Archive for May 15, 2019

Get thee to Las Cruces this Friday!

There are only a few beer festivals left in New Mexico that no one from the Crew has attended. One was the Blazin’ Brewfest, but I will be heading down this Friday since it is not falling on my birthday or opposite a metal show this year (it was rather uncanny how many times that happened in past years).

This annual celebration of craft beer takes over Main Street and Plaza de Las Cruces, starting at 5 and running until 9 p.m. Tickets are still available online. General admission is $15 and designated drivers get in for $5, and they typically sell out in advance (though Guild executive director Leah Black said a few will be held back for sale at the gate), so it would be wise not to risk showing up expecting a ticket unless you arrive at the outset.

Blazin’ is a New Mexico Brewers Guild event, and it has drawn 18 breweries from around New Mexico, including all five Las Cruces breweries. Pecan Grill Brewery will be in attendance, but it does not have any beers available as brewer David Allan is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Eight other breweries are donating beers to be sold by the pint at the Pecan Grill tent, with proceeds going to help the Allan family. Marble will be sending Passionate Gose, while Canteen, La Cumbre, Little Toad Creek, Palmer Brewery, Santa Fe, Sierra Blanca, and Steel Bender will also contribute.

There will be music from DJ D-monic and a number of food trucks on site.

As for the beer lists for the 17 breweries, here is what we have so far. If any others update us between now and the start of the festival, we will share those here.

  • Bosque: Pistol Pete’s 1888, Bosque IPA, Elephants on Parade, Scotia Scotch Ale, Open Space Haze, Pale Ryder, Sour Songs (blood orange and cranberry kettle sour), Rebble Pebble (cocoa pebble brown ale)
  • Canteen: Cabana Lager, Radiohead IPA, La Luz Wheat, Dougie Style Amber
  • Cloudcroft: TBA
  • High Desert: Mango Gose, New England IPA, Cerveza, Ekuanot Pale Ale, Peach Wheat
  • Icebox: Frostbite IPA, Black Ice Lager, Rasp-brrry Wheat, Cold-Hearted Cream Ale
  • La Cumbre: Elevated IPA, A Slice of Hefen, Acclimated APA, El Jugo, Strawberry Gose
  • Little Toad Creek: Smart Blonde Ale, Grumpy Old Troll IPA, Pendejo Porter
  • Lost Hiker: TBA
  • Marble: Double White, Double White Triple Berry, Desert Fog, Cerveza
  • Picacho Peak: Munich Helles, Bitchin Brown, Hefeweizen, Saison, NEIPH, Twisted Windmill (DIPA)
  • Red Door: Unhinged Cider, New England IPA, Vanilla Cream Ale, Irish Red Ale
  • Santa Fe: Pepe Loco, 7K IPA, Happy Camper IPA, Social Hour
  • Sierra Blanca: Alien IPA, Cherry Wheat, Green Chile Cerveza, Desert Pilsner
  • Spotted Dog: TBA
  • Steel Bender: Skull Bucket IPA, Raspberry Dynamite, Lloyd’s 3 O’Clock Kolsch, Compa Los Ranchos Lager
  • Tractor: Haymaker Honey Wheat, Blood Orange Cider, Stonewall Brut IPA with grapefruit
  • Truth or Consequences: Hot Springs Lager, Buckhorn IPA, Paddleboard Pale Ale, Irish Red

Hopefully I will see many of you at the festival. Look for me roaming about or over at the Brewers Guild tent.


— Stoutmeister

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, one in Red River, and one in Truth or Consequences 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 sixth annual Bees + Seeds Festival returns to Tractor Wells Park this Saturday at 3 p.m. This free event features all sorts of educational opportunities related to the environment. There will be free plants available to take home that were grown at the Rio Valley Greenhouses, provided by GMO-Free New Mexico and Food is Free Albuquerque. SMASH Studio Arts’ The Shucker Bus will be there creating art activities for attendees of all ages. There will be additional artists, poets, and special guest speakers. Being a Tractor event, there will also be a lineup of some of the top local bands including The Riddims, Hub City Soundsystem, Dan Garduno, The Cactus Flowers, and Mineral Hill. Oh, and the best part? It is free to attend. Help the planet while you enjoy your pints!

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bombs Away hits the mark with more Counter Charge Coffee Stout and Operation Single Hop (Citra). Bosque chills out on the patio with Sabro Pale Ale. Bow & Arrow is releasing Guest of Honor, a Belgian-style pale ale, on tap and in bottles this Friday. Boxing Bear is putting Black & Blue Tart in cans for the first time, also on Friday. Canteen added Abbey Ale, WIPL Wouser, and Radiohead IPA. Marble mixed it up with Rye Ginger Lager. Nexus has Beam Me Up Scotty back on Thursday and 8 of 9 Blood Orange American Wheat on tap Friday for its anniversary weekend, which we will preview in full Thursday. Ponderosa goes the single-hop route with Idaho 7 Pale Ale. Red Door is preparing for a Hopical Storm on Friday with a new pineapple milkshake IPA. Rio Bravo is putting its hazy IPA, Freak Juice, in cans for the first time Friday. Starr Brothers recently added Dos Cabrones Mexican Lager, while bringing back Bloodshot and also introducing Razzcherry Gose. Turtle Mountain finally got Yum Yum Breeze on tap, and now have all 13 taps pouring house-made beer.

Up in Santa Fe, it is another weird one of those quiet weeks. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row has a fresh batch of Patriot Porter.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 13.