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.
It is finally December, so I guess we can finally embrace the whole holiday spirit thing. Our breweries certainly are with all of the holiday-themed events they are having this weekend. Tractor is going all out with two events. First up, this Thursday, Tractor and We Are This City are sponsoring the All Things Craft Holiday Market. A whole slew of local artists and entertainers will be on hand starting at 5 p.m. The event will be held across the street from Tractor Nob Hill at 3339 Central Ave. NE (right next to Staples). It is all part of the Shop and Stroll, but this is the part where you can listen to live music, shop, and, oh yeah, drink beer. Tractor will be bringing over some special beers for you to enjoy. Check the Tractor Facebook page for more details.
Then on Sunday, Tractor Wells Park will host the I’ll Drink to That Holiday Market from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be even more vendors, including the awesome Metal the Brand, and live entertainment there as well. Plus, well, obviously there will be all the beers on tap and food trucks outside. It’s all free, too.
La Cumbre will host a Local Crafts Beer Food event also on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be an array of artisan goods from We Are This City, High Desert Flame Works, Stephan Webb Art, Christopher McAfee, and CloudFace. The chefs from My Sweet Basil will provide the food. Shop, enjoy a pint, and grab a bite to eat. So you can potentially attend both La Cumbre and Tractor on Sunday, just watch your beer intake if you’re doing the driving.
Then on Tuesday, Turtle Mountain will host their annual Home for the Holidays House Beer Banquet. You can find all the info here on the food and beer pairings. It costs $45 per person and reservations are required.
Besides all that, Boxing Bear is playing host to a noted author and brewer, John Palmer, this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. He will be talking about beer, signing autographs, and more. Stop by and expand your beer knowledge.
Meanwhile, there are a few other new beers worth checking out around town, too. Bosque’s Belgian ale series is now debuting, with Belgian Blonde available at both San Mateo and Nob Hill. The Belgian Quad with cherries is already on at Nob Hill and will be soon at San Mateo. Canteen is also feeling cheery for cherries with Cherry Blossom Wheat. There is a fresh batch of the potent Radioactive IPA at Chama River. Tall, Dark, and Pumpkin is available at both Marble locations, plus Hey Porter is at the Westside location. Turtle Mountain’s winter warmer, O Tannenbaum, is ready for consumption.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn’s new Bock is on tap. Santa Fe Brewing gets a little dark with La Bete Noire, a black saison. Second Street brings back an old favorite in Boneshaker Bitter, plus they will have two special offerings at their 19th Anniversary Party on Saturday (see their entry below).
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of November 30.
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.)
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 has 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.
(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, Belgian Blonde (San Mateo and Nob Hill), Belgian Quad with cherries (San Mateo only), Centennial Single Hop (Las Cruces only), Pink Elephants on Parade (San Mateo and Las Cruces). All three Bosque locations are now up to date. The new Belgian ale series is underway with the Belgian Blonde (7.3% ABV, 24 IBU), plus the Belgian Quad with cherries. 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. The Centennial Single Hop (6.2% ABV, 35 IBU) is nearly out. 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.
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: 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).
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, Cherry Blossom Wheat, Sasquatch Scotch, Novemberfest Marzen, Aumbers Amber. The Cherry Blossom Wheat (4% ABV, 10 IBU) was made with 100-percent tart cherry puree, and it offers a nice break from the heavier beers on tap. Other recent additions are the 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 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.
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: Radioactive IPA, Juiced Up IPA, Bambina Milk Stout, Smoke Em Out. The most recent additions are the hop-tastic Radioactive, 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.
This Sunday, Kaktus will have another Truffle and Beer Pairing event. RSVP with owner Dana Koller at the number listed above. There are 20 spots available. You will get to try bourbon and pecan truffles with Smoke and Fire Porter, peppermint truffles with Stout, chocolate orange truffles with 1492 IPA, and Tirimisu truffles with new Coffee Swartzbier.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: Summer Strong, Witch’s Lit, Grange’s Session IPA, Trou Noir. The most recent addition is the Trou Noir (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU), a Belgian dark strong. 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.
Events: Quality Retreads perform Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.
La Cumbre’s anniversary week starts Sunday with the Local Crafts Beer Food event (see our intro above) on Sunday. Then comes the anniversary dinner at Artichoke Cafe on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Stay tuned to the LC Facebook page for more info. Finally, the Fifth Anniversary Party itself is set for Saturday, Dec. 12, featuring the release of the Ryeot on Rye Fifth Anniversary Ale.
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.)
UPDATED >>> Beers: Both locations — Tall, Dark, and Pumpkin. Downtown only — none; Westside only — Hey Porter. We know that the Tall, Dark, and Pumpkin (6.2% ABV) is the only seasonal currently on tap downtown. The TDP is a brown ale with pumpkin spice and vanilla, served on nitro. It is also at the Westside location, plus they have the new Hey Porter (5.9% ABV).
Events: Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
On the live music front, the only band we know performing is Todd Tijerina, which will be downtown on the indoor stage tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. Stanlie Kee will take the stage Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.
There will be no music at the Westside taproom while they are undergoing renovations. We will have to head out there to get you all the details on what’s happening. (Thanks to Elyse for the updates, BTW.)
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. The U.S.S. Simcoe (7% ABV, 30 IBU) is the latest pale ale in Nexus’ S.M.A.S.H. (single malt and single hop) series, and it is a tasty one. Another beer in that series is the Saaz (6.4% ABV, 30 IBU). As the name might imply, it is 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, Road Runner Red, Duke City Pils, Oktoberfest, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel aged), Barley Wine (regular and barrel aged). You can find Rio Bravo at 1912 2nd St. NW, which is just south of I-40. The most recent additions are the Old Town Porter (7.6% ABV, 55 IBU) and Barley Wine (10.5% ABV, 39 IBU), available in tasty regular format and in the more potent barrel-aged versions. Get ’em quick, because both batches will go fast. Look for another barrel-aged beer after Christmas, which the Crew might just have a hand in brewing (more on that soon, we promise). 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. Road Runner Red (5.7% ABV, 53 IBU) 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, Markland performs tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. Eryn Bent takes the stage Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Murata on Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday will feature Ugly Robot & Lindy Vision 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.)
UPDATED >>> Beers: Berliner Weisse, Dark Horse Lager, Desert Dweller IPA, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Turkey Drool, Pear Berry Cider, Summer Ale (Wells Park only), Lil Cease Session IPA (Nob Hill only), The Ruggles (Nob Hill 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.
Events: Things are back to normal on the Beer Farm, by which we mean packed with events. In addition to the two holiday events listed above in our intro, you can enjoy some Kamikaze Karaoke at Wells Park tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m., while Solos on the Hill will feature Keith Sanchez at 8:30 p.m. in Nob Hill.
The Indigenous Poetry Slam will take place Thursday at Wells Park at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday will feature Setting the Tone with Garry Blackchild at 5 p.m. in Nob Hill, while In the Mix will feature a DJ doubleheader at Wells Park with MRMRVL and DJ Wae Funx at 9 p.m.
Monday will feature Home for the Holidays, a special dog adoption event at Wells Park starting at 3 p.m. Then on Tuesday, Poetry and Beer: Open Mic and Slam is back at 7 p.m.
Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity. So yes, that will be this Monday.
You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.
Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.
Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497
(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates. Please call.)
Beers: Altbier, Gourd Dammit, Challenger Deep Black IPA, O Tannenbaum. TMBC’s winter warmer, O Tannenbaum (5.6% ABV, 24 IBU) is now on tap. It was brewed with fresh ginger and spruce tips. The most recent additions before that were the Challenger, 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, Bock, Mosaic Pale Ale, McLeonard’s Single Malt Scotch Ale. The most recent additions are the Bock (6.4% ABV), 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.
News: Brewer James Warren said he has a Belgian IPA due up next.
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), La Bete Noire. 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. The most recent addition is La Bete Noire, a black saison.
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.
A rare live music performance is set for the brewery tonight (Wednesday) as Strahan and the Good Neighbors will be on hand.
Also, this Thursday will feature a special tapping of one of the last three kegs of Kriek anywhere in the state. It will also happen at the brewery.
News: The SFBC taproom is now open at Green Jeans Farmery in Albuquerque. Want details? Here is everything we learned from our visit.
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, Boneshaker Bitter, Rauchbier, International Style Pale Ale, Scotch Ale. Second Street went big with the Imperial Smoked Porter, an annual favorite. The Railyard and Boneshaker Bitter are 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, there is none this week, but there is Second Street’s 19th Anniversary Party at the original location. There will be a special Anniversary Ale and an Anniversary ESB on tap. In addition, Chef Milton will have a special menu that will start serving at 5 p.m. Head on over and toast one of our oldest and finest breweries.
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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