Well, I survived the drive back from Arizona, so here is the slightly belated Week Ahead. Yeah, as you might expect with the holiday falling on a Friday, St. Patrick’s Day is dominating the week. There will be places with live music, food specials, and, of course, lots of beer releases. There will be plenty of stouts, reds, and more. I gotta keep this short since there’s a lot outside of beer for me to catch up on this week, and my work schedule got changed (again), so I will unfortunately not be able to join the rest of you out and about on the 17th. Here’s hoping I can squeeze in some sleep!
Bombs Away gets in the spirit with The R.E.D. Ale on nitro. Bosque tapped Simcoe Pils. Bow & Arrow will tap Coffee Club: The Thunder, a new stout, and we await word if it will also be canned or not. Brew Lab 101 rolls out Emerald Isle Irish Red. Casa Vieja tapped Marked: Most Urgent (Belgian Blond Ale). Harmon Lane will have O’Danny Boy’s Irish Red on tap. Hops added New Moon Belgian Wheat. Kaktus tapped Sweet Darkness Milk Stout. La Cumbre brings back Pogue Mahone Irish Dry Stout on nitro. Marble has already tapped Märzen, and on Friday will tap Paddy McNitro and its new collaboration with Quarter Celtic, the identity of which was not revealed to us. ReSource is bringing back its Drowning in Shamrocks, an imperial Czech lager dyed green. Sobremesa and Bathtub Row have released their collaboration from the Stout Invitational, Tub to Table Stout. Starr Brothers added Cherry Bombed. Steel Bender tapped Weekend at Bender’s Pale Ale, and will have a non-barrel-aged version of Freddy’s Got Twenty Imperial Stout on tap this Friday. Thirsty Eye brought back Father O’Malley’s Holy Water (Irish Dry Stout). Turtle Mountain tapped Metal Snake (Irish Dry Stout) and its nitro counterpart, Snakedriver. (UPDATES) Gravity Bound tapped a new hazy DIPA, Unmarked Obstacles. La Cumbre has also brought back Red Ryeot. Sidetrack will tap The Udder Stout on Friday.
Up in Santa Fe, Rowley Farmhouse Ales tapped Finan, an Irish dry stout. Down south, Truth or Consequences Brewing will tap Hourglass Imperial Red IPA today.
Ex Novo is releasing its new year-round hazy IPA, Walk the Brine, in cans and on draft, and has also released a new seasonal, Taste the Rain Bro? (Juicy IPA), also in cans and on draft. Harmon Lane will release the winning beer from most recent Southwest Grape and Grain homebrew competition, Fuggle Around and Find Out (Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter), in bottles and on draft. La Cumbre will release the spring edition of Project Dank in cans and on draft this Friday. Steel Bender already released Double Lemon Dynamite in cans and on draft, and will release the barrel-aged version of Freddy’s Got Twenty Imperial Stout in cans on Friday. Second Street has brought back Low Winter Sun in cans and on draft. (UPDATES) Bow & Arrow has indeed canned Coffee Club: The Thunder, and has also brought back Standing on a Corner in Winslow Arizona Hazy IPA. Boxing Bear rolled out Potion Water Ale, an experiment fruit beer, in cans and on draft.
Thursday — Hops Brewery is hosting a St. Patty’s Pre-Party with live music and more starting at 6:30 p.m.
Friday — There will be St. Patrick’s Day events all over town, including at Brew Lab 101, Canteen, JUNO, Kaktus, Lizard Tail Industrial, Marble Downtown, Quarter Celtic, Rio Bravo, Steel Bender, Tractor Wells Park, and Unhinged. Due to time constraints this week, I cannot list details for all, so check all the social media pages of those respective breweries.
Quick News Bits:
High Desert Brewing is closed indefinitely after a fire destroyed the kitchen earlier this month. They have set up a GoFundMe to help out their employees while they are closed. We will monitor their social media for updates on a (hopeful) reopening date.
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: Burly Brown (6.9% ABV), one of the original recipes is back on draft, it’s hop-forward brown ale.
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: Barleywine is still available in bottles at the brewery.
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: Miles from Cologne (4.8% ABV, 26 IBU) is back for another run as one of the best examples of a proper kolsch in town.
La Reforma Brewery — Featured seasonal: Bomba de Malta (8.3% ABV), another big old malt bomb of a Scotch ale.
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: Lab-spresso (10% ABV), an imperial stout aged in barrels with liquid chocolate, cold brew coffee, and lactose, and then served on nitro.
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: Longboat Cowboy, a traditional Sahti ale brewed with Kveik yeast, rye, and juniper boughs and berries.
Chile Line Brewing — Featured seasonal: A Huevo (5% ABV, 20 IBU) is a Yerba Matte-inspired beer.
Hidden Mountain Brewing — Featured seasonal: Naranja Sanguina (5.4% ABV, 15 IBU), an American wheat ale packed with blood orange puree.
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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