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Among the six different New Mexico breweries who won medals at the Great American Beer Festival last weekend, Blue Corn and Chama River sit slightly apart from the rest. Both breweries brought in new head brewers this year, meaning for Blue Corn’s James Warren and Chama’s Zach Guilmette it was the first time either had taken the stage in Denver to receive a medal as the man in charge. Needless to say, “stoked” is probably an understatement for how they both felt when their medals were announced.

Chama River brewer Zach Guilmette poses with his GABF gold medal and Class VI Golden Lager. (Photo courtesy of Chama River)

Chama River brewer Zach Guilmette poses with his GABF gold medal and Class VI Golden Lager. (Photo courtesy of Chama River)

“All I do remember is after we won, I didn’t hear anything about the next seven categories,” Zach said after hearing Class VI Golden Lager won gold in the Bohemian Style Pilsner category. “As they kept announcing winners I was in shock, texting friends and getting texts from people. I was just enjoying that moment.

“Because leading up to that moment, you know how hard you worked, and every brewer in that auditorium feels like they have a shot. You worked so hard all year long for that one event. There are some great beer festivals and competitions throughout the year, but that’s the best competition to be a part of because you know not only is everyone there, but they’re all going to try to bring their best. You’re up against some of the best beers in the country. All you can do is sit in nervous tension, not even enjoy yourself until you finally hear your name called. Then there’s a small sense of relief for the rest of the (event).”

That sense of relief took a little longer for James before he heard Blue Corn’s Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout lived up to its name in the Oatmeal Stout category.

“Oatmeal stout was category 85 of 90,” James said. “The other four beers I’d entered had gone by, so I was kind of feeling a little bummed out, really. I was sitting there, just waiting for the last category to get around. I started looking around, thinking maybe I’ll get another donut. Then you hear your own name called, freak out, and just go ‘awesome.’ I don’t know if it’s even kind of hit me yet. I got right back here this morning and right back to it. It’s an awesome feeling. I’m glad I’m able to be a part of all the medals for New Mexico, all the golds, too.”

The GMOS won silver in 2013 when John Bullard (who helped Bosque Brewing earn its first medal with a bronze for the Acequia Wet Hop IPA) was still running the show at Blue Corn. Its name stemmed from winning gold way back in 2007, before even John was there. That name caused James to endure some initial grief, only for things to turn around.

Blue Corn brewer James Warren shows off his GABF gold medal for his Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout. (Photo courtesy of Blue Corn)

Blue Corn brewer James Warren shows off his GABF gold medal for his Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout. (Photo courtesy of Blue Corn)

“There were a few other brewers who were giving me crap about the name of it,” James said. “One brewer came back and apologized to me, told me he was wrong to make fun of the name. Said it was good luck. He said next year you ought to name it Small Brewpub of the Year Stout.”

Zach was up on stage for the second year in a row. With Il Vicino last year, Zach helped that team win a gold with his recipe for Panama Joe Coffee Stout.

“With Il Vicino, to win that gold medal for me personally, it was a big sense of accomplishment to get to that point,” Zach said. “But honestly, winning a gold medal this year with a Bohemian-style pilsner because that’s a specific style with specific guidelines. We’ve been brewing it for a couple hundred years. It definitely takes more work, more research, more practice.”

Of course, the one slight downside to having a lager win gold is an increase in demand for a beer that takes a while to brew.

“We’re already seeing an increase in Class VI Golden Lager’s sales,” Zach said. “People want that beer. So it’s always a challenge keeping up with a beer that as a lager it takes five or six weeks. There’s no shortcuts in making a lager. It’s always that balance between having enough and making sure what you have is still that gold medal caliber.”

James said in an email that he is planning to bring his stout to the NM Brew Fest on Saturday, but the demand is so high in Santa Fe that he is not sure he will have enough. Prior to that, James said that Blue Corn’s booth at GABF was slammed on the final night last Saturday by people looking to sample the stout.

“Yeah, we did,” he said. “You put up a sticker for the gold medal on your board behind your booth. So there were all these people running around looking for those. We got a big crowd after that.”

Both Zach and James said they were proud to be a part of New Mexico’s haul of eight medals, including a record five golds.

“It’s definitely a huge thrill,” Zach said. “I’m glad that I can share in the incredible increase in quality. I’m just happy to be a part of the growing beer scene and the great brewers we have in New Mexico. That was honestly one of the reasons I moved back to New Mexico. I brewed in Vermont, but you could see the growth in the New Mexico beer culture. I think would could all see it developing, the quality going up and up. For the year we’ve had as a state, all the medals, it’s a confirmation of what we all know, the quality of New Mexican craft beer rivals the best in the nation.”

Head on over to Blue Corn and Chama River to enjoy both gold medal-winning beers while there is still some left. Make sure to toast the brewers while you’re there. And then cross your fingers that both beers will be at Brew Fest as planned this Saturday.

Congratulations to James, Zach, and all the GABF winners!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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Well, the results are in, and New Mexico has once again shined at the Great American Beer Festival. A year after a record eight medals (the best mark before that in a single year had been just four), NM breweries piled up another eight this time around in Denver, including a record five gold medals. That’s not too shabby for one of the least populous states in the country. The winners were announced in a huge ceremony Saturday morning that was streamed live online.

And as I originally wrote below about leaving for work before the breweries of the year were announced and all … voila, I pulled a reverse jinx of sorts. Marble Brewery was named the Small Brewing Company of the Year. As in the best in the entire country. Wow. Congratulations to Ted, Josh, Leah, and everyone else! This is a huge achievement for a New Mexico brewery.

The Marble staff with Charlie Papazian (second from right) after winning gold for Double White. They would add a second gold later for Imperial Red. (Photo courtesy of the NM Brewers Guild)

The Marble staff with Charlie Papazian (second from right) after winning gold for Double White. They would add a second gold later for Imperial Red. (Photo courtesy of the NM Brewers Guild)

Long before that, Marble brought home the first medal of the day when they captured gold in the Other Strong Beer category for Double White. It was the sixth all-time GABF medal for Marble and the first gold in brewery history. Marble had previously claimed two silvers for their Pilsner in 2013 and Imperial Red in 2012. Later in the day, Marble earned its second gold for Imperial Red in the Imperial Red Ale category. Way to go, Marble!

Entering GABF for the first time, Bosque Brewing took home a bronze in the Fresh or Wet Hop Ale category for Acequia Wet Hop IPA. Brewer John Bullard had previously won a pair of silver medals for Blue Corn Brewery in 2013.

Santa Fe Brewing brought home their fourth all-time medal with a bronze in the American-Style Sour Ale category for Los Innovadores Kriek. SFBC has three past bronze medals.

Canteen Brewhouse (formerly Il Vicino), snagged a silver in the Aged Beer category for St. Bob’s Imperial Stout ’07. It was the 11th all-time medal, with St. Bob’s having previously claimed a silver in Aged Beer back in 2009. It’s the sixth silver in Canteen/Il Vicino’s history. Later in the competition, Canteen earned the second gold in their history (Panama Joe won in Coffee Beer, 2013) when Dougie Style Amber took the American-Style Amber/Red Ale category.

Meanwhile, Zach Guilmette claimed his first medal as head brewer when Chama River captured gold in the Bohemian Pilsner category for Class VI Golden Lager. Zach took over at Chama last year and has already made a huge impact. The gold was Chama’s fifth all-time medal and third gold following Three Dog Night (2010, Baltic Porter) and Rye On (Rye Beer, 2004).

Blue Corn’s Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout lived up to its name with a gold medal in the Oatmeal Stout category. It won a silver medal last year and a gold back in 2007 (hence its name). Congrats to James Warren for his first medal as head brewer.

For those surprised that no medal came home in the American-Style India Pale Ale category, well, there were 279 entries (nearly double any other category). We still think Project Dank deserved better, but alas, that was a ridiculous number of beers for people to sort through.

All told, 234 different breweries won a medal (out of 268 total). That’s some parity across America. More great beer for all of us!

Congratulations to all the breweries for representing our state so well. We look forward to heading out and enjoying more of these medal-winning beers in the days ahead!

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Every year around this time, breweries from all over the US bring their best and most interesting beers to a huge three-day gathering in Denver known as the Great American Beer Festival, or, as we beer dudes casually refer to it as the “GABF” (like we know the guy personally or something). (And some of us super beer geeks call it Valhalla. — Stoutmeister) It all started in 1982, and with only 22 breweries. This year there are over 1,300 breweries competing in a whopping 89 Categories for the highly coveted gold, silver, and bronze medals. With over 5,700 entries this year, judges will certainly have a hard time handing out the hardware.

New Mexico breweries brought home eight medals last year at GABF. How many will there be this year?

New Mexico breweries brought home eight medals last year at GABF. How many will there be this year?

Our New Mexico brewers have Mile High hopes, and rightly so. They’re certainly no stranger to the shiny stuff. Last year six NM breweries took home eight medals, and our beer scene has only grown exponentially since then. Below, I’ve listed the participating New Mexico breweries, what they are taking up to the big dance, as well as a little bit about how the beers were selected and the breweries themselves.

For a (mostly) complete list of breweries at the festival, you can check out this LINK.

In Alphabetical Order

Abbey Brewing Company, Abiquiu

Abbey brews Monks’ Ales, having started in 2005. They will be bringing Monks’ Ale, Monks’ Dark Ale, Monks’ Dubbel Reserve, and Monks’ Tripel Reserve.

Bistronomy B2B, Albuquerque

This year, Bistronomy B2B will be bringing:

B2B Coconut Porter — A Robust Porter with toasted organic coconut flakes, 5.8% ABV/27 IBU
Gold Medal/Best Specialty Ale 2014 New Mexico State Fair

B2B Cherry Stout — A Sweet Stout with tart cherries, 6.5% ABV/20 IBU
Bronze Medal 2014 New Mexico State Fair

B2B Cucumber Cream Ale — A Cream Ale with fresh cucumber, 5.9% ABV/18 IBU
Honorable Mention 2014 New Mexico State Fair

Ol’ Yelper Red Rye — A hoppy American Red Ale with flaked rye comprising 19 percent of grain bill, 6.6% ABV/49 IBU

Kyle Baxter is head brewer for Bistronomy B2B. Their booth is located in space I10 in the Southwest Region.

Blue Corn Brewery, Santa Fe

This year Blue Corn is bringing their Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout, Atalaya Amber Ale, End of the Trail Brown Ale, Scorched (Smoked Olde Ale), and Schwarzbier.

I briefly spoke with head brewer James Warren about his beers.

DSBC: Why and how did you choose the beers you’re taking?

James: The first three represent beers that have traditionally done well from this brewery. Scorched represents the type of beer I truly enjoy making, that is big, malty and smoky ales. The Schrwazbier was a fun choice for Nick and me, a style that I had never brewed before, but had been rattling around in my head ever since I read an article in a British brewing magazine about a crazy technique for extracting color form dark malts (crazy enough, that it just might work …). To sum it up about our entries, it’s a little bit of tried and true, a little personality, and a little fun.

DSBC: How do you feel about your chances this year?

James: Everyone is hopeful for a medal and so are we. I might actually feel bad for the judges this year. There are some many great breweries out there now, and so many great beers, that it really is going to come down to nuance. Medal or no medal, Blue Corn looks forward to having a great time interacting with all the participants at the festival and preaching the good word of New Mexico beer culture.

James added, “All the Blue Corn staff going to GABF this year is piling into one car for the ride up. I’m sure it will be an exciting six hours of song, laughter and snacks. OK, really it will probably be a lot of napping. At least on the ride back.”

Bosque Brewing Company

This year, Bosque Brewing Co. sent Bosque Lager, Scale Tipper Batch #4, Acequia IPA, Pale Ryder, and Driftwood Oatmeal Stout to competition. They will be pouring Simcoe IPA and Driftwood at the NM Brewers Guild booth.

Canteen Brewhouse

Formerly Il Vicino, Albuquerque’s oldest brewpub with the newest name, Canteen Brewhouse will be taking Dark N Lusty Stout, Dougie Style Amber Ale, Exodus IPA, Panama Joe Coffee Stout (2013 GABF Gold Medal Winner) and St. Bob’s Imperial Stout (2007 brew) (2009 GABF Silver Medal Winner).

Alpha King Entries:
Elmo’s IIPA (pouring at the Brewer’s Guild table)
Exodus IPA

Pro-Am Entry:
Henhouse Saison — brewed by Mike Archibeck and Doug of Canteen, on Canteen’s seven-barrel system.

Chama River Brewing Company

Chama River is taking Class VI Golden Lager, Cosmic Dog, Hardscrabble ESB, Radioactive IPA, and Sleeping Dog Stout.

La Cumbre Brewing Company

As a committed GABF Judge, president and brewer Jeff Erway was not at liberty to discuss the beers that they are bringing to GABF. But being quite savvy with our internet and mouse-clicking skills, we found a link below that might help you out, if you’re the curious kind. He did, however answer what he could for La Cumbre’s fans.

La Cumbre Beers

DSBC: Why did you choose the beers you’re bringing?

Jeff: I think they kick ass and speak to what our brewery is all about.

DSBC: How do you feel about your chances this year?

Jeff: As good as any year. There are a ton of great brewers out there, and there are more every year, so maybe not as good as last and better than next year? We have some good beers entered. That’s about all I can say.

DSBC: What’s something unique about the brewery?

Jeff: We clearly have the best-looking brewing staff in the industry. That’s obvious. In addition, according to the BA, we use more hops per barrel than any other brewery that reported in the annual BA hop usage survey. Some would say that is not something to be proud of … though in some sick way, I am.

Little Toad Creek Brewery, Silver City

Little Toad Creek is a craft producer of beer and spirits. The brewery currently produces Amber Ale, Stout, Porter, and IPA. The Distillery produces vodka, silver rum, spiced rum, green chile vodka, and whiskey. They also have a downtown restaurant and tasting room as well as a seasonal location in the Gila Wilderness.

This year, they are taking their Polliwog Porter and Toad Wert Amber Ale to GABF.

Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, NM

Marble Brewery is taking their Double White, Imperial Red, Pilsner, Red Light Lager, and Wildflower Wheat.

Santa Fe Brewing Company

I spoke to Alana Jones, General Manager at SFBC.

DSBC: What beers are you taking to GABF this year?

Alana: We are taking Santa Fe Pale Ale, Imperial Java Stout, State Pen Porter, and Los Innovadores Kriek up to the fest.

DSBC: Why or how did you choose these particular entries?

Alana: Breweries were limited to five entries for judging (and therefore serving), so we focused on the beers that always make it to medal contention rounds and get really good feedback from the judges. The fifth beer submitted for judging is the Los Innovadores Single Barrel, but we did not have enough left to serve on the floor.

DSBC: What do you think of your chances?

Alana: It has been a while (six years) since we have won a GABF medal, but like I said above, these beers almost always make it to the medal contention round. I feel our chances are especially good with the Kriek and Single Barrel because we have really invested so much in our sour program.

DSBC: What is something unique about the brewery?

Alana: We are New Mexico’s oldest and largest brewery and have been pioneers in canning beer and barrel aging sours when many people were still obsessing over the latest DIPA (no offense to DIPAs and their brewers/drinkers, both are great!). We are about to launch our 10th state (Utah, here we come!) and are working on a large brewery expansion to bring our beer to many more places. And, we are a lot fun to drink beer with!

Second Street Brewery, Santa Fe

Head brewer Rod Tweet told me a little about the beers his brewery is taking to GABF:

Rod’s Steam Bitter (California Common) — this won a gold Medal last year, so we’re trying for a repeat on this one.

Citra Weizen — this is an American Wheat with Citra hops and while I’ve never been a fan of the style, it’s just really good and fits the style guidelines.

Rod’s Best Bitter — I entered this into ESB – American sub-category. I think it’s a slightly unique take on the style and fits parameters.

Boneshaker Special Bitter — we entered into the International Style Pale Ale category, despite the name. This is sort of our “wild card” entry for this year. Who knows?

Fulcrum — our American IPA entry this year. It’s a lottery under the best of circumstances, I know, but we are pretty proud of this beer and, while not a lbs/BBL winner, it’s a really good, well thought out formulation, with elegant complexity.

DSBC: How do you feel about your chances?

Rod: Pretty good, I think.

Second Street is one of the senior breweries in our region, having opened in 1996. Boneshaker Bitter now available in those sexy Mother Road cans!

Sierra Blanca Brewing Company, Moriarty

This year, Sierra Blanca is taking Bone Chiller Brown Ale, Sun Chaser Pale Ale, Rio Grande Pancho Verde Chile Cerveza, Alien Amber Ale, and Alien Stout

I spoke with Tasha, of SBBC.

DSBC: How and why did you choose those particular beers?

Tasha: Well the Bone Chiller is a two-time medal winner at GABF, that one is an obvious choice. The others are ones that each have a different quality and appeal to different palate. One is very unique to New Mexico, and smells and tastes like the fall here in our state.

DSBC: How do you feel about your chances this year?

Tasha: We feel pretty good about all of our beers. We stand behind our product.

DSBC: What’s something unique about the brewery?

Tasha: We are actually two breweries under one roof. We make 14 different beers, plus contract brews as well. We produce a lot of product if you look at people to barrelage: nine people : 8000 bbls year. We are still passionate about quality over quantity.

Taos Mesa Brewing Company, El Prado

This year, Taos Mesa is taking 3 Peaks IPA, Amarillo Rojo, Fall Down Brown, Kolsch 45, and Lunch Pale Ale.

Tractor Brewing Company

Tractor Brewing is taking Pilsner Roja, Tupac California Red, Farmer’s Tan Red Ale, Red or Green Berliner Weisse, and Milk Mustachio Milk Stout.

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All information should be pretty accurate, but things can change pretty quickly at one of these events. If there is anything to add or correct, please feel free to email us directly at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com, and we’ll post the updates as soon as possible. Good luck to all the New Mexico Brewers representing the 505!

For a full list of 2013 GABF winners click this LINK

A look back at New Mexico’s 2013 Medals:
Gold: Rod’s Steam Bitter, Second Street Brewery, American-Style Amber Lager; Panama Joe’s Coffee Stout, Il Vicino Brewing Co., Coffee Beer

Silver: End Of The Trail Brown Ale, Blue Corn Brewery, American-Style Brown Ale; Sierra Blanca Nut Brown Ale, Sierra Blanca Brewing Co., English-Style Brown Ale; Pilsner, Marble Brewery, German-Style Pilsener; Gold Medal Stout, Blue Corn Brewery, Oatmeal Stout

Bronze: Project Dank: Operation Pharoah’s Return, La Cumbre Brewing Co., American-Style India Pale Ale; Thunder from Dortmunder, Marble Brewery, Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest

So that’s it for my preview of the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. With 14 of our own heading up there, they have yet another great opportunity to put New Mexico on the beer map, and chip away at the whole 30th beer state thing. Can you tell I hold grudges? Well, with the amazing stuff that our guys are making, they deserve recognition, and if it comes in the color of gold, silver, or bronze, then so be it. What do you guys think? Any medal predictions this year? How many? Which brewery? Post your comments directly to the site, or on the Facebook page. Happy GABF Week!

Cheers!

— Luke

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the reunified edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and one newcomer down in Socorro also joining the party. We tried hard to keep the state edition going, but without participation from the breweries outside the I-25 corridor, it was futile.

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

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

Last week I highlighted the sheer onslaught of awesome pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers appearing at New Mexico breweries. With a total of seven Oktoberfests now on tap, all of us in the Crew figured it’s as good a time as any this weekend to hold another beer challenge. As we have done in the past with stouts, Irish reds, and most recently with hefeweizens, it will be a blind taste test to determine who has the most masterful marzen in the metro area. (Say that three times fast.) As of today, our contenders will be from Back Alley, Boxing Bear, Broken Bottle, La Cumbre, Ponderosa, Tractor, and Turtle Mountain. Hopefully we’ll be able to get a majority of the Crew together for this (never any easy task with all of our wacky schedules). Heck, Franz Solo is gonna cook up a 20-pound turkey. Beer plus cooked meat plus football on TV? Yeah, that’s pretty much our ideal Sunday. Look for the results next week!

With festival season in full swing and breweries gearing up for GABF this week, there were only a few new beers (or old favorites) popping up this week. Boxing Bear is busting out its Oktobearfest. Il Vicino has Rye PA and the delicious American Stout on tap. Kaktus has Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Alt German Lager, Fresh Hop Amber, and a new batch of Jabbawocky IPA.

Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn’s Oktoberfest will debut Monday. Second Street has Rauchbier on tap, while bringing back Cream Stout and Amber Ale.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Sept. 29.

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

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: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. 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 — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Soroche IPA, Red Ale, Berliner Weisse, Octoberfest. We enjoyed the Octoberfest over at Hopfest, so hopefully it’s on tap for a while so we can get some more. BADH has been fighting to keep with demand lately, so we can’t guarantee all of these beers will be on tap through the weekend. Don’t worry, though, as BADH always carries a large swath of beers from across New Mexico and the world. Brewer Addison Poth highlighted the new Stone Reason to be Damned, a Belgian pale ale aged in red wine barrels, and New Belgium’s La Folie.

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: Fade to Blackberry Sour, Acequia Wet Hop IPA, Rebel Brit, Bosque’s Burnin’ Red, Olde Bosky Porter, Simcoe IPA. The Rebel Brit is a variation of the Mellow Brit. Also an American brown ale, it was brewed with London Ale yeast to produce a unique but tasty flavor. Personally, I think it may be the best brown ale on tap anywhere in New Mexico right now. Fade to Blackberry finds some balance between the sweet blackberry flavor and the usual tartness of a sour. Scale Tipper #4 (7.4% ABV, 100+ IBU) is out for the time being as the remaining stock is bound for GABF this week. In its place is Acequia, brewed with fresh-picked hops from Colorado. It was our pick for the best hoppy beer at Septemberfest recently. Both the Blackberry and Acequia are nearing the end of their run. The Burnin’ Red, with a new recipe, is back on tap. Also back on tap is an old favorite in the Olde Bosky Porter.

Cask: Yup, Bosque is doing a cask now, because they love us all that much more (actually, they just recently acquired some casks to do these sorts of things, but we can pretend). This week’s cask offering will be an IPA, though which one will be determined later.

News: Construction continues on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also signed a lease on a new taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Beers in the future will include a pumpkin ale, Oktoberfest, and a barley wine. Plus, Bosque is aging its Scotia Scotch Ales in rum barrels, and they just received a shipment of casks to start doing that as well. We’re a bit excited.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Red Panda Session Red, Uppercut IPA, Oktobearfest. Boxing Bear is tapping into the season with their new Oktobearfest (extra point on the name). Recent additions to the lineup are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU). The other somewhat recent addition is the Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU), while the Sun Bear Summer Ale has vanished with the arrival of fall. Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now, but the punchy Uppercut IPA is back.

UPDATED >>> News: Glassjaw DIPA went into the fermenter back on Sept. 17. It will debut Thursday as part of Local iQ’s West Side Brewery night.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: 12 Step Apricot Ale, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Atomic Rye Red, Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale, Stray Dog IPA, Cactus Juice, Oktoberfest. The Stray Dog, Apricot, Watermelon, Atomic, and Elixir went on tap recently, while the Cactus Juice is the newest beer listed via BBB’s Facebook page. It’s made with prickly pears. The Oktoberfest went on tap today (Wednesday).

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. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

UPDATED >>> News: Broken Bottle will feature Peculiar Pumpkin Porter as part of Local iQ’s West Side Brewery Night on Thursday.

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

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

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver and also captured a gold medal in the stout category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Hardscrabble ESB, Wee Bit Loco, The Hound (Amber Ale), Valle de Oro Pale Ale. Wee Bit Loco is a new Scottish ale and was our pick as the best malty beer at Septemberfest. Hardscrabble (5.4% ABV, 35 IBU) another recent entry to the lineup. The Valle de Oro (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) was brewed in honor of the Friends of Valle de Oro, the wildlife shelter in the South Valley. For every pint sold, $1 will be donated to the shelter. The Hound (6% ABV, 40 IBU) was described as “a roasty fall amber.”

News: Head brewer Zach Guilmette has revamped the recipe for Chama’s Jackalope IPA to give it a stronger kick and tastier palate. Franz Solo and I also highly recommend you try the revamped Sleeping Dog Stout. It’s creamy and burly and sweet and roasted … it’s got everything you want in a stout.

Zach said he expects his Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers will be ready by the end of next week.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen/Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Elmo’s IIPA, Pumpkin Saison, Pumpkin Porter, Mimosa Beer, Rye PA, American Stout. The Rye PA (7% ABV, 50 IBU) and the American Stout (7.4% ABV, 60 IBU) are the most recent additions. I got to try the American Stout while interviewing brewer Brady McKeown about the name change to Canteen Brewhouse. It’s a big, bold, thick, mean-as-hell-yet-totally-lovable stout. It’s my kind of stout, and that’s saying something. The Elmo’s (10% ABV) is a modified version of the Elsa Imperial IPA with Mosaic hops added. If you need to get your fall fun going, the Pumpkin Saison (6.5% ABV, 24 IBU) and Porter (7.2% ABV, 38 IBU) are a good place to start. We lean toward the porter, but, uh, we’ve got “Dark Side” in our name. The Mimosa (4% ABV, 12 IBU) has a wheat base infused with blood oranges.

News: Il Vicino posted some pics on Facebook of the beers they are currently barrel-aging in the back. They’ve got Double IPA in tequila barrels, American Stock Ale in rum barrels, Belgian Strong Golden in wine barrels, and Panama Joe Coffee Stout in bourbon barrels.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8 p.m., Fri-Sun 11:30-10 p.m.)

Beers: Kolsch, Oyster Stout, Helles Lager, Honk Ale, Fresh Hop Amber, Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Alt German Lager, Jabbawocky IPA. The Fresh Hop Amber, Alt German Lager, and the Pumpkin Charlie Brown are the newest entries, while the Jabbawocky returns after a brief absence. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

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

Kaktus is celebrating its one-year anniversary all weekend! There will be all sorts of food specials all weekend, plus live music Friday night and Flamenco dancers on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by live music from 6 to 8 p.m.

And of course, the Desert Darlings belly dancers will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out. Head on over to Kaktus this weekend for all the fun (and beer) you can handle!

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Full Nelson, Project Dank, Across the Pond, Witch’s Tit, Oktoberfest, Levitated (Imperial) Pilsner. Well, hello there Oktoberfest (5.7% ABV, 25 IBU), aren’t you a tasty, more-dry-than-sweet, little bundle of malty goodness. The Levitated (8% ABV, 82 IBU) is a cacophony of flavors. It’s not for the weak, despite being classified as a pilsner. It’s also available in bombers. The other somewhat recent additions include the popular seasonal pumpkin beer, Witch’s Tit (7.5% ABV, 30 IBU) and Across the Pond (6.5% ABV, 65 IBU), a British-style IPA. The Full Nelson (8.5% ABV, IBUs listed as “stupid”) is a powerful DIPA, but the brewery has run out of bombers for sale. You may still find some around town. Project Dank (7.5% ABV, “a lot” IBU) is back with a fresh batch.

News: We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Sun–Weds 9 a.m.–11 p.m., Thurs–Sat 9 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: German Blonde Ale, Berliner Weisse, Belgian Abbey, Honey Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Oatmeal Brown, India Black Ale, Rye Stout, Porter, Dubbel. Both Brandon and I have had chances to visit Lizard Tail, which is one of the newest breweries in town, located in the shopping center on the southeast corner of Eubank and Montgomery. They specialize is malt-forward beers. The German Blonde (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU) is a good place to start. The Berliner Weisse (4.3% ABV, 8 IBU) is not nearly as sour as most of its genre. The Belgian Abbey (6.8%, 25 IBU) is a good example of its style. The Honey Pale Ale (6.3% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice little hop kick to it. The IPA (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU) has a good mix of Mosaic, Warrior, and Galaxy hops. The Rye Stout (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice flavor but lacks body. The first batch of Oatmeal Brown (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU) needed some work, but I got to sample the second batch that will be on tap soon and it’s improved. We’ll have to go back to try the new Porter (5.6% ABV, 35 IBU) and Dubbel.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs Thursday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Double White, Rescue Craft Draft, Double IPA. The Rescue Craft is an English-style pale ale. Proceeds benefit the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council. Otherwise it’s a relatively light seasonal list as Marble is at capacity brewing the regular beers for distribution. There is the rotating “black handle,” which tends to feature some impressive “secret” beers. Last Saturday they had a stout/barley wine blend. It was, oh let’s see, epic.

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

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

Marble will hold a release party for their Pumpkin Ale on Oct. 15. Other beers coming up an English-style pub ale, which may be served on nitro, and an English-style chocolate stout. We’re sensing a theme here …

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Altbier. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight cranked out a new seasonal in the Blackberry Hefeweizen while the popular Altbier has returned. The RPA (5.9% ABV) has somewhat muted rye flavor, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon.

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

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

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

Beers: Unchallenged IPA, West Coast Red, Robust Porter, Lost Grain English Summer Ale, Apricot Wheat. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food.

UPDATE >>> Events: Nicky V’s be one of four sites for Local iQ’s West Side Beer night this Thursday at 7 p.m. Live music will be provided by MizzBeeHavans. Boxing Bear, Broken Bottle, and Marble’s West Side Pub will also have some fun going on.

News: Pi will be at GABF at the NM Brewers Guild booth. The IPA and Bourbon Vanilla Porter, a Crew favorite from Hopfest, will be available.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Sawmill Stout, XPA1 Pale Ale, Helles Lager, Double IPA, Oktoberfest, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. Porter Pounder and I went over for the grand opening recently. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex. As for the beers, they are all the initial batches, so expect some modifications/changes going forward. Needless to say we both liked the Stout (5.2% ABV, 22 IBU) the best, but we’re dark beer guys (then again, you could also call us dark beer snobs, so consider that). Porter Pounder liked the XPA1 Pale Ale (5% ABV, 35 IBU), which will always be a rotating single-hop pale ale. The Crosscut Kolsch (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) is almost like a Kolsch/hefeweizen hybrid. The Ghost Train (6.2% ABV, 75 IBU) needs some work, but the brewer has already identified what went wrong in the first batch and is working on correcting that for the next run. The new Double IPA (7.7% ABV, 90 IBU) begs to be tried in the near future. The new Oktoberfest (5.7% ABV, 17 IBU) is an interesting variation on the traditional style; we tasted wheat malts in the mix. The new Chocolate Pumpkin Porter debuted over the weekend.

News: A Schwarzbier is in the works.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Noon to midnight all week)

Beers: Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider, Trapdoor Wheat. We were excited to try Red Door ever since they first invited us to visit many months ago. They are now open and their initial batches of beer are all quite good. The Roamer Red (6% ABV) was a favorite for Porter Pounder, sitting midway between hoppy reds like Marble and sweeter reds like the standard Irish variety. The Paint it Black (5.5%) is served on nitro, so it’s criminally smooth. The potent Threshold IPA (6.6% ABV) should appeal to local hopheads. Beware the Unhinged Cider as it checks in at 7.9 percent, but you don’t taste the alcohol. Red Door has been having trouble keeping up with demand. The Trapdoor went on tap recently, while the Threshold will be back on tap today. There are some guest brews filling in for the time being whenever a Red Door beer runs out.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re going to dispatch E-Rock (he needs a new assignment) to re-establish our lines of communication with Sandia Chile Grill.

News: Congrats to SCG on sweeping all three medals in the mead category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am, while also claiming a silver medal for Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

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

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

UPDATED >>> Beers at Nob Hill: 6% Humidity 9% ABV Cider, Barnstorm Ale, Javi Light Lager, Milk Mustachio Stout, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, Berliner Weisse, Tractoberfest, Pilsner #15, 4 Seasons 1 Week Cider.

Beers at Wells Park only: Tupac Cali Red. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Berliner Weisse Sour is a variation of a traditional German-style wheat beer that has the qualities of a sour. It’s an acquired taste. The Tractoberfest is back and this year’s batch is one of the best yet. It’s just a malt blast of happiness. The other recent beer additions to the lineups are the Barnstorm Ale, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, which is drier yet more flavorful than most ambers, and Tupac Cali Red. The 4 Seasons 1 Week Cider is a variation of the 6%-9% (these names, oy), slightly sweeter and it’s only 7.2-percent ABV.

Events: On Wednesday, Tractor will be hosting another Cards Against Humanity night at Wells Park. This is a free event starting at 7 p.m. Food will by served by Nomad’s BBQ.

Geeks Who Drink is now setting up shop at the Wells Park Tap Room every Monday at 8 p.m. Bar cash for winners and bonus questions all night. Wanna see what GWD at Tractor has been up to? Check out the blog! Food will be served by Mystique.

Tractor’s Thirsty Thursday music series at Wells Park continues with Sunlight performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ will provide the food.

The In the Mix series continues Saturday at Wells Park as Cloudface will perform at 9 p.m. Kimo’s again provides the sustenance.

Beer for a Better Burque will hold a kickoff event, Non-Profit Night, on Monday at Wells Park at 6 p.m.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Monochrome Milk Stout, Pork ‘n’ Brew Brown Ale, Saison du Soleil, Oktoberfest. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The newest beer on tap is the Oktoberfest, a beer I will have to trek out to Rio Rancho to sample. I got to enjoy the decadently smooth Monochrome Milk Stout from a guest tap at Boxing Bear.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Funkadelic Dunkel, Night Train (Schwarzbier), Scorched (smoked olde ale), Alpha Reaper (Imperial Red Ale). If the Alpha Reaper (9% ABV, 100 IBU) sounds imposing, that’s because it is. A wet-hopped imperial red, it was made with 50 pounds of fresh Chinook hops grown in Colorado. Now good luck keeping “Don’t Fear the Reaper” from getting stuck in your head. The most recent German-style beer addition is the Night Train (5% ABV, 32 IBU), a darker lager made with two types of German malts and noble hops, though it’s down the last keg. The Funkadelic (5.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Bavarian-style brown ale, with Crystal hops added to balance the big malt bill. Scorched debuted last week. I got the chance to try both Funkadelic, which is exceptionally smooth, and Scorched, which is exactly the big old smoky blast you would expect.

News: Blue Corn’s Oktoberfest is due to be tapped this coming Monday.

A pumpkin ale is also in the works, while further down the line we are really looking forward to an imperial stout and a barley wine.

Events: Blue Corn and Santa Fe Spirits will team up for a beer-cocktail dinner on Oct. 16.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Study Series: Brown (Belgian-style Sour Brown Ale), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Synne (Pale Ale), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Whistler (Blonde), Manikin Small Scottish-style Dark Ale, Oaked Grunewald (Barrel Aged Imperial Porter). Duel brewer Todd Yocham described the latest Study Series entry (5% ABV) like this, “A very malt forward light bodied brown ale, soured with Lactobacillus and accentuated by the fruity esters from our Trappist yeast.” The Fantin (7.5% ABV), which I tried and liked at Pajarito Summerfest, gets this summary, “Aromas of strawberry and pineapple accentuated by our Trappist yeast will keep you wanting more.” Todd also said his supply of the Oaked Grunewald is very limited, so hurry over before it runs out.

Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Oktoberfest, Double White IPA. The first beer in the new Ever Changing Series is a Double White IPA. We didn’t get an update this week on Small Batch Saturday, but if one comes along we will add it to this article. (There’s always a chance that too much of the brewery staff is up at GABF, so they may not do one this week).

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

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

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

Beers: Kolsch, Atalaya Altbeir, Citra Weizen, IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Boneshaker Bitter. The Wet-hopped Otowi Pale Ale and Pivotal IPA have run out for now, while the Citra Weizen is nearing the end of its current run (it may even be out by the team you read this). The Cream Stout, Amber Ale, and Rauchbier are all back on tap. You can also pick up four-packs of cans of Boneshaker at the brewery. The good folks from Mother Road Mobile Canning stopped by again to team up with Second Street. We love teamwork when it comes to beer.

Events: Jake will be the featured performer all October for the Thursday Patio Series. Pollo Frito are playing Friday at the original location. Pigment plays Saturday.

Shows at the Railyard include Mushi Trio on Friday, MVIII Jazz Project on Saturday, and Drastic Andrew & the Cinnamon Girls on Sunday.

Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

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

Beers: KC’s Traditional Irish Stout, Venom IPA. Twisted Chile has been open for a while as a restaurant, but as the name might imply, they will be brewing their own beer on site. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, they will be the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado.

News: The Venom IPA should be on tap today. We’ll try to head down to Socorro as soon as we can and do a proper write-up for Twisted Chile.

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Another week, another brewery re-branding itself. In the wake of Marble and Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca, Il Vicino Brewery will henceforth be known as the Canteen Brewhouse. This change will likely have less of a visual effect than things have been for those two breweries, since IV never did any package sales. So why the change to a 20-year-old brewery? Ask the brewer and thou shalt learn.

As the flier on the tables says, "Same ol' guys. Same great beer. Brand new name."

As the flier on the table says, “Same ol’ guys. Same great beer. Brand new name.”

“The way that New Mexico is set up if you have a brewing license or a manufacturer’s license and you have a retail license, then you can’t have a distributing license,” Brady McKeown said. “So you can have two, but you can’t have three. So this does free us up to self-distribute, which doesn’t mean we’re making any more beer but it (makes us) more flexible. If somebody has a wedding and they want to buy it and they say we need it delivered here, OK, we can do that. Before it was like sorry, you can buy and it you have to take it over.”

Now what that ultimately could mean is that if Canteen expands its brewing operation (it will still supply the Il Vicino restaurants, more on that in a bit), then there is the possibility of future bottling/canning. For now, that sort of thing is on the back burner for Brady and his staff.

Essentially, not much will really change with the renaming. The brewery will just have some freedom from the restaurants, though for now it will be business as usual. All of the signage and merchandise, from glasses to T-shirts, will be changed out by the end of the year. Some things will arrive more quickly — think shirts first — and others will wait a while until the current inventory is sold — think growlers.

Brady first told us about this potential move last year, though we were asked to keep it private. A lot had to be sorted out with all of the various owners/investors of Il Vicino to determine who had a percentage of the different operations. Once that was all taken care of this year, the Canteen was able to make things official (though on a side note, technically all of their entries for Great American Beer Festival were listed under Canteen Brewhouse; Brady said their booth in Denver will have both forms of signage, “cross-branding,” he called it, to help folks understand what’s going on).

“This is also something that’s growing for them that they wanted for themselves,” Brady said. “Now they’re putting more into the brewery facility-wise. It took a long time for them to figure who had what.”

For now it’s just a matter of assuring everyone that none of the staff, and just as importantly none of the beers, are going to change.

“We’ve been around for so long we don’t want people to think it’s been sold and it’s going to change,” Brady said. “It’s not going to change because it’s the same thing.”

One small change that people will notice will be the names of the beers. For instance, if you go to Il Vicino in Nob Hill or up on Montgomery or over near Corrales, you will still see Slow Down Brown, Wet Mountain IPA, Dougie Style Amber, and so on up on the beer boards. However, the Canteen will have a new list of beers. Well, sort of.

“It will be the same beer (at the restaurant and brewery), just different names,” Brady said. “We just don’t have the capacity to brew two different IPAs or two different browns.”

In other words, the IPA you drink at the Canteen will still be Wet Mountain, but it will have a different name as required in the terms of separation. Brady said so far they haven’t come up with the new names for the beers at the Canteen, though with a staff as creative as his, he feels confident that they will have something better than a generic “Canteen IPA” or something of that sort.

“If somebody comes up with something good (we’ll use it),” Brady said.

I personally suggested McKeown Scotch Ale instead of Sasquatch, so we’ll see if they go with that.

In the end, this is a positive move. It will give the Canteen more freedom with the beer. Folks who enjoy the restaurants will still have their favorites on tap. Yet if the brewery wants to consider bottling/canning down the line, it now has the freedom to do so under state law.

This also gives you, dear reader, an excuse to go out and buy new merch. Your spouse/significant other will totally understand. (Of course, I’m single, so you might not want to take relationship advice from me.)

Good luck to the Canteen Brewhouse at GABF this week.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the reunified edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and one newcomer down in Socorro also joining the party. We tried hard to keep the state edition going, but without participation from the breweries outside the I-25 corridor, it was futile.

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

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

We technically entered into autumn this week, but it’s been acting like fall for a while in the craft brewing world. While the big boys (Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada, etc.) have been filling the shelves with their pumpkins and marzens since August, breweries in New Mexico are now catching up. Hey, you all were drinking so much of their stock this summer they were fighting to keep up with demand. Now that things have cooled off (literally, I guess), the locals are releasing their fall beers as well. Don’t worry, the Crew will soon have enough beers to do a double challenge. In the meantime, Back Alley’s Oktoberfest debuted at Hopfest. Broken Bottle’s Oktoberfest went on tap today. Il Vicino has both a Pumpkin Porter and a Pumpkin Saison. La Cumbre has Witch’s Tit (pumpkin) and an Oktoberfest. Ponderosa has jumped on board quickly with an Oktoberfest, just their second seasonal. Turtle Mountain’s Oktoberfest went on tap this week. Bosque has an Oktoberfest and a pumpkin in the works, as does Chama River. Blue Corn is also working on an Oktoberfest for the near future.

With festival season in full swing and breweries gearing up for GABF next month, there were only a few new beers (or old favorites) popping up this week. Bosque has brought back its popular Olde Bosky Porter, plus there’s a Simcoe IPA on tap. Broken Bottle resurrected Cactus Juice, made with prickly pears. Chama River has The Hound, an amber ale.

Up in Santa Fe, Santa Fe’s small-batch beer is Carne’s Peachy Camper, plus the first in their Ever Changing Series, a Double White IPA, is due out this week. Second Street has Rod’s Best Bitter and Boneshaker Bitter back on tap.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Sept. 22.

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

Albuquerque metro area breweries

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: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. 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 — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Soroche IPA, Red Ale, Berliner Weisse, Octoberfest. We enjoyed the Octoberfest over at Hopfest, so hopefully it’s on tap for a while so we can get some more. BADH has been fighting to keep with demand lately, so we can’t guarantee all of these beers will be on tap through the weekend. Don’t worry, though, as BADH always carries a large swath of beers from across New Mexico and the world.

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: Fade to Blackberry Sour, Acequia Wet Hop IPA, Rebel Brit, Bosque’s Burnin’ Red, Olde Bosky Porter, Simcoe IPA. The Rebel Brit is a variation of the Mellow Brit. Also an American brown ale, it was brewed with London Ale yeast to produce a unique but tasty flavor. Fade to Blackberry finds some balance between the sweet blackberry flavor and the usual tartness of a sour. Scale Tipper #4 (7.4% ABV, 100+ IBU) is out for the time being as the remaining stock is bound for GABF next month. In its place is Acequia, brewed with fresh-picked hops from Colorado. It was our pick for the best hoppy beer at Septemberfest recently. Both the Blackberry and Acequia are nearing the end of their run. The Burnin’ Red, with a new recipe, is back on tap. Also back on tap is an old favorite in the Olde Bosky Porter.

Cask: Yup, Bosque is doing a cask now, because they love us all that much more (actually, they just recently acquired some casks to do these sorts of things, but we can pretend). This week’s cask offering will be the Olde Bosky with coffee added. That should wake us all up Friday afternoon/evening.

News: Construction continues on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also signed a lease on a new taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Beers in the more distant future will include a pumpkin ale, Oktoberfest, and a barley wine. Plus, Bosque is aging its Scotia Scotch Ales in rum barrels, and they just received a shipment of casks to start doing that as well. We’re a bit excited.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Red Panda Session Red, Uppercut IPA. Recent additions to the lineup are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU). The other somewhat recent addition is the Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU), while the Sun Bear Summer Ale has vanished with the arrival of fall. Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now, but the punchy Uppercut IPA is back.

News: Glassjaw DIPA went into the fermenter back on Sept. 17. It should debut in the weeks ahead.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: 12 Step Apricot Ale, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Atomic Rye Red, Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale, Stray Dog IPA, Cactus Juice, Oktoberfest. The Stray Dog, Apricot, Watermelon, Atomic, and Elixir went on tap recently, while the Cactus Juice is the newest beer listed via BBB’s Facebook page. It’s made with prickly pears. The Oktoberfest went on tap today (Wednesday).

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. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver and also captured a gold medal in the stout category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Hardscrabble ESB, Wee Bit Loco, The Hound (Amber Ale), Valle de Oro Pale Ale. Wee Bit Loco is a new Scottish ale and was our pick as the best malty beer at Septemberfest. Hardscrabble (5.4% ABV, 35 IBU) another recent entry to the lineup. The Valle de Oro (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) was brewed in honor of the Friends of Valle de Oro, the wildlife shelter in the South Valley. For every pint sold, $1 will be donated to the shelter. The Hound (6% ABV, 40 IBU) was described as “a roasty fall amber.”

News: Head brewer Zach Guilmette has revamped the recipe for Chama’s Jackalope IPA to give it a stronger kick and tastier palate. Franz Solo and I also highly recommend you try the revamped Sleeping Dog Stout. It’s creamy and burly and sweet and roasted … it’s got everything you want in a stout.

UPDATED >>> Events: Chama is hosting a beer dinner Thursday at 6:30 p.m. It will feature all five of the beers that Chama is sending to the Great American Beer Festival next week. Call the number above for reservations, they’re required, and it’s $45 per person. It will be your first chance to try Cosmic Dog, a new coffee stout. Zach, we’re all poor, can you save some of that for us after you get back from Denver? Thanks.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: Irish Red, Sessa’s Wet Hop IPA, Exodus IPA, Henhouse Saison, Elmo’s IIPA, Pumpkin Saison, Pumpkin Porter, Mimosa Beer. The Elmo’s (10% ABV) is a modified version of the Elsa Imperial IPA with Mosaic hops added. Citra IPA (8.3% ABV, 65 IBU) and the return of Exodus (7.8% ABV, 100+ IBU) will keep the hopheads happy. Henhouse will be entered in the GABF Pro-Am this year. Mike Archibeck teamed up with Doug to brew this unique new beer. If you need to get your fall fun going, the Pumpkin Saison and Porter are a good place to start. We lean toward the porter, but, uh, we’ve got “Dark Side” in our name. The Mimosa was a late addition to the lineup. It’s got a wheat base infused with blood oranges.

News: Il Vicino posted some pics on Facebook of the beers they are currently barrel-aging in the back. They’ve got Double IPA in tequila barrels, American Stock Ale in rum barrels, Belgian Strong Golden in wine barrels, and Panama Joe Coffee Stout in bourbon barrels.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8 p.m., Fri-Sun 11:30-10 p.m.)

Beers: Kolsch, Oyster Stout, Banty Rooster (Hefe IPA), Helles Lager, Honk Ale, Alanna’s Amber, Banaweizen, Charlie Brown. The Oyster Stout and the Alanna’s Amber are the newest entries. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

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

The Desert Darlings belly dancers will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. If you’ve never seen the Desert Darlings in person, you’re missing out. This week’s event will be masquerade-themed, so wear your masks.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Full Nelson, Project Dank, Across the Pond, Tank 10 Red Ale, Witch’s Tit, Oktoberfest, Levitated (Imperial) Pilsner. Well, hello there Oktoberfest (5.4% ABV, 35 IBU). It debuted last Saturday while we were all at Hopfest. Oh, darn, we’ll have to head over and try it along with the Levitated, which debuts with a release party on tap and in bombers today (Wednesday). The other somewhat recent additions include the popular seasonal pumpkin beer, Witch’s Tit (7.5% ABV, 30 IBU), plus Across the Pond (6.5% ABV, 65 IBU), a British-style IPA, and Tank 10 Red Ale (6.8% ABV, 85 IBU), which is a wonderful combo hop bomb/malt blast of a beer, just the way we like ’em. The Full Nelson (8.5% ABV, IBUs listed as “stupid”) is a powerful DIPA, but the brewer has run out of bombers for sale. You may still find some around town. Project Dank (7.5% ABV, “a lot” IBU) is back with a fresh batch.

News: We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Sun–Weds 9 a.m.–11 p.m., Thurs–Sat 9 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: German Blonde Ale, Berliner Weisse, Belgian Abbey, Honey Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Oatmeal Brown, India Black Ale, Rye Stout, Porter. Both Brandon and I have had chances to visit Lizard Tail, which is one of the newest breweries in town, located in the shopping center on the southeast corner of Eubank and Montgomery. They specialize is malt-forward beers. The German Blonde (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU) is a good place to start. The Berliner Weisse (4.3% ABV, 8 IBU) is not nearly as sour as most of its genre. The Belgian Abbey (6.8%, 25 IBU) is a good example of its style. The Honey Pale Ale (6.3% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice little hop kick to it. The IPA (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU) has a good mix of Mosaic, Warrior, and Galaxy hops. The Rye Stout (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice flavor but lacks body. The first batch of Oatmeal Brown (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU) needed some work, but I got to sample the second batch that will be on tap soon and it’s improved. We’ll have to go back to try the new Porter (5.6% ABV, 35 IBU).

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs Thursday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

A Dubbel is next up on the rotating beer tap list.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Red Light Lager, Double White, Imperial Red, Wilderness Pale Ale. The Imperial Red is back on tap. This batch was brewed for GABF in Denver next month. Wilderness is a pale ale brewed with local spruce and pine. A portion of the profits will be donated to the Wilderness Society. Otherwise it’s a relatively light seasonal list as Marble is at capacity brewing the regular beers for distribution.

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

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

The annual Mountain Rescue Brew Fest will run this Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. There will be plenty of live music, special giveaways, and more (plus a special new beer). We’ll have more on this event coming up.

Marble will hold a release party for their Pumpkin Ale on Oct. 15.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Altbier. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight cranked out a new seasonal in the Blackberry Hefeweizen while the popular Altbier has returned. The RPA (5.9% ABV) has somewhat muted rye flavor, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon.

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

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

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

Beers: Unchallenged IPA, West Coast Red, Robust Porter, Lost Grain English Summer Ale, Apricot Wheat. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Sawmill Stout, XPA1 Pale Ale, Helles Lager, Double IPA, Oktoberfest. Porter Pounder and I went over for the grand opening recently. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex. As for the beers, they are all the initial batches, so expect some modifications/changes going forward. Needless to say we both liked the Stout (5.2% ABV, 22 IBU) the best, but we’re dark beer guys (then again, you could also call us dark beer snobs, so consider that). Porter Pounder liked the XPA1 Pale Ale (5% ABV, 35 IBU), which will always be a rotating single-hop pale ale. The Crosscut Kolsch (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) is almost like a Kolsch/hefeweizen hybrid. The Ghost Train (6.2% ABV, 75 IBU) needs some work, but the brewer has already identified what went wrong in the first batch and is working on correcting that for the next run. The new Double IPA (7.7% ABV, 90 IBU) begs to be tried in the near future. The even newer Oktoberfest (5.7% ABV, 17 IBU) is also calling our name.

News: A Schwarzbier is in the works.

Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675

(Noon to midnight all week)

Beers: Gateway Blonde Ale, Roamer Red, Threshold IPA, Paint it Black Milk Stout, Unhinged Cider. We have been excited to try Red Door ever since they first invited us to visit many months ago. They are now open and their initial batches of beer are all quite good. The Roamer Red (6% ABV) was a favorite for Porter Pounder, sitting midway between hoppy reds like Marble and sweeter reds like the standard Irish variety. The Paint it Black (5.5%) is served on nitro, so it’s criminally smooth. The potent Threshold IPA (6.6% ABV) should appeal to local hopheads. Beware the Unhinged Cider as it checks in at 7.9 percent, but you don’t taste the alcohol. A wheat beer is in the fermenter, with Boxing Bear supplying their Hairy Mit Hefe as a temporary placeholder.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Smoked Stout. We’re going to dispatch E-Rock (he needs a new assignment) to re-establish our lines of communication with Sandia Chile Grill.

News: Congrats to SCG on sweeping all three medals in the mead category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am, while also claiming a silver medal for Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

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

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

UPDATED >>> Beers at Nob Hill: 6% Humidity 9% ABV Cider, Barnstorm Ale, Javi Light Lager, Milk Mustachio Stout, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, Berliner Weisse, Tupac Cali Red.

Beers at Wells Park only: L4 IPL, Pilsner #15, 4 Seasons 1 Week Cider. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Berliner Weisse Sour is a variation of a traditional German-style wheat beer that has the qualities of a sour. It’s an acquired taste. The most recent beer additions to the lineups are the Barnstorm Ale, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, which is drier yet more flavorful than most ambers, and Tupac Cali Red. The 4 Seasons 1 Week Cider is a variation of the 6%-9% (these names, oy), slightly sweeter and it’s only 7.2-percent ABV.

Events: On Wednesday, Tractor will be hosting another Cards Against Humanity night at Wells Park. This is a free event starting at 7 p.m. Food will by served by Nomad’s BBQ.

Geeks Who Drink is now setting up shop at the Wells Park Tap Room every Monday at 8 p.m. Bar cash for winners and bonus questions all night. Wanna see what GWD at Tractor has been up to? Check out the blog! Food will be served by Mystique.

The Solos on the Hill series is back at Nob Hill tonight at 8:30. Cali Shaw will be performing.

Tractor’s pLOUD music series at Wells Park continues Thursday with Youngsville performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ will provide the food.

Wells Park will host a Red or Blue Party, a sort of political mixer for everyone. It starts at 7 p.m.

The ABQ Slam Poetry City Championship will be held at Wells Park on Saturday at 6 p.m.

The In the Mix series continues Saturday at Wells Park as DJ Cloudface will perform at 9 p.m. Kimo’s again provides the sustenance.

After an afternoon of NFL games on the projector screen at Wells Park on Sunday, the I’ll Drink to That variety show kicks off at 4 p.m. with music, poetry, comedy, and more.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Monochrome Milk Stout, Pork ‘n’ Brew Brown Ale, Saison du Soleil, Oktoberfest. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The newest beer on tap is the Oktoberfest, a beer I will have to trek out to Rio Rancho to sample. I got to enjoy the decadently smooth Monochrome Milk Stout from a guest tap at Boxing Bear.

Santa Fe breweries

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Berliner Weiss, Funkadelic Dunkel, Night Train (Schwarzbier), Scorched (smoked olde ale), Alpha Reaper (Imperial Red Ale). If the Alpha Reaper (9% ABV, 100 IBU) sounds imposing, that’s because it is. A wet-hopped imperial red, it was made with 50 pounds of fresh Chinook hops grown in Colorado. Now good luck keeping “Don’t Fear the Reaper” from getting stuck in your head. The most recent German-style beer addition is the Night Train (5% ABV, 32 IBU), a darker lager made with two types of German malts and noble hops. The Funkadelic (5.8% ABV, 30 IBU) is a Bavarian-style brown ale, with Crystal hops added to balance the big malt bill. Scorched debuted last week. I got the chance to try both Funkadelic, which is exceptionally smooth, and Scorched, which is exactly the big old smoky blast you would expect.

News: An Oktoberfest and a pumpkin ale are in the works, while further down the line we are really looking forward to an imperial stout and a barley wine.

Duel Brewing Company — (505) 474-5301

(Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon–Tues 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: Study Series: Brown (Belgian-style Sour Brown Ale), Bad Amber, Fiction (IPA), Synne (Pale Ale), Fantin (Double Pale Ale), Marcel (Witbier), Whistler (Blonde), Manikin Small Scottish-style Dark Ale, Oaked Grunewald (Barrel Aged Imperial Porter). Duel brewer Todd Yocham described the latest Study Series entry (5% ABV) like this, “A very malt forward light bodied brown ale, soured with Lactobacillus and accentuated by the fruity esters from our Trappist yeast.” The Fantin (7.5% ABV), which I tried and liked at Pajarito Summerfest, gets this summary, “Aromas of strawberry and pineapple accentuated by our Trappist yeast will keep you wanting more.” Todd also said his supply of the Oaked Grunewald is very limited, so hurry over before it runs out.

Events: The life drawing session is $25 and is held each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun). You get the beverage of your choice, a Brussels-style waffle made with their own yeast and beer and then served with a Grunewald Syrup. Everyone then draws from a nude model. People can sign up through the website or call the brewery to reserve a spot.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Oktoberfest, Carne’s Peachy Camper, Double White IPA, Wet-Hop Pale Ale. The Peachy Camper is this week’s entry for Small Batch Saturday, while the Pale Ale is on tap for a short time. Kriek, SFBC’s popular sour, is not on tap, but it is available in bombers around the state. The first beer in the new Ever Changing Series is a Double White IPA, which will debut with a release party this Friday. We’ll have more on the event soon.

Events: $1 Off Growler Refills in the Tasting Room on Mondays. $2 Tuesdays at the Eldorado Taphouse. On Wednesday, there is a $2 Pint Special in the SFBC Tasting Room, and the Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Tasting Room as well on the third Wednesday of every month. On Thursday, there will be $1 Off Growler Refills at the Eldorado Taphouse.

News: SFBC will be busy pouring beers at multiple events this weekend, including Durango Oktoberfest on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, they will also be at the South Valley Chili Fest. And, as they have been the last few weeks, SFBC will be at the Santa Fe Ski Basin Fall Gold sale, which will hold its final event this Sunday.

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

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

Beers: Kolsch, Wet-hopped Otowi Pale Ale, Pivotal IPA, Atalaya Altbeir, Citra Weizen, IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Boneshaker Bitter. The Steam Bitter and Scotch Ale have run out, but the Rod’s Best Bitter and Boneshaker Bitter are back.

Events: Kodama Trio are playing Friday at the original location. The Alto Street Band plays Saturday.

Shows at the Railyard include Andy Primm on Friday, Christina Herr & Wild Frontier on Saturday, and the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band on Sunday.

Every Wednesday night, both SSB locations host Game Night. SSB has game boards and dominoes or bring your own … oh yeah, they also have discounted pitchers!

Other breweries you need to visit

Twisted Chile Brewing — (575) 835-2949

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

Beers: IPA. Twisted Chile has been open for a while as a restaurant, but as the name might imply, they will be brewing their own beer on site. Located in Socorro at 115 Abeyta St. W, they will be the first brewery there to brew on site since Socorro Springs outsourced their brewing to Eddyline in Colorado.

News: A stout is in the fermenter. When it’s ready we’ll try to head down to Socorro and do a proper write-up for Twisted Chile.

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the Metro Edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, giving you a list of their current beers on tap as well as any special events going on in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Bernalillo. Look for the State Edition, which will include everywhere from Taos and Santa Fe up north to Las Cruces and Silver City down south, this Thursday.

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

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

New Mexico is one of the most bicycle-friendly states in the country. Tying that love to another love, craft beer, has been beneficial to both cycling groups and to our breweries. Next Saturday (Sept. 20) at Marble will be a special event tied into the upcoming Big Ride for 1400 Miles event. That event will start in Austin, Texas, on Sunday and end in Denver in advance of the Great American Beer Festival in Oct. 2-4. It’s designed to help raise money and awareness for prostate health. Marble will tie into this by having a special Community Ride and Refueling Party next Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with proceeds going to Pints for Prostates. Riders can go one of two distances (12 miles or 63 for you crazy folks) with the ride beginning and ending at Marble. It costs $30 for registration right now through Marble, or $35 on the day of the event. You get a 1400 Miles T-shirt, entry to the Refueling Party (it’s $15 if you just want to go to the party but don’t want to ride), and you get to go on one of the two rides. There will be live music at Marble from Le Chat Lunatique, Alex Maryol and the Dirty Shades. The party will take place in the north parking lot at Marble’s downtown pub. The Supper Truck and Rustic Food Truck will be present to help refuel the riders with something other than beer. Contact Marble for more information.

With festival season in full swing and breweries gearing up for GABF next month, there were only a few new beers (or old favorites) popping up this week. Bosque’s Acequia Wet Hop IPA, our pick for the best hoppy beer at Septemberfest last weekend, is now on tap. Boxing Bear’s Uppercut IPA is back by popular demand. Chama River has brought back the potent Radioactive IPA, while also adding the Valle de Oro Pale Ale. La Cumbre has Across the Pond, a British-style IPA, and Tank 10 Red Ale.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Sept. 8.

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.

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: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. 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 — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Soroche IPA, California Commons, Berliner Weisse. All the thirsty patrons drank up the last of the Kolsch, Pale Ale, and Ladron’s Peak. Brewer Addison Poth is hard at work restocking his supply of house beers. Don’t worry, though, as BADH always carries a large swath of beers from across New Mexico and the world.

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: Farmhouse Pale Ale, Fade to Blackberry Sour, Acequia Wet Hop IPA, Rebel Brit. The Bosque Lager is temporarily out (guess you all liked it, didn’t you?) but will return soon. The Rebel Brit is a variation of the Mellow Brit. Also an American brown ale, it was brewed with London Ale yeast to produce a unique but tasty flavor. Fade to Blackberry finds some balance between the sweet blackberry flavor and the usual tartness of a sour. Scale Tipper #4 (7.4% ABV, 100+ IBU) is out for the time being as the remaining stock is bound for GABF next month. In its place is Acequia, brewed with fresh-picked hops from Colorado. It was our pick for the best hoppy beer at Septemberfest last weekend.

News: Construction continues on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also signed a lease on a new taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Beers in the more distant future will include a pumpkin ale, Oktoberfest, and a barley wine. Plus, Bosque is aging its Scotia Scotch Ales in rum barrels, and they just received a shipment of casks to start doing that as well. We’re a bit excited.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Sun Bear Summer Ale, Red Panda Session Red, Uppercut IPA. Recent additions to the lineup are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU). The other somewhat recent additions to the lineup are the Sun Bear (4.8% ABV, 30 IBU) and Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU). Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now, but the punchy Uppercut IPA is back.

Events: Boxing Bear has live music this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. as Monday Catfish, a solo blues act, will perform on the patio.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: 12 Step Apricot Ale, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Atomic Rye Red, Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale. The Apricot, Watermelon, and Atomic went on tap recently, while the Elixir is the newest beer listed via BBB’s Facebook page.

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. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver and also captured a gold medal in the stout category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Hardscrabble ESB, Wee Bit Loco, Radioactive IPA, Valle de Oro Pale Ale. Wee Bit Loco is a new Scottish ale and was our pick as the best malty beer at Septemberfest. Hardscrabble (5.4% ABV, 35 IBU) another recent entry to the lineup. Radioactive IPA (7.5% ABV, 100 IBU) was Chama’s standout entry in the IPA Challenge back in July. It’s back by popular demand. New to taps is the Valle de Oro (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU), which was brewed in honor of the Friends of Valle de Oro, the wildlife shelter in the South Valley. For every pint sold, $1 will be donated to the shelter.

News: Head brewer Zach Guilmette has revamped the recipe for Chama’s Jackalope IPA to give it a stronger kick and tastier palate. Franz Solo and I also highly recommend you try the revamped Sleeping Dog Stout. It’s creamy and burly and sweet and roasted … it’s got everything you want in a stout.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Sessa’s Wet Hop IPA, Exodus IPA, Henhouse Saison, Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Elmo’s IIPA. It’s rare that Il Vicino runs out the same lineup two weeks in a row. Clearly this is a sign that most of you need to get to the Canteen and drink more beer. The Elmo’s (10% ABV) is a modified version of the Elsa Imperial IPA with Mosaic hops added. Citra IPA (8.3% ABV, 65 IBU) and the return of Exodus (7.8% ABV, 100+ IBU) will keep the hopheads happy. Welcome back to a Crew favorite, the GABF gold-medal winning Panama Joe (8% ABV, 37 IBU). Speaking of GABF, Henhouse will be entered in the Pro-Am this year. Mike Archibeck teamed up with Doug to brew this unique new beer.

News: Il Vicino posted some pics on Facebook of the beers they are currently barrel-aging in the back. They’ve got Double IPA in tequila barrels, American Stock Ale in rum barrels, Belgian Strong Golden in wine barrels, and Panama Joe Coffee Stout in bourbon barrels.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8 p.m., Fri-Sun 11:30-10 p.m.)

Beers: Kolsch, Oyster Stout, Banty Rooster (Hefe IPA), Helles Lager, Honk Ale, Alanna’s Amber, Banaweizen, Charlie Brown. The Oyster Stout replaces the Cream Stout, while the Helles Lager returns. The Alanna’s Amber is a new entry, taking the Solstice Pilsner’s spot on the roster. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

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

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

Kaktus will be one of four breweries pouring at the Rio Rancho Oktoberfest Sept. 19-20. Look for a full preview next week.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Full Nelson, Saison d’Hommel, Fievre d’Abricot, Across the Pond, Tank 10 Red Ale. New this week are Across the Pond (6.5% ABV, 65 IBU), a British-style IPA, and Tank 10 Red Ale (6.8% ABV, 85 IBU), which sounds like a combo hop bomb/malt blast of a beer, just the way we like ’em. The Full Nelson (8.5% ABV, IBUs listed as “stupid”) is a powerful DIPA that’s also available in bombers. The Saison (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU) and the Fievre (7.8% ABV, 25 IBU) are likewise available for sale in bombers.

News: We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Sun–Weds 9 a.m.–11 p.m., Thurs–Sat 9 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: German Blonde Ale, Berliner Weisse, Belgian Abbey, Honey Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Oatmeal Brown, India Black Ale, Rye Stout. Both Brandon and I have had chances to visit Lizard Tail, which is one of the newest breweries in town, located in the shopping center on the southeast corner of Eubank and Montgomery. They specialize is malt-forward beers. The German Blonde (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU) is a good place to start. The Berliner Weisse (4.3% ABV, 8 IBU) is not nearly as sour as most of its genre. The Belgian Abbey (6.8%, 25 IBU) is a good example of its style. The Honey Pale Ale (6.3% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice little hop kick to it. The IPA (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU) has a good mix of Mosaic, Warrior, and Galaxy hops. The Rye Stout (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice flavor but lacks body. The first batch of Oatmeal Brown (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU) needed some work, but I got to sample the second batch that will be on tap soon and it’s improved.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs Thursday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

A Dubbel and a Porter are next up.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Red Light Lager, Double White, Imperial Red, Wilderness Pale Ale. The Imperial Red is back on tap. This batch was brewed for GABF in Denver next month. Wilderness is a pale ale brewed with local spruce and pine. A portion of the profits will be donated to the Wilderness Society. Otherwise it’s a relatively light seasonal list as Marble is at capacity brewing the regular beers for distribution.

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

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

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Altbier. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight cranked out a new seasonal in the Blackberry Hefeweizen while the popular Altbier has returned. The RPA (5.9% ABV) has somewhat muted rye flavor, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon.

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

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

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

Beers: Pi IPA, West Coast Red, Porter, Lost Grain ESA, Apricot Wheat. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Sawmill Stout, XPA1 Pale Ale, Helles Lager. Porter Pounder and I went over for the grand opening last week. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex. As for the beers, they are all the initial batches, so expect some modifications/changes going forward. Needless to say we both liked the Stout (5.2% ABV, 22 IBU) the best, but we’re dark beer guys (then again, you could also call us dark beer snobs, so consider that). Porter Pounder liked the XPA1 Pale Ale (5% ABV, 35 IBU), which will always be a rotating single-hop pale ale. The Crosscut Kolsch (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) is almost like a Kolsch/hefeweizen hybrid. The Ghost Train (6.2% ABV, 75 IBU) needs some work, but the brewer has already identified what went wrong in the first batch and is working on correcting that for the next run.

News: A double IPA was already in the fermenter and more German-style beers are on the way in the weeks ahead.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, American IPA. We’re going to dispatch E-Rock (he needs a new assignment) to re-establish our lines of communication with Sandia Chile Grill.

News: Congrats to SCG on sweeping all three medals in the mead category at the 2014 State Fair Pro-Am, while also claiming a silver medal for Barb’s Barrel Hefeweizen.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

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

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

Beers at Nob Hill: Hard Apple Cider, Pilsner Roja, Javi Light Lager, Milk Mustachio Stout, Berry Cider, C+C IPA, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber.

Beers at Wells Park only: Tupac Cali Red, L4 IPL, Maibock, Berliner Weisse, Trekker Red Belgian Ale. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Pilsner Roja is a crisp, Marzen-style beer that tastes good in the hot summer months. The Berliner Weisse Sour takes a traditional German-style weiss beer and twists it into a sour. It’s an acquired taste. The most recent additions to the lineups are the La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, which is drier yet more flavorful than most ambers, and Tupac Cali Red.

Events: On Wednesday, Tractor will be hosting another Cards Against Humanity night at Wells Park. This is a free event starting at 7 p.m. Food will by served by Nomad’s BBQ.

Geeks Who Drink is now setting up shop at the Wells Park Tap Room every Monday at 8 p.m. Bar cash for winners and bonus questions all night. Wanna see what GWD at Tractor has been up to? Check out the blog! Food will be served by Mystique.

Music is back at Nob Hill today (Wednesday). The new “Solos on the Hill” series begins with Cali Shaw performing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Joanie and Art’s BBQ will be parked outside for all your culinary needs.

Down at Wells Park tonight, the Pints and Politics series returns with “Political Speed Dating.” Ever wanted to get a few minutes with a local politician to ask him/her all the important questions? Grab a pint and take a seat and find out just who’s there. It starts at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Wells Park will host a Millenial Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Come hang out with the rest of the under-40 set. (If you believe Generation X ends in 1979, there are still some of us Xers under 40, thank you very much.) Afterward, Tractor’s pLOUD music series at Wells Park continues with Burque Sol performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ will provide the food.

The In the Mix series continues Saturday at Wells Park as Nicolatron will perform at 9 p.m. Kimo’s again provides the sustenance.

Next Tuesday, get ready for Beer and Bellies, as some of the city’s best belly dancers will perform at Wells Park from 7 to 9 p.m.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Monochrome Milk Stout, Pork ‘n’ Brew Brown Ale, Dog Daze Summer Lager, Saison du Soleil. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The newest beer on tap is the Saison du Soleil, a French/Belgian saison. I got to enjoy the decadently smooth Monochrome Milk Stout from a guest tap at Boxing Bear.

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the Metro Edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, giving you a list of their current beers on tap as well as any special events going on in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Bernalillo. Look for the State Edition, which will include everywhere from Taos and Santa Fe up north to Las Cruces and Silver City down south, this Thursday.

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

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

With Labor Day in the rear view mirror, the unofficial end of summer has come and gone. Sure, it may not feel like it outside, but just head over to Jubilation and check out the number of pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers on tap. If that’s not enough to convince you it’s fall, then Septemberfest will. Marble’s annual kickoff to autumn is also the kickoff to beer festival season in Albuquerque. Septemberfest will be held this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. outside Marble’s downtown pub. Just $20 gets you 10 samples of beers from breweries across New Mexico and a pint of your favorite, plus there will be live music and more. I have the tough task of sitting down with the lovely Leah Black today to find out more details about this first awesome festival of the fall. Look for a full preview Thursday afternoon. And if that’s not enough, don’t forget tickets are on sale now online for both the seventh annual Hopfest (Sept. 20) and fifth annual NM Brew Fest (Oct. 11). There are a lot of other great beer events going on as well, so we’ll do our best to keep you updated.

In other big news of the week, today (Wednesday) is opening day at Ponderosa Brewing Co. Located at 1761 Bellamah NW, Ponderosa is now open for business. We’ll be checking it out today. There’s an entry below for Ponderosa, now with the initial beer list uploaded. Fear not, a full review is pending.

Perhaps due to the arrival of festival season, the breweries didn’t bring a lot of new beers or old favorites back to tap this week. Bosque has introduced a variation to the popular Mellow Brit, calling this version Rebel Brit. Chama River is feeling festive with Wee Bit Loco, a Scottish ale. Il Vicino has Elmo’s IIPA (see below for details). Kaktus has an Oyster Stout and Alanna’s Amber now on tap, plus the popular Helles Lager has returned. La Cumbre is bringing back La Roja later this week. Marble’s Wilderness Pale Ale will debut with a release party this Thursday. Turtle Mountain has unleashed the Saison du Soleil.

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

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: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. 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 — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Soroche IPA, California Commons, Berliner Weisse. All the thirsty patrons drank up the last of the Kolsch, Pale Ale, and Ladron’s Peak. Brewer Addison Poth is hard at work restocking his supply of house beers. Don’t worry, though, as BADH always carries a large swath of beers from across New Mexico and the world.

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: Farmhouse Pale Ale, Pathfinder Pils, Fade to Blackberry Sour, Scale Tipper Batch #4, Rebel Brit. The Bosque Lager is temporarily out (guess you all liked it, didn’t you?) but will return soon. The Rebel Brit is a variation of the Mellow Brit. Also an American brown ale, it was brewed with London Ale yeast to produce a unique but tasty flavor. Pathfinder Pils (5.9% ABV, 35 IBU), a Bohemian style, is now on tap as well to help beat the last of the summer heat. It’s a delicious, malty-sweet beer. Scale Tipper #4 (7.4% ABV, 100+ IBU) is the latest in Bosque’s series of big IPAs and will be the batch they are taking to GABF next month.

News: Construction has begun on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central. Bosque has also signed a lease on a new taproom in Las Cruces, located in the former Mimbres Valley space across from New Mexico State at the corner of University Ave. and Espina St.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Beers in the more distant future will include a pumpkin ale, Oktoberfest, and a barley wine. Plus, Bosque is aging its Scotia Scotch Ales in rum barrels, and they just received a shipment of casks to start doing that as well. We’re a bit excited.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Sun Bear Summer Ale, Red Panda Session Red. Recent additions to the lineup are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU). The other somewhat recent additions to the lineup are the Sun Bear (4.8% ABV, 30 IBU) and Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU). Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: 12 Step Apricot Ale, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Atomic Rye Red, Elixir Vanilla Cream Ale. The Apricot, Watermelon, and Atomic went on tap recently, while the Elixir is the newest beer listed via BBB’s Facebook page.

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. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Hardscrabble ESB, Wee Bit Loco, Nutty Professor, Hefe Nice Day! Wee Bit Loco is a new Scottish ale. Hardscrabble (5.4% ABV, 35 IBU) is the new entry to the lineup. The Hefe Nice Day! (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) won the Brew Crew’s recent Hefeweizen Challenge. Nutty Professor is a pecan brown that’s very sweet in flavor. You might want to get a waffle to go from across the freeway at Nexus and bring it over, then pour the NP on top.

News: Head brewer Zach Guilmette has revamped the recipe for Chama’s Jackalope IPA to give it a stronger kick and tastier palate. Franz Solo and I also highly recommend you try the revamped Sleeping Dog Stout. It’s creamy and burly and sweet and roasted … it’s got everything you want in a burly stout.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Sessa’s Wet Hop IPA, Exodus IPA, Henhouse Saison, Panama Joe Coffee Stout, Elmo’s IIPA. The Elmo’s (10% ABV) is a modified version of the Elsa Imperial IPA with Mosaic hops added. Citra IPA (8.3% ABV, 65 IBU) and the return of Exodus (7.8% ABV, 100+ IBU) will keep the hopheads happy. Welcome back to a Crew favorite, the GABF gold-medal winning Panama Joe (8% ABV, 37 IBU). Speaking of GABF, Henhouse will be entered in the Pro-Am this year. Mike Archibeck teamed up with Doug to brew this unique new beer.

News: Il Vicino posted some pics on Facebook of the beers they are currently barrel-aging in the back. They’ve got Double IPA in tequila barrels, American Stock Ale in rum barrels, Belgian Strong Golden in wine barrels, and Panama Joe Coffee Stout in bourbon barrels.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8 p.m., Fri-Sun 11:30-10 p.m.)

UPDATED >>> Beers: Kolsch, Oyster Stout, Banty Rooster (Hefe IPA), Helles Lager, Honk Ale, Alanna’s Amber, Banaweizen, Charlie Brown. The Oyster Stout replaces the Cream Stout, while the Helles Lager returns. The Alanna’s Amber is a new entry, taking the Solstice Pilsner’s spot on the roster. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

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

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

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Full Nelson, Saison d’Hommel, Fievre d’Abricot, Old Hop, New Hop. The newest beer on tap is Full Nelson (8.5% ABV, IBUs listed as “stupid”), a powerful DIPA that’s also available in bombers. If you need good hops but less of them, try Old Hop, New Hop (5.4% ABV, 41 IBU), an American pale ale that uses Centennial (old) and Simcoe (new) hops. The Saison (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU) and the Fievre (7.8% ABV, 25 IBU) are also available for sale in bombers.

News: We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Brewer Jeff Erway says the popular La Roja will return to taps later this week.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Sun–Weds 9 a.m.–11 p.m., Thurs–Sat 9 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: German Blonde Ale, Berliner Weisse, Belgian Abbey, Honey Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Oatmeal Brown, India Black Ale, Rye Stout. Both Brandon and I have had chances to visit Lizard Tail, which is the newest brewery in town located in the shopping center on the southeast corner of Eubank and Montgomery. They specialize is malt-forward beers. The German Blonde (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU) is a good place to start. The Berliner Weisse (4.3% ABV, 8 IBU) is not nearly as sour as most of its genre. The Belgian Abbey (6.8%, 25 IBU) is a good example of its style. The Honey Pale Ale (6.3% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice little hop kick to it. The IPA (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU) has a good mix of Mosaic, Warrior, and Galaxy hops. The Rye Stout (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice flavor but lacks body. The first batch of Oatmeal Brown (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU) needed some work, but I got to sample the second batch that will be on tap soon and it’s improved.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs Thursday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

A Dubbel and a Porter are next up.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: Red Light Lager, Brau, Double White, Imperial Red. Brau (7.1% ABV) is a new German-style Sticke Altbier. The Imperial Red is back on tap. This batch was brewed for GABF in Denver next month. Otherwise it’s a relatively light seasonal list as Marble is at capacity brewing the regular beers for distribution.

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

News: A fresh batch of Imperial Red is headed to GABF soon. Hopefully it will also be on tap at the brewery soon.

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

The Wilderness Release Party is this Thursday at the Downtown Pub starting at 5 p.m. Wilderness is a pale ale brewed with the finest pine and spruce from right here in New Mexico. Proceeds will benefit The Wilderness Society. You can enjoy your pints with complimentary Taos Energy Bars and popsicles from Pop Fiz. Baracutanga will then take the stage from 7 to 10 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Altbier. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight cranked out a new seasonal in the Blackberry Hefeweizen while the popular Altbier has returned. The RPA (5.9% ABV) has somewhat muted rye flavor, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon.

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

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

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

Beers: Pi IPA, West Coast Red, Porter, Lost Grain ESA, Apricot Wheat. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw Red, Crosscut Kolsch, Sawmill Stout, XPA1 Pale Ale, Helles Lager. Porter Pounder and I went over for the grand opening today (Wednesday) and came away with this full list of beers. Ponderosa is located at 1761 Bellamah NW, which is just east of Rio Grande and due north of the NM Natural History Museum, in the bottom floor of a swanky-looking apartment/retail complex. We will have a more formal review (with better directions) soon. As for the beers, they are all the initial batches, so expect some modifications/changes going forward. Needless to say we both liked the Stout (5.2% ABV, 22 IBU) the best, but we’re dark beer guys (then again, you could also call us dark beer snobs, so consider that). Porter Pounder liked the XPA1 Pale Ale (5% ABV, 35 IBU), which will always be a rotating single-hop pale ale. The Crosscut Kolsch (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU) is almost like a Kolsch/hefeweizen hybrid. The Ghost Train (6.2% ABV, 75 IBU) needs some work, but the brewer has already identified what went wrong in the first batch and is working on correcting that for the next run.

News: A double IPA was already in the fermenter and more German-style beers are on the way in the weeks ahead.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, American IPA. The American IPA was a new version of the Rattlesnake IPA brewed especially for the 4th of July. The Irish Red was also back on tap.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

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

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

Beers at Nob Hill: Hard Apple Cider, Pilsner Roja, Javi Light Lager, Milk Mustachio Stout, Berry Cider, C+C IPA, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber.

Beers at Wells Park only: Tupac Cali Red, L4 IPL, Maibock, Barley Wine, Berliner Weiss, FYFA IPA, Trekker Red Belgian Ale. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Pilsner Roja is a crisp, Marzen-style beer that tastes good in the hot summer months. If you need a hop punch to the face, the F.Y.F.A. (F— Yeah Friday Ale) is a much more hop-forward IPA than what Tractor usually creates. The Berliner Weisse Sour takes a traditional German-style weiss beer and twists it into a sour. It’s an acquired taste. The most recent additions to the lineups are the La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, which is drier yet more flavorful than most ambers, and Tupac Cali Red.

Events: On Wednesday, Tractor will be hosting another Cards Against Humanity night at Wells Park. This is a free event starting at 7 p.m. Food will by served by Nomad’s BBQ.

Geeks Who Drink is now setting up shop at the Wells Park Tap Room every Monday at 8 p.m. Bar cash for winners and bonus questions all night. Wanna see what GWD at Tractor has been up to? Check out the blog! Food will be served by Mystique.

Tractor’s Thirsty Thursday music series at Wells Park continues with Keith Sanchez performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ will provide the food.

The In the Mix series continues Saturday at Wells Park as DJ Cloudface will perform at 9 p.m. Kimo’s again provides the sustenance.

Next Tuesday, Poetry and Beer will present a Qualifying Slam as poets try out for the 2015 ABQ Slam Team. It runs at Wells Park from 7 to 9 p.m.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Monochrome Milk Stout, Pork ‘n’ Brew Brown Ale, Dog Daze Summer Lager, Saison du Soleil. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The newest beer on tap is the Saison du Soleil, a French/Belgian saison. I got to enjoy the decadently smooth Monochrome Milk Stout from a guest tap at Boxing Bear.

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the Metro Edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, giving you a list of their current beers on tap as well as any special events going on in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Bernalillo. Look for the State Edition, which will include everywhere from Taos and Santa Fe up north to Las Cruces and Silver City down south, this Thursday.

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

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

As more and more restaurants bring in craft beer to their taps, they are also embracing the concept of beer dinners. This is good news for all those who consider themselves both food and beer connoisseurs. Turtle Mountain has begun special beer and food pairings every Friday. While they don’t always have the pairing known by Wednesday, we will always try to update this site with the information before the dinner is served. Meanwhile, Chama River has a beer dinner Thursday at 6:30 p.m. It’s $45 for five courses and five beers, including the Class VI Golden Lager, Jackalope IPA, Radioactive IPA, Hefe Nice Day, and the new Wee Bit Loco Scotch Ale. Call the number in the Chama entry below for reservations. In addition to Chama and Turtle combining their own food and beer, other breweries and brewery restaurants are joining forces as well. The Stumbling Steer and Bosque are teaming up for a dinner Thursday at 6:30 p.m. It costs $45, but you get a five-course meal paired with five delicious beers. Bosque’s Pathfinder Pils, Cumulus Wheat IPA, and Scotia Scotch Ale will be poured, along with the Steer’s Pigsticker Pale Ale and Rawhide Red Ale. Give the Steer a call to make your reservations. The more people that attend these events, the more special pairings there will be in the future. And maybe in the future it will fall on a night where at least one of us in the Crew can attend.

UPDATE: Turtle Mountain will have a special cask of Saison du Soliel dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace this Friday. The food dish it will be paired with is TBD. TMBC’s beer entry below also got an update, so scroll down to check it out.

The breweries are back to cranking out their seasonals, with some old favorites coming back to tap as well. Bosque unleashes Scale Tipper Batch #4, their follow-up to their IPA Challenge winner, plus the Fade to Blackberry Sour. Boxing Bear now has Ambear and Standing 8 Stout. Chama River has Hardscrabble ESB. Il Vicino has brought back Panama Joe Coffee Stout and Exodus IPA. Kaktus promises not to pull the football away from Charlie Brown. La Cumbre went full hop-bomb with Full Nelson DIPA on tap and in bombers. Marble has its Rye Bretta back. Tractor has a fresh batch of Tupac Cali Red. Turtle Mountain’s Heidelberg Helles is back and an Altbier is on deck.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 25.

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.

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: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. 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 — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Soroche IPA, Pale Ale, Kolsch, California Commons, Berliner Weiss, Ladron’s Peak. Berliner Weiss and Ladron’s Peak are the most recent additions to the lineup. The Ladron’s debuted at the Beer Premier earlier this summer and was a huge hit. It’s one of the most unique beers you will ever taste (and thusly hard to describe). Can’t wait to head over, order some grub from NY Pizza Dept. next door and enjoy a pint or two.

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: Farmhouse Pale Ale, Pathfinder Pils, Bosque Lager, Fade to Blackberry Sour, Scale Tipper Batch #4. The Lager (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU) is a good place to start on the menu. Pathfinder Pils (5.9% ABV, 35 IBU), a Bohemian style, is now on tap as well to help beat the last of the summer heat. It’s a delicious, malty-sweet beer.

News: Construction has begun on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Scale Tipper: Beers in the more distant future will include a pumpkin ale, Oktoberfest, and a barley wine. Plus, Bosque will be aging its Scotia Scotch Ales in rum barrels, and they just received a shipment of casks to start doing that as well. We’re a bit excited.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

UPDATED >>>> Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Standing 8 Stout, Ambear Ale, Sun Bear Summer Ale, Red Panda Session Red. New to the lineup are the Standing 8 Stout (6.3% ABV, 45 IBU) and Ambear Ale (5.2% ABV, 35 IBU). The other somewhat recent additions to the lineup are the Sun Bear (4.8% ABV, 30 IBU) and Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU). Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Stinky Pinky, DADU Honey Wheat Ale, Triad IPA, Barely Legal Bourbon Oak Stout, 12 Step Apricot Ale, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Atomic Rye Red. Both the Apricot and Watermelon went on tap recently, while the Atomic Rye Red is the newest beer listed via BBB’s Facebook page. The Stinky Pinky (5.3% ABV) is a hefeweizen infused with grapefruit. The DADU (8.2% ABV) is almost like a beer/mead hybrid. The Triad (6.6% ABV) uses a mix of three hops for a bigger, bolder flavor, plus additional dry hopping has given it a stronger aroma.

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. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Hardscrabble ESB, Double Rainbow, Nutty Professor, Hefe Nice Day! Hardscrabble (5.4% ABV, 35 IBU) is the new entry to the lineup. The Double Rainbow (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU) is a blackberry beer. The Hefe Nice Day! (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) won the Brew Crew’s recent Hefeweizen Challenge. Nutty Professor is a pecan brown that’s very sweet in flavor. You might want to get a waffle to go from across the freeway at Nexus and bring it over, then pour the NP on top.

News: Head brewer Zach Guilmette has revamped the recipe for Chama’s Jackalope IPA to give it a stronger kick and tastier palate. Franz Solo and I also highly recommend you try the revamped Sleeping Dog Stout. It’s creamy and burly and sweet and roasted … it’s a damn contradiction of a beer, but it’s wonderful.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red, Fest Beer, Vienna Lager, Sessa’s Wet Hop Cascade Pale Ale, Citra IPA, Exodus IPA, Henhouse Saison, Panama Joe Coffee Stout. There was a whole lot of tap turnover at the Canteen this week. Citra IPA (8.3% ABV, 65 IBU) and the return of Exodus (7.8% ABV, 100+ IBU) will keep the hopheads happy. Welcome back to a Crew favorite, the GABF gold-medal winning Panama Joe (8% ABV, 37 IBU). Speaking of GABF, Henhouse will be entered in the Pro-Am this year. Mike Archibeck teamed up with Doug to brew this unique new beer.

News: Il Vicino posted some pics on Facebook of the beers they are currently barrel-aging in the back. They’ve got Double IPA in tequila barrels, American Stock Ale in rum barrels, Belgian Strong Golden in wine barrels, and Panama Joe Coffee Stout in bourbon barrels.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8 p.m., Fri-Sun 11:30-10 p.m.)

Beers: Kolsch, Cream Stout, Banty Rooster (Hefe IPA), London Porter, Honk Ale, Solstice Pilsner, Banaweizen, Charlie Brown. The Kolsch, Honk, and Charlie Brown are new to the roster, replacing the Amber, ESB, and Jabberwocky IPA. The Solstice is another recent addition, brewed with two types of Belgian malts and German hops. It’s sweet and refreshing on a hot day. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

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

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

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Full Nelson, Saison d’Hommel, Fievre d’Abricot, Old Hop, New Hop. The newest beer on tap is Full Nelson (8.5% ABV, IBUs listed as “stupid”), a powerful DIPA that’s also available in bombers. If you need good hops but less of them, try Old Hop, New Hop (5.4% ABV, 41 IBU), an American pale ale that uses Centennial (old) and Simcoe (new) hops. The Saison (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU) and the Fievre (7.8% ABV, 25 IBU) are also available for sale in bombers.

News: We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Sun–Weds 9 a.m.–11 p.m., Thurs–Sat 9 a.m.–midnight)

Beers: German Blonde Ale, Berliner Weisse, Belgian Abbey, Honey Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Oatmeal Brown, India Black Ale, Rye Stout. Both Brandon and I have had chances to visit Lizard Tail, which is the newest brewery in town located in the shopping center on the southeast corner of Eubank and Montgomery. They specialize is malt-forward beers. The German Blonde (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU) is a good place to start. The Berliner Weisse (4.3% ABV, 8 IBU) is not nearly as sour as most of its genre. The Belgian Abbey (6.8%, 25 IBU) is a good example of its style. The Honey Pale Ale (6.3% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice little hop kick to it. The IPA (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU) has a good mix of Mosaic, Warrior, and Galaxy hops. The Rye Stout (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) has a nice flavor but lacks body. The first batch of Oatmeal Brown (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU) needed some work, but I got to sample the second batch that will be on tap soon and it’s improved.

News: Lizard Tail’s happy hour runs Thursday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. You get $1 off food, flights, and pints.

A Dubbel and a Porter are next up.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Red Light Lager, Brau, Double White, Saisonette, Rye Bretta. Brau (7.1% ABV) is a new German-style Sticke Altbier. The Rye Bretta (6.7% ABV) is back on tap; it’s a barrel-aged pale ale with some serious funk. It debuted in cask format back during ABQ Beer Week. The Saisonette (4.2% ABV) is one of the lower alcohol beers we’ve seen this summer.

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

News: A fresh batch of Imperial Red is headed to GABF soon. Hopefully it will also be on tap at the brewery soon.

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

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Altbier. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight cranked out two new seasonals in the Blackberry Hefeweizen and the popular Altbier has also returned. The RPA (5.9% ABV) has somewhat muted rye flavor, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon.

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

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

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

Beers: Pi IPA, West Coast Red, Porter, Lost Grain ESA, Apricot Wheat. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. The IPA and West Coast Red are both good hoppy beers. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, American IPA. The American IPA was a new version of the Rattlesnake IPA brewed especially for the 4th of July. The Irish Red was also back on tap.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

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

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

Beers at Nob Hill: Apple Cider, Javi Light Lager, Pilsner Roja, Berry Cider, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, Milk Mustachio Stout, C+C IPA.

Beers at Wells Park only: L4 IPL, Maibock Lager, Trekker Red Belgian Ale, Barley Wine, Berliner Weisse Sour, F.Y.F.A. IPA, Tupac Cali Red. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Pilsner Roja is a crisp, Marzen-style beer that tastes good in the hot summer months. If you need a hop punch to the face, the F.Y.F.A. (F— Yeah Friday Ale) is a much more hop-forward IPA than what Tractor usually creates. The Berliner Weisse Sour takes a traditional German-style weiss beer and twists it into a sour. It’s an acquired taste. The most recent additions to the lineups are the La Llorona Dry Hop Amber and Tupac Cali Red.

Events: On Wednesday, Tractor will be hosting another Cards Against Humanity night at Wells Park. This is a free event starting at 7 p.m. Food will by served by Nomad’s BBQ.

Geeks Who Drink is now setting up shop at the Wells Park Tap Room every Monday at 8 p.m. Bar cash for winners and bonus questions all night. Wanna see what GWD at Tractor has been up to? Check out the blog! Food will be served by Mystique.

On Thursday, Tractor’s pLOUD music series at Wells Park continues with ‘Merican Slang performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s will provide the food.

At Nob Hill on Saturday, the latest Perfect Pub Pet class runs from noon to 1 p.m. It costs $15.

Tractor’s In the Mix series continues Saturday at Wells Park with DJ Shakedown performing from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

UPDATED >>> Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter, Heidelberg Helles. (Seasonal/specialty) Monochrome Milk Stout, Berry Cherry Wheat, Pork ‘n’ Brew Brown Ale, Dog Daze Summer Lager. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The Heidelberg Helles (5.1% ABV, 25 IBU) has rejoined the regular lineup for good, or so Tim hopes. The newest beer on tap is the Monochrome Milk Stout. I got to enjoy this decadently smooth beer from a guest tap at Boxing Bear. The Berry Cherry Wheat is nearly out, with an Altbier waiting in the wings to replace it.

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the Metro Edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, giving you a list of their current beers on tap as well as any special events going on in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Bernalillo. Look for the State Edition, which will include everywhere from Taos and Santa Fe up north to Las Cruces and Silver City down south, this Thursday.

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

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

We must be nearing autumn because Marble is starting to crank out the beers and events and other fun things they like to do every fall. First up, today (Wednesday) they are having a special beer release party. Red Light Lager is back and they are releasing it as a collaboration beer this year with the Audubon Society. It kicks off at 5 p.m. and $1 from every pint sold will benefit Audubon. The band Science! will perform on the stage from 6 to 9 p.m. as well. You can also pair up the beer with Focaccia slices from the good guys over at Bosque Baking Co. (Not to be confused with Bosque Brewing Co., but don’t you all think they need to collaborate on something soon?) Following that event, Marble has “something hatching” this Friday. The rumors/buzz is that Marble’s beer bottles and cans will be going through a major re-branding. They’ll still be called Marble, and the beers will still taste the same, but the outside appearance will change. We’re not sure exactly how much else will be impacted by these changes; it’s been pretty hush-hush over there, but we’re damn curious to see what’s up. They’re having a party on the patio to celebrate it all. And if all that wasn’t enough, Marble is bringing back Septemberfest on Saturday, Sept. 6. Just $20 gets you in for 10 four-ounce samples of beers from around the state, plus a pint of your favorite, and you get to listen to great music, eat awesome food, and hang out with lots of cool fellow beer drinkers. Maybe even those oddball bearded metal heads in the black shirts with the red logos on them. Tickets are for sale at all three Marble locations and online at HoldMyTicket.com.

Also, if you scroll down this week you’ll see a new brewery entry! Lizard Tail Brewing had their soft opening last Friday and will have a grand opening this Friday. They already have a number of beers on tap, which we have listed below. We’ll do our best to make sure the grand opening is covered this week. Welcome to the ABQ Area Brewing Community!

The breweries are back to cranking out their seasonals, with some old favorites coming back to tap as well. Bosque smooths out with Bosque Lager. Chama River has gone to class with the Nutty Professor, a Pecan brown ale. Il Vicino has brought back its powerful American Stock Ale, plus the Vienna Lager and the Hefeweizen. La Cumbre will release Father Nelson this coming Monday both on tap and in bombers. Marble also has Brau, a German Sticke Alt, on tap. Nexus is preparing to release Blackberry Hefeweizen and will bring back Altbier this week.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 18.

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.

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: Petrus Aged Ale, Petrus Aged Red. Petrus Aged Ale and Red are high alcohol barrel-aged sours from a family-owned brewery in Flanders. 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 — (505) 766-8590

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

Beers: Soroche IPA, Pale Ale, Kolsch, California Commons, Berliner Weiss, Ladron’s Peak. Berliner Weiss and Ladron’s Peak are the most recent additions to the lineup. The Ladron’s debuted at the Beer Premier earlier this summer and was a huge hit. It’s one of the most unique beers you will ever taste (and thusly hard to describe). Can’t wait to head over, order some grub from NY Pizza Dept. next door and enjoy a pint or two.

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: Farmhouse Pale Ale, Kick the Can IPA, Pathfinder Pils, Bosque Lager. The Lager (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU) is the newest addition to the lineup. Pathfinder Pils (5.9% ABV, 35 IBU), a Bohemian style, is now on tap as well to help beat the last of the summer heat. It’s a delicious, malty-sweet beer. But if you need a good dose of hops, Kick the Can (7.2% ABV, 100 IBU) has you covered.

News: Construction has begun on Bosque’s new taproom, the Bosque Public House, located on Girard just south of Central.

Bosque has a happy hour running from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Sunday. Look for a revamped menu and get $1 off your favorite pints.

Scale Tipper: Batch 4 has been brewed and will be on tap in the near future. The next entry in Bosque’s big IPA series will be taking the trip to Denver in October for the Great American Beer Festival. Also keep an eye out for the Blackberry Sour, which is due on tap quite soon. Other beers in the more distant future will include a pumpkin ale, Oktoberfest, and a barley wine. Plus, Bosque will be aging its Scotia Scotch Ales in rum barrels, and they just received a shipment of casks to start doing that as well. We’re a bit excited.

Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327

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

Beers: Paw Swipe Pale Ale, Hairy Mit Hefe, Black Bear Stout, Uppercut IPA, Sun Bear Summer Ale, Red Panda Session Red. The newest additions to the lineup are the Sun Bear (4.8% ABV, 30 IBU) and Red Panda (4.6% ABV, 65 IBU). Sadly, the popular Bear Knuckle DIPA has run out for now, while both the Paw Swipe and Black Bear were out temporarily as of Sunday but should be back soon. The Uppercut IPA (7.6% ABV, 100 IBU) certainly packs a punch, but has a nice malt backbone to balance itself out.

Broken Bottle Brewery — (505) 890-8777

(Mon–Weds 4-11 p.m., Thurs-Fri 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)

Beers: Stinky Pinky, DADU Honey Wheat Ale, Triad IPA, Barely Legal Bourbon Oak Stout, 12 Step Apricot Ale, Wise Ass Watermelon Wheat, Atomic Rye Red. Both the Apricot and Watermelon went on tap recently, while the Atomic Rye Red is the newest beer listed via BBB’s Facebook page. The Stinky Pinky (5.3% ABV) is a hefeweizen infused with grapefruit. The DADU (8.2% ABV) is almost like a beer/mead hybrid. The Triad (6.6% ABV) uses a mix of three hops for a bigger, bolder flavor, plus additional dry hopping has given it a stronger aroma.

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. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Hefeweizen, Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout), Inebriator (Doppelbock). E-Rock and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego (5% ABV), which we both recommend. According to Cazuela’s menu: “This cream ale uses red-hot stones to super caramelize the sugars, creating a nutty, toffee-like flavor.” The Inebriator (8% ABV) and the Papacabra (9.7% ABV) are the biggest beers in the lineup.

Events: Cazuela’s now features a live guitarist every Friday.

News: Cazuela’s Beer for My Horses won a bronze medal in the oatmeal stout category at the World Beer Cup in Denver.

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Chamahawk Pale Ale, Double Rainbow, Nutty Professor, Hefe Nice Day! New to taps this week is the Nutty Professor, a Pecan brown ale. Another recent addition is the Chamahawk (6.7% ABV, 60 IBU), a burly pale ale. The Double Rainbow (4.8% ABV, 20 IBU) is a blackberry beer. The Hefe Nice Day! (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) won the Brew Crew’s recent Hefeweizen Challenge.

News: Head brewer Zach Guilmette has revamped the recipe for Chama’s Jackalope IPA to give it a stronger kick and tastier palate. Franz Solo and I also highly recommend you try the revamped Sleeping Dog Stout. It’s creamy and burly and sweet and roasted … it’s a damn contradiction of a beer, but it’s wonderful.

When the Sun Dog Kolsch does run out, the Pecan Brown (5.8% ABV, 25 IBU) will take its place.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Aztec Lager, Irish Red, Fest Beer, Vienna Lager, American Stock Ale, Hefeweizen, Sessa’s Wet Hop Cascade Pale Ale, Galaxy IPA, Citra C-Hop Shop IPA. Sadly, Hop Kwondo run its course at the Canteen. The C-Hop Shop IPA was the first of the IPAs to kick, followed by Exodus. There are still plenty of hoppy beers on tap, plus the Aztec, Irish, Fest, Vienna, Hefe, and the Stock Ale — back after a short break — will have you covered if you prefer malt-forward beers.

News: Il Vicino posted some pics on Facebook of the beers they are currently barrel-aging in the back. They’ve got Double IPA in tequila barrels, American Stock Ale in rum barrels, Belgian Strong Golden in wine barrels, and Panama Joe Coffee Stout in bourbon barrels.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

(Hours Mon-Thu 11:30-8 p.m., Fri-Sun 11:30-10 p.m.)

Beers: Amber Ale, Cream Stout, Banty Rooster (Hefe IPA), London Porter, Choice ESB, Solstice Pilsner, Banaweizen, Jabberwocky IPA. The Amber is the newest kid on the menu, replacing the Lil Red Wagon. The Solstice is another recent addition, brewed with two types of Belgian malts and German hops. It’s sweet and refreshing on a hot day. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is one of the state’s newest breweries. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Kaktus owner Dana Koller said fans can expect the nanobrewery to go through its most popular styles quickly, though they will always have something new and exciting available as a replacement.

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

There will be lots of live music at Kaktus this week. Thursday will feature Latin music from a live guitarist from 6 to 8 p.m. Guitarist Jimmy Phiefer will perform Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Town of Bernalillo will have its official wine poster signing at Kaktus on Saturday starting at 4 p.m.

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

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Saison d’Hommel, Fievre d’Abricot, Old Hop, New Hop. The newest beer on tap is Old Hop, New Hop (5.4% ABV, 41 IBU), an American pale ale that uses Centennial (old) and Simcoe (new) hops. The Saison (7.5% ABV, 35 IBU) and the Fievre (7.8% ABV, 25 IBU) are also available for sale in bombers.

News: We congratulate La Cumbre Brewing Co. for becoming this year’s National IPA Champion. Project Dank scored the win by edging out 127 other IPAs from around the country, including the likes of the venerable Fat Head’s IBUsive.

Monday will mark the release party for another big old hop bomb of a beer. Full Nelson, a powerful IPA, will return both on tap at the brewery and for sale in bombers.

Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301

(Hours TBA)

Beers: German Blonde Ale, Honey Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Oatmeal Brown, India Black Ale, Rye Stout. The initial lineup from Lizard Tail, located in the shopping center on the southeast corner of Eubank and Montgomery, looks quite promising. I or one of the other Crew members will try to attend their grand opening party (see above). The biggest beer on the menu is the IPA (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU), while the India Black Ale (6.6% ABV, 70 IBU) can match it for hoppiness. Lizard Tail is more of a malt-forward brewery, so we’re looking forward to trying the Rye Stout (5.5% ABV, 35 IBU) and Oatmeal Brown (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU).

News: Two more beers are on the way in the Berliner Weisse (4.3% ABV, 8 IBU) and the Belgian Abbey (6.6% ABV, 25 IBU).

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Red Light Lager, Brau, Double White, Iron Horse Extra IPA, Extra Special Bitter, Saisonette, India Pale Lager. Brau (7.1% ABV) is a new German-style Sticke Altbier. One of the newer beers on tap is the IPL (5% ABV, 62 IBU). It’s the first beer brewed by Andrew, a member of the Marble brewery team. The Iron Horse (8.0% ABV) uses a blend of experimental hops for a one-of-a-kind taste. In addition, $1 from every pint sold of Iron Horse goes to the Ales for ALS campaign. Pints cost $5.50, add $6 extra for a growler. The ESB (4.7% ABV) uses West Yorkshire yeast and English malts for a, well, very English beer. The Saisonette (4.2% ABV) is one of the lower alcohol beers we’ve seen this summer.

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

News: In April, Marble was presented the gold medal at the World Beer Cup for their Pilsner.

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

As noted above, Marble will have a special release party for the Red Light Lager today (Wednesday) at 5 p.m.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Blackberry Hefeweizen, Altbier. Brewer Kaylynn McKnight is cranking out one new seasonal coming out later this week in the Blackberry Hefeweizen, while her popular Altbier is also returning. The RPA (5.9% ABV) has somewhat muted rye flavor, while the sweeter malts tend to dominate this beer. It’s a good summer beer, perfect for sipping slowly on a hot afternoon.

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

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

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

Beers: Unchallenged IPA, First IPA, West Coast Red. While Pi Brewing is not open to the public yet, they are able to brew and serve their beers next door at Nicky V’s. You can try the last of the First IPA (75 IBU), or go for the bigger Unchallenged IPA (100 IBU). The West Coast Red is a hoppier red. We’ll keep tabs on when Pi itself opens. For now, grab a pint and some tasty Italian food.

News: Lost Grain English Summer Ale was supposed to be on tap last Friday. This week, Pi IPA was supposed to hit taps along with a fresh batch of Vanilla Bourbon Porter.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Irish Red, American IPA. The American IPA was a new version of the Rattlesnake IPA brewed especially for the 4th of July. The Irish Red was also back on tap.

The Stumbling Steer — (505) 792-7805

(Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.)

Beers: Blonde, Pale, IPA, Red, Brown, Double IPA, Imperial Stout. While the brewery is being built in the back of the Steer, all of their house beers are being brewed off-site, but still using brewer Kirk Roberts’ recipes. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively). The Crew has already made two separate visits to the Steer to review the beer and food. We enjoyed it all.

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

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

Beers at Nob Hill: Apple Cider, Javi Light Lager, Pilsner Roja, Berry Cider, Berliner Weisse Sour, C+C IPA.

Beers at Wells Park only: L4 IPL, Maibock Lager, Trekker Red Belgian Ale, Barley Wine, Juniper Xtra Pale Ale, Scotch Ale, Milk Mustachio Stout, F.Y.F.A. IPA, La Llorona Dry Hop Amber, Otter IPA. All of the Nob Hill seasonals are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Pilsner Roja is a crisp, Marzen-style beer that tastes good in the hot summer months. If you need a hop punch to the face, the F.Y.F.A. (F— Yeah Friday Ale) is a much more hop-forward IPA than what Tractor usually creates. The Berliner Weisse Sour takes a traditional German-style weiss beer and twists it into a sour. It’s an acquired taste. The most recent additions to the lineups are the La Llorona Dry Hop Amber and Otter IPA.

Events: On Wednesday, Tractor will be hosting another Cards Against Humanity night at Wells Park. This is a free event starting at 7 p.m. Food will by served by Nomad’s BBQ.

Geeks Who Drink is now setting up shop at the Wells Park Tap Room every Monday at 8 p.m. Bar cash for winners and bonus questions all night. Wanna see what GWD at Tractor has been up to? Check out the blog! Food will be served by Mystique.

Tractor’s Thirsty Thursday music series at Wells Park continues with Seth Hoffman performing at 8 p.m. Kimo’s will provide the food.

Club Cultura will kick off Friday night at 9 p.m. at Wells Park.

Tractor is introducing a new series called In the Mix: DJs on the Wells Park Patio. DJ Halcyon will perform Saturday at 9 p.m. Kimo’s will provide all your culinary needs once again.

Sunday will feature not one but two events. First up is the latest I’ll Drink to That at 7 p.m., with TED Before BED kicking off shortly thereafter at 7:30.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497

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

Beers: (House) McDay’s Cream Ale, Oku Amber, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, Piedra Lisa Porter. (Seasonal/specialty) Monochrome Milk Stout, Berry Cherry Wheat, Pork ‘n’ Brew Brown Ale, Dog Daze Summer Lager. To help us out for now and the future, brewer Tim Woodward broke down what will be the regular beers on tap (under House) and the current list of seasonals. That’s a pretty solid regular lineup. I personally really enjoyed the Porter and Amber, the latter of which trumps most of its genre in terms of flavor. The newest beer on tap is the Monochrome Milk Stout. I got to enjoy this decadently smooth beer from a guest tap at Boxing Bear.

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

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister