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.
St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday, so as one would expect, there are gonna be a whole lot of themed events and Irish-style beers coming out this weekend. Just try not to overdo it; people really don’t like the “jolly, drunk Irishman” as much as pop culture likes to pretend (or worse, act like a certain infamous MMA fighter who hails from Ireland). Quarter Celtic, naturally, is one of the best places to enjoy a proper NM twist on the holiday. The brewpub celebrates its anniversary party on both Saturday and Sunday. There will be a limited menu of Celtic fare only (so no nachos, folks), with lots of delicious beers available, of course. Outside there will be a tent and a separate beer station, plus live music. Get there early for the barrel-aged Irish Handcuffs Imperial Stout. Marble is bringing music back to the downtown stage with a St. Paddy’s Day Festival on Saturday featuring the Squash Blossom Boys, The Riddims, The Moon Thieves, and Red Light Cameras, plus of course Paddy McNitro Stout will be back on tap at all three locations. Canteen will have a St. Paddy’s Celebration with bagpipes at 3, music by Beloved at 4, and plenty of beer and food specials. Remember, you can also take six-packs of Irish Red home. Rio Bravo will host a St. Paddy’s Brunch and Beer Pong starting at 11 a.m. Tractor has Adam Hooks playing a selection of classic hits by The Pogues at the Nob Hill Taproom on Saturday at 5 p.m. Second Street will have the Albuquerque & Four Corners Pipe ‘N Drum Band at the original location on Sunday at 4:30 p.m., with a full menu of special Irish foods available all weekend at all three locations, plus plenty of special beers on tap.
There is also the big Steel Bender second anniversary party, which we previewed in a separate story. It will include a very Irish-themed Sunday in terms of food and beers.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Ale Republic has switched up quite a few taps, with Brown Bear Brown, Blonde, Trail Head DIPA, and Lone Wolf (American Light Ale) now available. Bow & Arrow has the new Coyote Cool (Red Saison) in bottles and on tap. Cantero has a new Lager and Mango Fria on tap. Dialogue drops some Munich Dunkel and Belgian Dark Strong with cherries, along with Dry Irish Stout this weekend. Flix Brewhouse is feeling Marvelous with a new oatmeal stout, plus Saison De Walt makes its annual return. La Cumbre added an Irish Red and Pogue Mahone stout. Marble recently introduced Chicansima, a Mexican dark lager brewed in collaboration with the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Ponderosa tapped the long-awaited Belgian Golden Strong, and Cocoa Puffs Baltic Porter should be on tap by this weekend. Steel Bender has Daydream Belizer, a chocolate-and-coffee Belgian ale, available on Friday, plus Los Ranchos and CE-1 Ciders on Saturday, and Mulvaney’s Irish Red on nitro on Sunday.
Up in Santa Fe, it’s quiet again, but that won’t last long. Over in Los Alamos, we got an update from Bathtub Row with plenty of seasonal brews available, including an Irish Red and an Imperial Stout.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of March 11.
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: Bug Juice, Blonde, Brown Bear Brown, Trail Head DIPA, Lone Wolf. We got an update! Blonde returns along with Trail Head and the Brown Bear. Lone Wolf is described as an American light ale.
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, S.A.F. Raspberry Sour, T34 Imperial Russian Stout, Dunkelweizen, Java Nut Brown Ale. The most recent additions are the Java Nut Brown Ale, Dunkelweizen, S.A.F. Raspberry Sour, 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, Open Space Haze, Bosque Cider (dry hopped with guava), Belgo, Peach ‘n Berry Sour, Map & Compass, Frostbit Wit, Marahute Hazy DIPA, Frenemies, Resto Hazy Pale Ale, Take on Mead. The most recent additions are Resto Hazy Pale Ale (also available in cans), Belgo (Pale Ale), Peach ‘n Berry Sour, Map & Compass (Pale Ale), Frostbit Wit, Marahute Hazy DIPA, and Take on Mead, which is Bosque’s first take (get it?) on a mead. Open Space Haze is now an almost year-round offering on tap, much like Driftwood. Frenemies is a West Coast pilsner made in collaboration with Ex Novo Brewing.
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) Strawberry Amigo Sour, Tropic Rodeo Milkshake IPA, Buffalo Plaid Baltic Porter, Southwest x Northwest Hazy IPA, Churro Bandito, Saison Buzz, Dark Mesa, Coyote Waits, Desert Revival, Rad Vista Pilsner, Coyote Cool. The anniversary beer, Desert Revival, a barrel-aged raspberry sour, is available in bottles and on tap. Two archived beers, Dark Mesa (Belgian Quad) and Coyote Waits (Barrel-Aged Imperial Molé Stout), are still available for a limited time. The most recent addition is Coyote Cool, a red saison ale also available in bottles, and before that came Rad Vista Pilsner, Saison Buzz, a coffee-infused saison, and the decadent Churro Bandito, the latest entry in the excellent Bandit series of imperial pastry stouts, 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: CeleBEARtion, Standing 8 Stout, Scotch Rocket Scotch Ale, Red Eye Lager, Hazy Featherweight IPA, Bulldog English IPA, Black and Blue Milk Shake, Totally Cereal Hazy IPA, Red Knuckle Irish Red. First, take note that Black and Blue Tart is now a year-round beer. 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 Totally Cereal, Red Knuckle, Black and Blue Milk Shake, Bulldog English IPA, Red Eye, Hazy Featherweight, and Scotch Rocket. 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), Irish Red, Exodus IPA, Dixie Dean ESB, Hop Baller IPA, Vienna de Valle, Tuttle IPA, Social Capital. A portion of the proceeds from Vienna de Valle go to the Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge. Panama Joe and Irish Red are available in four- or six-pack cans to go, respectively.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Songwriter Showcase with RJ Perez, Melissa Rios, JD Nash, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Beloved, 4-7 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 Lager, Mango Fria, ESB. 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 Cantero Lager, Mango Fria, and the ESB.
Live Music: Friday—Eryn Bent, 7 p.m.; Saturday—RJ Perez, 6 p.m.; Sunday—Dirty Brown Jug Band, 5 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, Baby Wenzel Session IPA, Abbey Ale, Munich Dunkel, Belgian Dark Strong with cherries. The most recent additions are the Munich Dunkel and Belgian Dark Strong. This weekend, Dry Irish Stout returns for a certain holiday.
Events: Saturday—The Roast of Holly Byrd, 8 p.m.
Differential Brewing — (phone number TBA)
(Mon–Fri 2 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Bluecorn Cream Ale, Dark Lager, Irish Stout, Xtra Pale, Wheat Ale. Say hello to the new brewery on 500 Yale SE! The initial lineup includes all the beers listed above. With a 3-barrel system, expect some fairly frequent turnover.
Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500
(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)
Beers: Nebulas IPA, Candy is Dandy, Pale Full of Bricks, Saison De Walt, Marvelous. 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. Marvelous is a tasty oatmeal stout.
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 (IPA), Ghost of a Moon (Pale Ale), Shut the Lights Black IPA, other taps rotate frequently. The most recent additions are constantly shifting. 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 was the guest brewery of the month for February. Second Street is the guest brewery of the month for March. Special Shapes and Ghost of a Moon are on tap at almost all times.
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, Darlings Doppelbock, Solstice Pale Ale, Amber, Belgian Golden, Oatmeal Stout, Barleywine, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. The Darlings Doppelbock is named in honor of the Desert Darlings, and it is quite the tasty little malt bomb. The Barleywine is a big beast with some classic hops up front, and a lot of sweetness on the back end.
Live Music: Friday—Randy Carr and Ryan Painter, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Chris Cordova and Band, 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: Contact the brewery for a current tap list.
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.
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: Gimme the Brut IPA, Blood Orange Sour, Schwarzbier, Pogue Mahone (on nitro), Irish Red Ale. You can still get cans of Blood Orange, Altimeter IPA, and Spring Project Dank. Recent additions on tap include Gimme the Brut, Irish Red, and Pogue Mahone.
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.
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, Stout Americano, Sympathy for the Pork Chop, Berry White, Dupy’s Dunkel, Passionate Gose, Chocolate Love, Marble Lager, Thunder From Dortmunder, Double IPA, Chicansima, American Pilsner (Heights only), Cherry Love (Heights only), Desert Fog (Heights only), Jabroni Light (Heights only), Barrel-Aged Quadruple (Heights and Westside only), Pink Phunk (Heights and Westside only), Safeword IPA (Westside only), Southside IPA (Westside only), Spruce Moose (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 delicious Paddy McNitro Stout returns Friday on draft. Other recent additions are Chicansima, a Mexican dark lager, plus Stout Americano, Marble Lager, Thunder From Dortmunder, and Berry White. Before that came Sympathy for the Pork Chop, a smoked märzen, 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 Stout Americano in addition to enjoying them on tap.
Live Music (Downtown): Saturday—St. Paddy’s Day Festival: Squash Blossom Boys, 3-4 p.m., The Riddims, 4:30-5:30 p.m., The Moon Thieves, 6-7:30 p.m., Red Light Cameras, 8-10 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Friday—Rebecca Arscott, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Le Chat Lunatique, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Today (Wednesday)—Danny Harps with Christi Sanchez, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday—Beats of Burque with DJ Matty Bae, 8-10 p.m.; Friday—Last Call, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—RoyalHills, 7-10 p.m.
Other Events (West Side): Sunday—Leprechaun Bingo, 3-5 p.m.
Weekly Events (Downtown): Saturday—Brewery tours, 2 p.m.
Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100 (brewery), (505) 226-1055 (Silver Taproom), (505) 445-1545 (Blue Smokehouse)
(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: Beam Me Up Scotty, Brut IPA, Hot Chocolate Milk Stout, Mango Milkshake IPA, Tropical Tart (Silver only). The Beam Me Up, a Scottish wee heavy (if you could not guess) makes a wintertime return to the lineup. Hot Chocolate Milk Stout was the most recent, and tasty, addition, but then along came Mango Milkshake IPA, which is pretty much the exact opposite end of the beer spectrum.
News: Rejoice, for Nexus Blue Smokehouse is now open! Located at 1511 Broadway SE, get your BBQ fix with your classic Nexus beers.
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: Schwarzbier, ESB, Shut the Lights Black IPA, Red Velvet Ale, Belgian Golden Strong. The Belgian Golden Strong is the most recent addition, preceded by Red Velvet Ale and Shut the Lights, a collaboration with High and Dry. There are a whole bunch of excellent beers on deck, including a Cocoa Puffs Baltic Porter, which should replace Shut the Lights by this weekend.
Live Music: Saturday—Ryan and The Resistors, 6 p.m.
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: Xylophone Rock, Strawberry Fiona La Blonde, What’s the Wi-Fi Password?, Come to the Dort Side, Prague-ress, Never Cry Wolf-Dragon. The Xylophone is an American-style pilsner. More recent additions include Never Cry Wolf-Dragon, a hazy IPA, Prague-ress, the Fiona, a Belgian-style blonde ale, Come to the Dort Side, and What’s the Wi-Fi Password?, a Strata IPA. Kill or be Kilt Scotch Ale will return this weekend, along with a limited batch of barrel-aged Irish Handcuffs.
Events: Saturday and Sunday—St. Patrick’s Celebration and Anniversary Party, 11 a.m. to close and noon to close
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: Citra SMASH (brewery only), The Big DIPA, Pining for Maple Breakfast Brown, Raining Blood, Picture Rock Porter (brewery only), New England IPA. The delicious Pining for Maple Breakfast Brown, New England IPA, Big DIPA, Picture Rock, and Raining Blood are the most recent additions. Pining was made in collaboration with New Mexico Piñon Coffee, while Picture Rock was made in collaboration with Beer Creek Brewing. Raining Blood was a collaboration between the Crew’s Franz Solo and Red Door, a big imperial red with a strong hop profile.
Live Music (Downtown Taproom): Friday—Matt Kollock, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Wholehearted, 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: (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, Squirrel Nuts. 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 Squirrel Nuts (peanut butter hazelnut brown), 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.
Live Music: Friday—Russell James, 7 p.m.
Other Events: Sunday—St. Paddy’s Brunch & Beer Pong, 11 a.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, Ringwood English Ale, Güera, Pub Ale with Earl Grey Tea, Turntable IPA, Pub Ale, Cherry Apricot Tart. The most recent additions are Cherry Apricot Tart, Turntable, and the Pub Ale infused with tea. Before those came regular Pub Ale, Oldschool IPA and Ringwood English Ale.
Cask: Pub Ale with Earl Grey 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, Lost City of Gold Hazy IPA, Foggy Monocle, Don’t Fear the RIPA, 505 Reds – Liverpool Red Ale, StarrLite (Kolsch), There Gose Them Boyzz. The most recent additions are StarrLite, There Gose, Don’t Fear the RIPA, a red IPA, Foggy Monocle, an oatmeal stout, and Lost City of Gold, a hazy IPA. The 505 Reds was made in honor of the local Liverpool FC supporters group.
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, Raspberry Dynamite, Steel Bender Cider, Hole in the Bucket IPA, Mañana Tropical IPA, 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 popular Mañana Tropical IPA and the Hole in the Bucket IPA, but be warned, the supply of the former is running out quickly. Before those came The Village Innuendo, a cherry wit. The six (!) bottle-only specialties — Viejo Agrio, Ned’s Sour Pail, Ned’s Sour Pail with boysenberry, Cinderella Story, The Whole Shoe, The Village Wit — were all bottle-conditioned.
News: Check the link above in our intro for full details on the Second Anniversary Party that runs Friday through Sunday.
Live Music: Friday—Le Chat Lunatique, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday—The Gershom Brothers, 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday—Nathan Fox & his Band, 6 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) Baltic Porter, Fake Love, Guapo Hoppo, Red Devils Helles. The most recent additions are Red Devils, made for the Manchester United fans who take over the taproom every game day, plus Fake Love, a cherry/pomegranate kettle sour brewed for Valentine’s Day, and Guapo Hoppo, which was supposed to have been Toltec’s entry in the National IPA Challenge before it was canceled. The Baltic Porter is nearly out, so get it while you still can.
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, Wavey Hour Ale, Waning Wheat, Foggy Mountain Breakdown Hazy IPA, 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 Waning Wheat, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Wavey Hour, 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 (Wells Park): Thursday—Loki Moon, 8 p.m.; Friday—Mineral Hill with Peri & the FAQs, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Synyster Vail, DK & The Affordables, Cowboys and Indian, 7 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Friday—Casey Mraz, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Adam Hooks plays The Pogues, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Urban Fusion, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Still Closed for Repairs Duo, 7 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: Deep Depravity, Stockholm Syndrome, Sippin’ on the Bock of the Day, Toxic Masculinity. The most recent additions are led by Toxic Masculinity, a Brut IPA, and Sippin’, a collaboration with Toltec. Before those came the burly Stockholm Syndrome, a Baltic porter, and Deep Depravity, an 11-percent ABV barleywine. 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: Round Midnight Imperial Stout, Messages From Nowhere ESB, Gatekeeper IPA with Galaxy, Santa Faze IPA. The most recent addition is Santa Faze, a collaboration with Beer Creek. Before those came the monstrous, and delicious, Round Midnight, plus the malty sweet Messages From Nowhere. A new batch of the Gatekeeper IPA has been brewed, this time with Galaxy hops.
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.
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 Six (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Saison du Sarlacc, Mo’schwecka (Brett Saison with Motueka hops), Chantal (Imperial French Saison), The Petit Blanche – Galaxy, The Steindock’d (Barrel-Aged Barleywine). 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, 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 a new collaboration beer called Terrapin Transit, a strawberry and lime Berliner Weisse. Bottles of Grandissant – 4x Cerise, a Chardonnay barrel-aged golden sour aged on four pounds per gallon of organic Colorado cherries, may still be available at the brewery, but make sure to call first.
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 has replaced State Pen Porter as a year-round beer.
Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location), (505) 954-1068 (Rufina)
(Original and Railyard: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sunday noon-10 p.m.; Rufina: Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon–midnight)
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—Mystic Lizard, 7 p.m.; Tuesday—Bill Hearne Trio, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Albuquerque & Four Corners Pipe ‘N Drum Band, 4:30 p.m.
Live Music (Rufina): Monday—Fruit & Flowers, Prism Bitch, StarStarStar, 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: Gold, Farmhouse Ale, Pale Ale, New School IPA, Honey Hibiscus Wheat, Belgian Pale, 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, Brown, and Captain SMASH.
Live Music: Thursday—George Porter Jr. Trio with Joe Marcinek, 8 p.m.; Tuesday—Courtney Yasmineh with Vonnie Kyle and Nina Luna, 8 p.m.
Other Events: Friday—Pints for Parkinson’s, 4 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, Little Bird Blonde, Irish Red, Coffee Stout, Imperial Stout, Mexican Lager, Cali Common, Tart Cherry Bomb. We hope to be getting regular updates again from Los Alamos, where the tasty beers are flowing. Hoppenheimer is always on tap, while Little Bird Blonde is a frequent flier in the lineup. Feel the season with the Irish Red, and go big with Imperial Stout.
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, Scottish Ale, 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. The regular Bad Medicine is back on tap after the barrel-aged version finally ran dry. Scottish Ale replaces the Red Deception (Porter).
Live Music: Thursday—Mensch, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Mensch, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Roger Jaeger, 7-10 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—Still Closed for Repairs Solo Act, 6-9 p.m.
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