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.
While many of us are trekking north to Denver this week, there are still events going on here in New Mexico. One of the biggest this weekend is at one of our smallest breweries. I ventured out to Cedar Crest for the soft opening of Ale Republic a little while ago. Now they are ready for their grand opening, which is set for Saturday from noon until 10 p.m. There will be multiple house beers and guest taps available, plus wine for those avoiding anything with gluten. Live music will be provided by Wagogo, Pangea, and a number of solo artists. They will have art and jewelry vendors, plus a beer and painting class. A local sausage vendor and a pizza truck will be present as well. Head out to the East Mountains and celebrate with the Ale Republic gang.
On the new beer front this week, there are quite a few new options to check out. Ichabod’s Revenge has returned to Boese Brothers. Bosque has brought back Scale Tipper for a limited run. Boxing Bear entered three new fighters in Oktobearfest, La Flama Blanca, and Oso Loco. Broken Trail has a limited run of Dogtoberfest and Dry Pine Pilsner. Equinox is back at both Nexus locations starting today (Wednesday). Tractor unveiled a trio of new beers late last week in the Farmhouse Saison, Farmer’s Freckles Scottish Export, and Chiapas Amber Lager. Turtle Mountain dipped into the past for Red Rye Redux.
Up in Santa Fe, Rowley Farmhouse Ales is jumping on the hazy East Coast train with Eastern Bloc Pale Ale. Santa Fe used native New Mexico hops to create Amalia Hop Nut Brown. Second Street added Rod’s Best Bitter and Southern Passion IPA to the lineup at the Railyard.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of October 3.
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—Adam Knight, Shennon Morgan, DJ Vetta Christine, 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturday—Fools and Fanatics, 7-10 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. See our intro above for more information on Saturday’s grand opening event.
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, Ichabod’s Revenge, Oktoberfest. The Sour Strangehop is also for sale in bombers at the brewery and at Jubilation. Ichabod’s Revenge is a pumpkin ale.
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: Scale Tipper, Just Goofin’, Rushing Rapids Red, Acequia Wet-Hop IPA, Little Tipper, Oktoberfest. 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. Scale Tipper is back for a limited time.
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, Wayward Arrow Hefeweizen, Council Fire Imperial “Smoke”toberfest, Loosen Your Bolo DIPA, Autumn Archer Marzen. The most recent additions are the Loosen Your Bolo DIPA and Autumn Archer Marzen. Make sure to get over there and try the Council Fire, it’s delicious.
Happy Hour/Discounts: Bow & Arrow has happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Get $1 off pints. A new late happy hour starts Thursday at 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.
Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327
(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Beers: Oktobearfest, Sucker Punch DIPA, La Flama Blanca, Bearcat Altbier, New MexiKolsch, Pineapple Kolsch, Oso Loco, Strawberry Wheat, Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only). The Oso Loco (4.8% ABV, 25 IBU) is a coffee-infused red ale, made with a blend from Prismatic Coffee. La Flama (7% ABV, 80 IBU) is a white IPA.
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, Dogtoberfest, Dry Pine Pilsner. The Dogtoberfest and Dry Pine are small batches, so get them while you can. The latter is a dry-hopped version of the regular pilsner.
Live Music (main location): Friday—Clark Libbey’s birthday party, 7 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, Sichler Lager. The Sichler is a special lager made with red and green chiles. The Grundy Thunder is a brown porter.
Live Music: Thursday—Todd Tijerina, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Chris Murray, 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, Festbier, Pumpkin Ale. 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.
Dialogue Brewing — (505) 585-1501
(Open daily 4-11:45 p.m.)
Beers: Belgian Citrus IPA, Belgian Dark Strong, Berliner Weisse, Zwickelbier, Lychee Wheat. Welcome to the listings, Dialogue! They opened recently at the corner of 1st Street and Kinley, just five blocks north of Marble. Stop by to check out the sculpture garden and try some of their unique beers.
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.
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.
Events: Kaktoberfest returns with $4 pints and $8 German food plates, plus dancers, music, and more. It will be held at the Nob Hill taproom on Friday starting at 5 p.m., then in Bernalillo on Saturday, also starting at 5 p.m.
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, Full Nelson. You can find Full Nelson on tap and for sale in bombers around town, but only for a limited time.
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, The Duke, Pint Last Seen (Heights only), Hop Fudge Sunday (Westside and Heights 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—David Berkley Band, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Leftover Soul, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Squash Blossom Boys, 8-11 p.m.
Live Music (West Side): Friday—David Berkley Trio, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Ziatron, 8-11 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Friday—Sloan Armitage, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Cali Shaw, 8-11 p.m.
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, Equinox. The Equinox, a spiced brown ale, makes its return to both locations today (Wednesday) starting at 5 p.m. Get it while you can. Porter Pounder loves that beer and once he gets back from vacation, he may drink it all up.
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 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.)
UPDATED >>> Beers: Oatmeal Stout, WryAle, Oktoberfest, Belgian Pale Ale, Spanglish. New head brewer Antonio Fernandez sent us this updated list of his current seasonal offerings. Imperial Black IPA should be on later this week, plus Chocolate Pumpkin Porter and May the Schwarz Be With You are on deck. You can also still bombers of Sour Saison, Big Belgian IPA, and Preacher’s Daughter (Belgian Golden Strong) at the taproom or at liquor stores around town.
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, Gondola Party Starter IPA. 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. Get a hold of the delicious Gondola Party Starter while you can.
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): 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: Friday—The Gershom Brothers, 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, Motorbrreath Smoked Porter, There Wolf. Ah, a Young Frankenstein joke, we love it. There Wolf is a lightly spiced version of a classic Oktoberfest.
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: Traktoberfest, Jack the Sipper, Javi Light Lager, Maibock, 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 (Wells Park only), Farmhouse Saison, Farmer’s Freckles Scottish Export, Chiapas Amber Lager. 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—Thirsty Thursday: Alex Maryol, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Open Casket: Coffin Queens Launch Party and Horror Market, 7-11 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Saturday—Setting the Tone: Step in Blues, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Poetry & Beer: ABQ Slam’s City Championship, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Helmets From Javi, 8:15 a.m., Camp Bow Wow: Yappy Hour, 2 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! (cask only), Red Rye Redux. The Honeymoon is TMBC’s take on a wet-hop IPA, and this is the last of it, so get it ASAP. This batch of the Bock is the same one they sent to GABF for competition.
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 Wet Hop is for anyone who is a fan of strong ales.
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.
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.
Live Music (ABQ taproom): Friday—James Whiton, 9 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: Eastern Bloc Pale Ale. Say hello to Santa Fe’s newest brewery, which opened this month. They have some guest taps, plus their second offering, Eastern Bloc, goes on tap today (Wednesday). It’s made in the hazy style that is gaining in popularity on the East Coast. You can also snag some Red Velvet from Ballast Point, on tap in Santa Fe for the first time.
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, Amalia Hop Nut Brown Ale. Oktoberfest is back on tap and in six-packs. Get some, it’s a wonderful batch this year. The Amalia is made with native New Mexico hops.
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, Atalaya Altbier, 2920 Pale Ale, Golden Ale, Amber Ale, Red & Yellow Armadillo, Railrunner Red, Rod’s Best Bitter (Railyard only), Southern Passion IPA (Railyard only). The Atalaya benefits a local search and rescue organization. Try the Armadillo, a delicious imperial red ale.
Live Music (Original location): Friday—Half Broken Horses, 6 p.m.; Saturday—The Barbwires, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Todd & the Fox, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Ryan Hutchens, 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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