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.
Social media has been rife with strife since a certain someone took office, but this weekend provides one of our great annual escapes from reality. Yeah, the one time a year where we actually watch the commercials, and root against the true Evil Empire. Since the Falcons probably don’t have much of a chance, load up on as many local brews as you can. A few breweries will close early Sunday. Those who have reported altered hours are: La Cumbre, closing at 6 p.m.; Sidetrack, closing at 4 p.m.; Turtle Mountain, closing at 4 p.m. Palmer said it will close whenever the crowd thins out. If any other breweries announce an early closing time, we will be sure to update this story and update all of you on social media. Other breweries are embracing the game and having it on TV, so please, if you go, be on your best behavior first and foremost, and then be extra careful getting home (Uber/Lyft/taxis are your friends!) on a night where too many folks go overboard.
The Crew will be having our annual Stout Challenge. It will be the sixth year where we pit stouts from area breweries head to head in a blind taste test. We will have a preview of what we’re drinking Friday, but we expect a big lineup (up to 16 stouts!), and if history is any indication, we will have our sixth champion in six years.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few new options to check out. Boese Brothers will introduce their oak-aged Russian imperial stout, Comrade Boese, on Saturday, along with bombers of Dr. Strangehop. Wayward Arrow Hefeweizen is back at Bow & Arrow, joining the new Radical Aim IPA. Boxing Bear has been going so big lately, they decided to take it easy on all of you with another round of Featherweight Session IPA. Exodus IPA is back on tap at Canteen after a short absence. La Cumbre has a new Munchner Dunkel and a Centennial SMASH. Palmer was feeling witty with Palmergranite Wit, plus Cafe Pale Ale will wake you up. Starr Brothers rolls out fresh batches of Don’t Fear the RIPA, Roisin Dubh Irish Dry Stout, and they have an Anniversary Stout.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has a new Hoppy Red Lager and a Dry-hopped Imperial Stout. Rowley Farmhouse Ales rolls out fresh batches of Greyscale, Fields of Rye, and Josephus. Second Street unveils Zig Zag Pale Ale alongside Cereza Negra, Brown Ale, and Rod’s Best Bitter. Over in Moriarty, Sierra Blanca has more Whiskey Stout available, plus Cherry Sour returns. Down in Socorro, Raspberry Wheat returns to Twisted Chile.
Oh, and we have the full list for Ale Republic at last! See below.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of January 30.
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 indefinitely. 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: Best Coast IPA, Saison IPA, Blonde Ale. Hooray, we have the current beer lineup for our friends in Cedar Crest! Next up is the Strong Dark and Handsome, a Belgian dark strong.
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. This Saturday will mark the debut of Comrade Boese, an oak-aged Russian imperial stout, and the debut of Dr. Strangehop in bombers.
Events: Saturday—Live T-shirt printing with double beer release, 1 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: Dry Stout, Vienna Amber, The Gaffer (Barleywine), Jet Black Winter (Imperial Stout), Tone It Down Pale Ale. 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. The latest beer to pop up on nitro is Elephants on Parade; it won’t last long, if history is any indication.
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 closed, Tues-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), Wayward Arrow Hefeweizen, Radical Aim IPA. The most recent additions are the Hefe and Radical Aim IPA. 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, Munich Ale, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Featherweight Session IPA, 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
Other Events (main location): Friday—Just Us: NM Landscapes and Narratives by Sonja and Dustin Justus, 5-8 p.m.
Weekly Events (main location): Today (Wednesday)—Cards Against Humanity hosted by 10 Drink Minimum, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday—All hours beers $2 a pint
Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737 (brewery), (505) 200-2344 (taproom)
(Brewery: Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight; Taproom: Open daily 3–10 p.m.)
Beers: Vienna Lager, Operation Black Hops IPA, Panama Joe, Irish Red, Exodus IPA, Oud Bruin. The Social Capital is out, but fear not, Oud Bruin will have fill that sour void in your heart. They also have Pecos Brown dry-hopped with Fuggles on nitro.
Live Music: Thursday—Chris Dracup, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Alto Estilo, 4-7 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: Hopmonic Convergence IPA, Alpha Centaur (Wheat Beer), Natalia Polonch’ (Baltic Porter), Lloyd’s Extra Gloves (Sour Winter Warmer). The Natalia (9.5% ABV, 33 IBU) was oak aged, which means it might be the finest Baltic ever made. Get it quickly before it’s gone, which means before we drink it up.
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, Golden Ale, 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.
Events: Friday—We Are This City art opening with NobodyFamous, 7-11 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.
Live Music: Friday—Boss Hogg, 7-10 p.m.
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, Dubbel Whammy, Radegast American Pale Ale, Rebel Yell Porter, Holy Mother of Quad, Word is Blond Belgian, January Embers English Barleywine. The newest seasonals are the Word is Blond and January Embers, replacing The Brown Basilisk.
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)
Beers: Angry Belgian, Pecos Porter, Cafe Con Leche, Centennial SMASH, Munchner Dunkel. The Cafe Con Leche is back on tap and for sale in bombers, but only for a limited time. It is delicious this time around. The most recent additions are the Centennial and Munchner.
Live Music: Saturday—The Bus Tapes, 7-10 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: Fit Bird IPA, Dang Pale Ale, White Out, Double IPA, Howlin Down Brown, Barkin’ Clark Dark, Pumpkin Noir, Rouge L’Orange, Spruce Moose (Downtown and Westside), Eastside Special Bitter (Heights and Westside), Dark Strong (Downtown only), Equinaut DIPA (Heights only), La Rouge (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 Rouge L’Orange, and Spruce Moose, a stout made with, you guessed it, spruce tips.
Live Music (Heights): Friday—James Whiton, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Richard Mittlestet, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Saturday—The Gershom Brothers, 8-11 p.m.
Other Events (Westside): Monday—Pints & Pottery with Kiln It, 6-9 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: Double Bird IPA, Hibiscus Imperial Cream, Ensign Belgo (Silver Taproom only), El Dorado Session Pale Ale, Doppel-Spock. A couple beers popped up recently 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; Sunday—a live band will perform at 2 p.m.
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), Palmergranite Wit, Cafe Pale 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, Nikolaus, Amber Ale, Spanglish. 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.
News: Up next on the beer menu are Simcoe Single Hop Pale Ale and Oatmeal Stout.
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, #GFF. Back on tap is Clark, a hazy New England-style IPA, and now its “nemesis,” Bruce Dark IPA, has joined the lineup. The #GFF, an imperial grapefruit IPA, is back for another run as well.
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.
Live Music (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Ike Fonseca, 7-9 p.m.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Monday—The Draft Sessions, 7-9 p.m.
Weekly Events (Taproom): 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.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Shane Wallin, 6 p.m.; Thursday—Eryn Bent, 7 p.m.; Friday—Leah Leyva and The Band, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Melissa Rios, 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: Switchgear IPA, Crossbuck Pale Ale, Stoker Stout, 2926 Steam Lager, The Red Line. The last three beers debuted for the recent anniversary party. The Stoker Stout, in particular, was delicious.
Cask: The Stout and Pale 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), Foggy Monocle (Oatmeal Stout), Lampshade Porter, Don’t Fear the RIPA, Roisin Dubh (Irish Dry Stout), Anniversary Stout. The most recent additions are the RIPA, a red IPA, Roisin Dubh, and Anniversary Stout. That is a lot of stout, folks.
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, Imperial Cream, IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Funky Punky Swartzbier. Welcome to the listings, 377! Holy moley, they now have multiple house beers on tap, which we recently reviewed. The most recent additions are the IPA (7.2% ABV, 98 IBU), Oatmeal Stout (7.5% ABV, 62 IBU), and Funky Punky (5.5% ABV).
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: Vulgar Display of Porter, Turkey Drool, 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, Barrel-aged Luna De Los Muertos, Chiapas Mexican Amber (Nob Hill only), Cowgirl Coffee Stout (Nob Hill only), Cowgirl Coffee Stout on nitro (Wells Park only). 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. That there Vulgar Display of Porter (8.8% ABV) is a Baltic made in collaboration with a certain group of beer writers. We hope you all enjoy it.
Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Cynical Bird, 8 p.m.; Saturday—The People, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Elle Carpenter, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Julian Wild, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Poetry and Beer, 7 p.m.; Friday—First Friday’s Comedy Contest, 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.
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—Hopshell IPA
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Captain Omar’s Boat Beer (Dortmunder Export), High Altitude Pale Ale, Hoppy Red Lager, Dry-hoppped Imperial Stout. We eagerly await the Imperial Stout making a trek down to the Draft Station in Albuquerque. That and the Hoppy Red Lager are the most recent additions.
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): Saturday—James Whiton, 9 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: Stout-ish (Session Oatmeal), Fields of Rye, Greyscale, Josephus. Santa Fe’s newest brewery has a solid mix of guest taps, plus their latest offerings, Fields of Rye, Greyscale, and Josephus, all of which were part of a recent tap takeover at Violet Crown Cinemas.
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 IPA, Rail Runner Pale Ale, Rod’s Best Bitter, Zig Zag Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Cereza Negra. Oh, gosh, the Cereza Negra is on nitro starting Thursday at the original location? Well, darn. Darn because we fear all the folks in Santa Fe will drink it up before any of us can drive north.
Live Music (Original location): Friday—TBA; Saturday—TBA
Live Music (Railyard): Friday—TBA; Saturday—TBA
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: Barrel-aged Whiskey Stout, Cherry Sour, Interstella Vanilla. The Whiskey Stout is back for a short time. The Cherry Sour is back for another run. Look for Cherry Wheat in bottles in the coming weeks.
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, Raspberry Wheat, Pilabo Pale Ale, Schwarzbar Black Lager, Quebradas Sunrise Amber, Lobo Blanco White IPA. They have added Raspberry Wheat “just in time for Valentine’s Day.” I still prefer stouts on V-Day because of my black, black heart. But who am I to judge?
Live Music: TBA
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Open mic, 6:30-9 p.m.
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