While some rejoice at the change in seasons from winter to spring, we always end up a little melancholy that dark beer season is coming to an end. But, then we see some of the crushable lagers and big-hopped IPAs on deck, and we feel a little better. Only a little, because damn, allergies, you didn’t waste any time roaring back to life, did you?
Bosque offers up one of the more uniquely named beers, Sean Jean Sweatpants, a new hazy IPA. Ex Novo replaced Maverick Hazy IPA with Ice Man Hazy IPA and we are starting to see a pattern here. High and Dry turned over a bunch of taps with the return of Rye Orbison, plus newcomers like Rogue Guave (IPA), Distinct Chatter (Hazy IPA), and 250 Menu Items (Peach Vanilla Sour). Kaktus tapped Yorkshire Amber. Starr Brothers gets in the holiday spirit early with the release of Roisin Dubh Dry Irish Stout. Steel Bender brings back Black [Hole Sun] IPA on Thursday. (UPDATES) Casa Vieja tapped Casa Light (Lager). Late Shift goes dark with The All Nighter, a coffee stout. Marble tapped Ahtanum Lager. Sunday Service Motor Company and Vision City have released a collaboration blonde ale.
Up in Santa Fe, Beer Creek will release the new Longboat Cowboy, a Sahti ale, on Friday. Down south, Truth or Consequences Brewing will tap White Sands Wit on Thursday.
Ex Novo brought back Krispy’s Kolsch in cans and on draft for the warming weather, while also giving us one more decadent dark brew, Quake & Bake Oatmeal Stout. Second Street has more Rod’s Best Bitter in cans and on draft. (UPDATES) Boxing Bear brought back Red Knuckle Irish Red in cans and on draft in advance of a certain March holiday. Canteen likewise brought back its Irish Red in cans and on draft. Gravity Bound has its German pilsner, On the Run, back in cans and on draft. Santa Fe is adding Social Experiment, a hazy wheat beer with cherry and lemon, to its canned lineup on Friday.
Today (Wednesday) — Poetry & Beer returns to Tractor Wells Park at 7 p.m.
Friday — Artwalk takes over downtown again from 5 to 9 p.m., and while we know that Adobe Disco will be back at Sidetrack, make sure to check in on Boese Brothers and Red Door to see what they have planned.
The Tumbleroot Music Lab returns to the Agua Fria taproom at 7 p.m.
First Fridays Comedy Contest is back at Tractor Wells Park at 8 p.m.
Saturday — Brew Lab 101 is hosting a fundraiser for Dagmar’s Strudel House after the sudden passing of its owner. For every pint sold from 2 to 6 p.m., $1 will be donated to help her family and staff keep open the German restaurant.
Drag Queen Bingo: St. Patrick’s Edition takes over Tractor Wells Park at 7 p.m.
Quick News Bits:
Out to the eastern part of the state, Roosevelt Brewing closed its Clovis taproom. The Portales brewery is still going strong.
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.
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: Pear Weiss (4.2% ABV, 20 IBU), a fruited hefeweizen.
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: Paul Rudd is a National Treasure, a thiolized lager is now on tap.
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: Rivalry of Worlds (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU), a tasty little dark lager, which is running low, so help drink it up to clear room for a new seasonal.
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: Revenge of the Unicorns Hazy DIPA (9% ABV), a big beer that is only on draft now after you all bought up the cans with the wicked labels.
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: Safeword IPA (7.5% ABV) is back in cans and on draft.
Nexus Brewery — Featured seasonal: Frio Cold IPA (6.8% ABV, 58 IBU), is the latest addition to the seasonal lineup, made with 4.5 pounds per barrel of Strata hops, plus Citra and El Dorado.
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. The supply is very low, so get it ASAP.
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: 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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Ex Novo is doing a tap takeover at Tin Man locations in El Paso this Friday. Always excited to get NM beer down south. Kent
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