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 five breweries and one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos also joining the party.
We love you all, you know that, right? I mean, sure, sometimes your taste in music is questionable, and not nearly enough of you watch hockey, but hey, these are things we can overlook as long as we can all sit down and enjoy a pint together. This Pokemon Go thing, though, has been a mixed bag for all of us in the Crew. Some still play it a lot. Others, well, we just shake our heads and steal your beers when you are not looking. Well, apparently the game is still popular enough for some enterprising folks to organize a Pokemon Go Brewery Crawl that will start at Tractor Wells Park this Saturday at 6 p.m. From there, based on the brewery logos on the Facebook cover photo, it will head to Rio Bravo, Marble, and then into downtown to Red Door and Sidetrack. Details, such as the order of breweries, and how people are gonna safely get from one to the next (five pints is more than anyone driving should ever think of consuming) are scarce online. Your best bet will be to contact the breweries directly, starting with Tractor, to find out. The event is scheduled to run until 10 p.m. Good luck, and remember to look both ways when crossing the street.
We will have separate previews this week of the Mountain West Brew Fest and the New Mexico True Fest, both of which will run Saturday and Sunday with multiple breweries in attendance.
UPDATE: We have added the new Rowley Farmhouse Ales, opening this Saturday in Santa Fe, to the listings below.
On the new beer front this week, it’s pretty quiet out there. Albuquerque Brewing brings back Tom’s Green Chile Amber on Saturday. Canteen has resurrected old favorites Boysenberry Wheat and Panama Joe Coffee Stout, plus the new Cheeky Codswallop ESB is available. (We sense a Monty Python joke in that name.) Chama River has fresh batches of two of their Great American Beer Festival entries, Heavy Cream and The Lighter Fare (ESB). Tupac Cali Red has returned to both Tractor locations.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn kneels before the Pope Porter. The team at Santa Fe found some additional kegs of Lemon Skynyrd and have that saison back on tap. Second Street has a new British Mild and brought back 2920 IPA.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 29.
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, Imperial Red, Session IPA, Bayou Smash Saison, American Golden Stout, Vienna Amber. The Tilted Windmill is now the permanent IPA on tap at ABC. The Vienna Amber is the newest addition.
Live Music: TBA
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.
Saturday will feature the Tom’s Green Chile Amber release party, starting at 1 p.m. We had a little feature on the origins of this special beer last year.
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.
(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 house beers on tap, both brewed especially for summer.
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, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Cherry Bomb, Sour Strangehop, 101 Anniversary DIPA, Clockwork Orange DIPA. The two DIPAs are the most recent additions to the lineup.
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 have a website at last! Click the link above for more info.
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: Scale Tipper, Hot Bosque, Simcoe S.M.A.S.H., Old Man Jameson, In Memory of Cyp, 8 Days of Wheat. The Cyp (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) is an American-style lager, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity, while the 8 Days of Wheat (5.6% ABV, 12 IBU) is pretty self-explanatory. Scale Tipper is back and the supply will not last long, especially in bombers, though those are now for sale at multiple liquor stores around town, including Jubilation!
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), Sun Dagger (Saison), Crossed Arrows (Scotch Ale), Hoka Hey (IPA), Jemez Field Notes Lager, Desert Standard Hop Session, Wildorado Unfiltered Wild Rice Pale Ale, Rustic Oak Robust Porter, Belgian Pale Ale, Wayward Arrow Hefeweizen. The most recent additions are the Wildorado, Rustic Oak, Belgian Pale, and the Desert Standard Hop Session. The hefeweizen is back after a short absence.
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: Centennial S.M.A.S.H., Kerfuffle British IPA, Featherweight Session IPA, Bearcat Altbier, New MexiKolsch, Pineapple Kolsch, Red Glove, Strawberry Wheat, Bearfuzz Peach Sour (bombers only), Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only). The New MexiKolsch (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU) is back by popular demand. Also returning for another run is the Red Glove (7.2% ABV, 100 IBU), a powerful double red.
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: Otero ESB, Lone Pine Pilsner, Sancho Saison. New names, same (good) beers.
Live Music (main location): Sunday—Clark Andrew Libbey, noon to 2 p.m.
Other Events: 10 Drink Minimum 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. This week will also feature a book signing by author Greg Mays.
Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737
(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)
Beers: Mongrel DIPA, Solana Summer Ale, Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Boysenberry Wheat, Cheeky Codswallop ESB, Fill in the Blanco IPA, Grundy Thunder (on nitro). Fill in the Blanco is a white IPA, if you couldn’t guess. Grundy Thunder is a delicious English porter with hints of chocolate. Welcome back to one of our all-time favorites, Panama Joe!
Live Music: Sunday—Beeline Bikes Launch Party with Blue Hornets, Balkan Dub Squad, CrazyFool, starting at 4 p.m.
News: The Canteen taproom at Tramway and Cloudview is now open. They have all the regular beers and four seasonal taps (including Exodus IPA), plus crowlers and a cooler with six-packs of Exodus and Dougie Style Amber for sale. There is a full menu, too, including flatbread pizzas.
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). These are the regular house beers. Call the number above for an updated seasonal list.
Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: The Lighter Fare, Heavy Cream, Diabhal’s River, Smokey the Brown. These are special batches of Heavy Cream and The Lighter Fare (ESB), both of which were brewed for the competition at the upcoming Great American Beer Festival. Diabhal’s is a collaboration Belgian strong ale made with Quarter Celtic.
News: Chama now has a rotating nitro tap. Call to see what is available this week.
The Firkin Brewhouse — (505) 881-0702
(Mon closed, Tues-Thurs 3-9 p.m., Fri-Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–9 p.m.)
Beers: Burque Vanilla Nut Brown, Blackout Stout, Ombibulous IPA, Prohibition Mash Ale, Olympic Gold Ale.
News: We went to Firkin recently and found out they are still open. Note the new hours 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, Albuquerque Rapid Transit Ale. The Albuquerque Rapid Transit Ale is a pickle juice porter, with proceeds going to the fight against the project that would tear up Central. Drink it if you dare, like our own Reid did, and he lived to tell the tale.
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: Arrogant Bastard, No, You’re a Dort, ‘Merica, Dunkel Jefe, State Fair Cream Ale, Summer Strong. The Summer Strong is a powerful barley wine. The SFCA is back for another run on tap and in cans. Look for it at Jubilation and other fine venues.
Live Music: TBA
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 features karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739
(Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: White Out (Downtown only), Imperial Red (Downtown only), Stout Americano (Downtown only), Dang Pale Ale (Downtown only), Reserve Ale (Heights only), Imperial Stout (Heights only), Hey Porter! (Heights only). The supply of the Reserve, Imperial Stout, and Hey Porter! at the new Heights taproom is limited, so hurry over to get some before they are gone.
Live Music (downtown): Thursday—Cowboys & Indian, 7 to 10 p.m.; Friday—Na’an Stop, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Godzilla & Pink Freud, 8 to 11 p.m.; Monday—Labor Day Fest with Matt Jones, 4 to 5 p.m., Lilah Rose, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., Vibestrong, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., The Porter Draw, 7:45 to 9 p.m.
Live Music (West Side): Friday—Lone Pinon, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—Richard Mittelstet, 8 to 11 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Friday—Clark Andrew Libbey, 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday—The Fabulous Martini Tones, 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: Salted Caramel Stout, Wrath of Kolsch, Blood Orange Worf-a-Weizen. We are downright shocked that you all have yet to drink up the Salted Caramel Stout. Shocked!
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: Discordia IPA, U Down w/ BVP?, Pineapple Express, Amber’s Amber, Zinister Dichotomy, Cardinal Sin Red, 40 to 5, Scotty Doesn’t Know. The Zinister (6.3% ABV) is a potent red sour. The new 40 to 5 is an American pale wheat ale.
Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941
(Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: Enkel Biter Belgian Wheat, Azacca Pale Ale, Preacher’s Daughter, Alt the Hoople, Manzano Milk Stout, Cascadian Pilsner. The Preacher’s Daughter is for sale on tap and in bombers, both at the brewery and at Jubilation.
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: Pedro O’Flanagan’s Mexican Lager, Dusk’s Early Light, You Reek of Pale Ale, Vienna Lager, #GFF, Diabhal’s River. GFF stands for Grapefruit Forver, so you can guess what they added to this IPA. The Diabhal’s (11% ABV, 30 IBU) is a massive Belgian golden strong that is not for the faint of heart. This is what happens when you put Brady McKeown and Chama River’s Andrew Krosche together on the same brewhouse for a collaboration.
Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675 (brewery), (505) 990-3029 (downtown taproom)
(Brewery hours: 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.; Downtown taproom hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Beers: Vanilla Cream Ale, Downtown Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Nieuwe Bruin. The Downtown Pale Ale (5.6% ABV, 37 IBU) was brewed in honor of the new downtown taproom, but fear not, it is available at both locations. The Nieuwe (6.7% ABV, 20 IBU) is a variation on an Oud Bruin, a tart and sour dark beer.
Live Music (main location)—Today (Wednesday): Still Closed For Repairs, 7 to 9 p.m.; Monday—The Draft Sessions, 7 to 9 p.m.
Other Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast at the main brewery. From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer. Take note, this weekend is an international break for all the major soccer leagues.
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, Level 3 IPA. The popular Karl’s Sommer Bier is back on tap as well.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Blunns!, 5 p.m.; Friday—Shane Wallin, 6 p.m.
Other Events: Tuesday—Two Dollar Tuesdays, 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 3–11 p.m., Fri 3 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Pub Ale, Railhead Red, Switchgear IPA, Dark Engine Stout, Shoofly Wheat. The Zoso SMASH has run its course, but a new beer should be on tap soon.
Cask: IPA and Stout, with cocoa nibs added, 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, Double Live Jonzo, Red Zepplin, Electric Sun, LampShade Porter, L.A. Woman, Rosin Dubh. Rosin Dubh is a new Irish dry stout. The Porter and L.A. Woman (blonde ale) are also recent additions to tap.
Events: Starr Brothers will open at 8 a.m. every Saturday for Premier League soccer games, though this week there are no games due to international contests taking precedence. Check back the week after, which will include the Manchester Derby.
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, Maibock, Grapefruit Wheat, Cerveza New Mexico Lager, Summer En Blanc Belgian Witbier, Barrel-Aged Barley Wine (Wells Park only), Kolsch, Tupac Cali Red, Nitro Coffee Stout (Wells Park only), Ebony & Ivory Pale Stout, Hillario DIPA, Dank Johnson DIPA, You’re Fired DIPA. Tractor’s take on a Kolsch is a bit different, but still tasty. They dry hopped it with Mosaic, giving it a different aroma.
Live Music (Wells Park): Saturday—Russell James Pyle, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Solos on the Hill: Clark Andrew Libbey, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Setting the Tone: Happy Gland Band, 5 p.m.
Other Events: Round 2 of the Wells Park Cornhole Tournament starts Friday at 5 p.m. Afterwards, stick around for the 1st Fridays Comedy Contest at 8 p.m.
Every Monday at Wells Park you can now find Mondays on the Mic 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. Then at 8 p.m., ABQ Pens & Pints is a new weekly event!
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: McSmack, Blueberry Yum Yum, Jac’s Elope Raspberry Pale Ale; One, If By Land. The McSmack is a Scottish ale, in case you could not guess by the name. The malty sweet McSmack demands a visit to TMBC, before it runs out like the Kiwi Killer Southern Hemisphere IPA just did.
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Ginger Plum Saison, Rakau Pale Ale, Chaparral IPL, Pope Porter. The Chaparral, an India Pale Lager, is now available. Sadly, the Coffee Imperial Stout has run out at the brewery.
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), Monomyth (Belgian DIPA). The most recent addition here is the aptly named Monomyth, which checks in at 9-percent ABV and 90 IBUs.
Happy Hour/Discounts: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).
Rowley Farmhouse Ales — (505) 428-0719
(Days and hours TBA)
Beers: Notorious BdG. Say hello to Santa Fe’s newest brewery, which will open for the first time this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. They will have some guest taps, plus their first offering, “a malt-forward biere de garde that was fermented solely with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis var. Drei,” as described on their Facebook page. The kitchen will be in full swing, too. Head on over!
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: Oktoberfest, Autonomous Collective DIPA, Sunset Limited, Lemon Skynyrd. The Sunset Limited, a collaboration with a Louisiana brewery, debuted recently. Oktoberfest is back on tap and in six-packs. Get some, it’s a wonderful batch this year.
Happy Hour/Discounts: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.
Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)
UPDATED >>> Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Trebuchet DIPA, Mosaic IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, International Steam Pale Ale, 2920 IPA, British Mild, 2920 Pilsner. Welcome back, Trebuchet, a silver medal winner at the World Beer Cup. The 2920 IPA and British Mild are the most recent additions.
Live Music (Original location): Thursday—Patio Series: Welsh & Watt; Friday—Broomdust Caravan; Saturday—Melody Pond
Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Ometcetera; Saturday—Jono Manson; Sunday—Patio Series: Lone Pinon
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.
News: Second Street is moving ever closer to opening their third location, which will feature a taproom and a full production facility.
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: Red Hammer Ale, Wit Rock, Tres Litros Saison, Little Boy GFB, Mild at Heart, Simon Says Drink Green Chile Pils. Another big tap turnover recently went down in Los Alamos, with old favorites Red Hammer, Mild at Heart, and Wit Rock returning alongside three newcomers.
Events: Thursday—Open mic, 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: Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, KC’s Irish Stout, McFadden’s Scotch, English Porter, El Camino ReAle Summer Pale, Love Potion Peach, Schwarzbar Black Lager. The most recent addition is the English Porter. Before that came old favorite Schwarzbar and the new Love Potion, a peach wheat.
Live Music: Friday—Last Minute Trio, 7 to 10 p.m.
Other events: Today (Wednesday)—Open mic, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
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