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.
In these final days before Christmas, make sure to take some time out from the madness and enjoy a pint or two. Plus, you can always shop at the breweries for gifts besides beer, while still drinking beer. There are some additional holiday-themed events and a few more special beer releases in package this week. Starting with the events, Marble Westside is hosting an Ugly Sweater Contest as part of their Throwback Thursdays with DJ Wae Fonkey on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Rio Bravo is hosting a fundraiser for the UNM Children’s Hospital with Jason Mraz on Thursday starting at noon. The Desert Darlings return to Tractor Wells Park on Friday at 8 p.m. for the Nightmare Before Xmas Edition of Hops and Dreams. Up in Santa Fe, there will be special Christmas-themed music events on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. with The Shiners Club and Blues Revue Band at the original Second Street location. Then on Saturday, Second Street Rufina hosts Hip-Hop for the Holidays Volume 5 at 8 p.m.
New beers in package this week include Two Shades of Haze in 4-pack cans at Bosque, Barleywine in bottles at The 377, and Skookum Barleywine in a double-can package (one regular, the other barrel aged) at Second Street Rufina. Just keep drinking what you’ve got, you’ll make room in the beer fridge.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bombs Away introduces a new Winter Lager. Canteen defies the season with some Grapefruit Exodus IPA, then goes big on Friday with St. Bob’s Imperial Stout. Cantero (welcome to the listings) sticks with the season with Gingerbread Stout. Dialogue goes old-school with some Abbey Ale. Nexus brings back a Crew favorite in the Beam Me Up Scotty. Quarter Celtic goes light with Fiona La Blonde and dark with Irish Handcuffs. Rio Bravo pours some dessert in the form of a new Chocolate Stout. Steel Bender is feeling German again with Die Dunkel Seite.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has a fresh batch of its IPA Challenge-winning Gatekeeper IPA. HoneyMoon (welcome to the listings) has two new kombucha on tap in Camellia Blanco and Camellia Flor. Tumbleroot went ahead and put Orange Chocolate Stout on nitro. Further north in Red River, RRBC taps its Bourbon Barrel-Aged Bad Medicine Honey DIPA.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of December 17.
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, Winter Lager. The most recent additions are the Winter Lager, 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, Fresh Start, Hallertau Blanc, Open Space Haze, Wry Riddle, Three Point No, Chocolate Mint Stout, Two Shades of Haze. The Chai Hard, Bosque’s popular Beer Premier entry, and Autumn Red are now available. The most recent additions are Chocolate Mint Stout, Hallertau Blanc (IPL), Wry Riddle (Rye Pale Ale), and Three Point No, a fruited wheat. Two Shades of Haze arrives on tap and for sale in four-pack cans starting today (Wednesday).
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), Desert Punch Hazy DIPA, Bolos & Bling Brett IPA, Strawberry Amigo Sour, Breakfast Bandit Imperial Stout, Tropic Rodeo Milkshake IPA, Thief of Time Barleywine, Dream Mesa, Cosmic Arrow Brett Saison, Buffalo Plaid Baltic Porter. The most recent additions are Cosmic Arrow and Buffalo Plaid Baltic Porter. Before those came Tropic Rodeo Milkshake IPA, made with pineapple and lactose, plus Breakfast Bandit, an amazing coffee and donuts imperial stout, and Dream Mesa, a golden sour. 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, Guava Gose, Pineapple Milk Shake, Murkito Hazy Pale Ale, Brut Strength DIPA, Vantablack Russian Imperial Stout, Barrel-Aged Oso Otoño, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, CeleBEARtion. The dark beer invasion from Black Friday still has a few on tap, including the Oso, Iron Lung, and the Vantablack, with 22-ounce bottles still for sale of that one as well. CeleBEARtion, a hoppy bourbon barrel-aged beer, is on tap and for sale in bottles.
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: Exodus IPA, Buffumundo (Amber Lager), Wee Bit Loco (Wee Heavy), North 14 Pale Ale, Radiohead IPA, Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Grapefruit Exodus IPA, Resilience IPA. The most recent additions are Grapefruit Exodus, Radiohead, North 14, and Wee Bit Loco. Panama Joe returned on tap and in four-pack cans back on Tuesday. You can also get the charitable beer, Resilience IPA, on tap for a limited time.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Claudio Tolousse Trio, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Greg Butera Trio, 4-7 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—Lani Nash, 5-8 p.m.
Cantero Brewing — (505) 312-8247
(Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)
Beers: Cantero Amber, Cantero IPA, Cantero Sour, Deaf Dog Brown, Brew-ha-ristra (Red Chile Stout), Lemon Berry Sour, Cantero Hazy Red, Pumpkin on the Rye, Gingerbread Stout. Welcome to the listings, Cantero! We have been remiss in adding this new brewpub at 3351 Columbia Dr. NE in the Brewery District. The most recent addition is the Gingerbread Stout, which actually debuts today (Wednesday).
Live Music: Friday—Luciana, 4 p.m.; Saturday—RJ Perez, 6 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, P-funk Porter, Dry Stout, Flipping Pigeons American Lager, Baby Wenzel Session IPA, 70 Shilling Scottish Ale, Abbey Ale. The most recent additions are the Abbey Ale, Baby Wenzel, and 70 Shilling, with the latter made in collaboration with Rio Rancho’s 1933 Brewing (we will look into whether or not they are brewing their own beers on site). Before those came the Dry Stout and Flipping Pigeons.
Live Music: Friday—DogBrain, 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 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, and this is the last of that charitable beer at either brewery.
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, Brown Porter, Helles Lager, Bock, One is the Loneliest IPA, Paleo Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Thurvaytha, Imperial Chocolate Stout, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. Once again, there has been a big tap turnover, with Imperial Chocolate Stout, Brown Porter, Bock, Paleo, Oatmeal Stout, and Thurvaytha, a Mexican lager, joining the lineup recently. One is the Loneliest is an IPA with an IBU of, you guessed it, 1.
Live Music: Friday—Sloan Armitage, 7 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—Back in the Funk Saddle Again, 7 p.m.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225 (brewery); (505) 916-0787 (Westside taproom)
(Both locations open every day at noon)
Beers: El Jugo, Munchner Dunkel, Pecos Porter, Noche De Paz, Gracias Por Fumar. It appears you all consumed every last drop of Big Door Prize, the hazy DIPA re-released in cans last week. There may still be bottles of the Ocho, the eighth-anniversary cherry sour. 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: Resilience IPA, Cholo Stout, Double IPA, NM State Fair Hazy Pale Ale, Northside IPA, Ye’ Olde Ale, Doppelator, Jabroni Light, Raspberry Peach Pale Ale, Passionate Gose, Desert Fog (Downtown only), Imperial Stout (Heights only), Joe Pumpkin on nitro (Heights and Westside only), Vünderland (Heights and Westside only), Cryogenic Pale Ale (Heights and Westside only), Eastbound and Brown (Heights and Westside only), Prickly Pear Gose (Westside only), Tangerine Gose (Westside only), Pumpkin Noir (Westside only), This is How We Brut It! (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 on-tap additions are Raspberry Peach Pale Ale, Vünderland (Belgian strong), Doppelator, Cryogenic Pale Ale, and Ye’ Olde Ale, which was made in collaboration with the Marble Brewery in England. Imperial Stout has all but run out on tap, but four-pack cans are still available. You can also purchase cans of Imperial Red, 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 (Heights): Thursday—RoyalHills, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Hub City Sound System, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Thursday—DJ Wae Fonkey, 7-9 p.m.; Friday—Le Chat Lunatique, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Rhythm Divine, 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: Equinox Pumpkin Ale, Strawberry Milkshake IPA, Beam Me Up Scotty. The Beam Me Up, a Scottish wee heavy (if you could not guess) makes a wintertime return to the lineup.
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. The last of the Mocha Hipster Bomb, the GABF bronze-medal-winning beer made in collaboration with Quarter Celtic, was wiped out at the recent anniversary party. Oh, what a grand way to go out!
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: Belgian Dubbel, Hoppy Pilsner, Schwarzbier, Hop-Mosa Hazy IPA, ESB. The ESB is the most recent addition, preceded by the Hop-Mosa. 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: Dark Pedro, Kill or be Kilt Scotch Ale, Scottish Mannie, Irish Brut IPA, Oat Face Killer, Xylophone Rock, Irish Handcuffs Imperial Stout, Fiona La Blonde. The Xylophone is an American-style pilsner. More recent additions are an old Crew favorite in Irish Handcuffs, plus the new Fiona, a Belgian-style blonde ale.
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 (brewery only), The Big DIPA, New England IPA, Pining for Maple Breakfast Brown. The delicious Pining for Maple Breakfast Brown, 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! Pining was made in collaboration with New Mexico Piñon Coffee.
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, NM Pinon Coffee Porter, Level 3 DIPA, Lemongrass Wit, Blueberry Mint Gose, Imperial Kolsch, Marzen, Grab ‘Em By the Putin (Russian Imperial Stout), Hella Fine Pils, Blurred Lines (New England-style IPA), Old Firestone Pale Ale, Cherry Wheat, Oatmeal Stout, El Lobo Rojo, Dunk-a-Chito (Imperial Dunkelweizen), Chocolate Stout. 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. Speaking of dessert, Chocolate Stout goes on tap this week.
Events: Thursday—Jason Mraz Fundraiser for UNM Children’s Hospital, noon
Weekly Events: Thursday—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: C4 IPA, Dark Engine Stout, Railhead Red, 3:10 to Belen Brown, Pub Ale, Sunburst Pale Ale. The Sunburst, Pub Ale, Railhead, and C4 IPA are the most recent additions. This Dark Engine batch is quite good.
Cask: The Forever Summer and C4 IPA are in the beer engines.
Events: Friday—Winter Solstice Celebration, 7-10 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, Planet of the Ape-rricots, Jack Tooth Grin, Black Friday Dark American Lager, Rock ‘n Roll Hazy Nights IPA, Zombies in the Manger. The most recent additions are the Rock ‘n Roll and Zombies in the Manger, a biscochito stout.
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, Cow Plow Brown Ale, Icn Bin Ein Cranberry Kettle Sour, The Whole Shoe (Belgo IPA), Viejo Agrio (bottles), Make Mine a Dubbel (bottles), Ned’s Sour Pail (bottles), Ned’s Sour Pail with boysenberry (bottles). The most recent additions were The Whole Shoe and Ich Bin Ein Cranberry, but Die Dunkel Seite returns to the lineup Thursday. Before that came the Cow Plow and Gris Gris, a grisette, if you could not guess. The four bottle-only specialties — Viejo Agrio, Make Mine a Dubbel, Ned’s Sour Pail, Ned’s Sour Pail with boysenberry — were all barrel-aged and bottle-conditioned. The Four Casks of Christmas concludes Saturday with the tapping of a different version of Brickie, this time with Ginger Snap.
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, Scottish Wee Heavy. 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 Wee Heavy, Whiskey Strawberry Sour, BBA Pumpkin Porter, and Sour Kolsch with peaches. The special tap features The Duke, a vanilla graham cracker porter sour, and Adalie, a sour aged 10 months, with strawberries added to the barrel after 8 months. Bottles of Barleywine are now for sale at $12 each, or you can buy three for $30.
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) Basic Gourd, Ba-Dunkelweizen, Vienna Lager, Double IPA. Our favorite so far is (prepare to be shocked) the Stout, which is roasty, creamy, slightly sweet, and rather wonderful overall. The Double IPA, Vienna Lager, Ba-Dunkelweizen, and Basic Gourd 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, C&C IPA, Nichols Winesap Cider, Belgian Winter White, Blood Orange Cider, Luna de los Muertos, Chocolate Milk Stout, Veruca Salt (Gose), 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), 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). The most recent additions are C&C IPA, Nichols Winesap Cider, Belgian Winter White, Blood Orange Cider, and Luna de los Muertos, an imperial stout available in 22-ounce bombers. The Nichols Winesap Cider is the first in Tractor’s new seasonal Orchard Series, with 100 percent of the apples used all grown here in New Mexico. Before those came the Chocolate Milk Stout, with a nitro version available at Wells Park and the Westside, and Veruca Salt, a classic gose.
Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Jacob Chavez & Rye Moon Co., 8 p.m.; Saturday—The Gershom Brothers, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Saturday—Alex Maryol, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Saturday—Kenton Puckett, 6 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Friday—Hops and Dreams: Nightmare Before Xmas Edition, 8 p.m.; Sunday—One Albuquerque T-shirt Release, 3 p.m.
Weekly Events (Wells Park): Monday—Breaking Bad Retro 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: Vienna SMLSH, Rise of Fall, Tomb of the Mutilated, Mr. Hoover’s Steam, Darker Than Darkness. The Vienna SMLSH is a single-hop, single-malt lager. Recent additions are Mr. Hoover’s Steam, an old recipe reborn, and Darker Than Darkness, a schwarzbier. Before those came Rise of Fall (Harvest Cold Brew Brown Ale) and Tomb of the Mutilated (Blood Orange Black IPA).
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Lord Lupulin IPA, Black by Popular Demand, Gatekeeper IPA, Whiteout Stout. We got to enjoy Whiteout, a wonderful pale stout with strong coffee and chocolate flavors, and Black by Popular Demand, a rye porter, at a recent Blue Corn beer dinner. Gatekeeper, the winner of the 2018 New Mexico IPA Challenge, is back on tap.
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: Saturday—Love Unfold the Sun, 7 p.m.
HoneyMoon Brewery — (505) 303-3139
(Tues-Thurs 2-7 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun-Mon closed)
Beers: Camellia Blanco, Camellia Flor, plus six guest taps. Welcome to the listings, HoneyMoon! This new kombuchery at 907 W. Alameda in Santa Fe is now open. The first two hard kombucha on tap are the Blanco, made with jasmine green tea pearls, ginger, and lemon, and the Flor, which takes all of those ingredients and adds some hibiscus. For the more traditional beer drinkers, there are guest taps featuring a rotating list from the likes of La Cumbre, Bosque, Turtle Mountain, Abbey, Rowley Farmhouse Ales, and Tumbleroot.
Events: Saturday—Pints & Pours, 5-8 p.m.
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, Mo’schwecka (Brett Saison with Motueka hops), Sonora Weisse, Greyscale, Brut IPA – Wet Hop Chinook, Chantal (Imperial French Saison), The Petit Blanche – Galaxy. 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 most recent additions are The Petit Blanche – Galaxy and 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.
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.
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, Red Comet. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. New to taps is Red Comet, with the epic Preacher’s Share, a barrel-aged imperial stout that has long been a Crew favorite, plus Old Pecos Porter, Freja Harvest Sour, Slight of Haze, and Oktoberfest having appeared just before that. You can buy Skookum Barleywine in cans on Thursday.
Live Music (Original): Friday—The Shiners Club, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Blues Revue, 7 p.m.
Live Music (Railyard): Saturday—Red Ninja, 7 p.m.
Live Music (Rufina): Saturday—Hip-Hop for the Holidays Vol. 5, 8 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, Orange Chocolate Stout (on nitro), 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 Orange Chocolate Stout, Oktoberfest, Old School IPA, Peach Dortmunder, Wet Hopped Amber, and Honey Double IPA.
Live Music: Friday—Terra Watts, 9 p.m.; Saturday—Half Broke Horses, 8 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, Back Forty Farmhouse Ale, Campfire Cream Ale, Amarillo SMASH, Red Deception (Porter). 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, but it has been temporarily replaced by Red Deception. Available for a limited time starting Thursday is a bourbon-barrel-aged version of Bad Medicine Honey DIPA.
Live Music: Friday—Michael Smith and Jeff Fagan, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Michael Smith and Jeff Fagan, 7-10 p.m.
Other Events: Tuesday—Beer DInner, 6 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, Imperial Stout, Whiskey Stout. The Whiskey Stout is back on tap and in bottles, which is always a wonderful winter treat.
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