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Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock back with another Tuesday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is now hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos.

As a programming note, I will not be writing this column next week, so I will be handing over the reins at that time to Stoutmeister. On his behalf, if any brewery staffers are reading this, if you could give the man a hand and e-mail your new seasonal listings to nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com. He would greatly appreciate some extra help since he has an Isotopes homestand to cover next Monday/Tuesday.

Once again, I would like to thank Sandia Chile Grill for supplying me with a huge Ultimate Warrior Burrito and a pint of New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen as I worked on this column. It is always appreciated.

I had a hard time deciding what to name this week’s edition of this column. On one hand, everyone in the state seems to have a hefeweizen on tap. Bosque, Blue Corn, Eske’s, Sandia Chile Grill, Second Street, Cazuela’s, and Il Vicino all have a hefe on tap this week. In addition to the hefe, the Il Vicino Canteen has a new Dunkleweizen and an Apricot Hefeweizen on tap. For that hat trick, I was about to title this column “Weizen Up at the Canteen.” If that weren’t enough, Rio Rancho’s annual Pork & Brew Festival this weekend. Turtle Mountain brewed a batch of the their PNB Brown for the event, as they do every year. Plus there’s the whole Fourth of July celebrations that go great with beer. In the end, I had to tip my hat to Santa Fe Brewery’s 25th anniversary celebration.

The Duke City has has several new seasonal beers on tap this week. ABQ Brew Pub is serving up Monk’s Double starting this week. Back Alley Draft House is now serving their Double IPA. Bosque is unveiling their new Saison Rouge (Dark Saison) this week. Cazuela’s has their Acapulco Red coming to tap this week. Marble has a new lager called Bier on tap. Tractor now has their Apricot Cider on tap and they are serving their Milk Stout once again. Turtle Mountain is serving up new batches of the aforementioned PNB Brown and also the Triple Play Pale Ale.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewery is releasing their 25th Anniversary Saison (5.5% ABV) this week. Second Street now has Rod’s Best Bitter and Abiquiu Pale Ale on tap, and they will have their Hefeweizen on tap by the end of the week.

Up in the Taos area (I really need to learn more about Taos so I can call it by a nickname, too), Taos Ale House has the aptly named Beat the Heat Wheat on tap.

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

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

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of July 1.

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. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

Beers: Monks Double (7.5% ABV, 20 IBU). ABP carries beers from Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande Brewing and Monks Brewing. Most of their beers are on tap all year long. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller or seasonal releases by Monks Brewing.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

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

Beers: Double IPA, IPA.

News: BADH should have a new Summer Ale on tap in a couple of weeks.

Events: BADH will be showing Phish’s New York concert on the big screen this Saturday and Sunday in collaboration with Jams of Enchantment. Also, look for BADH at the Beer Premiere Festival on July 20.

Celebrate Dollar off Tuesdays on your favorite beers. Industry people always get a dollar off; show your server certificate or some other proof that you work in the crazy restaurant/bar industry. (Kitchen peeps TOO!)

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Czech Your English, Hefeweizen, East Fork IPA, Vienna Lager. East Ford is an English-style IPA. According to Blue Corn’s website, the Vienna Lager “is made with all German malts and hops. It’s a very drinkable, toasty, malty lager. It has a medium body with a light copper color. Brewed with Vienna malt, Pilsner malt, dark Munich malt. Hopped with German Hallertau.” (5.8% ABV, 23 IBU, 1.060 OG)

Cask: Blue Corn features a new beer on cask every Friday starting at 4 p.m.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

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

Beers: Aurora IPA, Embudo Gold Golden Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Cascabel IPA (only on bottle), La Llorona Scottish Ale. Lava Rock Pale Ale is a classic pale ale that is well balanced and pleasantly hopped. Amber’s Folly Amber Ale is a nice malty ale with a caramel finish. Stoutmeister and Shilling consider the La Llorona Scottish Ale to be one of the best beers brewed anywhere on Planet Earth. Yup, the whole darned planet.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Blue Heron’s website calendar for regular music events.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

Beers: Saison Rouge (Dark Saison), Pale Ryder (Pale Ale), Boss Pale Ale, Valley Fog (California Stream), Engaano Hefeweizen, Mellow Brit English Brown. Stoutmeister sampled the new version of the Boss Pale Ale at Blues & Brews. He said it has a nice mix of some sweetness and mild hoppiness that sets it apart from most pale ales. Bosque Brewing Co. is excited to announce their “Adopted” line of specialty ales! Periodically, they will release 7-barrel batches of seasonal ales and $1 of each pint sold will be donated to the ABBA Fund, an organization that extends zero-percent interest loans to families aspiring to adopt domestically and internationally. Their first Adopted Ale is the Engaano Hefeweizen.

News: BBC has several beers in the works including one that will benefit the N.M. chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Stay tuned for more details as we receive them.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out BBC’s Facebook page for their regular Monday music series.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

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

Beers: Black Star Stout, Jurye 4th (Roasted Rye) Brown, Don Cherry Wheat, Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison. B3’s website had this to say about the Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison: “We collaborated with Kevin from SWGG to brew this incredible beer. Saisons originated in southern Belgium during the 19th century. Meaning ‘season’ in French, Saisons were given to farm workers as a form of hydration when water wasn’t suitable for drinking.”

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, B3 will host World Tavern Poker (it’s free to play and you can earn points, prizes, and a shot at the World Series of Poker).

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out B3’s website calendar for regular music events.

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

(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)

Beers: Acapulco Red, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Inebriator (Doppel Bock) (8+% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” Stoutmeister and I don’t always agree on beers, but we both found this light yet flavorful cream ale to be one of our favorites.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website for Friday and Saturday music events.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Centennial Pale Ale, Cold Crush KolschCaptain’s Chair IPA, Bock to the Future II. Chama River’s website has this to say about their Cold Crush Kolsch: “Our Kolsch-style beer was brewed with the finest German malts and aromatic varieties of Noble hops to create an extremely soft, hot weather companion.” (5.3% ABV, 22 IBU) In addition, Chama River’s website had this to say about Bock to the Future II: “Great Scott! Our Maibock-style lager is like hopping in a DeLorean, punching it to 88, and letting the Flux Capacitor do the rest. This cult classic beer was brewed with German pilsner and biscuit malts as well as classic noble hop varieties to create a deliciously clean spring lager.” (6.2% ABV, 30 IBU, $5 pints)

News: Mondays all summer, Chama is offering their Brew Club Members half off an entree when one entree of greater or equal value is purchased. They also offer half-priced bottles of wine from their glass list all day Monday.

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Homestead Amber Ale, Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale. According to CCBC’s website Homestead Amber Ale is “a full bodied beer made in the traditional German alt (old) style. It provides a sweet maltiness with subtle hop flavor and a floral finish. Homestead Amber is named for a small log cabin located on the Comanche Creek in Northern New Mexico and constructed by the great grandfather of Comanche Creek Brewing Company’s founder.” Both Stoutmeister and I tried the Homestead last summer and found it to be a great beer for the season.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Irish Red (4.5% ABV), Hoola Hop Hefeweizen, 10,000-Foot Stout, Green Chile IPA, Seco Stout, Artist Ale, Brown, Blonde Betty, Peach Naked Ale. Eske’s Irish Red was made from a recipe that hasn’t been used in 10 years, so grabbing a pint is like celebrating local history. This beer is a brewed to a light, well-balanced Irish red. The Hoola Hoop Hefeweizen should be on tap by the end of the week.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Dunkleweizen, Apricot Hefeweizen, Boysenberry Wheat, Red River Bitter (ESB), Odin’s Red (Imperial), Hefeweizen, Cervesarita (28M Pale Ale with margarita mix), Irish Red. Odin’s Red is back on tap. This high alcohol imperial red is a Brew Crew favorite. Half the Crew recently had the Red River Bitter and liked it an awful lot, too.

Cask: Il Vicino is doing something new for Cask Wednesday for the summer that they call Hop Hullabaloo. Every Wednesday, brewers at the Canteen will start with a Wet Mountain IPA base and dry hop a single hop variety over that base. The idea is to give faithful Cask Wednesday patrons a unique view of how cask aging affects the flavor profile of different hops. This Wednesday, Topaz hops with be on display. On Saturday, the Canteen will have their Zwickle Beer on cask. The Zwickle Beer is an unfiltered, oak-aged lager.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Il Vicino’s website calendar for daily music events.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Chinook, Pale Ale, Ooh Baby, I’m Common (Steam Beer), Miles from Cologne (Kolsch), Home on La Grange IPA, Siberian Silk Baltic Porter, Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter). La Cumbre’s website had this to say about Ooh Baby, I’m Common, “Kaylynn has been brewing at La Cumbre Brewing Co. for nearly as long as we have been open and this is the first time she has requested to formulate a Brewers Special. The style of Steam Beer (aka California Common) nearly died until a young heir to the Maytag fortune bought the ailing Anchor Brewery of San Francisco. Our California Common is a big slap on the ass of… balance. Rich caramel malts, nuanced Northern Brewer hops, and the dark fruit esters that are the hallmark of this lager yeast come together to make an extremely satisfying but quaffable lager.” (6.0% ABV, 43 IBU) Shilling tried this beer recently and loved it. Miles from Cologne is one of my favorite summer beers. Last year, Miles from Cologne was only sold in the traditional 7-ounce glasses. This year, La Cumbre is selling them in pints and a special larger size for their beer club members.

Cask: La Cumbre usually offers a couple beers on cask throughout fall and winter, but there is nothing on cask at this time.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out La Cumbre’s website calendar for daily music events and food truck info.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Bier (4.5% ABV), American Gold, Double White. Bier is a dry-hopped German lager. Marble’s website had this to say about Double White, “Our poplular pale, hazy, Belgian-inspired wheat ale is brewed with coriander and orange peel. It is both refreshing and satisfying.” (7.0% ABV) Their website also had this to say about the American Gold, “Our big, bright summer barley wine is just right for warm weather. Single hopped with Cascade, the classic America craft hop.” (10.5% ABV, $6/13-oz., growler fill add $6)

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

Food: The Boiler Monkey will be at the Downtown Pub on Wednesday. Chicharroneria Don Choche will park at the Pub on Thursday and Friday. The Rustic Truck will also be at the Downtown Pub on Friday. The Supper Truck will be at the Downtown Pub on Saturday.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Marble’s website calendar for daily music events.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Steam, Tripel, Ginger Beer, Imperial Cream Ale. The new Steam from Nexus should be out by the end of the week. Nexus’ Ginger Beer isn’t some ginger beer that you would find at the corner store. This beer is a pale ale brewed with ginger, the way a ginger beer should be made.

Cask: Nexus is currently featuring their Scottish ale on cask.

News: Nexus is currently brewing up a batch of their Brown, which should be on tap in a couple of weeks. They also has an Espresso Chocolate Porter that should be on cask next week.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room. They also have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: New Rattlesnake IPA, Son Ranger (Irish Red) 5%, Rio Negro Milk Stout on Nitro, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen. SCG’s New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen took first place at the New Mexico Cup competition earlier this year. This is one crisp and tasty beer that is not to be missed. The Son Ranger Irish red is made with a new summertime recipe that is more suited for drinking during a long, hot day. SCG’s newly christened Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen is so named because Barb, a long time patron of SCG, no longer wanted her favorite beer to be made seasonally. So, she bought a barrel and donated it to SCG so that there would be a dedicated barrel with her favorite beer in it all year round. Thanks, Barb!

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be introducing their new Blonde Bombshell (5% ABV) in a couple of weeks, and they will have a new batch of the Smooth Move Amber next week.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Cottonwood Winery and Brewery open their first brewery in Artesia. They will be opening in about two months.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Pumpkin Ale (small batch), Freestyle Pilsner. The Freestyle Pilsner is SFBC’s summer seasonal, and it will be on tap throughout the season. Pumpkin Ale is one of the small batch beers that SFBC brews periodically.

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

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278

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

Beers: Rod’s Best Bitter, Abiquiu Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Railyard Red, Pajarito Pale Ale. Second Street is known for rolling our several versions of one style in a given month. For instance, June was Pale Ale Month and Second Street released four different pale ales. The Otowi Pale Ale is a multi-hop ale and Chinook and Centennial are single-hop ales. The Abiquiu Pale Ale was the final entry in this series.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Second Street’s website for daily music events.

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: Beat the Heat Wheat, Taos Ale House Dirty Brown. Stoutmeister and Shilling both got to enjoy a pint of the Dirty Brown while they visited Taos last Friday. They called it a break from tradition, where the strong, nutty flavors are present and the usual sweetness of a brown is nowhere to be found. Nonetheless, it is a solid, smooth summer beer.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Taos Ale House’s Facebook page for daily music events.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily noon–close)

Beers: Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Kolsch 45, Old 96 Schticky, Hopper IPA, Superstitious Stout, Lunch Pale Ale, Great Scot Scottish. According to TMBC’s website, Superstitious Stout 
is a “dry Irish stout that pours with a creamy “Guinness” style head. Bitter and roast notes peak thorough this light bodied beer, making it a highly drinkable stout.” (5.5% ABV, 30 IBUs) Old 96 is a summer version of an Oktoberfest. It’s a little lighter and smoother than you would expect from a Marzen. Stoutmeister enjoyed the Superstitious Stout and Shilling gave a thumbs up to the Fall Down Brown when they visited Taos Mesa last Friday.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Taos Mesa Brewing’s facebook page for daily music events.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

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

Beers: Milk Stout, Apricot Cider, Maibock, Bourdain Bruja Roja “Red Which”, Otter IPA, Pilsner #15, Tractor Hard Cider, Big Bale Wheat. Stoutmeister stopped by Tractor recently after an Isotopes game and came away impressed by the Bruja Roja. As friend of the Brew Crew Lauren Poole explained, it was brewed as a “red pilsner” but actually came out more like a Marzen. Stoutmeister said it tastes very similar to Tractoberfest, with malty sweetness and a smooth finish. He highly recommends the Bruja Roja as a way to beat the heat. Now that Tractor is serving their Milk Stout again, it’s a safe bet that Stoutmeister will be spending all of his free time at Tractor. (Yes, yes I will. — S)

News: Tractor is working on a new Triple Berry Hard Cider made with blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry that should be on tap in a week or two. There is also news coming up about Tractor bottling its beers for sales at locations throughout the ABQ metro area. The Crew will be doing some in-depth “research” on this in the coming weeks.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: PNB Brown, Triple Play Pale Ale, Genesis IPA, Wit, Celebrator IPA, Amnesia (Double IPA), Milk Shake Stout, Maibock, Odd Job Brown, Yardsale Blonde, Nitro Irish Stout, Belgian IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s website has this to say about their Wit: “This is a Dutch style Wheat beer made popular in Hoegaarden. Our witbier is brewed using equal parts of Wheat and Pilsner malts that blend amazingly with coriander and bitter & sweet orange peel.” (4.7% ABV, 10 IBU, 1.046 OG) In addition, TMBC’s website had this to say about the Celebrator IPA: “This is our clone of Sierra Nevada’s Celebrator IPA. The grains in this IPA were boiled for two hours to caramelize them and create a fuller flavor and deeper hue. Dry-hopping with some Cascade hops also provides a crisp nose.” (6.3% ABV, 70 IBU, 1.060 OG)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Celebrator IPA on cask.

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

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Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock back with another Tuesday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is now hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos.

Once again, I would like to thank Sandia Chile Grill for supplying me with a huge Ultimate Warrior Burrito and a pint of Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen as I worked on this column. It is always appreciated.

We seem to be in the burning middle of summer, and there are a lot of new beers to help keep you cool in the Land of Enchantment. As a reminder to all of you beer and dog lovers, don’t leave your dog in the car when you are grabbing your growler. Now that I got that out of the way, here are the newest beers coming out in New Mexico.

Burque breweries and tap rooms have a lot of new beers and old favorites coming to taps this week. Broken Bottle will introduce their new Black Star Stout by the end of the week and they are now serving their Jurye Fourth (rye beer). Cazuela’s has a new batch of Panama Red back on tap. Chama River has a new batch of their Centennial Pale Ale back on tap. The Il Vicino Canteen has new batches of their Just Esteem (California steam beer) and Boysenberry Wheat back on tap. La Cumbre has a new Chinook Pale Ale on tap. That makes three new Chinook Pale Ales in the state including offerings from Second Street Brewery and Marble Brewery. Speaking of Marble, they have their Iron Horse IPA back on tap. Tractor’s long awaited Maibock is back on tap as well. Turtle Mountain has created their new Genesis IPA.

In the City Different, Blue Corn Brewery is now serving their Czech Your English (single hopped) and Hefeweizen. Santa Fe Brewery has a small batch of Pumpkin Spice on tap and ready to be tasted.

Up in the Taos area (I really need to learn more about Taos so I can call it by a nickname, too), Eske’s has a new Irish Red on tap and they will soon release their Hula Hop Hefeweizen. Taos Ale House has a new batch of their Dirty Blonde on tap.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 24.

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

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

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. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

Beers: ABP has no seasonals on tap at this time. ABP carries beers from Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande Brewing and Monks Brewing. Most of their beers are on tap all year long. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

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

Beers: Belgian Pale Ale, IPA.

News: BADH should have a new Summer Ale on tap in a couple of weeks.

Events: BADH will do a new Stone Brewery tapping on Friday, July 5. The return appearance of musical Shamani will accompany the tapping.

Celebrate Dollar off Tuesdays on your favorite beers. Industry people always get a dollar off; show your server certificate or some other proof that you work in the crazy restaurant/bar industry. (Kitchen peeps TOO!)

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Czech Your English, Hefeweizen, Schwarzbier, East Fork IPA, Vienna Lager. East Ford is an English-style IPA. According to Blue Corn’s website, the Vienna Lager “is made with all German malts and hops. It’s a very drinkable, toasty, malty lager. It has a medium body with a light copper color. Brewed with Vienna malt, Pilsner malt, dark Munich malt. Hopped with German Hallertau.” (5.8% ABV, 23 IBU, 1.060 OG)

Cask: Blue Corn features a new beer on cask every Friday starting at 4 p.m.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

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

Beers: Aurora IPA, Embudo Gold Golden Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Cascabel IPA (only on bottle), La Llorona Scottish Ale. Lava Rock Pale Ale is a classic pale ale that is well balanced and pleasantly hopped. Amber’s Folly Amber Ale is a nice malty ale with a caramel finish. Stoutmeister and Shilling consider the La Llorona Scottish Ale to be one of the best beers brewed anywhere on Planet Earth. Yup, the whole darned planet.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Blue Heron’s website calendar for regular music events.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

Beers: Pale Ryder (Pale Ale), Boss Pale Ale, Valley Fog (California Stream), Engaano Hefeweizen, Mellow Brit English Brown. Stoutmeister sampled the new version of the Boss Pale Ale at Blues & Brews. He said it has a nice mix of some sweetness and mild hoppiness that sets it apart from most pale ales. Bosque Brewing Co. is excited to announce their “Adopted” line of specialty ales! Periodically, they will release 7-barrel batches of seasonal ales and $1 of each pint sold will be donated to the ABBA Fund, an organization that extends zero-percent interest loans to families aspiring to adopt domestically and internationally. Their first Adopted Ale is the Engaano Hefeweizen.

News: BBC has several beers in the works including a new beer that will benefit the NM Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Stay tuned for more details as we receive them.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out BBC’s Facebook page for their regular Monday music series.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

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

Beers: Black Star Stout, Jurye 4th (Roasted Rye) Brown, Don Cherry Wheat, Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison, 2 Scoops Amber. The anise-based Black Star Stout should be on tap by the end of the week. B3’s website had this to say about 2 Scoops Amber: “Did you know that raisins have natural yeast on them and it can be used to ferment beer? We learned this from a BBB patron and decided to try it. An amber ale fermented with 100% natural raisins.” Stoutmeister and Franz Solo both tried the Toffee Stout and came away impressed with a stout that is brewed for the hot summer months.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, B3 will host World Tavern Poker (it’s free to play and you can earn points, prizes, and a shot at the World Series of Poker).

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out B3’s website calendar for regular music events.

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

(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)

Beers: Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Inebriator (Doppel Bock) (8+% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” Stoutmeister and I don’t always agree on beers, but we both found this light yet flavorful cream ale to be one of our favorites.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website for Friday and Saturday music events.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Centennial Pale Ale, Cold Crush Kolsch, Captain’s Chair IPA, Bock to the Future II. Chama River’s website has this to say about their Cold Crush Kolsch: “Our Kolsch-style beer was brewed with the finest German malts and aromatic varieties of Noble hops to create an extremely soft, hot weather companion.” (5.3% ABV, 22 IBU) In addition, Chama River’s website had this to say about Bock to the Future II: “Great Scott! Our Maibock-style lager is like hopping in a DeLorean, punching it to 88, and letting the Flux Capacitor do the rest. This cult classic beer was brewed with German pilsner and biscuit malts as well as classic noble hop varieties to create a deliciously clean spring lager.” (6.2% ABV, 30 IBU, $5 pints)

News: Mondays all summer, Chama is offering to their Brew Club Members 1/2 off an entree when one entree of greater or equal value is purchased. They also offer 1/2 price bottles of wine from their glass list all day on Monday.

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Homestead Amber Ale, Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale. According to CCBC’s website Homestead Amber Ale is “a full bodied beer made in the traditional German alt (old) style. It provides a sweet maltiness with subtle hop flavor and a floral finish. Homestead Amber is named for a small log cabin located on the Comanche Creek in Northern New Mexico and constructed by the great grandfather of Comanche Creek Brewing Company’s founder.” Both Stoutmeister and I tried the Homestead last summer and found it to be a great beer for the season.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Irish Red (4.5% ABV), Hoola Hop Hefeweizen, 10,000-Foot Stout, Green Chile IPA, Seco Stout, Millenium IPA, Artist Ale, Brown, Blonde Betty, Peach Naked Ale. Eske’s Irish Red was made from a recipe that hasn’t been used in 10 years, so grabbing a pint is like celebrating local history. This beer is a brewed to a light, well-balanced Irish red. The Hoola Hoop Hefeweizen should be on tap by the end of the week.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Just Esteam, Boysen Berry Wheat, Red River Bitter (ESB), Odin’s Red (Imperial), Exodus IPA, Hefeweizen, Cervesarita (28M Pale Ale with margarita mix), Irish Red. Odin’s Red is back on tap. This high alcohol imperial red is a Brew Crew favorite. Half the Crew recently had the Red River Bitter and liked it an awful lot, too.

Cask: Il Vicino is doing something new for Cask Wednesday for the summer that they call Hop Hullabaloo. Every Wednesday, brewers at the Canteen will start with a Wet Mountain IPA base and dry hop a single hop variety over that base. The idea is to give faithful Cask Wednesday patrons a unique view of how cask aging affects the flavor profile of different hops. This Wednesday, Sorachi ace hops with be on display. On Saturday, the Canteen will have a Dunkel on cask.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Il Vicino’s website calendar for daily music events.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Chinook, Pale Ale, Ooh Baby, I’m Common (Steam Beer), Miles from Cologne (Kolsch), Home on La Grange IPA, Siberian Silk Baltic Porter, Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter). La Cumbre’s website had this to say about Ooh Baby, I’m Common, “Kaylynn has been brewing at La Cumbre Brewing Co. for nearly as long as we have been open and this is the first time she has requested to formulate a Brewers Special. The style of Steam Beer (aka California Common) nearly died until a young heir to the Maytag fortune bought the ailing Anchor Brewery of San Francisco. Our California Common is a big slap on the ass of… balance. Rich caramel malts, nuanced Northern Brewer hops, and the dark fruit esters that are the hallmark of this lager yeast come together to make an extremely satisfying but quaffable lager.” (6.0% ABV, 43 IBU) Shilling tried this beer over the weekend and loved it. Miles from Cologne is one of my favorite summer beers. Last year, Miles from Cologne was only sold in the traditional 7-ounce glasses. This year, La Cumbre is selling them in pints and a special larger side for their beer club members.

Cask: La Cumbre usually offers a couple beers on cask throughout fall and winter, but there is nothing on cask at this time.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out La Cumbre’s website calendar for daily music events and food truck info.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Iron Horse, Chinook Pale Ale, Red Light Lager, American Gold, Double White. Marble’s website had this to say about Iron Horse Extra IPA, “An exclusive blend of experimental hops deliver a pungent, one-of-a-kind American hop experience. $1 from each pint benefits ‘Ales for ALS’. (7.0% ABV, $5.50/Pint, growler fill add $4) Their website also had this to say about the American Gold, “Our big, bright summer barley wine is just right for warm weather. Single hopped with Cascade, the classic America craft hop.” (10.5% ABV, $6/13Oz., growler fill add $6)

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

Food: The Boiler Monkey will be at the Downtown Pub on Wednesday. Chicharroneria Don Choche will park at the Pub on Thursday and Friday. The Rustic Truck will also be at the Downtown Pub on Friday. The Supper Truck will be at the Downtown Pub on Saturday.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Marble’s website calendar for daily music events.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Steam, Tripel, Ginger Beer, Imperial Cream Ale. The new Steam from Nexus should be out by the end of the week. Nexus’ Ginger Beer isn’t some ginger beer that you would find at the corner store. This beer is a pale ale brewed with ginger, the way a ginger beer should be made.

Cask: Nexus is currently featuring their Scottish ale on cask.

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. They also have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: New Rattlesnake IPA, Son Ranger (Irish Red) 5%, Rio Negro Milk Stout on Nitro, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen. SCG’s New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen took first place at the New Mexico Cup competition earlier this year. This is one crisp and tasty beer that is not to be missed. The Son Ranger Irish red is made with a new summertime recipe that is more suited for drinking during a long, hot day. SCG’s newly christened Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen is so named because Barb, a long time patron of SCG, no longer wanted her favorite beer to be made seasonally. So, she bought a barrel and donated it to SCG so that there would be a dedicated barrel with her favorite beer in it all year round. Thanks, Barb!

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be introducing their new Blonde Bombshell (5% ABV) in two-to-three weeks, and they will have a new batch of the Smooth Move Amber in a week or two.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Cottonwood Winery and Brewery open their first brewery in Artesia. They will be opening in about two months.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Pumpkin Ale (small batch), Freestyle Pilsner. The Freestyle Pilsner is SFBC’s summer seasonal, and it will be on tap throughout the season. Pumpkin Ale is one of the small batch beers that SFBC brews periodically.

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

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278

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

Beers: Railyard Red, Pajarito Pale Ale, Mosaic Pale Ale, Chinook Pale Ale, Centennial Pale Ale. Second Street is known for rolling our several versions of one style in a given month. For instance, June is Pale Ale Month and Second Street will release four different pale ales. The Otowi Pale Ale is a multi-hop ale and Chinook and Centennial are single-hop ales. That leaves one more pale ale yet to be released.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Second Street’s website for daily music events.

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: Taos Ale House Dirty Brown. TAH should have a lot of new beers on tap in the coming weeks. I will pass on the information as I get it. The crew had a chance to sample TAH’s Paddy Nitro Stout last summer. That beer was amazing. We are all looking forward to sampling TAH’s newest beers. Actually, we just hope to get back up to Taos, period. Must … escape … heat …

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Taos Ale House’s Facebook page for daily music events.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily noon–close)

Beers: Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Kolsch 45, Old 96 Schticky, Hopper IPA, Superstitious Stout, Lunch Pale Ale, Great Scot Scottish. According to TMBC’s website, Superstitious Stout 
is a “dry Irish stout that pours with a creamy “Guinness” style head. Bitter and roast notes peak thorough this light bodied beer, making it a highly drinkable stout.” (5.5% ABV, 30 IBUs) Old 96 is a summer version of an Oktoberfest. It’s a little lighter and smoother than you would expect from a Marzen. The Crew hopes to travel up to visit Taos Mesa for the first time at some point this summer.

Music: Look for the Brew Crew’s new music and events listing, hopefully up soon, on this website, or check out Taos Mesa Brewing’s facebook page for daily music events.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

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

Beers: Maibock, Bourdain Bruja Roja “Red Which”, Otter IPA, Pilsner #15, Tractor Hard Cider, Big Bale Wheat. Stoutmeister stopped by Tractor on Sunday after the Isotopes game and came away impressed by the Bruja Roja. As friend of the Brew Crew Lauren Poole explained, it was brewed as a “red pilsner” but actually came out more like a Marzen. Stoutmeister said it tastes very similar to Tractoberfest, with malty sweetness and a smooth finish. He highly recommends the Bruja Roja as a way to beat the heat.

News: Tractor is working on a new Triple Berry Hard Cider made with blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry that should be on tap in a week or two.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: Genesis IPA, Wit, Celebrator IPA, Amnesia (Double IPA), Milk Shake Stout, Maibock, Odd Job Brown, Yardsale Blonde, Nitro Irish Stout, Belgian IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s website has this to say about their Wit: “This is a Dutch style Wheat beer made popular in Hoegaarden. Our witbier is brewed using equal parts of Wheat and Pilsner malts that blend amazingly with coriander and bitter & sweet orange peel.” (4.7% ABV, 10 IBU, 1.046 OG) In addition, TMBC’s website had this to say about the Celebrator IPA: “This is our clone of Sierra Nevada’s Celebrator IPA. The grains in this IPA were boiled for two hours to caramelize them and create a fuller flavor and deeper hue. Dry-hopping with some Cascade hops also provides a crisp nose.” (6.3% ABV, 70 IBU, 1.060 OG)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Celebrator IPA on cask.

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock back with another Tuesday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is now hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos.

Once again, I would like to thank Sandia Chile Grill for supplying me with some delicious chicken tacos and Gold Rush Pilsen (and the Rio Negro Milk Stout, because it’s so hard to choose just one beer) as I worked on this column. It is always appreciated.

Albuquerque breweries and tap rooms have a lot of new summer beers coming to tap this week. Broken Bottle will introduce their new Roasted Rye Brown by the end of the week. Cazuela’s has a new batch of their Acapulco Gold Mexican Lager back on tap. Chama River plans on helping Duke City residents beat the heat with their new Cold Crush Kolsch. The Il Vicino Canteen decided to see what would happen if they crossed and Irish Red with an ESB. They ended up creating their new Red River Bitter. Odin’s (Imperial) Red and Exodus IPA are also back on tap at the Canteen. Marble released their new Cuvee Trois on Friday. The Cuvee Trois is the first in Marble’s Single Barrel Sour Series. Only one barrel of this bad boy was aged for one year. That barrel is already low, so hurry up and grab a pint while you still can. Tractor has unleashed their Bourdain’s Bruja Roja to an unsuspecting world, and they also have a new batch of their Otter IPA on tap. Turtle Mountain is now serving up their Wit.

In the state capital (Santa Fe, for you non-New Mexicans), Blue Corn Brewery is now serving their Schwarzbier, Golden Ale, and Saaz Pale Ale. Santa Fe Brewery has a small batch of Verdeweizen on tap and ready to be tasted. Second Street Brewery has a whole host of new beers on tap this week including Cream Stout, Railyard Red, Cascade Pilsner, Pajarito Pale Ale, and Mosaic Pale Ale.

Up in the Taos area, Blue Heron is serving Prieta Real Imperial Stout, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, White Water Wheat, Cascabel IPA, La Llorona Scottish Ale, and Tarantula Trek Red Ale. Taos Mesa has new batches of their Fall Down Brown and Wheeler Peak Wheat on tap.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 17.

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

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

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. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

Beers: Ben Miller’s Pecan Ale. ABP carries beers from Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande Brewing and Monk’s Brewing. Most of their beers are on tap all year long. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

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

Beers: Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian White, IPA. The Belgian White is a lighter beer for a Belgian. This beer is great for kicking back on BADH’s porch while you wait for the sun to disappear behind the downtown buildings.

News: BADH should have a new Summer Ale on tap in a couple of weeks.

Celebrate Dollar off Tuesdays on your favorite beers. Industry people always get a dollar off; show your server certificate or some other proof that you work in the crazy restaurant/bar industry. (Kitchen peeps TOO!)

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Schwarzbier, Golden Ale, Saaz Pale Ale, East Fork IPA, Vienna Lager. East Ford is an English style IPA. According to Blue Corn’s website, the Vienna Lager “is made with all German malts and hops. It’s a very drinkable, toasty, malty, lager. It has a medium body with a light copper color. Brewed with Vienna malt, Pilsner malt, dark Munich malt. Hopped with German Hallertau.” (5.8% ABV, 23 IBU, 1.060 OG)

Cask: Blue Corn features a new beer on cask every Friday starting at 4 p.m.

News: Blue Corn has a new hefeweizen in the works. It should be on tap in a week or two.

Event: Fresh From the Farmer Pt. 2. Join Blue Corn Brewery this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for the next Beer Social. $15 for three craft beers paired with three dishes inspired by the SF Farmer’s Market. RSVP early!

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

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

Beers: Aurora IPA, Embudo Gold Golden Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Cascabel IPA (only on bottle), La Llorona Scottish Ale. Lava Rock Pale Ale is a classic pale ale that is well balanced and pleasantly hopped. Amber’s Folly Amber Ale is a nice malty ale with a caramel finish. Stoutmeister and Shilling consider the La Llorona Scottish Ale to be one of the best beers brewed anywhere on Planet Earth. Yup, the whole darned planet.

Music: Fri — John Sena 6-8 p.m., Sat — The Pick-Up Artist 5-7 p.m.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

Beers: Pale Ryder (Pale Ale), Boss Pale Ale, Valley Fog (California Stream), Engaano Hefeweizen, Mellow Brit English Brown. Stoutmeister sampled the new version of the Boss Pale Ale at Blues & Brews. He said it has a nice mix of some sweetness and mild hoppiness that sets it apart from most pale ales. Bosque Brewing Co. is excited to announce their “Adopted” line of specialty ales! Periodically, they will release 7-barrel batches of seasonal ales and $1 of each pint sold will be donated to the ABBA Fund, an organization that extends zero-percent interest loans to families aspiring to adopt domestically and internationally. Their first Adopted Ale is the Engaano Hefeweizen.

News: BBC has several beers in the works including a new beer that will benefit the NM Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Stay tuned for more details as we receive them.

Music: Mon — Sean Lucy 7-9 p.m.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

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

Beers: Roasted Rye Brown, Don Cherry Wheat, Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison, Brown Bear Toffee Stout, 2 Scoops Amber. The Roasted Rye Brown should be on tap by the end of the week. B3’s website had this to say about 2 Scoops Amber, “Did you know that raisins have natural yeast on them and it can be used to ferment beer? We learned this from a BBB patron and decided to try it. An amber ale fermented with 100% natural raisins.” Stoutmeister and Franz Solo both tried the Toffee Stout and came away impressed with a stout that is brewed for the hot summer months.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, B3 will host World Tavern Poker (it’s free to play and you can earn points, prizes, and a shot at the World Series of Poker).

Music: Sat — Jordan Trimarchi 8-9 p.m.

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

(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)

Beers: Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Inebriator (Doppel Bock) (8+% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” Stoutmeister and I don’t always agree on beers, but we both found this light yet flavorful cream ale to be one of our favorites.

Music: Sat — Live music 6-9 p.m.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Cold Crush Kolsch, Captain’s Chair IPA, Bock to the Future II, Amarillo Pale Ale. Chama River’s website has this to say about their Cold Crush Kolsch: “Our Kolsch-style beer was brewed with the finest German malts and aromatic varieties of Noble hops to create an extremely soft, hot weather companion.” (5.3% ABV, 22 IBU) In addition, Chama River’s website had this to say about Bock to the Future II: “Great Scott! Our Maibock-style lager is like hopping in a DeLorean, punching it to 88, and letting the Flux Capacitor do the rest. This cult classic beer was brewed with German pilsner and biscuit malts as well as classic noble hop varieties to create a deliciously clean spring lager.” (6.2% ABV, 30 IBU, $5 pints)

News: Mondays all summer, Chama is offering to their Brew Club Members 1/2 off an entree when one entree of greater or equal value is purchased. They also offer 1/2 price bottles of wine from their glass list all day on Monday.

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Homestead Amber Ale, Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale. According to CCBC’s website Homestead Amber Ale is “a full bodied beer made in the traditional German alt (old) style. It provides a sweet maltiness with subtle hop flavor and a floral finish. Homestead Amber is named for a small log cabin located on the Comanche Creek in Northern New Mexico and constructed by the great grandfather of Comanche Creek Brewing Company’s founder.” Both Stoutmeister and I tried the Homestead last summer and found it to be a great beer for the season.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: 10,000-Foot Stout, Green Chile IPA, Seco Stout, Millenium IPA, Artist Ale, Brown, Blonde Betty, Peach Naked Ale. The Peach Naked Ale is a light summer beer.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Red River Bitter (ESB), Odin’s Red (Imperial), Exodus IPA, Hefeweizen, Cervesarita (28M Pale Ale with margarita mix), Hell(y)es, Wakawit, Irish Red. Odin’s Red is back on tap. This high alcohol imperial red is a Brew Crew favorite. The Wakawit is a Belgian wheat beer brewed with waka hops.

Cask: Il Vicino is doing something new for Cask Wednesday for the summer that they call Hop Hullabaloo. Every Wednesday, brewers at the Canteen will start with a Wet Mountain IPA base and dry hop a single hop variety over that base. The idea is to give faithful Cask Wednesday patrons a unique view of how cask aging affects the flavor profile of different hops. This Wednesday, citra hops with be on display. On Saturday, the Canteen will have their Oak Aged Brown Ale on cask.

Music: Tues — Eryn Bent (Indie/Folk) 6-9 p.m., Sun — Todd and the Fox (Indie/Folk) 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Ooh Baby, I’m Common (Steam Beer), Miles from Cologne (Kolsch), Home on La Grange IPA, Simcoe’s Daughter (Mosaic Pale Ale), Siberian Silk Baltic Porter, Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter). La Cumbre’s website had this to say about Ooh Baby, I’m Common, “Kaylynn has been brewing at La Cumbre Brewing Co. for nearly as long as we have been open and this is the first time she has requested to formulate a Brewers Special. The style of Steam Beer (aka California Common) nearly died until a young heir to the Maytag fortune bought the ailing Anchor Brewery of San Francisco. Our California Common is a big slap on the ass of… balance. Rich caramel malts, nuanced Northern Brewer hops, and the dark fruit esters that are the hallmark of this lager yeast come together to make an extremely satisfying but quaffable lager.” (6.0% ABV, 43 IBU) Shilling tried this beer over the weekend and loved it. Miles from Cologne is one of my favorite summer beers. Last year, Miles from Cologne was only sold in the traditional 7-ounce glasses. This year, La Cumbre is selling them in pints and a special larger side for their beer club members.

Cask: La Cumbre usually offers a couple beers on cask throughout fall and winter, but there is nothing on cask at this time.

Food: The Rustic Food Truck parks at La Cumbre on Tuesday, The Supper Truck parks there Thursday, and Sabastiano’s parks at La Cumbre every Friday and Sunday.

Music: Wed — Chris Dracup 7-10 p.m., Sat — The Rudy Boy Experiment 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Cuvee Trois, Chinook Pale Ale, Red Light Lager, American Gold, Double White. Marble’s website had this to say about Iron Horse Extra IPA, “An exclusive blend of experimental hops deliver a pungent, one-of-a-kind American hop experience. $1 from each pint benefits ‘Ales for ALS’. (7.0% ABV, $5.50/Pint, growler fill add $4) Their website also had this to say about the American Gold, “Our big, bright summer barley wine is just right for warm weather. Single hopped with Cascade, the classic America craft hop.” (10.5% ABV, $6/13Oz., growler fill add $6)

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

Food: The Boiler Monkey will be at the Downtown Pub on Wednesday. Chicharroneria Don Choche will park at the Pub on Thursday and Friday. The Rustic Truck will also be at the Downtown Pub on Friday. The Supper Truck will be at the Downtown Pub on Saturday.

Music: Wed — Daigle Duo 6-9 p.m., Thurs — The Great Depression & Friends 7-11 p.m., Fri — Mala Mana 8-11 p.m., Sat — The Bus Tapes 8-11 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Ginger Beer, Tripel, Chocolate Porter, Billy’s Beer Irish Red, Imperial Cream Ale. Nexus’ Ginger Beer isn’t some ginger beer that you would find at the corner store. This beer is a pale ale brewed with ginger, the way a ginger beer should be made. Billy’s Beer is almost out, so get a pint or growler while you still can.

Cask: Nexus is currently featuring their Scottish ale on cask.

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. They also have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: New Rattlesnake IPA, Son Ranger (Irish Red) 5%, Rio Negro Milk Stout on Nitro, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen. SCG’s New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen took first place at the New Mexico Cup competition earlier this year. This is one crisp and tasty beer that is not to be missed. This Irish red is made with a new summertime recipe that is more suited for drinking during a long, hot day. SCG’s newly christened Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen is so named because Barb, a long time patron of SCG, no longer wanted her favorite beer to be made seasonally. So, she bought a barrel and donated it to SCG so that there would be a dedicated barrel with her favorite beer in it all year round. Thanks, Barb!

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be introducing their new Blonde Bombshell (5% ABV) in two-to-three weeks, and they will have a new batch of the Smooth Move Amber in a week or two.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Cottonwood Winery and Brewery open their first brewery in Artesia. They will be opening in about two months.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Verdeweizen (small batch), Freestyle Pilsner. The Freestyle Pilsner is SFBC’s summer seasonal, and it will be on tap throughout the season. Verdeweizen one of the small batch beers that SFBC brews periodically.

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

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278

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

Beers: Cream Stout, Railyard Red, Cascade Pilsner, Pajarito Pale Ale, Mosaic Pale Ale, Chinook Pale Ale, Centennial Pale Ale. Second Street is known for rolling our several versions of one style in a given month. For instance, June is Pale Ale Month and Second Street will release four different pale ales. The Otowi Pale Ale is a multi-hop ale and Chinook and Centennial are single-hop ales. That leaves one more pale ale yet to be released.

Music at 2nd Street: Thurs — Joe West Trio, Sat — Railyard Reunion.

Music at the Railyard: Tues — Acoutic Open Mic Hosted by Case Tanner, Thurs — Kenny Skywolf, Fri — The Troy Brown Trio, Sat — Alex Culbreth, Sun — The Bill Hearne Trio,

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: La Rubia Blonde, Southwest Pale Ale. The crew had a chance to sample TAH’s Paddy Nitro Stout last summer. That beer was amazing. We are all looking forward to sampling TAH’s newest beers. Actually, we just hope to get back up to Taos, period. Must … escape … heat …

Music: Sat — Jim Keaveny with Anna Oakley 8 p.m., Sun — Two Ton Strap After Kickball Party 6 p.m., Mon — The Changing Colors and Sarah Quintana 7 p.m

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily noon–close)

Beers: Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Kolsch 45, Old 96 Schticky, Hopper IPA, Superstitious Stout, Lunch Pale Ale, Great Scot Scottish, Knight Rider Imperial Stout. According to TMBC’s website, Superstitious Stout 
is a “dry Irish stout that pours with a creamy “Guinness” style head. Bitter and roast notes peak thorough this light bodied beer, making it a highly drinkable stout.” (5.5% ABV, 30 IBUs) Old 96 is a summer version of an Oktoberfest. It’s a little lighter and smoother than you would expect from a Marzen. The Crew hopes to travel up to visit Taos Mesa for the first time at some point this summer.

Events: On Saturday, Taos Mesa will be closed all day for a private function.

Music: Tues — Luminaries 6 p.m., Wed — OK Vancouver OK and Katie and the Lichen 7 p.m., Thurs — Open Mic Night – Hosted by Jeff from Lenny’s Reign of Terror 4 p.m., 575 Takeover Fest with BoyDirrt, Unorthodox, Nikki T, Lodi, Redrum, and Doc Holidae 7 p.m., Fri — D Numbers 7 p.m., Sat — Gorilla Theatre 7 p.m., Sun — Soul Sundays with DJ Miles Bonny noon.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

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

Beers: Bourdain’s Bruja Roja, Otter IPA, Pilsner #15, Tractor Hard Cider, Big Bale Wheat. Stoutmeister stopped by Tractor on Sunday after the Isotopes game and came away impressed by the Bruja Roja. As friend of the Brew Crew Lauren Poole explained, it was brewed as a “red pilsner” but actually came out more like a marzen. Stoutmeister said it tastes very similar to Tractoberfest, with malty sweetness and a smooth finish. He highly recommends the Bruja Roja as a way to beat the heat.

News: Tractor is working on a new Triple Berry Hard Cider made with blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry that should be on tap in a week or two.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: Wit, Celebrator IPA, Amnesia (Double IPA), Milk Shake Stout, Maibock, Odd Job Brown, Yardsale Blonde, Nitro Irish Stout, Belgian IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s website has this to say about their Wit: “This is a Dutch style Wheat beer made popular in Hoegaarden. Our witbier is brewed using equal parts of Wheat and Pilsner malts that blend amazingly with coriander and bitter & sweet orange peel.” (4.7% ABV, 10 IBU, 1.046 OG) In addition, TMBC’s website had this to say about the Celebrator IPA: “This is our clone of Sierra Nevada’s Celebrator IPA. The grains in this IPA were boiled for two hours to caramelize them and create a fuller flavor and deeper hue. Dry-hopping with some Cascade hops also provides a crisp nose.” (6.3% ABV, 70 IBU, 1.060 OG)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Celebrator IPA on cask.

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock back with another Tuesday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is now hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos. I am happy to announce that starting this week, the Week in Beer will be covering Blue Heron Brewery in Rinconada and Comanche Creek in Eagle Nest.

Once again, I would like to thank Sandia Chile Grill for supplying me with some delicious beef tacos and Gold Rush Pilsen as I worked on this column. It is always appreciated.

Father’s Day is this Sunday, which is perfect timing seeing as there are a lot of pale ales currently being offered in New Mexico. Instead of buying your father a tie or tools that he will never use, consider picking up a growler of pale ale from your favorite local brewery. A pale ale is not only a great way to beat the summer heat, it is also a great way to introduce craft beer to someone who has spent a lifetime drinking Bud Light, Coors, or Miller. Pale ales are light in color and light on the hops, but they have actual flavor. (Clearly this is meant for fathers other than mine; the Professor Emeritus of Beer has been enjoying non-macro brews for almost two decades, and that’s not counting his time in Germany 30 years ago. — Stoutmeister)

Duke City (Albuquerque) breweries and tap rooms have a lot of new summer beers coming to tap this week. Broken Bottle will introduce their new Don Cherry Wheat within the next day or two. Bosque is releasing their new Pale Ryder (Rye Pale Ale). Chama River is showing off their sci-fi street cred with their new Captain’s Chair IPA and Bock to the Future II. This week La Cumbre is releasing their new Ooh Baby, I’m Common (Steam Beer) and they brought back their popular Miles from Cologne (Kolsch). Marble has their Chinook Pale Ale on tap. Nexus is now serving their Ginger Beer. Turtle Mountain is serving their new Celebrator IPA on tap and on cask.

Meanwhile in the City Different (Santa Fe), Second Street Brewery is quenching thirsty people with their Chinook Pale Ale and Centennial Pale Ale.

Up in the Taos area, Blue Heron is serving Prieta Real Imperial Stout, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, White Water Wheat, Cascabel IPA, La Llorona Scottish Ale, and Tarantula Trek Red Ale. Comanche Creek is serving Homestead Amber Ale, Touch-Me-Not IPA, and Deadman Pale Ale. Eske’s currently has their Porter on tap, and they will soon release their 10,000-Foot Stout. Taos Ale House is now serving the Rarubia Blonde.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 9.

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

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

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. And for those breweries that play host to musicians, I made sure to list who’s on the week’s set list.

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

Beers: Ben Miller’s Pecan Ale. ABP carries beers from Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande Brewing and Monk’s Brewing. Most of their beers are on tap all year long. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

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

Beers: Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian White, IPA. The Belgian White is lighter beer for a Belgian. This beer is great for kicking back on BADH’s porch while you wait for the sun to disappear behind the downtown buildings.

News: Celebrate Dollar off Tuesdays on your favorite beers. Industry people always get a dollar off; show your server certificate or some other proof that you work in the crazy restaurant/bar industry. (Kitchen peeps TOO!)

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: East Fork IPA, El Dorado, Vienna Lager, The Lighter Side. The Lighter Side is a light pilsner that is perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot summer day. Acording to Blue Corn’s website, the Vienna Lager “is made with all German malts and hops. It’s a very drinkable, toasty, malty, lager. It has a medium body with a light copper color. Brewed with Vienna malt, Pilsner malt, dark Munich malt. Hopped with German Hallertau.” (5.8% ABV, 23 IBU, 1.060 OG)

Cask: Blue Corn features a new beer on cask every Friday starting at 4 p.m.

Event: Fresh From the Farmer Pt. 1. Join Blue Corn Brewery this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for the next Beer Social. $15 for three craft beers paired with three dishes inspired by the SF Farmer’s Market. RSVP early!

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

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

Beers: Prieta Real Imperial Stout, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, White Water Wheat, Cascabel IPA, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale. Lava Rock Pale Ale is a classic pale ale that is well balanced and pleasantly hopped. Amber’s Folly Amber Ale is a nice malty ale with a caramel finish. Prieta Real Imperial Stout is a dark rich and creamy stout with a touch of coffee in the background. Stoutmeister and Shilling consider the La Llorona Scottish Ale to be one of the best beers brewed anywhere on Planet Earth. Yup, the whole darned planet.

Music: Fri — Bittersweet Highway 6-8 p.m., Sat — The Redheads 5-7 p.m.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

Beers: Pale Ryder (Pale Ale), Trubsucker Double IPA, Boss Pale Ale, Valley Fog (California Stream), Engaano Hefeweizen, Mellow Brit English Brown. Stoutmeister sampled the new version of the Boss Pale Ale at Blues & Brews. He said it has a nice mix of some sweetness and mild hoppiness that sets it apart from most pale ales. Bosque Brewing Co. is excited to announce their “Adopted” line of specialty ales! Periodically, they will release 7-barrel batches of seasonal ales and $1 of each pint sold will be donated to the ABBA Fund, an organization that extends zero-percent interest loans to families aspiring to adopt domestically and internationally. Their first Adopted Ale is the Engaano Hefeweizen.

News: BBC has several beers in the works including a new beer that will benefit the NM Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Stay tuned for more details as we receive them.

Music: Mon — TBA 7-9 p.m.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

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

Beers: Don Cherry Wheat, Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison, Brown Bear Toffee Stout, 2 Scoops Amber, DADU Honey Wheat. The DADU Honey Wheat is on its last keg, and it will be replaced by Don Cherry Wheat within the next day or two. The DADU Honey Wheat (10.8 % ABV) is heavy on the honey and light on the wheat. It’s so sweet, it’s almost a mead. B3’s website had this to say about 2 Scoops Amber, “Did you know that raisins have natural yeast on them and it can be used to ferment beer? We learned this from a BBB patron and decided to try it. An amber ale fermented with 100% natural raisins.”

News: B3 will be releasing Roasted Rye Brown in the near future. Check back next week for more details.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, B3 will host World Tavern Poker (it’s free to play and you can earn points, prizes, and a shot at the World Series of Poker).

Music: Sat — The Shadowmen 8-9 p.m.

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

(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)

Beers: Hefeweizen, Porter (5.9% ABV), Inebriator (Doppel Bock) (8+% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Cerveza Por Mis Cavallios Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Tomazula Brown (5.2% ABV), Tierra del Fuego Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), and an ESB. Cazuela’s newest beer is the Porter. Stoutmeister is still the lone Crew member to head out there. He highly recommends the Tomazula Brown and the ESB. The former is sweet and full-bodied, while the latter is dry but not bitter. Now that we’ve gotten through the madness of Beer Week, the Crew will head over to Cazuela’s to do a formal review and full tasting sometime soon. No, really, we’re finally going Wednesday, barring anything unforeseen happening. Looking for the review later this week.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Captain’s Chair IPA, Bock to the Future II, Amarillo Pale Ale, Summer Ale. As far as the Amarillo Pale Ale goes, the name says it all. This pale ale is made with Amarillo hops. The Summer Ale is a light lager crafted to help beat back the Albuquerque summer heat.

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Homestead Amber Ale, Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale. According to CCBC’s website Homestead Amber Ale is “a full bodied beer made in the traditional German alt (old) style. It provides a sweet maltiness with subtle hop flavor and a floral finish. Homestead Amber is named for a small log cabin located on the Comanche Creek in Northern New Mexico and constructed by the great grandfather of Comanche Creek Brewing Company’s founder.” Both Stoutmeister and I tried the Homestead last summer and found it to be a great beer for the season.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Green Chile IPA, Seco Stout, Millenium IPA, Artist Ale, Brown, Scottish Ale, Why Rye, Blonde Betty, Peach Naked Ale.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Sasquatch Scotch, Hefeweizen, Cervesarita (28M Pale Ale with margarita mix), Hell(y)es, Saison Il Sera, Wakawit, Irish Red, Hefeweisen, Belgian Dark Strong. The Wakawit is a Belgian wheat beer beer brewed with waka hops. Stoutmeister tried the Belgian Dark Strong recently. He said the BDS is packed with a massive amount of flavors.

Cask: Il Vicino is doing something new for Cask Wednesday for the summer that they call Hop Hullabaloo. Every Wednesday, brewers at the Canteen will start with a Wet Mountain IPA base and dry hop a single hop variety over that base. The idea is to give faithful Cask Wednesday patrons a unique view of how cask aging affects the flavor profile of different hops. This Wednesday, galaxy hops with be on display. On Saturday, the Canteen will have their Chocolate & Vanilla Stout on cask. This has the Dark & Lusty Stout as its base and has added cocoa nibs and vanilla beans. We imagine that since Stoutmeister has an Isotopes game that night, he’ll be by to try this during lunch.

Event: On Monday, June 17, the Canteen will host a “Launch Party” for the Paperback edition of BUTTERFLY KISSES by Michael Thomas. Thomas notes that he will be selling and signing his various books, but the focus is BK, his latest novel. The event will begin at 5 p.m., with the author chatting, signing, and possibly doing a short reading from his book. Everyone is invited!

Music: Tues — Zoltan Orkestar (Gypsy Jazz) 6-9 p.m., Sun — The Fabulous Martini Tones (Lounge/Surf) 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Ooh Baby, I’m Common (Steam Beer), Miles from Cologne (Kolsch), Home on La Grange IPA, Simcoe’s Daughter (Mosaic Pale Ale), Siberian Silk Baltic Porter, Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter). La Cumbre’s website had this to say about Ooh Baby, I’m Common, “Kaylynn has been brewing at La Cumbre Brewing Co. for nearly as long as we have been open and this is the first time she has requested to formulate a Brewers Special. The style of Steam Beer (aka California Common) nearly died until a young heir to the Maytag fortune bought the ailing Anchor Brewery of San Francisco. Our California Common is a big slap on the ass of… balance. Rich caramel malts, nuanced Northern Brewer hops, and the dark fruit esters that are the hallmark of this lager yeast come together to make an extremely satisfying but quaffable lager.” (6.0% ABV, 43 IBU) Shilling tried this beer over the weekend and loved it. Miles from Cologne is one of my favorite summer beers. Last year, Miles from Cologne was only sold in the traditional 7-ounce glasses. This year, La Cumbre is selling them in pints and a special larger side for their beer club members.

Cask: La Cumbre usually offers a couple beers on cask throughout fall and winter, but there is nothing on cask at this time.

Food: The Rustic Food Truck parks at La Cumbre on Tuesday, The Supper Truck parks there Thursday, and Sabastiano’s parks at La Cumbre every Friday and Sunday.

Music: Sat — Odd Dog 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Chinook Pale Ale, Red Light Lager, Iron Horse Extra IPA, American Gold, Double White. Marble’s website had this to say about Iron Horse Extra IPA, “An exclusive blend of experimental hops deliver a pungent, one-of-a-kind American hop experience. $1 from each pint benefits ‘Ales for ALS’. (7.0% ABV, $5.50/Pint, growler fill add $4) Their website also had this to say about the American Gold, “Our big, bright summer barley wine is just right for warm weather. Single hopped with Cascade, the classic America craft hop.” (10.5% ABV, $6/13Oz., growler fill add $6)

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub. This week the Downtown Pub will either feature the Chinook Pale Ale or the IPA, depending on how the brewer is feeling that day.

Food: The Supper Truck will be at the Downtown Pub on Wednesday and Saturday. Chicharroneria Don Choche will park at the Pub on Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to late. Soo Bak Foods will also be at the Pub on Friday.

Music: Wed — Zoltan Orkestar 6-9 p.m., Thurs — Jah Kings & Da Bruddah Project 5-11 p.m., Fri — Ryan Dishen & Cynical Bird 8-11 p.m., Sat — Squash Blossom Boys 8-11 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Ginger Beer, Tripel, Chocolate Porter, Billy’s Beer Irish Red, Imperial Cream Ale. Nexus’ Ginger Beer isn’t some ginger beer that you would find at the corner store. This beer is a pale ale brewed with ginger, the way a ginger beer should be made. Billy’s Beer is almost out, so get a pint or growler while you still can.

Cask: Nexus is currently featuring their Scottish ale on cask.

Events: Celebrate Father’s Day at Nexus. Your dad works hard, he deserves only the best! What father wouldn’t enjoy a hardy meal and nice, cold craft beer? Special food items will be announced.

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. They also have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Sun Red (Irish Red), Rio Negro Milk Stout on Nitro, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, Rattlesnake IPA, New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen. SCG’s New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen took first place at the New Mexico Cup competition earlier this year. This is one crisp and tasty beer that is not to be missed. This Irish red is made with a new summertime recipe that is more suited for drinking during a long, hot day. SCG’s newly christened Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen is so named because Barb, a long time patron of SCG, no longer wanted her favorite beer to be made seasonally. So, she bought a barrel and donated it to SCG so that there would be a dedicated barrel with her favorite beer in it all year round. Thanks, Barb!

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Cottonwood Winery and Brewery open their first brewery in Artesia. They will be opening in about 90 days.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Freestyle Pilsner. The Freestyle Pilsner is SFBC’s summer seasonal. A new seasonal will also be available soon.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room on Wednesday. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse, and at 6:00 p.m. the SFBC Tasting Room will host Stitch, Bitch and Beer.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278

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

Beers: Otowi Pale Ale, Chinook Pale Ale, Centennial Pale Ale. Second Street is known for rolling our several versions of one style in a given month. For instance, June is Pale Ale Month. Over the next four weeks, Second Street will release four pale ales. The Otowi Pale Ale is a multi-hop ale and Chinook and Centennial are single-hop ales. That leaves one more pale ale yet to be released.

Music at 2nd Street: Thurs — Joe West Trio, Fri — Milton Villarrubia’s Birthday Bash, Sat — The Broomdust Caravan.

Music at the Railyard: Tues — Acoutic Open Mic Hosted by Case Tanner, Thurs — Alex Maryol, Fri — Color Blind Poet, Sat — Man No Sober.

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: Rarubia Blonde, Southwest Pale Ale, Prairie Dog IPA on Nitro. The crew had a chance to sample TAH’s Paddy Nitro Stout last summer. That beer was amazing. We hope to sample the Prairie Dog IPA on Nitro before it’s gone. Actually, we just hope to get back up to Taos, period. Must … escape … heat …

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily noon–close)

Beers: Cross Eye Rye (Rye IPA), Kolsch 45, Old 96 Schticky, Hopper IPA, Superstitious Stout, Lunch Pale Ale, Great Scot Scottish, Knight Rider Imperial Stout. According to TMBC’s website, Superstitious Stout 
is a “dry Irish stout that pours with a creamy “Guinness” style head. Bitter and roast notes peak thorough this light bodied beer, making it a highly drinkable stout.” (5.5% ABV, 30 IBUs) Old 96 is a summer version of an Oktoberfest. It’s a little lighter and smoother than you would expect from a Marzen. The Crew hopes to travel up to visit Taos Mesa for the first time at some point this summer.

Events: On Saturday, Taos Mesa will be closed all day for a private function.

Music: Wed — Clay McClinton 7 p.m., Thurs — Open Mic Night – Hosted by Jeff from Lenny’s Reign of Terror 4 p.m., DJ Swamp in the Desert + Sattva Ananda + Dave Decibel + J Kanizzle – Foundations PreParty 7 p.m., Fri — Thistle (Happy Hour Show) 4 p.m., Anthony Leon & The Chain 8 p.m., Sun — Soul Sundays with DJ Miles Bonny noon, Mon — Smooth Hound Smith 7 p.m.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

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

Beers: Pilsner, Tractor Hard Cider, Big Bale Wheat, Apricot Tailwaggin Wheat, Chocolate Stout, Barnstorm Ale, Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock. Tractor had a post on their Facebook page that had this to say about the Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock: “A doppelbock is a German style bock (lager) that was traditionally brewed in the late fall, lagered (stored in the cellar) over the winter and served in late winter or early spring. We adhere to this tradition here at Tractor; this doppelbock was brewed in November and has been lagering until now.” The Oaked Cider is an oak-aged version of the Tractor Hard Cider. Stoutmeister called the Chocolate Stout “my new addiction.” It has a drier, more mocha-style profile than the more prolific milk chocolate-style stouts at most breweries these days.

News: $1 from each pint of Apricot Tailwaggin Wheat sold goes to the Animal Humane Society.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: Celebrator IPA, Amnesia (Double IPA), Hefeweisen, Milk Shake Stout, Maibock, Odd Job Brown, Yardsale Blonde, Nitro Irish Stout, Belgian IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s website has this to say about their Hefeweizen: “Our Hefeweizen is unfiltered and cloudy in appearance, just the way it should be. You’ll notice hints of clove and coriander as you enjoy a pint.” (4.3% ABV, 15 IBU, 1.044 OG) TMBC’s website also has this to say about Odd Job Brown: “This brown has roast, black and caramelized malts that are subtle when paired with small amounts of Magnum and East Kent Goldings hops.” (4.2% ABV, 10 IBU, 1.044 OG)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Celebrator IPA on cask.

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock back with another Tuesday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is now hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos.

Once again, I would like to thank Sandia Chile Grill for supplying me with some delicious chicken tacos and Barb’s Barrel Hefewizen as I worked on this column. It is always appreciated.

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone. In case you didn’t notice, the heat has settled on New Mexico. Several local breweries have new beers crafted to help you handle the high desert temperatures.

There are a wide variety of summer beers being released in the Duke City (Albuquerque) this week. Broken Bottle will introduce their new Don Cherry Wheat near the end of the week. The Il Vicino Canteen has concocted their new Cervesaritas, which are their 28M Pale Ale with margarita mix. The Canteen also has new batches of Sasquatch Scotch and Hefeweizen now on tap. This week La Cumbre is introducing Home on La Grange, which is a beer dedicated to the memory of Pat Grange. A portion of sales of Home on La Grange will go to Ales for ALS. Marble has a new batch of Red Light Lager on tap. Nexus is now serving their Double IPA. Sandia Chile Grill is introducing their Sun Red, which is an Irish Red brewed specifically for summertime drinking

Meanwhile in the City Different (Santa Fe), Blue Corn Brewery is now serving East Fork IPA, El Dorado, and Vienna Lager. Second Street Brewery has their Otowi Pale Ale on tap. The Otowi Pale Ale is the first in Second Street’s line of June pale ales. Collect all four!

Up in Taos, Taos Ale House is now serving the Southwest Pale Ale and Prairie Dog IPA on Nitro. Taos Mesa Brewing is now serving Cross Eye Rye (Rye IPA), Kolsch, and Old 96 Schticky. Old 96 is a light and drinkable summer version of an Oktoberfest.

Starting next week we will also try to add Blue Heron and Comanche Creek to this list, since both are close enough to Taos to fit our criteria.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of June 2.

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

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

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

Beers: No seasonals on tap this week. ABP carries beers from Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande Brewing and Monk’s Brewing. Most of their beers are on tap all year long. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

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

Beers: Belgian White, IPA. The Belgian White is lighter beer for a Belgian. This beer is great for kicking back on BADH’s porch while you wait for the sun to disappear behind the downtown buildings.

News: Celebrate Dollar off Tuesdays on your favorite beers. Industry people always get a dollar off; show your server certificate or some other proof that you work in the crazy restaurant/bar industry. (Kitchen peeps TOO!)

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: East Fork IPA, El Dorado, Vienna Lager, Oaked Schwarzbier, The Lighter Side. The Lighter Side is a light pilsner that is perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot summer day. Acording to Blue Corn’s website, the Viena Lager “is made with all German malts and hops. It’s a very drinkable, toasty, malty, lager. It has a medium body with a light copper color. Brewed with Vienna malt, Pilsner malt, dark Munich malt. Hopped with German Hallertau.”  (5.8% ABV, 23 IBU, 1.060 OG)

Cask: Blue Corn features a new beer on cask every Friday starting at 4 p.m.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

Beers: Trubsucker Double IPA, Boss Pale Ale, Valley Fog (California Stream), Engaano Hefeweizen, Mellow Brit English Brown. Stoutmeister sampled the new version of the Boss Pale Ale at Blues & Brews. He said it has a nice mix of some sweetness and mild hoppiness that sets it apart from most pale ales. Bosque Brewing Co. is excited to announce their “Adopted” line of specialty ales! Periodically, they will release 7-barrel batches of seasonal ales and $1 of each pint sold will be donated to the ABBA Fund, an organization that extends zero-percent interest loans to families aspiring to adopt domestically and internationally. Their first Adopted Ale is the Engaano Hefeweizen.

News: BBC has several beers in the works including a new pale ale, a new steam, and a new beer that will benefit the NM Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Stay tuned for more details as we receive them.

Music: Mon — TBA 7-9 p.m.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

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

Beers: Don Cherry Wheat, Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison, Brown Bear Toffee Stout, 2 Scoops Amber, DADU Honey Wheat. The DADU Honey Wheat is on its last keg, and it will soon be replaced by Don Cherry Wheat. The DADU Honey Wheat (10.8 % ABV) is heavy on the honey and light on the wheat. It’s so sweet, it’s almost a mead. B3’s website had this to say about 2 Scoops Amber, “Did you know that raisins have natural yeast on them and it can be used to ferment beer? We learned this from a BBB patron and decided to try it. An amber ale fermented with 100% natural raisins.”

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, B3 will host World Tavern Poker (it’s free to play and you can earn points, prizes, and a shot at the World Series of Poker).

Music: Sat — Brandon Gomez 8-9 p.m.

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

(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)

Beers: Hefeweizen, Porter (5.9% ABV), Inebriator (Doppel Bock) (8+% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Cerveza Por Mis Cavallios Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Tomazula Brown (5.2% ABV), Tierra del Fuego Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), P.J.’s Amber, and an ESB. Cazuela’s newest beer is the Porter. Stoutmeister is still the lone Crew member to head out there. He highly recommends the Tomazula Brown and the ESB. The former is sweet and full-bodied, while the latter is dry but not bitter. Now that we’ve gotten through the madness of Beer Week, the Crew will head over to Cazuela’s to do a formal review and full tasting sometime soon.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Amarillo Pale Ale, Summer Ale, India White Elephant, Nobel Session PA. As far as the Amarillo Pale Ale goes, the name says it all. This pale ale is made with Amarillo hops. The Summer Ale is a light lager crafted to help beat back the Albuquerque summer heat.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Green Chile IPA, Seco Stout, Millenium IPA, Artist Ale, Brown, Scottish Ale, Why Rye, Blonde Betty, Peach Naked Ale.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Sasquatch Scotch, Hefeweizen, Cervesarita (28M Pale Ale with margarita mix), Hell(y)es, Saison Il Sera, Wakawit, Irish Red, Hefeweisen, Belgian Dark Strong. The Wakawit is a Belgian wheat beer beer brewed with waka hops. Stoutmeister tried the Belgian Dark Strong recently. He said the BDS is packed with a massive amount of flavors.

Cask: The Mosaic IPA is on tap for Cask Wednesday but Saturday’s cask has yet to be announced.

Music: Tues — Alex Maryol (Acoustic Blues) 6-9 p.m., Sun — Country Blues Review 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Home on La Grange, Simcoe’s Daughter (Mosaic Pale Ale), Siberian Silk Baltic Porter, Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter). La Cumbre’s website had this to say about the Barley’s Wine: “It’s not wine; trust me. What it is is an incredibly strong American ale of epic proportions. The beer pours a deep amber with a lasting off-white head. Rich, piney American hops are front and center in the aroma. Digging deeper, you’ll find rich caramel, figs, and freshly baked rum-cake? The initial sip is mouth-filling to say the least. Sweet malt is there in spades, but it’s backed up by an obscene amount of spicy hops. The beer coats the tongue with a plethora of beery complexity; hops, hops and more hops, hugely rich malt, and finally alcohol. Ahh… the alcohol. It’s well hidden, until you swallow and then the warmth creeps back up your esophagus letting you know this is no normal beer. This monster finishes with an incredibly drying and lasting bitterness that accomplishes it’s goal of balancing out all that malt.” (10.8% ABV, 100 IBU)

Cask: La Cumbre usually offers a couple beers on cask, however there is nothing on cask at this time.

Food: The Rustic Food Truck parks at La Cumbre on Tuesday, The Supper Truck parks there Thursday, and Sabastiano’s parks at La Cumbre every Friday and Sunday.

Music: Wed — Reviva 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Red Light Lager, Iron Horse Extra IPA, American Gold, Double White, Anniversary Ale. Marble’s website had this to say about Iron Horse Extra IPA, “An exclusive blend of experimental hops deliver a pungent, one-of-a-kind American hop experience. $1 from each pint benefits ‘Ales for ALS’. (7.0% ABV, $5.50/Pint, growler fill add $4)

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub. This week the Downtown Pub will feature the Iron Horse Extra IPA on cask.

Food: The Supper Truck will be at the Downtown Pub on Wednesday and Saturday. Chicharroneria Don Choche will park at the Pub on Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to late. The Rustic Truck will also be at the Pub on Friday. TFK Smokehouse will park at the Pub on Wednesday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to late. Soo Bak Foods will also be at the Pub on Sunday.

Music: Wed — Kaleigh & Nate 5-6 p.m., David Castro Band 7-10 p.m., Thurs — Rio Grande Family Band 7-10 p.m., Fri — RJ Perez Quartet 8-11 p.m., Sat — Gato Fest 7-11 p.m., Sun — A day long festival featuring Flawk of Hawks, Odd Dog, & RJ Perez Quartet 1-8 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Double IPA, 505-2012, Tripel, Chocolate Porter, Billy’s Beer Irish Red, Imperial Cream Ale. Nexus is almost out of their specially aged Barley Wine and Beam Me Up Scottish. If you haven’t sampled these delicious beasts yet, hurry over and give them a try. Both are great, but I highly recommend the Barley Wine.

Cask: Nexus is currently featuring their Scottish ale on cask.

News: Nexus will release their new Ginger Beer this month. This isn’t some ginger beer that you would find at the corner store. This beer is a pale ale brewed with ginger, the way a ginger beer should be made.

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. They also have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Sun Red (Irish Red), Rio Negro Milk Stout on Nitro, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, Rattlesnake IPA, Smooth Move Amber, New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen. SCG’s New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen took first place at the New Mexico Cup competition earlier this year. This is one crisp and tasty beer that is not to be missed. SCG’s newly christened Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen is so named because Barb, a long time patron of SCG, no longer wanted her favorite beer to be made seasonally. So, she bought a barrel and donated it to SCG so that there would be a dedicated barrel with her favorite beer in it all year round. Thanks, Barb!

News: Sun Red (Irish Red) will be on tap in two or three days. This Irish red is being made with the summertime recipe that is more suited for drinking during a long, hot day.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Cottonwood Winery and Brewery open their first brewery in Artesia. They will be opening in about 90 days.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Freestyle Pilsner. The Freestyle Pilsner is SFBC’s summer seasonal. A new seasonal will also be available soon.

News: Stoutmeister and Shilling visited the SFBC tasting room this past weekend for Small Batch Saturday, which featured You’re a Peach, a pale ale brewed with peaches that was co-created by the Babes in Brewland. If Shilling finds the time he will do a write-up soon that will include the Babes’ plan for their next beer that will be brewed at Marble.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room on Wednesday. $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse on Thursday.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278

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

Beers: Otowi Pale Ale, Maibock, Saison. Second Street is known for rolling our several versions of one style in a given month. For instance, June is Pale Ale Month. Over the next four weeks, Second Street will release four pale ales. The first pale ale to be released is Otowi Pale Ale. Stoutmeister might sneak over to Second Street before a friend’s wedding this coming Sunday to try the Otowi.

Music: Second Street Brewery has many live music acts at both of their locations throughout the week. Check their website for a complete listing.

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: Southwest Pale Ale, Prairie Dog IPA on Nitro, Taos Ale House Dirty Brown, Simple Porter. The TAH Dirty Brown is a classic nut brown. The crew had a chance to sample TAH’s Paddy Nitro Stout last summer. That beer was amazing. We hope to sample the Prairie Dog IPA on Nitro before it’s gone.

Music: Tues — The Marma Lakes (from Austin, TX)

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily noon–close)

Beers: Cross Eye Rye (Rye IPA), Kolsch, Old 96 Schticky, Hopper IPA, Superstitious Stout, Lunch Pale Ale, Great Scot Scottish, Knight Rider Imperial Stout. According to TMBC’s website, Superstitious Stout 
is a “dry Irish stout that pours with a creamy “Guinness” style head. Bitter and roast notes peak thorough this light bodied beer, making it a highly drinkable stout.” (5.5% ABV, 30 IBUs) Old 96 is a summer version of an Oktoberfest. It’s a little lighter and smoother than you would expect from a Marzen. The Crew hopes to travel up to visit Taos Mesa for the first time at some point this summer.

Music: Taos Mesa Brewing is also a very active music venue. Keep up-to-date by checking out their facebook page.

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

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

Beers: Pilsner, Tractor Hard Cider, Big Bale Wheat, Apricot Tailwaggin Wheat, Oaked Cider, Chocolate Stout, Barnstorm Ale, Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock. Tractor had a post on their Facebook page that had this to say about the Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock: “A doppelbock is a German style bock (lager) that was traditionally brewed in the late fall, lagered (stored in the cellar) over the winter and served in late winter or early spring. We adhere to this tradition here at Tractor; this doppelbock was brewed in November and has been lagering until now.” The Oaked Cider is an oak-aged version of the Tractor Hard Cider. Stoutmeister called the Chocolate Stout “my new addiction.” It has a drier, more mocha-style profile than the more prolific milk chocolate-style stouts at most breweries these days.

News: $1 from each pint of Apricot Tailwaggin Wheat sold goes to the Animal Humane Society.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: Amnesia (Double IPA), Hefeweisen, Milk Shake Stout, Maibock, Odd Job Brown, Yardsale Blonde, Nitro Irish Stout, Belgian IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s website has this to say about their Hefeweizen: “Our Hefeweizen is unfiltered and cloudy in appearance, just the way it should be. You’ll notice hints of clove and coriander as you enjoy a pint.” (4.3% ABV, 15 IBU, 1.044 OG) TMBC’s website also has this to say about Odd Job Brown: “This brown has roast, black and caramelized malts that are subtle when paired with small amounts of Magnum and East Kent Goldings hops.” (4.2% ABV, 10 IBU, 1.044 OG)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Amnesia on cask.

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico beer drinkers, this is E-Rock here to bring you my first official Tuesday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. I started writing this column a year ago, and one thing I always wanted to do since I started was expand the scope of this column to include Santa Fe and Taos. I finally did it. For the first time ever, The Week Ahead in Beer has grown to include more than just the Albuquerque metro area. Other changes will follow in the coming weeks with the hopes of making this column more readable, user friendly, and more interesting in general. This column is now hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos.

Once again, I would like to thank Sandia Chile Grill for supplying me with some delicious chicken tacos and Rio Negro Milk Stout as I worked on this column. It is always appreciated.

There are a handful of new releases in the Duke City (Albuquerque) this week. Later this week Broken Bottle will be introducing their new Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison, which is a beer made in collaboration with Kevin from Southwest Grape & Grain. Cazuelas has a new Hefeweizen on tap. The Il Vicino Canteen is introducing their new Hell(y)es and they have a new batch of their multiple award-winning Exodus IPA on tap as well. La Cumbre is now serving May’s Maize, their new beer made in collaboration with New Belgium Brewery made with three local strains of corn and three local types of sage. Tractor has a new batch of their Pilsner on tap. Turtle Mountain has new batches of their Amnesia on tap starting Wednesday, and it is already on cask.

Meanwhile in the City Different (Santa Fe), Blue Corn Brewery is now serving Swartzbier, The Lighter Side, and Red. Second Street Brewery has their Maibock, Saison, and Citraweizen on tap. Santa Fe Brewing Company is now serving their Freestyle Pilsner and Black IPA.

Up in Taos, Eske’s has their Green Chile IPA, Seco Stout, Millenium IPA, Artist Ale, Brown, Scottish Ale, Why Rye, Blonde Betty, and Peach Naked Ale on tap. Taos Ale House is serving the Taos Ale House Dirty Brown and their Porter. Taos Mesa Brewing is featuring Wheeler Peak Wheat, Hopper IPA, Superstitious Stout, Sappho Amber, Lunch Pale Ale, Great Scot Scottish, and Knight Rider Imperial Stout.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 27.

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

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

ABQ Brew Pub — (505) 884-1116

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

Beers: No seasonals on tap this week. ABP carries beers from Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande Brewing and Monk’s Brewing. Most of their beers are on tap all year long. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

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

Beers: Belgian White, IPA, Barley Wine. The Barley Wine has a hint of hops that helps balance out the sweetness that can be overpowering in other barley wines.

News: Celebrate Dollar off Tuesdays on your favorite beers. Industry people always get a dollar off; show your server certificate or some other proof that you work in the crazy restaurant/bar industry. (Kitchen peeps TOO!)

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Swartzbier, The Lighter Side, Red. The Lighter Side is a light pilsner that is perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot summer day.

Cask: Blue Corn features a new beer on cask every Friday starting at 4 p.m.

Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 750-7596

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

Beers: Trubsucker Double IPA, Boss Pale Ale, Valley Fog (California Stream), Engaano Hefeweizen, Mellow Brit English Brown. Stoutmeister sampled the new version of the Boss Pale Ale at Blues & Brews. He said it has a nice mix of some sweetness and mild hoppiness that sets it apart from most pale ales. Bosque Brewing Co. is excited to announce their “Adopted” line of specialty ales! Periodically, they will release 7-barrel batches of seasonal ales and $1 of each pint sold will be donated to the ABBA Fund, an organization that extends zero-percent interest loans to families aspiring to adopt domestically and internationally. Their first Adopted Ale is the Engaano Hefeweizen.

News: BBC has several beers in the works including a new pale ale, a new steam, and a new beer that will benefit the NM Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Stay tuned for more details as we receive them.

Music: Mon — TBA 7-9 p.m.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

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

Beers: Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison, Brown Bear Toffee Stout, 2 Scoops Amber, DADU Honey Wheat, Juan’s Mocha Brown. Juan’s Mocha Brown is on its last keg, and it is expected to be replaced by Southwest Grape & Grain Summer Saison by the end of the week. The DADU Honey Wheat is on its last keg, and it will soon be replaced by 2 Scoops Amber. The DADU Honey Wheat (10.8 % ABV) is heavy on the honey and light on the wheat. It’s so sweet, it’s almost a mead. B3’s website had this to say about 2 Scoops Amber, “Did you know that raisins have natural yeast on them and it can be used to ferment beer? We learned this from a BBB patron and decided to try it. An amber ale fermented with 100% natural raisins.”

News: B3 is currently brewing their Don Cherry Wheat, which should be on tap in the near future.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, B3 will host World Tavern Poker (it’s free to play and you can earn points, prizes, and a shot at the World Series of Poker).

Music: Fri — Michael Moxey and Special Guest 8-9 p.m.

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

(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)

Beers: Hefeweizen, Porter (5.9% ABV), Inebriator (Doppel Bock) (8+% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Cerveza Por Mis Cavallios Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Tomazula Brown (5.2% ABV), Tierra del Fuego Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), P.J.’s Amber, and an ESB. Cazuela’s newest beer is the Porter. Stoutmeister is still the lone Crew member to head out there. He highly recommends the Tomazula Brown and the ESB. The former is sweet and full-bodied, while the latter is dry but not bitter. Now that we’ve gotten through the madness of Beer Week, the Crew will head over to Cazuela’s to do a formal review and full tasting sometime soon.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Amarillo Pale Ale, Summer Ale, India White Elephant, Nobel Session PA. As far as the Amarillo Pale Ale goes, the name says it all. This pale ale is made with Amarillo hops. The Summer Ale is a light lager crafted to help beat back the Albuquerque summer heat.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Green Chile IPA, Seco Stout, Millenium IPA, Artist Ale, Brown, Scottish Ale, Why Rye, Blonde Betty, Peach Naked Ale.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Hell(y)es, Exodus IPA, Saison Il Sera, Wakawit, Irish Red, Hefeweisen, Belgian Strong Golden, Belgian Dark Strong. The Wakawit is a Belgian wheat beer beer brewed with waka hops. Stoutmeister tried the Belgian Dark Strong recently. He said the BDS is packed with a massive amount of flavors.

Cask: The Mosaic IPA is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the beer that will be on cask on Saturday is yet to be announced.

News: Exodus IPA just won a bronze medal at the 2013 Australian International Beer Awards! Congrats!

Music: Tues — Ian McFeron & Alisa Milner (Indie/Americana) 6-9 p.m., Sun — Keith Sanchez (Songwriter) 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: May’s Maize, Mosaic Pale Ale, Siberian Silk Baltic Porter, Proprietary Pale Ale, Barley’s Wine (10.8% ABV, 100 IBU), Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter), Irish Red Lager. Proprietary Pale Ale is the first beer in New Mexico to be made with a new South African strain of hops, and it clocks in at 5.6-percent ABV and 50 IBU. La Cumbre’s website had this to say about the Barley’s Wine: “It’s not wine; trust me. What it is is an incredibly strong American ale of epic proportions. The beer pours a deep amber with a lasting off-white head. Rich, piney American hops are front and center in the aroma. Digging deeper, you’ll find rich caramel, figs, and freshly baked rum-cake? The initial sip is mouth-filling to say the least. Sweet malt is there in spades, but it’s backed up by an obscene amount of spicy hops. The beer coats the tongue with a plethora of beery complexity; hops, hops and more hops, hugely rich malt, and finally alcohol. Ahh… the alcohol. It’s well hidden, until you swallow and then the warmth creeps back up your esophagus letting you know this is no normal beer. This monster finishes with an incredibly drying and lasting bitterness that accomplishes it’s goal of balancing out all that malt.” (10.8% ABV, 100 IBU)

Cask: La Cumbre usually offers a couple beers on cask, however there is nothing on cask at this time.

Food: The Rustic Food Truck parks at La Cumbre on Tuesday, The Supper Truck parks there Thursday, and Sabastiano’s will be parking at La Cumbre every Friday and Sunday starting this week.

Music: Sat — Floozie 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Iron Horse Extra IPA, American Gold, Double White, Anniversary Ale, The Abbey, Rye Somethin’ Else. Marble’s website had this to say about Iron Horse Extra IPA, “An exclusive blend of experimental hops deliver a pungent, one-of-a-kind American hop experience. $1 from each pint benefits ‘Ales for ALS’. (7.0% ABV, $5.50/Pint, growler fill add $4)

Cask: Check out Marble’s cask (a.k.a. “real” ale) selection on tap every Friday at the Downtown Pub. This week the Downtown Pub will feature the Iron Horse Extra IPA on cask.

Food: The Supper Truck will be at the Downtown Pub on Wednesday. Chicharroneria Don Choche will park at the Pub on Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to late. The Rustic Truck will also be at the Pub from 2:30-9 p.m. on Friday.

Music: Wed — StereoFidelics 6-9 p.m., Thurs — Reviva 7-10 p.m., Fri — The Big Spank and Con Razon 8-11 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Tripel, Barley Wine, Beam Me Up Scottish, Chocolate Porter, Billy’s Beer Irish Red, Imperial Cream Ale. Nexus is almost out of their specially aged Barley Wine and Beam Me Up Scottish. If you haven’t sampled these delicious beast yet, hurry over and give them a try. Both are great, but I highly recommend the Barley Wine.

Cask: Nexus is currently featuring their Chocolate Porter on cask.

News: Nexus will release their new Ginger Beer in early June. This isn’t some ginger beer that you would find at the corner store. This beer is a pale ale brewed with ginger, the way a ginger beer should be made.

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. They also have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Rio Negro Milk Stout on Nitro, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, Rattlesnake IPA, Smooth Move Amber, New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen. SCG’s New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen took first place at the New Mexico Cup competition earlier this year. This is one crisp and tasty beer that is not to be missed. SCG’s newly christened Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen is so named because Barb, a long time patron of SCG, no longer wanted her favorite beer to be made seasonally. So, she bought a barrel and donated it to SCG so that there would be a dedicated barrel with her favorite beer in it all year round. Thanks, Barb!

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be bringing back their Sun Red (Irish Red) early next week.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Freestyle Pilsner, Black IPA. The Freestyle Pilsner is SFBC’s summer seasonal and the Black IPA is their winter sesasonal. This is springtime in New Mexico, if the weather is going to act like it is summer half the time and winter the other half, so SFBC is going to make sure we can drink appropriately.

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278

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

Beers: Maibock, Saison, Citraweizen. The Citraweizen is a wheat beer made with Citra hops that gives this beer a hint of grapefruit flavor and a refreshing finish.

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: Taos Ale House Dirty Brown, Porter.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily noon–close)

Beers: Wheeler Peak Wheat, Hopper IPA, Superstitious Stout, Sappho Amber, Lunch Pale Ale, Great Scot Scottish, Knight Rider Imperial Stout. The Crew hopes to travel up to visit Taos Mesa for the first time at some point this summer.

Music: Tues — StereoFidelics 6 p.m., Wed — Lumpz One 6 p.m., Thurs — Open Mic 4-7 p.m., The Dons 7 p.m. Fri — Taos Poetry Festival 1-11 p.m., Sat — Stranger 7 p.m., Sun — NomiPalooza 3-close

Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill Tap Room)

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

Beers: Pilsner, Tractor Hard Cider, Big Bale Wheat, Apricot Tailwaggin Wheat, Oaked Cider, Chocolate Stout, Barnstorm Ale, Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock. Tractor had a post on their Facebook page that had this to say about the Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock: “A doppelbock is a German style bock (lager) that was traditionally brewed in the late fall, lagered (stored in the cellar) over the winter and served in late winter or early spring. We adhere to this tradition here at Tractor; this doppelbock was brewed in November and has been lagering until now.” The Oaked Cider is an oak-aged version of the Tractor Hard Cider. Stoutmeister called the Chocolate Stout “my new addiction.” It has a drier, more mocha-style profile than the more prolific milk chocolate-style stouts at most breweries these days.

News: $1 from each pint of Apricot Tailwaggin Wheat sold goes to the Animal Humane Society.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: Amnesia, Hefeweisen, Milk Shake Stout, Maibock, Rye IPA, Odd Job Brown, Yardsale Blonde, Hopduster IPA, Nitro Irish Stout, Belgian IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s website has this to say about their Hefeweizen: “Our Hefeweizen is unfiltered and cloudy in appearance, just the way it should be. You’ll notice hints of clove and coriander as you enjoy a pint.” (4.3% ABV, 15 IBU, 1.044 OG) TMBC’s website also has this to say about Odd Job Brown: “This brown has roast, black and caramelized malts that are subtle when paired with small amounts of Magnum and East Kent Goldings hops.” (4.2% ABV, 10 IBU, 1.044 OG)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Amnesia on cask.

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings Burque beer drinkers, this is E-Rock here to bring you my final Monday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. Starting next week, this column will be posted regularly on Tuesday in order to give me more time to expand coverage to Santa Fe and Taos. Other changes will follow in the coming weeks with the hopes of making this column more readable, user friendly, and more interesting in general. As always, this column is and will be hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Albuquerque metro area (and soon, Santa Fe and Taos as well).

There are two big events in local craft brewing this week. The first event is Nexus’ Second Anniversary party on Thursday where Nexus will be celebrating their two-year mark with the release of a Tripel (9-10% ABV), their Barley Wine aged for one and a half years, and Beam Me Up Scottish aged for one year. They will also be giving tours accompanied by special servings of food and live music on Saturday. See the Nexus Brewery listing below for more details.

The other event is La Cumbre’s special release of a beer that they brewed in collaboration with New Belgium. On Thursday, La Cumbre and New Belgium Brewing will have a beer dinner at Farm & Table to celebrate the release of their new collaboration beer, May’s Maize. Chef Jaye will be pairing five courses and seven beers from La Cumbre and New Belgium for the event. Tickets are $55 per guest. Call 505-503-7124 to make reservations. The celebration continues on Friday with a tap takeover party at Sister Bar from 5 to 8 p.m.

In weekly seasonal releases, Broken Bottle will be introducing their new as-yet-unnamed Toffee Stout by the end of the week. Chama River has Amarillo Pale Ale and Summer Ale on tap this week. The Il Vicino Canteen is bringing their Saison and Cascade Pale Ale back to tap. La Cumbre is introducing the Mosaic Pale Ale and Siberian Silk Baltic Porter at their brewery. Marble now has their new Iron Horse Extra IPA and American Gold on tap this week. In addition to the three beers that Nexus is bringing to taps on Thursday, they also have a new batch of their Chocolate Porter on their newly christened “rotating dark tap.” Tractor has a new batch of the Tractor Hard Cider on tap. Turtle Mountain has new batches of their Hefeweisen and Milk Shake Stout on tap this week.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the 505. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 20.

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

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

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: No seasonals on tap this week. ABP carries beers from Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande Brewing and Monk’s Brewing. Most of their beers are on tap all year long. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

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

Beers: Belgian White, IPA, Barley Wine. I had the Apricot IPA a couple of weeks ago. The Barley Wine has a hint of hops that helps balance out the sweetness that can be overpowering in other barley wines.

Celebrate Dollar off Tuesdays on your favorite beers. Industry people always get a dollar off; show your server certificate or some other proof that you work in the crazy restaurant/bar industry. (Kitchen peeps TOO!)

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

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

Beers: Trubsucker Double IPA, Boss Pale Ale, Valley Fog (California Stream), Engaano Hefeweizen, Mellow Brit English Brown. Bosque Brewing Co. is excited to announce their “Adopted” line of specialty ales! Periodically, they will release 7-barrel batches of seasonal ales and $1 of each pint sold will be donated to the ABBA Fund, an organization that extends zero-percent interest loans to families aspiring to adopt domestically and internationally. Their first Adopted Ale is the Engaano Hefeweizen.

News: BBC has several beers in the works including a new pale ale, a new steam, and a new beer that will benefit the NM Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Stay tuned for more details as we receive them. Stoutmeister sampled the new version of the Boss Pale Ale at Blues & Brews. He said it has a nice mix of some sweetness and mild hoppiness that sets it apart from most pale ales.

Music: Mon — Oscar Butler 7-9 p.m.

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

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

Beers: Toffee Stout, 2 Scoops Amber, DADU Honey Wheat, Juan’s Mocha Brown, Brokenberry (Strawberry Chocolate) Brown, Hoppy Birthday. Brokenberry Brown is on its last keg, and it is expected to be replaced by an as yet unnamed Toffee Stout by the end of the week. The DADU Honey Wheat is on its last keg, and it will soon be replaced by 2 Scoops Amber. The DADU Honey Wheat (10.8 % ABV) is heavy on the honey and light on the wheat. It’s so sweet, it’s almost a mead. B3’s website had this to say about 2 Scoops Amber, “Did you know that raisins have natural yeast on them and it can be used to ferment beer? We learned this from a BBB patron and decided to try it. An amber ale fermented with 100% natural raisins.”

News: B3 is working on a new Toffee Stout which should be available in the next week or two.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, B3 will host World Tavern Poker (it’s free to play and you can earn points, prizes, and a shot at the World Series of Poker).

Music: Fri — Cait Black and Shanahan Wood 8-9 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — 994-9364

(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)

Beers: Porter (5.9% ABV), Inebriator (Doppel Bock) (8+% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Cerveza Por Mis Cavallios Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Tomazula Brown (5.2% ABV), Tierra del Fuego Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), P.J.’s Amber, and an ESB. Cazuela’s newest beer is the Porter. Stoutmeister is still the lone Crew member to head out there. He highly recommends the Tomazula Brown and the ESB. The former is sweet and full-bodied, while the latter is dry but not bitter. Now that we’ve gotten through the madness of Beer Week, the Crew will head over to Cazuela’s to do a formal review and full tasting sometime soon.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: Amarillo Pale Ale, Summer Ale, India White Elephant, Nobel Session PA. As far as the Amarillo Pale Ale goes, the name says it all. The Summer Ale is a light lager crafted to help beat back the Albuquerque summer heat.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Saison, Cascade Pale Ale, Wakawit, Irish Red, Hefeweisen, Belgian Strong Golden, Belgian Dark Strong, Just Esteem, Saison, Black IPA. The Wakawit is a Belgian wheat beer beer brewed with waka hops. Stoutmeister tried the Belgian Dark Strong recently. He said the BDS is packed with a massive amount of flavors.

News: The Sasquatch Scotch was on tap at Celtic Fest, and it will go back on tap at the Canteen starting next week.

Cask: Hops-pitality Clone (Wet Mountain-based IPA brewed with hops used in the Hops-pitality IPA) is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the I-Peach-A (Peach IPA) will be on cask on Saturday.

Music: Tues — The Tumbleweeds (Bluegrass) 6-9 p.m., Sun — Keith Sanchez (Songwriter) 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Mosaic Pale Ale, Siberian Silk Baltic Porter, Proprietary Pale Ale, Barley’s Wine (10.8% ABV, 100 IBU), Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter), Irish Red Lager. Proprietary Pale Ale is the first beer in New Mexico to be made with a new South African strain of hops, and it clocks in at 5.6-percent ABV and 50 IBU. La Cumbre’s website had this to say about the Barley’s Wine: “It’s not wine; trust me. What it is is an incredibly strong American ale of epic proportions. The beer pours a deep amber with a lasting off-white head. Rich, piney American hops are front and center in the aroma. Digging deeper, you’ll find rich caramel, figs, and freshly baked rum-cake? The initial sip is mouth-filling to say the least. Sweet malt is there in spades, but it’s backed up by an obscene amount of spicy hops. The beer coats the tongue with a plethora of beery complexity; hops, hops and more hops, hugely rich malt, and finally alcohol. Ahh… the alcohol. It’s well hidden, until you swallow and then the warmth creeps back up your esophagus letting you know this is no normal beer. This monster finishes with an incredibly drying and lasting bitterness that accomplishes it’s goal of balancing out all that malt.” (10.8% ABV, 100 IBU)

Cask: La Cumbre usually offers a couple beers on cask, however no is nothing on cask at this time.

Events: On Thursday, La Cumbre and New Belgium Brewing will have a beer dinner at Farm & Table to celebrate the release of their new collaboration beer, May’s Maize. Chef Jaye will be pairing five and seven beers from La Cumbre and New Belgium for the event. Tickets are $55 per guest. Call 505-503-7124 to make reservations. The celebration continues on Friday with a tap takeover party at Sister Bar from 5 to 8 p.m.

Food: The Rustic Food Truck parks at La Cumbre on Tuesday, and The Supper Truck parks there Thursday.

Music: Wed — The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band 6-9 p.m., Sat — Alex Maryol 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Iron Horse Extra IPA, American Gold, Double White, Anniversary Ale, The Abbey, Rye Somethin’ Else. Marble’s website had this to say about Rye Somethin’ Else, “Bright hops lead the way for the earthy rye and spicy Belgian yeast character to shine through in this quenching, golden delight.” (5.9% ABV)

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

Food: Tamale Truck will be at the Downtown Pub on Wednesday. Chicharroneria Don Choche will park at the Pub on Thursday and on Friday from 5 p.m. to late. The Rustic Truck will also be at the Pub from 2:30-9 p.m. on Friday. The Supper Truck will be at the Pub on Saturday from 3 p.m. to late, and it will be at the Pub again on Sunday for Three String Bale’s going away party.

Music: Wed — Mar Ata 6-9 p.m., Thurs — The WildeUnion Jamboree featuring: Wildewood, DS Lucy, and The Union 7-10 p.m., Fri — Jade Masque 8-11 p.m., Sat — The Strange, Stem Ivory and Travis Joel 7-11 p.m., Sun — Boris McCutcheon & the Saltlicks and Three String Bale 5-9 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

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

Beers: Tripel, Barley Wine, Beam Me Up Scottish, Chocolate Porter, Billy’s Beer Irish Red, 505-2013, Imperial Cream Ale. Nexus has the last keg of the collaboration 505-2013 left in town. Get it will you still can. On Thursday, Nexus will be celebrating their two-year anniversary with the release of a Tripel (9-10% ABV), their Barley Wine aged for one and a half years, and Beam Me Up Scottish aged for one year.

Cask: Nexus is currently featuring their Chocolate Porter on cask, and they hope to have their Vanilla Bean Imperial Red on cask later in the week.

Events: Celebrate Nexus’ Two-Year Anniversary this month at the Beer Tour Festival.

Space is limited for the tour so for $12 non-Nexus Neighbor or $10 Nexus Neighbor price; you get a tour, a Nexus Logo glass and two beers, a $14 value.

(CLICK HERE to learn how to become a Nexus Neighbor). If you have already been on a tour or just didn’t sign up in time, they will still offer this deal on the glass and beer to anyone who wishes, only 1 glass/2 beers per customer. Three tours start at 11:30 a.m. and run every hour till 1:30 p.m. In addition, NM BBQ ribs with red beans and collard greens will be served to the sounds of live music.

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. They also have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies.

Sandia Chile Grill — 798-1970

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

Beers: Red Ryder Imperial Irish Red on Nitro, IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout on Nitro, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, Rattlesnake IPA, Smooth Move Amber, New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen. SCG’s Red Ryder Imperial Irish Red is comparable to a Scottish ale, but it is darker in color with a sweet-to-dry flavor profile. Sitting at 7-percent ABV, the Red Ryder is a heavy hitter, so be careful or you will poke your eye out! SCG’s New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen recently took first place at the New Mexico Cup competition. This is one crisp and tasty beer that is not to be missed.

News: SCG’s newly christened Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen is so named because Barb, a long time patron of SCG, no longer wanted her favorite beer to be made seasonally. So, she bought a barrel and donated it to SCG so that there would be a dedicated barrel with her favorite beer in it all year round. Thanks, Barb!

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

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

Beers: Tractor Hard Cider, Big Bale Wheat, Apricot Tailwaggin Wheat, Oaked Cider, Chocolate Stout, Barnstorm Ale, Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock, Duchess (Imperial) Pale Ale. Tractor had a post on their Facebook page that had this to say about the Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock: “A doppelbock is a German style bock (lager) that was traditionally brewed in the late fall, lagered (stored in the cellar) over the winter and served in late winter or early spring. We adhere to this tradition here at Tractor; this doppelbock was brewed in November and has been lagering until now.” The Oaked Cider is an oak-aged version of the Tractor Hard Cider. Stoutmeister recently called the Chocolate Stout “my new addiction.” It has a drier, more mocha-style profile than the more prolific milk chocolate-style stouts at most breweries these days.

News: $1 from each pint of Apricot Tailwaggin Wheat sold goes to the Animal Humane Society.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

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

Beers: Hefeweisen, Milk Shake Stout, Maibock, Rye IPA, Odd Job Brown, Yardsale Blonde, IPA Cubed, Cherry Wheat, Hopduster IPA, Nitro Irish Stout, Belgian IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s website has this to say about the IPA Cubed: “Cubed is hopped with over 20 pounds of hops to reach the 125 bittering units. This awesome amount of hops is balanced with the nearly 1000 pounds of grains.” (7.75% ABV, 125 IBU, 1.072 OG) TMBC’s website also has this to say about Dubbel Trubbel: “Here’s a perfectly brewed Belgian Dubbel to close out our Belgian series of beers. Candied sugars help bring out those oh-so-distinct flavors. Cheers!” (6.0% ABV, 20 IBU, 1.060 OG)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Rye IPA on cask.

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings Burque beer drinkers, this is E-Rock here to bring you another Monday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. As always, this column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Albuquerque metro area. As per usual, I am writing this column from Sandia Chile Grill. I would like to thank the guys at SCG for supplying me with delicious huevos rancheros and a pint of the Red Ryder Imperial Red.

The biggest event going on this week in the Albuquerque metro-area is the Belgian Beer Bash at Back Alley Draft House. On Friday night, BADH will celebrate all things Belgian with imported kegs of Delirium Tremens and Silly Belgium Scotch Ale on tap, a Belgian-style pub menu, flight specials, and the reggae music stylings of Reagan Shamani.

Broken Bottle will have their new 2 Scoops Amber on tap by the end of the week. The Il Vicino Canteen is introducing their Wakawit this week, and they also have a new batch of their Irish Red on tap. Tractor is introducing their new Big Bale Wheat this week. Turtle Mountain has a new batch of their Maibock on tap this week.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the 505. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 13.

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

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

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: No seasonals on tap this week. ABP carries beers from Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande Brewing and Monk’s Brewing. Most of their beers are on tap all year long. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

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

Beers: Belgian White, IPA, Barley Wine. I had the Apricot IPA a couple of weeks ago. The Barley Wine has a hint of hops that helps balance out the sweetness that can be overpowering in other barley wines.

Events: The biggest event going on this week in the Albuquerque metro area is the Belgian Beer Bash at Back Alley Draft House. On Friday night, BADH will celebrate all things Belgian with imported kegs of Delirium Tremens and Silly Belgium Scotch Ale on tap, a Belgian-style pub menu, flight specials, and the reggae music stylings of Reagan Shamani.

Celebrate Dollar off Tuesdays on your favorite beers. Industry people always get a dollar off; show your server certificate or some other proof that you work in the crazy restaurant/bar industry. (Kitchen peeps TOO!)

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

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

Beers: Trubsucker Double IPA, Boss Pale Ale, Valley Fog (California Stream), Engaano Hefeweizen, Mellow Brit English Brown. Bosque Brewing Co. is excited to announce their “Adopted” line of specialty ales! Periodically, they will release 7-barrel batches of seasonal ales and $1 of each pint sold will be donated to the ABBA Fund, an organization that extends zero-percent interest loans to families aspiring to adopt domestically and internationally. Their first Adopted Ale is the Engaano Hefeweizen.

News: BBC has several beers in the works including a new pale ale, a new steam, and a new beer that will benefit the NM Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Stay tuned for more details as we receive them. Stoutmeister sampled the new version of the Boss Pale Ale at Blues & Brews. He said it has a nice mix of some sweetness and mild hoppiness that sets it apart from most pale ales.

Music: Mon — Kata 6-8 p.m.

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

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

Beers: 2 Scoops Amber, DADU Honey Wheat, Juan’s Mocha Brown, Brokenberry (Strawberry Chocolate) Brown, Hoppy Birthday. Hoppy Birthday is an extra hoppy IPA that was brewed to celebrate B3’s one-year anniversary. The DADU Honey Wheat is on its last keg, and it will soon be replaced by 2 Scoops Amber. The DADU Honey Wheat (10.8 % ABV) is heavy on the honey and light on the wheat. It’s so sweet, it’s almost a mead. B3’s website had this to say about 2 Scoops Amber, “Did you know that raisins have natural yeast on them and it can be used to ferment beer? We learned this from a BBB patron and decided to try it. An amber ale fermented with 100% natural raisins.”

News: B3 is working on a new Toffee Stout which should be available in the next week or two.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, B3 will host World Tavern Poker (it’s free to play and you can earn points, prizes, and a shot at the World Series of Poker).

Music: Sat — Vince & Steve 8-9 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — 994-9364

(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)

Beers: Porter (5.9% ABV), Inebriator (Doppel Bock) (8+% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Cerveza Por Mis Cavallios Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Tomazula Brown (5.2% ABV), Tierra del Fuego Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), P.J.’s Amber, and an ESB. Cazuela’s newest beer is the Porter. Stoutmeister is still the lone Crew member to head out there. He highly recommends the Tomazula Brown and the ESB. The former is sweet and full-bodied, while the latter is dry but not bitter. Now that we’ve gotten through the madness of Beer Week, the Crew will head over to Cazuela’s to do a formal review and full tasting sometime soon.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: India White Elephant, 505-2013, The Big Lebrewski (Double IPA), Nobel Session PA. The Big Lebrewski is a sweet in taste and golden in color, so it may not look imposing, but it’s high alcohol content packs quite a punch.

Farside Brew Pub

(Closed)

News: After two years of business, Farside Brew Pub has closed its doors.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Wakawit, Irish Red, Hefeweisen, Belgian Strong Golden, Belgian Dark Strong, Just Esteem, Saison, Black IPA. The Wakawit is a Belgian wheat beer beer brewed with waka hops. Stoutmeister tried the Belgian Dark Strong recently. He said the BDS is packed with a massive amount of flavors.

News: The Sasquatch Scotch will be on tap at Celtic Fest, and it will go back on tap at the Canteen starting next week.

Cask: Exodus Clone (Wet Mountain-based IPA brewed with hops used in the Exodus IPA) is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Collaboration IPA will be on cask on Saturday.

Music: Tues — Russel James Pyle 8-11 p.m., Sun — Boris McCutcheon & Salt Licks (Americana) 5-8 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Proprietary Pale Ale, Project Irie, VMO #2, 505-2013, Barley’s Wine (10.8% ABV, 100 IBU), Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter), Irish Red Lager. Proprietary Pale Ale is the first beer in New Mexico to be made with a new South African strain of hops, and it clocks in at 5.6-percent ABV and 50 IBU. Project Irie is part of the same series as Project Dank, which made its debut at Cask Fest in March and took second place in open voting. La Cumbre’s website had this to say about the Barley’s Wine: “It’s not wine; trust me. What it is is an incredibly strong American ale of epic proportions. The beer pours a deep amber with a lasting off-white head. Rich, piney American hops are front and center in the aroma. Digging deeper, you’ll find rich caramel, figs, and freshly baked rum-cake? The initial sip is mouth-filling to say the least. Sweet malt is there in spades, but it’s backed up by an obscene amount of spicy hops. The beer coats the tongue with a plethora of beery complexity; hops, hops and more hops, hugely rich malt, and finally alcohol. Ahh… the alcohol. It’s well hidden, until you swallow and then the warmth creeps back up your esophagus letting you know this is no normal beer. This monster finishes with an incredibly drying and lasting bitterness that accomplishes it’s goal of balancing out all that malt.” (10.8% ABV, 100 IBU)

Cask: La Cumbre usually offers a couple beers on cask.

Food: The Rustic Food Truck parks at La Cumbre on Tuesday, and The Supper Truck parks there Thursday.

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

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Anniversary Ale, The Abbey, 505-2013, Rye Somethin’ Else. Marble’s website had this to say about Rye Somethin’ Else, “Bright hops lead the way for the earthy rye and spicy Belgian yeast character to shine through in this quenching, golden delight.” (5.9% ABV)

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

News: Marble’s Double White will be back on tap next week.

Food: The Talking Fountain Kitchen will be at the Downtown Pub on Wednesday, and Chicharroneria Don Choche will be at the Downtown Pub on Friday from 5 p.m. to late.

Music: Wed — Hot Honey 6-9 p.m., Thurs — The Tumbleweeds 7-10 p.m., Fri — Mississippi Rail Company 8-11 p.m., Sat — Dominic Pettine 1:30-3:30 p.m., Pawnshop Poster Boys, Ben Jammin & the Skanartists, and Good Green 7-11 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

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

Beers: Billy’s Beer Irish Red, 505-2013, Oatmeal Stout, Belgian Dark Strong (10.2% ABV), Imperial Cream Ale, Belgian Golden (5.8% ABV). Nexus is premiering their second Belgian ale this month. The Oatmeal Stout is on tap at Nexus; both Stoutmeister and Franz Solo rated it among their favorites this year. Belgian Dark Strongs are loaded with malts and have a sweet taste that even a stout drinker would love.

Cask: Nexus is currently featuring their Red on cask.

News: On Thursday, May 23, Nexus will be celebrating their two-year anniversary with the release of a Tripel (9-10% ABV), their Barley Wine aged for one and a half years, and Beam Me Up Scottish aged for one year.

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. They also have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies.

Sandia Chile Grill — 798-1970

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

Beers: Red Ryder Imperial Irish Red on Nitro, IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout on Nitro, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, Rattlesnake IPA, Smooth Move Amber, New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen. SCG’s Red Ryder Imperial Irish Red is comparable to a Scottish ale, but it is darker in color with a sweet-to-dry flavor profile. Sitting at 7-percent ABV, the Red Ryder is a heavy hitter, so be careful or you will poke your eye out! SCG’s New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen recently took first place at the New Mexico Cup competition. This is one crisp and tasty beer that is not to be missed.

News: SCG’s newly christened Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen is so named because Barb, a long time patron of SCG, no longer wanted her favorite beer to be made seasonally. So, she bought a barrel and donated it to SCG so that there would be a dedicated barrel with her favorite beer in it all year round. Thanks, Barb!

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

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

Beers: Big Bale Wheat, Apricot Wheat, Oaked Cider, Chocolate Stout, Barnstorm Ale, Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock, Duchess (Imperial) Pale Ale. Tractor had a post on their Facebook page that had this to say about the Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock: “A doppelbock is a German style bock (lager) that was traditionally brewed in the late fall, lagered (stored in the cellar) over the winter and served in late winter or early spring. We adhere to this tradition here at Tractor; this doppelbock was brewed in November and has been lagering until now.” The Oaked Cider is an oak-aged version of the Tractor Hard Cider. Stoutmeister recently called the Chocolate Stout “my new addiction.” It has a drier, more mocha-style profile than the more prolific milk chocolate-style stouts at most breweries these days.

News: $1 from each pint of Apricot Wheat sold goes to the Animal Humane Society.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

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

Beers: Maibock, Rye IPA, Odd Job Brown, Yardsale Blonde, IPA Cubed, Dubbel Trubbel, Cherry Wheat, Hopduster IPA, Nitro Irish Stout, Belgian IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s website has this to say about the IPA Cubed: “Cubed is hopped with over 20 pounds of hops to reach the 125 bittering units. This awesome amount of hops is balanced with the nearly 1000 pounds of grains.” (7.75% ABV, 125 IBU, 1.072 OG) TMBC’s website also has this to say about Dubbel Trubbel: “Here’s a perfectly brewed Belgian Dubbel to close out our Belgian series of beers. Candied sugars help bring out those oh-so-distinct flavors. Cheers!” (6.0% ABV, 20 IBU, 1.060 OG)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Rye IPA on cask.

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings Burque beer drinkers, this is E-Rock back in Albuquerque to bring you another Monday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. As always, this column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Albuquerque metro area. Now that I’m back in town, I’m writing this column from Sandia Chile Grill as usual. I would like to thank the guys at SCG for supplying me with delicious beef tacos and a smooth Nitro Milk Stout.

Beer Week has come and gone. Everyone at the Dark Side Brew Crew had a great time meeting fellow craft beer drinkers and drinking superb beers. Now, it’s back to business as usual. Most of the new seasonals coming out this week seem to be appearing on the north side of town. Bosque Brewing Company is releasing their new Trubsucker Double IPA this week. Il Vicino has a new batch of their Cascade IPA coming out. Marble is now serving their Anniversary Ale and Abbey. Nexus already has their new Billy Beer Irish Red on tap, and they will be releasing a new batch of their Zaragosa Pale Ale. Sandia Chile Grill ran out of most of their beers at Blues & Brews, but they will have them all back on tap over the next couple of days including their Red Ryder Imperial Red now on nitro. Turtle Mountain is unveiling their new Odd Job Brown this week, and they are also serving a new batch of their Rye IPA.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the 505. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of May 6.

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

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

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: Pecan Ale. ABP carries beers from Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande Brewing and Monk’s Brewing. Most of their beers are on tap all year long. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller. The Pecan Ale is proud to be a Ben Miller creation.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

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

Beers: Belgian White, Apricot IPA, IPA, Red, Barley Wine. I had the Apricot IPA a couple of weeks ago. The sweetness from the apricots helps counter the bitterness coming from the hops, which gives this brew a well-rounded taste.

Events: BADH will be closed on Saturday for a private party. BADH will also be giving away free merchandise. All you have to do is post a picture of you and your pals enjoying one of their many fantastic craft beers. Beer Week’s Tower of Sour event went so well that BADH is looking to do another Belgian-themed night in the near future.

Celebrate Dollar off Tuesdays on your favorite beers. Industry people always get a dollar off; show your server certificate or some other proof that you work in the crazy restaurant/bar industry. (Kitchen peeps TOO!)

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

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

Beers: Trubsucker Double IPA, Boss Pale Ale, Valley Fog (California Stream), Engaano Hefeweizen, Mellow Brit English Brown. Bosque Brewing Co. is excited to announce their “Adopted” line of specialty ales! Periodically, they will release 7-barrel batches of seasonal ales and $1 of each pint sold will be donated to the ABBA Fund, an organization that extends zero-percent interest loans to families aspiring to adopt domestically and internationally. Their first Adopted Ale is the Engaano Hefeweizen.

News: BBC has several beers in the works including a new pale ale, a new steam, and a new beer that will benefit the NM Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Stay tuned for more details as we receive them. Stoutmeister sampled the new version of the Boss Pale Ale at Blues & Brews. He said it has a nice mix of some sweetness and mild hoppiness that sets it apart from most pale ales.

Music: Mon — Spanky Lee 6-8 p.m.

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

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

Beers: DADU Honey Wheat, Juan’s Mocha Brown, Broken Berry (Strawberry Chocolate) Brown, Hoppy Birthday. Hoppy Birthday is an extra hoppy IPA that was brewed to celebrate B3’s one-year anniversary. The DADU Honey Wheat (10.8 % ABV) is heavy on the honey and light on the wheat. It’s so sweet, it’s almost a mead.

News: B3 is working on a new Toffee Stout which should be available in a couple of weeks.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, B3 will host World Tavern Poker (it’s free to play and you can earn points, prizes, and a shot at the World Series of Poker).

Music: Fri — Jordan Trimarchi 8-9 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — 994-9364

(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)

Beers: Porter (5.9% ABV), Inebriator (Doppel Bock) (8+% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Cerveza Por Mis Cavallios Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Tomazula Brown (5.2% ABV), Tierra del Fuego Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), P.J.’s Amber, and an ESB. Cazuela’s newest beer is the Porter. Stoutmeister is still the lone Crew member to head out there. He highly recommends the Tomazula Brown and the ESB. The former is sweet and full-bodied, while the latter is dry but not bitter. Now that we’ve gotten through the madness of Beer Week, the Crew will head over to Cazuela’s to do a formal review and full tasting.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: India White Elephant, 505-2013, The Big Lebrewski (Double IPA), Nobel Session PA. The Big Lebrewski is a sweet in taste and golden in color, so it may not look imposing, but it’s high alcohol content packs quite a punch.

Farside Brew Pub — 918-2337

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–11 p.m., Sun 4–8 p.m.)

Beers: English Brown Smog, Dragon’s Blood (India Dark Ale), C Squared (Kolsch), Sunburn Irish Red, Triple Chocolate Stout, Zombie IPA, Feather Weight Ale. FBP has revamped their Triple Chocolate Stout. FPB’s popular Dragon’s Blood is a little lighter than a black IPA, but it still has the bite of a good American style IPA. I’m told the new batch has a cleaner and crisper taste. FPB’s Sunburn Irish Red is a mellow red that sits at a cool 4.8-percent ABV and 18 IBU.

News: FBP will be open for a couple more weeks. Plans are in the works for a possible reopening in the future.

Events: FBP hosts $3 Pint Night every Monday and Thursday College Night (with a valid college ID) featuring a $7 Pizza and Pint Special, plus all night happy hour pints. FBP will be hosting their biweekly open mic on Tuesday with sign-ups starting at 7 p.m.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Cascade Pale Ale, Hefewiesen, Hopspitality, Belgian Strong Golden, Belgian Dark Strong, 505-2013, Just Esteem, Saison, Black IPA. Hopspitality is back, and this year it was brewed with Motueka and Topaz hops. The folks at the Canteen has assured me that making Hopspitality with unique hops during Beer Week is now officially an annual event.

News: The Irish Red may go back on tap near the end of the week depending on how quickly the Hopspitality and the 505-2013 sell out, and the Sasquatch Scotch is slated for another sighting on the 17th or 18th to coincide with Celtic Fest.

Cask: Rye PA is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Oak-Aged Irish will be on cask on Saturday.

Music: Tues — Man No Sober 6-9 p.m., Sat — Wildewood CD Release Party 7-10 p.m., Sun — Palace Flophouse 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Proprietary Pale Ale, Project Irie, VMO #2, 505-2013, Barley’s Wine (10.8% ABV, 100 IBU), Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter), Irish Red Lager. Proprietary Pale Ale is the first beer in New Mexico to be made with a new South African strain of hops, and it clocks in at 5.6-percent ABV and 50 IBU. Project Irie is part of the same series as Project Dank, which made its debut at Cask Fest in March and took second place in open voting. La Cumbre’s website had this to say about the Barley’s Wine: “It’s not wine; trust me. What it is is an incredibly strong American ale of epic proportions. The beer pours a deep amber with a lasting off-white head. Rich, piney American hops are front and center in the aroma. Digging deeper, you’ll find rich caramel, figs, and freshly baked rum-cake? The initial sip is mouth-filling to say the least. Sweet malt is there in spades, but it’s backed up by an obscene amount of spicy hops. The beer coats the tongue with a plethora of beery complexity; hops, hops and more hops, hugely rich malt, and finally alcohol. Ahh… the alcohol. It’s well hidden, until you swallow and then the warmth creeps back up your esophagus letting you know this is no normal beer. This monster finishes with an incredibly drying and lasting bitterness that accomplishes it’s goal of balancing out all that malt.” (10.8% ABV, 100 IBU)

Cask: La Cumbre usually offers a couple beers on cask. La Cumbre is starting this week off with the 505-2013 on cask.

Food: The Rustic Food Truck parks at La Cumbre on Tuesday, and The Supper Truck parks there Thursday.

Music: Sat — Reviva 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Anniversary Ale, The Abbey, 505-2013, Rye Somethin’ Else, Double White. Marble’s website had this to say about Rye Somethin’ Else, “Bright hops lead the way for the earthy rye and spicy Belgian yeast character to shine through in this quenching, golden delight.” (5.9% ABV)

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

Food: The Talking Fountain Kitchen will be at the Downtown Pub on Wednesday, and Chicharroneria Don Choche will be at the Downtown Pub on Friday from 5 p.m. to late.

Music: Wed — The Palm in the Cypess 6-9 p.m., Fri — The Blue Hornets 8-11 p.m., Sat — Pawnshop Poster Boys, Ben Jammin & the Skanartists, and Good Green 7-11 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

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

Beers: Zaragosa Pale Ale, Billy Beer Irish Red, 505-2013, Oatmeal Stout, Belgian Dark Strong (10.2% ABV), Imperial Cream Ale, Belgian Golden (5.8% ABV). Nexus is premiering their second Belgian ale this month. The Oatmeal Stout is on tap at Nexus; both Stoutmeister and Franz Solo rated it among their favorites this year. Belgian Dark Strongs are loaded with malts and have a sweet taste that even a stout drinker would love.

Cask: Nexus is currently featuring the 505-2013 on cask.

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. They also have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies.

Sandia Chile Grill — 798-1970

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

Beers: Red Ryder Imperial Irish Red on Nitro, IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout on Nitro, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, Rattlesnake IPA, Smooth Move Amber, New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen. SCG’s Red Ryder Imperial Irish Red is comparable to a Scottish ale, but it is darker in color with a sweet-to-dry flavor profile. Sitting at 7-percent ABV, the Red Ryder is a heavy hitter, so be careful or you will poke your eye out! SCG’s New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen recently took first place at the New Mexico Cup competition. This is one crisp and tasty beer that is not to be missed.

News: SCG’s newly christened Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen is so named because Barb, a long time patron of SCG, no longer wanted her favorite beer to be made seasonally. So, she bought a barrel and donated it to SCG so that there would be a dedicated barrel with her favorite beer in it all year round. Thanks, Barb!

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

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

Beers: Apricot Wheat, Oaked Cider, Chocolate Stout, Ox Bow Scotch, Barnstorm Ale, Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock, Duchess (Imperial) Pale Ale. Tractor had a post on their Facebook page that had this to say about the Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock: “A doppelbock is a German style bock (lager) that was traditionally brewed in the late fall, lagered (stored in the cellar) over the winter and served in late winter or early spring. We adhere to this tradition here at Tractor; this doppelbock was brewed in November and has been lagering until now.” The Oaked Cider is an oak-aged version of the Tractor Hard Cider. Stoutmeister recently called the Chocolate Stout “my new addiction.” It has a drier, more mocha-style profile than the more prolific milk chocolate-style stouts at most breweries these days.

News: $1 from each pint of Apricot Wheat sold goes to the Animal Humane Society.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

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

Beers: Rye IPA, Odd Job Brown, Yardsale Blonde, IPA Cubed, Dubbel Trubbel, Cherry Wheat, Hopduster IPA, Nitro Irish Stout, Belgian IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s website has this to say about the IPA Cubed: “Cubed is hopped with over 20 pounds of hops to reach the 125 bittering units. This awesome amount of hops is balanced with the nearly 1000 pounds of grains.” (7.75% ABV, 125 IBU, 1.072 OG) TMBC’s website also has this to say about Dubbel Trubbel: “Here’s a perfectly brewed Belgian Dubbel to close out our Belgian series of beers. Candied sugars help bring out those oh-so-distinct flavors. Cheers!” (6.0% ABV, 20 IBU, 1.060 OG)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Rye IPA on cask.

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings Burque beer drinkers, this is E-Rock here in Houston, Texas, to bring you another Monday installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. My apologies for the late post last week. The logistics of traveling, calling all of the breweries in Albuquerque, and writing this column proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. I will be back at my home base at Sandia Chile Grill next week ready to drink some beers and satiate my chile cravings. As always, this column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, music, and events served up in and around the Albuquerque metro area.

Beer Week is gearing up for its second week in the Duke City. There are still plenty of events to catch including a meet and greet with the Brew Crew on Thursday and the Brew Crew-hosted Dark Ages variety act and dark beer worshiping extravaganza at ArtBar, co-hosted by Tractor and the Blackout Theater Group. With that said, read on to see what’s new with ABQ’s local brews.

Once again, several local breweries will be releasing seasonal bees in conjunction with sanctioned Beer Week events this week. Bosque Brewing Company has a new batch of their Boss Pale Ale ready for your consumption. Broken Bottle is now serving Juan’s Mocha Brown and they will release Dadu Honey Wheat on Friday in conjunction with their Beer Week event. Chama River has a new batch of their India White Elephant on tap. Il Vicino has a new batch of their Hefewiesen at the Canteen. Marble is now serving their Anniversary Ale and Abbey. Nexus already has their new Billy Beer Irish Red on tap, and they will be releasing a new batch of their Zaragosa Pale Ale during their Beer Week event on Sunday. Sandia Chile Grill has a new batch of their nitro Rio Negro Milk Stout on tap. Tractor has a new Apricot Wheat and Oaked Cider on tap.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in and around the 505. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of April 29.

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

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

ABQ Brew Pub — 884-1116

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

Beers: Pecan Ale. ABP carries beers from Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande Brewing and Monk’s Brewing. Most of their beers are on tap all year long. Several times a year ABP serves up the latest creation by local brewing hero and winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot competition, Ben Miller.

Back Alley Draft House — 766-6973 (NYPD)

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

Beers: Belgian White, Apricot IPA, IPA, Red, Barley Wine. Fresh new batches of the Belgian White and IPA will be on tap this week.

Events: BADH will be serving their IPA and Belgian White at Blues & Brews on Saturday. Also, last week’s Tower of Sour event went so well that BADH is looking to do another Belgian-themed night in the near future.

Celebrate Dollar off Tuesdays on your favorite beers. Industry people always get a dollar off; show your server certificate or some other proof that you work in the crazy restaurant/bar industry. (Kitchen peeps TOO!)

Bosque Brewing Company — 750-7596

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

Beers: Boss Pale Ale, Valley Fog (California Stream), Engaano Hefeweizen, Mellow Brit English Brown. Bosque is taking $1 per pint purchased of Engaano and donating it to adoption agencies (see news entry below for details).

News: Bosque Brewing Co. is excited to announce their “Adopted” line of specialty ales! Periodically, they will release 7-barrel batches of seasonal ales and $1 of each pint sold will be donated to the ABBA Fund, an organization that extends zero-percent interest loans to families aspiring to adopt domestically and internationally. Their first Adopted Ale is the Engaano Hefeweizen.

BBC has several beers in the works including a new pale ale, a new steam, and a new beer that will benefit the NM Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Stay tuned for more details as we receive them.

Music: Mon — Shane Wallin 6-8 p.m.

Broken Bottle Brewery — 890-8777

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

Beers: Dadu Honey Wheat, Juan’s Mocha Brown, Broken Berry (Strawberry Chocolate) Brown, Hoppy Birthday, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red. Hoppy Birthday is an extra hoppy IPA that was brewed to celebrate B3’s one year anniversary. The Dadu Honey Wheat is heavy on the honey and light on the wheat. It’s so sweet, it’s almost a mead.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, B3 will host World Tavern Poker (it’s free to play and you can earn points, prizes, and a shot at the World Series of Poker). On Saturday, Broken Bottle will be at Blues & Brews.

Music: Fri — You Knew Me When 8-9 p.m.

Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — 994-9364

(Hours of operation are not yet posted.)

Beers: Porter (5.9% ABV), Inebriator (Doppel Bock) (8+% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Cerveza Por Mis Cavallios Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Tomazula Brown (5.2% ABV), Tierra del Fuego Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), P.J.’s Amber, and an ESB. Cazuela’s newest beer is the Porter. Stoutmeister is still the lone Crew member to head out there. He highly recommends the Tomazula Brown and the ESB. The former is sweet and full-bodied, while the latter is dry but not bitter. Once we get through the madness of Beer Week, the Crew will head over to Cazuela’s to do a formal review and full tasting.

Chama River Brewing Company — 342-1800

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

Beers: India White Elephant, 505-2013, The Big Lebrewski (Double IPA), Nobel Session PA. The Big Lebrewski is a sweet in taste and golden in color.

Farside Brew Pub — 918-2337

(Mon–Thurs 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–11 p.m., Sun 4–8 p.m.)

Beers: English Brown Smog, Dragon’s Blood (India Dark Ale), C Squared (Kolsch), Sunburn Irish Red, Triple Chocolate Stout, Zombie IPA, Feather Weight Ale. FBP has revamped their Triple Chocolate Stout. FPB’s popular Dragon’s Blood is a little lighter than a black IPA, but it still has the bite of a good American style IPA. I’m told the new batch has a cleaner and crisper taste. FPB’s Sunburn Irish Red is a mellow red that sits at a cool 4.8-percent ABV and 18 IBU.

News: FBP will be open for a couple more weeks. Plans are in the works for a possible reopening in the future.

Events: FBP hosts $3 Pint Night every Monday and Thursday College Night (with a valid college ID) featuring a $7 Pizza and Pint Special, plus all night happy hour pints. FBP will be hosting their biweekly open mic on Tuesday with sign-ups starting at 7 p.m.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — 881-2737

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

Beers: Hefeweisen, Hopspitality, Belgian Strong Golden, Belgian Dark Strong, 505-2013, Just Esteem, Saison, Black IPA, Odin’s (Imperial) Red. Hopspitality is back, and this year it was brewed with Motueka and Topaz hops. The folks at the Canteen has assured me that making Hopspitality with unique hops during Beer Week is now officially an annual tradition. Odin’s Imperial Red is a beer fit for the Norse god, made with five pounds of Simcoe hops per barrel (10.25% ABV, 100+ IBU).

Cask: Hopspitality is on tap for Cask Wednesday and the Jedi Juice Kiwi Wheat will be on cask on Saturday.

Music: Tues — Eryn Bent (Indie/Folk) 6-9 p.m., Sun — TBA 3-6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Proprietary Pale Ale, Project Irie, VMO #2, 505-2013, Barley’s Wine (10.8% ABV, 100 IBU), Gracias por Fumar (Smoked Porter), Irish Red Lager. Proprietary Pale Ale is the first beer in New Mexico to be made with a new South African strain of hops, and it clocks in at 5.6-percent ABV and 50 IBU. Project Irie is part of the same series as Project Dank, which made its debut at Cask Fest last month and took second place in open voting. La Cumbre’s website had this to say about the Barley’s Wine, “It’s not wine; trust me. What it is is an incredibly strong American ale of epic proportions. The beer pours a deep amber with a lasting off-white head. Rich, piney American hops are front and center in the aroma. Digging deeper, you’ll find rich caramel, figs, and freshly baked rum-cake? The initial sip is mouth-filling to say the least. Sweet malt is there in spades, but it’s backed up by an obscene amount of spicy hops. The beer coats the tongue with a plethora of beery complexity; hops, hops and more hops, hugely rich malt, and finally alcohol. Ahh… the alcohol. It’s well hidden, until you swallow and then the warmth creeps back up your esophogas letting you know this is no normal beer. This monster finishes with an incredibly drying and lasting bitterness that accomplishes it’s goal of balancing out all that malt.” (10.8% ABV, 100 IBU)

Cask: La Cumbre usually offers a couple beers on cask. La Cumbre is starting this week off with the 505-2013 on cask.

Food: The Rustic Food Truck parks at La Cumbre on Tuesday, and The Supper Truck parks there Thursday.

Music: Wed — TBA 7-10 p.m., Sat — TBA 7-10 p.m.

Marble Brewery — 243-2739

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

Beers: Anniversary Ale, Abbey, 505-2013, Rye Somethin’ Else, Double White, Tripel. Marble’s website had this to say about Rye Somethin’ Else, “Bright hops lead the way for the earthy rye and spicy Belgian yeast character to shine through in this quenching, golden delight.” (5.9% ABV)

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

Events: Join Marble On Thursday from 6-8 p.m. For a meet and great with the Dark Side Brew Crew and several other local beer drinking groups.

Food: The Downtown Pub will host the Food Truck Rumble on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. featuring four different food trucks battling to win over your taste buds. Chicharroneria Don Choche will be at the Downtown Pub on Thurday and Friday.

Music: Wed — Zoltan Orkestar 4-8 p.m., Thurs — Liv 7-10 p.m., Fri — Saltine Ramblers 8-11 p.m., Sat — Amateur Dramatics 7-9 p.m., The Haptics 9-10 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — 242-4100

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

Beers: Zaragosa Pale Ale, Billy Beer Irish Red, 505-2013, Oatmeal Stout, Belgian Dark Strong (10.2% ABV), Imperial Cream Ale, Belgian Golden (5.8% ABV). Nexus is premiering their second Belgian ale this month. The Oatmeal Stout has made its first appearance on tap at Nexus and comes strongly recommended by Franz Solo and Stoutmeister. Belgian Dark Strongs are loaded with malts and have a sweet taste that even a stout drinker would love.

Cask: Nexus is currently featuring their IPA on cask, and they will have the 505-2013 on cask later in the week.

Events: Nexus serves up Happy Hour All Day on Tuesday featuring $3 pints. Also on Tuesday, Nexus will be hosting their comedy open mic, Young Dumb and Full of Comedy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room. They also have Ladies Night on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. featuring $3 pints for the ladies.

Sandia Chile Grill — 798-1970

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

Beers: Rio Negro Milk Stout on Nitro, Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen, Rattlesnake IPA, Smooth Move Amber, Red Ranger Imperial Irish Red, New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen. SCG’s Red Ranger Imperial Irish Red is comparable to a Scottish ale, but it is darker in color with a sweet-to-dry flavor profile. Sitting at 7 percent ABV, the Red Ranger is a heavy hitter, so be careful or you will poke your eye out! SCG’s New Mexico Gold Rush Pilsen took first place at the New Mexico Cup competition. This is one crisp and tasty beer that is not to be missed.

News: SCG’s newly christened Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen is so named because Barb, a long time patron of SCG, no longer wanted her favorite beer to be made seasonally. So, she bought a barrel and donated it to SCG so that there would be a dedicated barrel with her favorite beer in it all year round. Thanks, Barb!

Events: On Monday SCG will be serving a free Frito Pie with a purchase on any regular $4 pint of beer from 4-8 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Apricot Wheat, Oaked Cider, Chocolate Stout, Ox Bow Scotch, Barnstorm Ale, Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock, Duchess (Imperial) Pale Ale. Tractor had a post on their Facebook page that had this to say about the Goat Head Hador Doppel Bock, “a doppelbock is a German style bock (lager) that was traditionally brewed in the late fall, lagered (stored in the cellar) over the winter and served in late winter or early spring. We adhere to this tradition here at Tractor; this doppelbock was brewed in November and has been lagering until now.” The Oaked Cider is an oak-aged version of the Tractor Hard Cider. Stoutmeister recently called the Chocolate Stout “my new addiction.” It has a drier, more mocha-style profile than the more prolific milk chocolate-style stouts at most breweries these days.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — 994-9497

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

Beers: Yardsale Blonde, IPA Cubed, Dubbel Trubbel, Cherry Wheat, Hopduster IPA, Ol’ Brown Eyes, Celtic Brown, Nitro Irish Stout, Belgian IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Steam+, Hybrid IPA, Cabo Lager, Red Rye. TMBC’s website has this to say about the IPA Cubed, “Cubed is hopped with over 20 pounds of hops to reach the 125 bittering units. This awesome amount of hops is balanced with the nearly 1000 pounds of grains.” (7.75% ABV, 125 IBU, 1.072 OG) TMBC’s website also has this to say about Dubbel Trubbel, “Here’s a perfectly brewed Belgian Dubbel to close out our Belgian series of beers. Candied sugars help bring out those oh-so-distinct flavors. Cheers!” (6.0% ABV, 20 IBU, 1.060 OG)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring Mr. Hoover’s Steam on cask.

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That’s all for this week! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or contact us on our Facebook page.

Cheers!

— E-Rock