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.
Just in case you have been existing outside all forms of communication, the Super Bowl is this Sunday afternoon, mercifully New England Patriots free this time around. A number of breweries will be staying open to show the big game, so if you do not have a party to attend, head on down. Black Snout, Brew Lab 101, Kilt Check, and The 377 are all hosting watch parties. You can also place to-go orders for food and beers with Starr Brothers. We are sure many breweries will have additional specials announced between now and game time. We did learn that La Reforma will close before the game starts, so if you want to grab some beer or food from there, head over before 3 p.m. In fact, every brewery will be open Sunday, so make sure to fill those growlers/crowlers, grab a four- or six-pack, and then pig out on the food, wonder who the heck thought that one commercial was a good idea, and root for an entertaining game. After all is said and done, get home safely, so then we can all complain about our hangovers to our co-workers on Monday.
Before all that happens Sunday, head up to Bosque North in Bernalillo on Saturday night. There will be a screening of the Brewers Association documentary For the Love of Craft at 5:30 p.m., followed by a special panel discussion of local industry members led by New Mexico Brewers Guild executive director Leah Black. Also on hand will be Bosque’s John Bullard and Jess Griego, Tractor’s Skye Devore, Sidetrack’s Dan Herr and Anne O’Neill, and a certain beer writer guy who will probably be there for random references to hockey and heavy metal. The best part of this? It is free to attend, but you can also donate money to Australian fire relief efforts.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Black Snout has Fade to Black (Ale) on tap. Bombs Away goes big with Frag Out Imperial Stout. Bosque hops to it with Epithany Red and But Who’s Counting. Bow & Arrow drops another decadent pastry stout on Friday with Brunch Special, a French toast-style imperial. Canteen will have a small amount of barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout at both locations on Friday. Cantero added a Munich Dunkel. Ex Novo takes a swing at Sky Punch IPA and Brown is the New Black. La Cumbre is feeling positively Parisian with Pilsner Le Francais. Marble introduced Rye IPA over the weekend. Nexus will have a small amount of Sun Dust Pale Ale on tap starting Thursday. Ponderosa keeps it clean and simple with Amber Ale. Sidetrack added Spring Fever Hazy IPA and Miami Weiss for its anniversary party last weekend. Turtle Mountain rolls out a slew of new seasonals with Mr. Hoover’s Steam, Claymore’s Fuller, The Maelstrom IPA, and Metal Snake Dry Irish Stout.
Up in Santa Fe, Chili Line sent us a full beer lineup update, so scroll down to their entry to see what is now on tap. Second Street has a fresh batch of Idaho #7 Pale Ale. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row drops some Precious Pale Ale, Mexi Lager, and Titterton’s Ale. Down south, Truth or Consequences smooths out with Buena Vista Lager.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of January 27.
To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.
Albuquerque metro area breweries
Ale Republic — (505) 281-2828
(Open daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m.)
Beers: 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: Coconut Porter, Kessler’s Kraze NEIPA, Predator (Vienna-style SMASH), Krampus Weizenbock, Fade to Black. The brewery at Juan Tabo and Menaul is now open, with a decided sports theme throughout. Fade to Black, Krampus Weizenbock, and Predator are the most recent additions.
Live Music: Friday—Just Kels and Gabe, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday—Gilbert Uribe, 8 p.m.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Karaoke & Service Industry Night, 7 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.
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, Blast Seat Wheat, Autumn Saison, High Speed Low Drag Lager, Black Ops Lager, Stockpile Stout, Buzz Bomb Pale Ale, Frag Out Imperial Stout. The most recent additions are the Frag Out, Buzz Bomb, Stockpile, Black Ops, and High Speed. The ninth 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: Olde Bosky Porter, Endless Summer, Epithany Red, But Who’s Counting. The most recent additions are Epithany Red, a hop-forward ale, and But Who’s Counting, a low-calorie session IPA. Cans of Open Space Haze and Jetty Jack are now available at all Bosque locations and retailers throughout New Mexico.
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, Juicy Skies Hazy IPA, Outwest Bo Pils, Neon Pie (Keylime Pie Sour), Buffalo Plaid Baltic Porter, Cactus Flats Hazy IPA; (bottles and on tap) Western Beauty Grisette, Dark Mesa, Bolos & Bling Brett IPA, Desert Revival. The most recent additions are the Cactus Flats, Buffalo Plaid, Neon Pie, Desert Revival, Outwest, Juicy Skies, Sun Peaks, Tangerine Melt, Bolos & Bling, and Dark Mesa (Belgian Quad). This Friday, Brunch Special, a French toast-style imperial stout, goes on tap. Yeah, we are excited reading that, too.
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 Hazy DIPA, Sucker Punch DIPA, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Huell Melon Lager, Nutz N Nibs; (taproom only) Bear-Mosa, Vanta Black Russian Imperial Stout, Iron Lung on nitro. The most recent additions are Nutz N Nibs, a chocolate peanut butter porter made in collaboration with Starr Brothers, plus Huell Melon Lager, Iron Lung, Sucker Punch, Super Cereal (also in cans), Standing 8 (also in cans), Vanta Black (also in cans), and Scotch Rocket (also in cans). Cans of Headlock, Albu-Murky, Uppercut IPA, Ambear, Black and Blue Tart, and Chocolate Milk Stout are also available.
Events (Brewery): Friday—Bridges to Home Pet Adoption Event, 3-7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8-10 p.m.; Monday—Magic Monday, 4-10 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—Dave Cofell, 7 p.m.; Saturday—RJ Perez, 8 p.m.
Weekly 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, Schwebock Doppelbock, Social Capital, Coconut Leche Suave Milk Stout, Vamonos Jugo NEIPA, 25th Anniversary Belgian Dark Strong, Smashcade, Colibri Schwarzbier. Recent additions include the Colibri, Smashcade (a single-hop Cascade pale ale made with New Mexico-grown barley), and Social Capital (with dark cherries and whisky oak staves).
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Casey Mraz & Los Metamorfos, 6-9 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, Brew-Ha-Ristra, Munich Dunkel. 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 Munich Dunkel, Blood Orange IPA, and Sour Grapes. Brew-Ha-Ristra, a red chile stout, is back after a short absence.
Live Music: Thursday—The Deal, 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.
Live Music: Friday—Justin Nunez, 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
(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: Friday—Burque Boiler Room Beats, 8 p.m.; Saturday—DJ OHM, 9 p.m.
Differential Brewing — (phone number TBA)
(Mon–Fri 2 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Blue Corn Cream Ale, Dark Lager, Xtra Pale, Amber Ale, Pale Ale, Irish Dry Stout, Light Lager, Irish Red, Hard Italian Soda, 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, Sons of Scotland, Apricot Red Handed, For Whom the Helles Tolls, Liquid Sweater, Eliot IPA, ALTernative Medicine, Mountains & Mountains, Rowers Keep on Rowing, 2020K Gold, Sky Punch IPA, Brown is the New Black. 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, Brown is the New Black, Sky Punch IPA, Mountains & Mountains, Rowers Keep on Rowing (chocolate cream ale), 2020K Gold (Citra SMASH made with New Mexico-grown barley), ALTernative Medicine, and Liquid Sweater (also in cans) 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: Darth Malt Baltic Porter, Dr. Brownstone, LA’s Finest American Pale Ale, Franchise Series DDH Mosaic NEIPA. Darth Malt is back to coincide with the latest Star Wars. LA’s Finest was brewed up for Bad Boys for Life (yes, we know it’s set in Miami, but whatever, it’s tasty).
Events: Tuesday—Beer with the Brewer, 4-7 p.m.
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.
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, IPA, Amber, Imperial Stout, Whiskey Ginger, Barleywine, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. The most recent additions are the IPA, Whiskey Ginger, and Barleywine.
Live Music: Friday—The Fabulous Martini Tones, 6 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, Royal Redhead Imperial Red. The Royal Redhead is the first new beer we have heard of in a while. Which is still cool.
Events: Sunday—Tobyriffic Karaoke Show, noon-4 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, Terminally Chill Hazy IPA, Einbeck Two Step Doppelbock, Munchner Dunkel, Schwarzbier, Chew and Swallow, Big West DIPA, Pilsner Le Francais. You can still get cans of Big West DIPA, Terminally Chill IPA, Gilded Age Porter, Winter Project Dank, and the GABF silver-medal-winning Acclimated APA. Recent additions on tap include Pilsner Le Francais, Chew and Swallow (Oatmeal Stout), 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.
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: High PA, Dubbel, Thunder from Dortmunder, Imperial Stout (Downtown only), Sympathy for the Pork Chop (Downtown and Heights only), Danke Shorts (Downtown and Heights only), Rye IPA (Downtown and Heights only), Doppelator (Downtown and Westside only), Cerveza Calavera (Heights only), Dry Oaked Stout (Heights and Westside only), Oude Dubbel (Heights and Westside only), Spruce Moose (Westside only), Brett Pale Ale (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 Rye IPA, Sympathy for the Pork Chop, Danke Shorts, a collaboration with Boxing Bear, plus 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—Hicks & Fowler, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—The Bus Tapes, 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: Lush & Aphotic Russian Imperial Stout, Archaic Mosaic IPA, Oralé Mexican Lager. Lush & Aphotic (9% ABV) is a wonderful beer on its own, but be on the lookout for some variants aged with oak and/or special cacao nibs. With the closure of the Silver Taproom, limited amounts of some past beers have made their way back to the main location, with Archaic Mosaic available for a limited time, and Sun Dust Pale Ale will join it on tap Thursday.
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: Ooey Gooey (S’mores) Stout, Altbier, Grapefruit Pale Ale, Amber Ale. Everything on tap is a recent addition, with Amber Ale being the most of recent all that recency. Ooey Gooey is worth the visit, and you can also now buy it in cans. There is a bock 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: The Winchester, Kill or be Kilt, Irish Handcuffs Imperial Stout, Dark Pedro, Peat Smoked Quarter Porter, Laces Out! NEIPA. The most recent additions are Laces Out, 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. This Saturday, Mail Order Russian Imperial Stout is back on tap and for sale in bottles for a limited time.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Wrestle Wars, 6-8 p.m.; Thursday—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: Friday—Royal Hills, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Judy and The Jets, 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: Pub Ale, Autumn Lager, Buster Brown Ale, South Side Pale Ale, Full Steam Ahead, Smoke on the Lager, Proletariat Pale Lager, Scottish Ale, Bear Wheatness, Spring Fever Hazy IPA, Miami Weiss. Lots of recent changes with Spring Fever, Miami Weiss, Proletariat Pale Lager, Scottish Ale, and Bear Wheatness 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, There Gose Them Boyzz, Black Friday Dark American Lager, Zombies in the Manger, Weizenheimer, Nutz N Nibs, Foggy Monocle. The most recent additions are Nutz N Nibs, a chocolate peanut butter porter made in collaboration with Boxing Bear, plus Weizenheimer, Foggy Monocle (oatmeal stout), Spunkles (a vanilla porter), and Zombies in the Manger, a biscochito stout. 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, Mañana Hazy IPA, Steel Bender Cider, The Village Wit; (seasonals/specialties) Blackberry Dynamite, Brickie American Stout, Misfitter Altbier, Sugar and Spice Los Ranchos Cider, Mango Dynamite, Chewie-BOCK-Ahhh; (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 Chewie-BOCK-Ahhh, Mango Dynamite (also in cans), Sugar and Spice Los Ranchos Cider, Misfitter, Brickie (also in cans), and Blackberry Dynamite. 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—Jennifer Westwood and her Handsome Devils, 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 Steel Bender Cider dry hopped with Cascade.
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)—Gilbert Uribe, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Brendangerous, Purpetual, Nicolatron, 7 p.m.; Friday—Zack Freeman, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Saturday Night Riot, 7 p.m.; Tuesday—Folk Festival Jam, 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, 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 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: Blood Orange Cider, Structure Fire Red Rye IPA, Accessory Pale Ale, Pressure Drop DIPA, Dunkelodeon Munich Dunkel, Turkey Drool, Precip IPA, Luna de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout (nitro), Rosé Cider, Cranberry Ginger Cider. The most recent additions include Crew favorites Luna de los Muertos and Turkey Drool, plus Pressure Drop, Dunkelodeon, and Precip IPA.
Live Music (Wells Park): Friday—Kyle Martin, 5 p.m., YC & The Moondance Kids, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Bill Palmer’s Trio, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Friday—David Garcia, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Kirk Matthews, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Four Hills): Friday—The Mumbojumbo Jazz Band, 6 p.m.; Saturday—Snobby Vinyl Night with DJ Bea, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—DJ iLL Audia, 6 p.m.; Saturday—The Whiskey Priest, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Los Lunas): Friday—Boss Hogg, 8 p.m.; Saturday—The Sandstoners, 8 p.m.
Other Events (Westside): Monday—Bridesmaids Trivia, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Wells Park): Tuesday—Wizards Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Weekly Events (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Writing Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Tractor Trivia League Season One, 7 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: Nothing Really Batters Pancake Stout, Bailan Blonde, Mr. Hoover’s Steam, Claymore’s Fuller (Wee Heavy), The Maelstrom IPA, Metal Snake Dry Irish Stout. The most recent additions are Mr. Hoover’s, Claymore’s Fuller, Maelstrom, and Metal Snake. The supply of Bailan and Nothing Really Batters is running low, so get them while you can.
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: Que Pasa, Mentirosa, Putzao Pilsner, Pinche Guey IPA, La Bamba, Jacona, Que Picante, Como Pica, Fuego, Sky Walker Haze, TDH Hallertau Blanc Pilsner, Mexican Hot Cocoa Stout, Darth’s Doppelbock. Well, look at that, a full update from Chili Line! There are a lot of unique beers in the mix, including Que Pasa (dry-hopped ale), Mentirosa (red sour lager), La Bamba (dark smoked lager), Jacona (milk stout), Que Picante (dark red chile lager), Fuego (juniper and honey ale), and Sky Walker (mango milkshake IPA).
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.
Live Music: Thursday—Bill, Jim and Grant, 6 p.m.; Friday—Lively Up Yourself, 9 p.m.
Other 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 Two (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Fields of Rye, Jose (Mojito Gose), Song of Our Own (bottles only), 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 Two are Hail Stan, Body Isn’t Life, Chantal, Colonel Cashmere, 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 Amber, Agua Fria Pilsner, Six Fruit Under, Rod’s Best Bitter, Sloppy Sloth Hazy IPA, Jack Plane Porter, 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, Pivotal IPA, MBV Stout, British Mild, Idaho #7 Pale Ale. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. Recent additions include Idaho #7, Pivotal IPA, MBV Stout, British Mild, Festivus Ale, Anniversary Ale, Imperial Stout, 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. You can also find a special single-barrel variety in bottles at Jubilation.
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: Friday—Nosotros with Los Metamorfos, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday—First Sunday Beer Bash with DJ Pygar and DJ BlackDeath, 4 p.m.
Other breweries you need to visit
Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381
(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Hoppenheimer IPA, Little Bird Blonde, Stouty McStoutface, Cali Common, Precious Pale Ale, Mexi Lager, Titterton’s Ale. We are now getting regular updates again from Los Alamos, where the tasty beers are flowing. Hoppenheimer is always on tap, while the rest tend to rotate. The most recent additions are Precious Pale Ale, Mexi Lager, and Titterton’s Ale.
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—Pint & a Half, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Electric Swamp Poets, 8 p.m.; Tuesday—Hans Gruber and the Die Hards, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Las Cruces): Friday—Clementine was Right, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Pint & a Half, 8 p.m.
Weekly 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: Saturday—Roxie Randle, 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—Sloan Armitage, 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, Snuffy’s Double, Monticello Green Chile Amber, Nebula Nectar DIPA, Buena Vista Lager. If you have to make one stop between ABQ and Las Cruces, this is it. The most recent additions are Buena Vista, Nebula Nectar, Monticello, and Snuffy’s Double. 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), Whiskey Barrel-Aged Palomas Porter, and bottles only of 2018 Truth Serum and 2018 Whiskey Barrel-Aged Truth Serum.
Live Music: Thursday—The Booze Bombs with CW Ayon, 8 p.m.; Tuesday—Starstruck AC/DC, 6 p.m.
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