The Week Ahead in Beer: A milestone anniversary calls for celebration

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One of the first under-construction breweries that the Crew visited in our first year of existence was the Bosque Brewing on San Mateo back in the fall of 2012. Well, since we turned 10 in January, it’s Bosque’s turn to reach the decade club, so naturally they will be throwing an anniversary party. Bosque North will be the site of the celebration on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. Music will be provided by DJ Wild Wes, Naaman Smith, Big Sad, and Sweet Roll. Vendors on hand will include 505 Resin Works, Silver Rockit Jewelry, Woodworth & Co, Leon’s Looks, BeHempful, and more. El Taco Loko and Nomad’s BBQ will be parked outside, and there will be a limited menu of appetizers from the kitchen. There will even be a limited amount of birthday cake available. Oh, and of course, plenty of beers, including this year’s version of Acequia Wet Hop IPA. Happy anniversary, Bosque!

New Draft:

Boese Brothers recently tapped Double Dead Red, Oktoberfest, and Barrel-Aged Spiced Stout, which was aged for a year in bourbon barrels and then finished with pumpkin spices. Brew Lab 101 is getting in the spooky spirit early with Monster Mash Hazy IPA, made with BooBerry, Frankenberry, and Count Chocula cereals. Canteen tapped Pond Hopper, an English ale that is a collaboration with Malteurop malts, and Strawberry Basil Gose. Gravity Bound just tapped its first brown ale, High Jinx. Flix and Steel Bender unveiled their dark lager collaboration, Authentic Frontier Gibberish. La Cumbre tapped a Vienna Lager, Naturtrüb (Zwickel Bier), and Witchisit (Pumpkin Ale). ReSource brought back its Mexican Lager. Sidetrack added Mighty Monarch IPA. Sobremesa tapped Chronically Juicy Galaxy. (UPDATES) Bombs Away released a new Operation Single Hop featuring Zappa, and K98 Kolsch. Casa Vieja tapped Hefe-fluffen. Downshift added Homage, a new kolsch. ReSource tapped the new Punkelweizen, a pumpkin dunkelweizen. Rumor rolled out S’more Stout.

Up in Santa Fe, Second Street has a fresh batch of XX ESB on tap at Rufina. Down south, Truth or Consequences Brewing will tap Wicked Wee Heavy on Thursday. (UPDATE) Hidden Mountain brings back one of its finest specialty beers, Whiteout Stout.

New Package:

Bow & Arrow is rolling out a new bottled specialty, Funksloth, a foeder-aged farmhouse ale Ex Novo brings back the ultimate session beer, Where the Mild Things Are, in cans and on draft. Gravity Bound will roll out Travel by Night, a Czech dark lager, on Thursday, and S’more Over, a coconut s’more coffee sour, on Friday in cans and on draft. (UPDATES) Boxing Bear released cans and draft of Coffee Red Knuckle Irish Red. Second Street will release Absolute Magnitude Cold IPA at the Interplanetary Fest this weekend in Santa Fe, followed by cans and draft at both taprooms on Monday.

Notable Events:

Saturday — Brew Lab 101 will host the sixth annual St. Felix Pantry Toy Drive starting at 11 a.m. Bring in unwrapped toys for donation, enjoy live music from Chris Raven, and children receive gift bags.

The Wells Park Makers Market & Bar Hop will run from 1 to 6 p.m., with vendors set up outside Bow & Arrow, Hollow Spirits, JUNO, Tractor, and Voodoo Girl. It’s free to attend.

Rumor Brewing is hosting its Fall Festival from 3 to 7 p.m., with live music, autumn-themed activities, and more.

Thirsty Eye is bringing together eight local bands to pay tribute to singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams beginning at 8 p.m.

Sunday — The Mutt Masquerade is back at Marble downtown, with registration from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by the event that runs until 4. Deck out your best friends in their finest Halloween costumes and compete for prizes. For each pint of beer sold during the event, $1 goes to Watermelon Mountain Ranch.

Quick News Bits:

Ex Novo will be closing The Corral all day Saturday for a private wedding celebration.

The Re-Imagine Harvard Drive Pop-up Event is this Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and you can get a sneak preview, of sorts, of the forthcoming Flock of Moons Brewing when you visit their booth at 111 Harvard SE from 3 to 5 on Friday and 2 to 4 on Saturday.

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: Your Place or Stein?, a very traditional Oktoberfest, drier and less sweet than most of its local counterparts.

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: Long Nosed Tripel (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU), the biggest beer on the menu.

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: Railyard Reaper Oatmeal Stout (5.2% ABV, 28 IBU), when the brewer tells you it’s his homage to Sleeping Dog Stout of the late Chama River, you instantly order a pint.

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 — The brewery is closed at its original location, but is looking for a new home elsewhere in Albuquerque, as we covered here.

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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