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.
The spirit of collaboration is alive and well this holiday season, as La Cumbre and Steel Bender are proving with the release of a new beer. As the Steel Bender Facebook page described it: “In July of 2017, Steel Bender Brewyard’s head brewer transported white-wine barrels filled with a La Cumbre Brewing Co. kettle-soured, six-month aged peach saison to Steel Bender. He took Edith Blvd., the storied stretch of road that connects the two breweries. The road where he could drive nice and slow (we’re talking 10 mph slow). He added Brettanomyces strain (most likely sourced from Drie Fonteinen) and then aged it for another three months. The historic road that brought locals together for decades made this Collaboration Brett Ale possible. Here’s to you, Edith.” A total of about 500 bottles were produced and sales will be split evenly between the two breweries. Those sales begin at 4:30 p.m. and run until the last bottle is sold. Head on over and raise one to the spirit of collaboration!
Speaking of the holidays, we have a few of the breweries’ hours for Christmas Eve and, if different, the day after Christmas. All breweries appear to be closed Monday. We will post a final list Saturday on social media, if we are able to get those remaining times. Here is what we have so far (all times for Sunday unless noted): Bombs Away, noon to 4 p.m.; La Cumbre, close at 6 p.m.; Marble, close at 8 p.m. (last call at 7:30); Ponderosa, close at 3 p.m.; Quarter Celtic, close at 4 p.m.; Sidetrack, open noon to 4 p.m.; Steel Bender, closed all day; Blue Corn, normal hours. UPDATES: Ale Republic, close at 6 p.m.; Bow & Arrow, noon to 5 p.m.; Hops, close at 6 p.m.; Kaktus, close at 6 p.m. MORE UPDATES: Bosque, close at 8 p.m. (all locations); Dialogue, noon to 5 p.m.; Drafty Kilt, close at 6 p.m.; Jubilation, noon to 5 p.m., also closed all day Tuesday.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Canteen resurrects a long time favorite in St. Bob’s Imperial Stout, which returns on nitro (!) this Thursday. Marble has finally unveiled Cholo Smooth, the nitro version of the award-winning Cholo Stout, plus there is a new Robust Porter and Downlowlander, a Scotch ale that is a serious beer name of the year contender. Quarter Celtic goes dark with a 2017 version of Irish Handcuffs Imperial Stout, plus it also has an orange stout, Coco Orastie. Rio Bravo has a new batch of Grab ‘Em By the Putin, a burly Russian imperial stout. Before Steel Bender releases its collaboration with La Cumbre, it will also release The Judy, another barrel-aged saison, in bottles on Thursday. Tractor unveils the pre-Prohibition era Pete’s Porter, as well as a new American Wild Ale. Turtle Mountain is feeling rather Gothic with Count Hellesaurius.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn goes big with Cosmic Darkness Imperial Stout. Second Street had a huge tap turnover with fresh batches of 2920 IPA, Mosaic IPA, Railyard Red, Anniversary Ale, Coffee Porter, Civil Rye, and the award-winning Rod’s Steam Bitter all going back on tap.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of December 18.
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, Eagle Claw, Tokyo Black, Single and Ready to Mingle. The most recent additions are the Tokyo Black (5.5% ABV, 24 IBU), an ale made with black tea, and Eagle Claw (4.8% ABV, 41 IBU), a farmhouse pale 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, Sour Strangehop, Double Dead Red. The Double Dead Red 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, Primer Pub Ale, Actuator IPA, Stockpile Stout, Phil’s Incendiary IPA, Long Delay RyePA. The Phil’s Incendiary IPA was brewed up for a great cause, so head over to try it soon. Stockpile is a nice, robust beer that is perfect for the season. Long Delay is the most recent addition.
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: Driftwood Oatmeal Stout, Barrel-Aged Double Sunshine Stout, Fresh Start Breakfast Ale, Open Space Haze: 41 South, Beermosa, Shuck If I Know Oyster Stout. Fresh Start Breakfast Ale, a delightfully delicious stout brewed with coffee and maple syrup, will see a portion of its proceeds go to charity. The Sunshine is also for sale in bombers. Beermosa and Shuck If I Know are the most recent additions.
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, Thirsty Land: Foraged Series (Grisette), Coyote Waits (Barrel-Aged Imperial Mole Stout), Savage Times Sour IPA. The most recent additions to the lineup are the Savage Times, Coyote Waits, Thirsty Land, Sweetfetti, and Visionland. The sheer variety of styles on tap is quite impressive.
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, Oso Otono, Scotch Rocket, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Bulldog English IPA, Simcoe SMASH. The most recent additions are the Scotch Rocket, Bulldog, Simcoe, Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, and Iron Lung. Oso Otono is also on the nitro tap. A barrel-aged version of Standing 8 Stout debuts Saturday on tap and in bombers at the brewery and at Jubilation.
Events: Saturday—Festivus Party, all day
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, Pepe the Mule, Trailworks IPA, Dogtoberfest. OK, fine, Pepe the Mule counts as a beer, even though it is basically a Moscow Mule, but it was made with beer. Dogtoberfest is the most recent addition.
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: Exodus IPA, Panama Jose Coffee Stout, Pop’s Pre-Prohibition Lager, Whirling Dervish, Hop Baller IPA, Social Capital (Dark Cherries aged on French Oak). The Dervish is a passionfruit Belgian sour. The Panama Jose, Hop Baller, and Social Capital were the big additions last week. Coming this week is an old favorite, St. Bob’s Imperial Stout, which will be on nitro this Thursday.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Alex Maryol Duo, 6-9 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—Jacob Chavez, 5-8 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, Blood Orange Berliner Weisse, Strawberry Berliner Weisse, Sour Raspberry, Idiot Sauvin, Dry Irish Stout, O.D.B., Belgian Cherry Wheat, Porter for Humanity, Amber Ale. The taps have seen a big tap turnover recently with the arrival of two Berliner Weisse variants in the blood orange and strawberry, plus Idiot Sauvin, Porter for Humanity, and Belgian Cherry Wheat.
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, Campbell Toe IPA, Covfefe Hefe, Outlamber Amber. The Outlamber is the most recent addition.
Events: Saturday—Paint and Sip: Santa Fe Holiday, 6-8 p.m.
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), Pilsner? I Barley Know’er!, Eater of Worlds Pale Ale, The Agitator Doppelbock, Hazeas Corpus, Darth Malt, The Schwarz Side, Hoplo Ren, Tart Wars. The most recent additions were all released in conjunction with Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Darth Malt (Baltic Porter), The Schwarz Side (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Schwarzbier), Hoplo Ren (Black IPA), and Tart Wars (Gose). Schwarz and Tart are small batches, so get them fast before they run out.
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.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Open Mic, 7-9 p.m.; Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.
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: Blondie, Helles Lager, Winter Wheat, ESB, Black IPA, Puddle Stomper IPA, Oatmeal Raisin Stout, St. Paul’s Porter, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. The most recent additions include Blondie, Winter Wheat, Black IPA, Puddle Stomper IPA, St. Paul’s Porter, and the delectable Oatmeal Raisin Stout. Look for Imperial Stout soon.
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, IPA, Lobo Red Ale, Session IPA, Sleeping Dog Stout, 35 N Coffee Porter; (seasonal) German Pilsner, Honey Wheat, Pumpkin Pie Lager, Amber Ale, Capspackler DIPA, Dortmunder. The lineup got a bit of a makeover, with Lobo Red, Sleeping Dog, and the 35 N all joining the regulars. All of the seasonal beers are new as well. Time to take a trip back to Kellys and embrace the new and improved beers.
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: Ales for ALS IPA, Noche de Paz, Weize Ass Goat Weizenbock, REDiculous, Barrel-Aged Malpais on Nitro, Big Door Prize. Recent additions to the lineup are Big Door Prize, a hazy single-hop double IPA, BA Malpais on nitro, Weize Ass Goat, and REDiculous, an IPA. The collaboration beer Edith will be sold in bottles starting this Friday at 4:30 p.m. (see our intro for more details).
Live Music: Saturday—Still Closed For Repairs, 6-9 p.m.
Weekly Events: Tuesday—Loteria (every other 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: Dubbel, Cholo Stout, Tripel, Golden Ale, Imperial Red, Brown Extra 2.0, DIPA Especial, Imperial Stout, Vunderland (Downtown and Westside only), Cascade IPA (Downtown and Westside only), Cholo Smooth (Heights only), Downlowlander Scotch Ale (Heights and Westside only), Horchata Porter (Heights and Westside only), Robust Porter (Westside only), Dry Oaked Stout (Westside only), Gin Barrel Brett (Westside only), Barrel-Aged Amber (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 Vunderland, a Belgian dark strong, as well as the Downlowlander, Brown Extra 2.0, Cholo Smooth (nitro), and Robust Porter are the most recent additions. This is a fresh new batch of Imperial Red. We cannot recommend the Imperial Stout, Tripel, and Cholo Stout enough. Get some!
Live Music (Downtown): Music is done for the colder months, but will resume at 111 in the spring!
Live Music (Heights): Friday—The Real Matt Jones, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Broke & Hungry, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Black Smoke Blues, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Last Call, 8-11 p.m.
Events (Westside): Thursday—80’s Dance Party and Ugly Sweater Contest with DJ Young Native, 7-10 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, Belgian Tripel, Dunkelweizen, Equinox, Irish Red, Imperial Pilsner (Silver only), Beam Me Up Scotty (Silver only). The most recent additions are Belgian Tripel, Dunkelweizen, Irish Red, Equinox, and Bird of Prey.
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: Imperial Red, Topaz Pale Ale, Red Chile Chocolate Porter, Dry-Hopped Saison, Amber Ale. The new Topaz Pale Ale is the latest in a series of single-hop beers. The most recent additions are the Amber Ale, Imperial Red, and Red Chile Chocolate Porter.
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: S’More Than a Beer, Baltic Bollocks, Come to the Dort Side, SMASH Comet Session IPA, Irish Handcuffs Imperial Stout, Coco Orastie (Orange) Stout. QC has brewed up a delicious monster in the Baltic Bollocks Porter. S’More Than a Beer was made with graham crackers, lactose, and chocolate. After last week’s smash run of a barrel-aged 2016 Irish Handcuffs, the new version debuts (sans any barrel aging) this week.
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.; Wyoming 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, WyPA, 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 (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Oscar Butler, 7-9 p.m.
Events (Downtown): Friday—Ugly Sweater Party, 7 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, Lemongrass Wit, Peach Gose, Cherry Sour, Kolsch, Hibiscus Mojito, Penguin Lager, Belgian Blonde, Cherry Wheat, Belgo IPA, Pink Boots Pale Ale, Marzen, Grapefruit Launcher IPA, Schwarzbier, Rubus Ruckus, Barleywine, Cherry Wheat Cuvee, Christmas Cascade Pale Ale, Grab ‘Em By the Putin (Russian Imperial Stout). 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 (new recipe!), Putin (new batch), and Belgian Strong. The Cherry Wheat Cuvee is a barrel-aged blend of Cherry Wheat and Barleywine.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Nick Fury, 6-8 p.m.; Thursday—Paul Hunton, 6-8 p.m.; Friday—The Brujo Trio, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—String Dinner, 6-9 p.m.
Weekly Events: Friday—Headliners Comedy presents Friday Night Fools ($5 cover, event only), 9:30 p.m.; Sunday—Pints & Planks with Yoga Zo
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: CO-MO IPA, 3:10 to Belen Brown Ale, Railhead Red, Dark Engine Stout, 2926 Steam Lager, Buzz Bomb. The CO-MO IPA is the most recent addition. Buzz Bomb is a delicious coffee pale ale made in collaboration with the folks next door at Zendo.
Cask: The CO-MO and Railhead are in the firkins.
Events: Thursday—Winter Solstice Celebration with Carlos Trujillo, 7:30 p.m.
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, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Jack Tooth Grin, A Roll in Ze Hay (Hefeweizen), Black Friday (Dark American Lager), Starrgazm IPA, Zombies in the Manger (Biscochito Stout). The most recent additions are Starrgazm and the Zombies in the Manger, which is downright sacrilicious.
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) Figgy Pudding, Plymouth Rock & Rye Saison, Who’s Brett IPA, Ich Bin Ein Cranberry, Brickie American Stout, Compa Los Ranchos Lager, Manana Tropical IPA. The most recent additions are the Manana, Compa, Brickie, and Ich Bin Ein Cranberry. This Saturday’s edition of the 4 Casks of Christmas is Holiday Spiced Brickie. See our intro for news on two bottled beer releases, The Judy and Edith, coming this Thursday and Friday.
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) Loonies Lime Saison, Short Wee Heavy, Milk Stout, Peach Wheat, Kolsch, Scottish Ale, Say Juan Saison, Barrel-Aged Tart Cherry Milk Stout, Skin Walker Triple IPA. A most excellent update from the folks at The 377 features four new additions to the seasonal list with Loonies, Short Wee Heavy, Skin Walker, and the BA Tart Cherry Milk Stout. It’s quite the variety, isn’t it?
Weekly Events: Sunday—Open Mic/Jam Session, 5 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: Javi Lager, Three-Two Amber, 2016 Stein Wine, Cranberry Ginger Cider, Plum Spice Berliner Weisse, Barrel-Aged Leche de Luna, Imma Pale Ale, Spiced Cider, Pete’s Porter, American Wild Ale, Nitro Cowboy Coffee (Wells Park only), Desert Dweller DIPA (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Turkey Drool (Four Hills only), Jack the Sipper (Four Hills only), Belgo American Pale Ale (Four Hills only), Flanders Red Ale (Four Hills only), Cascara Cider (Four Hills only). Recent additions to the lineup are Pete’s Porter and the American Wild Ale, as well as the Imma Pale Ale, made in collaboration with Immastar Productions, and the Spiced Cider. Barrel-Aged Leche de Luna is an imperial chocolate milk stout with a serious kick.
News: Do not fret, Berry Cider is still on tap, but since it is now a year-round offering, we will no longer be listing it with the seasonal/specialty brews and ciders here.
Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Black Hats N Pearl Snaps, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Paul Hunton, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Saturday—Alex Maryol, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Four Hills): Thursday—A Gato Malo Christmas, 7 p.m.; Saturday—RJ Perez, 7 p.m.
Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Adult Coloring Night, 3 p.m.; Friday—Drag Queen Bingo: Christmas Edition, 8 p.m.
Weekly Events (Wells Park): 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.
Weekly Events (Four Hills): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 7 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: Cosmic Yum Yum, Can’t Catch Me Copper Lager, Arsenal Porter, Pour les Abeilles, Capspackler Imperial IPA, Count Hellesaurius, Depravity Barleywine. An archived keg of Depravity has been tapped for a limited time. The Count Hellesaurius, Capspackler (9.5% ABV, 125+ IBU), and Arsenal Porter are the most recent additions.
Cask: Tuesday—Count Hellesaurius with lemon peel and white pepper
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Farmhouse Funkalicious, La Santa Oscura, Cosmic Darkness Imperial Stout, Conspirator Doppelbock. The La Santa Oscura is a holiday spiced dark lager. The Cosmic Darkness and Funkalicious 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), 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, Marcel, Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Duchamp (Sour Wit), Cezanne Magnifique, HMWWA FIACFW, Cezanne Verite, Fiction (IPA), Lourd of Funk, Titian, Dark Ryder, Grunewald. This batch of Cezanne Verite is barrel aged and it is also for sale in bombers. The Titian, Dark Ryder, and Grunewald are the most recent additions, available on tap and in bombers.
Live Music (ABQ taproom): Friday—Pata De’ Perro, 9 p.m.; Saturday—Moonhat, 9 p.m.
Events (ABQ taproom): Thursday—Drink & Draw: Nightmare Before Christmas, 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), Fruhschoppen (Hefeweizen), Little White Lies (Belgian Blonde), Conduit (Belgian IPA), Bosco P. Coltrane (Chocolate Brown). The Agent Scully is a new series of IPAs which will vary by hop combinations. Episode 4 is the most recent iteration. The Coltrane is the most recent addition to the lineup.
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: Adobe Igloo, Hipster Union IPA, Oktoberfest, Bobcat Dynamite (Kolsch), Wet Hop Pale Ale (ECS). With the colder weather almost upon us, Adobe Igloo makes its annual return. Hipster Union is also back, while Bobcat Dynamite is the most recent addition.
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, Cherry Wood Smoked Imperial Porter, Rufina Amber, 2920 IPA, Mosaic IPA, Railyard Red, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Anniversary Ale, Civil Rye. The taps saw a huge turnover with the return of Coffee Porter, 2920 IPA, Mosaic IPA, Railyard, Anniversary, Civil Rye, and the Steam Bitter, which won bronze at the Great American Beer Festival in October.
Live Music (Original location): Friday—The Bill Hearne Trio, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Kodama Trio’s Charlie Brown Christmas Special, 6-9 p.m.
Live Music (Railyard): Friday—The Shiners Club Holiday Show, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Swingin’ Ornaments, 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: Cranberry Sour, Interstella Vanilla, Cherry Wheat, Single Hop IPA, Whiskey Stout. The Whiskey Stout is the most recent addition. The Cranberry Sour is the most recent addition. Oktoberfest is now available on tap. Cherry Wheat is available in bottles and won a gold medal at GABF this year.
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