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.
If the obnoxious TV commercials weren’t enough of a reminder (why, Zachary Levi, WHY?!), the holiday season is fully upon us, which means it is a great time to give back and still pick up some tasty treats for yourself or others. You can do all of that this week between three breweries. First up, today (Wednesday) sees two big beers returning in cans and on tap. Marble brings back its monstrous Imperial Stout at all three locations, while Second Street offers up another run of Skookum Barleywine at all three of its locations. Snag some cans to go and get that weekend started early. Speaking of the weekend, Friday night will see the return of the Desert Darlings to Tractor Wells Park for the Nightmare Before Christmas Edition of Hops & Dreams at 8 p.m. This time around, there will be a $5 charge at the door, but that money is for charity. Tractor’s current partner in its Beer for a Better Burque (BBB) program is Albuquerque Area Firefighters Random Acts, a joint effort by Albuquerque Fire Rescue and the Bernalillo County Fire Department, and it will be the beneficiary of all of the money. You can snag a pint of Structure Fire Red Rye IPA, which also benefits the charity, and enjoy an amazing performance by some of the most talented and entertaining bellydancers on the whole darn planet.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Black Snout rolls out Kessler Kraze Hazy Pale Ale. Bombs Away drops the Harvest Edition of its All Clear! Apple Beer. Bosque added Mango Cider to its lineup. Canteen is feeling smooth with Leche Suave Milk Stout. Cantero brings back its popular Sour Grapes. Ex Novo is tapping You’re Doing Terrific (Gose) and For Whom the Helles Told, plus cans of It Conquered the World Hazy IPA are now available. La Reforma drops Bomba Scotch Ale. Nexus resurrects G-Bird Grapefruit IPA. Red Door celebrates Friday the 13th with Jason’s Bloody Gose. Sidetrack recently added Norse Pale Ale and Autumn Lager. Starr Brothers brings back Zombies in the Manger for another holiday run. Steel Bender taps Misfitter Alt for another run this Thursday. Thirsty Eye takes flight with Moonracer Chocolate Stout on Friday.
UPDATES: A lot of beers were released late in the week after our usual deadline. Bombs Away brought back High Speed Low Drag Lager. Bow & Arrow hits the mark with Outwest Bo Pils. La Cumbre released the winter edition of Project Dank on tap and in cans. Sidetrack rolled out Buster Brown Ale.
Up in Santa Fe, it is otherwise quiet besides the Skookum. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row has more CojonHaze IPA and Munich SMASH.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of December 9.
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.
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, Kessler Kraze Hazy Pale Ale. The brewery at Juan Tabo and Menaul is now open, with a decided sports theme throughout. Kessler Kraze Hazy Pale Ale is the most recent addition. Victory Lane Black IPA, 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.
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: Humo Rojo, Palisade Pilsner, Fresh Start, Three’s a Crowd, Mango Cider. 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, and Mango Cider. 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, in cans.
News: Driftwood Oatmeal Stout, Open Space Haze, Through the Trees Cider, and Resto Hazy Pale Ale are now year-round beers.
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, Juicy Skies Hazy IPA; (bottles and on tap) Western Beauty Grisette, Dark Mesa, Bolos & Bling Brett IPA; (bottles only) Guest of Honor. The most recent additions are the decadent and delicious Darkest Cheer, a collaboration made with our friend Majin Garcia, plus Juicy Skies, 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.
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.
Live Music: Saturday—Subtractor, 8 p.m.
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.
Events (Brewery): Saturday and Sunday—Holiday Market, noon
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.
Live Music: Friday—Hitmen, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Roger Jameson, 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, 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, Leche Suave Milk Stout. Recent additions include Leche Suave, Schwebock, Social Capital (with chamomile, vanilla, and blood orange), Irish Red, and Grundy Thunder.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Eryn Bent, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Le Chat Lunatique, 4-7 p.m.
Other Events (Brewery): Tuesday—Duke City Story Slam, 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, American Gold Ale, Glowdeo Hazy IPA, Brutal Radler, Brut IPA, El Rojo Red Ale, Wheatnik, Sour Grapes. 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 Sour Grapes, Wheatnik, and El Rojo.
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.
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: Contact the brewery for an updated list.
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, Aperture Pale Ale, Antwerp Disco Tripel, V for Vienna, Enzo (Italian-style Pilsner), Sons of Scotland, Apricot Red Handed, Where the Mild Things Are, You’re Doing Terrific (Gose), For Whom the Helles Told. Now open at 4895 Corrales Road, the production brewery is already rolling out cans into the marketplace, including the hoppy flagship Mass Ascension. Enzo is a collaboration with Flix Brewhouse. On the seasonal/specialty front, You’re Doing Terrific, For Whom the Helles Told, Sons of Scotland (also in cans), Apricot Red Handed, Where the Mild Things Are, V for Vienna, and Antwerp Disco are the most recent additions. Aperture Hazy Pale Ale is now available in six-pack cans. There are cans of It Conquered the World Hazy IPA for a limited time as well.
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: Saturday—Con Sal y Limon Duo, 8 p.m.; Tuesday—Julian Dossett, 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. 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.
Live Music: Saturday—Rocky Navajo, 6-9 p.m.
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.
Events: Today (Wednesday)—Happy Hour Open Mic, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—Tobyriffic Karaoke Show, 7 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, Origin Hazy IPA. 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. The anniversary beer, Origin, is available in cans and on tap.
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, Bomba Scotch Ale. 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. Bomba Scotch Ale, 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: Dupy’s Dunkel, Reserve Ale, Prickly Pear Gose, Doppelator, Schwarzbier, Bier, Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Stout, Double IPA (downtown only), Pumpkin Noir (Heights only), Oatalé (Heights only), Silver Coin Cerveza (Heights only), The Angry Hopsman (Heights only), 111 Rouge (Heights and Westside only), Alpha Acid Trip (Heights and Westside only), Dry Oaked Stout (Heights and Westside only), Cerveza Calavera (Heights and Westside only), Golden Strong (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 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. Imperial Stout returns today on tap and in cans at all three locations.
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): Saturday—Eryn Bent, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Gershom Brothers, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Kyle Martin, 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: Equinox Pumpkin Spice Ale, Trampled by Tangerines Wheat, Beam Me Up Scotty, G-Bird Grapefruit IPA. G-Bird returns today (Wednesday), replacing Archaic Mosaic. You can also still find Sun Dust Hazy Pale Ale at the Silver Taproom only. Equinox and Trampled by Tangerines are the other 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, Ooey Gooey (S’mores) Stout, Altbier. Everything on tap is a very recent addition, with Altbier being the most of recent all that recency. Ooey Gooey is worth trying. There is a Doppelbock on deck.
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.
Live Music: Saturday—Red Mesa, 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, 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.
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?, Don’t Fruit the Messenger (Candelaria and Downtown only), Red Creek DIPA (Downtown and Clovis only), Blackberry Hefe (Downtown only), Raining Blood (Downtown and Roswell only), Rickety Cricket (Downtown only), New England IPA (Candelaria, Downtown and Roswell only), Ginga Ninja (Downtown only), Riley’s Switch Lager (Clovis only). The most recent additions are Don’t Fruit the Messenger, 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 Jason’s Bloody Gose at the brewery, downtown and Clovis taprooms 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.
Live Music: Friday—The Rudy Boy Experiment, 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: Oatbound Stout, Pub Ale, Coco Marron, Golden Ale, Red IPA, Rainbow Sour, Julius Hazy IPA, Blue Collar Pilsner, Vanilla Coffee Porter, Norse Pale Ale, Autumn Lager. Lots of recent changes with Norse Pale Ale, Autumn Lager, Oatbound Stout, Red IPA, Julius Hazy IPA, and Blue Collar Pilsner all joining the taps.
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, Black Friday Dark American Lager, Zombies in the Manger. The most recent additions are the hybrid IPA, There Gose, Spunkles, a vanilla porter, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Black Friday Dark American Lager, and Zombies in the Manger, a biscochito stout that comes with a Rude Boy Cookies biscochito star. 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, 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. Misfitter Alt returns Thursday on tap.
Live Music: Tuesday—The Squash Blossom Boys, 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), Thirsty Eye Ale. The brewery is now open at 206 Broadway SE. Thirsty Eye (Pale) Ale will be the most recent addition until Friday, when Moonracer Chocolate Stout debuts.
News: Note the new autumn hours of operation listed above.
Live Music: Thursday—Jezebel Freqalicious, 7-8:30 p.m., Brendangerous, 8:30-10 p.m.
Other Events: Friday—Artisan Showcase with Juliana Coles, 5 p.m.; Tuesday—Drag Queen Trivia, 7:30 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 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—Live Score of Christmas Evil, 8 p.m.; Friday—Adam Hooks, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Hurdle, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Friday—DJ D-Monic, 6 p.m.; Saturday—David Garcia, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Four Hills): Friday—Jacky Blaire, 6 p.m.; Saturday—DJ Nicolatron, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—DJ Ill Audia, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Julian Dossett, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Los Lunas): Friday—The Sandstoners, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Nathaniel Krantz, 8 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Friday—Hops & Dreams: Nightmare Before Christmas Edition, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Xmas Party and Buy Local Market, 4 p.m.
Other Events (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Star Wars 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.
Live Music: Friday—Half-A-Shipwreck, 6 p.m.
Other Events: Saturday—Enchanted Evenings with The Tynkers, Sitara, and 14 Bellydancers, 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), 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, Colonel Cashmere, Texas Tilt, 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, Skookum Barleywine. 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. Skookum Barleywine returns today (Wednesday) on tap and in cans.
Live Music (Original): Friday—Half Broke Horses, 6 p.m.; Saturday—The Barb Wires, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Rufina): Friday—The HOTH Brothers Band, Bill & Jim Palmer, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday—Brian Haas + Ryan Scott Long, 8 p.m.
Other Events (Rufina): Sunday—Brewhouse Bazaar, noon
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: Friday—Jessie Deluxe, Sunbender, Golden General, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Bard Edrington V and Band with Zoe Wilcox, 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, Stouty McStoutface, American Amber, Ladron’s Peak Elixir, Munich SMASH. 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 CojonHaze, Munich SMASH, American Amber, and Ladron’s Peak.
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): Saturday—Dale Stephenson, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Amos Torres & Friends, 1 p.m.
Live Music (Las Cruces): Friday—Exclusive Soul, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Dan Martin, 5 p.m.
Other Events (Silver City): Today (Wednesday)—Trivia Night, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.; Friday—Ugly Sweater Party with DJ Mischievous, 9 p.m.
Other Events (Las Cruces): Today (Wednesday)—Harry Potter Trivia, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday—Drag Queen Downtown, 8 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: Saturday—Mensch, 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, Whiskey Stout. You can find Alien IPA landing just about everywhere. Whiskey Stout is back on tap and in bottles for the season.
Live Music: Friday—Dos Gatos, 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: Thursday—Sing N Sip Open Mic, 7 p.m.; Friday—Pint & a Half, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Two of Us, 2 p.m.
Other Events: Today (Wednesday)—Proud Town Pints Non-Profit Night, 3 p.m.; Saturday—Brewery Tour, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday—Third Tuesday Trivia, 7 p.m.
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