This Saturday was basically written by the Brew Crew, as it seems to have all of our favorite things. There’s the Mama Bear Market at Boxing Bear Corrales, because most of us tend to procrastinate getting our moms anything for Mother’s Day (which is this Sunday, and yes, if you have forgotten up until this point, we can sympathize). Then there’s the United in Beer festival at Ex Novo, which we will preview in full later this week, because we love unique beer festivals that celebrate our local breweries. Then there’s a New Mexico United game, because we do love us some live soccer. And finally, there is metal, as Dark Funeral and Cattle Decapitation are taking over El Rey, while Red Mesa and friends will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of Desert Records at Launchpad. Saturday is gonna be a full day, but it is far from the only day that shall be fun this week. Just, uh, let us sleep in on Sunday.
Bosque tapped Common Denominator, a pale ale, and Here Gose Nada, a mango chamoy gose. Flix Brewhouse recently added two beers inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Star Lord and Mission to Knowhere, a pair of hazy IPAs. Late Shift tapped a fresh batch of Double Shift Pilsner. Marble added Cerveza Con Limon and Pilsner Italiano. Palmer and Quarter Celtic recently released a new batch of their award-winning collaboration, Mocha Hipster Bomb, a chocolate-and-coffee stout. Steel Bender and Rowley Farmhouse Ales will release their United in Beer collaboration, Zach Lied Raspberry Wit, on Saturday night. (UPDATE) Casa Vieja goes big with Tartarus Imperial Stout.
Up in Santa Fe, Hidden Mountain has added Perihelion Hazy IPA. Second Street tapped Black Shadow Porter. To the east, Sierra Blanca has its summer seasonal, Dos Hefe, an unfiltered wheat beer, back on tap and in bottles. Down south, Truth or Consequences Brewing will tap its United in Beer collaboration with Rio Bravo, Lagerhoppin’, on Saturday night.
Bosque will roll out cans and draft of Sunbrero, a helles lager, this Friday. Bow & Arrow brings back Desert Rambler Hefeweizen in cans and on draft this Friday. Ex Novo has already rolled out There’s Layers to This, a bourbon-barrel-aged, tiramisu-inspired imperial stout, in cans and on draft and it is quite wonderful. (UPDATE) Boxing Bear is finally putting Lucille Pale Ale in cans, so PA lovers can rejoice, and there’s also the new No Boil Hazy IPA in cans and on draft.
Today (Wednesday) — Drink and Draw, hosted by Mark Fenton, is back at Tractor Wells Park at 6 p.m.
Thursday — The ReggaeFest will take over the patio at Boese Brew Co. Downtown at 7 p.m.
Duke City Repertory Theatre’s Bard Crawl will take over Boxing Bear Corrales at 7:30 p.m. to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Friday — Laugh it up with Blue Lab Comedy Night at Brew Lab 101 at 8 p.m.
Goth Night & Dark Market is back at Tractor Wells Park at 8 p.m., with the theme this time around being Macabre May Moon.
Saturday — The aforementioned Mama Bear Market runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Boxing Bear Corrales.
The aforementioned United in Beer runs from noon to 7 p.m. at Ex Novo, specifically in The Corral, which will be closed to anyone without a ticket during those hours. There are a limited number of tickets left, so click here.
Bow & Arrow will also host a Mother’s Day Pop-Up Market from noon to 5 p.m.
Duke City Repertory Theatre’s Bard Crawl will descend upon High and Dry at 7:30 p.m.
Perhaps the best annual show by the Desert Darlings, Hops & Dreams: Star Wars Edition, will shimmy its way over to Tractor Wells Park at 8 p.m.
Sunday — Sobremesa is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch. Call 505-444-5555 for reservations.
Second Street brings back the Scavenger Hunt Bike Ride from noon to 7 p.m. at both Rufina and Railyard.
Monday — It’s Metal Monday at Tumbleroot Agua Fria at 8 p.m. with Cyborg Octopus headlining.
Quick News Bits:
We will be tracking the World Beer Cup awards via our social media pages today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. Luke should have a full write-up tonight, and we will follow up with any winners once they return from Nashville.
Bear Fest is returning to Boxing Bear Firestone on May 27, and now through Saturday you can get an early bird price of $20 for your ticket. Follow this link and save a little money so you can kick off your Memorial Day weekend in proper fashion!
Bow & Arrow is seeking a new head brewer. Interested, or know someone who might be? Click on this link for more information about applyin.
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 last 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.
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: The R.E.D. Ale (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), an Irish-style red served on nitro.
Bosque Brewing Company — Featured seasonal: Olde Bosky Porter (7.1% ABV, 30 IBU), one of the original Bosque beers is starting to run its course on draft, so grab it will while you can.
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: Glass Jaw DIPA (8% ABV, 125+ IBU), a monster of a West Coast hop-forward ale, with eight different hop varieties in play.
Brew Lab 101 Beer & Cider Company — Featured seasonal: Beyond the Pale (6% ABV, 48 IBU), it’s a pale ale dedicated to metal lovers, so, um, all of us.
Canteen Brewhouse — Featured seasonal: Enthrall IPA (7.4% ABV, 65 IBU), with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Thrall family, is back 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: Plum Saison (6.3% ABV, 24 IBU), the recent anniversary beer won’t be on tap much longer.
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: Sons of Scotland (7% ABV), a past medal winner has nearly run its course on draft, so grab it ASAP.
Flix Brewhouse — Featured seasonal: Super Barlio Brothers, an Italian pilsner, is on tap for a certain movie that was really nostalgic for a lot of Gen-X.
Gravity Bound Brewing — Featured seasonal: Dawnest Before the Dark (9.3% ABV), a hefty imperial stout conditioned on Slow Burn Coffee and Amburana wood.
Harmon Lane Brewing at Southwest Grape and Grain — Featured seasonal: O’Danny Boy Irish Red (6.5% ABV) is still available on draft.
High and Dry Brewing — Featured seasonal: Brunch Village (6.6% ABV, 10 IBU), a chocolate-forward dark sour ale.
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: Tropic IPA, perfect for the blooming spring with notes of passion fruit, guava, and grapefruit complimenting the hop-forward ale.
La Cumbre Brewing — Featured seasonal: Azulito Blue Corn Lager (4.8% ABV, 16 IBU), a perfect sessionable lager to help kick off the warmer months.
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: Biscochito Brown (6.4% ABV, 25 IBU), a proper New Mexican dessert beer, it’s a cookie in a glass.
Marble Brewery — Featured seasonal: Bock ‘n a Half (7.3% ABV), a delicious dark lager to give you a break from the lighter spring fare.
Nexus Brewery — Featured seasonal: Oralé Mexican Lager (5.3% ABV, 18 IBU), a crisp summer beer with a touch of lemon/lime.
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: Bohemian Pilsner (5.23% ABV, 37 IBU), a lightly hopped, sweet and smooth brew perfect for warmer days and nights.
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: Higher Frequency (9% ABV), a Norwegian ale brewed with hibiscus.
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: The Udder Stout (5.1% ABV, 15 IBU), a proper cream stout.
Sobremesa — Featured seasonal: Dominator, a German-style doppelbock.
Starr Brothers Brewing — Featured seasonal: War Face (9.6% ABV, 100 IBU), a behemoth DIPA.
Steel Bender Brewyard — Featured seasonal: Double Lemon Dynamite (6.1% ABV, 5 IBU), which is still available in cans and on draft, and they will even do a sugar rim on the glass.
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: Father O’Malley’s Holy Water (4.2% ABV, 33 IBU), which is described by the brewery as “an Irish-style dry stout served on nitro for a smooth, creamy head, and deep roasted malt that’s still light bodied enough to leave room for seconds.”
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: Raspberry Sombrero Wheat, a refreshing fruited wheat ale.
Rowley Farmhouse Ales — Featured seasonal: Season of Night (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU), a dark saison that our own Luke Macias helped brew.
Santa Fe Brewing Company — Featured seasonal: Freewheeler Hazy IPA is the summer seasonal available on tap and in cans.
Second Street Brewery — Featured seasonal: Zombie Star (8.1% ABV, 36 IBU), a double hazy IPA available in cans 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: Cherry Wheat, a three-time GABF medal winner that is perfect for summer nights in the beer garden.
Truth or Consequences Brewing — Featured seasonal: Fiesta Gold (5.3% ABV, 22 IBU), which the brewery described as “Inspired by thirst-quenching Mexican lagers like Modelo & Bohemia, this crisp International Pale Lager has a straw-gold color with just a touch of herbal spiciness from German hops.”
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