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 six breweries and one down in Socorro and one in Los Alamos also joining the party.
This weekend is stupidly packed with events. Of all those events, though, we have to support one above all others. Hey, the Crew is made up of a bunch of metalheads, and once again, it is time for Hails and Ales at Tractor Wells Park. This second multi-metal-band show takes place Saturday night starting at 8. The featured bands will include local bands Jagged Mouth and Laughing Dog, Dysphotic from Santa Fe, Blighter from Colorado Springs, and Love Machine from Leipzig, Germany. (You can listen to Jagged Mouth’s first album here.) Local bands, regional bands, even a traveling band from Europe. That is quite the lineup. Think of this also as encouragement to not overdo it at one of the three festivals going on Saturday afternoon (NM Brew Fest, Corks & Brews, Ullr Fest). Taste a few beers during the day, and then enjoy some metal and a pint at night. Sounds like a good, full day.
Speaking of those three festivals, look for a full preview or two or three on Friday.
On the new beer front this week, there are quite a few new options to check out. Bow & Arrow hits the mark with Loosen Your Bolo DIPA on Thursday and Autumn Archer Marzen on Friday. Canteen tapped some Oktoberfest for the season, plus the new Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale. Chama River gets the fall trend going with Pumpkin Ale on Friday. La Cumbre has brought back Southpeak Pilsner, plus they will drop the hop bomb Full Nelson on Friday. Marble blended together The Duke, a hefty sweet yet sour beer. Quarter Celtic takes flight with their own hop bomb, Gondola Party Starter IPA, also on Friday. Sidetrack tapped a new Wheat Ale. Starr Brothers pays tribute to Lemmy with Motorbrreath Smoked Porter.
Up in Santa Fe, Second Street rolls out fresh batches of 2920 Pale Ale and Amber Ale at both locations, plus Trebuchet, Red & Yellow Armadillo, Railrunner Red, and Railyard Pale Ale at the Railyard location, which is up to 12 taps. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row unveils a slew of newcomers, including The Tripel Lindy, Tweed Jacket, Fatman Stout, Dr. Rudi Smash, Raconteur Belgian Table Beer, and a fresh batch of Hoppenheimer IPA. Down in Socorro, Pilabo Pale Ale makes its return to tap at Twisted Chile.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of September 26.
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: High Plains Drafter Blonde, Duke’s Pale Ale, Off the Richter Imperial Red, Dunkelweizen, Tom’s Green Chile Amber Ale, English Oatmeal Stout (nitro only). ABC has updated their permanent lineup with the blonde, pale ale, imperial red, and dunkel. The special amber is on tap for a limited time. They will also have a nitro tap upon which they always hope to have a darker beer.
Live Music: Friday—Kathy Faber Country Swing Band, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Kathy Faber Country Swing Band (encore performance), 7 p.m.
Weekly Events: Monday—Game Night, with blonde pints for $2.50
Happy Hour/Discounts: Monday–Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Sunday, all day
Ale Republic — (505) 281-2828
(Mon–Thurs 2–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Blonde Ale. In case you missed their opening in Cedar Crest, we covered it a short while back. Check their website and Facebook page for constant updates on all the goings on at the only brewery in the East Mountains.
Events: Ale Republic will have a grand opening on Oct. 8. Stay tuned for more details.
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: daily 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: Belgian Pale Ale. They also have a Dunkel and a Rye beer in the fermenters.
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, Sour Strangehop, Clockwork Orange DIPA, Oktoberfest. The Sour Strangehop is also for sale in bombers at the brewery and at Jubilation.
Live Music: Saturday—Adam James and Brad Edwards, 9 p.m.
Happy Hour/Discounts: Boese will have a happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with $3 pints. You can also get $3 pints all day Tuesday and $6 growler fills all day Wednesday.
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: Just Goofin’, Pale Oak, Rushing Rapids Red, Acequia Wet-Hop IPA, Little Tipper, Oktoberfest (Nob Hill only), Mavericks on Parade (San Mateo only). Just Goofin’ (6.5% ABV, 89 IBU) is a delectable black IPA that the Crew enjoyed before the recent Black Sabbath concert, while Rushing Rapids (9.6% ABV, 72 IBU) is a hefty, but wonderful imperial.
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, Bury My Heart (Belgian Pale Ale), Wayward Arrow Hefeweizen, Council Fire Imperial “Smoke”toberfest. The most recent additions are the Council Fire, Bury My Heart, and the Desert Standard Hop Session. This Thursday they will add Loosen Your Bolo DIPA, followed by Autumn Archer Marzen on Friday.
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., Sucker Punch DIPA, Featherweight Session IPA, Bearcat Altbier, New MexiKolsch, Pineapple Kolsch, The Red Glove, Strawberry Wheat, 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.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8-10 p.m.
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—Jeff Noel, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Weekly Events (main location): Today (Wednesday)—Cards Against Humanity hosted by 10 Drink Minimum, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday—All hours beers $2 a pint
Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737 (brewery), (505) 200-2344 (taproom)
(Brewery: Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight; Taproom: Open daily 3–10 p.m.)
Beers: Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Honey Sage Saison, Grundy Thunder, Hop Baller IPA, Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale, Okotkberfest, J. Sichler Lager (on nitro). The Sichler is a special lager made with red and green chiles. The Grundy Thunder is a brown porter.
Live Music: Thursday—Dusty Low, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—JeeZ LaWeez, 4-7 p.m.
News: The Canteen taproom at Tramway and Cloudview is now open. They have all the regular beers and four seasonal taps, 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. This Friday, Pumpkin Ale will make its seasonal debut.
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, Dunkelweizen, London Porter, Roggen Rye, Basil Lager, Brown Suit, Rocky Raccoon IPA, Wet Hop Amber, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. A whole bunch of old favorites like London Porter and Basil Lager are back, plus newcomers like Brown Suit, Rocky Raccoon, and Wet Hop Amber.
Weekly Events (Nob Hill): Thursday—The Desert Darlings, 7 to 9 p.m.
Weekly Events (Bernalillo): Sunday—Brunch, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., The Desert Darlings, 6-8 p.m.
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, Siberian Silk, VMO #3, Southpeak Pilsner. Making its return is Southpeak, with one version available now that has not been dry hopped, and then a dry-hopped version (originally crafted in 2011) starting later this week.
News: This Friday marks the return of the hop bomb of all hop bombs, Full Nelson. You can get it on tap or in bombers at the brewery, or wait until Monday to buy a bomber at your favorite liquor store. It will also be in Denver during GABF week starting next Wednesday.
Live Music: TBA
Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301
(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)
Beers: Biscochito Brown. Call the brewery for the rest of the seasonal list.
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.
Weekly Events: Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 8 p.m.; Thursday—Karaoke, 8-11 p.m.
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739 (downtown), (505) 508-4638 (Westside), (505) 323-4030 (Heights)
(Downtown: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.; Westside: Mon–Thurs noon–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.; Heights: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Dang Pale Ale, Pint Last Seen (Heights and Westside only), Imperial Red (Heights only), Hop Fudge Sunday (Downtown only), The Duke (Downtown only). Hop Fudge (4.5% ABV), that is a nitro stout lightly seasoned with Chinook hops and fermented with cherries and cacao nibs. Dessert beer! The Duke (11% ABV) is a blend of a number of dark beers aged in bourbon barrels with lots of sweet and sour elements.
Live Music (downtown): Thursday—The Noms, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Barcutanga, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Reviva!, 8-11 p.m.
Live Music (West Side): Friday—Greg Butera Duo, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Pata D’Perro, 8-11 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): none this week
Weekly Events (Downtown): Thursday—Brewery tours, 5:30 p.m.
Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100 (brewery), (505) 226-1055 (Silver Taproom)
(Brewery: 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.; Silver Taproom: Mon–Fri 4-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)
Beers: Kaylynn’s Altbier, Assimilation White IPA, 2015 Barleywine.
Happy Hour/Discounts (Brewery): Monday–Friday, $5 appetizers, 3-5 p.m.
Weekly Events (Silver Taproom): Saturday—a live DJ will perform
Palmer Brewery and Cider House — (505) 508-0508
(Tues–Sat 3–9 p.m.)
Beers: Scotch Ale, MWA (Malt With Attitude). Palmer still has not had a full-on grand opening (that is scheduled for Nov. 5), but they are brewing over away in the building they share with sister company Left Turn Distilling.
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?, Amber’s Amber, 40 to 5, Scotty Doesn’t Know, Pumpkin Pi, Manhattan Project, Burque Lite. Debuting this week are the Pumpkin Pi (6.6% ABV), a seasoned saison, and the Manhattan Project (8.4% ABV), a dark sour aged on sweet and tart cherries.
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, MacLomas Stout. 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.
News: This Friday marks the debut of Quarter Celtic’s Alpha King entry, Gondola Party Starter IPA. Hey, just in time for the Balloon Fiesta, which brings all the wonderful traffic that will force us all to take refuge inside the nearest brewery.
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, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Nieuwe Bruin, Oktoberfest, Downtown Pale Ale (downtown taproom only). The Nieuwe (6.7% ABV, 20 IBU) is a variation on an Oud Bruin, a tart and sour dark beer. The Oktoberfest is the most recent addition.
Live Music (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Eryn Bent, 7-9 p.m.; Monday—The Draft Sessions, 7-9 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Today (Wednesday)—Paint it Black Open Mic, 8-10:30 p.m.; Thursday—Dr. Jackson’s Musical Freak Show, 7-10:30 p.m.
Weekly Events: Saturday—Beer and Breakfast, 7-10 a.m.
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), Oktoberfest. Rio Bravo recently celebrated its first anniversary, with the Oktoberfest going on tap.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Blunns Beautiful Acoustic Set, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Jill Cohn, 5 p.m.; Friday—Eli Berry Trio, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—Eryn Bent Trio, 7 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, Dark Engine Stout, Wheat Ale, Cascade Pale Ale. The Wheat Ale replaced the Shoofly Wheat.
Cask: Red and IPA will be in the firkins all week.
Weekly Events: Tuesday—Taco Tuesday, all day
Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752
(Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day)
Beers: Starrstruck IPA, Double Live Jonzo, LampShade Porter, L.A. Woman, Rosin Dubh, Motorbrreath Smoked Porter. Rosin Dubh is a delicious Irish dry stout.
Weekly Events: Saturday—Premier League Viewing Party, 8 a.m.
Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill), (505) 243-6752 (Wells Park)
(Nob Hill: Sun–Weds noon–midnight, Thurs noon–2 a.m., Fri–Sat noon–2 a.m.; Wells Park: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–close, Fri–Sun 1 p.m.–midnight)
Beers: Berry Cider, Traktoberfest, Jack the Sipper, Javi Lager, Maibock, Grapefruit Wheat, Cerveza Mexican 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 (Nob Hill only). Tractor’s take on a Kolsch is a bit different, but still tasty. They dry hopped it with Mosaic, giving it a different aroma. The annual pumpkin favorite, Jack the Sipper, has returned.
Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Porter and the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Hails and Ales: Part Deux, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Solos on the Hill: Eli Berry, 8:30 p.m.; Friday—Tractor Summer Tour Series: Holus Bolus, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Setting the Tone: John Vega, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Friday—Hops and Dreams: Grimm’s Fairy Tales Edition, 8 p.m.
Weekly Events (Wells Park): Monday—Mondays on the Mic, 6 p.m.; Tuesday—Kamikaze Karaoke, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Nob Hill): Monday—Tractor Tune Up, 7:30 p.m., ABQ Pens & Pints, 8 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.
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: Jac’s Elope Raspberry Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, Bien Tu Helles Bock, Honeymoon RIOT!. The Honeymoon is TMBC’s take on a wet-hop IPA. This batch of the Bock is the same one they sent to GABF for competition. Take note, all week $1 from each pint sold of Parasol White IPA and Mac and Cheese will be donated to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Events: Sunday—Smoke Out on the patio, all day
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Chaparral IPL, Pope Porter, Wet Hop American Strong Ale, Oktoberfest. The Chaparral, an India Pale Lager, is now available. The Oktoberfest debuts Thursday.
Chili Line Brewing — (505) 500-7903
(Mon–Sat 4–10:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Lager, Jefeweizen, sIPApapu, Pineapple sIPApapu, India Pale Lager, PG IPA, Smoked Wheat Porter, Stout. We have received word that Chili Line is not closing, even though their brewer said on Facebook they were last week. We hope to have more on the situation soon.
Happy Hour/Discounts: Buy two beers and a pizza and get another pizza free.
Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301
(Brewery: Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.; ABQ taproom: Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–midnight; Fri–Sun noon–midnight)
Beers: Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Monomyth (Belgian DIPA), Duchamp (Farmhouse Witbier), Whistler (Belgian Blonde), Naomf (Barrel-Aged Sour Amber), Study Series: Camus (Summer Ale). One of the most recent additions here is the aptly named Monomyth, which checks in at 9-percent ABV and 90 IBUs. In addition to those beers, you can also get sample pours of Goya ’14, Rye Goya ’14, and Tableux ’16, or a Cezanne flight featuring Origine ’15, Magnifique ’16, and Denouement ’15 and ’16.
Events (ABQ taproom): Friday—Kombucha Happy Hour, 5 p.m.
Live Music (ABQ taproom): Friday—Murder of Crows, 8 p.m.
Happy Hour/Discounts (Brewery): Happy hour Mon–Fri, 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).
Happy Hour/Discounts (ABQ taproom): Happy hour Mon–Fri, 5-7 p.m.
Rowley Farmhouse Ales — (505) 428-0719
(Open all week from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Beers: Notorious BdG. Say hello to Santa Fe’s newest brewery, which opened this month. They 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 is 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, Idaho?! IPA, Estate-grown Neo-1 Wet-hop Pale Ale. Oktoberfest is back on tap and in six-packs. Get some, it’s a wonderful batch this year. The Neo-1 is not from The Matrix, it is instead brewed with the hops from the same SFBC hop farm where the Crew went camping this summer.
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, International Steam Pale Ale, XX Extra Special Bitter, Atalaya Altbier, 2920 Pale Ale, Golden Ale (Brewery only), Amber Ale (Brewery only), Trebuchet DIPA (Railyard only), Red & Yellow Armadillo (Railyard only), Railrunner Red (Railyard only), Railyard Pale Ale (Railyard only). The Atalaya benefits a local search and rescue organization. The Railyard now has 12 taps running, so enjoy all the added beers.
Live Music (Original location): Friday—Joe West Trio, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Orntcetera, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Alto Street, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Derek Blake, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Railyard): Thursday—Geeks Who Drink, 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: Little Boy GFB, Mild at Heart, The Tripel Lindy, Tweed Jacket, Fatman Stout, Dr. Rudi SMASH, Raconteur Belgian Table Beer, Hoppenheimer IPA. Another big tap turnover recently went down in Los Alamos, with Tripel, Tweed, Fatman, Dr. Rudi, and Raconteur making their debuts.
Weekly 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, Pilabo Pale Ale, Schwarzbar Black Lager, Oktoberfest. Got a chance to try the Oktoberfest while passing through Socorro recently. It is a solid example of the style, just sweet enough without going overboard.
Live Music: TBA
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Open mic, 6:30-9 p.m.
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