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.
St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, which could be awesome. Or it could be our collective end of times. Hey, if you’re gonna go out in style, this is probably the day to do it. But, seriously, please stick around. There’s still a lot of hockey to be played, Amorphis is coming to Launchpad in April, Iron Maiden is here in June, and there is a lot of beer for us all to drink up. All told, 16 breweries/taprooms in the Albuquerque area have announced plans for everything from special beers to food to live music and more, and even more breweries may secretly have something up their sleeves.
- Ale Republic will have food and drink specials and live music in Cedar Crest.
- Boxing Bear is putting Red Knuckle Irish Red on nitro and will have some TBA food specials.
- Canteen is putting the 2017 batch of St. Bob’s Imperial Stout on nitro, plus they have an off-site tap takeover at Sister.
- Chama River and Nexus will release their annual collaboration beers, the Darker Fare and Lighter Fare, plus Nexus is also adding an Irish Red to the lineup.
- Drafty Kilt has a Shamrockpalooza with music from Ballut Abyad Shriners, food from Phat’s Beats and Eats, and an extended happy hour from 2 to 7 p.m.
- UPDATED: Duel has two events at its ABQ taproom downtown, with a special bagpipe performance during happy hour from 5-7 p.m., with $1 off all beers and $1 off Reuben sandwiches. Later on, Soul Sessions and Enchanted Pop Up present St. Paddy’s Bass starting at 8 p.m.
- Kaktus will have the Desert Darlings performing in Nob Hill from 7 to 9 p.m., with drink specials, and they will be serving a corned beer and cabbage dinner with music from Red Light Ramblers in Bernalillo.
- Marble taps their popular Paddy McNitro at noon (all locations), plus they will have oysters at 3 p.m. from Aww … Shucks! at the downtown pub, with live music to follow.
- Palmer and Left Turn Distilling team up to create the New Mexico Craft Bomb, made with LTD’s Blue Corn Whiskey, chocolate liquer, and Palmer’s Switch Stance Stout, plus Joe S. Sausage will be serving up corned beer and cabbage sausages.
- Quarter Celtic goes all out with a two-day first anniversary celebration, featuring live music all day, food specials, and lots of beer, ranging from casks to Kill or Be Kilt back on tap, and Irish Handcuffs, the barrel-aged version of their imperial stout.
- Rio Bravo has three bands, food specials, and a beer pong tournament at 4 p.m.
- Sidetrack unveils Gandy Dancer Irish Red and a barrel-aged Pub Ale, plus bagpiper Claire Reardon will perform from 5-5:20 and 7-7:20 p.m.
- Starr Brothers will serve up some corned beef and cabbage plus a pint for $12, with pints of Roisin Dubh available at happy hour price all day.
- Tractor will have a parking lot party at Wells Park with vendors, food trucks, and live music from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be a $5 suggested donation for charity at the door.
- Turtle Mountain will have a corned beer and cabbage dinner, plus the new Snakedriver Stout will be on nitro.
Phew, that covers it. Oh, wait, no, there are more events outside of the metro area.
- Bathtub Row will have food specials from the Los Alamos Food Co-op starting at 5 p.m., then Bronach will start playing some Celtic blues at 6:30.
- Rowley Farmhouse Ales is putting its Dry Irish Stout on nitro, plus they will have a Biere de Mars for those who want something funkier, and they will have food specials as well.
- Santa Fe Brewing will have their Irish Red on tap at happy hour price all day at all locations.
- Second Street brings back Jordy’s Irish Red, U2 Dry Irish Stout, and Imperial Stout, with commemorative pint glasses available for $7 with a fill of your favorite, plus a special Irish food menu, and the Albuquerque and 4-Corners Pipe and Drum will perform at 6 p.m.
- Then on Saturday, Sierra Blanca is having a party in its beer garden in Moriarty. For $10, get a corned beer and cabbage plate, there will be a new Irish Red on tap, plus there will be live music from Dirty Modine, Irish dancers, jugglers, a kids zone, and more, with little ones 12 and under getting a free hot dog and chips meal.
For more info on any of these events, please see the breweries’ respective social media pages.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few additional, non-Irish-themed options to check out. Bosque kicks it up with English Boot, plus UPDATE Scale Tipper will be back on tap and for sale in bombers on Friday. Boxing Bear fits the weather with New Mexikolsch. Canteen has the collaboration it made with Steel Bender, Steel Can Porter, on tap. Flix Brewhouse has the honorary Saison De Walt on tap. Kaktus has a mix of light and dark with Honk Ale, D’Golden Amber, and Umlaut Stout. Marble introduced the outstanding Woodshed Double Red on Tuesday. Red Door unveils Peach Patersbier on Thursday. Sidetrack goes east with Young Thatch English-style IPA, plus they have their first Pilsner. Starr Brothers has a fresh batch of Electric Sun American Wheat.
Up in Santa Fe, Second Street has a fresh batch of 2920 IPA.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of March 13.
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
Ale Republic — (505) 281-2828
(Mon–Thurs 2–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Strong Dark and Handsome, Pine Juice IPA, Golden. Say hello to not one, but three new beers on tap. The Handsome (6.6% ABV, 10 IBU) is 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.
News: The Blue Grasshopper taproom on Coors, just north of Montano, is now open! We will have more soon.
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, Comrade Boese, Cascade Grenade. Double Dead Ale and Dr. Strangehop are also available in bombers. Comrade Boese is an oak-aged Russian imperial stout, in case the name wasn’t enough to help you guess its identity.
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: The Gaffer (Barleywine), Moon Cannon DIPA, Public House Pale Ale, Peated Scotia, Sangre De Coco, English Boot. The Sangre is an imperial brown infused with coconut and chocolate. It is quite the dessert beer. Hopheads should indulge in the epic Moon Cannon while it is still available. Scale Tipper returns on tap and in bombers on Friday.
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, Bucking Brown-co, Autumn Archer (Marzen), Wayward Arrow Hefeweizen, Radical Aim IPA, Bock in the Day, Chaco Sunrise. The most recent additions are the Bock in the Day and the Chaco Sunrise, a wine barrel-aged saison. Both were brewed for the recent first anniversary party.
News: Note the new spring hours above.
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, Bear Knuckle IPA, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Featherweight Session IPA, Chocolate Milk Stout, Red Knuckle Irish Red, Simcoe SMASH, New Mexikolsch. You can still buy bombers of Chocolate Milk Stout and The Red Glove, which both took home gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival back in October, as well as Sucker Punch DIPA. Red Knuckle will replace Standing 8 Stout on nitro on Friday.
Events: Today (Wednesday)—Tap Takeover at Violet Crown Cinema in Santa Fe, noon
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8-10 p.m.
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.
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, Double Black IPA, 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. Double Black IPA is the first hop-forward beer from Broken Trail.
Events (Green Jeans tasting room): Friday—St. Baldrick’s Day, with $1 from every drink sold going to the charity
Weekly Events (main location): Today (Wednesday)—Cards Against Humanity hosted by 10 Drink Minimum, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Build-your-own Mule bar, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday—All house beers are $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: Canteen Lager, Tuttle IPA, Exodus IPA, Kia Ora Strong Pale Ale, Steel Can Porter, Irish Red (on nitro). The most recent additions are the Exodus, super hazy Tuttle, Kia Ora, and the Steel Can, a tasty collaboration made with Steel Bender Brewyard. The Canteen Lager is a German-style pilsner.
Live Music: Thursday—Russell James Pyle, 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: 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. The Lighter Fare and Darker Fare, collaborations made with Nexus, will be on tap Friday.
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, Dark Helmet (Swartzbier), American Dark Sour, Scarlet Beh-Gose, Helles Good, When in Doubt (Session Stout), SCH Scotch Lager, Panza Mexican Vienna Lager, Micro Hands Session IPA, SCH Scotch 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—Tropical Girls, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events: Monday—Service Industry Night, 6 p.m.
Drafty Kilt Brewing — (505) 881-0234
(Sun 11 a.m–10 p.m., Mon 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Tues–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, Obliviscaris Oatmeal Stout. Brewer/owner Mike Campbell has five of his own creations on tap at 4814 Hardware Dr. NE, including the Campbell Toe (no snickering). The new Obliviscaris is a burly throwback to the stouts of old.
Events: Thursday—Old School Sonny’s Jam Night, 7 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: January Embers English Barleywine, 50 Shades of Schwarzbier, Stuntman Lager, So It Gose, Mr. Cutty Fingers, Saison de Walt. January Embers is a delicious, hefty (9.9% ABV) beast of a beer. Get it while it lasts. Mr. Cutty Fingers is a loganberry IPA brewed up for the movie Logan, if you could not guess.
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: Umlaut Stout, ESB, Blonde Ale, Helles Lager, Imperial Stout, Honk Ale, Oaxford IPA, D’Golden Amber, Walnut Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. The most recent additions are the D’Golden Amber, Honk Ale, and the burly Umlaut Stout, which is not for the faint of heart, er, palate.
Events (Nob Hill): Friday—The Desert Darlings St. Patrick’s Day Show, 7-9 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: Pecos Porter, Munchner Dunkel, Ekuanot S.M.A.S.H. IPA, Gracias Por Fumar, Pogue Mahone (on nitro). Before anyone asks, yes, the batch of Project Dank bottled on March 6 is the one that won the National IPA Challenge. If you cannot handle that many hops, grab a brandy-barrel-aged Gracias, or perhaps some Pogue Mahone to get in the holiday spirit.
Live Music: Saturday—Sloan Arthur Armitage, 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, Dark Strong, All Barke Nein Bitter, Choco Mole Lager, American Porter, Double IPA, Northeast by Northeast IPA, Centennial Rye IPA, India Wheat Ale, Woodshed Double Red, Passionate Gose (Downtown and Westside), Bandelier Brown (Downtown and Westside), Steel Maverick (Heights and Westside), The Golden Ape (Heights only), Caffe Canela Roja (Westside only). The most recent additions include Woodshed, a barrel-aged version of the Imperial Red blended with the regular hoppy Red Ale. Steel Maverick is a Belgian-style red ale made in collaboration with Steel Bender Brewyard.
Live Music (Downtown): Thursday—Gleewood, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Roxy Roca, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday—The MLC, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Friday—Silver String Band, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Calling Ruby, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—The Gershom Brothers, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Gleewood, 8-11 p.m.
Events (Heights): Sunday—Beer 201 with brewmaster Josh Trujillo, 1-3 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: Milk Stout, Strong Ale, Ensign Belgo (Silver Taproom only), El Dorado Session Pale Ale (Silver Taproom only). New to the list are the Milk Stout and Strong Ale. Malty goodness in spades! The Lighter Fare and the Darker Fare will debut Friday, plus an Irish Red will be on tap.
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, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale), Palmergranite Wit, Cafe Pale Ale, Switch Stance Stout. 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 — N/A
News: Pi is being forced to close and relocate. When they have a new location, we will update everyone.
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, IPL, Imperial Brown Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Simcoe Single-Hop Pale 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.
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, A Pale Ale Named Desire, MacLomas (Dry) Stout, #GFF, Phat Tiery. The #GFF, an imperial grapefruit IPA, is nearly out. Phat Tirey, a new Belgian Framboise, A Pale Ale Named Desire, and MacLomas Stout are the most recent additions, at least until Friday when Kill or Be Kilt and barrel-aged Irish Handcuffs arrive.
Weekly Events: Take note, there will be no Premier League viewing party Saturday morning this week due to the anniversary events (see our intro).
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: Ottobrau Pilsner, Bock to Basics, Calypso SMaSH Pale Ale (downtown taproom only), Nieuwe Bruin (downtown taproom only). The Bock is the most recent addition to the lineup. The Peach Patersbier, a Belgian dark ale with peaches, debuts Thursday.
News: The Vanilla Cream Ale has been so popular it has been added to the year-round lineup.
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), Raspberry Sour, Cereza Loco (Cherry Sour), NM Pinon Coffee Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Salted Caramel Belgian Strong Golden, Marzen, Level 3 IPA, Grab ‘Em By the Putin. The Level 3 (7.5% ABV, 120 IBU) should satisfy any hophead. The Putin is, in case you could not guess, a Russian imperial stout, checking in at a whopping 13 percent!
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Shane Wallin, 6 p.m.; Thursday—Eryn Bent, 7 p.m.; Friday—Tony Wilson, 2 p.m., Dixie Nickel Changebox, 5 p.m., Vintage Brew, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Lilah Rose, 8 p.m.
Events: Friday—2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Beer Pong Tournament, 4 p.m.; Saturday—Duke City Cornhole Club Tournament, 12:30 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: Young Thatch English-style IPA, Sidetrack Pilsner, 2926 Steam Lager, The Red Line, Pub Ale. New beer alert, as Young Thatch and Pilsner have joined the lineup. Look for Gandy Dancer Irish Red and a barrel-aged version of the Pub Ale on Friday.
Cask: The Centennial IPA and Pub Ale are in the firkins. The BA Pub Ale and Pilsner dry-hopped with Sterling should be available by this weekend.
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), Thunderr Ale IPA, Red Zepplin, Roisin Dubh (Irish Dry Stout), SCH Scotch Lager, Lampshade Porter, Phantom Limb Black Rye IPA, Electric Sun American Wheat. The most recent additions are the Electric Sun, Lampshade, and the Phantom Limb, which is a brand-new style.
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, Fully Booty Oatmeal Stout, Funky Punky Swartzbier, Red Horse NM Lager, SCH Scotch Lager. Holy moley, they now have multiple house beers on tap, which we recently reviewed. The most recent additions are the Red Horse (4.5% ABV, 14 IBU), 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)
UPDATED >>> Beers: Vulgar Display of Porter, Chocolate Milk Stout, Flanders Red Ale, Turkey Drool, Berry Cider, Goathead Hador Doppelbock, Golden Ale, Cranberry Ginger Cider, Stein Wine, Barnstorm Ale, Cowgirl Coffee Stout (Nob Hill only), Farmer’s Freckles Scottish Export (Wells Park only), SCH Scotch Lager (Wells Park only), Cowgirl Coffee Stout on nitro (Wells Park only), Farmhouse Saison (Wells Park only). 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. The most recent additions are the Barnstorm, Flanders Red, Golden Ale, Stein Weine, Farmhouse Saison, and the delectable Chocolate Milk Stout.
Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Melissa Rios, 8 p.m.; Friday—St. Patrick’s Day Party with Felix y Los Gatos, Rev The Music, and Keith Sanchez and the Moon Thieves, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Homegirls Records, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Jonah Sissoyev, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Russell James Pyle, 6 p.m.
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 $2.25 classic beers and $3.25 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: SCH Scotch Lager, McSmack, Encierro Red Ale, Depravity (Barleywine), Oaked Depravity, Can’t Catch Me Copper Lager, Marzen. Depravity (10% ABV) is a beast of a barleywine, and an oaked version is also on tap. The SCH Scotch Lager was brewed for a good cause, with $1 of every pint sold going to help the brother of brewer Mick Hahn in his fight against cancer. You can also find it on tap at a number of other breweries around town. Snakedriver, an Irish dry stout on nitro, will debut Friday.
Cask: Tuesday—Blood Orange Marzen
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Tiny Mighty Session IPA, Imperial Stout, Belgian Tripel, Belgian Pale Ale. We eagerly await the Imperial Stout making a trek down to the Draft Station in Albuquerque. The two Belgian beers were brewed for the recent 20th anniversary party.
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, Pulp Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Cezanne Verite, Rye Goya (Imperial Stout), Stocious (Wee Heavy), Suor Nelli (Barrel-aged Scottish Sour), Manikin (Scottish), Monomyth (Imperial IPA). The most recent additions are the Pulp Fiction, Cezanne Verite, Manikin, and Monomyth.
Events: Friday—Soul Sessions and Enchanted Pop Up Presents: St. Paddy’s Bass, 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: Fields of Rye, Stout-ish (with coffee), Saison du Sarlacc, Babyhands, Agent Scully – Season One, Colonel Citra. The Agent Scully is a new series of IPAs which will vary by hop combinations. Colonel Citra is another IPA made with, well, you can probably guess. A Biere de Mars and a Dry Irish Stout will debut Friday.
Events: Sunday—New Belgium Lips of Faith Series tap takeover, 11:30 a.m.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Special guest beer tapping, featuring Avery’s Tweak, 4 p.m.
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: Freestyle Pilsner, Snowflake IPA, Hipster Union Red Rye, Adobe Igloo, Nuevo (Blonde Ale), Dysphotic Stout (ECS), Red Dawn Saison (ECS). The latest entry in the Ever Changing Series, Red Dawn Saison, will have you yelling “Wolverines!” or something of that sort. Snowflake IPA is back, now part of a series of seasonal-themed IPAs called the In-and-Out Series. Freestyle Pilsner is back on tap and in six-packs. Irish Red returns on tap this Friday.
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, Outlier Special Bitter, 2920 IPA, Railyard Red, U2 Dry Irish Stout, Imperial Stout, Jordy’s Irish Red. With two reds and two stouts, Second Street definitely knows how to celebrate the holiday.
Live Music (Original location): Friday—Albuquerque and 4-Corners Pipe and Drum Band, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Swing Soleil, 6-9 p.m.
Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Lone Pinon, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—The Zig Zag 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: The Tripel Lindy, Wit Rock, Crazy Mother IPA, Betty on Brett, Spearmint Stout, Jarrylo Pale Ale, Beedle’s Apple Ale, Catcher ‘n the Rye, Double Barrel Bourbon Brown. The most recent tap turnover went down in Los Alamos with Crazy Mother, Betty, Spearmint, Jarrylo, Beedle’s, and Catcher making their debuts. The Bourbon Brown (8.7% ABV) has now joined them.
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, Cherry Wheat. The Whiskey Stout is back for a short time. The Cherry Sour is back for another run. Cherry Wheat will also now be available in bottles.
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, Quebradas Sunrise Amber. The beers are starting to run out, but at $2 per pint from 4 to 9 p.m. every day, it’s easy to see why. It’s all cash only, and TC’s last day of business will be March 25.
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