Last week was more than a little crazy, right? There were so many new beers and so many events around St. Patrick’s Day, it almost swallowed us all. But, as I sit here preparing for my seventh consecutive day at work (fear not, off Thursday, gonna work on not one but three stories), I’m reminded three years after the pandemic lockdown how much fun it is to still get out there and enjoy our craft beer scene and the community it has created. So take it easy this week, try not to sneeze too much as The Pollening begins (it’s the New Mexico season following Spring of Deception and Third Winter), and raise a pint or two to all the hard-working staffers in the industry. They earned that, and more, after last weekend.
Bosque tapped a new wheat ale, Strawberry Supreme. Nexus will tap a Mexican Amber Lager this Friday. Rio Bravo recently added a Mexican lager, Rio Bravo Especial, and American Pharos, a wheat ale. Rumor tapped Trailhead DIPA. Sobremesa brought back Mesa Especial, a Mexican lager. Thirsty Eye released a SMASH IPA, Vajellos, so named because a certain head brewer kept misspelling his assistant brewer’s last name in the brew logs. (UPDATES) La Cumbre gets frisky with Regional Fetish IPA. Marble tapped a fresh batch of Prickly Pear Gose.
Up in Santa Fe, Tumbleroot has a new batch of its Dortmunder lager on tap. (UPDATE) Red River Brewing tapped Mr. Hill’s Irish Red.
Steel Bender has released Policy Wheat in cans and on draft, a special collaboration beer made with Teddy Roe’s in Nob Hill, and it’s also available at all four M’tucci’s locations. Second Street has brought back its award-winning Brown Ale in cans and on draft for a limited time. (UPDATES) Gravity Bound will release Survival Guide Hazy IPA in cans and on draft this Thursday. Beer Creek has Tres Amigos Pale Ale back in cans and on draft.
Friday — Gin & Jazz: Spring Edition will take over Tractor Wells Park starting at 5 p.m., coinciding with the debut of the spring cocktail menu from Trouble Minds Distilling.
Saturday — There are still tickets available, as of right now, for the second Mavster Class at Marble downtown. Join production manager and all-around good guy John Heine to learn how to brew Double White. Tickets are $55 and it runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Hook Your Single Friends Up PowerPoint Edition returns to Tractor Wells Park at 7 p.m.
Monday — Beer for a Better Burque returns to Tractor Wells Park, as $1 from every pint sold all day (2 to 10 p.m.) will be donated to Carrie Tingley Hospital.
Quick News Bits:
(UPDATE) Sidetrack is canning! You read that right, this Friday will mark the release of four-packs of MX Lager, with Basecamp IPA and A Tribe Called Kolsch on deck in the coming weeks.
We recently learned that Desert Valley Brewing has closed its westside taproom. Desert Valley had ceased brewing a while back, selling its brewhouse to The Craftroom, which has since launched Late Shift Lager House. Desert Valley still had a following on the westside with its cocktails and innovative food dishes, but alas, it is no more.
High Desert Brewing in Las Cruces 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: Coffee Club: The Thunder (5.2% ABV), a flavorful coffee-infused Irish export stout, available in cans and on draft.
Boxing Bear Brewing Company — Featured seasonal: Scotch Rocket (8.1% ABV), a delicious wee heavy to keep you warm this Third 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: Old Celtic Maverick (5.8% ABV), a collaboration English-style mild ale on nitro, brewed with Quarter Celtic.
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: Freddy’s Got Twenty (11.3% ABV, 80 IBU), an imperial stout aged in maple barrels that has quickly become one of our favorites, it’s down to just cans now, so get it fast.
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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New Beer: MR. HILL’S IRISH RED – This beer has a caramel-like sweetness with a dry finish and low bitterness. It has an amazing mouthfeel. This is a wonderful middle of the road beer. 4.8 ABV / 22 IBUs