After back-to-back quiet weeks, it became rather obvious what the breweries were waiting for, and that would be this weekend. The combination of Sunday’s Super Bowl and Tuesday’s Valentine’s Day leads to a lot of advance events, plus at least one major anniversary party, and some other bits of fun. The beer releases are looking strong out of the gate, with what we’re sure will be a few late additions after we initially publish this weekly roundup. In other words, keep checking back before you head out this weekend. It’s gonna be a doozy.
Bosque tapped Millennial’s Trophy, a new West Coast IPA. Brew Lab 101 brought back Jane’s Addiction Pomegranate Cider. Differential added Pear Weiss, a fruited hefeweizen. Ex Novo tapped Maverick, a hazy IPA. High and Dry will tap Brunch Village, a very unique chocolate-led sour, for Saturday’s anniversary party that we note below. Lizard Tail recently added Mocha Stout. ReSource keeps honoring its various staff members, this time with Ross’s Birthday Beer, a cherry limeade sour IPA. Steel Bender will bring back Nigel, a Scottish ale, on Thursday, along with a few of those Spinal Tap-inspired T-shirts (more than 11, we were promised). Turtle Mountain tapped Cosmic Campground, a new black IPA. (UPDATES) Canteen is giving into the power of the sweet tooth with Raspberry Chocolate Milk Stout on Friday. Casa Vieja added Hop the Casbah Hazy IPA. Gravity Bound tapped Moon Tan, a cold IPA.
Down south, Truth or Consequences Brewing decided why wait and will release all four of its February seasonals at once this Thursday, so get ready for Flat Tire Amber, Choco-Raspberry Stout, Big Bang Triple IPA, and The Empress, a strong stout fit for a queen.
Bosque will roll out Wolf Pack of One, a single-hop pale ale, on cans and in draft this Friday. Boxing Bear recently added a limited number of 22-ounce bombers of Barrel-Aged Iron Lung Smoked Porter, and let us tell you, it’s delicious. Ex Novo brought back Sons of Scotland in cans and on draft, with the former in some sweet new labels. Marble will release a new batch of Safeword: IPA in cans and on draft this Friday. (UPDATES) Boxing Bear brought back Sucker Punch DIPA in cans and on draft. Ex Novo rolled out the new DJ Party Horn IPA in cans and on draft. La Cumbre will roll out Revenge of the Unicorns (Hazy DIPA) in cans and on draft this Friday. Second Street will bring back Mylodon Hazy DIPA in cans and on draft this Friday.
Thursday — Casa Vieja’s new owners will hold a special ribbon cutting to kick off their official grand opening at 5 p.m. Find more details in our recent Look Back/Look Ahead Series entry.
Friday — The monthly Goth Night & Dark Market at Tractor Wells Park will have an Anti-Valentine’s Day theme starting at 8 p.m.
Saturday — The aforementioned High and Dry fifth anniversary party runs all day at the brewery, with Doobie’s Smokehouse, live music, special T-shirts and commemorative glasses for sale, and plenty of beer. Check out our LB/LA Series article for more information.
Bosque Nob Hill will host a Valentine’s Market from noon to 4 p.m.
Brew Lab 101 will host the Hearts and Crafts Market from 2 to 6 p.m.
Kaktus will host a special evening called Lovers & Friends from 7 p.m. to midnight.
The Desert Darlings return to Tractor Wells Park for Hops & Dreams: The Cupid Edition starting at 8 p.m.
Sunday — Little Toad Creek will host a Super Bowl Kickoff Party at the Silver City location from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Monday — The popular Hook Your Single Friends Up PowerPoint Edition will have a Valentine’s theme at Tractor Wells Park starting at 7 p.m.
Quick News Bits:
Beer Creek is having a sale on four-packs of Bootlegger Blonde for $12 apiece at the brewery.
Tumbleroot’s new taproom, The Pottery Pub, is now open in Santa Fe at 135 W. Palace Ave. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 to 9 Thursday through Saturday.
Bathtub Row is in the midst of a major renovation in the back, with the concrete floor being replaced so they can install their new 7-barrel brewhouse and other equipment. Their lineup will soon be mostly guest taps, so be patient, and soon the beer will flow again, better than ever!
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: Jean Cuffs (8% ABV, 60 IBU), a double red with a hoppy kick. It is starting to run low, so get it while you still can!
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: BBA Singularity Stout (10% ABV, 45 IBU), a beast of a barrel-aged stout, now available in 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles, and on draft.
Canteen Brewhouse — Featured seasonal: A Work of Heart (7% ABV, 25 IBU), a new chocolate milk stout available in cans and on draft.
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 has now been joined by the one of the other core beers, a coconut coffee stout. A pilsner and an American pale ale are on deck.
Enchanted Circle Brewing Taproom
Ex Novo Brewing — Featured seasonal: A Star is Bjorn (8.7% ABV), a deceptively smooth and flavorful Baltic porter, available in cans and on draft.
Flix Brewhouse — Featured seasonal: Contact the theater to find out what’s available.
Gravity Bound Brewing — Featured seasonal: Deep Coat (6.9% ABV), a decadent Baltic porter sure to keep you warm on the patio.
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: Winter Bock, a wonderful seasonal dark lager.
La Cumbre Brewing — Featured seasonal: Gilded Age Porter (5.7% ABV, 35 IBU), a most metal porter, available on draft only now, and we tested that metal status by consuming only this beer during the Wayfarer/Wake/Heretical Sect show at Sister. Hails!
La Reforma Brewery — Featured seasonal: Miss Mari’s Snappy Pils (6.1% ABV) remains a solid lager for all seasons.
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.
Lizard Tail Brewing — Featured seasonal: Long Nosed Tripel (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU), the biggest beer on the menu.
Marble Brewery — Featured seasonal: Thunder from Dortmunder (5.3% ABV), a wonderful lager with the name that still cracks us up.
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: Cockness Monster (13% ABV), a monstrous Scotch ale aged in whiskey barrels.
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: Irish Handcuffs (12% ABV), the annual imperial stout release, is back for a limited time.
Red Door Brewing — Featured seasonal: Wagoner’s Porter (7.2% ABV, 36 IBU), a tasty American-style porter that recently joined the draft lineup.
ReSource Brewing — Featured seasonal: Smart is Sexy Mango DIPA (7.6% ABV, 92 IBU), it’s hoppy, but sweet, but hoppy, but sweet … you get the idea.
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: Mild Davis (4.6% ABV, 20 IBU), a subtly great beer name, it’s also a tasty English-style mild ale.
Sobremesa — Featured seasonal: Dos Años, a barrel-aged Baltic porter brewed for the brewpub’s recent second anniversary.
Starr Brothers Brewing — Featured seasonal: War Face (9.6% ABV, 100 IBU), a behemoth DIPA.
Steel Bender Brewyard — Featured seasonal: Short Mondays Irish Red (6.9% ABV, 40 IBU), a stronger-than-usual Irish red ale.
Sunday Service Motor Company — Featured seasonal: No Brainer, a very tasty coffee stout, is the first beer made at the new brewery to reach the taps.
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.
Tractor Brewing Company — Featured seasonal: El Dorado Gold (5.8% ABV, 50 IBU), a slightly hop-forward ale featuring El Dorado and Wai’iti hops, it offers up an alternative to the big beers of winter.
Turquoise Trail Brewing — The brewery is closed at its original location, and is aiming to reopen out in Moriarty. We will have more on this move when they’re closer to opening.
Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — Featured seasonal: Elden Brown (5.2% ABV, 28 IBU), a wildflower honey brown that lives up to that billing, with a sweet, flowery aroma and flavor that gives way to the malty goodness.
Unhinged Brewing — Welcome to the listings to this new brewery at 98th Street and Central! 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). There may be some small-batch specialty beers available, too.
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, but due to its size of operation, the styles tend to change frequently.
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: Sepia Effect (5.3% ABV, 30 IBU), a tasty Vienna lager.
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. It’s down to the last of it at the Railyard only.
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: See the news above about BRBC. It’s all guest taps for a while.
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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