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.
It’s hard to believe that La Cumbre has been around for nine years, but this week is the anniversary one of our most awarded breweries, with plenty on the docket. Thursday will feature the art of longtime LC mainstay Chris McAfee on display at the brewery. The man behind so many of the brewery’s can designs will showcase all of his talent at once from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday will feature the release of Origin, a new double hop, double hazy IPA, in cans and on tap at both locations starting at noon. The main party runs all day Saturday at the brewery, with the release of To The Nines in bottles. This Belgian-style dubbel was aged on cherries, and there is only a limited supply for sale. Screen Kings will be doing live shirt printing from 1 to 5 p.m., and the Julian Dossett Trio will provide music from 6:30 to 9:30. The weekend will be capped by a bowling tournament at Silva Lanes on Sunday from 1 to 3. If you want to play, get a team of four together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up, and then know it costs $5 per person, which covers two games and shoes. There will be a slew of good LC beers on tap, and prizes for the winning teams.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bow & Arrow looks to Juicy Skies Hazy IPA on Friday. Brew Lab 101 gets thematic with Walter Wit. Cantero drums to the beat of a Wheatnik. Ex Novo gets caught Apricot Red Handed and once again finds Where the Mild Things Are. Ponderosa finally tapped its Altbier. Red Door hopes everyone decides to Don’t Fruit the Messenger starting this Friday. Tractor releases its latest charitable beer, Structure Fire Red Rye IPA.
Up in Santa Fe, Rowley Farmhouse Ales flips the channel to Agent Scully – Season Three, Episode One for its IPA. Second Street gazes at Low Winter Sun (sour), plus has Schwarzbier available. Tumbleroot tapped Grateful Red, an imperial, and Helles in Wonderland. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row is feeling patriotic with American Amber.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of December 2.
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—Russell Ash, 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. The brewery at Juan Tabo and Menaul is now open, with a decided sports theme throughout. Victory Lane Black IPA is the most 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); (505) 500-8325 (Los Alamos taproom)
(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.; Los Alamos taproom hours: daily 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4-10 p.m.)
Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.
Live Music: Friday—The Third Place, 7 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, Proximity Pilsner, Low Order Porter, Actuator IPA, All Clear! (Apple Beer), Counter Charge Coffee Stout, Hazy Chain DIPA, X IPA, TropiKolsch, Just an Amber, S.A.F. Black Currant Sour, Operation Single Hop (Hazy), Blast Seat Wheat, Autumn Saison, Battling Bastard Harvest Ale, Anniversary Red. The most recent additions are the Anniversary Red, Battling Bastard (big thumbs up on the name), 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, Humo Rojo, Down in the Hollow, Moon Cannon, Palisade Pilsner, Fresh Start, Three’s a Crowd. The most recent additions are the Fresh Start, a maple coffee stout also available in cans, plus Three’s a Crowd (triple hazy IPA), Palisade Pilsner, Humo Rojo, Down in the Hollow, and Moon Cannon. 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, on tap and in cans.
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) True Aim (Scotch Ale), Denim Tux Lager, Nomadico IPA, Savage Times Sour IPA, Visionland Amber Ale, Cosmic Arrow (also bottles), Strawberry Amigo Sour; (Seasonal) Rad Vista Pilsner, Desert Rambler Hefeweizen, El Breakfast Stout, Wolf Eyes Marzen, Desert State IPA, Burque Bock, Sun Peaks Hoppy Pils, Tangerine Melt, Darkest Cheer Imperial Stout; (bottles and on tap) Western Beauty Grisette, Dark Mesa, Bolos & Bling Brett IPA; (bottles only) Guest of Honor. The most recent additions are Darkest Cheer, a collaboration made with our friend Majin Garcia, plus Sun Peaks, Tangerine Melt, Bolos & Bling, Burque Bock, and Dark Mesa (Belgian Quad). Guest of Honor is a Belgian-style pale ale with brett, which is now only available in bombers. Juicy Skies Hazy IPA debuts Friday.
News: Take note that Cosmic Arrow (saison) and Strawberry Amigo have now graduated to being year-round beers. We don’t think any of you will mind this development.
Events: Saturday—Holiday Market, noon
Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327 (brewery), (505) 242-2327 (taproom)
(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: Headlock Hazy IPA, Murkito Hazy Pale, Bear-Mosa (taproom only), Strawberry Basil Saison (taproom only), DDH Simcoe Albu-Murky Hazy IPA, Oso Otoño, Space Gose, The P.U.B. (Pineapple Upside-Down Beer), Danke Shorts, Chin-hook Hazy, Vanta Black Russian Imperial Stout, Scotch Rocket. The most recent additions are Vanta Black (also in cans), Scotch Rocket (also in cans), Danke Shorts, Chin-hook, Oso Otoño (also in cans), Space Gose, and The P.U.B. Cans of Headlock, DDH Simcoe Albu-Murky, Uppercut IPA, Ambear, Black and Blue Tart, and Chocolate Milk Stout are also available.
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, Merry Cranberry Cider, Walter Wit. The most recent additions are Walter Wit, Merry Cranberry Cider, 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.
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, Double Black, Trailworks IPA, Arroyo Blanco Wheat, Goathead Red, B.S.B., El Funko Imperial Stout. Make sure to check out the B.S.B. (Burque Special Bitter), the first beer from new head brewer David Rosebeary. El Funko, a burly stout brewed with bourbon barrel oak staves and Belgian yeast, is now on tap.
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, Copper Vaughn, Irish Red, Grundy Thunder Porter, Hustle & Glow Hazy IPA, Wee Bit Loco, Schwebock Doppelbock, Social Capital. Recent additions include Schwebock, Social Capital (with raspberry and cardamom), Irish Red, Grundy Thunder, Hustle & Glow, Wee Bit Loco, and Copper Vaughn (Altbier).
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Songwriter Showcase with RJ Perez, Melissa Rios, Gilbert Uribe, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Eddie Brewer & the Manic Episodes, noon-3 p.m., Nosotros, 4-7 p.m.
Other Events (Brewery): Sunday—Gifts and Growlers: A Holiday Craft Market, 11 a.m.-3 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, American Gold Ale, Glowdeo Hazy IPA, Brutal Radler, Brut IPA, El Rojo Red Ale, Doughnut Stout, Wheatnik. 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 Wheatnik, El Rojo, and a limited supply of Doughnut Stout.
Live Music: Thursday—Dirty Brown Jug Band, 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.
News: Note the new winter hours above.
Live Music: Thursday—Eryn Bent, 6 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-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.
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, Livin’ on Baltic Avenue, Abobo’s Revenge Imperial IPA, Aperture Pale Ale, Antwerp Disco Tripel, V for Vienna, Mountains and Mountains Imperial Stout, Enzo (Italian-style Pilsner), Shelby (American-style pilsner), Sons of Scotland (cans only), Apricot Red Handed, Where the Mild Things Are. Now open at 4895 Corrales Road, the production brewery is already rolling out cans into the marketplace, including the hoppy flagship Mass Ascension. Enzo and Shelby are collaborations with Flix Brewhouse. On the seasonal/specialty front, Apricot Red Handed, Where the Mild Things Are, V for Vienna, Antwerp Disco, Abobo’s Revenge, and Livin’ on Baltic Avenue 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: Hopocalypse Now, Enzo (Italian-style Pilsner), Shelby (American-style pilsner). Enzo and Shelby are collaborations with Ex Novo, made for the film Ford v. Ferrari. There are plenty of new seasonals on deck, it just appears that the parents who endured multiple showings of Frozen 2 drank up everything else. Can we blame them? Those songs will be stuck in their heads for months to come.
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.
News: Take note that High and Dry is now open on Mondays.
Live Music: Tuesday—Megaband Jam/Rehearsal, 7:30 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. 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, Helles Lager, Hazy IPA, Blonde Ale, Amber, Imperial Stout, Scotch Ale, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. The most recent additions are the Hazy IPA, Scotch Ale, and Imperial Stout.
Weekly Events: Sunday—Blues Jam, 2-5 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.
Live Music: Saturday—Nick Gusman, 7 p.m.
Other Events: Friday—The Brewery Comedy Tour, 8:30 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: Lazy Sunday Session IPA, Gilded Age Porter, Party Weasel Hazy DIPA, Blanche de Burque, Sea to Summit Belgian IPA, Mango Pineapple Gose, Business Hammock Hazy IPA, Dunkelweizen. You can still get cans of Gilded Age Porter, Sea to Summit, a collaboration with Cigar City, plus Autumn Project Dank, and the GABF silver-medal-winning Acclimated APA. Bottles of La Negra may still be available. Recent additions on tap include Business Hammock, Dunkelweizen, Party Weasel, Blanche de Burque, and Lazy Sunday.
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, Mexican Chocolate Stout, West Coast, Ese!, El Chooky. 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. Mexican Chocolate Stout, El Chooky (Hoppy Red Ale), and West Coast, Ese! (IPA) 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: 1111 Rouge, Alpha Acid Trip, Dupy’s Dunkel, Reserve Ale, Prickly Pear Gose, Doppelator, Double IPA (downtown only), Dry Oaked Stout (Heights only), Pumpkin Ale (Heights only), The Angry Hopsman (Heights only), Cerveza Calavera (Heights and Westside only), Golden Strong (Heights and Westside only), Schwarzbier (Heights and Westside only), Bier (Heights and Westside only), Nitro Pub Ale (Westside only), Thunder from Dortmunder (Westside only), Number of the Bock (Westside only), La Avispa Gose (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 Reserve Ale, Alpha Acid Trip, Oatalé, Dupy’s Dunkel, Cerveza Calavera, Golden Strong, Pumpkin Ale, and 1111 Rouge. Number of the Bock is a collaboration with Rowley Farmhouse Ales. Cans of Reserve Ale, Double White Triple Berry, and Pumpkin Noir are now available, as are the cans of the two new hard seltzers. There are limited number of bottles of Prickly Pear Gose at the Heights only, the start of a new series of small bottle runs out of the MavLab.
News: Take note that Cerveza, Desert Fog, Cholo Stout, Double White Triple Berry, and Passionate Gose are now year-round beers.
Live Music (Downtown): Music is done outside for the winter months, but will return in the spring.
Live Music (Heights): Thursday—DJ Ryan Remond, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Le Chat Lunatique, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Christina LaRocca & Gene Micofsky, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—10 O’Clock Blues Band, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Bobcats Trio, 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: Archaic Mosaic IPA, Equinox Pumpkin Spice Ale, Trampled by Tangerines Wheat, Beam Me Up Scotty. The limited amount of Charlotte’s Maple Bacon Porter runs out today (Wednesday), with Beam Me Up Scotty replacing it at the brewery and the Silver Taproom for a limited time. You can also still find Sun Dust Hazy Pale Ale at the Silver Taproom only. Equinox and Trampled by Tangerines are the most recent additions.
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, Export Stout. 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. The Export Stout is the most recent addition.
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: Hop-Mosa, Raspberry Wheat, S’mores Stout, Altbier. Everything on tap is a very recent addition, with Altbier being the most of recent all that recency.
News: The popular Blood Orange Double Wit and New Mexico Lime Lager are now year-round beers, with American Wheat moving to just being a summer seasonal.
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, Spezial Festbier, Hazy Clark IPA, Ay Curuba (Berliner Weisse), The Winchester, Blarney Castle Brown, Kill or be Kilt. The most recent additions are Kill or be Kilt, Hazy Clark, Ay Curuba, and Blarney Castle. The Winchester, an English old ale made in collaboration with the Brew Crew, is available at both locations.
Live Music: Saturday—Searching for Summer, 7-8:30 p.m.
Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675 (brewery), (505) 990-3029 (downtown taproom), (575) 268-3511 (Clovis taproom), (575) 347-1455 (Roswell 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; Roswell taproom hours: TBD)
Beers: Pining for Maple Breakfast Brown, Another Matt California Common, Illusions of Flannel IPL, RU Cereal?, Red Creek DIPA (Candelaria and Downtown only), Blackberry Hefe (Downtown, Clovis and Roswell only), Raining Blood (Downtown and Roswell only), Rickety Cricket (Downtown only), New England IPA (Candelaria, Downtown and Roswell only), Ginga Ninja (Clovis and Downtown only), Riley’s Switch Lager (Clovis only). The most recent additions are Pining for Maple Breakfast Brown, Red Creek DIPA, a collaboration with Beer Creek, Illusions of Flannel, Another Matt, and RU Cereal?, a cream ale made with Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Look for Don’t Fruit the Messenger, a creamsicle sour, at the brewery and the downtown taproom on Friday.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Saturday—Halfway Decent Karaoke, 7 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.
Events: Friday—Hawaiian Christmas, 6 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: Oatbound Stout, Pub Ale, Coco Marron, Golden Ale, Red IPA, Rainbow Sour, Julius Hazy IPA, Blue Collar Pilsner, Vanilla Coffee Porter. Lots of recent changes with Oatbound Stout, Red IPA, Julius Hazy IPA, and Blue Collar Pilsner all joining the taps.
Cask: Julius Hazy IPA
Events: Friday—Damian Velasquez Art Opening, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Local Vendors Pop-up, 2 p.m.
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, Spunkles Uncle, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Not Too Hazy Oh So Juicy Hybrid IPA, There Gose Them Boyzz. The most recent additions are the hybrid IPA, There Gose, Spunkles, a vanilla porter, and Brown Chicken Brown Cow. The 505 Reds Liverpool Ale is back for the Premier League season. Look for Black Friday Dark American Lager on tap this, well, you can figure that out.
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, Funky Pucker, Brickie American Stout; (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 Brickie (also in cans), Funky Pucker, Mañana (also in cans), Ale Witch (also in cans), and Blackberry Dynamite (also in cans). 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 are still available even though they have run out on tap. You can purchase Oktoberfiesta cans at the bar for $4. There is also a barrel-aged version of Brickie availabe in cans only.
Live Music: Tuesday—Le Chat Lunatique, 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), Citrus Buzz, El Drac IPA, Rented Tux (Vanilla Porter), Biscochito Liquido, Thirsty Eye Ale. The brewery is now open at 206 Broadway SE. Biscochito Liquido and Thirsty Eye (Pale) Ale are the most recent additions.
News: Note the new autumn hours of operation listed above.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Bad Habit, 7 p.m.; Friday—Ruben Cortinas, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Christian Davis Brown, 7 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) Basic Gourd, Funky Bunch (Berliner Weisse). The most recent additions are Funky Bunch and Basic Gourd. 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, Cranberry Ginger Cider, Structure Fire Red Rye IPA, 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, Cranberry Ginger Cider, 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. The new Structure Fire benefits Albuquerque Area Firefighters Random Acts, one of the charities in the Beer for a Better Burque program.
Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—Mineral Hill Album Release Party, 6 p.m.; Friday—RJ Perez, 5 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—John Calvin Abney, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Christmas Carolers, 7 p.m.; Friday—Christina LaRocca & Gene Micofsky, 6 p.m.; Saturday—A Very Wae Fonkey Christmas, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Four Hills): Friday—Jazz Brasileiro, 6 p.m.; Saturday—DJ Boogaloo-B, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Gato Malo, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Casey Mraz, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Los Lunas): Friday—Kyle Murphy, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Lucky Mays, 8 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Poetry & Beer, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday—Duke City Bristlers Beard & Moustache Challenge, 6 p.m.
Other Events (Four Hills): Today—It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Trivia, 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.
Weekly Events (Westside): Thursday—Kamikaze Karaoke, 7 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, Perpetuity Pale Ale, Wet Hop Perihelion IPA, Rainbow in the Dunkel, Transitional Madness IPA, Nothing Really Batters Pancake Stout, Rusticana Brown. The most recent additions are Rusticana, 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, Whiteout Stout, Hoppy Bunches of Oats, Simcoe SMASH IPA. The most recent additions are the Hoppy Bunches, a hazy IPA, and Simcoe SMASH. This Friday, Blue Corn will have a cask of Honey Pomegranate Ale that will be paired with Thai Pork Ramen for the First Friday Cask and Ramen from 4 to 9 p.m. The brew team will also be over at Susan’s Fine and Spirits for a Meet the Brewer event from 5 to 7, with eight beers on tap.
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.
Events: Saturday—New Moon Cabaret, 8 p.m.
Rowley Farmhouse Ales — (505) 428-0719
(Open all week from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Beers: Agent Scully – Season Three, Episode One (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), Raspberry Germophile. The Agent Scully is a series of IPAs which will vary by hop combinations. The most recent additions besides Episode One are Raspberry Germophile, 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 Adobe Igloo 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, Six Fruit Under, XX ESB, Rod’s Best Bitter, 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, Railyard Red, Centennial Pale, Jack Plane Porter, Rauchbier, St. George IPA, Low Winter Sun (Sour), Schwarzbier. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. Recent additions include Low Winter Sun, Schwarzbier, St. George IPA, Rauchbier, Jack Plane Porter (also in cans), Railyard Red, Centennial Pale, and Red Comet. There may still be cans of Oktoberforest and Sloppy Sloth.
Live Music (Original): Friday—TBA, 6 p.m.; Saturday—TBA, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Rufina): Friday—Taste of Space, 7:30 p.m.; Monday—Dylan Earl & The Reason Why, Blanchard, Wake, 8 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, Honey Double IPA, TBR (Light Lager), Imperial Stout (on nitro), Grateful Red (Imperial), Helles in Wonderland, Amber Waves, Lizard Queen (Imperial Blonde Ale), Barrel-Aged Wheat Wine (in bottles), Pomegranate Sour (in bottles), SMASH Barleywine Series (in bottles), Blueberry 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 Grateful Red, Helles in Wonderland, Amber Waves, and Lizard Queen. An Imperial Stout has replaced the Smoked Porter on the nitro tap. Two new sours in bottles are Pomegranate and Blueberry.
Live Music: Thursday—General Mojo’s, 8 p.m.; Friday—Alex Maryol Band, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Eryn Bent Band, 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, CojonHaze IPA, Second City Dark Mild, Full Nelson Pale Ale, American Amber, Ladron’s Peak Elixir. 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 American Amber, Ladron’s Peak, Little Bird Blonde, and Full Nelson.
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—Over Under, 8 p.m.; Saturday—The Gila River Band, 8 p.m.; Sunday—The Brothers Wayfare, 1 p.m.
Live Music (Las Cruces): Saturday—Over Under, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Sage Gentle-Wing, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Silver City): Today (Wednesday)—Trivia Night, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.
Other Events (Las Cruces): Today (Wednesday)—Star Wars Trivia, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday—Lie Art Painting with Abstract Tiffany, 7 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, Contagion Raspberry Sour, Prospect Porter. The Contagion and Prospector Porter, back for the season, are the most recent additions.
Live Music: Friday—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, Imperial Stout, Alien IPA, Oktoberfest, Whiskey Stout. 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 is back on tap and in bottles for the season.
Live Music: Friday—Rick Hatfield, 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, Snuffy’s Double, Monticello Green Chile Amber. If you have to make one stop between ABQ and Las Cruces, this is it. The most recent additions are Monticello, Snuffy’s Double, 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. There may still be some of Winter Beer Avalanche brews on tap or for sale in bottles, including Truth Serum Barleywine (also bottles), Whiskey Barrel-Aged Truth Serum (also bottles), 2018 Fireside Tripel (also bottles), Whiskey Barrel-Aged Dark Skies Oatmeal Stout (also bottles), Whiskey Barrel-Aged Honey Winter Ale (also bottles), 2018 Honey Winter Ale, Barrel-Aged Belgian Quad, Whiskey Barrel-Aged Palomas Porter, 2018 Bad Santa, and bottles only of 2018 Truth Serum and 2018 Whiskey Barrel-Aged Truth Serum.
Live Music: Saturday—Con Sal y Limon, 7 p.m.
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