Archive for January 30, 2019

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.

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

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

The beer industry can still surprise us from time to time, and not always in the best of ways. We were dismayed, but not overly shocked, when Santa Fe Brewing announced that State Pen Porter is being discontinued as a year-round offering. All week, you can stop at any SFBC location and buy a six-pack for $5 or a case for $15 to help them clear out the inventory. That is a good deal for a solid beer, which we would guess is one of the first darker craft ales that many of you probably tried. It is a sign of the changing tastes of beer drinkers, for whom sweet seems to top all (see, juicy hazy IPAs, pastry stouts, fruit-infused sours, etc.). Still, it has made us rather nostalgic for the simpler beers of yore. (At least until we tried the Churro Bandito at Bow & Arrow, because that pastry stout is wonderful.) Anyway, head over to the SFBC taproom at Green Jeans on Saturday for a final farewell party. Stock up on a solid brew to get you through the rest of the winter. Raise one farewell pint to the past.

This Friday, we should have a post up with the hours of operation (should they be different than normal) for breweries this Super Bowl Sunday. We want to make sure you get those growlers/crowlers filled for the big game, so you can also root, root, root against the damn Patriots. Take note that any brewery with a regular Sunday event, such as Canteen or Kaktus, will not have music or other live entertainment due to the game this weekend.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out of the non-stout/porter variety. Bosque has a Dry-Hopped Cider rolling out to all locations this week. Cantero shines with an American Golden Ale. High and Dry and Ponderosa unveil their collaboration, Shut the Lights Black IPA, on Friday. La Cumbre rolls out Blood Orange Sour on draft and in cans Friday. Marble hops it up with Southside IPA, and then goes big with Barrel-Aged Quadruple. Quarter Celtic is seeing Prague-ress with a new Czech amber. Rio Bravo flips a coin and lands on a new Copper Lager. Sidetrack has more In-Crowd Pale Ale available. Starr Brothers goes dark with more Foggy Monocle stout. Steel Bender feels the love with The Village Innuendo, a cherry wit, returning Thursday, plus George Porter debuts Friday. Tractor plows ahead with Acreage IPA and Pecan Ale.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn goes big with Round Midnight Imperial Stout. Rowley Farmhouse Ales moves on to Agent Scully — Season Two, Episode 5 IPA, and also brings Steindock’d, its barleywine, out of the barrels, plus there is more No BU for You IPA available.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of January 28.