The Week Ahead in Beer: Tractor steps up for a good cause

Posted: April 27, 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 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.

We all have lots of opinions on the beer at our various breweries. It makes for some lively debates, tests of loyalty, etc., but if there is one thing we can all agree upon it is that a lot of our breweries are doing good work beyond simply selling us pints and filling our growlers. Take Tractor Brewing, for instance. They have been one of the most (if not the most) community-involved breweries for some time, and this week is no different. Wells Park will host “Love Beer, Hate Cancer,” a special fundraising event this Friday at 6 p.m. The Rio Grande Development Corporation’s Camp Enchantment will be the beneficiary of the evening’s festivities. What is Camp Enchantment? It is a special summer camp at the Manzano Mountain Retreat in Torreon for children between 7 and 17 who are either battling cancer or have had it in the past. Portions of beer sales will go to the camp, plus there will be live screen printings of T-shirts with the “Love Beer, Hate Cancer” on the front, courtesy of For The Good. There will also be live music from The Delbert Anderson Trio featuring Def-i starting at 7 p.m. For more information, check out Tractor’s Facebook page or contact the brewery.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Boese Brothers is having a release party for Zeus Juice White IPA on Thursday. Bosque has a Mosaic SMASH at all locations, plus Double Ditch DIPA is at both Albuquerque taprooms. Boxing Bear has their own version of a Mosaic SMASH (time to compare and contrast, me thinks). Canteen is feeling summery with Sundance Kolsch, plus Ripple DIPA is back. Chama River is feeling salty with River Gose. Lizard Tail whips up Scottish 80, Hefeweizen, and old favorite Long Nosed Tripel. Nexus debuts Hibiscus Imperial Cream. Red Door should have a new Belgian Dubbel out later this week. The Desert Flower IPA blooms at both Tractor locations today (Wednesday). Turtle Mountain unveils For the Bees, a honey wheat (natch).

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn is in perpetual motion with Continual IPA. Duel dusts of some Harmonia and brings back Cezanne Printemp. Second Street has a fresh batch of Pivotal IPA.

Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row has brought back Hoppenheimer IPA, while also adding five new beers (see their entry below).

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of April 25.

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

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, Bayou Smash Saison, Handlebars Stout. 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

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.

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: Contact the brewery for an updated list.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

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

Beers: Call the brewpub for an updated list.

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. Coming this Thursday, Zeus Juice White IPA will make its debut. Gold Street Caffe will pair special Greek Kabobs with the beer from 4 to 9 p.m.

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, Mosaic S.M.A.S.H., Kindling, Tu-Bock Shakur, Beermosa, Double Ditch (San Mateo and Nob Hill). Oh, dear lord, John Bullard made another DIPA in the form of Double Ditch (8.7% ABV, 100+ IBU). If that’s too much, try the Mosaic (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU).

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), Dust Up (Pale Ale), Jemez Field Notes Lager. The newest addition is the Lager (4.9% ABV, 20 IBU), which is the first of its style brewed at Bow & Arrow.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Vantablack Russian Imperial Stout, Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only), Kodiak Brown, Bearzen, Red Glove, Chocolate Milk Stout, Black and Blue Sour, K.O. Kolsch, Mosaic S.M.A.S.H. 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.

Broken Trail Brewery & Distillery (formerly 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, Faulty Barrel-Aged Ale. The All-Day Blonde is the first in a new series of beers created by Broken Trail’s new brewing partners, and the Better Red Than Dead is their second.

Live Music: Saturday—Clark Andrew Libbey, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Gabriel Tafoya, noon to 2 p.m.

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., Broken Trail has a build-your-own bloody mary bar. You can purchase three bloodies for just $20.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)

Beers: Ripple DIPA, Hank ESB, Marzen, Apricot Hefeweizen, Kira Ora New Zealand Session IPA, Sundance Kolsch. Get your hops in a big dose from Ripple, or a smaller dose from Kira Ora, or there’s the house IPA, Flashback (formerly Wet Mountain) that lies in between.

Cask: Irish Red is the choice this week.

Live Music: Sunday—Green Billies, 3 to 6 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: Vermilion, River Gose, 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.

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: Ombibulous IPA, Bootleggers Vanilla Nut Brown, Jailhouse Java Stout, McFinnigan’s Ale, The Dawn of the Red, 11th Hour, What’s Up Beech. 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. Another recent addition 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—The Firkin Comedy Show, 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: Milk Stout, Irish Blonde, Honk Ale, Brown Aled Girl, Classic Amber, I.P.Address, Red Card, German Pilsner, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. Lots of new faces recently, including the Milk Stout, Irish Blonde, Red Card, and Brown Aled Girl.

News: Upcoming beers include the Helles, Maibock, and London Porter.

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.

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.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Munchener Dunkel, La Llorona, Cascade Hop Back, Mind Phoq, VMO #2, Arrogant Bastard, Father Nelson, 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—The Rudy Boy Experiment, 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, Apricot Wheat, Scottish 80, Hefeweizen, Long Nosed Tripel. There are three recent additions in the Scottish, Hefe, and Tripel. The latter is an old favorite, but beware the ABV (9.2%), for it will sneak up on you.

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 — Barke Pilsner, Rita!, Pilsner Anejo, Abricot; Downtown only — none; Westside only — Imperial Red. Marble created not one but two anniversary beers in the Rita (4.3% ABV), a kettle-soured ale with lime and salt, while the Pilsner Anejo (4.9% ABV) was aged in tequila barrels with brettanomyces.

Live Music (downtown): Thursday—Under the Native Stars, 6 to 11 p.m.; Friday—Drastic Andrew Band, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Innastate, 8 to 11 p.m.

Live Music (West Side): Today (Wednesday)—Chris Dracup, 6 to 9 p.m.; Thursday—Jack Kerowax, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday—Clark Libbey & the Last Takes, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday—Silver String Band, 6 to 9 p.m.

Other Events: Marble will host a fundraiser for the Ballet Repertory Theater today (Wednesday) from 5 to 9 p.m. downtown.

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: Hibiscus Imperial Cream, The Dark Fare, Imperial Pilsner. Say hello to the 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, Robust Porter, U Down with BVP? (Bourbon Vanilla Porter), Hoppy Ending IPA, Scotty Doesn’t Know, Preacher’s Daughter. 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, Spanglish. 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, Single Action Kolsch, County Down Brown, Irish Extra Stout, Cranberry Sangria Wheat. 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, Vanilla Cream Ale, Bad Moon Ryesing, Gluten Removed IPA, Belgian Dubbel. 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: Thursday—The Mikes, 5:30 p.m.; Friday—Eryn Bent, 4 p.m., Roger James and the Jaded Heart Band, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—The Bus Tapes and Smoke ‘n Honey, 5:30 p.m.

Other Events: Today (Wednesday)—Mudd Volleyball Tournament registration, 5 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, Switchgear IPA, Crossbuck Pale Ale, Dark Engine Stout. Rejoice! The Dark Engine Stout is back on tap, it is on cask as well, with some added cacao nibs.

Cask: See above.

Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752

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

Beers: Starrstruck IPA, Thunderr Ale, Lampshade Porter, Electric Sun, Riff Raff Brown Ale. Meet the first four beers from Starr Brothers. We had a quick review posted recently. New this week is Riff Raff Brown Ale.

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: Berry Cider, Barnstorm Ale, Scotcholate Scotch Ale, Et Tu Brute Cider, Stein Wine, Cowboy Blend Coffee Stout, Veruca Salt Gose, Half-Acre Hefe, Maibock, Desert Flower IPA. Props to whoever named the Gose after 90s band Veruca Salt. Not because we liked that band, it’s just a creative name.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—pLoud Music Event: Wild Humans, 8 p.m.; Saturday—In the Mix: KGB Club, 9 p.m.

Other Events: See our intro above for information on Friday’s Love Beer, Hate Cancer event.

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

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, Gose With The Flow, Amethyst Brett Stout, For the Bees. 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.

News: The Shuffle is nearly out, with Hemisphere Hopper ESB (a collaboration with Second Street) ready to replace it any day now.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Cherry Smoke, Barleywine, Continual IPA, Two Lanterns ESB. The Continual (7.2% ABV, 100+ IBU) is so named because it was continuously hopped throughout the brewing process. Columbus was the hop of choice, so head over and “discover” this IPA. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

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, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Cezanne Printemps (Spring Saison), Hair of the Wolf (Experimental), Harmonia (Barrel-Aged Sour IPA). Say hello to new additions Harmonia and Cezanne Printemps. They are available at the brewery and at the ABQ taproom.

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—Cali Shaw Duo, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Funk Tractor, 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, Western Block IPA. The 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, Agua Fria Apricot, Trebuchet Imperial IPA, Ringwood Stout, Schwarzbier, British Mild, Hemisphere Hopper ESB, Pivotal IPA. Head over to try the Hemisphere Hopper, a collaboration with Turtle Mountain, while you can. It’s a delicious ESB with a little extra hop kick.

Live Music (Original location): Friday—Jeez LaWeez; Saturday—Mystic Lizard

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Lon Pinon; Saturday—The Buckerettes

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: Adam Bier, Hoppenheimer IPA, Kristy Kream, Fitz’s Cherry Quad on Rye, Rubber Ducky Red, Don’t Touch Maibock, Becquerel on Brett. Another big tap turnover just went down in Los Alamos, with some truly creative names alongside old stalwart Hoppenheimer. Kristy Kream is a vanilla cream ale.

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.

Live Music: Friday—Gato Malo, 7 to 10 p.m.

Other Events: Today (Wednesday)—Open mic, 6:30 to 9 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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Comments
  1. lanceomatic says:

    Stoutmeister,
    I live in Socorro and I don’t make it up to abq all that often. This post is a great resource for me. I was wondering if you’d be willing to make some specific recommendations.
    1. What are your top 3 ipa/hop forward seasonals around town right now?
    2. Your top 3 recommendations of any style.
    Thanks.

    • cjax33 says:

      Well, first, the bad news, Father Nelson is already out at La Cumbre. If you can still find a bomber, grab it.
      So, top three hoppy seasonals:
      1. Double Ditch DIPA, Bosque
      2. Ripple DIPA, Canteen
      3. Bad Moon Ryesing, Red Door
      Picking a top three any type of seasonal was hard, but I would go with these three:
      1. Vantablack Russian Imperial Stout, Boxing Bear (if it’s finally run out, there’s Chocolate Milk Stout)
      2. Tu-bock Shakur, Bosque
      3. Cowboy Blend Coffee Stout, Tractor
      Honorable mention: Imperial Pilsner, Nexus

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