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Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

All you New Mexico craft beer drinkers who don’t already live in the northern part of state have a great excuse to head that direction this weekend. Northern New Mexico boasts many great beers now on tap, Pararito SummerFest gets going this weekend, and a northern excursion is a great excuse to escape the blazing heat that is settling on Central and Southern New Mexico. Turtle Mountain hopes to tap their Session IPA next week, and they will be previewing their new Session IPA at Pajarito. Santa Fe Brewing will be pouring beer this weekend at Pajarito SummerFest as well as at Gypsyfest in Madrid, and they have some great beers on limited supply at both of their locations. If that is not enough, Second Street Brewing just released the latest batch of their delicious Cream Stout.

Right now in the Duke City, Il Vicino has introduced Everyday IPA, a session beer. La Cumbre has brought back their popular BEER, a pilsner. Marble recently released their India Session Ale, Porter, and Farmhand Pale Ale. Marble’s Farmhand Pale Ale was brewed in preparation for their Farm and Table Beer Dinner that was a big hit during ABQ Beer Week. Turtle Mountain is now serving their new Kosmonaut Kolsch.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Phil’s Dark Mild, a traditional British Dark Ale. SFBC is also featuring Imperial Rye Smoked Porter (barrel aged) and Sin Fresca for a limited time. Second Street Brewery has fresh batches of Cream Stout and Simcoe Pale Ale on tap.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 2.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year, ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Kolsch Style Ale, Belgian Wit, IPA, Pale Ale, Belgian White. BADH still has a few remnants of their highly successful Tower of Sour tasting including limited quantities of Ichtegems Grand Cru, Silly Sour, Moylan’s Lonely Tart Club, Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie, Petrus Aged Pale, and Lips of Faith La Folie. BADH also tapped Green Flash Brewing’s “Le Freak” Imperial Belgian IPA and Stone’s new saison this week. Stoutmeister enjoyed the new Kolsch Style Ale, calling it a perfect, relaxing beer for the hot summer days that have arrived.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Rampant Lamb Maibock, ½ Wit Belgian Style Witbier, The Malty-Ness Monster (a Scottish Wee Heavy), AproPeach Saison, Locomotion California Commons. The new saison uses both apricots and peaches for a wholly unique flavor. The Locomotion is back on tap after a short absence.

News: Blue Corn is brewing up a cream ale for summer. It’s expected to be ready June 12.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week, but when it’s a lineup as good as this one, no one wants it to change. The Scottish is a longtime Brew Crew favorite. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Old Man Jameson (Scottish Export), Peachburgh, PA (Peach Pale Ale), Beligian Specialty Ale, Polly’s S.M.A.S.H. Polly’s was made with Marris Otter and HBC 342 hops. $1 of each sale for Polly’s S.M.A.S.H. goes to help fund Polly’s Run, a fundraiser to support pancreatic cancer research. The supply of this beer is nearly out, so hurry down to contribute.

News: Construction has begun on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Sol Rosenberg Ale, Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter), Java the Hutt (coffee ale), Broken Berry Brown (chocolate strawberry ale). Franz Solo plans to head over to Broken Bottle soon to try all of these new beers. As he is the only Crew member who lives on the West Side, he figures he should be the one to keep tabs on the breweries on that side of the river.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefeweizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%), Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout). Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.”

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Raspberry Ale (5.0% ABV, 30 IBU), Hop the Pond ESB (5% ABV, 33 IBU), Idle Time IPA (4.9% ABV, 65 IBU). Hop the Pond ESB features an English malt bill and American hops to create an extra special bitter. Stoutmeister sampled the Idle Time and called it a superior session IPA to Stone’s Go to IPA or Lagunitas’ Daytime IPA. The Pecan Porter that Franz and Mrs. Solo raved about at Blues & Brews will be on tap soon.

News: Head brewer Zach Guilmette has revamped the recipe for Chama’s Jackalope IPA to give it a stronger kick and tastier palate.

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Study Series: Blonde (Belgian Style Blonde, 4% ABV), Marcel (Belgian Style Wit, 5% ABV), Duchamp (Belgian Style Sour Wit, 5% ABV), Tableaux (Belgian style Sour Dark Ale, 11% ABV), Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: Duel Brewing has just started bottling Tableaux, Titian, and Fiction (Belgian Style IPA) in 22-ounce bottles.

Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA is popular with the tourist crowd. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beers brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Bohemian Pilsner, IPA, Steam Beer, Octoberfest, Anniversary IPA, Hefeweizen, Stout, Barley Wine. The Stout and Hefeweizen are back on tap this week, replacing the Brown and Scotch Ale. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)

Beers: HBC 436 IPA (6.4% ABV, 60 IBU), St. Bob’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (11.5% ABV), Apricot Saison (6.5% ABV, 24 IBU), 505-2014 Collaboration, Hops-pitality IPA, Hefeweizen (5.0% ABV, 14 IBU), Exodus IPA (7.6% ABV, 100+ IBU), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV, 24 IBU), Everyday IPA (5.8% ABV, 70 IBU). The awesome Two Fools Whisky Stout has run out (at least for now), but three others brewed for Beer Week — St. Bob’s, 505-2014, and Hops-pitality — are still on tap. The new Everyday is a session IPA, which has become all the rage amongst breweries across the country.

News: Il Vicino’s 20th anniversary party is set for June 28. We’ll have more information in the coming weeks on this special event.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8 p.m., Fri-Sun 11:30-10 p.m.)

Beers: Amber, Cream Stout (nitro), Jabberwocky IPA, London Porter, Belgian Blonde, Honk Ale, Dark Abbey, Helles Lager. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Stoutmeister recommends any and all of their lager-style beers. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement. During a couple of recent visits, I enjoyed the Dark Abbey, while Stoutmeister gave thumbs up to the London Porter, Cream Stout, and Helles Lager.

Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: BEER, 505-2014 Collaboration, Retro Pale Ale, A Gringo from Bombay (white IPA), Miles from Cologne.The Miles is a Kolsch-style beer, smooth and mild to help beat the summer heat. It replaced the popular VMO #2.

News: We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: India Session Ale (4.5% ABV), Porter (5.3 ABV%), Farmhand Pale Ale (5.8% ABV), 505-2014 Collaboration, Dukes of Ale/Marble Collaboration Beer (7.1% ABV), Anniversary Triple, Anniversary Barley Wine, India Wheat, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout. India Session Ale fuses all the vibrant hop character of an IPA coupled with a sessionable ABV to create a perfect patio pint. The Porter’s mild, fruity English yeast character balances a drinking experience full of plum, dark chocolate, and raisin. Marble’s Farmhand Pale Ale is a tawny tinged, rustic pale ale bursting with quenching American hops.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

News: In April, Marble was presented the gold medal at the World Beer Cup for their Pilsner!

Events: On Tuesday, Marble hosts an open mike night from 6-9 p.m. with Boris McCutcheon. Marble’s Downtown Pub will also host music performances by Zimbabwe Music with Wagogo on Wednesday from 7-10 p.m, Temporary Tattoos on Thursday from 7-10 p.m, Porter Draw and Wildewood, from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, and Beer, Beats and Bellydance from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, and Duopalooza on Sunday.

Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Altbier, Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream, Beam Me Up Scottish. Altbier is the first new recipe brewed for Nexus by head brewer Kaylynn McKnight. It comes highly recommended by Stoutmeister, Franz Solo, Mrs. Solo, and myself. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

(Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)

Beers: Imperial Rye Smoked Porter (barrel aged), Phil’s Dark Mild, Sin Fresca, Freestyle Pilsner, Irish Red. Barrel aged Imperial Rye Smoked Porter is on tap for a limited time, and I am told that it’s awesome so you don’t want to miss it. SFBC is currently serving a small batch of Sin Fresca, a Belgian-style wheat beer highlighting the native latir hop (strawberry character without strawberry nor extract, 5.2% ABV). SFBC’s Small Batch Saturday will feature Phil’s Dark Mild, a traditional British Dark Ale (4.0% ABV).

Events: SFBC will be pouring beer this weekend at Pajarito SummerFest as well as at Gypsyfest in Madrid.

$1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Cream Stout, Simcoe Pale Ale, Otowi Pale Ale, Pivotal IPA, Boneshaker Bitter, Kolsch, Rod’s Steam Bitter (gold medal-winner at GABF). SSB’s Cream Stout is one of my favorite beers brewed in the state of New Mexico. The Boneshaker was brewed for the recent Outside Magazine Bike & Brew Festival.

Events: SSB’s Second Street location will host the music of Boris and The Saltlicks on Thursday.

SSB’s Railyard location will host Jono Manson on Friday, Alex Maryol on Saturday, and they will host Santa Fe Revue on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Also, on Thursday at the Railyard plaza, Jimmy Vaughn will be performing starting at 6 p.m. Second Street Brewery at the Railyard will have a beer garden up and running.

Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Dirty Brown, Mosaic Lollipop, Mogul IPA, Simple Porter. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Taos Ale House recently partnered with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. The Burger Stand is now open and is already booming with business.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Cold Gold, Cross Eye Rye, Great Scot Scottish, Rainy Day IPA, Fall Down Brown, Lunch Pale Ale, Sessions (IPA), Superstitious Stout, White Feather IPA. New to the taps this week are the Cold Gold (5.0% ABV, 20 IBU), a golden ale, and Sessions (5.0% ABV, 60 IBU), a session IPA. The popular Rainy Day IPA (7.2% ABV, 90 IBU) and Lunch Pale Ale also return to the regular lineup. For a darker beer, Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout (naturally). There are also three guest taps featuring Marble’s Wildflower Wheat and Pilsner, plus the Marble Beers’ IPA from Great Britain (not ABQ).

Events: Taos Mesa will host the Blues, Brews and Bikes Festival on June 14. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Sandstone Wheat, Afternoon D’light IPL, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Fare Well Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Kokopelli Coconut Wheat, Chaco Nut Brown, Hop Junkie (DIPA), NM Colona, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Powerplant Porter. The lineup at Three Rivers has been shaken up recently. Sandstone Wheat, Fare Well Pale Ale, Kokopelli Coconut Wheat, Hop Junkie, NM Colona, and Powerplant Porter are all fairly new, with the Afternoon D’light IPL (5.0% ABV) joining the lineup this week. The D’light is an India pale lager made with just Pilsner malt and Citra hops. The Hop Junkie is a powerful DIPA checking in at 8.5-percent ABV, with nine hop additions (as opposed to just five in the regular IPA). The Sandstone is a Bavarian-style hefeweizen. The Colona is modeled after a light Mexican lager, but with more flavor. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance.

Cask: There is nothing on cask at present.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), TBA (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
 Last call 30 minutes before close. 
No package after midnight.
 Brewery tours Saturday at 1 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Javi Lager (6.5% ABV), Apple Cider, Saison (6.7% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV), Scotch Ale (7.5% ABV), Maibock Lager (5.8% ABV), Pilsner #15.

Beers at Wells Park only: L4 IPL (6.5% ABV), Berry Cider (7.5% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Tupac Cali Red Ale. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). Tractor’s Scotch Ale is Fermented with Edinburgh Scotch Ale Yeast and brewed with a hundred pounds of smoked malt, big flavors from smoke and caramel malts make this a pleasure for the palate. A rich burgundy color and subtle flavors of bacon, caramel and smoke are all balanced by slightly earthy and hoppy characteristics.”

Events: On Wednesday, Tractor will be hosting another Cards Against Humanity night at Wells Park. This is a free event starting at 7 p.m. Food will by served by Nomad’s BBQ.

Geeks Who Drink is now setting up shop at the Wells Park Tap Room every Monday at 8 p.m. Bar cash for winners and bonus questions all night. Wanna see what GWD at Tractor has been up to? Check out the blog! Food will be served by Europa Roaming Kitchen.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates.  Please call.)

Beers: Kosmonaut Kolsch (5.3% ABV, 22 IBU), 505-2014 Collaboration, Piedra Lisa Porter (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU), N.B. SMaSH (5.7%, 45 IBU), Heidelburg Helles (5.1%, 20 IBU), Oku Amber (6.5% ABV, 30 IBU), Hopshell IPA (6.7% ABV, 100 IBU), Parasol White IPA (7.0% ABV, 50 IBU), Turbo Pilz (4.7%, 25 IBU), Red Rye (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU), McDay’s Cream Ale. McDay and Heidelburg Helles will be making their way to TMBC’s regular menu, so you can enjoy them all year.

News: TMBC hopes to tap their Session IPA next week, and they will be previewing it this weekend at Pajarito.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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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.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

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Editor’s note: Pardon the delay, but E-Rock’s new summer work schedule at CNM collided with my Beer Week responsibilities. Hopefully we can reorganize how we do this column and start getting it to you on Tuesday now instead of Wednesday. If any brewer or brewery rep who serves as our email contact is reading this, please try to get your listings to E-Rock by Monday or Tuesday morning at the latest. Thanks! — Stoutmeister

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

ABQ Beer Week continues in the Duke City. Festivities run until Saturday, culminating at the Il Vicino Canteen with Cask Fest, which still has a few tickets still available for purchase. If you find yourself at the Canteen before Saturday, you can still sample pints of their Beer Week Specials including the return of St. Bob’s and the last of their Two Fools Great Heart Whisky Stout. I tried a pint of the Whisky Stout at Two Fools as part of their special sampling on Tuesday. The smooth stout had hints of vanilla and is not to be missed. There are so many seasonals on tap at the Canteen that they had to remove some of their standard beers to make room on the taps!

Right now in the Duke City, Back Alley Draft House added Kolsch Style Ale and Belgian Wit to their selection of house beers, and they still have some beers still on tap from their Tower of Sour tasting as well as new releases from Green Flash and Stone. Il Vicino Canteen has unleashed Two Fools Whisky Stout (6.6% ABV, 60 IBU) and HBC 436 IPA (6.4% ABV, 60 IBU). They also have St. Bob’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Hops-Pitality IPA, and Apricot Saison on tap as Beer Week specials. Turtle Mountain has McDay’s Cream Ale back on tap.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Bill’s Latir Cream Ale brewed with Latir, one of the native NM hops that SFBC will be growing on their farm. Second Street Brewery is now serving Huell Melon Pilzner, Otowi Pale Ale, and Pivotal IPA.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 26.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year, ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Kolsch Style Ale, Belgian Wit, IPA, Pale Ale, Belgian White. BADH still has a few remnants of their highly successful Tower of Sour tasting including limited quantities of Ichtegems Grand Cru, Silly Sour, Moylan’s Lonely Tart Club, Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie, Petrus Aged Pale, and Lips of Faith La Folie. BADH also tapped Green Flash Brewing’s “Le Freak” Imperial Belgian IPA and Stone’s new saison this week. Stoutmeister enjoyed the new Kolsch Style Ale, calling it a perfect, relaxing beer for the hot summer days to come.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Rampant Lamb Maibock, ½ Wit Belgian Style Witbier, The Malty-Ness Monster (a Scottish Wee Heavy), AproPeach Saison. The new saison uses both apricots and peaches for a wholly unique flavor.

News: Blue Corn is brewing up a cream ale for summer.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week, but when it’s a lineup as good as this one, no one wants it to change. The Scottish is a longtime Brew Crew favorite. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Old Man Jameson (Scottish Export), Peachburgh, PA (Peach Pale Ale), Beligian Specialty Ale, Polly’s S.M.A.S.H. Polly’s was made with Marris Otter and HBC 342 hops. $1 of each sale for Polly’s S.M.A.S.H. goes to help fund Polly’s Run, a fundraiser to support pancreatic cancer research. The supply of this beer is nearly out, so hurry down to contribute.

News: Construction has begun on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Sol Rosenberg Ale, Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter), Java the Hutt (coffee ale), Broken Berry Brown (chocolate strawberry ale). Franz Solo plans to head over to Broken Bottle soon to try all of these new beers. As he is the only Crew member who lives on the West Side, he figures he should be the one to keep tabs on the breweries on that side of the river.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefeweizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.”

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver. Hopefully it will be on tap again soon.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Raspberry Ale (5.0% ABV, 30 IBU), Hop the Pond ESB (5% ABV, 33 IBU), Idle Time IPA (4.9% ABV, 65 IBU). Hop the Pond ESB features an English malt bill and American hops to create an extra special bitter. Stoutmeister sampled the Idle Time and called it a superior session IPA to Stone’s Go to IPA or Lagunitas’ Daytime IPA. The Pecan Porter that Franz and Mrs. Solo raved about at Blues & Brews will be on tap soon.

News: Head brewer Zach Guilmette has revamped the recipe for Chama’s Jackalope IPA to give it a stronger kick and tastier palate.

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Study Series: Blonde (Belgian Style Blonde, 4% ABV), Marcel (Belgian Style Wit, 5% ABV), Duchamp (Belgian Style Sour Wit, 5% ABV), Tableaux (Belgian style Sour Dark Ale, 11% ABV), Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: Duel Brewing has just started bottling Tableaux and Fiction (Belgian Style IPA) in 22-ounce bottles.

Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA is popular with the tourist crowd. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beers brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Bohemian Pilsner, IPA, Steam Beer, Octoberfest, Anniversary IPA, Brown Ale, Scotch Ale, Barley Wine. The Anniversary IPA replaces the Hefeweizen on tap this week. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)

Beers: Two Fools Whisky Stout (6.6% AVB, 60 IBU), HBC 436 IPA (6.4% ABV, 60 IBU), St. Bob’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (11.5% ABV), Apricot Saison 6.5% ABV, 24 IBU), 505-2014 Collaboration, Hops-pitality IPA, Hefeweizen (5.0% ABV, 14 IBU), Farmhouse Rye (5.7% ABV, 22 IBU), Exodus IPA (7.6% ABV, 100+ IBU), Spiced Belgian Golden (9.2% ABV), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV, 24 IBU). Two Fools Whisky Stout is a whiskey barrel aged stout. This is a very small batch which the Canteen is sharing and pouring alongside Two Fools Tavern. With Farmhouse Rye, the Canteen continues a series of beers using the farmhouse strain of yeasts. Mash includes a portion of rye, and the brew is hop-bursted with Sorachi Ace and Mosaic, yielding a beer that is hoppier and a bit more bitter than the 22 IBUs might suggest.

News: Il Vicino Cask Fest is this weekend, and some tickets are still available. $20 affords you entry, your 16-sample board, and a printed take-home pint glass that you can fill with your favorite magical cask concoction!

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8 p.m., Fri-Sun 11:30-10 p.m.)

Beers: Amber, Cream Stout (nitro), Jabberwocky IPA, London Porter, Belgian Blonde, Honk Ale, Dark Abbey, Helles Lager. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Stoutmeister recommends any and all of their lager-style beers. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement. During a couple of recent visits, I enjoyed the Dark Abbey, while Stoutmeister gave thumbs up to the London Porter, Cream Stout, and Helles Lager.

Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Retro Pale Ale, A Gringo from Bombay (white IPA), Blanche De Burque (witbier), Project Dank, Miles from Cologne.The Miles is a Kolsch-style beer, smooth and mild to help beat the summer heat. It replaced the popular VMO #2.

News: Blanche De Burque is now on tap and has now been released in bottle conditioned 750 ml bottles. Other La Cumbre beers for sale in bombers include La Negra Imperial Russian Stout and Project Dank IPA.

We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Dukes of Ale/Marble Collaboration Beer (7.1% ABV), Anniversary Triple, Anniversary Barley Wine, India Wheat, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout. India Wheat has the citrusy, tropical hop character of an IPA with the refreshing quench of a wheat ale. The special releases of the Triple and Barley Wine occurred during Marble’s Sixth Anniversary Party last week. Both beers will be on tap and available in bombers for mug club members, new and old. Stoutmeister tried both beers. He highly recommends the Barley Wine, calling it “the barley wine of the elder gods.” He and Franz Solo might be hanging out too much.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

News: In April, Marble was presented the gold medal at the World Beer Cup for their Pilsner!

Events: On Tuesday, Marble hosts an open mike night from 6-9 p.m. with Boris McCutcheon. Marble’s Downtown Pub will also host music performances by the Colorado band We’s Us on Thursday from 7-10 p.m, Let it Grow, a Grateful Dead tribute band, from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, and Aspen Hourglass from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday.

Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Altbier, Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream, Beam Me Up Scottish. Altbier is the first new recipe brewed for Nexus by head brewer Kaylynn McKnight. It comes highly recommended by Stoutmeister, Franz Solo, Mrs. Solo, and myself. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

(Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)

Beers: Bill’s Latir Cream Ale, Freestyle Pilsner, Irish Red. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Bill’s Latir Cream Ale brewed with Latir, one of the native NM hop that SFBC will be growing on their farm. SFBC’S seasonal Freestyle Pilsner is officially on tap and on the shelf.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Huell Melon Pilzner, Otowi Pale Ale, Pivotal IPA, Boneshaker Bitter, Kolsch, IPA, Rod’s Steam Bitter (gold medal-winner at GABF). The Boneshaker was brewed for the recent Outside Magazine Bike & Brew Festival.

Events: SSB’s Second Street location will host the music of Eryn Bent and the Troupe Red on Friday, and they will host Busy and the Crazy 88’s on Saturday.

SSB’s Railyard location will host the Bus Tapes on Friday, they will host Catahola Curse on Saturday, and they will host Santa Fe Revue on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Also, on June 5 at the Railyard plaza, Jimmy Vaughn will be performing starting at 6 p.m.

Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Dirty Brown, Mosaic Lollipop, Mogul IPA, Simple Porter. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Taos Ale House recently partnered with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. The Burger Stand is now open and is already booming with business.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Cross Eye Rye, Great Scot Scottish, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Hopper IPA, Kolsh 45, Superstitious Stout, Three Peaks IPA, White Feather IPA. New to the taps this week are the Cross Eye Rye (6.7% ABV) and Great Scot Scottish (7.2% ABV). For hopheads, try the Three Peaks (7.1% ABV, 101 IBUs), while the White Feather is a more mild white IPA (6.5% ABV, 55 IBUs). Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout (naturally). There are also two guest taps featuring Marble’s Wildflower Wheat and La Cumbre’s Elevated IPA.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Sandstone Wheat, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Fare Well Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Kokopelli Coconut Wheat, Chaco Nut Brown, Hop Junkie (DIPA), NM Colona, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Powerplant Porter. The lineup at Three Rivers has been shaken up. Sandstone Wheat, Fare Well Pale Ale, Kokopelli Coconut Wheat, Hop Junkie, NM Colona, and Powerplant Porter are all new. The Hop Junkie is a powerful DIPA checking in at 8.5-percent ABV, with nine hop additions (as opposed to just five in the regular IPA). The Sandstone is a Bavarian-style hefeweizen. The Colona is modeled after a light Mexican lager, but with more flavor. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance.

Cask: There is nothing on cask at present.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), TBA (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
 Last call 30 minutes before close. 
No package after midnight.
 Brewery tours Saturday at 1 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Javi Lager (6.5% ABV), Hard Berry Cider (7.6% ABV), C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Cortijo Farmhouse Ale (6.7% ABV), Luna de los Muertos Stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: Scotch Ale (7.5% ABV), L4 IPL (6.5% ABV), Berry Cider (7.5% ABV), Apple Cider, Maibock Lager (5.8% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), Dopplebock (8.0% ABV), Tupac Cali Red Ale. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). Tractor’s Scotch Ale is Fermented with Edinburgh Scotch Ale Yeast and brewed with a hundred pounds of smoked malt, big flavors from smoke and caramel malts make this a pleasure for the palate. A rich burgundy color and subtle flavors of bacon, caramel and smoke are all balanced by slightly earthy and hoppy characteristics.” The Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch.

Events: On Wednesday, Tractor will be hosting another Cards Against Humanity night at Wells Park. This is a free event starting at 7 p.m. Food will by served by Nomad’s BBQ.

Geeks Who Drink is now setting up shop at the Wells Park Tap Room every Monday at 8 p.m. Bar cash for winners and bonus questions all night. Wanna see what GWD at Tractor has been up to? Check out the blog! Food will be served by Europa Roaming Kitchen.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates.  Please call.)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Piedra Lisa Porter (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU), N.B. SMaSH (5.7%, 45 IBU), Heidelburg Helles (5.1%, 20 IBU), Oku Amber (6.5% ABV, 30 IBU), Hopshell IPA (6.7% ABV, 100 IBU), Parasol White IPA (7.0% ABV, 50 IBU), Hop Duster (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU), Turbo Pilz (4.7%, 25 IBU), Red Rye (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU), McDay’s Cream Ale. McDay and Heidelburg Helles will be making their way to TMBC’s regular menu, so you can enjoy them all year.

News: The Oku Amber and Hopshell IPA are the first of TMBC’s new house beers to come online. They are dialing in efficiency so alcohol and IBUs may drift around a little, but Oku and Hopshell will always be on tap from now on.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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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.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

It’s a big day for the Brew Crew as Mrs. Solo debuts with her first story! (With help from E-Rock.) They attended the Second Annual Tower of Sour at Back Alley Draft House on Friday night. Here is their review of the beers they sampled and recommendations for what to seek out the next time you have a hankering for a good sour or two. — Stoutmeister

When I volunteered to go to the Tower of Sour event at Back Alley, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve had very few sour beers and I don’t know much about them. When I heard “tower of sour” I imagined a tower of champagne glasses, with sour beer pouring from each glass. While visually this would have been really cool, I knew it was a pretty absurd idea.

When I arrived at Back Alley, a few minutes before 5 p.m., the place was pretty much empty. Right at 5, however, the craft beer drinkers of Albuquerque began piling in, ready to order their flights of sours.

Greetings, this is E-Rock, adding a few extra thoughts is italics. I arrived at Back Alley about 10 minutes after 5 to find that the place was packed. Thankfully, Mrs. Solo saved a seat for me. I could not attend last year’s Tower of Sour due to scheduling conflicts, so I jumped at the chance to sample one of my favorite styles of beers when I saw that I had no conflict this year. I’m glad I could attend. Back Alley collected a great variety of sours with varying flavor profiles brewed in different places around the globe.

The sours were split into two flights with each flight consisting of four beers. Most groups ordered both flights because, well, why wouldn’t you?

Gaze upon the delicious samples at the Second Annual Tower of Sour at Back Alley Draft House.

Gaze upon the delicious samples at the Second Annual Tower of Sour at Back Alley Draft House.

Flight One

Alvinne Phi: This Blonde sour is aged in stainless steel with Morpheus yeast and comes in with an ABV of 10 percent! This was great way to start the flight. It has a strong sour taste but is not overwhelming.

Ichtegem’s Grand Cru: The Grand Cru is a Flemish Red Ale that has been aged in wooden casks for two years. ABV is 6.5 percent. After the tartness of Phi, the Grand Cru is a shock of sweetness. To me, this beer tastes more like a cider than a sour.

Petrus Aged Red: This beer is made from the Double Brown Ale with Aged Pale and cherries added at the end. ABV is 8.5 percent. The sweet cherry flavor of this sour is overwhelming. E-Rock and I both agreed that it tastes like they added sweet cherry syrup but if you like cherry soda, you might really like this sour.

Silly Sour: 87 percent Sour ale blended with 13 percent saison goes into the Silly Sour for an ABV of 5 percent. This beer tasted more like a saison than a sour at first, but the sour notes began coming through the more I drank it.

The sample list for the 2014 Tower of Sour at Back Alley Draft House.

The full sample list for the Second Annual Tower of Sour at Back Alley Draft House.

Flight Two

Moylan’s Lonely Tart Club: Made with both sweet and sour cherries, this sour is fermented with three Belgian yeast strains and soured with Lactobacillus. ABV comes out to 5.3 percent. This was my favorite of the sours. The cherry flavor is much more subtle than the Petrus Aged Red and it is more sour and not too sweet.

Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie: A sour smoked wheat ale that is brewed using the historic recipes by Dr. Fritz Briem from Munich, Germany. This recipe dates back to the 15th century. ABV of 4 percent. This beer tastes more like a wheat beer than a sour. It has a strong smokey taste that gets better as it warms. The smoked taste was so subtle that I didn’t notice it at first. After subsequent tastings its smokey taste became very pronounced.

Petrus Aged Pale: Aged in Calvados Barrels for 18 months with an ABV of 7.3 percent, the aged pale has a sour start with a bland finish. It does improve after sitting out for a bit. Much like the saison, this beer started out with a very subtle flavor and became more and more sour as I drank it. I was disappointed with its lack of flavor at first, but it became a very tasty sour in time.

New Belgium La Folie: This sour brown ale is aged in oak barrels from one to three years. ABV is 7 percent. E-Rock remarked that this is what he expects from a sour and it was his favorite overall. It has a strong sour taste with hints of green apple and plum. I liked it more with each sip and hope to have it again soon since it is in short supply.

Overall, this was a great event with a big turnout. I arrived a sour skeptic and left a sour fan. Thanks, Back Alley, for hosting and bringing in an awesome selection of sours.

Cheers!

— Mrs. Solo

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

ABQ Beer Week has begun, and several breweries from around the country will be holding special tastings in various bars and beer stores throughout the Duke City. As this column is dedicated to seasonal beers brewed throughout the state of New Mexico, I will continue to do what I do best and focus only on brews native to the Land of Enchantment. The big news this week is the 505-2014 Collaboration Beer, which will be released on Thursday. Described as a Red Rye Pale Ale and coming in at an ABV of 4.6 percent, this beer was brewed by Il Vicino, La Cumbre, Bosque, Chama River, Nexus, and Marble. It will be on tap at all the participating breweries. Marble will host a kickoff release party Thursday night from 7 to 10 p.m.

Right now in the Duke City, Chama River is introducing Coconut Brown Ale (5.7% ABV, 25 IBU), Raspberry Ale (5.0% ABV, 30 IBU), and Hop the Pond ESB (5% ABV, 33 IBU) to taps this week. Il Vicino will bring back their Hops-pitality IPA on Thursday in honor of Beer Week. La Cumbre is now serving their Retro Pale Ale. On Saturday, Marble will be releasing the barrel-aged version of the Babes In Brewland beer, Fleur de Rouge.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Duskin’s Golden Strong Rye.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 19.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Berliner Weisse, IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. Franz Solo and I both recommend the Berliner Weisse. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Stone’s IRS on tap as well as Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine.

Events: Back Alley will host the Second Annual Tower of Sour on Friday as part of Beer Week. Stoutmeister will have more in our daily preview of Beer Week events that morning.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Rampant Lamb Maibock, Acme Anvil Double IPA, ½ Wit Belgian Style Witbier, The Malty-Ness Monster (a Scottish Wee Heavy), Locomotion California Commons. Stoutmeister enjoyed the smooth Locomotion during a recent visit to Blue Corn.

News: Blue Corn will be putting an apricot and peach saison, that has yet to be named, on tap soon.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week, but when it’s a lineup as good as this one, no one wants it to change. The Scottish is a longtime Brew Crew favorite. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Scottish Export, Peach Pale Ale, Beligian Specialty Ale, Polly’s S.M.A.S.H. Polly’s was made with Marris Otter and HBC 342 hops. $1 of each sale for Polly’s S.M.A.S.H. goes to help fund Polly’s Run, a fundraiser to support pancreatic cancer research. The supply of this beer is nearly out, so hurry down to contribute. BBC’s Scottish and Peach Pale Ale will be coming out the end of this week (or beginning of next).

News: Bosque will be out of their Brewer’s Boot Amber Ale until next week.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Sol Rosenberg Ale, Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter), Java the Hutt (coffee ale), Broken Berry Brown (chocolate strawberry ale). Franz Solo plans to head over to Broken Bottle soon to try all of these new beers. As he is the only Crew member who lives on the West Side, he figures he should be the one to keep tabs on the breweries on that side of the river.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefeweizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.”

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver. Hopefully it will be on tap again soon.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Coconut Brown Ale (5.7% ABV, 25 IBU), Raspberry Ale (5.0% ABV, 30 IBU), Hop the Pond ESB (5% ABV, 33 IBU), Idle Time IPA (4.9% ABV, 65 IBU). Hop the Pond ESB features an English malt bill and American hops to create an extra special bitter. Stoutmeister sampled the Idle Time and called it a superior session IPA to Stone’s Go to IPA or Lagunitas’ Daytime IPA.

News: If there is anything you want to know about new head brewer Zach Guilmette, Stoutmeister interviewed him recently.

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Study Series: Blonde (Belgian Style Blonde, 4% ABV), Marcel (Belgian Style Wit, 5% ABV), Duchamp (Belgian Style Sour Wit, 5% ABV), Tableaux (Belgian style Sour Dark Ale, 11% ABV), Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: Duel Brewing has just started bottling Tableaux and Fiction (Belgian Style IPA) in 22-ounce bottles.

Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA is popular with the tourist crowd. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beers brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Hefeweizen, Bohemian Pilsner, IPA, Steam Beer, Octoberfest, Brown Ale, Scotch Ale, Barley Wine. The Hefe, Steam, Octoberfest, and Brown rejoin the lineup this week. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Hops-pitality IPA, Hefeweizen (5.0% ABV, 14 IBU), Sc-Out smoked stout (7.9% ABV, 40 IBU), Farmhouse Rye (5.7% ABV, 22 IBU), Exodus IPA (7.6% ABV, 100+ IBU), Spiced Belgian Golden (9.2% ABV, 26 IBU, 10-ounce pours), Cascade Pale Ale (6.1% ABV, 60 IBU), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV, 24 IBU), Irish Red (6.4% ABV, 25 IBU). With Farmhouse Rye the Canteen continues a series of beers using the farmhouse strain of yeasts. Mash includes a portion of rye, and the brew is hop-bursted with Sorachi Ace and Mosaic, yielding a beer that is hoppier and a bit more bitter than the 22 IBUs might suggest.

News: Il Vicino Cask Fest will be held at the Canteen on Saturday, May 31 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets for the fest are on sale and going fast! The Canteen did sell out at the last Cask Fest and had to turn people away at the door. Tickets are $20 (only $15 for Mug Club Members showing their card), includes their admission and sample board, and a full pour of their favorite in their own commemorative pint glass.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8 p.m., Fri-Sun 11:30-10 p.m.)

Beers: Amber, Cream Stout (nitro), Jabberwocky IPA, London Porter, Belgian Blonde, Honk Ale, Dark Abbey, Helles Lager. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement. During a couple of recent visits, I enjoyed the Dark Abbey, while Stoutmeister gave thumbs up to the London Porter, Cream Stout, and Helles Lager.

Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Retro Pale Ale, A Gringo from Bombay (white IPA), Blanche De Burque (witbier), Project Dank, VMO #2 (Marzen). La Cumbre decided to let Miles from Cologne sit slightly longer, and they are going to have their Retro Pale Ale on tap instead. Look for Miles from Cologne to return to La Cumbre in the near future. VMO #2 is a German-style Marzen that’s great when you need a break from all the hoppy beers on tap, but it is near the end of its run. Grab a pint while you still can.

News: Blanche De Burque is now on tap and has now been released in bottle conditioned 750 ml bottles. Other La Cumbre beers for sale in bombers include La Negra Imperial Russian Stout and Project Dank IPA.

We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Dukes of Ale/Marble Collaboration Beer (7.1% ABV), Anniversary Triple, Anniversary Barley Wine, India Wheat, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout. On Saturday, Marble will be releasing the barrel-aged version of the Babes In Brewland beer, Fleur de Rouge. India Wheat has the citrusy, tropical hop character of an IPA with the refreshing quench of a wheat ale. The special releases of the Triple and Barley Wine occurred during Marble’s Sixth Anniversary Party last week. Both beers will be on tap and available in bombers for mug club members, new and old. Stoutmeister tried both beers. He highly recommends the Barley Wine, calling it “the barley wine of the elder gods.” He and Franz Solo might be hanging out too much.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

News: In April, Marble was presented the gold medal at the World Beer Cup for their Pilsner!

Events: On Tuesday, Marble hosts an open mike night from 6-9 p.m. with Boris McCutcheon. Marble’s Downtown Pub will also host music performances by Zoltan Okestar on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m, Groove Session from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, Rand Larceny from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, and Former Friends from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday. Also Marble will have a big Memorial Day Festival. Bands scheduled so far, Floozy, Kimo, And Double Plow.

Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Altbier, Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. Altbier is the first new recipe brewed for Nexus by head brewer Kaylynn McKnight. It comes highly recommended by Stoutmeister, Franz Solo, Mrs. Solo, and myself. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring the Air Beer on cask this week.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

(Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)

Beers: Duskin’s Golden Strong Rye, Freestyle Pilsner, Irish Red. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Duskin’s Golden Strong Rye. SFBC’S seasonal Freestyle Pilsner is officially on tap and on the shelf.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Hallertau Blanc Pale Ale, Boneshaker Bitter, Kolsch, IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Extra Special Bitter, Rod’s Steam Bitter (gold medal-winner at GABF), Cream Stout, Old Pecos Porter. The Boneshaker was brewed for the recent Outside Magazine Bike & Brew Festival.

Events: Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Dirty Brown, Mosaic Lollipop, Mogul IPA, Simple Porter. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Taos Ale House recently partnered with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. The Burger Stand is now open and is already booming with business.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Kolsh 45, Superstitious Stout, Three Peaks IPA, White Feather IPA. For hopheads, try the Three Peaks (7.1% ABV, 101 IBUs), while the White Feather is a more mild white IPA (6.5% ABV, 55 IBUs). Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout (naturally). There are also three guest taps featuring Marble’s Pilsner and Wildflower Wheat, plus La Cumbre’s Elevated IPA.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, SHIPA Falconer’s, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Strawberry Wheat, German Pilsner, Chaco Nut Brown, Double Barrel Amber Ale, Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Main St. Irish Stout. The Falconer’s is a single-hop IPA made with Falconer’s Flight. It’s available only at the taproom. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The Chaco Nut Brown and Main St. Irish Stout are the other recent additions to tap.

Cask: There is nothing on cask at present.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), TBA (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
 Last Call 30 minutes before close. 
No package after midnight.
 Brewery tours Saturday at 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Javi Lager (6.5% ABV), Hard Berry Cider (7.6% ABV), C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Cortijo Farmhouse Ale (6.7% ABV), Luna de los Muertos Stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: Scotch Ale (7.5% ABV), L4 IPL (6.5% ABV), Berry Cider (7.5% ABV), Apple Cider, Maibock Lager (5.8% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), Dopplebock (8.0% ABV), Tupac Cali Red Ale. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). Tractor’s Scotch Ale is Fermented with Edinburgh Scotch Ale Yeast and brewed with a hundred pounds of smoked malt, big flavors from smoke and caramel malts make this a pleasure for the palate. A rich burgundy color and subtle flavors of bacon, caramel and smoke are all balanced by slightly earthy and hoppy characteristics.” The Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch.

Events: On Wednesday, Tractor will be hosting another Cards Against Humanity night at Wells Park. This is a free event starting at 7 p.m. Food will by served by Nomad’s BBQ.

Geeks Who Drink is now setting up shop at the Wells Park Tap Room every Monday at 8 p.m. Bar cash for winners and bonus questions all night. Wanna see what GWD at Tractor has been up to? Check out the blog! Food will be served by Europa Roaming Kitchen.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates.  Please call.)

Beers: 505-2014 Collaboration, Piedra Lisa Porter (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU), N.B. SMaSH (5.7%, 45 IBU), Heidelburg Helles (5.1%, 20 IBU), Oku Amber (6.5% ABV, 30 IBU), Hopshell IPA (6.7% ABV, 100 IBU), Parasol White IPA (7.0% ABV, 50 IBU), Hop Duster (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU), Turbo Pilz (4.7%, 25 IBU), Red Rye (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU). The McDay’s Cream Ale is now off line (but for the fans, don’t worry… it’s coming back as a house beer!). Heidelburg Helles will also be making its way to TMBC’s regular menu, so you can enjoy it all year.

News: The Oku Amber and Hopshell IPA are the first of TMBC’s new house beers to come online. They are dialing in efficiency so alcohol and IBUs may drift around a little, but Oku and Hopshell will always be on tap from now on.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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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.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

This weekend the Outside Magazine Bike & Brew Fest takes place in Santa Fe. Breweries throughout Santa Fe will be holding special events happening Friday through Sunday. Blue Corn Brewery’s VIP ticket offers access to top beer events at Santa Fe’s largest beer festival Wednesday to Saturday. In addition to a special VIP party on Wednesday night, and several events throughout the weekend, your VIP ticket also snags you a souvenir growler, and Blue Corn Brewery Roadrunner IPA T-shirt. Tickets cost $95 ($145 value) and can be purchased online here. The VIP party is Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Draft Station. There will be an exclusive beer tapping, pizza from Rooftop Pizzeria, and you can get a $5 coupon for a pint for use the following night. On Thursday, the NM Brewers Guild is hosting a tap handle takeover at the Draft Station, beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting through the weekend. On Friday, Blue Corn will host a Bike & Brew Patio Party at 4 p.m. at their downtown cafe. There will be a special beer on tap and you can have a chance to meet brewer James Warren. On Saturday, the Velo y Vino Ride will begin at 10 a.m. The ride will tour through Tesuque, Chupadero, and Rio en Medio, with stops at the Four Seasons Encantado Resort and ending at La Casa Sena. You can register at the VIP party or the morning of the event at La Casa Sena. Also on Saturday at 6 p.m. is the Blue Corn Brewery Beer Dinner, a five-course event that is a collaborative effort between Blue Corn Chef David Sundberg, brewer James Warren, Chef Jeffery Caplan, and John Rowley, the head of the Home Brewers Association.

Second Street Brewery will be celebrating the Outside Magazine Bike and Brew Fest on Friday with a concert at the Railyard Plaza by The League and Beer Fest in the Farmer’s Market Pavilion. Tickets are just $12 and only 800 of 2,000 had been sold as of Wednesday afternoon. The Beer Fest will feature beers from a number of Colorado breweries, including Boulder’s Avery Brewing, which is not usually available in New Mexico. There will also be beer from Eddyline, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and Oregon’s Deschutes, plus some local breweries like Second Street, Santa Fe, La Cumbre, and Marble. The Second Street Railyard location will not be hosting music this weekend because of the festival, but the original location of SSB will have Swing Soliel on Friday and Joe West on Saturday. SSB will also be hosting their beer dinner on Saturday.

Santa Fe Brewing Company will host a horseshoe tournament at their taphouse in Eldorado on Saturday, as well as a book signing by Patrick Dawson, author of “Vintage Beer,” on Friday evening at their Tasting Room. For the book signing, SFBC will be tapping a special dry-hopped, barrel-aged version of their Chicken Killer Barley Wine.

Right now in the Duke City, Bosque Brewing Company is now serving their Belgian Specialty Ale, Polly’s S.M.A.S.H. and near the end of the week they will be introducing their Scottish Export and Peach Pale Ale. La Cumbre has fresh batches of A Gringo from Bombay (white IPA) and Miles from Cologne (Kolsch) now on tap. Turtle Mountain is now serving Piedra Lisa Porter (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU).

In the City Different, Blue Corn Brewery has Rampant Lamb Maibock, Acme Anvil Double IPA, ½ Wit Belgian Style Witbier, and The Malty-Ness Monster, a Scottish Wee Heavy, now on tap. They are also hosting their Bike and Brew dinner at Blue Corn on Saturday at 6 p.m. for $45. Duel Brewery introduced their Study Series: Blonde (Belgian Style Blonde, 4% ABV), Marcel (Belgian Style Wit, 5% ABV), Duchamp (Belgian Style Sour Wit, 5% ABV), and Tableaux (Belgian style Sour Dark Ale, 11% ABV) to taps. Duel also has just started bottling Tableaux and Fiction (Belgian Style IPA) in 22-ounce bottles. Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Carnie’s Pale Ale. Second Street Brewery is now serving Hallertau Blanc Pale Ale and Boneshaker Bitter.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 12.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Berliner Weisse, IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. Franz Solo and I both recommend the Berliner Weisse. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Stone’s IRS on tap as well as Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine. There is still some of Stone’s Enjoy by 4.20 on tap.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Rampant Lamb Maibock, Acme Anvil Double IPA, ½ Wit Belgian Style Witbier, The Malty-Ness Monster a Wee Heavy, Locomotion California Commons. Stoutmeister stopped by Blue Corn recently to interview new brewer James Warren. While he was there, Stoutmeister of course sampled both of the new beers on tap. The Locomotion is brewed in the style of the popular steam beers of Northern California. It is a smooth, sessionable beer that goes well with the warming weather.

News: Blue Corn will be putting an apricot and peach saison that has yet to be named on tap next week.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week, but when it’s a lineup as good as this one, no one wants it to change. The Scottish is a longtime Brew Crew favorite. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Scottish Export, Peach Pale Ale, Beligian Specialty Ale, Polly’s S.M.A.S.H. Polly’s was made with Marris Otter and HBC 342 hops. $1 of each sale for Polly’s S.M.A.S.H. goes to help fund Polly’s Run, a fundraiser to support pancreatic cancer research. BBC’s Scottish and Peach Pale Ale will be coming out the end of this week (or beginning of next).

News: Bosque’s new brewhouse is brewing its first batch this week. They are excited about it and anticipate smooth sailing. Stoutmeister will stop by to take some pictures and chat with the guys about how things are going.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Sol Rosenberg Ale, Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter), Java the Hutt (coffee ale), Broken Berry Brown (chocolate strawberry ale). Franz Solo plans to head over to Broken Bottle soon to try all of these new beers. As he is the only Crew member who lives on the West Side, he figures he should be the one to keep tabs on the breweries on that side of the river.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefeweizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.”

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver. Hopefully it will be on tap again soon.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Idle Time IPA, Serenity Milk Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), Marzen (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU), Woodward SMASH Pale Ale. Idle Time IPA is a session IPA (5.0% ABV, 65 IBU). The Woodward SMASH is brewed with Amarillo hops and is the last creation at Chama River by former assistant brewer Tim Woodward, who is now running the show at Turtle Mountain.

News: If there is anything you want to know about new head brewer Zach Guilmette, Stoutmeister interviewed him recently.

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Study Series: Blonde (Belgian Style Blonde, 4% ABV), Marcel (Belgian Style Wit, 5% ABV), Duchamp (Belgian Style Sour Wit, 5% ABV), Tableaux (Belgian style Sour Dark Ale, 11% ABV), Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: Duel Brewing has just started bottling Tableaux and Fiction (Belgian Style IPA) in 22-ounce bottles.

Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA is popular with the tourist crowd. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beers brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Bohemian Pilsner, IPA, American Pale Ale, Rye Beer, Black IPA, Irish Red Ale, Amber Ale, Scotch Ale, Barley Wine. The lineup is unchanged from last week. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)

Beers: Hefeweizen (5.0% ABV, 14 IBU), Sc-Out smoked stout (7.9% ABV, 40 IBU), Farmhouse Rye (5.7% ABV, 22 IBU), Exodus IPA (7.6% ABV, 100+ IBU), Spiced Belgian Golden (9.2% ABV, 26 IBU, 10-ounce pours), Cascade Pale Ale (6.1% ABV, 60 IBU), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV, 24 IBU), Irish Red (6.4% ABV, 25 IBU). With Farmhouse Rye the Canteen continues a series of beers using the farmhouse strain of yeasts. Mash includes a portion of rye, and the brew is hop-bursted with Sorachi Ace and Mosaic, yielding a beer that is hoppier and a bit more bitter than the 22 IBUs might suggest.

News: Il Vicino Cask Fest will be held at the Canteen on Saturday, May 31 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets for the fest are on sale and going fast! The Canteen did sell out at the last Cask Fest and had to turn people away at the door. Tickets are $20 (only $15 for Mug Club Members showing their card), includes their admission and sample board, and a full pour of their favorite in their own commemorative pint glass.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8 p.m., Fri-Sun 11:30-10 p.m.)

Beers: Amber, Cream Stout (nitro), Trident IPA, London Porter, Belgian Blonde, Honk Ale, Dark Abbey, Helles Lager. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

Editor’s note: E-Rock and his band, The Khans, will play Kaktus with the Desert Darlings belly dancers from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday night.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: A Gringo from Bombay (white IPA), Miles from Cologne, Blanche De Burque (witbier), Project Dank, Kettle Bell, VMO #2 (Marzen). A Gringo from Bombay is now on tap and Miles from Cologne will be on tap in the next few days. Jaramillo Strong, a British Strong Ale, has been renamed Kettle Bell. VMO #2 is a German-style Marzen that’s great when you need a break from all the hoppy beers on tap.

News: Blanche De Burque is now on tap and will be released in bottle conditioned 750 ml bottles in the next couple weeks. Other La Cumbre beers for sale in bombers include La Negra Imperial Russian Stout and Project Dank.

We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Dukes of Ale/Marble Collaboration Beer (7.1% ABV), Anniversary Triple, Anniversary Barley Wine, India Wheat, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout. On Monday, Marble tapped the Dukes of Ale/Marble Collaboration Beer, which is a Maibock. India Wheat has the citrusy, tropical hop character of an IPA with the refreshing quench of a wheat ale. The special releases of the Triple and Barley Wine occurred during Marble’s Sixth Anniversary Party last week. Both beers will be on tap and available in bombers for mug club members, new and old. Stoutmeister tried both beers. He highly recommends the Barley Wine, calling it “the barley wine of the elder gods.” He and Franz Solo might be hanging out too much.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

News: In April, Marble was presented the gold medal at the World Beer Cup for their Pilsner!

Events: On Tuesday, Marble hosts an open mike night from 6-9 p.m. with Boris McCutcheon. Marble’s Downtown Pub will also host music performances by Marlee Crow on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m, Step In from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, The Blue Hornets from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, and The Green Billies from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday.

Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Altbier, Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. Altbier is the first new recipe brewed for Nexus by head brewer Kaylynn McKnight. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring the Air Beer on cask this week.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

(Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)

Beers: Carnie’s Pale Ale, Freestyle Pilsner, Irish Red. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Carnie’s Pale Ale. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

Events: This weekend SFBC will be participating in Outside Magazine Bike & Brew Fest with a horseshoe tournament at their Taphouse in Eldorado on Saturday as well as a book signing by Patrick Dawson, author of “Vintage Beer” on Friday evening at their Tasting Room. For the book signing, SFBC will be tapping a special dry-hopped barrel-aged version of their Chicken Killer Barley Wine.

$1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Hallertau Blanc Pale Ale, Boneshaker Bitter, Kolsch, IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Extra Special Bitter, Rod’s Steam Bitter (gold medal-winner at GABF), Cream Stout, Old Pecos Porter.

Events: SSB will be celebrating the Outside Magazine Bike and Brew Fest on Friday with a concert Friday the Raillyard Plaza by The League and Beer fest in the Farmer’s Market Pavillion. The Railyard will not be hosting music this weekend because of the festival, the original location of SSB will have Swing Soliel on Friday and Joe West on Saturday. SSB will also be hosting their beer dinner on Saturday.

Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Dirty Brown, Mosaic Lollipop, Mogul IPA, Simple Porter. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Taos Ale House recently partnered with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. The Burger Stand is now open and is already booming with business.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Black Rock Ale, Big Brown, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Kolsh 45, Superstitious Stout, Three Peaks IPA, White Feather IPA. The lineup got a shakeup this week. The Black Rock Ale (6.8% ABV, 40 IBUs) is a black IPA. For hopheads, try the Three Peaks (7.1% ABV, 101 IBUs), while the White Feather is a more mild white IPA (6.5% ABV, 55 IBUs). Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout (naturally). There are also three guest taps featuring Marble’s Pilsner and Wildflower Wheat, plus La Cumbre’s Elevated IPA.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, SHIPA Falconer’s, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Strawberry Wheat, German Pilsner, Chaco Nut Brown, Double Barrel Amber Ale, Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Main St. Irish Stout. The Falconer’s is a single-hop IPA made with Falconer’s Flight. It’s available only at the taproom. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The Chaco Nut Brown and Main St. Irish Stout are the other recent additions to tap.

Cask: There is nothing on cask at present.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), TBA (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
 Last Call 30 minutes before close. 
No package after midnight.
 Brewery tours Saturday at 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Javi Lager (6.5% ABV), Hard Berry Cider (7.6% ABV), C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Cortijo Farmhouse Ale (6.7% ABV), Luna de los Muertos Stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: Scotch Ale (7.5% ABV), L4 IPL (6.5% ABV), Berry Cider (7.5% ABV), Apple Cider, Maibock Lager (5.8% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), Dopplebock (8.0% ABV), Tupac Cali Red Ale. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). Tractor’s Scotch Ale is Fermented with Edinburgh Scotch Ale Yeast and brewed with a hundred pounds of smoked malt, big flavors from smoke and caramel malts make this a pleasure for the palate. A rich burgundy color and subtle flavors of bacon, caramel and smoke are all balanced by slightly earthy and hoppy characteristics.” The Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch.

Events: On Wednesday, Tractor will be hosting another Cards Against Humanity night at Wells Park. This is a free event starting at 7 p.m. Food will by served by Nomad’s BBQ.

Tractor is again participating in the Pint for Pint blood drive competition. This event will last from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Wells Park.

On Sunday, I’ll Drink to That returns to Wells Park on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Come on down for art, music, comedy, and more. Nomad’s BBQ will provide the food.

Geeks Who Drink is now setting up shop at the Wells Park Tap Room every Monday at 8 p.m. Bar cash for winners and bonus questions all night. Wanna see what GWD at Tractor has been up to? Check out the blog! Food will be served by Europa Roaming Kitchen.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates.  Please call.)

Beers: Piedra Lisa Porter (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU), N.B. SMaSH (5.7%, 45 IBU), Heidelburg Helles (5.1%, 20 IBU), Oku Amber (6.5% ABV, 30 IBU), Hopshell IPA (6.7% ABV, 100 IBU), Parasol White IPA (7.0% ABV, 50 IBU), Hop Duster (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU), Turbo Pilz (4.7%, 25 IBU), Red Rye (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU). The McDay’s Cream Ale is now off line (but for the fans, don’t worry… it’s coming back as a house beer!). Heidelburg Helles will also be making its way to TMBC’s regular menu, so you can enjoy it all year.

News: The Oku Amber and Hopshell IPA are the first of TMBC’s new house beers to come online. They are dialing in efficiency so alcohol and IBUs may drift around a little, but Oku and Hopshell will always be on tap from now on.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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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.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

Tickets for the Il Vicino Cask Fest are on sale and going fast! Il Vicino Cask Fest will be held at the Canteen on Saturday, May 31 from noon to 4 p.m. The Canteen did sell out the last Cask Fest and had to turn people away at the door. Tickets are $20 (only $15 for Mug Club Members showing their card). Purchasing a ticket pays for the price of admission, a sample board, and a full pour of your favorite beer in your own commemorative pint glass. Stoutmeister and I attended the first Cask Fest. We sampled a selection of cask-conditioned beers from around the state ranging in styles from IPAs to stouts. Those interested in learning more about Cask Fest should check out Stoutmeister’s series of Cask Fest-related articles from last year. I highly recommend the event for all cask connoisseurs.

Right now in the Duke City, the Il Vicino Canteen is now serving Hefeweizen (5.0% ABV, 14 IBU) and Sc-Out (7.9% ABV, 40 IBU). La Cumbre has a new batch of Blanche De Burque back on tap. On Monday, Marble tapped the Dukes of Ale/Marble Collaboration Beer (7.1% ABV) which is a Maibock. Tractor is serving new batches of Javi Lager (6.5% ABV) and Hard Berry Cider (7.6% ABV) at their Nob Hill location. Tractor is also serving Scotch Ale (7.5% ABV), L4 IPL (6.5% ABV), Berry Cider (7.5% ABV), and Et Tu Brute Cider (8.0% ABV) at their Wells Park location. Turtle Mountain’s Smash Pale Ale (5.7%, 45 IBU) and Munich Style Helles Lager (5.1%, 20 IBU) are both unnamed at this time, but they will have an official name by the time they hit taps on Friday. The Helles will also be make its way to Turtle Mountain’s regular menu, so you can enjoy it all year long.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Evan’s Traditional Dopplebock this week.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 5.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Berliner Weisse, IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. Franz Solo and I both recommend the Berliner Weisse. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Stone’s IRS on tap as well as Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine. There is still some of Stone’s Enjoy by 4.20 on tap.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Locomotion California Commons, Zythos Pale Ale. Stoutmeister stopped by Blue Corn recently to interview new brewer James Warren. While he was there, Stoutmeister of course sampled both of the new beers on tap. The Locomotion is brewed in the style of the popular steam beers of Northern California. It is a smooth, sessionable beer that goes well with the warming weather. The Zythos is a single-hop PA that offers up a unique mix of both tart and sweet.

Event: Tap into the Outside Bike & Brew Festival with three VIP days of bikes, beer and food. Blue Corn Brewery’s VIP ticket offers access to top beer events at Santa Fe’s largest beer festival Wednesday, May 14 to Saturday, May 16. In addition to a special VIP party on Wednesday night, and several events throughout the weekend, your VIP ticket also snags you a souvenir growler, and Blue Corn Brewery Roadrunner IPA T-shirt. Tickets cost $95 ($145 value) and can be purchased online here.

The VIP party is May 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Draft Station. There will be an exclusive beer tapping, pizza from Rooftop Pizzeria, and you can get a $5 coupon for a pint for use the following night. On May 15, the NM Brewers Guild is hosting a tap handle takeover at the Draft Station, beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting through the weekend. On May 16, Blue Corn will host a Bike & Brew Patio Party at 4 p.m. at their downtown cafe. There will be a special beer on tap and you can have a chance to meet James himself. On May 17, the Velo y Vino Ride will begin at 10 a.m. The ride will tour through Tesuque, Chupadero, and Rio en Medio, with stops at the Four Seasons Encantado Resort and ending at La Casa Sena. You can register at the VIP party or the morning of the event at La Casa Sena. Also on May 17 at 6 p.m. is the Blue Corn Brewery Beer Dinner, a five-course event that is a collaborative effort between Blue Corn Chef David Sundberg, brewer James Warren, Chef Jeffery Caplan, and John Rowley, the head of the Home Brewers Association.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week, but when it’s a lineup as good as this one, no one wants it to change. The Scottish is a longtime Brew Crew favorite. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: The Last Straw Hefe, Railyard Rust (California Commons). The Last Straw is John Bullard’s second beer, and is the latest release in the Adoption Ale Series. Railyard Rust is the new and improved California Commons. It’s still sinfully smooth, but with a little more body and bite. Pale Ryder and Driftwood Oatmeal Stout have replaced Old Bosky Porter as year-round offerings. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Driftwood, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

News: Bosque’s new brewhouse is expected to be operational next week.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Sol Rosenberg Ale, Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter), Java the Hutt (coffee ale), Broken Berry Brown (chocolate strawberry ale). Franz Solo plans to head over to Broken Bottle soon to try all of these new beers. As he is the only Crew member who lives on the West Side, he figures he should be the one to keep tabs on the breweries on that side of the river.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefeweizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.”

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver. Hopefully it will be on tap again soon.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Idle Time IPA, Serenity Milk Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), Marzen (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU), Woodward SMASH Pale Ale. Idle Time IPA is a session IPA (5.0% ABV, 65 IBU) which will be released for a “Beer Social” at Chama from 6-8 p.m. The Woodward SMASH is brewed with Amarillo hops and is the last creation at Chama River by former assistant brewer Tim Woodward, who is now running the show at Turtle Mountain.

News: If there is anything you want to know about new head brewer Zach Guilmette, Stoutmeister interviewed him recently.

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: This week, Duel will be hosting live music by J.Q. Whitcomb & What the What today (Wednesday) from 7-9 p.m., Drastic Andrew on Thursday from 7-9 p.m., Bill Palmer’s TV KILLERS on Friday from 7-9 p.m., and 50 Watt Whale on Saturday from 7-9 p.m.

Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA is popular with the tourist crowd. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beers brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Bohemian Pilsner, IPA, American Pale Ale, Rye Beer, Black IPA, Irish Red Ale, Amber Ale, Scotch Ale, Barley Wine. The Pale Ale and Irish Red rejoin the lineup this week, which makes it a good week as any to head over and try a fresh batch of beer. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)

Beers: Hefeweizen (5.0% ABV, 14 IBU), Sc-Out (7.9% ABV, 40 IBU), Farmhouse Rye (5.7% ABV, 22 IBU), Exodus IPA (7.6% ABV, 100+ IBU), Spiced Belgian Golden (9.2% ABV, 26 IBU, 10-ounce pours), Cascade Pale Ale (6.1% ABV, 60 IBU), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV, 24 IBU), Irish Red (6.4% ABV, 25 IBU). With Farmhouse Rye the Canteen continues a series of beers using the farmhouse strain of yeasts. Mash includes a portion of rye, and the brew is hop-bursted with Sorachi Ace and Mosaic, yielding a beer that is hoppier and a bit more bitter than the 22 IBUs might suggest.

News: Il Vicino Cask Fest will be held at the Canteen on Saturday, May 31 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets for the Il Vicino Cask Fest are on sale and going fast! The Canteen did sell out at the last Cask Fest and had to turn people away at the door. Tickets are $20 (only $15 for Mug Club Members showing their card), includes their admission and sample board, and a full pour of their favorite in their own commemorative pint glass.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8, Fri-Sun 11:30-10)

Beers: Amber, Cream Stout (nitro), Trident IPA, London Porter, Belgian Blonde, Honk Ale, Dark Abbey, Helles Lager. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Blanche De Burque, Kaylynn’s Last Stand, Project Dank, Kettle Bell, Breaking Bread (Doppelbock), VMO #2 (Marzen). Kaylynn’s Last Stand, a rye lager, is the last beer brewed by Kaylynn McKnight before she took over the head brewer position at Nexus Brewery. Jaramillo Strong, a British Strong Ale, has been renamed Kettle Bell. VMO #2 is a German-style lager that’s great when you need a break from all the hoppy beers on tap.

News: Blanche De Burque is now on tap and will be released in bottle conditioned 750 ml bottles in the next couple weeks. Other La Cumbre beers for sale in bombers include La Negra Imperial Russian Stout and Project Dank.

We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Dukes of Ale/Marble Collaboration Beer (7.1% ABV), Anniversary Triple, Anniversary Barley Wine, India Wheat, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout. On Monday, Marble tapped the Dukes of Ale/Marble Collaboration Beer, which is a Maibock. India Wheat has the citrusy, tropical hop character of an IPA with the refreshing quench of a wheat ale. The special releases of the Triple and Barley Wine occurred during Marble’s Sixth Anniversary Party last week. Both beers will be on tap and available in bombers for mug club members, new and old. Stoutmeister tried both beers. He highly recommends the Barley Wine, calling it “the barley wine of the elder gods.” He and Franz Solo might be hanging out too much.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

News: In April, Marble was presented the gold medal at the World Beer Cup for their Pilsner!

Events: On Tuesday, Marble hosts an open mike night from 6-9 p.m. with Boris Mccutcheon. Marble’s Downtown Pub will also host music performances by Marlee Crow on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m, Step In from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, The Blue Hornets from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, and The Green Billies from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday.

Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Altbier, Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. Altbier is the first new recipe brewed for Nexus by head brewer Kaylynn McKnight. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring the Air Beer on cask this week.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

(Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)

Beers: Evan’s Traditional Dopplebock, Freestyle Pilsner, Irish Red. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Evan’s Traditional Dopplebock. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Rod’s Steam Bitter (gold medal-winner at GABF), Cream Stout, Trappist Pale Ale, Extra Special Bitter, IPA, Golden Ale, Old Pecos Porter, Pivotal IPA, Kolsch. Pivotal IPA (6.9% ABV, 68 IBU, 1.062 OG) is the newest addition to SSB’s stable of IPA recipes. This one showcases some of the latest-and-greatest of the new hops to come out of the Pacific Northwest — including the precious Citra and Mosaic — along with a couple of longtime brewer’s favorites. A full mouthful of floral, herbal, and fruity hop flavors followed by a clean and dry finish that disappears into thin air — only to leave you wanting more. Even Stoutmeister recommends this since he got to have a pint while interviewing brewer Rod Tweet recently.

News: After 18 years of brewing beer, SSB has some exiting news for our patrons that are gluten sensitive. After several months of experimentation they are happy to announce that two of their very popular flagships, the India Pale Ale and Kolsch, are now available as gluten-removed beers to their lineup. These beers are in fact made with barley malt, but are crafted in a way that de-natures the gluten during fermentation. Then to insure results, the finished beers are tested at a TTB and American Society of Brewing Chemists certified laboratory. The results are currently showing gluten levels of 10ppm, or less. This process has no discernable impact on the flavor or body of your beer.

A note: The recently adopted FDA standard for “gluten free” products is 20ppm. While the IPA and Kolsch that SSB is serving is greatly reduced in gluten and below this threshold, results for diagnosed Celiac consumers can vary from person-to-person, and consumption should be approached cautiously.

Events: Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!

This weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at the original location, SSB will host their annual Crawfish Bowl. They will also host the music Jono Manson on Friday night. On Saturday they will feature the music of Boris and the Saltlicks from 2-5 p.m. and The Greg Daigle Band from 6-9 p.m. On Sunday they will host Mil-Tones Brass Band from 1-4 p.m. and Alex Maryol from 5-8 p.m. (an event not to be missed).

SSB’s Rail Yard location hosts the music of Maxwell Hughes (formerly of the Lumineers) on Tuesday night, Swamp Sugar Radio on Friday, and the Rail Yard’s Saturday performance will feature Steve Guthrie … NO cover … ever.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Dirty Brown, Mosaic Lollipop, Mogul IPA, Simple Porter. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Taos Ale House recently partnered with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. The Burger Stand is now open and is already booming with business.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Big Brown, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Hopper IPA, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Superstitious Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week. Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout (naturally) and Brandon enjoyed the Notorious ESB. There are also four guest taps featuring Marble’s IPA and Wildflower Wheat, plus Santa Fe’s Happy Camper IPA and Irish Red Ale.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, SHIPA Falconer’s, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Strawberry Wheat, German Pilsner, Chaco Nut Brown, Double Barrel Amber Ale, Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Main St. Irish Stout. The Falconer’s is a single-hop IPA made with Falconer’s Flight. It’s available only at the taproom. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The Chaco Nut Brown and Main St. Irish Stout are the other recent additions to tap.

Cask: There is nothing on cask at present.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), TBA (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
 Last Call 30 minutes before close. 
No package after midnight.
 Brewery tours Saturday at 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Javi Lager (6.5% ABV), Hard Berry Cider (7.6% ABV), C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Cortijo Farmhouse Ale (6.7% ABV), Luna de los Muertos Stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: Scotch Ale (7.5% ABV), L4 IPL (6.5% ABV), Berry Cider (7.5% ABV), Et Tu Brute Cider (8.0% ABV), Maibock Lager (5.8% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), Dopplebock (8.0% ABV). All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). Tractor’s Scotch Ale is Fermented with Edinburgh Scotch Ale Yeast and brewed with a hundred pounds of smoked malt, big flavors from smoke and caramel malts make this a pleasure for the palate. A rich burgundy color and subtle flavors of bacon, caramel and smoke are all balanced by slightly earthy and hoppy characteristics.” The Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch.

Events: On Wednesday, Tractor will be hosting another Cards Against Humanity night. This is a free event starting at 7 p.m. Food will by served by Nomad’s BBQ.

The pLoud music series is back, featuring Cloudface over at Wells Park starting at 8 p.m. Food will by served by Kimo’s BBQ.

Geeks Who Drink is now setting up shop at the Wells Park Tap Room every Monday at 8 p.m. Bar cash for winners and bonus questions all night. Wanna see what GWD at Tractor has been up to? Check out the blog! Food will be served by Europa Roaming Kitchen.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates.  Please call.)

Beers: Smash Pale Ale (5.7%, 45 IBU), Munich Style Helles Lager (5.1%, 20 IBU), Oku Amber (6.5% ABV, 30 IBU), Hopshell IPA (6.7% ABV, 100 IBU), McDay’s Cream Ale (5.6% ABV, 16 IBU), Parasol White IPA (7.0% ABV, 50 IBU), Hop Duster (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU), Anniversary Brown Ale (8.7% ABV, 45 IBU), Irish Red (4.9% ABV, 25 IBUs), Irish Stout (4.5% ABV, 40 IBUs on nitrogen), Turbo Pilz (4.7%, 25 IBU), Red Rye (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU). TMBC’s Smash Pale Ale and Munich Style Helles Lager are both unnamed at this time, but they will have an official name by the time they hit taps on Friday. The Helles will also be make its way to TMBC’s regular menu, so you can enjoy it all year. The Anniversary Brown Ale is the first beer created by head brewer Tim Woodward for TMBC, and it was brewed to celebrate TMBC’s 15th anniversary. Naturally, TMBC’s Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs) and Irish Stout (4.5%, 40 IBUs on nitrogen) were tapped to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day last month. Get them before they run out.

News: The Oku Amber and Hopshell IPA are the first of TMBC’s new house beers to come online. They are dialing in efficiency so alcohol and IBUs may drift around a little, but Oku and Hopshell will always be on tap from now on.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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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.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

New head brewer appreciation month continues this week as the first new recipes of those folks begin to hit taps across Albuquerque and Santa Fe. This week marks the release of Altbier, the first new recipe brewed for Nexus by head brewer Kaylynn McKnight. While Kaylynn’s first new beer at Nexus is making its debut, Kaylynn’s Last Stand is still holding down the fort over at La Cumbre. Kaylynn’s Last Stand is a rye lager that is the last beer brewed by Kaylynn before she took over at Nexus. Of course, the best way to congratulate Kaylynn on her new position is to continue drinking her great beers.

Right now in the Duke City, Chama River will host a Beer Social on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. for the release of their new Idle Time IPA. The Il Vicino Canteen is introducing Farmhouse Rye (5.7% ABV, 22 IBU) to tap this week, and they also have a new batch of Exodus IPA. Kaktus Brewing is now serving their Amber, Cream Stout (nitro), Trident IPA, and London Porter.

In the City Different, Blue Corn Brewery is now serving Locomotion California Commons and Zythos Pale Ale. On Saturday, Santa Fe Brewing Company will host their Freestyle Pilsner release party from noon to 6 p.m. with a Cinco de Mayo theme, and they will also feature Laughning Hyena Spiced Bock for their Small Batch Saturday offering.

Up in Taos, Taos Ale House has a new batch of Dirty Brown on tap. Stoutmeister and Shilling were big fans of this beer when they visited there last year.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of April 28.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Berliner Weisse, IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. Franz Solo and I both recommend the Berliner Weisse. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Stone’s IRS on tap as well as Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine. There is still some of Stone’s Enjoy by 4.20 on tap.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Locomotion California Commons, Zythos Pale Ale. Stoutmeister stopped by Blue Corn last week to interview new brewer James Warren. While he was there, Stoutmeister of course sampled both of the new beers on tap. The Locomotion is brewed in the style of the popular steam beers of Northern California. It is a smooth, sessionable beer that goes well with the warming weather. The Zythos is a single-hop PA that offers up a unique mix of both tart and sweet.

Event: Tap into the Outside Bike & Brew Festival with three VIP days of bikes, beer and food. Blue Corn Brewery’s VIP ticket offers access to top beer events at Santa Fe’s largest beer festival Wednesday, May 14 to Saturday, May 16. In addition to a special VIP party on Wednesday night, and several events throughout the weekend, your VIP ticket also snags you a souvenir growler, and Blue Corn Brewery Roadrunner IPA T-shirt. Tickets cost $95 ($145 value) and can be purchased online here.

The VIP party is May 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Draft Station. There will be an exclusive beer tapping, pizza from Rooftop Pizzeria, and you can get a $5 coupon for a pint for use the following night. On May 15, the NM Brewers Guild is hosting a tap handle takeover at the Draft Station, beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting through the weekend. On May 16, Blue Corn will host a Bike & Brew Patio Party at 4 p.m. at their downtown cafe. There will be a special beer on tap and you can have a chance to meet James himself. On May 17, the Velo y Vino Ride will begin at 10 a.m. The ride will tour through Tesuque, Chupadero, and Rio en Medio, with stops at the Four Seasons Encantado Resort and ending at La Casa Sena. You can register at the VIP party or the morning of the event at La Casa Sena. Also on May 17 at 6 p.m. is the Blue Corn Brewery Beer Dinner, a five-course event that is a collaborative effort between Blue Corn Chef David Sundberg, brewer James Warren, Chef Jeffery Caplan, and John Rowley, the head of the Home Brewers Association.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week, but when it’s a lineup as good as this one, no one wants it to change. The Scottish is a longtime Brew Crew favorite. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: The Last Straw Hefe, Railyard Rust (California Commons). The Last Straw is John Bullard’s second beer, and is the latest release in the Adoption Ale Series. Railyard Rust is the new and improved California Commons. It’s still sinfully smooth, but with a little more body and bite. Pale Ryder and Driftwood Oatmeal Stout have replaced Old Bosky Porter as year-round offerings. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Driftwood, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Sol Rosenberg Ale, Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter).

News: B3 will have Java the Hutt, a coffee ale, and Broken Berry Brown, a chocolate strawberry ale, on tap in the near future.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefeweizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.”

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver. Hopefully it will be on tap again soon.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Idle Time IPA, Serenity Milk Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), Marzen (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU), Irish Red Ale (5.3% ABV, 25 IBU), Woodward SMASH Pale Ale. On Thursday, Idle Time IPA will be on tap and replacing the Milk Stout. It is a session IPA (5.0% ABV, 65 IBU) which will be released for a “Beer Social” at Chama from 6-8 p.m. The Woodward SMASH is brewed with Amarillo hops and is the last creation at Chama River by former assistant brewer Tim Woodward, who is now running the show at Turtle Mountain.

News: If there is anything you want to know about new head brewer Zach Guilmette, Stoutmeister interviewed him recently.

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: This week, Duel will be hosting live music by J.Q. Whitcomb & What the What today (Wednesday) from 7-9 p.m., Drastic Andrew on Thursday from 7-9 p.m., Bill Palmer’s TV KILLERS on Friday from 7-9 p.m., and 50 Watt Whale on Saturday from 7-9 p.m.

Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA is popular with the tourist crowd. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beers brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Bohemian Pilsner, IPA, Rye Beer, Black IPA, Extra Special Bitter, Amber Ale, Scottish Ale, Barley Wine. The ESB rejoins the lineup this week, which makes it a good week as any to head over and try a fresh batch of beer. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)

Beers: Farmhouse Rye (5.7% ABV, 22 IBU), Exodus IPA, Spiced Belgian Golden (9.2% ABV, 10-ounce pours), Cascade Pale Ale (6.1% ABV, 60 IBU), Biere de Mars (5.8% ABV), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV), Irish Red Ale, Southern Hemisphere Pale Ale (SHAle), Sweet Sandarine Porter. With Farmhouse Rye the Canteen continues a series of beers using the farmhouse strain of yeasts. Mash includes a portion of rye, and the brew is hop-bursted with Sorachi Ace and Mosaic, yielding a beer that is hoppier and a bit more bitter than the 22 IBUs might suggest. The SHAle is nearing the end of its run.

News: Panama Joe took home a silver medal at the World Beer Cup this month. Then Stoutmeister and Franz Solo went over and drank it all up. We’re not really kidding about that. And they’re not sorry about it, either. Those boys and their stouts.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8, Fri-Sun 11:30-10)

Beers: Amber, Cream Stout (nitro), Trident IPA, London Porter, Belgian Blonde, Honk Ale, Dark Abbey, Helles Lager. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

Events: Kaktus has several new weekday specials including $3 pints on Monday, $9 growlers on Tuesday, $6 bison nachos on Wednesday, and $8 Frito pie and beer on Thursday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Father Nelson, Kaylynn’s Last Stand, Project Dank, Kettle Bell, Pogue Mahone (Irish-style Dry Stout), Breaking Bread (Doppelbock), VMO #2 (Marzen). Kaylynn’s Last Stand, a rye lager, is the last beer brewed by Kaylynn McKnight before she took over the head brewer position at Nexus Brewery. Jaramillo Strong, a British Strong Ale, has been renamed Kettle Bell. Stoutmeister recommends the Pogue Mahone, calling it the beer that Guinness should be. A late addition to the lineup this week is the VMO #2, a German-style lager that’s great when you need a break from all the hoppy beers on tap.

News: Father Nelson, a monstrous DIPA (10.6% ABV, IBUs listed as “irresponsible”), is now on tap and is also available for sale in bombers at both the brewery and local stores such as Jubilation. Other La Cumbre beers for sale in bombers include La Negra Imperial Russian Stout and Project Dank.

We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Anniversary Triple, Anniversary Barley Wine, India Wheat, Paddy McNitro, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Marble Reserve Ale. India Wheat has the citrusy, tropical hop character of an IPA with the refreshing quench of a wheat ale. Paddy McNitro is a stout rich in chocolate and molasses balanced by cold lager fermentation. The special releases of the Triple and Barley Wine occurred during Marble’s Sixth Anniversary Party last week. Both beers will be on tap and available in bombers for mug club members, new and old. Stoutmeister tried both beers. He highly recommends the Barley Wine, calling it “the barley wine of the elder gods.” He and Franz Solo might be hanging out too much.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

News: This month Marble was presented the gold medal at the World Beer Cup for their Pilsner!

Events: Marble’s Downtown Pub will host music performances by Shawn James and the Shapeshifters on Wednesday, Cafe Bomba from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Diamond Down String Band from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, Boris McCutcheon and the Salt Licks from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, and Cali Shaw from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Altbier, Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. Altbier is the first new recipe brewed for Nexus by head brewer Kaylynn McKnight. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring the Air Beer on cask this week.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

(Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)

Beers: Freestyle Pilsner, Laughning Hyena Spiced Bock, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Laughning Hyena Spiced Bock. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

Events: On Saturday, SFBC will host their Pilsner release party from noon-6 p.m. with a Cinco de Mayo theme including: taco food truck, mariachi band and, of course, Freestyle Pilsner. Saturday is also Big Brew Day (the AHA event that brings homebrewers together to brew), which SFBC has hosted for several years now. The brewery provides space and hot water, and they encourage people to arrive with their brew setups or just to check out the action.

$1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Rod’s Steam Bitter (winner of the Gold Medal at the GABF), Cream Stout, Trappist Pale Ale, Extra Special Bitter, IPA, Golden Ale, Old Pecos Porter, Pivotal IPA, Kolsch. Pivotal IPA (6.9% ABV, 68 IBU, 1.062 OG) is the newest addition to SSB’s stable of IPA recipes. This one showcases some of the latest-and-greatest of the new hops to come out of the Pacific Northwest — including the precious Citra and Mosaic — along with a couple of longtime brewer’s favorites. A full mouthful of floral, herbal, and fruity hop flavors followed by a clean and dry finish that disappears into thin air — only to leave you wanting more. Even Stoutmeister recommends this since he got to have a pint while interviewing brewer Rod Tweet last weekend.

News: After 18 years of brewing beer, SSB has some exiting news for our patrons that are gluten sensitive. After several months of experimentation they are happy to announce that two of their very popular flagships, the India Pale Ale and Kolsch, are now available as gluten-removed beers to their lineup. These beers are in fact made with barley malt, but are crafted in a way that de-natures the gluten during fermentation. Then to insure results, the finished beers are tested at a TTB and American Society of Brewing Chemists certified laboratory. The results are currently showing gluten levels of 10ppm, or less. This process has no discernable impact on the flavor or body of your beer.

A note: The recently adopted FDA standard for “gluten free” products is 20ppm. While the IPA and Kolsch that SSB is serving is greatly reduced in gluten and below this threshold, results for diagnosed Celiac consumers can vary from person-to-person, and consumption should be approached cautiously.

Events: Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!

This weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at the original location, SSB will host their annual Crawfish Bowl. They will also host the music Jono Manson on Friday night. On Saturday they will feature the music of Boris and the Saltlicks from 2-5 p.m. and The Greg Daigle Band from 6-9 p.m. On Sunday they will host Mil-Tones Brass Band from 1-4 p.m. and Alex Maryol from 5-8 p.m. (an event not to be missed).

SSB’s Rail Yard location hosts the music of Maxwell Hughes (formerly of the Lumineers) on Tuesday night, Swamp Sugar Radio on Friday, and the Rail Yard’s Saturday performance will feature Steve Guthrie…NO Cover…Ever.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

Events: The Crew will be celebrating Stoutmeister’s birthday at the Steer on Sunday. Yes, his birthday is the Star Wars holiday “May the Fourth Be With You.” It’s kind of fitting, if you ask us.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Dirty Brown, Mosaic Lollipop, Mogul IPA, Simple Porter. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Taos Ale House recently partnered with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. The Burger Stand is now open and is already booming with business.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Big Brown, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Hopper IPA, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Superstitious Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week. Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout (naturally) and Brandon enjoyed the Notorious ESB. There are also four guest taps featuring Marble’s IPA and Wildflower Wheat, plus Santa Fe’s Happy Camper IPA and Irish Red Ale.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, SHIPA Falconer’s, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Strawberry Wheat, German Pilsner, Chaco Nut Brown, Double Barrel Amber Ale, Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Main St. Irish Stout. The Falconer’s is a single-hop IPA made with Falconer’s Flight. It’s available only at the taproom. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The Chaco Nut Brown and Main St. Irish Stout are the other recent additions to tap.

Cask: There is nothing on cask at present.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), TBA (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
 Last Call 30 minutes before close. 
No package after midnight.
 Brewery tours Saturday at 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Dry Hard Berry Cider (8.3% ABV), Berry Cider (7.6% ABV), Et Tu Brute Cider (8.2% ABV), C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Cortijo Farmhouse Ale (6.7% ABV), L4 IPL (6.2% ABV), Luna de los Muertos Stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: IBL (6.0% ABV), Apple Cider (7.2% ABV), Jack The Sipper (8.5% ABV), Javi Lager (5.0% ABV), Maibock Lager (6.2% ABV), Easy Rider IPA (6.0% ABV), ESB (6.0% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), Dopplebock (8.0% ABV). All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

Events: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, Tractor welcomes a band to their Wells Park Tap Room for a music series they call pLoud music. This week, Tractor will feature April Barreiro starting at 8 p.m.

Every Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. Tractor hosts a Cards Against Humanity night. You can borrow a Tractor deck from the bar or buy your own!

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates.  Please call.)

Beers: Oku Amber (6.5% ABV, 30 IBU), Hopshell IPA (6.7% ABV, 100 IBU), McDay’s Cream Ale (5.6% ABV, 16 IBU), Parasol White IPA (7.0% ABV, 50 IBU), Hop Duster (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU), Anniversary Brown Ale (8.7% ABV, 45 IBU), Irish Red (4.9% ABV, 25 IBUs), Irish Stout (4.5% ABV, 40 IBUs on nitrogen), Turbo Pilz (4.7%, 25 IBU), Hybrid IPA (6.3% ABV, 70 IBU), Red Rye (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU). The Anniversary Brown Ale is the first beer created by head brewer Tim Woodward for TMBC, and it was brewed to celebrate TMBC’s 15th anniversary. Naturally, TMBC’s Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs) and Irish Stout (4.5%, 40 IBUs on nitrogen) were tapped to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day last month. Get them before they run out.

News: The Oku Amber and Hopshell IPA are the first of TMBC’s new house beers to come online. They are dialing in efficiency so alcohol and IBUs may drift around a little, but Oku and Hopshell will always be on tap from now on.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Triple Play Pale Ale on cask.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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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.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week.

When Turtle Mountain Brewing Company recently hired Tim Woodward as their head brewer, they did so with an eye toward revamping their recipe list. We are now starting to see Tim’s imprint on Rio Rancho’s oldest brewery. TMBC’s Oku Amber and Hopshell IPA are the first of their new house beers to come online. They are dialing in efficiency so alcohol and IBUs may drift around a little, but Oku and Hopshell will always be on tap from now on. So while you are eagerly awaiting the launch of all of the new breweries set to open in New Mexico this year, don’t forget that there is already something new brewing in Rio Rancho.

Right now in the Duke City, La Cumbre is now serving Father Nelson and Breaking Bread (Dopplebock). Turtle Mountain Brewing Company is has recently released Oku Amber (6.5% ABV, 30 IBU), Hopshell IPA (6.7% ABV, 100 IBU), McDay’s Cream Ale (5.6% ABV, 16 IBU), and Parasol White IPA (7.0% ABV, 50 IBU).

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Aaron’s Black Saison. Second Street Brewery now has Trappist Pale Ale, Extra Special Bitter, Golden Ale, and Old Pecos Porter on tap.Up in Taos, the Taos Ale House should have Mosaic Lollipop, Mogul IPA, and Simple Porter on tap this week. While you are there, check out TAH’s new Burger Stand that opened last week.That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of April 21.To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Berliner Weisse, IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. Franz Solo and I both recommend the Berliner Weisse. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Stone’s IRS on tap as well as Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine. There is still some of Stone’s Enjoy by 4.20 on tap.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Locomotion California Commons, Zythos Pale Ale. Stoutmeister stopped by Blue Corn this week to interview new brewer James Warren. (The story should run Thursday.) While he was there, Stoutmeister of course sampled both of the new beers on tap. The Locomotion is brewed in the style of the popular steam beers of Northern California. It is a smooth, sessionable beer that goes well with the warming weather. The Zythos is a single-hop PA that offers up a unique mix of both tart and sweet.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week, but when it’s a lineup as good as this one, no one wants it to change. The Scottish is a longtime Brew Crew favorite. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: The Last Straw Hefe, Railyard Rust (California Commons), Citra SMASH (single malt and single hop pale ale), Bosque’s Burnin’ Red. New head brewer John Bullard’s first Bosque creation, SMASH (single malt and single hop) pale ale with Maris Otter and Citra, is now on tap. The Last Straw is John’s second beer, and is the latest release in the Adoption Ale Series. Bosque’s Burnin’ Red is back from last year, new and improved. Pale Ryder and Driftwood Oatmeal Stout have replaced Old Bosky Porter as year-round offerings. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Driftwood, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Sol Rosenberg Ale, Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter).

News: B3 will have Java the Hutt, a coffee ale, and Broken Berry Brown, a chocolate strawberry ale, on tap in the near future.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Cabrocito (Pale Ale), Papa Cabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Red, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). First there was the Chupacabra IPA, then Papa Cabra Double IPA, and now Cazuela’s is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Cabra family, the Cabrocito Pale Ale. Try them all. Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.”

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Serenity Milk Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), Marzen (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU), Irish Red Ale (5.3% ABV, 25 IBU), Woodward SMASH Pale Ale. The Woodward SMASH is brewed with Amarillo hops and is a tribute to former assistant brewer Tim Woodward, who is now running the show at Turtle Mountain.

News: If there is anything you want to know about new head brewer Zach Guilmette, Stoutmeister interviewed him recently.

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: This week, Duel will be hosting live music by J.Q. Whitcomb & What the What today (Wednesday) from 7-9 p.m., Drastic Andrew on Thursday from 7-9 p.m., Bill Palmer’s TV KILLERS on Friday from 7-9 p.m., and 50 Watt Whale on Saturday from 7-9 p.m.

Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA is popular with the tourist crowd. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beers brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Bohemian Pilsner, IPA, Rye Beer, Black IPA, Amber Ale, Scottish Ale, Barley Wine. The Black IPA and Amber Ale rejoin the lineup this week, which makes it a good week as any to head over and try all these fresh batches of beer. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)

Beers: Spiced Belgian Golden (9.2% ABV, 10-ounce pours), Cascade Pale Ale (6.1% ABV, 60 IBU), Panama Joe Coffee Stout (2013 GABF Gold Medal Winner), Biere de Mars (5.8% ABV), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV), Irish Red Ale, Southern Hemisphere Pale Ale (SHAle), Sweet Sandarine Porter. The Irish Red won its second consecutive Irish Red Challenge, which half the Crew held on St. Patrick’s Day.

News: Panama Joe took home a silver medal at the World Beer Cup this month.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8, Fri-Sun 11:30-10)

Beers: Hexa IPA (brewed with six different hops), Belgian Blonde, Red Ale, Honk Ale, American Brown, Dark Abbey, Black Out Stout, Helles Lager. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

Events: Kaktus hosts live music by original songwriters every Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and they are also offering $3 pints every Monday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Father Nelson, Kaylynn’s Last Stand, Project Dank, Kettle Bell, Pogue Mahone (Irish-style Dry Stout), Breaking Bread (Doppelbock), VMO #2. Kaylynn’s Last Stand, a rye lager, is the last beer brewed by Kaylynn McKnight before she took over the head brewer position at Nexus Brewery. Jaramillo Strong, a British Strong Ale, has been renamed Kettle Bell. Stoutmeister recommends the Pogue Mahone, calling it the beer that Guinness should be. A late addition to the lineup this week is the VMO #2, a German-style lager that’s great when you need a break from all the hoppy beers on tap.

News: Father Nelson, a monstrous DIPA (10.6% ABV, IBUs listed as “irredeemable”), is now on tap and is also available for sale in bombers at both the brewery and local stores such as Jubilation. Other La Cumbre beers for sale in bombers include La Negra Imperial Russian Stout and Project Dank.

We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: Anniversary Triple, Anniversary Barley Wine, India Wheat, Paddy McNitro, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Marble Reserve Ale. India Wheat has the citrusy, tropical hop character of an IPA with the refreshing quench of a wheat ale. Paddy McNitro is a stout rich in chocolate and molasses balanced by cold lager fermentation. The special releases of the Triple and Barley Wine occurred during Marble’s Sixth Anniversary Party on Tuesday night. Both beers will be on tap and available in bombers for mug club members, new and old. Stoutmeister tried both beers. He highly recommends the Barley Wine, calling it “the barley wine of the elder gods.” He and Franz Solo might be hanging out too much.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

News: This month Marble was presented the gold medal at the World Beer Cup for their Pilsner!

Events: Marble’s Downtown Pub will host music performances by Shawn James and the Shapeshifters on Wednesday, Cafe Bomba from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Diamond Down String Band from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, Boris McCutcheon and the Salt Licks from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, and Cali Shaw from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring the Air Beer on cask this week.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

(Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)

Beers: Aaron’s Black Saison, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Aaron’s Black Saison. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Trappist Pale Ale, Extra Special Bitter, Golden Ale, Old Pecos Porter, Pivotal IPA, Civil Rye, St George IPA, Kolsch. Pivotal IPA (6.9% ABV, 68 IBU, 1.062 OG) is the newest addition to SSB’s stable of IPA recipes. This one showcases some of the latest-and-greatest of the new hops to come out of the Pacific NW – including the precious Citra and Mosaic, along with a couple of longtime brewer’s favorites. A full mouthful of floral, herbal, and fruity hop flavors followed by a clean and dry finish that disappears into thin air – only to leave you wanting more.

News: After 18 years of brewing beer, SSB has some exiting news for our patrons that are gluten sensitive.  After several months of experimentation they are happy to announce that two of their very popular flagships, the India Pale Ale and Kolsch, are now available as gluten-removed beers to their lineup. These beers are in fact made with barley malt, but are crafted in a way that de-natures the gluten during fermentation. Then to insure results, the finished beers are tested at a TTB and American Society of Brewing Chemists certified laboratory. The results are currently showing gluten levels of 10ppm, or less. This process has no discernable impact on the flavor or body of your beer. Stoutmeister will head up to Second Street this weekend to interview brewer Rod Tweet about this process and other new developments.

A note: The recently adopted FDA standard for “gluten free” products is 20ppm. While the IPA and Kolsch that SSB is serving is greatly reduced in gluten and below this threshold, results for diagnosed Celiac consumers can vary from person-to-person, and consumption should be approached cautiously.

Events: Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!

SSB’s Rail Yard location hosts the music of Ben Wright and Guest on Tuesday night; they will host Angels Night Out, a charitable event to raise money for the Kitchen Angels, on Thursday night; on Friday they will have the music Gregg Daigle; and the Rail Yard’s Saturday performance will feature Alex Culbreth.

At the Original location SSB will host the music of Hot Club of Santa Fe on Friday, and Alto Street Band on Saturday.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Mosaic Lollipop, Mogul IPA, Simple Porter. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Taos Ale House recently partnered with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. The Burger Stand is now open and is already booming with business.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Big Brown, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Hopper IPA, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Superstitious Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week. Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout (naturally) and Brandon enjoyed the Notorious ESB. There are also four guest taps featuring Marble’s IPA and Wildflower Wheat, plus Santa Fe’s Happy Camper IPA and Irish Red Ale.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, SHIPA Falconer’s, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Strawberry Wheat, German Pilsner, Chaco Nut Brown, Double Barrel Amber Ale, Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Main St. Irish Stout. The Falconer’s is a single-hop IPA made with Falconer’s Flight. It’s available only at the taproom. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The Chaco Nut Brown and Main St. Irish Stout are the other recent additions to tap.

Cask: There is nothing on cask at present.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), TBA (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
 Last Call 30 minutes before close. 
No package after midnight.
 Brewery tours Saturday at 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Dry Hard Berry Cider (8.3% ABV), Berry Cider (7.6% ABV), Et Tu Brute Cider (8.2% ABV), C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Cortijo Farmhouse Ale (6.7% ABV), L4 IPL (6.2% ABV), Luna de los Muertos Stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: IBL (6.0% ABV), Apple Cider (7.2% ABV), Jack The Sipper (8.5% ABV), Javi Lager (5.0% ABV), Maibock Lager (6.2% ABV), Easy Rider IPA (6.0% ABV), ESB (6.0% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), Dopplebock (8.0% ABV). All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

Events: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, Tractor welcomes a band to their Wells Park Tap Room for a music series they call pLoud music. This week, Tractor will feature April Barreiro starting at 8 p.m.

Every Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. Tractor hosts a Cards Against Humanity night. You can borrow a Tractor deck from the bar or buy your own!

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates.  Please call.)

Beers: Oku Amber (6.5% ABV, 30 IBU), Hopshell IPA (6.7% ABV, 100 IBU), McDay’s Cream Ale (5.6% ABV, 16 IBU), Parasol White IPA (7.0% ABV, 50 IBU), Hop Duster (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU), Anniversary Brown Ale (8.7% ABV, 45 IBU), Irish Red (4.9% ABV, 25 IBUs), Irish Stout (4.5% ABV, 40 IBUs on nitrogen), Turbo Pilz (4.7%, 25 IBU), Hybrid IPA (6.3% ABV, 70 IBU), Red Rye (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU). The Anniversary Brown Ale is the first beer created by head brewer Tim Woodward for TMBC, and it was brewed to celebrate TMBC’s 15th anniversary. Naturally, TMBC’s Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs) and Irish Stout (4.5%, 40 IBUs on nitrogen) were tapped to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day last month. Get them before they run out.

News: The Oku Amber and Hopshell IPA are the first of TMBC’s new house beers to come online. They are dialing in efficiency so alcohol and IBUs may drift around a little, but Oku and Hopshell will always be on tap from now on.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Triple Play Pale Ale on cask.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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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.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

The Week Ahead in Beer: So much news!

Posted: April 16, 2014 by erockslab in Uncategorized

Editor’s note: If you’re seeing this, be happy, for you are now reading the edited version. E-Rock hit “publish” instead of “save” this morning while he was hustling out the door to go to work. I was busy running in the Bosque (yes, really, I am trying to get in shape; better shape = more beer can be consumed, or so I hope) while this happened, so now I have finally gotten around to fixing things here. You’re welcome, Burquenos (and folks from points beyond). — Stoutmeister

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

E-Rock is always there for New Mexico when its citizens need to know what new craft beer is on tap.

E-Rock is always there for New Mexico when its citizens need to know what new craft beer is on tap.

This is the part of the column where I normally relate some big event or new trend that is going on in New Mexico’s highly regarded brewery scene. There was so much news and new beers to keep track of that I am already an hour late for work, and I still haven’t finished this column. In short, Marble won a gold medal for their Pilsner at the World Beer Cup, Second Street Brewery is now serving gluten-removed varieties of some of their most popular beers, and Tractor has a whole lot of new seasonals at both of their locations. For more news, continue reading while I run to work and procede to kiss my boss’ butt with reckless abandon. Cheers!

Right now in the Duke City, Chama River has new batches of Serenity Milk Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU) and Marzen (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) on tap. The Il Vicino Canteen is now serving Spiced Belgian Golden (9.2%, 10-ounce pours) and Cascade Pale Ale (6.1% ABV, 60 IBU). La Cumbre has released Kaylynn’s Last Stand, a rye lager. Marble has their India Wheat and Paddy McNitro on tap this week. Tractor’s Nob Hill Location is now serving Dry Hard Berry Cider (8.3% ABV), Berry Cider (7.6% ABV), Et Tu Brute Cider (8.2% ABV), C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Cortijo Farmhouse Ale (6.7% ABV), L4 IPL (6.2% ABV), and Luna de los Muertos Stout (9.2% ABV). Tractor’s Wells Park Location is now serving IBL (6.0% ABV), Apple Cider (7.2% ABV), Jack The Sipper (8.5% ABV), and Javi Lager (5.0% ABV).

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Leif’s Pomelo Plunge. Second Street Brewery has unveiled their newest creation, Pivotal IPA. They are now offering their India Pale Ale and Kolsch gluten-removed.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of April 14.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Berliner Weisse, IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. Franz Solo and I both recommend the Berliner Weisse. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Stone’s IRS on tap as well as Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine. There is still some of Stone’s Enjoy by 4.20 on tap.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Milk Stout, Lakeside Summer Ale, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter.

News: Blue Corn is currently serving a rotating Nitro beer.

Stoutmeister will be interviewing BC’s new brewer James Warren this coming week.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week, but when it’s a lineup as good as this one, no one wants it to change. The Scottish is a longtime Brew Crew favorite. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: The Last Straw Hefe, California Commons, Citra SMASH (single malt and single hop pale ale), Bosque’s Burnin’ Red. New head brewer John Bullard’s first Bosque creation, SMASH (single malt and single hop) pale ale with Maris Otter and Citra, is now on tap. The Last Straw is John’s second beer, and is the latest release in the Adoption Ale Series. Bosque’s Burnin’ Red is back from last year, new and improved. Pale Ryder and Driftwood Oatmeal Stout have replaced Old Bosky Porter as year-round offerings. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Driftwood, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Sol Rosenberg Ale, Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter).

News: B3 will have Java the Hutt, a coffee ale, and Broken Berry Brown, a chocolate strawberry ale, on tap in the near future.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

B3 will celebrate its second anniversary on Saturday from 5 p.m. until close. There will be live music, special giveaways, and four small-batch seasonals available that day only.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Cabrocito (Pale Ale), Papa Cabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Red, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). First there was the Chupacabra IPA, then Papa Cabra Double IPA, and now Cazuela’s is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Cabra family, the Cabrocito Pale Ale. Try them all. Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.”

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Serenity Milk Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), Marzen (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU), Irish Red Ale (5.3% ABV, 25 IBU), Woodward SMASH Pale Ale. The Woodward SMASH is brewed with Amarillo hops and is a tribute to former assistant brewer Tim Woodward, who is now running the show at Turtle Mountain.

News: If there is anything you want to know about new head brewer Zach Guilmette, Stoutmeister interviewed him recently.

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA is popular with the tourist crowd. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beers brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Bohemian Pilsner, ESB, IPA, Rye Beer, Porter, Scottish Ale, Steam Beer, Barley Wine. The Pilsner, Rye Beer, and Scottish Ale rejoin the lineup this week, which makes it a good week as any to head over and try all these fresh batches of beer. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)

Beers: Spiced Belgian Golden (9.2% ABV, 10-ounce pours), Cascade Pale Ale (6.1% ABV, 60 IBU), Panama Joe Coffee Stout (2013 GABF Gold Medal Winner), Biere de Mars (5.8% ABV), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV), Irish Red Ale, Southern Hemisphere Pale Ale (SHAle), Sweet Sandarine Porter. The Irish Red won its second consecutive Irish Red Challenge, which half the Crew held on St. Patrick’s Day.

News: Panama Joe took home a silver medal at the World Beer Cup last week.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8, Fri-Sun 11:30-10)

Beers: Hexa IPA (brewed with six different hops), Belgian Blonde, Red Ale, Honk Ale, American Brown, Dark Abbey, Black Out Stout, Helles Lager. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

Events: Kaktus hosts live music by original songwriters every Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and they are also offering $3 pints every Monday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Kaylynn’s Last Stand, Project Dank, Kettle Bell, Pogue Mahone (Irish-style Dry Stout), Breaking Bread (Doppelbock), Pecos Porter. Kaylynn’s Last Stand, a rye lager, is the last beer brewed by Kaylynn McKnight before she took over the head brewer position at Nexus Brewery. Jaramillo Strong, a British Strong Ale, has been renamed Kettle Bell. Stoutmeister recommends the Pogue Mahone, calling it the beer that Guinness should be.

News: Father Nelson should be on tap on Monday. There will be a little party at the brewery to celebrate and bottles will be on sale for those who can handle this hop bomb and want to take it home.

We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

La Cumbre’s next bottled release will be Father Nelson, a Triple IPA that Jeff Erway described as “monstrous.” They have a picture of the label on their Facebook page. Look for the new Red Ryeot, Project Dank, and Cafe Con Leche bottles at your local stores. A Slice of Hefen and Malpais Stout 16-ounce cans are also on store shelves.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: India Wheat, Paddy McNitro, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Marble Reserve Ale. India Wheat has the citrusy, tropical hop character of an IPA with the refreshing quench of a wheat ale. Paddy McNitro is a stout rich in chocolate and molasses balanced by cold lager fermentation. This year’s batch of Imperial Stout finds a nice balance between the bourbon flavors from the barrels and the strong stout base, or so says Stoutmeister, who has already gone by multiple times to enjoy this powerful elixir. He also recommends the Imperial Red, which is not as overly hopped as years past.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

News: This week Marble was presented the gold medal at the World Beer Cup for their Pilsner!

Events: Marble’s Downtown Pub will host music performances by Shawn James and the Shapeshifters on Wednesday, Cafe Bomba from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Diamond Down String Band from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, Boris McCutcheon and the Salt Licks from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, and Cali Shaw from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Marble will host their Sixth-Anniversary Party on Tuesday. They will be tapping the two specialty brewed brew club beers including a Belgo-American Style Triple enhanced with Brettanomyces and a Barrel Aged Barley Wine. This is going to be a very fun event that will also feature the music of Le Chat Lunatique from 6-9 p.m.

Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery has already closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Pancho Villa Stout, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, Light Lager. Sad news from Southern NM as Deming’s Mimbres Valley is closing its doors. The taproom in Las Cruces will stay open till they run out of beer. Make sure to raise your pints in honor of a fallen brother.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring the Air Beer on cask this week.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

(Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)

Beers: Leif’s Pomelo Plunge, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Leif’s Pomelo Plunge. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

Events: On Saturday SFBC wil be hosting the Gypsy Bazaar at their tasting room with lots of vendors, food by Dr. Fieldgoods, and music performances including one of my bands, Sadaqah. I hop to see you there.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Pivotal IPA, Civil Rye, Jordy’s Irish Red, St George IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Kidder Special Bitter, Centennial Pale Ale, Kolsch, IPA. Pivotal IPA (6.9% ABV, 68 IBU, 1.062 OG) is the newest addition to SSB’s stable of IPA recipes. This one showcases some of the latest-and-greatest of the new hops to come out of the Pacific NW – including the precious Citra and Mosaic, along with a couple of longtime brewer’s favorites. A full mouthful of floral, herbal, and fruity hop flavors followed by a clean and dry finish that disappears into thin air – only to leave you wanting more.

News: After 18 years of brewing beer, SSB has some exiting news for our patrons that are gluten sensitive.  After several months of experimentation they are happy to announce that two of their very popular flagships, the India Pale Ale and Kolsch, are now available as gluten-removed beers to their lineup. These beers are in fact made with barley malt, but are crafted in a way that de-natures the gluten during fermentation. Then to insure results, the finished beers are tested at a TTB and American Society of Brewing Chemists certified laboratory. The results are currently showing gluten levels of 10ppm, or less. This process has no discernable impact on the flavor or body of your beer.

A note: The recently adopted FDA standard for “gluten free” products is 20ppm. While the IPA and Kolsch that SSB is serving is greatly reduced in gluten and below this threshold, results for diagnosed Celiac consumers can vary from person-to-person, and consumption should be approached cautiously.

Events: Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Mogul IPA, Ale House Dirty Brown, Simple Porter. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Mogul IPA will be back on tap next week.

Construction continues at TAH. They are partnering with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. They are putting together a pretty sweet bottle and tap list for when they open with the restaurant.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Big Brown, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Hopper IPA, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Superstitious Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week. Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout (naturally) and Brandon enjoyed the Notorious ESB. There are also four guest taps featuring Marble’s IPA and Wildflower Wheat, plus Santa Fe’s Happy Camper IPA and Irish Red Ale.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, SHIPA Falconer’s, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Strawberry Wheat, German Pilsner, Chaco Nut Brown, Double Barrel Amber Ale, Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Main St. Irish Stout. The Falconer’s is a single-hop IPA made with Falconer’s Flight. It’s available only at the taproom. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The Chaco Nut Brown and Main St. Irish Stout are the other recent additions to tap.

Cask: There is nothing on cask at present.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), TBA (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
 Last Call 30 minutes before close. 
No package after midnight.
 Brewery tours Saturday at 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Dry Hard Berry Cider (8.3% ABV), Berry Cider (7.6% ABV), Et Tu Brute Cider (8.2% ABV), C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Cortijo Farmhouse Ale (6.7% ABV), L4 IPL (6.2% ABV), Luna de los Muertos Stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: IBL (6.0% ABV), Apple Cider (7.2% ABV), Jack The Sipper (8.5% ABV), Javi Lager (5.0% ABV), Maibach Lager (6.2% ABV), Easy Rider IPA (6.0% ABV), ESB (6.0% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV). All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

Events: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, Tractor welcomes a band to their Wells Park Tap Room for a music series they call pLoud music. This week, Tractor will feature April Barreiro starting at 8 p.m.

Every Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. Tractor hosts a Cards Against Humanity night. You can borrow a Tractor deck from the bar or buy your own!

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates.  Please call.)

Beers: Hop Duster (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU), Anniversary Brown Ale (8.7% ABV, 45 IBU), Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs), Irish Stout (4.5% ABV, 40 IBUs on nitrogen), Turbo Pilz, Belgian Dubbel, Steam, Red Rye, Triple Play Pale Ale, Cabo Lager, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. The Anniversary Brown Ale is the first beer created by head brewer Tim Woodward for TMBC, and it was brewed to celebrate TMBC’s 15th anniversary. Naturally, TMBC’s Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs) and Irish Stout (4.5%, 40 IBUs on nitrogen) were tapped to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day last month. Get them before they run out.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Triple Play Pale Ale on cask.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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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.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico. (The lateness with which this appears online is my fault. Sorry. — Stoutmeister)

E-Rock is always there for New Mexico when its citizens need to know what new craft beer is on tap.

E-Rock is always there for New Mexico when its citizens need to know what new craft beer is on tap.

Preparations for ABQ Beer Week 2014 have already begun in the Albuquerque metro area. It seems only a few new seasonals are making their way to breweries and taprooms around the city this week. Instead, creative energies are being spent on wowing craft beer aficionados for Beer Week next month. This does not mean that we have a lack of great beers on tap in Burque. In fact, multiple award-winning beers are being served around town, including La Cumbre’s nationally recognized Project Dank and Il Vicino Canteen’s GABF gold medal-winner, Panama Joe Coffee Stout. Victory has never tasted so good.

Right now in the Duke City, Bosque Brewing Company has The Last Straw Hefe as well as a new California Commons on tap this week. The Il Vicino Canteen is now serving Summer Pale Ale (almost gone, get it while it’s pouring!) and Panama Joe Coffee Stout (2013 GABF Gold Medal Winner). Project Dank is back on tap and in bottles at La Cumbre. Tractor is now serving their C+C IPA (7.0% ABV) and Maibach Lager (6.2% ABV) at their Wells Park location, and they are pouring the Chocolate Milk Stout at their Nob Hill taproom.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Duskin’s Maibock this week. Second Street Brewery is now pouring Civil Rye.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of April 7.

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family owned brewery in Flanders. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller, or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Berliner Weisse, IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. Franz Solo and I both recommend the Berliner Weisse. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Stone’s IRS on tap as well Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine. There is still some of Stone’s Enjoy by 4.20 on tap.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Milk Stout, Lakeside Summer Ale, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter.

News: Blue Corn is currently serving a rotating Nitro beer.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

(Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)

Beers: Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week, but when it’s a lineup as good as this one, no one wants it to change. The Scottish is a longtime Brew Crew favorite. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: The Last Straw Hefe, California Commons, Citra SMASH (single malt and single hop pale ale), Bosque’s Burnin’ Red. New head brewer John Bullard’s first Bosque creation, SMASH (single malt and single hop) pale ale with Maris Otter and Citra, is now on tap. The Last Straw is John’s second beer, and is the latest release in the Adoption Ale Series. Bosque’s Burnin’ Red is back from last year, new and improved. Pale Ryder and Driftwood Oatmeal Stout have replaced Old Bosky Porter as year-round offerings. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Driftwood, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

News: Each of Bosque’s staple offerings are available except for Brewer’s Boot Amber Ale, which will be back on tap late next week.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Sol Rosenberg Ale, Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter).

News: B3 will have Java the Hutt, a coffee ale, and Broken Berry Brown, a chocolate strawberry ale, on tap in the near future.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364

(Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Beers: Cabrocito (Pale Ale), Papa Cabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Red, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). First there was the Chupacabra IPA, then Papa Cabra Double IPA, and now Cazuela’s is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Cabra family, the Cabrocito Pale Ale. Try them all. Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.”

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Irish Red Ale (5.3% ABV, 25 IBU), Big Head Red (7.3% ABV, 120 IBU, $5.50 Pints), India White Elephant (7.2% ABV, 70 IBU), Cacao Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), Woodward SMASH Pale Ale. Chama had this to say about Big Head Red: “Named after the head brewer’s 100 lb. canine and its massive cranium, both the dog and the beer are big, bold and one of a kind. This hoppy red ale has dominant pine and tropical hop flavors with a sharp yet satisfying bitterness.” Chama also had this to say about India White Elephant: “Our India White-style ale, produced with big additions of aromatic hops and malted wheat, has a hazy golden hue and a tongue-coating hop tang that creates the perfect pre-spring drinking experience.” The Woodward SMASH is brewed with Amarillo hops and is a tribute to former assistant brewer Tim Woodward, who is now running the show at Turtle Mountain.

News: If there is anything you want to know about new head brewer Zach Guilmette, Stoutmeister interviewed him last week.

The Cacao Stout back on tap for a limited time. When that empties, Chama River will be tapping a Marzen (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU).

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA is popular with the tourist crowd. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beers brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Octoberfest, Anniversary IPA, ESB, American Pale Ale, IPA, Hefeweizen, Steam Beer, Porter, Barley Wine. The Porter rejoins the lineup this week, which makes it a good week as any to head over and try all these fresh batches of beer. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

(Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight)

Beers: Summer Pale Ale (almost gone, get it while it’s pouring!), Panama Joe Coffee Stout (2013 GABF Gold Medal Winner), Biere de Garde (10% ABV, $5 10-oz), Biere de Mars (5.8% ABV), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV), Irish Red Ale, Southern Hemisphere Pale Ale (SHAle), Black Hops IPA, Rye PA, Sweet Sandarine Porter. The Irish Red won its second consecutive Irish Red Challenge, which half the Crew held on St. Patrick’s Day.

Cask: The Canteen will have their Irish Red on cask on Thursday.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8, Fri-Sun 11:30-10)

Beers: Hexa IPA (brewed with six different hops), Belgian Blonde, Red Ale, Honk Ale, American Brown, Dark Abbey, Black Out Stout, Helles Lager. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

Events: Kaktus hosts live music by original songwriters every Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and they are also offering $3 pints every Monday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Project Dank, Kettle Bell, Lazy Sunday, Pogue Mahone (Irish-style Dry Stout), Breaking Bread (Doppelbock), Pecos Porter, Southern Cross Pale Ale. Lazy Sunday is a sessionable IPA. Jaramillo Strong, a British Strong Ale, has been renamed Kettle Bell. The Southern Cross is made entirely with hops from the Southern Hemisphere, giving it a very unique flavor that was a big hit upon its release. Stoutmeister recommends the Pogue Mahone, calling it the beer that Guinness should be.

News: Project Dank is back on tap and in bottles at La Cumbre. This popular beer won’t be available long, so get some while you can.

We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

La Cumbre’s next bottled release will be Father Nelson, a Triple IPA that Jeff Erway described as “monstrous.” They have a picture of the label on their Facebook page. Look for the new Red Ryeot, Project Dank, and Cafe Con Leche bottles at your local stores. A Slice of Hefen and Malpais Stout 16-ounce cans are also on store shelves.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

(Mon–Sat 1 p.m.–midnight, Sun 1 p.m.–10:30 p.m.)

Beers: India White Ale, 111 Farmhouse Ale, Stout Americano, Azacca Pale Ale, Abbey Darkness, Tripel, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Reserve Ale. 111 Farmhouse is a Saison-style ale spiked with brettanomyces.  It has a light tartness accompanied by the horse blanket and barnyard aromas desirable in this style. Azacca is an experimental hop that imparts the Azacca Pale Ale citrus notes balanced by a subtle earthiness. Abbey Darkness is a Belgian-inspired strong, dark ale featuring fruity aromatics with a dried fruit and caramelized sugar palate.

 (8.7% ABV, $5.50 16oz Goblet) This year’s batch of Imperial Stout finds a nice balance between the bourbon flavors from the barrels and the strong stout base, or so says Stoutmeister, who has already gone by multiple times to enjoy this powerful elixir. He also recommends the Imperial Red, which is not as overly hopped as years past. Franz Solo wrote up his thoughts on the Stout Americano.

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub.

Events: Music season officially starts today (Wednesday) at Marble’s Downtown Pub.

Brewery tours occur at the Downtown Pub every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery has already closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Pancho Villa Stout, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, Light Lager. Sad news from Southern NM as Deming’s Mimbres Valley is closing its doors. The taproom in Las Cruces will stay open till they run out of beer. Make sure to raise your pints in honor of a fallen brother.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring the Air Beer on cask this week.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

(Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

(Mon–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)

Beers: Duskin’s Maibock, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Duskin’s Maibock. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location)

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.)

Beers: Civil Rye, Jordy’s Irish Red, St George IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Kidder Special Bitter, Centennial Pale Ale, Kolsch, IPA.

Events: This week at the Railyard location, SSB will feature the music of Bus Tapes on Friday. At the Second Street location, SSB will feature the music of Tumbleweeds on Friday and Hot Honey on Saturday.

Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Mogul IPA, Ale House Dirty Brown, Simple Porter. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Mogul IPA will be back on tap next week.

Construction continues at TAH. They are partnering with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. They are putting together a pretty sweet bottle and tap list for when they open with the restaurant.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Big Brown, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Hopper IPA, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Superstitious Stout. The Amarillo Rojo (7.3% ABV), Wheeler Peak Wheat (5.5% ABV), Fall Down Brown (4.6% ABV), and Hopper IPA (6.2% ABV) all returned last week. There are also four guest taps featuring Marble’s IPA and Wildflower Wheat, plus Santa Fe’s Happy Camper IPA and Irish Red Ale.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, SHIPA Falconer’s, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Strawberry Wheat, German Pilsner, Chaco Nut Brown, Double Amber Ale, Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Main St. Irish Stout. The Falconer’s is a single-hop IPA made with Falconer’s Flight. It’s available only at the taproom. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The Chaco Nut Brown and Main St. Irish Stout are the other new beers on tap.

Cask: There is nothing on cask at present.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), TBA (Wells Park)

(Nob Hill is open Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight; Wells Park is open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to close, Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.
 Last Call 30 minutes before close. 
No package after midnight.
 Brewery tours Saturday at 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Chocolate Milk Stout (5.5% ABV), Cherry Blonde (6.5% ABV), Barn Storm Amber Ale (6.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV), Apple Cider (7.2% ABV), Black Eye’d PA (6.0% ABV), Javi Light Lager (5.0% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Maibach Lager (6.2% ABV), Luna De Los Muertos Imperial Stout (9.2% ABV), Easy Rider IPA (6.0% ABV), ESB (6.0% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), L4 IPL (6.6% ABV), Et Tu Brute Cider. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

Events: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, Tractor welcomes a band to their Wells Park Tap Room for a music series we call pLoud music. This week, Tractor will feature Ha’aheo O Hawai’i starting at 7 p.m.

Every Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. Tractor hosts a Cards Against Humanity night. You can borrow a Tractor deck from the bar or buy your own!

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates.  Please call.)

Beers: Hop Duster (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU), Anniversary Brown Ale (8.7% ABV, 45 IBU), Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs), Irish Stout (4.5% ABV, 40 IBUs on nitrogen), Turbo Pilz, Belgian Dubbel, Steam, Red Rye, Triple Play Pale Ale, Cabo Lager, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. The Anniversary Brown Ale is the first beer created by head brewer Tim Woodward for TMBC, and it was brewed to celebrate TMBC’s 15th anniversary. Naturally, TMBC’s Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs) and Irish Stout (4.5%, 40 IBUs on nitrogen) were tapped to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day last month. Get them before they run out.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Triple Play Pale Ale on cask.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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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.

Cheers!

— E-Rock