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 eight breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, and one in Red River also joining the party.
Winter in New Mexico does not exactly behave in a normal fashion. It bounces back and forth between mild and frigid, not really adhering to the technical start and end dates for the season. In fact, we are only a little more than a third of the way through winter, and while it might not always feel like it, our breweries are sticking with the dark and decadent beers for a while longer. La Cumbre brings back its beloved Baltic Porter, Siberian Silk, on tap and in cans on Friday. It is just one of many Baltics on tap, with additional versions available on tap at Bosque (Grandfather Owl), Bow and Arrow (Buffalo Plaid), Toltec, and Turtle Mountain (Stockholm Syndrome). If we weren’t so close to our Stout Challenge on Super Bowl Sunday, the Crew might have done a mini-Baltic challenge. Speaking of stouts, Bow and Arrow is releasing the latest entry in its Bandit series, the Churro Bandito, on tap this Saturday. They threw actual churros into the imperial stout during the boil. Yeah, we cannot wait to try this one. There is also the T34 Imperial Russian Stout at Bombs Away. So much darkness, so little time. We will be cranking up the new Swallow the Sun album on Friday and trying to hit as many as we can.
Another cool event to highlight in Santa Fe is A Bitter Day on Saturday at Second Street Rufina. Anyone who has been to Second Street knows how much the brewery team there loves the bitter style of English beers, so now SSB has invited other breweries to make their own takes on the style and serve them all up at once. There will be live music from Fox White, a special menu, and more running all day.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out of the non-stout/porter variety. Boese Brothers recently brought back the popular Cascade Grenade IPA. Bombs Away also has S.A.F. Raspberry Sour and Oaked Claymore Scotch Ale. Canteen is feeling smooth with Vienna Lager, Smokin’ Joe Lager, and more Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale. Marble suffered no thorny injuries (we hope) making more Prickly Pear Gose. Quarter Celtic asks What’s the Wi-Fi Password? with its new Strata IPA. Rio Bravo is feeling saucy with Beer Against Humanity IPA. Sidetrack has brought back its American blonde ale, Güera, and this Saturday will have Second Side ESB, a collaboration with Second Street, on tap for the third anniversary party. Tractor resurrects an old favorite in Scotcholate, while also feeling sweet with the new Caramel Cider.
Up in Santa Fe, HoneyMoon will have Cidrucha available Friday. Tumbleroot had a big tap turnover, with everything from Double Brown to New School IPA to Captain SMASH, a rum barrel-aged barleywine, going on tap, plus there are new bottles of Dry Hopper Sour Golden Ale and Sour Red Ale with cherries.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of January 21.
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 (brewery); (505) 821-0752 (brewpub)
(Brewery hours: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–midnight, Fri 3 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat noon–2 a.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.; Brewpub hours Mon–Thurs 3-10 p.m., Fri 3 p.m.-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)
Beers: Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Washington’s Hatchet, Super Kreak, TruBlu Pilsner, Double Dead Red Ale, Komrade Boese, Cascade Grenade. The hops go boom again with a fresh batch of Cascade Grenade.
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, All Clear! (Apple Beer), American Wheat, A.S.B., Light the Fuse! Lager, Fusion Fuel, Winter Lager, Oaked Claymore Scotch Ale, S.A.F. Raspberry Sour, T34 Imperial Russian Stout. The most recent additions are the S.A.F. Raspberry Sour, Oaked Claymore, and T34 Imperial Russian. 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), (505) 361-1876 (Bosque North), (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.; North: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-10 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)
Beers: Driftwood Oatmeal Stout, Hallertau Blanc, Open Space Haze, Bosque Cider, Guitar Solo, The Nathan, EOP Tart, Surreal McCoy, Grandfather Owl. The most recent additions are the Grandfather Owl (Baltic Porter), Surreal McCoy (Hoppy Amber), Hallertau Blanc (IPL), The Nathan (Ginger Red), and Guitar Solo, a fruited hazy pale. Open Space Haze is now an almost year-round offering on tap. EOP Tart rolled from WinterBrew to the taprooms this week.
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, Southwest x Northwest Hazy IPA. The most recent additions are Southwest x Northwest, a collaboration with Ex Novo Brewing, plus 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 Cosmic Arrow, Roam Wild, and Bolos & Bling. This Saturday, Churro Bandito goes on tap, the latest imperial stout made with, well, you can probably guess.
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, Pineapple Milk Shake, Murkito Hazy Pale Ale, Vantablack Russian Imperial Stout, CeleBEARtion, Standing 8 Stout, Murkules, Scotch Rocket Scotch Ale. Welcome back Standing 8 Stout, which we didn’t even know has been demoted to a seasonal release (sniff). The most recent additions are Scotch Rocket and Murkules, a double dry-hopped hazy DIPA. You can still find 22-ounce bottles of Vantablack for sale. 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: Buffumundo (Amber Lager), Panama Joe Coffee Stout (cans only), Exodus IPA, Resilience IPA, St. Bob’s Imperial Stout, Irish Red, Vienna Lager, Smokin’ Joe Lager, Falconer’s Arm Pale Ale. The most recent additions are Vienna Lager, Smokin’ Joe, and Falconer’s Arm. Panama Joe is also available in four-pack cans to go. You can also get the charitable beer, Resilience IPA, on tap for a limited time.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Singer Songwriter Showcase, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Le Chat Lunatique, 4-7 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—Nathan Fox, 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, Cream Sour, Deaf Dog Brown, Brew-ha-ristra (Red Chile Stout), Cantero Hazy Red, Pumpkin on the Rye, Brut IPA, Doughnut Stout. Welcome to the listings, Cantero! We had been remiss in adding this new brewpub at 3351 Columbia Dr. NE in the Brewery District. The most recent additions are Brut IPA and Doughnut Stout.
Live Music: Saturday—Garry Blackchild, 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: Thursday—Alex Rasmussen, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Sub-Assembly presents Grimblee, 8 p.m.
Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500
(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)
Beers: Nebulas IPA, Candy is Dandy, I Am Broot Brut IPA, Unbreakable Glass, OASIS. The Candy is Dandy is a peanut butter cup porter, which we’re sure many of you need in your lives. Nebulas is a hazy IPA. Unbreakable Glass is a cream ale, while OASIS is a Belgian blonde.
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, Tres Lobos IPA, Sourpuss IPA, Los Ranchos Cerveza, All About the Stout. Hops is generating more seasonal offerings, with Tres Lobos, Sourpuss, Los Ranchos, and All About the Stout (an Irish dry) now available.
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, Helles Lager, Bock, One is the Loneliest IPA, Paleo Pale Ale, Thurvaytha, Imperial Stout, Barleywine, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. The big beers are here as Imperial Stout and Barleywine join the lineup, replacing Oatmeal Stout and Brown Porter. Thurvaytha is a Mexican lager, not some sort of Viking ale. One is the Loneliest is an IPA with an IBU of, you guessed it, 1.
Live Music: Friday—Spiral Pilots, 5:30 p.m.
Weekly Events: Sunday—Blues Jam, 3-5 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?, Black Sunshine Robust Porter. 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 Black Sunshine is the most recent addition.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225 (brewery); (505) 916-0787 (Westside taproom)
(Both locations open every day at noon)
Beers: In the Money IPA, Strata IPA, Big Door Prize DIPA, Friend Zone Golden Ale, Altimeter. As we mentioned above, Siberian Silk debuts in cans on Friday. That joins a slew of other recent releases including the hoppy Altimeter, In the Money, Big Door Prize, and Strata.
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, Double IPA, Jabroni Light, American Pilsner, Dupy’s Dunkel, T. Gary Stout on nitro, Sympathy for the Pork Chop, Spruce Moose, Coffee Porter, Prickly Pear Gose, Resilience IPA (Downtown only), Passionate Gose (Heights and Westside only), Raspberry Peach Pale Ale (Heights and Westside only), Desert Fog (Heights and Westside only), Ye’ Olde Ale (Heights only), Cryogenic Pale Ale (Heights 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 Prickly Pear Gose, Spruce Moose, a stout with spruce tips, and Coffee Porter. Before that came Sympathy for the Pork Chop, a smoked märzen, T. Gary Stout on nitro, named for Marble founder Ted Rice, and the Dupy’s Dunkel. Ye’ Olde Ale was was made in collaboration with the Marble Brewery in England. Imperial Stout has all 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): Friday—The Gershom Brothers, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—RJ Perez, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Still Closed for Repairs, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Melissa Rios and Kelsey Manning, 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: Bird of Prey IPA, Beam Me Up Scotty, Brut IPA, Hot Chocolate Milk Stout. The Beam Me Up, a Scottish wee heavy (if you could not guess) makes a wintertime return to the lineup. Hot Chocolate Milk Stout is the most recent, and tasty, addition.
Palmer Brewery and Cider House — (505) 508-0508
(Tues–Sat 3–9 p.m.)
Beers: MWA (Malt With Attitude), Guero (Belgian Wit), Pool Session Pale Ale, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale), Switch Stance Stout. 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: Hoppy Pilsner, Schwarzbier, Hop-Mosa Hazy IPA, ESB, Belgian Dubbel. The Belgian Dubbel is the most recent addition, preceded by the ESB. 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, What’s the Wi-Fi Password?, Come to the Dort Side. The Xylophone is an American-style pilsner. More recent additions include an old Crew favorite in Irish Handcuffs, plus the new Fiona, a Belgian-style blonde ale, Come to the Dort Side, and What’s the Wi-Fi Password?, a Strata IPA.
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, Raining Blood. The delicious Pining for Maple Breakfast Brown, Big DIPA, and Raining Blood are the most recent additions. Pining was made in collaboration with New Mexico Piñon Coffee. Raining Blood was a collaboration between the Crew’s Franz Solo and Red Door, a big imperial red with a strong hop profile. Friday will feature the arrival of Picture Rock Porter, brewed in collaboration with Beer Creek Brewing.
Live Music (Brewery): Saturday—Old School Hip Hop Night, 8 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, 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, Freak Juice, Beer Against Humanity. Two popular seasonals 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, and the Dunk-a-Chito, which was inspired by biscochitos, so indulge in this big dessert beer. Speaking of dessert, Chocolate Stout is now available. The most recent addition was Freak Juice, another New England-style IPA, but Beer Against Humanity, a new IPA, goes on tap today (Wednesday). There will also be Cards Against Humanity for people to play in the taproom.
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: Turntable IPA, Dark Engine Stout, Railhead Red, Buzz Bomb, Hobo King Lager, Güera. The most recent additions are Güera, Turntable, and Hobo King. The Buzz Bomb is back, just when the weather cries out for this coffee pale ale the most! Saturday will see the arrival of a special collaboration with Second Street, Second Side ESB, plus a Farmhouse ale that was aged in Chardonnay barrels.
Cask: The Turntable with mangoes and grapefruit, and Güera with orange zest, are in the beer engines. For Saturday’s party, there will be Dark Engine with Zendo coffee and cacao nibs.
Events: Saturday—3rd Anniversary Party, all day, with live music from The Dirty Bones, 7-9 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, Black Friday Dark American Lager, Rock ‘n Roll Hazy Nights IPA, Zombies in the Manger, There Gose Them Boyzz. The most recent addition is There Gose Them Boyzz, a boysenberry gose, with Rock ‘n Roll and Zombies in the Manger, a biscochito stout, coming before that.
Events: Saturday—3rd Anniversary Party, all day
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) Resilience IPA, Compa Los Ranchos Lager, Brickie American Stout, Gris Gris, Raspberry Dynamite, Die Dunkel Seite, Mango Dynamite, Ettu Brut IPA, SB Cider #5, Viejo Agrio (bottles), Make Mine a Dubbel (bottles), Ned’s Sour Pail (bottles), Ned’s Sour Pail with boysenberry (bottles), Cinderella Story (bottles), The Whole Shoe (bottles). The most recent additions were Cider #5, Ettu Brut IPA, and Mango Dynamite. Before that came the Die Dunkel Seite and Resilience IPA. The six (!) bottle-only specialties — Viejo Agrio, Make Mine a Dubbel, Ned’s Sour Pail, Ned’s Sour Pail with boysenberry, Cinderella Story, The Whole Shoe — were all bottle-conditioned.
Live Music: Tuesday—Eryn Bent, 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, 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.
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) Ba-Dunkelweizen, Double IPA, Cascade Pale Ale, Baltic Porter. Our favorite so far is (prepare to be shocked) the Stout, which is roasty, creamy, slightly sweet, and rather wonderful overall. The Baltic Porter, Cascade Pale Ale, Double IPA, and Ba-Dunkelweizen 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: Apple Ale, Berry Cider, Javi Lager, Pilsner #15, Cowboy Coffee, Luna de los Muertos, Nichols Winesap Cider, Scotcholate, Caramel Cider, Chocolate Milk Stout (on nitro at Wells Park and Westside), Veruca Salt Gose (Wells Park, Nob Hill, Westside only), Blood Orange Cider (Nob Hill, Four Hills, Westside only), Turkey Drool (Nob Hill and Four Hills only), Cuveé Brett Un (Four Hills and Westside only). The most recent additions include Scotcholate, Caramel Cider, Cowboy Coffee, Apple Ale, and Luna de los Muertos, an imperial stout available in 22-ounce bombers. Before those came the Chocolate Milk Stout, with a nitro version available at Wells Park and the Westside, and Veruca Salt, a classic gose. 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.
Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—The Tylor Brandon Band, 8 p.m.; Saturday—The Kipsies, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Neil Gregory Johnson with David Bridwell, 8 p.m.; Friday—David Garcia, 5 p.m.; Saturday—JD Nash Harding, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Saturday—The Gershom Brothers, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Friday—Hops & Dreams: Wild West Edition, 8 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: Mr. Hoover’s Steam, Deep Depravity, Tiempo Mañana, Stockholm Syndrome. The most recent additions are led by Stockholm Syndrome, a Baltic porter, Deep Depravity, an 11-percent ABV barleywine, and Tiempo Mañana, an IPL. Before those came Mr. Hoover’s Steam, an old recipe reborn. Take note, the schwarzbier Darker than Darkness has become so popular it has joined the year-round lineup, replacing the Can’t Catch Me Copper Lager.
Cask: Tuesday—Tiempo Mañana
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—We Make Fire, 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, Cidrucha, 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.
News: You all drank the kombucha too fast, and now HoneyMoon has been forced to shut down until Friday at noon. By then, production should have caught up.
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 Petit Blanche – Galaxy/Apricot. 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, as well as the version with Galaxy and apricots, 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 Adobe Igloo is back for a limited time, so get it on tap or in six-pack cans. Another seasonal six-pack, Social Hour, is now available.
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 (Rufina): Friday—Full Speed Veronica album release party with Sunbender, 8 p.m.; Tuesday—Draft Punx with Fibber, The Blackout Pictures, Self Neglect, 8 p.m.
Other Events (Rufina): Saturday—A Bitter Day, 11 a.m.-close
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: Gold, Farmhouse Ale, Pale Ale, New School IPA, Honey Hibiscus Wheat, Belgian Pale, Double Brown, Captain SMASH (Rum barrel-aged barleywine), Orange Chocolate Stout (on nitro), Sour Red Ale (in bottles), Sour Red Ale with cherries (in bottles), Barrel-Aged Wheat Wine (in bottles), Sour Golden Ale (in bottles), Dry Hopped Sour Golden Ale (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 New School IPA, Belgian Pale, Double Brown, and Captain SMASH.
Thursday—JJ and the Hooligans, 8 p.m.; Friday—The High Vibes, 8 p.m.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Open Mic Night with Jason Reed, 6:30 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: We lost our contact at the Las Cruces brewery a while back, so please call the number above for an updated listing.
Red River Brewing — (575) 754-4422
(Mon–Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat–Sun 11 a.m.-11 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 is a bourbon-barrel-aged version of Bad Medicine Honey DIPA, and the supply is nearly out.
Live Music: Friday—Ry Taylor and Jessie Martinez, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Elaina Kay, 7 p.m.
Sierra Blanca Brewing — (505) 832-2337
(Mon–Thurs 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri –Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m.)
Beers: Cherry Wheat, 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.
Live Music: Friday—Shane Wallin, 6-9 p.m.
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5 Comments Add yours
Turkey Drool at Tractor and Biscochito Brown at Rock Canyon are also worthy of mention ;-}
A bit off-topic, but does anyone know why there doesn’t seem to be any of Sierra Nevada’s version of Resilience anywhere? I thought it would show up here, for sure.
It’s possible that had to do with the federal shutdown. Or maybe it was more of an on-tap-only release. If SN felt enough local breweries had it on tap, they might have avoided shipping cans here on the assumption those might not sell.
Hard to say. I saw some in Alabama and thought “nah, I’ll find it in Abq!” Silly me…