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.
The Crew has returned from Denver. We are mostly alive. Beer will help revive us, especially when you tie it in with some Oktoberfest fun. The good news is two local breweries are hitting us with those sort of good times, and thankfully, it will not be in competition with one another. First up, Steel Bender is hosting OktoberFiesta at the Brewyard on Thursday. The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. with the return of the OktoberFiesta beer, plus Misfitter Altbier is also back. The kitchen will be dishing out some jaegerschnitzel with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, and braised red cabbage, plus Pastian’s Bakery is serving up some tasty strudel for dessert. Throw in live music from the Nathan Fox Quartet starting at 6, and what else could you need? Oh, how about a 20-ounce ceramic mug for $15, with your first pour on the house? That will do, Steel Bender, that will do.
Marblefest then takes over the downtown brewery on Saturday. We are gonna have a lot more in a separate story thanks to pre-fest interviews with marketing director Geraldine Lucero and brewmaster Josh Trujillo. There will be beers from multiple breweries, including one epic collaboration, plus food trucks and a huge band lineup with Red Light Cameras starting things off at noon for the VIP tasting (regular admission is just $5 and starts at 2). Hey, when RLC is the opener, you know it is a big event.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bow & Arrow hits the mark again with Desert Punch Hazy DIPA. Dialogue is feeling the season with its own Oktoberfest, plus 3x Tripel. La Cumbre rolls out cans of Autumn Project Dank on Friday. Marble gets innovative with Dryspell, a barrel-aged amber with brett, and Glowstick Juice, a new New England-style IPA. Ponderosa hopes to have Belgian Dubbel on tap by the weekend. Sidetrack also sneaked in an Oktoberfest. Starr Brothers goes all Young Frankenstein on us with Therewolf, its own take on an Oktoberfest. Steel Bender will also have more Brickie American Stout this week. The 377 is aiming to have a new Porter on tap soon, plus a small, experimental batch of Prickly Pear Porter.
Up in Santa Fe, Second Street rolls out a slew of new beers including Rod’s Steam Bitter, MBV Dry Stout, Imperial IPA, Saison, and Imperial IPA, with even more on deck, including Atalaya Altbier this Saturday. Further north in Red River, RRBC also jumps on the German trend with Tucker-Brau Oktoberfest Marzen.
Do not forget about the Great American Beer Festival medal winners. Currently on tap are Wooden Teeth (gold medal) at Turtle Mountain, Malpais Stout (silver) at La Cumbre, Germophile (silver) at Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Pistol Pete’s 1888 (bronze) at Bosque, Cherry Wheat (bronze) at Sierra Blanca, Lampshade Porter (bronze) at Starr Brothers, and the collaboration Mocha Hipster Bomb (bronze) at Palmer and Quarter Celtic.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of September 24.
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.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Sunset Sessions with Casey Mraz, 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, 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, Fresh Start, Oat Gold, Wet Hop Red, Beermosa. The Oat Gold and Wet Hop Red were the most recent additions until Beermosa arrived. 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. Look for Acequia Fresh Hop IPA on tap and in four-packs 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) Ace Supreme Saison, Waffle Bandit Stout, Roam Wild (American Wild Ale), Fancy Feathers Brut IPA, Wolf Eyes Marzen, Desert Punch Hazy DIPA. The most recent additions are Peach Cosmic Arrow, Fancy Feathers, Desert Punch, and Wolf Eyes, with the Peach Cosmic 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.
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, Murky Milkshake IPA. The most recent additions are Murky Milkshake IPA, MurkQueño Hazy IPA, Pineapple Milk Shake, and Guava Gose. 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, Munich Helles, Exodus IPA, Fill in the Blanco, Wet Hop Pale Ale, Citranova Lager, Strawberry Basil Gose. The most recent additions are Munich Helles, Citranova, Strawberry Basil Gose, and the Wet Hop Pale Ale, which is in limited supply.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—The Porter Draw, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Higher Ground Bluegrass, 4-7 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—Nathan Fox, 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, Apricot Lager, P-funk Porter, What’s Golden Ale, Strazberry Berliner, Young Guns Dank Wet Hop IPA, 3x Tripel, Oktoberfest. Two more beers are on tap this week in the 3x Tripel and Oktoberfest. Before those came What’s Golden Ale, Strazberry Berliner, and Young Guns.
Live Music: Thursday—Shift Happens: Braller Release Party, 7 p.m.; Sunday—NMFFC Benefit Concert with Reviva, 1 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, Das Umlaut Oktoberfest, Party on Garth Kolsch. 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. Look for Oo-De-Lally English IPA on Thursday. Gosh, we wonder what movie inspired that one. What say you, Emily Blunt?
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 #3 (IPA), Ghost of a Moon (Pale Ale), Black Hole’s Sun Porter, Silently Said Pale, Freedom Cage IPA, February Xmas Lights Pale Wheat. It has been a busy few months for the new brewery at 529 Adams St. NE, just south of Lomas. The most recent additions are, well, everything. That’s what happens with a 1-barrel brewhouse, the turnover is pretty constant, but it also means the beer is always fresh!
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: Thursday—Sloan Armitage, 7 p.m.; Friday—Group Therapy, 7 p.m.
Events: Saturday—Land of Enchantment After Party Jam, 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); (505) 916-0787 (Westside taproom)
(Both locations open every day at noon)
Beers: Sun Fade (Hazy IPA), Oktoberfest, Quick and Easy Pale Ale, Wet Hop Elevated IPA, Make IPA Clear Again. There are cans of Sun Fade available in addition to the Wet Hop Elevated, Oktoberfest, and Make IPA Clear Again. Is your beer fridge as full as ours? Well, bad/good news, because Autumn Project Dank returns in cans Friday. The Quick and Easy is the most recent on-tap-only addition. 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, Cholo Stout, Nitro Pub Ale, Nitro Black Lager, Smoked Helles, Thunder From Dortmunder, Ginger Plum Gose, Brett IPA, Passionate Gose, Glowstick Juice, Dryspell (Downtown only), Desert Fog (Downtown and Westside only), Eastside IPA (Heights and Westside only), Session IPA (Heights and 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 are Dryspell, an amber barrel aged with brett, and Glowstick Juice, a New England-style IPA. Before those came the Ginger Plum Gose, Nitro Black Lager, Eastside IPA, Desert Fog, Session IPA, Smoked Helles, and the tasty Thunder From Dortmunder. 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): Thursday—J-Calvin’s Funk Express, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Something Like Seduction, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Marblefest with Red Light Cameras, noon-2 p.m., Merican Slang, 2:20-4 p.m., Moonshine Blind, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Partizani Brass Band, 6-7:30 p.m., Tesuque Revolt, 8-9 p.m., The Big Spank, 9:20-10:30 p.m.; Sunday—Sol Connection, 3-6 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Thursday—DJ XIA, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Tesuque Revolt, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—The Cumberlands, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Thursday—DJ Wae Fonkey, 7-9 p.m.; Friday—Dirty Brown Jug Band, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Zink and the Oxides, 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 new 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, and it just won a bronze medal at GABF.
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: Oatmeal Stout, Oktoberfest, Wet Hop Saison. After the Oktoberfest went on tap recently, Wet Hop Saison joined it in a unique twist on the wet-hop beer trend. Next up will be the Belgian Dubbel, hopefully by this weekend. 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.
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: Test Batch #3 (DIPA), VP30 (German Festbier), Mocha Hipster Bomb, Clark Down Under, Dark Pedro, Kill or be Kilt Scotch Ale, Scottish Manny. The delicious Mocha Hipster Bomb is a milk stout brewed with plenty of chocolate and coffee, made in collaboration with Palmer Brewing. The Kill or be Kilt and Scottish Manny are the most 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, Peach Berliner Weisse, El Dorado SMASH, Lemongrass Pilsner, Double Vanilla Cream Ale. Double Vanilla Cream and New England IPA are the most recent additions, and both are rather wonderful. For every pint of Dunkel sold, $1 will be donated to The Storehouse, a local charity.
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: Today (Wednesday)—DJ Buddhafunk, 8:30 p.m.; Thursday—RJ Perez, 6 p.m.; Friday—Saudade, 4 p.m., Jade Masque, 8 p.m.
Other Events: Sunday—Rio Bravo’s Chile Cook Off, noon
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.)
UPDATED >>> Beers: CO-MO IPA, Railhead Red, Pub Ale, Buzz Bomb, Crystal Cream Ale, Sunburst Pale Ale, Oktoberfest. The CO-MO, Crystal Cream, and Sunburst were the most recent additions, at least until Sidetrack’s first Oktoberfest marzen made its debut this week.
Cask: The Pub Ale is in one firkin, while the other is TBD.
Live Music: Friday—End of Summer Good Vibes Only with DJs, 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), Therewolf (Oktoberfest). The most recent addition is the Therewolf, and before that came the Shake Yerbouti, 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, Harvest Pale Ale, Black (Hole Sun) IPA, OktoberFiesta, Misfitter Altbier, Brickie American Stout. The OktoberFiesta, Misfitter, and Brickie all return Thursday. 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.
Events: Thursday—OktoberFiesta, 5 p.m., with Nathan Fox Quartet, 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, with a new Porter and small-batch Prickly Pear Porter on deck. Other recent additions are the Chile Lager and Ginger Beer. The special tap features a Berliner Weisse aged for five months on organic mangoes and strawberries, then finished with cedar chips, plus an Oud Bruin aged seven months in New Mexico wine barrels.
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, Citra Hefe, Javi Pre-Prohibition Lager, 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, Belgian Single Hop IPA, Citra Hefe, and Javi Lager.
Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Jimmy Deveney, 8 p.m.; Saturday—The Silver Foxes, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Friday—Eileen Shaughnessy, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Cali Shaw, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Saturday—RJ Perez, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Friday—Drag Queen Bingo: Cosplay Edition, 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.
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Pomegranate Gose, Covhefe Collab, Gatekeeper IPA. Covhefe is the most recent addition. Gatekeeper IPA, the winner of the NM IPA Challenge, is back for a limited time.
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). The most recent additions were Whistler, Manikin, Sans Titre, Monomyth, Small Stout, and Project 10. The Titian, Dark Ryder, Grunewald, and Goya (13.3% ABV) are available on tap and in bombers.
Live Music (Santa Fe brewery): Friday—JReynolds & The High Vibes, 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. We know Oktoberfest is back for a limited time, so get it on tap or in six-pack cans.
Live Music (ABQ taproom): Thursday—RoyalHills, 6 p.m.; Friday—Vintage Brew, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Rusty Rutherford & her Sweet Potato Pie Band, 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, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Tres Equis Lager, MBV Dry Stout, Saison, Imperial IPA, Loral IPA. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. New to taps are Rod’s Steam, Imperial IPA, Loral IPA, Saison, and the MBV Dry Stout. Coming this weekend are Atalaya Altbier and Oktoberfest, plus a new sour is on the way as well (name TBA).
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—Underhill Family Orchestra, Free Range Buddhas, Clementine Was Right, 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: Saturday—Pigment, 8 p.m.; Tuesday—Bill Palmer, 5 p.m.
Other breweries you need to visit
Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381
(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Hoppenheimer IPA, Wit Rock, Pennsylvania Swanky, Dunkel Bock, Flat Cap Brown, Little Bird Blonde, Lichtenhainer. With a new brewer in place, BRB shakes up the lineup. Old favorites Hoppenheimer, Wit Rock, and Little Bird are joined by some fascinating newcomers in the Dunkel Bock, Flat Cap, and Lichtenhainer, a sour ale.
Picacho Peak Brewing — (575) 680-6394
(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun closed)
Beers: Picacho Lite, Keller Hefeweizen, Twisted Windmill IPA, Old Crawley, 575 Scotsman, Irish Xtra Stout, I Heart Porter, Smooth and Stout. For the first time in a long, long time we have a Las Cruces brewery in here. Make sure to check it out the next time you are down south.
Red River Brewing — (575) 754-4422
(Open daily 5-10 p.m.)
Beers: Lazy Bear Blonde, Greenie Peak Wheat, Ed Iver Pale Ale, Cat Skinner IPA, Copper Chair Amber, Midnight Meadows Oatmeal Stout, Prospector Porter, Back Forty Farmhouse Ale, Campfire Cream Ale, Bad Medicine Honey DIPA, Tucker-Brau Oktoberfest Marzen. 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 Tucker-Brau Oktoberfest is the most recent addition.
Live Music: Friday—Fritz Davis, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Mensch, 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), Oktoberfest. It’s a triple dose of sours with Cherry, Raspberry, and Cranberry on tap. 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. Oktoberfest returned last weekend.
Live Music: Friday—Melissa Rios, 6 p.m.
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