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.
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Raise ’em high this New Year’s Eve to our honored dead. May their names live forever in the Halls of Valhalla.
There are a few New Year’s events at breweries worth checking out, but please, take an Uber or do anything but drive. Head over to Kaktus Nob Hill on Saturday night for the “Chile Drop” outside at midnight. Before that, stay warm inside with a cold beer and the Desert Darlings from 10:30 to 11:30. There will also be NYE parties at Duel ABQ and Tractor Wells Park. Marble is saving the party for New Year’s Day, with a special From the Wood release at all three locations (each will be a different beer, we still await their identities).
New Year’s Eve hours for the breweries, plus New Year’s Day if different than normal:
- Bosque: closing at 6 p.m.
- Boxing Bear: closing at 9 p.m.
- Canteen: regular hours
- La Cumbre: open noon to 8 p.m., closed Sunday
- Ponderosa: regular hours
- Red Door: regular hours
- Blue Corn: open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Jubilation Beer Wine & Spirits: open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed Sunday through Monday
Once we see the others post their times, we will update this list, because clearly we are still missing a lot of them. Share away, breweries!
On the new beer front this week, there are a few new options to check out. Boxing Bear is feeling a bit German with Munich Ale. Vienna Lager returns to Canteen. Dialogue will wake you up with Coffee Lager. Kaktus added six new beers, including Peppermint Stout, plus a new Walnut Cider. Marble flies in with Fit Bird IPA, plus their own ESB (Eastside Special Bitter). Red Door has a new SMASH Pale Ale. Starr Brothers goes the single-hop route as well with Chinookie. Turtle Mountain charges in with El Toro Rojo.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn sets sail with Boat Beer Lager. Second Street rolls out fresh batches of 2920 Pale Ale, 2920 Pilz, and Anniversary Ale.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of December 26.
To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.
Albuquerque metro area breweries
Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842
(Mon–Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)
Beers: High Plains Drafter Blonde, Duke’s Pale Ale, Off the Richter Imperial Red, Dunkelweizen, Tom’s Green Chile Amber Ale, English Oatmeal Stout (nitro only). ABC has updated their permanent lineup with the blonde, pale ale, imperial red, and dunkel, 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: TBA
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.
(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: Dry Stout, Citronic Red, Cascade IPA, Vienna Amber, Double Brown, Chocolate Porter. The most recent additions are the Porter, 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, Storm & Hearth Vanilla Bean Stout, Land of Manana Farmhouse IPA. The most recent addition is the 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: The Saaz Man Cometh, The Red Glove, Barrel-Aged Chocolate Milk Stout, Rye Hard IPA, Scotch Rocket, Munich Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout (nitro only), Baltic Bear Porter (bombers only). The most recent additions are Munich Ale (4.5% ABV, 30 IBU), 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.). Bombers of The Red Glove (7.2% ABV, 105 IBU), a gold medal winner at GABF, are now for sale at the brewery and other fine establishments like Jubilation.
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: Vienna Lager, Operation Black Hops IPA, Panama Joe, Mexican Chocolate Panama Joe (nitro only), Smoked Oat Porter, Exodus IPA, Social Capital. This version of Social Capital was made with dark cherries and aged on French oak. The Vienna Lager replaced the Munich Helles, so Central Europe is still represented.
Live Music: Thursday—Todd Tijerina, 6-9 p.m.
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, Coffee Lager. The Coffee Lager (4.7% ABV, 18 IBU) is the most recent addition to the lineup. The Centennial (7.2% ABV, 75 IBU) should satisfy your need for hops.
Live Music: Friday—Garry Blackchild, 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, Holy Mother of Quad. Flix is at the max of five seasonals at a time, with The Brown Basilisk (5% ABV, 19 IBU), an English brown ale, Dubbel Whammy (6.8% ABV, 19 IBU), Radegast Pale Ale, and Rebel Yell Porter (5% ABV, 35 IBU), which was brewed up specifically for the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Holy Mother of Quad (8.5% ABV, 30 IBU) all available on tap.
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: Down and Stout, ESB, Blonde Ale, Helles Lager, Peppermint Stout, Black IPA, Oaxford IPA, Ambrosia Amber, Walnut Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. A recent tap turnover introduced Down and Stout, Blonde Ale, Black IPA, Oaxford IPA, Ambrosia Amber, Walnut Cider, and the holiday-themed Peppermint Stout.
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. (NOTE: none of either this week due to Christmas)
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, From Putin With Love (nitro only). 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. From Putin is a Russian imperial stout, in case you couldn’t guess.
Live Music: none this week
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: Imperial Stout, Howlin Down Brown, Pumpkin Noir, Boysenberry Gose, Double IPA (Downtown and Westside only), Eastside Special Bitter (Downtown and Westside only), Dang Pale Ale (Heights and Westside only), Reserve Ale (Heights and Westside only), Comet Pale Ale (Heights and Westside only), 007 Pale Ale (Heights and Westside only), Imperial Red (Heights and Westside only), Citra Pale Ale (Heights and Westside only), White Out (Downtown only), India Red Lager (Westside only). The most recent additions to the now-constantly-changing lineup are the delicious Imperial Stout (11.5% ABV), Eastside Special Bitter, Fit Bird IPA, 007 Pale Ale (5.2% ABV), Howlin Down Brown (6% ABV), and Boysenberry Gose (5.6% ABV).
Live Music (Heights): Friday—Kookie Jones & the Groove Maneuvers, 7-10 p.m.
Other Events: Sunday—From the Wood special release, all locations, 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.)
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, Amber Ale. The Nikolaus, a ginger-spiced amber ale, and the regular Amber Ale are the most recent 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.
Events: Tuesday—Oud Bruin bottle release, 5 p.m.
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: Irish Handcuffs Imperial Stout, All the WITty Names are Taken, “Oi!” Kellerbier. The “Oi!” is a lighter lager, a good way to start your day. The most recent additions were Handcuffs, a complex, roasty behemoth, and WITty, which is a witbier, if you could not guess.
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, Ottobrau Pilsner, Strong Scotch Ale, SMASH Pale Ale, Nieuwe Bruin (downtown taproom only). The new SMASH debuts today (Wednesday) at both locations. The Vanilla Cream and Scotch are a coupe of old favorites back for another run.
Live Music (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Tune Tanglers, 7-9 p.m.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Saturday—Beer and Breakfast, 7-10 a.m.; Monday—The Draft Sessions, 7-9 p.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—Leah Leyva and The Band, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Movie Night, 7 p.m.; 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 Porter and IPA 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, 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.
The 377 Brewery — (505) 934-0795
(Open noon-11 p.m. most days)
Beers: English Best Bitter, Session IPA. Welcome to the listings, 377! Their first two house beers are now on tap. The Bitter (5% ABV, 30 IBU) is a malt-forward ale in the classic English style. The Session IPA (5% ABV, 50 IBU) offers up a nice mix of Citra, Cascade, and Simcoe hops.
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, Goathead Hador Doppelbock, Partridge in a Pine Tree IPA, 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 (Wells Park): Thursday—Cynical Bird, 8 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Friday—Get the F*ck on 2016 with DJ Wae Fonkey, 8 p.m.
Weekly Events (Wells Park): Monday—Monday Night Film Club, 8 p.m.; 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: El Toro Rojo, Mashhole (Brown IPA), McSmack, Wooden Teeth, Depravity (Barleywine). The El Toro (8.5% ABV) is a new imperial red. Depravity (10% ABV) is a beast of a barleywine.
Cask: Tuesday—Pineapple Mango Parasol White IPA
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Lobo Rojo Red Ale, Boat Beer Lager, High Altitude Pale Ale, Apparition Pale Coffee Ale. The Boat Beer is the most recent 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): Saturday—F*ck 2016 New Year’s Eve Party with Wae Fonky, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Pray for Brain with special guest K.Benally/Lesjusb, 4 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: Greyscale, Dr. Drei, Sinn Barreras (Mole), Sinn Barreras (Mexican Vanilla). Say hello to Santa Fe’s newest brewery, which opened this month. They have some guest taps, plus their latest offerings, Dr. Drei, a Brett black IPA, and Greyscale, their popular grisette. The Sinn Barreras is an imperial oatmeal stout, one batch made with red chile and more, the other with, well, if you guessed Mexican Vanilla, you guessed right.
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 latest entry in the Ever Changing Series, Dysphotic Stout, is basically the Black Beast of AAAAHHHH. 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, Scotch Ale, Trebuchet Imperial IPA, Chinook Pale Ale, Festivus, 2920 Pale Ale, 2920 Pilz, Anniversary Ale, Rauchbier (Railyard only). The Trebuchet won silver at the World Beer Cup in the Imperial IPA category. It won’t last long on tap. Anniversary Ale returns along with 2920 Pale Ale and Pilz.
Live Music (Original location): Friday—Busy McCarroll, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Future Stars, 6-9 p.m.
Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Greg Butera Band, 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: none this weekend
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Open mic, 6:30-9 p.m.
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