The Week Ahead in Beer: Farewell to another up-and-down year

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Well, 2022 is almost over. Good riddance? Nah, it wasn’t a great year by any means, but it wasn’t as horrible or featuring as much upheaval as the prior two years. We lost Toltec Brewing, but gained Echoes, Sunday Service Motor Company, Unhinged, and Vision City, and besides, the Toltec spot was quickly filled by Bosque, which gained its much-needed secondary brewhouse. Prices went up a bit, but they did for just about everything in life. There were some great beers, some fun events, and hopefully we all made it through this year fairly unscathed. Here’s to closing out 2022 in style, with good friends and your favorite local brews. Cheers!

New Draft:

Bombs Away dropped a new Operation Single Hop, with this batch featuring Zappa. Bow & Arrow will release Born Sour, made with peaches, on Friday. Casa Vieja pays homage to a certain transporter chief with O’Brien’s Irish Nitro Stout. High and Dry released a hefty new amber ale (6.8% ABV!) called Kick Punch. Late Shift added Smoke Break, a lightly smoked amber ale. Quarter Celtic tapped Capri-derhosen, a German red lager. ReSource tapped Citra IPA, and will unveil Take Time to Make Time, a cucumber lime basil sour, on Saturday. Tractor will release El Dorado (Golden Ale) on Friday. (UPDATES) Bosque tapped Haze & Honey, a pale ale, and Citra Phantastic Hazy IPA. Canteen brought back Grundy Thunder Robust Porter. Lizard Tail added Strong Scotch Ale. Marble tapped the new Pancacke on a Sticke, an 8.9-percent ABV German-inspired ale with a “copious amount” of maple syrup, and also brought back Prickly Pear Gose.

Up in Santa Fe, Chile Line added La Madre, a honey lavender wild sour.

New Package:

Sierra Blanca recently brought back its Whiskey Stout in bottles and on draft. (UPDATES) Boxing Bear brought back The Red Glove in cans and on draft. Ex Novo has a new batch of Capybara Quinceanera (IPA) in cans and on draft.

Notable Events:

Thursday — Thirsty Eye will host Holiday Happy Hour all day, with happy hour prices on all drinks, live music, and a food truck.

Friday — Kaktus will host a pre-New Year’s Eve party from 7 p.m. to midnight, with a DJ, contests, and giveaways.

Saturday — Truth or Consequences brewing will host a New Year’s Eve Party starting at 7 p.m. The entry fee is just $5, which gets you in on the champagne toast at midnight. 24/7 Blues Band will provide the music, while Grapevine Bistro provides the food.

Detroit Lightning will take the stage at Tumbleroot at 8 p.m. for a special concert.

Tractor Wells Park will throw it back with the MTV Music Video Dance Party with DJ Flo Fader from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Little Toad Creek is throwing a party in Silver City from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The cover is $10, and that gets you a champagne toast, midnight snacks, party favors, and access to a photo booth. DJ Mischievous will handle the music.

Sunday — Little Toad Creek will then throw a Hangover Brunch starting at 11 a.m., with live music from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Resolution Maker and Breaker 5K will be back at Canteen, with sign-ups starting at noon and the race at 1 p.m. The cost is $25, but you get a pint glass, the beer of your choice, some food, and the knowledge that this benefits Agora Crisis Center.

For the non-runners, head to Sidetrack at 1 p.m. for Mimosas and Donuts, which is pretty self explanatory. Rebel will provide the donuts.

Quick News Bits:

The New Mexico Brewers Guild has found a new executive director, but mum is the word on our part until everything is 100-percent official.

Vision City is closed until Monday, due to a pause in league games at the indoor soccer arena that the brewstillery calls home.

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Boese Brothers Brewery  — Featured seasonal: Raspberry Sour (7% ABV), is pretty self explanatory, but it’s also the only seasonal at all four BBB locations, including Desert Dogs.

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: Ruminator (8% ABV), a delightful doppelbock available in cans and on draft.

Flix Brewhouse  — Featured seasonal: Contact the theater to find out what’s available.

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: Christmas Bloody Christmas, a cranberry imperial stout, is still available in bottles for a limited time.

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: Side-Eye Peppermint Porter, a collaboration with Thirsty Eye.

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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