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.
A little while back I began to notice a series of events popping up called Umbrella Week. Digging a little deeper, I found this annual event is a mix of, well, I will just let the official statement on their website explain it: “During one busy week in September 2015, Albuquerque is home to a concentration of mini-festivals and events representing some of the city’s best art, technology and culture, embodying many of the things that make our city so creatively bountiful and infectiously eclectic. You are invited to Umbrella Week!” The cool thing about Umbrella Week is that it is embracing craft beer, and craft beer in turn is embracing Umbrella Week. This makes sense in that craft beer is one of the best parts about Albuquerque. Why shouldn’t it be lauded at an event like this? Specifically, the latest edition of I’ll Drink to That at Tractor Wells Park, starting this Sunday at 4 p.m., will be a salute to all of the events for the week. Tractor’s own Lauren Poole will be singing (yes, she can sing and act, a true renaissance woman), plus Burque Sol will provide some music and Poet Laureate Jessica Lopez will also perform. Prior to that on Saturday, the TEDxABQ after-party will be held at Tractor from 5 to 9 p.m. During that time Wells Park will be closed to anyone not wearing their TEDx lanyard or holding a ticket stub. So hurry up and sign up for TEDx and then you can enjoy the festivities afterward. Otherwise you will have to wait until Wells Park reopens at 9 p.m. For a full list of Umbrella Week events, just click on their event calendar.
Meanwhile, there are a few new beers worth checking out around town, though it is a fairly light week. Back Alley is rolling out Ryeghteous RIPA, Berliner Weisse, and Magdalena Lager. Bosque’s Stoked on Oak and Imperial Lager are now ready for consumption. Chama River brought back Lupulo Lager and the new Midas Well IPA should be on tap today (Wednesday). La Cumbre brought back a fan favorite in Miles from Cologne, plus Summer Strong, the awesome pale barleywine from Mountain West Brew Fest, is now available. Tractor will release Dark Horse Lager on Friday.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has the all-native-NM-hopped Wet-N-Wild Harvest Ale. Second Street kicks up some more Whiptail Pale Ale, plus the awesome 3 C’s Porter is available.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of September 7.
To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.
Albuquerque metro area breweries
ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Imperial IPA, Red Ale, Cherry Sour. ABP carries beers from Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca. Several times a year, ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing. Adam and I recently got to try two new brews from Benjamin Couger that are on tap at ABP. The Imperial IPA is a big old blast of hops, but not the usual suspects like Simcoe or Centennial (at least, we didn’t think so). The Red Ale is a smooth, biscuit-y delight. The new addition is a Cherry Sour, the first sour ever produced by the folks at RG/SB.
Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842
(Mon–Fri 1-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)
Beers: SuMariOatmeal Stout, Brown Eyes. Located at 8620 Pan American Blvd., on the east side of I-25 and between Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ABC is now open and ready for business. In addition to the house beers, there are often guest taps, plus the plan is to have at least one beer on a nitro tap at all times. The SMO Stout is available on CO2 and nitro.
Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590
(Mon–Weds 4 p.m. to midnight, Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight or later, Sun 4 p.m. to midnight)
Beers: 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 new 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
Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Old Shonie Scottish Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Steampunk Lager. 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. Steampunk (5% ABV) combines the style of a California common/steam beer with a pale ale made with Cascade and Willamette hops, but it does so quite nicely. The Dr. Strangehop XPA (6.5% ABV) debuted recently, offering up a wonderful mix of the piney Willamette and more floral Mosaic hops.
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: Still no word on the status of their website. You can follow them on their Facebook page.
Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)
(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)
Beers: Scale Tipper IPA, Imperial Lager, Stoked on Oak, Bucketmouth Lager (Las Cruces and Nob Hill), Thunderhead Black IPA (Las Cruces only), Little Tipper (Las Cruces only), Shellback, Riverbank Brown. All beers listed are on tap at all three locations, unless noted. The most 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. Bucketmouth Lager (4.4% ABV, 20 IBU) debuted recently and fits this late summer weather perfectly. The fourth and final entry in the Monsoon IPA Series, Thunderhead Black IPA (6.5% ABV, 95 IBU), is a wonderful mix of sweet and roasted malts with a whole lotta hops. Scale Tipper (6.5% ABV, 95 IBU), the two-time NMIPAC winner and current National IPA champion, is on tap until supplies run out. If that is too many hops, try the new Little Tipper (6% ABV, 35 IBU), a sessionable sibling. 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’s cask will be Riverbank Brown.
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: Rob Van Winkle Stout, Xico (Chico) Suave, FREDD’s Apple Ale, Stinky Pinky Hefeweizen. This seasonal list may already be out of date, so call the brewery for an updated list. The Stinky Pinky (5.4% ABV) is a popular grapefruit hefe. The FREDD’s (5.2% ABV) is a hybrid of a cider and an American Ale. The Xico (6% ABV) is a spiced beer. The Rob Van Winkle (5.7% ABV) is a vanilla stout. Take note, the Drunken Hobo Milk Stout has replaced the Mulligan Stout in the regular lineup. Also joining the regular lineup now is the Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale.
Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.
Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737
(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)
Beers: Irish Red, Saison, ESB, Oatmeal Stout, Dubbel. The most recent additions is the Dubbel. Before that came the Oatmeal Stout (which is quite wonderful this time around), ESB, and Saison. There was also a brief appearance by more Exodus this weekend, but alas, it was gone by the time Porter Pounder and I visited.
News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.
Events: Alex Maryol Duo will perform Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. on the patio. Claudio Tolousse and Friends will follow on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364
(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)
Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Kilt Kicker (Smoked Scottish). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup. The Kilt Kicker is the newest entry on the list, a smoked Scottish ale, which we all really enjoyed at Hopfest.
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. 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 should be on tap today (Wednesday) to appease the hopheads.
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.
Outdoor Movie Night is back this Friday as “The Big Lebowski,” one of the great classics of modern cinema, will be shown outside at 8 p.m. Seats are limited, so feel free to BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair).
Saturday will feature an art show with Chris McAfee, whose work you’re probably familiar with since he has done many of the designs across the road at La Cumbre. That runs from 7 to 10 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. We will have more details soon.
Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072
(Hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)
Beers: Darkness Falls Stout, Target IPA, Yard Sale IPA, Tasty Red, Berna Brown, Wit, Basil Lager, Sweet and Dry Apple Cider. The most recent additions to the lineup are the Target IPA and Basil Lager. Before that came the Darkness Falls Stout, 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.
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. The most recent additions are 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. Another big addition is the State Fair Cream Ale, which is the official beer of the New Mexico State Fair (and pretty darned tasty, if you ask the Crew members who wiped out a four-pack on July 4). Also, for all of you hopheads, the Acclimated is back. It is Elevated’s bigger, hoppier brother. The Hop-Back Centennial has run out, but fear not, for it was only the first in a planned series of Hop-Back pale ales, assuming Jeff can get his hands on lots of whole leaf hops. Oh, and don’t panic about Project Dank and Red Ryeot no longer appearing here as seasonals. They are now part of La Cumbre’s regular lineup. Red Ryeot cans are now for sale around town and at the brewery.
News: La Cumbre’s new and improved website is now up and running. Check it out by clicking the link here. Their online calendar now includes what food trucks will be serving, plus live music and a current draft list.
Events: Live music is back this Saturday as Kyle Martin performs from 7 to 10 p.m. Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.
Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301
(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)
Beers: Long Nosed Tripel, Legless DIPA, Frilled Irish Red, Earless English IPA. During a recent visit I made sure to write down the updated seasonal list. The Long Nosed (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is one of the biggest beers on the menu. The Legless (8.5% ABV, 100 IBU) offers up quite the hop kick. Earless (6.4% ABV, 50 IBU) is in the classic English tradition. The Irish Red (5.3% ABV, 24 IBU) has the perfect malt profile, not too sweet, not too dry.
News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints. Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.
Events: Lizard Tail will host Geeks Who Drink every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739
(Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Both locations — Imperial Red, Apricot Sour, Saison Brux; Downtown only — Nitro Oaked Amber; Westside only — Double IPA. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. The newest addition is the the Nitro Oaked Amber (5.4% ABV). The other recent additions are the Apricot Sour and the Saison Brux, the latter of which is one of the best saisons I have 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.
We have a live music schedule again! Huzzah! The Surf Lords hit the stage downtown Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Dorian Vibe follows Saturday with a set from 8 to 11 p.m.
At the Westside Taproom, Jorda Trimarchi takes the stage tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. The Real Matt Jones will perform Friday followed by Last Call 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. 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, Bourbon Vanilla Porter, PiPA, Challenge IPA, English Summer Ale, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, Belgian Pumpkin Ale. There was a tap turnover recently with the English Summer, Pilsner, and new Belgian Pumpkin Ale jumping on board. The ESB and Tropical IPA are out for the time being. The Bourbon Vanilla Porter is an old favorite amongst the Crew. 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. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). The Walther IPK (6% ABV, 60 IBU), an India Pale Kolsch, and Spanglish (4.6% ABV, 18 IBU) are the most recent additions. The Blanco Bock (6.3% ABV, 40 IBU) and Offbeat Wheat (5.2% ABV, 16 IBU) came before thats. 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. The most recent addition is the Ryeson, which has to be the first rye saison we have ever of. The Vanilla Cream should get you in a summer mood. The Broken Arrow (5.4% ABV) was made with just Equinox hops for a rather unique, yet multi-faceted, flavor profile.
News: An imperial red, brewed for Red Door’s upcoming first anniversary party, is now in the fermenter. It smelled wonderful when it was brewed recently.
Events: Live music is back this week with Bee Man & The Mizzbeehavens on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by Alex Maryol on Tuesday at the same time.
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.
Oh, yeah, and Red Door’s 1st Anniversary Week extravaganza kicks off this Sunday. We will have a full preview later this week.
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. 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.
News: The Duke City Pils is in the fermenters.
Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970
(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)
Beers: Son Ranger Irish Red, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen, Rio Negro Milk Stout, Rattlesnake IPA. These are the four core beers of SCG’s lineup, though we cannot guarantee they are on tap at all times. Give them a call to check and see which beers are available.
Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), (505) 243-6752 (Wells Park)
(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight. Last call 30 minutes before close. No package after midnight. Brewery tours Saturday at 1 p.m.)
UPDATED >>> Beers: Big Sipper IPA, Javi Lager, The Ruggles, Cowboy Blend Coffee Stout, Chocolate Milk Stout, Berliner Weisse, Summer Ale, Kristal Hefe, Pear Cider, Tupac Cali Red (Nob Hill only), Dry Apple 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). Other recent additions are the old-favorite Javi Lager (5% ABV, 20 IBU) and the Ruggles (4.4% ABV), a California Common-style beer that’s sweet and light and great for beating the heat. Actually, they both fit that sessionable description. Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is back at both locations. The popular Tupac Cali Red (6% ABV) is also back for a second run. And if you have friends who are living the gluten-free life, you can take them with you to Tractor and let them choose between four ciders, the standard Apple Hard Cider and two new seasonals in the Dry Apple and Pear.
News: This Friday, Tractor will release Dark Horse Lager (5.6% ABV, 25 IBU) at both locations. It earned this description, “Hidden among the shadows of the Dark Horse Lager, lies a lightly toasted, nutty aroma. With hints of coffee and cocoa, this easy drinking Dark American Lager will be a go-to as the Autumn leaves begin to fall.”
Events: Art Fusion for a Cause is back tonight (Wednesday) at 8 p.m. This event supports the ABQ Kings Wheelchair Basketball Team.
Snailmate and Youngsville will perform together at Wells Park on Thursday at 8 p.m. Friday will feature Attack of the Cafe Racers, with 80 or so bikes in the lot, plus music, an art auction, merchandise, and more. Street Food Blvd. will provide the sustenance.
In the Mix is back Saturday at 9 p.m. with DJ Halcyon. Sunday is I’ll Drink to That (see our intro above).
Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity.
You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.
Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.
Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497
(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates. Please call.)
Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Heidelberg Helles, Stauffenberg Stout. (Seasonal/specialty) 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, Wet-N-Wild Harvest Ale. The most recent additions are Alpha Reaper 2.0, a big old IPA hop blast made with wet hops from Colorado, and Wet-N-Wild, which was made with all-NM-grown hops. 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.
Events: This Thursday, prepare for the ultimate onslaught of hops. The Thursday Beer Garden will feature four IPAs on tap, a Blue Corn first, from 7 to 9 p.m. In addition to the regular Roadrunner IPA, plus the Alpha Reaper 2.0 and Wet-N-Wild, get ready for Good Guys Triple IPA (10.2% ABV, 150+ IBU). That will be Blue Corn’s entry in the upcoming Alpha King Challenge in Colorado. For just $10 you can get a flight of all four beers plus bacon-and-scallion-stuffed chicken wings. Dear lord … time to go to Santa Fe.
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).
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: SFBC will soon be opening a taproom in Albuquerque. We got to check out the new digs, with lots of pictures to show for it.
Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)
Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Agua Fria Apricot, XXX Lager. The most recent additions are the new 3 C’s Porter, Whiptail PA, and XXX Lager. The 3 C’s was a standout at MWBF over the Labor Day Weekend. Before that came the Agua Fria, a sour. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.
Events: On the live music front, the Thursday Patio Series at the original location will feature Joe West all month long. The Alpha Cats follow on Friday and then The Troy Brown Trio performs on Saturday.
Over at the Railyard, Todd and the Fox will perform Friday followed by The Busy McCarroll Band on Saturday.
Take note, both locations will be closed Sunday for the annual employee party.
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, McFadden Scotch, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Quebradas Sunrise Amber, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Twisted Black (IPA), Venom IPA. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beers on tap are the Venom IPA, Twisted Black, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Zia Pilsner, and McFadden Scotch. The popular Irish Stout, which came in third in our Stout Challenge, is temporarily out.
Events: Suavecito! will perform on the patio on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.
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