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.
Hey, remember when we thought last weekend was busy? Ha! It has nothing on this weekend. No, seriously, you all need to start planning now, because there is a lot going on around town and beyond the ABQ city limits. First up, we have a double dose of brewery anniversary parties at Dialogue and Kaktus. For the former, Grasstoberfest is the name of Dialogue’s second anniversary bash, which will take place Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m. There will be live music all day, plus games, food, local art, axe throwing, and Roadrunner Food Bank will have a food drive going, so please bring a donation of a non-perishable food item in any contained except glass. Up in Bernalillo, Kaktus is spreading its five-year anniversary party over Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost just $5 and get you a silver-plated anniversary pint glass. There will be live music on Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., plus food and beer specials. For Sunday, the Blues Jam takes over at 3 and the Desert Darlings take the stage for a special “Dripping in Gold” performance at 6. There will be special vendors on hand both days.
That, however, is not the entirety of the big events. Santa Fe Brewing is throwing its annual OktoberFiesta from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday at The Bridge, which is next to the brewery off I-25. There will be all sorts of outdoor fun and games from noon to 6, followed by live music inside from 6 to 10. There will be giant mugs of beer, all-you-can-eat sausages, and it all benefits several area charities. Of course, not to be left out, Second Street is throwing a three-day Oktoberfest food celebration at all three of its locations. Check the Rufina Facebook page for all of the delicious dining options to go along with copious amounts of beer. Of course, some would say it is a little late for an Oktoberfest, and that we should all be switching our focus to Halloween. Well, the Desert Darlings will also be at Tractor Wells Park this Friday night at 8 for Hops & Dreams: The Addams Family Edition, so you know that will be a blast. You can also trek out to Sierra Blanca for a Halloween Party on Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m., with a costume contest, games for kids and adults, food, live music, and more. All the staff asks is that you bring a non-perishable food item for donation to charity, and that will get you in the door.
Good luck getting through all of it! (And if we missed anything major, please let us know.)
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Boese Brothers brings back an old favorite in Double Dead Red. Bombs Away drops more Stockpile Milk Stout, plus A.S.B., an American twist on an English ESB. Boxing Bear goes double for its new Brut Strength DIPA. Canteen has a fresh batch of Irish Red ready to go. Kaktus turns over pretty much the entire lineup with Bourbon Ginger Beer, Pumpkin Schwarz, Innkeepers Nitro Ale, Helles Lager, and Oktoberfest now on tap. La Cumbre brings back a seasonal favorite in Witch’s Tit, while also adding Gracias Por Fumar, Honey Cream Ale, and Citra SMASH IPA on tap, and El Jugo cans are back on Friday. Marble brings back Cuvee Rouge today on tap and in bottles at all three locations, with a food pairing from Oni Noodles, plus it also has This is How We Brut It! available on tap. Red Door unveils Solo Saison, made with smoked pumpkin, on Friday. Sidetrack has more 3:10 to Belen Brown available. Starr Brothers visits Planet of the Ape-rricots, with Jack Tooth Grin on deck. The 377 rolls out Whiskey Strawberry Sour and Pumpkin Porter on Thursday. Toltec also gets in on the pumpkin theme with Basic Gourd on Thursday.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn finally has its Brut IPA on tap. Second Street brings back one of our personal favorites, Preacher’s Share, an epic, barrel-aged imperial stout.
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 15.
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, Double Dead Red Ale, Oktoberfest. The most recent additions are the Double Dead Red and Oktoberfest.
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, 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, A.S.B., Stockpile Milk Stout. The most recent additions are the Stockpile and A.S.B., which is brewed in the style of an English ESB, but with American hops.
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, Acequia IPA, Oktoberfest, Spoondriver DIPA, Bellbird Pale Ale; Wheat, Pray, Love; Open Space Haze. The Open Space, Spoondriver, Bellbird, and WPL are the most recent additions. Cans of Open Space Haze went on sale last 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, Bolos & Bling Brett IPA. The most recent additions are Bolos & Bling, 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, and there is a limited amount left. There are still bottles left of Roam Wild. Look for the Coffee and Donuts Imperial Stout in the near future.
Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327
(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Beers: Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Black and Blue Tart, Das Bear German Pilsner, Guava Gose, Pineapple Milk Shake, Murky Milkshake IPA, OktoBEARfest, Brut Strength DIPA. The most recent additions are Brut Strength, OktoBEARfest, Murky Milkshake 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, Trailworks IPA, Arroyo Blanco Wheat, Goathead Brown. 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: Irish Red, Laid Back Lager, Exodus IPA, Wet Hop Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, Sichler Chile Lager, Saving 2nd Base. The most recent additions are Irish Red, Wet Hop, Oktoberfest, Sichler, and Saving 2nd Base. The proceeds from the last one go to the fight against breast cancer.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Cali Shaw, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Russell James & Eventide, 4-7 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—Casey Mraz, 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: Friday—Big Bad Burque Boogie Showdown, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Grasstoberfest Two-Year Anniversary Party with Clark Andrew Libbey, 2 p.m., Dave Payne and Salt Cedar, 3 p.m., Silver String Band, 4:45 p.m., Pherkad, 6:30 p.m., The Squash Blossom Boys, 8:15 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.
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 the newest seasonal.
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: Puddle Stomper IPA, Pumpkin Schwarz, Smoove Porter, Bourbon Ginger Beer, Amber, Innkeepers Nitro Ale, Helles Lager, Oktoberfest, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. Once again, there has been a big tap turnover, with Pumpkin Schwarz, Oktoberfest, Bourbon Ginger, Innkeepers, Amber, and Helles joining the lineup recently.
Events: Saturday—Five-Year Anniversary Party with Better Call Salsa, noon-3 p.m., Felix Y Los Gatos, 3-6 p.m., Roger Jameson and the Jaded Heart Band, 6-9 p.m.
Weekly Events: Sunday—Blues Jam Sesh, 3-6 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—Rise of Seekalae, 7 p.m.; Saturday—JJ and Mystic Roots, 7 p.m.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225 (brewery); (505) 916-0787 (Westside taproom)
(Both locations open every day at noon)
Beers: Space Manatee, Witch’s Tit, Citra SMASH IPA, Gracias Por Fumar, Honey Cream Ale. There are cans of Space Manatee now available. El Jugo returns in cans and on tap this Friday. The Witch’s Tit, Citra SMASH, Gracias, and Honey Cream are all fresh on tap. Look for even more beers at the new Westside taproom.
Lava Rock Brewing — (505) 836-1022
(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight)
Beers: Contact the brewery for this week’s small-batch offerings. The kitchen is up and running at 2220 Unser Blvd. NW, and there are small-batch beers being brewed on the pilot system in the back while a new brewery is on order. There are also plenty of guest taps available.
Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301
(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)
Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.
Weekly Events: Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 8 p.m.; Thursday—Karaoke, 8-11 p.m.
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739 (downtown), (505) 508-4638 (Westside), (505) 323-4030 (Heights)
(Downtown: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.; Westside: Mon–Thurs noon–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.; Heights: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: NM State Fair Hazy Pale Ale, Passionate Gose, Tangerine Gose, Double IPA, Cuvee Rouge, This is How We Brut It!, Cholo Stout, Hopfenweizen, Westside IPA, Glowstick Juice, Ringleader (Downtown only), Pumpkin Ale (Downtown and Westside only), Kottbusser (Downtown and Westside only), Jimmy Bock (Heights only), Ginger Plum Gose (Heights and Westside only), Brett IPA (Heights and Westside only), Nitro Pub Ale (Heights and Westside only), Nitro Black Lager (Westside only), Dry Spell Draught (Westside only), Smoked Helles (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 This is How We Brut It!, Tangerine Gose, Jimmy Bock — named for the brewer at Spoetzel in Texas (the makers of Shiner Bock) — and the recent Marblefest beers, including Hopfenweizen and Kottbusser, a collaboration beer. 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. Look for cans of Desert Fog soon. The Cuvee Rouge returns today (Wednesday) at all three locations with a special food pairing, plus you can buy bottles to take home.
Live Music (Downtown): Today (Wednesday)—The Porter Draw, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday—Pherkad, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—The Withdrawals, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Hops & Harvest Festival with Vintage Brew, 2-4 p.m., Leeside, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Group Therapy, 7-10 p.m.; Sunday—Wagogo, 5-8 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Thursday—Ryan Hutchens, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Acoustic Night, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Thursday—DJ Wae Fonkey, 7-9 p.m.; Friday—The Deal, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—RoyalHills, 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, Imperial “Tribble” Red Ale, Bird of Prey IPA. The Bird of Prey is the most recent addition, preceded by the big and bold Imperial “Tribble” Red Ale.
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 (brewery only), Peach Berliner Weisse, 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. Look for Solo (Pumpkin) Saison this Friday at both locations.
Live Music (Downtown Taproom): Saturday—RJ Perez, 8-10 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.; Thursday—Jimmy Deveney & The Silver Foxes, 7 p.m.; Friday—Mike McCabe, 4 p.m., The Bus Tapes, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Sally Townes Band and Val James Band, 7 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: Turntable IPA, Switchback IPA, Dark Engine Stout, Chamomile Wheat, Sink or Swim Bitter Ale, Marzen, 3:10 to Belen Brown. The 3:10 to Belen, Turntable, Switchback, and Dark Engine are the most recent additions. The Marzen comes highly recommended by this here writer.
Cask: The Dark Engine with cocoa nibs and Switchback are in the beer engines.
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), Shake Yerbouti (Milkshake Stout), Therewolf (Oktoberfest), Hanky Spanky Simcoe Pale Ale, Planet of the Ape-rricots. The most recent addition is the Planet of the Ape-rricots, and before that came the Hanky Spanky, Therewolf, Shake Yerbouti, and Japanese Garden. Look for Jack Tooth Grin later this week.
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) Compa Los Ranchos Lager, Black (Hole Sun) IPA, Misfitter Altbier, Brickie American Stout, Alewitch Pumpkin Ale, Gris Gris, Blackberry Dynamite. Last week’s addition was the Blackberry Dynamite, which is also available in cans. Before that came the Alewitch Pumpkin Ale and Gris Gris, a grisette, if you could not guess. The Raspberry Dynamite will be back soon.
Live Music: Tuesday—Leeside, 6-8 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, 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. This Thursday will see the arrival of Whiskey Strawberry Sour and Pumpkin Porter.
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, 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 delicious 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. There is a limited amount of Kottbusser, the collaboration beer brewed at Marble a while back, on tap. Basic Gourd joins the lineup on Thursday.
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): Today (Wednesday)—Singer Songwriter Showcase, 8 p.m.; Thursday—Russell James and Friends, 8 p.m.; Friday—The Whiskey Priest, 5 p.m.; Saturday—The High Desert Playboys, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Ryan Hutchens, 8:30 p.m.; Friday—Melissa Rios, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Lani Nash, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Saturday—Nathan Fox, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Friday—Hops & Dreams: Addams Family 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.; 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, Nitro McSmack. 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. The Nitro McSmack is back for a limited time. Next up, Vienna SMLSH, a single-hopped, single-malt lager, which just needs a tap to open up.
Cask: Tuesday—Vienna SMLSH with orange peel
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Pomegranate Gose, Brut IPA, Gatekeeper IPA, Oktoberfest. Brut IPA is the most recent addition, preceded by Oktoberfest. Gatekeeper IPA, the winner of the NM IPA Challenge, is back for a limited time.
Events: Today (Wednesday)—Oktoberfest Four-Course Beer Dinner, $45, 7 p.m.
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
(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)
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: Sunday—Alright Alright, 4 p.m.
News: In case anyone missed it last week, the Albuquerque downtown taproom has officially closed.
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.; Friday—Vintage Brew, 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, Vienna Lager, 2920 IPA, MBV Dry Stout, Saison, Imperial IPA, Oktoberfest, Freja Harvest Sour, Slight of Haze, Preacher’s Share. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. New to taps is the epic Preacher’s Share, a barrel-aged imperial stout that has long been a Crew favorite, with Freja Harvest Sour, Slight of Haze, and Oktoberfest having appeared just before that.
News: Second Street is now canning three of its beers — Boneshaker, Agua Fria Pilsner, 2920 IPA! They are available at all three taprooms.
Events: Friday through Sunday—Oktoberfest at all three locations, 1-10 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.
Live Music: Thursday—TenTenDivision EP Release with Red Light Cameras, 7 p.m.; Friday—Tiffany Christopher, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Connie Long & Fast Patsy, 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: Saturday—Fritz Davis, 7-10 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, Peanut Butter Porter, Toasted Coconut Porter, Oktoberfest. The seasons are changing, in case you somehow did not notice, so SBB is switching over from summertime sours to autumn porters, with Peanut Butter and Toasted Coconut joining the lineup.
Live Music: Friday—The Rudy Boy Experiment, 6 p.m.; Saturday—J.J. Raschel and Mystic Roots, 2 p.m.
Other Events: Saturday—Halloween Party, 2-7 p.m.
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