Anyone out there need a three-day weekend? We are going to guess that “yes” is the automatic answer from just about everyone. Well, the good news is more Oktoberfest beers are arriving, and more fresh-hop beers are starting to make their way to taps. We have long said that this is one of our favorite times of the year, beer-wise, and the breweries are coming through left and right.
Oh, and a massive, massive thank you to all of you who donated to our GoFundMe to help us afford our upcoming trip to Denver to cover the 40th anniversary edition of the Great American Beer Festival. We are fully funded, and then some, so Erin is already brainstorming some ways that we can say thank you to everyone. Stay tuned!
Bosque’s Oktoberfest is now on draft at all locations. Differential tapped a small batch of Soursop Gose. Flix Brewhouse gets into the season with Thursday’s release of FlixBrühaus (Oktoberfest Lager). Kaktus has a fresh batch of Paleontology Pale Ale. La Cumbre tapped Talus Weiss (American Wheat) and Luminosity Hazy IPA, with cans of the latter coming soon. La Reforma has the first beer from new head brewer James Warren, El Novato, a West Coast-style IPA. Quarter Celtic just tapped Summer Bock. ReSource tapped a new Severe Memory Leak Sour, this one made with boysenberry, watermelon, and almond. Sidetrack just added Medusa Fresh Hop Pale Ale, Buzz Bomb returned last weekend, and Oktoberfest will be tapped on Friday. Turtle Mountain tapped Oktürtlefest. (UPDATES) Bombs Away released Initiator Light Lager and Keep It Simple Stout. Lizard Tail added a new Kolsch. Marble tapped All for tha Chinooky, a strong pale ale. ReSource already has a new version of its Severe Memory Leak Sour, this time with blood orange. Tractor rolled out Thai Basil Mint Cider.
(UPDATE) Up in Santa Fe, Beer Creek tapped End of Summer American Wheat Ale. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row added Patio Hopped Pale, which is exactly what the name suggests, a pale ale brewed with the hops grown on the patio. Further north, Red River Brewing tapped Cacao Fuego, an oatmeal stout with green chile and chocolate.
Bow & Arrow’s Oktoberfest, a big hit among our friends at Marblefest last weekend, will arrive in cans and on draft this Friday. Harmon Lane will release its new Oktoberfest-ivus in cans and on draft this Thursday, plus cans of R.I.P. … A (Red Rye IPA) are now available. Second Street will have its award-winning Oktoberfest in cans by the end of the week. (UPDATES) Canteen released six-packs of Enthrall IPA on Friday, benefiting staff member Mike Thrall in his fight against cancer. Ex Novo released cans and draft of Phantaztic (Hazy IPA). Gravity Bound brings back its German-style pilsner, On the Run, in cans and on draft, and adds Nightly Rituals, a dark Mexican lager, also in cans and on draft. Rowley Farmhouse Ales will roll out four versions of its Grandissant (Mixed Fermentation Saison) bottles for its Sunday anniversary.
Friday — ABQ Artwalk returns to the downtown area, so check the social media pages for Boese Brothers, Red Door, and Sidetrack to see what they each have planned.
That also means it’s the return of the First Fridays Comedy Contest at Tractor Wells Park at 8 p.m.
Saturday — Tractor Wells Park will host Drag Queen Bingo: Broadway Edition at 7 p.m.
Sunday — The Six-Pack Running Series returns to Canteen at 11 a.m.
Rowley Farmhouse Ales will celebrate its 6-Year Anniversary Party beginning at 11:30 a.m. We are aiming for a full preview of the festivities later this week.
Quick News Bits:
In a surprise, Guadalupe Mountain Brewing in Carlsbad is now for sale, per a post on its Facebook page. If you have the money and a hankering to own a brewpub down south, check it out.
Speaking of out-of-town breweries, Callahan West Brewery in Mosquero has new owners, who have rebranded it as Dawson Rail Brewery. One of these days we will get out there to check it out in person!
The small brewer licenses are now active for Echoes (on Gold between Third and Fourth Streets) and Unhinged Brewing (98th and Central), but there is no word yet on when they will fully open.
Albuquerque metro area breweries
Bombs Away Beer Company — Featured seasonal: Hazy Chain DIPA V.14 (7% ABV, 100+ IBU), made with Ariana, Kohatu, and Talus hops.
Bosque Brewing Company — Featured seasonal: Oh Hey, Pinyon Jay! (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), a prickly pear juniper wheat ale, made in collaboration with The Drinking Horn Meadery and Audubon Central Flyway to raise awareness of the Pinyon Jay and its habitat in New Mexico. Available on draft and in cans.
Bow & Arrow Brewing — Featured seasonal: Desert Modern (6.7% ABV), an IPA made with New Zealand hops, available in cans and on draft.
Boxing Bear Brewing Company — Featured seasonal: Bear Knuckle IPA (7.7% ABV, 80 IBU), the four-time winner of the NM IPA Challenge is back on tap and in cans.
Brew Lab 101 Beer & Cider Company — Featured seasonal: Kiwi-Mango GoGo (5.7% ABV, 8 IBU), a fruited gose, as you might have guessed.
Canteen Brewhouse — Featured seasonal: Oktoberfest is tasting mighty good this year, and you can take it home in six-pack cans, too.
Casa Vieja Brewery — Featured seasonal: Sharpe Dressed Man Chocolate Vanilla Stout is like two desserts in one.
Differential Brewing — Featured seasonal: Red Corn Rye Lager (4.8% ABV, 16 IBU) is a summer lager with a nice rye bite to it.
Downshift Brewing at Outpost 1706 — Featured seasonal: Gratitude Session IPA (4.2% ABV, 40 IBU), brewed to support local charities, right now $1 from every pint sold goes to the Shelter Fund of the Community Foundation of Lincoln County.
Ex Novo Brewing — Featured seasonal: German Overalls (5.8% ABV), the annual Oktoberfest lager release is back in cans and on tap for a limited time.
Gravity Bound Brewing — Featured seasonal: Corner Stand, a strawberry lemon basil gose that’s perfect for all of you fruited-sour lovers out there.
Harmon Lane Brewing at Southwest Grape and Grain — Featured seasonal: Ginger Beer (5% ABV), a Moscow mule-style brew, made with real ginger and back sweetened with brown sugar and lime juice.
High and Dry Brewing — Featured seasonal: Crack in the Iceberg (6.9% ABV, 50 IBU), an IPA featuring Michigan-grown hops.
Hops Brewery — Featured seasonal: Killer Bee Pale Ale (6.3% ABV, 23 IBU), this beer is made with actual honey from killer bee hives in Southern New Mexico.
Kaktus Brewing — Featured seasonal: C-Thru Stout, because anyone releasing a stout in the summer gets our seal of approval.
La Cumbre Brewing — Featured seasonal: Lake Day Hazy DIPA (8.7% ABV), now available on draft and in cans.
La Reforma Brewery — Featured seasonal: Miss Mari’s Snappy Pils, so named because it has a nice bite to it from the Citra, Lemon Drop, and Saphir hop bill.
Late Shift Lager House at The Craftroom — Featured seasonal: Hop Villain (6.8% ABV, 102 IBU), a beastly IPA that is a change of sorts from the lager-dominated lineup.
Lizard Tail Brewing — Featured seasonal: Ginger Mead is still on tap even after the recent National Mead Day, so that counts for something.
Marble Brewery — Featured seasonal: Brett Tripel (10% ABV), aged in red and white wine barrels, this is one big beast of a beer on draft only. Click on the different taprooms in the menu for the updated beer lists for each location.
Nexus Brewery — Featured seasonal: New Mexico Snow Storm IPA (7.2% ABV, 36 IBU), the runner-up at the 2021 New Mexico IPA Challenge had another strong finish at the 2022 NMIPAC, coming in fourth.
Palmer Brewery and Cider House — Featured seasonal: 2 Robs Make a Rita, an annual collaboration with Starr Brothers Brewing.
Ponderosa Brewing Co. — Featured seasonal: Italian Pilsner, the winner of back-to-back gold medals at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival and the 2022 World Beer Cup, is available on draft and in cans.
Quarter Celtic Brewpub— Featured seasonal: Becca’s Blend, a spunky little red rye IPA.
Red Door Brewing — Featured seasonal: Mic Czech Pilsner (4.5% ABV, 30 IBU), at this point is almost a year-round beer, but we will still count it here, and you can take it home in cans in addition to enjoying it on draft downtown or in Clovis.
ReSource Brewing — Featured seasonal: Summer of Equality Stout, a lower ABV version of their popular house stout.
Rio Bravo Brewing — Featured seasonal: Vienna Waits (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), a delightful amber lager.
Rumor Brewing (formerly Ale Republic) — Featured seasonal: Love (4.4% ABV, 12 IBU), a smoothie sour with sweet and tart cherries.
Sidetrack Brewing — Featured seasonal: Lively Lager (5.4% ABV), a sweet, light lager that just hits perfectly in the waning days of summer.
Sobremesa — Featured seasonal: Berliner Weiss, the traditional German sour is now available. Order it “mit schuss” and you will get a shot of strawberry puree added to the beer.
Starr Brothers Brewing — Featured seasonal: Herban Cowboy Hazy IPA, a collaboration with Boxing Bear that is just a wee bit dank.
Steel Bender Brewyard — Featured seasonal: Mother-in-Law of Dragons (6.2% ABV, 40 IBU), an experimental hazy IPA brewed with Styrian Dragon hops (naturally) and the Cosmic Punch yeast strain.
Thirsty Eye Brewing — Featured seasonal: Dude. Dude? Dude! is a hazy IPA that took home the gold medal in the all-local competition held prior to the Great New Mexico Beer Festival back in June.
Tractor Brewing Company — Featured seasonal: The Dune DIPA just makes us wish they would hurry up and release part two of the latest movie adaptation of Dune. It was also Tractor’s NMIPAC entry.
Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — Featured seasonal: Koi No Yokan (4.55% ABV, 27 IBU), a Japanese rice lager brewed with Sorachi Ace hops.
Santa Fe breweries
Beer Creek Brewing — Featured seasonal: Get to Da Hoppa is an IPA brewed entirely with New Mexico-grown hops and barley. Available in cans and on draft. If you buy the cans and go home, you must immediately watch Predator.
Chile Line Brewing — Featured seasonal: A Huevo (5% ABV, 20 IBU) is a Yerba Matte-inspired beer.
Hidden Mountain Brewing (formerly Blue Corn Brewery) — Featured seasonal: Pepino Lager, made with cucumber and lime, is a perfect pairing with the food menu.
Rowley Farmhouse Ales — Featured seasonal: Chantal (8.5% ABV, 30 IBU), this French-style saison was brewed in honor of a friend of the brewery who passed away after a battle with cancer. Available in cans and on draft.
Santa Fe Brewing Company — Featured seasonal: Oktoberfest is back in cans and on draft, and we have no problem with this having arrived in July. If Samuel Adams can do it, so can SFBC.
Second Street Brewery — Featured seasonal: Boondock Skye (4.8% ABV, 35 IBU) is one of two session IPAs on tap right now, so grab some and compare it to Porch Season to see which is better.
Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery — Featured seasonal: White Rabbit Wit, the first in a series of new witbiers.
Other breweries you need to visit
Bathtub Row Brewing — Featured seasonal: Til Death Do Us Tart, which was brewed for Emma and Nate’s wedding back in July.
Red River Brewing and Distilling — Featured seasonal: Angry Bear Blonde, a double-strength blonde ale, goes great after hiking in the mountains.
Sierra Blanca Brewing — Featured seasonal: Peanut Butter Porter, because let’s face it, there aren’t many NM breweries using peanut butter in their beers, but it’s still a very popular adjunct.
Truth or Consequences Brewing — Featured seasonal: Masquerade Dark Cherry Saison (6% ABV, 19 IBU), as the brewery wrote, “This ruby red French-Belgian ale is mysterious and elegant, evocative of spiced wine and holiday cakes.”
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