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, one in Socorro, one in Los Alamos, and one in Moriarty also joining the party.
The less I say about politics, the better. Let us all, at the very least, be thankful this terrible, ugly election is in the past. Now we move forward, with beer, because for a lot of folks, beer is all we’ve got. The good news is this weekend features a couple big beer events. In case anyone missed it, it’s been a pretty damn good 2016 for Boxing Bear. They’re celebrating their World Beer Cup and GABF medals and awards with The Year of the Bear, an all-day celebration Saturday at the brewery. Both gold medal beers from GABF, Chocolate Milk Stout and The Red Glove, will be on tap. They will also have bombers for sale of Bear Knuckle IPA, the winner of this year’s New Mexico IPA Challenge, and it will be on tap as well. Rashan Jones will be on hand to showcase live glassware making. Dr. Field Goods food truck will be on hand to provide additional culinary options. Tres Pendejos are the scheduled band. The fun kicks off at noon.
Meanwhile, up in Santa Fe, Rowley Farmhouse Ales has been open for a while, but this Sunday is their grand opening. It will be divided into a lunch session from noon to 4:30 and a dinner session from 5 to 9:30. This is a ticketed event, at $20 for adults and $6 for children. You get a full barbecue dinner, plus they will have all 24 taps flowing, with some rare guest beers, as well as their own Ab Initio (Grapefruit Berliner Weisse) and a new Grisette. There may even be a Brett IPA. Throw in some live music and it should be quite the day.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few new options to check out. Bosque has brought back an old favorite in the Pale Ryder. Boxing Bear also has The Saaz Man Cometh. Canteen goes for gold with a Munich Helles. La Cumbre is asking Can You Drive a Sticke? Marble lines up Ready. Fire. Aim., a new IPA. Nexus salutes Ensign Belgo, a Belgian pale ale. Ponderosa rolls out a Mosaic Single Hop Pale Ale. Rio Bravo stays on the sour train with Cereza (Cherry) Loco. Sidetrack brings back the 3:10 to Belen Brown Ale. Starr Brothers lands a fresh batch of Red Zepplin. Turtle Mountain will try not to disappear into a Mash Hole Brown IPA.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn howls with Lobo Rojo Red Ale on Thursday. Second Street has fresh batches of 2920 IPA and Railyard Red, plus the Smoked Imperial Porter makes its annual return.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of November 7.
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, though the pale and red are temporarily out. 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—John Sousey Acoustic Happy Hour, 4:30 p.m.
Other Events: Tuesday—Yelp’s Crafty with Brain Gang Trivia, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events: Sunday—Walking Dead Watch Party, 8 p.m.; 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: Contact the brewery for an updated list.
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, Paddy Wagon Red, Dunkelweizen. The Dunkelweizen is the most recent addition.
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, Double Dead Ale. The Sour Strangehop is also for sale in bombers at the brewery and at Jubilation. Ichabod’s Revenge is a pumpkin ale, but the supply is nearly out. Double Dead Ale is the most recent addition.
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’, Olde Bosky Cafe, Red Lightning, PSA (Pumpkin Spice Ale), Pale Ryder, Humo Rojo. The Olde Bosky Cafe is a coffee-infused version of the brewery’s classic porter. Red Lightning is Bosque’s fourth anniversary beer, an imperial red that has been barrel aged. It is also for sale in bombers.
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, Dark Harvest Dunkelweizen. The most recent additions are the Dark Harvest Dunkelweizen, 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, La Flama Blanca, Bearcat Altbier, Pumpkin Oso, Pineapple Kolsch, Oso Loco, Strawberry Wheat, The Saaz Man Cometh, 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. Fresh batches of Boxing Bear’s gold-medal-winning beers from GABF, The Red Glove and Chocolate Milk Stout, will return Saturday for The Year of the Bear (see the intro above), along with Bear Knuckle IPA on tap and in bombers.
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 — (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,, Dry Pine Pilsner. The Dry Pine is a small batch, so get it while you can. As the name implies, it is a dry-hopped version of the regular pilsner. Keep an eye out for a bourbon barrel sour in the coming weeks.
Live Music (main location): Sunday—D’Santi Nava, noon-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: Irish Red, Munich Helles, Exodus IPA, Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale, Movember Vanilla Oatmeal Stout, Clean Livin’ IPL, Chocolate Vanilla Oatmeal Stout (nitro only). A portion of the proceeds from the new Vanilla Oatmeal Stout will go to charity. The Munich Helles replaced the Honey Sage Saison.
Live Music: Thursday—Chris Dracup, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Dusty Low, 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: Festbier, Sturer Bock, Vermilion, Hefen Can Wait. This is a special batch of Sturer Bock that has been lagering for six months since its debut at BearFest.
News: Chama now has a rotating nitro tap. Call to see what is available this week.
Dialogue Brewing — (505) 585-1501
(Open daily noon-midnight)
Beers: Belgian Citrus IPA, Belgian Dark Strong, Berliner Weisse, Zwickelbier, Lychee Wheat, Sour Brown. 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, including the Sour Brown.
Events: Thursday—2nd Annual Beards and Brews, 6 p.m.
Weekly Events: Monday—Service Industry Night, 6 p.m.
News: Kitsune Food Truck will be parked out front every day for lunch.
For anyone that missed our story, Firkin has closed for good.
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: Citrus Pale Ale, Angry Belgian, Witch’s Tit, Can You Drive a Sticke?, La Negra. This batch of La Negra is outstanding. Get it on tap while you can, and take a couple bombers home.
Live Music: Saturday—Lenin and McCarthy, 6-9 p.m.
Weekly Events: Tuesday—Lego Night Build Off, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301
(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)
Beers: Kohatu SHPA, Octoberfest, Saison, Rye Stout. The Kohatu is a single-hopped pale ale.
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: Ready. Fire. Aim. (Downtown and Heights only), Dang Pale Ale, Imperial Red, Eastbound & Brown, Pumpkin Ale (Downtown and Heights only), Double IPA (Downtown and Heights only), Dubbel (Downtown and Heights only), Blood Orange Gose (Heights only), White Out (Westside only). The regular Pumpkin Ale is back for a limited time on tap only. Pumpkin Noir has run out on tap, but if you scramble, you might still be able to find bombers for sale around town. Ready. Fire. Aim. is a new American IPA made with Simcoe, Chinook, and an experimental South African hop, N1/69.
Live Music (Downtown): Friday—Pink Freud, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—The Higgs, 8-11 p.m.
Live Music (West Side): Friday—Clark Libbey Duo, 8-11 p.m. Saturday—Brian McDaniel, 8-11 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Friday—Silver String Band, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Blue Room, 8-11 p.m.
Other Events (Downtown): Friday—Save a Warrior on Veteran’s Day, noon; Tuesday—Sip & Sketch, 6 p.m.
Weekly Events (Downtown): Saturday—Brewery tours, 2 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: Assimilation White IPA, 2016 Barleywine, Equinox, Nitro Chai Chocolate Porter, Ensign Belgo. The Equinox, a spiced brown ale, is back for another autumn run. The Nitro Chai Chocolate Porter, means that, yes, Nexus has a nitro tap! The Ensign Belgo, a Belgian-style pale ale, debuts today (Wednesday) at both locations.
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: MWA (Malt With Attitude), Guero (Belgian Wit), Pale Ale, Stout, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale). Palmer shares a building with Left Turn Distilling on Girard south of Candelaria. Their beers were a big hit at the recent grand opening, but sadly, you all drank up the rum-barrel-aged version of Cockness Monster.
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?, 40 to 5, Burque Lite, Sleepy Hollow, Trinity, Cardinal Sin Red, AdHd. Sleepy Hollow is a funky farmhouse cousin to Pumpkin Pi, which has run out for now. Trinity is a golden sour aged with local organic white peaches and apricots. The new AdHd is a sour dry hopped with Amarillo.
Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941
(Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: Belgian Pale Ale, Imperial Black IPA, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Schwarzbier, Mosaic Single Hop Pale Ale. The Schwarzbier and Mosaic are the newest additions. 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: Dusk’s Early Light, Clark IPA. Clark is a hazy, New England-style IPA, and boy is it delicious. There has been a change to the regular lineup, as Pedro O’Flanagan’s Mexican Lager will be available year round, while Knotted Blonde becomes a seasonal.
Weekly Events: Saturday—Premier League Viewing Party, 8 a.m.
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, Nieuwe Bruin, La Calabaza Roja, Damn White IPA, Vanilla Mocha Double Porter, 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. La Calabaza is a pumpkin red ale. Vanilla Mocha Double Porter is the most recent addition to the lineup.
Live Music (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Sloan Armitage, 7-9 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Thursday—The Draft Sessions, 7-9 p.m.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Saturday—Beer and Breakfast, 7-10 a.m.
Weekly Events (Taproom): Wednesday—Paint it Black Open Mic Night, 8-10:30 p.m.; Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7-9 p.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, Raspberry Sour, Cereza Loco (Cherry Sour), Pinon Coffee Beer. Rio Bravo recently celebrated its first anniversary, with the Oktoberfest going on tap. We had more on the new Raspberry Sour before its recent debut.
Live Music: Friday—Adam Hooks, 7 p.m.
Events: Today (Wednesday)—Pints for Polio, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday—Turkeyhole Shootout, 1 p.m.
Weekly Events: Friday—Philly Friday, all day; Tuesday—$2 Taco Tuesday, all day
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, 3:10 to Belen Brown, Zoso SMASH. The Wheat Ale replaced the Shoofly Wheat. The Zoso is back.
Cask: The Zoso and 3:10 to Belen are in the firkins.
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, L.A. Woman (Blonde), Red Zepplin, Jack Tooth Grin, Don’t Fear the RIPA (Red IPA), Riff Raff Brown Ale, Booby Trap (Milk Stout). The Jack Tooth is Starr Brothers’ take on a pumpkin spice ale. The Red Zepplin and Booby Trap are the most recent additions to the lineup.
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: Turkey Drool, Traktoberfest, Jack the Sipper, Javi Light Lager, Cerveza New Mexican Lager, Kolsch, Tupac Cali Red, Farmhouse Saison, Farmer’s Freckles Scottish Export, Big Sipper IPA, Dry Hard Cider, Nitro Milk Stout (Wells Park only). The annual pumpkin favorite, Jack the Sipper, has returned alongside its fall sibling, Traktoberfest. Turkey Drool, our ultimate fall favorite, is on tap and as delicious as ever.
Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Melissa Rios Album Release Party, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—Homegirls Records, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Casper Allen, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Setting the Tone: Todd Tijerina, 5 p.m.; Tuesday—John Calvin Abney, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Art Fusion for a Cause, 7 p.m.; Friday—Drag Queen Review, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Outlaw Bingo hosted by The Sassy Lumberjack, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Nob Hill): Friday—Rhythm of the Wild Art Opening, 6 p.m.
Weekly Events (Wells Park): Tuesday—Kamikaze Karaoke, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Writing Wednesdays, 5 p.m.; 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: Oktoberfest, Red Rye Redux, The Rise of Fall, ‘Sno Siberian, Cocomilia Robur, Mash Hole (Brown IPA). The Rise of Fall, an autumnal harvest squash ale, debuted recently. ‘Sno Siberian, a new Baltic porter, is available on CO2 now. The Cocomilia Robur is a Brett cream ale, aged over plums in a barrel for nine months.
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Oat DIPA, Barleywine, Wet Hop American Strong Ale, Oktoberfest. The burly Oat DIPA has joined the tap list recently. The Wet Hop is for anyone who is a fan of strong ales. This Thursday marks the debut of Lobo Rojo Red Ale.
Chili Line Brewing — (505) 500-7903
(Mon–Sat 4–11 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: Cascada Lager, El Jefe, India Pale Lager, Wheat Porter, Stout, Dunkelweizen, Imperial Pilz. The latter two beers are the newest additions to the revamped lineup. Also, check the website for new menu items.
Live Music: Every night at 7 p.m.
Happy Hour/Discounts: Reverse happy hour after 9 p.m. includes $1 off pints, $6 appetizers, $10 entrees and pizzas.
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), Cezanne Magnifique, Cezanne Denouement. 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): Saturday—The James Whiton Experience, 9 p.m.
Other Events (ABQ taproom): Today (Wednesday)—The Knitting Circle with DJ Tahnee, 7 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: Ab Initio. Say hello to Santa Fe’s newest brewery, which opened this month. They have some guest taps, plus their fourth offering, Ab Initio, a grapefruit-infused Berliner Weisse. See our intro for more information on Sunday’s grand opening.
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, Idaho? IPA, Sangre de Frambuesa, Hipster Union Red Rye, Adobe Igloo. The next entry in the Ever Changing Series, Sangre De Frambuesa, is a throwback to one of SFBC’s first medal-winning beers at the Great American Beer Festival back in 1991. Adobe Igloo is back on tap and in six packs.
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, 2920 Pale Ale, 2920 IPA, Smoked Imperial Porter, Schwarzbier, Railrunner Pale Ale, Rod’s Best Bitter, Railyard Red, St. George IPA (Railyard only), Fulcrum IPA (Railyard only). The most recent additions are the 2920 IPA, Railyard Red, and Smoked Imperial Porter.
Live Music (Original location): Friday—Shiners Club, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Blues Revue Band, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Zoltan & the Fortune Tellers, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Barbwires, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Railyard): Thursday—Geeks Who Drink, 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: 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.
Sierra Blanca Brewing — (505) 832-2337
(Mon–Thurs 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri –Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m.)
Beers: Cherry Wheat, Whiskey Stout, Oktoberfest, Interstella Vanilla. The folks in Moriarty asked us to be added, thus, here they are. The popular Cherry Wheat is more tart than sweet. This is a second, improved batch of the Whiskey Stout that debuted earlier this year.
Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-4 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, Pumpkin Ale. 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.
* * * *
That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.