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A brace of Baltic Porters for Oktober

Posted: October 30, 2015 by Franz Solo in Beer Review
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Unleash the glory of the Baltic Porter!

Unleash the glory of the Baltic Porter!

Maltheads rejoice for your season is at hand! From brutal Russian imperial stouts to delectable porters, doppelbocks, winter warmers, and beyond, ’tis the season of the malt. We in the Brew Crew are no strangers to the Baltic Porter, style having brewed one of our own in collaboration with Canteen Brewing last winter. As those of you who have read my reviews in the past well know, I am certainly enamored of bold, strong ales. The Baltic Porters which are currently available from Bosque Brewing and La Cumbre certainly flow in that vein and the following are my thoughts on both of these delectable dark brews.

Bring the La Llorona home with you.

Bring the La Llorona home with you.

La Llorona (La Cumbre) — Roast chocolate and a light, crisp, hop aroma begins the journey. First taste begins with a malt roast bite on the front, which fades to a smooth, sweet finish with no alcohol burn at all. A very nice, burly porter brethren to Malpais Stout.

Burly is in fact a very good way to describe the flavor, the mouthfeel and the finish overall.

As this was aged a year, it has a nice, creamy finish in the early going. Definitely worthy of the namesake, La Llorona, sorrow and woe for the depths of Oktober. When warmed, the hops and roast malt linger for a long finish which keeps returning again and again. A shade of licorice and subtle smoked flavor gives us a good presence at the end of the pint.

A happy anniversary to us all.

A happy anniversary to us all.

Year Three Anniversary Baltic Porter (Bosque) — The aroma is of sweet malt with honey and dark fruit. Nice hop bite with a little burn, and a silky smooth fade to black at the back. Far silkier than your comparable imperial stout. Nice bitter middle with pine and spruce notes, conjuring thoughts of winter. Incredibly drinkable owing in part to the lagering this went through and really balances out the beer. Chocolate and honeyed dates punctuate the latter half of the offering and the warmth of roast malts warms the body from head to toe. A bit of strong coffee emanates from the last pour of this marvelously crafted porter.

Both of these Baltic Porters are as unique as they are delicious and I heartily recommend you enjoy a pint of each for yourselves before they disappear. Pair with fire under the stars, a roaring blaze at your side as the nights grow cold.

To the honored dead, prost!

— Franz Solo

Yup, this is a forthcoming brewery on an island in the Caribbean.

Yup, this is a forthcoming brewery on an island in the Caribbean.

Hola, amigos! I just returned from Cancun and the immensely popular, laid-back island of Isla Mujeres — just a short ferry ride from the hotel zone in Cancun. Prior to my arrival, as usual, I feverishly studied the things we might want to do in the few short days we were there. In my research I found some information about a new brewery set to open soon on Isla Mujeres. This is a big deal, because it’s very difficult to get craft beer anywhere in the islands/Caribbean. Hoping to use my beer-writing persona to my advantage, I made several attempts to contact the owner for an early preview of his brewing operation. Unfortunately, I was never able to get in touch with Isla Brewing Company’s owner, Jeff McGahee.

Following a festive ferry ride complete with entertainment (a singing dude with a scratchy speaker and a microphone), we stopped at traveler favorite Bally-hoo for some fish tacos and giant, potent margaritas while we contemplated our day-trip island strategy. By far, the most popular transport around the island is by golf cart, so we decided “when in Isla” and rented our cart for the day. The views are amazing and you can’t get lost because it’s only one main road around the island. I had my must-visit spots all marked on my map and off we went.

After several beach stops and tiki bars, it was getting to be time to head back towards downtown Isla Mujeres. But, first, there was one more stop on my list: The Soggy Peso. OK, yes, it’s another tiki bar. But, it is very popular with the locals, including a lot of ex-pats from the U.S. and Canada. This is low season, but the place was packed full of locals. I happened to look down next to me at the bar and saw a woman to my right had a bag of beautiful children’s books. It turns out she is the author and the bar owner’s son is the illustrator. Each page is written in English and Spanish and the book is about the adventures of their cat Thomas and his view on what it’s like to move to Isla Mujeres from Canada. Her name was Lynda Lock and I found out the book is available on Amazon.

Soon, there will be beer.

Soon, there will be beer.

I’m having a great conversation with Lynda about what it’s like to live there when she pointed to the guy to her right and said, “This guy is opening a brewery.” I almost fell off my bar stool. I whipped my head around and said, “Wait, you’re Jeff?” He said yes. I told him the saga of trying to contact him, about the Crew, yada, yada, yada. So Lynda said, “He’ll take you over there and show you.” It felt like a huge imposition because this poor guy is just trying to relax and have some drinks with his buddies. But, he said, “No problem. I’ll just hop on my moped; follow me in your cart.” I could not believe my luck. It’s a small island, but we were only on a quick stop in one of Isla’s many, many bars. To paraphrase Casablanca, of all the gin joints, he was sitting in this one.

Jeff was an architect in Asheville, N.C., and designed several breweries there. He was also a home brewer, so he figured he would combine his passions. Jeff showed us all around the small space. We peppered him with questions about the logistics of trying to start a brewery on a small island in another country. He seemed to have most of the same issues as any brewery just starting out. He said the water there is pretty good, but he does have a problem with calcium build-up “gumming up the works” from time to time. But, he said getting equipment and supplies over from the main land is fairly easy. He gets his malt mostly from Mexico City. One thing he is struggling with (most home brewers can sympathize) is his IPA. He says people on the island who try it like it, but he is not happy with it yet.

Even though he is not open, there was plenty of beer ready on tap to taste. He took us through the whole lineup, a wide range of styles that actually included some dark beers — hooray, porter and stout! On an island! Ah, but this isn’t just any stout. It’s a habanero stout and it packs a serious punch. Although there is some sweetness to balance it out, which I think might have been honey, this stout is not for the faint at heart. Jeff said his intention is for people to drink it not as a pint, but as a tequila back, like you would a sangrita. After we had generous tastes of each style, one of which is an “ITA,” a very unusual India-style Tequila Ale, he told us to pick our favorite and grab a pint. The pale ale was a perfect choice. It was smooth, with enough of a hop profile to keep it interesting, and we happily savored the moment of having a pint of fresh-brewed, craft goodness on a thin spit of land in the middle of the ocean.

Thanks for the impromptu tour, Jeff! Good luck!

Thanks for the impromptu tour, Jeff! Good luck!

I can’t say enough about Jeff’s hospitality or his positive attitude. He said the locals have come to really respect him because he gets in there and does the hard work himself. He didn’t just come in with a bunch of money, hire cheap labor, and demand they work 24/7. He has staff, but if something happens off-hours, he says it’s his problem, and he will go fix it. The eventual plan is to have a taproom in downtown Isla as well as in Cancun. I tried to assess his frustration level on the licensing and paperwork, etc., because this has been a two-year effort so far. But he just looked at me and calmly said, “Probably early December. It will happen.” That’s life on an island, folks. If any of you ever find yourselves in beautiful Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico, hopefully Jeff’s place will be up and running.

And, if you are like us, you will immediately start dreaming about your own craft brewing island life.

Cheers!

— AmyO

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Things are still looking good for Blue Corn.

A couple months ago, I posted an article about the Challenge to Blue Corn’s Future. I wrote about a great craft beer-centric manager leaving the restaurant/brewery, and the huge void that would remain, unless his replacement was up to the task of keeping craft beer a priority. In the restaurant and brewery business, sometimes food sales can take precedence, and even beer brewed in-house can take a backseat to the bottom line. A manager has a lot of influence on beer’s prominence, and ultimately its place in the brewpub. I wanted to know exactly what was in store for the future of craft beer at one of my favorite local haunts, and so I sat down and had a beer with Randy Ropek, the new manager of Blue Corn Brewery.

DSBC: Where did you work before Blue Corn?

Ropek: I’ve worked eight years with Santa Fe Dining. I spent eight years at Rio Chama, and then I left for about 3 and a half years where I worked for Vinaigrette, but I’ve been back for about 5 months now.

DSBC: What is your craft beer background?

Ropek: I’ve spent a lot of time at Rio Chama; it wasn’t necessarily about the beer program there. They’re wine-centric, a little more, but I took the time to study and take the sommelier level 2 exam. And beer and wine, you’ll see a lot of similarities in the sales, the marketing, and the pairings. But, I like beer. It’s funny, whenever I’m out, even with the sommelier certification, I drink more beer than I do wine. A lot of that comes from personal experience. I just enjoy beer; I think it’s really food-friendly. And then, coming back to Blue Corn, after being away from the company for such a long time, I’m seeing and meeting the new brewer and seeing what he’s doing, I’ve taken kind of a renewed interest and started to do a little bit of studying again, just so I can be up on my beer knowledge.

DSBC: How do you keep in the beer game? Do you sit down with James, taste his beers?

Ropek: Absolutely, James, frequently, will jam a beer in your face at 8:05 a.m., and we’ll talk about the profile of the beer, if it needs anything, if it needs more carbonation, less carbonation, or how it rests on the palate. With the experience that I’ve had and the language, we talk well. And so he does come to me, whenever he’s got something new coming out. We usually sit down once every two weeks and talk about what’s coming up. With the beer events that we’ve been doing on Thursdays, we try to start talking about food with those, and that’s when we get Chef involved. We’ll talk about pricing, what’s good for the consumer, levels of alcohol, serving vessels. You’re always surrounded by beer around here. It’s a constant. You’re immersed, daily, here. Beer is such a big part of our culture.

DSBC: When you hear about a 10-percent triple IPA, what goes through your head as a manager?

Ropek: We try to keep a good balance. If you look at the specialty board, you’ll see lights, you’ll see darks, you’ll see heavies, you’ll see easy-drinking, lower alcohol beers, higher alcohol beers, and also seasonal. So when something like that comes up, we know it’s going to be a short run, and we start talking about it again, you know, how are we going to feature this? How are we going to promote this particular beer? When we have something like that, during our dinners, we only do something like a 4-ounce pour because it’ll scorch your palate.

DSBC: Yeah, and then you’re not really tasting anything for the evening.

Ropek: Right, so when something like that comes on, we just try to find the right place for it. How’s it gonna fit? What’s the right concept? How are people going to enjoy it the most? How is this beer going to promote beer culture and the food at Blue Corn? That’s what we talk about when I see 10 percent.

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McLeonards Single Malt. This big, bad, near Wee Heavy is certainly a sipper! 10.1% ABV.

DSBC: What else are you doing to keep the craft beer culture alive here, and to keep this a craft-beer-centric establishment?

Ropek: There’s the beer dinners, of course, which are more formal sit-downs. Those are one thing. The patio promotions are another. We’ll do special pricing or beer releases where we’ll save a beer to be released on that day.

DSBC: Pint night is still Wednesdays.

Ropek: That’s right. And we have a marketing woman named Nicole Kuller who works up at Santa Fe Dining for us. She’s in constant communication with us about what’s going on. She’ll take the pictures and throw them up on social media.

DSBC: That’s new. And she collaborates with James on that?

Ropek: Yeah, we also have someone in-house who takes the pictures and sends them up to Nicole for her to post.

DSBC: Kind of a social media team. Nice, I always wonder how that works.

Ropek: It seems like it’s different every week, depending on what we’re trying to achieve.

DSBC: Is there anything you’d like to add about the Blue Corn team, as manager?

Ropek: James is so easy to work with. He’s so laid back, but he’s also got a great work ethic. It’s a great combination. He’s got great ideas. We like to have fun with the beers. Brown Paper Bag, that was fun. It was our first Malt Liquor.

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Brewer James Warren with his Brown Paper Bag Malt Liquor.

It’s that balance of making things that are financially conducive. And Malt Liquor was fairly inexpensive to produce because you’re using malt. He was like, “Do you think we can do it?” and I said, “Absolutely!” And so we have fun with the names. Kyle, the new assistant brewer, is starting to spread his wings a little bit. He’s been introducing more hops into the beers. He’s also worked on his fresh hops beer, the Wet N’ Wild. That was kind of his first venture, which did very well.

DSBC: That beer was delicious.

Ropek: It was! And now that we’ve got two people back there, it’s all about quality and consistency in collaboration with each other. So, I think they’re working well together. I have a great rapport with them. And Chef works very tightly with them. You see us all swinging around the restaurant all the time, they’re in the kitchen; we’re in the brewery. We just keep the lines of communication open and that just helps in every aspect.

DSBC: Regarding the future here, what can we say to the real craft beer enthusiasts, who’ve recently become excited about craft beer at Blue Corn?

Ropek: I think you can expect beers that are going to be a little bit different, stylistically true, but a little bit different. You can also see James’ character come out a lot in his beers. I would say that this is a place to come, where we of course have our five staples, sound beers that represent the styles perfectly, and then you can come and look at the four or five featured beers and really start to goof around and have some fun, and they’re all food-friendly beers, and they’re always going to change. That’s the thing is that we have such a small brewing facility back there. When you can only brew so much of something, it forces them to change it up, which is good. And James, after being here for a year, he’s only reproduced one or two beers more than once. He’s been constantly trying new things and flexing a little bit. But, if something works, he might bring it back with a few tweaks. The specialty beers will always be interesting and always be fun at Blue Corn.

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One of the current beers on tap is Blood Brothers Berliner Weisse. It’s tart and refreshing when paired with Schnitzel!

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From what I’ve seen, Blue Corn seems to have a good system in place. The restaurant speaks to the kitchen and the kitchen speaks to the brewhouse and back and forth. They keep in constant communication and they keep the beer flowing throughout the whole process. Ropek is a more than competent replacement as manager, but what’s important is that he gets it. He sees the bigger picture and understands why beer is important to Blue Corn, and that’s what matters in his role at the brewery. Blue Corn, in my opinion, is in no danger of losing its beer-centric status, no matter who’s at the helm. From beer-friendly food, to special promotions, pint nights, and beer dinners, Blue Corn will always be about the beer first. Worry not, my craft beer friends.

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That just looks spooky. Spooky good.

Speaking of beer dinners, coming up tonight (Thursday), Blue Corn Brewery’s Southside location will be hosting a special High Gravity Dinner with four Halloween-themed courses paired with monstrous beers such as James’ Imperial Red, Good Guys Triple IPA, 2014 Russian Imperial Stout, and a Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and it’s $40 per ghost, er, guest. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes and best beer-themed costumes. I’ll see you there!

Cheers!

— Luke

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.

Halloween on a Saturday … man, that just sounds dangerous. Yet, that is what awaits us this weekend. The good news is our breweries are getting in on the fun. Some of them are even starting early. First up, Nexus is having a beer release party for their aptly named Hoppy Hallowheat tonight (Wednesday). The beer is pretty much what you think, a hoppy wheat ale. If you are looking for something darker, trek over to Nob Hill Bar & Grill for the release of Russian Pirate, a Russian imperial stout from Odell that was aged in rum barrels.

Then on Thursday, head over to Chama River for a special Halloween-themed beer dinner. Wear your costume and you could win prizes for “Best of Show” or “Best Beer-Themed Costume.” (Seriously, if anyone goes as Zach, you will win.) The five-course meal costs $55 per person and will feature Screamin’ Gourd Salad with Copper John Pale Ale, The Bottom o’ the Bog Frog Legs with Broken Spoke Honey Wheat, Witch’s Cauldron Squash Soup with Otono Lager, Smoked Zombie (Venison) Loin with Obey the Darkside Stout (woots!), and Drunken Jack o’ Lantern Cake with Pumpkin Ale.

Or, if you are in Santa Fe, head over to Blue Corn on Thursday for their High Gravity Halloween Dinner. It’s $40 per person, there will also be a costume contest, and lots of great food and beer pairings. Start with Davy Jones’ Drink (seafood medley) paired with Imperial Red, then Dracula’s Bane (garlic salad) with Good Guys IPA, Steak Through the Heart with 2014 Imperial Stout, and Silence of the Goats (pumpkin-sage doughnuts) with Wee Heavy Scotch Ale.

For Friday, head over to Tractor Wells Park at 8 p.m. for the latest edition of Hops and Dreams. The Desert Darlings and a slew of guest dances, with our friend Phrank Bramlitt as master of ceremonies, will perform some Halloween-themed dances and more, all while in some appropriate costumes. There will be an intermission photo shoot for anyone in the audience who shows up wearing a costume.

Finally, on Halloween itself, some of the breweries will be having costume contests and more. If you are on the west side, Cazuela’s starts the fun at 7 p.m. with a costume contest, beer specials, and karaoke. In the northeast heights? Lizard Tail will have you covered with live entertainment and a costume contest. If you are downtown, Rio Bravo hosts Synyster Vail’s Halloween Bash at 7 p.m., with a costume contest, live music, dancers, door prizes, and more. Somewhere in between? Head over to the Santa Fe ABQ Taproom from 6 p.m. to midnight. There will be a happy hour from 6 to 8 with $3 pints, including some guest taps. There will be prizes for costumes, a live DJ, and if you are worried about getting home, there will be special room discounts at the Hampton Inn next door. Oh, and for all of you folks in Los Alamos, trek over to Bathtub Row for a costume contest, live DJ, and more.

Finally, on Sunday, Distillery 365 will have you covered with the Halloween Hangover Bloody Mary Brunch at noon.

Above all, though, please be careful out there this Halloween. Remember there are lots of kids celebrating, too, so be cautious driving about. Have fun, but play it safe. Oh, and if all else fails on the picking-a-costume front (my annual tradition), here is always my Plan B: Grab a pen and write “Error 404 Costume Not Found” on a blank T-shirt. For those of you who are too young to remember Error 404 … I hate you.

Meanwhile, there are a few new beers worth checking out around town, too. Back Alley had a big tap turnover with Latir Pale Lager, Honey Common, Braggot, and Lando’s Lager. Bistronomy B2B has their Mashing Pumpkins rocking, along with a new Berliner Weisse. Bosque has a new version of a favorite, Dry Acequia. Chama River brings back one of our favorites in Obey the Darkside, plus Valle de Oro Kellerbier is on tap. Kaktus points to Punkel, a pumpkin dunkel. Ponderosa is bringing back Stage One IPA on Friday. Turtle Mountain has tapped Challenger Deep Black IPA and Black Hole Sun. (We apologize if the Soundgarden song is now stuck in your head.)

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn unveils, at last, their McLeonard’s Single Malt Scotch Ale. Santa Fe’s newest entry in the Ever Changing Series, a Belgian Dubbel, is now available.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of October 26.

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: We have not gotten an update in a while. We will endeavor to get one for next week. Call the Brew Pub for more info for the time being.

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: Inaugural Blonde, Dukes Pale Ale, Possessive IPA, Rezerection IPA, Tom’s Green Chile Beer, Off the Richter Red. Welcome back, ABC. Their new brewer, Carnie (formerly of Santa Fe), sent us his updated list. He wants everyone to hurry over and try the Green Chile Beer, because it is going fast. Off the Richter Red is an imperial.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Sun–Weds 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Honey Common, Latir Pale Lager, Berliner Weisse, Braggot, Lando’s Lager. There are four new beers on tap this week. The Latir is an old favorite, while the Honey Common is a sweet twist on the Cali Common. The Braggot is a beer-cider hybrid. Lando’s Lager honors the great Billy Dee Williams as a proper malt liquor.

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.

News: Take note of BADH’s new winter hours above.

Bistronomy B2B/Lobo Beast 101 — (505) 262-2222 (B2B), (505) 247-2116 (Lobo)

(B2B: Mon–Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-9:30 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.; Lobo: open every day 4 p.m. to close)

Beers: Oaked IPA, Cherry Stout, Coconut Porter, Raspberry Wheat, Red Rye, Pepper Saison, ESB, Rye Noon, Mashing Pumpkins, Berliner Weisse (B2B only). At long last, we have a list for B2B and their sister location, Lobo Beast. They rotate through beers quickly, so if you see one you have to try off this list, hurry over. The newest additions are the Pumpkin and Berliner. The Rye Noon, a session pale ale with rye, is another recent addition.

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, Duke City Lager, Ichabod’s Revenge. 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) offers up a wonderful mix of the piney Willamette and more floral Mosaic hops. The Duke City Lager (5% ABV) is now a permanent addition to the lineup. Ichabod’s Revenge (7.6% ABV) is a pumpkin ale made with a ton of real pumpkin baked by the staff.

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: Humo Rojo, Honey Toast, Anniversary Baltic Porter (also on nitro), Dry Acequia, The Rabble (San Mateo and Las Cruces). All three Bosque locations are now up to date. Well, you all drank up the hoppy monster beers, but what remains is pretty darned good. The Rabble (8.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is an imperial pumpkin ale, available on tap and for sale in bombers. A new addition is the Dry Acequia (6.6% ABV, 95 IBU), a non-wet-hopped edition of the award-winning IPA. Two other recent additions are Humo Rojo (5.6% ABV, 16 IBU), a smoked red ale, and Honey Toast (6.1% ABV, 15 IBU), a delicious honey brown. The big boy in the lineup is the Anniversary Baltic Porter (8.6% ABV, 30 IBU), a delicious, massively wonderful dark beer. It is on nitro at all three locations.

Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled almost every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. There does not appear to be a cask this week, but we will update this if they tell us otherwise.

News: 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: Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, Oktobearfest, Cream Pale, Not Your Mother’s Cream Soda, Noble Pale Ale, Body Slam Imperial Pilsner, Fist Pump Pumpkin Ale. The Fist Pump is the newest entry here. Other recent additions include the Oktobearfest (4.9% ABV, 27 IBU), Noble PA (5.8% ABV, 30 IBU) and Body Slam (7.4% ABV, 60 IBU). Before that came Not Your Mother’s Cream Stout (5.4% ABV, 10 IBU) and the Cream Pale (5.5% ABV, 18 IBU), a hybrid of the two styles. The Body Czech (4.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a great way to start your flight.

News: 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.

Boxing Bear will close at 9 p.m. for Halloween this Saturday.

Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Oatmeal Stout, Dubbel, Cascade Pale Ale, Canteen Calabaza, Dutch Courage, Boysenberry Wheat. The most recent additions are the Boysenberry, Calabaza, a pumpkin ale, and Dutch Courage, a gin IPA made in collaboration with Left Turn Distilling. Before that came the Cascade, Dubbel, and Oatmeal Stout (which is quite wonderful this time around).

News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

Events: Live music is back with Dusty Low on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. and then Next Three Miles 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), 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), Festival (Oktoberfest). The Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV) is an old favorite. 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. He kept the seasonal theme going with Festival, his version of an Oktoberfest.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Otono Lager (Oktoberfest), Obey the Darkside Stout, Valle de Oro Kellerbier, Pumpkin Ale. Welcome back to the delicious Otono, Chama’s take on a classic Oktoberfest. The Kellebier’s proceeds will go in part to the Valle de Oro wildlife sanctuary. Obey the Darkside is the second version of the epic foreign extra stout the Crew helped brew last year. Don’t worry, Zach, we’re coming back over to drink up this batch.

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. Distillery 365 is located at 2921 Stanford Dr., just south of Candelaria and not far from La Cumbre and Canteen. The 4th of July is their first beer to highlight the native Neomexicanus hops. It is a highly aromatic strong ale with very little bitterness. The ESB a simple English ale. This second batch offers up more flavor from the hops and malts. They are also serving their house-made Holy Ghost Vodka and Horsethief Rum, a 100-percent molasses-based silver rum, plus guest taps from Red Door.

Events: 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 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: Punkel (Pumpkin Dunkel), Bulls Eye IPA, Fresh Hop Amber, Berna Brown, Umlaut Stout, Honk Ale, Helles Lager. Brace yourselves for the uber-spiced, sweet-as-can-be Punkel, a pumpkin dunkel. Other recent additions are the Honk, Bulls Eye, Amber, Stout, and Helles Lager. The Umlaut Stout may be their best stout yet, a massive, roasted, beast of a beer. 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.

Every Sunday, Kaktus is hosting a brunch special from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with breakfast pizzas and drink specials.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Miles from Cologne, Summer Strong, La Llorona, VMO #3, Witch’s Lit. The monster here is La Llorona (8.6% ABV), a burly Baltic Porter that has been aged for a year. Other recent beers on tap are the Witch’s Lit, the awesome, slightly renamed pumpkin ale, and 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.

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: There is no live music this Saturday due to the holiday. 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. This seasonal list might be out of date, so call ahead before you head over. 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 — Nitro Seduction, Get Stoked, Mick’s Mac; Downtown only — Double IPA, Pumpkin Ale; Westside only — Imperial Red. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. Get Stoked (4% ABV) is a sessionable pale ale, while Nitro Seduction (5.5% ABV) is a decadent dark beer served on nitro. The Mick’s Mac is a Scottish ale brewed with lager yeast for a one-of-a-kind flavor. The Imperial Red won a bronze medal at GABF last month. The Pumpkin Ale is back for another run.

Events: Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

On the live music front downtown, Pherkad performs Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Baracatunga drop in Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Next 2 the Tracks take the stage Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

At the Westside Taproom, Tres Pendejos perform tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. Gabe Tafoya takes the stage Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

News: Pumpkin Noir will return with a release party on Nov. 18.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Kaylynn’s Altbier, U.S.S. Saaz, Plum Imperial Cream, Equinox, Happy Hallowheat. The Plum Imperial Cream debuted recently; 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. Equinox (6.5% ABV, 16 IBU) is back for another run of pumpkin-spiced brown ale goodness. This year’s version wowed us all at NM Brew Fest.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: 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, Bellamah Brown, American Wheat; (Seasonal) Walther IPK, Jubilee, Pumpkin Butt, Zaftig. 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). Congrats to Bellamah Brown and American Wheat for joining the regular beer list, both by popular demand. Recent additions to taps are Zaftig (4.6% ABV, 26 IBU), a creamy smooth oatmeal stout, plus Pumpkin Butt (5% ABV, 20 IBU) and 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) is an India Pale Kolsch.

News: Stage One IPA will be re-released this Friday.

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) Cosmos Porter, Broken Arrow Pale Ale, Ryeson Sun Saison, Anniversary Double Red. The most recent addition is the delicious, slightly hoppy Cosmos Porter, which replaces the Vanilla Cream Ale. Before that came 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 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 The Draft Sessions open mic on Monday from 7 to 9.

Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast, 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.

Red Door will no longer be hosting yoga on Sundays.

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, Oktoberfest. You can find Rio Bravo 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.

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. They also now offer guest taps.

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, Dark Horse Lager, Lil Cease Session IPA, Kristal Hefe (Wells Park only), Pear Bear Cider (Wells Park only). The newest additions are Lil’ Cease Session IPA (4.5% ABV, 79 IBU), 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: Solos on the Hill is back at Nob Hill tonight (Wednesday) with Meredith Wilder performing at 8:30 p.m.

See our intro for Friday’s event, Hops and Dreams, at Wells Park.

Saturday will feature In the Mix with Cloudface spinning at 9 p.m. at Wells Park.

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) Altbier, Gourd Dammit, Challenger Deep Black IPA, Black Hole Sun. 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 Challenger, while Black Hole Sun is the second half of the batch of After Midnight, the black currant schwarzbier, that has been turned into a sour black lager. Other recent additions are the Altbier and the Gourd Dammit, TMBC’s take on a pumpkin ale.

News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery. Unsure if you want to buy one? Let Franz Solo tell you why you need this beer.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Brown Paper Bag, Pumpkin Porter, Blood Brothers Prickly Pear Berliner Weisse, McLeonard’s Single Malt Scotch Ale. The Blood Brothers was made in collaboration with Cazuela’s. The McLeonard’s is a big old Scotch in the style of a Wee Heavy. The Pumpkin Porter comes highly recommended by our friends in Santa Fe.

News: Brewer James Warren recently brewed his monstrous, wonderful Imperial Stout. Blue Corn plans to put some in barrels and possibly offer up unique cask versions at both Draft Stations. We cannot wait! Also look for a Mosaic single-hop pale ale in the near future.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Bad Amber, 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 Denouement (Fall Saison), Ara Pacis (Barrel-Aged Imperial Golden Sour). The Bad Amber is back after a short absence. The most recent addition to taps is the Cezanne Denouement, described as a fall saison.

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.

We got advance samples of the 2015 version of Goya Imperial Stout. It is a ridiculous, 15-percent ABV monstrosity. Look for it soon.

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, Santa Fe Gold, Belgian Dubbel (ECS), Scotch Ale (Small Batch). Welcome back, Oktoberfest, even if it does not even remotely feel like October out there. The fourth entry in the ECS (Ever Changing Series) is now available on tap and in bombers in the form of Belgian Dubbel. The Santa Fe Gold is now for sale all around the state in six-packs. The Scotch Ale will be the small batch on tap at the main brewery only.

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 continue signing up 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, Brown Ale, Palisades Pale Ale, Red Comet, German Altbier, Old Pecos Porter, Oktoberfest. The most recent additions are fresh batches of Altbier, Porter, and Oktoberfest. Before that came the Brown Ale, Palisades, and Red Comet. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: On the live music front, we are still awaiting an update.

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, Black Point Stout, Wit Rock, Little Bird Blonde, Blackberry Saison, Trinity Tripel, Oktoberfest, Tom’s Green Chile Amber. We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. The newest beers on tap are the Blackberry Saison, Trinity Tripel, Oktoberfest, and Tom’s Green Chile Amber.

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: Pilabo Pale Ale, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Quebradas Sunrise Amber, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, KC’s Irish Stout, Porter, Oktoberfest. 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 Porter and Oktoberfest, and the excellent Irish Stout is back after a short absence. Look for a Pumpkin Ale soon.

Events: The Chuck Hawley Group performs Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Happy birthday, Bosque! Of course, we're the ones who get the presents.

Happy birthday, Bosque! Of course, we’re the ones who get the presents.

We already highlighted a bunch of weekend events in The Week Ahead in Beer, but brace yourselves, there are even more. Is there too much of a good thing? Or will it just force us all to plan things out as carefully as possible? Either way, this might be a good weekend to cash in any owed designated driver days by a friend or family member. Or join Uber. Or dust off your bicycle (assuming the weather holds).

Bosque anniversary details

It is hard to believe Bosque is already 3 years old, but that is what they are celebrating this weekend. Saturday will feature two special kegs of the Anniversary Baltic Porter on nitro at the San Mateo and Nob Hill locations. There will also be some sweet food specials.

Bosque co-owner Jotham Michnovicz sent me this via email: “We’re doing special pricing on our anniversary bombers this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and our chef is putting together some awesome pairings for Saturday night. He’s making short rib braised in fig and the Baltic Porter, served over creamy polenta; marrow bones with grilled bread and a parsley, caper, and shallot salad; and a dark chocolate, cherry torte. The food will be available at both ABQ locations with the exception of the marrow bones, which will only be at Nob Hill.”

We were already going to stop by and buy a bomber for $8 (regularly $10), plus snag a pint, but the food specials will ensure our participation. Kudos, Bosque.

This takes geeking out to beer to the next level.

This takes geeking out to beer to the next level.

The science of beer at Explora

The Explora Science Center and nearby Ponderosa Brewing are teaming up this Saturday night to host an even dedicated to the science of beer. From 6:30 to 10 p.m., this 21+ event will feature lectures and activities hosted by Ponderosa, The Dukes of Ale, and Southwest Grape and Grain staff members at Explora. Learn the history and science of beer and how it’s made. The cost is $10 per person, or $8 for Explora members, and you can purchase your tickets online here.

There will be some food provided by Ponderosa, plus live music by Eileen & the In-Betweens. High Desert Flameworks will also be on hand to demonstrate how they create the proper glassware that affects different styles of beers.

The afternoon football slate this Sunday deserves to be skipped.

The afternoon football slate this Sunday deserves to be skipped.

Another anniversary party

Marble’s Westside Taproom also turns 3 this weekend and will host a party Sunday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be special food treats from Cheesy Street, Street Food Boulevard, and M’Tucci’s Italian Market and Deli. Le Chat Lunatique will provide the music.

Oh, and after snagging a pint downtown Thursday, I have to recommend the Nitro Seduction if it is still available. Creamy, multi-flavored goodness, it has stout, porter, and brown ale elements, with just a hint of possible barrel aging.

Rio Bravo seeks to set a record

Now this one just sounds crazy. If we did not get it directly from Denise Baker, who owns Rio Bravo with her husband Randy, we might not believe it. This Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., Rio Bravo will attempt to host the largest shaving cream fight in world history. For just $5 you gain entry and a can of shaving cream (if you want to bring your own, that is acceptable as well).

There will be a live DJ and several bands performing, including Leah Leyva and the Band. There will also be a shaving cream bikini contest, shaving cream wrestling, shaving cream beard contest, and best team costume. All of this will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Cosmos Porter is out of this world. Oh, come on, you knew we had to make a joke that bad at least once.

Cosmos Porter is out of this world. Oh, come on, you knew we had to make a joke that bad at least once. It goes with the lack of focus in this picture.

Or just kick back with a good pint of porter

If you are down for something a little quieter, and happen to be a porter fan, this is a good weekend for you. In addition to the aforementioned Anniversary Baltic Porter at Bosque, you can indulge in the new Cosmos Porter at Red Door and/or the La Llorona Baltic Porter at La Cumbre.

I tried the Cosmos (5.2% ABV, 32 IBU) on Thursday and found it to be rather delightful. There is a pronounced hop bite you do not usually find in porters from the Apollo, Comet, and Galaxy hops. They blend nicely with the chocolate and roasted flavors.

The La Llorona (8.6% ABV, 40 IBU) is back for another run. It was one of the last beers brewed on the old brewhouse, using German and British ingredients. It is big and beefy and perfect for the cooling weather.

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Don’t forget about all the other events we mentioned in The Week Ahead in Beer, including the pumpkin carving contest at Boese Brothers, the Dogtoberfest at Distillery 365 (both Saturday), and the Desert Darlings’ Halloween Bo Ball at Kaktus on Sunday.

Wherever you end up this weekend, make sure to enjoy yourselves responsibly out there. The Crew will be out and about, so keep an eye out for us.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

(And if we missed anything for this weekend, please let us know and we will update.)

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.

Many times we have led off this column with a look at a charity-related event at Tractor or Marble, two of our local champions of good causes. Other breweries often get in the act, too, and that is the case again this week. As soon as Full Nelson runs out, La Cumbre Brewing will tap their Ale 4 ALS beer, Grange’s Session IPA. Named for former UNM soccer player Pat Grange, $1 of every pint sold will go to ALS research in his name. Not to forget our four-legged friends who need our help, Distillery 365 is hosting Dogtoberfest on Saturday. Benefiting the Zia Australian Shepherd Rescue, this event will feature dog costume contests, carnival games, food trucks, drink specials, and live music at night. Check Distillery 365’s Facebook page for more details.

Oh, and if you have not gotten your pumpkin fix for the season, remember tonight (Wednesday) is Marble’s Pumpkin Ale Release Party. Street Food Institute will be providing complimentary food items with the purchase of a pint (while supplies last), and the Rumpke Mountain Boys will provide the music from 6 to 9 p.m. If you want to go one step further with your pumpkin obsession (admit it, you have one), head over to Boese Brothers on Saturday at noon for a pumpkin carving contest and the special release of their imperial pumpkin ale, Ichabod’s Revenge. You can bring your own pumpkin or buy one on site. There will be prizes for the three best pumpkins.

Meanwhile, there are a few new beers worth checking out around town, too. Albuquerque Brewing shakes things up with Off the Richter Red. Bosque’s Anniversary Baltic Porter will have us all feeling festive. Boxing Bear jumps into the pumpkin fray with Fist Pump Pumpkin Ale. Marble is also feeling decadent with Nitro Seduction. Red Door will be out of this world with Cosmos Porter. Tractor adds some hip to the hop with Lil’ Cease Session IPA on Friday. Turtle Mountain debuts Gourd Dammit, their pumpkin ale, and a fresh batch of Altbier.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn unveils their collaboration with Cazuela’s, Prickly Pear Berliner Weisse. Second Street revives Old Pecos Porter, German Altbier, and Oktoberfest.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of October 19.

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: We have not gotten an update in a while. We will endeavor to get one for next week. Call the Brew Pub for more info for the time being.

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: Inaugural Blonde, Dukes Pale Ale, Possessive IPA, Rezerection IPA, Tom’s Green Chile Beer. Welcome back, ABC. Their new brewer, Carnie (formerly of Santa Fe), sent us his updated list. He wants everyone to hurry over and try the Green Chile Beer, because it is going fast.

Events: The Roger Lewis Band will perform on Thursday night, which will also mark the debut of ABC’s new imperial red, Off the Richter Red.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Sun–Weds 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Cali Common, Hefen or Hell, Poth’s Pilsner, Berliner Weisse, Octoberfest. New brewer Peter Moore, who is taking over from Brandon Venaglia (now at Cazuela’s), shared a list of his most recent offerings. The Cali Common and Poth’s Pilsner are back after a short absence. The Octoberfest is proper for the season.

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.

News: Take note of BADH’s new winter hours above.

Bistronomy B2B/Lobo Beast 101 — (505) 262-2222 (B2B), (505) 247-2116 (Lobo)

(B2B: Mon–Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-9:30 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.; Lobo: open every day 4 p.m. to close)

Beers: Oaked IPA, Cherry Stout, Coconut Porter, Raspberry Wheat, Red Rye, Pepper Saison, ESB, Rye Noon. At long last, we have a list for B2B and their sister location, Lobo Beast. They rotate through beers quickly, so if you see one you have to try off this list, hurry over. The Rye Noon, a session pale ale with rye, is the most recent addition.

News: Mashing Pumpkins is next up on the beer docket.

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. 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 specialty beer. Also available for a limited time is the Oktoberfest.

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.

Take note of the pumpkin carving contest and Ichabod’s Revenge release party on Saturday at noon (see our intro above).

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: The Rabble, Humo Rojo, Honey Toast, Anniversary Baltic Porter (San Mateo only). All three Bosque locations are now up to date. Well, you all drank up the hoppy monster beers, but what remains is pretty darned good. The Rabble (8.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is an imperial pumpkin ale, available on tap and for sale in bombers. You can also find it on nitro. Two recent additions are Humo Rojo (5.6% ABV, 16 IBU), a smoked red ale, and Honey Toast (6.1% ABV, 15 IBU), a delicious honey brown. The newest addition is the Anniversary Baltic Porter (8.6% ABV, 30 IBU), which just went on tap at San Mateo and should be at all three locations soon. Look for more info on this beer soon, as well as details about Bosque’s anniversary event(s).

Cask: From now on, Bosque will have their firkin filled almost every Wednesday, available only at Nob Hill. There does not appear to be a cask this week, but we will update this if they tell us otherwise.

News: 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: Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, Oktobearfest, Cream Pale, Not Your Mother’s Cream Soda, Noble Pale Ale, Body Slam Imperial Pilsner, Fist Pump Pumpkin Ale. The Fist Pump is the newest entry here. Other recent additions include the Oktobearfest (4.9% ABV, 27 IBU), Noble PA (5.8% ABV, 30 IBU) and Body Slam (7.4% ABV, 60 IBU). Before that came Not Your Mother’s Cream Stout (5.4% ABV, 10 IBU) and the Cream Pale (5.5% ABV, 18 IBU), a hybrid of the two styles. The Body Czech (4.3% ABV, 40 IBU) is a great way to start your flight.

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.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Oatmeal Stout, Dubbel, Cascade Pale Ale, Canteen Calabaza, Dutch Courage, Boysenberry Wheat. The most recent additions are the Boysenberry, Calabaza, a pumpkin ale, and Dutch Courage, a gin IPA made in collaboration with Left Turn Distilling. Before that came the Cascade, Dubbel, and Oatmeal Stout (which is quite wonderful this time around).

News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

Events: Live music is back with Keith Sanchez on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. and then Ian McFeron & Alisa Milner 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), 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), Festival (Oktoberfest). The Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV) is an old favorite. 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. He kept the seasonal theme going with Festival, his version of an Oktoberfest.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Otono Lager (Oktoberfest), Hank Brown Ale, Wet Hop IPA, Pumpkin Ale. Welcome back to the delicious Otono, Chama’s take on a classic Oktoberfest. The Pumpkin and Wet Hop also fit the season.

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. Distillery 365 is 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.

See our intro above for information on Dogtoberfest, which will be held this Saturday.

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: Oktoberfest, Bulls Eye IPA, India Pale Helles, Fresh Hop Amber, Berna Brown, Umlaut Stout, Bock, Helles Lager. The most recent additions are the Bulls Eye, IPH, Amber, Stout, Bock, and Helles Lager. Those plus the Oktoberfest should keep everyone happy for a while, right? The Umlaut Stout may be their best stout yet, a massive, roasted, beast of a beer. 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. This weekend they will have a special Halloween Boo Ball with guest dancers. Wearing your own costumes is something the ladies encourage.

Every Sunday, Kaktus is hosting a brunch special from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with breakfast pizzas and drink specials.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Miles from Cologne, Summer Strong, Full Nelson, VMO #3, Witch’s Lit. The monster here is an old favorite in Full Nelson, the DIPA from the hop gods, back for another run. It is nearly out, so hurry over to fill your glasses before it is gone for another year. The newest beers on tap are the Witch’s Lit, the awesome, slightly renamed pumpkin ale, and 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 Bus Tapes. 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. This seasonal list might be out of date, so call ahead before you head over. 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 — Nitro Seduction, Get Stoked, Mick’s Mac, Imperial Red; Downtown only — none; Westside only — none. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. Get Stoked (4% ABV) is a sessionable pale ale, while Nitro Seduction is a decadent dark beer served on nitro. The Mick’s Mac is a Scottish ale brewed with lager yeast for a one-of-a-kind flavor. The Imperial Red won a bronze medal at GABF last month. The Pumpkin Ale hits taps tonight (Wednesday).

Events: Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

On the live music front downtown, the Rumpke Mountain Boys perform tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. The Santa Fe Fiddle Fest follows Thursday from 7 to 11 p.m. The Dregz drop in Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Last to Know takes the stage Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m.

At the Westside Taproom, Eryn Bent performs tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. Russell James Pyle takes the stage Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., while Toney Rocks plays at the same time Saturday.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Kaylynn’s Altbier, U.S.S. Saaz, Plum Imperial Cream, Equinox. The Plum Imperial Cream debuted recently; 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. Equinox (6.5% ABV, 16 IBU) is back for another run of pumpkin-spiced brown ale goodness. This year’s version wowed us all at NM Brew Fest.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: 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, Bellamah Brown, American Wheat; (Seasonal) Walther IPK, Jubilee, Pumpkin Butt, Zaftig. 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). Congrats to Bellamah Brown and American Wheat for joining the regular beer list, both by popular demand. Recent additions to taps are Zaftig (4.6% ABV, 26 IBU), a creamy smooth oatmeal stout, plus Pumpkin Butt (5% ABV, 20 IBU) and 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) is an India Pale Kolsch.

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) Cosmos Porter, Broken Arrow Pale Ale, Ryeson Sun Saison, Anniversary Double Red. The most recent addition is the Cosmos Porter, which replaces the Vanilla Cream Ale. Before that came 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 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 The Draft Sessions open mic on Monday from 7 to 9.

Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast, 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.

Red Door will no longer be hosting yoga on Sundays.

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, Oktoberfest. You can find Rio Bravo 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. They also now offer guest taps.

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, Dark Horse Lager, Kristal Hefe (Wells Park only), Pear Bear Cider (Wells Park 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.

UPDATED >>> Events: It is a relatively light week by Tractor standards. The pLOUD Music Series is back Thursday at Wells Park as Sista Otis performs at 8 p.m.

Lil’ Cease Session IPA (4.5% ABV, 79 IBU) will debut at both locations on Friday at 1 p.m. Then from 8 to midnight, it will be Battle of the Gangsta Raps, with DJ Halcyon vs. DJ Clout.

Saturday will feature All-Star Poetry Slam Round 2 at 4 p.m., followed by In the Mix with Flo Fader spinning at 9 p.m.

Sunday’s event is Tails and Ales: Yappy Hour with Camp Bow Wow 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.

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, Slack Tide Session IPA, Altbier, Gourd Dammit. 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 Altbier and the Gourd Dammit, TMBC’s take on a pumpkin ale. Before that came the Slack Tide (5.3% ABV, 75 IBU) and Oktoberfest. 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. Unsure if you want to buy one? Let Franz Solo tell you why you need this beer.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Brown Paper Bag, Pumpkin Porter. Jeez, people, you are drinking up Blue Corn’s seasonals too fast! They are down to Brown Paper Bag, a malt liquor, and Pumpkin Porter. Next up is the Prickly Pear Berliner Weisse, a collaboration brewed with Cazuela’s.

News: Brewer James Warren said his McLeonard’s Single Malt Scotch Ale should be on tap quite soon. He also recently brewed his monstrous, wonderful Imperial Stout. Blue Corn plans to put some in barrels and possibly offer up unique cask versions at both Draft Stations. We cannot wait!

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Bad Amber, 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 Denouement (Fall Saison), Ara Pacis (Barrel-Aged Imperial Golden Sour). The Bad Amber is back after a short absence. The most recent addition to taps is the Cezanne Denouement, described as a fall saison.

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.

We got advance samples of the 2015 version of Goya Imperial Stout. It is a ridiculous, 15-percent ABV monstrosity. Look for it soon.

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 continue signing up 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, Brown Ale, Palisades Pale Ale, Red Comet, German Altbier, Old Pecos Porter, Oktoberfest. The most recent additions are fresh batches of Altbier, Porter, and Oktoberfest. Before that came the Brown Ale, Palisades, and Red Comet. 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 Jono on Friday. Saturday will feature the Alto Street Band. The Railyard will play host to Alex Maryol on Friday and Busy McCarroll 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, Black Point Stout, Wit Rock, Little Bird Blonde, Blackberry Saison, Trinity Tripel, Oktoberfest, Tom’s Green Chile Amber. We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. The newest beers on tap are the Blackberry Saison, Trinity Tripel, Oktoberfest, and Tom’s Green Chile Amber. The latter is a collaboration beer and we will have more details on it this week.

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: Pilabo Pale Ale, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Quebradas Sunrise Amber, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, KC’s Irish Stout, Porter, Oktoberfest. 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 Porter and Oktoberfest, and the excellent Irish Stout is back after a short absence. Look for a Pumpkin Ale soon.

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

La Cumbre looks to add another key staff member

Posted: October 20, 2015 by cjax33 in News
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Daniel Jaramillo, right, is not laying down on the job, he is just getting a new title, which in turn means La Cumbre needs a new head brewer. (Photo courtesy of La Cumbre's Facebook page)

Daniel Jaramillo, right, is not laying down on the job, he is just getting a new title, which in turn means La Cumbre needs a new head brewer. (Photo courtesy of La Cumbre’s Facebook page)

A quiet Tuesday afternoon was interrupted by multiple online posts regarding a job opening at La Cumbre Brewing. The ad was for a head brewer, which left a lot of folks concerned that Daniel Jaramillo was parting ways with the company. Fear not, Daniel is not going anywhere, it is simply a re-purposing of responsibilities at the award-winning brewery. He will assume the title of Director of Brewery Operations, leaving the position of head brewer open to someone else. To gain some additional clarity, I sat down with owner Jeff Erway over a pint of Witch’s Lit.

“That’s basically it,” Jeff said. “Daniel, believe it or not, after 24 years in this industry, is sore. I haven’t been in the industry nearly as long as he has, but I’m sore, too. It’s not that necessarily the head brewer’s job is the most (physically) demanding job in the world, but it’s a job where you’re up and down flights of stairs all the time, you’re lifting up hoses, you’re bending over, climbing underneath equipment, installing equipment all the time.

“And the fact is that Daniel’s job has become more and more about simply tracking the enormous amount of inventory that we have, both of raw materials and of finished beer. He tracks that, he makes sure that we’re very clear on what we’ve sold on a day-to-day basis, he tracks the sales for making sure that we pay both our federal and state excise taxes. So we need somebody on a day-to-day basis to be back in the brewery at all times, making sure that everybody back there is doing what they need to be doing at the level we need them to be doing it at.”

By giving Daniel a different title, it opens up an additional key position at La Cumbre.

“I’m on the brewhouse once a week, sometimes twice a week,” Jeff said. “Daniel’s back there maybe 20 hours a week. We need somebody back there 45 hours a week, that’s all they’re doing is working at making sure production is going as planned. We’d like them on the brewhouse two or three shifts a week. We’d like them in the cellar two or three shifts a week.”

So Daniel is not going anywhere, Jeff is not going anywhere, and the quality beer at La Cumbre should continue to flow.

“We needed to do this for quite a while,” Jeff added.

If you are an experienced brewer reading this story (hey, it could happen), and are interested in applying, you can find the full job posting here.

Oh, and while I was there, I asked Jeff if anything exciting was coming up. Well, La Cumbre’s fifth anniversary party will be Dec. 10, and once again they will have a special anniversary ale.

“We basically took our 30-barrel Red Ryeot recipe and brewed a 15-barrel batch with it,” Jeff said. “Then we let it sit in Taos Lightning Rye Whiskey barrels for like four months. Recently emptied, Taos Lightning Rye Whiskey barrels. So it’s 11.5-percent (ABV). We’re going to dry-hop it once it leaves the barrels with the same hops we use on the regular Red Ryeot. You’ll still have a fair amount of hop aroma and you’ll actually get it, if you’d done it before the barrels it would be gone.”

Well, that just sounds wonderful. We will see you all at La Cumbre on Dec. 10, if not sooner.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Oktoberfiesta was this last weekend, and as always, it was one big, crazy, fundraiser event! This is my third year in attendance, but it was my first year as event coordinator for Santa Fe Brewing. This was my baby, and along with the help and hard work of so many, this was the best Oktoberfiesta yet! A great deal went right, only a couple things went wrong, but everyone enjoyed themselves. It was a huge success for the charities, weather cooperated for the most part, there was a birthday or two (or so I heard), and no one died!

Without further ado, here are some choice pictures of the event!

If you were able to make it out this year, I really hope you enjoyed yourselves! It was very tiring and stressful for me, but it was amazing to be surrounded by so many people enjoying themselves. This is why breweries love doing events. Feel free to comment below or send us your own pictures of the craziness that was your Oktoberfiesta! Or don’t! What happens at Oktoberfiesta stays at Oktoberfiesta, unless you leave your skivvies on the stage. That gets posted.

You can always learn about and support this year’s three Oktoberfiesta charities by clicking below.

The Prompt Institute

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society

The Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, Inc.

Cheers!

— Luke

The Wilde Jagd is still available at Turtle Mountain.

The Wilde Jagd is still available at Turtle Mountain.

Editor’s note: As anyone walking their dog could tell you this morning (or at least those of us dogsitting), the temperatures are dropping and the weather is becoming perfect for many variations of darker beers. Timing it just right, Franz Solo has a review of a locally-made, perfectly seasonal beer that is still for sale in bombers. — Stoutmeister

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company: Wilde Jagd

As the seasons turn from the dog days of summer to autumn with a kiss of winter, we come to that greatest of seasons for beer for those of us who love bold malty offerings and eclectic varietals. Wilde Jagd (Wild Hunt for those whose German may not be so good) hearkens to the tradition of the huntsman in the forest with hints of Odin and glory.

The beer is a winter warmer, which has a melange of spices including orange peel, clove, fresh ginger root, nutmeg, and molasses. Wilde Jagd was then lagered in the traditional German style before entering French oak pinot noir barrels for aging. The labels were designed in house at Turtle, and applied to all of the bottles by hand in the cold room, quite apropos to my mind. The bottles were then hand dipped in gold wax, creating a bottle as striking to the eye as to the palate.

The beer itself has a deep, brown amber color, much like the skins a hunter might wear. Initial aroma has a slightly sour grape tone with notes of nutmeg and wonderful dark molasses. As with most well-crafted ales, the profile changes typically for the better as the beer is allowed to warm. Initial flavor is a smooth, malty start like my grandmother’s pumpkin pie. Mid-palate the spice and ginger bite hit well and the finish is of crisp oak and red wine. A multi-layered profile, to be sure, derived from the lagering, the added spices and molasses, and certainly the oak barrels.

This is quite smooth and complex and as the beer warms, an increase of the spice and a delightful burn with a hint of sour grape enter the fray, which is a lovely counterpoint to the sweet malts and molasses. It drinks like a wine or a doppelbock, and is sure to warm cold toes in winter. I am struck by the thought of snow-tipped groves of spruce and tales of the Norse gods from the Edda as my horn is emptied. This is a beer that hearkens both to the sweet kiss of spring in the mountains, as well as the clutch of winter’s darkest days. It is suited to any time of year when one’s heart hears the call of the wild places of the world, and I heartily suggest consumption in glades of pine next to a roaring fire from a proper drinking horn.

A proper pour for this time of year.

A proper pour for this time of year.

So if you, too, hear the call of autumn and demand a taste of the wilderness, the call of the mountains, then head up the hill to Turtle Mountain and procure this magical elixir for a truly unique beer you will not soon forget. By Odin’s grey beard!

Prost!

— Franz Solo

Get your hop bomb on this weekend.

Get your hop bomb on this weekend.

A while back we wrote up a full preview on Palate Fatigue, the special event being held this Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Sister Bar downtown. The only thing we did not have back then was the final list of beers that would be poured. Well, now we have them, or at least 21 of the 22 planned, courtesy of event organizer Angelo Orona.

Without further adieu, in alphabetical order by brewery …

Alpine Hoppy Birthday (5.25% ABV) The happy, hoppy little session IPA from the San Diego brewery. You can also find it for sale at Jubilation and it has been on tap at times at Nob Hill Bar & Grill.

Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin (7% ABV, 70 IBU) and Big Eye Ginger IPA (7% ABV, 71 IBU) Two more big IPAs from San Diego, flavored for added measure.

Blue Corn Good Guys Triple IPA (10.2% ABV, 150 IBU) A lot of us missed this Alpha King Challenge entry when it was on tap up in Santa Fe. This is our chance to make up for it.

Bosque Acequia (7% ABV, 100 IBU) The GABF gold medal-winning wet-hop wonder. You know it, you love it.

Canteen Dutch Courage (stats NA) In case you missed it, the mad scientists at Canteen teamed up with the folks from Left Turn Distilling to create an IPA with gin. Boozy meets hoppy. You have been warned.

Evil Twin Yin Imperial Stout (stats NA) and Yang Imperial IPA (stats NA) The good news is Franz Solo did not wipe out the national supply of Yin during his visit to the East Coast earlier this year. The better news is that we now get to enjoy the Yin, plus the Yang, and word is if you mix them you get a hellacious beer.

Founders All Day IPA (4.7% ABV, 42 IBU) and Breakfast Stout (8.3% ABV, 60 IBU) You know them, you love them, you are quickly drinking up the supply all around town since Founders got here this month.

La Cumbre Project Dank (7.5% ABV, 86 IBU) It is the New Zealand hops version. Oh, my, that just sounds tropical and wonderful.

Marble Imperial Red (9% ABV, 100+ IBU) A bronze medal winner at GABF this year, gold medal last year, you know this wonderful beer’s story.

Ponderosa Walther IPK (6% ABV, 60 IBU) It’s an India Pale Kolsch, in case the acronym throws you off. The flavor is wholly unique.

San Tan MoonJuice IPA (7.3% ABV, 65 IBU) A big blast of Nelson plus Galaxy, this uber popular beer in Arizona arrives in ABQ for the first time. Preview it on draft before they start canning it later this year.

Santa Fe Double-Randalled Happy Camper (stats unknown) Anyone else curious as can be as to what will be in the Randall? Let us find out together.

Sierra Blanca Ben’s Experimental IPA (6.8% ABV, 85-90 IBU) Brewer Ben Couger created this beer especially for this event. Lord only knows what he threw in there, but odds are it will taste big.

Stone Enjoy By 10.31.15 IPA (9.4% ABV) and Oaked Ruination (8.5% ABV, 100+ IBU) Chances are you have enjoyed a Stone IPA or two over the years. The Enjoy By series is one of the best they do, while the Oaked Ruination offers up a whole different level of flavor over the regular DIPA.

Tired Hands Bittersweet Symphony (stats NA) Tired Hands is a small brewery based in Pennsylvania. This is their newest IPA creation. Let us all try it together, shall we?

Upslope IPA (7.2% ABV, 65 IBU) and Lychee IPA (6.7% ABV) The regular IPA is a classic example of the style, with a fair amount of hops and a good malt backbone. The Lychee is a special one-off that is quite rare (seriously, there is only one entry on Beer Advocate).

There should be one more special beer available Saturday. Pre-sale tickets cost $35, while those at the door will cost $40. Just take note, the last event sold out in advance.

See many of you Saturday.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister