The Week Ahead in Beer: For the love of the brew

Posted: February 10, 2016 by cjax33 in The Week Ahead in Beer

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.

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us again, so for the cynical that means lots of, um, cynicism, while the romantics get to make their grand plans. However you choose to express yourselves this weekend, at least we can all agree on that one thing we all love — beer. (If you were expecting something different there, you’re reading the wrong website.) Albuquerque Brewing is getting in the spirit with the release of their Valentine Porter on Sunday, plus some sweet treats for mug club members. Oh, and of course they will be showing that ode to love, The Walking Dead, as it returns for the second half of the current season. Nothing says love like beer and braaaaaaaiiiiinnnsssss. The night before (Saturday), Boese Brothers will hold a release party for their new Galaxy Double IPA. They will have a live DJ and food specials from Gold Street Caffe. And the night before that (Friday), Canteen is feeling the love with the return of the Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, now aged two years, plus the debut of their first nitro tap, which will feature Dark & Lusty Stout with cocoa nibs. Also, visit Chama River’s Facebook page for details on their Valentine’s Day dinner, which has the option of pairing your courses with beer or wine. Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn will have food specials running all weekend with a Valentine’s Day theme. Oh, and La Cumbre has a special offer in partnership with High Desert Flameworks where you get two hand-crafted glasses and a $30 gift certificate to the brewery. Check out the details here.

As for me, well, I’ll be expressing my love of the craft at the Arizona Strong Beer Festival in Phoenix. But, before that, I will be heading to the special ribbon-cutting ceremony at Marble tonight (Wednesday) for the grand opening of their massive expansion that we profiled last week. It all kicks off at 6 p.m. with a DJ, a slew of appetizers, and tours of the expansion. Oh, yeah, and the Brett IPA is being released. Pretty good way to kick off the night before things get old-school thrash with Anthrax at the Sunshine Theater. (Like I would seriously miss that show.)

On the additional new beer front this week, Bosque has their new X IPA and Slow Burn, a red chile brown ale, plus Scale Tipper returns Thursday. Boxing Bear is in the ring with Big Body Brown, Bear Knuckle Brown, and they put their Body Czech Pils on nitro. Chama River flipped their seasonal IPA again with Midas Well IPA back on tap. La Cumbre is sailing the Baltic with La Llorona. The Darkside Barrel-Aged Stout is on tap at Rio Bravo.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has both of their entrants for the National IPA Challenge on tap in the Occupational Hazard IPA and Recreational Session IPA. Second Street is feeling hoppy, too, with Four Hour Lunch IPA and Trebuchet Imperial IPA.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Feb. 8.

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: Call the number above for details on any small-batch beers currently available. They change frequently. The rest of the lineup is from the Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande family of beers.

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 Drafter Blonde, Duke’s Pale Ale, Handlebars Stout, Dunkelweizen, Imperial Red, Session IPA. The Handlebars is available on CO2 and nitro.

Live music: Friday—Justino Smallz of Sexy Elements of Bass, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Ravin Ruthaford & Company, 7 p.m.

Other Events: Every Monday will now be game night at ABC, with everything from Pokemon to Cards Against Humanity. Also, all Blonde pints are just $2.50.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Monday–Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Sunday, all day

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. Lando’s Lager honors the great Billy Dee Williams as a proper malt liquor.

Happy Hour/Discounts: 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.

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: 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).

News: Peter Cornelius has been promoted to head brewer. We will have more on this in our Look Back/Look Ahead Series article for B2B.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)

Beers: Call the brewpub for an updated listing.

Live Music: Bands perform from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday. Click the link for the schedule.

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, Double Dead Red. The new Double Dead (6.9% ABV) may seem like a hop bomb, but it has a hefty malt backbone to balance it out.

Happy Hour/Discounts: 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: Just For Fun, Dry Stout, Simcoe Pils, The Schwarz Awakens, X IPA (San Mateo only), Slow Burn (San Mateo only), Just a Skosh (Nob Hill and Las Cruces), Organ Mountains Milk Stout (Las Cruces only), Railyard Rust (Las Cruces only). Need a hoppy, dark demon in your life? Just For Fun (8.7% ABV, 90 IBU) is an awesome imperial black IPA. Try some and let us know what you think.

News: The epic hop bomb that is Scale Tipper returns to all three taprooms this Thursday. It’s only on tap this time as Bosque has re-entered it in the National IPA Challenge, an event it won last year.

Happy Hour/Discounts: 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, Bear-El Aged Stout, Crystal S.M.A.S.H., Sucker Punch DIPA, La Flama Blanca, Bear Knuckle IPA, Big Body Brown. The La Flama Blanca (6.9% ABV, 80 IBU) is a white IPA made with copious amounts of wheat and American hops. Also, the new rotating nitro tap has Body Czech Pilsner on this week.

Happy Hour/Discounts: 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: Sweet Sandarine Porter, Schwarzbier, Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Dark American Lager, Rubi Rojo Grapefruit IPA, Ripple DIPA, Irish Red. The Ripple (8.2% ABV, 90 IBU) is Zach’s first new beer since he took over the reins at Canteen. It smells big, but is far more drinkable than most DIPAs. Just be careful how much you have.

Live Music: Sunday—Justin Evan Thompson; Tuesday—Russell James Pyle

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).

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Imperial Stout, Sun Dog Kolsch, German Pilsner, Midas Well IPA. Congratulations to Chama River, the winner of this year’s Stout Challenge with Sleeping Dog Stout. New brewer Andrew Krosche tweaked the recipe when he took over, and man, what a job.

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, Lone Pine Pilsner, Faulty Barrel-Aged Ale, Happenstance All-Day Blonde, Happenstance Better Red Than Dead. The All-Day Blonde is the first in a new series of beers created by Distillery 365’s new brewing partners, and the Better Red Than Dead is their second.

Live Music: Friday—Peri & the FAQs, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Quietly Kept, 7:30 p.m.

Other 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.

The Firkin Brewhouse — (505) 881-0702

(Open 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. all week)

Beers: Pomegranate Ale, Giggle Water Wheat, Palooka Pale Ale, Ombibulous IPA, Bootleggers Vanilla Nut Brown, Silitoe Scotch, Capo’s Java Stout. They are officially open and these are the first seven beers on tap. Read our review from the soft opening, then let us know if the carbonation has kicked in so we can retry them.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Bernalillo hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: Dunkel, IPA, ESB, Coffee-roasted Schwarzbier, Helles Lager, Red Ale, Imperial Stout. The behemoth Imperial Stout (11% ABV) is only available at the brewery in Bernalillo. When it arrives at the Nob Hill taproom, we will let everyone know. But hurry, because we might drink it all up.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Kaktus has several new weekday specials in Bernalillo, including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

Events: The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 7 to 9 p.m. on almost every Thursday at the Nob Hill taproom and then Sunday in Bernalillo from 6 to 8 p.m. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out.

Every Sunday in Bernalillo, 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: La Roja Grande, Grange’s Session IPA, It’s Not EVEN Brown, Munchener Dunkel, La Llorona. Welcome back, La Llorona (7.8% ABV, 45 IBU), a beautiful behemoth of a Baltic porter. This is one of our annual favorites, so hurry over to try it.

Live Music: Saturday—Jade Masque, 7 to 10 p.m.

Other Events: 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: Legless Double IPA, Plateau Porter, Double Chocolate Stout, Strawberry IPA, Biscochito Brown. The Double Chocolate (8.2% ABV, 45 IBU) is a delicious treat, one that hides the alcohol well. It is also not overwhelming on the chocolate, just a nicely balanced big beer.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

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 — Reserve Ale, White Out, Double IPA, El Mysterio, Imperial Stout, Imperial Red, Brett IPA; Downtown only — Running With the Bull; Westside only — none. Running With the Bull (5.2% ABV) is a special pale ale made in tribute to Bosque head brewer John Bullard.

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

Live Music (downtown): Saturday—Gipsy Moon, 6 to 9 p.m.

Live Music (West Side): Friday—Russell James Pyle and the Committee, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday—Ziatron, 6 to 9 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.)

Beers: Equinox, Hoppy Wheat, U.S.S. Simcoe, Barleywine. The Barleywine (10.2% ABV, 33 IBU) is a beauty in the English style. It’s thick, chewy, and rather wonderful, without being overly boozy despite the high ABV. Oh, and it goes great with chicken and waffles.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Monday–Friday, 3 to 5 p.m., get $5 off appetizers

Pi Brewing — (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 keep you into the holiday mood.

News: Nicky V’s Pizzeria has been completely re-branded as Pi Brewing. Look for more on this development in our upcoming Look Back/Look Ahead Series article.

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, Turkish Zaftig, Blonde Stout, Dubbel, Spanglish. We have an updated seasonal list for Ponderosa! There are three stout variants available in the Zaftig (Oatmeal Stout), Turkish Zaftig (Stout with coffee), and Blonde Stout.

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: Anniversary Double Red, Dark Side DIPA, Strong Scotch Ale, Vanilla Cream Ale, Gluten Removed Roamer Red. This batch of the Strong Scotch Ale is quite a malty, peaty beast of a beer. Those two different flavors work in balance, so the beer is neither too peaty, nor too malty sweet.

Live Music: Tonight (Wednesday)—Jeremiah and the Red Eyes, 7 to 9 p.m.; Monday—The Draft Sessions Open Mic, 7 to 9 p.m.

Other Events: 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.

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, Barley Wine (regular and barrel aged), Winterfest Marzen, Randy’s Red Ale, Darkside Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. Yes, we helped make that monstrosity of a barrel-aged imperial. It’s a decadent 11-percent ABV, so be careful when consuming.

Live Music: Thursday—Todd Tijerina, 4 p.m., Kevin Cummings Jr., 6:30 p.m.; Friday—Jill Cohn, 4 p.m., The Broken Rules Band, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—Jill Cohn, 4 p.m., Boulevard Lane, 6:30 p.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Call the brewery for an updated list.

Sidetrack Brewing — (505) 288-6468

(Mon–Thurs 3–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–10 p.m., Sun noon–8 p.m.)

Beers: Pub Ale, RailHead Red, 3:10 to Belen Brown, Dark Engine Stout, Switchgear IPA 1, Switchgear IPA 2. The Pub Ale (5.1% ABV, 30 IBU) is listed as an English mild, but has far more flavor than most examples of that style. It has a chewy, almost biscuity quality from the malts and English yeast.

Cask: All Aboard Pale Ale (5.6% ABV, 40 IBU) is now available.

News: Take note of the new operating hours above.

Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752

(Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day)

Beers: For now, Starr Brothers will have rotating guest beers from other local breweries such as Bosque, Boxing Bear, and Red Door. When their own beers are ready, we will let you know. They do have a full menu ready to go. Click the website link above for that menu.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), (505) 243-6752 (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Sunday-Wednesday noon to midnight, Thursday noon to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday noon to 2 a.m.; 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, Berry Cider, Tupac Cali Red, Barnstorm Ale, Luna De Los Muertos, Scotcholate Scotch Ale, The Ruggles, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Et Tu Brute Cider, Lil Cease Session IPA, Brass Monkey. The burly Luna De Los Muertos (8.5% ABV), a thick, mean Russian Imperial Stout, is always a winter highlight for Tractor.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—pLoud Music Series: Travis Joel, 8 p.m.; Friday—Reverend Red, 8 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): none this week

Other Events: Wells Park is hosting a speed dating event, Don’t String Me Alone, on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Wells Park will also host a watch party for the season two premier of Better Call Saul on Monday at 8 p.m.

Every Monday at Wells Park you can now find Mondays on the Mic hosted by Alex Maryol starting at 6 p.m.

Kamikaze Karaoke is back at Wells Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Before that, the Berry Cider Release Party starts at 3 p.m.

Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Tractor now has a late happy hour from 9 p.m. to midnight on Mondays with $2 classic beers and $3 seasonals.

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: All Peached Up, Arsenal Porter, Hockey Teeth, Adrift IPA. Hockey Teeth is described as a Canadian-style pale ale, which is basically an American lager. Adrift IPA is Turtle Mountain’s entry in the upcoming National IPA Challenge.

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: Belgian Quad, Gulden Woelf, Coffee Cream Stout. The most recent addition is the Gulden Woelf (8.8% ABV), a massive Belgian golden that acts more like a quad.

News: Next up on the beer docket are Occupational Hazard IPA and Recreational Session IPA, both of which will be Blue Corn’s entries in the upcoming National IPA Challenge.

Events: Coming up on Feb. 25 will be a Barleywine Release Party. In addition to the 2016 batch, they will also have the 2015 version, plus an apple brandy barrel-aged version and a whisky-casked version. Dear lord, that just looks wonderful.

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), Goya Imperial Stout. Hair of the Wolf (7.7% ABV), a beer to benefit the local arts collective Meow Wolf, is back for a second run.

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

News: Duel’s Albuquerque taproom has opened, and they are serving food from their European-style deli in addition to the beer. For more info, check out our recent story.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Main taproom: 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, Coyote Brown Session IPA, 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.

Happy Hour/Discounts: $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.

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, ESB, Railrunner Pale Ale, Four Hour Lunch IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Trebuchet Imperial IPA, Whiptail Pale Ale. You can go big (Trebuchet), medium (house IPA), or small (Four Hour Lunch) when you need to get your hops fix at Second Street.

Live Music (Original location): Friday—Gregg Daigle; Saturday—Swing Soleil

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Greg Butera; Saturday—Jano Mason

Other Events: 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, Barrel-Aged Imperail Stout, Wit Rock, Hindsight Doppelbock, Juniper Pale Ale, Big House Belgo, Red Hammer Ale, Asian White IPA. The Red Hammer is a beast of a double red which we originally enjoyed back at Bathtub Row’s grand opening last summer.

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, Orgazzberry.

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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