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.
Forget about self restraint this week, and we are not just talking about eating too much on Thanksgiving. No, Black Friday has become a beer holiday, enabling all of us sensible people the right to escape shopping madness and settle down with some delicious stouts and porters. We already previewed the awesome Blackest Friday event at Rowley Farmhouse Ales, so please click that link to refresh your memory and make that commitment to drive to Santa Fe. If you cannot leave ABQ for whatever reason, there are still plenty of local options. Starr Brothers has happy hour prices all day. Bosque is releasing its wonderful Fresh Start Breakfast Ale, a maple and coffee stout, in four-pack cans at all locations. Jubilation has its annual Black Friday cellar sale starting at 10 a.m. Line up early if you want to grab the good stuff, which will include the annual Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout release (plus variants) and should see other great beers including the ultra-rare Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout from Bell’s. I will be in line with the rest of the crazies before heading to Santa Fe. Again, though, if you are not headed to RFA, then Boxing Bear is going all out with its own selection of dark and malt-forward beers, including the release (finally) of Vantablack Russian Imperial Stout in bottles. Vantablack will also be on tap, in both the regular and 2-year-barrel-aged versions (whoa). There will also be Barrel-Aged Oso Otoño (2 years) and Chocolate Milk Stout (18 months) on tap, and yes, you can fill growlers of those. Iron Lung Smoked Porter is also back, and there is a limited supply of bottles of Barrel-Aged Standing 8 Stout available to take home as well. UPDATE: If you are headed south instead, stop at Truth or Consequences Brewing for a special release of six bottles. A kind person might be willing to pick up a bottle of the barrel-aged Truth Serum Barleywine and bring it back here for the Crew to sample.
In terms of hours, every brewery appears to be closed Thanksgiving except Blue Corn, which will be open and serving food and beer from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Red Door, which will be filling discounted growlers from noon to 4 p.m. at the brewery on Candelaria. Apparently everyone will be right back to normal operating hours Friday. As for tonight (Wednesday), a few breweries could close early if the crowds die down, so take note when heading out to fill your growlers or pick up packaged beer directly from the source.
Do not forget, all of our breweries count as small businesses, so keep them in mind when shopping on Small Business Saturday. They have plenty of merchandise beyond just the beer (our annual Merch Guide will be out soon, we promise). Marble Westside will have a holiday market at noon and Boxing Bear will have a pop up market at 1 p.m.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bosque is also feeling tropical with Guavango. Bow & Arrow has a limited supply of its barrel-aged barleywine, Thief of Time, back on tap. Canteen spices it up with more Sichler Chile Lager, plus Wee Bit Loco, a Scottish Wee Heavy. Marble put Joe Pumpkin on nitro, while more cans of Imperial Red will soon be available. Ponderosa brings back Hop-Mosa, a hazy IPA, on Saturday. Sidetrack has more Railhead Red available, plus the new C4 IPA. Starr Brothers quickly got Brown Chicken Brown Cow back on tap. Steel Bender has Ich Bin Cranberry Kettle Sour on tap (for real this time), plus this Saturday will see a double-bottle release of Ned’s Sour Pail and Ned’s Sour Pail with Boysenberry, as well as an on-tap release of The Whole Shoe, a Belgo IPA. Toltec has special new beer-and-food pairings every Wednesday, and today will feature the arrival of the new Vienna Lager. Tractor brings back a seasonal favorite of ours, Turkey Drool!
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn pops a new porter, Black by Popular Demand.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of November 19.
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, Komrade Boese. The most recent additions are the Double Dead Red and Oktoberfest, but now Komrade Boese, a burly Russian imperial stout, is back.
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, Short Fuze Blonde Ale, All Clear! (Apple Beer), American Wheat, A.S.B., Stockpile Milk Stout, Light the Fuse! Lager, Fusion Fuel, Incendiary IPA, Altbier. The most recent additions are the Altbier, Incendiary, Fusion Fuel, and Light the Fuse! For every pint sold of Fusion Fuel, a fruited pale ale, $1 goes to the EOD Warrior Foundation.
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; Wheat, Pray, Love; Schwarzbier, Neo Modern (Brut IPA), Guavanago. The Guavango is the most recent addition, but keep an eye out for Chai Hard, Bosque’s Beer Premiere entry, coming to taps soon. Cans of Neo Modern are now available in honor of Bosque’s sixth anniversary. Cans of Fresh Start Breakfast Ale go on tap 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) Roam Wild (American Wild Ale), Wolf Eyes Marzen, Desert Punch Hazy DIPA, Bolos & Bling Brett IPA, Strawberry Amigo Sour, Breakfast Bandit Imperial Stout, Tropic Rodeo Milkshake IPA. The most recent additions are Tropic Rodeo Milkshake IPA, made with pineapple and lactose, plus Breakfast Bandit, an amazing coffee and donuts imperial stout, and Strawberry Amigo, Bolos & Bling, Peach Cosmic Arrow, Desert Punch, and Wolf Eyes, with the Peach Cosmic available in bottles as well as on tap. There are still bottles left of Roam Wild and Bolos & Bling.
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, Brut Strength DIPA, Albu-Murky Hazy IPA, Schwarzbier. The most recent additions are Brut Strength, Murky Milkshake IPA, Pineapple Milk Shake, and Guava Gose. Schwarzbier is on the nitro tap. Albu-Murky Hazy IPA is now for sale in bottles, too. A whole slew of beers go on tap Friday (see our intro above), plus there will be bottles of Vantablack Russian Imperial Stout.
Events: Friday—Vantablack Friday, 11 a.m.; Saturday—Small Business Saturday Pop Up Market, 1 p.m.
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 Red. 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, Exodus IPA, Social Capital, Buffumundo (Amber Lager), Mustaches and Cream (Chocolate and Vanilla Stout), Sichler Chile Lager, Wee Bit Loco (Wee Heavy). The most recent additions are Sichler, Wee Bit Loco, Social Capital, Buffumundo, Irish Red, and Mustaches and Cream, a chocolate and vanilla stout. The proceeds from the last one go to Movember.
Live Music (Brewery): Sunday—Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, 4-7 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—Javier Ortega, 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, Young Guns Dank Wet Hop IPA, 3x Tripel, Oktoberfest, Dry Stout, Flipping Pigeons American Lager. The most recent additions are the Dry Stout and Flipping Pigeons. Before those came the 3x Tripel and Oktoberfest.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Dustin Alain Prost, 8 p.m.; Friday—Jake, Randy & Ryan, 8 p.m.; Saturday—True Story House with Michael Evan Sheppard, 8 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 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, Wee Stache. 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! Wee Stache is a Scotch ale brewed in collaboration with Steel Bender for Movember.
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.
Live Music: Friday—Stan Kee, 6 p.m.
Other Events: Saturday—Magic Show with William McKeehan, 6 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: Saturday—JJ Raschel & Mystic Roots, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Tobyriffic 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: Citra SMASH IPA, El Jugo, La Negra Imperial Stout, Munchner Dunkel, Weizenbock. There are cans of El Jugo now available. This batch of La Negra is excellent; get it on tap or in bottles. The most recent additions on tap are the Dunkel and Weizenbock. 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 brewhouse 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: Cholo Stout, Reserve Ale, Passionate Gose, Tangerine Gose, Double IPA, NM State Fair Hazy Pale Ale, Pumpkin Noir, Joe Pumpkin on nitro, Alpha Acid Trip, Northside IPA, This is How We Brut It! (Heights and Westside only), Eastbound and Brown (Heights and Westside only), Glowstick Juice (Heights and Westside only), Desert Fog (Westside only), Brett IPA (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 Joe Pumpkin on nitro, Northside IPA, Eastbound and Brown, Alpha Acid Trip, and the delicious Reserve Ale, which is also for sale in bottles. You can purchase cans of Desert Fog and NM State Fair Hazy Pale Ale in addition to enjoying them on tap.
Live Music (Downtown): Music is done for the winter months, but fear not, it will return in the spring!
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Sol De La Noche, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Stan Kee and Step In, 8-11 p.m.
Other Events (Westside): Saturday—Marble Market, noon-5 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: Notorious BUN (Big Ugly Nasty) IPA, Imperial “Tribble” Red Ale, Bird of Prey IPA, Equinox Pumpkin Ale, Strawberry Milkshake IPA. The Strawberry Milkshake is the most recent addition, preceded by the Equinox, Bird of Prey, and the big and bold Imperial “Tribble” Red Ale. For a limited time, Coffee and Cream is back on tap at the Silver Taproom.
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: Wet Hop Saison, Belgian Dubbel, Hoppy Pilsner, Golden Graham Amber Lager, Schwarzbier. The Golden Graham was made with the actual cereal from the local General Mills plant. 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. Three new beers are on the way soon — ESB, Belgian Golden Strong, and Hop-Mosa Hazy IPA, which will replace Golden Graham this Saturday.
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), Dark Pedro, Kill or be Kilt Scotch Ale, Scottish Manny, Oktoberfest, Mangose. The Mangose, 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: Solo (Pumpkin) Saison, Citra SMASH, The Big DIPA, New England IPA. The Big DIPA and New England are the most recent additions, with more coming down the pipeline, including Raining Blood Triple Red Ale, brewed by Red Door and Franz Solo!
Live Music (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Escapesgiving with Alyssa Lodge & Matthew Kollock, 6-10 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, El Lobo Rojo, Dunk-a-Chito (Imperial Dunkelweizen). The two new additions are the El Lobo Rojo, a cherry wheat brewed for the University of New Mexico athletic program that is available on tap and in six-pack cans, plus the Dunk-a-Chito, which was inspired by biscochitos, so indulge in this big dessert beer.
Live Music: Saturday—Val James Band, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events: 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, C4 IPA, Dark Engine Stout, Chamomile Wheat, Railhead Red, 3:10 to Belen Brown, Forever Summer British Golden Ale. The Railhead and C4 IPA are the most recent additions. This Dark Engine batch is quite good.
Cask: The Forever Summer and Pub Ale with Earl Grey Tea 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, Planet of the Ape-rricots, Jack Tooth Grin, Bandwagon (Hazy IPA), Black Friday Dark American Lager. The most recent addition is the Black Friday, with Bandwagon coming prior to that, and before those came the Jack Tooth Grin and Planet of the Ape-rricots.
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, Brickie American Stout, Gris Gris, Raspberry Dynamite, Perry Maison, Wee Stache, Cow Plow Brown Ale, Icn Bin Ein Cranberry Kettle Sour, Viejo Agrio (bottles), Make Mine a Dubbel (bottles). The most recent addition was the Ich Bin Ein Cranberry
. Before that came the Cow Plow and Gris Gris, a grisette, if you could not guess. Wee Stache, a Scotch ale made in collaboration with High and Dry, will see a portion of the proceeds go to Movember. The two specialties, Viejo Agrio and Make Mine a Dubbel, were both barrel-aged and bottle-conditioned. Two more bottles, Ned’s Sour Pail and Ned’s Sour Pail with Boysenberry, will be released Saturday, along with The Whole Shoe, a Belgo IPA, on tap.
Live Music: Tuesday—Dust City Opera, 6-9 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, Whiskey Strawberry Sour, BBA Pumpkin Porter, Sour Kolsch with peaches. The Schwartzbier, a bronze medal winner at the Great British Beer Festival, is back on tap for a limited time. The most recent additions are the Whiskey Strawberry Sour, BBA Pumpkin Porter, and Sour Kolsch with peaches. 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: (House) Agave Wheat, Pale Ale, IPA, Stout, Altbier, Rye Lager; (Seasonals) Mojito Kettle Sour, Basic Gourd, Ba-Dunkelweizen, Vienna Lager. Our favorite so far is (prepare to be shocked) the Stout, which is roasty, creamy, slightly sweet, and rather wonderful overall. The Vienna Lager, Ba-Dunkelweizen, Basic Gourd, 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: Turkey Drool, Ghost Ranch IPA, The Boot Girl IPA, 321 SMaSH Pale Ale, Citra Hefe, Javi Pre-Prohibition Lager, Prickly Pear Cider, Pumpkin Cider, Apple Ale, Belgian Single Hop IPA (Wells Park, Nob Hill, and Four Hills only), Cascade SMASH (Wells Park, Nob Hill, and Westside only), Cuveé Brett Un (Wells Park, Four Hills, and Westside only), The Spy Who Drank Me Hopped Cider (Wells Park and Westside only), Nitro Milk Stout (Wells Park and Westside only), Milton’s Red Stapler (Nob Hill and Westside only), Ebony & Ivory (Nob Hill only), Imma Pale Ale (Four Hills only), Cascara Cider (Four Hills only), Golden Delicious Dry Cider (Four Hills only). All proceeds from the 321 SMaSH go to the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network. The most recent additions are malty, like Turkey Drool, or pack a double-hop punch in the Ghost Ranch and The Boot Girl IPAs. Before those came the Pumpkin Cider, Cascade SMASH, Apple Ale, Ebony & Ivory (pale stout), Milton’s Red Stapler, and Prickly Pear Cider, which benefits breast cancer research.
Live Music (Wells Park): Saturday—John Calvin Abney & M. Lockwood Porter, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Tom Bennett, 5 p.m.; Friday—Lani Nash, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Nathan Fox, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Four Hills): Friday—The Gershom Brothers, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—DJ Wae Fonkey, 5 p.m.
Weekly Events (Wells Park): Monday—Super Tractor Gamers Night, 5:30 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: Oktoberfest, Vienna SMLSH, Turbidity Majeure, Rise of Fall, Tomb of the Mutilated. The Vienna SMLSH is a single-hop, single-malt lager. Recent additions are Turbidity (New England-style IPA), Rise of Fall (Harvest Cold Brew Brown Ale), and Tomb of the Mutilated (Blood Orange Black IPA), the latter of which debuted at the Beer Premiere.
Cask: Tuesday—Hopshell IPA
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Brut IPA, Black by Popular Demand, Scotch Ale. New to taps this week is Black by Popular Demand, a porter. Luke highly recommends the Scotch Ale, so get it before it’s gone.
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: Friday—Love Unfold the Sun, 7-10 p.m.
News: In case anyone missed it, 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 Fall/Winter ’18, Agent Scully – Season Two, Episode Four (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Saison du Sarlacc, Kaffeeklatsch, Mo’schwecka (Brett Saison with Motueka hops), Almost Native (Oaxacan Gose), Sonora Weisse, Greyscale, Brut IPA – Wet Hop Chinook, Chantal (Imperial French Saison). 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 Chantal, a French saison brewed in memory of a friend lost to cancer, with a portion of the proceeds going to the New Mexico Cancer Society. RFA has bottles of Sonora Weisse for sale, along with a new collaboration beer called Terrapin Transit, a strawberry and lime Berliner Weisse.
Events: Friday—Blackest Friday, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
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 and Adobe Igloo are back for a limited time, so get them on tap or in six-pack cans.
Live Music (ABQ taproom): Sunday—The Gershom Brothers, 6 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, Old Pecos Porter. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. New to taps is Old Pecos Porter, with the epic Preacher’s Share, a barrel-aged imperial stout that has long been a Crew favorite, plus Freja Harvest Sour, Slight of Haze, and Oktoberfest having appeared just before that.
Live Music (Rufina): Saturday—Pigment & Pherkad, 7:30 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, Irish Stout, Citra Pale Ale, Old School IPA, Honey Hibiscus Wheat, Peach Dortmunder, Oktoberfest, Wet Hopped Amber, Honey Double IPA, Sour Red Ale (in bottles), Barrel-Aged Wheat Wine (in bottles). Stop by the tasting room at 32 Bisbee Court or go all-in at the taproom and music venue at 2791 Agua Fria Street. In addition to picking up those two special bottles, you can also enjoy recent additions to tap like Oktoberfest, Old School IPA, Peach Dortmunder, Wet Hopped Amber, and Honey Double IPA.
Live Music: Saturday—The High Vibes, 6 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, Amarillo SMASH. I recently got the opportunity to give a talk on New Mexico beer history at Red River. The brewery is a lovely space with great food and a friendly staff. My personal favorite among the beers was the Prospector Porter.
Live Music: Friday—Fritz Davis & John Karl, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Michael Smith & Jeff Fagan, 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, Elcitmos IPA, 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: None this week.
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