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.
Man, there is so much to cover again this week, what shall be the lead? Well, if you have been following us for the past six-plus years … OF COURSE IT’S THE METAL SHOW. Yes, metal is back at a brewery, only this time it is up in Santa Fe at Tumbleroot’s location on Agua Fria. This special Black Metal Takeover on Monday opens at 7:30, with tickets costing a measly $10. That gets you in to see Santa Fe’s own malevolent masters of metal, Dysphotic, as well as the new local group, Heretical Sect, featuring members of Superstition and ex-Predatory Light. Two traveling bands will also be on hand, with both hailing from the frozen wasteland, er, picturesque Midwestern state of Minnesota. Ashbringer and Amiensus are coming a long way to melt some faces, so make sure to load up your crew and head to Santa Fe for this epic set. Plus, it is a perfectly good excuse to finally try Tumbleroot if you have not been there yet.
As we noted, that is hardly the only big event this weekend. High and Dry is hosting Second Street as its guest brewery of the month, and there will be a special launch party tonight. Today will also feature a special ticket party for Saturday’s Albuquerque Hopfest, hosted by Steel Bender. That fun kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday night will see the First Friday Artwalk in downtown ABQ, with Boese Brothers, Sidetrack, and the Duel taproom all participating with art shows and live music. Saturday will of course feature Hopfest taking over the Isleta Casino, and we will have a full preview of that later this week. Finally, Sunday will see the new Crafts, Crops & Hops Autumn Beer Market at Canteen from noon to 7, with live green chile roasting, live music, multiple vendors, and, of course, delicious beer. No rest for the wicked this week, people.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bow & Arrow is releasing Peach Cosmic Arrow on tap and in bottles on Saturday. Boxing Bear sticks with its haze phase with MurkQueño Hazy IPA going on tap this Friday. Canteen brings back Raspberry Wheat and Fill in the Blanco (White IPA). Dialogue has a trio of newbies in What’s Golden Ale, Strazberry Berliner, and Young Guns Dank Wet Hop IPA. Kilt Check resurrects two old favorites in Covfefe Hefe and McRojo or No?. La Cumbre rolls out Quick and Easy Pale Ale, plus that delicious Dortmunder is on at both taprooms now. Marble added more Desert Fog, plus the Eastside IPA is now on tap. Sidetrack has more CO-MO IPA to keep everyone happy. Steel Bender goes big with the double release of Black (Hole Sun) IPA and OktoberFiesta on Thursday. The 377 should have more Ginger Beer and its Oktoberfest on tap by Friday. Toltec added a Mojito Kettle Sour a little while ago, and Dr. Rudi Single Hop should be out today. Tractor tapped this year’s batch of Traktoberfest on Tuesday, so get it while it’s fresh. Turtle Mountain has Tropical Menagerie and Macaulay Kolschin ready to go as soon as a couple taps open up, which should be this week.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn lightens up with some Covhefe.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of September 3.
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.
Events: Friday—Art Show with Henry Hutchinson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and DJ El Chingon, 7 p.m.
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)
Beers: Driftwood Oatmeal Stout, American Brown, Scale Tipper IPA, Down in the Hollow, Open Space Haze, Fresh Start. The Scale Tipper, Fresh Start (Maple and Coffee Stout), Open Space, 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. The Scale Tipper cans sold out on the first day they were available.
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. This Saturday, Peach Cosmic Arrow debuts on tap and in bottles.
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, Red Knuckle Irish Red, Das Bear German Pilsner, Guava Gose, Pineapple Milk Shake. The most recent additions are Pineapple Milk Shake and Guava Gose, and before that came Red Knuckle and Das Bear. Next up is MurkQueño Hazy IPA on Friday. 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: Hank ESB, Cloudview Wit, Laid Back Lager, Raspberry Wheat, North 14 Pale Ale, Exodus IPA, Fill in the Blanco, Social Capital. This edition of Social Capital, a kettle sour, was made with plums, vanilla, and cardamom. The most recent additions are Raspberry Wheat and Fill in the Blanco.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Dusty Low, 6-9 p.m.; Friday—Sol de la Noche, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Greg Butera Trio, 4-7 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—Keith Sanchez, 5-8 p.m.
Other Events (Brewery): Saturday—The Duke City Rockers #9 Rally, 6 p.m.; Sunday—Crafts, Crops & Hops Autumn Beer Festival, noon-7 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, 50 Lager, Munich Dunkel, Apricot Lager, P-funk Porter, What’s Golden Ale, Strazberry Berliner, Young Guns Dank Wet Hop IPA. What’s Golden Ale, Strazberry Berliner, and Young Guns are the most recent additions.
Live Music: Friday—DJ Clout and DJ TomNice, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Pherkad, 8 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—Rick Hatfield, 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. The lineup got a bit of a makeover, with American Lager and Common joining the regulars, bumping out the Blonde.
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, Obliviscaris Oatmeal Stout, Kilt Rocks, Covfefe Hefe, McRojo or No?. The Kilt Rocks is a collaboration with Lava Rock (which has small batches of its own beers coming out from time to time now). This is an imperial red ale checking in at 7.8-percent ABV and 50 IBU. The Covfefe and McRojo make their triumphant returns.
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, Dortmunder, Oktoberfest, Quick and Easy Pale Ale, Thunderbolts and Lightning (Westside only), Carmen (Westside only). There are more cans of Sun Fade now available. The Dortmunder and Quick and Easy are the most recent additions, while cans of the delicious Oktoberfest are available in addition to it being on tap. Look for even more beers at the new Westside taproom.
Lava Rock Brewing — (505) 836-1022
(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight)
Beers: Contact the brewery for this week’s small-batch offerings. The kitchen is up and running at 2220 Unser Blvd. NW, and there are small-batch beers being brewed on the pilot system in the back while a new brewery is on order. There are also plenty of guest taps available.
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: 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, Smoked Helles, Eastside IPA (Downtown and Westside only), Desert Fog (Downtown and Westside only), Double IPA (Heights and Westside only), Abbey Gold (Heights and Westside only), Jabroni Lime (Heights and Westside only), Cape Cod Gose (Westside only), Thunder From Dortmunder (Westside only), Calypso DIPA (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 Eastside IPA, Desert Fog, Abbey Gold, Session IPA, Jabroni Lime, Smoked Helles, Thunder From Dortmunder, and Cot in the App, a fruited witbier. You can purchase cans of NM State Fair Hazy Pale Ale in addition to enjoying it on tap, and the same goes for bottles of Brett IPA.
Live Music (Downtown): Today (Wednesday)—The Deal, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday—The Big News, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—DJ Leftovers, 5-7 p.m., The Lonn Calanca Band, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Bandwith No Name, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday—Odd Dog, 3-6 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Friday—Ketih Sanchez Duo, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—The Julian Dossett Trio, 7-10 p.m.; Sunday—Bus Tapes, 3-6 p.m.; Tuesday—RoyalHills, 6-9 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Thursday—DJ Wae Fonkey, 7-9 p.m.; Friday—Danny Harps Trio, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—RJ Perez, 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, Mocha Hipster Bomb. The decadent Mocha Hipster Bomb is a chocolate-and-coffee mega stout made in collaboration with Quarter Celtic.
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.)
Beers: Dunkel, New England IPA, Jason’s Bloody Gose, Peach Berliner Weisse, El Dorado SMASH, Lemongrass Pilsner, ESB (Candelaria only). The Lemongrass Pilsner 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.
Live Music (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Oscar Butler, 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—Michael Moxey, 6 p.m.; Friday—Todd Tijerina, 5 p.m., DCN Project, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Yacht Rock Hustle, 8 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: CO-MO IPA, Railhead Red, Pub Ale, Buzz Bomb, Crystal Cream Ale, Sunburst Pale Ale. The CO-MO, Crystal Cream, and Sunburst are the most recent additions.
Cask: The Pub Ale is in one firkin, while the other is TBD.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—The Rudy Boy Experiment, 7 p.m.
Other Events: Friday—Amanda Turri Opening Reception, 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, 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, Harvest Pale Ale, Saison de la Rose, Manaña Tropical IPA. The Manaña Tropical IPA and Saison de la Rose are the most recent additions, but look out for the double release of OktoberFiesta and Black (Hole Sun) IPA. Six-pack cans of Compa Los Ranchos Lager are now available as well.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Spankey Lee, 5-7 p.m.
Other Events: Today (Wednesday)—Albuquerque Hopfest Ticket Party, 4 p.m.
The 377 Brewery — (505) 934-0795
(Open noon-11 p.m. most days)
UPDATED >>> Beers: The 377 IPA, Red Horse Lager, El CuCuy DIPA, Guerita Lager, Peach Wheat, Sgt. Schultz Kolsch, Pomegranate Sour, Schwarzbier, Belgian Quad, Dark Saison, Flanders Red, Best Bitter, Red Ale, Barley Wine, Green Chile Lager, Ginger Beer, New Mexico Chile Lager, Ginger Beer, (Basement Barrel Project) Belgian Sour Quad, Barrel-Aged Wee Heavy. There is only a limited supply of the BA Wee Heavy and Sour Quad, so get them while you can. Other recent additions are the Chile Lager and Ginger Beer. Oktoberfest should be on tap by Friday.
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, Imperial Agave Wheat, Mojito Kettle Sour. Our favorite so far is (prepare to be shocked) the Stout, which is roasty, creamy, slightly sweet, and rather wonderful overall. The Mojito Kettle Sour went on recently, and Dr. Rudi Single Hop will also be on today (Wednesday).
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)
UPDATED >>> Beers: Traktoberfest, Simcoe Single-Hop Pale Ale, 321 SMaSH Pale Ale, Azacca Single Hop Pale Ale, The Spy Who Drank Me Hopped Cider, Belgian Single Hop IPA, Blood Orange Cider, Nitro Milk Stout (Wells Park only), Break Pointe Pale Ale (Wells Park and Four Hills only), Beer-A-Rita (Wells Park, Four Hills, and Westside only), Imma Pale Ale (Nob Hill, Four Hills, and Westside only), Cascara Cider (Four Hills only), Cuvee Brett Un (Four Hills and Westside only), Golden Delicious Dry Cider (Four Hills and Westside only), Berliner Weisse (Westside only). All proceeds from the 321 SMaSH go to the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network. Recent additions include the Traktoberfest, Blood Orange Cider, and Belgian Single Hop IPA.
Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Beer Choir, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday—Americana-Na, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Friday—Paul Hunton, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Michael Anthony Giudicissi, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Saturday—Casey Mraz, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Poetry & Beer, 7 p.m.; Friday—First Friday’s Comedy Contest, 8 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 (Lager). The Yum Yum Noir is a dark sour. Three Marks and Hellesaurius are gonna kick any day now, so Tropical Menagerie and Macaulay Kolschin are on deck. Brewer Mick Hahn is having way too much fun with naming his beers.
Cask: Tuesday—Sex in a Canoe with blueberry and mint
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: La Marcha Wedding Lager, Pomegranate Gose, Gatekeeper IPA, Covhefe. One of our own got to name the La Marcha Wedding Lager. Covhefe is the most recent addition. 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): Today (Wednesday)—Sunset Sessions with Nathan Fox, 7 p.m.
Other Events (ABQ taproom): Friday—Vintage Nights, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Possum’s Big Burlesquey Birthday Blowout, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Santa Fe brewery): Saturday—Bellstarr with Jenna McGrath, 7 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: Contact the brewery and/or the ABQ taproom for an updated beer list.
Live Music (ABQ taproom): Friday—Vintage Brew, 6 p.m.
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.
Live Music (Rufina): Saturday—Busy Y Los Big Deals & Sol Fire, 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. 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—Albert & Gage + Busy Y Los Big Deals, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Moby Dick & Free Range Buddhas, 7:30 p.m.; Monday—Black Metal Takeover, 7:30 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: Friday—Cheyenne Skye with Brian Coe, 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—Tom Williams Band, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Auto Electric, 4 p.m.
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