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Manager Skip Galarneau is the man who keeps the original Blue Grasshopper location hopping.

Editor’s note: With ABQ Beer Week in the rear view mirror, we are finally getting back to our Unsung Heroes Series. We asked each of the breweries around town to nominate one or more employees who go above and beyond, but don’t necessarily get the recognition of the owners and head brewers/brewmasters. Today, we meet up with the man the owners of The Blue Grasshopper said saved their Rio Rancho location while they were busy opening up their new taproom near Coors and Montano. — Stoutmeister

Kenneth ‘Skip’ Galarneau is currently the bar manager at The Blue Grasshopper Brew Pub in Rio Rancho, and when I sat down with him, I had one goal in mind (OK, aside from drinking a good beer), and that was to understand what defines an unsung hero. What is the essence of being an unsung hero? I started by asking Skip about his past and how he had found his way to the present.

“In ’99 I started working at Turtle (Mountain Brewery), April of ’99, it was like a couple of weeks after it opened. I was just about to turn 21 and it was a good time to get a job at a brewery,” Skip said.

At this point I interrupted Skip with a bunch of questions about the early days of Turtle Mountain. I won’t bore you with that, but rather skip (no pun intended) ahead.

“I took a break over there and went to the coast in Newport, Oregon,” Skip said. “I worked at the Rogue Brewery out there … cooking again over there at the bayfront taproom. It was cool … just thousands of fish and chips and they had pizza over there, too, (plus) burgers, just a huge variety of food. That was awesome.

“Came back to town when my little brother was getting out of school and he actually got a job at Turtle, also, as did my older brother, Adam. He’s now a regional manager over at Bosque. We’re beer nerds, sort of, we just love the restaurant industry. It kind of puts us in touch with the people. I like Rio Rancho and working at Turtle helped me get to know most of the community out here and I grew up here, too.”

It was during Skip’s 11 years at Turtle Mountain that he realized what he enjoyed most about working in a restaurant was getting to know his guests and taking care of them. This became the focus of his career and he carried it with him to his next job, which was at yet another local institution.

“I worked over at The Range for five years after that, shaking drinks over at the Bernalillo location,” Skip said. “How I kinda got pulled from The Range over here was (I wasn’t living here at the time), it’s close to my family and close to where I wanted to live. I like Rio Rancho and I like the people out here. I feel really comfortable. And, you pretty much got a great view of everything. Live music six nights a week, though. That was pretty much the pull for me. And, a bunch of great beer on tap. The guest beers were the key to this place, I think. Because, you can totally advertise everybody that’s New Mexico. Now that I have a little bit more pull in the beer order I can get exactly what people want. I listen and then I deliver. We just try to pull the best stuff.”

The vibe of Blue Grasshopper is what drew Skip to seek a job there.

Just as he did at Turtle Mountain, Skip started in the kitchen and quickly proved himself before finding his way out to the customers.

“They were open for a year when I got here in April of last year,” Skip said. “I started off as the kitchen manager. They were looking for some kitchen help. I walked in here and it looked like a baby old Turtle (Mountain), and I was like damn, I might have to work here. I came in here, I saw the setup — lots of beer on tap. It was an open mic night that night. I played a few songs. Everything was like a really good vibe, so a couple weeks later I started, and my second day they made me kitchen manager.”

One way to describe Skip’s migration from the back of the house to the front of the house is to say that his passion for food is far too great to be contained in the kitchen, and therefore he must be able to take it out to the guests. Skip has his own philosophy when it comes to the role of food at a taproom, and it’s hard to disagree with him.

“As a server it makes me feel nervous about serving alcohol when you don’t have a lot of food on-hand that really kicks ass and makes people compelled to order, not because they need something to eat, but because it’s delicious,” Skip said. “You’ve taken care of a human need, you know. That’s part of hospitality is taking care of all the human needs — food, drink, shelter, love.”

I took a cue from AmyO (thanks!) and asked Skip why he thought he had been chosen as the unsung hero. It almost seems like this question should be a requirement for this series.

“Basically I just like the work,” he said. “I’ll work hard wherever I’m working, I just hope it’s worth it, and it’s worth it because of the Rio Rancho people. Why was I picked? I just work hard.”

Skip has a big say in what beers are selected as guest taps.

Of course, Skip didn’t give himself enough credit. Being an unsung hero is more than hard work. It’s the intangibles. It’s the passion that he has for what he does, how it inspires his coworkers, and how it translates to a better experience for his customers. Like the way he is always eager to work with the staff on improving their skills, yet is never afraid to be shown up.

“I’m not in the kitchen anymore, but I’m always ready to get down there and show people some method and how to just do some little tweaks and get a little faster,” Skip said. “I love watching other people maybe that aren’t even from the industry do something that I think is amazing, and stealing their shortcuts, and put it in my pocket, and be like, thank you, you don’t even know what you did for me. You know? Because, you never know where you’re going to get that extra knowledge … and then you’re like, we’re going to do it that way from now on.”

Stop in at Blue Grasshopper Brew Pub sometime for a beer and maybe some music, or just to say hi to Skip. If you are lucky you might catch him on stage.

“I love musicians,” Skip said. “I play and sing. Occasionally, I’ll sit in and play on somebody’s break or I’ll sit in with a band and sing some songs or something like that.”

The Brew Crew thanks Skip for his work in our local craft brew industry and wishes him the best of luck going forward in his career.

Cheers!

— deezbeers

There are so many damn beers at the new Blue Grasshopper Taproom on Coors.

There are so many damn beers at the new Blue Grasshopper Taproom on Coors.

A recent date-day Saturday found us embracing the old cliché of dinner and a movie. Except we did it backwards and watched a movie first, then had dinner. When the movie is a great one (Hidden Figures, I highly recommend it) at the superb theater brewery that is Flix Brewhouse and then dinner is at the brand new Blue Grasshopper taproom practically across the street on Coors, the experience is elevated beyond any formula.

During the movie, I had a solid Holy Mother of Quad and a Rebel Yell Porter, along with my buttery popcorn. It still amazes me how they manage to pick up empty glasses and bring orders without me even noticing the servers. My boyfriend and I probably saw only two or three movies total in theaters in 2016 (prior to the Flix opening), but since they opened, we have already been to Flix four times.

Blue Grasshopper was packed. Despite little advertising, this new location is booming. There are some of the usual hiccups, but they did not diminish our date experience. There are about 80 local beers currently on tap; however, Blue Grasshopper does not have any of theirs on tap at this location right now. The food menu is larger than I remember it being at the original taproom in Rio Rancho.

The number of taps is a good thing, and it is also overwhelming. You have to order by number, because that’s the only way the beertender can find it. If you forget what number your beer is while you wait to have your order taken, it’s pretty difficult to locate it again under pressure. Alas, the beer is not quite cold enough in my opinion. This is an issue I have seen before at other places with that many lines. Also, the patron sitting next to me at the bar complained his food order of a Reuben sandwich and fries was too cold. Our order of nachos came out quickly despite the crowd, but although the cheese (sauce) was warm, the shredded meat was not. Despite that, they were a unique interpretation of a pub staple and quite filling.

We left before the music started, so I do not know if the acoustics in the new, larger space are as good as the original location. I know at the Rio Rancho Blue Grasshopper they take acoustics very seriously. As we walked out just after 7:30, there was a line of people waiting for seating. All tables were occupied and our seats at the bar immediately filled as soon as we stood up. It appears this location is certainly filling a requirement in that part of town.

Hint, hint, all you craft beer fans looking for date ideas!

Love to all,

— AmyO

Oh, yeah, there is another one coming.

Farewell to Firkin, we hardly knew ye.

In case anyone missed it on social media over the weekend, the long-rumored demise of The Firkin BrewHouse and Grill came to pass, as their own Facebook page communicated the following:

To all of our loyal and wonderful customers, unfortunately I must state that the Firkin BrewHouse and Grill is closed. More info will follow with an official announcement from the owners. Thank you all for your patronage.

The Crew reached out to the owners for comment, but four days later, we have not heard back, nor do we really expect anything. Hey, it’s human nature to try to move quickly past the bad and refocus on the good. We wish them all luck in their future endeavors, whatever those may be.

It is rare these days when breweries close, though it does happen from time to time. If one counts Marble’s opening in 2008 as the start of the current boom, in that span only four other breweries — Hallenbrick, Bad Ass, Stumbling Steer, Broken Bottle — have closed in the Albuquerque area. As per usual, though, any closing creates some sort of “Is the bubble finally bursting?” type of story or comment online.

No, the bubble is not bursting.

The majority of the breweries in the ABQ area are doing just fine, thank you. None of them have had the type of ugly ownership dispute like Firkin did. When four people open a brewery, and it becomes two versus two before even six months have passed, it is not a good sign, needless to say.

Of course, there are plenty who would argue that Firkin was doomed from the beginning. It seemed to have everything lined up against it.

For a new brewery to succeed, it usually needs to be A) in a heavily foot-trafficked area such as downtown or Nob Hill, B) on a major commuter thoroughfare, C) in a brewery-laden area, but offering up something different beer-wise (not just theme-wise) than the other breweries in this area, or D) in an area with no other competing breweries. Comparing it to other breweries that opened in early 2016, Sidetrack is succeeding because it is downtown. Bow & Arrow is succeeding because lots of folks drive up and down 6th Street. Dialogue is succeeding because of its unique beer lineup. Starr Brothers is succeeding quite a ways away from any other notable brewery.

Firkin, on the other hand, was on an isolated street that did not connect to either nearby Comanche or Candelaria, in an industrial area with two award-winning powerhouse breweries (Canteen and La Cumbre) while offering up nothing particularly different in terms of its beer. Conceptually, a Prohibition era-themed brewery was not a bad idea, it was just located in the wrong place. That led to money problems, which led to the ownership dispute, which ultimately led to its untimely demised.

Albuquerque is still a metro area of 900,000 people with some 30 breweries. No, it does not have a great business rating, or a high per capita income, but there are still room for more breweries, and there will be more growth from the existing breweries.

Craft beer in New Mexico is just fine. This is just another minor blip on the screen.

New breweries update

Hops Brewery now has signage up on the front of its Nob Hill location on Central just west of Carlisle. We will head over there to talk to the owner when someone (me) is done submitting the final images and pages for a certain book.

Beer and a movie, anyone? (Photo courtesy of Flix Brewhouse)

Beer and a movie, anyone? (Photo courtesy of Flix Brewhouse)

Flix Brewhouse is still under construction on the West Side, but they have begun brewing their first batches of beer. Brewer Will Moorman and I have been in touch and once other parts of the building are done in about two weeks, the Crew will take a tour of the forthcoming movie theater with its own brewery. As for the beers we could make out from the labels on the Facebook photo of the taps, Satellite Red IPA, Lupulus IPA, Luna Rosa Wit, Umbra Chocostout, 10 Day Scottish Ale, Golden Ale, and Beer of the Dead (Brown Ale) appear to be on deck.

Blue Grasshopper told us that they hope to have their new taproom, on Coors north of Montano, open before the end of the year. We will have more on this for their upcoming entry in our Look Back/Look Ahead Series, which should be kicking off soon.

Drylands Brewing is now officially under construction in Lovington. Southeast New Mexico is still devoid of craft beer outside the existing places in Artesia (Desert Water and The Wellhead), Carlsbad (Milton’s), and Portales (Roosevelt). It is a little bit surprising that Lovington, best known as the hometown of Brian Urlacher, is getting a brewery before the much larger Hobbs or Roswell, but maybe the small town realized the value of beating those bigger towns to the punch.

Quick beer reviews

Again, if you are not following us on social media, you might have missed all the new beers I was able to get to this weekend. More await, of course, but there were too many intriguing newbies, old favorites, and a special one-off to not get out on the town.

A barrel-aged Scotch ale was sighted amid the chaos at Palmer Brewery's grand opening.

A barrel-aged Scotch ale was sighted amid the chaos at Palmer Brewery’s grand opening.

As always, these are my opinions, I am fully aware others may think the exact opposite. Please share your own thoughts on these beers once you have tried them as well.

  • La Negra, La Cumbre: This is the best version of the barrel-aged imperial stout yet. Grab two bombers, one to drink, one to age. Creamy yet boozy yet smooth yet thick, it is a wonderful batch.
  • Cockness Monster, Palmer: The grand opening was a zoo on Saturday, but luckily just as I walked inside I ran into brewer Rob Palmer. He poured me a 13-ounce glass of the rum-barrel-aged version of his Scotch ale. The rum did not overpower the beer, nor the other way around. It just blended beautifully, a good sipping beer amid the chaos. Congrats to Palmer on the opening.
  • Nitro Chai Chocolate Porter, Nexus: Before dinner arrived, I made sure to sample this fresh batch. The good news is the chai does not drown out the beer. On nitro, though, the beer almost came off as a little too thin on the mouthfeel. I would love to try it on CO2 some day. (Hint!)
  • Turkey Drool, Tractor: This is an annual fall favorite, and oh lordy, it did not disappoint. It starts off subtle, then does a mini-circle pit of spices and flavors on your palate. Let it warm just a tad for full effect. As someone else said, it’s everything good about Thanksgiving dessert in a glass.
  • Vanilla Mocha Double Porter, Red Door: Coffee! So. Much. Coffee! At least at the outset, so this is another one to let warm up a bit. The vanilla and mocha flavors are there, too, but the coffee is strong as can be. If nothing else, the small pour had me wide awake in time for that freaky storm to finally reach the brewery from the Lobo football game.
  • Clark IPA, Quarter Celtic: Before venturing off to help Franz Solo brew a beer (and by help I mostly mean stand there and drink and comment on our football teams’ terrible outings), we both visited QC for their New England-style hazy IPA. Breweries like Trillium, The Alchemist, and more have made this juicier, less bitter style of IPA quite popular in the Northeast, and now QC has brought it to the Southwest. We adored this beer. If you have loved some of the sweeter, maltier IPAs that Bosque has been specializing in of late, you will love this, too.

Now, if the breweries would just slow down a bit on releasing these outstanding beers so I can catch up … they won’t, will they? A beer writer’s work is never done.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

As more and more breweries keep opening around this wonderful state of ours, this weekly column keeps getting bigger and bigger. On average, it now has more than 5,000 words per week. In an effort to get things back under control for a bit, I am going to streamline it all to a degree. Fear not, the most important thing below — what is on tap at each brewery — will not change. Rather than go into multiple mini beer descriptions, each entry will describe one highlighted beer per edition. Most of the time it will be the newest beer on tap. Beyond that, you will now see Live Music as an entry, plus Other Events for non-musical goings on, such as art competitions, poetry contests, charitable endeavors, and so on. Where applicable, we will also post a link to the most recent story on said brewery where you can get more news. Hopefully in making this all a little less cluttered, we will all benefit.

Now that we can get back to regular business, there are four special beer release parties over the next four days. Rejoice. Or repent. Your choice. First up, tonight (Wednesday) marks the return of Marble’s awesome Imperial Stout. They only bottled 1,000 of ’em, plus what’s on tap, so it will go fast. Enjoy a special, secret pairing from Rustic Food Truck downtown from 5 p.m. until supplies run out. Then on Thursday, head to Red Door for the return of the Strong Scotch Ale. All pours are $3.50 all day. Friday marks the debut of Brass Monkey, a chocolate orange stout, at Tractor Wells Park (Beer Farmer Co-op members can get a sneak preview tasting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Wells Park if they RSVP to jeremy@getplowed.com). Then on Saturday, Boese Brothers unveils Double Dead Red, which comes with a special food pairing from Gold Street Caffe of red chile-rubbed chicken tenders and sweet potato fries.

On the new beer front this week, beyond those, Albuquerque Brewing has a Dunkelweizen. Pank Dank!, a fruit-infused American wheat, is at Bosque. Rye PA and Dark American Lager are back at Canteen. An epic Imperial Stout, Zach’s parting gift to Chama River, is available. Winterfest Marzen debuts at Rio Bravo.

Up in Santa Fe, Second Street has a fresh batch of Railrunner Pale Ale. Over in Los Alamos, Bathtub Row sent us their first update in a while. Needless to say, there are many new beers on tap, including Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Juniper Pale Ale, Hindsight Doppelbock, Asian White IPA, and two old returning favorites in the Red Hammer Ale and Big House Belgo.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of January 11.

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Alien Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

Beers: Call the number above for details on any small-batch beers currently available. They change frequently. The rest of the lineup is from the Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande family of beers.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: High Plains Drafter Blonde, Duke’s Pale Ale, Handlebars Stout, Dunkelweizen. The Handlebars is available on CO2 and nitro.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Monday–Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Sunday, all day

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Sun–Weds 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Honey Common, Latir Pale Lager, Berliner Weisse, Braggot, Lando’s Lager. Lando’s Lager honors the great Billy Dee Williams as a proper malt liquor.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded. All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

Bistronomy B2B/Lobo Beast 101 — (505) 262-2222 (B2B), (505) 247-2116 (Lobo)

(B2B: Mon–Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-9:30 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.; Lobo: open every day 4 p.m. to close)

Beers: House IPA, Cherry Stout, Coconut Porter, Raz Wheat, Red Rye, Brown Ale, Rye Noon, Very Chai Christmas, Cerveza Chile Verde (B2B only), Galaxy Pale Ale (Lobo only), Pepper Saison (Lobo only).

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)

Beers: Call the brewpub for an updated listing.

Live Music: Bands perform from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday. Click the link for the schedule.

Boese Brothers Brewery — (505) 382-7060

(Hours: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–midnight, Fri 3 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat noon–2 a.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Old Shonie Scottish Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager. The Dr. Strangehop XPA (6.5% ABV) offers up a wonderful mix of the piney Willamette and more floral Mosaic hops.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Boese will have a happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with $3 pints. You can also get $3 pints all day Tuesday and $6 growler fills all day Wednesday.

News: They are still working on building their website. You can follow them on their Facebook page.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)

(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)

Beers: Scale Tipper IPL, Dry Stout, Citra S.M.A.S.H., Pank Dank!, Railyard Rust California Common. All three Bosque locations are now up to date. The new Pank Dank! (6.2% ABV, 12 IBU) is a fruit-infused American wheat ale.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Body Slam Imperial Pilsner, Fist Pump Pumpkin Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout, Bear-El Aged Stout, Crystal S.M.A.S.H., Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Sucker Punch DIPA. The Sucker Punch (8.5% ABV, 110 IBU) is back for another run on tap and this time in bombers. You can buy them at the brewery or at fine establishments such as Jubilation.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Cherry Blossom Wheat, Sweet Sandarine Porter, Schwarzbier, Black Hops IPA, Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Rye PA, Dark American Lager. The Porter, Schwarzbier, Black Hops, and Panama Joe are all part of this year’s edition of Solstice Blackout. Get a sample tray of all five for $5 or you can purchase individual pints, while supplies last.

Live Music: Sunday—Dusty Low, 3 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday—Alex Maryol, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Kilt Kicker (Smoked Scottish), Calabaza (Pumpkin Ale), Festival (Oktoberfest).

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Imperial Stout, Sun Dog Kolsch, Bambina Milk Stout, Juniper Berry Braggot. The big, beautiful Imperial Stout was the final beer brewed by Zach Guilmette before he left to take over as head brewer at Canteen.

Distillery 365 — (505) 221-6281

(Mon-Thu 3-9 p.m., Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m.)

Beers: 365 ESB, Lone Pine Pilsner, Faulty Barrel-Aged Ale, Happenstance All-Day Blonde. The All-Day is the first in a new series of beers created by Distillery 365’s new brewing partners.

Events: 10 Drink Minimum will host a Cards Against Humanity night every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

This Friday, Distillery 365 will host Arts, Blues, Spirits, featuring an art show and live music by D’Santi Nava from 7 to 10 p.m.

Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Distillery 365 has a build-your-own bloody mary bar. You can purchase three bloodies for just $20.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Bernalillo hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: Dunkel, 1492 IPA, Smoke and Fire Porter, ESB, Coffee-roasted Schwarz Bier, Helles Lager, Peppermint Stout, Red Ale, Imperial Stout. The behemoth Imperial Stout (11% ABV) is only available at the brewery in Bernalillo. When it arrives at the Nob Hill taproom, we will let everyone know. But hurry, because we might drink it all up.

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

Events: The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday in Bernalillo. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out.

Every Sunday in Bernalillo, Kaktus is hosting a brunch special from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with breakfast pizzas and drink specials.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Ryeot on Rye, La Roja Grande, Gracias Por Fumar (on nitro), Grange’s Session IPA, It’s Not EVEN Brown. The Ryeot on Rye is an amped-up, barrel-aged version of their popular Red Ryeot. It will not last long, so get over and try some before it’s gone.

Live Music: Saturday—The Bus Tapes, 7 to 10 p.m.

Other Events: Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)

Beers: Call the brewery for an updated list.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

Events: Lizard Tail will host Geeks Who Drink every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Both locations — Reserve Ale, White Out, Double IPA, El Mysterio, Imperial Stout; Downtown only — Imperial Red; Westside only — none. El Mysterio is back on tap at both locations. It is a blended, barrel-aged mix of Oatmeal Stout, Imperial Red, and Barleywine.

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

Live Music: Tonight (Wednesday)—Aaron Stephens, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday—Elwood, 6 to 9 p.m.

News: There is no music at the Westside Taproom while they undergo renovation and expansion. Look for the new stage to be ready in March.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.)

Beers: Equinox, Hoppy Wheat, U.S.S. Simcoe, Salted Caramel Stout. The recent release party for the Salted Caramel Stout was packed to the rafters; trust us, the beer was worth it. There is less than half the original 7.2 barrels remaining, so hurry over ASAP.

News: Note Nexus’ new hours listed above.

UPDATED >>> Happy Hour/Discounts: Monday–Friday, 3 to 5 p.m., get $5 off appetizers

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

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

Beers: Cardinal Sin Red, Robust Porter, Pi Vapor, Kama Citra IPA, English Summer Ale, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, Belgian Pumpkin Ale, Winter is Coming. No, Winter is Coming is not just to make you all yearn for the return of Game of Thrones, is a peppermint porter that will keep you into the holiday mood.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Bellamah Brown, American Wheat; (Seasonal) Zaftig, Stage One IPA, Bohemian Pilsner, Spanglish. We are working on getting contact info for Ponderosa’s new brewer, and thus an updated list.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: Cosmos Porter, Ryeson Sun Saison, Anniversary Double Red, Dark Side DIPA. No, they did not name the Dark Side DIPA (10.3% ABV, 100+ IBU) after us, but we still went and drank some of this mosh pit of piney hops.

Live Music: Tonight (Wednesday)—AG-3 Live, 7 to 9 p.m.; Monday—The Draft Sessions Open Mic, 7 to 9 p.m.

Other Events: Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast, with Barclays Premier League soccer on the telly! From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909

(Mon–Thu noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Bravo Amber, Karl’s Hefeweizen, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Black Angus Stout, Road Runner Red, Duke City Pils, Oktoberfest, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel aged), Barley Wine (regular and barrel aged), Winterfest Marzen. A fresh batch of the hugely popular Old Town Porter (7.6% ABV, 55 IBU) is in the works.

Live Music: Tonight (Wednesday)—Mishmash Miscellany Assortment Open Mic, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Joe Teichman, 6 p.m.; Friday—Clark Andrew Libbey, 4 p.m., and The Bus Tapes, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday—The Surf Lords, 6:30 p.m.

Other Events: Rio Bravo will now have karaoke every Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Call the brewery for an updated list.

Sidetrack Brewing — (505) 288-6468

(Mon–Tues closed, Weds–Thurs 4–8 p.m., Fri 4–10 p.m., Sat 1–10 p.m., Sun 1–6 p.m.)

Beers: Pub Ale, RailHead Red, 3:10 to Belen Brown, Dark Engine Stout, Switchgear IPA 1, Switchgear IPA 2. The Pub Ale (5.1% ABV, 30 IBU) is listed as an English mild, but has far more flavor than most examples of that style. It has a chewy, almost biscuity quality from the malts and English yeast.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), (505) 243-6752 (Wells Park)

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

Beers: Berliner Weisse, Dark Horse Lager, Desert Dweller IPA, Pear Berry Cider, Tupac Cali Red, Barnstorm Ale, Luna De Los Muertos, Scotcholate Scotch Ale, The Ruggles, Barn Burner Pale Ale (Wells Park only), Et Tu Brute Cider (Wells Park only), Lil Cease Session IPA (Nob Hill only). The burly Luna De Los Muertos (8.5% ABV), a thick, mean Russian Imperial Stout, is always a winter highlight for Tractor.

Live Music (Wells Park): Thursday—pLOUD: The Silver String Band, 8 p.m.

Live Music (Nob Hill): Tonight (Wednesday)—Solos on the Hill: Kyle Wayne Ruggles, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday—Setting the Tone: Jeff Jones, 5 p.m.

UPDATED >>> Other Events: Art Fusion for a Cause returns tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. at Wells Park.

The In the Mix Series is back Saturday at Wells Park with DJ Wae Funx spinning at 9 p.m.

Every Monday at Wells Park you can now find Mondays on the Mic hosted by Adam Hooks starting at 7 p.m.

Kamikaze Karaoke is back at Wells Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: Altbier, All Peached Up, Arsenal Porter, O Tannenbaum. TMBC’s winter warmer, O Tannenbaum (5.6% ABV, 24 IBU), was brewed with fresh ginger and spruce tips.

News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery. Unsure if you want to buy one? Let Franz Solo tell you why you need this beer.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Bock Door Man, Stranger Than Fiction, Gulden Woelf. The most recent addition is the Gulden Woelf (8.8% ABV), a massive Belgian golden that acts more like a quad.

News: Next up on the beer docket is a coffee cream stout.

Events: Blue Corn is hosting Ingrained, a local craft beer and food fest on Saturday. For $35 per person, from noon to 2 p.m. you can try foods from six different eateries paired with beers from seven different breweries — Blue Corn, Bathtub Row, Chama River, Bosque, Duel, Second Street, and Santa Fe. Call the number above to make reservations.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Bad Amber, Manikin (Scotch Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Denouement (Fall Saison), Ara Pacis (Barrel-Aged Imperial Golden Sour), Study Series: Session 1 (Golden Hopped Session), Study Series: Session 2 (Dark Hopped Session), Hair of the Wolf (Experimental), Goya Imperial Stout. Hair of the Wolf (7.7% ABV), a beer to benefit the local arts collective Meow Wolf, is back for a second run.

Happy Hour/Discounts: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

News: Duel is opening an Albuquerque taproom that will be more than twice the size of the mother facility in Santa Fe. We’re on the case to get you all the details about the downtown location and its projected opening date.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Main taproom: Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)

Beers: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Santa Fe Gold, Belgian Dubbel (ECS), Adobe Igloo 2.0 (Winter Warmer), La Bete Noire, Snowflake DIPA. The fourth entry in the ECS (Ever Changing Series) is now available on tap and in bombers in the form of Belgian Dubbel.

Happy Hour/Discounts: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

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

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

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Rod’s Best Bitter, Railrunner Pale Ale, Vienna Country Lager, LVL Stout, Equinox IPA, Chinook Pale Ale.

Live Music (Original location): Friday—Bill Hearne; Saturday—Swing Soleil

Live Music (Railyard): Friday—Moscow Mules; Saturday—Les Gens Bruyants

Other Events: Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright. Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381

(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Hoppenheimer IPA, Barrel-Aged Imperail Stout, Wit Rock, Hindsight Doppelbock, Juniper Pale Ale, Big House Belgo, Red Hammer Ale, Asian White IPA. The Red Hammer is a beast of a double red which we originally enjoyed back at Bathtub Row’s grand opening last summer.

Events: Bathtub Row hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6 p.m.

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, TCBC Porter, Twisted Black IPA, McFadden’s Scotch.

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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!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

During the winter, seasonal beer releases tend to follow rapidly one after another. A few special ones are not just on tap, but in bombers. While we are all used to places like La Cumbre, Marble, and recently Bosque having those, now Boxing Bear is joining the party. First came their award-winning Chocolate Milk Stout, this week comes their hoptastic Sucker Punch Double IPA. The last time Justin Hamilton and his staff brewed up this monster, it checked in at 8.5-percent ABV and 125 IBU. They will have it on tap and for sale at the brewery from 5 to 9 p.m. this Thursday. Champions Club members will receive a Sucker Punch logo pint glass with the purchase of a bomber or pint (one per member). Boxing Bear will also be giving away Sucker Punch T-shirts and pint glasses via Facebook. Do not fret, Franz Solo is at work until 9 that night, so you will not have to fear him bowling you over to get to the first bomber.

We would also like to welcome Sidetrack Brewing to the listings this week. I reviewed their initial lineup. For more information, scroll down below.

There a few other new beers being released this week, though all are on tap only. Bosque is feeling uncommon with the Railyard Rust California Common. Sasquatch Scotch is back at Canteen. Distillery 365 has the new Happenstance All-Day Blonde (we will have more on this beer later). Kaktus has cranked out an Imperial Stout. Speaking of big beers, La Roja Grande is on tap at La Cumbre. In case you missed it New Year’s Day, there is still some El Mysterio left at Marble West Side. In the old favorites department, Arsenal Porter is back at Turtle Mountain for a limited time.

Up in Santa Fe, Gulden Woelf is howling at Blue Corn. Second Street has tapped LVL Stout, Equinox IPA, and Chinook Pale Ale.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of January 4.

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Alien Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

Beers: Whiskey Stout, Imperial IPA. AmyO said these were the two specialty beers available when she made a recent visit to learn about the rebranding of ABQ Brew Pub into Alien Brew Pub (which is now complete). Check out her story for more details, and we will have a story and pictures of the completed rebranding posted soon on our site.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: High Plains Drifter Blonde, Dukes Pale Ale, G2 IPA, Off the Richter Red, Handlebars Stout, Brett Brown, Irish Red Ale. Welcome back, ABC. Their new brewer, Carnie (formerly of Santa Fe), sent us his updated list. Off the Richter Red is an imperial. The Handlebars is available on both CO2 and nitro. The most recent additions are the Irish Red and Brett Brown.

Events: ABC has a new happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, plus Sunday will have all-day happy hour prices.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Sun–Weds 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Honey Common, Latir Pale Lager, Berliner Weisse, Braggot, Lando’s Lager. There are four recent additions to the taps. The Latir is an old favorite, while the Honey Common is a sweet twist on the Cali Common. The Braggot is a beer-cider hybrid. Lando’s Lager honors the great Billy Dee Williams as a proper malt liquor.

Events: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded. All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

Bistronomy B2B/Lobo Beast 101 — (505) 262-2222 (B2B), (505) 247-2116 (Lobo)

(B2B: Mon–Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-9:30 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.; Lobo: open every day 4 p.m. to close)

Beers: House IPA, Cherry Stout, Coconut Porter, Raz Wheat, Red Rye, Brown Ale, Rye Noon, Very Chai Christmas, Cerveza Chile Verde (B2B only), Galaxy Pale Ale (Lobo only), Pepper Saison (Lobo only). At long last, we have a list for B2B and their sister location, Lobo Beast. They rotate through beers quickly, so if you see one you have to try off this list, hurry over. As proof, the lineup shifted significantly in recent weeks. The freshest additions are the House IPA, Brown Ale, Very Chai Christmas, Cerveza Chile Verde, and Galaxy Pale Ale.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)

Beers: Beach Bum Pale Ale. The popular Beach Bum is back for another run. BG goes through their beers fast, so hurry out to try it. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.

News: Click the link above to check out the new Blue Grasshopper website, with updated lists of guest beers, a full menu, and a full music listing.

Events: The Grasshopper has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.

Boese Brothers Brewery — (505) 382-7060

(Hours: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–midnight, Fri 3 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat noon–2 a.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Old Shonie Scottish Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Burly Brown. The Patriot Porter (6% ABV) is a pre-Prohibition style of American porter, more brown than black with strong roasted flavors smoothed out by the nitro pour. La Onza (5.4% ABV) offers up a big, citrusy kick for a Belgian-style witbier. Old Shonie (4.5% ABV) is also available on nitro; it is lighter than most of the other Scottish beers in the ABQ area. The Dr. Strangehop XPA (6.5% ABV) offers up a wonderful mix of the piney Willamette and more floral Mosaic hops. The Duke City Lager (5% ABV) is now a permanent addition to the lineup. Ichabod’s Revenge (7.6% ABV) is a pumpkin ale made with a ton of real pumpkin baked by the staff. The Burly Brown (6.8% ABV, 72 IBU) is an India Brown/Cascadian style. They are down to the very last of their supply, so hurry over before it runs out.

Events: Boese will have a happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with $3 pints. You can also get $3 pints all day Tuesday and $6 growler fills all day Wednesday.

News: They are still working on building their website. You can follow them on their Facebook page.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)

(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)

Beers: Jared’s Belgian Quad with cherries, Eldorado Pale Ale, Imperial Coffee Brown, Scale Tipper IPL, Dry Stout (on nitro at all locations, CO2 at Las Cruces only), Jingle Bell Bock (Nob Hill only), Citra S.M.A.S.H. (Las Cruces and San Mateo), Railyard Rust California Common (San Mateo and Nob Hill). All three Bosque locations are now up to date. The new Belgian ale series is underway with the decadent Jared’s Quad with cherries (10.3% ABV, 25 IBU). The Eldorado Pale Ale (6.4% ABV, 30 IBU) is a delicious, single-hop pale. The new Jingle Bell Bock (6.9% ABV, 20 IBU) is a sweet treat. The Imperial Coffee Brown (9% ABV, 20 IBU) is also for sale in bombers; we highly, highly recommend you pick up this one before it’s gone. You can still buy bombers of the barrel-aged Jet Black Winter (10.2% ABV) until the supply runs out. The newest additions are the Dry Stout (4.5% ABV, 20 IBU) and Scale Tipper IPL (6.1% ABV, 95 IBU), which is a lager using the Scale Tipper hops. The Citra S.M.A.S.H. is also now popping up at the different locations as tap space becomes available. Railyard Rust (5.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is back for another run.

News: Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Body Slam Imperial Pilsner, Fist Pump Pumpkin Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout, Bear-El Aged Stout, Crystal S.M.A.S.H., Iron Lung Smoked Porter. Boxing Bear got into the barrel-aging game by taking some Standing 8 Stout and putting it in Pinot Noir barrels. Go try this rather different take on a barrel-aged offering while it lasts. The appropriately smoky Iron Lung is back for another run. The Chocolate Milk Stout (5.2% ABV, 20 IBU), a silver medal winner at GABF this fall, is still available for a limited time. You can expect it to go fast, again, so head over ASAP. Is also available on nitro while supplies last, plus now they have bottled it and bombers are for sale at the brewery and at Jubilation. Other available seasonals include the Body Slam (7.4% ABV, 60 IBU).

News: Every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear.

The Sucker Punch DIPA release party is this Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. See the intro for more details.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Cherry Blossom Wheat, Galaxy IPA, Aumbers Amber, Sasquatch Scotch, Sweet Sandarine Porter, Schwarzbier, Black Hops IPA, Panama Joe Coffee Stout. The Porter, Schwarzbier, Black Hops, and Panama Joe are all part of this year’s edition of Solstice Blackout. Get a sample tray of all five for $5 or you can purchase individual pints. The Crew visited recently and we all declared this batch of Panama Joe just as good as the one that medaled at the Great American Beer Festival in 2014. The Galaxy IPA (7.2% ABV, 80 IBU) will take you out of this world. The Cherry Blossom Wheat (4% ABV, 10 IBU) was made with 100-percent tart cherry puree, and it offers a nice break from the heavier beers on tap. The Aumbers (6.5% ABV, 45 IBU) offers up more of a kick than most ambers. The Sasquatch (8% ABV, 26 IBU) is back for another run.

News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

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

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

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Kilt Kicker (Smoked Scottish), Calabaza (Pumpkin Ale), Festival (Oktoberfest). The Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV) is an old favorite. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup. Cazuela’s was the first local brewery to tap a pumpkin ale, in their case the Calabaza, which was created by new brewer Brandon Venaglia. He kept the seasonal theme going with Festival, his version of an Oktoberfest.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Radioactive IPA, Sun Dog Kolsch, Bambina Milk Stout, Juniper Berry Braggot. The most recent additions are the Kolsch and the Braggot (9% ABV), the latter of which is a hybrid of a beer and a mead. Before that came the hop-tastic Radioactive and smooth-as-silk Bambina.

Distillery 365 — (505) 221-6281

(Mon-Thu 3-9 p.m., Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m.)

Beers: 365 ESB, Lone Pine Pilsner, Faulty Barrel-Aged Ale, Happenstance All-Day Blonde. Distillery 365 is located at 2921 Stanford Dr., just south of Candelaria and not far from La Cumbre and Canteen. The most recent addition is the Faulty, which was aged for several months in red wine barrels. The ESB a simple English ale. This batch offers up more flavor from the hops and malts. The Lone Pine is a dry German pilsner. The All-Day is the first in a new series of beers. We will have more details soon. They are also serving their house-made Holy Ghost Vodka and Horsethief Rum, a 100-percent molasses-based silver rum, plus guest taps from Red Door.

Events: 10 Drink Minimum will host a Cards Against Humanity night every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Distillery 365 has a build-your-own bloody mary bar. You can purchase three bloodies for just $20.

News: Barrel No. 1 of their Tres Pistolas Bourbon has been filled, but it’ll be another two years before anyone can drink it. Good things come to those who wait, I suppose.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Bernalillo hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: Dunkel, 1492 IPA, Smoke and Fire Porter, ESB, Coffee-roasted Schwarz Bier, Helles Lager, Peppermint Stout, Red Ale, Imperial Stout. The most recent additions are the Imperial Stout (11% ABV), the Schwarz Bier, made with local coffee, and the annual holiday favorite, Peppermint Stout. Before that came the Red Ale, Dunkel, and ESB, a longtime Crew favorite at Kaktus. Other seasonals available are the 1492 IPA (made with Columbus hops, natch), Smoke and Fire Porter (a cherrywood smoked porter with Chipotle), and Helles Lager. Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.

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

Events: The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out. For those who do not want to make the trek to Bernalillo, you are in luck, they will be performing Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kaktus’ new Nob Hill taproom. In addition to the entertainment, all pizzas will be $4 off.

Every Sunday, Kaktus is hosting a brunch special from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with breakfast pizzas and drink specials.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Ryeot on Rye, La Roja Grande, Gracias Por Fumar (on nitro), Grange’s Session IPA, It’s Not EVEN Brown. All the beers that came out for La Cumbre’s recent 5th anniversary week are still available. The most recent addition is It’s Not EVEN Brown, a brown ale that looks red and tastes like something wholly different. The Ryeot on Rye is an amped-up, barrel-aged version of their popular Red Ryeot. Gracias Por Fumar is a smoked porter that goes oh so well on nitro. Before that came the Grange’s Session IPA, with $1 from every pint sold going to the fight against ALS. For a session, this thing has a hell of a hop kick. It’s La Cumbre, though, so should we really expect any less? La Roja Grande, an imperial red in case your Spanish is worse than mine, is now on tap.

Events: Rudy Boy Experiment performs on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)

Beers: Long Nosed Tripel, Legless DIPA, Frilled Irish Red, Earless English IPA. This seasonal list might be out of date, so call ahead before you head over. The Long Nosed (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is one of the biggest beers on the menu. The Legless (8.5% ABV, 100 IBU) offers up quite the hop kick. Earless (6.4% ABV, 50 IBU) is in the classic English tradition. The Irish Red (5.3% ABV, 24 IBU) has the perfect malt profile, not too sweet, not too dry.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints. Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.

Events: Lizard Tail will host Geeks Who Drink every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Both locations — Reserve Ale, White Out, Double IPA; Downtown only — Imperial Red, Tall, Dark, and Pumpkin; Westside only — El Mysterio. The Tall, Dark, and Pumpkin (6.2% ABV) is nearly out. The TDP is a brown ale with pumpkin spice and vanilla, served on nitro. Three heavyweights, the Reserve, Double IPA, and Imperial Red, are back on tap. White Out (9% ABV), which was originally brewed for Marble’s seventh anniversary back in April, is now back on tap for a limited time. El Mysterio is down to its last drops at the Westside. It is a blended, barrel-aged mix of Oatmeal Stout, Imperial Red, and Barleywine.

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

On the live music front, Matt Jones will take the indoor stage Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

There is no music at the Westside Taproom while they undergo renovation and expansion. Look for the new stage to be ready in March.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Equinox, Hoppy Wheat, U.S.S. Simcoe, Salted Caramel Stout. The recent release party for the Salted Caramel Stout was packed to the rafters; trust us, the beer was worth it. The U.S.S. Simcoe (7% ABV, 30 IBU) is the latest pale ale in Nexus’ S.M.A.S.H. (single malt and single hop) series, and it is a tasty one. Equinox (6.5% ABV, 16 IBU) is back for another run of pumpkin-spiced brown ale goodness. This year’s version wowed us all at NM Brew Fest. The Hoppy Wheat is a seasonal hopped-up wheat beer, as if you could not guess by the name.

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

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

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

Beers: Cardinal Sin Red, Robust Porter, Pi Vapor, Kama Citra IPA, English Summer Ale, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, Belgian Pumpkin Ale, Winter is Coming. No, Winter is Coming is not just to make you all yearn for the return of Game of Thrones, is a peppermint porter that will get you into the holiday mood. The Robust Porter and Pi Vapor, a California Common, are other recent additions to the lineup. The Cardinal Sin Red and Kama Citra IPA look to become permanent members of the lineup. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens.

News: They are brewing up a double batch of the outstanding Bourbon Vanilla Porter.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Bellamah Brown, American Wheat; (Seasonal) Zaftig, Stage One IPA, Bohemian Pilsner, Spanglish. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). Congrats to Bellamah Brown and American Wheat for joining the regular beer list, both by popular demand. The newest additions are the Bohemian (5.2% ABV, 32 IBU) and the Spanglish (4.6% ABV, 18 IBU), a Mexican-style lager. Other recent additions to taps are Zaftig (4.6% ABV, 26 IBU), a creamy smooth oatmeal stout, and Stage One IPA (8% ABV, 107 IBU) is a big, hopped-up oatmeal IPA. There is also a raspberry-infused version of the Zaftig.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trapdoor Belgian Wit. (Seasonal) Cosmos Porter, Ryeson Sun Saison, Anniversary Double Red, Dark Side DIPA. No, they did not name the Dark Side DIPA (10.3% ABV, 100+ IBU) after us, but we still went and drank some of this mosh pit of piney hops. Another recent addition is the delicious, slightly hoppy Cosmos Porter. Before that came the Anniversary Double Red  (7.7% ABV, 67 IBU), which has a deceptively low IBU count for a beer that hoppy. It’s got bite, it’s dry, it’s fierce, it’s right up there with the other best imperial reds in town. The Ryeson is still the only rye saison we have ever tasted.

Events: Live music is back tonight (Wednesday) with Next 2 the Tracks from 7 to 9 p.m. The Draft Sessions open mic is just about every Monday from 7 to 9.

Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast, with Barclays Premier League soccer on the telly! From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

Red Door will no longer be hosting yoga on Sundays.

Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909

(Mon–Thu noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Bravo Amber, Karl’s Hefeweizen, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Black Angus Stout, Road Runner Red, Duke City Pils, Oktoberfest, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel aged), Barley Wine (regular and barrel aged). You can find Rio Bravo at 1912 2nd St. NW, which is just south of I-40. The most recent additions are the Old Town Porter (7.6% ABV, 55 IBU) and Barley Wine (10.5% ABV, 39 IBU), available in tasty regular format and in the more potent barrel-aged versions. Get ’em quick, because both batches will go fast. Look for another barrel-aged beer after Christmas, which the Crew might just have a hand in brewing (more on that soon, we promise). As for the regular lineup, the Amber (5.7% ABV, 53 IBU) offers up a more flavorful kick than most of its genre. The Hefeweizen (4.6% ABV, 26 IBU) has a big banana aroma, but the flavor is more balanced and smooth. Dirty Rotten Bastard (6.4% ABV, 77 IBU) is a “level one” IPA. Columbus is the primary hop in the DRB. Snakebite (7.4% ABV, 99 IBU) is the bigger “level two” IPA, armed with Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, and Crystal hops. Another addition to the regular lineup is the burly Black Angus Stout (5.9% ABV, 25 IBU). It is not a milk stout, cream stout, chocolate stout, or coffee stout. It is just a stout, thick and strong with prominent roasted flavors, somewhat similar to Deschutes’ Obsidian Stout. Road Runner Red (5.7% ABV, 53 IBU) made a solid debut at MWBF.

Events: Live music is back this week with a pair of doubleheaders. Eryn Bent performs Thursday at 4 p.m., followed by Last Call at 6. Friday will feature Blue Chile at 5 p.m. and the Black Smoke Blues Band at 6:30. James Whiton performs “Solo Loop Bass Madness” on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Rio Bravo will now have karaoke every Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Son Ranger Irish Red, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen, Rio Negro Milk Stout, Rattlesnake IPA. These are the four core beers of SCG’s lineup, though we cannot guarantee they are on tap at all times. Give them a call to check and see which beers are available. They also now offer guest taps.

Sidetrack Brewing — (505) 288-6468

(Mon–Tues closed, Weds–Thurs 4–8 p.m., Fri 4–10 p.m., Sat 1–10 p.m., Sun 1–6 p.m.)

Beers: Pub Ale, RailHead Red, 3:10 to Belen Brown, Dark Engine Stout, Switchgear IPA 1, Switchgear IPA 2. Welcome to the lineup, Sidetrack! Their initial lineup is promising. The Pub Ale (5.1% ABV, 30 IBU) and Brown (5.3% ABV, 38 IBU) are both English-style ales. The Red (5.5% ABV, 33 IBU) is more malty than hoppy. The Stout (6% ABV, 33 IBU) has elements of both an oatmeal and a dry stout. Take your pick between IPA 1 (6.1% ABV, 70 IBU) and IPA (6.6% ABV, 55 IBU). As of this past weekend, the Brown with orange zest and IPA 1 dry-hopped with Ahtanum were both on cask.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), (505) 243-6752 (Wells Park)

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: Berliner Weisse, Dark Horse Lager, Desert Dweller IPA, Pear Berry Cider, Tupac Cali Red, Barnstorm Ale, Luna De Los Muertos, Scotcholate Scotch Ale, Barn Burner Pale Ale (Wells Park only), Et Tu Brute Cider (Wells Park only), Lil Cease Session IPA (Nob Hill only). The newest additions are the Et Tu Brute Cider and Scotcholate Scotch Ale (at Wells Park only) and the Luna De Los Muertos (8.5% ABV), Tupac Cali Red (6.5% ABV, 80 IBU), and Barnstorm Ale at both locations. Before that came the Desert Dweller (6% ABV), and Lil’ Cease Session IPA (4.5% ABV, 79 IBU). Still hanging around is the Dark Horse Lager (5.6% ABV). The Ruggles (4.4% ABV) is a California Common-style beer. Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is still available at both locations.

Events: Poetry and Beer is back at Wells Park tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m.

The Thirsty Thursday music series returns this week at Wells Park at 8 p.m., featuring The Lymbs doing an acoustic set.

There will be a special art opening Friday at Nob Hill featuring Anthony Evans at 7 p.m.

The In the Mix Series is back Saturday at Wells Park with DJ Leftovers spinning at 9 p.m.

Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: Altbier, All Peached Up, Arsenal Porter, O Tannenbaum. All Peached Up is, as you might expect, a peachy wheat ale. This beer will help you think of the warmer days ahead. TMBC’s winter warmer, O Tannenbaum (5.6% ABV, 24 IBU) is also on tap. It was brewed with fresh ginger and spruce tips. The Arsenal Porter is the latest entry in the classic beer series brought back.

News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery. Unsure if you want to buy one? Let Franz Solo tell you why you need this beer.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Bock Door Man, Stranger Than Fiction, Gulden Woelf. The most recent addition is the Gulden Woelf (8.8% ABV), a massive Belgian beast of a beer. Before that came the Stranger Than Fiction, a Belgian-style IPA, and the Bock Door Man (6.4% ABV).

News: Brewer James Warren said he has a Barleywine coming soon.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Bad Amber, Manikin (Scotch Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Denouement (Fall Saison), Ara Pacis (Barrel-Aged Imperial Golden Sour), Study Series: Session 1 (Golden Hopped Session), Study Series: Session 2 (Dark Hopped Session), Hair of the Wolf (Experimental). The two new Study Series beers are both session ales, with the lighter Session 1 checking in at 3.4-percent ABV, while the darker Session 2 hits at 3.7 percent. Hair of the Wolf (7.7% ABV), a beer to benefit the local arts collective Meow Wolf, is back for a second run. Coming this Monday is the 2015 version of Goya Imperial Stout.

Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

News: Duel is opening an Albuquerque taproom that will be more than twice the size of the mother facility in Santa Fe. We’re on the case to get you all the details about the downtown location and its projected opening date.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Main taproom: Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)

Beers: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Santa Fe Gold, Belgian Dubbel (ECS), Adobe Igloo 2.0 (Winter Warmer), La Bete Noire, Snowflake DIPA. The fourth entry in the ECS (Ever Changing Series) is now available on tap and in bombers in the form of Belgian Dubbel. The Santa Fe Gold is now for sale all around the state in six-packs. The Adobe Igloo 2.0, an improved, spiced winter warmer, is now available on tap. The most recent addition is La Bete Noire, a black saison. The Snowflake is a hop-tastic DIPA that still has a good malt backbone.

Events: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

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

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

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Rod’s Best Bitter, Kidder Special Bitter, Vienna Country Lager, LVL Stout, Equinox IPA, Chinook Pale Ale. The most recent addition as are the LVL Stout, Equinox IPA, and Chinook Pale Ale. Before that came the new Vienna Country Lager. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: Live music is back this week with The Driftman at the original location Friday and Broomdust Caravan on Saturday.

Lone Pino will perform at the Railyard location Friday, followed by Alto Street on Saturday.

Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright. Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381

(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Hoppenheimer IPA, Black Point Stout, Wit Rock, Little Bird Blonde, Blackberry Saison, Trinity Tripel, Oktoberfest, Tom’s Green Chile Amber. We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. The newest beers on tap are the Blackberry Saison, Trinity Tripel, Oktoberfest, and Tom’s Green Chile Amber.

Events: Bathtub Row hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6 p.m.

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, TCBC Porter, Twisted Black IPA, McFadden’s Scotch. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beers on tap are the Black IPA and Scotch Ale.

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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!

— Stoutmeister

Your choice for the best beer name of 2015 was Red Door's Baby Got Bock.

Your choice for the best beer name of 2015 was Red Door’s Baby Got Bock.

Baby Got Bock!

Yes, Red Door’s homage to a “classic” song was the winner of our first poll. Since we did not add a timing element to the poll itself, we just decided all votes after 10 p.m. MST would not count. Thus, Baby Got Bock proved to be the winner. (We should add it was also quite a good beer, too.)

Here is the full list of beers, now including the breweries they represented. Considering that the usual most popular breweries are way down on this list, we would like to thank everyone for just voting for the names.

Good luck to our local breweries in topping these names in 2016. The new Sidetrack Brewing may already have their top candidate on tap in the 3:10 to Belen Brown.

  1. Baby Got Bock (Red Door) 39 votes
  2. Pink Elephants on Parade (Bosque) 32 votes
  3. Dr. Strangehop XPA (Boese Brothers) 27 votes
  4. Hoppenheimer IPA (Bathtub Row) 23 votes
  5. Kama Citra IPA (Pi) 18 votes
  6. I’m a Little Teapot Short and Stout (Kaktus) 15 votes
  7. Salute Your Schwarz (Boxing Bear) 12 votes
  8. Gourd Dammit (Turtle Mountain) 10 votes
  9. Hefen or Hell (Back Alley) 9 votes
  10. Pumpkin Butt (Ponderosa) 6 votes
  11. Brown Paper Bag (Blue Corn) 5 votes
  12. Tall, Dark, and Pumpkin (Marble) 5 votes
  13. Full Mast Kilt Scottish (Santa Fe) 5 votes
  14. Aumbers Amber (Canteen) 4 votes
  15. Night at the Roggenbury (Nexus/Turtle Mountain) 4 votes
  16. Mashing Pumpkins (B2B) 3 votes
  17. Bohemian From Burque (La Cumbre) 3 votes
  18. Off the Richter Red (Albuquerque Brewing) 2 votes
  19. Twig and Berries Sahti (Broken Bottle) 2 votes
  20. Kissy Face Cherry Chocolate Wheat (Chama River) 2 votes
  21. What WOOD Amber Do (Duel) 2 votes
  22. Q’s Omnipotent Wit (Nexus) 2 votes
  23. Lil’ Cease Session IPA (Tractor) 2 votes
  24. Beach Bum Pale Ale (Blue Grasshopper) 0 votes

Thanks again to all who voted. This was fun. We will have to do more polls like this in the future, but fear not, we will never let this site turn into a “listicle” page. That’s just lazy.

Oh, and for the record, I voted (only once) for Hoppenheimer IPA. The history buff in me could not pass up that one.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Now that we all (hopefully) survived blizzard-palooza 2015, one of those great (or stupid) drinking holidays is upon us. Yup, for better or worse, it is New Year’s Eve time again. So get ready to mumble along to that one song everyone can’t really sing but tries to sing anyway. Cash in that designated driver card, or prepare to Uber, or heck, tell your friend you are bringing a sleeping bag along. Just make sure you are bringing a growler or some excellent bombers/sixers if you’re gonna do that. If you are not doing the house party thing, a few of our breweries will be hosting some festivities. As we mentioned the other day, Kaktus is opening their Nob Hill taproom with a party starting at 7 p.m. and running until midnight. They will also have a party for their Bernalillo patrons at the brewery running the same hours. Other places hosting live music and/or special events include Distillery 365, Lizard Tail, Nicky V’s Pizzeria/Pi Brewing, Rio Bravo, and Tractor Wells Park. Outside of ABQ, there will be music and other goings on at Bathtub Row in Los Alamos and Twisted Chile in Socorro. See each brewery’s individual entry below for more details.

For those breweries who provided it, here are their hours, if different from normal, for New Year’s Eve and Day.

  • Boese Brothers will stay open past midnight Thursday, with normal hours Friday.
  • Bosque will close their San Mateo location at 5 p.m., so hurry over to fill your growlers or to pick up a bomber or two.
  • Boxing Bear is also closing early Thurssday, at 6 p.m., and will open at noon on Friday.
  • La Cumbre closes at 8 p.m. Thursday and will be closed all day and night Friday.
  • Marble has last call at 8:30 p.m. and shuts their doors at 9. They will then have a New Year’s Day party (see their entry below).
  • Nicky V’s/Pi will host a “New York New Year’s,” meaning they close at 10 p.m. (midnight NYC time).
  • Turtle Mountain could close at any time after 6 p.m., it will be at the discretion of their manager on duty. Normal hours resume Friday.
  • Up in Santa Fe, Second Street will be closed Friday.
  • Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile closes at 10 p.m. both nights.

When/if we get the others, we will keep updating this story.

On a separate note, don’t forget to vote for the best beer name of 2015. The poll will be open through Monday. Pink Elephants on Parade was in the lead Tuesday night, followed by Baby Got Bock and Hoppenheimer IPA.

It is, once again, an understandably light week for new beers. The most excellent Scale Tipper IPL is available at all three Bosque locations. It’s Not EVEN Brown will confound your senses at La Cumbre. Marble has resurrected White Out in honor of the recent snow. Turtle Mountain is feeling summery in the dead of winter with All Peached Up.

Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile has McFadden’s Scotch Ale and Twisted Black IPA back on tap.

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

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Alien Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

Beers: Whiskey Stout, Imperial IPA. AmyO said these were the two specialty beers available when she made a recent visit to learn about the rebranding of ABQ Brew Pub into Alien Brew Pub (which is now complete). Check out her story for more details, and we will have a story and pictures of the completed rebranding posted soon on our site.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: High Plains Drifter Blonde, Dukes Pale Ale, G2 IPA, Off the Richter Red, Handlebars Stout, Brett Brown, Irish Red Ale. Welcome back, ABC. Their new brewer, Carnie (formerly of Santa Fe), sent us his updated list. Off the Richter Red is an imperial. The Handlebars is available on both CO2 and nitro. The most recent additions are the Irish Red and Brett Brown.

Events: ABC has a new happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, plus Sunday will have all-day happy hour prices.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Sun–Weds 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Honey Common, Latir Pale Lager, Berliner Weisse, Braggot, Lando’s Lager. There are four recent additions to the taps. The Latir is an old favorite, while the Honey Common is a sweet twist on the Cali Common. The Braggot is a beer-cider hybrid. Lando’s Lager honors the great Billy Dee Williams as a proper malt liquor.

Events: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded. All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

Bistronomy B2B/Lobo Beast 101 — (505) 262-2222 (B2B), (505) 247-2116 (Lobo)

(B2B: Mon–Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-9:30 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.; Lobo: open every day 4 p.m. to close)

Beers: House IPA, Cherry Stout, Coconut Porter, Raz Wheat, Red Rye, Brown Ale, Rye Noon, Very Chai Christmas, Cerveza Chile Verde (B2B only), Galaxy Pale Ale (Lobo only), Pepper Saison (Lobo only). At long last, we have a list for B2B and their sister location, Lobo Beast. They rotate through beers quickly, so if you see one you have to try off this list, hurry over. As proof, the lineup shifted significantly in recent weeks. The freshest additions are the House IPA, Brown Ale, Very Chai Christmas, Cerveza Chile Verde, and Galaxy Pale Ale.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)

Beers: Beach Bum Pale Ale. The popular Beach Bum is back for another run. BG goes through their beers fast, so hurry out to try it. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.

News: Click the link above to check out the new Blue Grasshopper website, with updated lists of guest beers, a full menu, and a full music listing.

Events: The Grasshopper has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.

Boese Brothers Brewery — (505) 382-7060

(Hours: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–midnight, Fri 3 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat noon–2 a.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Old Shonie Scottish Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Burly Brown, Barrel-Aged Porter. The Patriot Porter (6% ABV) is a pre-Prohibition style of American porter, more brown than black with strong roasted flavors smoothed out by the nitro pour. La Onza (5.4% ABV) offers up a big, citrusy kick for a Belgian-style witbier. Old Shonie (4.5% ABV) is also available on nitro; it is lighter than most of the other Scottish beers in the ABQ area. The Dr. Strangehop XPA (6.5% ABV) offers up a wonderful mix of the piney Willamette and more floral Mosaic hops. The Duke City Lager (5% ABV) is now a permanent addition to the lineup. Ichabod’s Revenge (7.6% ABV) is a pumpkin ale made with a ton of real pumpkin baked by the staff. The Burly Brown (6.8% ABV, 72 IBU) is an India Brown/Cascadian style. They are down to the very last of their supply, so hurry over before it runs out. The Barrel-Aged Porter is on tap for a limited time.

Events: Boese will have a happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with $3 pints. You can also get $3 pints all day Tuesday and $6 growler fills all day Wednesday.

News: They are still working on building their website. You can follow them on their Facebook page.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)

(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)

Beers: Jared’s Belgian Quad with cherries, Eldorado Pale Ale, Imperial Coffee Brown, Scale Tipper IPL, Dry Stout (on nitro at all locations, CO2 at Las Cruces only), Jingle Bell Bock (Nob Hill only), Citra S.M.A.S.H. (Las Cruces and San Mateo). All three Bosque locations are now up to date. The new Belgian ale series is underway with the decadent Jared’s Quad with cherries (10.3% ABV, 25 IBU). The Eldorado Pale Ale (6.4% ABV, 30 IBU) is a delicious, single-hop pale. The new Jingle Bell Bock (6.9% ABV, 20 IBU) is a sweet treat. The Imperial Coffee Brown (9% ABV, 20 IBU) is also for sale in bombers; we highly, highly recommend you pick up this one before it’s gone. You can still buy bombers of the barrel-aged Jet Black Winter (10.2% ABV) until the supply runs out. The newest additions are the Dry Stout (4.5% ABV, 20 IBU) and Scale Tipper IPL (6.1% ABV, 95 IBU), which is a lager using the Scale Tipper hops. The Citra S.M.A.S.H. is also now popping up at the different locations as tap space becomes available.

News: Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Body Slam Imperial Pilsner, Fist Pump Pumpkin Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout, Bear-El Aged Stout, Crystal S.M.A.S.H., Iron Lung Smoked Porter. Boxing Bear got into the barrel-aging game by taking some Standing 8 Stout and putting it in Pinot Noir barrels. Go try this rather different take on a barrel-aged offering while it lasts. The appropriately smoky Iron Lung is back for another run. The Chocolate Milk Stout (5.2% ABV, 20 IBU), a silver medal winner at GABF this fall, is still available for a limited time. You can expect it to go fast, again, so head over ASAP. Is also available on nitro while supplies last, plus now they have bottled it and bombers are for sale at the brewery and at Jubilation. Other available seasonals include the Fist Pump (5.4% ABV, 20 IBU) and Body Slam (7.4% ABV, 60 IBU).

News: Every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Cherry Blossom Wheat, Galaxy IPA, Aumbers Amber, Sweet Sandarine Porter, Schwarzbier, Black Hops IPA, Panama Joe Coffee Stout. The Porter, Schwarzbier, Black Hops, and Panama Joe are all part of this year’s edition of Solstice Blackout. Get a sample tray of all five for $5 or you can purchase individual pints. The Crew visited recently and we all declared this batch of Panama Joe just as good as the one that medaled at the Great American Beer Festival in 2014. The Galaxy IPA (7.2% ABV, 80 IBU) will take you out of this world. The Cherry Blossom Wheat (4% ABV, 10 IBU) was made with 100-percent tart cherry puree, and it offers a nice break from the heavier beers on tap. The Aumbers (6.5% ABV, 45 IBU) offers up more of a kick than most ambers.

News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

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

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

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Kilt Kicker (Smoked Scottish), Calabaza (Pumpkin Ale), Festival (Oktoberfest). The Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV) is an old favorite. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup. Cazuela’s was the first local brewery to tap a pumpkin ale, in their case the Calabaza, which was created by new brewer Brandon Venaglia. He kept the seasonal theme going with Festival, his version of an Oktoberfest.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Radioactive IPA, Sun Dog Kolsch, Bambina Milk Stout, Juniper Berry Braggot. The most recent additions are the Kolsch and the Braggot (9% ABV), the latter of which is a hybrid of a beer and a mead. Before that came the hop-tastic Radioactive and smooth-as-silk Bambina.

Distillery 365 — (505) 221-6281

(Mon-Thu 3-9 p.m., Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m.)

Beers: 365 ESB, 4th of July American Ale, Lone Pine Pilsner, Faulty Barrel-Aged Ale. Distillery 365 is located at 2921 Stanford Dr., just south of Candelaria and not far from La Cumbre and Canteen. The most recent addition is the Faulty, which was aged for several months in red wine barrels. The 4th of July is their first beer to highlight the native Neomexicanus hops. It is a highly aromatic strong ale with very little bitterness. The ESB a simple English ale. This second batch offers up more flavor from the hops and malts. The Lone Pine has been on tap for a while, sorry we are just remembering to add it here now. They are also serving their house-made Holy Ghost Vodka and Horsethief Rum, a 100-percent molasses-based silver rum, plus guest taps from Red Door.

Events: 10 Drink Minimum will host a Cards Against Humanity night every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Distillery 365 will host live music for New Year’s Eve with Eryn Bent and Quietly Kept. It all kicks off at 8 p.m.

Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Distillery 365 has a build-your-own bloody mary bar. You can purchase three bloodies for just $20.

News: Barrel No. 1 of their Tres Pistolas Bourbon has been filled, but it’ll be another two years before anyone can drink it. Good things come to those who wait, I suppose.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: Dunkel, 1492 IPA, Smoke and Fire Porter, ESB, Coffee-roasted Schwarz Bier, Helles Lager, Peppermint Stout, Red Ale. The most recent additions are the Schwarz Bier, made with local coffee, plus the annual holiday favorite, Peppermint Stout. Before that came the Red Ale, Dunkel, and ESB, a longtime Crew favorite at Kaktus. Other seasonals available are the 1492 IPA (made with Columbus hops, natch), Smoke and Fire Porter (a cherrywood smoked porter with Chipotle), and Helles Lager. Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.

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

Kaktus has brewed up their first imperial stout. Look for it soon.

Events: The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out. They will be taking the holidays off, so we will let you know when their shows resume.

Kaktus will have live music and more at both of their locations starting at 7 p.m. Thursday. See our intro for more info.

Every Sunday, Kaktus is hosting a brunch special from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with breakfast pizzas and drink specials.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Ryeot on Rye, La Negra, Gracias Por Fumar (on nitro), Grange’s Session IPA, It’s Not EVEN Brown. All the beers that came out for La Cumbre’s recent 5th anniversary week are still available. The most recent addition is It’s Not EVEN Brown, a brown ale that looks red and tastes like something wholly different. The Ryeot on Rye is an amped-up, barrel-aged version of their popular Red Ryeot. La Negra is a big, thick, imperial stout. Gracias Por Fumar is a smoked porter that goes oh so well on nitro. Before that came the Grange’s Session IPA, with $1 from every pint sold going to the fight against ALS. For a session, this thing has a hell of a hop kick. It’s La Cumbre, though, so should we really expect any less?

Events: Sweet Spot performs on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)

Beers: Long Nosed Tripel, Legless DIPA, Frilled Irish Red, Earless English IPA. This seasonal list might be out of date, so call ahead before you head over. The Long Nosed (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is one of the biggest beers on the menu. The Legless (8.5% ABV, 100 IBU) offers up quite the hop kick. Earless (6.4% ABV, 50 IBU) is in the classic English tradition. The Irish Red (5.3% ABV, 24 IBU) has the perfect malt profile, not too sweet, not too dry.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints. Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.

Events: Lizard Tail will host Geeks Who Drink every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Both locations — Tall, Dark, and Pumpkin, Reserve Ale, Imperial Red; Downtown only — Double IPA, White Out; Westside only — Hey Porter. Head over to either Marble location fast before the Tall, Dark, and Pumpkin (6.2% ABV) runs out. The TDP is a brown ale with pumpkin spice and vanilla, served on nitro. Also available at both locations is the delectable Hey Porter (5.9% ABV). Two heavyweights, the Reserve and Imperial Red, are back on tap. White Out (9% ABV), which was originally brewed for Marble’s seventh anniversary back in April, is now back on tap for a limited time.

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

On the live music front, Lenin & McCarthy will take the indoor stage tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m.

This Friday will mark a special New Year’s Day Party, featuring the release of a “mysterious, barrel-aged offering.” There will be live music with Buffalo Gals from 2 to 3 p.m., Saltine Ramblers from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and Next 3 Miles from 6 to 8 p.m.

There is no music at the Westside Taproom while they undergo renovation and expansion. Look for the new stage to be ready in March.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Equinox, Hoppy Wheat, U.S.S. Simcoe, Salted Caramel Stout. The recent release party for the Salted Caramel Stout was packed to the rafters; trust us, the beer was worth it. The U.S.S. Simcoe (7% ABV, 30 IBU) is the latest pale ale in Nexus’ S.M.A.S.H. (single malt and single hop) series, and it is a tasty one. Equinox (6.5% ABV, 16 IBU) is back for another run of pumpkin-spiced brown ale goodness. This year’s version wowed us all at NM Brew Fest. The Hoppy Wheat is a seasonal hopped-up wheat beer, as if you could not guess by the name.

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

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

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

Beers: Cardinal Sin Red, Robust Porter, Pi Vapor, Kama Citra IPA, English Summer Ale, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, Belgian Pumpkin Ale, Winter is Coming. No, Winter is Coming is not just to make you all yearn for the return of Game of Thrones, is a peppermint porter that will get you into the holiday mood. The Robust Porter and Pi Vapor, a California Common, are other recent additions to the lineup. The Cardinal Sin Red and Kama Citra IPA look to become permanent members of the lineup. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens.

News: They are brewing up a double batch of the outstanding Bourbon Vanilla Porter.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Bellamah Brown, American Wheat; (Seasonal) Zaftig, Stage One IPA, Bohemian Pilsner, Spanglish. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). Congrats to Bellamah Brown and American Wheat for joining the regular beer list, both by popular demand. The newest additions are the Bohemian (5.2% ABV, 32 IBU) and the Spanglish (4.6% ABV, 18 IBU), a Mexican-style lager. Other recent additions to taps are Zaftig (4.6% ABV, 26 IBU), a creamy smooth oatmeal stout, and Stage One IPA (8% ABV, 107 IBU) is a big, hopped-up oatmeal IPA. There is also a raspberry-infused version of the Zaftig.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trapdoor Belgian Wit. (Seasonal) Cosmos Porter, Ryeson Sun Saison, Anniversary Double Red, Dark Side DIPA. No, they did not name the Dark Side DIPA (10.3% ABV, 100+ IBU) after us, but we still went and drank some of this mosh pit of piney hops. Another recent addition is the delicious, slightly hoppy Cosmos Porter. Before that came the Anniversary Double Red  (7.7% ABV, 67 IBU), which has a deceptively low IBU count for a beer that hoppy. It’s got bite, it’s dry, it’s fierce, it’s right up there with the other best imperial reds in town. The Ryeson is still the only rye saison we have ever tasted.

Events: Live music is back tonight (Wednesday) with David Webb from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Draft Sessions open mic is just about every Monday from 7 to 9.

Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast, with Barclays Premier League soccer on the telly! From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

Red Door will no longer be hosting yoga on Sundays.

Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909

(Mon–Thu noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Bravo Amber, Karl’s Hefeweizen, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Black Angus Stout, Road Runner Red, Duke City Pils, Oktoberfest, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel aged), Barley Wine (regular and barrel aged). You can find Rio Bravo at 1912 2nd St. NW, which is just south of I-40. The most recent additions are the Old Town Porter (7.6% ABV, 55 IBU) and Barley Wine (10.5% ABV, 39 IBU), available in tasty regular format and in the more potent barrel-aged versions. Get ’em quick, because both batches will go fast. Look for another barrel-aged beer after Christmas, which the Crew might just have a hand in brewing (more on that soon, we promise). As for the regular lineup, the Amber (5.7% ABV, 53 IBU) offers up a more flavorful kick than most of its genre. The Hefeweizen (4.6% ABV, 26 IBU) has a big banana aroma, but the flavor is more balanced and smooth. Dirty Rotten Bastard (6.4% ABV, 77 IBU) is a “level one” IPA. Columbus is the primary hop in the DRB. Snakebite (7.4% ABV, 99 IBU) is the bigger “level two” IPA, armed with Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, and Crystal hops. Another addition to the regular lineup is the burly Black Angus Stout (5.9% ABV, 25 IBU). It is not a milk stout, cream stout, chocolate stout, or coffee stout. It is just a stout, thick and strong with prominent roasted flavors, somewhat similar to Deschutes’ Obsidian Stout. Road Runner Red (5.7% ABV, 53 IBU) made a solid debut at MWBF.

Events: Live music is back this week with a doubleheader on New Year’s Eve. Clark Andrew Libbey performs at 4 p.m., followed by Given Time at 6 p.m. Scotty & the Atomics follow Saturday at 6 p.m.

Rio Bravo will now have karaoke every Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Son Ranger Irish Red, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen, Rio Negro Milk Stout, Rattlesnake IPA. These are the four core beers of SCG’s lineup, though we cannot guarantee they are on tap at all times. Give them a call to check and see which beers are available. They also now offer guest taps.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), (505) 243-6752 (Wells Park)

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

Beers: Berliner Weisse, Dark Horse Lager, Desert Dweller IPA, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Pear Berry Cider, Tupac Cali Red, Barnstorm Ale, Luna De Los Muertos (Wells Park only), Et Tu Brute Cider (Wells Park only), Scotcholate Scotch Ale (Wells Park only), Lil Cease Session IPA (Nob Hill only), The Ruggles (Nob hill only), Turkey Drool (Nob Hill only). The newest additions are the Et Tu Brute Cider and Scotcholate Scotch Ale (at Wells Park only) and the Luna De Los Muertos (8.5% ABV), Tupac Cali Red (6.5% ABV, 80 IBU), and Barnstorm Ale at both locations. Before that came the Turkey Drool (8.3% ABV, 30 IBU), Desert Dweller (6% ABV), and Lil’ Cease Session IPA (4.5% ABV, 79 IBU). This year’s Turkey Drool might be the best yet, a perfectly balanced blend of amazing flavors, sweet, smooth, and spicy all in one glass. It is nearly out at Nob Hill, with Luna ready to replace it, so hurry over. Still hanging around are the Dark Horse Lager (5.6% ABV) and Summer Ale (7% ABV). The Ruggles (4.4% ABV) is a California Common-style beer. Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is still available at both locations.

Events: Flo Fader will be spinning at Wells Park on New Year’s Eve starting at 8 p.m.

The In the Mix Series is back Saturday at Wells Park with DJ Soiree spinning at 9 p.m.

Sunday features the premier of the pilot episode of the new TV series “Bordertown” at Wells Park, starting at 8 p.m.

Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity. So, yes, that will be this Monday.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: Altbier, All Peached Up, Challenger Deep Black IPA, O Tannenbaum. The Gourd Dammit finally kicked, so All Peached Up will take its place. A peachy wheat ale, this beer will help you think of the warmer days ahead. TMBC’s winter warmer, O Tannenbaum (5.6% ABV, 24 IBU) is also on tap. It was brewed with fresh ginger and spruce tips. The most recent additions before that were the Challenger and Altbier.

News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery. Unsure if you want to buy one? Let Franz Solo tell you why you need this beer.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Russian Imperial Stout, Bock Door Man, Stranger Than Fiction, McLeonard’s Single Malt Scotch Ale. The most recent additions are the Stranger Than Fiction, a Belgian-style IPA, the Bock Door Man (6.4% ABV), and the always beefy Russian Imperial (10% ABV). The McLeonard’s is a big old Scotch in the style of a Wee Heavy.

News: Brewer James Warren said he has a Belgian Quad and Blonde due up soon, plus a Barleywine.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Bad Amber, Manikin (Scotch Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Denouement (Fall Saison), Ara Pacis (Barrel-Aged Imperial Golden Sour), Study Series: Session 1 (Golden Hopped Session), Study Series: Session 2 (Dark Hopped Session), Hair of the Wolf (Experimental). The two new Study Series beers are both session ales, with the lighter Session 1 checking in at 3.4-percent ABV, while the darker Session 2 hits at 3.7 percent. Hair of the Wolf (7.7% ABV), a beer to benefit the local arts collective Meow Wolf, is back for a second run. Coming this Monday is the 2015 version of Goya Imperial Stout.

Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

News: Duel is opening an Albuquerque taproom that will be more than twice the size of the mother facility in Santa Fe. We’re on the case to get you all the details about the downtown location and its projected opening date.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)

Beers: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Santa Fe Gold, Belgian Dubbel (ECS), Adobe Igloo 2.0 (Winter Warmer), La Bete Noire, Snowflake DIPA. The fourth entry in the ECS (Ever Changing Series) is now available on tap and in bombers in the form of Belgian Dubbel. The Santa Fe Gold is now for sale all around the state in six-packs. The Adobe Igloo 2.0, an improved, spiced winter warmer, is now available on tap. The most recent addition is La Bete Noire, a black saison. The Snowflake is a hop-tastic DIPA that still has a good malt backbone.

Events: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: The SFBC taproom is now open at Green Jeans Farmery in Albuquerque. Want details? Here is everything we learned from our visit.

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

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

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Rod’s Best Bitter, International Style Pale Ale, Kidder Special Bitter, Festivus, Vienna Country Lager, 2015 Anniversary ESB. The most recent addition is the new Vienna Country Lager. The special ESB was brewed for the recent 19th anniversary party. Other recent additions to the lineup are Festivus, a special holiday ale, and old favorites Kidder and Rod’s Best Bitter. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: New Year’s Eve will feature a musical doubleheader at the original location. Welsh and Watts perform from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by 50 Watt Whale ringing in the new year. Blues Revue Band will perform Saturday.

The Swing Ornament will perform at the Railyard location Saturday.

Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright. Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381

(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Hoppenheimer IPA, Black Point Stout, Wit Rock, Little Bird Blonde, Blackberry Saison, Trinity Tripel, Oktoberfest, Tom’s Green Chile Amber. We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. The newest beers on tap are the Blackberry Saison, Trinity Tripel, Oktoberfest, and Tom’s Green Chile Amber.

Events: Bathtub Row hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6 p.m.

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, TCBC Porter, Twisted Black IPA, McFadden’s Scotch. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beers on tap are the Black IPA and Scotch Ale.

Events: There will be live music on New Year’s Eve. Mose McCormack kicks things off at 7 p.m., followed by Dave, Ben & Val Thomas. It all wraps up at 10 p.m.

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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!

— Stoutmeister

We know what the most awarded beer was in New Mexico in 2015, but which beer had the coolest, funniest, funkiest name? It's up to you to decide below!

We know what the most awarded beer was in New Mexico in 2015, but which beer had the coolest, funniest, funkiest name? It’s up to you to decide below!

Every now and again in New Mexico a beer gets released whose name alone catches your eye. Sometimes they are funny, sometimes they are simply creative, and other times they are downright weird. Naming a beer can often be a fun process for brewers and their staffs. It can also be a pain in the butt.

Over the course of 2015, our many breweries came up with some truly creative names for some of their one-offs and regulars. Going back over everything that was released in 2015 (carry-over beers from 2014 were not eligible), we did our best to figure out one beer per brewery whose name really stood out.

Now we want you to vote. Please just vote for the name of the beer. Even if you did not like the beer, or never got to try it, that is irrelevant. To further help alleviate any possible brewery bias, we are not listing the breweries these beers came from, but suffice it to say almost everyone listed in The Week Ahead in Beer has one nominee. There is also one collaboration beer between two local breweries. So vote away and we will reveal the winner a week from today.

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

By all accounts of the weather folk on our esteemed local TV stations, this weekend is gonna feature a whopper of a storm that will likely have us all stuck at home in the warm embrace of our families. In other words, STOCK UP ON BEER NOW! Head on over to Jubilation today (Wednesday) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., or Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. After that, you’re outta luck, since they’re gonna be closed Christmas Day and the day after. As for our breweries, for growler and/or package purchasing (remember, you can still buy brewery merchandise and/or memberships, too), we have holiday hours for some of them. We asked all, but only a few responded. Keep checking their Facebook pages. All will be closed Christmas Day, we do know that. As for Christmas Eve, here are some of the closing times that we have so far.

  • UPDATE: Boese Brothers will be closed Thursday, open Saturday. Sorry, had that backwards earlier. Get your growlers filled for just $6 today.
  • UPDATE: All Bosque locations will close at 5 p.m.
  • UPDATE: Kaktus closes at 7 p.m. They will have $3 pints and food specials.
  • La Cumbre closes at 5 p.m.
  • Marble has last call at 7:30 p.m. and shuts their doors at 8
  • Rio Bravo closes at 6 p.m.
  • Tractor will close whenever people stop rolling in (they open early at 1 p.m., take note of that at both locations)
  • Down in Socorro, Twisted Chile closes at 6 p.m.

When/if we get the others, we will keep updating this story.

Oh, yes, and a Merry Christmas from all of us in the Crew. Thanks for reading, commenting, and interacting with us online or in person over the course of this year.

It is an understandably light week for new beers. Bosque has a Dry Stout at both ABQ locations. The Iron Lung Smoked Porter is back at Boxing Bear. Canteen’s Solstice Blackout means there will now be Sweet Sandarine Porter, Schwarzbier, Black Hops IPA, and Panama Joe Coffee Stout on tap, either as part of the sampler, or separately in pints. Chama River has more Sun Dog Kolsch available. There will be a release party today for Salted Caramel Stout at Nexus. Tractor released Luna De Los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout back on Monday.

Up in Santa Fe, Second Street has their holiday ale, Festivus, on tap, along with a fresh batch of Rod’s Best Bitter.

Oh, and we would also recommend stopping by Nob Hill Bar & Grill tonight after 6 p.m. to say farewell in person to bar manager Thomas DeCaro, who is leaving for a position with Ballast Point. Before departing, he is hosting an Avery tap takeover with Raja DIPA, Liliko’i, and the new Vanilla Bean Stout.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of December 21.

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Alien Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

Beers: Whiskey Stout, Imperial IPA. AmyO said these were the two specialty beers available when she made a recent visit to learn about the rebranding of ABQ Brew Pub into Alien Brew Pub (which is now complete). Check out her story for more details, and we will have a story and pictures of the completed rebranding posted soon on our site.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: High Plains Drifter Blonde, Dukes Pale Ale, G2 IPA, Off the Richter Red, Handlebars Stout, Brett Brown, Irish Red Ale. Welcome back, ABC. Their new brewer, Carnie (formerly of Santa Fe), sent us his updated list. Off the Richter Red is an imperial. The Handlebars is available on both CO2 and nitro. The most recent additions are the Irish Red and Brett Brown.

Events: ABC has a new happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, plus Sunday will have all-day happy hour prices.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Sun–Weds 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Honey Common, Latir Pale Lager, Berliner Weisse, Braggot, Lando’s Lager. There are four recent additions to the taps. The Latir is an old favorite, while the Honey Common is a sweet twist on the Cali Common. The Braggot is a beer-cider hybrid. Lando’s Lager honors the great Billy Dee Williams as a proper malt liquor.

Events: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded. All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

Bistronomy B2B/Lobo Beast 101 — (505) 262-2222 (B2B), (505) 247-2116 (Lobo)

(B2B: Mon–Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-9:30 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.; Lobo: open every day 4 p.m. to close)

Beers: House IPA, Cherry Stout, Coconut Porter, Raz Wheat, Red Rye, Brown Ale, Rye Noon, Very Chai Christmas, Cerveza Chile Verde (B2B only), Galaxy Pale Ale (Lobo only), Pepper Saison (Lobo only). At long last, we have a list for B2B and their sister location, Lobo Beast. They rotate through beers quickly, so if you see one you have to try off this list, hurry over. As proof, the lineup shifted significantly in recent weeks. The freshest additions are the House IPA, Brown Ale, Very Chai Christmas, Cerveza Chile Verde, and Galaxy Pale Ale.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)

Beers: Beach Bum Pale Ale. The popular Beach Bum is back for another run. BG goes through their beers fast, so hurry out to try it. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.

News: Click the link above to check out the new Blue Grasshopper website, with updated lists of guest beers, a full menu, and a full music listing.

Events: The Grasshopper has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.

Boese Brothers Brewery — (505) 382-7060

(Hours: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–midnight, Fri 3 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat noon–2 a.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Old Shonie Scottish Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Burly Brown, Barrel-Aged Porter. The Patriot Porter (6% ABV) is a pre-Prohibition style of American porter, more brown than black with strong roasted flavors smoothed out by the nitro pour. La Onza (5.4% ABV) offers up a big, citrusy kick for a Belgian-style witbier. Old Shonie (4.5% ABV) is also available on nitro; it is lighter than most of the other Scottish beers in the ABQ area. The Dr. Strangehop XPA (6.5% ABV) offers up a wonderful mix of the piney Willamette and more floral Mosaic hops. The Duke City Lager (5% ABV) is now a permanent addition to the lineup. Ichabod’s Revenge (7.6% ABV) is a pumpkin ale made with a ton of real pumpkin baked by the staff. The Burly Brown (6.8% ABV, 72 IBU) is an India Brown/Cascadian style. They are down to the very last of their supply, so hurry over before it runs out. The Barrel-Aged Porter is on tap for a limited time.

Events: Boese will have a happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with $3 pints. You can also get $3 pints all day Tuesday and $6 growler fills all day Wednesday.

News: They are still working on building their website. You can follow them on their Facebook page.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)

(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)

Beers: Humo Rojo, Olde Bosky Porter, Belgian Blonde, Jared’s Belgian Quad with cherries, Eldorado Pale Ale, Dry Stout (Nob Hill and San Mateo), Jingle Bell Bock (Nob Hill only), Imperial Coffee Brown (on nitro). All three Bosque locations are now up to date. The new Belgian ale series is underway with the Belgian Blonde (7.3% ABV, 24 IBU), plus the Jared’s Quad with cherries. An old favorite has returned in the Olde Bosky Porter (6% ABV, 27 IBU), an original member of the lineup that cries out for a return to your bellies. Still available is the Humo Rojo (5.6% ABV, 16 IBU), a smoked red ale. The Eldorado Pale Ale is a delicious, single-hop pale. The new Jingle Bell Bock is a sweet treat. The Imperial Coffee Brown is also for sale in bombers; we highly, highly recommend you pick up this one before it’s gone. You can still buy bombers of the barrel-aged Jet Black Winter (10.2% ABV) until the supply runs out. The newest addition is the Dry Stout (4.5% ABV, 20 IBU).

News: Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Noble Pale Ale, Body Slam Imperial Pilsner, Fist Pump Pumpkin Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout, Bear-El Aged Stout, Crystal S.M.A.S.H., Iron Lung Smoked Porter. Boxing Bear got into the barrel-aging game by taking some Standing 8 Stout and putting it in Pinot Noir barrels. Go try this rather different take on a barrel-aged offering while it lasts. The appropriately smoky Iron Lung is back for another run. The Chocolate Milk Stout (5.2% ABV, 20 IBU), a silver medal winner at GABF this fall, is still available for a limited time. You can expect it to go fast, again, so head over ASAP. Is also available on nitro while supplies last, plus now they have bottled it and bombers are for sale at the brewery and at Jubilation. Other available seasonals include the Fist Pump (5.4% ABV, 20 IBU), Noble PA (5.8% ABV, 30 IBU), and Body Slam (7.4% ABV, 60 IBU).

News: Every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear, except this week. Tonight they are closing early for a Christmas party for the staff. GWD will resume on Dec. 30.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Cherry Blossom Wheat, Galaxy IPA, Aumbers Amber, Sweet Sandarine Porter, Schwarzbier, Black Hops IPA, Panama Joe Coffee Stout. The Porter, Schwarzbier, Black Hops, and Panama Joe are all part of this year’s edition of Solstice Blackout. Get a sample tray of all five for $5 or you can purchase individual pints. The Galaxy IPA (7.2% ABV, 80 IBU) will take you out of this world. The Cherry Blossom Wheat (4% ABV, 10 IBU) was made with 100-percent tart cherry puree, and it offers a nice break from the heavier beers on tap. The Aumbers (6.5% ABV, 45 IBU) offers up more of a kick than most ambers.

News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

Events: Live music is back this week with Keith Sanchez performing Sunday at 3 p.m., followed by the Fabulous MartiniTones on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Kilt Kicker (Smoked Scottish), Calabaza (Pumpkin Ale), Festival (Oktoberfest). The Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV) is an old favorite. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup. Cazuela’s was the first local brewery to tap a pumpkin ale, in their case the Calabaza, which was created by new brewer Brandon Venaglia. He kept the seasonal theme going with Festival, his version of an Oktoberfest.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Radioactive IPA, Sun Dog Kolsch, Bambina Milk Stout, Juniper Berry Braggot. The most recent additions are the Kolsch and the Braggot (9% ABV), the latter of which is a hybrid of a beer and a mead. Before that came the hop-tastic Radioactive and smooth-as-silk Bambina.

Distillery 365 — (505) 221-6281

(Mon-Thu 3-9 p.m., Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m.)

Beers: 365 ESB, 4th of July American Ale, Lone Pine Pilsner, Faulty Barrel-Aged Ale. Distillery 365 is located at 2921 Stanford Dr., just south of Candelaria and not far from La Cumbre and Canteen. The most recent addition is the Faulty, which was aged for several months in red wine barrels. The 4th of July is their first beer to highlight the native Neomexicanus hops. It is a highly aromatic strong ale with very little bitterness. The ESB a simple English ale. This second batch offers up more flavor from the hops and malts. The Lone Pine has been on tap for a while, sorry we are just remembering to add it here now. They are also serving their house-made Holy Ghost Vodka and Horsethief Rum, a 100-percent molasses-based silver rum, plus guest taps from Red Door.

Events: 10 Drink Minimum will host a Cards Against Humanity night every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Distillery 365 has a build-your-own bloody mary bar. You can purchase three bloodies for just $20.

News: Barrel No. 1 of their Tres Pistolas Bourbon has been filled, but it’ll be another two years before anyone can drink it. Good things come to those who wait, I suppose.

Oh, and Distillery 365 will open their first tasting room over at Green Jeans Farmery, the same site that is home to Santa Fe Brewing’s ABQ taproom.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: Dunkel, 1492 IPA, Smoke and Fire Porter, ESB, Coffee-roasted Schwarz Bier, Helles Lager, Peppermint Stout, Red Ale. The most recent additions are the Schwarz Bier, made with local coffee, plus the annual holiday favorite, Peppermint Stout. Before that came the Red Ale, Dunkel, and ESB, a longtime Crew favorite at Kaktus. Other seasonals available are the 1492 IPA (made with Columbus hops, natch), Smoke and Fire Porter (a cherrywood smoked porter with Chipotle), and Helles Lager. Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.

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

Kaktus has brewed up their first imperial stout. Look for it soon.

Events: The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out. They will be taking the holidays off, so we will let you know when their shows resume.

Every Sunday, Kaktus is hosting a brunch special from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with breakfast pizzas and drink specials.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Ryeot on Rye, La Negra, Gracias Por Fumar (on nitro), Grange’s Session IPA, Trou Noir. All the beers that came out for La Cumbre’s recent 5th anniversary week are still available. The Ryeot on Rye is an amped-up, barrel-aged version of their popular Red Ryeot. La Negra is a big, thick, imperial stout. Gracias Por Fumar is a smoked porter that goes oh so well on nitro. Before that came the Trou Noir (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU), a Belgian dark strong, and the Grange’s Session IPA, with $1 from every pint sold going to the fight against ALS. For a session, this thing has a hell of a hop kick. It’s La Cumbre, though, so should we really expect any less?

Events: Moonhat performs on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)

Beers: Long Nosed Tripel, Legless DIPA, Frilled Irish Red, Earless English IPA. This seasonal list might be out of date, so call ahead before you head over. The Long Nosed (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is one of the biggest beers on the menu. The Legless (8.5% ABV, 100 IBU) offers up quite the hop kick. Earless (6.4% ABV, 50 IBU) is in the classic English tradition. The Irish Red (5.3% ABV, 24 IBU) has the perfect malt profile, not too sweet, not too dry.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints. Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.

Events: Lizard Tail will host Geeks Who Drink every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Both locations — Tall, Dark, and Pumpkin, Hey Porter, Reserve Ale, Imperial Red; Downtown only — Double IPA; Westside only — none. Head over to either Marble location fast before the Tall, Dark, and Pumpkin (6.2% ABV) runs out. Remember how fast the last two Marble pumpkin ales went? Exactly. The TDP is a brown ale with pumpkin spice and vanilla, served on nitro. Also available at both locations is the delectable Hey Porter (5.9% ABV). Two heavyweights, the Reserve and Imperial Red, are back on tap. All beers are available at both locations for the time being.

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

Marble will have a tap takeover at Rock & Brews tonight (Wednesday) on Montgomery just west of San Mateo.

On the live music front, Ruben Montoya will take the indoor stage Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

There is no music at the Westside Taproom while they undergo renovation and expansion. Look for the new stage to be ready in March.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Equinox, Hoppy Wheat, U.S.S. Simcoe, Salted Caramel Stout. Today (Wednesday) will mark the release part for the Salted Caramel Stout. Come on down anytime after 4 p.m. for this holiday treat. The U.S.S. Simcoe (7% ABV, 30 IBU) is the latest pale ale in Nexus’ S.M.A.S.H. (single malt and single hop) series, and it is a tasty one. Equinox (6.5% ABV, 16 IBU) is back for another run of pumpkin-spiced brown ale goodness. This year’s version wowed us all at NM Brew Fest. The Hoppy Wheat is a seasonal hopped-up wheat beer, as if you could not guess by the name.

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

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

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

Beers: Cardinal Sin Red, Robust Porter, Pi Vapor, Kama Citra IPA, English Summer Ale, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, Belgian Pumpkin Ale, Winter is Coming. No, Winter is Coming is not just to make you all yearn for the return of Game of Thrones, is a peppermint porter that will get you into the holiday mood. The Robust Porter and Pi Vapor, a California Common, are other recent additions to the lineup. The Cardinal Sin Red and Kama Citra IPA look to become permanent members of the lineup. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens.

News: They are brewing up a double batch of the outstanding Bourbon Vanilla Porter.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Bellamah Brown, American Wheat; (Seasonal) Zaftig, Stage One IPA, Bohemian Pilsner, Spanglish. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). Congrats to Bellamah Brown and American Wheat for joining the regular beer list, both by popular demand. The newest additions are the Bohemian (5.2% ABV, 32 IBU) and the Spanglish (4.6% ABV, 18 IBU), a Mexican-style lager. Other recent additions to taps are Zaftig (4.6% ABV, 26 IBU), a creamy smooth oatmeal stout, and Stage One IPA (8% ABV, 107 IBU) is a big, hopped-up oatmeal IPA. There is also a raspberry-infused version of the Zaftig.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trapdoor Belgian Wit. (Seasonal) Cosmos Porter, Ryeson Sun Saison, Anniversary Double Red, Dark Side DIPA. No, they did not name the Dark Side DIPA (10.3% ABV, 100+ IBU) after us, but we still went and drank some of this mosh pit of piney hops. Another recent addition is the delicious, slightly hoppy Cosmos Porter. Before that came the Anniversary Double Red  (7.7% ABV, 67 IBU), which has a deceptively low IBU count for a beer this hoppy. It’s got bite, it’s dry, it’s fierce, it’s right up there with the other best imperial reds in town. The Ryeson is still the only rye saison we have ever tasted.

Events: Live music is back tonight (Wednesday) with Todd Tijerina from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Draft Sessions open mic is just about every Monday from 7 to 9.

Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast, with Barclays Premier League soccer on the telly! From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

Red Door will no longer be hosting yoga on Sundays.

Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909

(Mon–Thu noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Bravo Amber, Karl’s Hefeweizen, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Black Angus Stout, Road Runner Red, Duke City Pils, Oktoberfest, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel aged), Barley Wine (regular and barrel aged). You can find Rio Bravo at 1912 2nd St. NW, which is just south of I-40. The most recent additions are the Old Town Porter (7.6% ABV, 55 IBU) and Barley Wine (10.5% ABV, 39 IBU), available in tasty regular format and in the more potent barrel-aged versions. Get ’em quick, because both batches will go fast. Look for another barrel-aged beer after Christmas, which the Crew might just have a hand in brewing (more on that soon, we promise). As for the regular lineup, the Amber (5.7% ABV, 53 IBU) offers up a more flavorful kick than most of its genre. The Hefeweizen (4.6% ABV, 26 IBU) has a big banana aroma, but the flavor is more balanced and smooth. Dirty Rotten Bastard (6.4% ABV, 77 IBU) is a “level one” IPA. Columbus is the primary hop in the DRB. Snakebite (7.4% ABV, 99 IBU) is the bigger “level two” IPA, armed with Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, and Crystal hops. Another addition to the regular lineup is the burly Black Angus Stout (5.9% ABV, 25 IBU). It is not a milk stout, cream stout, chocolate stout, or coffee stout. It is just a stout, thick and strong with prominent roasted flavors, somewhat similar to Deschutes’ Obsidian Stout. Road Runner Red (5.7% ABV, 53 IBU) made a solid debut at MWBF.

Events: There will be live music back at Rio Bravo next week.

Rio Bravo will now have karaoke every Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Son Ranger Irish Red, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen, Rio Negro Milk Stout, Rattlesnake IPA. These are the four core beers of SCG’s lineup, though we cannot guarantee they are on tap at all times. Give them a call to check and see which beers are available. They also now offer guest taps.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), (505) 243-6752 (Wells Park)

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: Berliner Weisse, Dark Horse Lager, Desert Dweller IPA, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Pear Berry Cider, Tupac Cali Red, Barnstorm Ale, Luna De Los Muertos (Wells Park only), Et Tu Brute Cider (Wells Park only), Scotcholate Scotch Ale (Wells Park only), Lil Cease Session IPA (Nob Hill only), The Ruggles (Nob hill only), Turkey Drool (Nob Hill only). The newest additions are the Et Tu Brute Cider and Scotcholate Scotch Ale (at Wells Park only) and the Luna De Los Muertos (8.5% ABV), Tupac Cali Red (6.5% ABV, 80 IBU), and Barnstorm Ale at both locations. Before that came the Turkey Drool (8.3% ABV, 30 IBU), Desert Dweller (6% ABV), and Lil’ Cease Session IPA (4.5% ABV, 79 IBU). This year’s Turkey Drool might be the best yet, a perfectly balanced blend of amazing flavors, sweet, smooth, and spicy all in one glass. It is nearly out at Nob Hill, with Luna ready to replace it, so hurry over. Still hanging around are the Dark Horse Lager (5.6% ABV) and Summer Ale (7% ABV). The Ruggles (4.4% ABV) is a California Common-style beer. Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is still available at both locations.

Events: Kamikaze Karaoke is back tonight (Wednesday) at Wells Park starting at 8 p.m. Or you can head up to Nob Hill for the Heavenly Hosts Christmas Carolers at 7 p.m.

Saturday will feature the In the Mix series with DJ Clout spinning at 9 p.m. at Wells Park.

Eryn Bent’s Solo Album Release Party will be held at Wells Park on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: Altbier, Gourd Dammit, Challenger Deep Black IPA, O Tannenbaum. TMBC’s winter warmer, O Tannenbaum (5.6% ABV, 24 IBU) is now on tap. It was brewed with fresh ginger and spruce tips. The most recent additions before that were the Challenger, Altbier, and the Gourd Dammit, TMBC’s take on a pumpkin ale.

News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery. Unsure if you want to buy one? Let Franz Solo tell you why you need this beer.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Russian Imperial Stout, Bock Door Man, Stranger Than Fiction, McLeonard’s Single Malt Scotch Ale. The most recent additions are the Stranger Than Fiction, a Belgian-style IPA, the Bock Door Man (6.4% ABV), and the always beefy Russian Imperial (10% ABV). The McLeonard’s is a big old Scotch in the style of a Wee Heavy.

News: Brewer James Warren said he has a Belgian Quad and Blonde due up soon, plus a Barleywine.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Bad Amber, Manikin (Scotch Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Denouement (Fall Saison), Ara Pacis (Barrel-Aged Imperial Golden Sour), Study Series: Session 1 (Golden Hopped Session), Study Series: Session 2 (Dark Hopped Session), Hair of the Wolf (Experimental). The two new Study Series beers are both session ales, with the lighter Session 1 checking in at 3.4-percent ABV, while the darker Session 2 hits at 3.7 percent. Hair of the Wolf (7.7% ABV), a beer to benefit the local arts collective Meow Wolf, is back for a second run. Coming this Monday is the 2015 version of Goya Imperial Stout.

Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

News: Duel is opening an Albuquerque taproom that will be more than twice the size of the mother facility in Santa Fe. We’re on the case to get you all the details about the downtown location and its projected opening date.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)

Beers: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Santa Fe Gold, Belgian Dubbel (ECS), Adobe Igloo 2.0 (Winter Warmer), La Bete Noire, Snowflake DIPA. The fourth entry in the ECS (Ever Changing Series) is now available on tap and in bombers in the form of Belgian Dubbel. The Santa Fe Gold is now for sale all around the state in six-packs. The Adobe Igloo 2.0, an improved, spiced winter warmer, is now available on tap. The most recent addition is La Bete Noire, a black saison. The Snowflake is a hop-tastic DIPA that still has a good malt backbone.

Events: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: The SFBC taproom is now open at Green Jeans Farmery in Albuquerque. Want details? Here is everything we learned from our visit.

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

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

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Rod’s Best Bitter, International Style Pale Ale, Kidder Special Bitter, Festivus, 2015 Anniversary Ale, 2015 Anniversary ESB. Hurry over to try the two beers that were brewed up for the recent 19th anniversary party, a hoppy ale and an ESB. The St. George and Kidder are two old favorites back on tap. The newest additions to the lineup are Festivus, a special holiday ale, and old favorite Rod’s Best Bitter. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: There will be live music on a Wednesday at the original location as the Kodama Trio performs the music from a “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Then on Saturday, Jono Manson is at the original location and The Shiners Club will perform at the Railyard.

Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright. Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381

(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Hoppenheimer IPA, Black Point Stout, Wit Rock, Little Bird Blonde, Blackberry Saison, Trinity Tripel, Oktoberfest, Tom’s Green Chile Amber. We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. The newest beers on tap are the Blackberry Saison, Trinity Tripel, Oktoberfest, and Tom’s Green Chile Amber.

Events: Bathtub Row hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6 p.m.

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Quebradas Sunrise Amber, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, KC’s Irish Stout, Porter, Oktoberfest. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beers on tap are the Porter and Oktoberfest, and the excellent Irish Stout is back after a short absence. Look for a Pumpkin Ale soon.

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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!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

One of our favorite annual events during the holiday season actually does not have anything to do with Christmas or any of those sorta-religious-but-really-mostly-commercial holidays. Nope, it’s a straight-up throwback to the Druid days, when the Winter Solstice was a celebrated event. This year the shortest day/longest night of the calendar falls upon December 22, or as you might know it, this coming Tuesday. So round up some pagans and get ready for all that darkness by heading over to Canteen Brewhouse for the always wonderful Solstice Blackout. This sampler tray of dark beers has always been a favorite of ours. Heck, last year we even brewed a Baltic Porter for it. We were not able to do that this year, but Canteen will still have a lineup that includes Sweet Sandarine Porter, Schwartzbier, Black Hops IPA, Dark & Lusty Stout, and the epic Panama Joe Coffee Stout. Well, that was what was listed for their last mug club meeting a while back, but we are guessing that will be the final lineup.

But wait, that is not all! Tractor will be unleashing another of our annual favorites, the Luna De Los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout, on Tuesday as well. I got an advance pint of this obsidian masterpiece and it certainly lives up to past incarnations. Of course, for those who think Tuesday is way too far away, fear not, because Boese Brothers will satiate you on Saturday with the release of their Barrel-Aged Porter. Yup, it’s their first barrel-aged beer, so that alone is worth checking out. There will be a live DJ, an ugly sweater contest, and a lineup of smoked holiday-themed foods from Gold Street Caffe. It all starts from the moment they open the doors and will conclude when they close.

Beyond those, there are a few other new beers worth checking out around town, too. Bistronomy B2B flipped around the beer menu quite a bit with fresh batches of House IPA, Brown Ale, Cerveza Chile Verde, Galaxy Pale Ale, and Very Chai Christmas. Boxing Bear is going the single-hop route with a Crystal S.M.A.S.H. Marble has Imperial Red back on tap at both locations.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn is channeling some Bad Religion with Stranger Than Fiction, a Belgian-style IPA.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of December 14.

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

Alien Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

Beers: Whiskey Stout, Imperial IPA. AmyO said these were the two specialty beers available when she made a recent visit to learn about the rebranding of ABQ Brew Pub into Alien Brew Pub (which is now complete). Check out her story for more details, and we will have a story and pictures of the completed rebranding posted soon on our site.

Albuquerque Brewing Co. — (505) 797-1842

(Mon–Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: High Plains Drifter Blonde, Dukes Pale Ale, G2 IPA, Off the Richter Red, Handlebars Stout, Brett Brown, Irish Red Ale. Welcome back, ABC. Their new brewer, Carnie (formerly of Santa Fe), sent us his updated list. Off the Richter Red is an imperial. The Handlebars is available on both CO2 and nitro. The most recent additions are the Irish Red and Brett Brown.

Events: ABC has a new happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, plus Sunday will have all-day happy hour prices.

Back Alley Draft House — (505) 766-8590

(Sun–Weds 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thurs–Sat 4 p.m. to midnight)

Beers: Honey Common, Latir Pale Lager, Berliner Weisse, Braggot, Lando’s Lager. There are four recent additions to the taps. The Latir is an old favorite, while the Honey Common is a sweet twist on the Cali Common. The Braggot is a beer-cider hybrid. Lando’s Lager honors the great Billy Dee Williams as a proper malt liquor.

Events: Sundays are Service Nights at Back Alley, with $2 off all beers for service industry workers. Bring your server’s ID and you will be rewarded. All beers are $1 off on Tuesdays.

News: Take note of BADH’s new winter hours above.

Bistronomy B2B/Lobo Beast 101 — (505) 262-2222 (B2B), (505) 247-2116 (Lobo)

(B2B: Mon–Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-9:30 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.; Lobo: open every day 4 p.m. to close)

Beers: House IPA, Cherry Stout, Coconut Porter, Raz Wheat, Red Rye, Brown Ale, Rye Noon, Very Chai Christmas, Cerveza Chile Verde (B2B only), Galaxy Pale Ale (Lobo only), Pepper Saison (Lobo only). At long last, we have a list for B2B and their sister location, Lobo Beast. They rotate through beers quickly, so if you see one you have to try off this list, hurry over. As proof, the lineup shifted significantly. The freshest additions are the House IPA, Brown Ale, Very Chai Christmas, Cerveza Chile Verde, and Galaxy Pale Ale.

The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579

(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)

Beers: Beach Bum Pale Ale. The popular Beach Bum is back for another run. BG goes through their beers fast, so hurry out to try it. If you have not made it out there yet, the Grasshopper is located at 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Road in Rio Rancho, just off Highway 528.

News: Click the link above to check out the new Blue Grasshopper website, with updated lists of guest beers, a full menu, and a full music listing.

Events: The Grasshopper has live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.

Boese Brothers Brewery — (505) 382-7060

(Hours: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–midnight, Fri 3 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat noon–2 a.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Patriot Porter, La Onza White Ale, Old Shonie Scottish Ale, Dr. Strangehop XPA, Duke City Lager, Ichabod’s Revenge, Burly Brown. The Porter (6% ABV) is a pre-Prohibition style of American porter, more brown than black with strong roasted flavors smoothed out by the nitro pour. La Onza (5.4% ABV) offers up a big, citrusy kick for a Belgian-style witbier. Old Shonie (4.5% ABV) is also available on nitro; it is lighter than most of the other Scottish beers in the ABQ area. The Dr. Strangehop XPA (6.5% ABV) offers up a wonderful mix of the piney Willamette and more floral Mosaic hops. The Duke City Lager (5% ABV) is now a permanent addition to the lineup. Ichabod’s Revenge (7.6% ABV) is a pumpkin ale made with a ton of real pumpkin baked by the staff. The Burly Brown (6.8% ABV, 72 IBU) is an India Brown/Cascadian style.

Events: Boese will have a happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with $3 pints. You can also get $3 pints all day Tuesday and $6 growler fills all day Wednesday.

See our intro for all the info you need on Saturday’s all-day Barrel-Aged Porter Release Party.

News: They are still working on building their website. You can follow them on their Facebook page.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596 (main brewery), (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)

(Main brewery on San Mateo: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.; Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)

Beers: Humo Rojo, Olde Bosky Porter, Belgian Blonde, Jared’s Belgian Quad with cherries, Eldorado Pale Ale, Jingle Bell Bock (Nob Hill only), Imperial Coffee Brown (on nitro). All three Bosque locations are now up to date. The new Belgian ale series is underway with the Belgian Blonde (7.3% ABV, 24 IBU), plus the Jared’s Quad with cherries. An old favorite has returned in the Olde Bosky Porter (6% ABV, 27 IBU), an original member of the lineup that cries out for a return to your bellies. Still available is the Humo Rojo (5.6% ABV, 16 IBU), a smoked red ale. The Eldorado Pale Ale is a delicious, single-hop pale. The new Jingle Bell Bock is a sweet treat. The Imperial Coffee Brown is also for sale in bombers; we highly, highly recommend you pick up this one before it’s gone. You can still buy bombers of the barrel-aged Jet Black Winter (10.2% ABV) until the supply runs out.

News: Bosque has a happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for special menu items and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Noble Pale Ale, Body Slam Imperial Pilsner, Fist Pump Pumpkin Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout, Red Glove, Bear-El Aged Stout, Crystal S.M.A.S.H. Boxing Bear got into the barrel-aging game by taking some Standing 8 Stout and putting it in Pinot Noir barrels. Go try this rather different take on a barrel-aged offering while it lasts. Get your hop thirst quenched with the new Red Glove (7.4% ABV, 90 IBU). The Chocolate Milk Stout (5.2% ABV, 20 IBU), a silver medal winner at GABF this fall, is back for another run. You can expect it to go fast, again, so head over ASAP. Is also available on nitro while supplies last, plus now they have bottled it and bombers are for sale at the brewery. Other available seasonals include the Fist Pump (5.4% ABV, 20 IBU), Noble PA (5.8% ABV, 30 IBU), and Body Slam (7.4% ABV, 60 IBU).

News: Every day at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), for just $10 you can get a pint and a panini of your choice.

Events: Geeks Who Drink will now be held every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boxing Bear.

Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Canteen Calabaza, Cherry Blossom Wheat, Sasquatch Scotch, Galaxy IPA, Aumbers Amber. The Galaxy IPA (7.2% ABV, 80 IBU) will take you out of this world. The Cherry Blossom Wheat (4% ABV, 10 IBU) was made with 100-percent tart cherry puree, and it offers a nice break from the heavier beers on tap. An old favorite is back in the Sasquatch (8% ABV, 26 IBU). The Calabaza (6.8% ABV, 24 IBU) is Canteen’s take on a pumpkin ale. The Aumbers (6.5% ABV, 45 IBU) offers up more of a kick than most ambers.

News: Canteen has begun filling Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with any beer on tap. They get sealed up and can last for a lot longer than a regular growler. Then you bring back the Crowlers to be recycled and get some fresh ones.

Events: Live music is back this week with Dusty Low performing Sunday at 3 p.m., followed by Russell James Pyle on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock), Kilt Kicker (Smoked Scottish), Calabaza (Pumpkin Ale), Festival (Oktoberfest). The Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV) is an old favorite. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup. Cazuela’s was the first local brewery to tap a pumpkin ale, in their case the Calabaza, which was created by new brewer Brandon Venaglia. He kept the seasonal theme going with Festival, his version of an Oktoberfest.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Radioactive IPA, El Guero White IPA, Bambina Milk Stout, Juniper Berry Braggot. The most recent additions are the El Guero and the Braggot (9% ABV), the latter of which is a hybrid of a beer and a mead. Before that came the hop-tastic Radioactive and smooth-as-silk Bambina. Take note, the Smoke ’em Out is still on tap for a limited time at the Microbar downtown.

Distillery 365 — (505) 221-6281

(Mon-Thu 3-9 p.m., Fri 3-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m.)

Beers: 365 ESB, 4th of July American Ale, Lone Pine Pilsner, Faulty Barrel-Aged Ale. Distillery 365 is located at 2921 Stanford Dr., just south of Candelaria and not far from La Cumbre and Canteen. The most recent addition is the Faulty, which was aged for several months in red wine barrels. The 4th of July is their first beer to highlight the native Neomexicanus hops. It is a highly aromatic strong ale with very little bitterness. The ESB a simple English ale. This second batch offers up more flavor from the hops and malts. The Lone Pine has been on tap for a while, sorry we are just remembering to add it here now. They are also serving their house-made Holy Ghost Vodka and Horsethief Rum, a 100-percent molasses-based silver rum, plus guest taps from Red Door.

Events: 10 Drink Minimum will host a Cards Against Humanity night every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Distillery 365 has a build-your-own bloody mary bar. You can purchase three bloodies for just $20.

News: Barrel No. 1 of their Tres Pistolas Bourbon has been filled, but it’ll be another two years before anyone can drink it. Good things come to those who wait, I suppose.

Oh, and Distillery 365 will open their first tasting room over at Green Jeans Farmery, the same site that is home to Santa Fe Brewing’s ABQ taproom.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)

Beers: Dunkel, 1492 IPA, Smoke and Fire Porter, ESB, Coffee-roasted Schwarz Bier, Helles Lager, Peppermint Stout, Red Ale. The most recent additions are the Schwarz Bier, made with local coffee, plus the annual holiday favorite, Peppermint Stout. Before that came the Red Ale, Dunkel, and ESB, a longtime Crew favorite at Kaktus. Other seasonals available are the 1492 IPA (made with Columbus hops, natch), Smoke and Fire Porter (a cherrywood smoked porter with Chipotle), and Helles Lager. Kaktus is located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, for those who have still not made the trek.

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

Kaktus is brewing up their first imperial stout. Look for it soon.

Events: The Desert Darlings belly dancers perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on almost every Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out. They will be taking the holidays off, so we will let you know when their shows resume. In the meantime, go to their Facebook page to get all the info to this weekend’s special show, Nightmare: A Theatrical Belly Dance Adventure, in Santa Fe.

Every Sunday, Kaktus is hosting a brunch special from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with breakfast pizzas and drink specials.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Ryeot on Rye, La Negra, Gracias Por Fumar (on nitro), Grange’s Session IPA, Trou Noir. All the beers that came out for La Cumbre’s recent 5th anniversary week are still available. The Ryeot on Rye is an amped-up, barrel-aged version of their popular Red Ryeot. La Negra is a big, thick, imperial stout. Gracias Por Fumar is a smoked porter that goes oh so well on nitro. Before that came the Trou Noir (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU), a Belgian dark strong, and the Grange’s Session IPA, with $1 from every pint sold going to the fight against ALS. For a session, this thing has a hell of a hop kick. It’s La Cumbre, though, so should we really expect any less?

Events: Funk Tractor performs on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Yoga is back at the taproom every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)

Beers: Long Nosed Tripel, Legless DIPA, Frilled Irish Red, Earless English IPA. This seasonal list might be out of date, so call ahead before you head over. The Long Nosed (9.2% ABV, 30 IBU) is one of the biggest beers on the menu. The Legless (8.5% ABV, 100 IBU) offers up quite the hop kick. Earless (6.4% ABV, 50 IBU) is in the classic English tradition. The Irish Red (5.3% ABV, 24 IBU) has the perfect malt profile, not too sweet, not too dry.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints. Take note that Lizard Tail now opens at noon every day.

Events: Lizard Tail will host Geeks Who Drink every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Every Thursday will now feature karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Tall, Dark, and Pumpkin, Hey Porter, Reserve Ale, Imperial Red. Head over to either Marble location fast before the Tall, Dark, and Pumpkin (6.2% ABV) runs out. Remember how fast the last two Marble pumpkin ales went? Exactly. The TDP is a brown ale with pumpkin spice and vanilla, served on nitro. Also available at both locations is the delectable Hey Porter (5.9% ABV). Two heavyweights, the Reserve and Imperial Red, are back on tap. All beers are available at both locations for the time being.

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

On the live music front, Na’an Stop will take the stage Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

There is no music at the Westside Taproom while they undergo renovation and expansion. Look for the new stage to be ready in March.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Equinox, Hoppy Wheat, U.S.S. Simcoe. The U.S.S. Simcoe (7% ABV, 30 IBU) is the latest pale ale in Nexus’ S.M.A.S.H. (single malt and single hop) series, and it is a tasty one. Equinox (6.5% ABV, 16 IBU) is back for another run of pumpkin-spiced brown ale goodness. This year’s version wowed us all at NM Brew Fest. The Hoppy Wheat is a seasonal hopped-up wheat beer, as if you could not guess by the name.

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

Pi Brewing at Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria — (505) 890-9463

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

Beers: Cardinal Sin Red, Robust Porter, Pi Vapor, Kama Citra IPA, English Summer Ale, Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, Belgian Pumpkin Ale, Winter is Coming. No, Winter is Coming is not just to make you all yearn for the return of Game of Thrones, is a peppermint porter that will get you into the holiday mood. The Robust Porter and Pi Vapor, a California Common, are other recent additions to the lineup. The Cardinal Sin Red and Kama Citra IPA look to become permanent members of the lineup. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens.

News: They are brewing up a double batch of the outstanding Bourbon Vanilla Porter.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: (Regular) Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Bellamah Brown, American Wheat; (Seasonal) Zaftig, Stage One IPA, Bohemian Pilsner, Spanglish. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex (they have a sign atop the building now that you cannot miss). Congrats to Bellamah Brown and American Wheat for joining the regular beer list, both by popular demand. The newest additions are the Bohemian (5.2% ABV, 32 IBU) and the Spanglish (4.6% ABV, 18 IBU), a Mexican-style lager. Other recent additions to taps are Zaftig (4.6% ABV, 26 IBU), a creamy smooth oatmeal stout, and Stage One IPA (8% ABV, 107 IBU) is a big, hopped-up oatmeal IPA.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Beers: (Regular) Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trapdoor Belgian Wit. (Seasonal) Cosmos Porter, Ryeson Sun Saison, Anniversary Double Red, Dark Side DIPA. No, they did not name the Dark Side DIPA (10.3% ABV, 100+ IBU) after us, but we still went and drank some of this mosh pit of piney hops. Another recent addition is the delicious, slightly hoppy Cosmos Porter. Before that came the Anniversary Double Red  (7.7% ABV, 67 IBU), which has a deceptively low IBU count for a beer this hoppy. It’s got bite, it’s dry, it’s fierce, it’s right up there with the other best imperial reds in town. The Ryeson is still the only rye saison we have ever tasted.

Events: Live music is back The Draft Sessions open mic on Monday from 7 to 9.

Saturday morning will mark another round of Beer and Breakfast, with Barclays Premier League soccer on the telly! From 7 to 10 a.m. you can gather with friends for some food truck-supplied goodies with a pint of beer.

Red Door will no longer be hosting yoga on Sundays.

Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909

(Mon–Thu noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Rio Bravo Amber, Karl’s Hefeweizen, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Snakebite IPA, Black Angus Stout, Road Runner Red, Duke City Pils, Oktoberfest, Old Town Porter (regular and barrel aged), Barley Wine (regular and barrel aged). You can find Rio Bravo at 1912 2nd St. NW, which is just south of I-40. The most recent additions are the Old Town Porter (7.6% ABV, 55 IBU) and Barley Wine (10.5% ABV, 39 IBU), available in tasty regular format and in the more potent barrel-aged versions. Get ’em quick, because both batches will go fast. Look for another barrel-aged beer after Christmas, which the Crew might just have a hand in brewing (more on that soon, we promise). As for the regular lineup, the Amber (5.7% ABV, 53 IBU) offers up a more flavorful kick than most of its genre. The Hefeweizen (4.6% ABV, 26 IBU) has a big banana aroma, but the flavor is more balanced and smooth. Dirty Rotten Bastard (6.4% ABV, 77 IBU) is a “level one” IPA. Columbus is the primary hop in the DRB. Snakebite (7.4% ABV, 99 IBU) is the bigger “level two” IPA, armed with Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, and Crystal hops. Another addition to the regular lineup is the burly Black Angus Stout (5.9% ABV, 25 IBU). It is not a milk stout, cream stout, chocolate stout, or coffee stout. It is just a stout, thick and strong with prominent roasted flavors, somewhat similar to Deschutes’ Obsidian Stout. Road Runner Red (5.7% ABV, 53 IBU) made a solid debut at MWBF.

Events: On the live music front, Watermelon Mountain Jug Band performs tonight (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. Lenin & McCarthy follow on Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday will feature a doubleheader with Nathan Payne & the Wild Bores at 4 p.m., followed by the Chuck Hawley Group at 6. Stratus Phear will hit the stage Saturday at 6 p.m.

Rio Bravo will now have karaoke every Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Son Ranger Irish Red, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen, Rio Negro Milk Stout, Rattlesnake IPA. These are the four core beers of SCG’s lineup, though we cannot guarantee they are on tap at all times. Give them a call to check and see which beers are available. They also now offer guest taps.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room), (505) 243-6752 (Wells Park)

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

Beers: Berliner Weisse, Dark Horse Lager, Desert Dweller IPA, Barn Burner Pale Ale, Turkey Drool, Pear Berry Cider, Tupac Cali Red, Barnstorm Ale, Et Tu Brute Cider (Wells Park only), Scotcholate Scotch Ale (Wells Park only), Summer Ale (Wells Park only), Lil Cease Session IPA (Nob Hill only), The Ruggles (Nob Hill only). The newest additions are the Et Tu Brute Cider and Scotcholate Scotch Ale (at Wells Park only) and the Tupac Cali Red (6.5% ABV, 80 IBU) and Barnstorm Ale at both locations. Before that came the Turkey Drool (8.3% ABV, 30 IBU), Desert Dweller (6% ABV), and Lil’ Cease Session IPA (4.5% ABV, 79 IBU). This year’s Turkey Drool might be the best yet, a perfectly balanced blend of amazing flavors, sweet, smooth, and spicy all in one glass. Still hanging around are the Dark Horse Lager (5.6% ABV) and Summer Ale (7% ABV). The Ruggles (4.4% ABV) is a California Common-style beer. Berliner Weisse (5.1% ABV) is still available at both locations.

Events: Kamikaze Karaoke is back tonight (Wednesday) at Wells Park starting at 7 p.m. Or you can head up to Nob Hill for Solos on the Hill, featuring Alex Maryol at 8:30 p.m.

The Thirsty Thursday Music Series is back at Wells Park as Eryn Bent performs at 8 p.m. She will be followed by the 3rd Thursdays Comedy Contest at 10 p.m.

Emily Davis performs at Wells Park on Friday at 8 p.m.

Saturday will feature the In the Mix series with Homegirls Records spinning at 9 p.m. at Wells Park. Earlier at Nob Hill, the Setting the Tone series features Meredith Wilder starts at 5 p.m.

Also, every first Monday of the month at both Tractor locations is Beer for a Better Burque night. For every pint you buy $1 can go to one of four charities that have partnered with Tractor. You can also opt to purchase a special growler with the logo of your favorite charity.

You can grab your own musical instrument and head to Nob Hill for the ultimate jam session. Tractor Tune Up, hosted by the Virginia Creepers, is now an official event happening every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also, every Monday at Nob Hill features each of Tractor’s canned beers on sale for just $2.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: Altbier, Gourd Dammit, Challenger Deep Black IPA, O Tannenbaum. TMBC’s winter warmer, O Tannenbaum (5.6% ABV, 24 IBU) is now on tap. It was brewed with fresh ginger and spruce tips. The most recent additions before that were the Challenger, Altbier, and the Gourd Dammit, TMBC’s take on a pumpkin ale.

News: 22-ounce bombers of Wilde Jagd, Turtle Mountain’s first bottled beer, are still for sale at the brewery. Unsure if you want to buy one? Let Franz Solo tell you why you need this beer.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Russian Imperial Stout, Bock Door Man, Stranger Than Fiction, McLeonard’s Single Malt Scotch Ale. The most recent additions are the Stranger Than Fiction, a Belgian-style IPA, the Bock Door Man (6.4% ABV), and the always beefy Russian Imperial (10% ABV). The McLeonard’s is a big old Scotch in the style of a Wee Heavy.

News: Brewer James Warren said he has a Belgian Quad and Blonde due up soon, plus a Barleywine.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Mon–Sat open at 11 a.m., Sun open at 1 p.m.)

Beers: Bad Amber, Manikin (Scotch Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Fiction (IPA), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Titian (Golden Strong), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Dark Ryder (Dark Strong), Stille of the Night (Belgian Dark Sour), Cezanne Denouement (Fall Saison), Ara Pacis (Barrel-Aged Imperial Golden Sour), Study Series: Session 1 (Golden Hopped Session), Study Series: Session 2 (Dark Hopped Session), Hair of the Wolf (Experimental). The two new Study Series beers are both session ales, with the lighter Session 1 checking in at 3.4-percent ABV, while the darker Session 2 hits at 3.7 percent. Hair of the Wolf (7.7% ABV), a beer to benefit the local arts collective Meow Wolf, is back for a second run. Coming this Monday is the 2015 version of Goya Imperial Stout.

Events: Happy-hour Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. (discounts for all draft beer), Growler Saturdays ($3 off growler fills).

News: Duel is opening an Albuquerque taproom that will be more than twice the size of the mother facility in Santa Fe. We’re on the case to get you all the details about the downtown location and its projected opening date.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.)

Beers: Black IPA, Chicken Killer, Santa Fe Gold, Belgian Dubbel (ECS), Adobe Igloo 2.0 (Winter Warmer), La Bete Noire. The fourth entry in the ECS (Ever Changing Series) is now available on tap and in bombers in the form of Belgian Dubbel. The Santa Fe Gold is now for sale all around the state in six-packs. The Adobe Igloo 2.0, an improved, spiced winter warmer, is now available on tap. The most recent addition is La Bete Noire, a black saison.

Events: $1 off growler refills in the tasting room on Mondays. $2 pint Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 pint special in the tasting room. On Thursday, there will be $1 off growler refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

The 12 Beers of Christmas continue this week at both the main brewery taproom and the ABQ taproom. For those who don’t know about this annual event, SFBC creates a dozen small batch beers and releases them one at a time from Dec. 12-23. That remaining order is Elephant’s Wit Jungle Bells (today), B’s Nuts Roasting on an Open Fire (Thursday), I’m Dreaming of a Wit Christmas (Friday), Drunkel Stiltskin (Saturday), Master T Bates’ Oregano IPA (Sunday), Grandpa’s Merry Grundler (Monday), Black as Coal Porter (Tuesday), Last Minute Shopping (next Wednesday). And no, we have no idea what kind of beer the last one is.

News: The SFBC taproom is now open at Green Jeans Farmery in Albuquerque. Want details? Here is everything we learned from our visit.

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

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

Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, Rauchbier, International Style Pale Ale, Kidder Special Bitter, St. George IPA, 2015 Anniversary Ale, 2015 Anniversary ESB. Hurry over to try the two beers that were brewed up for last weekend’s 19th anniversary, a hoppy ale and an ESB. The St. George and Kidder are two old favorites back on tap. The Pivotal IPA and Boneshaker Bitter are often available for purchase in four-packs of cans.

Events: On the live music front, Ornetcetera performs Friday and the Bill Hearne Trio is back on Saturday at the original location. The Railyard will play host to Les Gens Bruyants on Friday and Mystic Lizard on Saturday.

Every Tuesday night, the Railyard location will have Open Mic Night hosted by Ben Wright. Every Thursday night, Geeks Who Drink will be at the Railyard at 8 p.m.

Other breweries you need to visit

Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381

(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Hoppenheimer IPA, Black Point Stout, Wit Rock, Little Bird Blonde, Blackberry Saison, Trinity Tripel, Oktoberfest, Tom’s Green Chile Amber. We are proud to have Los Alamos’ first brewery amid our listings. The newest beers on tap are the Blackberry Saison, Trinity Tripel, Oktoberfest, and Tom’s Green Chile Amber.

Events: Bathtub Row hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6 p.m.

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

(Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Pilabo Pale Ale, Zia Pilsner, 790 IPA, Quebradas Sunrise Amber, Hose Co. 1 Red Lager, Venom IPA, KC’s Irish Stout, Porter, Oktoberfest. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, Twisted Chile is the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado several years ago. I got to head down there recently and enjoyed all the beers I sampled. Kudos to Twisted Chile for bring quality craft beers back to a town that needed ’em. The newest beers on tap are the Porter and Oktoberfest, and the excellent Irish Stout is back after a short absence. Look for a Pumpkin Ale soon.

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Cheers!

— Stoutmeister