seasonal. Also available for a limited time is the Oktoberfest, though after the amount consumed the last two weekends it may be running out any day now.

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: They are still working on building 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, Shellback, Spoondriver DIPA, Acequia IPA, Oktoberfest, Imperial Lager (Nob Hill only). Due to a change in taproom managers in Las Cruces, we do not have an updated list for that location. Anyway, up here in ABQ it is all about the hops. The big monster is Spoondriver (8.5% ABV, 100+ IBU), a massive DIPA made with Nelson and New Zealand hops. The hop bite is massive, worthy of entry in the upcoming Alpha King Challenge, but it also has a smooth, sweet malt finish that has become the standard at Bosque (and a big reason, in our opinion, why their IPAs are so popular). Acequia, which just claimed a gold medal at GABF, is back on tap and is available in bombers as well this year. In our humble opinion, it is a near-perfect wet-hop IPA, even better than last year. If you need a break from the hops, Oktoberfest (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) is a tremendous Marzen lager, one of the best brewed in this state, or at least in my humble opinion. The Imperial Lager (8% ABV, 30 IBU), a sweet but powerful end-of-summer treat, is nearly done, so get some while it still lasts. Scale Tipper (6.5% ABV, 95 IBU), the two-time NMIPAC winner and current National IPA champion, is on tap until supplies run out. Another recent addition is Shellback (5.6% ABV, 45 IBU), a single-hop pale ale made with Dr. Rudi.

Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. Spoondriver will bring its massive hop bite into the cask this week.

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.

Bombers of Scale Tipper are once again on sale at Bosque locations and over at Jubilation.

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, Umbers Cucumbers, Cream Pale, Not Your Mother’s Cream Soda, Noble Pale Ale, Body Slam Imperial Pilsner. The most recent additions to taps are the Noble PA and Body Slam. Before that came Not Your Mother’s Cream Stout, 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. 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.

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: Our seasonal list is well out of date, so call the brewery for an updated list, especially as things run out toward their closing on Friday.

News: Broken Bottle will close for good after Friday. Head over to say good-bye if you get the chance.

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, Saison, ESB, Oatmeal Stout, Dubbel, Cascade Pale. The most recent addition is the Cascade Pale Ale. Before that came the Dubbel, Oatmeal Stout (which is quite wonderful this time around), ESB, and Saison.

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: Somebody forgot to update the website for music listings for October (it happens, we understand). When they do, we will update those here.

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), Calabaza (Pumpkin 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. Cazuela’s was the first local brewery to tap a pumpkin ale, in their case the Calabaza, which was created by new brewer Brandon Venaglia.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Oxbow ESB, Hank Brown Ale, Radioactive IPA, Kolsch. The newest additions are on the opposite ends of the spectrum with the hoptastic Radioactive and the sinfully smooth Kolsch. The Oxbow (6% ABV, 33 IBU) is smooth and a little biscuity, but not overly sweet. The Hank is back for another run.

Distillery 365 — (505) 221-6281

(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, Trail Rider Bicycle Beer. 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. The Trail Rider, a radler, was so popular at recent events it’s now on tap full-time. 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: 10 Drink Minimum will host a Cards Against Humanity night every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

D’Santi Nava will perform Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

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.

Oh, and Distillery 365 will open their first tasting room over at Green Jeans Farmery, the same site that is home to Santa Fe Brewing’s ABQ taproom.

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: Kaktoberfest, Bulls Eye IPA, India Pale Helles, Fresh Hop Amber, Berna Brown, Full Bodied Stout, Bock, Helles Lager. In advance of Kaktoberfest (see our intro above), the taps got a shakeup this week. New are the Bulls Eye, IPH, Amber, Stout, Bock, and Helles Lager. Those plus Kaktoberfest the beer should keep everyone happy during the festivities this weekend. 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.

It is going to be one crazy weekend at Kaktus. First up, the music lineup for Kaktoberfest goes like this — Friday, Don Allen, Back-to-Rock (all the way from Germany), Kaktus Jazz Quintet; Saturday, Cowboy, Rock Band.

Then on Sunday, Kaktus is introducing a brunch special from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with special breakfast pizzas and other drink specials. After that, they will celebrate their second anniversary. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: State Fair Cream Ale, Miles from Cologne, Summer Strong, Full Nelson, VMO #3. The monster here is an old favorite in Full Nelson, the DIPA from the hop gods, back for another run. The newest beer on tap is the VMO #3, a malty Marzen for those who can’t handle the hops or just want a seasonal change of pace. Before that came Miles from Cologne, an awesome kolsch, and Summer Strong, a massive, beautiful pale barleywine that debuted at MWBF. We should also note that the current batch of Project Dank, which debuted on tap and in bombers recently, was the first wet-hopped Dank they have ever done. The reviews are, well, off the charts.

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: The live music this Saturday at 7 p.m. will be provided by The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band. 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 — Double IPA; Downtown only — Farmhand Pale Ale; Westside only — Imperial Red, Saison Brux. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The newest addition is the Farmhand PA (5.8% ABV). The other recent addition is the Saison Brux, the latter of which is one of the best saisons I had all summer. Of course, the Imperial Red just won bronze at GABF, one year after claiming gold. You could say it is a pretty darned good beer.

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.

On the live music front downtown, Decker performs tonight (Wednesday) from 5 to 8 p.m. Pete Pidgeon & Arcoda follows Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Double Plow drops in Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday will feature the Porter Draw from 8 to 11 p.m.

At the Westside Taproom, Clark Libbey takes the stage tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. There are no listings for live music on Friday or Saturday.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Kaylynn’s Altbier, Extra IPA, U.S.S. Saaz, Plum Imperial Cream. The Plum Imperial Cream debuted last week; the name pretty much says it all. Back for another run is the beer so good it’s named for its creator, Kaylynn’s Altbier (5.9% ABV, 22 IBU). Another recent addition is the Saaz (6.4% ABV, 30 IBU). As the name might imply, the Saaz is a single-hop beer made with, you guessed it, Czech Saaz hops. The Extra IPA (7.5% ABV, 100 IBU) 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: Amarillo Red, Robust Porter, Pi Vapor, Challenge IPA, English Summer Ale, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, Belgian Pumpkin Ale. The Robust Porter and Pi Vapor, a California Common, are the newest additions to the lineup. Before that the English Summer, Pilsner, and new Belgian Pumpkin Ale jumped on board. The ESB and Tropical IPA are out for the time being. 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) Bellamah Brown, American Wheat, Rosa’s Gose, Blanco Bock, Offbeat Wheat, Spanglish Mexican Lager, Walther IPK, Jubilee. 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). New to taps is the Jubilee (5.4% ABV, 18 IBU), which was brewed for the recent anniversary party. It is a hybrid of a malty amber ale and a smoked beer. The Walther IPK (6% ABV, 60 IBU), an India Pale Kolsch, and Spanglish (4.6% ABV, 18 IBU) were other recent additions. The Blanco Bock (6.3% ABV, 40 IBU) and Offbeat Wheat (5.2% ABV, 16 IBU) are still available. 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).

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, Anniversary Double Red. The most recent addition is the Anniversary Double Red  (7.7% ABV, 67 IBU), which has a deceptively low IBU count for a beer this hoppy. It’s got bite, it’s dry, it’s fierce, it’s right up there with the other best imperial reds in town. Before that came 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: Live music is back with Jack Hanson on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by The Draft Sessions open mic on Monday from 7 to 9.

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.

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, Black Angus Stout, Roadkill Red, Duke City Pils. 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 (5.7% ABV, 53 IBU) offers up a more flavorful kick than most of its genre. The Hefeweizen (4.6% ABV, 26 IBU) has a big banana aroma, but the flavor is more balanced and smooth. Dirty Rotten Bastard (6.4% ABV, 77 IBU) is a “level one” IPA. Columbus is the primary hop in the DRB. Snakebite (7.4% ABV, 99 IBU) is the bigger “level two” IPA, armed with Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, and Crystal hops. Another addition to the regular lineup is the burly Black Angus Stout (5.9% ABV, 25 IBU). It is not a milk stout, cream stout, chocolate stout, or coffee stout. It is just a stout, thick and strong with prominent roasted flavors, somewhat similar to Deschutes’ Obsidian Stout. Roadkill Red made a solid debut at MWBF. Want to learn more about Rio Bravo and their plans for the future? Check out our in-depth look.

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.)

Beers: Jack the Sipper, Traktoberfest, Big Sipper IPA, The Ruggles, Cowboy Blend Coffee Stout, Chocolate Milk Stout, Berliner Weisse, Summer Ale, Kristal Hefe, Dark Horse Lager, Pear Cider (Nob Hill only). The newest additions are perfect for the season in Jack the Sipper (7.8% ABV, 18 IBU), Tractor’s pumpkin ale that was made with 440 pounds (!) of real pumpkin, and Traktoberfest, which is back and just as good as ever. Before that came the Big Sipper IPA (5.8% ABV, 71 IBU), Chocolate Milk Stout (5.1% ABV), Cowboy Blend (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU), Summer Ale (7% ABV), and Kristal Hefe (6.6% ABV). Another recent addition is the Ruggles (4.4% ABV), a California Common-style beer that’s sweet and light and great for beating the heat. Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is still available at both locations.

Events: Tractor is hosting a launch party for Year Two of Beer for a Better Burque on Thursday at Wells Park. From 5 to 8 p.m., come in to meet the four charities that will be represented for the second year of this outstanding community program. There will be live art, music, and more.

Afterwards, stick around for Thirsty Thursday with Robb Janov performing beginning at 8.

Saturday will feature another Art Fusion fundraiser, this time benefiting ABQ Kings, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Wells Park. Burque Sol and The Riddims will provide the music.

If you are in Nob Hill, stop by for Setting the Tone with Clark Libbey at 5 p.m. That will be followed Sunday by Cloudface’s Closing Art Auction at 2 p.m.

Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity. So yes, that will be this Monday.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates. Please call.)

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) Oktoberfest, After Midnight, AmeriKriek, Slack Tide Session IPA. 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 to taps is TMBC’s take on an Oktoberfest. Before that came the Slack Tide (5.3% ABV, 75 IBU) and AmeriKriek, a kettle-soured beer dosed with cherries. 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: Alpha Reaper 2.0, HALT!-bier, Brown Paper Bag, Good Guys IPA. The most recent additions are Good Guys, Blue Corn’s entry in the Alpha King Challenge, and the Alpha Reaper 2.0, a big old IPA hop blast made with wet hops from Colorado. Another recent addition was Brown Paper Bag, an unfiltered malt liquor. HALT! is of course an altbier with a clever name and a great flavor.

News: Brewer James Warren said his Oktoberfest should be on tap as early as Saturday. Also in the works are a Pumpkin Porter and a Single Malt Scotch Ale. Damn, we love this time of year.

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 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 barrel-aged Magnifique keeps up the Duel tradition of big beers. 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).

News: Duel is opening an Albuquerque taproom that will be more than twice the size of the mother facility in Santa Fe. We’re on the case to get you all the details about the downtown location and its projected opening date.

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. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: The SFBC taproom is now open at Green Jeans Farmery in Albuquerque. Want details? Here is everything we learned from our visit.

Also, it is time for home brewers to starting submitting entries for the annual 12 Beers of Christmas at SFBC. They can start signing up Oct. 3 by emailing their proposal to leif@santafebrewing.com.

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, 3 C’s Porter, Brown Ale, Rod’s Best Bitter, Fulcrum IPA, Trebuchet Imperial IPA. The most recent additions are fresh batches of Brown Ale, Fulcrum, Rod’s Best, and the Trebuchet. Before that came the 3 C’s Porter, which was a standout at MWBF over Labor Day Weekend. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: On the live music front, the original location will host the Pat Burns Memorial on Friday with The Blues Revue Band and friends of Pat performing. Saturday will feature The Josh Martin Trio. The Railyard will play host to The Gunsels on Friday and the MVIII Jazz Project on Saturday.

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: Hoppenheimer IPA, Kappa’s Saison, Wildewood Amber, Black Point Stout, Wit Rock, Little Bird Blonde, Honey Vanilla Porter. We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. The newest beer on tap is the Honey Vanilla Porter. Other recent additions are the Kappa’s Saison, a cucumber saison, and the Wildewood. Fresh batches of Black Point, Wit Rock, and Little Bird are on tap.

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, Pilabo Pale Ale, 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 Pilabo PA, Venom IPA, Twisted Black, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, and Zia Pilsner. The popular Irish Stout, which came in third in our Stout Challenge, is temporarily out.

Events: Squirrel Jam will perform on the patio on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

* * * *

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

We have to say, we are excited for this place to open.

We have to say, we are excited for this place to open.

The good guys over at Quarter Celtic Brewpub, a.k.a. the brainchild of former Canteen brewer Brady McKeown and company, had invited us over to visit their forthcoming brewery a little while back. After we were reminded again recently, Brandon and I trekked over to check on their progress, take a few pictures, hear lots of stories of shenanigans, and so on, on Monday afternoon.

Quarter Celtic is the creation of Brady, his brother Ror McKeown (former Canteen general manager), their father Robert McKeown, former Chama River assistant brewer/Canteen manager David Facey, and partners Lee Jay Wilson and James Brown. The group decided a while back that it was now or never to open a brewery and get established before Albuquerque careens toward over-saturation, or so Brady told us when the news first broke in July.

The brewpub will be located in the ACE shopping center on the northeast corner of Lomas and San Mateo. It will be the anchor tenant in the lower courtyard, with the hope of attracting future businesses to the site (in particular a coffee joint, or that is the hope of the highly caffeinated working team). The primary parking is on the south side of the building, including a covered garage area that can leave you right next to the brewpub entrance. There is also street-level parking along the west and north sides of the complex, with 120 total spaces including 60 covered. It can be easily accessed by westbound Lomas and northbound San Mateo. Anyone traveling south on San Mateo can either turn left on Marble (natch) and then right into the complex, or you can go to Lomas, take a left and go east to Madeira, then take a left (north). The 50-mile bicycle loop that is planned to go around the city is also just to the east of the brewpub on Lomas, so it will be easy for those who prefer to travel by two wheels to stop by.

Looking down toward part of the future patio from the upper (street) level.

Looking down toward part of the future patio from the upper (street) level.

“Here was part of the reason we ended up in this spot,” Ror said. “We had a list of criteria. This fit almost all of them. Parking, which you usually don’t get. Infrastructure, it used to be a restaurant. We have a full restaurant that was set up, so that we didn’t have to pay for the hoods and the vent system and the sprinklers. That was already here.

“And also just being on a major artery. Though we’re not visible directly from the street, 70,000 cars pass that corner every day and we’ll have good signage. We’re just waiting. No one notices the sign anymore if it’s up there for six or nine months. We’re going to wait until we’re a couple months out.”

There is a considerable amount of work left to do, so do not expect the doors to swing open to the public in a week or two. The area where the brewhouse is going still needs further preparation. The main bar is ready to be built. The patio work is still in progress. When it is all ready, the entire capacity indoors and out will be around 200 customers.

The larger portion of the patio on the north side of the brewpub.

The larger portion of the patio on the north side of the brewpub.

The patio essentially starts on the west side near the main entrance and curves around the north side of the brewery. Though it has not been zoned yet, it should hold 75 to 90 people. There will be one large community table and several smaller tables. There will be individual umbrellas and a partial covering of the patio for the summer months.

Inside the most notable thing about the place is how big it feels, largely due to the high ceilings and huge windows. That can sometimes lend itself to a place becoming too loud, but the Quarter Celtic staff planned ahead.

“We’ve got 25-foot ceilings, which is nice,” Ror said. “We’re redoing these (acoustic tiles). We’re going to have sound dampeners so it’s not too echo-y. They have the sound foam behind them. On the perimeter we’re going to re-wrap them in burlap. And then on these we’re going to sew a bunch of hop bags together in a cool pattern. Then we’re going to put everybody’s family crests gets a spot up there. The four family crests going up, which is nice. It gives you something to look at, there’s so much wall space up here.”

The acoustic tiling sits above the dining area and below the 25-foot ceiling.

The acoustic tiling sits above the dining area and below the 25-foot ceiling.

There will be a mix of high and low tables throughout the interior. The bar itself, located just to the right as you walk in the main entrance, will have a unique shape that fits the Celtic theme.

“Here’s the footprint of our bar,” Ror said. “We just knocked down the old one. You could have driven a car into that thing. It was all concrete and rebar. That was a date with a sledgehammer and a jackhammer. Ultimately when we’re done we’ll have this clover-shaped bar; the stem will be seating, too. We kind of like that because if you stand around it, you can actually talk to each other without having to lean over, which should be nice.

“Since our cold room is directly above we’ll actually be pumping straight down into the bar from the cold room. We’re not going to do a gravity feed. It is nice because logistically it’s a couple feet straight down, which is nice.”

The clover-shaped bar will be one of the most unique in town.

The clover-shaped bar will be one of the most unique in town.

As for what type of beer, expect some beers to fit the Quarter Celtic name, but there will be plenty of other styles on tap as well.

“We’re having fun with the Quarter Celtic name even though we’re going to be an over-the-top Irish pub,” Ror said. “We’ve got quite a few of us with some Irish/Scottish lineage. With that, a quarter of our beer menu will probably be —”

“Instead of an amber, an Irish Red,” David interjected. “Instead of an oatmeal stout, a dry Irish stout. Stuff like that.”

“We’d like to keep things somewhat traditional, so we’ll probably have a Scotch or a Scottish (too),” Ror added. “We’re going to have an over-the-top hopped IPA, but we want to keep some of it kind of to our theme. We’ll do some seasonals. We’ll carry some friends’ taps, too.”

David said he and Brady have most of the recipes written, though there figure to be some adjustments as they learn the ins and outs of the new 10-barrel brewing system that is on order.

“Brady and I have the direction for what our house IPA is going to be,” David said. “Like Ror was saying, a lot of breweries have their house IPA and then they have their big IPA, their Challenge IPA and their house IPA. We want our house IPA to be our Challenge IPA. We’ll do other seasonal IPAs, but we’re still Albuquerque.”

A big IPA can be expensive for a new place with new hop contracts, but the staff is not worried about that yet.

“We’ve learned from places we’ve worked in the past, you have this (IPA) that everyone wants, but you only brew it half the year,” Ror said. “It’s great, it gets people chomping at the bit when you have it (coming) out. But why not have it on tap all the time? Is it expensive (to make)? You bet. Will people pay for it? Absolutely. Offer it and price it accordingly.”

The brewery itself will be located in front of this huge window.

The brewery itself will be located in front of this huge window.

Quarter Celtic is taking over the old Andre’s restaurant space and inherited all of the working restaurant equipment. That will mean a full menu.

“A third of the menu will be starters,” Ror said. “The other third will be the Celtic fare. And then we’ll have pizza and then off the grill will probably make up the final third. Off the grill we’re going to try to make things to complement our beers. Things we can cook with our beer and pair well.”

“You want to keep it traditional,” David added. “It’s still relaxed and low-key. Your price points are very low to moderate.”

The wood-fired pizza oven is small, but functional. The plan is to produce 10-inch personal pizzas that customers can build from the base sauce up. As for the large number of appetizers, that fits into the desire to have a communal space.

“We wanted to have things that people will share,” David said. “Buddies can order it and split it. It’s a big part of our menu. A lot of places probably have only a couple of appetizers and a lot of main courses. We wanted to flip the script, have it more communal, more sharing.”

The combination of people with brewing experience and restaurant experience should be a boon for business at Quarter Celtic.

“That’s another benefit from all of our backgrounds, it’s not just brewery people,” David said. “We come from restaurants and bars (too). So now it’s just an opportunity to bring it all together in one place. That’s the cool part. I think it’s different from elsewhere in town. A lot of guys brew their whole lives and then start a brewery, then they want to avoid a kitchen or things like that.”

Ror and the others were quite proud of the brick work they did, so we promised them we would include the photo of it.

Ror and the others were quite proud of the brick work they did, so we promised them we would include the photo of it.

Having an award-winning brewer like Brady to run that aspect of the business helps in terms of planning out the rest of the establishment.

“The one thing we do have going for us, people are going, ‘Is the beer going to be any good?’ Well, you know the beer is going to be good from day one,” Ror said. “That kind of takes the pressure off us to concentrate on ambiance, food, a lot of other things.”

The brewhouse and fermenters will occupy the northeast portion of the brewpub. Customers will be able to watch Brady and David brew while they eat and drink.

“From here we’re going to try to 8-foot high storefront glass,” Ror said. “That way these guys can be like John Travolta in the Boy in the Bubble, everybody can watch them. Brady was even thinking about getting some gloves and sticking them out so you can shake his hand.”

That produced a round of laughter from the staff.

“That’s the thing we also enjoy is that the group has is a sense of humor,” Ror said. “Once things get rolling, there’s no stopping it. That’s when the fun stuff happens.”

“That’s the idea of the group, we’re making beer for a living,” David added. “Let’s have fun doing it. Make good beer, have a good time.”

The upstairs suite will house the cold room for the beers and other items for storage.

The upstairs suite will house the cold room for the beers and other items for storage.

Another promising aspect of the planning of the brewpub was to have two separate walk-in coolers. The one downstairs will be for the food. The one upstairs will be for the bright tanks and kegs. Quarter Celtic is also leasing the office suite directly above and custom-building their walk-in up there.

The former tenant had left some cubicles and the like inside. Those had to be removed so construction on the cold room could begin.

“I let my kids loose in here with a couple of sledgehammers,” Ror said with a laugh. “We filled a 30-yard dumpster in a week. We needed to make this custom-sized. Downstairs we did a lot of work, but it was not much structural at all. It was just moving things around.”

The building itself will more than support all the heavy tanks inside the cold room.

“We had our structural engineer come up here to make sure it could handle the load. Some of those 20-barrel (bright tanks) can hold 5,000 pounds full,” Ror said. “Luckily this whole mall is all poured concrete. It’s reinforced rebar. There are huge metal trusses down there. This whole thing is on a metal floor on metal trusses. It was built like a bomb shelter. It’s able to do what we want to do here.”

Another aspect they pointed out was that much like their former place of employment, Canteen, they will also have a Crowler machine. Only they will call theirs by a different, yet appropriate name — Quarter Cans (since a 32-ounce can is technically a quarter of a gallon).

That will be just another aspect of what they all hope will be an open, welcome place for families, friends, and individuals to hang out.

“We’re trying to be the neighborhood pub,” Ror said. “We’re the only pub in (this) neighborhood. It’s nice to have some concentrated together, because you can from one to the other to other. But if you have one beer at each, then it gets a little scary for brewery owners.

“We’re also hoping to be the anchor down here. I would be completely pleased if this mall filled up once we opened up, because we are going to drive a lot of traffic down here.”

Welcome to the neighborhood pub!

Welcome to the neighborhood pub!

All of us in the Crew figure if any group can pull that off, it is the Quarter Celtic team. With one of the best brewers in town working right from the start, we figure this brewpub will become one of the premier beer destinations in town right away.

We will keep tabs on the progress at Quarter Celtic and you can also follow along with them via their Facebook page and their Twitter feed @QuarterCeltic.

So until the next time, when the beer is ready for us to sample, we wish them all the luck of the Irish as they move ahead.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Oh, yeah, there is another one coming.

Oh, yeah, there is another one coming.

Greetings, everyone. Here is hoping all of those GABF hangovers have faded and you are all ready for another busy week involving our local brewing scene. Before we head off to talk to some of the medal winners, while also catching up on Red Door’s new taproom plans and saying good-bye to Broken Bottle, and visiting Quarter Celtic for the first time … sheesh, it’s gonna be ridiculous.

Anyway, to help us out a bit, friend of the Crew and photographer extraordinaire Mario Caldwell sent us a slew of pictures he took at The Firkin Brewhouse and Grill. They were slinging beers back at Blues & Brews in May, but have since been busy trying to get ready to open to the public later this year in the Brewery District near La Cumbre and Canteen. Here are the best of the many, many pictures that Mario took of the forthcoming brewery. Guess we owe Mario a beer the next time we see him, and yes, we will be heading out to Firkin when they are ready to have us come over to fully break down their plans for the future.

The brewing equipment is already in place.

The brewing equipment is already in place.

The theme is that of a '20s speakeasy, so you need the proper lighting.

The theme is that of a ’20s speakeasy, so you need the proper lighting.

The future bar area is starting to take shape.

The future bar area is starting to take shape.

Not all of the construction is on the floor level.

Not all of the construction is on the floor level.

The gentlemen working hard to get the joint up and running.

The gentlemen working hard to get the joint up and running.

The exterior of the future brewery.

The exterior of the future brewery.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

The Bosque team was all smiles after earning their first gold medal for Acequia IPA. (All photos courtesy of the NM Brewers Guild)

The Bosque team was all smiles after earning their first gold medal for Acequia IPA. (All photos courtesy of the NM Brewers Guild)

New Mexico breweries were not able to recapture the medal haul of the past two years at the Great American Beer Festival on Saturday, but there were still a few impressive medals earned. This year saw four breweries bring home four medals. New Mexico breweries had earned eight medals apiece in 2013 and 2014.

Bosque Brewing brought home gold in the Fresh or Wet Hop Ale category with Acequia IPA. The beer won a bronze last year in that category. It is currently on tap and available for sale in bombers at all three Bosque locations. This is the second overall medal for Bosque at GABF.

Nexus brewer Kaylynn McKnight, center, earned her first GABF medal as a head brewer.

Nexus brewer Kaylynn McKnight, center, earned her first GABF medal as a head brewer.

Nexus Brewery brought home their first medal, in the Honey Beer category, earning silver for Honey Chamomile Wheat. The seasonal has always been a favorite since it debuted last summer.

The Boxing Bear team, minus head brewer Justin Hamilton (home with his new baby), picked up their first medal.

The Boxing Bear team, minus head brewer Justin Hamilton (home with his new baby), picked up their first medal.

Also earning their first medal, after just one year-plus of existence, was Boxing Bear. Their Chocolate Milk Stout claimed silver in the Sweet Stout or Cream Stout category.

Leave it to Leah Black, far left, to ham it up as Marble earned another medal for Imperial Red.

Leave it to Leah Black, far left, to ham it up as Marble earned another medal for Imperial Red.

Marble’s Imperial Red Ale earned a medal for the second straight year, picking up a bronze in the Imperial Red Ale category (natch). That annual favorite won gold last year.

Obey the Darkside, the foreign-style export stout we helped make at Chama River, was shut out in the Export Stout category. Bummer. It was still a great beer and we will always be proud of how it turned out.

The American-Style India Pale Ale category had a ridiculous 336 entries, almost 5 percent of all the beers entered and the biggest entry list of all time at GABF. Sadly, no New Mexico brewery managed to fight through that massive field to claim a medal.

We will have some follow-up stories on GABF when the brewers return to town. Until then, to everyone out there, go enjoy some award-winning beers around ABQ, and for those in Denver, have fun and stay safe!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

The beers are ready for us all at the Santa Fe taproom here in ABQ!

The beers are ready for us all at the Santa Fe taproom here in ABQ!

While trying to ignore the 8,000 happy people photos from Denver on Thursday, I jumped at the chance to attend an invite-only soft opening for the media and other assorted folks at the new Santa Fe Brewing taproom at Albuquerque’s Green Jeans Farmery. With beer tickets in hand and a number of helpful staff members present as guides, I got to tour the new facility, which opens today (Friday) at 4 p.m. to the general public.

As a primer, I first want to remind people how to get there. If you are driving north on Carlisle over the I-40 bridge, take the very first right onto Cutler, which at that point is a one-way street that only goes east. You can’t miss the complex, which will be on your right. The parking lot encircles it on almost all sides. You can also park along Cutler, which becomes a two-way street just past the Farmery. Of course, not everyone will be coming north on Carlisle, and there is no access to Cutler from southbound Carlisle. If you are traveling southbound on Carlisle or east or westbound on Menaul, your best bet is to go east of Carlisle to Morningside, then take a right and go south across the arroyo and over to Cutler. Then take a right and you will see the complex ahead. Google Maps should not let you down, so you also have that, and sometimes it can be less complicated to visually see the path rather than have someone tell you how to get there.

Once you arrive and park, head on into the complex. You cannot miss the SFBC taproom, thanks to that huge tower that looms above it. The taproom is effectively broken into four interconnected spaces. There is the downstairs bar area, the upstairs indoor area, the downstairs patio the rings the south side of the building, and the upstairs patio and bar that also faces to the south. The majority of the beer taps are downstairs. Just about every SFBC beer you can think of was available. From all the old favorites (Happy Camper, Nut Brown, Pale Ale, Black IPA, Hefeweizen, State Pen Porter, Imperial Java Stout, Chicken Killer) to the new kid (Gold) to the current seasonal (Oktoberfest) to the rare specialties (Barrel Aged Sour State Pen Porter, Kriek, ECS Highland Heath) are all available. You can do flights, pints, and all sizes in between. The popular Chicken Mixers menu, where other beers are combined with Chicken Killer Barleywine, is also available at the taproom. Previously it was only at the main brewery in Santa Fe.

Overall the taproom can hold 135 people, or so I was told by SFBC owner Brian Lock, who was there to greet guests Thursday. He later shared a story about how the two patios survived the pounding of that random hail storm earlier in the week. The coverings that keep the sun off people on the upstairs patio were rather remarkable in how they held up despite having an estimated 150 pounds apiece of hail on top.

Take note that the rest of the Green Jeans tenants are not yet open, so unfortunately their food will not be present for you to enjoy along with a beer, but several said they hope to be open in the next two to four weeks. There will be a food truck tonight and Saturday, or at least that is the plan, for man (and woman) cannot live off beer alone. Too bad, because I think a lot of us would try.

Anyway, I could ramble on some more about the taproom, but instead I should let the pictures tell the story.

Looking up from the first floor to the second. It's much more spacious than you probably thought.

Looking up from the first floor to the second. It’s much more spacious than you probably thought.

SFBCtaproom9

The downstairs outdoor patio tables.

SFBCtaproom8

Shuffleboard, anyone? It can be found in the upstairs indoor seating area.

SFBCtaproom7

Looking back down to the first floor’s excellent wall art.

SFBCtaproom6

Bring your shades, and if necessary some sunscreen, for the upstairs patio.

SFBCtaproom5

The upstairs bar, with a cameo appearance by taproom manager Lindsay Schenker on the left.

SFBCtaproom4

The seats at the downstairs bar were made from the old bleachers at The Pit prior to its renovation.

The cozy downstairs seating area.

The cozy downstairs seating area.

Why yes, owner Brian Lock did fuse thousands of bottle caps into the concrete on the wall of the interior staircase. Because why not?

Why yes, owner Brian Lock did fuse thousands of bottle caps into the concrete on the wall of the interior staircase. Because why not?

A final thank you to Brian Lock, taproom manager Lindsay Schenker, bartender extraordinaire Jonathan Hawes, and the rest of the staff at the taproom for a great experience. Good luck to you all with the sea of humanity that is about to roll in tonight.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Get your hop bomb fix, all in one place.

Get your hop bomb fix, all in one place.

Hop harvest season is upon us, in case you have not noticed by all the pictures of brewers stuffing their noses in mounds of fresh-picked hops that are floating around social media these days. Of course, one could argue hop season is year-round in New Mexico, judging by IPA sales remaining steady even in the colder months. To capitalize on this endless love of hoppy beers, Angelo Orona and his company, Craft King Consulting, are putting another tasting event at Sister Bar. Last time around it was the Tart at Heart, celebrating sour beers. This time they are calling it Palate Fatigue.

The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door, but take note that Tart at Heart sold out before the day of the event. You can purchase hard copy tickets at Sister, Jubilation, and the Kelly’s on Juan Tabo. You can also buy them online via Hold My Ticket.

To learn a little more about the event, I sat down with Angelo over at La Cumbre during the Full Nelson release, because after all, if you are going to talk hoppy beers, you might as well be drinking one of the hoppiest in all the land.

NMDSBC: So tell me all about Palate Fatigue. How did you come up with this crazy-sounding, hop-forward, craft-beer tasting event?

Angelo: In keeping with our theme of curating interesting and esoteric beers, like we did for Tart at Heart, we wanted to do an event that’s seasonally appropriate. October being the high season for hop harvest, we thought it would coincide nicely with the hoppy beers that are going to be in season at this time.

NMDSBC: Set-up wise, is it going to be a lot like Tart at Heart? Are you changing anything at all?

Angelo: It will be very similar in the setup. One difference will be this event will be unlimited tasting. Some of the best, most hoppy beers that are out. We are curating a list of specialty beers from regional breweries, local breweries, and some from across the world as well.

NMDSBC: So it’s pretty much IPA, double IPA, triple IPA.

Angelo: Yeah, so hop-forward beers will definitely be showcased. Our intention is to make the majority of them resinous, hop bomb, hop-forward beers. There may be a couple of curveballs thrown in. One idea was to have one very light, very easy-drinking beer thrown in as a sort of palate cleanser, rather than a palate wrecker.

NMDSBC: You list a few of the (local) guys here, Santa Fe, Ponderosa, La Cumbre, Bosque. People are always going to ask what kind of beers do you have? What’s coming? Do you have a list at this point?

Angelo: We do. So Lagunitas is going to send us something special, a keg of their Waldos’. Green Flash has Green Bullet and a Triple IPA that they’re going to send. We’re considering doing Le Freak from them, which is a Belgian IPA. Green Flash is really a brewery that does some hop-heavy beers, but hasn’t been showcased in New Mexico. So we partnered with them to get something special.

We’re going to get some beers from Alpine, which is the partner of Green Flash. We’re thinking of doing Duet and Hoppy Birthday. Breckenridge is going to likely have a beer that we’re going to debut at the event, which is a barrel-aged IPA with some sort of melons, though I don’t know specifically what they are yet. I’m waiting on the information for that.

Upslope is going to send us some Imperial IPA. Avery is going to send us something special. We’re likely to have Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA and Habanero Sculpin. And Wasatch has a real nice Ghost Rider White IPA that we’re going to feature. Ska also has a few … it’s going to be a special barrel-aged Modus (Hoperandi) and then Mandrino, which is aged on Mandarin oranges.

Those are some of the regional offerings, but we’ll also have specialty beers from a lot of the local breweries as well.

NMDSBC: I’m guessing those (local) lists will be finalized closer to the event itself.

Angelo: Yes. So the idea is to really have as many exclusive beers at the event as we can, or if they’re not exclusive at least debut at the event.

NMDSBC: I know something you wanted to do at Tart at Heart was to educate people about the beers they were drinking, since sours are still a new style for a lot of folks. People around here think they know a lot about IPAs, or is there more for them to still learn?

Angelo: Absolutely. We’re going to step up the educational component at this event. There will be a table that will feature different hops in their different forms. We’ll likely have some pelletized hops. If we can get our hands on some whole-cone hops we’ll do that. Hop plugs are another thing that we’re going to seek out, just so people know the difference between what these hops look like, smell like, and feel like.

Also we’ll have a better sort of program to have descriptions of the beer. Last time we had them on a projection (screen) over the event, but this time it’s likely we’ll have a small map so people can make their way around and have fuller descriptions of each beer.

NMDSBC: You’re doing the pre-sale at the door, but last time you guys sold out before?

Angelo: We did sell out.

NMDSBC: So you’re encouraging people to buy in advance.

Angelo: Buy your tickets as soon as you can. This event is likely to sell out just like Tart at Heart. This time we do have slightly more capacity. Last time we were limited to 150. This time we’ll have seating for about 200 folks. You can buy hard-copy tickets at Sister Bar, Jubilation, and Kelly’s Juan Tabo. The soft copies are through Hold My Ticket.

NMDSBC: And there is a charity.

Angelo: There is a charitable component to the event. A portion of the proceeds are going to the Aljaba Casa Hogar Children’s Home, which is located in Mexico. It’s a charity that I’ve been involved in for the last couple years. It was strongly supported by Marble Brewery while I was there. Each year we do several trips to support this children’s home. It has 45 children there that are cared for by the folks there. The proceeds will go to make sure they have what they need for school supplies, medicine, and so on.

Angelo added there would be a special IPA brewed by Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande just for the event, so we also have that to look forward to in October.

So hurry up and go get your Palate Fatigue tickets in advance. The Crew will see you at Sister in a few weeks.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Fate Brewing has opened a second, bigger location in South Scottsdale.

Fate Brewing has opened a second, bigger location in South Scottsdale.

Editor’s note: While it does receive the attention of Arizona Wilderness or a bigger place like Four Peaks or SanTan, Fate Brewing is one of the best breweries in the Phoenix metro area. AmyO stopped in during a recent visit to watch some terrible football game. (Woe be the hapless Lobos.) At least the beer was good. — Stoutmeister

One of my favorite breweries in Scottsdale recently opened a second location. The original Fate Brewing is on Shea Boulevard just east of Scottsdale Road. It occupies a small footprint in a nondescript strip mall. Despite that limited space, they were cranking out great beer and food. Now, Fate has added a spectacularly beautiful brewery and taproom just south of Old Town Scottsdale on Scottsdale Road. It is easily accessible by bus or trolley for those staying in the downtown/Old Town area. It is also just a block south of Papago Brewing in Papago Plaza.

My three companions and I were excited visit to Fate South. We all had samplers because we were curious to see if the expansion changed the quality of the beer. If anything, the tasting experience (both for food and beer) is even more positive because there are more types to choose from, and everything we tasted was very good. Some offerings were better than good.

Some of the best beers in Arizona.

Some of the best beers in Arizona.

The samples we chose were: Oh my Gatos! Golden Ale, Bamberg Hefeweisen, Grape of Thrones APA, Pale Down Unda APA, Baby Oats IPA, and Export Stout. We also ordered some pizza dough “focaccia” with marinara, sweet potato fries with “Fate Sauce” (a spicy, thousand-island-y fry sauce), and a hummus platter at happy hour pricing.

We sat at the bar and the bartender was funny and engaging. He joked around with us quite a bit. My group was having a discussion about how the smoked malt in the Bamberg Hefeweisen was odd and made for a very unique version of the style. We were unsure if we would order a whole pint. But then I put a fry with the sauce in my mouth, followed by a hearty sip of the Bamberg. Oh, wait, whoa there. That completely changed the flavor of the beer and it was an amazing combination. The bartender overheard and said with a huge grin, “Are you totally doing a beer and food pairing? How awesome!”

The choices were plentiful.

The choices were plentiful.

Some tasting notes: We had a consensus on an overwhelming favorite — the Grape of Thrones. Oh, my, that is very complex and yet meticulously balanced! It was like Grapefruit Sculpin’s younger cousin from the suburbs. The runner up was the Export Stout. It wasn’t super thick or overpowering, but that was good on a day where the temperature climbed over 100 degrees. Although it was a little lighter than expected, it was full of smooth, rounded, coffee goodness.

If you find yourself in Scottsdale, I heartily recommend a visit to Fate. Put Fate in your own hands!

Stop by and say hello the next time the Lobos are set to get killed by the Sun Devils.

Stop by and say hello the next time the Lobos are set to get killed by the Sun Devils.

Cheers!

— AmyO

Last year the Marble staff brought back some serious hardware from GABF. Who will be this year's big winner from NM?

Last year the Marble staff brought back some serious hardware from GABF. Who will be this year’s big winner from NM?

In case anyone has been living under a rock of late, the Great American Beer Festival, that annual homage to craft beer, begins Thursday and runs through Saturday in Denver. In addition to the thousands upon thousands of beer served up at the Denver Convention Center, there will be hundreds of satellite events, special tappings, and just about everything else you can think of related to beer. Hotel prices are through the roof, every Uber driver should make a killing (though possibly at the expense of their floor mats), and the streets of Denver shall be packed.

It is a one-of-a-kind, visceral experience that everyone should partake in once in his/her lifetime. For myself and E-Rock, that was in 2012, though we both hope to go back one of these days. New rules should eventually enable us in the Crew to get press passes, but alas, we are still poor, and between car maintenance costs, work schedules, and a lack of a viable place to stay that won’t cost us half our annual salary, we are sitting out 2015. It should be noted that some members of the Brew Crew Bullpen will be there, having (somehow) scored general admission tickets. I’m sure they will be filing stories later this week and the next about their experiences.

For most of us watching from afar, however, the most important thing is the giant beer competition that occurs every year. In the last two years, New Mexico breweries have brought home 16 medals, eight in each year, more than twice what they had ever won before. Five NM beers earned gold medals last year, with Marble taking home two for Imperial Red and Double White, a brace that earned them the Small Brewery of the Year Award, a massive accomplishment for our brewing scene.

This year to help preview the festival, I asked the majority of the 15 participating breweries from our state what beers they were taking to the festival for both competition and to serve at their respective booths on the floor. When the GABF phone app updates the lists for our missing breweries, we will update this story.

Think of this also as a good way to keep an eye on who has what entered when they announce the winners on Saturday via an online broadcast on the website.

Bathtub Row: Little Bird Blonde, Wit Rock, Big House Belgo, Red Hammer, Black Point Stout

Bistronomy B2B: Green Chile Pale Ale, Cucumber Cream Ale, Lemongrass Basil Blonde, Coconut Porter, ESB

Blue Corn: Oatmeal Stout, Brown Ale, Night Train, HALT!-Bier, 
Apple Brandy Barleywine (competition only)

Bosque: Acequia Wet Hop IPA, Scale Tipper, Scotia Scotch, Bosque Lager, Riverwalker IPA

Boxing Bear: Standing 8 Stout, Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Body Czech Pilsner

Canteen: Dougie Style Amber, Exodus IPA, Odin’s Imperial Red, Dark & Lusty Stout, 
2008 St. Bob’s Imperial Stout

Chama River: Radioactive, Wee Bit Loco, Obey the Darkside, Class VI, Kolsch

La Cumbre: Project Dank, Malpais Stout, Red Ryeot, Fievre d’Abricot, 
Elevated IPA (booth only), Southpeak Pils (competition only)

Little Toad Creek: TBA

Marble: Pilsner, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Brett IPA

Red Door: Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint It Black Milk Stout, Ryeson Sun Saison, 
Broken Arrow Pale Ale

Santa Fe: Kriek, Black IPA, Nut Brown, Pale Ale, Single Barrel (competition only)

Sierra Blanca: Desert Pils (booth only), Pancho Verde, Bone Chiller Brown, Whiskey Stout (booth only), Alien Milk Stout, Alien Amber (competition only), Alien Wheat (competition only)

Taos Mesa: TBA

Tractor: Kristal Weizen, Chocolate Milk Stout, Berliner Weisse, Dark Horse Lager, 
Cowboy Blend Coffee Stout

And just for fun, if we had to pick one beer for each brewery to earn a medal, well …

Bathtub Row: Black Point Stout, Bistronomy B2B: Coconut Porter, Blue Corn: Oatmeal Stout (which won gold last year), Bosque: Scale Tipper, Boxing Bear: Body Czech Pilsner, Canteen: Dougie Style Amber (gold last year), Chama River: Obey the Darkside, La Cumbre: Project Dank, Marble: Imperial Stout, Red Door: Ryeson Sun Saison, Santa Fe: Kriek (bronze last year), Sierra Blanca: Bone Chiller Brown (two-time medal winner), Tractor: Cowboy Blend Coffee Stout

Certainly, as last year showed, breweries can win more than one medal. We hope everyone brings home at least one, though we realize that is unlikely. Still, it would be amazing to see our breweries double their haul from last year to this.

For any of you that are going to GABF, if you want to share photos, stories, news, or anything, you can contact us the usual ways: email us nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, via Facebook, or via Twitter @nmdarksidebc.

For everyone going to Denver, have fun and please stay safe up there. (In other words, do not utter the words “Peyton Manning looks done” under any circumstances. Even if he looks done.)

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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.

A good number of our top brewers, brewery owners, and other fun people are headed up to Denver this week for the Great American Beer Festival. Some of the Crew’s Bullpen members are headed up, though yours truly has to remain behind this year. The good news is, despite the loss of many a command staff, the breweries will still have a lot going on this week. The first big event is at Rio Bravo tonight (Wednesday), as they celebrate their grand opening event. It runs from noon to 10 p.m., though there will be a formal ribbon cutting at 4:30. There will be two food trucks present and live music from Redneck at 7 p.m. There will be drink specials and special giveaways all day. Then on Saturday, Marble is hosting the Mountain Rescue Brew Fest, benefiting Albuquerque Mountain Rescue. There will be a huge raffle, a silent auction, rescue apparel, a commemorative pint glass, mountain trivia, a DJ, seven (!) bands (see Marble’s entry below for the list), and a special new beer to commemorate it all. It runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

In addition to that, if you are stuck at home, you can still have some fun. Canteen is holding a contest for a new name for their IPA. If anyone recalls, when Canteen and Il Vicino split (to a degree), it was noted that Canteen would have to change the name of the beers served at the brewery. So while the recipes won’t change, the names have to, so Canteen needs a little help getting creative with renaming Wet Mountain. Got a name? Then drop it off at Canteen when you get the chance. Just nothing vulgar and it cannot have “wet” or “mountain” in the name. If you win, you get a lifetime mug club membership and a stainless steel growler. Entries will be accepted through Oct. 5, after which a top four will be selected by the staff. The vote on the final four will be held Oct. 12-18, with the announcement of the winner on Oct. 23.

UPDATE: We have also learned that this Friday will be the opening of the Santa Fe Brewing taproom at Green Jeans Farmery here in ABQ. More fun! Look for our quick preview Friday after we attend the media event Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, there are a few new beers worth checking out around town, though not many considering all that is going on. Bosque has Acequia IPA, their wet-hopped masterpiece, on tap and for sale in bombers. Canteen is feeling a bit northwestern with some Cascade Pale Ale. Cazuela’s wins the award for first to brew up a pumpkin beer with Calabaza. La Cumbre’s hop bomb of ridiculousness, Full Nelson, went on tap Tuesday and is also for sale in bombers. If you missed it at the anniversary party last Saturday, head to Ponderosa to try Jubilee, a smoked amber. Tractor will debut two of their top seasonals on Friday in the Jack the Sipper pumpkin ale and Traktoberfest.

Up in Santa Fe, it was fairly quiet this week, though Santa Fe Brewing will have Midsummer Night’s Cream Ale for their Small Batch this weekend. Second Street has fresh batches of three old favorites in the Rod’s Best Bitter, Fulcrum IPA, and Trebuchet Imperial IPA.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of September 21.

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: Unknown, please contact the brewery for more info.

News: ABC fired founding brewer Mike Marsh. We know they are still open, for now, but nothing beyond that.

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: Kentucky Common, Hefen or Hell, Ryeghteous RIPA, Berliner Weisse, Magdalena Lager. New brewer Peter Moore, who is taking over from Brandon Venaglia (bound in turn for Cazuela’s), shared a list of his newest offerings. The Ryeghteous, as you might have guessed, is a Rye IPA. Two old favorites also return in the Berliner Weisse and Magdalena.

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: Beach Bum Pale Ale. The popular Beach Bum is back for another run. 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: 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

(Hours: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–midnight, Fri 3 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat noon–2 a.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Old Shonie Scottish Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Amarillo Pale Ale, Oktoberfest. Welcome to the listings, Boese Brothers! We got a chance to sample their beers in advance of the recent grand opening. 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. The Dr. Strangehop XPA (6.5% ABV) debuted recently, offering up a wonderful mix of the piney Willamette and more floral Mosaic hops. Amarillo Pale Ale takes the place of Steampunk Lager as the current rotating seasonal. Also available for a limited time is the Oktoberfest. They will be offering up the same special — $20 for a one-liter “das boot” of Oktoberfest plus two food tickets for Gold Street Caffe’s grilled sausages and/or rolled pretzels — this Saturday and Sunday. You can also opt for a mug of the beer if one liter is too much.

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: They are still working on building 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, Imperial Lager, Stoked on Oak, Shellback, Riverbank Brown, Spoondriver DIPA, Acequia IPA. Due to a change in taproom managers in Las Cruces, we do not have an updated list for that location. Anyway, up here in ABQ it is all about the hops. The big monster is Spoondriver (8.5% ABV, 100+ IBU), a massive DIPA made with Nelson and New Zealand hops. The hop bite is massive, worthy of entry in the upcoming Alpha King Challenge, but it also has a smooth, sweet malt finish that has become the standard at Bosque (and a big reason, in our opinion, why their IPAs are so popular). Acequia, which claimed a bronze medal at GABF last year, is back on tap and is available in bombers as well this year. In our humble opinion, it is a near-perfect wet-hop IPA, even better than last year. Other recent additions are the Stoked on Oak (5.4% ABV, 16 IBU), a golden ale aged on lightly toasted oak spirals, and Imperial Lager (8% ABV, 30 IBU), a sweet but powerful end-of-summer treat. Riverbank Brown (6.2% ABV, 30 IBU) returns for another run, with $1 from each pint sold going to the Albuquerque Mountain Bike Association. Scale Tipper (6.5% ABV, 95 IBU), the two-time NMIPAC winner and current National IPA champion, is on tap until supplies run out. A recent addition is Shellback (5.6% ABV, 45 IBU), a single-hop pale ale made with Dr. Rudi.

Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. This week, however, there is no cask as the staff is Denver-bound.

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.

Bombers of Scale Tipper are once again on sale at Bosque locations and over at Jubilation.

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, Umbers Cucumbers, Cream Pale, C Legs, Not Your Mother’s Cream Soda. The most recent additions to taps are Not Your Mother’s Cream Stout, 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. C Legs will also be on nitro this week. Prior to that, Boxing Bear unleashed the Black and Blue Sour, a purple-colored delight that does not overpower like sours often do. 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: Our seasonal list is well out of date, so call the brewery for an updated list.

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, Saison, ESB, Oatmeal Stout, Dubbel, Cascade Pale. The most recent addition is the Cascade Pale Ale. Before that came the Dubbel, Oatmeal Stout (which is quite wonderful this time around), ESB, and Saison.

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: Keith Sanchez will perform Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. on the patio.

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), Calabaza (Pumpkin 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. Cazuela’s is the first local brewery to tap a pumpkin ale, in their case the new Calabaza, which was created by new brewer Brandon Venaglia.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Oxbow ESB, Blueberry Kolsch, Lupulo Lager, Midas Wells IPA, Hank Brown Ale. The Oxbow (6% ABV, 33 IBU) is smooth and a little biscuity, but not overly sweet. The new Blueberry Kolsch pretty much says it all in the name. Lupulo Lager is back after a short break. Midas Well is available to appease the hopheads. The Hank is back for another run.

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, Trail Rider Bicycle Beer. 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. The Trail Rider, a radler, was so popular at recent events it’s now on tap full-time. 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: 10 Drink Minimum will host a Cards Against Humanity night every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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.

Oh, and Distillery 365 will open their first tasting room over at Green Jeans Farmery, the same site that will host Santa Fe Brewing’s ABQ taproom.

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: Kaktoberfest, Target IPA, Yard Sale IPA, Tasty Red, Berna Brown, Wit, Basil Lager, Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. The newest kid here is the Kaktoberfest, which will be part of a big upcoming celebration (see below). Before that came the Target IPA, Basil Lager, Berna Brown, and Wit. They join old favorites like 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.

Kaktus will host a two-day Oktoberfest celebration, free of charge, on Oct. 2 and 3. We will have more details next week.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Acclimated DIPA, State Fair Cream Ale, Male Stripper IPA, Miles from Cologne, Summer Strong, Full Nelson. The new monster here is an old favorite in Full Nelson, the DIPA from the hop gods, back for another run. Before that came Miles from Cologne, an awesome kolsch, and Summer Strong, a massive, beautiful pale barleywine that debuted at MWBF. Male Stripper was La Cumbre’s entry in NMIPAC, but it should be running out any day now. 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 still around, too. It is Elevated’s bigger, hoppier brother. We should also note that the current batch of Project Dank, which debuted on tap and in bombers last week, was the first wet-hopped Dank they have ever done. The reviews are, well, off the charts.

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 Tres Pendejos perform 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, Apricot Sour, Saison Brux, Double IPA; Downtown only — Farmhand Pale Ale; Westside only — none. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The newest addition is the Farmhand PA (5.8% ABV). The other recent additions are the Apricot Sour and the Saison Brux, the latter of which is one of the best saisons I had all summer.

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.

On the live music front downtown, Wagogo performs tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. The Rene Reyes Band follows Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Markland drops in Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday will feature Detroit Lightning from 5 to 8 p.m.

Marble will host the Mountain Rescue Fundraiser Event this Saturday (see more in our intro above). It runs from 11 to 11, with DJ Matty Be and seven live bands — Alex Maryol, Brandon Johnson, Eileen & the In-Betweens, Eliza Linde, The Green Billies, The Jake Leg 3, Josh Benjamin Johnson, Quality Retreads, and Wagogo.

At the Westside Taproom, Paul Salazar takes the stage tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. The Kyle Martin Trio will perform Friday, followed by Kitty Jo Creek on Saturday, with both sets also from 6 to 9 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Kaylynn’s Altbier, Extra IPA, U.S.S. Saaz, Plum Imperial Cream. The Plum Imperial Cream debuted last week; the name pretty much says it all. Back for another run is the beer so good it’s named for its creator, Kaylynn’s Altbier (5.9% ABV, 22 IBU). Another recent addition is the Saaz (6.4% ABV, 30 IBU). As the name might imply, the Saaz is a single-hop beer made with, you guessed it, Czech Saaz hops. The Extra IPA (7.5% ABV, 100 IBU) 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: Amarillo Red, Robust Porter, Pi Vapor, Challenge IPA, English Summer Ale, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, Belgian Pumpkin Ale. The Robust Porter and Pi Vapor, a California Common, are the newest additions to the lineup. Before that the English Summer, Pilsner, and new Belgian Pumpkin Ale jumped on board. The ESB and Tropical IPA are out for the time being. 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) Bellamah Brown, American Wheat, Rosa’s Gose, Blanco Bock, Offbeat Wheat, Spanglish Mexican Lager, Walther IPK, Jubilee. 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). New to taps is the Jubilee (5.4% ABV, 18 IBU), which was brewed for the recent anniversary party. It is a hybrid of a malty amber ale and a smoked beer. The Walther IPK (6% ABV, 60 IBU), an India Pale Kolsch, and Spanglish (4.6% ABV, 18 IBU) were other recent additions. The Blanco Bock (6.3% ABV, 40 IBU) and Offbeat Wheat (5.2% ABV, 16 IBU) are still available. 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).

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, Anniversary Double Red. The most recent addition is the Anniversary Double Red  (7.7% ABV, 67 IBU), which has a deceptively low IBU count for a beer this hoppy. It’s got bite, it’s dry, it’s fierce, it’s right up there with the other best imperial reds in town. Before that came 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: No live music is listed for this week.

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.

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, Black Angus Stout, Roadkill Red, Duke City Pils. 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 (5.7% ABV, 53 IBU) offers up a more flavorful kick than most of its genre. The Hefeweizen (4.6% ABV, 26 IBU) has a big banana aroma, but the flavor is more balanced and smooth. Dirty Rotten Bastard (6.4% ABV, 77 IBU) is a “level one” IPA. Columbus is the primary hop in the DRB. Snakebite (7.4% ABV, 99 IBU) is the bigger “level two” IPA, armed with Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, and Crystal hops. Another addition to the regular lineup is the burly Black Angus Stout (5.9% ABV, 25 IBU). It is not a milk stout, cream stout, chocolate stout, or coffee stout. It is just a stout, thick and strong with prominent roasted flavors, somewhat similar to Deschutes’ Obsidian Stout. Roadkill Red made a solid debut at MWBF. Want to learn more about Rio Bravo and their plans for the future? Check out our in-depth look.

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.)

Beers: Big Sipper IPA, The Ruggles, Cowboy Blend Coffee Stout, Chocolate Milk Stout, Berliner Weisse, Summer Ale, Kristal Hefe, Dark Horse Lager, Pear Cider (Nob Hill only). A quintet of recent additions highlight the lineup in the Big Sipper IPA (5.8% ABV, 71 IBU), Chocolate Milk Stout (5.1% ABV), Cowboy Blend (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU), Summer Ale (7% ABV), and Kristal Hefe (6.6% ABV). Another recent addition is the Ruggles (4.4% ABV), a California Common-style beer that’s sweet and light and great for beating the heat. Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is still available at both locations.

UPDATED >>> News: Jack the Sipper (7.8% ABV, 18 IBU), Tractor’s pumpkin ale, will debut at both locations Friday. It was made with 440 pounds of real pumpkin. That’s not a typo. Oh, and if pumpkin beers just aren’t your thing, Traktoberfest is also scheduled to be tapped Friday. Viva autumn!

Events: This Friday, get ready for another Art Fight at Wells Park starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday will feature the In the Mix Series with Homegirl Records sending three female DJs to spin starting at 8 p.m.

Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity.

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) Cucumbersome Kosmonaut Kolsch, After Midnight, AmeriKriek, Slack Tide Session IPA. 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 additions are the Slack Tide (5.3% ABV, 75 IBU) and 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. 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: Alpha Reaper 2.0, HALT!-bier, Brown Paper Bag, Good Guys IPA. The most recent additions are Good Guys, Blue Corn’s entry in the Alpha King Challenge, and the Alpha Reaper 2.0, a big old IPA hop blast made with wet hops from Colorado. Another recent addition was Brown Paper Bag, an unfiltered malt liquor. HALT! is of course an altbier with a clever name and a great flavor.

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 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 barrel-aged Magnifique keeps up the Duel tradition of big beers. 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).

News: Duel is opening an Albuquerque taproom that will be more than twice the size of the mother facility in Santa Fe. We’re on the case to get you all the details about the downtown location and its projected opening date.

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, Midsummer Night’s Cream (Small Batch). 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. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. How soon? The media is attending a soft opening Thursday. We will have more info from that event.

Also, it is time for home brewers to starting submitting entries for the annual 12 Beers of Christmas at SFBC. They can start signing up Oct. 3 by emailing their proposal to leif@santafebrewing.com.

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, 3 C’s Porter, Wet Hop Pale Ale, Rod’s Best Bitter, Fulcrum IPA, Trebuchet Imperial IPA. The most recent additions are fresh batches of Fulcrum, Rod’s Best, and the Trebuchet. Before that came the 3 C’s Porter and Wet Hop PA. The 3 C’s was a standout at MWBF over the Labor Day Weekend. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

UPDATED >>> Events: On the live music front, Wagogo performs Friday, followed by Bill Hearne on Saturday at the original location. The Railyard will play host to Jono Manson on Friday and the Alto Street Band on Saturday.

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: Hoppenheimer IPA, Kappa’s Saison, Wildewood Amber, Black Point Stout, Wit Rock, Little Bird Blonde, Honey Vanilla Porter. We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. The newest beer on tap is the Honey Vanilla Porter. Other recent additions are the Kappa’s Saison, a cucumber saison, and the Wildewood. Fresh batches of Black Point, Wit Rock, and Little Bird are on tap.

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, Pilabo Pale Ale, 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 Pilabo PA, Venom IPA, Twisted Black, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, and Zia Pilsner. The popular Irish Stout, which came in third in our Stout Challenge, is temporarily out.

Events: The Mose McCormack Band will perform on the patio on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.

* * * *

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

ARF2

Atalaya Altbier is hoppier this year!

Good beer and good causes go hand in hand. It’s one of our favorite things as beer bloggers to write about, and one of our favorite ways for us, as beer drinkers, to help our fellow men, women, or puppies. Who doesn’t love drinking great beer, knowing that we’re supporting a real, local organization, and all from the comfort of your favorite local barstool? Personally, I would donate until they cut me off. Actually, I’m sure that I have, on occasion. Recently, I attended the annual Atalaya Rescuefest at Second Street Brewery, and I spoke with Aimee Adamek, one of the main organizers of Rescuefest and Atalaya Search and Rescue, the non-profit to which we proudly raised our pints that day. I also spoke with Second Street head brewer Rod Tweet about the beer he made especially for the fest.

ARF5

Manager Colleen Sager sports wood. What did I say? Oh, come on! She’d laugh!

After I finished wolfing down the best buffalo chicken sandwich I’ve had in a long while, I knew I had a window of opportunity to where I could get my interviews in without slurring my way through them. There were, of course, quite a few delicious brews on tap that day, but as with all things, business first. Aimee Adamek had been wandering around, and I’d lost sight of her sometime between bites. The ever-together GM, Colleen Sager, hunted down my interviewee in no time, and put us up in her own office. With the jams of Alex Maryol streaming in through the open door like a bluesy American breeze, and the brewhouse bustling with a new brew in the boil, Sager’s office would be the only really quiet place onsite that day.

ARF4

Aimee Adamek enjoying an Atalaya Altbier!

DSBC: What is Atalaya Rescuefest? Tell us a little about your cause.

Adamek: Rescuefest started last year. It was our first year to have essentially a search and rescue fundraiser to help fund the team, because we do not receive any funds whatsoever. Any training, any gear, most importantly comes out of our own pockets, so we invest the money, not only for gear, trainings, gas mileage, you name it. It comes out of our own pocket. So we created Rescuefest to help fund our needs to help save people in the back country.

DSBC: In the back country … how far-reaching is your organization?

Adamek: We actually do rescues in the entire state. We do have districts in which we work, but we do go out of those districts. It’s wherever we’re needed within the state.

DSBC: And so, in order to fund all that, you started Rescuefest. How long have you been doing search and rescue?

Adamek: 8 years.

During that time, they’ve helped countless hikers, hunters, rangers, in every type of terrain in our state. Forests, deserts, mountains, you name it, they’ve been there.

DSBC: How do our beer readers get involved? How do we help?

Adamek: We’re always welcoming new members to the team. If you happen to run into one of our teammates, they’re more than happy to answer questions. You can join us or start joining us at our regular classroom meetings and trainings to get involved. I think the crowd that Second Street brings in is typically a lot of outdoor folks.

DSBC: There’s just something about the outdoors and beer. Hand in hand, too.

Adamek: Absolutely, so a lot of times, you know, after a hard training in the field, we’ll come to Second Street and get a cold brew.

DSBC: Makes perfect sense to me. Do you have any upcoming festivals or events?

Adamek: We usually do a first-aid event for ATC, the charter school on the other side of town. We do the Atalaya Turkey Trot as well, which is like a 3 or 5K run.

DSBC: Will you be doing this particular event again next year?

Adamek: We hope so, sure! We’d love to!

* * * * *

ARF1

Head brewer Rod Tweet gives a short tour of the brewhouse.

I also caught head brewer Rod Tweet just after he was giving Aimee a tour of the brewhouse. Before he had to get back to brewing I asked him a few short questions.

DSBC: How long have you guys been doing Rescuefest?

Tweet: I think it’s our second year, yeah.

DSBC: How easy is it to get something like this together?

Tweet: The Atalaya Search and Rescue people really put a lot of the work into the organization of it up front. They book all the music. We really don’t do any of that part of it.

DSBC: But you do something special for this event. You brewed a special beer. Tell us about that.

Tweet: This beer fits the Altbier (style), pretty well. And it’s an Altbier as I think it should be, or as I like them. It’s very hoppy. Not hoppy like an American IPA, but it’s hoppy. I’ll mix it up a little bit every year. This year it’s 100-percent German Hallertau that we just got in, so real nice hops in it, and quite a bit of German Pilsner malt, German Munich, and I’m pretty happy with it. I think it came out great. This year we dry hopped it with a small amount of Hallertau, because it’s a fairly malty beer, so we throw like a bag of wheat in it, and dry hopping it helps finish it, and that’s it for this year. We have a framework for it, but we usually, like I said, mix it up a little bit.

DSBC: Do you plan to do this again next year?

Tweet: As long as they want. (Laughs) You know, doing a beer for them? I always welcome that.

DSBC: Good beer for a good cause. As a brewpub, why do you do it?

Tweet: As a brewpub, it’s something we can do. These folks’ve been good to us. It’s a way to help out. We’re pretty open to that kind of thing.

ARF3

Alex Maryol rockin’ the patio at Rescuefest.

* * * * *

Atalaya Search & Rescue Mission Statement:

Founded in the fall of 2002, ATALAYA SEARCH AND RESCUE (ASAR) is an all-volunteer and non-profit organization dedicated to the search and rescue of lost or injured people in the backcountry of New Mexico. On call 24/7 and operating under State Police and the Department of Public Safety, our responders are highly trained in ground search, medical care, communication, and technical rope rescue. ASAR team members have collectively participated in hundreds of search and rescue missions in the mountains, forests, and deserts of the southwest, and play a vital role in New Mexico’s public safety network of first responders.

To help out, you can either donate through http://www.atalayasar.org/, or if you want to see what they’re all about for yourself, their meetings are held every other Wednesday at St. John’s College (ESL 111, building 8) at 6:30 p.m., 1160 Camino De Cruz Blanca, Santa Fe. Or, follow Second Street Brewery on Facebook and make sure to look out for next year’s Rescuefest, where the proceeds from your pints of the Altbier and/or special pint glass help these rescuers get the gear, training, and cover their expenses! Help them help you! Think globally, drink locally, I always say.

Cheers!

— Luke

For more #CraftBeer info and @nmdarksidebc #News, follow me on Twitter for @SantaFeCraftBro