The Week Ahead in Beer: A Christmas tradition returns at SFBC

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 the truly great holiday traditions in New Mexico, as far as beer goes, is the annual 12 Beers of Christmas at Santa Fe Brewing. The good news is it’s back, and technically it started Tuesday with the release of Dysphotic Stout (7.6% ABV), a roasty, burly-as-hell American-style stout. The Dysphotic is the winter release in the Ever Changing Series, so if you cannot stop by the brewery off I-25 or the Albuquerque taproom, you can still take it home with you. The other beers will start today, on tap only, at both locations. First up is Hippie Chick (7% ABV), a classic “Chicken Mixer” of the Hefeweizen and Chicken Killer. For the rest, well, here you go:

  • Thursday: Java Java (8% ABV) — the Java Stout aged on an extra dose of Ohori’s Coffee
  • Friday: Jingle Bel-gian Dark Strong (8.3% ABV) — a bourbon barrel-aged version of last year’s ECS Belgian Dark Strong
  • Saturday: You Cannot Have the Mango (4.1% ABV) — Santa Fe Gold infused with, well, you know
  • Sunday: Happier Camper (6.5% ABV) — double dry-hopped Happy Camper
  • Monday: Brass Monkey (6.9% ABV) — yup, malt liquor and orange juice, and the Beastie Boys song stuck in your head
  • Tuesday: Cinnabrown (5.2% ABV) — Nut Brown blended with cinnamon and vanilla Mexican chocolate
  • Dec. 21: Adobier Igloo (6% ABV) — Adobe Igloo dry spiced with extra cacao nibs and chile flakes
  • Dec. 22: Single Barrel Sour (6.2% ABV) — the classic beer, aged for two years
  • Dec. 23: The Manhattan (13.2% ABV) — Chicken Killer-based version of the classic cocktail
  • Dec. 24: Mulled Porter (6.3% ABV) — State Pen Porter aged on a winter spice blend

There are ton of holiday-themed events at breweries and taprooms around both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Check the individual listings below for Albuquerque Brewing, Boese Brothers, Bow & Arrow, Dialogue, Duel (ABQ taproom), Tractor, and Second Street.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few new options to check out. Vienna Amber popped up at Bosque over the weekend. Boxing Bear is taking off with Scotch Rocket, plus Rye Hard should get you in the holiday spirit. Cheeky Codswallop ESB is back at Canteen. Chama River is feeling festive, in a naughty way, with Krampus, a big barleywine. Drafty Kilt debuts their third house beer, McWabbit Pale Ale. Flix Brewhouse unveils Radegast American Pale Ale on Thursday and Rebel Yell Porter on Friday to coincide with the release of a little movie you might have heard of called Rogue One. Marble is motoring with new seasonals, including India Red Lager, Howlin Down Brown, and Boysenberry Gose. Ponderosa should have an Amber Ale ready this weekend. Starr Brothers is feeling, um, festive with Starrgasm IPA. Turtle Mountain goes big with Depravity Barleywine, which should be on tap by the weekend.

Up in Santa Fe, Chili Line rolls out LOCO Motive, a Vienna lager. Rowley Farmhouse Ales has a new grisette, Greyscale. Second Street has a fresh batch of Mosaic Pale Ale at the Railyard location.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of December 12.

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: Thursday—Roger Lewis All-Stars Holiday Jam, 7 p.m.; Friday—Twist of Fate, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Stephy Pierce (acoustic set), 5 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: 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.

Events: Saturday—Ugly Sweater Dance Party, 6 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: Humo Rojo, Scotia Lager, Dry Stout, Citronic Red, Cascade IPA, Vienna Amber. The most recent additions are the Vienna, Citronic, and Cascade. Red Lightning, Bosque’s fourth anniversary beer, is an imperial red that has been barrel aged, and it is still 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, 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, Autumn Archer Marzen, and Land of Manana. 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, The Saaz Man Cometh, The Red Glove (nitro only), Bearcat Altbier, Barrel-Aged Chocolate Milk Stout, Rye Hard, Scotch Rocket, Wiener Dog, Bear Knuckle IPA (bombers only), Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only). The newest additions are Scotch Rocket (7.5% ABV, 23 IBU) and Rye Hard (6.6% ABV, 90 IBU), which is basically like a rye IPA that, if made with darker malts, could pass for Firestone Walker’s Wookey Jack (R.I.P.). Proceeds from the sale of Wiener Dog (4.5% ABV, 30 IBU), a Vienna amber, benefits Animal Humane.

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

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, Cheeky Codswallop ESB, Smoked Oat Porter, Exodus IPA, Social Capital. The Social Capital is a dry-hopped kettle sour. The ESB returns after a brief absence. The Smoked Oat is arguably the smokiest beer on tap in ABQ.

Live Music: Thursday—The Real Matt Jones, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Keith Sanchez, 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: Heatherland (English Brown Porter), Krampus (Barleywine). The Heatherland is a lighter porter in color, but still packs a lot of flavor, a mix of biscuit and chocolate notes, with a little toffee thrown in. On the other end of the ABV spectrum, Krampus (11%) is a big, boozy beast of a beer that is not for the faint of heart.

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 Centennial IPA, Cream Ale, Saison, and Robust Porter.

Events: Thursday—CreativeMornings ABQ Holiday Meetup, 6 p.m.; Friday—Homegirls Records: A Night of Giving, 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, McWabbit Pale Ale. Welcome to the listings, Drafty Kilt! Brewer/owner Mike Campbell has three of his own creations on tap at 4814 Hardware Dr. NE, including the new McWabbit. 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, Radegast American Pale Ale, Rebel Yell Porter. Flix will soon be up to four seasonals, with The Brown Basilisk (5% ABV, 19 IBU), an English brown ale, and Dubbel Whammy (6.8% ABV, 19 IBU) already on tap, plus next up are the Radegast Pale Ale on Thursday and then Rebel Yell Porter (5% ABV, 35 IBU), the latter of which was brewed up specifically for the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which comes out Friday.

News: The next seasonal, Holy Mother of Quad (8.5% ABV, 30 IBU), is scheduled to be tapped 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)

Beers: Citrus Pale Ale, Angry Belgian, Ein Bier Bitte!, Blackberry Briar, Albus Quercus. A recent addition is the Ein Bier Bitte!, a delicious German Helles lager. The Albus Quercus is a saison aged in wine barrels, and can also be purchased in bomber form.

Live Music: Saturday—Odd Dog, 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: Contact the brewery for an updated 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, Reserve Ale, Comet Pale Ale, Pumpkin Noir, Citra Pale Ale, Rye’d Out (Downtown and Heights only), Double IPA (Downtown and Westside only), Imperial Red (Heights and Westside only), 007 Pale Ale (Heights and Westside only), Dunkel (Downtown only), Cholo Stout (Downtown only), White Out (Downtown only), India Red Lager (Westside only), Howlin Down Brown (Westside only), Boysenberry Gose (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—Tres Pendejos, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—James Whiton, 7-10 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: 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.

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. Recent additions to the lineup include 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: Imperial Black IPA, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Schwarzbier, Mosaic Single Hop Pale Ale, Nikolaus. The Schwarzbier and Mosaic were the most recent additions, until they were joined by Nikolaus, a ginger-spiced amber ale. A regular Amber Ale will be on tap by this weekend. 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: Kill or be KILT, “Oi!” Kellerbier. 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. The “Oi!” is a lighter lager, a good way to start your day.

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)—Marty York, 7-9 p.m.; Monday—The Draft Sessions, 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): 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 recent 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: Friday—The 45’s, 6:30 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, Starrgasm IPA. The most recent additions are Weizenheimer, a hefeweizen, Therecastle, an English-style brown ale, and Starrgasm IPA. No snickering when ordering that one.

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, Barrel-aged Luna De Los Muertos, Nitro Milk Stout (Wells Park only). Turkey Drool, our ultimate fall favorite, is on tap and as delicious as ever. Our ultimate winter favorite, Luna De Los Muertos, a Russian imperial stout, is back and this time it’s been barrel aged. You can also buy it in bombers around town.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Sloan Armitage, 8:30 p.m.; Friday—Aaron James, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Holly Durante, 5 p.m.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—The Kipsies, 8 p.m.

Other Events (Nob Hill): Thursday—Craft + Beer: PussyHat Project, 6 p.m.

Other Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Holiday Wrap Party, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Amnesty International Write for Rights, 6 p.m.; Friday—Art Fight 26: Cold Chillin, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Hops & Dreams: Nightmare Before Xmas Edition, 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, Mashhole (Brown IPA), McSmack, Wooden Teeth. The Rise of Fall is described as an autumnal harvest squash ale. 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: Lobo Rojo Red Ale, Scotch Ale, High Altitude Pale Ale. The High Altitude is the newest addition to the lineup. The Lobo Rojo, which could soon be added to the regular lineup, will soon be on tap at Lobo basketball games in Albuquerque.

Chili Line Brewing — (505) 500-7903

(Mon–Sat 4–11 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.)

Beers: Santa Fe Jefe (Rauchweizen), Guadalupe di Luppoli (India Pale Lager), Stout, Antonio Bandito (Dunkelweizen), LOCO Motive (Vienna Lager). The Stout is a seasonal. The LOCO Motive is the new addition to the regular lineup. The other beers just got more formal, fun names.

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.

Live Music (ABQ taproom): Thursday—Hub City Sound System, 7 p.m.

Other Events (ABQ taproom): Saturday—Homegirls Holiday Market, 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: Homeslice, Greyscale. Say hello to Santa Fe’s newest brewery, which opened this month. They have some guest taps, plus their latest offerings, Homeslice, a Brett IPA, and Greyscale, their popular grisette.

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), Dysphotic Stout (ECS). The next entry in the Ever Changing Series, Dysphotic Stout, debuted as the start of the 12 Beers of Christmas (see our intro above). 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.

Events (ABQ taproom): Friday—RAD! A Nuclear POPaganda Art Show, 5 p.m.

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, Rauchbier, Rod’s Best Bitter, Red Comet, Scotch Ale, Trebuchet, Chinook Pale Ale, Mosaic IPA (Railyard only). 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—The Alpha Cats, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Swing Soleil, 6-9 p.m.

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Lone Pinon, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—The Kodama Trio (performing a Charlie Brown Christmas), 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 Milk Stout, Cranberry Sour, Interstella Vanilla. The popular Cherry Wheat is more tart than sweet, and it will soon be bottled. The most recent additions are the Whiskey Milk Stout and Cranberry Sour.

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: TBA

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

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