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.
Brace yourselves, the bad traffic in Burque is about to get a whole lot worse. Yup, the Balloon Fiesta is back starting Saturday, which is great for the local economy and all, but can also be a headache for many of us when it comes to getting to our favorite breweries and taprooms. The good news is Steel Bender and Marble are the first two breweries to really tie themselves into the Fiesta. Marble is hosting a Balloon Brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Street Food Institute is catering, Danny Harps is providing the music, and there will be Beermosas galore, with Gruet Winery also on hand. This is all being held on the rooftop deck. Tickets cost $35 and are available online. For that price, you get the buffet, two beers or beermosas, and a grand finale tour of the brewery.
As for Steel Bender, the popular Balloons & Brews is back every day of the Fiesta. The patio will be open every morning at 7, with beers available right then, save for Sundays (it is still noon because the State of New Mexico lives in the dark ages). There will be beer, beermosas, bloody beers, and wine available. Steel Bender will serve breakfast burritos and Bender Sunrise Sandwiches. There will also be local pastries from Pastian’s Bakery, local “Wake the Dead” coffee from Pour Vida Coffee Roasters, and Manny’s Now-Famous Hot Cocoa. Considering the location in Los Ranchos, there might even be some balloons landing in the area. Pick a day and head on out there!
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bosque is catching up to the season with its Oktoberfest. Canteen likewise adds its Oktoberfest on tap, plus Tuttle IPA and Sichler Chile Lager return, and Saving 2nd Base, a boysenberry wheat made for charity, is also available. La Cumbre will have cans of Space Manatee, a pomegranate kettle sour, available on Friday. Marble pays tribute to the brewer at Spoetzel with Jimmy Bock. Ponderosa rolls out some Hoppy Pilsner. Quarter Celtic also added its Oktoberfest on tap. Starr Brothers is into some Hanky Spanky Simcoe Pale Ale. Steel Bender has Alewitch Pumpkin Ale and Gris Gris available on Thursday. The 377 brings back its Great British Beer Festival bronze-medal winner, Schwartzbier. Toltec has, you probably guessed it, its Oktoberfest on tap. Turtle Mountain sticks with the theme and adds its Oktoberfest.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn keeps the marzen flowing with its Oktoberfest, plus Brut IPA should be on tap by the weekend. Second Street puckers up with Freja Harvest Sour, while also adding Slight of Haze.
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 October 1.
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: Friday—NocturN, 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, Oktoberfest. The most recent additions are the Oktoberfest, 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.
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, Oat Gold, Acequia IPA, Oktoberfest. The Acequia and Oktoberfest are the most recent additions. There were still cans of Acequia available at last check, but they won’t last long. Another canned offering is coming up this month (our money is on Open Space Haze).
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.
Events: Saturday—DogtoBEARfest, noon-close
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, Exodus IPA, Strawberry Basil Gose, Tuttle IPA, Oktoberfest, Sichler Chile Lager, Saving 2nd Base. The most recent additions are Tuttle, Oktoberfest, Sichler, and Saving 2nd Base. The proceeds from the last one go to the fight against breast cancer.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Dusty Low, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Julian Dossett Trio, 4-7 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—Jacob Chavez Duo, 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: Saturday—Disco Inferno Dance Party, 8 p.m.
Other Events: Friday—Rudy Lopez Art Show, 12:30 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: Friday—Acoustic Night, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—Will Hanley and Band, 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 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.; Friday—The Secret 7, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Karaoke Show, 3 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) on nitro, Oktoberfest, Quick and Easy Pale Ale, Make IPA Clear Again, Thunderbolts and Lightning. There are cans of Sun Fade available in addition to the Autumn Project Dank, Oktoberfest and Make IPA Clear Again. Is your beer fridge as full as ours? Well, bad/good news, because Space Manatee, a pomegranate kettle sour, debuts in cans Friday. The Thunderbolts and Lightning, a Bohemian pilsner (get it?), 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, Nitro Pub Ale, Nitro Black Lager, Jimmy Bock, Kottbusser, Ginger Plum Gose, Dry Spell Draught (Downtown only), Marblefest (Downtown only), Thunder From Dortmunder (Downtown only), Glowstick Juice (Downtown and Westside only), Hopfenweizen (Downtown and Westside only), Cholo Stout (Heights and Westside only), Double IPA (Heights and Westside only), Brett IPA (Heights and Westside only), Smoked Helles (Heights and Westside only), Passionate Gose (Heights 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 Jimmy Bock, named for the brewer at Spoetzel in Texas (the makers of Shiner Bock), and the recent Marblefest beers, including the festival’s marzen namesake, plus Hopfenweizen and Kottbusser, a collaboration beer. Before those came the Dry Spell, an amber barrel aged with brett, and Glowstick Juice, a New England-style IPA. 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—Innastate, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Hunter & The Dirty Jackson, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Cloacas, 1 p.m., Last to Know, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday—Busy y Los Big Deals, 3-6 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Saturday—Danny Harps Trio, 7-10 p.m.; Sunday—Matt Bradford, 3-6 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Thursday—DJ Wae Fonkey, 7-9 p.m.; Friday—Keith Sanchez, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Todd Tijerina, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday—Bluegrass & Cheese Festival with The Noseeums, 3-5:15 p.m., Squash Blossom Boys, 5:30-8 p.m.
Other Events (Downtown): Saturday—Balloon Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon
Other Events (Westside): Today (Wednesday)—Guided Tastings with Priddy, 6 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, Belgian Dubbel, Hoppy Pilsner. After the Oktoberfest went on tap recently, Wet Hop Saison joined it in a unique twist on the wet-hop beer trend. Even more recent additions are Belgian Dubbel and Hoppy Pilsner. 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), Mocha Hipster Bomb, Dark Pedro, Kill or be Kilt Scotch Ale, Scottish Manny, Oktoberfest. The delicious Mocha Hipster Bomb is a milk stout brewed with plenty of chocolate and coffee, made in collaboration with Palmer Brewing. The Oktoberfest, 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.
Live Music (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Jill Frankel, 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: Today (Wednesday)—DJ Diamond Tip, 8:30 p.m.; Friday—Val James, 4 p.m., Funk Vaccination, 8 p.m.
Other Events: Thursday—Octoberfest, 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: Pub Ale, Chamomile Wheat, Sink or Swim Bitter Ale, Marzen. The Chamomile Wheat and Sink or Swim are the most recent additions.
Cask: The Chamomile Wheat with orange peel is available.
Events: Friday—Curtis Bayer 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, Japanese Garden (Hibiscus Lemon Blonde), Whole Lotta (Rosé Gose), Shake Yerbouti (Milkshake Stout), Therewolf (Oktoberfest), Hanky Spanky Simcoe Pale Ale. The most recent addition is the Hanky Spanky, and before that came the Therewolf, 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, The Village Wit; (seasonals/specialties) Raspberry Dynamite, Compa Los Ranchos Lager, Harvest Pale Ale, Black (Hole Sun) IPA, Misfitter Altbier, Brickie American Stout. Dang it, guys, you drank up all the OktoberFiesta again! Coming to taps this week are Alewitch Pumpkin Ale and Gris Gris, a grisette, if you could not guess.
Events: Saturday through October 14—Balloons & Brews on the patio, 7 a.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, Porter, Prickly Pear Porter, Schwartzbier. The Schwartzbier, a bronze medal winner at the Great British Beer Festival, is back on tap for a limited time. Before that came the Oktoberfest, Porter, and Prickly Pear Porter. 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, Oktoberfest. Our favorite so far is (prepare to be shocked) the Stout, which is roasty, creamy, slightly sweet, and rather wonderful overall. The Oktoberfest, Dr. Rudi, and Mojito are the most recent additions, which means Toltec has all 10 taps full for the first time in its short history.
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—Michael Moxey, 8 p.m.; Friday—Julian Dosseett, 5 p.m.; Saturday—The Ugly Architect, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Aaron Gillespie with The Whiskey Priest, 7 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Friday—Joshua Benjamin Johnson, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Javier Ortega, 5 p.m.; Sunday—Nob Hill Music Festival with Jacob Chavez, 3 p.m., Synyster Vail, 5 p.m.; Monday—Paul & Ieva Cataldo, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Saturday—Jir Anderson Solo, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Poetry & Beer, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Burqueño Bingo, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Westside): Saturday—Skelley’s Halloween Art Opening, 7 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.; Saturday—Game Night, 5 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: Yum Yum Noir, Sex in a Canoe (Lager), Tropical Menagerie, Macaulay Kolschin, Okotberfest. The Yum Yum Noir is a dark sour. Tropical Menagerie and Macaulay Kolschin were the most recent additions until Oktoberfest appeared. Brewer Mick Hahn is having way too much fun with naming his beers. Next up, Vienna SMLSH, a single-hopped, single-malt lager.
Cask: Tuesday—Turb Majeure (New England-style IPA)
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Pomegranate Gose, Covhefe Collab, Gatekeeper IPA, Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is the most recent addition, with Brut IPA on deck for this weekend. 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.
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): Saturday—Acoustic Night, 6 p.m.
Weekly Events (ABQ taproom): Tuesday—Bike-In Brew, 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—Gato Malo, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Eugene, 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, Atalaya Altbier, Oktoberfest, Freja Harvest Sour, Slight of Haze. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. New to taps are Freja Harvest Sour and Slight of Haze, with Atalaya Altbier and Oktoberfest having appeared just before those.
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): Today (Wednesday)—FireBug, Escape on a Horse, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Pigment & St. Range, 8-11 p.m.; Monday—Snailgate, Keyboard, 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: Friday—Boom Roots Collective, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Le Chat Lunatique, 6:30 p.m., Bill Palmer’s TV Killers, 8:30 p.m.; Sunday—The Porter Draw, 6 p.m., Stephanie Hatfield, 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: Thursday—SPiVEY, 7 p.m.; Friday—Ry Taylor, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Jeff Fagan & Michael Smith, 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: Saturday—Paul Cataldo, 4 p.m.
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