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.
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.
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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