Archive for July 7, 2016

This joint is gonna be jumpin' during ABQ Beer Week. (Photo courtesy of SFBC)

Hang at the taproom this Saturday to try some excellent new beers. (Photo courtesy of SFBC)

Unless you have been vacationing in the Arctic or working in a freezer (That pretty much describes the Topes’ press box with its psychotic A/C unit. — S), I’m sure you have noticed that it has been just a wee bit hot in New Mexico as of late. Need another excuse to hide in the shade with a refreshing brew? I didn’t think so, but Santa Fe Brewing will be offering two additional reasons this weekend. You will want to celebrate at the Albuquerque taproom as they release Autonomous Collective DIPA and Sunset Limited!

It all kicks off at 4:30 p.m., right after the IPA Challenge preliminary round wraps up at Rio Bravo. Autonomous Collective DIPA and Sunset Limited Cervesa de Garde will be on tap, with bombers of Sunset Limited available for $1 off for this event. There will also be an appearance by SFBC’s Single Barrel Sour ale! SFBC’s brewers and sales people will be present to meet with the public, so make sure to say hi.

Autonomous Collective is SFBC’s summer installment in their series of seasonal IPA releases. Brewed with Amarillo, El Dorado, and Columbus hops, and dry hopped three times, it carries a mix of orange peel and honeydew melon in aroma and flavor, with a bit of malt sweetness, and a fruity/resinous hop flavor in the finish. This will definitely quench your thirst during the summer months.

Sunset Limited Cervesa de Garde is a change from the styles that SFBC has become known for. Brewed in collaboration with Bayou Teche Brewery in Arnaudville, Louisiana, Sunset Limited is brewed in the Biere de Garde style, which is traditionally malty and toasty, and possesses lower hopping levels, but enough alcohol to preserve the beer.

The official description from SFBC: “This version is a combination of the traditional style brewed by our friends at Bayou Teche, then made more New Mexican with the addition of Red Chile and Blue Corn, then cold stored for six weeks to further mellow out. Short version: toasty and malty, fruity and sweet, with an alcoholic and red chile heat in the finish.”

Make sure to stop in for a pint of this one-off beer, as it is limited to taproom and bomber availability. Once it is gone, it’s gone!

Until next time …

Prost!

— Brandon Daniel

Route 66 Junkyard Brewery in Grants is actually within a junkyard.

Route 66 Junkyard Brewery in Grants is actually within a junkyard.

I will admit I was way too curious. When I found out a new brewery would be opening at an actual junkyard in Grants the same weekend friends and I would be driving back through there from Vegas, I had to stop by and see the place for myself. First off, it is really hard to find. If you try to map it on your phone, good old Google will try and direct you to a spot about three or four miles away. We made the mistake of believing the map and could not find it anywhere. So, we asked a couple of locals, but they did not know what we were talking about. Just as we were about to give up, one of our group saw a Facebook post from the owner explaining the Google mix-up, and including the correct directions.

Hello, Grants residents and fellow travelers!

Hello, Grants residents and fellow travelers!

Route 66 Junkyard Brewery has probably one of the most unique venues for a brewery that I have ever seen, and I tend to “beer travel” quite often. I was not able to spend much time talking to the owner, so I will let the pictures do the talking and just point out a few key aspects.

Car hoods for table tops? Why not?

Car hoods for table tops? Why not?

1. The owner, Henry Lackey, was losing about $100,000 a year on the junkyard (Oscar’s Auto Salvage, which he purchased about four years ago), and he decided it was time to do something different with the property. However, the junkyard remains, hence the name of Route 66 Junkyard Brewery.

The initial beer lineup featured three guest taps.

The initial beer lineup featured three guest taps.

2. They are cash only! And, at least for now, they are serving their one beer and several guest beers from kegs in the back of an old truck parked inside the main area. The kegs are surrounded by ice and the servers sit in the back of the truck and pour pints from the kegs. Eventually they plan on having eight or nine of their own beers on tap at any given time. The “tables” in this seating area are re-purposed old car hoods.

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No, the band did not arrive on that bus.

3. A full band (The MLC out of Albuquerque) was playing on the opposite side of the room from the beer tanks, in front of an old school bus. The setup was complete with stage lighting and sound mixing. This demonstrates how much space there is inside.

The decor is wholly unique.

The decor is wholly unique.

4. There is an additional pub room with tailgates for tables and a bar made from another old truck.

It was pretty slow on the holiday Monday, but the owner said that over the rest of the opening weekend there was a consistent average of about 30 people.

Welcome to the NM craft brewing community, Grants!

Welcome to the NM craft brewing community, Grants!

If you find yourself on a road trip that takes you through Grants, stop by and see this one-of-a-kind place. Just remember, unless or until Google Maps updates the directions, the Route 66 Junkyard Brewery is off of I-40 using exit 85, not 81-B.

Luckily there were no issues with any junkyard dogs.

Cheers!

— AmyO