The Week Ahead in Beer: Brace yourselves for Black Beer Friday

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.

If you are feeling especially terrified of going out this Black Friday, battling frenzied shoppers, navigating packed parking lots, dealing with online sites crashing, and so on, fear not! For this is Black Beer Friday, too, and quite frankly, drinking some amazing dark beers is far better than regular shopping. To help you all out, we’ve gone ahead and mapped out your day.

8 a.m. — Go get in line at Jubilation. No, seriously, you should be in line this early. If you bring coffee and Rebel Donuts, everyone will love you.

9 a.m. — Jubilation opens their doors for the annual Bourbon County Brand Stout bottle release. They did not have the exact event details yet, so keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter pages. I got an advance sample of this year’s BCBS and holy hell it is amazing.

Noon — Head west to Boxing Bear, where they will have a cask of their GABF silver medal-winning Chocolate Milk Stout aged on vanilla beans. Remember, you can also buy bombers of CMS to take home.

2 p.m. — Trek down to Rio Bravo, where they will be tapping two barrel-aged beers. The Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine and Our Bourbon Barrel Old Town Porter will be available on tap, plus you can also buy a special holiday gift package. Get two 32-ounce stainless steel growlers filled with the two beers with two 10-ounce tasting glasses.

5 p.m. — At this point, get an Uber or a taxi or cash in that designated driver night with a friend/relative/significant other. Then get on over to Nob Hill Bar & Grill, which will be the only place in town with BCBS on tap!

Once you are done with all of that fun, do remember that for Small Business Saturday, our local breweries are all small businesses. Marble is taking things one step further with their annual Marble Market from noon to 5 p.m. There will be 11-plus businesses and local artists selling their wares on the patio. Grab a pint, listen to live music (see Marble’s entry below for the list of performers), and start your holiday shopping!

As for holiday hours, the only brewery that will be open on Thanksgiving is Blue Grasshopper, which will be serving turkey and pie. They will also have live music from Criss Raven and friends from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Take note, Boese Brothers will also be closed Friday. Every other brewery that has posted their hours has said they are open Friday.

Meanwhile, there are a few other new beers worth checking out around town, too. Albuquerque Brewing has a new Irish Red and a Brett Brown available. Boxing Bear also has Red Glove, a hoppy red that will punch you in the face. Canteen’s ultra popular Irish Red is back after a brief absence. Chama is balancing the light with the dark with a fresh batch of Kolsch. Kaktus wants everyone to wake up with their new Coffee Stout. Nexus’ S.M.A.S.H. pale ale series continues with the arrival of the U.S.S. Simcoe. Pi is feeling the seasonal theme with Winter is Coming, a peppermint porter.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn’s new Bock will arrive whenever the Pumpkin Porter runs out. Santa Fe Brewing is rolling out Adobe Igloo 2.0, an improved version of their winter warmer. Second Street goes worldwide with International Style Pale Ale.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of November 23.

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: Whiskey Stout, Imperial IPA. AmyO said these were the two specialty beers available when she made a recent visit to learn about the upcoming rebranding of ABQ Brew Pub into Alien Brew Pub. Check out her story for more details.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: High Plains Drifter Blonde, Dukes Pale Ale, G2 IPA, Off the Richter Red, Handlebars Stout, Brett Brown, Irish Red Ale. Welcome back, ABC. Their new brewer, Carnie (formerly of Santa Fe), sent us his updated list. Off the Richter Red is an imperial. The Handlebars is available on both CO2 and nitro. The most recent additions are the Irish Red and Brett Brown.

Events: ABC will have a new happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, plus Sunday will have all-day happy hour prices.

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 recent additions to the taps. 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, Burly Brown. 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. The Burly Brown (6.8% ABV, 72 IBU) is an India Brown/Cascadian style.

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 (also on nitro), Olde Bosky Porter, Barleywine, Centennial Single Hop, Pink Elephants on Parade. All three Bosque locations are now up to date. An old favorite has returned in the Olde Bosky Porter (6% ABV, 27 IBU), an original member of the lineup that cries out for a return to your bellies. Another recent addition is the Humo Rojo (5.6% ABV, 16 IBU), a smoked red ale. The Barleywine (10.5% ABV, 100+ IBU) is still on tap and for sale in bombers. We look forward to trying the Centennial Single Hop (6.2% ABV, 35 IBU) as well. Back for another run is the Pink Elephants on Parade (6.1% ABV, 12 IBU). There are still bombers available of the Anniversary Baltic Porter (8.6% ABV, 30 IBU), but sadly it is no longer on tap. You can still buy bombers of the barrel-aged Jet Black Winter (10.2% ABV) until the supply runs out.

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.

Next up on the beer list is a Belgian Blond.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Noble Pale Ale, Body Slam Imperial Pilsner, Fist Pump Pumpkin Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout, Oso Otono, Red Glove. Get your hop thirst quenched with the new Red Glove (7.4% ABV, 90 IBU). The Oso Otono (6.7% ABV, 20 IBU) is a fall brown ale. The Chocolate Milk Stout (5.2% ABV, 20 IBU), a silver medal winner at GABF this fall, is back for another run. You can expect it to go fast, again, so head over ASAP. Is also available on nitro while supplies last, plus now they have bottled it and bombers are for sale at the brewery. Other recent additions include the Fist Pump (5.4% ABV, 20 IBU), Noble PA (5.8% ABV, 30 IBU), and Body Slam (7.4% ABV, 60 IBU).

Cask: The Chocolate Milk Stout will be casked for this Friday. For more info, see our intro.

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.

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, Canteen Calabaza, Salida IPA, Sasquatch Scotch, Novemberfest Marzen, Aumbers Amber. The Irish Red returns, so thankfully my dear sainted mother will not panic over its absence. Other recent additions are the Salida IPA (7.6% ABV, 100+ IBU), a malt-different variation on the popular Exodus IPA, plus Novemberfest (5.6% ABV, 22 IBU), and an old favorite in the Sasquatch (8% ABV, 26 IBU). The Calabaza (6.8% ABV, 24 IBU) is Canteen’s take on a pumpkin ale. The new Aumbers (6.5% ABV, 45 IBU) offers up more of a kick than most ambers.

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.

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: Chama Kolsch, Juiced Up IPA, Bambina Milk Stout, Smoke Em Out. The most recent additions are the Kolsch, smooth-as-silk Bambina, and the roasty-to-the-max Smoke Em Out, a porter for the campfire lover in us all. Before that came the Juiced Up, which is loaded with real grapefruit for an extra citrusy taste.

Distillery 365 — (505) 221-6281

(Mon-Thu 3-9 p.m., Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m.)

Beers: 365 ESB, 4th of July American Ale, Faulty Barrel-Aged Ale. Distillery 365 is located at 2921 Stanford Dr., just south of Candelaria and not far from La Cumbre and Canteen. The most recent addition is the Faulty, which was aged for several months in red wine barrels. 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: Dunkel, 1492 IPA, Smoke and Fire Porter, ESB, Coffee Stout, Helles Lager, Walter Wheat, Red Ale. The most recent additions are the Red Ale, Coffee Stout, Dunkel, and ESB, a longtime Crew favorite at Kaktus. Other recent additions are the 1492 IPA (made with Columbus hops, natch), Smoke and Fire Porter (a cherrywood smoked porter with Chipotle), and Walter Wheat. 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.

Kaktus is brewing up their first imperial stout. Look for it soon.

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: Summer Strong, Witch’s Lit, Grange’s Session IPA, 2014 Tres Padres, Trou Noir. The most recent addition is the Trou Noir (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU), a Belgian dark strong. The cellar team dug up some of last year’s Tres Padres, an epic Belgian-style tripel. Other recent beers on tap are the Witch’s Lit, the awesome, slightly renamed pumpkin ale, and the Grange’s Session IPA, with $1 from every pint sold going to the fight against ALS. For a session, this thing has a hell of a hop kick. It’s La Cumbre, though, so should we really expect any less? Before that came 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: Russell James Pyle performs Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

The La Cumbre Fifth Anniversary Party is set for Dec. 12.

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 — Pumpkin Noir, Imperial Red; Downtown only — Double IPA; Westside only — Nitro Seduction, Get Stoked, Mick’s Mac. We now have a breakdown of which seasonals are available at both Marble locations, Downtown and Westside. Pumpkin Noir is back with a heck of a spice kick. Considering how fast the regular Pumpkin Ale ran out, you should head over and get some fast before it’s gone. 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.

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

On the live music front downtown, Saturday’s Marble Market will feature four live music acts. First up, Crow & Captain take the stage from noon to 1:30 p.m. Alex Maryol follows from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Cali Shaw performs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Lilah Rose caps the evening from 8 to 9 p.m.

At the Westside Taproom, Nick Skouras performs tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. The Shacks follow on Friday and Jordan Trimarchi goes Saturday, both from 6 to 9 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: U.S.S. Saaz, Equinox, Hoppy Wheat, U.S.S. Simcoe. Docking this week is the U.S.S. Simcoe, the latest pale ale in Nexus’ S.M.A.S.H. (single malt and single hop) series. Another beer in that series 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. The Hoppy Wheat is a seasonal hopped-up wheat beer, as if you could not guess by the name.

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, Winter is Coming. No, Winter is Coming is not just to make you all yearn for the return of Game of Thrones, is a peppermint porter that will get you into the holiday mood. The Robust Porter and Pi Vapor, a California Common, are other recent 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.

News: They are brewing up a double batch of the outstanding Bourbon Vanilla Porter.

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) Zaftig, Stage One IPA, Bohemian Pilsner, Spanglish. 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. The newest additions are the Bohemian (5.2% ABV, 32 IBU) and the Spanglish (4.6% ABV, 18 IBU), a Mexican-style lager. Other recent additions to taps are Zaftig (4.6% ABV, 26 IBU), a creamy smooth oatmeal stout, and Stage One IPA (8% ABV, 107 IBU) is a big, hopped-up oatmeal IPA.

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 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, Imperial Porter, Barrel-Aged Barley Wine. You can find Rio Bravo at 1912 2nd St. NW, which is just south of I-40. The most recent additions are the Imperial Porter and Barley Wine, both of which were barrel aged for your benefit. Get ’em quick, because both batches will go fast. Look for another barrel-aged beer around Christmas. As for the regular lineup, 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.

Events: Rio Bravo will now have karaoke every Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m.

On the live music front, Silver Crow Asylum performs tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. The Real Matt Jones takes the stage Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday will feature Lenin & McCarthy at 7 p.m.

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: Berliner Weisse, Dark Horse Lager, Summer Ale, Desert Dweller IPA, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Lil Cease Session IPA, Turkey Drool, The Ruggles (Nob Hill only), Hog Back Bacon (Wells Park only). The newest additions are the Turkey Drool (8.3% ABV, 30 IBU), Desert Dweller (6% ABV), and Lil’ Cease Session IPA (4.5% ABV, 79 IBU). This year’s Turkey Drool might be the best yet, a perfectly balanced blend of amazing flavors, sweet, smooth, and spicy all in one glass. Before that came the Dark Horse Lager (5.6% ABV) and Summer Ale (7% ABV). The Ruggles (4.4% ABV) is a California Common-style beer. Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is still available at both locations. The Hog Back Bacon is a bacon-infused version of the Ebony and Ivory Pale Stout; the supply is very limited.

Events: It is a really light week by Tractor standards due to the holiday. Solos on the Hill is back tonight (Wednesday), featuring Eryn Bent at 8:30 p.m. at Nob Hill.

The In the Mix Series is back at Wells Park on Saturday at 9 p.m. with DJ Soiree making his Beer Farm debut.

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: Russian Imperial Stout, Pumpkin Porter, Mosaic Pale Ale, McLeonard’s Single Malt Scotch Ale. The most recent additions are the Mosaic, a single-hop pale, and the always beefy Russian Imperial (10% ABV). Word is the RIS will be on tap soon at the ABQ Draft Station, for those of us who cannot make it to Santa Fe on a regular basis. 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, but is nearly out, so hurry over to get some.

News: Brewer James Warren said he has a Bock (6.4% ABV) due up when the Pumpkin Porter is out, and a Belgian IPA after that.

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), Study Series: Session 1 (Golden Hopped Session), Study Series: Session 2 (Dark Hopped Session), Hair of the Wolf (Experimental). The two new Study Series beers are both session ales, with the lighter Session 1 checking in at 3.4-percent ABV, while the darker Session 2 hits at 3.7 percent. Hair of the Wolf (7.7% ABV), a beer to benefit the local arts collective Meow Wolf, is back for a second run. Coming this Monday is the 2015 version of Goya Imperial Stout.

Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

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

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)

Beers: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Santa Fe Gold, Belgian Dubbel (ECS), Adobe Igloo 2.0 (Winter Warmer). 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 Adobe Igloo 2.0, an improved, spiced winter warmer, is now available on tap.

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

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, Cherry Wood Imperial Smoked Porter, Railyard Red, Latona Amber, Rauchbier, International Style Pale Ale, Scotch Ale. Second Street went big with the Imperial Smoked Porter, an annual favorite. The Railyard is back for another run. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: On the live music front, The Bill Hearne Trio performs Friday night at the original location, followed by The Bus Tapes on Saturday. The Sugar Mountain Band, a Neil Young tribute band, performs Friday at the Railyard location, followed by Eryn Bent 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.

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.


— Stoutmeister

3 Comments Add yours

  1. 8bithitman says:

    FYI – Total Wine on the West Side still has the Bourbon County Stout and Barleywine as of 9am. The rye sold out real fast. Cheers!

  2. 8bithitman says:

    Great call on the Chocolate Milk Stout on cask @ Boxing Bear. That is some excellent stuff!

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