The Week Ahead in Beer: Welcoming the annual return of the darkest brews

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We are still recovering from a wild long weekend in Denver, and Red River in the case of one of our staff, but the beer news is building up, so this is just the first of what could be many stories this week and in the weeks ahead. But, focusing on the purpose of this weekly roundup, we are starting to notice that the big stouts and porters are beginning to pop up on tap and even in cans. While the weather has bounced back from last week’s only-during-the-Balloon-Fiesta debacle, we have truly descended into the darker, colder months, and now the beers will match the season that we call our favorite. Enjoy a little darkness in your glass in the coming months. You know we will!

New Draft:

Bombs Away released Hazy Chain V.15 DIPA earlier this week, hopped with Warrior, Mosaic, and Sabro. Nexus goes big with the return of Lush Imperial Stout on Thursday. Sobremesa also goes big with Dos Años, a barrel-aged Baltic porter. Starr Brothers brings back a fan favorite with Brown Chicken Brown Cow. Thirsty Eye will tap another small batch of Odin’s Monocle, a version of their Odin’s Eye sahti beer infused with Old Barrel Tea Company’s vanilla lavenderberry tea blend, this Friday. (UPDATES) Canteen added Roscoe Hazy IPA. Ex Novo tapped Do You Bee-lieve in Life After Lava? a honey lavender kolsch. Marble added Eastside IPA. Sidetrack embraces the darkness with Railyard Reaper Stout.

Up in Santa Fe, Tumbleroot tapped its Festbier. Further north, Red River Brewing brought back Tucker-Bräu Marzen. Down south, Truth or Consequences Brewing will resurrect its Monticello Green Chile Amber on Thursday.

New Package:

Bow & Arrow will release Proper Fall Beer, an oatmeal stout with pumpkin pie spices and cacao nibs, in cans and on draft this Friday. Ex Novo got Unstuck in Time with its new hazy IPA in cans and on draft. La Cumbre will release Secret Life of Sasquatch in cans on Friday, and the secret is out that it’s a hazy DIPA. ReSource is daring everyone to try a new beer in bottles only called LRRH, but they are not providing a description (yet). (Reader Andrew Carbajal has probably correctly guessed that it is Little Red Riding Hop, an imperial red.) Rio Bravo rolled out cans of Lumberjack Flapjack, a maple brown ale. (UPDATE) Ex Novo also put its Gare Bears DIPA in cans. Gravity Bound canned a new DIPA, Adios Cowboy. La Cumbre did roll out fresh cans and draft of Gilded Age Porter today (Wednesday).

Notable Events:

Friday-Sunday — Canteen is again hosting the Bike and Bike Part Drive for Esperanza Bicycle Safety Education Center. Just bring in some bike parts or even a full bicycle to donate, and receive either $1 off a pint for every part (just respect the three-beer limit), or if you bring in a bike, Canteen will buy you a beer.

Friday — The pre-Halloween edition of Goth Night & Dark Market starts at 8 p.m. at Tractor Wells Park.

Saturday — Head back to Tractor Wells Park at 8 p.m. for Make a Date: Power Point Night, with the details of this unique event available on the brewery’s Facebook page.

Dogtoberfest is back at all Boxing Bear locations. Check social media for details on what’s happening at each taproom.

Sunday — The All Sick Drag Brunch takes over Red Door’s downtown taproom at 11 a.m.

Rowley Farmhouse Ales is holding another Pulls for Pups event starting at 11:30 a.m., this time with Tractor beers doing the takeover to benefit Assistance Dogs of the West.

Marble will host the Passing the Torch Festival, featuring multiple local bands, at the downtown taproom starting at 2 p.m.

Monday — Canteen will host the Dash and Drink for Pink, a fundraiser to benefit Pink Warrior House. For $15, you get a 20-minute out-and-back run/walk, a donation to the charity, and a pint of beer. Register at 5:30 p.m., and the event starts at 6 p.m.

Quick News Bits:

Vision City Brewstillery is now open inside the International Indoor Soccer facility at 1311 Cuesta Arriba Ct NE. We are working on a preview story.

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Boese Brothers Brewery 

Bombs Away Beer Company — Featured seasonal: Keep It Simple Stout (4% ABV, 45 IBU), a dry stout served on a CO2/nitrogen blend.

Bosque Brewing Company — Featured seasonal: Little Tipper IPA (6.2% ABV, 45 IBU), a sessionable version of the popular Scale Tipper.

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.

B2B Garden Brewery 

Canteen Brewhouse — Featured seasonal: Oktoberfest (5.4% ABV, 22 IBU) 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: Threat Level Turquoise (6.8% ABV), a 2021 medal winner at GABF, is on tap and in cans.

Flix Brewhouse  — Featured seasonal: FlixBrühaus, their version of an Oktoberfest.

Gravity Bound Brewing — Featured seasonal: Jacinda (7% ABV), a hazy IPA brewed with four New Zealand hops, Riwaka, Pacific Sunrise, Nelson Sauvin, and Motueka.

Harmon Lane Brewing at Southwest Grape and Grain — Featured seasonal: R.I.P … A (6.1% ABV, 70 IBU), a red rye IPA brewed for the season.

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: 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.

Kilt Check Brewing 

La Cumbre Brewing — Featured seasonal: Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Excellence (7% ABV, 70 IBU), a collaboration IPA between LC and Colorado’s Cannonball Creek and Comrade.

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: 007 Strong Scotch (10.4% ABV, 30 IBU), this one hits you like a claymore, albeit made of lots of malts.

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: Under the Mango Tree, a mango American-style ale, which you can also get as “Mangon,” a beer cocktail.

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: There’s Something About That Blonde, a tart-cherry blonde ale made for people who just can’t let go of summer.

The 377 Brewery

Tractor Brewing Company — Featured seasonal: Javi Pre-Prohibition Lager (4.9% ABV, 23 IBU), a special beer brewed in the memory of Javier “Javi” Garcia, a friend of the brewery who tragically lost his life in a bicycle accident.

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: Owl Peak Blue Corn Lager (5.4% ABV, 14 IBU), a collaboration lager with Owl Peak Farm in La Madera.

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: Oktoberfest, brewed with all-German malts and Tettnang hops.

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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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