The Week Ahead in Beer: La Cumbre gets its kicks by turning six

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.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.
Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

One of our most awarded breweries, La Cumbre, is celebrating a sixth anniversary with an all-day celebration on Saturday. Wow, La Cumbre is six. Time sure flies, huh? Next thing you’re gonna tell me is the Brew Crew turns five in January … oh, wait, we do. Yowza. Anyway, before those shenanigans, you’re all invited to LC for the release of their special new beer, Albus Quercus, a saison aged in Chardonnay barrels. It will be on tap and for sale in bombers. There will also be a slew of additional beers coming out of the archives. A few are being tapped over the course of this week, including barrel-aged Malpais Stout on nitro today (Wednesday), 2014 Barley Wine on Thursday, and Imperial Red Ryeot on nitro on Friday. Don’t worry, there will be more of them for the party. Screen Kings will be on site from noon to 5 p.m., printing commemorative shirts. Hub City Sound System will provide the music from 6 to 9 p.m. See you all over there, and for the love of all that is holy, please carpool or take an Uber or taxi. We all know how fast the parking on Girard disappears!

On the new beer front this week, there are a few new options to check out. Bow & Arrow takes aim at Land of Manana Farmhouse IPA. Boxing Bear brings back Bearcat Altbier for another round. A little collaboration goes down at Broken Trail on Friday as Red Door’s Bourbon Barrel Brown debuts. Canteen introduces a new kettle sour, Social Capital. Dialogue hops over to The Centennial IPA. Get ready for a Dubbel Whammy at Flix Brewhouse. Marble spies 007 Pale Ale at the Heights taproom. Nexus feels logical with Doppel-Spock and El Dorado Session Pale Ale. Amber’s Amber, Kama Citra IPA, Axis of Awesomeness, and It’s So Tinsel add up at Pi. Nikolaus, a holiday ale, debuts at Ponderosa later this week. “Oi!” Kellerbier pops up at Quarter Celtic. Sidetrack is feeling festive with Oat to Joy Pale Ale.

Up in Santa Fe, Duel has churned out fresh batches of Rye Goya, Stocious, Judith, and HMWWA FIACFW. Rowley Farmhouse Ales swings at Homeslice (Brett IPA). The epic Trebuchet is back at Second Street Railyard, plus Chinook Pale Ale is available as well. Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile has brought back 790 IPA after a short absence.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of December 5.

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 Seusy Acoustic Showcase, 4:30 p.m., Designated Mind, 7 p.m.

Other Events: Saturday—$5 Frito Pie and a Beer Combo Day, all day

Weekly Events: Sunday—Walking Dead (Midseason Finale) 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.

Bistronomy B2B/Lobo Beast 101 — (505) 262-2222 (B2B), (505) 247-2116 (Lobo)

(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, Double Dead Ale, Santa’s Little Helper. Double Dead Ale is also available in bombers. Santa’s Little Helper, the most recent addition, is a raspberry vanilla porter.

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: Humo Rojo, Coming to America, Scotia Lager, Dry Acequia, Dry Stout, Double Brown. Red Lightning, Bosque’s fourth anniversary beer, is an imperial red that has been barrel aged, and it is still for sale in bombers. The most recent additions are the Dry Acequia, Double Brown, and Dry Stout.

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, Loosen Your Bolo DIPA, Autumn Archer Marzen, Dark Harvest Dunkelweizen, Storm & Hearth Vanilla Bean Stout, Land of Manana Farmhouse IPA. The most recent additions are the Dark Harvest Dunkelweizen, Loosen Your Bolo DIPA, and Autumn Archer Marzen, with Land of Manana joining the list Thursday. Storm & Hearth Vanilla Bean Stout is back and even better than the first time.

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: La Flama Blanca, Oso Loco, The Saaz Man Cometh, The Red Glove, Bear Knuckle IPA, Bearcat Altbier, Barrel-Aged Chocolate Milk Stout, 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, and is also available on nitro. 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, are now on tap, along with Bear Knuckle IPA, the 2016 NM IPA Challenge winner, on tap and for sale 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, Generic Red Ale. Keep an eye out for a bourbon barrel sour in the coming weeks.

Live Music (main location): TBA

Other Events: Friday—Red Door’s Bourbon Barrel Brown Release

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: Munich Helles, Astro Hound DIPA, Blood Orange Apricot IPA, Smoked Oat Porter, Exodus IPA, Social Capital. The Social Capital is a dry-hopped kettle sour.

Live Music: Thursday—Still Closed For Repairs, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Le Chat Lunatique, 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: Dunkelweizen, English Brown Porter. This Dunkelweizen is a solid example of the style, crisp and clean with a tangy little bite.

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, Berliner Weisse, Sour Raspberry, Cream Ale, Saison, Robust Porter, The Centennial IPA. 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 Raspberry. Other fairly recent additions include the IPA, Cream Ale, Saison, and Robust Porter.

Live Music: Saturday—Dave Twelve: Vinyl DJ Set, 7 p.m.

Weekly Events: Monday—Service Industry Night, 6 p.m.

News: Kitsune Food Truck will be parked out front every day for lunch.

Drafty Kilt Brewing — (505) 881-0234

(Sun–Thu 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Groundskeeper Willie Cream Ale, Wee Beastie Scottish Ale. Welcome to the listings, Drafty Kilt! Brewer/owner Mike Campbell has two of his own creations on tap at 4814 Hardware Dr. NE. Check out our review.

Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500

(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)

Beers: Blonde Ale, Lupulus IPA, Satellite (Red IPA), 10 Day Scottish Ale, Luna Rose Wit, Umbra Chocostout, The Brown Basilisk, Dubbel Whammy. We can now confirm that all six of the house beers are available, with two seasonals, The Brown Basilisk (5% ABV, 19 IBU), an English brown ale, and Dubbel Whammy (6.8% ABV, 19 IBU). We had more information in our preview. Click the link to their official website to make reservations to see your favorite movies.

News: Upcoming seasonal brews will include Rebel Yell Porter (5% ABV, 35 IBU) on Dec. 16 (for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Holy Mother of Quad (8.5% ABV, 30 IBU) on Dec. 22.

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: Shhhhhhhtout, ESB, Harry Porter, Harvest Blonde, Helles Lager, Punk’in Dunkel, Rocky Raccoon IPA, Red Fox, DjinnJar Kombucha. A recent tap turnover saw the return of ESB and Helles Lager, plus Shhhhhhhtout, Harvest Blonde, Punk’in Dunkel, and Red Fox.

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)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Citrus Pale Ale, Angry Belgian, Ein Bier Bitte!, Blackberry Briar. The Briar is a sour ale that debuted last week. Look for special beers from the archives all week (see our intro above). New in the regular lineup is Ein Bier Bitte!, a German Helles lager.

Live Music: Saturday—Hub City Sound System, 6-9 p.m.

Other Events: Wednesday—Tap Takeover at Draft Station Santa Fe, all day, Savoy Anniversary Beer Dinner, 6:30-10 p.m.; Friday—Pizza Party; Saturday—6th Anniversary Party

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: Dang Pale Ale, Reserve Ale, Rye’d Out, Imperial Red, Comet Pale Ale, Pumpkin Noir (Heights and Westside only), Citra Pale Ale (Heights and Westside only), Dunkel (Downtown only), Cholo Stout (Downtown only), Double IPA (Downtown only), 007 Pale Ale (Heights only), White Out (Westside only). A recent addition is Cholo Stout (7.8% ABV), a robust stout with a punch of Pacific Northwest hops. Also, check out Rye’d Out, a collaboration beer between Marble and Telluride Brewing, which is a rye-infused version of White Out.

Live Music (Heights): Friday—Cedric Rogers, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—The Gershom Brothers, 7-10 p.m.

Other Events (Downtown): Tuesday—CRAVE: A Marbleous Pop Up Dinner Series featuring My Sweet Basil, $40 per person ($35 mug club members), 6-9 p.m.

Other Events (Heights): Sunday—Marble Mouth Off, 4-6 p.m.

Other Events (Westside): Today (Wednesday)—Don’t Starve the Artists Pt. 2, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—Marble Market, noon

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.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: 2016 Barleywine,, Nitro Chai Chocolate Porter, Ensign Belgo, El Dorado Session Pale Ale, Doppel-Spock. The most recent additions are the El Dorado and the Doppel-Spock, the latter of which has been lagered for three months. They replace the Assimilation White IPA and Equinox.

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. We got the full story on their origin and what’s to come in 2017.

Pi Brewing — (505) 890-9463

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Kama Citra IPA, U Down w/ BVP?, Burque Lite, Cardinal Sin Red, AdHd, Amber’s Amber, Axis of Awesomeness, It’s So Tinsel. The Kama Citra (7.2% ABV, 95 IBU) is back for another run. New to the lineup at Axis of Awesomeness (8.1% ABV, 80 IBU), an imperial IPA, and It’s So Tinsel (8.4% ABV, 25 IBU), a Scottish Wee Heavy.

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 were the newest additions, but they will be joined by Nikolaus, a ginger-spiced amber ale. 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: Clark IPA, Mile Hi Blood Orange IPL, Kill or be KILT, “Oi!” Kellerbier. Clark is a hazy, New England-style IPA, and boy is it delicious. Kill or be KILT (9% ABV) is a big Scotch ale that debuted recently. It is just the kind of beer to get you through the holidays.

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: Nieuwe Bruin, La Calabaza Roja, Damn White IPA, Vanilla Mocha Double Porter, Ottobrau Pilsner, Downtown Pale Ale (downtown taproom only). La Calabaza is a pumpkin red ale. Ottobrau Pilsner is the most recent addition to the lineup.

Live Music (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Eryn Bent, 7-9 p.m.; Monday—The Draft Sessions, 7-9 p.m.

Weekly Events (Brewery): Saturday—Beer and Breakfast, 7-10 a.m.

Weekly Events (Taproom): Today—Paint it Black Open Mic, 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), NM Pinon Coffee Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Belgian Strong Golden. The big new additions are the Oatmeal Stout (5.7% ABV), which is perfect for this weather, and the Belgian Strong Golden (10.5% ABV). The latter is also being aged in barrels upstairs and will debut in that form after New Year’s Day.

Live Music: Thursday—Shane Wallin, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—Breaks & Brews with Shuga Shane, 1 p.m., Lilah Rose, 8 p.m.

Other Events: Friday—NM Pinon Coffee Porter Release Party, 4 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, Pullman Porter, 3:10 to Belen Brown, Oat to Joy Pale Ale. The most recent additions are the Pullman Porter, a take on an English brown porter, and Oat to Joy Pale Ale.

Cask: The Red and Pub Ale 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, Riff Raff Brown Ale, Booby Trap (Milk Stout), St. Pumpkins Eve (Holiday Stout), Weizenheimer, Therecastle. The most recent additions are Weizenheimer, a hefeweizen, and Therecastle, an English-style brown ale.

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, Javi Light Lager, Kolsch (Nob Hill only), Tupac Cali Red, Farmhouse Saison, Farmer’s Freckles Scottish Export, Chiapas Mexican Amber, Big Sipper IPA, Apricot Wheat, Berliner Weisse, Dry Hard Cider, Nitro Milk Stout (Wells Park only). Turkey Drool, our ultimate fall favorite, is on tap and as delicious as ever. Look for our favorite winter offering from Tractor, Luna De Los Muertos, this weekend.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Alex Maryol, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Todd Tijerina, 5 p.m.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—The Kevin Herig Trio, 8 p.m.

Other Events (Nob Hill): Saturday—Danny Hart Design, 3 p.m.

Other Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Poetry & Beer, 7 p.m.; Friday—2nd Friday’s Comedy Contest, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Louis Wilcox Art Opening & Glass Release, 8 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: The Rise of Fall, Cocomilia Robur, Mash Hole (Brown IPA), McSmack, Wooden Teeth, Cargill IPA. The Rise of Fall, an autumnal harvest squash ale, debuted recently. 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, Lobo Rojo Red Ale, Scotch Ale. The Scotch Ale and Lobo Rojo have joined the tap list recently. The Oktoberfest finally ran out, thus giving up its tap handle to High Altitude Pale Ale, which should be ready Friday.

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), Non-Fiction (Pale Ale), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Whistler (Belgian Blonde), Cezanne Magnifique, Rye Goya (Imperial Stout), Stocious (Wee Heavy), Judith (Sour Amber), HMWWA FIACFW (Barrel-aged Sour). The most recent additions are the Rye Goya, Stocious, Judith, and the unpronounceable, but tasty, HMWWA FIACFW.

Other Events (ABQ taproom): Thursday—Drink & Draw with The Mothership Alumni, 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: Haole Kook, Homeslice. Say hello to Santa Fe’s newest brewery, which opened this month. They have some guest taps, plus their latest offerings, Haole Kook, a Berliner weisse aged on pineapples, and Homeslice, a Brett IPA.

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: Sangre de Frambuesa, Hipster Union Red Rye, Adobe Igloo, Nuevo (Blonde Ale). 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, Cherrywood Smoked Imperial Porter, Schwarzbier, Rauchbier, Rod’s Best Bitter, Red Comet, Scotch Ale, Trebuchet (Railyard only), Chinook Pale Ale (Railyard only). Get some of the big porter while it lasts. The Trebuchet won silver at the World Beer Cup in the Imperial IPA category. It won’t last long on tap.

Live Music (Original location): Friday—Alto Street Band, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Bill Hearne Trio, 6-9 p.m.

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Blues Revue Band (Christmas Special), 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Alex Maryol, 6-9 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. The most recent tap turnover 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, Blonde Ale, Cherry Sour, Interstella Vanilla. The folks in Moriarty asked us to be added, thus, here they are. The popular Cherry Wheat is more tart than sweet, and it will soon be bottled. 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, English Porter, Pilabo Pale Ale, Schwarzbar Black Lager, Pumpkin Ale, Lobo Blanco White IPA. The newest addition is the Lobo Blanco. The 790 is back after a short absence.

Live Music: Friday—Mose, Ben & Dave, 7-9 p.m.

Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Open mic, 6:30-9 p.m.

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.


— Stoutmeister

4 Comments Add yours

  1. says:

    Hi,I just wanted give you an update in our seasonals. I have attached the description of the two seasonals. We no longer have the equinox or White IPA. Starting next week we will be having Ladies Night on Tuesdays ($1.00 off beer for ladies, and 2.00 dollars off if you are nexus neighbor (our membership) & a woman lol! 🙂 House Party is still going on on Saturday Nights with a DJ from 7-11pmKeyanna Carson4730 Pan American Fwy, Suite DAlbuquerque, NM 87109keyanna@nexusbrewery.comcell:(505) 850 4212

    1. cjax33 says:

      The attachment didn’t come over. Can you email it directly to

  2. Q. Otero says:


    I would like to personally invite you and the Darkside Crew to our first Brew Festival this Saturday at 2:00. Please share the invitation with your crew and friends.

    I receive every emails daily from the Darkside daily and truly enjoy reading all the different articles. We at Rock & Brews strive to be in the mix of the Albuquerque Beer scene.

    This Saturday we have partnered up with some great breweries to put on a great festival in the heart of the winter season.

    Please accept my invitation and feel free to contact me with any questions

    Here is a list of the breweries that will be there on Saturday with specialty beers to sample on our newly renovated patio Ballast Point Rio Bravo Upslope Santa Fe Sierra Blanca Bosque Ska


    Q. Otero 505.261.5752 Management Team Rock & Brews >

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