Archive for February 13, 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 seven 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.

We can all use some good beer news this week, and Bow & Arrow is here to provide it. The Sixth Street brewery is celebrating its third anniversary Saturday from noon to midnight. There will be a pop-up by Four Corners Navajo Tacos from noon to 4, followed by Curbside Pies. Red Mesa, with Spanish flamenco guitar player Reynaldo Baca, will provide the music from 5 to 7. Special merchandise will include commemorative glassware from illustrator Dale DeForest and Desert Revival T-shirts from Darko Printshop. Oh, and of course there will be special beers. Bottles of Desert Revival, a barrel-aged raspberry sour, will be for sale. There will also be special tappings of Dark Mesa Belgian Quad, Coyote Waits Imperial Molé Stout, and Rancho Bizarro Sour Red.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bosque has Scale Tipper coming back in cans and on tap Thursday. Boxing Bear tapped Red Eye Lager and Hazy Featherweight IPA late last week. La Cumbre goes light and malty with Schwarzbier and big and malty on nitro with From Putin with Love. Nexus serves up some Mango Milkshake IPA. Red Door brings back New England IPA later this week. Steel Bender will have bottles of The Village Wit for sale Thursday. Toltec is feeling the holiday with Fake Love, a cherry/pomegranate kettle sour, and Sippin’ on the Bock of the Day, a collaboration with Turtle Mountain that will be on tap at both breweries.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn flies in with more Gatekeeper IPA, this time with Galaxy hops.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of February 11.

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The new primary logo for Bosque Brewing debuted at a special gathering.

Bosque Brewing is giving its brand a little upgrade. During a Tuesday night gathering of Bosque Insider members, plus at least one beer writer, an updated logo and new can and merchandise designs were unveiled as pints of Scale Tipper, back this Thursday, flowed inside the brewing space adjacent to the San Mateo taproom.

“We started the process of the refresh in August of last year,” said Jessica Griego, Bosque’s director of culture and engagement, to the assembled crowd. “We settled on the final round last week.”

Bosque’s partner, the Utility Agency, “brought our brand new life,” Jessica added.

The updated primary logo emphasizes the brewery’s name over the ubiquitous leaf, which is now more of a background element on most of the designs.

“We are super excited to do something fresh and new,” Jessica said.

Say hello to the designs of the year-round can lineup. The two new additions are on the left.

That new will include two more year-round canned offerings alongside the four current staples of Elephants on Parade, Scotia, Lager, and IPA. Open Space Haze will soon appear in the new cans, and Jetty Jack is the renamed Brewer’s Boot Amber Ale.

“We feel (the refresh) pays tribute to the past six years of Bosque,” Jessica said. “We also feel it incorporates everything, the mountains, the river, and of course the Bosque (wilderness) in between. It pays homage to New Mexico.”

Jessica said the new can designs will start hitting shelves in April, so if you are a fan of the more classic almost-all-black design, go snatch them up now.

As for Scale Tipper, it will now be part of what will be dubbed the Boutique Line, which will encompass all of Bosque’s seasonal/specialty releases in package. The core beers will still be sold in 12-ounce cans sold in six-packs, while the Boutique beers will be sold in 16-ounce cans in four-packs.

Old friend, new look. Hello again, Scale Tipper.

You can pick up the swanky new Scale Tipper four-packs at all Bosque locations on Thursday. Be forewarned, even with the simpler design, this big IPA was gone from some of the taprooms before the sun set in the west the last time it was available. Since we did get an advance tasting, this batch has more of a fruity element, but still has that good old hoppy kick. It remains one of the more complex specialty IPAs in the state.

Overall, it was a nice presentation from Bosque, both for this here beer writer and the other people in the audience. Look for a revamped website to launch this month, with plenty more beers coming down the pipeline.

Thanks to the staff for the invite, too. It is always appreciated, especially for writers between day jobs.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister