The Week Ahead in Beer: Celebrating Mardi Gras a few days early

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What was once mainly a holiday for New Orleans and surrounding areas, Mardi Gras has spilled over into the mainstream across the country. Some of our breweries didn’t feel like being left out, but let’s face it, drawing big crowds on a Tuesday can be pretty tough (though two listed below will give it a shot). Instead, most are throwing themed parties this weekend. Hey, it’s not like you have football to watch, the Lobos are sinking fast, and the Aggies are done for the season a little early. So get on out that, grab some beads (tastefully, please), and party down, Cajun style.

New Draft:

Bombs Away tapped Detonator Dark Lager and Hazy Chain V.16 DIPA. Bosque added Peel Out, a banana cream pie-inspired ale. Casa Vieja will tap Spund-Bob Lager Pants on Friday. Lizard Tail brought back its popular Apricot Wheat. Marble tapped Huell Melon Lager. Ponderosa added the new Oatmeal Steam Stout. ReSource released another small-batch offering, Single? Let’s Mingle, a red velvet peppermint stout. Sidetrack tapped more Rye’d on Lager and brought back Turntable IPA. Starr Brothers added more 2 Robs Make a Rita, a collab with Palmer. Steel Bender has Blue Bullet Stout back on nitro. Turtle Mountain tapped Dankle Dunkel. (UPDATES) Boxing Bear and Starr Brothers brought back their collab, Nutz and Nibz, a peanut butter chocolate stout. Flix tapped the accurate Paul Rudd is a National Treasure Lager. Gravity Bound rolled out Garden Variety, a basil blackberry gose. La Cumbre added Luminosa IPA. Marble tapped Tettnang Pils. Quarter Celtic added Country Down Brown. Sidetrack opted for the Alternate Ending, an altbier. Tractor goes big with Barrel-Aged Luna De Los Muertos Imperial Stout on Friday.

Up in Santa Fe. Rowley Farmhouse Ales added Petite Death, a saison aged on cherries. Second Street tapped Sloppy Sloth Galaxy Hazy IPA and Mosaic Pale Ale.

New Package:

Bow & Arrow will release Rancho Light Lager with Lime in cans and on draft this Friday. Gravity Bound brought back Proof of Life (Vienna Lager) in cans and on draft. (UPDATE) Ex Novo unveiled Myriad Reflector, a new hazy IPA in cans and on draft.

Notable Events:

Thursday — Trivia for a Cause is back at Bosque Nob Hill, this time with the HBO series The White Lotus as the theme. Winners pick the charity that the event will benefit. It kicks off at 6 p.m.

Friday — Magic and Comedy Night returns to Tractor Wells Park at 8 p.m.

JUNO will kick off the Mardi Gras weekend with a Brazilian Carnaval event from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Presale tickets are $5, or $7 at the door.

Saturday — Tumbleroot Pottery Pub will hold its grand opening all day (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) on this day and Sunday. Stay tuned for details.

Differential will be celebrating its fourth anniversary all day. Details to come.

Brew Lab 101 will host its Mardi Gras Party starting at 6 p.m.

Sunday — Kaktus will host its Mardi Gras Party from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Partizani Brass Band will lead a Mardi Gras Celebration at Canteen from 4 to 7 p.m.

Get ready for some weekend metal as Santa Fe’s Street Tombs will have their album release party at Tumbleroot with a few of their friends starting at 7 p.m.

Tuesday — Little Toad Creek decided to stick with tradition and will host a Mardi Gras Cajun Feast and Dance Party, with the menu available from 4 to 9 p.m. and live music from 7 to 10 in Silver City.

Marble Westside is doing the same, hosting Marble Gras (natch) starting at 6 p.m., with DJ Wae Fonky, special beignets and desserts from Cafe Chica, food specials from Ohana Hut, a French 15 cocktail and Hurricane Mocktail.

Quick News Bits:

If you missed it on Monday, we revealed the winner of the Crew’s 2023 Stout Challenge — Tin Cup Stout at Harmon Lane Brewing! Considering the weather outside, now would be a good time to go check out this delicious dark elixir on tap inside Southwest Grape & Grain.

Beer Creek is having a sale on four-packs of Bootlegger Blonde for $12 apiece at the brewery.

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: Wolf Pack of One (6% ABV, 30 IBU), a single-hop (Sabro) pale ale, now available in cans and on draft.

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.

B2B Garden Brewery 

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: Dunkel Steve (5.2% ABV), a flavorful dark lager now available on draft and in cans, with perhaps the best label we have ever seen.

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.

Kilt Check Brewing 

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.

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: 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: Accelerator (7% ABV, 20 IBU), we cannot get enough of this roasty, toasty doppelbock.

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.

The 377 Brewery

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: Cosmic Campground (6.25% ABV, 66 IBU), a decadent black IPA brewed in honor of the International Dark Sky Sanctuary of North America, which is located in the Gila Wilderness of southwest New Mexico.

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: Halftime Helles Lager, a nice, crisp lager to help pass the time from football’s end until baseball’s beginning.

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: Mylodon Sloth Hazy DIPA (9.4% ABV, 42 IBU), a prehistoric beast of a beer, this one is available for a limited time on draft and in cans.

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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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

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