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.
Dialogue Brewing won’t turn 3 years old until this fall, but the brewery owner and staff decided it was already in need of a makeover. This Saturday, that project comes to fruition with the Grand Re-Opening Party, starting at 4 p.m. Come check out the revamped interior, new food menu, expanded patio, and enjoy some live music from Silver String Band and The Porter Draw. There will also be a pop-up artisan market and beer specials, and the best part is there is no cost of admission.
Another weekend event to check out is the Passing the Torch Festival at Marble Downtown on Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. This event benefits the New Mexico Academy of Rock and Blues, featuring some of its students performing in between sets by local music titans Eli Del Puerto Y Los Encantos, Red Light Cameras, Jenna Dunlap, The Moon Thieves, and Reviva. There will be live art, a special auction and raffle, and all sorts of fun for people of all ages, and again, no cover charge!
As a note about official Beer Week events, if they are taking place at a brewery or its taproom(s), we will still list them here, but for more details check out our daily previews that run through Sunday.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bombs Away hits the mark with S.A.F. Mango Sour. Bosque is singing some Sour Songs, while also bringing back the charity beer Pints for Polly (Blackberry Merlot Blonde), and Summer in Hallertau makes its debut in cans on Thursday. Boxing Bear introduces Mountain Pale Ale and Blood Orange Pale Ale. Canteen unveils Brewtus the Younger Brut IPA on Saturday. Cantero has its own Brut IPA on tap later this week. Ex Novo already has two seasonals, Cadillac Dreams Hazy IPA and Czech Lager, on tap. La Cumbre brings back Mind Phoq and Extra Slice of Hefen, while also adding Nelson Brut IPA. Quarter Celtic brought back Mangose on Tuesday. Sidetrack has Cit Mo Mo Cit IPA and Upside Brown Ale on tap. Starr Brothers enjoys a Session Under a Mosaic Sky. Steel Bender will release Saison de Luxe, its collaboration with Ex Novo, on Thursday.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has more Scotch Ale on tap. Rowley Farmhouse Ales moves on to Agent Scully – Season Two, Episode 8 IPA, while also bringing back Ab Initio (Berliner Weisse) with Merlot grapes added. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row added a Cali Common. Further north in Red River, RRBC has Desperado Mexican Lager.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 27.
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
(Open daily 11 a.m.–9 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.
News: Ale Republic is now open for lunch seven days a week.
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.
News: The new Blue Grasshopper taproom at Summer and Second Street is now open.
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, Cascade Grenade, Märzen, Zeus Juice, Prickly Pear Sour. The Zeus Juice, a white IPA, makes its triumphant return. The Prickly Pear Sour is the most recent addition.
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), Dunkelweizen, Spring Lager, Demolition Lager, Picatinny Porter, Rye Saison, Condition Red Ale, K98 Kolsch, Counter Charge Coffee Stout, Operation Single Hop (Citra), American Amber Ale, S.A.F. Mango Sour. The most recent additions are the S.A.F. Mango Sour, American Amber, Counter Charge Coffee Stout, and Operation Single Hop (Citra).
Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (505) 361-1876 (Bosque North), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)
(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, Resto Hazy Pale Ale, Take on Mead, Mango Mujer, W’Altbier White, Re Re’s Shandy, Old Man Jameson, Spacelion IPA, Rebble Pebble, Sabro Pale Ale, Sour Songs, Pints for Polly. The most recent additions are Sour Songs, Sabro PA, and Pints for Polly, a blackberry merlot blonde that supports Polly’s Run, a cancer research charity. Coming this Thursday is Summer in Hallertau, which will be available on tap and in cans. Before those came Old Man Jameson, Spacelion IPA, which is also available in cans, and Rebble Pebble, which was made with Cocoa Pebbles cereal. 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, Churro Bandito, Saison Buzz, Cake Bandit, Rad Vista Pilsner, Gold Bandana Bohemian Pilsner, Guest of Honor, Dusty Crown Hazy IPA; (bottles only) Coyote Cool, Cosmic Arrow. The bottled beers are Coyote Cool (Red Saison) and Cosmic Arrow (Brett Saison). The most recent additions were Dusty Crown and Guest of Honor, a Belgian-style pale ale with brett, which is available on tap and in bombers. Before those came Gold Bandana Bohemian Pilsner and Cake Bandit, an imperial German chocolate cake stout.
Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327
(Brewery: Sun-Thurs noon-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; West Downtown Taproom: Sun-Thurs noon-10 p.m., Fri-Sat noon-midnight)
Beers: Red Eye Lager, Bulldog English IPA, Black and Blue Milk Shake, OktoBEARfest, Brut German Pilsner, MavBear Brett Hazy IPA, Barrel-Aged Chocolate Milk Stout (taproom only), New MexiKolsch, Super Cereal Hazy IPA, Mountain Pale Ale, Blood Orange Pale Ale. First, take note that Black and Blue Tart is now a year-round beer, and is available now in cans. The most recent additions are the Mountain and Blood Orange Pale Ales, and before those came Super Cereal Hazy IPA, Brut German Pilsner, BA Chocolate Milk Stout, New MexiKolsch, and MavBear, a collab with Marble.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8-10 p.m.
Broken Trail Brewery & Distillery — (505) 221-6281
(Uptown Tasting Room: Mon-Thu noon-10 p.m., Fri noon-midnight, Sat 10 a.m.-midnight, Sun 11 a.m.-9 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: Exodus IPA, Radiohead IPA, Munich Dunkel, Cabana Lager, Social Capital, Abbey Ale, WIPL Wouser, Get Witte It. Recent additions include Get Witte It, Radiohead IPA, Abbey Ale, and WIPL Wouser, a wheat India pale lager. This batch of Social Capital was made in the style of a key-lime pie. Cabana Lager is available in six-pack cans to go. Coming up Saturday is Brewtus the Younger, a Brut IPA.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Julian Dossett Trio, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Squash Blossom Boys, 4-7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Brain Gang Trivia, 6 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, Critical Mass Radler. Cantero brews on a main system for its house beers and a smaller pilot system for its seasonals, so many of those beers will go fast. The most recent addition is Critical Mass Radler, with a Brut IPA on deck later this week.
Live Music: Friday—RJ Perez, 6 p.m.; 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, Sour Raspberry, 505 Lager, Munich Dunkel, Belgian Dark Strong with cherries, Dry Irish Stout, Rising Sun Hazy IPA, Sex Pistol Ordinary Bitter, Blacker the Berry the Sweeter the Juice. The most recent additions are the Blacker, a new sour, preceded by Rising Sun and Sex Pistol.
Live Music: Thursday—Outer Vibe, 7 p.m.; Friday—Ryan Scott Long, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Grand Re-Opening Party with Silver String Band, 5-7 p.m., The Porter Draw, 7:30-9:30 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.
Ex Novo Brewing — (505) 508-0547
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)
UPDATE>>>Beers: The Most Interesting Lager in the World, 30 MPH (Pale Ale), Maiden Voyage (Pale Ale), Eliot IPA, Mass Ascension IPA, Not too Brite (Hazy IPA), Cactus Wins the Lottery, Cadillac Dreams Hazy IPA, Czech Lager. Welcome to the listings, Ex Novo! Now open at 4895 Corrales Road, the production brewery is already rolling out cans into the marketplace, including the hoppy flagship Mass Ascension. Look for all sorts of special beers rolling out, with the first two being Cadillac Dreams and Czech Lager. There was also one keg of Nevermore Barrel-Aged Barleywine on tap as of today (Wednesday).
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, Scarlet Wit. 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), 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! Special Shapes and Ghost of a Moon are on tap at almost all times.
Live Music: Sunday—Justin McLauchlin, 4-6 p.m.
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: Oatmeal Stout, German Pilsner, Longhair London Porter, Helles Lager, Maibock, Amber, Blonde, Puddle Stomper IPA, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. The most recent additions are Amber, Blonde, German Pilsner, and Maibock, plus Helles Lager and Puddle Stomper are back after a short absence.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Got Soul, 7 p.m.; Friday—Marty York, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Spare Change, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events: Sunday—Blues Jam, 3-5 p.m.; The Desert Darlings, 6-8 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, Outlamber Amber Ale. The Outlamber is the most recent addition, preceded by the tasty Black Sunshine.
Events: Friday—Ultimate Comedy Fight Club, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Super Smash Brews Tournament, 5 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: Acclimated APA, El Jugo IPA, Strawberry Gose, Gimme the Brut IPA, Blond Ale, Regional Fetish IPA, Nelson Brut IPA, Mind Phoq, Extra Slice of Hefen. You can still get cans of Strawberry Gose, El Jugo, Acclimated, and Spring Project Dank. Recent additions on tap include Nelson Brut, Mind Phoq, and Extra Slice.
Lava Rock Brewing — (505) 836-1022
(Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)
Beers: Contact the brewery for this week’s offerings. A full-sized brewhouse is now up and running.
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: Cerveza, Desert Fog, Cholo Stout, Vienna Exxxtra, Double White Triple Berry, Rita, Kentucky Juleps, Rye Ginger Lager, Brut Savant, Uptown and Brown Lager, Theodorable, White Out, Amber Lager, Malbec Zinfandel Saison (Heights only), Not English Pale Ale (Heights and Westside only), Abbey Brett (Heights and Westside only), Passionate Gose (Heights and Westside only), From the Wood Saison (Heights and Westside only), Pink Phunk (Westside only), Sympathy for the Pork Chop (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 most recent additions are White Out, available on tap and in cans, plus Uptown and Brown Lager, and Theodorable, a beer made with honey, apricot, and coconut.
Live Music (Downtown): Today (Wednesday)—Space Between Shadows, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday—TV Killers, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Wagogo, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Group Therapy, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday—Passing the Torch Festival, 2-8 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Thursday—Kelsey Manning and Melissa Rios, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Last Call, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Pata D’Perro, 7-10 p.m.; Tuesday—Songwriter Showcase with Casey Mraz and Justin McLauchlin, 6-9 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Thursday—DJ Matty Be, 8-10 p.m.; Saturday—Stray Dawgs, 8-11 p.m.
Other Events (Heights): Saturday—Growlers & Howlers, noon-3 p.m.; Sunday—Craft Kitchen with Chef David Sellers, 2 p.m.; Tuesday—Beer Ed with Ted Rice, 6-7:30 p.m.
Other Events (Westside): Saturday—IPAiring, 1-3 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: Tropical Tart, Coffee & Cream, Beam Me Up Scotty, 8 of 9 Blood Orange American Wheat, Irish Red (Silver Taproom only). The most recent additions are Beam Me Up Scotty and 8 of 9, both brewed for the recent anniversary party.
Palmer Brewery and Cider House — (505) 508-0508
(Tues–Sat 3–9 p.m.)
Beers: MWA (Malt With Attitude), Pool Session Pale Ale, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale), Switch Stance Stout, Low Card Lager, Landed Up (Belgian Wit), Skater-Aid Pilsner, Coffee Pale Ale, Mocha Hipster Bomb. It had been a while since we received an update, but then they went and put the tap list on Instagram. That works! Newer beers (to us) include Landed Up, Skater-Aid, and Low Card. Mocha Hipster Bomb is an award-winning collaboration with Quarter Celtic.
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, Coco Puffs Baltic Porter, Doppelbock, Blood Orange Double Wit, Idaho 7 Pale Ale. The Coco Puffs Baltic Porter is a new collaboration with the good folks from the General Mills plant in town. The most recent additions are Idaho 7, a single-hop pale ale, and Blood Orange Double Wit. Beers on deck include Oatmeal Stout, New Mexico Lime Lager, and Golden Graham Amber Lager.
Cask: Friday—Bellamah Brown with vanilla
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: Triquerta Trippel, Come to the Dort Side, We’re Gonna Miss the Helles Outta Ya Charlie P, Rosemarie, Marzen, Coaxium IPA, Mangose. That one beer, a bit of a mouthful, is a tribute to Charlie Papazian, and yes it is a helles lager. The most recent additions are Mangose, Coaxium IPA, Marzen, and Rosemarie, a rosé ale with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and hibiscus.
Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675 (brewery), (505) 990-3029 (downtown taproom), (575) 268-3511 (Clovis 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.; Clovis taproom hours: Sun–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m. to midnight)
Beers: New England IPA, Hopical Storm, Lemongrass Pilsner (Downtown and Clovis only), Mail Order Russian Imperial Stout (bottles only). The most recent addition is Rickety Cricket, a green tea raspberry hefeweizen, plus a fresh batch of New England IPA is available. There are still bottles left of the oak-aged Mail Order. Friday marks the arrival of Hopical Storm, a pineapple milkshake IPA.
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, Apricot Hefe, Send it Pilsner. 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. The most recent additions are Apricot Hefe, Send it Pilsner, Squirrel Nuts (peanut butter hazelnut brown), Copper Ale, Freak Juice, another New England-style IPA, and Beer Against Humanity, a new West Coast IPA. Cans of Freak Juice are now available.
Live Music: Friday—Jill Cohn, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Saudade’s Brazilian Grooves, 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: Switchgear IPA, Pub Ale, Cherry Apricot Tart, Pale Ale, Buzz Bomb, Lemon Drop Ale, Crystal Cream Ale. Switchgear and Lemon Drop have returned to the lineup, while Crystal Cream Ale makes its debut.
Cask: Switchgear and Lemon Drop are in the beer engines.
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, Starrphire Pilsner, 505 Reds Liverpool Ale, StarrLite (Kolsch), Altnonymous, Dos Cabrones Mexican Lager, Bloodshot, Razzcherry Gose, Session Under a Mosaic Sky. The most recent additions are Session Under, a session IPA, and Dos Cabrones, Razzcherry Gose, and Bloodshot, a blood orange witbier. The 505 Reds was made in honor of the local Liverpool FC supporters group.
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) Pucker Up Buttercup, The Whole Shoe Belgo IPA, Rosy Nosy, ETTU Brut IPA, Stay Golden Ale; (barrel-aged bottles) Ned’s Sour Pail, Ned’s Sour Pail with boysenberry; (bottle-conditioned bottles) Cinderella Story, The Whole Shoe, CE-1 Cider, Los Ranchos Cider. The most recent additions are Stay Golden Ale, ETTU Brut IPA, and Rosy Nosy, a mixed-fruit Berliner Weisse. Before those came The Whole Shoe and Pucker Up Buttercup, a black currant sour. Bottles of Saison de Luxe, a collaboration with Ex Novo, will debut Thursday.
Live Music: Sunday—Le Chat Lunatique, 3:30 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, Peach Wheat, Kolsch, Schwarzbier, Belgian Quad, Flanders Red, Ginger Beer, Wee Heavy, Mother Pucker Sour, Milk Stout, Brut IPA, Mantango Pilsner, Hefeweisen, German Pilsner. The Schwarzbier was a bronze medal winner at the Great British Beer Festival. There are often limited sours on tap, but those beers change out quickly.
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) The Salty Orchard, Vamanos, Toltec Especial, Goddess Warrior. The most recent additions are Toltec Especial and Goddess Warrior, an imperial agave wheat. Before those came The Salty Orchard, a gose made with peach and pear, and Vamanos, a coffee brown ale.
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: Acreage IPA, Cowgirl Coffee Stout, Nichols Winesap Cider, Field Beer, Wavey Hour Ale, Waning Wheat, Foggy Mountain Breakdown Hazy IPA, Scotcholate (Wells Park only), Berry Cider (Nob Hill and Four Hills only), Rosé Cider (Wells Park, Four Hills, Westside only), Blood Orange Cider (Nob Hill, Four Hills, and Westside only). The most recent additions include Acreage IPA and Foggy Mountain, plus Rosé Cider is back for a limited time. 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): Saturday—Prism Bitch Unplugged, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Friday—Julian Dossett, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Cali Shaw, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—The High Desert Playboyds, 6 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Thursday—The Great Gatsby Edition of Gin & Jazz, 5 p.m.; Friday—Drag Queen Bingo: Pride Edition, 8 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: Snakedriver Dry Irish Stout, Table Manners, DoppelEquis Steinundator, The Rauchette, Yum Yum Breeze, Maibock, Wheat Couture Wheatwine. The most recent additions are Maibock and Wheat Couture Wheatwine, a collaboration with Rowley Farmhouse Ales. Those were preceded by Yum Yum Breeze, a blood orange kettle sour, The Rauchette, a smoked marzen, Table Manners, a session Brut IPA, and DoppelEquis Steinundator, both brewed for the recent 20th anniversary party.
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Cutthroat Rye Pale Ale, Scotch Ale, Santa Muerte Collab IPA, Lager than Life. The most recent addition is the tasty Lager than Life, which has a flavor vibe in the vein of Firestone Walker’s Pivo Pils. Before that was Santa Muerte, a collab made with Ghost Town Brewing from Oakland, Calif.
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, Cereza Negra, Pearsephone. 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 were the Blanco, made with jasmine green tea pearls, ginger, and lemon, and the Flor, which takes all of those ingredients and adds some hibiscus. More recent additions include Cereza Negra, a tart cherry kombucha, and Pearsephone, with pear elderflower.
Events: Saturday—New Moon Cabaret, 8-10 p.m.
Rowley Farmhouse Ales — (505) 428-0719
(Open all week from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Beers: Agent Scully – Season Two, Episode Eight (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Saison du Sarlacc, Petit Blanche – Galaxy, Steindock’d (Barleywine), Oyster Stoutish, Biere de Mars, Fields of Rye, Arigato Gosemasu, Ab Initio – Merlot Grape. 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 Ab Initio – Merlot Grape, a Berliner Weisse, and this batch of Agent Scully, preceded by Arigato Gosemasu.
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 Sunsetter and Pepe Loco are back for a limited time, so get them 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.
Live Music (ABQ taproom): Friday—DJ RyanDemond, 6-9 p.m.
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, 2920 IPA, Boneshaker Special Bitter, Black Canyon Porter, RBB, Agua Fria Pilsner, Chin-Gose, Kohatu Pale Ale, ISPL, Brutalism IPA, Cologne Common. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. You can still find Dragon’s Blood, a blood orange sour, in cans, along with staples like 2920 IPA, Agua Fria Pilsner, and Boneshaker. Recent additions include Brutalism IPA, Cologne Common, Chin-Gose, Kohatu Pale Ale, and ISPL.
Live Music (Original): Friday—Alto Street, 7 p.m.; Saturday—The Alpha Cats, 7 p.m.
Live Music (Rufina): Thursday—Slow Caves, Mighty, Fibber, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Vonnie Kyle, ppoacher ppoacher, Laughing Branches, 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: Farmhouse Ale, Sunset Pale Ale, New School IPA, Honey Hibiscus Wheat, American Brown Ale, Dortmunder Lager, Honey Double IPA, TBR (Light Lager), Maibock, Irish Stout (on nitro), Barrel-Aged Wheat Wine (in bottles), Sour Golden Ale (in bottles), Dry Hopped Sour Golden Ale (in bottles), Sour Golden Ale with apricots (in bottles), Sour Brown 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. Recent additions include Maibock, Honey Double IPA, Dortmunder, TBR, and Irish Stout, plus there are new bottles of Sour Brown Ale and Sour Golden Ale with apricots.
Live Music: Saturday—Half Broke Horses, 8 p.m.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Open Mic Night with Jason Reed, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—Songwriter Showcase, 4 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, American Wheat, Little Bird Blonde, Patriot Porter, Mexican Lager, CojonHaze IPA, Cali Common. We are now getting regular updates again from Los Alamos, where the tasty beers are flowing. Hoppenheimer is always on tap, while the rest tend to rotate. The most recent additions are Cali Common, Mexican Lager, and CojonHaze IPA. A guest tap of Sandia Cider is also 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, Peach Campfire Cream Ale, Bad Medicine Honey DIPA, Desperado Mexican Lager. I had the opportunity earlier this year 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. Peach is the latest fruit to be added to the Campfire Cream, which will rotate additives all summer. Desperado is the most recent addition, made with a yeast from Mexico City.
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—Rudy Boy Experiment, 6 p.m.; Saturday—The Cumberlands, 4 p.m.
Truth or Consequences Brewing — (575) 297-0289
(Mon–Weds 3-9:30 p.m., Thurs noon-10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-11 p.m., Sun noon-9:30 p.m.)
Beers: Airstream Ultra, Cosmic Blonde, Irish Red, Buckhorn IPA, Palomas Porter, Dark Skies Oatmeal Stout, Good Juju Brown Ale, Deep Space Dankety-Dank, Cerveza Organica, Paddleboard Pale Ale, Hot Springs Lager, Pomegranate Wheat. Welcome to the listings, T or C! The most recent additions were Cerveza Organica (Pale Lager), Paddleboard Pale Ale, Hot Springs Lager, and Pomegranate Wheat.
Live Music: Sunday—Sean Constanza, 3 p.m.
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