Archive for June 20, 2018

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 seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, and one in Las Cruces also joining the party.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

What New Mexico lacks in population, it makes up for in land area. It can be hard to find the time to make it to the breweries outside of the Albuquerque-Santa Fe corridor, even though it is often well worth the trip. In turn, most of those breweries aren’t really big enough to launch mass distribution efforts down here to lure folks to visit. This Friday, however, Taos Mesa is staging a tap takeover at Tractor Wells Park. From 3 p.m. onward, there will be 10 beers available from the Mothership right in the heart of Albuquerque. For once, we did not have to go ask for the beer list, as it is already available: Koenig Lager, Solstice Pale, Cross Eye Rye, Mosaic IPA, Hefeweizen, Old 96, Deep Thought IPA #42, Nitro Project: Scottish, British Blonde, Barleywine. The Crew has had a few of those over the years (the Barleywine batch served at WinterBrew back in January was outstanding), but we are just as eager as the rest of you to try as many as we can. We do love the concept of the far-off breweries being able to partner up with our locals. Hopefully this will encourage more team-ups in the future. We would love to see more Little Toad Creek, Milton’s, Three Rivers, and many, many more down here. Then, as they create fans here, we would love to see more people venturing out to see what else they have in store at their respective home bases. It is truly a win-win.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bow & Arrow goes big with a double beer release on Thursday, unveiling Waffle Bandit Stout and Ace Supreme Saison. Boxing Bear gets in on the trend with RasBearry Gose. Marble has a trifecta of newcomers in the American Pale Lager, Black Passion, and Cholo Lean. Ponderosa serves up the PB&J Stout for lunch and dinner. Red Door rolls out Lemongrass Pilsner on Friday. Sidetrack brings back CO-MO IPA and Guera American Blonde. Steel Bender answers your prayers for more Manana Tropical IPA on Thursday. Toltec honors the NBA champs, Chef David Ruiz’s favorite team, with Golden State Kolsch.

Up in Santa Fe, the Second Street staff is still in recovery mode after the Crab & Pilsner Festival, but they did manage to tap Fulcrum IPA, Raspberry Lager, Citraweisen, Rail Runner Pale Ale, and more of the delicious Breaking Plaid. Out in Moriarty, Sierra Blanca says pucker up with Raspberry Sour and Cranberry Sour.

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