Archive for November 14, 2018

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.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

It can be fun sometimes to look into the past and see all those beers that used to be on tap at our more popular breweries. While some stood the test of time and are still around, others faded into history. The specialty releases can be even harder to track, but we believe the good folks at Marble when they say that Reserve Ale is their oldest annual seasonal release. Every year since 2008, the first year Marble was open, this barrel-aged beauty of a strong ale appears again on tap and in bottles. With the weather taking a decidedly wintry turn, now seems like a perfect time to indulge again in this amazing, warming beast of a beer. Reserve will be back today (Wednesday) at all three Marble locations.

I will make sure to grab some Reserve before I trek north today to Red River Brewing. The staff invited me to come up and give a presentation on the history of brewing in New Mexico, so that is exactly what I will do at 7 p.m. If you are in the area, stop by for a history lesson and a Q&A afterwards. You can also enjoy all the great beer and food at RRBC, which I am certainly looking forward to trying at last.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bombs Away hits the mark with fresh Altbier. Bow & Arrow is releasing Tropic Rodeo Milkshake IPA on Saturday. Canteen has more Munich Helles for us all to enjoy. La Cumbre is also feeling its German roots with Munchner Dunkel and Weizenbock. Marble also has Northside IPA on tap at the Westside taproom. Nexus brings back Coffee and Cream at the Silver Taproom only. Quarter Celtic says damn the cold and dreams of warmer days with more Mangose. Red Door rolls out The Big DIPA and more New England IPA later this week. Rio Bravo released the new biscochito-inspired Imperial Dunkelweizen on Tuesday. Starr Brothers brings back Black Friday Dark American Lager this week. Steel Bender added more Cow Plow Brown Ale. Tractor hops to it with The Boot Girl and Ghost Ranch IPAs.

Up in Santa Fe, there are quite a few new additions at Tumbleroot, including Oktoberfest, Peach Dortmunder, Wet Hopped Amber, and Honey Double IPA.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of November 12.

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Cheers to Metal Monday at Tumbleroot!

It can be hard for all of us down in Albuquerque to join Luke for a beer in Santa Fe, but Monday was Veteran’s Day observed for all federal, state, and local government entities, which left me with a day off and a chance to finally attend a Metal Monday at Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery’s Agua Fria taproom.

After Luke assured me that the streets of Santa Fe were free of ice, I drove north and first made my way to Second Street O.G. for some chicken mushroom schnitzel and a pint of the Old Pecos Porter. With a proper amount of sustenance now in my belly, Luke and I made the short drive to the taproom. It was a bit of a winter wonderland out on the patio, with the temperature well below freezing and the snow still lingering there.

We went inside to the rather spacious interior and grabbed beers as Street Tombs warmed up on stage. By the time Albuquerque’s Distances played, the entire joint had filled up with 100-plus metalheads who braved the cold (as I noted to my friend Kristen, it was 19 degrees out, but felt like 12, to which she responded, “I didn’t need to know that!”). The sound system at Tumbleroot more than did its job, leaving all the bands sounding quite good. Distances sounded even better than their last show at Launchpad.

Luke predicted that a good number of Santa Fe brewers would show up, and he was right. From Blue Corn’s Paul Mallory to his former assistant, Andy Lane (now with Tumbleroot), to Wes from Rowley Farmhouse Ales and David Merkin from Santa Fe Brewing, it was quite the gathering of metal-loving beer minds. Merkin brought us some Dysphotic Stout, since his old band was the headliner for its CD release (seriously, get the new Dysphotic album, it is quite spectacular), and Street Tombs (Black) Ale. The stout was on point, not quite as heavily dry-hopped as in the previous year’s batch, but it still offered up quite a kick. I personally want to try it side-by-side with Marble’s Cholo Stout.

As for the house beers, I had a full pour of the Irish Stout, since it was just 3.8-percent (!) ABV, and I still had the drive home ahead of me. Being a good beer writer and all, I did try samples of the Honey Hibiscus Wheat, Old School IPA, and Oktoberfest. The Irish Stout was deceptively rich and creamy for such a low ABV. The Old School IPA took me back in time about a decade or so. The Oktoberfest was good, but it was definitely the sweetest take on the style by any New Mexico brewery that I tried this year. The Honey Hibiscus was rather mild, as expected.

Overall, I was quite impressed by Tumbleroot, from the setup for the music, to the beers on tap. Hopefully I get the chance to attend a future Metal Monday or two.

As for the rest of the Crew, it was a bit of a quiet weekend, but three of them got out and about.

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