The Week Ahead in Beer: Good luck picking between these events

Posted: April 6, 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.

This is gonna be one heck of a weekend. There are all sorts of options between Thursday and Saturday for beer, entertainment, and more. It all kicks off Thursday with the return of Grunewald at Duel’s ABQ Taproom, plus there’s German Night at Rio Bravo. Friday will mark the debut of Starr Brothers’ own beers, starting when they open for the day at 11 a.m. Pop in there for lunch, then head over to The Firkin Brewhouse for their first firkin! They have a batch Dawn of the Red on cask, plus they are also introducing another new beer called Peach Fuzz. This Saturday will be a full lineup of local and regional craft beers at the Food Truck Festival at Balloon Fiesta Park (we will have more on this later in the week). If you don’t want to be a part of that huge crowed, head over to Tractor Wells Park for their first cornhole tournament at 2 p.m. Check their social media pages for more information for what Tractor hopes will be an annual event. For your evening entertainment, go sing happy birthday to folk singer Eryn Bent at Distillery 365. All of that fun kicks off at 7 p.m.

On the new beer front this week, there are quite a few new options to check out. Bosque has brought back an old favorite in Kindling. Boxing Bear has brought back their silver medal-winning Chocolate Milk Stout, plus they have a limited amount of Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, as well as old favorite Black and Blue Sour. There is a fresh batch of Double IPA at Marble, plus they bottled it as well. Ponderosa has popped the new Saison Chet Sauvage. Red Door has a new gluten-removed version of their IPA. Sidetrack tapped Crossbuck Pale Ale, plus they settled on a final recipe for their Switchgear IPA. Oh, and Pi Brewing has a big lineup turnover that you can find below.

Up in Santa Fe, SFBC has the new EXP-ESB available at the brewery, plus down here at their ABQ Taproom.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of April 4.

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: Tilted Windmill IPA, High Plains Drafter Blonde, Duke’s Pale Ale, Dunkelweizen, Imperial Red, Session IPA, I (Heart) Porter. The new Tilted Windmill will become the permanent IPA on tap at ABC.

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.

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 recently.

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: Marzen, 3 Hour Scotch, Riverbank Brown, Equinox S.M.A.S.H., Kindling. Your malty options at Bosque really go from light (Kindling, an original lineup member back for a limited time) to dark (Riverbank), with other stops in between in the Marzen and Scotch.

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), Dust Up (Pale Ale). The Storm & Hearth debuted recently. Bow & Arrow’s first seasonal is a hefty stout that is not overpowered by the vanilla bean flavor.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Simcoe S.M.A.S.H., Sucker Punch DIPA (bombers only), Red Knuckle Irish Red, Vantablack Russian Imperial Stout, Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only), Kodiak Brown, Bearzen, Red Glove, Chocolate Milk Stout, Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Black and Blue Sour. 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 is 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: Schwarzbier, Orbit IPA, Citra Boost Session IPA, Hank ESB, Marzen. The Orbit has a wonderful mix of hops, including Galaxy, as well as some rye mixed in. Go try this unique new take on an IPA, which the staff said might just be a preview of what they are cooking up for the IPA Challenge this summer.

News: The Citra Boost is still on the nitro tap.

Live Music: TBA

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: Vermilion, Islay Chaser, The Lighter Fare, The Darker Fare. Chama brewer Andrew Krosche and his girlfriend, Nexus brewer Kaylynn McKnight, collaborated on The Lighter and Darker Fare. Those are an ESB and an Irish dry stout, respectively, and you can ask to combine them into a proper black and tan as the latter is on nitro.

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.

Live Music: Saturday—Eryn Bent, 7 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

(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 Dawn of the Red, 11th Hour. After a slight delay, The Dawn of the Red (7.7% ABV, 49 IBU), is on tap. It’s a bigger-than-average Irish red. Also new is the 11th Hour (8.1% ABV, 100+ IBU), a white IPA.

Events: Monday—Poker Night, 7 to 10 p.m.; Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Ladies Night, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday—Beer Release Party for Peach Fuzz and Dawn of the Red on cask, all day

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: It’s Not EVEN Brown, Munchener Dunkel, La Llorona, Cascade Hop Back, Mind Phoq, VMO #2, Arrogant Bastard, Cafe Con Leche (available in bombers only). Yes, you are reading that right, Stone’s Arrogant Bastard is on tap at La Cumbre. The catch here is that this batch was brewed at LC, too. $2 from every pint goes to charity, so hurry over as it will be only available at the brewery.

Live Music: Saturday—Funk Tractor, 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 — Paddy McNitro, Stout Americano, Imperial Red; Downtown only — Double IPA; Westside only — none. There is a lot of stout goodness going on at Marble right now. Take the Irish dry stout route with Paddy McNitro, or you can grab the coffee-infused Stout Americano on tap or take it home in bombers.

Live Music (downtown): Tonight (Wednesday)—Garry Blackchild, 6 to 9 p.m.; Thursday—Ziatron, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday—Silver String Band, 8 to 11 p.m.

Live Music (West Side): Tonight (Wednesday)—The Fabulous Martini Tones, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday—Alex Maryol, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday—Island of Black and White, 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: Barleywine, The Lighter Fare, The Dark Fare, Imperial Pilsner. Say hello to the new Imperial Pilsner (8.7% ABV, 32 IBU). Nexus has always done the big malty beers well, and this beer is no different.

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, Life of Chai Porter, Pays to Maize Pilsner, Scotty Doesn’t Know, Preacher’s Daughter. We got quite the update from Pi this week on the many, many changes to their lineup. The Preacher’s Daughter was brewed in honor of Holly Holm; it’s a red ale with red chile for an extra kick.

News: Nicky V’s Pizzeria has been completely re-branded as Pi Brewing. We have the full story here. They will also have a new IPA on tap in the coming weeks.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

(Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: Zaftig, Saison Chet Sauvage, Berliner Weisse, Stage One DIPA, Manzanita Milk Stout. The Manzanita is a tasty milk stout that is not overly sweet. The lactose and roasted malts exist in good balance.

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. The most recent additions are the County Down (5.7% ABV, 20 IBU) and the Irish Extra (5.1% ABV, 45 IBU). They are delightful and go well with the bowl of meat, or pretty much any food dish at QCB.

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, Gluten Removed IPA. The new Bad Moon (6.3% ABV, 51 IBU) is a burly black rye pale ale. There is nothing sweet about this beer, it’s just a dark beast that is not for the weak of palate.

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: Tonight (Wednesday)—Geographer with The Crookes, 6:30 p.m.; Friday—Clark Libbey and the Last Takes, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—Southern Fried Snapshot, 3 p.m.

Other Events: This Thursday is German Night at Rio Bravo. There will be German food, a new German beer, and German music from Die Polka Schlingel. Oh, and the guest bartender figures to be a familiar face to a lot of folks — Steven Michael Quezada, of Breaking Bad fame.

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, Switchgear IPA, Crossbuck Pale Ale. No one panic, the Dark Engine Stout has run out only temporarily. It should be back on tap in about two weeks, while Boxing Bear was nice enough to donate some Standing 8 Stout to fill the dark beer void.

Cask: The Pub Ale is on cask, but only for a little while longer. The Crossbuck and Railhead will be the next two beers in the firkins.

Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752

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

Beers: The four inaugural beers will debut this Friday when Starr Brothers opens their doors. There will be a porter and two IPAs. See quite a few of you over there!

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, Barnstorm Ale, Scotcholate Scotch Ale, The Ruggles (Wells Park only), Barn Burner Pale Ale (Wells Park only), Et Tu Brute Cider, Lil Cease Session IPA (Nob Hill only), Brass Monkey (Wells Park only), 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—Thirsty Thursday: Tres Pendejos, 8 p.m.; Saturday—In the Mix: DJ Clout, 9 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Tonight (Wednesday)—Solos on the Hill: Joe Silva, 8:30 p.m.

Other Events: Poetry and Beer is back at Wells Park tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m.

The aforementioned cornhole tournament (see our intro above) starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Wells Park.

Every Monday at Wells Park you can now find Mondays on the Mic hosted by Carlos the Tall 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, Amethyst Brett Stout. To celebrate their 17th anniversary, TMBC brewed up a wowzer of a beer in the Amethyst Brett Stout (9.3% ABV). It started as a double stout that was then aged in wine barrels for a year and dosed with Brett Lambicus. It sells in 13-ounce tulip glasses for $6.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Cherry Smoke, Barleywine, Recreational Session IPA, Fuzzy Snuggler. The Cherry Smoke is an imperial smoked ale aged on cherries.

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—Hub City Soundsystem, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Pray For Brain, 7 p.m.

ABQ Events: Thursday—Grunewald Beer Release Party, 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), Freestyle Pilsner, EXP-ESB. The new EXP-ESB is named such because it features an experimental hop numbered 345. This trial batch checks in at 6.6-percent ABV and 35 IBUs and you can try it at every SFBC location.

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, Imperial Stout, Agua Fria Apricot, Trebuchet Imperial IPA, Fulcrum IPA, British Mild, Anniversary ESB. The newest additions are both hoppy, Fulcrum, and malty, Mild and ESB.

Live Music (Original location): Friday—Zoltan & the Fortune Tellers; Saturday—The Bill Hearne Trio

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—The Shiner’s Club Jazz Band; Saturday—Ometcetera

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: Wit Rock, Organic Farmhouse, Craic the Red, Craic the Black, Little Bird Blonde, Lucky 13 IPA, Adam Bier, Belgian Golden Strong with Muscat. Another big tap turnover just went down in Los Alamos, with the two Irish-style beers left over from St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy the variety!

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—Alan Gross, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Roon, 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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