The Week Ahead in Beer: Canning classics and bringing back old favorites

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As one might expect, this week is a lot lighter in terms of big events (though there are a few to check out below), so we will start with the new beers coming out in cans. Well, they are new in that they were just canned, but in a few notable examples this week, they are some returning annual seasonals. La Cumbre brings back a fall favorite (you can probably guess). Bosque brings back one of its most important annual charitable beers. Red Door is planning on bringing back one of its seasonals with an epic name and great flavor. Oh, and for the first time, Second Street is canning one of its longest-tenured beers. Check it all out below, and get to restocking your beer fridges!

New Draft:

Bosque got all stealthy and tried to sneak a new batch of Scale Tipper IPA past us all, but we spotted it. Gravity Bound recently tapped Jacinda, a hazy IPA made with all New Zealand hops. La Cumbre recently brought back its brown ale, Hell Froze Over. Marble added Wet Comet Pale Ale, using fresh hops from Montrose, Colorado. Turtle Mountain tapped Zeus Effect (Session IPA), a collaboration with Victor’s Home Brew made with fresh Zeus hops from La Capilla, and on top of that, $1 from every pint will go to the NM Special Olympics. (UPDATES) Bombs Away brings back Independence Amber. Brew Lab 101 brought out its Labtoberfest a week before its planned Oktoberfest celebration. Ex Novo added Dance Like Everyone is Watching, a sour IPA. Gravity Bound tapped Gossip Column, a juicy hazy IPA. Sidetrack added Rational Haze IPA.

Up in Santa Fe, Beer Creek brings back Marzen Law on Friday. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row tapped its Ullr Fest Sahti and okTUBerfest. Down south, Truth or Consequences Brewing will tap its Oktoberfest on Thursday. (UPDATE) Hidden Mountain will tap Oktoberfiesta on Friday.

New Package:

Bosque will have its Spacelion IPA cans back this Saturday, with a big event down in Las Cruces (see below). Bow & Arrow rolls out the new Check Out Chaco, a Czech-style lager, in cans and on draft this Friday. Harmon Lane will debut the latest entry in its State 47 Lager series, Fall APL, in cans and on draft this Thursday. La Cumbre brings back the fall edition of Project Dank IPA in cans and on draft this Friday. Red Door will soon have cans and draft of Prost Malone (Oktoberfest Lager) back in stock. Second Street went ahead and finally canned its House IPA for the first time. (UPDATES) Boxing Bear brought back Murkules Hazy DIPA in cans and on draft. Rio Bravo released cans and draft of its Oktoberfest.

Notable Events:

Thursday — M’tucci’s and Ex Novo are teaming up for a beer dinner at the restaurant along I-25. It’s a four-course meal (plus salad and dessert) with beer pairings all along the way. The cost is $75 per person, and you’ll need reservations, so call (505) 554-2660.

Saturday — The annual RescueFest is back at Second Street Rufina from noon to 9 p.m. The event supports Atalaya Search and Rescue, featuring live music, raffles with prizes, and more. Follow this link for more details, including how you can donate even if you can’t make the event.

Drag Queen Bingo takes over the patio at Canteen from 1 to 3 p.m., benefiting Black Cat Cultural Enterprises.

Bosque is hosting Spacelion Fest at the Telshor Public House in Las Cruces from 4 to 8 p.m. It celebrates the life of James Narvaez, while raising awareness and funds for suicide prevention. There will be the debut of the aforementioned Spacelion IPA, special merchandise, and live music.

The Monthly Comedy Night returns to Turtle Mountain (original location) at 7 p.m., with no cover for a night of laughs and beers.

Up in Farmington, Bow & Arrow’s Rambler Taproom is celebrating its first anniversary all day (noon to 10 p.m.) with live music, a food truck, the aforementioned beer release, a virtual brewery tour, and a chance to meet head brewer Kevin Davis.

Sunday — The World Music & Food Fest takes over the patio at Marble downtown starting at 1 p.m. and running until 7. The music lineup includes Los Chakis, YC & The Moondance Kids, Concepto Tambor, The Irie, and Hillary Smith & Chillhouse. The food will be courtesy of La Rosa Yakitori, Crème de la Crème, and Tikka Spice.

Quick News Bits:

Public House, the new Nob Hill wine bar from High and Dry, will hold its grand opening Saturday.

Did we mention it’s a slow news week? Yeah, it’s a slow news week.

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, but the supply is close to running out.

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: Tango Verde (5.9% ABV), a mango/coconut/green tea sour, which just reads as straight bonkers, but it’s GB, so it’s probably great.

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: Rayon Slacks (7.3% ABV, 60 IBU), a single-hop IPA with Mosaic, and one amusing name.

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: Hibiscus White IPA is still available on draft for a limited time.

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: Por Mi Vida, a key lime Mexican lager, will keep summer going even longer.

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: Cacao Fuego, a chocolate-and-green-chile stout, will keep you warm even as the mountain nights grow colder.

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.

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— Stoutmeister

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