Remember all those random group dinners, oftentimes with plates of Italian food, held when you were a kid? The ones your parents dragged you to because they were designed to help a specific charity or organization, raise money for a sports team, or maybe to assist a local family in need. Well, Canteen Brewhouse remembers, and the staff there is organizing the Old School Spaghetti Dinner this Friday at the main location, with an assist from Top Golf. It is once again to benefit the family of staff member Mike Thrall, whose cancer treatments are ongoing. The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., and participants will get a plate of spaghetti, with bread, a salad, and a beer (or root beer) for just $15. Seriously, beer and spaghetti is a highly underrated pairing compared to, say, beer and pizza. Plus, you can get Enthrall IPA, which is named after Mike. His face is even on the can labels!
B2B Garden Brewery tapped its Oktoberfest lager. Canteen added more Grapefruit IPA. Downshift has Helles and Oktoberfest lagers on tap now at Outpost 1706 in Old Town. Kaktus tapped Cold Gold IPL, Wet Hop Harvest Ale, and Oktoberfest. Marble gets a little weird with 24 Carrot Saison. Sidetrack added a small amount of Oak-toberfest, a marzen aged in an oak barrel, over the weekend. Starr Brothers brings back Therewolf (Oktoberfest) and Red on the Head (Scottish Ale), plus La Vida Nebulosa (Hazy IPA) is now available. Steel Bender will have Blue Bullet Stout back on the nitro tap this Thursday. (UPDATE) Marble shines a light in the darkness with Blonde Stout.
Up in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row tapped Jemez Hazy IPA.
Bosque will release Duran’s Ochenta Golden Ale on draft and in cans this Friday, a special collaboration in honor of Duran Central Pharmacy’s 80th anniversary. Bow & Arrow will release Mama Always Said I Was Born on the Wild Side, a new hazy IPA, this Friday in cans and on draft. Boxing Bear levels up with Boss Fight IPA in cans and on draft this Friday, plus OktoBEARfest will release the same day. Ex Novo just brought back She Sells Seashelles (Helles) in cans and on draft. ReSource will release Little Red Riding Hop (Imperial Red) in bottles before it goes on draft, plus the bottles-only Schifano Strawberry Rhubarb Blonde is available for a limited time. (UPDATES) Ex Novo also canned a fresh batch of its award-winning Threat Level: Turquoise IPA. As we noted last week, Red Door’s Prost Malone is returning, and now we know it’s out in cans and on draft this Friday.
Today (Wednesday) — Bosque Nob Hill will host Trivia for a Cause: Hocus Pocus from 6 to 9 p.m. Check their social media for info on how to register your team for $25. The winner chooses the charity (or charities) that will benefit from the evening’s fun.
Friday — Gin & Jazz is back at Tractor Wells Park starting at 5 p.m. Bob Gusch and the Bobcats will perform first, followed by Mumbojumbo Jazz.
Saturday — It’s a day of Oktoberfest celebrations around the state, and we are aiming to have more info on these in a separate article later this week.
The Oktoberfest at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos, hosted by Boese Brothers, actually starts Friday at 5 p.m. (concert tickets are $10), and then continues Saturday at 2 p.m. (concert and beerfest tickets are $25). There will be multiple bands, plenty of food, and beers from the hosts, neighboring Bathtub Row, plus Santa Fe Brewing, Sidetrack, and Tractor.
The SeptemBEER Fest will take over Milton’s Brewing in Carlsbad from 11 to 10 p.m. General admission tickets are $5.
Downshift Brewing in Ruidoso is hosting an Oktoberfest in midtown from noon to 11 p.m., with live music, food, games, and more. Tickets start at $20.
Sierra Blanca’s annual Oktoberfest will be held in the beer garden from 2 to 7 p.m. There will be food, music, and more, with tickets available for $15.
The Rio Rancho Oktoberfest returns in the shopping plaza outside Brew Lab 101 from 2 to 9 p.m. Tickets are just $5 for adults (kids get in for free), and in addition to Brew Lab, there will also be beers from neighboring Turtle Mountain, plus Tractor and Canteen.
Go to the websites and/or social media pages of any of the organizing breweries for these events to purchase your tickets.
Sunday — Get started on your holiday shopping early at the Desert Fall Market at Bow & Arrow from noon to 5 p.m., featuring multiple local vendors.
Quick News Bits:
Ex Novo’s new food truck (as in, they own it) Sandos & Sandias is now operational outside the brewery. The menu can be found here. It will be open Monday through Friday from noon to 8 p.m.
Icebox’s new Hatch taproom will be closed for a while so they can finish construction on things like a full kitchen.
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: Scale Tipper IPA (7.6% ABV, 90 IBU), the hopppy seasonal favorite is back on draft at most taprooms.
Bow & Arrow Brewing — Featured seasonal: Oktoberfest (5.2% ABV) was the favorite of all the Oktoberfests sold at Marblefest, according to several friends of the Crew, and it’s still available in cans in addition to being 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 out on draft, so grab the last of the cans while you still, um, can.
Flix Brewhouse — Featured seasonal: FlixBrühaus, their version of an Oktoberfest.
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.
Kaktus Brewing — Featured seasonal: Helles Lager, which is pretty much the closest beer they have to being a year-round offering, because the regulars in Bernalillo demand it all the time.
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.
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: Medusa Fresh Hop Pale Ale (6% ABV, 52 IBU) was made with freshly picked hops from Billy Goat Hop Farm in Montrose, Colorado. As one might expect, the supply is very limited.
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: Who’s Brett? IPA (5.65% ABV, 50 IBU), a traditional IPA spiked with Brettanomyces to enhance the hoppy flavor.
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: 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.
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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