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.
Now that we all (hopefully) survived blizzard-palooza 2015, one of those great (or stupid) drinking holidays is upon us. Yup, for better or worse, it is New Year’s Eve time again. So get ready to mumble along to that one song everyone can’t really sing but tries to sing anyway. Cash in that designated driver card, or prepare to Uber, or heck, tell your friend you are bringing a sleeping bag along. Just make sure you are bringing a growler or some excellent bombers/sixers if you’re gonna do that. If you are not doing the house party thing, a few of our breweries will be hosting some festivities. As we mentioned the other day, Kaktus is opening their Nob Hill taproom with a party starting at 7 p.m. and running until midnight. They will also have a party for their Bernalillo patrons at the brewery running the same hours. Other places hosting live music and/or special events include Distillery 365, Lizard Tail, Nicky V’s Pizzeria/Pi Brewing, Rio Bravo, and Tractor Wells Park. Outside of ABQ, there will be music and other goings on at Bathtub Row in Los Alamos and Twisted Chile in Socorro. See each brewery’s individual entry below for more details.
For those breweries who provided it, here are their hours, if different from normal, for New Year’s Eve and Day.
- Boese Brothers will stay open past midnight Thursday, with normal hours Friday.
- Bosque will close their San Mateo location at 5 p.m., so hurry over to fill your growlers or to pick up a bomber or two.
- Boxing Bear is also closing early Thurssday, at 6 p.m., and will open at noon on Friday.
- La Cumbre closes at 8 p.m. Thursday and will be closed all day and night Friday.
- Marble has last call at 8:30 p.m. and shuts their doors at 9. They will then have a New Year’s Day party (see their entry below).
- Nicky V’s/Pi will host a “New York New Year’s,” meaning they close at 10 p.m. (midnight NYC time).
- Turtle Mountain could close at any time after 6 p.m., it will be at the discretion of their manager on duty. Normal hours resume Friday.
- Up in Santa Fe, Second Street will be closed Friday.
- Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile closes at 10 p.m. both nights.
When/if we get the others, we will keep updating this story.
On a separate note, don’t forget to vote for the best beer name of 2015. The poll will be open through Monday. Pink Elephants on Parade was in the lead Tuesday night, followed by Baby Got Bock and Hoppenheimer IPA.
It is, once again, an understandably light week for new beers. The most excellent Scale Tipper IPL is available at all three Bosque locations. It’s Not EVEN Brown will confound your senses at La Cumbre. Marble has resurrected White Out in honor of the recent snow. Turtle Mountain is feeling summery in the dead of winter with All Peached Up.
Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile has McFadden’s Scotch Ale and Twisted Black IPA back on tap.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of December 28.
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
Alien 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 rebranding of ABQ Brew Pub into Alien Brew Pub (which is now complete). Check out her story for more details, and we will have a story and pictures of the completed rebranding posted soon on our site.
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.
(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: House IPA, Cherry Stout, Coconut Porter, Raz Wheat, Red Rye, Brown Ale, Rye Noon, Very Chai Christmas, Cerveza Chile Verde (B2B only), Galaxy Pale Ale (Lobo only), Pepper Saison (Lobo 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. As proof, the lineup shifted significantly in recent weeks. The freshest additions are the House IPA, Brown Ale, Very Chai Christmas, Cerveza Chile Verde, and Galaxy Pale Ale.
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, Burly Brown, Barrel-Aged Porter. The Patriot 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. They are down to the very last of their supply, so hurry over before it runs out. The Barrel-Aged Porter is on tap for a limited time.
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: Jared’s Belgian Quad with cherries, Eldorado Pale Ale, Imperial Coffee Brown, Scale Tipper IPL, Dry Stout (on nitro at all locations, CO2 at Las Cruces only), Jingle Bell Bock (Nob Hill only), Citra S.M.A.S.H. (Las Cruces and San Mateo). All three Bosque locations are now up to date. The new Belgian ale series is underway with the decadent Jared’s Quad with cherries (10.3% ABV, 25 IBU). The Eldorado Pale Ale (6.4% ABV, 30 IBU) is a delicious, single-hop pale. The new Jingle Bell Bock (6.9% ABV, 20 IBU) is a sweet treat. The Imperial Coffee Brown (9% ABV, 20 IBU) is also for sale in bombers; we highly, highly recommend you pick up this one before it’s gone. You can still buy bombers of the barrel-aged Jet Black Winter (10.2% ABV) until the supply runs out. The newest additions are the Dry Stout (4.5% ABV, 20 IBU) and Scale Tipper IPL (6.1% ABV, 95 IBU), which is a lager using the Scale Tipper hops. The Citra S.M.A.S.H. is also now popping up at the different locations as tap space becomes available.
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 Slam Imperial Pilsner, Fist Pump Pumpkin Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout, Bear-El Aged Stout, Crystal S.M.A.S.H., Iron Lung Smoked Porter. Boxing Bear got into the barrel-aging game by taking some Standing 8 Stout and putting it in Pinot Noir barrels. Go try this rather different take on a barrel-aged offering while it lasts. The appropriately smoky Iron Lung is back for another run. The Chocolate Milk Stout (5.2% ABV, 20 IBU), a silver medal winner at GABF this fall, is still available for a limited time. 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 and at Jubilation. Other available seasonals include the Fist Pump (5.4% ABV, 20 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, Cherry Blossom Wheat, Galaxy IPA, Aumbers Amber, Sweet Sandarine Porter, Schwarzbier, Black Hops IPA, Panama Joe Coffee Stout. The Porter, Schwarzbier, Black Hops, and Panama Joe are all part of this year’s edition of Solstice Blackout. Get a sample tray of all five for $5 or you can purchase individual pints. The Crew visited recently and we all declared this batch of Panama Joe just as good as the one that medaled at the Great American Beer Festival in 2014. The Galaxy IPA (7.2% ABV, 80 IBU) will take you out of this world. 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. 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, Sun Dog Kolsch, Bambina Milk Stout, Juniper Berry Braggot. The most recent additions are the Kolsch and the Braggot (9% ABV), the latter of which is a hybrid of a beer and a mead. Before that came the hop-tastic Radioactive and smooth-as-silk Bambina.
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, Lone Pine Pilsner, 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. The Lone Pine has been on tap for a while, sorry we are just remembering to add it here now. 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.
Distillery 365 will host live music for New Year’s Eve with Eryn Bent and Quietly Kept. It all kicks off at 8 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.
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-roasted Schwarz Bier, Helles Lager, Peppermint Stout, Red Ale. The most recent additions are the Schwarz Bier, made with local coffee, plus the annual holiday favorite, Peppermint Stout. Before that came the Red Ale, Dunkel, and ESB, a longtime Crew favorite at Kaktus. Other seasonals available are the 1492 IPA (made with Columbus hops, natch), Smoke and Fire Porter (a cherrywood smoked porter with Chipotle), and Helles Lager. 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 has brewed 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. They will be taking the holidays off, so we will let you know when their shows resume.
Kaktus will have live music and more at both of their locations starting at 7 p.m. Thursday. See our intro for more info.
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: Ryeot on Rye, La Negra, Gracias Por Fumar (on nitro), Grange’s Session IPA, It’s Not EVEN Brown. All the beers that came out for La Cumbre’s recent 5th anniversary week are still available. The most recent addition is It’s Not EVEN Brown, a brown ale that looks red and tastes like something wholly different. The Ryeot on Rye is an amped-up, barrel-aged version of their popular Red Ryeot. La Negra is a big, thick, imperial stout. Gracias Por Fumar is a smoked porter that goes oh so well on nitro. Before that came 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?
Events: Sweet Spot performs on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.
Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301
(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)
Beers: Long Nosed Tripel, Legless DIPA, Frilled Irish Red, Earless English IPA. 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 — Tall, Dark, and Pumpkin, Reserve Ale, Imperial Red; Downtown only — Double IPA, White Out; Westside only — Hey Porter. Head over to either Marble location fast before the Tall, Dark, and Pumpkin (6.2% ABV) runs out. The TDP is a brown ale with pumpkin spice and vanilla, served on nitro. Also available at both locations is the delectable Hey Porter (5.9% ABV). Two heavyweights, the Reserve and Imperial Red, are back on tap. White Out (9% ABV), which was originally brewed for Marble’s seventh anniversary back in April, is now back on tap for a limited time.
Events: Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
On the live music front, Lenin & McCarthy will take the indoor stage tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m.
This Friday will mark a special New Year’s Day Party, featuring the release of a “mysterious, barrel-aged offering.” There will be live music with Buffalo Gals from 2 to 3 p.m., Saltine Ramblers from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and Next 3 Miles from 6 to 8 p.m.
There is no music at the Westside Taproom while they undergo renovation and expansion. Look for the new stage to be ready in March.
Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Equinox, Hoppy Wheat, U.S.S. Simcoe, Salted Caramel Stout. The recent release party for the Salted Caramel Stout was packed to the rafters; trust us, the beer was worth it. 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. 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: Cardinal Sin Red, Robust Porter, Pi Vapor, Kama Citra 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. The Cardinal Sin Red and Kama Citra IPA look to become permanent members of the lineup. 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. There is also a raspberry-infused version of the Zaftig.
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, Trapdoor Belgian Wit. (Seasonal) Cosmos Porter, Ryeson Sun Saison, Anniversary Double Red, Dark Side DIPA. No, they did not name the Dark Side DIPA (10.3% ABV, 100+ IBU) after us, but we still went and drank some of this mosh pit of piney hops. Another recent addition is the delicious, slightly hoppy Cosmos Porter. Before that came the Anniversary Double Red (7.7% ABV, 67 IBU), which has a deceptively low IBU count for a beer that hoppy. It’s got bite, it’s dry, it’s fierce, it’s right up there with the other best imperial reds in town. The Ryeson is still the only rye saison we have ever tasted.
Events: Live music is back tonight (Wednesday) with David Webb from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Draft Sessions open mic is just about every 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: Live music is back this week with a doubleheader on New Year’s Eve. Clark Andrew Libbey performs at 4 p.m., followed by Given Time at 6 p.m. Scotty & the Atomics follow Saturday at 6 p.m.
Rio Bravo will now have karaoke every Tuesday from 6 to 10 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, Desert Dweller IPA, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Pear Berry Cider, Tupac Cali Red, Barnstorm Ale, Luna De Los Muertos (Wells Park only), Et Tu Brute Cider (Wells Park only), Scotcholate Scotch Ale (Wells Park only), Lil Cease Session IPA (Nob Hill only), The Ruggles (Nob hill only), Turkey Drool (Nob Hill only). The newest additions are the Et Tu Brute Cider and Scotcholate Scotch Ale (at Wells Park only) and the Luna De Los Muertos (8.5% ABV), Tupac Cali Red (6.5% ABV, 80 IBU), and Barnstorm Ale at both locations. Before that came 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. It is nearly out at Nob Hill, with Luna ready to replace it, so hurry over. Still hanging around are 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: Flo Fader will be spinning at Wells Park on New Year’s Eve starting at 8 p.m.
The In the Mix Series is back Saturday at Wells Park with DJ Soiree spinning at 9 p.m.
Sunday features the premier of the pilot episode of the new TV series “Bordertown” at Wells Park, starting at 8 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, All Peached Up, Challenger Deep Black IPA, O Tannenbaum. The Gourd Dammit finally kicked, so All Peached Up will take its place. A peachy wheat ale, this beer will help you think of the warmer days ahead. TMBC’s winter warmer, O Tannenbaum (5.6% ABV, 24 IBU) is also on tap. It was brewed with fresh ginger and spruce tips. The most recent additions before that were the Challenger and Altbier.
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 Door Man, Stranger Than Fiction, McLeonard’s Single Malt Scotch Ale. The most recent additions are the Stranger Than Fiction, a Belgian-style IPA, the Bock Door Man (6.4% ABV), and the always beefy Russian Imperial (10% ABV). The McLeonard’s is a big old Scotch in the style of a Wee Heavy.
News: Brewer James Warren said he has a Belgian Quad and Blonde due up soon, plus a Barleywine.
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, Snowflake DIPA. 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. The Snowflake is a hop-tastic DIPA that still has a good malt backbone.
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.
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, Rod’s Best Bitter, International Style Pale Ale, Kidder Special Bitter, Festivus, Vienna Country Lager, 2015 Anniversary ESB. The most recent addition is the new Vienna Country Lager. The special ESB was brewed for the recent 19th anniversary party. Other recent additions to the lineup are Festivus, a special holiday ale, and old favorites Kidder and Rod’s Best Bitter. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.
Events: New Year’s Eve will feature a musical doubleheader at the original location. Welsh and Watts perform from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by 50 Watt Whale ringing in the new year. Blues Revue Band will perform Saturday.
The Swing Ornament will perform at the Railyard location 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, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, TCBC Porter, Twisted Black IPA, McFadden’s Scotch. 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 Black IPA and Scotch Ale.
Events: There will be live music on New Year’s Eve. Mose McCormack kicks things off at 7 p.m., followed by Dave, Ben & Val Thomas. It all wraps up at 10 p.m.
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