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.
It may be hard to believe, but the Dark Side Brew Crew turns five years old this month. Yeah, for five whopping years, we have been writing about and drinking a whole lot of craft beer in New Mexico. It is fairly amazing we have kept this thing going, considering the rate of attrition in our own ranks, the fact that we do not get paid for any of this, and just the growing task of trying to keep up with an industry that has gone from about 20 breweries statewide to around 70 in this span. What are we going to do to commemorate turning five? Why, throw a party, of course. All of you, yes, you, gentle readers, are invited to join us at Tractor Wells Park on Saturday at 8 p.m. We have two of our best local metal bands, The Extinction and Jagged Mouth, performing full sets. We will have a beer we created (with help from Tractor head brewer Josh Campbell) on tap, Vulgar Display of Porter (it’s a Baltic). We will even be selling T-shirts made by our good friend Mike Wieclaw, the mad genius behind Metal the Brand. So, come on down, there is no cover. You get to support a local brewery, two local bands, a local artist, and of course, your local beer writers. We promise to put any money made from the shirts to good use (WEBSITE UPGRADE TIME!!!). Oh, and according to a lot of people, the apocalypse is starting Friday. We might as well send out civilization-as-we-know-it with a bang on Saturday! (A strict “no talking about politics” will be in place. Violators will be thrown into the pit.)
We still have yet to receive any new updates from Pi Brewing, which has been closed since a car plowed into their building on New Year’s Day. Word is repairs are underway, but a date of completion/reopening is still TBD. We are also still waiting on word about the future of Albuquerque Brewing, but for now, it remains closed as well.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few new options to check out. Bosque goes big with The Gaffer, a new barleywine that nearly overloaded the brewhouse when it was made. Boxing Bear gets silly with Slap Happy DIPA. Marble unleashes Spruce Moose, a new stout, plus their Equinaut DIPA is on tap at all three locations now. Nexus is feeling the hops as well with Double Bird IPA, plus Hibiscus Imperial Cream returns. Speaking of old favorites, Spanglish is back at Ponderosa. Quarter Celtic brings in the “nemesis” of their Clark IPA, namely Bruce Dark IPA. Starr Brothers only needs one lens to look at the darker side with Foggy Monocle Oatmeal Stout.
Up in Santa Fe, sIPApu IPL returns to Chili Line, joined by Llorona Lager. The delicious Cereza Negra, a cherry coffee stout, is on tap at Second Street after hitting it big at WinterBrew.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of January 16.
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/News: ABC is closed until at least February 1 for renovations. We will have further updates when they are available.
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.
Events: Sunday—The Brewhaha, 6:30 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)
UPDATED >>> Beers: Dry Stout, Vienna Amber, The Gaffer (Barleywine), Jet Black Winter (Imperial Stout), Tone It Down Pale Ale, Driftwood Oatmeal Stout (on nitro). The most recent additions include the massive barleywine, The Gaffer (11.5% ABV), and Jet Black Winter (9.5% ABV), a roasty toasty imperial 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, Storm & Hearth Vanilla Bean Stout, Land of Manana Farmhouse IPA, Bucking Brown-co, Autumn Archer (Marzen). The most recent additions are the Bucking and Archer. 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: Vantablack Russian Imperial Stout, The Saaz Man Cometh, Slap Happy DIPA, Scotch Rocket, Munich Ale, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Chocolate Milk Stout (on nitro). A recent addition is the monstrous Vantablack (10.2% ABV, 80 IBU), which is back for a second epic run. Bombers of The Red Glove (7.2% ABV, 105 IBU), a gold medal winner at GABF, are still on sale at the brewery and other fine establishments like Jubilation. Chocolate Milk Stout is also for sale in bombers as well as being on tap.
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, Pepe the Mule. OK, fine, Pepe the Mule counts as a beer, even though it is basically a Moscow Mule, but it was made with beer. Look for it soon in package format.
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.)
UPDATED >>> Beers: Vienna Lager, Operation Black Hops IPA, Panama Joe, Irish Red, 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—Chris Dracup, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Le Chat Lunatique, 3-6 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: Krampus (Barleywine), Hopmonic Convergence IPA, Alpha Centaur (Wheat Beer), Natalia Polonch’ (Baltic Porter). The Natalia (9.5% ABV, 33 IBU) was oak aged, which means it might be the finest Baltic ever made. Don’t believe me? GET TO THE CHAMA!!!! Unlike Arnold, you just get to drink an epic beer, not battle an alien trophy hunter to the death.
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, Lloyd’s Extra Gloves. OK, the last beer, Lloyd’s Extra Gloves, is a reference to the original Dumb and Dumber, but fear not, it is not a joke. It is a sour winter warmer brewed in collaboration with Chama River.
Live Music: Friday—Eryn Bent, 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.
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, Campbell Toe IPA. 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 Campbell Toe (no snickering). Check out our review.
Events: Saturday—Drafty Kilt Palooza, with live music and Blazin Barn food truck, 4 p.m. to close
Happy Hour/Discounts: $1 off pints and 20-ounce pours, Mon-Fri, 3-6 p.m.; “Just Because We Love You Club,” happy hour prices at all times for teachers, first responders, law enforcement, and military with ID; Growler Fill Days on Thu and Sun, $2 off new growlers, $1 off refills
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, Imperial 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 since then Imperial Stout was able to sneak back onto the list.
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: Angry Belgian, Ein Bier Bitte!, Pecos Porter, Pilot #8, Cafe Con Leche. The Cafe Con Leche is back on tap and for sale in bombers, but only for a limited time. A recent addition is the Ein Bier Bitte!, a delicious German Helles lager. The Pilot #8 is an experimental saison made on La Cumbre’s, you guessed it, pilot system.
Live Music: Saturday—Calling Ruby, 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: Pumpkin Noir, Eastside Special Bitter, Fit Bird IPA, Priddy Bueno Porter, Equinaut DIPA, Dang Pale Ale, La Blanche, White Out (Downtown and Heights), Double IPA (Downtown and Westside), Brown Extra (Downtown and Westside), India Red Lager (Heights and Westside), La Rouge (Heights and Westside), Howlin Down Brown (Downtown only), La Brune (Heights only), Dunkel (Westside only), Spruce Moose (Westside only). The constantly shifting lineups at each location promise plenty of fun, no matter which one you visit. The most recent additions are the Equinaut, a new single-hop double IPA, and Spruce Moose, a stout made with, you guessed it, spruce tips.
Live Music (Heights): Friday—Last Call Band, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Jody Vanesky & Groove Time, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Black Smoke Blues Band, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—The Fabulous Martini Tones, 8-11 p.m.
Other Events (Downtown): Monday—Marble Premiere League FIFA 17 tournament, 6-10 p.m.
Other Events (Heights): Sunday—Beer 101 with Ted Rice, 1-3 p.m. ($25 tickets, $20 for mug club members)
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: Double Bird IPA, Hibiscus Imperial Cream, Nitro Chai Chocolate Porter, Ensign Belgo (Silver Taproom only), El Dorado Session Pale Ale, Doppel-Spock. A couple beers popped up back on Friday with the return of Hibiscus and the arrival of the new Double Bird IPA, which, as the name might suggest, is a double-strength version of the popular Bird of Prey IPA.
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.
News: Pi is temporarily closed due to a damaged wall. They do not have a re-opening date yet.
Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941
(Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: Oud Bruin, Schwarzbier, Mosaic Single Hop Pale Ale, Nikolaus, Amber Ale. The Oud Bruin, a brown sour, is now on tap and for sale in bombers. You can also still purchase bombers of Sour Saison, Big Belgian IPA, and Preacher’s Daughter (Belgian Golden Strong) at the taproom or at liquor stores around town.
Events: Thursday—Beer Dinner ($45 per person, $35 for mug club members, call for reservations), 6 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: All the WITty Names are Taken, “Oi!” Kellerbier, Clark IPA, Bruce Dark IPA, Count Stoutula. Back on tap is Clark, a hazy New England-style IPA, and now its “nemesis,” Bruce Dark IPA, debuts today (Wednesday). Irish Handcuffs has run out, but fear not, dark beer lovers, as Count Stoutula (chocolate stout) is on tap.
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, Calypso SMaSH Pale Ale, Nieuwe Bruin (downtown taproom only). The Calypso is the most recent addition to the lineup. The Vanilla Cream and Scotch are a coupe of old favorites back for another run.
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, Level 3 IPA. The Level 3 (7.5% ABV, 120 IBU) should satisfy any hophead. Also of note, the Karl’s Krystal Weizen will be $2.50 for pints for the rest of January.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Shane Wallin, 6:30 p.m.; Thursday—Eryn Bent, 6:30 p.m.; Friday—The Blunts, 8 p.m.; Saturday—The Tumbleweeds, 6 p.m., Keith Sanchez, 8 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 Pub Ale 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, St. Pumpkins Eve (Holiday Stout), Foggy Monocle (Oatmeal Stout), Therecastle, Lampshade Porter. The most recent addition is the Foggy Monocle, an oatmeal stout. Therecastle is a smooth and tasty English-style brown ale.
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, Black IPA, Robust Porter, Kolsch, Hefe, Cream of Sum Yung Guy, IPA, Oatmeal Stout. Welcome to the listings, 377! Holy moley, they now have nine house beers on tap. The Wayne’s World-inspired Cream of Sum Yung Guy (8.5% ABV) is an imperial cream. The most recent additions are the IPA (7.2% ABV, 98 IBU) and Oatmeal Stout (7.5% ABV, 62 IBU).
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)
UPDATED >>> Beers: Turkey Drool, Traktoberfest, Javi Light Lager, Farmer’s Freckles Scottish Export, Apricot Wheat, Berliner Weisse, Berry Cider, Goathead Hador Doppelbock, Partridge in a Pine Tree IPA, Cranberry Ginger Cider, Cerveza New Mexican Lager (Nob Hill only), Barrel-aged Luna De Los Muertos (Wells Park only), Cowgirl Coffee Stout on nitro (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. This Saturday brace yourselves for the arrival of Vulgar Display of Porter, a Baltic beast created by some beer writers you know.
Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Clark Andrew Libbey, 8 p.m.; Saturday—The Extinction and Jagged Mouth, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Cali Shaw, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Keith Sanchez, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Saturday—Dark Side Brew Crew 5-Year Anniversary Party, 8 p.m. (see our intro above for more details)
Other Events (Nob Hill): Thursday—Craft + Beer: Community Craft Night, 6 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.
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, Encierro Red Ale, Depravity (Barleywine), Can’t Catch Me Copper Lager. The El Toro (8.5% ABV) is a new imperial red. Depravity (10% ABV) is a beast of a barleywine.
News: Wooden Teeth has been promoted to the regular lineup, replacing the Helles.
Cask: Tuesday—Encierro with cocoa nibs
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Scotch Ale, Captain Omar’s Boat Beer (Dortmunder Export), High Altitude Pale Ale, Apparition Pale Coffee Ale. The Scotch Ale is the most recent addition to the lineup. Try the Apparition; if you close your eyes, you would be convinced it is actually a coffee stout.
Chili Line Brewing — (505) 500-7903
(Mon–Sat 4–11 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: El Jefe (Rauchweizen), sIPApu (India Pale Lager), Antonio Bandito (Dunkelweizen), Llorona Lager. The sIPApu is back, now as an IPL. The Llorona Lager is the other recent addition to the lineup.
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): Friday—Anniversary Party with People of the Sun and Marujah, 8 p.m.; Saturday—80s vs. 90s Dance Party with DJ Wae Fonkey, 8 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: Dr. Drei, Stout-ish (Session Oatmeal). Santa Fe’s newest brewery has a solid mix of guest taps, plus their latest offerings, Dr. Drei, a Brett black IPA, and Stout-ish.
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: Snowflake IPA, 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. Snowflake IPA is back, now part of a series of seasonal-themed IPAs called the In-and-Out Series. 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 Pilz, Anniversary Ale, Rauchbier (Railyard only), Fulcrum IPA, Rail Runner Pale Ale, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Cereza Negra. The newest addition is the Cereza Negra, a tart cherry coffee stout, which was a huge hit at WinterBrew. Other recent additions are the Fulcrum, Rail Runner, and Rod’s Steam Bitter, a past medal winner at GABF.
Live Music (Original location): Friday—The Stringmasters, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Ryan Hutchens, 6-9 p.m.
Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Alpha Cats, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Bill Hearne Trio, 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: The Tripel Lindy, Wit Rock, Crazy Mother IPA, Betty on Brett, Spearmint Stout, Jarrylo Pale Ale, Beedle’s Apple Ale, Catcher ‘n the Rye. The most recent tap turnover went down in Los Alamos with Crazy Mother, Betty, Spearmint, Jarrylo, Beedle’s, and Catcher 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, Quebradas Sunrise Amber, Lobo Blanco White IPA. The newest addition is the Quebradas, back for another run.
Live Music: TBA
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Open mic, 6:30-9 p.m.
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