Posts Tagged ‘Kilt Check Brewing’

The name had to change, but everything else about Kilt Check is the same quality neighborhood pub as before.

The name change still trips up some customers every now and again. They walk into Kilt Check Brewing and ask if it is a new brewery, only to see owner/brewer Mike Campbell is still behind the bar, the throwback decor still adorns the same walls, the Groundskeeper Willie Cream Ale is still on tap, and so on.

“It was like starting new again, people poking in (and asking) new brewery? We still are (seeing that) almost every day somebody comes in and (asks),” Mike said with a laugh.

The former Drafty Kilt Brewing had to change its name due to a trademark dispute with an Atlanta brewery. It was another bump in the road for the small Northeast Heights brewery, tucked away at 4814 Hardware Drive, nestled just west of San Mateo and south of McLeod near the dollar theater. I sat down with Mike over a pint of Black Sunshine Robust Porter last week for our annual Look Back/Look Ahead Series.

Mike said the one thing he learned over the course of 2018, besides being thankful that the name change stress is behind him, is that any brewery, big or small, has to find a way to stand out.

“It was a pretty good year,” he said. “We do have to provide entertainment, we have found. We’ve got to try to stay relevant with 40-plus breweries in town.”


Get festive with merch gifts from your favorite breweries, including Marble.

As we did the last four years, the Crew has put together a brewery merchandise guide for all of you just in time for your last-minute holiday shopping. Hey, it might be nice to just buy people beer, but sometimes they need more in life, like cool shirts, hoodies, growlers, and other specialty items carrying the logos of their favorite breweries. To make all of your lives easier and save you time in terms of searching the web or driving all over the place, we compiled the local breweries’ merch lists into one place. Now you can find out what is where, what is online, what it all costs, and any other additional info you might need.

The breweries are listed in alphabetical order, starting with the ABQ metro area breweries, then the breweries from outside the metro listed below that (those from both regions that sent us info, at least). We will be updating this list throughout the holiday season, so if you do not see a brewery here, once their info arrives, we will share it. Thank you to all the brewers, owners, and other key brewery staffers who helped us put this together. Whether via email or in person, it was greatly appreciated!


Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, and one in Las Cruces also joining the party.

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

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

Nothing has ever been easy over at Kilt Check Brewing. From the lengthy process of getting open as Drafty Kilt, to then having to change the name of the brewery due to a trademark issue with an Atlanta brewery’s beer, it has been a long road just to get to two years of operation. Hey, if any brewery has ever earned a big party, it’s Kilt Check, and that will be going down this week. Things kick off with an open mic tonight at 7, a blues jam with Rudy Boy on Thursday at 7, and live music by Chris Dracup on Friday at 7. The big day is Saturday, naturally, with everything kicking off at 3 and running until the wee hours. There will be food from Blazing Barn and ABQ Grill ‘N Que, live screen printing by Ink Theory, live comedy, the mobile axe-throwing unit by ABQ Axe, and live music by Daddy Long Loin, Broska Inc., Dave Holtkamp, Morning Mushroom, Let it Grow, and Lonn Collanca Band. There will be an outdoor beer garden, too. Head on over to raise a pint or two to Mike Campbell and his family!

After the weekend ends, however, things do not suddenly slow down. Instead, hit the road to Santa Fe for another Metal Monday at Tumbleroot. The City Different’s black metal maestros, Dysphotic, are throwing a CD release party for their new album, The Eternal Throne. Doors are at 8 p.m., with Street Tombs and Albuquerque’s finest metal band, Distances, opening the show. (Distances is also part of a local metal show Thursday night at Launchpad to open Red Mesa’s upcoming tour.) Horns up to start the week, New Mexico!

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Boese Brothers says ‘nyet!’ to the little beers with another round of Komrade Boese Russian Imperial Stout. Boxing Bear hits hard with Schwarzbier on the nitro tap. Canteen has another batch of Social Capital, a dry-hopped kettle sour, available. La Cumbre graces us with the presence of its maltiest, mightiest offering, La Negra, in bottles and on tap this Friday. Marble has four newcomers in Coconut Cream Porter on nitro, Eastbound and Brown, 111 Rosé, and Alpha Acid Trip. Rio Bravo is teaming up with the University of New Mexico to create El Lobo Rojo, a cherry wheat ale, starting this Monday. Sidetrack spins up another batch of Turntable IPA. Steel Bender unleashes a double bottle release Thursday with Viejo Agrio and Make Mine a Dubbel. Toltec has a tasty Ba-Dunkelweizen on tap today (Wednesday).

Up in Santa Fe, things looked quiet until SFBC released Adobe Igloo on tap and in cans.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of November 5.