Archive for March 20, 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.

The back-to-back beer dinners at Turtle Mountain this Friday are sold out, but we still wanted to take the lede of this here feature to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rio Rancho institution. With Kellys pulling the plug on its brewing operations, TMBC is now the second oldest brewery in the Albuquerque metro area after Canteen/Il Vicino (which itself turns 25 this year). That staying power for TMBC is rather remarkable, especially in Rio Rancho, where very few local restaurants last even a few years, much less two decades. TMBC is coming off a banner year, including its first gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, so in many ways this week’s celebration is a fitting cap to this recent stretch of success. Even if you were not lucky enough to get a dinner spot Friday, you can still head out to the brewery this weekend for some of the new Table Manners, a session Brut IPA, and of course the behemoth DoppelEquis Steinundator. Raise ’em high to owner Nico Ortiz, head brewer Mick Hahn, and the entire TMBC staff. Happy anniversary, one and all!

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bombs Away flies in with Spring Lager, Demolition Lager, and version four of Hazy Chain DIPA. Bosque went ahead and put Fruity Pebbles cereal in a hazy IPA and named it Rubble Trouble. Bow & Arrow taps Comet Dust Hazy IPA on Friday. Canteen has Boysenberry Wheat, Munich Dunkel, Grapefruit Exodus, and a new Social Capital with blackberry and ginger. Kaktus kicks up some Irish Red, Czech Pilsner, and Longhair London Porter. La Cumbre serves up An Extra Slice of Hefen, plus All In DIPA comes out in cans Friday. Marble feels the faith with Abbey Brett and Abbey Amber, plus a limited amount of Cherry Brune is back at the downtown taproom. Nexus gets into the season with Irish Red. Red Door has Blueberry Pie Berliner for dessert, plus Riley’s Switch, a light lager, debuts at the new Clovis taproom that opens this week. Sidetrack has more Co-Mo IPA, while also introducing the new Wheat’s Up. Starr Brothers brings back the Green Manalishi. Steel Bender hops to it with Smith Hopper Extra Pale Ale with Cascade. Tractor unveils a triple cider release on draft and in cans with Berry Cider, Rosé Cider, and Blood Orange Cider. Turtle Mountain has also added Count Hellesarius and Snakedriver Dry Irish Stout.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn switches hops as Gatekeeper IPA with Rakau debuts. Tumbleroot has several new options including Dortmunder Lager, Sunset Pale Ale, Gose, TBR (Light Lager), and Irish Stout on nitro, plus new bottles of Sour Brown and Honey Double IPA.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of March 18.

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