The Week Ahead in Beer: Holiday brew bonanza takes center stage

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Fear not, last-minute shoppers, there are a ton of holiday markets at breweries this weekend, which we will cover below under events. But, this is a beer-centric weekly roundup, so let us just dive straight into the awesome new brews rolling out this week. Many are in package format, so in the end, just give the gift of beer. The best part is often that the person receiving that gift will share it with you. Because let’s face it, with few exceptions, you pretty much always give away beers that you would also love to drink.

New Draft:

Bosque just tapped Super Blueberry Wheat and Jean Cuffs, a double red, but check their site as those are not on tap yet at all locations. Brew Lab 101 tapped more Beyond the Pale Ale. Canteen added Goofy Foot Hazy IPA and more Irish Red. High and Dry tapped Grains & The Giant Peach Sour. Kaktus gets in the season with its Winter Bock. La Cumbre tapped Who Wears Short Schwarz? and Dedication IPA. Sidetrack added Rye’d on Rye Lager, and will also tap Side-Eye, a peppermint porter brewed in collaboration with their friends at Thirsty Eye (which is also the latter brewery’s first collab, as they told us in their Look Back/Look Ahead Series article). Tractor brings back dessert in a glass this Friday with Chocolate Mustachio Milk Stout. (UPDATES) We have been remiss in not pointing out the Four Casks of Christmas are back at Steel Bender, and this Saturday’s firkin will be filled with Wedding Cake Brickie Stout, paired with wedding cookies from Golden Crown Panaderia. Boxing Bear tapped Super Cereal Hazy DIPA, but the cans are only available at select retailers, not at taprooms this time around. Brew Lab 101 goes big with the return of Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Singularity Imperial Stout. Gravity Bound added Deep Coat Baltic Porter. Harmon Lane tapped Mayflower Stout, an imperial brewed with sweet potatoes and brown sugar. Marble brought back the decadent MavBock.

Up in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row tapped NM Red Chile Stout and 1907 Henley’s Scotch Beer.

New Package:

Bow & Arrow rolls out bottles and draft of Funksloth Foeder, an aged farmhouse ale dry hopped with Galaxy, on Friday. Bow & Arrow will follow that with a special Monday can-and-draft release of Deck the Mesa Walls, a Cascadian black IPA with peppermint. Ex Novo will unleash all four varieties of Kill the Sun Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout this Friday. Gravity Bound added Dream Line (Hazy IPA) in cans and on draft last weekend. La Cumbre rolls out bottles and draft of La Negra Reserve on Friday, but be aware the supply is very limited. Hidden Mountain will unleash the full power of its barrel-aged Oud Bruin, El Monstruo, in bottles and on tap this Friday. (UPDATES) Harmon Lane now has Black IPA in cans and on draft. Second Street brings back Jack Plane Porter in cans and on draft.

Notable Events:

Today (Wednesday) — Bosque Heights is hosting Trivia for a Cause: Game of Thrones at 6 p.m. It’s $25 per team, but the winner gets to pick the charity all the money raised will go to, and you get some cool swag and other prizes.

Thursday — The Ugly Sweater Dance Party returns to Marble Westside from 7 to 10 p.m.

Friday — Magic & Comedy Night takes over Tractor Wells Park at 8 p.m.

Saturday — Gravity Bound, Marble, and Bathtub Row are just three of the breweries that will open early at 8 a.m. to show the World Cup final between Argentina and either France or Morocco.

There will be holiday markets at Boxing Bear Firestone from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bow & Arrow from noon to 5 p.m., and Bosque Nob Hill from noon to 6 p.m.

B2B Garden Brewery will host an Ugly Sweater Contest from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Drag Queen Bingo: Nightmare Before Christmas Edition will have all the fun at Tractor Wells Park at 7 p.m.

Sunday — The Merry Mingle & Holiday Jingle takes over Canteen from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the added bonus of Left Turn Distilling on hand to pour some holiday cocktails.

La Cumbre Westside will host a holiday bazaar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday — Holiday Tunes & Sing Along is set for 6 p.m. at ReSource.

Quick News Bits:

Bosque North will be accepting new, unopened toys for the Sandoval County Annual Toy Drive through Tuesday.

The New Mexico Brewers Guild is looking for a new executive director. Tess Vidalis is resigning at the end of the year, ending her term two years early. If you are interested in applying, visit the Guild website.

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Boese Brothers Brewery  — Featured seasonal: Double Dead Red (7.5% ABV), a hop-forward red ale that has long been a fan-favorite specialty at BBB.

Bombs Away Beer Company — Featured seasonal: Anniversary IPA (6% ABV, 90 IBU), a red IPA that features the 2022 Yakima Chief Hops Veterans Blend. This year is comprised of HBC 586, Ekuanot, Idaho 7, Chinook, and Triumph hops. Well balanced hop flavor and aroma, tropical, citrus, and woody notes. YCH donates a portion of hop sales to the HunterSeven Foundation, and Bombs Away donates $1 from every beer sold to the EOD Warrior Foundation.

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: Scotch Rocket (8.1% ABV), a delicious wee heavy to keep you warm this winter, available on draft and in cans.

Brew Lab 101 Beer & Cider Company — Featured seasonal: Bitter Chill, a cold IPA, on tap for a limited time.

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: Tripel Threat, a hefty Belgian-style brew.

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 — Featured seasonal: Echoes IPA, their first beer is a hoppy, but not too hoppy, introduction to the new brewery on Gold in the old Burt’s Tiki Lounge space.

Enchanted Circle Brewing Taproom 

Ex Novo Brewing — Featured seasonal: Nevermore (12.1% ABV), a black barleywine aged in whiskey barrels with smoked figs and cacao nibs, now available in cans and on draft.

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

Gravity Bound Brewing — Featured seasonal: Crumbling Blues (5.7% ABV), a blueberry crumble cake inspired sour.

Harmon Lane Brewing at Southwest Grape and Grain — Featured seasonal: Pumpkin Porter (6.9% ABV, 21 IBU), a darker take on a traditional pumpkin ale.

High and Dry Brewing — Featured seasonal: Rusalka’s Kiss (3.6% ABV, 20 IBU), a Polish-style grodziskie (smoked wheat beer) made in collaboration with the Worthogs homebrew club.

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 — Featured seasonal: Vienna Lager, a smooth amber lager with a touch of sweetness.

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: Gilded Age Porter (5.7% ABV, 35 IBU), a most metal porter, available in cans on draft, and we tested that metal status by consuming only this beer during the recent Wayfarer/Wake/Heretical Sect show at Sister. Hails!

La Reforma Brewery — Featured seasonal: Copper Canyon Pale Ale (6.9% ABV), which benefits two children’s orphanages in the Copper Canyon region of Northern Mexico. It is also available at Santa Fe and Tractor.

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: Turkish Coffee Stout (7.5% ABV), a spiced coffee stout that will keep you warm inside. 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: TBA, check with the brewery to see what is on tap at the moment.

Rio Bravo Brewing — Featured seasonal: Black Sparrow (13% ABV, 60 IBU), a rum-barrel-aged imperial stout.

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: Dos Años, a barrel-aged Baltic porter brewed for the brewpub’s recent second anniversary.

Starr Brothers Brewing — Featured seasonal: Therewolf, the annual Oktoberfest release, is running low on draft.

Steel Bender Brewyard — Featured seasonal: SereniTEA Now! (6.5% ABV, 10 IBU), the annual collaboration with Canteen and High and Dry benefits Agora Crisis Center.

Thirsty Eye Brewing — Featured seasonal: Biscochito Liquido, a winter brown ale brewed with cinnamon and anise, it hits all the right spots for the season.

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.

Unhinged Brewing — Welcome to the listings to this new brewery at 98th Street and Central! We wrote a short preview, so go check out the opening lineup, which includes Non-Linear IPA, Jest-a-Lager, Foolin’ Around Brown, ScRew lOose StOuT, and Off the Rails (Red IPA).

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: Black Wedding, a black IPA, if you could not guess, is available for the winter months.

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: Naughty or Spiced, a winter warmer with mulling spices, nicely balanced for the holidays.

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: Steam Coffee Porter (6.5% ABV, 30 IBU), from the brewery: “Smooth and malty with a solid creamy head. Roasted grains are well balanced with base malts and just enough hops to offset any residual sweetness. Add in some coffee from Steam and it’s winter in a glass.”

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: Mastodon (12.6% ABV), a Belgian-style quad with flavors of banana, dried fruit, and caramel, then aged in whiskey barrels to add hints of toasted oak and rich honey, available in bottles and on draft.

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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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  1. Sharon Calhoun says:


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