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.
One of the fringe benefits of going around and doing interviews for our Look Back/Look Ahead Series is occasionally getting to try beers in advance of their release at various breweries. Such was the case Tuesday afternoon, when I got the chance to sample the new Lush & Aphotic, a Russian imperial stout, at Nexus Brewery. This 9-percent ABV beauty goes on tap today (Wednesday), but the best part about this stout is this is only the primary base variant. Head brewer Randy King said he and his assistants have additional oak-aged variants coming, and they also have three varieties of cacao nibs. Basically, expect some wonderful one-off versions of what is a great base stout, but one that is not so high in ABV that you are one-and-done whenever you stop by for some delicious food at the mothership location of Nexus. He promised to keep us up to date when the variants are tapped, and we in turn will pass that info along to all of you. Share the big stout love, right?
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bombs Away takes flight with Buzz Bomb Pale Ale. Bosque sees clearly with Visual Acuity DDH Hazy IPA. Bow & Arrow straightens out with Cactus Flats Hazy IPA. Brew Lab 101 shines with Sunburst Orange-Pomegranate Cider. Canteen hangs out at the Smashcade, a single-hop Cascade pale ale. Cantero has more of its potent Brew-Ha-Ristra, a red chile stout. La Cumbre has a new batch of Chew and Swallow Oatmeal Stout. Lava Rock rolls out Cut Throat Red Ale. Quarter Celtic brings back one of its original beers with a twist in Peat Smoked Quarter Porter. Red Door calls for a Mic Czech at its downtown and Clovis locations. Toltec introduces Mosaic Single-Hop Pale Ale.
Up in Santa Fe, Tumbleroot goes south with Tongue Tattoo, a New Zealand pale ale, and also spices things up with Molé Imperial Stout.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of January 13.
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, Predator (Vienna-style SMASH), Krampus Weizenbock. The brewery at Juan Tabo and Menaul is now open, with a decided sports theme throughout. Krampus Weizenbock, Predator, and Kessler Kraze Hazy Pale Ale are the most recent additions.
Live Music: Friday—Gilbert Uribe, 8 p.m.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Karaoke, 6 p.m.; Thursday—Open Mic Night, 6:30 p.m.
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. We do know there is a Black IPA on tap for a limited time.
Live Music (Brewery): Friday—Third Seven, 5 p.m.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Wednesday—Trivia Night, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Karaoke, 8:30 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), Hazy Chain DIPA, S.A.F. Black Currant Sour, Operation Single Hop (Hazy), Blast Seat Wheat, Autumn Saison, Battling Bastard Harvest Ale, Anniversary Red, High Speed Low Drag Lager, Black Ops Lager, Stockpile Stout, Buzz Bomb Pale Ale. The most recent additions are the Buzz Bomb, Stockpile, Black Ops, High Speed, Anniversary Red, and Battling Bastard (big thumbs up on the name). The eighth version of Hazy Chain DIPA is on tap.
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, Three’s a Crowd, La Ref Lager, Olde Bosky Porter, Endless Summer, Visual Acuity Hazy IPA. The most recent additions are Visual Acuity, a double-dry-hopped hazy IPA, Endless Summer, a golden ale, Olde Bosky Porter, and La Ref Lager. 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) Sun Peaks Hoppy Pils, Tangerine Melt, Darkest Cheer Imperial Stout, Juicy Skies Hazy IPA, Outwest Bo Pils, Neon Pie (Keylime Pie Sour), Buffalo Plaid Baltic Porter; (bottles and on tap) Western Beauty Grisette, Dark Mesa, Bolos & Bling Brett IPA, Desert Revival. The most recent additions are the decadent and delicious Darkest Cheer, a collaboration made with our friend Majin Garcia, plus Buffalo Plaid, Neon Pie, Desert Revival, Outwest, Juicy Skies, Sun Peaks, Tangerine Melt, Bolos & Bling, and Dark Mesa (Belgian Quad). Cactus Flats Hazy IPA joins the taps on 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.
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: Space Gose, Scotch Rocket, Albu-Murky Hazy IPA, Standing 8 Stout, Super Cereal Double Hazy IPA, Danke Shorts, Sucker Punch DIPA, Iron Lung Smoked Porter; (taproom only) Murkito Hazy Pale, Bear-Mosa, Barrel-Aged Oso Otoño, The P.U.B. (Pineapple Upside-Down Beer), Vanta Black Russian Imperial Stout. The most recent additions are Iron Lung, Sucker Punch, Super Cereal (also in cans), Standing 8 (also in cans), Vanta Black (also in cans), Scotch Rocket (also in cans), and Danke Shorts. Cans of Headlock, Albu-Murky, Uppercut IPA, Ambear, Black and Blue Tart, and Chocolate Milk Stout are also available.
News: Headlock Hazy IPA is now a year-round beer.
Live Music (Brewery): Sunday—Marion, 2 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, Wicked Pissa, Merry Cranberry Cider, Walter Wit, X-IPA, Sunburst Orange-Pomegranate Cider. The most recent additions are the Sunburst, X-IPA, Walter Wit, Merry Cranberry Cider, and Wicked Pissa, a New England-style IPA. Brew Lab also has its own root beer, for those seeking a non-alcoholic option.
Live Music: Friday—January Storm, 8 p.m.; Saturday—The Sheriffs of Heimlich County, 8 p.m.
Other Events: Today (Wednesday)—Trivia Night, 6:15 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, Wee Bit Loco, Schwebock Doppelbock, Social Capital, Coconut Leche Suave Milk Stout, Vamonos Jugo NEIPA, 25th Anniversary Belgian Dark Strong, Smashcade. Recent additions include the Smashcade (a single-hop Cascade pale ale made with New Mexico-grown barley), Belgian Dark Strong, Vamonos Jugo, Coconut Leche Suave, Schwebock, and Social Capital (with chamomile, vanilla, and blood orange).
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—The Deal, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Squash Blossom Boys, 4-7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Brain Gang Trivia, 6 p.m.
Cantero Brewing — (505) 312-8247
(Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)
Beers: Cantero IPA, Cream Sour, North Drain Lager, American Gold Ale, Glowdeo Hazy IPA, Brut IPA, Sour Grapes, Blood Orange IPA, Black IPA, Hazy Sunshine IPA, Brew-Ha-Ristra. 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 Hazy Sunshine, Black IPA, Blood Orange IPA, and Sour Grapes. Brew-Ha-Ristra, a red chile stout, is back after a short absence.
Live Music: Thursday—The High Desert Playboys, 6 p.m.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.; Monday—Karaoke, 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.
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
(Tues-Thurs 4-11 p.m., Fri 2 p.m.-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun-Mon closed)
Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.
Live Music: Saturday—And Then Came Humans, with The Ordinary Things, 8 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, Chocolate Orange Braggot. 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. Chocolate Orange Braggot is the most recent addition.
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, Sons of Scotland, Apricot Red Handed, Where the Mild Things Are, You’re Doing Terrific (Gose), For Whom the Helles Tolls, It Conquered the World Hazy IPA, Liquid Sweater, Eliot IPA, ALTernative Medicine. 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, ALTernative Medicine, Liquid Sweater (also in cans), It Conquered the World (also in cans), You’re Doing Terrific, For Whom the Helles Told, Sons of Scotland (also in cans), Apricot Red Handed, Where the Mild Things Are, and Antwerp Disco are the most recent additions. Aperture Hazy Pale Ale is now available in six-pack cans.
Weekly Events: Monday—Bingo, 6 p.m.
Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500
(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)
Beers: Hopocalypse Now, Enzo (Italian-style Pilsner), Shelby (American-style pilsner), Darth Malt Baltic Porter. Enzo and Shelby are collaborations with Ex Novo, made for the film Ford v. Ferrari. Darth Malt is back to coincide with the latest Star Wars.
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.
Live Music: Tuesday—ABQ 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: Friday—Waterway, 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: Gilded Age Porter, Blanche de Burque, Color Me Sour, Terminally Chill Hazy IPA, Einbeck Two Step Doppelbock, Munchner Dunkel, Schwarzbier, Formulation, Chew and Swallow. You can still get cans of Formulation Hazy DIPA, Terminally Chill IPA, Gilded Age Porter, Winter Project Dank, and the GABF silver-medal-winning Acclimated APA. Recent additions on tap include Chew and Swallow Oatmeal Stout, Color Me Sour, a hibiscus kettle sour, plus Einbeck, Munchner, and Schwarzbier.
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, Cut Throat Red Ale. The newest addition is the Cut Throat, which is one of several beers to undergo a recent subtle recipe change. The others are new hops in the Ash Cloud and new German malts in the Pinche Pilz.
Live Music: Thursday—Stanlie Kee, 6 p.m.
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: Doppelator, Ski Break Hazy IPA, Mountain Fog, Dubbel, Land of Enchantment Lager, Danke Shorts (Downtown only), Prickly Pear Gose (Downtown and Westside only), Cerveza Calavera (Heights only), Imperial Stout (Heights only), Dupy’s Dunkel (Heights and Westside only), Spruce Moose (Heights and Westside only), Oude Dubbel (Heights and Westside only), Bier (Heights and Westside only), Dry Oaked Stout (Heights and Westside only), Thunder from Dortmunder (Heights and Westside only), High PA (Heights and Westside only), Brett Pale Ale (Westside only), Schwarzbier (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 Land of Enchantment, a NM Brewers Guild collaboration, Danke Shorts, a collaboration with Boxing Bear, plus Ski Break, Oude Dubbel, High PA, Spruce Moose, and Dubbel. Cans of Reserve Ale and Imperial Stout are still available, as are the cans of the two new hard seltzers.
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): Friday—The Moon Thieves Duo, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Kirk Matthews, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Adam Hooks & Javier Ortega, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday—Stanlie Kee & Step In, 7-10 p.m.
Weekly Events (Downtown): Saturday—Brewery tours, 2 p.m.
Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100 (brewery), (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.; Blue Smokehouse: Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.)
Beers: Equinox Pumpkin Spice Ale, Trampled by Tangerines Wheat, G-Bird Grapefruit IPA, Lush & Aphotic Russian Imperial Stout. As noted in our intro above, Lush & Aphotic makes its debut on tap today (Wednesday). This 9-percent ABV stout is a wonderful beer on its own, but be on the lookout for some variants aged with oak and/or special cacao nibs. A Mexican lager is the next beer on deck.
News: The Silver taproom has closed. We will have more on this development in the upcoming Look Back/Look Ahead Series for Nexus, which is tentatively scheduled to run this coming Monday.
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 the visit, and you can also now buy it in cans. There are a bock and a grapefruit pale ale 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.
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: Hazy Clark IPA, The Winchester, Blarney Castle Brown, Kill or be Kilt, Galway Bay IPA, Irish Handcuffs Imperial Stout, Dark Pedro, Peat Smoked Quarter Porter. The most recent additions are the new version of Quarter Porter, plus Irish Handcuffs and Dark Pedro. The Winchester, an English old ale made in collaboration with the Brew Crew, is available at both locations, but the supply is running very low.
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 1–10 p.m., Fri 1–11 p.m., Sat 7 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Downtown taproom hours: Sun–Weds noon–11 p.m., Thurs noon–midnight, Fri–Sat noon–2 a.m.; Clovis taproom hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.; Roswell taproom hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sunday noon–9 p.m. )
Beers: Pining for Maple Breakfast Brown, RU Cereal?, Glazed and Confused, Nordic Gold (Candelaria and Downtown only), Don’t Fruit the Messenger (Candelaria and Downtown only), New England IPA (Candelaria, Downtown and Roswell only), Mic Czech Bohemian Pilsner (Downtown and Clovis only), Illusions of Flannel IPL (Downtown and Clovis only), Jason’s Bloody Gose (Downtown, Clovis and Roswell only), Another Matt California Common (Downtown and Roswell only), Red Creek DIPA (Downtown only), Raining Blood (Downtown only). The most recent additions are Glazed and Confused, an imperial pastry made in collaboration with Rebel Donuts, plus Mic Czech, Nordic Gold, Jason’s Bloody Gose, Don’t Fruit the Messenger, and Pining for Maple Breakfast Brown.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Wrestle Wars, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday—Halfway Decent Karaoke, 7-10 p.m.; Sunday—Bring Your Own Vinyl, 6-9 p.m.; Monday—Comedy Open Mic, 8-10 p.m.; Tuesday—Jimmy Jams Open Mic, 5-7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Downtown): Today (Wednesday)—Casual Wednesdays Open Mic Comedy, 8:30 p.m.; Thursday—Taps & Turntables, 7 p.m.-close; Monday—Industry Night, 6 p.m., Halfway Decent Karaoke, 7 p.m.; Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Clovis): Sunday—Michelada Bar, noon-4 p.m.; Tuesday—BOGO Wings, all day
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, Made Wit Love, Dunkelweizen, Berliner Weisse, Lobo Louie Session IPA, Basic Witch, Splash & Dash Pale Ale, Grab ’em by the Putin (nitro), Squirrel Nuts, Dice Roll Hazy DIPA. The most recent additions are the Dice Roll, the first in a series of experimental IPAs, plus Squirrel Nuts, Grab ’em by the Putin, Berliner Weisse, and Dunkelweizen. 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. Cans of Squirrel Nuts are on the way, too.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Sloan Armitage, 6 p.m.; Friday—Still Closed for Repairs, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Calvin Ravin Band, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events: Thursday—DJ Buddhafunk, 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: Outbound Stout, Pub Ale, Golden Ale, Norse Pale Ale, Autumn Lager, Buster Brown Ale, Southside Pale Ale, Full Steam Ahead, Smoke on the Lager. Lots of recent changes with Southside Pale Ale, Full Steam Ahead, and the tasty Smoke on the Lager all joining the taps.
Cask: Southside dry hopped with EKG; Smoke on the Lager on oak
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, There Gose Them Boyzz, Black Friday Dark American Lager, Zombies in the Manger, Weizenheimer. The most recent additions are Weizenheimer, There Gose, Spunkles (a vanilla porter), Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Black Friday, 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, but will only be on tap during Liverpool games.
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) Blackberry Dynamite, Mañana Hazy IPA, Brickie American Stout, Misfitter Altbier, Sugar and Spice Los Ranchos Cider, Smith Hopper, Mango Dynamite; (barrel-aged bottles) Ned’s Sour Pail, The Judy, Make Mine Perfect; (bottle-conditioned bottles) Cinderella Story, Saison de Luxe, Los Ranchos Cider. The most recent additions are Mango Dynamite (also in cans), Smith Hopper, Sugar and Spice Los Ranchos Cider, Misfitter, Brickie (also in cans), Mañana (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. There is also a barrel-aged version of Brickie that is in cans only.
Live Music: Tuesday—Kyle Martin, 6-8:30 p.m.
News: Steel Bender will now have a special cask every Friday in its Old and Peculiar Series. This week will feature Mañana with pineapple juice.
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, Moonracer Chocolate Stout, Odin’s Eye, Biscochito Liquido. This charming brewery is now open at 206 Broadway SE. Biscochito Liquido, Odin’s Eye, Moonracer, and Thirsty Eye (Pale) Ale are the most recent additions.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—Amy Cliser and Her Band, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Flo Fader, 5 p.m.; Tuesday—True Story House, 7 p.m.
Other Events: Today (Wednesday)—Writers’ Workshop, 6 p.m.; Friday—Rhythmic Moon, 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 in 2018. 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), Project DUNK, Mosaic Single-Hop Pale Ale. The most recent additions are Project DUNK, a Munich Dunkel made to honor friends at La Cumbre, plus Mosaic Single-Hop Pale Ale, Funky Bunch, and Basic Gourd. 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, Luna de los Muertos Imperial Stout, Silence of the Yams, Nitro Milk Stout (Wells Park and Westside only), Flanders Red (Wells Park and Four Hills only). The most recent additions include Crew favorites Luna de los Muertos and Turkey Drool, plus Silence of the Yams, 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—Famous Men, 8 p.m.; Friday—Gin & Jazz, 5 p.m.; Saturday—Adam Hooks and His Hang Ups, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Friday—Julian Dossett, 6 p.m.; Saturday—DJ Clout, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Four Hills): Friday—Swing Magique, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Selecta Rootz, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—DJ D-Monic, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Benny Bassett, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Los Lunas): Thursday—Roadside 66, 3 p.m.; Friday—DJ Buddhafunk, 8 p.m.; Saturday—John Matthew, 8 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Sunday—I’ll Drink to That, 4 p.m.
Other Events (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Tractor Trivia League Season One, 7 p.m.
Other Events (Westside): Monday—Disney Films Trivia, 7 p.m.; Tuesday—Taco Tuesday Karaoke, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Wells Park): Tuesday—Kool Breeze Karaoke, 8 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: Wet Hop Perihelion IPA, Nothing Really Batters Pancake Stout, Rusticana Brown, Tia’s Honey Lager, Bailan Blonde, Depravity Barleywine, Doppel Equis Steinundator. The most recent additions are Tia’s Honey Lager, Bailan, Doppel Equis, and old favorite Depravity.
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Simcoe SMASH IPA, Barley Rye Wine, Black Thought IPA, Key Lime Occupy. The most recent additions are Key Lime Occupy, Black Thought IPA, and the behemoth Barley Rye Wine, a barleywine-style beer with rye (if you could not guess by the name).
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.
News: HoneyMoon bottles are now on sale at Whole Foods locations in Albuquerque.
Events: Saturday—Enchanted Evenings with live music and 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), Hail Stan (Farmhouse Ale). The Agent Scully is a series of IPAs which will vary by hop combinations. The most recent additions besides Episode One are Hail Stan, Body Isn’t Life, Chantal, Colonel Cashmere, Texas Tilt, Fields of Rye, and Jose.
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.
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, Rod’s Best Bitter, Sloppy Sloth Hazy IPA, Oktoberforest, Black Shadow Porter, Jack Plane Porter, Rauchbier, St. George IPA, Low Winter Sun (Sour), Schwarzbier, Skookum Barleywine, Barrel-Aged Skookum, Tres Equis Lager, Kidder Special Bitter, Old Pecos Porter, XX ESB, Bohemian Pilsner, Festivus Ale, Anniversary Ale, Imperial Stout. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. Recent additions include Festivus Ale, Anniversary Ale, Imperial Stout, Bohemian Pilsner, XX ESB, Tres Equis, Kidder, and Jack Plane Porter (also in cans). There may still be cans of Oktoberforest and Sloppy Sloth, but we know there are cans of the regular Skookum and the barrel-aged version of that excellent barleywine.
Live Music (Rufina): Saturday—Baracutanga, 8 p.m.; Tuesday—Draft Punx with The Batrays, Black Unicorn, Still Looking for Cosmo, 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, New School IPA, Honey Hibiscus Wheat, Honey Double IPA, TBR (Light Lager), Grateful Red (Imperial), Helles in Wonderland, Amber Waves, Magia Negra (American Stout on nitro), Tongue Tattoo (New Zealand Pale Ale), Molé Imperial Stout, Barrel-Aged Wheat Wine (in bottles), Pomegranate Sour (in bottles), SMASH Barleywine Series (in bottles), Blueberry Sour (in bottles), Sour Brown Ale (in bottles), Blackcurrant Sour (in bottles), Mark of Midnight Imperial Stout (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 Molé Imperial Stout, Tongue Tattoo, Magia Negra, Grateful Red, Helles in Wonderland, and Amber Waves. Two new bottled beers, Blackcurrant Sour and Mark of Midnight, are now available.
Live Music: Saturday—Underground Cadence, 8 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, American Amber, Munich SMASH, Rendija Red, Primo Pils, Stouty McStoutface. 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 Stouty McStoutface, Rendija Red, Primo Pils, Munich SMASH, and American Amber.
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—Bullard Street Station, 8 p.m.; Sunday—DJ Mischievous, 2 p.m.
Live Music (Las Cruces): Friday—Judy and the Jets, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Sage Gentle-Wing, 8 p.m.
Other Events (Las Cruces): Thursday—Karaoke, 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 Apricot Sour, Powder Day Barrel-Aged Imperial Vanilla Stout. The Contagion, now with apricot, and Powder Day are the most recent additions. The next batch of Contagion will feature blueberry.
Live Music: Thursday—Mensch, 7 p.m.; Friday—Ry Taylor and Jessie Martinez, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Deliberate Kin, 7 p.m.
Sierra Blanca Brewing — (505) 832-2337
(Mon–Thurs 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri –Sat 11 a.m.–5 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—Tom Williams, 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, Equinoxe Biere de Garde, Sierra County Lager, Milky Way Stout, Dark Matter Porter, Snuffy’s Double, Monticello Green Chile Amber, Nebula Nectar DIPA. If you have to make one stop between ABQ and Las Cruces, this is it. The most recent additions are Nebula Nectar, Monticello, Snuffy’s Double, and Dark Matter, a Baltic porter. 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, and bottles only of 2018 Truth Serum and 2018 Whiskey Barrel-Aged Truth Serum.
Live Music: Today (Wednesday)—And Then Came Humans, 6 p.m.; Friday—Rockabilly Strangers, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Third Seven with Magpie, 7 p.m.
Other Events: Tuesday—Third Tuesday Trivia, 7 p.m.
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