The Week Ahead in Beer: Rock the brews and enjoy some good patio time

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As the weather keeps on warming, the patios will be calling this weekend. One to always visit is at Marble downtown, and this weekend as an added bonus the Passing the Torch Festival returns. This Saturday fundraiser for the New Mexico Academy of Rock & Blues kicks off with the student musicians performing at 2 and 2:30 p.m., followed by Hooks and the Huckleberries (3:30-4:45), The Moon Thieves (5:15-6:45), and Reviva (7:30-9). During the shows, Marble will donate $1 from every pint sold to the NMARB. There will also be a live painting session by Nikki Zabicki, with an auction to follow at 7 p.m.

New Draft:

A whole lot of the collaboration beers from the recent United in Beer festival are going on tap all around the metro area, so if we have missed any, please let us know. Among those we can account for, Ice Lab Lager is on tap at Brew Lab 101 (collab with Las Cruces’ Icebox Brewing), Drawn and Cornered (Cream Ale) is on tap at both Harmon Lane and Turtle Mountain, I Can Go For That (Belgian-style table beer) is on tap at both Late Shift Lager House and Marble, Laggerhoppin’ is on tap at Rio Bravo and Truth or Consequences Brewing, and Zach Lied (Raspberry Wit) is on tap at Steel Bender (collab with Rowley Farmhouse Ales).

As for the non-collab new beers in the Albuquerque metro area, La Cumbre tapped Skeletal DIPA. Marble added Idaho 7 IPA. Sidetrack sticks with the hoppy theme with Fallout IPA. Turtle Mountain recently rolled out three returning favorites in Nuts & Bolts (Brit Brown Ale), Get Bock Inside!, and Koi No Yokan (Japanese Rice Lager). Unhinged just tapped Chingon IBA (India Black Ale). (UPDATE) ReSource just tapped a new batch of IPA X.

Up in Santa Fe, Hidden Mountain will tap Mora Azul Blueberry Wheat on Friday. Tumbleroot added a Dry Irish Stout on nitro.

New Package:

Canteen will bring back Low & Slow Pale Ale in cans and on draft this Saturday for a special event (see below). La Cumbre will unveil Hop Drift (Cold IPA) in cans and on draft this Friday. Rio Bravo will release Perky Peach Tea Ale in cans and on draft this Saturday. Rowley Farmhouse Ales put Agent Orange (Coklegan Barrel-Aged Flanders Red) in bottles. Second Street brought back Winsor Trail Pale in cans and on draft. (UPDATES) Boxing Bear will roll out Left Right Left Lager in cans and on draft this Friday. Rowley Farmhouse Ales also released If You Must, a mixed-culture fermentation beer in bottles.

Notable Events:

Friday — Gin & Jazz: Funk Edition takes over Tractor Wells Park at 5 p.m.

Tumbleroot will host a Comedy Night at 8:30 p.m. at the Agua Fria taproom.

Saturday — Canteen brings back Drink Beer, Save Turtles from noon to 6 p.m., so make sure to stop by to help our shelled friends, with music by Baracutanga from 1 to 4 p.m. This event benefits the Turtle Survival Alliance and other local groups, and will feature the release of the aforementioned Low & Slow Pale Ale.

Hook Your Single Friends Up Powerpoint Edition is back at Tractor Wells Park at 7 p.m.

The Dry Heat Comedy Club takes over Red Door Downtown at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday — Canteen hosts the Six Pack Running Series ($10 per runner) at 10:30 a.m., a 5K benefiting the Running 505 Youth Program.

Tuesday — Trivia for a Cause: Ted Lasso edition takes over Bosque Cottonwood at 6 p.m.

Quick News Bits:

Bow & Arrow is seeking a new head brewer. Interested, or know someone who might be? Click on this link for more information about applying.

Bathtub Row has all of its equipment in place and is brewing again, so expect to see those first beers on tap from the new brewhouse in about two weeks.

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.

B2B Garden Brewery 

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.

Kilt Check Brewing 

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.

Lava Rock Brewing 

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.”

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: 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: Snow White and the Seven Brewers, a Scotch ale brewed in collaboration with Beer Creek and Madrid Brewing.

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: Dragon’s Blood Sour (5.6%), a blood orange sour available in cans and on draft.

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 still guest taps for a little while longer.

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

Keep supporting local!

— Stoutmeister

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