Archive for June, 2016

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Paul never has to ask for anyone to help him get something from the top shelf.

Blue Corn Brewery has undergone quite a bit of change throughout the years since it opened in 1992. One thing that hasn’t changed is that this humble 7-barrel brewpub has been a springboard for many great careers in the New Mexico Brewing industry. The names Daniel Jaramillo, John Bullard, Jordy Dralle, Justin Hamilton, and James Warren come to mind. Flipping through Blue Corn’s old log book reads like a modern history book of brewing in New Mexico. It’s a fine list.

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How long has Blue Corn been around? None of the Crew was old enough to even drive, much less drink, when it opened.

Recently, a new name was etched into that list. The name is Paul Mallory, and I’m here for his story.

It’s a hot Thursday afternoon, one of the hottest yet in Santa Fe, the kind that has you pausing one too many times beneath the office air-conditioning and begging for the bell to toll ‘Beer:30.’ When it’s time, I drive just down the road from work, brewery to brewery, which is less of a pub crawl than it sounds. I sit down at that same familiar bar. My old friends, the copper serving tanks, are as welcoming as ever. I choose the one beer I hadn’t yet tried on the board, the Blueberry Gose. It’s as refreshing as you want it to be. New head brewer Paul Mallory meets me just in time to order a pint of Summer Lager. Pints in hand, we look for a table. Paul has a friendly demeanor. A few minutes talking to him, and it’s hard not to like the guy.

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All the tools of a beer writer in one place.

After we cheers to our first interview, I get a little background from Mallory. He tells me that he’s from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and shares that he may have gone to school with Franz Solo. No way! I say. I feel cliché tossing in ‘small world.’ If there are any stories there, I’ll be sure to let Franz be the one to tell them. I get straight into brewing. Paul tells me that before Blue Corn, he had been professionally brewing for about four years; nine if you count his homebrewing. His parents gave him his start, having given him a homebrew kit all those years ago. As with many homebrewers that became professional brewers, he was hooked from the start. From then on, he read books, talked to pros, and kept following his curiosity. He would talk to local brewers in Albuquerque, but more importantly, he listened to them. He took their advice and that led to taking beer-judging classes. They also advised him to go to school if he really wanted to pursue brewing. Again, he took their advice; that led him to the brewing program at UC Davis. At one point, he even did an internship at Marble, which was another foot in the door.

After the program at Davis, Mallory began his professional career at Black Diamond Brewing Company in the East Bay Area (Concord, Calif., to be specific) to get us closer on the map. There, he was hired as assistant brewer, and pretty quickly he was promoted to head brewer there. He was there for about three years.

Mallory: It was a good, challenging job, because it was a production brewery, so you know we were on a 15-barrel system, brewing about six times a week, kegs and bottles, and sending to all these different states. So, stability, shelf-life, all that really mattered.

DSBC: How many states is Black Diamond in?

Mallory: I think we were in 13 to 15 different states. We had beer in Brazil and Italy. Too much, honestly. We were like, the Italians must be digging the old hop flavor, because I don’t know why they would like beer that’s made that trip. (Laughs)

DSBC: Did you work anywhere else after Black Diamond?

Mallory: Yeah, I went and worked with some buddies in Oakland at this really small brewery, which had its own set of challenges. It had a new 15-barrel brewhouse that they hadn’t hooked up yet, so I went in there, really trying to get their recipes dialed in, their processes, their lab, all that before they went on to the bigger scale. It was great. It was really fun to just work with friends and try to get their brewery off the ground.

DSBC: After that, you found Blue Corn? How did that happen?

Mallory: Yeah. Well, I was traveling, and my girlfriend sent me this email. And, so I was in a place with not very good internet. (Stoutmeister? Sound familiar? — Yes, all too familiar.) I really scrambled to get this resume in before the deadline closed and all that. So, somehow it worked. I spent one of my travel days getting my resume together, shot it over to James, and yeah, I got lucky, just with the timing. I was gonna move to Santa Fe, either way, and I really wanted to keep brewing.

DSBC: Now that you’re at Blue Corn, what sort of direction would you like to see the beer go?

Mallory: I’ve gotta say, James has been very creative. I’ve looked over his past recipes, and I’ve had his current beers. I’d like to keep it going. I’m sure I have some things that I can bring to the table because I came from another region in the country. I’ll definitely try to add that and just try to keep pushing the boundaries. I’ve looked through his old recipes and I was like, oh, I’ve done one of those, or I’d like to do one of those. There’s definitely a lot of overlap, too.

DSBC: What are your current favorite styles?

Mallory: I think it really depends on the time of time of day, time of year, whatever. If it’s a really well brewed beer, I’ll drink it. I’ll brew any style! But, hops, I really like hops, as most people do. (Laughs) I like the big, hoppy beers, but I’m obsessed with those pale ales. I like IPAs. I like session IPAs, but right in the middle are those pale ales, just super balanced, a lot of body, good strong bitterness, bold American or New Zealand hops. I want to be able to drink a few.

DSBC: Any beers you don’t particularly like to brew?

Mallory: I guess smoked beers. It’s just not my thing. I have friends who keep trying to find a smoked beer that I’ll like, and I’ll give it to them. They kind of found some that I do like more than others, but it’s just not a style you’ll see me do anytime soon.

DSBC: It’s a certain fringe style, either you like it or you don’t, like pumpkin ales or chile beers. Looking forward, what would like to see more of at Blue Corn?

Mallory: I think I’d like to help build the culture here. I think a lot of people don’t know how good a beer we make here. I think people think of our house beers, and that’s it, and they don’t really know about all these exciting seasonals. I don’t think they even know how good our house beers are. I’m really trying to work with the front of house, the kitchen, maybe the other location downtown. As for the beer, I kind of just want to keep it going. I’d like to follow in James’ footsteps and, of course, throw in my own flavor in there.

DSBC: It’s probably early to ask, but do you think you’ll be working on any special projects in the near future, barrel-aging kind of stuff? Sours?

Mallory: I hope so! I think when things slow down, at the end of summer, I’ll definitely look to fill my time by doing some more adventurous things with barrels. Yeah, and we’ve got a few to play around with, that we’ve been kind of tasting off of the last week.

DSBC: So, what kind of specialties can New Mexico expect to see at Blue Corn with the Mallory flair this year?

Mallory: Well, I guess I have my little black book with all my ideas in it. I can’t say for sure what I’ll draw from there, coming up, but in the past I’ve made a ginger saison for the summer, or maybe a rye pale ale, or maybe a pale ale that’ll showcase a new hop variety that most people don’t know about. I could go on and on, I guess.

DSBC: I’d let you, but we’ll save it for future interviews. What can you tell us about our current specialties that you have on tap?

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The variety of seasonals at BC is always outstanding.

Mallory: Yeah, of course. So, last week we released the Blue Corn Summer Lager, which actually has blue corn in it. It’s from New Mexico, some local blue corn flakes. And, you know the blue corn just dried the beer out. It’s nice and crisp. Real light body.

DSBC: It’s a good American light lager.

Mallory: Exactly. We threw some American hops in there, too, just to keep it fairly traditional to them with a little twist. And then, I don’t know if it’s because we knew there was blue corn in there, but we thought we saw a little tint or a little haze.

DSBC: It could just be in your head.

Mallory: I think it might be, but there definitely was during the early part of the brewing process, but it seemed to clear up later. And then, today, we released the Blueberry Gose. We used a little bit of acidulated malt to just give it a little tartness. We used a little bit of coriander and salt to give it the spice and the body. We used over 50-percent wheat on it and blueberry puree. And so, again, it’s somewhat traditional, and then we throw in a little twist. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It’s nice and drinkable.

DSBC: I know you’re going to try new things. Will you continue to do some of the new favorites that people really latched onto? I’m not talking about the cores, but the big beers that people have been enjoying like the Barleywine and Russian Imperial Stout, which have become kind of an annual thing?

Mallory: Yeah, I’m definitely happy to listen to what the customers want. I know that instead of our regular Honeywheat, we put blueberry in it one year, and it was like one of the best-selling beers of all-time. Barleywines, those, I’d be happy to do again if that’s what the people want. We are going to do a Russian Imperial Stout coming up, and Santa Fe Dining has a coffee roastery as well, so we’re going to get coffee from 35 North, and put it in the Russian Imperial Stout. And, with James’ inspiration, you know he likes his big beers, and he’ll release them at any time of the year, so we’re coming out with that soon. And then, we’re also doing the IPA Challenge this year, too. So, I know we got second place, last year.

DSBC: And you guys brewed that yesterday, right?

Mallory: That’s right, and hopefully we do well with that.

DSBC: Can you give us a little teaser about it? And, you don’t have to if you don’t want to.

Mallory: Um, yeah. It seems like a lot of the brewers are keeping it somewhat quiet, but yeah, kind of like last year, just a bunch of hops, just more hops than I’ve ever put into a beer.

DSBC: Even at Black Diamond? Cool.

Mallory: Yeah.

DSBC: In the Dark Side, we’re fans of really big beers, beers that consume you, not the other way around. Any of those in your black book?

Mallory: Hmm, let’s see. We did a quad at Black Diamond that I was a big fan of. I know we have one on right now that James made, and that’s really tasty. I’m a fan of the ones we already have. I love barleywines. I love quads. And, you know, we’ll see about getting our hands on some yeast in the winter when we have some more tank space, and maybe do a dopplebock lager, something like that.

DSBC: Last few questions. What kind of beer do you have in your fridge?

Mallory: Um, (Sierra Nevada) Torpedo. I know it sounds like I’m missing the Bay Area, where I was just living for the last five years, but honestly, I went to the corner store, and they didn’t have any local stuff. I ended up buying from California.

DSBC: Shaking my head at you, distributors. I’m kidding.

Mallory: I still feel new to the beer scene here a little bit, and I’m super excited to try all these new beers on the shelf by these local breweries.

DSBC: Anything you’d like to add for our New Mexico craft beer drinkers?

Mallory: I’m just excited to be back home. As good as the California Bay Area brewing scene was, I honestly feel like New Mexico is one step above.

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Nice touch there on the beer board, BC staff.

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At Blue Corn, I’ve heard and used the phrase “big shoes to fill,” a lot. In my early opinion, I think Paul definitely has a chance, and of the Bunyan and Babe size. He’s both tall and very knowledgeable, but in either event, he won’t talk down to you. As a brewer, he’s at a good age for what he’s doing and where he is. At 31, he seems to understand the industry in a longitudinal sense, while still being young enough to not be set in his ways.

He’s confident in his abilities, yet seems ready to learn from anything and anyone. He trusts his brewing process, and so seems excited to test his new system in the name of beer experimentation. He’s happy to brew traditional styles while also keeping up with “what the kids want,” to quote former head brewer James Warren.

If Paul’s Brew-Fu style is as strong as his knowledge, hands-on experience, and passion for the craft, then I’m sure his future will be as bright as those of his predecessors. Welcome home, Paul. We’re all excited to see what you’ll have waiting in the fermenters for New Mexico in the coming months. Cheers!

— Luke (Craft Crusader)

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A selfie with the new Head Brewer. It happened. I’m less sorry than you think.

For more New Mexico #CraftBeer news and info, follow @nmdarksidebc and me, Luke, at @SantaFeCraftBro!

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.

One of those FAQs that we have gotten in the last few months has been about when Marble will open their rooftop patio downtown. Well, at last, we have an answer for everyone. The new space will open to Brew Club members on Thursday at 4 p.m., then to the entire public Friday at 4 p.m. We will get you more details before Friday, plus maybe some pictures from a quick tour to everyone knows the layout before they ascend the stairs. We really like the idea of Marble having even more seating, particularly outdoors. While the patio is awesome, let’s face it, come the weekend, it gets downright claustrophobic out there with the huge crowds. The more space in which to drink good beer, the better.

On the new beer front this week, there are some other new options to check out. Bosque did not invite Colin Farrell to guest brew, but they did make In Bruges, a Belgian/American pale ale. Boxing Bear is feeling local with Oso Nuevo. La Cumbre has brought back summer favorite ‘Merica, an American pale ale, plus Fievre d’Abricot returns Friday. The Salted Caramel Stout has made its way back to the Nexus mothership after only being available at the Silver taproom. Quarter Celtic brewed up You Reek of Pale Ale. Downtown Pale Ale will make its debut at the grand opening of the Red Door taproom on Friday.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has a new Blueberry Gose, plus their delicious Quad is back. Second Street has tapped fresh batches of Rod’s Best Bitter, Latona Amber, and Pivotal IPA. Higher up in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row unleashes Barley Wine, Pink Panther, Big Bird Belgian Blonde, Dry Irish Stout, and the mysterious Barrel Project X.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 27.

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 Tilted Windmill is now 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.

This Saturday, as noted in our intro above, is the 1-Year Anniversary Party. It starts at 1 p.m. Check their Facebook page for more details.

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: June Bock, Kreem Ale. Well, look at that. Two new house beers on tap, both brewed especially for this scorcher of a weekend coming up.

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, Zeus Juice White IPA, Lawnmower Lager, Orange Peel IPA. The newest beer here is the Orange Peel IPA. The Lawnmower Lager is an American interpretation of a German Kolsch.

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: Huell Melon S.M.A.S.H., The Last Straw, Dunkel-what?, Sunshine Stout, In Bruges. The Sunshine (6.5% ABV, 19 IBU) looks like a blonde but tastes like a stout. No, really, try it to see, then blame your eyes for playing tricks on you.

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

Beers: Flint & Grit (British Mild), Tumbling Waters (Pale Wheat), Sun Dagger (Saison), Crossed Arrows (Scotch Ale), Hoka Hey (IPA), Jemez Field Notes Lager, Bison Eye Rye, Hefeweizen, Citrus Lager. The Bison Eye Rye is an unfiltered pale ale made with rye, as if you could not guess by the name. It is the second in a series of four specialty pale ales from Bow & Arrow.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Bow & Arrow has happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Get $1 off pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Mosaic S.M.A.S.H., Black Eye-PA, Bearzen, Bare Knuckle IPA, Featherweight Session IPA, Watermelon Gose, Chocolate Milk Stout, Oso Nuevo, Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only). Bear Knuckle is back after its run to the semifinals of the National IPA Challenge. The CMS is back after winning gold at the World Beer Cup, and it’s for sale in bombers around town.

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, Happenstance All-Day Blonde, Happenstance Better Red Than Dead, Pilsner. 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 (main location): Friday—D’Santi Nava, 7 to 9 p.m.; Sunday—Cool Beats, noon to 2 p.m.

Live Music (Green Jeans taproom): Friday—Clark Andrew Libbey with Amanda Rainwater, 5 to 8 p.m.

Other Events: 10 Drink Minimum will host a Cards Against Humanity night at the main location 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 at the main location. You can purchase three bloodies for just $20.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Fete Lager, Radio Wave IPA, That’s How It Gose, Grapefruit Hop Baller IPA, Hank ESB, Chamomile IPA, Boysenberry Wheat. The Fete Lager (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is a special summer beer that has been lagered for five months.

Live Music: Thursday—Good Green, 6 to 9 p.m.; Sunday—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).

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Sturer Bock, Kokopellale, Duke’s Red Ale, Heavy Cream. The Heavy Cream (6.3% ABV, 23 IBU) is an export rendition of a traditional American cream ale. Porch beer!

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.)

So the owners are telling us they are still open, but beyond that we have no information. Please call the brewery before you head over to make sure their hours are still the same as the ones listed above.

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: Stout, Helles Lager, Honk Ale, Maibock, Brumoso Hefe, Guy IPA, Red Card, Scotch Ale, DjinnJar Kombucha. Another recent tap turnover featured the return of the hugely popular Helles, a perfect summer beer.

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: VMO #2, Arrogant Bastard, No, You’re a Dort, ‘Merica. The ‘Merica is an American-style pale ale that debuted last summer and returns with a fresh batch this week. Also, this Friday marks the return of Fievre d’Abricot on tap and in bombers.

Live Music: Saturday—The Bus Tapes, 6 to 9 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 — Saison #2, Imperial Red, Double IPA, White Out; Downtown only — El Dorado; Westside only — none. The El Dorado is a single-hopped pale ale featuring the titular hop. White Out is also available in bombers.

Live Music (downtown): Today (Wednesday)—Gershom Brothers, 6 to 9 p.m.; Thursday—Leeside, 7 to 10 p.m.; Friday—Le Chat Lunatique, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Squash Blossom Boys, 8 to 11 p.m.

Live Music (West Side): Friday—Tres Pendejos, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—TBA

Other Events: Brew Club members can get a preview event of the rooftop patio on Thursday. See our intro for more info. The general public opening is Friday at 4 p.m.

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: E.S.A. (Extra Special Amber), Beam Me Up Scottish, Imperial Pilsner, Salted Caramel Stout. Oh, rejoice, those who live on the East Side, for Salted Caramel is now on tap at the main brewery. Do not fret, West Side residents, you still have it at the Silver taproom as well.

News: If you have not gone, we got an early look at Nexus’ impressive west-side taproom, Nexus Silver.

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

Pi Brewing — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Prohibition Pilsner, Discordia IPA, 5 O’Hop Somewhere, U Down w/ BVP?, Unwindulax, Pineapple Express, Amber’s Amber, Zinister Dichotomy. The Zinister (6.3% ABV) is a potent red sour.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

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

Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—The Draft Sessions’ Natefest 2016, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Keith Sanchez and the Moon Thieves with special guests Quietly Kept, 4 to 9 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: Irish Extra Stout, Cranberry Sangria Wheat, Pedro O’Flanagan’s Mexican Lager, Biggest Small Beer Ever, Dusk’s Early Light, You Reek of Pale Ale. The name You Reek is a joke, of sorts, but the flavor is not. It’s a single-hop pale made with Eureka.

News: Congrats to QCB for winning a silver medal at the North American Beer Awards. Not bad for a place that has only been open for three months!

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 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 (brewery)—Today (Wednesday): Clark Andrew Libbey, 7 to 9 p.m.

Other Events: The new downtown taproom, located in the lobby of the Simms Building on the corner of 4th Avenue and Gold, will have its grand opening Friday at 11 a.m. Look for the debut of Downtown Pale Ale.

Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast. 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, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.

Live Music: Thursday—The Blunns and Eryn Bent Trio, 5:30 p.m.; Friday—Tumbleweed Beach and Las Vegas Band, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Dangerous Curvz, 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 3–11 p.m., Fri 3 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Pub Ale, Railhead Red, Switchgear IPA, Zoso SMASH, Dark Engine Stout, Shoofly Wheat. The Zoso is the most recent addition.

Cask: The Stout, with cocoa nibs added, and Shoofly will be in the firkins all week.

Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752

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

Beers: Starrstruck IPA, Thunderr Ale, Problem Child Porter, Red Zepplin, Electric Sun Wheat. The taps are turning over pretty frequently at Starr Brothers, but that’s because people are drinking them up at a rapid pace. So if you see a favorite listed above, head over now, before this batch runs out.

News: Next up on the beer docket is L.A. Woman California Blonde.

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, Half-Acre Hefe (Wells Park only), Maibock, Grapefruit Wheat, Cerveza New Mexican Lager (Wells Park only), Nuevo Mexican Lager, Summer En Blanc Belgian Witbier, Et Tu Brute Cider (Wells Park only), Berliner Weisse, Barrel-Aged Scotcholate, Barrel-Aged Barley Wine, Barrel-Aged Luna De Los Muertos, Nitro Coffee Stout. All three of the barrel-aged behemoths are now on tap, plus there should still be bombers for sale. We highly recommend you try the Luna.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Thirsty Thursday: Jeddy Grant & Super Nixon, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Melissa Rios, 8 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Solos on the Hill: Adam Hooks, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Setting the Tone: Chris Tenerowicz, 5 p.m.

Other Events: Every Monday at Wells Park you can now find Mondays on the Mic hosted by Clark Andrew Libbey 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. So, yes, that is this Monday.

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: Session Red, Pollywog’s Pride IPL, Konventional Kolsch; One, If By Land; Two, If By Sea. So the Land and Sea are two unique beers. The former is a refreshing pale ale from a recipe by current brewer Mick Hahn. The latter is a burly, yet sweet, DIPA from former brewer Tim Woodward. Buy two beers, salute two brewers.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: New Mexico Red, Blue Corn Summer Lager, Quad, Blueberry Gose. Say hello to the New Mexico Red (6.1% ABV, 78 IBU), a hop-forward ale made with Chinook, Citra, and Mosaic. They blend nicely with the caramel malts.

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 Origine (Spring Saison), Hair of the Wolf (Experimental), Harmonia (Barrel-Aged Sour IPA). With the release of the Cezanne Origine, Duel has brought out all of their 2015 saisons out of the cellar and is now offering a flight of five at both locations.

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

ABQ Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Jimmy’s Famjamily Funk Jam, 8 p.m.; Thursday—Hub City Sound System, 7 p.m.; Friday—The Khans with the Desert Darlings, 9 p.m.; Saturday—Ziatron, 8 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: Freestyle Pilsner, Western Bloc Wheat IPA, Lemon Skynyrd (ECS). The Sunset Limited, a collaboration with a Louisiana brewery, will now debut on July 9. We listed it as debuting last week before we were later updated by SFBC.

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, Pivotal IPA, Latona Amber International Steam Pale Ale, Rod’s Best Bitter, Trebuchet IPA, St. George IPA. Welcome back to the wondrous Trebuchet, a silver medal winner at this year’s World Beer Cup.

Live Music (Original location): Thursday—Patio Series: Joe West; Friday—Sugar Mountain Band; Saturday—Alpha Cats

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Les Gens Bruyants; Saturday—AMP Concert on the Railyard Plaza; Sunday—Patio Series: The Shiners Club

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, Organic Farmhouse, Barley Wine, Pink Panther, Big Bird Belgian Blonde, Irish Dry Stout, Barrel Project X. Another big tap turnover recently went down in Los Alamos, with the mysterious Barrel Project X standing out. Also new are the Barley Wine, Big Bird, Dry Stout, and Pink Panther, a hibiscus wheat.

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—Jen Exten, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

Pork & Brew is back at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, featuring three local breweries in the beer tent.

Pork & Brew is back at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, featuring three local breweries in the beer tent.

It is another Fourth of July weekend, which means it is once again time for Pork & Brew. The 13th annual edition of this Rio Rancho-based event will take place this Saturday through Monday at the Santa Ana Star Center. Just like last year, there will be quite a bit of craft beer on tap.

“This is not a (traditional) beer fest, but the beer vendors do just fine,” said Noah Trujillo of the Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s more of a family event.”

Local beer will be available in the beer tent outdoors, plus there should be some additional national brands available on tap inside the Star Center. Cazuela’s and Red Door will be back, while Tractor joins the fun. Not attending this year are Kaktus and Turtle Mountain.

Cazuela’s will have the new Porky’s Malt Liquor, plus old favorites Chupacabra IPA, Panama Red, Piedra del Fuego Cream Ale, and Acapulco Gold Mexican Lager. They will also be making beer-garitas.

Red Door again made the Sowbelly Blonde just for the event. It will be joined by Roamer Red, Paint It Black Milk Stout, and Trapdoor Belgian Wit.

Tractor joins the fun with the new Sam’s Honey Glazed Shandy, plus they will Delicious Red Apple Cider, Cerveza Mexican Lager, and Haymaker Honey Wheat on tap. You can also purchase cans of Almanac IPA, Farmer’s Tan Red, and Milk Mustachio Stout.

“One thing I kind of like to let people know when they come to the event, you’re not going to find long lines, you’re not going to wait 45 minutes for food,” Noah said. “I’ve heard that’s been happening at a lot of events. You’ll be able to go get beer, go get food, and sit down inside or outside. The indoor/outdoor layout lends itself to comfort. If it rains for a little bit, you can go inside. We’ve been doing the event for long enough where we’ve kind of mastered short lines and people being able to actually enjoy the event rather than standing in line for 30 to 45 minutes.”

In addition to the beer, here is the music lineup between the two stages.

“We’ll have live music both inside and outside,” Noah said. “Last year was the first year we did an outdoor stage in the beer area and obviously it went over well. A lot of local bands will be playing outside. Obviously we’re going to build on that.”

  • Saturday (Brew Tent Stage)—Bosque Blues, 11:30 a.m., Gershom Brothers, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday (SASC Stage)—Toby McBrooks, 12:30 p.m., Split Decision, 3:30 p.m., Twist & Shout, 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (Brew Tent Stage)—Danny the Harp, 11 a.m., Ancient Bones, 3:15 p.m.
  • Sunday (SASC Stage)—Toby McBrooks, 11 a.m., Bob Farrell & Brushfire, 12:30 p.m., Red Wine, 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday (Brew Tent Stage)—Bosque Blues, noon
  • Monday (SASC Stage)—Toby McBrooks, 11 a.m., 3rd Element, 12:30 p.m., Red Wine, 3:45 p.m.

There will be special eating contests, watermelons for kids and pies for adults, on the main stage every day. They will start at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday, and 2:15 p.m. on Monday.

The BBQ Award Ceremony will be Sunday at 4 p.m.

“On the kids’ side, there are two components that we hope will draw people in,” Noah said. “Galloping Grace Youth Ranch will have a petting zoo and a pig race.

“This year we’re doing a mascot day on Saturday. Orbit will be there. I did not know this until a couple weeks ago, but CNM has a mascot. The Sun Cat will be there. There will be a few others. It looks like we’ll have eight to 10 mascots floating around the event. That’s a little bit different.”

The exact hours for all three days will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. It costs $6 for general admission, but active duty military (with ID), seniors over 65, and kids between 4 and 12 only cost $4. Kids 3 and under are free.

Just don’t forget the sunblock, and enjoy the weekend!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

The Red Door taproom will be ready to go this Thursday.

The Red Door taproom will be ready to go this Thursday.

Red Door will finally swing open the doors to their downtown taproom in the Simms Building this Thursday Friday starting at 11 a.m. It will be the second notable taproom opening of 2016 following Nexus Silver on the West Side.

I got a tour of the place last Friday, where construction was still buzzing as the last pieces were being put into place. The taproom is located on the lobby floor of the building in the northeast corner, right on the intersection of 4th Avenue and Gold.

The neon sign was a requirement by the owners of the Simms Building to keep with the retro vibe.

The neon sign was a requirement by the owners of the Simms Building to keep with the retro vibe.

Brewer Wayne Martinez showed me the space. He said it will seat 90 to 100 people. There was talk of a small patio on the east side, though that has been pushed back.

“With the zoning and everything, we’re more focused on in here,” Wayne said. “It wasn’t worth it to do that yet.”

The interior of the space will feature a long community table on the east side, but for the most part it will be a mix of four-top and two-top tables. The bar itself in the center is fairly long. There will also be a game room dubbed “The Vault.” It will feature a couch and a video game system similar to the setup at the main brewery, though with walls on three sides.

The space that used to be an actual vault will be the video game room.

The space that used to be an actual vault will be the video game room.

“That actually used to be a bank vault,” Wayne said. “This used to be a bank at one point. It still has that retro feeling.”

The retro look even extends to the ceiling, which has metal grating. It fits in with the Simms Building itself, which was built in the 1950s and is the oldest modern high-rise in Albuquerque. Much of the recent remodeling/rebranding of the ground floor has been done with sort of a Mad Men influenced vibe.

The main bar area will be surrounded by tables.

The main bar area will be surrounded by tables.

The taproom will have 11 beers on tap for the grand opening, from all the main beers like Threshold IPA and Paint it Black Milk Stout, to all the seasonals. Included will be a special new seasonal, Downtown Pale Ale, that will be ready.

“We’ll have two more taps than our main location, just because we’re going to expand that location in the next two months,” Wayne said. “It will probably be more seasonals, we don’t see it being any more year-round offerings.”

The taproom will be open every day at 11 a.m. It will close at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, at midnight Friday and Saturday, and at 10 p.m. Sunday.

As noted, the entire Simms Building lobby area is rocking a retro decor.

As noted, the entire Simms Building lobby area is rocking a retro decor.

Red Door will also be partnering with one of their new neighbors, Radish, for food options. The restaurant will be shifting its hours, and adding some new dishes, to collaborate with the taproom. Look for that in the near future as well.

All in all, it will be another great addition to the downtown beer scene. Thanks to Wayne for the tour, and we look forward to enjoying some pints there this week!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Now that looks like a relaxing place to enjoy a pint outdoors.

The Sierra Blanca Beer Garden will be packed this Saturday for their 20th anniversary party.

Sierra Blanca Brewing is celebrating their 20th anniversary this Saturday with a big party at the brewery in Moriarty. From 2 to 9 p.m., the beer garden will be hopping (pun intended) with live music, food trucks, a kids zone, and more.

There is a $5 cover, but kids 12 and under get in for free. Dirty Modine and Stanley Cattle Guards will provide the musical entertainment. All of the Sierra Blanca, Rio Grande, and Alien beers will be available, plus a few special surprises, including the Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout.

Head on out there Saturday and wish the entire staff a happy anniversary!

New taprooms update

Good news on the taproom front, Red Door will be opening their downtown location next week. Yours truly will have an advance look at the place, so look for some pics and more info on Monday.

For those who may have forgotten, the taproom will be located in the lobby of the Simms Building at 4th and Gold. The grand opening will be Thursday starting at 11 a.m.

As for the other taprooms, there is nothing official on opening dates yet, but both Canteen (I-40 and Tramway) and Marble (Montgomery east of Eubank) have said they hope to open by the end of July.

New breweries update

Construction continues at Dialogue Brewing near downtown. (Photo courtesy of Dialogue Brewing)

Construction continues at Dialogue Brewing near downtown. (Photo courtesy of Dialogue Brewing)

There are still 12 breweries on the way with the small brewer licenses pending with the state. First, for the ABQ-area breweries, here are the latest tidbits we know.

  • We shared the link from ABQ Business First last week about Flix Brewhouse, which is making progress on the West Side. They are still a long ways from opening, but certainly there is already a lot of excitement, judging by everyone’s reactions to the post. When we know more about the specific brewing aspects, we will share them.
  • Drafty Kilt, formerly OffKilter, is getting close to opening. Mike Campbell, formerly of Tractor and Cazuela’s, will be ready to brew as soon as all the permits come through. We hope to get a tour soon.
  • There is nothing new on the Nob Hill-based Hops Brewery, nor the Steel Bender Brewyard in the North Valley. Neither has any significant online presence yet, so we have to guess they are further away. Ditto The 377 Brewery near the Sunport.
  • Progress continues on Dialogue Brewing on 1st Ave. north of Marble. They have had a lot of pictures of their progress in construction, but it does show they are still a ways from being open.
  • New to the listings for pending licenses is the Bombs Away Beer Company. We have searched for more info, but come up empty. All that is known is that it is somewhere in the 87123, which could put it up near the Foothills and the Canteen taproom, or it could be the fabled Four Hills brewery that folks have been whispering about for a while. If anyone out there has contact info for this new endeavor, please send it our way.
  • Palmer Brewery and Cider House has an active license now. We were told they are not at fully brewing capacity yet, but some of their beers are being tapped at Left Turn Distilling.

As for the breweries outside the ABQ metro area …

  • Construction progress continues at a good pace for Ale Republic in Cedar Crest. We figure a fall opening is likely, though they could surprise us.
  • Sleeping Dog Tavern in Santa Fe has now applied for a small brewer license. We will try to find out more on their plans, see if they are going small like Chili Line or aiming for something bigger.
  • Route 66 Junkyard Brewery in Grants is still aiming for a July 1 grand opening. There is a story in the Gallup Independent, but it is subscriber-only, so we can’t share the link.
  • Milton’s Brewing in Carlsbad is inching closer to opening. Their small brewer license is active, so now it is just a matter of finishing the buildout and getting the beer flowing.

That is all from us for this week. Check back next week when we should have some more substantial info on the new brewer at Blue Corn, updates on the progress of Second Street’s new brewing facility, and more.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

The small batch menu (upper right corner) is a big reason to visit the Alien Brew Pub in Uptown.

The small batch menu (upper right corner) is a big reason to visit the Alien Brew Pub in Uptown.

This week, I had the pleasure of briefly speaking with Ben Couger and John Gonzales at Alien Brew Pub to get an update on their small batch program. I am really glad I stopped by, because there is exciting news. John tells me that ABP will be starting a Firkin Friday (hopefully beginning next week, in fact), and we can all use a little more of that in our lives.

Ben said he is a fan of vanilla and milk stouts, so hopefully we can see more of that type of beer in their future. John added that future plans also include beer and food parings with local chefs. If we get any more information, we will pass it along.

Brewer Ben Couger is quite proud of the 1-barrel system they use to create small batches at the Alien Brew Pub.

Brewer Ben Couger is quite proud of the 1-barrel system they use to create small batches at the Alien Brew Pub.

I was able to get a look at the 1-barrel system they have in place at ABP. Basically, Ben explained that it mimics the full system they have out at the Sierra Blanca Brewery in Moriarty. Ben said they have a really good time brewing up experimental batches on a smaller system. Coming up, they are going to brew some IPAs on the system. They have some experimental hops, the ones with numbers for names, numbers that mean nothing whatsoever to me.

I was fortunate enough to try the 20th Anniversary Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout when I was at the Beer Premier and Matanza. The Wild Turkey barrels used to make that beer were cleaned out and are now being used for cherry and cranberry sours. Speaking of their 20th anniversary, the big party is this Saturday at their Beer Garden in Moriarty. If you haven’t had a chance to check out their recently upgraded venue, this is a great opportunity to head out and help them celebrate 20 years of brewing craft beer in New Mexico.

Cheers!

— AmyO

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.

Our local breweries have always been good to us, bestowing upon us some truly epic elixirs that win our hearts and minds (and lots of medals). Sometimes, they also delve into good causes, helping those in need in times of crisis. This Thursday there will be a doubleheader, of a sort, where you can buy a pint for a good cause, then go treat yourself to arguably the greatest dessert beer ever made in this town. First, head over to La Cumbre, where from open (noon) to close (11 p.m.) they will be donating $1 from every pint sold to the American Red Cross. That money will be distributed to victims of the Dog Head Fire that scorched the east side of the Manzano Mountains. Then at 5 p.m., get on over to Boxing Bear for the return of Chocolate Milk Stout. The beer that won gold at the World Beer Cup (and silver at the Great American Beer Festival before that) is back on tap and will also be sold in 22-ounce bottles. They will be pairing up the CMS with special chocolate-covered pretzels from ChocolateDude. Tres Pendejos will provide music on the patio from 6 to 8 p.m.

On the new beer front this week, there are some other new options to check out. Bosque is basking in the glow of Sunshine Stout. Bow & Arrow taps their Citrus Lager on Thursday. Boxing Bear also has a fresh batch of Watermelon Gose. Canteen felt a little experimental this week with Fete Lager and Chamomile IPA. Chama River gets deep with Heavy Cream. Kaktus kicks it off with new batches of Helles Lager, Stout, Brumoso Hefe, Guy IPA, and Scotch Ale. Saison #2 doubles the fun at both Marble locations, plus White Out returns with a release party today (Wednesday). Pi brewed up a red sour called Zinister Dichotomy, while also releasing Discordia IPA and Amber’s Amber. Tractor has put their Cowboy Coffee Stout onto their new nitro tap. Turtle Mountain tapped two related beers, One, If By Land pale ale and Two, If By Sea double IPA.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn is feeling the season with Summer Lager. The Cezanne Origine slides into both Duel locations. Santa Fe is teaming up with an out-of-state brewery for Sunset Limited. Second Street has a fresh batch of St. George IPA.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 20.

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 Tilted Windmill is now 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.

This Saturday, as noted in our intro above, is the 1-Year Anniversary Party. It starts at 1 p.m. Check their Facebook page for more details.

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: June Bock, Kreem Ale. Well, look at that. Two new house beers on tap, both brewed especially for this scorcher of a weekend coming up.

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, Zeus Juice White IPA, Lawnmower Lager. The Lawnmower debuts Thursday. It is an American interpretation of a German Kolsch.

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: The Usual, Azacca S.M.A.S.H., Bosque Ale, Oaty McOatface, The Last Straw, Dunkel-what?, Sunshine Stout (San Mateo and Las Cruces). The Sunshine (6.5% ABV, 19 IBU) looks like a blonde but tastes like a stout. No, really, try it to see, then blame your eyes for playing tricks on you.

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, Bison Eye Rye, Hefeweizen. The Bison Eye Rye is an unfiltered pale ale made with rye, as if you could not guess by the name. It is the second in a series of four specialty pale ales from Bow & Arrow.

News: Citrus Lager debuts Thursday.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Bow & Arrow has happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Get $1 off pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Kodiak Brown, Mosaic S.M.A.S.H., Black Eye-PA, Bearzen, Bare Knuckle IPA, Featherweight Session IPA, Watermelon Gose, Chocolate Milk Stout, Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only). Bear Knuckle is back after its run to the semifinals of the National IPA Challenge. See our intro above for more on Thursday’s return of Chocolate Milk Stout.

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.

Live Music: Thursday—Tres Pendejos, 6 to 8 p.m.

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, Happenstance All-Day Blonde, Happenstance Better Red Than Dead, Pilsner. 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: Friday—Clark Andrew Libbey, 7 to 9 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., 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: Fete Lager, Radio Wave IPA, That’s How It Gose, Grapefruit Hop Baller IPA, Hank ESB, Chamomile IPA, Boysenberry Wheat. The Fete Lager (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU) is a special summer beer that has been lagered for five months.

Live Music: Thursday—Alex Maryol, 6 to 9 p.m.; Sunday—Keith Sanchez, 6 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday—Alexa Kriss, 4 to 7 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).

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Sturer Bock, Kokopellale, Duke’s Red Ale, Heavy Cream. The new Heavy Cream (6.3% ABV, 23 IBU) is an export rendition of a traditional American cream ale. Sounds like the beer you put in the growler and drink on the porch this weekend … until 10 minutes go by, the heat is overwhelming, and then you and the beer retreat inside to watch soccer and baseball.

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.)

So the owners are telling us they are still open, but beyond that we have no information. Please call the brewery before you head over to make sure their hours are still the same as the ones listed above.

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: Stout, Helles Lager, Honk Ale, Maibock, Brumoso Hefe, Guy IPA, Red Card, Scotch Ale, DjinnJar Kombucha. Another big tap turnover features the return of the hugely popular Helles, just in time for these scorching temperatures. Also new are the Stout, Hefe, IPA, and Scotch.

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: VMO #2, Arrogant Bastard, No, You’re a Dort, Rum Barrel-Aged Malpais. All this, plus the latest batch of Project Dank hit taps and bottles this week. And remember, this Thursday for every pint sold, $1 goes to the Red Cross to help the victims of the fire in the Manzanos.

Live Music: Saturday—Funk Tractor, 6 to 9 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 — El Dorado, Saison #2, Imperial Red, Double IPA, White Out; Downtown only — none; Westside only — none. The El Dorado is a single-hopped pale ale featuring the titular hop.

Live Music (downtown): Today (Wednesday)—The Daily Grind, 6 to 9 p.m.; Thursday—Cali Shaw Band, 7 to 10 p.m.; Friday—Pawnshop Poster Boys, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Last to Know, 8 to 11 p.m.

Live Music (West Side): Friday—If Birds Could Fly, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Nick Skouras, 8 to 11 p.m.

Other Events: The White Out Release Party is today (Wednesday) at both Marble locations. Scalo Northern Italian Grill will have a special food pairing to go with the beer at 5 p.m. If you cannot stay to drink a pint, fear not, White Out will be for sale in bombers as well.

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, E.S.A. (Extra Special Amber), Bird of Prey IPA, Beam Me Up Scottish, Imperial Pilsner (Nexus Silver only), Salted Caramel Stout (Nexus Silver only). Much as we do with other breweries that now have taprooms, any beer listed here without special notation means it is available at both locations. Nexus Silver has all of the house beers on tap in addition to everything listed above.

News: If you have not gone, we got an early look at Nexus’ impressive west-side taproom, Nexus Silver. Now get on over there and enjoy some Salted Caramel Stout before it’s gone again.

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

Pi Brewing — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Prohibition Pilsner, Hoppy Ending IPA, Scotty Doesn’t Know, Red Headed Stranger, 5 O’Hop Somewhere, U Down w/ BVP?, Unwindolux, Pineapple Express. This batch of the Bourbon Vanilla Porter (6.6% ABV, 35 IBU) was barrel aged, so beware its potency.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Saison Chet Sauvage, Berliner Weisse, Stage One DIPA, Manzanita Milk Stout, Spanglish, Shark Bite Lager. 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: Irish Extra Stout, Cranberry Sangria Wheat, Pedro O’Flanagan’s Mexican Lager, Saoirse Hefeweizen, Biggest Small Beer Ever, Dusk’s Early Light. Dusk’s Early Light (5% ABV, 10 IBU) is a dark American lager that debuted at the Beer Premier. And, we are now only listing QCB’s seasonals, since we figure you know their regular lineup by now.

News: Congrats to QCB for winning a silver medal at the North American Beer Awards. Not bad for a place that has only been open for three months!

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 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.

Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast. 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, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.

Live Music: Thursday—Eryn Bent, 5:30 p.m., Eileen & Cross Country, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Western Music Association, 6 p.m.

Other Events: Friday—Col. Michael O’Connor’s Farewell Social, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Meet and Compete Cornhole Tournament, noon

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, Switchgear IPA, Zoso SMASH, Dark Engine Stout, Shoofly Wheat. The Zoso is the most recent addition.

Cask: The Stout, with cocoa nibs added, and Red will be in the firkins all week.

Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752

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

Beers: Starrstruck IPA, Thunderr Ale, Problem Child Porter, Red Zepplin, Electric Sun Wheat. The taps are turning over pretty frequently at Starr Brothers, but that’s because people are drinking them up at a rapid pace. So if you see a favorite listed above, head over now, before this batch runs out.

News: Next up on the beer docket is L.A. Woman California Blonde.

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, Half-Acre Hefe (Wells Park only), Maibock, Grapefruit Wheat, Cerveza New Mexican Lager (Wells Park only), Nuevo Mexican Lager, Summer En Blanc Belgian Witbier, Et Tu Brute Cider (Wells Park only), Berliner Weisse, Barrel-Aged Scotcholate, Barrel-Aged Barley Wine, Barrel-Aged Luna De Los Muertos, Nitro Coffee Stout. All three of the barrel-aged behemoths are now on tap, plus there should still be bombers for sale. We highly recommend you try the Luna.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—pLoud Music: Felix y Los Gatos, 8 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Saturday—Setting the Tone: Eryn Bent, 5 p.m.

Other Events: Every Monday at Wells Park you can now find Mondays on the Mic hosted by Clark Andrew Libbey starting at 6 p.m.

Kamikaze Karaoke is back at Wells Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

This Friday, head to Wells Park for Drag Queen Bingo, which supports Equality Florida. That starts at 8 p.m.

Then on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Wells Park is the Rumblers Car Show.

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: Session Red, Pollywog’s Pride IPL, Konventional Kolsch; One, If By Land; Two, If By Sea. So the Land and Sea are two unique beers. The former is a refreshing pale ale from a recipe by current brewer Mick Hahn. The latter is a burly, yet sweet, DIPA from former brewer Tim Woodward. Buy two beers, salute two brewers.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Barleywine, New Mexico Red, Blue Corn Summer Lager. Say hello to the New Mexico Red (6.1% ABV, 78 IBU), a hop-forward ale made with Chinook, Citra, and Mosaic. They blend nicely with the caramel malts.

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 Origine (Spring Saison), Hair of the Wolf (Experimental), Harmonia (Barrel-Aged Sour IPA). With the release of the Cezanne Origine, Duel has brought out all of their 2015 saisons out of the cellar and is now offering a flight of five at both locations.

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

ABQ Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Mikey, Jimmy, and Scotty, 8 p.m.; Thursday—Silver String Band Hosted Jam, 7 p.m.; Friday—Apricity, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Vibestrong, 8 p.m.

Other events: Tuesday—Bike-in Brew, 4 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: Freestyle Pilsner, Western Bloc Wheat IPA, Lemon Skynyrd (ECS), Sunset Limited. SFBC went and collaborated with Bayou Teche of Louisiana to create the Sunset Limited. It’s a French-style Biere de Garde made with blue corn and red chile from here in New Mexico. It debuts Saturday at all SFBC locations.

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, Mosaic IPA, 2920 Pale Ale, International Steam Bitter, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Trebuchet IPA, St. George IPA. Welcome back to the wondrous Trebuchet, a silver medal winner at this year’s World Beer Cup.

Live Music (Original location): Thursday—Patio Series: Joe West; Friday—Alto Street Band; Saturday—High Altitude

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Lone Pinon; Saturday—AMP Concert on the Railyard Plaza; Sunday—Patio Series: Josh Martin and the Neon Motels

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, Organic Farmhouse, Orange Blossom Pale Ale, Witrock, Little Bird Blonde, Not Your Daddy’s Stout, Hops for ALS (El Dorado Pale). Another big tap turnover recently went down in Los Alamos, with some truly creative names alongside old stalwart Hoppenheimer.

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—Thom Keeper, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Steve Senn, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

One IPA to rule them all!

One IPA to rule them all!

The announcement went out on Tuesday, and hopheads across the state rejoiced, for the New Mexico IPA Challenge is returning to the land. Now 28 breweries will do battle, as all seek to remove the three-time king, John Bullard, from his iron throne.

OK, fine, it is a bit of Game of Thrones there, but that is the theme this year, said NM Brewers Guild director John Gozigian. We met for some pints and a good old information download at Bosque Brewing on Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re kind of running with a Game of Thrones theme,” John said. “It all makes sense. The brewing community in New Mexico is kind of incestuous, it really is. Everybody’s worked here and there. All the houses have been mixed, kind of, so it kind of lends itself to that.

“You’ve got a guy like John Bullard who’s won it three years in a row for two different breweries. He’s the guy that everybody wants to dethrone. You’ve got all these usurpers out there that would love nothing better than to make him pay.”

Bullard has won three in a row, the last two at Bosque and two before that Blue Corn. His title defense starts on Saturday, July 9, at Rio Bravo for the preliminary round. After that, the scoring rounds will be at Santa Fe Brewing on July 16, at Three Rivers Brewery in Farmington on July 16, and the grand finale will be at Tractor Wells Park on July 23.

The other 27 combatants who will face off with Bosque are, deep breath, as follows (* = confirmed first-time participant): Bathtub Row, Blue Corn, Boxing Bear, Canteen, Cazuela’s, Chama River, Chili Line*, Enchanted Circle*, Kaktus, La Cumbre, Little Toad Creek, Lizard Tail, Marble, Quarter Celtic*, Red Door, Rio Bravo*, Roosevelt, Santa Fe, Second Street, Sidetrack*, Sierra Blanca, Spotted Dog, Starr Brothers*, Taos Mesa, Three Rivers, Tractor, Turtle Mountain

Last year there were 23 participants, so to get to 28 is immense in and of itself. Rather than copy the same format as the VIPA Challenge, there will instead be a new format for the opening round at Rio Bravo.

“It’s going to be a little different though it’s going to accomplish the same end,” John said. “Last year was the first time that we had to winnow the field down to a manageable amount of beers to take on the road, so attendees at the subsequent stops got all of them in one sitting.

“We capped it this year at 28 breweries. They can only enter one beer. It all goes back to the lunch lady trays that we’ve always used. You can fit 14 of those plastic tumblers on one of those trays. You can fit 2-to-3 ounces in there, a big enough sample where you can reasonably evaluate the beer. So, that limits it to 14 in a flight. Plus, given the quantity of each one, you can’t go less than 2 ounces, so that ends up (28) ounces of beer per flight, plus you get the complimentary pint. We don’t want people to over-consume.”

The format now will feature two separate trays, labeled A and B. One will have beers numbered one through 14, the other 15 through 28. Each attendee will only receive one of the two trays, and will rank the beers on his/her tray only. An equal number of the two trays will be distributed so all beers will have an equal chance, regardless of which tray they are on.

“We’re going to be smart, the ones that have done well in the past, they’re not going to all be on one flight,” John said. “They’re going to be spread out in a way that makes sense. We’re going to take the top 12 to 14 out of that first round at Rio Bravo and then take those to the next stops.”

Yes, you and your best friend/significant other/old drinking buddy can each get a different tray and sample from the other, but you can only vote for one. Basically, drink up as much as you want off your tray first for proper voting, then, if your palate can take it, try from the other tray.

“So, the first one is going to be fun,” John said. “That’s where we get the field down to where it’s supposed to be. Even with 28, there’s going to be some good IPAs that get left behind. There are a lot of good IPAs out there now. For sure, those top 12 or 14, they’re going to be some great beers.”

Tickets for all four rounds are now on sale online, and paper tickets will begin appearing at the breweries (full list TBA) in the next couple of weeks.

Get them early this year. Even as big as Rio Bravo is, and Tractor WP will be (they are going to close the front parking lot along 4th for additional capacity), there will be ticket caps. This should be the biggest NMIPAC ever, both in terms of participating breweries and attendees.

After the opening round, the remaining rounds should be what you have come to expect, 12 to 14 beers numbered on a tray for a proper blind tasting. As attendance outside of Albuquerque has always lagged behind, the folks at Three Rivers are trying something new this year to get their numbers on par with at least Santa Fe.

“Actually, those guys are going to try to get people from Durango,” John said. “They’re going to put up posters at the breweries in Durango. I hope we get some attendance from there because, I think New Mexico’s beers, especially the IPAs, are well enough known now, at least in our neighboring states, it’ll be worth the 30-mile trip for somebody from Durango to come check out. Especially when we have gold medal winners and National IPA Challenge winners all submitting beers.”

Start doing your hop homework people. Prep those palates, get your ticket(s), and the Crew will see many of you at Rio Bravo and/or Tractor sooner than later.

One IPA to rule them all! We can get behind this theme.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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.

It has been a bumpy ride at times for the folks over at Albuquerque Brewing Co. They fired their founding brewer early on, then endured some additional ups and downs. Well, the good news is they made it to their first birthday, which will be celebrated this Saturday starting at 1 p.m. There will be live music, a cornhole tournament, and more fun events. Head on over and raise a pint to their perseverance. It is not easy these days to launch a brewery in these parts (see last week’s edition of this story). The competition is fierce, the public’s standards are high, so cheers to the folks at ABC for finding their path. Hey, as noted on Facebook, I’m working on a book proposal about the history of brewing in Albuquerque. The sheer number of places that came and went in the late 19th/early 20th century, followed by the boom-and-bust period from the 1990s to the early 2000s, was far more staggering than what we have seen in the last five years. However, it is my personal belief that we have never had our local brews held to a higher standard than we do now.

On a quick follow-up from last week, Firkin Brewhouse is open again. We suggest calling before you go to check on their current hours of operation. If our schedules will match up, we will be sitting down with one of the current owners to get the story on what has happened.

On the new beer front this week, there are some new options to check out. Blue Grasshopper has two of their beers on tap now, June Bock and Kreem Ale. Bosque is only joking with The Usual Imperial Session IPA. Boxing Bear is dropping down in weight class, but not flavor, with Featherweight Session IPA. Canteen has brought back three old favorites in the RyePA, Hank ESB, and Boysenberry Wheat, while also introducing the Grapefruit Hop Baller IPA and Radio Wave IPA. Chama River unleashes Sturer Bock, Kokopellale, and Duke’s Red Ale. Nexus has brought back their amazing Salted Caramel Stout, but it is only at the new Nexus Silver taproom on the west side.

Up in Santa Fe, Second Street has fresh batches of Mosaic IPA and International Steam Bitter.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 13.

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 Tilted Windmill is now the permanent IPA on tap at ABC. Handlebars Stout goes back on tap Thursday.

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.

This Saturday, as noted in our intro above, is the 1-Year Anniversary Party. It starts at 1 p.m. Check their Facebook page for more details.

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: June Bock, Kreem Ale. Well, look at that. Two new house beers on tap, both brewed especially for this scorcher of a weekend coming up.

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.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Old Shonie Scottish Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Zeus Juice White IPA, Lawnmower Lager. The Lawnmower debuts Thursday. It is an American interpretation of a German Kolsch.

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: The Usual, Azacca S.M.A.S.H., Amber Rye, Bosque Ale, Oaty McOatface, The Last Straw. The Usual (6.2% ABV, 70 IBU) is referred to as an imperial session IPA, which is of course a joke. It is a different take on an IPA, using Pilsner malts and Galaxy hops.

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, Bison Eye Rye, Hefeweizen. The Bison Eye Rye is an unfiltered pale ale made with rye, as if you could not guess by the name. It is the second in a series of four specialty pale ales from Bow & Arrow.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Bow & Arrow has happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Get $1 off pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Kodiak Brown, Mosaic S.M.A.S.H., Black Eye-PA, Blood Orange Pale Ale, Bearzen, Bare Knuckle IPA, Featherweight Session IPA, Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only). Bear Knuckle is back after its run to the semifinals of the National IPA Challenge. The Blood Orange PA will be on nitro this week.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Live Music: Thursday—Burque Sol, 6 p.m.

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, Happenstance All-Day Blonde, Happenstance Better Red Than Dead, Pilsner. 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.

Other Events: 10 Drink Minimum will host a Cards Against Humanity night every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Coming up on Saturday, Broken Trail’s outdoor movie night will be back with Purple Rain at 7 p.m. Please, bring your own chairs!

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: Sundance Kolsch, Radio Wave IPA, That’s How It Gose, Grapefruit Hop Baller IPA, Hank ESB, RyePA, Boysenberry Wheat. Franz Solo and I celebrated the Penguins’ Stanley Cup a day later with some Radio Wave (7.8% ABV, 82 IBU). It’s quite the hop bomb, tasting even stronger than those IBUs indicate.

Live Music: Thursday—Sol de la Noche, 6 to 9 p.m.; Sunday—BPM, 4 to 7 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).

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Chamiso Mexican Lager, Sturer Bock, Kokopellale, Duke’s Red Ale. We tried the Sturer Bock over at BearFest and found it to be quite enjoyable. It’s not overly sweet like some bocks tend to be, nor does it have that bready aftertaste.

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.)

So the owners are telling us they are still open, but beyond that we have no information. Please call the brewery before you head over to make sure their hours are still the same as the ones listed above.

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, London Porter, Honk Ale, Maibock, Classic Amber, Wheat IPA, Red Card, German Pilsner, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha, Ship’s Hull Barrel-Aged IPA. The Ship’s Hull is the first barrel-aged beer that Kaktus has ever done. Head over and check out the first of they hope will be a series of barrel-aged beers.

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: VMO #2, Arrogant Bastard, No, You’re a Dort, Rum Barrel-Aged Malpais. Jeez, you guys already drank up all the Strawberry Gose? Assuage yourselves with the Rum BA Malpais on nitro, even if those two beers could not be more different.

Live Music: Saturday—Alchemie, 6 to 9 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 — El Dorado, Saison #1, Imperial Red; Downtown only — Double IPA; Westside only — none. The El Dorado is a single-hopped pale ale featuring the titular hop.

Live Music (downtown): Today (Wednesday)—Hub City Soundsystem, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday—The Green Billies, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Baracutanga, 8 to 11 p.m.

Live Music (West Side): Friday—Bus Tapes, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Gabe Tafoya, 8 to 11 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: Hibiscus Imperial Cream, E.S.A. (Extra Special Amber), Bird of Prey IPA, Beam Me Up Scottish, Imperial Pilsner (Nexus Silver only), Salted Caramel Stout (Nexus Silver only). Much as we do with other breweries that now have taprooms, any beer listed here without special notation means it is available at both locations. Nexus Silver has all of the house beers on tap in addition to everything listed above.

News: If you have not gone, we got an early look at Nexus’ impressive west-side taproom, Nexus Silver. Now get on over there and enjoy some Salted Caramel Stout before it’s gone again.

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

Pi Brewing — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Prohibition Pilsner, Hoppy Ending IPA, Scotty Doesn’t Know, Red Headed Stranger, 5 O’Hop Somewhere, U Down w/ BVP?, Unwindolux, Pineapple Express. This batch of the Bourbon Vanilla Porter (6.6% ABV, 35 IBU) was barrel aged, so beware its potency.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

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

News: There are still a few bottles of Saison Petite Souris for sale at the brewery. They cost $14.

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: Irish Extra Stout, Cranberry Sangria Wheat, Pedro O’Flanagan’s Mexican Lager, Saoirse Hefeweizen, Biggest Small Beer Ever, Dusk’s Early Light. Dusk’s Early Light (5% ABV, 10 IBU) is a dark American lager that debuted at the Beer Premier. And, we are now only listing QCB’s seasonals, since we figure you know their regular lineup by now.

News: Congrats to QCB for winning a silver medal at the North American Beer Awards. Not bad for a place that has only been open for three months!

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 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.

Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast. 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, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.

Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—The Division Men, Clark Andrew Libbey, Quietly Kept, 4:30 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, Switchgear IPA, Zoso SMASH, Dark Engine Stout, Shoofly Wheat. The Zoso is the most recent addition.

Cask: The Zoso and Red will be in the firkins all week.

Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752

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

Beers: Starrstruck IPA, Thunderr Ale, Problem Child Porter, Red Zepplin, Electric Sun Wheat. The taps are turning over pretty frequently at Starr Brothers, but that’s because people are drinking them up at a rapid pace. So if you see a favorite listed above, head over now, before this batch runs out.

News: Next up on the beer docket is L.A. Woman California Blonde.

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.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Berry Cider, Half-Acre Hefe (Wells Park only), Maibock, Grapefruit Wheat, Cerveza New Mexican Lager (Wells Park only), Nuevo Mexican Lager, Summer En Blanc Belgian Witbier, Et Tu Brute Cider (Wells Park only), Berliner Weisse, Barrel-Aged Scotcholate, Barrel-Aged Barley Wine, Barrel-Aged Luna De Los Muertos. All three of the barrel-aged behemoths are now on tap, plus there should still be bombers for sale. We highly recommend you try the Luna.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Thirsty Thursday: Melissa Rios, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Summer Tour Series: Dave Martinez, 8 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Solos on the Hill: Joe Silva, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Setting the Tone: Sloan Armitage, 5 p.m.; Monday—Summer Tour Series: Lorin Walker Madsen, 5 p.m.

Other Events: Every Monday at Wells Park you can now find Mondays on the Mic hosted by Clark Andrew Libbey 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: Session Red, Bien Tu Helles Bock, Pollywog’s Pride IPL, Konventional Kolsch. The IPL debuted at Beer Premier. It and the Kolsch are the most recent additions to tap.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Barleywine, New Mexico Red, 505 Collaboration. Say hello to the New Mexico Red (6.1% ABV, 78 IBU), a hop-forward ale made with Chinook, Citra, and Mosaic. They blend nicely with the caramel malts.

News: Thursday will mark the debut of Blue Corn Summer Lager, brewed with 12-percent blue corn flakes.

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 the 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).

ABQ Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Mikey, Jimmy, and Scotty, 8 p.m.; Thursday—Tres Pendejos, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Happy Hour Set with Mike Hogan, 5 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: Freestyle Pilsner, Western Bloc Wheat IPA, Lemon Skynyrd (ECS). The Lemon Skynyrd is the newest release in the Ever Changing Series. Look for it on tap and in bombers.

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, Mosaic IPA, 2920 Pilsner, International Steam Bitter, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Trebuchet IPA. Welcome back to the wondrous Trebuchet, a silver medal winner at this year’s World Beer Cup.

Live Music (Original location): Thursday—Patio Series: Joe West; Friday—Jackie Myers Band; Saturday—The Bill Hearne Trio

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Busy McCarroll Band; Saturday—AMP Concert on the Railyard Plaza; Sunday—Patio Series: Josh Martin and the Neon Motels

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, Organic Farmhouse, Orange Blossom Pale Ale, Witrock, Little Bird Blonde, Not Your Daddy’s Stout, Hops for ALS (El Dorado Pale). Another big tap turnover recently went down in Los Alamos, with some truly creative names alongside old stalwart Hoppenheimer.

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—The Greenwoods, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Roon, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

La Cumbre's Jeff Erway and Ska's Thomas Larsen have created a beer together.

La Cumbre’s Jeff Erway and Ska’s Thomas Larsen have created a beer together.

There is always something a little extra special about a collaboration beer. The notion of two great breweries coming together to combine their powers for the goodness of all just warms the heart. In these extra warm days, when that collaboration beer fits perfectly into summer, it can be all the better.

La Cumbre and Ska Brewing from Durango have teamed up to create Cinco Cincuenta, a rye Belgian pale ale. Brewmasters Jeff Erway and Thomas Larsen created the beer together at La Cumbre, where it goes on tap today (Friday).

“They came and brewed it here,” said La Cumbre marketing guru Samantha Ward. “We’re just trying to help get (more) into this market. They distribute for us up in Durango.”

Oh, Cinco, refresh us all on these hot, stifling summer days.

Oh, Cinco, refresh us all on these hot, stifling summer days.

We were able to fill a pint glass (thanks for the help on that, Majin!) to check out what the beer had to offer. It is a cloudy, orange-colored beer. The first thing that struck us both was the powerful, enticing aroma.

“I got lots of coriander, some spicy orange, lemon, and rye,” Samantha said.

Despite all of those witbier staples, minus the rye, appearing in the aroma, the beer itself does not have any added orange peel, lemon zest, or even coriander. Samantha said it was made with rye, two German hops (Mandaria Bavaria and Hallertau Blanc), and Nelson Sauvin hops.

The flavor is balanced across the board from the malts, hops, rye, and Belgian yeast. Though the aroma could almost be described as overpowering, the beer itself is strong and yet mild at the same time. It does not overwhelm the palate at all.

“It’s really refreshing from the citrus (flavors),” Samantha said. “It has a dry finish, so it’s not heavy at all. It’s very, well, it might clear up a little bit, but it’s cloudy now.”

Quite the swanky logo that's not a label.

Quite the swanky logo that’s not a label.

Though what looked like a possible label appeared on La Cumbre’s Instagram page, Samantha said it will only be available on tap. The good news is that La Cumbre plans to distribute it to a number of their keg accounts, so if the brewery gets too crowded for you (it happens on weekends at LC), you will have other options. A full list will be forthcoming.

Kegs of the beer will also be headed up to Ska, should anyone be seeking to escape the heat this weekend and head for the Colorado mountains.

Let us toast the spirit of collaboration with a pint of Cinco Cincuenta this weekend, and hope for more of these kinds of beer unions in the future!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister