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.
Back when Marble Brewery opened in 2008, it was unheard of in New Mexico to have a taproom that did not provide a full kitchen menu of food. Ultimately, food trucks would fill that role, but the times are changing. The success of Marble was emulated by many others to go sans kitchen, but in more recent years, as the sheer number of new breweries outpaced the number of food trucks available, many taprooms have had to go back and add at least a full or partial in-house food menu (see Tractor, Rio Bravo, and many more). Bombs Away Beer Company is just the latest, then, to expand its food offerings so customers aren’t drinking beer on an empty stomach. Being in an industrial area, far from nearby restaurants, did not help matters, and with most of the reliable food trucks sticking with places like Marble and La Cumbre, it had left Bombs Away in a lurch. Now, however, they will have a full slate of panini-press sandwiches with awesome names like Atomic Turkey, Cuban Missile Sandwich, Patriot Sandwich, Rendered Safe Panini (it’s the vegetarian one, of course), and the General Purpose (grilled cheese). They range from $5 to $10 and are available now.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bombs Away also has some new beers this week in the Composition “C” IPL and Primer Pub Ale, which is gluten removed, plus the popular MK Deuce Pale Ale is back. Bosque finally went and made an Irish-style red ale, The Irish Goodbye. Dialogue, High and Dry, and Ponderosa made a collaboration called Brut IPA, plus Dialogue also brings back the P-funk Porter. La Cumbre unleashes Better Than Super, a spiced ale. Red Door will tap El Dorado SMASH on Friday. Rio Bravo has new batches of Cherry Wheat and Blurred Lines Hazy IPA. Starr Brothers has more Starrphire Pilsner, plus this weekend look for There Gose Them Boyz. Steel Bender has replenished its supply of Compa Los Ranchos Lager and Out to Pasture Brett Saison, plus Tangerine Dynamite debuts Thursday.
Up in Santa Fe, things are quiet, but further north in Red River, RRBC has the new Back Forty Farmhouse Ale.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of July 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, 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, Proximity Pilsner, Actuator IPA, Hazy Chain DIPA, Wild Card Saison, Spring Lager, Arsenal Amber Ale, Booster Blueberry Sour, Milkshake IPA, Summer Stout, MK Deuce Pale Ale, Composition “C” IPL, Primer Pub Ale. The most recent additions are the MK Deuce, Composition “C,” and the Primer Pub Ale, which is gluten removed. Before those came the Milkshake IPA and Summer Stout.
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, EOP 2.0, Old Man Jameson, Seedless, Foolish Warrior IPA, Backyard Campout, The Irish Goodbye. Foolish Warrior is a new IPA made with, well, you can guess the hops. Seedless is a watermelon wheat beer. Backyard Campout is a session IPA.
News: The grand opening of Bosque North will be this coming Monday!
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, Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Common Ground, RasBearry Gose, Black and Blue Tart, Strong Arm Pale Ale, Ameri-Kolsch, AlbuMurky Hazy IPA. The most recent addition is AlbuMurky, this year’s entry in the NMIPAC for the two-time defending champions. Before that came Black and Blue Tart, Ameri-Kolsch, brewed with all-American hops, RasBearry Gose, Strong Arm, and Common Ground, a California common. Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout is on the nitro tap.
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, Oompa Lupulin DIPA, Zafado Groove, Cabana Lager, Tuttle IPA, Blood Orange Wheat, Valle De Oro Summer Ale. Zafado Groove is a passionfruit Belgian ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with brett. The most recent addition is the Valle De Oro Summer Ale.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Keith Sanchez, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Alex Maryol, 4-7 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—RJ Perez, 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, Dialectical Reasoning DIPA, Munich Dunkel, Apricot Lager, Brut IPA, P-funk Porter. 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?). Brut IPA and P-funk Porter are the most recent additions.
Live Music: Friday—Ruben Montoya, 8 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), Brut IPA. 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, plus the collaboration Brut IPA.
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—Michael Handle with The Blues Revue, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Scotty and the Atomics, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Jazz Jam Sesh, 7 p.m.; 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.
Live Music: Thursday—Jam Night, 7 p.m.; Saturday—SOL Doctors, 7 p.m.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225
(Open every day at noon)
Beers: Sun Fade (Hazy IPA), Better Than Super, Hell Froze Over, Can You Drive a Sticke?. There are more cans of Sun Fade now available. The Better Than Super is a spiced ale, while Hell Froze Over is a brown ale.
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, Saison, Calypso DIPA, White Out, Cholo Lean, Abbey Singel, Cholo Stout, Passionate Gose, NM State Fair Hazy Pale Ale, Pink Phunk, Desert Fog (Downtown and Heights only), Jabroni Dark (Heights and Westside only), Cape Cod Gose (Heights and Westside only), Safeword IPA (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 Cape Cod Gose and Calypso. You can purchase cans of White Out and the NM State Fair Hazy Pale Ale in addition to enjoying them both on tap. Safeword is Marble’s NMIPAC entry, so get it before it is only available at the final round!
Live Music (Downtown): Today (Wednesday)—Tres Pendejos, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday—Pink Freud, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Sol Connection, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Saturday Night Fever Blisters, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday—Roxy Roca, 3-6 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Friday—The Gershom Brothers, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Keith Sanchez, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Picoso, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Todd Tijerina, 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.
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.; El Vado Taproom: Daily 1-8 p.m.)
Beers: Czech Pilsner, Premium American Lager, PB&J Stout, Spanglish 2.0, Brut IPA. The Brut IPA is the most recent addition, and before that came the Premium American Lager. 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—Bird’s Eye Lowdown, 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, VP30 (German Festbier). The most recent additions are VP30, Test Batch #3 and Gondola Party Starter XH. 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: ESB, Dunkel, New England IPA, Jason’s Bloody Gose, Berliner Weisse (Candelaria and Wyoming only). New England IPA is back and competing in the NMIPAC. Another recent addition is the Jason’s Bloody Gose, which was made with blood oranges, if you could not guess. This Friday, look for El Dorado SMASH.
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. Fresh batches of Cherry Wheat and Blurred Lines are now on tap, and a new batch of Grab ‘Em By the Putin is coming soon. The most recent new 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—Ruben Montoya, 5 p.m.; Friday—Chris Ravin Duo, 5 p.m., Jimmy Deveney and the Silver Foxes, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Val James Duo, 4 p.m.
Other Events: Saturday—ALS Ride & Run, 11 a.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: Citrus Punch IPA, Sunburst Pale Ale, Railhead Red, Pub Ale, Apricot Tart Pale Ale. The Citrus Punch, Sunburst, and Apricot Tart are the most recent additions.
News: Sidetrack recently enlarged its draft tower and has 10 taps instead of six, so look for more new beers in the future!
Cask: The Citrus Punch and Sunburst are in the firkins.
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, Them Boyzz, Starrphire Pilsner, Starrgazm IPA, Bottoms Up (Kolsch-style ale), Japanese Garden (Hibiscus Lemon Blonde). The most recent additions are Japanese Garden and Starrgazm IPA, but this weekend will see the arrival of There Gose Them Boyzz.
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) Kettle Run – A Solo Hop Sour, Raspberry Dynamite, Skull Crusher DIPA, Compa Los Ranchos Lager, Out to Pasture Brett Saison, Tangerine Dynamite. Fresh batches of Compa and Out to Pasture are now available, and Tangerine Dynamite will join them this Thursday with a special food pairing. The ever-popular Raspberry Dynamite on tap and in seasonal cans, alongside year-round cans of Skull Bucket and Red Iron.
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.
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.; Westside: Sun-Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri-Sat noon-midnight)
Beers: EQNM Queer Beer with Glitter, Imma Pale Ale, Rose Cider, Pineapple Cider, Dry Cider, Acreage DIPA, Berliner Weisse, Coloring Night (Wells Park only), Muddlicious Session Cider (Wells Park, Nob Hill, and Four Hills only), Break Pointe Pale Ale (Wells Park, Four Hills, and Westside only), Beer-A-Rita (Wells Park, Four Hills, and Westside only), Nitro Milk Stout (Wells Park and Westside only), Cascara Cider (Four Hills only), Chocolate Milk Stout (Westside only). All proceeds from the EQNM Queer Beer with Glitter go to Equality New Mexico. New additions include the Pineapple Cider, Dry Cider, Acreage DIPA, and fresh batches of Muddlicious Session Cider and Break Pointe Pale Ale.
Live Music (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Singer Songwriter Showcase, 8 p.m.; Thursday—Beloved, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Hub City Soundsystem, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Friday—David Garcia, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Julian Dossett, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Four Hills): Saturday—Nathan Fox, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Saturday—Jacob Chavez, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Thursday—Adult Coloring Night with Sumrow, all day
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, Sup’s Sesh’d (Session IPA), Count Hellesaurius, Yum Yum Noir. New batches of Count Hellesaurius and Nitro McSmack are now available.
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, Gatekeeper IPA. The Gatekeeper is the most recent addition, and yes, it’s the entry into the NMIPAC for Blue Corn.
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)—Blitzar, Manhigh and The Shine, 9 p.m.; Saturday—Guilty Pleasures with Dave 12, 8 p.m.
Other Events (ABQ taproom): Thursday—Drag Queen Trivia: Star Wars Edition, 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.
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): Today (Wednesday)—Helen Gillet, Rumelia Collective, Cloacas, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Dane Arnold and the Soup, Shake Alert, Trashcat, 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: Thursday—Soultastic: The Thursday Night Funk, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Cary Hudson, 4 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, Cat Skinner IPA, Copper Chair Amber, Midnight Meadows Oatmeal Stout, Prospector Porter, Back Forty Farmhouse Ale. 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 Back Forty Farmhouse Ale is the most recent addition. The Bad Medicine Honey DIPA, Red River’s NMIPAC entry, will be back soon.
Live Music: Friday—Kim & Chipper Thompson, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Sam, Ellyn, & Carson, 7-10 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—Rudy Boy Experiment, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Danny Harps Band, 4 p.m.
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