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.
At this point, when Friday rolls around and there is no special canned beer release somewhere in the metro area, that is what seems like the anomaly. Thankfully, this is one of those now-normal Fridays, with a special treat as two of our favorites from the past make a triumphant return. La Cumbre is bringing back its delicious Oktoberfest as soon as the doors open at noon. Bosque, in the meantime, is making the long-awaited transition from bottles to cans with Scale Tipper IPA. The two-time New Mexico and National IPA Challenge winner will be available in the 16-ounce cans in four packs at all Bosque taprooms this Friday at opening. The two beers are such a delightful contrast, malty versus hoppy, that we will easily make room in our beer fridges for some of both.
A big event for the upcoming three-day weekend will see Santa Fe Brewing bring its ongoing 30th anniversary celebration to Albuquerque. The taproom at Green Jeans, from open to close, will be one big party site this Saturday. There will be live music, beer specials, and more, with $1 from every pint sold going to New Mexico Autism Society and Watermelon Mountain Ranch. There is also the return of Marble’s Labor Day El Festival on Monday at the downtown location. Scroll down to the Marble entry for the full lineup of bands.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Ale Republic has more Diablo de Oro, Bug Juice, Blonde, and Strong Dark and Handsome. Bombs Away heats up the sweet with Meltdown Vanilla Brown. Bosque also gets a little hazy with Lomas and Open Space, and a little malty with Down in the Hollow and the spectacular Fresh Start. Boxing Bear digs up some Guava Gose and will add Pineapple Milk Shake later this week. Canteen brings back Hank ESB. Marble unearths some Abbey Gold. Ponderosa has fresh Oatmeal Stout at last. Red Door resurrects Lemongrass Pilsner on Friday. Sidetrack tunes it up with Turntable IPA Track 4, plus Sunburst Pale Ale is back and Crystal Cream Ale debuts. Steel Bender will have more Manaña Tropical IPA.
Up in Santa Fe, Rowley Farmhouse Ales scrolls ahead with Agent Scully – Season Two, Episode 3, plus Sonora Weisse and Greyscale are available. Over in Red River, RRBC brings back Bad Medicine Honey DIPA and adds Amarillo SMASH.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 27.
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, Best Coast IPA, Red Mountain, Sombra Stout, Diablo de Oro, Bug Juice, Blonde, Strong Dark and Handsome. There has been a bit of turnover at Ale Republic, with Diablo de Oro, Bug Juice, Blonde, and Strong Dark and Handsome coming on tap. We’ll miss Bernalillo Weisse, but we have to imagine it will be back soon.
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 is available 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, Spring Lager, Booster Blueberry Sour, Milkshake IPA, Summer Stout, MK Deuce Pale Ale, Composition “C” IPL, Primer Pub Ale, Short Fuze Blonde Ale, High Speed Low Drag Lager, All Clear! (Apple Beer), Meltdown Vanilla Brown. The most recent additions are the Meltdown, All Clear!, Short Fuze, and High Speed Low Drag. Before those came the MK Deuce, Composition “C,” and the Primer Pub Ale, which is gluten removed.
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, American Brown, Lomas (Hazy IPA), Down in the Hollow, Open Space Haze, Fresh Start. The Fresh Start (Maple and Coffee Stout), Open Space, Lomas, and Down in the Hollow are the most recent additions. This batch of Fresh Start might be even better than the first. Strawberry Sabotage is available in special four-pack, 16-ounce cans for a limited time. Watch out for cans of Scale Tipper IPA on Friday.
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) Fringe Jacket (Saison), True Aim (Scotch Ale), Denim Tux Lager, Nomadico IPA, Savage Times Sour IPA, Visionland Amber Ale; (Seasonal) Desert Rambler Hefeweizen, Thief of Time (Barleywine), Zia Pelta Pale Ale, Ace Supreme Saison, Waffle Bandit Stout, Neon Arrow Berliner Weisse, Tropic Rodeo IPA, Roam Wild (American Wild Ale), Fancy Feathers Brut IPA. The most recent additions are Fancy Feathers, Roam Wild, Tropic Rodeo, Neon Arrow, Ace Supreme, and Waffle Bandit, which is rather exceptionally delicious for a 5.7-percent ABV breakfast stout. There are still bottles left of Roam Wild. New to the house lineup is Fringe Jacket, replacing Sun Dagger as the year-round saison.
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, Black and Blue Tart, Ameri-Kolsch, Red Knuckle Irish Red, Das Bear German Pilsner, Guava Gose. The most recent addition is Guava Gose, and before that came Red Knuckle and Das Bear. Next up is Pineapple Milk Shake. Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout is on the nitro tap. Spacebear Oddity Hazy IPA was a collaboration with Colorado’s Odd13 Brewing made for Boxing Bear’s recent fourth anniversary, and the supply is down to 22-ounce bottles only.
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: Hank ESB, Cloudview Wit, Laid Back Lager, Tuttle IPA, Blood Orange Wheat, North 14 Pale Ale, Exodus IPA, Social Capital. This edition of Social Capital, a kettle sour, was made with plums, vanilla, and cardamom. The most recent addition is Hank ESB, with the Irish Red only going off-line for a short while.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Chris Dracup, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Nathan Fox, 4-7 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—Julian Dossett, 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—Still Closed For Repairs, 7 p.m.; Saturday—505 Live with Red Light Cameras, 2:40-3:45 p.m., Mondo Vibrations, 4:35-6 p.m., La Terra Meiga, 6:40-7:55 p.m., Innastate, 8:35-9:50 p.m., Super Giant, 10:30-11:45 p.m.; Sunday—Digisaurus, 6 p.m.
Weekly Events: Tuesday—Game Night, 7 p.m.
Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500
(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)
Beers: Paleontology Pale Ale, SAY HOP ONE MORE TIME, Velvety Puppet Love Raspberry Witbier. Any time you bust out a hop-forward beer in honor of Pulp Fiction, we love it. The Velvet Puppy Love is in honor of the new dark comedy The Happytime Murders.
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: Special Shapes #2 (IPA), Ghost of a Moon (Pale Ale), Rye Orbison, RV There Yet? (Brut IPA), Humble Affair (Coffee Stout), Mesita #5 (Sour). 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 Humble Affair and Mesita #5. RV There Yet? is a collaboration with Dialogue.
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—Jordyn Pepper, 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.; Friday—DogBrain, 7 p.m.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225 (brewery)
(Both locations open every day at noon)
Beers: Sun Fade (Hazy IPA), Full Nelson DIPA, Snafued Hazy IPA, Pina Quercus, A Session Divine, MOOD (Westside only), Dortmunder (Westside only), Thunderbolts and Lightning (Westside only), Carmen (Westside only). There are more cans of Sun Fade now available. The Snafued and A Session Divine are the most recent additions, while bottles of Pina Quercus are available in addition to it being on tap. Look for even more beers at the new Westside taproom. Oktoberfest returns on tap and in cans on Friday.
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, NM State Fair Hazy Pale Ale, DANG Pale Ale, Nitro Pub Ale, Pomegranate Gose, Brett IPA, Session IPA, Cot in the App, Cholo Stout, Passionate Gose (Downtown and Westside only), Abbey Gold (Heights and Westside only), Jabroni Lime (Heights and Westside only), Cape Cod Gose (Heights and Westside only), Smoked Helles (Heights and Westside only), Thunder From Dortmunder (Westside only), Calypso DIPA (Westside only), White Out (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 were Abbey Gold, Session IPA, Jabroni Lime, Smoked Helles, Thunder From Dortmunder, and Cot in the App, a fruited witbier. You can purchase cans of White Out and the NM State Fair Hazy Pale Ale in addition to enjoying them on tap, and the same goes for bottles of Brett IPA.
Live Music (Downtown): Today (Wednesday)—Coral Creek, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday—Moonhat, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Red Light Cameras, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—The Noseeums, 8-11 p.m.; Monday—Labor Day El Festival with Dirty Brown Jug Band, 3-4 p.m., Vintage Brew, 4:20-6 p.m., Scotty & The Atomics, 6:20-9 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Friday—Lani Nash, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Thursday—DJ Wae Fonkey, 6-8 p.m.; Friday—Lenin & McCarthy, 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, New Mexico Snow IPA, Imperial “Tribble” Red Ale. The Imperial “Tribble” Red Ale is the most recent addition.
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: PB&J Stout, Brut IPA, Saphir Lager, Oatmeal Stout, Blood Orange Double Wit. At last, the Oatmeal Stout is on tap, replacing the Peach Wheat. The Blood Orange Double Wit is available on tap in addition to being available in six-pack cans. Six-pack cans of New Mexican Lime Lager, made with Spanglish, are also available.
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: The Friend Zone IPA, Test Batch #3 (DIPA), Gondola Party Starter, VP30 (German Festbier), Mocha Hipster Bomb, Clark Down Under, Blood Orange Wheat. Stopped by recently to try the delicious Mocha Hipster Bomb, a milk stout brewed with plenty of chocolate and coffee, made in collaboration with Palmer Brewing. The Clark Down Under and Blood Orange Wheat are the other recent additions.
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: Dunkel, New England IPA, Jason’s Bloody Gose, Peach Berliner Weisse, El Dorado SMASH, ESB (Candelaria and Wyoming only), Berliner Weisse (Wyoming only). The Peach Berliner is the most recent addition. Another recent addition is the Jason’s Bloody Gose, which was made with blood oranges, if you could not guess. This Friday, Lemongrass Pilsner returns.
Live Music (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Nick Sitterly, 7-9 p.m.
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 Mint 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. A fresh batch of Blueberry Mint Gose is 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.
Live Music: Thursday—Leeside, 6 p.m.; Friday—Michael Anthony Giudicissi, 4 p.m., Black Smoke Blues Band, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Jimmy Deveney, 4 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: Turntable IPA Track 4, Railhead Red, Pub Ale, Buzz Bomb, Crystal Cream Ale, Sunburst Pale Ale. The Turntable, Crystal Cream, and delicious Sunburst are the most recent additions.
Cask: The Turntable and Pub Ale 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, Starrphire Pilsner, Bottoms Up (Kolsch-style ale), Japanese Garden (Hibiscus Lemon Blonde), There Gose Them Boyzz, Whole Lotta (Rosé Gose). The most recent additions are Whole Lotta, Azacadabra, There Gose, and Japanese Garden.
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) Raspberry Dynamite, Compa Los Ranchos Lager, Out to Pasture Brett Saison, Tangerine Dynamite, Harvest Pale Ale, Saison de la Rose. The Saison de la Rose is the most recent addition, but Manaña Tropical IPA will be back later this week. Fresh batches of Compa and Out to Pasture are also now available, and Tangerine Dynamite is on tap and in cans for a limited time.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Spankey Lee, 5-7 p.m.; Tuesday—Dirty Brown Jug Band, 6-9 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), New Mexico Chile Lager, Ginger Beer, Barrel-Aged Wee Heavy. See the intro above for information on how long the BA Wee Heavy will last. Other recent additions are the Chile Lager and Ginger Beer.
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, Imperial Agave Wheat. 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, and Imperial Agave Wheat is back by popular demand.
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: Simcoe Single-Hop Pale Ale, 321 SMaSH Pale Ale, EQNM Queer Beer with Glitter, Imma Pale Ale, Golden Delicious Dry Cider, Acreage DIPA, Berliner Weisse, Azacca Single Hop Pale Ale, The Spy Who Drank Me Hopped Cider (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), Rose Cider (Nob Hill, Four Hills, and Westside only), Pineapple Cider (Nob Hill, Four Hills, and Westside only), Oud Bruin (Four Hills 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 Simcoe, Azacca, 321 SMaSH, Pineapple Cider, Dry Cider, Acreage DIPA, and fresh batches of Muddlicious Session Cider and Break Pointe Pale Ale.
Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—PONCÉ, 8 p.m.; Friday—Russell James, 5 p.m., Synyster Vail, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Dust City Opera, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Josh Glenn Experiment, 8:30 p.m.; Friday—Keith Sanchez, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Austin North of Sleepspent, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Saturday—Melissa Rios, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Nob Hill): Saturday—Aquilla Kappy Art Opening, 6 p.m.
Weekly Events (Wells Park): Monday—Super Tractor Gamers Night, 5:30 p.m., Better Call Saul Watch Party, 7 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: Sup’s Sesh’d (Session IPA), Count Hellesaurius, Yum Yum Noir, Three Marks IPA, Sex in a Canoe. The Yum Yum Noir is a dark sour. The most recent additions are Three Marks, a big hop bomb, and Sex in a Canoe, a sessionable lager.
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Helles Wind Staff Maibock, La Marcha Wedding Lager, Pomegranate Gose, Gatekeeper IPA. One of our own got to name the La Marcha Wedding Lager. Gatekeeper and Pomegranate Gose are the most recent additions. Yes, Gatekeeper is the IPA that won the NM IPA Challenge, so don’t expect it to last long.
Chili Line Brewing — (505) 500-7903
(Mon–Sat 4–11 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: Llorona (Blue Corn Lager), Pinche Guey (Malty) IPA, La Bamba (Dark Smoked Lager), Hugo’s Hef, Tio Coco (Milk Stout), Cherry Poppin (Smoked Sour), Que Picante (Dark Red Chile Lager), Fuego (Juniper and Honey Ale), Brumoso (Hazy) IPA. We got a big update from Chili Line with a slew of new beers available, including Hugo’s Hef, Tio Coco, Cherry Poppin, Que Picante, Fuego, and Brumoso.
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): Friday—Rev the Music, 9 p.m.; Saturday—Lexy Pettis, 8 p.m.
Other Events (ABQ taproom): Thursday—Drag Queen Trivia: Tarantino 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 Three (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Saison du Sarlacc First Order (Imperial Saison), Kaffeeklatsch, One at a Time – Galaxy, Mo’schwecka (Brett Saison with Motueka hops), Almost Native (Oaxacan Gose), Sonora Weisse, Greyscale. 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 Sonora Weisse and Greyscale.
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.
Events (ABQ taproom): Saturday—30th Anniversary Bash, all day
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, XX ESB, Vienna Lager, 2920 IPA, Rufina Amber, Coffee Porter, Dragon’s Blood, Rod’s Best Bitter, Pivotal IPA, Neo Mexicanus Pale Ale, Tres Equis Lager. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. New to taps, or just back from a short hiatus, are Rod’s Best, Pivotal, Tres Equis, and the Neo Mexicanus Pale Ale.
News: Second Street is now canning three of its beers — Boneshaker, Agua Fria Pilsner, 2920 IPA! They are available at all three taprooms.
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—Free Field Trippin’ Fest Preview Concert, 7-10 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, Cat Skinner IPA, Copper Chair Amber, Midnight Meadows Oatmeal Stout, Prospector Porter, Back Forty Farmhouse Ale, Campfire Cream Ale, Amarillo SMASH, 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 Bad Medicine and Amarillo SMASH are the most recent additions.
Live Music: Saturday—Jordyn Pepper, 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, Cherry Sour, BACA (Barrel Aged Cherry Amber). It’s a triple dose of new sours with Cherry, Raspberry, and Cranberry on tap for the summer. Elcitmos, if you could not guess by the name, features Eldorado, Citra, and Mosaic hops. There is a limited supply of the rare Barrel Aged Cherry Amber.
Live Music: Friday—Black Hats and Pearl Snaps, 6 p.m.; Saturday—DogBrain, 4 p.m.
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