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.
Well, we have a big chunk of good news this week, and one bit of bad news. First, the good, as High and Dry is throwing a two-day anniversary celebration this Saturday and Sunday. Two new beers will be released, one each day, in the Desert Mosaic Pale Ale and Desert Perle. There will be a Polaroid Selfie Station on Saturday, plus the Porter Draw will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. Shane Wallin will take the stage for the same times on Sunday. Market vendors participating from 2 to 5 on Sunday will include Kimshe Kimche, Blue Fly Farms, Thunderhead Farms, Farm Shark, and Eldora Cholcates. There will also be a birthday cake for everyone to share at 2:30. Make sure to join the fun whenever you can.
The sad news this week is that Duel Brewing has apparently closed for good in Santa Fe. We heard rumblings a while back that even closing the Albuquerque Taproom was not enough to save the brewery. Then on Monday, word spread quickly through the community of musicians and artists, as many were informed that their upcoming sessions at the brewery were canceled. All that, coupled with the disappearance of all of Duel’s social media pages, confirmed it as much as it can be confirmed. Farewell, Duel, and thank you for the memories of some brutally tough Belgian brews.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out of the non-stout/porter variety. Bombs Away lands with some fresh Dunkelweizen. Bosque managed to sneak in A Fistful of Churros. Bow & Arrow added some coffee to a saison and voila, Saison Buzz debuts Friday. Boxing Bear went hop crazy again with Citra Double-Dry-Hopped Albu-Murky Hazy IPA. Canteen rolls out Hop Baller IPA, North 14 Pale Ale, Dixie Dean ESB, and Barrel-Aged Wee Bit Loco, plus the charity beer Vienna de Valle debuts Saturday. Cantero strikes a tune with Kenny Weisse. Flix Brewhouse celebrates The LEGO Movie 2 with Pale Full of Brix. La Cumbre gets a wee bit English with Bitter Sons. Marble recently added Amber Lager and Berry White, which is Double White with a whole lotta berries added to the mix. Sidetrack keeps things fresh with Oldschool IPA and Ringwood English Ale. Starr Brothers reminds everyone Don’t Fear the RIPA. Steel Bender unveils two of its National IPA Challenge entrants, Mañana Tropical IPA and Hole in the Bucket IPA, on Thursday. Tractor introduces the first of its Beer for a Better Burque charity brews, Field Beer.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn discovers Messages From Nowhere ESB.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of February 4.
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., Fusion Fuel, Winter Lager, Oaked Claymore Scotch Ale, S.A.F. Raspberry Sour, T34 Imperial Russian Stout, Dunkelweizen. The most recent additions are the Dunkelweizen, 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, Guitar Solo, The Nathan, EOP Tart, Surreal McCoy, Grandfather Owl, Dry-Hopped Cider, A Fistful of Churros. The most recent additions are A Fistful of Churros, Dry-Hopped Cider, 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, much like Driftwood.
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) Bolos & Bling Brett IPA, Strawberry Amigo Sour, Tropic Rodeo Milkshake IPA, Thief of Time Barleywine, Dream Mesa, Cosmic Arrow Brett Saison, Buffalo Plaid Baltic Porter, Southwest x Northwest Hazy IPA, Churro Bandito. The most recent addition is the decadent Churro Bandito, the latest entry in the excellent Bandit series of imperial pastry stouts, made with … well, you can probably guess. Before that came Southwest x Northwest, a collaboration with Ex Novo Brewing, plus Cosmic Arrow, Buffalo Plaid Baltic Porter, Tropic Rodeo Milkshake IPA, made with pineapple and lactose, and Dream Mesa, a golden sour. There are still bottles left of Cosmic Arrow, Roam Wild (nearly out), and Bolos & Bling. This Friday, prepare for Saison Buzz, a coffee-infused saison.
Live Music: Friday—Mark’s Midnight Carnival Show, 8 p.m.
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, Citra Double-Dry-Hopped Albu-Murky Hazy IPA. Welcome back, Standing 8 Stout, which we didn’t even know has been demoted to a seasonal release (sniff). The most recent additions are the new Albu-Murky, 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: Panama Joe Coffee Stout (cans only), Exodus IPA, Resilience IPA, Irish Red, Smokin’ Joe Lager, Dixie Dean ESB, Hop Baller IPA, North 14 Pale Ale, Barrel-Aged Wee Bit Loco. The most recent additions are Dixie Dean, Hop Baller, North 14, and the Wee Bit Loco, a Scotch ale aged in rye whiskey barrels. 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. The Vienna de Valle lager beer will go on tap for Saturday’s Winter Beer Fundraiser, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Valle de Oro wildlife refuge. You can also get a commemorative glass to take home with a full pour for just $10.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—The High Desert Playboys, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Cali Shaw, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Dusty Low, 4-7 p.m.
Live Music (Taproom): Saturday—Javier Ortega & Melissa Rios, 5-8 p.m.
Other Events (Brewery): Saturday—Winter Beer Fundraiser, 5-9 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, American Golden Ale, Kenny Weisse. 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 the American Golden Ale and Kenny Weisse.
Live Music: Saturday—Lani & Nathan, 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.
Events: Friday—Amble art show by Eric J. Martinez, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday—Valentine’s Pop-Up Market, noon
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, Pale Full of Brix. 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 passionfruit 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, Shut the Lights Black IPA. 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! Shut the Lights Black IPA is a collaboration with Ponderosa, which will be the guest brewery of the month for February.
Events: Saturday-Sunday—First Anniversary Party, all day (see our intro above)
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.
Events: Friday—Cafe La Luna: Valentine’s Day Edition, 7 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, McRojo or No?, Black Sunshine Robust Porter. The Black Sunshine is the most recent addition, and quite the tasty brew.
Live Music: Saturday—Stray Dawgs, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—X-ile Open Mic, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Jam Night, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Tobyriffic Karaoke Show, 3 p.m.; Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225 (brewery); (505) 916-0787 (Westside taproom)
(Both locations open every day at noon)
Beers: In the Money IPA, Altimeter IPA, Siberian Silk, Blood Orange Sour, Bitter Sons. You can still get cans of Altimeter, Blood Orange Sour, and Siberian Silk, a tasty Baltic porter. Bitter Sons, an English-style bitter, is the most recent on tap addition.
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, American Pilsner, Sympathy for the Pork Chop, Spruce Moose, Prickly Pear Gose, Barrel-Aged Quadruple, Southside IPA, Berry White, Resilience IPA (Downtown only), Amber Lager (Downtown and Westside only), Dupy’s Dunkel (Heights and Westside only), Coffee Porter (Heights and Westside only), Desert Fog (Heights and Westside only), Passionate Gose (Heights and Westside only), T. Gary Stout on nitro (Heights and Westside only), Cherry Brune (Westside only), 111 Rosé (Westside only), Pink Phunk (Westside only), Tickle Factory (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 Berry White, Amber Lager, Barrel-Aged Quadruple, Southside IPA, 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. Imperial Stout has all run out on tap, but four-pack cans are somehow still available (seriously, it’s delicious, get some!). 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—DJ Ryan Demond, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Hicks & Fowler, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Los Metamorfos, 7-10 p.m.; Tuesday—Songwriter Showcase, 6-8 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Gershom Brothers, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—The Cumberlands, 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. It has been a while since we received an update, so make sure to call for a current tap list.
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, Shut the Lights Black IPA. Shut the Lights, a collaboration with High and Dry, is the most recent addition, preceded by the ESB.
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: Oat Face Killer, Xylophone Rock, Irish Handcuffs Imperial Stout, Fiona La Blonde, What’s the Wi-Fi Password?, Come to the Dort Side, Prague-ress. The Xylophone is an American-style pilsner. More recent additions include an old Crew favorite in Irish Handcuffs, plus the new Prague-ress, the 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.
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: (House) ESB Amber, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Roadkill Red Ale, La Luz Lager, NM Piñon Coffee Porter, Hella’ Fine Pils, El Lobo Rojo, Imperial Kolsch, Lemongrass Wit; (Seasonals) Barley Wine, Blueberry Mint Gose, Marzen, Grab ‘Em By the Putin (Russian Imperial Stout), Blurred Lines (New England-style IPA), Firestone, Velvet Udders, Basket Case IPA, Cherry on Brett, Dunk-a-Chito (Imperial Dunkelweizen), Freak Juice, Beer Against Humanity, Copper Ale. We have the new breakdown of year-round and rotating tap handles at Rio Bravo. El Lobo Rojo, a cherry wheat brewed for the University of New Mexico athletic program, is available on tap and in six-pack cans. Dunk-a-Chito was inspired by biscochitos, so indulge in this big dessert beer. Speaking of dessert, Velvet Udders, a chocolate milk stout is now available. The most recent additions were Copper Ale, Freak Juice, another New England-style IPA, and Beer Against Humanity, a new West Coast IPA, is available in cans at the brewery, soon to appear in distribution. It will ultimately replace the DRB and Snakebite IPAs.
Weekly Events: Monday—Lobo Talk, 7 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: Oldschool IPA, Dark Engine Stout, Railhead Red, Ringwood English Ale, Hobo King Lager, Güera, Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale, Second Side ESB. The most recent additions are Oldschool IPA and Ringwood English Ale. Before those came BA Farmhouse and Second Side, a collaboration made with Second Street for Sidetrack’s recent anniversary party.
Cask: Dark Engine with cacao nibs is in the beer engine.
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, Lost City of Gold Hazy IPA, Foggy Monocle, There Gose Them Boyzz, Don’t Fear the RIPA. The most recent additions are Don’t Fear the RIPA, a red IPA, Foggy Monocle, an oatmeal stout, and Lost City of Gold, a hazy IPA.
News: Congratulations to Starr Brothers on becoming the first two-time winner of the Brew Crew’s annual Stout Challenge. Foggy Monocle, the 2017 champion, won again by the narrowest of margins, with 80 points (out of a possible 100) to the 77.5 for Marble’s Oatmeal Stout and the 76.5 for 2018 champion Dark ‘n Lusty from Canteen.
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, Gris Gris, Raspberry Dynamite, Die Dunkel Seite, Ettu Brut IPA, SB Cider #5, Viejo Agrio (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 The Village Innuendo, a cherry wit, and The George Porter. The five (!) bottle-only specialties — Viejo Agrio, Ned’s Sour Pail, Ned’s Sour Pail with boysenberry, Cinderella Story, The Whole Shoe — were all bottle-conditioned. Look for two of Steel Bender’s entries in the upcoming National IPA Challenge to go on tap Thursday in the popular Mañana Tropical IPA and the Hop Bucket IPA.
Live Music: Tuesday—Dirty Brown Jug Band, 6-8:30 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.
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. 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, Acreage IPA, Pecan Ale, Field Beer, 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 Acreage IPA, Pecan Ale, Scotcholate, Caramel Cider, Cowboy Coffee, Apple Ale, 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. Field Beer is one crazy recipe with squash, beans, and corn, made on behalf of Three Sisters Kitchen for the Beer for a Better Burque (BBB) program.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Friday—Mag Kim, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Alex Maryol, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Keith Sanchez, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Eddie Brewer & Stella Martinez, 6 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Poetry & Beer, 8 p.m.; Friday—Drag Queen Bingo: Valentine’s Edition, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Bloody Mary Bar with Jacob Chavez, noon, 10 Drink Minimum Live, 7 p.m.
Other Events (Nob Hill): Thursday—Valentine’s Beer & Chocolate Pairing, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Westside): Today (Wednesday)—Valentine’s Beer & Chocolate Pairing, 5 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.
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Black by Popular Demand, Round Midnight Imperial Stout, Whiteout Stout, Messages From Nowhere ESB. 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. The most recent additions are the monstrous, and delicious, Round Midnight, plus the malty sweet Messages From Nowhere.
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
News: As we said in our intro, it appears that Duel Brewing has closed for good. We will look back on our fond memories of beers like Goya and Dark Ryder and enjoy the times we had with them. Bon voyage, Duel!
HoneyMoon Brewery — (505) 303-3139
(Tues-Thurs 1-8 p.m., Fri-Sat 1 p.m.-10 p.m., Sun-Mon closed)
Beers: Camellia Blanco, Camellia Flor, plus six guest beer/cider 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.
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 Five (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, Steindock’d (Barrel-Aged Barleywine), No BU for You IPA. 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 Steindock’d and No BU for You. Before those came 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 six-pack, Social Hour, is now available, and will apparently replace State Pen Porter .
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, 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, and Slight of Haze having appeared just before that. You can buy Skookum Barleywine in cans.
Live Music (Original): Friday—Lone Pinon, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Left Bank, 7 p.m.
Live Music (Rufina): Friday—Ten Ten Division, The Sex on TV, Valentine’s Pop-Up, 7-10 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: 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.
Live Music: Saturday—Lonn Calanca Band, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Bill Palmer’s TV Killers, 5 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), Bad Medicine Honey DIPA. 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. The regular Bad Medicine is back on tap after the barrel-aged version finally ran dry.
Live Music: Friday—Ry Taylor and Jessie Martinez, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Fagan and Smith, 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—Sloan Armitage, 6-9 p.m.
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