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.
It has to be a first that we are choosing back-to-back Monday events as our featured lead, but we are not gonna argue with either one. After a Metal Monday show at Tumbleroot last week, this time around you can stay in ABQ and enjoy the Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Quarter Celtic this Monday from open to close. The revamped patio is complete and Los Radiators will perform traditional Celtic music from 6 to 9 p.m. out there. There will all sorts of Irish food specials, plus of course some proper beers on tap, including Scottish Manny, Kill or be Kilt Scotch Ale, and a special batch of Irish Handcuffs Imperial Stout that has been aged for two years. You can all probably guess which one I will be sipping on after work.
There are plenty of other fun events as well, starting today (Wednesday). Marble is hosting a rematch of its last round of the Brews & Bites Challenge at the Heights Taproom (the competitors finished in a tie last round). That kicks off at 6 and tickets are going fast. You can also head over to Tractor Wells Park at 7:30 for the Poetry Slam City Championship. Friday will feature Red Door’s 4th Anniversary Bash at the brewery, which Franz Solo will have a full preview of later today. Trek out to Moriarty on Saturday for Sierra Blanca’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, with food, music, and plenty of beer in the spacious beer garden out back.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Ale Republic brings back Parasol. Boese Brothers roll out Summer Ale, Oktoberfest, and Clockwork Blood Orange IPA. Bombs Away already has American Wheat available, and Oktoberfest should be ready Thursday. Bosque is feeling colorful with Oat Gold and Wet Hop Red. Bow & Arrow resurrects a seasonal favorite in Wolf Eyes Marzen on Saturday. Boxing Bear sticks with the haze with Murky Milkshake IPA on Friday. Canteen freshens up with Wet Hop Pale Ale, Citranova Lager, and Strawberry Basil Gose. La Cumbre brings back Make IPA Clear Again, its collaboration with Denver’s Comrade Brewing, in cans and on tap this Friday. Marble unveils the 2018 edition of Pumpkin Noir on tap and in bottles at all three locations today. Nexus has more Coffee & Cream on tap. Ponderosa hopes to have its Oktoberfest later this week. Quarter Celtic also brings back an old favorite in Dark Pedro. Red Door will have Double Vanilla Cream for the anniversary party Friday. Starr Brothers wants everyone to Shake Yerbouti with its new milkshake stout. The 377 has a crazy new Berliner Weisse that was aged for five months on organic mangoes and strawberries and then finished with cedar chips added before kegging.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn hopes to bring back Gatekeeper IPA by Saturday. Rowley Farmhouse Ales goes fresh with Brut IPA – Wet Hop Chinook.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of September 10.
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: Sombra Stout, Diablo de Oro, Bug Juice, Parasol, Strong Dark and Handsome. The Parasol, a lighter summer ale, is back on tap. The supply of Brune, Blonde, Red Mountain, and Best Coast IPA has run out for now.
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, Sour Relationship, Summer Ale, Clockwork Blood Orange IPA, Oktoberfest. The most recent additions are the Summer Ale, Oktoberfest, and Clockwork. The Sour Relationship is a prickly pear sour made in collaboration with Milton’s, Sidetrack, Desert Dogs, and NM Hard Cider.
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, 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, American Wheat. The most recent additions are the American Wheat, Meltdown, and All Clear! Apple Beer. Before those came the Short Fuze, High Speed, and the Primer Pub Ale, which is gluten removed. Oktoberfest will be on tap Thursday.
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, Down in the Hollow, American Brown, Fresh Start, Oat Gold, Wet Hop Red. The Oat Gold and Wet Hop Red are the most recent additions. This batch of Fresh Start, a maple and coffee stout, might be even better than the first. Strawberry Sabotage is available in special four-pack, 16-ounce cans for a limited time.
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, Zia Pelta Pale Ale, Ace Supreme Saison, Waffle Bandit Stout, Neon Arrow Berliner Weisse, Roam Wild (American Wild Ale), Fancy Feathers Brut IPA. The most recent additions are Peach Cosmic Arrow and Fancy Feathers, with the former available in bottles as well as on tap. Waffle Bandit is rather exceptionally delicious for a 5.7-percent ABV breakfast stout. There are still bottles left of Roam Wild. This Saturday, Wolf Eyes Marzen makes its triumphant return.
Live Music: Saturday—The Rudy Boy Experiment, 5-8 p.m.
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, Black and Blue Tart, Red Knuckle Irish Red, Das Bear German Pilsner, Guava Gose, Pineapple Milk Shake, MurkQueño Hazy IPA. The most recent additions are MurkQueño Hazy IPA, Pineapple Milk Shake, and Guava Gose. Next up is Murky Milkshake 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, Laid Back Lager, North 14 Pale Ale, Exodus IPA, Fill in the Blanco, Wet Hop Pale Ale, Citranova Lager, Strawberry Basil Gose. The most recent additions are Citranova, Strawberry Basil Gose, and the Wet Hop Pale Ale, which is in limited supply.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—The Deal, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Dust City Opera, 4-7 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—Melissa Rios, 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, 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—Bass Crunch, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Ladies Hip Hop Night, 7 p.m.; Tuesday—JJ Lawlins, Modular Sun, Travis Hill, 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.
Events: Friday—NMGIC Social Hour, 5:30 p.m., Cafe La Luna: 80’s Prom Edition, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday—Pints for Paws, 6 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 Pilsner, 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 Pilsner 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.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225 (brewery)
(Both locations open every day at noon)
Beers: Sun Fade (Hazy IPA), Dortmunder, Oktoberfest, Quick and Easy Pale Ale, Wet Hop Elevated IPA. There are more cans of Sun Fade now available in addition to the Wet Hop Elevated. 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. This Friday, Make IPA Clear Again returns on tap and in cans.
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, Cholo Stout, Nitro Pub Ale, Brett IPA, Smoked Helles, Eastside IPA, Desert Fog, Abbey Gold, Thunder From Dortmunder, Pumpkin Noir, Nitro Black Lager (Downtown only), Passionate Gose (Downtown and Heights only), White Out (Heights only), Session IPA (Heights and Westside only), DANG Pale Ale (Heights and Westside only), Cot in the App (Westside only), Pomegranate Gose (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 Nitro Black Lager, Eastside IPA, Desert Fog, Abbey Gold, Session IPA, 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. Pumpkin Noir returns on tap and in bottles today (Wednesday) at all three locations.
Live Music (Downtown): Today (Wednesday)—The Greg Blake Band, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday—Baracatunga, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Mondo Vibrations, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Pink Freud, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday—J.J. and the Hooligans, 3-6 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Thursday—RJ Perez and Melissa Rios, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Silver Crow Asylum, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Yacht Rock Hustle, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Thursday—DJ Wae Fonkey, 7-9 p.m.; Friday—J.J. Raschel & Mystic Roots, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—RoyalHills, 8-11 p.m.
Other Events (Heights): Today (Wednesday)—Brews & Bites Challenge, 6-8 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, Coffee & Cream. The Imperial “Tribble” Red Ale is the most recent new addition, and Coffee & Cream has a fresh batch on tap.
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: Brut IPA, Saphir Lager, Oatmeal Stout. At last, the Oatmeal Stout is on tap. The Blood Orange Double Wit is still available in six-pack cans. Six-pack cans of New Mexican Lime Lager, made with Spanglish, are also available. Oktoberfest will hopefully be on tap by this weekend.
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, Dark Pedro. 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 Dark Pedro are the other recent additions. Check our intro for Monday’s special beers going on tap for the Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day Festival.
Events: Monday—Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day Festival, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
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, Peach Berliner Weisse, El Dorado SMASH, Lemongrass Pilsner, ESB (Candelaria only). The Lemongrass Pilsner is the most recent addition. Double Vanilla Cream will be on tap for the anniversary party on Friday.
Events (Brewery): Friday—4th Anniversary Party, 5 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—Terra Plena, 6 p.m.; Friday—Acoustic Night, 5 p.m., Soul Provider, 8 p.m.
Other Events: Saturday—Hops for Hunger with 94Rock Live Broadcast, 5 p.m.
Weekly Events: Wednesday—Lobo Talk, 7 p.m.; Friday—Headliners Comedy presents Friday Night Fools ($5 cover, event only), 9:30 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: Thursday—The Spins with Hi-Phy Records, 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), Whole Lotta (Rosé Gose), Shake Yerbouti (Milkshake Stout). The most recent addition is the Shake Yerbouti, and before that came the Whole Lotta, Azacadabra, 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, OktoberFiesta, Black (Hole Sun) IPA. The OktoberFiesta and Black (Hole Sun) IPA are the most recent additions. Six-pack cans of OktoberFiesta and Compa Los Ranchos Lager are now available as well. On the charity front, take note that in September, 100 percent of sales of Harvest Pale Ale go to The Storehouse, while a portion of the Black (Hole Sun) proceeds go to the AGORA Crisis Center and Children’s Grief Center for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Live Music: Tuesday—Holly Durante, 6 p.m.
The 377 Brewery — (505) 934-0795
(Open noon-11 p.m. most days)
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, Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest is the most recent addition. Other recent additions are the Chile Lager and Ginger Beer. Oktoberfest should be on tap by Friday. The special tap this week will feature a Berliner Weisse aged for five months on organic mangoes and strawberries, then finished with cedar chips. Another big and crazy beer will soon follow.
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, Dr. Rudi Single Hop. Our favorite so far is (prepare to be shocked) the Stout, which is roasty, creamy, slightly sweet, and rather wonderful overall. The Dr. Rudi and Mojito are the most recent additions.
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: 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 tasty Traktoberfest, Blood Orange Cider, and Belgian Single Hop IPA.
Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Mozzy Dee, 8 p.m.; Friday—Gin & Jazz, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Beloved, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Friday—Jimmy Deveney, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Brian McDaniel, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Saturday—Julian Dossett, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Albuquerque Poetry Slam City Championship, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday—I’ll Drink to That, 4 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.
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: La Marcha Wedding Lager, Pomegranate Gose, Covhefe Collab. One of our own got to name the La Marcha Wedding Lager. Covhefe is the most recent addition. Gatekeeper IPA, the winner of the NM IPA Challenge, should be back by this weekend.
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 Danny Harp, 7 p.m.; Friday—JJ Otero & Friends, 8 p.m.
Other Events (ABQ taproom): Saturday—Hungry for Art, 3 p.m.
Live Music (Santa Fe brewery): Saturday—Acoustic Night, 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, Brut IPA – Wet Hop Chinook. 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 most recent addition is the wet-hopped Brut IPA. Other 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—Ryan Demond, 7 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): Tuesday—Future Scars, Ridgeway, ndvrs, 8-11 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: 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—Fritz Davis & John Karl, 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—Silver String Band, 6 p.m.
Other Events: Saturday—Oktoberfest, 2 p.m.
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