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Greetings Duke City craft beer aficionados, this is E-Rock here to bring you another Monday installment of the Week Ahead in Beer. As always, this column is designed to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Albuquerque metro area.

Several breweries and tap rooms in the Albuquerque metro area are bringing back some cherished local brews just in time to help keep you warm as the cold sets in. Broken Bottle is expecting to start serving their End of Days Tripel some time this week. Bosque Brewing should have a new batch of their Scotia Scotch back on tap by about the middle of the week. The Il Vicino Canteen brought back Saint Bob’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, London Calling ESB, and Irish Red. As a new offering, Il Vicino is introducing their Groping Gnome Belgian IPA. Marble has a trio of their classic seasonals coming to taps this week including the Abbey Darkness, Dopel Bock, and Jezebel. Turtle Mountain brought back their Oatmeal IPA and American Wheat to taps as well.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the 505. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Jan. 14.

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

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number (all are area code 505, for out-of-state readers) and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: No new seasonals at this time.

News: Ben Miller brews a seasonal brew for ABP several times a year. His newest creation should be making its way to the taps in the near future.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

(Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Belgian White, Goat Head IPA, Goat Head Imperial Red, Goat Head Raspberry Blonde, JC’s Pale Ale, Melia Belgian Strong Ale. Goat Head IPA is back on tap at BADH. Goat Head brews a solid IPA that compares favorably to any you will find in town, which says a lot seeing as the IPA seems to be the unofficial beer style of Albuquerque. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it. We (Stoutmeister and I) had a chance to try the Imperial Red, which is a hoppy beast that compares with the finest hop-infused reds that Marble produces.

Music: Thurs — Underground Etiquette Thursdays featuring resident Dj Beatnick and guest DJ Brendangerous 8 p.m.

Bad Ass Brewery — 918-2337

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–midnight, Sun 4–7 p.m.)

Beers: C Squared, 3 Way IPA, 66 Pinup Porter, Charlie’s Old Red, Belgian Mistress, Matt’s Wine Barrel Sour, Nutty Cafe, Desert Rose, Eat Your Oatmeal. Matt’s Wine Barrel Sour is a tasty concoction that adds hints of apple to give this sour beer a unique flavor that reminds me of the sour puckers candy that I used to eat when I was younger.

Events: BAB will be showing the NFL Conference Championships on Sunday. BAB will also be showing the new season of The Walking Dead starting on Feb. 10.

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 2 p.m.–midnight)

Beers: Scotia Scotch, California Commons, Ember IPA, Brewer’s Boot Amber Ale, Bitter Brit English IPA, Olde Bosky (Porter), Kindling (Golden), Mellow Brit (Brown), Cumulus IPA. California Commons is a Steam Beer, which is one of the few beer styles created in the United States. According to BBC’s website, Kindling is “a smooth and crisp Golden Ale. Very drinkable.” Bitter Brit is “an English IPA, with subtle citrus notes.” Mellow Brit is “an English Brown with hints of honey.” And Olde Bosky is “a robust porter with roasted and coffee undertones.”

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: End of Days Tripel, Cracked Cork BarleyWine, Xico Suave, Anamole (Chocolate Red Chile Stout), Debacle Pumpkin Ale. According to B3’s website, their Cracked Cork BarleyWine is “a nice, slightly sweet barley wine fermented with raisins. Has a great caramel flavor and at 10% it’s sure to put some hair on your chest!” The End of Days Tripel should be on tap some time this week.

News: B3 is now serving a limited menu in the taproom. The food is provided by one of ABQ’s best new restaurants, Paco’s. They have things like roasted duck quesadillas, chips & queso and much more. Also, on Feb. 10, they will host a Beer Pairing Dinner catered by Paco’s, with tickets now available at B3.

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. They will be showing the NFL Conference Championships on Sunday.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: Me Llamo Lodo (Imperial Brown), Copper John PA, Centennial PA, Shadow Boxer (Black IPA). Me Llamo Lodo is an imperial version of Chama’s Rio Lodo Brown Ale. According to a post on Chama’s Facebook page, the Black IPA Shadow Boxer is “very dark in color with a punchy hop flavor and aroma, finishing with a hint of roast malt.” (6.6% ABV, 65 IBU) Stoutmeister tried the Shadow Boxer and highly recommends it. He also gives thumbs up to the Me Llamo Lodo, which at 7.2-percent ABV is more drinkable than most imperial styles.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: London Calling ESB, Irish Red, Groping Gnome Belgian IPA, Saint Bob’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Sasquatch Scotch, Marzen, Dark American Lager, Baltic Porter. Solstice Blackout was a big success at the Canteen. Only the Dark American Lager and the Baltic Porter are left on tap, so IV has brought back several favorites to fill out the roster. Also on tap this week is the brand new Groping Gnome Belgian IPA. Clocking in at 65 IBU and 7.2-percent ABV, this light, yet hoppy, offering is sure to become a classic in its own right.

News: An IPA made with Amarillo and summit hops is on tap for Cask Wednesday and an ESB with Kent goldings will be on cask Saturday.

Music: Tues — Gregg Daigle Duo (Americana/Roots) 6-9 p.m., Sun — Russel James Pyle & Safety Committee (Roots/Rock) 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Full Nelson (Double IPA), Whirlpool Pale Ale, Noche de Paz, Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Potter’s PA (Belgian-style pale ale), Hot Shots Rauch (Rauchbier). La Cumbre’s website had this to say about the Full Nelson, “If our Elevated IPA is on the hoppy side of the aisle for you, stay away. If you drink that beer and think to yourself in Homer Simpson’s voice, ‘That’s kinda hoppy… I guess …’ prepare to meet your match. This beer is gonna put the beat down. Will you tap out before you finish the pint?” (8.7% ABV, IBU: A lot!) LC’s website also described the brewing processes used to create the Whirlpool Pale Ale. “We started with Marris Otter, the very finest pale malt money can buy, added a small amount of caramel malt and went about our regular boil, but only added hops after the boil was over. 25 lbs. of a blend of some of our favorite hops were added to give the beer an enormous perfumey aroma and flavor … and hopefully some bitterness.” (4.2% ABV, IBU: ???)

Music: Wed — Chris Dracup 7-10 p.m., Sat — Odd Dog 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Abbey Darkness, Dopel Bock, Jezebel, Daisy Mae, 2013 Marble Reserve, Brew Cut Volume 1, Imperial Red (9.0% ABV). Brew Cut Volume 1 is a barrel-aged Imperial Red. According to their website, the 2013 Marble Reserve is their “much-anticipated annual holiday offering. This American strong ale spends months in oak bourbon barrels before it is deemed ready for release. This year’s batch is replete with molasses and vanilla notes.”

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

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Amber Bock, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream Stout, Barley Wine. At 9.2-percent ABV, Nexus’ new Barley Wine packs quite a punch. But be warned, Nexus has a way of brewing high alcohol content beers that go down smoother than a pilsner. Make sure to order a hardy meal with this bad boy. Derek and Stoutmeister sampled this one recently; both labeled it “dangerous, since you don’t taste the alcohol, just the sweet.” The Chocolate Porter was popular among the entire Crew, who had a rare meeting of the minds a few weeks ago at Nexus.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. They also have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies. Nexus will have NFL playoff games Sunday with $7 wings starting at 11 a.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — 798-1970

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

Beers: IPA (6.5% ABV, 100 IBU), Hefeweizen, ESB, Amber Ale (6% ABV), Irish Red Ale (6% ABV). SCG has made an IPA especially for all you hopheads out there. At 100 IBU, SCG’s new IPA is sure to give your taste buds a dry, bitter experience fitting for any Burqueño. While you’re there, grab a meal smothered in red and/or green chile. It doesn’t get more New Mexican than that.

News: At Sandia Chile Grill you can enjoy great New Mexican food with your beer such as their $10 double chicken enchilada and beer special served with beans, potatoes, chile, and a 16-ounce beer. SCG’s Milk Stout (with added malts and hints of smoked flavors) should be on tap soon.

Tractor Brewing Company — 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

(The tap room opens most days around 3 p.m. and stays open as late as 2 a.m.; it opens earlier on weekends)

Beers: Man Der Damm Lager, Turkey Drool, Adebisi (black lager), Lunas De Los Muertos Imperial Stout. Man Der Damm Lager is group-effort brew dedicated to the late Javier Garcia. This year’s Turkey Drool checks in lighter in alcohol (6.5 percent vs. 7.8), with a more subtle opening, but still that multi-flavored finish that makes it so unique. Stoutmeister tried it and found it an improvement over last year’s more powerful version.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.)

Beers: Oatmeal IPA, American Wheat, Celtic Brown, Iron Man (Black IPA), Hoptimus Prime (Double IPA), Molasses Porter (6.3% ABV, 30 IBU), 3-Galloot’s Pale Ale, Collateral Damage Barley Wine, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye, Collateral Damage Barley Wine on cask. TMBC’s web site has this to say about the Celtic Brown, “We are gearing up for St. Patties Day with this delicious Celtic Brown. The chocolate, melanoidin, carapils and victory malts are perfect accomplices to the chinook hops.” (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU, 1.054 OG)

News: TMBC will be at Winter Fest this Friday in Santa Fe. Drop by and sample some of the tasty brews that are now gracing their menu. Some of the Crew are heading out to Turtle Mountain itself on Saturday to watch the opening day of the NHL season (to warn the staff, if things get chippy in the Penguins-Flyers game, it might get chippy between Stoutmeister and Brandon) and try all the new beers on tap.

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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 Burque beer lovers, this is E-Rock here to bring you another Monday installment of the Week Ahead in Beer. As always, this column is designed to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Albuquerque metro area.

No matter what part of the metro area that you like to frequent, there are new seasonal beers waiting for your discerning palate. Back Alley Draft House has a new Belgian White and a new batch of Goat Head IPA on tap. Broken Bottle is expecting to start serving their End of Days Tripel by the end of the week. Bosque Brewing has a new batch of Ember IPA back on tap, they will be introducing their new California Commons by the end of the week. Chama River is introducing Me Llamo Lodo, their new imperial brown, this week. La Cumbre has a pair of supper hoppy pale ales coming to taps this week named the Full Nelson and Whirlpool Pale Ale. Nexus should have their new Amber Bock on tap by Thursday or Friday. Turtle Mountain is starting their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations early this year with their Celtic Brown now on tap.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the Duke City. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Jan. 7.

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

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number (all are area code 505, for out-of-state readers) and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: No new seasonals at this time.

News: It’s been a long wait, but Ben Miller’s newest creation should be making its way to the taps at ABP in the new near future.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

(Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Belgian White, Goat Head IPA, Goat Head Imperial Red, Goat Head Raspberry Blonde, JC’s Pale Ale, Melia Belgian Strong Ale. Goat Head IPA is back on tap at BADH. Goat Head brews a solid IPA that compares favorably to any you will find in town, which says a lot seeing as the IPA seems to be the unofficial beer style of Albuquerque. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it. We (Stoutmeister and I) had a chance to try the Imperial Red, which is a hoppy beast that compares with the finest hop-infused reds that Marble produces.

Music: Thurs — Underground Etiquette Thursdays featuring Dj Beatnick, Dj Daze, and Rahim 8 p.m.

Bad Ass Brewery — 918-2337

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–midnight, Sun 4–7 p.m.)

Beers: C Squared, 3 Way IPA, 66 Pinup Porter, Charlie’s Old Red, Midnight Imperial Stout, Torn Kilt, English Brown Smog, Belgian Mistress, Matts Wine Barrel Sour, Nutty Cafe, Desert Rose, Dragon Blood, Eat Your Oatmeal. The BAB staff is especially excited about the Midnight Imperial Stout. I had a flight of this stout recently. This bad boy clocks in at 10-percent ABV with 25 IBU, and it is smooth with a nice smoked flavor. It could be BAB’s tastiest offering to date. If you have never been to BAB or haven’t been there in a while, this is definitely the time to go and the Midnight Imperial Stout is the beer to have.

Events: BAB’s biweekly Open Mic returns this Tuesday with signups starting at 7 p.m.

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 2 p.m.–midnight)

Beers: California Commons, Ember IPA, Brewer’s Boot Amber Ale, Bitter Brit English IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Olde Bosky (Porter), Kindling (Golden), Mellow Brit (Brown), Cumulus IPA. California Commons is a Steam Beer, which is one of the few beer styles created in the United States. According to BBC’s website, Kindling is “a smooth and crisp Golden Ale. Very drinkable.” Bitter Brit is “an English IPA, with subtle citrus notes.” Mellow Brit is “an English Brown with hints of honey.” And Olde Bosky is “a robust porter with roasted and coffee undertones.”

News: BBC’s Oatmeal Stout is running low and will soon be replaced by the California Commons. Get it before it’s gone and help BBC make room for new beer. It’s a win-win proposition!

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: End of Days Tripel, Cracked Cork BarleyWine, Xico Suave, Anamole (Chocolate Red Chile Stout), Debacle Pumpkin Ale. According to B3’s website, their Cracked Cork BarleyWine is “a nice, slightly sweet barley wine fermented with raisins. Has a great caramel flavor and at 10% its sure to put some hair on your chest!” The End of Days Tripel should be on tap by the end of the week.

News: B3 is now serving a limited menu in the taproom. The food is provided by one of ABQ’s best new restaurants, Paco’s. They have things like roasted duck quesadillas, chips & queso and much more. Also, on Feb. 10, they will host a Beer Pairing Dinner catered by Paco’s, with tickets now available at B3.

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. They will be showing the NFL Divisional Series throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

Music: Fri — Waylaid 8 p.m.-midnight.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: Me Llamo Lodo (Imperial Brown), Copper John PA, Centennial PA, Shadow Boxer (Black IPA). Me Llamo Lodo is an imperial version of Chama’s Rio Lodo Brown Ale. According to a post on Chama’s Facebook page, the Black IPA Shadow Boxer is “very dark in color with a punchy hop flavor and aroma, finishing with a hint of roast malt.” (6.6% ABV, 65 IBU) Stoutmeister tried the Shadow Boxer and highly recommends it.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Sasquatch Scotch, Marzen, Exodus, Aphelion Black IPA, Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, Dark American Lager, Baltic Porter, Oatmeal Stout. Remnants of Solstice Blackout remain at the Canteen, but these dark gems are beginning to run out. IV has already replaced the Dark-n-Lusty Stout with a trio of their most popular seasonal beers including the Sasquatch Scotch, Exodus IPA, and Marzen.

News: The ESB is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Coffee Stout will be on cask Saturday. Saint Bob’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout will be out in the next two weeks. We had a chance to sample it, and oh, boy, is it powerful. Handle it with care, or your liver might move out and not leave a forwarding address.

Music: Tues — Felix y Los Gatos Duo (Blues/Cajun) 6-9 p.m., Sun — The Porter Draw Trio (indie/Americana) 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Full Nelson (Double IPA), Whirlpool Pale Ale, Noche de Paz, Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Potter’s PA (Belgian-style pale ale), Hot Shots Rauch (Rauchbier). La Cumbre’s website had this to say about the Full Nelson, “If our Elevated IPA is on the hoppy side of the aisle for you, stay away. If you drink that beer and think to yourself in Homer Simpson’s voice, ‘That’s kinda hoppy… I guess …’ prepare to meet your match. This beer is gonna put the beat down. Will you tap out before you finish the pint?” (8.7% ABV, IBU: A lot!) LC’s website also described the brewing processes used to create the Whirlpool Pale Ale. “We started with Marris Otter, the very finest pale malt money can buy, added a small amount of caramel malt and went about our regular boil, but only added hops after the boil was over. 25 lbs. of a blend of some of our favorite hops were added to give the beer an enormous perfumey aroma and flavor … and hopefully some bitterness.” (4.2% ABV, IBU: ???)

Music: Wed — The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band 7-10 p.m., Sat — The Rudy Boy Experiment 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Daisy Mae, 2013 Marble Reserve, Brew Cut Volume 1, Brown Porter, Dark Secret (Brown Lager), Pumpkin Porter, Imperial Red (9.0% ABV). Brew Cut Volume 1 is a barrel-aged Imperial Red. According to their website, the 2013 Marble Reserve is their “much-anticipated annual holiday offering. This American strong ale spends months in oak bourbon barrels before it is deemed ready for release. This year’s batch is replete with molasses and vanilla notes.” Daisy Mae is a Brett-forward Farmhouse Ale that “features a delicate tartness tempered with Belgian wit spiciness.” (7.0% ABV, $7/Goblet) And the Brown Porter is
 Tim Lambert’s State Fair Best-of-Show winner. (5% ABV, $4/Pints) Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Brown Porter, noting it is a unique hybrid of traditional smoked porter and nut brown flavors.

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

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Amber Bock, Chocolate Porter, Maximus (Double) IPA, Imperial Cream Stout, Barley Wine. At 9.2-percent ABV, Nexus’ new Barley Wine packs quite a punch. But be warned, Nexus has a way of brewing high alcohol content beers that go down smoother than a pilsner. Make sure to order a hardy meal with this bad boy. Derek and Stoutmeister sampled this one recently; both labeled it “dangerous, since you don’t taste the alcohol, just the sweet.” The Chocolate Porter was popular among the entire Crew, who had a rare meeting of the minds a few weeks ago at Nexus.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. They also have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies. Nexus will have NFL playoff games Sunday with $7 wings starting at 11 a.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — 798-1970

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

Beers: IPA (6.5% ABV, 100 IBU), Hefeweizen, ESB, Amber Ale (6% ABV), Irish Red Ale (6% ABV). SCG has made an IPA especially for all you hopheads out there. At 100 IBU, SCG’s new IPA is sure to give your taste buds a dry, bitter experience fitting for any Burqueño. While you’re there, grab a meal smothered in red and/or green chile. It doesn’t get more New Mexican than that.

News: At Sandia Chile Grill you can enjoy great New Mexican food with your beer such as their $10 double chicken enchilada and beer special served with beans, potatoes, chile, and a 16-ounce beer. SCG’s Milk Stout (with added malts and hints of smoked flavors) should be on tap shortly after the new year.

Tractor Brewing Company — 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

(The tap room opens most days around 3 p.m. and stays open as late as 2 a.m.; it opens earlier on weekends)

Beers: Man Der Damm Lager, Turkey Drool, Adebisi (black lager), Lunas De Los Muertos Imperial Stout. Man Der Damm Lager is group-effort brew dedicated to the late Javier Garcia. This year’s Turkey Drool checks in lighter in alcohol (6.5 percent vs. 7.8), with a more subtle opening, but still that multi-flavored finish that makes it so unique. Stoutmeister tried it and found it an improvement over last year’s more powerful version.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.)

Beers: Celtic Brown, Iron Man (Black IPA), Hoptimus Prime (Double IPA), Molasses Porter (6.3% ABV, 30 IBU), Imperial Baltic Porter (7.6% ABV, 25 IBU), 3-Galloot’s Pale Ale, Collateral Damage Barley Wine, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye, Collateral Damage Barley Wine on cask. TMBC’s web site has this to say about the Celtic Brown, “We are gearing up for St. Patties Day with this delicious Celtic Brown. The chocolate, melanoidin, carapils and victory malts are perfect accomplices to the chinook hops.” (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU, 1.054 OG)

News: TMBC has some intriguing news beers coming to taps in the near future including the American Wheat, Oatmeal IPA, and White Knight. For all you Albuquerque denizens that love craft beer, if you haven’t made the trek up to Rio Rancho recently, TMBC’s current and upcoming collection of beers are well worth the drive.

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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

Happy New Year fellow craft beer aficionados, this is E-Rock here this fine Monday to bring you the first edition of the Week Ahead in Beer covering 2013. As always, this column is designed to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Albuquerque metro area.

Duke City area breweries and tap rooms are currently going through the process of finishing off the last remnants of their 2012 brews in order to make way for new beers to compliment the new year. Now is a great time to help your local brewers make room for new beers. All you have to do is drink! Just be responsible, of course. There are a few establishments that are introducing new beers or releasing old favorites this week. Back Alley Draft House is now carrying Goat Head Imperial Red. Bad Ass Brewery has new batches of C Squared and 3 Way IPA. Broken Bottle is expecting to start serving their Cracked Cork BarleyWine by the end of the week. Chama River is introducing their Copper John Pale Ale this week. Il Vicino has new batches of their Exodus IPA, Sasquach Scotch, and Marzen now on tap. Turtle Mountain has a new batch of their very popular Iron Man Black IPA on tap this week.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the Duke City. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Dec. 31.

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

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number (all are area code 505, for out-of-state readers) and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: No new seasonals at this time.

News: It’s been a long wait, but Ben Miller’s newest creation should be making its way to the taps at ABP in the new year.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

(Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Goat Head Imperial Red, Goat Head Raspberry Blonde, JC’s Pumpkin, JC’s Pale Ale, Melia Belgian Strong Ale, The Streets Saison. I had the opportunity to have a pint of JC’s Pumpkin recently. This beer is well spiced and tasty without being overpowering. It’s exactly what I want out of a pumpkin beer.

Bad Ass Brewery — 918-2337

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–midnight, Sun 4–7 p.m.)

Beers: C Squared, 3 Way IPA, 66 Pinup Porter, Charlie’s Old Red, Midnight Imperial Stout, Torn Kilt, English Brown Smog, Belgian Mistress, Double Headed Zombie, Matts Wine Barrel Sour, Nutty Cafe, Desert Rose, Dragon Blood, Eat Your Oatmeal. The BAB staff is especially excited about the Midnight Imperial Stout. I had a flight of this stout recently. This bad boy clocks in at 10-percent ABV with 25 IBU, and it is smooth with a nice smoked flavor. It could be BAB’s tastiest offering to date. If you have never been to BAB or haven’t been there in a while, this is definitely the time to go and the Midnight Imperial Stout is the beer to have.

News: BAB will host a New Year’s Eve party on Monday and they will host their biweekly open mic on Tuesday.

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 2 p.m.–midnight)

Beers: Brewer’s Boot Amber Ale, Bitter Brit English IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Olde Bosky (Porter), Kindling (Golden), Mellow Brit (Brown), Cumulus IPA. According to BBC’s website, Kindling is “a smooth and crisp Golden Ale. Very drinkable.” Bitter Brit is “an English IPA, with subtle citrus notes.” Mellow Brit is “an English Brown with hints of honey.” And Olde Bosky is “a robust porter with roasted and coffee undertones.”

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Cracked Cork BarleyWine, John Quincey Adams Ale, Xico Suave, Anamole (Chocolate Red Chile Stout), Debacle Pumpkin Ale. B3 is currently on their last barrels of John Quincey Adams Ale, which is something of a hard cider and ale hybrid brewed with quinces. Once it is out, which should be by the end of the week, they will begin serving their Cracked Cork BarleyWine.

News: B3 is now serving a limited menu in the taproom. The food is provided by one of ABQ’s best new restaurants, Paco’s. They have things like roasted duck quesadillas, chips & queso and much more. Also, on Feb. 10, they will host a Beer Pairing Dinner catered by Paco’s, with tickets now available at B3.

B3 will be open from 4 until 8 p.m. on Monday.

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. They will be showing football throughout the day on Sunday.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: Copper John PA, Centennial PA, Shadow Boxer (Black IPA), Porter for Pyros. According to a post on Chama’s Facebook page, the Black IPA Shadow Boxer is “very dark in color with a punchy hop flavor and aroma, finishing with a hint of roast malt.” (6.6% ABV, 65 IBU) Stoutmeister tried the Shadow Boxer and Porter for Pyros and highly recommends both.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Sasquatch Scotch, Marzen, Exodus, Aphelion Black IPA, Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, Dark American Lager, Baltic Porter, Oatmeal Stout. Remnants of Solstice Blackout remain at the Canteen, but these dark gems are beginning to run out. IV has already replaced the Dark-n-Lusty Stout with a trio of their most popular seasonal beers including the Sasquatch Scotch, Exodus IPA, and Marzen.

News: The Super Hop IPA (brewed with Galaxy and Cascade hops) is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Oaked Scotch will be on cask Saturday. Saint Bob’s Imperial Stout will be on tap soon. We had a chance to sample it, and oh, boy, is it powerful. Handle it with care, or your liver might move out and not leave a forwarding address.

Il Vicino Canteen will be open from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Noche de Paz, Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Potter’s PA (Belgian-style pale ale), Hot Shots Rauch (Rauchbier), Pecos Porter, Trout (English-style) Pale Ale. According to La Cumbre’s website, the Hot Shots Rauch is “named in honor of the heroes that regularly put themselves into harm’s way in the hopes of saving our lives, our property, and our National Forests and Parks, this Bamberg-style Rauchbier is pungent with the smoke, apple, and rich bready maltiness that one should expect from the style. 100% German malts and hops along with our house lager yeast and over 2 months of lagering have left this beer both formidable, and incredibly smooth and drinkable. It finishes lightly malty, with enough hop spice to balance the sweetness contributed by lots of Munich, Vienna and Bamberg Rauch malt.” 

(5.4% ABV,
30 IBU)

Stoutmeister and Cryptogrind both sampled the Imperial Stout during La Cumbre’s two-year anniversary celebration earlier this month. Both were blown away by this awesome mix of traditional stout flavors with bourbon and wine hints.

News: La Cumbre will close at 5 p.m. on Monday and will be closed Tuesday.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Daisy Mae, 2013 Marble Reserve, Brew Cut Volume 1, Brown Porter, Dark Secret (Brown Lager), Pumpkin Porter, Imperial Red (9.0% ABV). Brew Cut Volume 1 is a barrel-aged Imperial Red. According to their website, the 2013 Marble Reserve is their “much-anticipated annual holiday offering. This American strong ale spends months in oak bourbon barrels before it is deemed ready for release. This year’s batch is replete with molasses and vanilla notes.” Daisy Mae is a Brett-forward Farmhouse Ale that “features a delicate tartness tempered with Belgian wit spiciness. ” (7.0% ABV, $7/Goblet) And the Brown Porter is
 Tim Lambert’s State Fair Best-of-Show winner. (5% ABV, $4/Pints) Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Brown Porter, noting it is a unique hybrid of traditional smoked porter and nut brown flavors.

News: Marble’s holiday gift packs ($19.95) are now available at all of their locations. Choose from Imperial Stout, Chocolate Cartel’s Red Chile Chocolate bar and dark chocolate macadamia nuts OR Imperial Red, a leather pint koozie, and green chile pistachios. They also have brown and black hoodies ($30) back in stock in all sizes at their Downtown Pub and their Westside Taproom.

Events: Get the new year off to a great start with a free brewery tour! Learn all about Marble Brewery’s history and our brewing techniques, philosophy, ingredients, and packaging process this Friday starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Pub. Also, check out Marble’s cask (or “real” ale) selection on tap this Friday while you are at the Downtown Pub.

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Chocolate Porter, Maximus (Double) IPA, Imperial Cream Stout, Barley Wine. At 9.2-percent ABV, Nexus’ new Barley Wine packs quite a punch. But be warned, Nexus has a way of brewing high alcohol content beers that go down smoother than a pilsner. Make sure to order a hardy meal with this bad boy. Derek and Stoutmeister sampled this one recently; both labeled it “dangerous, since you don’t taste the alcohol, just the sweet.” The Chocolate Porter was popular among the entire Crew, who had a rare meeting of the minds two weeks ago at Nexus.

Events: Celebrate the new year at Nexus as they serve up Happy Hour All Day with $3 pints starting at 11:00 am. Nexus will have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies. Nexus will have NFL Sunday Ticket with $7 wings starting at 11 a.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — 798-1970

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

Beers: IPA (6.5% ABV, 100 IBU), Hefeweizen, ESB, Amber Ale (6% ABV), Irish Red Ale (6% ABV). SCG has made an IPA especially for all you hopheads out there. At 100 IBU, SCG’s new IPA is sure to give your taste buds a dry, bitter experience fitting for any Burqueño. While you’re there, grab a meal smothered in red and/or green chile. It doesn’t get more New Mexican than that.

News: At Sandia Chile Grill you can enjoy great New Mexican food with your beer such as their $10 double chicken enchilada and beer special served with beans, potatoes, chile, and a 16-ounce beer. SCG’s Milk Stout (with added malts and hints of smoked flavors) should be on tap shortly after the new year.

Tractor Brewing Company — 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

(The tap room opens most days around 3 p.m. and stays open as late as 2 a.m.; it opens earlier on weekends)

Beers: Man Der Damm Lager, Turkey Drool, Adebisi (black lager), Lunas De Los Muertos Imperial Stout. Man Der Damm Lager is group-effort brew dedicated to the late Javier Garcia. This year’s Turkey Drool checks in lighter in alcohol (6.5 percent vs. 7.8), with a more subtle opening, but still that multi-flavored finish that makes it so unique. Stoutmeister tried it and found it an improvement over last year’s more powerful version.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.)

Beers: Iron Man (Black IPA), Hoptimus Prime (Double IPA), Molasses Porter (6.3% ABV, 30 IBU), Imperial Baltic Porter (7.6% ABV, 25 IBU), 3-Galloot’s Pale Ale, Collateral Damage Barley Wine, Texas Twister Brown, Golden Ale, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye, Collateral Damage Barley Wine on cask. Hoptimus Prime (7.0% ABV, 125 IBU) is one of TMBC’s most beloved IPAs. Only 6-1/2 barrels (13 kegs) were brewed for this most recent batch, so drop by Turtle Mountain and grab a pint (or growler) before it is gone.

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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

Happy holidays fellow lovers of beer, this is E-Rock here this fine Monday to bring you another edition of the Week Ahead in Beer. As always, this column is designed to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Albuquerque metro area.

Most local breweries and tap rooms will be closed for one or more days this week, but there are a lot of new beers on tap despite the abbreviated drinking schedule. Back Alley Draft House is now carrying a new batch of Goat Head Raspberry Blonde. Il Vicino is now serving their Aphelion Black IPA, Dark-n-Lusty Stout, Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, Dark American Lager, and Baltic Porter as part of Solstice Blackout. Marble is introducing their 2013 Reserve and Daisy Mae to taps this week. Tractor now has Roasty Nut Brown, Man Der Damm Lager, and their crowd-pleasing Turkey Drool ready for your consumption. Turtle Mountain has a new batch of their very popular Hoptimus Prime on tap this week.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the Duke City. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Dec. 24.

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

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number (all are area code 505, for out-of-state readers) and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: No new seasonals at this time.

News: It’s been a long wait, but Ben Miller’s newest creation should be making its way to the taps at ABP in the new year.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

(Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Goat Head Raspberry Blonde, JC’s Pumpkin, JC’s Pale Ale, Melia Belgian Strong Ale, Goat Head IPA, The Streets Saison. I had the opportunity to have a pint of JC’s Pumpkin recently. This beer is well spiced and tasty without being overpowering. It’s exactly what I want out of a pumpkin beer. If you don’t believe me, BADH also has La Cumbre and Marble’s Pumpkin beers on tap, so you can do your own taste test.

Events: Yours truly will be playing music this Friday with the Saletta Teixeira Fiasco at 7:30 p.m.

Bad Ass Brewery — 918-2337

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–midnight, Sun 4–7 p.m.)

Beers: 66 Pinup Porter, Zombie IPA, Charlie’s Old Red, Midnight Imperial Stout, Torn Kilt, English Brown Smog, Belgian Mistress, Double Headed Zombie, Matts Wine Barrel Sour, Nutty Cafe, Desert Rose, Dragon Blood, Eat Your Oatmeal, Triple Chocolate Stout. The BAB staff is especially excited about the Midnight Imperial Stout. I had a flight of this stout recently. This bad boy clocks in at 10-percent ABV with 25 IBU, and it is smooth with a nice smoked flavor. It could be BAB’s tastiest offering to date. If you have never been to BAB or haven’t been there in a while, this is definitely the time to go and the Midnight Imperial Stout is the beer to have.

News: BAB will be closed on Monday and Tuesday to observe the holiday season.

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 2 p.m.–midnight)

Beers: Amber Ale, Scotia Scottish Ale, English IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Olde Bosky (Porter), Kindling (Golden), Mellow Brit (Brown), Cumulus IPA. According to BBC’s website, Kindling is “a smooth and crisp Golden Ale. Very drinkable.” Bitter Brit is “an English IPA, with subtle citrus notes.” Mellow Brit is “an English Brown with hints of honey.” And Olde Bolsky is “a robust porter with roasted and coffee undertones.” The Scotia was nearly out last week, so hurry up and try it if you have not already had a sample.

News: BBC will be closed on Monday and Tuesday to observe the holiday season.

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: John Quincey Adams Ale, Rob Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Xico Suave, Anamole (Chocolate Red Chile Stout), Debacle Pumpkin Ale. The John Quincey Adams Ale is something of a hard cider and ale hybrid brewed with quinces. The Rob Van Winkle Vanilla Stout is a local favorite, so get it before it sells out. Stoutmeister and Franz Solo alone might wipe out the supply.

News: B3 is now serving a limited menu in the taproom. The food is provided by one of ABQ’s best new restaurants, Paco’s. They have things like roasted duck quesadillas, chips & queso and much more. Also, on Feb. 10, they will host a Beer Pairing Dinner catered by Paco’s, with tickets now available at B3.

B3 has their Cracked Cork BarleyWine coming out next week. If you haven’t tried any of B3’s seasonals recently, then you are missing out on some great craft beers.

B3 will be closed on Monday and Tuesday to observe the holiday season.

Events: On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. They will be showing football throughout the day on Sunday.

Music: Fri — Ska (band name TBA) 8-11 p.m.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: Gingerbread Beer, Centennial PA, Shadow Boxer (Black IPA), Porter for Pyros. According to a post on Chama’s Facebook page, the Gingerbread Beer is a “lightly spiced ale carries flavors and aromas reminiscent to that of baking gingerbread in your home as the snow falls outside. This beer weighs in at a substantial.” (9.0% ABV, 35 IBU) And the Black IPA Shadow Boxer is “very dark in color with a punchy hop flavor and aroma, finishing with a hint of roast malt.” (6.6% ABV, 65 IBU) Stoutmeister tried the Gingerbread, Shadow Boxer, and Porter for Pyros and highly recommends all three, though not all in one sitting as the alcohol content could knock you off your bar stool.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Aphelion Black IPA, Dark-n-Lusty Stout, Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, Dark American Lager, Baltic Porter, Oatmeal Stout. Solstice Blackout has returned! You can get a flight of each of the dark and tasty beers listed above for only $6 total. Members of the Brew Crew paid a visit to the Canteen on Friday to try the sampler, and what a tasty tray it was. The staff at IV is predicting that Solstice Blackout will only be on tap for about a week. Head over to the Canteen before New Year’s Eve and try it for yourselves.

News: The Super Exodus IPA (Exodus dry hopped with citra) is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Hop Scotch will be on cask Saturday. Saint Bob’s Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout is now available in half growlers (32oz bottles). IV brewed an 80-bottle batch and only about a dozen are left, each numbered and autographed by the brewers. $20 per bottle or make it a gift pack with two 6 oz. glasses for $25. The 2012 version of St. Bob’s will be on tap soon. We had a chance to sample it, and oh, boy, is it powerful. Handle it with care, or your liver might move out and not leave a forwarding address.

Il Vicino Canteen will be closed on Tuesday for Christmas.

Music: Sun — Keith Sanchez (Songwriter) 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Noche de Paz, Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Potter’s PA (Belgian-style pale ale), Hot Shots Rauch (Rauchbier), Pecos Porter, Trout (English-style) Pale Ale. According to La Cumbre’s website, the Hot Shots Rauch is “named in honor of the heroes that regularly put themselves into harm’s way in the hopes of saving our lives, our property, and our National Forests and Parks, this Bamberg-style Rauchbier is pungent with the smoke, apple, and rich bready maltiness that one should expect from the style. 100% German malts and hops along with our house lager yeast and over 2 months of lagering have left this beer both formidable, and incredibly smooth and drinkable. It finishes lightly malty, with enough hop spice to balance the sweetness contributed by lots of Munich, Vienna and Bamberg Rauch malt.” 

(5.4% ABV,
30 IBU)

Stoutmeister and Cryptogrind both sampled the Imperial Stout during La Cumbre’s two-year anniversary celebration earlier this month. Both were blown away by this awesome mix of traditional stout flavors with bourbon and wine hints.

News: La Cumbre will close at 5 p.m. on Monday and will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday to observe the holiday season.

Music: Wed — Sat — Alex Maryol 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Daisy Mae, 2013 Marble Reserve, Brew Cut Volume 1, Brown Porter, Dark Secret (Brown Lager), Pumpkin Porter, Imperial Red (9.0% ABV). Brew Cut Volume 1 is a barrel-aged Imperial Red. According to their website, the 2013 Marble Reserve is their “much-anticipated annual holiday offering. This American strong ale spends months in oak bourbon barrels before it is deemed ready for release. This year’s batch is replete with molasses and vanilla notes.” Daisy Mae is a Brett-forward Farmhouse Ale that “features a delicate tartness tempered with Belgian wit spiciness. ” (7.0% ABV, $7/Goblet) And the Brown Porter is
 Tim Lambert’s State Fair Best-of-Show winner. (5% ABV, $4/Pints) Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Brown Porter, noting it is a unique hybrid of traditional smoked porter and nut brown flavors.

News: Marble’s holiday gift packs ($19.95) are now available at all of their locations. Choose from Imperial Stout, Chocolate Cartel’s Red Chile Chocolate bar and dark chocolate macadamia nuts OR Imperial Red, a leather pint koozie, and green chile pistachios. They also have brown and black hoodies ($30) back in stock in all sizes at their Downtown Pub and their Westside Taproom.

All Marble locations will be closed on Tuesday to observe the holiday season.

Events: Check out Marble’s cask (or “real” ale) selection on tap this Friday at their downtown location. This week Marble IPA will be in cask. Marble is also doing their Annual Coat Drive through December.

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Chocolate Porter, Maximus (Double) IPA, Imperial Cream Stout, Barley Wine, Equinox Spiced Brown. At 9.2-percent ABV, Nexus’ new Barley Wine packs quite a punch. But be warned, Nexus has a way of brewing high alcohol content beers that go down smoother than a pilsner. Make sure to order a hardy meal with this bad boy. Derek and Stoutmeister sampled this one recently; both labeled it “dangerous, since you don’t taste the alcohol, just the sweet.” The Chocolate Porter was popular among the entire Crew, who had a rare meeting of the minds this past Saturday at Nexus.

News: Nexus will be closed on Monday and Tuesday to observe the holiday season.

Events: Nexus will be have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies. They will also have NFL Sunday Ticket and $7 wings starting at 11 a.m. on the final day of the regular season.

Sandia Chile Grill — 798-1970

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

Beers: IPA (6.5% ABV, 100 IBU), Hefeweizen, ESB, Amber Ale (6% ABV), Irish Red Ale (6% ABV). SCG has made an IPA especially for all you hopheads out there. At 100 IBU, SCG’s new IPA is sure to give your taste buds a dry, bitter experience fitting for any Burqueño. While you’re there, grab a meal smothered in red and/or green chile. It doesn’t get more New Mexican than that.

News: At Sandia Chile Grill you can enjoy great New Mexican food with your beer such as their $10 double chicken enchilada and beer special served with beans, potatoes, chile, and a 16-ounce beer. SCG’s Milk Stout (with added malts and hints of smoked flavors) should be on tap shortly after the new year.

Tractor Brewing Company — 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

(The tap room opens most days around 3 p.m. and stays open as late as 2 a.m.; it opens earlier on weekends)

Beers: Roasted Nut Porter, Man Der Damm Lager, Turkey Drool, Milk Moustachio Stout, Adebisi (black lager), Lunas De Los Muertos Imperial Stout. Man Der Damm Lager is group-effort brew dedicated to the late Javier Garcia. This year’s Turkey Drool checks in lighter in alcohol (6.5 percent vs. 7.8), with a more subtle opening, but still that multi-flavored finish that makes it so unique. Stoutmeister tried it and found it an improvement over last year’s more powerful version.

News: Tractor will close at about 6 p.m. on Monday and will be closed on Tuesday to observe the holiday season.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.)

Beers: Hoptimus Prime (Double IPA), Molasses Porter (6.3% ABV, 30 IBU), Imperial Baltic Porter (7.6% ABV, 25 IBU), 3-Galloot’s Pale Ale, Collateral Damage Barley Wine, Honey Wheat, Texas Twister Brown, Milkshake Stout, Golden Ale, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye, Collateral Damage Barley Wine on cask. Hoptimus Prime (7.0% ABV, 125 IBU) is one of TMBC’s most beloved IPAs. Only 6-1/2 barrels (13 kegs) were brewed for this most recent batch, so drop by Turtle Mountain and grab a pint (or growler) before it is gone.

News: Look for the Ironman Black IPA, one of Stoutmeister’s all-time favorites, to hit taps at TMBC in the near future.

TMBC will close at 5 p.m. on Monday and will be closed on Tuesday to observe the holiday season.

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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 fellow craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock here this fine Monday to bring you another edition of the Week Ahead in Beer. As always, this column is designed to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Albuquerque metro area.

Duke City tap rooms and breweries are observing the holiday season with an array of new beers crafted to satisfy your sweet tooth. New beers this week include a Gingerbread Beer (Chama River), Fruit Cake Strong Ale (Il Vicino), Molasses Porter (Turtle Mountain), and La Cumbre’s Noche de Paz featuring figgy malts and a touch of molasses. Of course, there are other great beers hitting taps around town this week. Bosque Brewing should be serving their new Amber Ale some time this week. Broken Bottle now has their new John Quincey Adams Ale and a new batch of Rob Van Winkle Vanilla Stout on tap. Marble has their new Brew Cut Volume 1 on tap this week. Sandia Chile Grill will have their new IPA on tap this week, weighing in at an impressive 100 IBUs.

On a side note, the Brew Crew has many readers outside of New Mexico thanks to Shilling adding our posts to Reddit. So for all you readers who have been hearing about New Mexico’s burgeoning craft brew scene, you can now try some of New Mexico’s most highly regarded craft beer for yourself. La Cumbre Brewing Company’s beer is now available on beerjobber.com. You’re welcome.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the 505. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Dec. 17.

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

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number (all are area code 505, for out-of-state readers) and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: No new seasonals at this time.

News: We are still anxiously awaiting Ben Miller’s newest creation to hit the taps at ABP.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

(Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: JC’s Pumpkin, JC’s Pale Ale, Melia Belgian Strong Ale, Goat Head IPA, The Streets Saison. I had the opportunity to have a pint of JC’s Pumpkin recently. This beer is well spiced and tasty without being overpowering. It’s exactly what I want out of a pumpkin beer. If you don’t believe me, BADH also has La Cumbre and Marble’s Pumpkin beers on tap, so you can do your own taste test.

Bad Ass Brewery — 918-2337

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–midnight, Sun 4–7 p.m.)

Beers: 66 Pinup Porter, Zombie IPA, Charlie’s Old Red, Midnight Imperial Stout, Torn Kilt, English Brown Smog, Belgian Mistress, Double Headed Zombie, Matts Wine Barrel Sour, Nutty Cafe, Desert Rose, Dragon Blood, Eat Your Oatmeal, Triple Chocolate Stout. The BAB staff is especially excited about the Midnight Imperial Stout. I had a flight of this stout recently. This bad boy clocks in at 10-percent ABV with 25 IBU, and it is smooth with a nice smoked flavor. It could be BAB’s tastiest offering to date. If you have never been to BAB or haven’t been there in a while, this is definitely the time to go and the Midnight Imperial Stout is the beer to have.

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 2 p.m.–midnight)

Beers: Amber Ale, Scotia Scottish Ale, English IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Olde Bosky (Porter), Kindling (Golden), Mellow Brit (Brown), Cumulus IPA. BBC was not able to release their Amber Ale last week, but it should be on tap some time this week. You can do your civic duty and help make room for the Amber Ale at the taps by going to BBC and drinking up what else is there. It’s just that easy.

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: John Quincey Adams Ale, Rob Van Winkle Vanilla Stout, Xico Suave, Anamole (Chocolate Red Chile Stout), Debacle Pumpkin Ale. The John Quincey Adams Ale is something of a hard cider and ale hybrid brewed with quinces. The Rob Van Winkle Vanilla Stout is a local favorite, so get it before it sells out. Stoutmeister and Franz Solo alone might wipe out the supply.

News: B3 is now serving a limited menu in the taproom. The food is provided by one of ABQ’s best new restaurants, Paco’s. They have things like roasted duck quesadillas, chips & queso and much more. Also, on Feb. 10, they will host a Beer Pairing Dinner catered by Paco’s, with tickets now available at B3.

B3 has their Cracked Cork BarleyWine coming out next week. If you haven’t tried any of B3’s seasonals recently, then you are missing out on some great craft beers.

Events: B3 has $3 pints all day Tuesday. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. They will be showing football throughout the day on Sunday and they will have Monday Night Football as well.

Music: Fri — The Bastard Project Featuring Chaston Starling 8-11 p.m.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: Gingerbread Beer, Centennial PA, Shadow Boxer (Black IPA), Porter for Pyros. According to a post on Chama’s Facebook page, the Gingerbread Beer is a “lightly spiced ale carries flavors and aromas reminiscent to that of baking gingerbread in your home as the snow falls outside. This beer weighs in at a substantial.” (9.0% ABV, 35 IBU) And the Black IPA Shadow Boxer is “very dark in color with a punchy hop flavor and aroma, finishing with a hint of roast malt.” (6.6% ABV, 65 IBU)

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Fruit Cake Strong Ale, Sasquatch Scotch, Belgian Blonde, Dark Matter Pilsner, Marzen, Oatmeal Stout, London Calling ESB, Irish Red, Rhapsody (Bohemian Pilsner). Il Vicino posted this message on their Facebook page: “For all of you Baravian Bräuhaus enthusiasts, our Märzen has gone on tap today! Beautiful amber color, rich flavor and a crisp finish: perfect for this ever-fall weather we are enjoying.”

News: The 5-Minute IPA made with Cascade and Centennial hops is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the ESB with Kent goldings will be on cask Saturday. Saint Bob’s Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout is now available in half growlers (32oz bottles). IV brewed an 80 bottle batch, each numbered and autographed by the brewers. $20 per bottle or make it a gift pack with two 6 oz. glasses for $25. Look for the Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, Dark American Lager, Baltic Porter, and St. Bob’s Imperial Stout to hit taps in coming weeks. And yes, all those dark beers mean Solstice Blackout is returning! (date TBA)

Music: Tues — Alex Maryol (Acoustic Blues) 6-9 p.m., Sat — Alex Maryol – CD Release Party 7-10 p.m., Sun — Green Billies (Americana/Bluegrass) 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Noche de Paz, Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Potter’s PA (Belgian-style pale ale), Hot Shots Rauch (Rauchbier), Pecos Porter, Trout (English-style) Pale Ale. According to La Cumbre’s website, the Hot Shots Rauch is “named in honor of the heroes that regularly put themselves into harms way in the hopes of saving our lives, our property, and our National Forests and Parks, this Bamberg-style Rauchbier is pungent with the smoke, apple, and rich bready maltiness that one should expect from the style. 100% German malts and hops along with our house lager yeast and over 2 months of lagering have left this beer both formidable, and incredibly smooth and drinkable. It finishes lightly malty, with enough hop spice to balance the sweetness contributed by lots of Munich, Vienna and Bamberg Rauch malt.” 

(5.4% ABV,
30 IBU)

Stoutmeister and Cryptogrind both sampled the Imperial Stout during La Cumbre’s two-year anniversary celebration this past week. Both were blown away by this awesome mix of traditional stout flavors with bourbon and wine hints.

News: La Cumbre’s beer is now available on beerjobber.com! Tell beer lovers in different states that they, too, can get elevated!

Music: Wed — The Gregg Daigle Band 6-9 p.m., Sat — Odd Dog 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Brew Cut Volume 1, Brown Porter, Oude Brune Sour, Dark Secret (Brown Lager), Pumpkin Porter, Imperial Red (9.0% ABV). Brew Cut Volume 1 is a barrel-aged Imperial Red. According to their website, the Oude Brune
 is “a Flemish-Style sour ale aged in French wine barrels.” (8% ABV) And the Brown Porter is
 Tim Lambert’s State Fair Best-of-Show winner. (5% ABV, $4/Pints) Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Brown Porter, noting it is a unique hybrid of traditional smoked porter and nut brown flavors.

News: Marble’s holiday gift packs ($19.95) are now available at all of their locations. Choose from Imperial Stout, Chocolate Cartel’s Red Chile Chocolate bar and dark chocolate macadamia nuts OR Imperial Red, a leather pint koozie, and green chile pistachios. They also have brown and black hoodies ($30) back in stock in all sizes at their Downtown Pub and their Westside Taproom.

Events: Check out Marble’s cask (or “real” ale) selection on tap this Friday at their downtown location. Marble Red will be in cask. Marble is also doing their Annual Coat Drive through December.

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Chocolate Porter, Maximus (Double) IPA, Imperial Cream Stout, Barley Wine, Equinox Spiced Brown. At 9.2-percent ABV, Nexus’ new Barley Wine packs quite a punch. But be warned, Nexus has a way of brewing high alcohol content beers that go down smoother than a pilsner. Make sure to order a hardy meal with this bad boy. Derek and Stoutmeister sampled this one recently; both labeled it “dangerous, since you don’t taste the alcohol, just the sweet.”

News: Nexus is featuring $3 pints on Monday and Tuesday from 2-10 p.m.

Events: As always, Nexus plays host to the Young, Dumb, and Full of Comedy open mic on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sunroom.

Sandia Chile Grill — 798-1970

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

Beers: IPA (6.5% ABV, 100 IBU), Hefeweizen, ESB, Smoked Porter, Amber Ale (6% ABV), Irish Red Ale (6% ABV). SCG has made an IPA especially for all you hopheads out there. At 100 IBU, SCG’s new IPA is sure to give your taste buds a dry, bitter experience fitting for any Burqueño. While you’re there, grab a meal smothered in red and/or green chile. It doesn’t get more New Mexican than that.

News: At Sandia Chile Grill you can enjoy great New Mexican food with your beer such as their $10 double chicken enchilada and beer special served with beans, potatoes, chile, and a 16-ounce beer. SCG’s Milk Stout (with added malts and hints of smoked flavors) should be on tap shortly after the new year.

Tractor Brewing Company — 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

(The tap room opens most days around 3 p.m. and stays open as late as 2 a.m.; it opens earlier on weekends)

Beers: Tractoberfest, Apple Cider, Black Eye’d PA, Milk Moustachio Stout, Adebisi (black lager), Lunas De Los Muertos Imperial Stout, Pilsner #15. Beer Noir kicked off on Halloween with more beers than you can shake a stick at. A number of them are still on tap, so come get them while you still can.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.)

Beers: Molasses Porter (6.3% ABV, 30 IBU), Christmas Soulstice (Brown), Imperial Baltic Porter (7.6% ABV, 25 IBU), 3-Galloot’s Pale Ale, Collateral Damage Barley Wine, Honey Wheat, Texas Twister Brown, Milkshake Stout, Yardsale Amber, Golden Ale, Hopduster IPA, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye, Collateral Damage Barley Wine on cask. TMBC’s website has this to say about the Christmas Soulstice: “The spices will definitely put the Christmas spirit in you. Clove, cinnamon, orange peel, vanilla, ginger; wow, this beer is amazing! Cheers!” (5.25% ABV, 30 IBU, 1.052 OG)

News: Look for the Ironman Black IPA, one of Stoutmeister’s all-time favorites, and Hoptimus Prime to hit taps at TMBC in the near future.

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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 Albuquerque-area beer lovers, this is E-Rock here this Monday, as I am just about every Monday, to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Duke City.

The big news this week is La Cumbre’s second anniversary celebration. In addition to having food and music at their anniversary party tonight, La Cumbre is releasing three new seasonals this week. Chama River, Back Alley Draft House, Turtle Mountain, and Bad Ass Brewery are also releasing multiple seasonals this week. Back Alley Draft House now has JC’s Pale Ale, Belgian Strong Ale, and Goat Head IPA on tap. Bad Ass has the 66 Pinup Porter, Zombie IPA, and Charlie’s Old Red on tap. Bosque Brewing should be serving their new Amber Ale by the end of the week. Broken Bottle now has their new Xico Suave on tap. Chama River is serving their Centennial Pale Ale and Shadow Boxer (Black IPA). Il Vicino has a new batch of their Sasquatch Scotch. Nexus is hoping to have their Chocolate Porter on tap this week or early next week at the latest. Sandia Chile Grill should have their new batch of Hefeweizen ready in three or four days. Turtle Mountain has their Christmas Soulstice (Brown) and Imperial Baltic Porter on tap.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the 505. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Dec. 10.

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

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number (all are area code 505, for out-of-state readers) and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: No new seasonals at this time.

News: We are still anxiously awaiting Ben Miller’s newest creation to hit the taps at ABP.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

(Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: JC’s Pale Ale, Belgian Strong Ale, Goat Head IPA, Cali Girl Cherry Wheat, The Streets Saison. Sadly, The Maple’s Shade, Goat Head’s awesome imperial stout made with Belgian candi and maple syrup, has run out. There are still plenty of good beers at Back Alley, however, and remember, you can order pizza from NYPD and enjoy with a pint or two of craft beer.

Bad Ass Brewery — 918-2337

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–midnight, Sun 4–7 p.m.)

Beers: 66 Pinup Porter, Zombie IPA, Charlie’s Old Red, Dead Red, Midnight Imperial Stout, Torn Kilt, English Brown Smog, Belgian Mistress, Double Headed Zombie, Matts Wine Barrel Sour, Nutty Cafe, Feather Weight Ale, Desert Rose, Dragon Blood, 3 Way, Eat Your Oatmeal, Triple Chocolate Stout. The BAB staff is especially excited about the Midnight Imperial Stout. I had a flight of this stout recently. This bad boy clocks in at 10-percent ABV with 25 IBU, and it is smooth with a nice smoked flavor. It could be BAB’s tastiest offering to date. If you have never been to BAB or haven’t been there in a while, this is definitely the time to go and the Midnight Imperial Stout is the beer to have.

Events: BAB will hosting their biweekly open mic on Tuesday with sign-ups starting at 7 p.m.

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 2 p.m.–midnight)

Beers: Amber Ale, Scotia Scottish Ale, English IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Olde Bosky (Porter), Kindling (Golden), Mellow Brit (Brown), Cumulus IPA. Being Albuquerque’s newest brewery, BBC seems to brew something you’ve never tasted every week. This week BBC is releasing their first Amber Ale. As always, we urge you to grab a pint and let us know what you think. We’ll stop by and offer up our own thoughts when Stoutmeister and I interview the staff this Wednesday to see how things are developing on the north side of town.

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Xico Suave, Anamole (Chocolate Red Chile Stout), Tom Selleck (Cranberry) Ale, Debacle Pumpkin Ale. Stoutmeister calls the Tom Selleck “a perfect, post-Thanksgiving dessert beer.”

News: Starting this Friday, B3 will start serving a limited menu in the taproom. The food will be provided by one of ABQ’s best new restaurants, Paco’s. They’ll have things like roasted duck quesadillas, chips & queso and much more. Also, on Feb. 10, they will host a Beer Pairing Dinner catered by Paco’s, with tickets now available at B3.

B3 has their Barley Wine coming out soon. If you haven’t tried any of B3’s seasonals recently, then you are missing out on some great craft beers. Tom Selleck Ale is on its last keg, so get it while you still can.

Events: B3 has $3 pints all day Tuesday. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. They will be showing football throughout the day on Sunday and they will have Monday Night Football as well.

Music: Sat — April Barreiro and The Travis Joel Trio 8-11 p.m.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: Centennial PA, Shadow Boxer (Black IPA), Porter for Pyros. According to a February 2012 post on ratebeer.com, the last batch of Porter for Pyros “pours almost black with a very lite (sic) tan head around the rim of the glass. nose of big char and smoke. smoke is ever present, but never overbearing. flavors are very char almost astringent bitterness (malt husky type) and the smoke under all of it. this is awesome and very robust. long dry char and smoke finish. I would consider this a fantastic smoked porter if you ask me.”

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Sasquatch Scotch, Belgian Blonde, Dark Matter Pilsner, Marzen, Oatmeal Stout, London Calling ESB, Irish Red, Rhapsody (Bohemian Pilsner). Il Vicino posted this message on their Facebook page: “For all of you Baravian Bräuhaus enthusiasts, our Märzen has gone on tap today! Beautiful amber color, rich flavor and a crisp finish: perfect for this ever-fall weather we are enjoying.”

News: The Columbus IPA is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Chocolate Oatmeal Stout will be on cask Saturday. Look for the Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, Dark American Lager, Baltic Porter, and St. Bob’s Imperial Stout to hit taps in coming weeks. And yes, all those dark beers mean Solstice Blackout is returning, with a tentative date of Dec. 21!

Music: Tues — Next Three Miles (Folk/Americana) 6-9 p.m., Sun — Dusty Low (Roots/Rock) 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Potter’s PA (Belgian-style pale ale), Rauchbier, Pecos Porter, Trout (English-style) Pale Ale, Hoppy Hippie Organic Ale. According to La Cumbre’s website, the Trout Pale Ale “is everything you could want from a balanced yet well-hopped British Pale. Beginning with a rich Pale malt base we blended 2 different crystal malts and 4 British hop varieties to give an intense earthy tangerine quality. We then fermented this with yeast from our favorite London brewery. Rich, fruity, balanced, quaffable. Enjoy!” 

(5.5% ABV,
35 IBU)

News: La Cumbre is having their Second Anniversary Celebration tonight, featuring the Anniversary Beer Release of their Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, the funky grooves of Aladocious, 6-9 p.m., and yummy food out front from Supper food truck.

Music: Mon — Aladocious 6-9 p.m., Wed — Chris Dracup 7-10 p.m., Sat — Dusty Low 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Brown Porter, Oude Brune Sour, Imperial Stout, Dark Secret (Brown Lager), Rye Something, Pumpkin Porter, Imperial Red (9.0% ABV). According to their website, the Imperial Stout 
is “the dark, exotic cousin of our famous Marble Reserve Ale, this deliciously dark stout is aged one year in reserve bourbon barrels.” (11% ABV, $7/Goblet, limit 2 per customer) The Oude Brune
 is “a Flemish-Style sour ale aged in French wine barrels.” (8% ABV) And the Brown Porter is
 Tim Lambert’s State Fair Best-of-Show winner. (5% ABV, $4/Pints) Stoutmeister will have more on the Brown Porter and our recent tour of the brewery itself later this week.

Events: Check out Marble’s cask (or “real” ale) selection on tap this Friday at their downtown location. Chicharroneria Don Choche will be parked patio-side starting at 5 pm. Marble is also doing their Annual Coat Drive through December.

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Chocolate Porter, Maximus (Double) IPA, Imperial Cream Stout, Barley Wine, Equinox Spiced Brown. At 9.2-percent ABV, Nexus’ new Barley Wine packs quite a punch. But be warned, Nexus has a way of brewing high alcohol content beers that go down smoother than a pilsner. Make sure to order a hardy meal with this bad boy. Derek and Stoutmeister sampled this one recently; both labeled it “dangerous, since you don’t taste the alcohol, just the sweet.”

Events: As always, Nexus plays host to the Young, Dumb, and Full of Comedy open mic on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sunroom. On Sunday at 4 p.m., Nexus will host I’ll Drink to That! featuring spoken word, music, and much more.

Sandia Chile Grill — 798-1970

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

Beers: Hefeweizen, ESB, Smoked Porter, Double Pilsner (8% ABV), Amber Ale (6% ABV), Irish Red Ale (6% ABV). After a visit to Sandia Chile Grill two weeks ago, the Crew strongly recommends the ESB, Smoked Porter, and Double Pilsner. The Smoked Porter and Double Pilsner are great representatives of their respective categories, and the ESB has enough of a dry bite to delight all of you hop-heads out there.

News: At Sandia Chile Grill you can enjoy great New Mexican food with your beer such as their $10 double chicken enchilada and beer special served with beans, potatoes, chile, and a 16-ounce beer. For those who are curious about the brewing process, SCG will be brewing a new batch of their Amber Ale on Thursday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and they welcome anyone who wants to observe the process. SCG’s IPA (7% ABV, 100 IBU) should be ready this month and their Milk Stout (with added malts and hints of smoked flavors) should be on tap shortly after the new year.

Tractor Brewing Company — 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

(The tap room opens most days around 3 p.m. and stays open as late as 2 a.m.; it opens earlier on weekends)

Beers: Tractoberfest, Apple Cider, Black Eye’d PA, Milk Moustachio Stout, Adebisi (black lager), Lunas De Los Muertos Imperial Stout, Pilsner #15. Beer Noir kicked off on Halloween with more beers than you can shake a stick at. A number of them are still on tap, so come get them while you still can.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.)

Beers: Christmas Soulstice (Brown), Imperial Baltic Porter (7.6% ABV, 25 IBU), 3-Galloot’s Pale Ale, Collateral Damage Barley Wine, Honey Wheat, Texas Twister Brown, Milkshake Stout, Yardsale Amber, Golden Ale, Hopduster IPA, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye, Collateral Damage Barley Wine on cask. TMBC’s website has this to say about the Christmas Soulstice: “The spices will definitely put the Christmas spirit in you. Clove, cinnamon, orange peel, vanilla, ginger; wow, this beer is amazing! Cheers!” (5.25% ABV, 30 IBU, 1.052 OG)

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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, fellow craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock here this Monday, as I am almost every Monday, to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Duke City.

There are a whole lot of local favorite seasonals making their way to taps around town this week including Dragon Blood, Porter for Pyros, IV’s Marzen, Maximus IPA, Tractoberfest, and Collateral Damage Barley Wine. In addition, Burque-area breweries are also releasing some creative new beers. Bad Ass Brewery has their new Feather Weight Ale on tap now, and they will have new batches of Dragon Blood and Dead Red flowing this weekend. Bosque Brewing will have a new English IPA on tap by the end of this week. Broken Bottle will unleash their new Anamole (Chocolate Red Chile) Stout by Wednesday or Thursday. Chama River brought back their Porter for Pyros. Il Vicino has new batches of their Marzen and Oatmeal Stout on tap. Marble plans on having a new sour (unnamed at this time) on tap this Friday. Nexus is bringing back their Maximus (Double) IPA by the end of the week. Tractor brought back their Tractoberfest. Turtle Mountain has new batches of 3-Galloot’s Pale Ale, Collateral Damage Barley Wine, and Honey Wheat on tap.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the 505. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Nov. 26.

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

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number (all are area code 505, for out-of-state readers) and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: No new seasonals at this time.

News: We are still anxiously awaiting Ben Miller’s newest creation to hit the taps at ABP.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

(Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: The Maple’s Shade, Goat Head IPA, Raspberry Blonde (6.5% ABV), Goat Head IPA, Saison, Cherry Wheat. Two Saturdays ago at BADH they tapped The Maple’s Shade. According to BADH’s facebook page, The Maple’s Shade is brewed so that “silky sheets of chocolate malts, roasted barley and dark Belgian candi syrup blanket the palate while subtle hints of maple manifest in the finish.” (11.8% ABV, 87 IBU) Most of the Crew — myself, Stoutmeister, Cryptogrind, and Shilling — were present for the tapping. Compared to the Hopfest version, this was a deeper, richer beer, with strong stout hints meshing up perfectly with the Belgian candi and maple syrups. It was a delightful beer, though oh boy was it powerful. After one pint apiece we were pretty well done. Prepare yourself properly if you head down to Back Alley before this small-batch beer runs out.

Bad Ass Brewery — 918-2337

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–midnight, Sun 4–7 p.m.)

Beers: Feather Weight Ale, Dragon Blood, Dead Red, 3 Way IPA, Torn Kilt, Eat Your Oatmeal Stout, Triple Chocolate Stout, Zombie, English Brown Smog, C Squared, Double Headed Zombie, Belgian Mistress, Sunburn, Matt’s Wine Barrel Sour, Nutty Cafe Porter, Charlies Old Red, Desert Rose, Half Dressed Ale, 66 Pinup Porter. The Zombie IPA is a favorite among BAB’s patrons, so it tends to run out fast. Enjoy this fresh batch while you have the chance.

Events: BAB will host their biweekly open mic on Tuesday with signups starting at 7 p.m. As always, the will be screening the new episode of The Walking Dead this Sunday at 7 p.m. Drop by early for good seats and check out the new food menu before the show starts. It’s always best to eat your food before the zombies start eating people on the screen.

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 2 p.m.–midnight)

Beers: English IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Olde Bosky (Porter), Bosque Burnin’ (Red), Kindling (Golden), Mellow Brit (Brown), Cumulus IPA. BBC has been experimenting with several IPAs since they opened their doors in October. At the end of this week, you can head over and grab a pint of their new English IPA.

News: BBC’s next creation, the Scosha Scotch Ale, should be hitting taps in about a week.

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Anamole (Chocolate Red Chile Stout), Tom Selleck (Cranberry) Ale, Mayflower (Sweet Potato Oatmeal) Stout, Trav’s Beer (Belgian Sour), Debacle Pumpkin Ale. Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the semi-sweet, fairly subtle Mayflower and calls the Tom Selleck “a perfect, post-Thanksgiving dessert beer.”

News: B3 has several intriguing new beers in works right now including: Anamole (on tap by Wed or Thurs), Xico Suave, and BarleyWine. If you haven’t tried any of B3’s seasonals recently, then you are missing out on some great craft beers. Tom Selleck Ale and Mayflower Stout are on their last keg, so get them while you still can.

Events: B3 has $3 pints all day Tuesday. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their new open mic from 8-10 p.m. with signups starting at 7:30 p.m., and they will be showing football throughout the day on Sunday and The Walking Dead starting at 7 p.m.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: Porter for Pyros, Chamafest, Citra Pale Ale, Union Jackalope (English IPA). According to a February 2012 post on ratebeer.com, the last batch of Porter for Pyros “pours almost black with a very lite tan head around the rim of the glass. nose of big char and smoke. smoke is ever present, but never overbearing. flavors are very char almost astringent bitterness (malt husky type) and the smoke under all of it. this is awesome and very robust. long dry char and smoke finish. I would consider this a fantastic smoked porter if you ask me.”

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Marzen, Oatmeal Stout, London Calling ESB, Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, Punk’d Ale, Irish Red, Exodus IPA, Rhapsody (Bohemian Pilsner), Every Day IPA (5.8%, 70 IBU). Il Vicino posted this message on their Facebook page yesterday: “For all of you Baravian Bräuhaus enthusiasts, our Märzen has gone on tap today! Beautiful amber color, rich flavor and a crisp finish: perfect for this ever-fall weather we are enjoying.”

News: The Cascade IPA is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Exodus IPA with added Cascade hops will be on cask Saturday. Look for the Belgian Blonde, Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, Sasquatch Scotch, Dark American Lager, Baltic Porter, and St. Bob’s Imperial Stout to hit taps in coming weeks. Also, there is still a little Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout from GABF left, so you can still get a little more before the new batch is ready.

Music: Tues — Stephanie Hatfield and Bill Palmer (songwriter) 6-9 p.m., Sun — TBA 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Pecos Porter, Trout (English-style) Pale Ale, Heirloom IPA, Autumn Breeze (Amber Ale), La Roja Grande (Imperial Red), Hoppy Hippie Organic Ale. According to La Cumbre’s website, the Trout Pale Ale “is everything you could want from a balanced yet well-hopped British Pale. Beginning with a rich Pale malt base we blended 2 different crystal malts and 4 British hop varieties to give an intense earthy tangerine quality. We then fermented this with yeast from our favorite London brewery. Rich, fruity, balanced, quaffable. Enjoy!” 

(5.5% ABV,
35 IBU)

Music: Wed — The Gregg Daigle Band 6-9 p.m., Sat — The Square 1 Quintet 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Cuvee Rouge, Dark Secret (Brown Lager), Rye Something, Pumpkin Porter, No Shoe Brew, Imperial Red (9.0% ABV). According to their website, the Cuvee Rouge is “a Flemish-style sour ale blended harmoniously from French Cab Sav and Bourbon oak barrels. Bright and balanced acidity with nuances of cherry, almond, vanilla, and oak.” (6.7% ABV, $7/Goblets)

News: Marble is planning on having a new sour on tap this Friday.

Mickey C’s Brewery — 798-1970 (located in Sandia Chile Grill)

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

Beers: ESB, Smoked Porter, Double Pilsner (8% ABV), Amber Ale (6% ABV), Irish Red Ale (6% ABV).

News: For those who do not know, Mickey’s Brewery and Sandia Chile Grill are under the same roof, so you can enjoy great New Mexican food with your beer such as their $10 double chicken enchilada and beer special served with beans, potatoes, chile, and a 16-ounce beer. Mickey C’s IPA (6-7% ABV, 100 IBU) and Hefeweisen should be ready within the next 30 days.

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Maximus (Double) IPA, Imperial Cream Stout, Barley Wine, Equinox Spiced Brown. At 9.2% ABV, Nexus’ new Barley Wine packs quite a punch. But be warned, Nexus has a way of brewing high alcohol content beers that go down smoother than a pilsner. Make sure to order a hardy meal with this bad boy. Derek and Stoutmeister sampled this one on Monday; both labeled it “dangerous, since you don’t taste the alcohol, just the sweet.”

News: Look for the Chocolate Porter, which should be hitting Nexus taps starting next week.

Events: As always, Nexus plays host to the Young, Dumb, and Full of Comedy open mic on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sunroom.

Tractor Brewing Company — 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

(The tap room opens most days around 3 p.m. and stays open as late as 2 a.m.; it opens earlier on weekends)

Beers: Tractoberfest, Apple Cider, Black Eye’d PA, Milk Moustachio Stout, Adebisi (black lager), Lunas De Los Muertos Imperial Stout, Pilsner #15. Beer Noir kicked off on Halloween with more beers than you can shake a stick at. A number of them are still on tap, so come get them while you still can.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.)

Beers: 3-Galloot’s Pale Ale, Collateral Damage Barley Wine, Honey Wheat, Texas Twister Brown, Milkshake Stout, Pumpkin Spiced Dark Lager, Yardsale Amber, Golden Ale, Hopduster IPA, Dark Lager, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye, Hopduster IPA on cask. TMBC’s website has this description of their Collateral Damage Barley Wine: “The name says it all.  We will only pour you 12 ounces at a time and you can only have two.  Merely being a pal so you don’t have too much collateral damage.  Cheers!” (8.8% ABV, 35 IBU, 1.080 OG)

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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

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock here this Monday, as I am almost every Monday, to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Albuquerque metro area.

It’s hard to pin down a theme for new seasonals in the 505 this week. Local breweries and tap rooms are serving up porters, browns, imperial cream ales, and even an Oktoberfest. With all the diversity at the taps, I will dispense with finding any common themes and just head straight to listing new beers on tap around town this week: Bad Ass Brewery has new batches of their 3 Way IPA and Torn Kilt on tap. Chama River brought back their Chamafest. La Cumbre has their Pecos Porter back on tap this week. Il Vicino has new batches of their ESB and Cherry Chocolate Milk Stout on the way. Marble is now serving Curvee Rouge and Pumpkin Porter. Nexus is bringing back their award-winning and generally awesome Imperial Cream Ale. Turtle Mountain has a new batch of Texas Twister Brown on tap.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the Albuquerque area. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Nov. 19.

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

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number (all are area code 505, for out-of-state readers) and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: No new seasonals at this time.

News: We are still anxiously awaiting Ben Miller’s newest creation to hit the taps at ABP.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

(Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: The Maple’s Shade, Goat Head IPA, Raspberry Blonde (6.5% ABV), Goat Head IPA, Saison, Cherry Wheat. On Saturday at BADH tapped The Maple’s Shade. According to BADH’s facebook page, The Maple’s Shade is brewed so that “silky sheets of chocolate malts, roasted barley and dark Belgian candi syrup blanket the palate while subtle hints of maple manifest in the finish.” (11.8% ABV, 87 IBU) Most of the Crew — myself, Stoutmeister, Cryptogrind, and Shilling — were present for the tapping this past Saturday. Compared to the Hopfest version, this was a deeper, richer beer, with strong stout hints meshing up perfectly with the Belgian candi and maple syrups. It was a delightful beer, though oh boy was it powerful. After one pint apiece we were pretty well done. Prepare yourself properly if you head down to Back Alley before this small-batch beer runs out.

Bad Ass Brewery — 918-2337

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–midnight, Sun 4–7 p.m.)

Beers: 3 Way IPA, Torn Kilt, Eat Your Oatmeal Stout, Triple Chocolate Stout, Zombie, English Brown Smog, C Squared, Double Headed Zombie, Belgian Mistress, Sunburn, Matt’s Wine Barrel Sour, Nutty Cafe Porter, Charlies Old Red, Desert Rose, Half Dressed Ale, 66 Pinup Porter. The Zombie IPA is a favorite among BAB’s patrons, so it tends to run out fast. Enjoy this fresh batch while you have the chance.

Events: BAB will be screening the new episode of The Walking Dead this Sunday at 7 p.m. Drop by early for good seats and check out the new food menu before the show starts. It’s always best to eat your food before the zombies start eating people on the screen.

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 2 p.m.–midnight)

Beers: Oatmeal Stout, Old Boskey (Porter), Ember IPA, Bosque Burnin’ (Red), Kindling (Golden), Mellow Brit (Brown), Cumulus IPA.

News: BBC’s next creation is a Scotch Ale which should be hitting taps in about two weeks.

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Tom Selleck (Cranberry) Ale, Mayflower (Sweet Potato Oatmeal) Stout, Trav’s Beer (Belgian Sour), Debacle Pumpkin Ale. Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the semi-sweet, fairly subtle Mayflower and calls the Tom Selleck “a perfect, post-Thanksgiving dessert beer.”

Events: B3 has $3 pints all day Tuesday. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their new open mic, and they will be showing football throughout the day on Sunday and The Walking Dead starting at 7 p.m.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: Chamafest, Punkin Drublic, Citra Pale Ale, Union Jackalope (English IPA). Chamafest, called Chamarzen last year, is a German-style fest beer.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Cherry Chocolate Milk Stout, Pumpkin, ESB, Irish Red, Exodus IPA, Rhapsody (Bohemian Pilsner), Dark Matter Pilsner, Every Day IPA (5.8%, 70 IBU), Oaked Rye PA, India Pale Lager. IV will tap one keg of the Cherry Chocolate Milk Stout on Friday at noon. I had a chance to sample this tasty bronze-winning beer at the Great American Beer Festival. This is the last keg from that batch. I can say from experience that this is a sweet and smooth beer with distinct chocolate and cherry flavors that make for a perfect dessert beer. The folks at IV say they have another batch in the works. I say why wait? Is there a better way to celebrate Black Friday than with tasty beer? I think not.

News: The Everyday IPA is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Wet Mountain IPA with added Cascade hops will be on cask Saturday.

Music: Tues — Greg Ruggiero (Jazz) 6-9 p.m., Sun — Keith Sanchez (Songwriter) 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Pecos Porter, Trout (English-style) Pale Ale, Heirloom IPA, Autumn Breeze (Amber Ale), La Roja Grande (Imperial Red), Hoppy Hippie Organic Ale, Dunkel Hefe. As far as I know, the Hoppy Hippie is Albuquerque’s first organic IPA.

Music: Wed — Alex Maryol 6-9 p.m., Sat — Todd & The Fox 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Curvee Rouge, Dark Secret (Brown Lager), Rye Something, Pumpkin Porter, No Shoe Brew, Imperial Red (9.0% ABV). The Imperial Red is the GABF bronze medal winner for 2012.
 According to Marble’s web site, the Imperial Red was brewed with “generous additions of our favorite hop varieties blended harmoniously with long layers of dark caramel malts.”

News: The Pumpkin Ale with brown sugar is on cask this Friday.

Mickey C’s Brewery — 798-1970 (located in Sandia Chile Grill)

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

Beers: ESB, Smoked Porter, Double Pilsner (8% ABV), Amber Ale (6% ABV), Irish Red Ale (6% ABV).

News: For those who do not know, Mickey’s Brewery and Sandia Chile Grill are under the same roof, so you can enjoy great New Mexican food with your beer such as their $10 double chicken enchilada and beer special served with beans, potatoes, chile, and a 16-ounce beer. Mickey C’s new Imperial Irish Red is slated for release this month.

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Imperial Cream Stout, Barley Wine, Equinox Spiced Brown. At 9.2% ABV, Nexus’ new Barley Wine packs quite a punch. But be warned, Nexus has a way of brewing high alcohol content beers that go down smoother than a pilsner. Make sure to order a hardy meal with this bad boy. Derek and Stoutmeister sampled this one on Monday; both labeled it “dangerous, since you don’t taste the alcohol, just the sweet.”

News: Look for the Maximus (Double) IPA which should be hitting Nexus taps starting next week. In a bit of sad news, the ESB has been removed from Nexus’ regular lineup. It will return from time to time as a seasonal, but this means no more mixing up Ken’s Concoction, the delicious combo of the ESB and the Scottish ale that owner Ken Carson once created.

Events: As always, Nexus plays host to the Young, Dumb, and Full of Comedy open mic on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sunroom.

Tractor Brewing Company — 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

(The tap room opens most days around 3 p.m. and stays open as late as 2 a.m.; it opens earlier on weekends)

Beers: Apple Cider, Black Eye’d PA, Milk Moustachio Stout, Black Ops Pale Ale, Black Beauty Pilsner, Adebisi (black lager), Lunas De Los Muertos Imperial Stout, Pilsner #15, Sticky Fingers Brown Ale. Beer Noir kicked off on Halloween with more beers than you can shake a stick at. A number of them are still on tap, so come get them while you still can.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.)

Beers: Texas Twister Brown, Milkshake Stout, Spiced Pumpkin Dark Lager, Yardsale Amber, Golden Ale, Hopduster IPA, Grandma’s Pumpkin Brown, “Dark Knight” Dark Lager, Cherry Wheat, Oktoberfest, Amnesia IPA, Hophead Red, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, PNB Brown, Red Rye, Hopduster IPA on cask. According to TMBC’s website, Grandma’s Brown (1.056 OG, 15 IBU, 6.0% ABV) is a “dark, robust American Brown Ale that exemplifies a terrific balance of nuts, chocolate, and roasted malt. The abundance of special ingredients in this recipe create a finished product that Granny would be proud of.”

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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 and salutations, Burque beer lovers, this is E-Rock here this Monday, as I am roughly every Monday, to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Duke City.

This week, we are seeing some new stouts and ESBs hitting 505 tap rooms and breweries. We are also seeing some more pumpkin ales back on tap. Back Alley Draft House is serving Goat Head IPA and they will release The Maple’s Shade later this week. Bad Ass Brewery has new batches of their Triple Chocolate Stout and Eat Your Oatmeal Stout. Bosque Brewing Company should have the first batch of their new Oatmeal Stout on tap by Thursday. Broken Bottle will have Tom Selleck Cranberry Ale on tap by this weekend. Chama River brought back their Punkin Drublic. Il Vicino has new batches of their ESB and Pumpkin Ale on the way, and until then they tapped a keg of Rogenbock. Mickey C’s has a new ESB which will be ready by Wednesday. Tractor added an Apple Cider to their menu this week. Turtle Mountain has a new batch of Milkshake Stout and a new Spiced Pumpkin Dark Lager on tap.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the Albuquerque area. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Nov. 12.

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

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number (all are area code 505, for out-of-state readers) and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: No new seasonals at this time.

News: Ben Miller is brewing up a new batch of something good slated for release some time soon.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

(Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: The Maple’s Shade, Goat Head IPA, Raspberry Blonde (6.5% ABV), Goat Head IPA, Saison, Cherry Wheat. On Saturday at 5 p.m. BADH will be tapping The Maple’s Shade. According to BADH’s facebook page, The Maple’s Shade is brewed so that “silky sheets of chocolate malts, roasted barley and dark Belgian candi syrup blanket the palate while subtle hints of maple manifest in the finish.” (11.8% ABV, 87 IBU) Shilling and Stoutmeister declared this beer one of the biggest highlights of Hopfest back in August.

Bad Ass Brewery — 918-2337

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–midnight, Sun 4–7 p.m.)

Beers: Eat Your Oatmeal Stout, Triple Chocolate Stout, Zombie, English Brown Smog, C Squared, Double Headed Zombie, Belgian Mistress, Sunburn, Matt’s Wine Barrel Sour, Nutty Cafe Porter, Charlies Old Red, Desert Rose, Dragon Blood, Half Dressed Ale, 66 Pinup Porter, Bitter Black. The Zombie IPA is a favorite among BAB’s patrons, so it tends to run out fast. Enjoy this fresh batch while you have the chance.

Events: BAB will be screening the new episode of The Walking Dead this Sunday at 7 p.m. Drop by early for good seats and check out the new food menu before the show starts. It’s always best to eat your food before the zombies start eating people on the screen.

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 2 p.m.–midnight)

Beers: Oatmeal Stout, Old Boskey (Porter), Ember IPA, Bosque Burnin’ (Red), Kindling (Golden), Mellow Brit (Brown), Cumulus IPA. Bosque Brewing Company’s first stout should be on tap by Wednesday or Thursday.

News: Bosque has received approval to begin selling growlers this week. The last appeal that the Wildflower Neighborhood Association was actually never filed to the Albuquerque City Council, so that removed the final obstacle to Bosque patrons being able to take some delicious Old Boskey home. Or, you know, whatever style you prefer.

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Tom Selleck Cranberry Ale, Mayflower (Sweet Potato Oatmeal) Stout, Trav’s Beer (Belgian Sour), Debacle Pumpkin Ale. B3’s new inventive seasonal hitting the taps this week is the Tom Selleck Cranberry Ale which should be on tap by Friday or Saturday. Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the semi-sweet, fairly subtle Mayflower.

Events: B3 has $3 pints all day Tuesday. On Wednesday, B3 will host their first open mic. Broken Bottle Comedy Night returns this Thursday at 8 p.m. featuring Matt Peterson, Mike Long, Marianna Marchenko, and Smitty. B3 will be showing football throughout the day on Sunday and The Walking Dead starting at 7 p.m.

Music: Sat — Chastin Starling 8 p.m.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: Punkin Drublic, Bourbon Barrel Amber, Citra Pale Ale, Union Jackalope (English IPA), Chamafest. Chama River is bringing back Punkin Drublic to help keep you warm as the weather gets cold. Also on tap is the Bourbon Barrel Amber. According to Chama’s facebook page, their “house amber sat and ale aged in Woodford Reserve barrels for 10 months, presenting unique flavors of vanilla and oak with light caramel notes.” Chamafest, called Chamarzen last year, is a German-style fest beer.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Rogenbock, Pumpkin, ESB, Irish Red, Exodus IPA, Rhapsody (Bohemian Pilsner), Dark Matter Pilsner, Every Day IPA (5.8%, 70 IBU), Oaked Rye PA, India Pale Lager. IV has one keg of their Rogenbock on tap this week. Once it is gone, expect their Pumpkin Ale and ESB to fill the void, and by “void” I mean your overjoyed stomach.

News: The Amarillo and Cascade IPA are on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Everyday IPA will be on cask Saturday.

Music: Tues — Zoltan Orkestar (Gypsy Jazz) 6-9 p.m., Sun — Three String Bale (Folk/Americana) 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Trout (English-style) Pale Ale, Heirloom IPA, Autumn Breeze (Amber Ale), La Roja Grande (Imperial Red), Witch’s Tit, Hoppy Hippie Organic Ale, Dunkel Hefe. As far as I know, the Hoppy Hippie is Albuquerque’s first organic IPA. Also on tap at La Cumbre is Witch’s Tit. Last year’s batch of this spiced pumpkin ale was a favorite among the Brew Crew. This year’s batch, we discovered, goes great with marshmallows and other things you can enjoy over a roaring fire pit.

Music: Wed — Chris Dracup 7-10 p.m, Sat — Odd Dog 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Dark Secret (Brown Lager), Rye Something, Calabasa Belgique, Pumpkin Ale, No Shoe Brew, Imperial Red (9.0% ABV). The Imperial Red is the GABF bronze medal winner for 2012.
 According to Marble’s web site, the Imperial Red was brewed with “generous additions of our favorite hop varieties blended harmoniously with long layers of dark caramel malts.”

Events: On Sunday Marble will play host to a Thanksgiving-inspired potluck.

Mickey C’s Brewery — 798-1970 (located in Sandia Chile Grill)

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

Beers: ESB, Smoked Porter, IPA, Double Pilsner (8% ABV), Amber Ale (6% ABV), Irish Red Ale (6% ABV). Mickey C’s has a new ESB in the works that should be on tap by Wednesday.

News: For those who do not know, Mickey’s Brewery and Sandia Chile Grill are under the same roof, so you can enjoy great New Mexican food with your beer such as their $10 double chicken enchilada and beer special served with beans, potatoes, chile, and a 16-ounce beer. Mickey C’s new ESB and Imperial Irish Red are slated for release this month.

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Barley Wine, Equinox Spiced Brown, Sandia Watermelon Wheat. At 9.2% ABV, Nexus’ new Barley Wine packs quite a punch. But be warned, Nexus has a way of brewing high alcohol content beers that go down smoother than a pilsner. Make sure to order a hardy meal with this bad boy.

News: The bad news is that the Sandia Watermelon Wheat is on its last keg, but the good news is that a new batch of Imperial Cream Ale is now brewing.

Events: As always, Nexus plays host to the Young, Dumb, and Full of Comedy open mic on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sunroom.

Tractor Brewing Company — 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

(The tap room opens most days around 3 p.m. and stays open as late as 2 a.m.; it opens earlier on weekends)

Beers: Apple Cider, Black Eye’d PA, Milk Moustachio Stout, Black Ops Pale Ale, Black Beauty Pilsner, Adebisi (black lager), Lunas De Los Muertos Imperial Stout, Pilsner #15, Sticky Fingers Brown Ale. Beer Noir kicked off on Halloween with more beers than you can shake a stick at.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.)

Beers: Milkshake Stout, Spiced Pumpkin Dark Lager, Yardsale Amber, Golden Ale, Hopduster IPA, Grandma’s Pumpkin Brown, “Dark Knight” Dark Lager, Cherry Wheat, Oktoberfest, Harvest Ale, Amnesia IPA, Hophead Red, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, PNB Brown, Red Rye, Hopduster IPA on cask. According to TMBC’s website, Grandma’s Brown (1.056 OG, 15 IBU, 6.0% ABV) is a “dark, robust American Brown Ale that exemplifies a terrific balance of nuts, chocolate, and roasted malt. The abundance of special ingredients in this recipe create a finished product that Granny would be proud of.”

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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

Hello, fine people who make New Mexico’s burgeoning craft beer scene something to behold, this is E-Rock here this Monday, as I am roughly every Monday, to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Duke City.

Several dark lagers are making their way to tap this week in the 505. Il Vicino, Marble, Tractor, and Turtle Mountain all have one on tap. In addition to dark lager, their are many other new craft beers on tap around town this week. Back Alley Draft House is serving their new Raspberry Blonde. Bad Ass Brewery has a new batch of their Belgian Mistress. Bosque Brewing Company should have a new batch of Old Boskey Porter on tap by Tuesday. Chama River is now serving their Bourbon Barrel. Il Vicino has new batches of their Exodus IPA, Cascadian Dark Lager, and Irish Red. La Cumbre has their English-style Trout Pale Ale. Marble is releasing their Dark Secret (Brown Lager). Nexus is unleashing their Barley Wine this week. Tractor has many new beers and old favorites on their Beer Noir menu including Black Eye’d PA, Milk Moustachio Stout, Black Ops Pale Ale, Nut What You Think Porter, Black Beauty Pilsner, Adebisi Black Lager, Black Bear Honey Wheat, and Lunas De Los Muertos Imperial Stout. Turtle Mountain has a new malty batch of Yardsale Amber on tap and Hopduster on cask.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the Albuquerque area. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of November 5.

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

To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number (all are area code 505, for out-of-state readers) and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: No new seasonals at this time.

News: Ben Miller is brewing up a new batch of something good slated for release sometime next week.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

(Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily)

Beers: Raspberry Blonde (6.5% ABV), Goat Head Brown, Saison, Cherry Wheat. Goat Head’s new Brown is light in color and malty in flavor.

News: A special tapping of Goat Head’s The Maple’s Shade could be in store very soon. Keep an eye here for updates.

Bad Ass Brewery — 918-2337

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–midnight, Sun 4–7 p.m.)

Beers: Belgian Mistress, Double Headed Zombie (Double IPA), 66 Pin Up (Maple) Porter, Match Wine Barrel Sour, Nutty Café, Desert Rose (Prickly Pear), Dragon Blood (India Dark Ale), Zombie IPA, Sunburn Irish Red, English Brown Smog, C Squared, Half Dressed Ale, Charlie’s Old Red, Oatmeal Stout, Triple Chocolate Stout, Bitter Black. The Zombie IPA is a favorite among BAB’s patrons, so it tends to run out fast. Enjoy this fresh batch while you have the chance.

Events: BAB will be screening the new episode of The Walking Dead this Sunday at 7 p.m. Drop by early for good seats and check out the new food menu before the show starts. It’s always best to eat your food before the zombies start eating people on the screen.

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

(Mon–Thurs 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 2 p.m.–midnight)

Beers: Old Boskey (Porter), Ember IPA, Bosque Burnin’ (Red), Kindling (Golden), Mellow Brit (Brown), Cumulus IPA. Bosque Brewing Company has only been open a couple weeks, and they already have a good buzz building around their Old Bolskey Porter. The new batch is coming out this Tuesday, so get it before it is gone again.

News: Bosque is brewing their first stout at this very moment. Check back later for more developments.

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Mayflower (Sweet Potato Oatmeal) Stout, Trav’s Beer (Belgian Sour), Debacle Pumpkin Ale, Irish Coffee (5.4% ABV). B3’s new inventive seasonal hitting the taps this week is the Mayflower Stout. Look for it in the coming days.

Events: B3 has $3 pints all day Tuesday. Sunday B3 will be showing football throughout the day and The Walking Dead starting at 7 p.m. Also, B3 is one of the breweries that are partnering with the Dark Side Brew Crew in our food drive. Bring canned food and get a dollar off your beer.

Music: Thurs — Bus Tapes 7 p.m., Sat — Kyle Martin 8 p.m.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: Bourbon Barrel, Citra Pale Ale, 3 Dog Night, Union Jackalope (English IPA). Chama River is bringing back 3 Dog Night, the 2010 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal winner for Baltic Porters. Enough said.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Cascadian Dark Lager, Irish Red, Exodus IPA, Rhapsody (Bohemian Pilsner), Dark Matter Pilsner, Every Day IPA (5.8%, 70 IBU), Oaked Rye PA, India Pale Lager. Cascadian Dark Lager, Irish Red, and Exodus IPA are customer favorites that aren’t technically regular beers, but they tend to make their way to the seasonal menu pretty often. Still, they aren’t on tap all the time so now is as good a time as any grab a pint or two.

News: The Cascadian IPA is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Oaked Irish Red will be on cask Saturday.

Music: Tues — Felix y los Gatos Duo (Blues/Cajun) 6-9 p.m., Sun — Man No Sober (Roots/Rock) 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Trout (English-style) Pale Ale, Heirloom IPA, Autumn Breeze (Amber Ale), La Roja Grande (Imperial Red), Witch’s Tit, Hoppy Hippie Organic Ale, Dunkel Hefe. As far as I know, the Hoppy Hippie is Albuquerque’s first organic IPA. Also on tap at La Cumbre is Witch’s Tit. Last year’s batch of this spiced pumpkin ale was a favorite among the Brew Crew. This year’s batch, we discovered, goes great with marshmallows and other things you can enjoy over a roaring fire pit.

Music: Wed — Dre-Z & The DC Rockers 7-10 p.m, Sat — The Rudy Boy Experiment 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Dark Secret (Brown Lager), Rye Something, Calabasa Belgique, Pumpkin Ale, No Shoe Brew, Imperial Red (9.0% ABV). The Imperial Red is the GABF bronze medal winner for 2012.
 According to Marble’s web site, the Imperial Red was brewed with “generous additions of our favorite hop varieties blended harmoniously with long layers of dark caramel malts.”

News: Marble’s Westside Tap Room is now open at 5740 Night Whisper NW. For those unable to find it on the map, the tap room is located just north of the intersection of Unser and McMahon (the latter is the street Ellison turns into as it goes west; Ellison is the red light off Coors Bypass across from Cottonwood and next to Cibola High School). Just go north on Unser through the intersection and look to your left.

Music: Wed — Reflection Films Fundraiser featuring Sage Harrington, 5-8 p.m.

Mickey C’s Brewery — 798-1970 (located in Sandia Chile Grill)

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

Beers: Smoked Porter, IPA, Double Pilsner (8% ABV), Amber(6% ABV), Irish Red Ale (6% ABV). Mickey C’s new Smoked Porter was released just in time to keep you warm as the weather gets colder (or not, this state seriously cannot figure out what season it’s supposed to be in).

News: For those who do not know, Mickey’s Brewery and Sandia Chile Grill are under the same roof, so you can enjoy great New Mexican food with your beer such as their $10 double chicken enchilada and beer special served with beans, potatoes, chile, and a 16-ounce beer. Mickey C’s new ESB and Imperial Irish Red are slated for release this month.

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Barley Wine, Equinox Spiced Brown, Sandia Watermelon Wheat. At 9.2% ABV, Nexus’ new Barley Wine packs quite a punch. But be warned, Nexus has a way of brewing high alcohol content beers that go down smoother than a pilsner. Make sure to order a hardy meal with this bad boy.

News: The bad news is that the Sandia Watermelon Wheat is on its last keg, but the good news is that a new batch of Imperial Cream Ale is now brewing.

Events: As always, Nexus plays host to the Young, Dumb, and Full of Comedy open mic on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sunroom.

Tractor Brewing Company — 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

(The tap room opens most days around 3 p.m. and stays open as late as 2 a.m.; it opens earlier on weekends)

Beers: Black Eye’d PA, Milk Moustachio Stout, Black Ops Pale Ale, Nut What You Think Porter, Black Beauty Pilsner, Adebisi (black lager), Black Bear Honey Wheat, Lunas De Los Muertos Imperial Stout, Pilsner #15, Tractoberfest, Sticky Fingers Brown Ale, Scotch Ale. Beer Noir kicked off on Halloween with more beers than you can shake a stick at. Tractor also has guest beers on tap from Santa Fe (Imperial Java Stout and State Pen Porter), La Cumbre (Malpais Stout), Marble (Porter Belgique), and 2nd Street (Cream Stout).

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

(Kitchen hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.)

Beers: Yardsale Amber, Golden Ale, Hopduster IPA, Grandma’s Pumpkin Brown, “Dark Knight” Dark Lager, Cherry Wheat, Oktoberfest, Harvest Ale, Amnesia IPA, Hophead Red, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, PNB Brown, Red Rye, Hopduster IPA on cask. According to TMBC’s website, Grandma’s Brown (1.056 OG, 15 IBU, 6.0% ABV) is a “dark, robust American Brown Ale that exemplifies a terrific balance of nuts, chocolate, and roasted malt. The abundance of special ingredients in this recipe create a finished product that Granny would be proud of.”

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Cheers!

— E-Rock