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Get festive with merch gifts from your favorite breweries, including Marble.

As we did the last four years, the Crew has put together a brewery merchandise guide for all of you just in time for your last-minute holiday shopping. Hey, it might be nice to just buy people beer, but sometimes they need more in life, like cool shirts, hoodies, growlers, and other specialty items carrying the logos of their favorite breweries. To make all of your lives easier and save you time in terms of searching the web or driving all over the place, we compiled the local breweries’ merch lists into one place. Now you can find out what is where, what is online, what it all costs, and any other additional info you might need.

The breweries are listed in alphabetical order, starting with the ABQ metro area breweries, then the breweries from outside the metro listed below that (those from both regions that sent us info, at least). We will be updating this list throughout the holiday season, so if you do not see a brewery here, once their info arrives, we will share it. Thank you to all the brewers, owners, and other key brewery staffers who helped us put this together. Whether via email or in person, it was greatly appreciated!

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Boxing Bear gift baskets are the perfect holiday gift. (Yes, there is beer in there.)

As we did the last three years, the Crew has put together a brewery merchandise guide for all of you just in time for your holiday shopping. Hey, it might be nice to just buy people beer, but sometimes they need more in life, like cool shirts, hoodies, growlers, and other specialty items carrying the logos of their favorite breweries. To make all of your lives easier and save you time in terms of searching the web or driving all over the place, we compiled the local breweries’ merch lists into one place. Now you can find out what is where, what is online, what it all costs, and any other additional info you might need.

The breweries are listed in alphabetical order, starting with the ABQ metro area breweries, then the breweries from outside the metro listed below that (those from both regions that sent us info, at least). We will be updating this list throughout the holiday season, so if you do not see a brewery here, once their info arrives, we will share it. Thank you to all the brewers, owners, and other key brewery staffers who helped us put this together. Whether via email or in person, it was greatly appreciated!

Bombs Away

The first order of merchandise just arrived (this week) for the newest brewery in town. The T-shirts cost $25 apiece, and ladies’ shirts will be arriving soon. Look for more items in the near future.

New shirts for a new brewery, freshly arrived.

Bosque

There is a limited amount of merchandise available online, including T-shirts ($20), hats ($25) and insulated growlers ($50). You can also purchase gift cards ($10) and memberships (see our separate Membership Guide). For the rest, head over to any Bosque location.

Boxing Bear

The West Siders have some of their merch online and more available at the brewery. There are T-shirts ($18-$21), ladies tank tops ($23), baseball shirts ($25-$27), brewers shirts ($40), and more, including beanies and hoodies. They have two styles of hats ($14 and $20) as well. There are special holiday gift baskets, some for $25, some for $33, and those include a bomber of Chocolate Milk Stout and some other fun items.

The case is loaded for all your shopping needs.

Ponderosa

The online store is open, with plenty of items. Regular and v-neck T-shirts are just $10 apiece. There are also trucker hats ($20), logo glasses ($4), and unfilled glass growlers ($7). You can also purchase gift cards and load them with however much money you choose.

Quarter Celtic

They have plenty of T-shirts, including the awesome new Pedro O’Flannigan one. We did not get prices on those (sorry), but they were $20 last year. All merch, we have been told, ranges from $20 to $30, and includes T-shirts and hats. You can also get a Pedro pack for $30, which is the aforementioned T-shirt and a crowler of Pedro. Now through the end of the year, buy a $25 gift car and get an extra $5 to spend on yourself.

Buy a shirt and a beer together!

Rio Bravo

They have the usual slew of T-shirts, hats, growlers, and more available, but they also have one special item for the holidays. New Mexico True baskets feature two Rio Bravo pint glasses, Chocolate Cartel chocolates (natch), and a four-pack of Pinon Coffee, all for $25.

Sidetrack

This year, there is plenty of merch to go around. Snag a men’s or women’s T-shirt ($18), pint glasses ($6), stainless steel growlers ($27.50), glass growlers ($6 unfilled), or hoodies ($35) that are perfect for the chilly weather. The staff would also like to remind everyone that adding the name of a friend or relative to the “Buy a Friend a Beer Board” is a great present as well.

Small brewery, big selection.

Starr Brothers

There is quite a bit of merch to choose from, including T-shirts/tank tops ($20), baseball shirts ($25), truck hats ($25), flat-bill hats ($30), hoodies ($45), plus you can even do a T-shirt/hat combo ($45). From now until the end of the year, you can purchase a $50 gift card and get $5 to spend on yourself. Glass growlers are $7 unfilled.

There is merch here and some additional shirts hanging up under the beer menu screens.

Steel Bender

Plenty of items await at the brewery. For the colder months, there are hoodies ($40), unisex long-sleeve thermals ($30), men’s and women’s flannel ($42), soccer scarves ($22), brewer work shirts ($40), ladies’ long-sleeve slouchy ($35), and wool caddy hats ($35). There are also the insulated DrinkTank growlers ($75), or you can purchase a gift pack featuring a DrinkTank and two DT 16-ounce cups ($120).

Plenty of cold-weather merch is available at Steel Bender.

Tractor

As in the past, Tractor has one of the most extensive collections of online merch. Men’s and women’s T-shirts range from $12 to $20, both short- and long-sleeved. There are also work shirts ($40), pullover hoodies ($35), and zip-up hoodies ($38-$40). You can also purchase tap handles in the style of the Tractor cans for $45, or the infamous “Whatever, Just Wash Your Hands” bathroom signs for $5. There are growlers ($4 unfilled) and glassware ($4-$6) as well.

A new hoodie for 2017? Oh, Tractor, you shouldn’t have.

Turtle Mountain

The merch display is loaded up for the holidays. There are T-shirts ($18-$20), bar towels ($10), tote bags ($15), tap handles ($50), glassware ($5), bottle openers ($5), and growlers ($6 unfilled) and half-growlers ($4 unfilled).

Just a wee bit of stuff in the TMBC merch display.

Breweries outside the ABQ metro area

Bathtub Row (Los Alamos)

There are some brainy items available (get it?) including zip-up hoodies ($50), baseball T-shirts ($26), insulated growlers ($60), and those awesome T-shirts that say “A drinking town with a science problem” for $24.

Get your beer to go on the way up to Pajarito Ski Area.

Blue Corn (Santa Fe)

Straight from head brewer Paul Mallory: For the holidays, Blue Corn Brewery is selling hoodies ($45), polos ($20), T-shirts in all sizes for men and women ($18), 64-ounce Lobo Red growlers ($8 without beer, $20 with beer), 32-ounce Blue Corn growlers ($3 without beer, $10 with beer), pint glasses ($2.50) and gift cards. Merchandise is sold exclusively at Blue Corn Brewery and Blue Corn Café. It’s also a great excuse to come by and try our latest seasonals. (That last line is the truth. Thanks, Paul!)

Find the merch near those landmark copper tanks.

Rowley Farmhouse Ales (Santa Fe)

There be merch up north! T-shits ($20) and new zip-up hoodies ($45) are available. They also have special bottle openers made from barrel staves called yopeners ($25), which are handmade by a father and his autistic son.

Santa Fe Brewing

No surprise here, they have a whole lot of merch available online. Items include men’s and women’s T-shirts ($20-$22), baseball T-shirts ($30-$32), work shirts ($39-$41), lightweight hoodies ($40-$42), and those hugely popular Zia hoodies ($39) you see almost everywhere. Other cool items include Zia symbol doo rags ($10), recycle can bracelets ($20), Happy Camper infant onesies ($16), tap handles ($50), all sorts of hats ($20-$25), and ski caps ($20-$25).

Sierra Blanca (Moriarty)

They have one of the better online merch sites if you do not feel like driving out to Moriarty. Of course, then you wouldn’t be able to hang in the beer garden and enjoy a pint. The extensive catalogue includes men’s and women’s T-shirts ($14.95-$19.95), long-sleeve shirts ($24.95), multiple styles of hoodies ($45.95), tap handles ($49.95), hats ($9.95), and beanies ($18.95).

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Got any additional merchandise info? Send it to us via direct message on Facebook, tweet at us @nmdarksidebc, or email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com.

Happy holiday shopping, beer lovers!

— Stoutmeister

From on high, brewery merch is available for all this holiday season!

From on high, brewery merch is available for all this holiday season!

As we did the last two years, the Crew has put together a brewery merchandise guide for all of you just in time for your holiday shopping. Hey, it might be nice to just buy people beer, but sometimes they need more in life, like cool shirts, hoodies, growlers, and other specialty items carrying the logos of their favorite breweries. To make all of your lives easier and save you time in terms of searching the web or driving all over the place, we compiled the local breweries’ merch lists into one place. Now you can find out what is where, what is online, what it all costs, and any other additional info you might need.

Please take note, we will have a separate post in the weeks ahead detailing all the different brewery memberships you can purchase.

The breweries are listed in alphabetical order, starting with the ABQ metro area breweries, then the breweries from outside the metro listed below that (those that sent us info, at least). We will be updating this list throughout the holiday season, so if you do not see a brewery here, once their info arrives, we will share it. Thank you to all the brewers, owners, and other key brewery staffers who helped us put this together. Whether via email or in person, it was greatly appreciated!

Albuquerque Brewing

They are out of shirts for the time being, but still have hats for sale. The trucker hat ($20) and fitted hat ($25) are both available.

Hats to protect you from the bright lights of the merch cabinet!

Hats to protect you from the bright lights of the merch cabinet!

Alien Brew Pub

The alien logo is being put to good use this year. They have T-shirts ($20), koozies ($7), glassware ($5 to $7), glass growlers ($5), and stainless steel growlers ($25). The ABP logo is available only on location. Also, see the Sierra Blanca entry below for more items of a similar out-of-this-world nature.

The truth is out there, as is the merch.

The truth is out there, as is the merch.

Boese Brothers

For a limited time, they have T-shirts with the Double Dead Ale logo for $20. You can also still buy bombers ($10) at the brewery or at Jubilation. In addition, there are three styles of regular T-shirts ($15), plus glassware ($4) and growlers ($6). You can also opt for a combo of a bomber and a pint glass for $12.

Get those Double Dead Ale shirts for a limited time.

Get those Double Dead Ale shirts for a limited time.

Bosque

It should come as no shock that one of Albuquerque’s most successful breweries has a ton of available merchandise. You can shop online or hit up any Bosque location. They currently have a slew of T-shirt variations available, including a women’s boyfriend tee ($15), unisex Elephants on Parade baseball tee ($25), women’s heather white V-neck ($15), women’s flowy top ($20), unisex logo tee ($20), women’s logo tee ($20), women’s racerback tank top ($12), and even a youth tee ($15). There is also a men’s woven button-up shirt ($35), and appropriate enough for the season, there are hoodies ($40) for both men and women. If you need some gear for your head, you can choose from two styles of hats (both $20), plus beanies ($15 to $20). Bottle openers ($10) are also available, and of course so are growlers ($5). Oh, and membership has its benefits, as all merchandise is 20 percent off all the time for members.

You may need to set aside some extra time to browse the Bosque selection.

You may need to set aside some extra time to browse the Bosque selection.

Bow & Arrow

The relative newbies north of downtown have a swanky merchandise line. You can snag a T-shirt ($25) or a hoodie ($60). A glass growler costs $6, or you can go big with a 64-ounce Miir Growler ($59). They also have growler coolie sleeves ($10). Need glassware? They have Belgian glasses ($6), pub glasses ($5), and 5-ounce Belgian tasters ($5). A 16-ounce Klean Kanteen pint checks in at $15. Gift cards are also available.

The weird sculpture thing is not for sale, FYI.

The weird sculpture thing is not for sale, FYI.

Boxing Bear

The West Siders have some of their merch online and more available at the brewery. There are T-shirts ($18), baseball shirts ($25), pull overs ($35), work shirts ($40), and hoodies ($45). They have two styles of hats ($14 and $20) as well.

Your West Side merch options keep increasing.

Your West Side merch options keep increasing.

Broken Trail

Owner Matt Simonds does not have any merch available this holiday season, but he does have quite the gift, if you have the dinero. Ever wanted to mash and distill your own barrel of whiskey? It’s pricey ($255), as one might expect, but if you have some money to spend, contact the brewery/distillery and see if it’s a worthwhile gift that will keep on giving for a long, long time.

Canteen

The veterans have quite the array of goods, including T-shirts ($25), pullover jackets ($45), and trucker hats ($20). Logo pint glasses ($3) are available, but if you want something really fancy, they have 64-ounce metal growlers ($57) and then the 128-ounce mega-growlers ($110). You can add a tap system to those big boys for $30.

Grab all that and a crowler and you'll be good to go!

Grab all that and a crowler and you’ll be good to go!

Chama River

The selection is fairly limited this year. They have two styles of T-shirts ($15) and hats ($15) available at the brewery.

Dialogue

Only two months old and they already have quite the array of merch. You can pick up T-shirts ($25), work shirts ($35), and hoodies ($45). They also have regular baseball hats ($20) and snapback hats ($25). Look for additional merch to arrive in December.

Yup, Dialogue is already well stocked for the holiday season.

Yup, Dialogue is already well stocked for the holiday season.

Drafty Kilt

OK, now they are only a few days old, so all they have for now are glass growlers ($5) with the brewery logo. But hey, it’s a start!

Kaktus

No clothing this year, just glassware. You can buy one pint glass for $6 or four for $20. Growlers are $5 empty, $13 filled.

La Cumbre

The merch cabinet keeps migrating around the taproom, but you can find it below the stairs to the second floor now. Among the available items this year are hats ($23), T-shirts ($23 to $25), hoodies ($35 to $40), and those super-swanky bike jerseys ($70). They have both 16-ounce ($5) and 20-ounce glasses ($6) as well.

Finding the right angle with the La Cumbre merch cabinet with less reflection and less glare was impossible.

Finding the right angle with the La Cumbre merch cabinet with less reflection and less glare was impossible.

Marble

It should come as no surprise by now that Marble has a merch item for almost everyone. Tank tops and T-shirts ($20), baseball tees ($25), women’s pullovers ($35), and hoodies ($40) are available. They have urban beanies ($25) and regular hats ($20) to keep your head warm in the winter. Marble even has sunglasses ($12), plus foam ($3) and leather koozies ($12), as well as insulated tumblers ($12), bottle openers ($10), and insulated growlers ($30 and $45). The annual Marble Gift Pack is back as well, featuring a 22-ounce bottle of the delicious Reserve Ale with two limited edition tasting glasses and a bottle opener for just $28.

Double your shopping fun by visiting the Marble Market, this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the downtown taproom, featuring a slew of local artists selling their finest products. Shop, eat, and drink local, while listening to live music by Sloan Armitage, Calah Mae & Quietly Kept, and Virtual Friday. It’s the ultimate Small Business Saturday event.

Marble has marvelous merch available at all three locations.

Marble has marvelous merch available at all three locations.

Monk’s Corner (Abbey Brewing)

The new guys downtown are already well stocked with merch. Choose from T-shirts ($20) and polo shirts ($38), or go with the many options in which to carry your beer. They have tumbler glasses ($6), pint glasses ($5), leather koozies ($13), glass growlers ($5.50 and $7), chalices ($6), 32-ounce insulated growlers ($30), and 64-ounce insulated growlers ($45), plus a growler case ($36).

The folks at Monk's Corner moved quickly to stock the joint with merch.

The folks at Monk’s Corner moved quickly to stock the joint with merch.

Nexus

Sure, you could just get some food to go and give that away, but really, keep the chicken for yourself and mail out some merch instead. They have T-shirts ($25) in different styles for men and women. You can also choose from work shirts ($30), hoodies ($32), and yeah, some of those ugly sweaters ($20) are still around, with new ones expected in December. Glassware ranges from $5 to $9, plus they have glass growlers ($5 and $6) and insulated silver growlers ($35).

Yes, Nexus sells stuff besides delicious beer and food. Stop by and get all three.

Yes, Nexus sells stuff besides delicious beer and food. Stop by and get all three.

Palmer

Another relative newcomer, they already have some gear ready. T-shirts ($20), muscle tank tops ($25), V-necks ($25), and hoodies ($40) are available for humans. And, in what may be a first for a local brewery, you can get a dog raglan ($20) for your best friend.

Cute dog not included.

Cute dog not included.

Ponderosa

They have some items available online, including T-shirts ($10), trucker hats ($20), pint glasses ($4), and growlers ($7). This holiday season they will also have a special bundle of all three of their bottled beers with a commemorative pint glass for $25. It can be found at the brewery and wherever their bombers are sold.

Quarter Celtic

Once again, eat the food, buy and mail out the merch. QC has T-shirts ($20), work shirts ($50), and two styles of hats ($20 and $30). Glass growlers ($3 and $4) are available as well. You can also get Celtic cash, gift cards that you can load up for family and friends with a minimum of $5 up to however much you think they can eat in Hagerty Skins. Seriously, those are so damn good.

Wait for cloud cover, then take a slightly less back-lit photo of the QC merch.

Wait for cloud cover, then take a slightly less back-lit photo of the QC merch.

Red Door

The lineup has not changed much from last year. They still have T-shirts ($15), V-neck shirts ($18), Zia tees ($20), and hats ($20). Pint glasses ($5) and those cool 5-ounce sample goblets ($4) are available, along with glass growlers ($9.50 and $14). The staff said they hope to have new hoodies ($40) available in December.

The shirts on the wall are just a few of the items available at Red Door.

The shirts on the wall are just a few of the items available at Red Door.

Rio Bravo

They have the usual selection of popular items, but the one that caught our eye was the frisbee ($3) with the RB logo. See, our breweries want us to get out and be active, too! You can also pick up T-shirts for men ($22) and women ($21), men’s polo shirts ($32.50), black caps ($16.50), camo caps ($19), and hoodies ($45). They also have pint glasses ($5.50), glass growlers ($5 and $7), and steel growlers ($40).

It took some ninja skills to fit all the Rio Bravo merch into and onto that glass case.

It took some ninja skills to fit all the Rio Bravo merch into and onto that glass case.

Sidetrack

Another of our newer breweries, they have a few items available. You can choose from short-sleeve ($18) and long-sleeve T-shirts ($20). Glass growlers ($6) and stainless steel growlers ($27.50) are available. They are expecting their first shipment of hoodies in December.

Starr Brothers

UPDATED >>> Thanks for the update, SBBC. They are selling special gift bundles for the holiday season. You can get a Side logo T-shirt, a 32-ounce growler (with one fill included), and a hat for $30. Or, you can get a hoodie with the other two items for $45. Take note, add $10 for XXL sizes. For every $50 that you spend, you get a free appetizer as well.

Bundle up some goodies for the holidays at Starr Brothers.

Bundle up some goodies for the holidays at Starr Brothers.

Tractor

UPDATED >>> As always, they have one of the most extensive catalogues of brewery merch anywhere, which you can find at both locations or online. They have a new women’s rainbow flowy long-sleeve tee ($25) that’s just come out, plus their new hoodies (price TBD) are due in December. Other items they wanted to highlight include olive Tractor shirts ($20), white-on-black Get Plowed tees ($12), and Beer for a Better Burque shirts ($20), with each featuring one of the four current charities. They also have a Milk Mustachio tote bag ($12.25), 64-ounce glass growlers ($4.25), and special glassware ($6) from local artist Reyes Padilla. Other items include gray pullover hoodies ($35), green women’s pullover hoodies ($35), and gift cards ($25). For the first time you can also purchase Beer Farm Co-op Memberships as a gift. We will have more information on those when we do our membership guide soon.

We'll just say it, the new Tractor hoodies are rather metal.

We’ll just say it, the new Tractor hoodies are rather metal.

Turtle Mountain

TMBC now has a dedicated merch area, which was a nice addition this year (note, if it was before this year, we were solely focused on the beer and pizza, and offer our apologies). Items available include T-shirts ($18 to $20), tote bags ($12), bar towels ($10), tap handles ($50), bottle openers ($5), stickers ($2), pint glasses ($5), and glass growlers ($4 and $6).

Quite the impressive merch cabinet at Turtle Mountain.

Quite the impressive merch cabinet at Turtle Mountain.

Breweries outside the ABQ metro area

Blue Corn (Santa Fe)

All their stuff is available only at the brewery and the downtown cafe, so, darn, you will have to drive up and probably have a beer while you shop. Before you fill up on beer, check out their T-shirts ($18), polos ($20), pint glasses ($2.50), gift cards, and they will have their limited metal holiday growlers (price TBD) available in December.

Blue Corn will be bringing back their special holiday growlers soon.

Blue Corn will be bringing back their special holiday growlers soon.

Rowley Farmhouse Ales (Santa Fe)

UPDATED >>> The merch is in at Santa Fe’s newest brewery. They have men’s and women’s T-shirts ($20), hoodies ($32), and those cool YOpeners ($25), which Jubilation’s Adam Auden call the best opener of any kind on the planet. You can also snag a sticker ($1) and put it on your car bumper. Assuming you’re like Franz Solo and I.

The merch has just arrived at Rowley Farmhouse Ales.

The merch has just arrived at Rowley Farmhouse Ales.

Sierra Blanca (Moriarty)

They have one of the better online merch sites if you do not feel like driving out to Moriarty. Of course, then you wouldn’t be able to hang in the beer garden and enjoy a pint. The extensive catalogue includes men’s and women’s T-shirts ($14.95 to $19.95), long-sleeve shirts ($24.95), multiple styles of hoodies ($34.95 to $49.95), tap handles ($49.95), caps ($9.95 to $19.95), and beanies ($18.95).

Santa Fe Brewing

No surprise here, they have a whole lot of merch available online. Items include T-shirts ($20 to $24), work shirts ($39 to $47), and those hugely popular Zia hoodies ($39) you see almost everywhere. Other cool items include jersey knit scarfs ($22), recycle can bracelets ($20), half-pint infant and toddler onesies ($16), all sorts of hats ($20 to $25), and ski caps ($20 to $25).

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Got any additional merchandise info? Send it to us via direct message on Facebook, tweet at us @nmdarksidebc, or email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com.

Happy holiday shopping, beer lovers!

— Stoutmeister

Behold the glory of brewery merchandise!

Behold the warm glow of brewery merchandise!

As we did last year, the Crew (and I do mean almost all of us) has put together a brewery merchandise guide for all of you just in time for your holiday shopping. Hey, it might be nice to just buy people beer, but sometimes they need more in life, like cool shirts, hoodies, growlers, and other specialty items carrying the logos of their favorite breweries. To make all of your lives easier and save you time in terms of searching the web or driving all over the place, we compiled the local breweries’ merch lists into one place. Now you can find out what is where, what is online, what it all costs, and any other additional info you might need.

You’re welcome. We’re always up for pints as thank yous if you see any of us out and about.

Please take note, we will have a separate post in the weeks ahead detailing all the different brewery memberships you can purchase around town.

Without further adieu, here’s what we all compiled. For the record, it went like this so you know who to ask for if something below is inaccurate or missing in action: Adam (Albuquerque Brewing, Lizard Tail, Ponderosa, Red Door, Rio Bravo), AmyO (Chama River, Distillery 365, Sierra Blanca, Twisted Chile), Bharley Quinn (La Cumbre, Marble), Brandon (Boese Brothers, Nexus), Franz Solo (Boxing Bear, Canteen, Turtle Mountain), Kristin (Blue Grasshopper, Cazuela’s, Pi), and Stoutmeister (Bosque, Kaktus, Tractor). Back Alley Draft House, Bistronomy B2B, and Sandia Chile Grill do not have any merch, though B2B does have gift certificates. Any brewery not currently listed below will be updated as soon as possible.

The breweries are listed in alphabetical order, starting with the ABQ metro area breweries. We will have a separate post on the four Santa Fe breweries sooner or later.

Albuquerque Brewing

The new guys have a small amount of merch available at the brewery. Snag a black T-shirt ($18) to show your Burque pride. Or pick out a pub glass ($8) or a growler ($6).

Dress like a local.

Dress like a local.

Blue Grasshopper

UPDATED >>> If you want a pub glass, it costs $15, but that comes with the beer fill of your choice. Beyond that, they now have some T-shirts and polos ranging from $20 to $30. Stop by BG to check out the selection.

Boese Brothers

TBA

Bosque

Bosque does have some items for sale online, but most of their merch is at the main taproom on San Mateo, north of Alameda. In addition to glassware, they have beanies ($15), hats ($20), T-shirts ($20) with the logos of their different beers, and some new gear for the colder months. Ladies’ thermals ($25), men’s flannels ($30), men’s plaid T’s ($30), and the new Riverwalker IPA hoodies ($35) are all now available. Plus, there are still bombers for sale of the Anniversary Baltic Porter ($10), Barleywine ($10), and, for a very limited time, the Barrel-Aged Jet Black Winter Russian Imperial Stout ($18). They also have gift cards available.

The good folks at Bosque want to keep you warm this winter.

The good folks at Bosque want to keep you warm this winter.

Boxing Bear

The west siders have quite the selection this holiday season. For your head, choose from different hats ($14-$30) and beanies ($16). Most T-shirts are $18, but XL are $20 and 2XL are $21. Work shirts and hoodies ring in at $30, or $40 for 2XL. Stainless mini-keg growlers ($35) are always popular gifts.

Merch with a punch is available at Boxing Bear.

Merch with a punch is available at Boxing Bear.

Canteen

This year they have everything in Canteen logos. T-shirts ($25), pullovers ($45), hats ($20) are all available. There are, of course, growlers ($12-$14) and glassware ($3). You can also get crowlers ($5.50 to $6.50), with the price dependent on the beer you are filling it with. Canteen will also have their special stainless steel, vacuum-sealed, double-walled growlers for $57 ($65 to $67 filled). There are also optional keg attachments for $25.

All the clothing and beer gear you could need is at Canteen.

All the clothing and beer gear you could need is at Canteen.

Cazuela’s

TBA

Chama River

The only special merchandise for the season will be holiday growlers. The staff said they hope to have them before Thanksgiving, but might not until afterward. All of Chama’s gear can be purchased at the brewery only. Other items include work shirts ($35), Chama River logo hats ($12), Tap the Source hats ($15), Tap the Source T-shirts ($13), and both Jackalope IPA and Class VI beer shirts ($15).

Chama looks good in color, too. Note, brewer and beer not included. (Courtesy of Chama River Facebook page)

Chama merch looks good in color, too. Note, brewer and beer not included. (Courtesy of Chama River Facebook page)

Distillery 365

Owner Matt Simonds said he will not have any specific holiday merchandise. His hands are full right now trying to get the Green Jeans Farmery tasting room open. He does have a few regular T-shirts and is getting hats within the next couple of weeks. Nothing is available for purchase online. He said that he does eventually want to sell items online, including somehow hopefully D365’s spirits, but he would need someone for website maintenance and that’s not in the cards for right now.

Don't leave the D365 shirts hanging.

Don’t leave the D365 shirts hanging, unless they are hanging in your closet. (Courtesy of their Facebook page)

Kaktus

They do have some merchandise available this year beyond just glassware, though for a limited time they still have their special Christmas 2015 pint glasses available. They cost $5 and owner Dana Koller said Tuesday that he had about 25 left. Beyond that special item, Kaktus has special “eye chart” T-shirts ($20), red trucker hats ($12), and regular pint glasses ($5). You can only purchase Kaktus’ items at the brewery itself, if you needed another reason to go to Bernalillo besides the good beer, tasty food, and eclectic atmosphere.

The eye chart T-shirt caught our eyes (pun intended).

The eye chart T-shirt … brilliant.

La Cumbre

The company tagline, “Get Elevated,” can be aptly applied to your holiday gift giving, too. From comfy cool shirts and hoodies, to extra groovy pint glasses and growlers, there isn’t a beer lover on your list that wouldn’t proudly sport any one of La Cumbre’s awesomely and artistically emblazoned merch. With gifts for people from babies to bikers and price points ranging from $5 to $50, there is a gift to fit everyone’s budget. La Cumbre swag is sold exclusively in their taproom located at 3313 Girard Blvd. NE., which provides an excellent and altruistic reason to stop by and “shop.” And as we are told they will be rolling out new holiday merch throughout the month of December, you might have to suck it up and visit frequently… and thus we honor you for your commendable commitment to gift giving!

La Cumbre will also have a number of special events in December. A number of local artists will be showcasing their work on Sunday, Dec. 6. A local caroling group will be on hand Dec. 7. The La Negra Imperial Stout bottle and tap release is set for Dec. 10. And to cap it all off, the fifth anniversary party is set for Saturday, Dec. 12.

There is just a wee bit of gear available at La Cumbre.

There is just a wee bit of gear available at La Cumbre.

Lizard Tail

Up in the Northeast Heights, Lizard Tail has a fair amount of merch available at the brewery. You can go full outfit with T-shirts ($20), hoodies ($40), and hats ($25). Pub glasses ($5) are also available.

Just don't leave the bill of the hat flat like that. Don't be that guy.

Just don’t leave the bill of the hat flat like that. Don’t be that guy.

Marble

If the striking Marble-bearing Maverick logo alone wasn’t enough impetus to inspire you to shop here for your holiday gift-giving, their diverse selection of items, seriously awesome artwork, ease of online availability, and of course their award- and taste-bud-winning beer make Marble a one-stop shop for the craft brew lovers (and pooches) on your list. They have T-shirts, hoodies, beanies, baseball hats, sunglasses, bottle openers, koozies, insulated growlers, dog collars, and dog treats baked by beertenders using spent grain.

Yet to be released and exclusive for this holiday season, the elves in Marble’s workshop are putting together a gift pack that will include the annually anticipated Marble Reserve Ale and a very limited edition, double-walled stainless steel pint tumbler with the beloved patio mural etched on it. The gift packs are yet to be priced and are due out the first week of December. They will be available at both taprooms while supplies last. You can swing by either taproom on Wednesday, December 9 at 5 p.m. for the Reserve Ale Release Party and enjoy complimentary applesauce and glazed donut holes from Pastian’s Bakery.

Double your shopping fun by visiting the Marble Market, this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the downtown taproom. Shop, eat, and drink local to live music by Crow & Captain, Cali Shaw, Alex Maryol, and Lilah Rose.

The new Marble growlers are available.

The new Marble growlers are available.

Nexus

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Ponderosa

The big merch display area is still present down in the Sawmill District. They have three varieties of T-shirts ($15) for men and women. Work shirts ($30) are available if you want to look as stylish as Andrew and the staff. You can snag a pub glass ($5) and/or a growler ($7). There are also gift cards available if you have that one friend/relative who is hard to shop for every year.

Take your pick between three T-shirt designs.

Take your pick between three T-shirt designs.

Red Door

They have summer wares, winter wares, and a whole lot more. You can pick from a wide variety of T-shirts ($15), or prepare for next summer with a tank top ($18). For this type of weather, grab a hoodie ($40) and make sure to keep your head covered with a hat ($10). Pub glasses ($3) and growlers ($4) are available, of course. And for that hard-to-buy-for-friend, you can get a gift card.

Feel all summery thanks to Red Door.

Feel all summery thanks to Red Door.

Rio Bravo

They may be new, but Rio Bravo is already swimming in available merchandise. You can go as small as a keychain ($3.50) or a sample glass ($3.50), or snag a pint glass or a wine glass ($5.50), or of course a growler ($7). There are also hats ($16.50), short-sleeve T-shirts ($16.50), and long-sleeve T-shirts ($22). They have gift cards available as well. For now you will have to head to the brewery to buy the merch.

Why yes, that is a camo hat from Rio Bravo.

Why yes, that is a camo hat from Rio Bravo for the next time you go beer hunting.

Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande, plus ABQ (soon to be Alien) Brew Pub

Tasha let us know that there will be special Alien Gift Baskets, items TBA, available for sale at the soon-to-be-rebranded Alien Brew Pub in Uptown, plus at the main brewery in Moriarty. No word yet on the cost of the baskets, but we will be sure to share that when they are fully revealed. If you are afraid of the Uptown area during the holidays, or are reluctant to drive to Moriarty, fear not, because SB/RG has a full online store. They have 28 (!) different T-shirt designs, in both men’s and women’s, ranging from $12.95 to $19.95. They also have six different hoodies ($34.95 to $49.95). There are also hats, glassware, wallets, bottle openers, koozies, and tap handles. Basically, SB/RG has paraphrased the line from Spaceballs: “Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the (brewery) is made!” However, as of right now, there is no Sierra Blanca the Breakfast Cereal, Sierra Blanca the flamethrower, or Sierra Blanca the doll.

The walls are covered out in Moriarty. (Courtesy of the SB/RG Facebook page)

The walls are covered out in Moriarty. (Courtesy of the SB/RG Facebook page)

Tractor

The good news is Tractor still has one of the best online shop sites of any local brewery. Their Fall 2015 collection is now out (we will have to wait to see if there will be a winter collection). They have gray hoodies ($35), heather green lightweight women’s hoodies ($35), scarlet 3/4 sleeve Farmer’s Tan T-shirts ($17), and white-on-black Get Plowed T-shirts ($12). They have a slew of additional men’s and women’s T-shirts, both short sleeve and long, ranging from $12 to $17. There are also orange hoodies ($35) so you never get lost in the dark. If you have a bar at home, you can purchase Tractor tap handles ($45) featuring the can designs for Almanac IPA, Farmer’s Tan Red, and Mustachio Milk Stout. Need a new belt buckle? Pick any of those three styles for $30. To carry it all out you could use a Tractor reusable bag ($8). Of course, there are also gift cards ($25), pub glasses ($6), growlers ($4), and sample glasses ($4) for sale. If you want to grab a beer while you shop, many of the items are available at both Wells Park and Nob Hill.

So many, many options at Tractor.

So many, many options at Tractor.

Turtle Mountain

If you were looking for something to wear, TMBC does not have any shirts or hoodies for sale. They do have quite a bit of glassware available. Growlers ($6), Boston growlers ($4), pub glasses ($5), and special growler totes ($12) are on hand. You can also purchase a growler tote with two filled growlers for $45. Oh, and don’t forget, TMBC still has bombers of Wilde Jagd ($12) for sale. All purchases must be done at the brewery.

Need to carry all of your Turtle merch? This is one way to do it.

Need to carry all of your Turtle merch? This is one way to do it.

Breweries outside the ABQ metro area

Bathtub Row (Los Alamos)

BRB has their normal array of clothing and glassware options, including several nice T-shirts ($15 apiece), a logo hat ($20), pub glasses ($4), growlers ($4), and a work shirt ($45). In addition, they’re preparing to bottle a beer for the first time, and it’s an excellent-sounding winter brew: a Russian Imperial Stout. It should come in at around 10- to 11-percent ABV and will be sold in 22-ounce bombers. Who wouldn’t want to find that in their stocking Christmas morning? Finally, since BRB is a co-operative-based business and member-owned, another great gift would be a membership in BRB. An annual membership costs $50, and if you’re really feeling the spirit, a lifetime membership is $250. More info about BRB can be found at their website.

The new merch wall at the 'Tub.

The new merch wall at the ‘Tub.

Twisted Chile (Socorro)

Socorro’s brewery does have merchandise available at the brewery only for now. They hope to have online purchasing available in the near future. Full-size growlers cost $8, while Boston growlers are $6. Logo T-shirts are available for $16. You can also call TCB at (575) 518-8028 and they might be able to work out a way to ship items.

They won't give you the shirts off their backs, but TCB has plenty of others for sale. (Courtesy of their Facebook page)

They won’t give you the shirts off their backs, but TCB has plenty of others for sale. (Courtesy of their Facebook page)

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Got any additional merchandise info? Send it to us via direct message on Facebook, tweet at us @nmdarksidebc, or email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com.

Happy holiday shopping, beer lovers!

— Stoutmeister

As we did for Santa Fe a couple weeks ago, we do now for the ABQ metro area. The Crew, and for once this is a multi-person endeavor, has set forth and compiled a list of breweries’ merchandise to give you a handy guide for your holiday shopping. Hey, you can’t always just buy people beer. I mean, you could, but sometimes you want a gift that lasts longer than it takes to down a growler of Turkey Drool. So to help out everyone, rather than force you to go to multiple breweries or skip from website to website to Facebook page to Twitter feed, we have put everyone’s beer merch lists together in this one place.

You’re welcome. We’re always up for pints as thank yous if you see any of us out and about.

Without further adieu, here’s what we all compiled. For the record, it went like this so you know who to ask for if something below is inaccurate or missing in action: Adam (Bosque and Lizard Tail), AmyO (Blue Grasshopper, Cazuela’s, Turtle Mountain), Brandon (Ponderosa), Franz Solo (Boxing Bear, Broken Bottle, Stumbling Steer), and Stoutmeister (Canteen, Chama River, La Cumbre, Marble, Nexus, Red Door, Tractor). Back Alley Draft House and Sandia Chile Grill do not have any merch, though both hope to get some in 2015.

The breweries are listed in alphabetical order.

Blue Grasshopper

Rio Rancho’s newest brewpub is still awaiting their first batches of beer. Right now they have one T-shirt, white with the logo on it, and some growlers, though those are plain and do not yet have the logo. They hope to have more merchandise, and beer, in the near future. You can only buy the shirts at the pub.

All the Bosque merch you can view in a single photo. (Courtesy of Bosque's Facebook page)

All the Bosque merch you can view in a single photo. (Courtesy of Bosque’s Facebook page)

Bosque

Bosque has a range of T-shirts branded with their regular beers available for $20, military and trucker hats also for $20, women’s fit work shirts for $35, growlers, stickers and patches all for $5, and a range of gift cards. We were told they have just added beanies, pullover hoodies, and thermal shirts, prices TBA. All of this is available for purchase on their website or at the taproom, though the newest items are not yet online. We’re definitely fans of the X-Men-like Scotia Scotch Ale logo and the new hoodies.

All the glassware you need this holiday season.

All the glassware you need this holiday season.

Boxing Bear

The west side’s newest brewery has plenty of gear hanging above the bar. They have black, white, and gray T-shirts for $18 ($20 for 2XL, $21 for 3XL), black hats for $14 or $30, and black hoodies for $35 ($40 for 2XL). There are growlers ($5), half-growlers ($3.50), and pint glasses ($5) for sale as well. The ultra-popular stainless steel mini-keg growlers ($40) are available for purchase. They don’t have a way to buy the merch off their website (yet), but you can take a look at it all here. And in the spirit of the holiday season, Boxing Bear is having a coat and blanket drive. The coats will be donated to Joy Junction while the blankets are for animals and will be donated to Animal Humane. Drop them off today (Friday) and grab a pint of the Chocolate Milk Stout with vanilla bean and cocoa nibs on cask. Dear lord that sounds ridiculously decadent.

Feel rustic with these ceramic mugs from Broken Bottle.

Feel rustic with these ceramic mugs from Broken Bottle.

Broken Bottle

The folks at BBB have quite the array of merchandise. In addition to T-shirts ($15) in various colors — plus long-sleeve shirts for $20 — they have hats ($20), logo pint glasses ($4), and of course growlers. If you need help carrying your half-growlers, you can get a Boston carrier for $10. It holds two half-growlers and is perfect for getting your beer home from the brewery when you don’t have a passenger in your car to hold on to them. BBB also has swanky ceramic mugs for when you’re feeling rather medieval when drinking at home. Blast some Amon Amarth and toast to the Norse gods.

Canteen's new growler is one of the best of its genre.

Canteen’s new growler is one of the best of its genre.

Canteen

They’re still bringing in new gear to replace the old Il Vicino stuff. They have special fleece sweatshirts ($45) for the winter months with sizes from XS to XL. T-shirts are available in both black (unisex) and gray (both men’s and women’s) for $25 in sizes from XS to XXL. Canteen has two styles of hats for $20 in both pre-washed denim and “trucker” style. There are three varieties of growlers available. The standard glass 64-ounce growler is $8.50, with $5.50 beer refills. Pella flip-top growlers cost $16 with $9 refills. Then there’s the new “fire extinguisher” custom powder-coated, double-walled stainless steel, vacuum insulated growlers. Those cost $66 and come with an optional Co2-driven keg attachment for $25.

For more on these special growlers, Bullpen member Reid (who purchased one) sent us this mini-review: “I would say that it’s nearly a perfect growler. It’s insulated (should keep it cold many hours), light, blocks any sunlight, and is pretty easy to open and close. I also have a few other insulated growlers, but they have twist-off caps and can be a pain to open when the pressure inside builds up. This one has a pop-top and shouldn’t have that problem. My only quibble is that once the latches are lifted up, the cap is free to just lift off on its own. If the cap was more permanently affixed to one of the latches, it would be more convenient, plus you wouldn’t have to worry about lining the cap up with the latches in order to close it. But these are minor complaints. I’d say it’s head and shoulders above any other growler I’ve seen.”

Cazuela’s

They hope to have T-shirts in soon, but you’ll have to go to the restaurant to buy them. They do have growlers ($5 empty, $10 filled) with their logo on them. You can also purchase gift cards that can be used for beer and/or food.

Chama River

All right, the info has been tracked down. So Chama has a special holiday gift pack for $45. In it you get four logo glasses with either the Chama logo or Tap the Source or both. In the middle of those glasses is the Tap 3 growler, a metal, insulated growler of goodness. If your cabinets have too many beer glasses already, you can get just a Tap 3 for $28. This is the same special growler sold at Blue Corn in Santa Fe and both Draft Stations. Beyond that, Chama has T-shirts for $12.95, long-sleeve shirts for $28, trucker-style hats for $13 with the Tap the Source logo, and work shirts for $35 that will make you look like Zach and David (but probably not brew like them; it’s not magic).

Kaktus

Right now they only have growlers, unless we’re told otherwise. You can buy a filled growler for $12. We’d assume it’s just $8 or so for the unfilled growler, but really, who buys someone an empty growler? I guess maybe if you’re shipping it out of state or something, otherwise that’s just silly.

We need that Malpais Stout shirt in our lives.

We need that Malpais Stout shirt in our lives.

La Cumbre

All of La Cumbre’s merch is available at the brewery only. Oh, darn, you might have to grab a pint or two when you stop by to pick up a gift. Their T-shirts come in a variety of styles and range from $20 to $25. The Malpais Stout shirt was my personal favorite (natch). Long-sleeve shirts cost $28. La Cumbre has multiple logo glasses. The standard pint glasses cost $5, while the imperial stout glasses are $6, and those tall, lanky hefe glasses are $8. You can buy glass growlers for $10 and mini-growlers for $5. La Cumbre will have special holiday growlers due in next week just in time for the fourth anniversary party (Dec. 13). These stainless steel hydro-flask growlers are insulated to keep your beer cold and fresh for longer than a glass growler. They will cost $50. Oh, and after Gracias Por Fumar became available in bombers this week, next up will be a Belgian-style Tripel in bombers. Jeff is trying to kill us all with these big, beautifully monstrous beers.

A comprehensive look at Lizard Tail's merchandise. (Courtesy of their Facebook page)

A comprehensive look at Lizard Tail’s merchandise. (Courtesy of their Facebook page)

Lizard Tail

Lizard Tail Brewing have the usual range of brewery merchandise available for your holiday shopping needs. T-shirts ($20), hats ($30), growlers ($6 for the growler, +$10 to fill it) and pint glasses ($5), as well as gift cards. Additionally they have recently introduced their Mug Club. Good from purchase until the end of 2015 the membership is $25 for the year and includes $1.50 off pints at the brewery or if you catch them out at any special events. You also receive a pint glass and sticker for signing up. All of this is available at the brewery for purchase.

Marble's merch will put you in the holiday spirit.

Marble’s merch will put you in the holiday spirit.

Marble

In the spirit of the season, Marble has created special holiday gift packs. For $25 you get a bomber of Reserve Ale with Joliesse Chocolate bars. If that’s not enough, their new stainless steel holiday growlers check in at $40 and have a nifty little holiday-themed image on the outside. The new winter hoodies check in at $30 and ladies’ pullovers will be available at the downtown pub next week. Marble has one of the best online merch sites around for all of their year-round gear. Marble has both men’s and women’s T-shirts for $20. They have two varieties of hats for $20, plus Marble sunglasses for $10. Stainless steel 20-ounce tumblers ($10) and leather koozies ($12) will help keep your beer cold. You can also snag a Marble messenger bag for $25. Hey, what better way to carry everything else home? Oh, and don’t forget to mark your calendars, the Imperial Stout Release Party is Dec. 17.

You gotta admit, bravery is required to wear this in public.

You gotta admit, bravery is required to wear this in public.

Nexus

Got the info for here at last. Nexus is taking this whole “ugly sweater” thing to a new level. After having an ugly sweater contest all November, the brewery has created its own ugly sweater. See that picture? Wow. That’s just plain epic. And a little 80’s retro, don’t you think? It almost needs a Pac-Man trying to eat a pint glass. Anyway, the hostess told me that it may be an eye-opener, but it’s also super warm on cold winter nights. If a fashionable young woman like her can buy one, anybody can, right? So it’s got that going for it and it retails for $20. Beyond the ugly sweater itself, there’s also an ugly sweater pint glass for $5 (patrons who went on the “ugly sweater brewery tour” last month got to take one home, now they’re available for everyone). All of Nexus’ gear is available at the brewery only; they do have plans to eventually start selling “swag” through the website, but it’s not ready online just yet. Other year-round merchandise includes hats ($14), V-neck T-shirts ($22), regular T-shirts in power blue, gray, and dark blue ($18), and brewery work shirts ($35). Full growlers cost $5, while the special blue half-growlers are $8.

The merch cabinet at Ponderosa is filling up. (Courtesy of their Facebook page)

The merch cabinet at Ponderosa is filling up. (Courtesy of their Facebook page)

Ponderosa

One of the city’s newest breweries has some merchandise available, though only at the brewery. They have T-shirts in several colors for $20. There are Ponderosa logo pint glasses for $6. And, like most places, they have growlers with their logo on them. In addition to selling items, Ponderosa is also holding a Holiday Toy and Food Drive with Montezuma Elementary School. Bring in toys and/or non-perishable food items to Ponderosa from today through Dec. 16 and you will receive a free order of hand-cut french fries.

Red Door

The new guys on the east side of town were happy to share what’s available. Right now they don’t have any specific holiday-themed merchandise, but they hope to get their stainless steel holiday growlers in for sale in the near future (exact dates are TBA). Red Door does have a gray, zippered sweatshirt for $40 to help keep you warm while you drink cold beer on cold days. There are also men’s and women’s T-shirts for $15. A special red shirt for women only costs $15 as well. New hats are coming in on Tuesday that will retail for $20. Both 64- and 32-ounce growlers sell for $4. Red Door also has gift cards for sale. Expect more gear to arrive in the future. They’re a pretty young brewery to already have as much as they do.

Stumbling Steer

In addition to all the great food, the Steer has gear you can take home. T-shirts cost $18 ($22 for long sleeves). You can get a logo pint glass for $5, or have them fill with beer first and then take the glass home afterward for $7. It’s $5 for a Tullup glass and $8 for a beer fill plus the glass. The Steer has growlers as well. Unfortunately, you have to go to the restaurant to buy everything as there’s nothing online. Wait, did we just say unfortunately? There’s nothing unfortunate about going to the Steer and being tempted by all of their great food and beer.

Tractor's extensive gear selection is visible inside Wells Park.

Tractor’s extensive gear selection is visible inside Wells Park.

Tractor

Tractor is one of the most internet-savvy breweries, so it’s no surprise they have a detailed online store. The winter collection features black zipper front hoodies for $35, special new orange hoodies for $35, ladies’ 3/4 sleeve Get Plowed retro shirts for $17, Sh*t Burquenos Drink long-sleeve shirts for $17, Brian Everett Design shirts for $20, ladies’ long sleeve Real Girls Drink Beer shirts for $17, navy long-sleeve logo shirts for $17, and two other T-shirts for $12. Just about every style of shirt is available for women and men. On the glassware front, you can get logo sample glasses, half-pint glasses, and full pint glasses for just $4 apiece. Full growlers are available at $4 and half-growlers are $5. You can also purchase $25 gift cards. They have reusable Tractor bags for $8 and two styles of hats for $10. And if you’re looking for a little literature, you can buy Carlos Contreras’ book Time Served for $12.95. He’s the gentleman behind the weekly Tractor newsletter and our main contact for all Tractor-related news.

Turtle Mountain

It’s business as usual at Rio Rancho’s favorite hangout. They have growlers and T-shirts (they were out of women’s shirts when AmyO went, but they said they’re getting new ones soon) that you can only buy in person. You can buy gift certificates online here.

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And because Brandon is about to become a father for the first time, we asked him to check and see if any in-state breweries have baby/children’s clothing. What do you know, Santa Fe Brewing has “Half Pint” onesies for infants and T-shirts for infants and toddlers. They all cost $16 and are available online. Little Bannon will be dressed well once he arrives in January. Now we just need a brewery around town to make a little black hoodie for the kid so he fits in with all of his new “uncles” in the Crew. (We don’t think Mrs. Solo or AmyO have any hoodies, but we could be wrong on that.)

Got any additional merchandise info? Send it to us via direct message on Facebook, tweet at us @nmdarksidebc, or email us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com.

Happy holiday shopping, beer lovers!

— Stoutmeister

Editor’s note: By popular request, the Crew is compiling all the info you will need on all the non-beer gifts you can purchase for others (or yourself) from our local breweries this holiday season. Luke, our Santa Fe-based writer, handled the breweries up there. We had hoped to get more of these stories ready before Black Friday, but heck, you’d all probably rather be hanging out at a brewery that day than the mall. Don’t worry, we’ll get the rest to you soon, as well as our annual story on brewery memberships, since those often make a great gift as well. You’re welcome. And don’t forget, breweries count for Small Business Saturday coming up this weekend. (Hint) — Stoutmeister

It’s already holiday shopping season. Okay, let’s face it, it’s been shopping season ever since Halloween was over and the stores traded in the ghouls and witches for elves and reindeer. Seriously, not even a day after. Well, based on a request from a reader who thought Hey! Beer geeks probably want beer stuff for Christmas, we decided to head out to the breweries, or really just look up from the barstools (in some of our cases) to find out exactly what they’ll be offering for the holiday season in terms of gifts, events, and specials. So get your re-usable shopping bags ready folks. Wait, is that just a Santa Fe thing? ::hangs head:: Anyway, coming at you hard is a torrent of Holiday beer merchandise from your favorite breweries. So, yes, grown-up (no doubt) craft beer fan, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as ABV and zymurgy and carbonation exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest gravity and hoppiness. On to the brew swag!

Blue Corn Brewery

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Hello, Blue Corn gift basket.

Merchandise: Blue Corn is really swinging for the fences this holiday season, offering gift baskets of various size, price-points, and Blue Corn(y) names. I’ve never before been so excited to receive anything wrapped in cellophane, but behold the power of BEER! These fun-filled cellophane-wrapped goodie baskets include such wonderful things as Blue Corn’s new Tap Three aluminum growlers; Roadrunner IPA pint glasses; Craft-Beer Cookbooks, with an entry by Blue Corn’s own Chef D, as well as a crunchy snacks prepared by him. One even comes with a bottle of that crazy Mountain Black Berry Jalapeno Ambrosia sauce by Prairie Thyme to drizzle over any of your holiday foodstuffs. Others include growler fills and brew club memberships.

For your shopping convenience, head brewer James Warren has broken it all down for us:

“Blue Corn Brewery has some different gift baskets than the Cafe, but at the Brewery, these will be available:

1) “Blue Corn Beer Me”: Metal growler, one glass, and a 64-ounce refill. $38

2) “The Incredible Edible”: Cookbook, sauce, snacks, chocolate, and a T-shirt. $45

3) “A Book & Beer”: Metal growler, 64-ounce refill, one glass, cookbook, snacks and brew club membership. $70

4) “The True Believer”: Metal growler, two glasses, 64-ounce fill, brew club membership, snack, and chocolate. $60

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Looks like Luke bought himself a gift basket. Can’t blame him.

“The baskets sold at both Blue Corn locations are as follows: $38 — includes one metal growler and two pint glasses; $45 includes one metal growler and four pint glasses. If purchased as a gift, we are also offering a fill ticket for $10. Normal fills are $12. The metal 64-ounce growler alone is $28.”

Brew club membership: “The brew club membership is universal with Chama River, Blue Corn Brewery, Blue Corn Café, and both Draft Stations. During the holidays, they are on sale for $10, for the year membership. The membership includes: $1.50 off 22-ounce beers, $1 off pints, $0.50 off 10-ounce beers, $1 off 64-ounce growler fills, $0.50 off 32-ounce growler fills, 10 percent off keg fills.”

Special events: On Thursday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m., Blue Corn is hosting a very special Thursday at the Brewer’s Table Holiday Party! For this event, Brewer James and Chef D “invite beer lovers to celebrate all things beer!” For $20 per guest, you get two pints of your choice as well as delicious, specially chosen family-style bites. That’s not all! To get in the spirit, they’re doing a White Elephant Exchange where you bring in a beer-related gift worth at least $15 to participate and play by the traditional White Elephant gift-stealing rules. Blue Corn Brewery also has a very special secret gift, so make your reservations and come in your ugliest holiday sweater! See you there, and if you want to know what the last brewers table was like, check out this article.

For reservations, call (505) 438-1800.

Photo courtesy of Duel Brewing

Photo courtesy of Duel Brewing

Duel Brewing

Note: Special thanks to fellow Bullpen member Reid Rivenburgh for stopping in and asking a few questions. I’m sure they had to twist his arm to do a little sampling while he was there, too.

Merchandise: “Duel Brewing is selling their usual array of merchandise, including a growler with logo and a variety of nice shirts for men and women. If interested in the clothes, your best bet is to order online, since the inventory at the taproom is getting low. Of note, they will be selling their Goya Imperial Stout in 750-ml bottles. It’s supposed to be around a hefty 16-percent ABV, so it no doubt has a kick like a mule. We haven’t been able to test it, but it would certainly make a welcome stocking stuffer.”

Editor’s note: Brewer Todd Yocham said Goya is 15.9-percent ABV and will be on tap at Duel the “first week of December or so.”

Santa Fe Brewing Company

Merchandise: This year SFBC is offering their usual T-shirts, growlers, and pint glasses, etc. But they finally have those slick hoodies available and just in time for Christmas. If you missed your chance to grab a sweet Oktoberfest mug, there are still a few left. And with no date, use it for every Oktoberfiesta! Also available are the uber cool, black, stainless steel, insulated SFBC growlers, which I bought and reviewed one (see below). And Albuquerque beer lovers, come on up to the brewery and grab some cool SFBC swag and look like an old friend before the taproom hits your town!

Regular’s club membership: Club membership information courtesy of Josh at SFBC.

Cost: $50

Duration: 1 year from date of purchase

What it includes:

  • Membership club card accepted at all SFBC locations (Highway 14 tasting room, Eldorado Tap House, and coming soon: ABQ Tap House)
  • Exclusive “Regular’s Club” T-shirt
  • Happy Hour pints prices at all times
  • $5 discount on cases of packaged beer (excludes Chicken Killer)
  • 10 percent discount on keg purchases
  • Invitation to our Company Holiday Party

Special events: 12 Beers of Christmas — For 12 days in December, you can come out to the brewery to sample 12 different holiday-themed beers (each day) brewed by the Sangre De Cristo Craft Brewers Club, on the small batch system. Also, as far as shameless plugs go — I get one, don’t I? — my beer, “Piñon Roasting on an Open Fire,” is scheduled to be tapped on Dec. 17 at the brewery. With cinnamon, nutmeg, and piñon, it may just be a cookie with foam, or it might be a pretty decent Winter Warmer. Who knows? Come and find out! Get there early for each beer, because 10 gallons fly when you’re having fun.

Second Street Brewery

Merchandise: Second Street has various (and delicious) gift choices this year. According to the ever amazing Colleen, these great items will be available to deck your friends’ and families’ halls.

  • Hydroflask growlers and glass growlers, both large (64 ounces) and half growlers (32 ounces)
  • Both the Boneshaker Special Bitter and Pivotal IPA will be in cans (four-packs), which you can buy at either location.
  • Men’s and women’s long-sleeve shirts. There will also be some T-shirts at a discounted rate as well.
  • Don’t forget to keep your head warm, or keep the head of someone you love warm with one of Second Street’s stylish beanies.

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    Take your pick of how to bring your favorite Second Street beers home.

Special Events: On Dec. 12 and 13 SSB will be celebrating their 18-year anniversary at the original location. They will have a prix-fixe menu (menu pending) and have live music both nights. Pollo Frito will be playing Friday and Cloacas will be performing on Saturday. Both shows start at 6 p.m.

Also, on Dec. 20, at the Railyard location, Kodama Trio will be playing the music of Charlie Brown Christmas and other holiday classics. That show starts at 7 p.m.

On Dec. 26, at the Original Location, Swing Soleil will be wrapping up the holiday season with holiday tunes starting at 6 p.m.

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That’s it for Santa Fe’s merchandise and special holiday events. It looks like there’s a ton of great swag to fill those stockings and stuff under the tree. From canned and bottled beer to clothes and craft-beer cookbooks, there’s something sure to bring a smile to your favorite hophead. And seriously, what better way is there to shop, than with a cold brew or two?

But before I go, I wanted to add this.

Dear mom and dad, if either of you are reading this article … (Hint, hint.)

This nifty little growler makes for a great gift.

This nifty little growler makes for a great gift.

Review of the black Santa Fe Brewing Co. stainless steel growler

Description from the website: “Our new INSULATED, eco-friendly stainless steel growler keeps liquids hot or cold for hours as well as carbonated for days! This baby holds the same as our regular growlers — 64 ounces of pure beer-drinking bliss! Our Zia bottle cap logo is etched on one side of the growler.”

For this review, I came up with a few criteria for what makes a growler useful to me. 1) How long does beer last in the growler, i.e. stay fresh, carbonated, and keep a consistent taste? 2) How many times can you open it before that situation changes? 3) What is the whole beer experience like?

First off, I opened the beer after a weekend of sitting in my car through pretty inconsistent temperatures, due to … life. The growler had been filled to the brim, making the first pour a bit of a chore, but being served too much beer is seriously a non-issue. I think the shape of the mouth, which is more thermos-like than growler-like made the first few pours messy and inconsistent, but as with most beer issues, drink more and the problem goes away. It did. After several pours, the beer was coming out nice with a decent head. And the beer stayed cold all night, despite keeping it on the table and out of the fridge. Trying to catch up with “Sons of Anarchy,” a guy doesn’t have time for several return trips to the fridge. I can already tell that the double-walled insulation will make it an essential piece of camping equipment in the spring. Happy Camper jokes aside, even a week later the same beer tasted like it had the day it was tapped, with consistent carbonation and the clean distinctive flavors of the beer style. Stylish and effective, I highly recommend the stainless steel growler with four cute bartenders out of five. The growler retails for $50.

Cheers!

— Luke