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, one in Silver City, and one in Truth or Consequences also joining the party.
We have entered one of the truly great times of the year, when the biggest dark beers roll out into the taprooms, and many metal bands take up tours around the country. This Friday, La Cumbre releases one of our favorite annual brews, La Negra, a bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout on tap and in bottles. It will be available at both taprooms starting at noon, and hurry over, because we are going to buy a lot of them. Meanwhile, out in Moriarty, Sierra Blanca will be releasing its barrel-aged Whiskey Stout on tap and in six-pack bottles, with the six-packs also available at stores in Albuquerque. Up in Santa Fe on Saturday night, the Denver blackened sludge band Oryx descends upon Tumbleroot, with local support from Dysphotic, Lilith, and Blood Wolf. It all starts up at 7 p.m. and there is a $10 charge at the door. If you need even more metal, and want to support both local bands and a local brewery/distillery, this is worth the drive up from Albuquerque.
There are also a couple of anniversary parties this weekend. Kilt Check celebrates its third anniversary all day Saturday, with Odd Dog performing at 2 p.m., and Kookie Jones and the Groove Maneuvers at 7:30. There will also be live T-shirt printing, axe throwing, and more. Over at Thirsty Eye, the brewery will celebrating the 20th anniversary of its neighbor/sister business, Exhibit/208. Artwork from all 20 years will be shown in the gallery and within Thirsty Eye from 5 to 9, and this one is free to attend.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Black Snout coasts into Victory Lane Black IPA. Nexus is releasing Equinox Pumpkin Spice Ale today (Wednesday). Ponderosa expects to have Hop-Mosa and S’mores Stout available soon on tap. Rio Bravo put its Grab ’em by the Putin Russian Imperial Stout on a nitro tap. Sidetrack has added Rusty Red Ale and Vanilla Coffee Porter. Starr Brothers brings back Brown Chicken Brown Cow and also adds Spunkles Uncle, a vanilla porter. Steel Bender wants you to pucker up with Funky Pucker. Thirsty Eye will have Biscochito Liquido available Friday.
Up in Santa Fe, Second Street chases a fresh batch of Red Comet. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row has more Little Bird Blonde on tap.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of November 4.
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: Best Coast IPA, Wheat St. Wheatwine, Sombra Stout, Lone Wolf, Red Mountain IPA, Diablo de Oro. After a short absence, Red Mountain is back by popular demand. Diablo de Oro, a Belgian golden strong, is the other most recent addition.
Live Music: Saturday—RJ Perez, 5 p.m.
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 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.
Black Snout Brewhouse — (505) 296-8166
(Tues-Thurs 2-10 p.m., Fri 2 p.m.-midnight, Sat 2 p.m.-11 p.m., Sun 2-9 p.m., Mon closed)
Beers: Half Guard Hefe, Red Zone Red, Hail Mary SMASH, Kona Coconut Porter, Green Goblin Gummy Bear IPA, Victory Lane Black IPA. Welcome to the listings, Black Snout! The brewery at Juan Tabo and Menaul is now open, with a decided sports theme throughout. Victory Lane Black IPA is the more recent addition. Green Goblin, Hail Mary SMASH, and Kona Coconut Porter came on tap just before that.
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: Contact the brewery for an updated list.
Live Music (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Casper Allen and Matt Heckler, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Gilbert Uribe, 9 p.m.
Other Events (Brewery): Thursday—Karaoke, 8 p.m.
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, Actuator IPA, All Clear! (Apple Beer), Counter Charge Coffee Stout, Hazy Chain DIPA, Primer Pub Ale, X IPA, Oktoberfest, TropiKolsch, Just an Amber, S.A.F. Black Currant Sour, Operation Single Hop (Hazy), Blast Seat Wheat, Autumn Saison. The most recent additions are the Blast Seat, Autumn Saison, Just an Amber, S.A.F., and Operation Single Hop. The eighth version of Hazy Chain DIPA has arrived, as has a fresh batch of Counter Charge.
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, Through the Trees Cider, Resto Hazy Pale Ale, Guava EOP, Dry Acequia IPA, One Man’s Helles, Neo Vallecitos, Lime of the Century, Guardian Red IPA. The most recent additions are the Helles, Neo Vallecitos, Lime of the Century, and Guardian. Cans of Open Space Haze and Jetty Jack are now available at all Bosque locations and retailers throughout New Mexico. A new series of Elephants on Parade variants that benefit the Albuquerque BioPark are now available, including Guava EOP.
Bow & Arrow Brewing — (505) 247-9800
(Mon-Thurs 3–10 p.m., Fri 3–11 p.m., Sat noon–11 p.m., 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, Rad Vista Pilsner, Super Bien, Desert Rambler Hefeweizen, El Breakfast Stout, Thai Crush Grisette, Wolf Eyes Marzen, Desert State IPA, Burque Bock; (bottles and on tap) Western Beauty Grisette, Cosmic Arrow, Dark Mesa; (bottles only) Guest of Honor. The most recent additions are Burque Bock, Dark Mesa (Belgian Quad), which is also available in bottles, plus Desert State IPA, Wolf Eyes Marzen, Thai Crush, El Breakfast Stout, Desert Rambler, and Rad Vista with Grüngeist hops. Guest of Honor is a Belgian-style pale ale with brett, which is now only available in bombers, while Western Beauty Grisette is on tap and in bombers.
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-11 p.m.)
Beers: Ameri-Kolsch, Cascade Mountain IPA, Guava Gose, Headlock Hazy IPA, Murkito Hazy Pale, Bear-Mosa, Strawberry Basil Saison, DDH Simcoe Albu-Murky Hazy IPA, Featherweight Session IPA, Oso Otoño, Space Gose, The P.U.B. (Pineapple Upside-Down Beer), Super Cereal Hazy IPA. The most recent additions are Oso Otoño (also in cans), Space Gose, The P.U.B., Super Cereal, and Strawberry Basil Saison, a collaboration with Canteen. Cans of Headlock, DDH Simcoe Albu-Murky, Uppercut IPA, Ambear, Black and Blue Tart, and Chocolate Milk Stout are also available.
Live Music: Saturday—Marion, 5 p.m.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8-10 p.m.
Brew Lab 101 Beer & Cider Company — (505) 962-1587
(Mon-Thurs 3-10 p.m., Fri 3-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.)
Beers: The Bull IPA, Sassy Brunette Amber, Event Horizon Oatmeal Stout, Newton’s Apple Cider, Cherry Bomb Cider, Drought Dry Cider, Blue Nebula Blueberry Cider, Wicked Pissa. The most recent additions are Wicked Pissa, a new England-style IPA, and Blue Nebula. Brew Lab also has its own root beer, for those seeking a non-alcoholic option.
Live Music: Friday—Black Irish, 6 p.m., Corner House, 7 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. Make sure to check out the B.S.B. (Burque Special Bitter), the first beer from new head brewer David Rosebeary.
Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737 (brewery), (505) 200-2344 (taproom)
(Brewery: Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight; Taproom: Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: Exodus IPA, Falconer’s Pale Ale, Copper Vaughn, Pink Warrior House Lager, Grundy Thunder Porter, Hustle & Glow Hazy IPA, Wee Bit Loco, Land of Enchantment Lager, For Your Sanitea. Recent additions include Grundy Thunder, Hustle & Glow, Wee Bit Loco, Copper Vaughn (Altbier), and Pink Warrior House Lager, which benefits the Pink Warrior House, a breast cancer charity. For Your Sanitea is a charitable beer brewed in collaboration with Steel Bender and High and Dry.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Songwriter Showcase with Adam Hooks, Javier Ortega, JD Nash, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Felix Y Los Gatos, 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 IPA, Cream Sour, Deaf Dog Brown, North Drain Lager, Brut IPA, American Gold Ale, Sour Grapes Ale, Brew-Ha-Ristra, Glowdeo Hazy IPA, Local Lizard (Red Ale), Extra Special Pumpkins. 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 additions are Local Lizard, Extra Special Pumpkins, and Glowdeo Hazy IPA. Brew-Ha-Ristra, a red chile stout, and American Gold Ale are back after short absences.
Live Music: Thursday—Stray Dawgs, 6 p.m.
Casa Vieja Brewery — (505) 363-5176
(Thurs-Sat 5-9 p.m., Sun 1-6 p.m., but Casa Vieja is often closed for private events, so check ahead of time)
Beers: Blue Maize Cream Ale, Hoppy Birthday IPA, Gold Medal Hefe, Dark Skies Stout on nitro, Not Afraid of the Dark Lager. Located at 4541 Corrales Road, just south of Ex Novo, this popular events center has its own small brewhouse churning away. The most recent additions are Gold Medal Hefe, Dark Skies Stout, and Not Afraid of the Dark Lager.
Live Music: Thursday—Eryn Bent, 6-9 p.m.
News: Note the new winter hours above.
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-Thurs 4-11 p.m., Fri 2 p.m.-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.)
Beers: Belgian Citrus IPA, Sour Raspberry, 505 Lager, Munich Dunkel, Belgian Dark Strong with cherries, Dry Irish Stout, Blacker the Berry the Sweeter the Juice, Nugget to the Rack Hoppy Imperial Amber, ODB Sour Brown Ale, Indo IPA, Mandala IPL.
Live Music: Thursday—Electro Burque, 7 p.m.; Friday—The Finch and the Fox with Nicholas Roche, 9 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, Xtra Pale, Amber Ale, Pale Ale, Irish Dry Stout, Light Lager, Irish Red, Hard Italian Soda. Say hello to the new brewery at 500 Yale SE! The current lineup includes all the beers listed above. With a 3-barrel system, expect some fairly frequent turnover. The Irish Red and Hard Italian Soda, a hard seltzer, are the most recent additions.
Ex Novo Brewing — (505) 508-0547
(Sun–Thurs noon-10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-11 p.m.)
Beers: The Most Interesting Lager in the World, Mass Ascension IPA, Cactus Wins the Lottery, Perle Haggard Pilsner, Mesita Belgian Table Beer, Nitro Coffee Circus Brown, Livin’ on Baltic Avenue, Abobo’s Revenge Imperial IPA, 31 MPH Pale Ale, Aperture Pale Ale, Antwerp Disco Tripel, V for Vienna, Mountains and Mountains Imperial Stout. Now open at 4895 Corrales Road, the production brewery is already rolling out cans into the marketplace, including the hoppy flagship Mass Ascension. On the seasonal/specialty front, V for Vienna, Antwerp Disco, 31 MPH, Abobo’s Revenge, Livin’ on Baltic Avenue, Mesita Belgian Table Beer, and Nitro Coffee Circus Brown are the most recent additions. Aperture Hazy Pale Ale is now available in six-pack cans.
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, H-E-Dubbel Hockey Sticks, James Blond, Trans American Buffet Beer. 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. The most recent additions are the H-E-Dubbel, James Blond, and Trans American, a collaboration with Steel Bender.
High and Dry Brewing — (505) 433-5591
(Mon 4-9 p.m., 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. For Your Sanitea, a collaboration charity beer brewed with Canteen and Steel Bender, is now available.
Live Music: Saturday—Claudio Tolousse & Javier Ortega, 4 p.m.
News: Take note that High and Dry is now open on Mondays.
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. Contact the brewery for an updated seasonal list.
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, Longhair London Porter, Helles Lager, Puddle Stomper IPA, Chinook IPA, Oktoberfest, Blonde Ale, Paleontology Pale Ale, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. It’s our first update in a while (hey, things are busy in Bernalillo), so we cannot say for sure which are the newest beers on tap, but if we had to guess, it would be Oktoberfest.
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: Saturday—3-Year Anniversary Party, 1-11 p.m.
Weekly Events: Thursday—Jam Night, 7 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: Sun Fade Hazy IPA, A Wise Man’s Fear DIPA, Endless Horizon, Lazy Sunday Session IPA, Lager Softly Zwickelbier, Wet Hopped Elevated IPA, Witch’s Tit, Acclimated APA, Gilded Age Porter. You can still get cans of Gilded Age Porter, Seat to Summit Belgian IPA, a collaboration with Cigar City, Endless Horizon, a tropical stout collaboration with California’s Beachwood Brewing, plus Sun Fade Hazy IPA, Strawberry Gose, Autumn Project Dank, and the GABF silver-medal-winning Acclimated APA. Recent additions on tap include Witch’s Tit, Lazy Sunday, and Lager Softly. Look for La Negra, a bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout, on tap and in bottles this Friday.
La Reforma Brewery — (505) 717-1361
(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Beers: La Ref Lager, Maximillian (Dunkel), Turbia (Hazy IPA), Hi-Wit, Copper Canyon Pale Ale, Mexican Chocolate Stout, Oktoberfest. Now open at 8900 San Mateo NE in the old Bosque taproom space, this brewery/distillery/taqueria is already making a positive impression. Enjoy any of the four house taps, or grab a Bosque guest tap or a cocktail. Copper Canyon is a special charity beer with proceeds going to an orphanage in Mexico. Mexican Chocolate Stout and Oktoberfest are the current seasonals.
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: Volcan IPA, 32 Bravo DIPA, Seismic Stout, Petroglyph Wit, Butte Blonde, Ash Cloud Hazy IPA, Shiprock Saison, Capulin Pale Ale, Gila Gose, Brown Trout Lager, Pinche Pilz, Metamorphic Brut IPA, Irish Dry Stout, Hazy Coconut IPA, All Pumpkin Like. Pinche Pilz, a kellerbier, Irish Dry Stout, Metamorphic, Hazy Coconut, and All Pumpkin Like are the most recent additions.
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: Desert Fog, Cholo Stout, Cerveza, Double White Triple Berry, Pumpkin Noir, Pumpkin Ale, Schwarzbier, Porter, Nitro Pub Ale, Marblefest, Number of the Bock, Golden Strong, Cerveza Calavera, Silver Coin Cerveza (Heights only), 1111 Rouge (Heights only), Cerveza Oscura (Heights only), Bier (Heights only), The Angry Hopsman (Heights and Westside only), La Avispa Gose (Heights and Westside only), Passionate Gose (Heights and Westside only), Pina Loca Gose (Downtown and Westside only), Rita! (Westside only), Altbier (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 Cerveza Calavera, Golden Strong, Pumpkin Ale, 1111 Rouge, Silver Coin Cerveza, plus The Angry Hopsman, a hazy DIPA made in collaboration with Quarter Celtic, and La Avispa Gose, a collaboration with High and Dry. Number of the Bock is a collaboration with Rowley Farmhouse Ales. Cans of Double White Triple Berry and Pumpkin Noir are now available, as are the cans of the two new hard seltzers.
Live Music (Downtown): Music is done outside for the winter months, but will return in the spring.
Live Music (Heights): Thursday—DJ Ryan Demonds, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Silver Crow Asylum, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Casey Mraz and Los Metamorfos, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Buzzardo’s Wake, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Uno Mas: A Santana Tribute, 8-11 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: Raspberry Beret American Wheat, Archaic Mosaic IPA, Land of Enchantment Lager, Equinox Pumpkin Spice Ale. The Toucan Sam has run out, replaced by Archaic Mosaic. You can also still find Sun Dust Hazy Pale Ale, Coffee & Cream, and Beam Me Up Scotty at the Silver Taproom only. Equinox returns on tap today (Wednesday).
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, 2 Robs Make a Rita. 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. 2 Robs Make a Rita is a collaboration with Starr Brothers.
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: Blood Orange Double Wit, New Mexico Lime Lager, India Pale Lager, Ponderosa Pilsner, Oktoberfestbier. The most recent additions are India Pale Lager and Oktoberfestbier. Hop-Mosa will replace Pilsner soon, and S’mores Stout will replace IPL.
Live Music: Saturday—John Matthew, 7:30 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: Helles, Burque Biergarten, Spezial Festbier, Coffee Bean Bomb, Hazy Clark IPA, The Angry Hopsman, Mile Rye IPA, The Winchester. The most recent additions are Mile Rye, Hazy Clark, Spezial Festbier, and Coffee Bean Bomb, a coffee stout with a kick. Burque Biergarten is a kellerbier made in collaboration with Sidetrack. The Angry Hopsman is a hazy DIPA made in collaboration with Marble. The Winchester, an English old ale made in collaboration with the Brew Crew, is available at the Juan Tabo taproom and will soon be on tap at the main brewpub.
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: Raining Blood, Another Matt California Common, Blackberry Hefe, Illusions of Flannel IPL, Red Creek DIPA (Candelaria and Downtown only), RU Cereal? (Candelaria and Clovis only), Nitro Double Vanilla Cream (Downtown only), Rickety Cricket (Downtown only), New England IPA (Downtown only), Ginga Ninja (Clovis and Downtown only), Riley’s Switch Lager (Clovis only). The most recent additions are Red Creek DIPA, a collaboration with Beer Creek, Illusions of Flannel, Another Matt, and RU Cereal?, a cream ale made with Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Live Music (Downtown): Sunday—River Gods and Broken Record, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Thursday—Halfway Decent Karaoke, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Brewery Tours, 1 p.m.; Sunday—The Draft Sessions, 5-7 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: ESB Amber, NM Piñon Coffee Porter, El Lobo Rojo, Velvet Udders, Freak Juice Hazy IPA, Beer Against Humanity (IPA), Send it Pilsner, Wolfgang (Vienna Lager), Thin Mint Stout, Made Wit Love, 24/7 Session IPA, Dawn Patrol (Pale Ale), My Rye or Die IPA, Oktoberfest Marzen, Dunkelweizen, Berliner Weisse, Blood Orange Blonde, Lobo Louie Session IPA, Basic Witch, Splash & Dash Pale Ale, Grab ’em by the Putin (nitro). The most recent additions are the Grab ’em by the Putin, Berliner Weisse, Blood Orange Blonde, Dunkelweizen, Oktoberfest, and My Rye or Die IPA. Look for cans of Freak Juice, Send It Pilsner, Lobo Louie, Basic Witch, and Splash & Dash, the official beer of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, for a limited time.
Live Music: Friday—The 10 O’Clock Blues, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Picosso, 7 p.m.
Other Events: Saturday—Matanza Celebration, 11 a.m.-2 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: Dark Engine Stout, Pub Ale, Coco Marron, Golden Ale, Trackside IPA, Rainbow Sour, Land of Enchantment Lager, Rusty Red Ale, Vanilla Coffee Porter. Lots of recent changes with Land of Enchantment, Rusty Red, and Vanilla Coffee all joining the taps.
Cask: Trackside with citrus zest is in the firkin.
Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752
(Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day)
Beers: Starrstruck IPA, Red Zepplin, Lampshade Porter, Starrphire Pilsner, 505 Reds Liverpool Ale, Supersonic Death Monkey DIPA, Psycho A Go Go, Crazy Hazel IPA, Spunkles Uncle, Brown Chicken Brown Cow. The most recent additions are Spunkles, a vanilla porter, and Brown Chicken Brown Cow. The 505 Reds Liverpool Ale is back for the Premier League season.
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) Ale Witch, Blackberry Dynamite, Mañana Hazy IPA, Kettle Run – A Solo Hop Sour, For Your Sanitea; (barrel-aged bottles) Ned’s Sour Pail, Ned’s Sour Pail with boysenberry, The Judy, Make Mine Perfect; (bottle-conditioned bottles) Cinderella Story, Saison de Luxe, Los Ranchos Cider. The most recent additions are Kettle Run, Mañana (also in cans), Ale Witch (also in cans), Blackberry Dynamite (also in cans), The Whole Shoe (also in cans), and For Your Sanitea, a charity collaboration brewed with Canteen and High and Dry. Bottles of Los Ranchos Cider, Make Mine Perfect, a Belgian dubbel aged on local cherries, Saison de Luxe, a collaboration with Ex Novo, and The Judy are available for a limited time. Cans of Oktoberfiesta, One for 5 Pale Ale, and Peach Dynamite are still available even though they have run out on tap. You can purchase Oktoberfiesta cans at the bar for $4. Funky Pucker debuts on tap this Thursday.
Live Music: Tuesday—The Gershom Brothers, 6-8:30 p.m.
Thirsty Eye Brewing — (505) 639-4801
(Mon-Weds 3 p.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs-Sat noon-10 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.)
Beers: El Ojo Rojo (Red Ale), El Drac IPA, Rented Tux (Vanilla Porter), Sinister Vision DIPA, Good Gourd. The brewery is now open at 206 Broadway SE. Good Gourd, a pumpkin/cranberry ale, Odin’s Eye, a Sahti-style beer, and Sinister Vision are the most recent additions. Biscochito Liquido, Thirsty Eye’s Beer Premier entry, debuts at the brewery on Friday.
News: Note the new autumn hours of operation listed above.
Live Music: Thursday—Acoustic Mic Open Night, 7:30 p.m.
Other Events: Saturday—20-Year Anniversary Group Show for Exhibit/208, 5-9 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 last year. 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) Cactus Warrior (Agave Wheat), 5 Paths Pale Ale, Lupulin Guardian IPA, Shaman Stout, Sacred ALTar, Mystic Rye; (Seasonals) Roja Guardian, Wet Hop Cascade, Oktoberfest, Raspberry Warrior, Basic Gourd. The most recent additions are Basic Gourd, Wet Hop Cascade, Oktoberfest, and a fresh batch of Raspberry Warrior. The Red Devils Helles, brewed for the local Manchester United fan club, is temporarily out. Shaman Stout won a bronze medal for Oatmeal Stout at the Great American Beer Festival.
Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill), (505) 243-6752 (Wells Park), (505) 243-6752 (Four Hills), (505) 361-1834 (Westside), (505) 243-6752 (Los Lunas)
(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; Los Lunas: Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon–midnight)
Beers: Acreage IPA, Berry Cider, Rosé Cider, Blood Orange Cider, Saddle Up Jefe, American Amber Ale, Traktoberfest Marzen, Accessory Pale Ale, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, Pumpkin Cider, Turkey Drool, Javi Lager, Eyes Wide Shut IPA, Thai Basil Mint Cider, Nitro Milk Stout (Wells Park and Westside only), Flanders Red (Wells Park and Four Hills only). The most recent additions include Crew favorite Turkey Drool, Javi Lager, Eyes Wide Shut, Thai Basil Mint Cider, Pumpkin Cider, Double Plow, and Accessory, the first recipe from new head brewer Mick Hahn. Saddle Up Jefe benefits New Mexico Horse Rescue.
Live Music (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Mary Jane Mingle, 5:30 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Friday—Adam Gaffney, 5 p.m.; Saturday—MR MRVL, 7 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—DJ D-Monic, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Melissa Rios, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Los Lunas): Friday—Jimmy Deveney, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Lani Nash, 6 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Poetry & Beer, 7:30 p.m.; Friday—Comedy Roast Battles, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Outdoors on Tap, 7 p.m.; Sunday—I’ll Drink to That, 4 p.m.
Other Events (Four Hills): Friday—Hailey Rose Thomas & Rachel Taylor Art Opening, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Wells Park): 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: Yum Yum Bramble, Wheat Couture Wheatwine, Perpetuity Pale Ale, Wet Hop Perihelion IPA, Rainbow in the Dunkel, Transitional Madness IPA, Nothing Really Batters Pancake Stout. The most recent additions are Rainbow in the Dunkel, Transitional Madness IPA, and Nothing Really Batters Pancake Stout. Hails to that last name!
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Scotch Ale, Oktoberfest, Whiteout Stout, Hoppy Bunches of Oats. The most recent additions are the Hoppy Bunches, a hazy IPA, and Oktoberfest.
Chili Line Brewing — (505) 500-7903
(Mon–Sat 4–11 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.
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, Lupolo Seca, PIedra, La Moneda. The full lineup of hard kombuchas are now available. Blanco was made with jasmine green tea pearls, ginger, and lemon. Flor takes all of those ingredients and adds hibiscus. Cereza Negra uses tart cherries, Pearsephone is made with pear and elderflower, Lupolo Seca is Citra hopped, Piedra features apricot, peach, and mango, and La Moneda is made with grapefruit, lime, and Himalayan pink salt.
Live Music: Saturday—Love & Happiness, 9 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 11 (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Fields of Rye, Jose (Mojito Gose), Number of the Bock, Song of Our Own (bottles only), Texas Tilt (Ruby Red Grapefruit Gose), Chantal, Colonel Cashmere DIPA, Body Isn’t Life (Barleywine). The Agent Scully is a series of IPAs which will vary by hop combinations. The most recent additions besides Episode 11 are Body Isn’t Life, Chantal, Colone Cashmere, Texas Tilt, Number of the Bock, a collaboration with Marble, Fields of Rye, Jose, and Song of Our Own (Tangerine Wild Ale), the anniversary beer that is only available in bottles. Bottles of Cote d’Or Cerise Redux are available for a limited time.
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 Oktoberfest is back for a limited time, so get it on tap or in six-pack cans. Another six-pack offering, 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, 2920 IPA, Boneshaker Special Bitter, Agua Fria Pilsner, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Six Fruit Under, XX ESB, Rod’s Best Bitter, Red and Yellow Armadillo, Winsor Trail Pale Ale, Diablo Canyon, Atalaya Altbier, Sloppy Sloth Hazy IPA, Saison, Vienna Country Lager, Oktoberforest, Wet-Hop Otowi Pale Ale, Belgian Stout, Brown Ale, Westmalle Bitter, Black Shadow Porter, Red Comet. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. Recent additions include Red Comet, Brown Ale, Westmalle Bitter, Black Shadow Porter, Belgian Stout, Oktoberforest (also in cans), Wet-Hop Otowi, Sloppy Sloth (also in cans), Atalaya Altbier, Diablo Canyon, Red and Yellow Armadillo (IPA), and Winsor Trail.
Live Music (Original): Friday—Lone Pinon, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Red Ninja, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Rufina): Monday—Elephant Stone, Holy Garden District, The Timewreckers, 8 p.m.; Tuesday—Bethlehem Steel, Full Speed Veronica, Ordinary Things, 8 p.m.
Other Events (Rufina): Thursday—Birds & Beers Conservation Talk, 4 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, Double Brown Ale, New School IPA, Honey Hibiscus Wheat, Honey Double IPA, TBR (Light Lager), Smoked Porter (on nitro), German Pilsner, Festbier, Barrel-Aged Wheat Wine (in bottles), Pomegranate Sour (in bottles), SMASH Barleywine Series (in bottles), Blueberry Sour (in bottles), Raspberry Sour (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 fresh batches of Double Brown, a bronze medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival, and New School, plus Festbier and Smoked Porter on nitro. Three new sours in bottles are Pomegranate, Blueberry, and Raspberry.
Live Music: Friday—Speedbuggy USA with DK & The Affordables, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Oryx, Dysphotic, Lilith, Blood Wolf, 7 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, CojonHaze IPA, Second City Dark Mild, Full Nelson Pale Ale, American Amber, Irish Cream Ale. 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 Little Bird Blonde, Full Nelson, American Amber, and Irish Cream.
Little Toad Creek Brewing and Distilling — (575) 956-6144 (Silver City), (575) 556-9934 (Las Cruces)
(Silver City: Sun-Thurs 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Las Cruces: Sun-Thurs 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-1 a.m.)
Beers: Smart Blonde, Copper Ale, E-9 Pale Ale, Hop-A-Long Rye Pale Ale, Grumpy Old Troll IPA, Big Ditch Brown, Pendejo Porter, Lucky Toad Lager, Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout. After LTC asked us to add them to the listings, how could we say no? This is the year-round beer menu, available both at the main taproom in downtown Silver City, and at the taproom in downtown Las Cruces. Two new seasonals, Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout and Lucky Toad (Helles) Lager, are now on tap.
Live Music (Silver City): Friday—X-Ray Emissions with DJs Xtian and Manda Clair, 8 p.m.; Saturday—The Gila River Band, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Captain Klas, 1 p.m.
Live Music (Las Cruces): Friday—We Don’t Know Yet?, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Ryan and the Resistors, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Jaime Sol, 5 p.m.; Tuesday—Open Mic Night, 7 p.m.
Other Events (Las Cruces): Today (Wednesday)—Bingo Night, 6 p.m.; Thursday—Karaoke Night, 6 p.m.
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, Bad Medicine Honey DIPA, Tucker-Brau Oktoberfest, Contagion Raspberry Sour. The Contagion and Tucker-Brau Oktoberfest, back for the season, are the most recent additions. The latter is nearly out.
Live Music: Saturday—Eryn Bent, 7 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, Alien IPA, Tularosa Burro Flats Cider, Oktoberfest, One for 5 Pale Ale. Take a gander at SBB’s first cider there, plus you can find Alien IPA landing just about everywhere. Oktoberfest has returned for another seasonal run. Whiskey Stout returns on tap and in bottles this Friday.
Live Music: Friday—Nathaniel Krantz, 6 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, Luna Park Pale Ale, Equinoxe Biere de Garde, Sierra County Lager, Milky Way Stout, Dark Matter Porter. If you have to make one stop between ABQ and Las Cruces, this is it. The most recent additions are Dark Matter, a Baltic porter, plus Milky Way, Sierra County, Equinoxe, and Luna Park. Take note that the regular Dark Skies Oatmeal Stout and Palomas Porter will return in the future.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Hoot and Holler, 7 p.m.; Friday—XKE, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Alien Space Kitchen, 7 p.m.
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