The Week Ahead in Beer: The day of a thousand events is this Saturday

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You might think we are joking with that headline. We can assure you that we are not. This Saturday is downright bonkers in terms of events, both at breweries and other places, with eight rather notable happenings. In other words, good luck picking one. Or two. Or maybe three, but at that point, you best have a designated driver or be able to find the last remaining Uber/Lyft driver(s) in town. Oh, and beyond all that, there are of course lots of new beers, including even more Oktoberfest lagers. Tis the season!

New Draft:

Bombs Away will tap its Oktoberfest on Thursday. Boxing Bear tapped Lockjaw Mountain IPA. Canteen has fresh batches of Cabana Mexican Lager and Mango Passion Fruit Wheat. La Cumbre added Bitter Pill, a special bitter ale. Lizard Tail tapped its Oktoberfest. Marble brought back its traditional Pumpkin Ale. ReSource got fresh with La Capilla Wet Hop Pale Ale, and also rolled out another new Severe Memory Leak Sour, this one with blueberry basil. Rio Bravo tapped its Oktoberfest. Sobremesa, surprise, tapped its Oktoberfest. Thirsty Eye will have a single keg of Odin’s Monocle, a tea-infused version of their Odin’s Eye, this Friday. Tractor will tap Traktoberfest this Friday. (UPDATE) Marble brings back Tea IPA.

Up in Santa Fe, Hidden Mountain will tap El Rey Tributo Especial, a dark Mexican-style lager, this Friday. Rowley Farmhouse Ales tapped Sepia Effect, a Vienna lager, back during its anniversary party last weekend. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row added Ctrl-Alt-Repeat, an altbier. Down south, Truth or Consequences Brewing will tap Margarita Sour on Thursday.

New Package:

Bosque brings back an original in cans for the first time, as Olde Bosky (American Porter) will be available at all locations this Friday. La Cumbre will roll out cans and draft of Playhouse Wet Hopped IPA on Friday.

Notable Events:

Today (Wednesday) — Poetry & Beer returns to Tractor Wells Park at 7 p.m., featuring Albuquerque poet laureate Anna Martinez.

Friday — Goth Night & Dark Market is back at Tractor Wells Park at 8 p.m.

Saturday — Deep breath, here we go …

Join 11 local breweries at Ullr Fest from noon to 5 p.m. on Pajarito Mountain above Los Alamos. We will have a full preview, with beer lists, later this week.

The Craftroom is celebrating its sixth anniversary from 3 to 9 p.m. There will be music from Adobe Disco, multiple vendors, and a “plant swap.” See their social media pages for more info.

Quarter Celtic is hosting Celtoberfest with a special food menu at both locations all day. They will debut a German Amber Lager, and have guest taps of Steel Bender’s Oktoberfiesta and Santa Fe’s Oktoberfest.

The annual Hatch Green Chile Roast is back at Canteen from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but you have to register by noon on Thursday.

The Second Saturday Art Hop returns to Truth or Consequences all day, with music, art, games, and more. Check the brewery’s social media pages for more info.

Rio Bravo is hosting a State Fair Food Takeover Saturday and Sunday, with special fair-themed food items on the menu for all to enjoy. Check their social media for the full menu.

The Better Call SAR (Search and Rescue) Brewfest takes over Marble downtown all day, with live music on the stage, the release of Better Call SAR (light lager), and it all raises money for Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council.

Finally, head back to Tractor Wells Park for Hops & Dreams: Stranger Things Edition with the Desert Darlings at 8 p.m.

Quick News Bits:

The Icebox Brewing taproom is now open in Hatch, Thursday through Sunday. It is located at 119 E. Hall Street.

Boxing Bear is looking for more beertenders to join the staff. Check their social media for more info.

(UPDATE) The Corral at Ex Novo will close early at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Boese Brothers Brewery 

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.

B2B Garden Brewery 

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.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill 

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.

Enchanted Circle Brewing Taproom 

Ex Novo Brewing — Featured seasonal: German Overalls (5.8% ABV), the annual Oktoberfest lager release is out on draft, so grab the last of the cans while you still, um, can.

Flix Brewhouse 

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.

JUNO Brewery

Kaktus Brewing — Featured seasonal: C-Thru Stout, because anyone releasing a stout in the summer gets our seal of approval.

Kilt Check Brewing 

La Cumbre Brewing — Featured seasonal: Thunderbolts & Lightning (4.6% ABV, 40 IBU), a Bohemian pilsner that will totally make you start singing that certain song. You know the one.

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.

Lava Rock Brewing 

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. The stock is very low, so get it now!

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.

The 377 Brewery

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.

Turquoise Trail Brewing 

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.

Little Toad Creek Brewing and Distilling 

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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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

Keep supporting local!

— Stoutmeister

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