The Week Ahead in Beer: New breweries unleash new creations

Posted: March 9, 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.

Sometimes new breweries wait a while before they begin unleashing waves of seasonals and specialties. It makes sense, as it gives them time to hone in their core beers’ recipes first. When they choose to finally dive into creating some interesting new beers, it can be fun to see just what their brewers can really do. Boese Brothers has been averaging around one new specialty a month and they unleash their latest this Saturday with Cascade Grenade IPA. The tapping starts at 1 p.m. Gold Street Caffe will send over vermicelli bowls from 2 to 8 p.m. Then, DJ Burnt Reynolds will spin from 8 to 11 p.m. There will also be limited release special glassware. Prior to that, Bow & Arrow will unveil their first seasonal, Vanilla Bean Stout, on Friday when they open at noon. Over at The Firkin Brewhouse, they already have the new McFinnigan’s Ale on tap. It’s their newest take on a Scotch ale. Quarter Celtic also has their first two new beers since opening — Session IPA and Single Action Kolsch.

Another rather cool new event this week is over at Tractor Wells Park on Friday. They are hosting the Guerrilla Film Festival After Party at 9 p.m. So, first head over to The Kosmos at 7 p.m. for all the amazing international short films (buy your tickets online for $5). Then, get to Wells Park as DJ Tahnee from Homegirls Records will be spinning. You will get to hang out with filmmakers and film lovers alike, all with beer. I highly recommend the Cowboy Blend Coffee Stout, made with Villa Myriam coffee. It’s a double local product.

On the new beer front this week, there are a lot of additional options. Bosque has Oak Logger and Cherry Vanilla Stout. Boxing Bear is taking a swing at Oktoberfest in March with Bearzen. Canteen tapped some Hank ESB. Kaktus had a massive tap turnover (see their entry below, too many to list here). Lizard Tail also changed all their seasonal taps (again, see below). Marble is sticking with specialty stouts with Nitro Americano.

Up in Santa Fe, Second Street has a new Golden Ale, plus Boneshaker Bitter is back and Ringwood Red is available.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of March 7.

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, I (Heart) Porter. The Handlebars is available on CO2 and nitro.

News: ABC is now serving their in-house pizza starting at 5 p.m. every day, running till 8 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and till 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Live Music: Friday—Atomic Balm, 7 to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday—Partners in Crime, 7 to 10:30 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, Galaxy DIPA. The Galaxy DIPA (8.1% ABV) debuted recently and will have company when Cascade Grenade IPA debuts this Saturday.

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)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Simcoe Pils, Momma Always Said, Here Drink This, Oak Logger, Cherry Vanilla Stout, Southwest Session (Las Cruces only), X IPA (San Mateo only). The newest additions are the Oak Logger (5.2%, 20 IBU), a pale logger hopped with Falconer’s Flight 7C and then aged for a short time on toasted oak, and the decadent Cherry Vanilla Stout (6.1% ABV, 12 IBU).

News: It looks like Scale Tipper will be back on tap this Friday, along with another old favorite that will be joining the regular lineup from here on out. Check back with us then for the reveal.

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.

Bow & Arrow Brewing — (505) 247-9800

(Mon-Thurs 3–10 p.m., Fri-Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Flint & Grit, Tumbling Waters, Sun Dagger, Crossed Arrows, Hoka Hey. Here are the inaugural five beers from Bow & Arrow — Flint & Grit (5.4% ABV, 22 IBU) is a British mild; Tumbling Waters (5.2% ABV, 33 IBU) is a pale wheat; Sun Dagger (6.7% ABV, 45 IBU) is a saison; Crossed Arrows (7.2% ABV, 15 IBU) is a Scotch ale; Hoka Hey (7.7% ABV, 70 IBU) is an IPA.

News: The Vanilla Bean Stout, Bow & Arrow’s first seasonal, debuts Friday at noon. Also, take note above that Bow & Arrow is now open until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Bear-El Aged Stout, Simcoe S.M.A.S.H., Sucker Punch DIPA (bombers only), Big Body Brown, Red Knuckle Irish Red, Vantablack Russian Imperial Stout, Baltic Bear Porter, Kodiak Brown, Bearzen. The Vantablack (10.2% ABV, 80 IBU) is a beautiful behemoth, not for the meek. Franz Solo composed some viking poetry to honor this dark overload from the halls of Valhalla.

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, Dark American Lager, Exodus IPA, Citra Boost Session IPA, Ripple DIPA, Hank ESB. 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.

News: The Cocoa Lusty is back on the nitro tap.

Live Music: Sunday—Dusty Low, 3 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday—Russell James Pyle, 6 to 9 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Kilt Kicker (Smoked Scottish), Festival (Oktoberfest), Primo with spruce tips (Brown Ale), Blood Brothers (Prickly Pear Berliner Weisse), Agave (American Hefe). Cazuela’s has now expanded to having 10 taps on site, so they have brought four old favorites from the cellar in the Festival, Primo, Blood Brothers, and Agave.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Midas Well IPA, The Rye-Kus, Seasoned Strope, Dubbel Tap. The Dubbel Tap (7.2% ABV, 40 IBU) is a most excellently named Belgian-style dubbel, in case you couldn’t guess.

News: Congratulations to Chama River, the winner of this year’s Stout Challenge with Sleeping Dog Stout.

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, 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.

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

(Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Pomegranate Ale, Giggle Water Wheat, Palooka Pale Ale, Ombibulous IPA, Bootleggers Vanilla Nut Brown, Capo’s Java Stout, McFinnigan’s Ale. The McFinnigan’s is the second new beer to join the lineup since their recent opening. They also have new batches of the IPA and Java Stout.

Events: Firkin is throwing a two-day party as their official grand opening on March 19-20. We’ll have more details as we get closer to the dates.

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: Helles Lager, Belgian Dubbel, IPAddress, Honk Ale, London Porter, Stout, Classic Amber, Kombucha. We said the taps went through a big shift at Kaktus, and we weren’t kidding. Only the Helles remains from before, so hurry over to try all the new ones and old favorites that have returned.

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, It’s Not EVEN Brown, Munchener Dunkel, La Llorona, Cascade Hop Back, Cafe Con Leche (available in bombers only). The new Cascade Hop Back (5% ABV, 34 IBU) was made with 100 pounds of whole leaf Cascade. They used 100 percent Vienna malts, which balances it out oh so nicely.

Live Music: Saturday—Green Billies, 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: New Zealand IPA, Strawberry IPA, Apricot Wheat, Belgian Strong, Raspberry Mead. All the seasonal taps at Lizard Tail got a makeover, with a very spring theme for the new guys.

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 — Imperial Red, El Mysterio, Nitro Americano; Downtown only — none; Westside only — Brett IPA. The official release of Stout Americano is not until later this month, but Marble already has Nitro Americano on tap. Go get some of this amazing coffee stout elixir while it lasts.

Live Music (downtown): Today (Wednesday)—Spiritual Rez, 6 to 9 p.m.; Thursday—Ponder the Albatross, 7 to 10 p.m.; Friday—Hobart W. Fink, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Leftover Soul, 8 to 11 p.m.

Live Music (West Side): Today (Wednesday)—Eryn Bent, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday—Tres Pendejos, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday—Kyle Martin, 6 to 9 p.m.

Other Events: Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 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, 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.

News: Brewer Kaylynn McKnight promised us that some amazing new seasonals are coming out next week.

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. We have the full story here.

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) Turkish Zaftig, Blonde Stout, Alt the Hoople, Berliner Weisse, Spring Session, Stage One DIPA. There has been another seasonal shakeup at Ponderosa, with the biggest name the Stage One. This version is a Belgian-style, so go check it out and ask “why isn’t it Stage Two?”

Quarter Celtic Brewpub — (505) 503-1387

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

Beers: Knotted Blonde, Rye’t Side of Dublin, Mor-buck IPA, Quarter Porter, Crimson Lass, Session IPA, Single Action Kolsch. Oh, hey, look it’s the entry for QCB that mysteriously did not save the last time! Anyway, two newbies are on tap this week in the Session and Kolsch, both of which go great with the warm weather (assuming it stays warm, which this spring we cannot guarantee).

News: The Mor-buck is temporarily out, but will be back on tap soon. Also, a Dry Irish Stout is in the works for St. Patrick’s Day.

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: Shift Ender Golden Lager, 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: 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, Weizen, Randy’s Shandy, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Black Angus Stout, Randy’s Red Ale, Duke City Pilsner, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel aged), Barley Wine (regular and barrel aged), Winterfest Marzen, 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: Today (Wednesday)—Eileen & Cross Country Band, 6:30 p.m.; Thursday—Sloan Arthur Armitage, 4 p.m., The Tumbleweeds, 6:30 p.m.; Friday—Justin Evan Thompson, 4 p.m., Markland, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—Whiskey Baby, 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.

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 have started brewing, we know that from pictures on their Facebook page). 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, Scotcholate Scotch Ale, The Ruggles, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Et Tu Brute Cider, Lil Cease Session IPA, Brass Monkey, Stein Wine, The Wizard Brew DIPA, Cowboy Blend Coffee Stout. The Cowboy Blend is made with coffee from Villa Myriam, a local coffee company. It’s a big punch of coffee goodness, but never bitter, just strong and creamy and rather wonderful. Just don’t drink it too late at night, it will keep you awake.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—pLoud Music Series: Quietly Kept, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Luke Sweeney, 8 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Solos on the Hill: Alex McMahon + Coronado Club, 8:30 p.m.

Other Events: See the intro for info on the Guerrilla Film Festival After Party on Friday night.

Saturday will feature Tractor Square Dancing at 6 p.m. The Virginia Creepers will provide the music. It’s open to seasoned dancers and beginners.

Every Monday at Wells Park you can now find Mondays on the Mic hosted by Lilah Rose starting at 6 p.m. Then at 8 p.m., kick back and watch the latest episode of Better Call Saul on the projector screen.

Kamikaze Karaoke is back at Wells Park on Tuesday 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.

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, The Kansas City Shuffle. The Shuffle (4.7% ABV, 34 IBU) is a S.M.A.S.H. made with Falconer’s Flight hops and Vienna malt.

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: Barleywine, Occupational Hazard IPA, Recreational Session IPA, Fuzzy Snuggler. The Fuzzy Snuggler (7.7% ABV) is a winter warmer that uses copious amounts of chocolate malts and caramel malts. Sounds like something we could use out by Franz Solo’s fire pit one of these nights.

Events: Brewer James Warren’s Anniversary Dinner is set for March 24. Stay tuned for all the details on why you can’t miss this one.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Brewery hours: Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.; ABQ taproom hours: Mon–Thurs 2 p.m. to midnight; Fri–Sun noon to midnight)

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.

ABQ Events: The 1st Annual Comedy Celebration is this Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Main taproom: Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.; ABQ taproom: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight; Sun 11 a.m.–10 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, Chaiway to Hell, Irish Red. 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, Railyard Red, Golden Ale, Boneshaker Bitter, Trebuchet Imperial IPA, Outlier Special Bitter, Ringwood Red, Vienna Lager. Second Street has kicked off their annual celebration of the “infamous” Ringwood Yeast starting with the release of Outlier Special Bitter and the Ringwood Red. Trust us, you gotta try them to understand just what different flavors the yeast creates. Compare them to the Boneshaker and Railyard Red.

Live Music (Original location): Friday—Alpha Cats; Saturday—Bill Hearne Trio; Sunday—Handmade Moments

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Alex Maryol; Saturday—Les Gens Bruyants

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, Twisted Black IPA, KC’s Irish Stout Orgazzberry. Rejoice! The delicious Irish Stout is back on tap, just in time for a certain March holiday.

Live Music: Friday—Steve Senn and Friends, 7 to 10 p.m.

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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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