Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the second half of the now-divided Week Ahead in Beer. This edition covers all the breweries outside of Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties. From Taos to Santa Fe to Farmington to Las Vegas in the north, to Portales, Artesia, Silver City, and Las Cruces in the south, this edition will keep you up to date every week with as many breweries as we can reach. I’ll be handling both editions for now.
All seven styles of Duel’s bottled beers are now for sale at Jubilation in Albuquerque and at the brewery in Santa Fe.
A friend online said recently that if New Mexico breweries really want to put our brewing scene on the map nationally, more of them must start bottling or canning their beers. Outside of the ABQ metro area, where La Cumbre, Marble, Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca, and Tractor all distribute, the only distribution brewery to date has been Santa Fe Brewing. Well, two other breweries in the City Different are now heading down that path as well. Duel Brewing had a special tasting of their seven (!) bottled beers at Jubilation in Albuquerque last weekend. For now, Duel will only be selling their bombers at Jubilation and out of the brewery. Still, it’s a good start to what they eventually hope will be a greater distribution of their Belgian-style wares. Today (Thursday) will mark the debut of Second Street’s Pivotal IPA in cans. Working with Mother Road Mobile Canning, Second Street will be distributing their beer for the first time. You can stop by today from 2 to 6 p.m. to watch the process and buy a four-pack. For now, the four-packs of Pivotal will be sold only out of the two Second Street locations, but the hope is that in the future they will be selling out of stores in the area. These are just the first steps for the two breweries in terms of distribution, but it is a good sign that more places are looking to can and bottle. It also saves us Burquenos space in our cars’ trunks where we had to pack in all those growlers for our Santa Fe trips.
On the new brewery front, it looks like two places will be opening soon. Twisted Chile Brewing is open for food sales in Socorro right now and has other New Mexico beers on tap. They are getting ready to crank things up soon and will begin serving their own beers. Further to the south, Spotted Dog Brewery is making progress toward opening in Mesilla. Porter Pounder will be down there on a film set and will try to stop by Spotted Dog to check out their progress. The Las Cruces area has been overdue for another brewery.
There are a few new beers on tap across the state. Blue Corn has Funkadelic Dunkel on tap. Duel has Whistler and Marcel (Witbier) on tap. Second Street has brought back Boneshaker Bitter, Cream Stout, Railrunner Ale, and Railyard Red. Up in Farmington, Three Rivers has tapped Orchard Street Raspberry Wheat, King Colona, and Thode’s Fat Dog Stuck in the Door Stout.
To further help people organize any brewing adventures, rather than list the breweries alphabetically here as we do in the Metro Edition, they’re grouped by geographic region: Northwest (Farmington), Santa Fe area, Taos area, Northeast (Las Vegas), East (Portales), Southeast (Artesia), Southwest (Las Cruces, Silver City).
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 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.
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Training Wheels Light Lager, HALT!-bier, Berliner Weiss, Funkadelic Dunkel. The Funkadelic (5.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Bavarian-style brown ale, with Crystal hops added to balance the big malt bill. For craft beer beginners, Blue Corn has an American light lager called Training Wheels (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU). It’s made with flaked maize, rice, and pilsner malt. HALT!-bier (6% ABV, 40 IBU) is an Altbier made with two types of German color malts and a mix of Warrior and Crystal hops that give it a crisp, dry finish.
News: A Schwarzbier and a Smoked Olde Ale are the next beers on deck. A special version of the Olde Ale aged on Scotch-soaked oak chips will be available at the Draft Station in Santa Fe on Friday at 4 p.m.
Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301
(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Study Series: Brown (Belgian-style Sour Brown Ale), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Synne (Pale Ale), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Grunewald (Imperial Porter), Marcel (Witbier), Whistler (Blonde). Duel brewer Todd Yocham described the latest Study Series entry (5% ABV) like this, “A very malt forward light bodied brown ale, soured with Lactobacillus and accentuated by the fruity esters from our Trappist yeast.” The Fantin (7.5% ABV), which I tried and liked at Pajarito Summerfest, gets this summary, “Aromas of strawberry and pineapple accentuated by our Trappist yeast will keep you wanting more.”
Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.
Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333
(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed on Sunday)
Beers: Freestyle Pilsner, Oktoberfest, Kriek. The Kriek is a sour ale with cherries added and then aged in oak barrels. It’s not your average sour, and like almost all SFBC beers, you can find it for sale at fine liquor establishments throughout the state.
News: SFBC will be selling a small number of special bottles this week. They have 28 total bottles of Oud Bruin and Single Barrel, plus six bottles of Sour Tripel from the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers Club.
Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. 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, ESB, Triskelion Amber, German Pilsner, Boneshaker Bitter, Cream Stout, Railrunner Ale, Railyard Red. August is German Beer Month at Second Street, so the Pilsner and the Amber are the first two of the German-style brews coming to tap. The Boneshaker, Stout, Railrunner, and Red are all back on tap after a short absence.
Events: SSB Thursday’s Patio series will feature Paw Cole and the Clinkers all month long. Christina Herr is playing Friday, followed by Hot Club of Santa Fe on Saturday. There is never a cover. Shows at the Railyard include Step in Blues on Friday, Pete Stein on Saturday, and Hot Honey with Sunday brunch all month long.
Today (Thursday) is the next Cask & Curry Night at the original location. Railrunner Ale will be on cask.
Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!
Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188 (original location), (505) 747-4506 (Espanola taproom)
(Original location: Sun-Tues noon–6 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.)
(Espanola taproom, 100 Los Alamos Hwy: Wes-Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., happy hour Weds-Fri 4 p.m.–6 p.m.)
Beers: Embudo Gold Golden Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Ladybug IPA, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The Ladybug and Embudo were the most recent additions to the lineup when we visited Blue Heron recently. The Ladybug offers up a unique mix of varied hops that produce a beer that tends to be sweeter and mellower than what we normally think of with IPAs. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers, including longtime Crew favorite La Llorona Scottish Ale.
News: Blue Heron’s new taproom in Espanola is now open for business. Stop by on your next time up north and check out all they have to offer.
Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337
(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)
Beers: Scully Mountain IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale, Iron Mountain Porter, Belgian Blond. Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when E-Rock and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area. We also had the Iron Man back then. It’s a burly beer worthy of Tony Stark.
News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.
Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517
(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sun noon-10 p.m.)
UPDATED >>> Beers: Taos Green Chile Beer, The Chemist (Gluten-free), Blonde Betty, Artist Ale (English bitter), Millennium IPA, Red-Handed Ale, Naked Ape (Fruit beer). Thanks to reader 8BitHitman, we have an updated beer list for Eske’s at last. After initially going “huh?” on a few of these beers, 8BitHitman wrote us back to fill us in. The Chemist is Eske’s popular gluten-free beer. The Artist Ale is an English bitter and was his choice as the best of the bunch. The Naked Ape is a fruit beer, with peach/apricot characteristics.
Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522
(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)
Beers: Mosaic Lollipop Pale Ale, Mogul Imperial IPA, Simple Porter. When we visited the Mosaic and the Porter were still listed on the menu, but both had run out. The Porter was back on tap as of Wednesday, or so the TAH Facebook page showed. We did try the Mogul, which is served in 10-ounce glasses only due to a high ABV (9.5%). It’s not a hop bomb, but instead has a lot of balance between the hops and the malty backbone. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.
News: Taos Ale House recently partnered with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. The Burger Stand is now open and is already booming with business.
Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900
(Daily 11 a.m. – close)
Beers: Sessions 3 (IPA), Superstitious Stout, Kolsch 45, Hopper IPA, Hopricot. Sessions 3 is the third entry in their session IPA series. It’s a little lighter and mellower than its predecessors, maybe closer to a pale ale than a traditional IPA. We were big fans of the Kolsch 45 and the Superstitious Stout was pretty good as well, even for the hot summer. There are also multiple guest taps, including one rotating tap called the “NM Brewers Guild” tap, featuring random beers from all over the state.
New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), (203) 521-7908 (pub)
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.
News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.
Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605
Beers: India Pale Ale, Sandstone Wheat, Afternoon D’light IPL, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Red Mountain Wheat, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Orchard Street Raspberry Wheat, King Colona, Longshot Light, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Thode’s Fat Dog Stuck in the Door Stout. The lineup at Three Rivers has three new beers while bidding adieu to four others (Peachy Keen, Chaco Nut Brown, Schnitzengiggle, Powerplant Porter). The Orchard Street Raspberry Wheat (4.5% ABV) is made with fresh raspberries. The King Colona (9.5%) is the imperial version of the NM Colona. The rather awesomely named Thode’s Fat Dog Stuck in the Door Stout (5.4% ABV) is the darkest beer on tap. It was named in honor of Jim Thode, a friend of the brewery who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. Some of the more interesting older beers on tap include the Afternoon D’light IPL (5.0% ABV), an India pale lager made with just Pilsner malt and Citra hops. The Sandstone (4.7% ABV) is a Bavarian-style hefeweizen. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance.
Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739
(Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA (6.1% ABV, 69 IBU), Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout (10% ABV, 75 IBU), Black Water Draught Porter (8.5% ABV, 30 IBU), Green Chile Lager (5% ABV, 18 IBU), Wild Cherry Stout (4% ABV, 15 IBU), Roosevelt Golden Lager (4.8% ABV, 21 IBU), Wagon Wheel Wheat (4% ABV, 15 IBU). Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.
Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.
Desert Water Brewing — (888) 959-9342
(Tues-Sat noon-9 p.m.)
Beers: Amber, Rice Beer, Hard Cider, Hoppy, Wheat, Porter. Desert Water, located at 1 E. Cottonwood Road in Artesia, brews in small batches, so the lineup is constantly changing. They sell the beer in 4-ounce samples ($1, $2 for cider) or 12-ounce glasses ($3.50 beer, $5 cider). You can also purchase the beer in growlers.
The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640
Beers: Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat, Wellhead Pale Ale, Crude Oil Stout, Roughneck Red, Wildcat IPA. Brew Crew Bullpen member Amy O visited The Wellhead recently and snapped a photo of their beer board. Her review of Artesia’s original brewery just ran on our site. The Wildcat IPA (7% ABV) is the biggest beer in the lineup, though personally I’d love to try the Crude Oil Stout (4.7% ABV) one of these days.
High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752
(Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)
Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Kolsch, Bohemian Pilsner, Octoberfest, Extra Special Bitter, IPA, Anniversary IPA, Brown Ale, Steam Beer, Barley Wine. The lineup is still the same as a week ago. The Kolsch and Pilsner rejoined the lineup last week, replacing the Irish Red and Black IPA. Lots of (fairly) fresh beer is ready for you, Las Cruces! High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave.
Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144
(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)
Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them. I got to try the Amber and Porter at SummerFest. Both hit all the right notes for their respective styles. LTC’s beers are getting better and better.
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