Archive for July 11, 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.

Before the NM IPA Challenge kicks off with the preliminary round on Saturday at Duel ABQ, a whole lot of the participating breweries will be tapping their entries. We had all wondered if a few more hazy IPAs would be featured this year; it turns out, there may be a heck of a lot of the New England-style brews. If you would rather juice up than go on a (hop) bomb run, there are gonna be options this year. This does not mean, however, that the West Coast-style IPAs are going away. Want to test them out before the big event? You can get your haze fix with Tropic Rodeo at Bow & Arrow, AlbuMurky Hazy IPA from two-time defending champion Boxing Bear, Tuttle IPA from Canteen, and Red Door’s New England IPA, which is back on tap. For the traditionalists out there, try New Mexico Snow IPA at Nexus, Gondola Party Starter XH (Extra Hops) at Quarter Celtic, Level 3 DIPA at Rio Bravo, Skull Crusher DIPA at Steel Bender, Gatekeeper IPA at Blue Corn, and Justice Dispenser at Rowley Farmhouse Ales. As more NMIPAC entries appear on tap, we will keep you updated.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few non-NMIPAC options to check out. The Boese Brothers/NM Hard Cider/Desert Dogs/Milton’s/Sidetrack collaboration, Sour Relationship, has returned. Bosque battles on with Foolish Warrior. Boxing Bear will have more Black & Blue Tart on tap and for sale in bottles this weekend. Canteen has a fresh batch of Blood Orange Wheat. Marble passes along Safe Word IPA, plus White Out returns for another run. Quarter Celtic also has some Test Batch #3 (DIPA). Red Door unveils the first beer from its assistant brewer, Jason’s Bloody Gose.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has more barrel-aged Cosmic Darkness available. Rowley Farmhouse Ales sent us a big update with Agent Scully – Season Two, Episode 1 (IPA), Mo’schwecka (Brett Saison with Motueka hops), and Almost Native (Oaxacan Gose). Further north, Red River gets a little twisted with Cat Skinner IPA.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of July 9.