The Week Ahead in Beer: A month of charitable brews continues

Stoutmeister will have you covered for all things new in beer and brewery events every week.

November has already seen the release of the charitable collaboration SereniTEA Now at Canteen, High and Dry, and Steel Bender to benefit the Agora Crisis Center. Now more charitable beers are beginning to appear, including the annual release of Copper Canyon Pale Ale, which benefits children in need in the Copper Canyon region of Northern Mexico. Created by La Reforma, it is also available on tap at both La Cumbre taprooms and all three of Tractor’s taprooms in the Albuquerque area. (UPDATE: Steel Bender and Santa Fe Brewing are also carrying CCPA.) This Friday, High and Dry will be donating $1 from every pint sold of Currahee Stout to the Albuquerque Veterans Integration Center, which helps veterans and their families achieve stable housing, financial security, and more.

New Draft:

Bosque tapped Accountant’s Beer, an English brown ale. Harmon Lane continued its “feud” with Quarter Celtic by releasing My Bock Feels Great, a counter to QC’s My Bock is Killing Me. High and Dry rolled out a slew of new brews, including Better Than Wool (Pilsner), Ghost Fruit (Gose), Gravity Doesn’t Apply (IPA), and old favorite Rye Orbison (Amber). Kaktus brought back Blonde Ale and Oatmeal Stout. La Reforma recently added El Moto IPA. Nexus wanted us to remind everyone that Beam Me Up (Higher) Scotty returned on Monday. Sidetrack tapped Rays of Haze IPA. (UPDATES) Ex Novo put La Llorona, a red ale, on nitro. Marble also went that direction with Nitro Brown Exxxtra.

Up in Santa Fe, Hidden Mountain clings to summer with the new Pineapple Wheat Ale. Second Street tapped Sloppy Sloth El Dorado Hazy IPA (we await word on a release in cans). Down south, Truth or Consequences Brewing maintains its streak of a new beer release every week this fall with the return of Big River Brown IPA. (UPDATE) Second Street also tapped Kohatu IPA, made with New Zealand hops.

New Package:

Bow & Arrow rolled out East Cactus Mexican Dark Lager in cans and on draft.

Notable Events:

Friday — Goth Night & Dark Market returns to Tractor Wells Park at 8 p.m.

Saturday — A plethora (30-plus) of local breweries will be headed to the Enchantment Beer, Wine, & Spirits Festival at Balloon Fiesta Park, with a VIP hour from noon to 1 p.m. and general admission after that. It will run until 5 p.m., and we will have a full preview with as many beer lists from the participants as we can assemble this Thursday.

Tuesday — Adult Coloring Night, benefiting Agora, returns to Canteen from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For just $5, you get a coloring sheet and colored pencils, with the proceeds going to the crisis center.

Quick News Bits:

It is quiet out there. Dare we say … too quiet?

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Boese Brothers Brewery 

Bombs Away Beer Company — Featured seasonal: Hazy Chain DIPA v.15 (6.45% ABV, 100+ IBU), featuring a combo of Warrior, Mosaic, and Sabro hops.

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: Dark Harvest Dunkelweizen (6.9% ABV, 14 IBU), available on draft for a limited time, this German-style wheat beer has a new recipe since the last time it was brewed as a collab.

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: Pond Hopper (6.3% ABV, 24 IBU), an English ale made in collaboration with Malteurop Malting.

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.

Echoes Brewery — Located in the old Burt’s Tiki Lounge space at 313 Gold SW, this new brewery and music venue is now open. We have heard really good things about their house IPA, and will be heading over to try it and do a formal interview this weekend. Echoes is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. You can follow the brewery on Facebook and Instagram.

Enchanted Circle Brewing Taproom 

Ex Novo Brewing — Featured seasonal: Pastry Supernova (11% ABV), a monstrously delicious barrel-aged pastry stout, available in cans and on tap for a limited time.

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: How Do You Spell Kolsch?, a sweet, delicious treat of a beer whose supply has nearly run out.

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. Cans are out, so the last of it is on tap only.

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: Westside Coast IPA (7% ABV), brewed for the 10th anniversary of the Westside Taproom, with a lovely hop bill of Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic, and Sabro. 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: The Zeus Effect (4.3% ABV, 50 IBU), a session wet-hop IPA, will have $1 donated to Special Olympics from every pint sold.

Vision City Brewstillery — Featured seasonal: Double Vision (7.1% ABV), a strong Belgian wheat, is one of several beers on tap at this new brewery/distillery, which we already previewed.

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: Adobe Igloo is back in cans and on draft for the winter months.

Second Street Brewery — Featured seasonal: Boondock Skye (4.8% ABV, 35 IBU) is a crushable session IPA that everyone needs to drink up to make room for new seasonals.

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: Margarita Sour, a tart golden ale that is enhanced with subtle flavors of lime, tequila, and orange liqueur.

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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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