The Week Ahead in Beer: Rock the shell as Turtle Mountain turns 20

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.

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), A.S.B., Fusion Fuel, S.A.F. Raspberry Sour, T34 Imperial Russian Stout, Dunkelweizen, Java Nut Brown Ale, Spring Lager, Demolition Lager. The most recent additions are the Spring and Demolition Lagers, plus this is a new version four of Hazy Chain. Before those came 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, So Fresa So Clean, Resto Hazy Pale Ale, Take on Mead, Rubble Trouble. The most recent additions are Rubble Trouble, a hazy IPA made with Fruity Pebbles cereal, Resto Hazy Pale Ale (also available in cans), Belgo (Pale Ale), So Fresa So Clean (Fruited Kettle Sour), 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.

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. This Friday, Comet Dust Hazy IPA debuts on tap.

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, Tuttle IPA, Munich Dunkel, Boysenberry Wheat, Grapefruit Exodus, Social Capital. This batch of Social Capital, a kettle sour, was made with blackberry and ginger. Recent additions include Munich Dunkel, Boysenberry Wheat, and Grapefruit Exodus. Panama Joe and Irish Red are available in four- or six-pack cans to go, respectively. Remember, Malt Madness is going all week, so check the Canteen Facebook page for the daily matchups.

Live Music (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—The Gershom Brothers, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday—Eryn Bent CD release party, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Le Chat Lunatique, 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: Saturday—Nathan Fox, 6-9 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, Dry Irish Stout. The most recent additions are the Dry Irish Stout, Munich Dunkel, and Belgian Dark Strong.

Live Music: Friday—Alejo x St4rfox, 7 p.m.; Saturday—DJ Anjo, Lian Manu, Alxxs Garza, DJ Aztech Sol, 8 p.m.

Differential Brewing — (phone number TBA)

(Mon–Fri 2 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Blue Corn Cream Ale, Dark Lager, Irish Stout, Xtra Pale, Wheat Ale, Irish Red. 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, though, so we cannot guarantee that all will be on tap at all times.

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: Darlings Doppelbock, Solstice Pale Ale, Amber, Belgian Golden, Oatmeal Stout, Irish Red, Czech Pilsner, Longhair London Porter, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. The Darlings Doppelbock is named in honor of the Desert Darlings, and it is quite the tasty little malt bomb. The most recent additions are Irish Red, Czech Pilsner, and Longhair London Porter.

Live Music: Friday—The Blues Revue, 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.)

News: Since Kellys no longer brews its own beer, this is the last week we will list it here. For the full story, click here.

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—DIG and Rusty Shovel, 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: Gimme the Brut IPA, Blood Orange Sour, Schwarzbier, Irish Red Ale, An Extra Slice of Hefen. 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 An Extra Slice of Hefen. All In DIPA returns Friday in cans and on draft.

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, Berry White, Passionate Gose, Marble Lager, Thunder From Dortmunder, Double IPA, Chicansima, Paddy McNitro, Abbey Amber, Abbey Brett, Cherry Brune (Downtown only), Pink Phunk (Heights only), Barrel-Aged Quadrupel (Heights only), Sympathy for the Pork Chop (Heights and Westside only), Dupy’s Dunkel (Heights and Westside only), Chocolate Love (Heights and 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 Abbey Amber and Abbey Brett are the latest to join the lineup. Other recent additions are Chicansima, a Mexican dark lager, plus Paddy McNitro, 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. You can also purchase cans of Imperial Red, Desert Fog, and Stout Americano in addition to enjoying them on tap.

Live Music (Downtown): Thursday—Part and Parcel, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Pherkad, 7-10 p.m.

Live Music (Heights): Friday—Issac Aragon, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Lone Piñon, 7-10 p.m.

Live Music (Westside): Thursday—Beats of Burque with DJ Wae Fonkey, 8-10 p.m.; Friday—Joe Daddy and The Honeyboys, 8-11 p.m.

Other Events (West Side): Today (Wednesday)—Harry Potter Trivia, 8-10 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), Irish Red. 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 and Irish Red.

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—Dave Chavez, 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, Kill or be Kilt Scotch Ale. The Xylophone is an American-style pilsner. More recent additions include Kill or be Kilt, Never Cry Wolf-Dragon, a hazy IPA, Prague-ress, Strawberry 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: The Big DIPA, Pining for Maple Breakfast Brown (brewery only), Raining Blood, Picture Rock Porter (brewery only), New England IPA, Blueberry Pie Berliner, Riley’s Switch (Clovis taproom only). The Blueberry Pie Berliner is the most recent addition, preceded by Pining for Maple Breakfast Brown, New England IPA, Big DIPA, Picture Rock, and Raining Blood. 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 (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Divided Heaven, 7-9 p.m.

Other Events (Downtown Taproom): Monday—Halfway Decent Karaoke, 7 p.m.

Weekly Events (Brewery): Saturday—Brewery Tours, 1 p.m.; Sunday—The Draft Sessions, 5-7 p.m.

Weekly Events (Downtown Taproom): Saturday—Smash League, 1:30 p.m.; Sunday—Dungeons & Dragons, 4-9 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: Thursday—Brahma, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Reverie, Antrim Six, Chase Dabney, 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: Co-Mo IPA, Dark Engine Stout, Ringwood English Ale, Pub Ale, Cherry Apricot Tart, Wheat’s Up. The most recent additions are Co-Mo IPA and the new Wheat’s Up. Before those came Cherry Apricot Tart, Pub Ale, and Ringwood English Ale.

Cask: Co-Mo IPA 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, Foggy Monocle, 505 Reds Liverpool Ale, StarrLite (Kolsch), There Gose Them Boyzz, Green Manalisihi. The most recent additions are the Green Manalishi, a Mosaic pale ale, plus StarrLite, There Gose, and Foggy Monocle, an oatmeal stout. 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, Compa Los Ranchos Lager, Raspberry Dynamite, Steel Bender Cider, The Village Wit; (seasonals/specialties) Daydream Belizer, The Village Innuendo Cherry Wit, Los Ranchos Cider (also bottles), Mulvaney’s Irish Red on nitro, Smith Hopper Extra Pale Ale with Cascade; (barrel-aged bottles) Viejo Agrio, Ned’s Sour Pail, Ned’s Sour Pail with boysenberry; (bottle-conditioned bottles) Cinderella Story, The Whole Shoe, CE-1 Cider. The most recent additions were the Daydream Belizer, a Belgian ale with coffee and chocolate, plus the Los Ranchos Cider and the tasty Mulvaney’s Irish Red. Before those came The Village Innuendo, a cherry wit.

Live Music: Tuesday—Kyle Martin, 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. There will be a limited number of cans available this week of Berry Cider, Rosé Cider, and Blood Orange Cider this Thursday at Wells Park.

Live Music (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—8 Bit Psychedelic Folk Fest, 8 p.m.; Thursday—CW Ayon Combo, 5 p.m., John Underwood, 8 p.m.; Friday—Benny Bassett, 5 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Forest Bailey, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Jana Pochop & Shawnee Kilgore, 7 p.m.; Friday—Gato Malo, 6 p.m.; Saturday—The Deathe Family, 5 p.m.

Live Music (Westside): Today (Wednesday)—Jake Allen, 7 p.m.; Friday—Kyle Martin, 6 p.m.; Saturday—JD Nash, 6 p.m.

Other Events (Wells Park): Friday—Hops & Dreams: The Tim Burton Edition, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Outdoors on Tap with REI, 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, Toxic Masculinity, Count Hellesarius, Snakedriver Dry Irish Stout. The most recent additions are Count Hellesarius and Snakedriver. Before those came the burly Toxic Masculinity, a Brut IPA, and Deep Depravity, an 11-percent ABV barleywine. Friday’s 20th anniversary party will see the arrival of two new beers, Table Manners, a session Brut IPA, and DoppelEquis Steinundator.

Cask: Tuesday—TBA

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 Rakau, 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 Rakau 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—Half Broke Horses, 7 p.m.; Saturday—The Bus Tapes, 7 p.m.

Live Music (Rufina): Saturday—Bard Edrington and The Palm in the Cypress with Ry Warner, 7:30 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: Gose, Farmhouse Ale, Sunset Pale Ale, New School IPA, Honey Hibiscus Wheat, Belgian Pale, Brown Ale, Dortmunder Lager, TBR (Light Lager), Irish 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), Sour Brown Ale (in bottles), Honey Double IPA (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. Recent additions include Gose, Dortmunder, TBR, and Irish Stout, plus there are new bottles of Sour Brown and Honey DIPA.

Live Music: Thursday—Durand Jones & The Indications with Ginger Root, 8 p.m.; Friday—Nosotros, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday—Tiffany Christopher & Jake Reynolds, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Red Light Cameras, Sleepspent, 8 p.m.; Tuesday—The Casual Fridays, 8 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, 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. A guest tap of Sandia Cider is now available.

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: Saturday—Jake Flint and Jacob Dement, 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—Danny the Harp, 6-9 p.m.

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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