The Week Ahead in Beer: Everyone is Irish for one day

Posted: March 16, 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.

St. Patrick’s Day is falling on a Thursday this year, which is either great for those of us who don’t work on Friday, or absolutely potentially horrible for employers and employees alike. As it is one of those holidays where people feel free to overdo it, some of our breweries are not doing anything to celebrate beyond being open for regular business hours. Others are going more thematic. One of the coolest ideas is from Chama River and Nexus. The two breweries will release their new collaboration beers, The Lighter Fare, an ESB, and The Darker Fare, a nitro Irish dry stout. Combine them to form a black-and-tan; they will be available at both locations (and hopefully we will have more details on this collaboration in a separate story soon). Albuquerque Brewing will have green beer, plus their Imperial Red on nitro. There will be corned beef and cabbage for mug club members, too. Over at Boese Brothers, you can get pitchers of green Duke City Lager for $10. The Firkin Brewhouse will play host to a live broadcast of 101.7 FM The Team (ESPN Radio), plus they will have a corned beef special. Marble will have live music at both locations (see below for the bands), plus the popular Paddy McNitro will go on tap at noon. Ponderosa is adding Woodruff to their Berliner Weisse to make it green, plus they will have live music, a prize raffle, and $8 growler fills for certain beers. Red Door is holding a release party for their new Black Moon Ryesing. Rio Bravo’s big celebration kicks off at 2 p.m., featuring a traditional corned beer and cabbage dinner for $10, green beer on tap, a beer pong tournament from 4 to 6 p.m., and live music. Tractor Wells Park will feature a ton of new art on the walls and hanging from the ceiling, plus live appearances by the artists, live music, and of course plenty of beer. Turtle Mountain will serve up four different dishes — corned beer and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, Irish beef stew, bangers and mash — plus the release of their Snake Driver Irish Stout on nitro. Up in Santa Fe, Second Street will have specials all day, plus live music and the return of Jordy’s Irish Red to taps. Over in Los Alamos, they will have food from the Los Alamos Co-op Market and live music. If you can’t make any of the fun Thursday, head out to Moriarty on Saturday for Sierra Blanca’s big bash in their beer garden from 2 to 7 p.m. There will be live music, a kids zone, a $10 corned beef and cabbage plate (kids eat free), and a whole lot more. Check everyone’s social media sites for more details.

On the new beer front this week, there are some non-Irish-themed options. Boxing Bear’s hoppy Red Glove is available again. Canteen has Marzen and Rye PA bakc on tap. Bosque has Marzen available and a fresh batch of Scale Tipper, which as you might have heard just won back-to-back National IPA Challenge titles. Firkin will debut their Dawn of the Red on Friday, followed by their grand opening celebration Saturday (see more below). Quarter Celtic continues to churn out new beers with the County Down Brown and Irish Extra Stout. Sidetrack has a new, as-yet-unnamed IPA on cask. Turtle Mountain has Marzen, plus a new pineapple gose should be out by the weekend.

Up in Santa Fe, Second Street brings back Agua Fria Apricot. Santa Fe Brewing’s Freestyle Pilsner returns this Saturday at the brewery and at their ABQ taproom.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of March 14.

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—Chile Pi, 7 to 10 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: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

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).

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, Cascade Grenade. The Cascade Grenade (8% ABV, 75 IBU) exploded onto the scene last weekend.

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: Simcoe Pils, Momma Always Said, Here Drink This, Oak Logger, Scale Tipper, Marzen, Cherry Vanilla Stout (Nob Hill and Las Cruces), Southwest Session (Las Cruces only). We will have more on Scale Tipper’s victory at NIPAC later this afternoon.

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 (British Mild), Tumbling Waters (Pale Wheat), Sun Dagger (Saison), Crossed Arrows (Scotch Ale), Hoka Hey (IPA), Storm & Hearth (Vanilla Bean Stout). The Storm & Hearth debuted last Friday. Bow & Arrow’s first seasonal is a hefty stout that is not overpowered by the vanilla bean.

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), Red Knuckle Irish Red, Vantablack Russian Imperial Stout, Baltic Bear Porter, Kodiak Brown, Bearzen, Red Glove. 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, Exodus IPA, Citra Boost Session IPA, Ripple DIPA, Hank ESB, Rye PA, Marzen. The Ripple (8.2% ABV, 90 IBU) iss 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 Citra Boost is back on the nitro tap.

Live Music: Sunday—Chris Dracup Duo, 3 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday—Fabulous Martinitones, 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 Lighter Fare, The Darker Fare. The Dubbel Tap (7.2% ABV, 40 IBU) is a most excellently named Belgian-style dubbel, in case you couldn’t guess. We will have to see which two seasonals will be bumped by the two new Fare beers.

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: The Dawn of the Red (6.9% ABV, 47 IBU) release party starts Friday when doors open.

TeamBC presents the Firkin Comedy Show on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Grand Opening Celebration is this Saturday starting at 3:30 p.m. There will be a costume contest (think Roaring 20’s), a special car show from the Model T Car Club (that starts at 1 p.m.), live music, food and beer specials, and more.

Live Music: Saturday—Closed for Repairs, Melissa Rios, Synyster Vail, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Le Chat Lunatique, 7 to 9 p.m.

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—Odd Dog, 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. Paddy McNitro goes back on tap at both locations this Thursday starting at noon, replacing the Nitro Americano. Fear not, Stout Americano is back later this month.

Live Music (downtown): Thursday (St. Patrick’s Day Celebration)—Bandwidth No Name, 5 to 7 p.m.; The Higgs, 8 to 10 p.m.; Friday—Tiffany Christopher, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday (Thieves & Gypsies Music Video Release Party)—Sandy’s Garden, 7 to 7:45 p.m.; Lindy Vision, 8 to 8:45 p.m.; Thieves & Gypsies, 9 to 11 p.m.

Live Music (West Side): Today (Wednesday)—Joe Dazzle, 6 to 9 p.m.; Thursday (St. Patrick’s Day Celebration)—Balkan Dub Squad, 6 to 7 p.m.; Blue Hornets, 7:30 to 9 p.m.; Friday—The Bus Tapes, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday—Lenin & McCarthy, 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 Lighter Fare, The Dark Fare. 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. 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?”

Live Music: Thursday—Silver Crow Asylum, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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, County Down Brown, Irish Extra Stout. Another week, another two new beers are available in the County Down (5.7% ABV, 20 IBU) and the Irish Extra (5.1% ABV, 45 IBU). Grab those and a bowl of meat and celebrate, hell, celebrate anything you want.

News: Quarter Celtic is selling green T-shirts with their logo for St. Patrick’s Day. Hey, you don’t want to get pinched, do you? You just want beer and Celtic food.

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, Strong Scotch Ale, Vanilla Cream Ale, Gluten Removed Roamer Red, Bad Moon Ryesing. The new Bad Moon (6.3% ABV, 51 IBU) is a black rye pale ale. Embrace the darkness starting this Thursday.

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)—Kindred Green, 5:30 p.m.; Thursday—Eryn Bent, 4 p.m., 2 Celtic Coyotes, 6:30 p.m.; Friday—The Blunns, 4:30 p.m., Dirty Brown Jug Band, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—Higher Ground Bluegrass, 3 p.m., Big K & Blue Train, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday—Picoso, 3 p.m.; Tuesday—Jared & The Mill with special guests The Real Matt Jones and Kevin Cummings, 6 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: A new IPA (6.5% ABV, 80 IBU) is now available. Head on over and help them come up with a name.

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 (St. Patrick’s Day Celebration)—Clark Libby, 5:45 p.m., Kevin Herig Trio, 6:45 p.m., Decker, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—In the Mix: Homegirls Records, 9 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Solos on the Hill: Jeff Jones, 8:30 p.m.

Other Events: Due to St. Patrick’s Day, the 3rd Thursday’s Comedy Contest is now the 3rd Wednesday’s Comedy Contest tonight at 10 at Wells Park.

I’ll Drink to That is back at Wells Park on Sunday at 4 p.m.

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: The Kansas City Shuffle, Marzen, Snake Driver Irish Stout, Gose With The Flow. The Snake Driver will be on nitro for St. Patrick’s Day. Gose With The Flow should be on tap Friday or Saturday.

Events: This coming Tuesday is TMBC’s 17th Anniversary Party. While the dinner is sold out, it will also mark the debut of the new Amethyst Brett Stout. Brewer Tim Woodward told us it started as a double stout that was then aged in wine barrels with Brett Lambicus added in. It checks in at 9.3-percent ABV and will be available on draft only.

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, 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 Live Music: Thursday (Bluegrass Jam)—Silver String Band, The Green Billies, The Squash Blossom Boys, 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday—Ziatron, 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, Adobe Igloo 2.0 (Winter Warmer), La Bete Noire, Chaiway to Hell (ECS), Irish Red, Snowflake DIPA (ABQ only). There is one keg left of the Snowflake down here in ABQ, or so we have been told by a reliable source. Just remember, Freestyle first, Snowflake second, if you’re stopping by for both this weekend.

Events: The Freestyle Pilsner Porch Party will be at the brewery and the ABQ Taproom on Saturday afternoon. Welcome back this summer favorite a little early this year.

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, Agua Fria Apricot, 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.

Live Music (Original location): Thursday—Albuquerque & Four Corners Pipes and Drums, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., The ACES of Santa Fe, 7 p.m. Friday—The Shiners Club; Saturday—Ry Hutchens

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Blues Revue Bank; Saturday—Pigment

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.

Live Music: Thursday—Bronach-Celtic Blues, 6 to 9 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—Jen Exten, 5:30 to 7 p.m., WesternHers, 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.


— Stoutmeister

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