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.
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.
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, Bernalillo Weisse, Best Coast IPA, Parasol, Red Mountain, Double Trouble, Sombra Stout, Trail Head DIPA. The Bernalillo Weisse is a tremendous name. The most recent addition is the Trail Head, and before that came the Parasol, Red Mountain (IPA), Double Trouble, and Sombra Stout.
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: Contact the brewery for an updated list.
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: Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Washington’s Hatchet, Super Kreak, TruBlu Pilsner, Zeus Juice White IPA, Rock’N’Boese Mango IPA, Professor Plum, Sour Relationship. The most recent addition is the Sour Relationship, a prickly pear sour made in collaboration with Milton’s, Sidetrack, Desert Dogs, and NM Hard Cider. Zeus Juice White IPA has also returned on tap and in bottles.
Bombs Away Beer Company — (505) 554-3204
(Hours: Mon–Sat noon–10 p.m., Sun noon–8 p.m.)
Beers: BABC IPA, Willie Pete Wit, Low Order Porter, Operation Single Hop, Proximity Pilsner, Actuator IPA, Hazy Chain DIPA, Wild Card, Spring Lager, Arsenal Amber Ale, K98 Kolsch, Kristallweizen, Booster Blueberry Sour, Milkshake IPA, Summer Stout. The most recent additions are the Milkshake IPA and Summer Stout, and before those came the Booster, K98, and Kristallweizen.
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)
UPDATED >>> Beers: Driftwood Oatmeal Stout, EOP 2.0, Old Man Jameson, Seedless, Foolish Warrior IPA. Foolish Warrior is a new IPA made with, well, you can guess the hops. Seedless is a watermelon wheat beer.
News: The grand opening of Bosque North will be July 30!
Bow & Arrow Brewing — (505) 247-9800
(Mon-Weds 3–10 p.m., Thurs 3–11 p.m., Fri 3 p.m.-midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.)
Beers: (House) Sun Dagger (Saison), True Aim (Scotch Ale), Denim Tux Lager, Nomadico IPA, Savage Times Sour IPA, Visionland Amber Ale; (Seasonal) Dark Mesa, Roam Free DIPA, Desert Rambler Hefeweizen, Thief of Time (Barleywine), Rancho Bizarro (Sour red Ale), Zia Pelta Pale Ale, Ace Supreme Saison, Waffle Bandit Stout, Neon Arrow Berliner Weisse, Tropic Rodeo IPA. There is only a limited amount of Dark Mesa, a barrel-aged quad with brett, left on tap and all the bottles have sold out. The most recent additions are Tropic Rodeo, Neon Arrow, Ace Supreme, and Waffle Bandit, which is rather exceptionally delicious for a 5.7-percent ABV breakfast stout.
Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327
(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Beers: Featherweight Session IPA, New Mexikolsch, Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Common Ground, Schwarzbier, RasBearry Gose, Black and Blue Tart, Strong Arm Pale Ale, Ameri-Kolsch, AlbuMurky Hazy IPA. The most recent additions is AlbuMurky, this year’s entry in the NMIPAC for the two-time defending champions. Before that came Ameri-Kolsch, brewed with all-American hops, and RasBearry Gose, Strong Arm, Common Ground, a California common, and Schwarzbier. Black and Blue returns on tap and in bombers this Saturday.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8-10 p.m.
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, Double Black. OK, fine, Pepe the Mule counts as a beer, even though it is basically a Moscow Mule, but it was made with beer. Double Black is now on tap at all times, and that is a good thing.
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: Irish Red, Exodus IPA, Laid Back Lager, Oompa Lupulin DIPA, Zafado Groove, Cabana Lager, Tuttle IPA, Blood Orange Wheat. Zafado Groove is a passionfruit Belgian ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with brett. The most recent additions were the Tuttle and Blood Orange Wheat.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—St. Range, 6-9 p.m.; Friday—Friends of the Valle de Oro Summer Beer Fundraiser with Dusty Low, 5-9 p.m.; Sunday—Chris Dracup, 4-7 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—TBA, 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
(Mon-Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Sun noon-midnight)
Beers: Belgian Citrus IPA, Berliner Weisse, Sour Raspberry, 505 Lager, Stormy (Belgian Blonde), Jeff Wenzel Fights Fires Saison, King Salmon Lager, Men Who Stare at Goats Maibock, Dialectical Reasoning DIPA, Munich Dunkel, Apricot Lager. The new saison is named for Jeff Wenzel, Dialogue’s assistant brewer, since it’s his first recipe. The King Salmon Lager was made with Chinook hops (get it?). Munich Dunkel and Apricot Lager are the most recent additions.
Events: Saturday—Beat Garden Vinyl Pop-Up, 1 p.m.; Sunday—ABQ Ax, 1 p.m.
Weekly Events: Tuesday—Game Night, 7 p.m.
Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500
(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)
Beers: Hazeas Corpus Hazy IPA, Brewhouse Shandy, Schnitz N Giggle, Hoppiness is a Warm Gun (IPA), Lightspeed Vienna Lager. Schnitz N Giggle is a Dortmunder lager made with Steel Bender. Hoppiness is a West Coast-style IPA.
High and Dry Brewing — (505) 433-5591
(Mon closed, Tues-Thurs 2-10 p.m., Fri-Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)
Beers: Freedom Cage (IPA), Hurry Sundown (American Wheat), Wing Tip (Oatmeal Stout), Special Shapes #2 (IPA), Ghost of a Moon (Pale Ale), Rye Orbison, Feb xMas Lights (Pale Wheat). It has been a busy few months for the new brewery at 529 Adams St. NE, just south of Lomas. The most recent additions are fresh batches of Freedom Cage, Hurry Sundown, and Wing Tip.
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, Nut Brown. 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 Nut Brown is a new seasonal for summer.
Weekly Events: Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.
Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072
(Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)
Beers: STEAM, Puddle Stomper IPA, CutBow Coffee Schwarz, Paleontology (Lager), Smoove Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Cherry Blonde, Blonde, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. Once again, there has been a big tap turnover, with STEAM, Oatmeal Stout, Cherry Blonde, and Blonde joining the lineup recently.
Live Music: Friday—West of the Moon Band, 7 p.m.; Tuesday—Van Darien, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events: Sunday—Blues Jam Sesh, 3 p.m., The Desert Darlings, 6-8 p.m.
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, American Lager, IPA, Lobo Red Ale, Session IPA, Sleeping Dog Stout, 35 N Coffee Porter, Common; (seasonal) German Pilsner, Capspackler DIPA, Dortmunder, Oak-Aged Natalia. The lineup got a bit of a makeover, with American Lager and Common joining the regulars, bumping out the Blonde. The Natalia was originally made at Chama River and dear lord it was dark decadence in a glass.
Live Music: Every Wednesday 6-9 p.m. and Sunday 3-6 p.m.
Kilt Check Brewing (formerly Drafty Kilt) — (505) 881-0234
(Sun 11 a.m–10 p.m., Mon closed, 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, Outlamber Amber, Obliviscaris Oatmeal Stout, Kilt Rocks. The Kilt Rocks is a collaboration with Lava Rock (which should have small batches of its own beers coming out in the next few weeks). This is an imperial red ale checking in at 7.8-percent ABV and 50 IBU.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: Miles From Cologne, Sun Fade (Hazy IPA), Crambre Summer Ale, Don’t Get Cherried Away, ‘Merica Pale Ale. There are more cans of Sun Fade now available. Miles From Cologne is awesome, again. Don’t Get Cherried Away is a Berliner Weisse made with, well, you can guess.
Lava Rock Brewing — (505) 836-1022
(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight)
Beers: All guest taps for now. Welcome to the listings, Lava Rock! We just wanted everyone to know that the kitchen is up and running and some unique guest taps from other local breweries are available now at 2220 Unser Blvd. NW. When the house beers appear, we will let everyone know.
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.
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: Double IPA, Pink Phunk, Jabroni Dark, White Out, Black Passion, Cholo Lean, Abbey Singel, Desert Fog, Passionate Gose (Downtown and Heights only), Saison (Downtown and Heights only), Cholo Stout (Downtown and Westside only), Safe Word IPA (Heights and Westside only), Berry White (Heights and Westside only), American Pale Lager (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 most recent additions are Berry White, Jabroni Dark, Pink Phunk, and fresh batches of Passionate Gose and Desert Fog.
Live Music (Downtown): Today (Wednesday)—Pherkad, 2-5 p.m.; Thursday—Salsa, 7-8 p.m., Red Light Cameras, 8:20-10 p.m.; Friday—Two Faces West, 8-8:50 p.m., Public Safety, 9:20-11 p.m.; Saturday—STIG, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday—Vintage Grass, 3-4:30 p.m., Dirty Brown Jug Band, 4:50-6:20 p.m., Silver String Band, 6:50-8:30 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Thursday—DJ XIA, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—The Cumberlands, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Alex Maryol, 7-10 p.m.; Sunday—Julian Dossett Duo, 3-5 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Vintage Brew, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Underground Cadence, 8-11 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: Lemon Wheat Ale, Notorious BUN (Big Ugly Nasty) IPA, Beam Me Up Scotty, New Mexico Snow IPA. Welcome back to Beam Me Up, always a Crew favorite, and hello to the Notorious BUN. The Snow IPA is back and bigger than ever.
News: The Silver taproom no longer has weekly music, but it does have an abbreviated menu to keep folks plenty happy.
Palmer Brewery and Cider House — (505) 508-0508
(Tues–Sat 3–9 p.m.)
Beers: MWA (Malt With Attitude), Guero (Belgian Wit), Pool Session Pale Ale, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale), Switch Stance Stout, Lawn Ninja, Dark Side of the Wort. A pair of collaboration beers are now available. Lawn Ninja is a summery rice ale made with Quarter Celtic. Dark Side of the Wort is an imperial brown made in collaboration with the Worthogs Homebrew Club and, well, you can probably guess.
Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941
(Brewery: Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Taproom: Daily 1-8 p.m.)
Beers: Tart Cherry Chocolate Porter, Czech Pilsner, Amber Ale, PB&J Stout, Spanglish 2.0. The Spanglish 2.0 is the most recent addition, and before that came the PB&J Stout, Czech Pilsner, and TCC Porter. Six-pack cans of Blood Orange Double Wit are now available, and New Mexican Lime Lager, made with the Spanglish, is also on the way.
News: Ponderosa’s taproom at the El Vado Motel redevelopment is now open! Here are the details and some sweet photos.
Live Music: Saturday—Ryan Painter, 6-9 p.m.
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: Berliner Weisse, The Friend Zone IPA, Test Batch #3 (DIPA), Gondola Party Starter XH. The most recent additions are Test Batch #3 and Gondola Party Starter XH, but a new German fest bier is also on deck for this weekend. The Friend Zone is an IPA made with grapefruit and passionfruit. One of QC’s four regular beers, Pedro O’Flannigan, won a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup.
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: The Lemongrass Pilsner, Berliner Weisse, Dunkel, New England IPA, Jason’s Bloody Gose. Just as the English IPA runs out, New England IPA is ready to return this Friday. Also new is the Jason’s Bloody Gose, which was made with blood oranges, if you could not guess.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Monday—The Draft Sessions, 7-9 p.m.
Weekly Events (Downtown 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, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Roadkill Red Ale, La Luz Lager, Barrel-Aged Barley Wine, Vanilla Porter, NM Pinon Coffee Porter, Level 3 DIPA, Lemongrass Wit, Blueberry Gose, Imperial Kolsch, Marzen, Barrel-Aged Grab ‘Em By the Putin (Russian Imperial Stout), Hella Fine Pils, Blurred Lines (New England-style IPA), Sandia SMASH Watermelon Sour, Old Firestone Pale Ale, Cherry Wheat, Oatmeal Stout, Wildcard Weiss. There are two barrel-aged beers on tap in the Barley Wine and Putin. The most recent addition is the Wildcard Weiss, a traditional German-style weissbier. The batch of Level 3 DIPA that is currently on tap is Rio Bravo’s entry in the upcoming NM IPA Challenge.
Live Music: Thursday—RJ Perez, 6 p.m.; Friday—JImmy Deveney, 4 p.m.; Sunday—Last Call, 1 p.m.
Weekly Events: Wednesday—Loungy Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.; Friday—Headliners Comedy presents Friday Night Fools ($5 cover, event only), 9:30 p.m.; Sunday—Pints & Planks with Yoga Zo; Family Funday, 2-5 p.m.
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: Hazy Days of Summer IPA, Buzz Bomb, Railhead Red, Pub Ale, Guera American Blonde. The Hazy Days is the most recent addition, preceded by the Guera.
News: Sidetrack recently enlarged its draft tower and will have 10 taps instead of six, so look for more new beers in the future!
Cask: The CO-MO and Guera, with sunrise tea added, are in the firkins.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—The Rudy Boy Experiment, 7 p.m.; Thursday—The Spins with Hi-Phy Records, 6 p.m.; Friday—Party on the Patio with Dave 12, Bass Rob, Boogaloo B, Haloe5000, 6 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, Plaid Boy Boogie, Them Boyzz, Super Chinooki (Pale Ale), Thunderr Ale, Bottoms Up (Kolsch-style ale). The most recent addition is Bottoms Up, and before that came Super Chinooki, Plaid Boy Boogie, a Scottish Red, and Them Boyzz, a boysenberry wheat.
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, Steel Bender Lager, The Village Wit; (seasonals/specialties) Homegrown Pils, Yogi Beera, Kettle Run – A Solo Hop Sour, Raspberry Dynamite, COMPA Los Ranchos Lager, Skull Crusher DIPA. The COMPA is the most recent addition, at least until Thursday, when Skull Crusher returns in time for the NMIPAC. The ever-popular Raspberry Dynamite is back on tap and in cans, alongside Skull Bucket and Red Iron.
Live Music: Today (Tuesday)—Holly Durante, 6 p.m.
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, Skin Walker Triple IPA, Plum Cherry Sour, Imperial Cream Ale, BBA (Barrel-Aged Dark Lager). A trio of new additions hit taps recently with Plum Cherry Sour, Imperial Cream Ale, and BBA, which is made with coffee, cocoa, and vanilla.
Live Music: Saturday—Last Call Jazz, 4 p.m.
Toltec Brewing — (505) 890-1455
(Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight, Sunday noon-10 p.m.)
Beers: Agave Wheat, Pale Ale, IPA, Stout, Altbier, Rye Lager, Golden Kolsch. Rye Lager was the last of the core beers to arrive on tap (naturally, being a lager and all). Our favorite so far is (prepare to be shocked) the Stout, which is roasty, creamy, slightly sweet, and rather wonderful overall. The first seasonal, Golden State Kolsch, is now available.
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: EQNM Queer Beer with Glitter, Imma Pale Ale, Rose Cider, Gose (Wells Park only), Coloring Night (Wells Park, Nob Hill and Four Hills only), Beer-A-Rita (Wells Park, Four Hills and Westside only), Nitro Milk Stout (Wells Park and Westside only), Cascara Cider (Four Hills only), Oud Bruin (Four Hills and Westside only), Chocolate Milk Stout (Westside only). All proceeds from the EQNM Queer Beer with Glitter go to Equality New Mexico. The Rose Cider is the most recent addition.
News: The Westside Taproom is now open! The grand opening party is this Friday.
Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Michael Moxey, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Hurdle and Bud Melvin, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Wednesday—August Packard, 8:30 p.m.; Thursday—Fast Hart Mart, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Melissa Rios, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Four Hills): Saturday—Jacob Chavez, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Grand Opening Party with DJ Flo Fader and Sage Harrington, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Julian Dossett, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Friday—Gin & Jazz, 6 p.m., John Sumrow Art Opening, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Wells Park): Monday—Super Tractor Gamers Night, 5:30 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.
Weekly Events (Four Hills): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.
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: Taurisian Mindset, Tim’s Mom (IPA), Sup’s Sesh’d (Session IPA), Count Hellesaurius, Nitro McSmack. New batches of Count Hellesaurius and Nitro McSmack are now available.
Cask: Today (Tuesday)—Taurisian Mindset
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Helles Wind Staff Maibock, Jackal IPL, Pineapple Gose, Barrel-Aged Cosmic Darkness. The brewers keep releasing short runs of the BA Cosmic Darkness, their imperial stout, just to torment all of us living down here in ABQ. Gatekeeper IPA goes on tap on Thursday.
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, Whistler (Blonde), Manikin (Small Scottish), Small Stout, Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Sans Titre (Sour Blonde), Fiction (IPA), Monomyth (DIPA), Titian, Dark Ryder, Grunewald, Goya, Project 10 (Biere de Mars). There has been a big tap turnover with the return of Whistler, Manikin, Sans Titre, Monomyth, and the new Small Stout and Project 10. The Titian, Dark Ryder, Grunewald, and Goya (13.3% ABV) are available on tap and in bombers.
Live Music (ABQ taproom): Today (Wednesday)—Ritual Union and Gathering of Sounds, 8 p.m.; Thursday—Sunset Sessions with Lani Nash, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Blood Wolf, Embelisk, Scarlet Empyrean, 9 p.m.
Live Music (SF brewery): Friday—Loops & Beats, 7 p.m.
Other Events (ABQ taproom): Friday—Pasties & Beer, 8 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 Summer ’18, Agent Scully – Season Two, Episode One (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Saison du Sarlacc First Order (Imperial Saison), Kaffeeklatsch, One at a Time – Galaxy, Sketches of Simplicity (Brett Pilsner), Mo’schwecka (Brett Saison with Motueka hops), Almost Native (Oaxacan Gose), Justice Dispenser (IPA). The Agent Scully is a series of IPAs which will vary by hop combinations. We have now moved on to Season Two, where hopefully she isn’t abducted by aliens for a while, leaving RFA adrift with just the saisons to carry the show. The Kaffeeklatsch is a mixed fermentation coffee Berliner Weisse. The more recent additions include Mo’schwecka, Almost Native, and Justice Dispenser.
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: Hipster Union IPA, Lustgarten Lager, Imperial Pastry-Free Porter, Twisted Root, Schneeball Imperial Pilsner. The most recent additions are Schneeball and Twisted Root, the latter a blonde ale with ginger and lemongrass. You can also find Twisted Root and Lustgarten in six-pack cans.
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, Agua Fria Pilsner, Boneshaker Special Bitter, LVL Stout, Diablo Canyon Pale Ale, XX ESB, Fulcrum IPA, Raspberry Lager, Breaking Plaid, Citraweizen, RRB, Petrel Head Pale Ale. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. The RRB and Petrel Head are the most recent additions.
Live Music (Rufina): Saturday—Detroit Lightning, 8 p.m.
Weekly Events (Railyard): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8 p.m.
Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery — (505) 303-3808
(Bisbee Tasting Room: Daily 4-8 p.m.; Agua Fria Taproom: Sunday-Wednesday noon-10 p.m., Thursday-Saturday noon-midnight)
Beers: Dortmunder, Farmhouse Ale, Dry Irish Stout, Citra Pale Ale, IPA, Honey Hibiscus Wheat, Imperial Red, Maibock. At last, Tumbleroot joins the listings! Stop by the tasting room at 32 Bisbee Court or go all-in at the taproom and music venue at 2791 Agua Fria Street. All the rest of us look forward to trying the beers quite soon!
Live Music: Friday—Ian Moore & The Quaker City Night Hawks, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Next 2 the Tracks, 8 p.m.; Tuesday—Bill Palmer, 5 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: Hoppenheimer IPA, Wit Rock, Pennsylvania Swanky, Dunkel Bock, Flat Cap Brown, Little Bird Blonde, Lichtenhainer. With a new brewer in place, BRB shakes up the lineup. Old favorites Hoppenheimer, Wit Rock, and Little Bird are joined by some fascinating newcomers in the Dunkel Bock, Flat Cap, and Lichtenhainer, a sour ale.
Picacho Peak Brewing — (575) 680-6394
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun closed)
Beers: Picacho Lite, Keller Hefeweizen, Twisted Windmill IPA, Old Crawley, 575 Scotsman, Irish Xtra Stout, I Heart Porter, Smooth and Stout. For the first time in a long, long time we have a Las Cruces brewery in here. Make sure to check it out the next time you are down south.
Red River Brewing — (575) 754-4422
(Open daily 5-10 p.m.)
Beers: Lazy Bear Blonde, Greenie Peak Wheat, Ed Iver Pale Ale, Cast Skinner IPA, Copper Chair Amber, Bobcat Pass Brown, Midnight Meadows Oatmeal Stout, Prospector Porter, Back Forty Farmhouse Ale, Bad Medicine Honey DIPA. Welcome to the listings, Red River! The brewery in the ski town in Northern New Mexico is now open, and these are the initial beers. We will be up there soon to try them all! The Cat Skinner is the most recent addition.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday) and Thursday—The Gershom Brothers, 7 p.m.; Friday—Clark Andrew Libbey and Anne Luna, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Pint & a Half, 7 p.m.
Sierra Blanca Brewing — (505) 832-2337
(Mon–Thurs 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri –Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m.)
Beers: Cherry Wheat, Single Hop IPA, Elcitmos IPA, Raspberry Sour, Cranberry Sour. It’s a double dose of new sours with Raspberry and Cranberry on tap for the summer. Elcitmos, if you could not guess by the name, features Eldorado, Citra, and Mosaic hops. Cherry Wheat is available in bottles and won a gold medal at GABF in 2017.
Live Music: Friday—Full Moon, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Weather, 6 p.m.
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