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 Los Alamos, and one in Moriarty also joining the party.
Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, so naturally everyone is throwing parties the prior weekend, which just happens to be this weekend. Since it is a holiday that’s as much for grown-ups as children, our breweries are jumping into the fun. It all kicks off Friday at 8 p.m. with GOTHtoberfest at Bow & Arrow. Put on your best all-black outfit or costume, enjoy some dark beers and spooky music, and get your weekend started off with lots of quotes from South Park. Saturday will feature a pair of nighttime events at Duel ABQ and Tractor Wells Park. The first is the latest edition of Enchanted PopUp, Strangers with Candy, a themed event with live music, vendors, art, and more. It kicks off at 7 p.m. and runs until close. Tractor, in the meantime, will host the Stranger Things Arcade Carnival and Reptilian Lounge with Tricklock Theater Company and Yelp. There will be strange and spooky food items, vendors, games, drink specials, DJ Flo Fader, arcade and pinball games, and finally a special edition of the Reptilian Lounge out in the parking lot. It all costs $14.77 and tickets can be purchased in advance. Finally, Marble will cap the weekend with events at two of its taprooms Sunday afternoon. There will be a pumpkin carving contest at the Heights taproom from 2 to 5 p.m. Prior to that Downtown, your furry friends can get in on the fun with Mutt Masquerade: A K9 Costume Contest from noon to 3 p.m.
Check out our separate preview on the Beer Premiere, which takes place Saturday at Bow & Arrow from 1 to 4 p.m.
There are also two anniversary events this week. Marble Westside celebrates its fifth tonight (Wednesday) with live music, food offerings, and a new beer release, Rouge Maverique. Then on Saturday, The 377 celebrates its first anniversary with an all-day/all-night party.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bombs Away drops two more releases with Actuator IPA and Primer Pub Ale. Bosque has a special barrel-aged beer debuting for the anniversary on Thursday, but no, they have not told us what’s in those barrels. Bow & Arrow released Sweetfetti Weizenbock late last week. Boxing Bear has Chocolate Milk Stout on nitro for a limited time. Broken Trail had a small batch of Prickly Pear Gose for the opening of its new taproom, but it’s nearly out. Fear not as Dogtoberfest returns Saturday. Canteen has a fresh batch of Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale. Dialogue resurrects Biere de Mars and Amber Ale. La Cumbre is feeling rather proper with The Madding Crowd Special Bitter. Marble has fresh batches of Cherry Brune and Dark Strong. Ponderosa goes big with Imperial Red, due to replace Ecliptic Wet Hop Ale this weekend. Quarter Celtic also goes big with Imperial Clark, a beastly version of the hazy IPA. Starr Brothers embraces the season with Jack Tooth Grin, plus gets a little hoppy with Citra Grin (Pale Ale).
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has its Oktoberfest on tap at last. Duel has a fresh batch of Fiction IPA and, after the Beer Premiere, look for Lourd of Funk, a sour cask-aged Wee Heavy.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of October 23.
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: Brune, Blonde, Strong Dark and Handsome, Diablo del Oro, Single and Ready to Mingle. The most recent addition is the Single and Ready to Mingle (5.5% ABV, 30 IBU), a Belgian-style ale.
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.
Bistronomy B2B — (505) 262-2222
(Mon–Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-9:30 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)
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: El Jeffe Hefeweizen, Friars Belgian-Style Single, June Bock German Lager. Rejoice, for Blue Grasshopper is brewing again! The Friars and June Bock are the more recent additions.
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: La Onza White Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Washington’s Hatchet, Grapefruit Pale Ale, Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest returned recently, so enjoy it while it’s still fresh.
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.
Bombs Away Beer Company — (505) 554-3204
(Hours: Mon–Fri 2 p.m.–close, Sat–Sun noon–close)
Beers: Short Fuse Blonde Ale, BABC IPA, Willie Pete Wit, Low Order Porter, High Speed Low Drag Lager, Wild Card Spiced Ale, Brisance Bitter, Bag Drag BPA, Arsenal English Amber, Proximity Pilsner, MKDeuce Pale Ale. Welcome to the listings, Bombs Away! The newest brewery in the Southeast Heights is now open at 9801 Acoma Road SE. The initial lineup ranges from lighter beers like Short Fuse (5.6% ABV, 25.6 IBU) and Willie Pete (5.8% ABV, 20 IBU), to dark and malty beers like Low Order (5.2% ABV, 58 IBU), and of course plenty of hop-forward ales like BABC IPA (6.1% ABV, 91.33 IBU). Head on over and try them out!
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 Acequia, Down in the Hollow, ABQ Double IPA, Rio Soleado (Fresh-Hop Blonde), PSA (Pumpkin Spiced Ale), Moon Cannon DIPA. Down in the Hollow is an English brown ale. ABQ and Moon Cannon give Bosque a pair of massive double IPAs. Both have ABVs over 9 percent and IBUs over 100.
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: Sun Dagger (Saison), True Aim (Scotch Ale), Hoka Hey (IPA), Jemez Field Notes Lager, Wayward Arrow Hefeweizen, Cosmic Arrow Brett Saison, Hoodoo Monster Imperial Red, Way Out West Sour Sumac, Black Chandelier (Belgo Stout), Desert Dynamo IPL, Fast Luck Dry-Hopped Pale Ale, Wolf Eyes (Oktoberfest), Nomadico IPA, Visionland Amber Ale, Sweetfetti Weizenbock. The most recent additions to the lineup are the Sweetfetti, Visionland, Nomadico, and Wolf Eyes. The sheer variety of styles on tap is quite impressive.
Events: Friday—Gothtoberfest, 8 p.m.; Saturday—The Beer Premiere, 1-4 p.m.
Happy Hour/Discounts: Bow & Arrow has happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Get $1 off pints.
Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327
(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Beers: Crystal Kolsch, P.U.B., Oso Otono, Black and Blue Sour, Oktobearfest, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout. The most recent additions are Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Iron Lung, Oktobearfest, Oso Otono (brown ale), Black and Blue Sour, and P.U.B. (Pineapple Upside-down Beer). Chocolate Milk Stout is also on tap on nitro.
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, Sancho de la Sierra, Pepe the Mule, Trailworks IPA, Prickly Pear Gose. OK, fine, Pepe the Mule counts as a beer, even though it is basically a Moscow Mule, but it was made with beer. The Double Black IPA just ran out, and the Prickly Pear Gose won’t last much longer. Dogtoberfest will debut with the event Saturday (see below).
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: Blackberry Exodus IPA, Canteen Kolsch, Oktoberfest, Grundy Thunder, Oompa Lupulin DIPA, Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale, Social Capital: Pumpkin. The most recent additions are the Falconer’s, Social Capital, Blackberry Exodus, Grundy Thunder (a brown porter), and the downright beastly Oopma Lupulin. There is only a limited amount of the SC:P left, so get it fast.
Live Music: Thursday—Jade Masque, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Silver String Band, 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.
Dialogue Brewing — (505) 585-1501
(Open daily noon-midnight)
Beers: Belgian Citrus IPA, Berliner Weisse, Sour Raspberry, Sour Pale, Oktoberfest, Dry Irish Stout, O.D.B., Pine Sap Pale Ale, Biere de Mars, Amber Ale. The most recent additions are the Biere de Mars and Amber Ale. Sadly, the recent batch of Das Palabra lager has run out.
Live Music: Friday—Alex Maryol, 7-9 p.m.
Other Events: Thursday—HandCrafted with Lilah Rose (music), Sparrow Alexis Bergen (artist), and Ooey Cucuy by Brenda Baca (vendor), 6-10 p.m.; Saturday—Yelp’s Food Truck Rumble, 3-8 p.m.; Sunday—Pumpkin Decorating with Sanji, 4 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, McRojo or No (Irish Red), Covfefe Hefe. Brewer/owner Mike Campbell has five of his own creations on tap at 4814 Hardware Dr. NE, including the Campbell Toe (no snickering). The Obliviscaris is a burly throwback to the stouts of old. The Covfefe Hefe is the most recent addition.
Weekly Events: Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Blues Jam with the Rudy Boy Experiment, 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: Tart and Soul (Guava Berliner Weisse), Tripel Whammy, Pilsner? I Barley Know’er!, January Embers Barleywine, Eater of Worlds Pale Ale, The Agitator Doppelbock. The most recent additions include the return of January Embers, while Eater of Worlds and Agitator are new.
Hops Brewery — (505) 369-1378
(Sun-Thurs noon-10 p.m., Fri-Sat noon-midnight)
Beers: Dad Joke (California Common), Tipsy Cow (Milk Stout), Warm Scottish Nights, An Irish Tan (English Bitter), Honey Wheat, Chica (Pale Ale), Hop Hill IPA. Hops has started out with these seven beers on tap, but they also have 31 more guest taps, just in case you don’t find one to your liking. The Hop Hill (7.1% ABV, 69 IBU) was the most recent addition.
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: Porter Auf Deutsch, Cucumber Ale, Bavarian Golden Ale, Ctrl-Alt-Drink, Basil Lager, Helles Lager, IPA, Walnut Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. The most recent additions include Cucumber Ale, Basil Lager, and Helles Lager.
Weekly Events (Nob Hill): Thursday—The Desert Darlings, 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.
Kellys Brew Pub — (505) 262-2739
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)
Beers: (house) Apricot Ale, Blonde, Farm House Ale, IPA, Red, Scotch Ale, Session IPA, Sleeping Dog Stout; (seasonal) Hefeweizen, Farmhouse Apricot, Mars DIPA, Lobo Red Ale. The recent change in ownership at Kellys has led to some seriously improved beers and food, so we decided it was high time to add it to the listings. The Lobo Red was brewed for the University of New Mexico athletic program, if you could not guess. Yes, that is Sleeping Dog Stout, formerly of Chama River, now back in all its dark glory.
Live Music: Every Wednesday 6-9 p.m. and Sunday 3-6 p.m.
Happy Hour/Discounts: Thursday Pint night $1 off pints.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: All That I Need Kellerbier, Eldorado SMASH IPA, Ales for ALS IPA, Pecos Porter, The Madding Crowd Special Bitter. The Madding Crowd is the newest addition to the lineup.
Live Music: Saturday—The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, 6-9 p.m.
Weekly Events: Tuesday—Trivia or Loteria (alternates by week), 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: NM State Fair Pale Ale, Gin Barrel Brett, Das Roggen Weiner, Amarillo Pale Ale, Raspberry Nitro Stout, Dark Strong (Downtown and Heights only), Cherry Brune (Downtown and Westside only), Abbey Brett (Heights and Westside only), Pumpkin Noir (Downtown only), Sandia Sunset Saison (Westside only), Marble Pale Ale (Westside only), Jabroni Lite (Westside only), Rouge Maverique (Westside only). There are so, so many beers between the three locations. Don’t feel bad if you can’t get to them all. The Dark Strong and Cherry Brune are the most recent additions, plus Rouge Maverique debuts at Westside for the taproom’s fifth anniversary party today (Wednesday).
Live Music (Downtown): Today (Wednesday)—Lorelei, 6-7 p.m., Frederick the Younger, 7:30-9 p.m.; Thursday—Merican Slang, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Issac Aragon and the Healing, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Elder Grown, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday—DJ Leftovers, noon-3 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Thursday—DJ Young Native, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Fabulous Martini Tones, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—The Bus Tapes, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Today (Wednesday)—5th Anniversary Party with Vintage Brew, 6-9 p.m.; Friday—Kyle Martin, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Garry Blackchild, 8-11 p.m.
Other Events (Downtown): Sunday—Mutt Masquerade: A K9 Costume Contest, noon-3 p.m.; Tuesday—CRAVE: A Marbelous Pop-Up Dinner featuring Chef Israel Rivera ($70 tickets), 7-9 p.m.
Other Events (Westside): Sunday—Pumpkin Carving Contest, 2-5 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: Bird of Prey IPA, To Boldly Gose, Honey Dubbs, Equinox, Imperial Pilsner (Silver only), Beam Me Up Scotty (Silver only). The most recent additions are Equinox, Bird of Prey, To Boldly Gose, and Honey Dubbs (Imperial Honey Chamomile Wheat).
News: Nexus Silver now has food! Rejoice and check out the menu on their main website.
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), Poolside Pale Ale, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale), Switch Stance Stout. Palmer shares a building with Left Turn Distilling on Girard south of Candelaria. This batch of Cockness Monster is fresh and tasty.
Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941
(Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: Ecliptic Wet Hop Ale, Topaz Pale Ale, Blueberry Stout, Dry-Hopped Saison, Oktoberfestbier. The new Topaz Pale Ale is the latest in a series of single-hop beers. The Ecliptic Wet Hop Ale was brewed the day of the solar eclipse with Neo Mexicanus hops, but it’s nearly out, with Imperial Red on deck to replace it this weekend.
News: You can now find India Pale Lager 2.0 for sale in cans, at the brewery and at local liquor stores, including Total Wine, Bird of Paradise, Jubilation, Kelly’s, and Quarters!
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: Bruce (Black IPA), Loch Lomas Oatmeal Stout, Clark (Hazy IPA), Fresh Hop Clark, Oktoberfest, Mangose, Imperial Clark. QC gets dark with the return of Bruce, which was brewed in the hazy New England style but still as a black IPA, and Loch Lomas. The Oktoberfest is a delightful way to welcome the start of autumn. The Imperial Clark is not for the faint of heart.
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: Imperial Red IPA, Plum Gose, Oktoberfest, White AF IPA (downtown only). The Imperial Red IPA was the first in a series of beers to celebrate Red Door’s recent anniversary. The Plum Gose was second and Oktoberfest was third.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Jeff Noel, 7-9 p.m.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Monday—The Draft Sessions, 7-9 p.m.
Weekly Events (Taproom): Today (Wednesday)—Paint it Black Open Mic Comedy, 7-9 p.m.; Thursday—Art at the Bar, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday—Parents’ Day Out, noon-3 p.m.; Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7-9 p.m.
Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909
(Mon noon–10 p.m., Tues–Thu noon–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–1 a.m., Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Rio Bravo Amber, Weizen, Randy’s Shandy, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Roadkill Red Ale, La Luz Lager, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel-aged), Vanilla Porter, NM Pinon Coffee Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Barrel-aged Belgian Strong Golden, Level 3 IPA, Imperial Russian Stout (regular and barrel-aged), Lemongrass Wit, Peach Gose, Cherry Sour, Kolsch, Hibiscus Mojito, Penguin Lager, Belgian Blonde, Cherry Wheat, Belgo IPA, Pink Boots Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, Grapefruit Launcher IPA, Schwarzbier, Rubus Ruckus. A portion of the Penguin Lager proceeds are going to the new exhibit at the ABQ Bio Park. There are now three barrel-aged beers on tap in the Porter, RIS, and Belgian Strong. The Rubus Ruckus, a raspberry sour, is the most recent addition.
Live Music: Thursday—Jacob Chavez, 6-8 p.m.; Friday—Joseph General Band, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—St. Range, 5-8 p.m.; Sunday—Pherkad, 2-5 p.m.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Movie Night (now outside), 7 p.m. or later, weather permitting; Thursday—Girls Pint Out, all day; Friday—Headliners Comedy presents Friday Night Fools ($5 cover, event only), 9:30 p.m.; Sunday—Pints & Planks with Yoga Zo; Monday—Micro Mondays, 7 p.m.
Happy Hour/Discounts: Happy hour Monday-Friday, 2-6 p.m., $1 off pints
Sidetrack Brewing — (505) 832-7183
(Mon–Thurs 3–11 p.m., Fri 3 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Turntable IPA, Pub Ale, Bonehead Red, Dark Engine Stout, Sidetrack Pilsner, #91 Pale Ale. The most recent addition is the Turntable IPA, with #91 Pale Ale coming before that.
Cask: The Pilsner and Dark Engine are in the firkins.
Events: Thursday—Movie Night, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Native Cinema Night, 7:30 p.m.
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, Lampshade Porter, Starrphire Pilsner, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Foggy Monocle (Oatmeal Stout), Sando Spice (Green Chile IPA), Oakey Smokey, Jack Tooth Grin, Citra Grin (Pale Ale). Welcome back, Foggy Monocle, the winner of the 2017 Brew Crew Stout Challenge. The most recent additions are the Citra Grin, Sando Spice, ThereWolf, Jack Tooth Grin, and Oakey Smokey, which goes down in history as the last collaboration brew with Chama River.
Steel Bender Brewyard — (505) 433-3537
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: (house) Skull Bucket IPA, Red Iron Red, Sparkfitter Amber, Lloyd’s 3 O’Clock Kolsch, Blue Bullet Stout, The Village Wit; (seasonals/specialties) Smith Hopper Extra Pale Ale with Dr. Rudi, Plum Bob Gose, Cow Plow Brown Ale, Alewitch Pumpkin Ale, V.M.O.M.G. (Marzen), Compa NM Lager. The Alewitch and V.M.O.M.G. won’t be around for too long, so get these fall favorites while you can. The Compa is back by popular demand.
The 377 Brewery — (505) 934-0795
(Open noon-11 p.m. most days)
Beers: (house) 377 IPA, Dieterhosen Hefe, El CuCuy (DIPA), Fat Brown Guy (Porter), Red Horse NM Lager, Schwarzbier, Berliner Weisse, Naked Ale (Pale); (seasonals) Secret Squirrel (Best Bitter), Black Ops Hops, Kolsch, Full Booty Stout, Scottish Ale, Say Juan (Summer Saison), Plum Sour, Peach Wheat, Oktoberfest, Spiced Wild Red Ale, Milk Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Porter. This inaugural batch of Oktoberfest from The 377 hits the right notes, with some malty breadiness without too much sweetness. The Spiced Wild, Milk Stout, and BBA Pumpkin Porter are the most recent additions.
Events: Saturday—One-Year Anniversary Party, noon-11 p.m.
Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill), (505) 243-6752 (Wells Park), (505) 243-6752 (Four Hills)
(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; Four Hills: Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m.)
Beers: Chocolate Milk Stout, Minute-4, Berry Cider, Scout Golden Ale, Javi Lager, Cowboy Coffee (on nitro at Wells Park only), Jack the Sipper, Belgo American Pale Ale, Three-Two Amber, Cascara Cider, Flanders Red Ale (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Traktoberfest (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Big Sipper IPA (Nob Hill and Four Hills only), Cucumber Gose (Four Hills only), Half Acre Hefe (Four Hills only), Delicious Golden Dry Cider (Four Hills Only), Holstein & Hops (Four Hills only). Some delicious old favorites return in the Javi Lager, Cowboy Coffee, Nitro Milk Stout, and Jack the Sipper. Recent nwq additions to the lineup are the Belgo American and Three-Two Amber, which is the first in a series of 3.2-percent ABV beers (talk about sessionable).
Live Music (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Rob Nance and the Lost Souls, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Todd Tijerina, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Nathan Fox, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Four Hills): Saturday—Gato Malo, 7 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Thursday—Live Score of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Stranger Things Arcade Carnival and Reptilian Lounge, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Wells Park): Monday—MNF Fantasy Shootout, 5 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: Lil’ Shelly (Pale Ale), Oktoberfest, Mr. Hoover’s Redux, SCH Scotch Lager, Pour les Abeilles, S.O.S. (Wet Hop Pale Ale), Cocomilia Robur. An archived keg of Cocomilia Robur has been tapped for a limited time, but as soon as it’s out, an archived keg of Depravity (Barleywine) is ready to go. Look for Can’t Catch Me Copper Lager to replace Oktoberfest as early as this weekend. Cosmic Yum Yum and Arsenal Porter are on deck.
Cask: Tuesday—Pumpkin Arsenal Porter
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Oktoberfest, Ginger Braggot, Apparition Pale Coffee Ale, La Catrina Rye IPA. The most recent additions are the Oktoberfest and La Catrina. The Ginger Braggot is back for another run, ditto the Apparition.
Chili Line Brewing — (505) 500-7903
(Mon–Sat 4–11 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: El Jefe (Rauchweizen), Antonio Bandito (Dunkelweizen), Llorona Lager, La Bamba (Rauchbier), Stara Baba (Oak Smoked Polish Gratzer), Jacona Stout, P.G. (Pinche Guey) IPA. The Jacona and P.G. are the most recent additions.
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, WWWMD (Barrel-Aged Whistler), Marcel, Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Duchamp (Sour Wit), Cezanne Magnifique, HMWWA FIACFW, Cezanne Verite, Fiction (IPA). This batch of Cezanne Verite is barrel aged and it is also for sale in bombers. The WWWMD acronym stands for What Would Whistler’s Mother Do. Old favorite Fiction is back, and Titian and Whistler will return soon, along with the new Lourd of Funk, which will debut at the Beer Premiere on Saturday.
Live Music (ABQ taproom): Thursday—Lilah Rose, 8 p.m.; Friday—PosiTrax, 9 p.m.
Other Events (ABQ taproom): Saturday—Strangers with Candy featuring Lindy Vision, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events (ABQ taproom): Tuesday—Bike-In Brew, 7 p.m.
Happy Hour/Discounts (Brewery): Happy hour Mon–Fri, 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).
Happy Hour/Discounts (ABQ taproom): Happy hour Mon–Fri, 5-7 p.m.
Rowley Farmhouse Ales — (505) 428-0719
(Open all week from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Beers: Fields of Rye, Saison du Sarlacc, Agent Scully – Season One, Episode Four (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Meier (Meyer Lemon Gose), Fruhschoppen (Hefeweizen), Little White Lies (Belgian Blonde), Conduit (Belgian IPA). The Agent Scully is a new series of IPAs which will vary by hop combinations. Episode 4 is the most recent iteration. This batch of Germophile was dry-hopped with Motueka and Simcoe.
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, Autonomous Collective IPA, Oktoberfest, Hefe’d Up, Cucumber Saison (ECS), Secret Society of A.L.T. (ECS), Wet Hop Pale Ale (ECS). Rejoice, for Oktoberfest is back. And yes, Freestyle is still around for a limited time as well, but rumors persist it may never leave the lineup.
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, Coffee Porter, Diablo Canyon Pale Ale, XX ESB, 2920 IPA, LVL Stout, Oktoberfest, Summer Rain Sour, Latona Amber. The most recent addition is the Latona Amber. This batch of Oktoberfest is excellent, classic stuff. Hurry up and drink up some of these beers so they can make room for another batch of the GABF bronze medal-winning Rod’s Steam Bitter.
Live Music (Original location): Friday—Lone Pinon, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Cloacas, 6-9 p.m.
Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Ornetcetera, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—The Bus Tapes, 6-9 p.m.
Weekly Events (Railyard): Today (Wednesday)—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: Kutthroat Kolsch, Kaboom Quad, Wit Rock, Catherine’s Historical Stout, Little Bird Blonde, Anderson Amber. Well, look at that, an updated beer list for BRB. The Wit Rock and Little Bird are old favorites, the rest are more recent recipes.
Sierra Blanca Brewing — (505) 832-2337
(Mon–Thurs 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri –Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m.)
Beers: Oktoberfest, Cherry Sour, Interstella Vanilla, Cherry Wheat, Single Hop IPA. The Whiskey Stout will return in a week-and-a-half. The Cherry Sour is back for another run. Oktoberfest is now available on tap. Cherry Wheat is available in bottles and just won a gold medal at GABF.
Live Music: Friday—Tom Williams, 6 p.m.
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