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Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico. (The lateness with which this appears online is my fault. Sorry. — Stoutmeister)

E-Rock is always there for New Mexico when its citizens need to know what new craft beer is on tap.

E-Rock is always there for New Mexico when its citizens need to know what new craft beer is on tap.

Preparations for ABQ Beer Week 2014 have already begun in the Albuquerque metro area. It seems only a few new seasonals are making their way to breweries and taprooms around the city this week. Instead, creative energies are being spent on wowing craft beer aficionados for Beer Week next month. This does not mean that we have a lack of great beers on tap in Burque. In fact, multiple award-winning beers are being served around town, including La Cumbre’s nationally recognized Project Dank and Il Vicino Canteen’s GABF gold medal-winner, Panama Joe Coffee Stout. Victory has never tasted so good.

Right now in the Duke City, Bosque Brewing Company has The Last Straw Hefe as well as a new California Commons on tap this week. The Il Vicino Canteen is now serving Summer Pale Ale (almost gone, get it while it’s pouring!) and Panama Joe Coffee Stout (2013 GABF Gold Medal Winner). Project Dank is back on tap and in bottles at La Cumbre. Tractor is now serving their C+C IPA (7.0% ABV) and Maibach Lager (6.2% ABV) at their Wells Park location, and they are pouring the Chocolate Milk Stout at their Nob Hill taproom.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Duskin’s Maibock this week. Second Street Brewery is now pouring Civil Rye.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of April 7.

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: Berliner Weisse, IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. Franz Solo and I both recommend the Berliner Weisse. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Stone’s IRS on tap as well Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine. There is still some of Stone’s Enjoy by 4.20 on tap.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Milk Stout, Lakeside Summer Ale, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter.

News: Blue Corn is currently serving a rotating Nitro beer.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

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

Beers: Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week, but when it’s a lineup as good as this one, no one wants it to change. The Scottish is a longtime Brew Crew favorite. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

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: The Last Straw Hefe, California Commons, Citra SMASH (single malt and single hop pale ale), Bosque’s Burnin’ Red. New head brewer John Bullard’s first Bosque creation, SMASH (single malt and single hop) pale ale with Maris Otter and Citra, is now on tap. The Last Straw is John’s second beer, and is the latest release in the Adoption Ale Series. Bosque’s Burnin’ Red is back from last year, new and improved. Pale Ryder and Driftwood Oatmeal Stout have replaced Old Bosky Porter as year-round offerings. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Driftwood, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

News: Each of Bosque’s staple offerings are available except for Brewer’s Boot Amber Ale, which will be back on tap late next week.

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.

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: Sol Rosenberg Ale, Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter).

News: B3 will have Java the Hutt, a coffee ale, and Broken Berry Brown, a chocolate strawberry ale, on tap in the near future.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. 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: Cabrocito (Pale Ale), Papa Cabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Red, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). First there was the Chupacabra IPA, then Papa Cabra Double IPA, and now Cazuela’s is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Cabra family, the Cabrocito Pale Ale. Try them all. Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, 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.”

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Irish Red Ale (5.3% ABV, 25 IBU), Big Head Red (7.3% ABV, 120 IBU, $5.50 Pints), India White Elephant (7.2% ABV, 70 IBU), Cacao Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), Woodward SMASH Pale Ale. Chama had this to say about Big Head Red: “Named after the head brewer’s 100 lb. canine and its massive cranium, both the dog and the beer are big, bold and one of a kind. This hoppy red ale has dominant pine and tropical hop flavors with a sharp yet satisfying bitterness.” Chama also had this to say about India White Elephant: “Our India White-style ale, produced with big additions of aromatic hops and malted wheat, has a hazy golden hue and a tongue-coating hop tang that creates the perfect pre-spring drinking experience.” The Woodward SMASH is brewed with Amarillo hops and is a tribute to former assistant brewer Tim Woodward, who is now running the show at Turtle Mountain.

News: If there is anything you want to know about new head brewer Zach Guilmette, Stoutmeister interviewed him last week.

The Cacao Stout back on tap for a limited time. When that empties, Chama River will be tapping a Marzen (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU).

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.

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: Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

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.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA is popular with the tourist crowd. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beers brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

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

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Octoberfest, Anniversary IPA, ESB, American Pale Ale, IPA, Hefeweizen, Steam Beer, Porter, Barley Wine. The Porter rejoins the lineup this week, which makes it a good week as any to head over and try all these fresh batches of beer. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Summer Pale Ale (almost gone, get it while it’s pouring!), Panama Joe Coffee Stout (2013 GABF Gold Medal Winner), Biere de Garde (10% ABV, $5 10-oz), Biere de Mars (5.8% ABV), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV), Irish Red Ale, Southern Hemisphere Pale Ale (SHAle), Black Hops IPA, Rye PA, Sweet Sandarine Porter. The Irish Red won its second consecutive Irish Red Challenge, which half the Crew held on St. Patrick’s Day.

Cask: The Canteen will have their Irish Red on cask on Thursday.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Hexa IPA (brewed with six different hops), Belgian Blonde, Red Ale, Honk Ale, American Brown, Dark Abbey, Black Out Stout, Helles Lager. 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. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. 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 hosts live music by original songwriters every Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and they are also offering $3 pints every Monday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Project Dank, Kettle Bell, Lazy Sunday, Pogue Mahone (Irish-style Dry Stout), Breaking Bread (Doppelbock), Pecos Porter, Southern Cross Pale Ale. Lazy Sunday is a sessionable IPA. Jaramillo Strong, a British Strong Ale, has been renamed Kettle Bell. The Southern Cross is made entirely with hops from the Southern Hemisphere, giving it a very unique flavor that was a big hit upon its release. Stoutmeister recommends the Pogue Mahone, calling it the beer that Guinness should be.

News: Project Dank is back on tap and in bottles at La Cumbre. This popular beer won’t be available long, so get some while you can.

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.

La Cumbre’s next bottled release will be Father Nelson, a Triple IPA that Jeff Erway described as “monstrous.” They have a picture of the label on their Facebook page. Look for the new Red Ryeot, Project Dank, and Cafe Con Leche bottles at your local stores. A Slice of Hefen and Malpais Stout 16-ounce cans are also on store shelves.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: India White Ale, 111 Farmhouse Ale, Stout Americano, Azacca Pale Ale, Abbey Darkness, Tripel, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Reserve Ale. 111 Farmhouse is a Saison-style ale spiked with brettanomyces.  It has a light tartness accompanied by the horse blanket and barnyard aromas desirable in this style. Azacca is an experimental hop that imparts the Azacca Pale Ale citrus notes balanced by a subtle earthiness. Abbey Darkness is a Belgian-inspired strong, dark ale featuring fruity aromatics with a dried fruit and caramelized sugar palate.

 (8.7% ABV, $5.50 16oz Goblet) This year’s batch of Imperial Stout finds a nice balance between the bourbon flavors from the barrels and the strong stout base, or so says Stoutmeister, who has already gone by multiple times to enjoy this powerful elixir. He also recommends the Imperial Red, which is not as overly hopped as years past. Franz Solo wrote up his thoughts on the Stout Americano.

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

Events: Music season officially starts today (Wednesday) at Marble’s Downtown Pub.

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

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery has already closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Pancho Villa Stout, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, Light Lager. Sad news from Southern NM as Deming’s Mimbres Valley is closing its doors. The taproom in Las Cruces will stay open till they run out of beer. Make sure to raise your pints in honor of a fallen brother.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

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

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring the Air Beer on cask this week.

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

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

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

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Duskin’s Maibock, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Duskin’s Maibock. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

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

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (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: Civil Rye, Jordy’s Irish Red, St George IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Kidder Special Bitter, Centennial Pale Ale, Kolsch, IPA.

Events: This week at the Railyard location, SSB will feature the music of Bus Tapes on Friday. At the Second Street location, SSB will feature the music of Tumbleweeds on Friday and Hot Honey on Saturday.

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!

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.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Mogul IPA, Ale House Dirty Brown, Simple Porter. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Mogul IPA will be back on tap next week.

Construction continues at TAH. They are partnering with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. They are putting together a pretty sweet bottle and tap list for when they open with the restaurant.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Big Brown, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Hopper IPA, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Superstitious Stout. The Amarillo Rojo (7.3% ABV), Wheeler Peak Wheat (5.5% ABV), Fall Down Brown (4.6% ABV), and Hopper IPA (6.2% ABV) all returned last week. There are also four guest taps featuring Marble’s IPA and Wildflower Wheat, plus Santa Fe’s Happy Camper IPA and Irish Red Ale.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, SHIPA Falconer’s, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Strawberry Wheat, German Pilsner, Chaco Nut Brown, Double Amber Ale, Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Main St. Irish Stout. The Falconer’s is a single-hop IPA made with Falconer’s Flight. It’s available only at the taproom. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The Chaco Nut Brown and Main St. Irish Stout are the other new beers on tap.

Cask: There is nothing on cask at present.

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 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Chocolate Milk Stout (5.5% ABV), Cherry Blonde (6.5% ABV), Barn Storm Amber Ale (6.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV), Apple Cider (7.2% ABV), Black Eye’d PA (6.0% ABV), Javi Light Lager (5.0% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: C+C IPA (7.0% ABV), Maibach Lager (6.2% ABV), Luna De Los Muertos Imperial Stout (9.2% ABV), Easy Rider IPA (6.0% ABV), ESB (6.0% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), L4 IPL (6.6% ABV), Et Tu Brute 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 Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

Events: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, Tractor welcomes a band to their Wells Park Tap Room for a music series we call pLoud music. This week, Tractor will feature Ha’aheo O Hawai’i starting at 7 p.m.

Every Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. Tractor hosts a Cards Against Humanity night. You can borrow a Tractor deck from the bar or buy your own!

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: Hop Duster (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU), Anniversary Brown Ale (8.7% ABV, 45 IBU), Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs), Irish Stout (4.5% ABV, 40 IBUs on nitrogen), Turbo Pilz, Belgian Dubbel, Steam, Red Rye, Triple Play Pale Ale, Cabo Lager, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. The Anniversary Brown Ale is the first beer created by head brewer Tim Woodward for TMBC, and it was brewed to celebrate TMBC’s 15th anniversary. Naturally, TMBC’s Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs) and Irish Stout (4.5%, 40 IBUs on nitrogen) were tapped to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day last month. Get them before they run out.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Triple Play Pale Ale on cask.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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

Cheers!

— E-Rock

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Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

E-Rock is always there for New Mexico when its citizens need to know what new craft beer is on tap.

E-Rock is always there for New Mexico when its citizens need to know what new craft beer is on tap.

For those of you who didn’t catch the correction that was made to my column last week, I inadvertently credited Turtle Mountain Brewing Company’s Turbo Pilz as Head Brewer Tim’s first beer brewed for TMBC. It turns out that Turbo Pilz was a recipe that TMBC had prior to Tim’s arrival as head brewer. This week, I am pleased to inform you that Tim’s first creation, the Anniversary Brown Ale (8.7% ABV, 45 IBU), is now on tap at TMBC. It was brewed to celebrate Turtle Mountain’s 15th anniversary. So head out to Turtle Mountain, celebrate their past, enjoy their present, and taste their future.

Right now in the Duke City, Broken Bottle is serving up a new batch of Sol Rosenberg Ale. Chama River has Cacao Stout and Irish Red Ale (5.3% ABV, 25 IBU) on tap. La Cumbre introduced Lazy Sunday, a sessionable IPA, and Jaramillo Strong, a British Strong Ale, to taps this week. This Friday, La Cumbre will have Elevated IPA dry-hopped with whole cone Cascade on the bar top. Also on tap at TMBC this week is Hop Duster (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU).

In the City Different, Second Street Brewery is now serving Jordy’s Irish Red, St George IPA, and Rod’s Best Bitter.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of March 31.

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: Berliner Weisse, IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. Franz Solo recommends the Berliner Weisse. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Rogue’s Roguenbier Rye on tap as well as Stone’s Matt’s Burning Rosids, an imperial saison brewed in tribute to Matt Courtright, plus Stone Double Bastard, Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA, and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine.

News: BADH tapped a second keg of the 4.20.14 Stone Enjoy By IPA, so enjoy this powerful IPA on tap for another week. They will be selling Enjoy By pints and T-shirts as well. On Monday, BADH will host another open mic comedy night.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Milk Stout, Lakeside Summer Ale, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter.

News: Blue Corn is currently serving a rotating Nitro beer.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

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

Beers: Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The lineup is unchanged from last week, but when it’s a lineup as good as this one, no one wants it to change. The Scottish is a longtime Brew Crew favorite. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

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: Citra SMASH (single malt and single hop pale ale), Bosque’s Burnin’ Red. New head brewer John Bullard’s first Bosque creation, SMASH (single malt and single hop) pale ale with Maris Otter and Citra, is now on tap. Bosque’s Burnin’ Red marks the return of their Adoption Ale series. Pale Ryder and Oatmeal Stout have replaced Old Bosky Porter as year-round offerings. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Oatmeal Stout, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

News: Bosque should have a Hefeweizen on tap soon.

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.

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: Sol Rosenberg Ale, Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter).

News: B3 will have Java the Hutt, a coffee ale, and Broken Berry Brown, a chocolate strawberry ale, on tap in the near future.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. 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: Cabrocito (Pale Ale), Papa Cabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Red, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). First there was the Chupacabra IPA, then Papa Cabra Double IPA, and now Cazuela’s is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Cabra family, the Cabrocito Pale Ale. Try them all. Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, 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.”

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Irish Red Ale (5.3% ABV, 25 IBU), Big Head Red (7.3% ABV, 120 IBU, $5.50 Pints), India White Elephant (7.2% ABV, 70 IBU), Cacao Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU). Chama had this to say about Big Head Red: “Named after the head brewer’s 100 lb. canine and its massive cranium, both the dog and the beer are big, bold and one of a kind. This hoppy red ale has dominant pine and tropical hop flavors with a sharp yet satisfying bitterness.” Chama also had this to say about India White Elephant: “Our India White-style ale, produced with big additions of aromatic hops and malted wheat, has a hazy golden hue and a tongue-coating hop tang that creates the perfect pre-spring drinking experience.”

News: If there is anything you want to know about new head brewer Zach Guilmette, Stoutmeister interviewed him last week.

The Cacao Stout back on tap for a limited time. When that empties, Chama River will be tapping a Marzen (4.9% ABV, 25 IBU).

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.

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: Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

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.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA is popular with the tourist crowd. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beer brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

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

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Octoberfest, Anniversary IPA, ESB, American Pale Ale, IPA, Hefeweizen, Steam Beer, Barley Wine. The American Pale Ale and the Steam Beer rejoin the lineup this week, which makes it a good week to head over to try all these fresh batches of beer. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Biere de Garde (10% ABV, $5 10-oz), Biere de Mars (5.8% ABV), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV), Irish Red Ale, Southern Hemisphere Pale Ale (SHAle), Black Hops IPA, Rye PA, Sweet Sandarine Porter. The Irish Red won its second consecutive Irish Red Challenge, which half the Crew held on St. Patrick’s Day.

Cask: The Canteen will have Wet Mountain IPA on cask on Thursday.

News: Malt Madness has come to its conclusion. In a hard fought game between two well-brewed beers, Dougie Style Amber pulled away from Munich Dunkel 67 to 54 to become your 2014 Malt Madness Champion.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Hexa IPA (brewed with six different hops), Belgian Blonde, Red Ale, Honk Ale, American Brown, Dark Abbey, Black Out Stout, Helles Lager. 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. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. 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.

Cask: Kaktus is now serving their ESB on cask.

Events: Kaktus hosts live music by original song writers every Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and they are also offering $3 pints every Monday.

Kaktus will be playing host to belly dancers this Sunday. The Desert Darlings will perform starting at 6 p.m.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Jaramillo Strong, Lazy Sunday, Pogue Mahone (Irish-style Dry Stout), Breaking Bread (Doppelbock), Pecos Porter, Southern Cross Pale Ale. Lazy Sunday is a sessionable IPA. Pecos Porter will be replaced this week with Jaramillo Strong, a British Strong Ale. The Southern Cross is made entirely with hops from the Southern Hemisphere, giving it a very unique flavor that was a big hit upon its release. Stoutmeister recommends the Pogue Mahone, calling it the beer that Guinness should be.

News: Friday on the bar top will be the Elevated IPA dry-hopped with whole cone Cascade.

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.

La Cumbre’s next bottled release will be Father Nelson, a DIPA that Jeff Erway described as “monstrous.” They have a picture of the label on their Facebook page. Look for the new Red Ryeot, Project Dank, and Cafe Con Leche bottles at your local stores. A Slice of Hefen and Malpais Stout 16-ounce cans are also on store shelves.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: India White Ale, 111 Farmhouse Ale, Stout Americano, Azacca Pale Ale, Abbey Darkness, Tripel, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Reserve Ale. 111 Farmhouse is a Saison-style ale spiked with brettanomyces.  It has a light tartness accompanied by the horse blanket and barnyard aromas desirable in this style. Azacca is an experimental hop that imparts the Azacca Pale Ale citrus notes balanced by a subtle earthiness. Abbey Darkness is a Belgian-inspired strong, dark ale featuring fruity aromatics with a dried fruit and caramelized sugar palate.

 (8.7% ABV, $5.50 16oz Goblet) This year’s batch of Imperial Stout finds a nice balance between the bourbon flavors from the barrels and the strong stout base, or so says Stoutmeister, who has already gone by multiple times to enjoy this powerful elixir. He also recommends the Imperial Red, which is not as overly hopped as years past. Franz Solo wrote up his thoughts on the Stout Americano.

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

Events: Music season officially starts today (Wednesday) at Marble’s Downtown Pub.

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

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery has already closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Pancho Villa Stout, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, Light Lager. Sad news from Southern NM as Deming’s Mimbres Valley is closing its doors. The taproom in Las Cruces will stay open till they run out of beer. Make sure to raise your pints in honor of a fallen brother.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

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

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring the Air Beer on cask this week.

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

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

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

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Al’s Pomelo Plunge, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Al’s Pomelo Plunge by Leif. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

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

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (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: Jordy’s Irish Red, St George IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Kidder Special Bitter, Centennial Pale Ale, Citra IPA, Kolsch, IPA, U2 Dry Stout.

Events: This week at the Railyard location, SSB will feature the music of Kodani Trio on Friday and Broomdust Caravan on Saturday.

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

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.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Mogul IPA, Ale House Dirty Brown, Simple Porter. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Mogul IPA will be back on tap next week.

Construction continues at TAH. They are partnering with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. They are putting together a pretty sweet bottle and tap list for when they open with the restaurant.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Big Brown, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Hopper IPA, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Superstitious Stout. The Amarillo Rojo (7.3% ABV), Wheeler Peak Wheat (5.5% ABV), Fall Down Brown (4.6% ABV), and Hopper IPA (6.2% ABV) are all back. There are also four guest taps featuring Marble’s IPA and Wildflower Wheat, plus Santa Fe’s Happy Camper IPA and Irish Red Ale.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Strawberry Wheat, German Pilsner, IBUsive Black-Eye PA, Violator Doppelbock (X-Beer), Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Mother’s Milk Stout. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The lineup is unchanged from last week.

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Coconut Wheat.

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 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Cherry Blonde (6.5% ABV), Barn Storm Amber Ale (6.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV), Apple Cider (7.2% ABV), Black Eye’d PA (6.0% ABV), Javi Light Lager (5.0% ABV), Luna De Los Muertos Imperial Stout (9.2% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: Easy Rider IPA (6.0% ABV), ESB (6.0% ABV), Chocolate Milk Stout (5.5% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), L4 IPL (6.6% ABV), Et Tu Brute 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 Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

Events: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, Tractor welcomes a band to their Wells Park Tap Room for a music series we call pLoud music. This week, Tractor will feature Cali Shaw starting at 8 p.m.

Every Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. Tractor hosts a Cards Against Humanity night. You can borrow a Tractor deck from the bar or buy your own!

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: Hop Duster (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU), Anniversary Brown Ale (8.7% ABV, 45 IBU), Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs), Irish Stout (4.5% ABV, 40 IBUs on nitrogen), Turbo Pilz, Belgian Dubbel, Steam, Red Rye, Triple Play Pale Ale, Cabo Lager, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. The Anniversary Brown Ale is the first beer created by head brewer Tim Woodward for TMBC, and it was brewed to celebrate TMBC’s 15th anniversary. Naturally, TMBC’s Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs) and Irish Stout (4.5%, 40 IBUs on nitrogen) were tapped to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Triple Play Pale Ale on cask.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

The Crew gathered again for the annual Stout Challenge. Standing from left, Brandon, Shilling, and Franz Solo. Sitting from left, E-Rock, Stoutmeister, Porter Pounder.

E-Rock, lower left, keeps the rest of the Brew Crew and all of you up to date every week on all the seasonal beers and events at breweries around the state of New Mexico.

If you haven’t made a pilgrimage to the Il Vicino Canteen in a while, now is the perfect time. Biere de Garde (10% ABV, $5 10-oz), Biere de Mars (5.8% ABV) and Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV) are all on tap at the Canteen, plus they are featuring Malt Madness Sunday through Thursday, and they will have Wet Mountain IPA on cask on Thursday as well. In Bernalillo, Kaktus Brewing is now serving Hexa IPA (brewed with six different hops) and their Belgian Blonde. India White Ale is back on tap at Marble.

Up north, Second Street Brewery is now pouring Kidder Special Bitter and Centennial Pale Ale. Blue Heron has its always awesome La Llorona Scottish Ale back on tap.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of March 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: Berliner Weisse, IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. Franz Solo recommends the Berliner Weisse. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Rogue’s Roguenbier Rye on tap as well as Stone’s Matt’s Burning Rosids, an imperial saison brewed in tribute to Matt Courtright, plus Stone Double Bastard, Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA, and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine.

News: BADH will be tapping a second keg of the 4.20.14 Stone Enjoy By IPA, so expect this powerful IPA to be on tap for another week. They will be selling Enjoy By pints and T-shirts as well. On Monday, BADH will host another open mic comedy night. On Saturday, BADH will feature the music of Scotty and the Atomics at 7:30 p.m.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Milk Stout, Lakeside Summer Ale, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter.

News: Blue Corn is currently serving a rotating Nitro beer.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

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

Beers: Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, La Llorona Scottish Ale, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Prieta Real Imperial Stout. The Amber, Scottish, and Imperial Stout have all returned to tap. The Scottish is a longtime Brew Crew favorite. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

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: SMASH (single malt and single hop pale ale), Bosque’s Burnin’ Red, Nestordamus Belgian Dark Strong, Imperial Wheat IPA. New head brewer John Bullard’s first Bosque creation, SMASH (single malt and single hop) pale ale with Maris Otter and Citra, should be on tap by the end of the week. Bosque’s Burnin’ Red marks the return of their Adoption Ale series. Pale Ryder and Oatmeal Stout have replaced Old Bosky Porter as year-round offerings. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Oatmeal Stout, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

News: Bosque should have a Hefeweizen on tap late next week.

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.

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: Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter).

News: B3 will have a new batch of Sol Rosenberg Sunflower Ale on tap in the near future.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m. B3 will have live music Friday Featuring John Allen at 8 p.m. and Saturday featuring Brandon Gomez at 8 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Cabrocito (Pale Ale), Papa Cabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Red, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). First there was the Chupacabra IPA, then Papa Cabra Double IPA, and now Cazuela’s is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Cabra family, the Cabrocito Pale Ale. Try them all. Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, 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.”

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Big Head Red (7.3% ABV, 120 IBU, $5.50 Pints), India White Elephant (7.2% ABV, 70 IBU), Cacao Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), Union Jackalope (5.8% ABV, 65 IBU), Son of Slap (4.9%ABV, 40 IBU). Chama had this to say about Big Head Red: “Named after the head brewer’s 100 lb. canine and its massive cranium, both the dog and the beer are big, bold and one of a kind. This hoppy red ale has dominant pine and tropical hop flavors with a sharp yet satisfying bitterness.” Chama also had this to say about India White Elephant: “Our India White-style ale, produced with big additions of aromatic hops and malted wheat, has a hazy golden hue and a tongue-coating hop tang that creates the perfect pre-spring drinking experience.”

News: If there is anything you want to know about new head brewer Zach Guilmette, Stoutmeister interviewed him this week.

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

News: Comanche Creek is expanding their brewing operations to the benefit of all.

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: Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: This week, Duel will be hosting live music by Sydney Westan today (Wednesday) from 6-8 p.m., Bill Palmer & Stephanie Hattfield on Thursday from 7-10 p.m., Ladies Night on Friday featuring the music of
 Hot Honey from 7-10 p.m. with 
$3 Bad Amber from 6 till close for the ladies, and Alex Maryol on Saturday from 7-10 p.m.

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.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA got a big write-up in the Albuquerque Journal‘s revamped Friday entertainment section. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beer brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

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

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Octoberfest, Anniversary IPA, ESB, Hefeweizen, IPA, Irish Red, Barley Wine. The Anniversary IPA and Hefeweizen rejoin the lineup this week, which makes it a good week to head over to try all these fresh batches of beer. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Biere de Garde (10% ABV, $5 10-oz), Biere de Mars (5.8% ABV), Munich Dunkel (6.0% ABV), Irish Red Ale, Southern Hemisphere Pale Ale (SHAle), Black Hops IPA, Rye PA, Sweet Sandarine Porter. The Irish Red won its second consecutive Irish Red Challenge, which half the Crew held on St. Patrick’s Day.

Cask: The Canteen will have Wet Mountain IPA on cask on Thursday.

News: Malt Madness continues at the Canteen! Sunday through Thursday for the next two weeks (March 23-27 and March 30-April 1), the Canteen is running their annual bracket competition. Customers are given two samples of IV brews and asked to vote for their favorite. Winning beers proceed through tournament brackets, day by day, with the Final decided on Tuesday, April 1. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s beer!

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Hexa IPA (brewed with six different hops), Belgian Blonde, Red Ale, Honk Ale, American Brown, Dark Abbey, Black Out Stout, Helles Lager. 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. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. 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.

Cask: Kaktus is now serving their ESB on cask.

Events: Kaktus hosts live music by original song writers every Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and they are also offering $3 pints every Monday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: La Negra, Pogue Mahone (Irish-style Dry Stout), Breaking Bread (Doppelbock), Pecos Porter, Southern Cross Pale Ale. La Cumbre recently had a packed house for the release party for their La Negra. It will be on tap for at least the next few weeks and will be available in bottles at the brewery only. The Southern Cross is made entirely with hops from the Southern Hemisphere, giving it a very unique flavor that was a big hit upon its release. Stoutmeister recommends the Pogue Mahone, calling it the beer that Guinness should be.

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.

La Cumbre’s next bottled release will be Father Nelson, a DIPA that Jeff Erway described as “monstrous.” Look for the new Red Ryeot, Project Dank, and Cafe Con Leche bottles at your local stores. A Slice of Hefen and Malpais Stout 16-ounce cans are also on store shelves.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

News: LTC will be playing host to Toad Fest, in conjunction with the New Mexico Brewers Guild, on Saturday. For more information click here.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: India White Ale, 111 Farmhouse Ale, Stout Americano, Azacca Pale Ale, Abbey Darkness, Tripel, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Reserve Ale. 111 Farmhouse is a Saison-style ale spiked with brettanomyces.  It has a light tartness accompanied by the horse blanket and barnyard aromas desirable in this style. Azacca is an experimental hop that imparts the Azacca Pale Ale citrus notes balanced by a subtle earthiness. Abbey Darkness is a Belgian-inspired strong, dark ale featuring fruity aromatics with a dried fruit and caramelized sugar palate.

 (8.7% ABV, $5.50 16oz Goblet) This year’s batch of Imperial Stout finds a nice balance between the bourbon flavors from the barrels and the strong stout base, or so says Stoutmeister, who has already gone by multiple times to enjoy this powerful elixir. He also recommends the Imperial Red, which is not as overly hopped as years past. Franz Solo wrote up his thoughts on the Stout Americano. Brewer Kyle continues to tinker with the Stout Americano. Marble will tap a new and improved version of the Stout Americano as supply allows.

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

Events: Music season officially starts today (Wednesday) at Marble’s Downtown Pub.

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

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery has already closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Pancho Villa Stout, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, Light Lager. Sad news from Southern NM as Deming’s Mimbres Valley is closing its doors. The taproom in Las Cruces will stay open till they run out of beer. Make sure to raise your pints in honor of a fallen brother.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

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

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring the Air Beer on cask this week.

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

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

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

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Al’s Pomelo Plunge, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Al’s Pomelo Plunge by Leif. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

News: This weekend SFBC will be at Chocolate & Coffee Fest in Albuquerque, and they will be hosting a Solar Open House for Amenergy and Solar Logic back at SFBC’s Tasting room, from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday. If you bring in your PNM bill for a free consultation, they will buy you a beer!

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

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (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: Kidder Special Bitter, Centennial Pale Ale, Millennial Pale Ale, Citra IPA, Cream Stout, Kolsch, IPA, U2 Dry Stout, Imperial Stout.

Events: This week at the Rail Yard location, SSB will feature the music of Man No Sober on Friday and MVIII Jazz Project on Saturday. The Second Street location will feature Bill Hearne on Friday and Eryn Bent on Saturday.

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

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.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Mogul IPA, Ale House Dirty Brown, Simple Porter. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Mogul IPA will be back on tap next week.

Construction continues at TAH. They are partnering with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. They are putting together a pretty sweet bottle and tap list for when they open with the restaurant.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Big Brown, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Hopper IPA, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Superstitious Stout. The Amarillo Rojo (7.3% ABV), Wheeler Peak Wheat (5.5% ABV), Fall Down Brown (4.6% ABV), and Hopper IPA (6.2% ABV) are all back. There are also four guest taps featuring Marble’s IPA and Wildflower Wheat, plus Santa Fe’s Happy Camper IPA and Irish Red Ale.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Strawberry Wheat, German Pilsner, IBUsive Black-Eye PA, Violator Doppelbock (X-Beer), Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Mother’s Milk Stout. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The lineup is unchanged from last week.

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Coconut Wheat.

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 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Cherry Blonde (6.5% ABV), Barn Storm Amber Ale (6.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV), Apple Cider (7.2% ABV), Black Eye’d PA (6.0% ABV), Javi Light Lager (5.0% ABV), Chocolate Milk Stout (5.5% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: Easy Rider IPA (6.0% ABV), ESB (6.0% ABV), Luna De Los Muertos Imperial Stout (9.2% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), L4 IPL (6.6% ABV), Et Tu Brute 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 Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

Events: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, Tractor welcomes a band to their Wells Park Tap Room for a music series we call pLoud music. This week, Tractor will feature Cali Shaw starting at 8 p.m.

Every Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. Tractor hosts a Cards Against Humanity night. You can borrow a Tractor deck from the bar or buy your own!

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: Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs), Irish Stout (4.5% ABV, 40 IBUs on nitrogen), Turbo Pilz, Maximus IPA (100 IBU, 7.88% ABV), Belgian Dubbel, Steam, Red Rye, Grandma’s Brown, Triple Play Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Cabo Lager, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. Naturally, TMBC’s Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs) and Irish Stout (4.5%, 40 IBUs on nitrogen) were tapped to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Triple Play Pale Ale on cask.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week. As many of you have already heard, there is a lot of movement happening these days at the position of head brewer in the State of New Mexico. John Bullard has taken over the head brewer job at Bosque, and Tim Woodward is now at the helm of Turtle Mountain’s brewing operation. Both brewers have now had enough time to brew their first batches of beer on their new systems. With early offerings taking the names of SMASH and Turbo Pilz, it’s clear that these men mean business, and they are not taking any prisoners. CORRECTION: Though Tim brewed Turbo Pilz, it’s based off a recipe from the previous brewers. He said his first recipe will be the upcoming 15th Anniversary Brown. 

Right now in the Duke City, Back Alley Draft House is serving their new Berliner Weisse. New head brewer John Bullard’s first Bosque creation, SMASH (single malt and single hop) pale ale with Maris Otter and Citra, should be on tap by the end of the week. The Il Vicino Canteen is now serving their Irish Red on tap, and they will have Slow Down Brown on cask this Thursday. Cherry Blonde (6.5% ABV), Barn Storm Amber Ale (6.2% ABV), and Barley Wine (9.5% ABV) are now on tap at Tractor’s Nob Hill tap room, and Easy Rider IPA (6.0% ABV) is now on tap at Tractor’s Wells Park location. Turtle Mountain is now offering Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs), Irish Stout (4.5% ABV, 40 IBUs on nitrogen), and Turbo Pilz on tap.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Al’s Pomelo Plunge by Leif. Up in Taos, the Amarillo Rojo and Wheeler Peak Wheat are available at Taos Mesa. And since it is the season, Irish Red Ale is on tap at High Desert in Las Cruces.

Some sad news, as well, as we learned this week that Mimbres Valley Brewing is closing. The brewery in Deming shut down on Tuesday, while the Las Cruces taproom will stay open until they run out of beer. It is never a good day when we lose a brewery here in New Mexico.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of March 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: Berliner Weisse, IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Rogue’s Roguenbier Rye on tap as well as Stone’s Matt’s Burning Rosids, an imperial saison brewed in tribute to Matt Courtright, plus Stone Double Bastard, Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA, and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine.

News: BADH will be tapping the 4.20.14 Stone Enjoy By IPA on Friday. They will be selling Enjoy By pints and T-shirts as well. On Monday, BADH will host an open mic comedy night. On Saturday, March 29, BADH will feature the music of Scotty and the Atomics at 7:30 p.m.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Milk Stout, Lakeside Summer Ale, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter.

News: Blue Corn is currently serving a rotating Nitro beer.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

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

Beers: Penasco Porter, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Blue Heron Blonde, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Cascabel IPA. The lineup is unchanged from last week. The Cascabel is an English-style IPA, though with more hops than most beers in that genre. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

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: SMASH (single malt and single hop pale ale), Bosque’s Burnin’ Red, Nestordamus Belgian Dark Strong, Imperial Wheat IPA. New head brewer John Bullard’s first Bosque creation, SMASH (single malt and single hop) pale ale with Maris Otter and Citra, should be on tap by the end of the week. Bosque’s Burnin’ Red marks the return of their Adoption Ale series. Pale Ryder and Oatmeal Stout have replaced Old Bosky as year-round offerings. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Oatmeal Stout, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

News: The last of Bosque’s new brewing equipment has arrived, and they have started moving equipment into the new brew space. They expect their expanded brewery and new taproom to be in place in the near future.

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.

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: Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter).

News: B3 will have a new batch of Sol Rosenberg Sunflower Ale on tap in the near future.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m. B3 will have live music Friday Featuring John Allen at 8 p.m. and Saturday featuring Brandon Gomez at 8 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Cabrocito (Pale Ale), Papa Cabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Red, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). First there was the Chupacabra IPA, then Papa Cabra Double IPA, and now Cazuela’s is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Cabra family, the Cabrocito Pale Ale. Try them all. Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, 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.”

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Big Head Red (7.3% ABV, 120 IBU, $5.50 Pints), India White Elephant (7.2% ABV, 70 IBU), Cacao Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), Union Jackalope (5.8% ABV, 65 IBU), Son of Slap (4.9%ABV, 40 IBU). Chama had this to say about Big Head Red: “Named after the head brewer’s 100 lb. canine and its massive cranium, both the dog and the beer are big, bold and one of a kind. This hoppy red ale has dominant pine and tropical hop flavors with a sharp yet satisfying bitterness.” Chama also had this to say about India White Elephant: “Our India White-style ale, produced with big additions of aromatic hops and malted wheat, has a hazy golden hue and a tongue-coating hop tang that creates the perfect pre-spring drinking experience.”

News: Zach Guilmette, formerly of Il Vicino, will be officially taking the brewing reins from Justin Hamilton on Monday. Stoutmeister will head over to interview Zach about his new gig. Look for the story either late Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning.

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

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: Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: This week, Duel will be hosting live music by Santa Fe Revue today (Thursday) from 7-10 p.m., Eric George on Friday from 7-10 p.m., and Lisa Carman on Saturday from 7-10 p.m.

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.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA got a big write-up in the Albuquerque Journal‘s revamped Friday entertainment section. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beer brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

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

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Octoberfest, IPA, ESB, Black IPA, American Pale Ale, Irish Red, Brown Ale, Barley Wine. The Octoberfest, ESB, American Pale Ale, Irish Red, and Brown Ale all rejoin the lineup this week, which makes it a good week to head over to try all these fresh batches of beer. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Irish Red Ale, Southern Hemisphere Pale Ale (SHAle), Black Hops IPA, Rye PA, Belgian Blonde, Vienna Lager, Sweet Sandarine Porter. Stoutmeister and Franz Solo recommend the Vienna Lager, which is about as European of a lager as anyone has ever produced in New Mexico. The Irish Red won its second consecutive Irish Red Challenge, which half the Crew held on St. Patrick’s Day.

Cask: The Canteen will have Slow Down Brown on cask today (Thursday).

News: The Canteen is ready for Malt Madness season! Sunday through Thursday for the next three weeks (March 16-20, March 23-27, and March 30-April 1), the Canteen is running their annual bracket competition. Customers are given two samples of IV brews and asked to vote for their favorite. Winning beers proceed through tournament brackets, day by day, with the Final decided on Tuesday, April 1. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s beer!

The Canteen is now serving Stout Floats. For $6 the Canteen adds vanilla ice cream to a pint of their Dark-N-Lusty Stout, creating the perfect dessert to satisfy the inner child of even the most jaded beer snob.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Red Ale, Honk Ale, American Brown, Dark Abbey, Black Out Stout, Donkey Hop IPA, Helles Lager, ESB. 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. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. 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.

Cask: Kaktus is now serving their ESB on cask.

News: Kaktus will be closed Saturday from 6 p.m. till 10 p.m. for a private party. To encourage their customers to come in beforehand, they are offering $4.50 brats/dogs up until the closing time.

Events: Kaktus hosts live music by original song writers every Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and they are also offering $3 pints every Monday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: La Negra, Pogue Mahone (Irish-style Dry Stout), Breaking Bread (Doppelbock), Pecos Porter, Southern Cross Pale Ale. La Cumbre recently had a packed house for the release party for their La Negra. It will be on tap for at least the next few weeks and will be available in bottles at the brewery only. The Southern Cross is made entirely with hops from the Southern Hemisphere, giving it a very unique flavor that was a big hit upon its release. Stoutmeister recommends the Pogue Mahone, calling it the beer that Guinness should be.

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.

La Cumbre’s next bottled release will be Father Nelson. Look for the new Red Ryeot, Project Dank, and Cafe Con Leche bottles at your local stores. A Slice of Hefen and Malpais Stout 16-ounce cans are also on store shelves.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

News: LTC will be playing host to Toad Fest, in conjunction with the New Mexico Brewers Guild, on Saturday, March 29. For more information click here.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: 111 Farmhouse Ale, Stout Americano, Azacca Pale Ale, Abbey Darkness, Tripel, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Reserve Ale. 111 Farmhouse is a Saison-style ale spiked with brettanomyces.  It has a light tartness accompanied by the horse blanket and barnyard aromas desirable in this style. Azacca is an experimental hop that imparts the Azacca Pale Ale citrus notes balanced by a subtle earthiness. Abbey Darkness is a Belgian-inspired strong, dark ale featuring fruity aromatics with a dried fruit and caramelized sugar palate.

 (8.7% ABV, $5.50 16oz Goblet) This year’s batch of Imperial Stout finds a nice balance between the bourbon flavors from the barrels and the strong stout base, or so says Stoutmeister, who has already gone by multiple times to enjoy this powerful elixir. He also recommends the Imperial Red, which is not as overly hopped as years past. Franz Solo wrote up his thoughts on the Stout Americano. Brewer Kyle continues to tinker with the Stout Americano. Marble will tap a new and improved version of the Stout Americano as supply allows.

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.

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery has already closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.)

Beers: Pancho Villa Stout, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, Light Lager. Sad news from Southern NM as Deming’s Mimbres Valley is closing its doors. The taproom in Las Cruces will stay open till they run out of beer. Make sure to raise your pints in honor of a fallen brother.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

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

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring their Porter on cask this week.

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

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

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

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Al’s Pomelo Plunge, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Al’s Pomelo Plunge by Leif. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

News: This weekend SFBC will be at Chocolate & Coffee Fest in Albuquerque, and they will be hosting a Solar Open House for Amenergy and Solar Logic back at SFBC’s Tasting room, from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday. If you bring in your PNM bill for a free consultation, they will buy you a beer!

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

Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (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: Millennial Pale Ale, Rod’s Best Bitter, Railrunner Ale, Citra IPA, Winter Warmer, Cream Stout, British Mild, Kolsch, IPA, U2 Dry Stout, Jordy’s Irish Red, Imperial Stout. Rod’s Best Bitter is back on tap at SSB. Winter Warmer is brewed with the same Ringwood yeast as the Outlier. The British Mild is nearly out.

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.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Mogul IPA, Ale House Dirty Brown, Simple Porter. Mosaic Lollipop is a super tasty new single-hop pale ale. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Mogul IPA will be back on tap next week.

Construction continues at TAH. They are partnering with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. They are putting together a pretty sweet bottle and tap list for when they open with the restaurant.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Big Brown, Wheeler Peak Wheat, Fall Down Brown, Hopper IPA, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Superstitious Stout. The Amarillo Rojo (7.3% ABV), Wheeler Peak Wheat (5.5% ABV), Fall Down Brown (4.6% ABV), and Hopper IPA (6.2% ABV) are all back. There are also four guest taps featuring Marble’s IPA and Wildflower Wheat, plus Santa Fe’s Happy Camper IPA and Irish Red Ale.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Strawberry Wheat, German Pilsner, IBUsive Black-Eye PA, Violator Doppelbock (X-Beer), Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Mother’s Milk Stout. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The lineup is unchanged from last week.

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Coconut Wheat.

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 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Cherry Blonde (6.5% ABV), Barn Storm Amber Ale (6.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV), Apple Cider (7.2% ABV), Black Eye’d PA (6.0% ABV), Javi Light Lager (5.0% ABV), Chocolate Milk Stout (5.5% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: Easy Rider IPA (6.0% ABV), ESB (6.0% ABV), Luna De Los Muertos Imperial Stout (9.2% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), L4 IPL (6.6% ABV). 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 Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

Events: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, Tractor welcomes a band to their Wells Park Tap Room for a music series we call pLoud music. This week, Tractor will feature Cali Shaw starting at 8 p.m.

Every Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. Tractor hosts a Cards Against Humanity night. You can borrow a Tractor deck from the bar or buy your own!

Join Tractor for a very special benefit edition of I’ll Drink To That at the Wells Park Tap Room this Sunday starting at 4 p.m. The event is free, and food will be provided by Irrational Pie.

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: Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs), Irish Stout (4.5% ABV, 40 IBUs on nitrogen), Turbo Pilz, Maximus IPA (100 IBU, 7.88% ABV), Belgian Dubbel, Steam, Red Rye, Grandma’s Brown, Triple Play Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Cabo Lager, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. Naturally, TMBC’s Irish Red (4.8% ABV, 25 IBUs) and Irish Stout (4.5%, 40 IBUs on nitrogen) were tapped to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day.

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Triple Play Pale Ale on cask.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

E-Rock, left, has uncovered all the beers worth sneaking up on this week. Red Ales continue to flow in the Land of Enchantment with Bosque Brewing Company and Nexus Brewery adding their red ales to the long list already on tap. If brewing great beer wasn’t enough, Bosque and Nexus are also donating proceeds from their new beers to charities. So now it’s your civic duty to drink beer.

Right now in the Duke City, Bosque’s Burnin’ Red is now on tap. The Il Vicino Canteen is now serving Biere de Garde and Summer Pale Ale. La Cumbre will be serving La Negra on tap for at least the next few weeks, and it will also be available in bottles at the brewery only. Nexus released their new Air Beer (Irish Red) this week. Turtle Mountain will have an Irish red, the first beer made by their new brewer, on tap on St. Patrick’s Day.

Up in Taos, Taos Ale House is now serving their popular Mogul IPA and Ale House Dirty Brown.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of March 11.

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

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: IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Rogue’s Roguenbier Rye on tap as well as Stone’s Matt’s Burning Rosids, an imperial saison brewed in tribute to Matt Courtright, Stone Double Bastard, Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA, and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine.

News: BADH will be tapping the 4.20.14 Stone Enjoy By IPA next Friday, March 21. They will be selling Enjoy By pints and T-shirts as well.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Milk Stout, Lakeside Summer Ale, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter.

News: Blue Corn is currently serving a rotating Nitro beer.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

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

Beers: Penasco Porter, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Blue Heron Blonde, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Cascabel IPA. The lineup is unchanged from last week. The Cascabel is an English-style IPA, though with more hops than most beers in that genre. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

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: Bosque’s Burnin’ Red, Nestordamus Belgian Dark Strong, Imperial Wheat IPA. Bosque’s Burn’n Red marks the return of their Adoption Ale series. Pale Ryder and Oatmeal Stout have replaced Old Bosky as year-round offerings. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Oatmeal Stout, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

News: New head brewer John Bullard is brewing his first Bosque creation, a SMASH (single malt and single hop) pale ale with Maris Otter and Citra.

The last of Bosque’s new brewing equipment has arrived, and they have started moving equipment into the new brew space. They expect their expanded brewery and new taproom to be in place in the near future.

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.

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: Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter).

News: B3 will have a new batch of Sol Rosenberg Sunflower Ale on tap in the near future.

Events: B3 has $3 beers every Tuesday from open to close. On Wednesday, B3 will be hosting their open mic from 8-10 p.m., with signups starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out B3’s karaoke night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m. B3 will have live music Friday Featuring John Allen at 8 p.m. and Saturday featuring Brandon Gomez at 8 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Cabrocito (Pale Ale), Papa Cabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Red, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). First there was the Chupacabra IPA, then Papa Cabra Double IPA, and now Cazuela’s is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Cabra family, the Cabrocito Pale Ale. Try them all. Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, 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.”

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Big Head Red (7.3% ABV, 120 IBU, $5.50 Pints), India White Elephant (7.2% ABV, 70 IBU), Cacao Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), Union Jackalope (5.8% ABV, 65 IBU), Son of Slap (4.9%ABV, 40 IBU). Chama had this to say about Big Head Red: “Named after the head brewer’s 100 lb. canine and its massive cranium, both the dog and the beer are big, bold and one of a kind. This hoppy red ale has dominant pine and tropical hop flavors with a sharp yet satisfying bitterness.” Chama also had this to say about India White Elephant: “Our India White-style ale, produced with big additions of aromatic hops and malted wheat, has a hazy golden hue and a tongue-coating hop tang that creates the perfect pre-spring drinking experience.”

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

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: Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: This week, Duel will be hosting live music by Cloacas on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m., Jamie Russell & The Santa Fe Sessions on Thursday from 7-10 p.m., Bill Palmer’s TV KILLERS on Friday from 7-10 p.m., Anthony Leon on Saturday from 7-10 p.m., and Roaring Jelly on Sunday from 4-7 p.m.

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.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA got a big write-up in the Albuquerque Journal‘s revamped Friday entertainment section. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beer brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

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

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Bohemian Pilsner, IPA, Rye Beer, Black IPA, Amber Ale, Hefeweizen, Barley Wine. The Black IPA and Hefeweizen rejoin the lineup this week. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Biere de Garde, Summer Pale Ale, Southern Hemisphere Pale Ale (SHAle), Black Hops IPA, Rye PA, Belgian Blonde, Vienna Lager, Sweet Sandarine Porter. Biere de Garde is the traditional French farmhouse style, which Il Vicino then aged in wine barrels for about six months, giving it an oakey finish to pair with the bright, natural fruitiness. It runs at 10-percent ABV, and gives off a warm, hazy glow. This is a beautiful beer for our sunny spring weather. Stoutmeister and Franz Solo recommend the Vienna Lager, which is about as European of a lager as anyone has ever produced in New Mexico.

Cask: The Canteen will have Cascade dry-hopped Wet Mountain on cask this Thursday.

News: The Canteen is now serving Stout Floats. For $6 the Canteen adds vanilla ice cream to a pint of their Dark-N-Lusty Stout, creating the perfect dessert to satisfy the inner child of even the most jaded beer snob.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Red Ale, Honk Ale, American Brown, Dark Abbey, Black Out Stout, Donkey Hop IPA, Helles Lager, ESB. 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. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. 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.

Cask: Kaktus is now serving their ESB on cask.

News: Kaktus will be closed Saturday from 6 p.m. till 10 p.m. for a private party. To encourage their customers to come in beforehand, they are offering $4.50 brats/dogs up until the closing time.

Events: Kaktus hosts live music by original song writers every Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and they are also offering $3 pints every Monday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: La Negra, Pogue Mahone (Irish-style Dry Stout), Doppelbock, Pecos Porter, Southern Cross Pale Ale. La Cumbre had a packed house for the release party for their La Negra on Monday night (including Stoutmeister, of course). It will be on tap for at least the next few weeks and will be available in bottles at the brewery only. The Southern Cross is made entirely with hops from the Southern Hemisphere, giving it a very unique flavor that was a big hit upon its release. Stoutmeister recommends the Pogue Mahone, calling it the beer that Guinness should be.

News: La Cumbre’s next bottled release will be Father Nelson. Look for the new Red Ryeot, Project Dank, and Cafe Con Leche bottles at your local stores. A Slice of Hefen and Malpais Stout 16-ounce cans are also on store shelves.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: 111 Farmhouse Ale, Stout Americano, Azacca Pale Ale, Abbey Darkness, Tripel, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Reserve Ale. 111 Farmhouse is a Saison-style ale spiked with brettanomyces.  It has a light tartness accompanied by the horse blanket and barnyard aromas desirable in this style. Azacca is an experimental hop that imparts the Azacca Pale Ale citrus notes balanced by a subtle earthiness. Abbey Darkness is a Belgian-inspired strong, dark ale featuring fruity aromatics with a dried fruit and caramelized sugar palate.

 (8.7% ABV, $5.50 16oz Goblet) This year’s batch of Imperial Stout finds a nice balance between the bourbon flavors from the barrels and the strong stout base, or so says Stoutmeister, who has already gone by multiple times to enjoy this powerful elixir. He also recommends the Imperial Red, which is not as overly hopped as years past. Franz Solo wrote up his thoughts on the Stout Americano. Brewer Kyle continues to tinker with the Stout Americano. Marble will tap a new and improved version of the Stout Americano as supply allows.

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

Events: Marble will host the 111 Farmhouse Release Party at the Downtown Pub today (Wednesday). Next 2 the Tracks will perform from 6-9 p.m., and Marble will be serving Old Windmill Dairy Goat Brie with a 111 Farmhouse 13-ounce glass for $10.

On Saturday the Supper Truck Returns to Marble Brewery. They will be serving patio-side as well as hosting a private dinner in the brewery. On the patio stage, Sage and Jared’s Happy Gland Band will play from 2:30-3:45 p.m. and Le Chat Lunatique will perform from 4-6 p.m. Rio will be playing from 6-8:30 p.m. for the private event in the brewery.

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

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery Hours: Mon–Fri 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.,)

Beers: Liquid Nap, Belgian Wit, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, New England Hard Cider. Liquid Nap is a Belgian Style Tripel. While being a strong beer, it is sneaky smooth. Hard Ciders have grown increasingly popular in recent years, yet they are still pretty hard to find on-tap. The MVB Hard Cider is brewed with apples, brown sugar, and honey and has a high ABV of 8 percent. Because of the high alcohol content, the Hard Cider is served in 10-ounce glasses only. This dry cider is different from most other ciders. Mimbres Valley has a brewery in Deming and a taproom in Las Cruces. Both locations feature $7 tasting flights, and both locations carry the brews listed above.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

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

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Air Beer (Irish Red), Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. A dollar from every glass of Air Beer Irish Red is going to the local lung association. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring their Porter on cask this week.

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

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

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

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Bulldog ESB, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features the Bulldog ESB by Duskin Jasper. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

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

News: SFBC is purchasing a 7.5-acre farm in Northern New Mexico where they will begin growing their own hops. SFBC has also purchased property adjacent to the brewery with plans to eventually expand brewing operations from 30,000 barrels per year to 200,000 barrels.

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: Millennial Pale Ale, Rod’s Best Bitter, Railrunner Ale, Citra IPA, Winter Warmer, Cream Stout, British Mild, Kolsch, IPA, U2 Dry Stout, Jordy’s Irish Red, Imperial Stout. Rod’s Best Bitter is back on tap at SSB. Winter Warmer is brewed with the same Ringwood yeast as the Outlier. The British Mild is nearly out.

News: The next Cask & Curry night is set for Thursday. Kidder Special Bitter will be the night’s beer selection. Second Street will also host a party on St. Patrick’s Day weekend from Saturday through Monday.

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.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Mogul IPA, Ale House Dirty Brown, Simple Porter. Mosaic Lollipop is a super tasty new single-hop pale ale. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Mogul IPA will be back on tap next week.

Construction continues at TAH. They are partnering with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat. They are putting together a pretty sweet bottle and tap list for when they open with the restaurant.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Imperial Honey Oat Porter, Big Brown, Kolsh 45, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Old 96 Sticke Alt, Rainy Day IPA, Superstitious Stout. The Rainy Day IPA (7.6% ABV) and Superstitious Stout recently came back. The newest beer in the lineup is the Imperial Honey Oat Porter, a big (9.5% ABV) beast of a beer that almost sounds like a porter mixed with that honey oat cereal you loved as a kid. If anyone gets to try this, let us know how it tastes. There are also three guest taps featuring Marble’s Red Ale, IPA, and Wildflower Wheat.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Strawberry Wheat, German Pilsner, IBUsive Black-Eye PA, Violator Doppelbock (X-Beer), Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Mother’s Milk Stout. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The newest beer on tap is the Strawberry Wheat.

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Coconut Wheat.

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 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Apple Cider (6.2% ABV), Pilsner #15 (6.8% ABV), Apple Cider (7.2% ABV), Black Eye’d PA (6.2% ABV), ESB (6.0% ABV), Javi Lager (5.0% ABV), C+C IPA (6.5% ABV), Chocolate Milk Stout (5.5% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: Luna De Los Muertos imperial stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Barn Storm Amber Ale (6.2% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), Cherry Blonde (6.5% ABV), L4 IPL (6.6% ABV), Apple Cider (7.2% ABV). 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 Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

Events: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, Tractor welcomes a band to their Wells Park Tap Room for a music series we call pLoud music. This week, Tractor will feature Fire and Rain featuring Jamie Harrison and Markie. They will be playing acoustic covers and originals starting at 8 p.m.

Today (Wednesday) starting at 7 p.m. author Eric Shonkwiler will be reading from his critically acclaimed literary-fiction novel, “Above All Men,” at the Wells Park Tap Room. Copies of the novel will be available for sale, and Eric will be signing. Food will be provided by Nomad’s BBQ.

Every Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. Tractor hosts a Cards Against Humanity night. You can borrow a Tractor deck from the bar or buy your own!

News: Tractor has been working tirelessly to finish setting up their new brewery in Wells Park. Their brewhouse is in place, and they are more than halfway finished moving the remaining equipment from Los Lunas to Albuquerque. They currently have six 30 bbl fermenters, one 15 bbl fermenter, and one 15 bbl brewhouse set up. They expect that brewing will begin at the new location this week.

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: Maximus IPA (100 IBU, 7.88 ABV), Belgian Dubbel, Steam, Rye, Grandma’s Brown, Triple Play Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, White Knight Belgian Golden Ale, Red Rye, Cabo Lager, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. Revelation IPA, which is an offshoot of TMBC’s Genesis IPA, is brewed using Pils malt and hopped with Simcoe, Summit, Falconer’s Flight, and dry hopped with Simcoe. (7.3% ABV, 100 IBU) TMBC also has their Oblivion Express Barleywine back on tap. This tribute to the more-malty and less-hoppy English-style barleywines is one TMBC’s favorite recipes. (8.7% ABV, 60 IBU)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Triple Play Pale Ale on cask.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

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

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

The first red ales of the season are starting to make their way to breweries and taprooms across the Land of Enchantment. Kaktus Brewing and Chama River are the first out of the gate with new seasonals, while Marble, Santa Fe Brewing Company, Sandia Chile Grill, and other breweries offer reds all year long. You can expect a mini red ale challenge to be conducted by the Dark Side Brew Crew in the near future.

Right now in the Duke City, Broken Bottle Brewery is serving their Renamed Roasted Rye Brown and Knight Rider Black Wheat. Chama River has their new imperial red, Big Head Red, on tap. The Il Vicino Canteen is now offering a sampling of hops from the other side of the globe with their Southern Hemisphere Pale Ale. Kaktus Brewing is releasing their new Red Ale and Honk Ale this week. La Cumbre is currently pouring glasses and growlers of Pogue Mahone (Irish-style Dry Stout) and Doppelbock. Marble will host the 111 Farmhouse (Saison-style ale) Release Party at the Downtown Pub today (Wednesday), featuring pairings with Old Windmill Dairy Goat Brie and musical guests. Tractor is now serving their Apple Cider at both of their Albuquerque taprooms. TMBC is currently featuring their Maximus IPA (100 IBU, 7.88 ABV), Belgian Dubbel, Steam, and Rye on tap, and they are featuring the Triple Play Pale Ale on cask.

In the City Different, Blue Corn Brewery has Lakeside Summer Ale and a Milk Stout on tap this week. This week, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features the Bulldog ESB by Duskin Jasper. Second Street Brewery is currently serving their Millennial Pale Ale and Rod’s Best Bitter.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of March 3.

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: IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Stone’s Matt’s Burning Rosids, an imperial saison brewed in tribute to Matt Courtright, as well as Lips of Faith Cigar City, Stone Double Bastard, Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA, and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Milk Stout, Lakeside Summer Ale, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter.

News: Blue Corn is currently serving a rotating Nitro beer.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

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

Beers: Penasco Porter, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Blue Heron Blonde, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Cascabel IPA. The lineup is unchanged from last week. The Cascabel is an English-style IPA, though with more hops than most beers in that genre. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

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: Nestordamus Belgian Dark Strong, Imperial Wheat IPA, Mellow Brit. Pale Ryder and Oatmeal Stout have replaced Old Bosky as year-round offerings. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Oatmeal Stout, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

News: Bosque is brewing a batch of Bosque’s Burn’n Red right now, which will mark the return of their Adoption Ale series and should be on tap within two weeks.

The last of Bosque’s new brewing equipment has arrived, and they have started moving equipment into the new brew space. They expect their expanded brewery and new taproom to be in place in the near future.

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.

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: Renamed Roasted Rye Brown, Knight Rider Black Wheat, Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter).

News: B3 will have a new batch of Sol Rosenberg Sunflower Ale on tap in the near fututre.

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. B3 will have live music Friday Featuring John Allen at 8 p.m. and Saturday featuring Brandon Gomez at 8 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Cabrocito (Pale Ale), Papa Cabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Red, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). First there was the Chupacabra IPA, then Papa Cabra Double IPA, and now Cazuela’s is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Cabra family, the Cabrocito Pale Ale. Try them all. Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, 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.”

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Big Head Red (7.3% ABV, 120 IBU, $5.50 Pints), India White Elephant (7.2% ABV, 70 IBU), Cacao Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), Union Jackalope (5.8% ABV, 65 IBU), Son of Slap (4.9%ABV, 40 IBU). Chama had this to say about Big Head Red: “Named after the head brewer’s 100 lb. canine and its massive cranium, both the dog and the beer are big, bold and one of a kind. This hoppy red ale has dominant pine and tropical hop flavors with a sharp yet satisfying bitterness.” Chama also had this to say about India White Elephant: “Our India White-style ale, produced with big additions of aromatic hops and malted wheat, has a hazy golden hue and a tongue-coating hop tang that creates the perfect pre-spring drinking experience.”

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

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: Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: This week, Duel will be hosting live music by Chris Chickering on Thursday from 7-10 p.m., 50 Watt Whale on Friday from 7-10 p.m., MüShi on Saturday from 7-10 p.m., and Foxtails Brigade on Sunday from 5-7 p.m.

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.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA got a big write-up in the Albuquerque Journal‘s revamped Friday entertainment section. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beer brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

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

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Bohemian Pilsner, IPA, Rye Beer, Anniversary IPA, Amber Ale, Steam Beer, Imperial Stout, Barley Wine. The lineup is unchanged from last week. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Southern Hemisphere Pale Ale, Black Hops IPA, Rye PA, Smooth Operator (a cherry-chocolate doppelbock), Belgian Blonde, Vienna Lager, Sweet Sandarine Porter. Franz Solo recommends the Smooth Operator. He and Stoutmeister will try the SH Pale Ale as part of their ongoing New Brew Thursday series, which was inspired by the badge on Untappd.

News: The Canteen is now serving Stout Floats. For $6 the Canteen adds vanilla ice cream to a pint of their Dark-N-Lusty Stout, creating the perfect dessert to satisfy the inner child of even the most jaded beer snob.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Red Ale, Honk Ale, American Brown, Dark Abbey, Black Out Stout, Donkey Hop IPA, Helles Lager, ESB. 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. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. 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.

Cask: Kaktus is now serving their ESB on cask.

News: Kaktus will be closed Saturday from 6pm till 10pm for a private party. To encourage their customers to come in beforehand, they are offering $4.50 brats/dogs up until the closing time.

Events: Kaktus hosts live music by original song writers every Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and they are also offering $3 pints every Monday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Pogue Mahone (Irish-style Dry Stout), Doppelbock, Pecos Porter, Southern Cross Pale Ale, Full Pint Pale Ale (a collaboration with Oskar Blues). The Southern Cross is made entirely with hops from the Southern Hemisphere, giving it a very unique flavor that was a big hit upon its release. Stoutmeister recommends the Pogue Mahone, calling it the beer that Guinness should be.

News: Look for the new Red Ryeot, Project Dank, and Cafe Con Leche bottles at your local stores. A Slice of Hefen and Malpais Stout 16-ounce cans are also on store shelves.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: 111 Farmhouse Ale, Stout Americano, Azacca Pale Ale, Abbey Darkness, Tripel, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Reserve Ale. 111 Farmhouse is a Saison-style ale spiked with brettanomyces.  It has a light tartness accompanied by the horse blanket and barnyard aromas desirable in this style. Azacca is an experimental hop that imparts the Azacca Pale Ale citrus notes balanced by a subtle earthiness. Abbey Darkness is a Belgian-inspired strong, dark ale featuring fruity aromatics with a dried fruit and caramelized sugar palate.

 (8.7% ABV, $5.50 16oz Goblet) This year’s batch of Imperial Stout finds a nice balance between the bourbon flavors from the barrels and the strong stout base, or so says Stoutmeister, who has already gone by multiple times to enjoy this powerful elixir. He also recommends the Imperial Red, which is not as overly hopped as years past. Franz Solo wrote up his thoughts on the Stout Americano. Brewer Kyle continues to tinker with the Stout Americano. Marble will tap a new and improved version of the Stout Americano as supply allows.

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

Events: Marble will host the 111 Farmhouse Release Party at the Downtown Pub today (Wednesday). Next 2 the Tracks will perform from 6-9 p.m., and Marble will be serving Old Windmill Dairy Goat Brie with a 111 Farmhouse 13-ounce glass for $10.

On Saturday the Supper Truck Returns to Marble Brewery. They will be serving patio-side as well as hosting a private dinner in the brewery. On the patio stage- Sage and Jared’s Happy Gland Band will play from 2:30-3:45 p.m. and Le Chat Lunatique will perform from 4-6 p.m. Rio will be playing from 6-8:30 p.m. for the private event in the brewery.

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

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery Hours: Mon–Fri 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.,)

Beers: Liquid Nap, Belgian Wit, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, New England Hard Cider. Liquid Nap is a Belgian Style Tripel. While being a strong beer, it is sneaky smooth. Hard Ciders have grown increasingly popular in recent years, yet they are still pretty hard to find on-tap. The MVB Hard Cider is brewed with apples, brown sugar, and honey and has a high ABV of 8 percent. Because of the high alcohol content, the Hard Cider is served in 10-ounce glasses only. This dry cider is different from most other ciders. Mimbres Valley has a brewery in Deming and a taproom in Las Cruces. Both locations feature $7 tasting flights, and both locations carry the brews listed above.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

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

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Imperial Stout, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring their Scottish on cask this week.

News: Nexus’ Imperial Stout should be out late this week or next, and their Irish Red is currently brewing and it will be tapped on Saturday.

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.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

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

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Bulldog ESB, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features the Bulldog ESB by Duskin Jasper. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

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

News: SFBC is purchasing a 7.5-acre farm in Northern New Mexico where they will begin growing their own hops. SFBC has also purchased property adjacent to the brewery with plans to eventually expand brewing operations from 30,000 barrels per year to 200,000 barrels.

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: Millennial Pale Ale, Rod’s Best Bitter, Railrunner Ale, Citra IPA, Winter Warmer, Cream Stout, British Mild, Kolsch, IPA. Rod’s Best Bitter is back on tap at SSB. Winter Warmer is brewed with the same Ringwood yeast as the Outlier. The British Mild is nearly out.

News: The next Cask & Curry night is set for March 13. Kidder Special Bitter will be the night’s beer selection. Second Street will also host a party on St. Patrick’s Day weekend from Saturday through Monday. All month long look for special Irish-themed beers including Jordy’s Irish Red, Imperial Stout, and U2 Dry Stout.

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.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: The Mosaic Lollipop, Simple Porter. Mosaic Lollipop is a super tasty new single-hop pale ale. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Mogul IPA will be back on tap next week.

Production of TAH house beers is down because they are in the process of building a kitchen. They are partnering with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat!

Events: Taos Ale House will be pouring their beer at Brewfest in the Taos Ski Valley on Saturday. Look for a preview of the event on our site Thursday, including what beers TAH is bringing to the gathering.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Imperial Honey Oat Porter, Big Brown, Hopper IPA, Kolsh 45, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Old 96 Sticke Alt, Rainy Day IPA, Superstitious Stout. The Rainy Day IPA (7.6% ABV) and Superstitious Stout are back on tap. New to the lineup is the Imperial Honey Oat Porter, a big (9.5% ABV) beast of a beer that almost sounds like a porter mixed with that honey oat cereal you loved as a kid. If anyone gets to try this, let us know how it tastes. There is also one guest tap featuring Marble Red Ale.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Orchard Street Raspberry Wheat, S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, German Pilsner, IBUsive Black-Eye PA, Violator Doppelbock (X-Beer), Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Mother’s Milk Stout. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The newest beers on tap are the IBUsive Black-Eye PA (6.4% ABV, 100 IBUs) and the La Plata PA (4.6% ABV).

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Brandy Oak Rasputin’s Imperial Stout. Next up will be the Coconut Wheat.

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 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Apple Cider (6.2% ABV), Pilsner #15 (6.8% ABV), Berry Cider (7.2% ABV), Black Eye’d PA (6.2% ABV), ESB (6.0% ABV), Javi Lager (5.0% ABV), C+C IPA (6.5% ABV), Chocolate Milk Stout (5.5% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park only: Luna De Los Muertos imperial stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale (7.6% ABV), Barn Storm Ale (6.2% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager (5.2% ABV), Cherry Blonde (6.5% ABV), L4 IPL. 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 Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

News: Tractor’s Wells Park taproom, located at 1800 4th Street NW, is now open for business.

Events: On the first and third Thursdays of each month, Tractor’s Wells Park taproom will show love to the local music scene. One dollar from every pint bought during the time the musician is playing will serve as payment for the night’s worth of musical entertainment.

This Thursday Tractor begin their new band concert series called pLoud music. For their inaugural concert, Tractor welcomes The Kevin Herig Trio Freaturing Kyle Ruggles at 8 p.m. at the new Wells Park Tap Room. This event is free.

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: Maximus IPA (100 IBU, 7.88 ABV), Belgian Dubbel, Steam, Rye, Grandma’s Brown, Triple Play Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, White Knight Belgian Golden Ale, Red Rye, Cabo Lager, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. Revelation IPA, which is an offshoot of TMBC’s Genesis IPA, is brewed using Pils malt and hopped with Simcoe, Summit, Falconer’s Flight, and dry hopped with Simcoe. (7.3% ABV, 100 IBU) TMBC also has their Oblivion Express Barleywine back on tap. This tribute to the more-malty and less-hoppy English-style barleywines is one TMBC’s favorite recipes. (8.7% ABV, 60 IBU)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring the Triple Play Pale Ale on cask.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

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

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

Winter is finally loosening its grip on the Land of Enchantment. With the change of seasons comes a change in ingredients in craft beer to help you greet the warmer weather. Wheat and hops are at the forefront in the recipes of many of the new beers being released this week in New Mexico breweries. Some breweries are featuring hops in pale ales and IPA, while others are featuring wheat in American renderings of Belgian classics. Chama River has harnessed the power of both ingredients to form the great India White Elephant.

Right now in the Duke City, Pale Ryder and Oatmeal Stout have replaced Old Bosky as year-round offerings at Bosque Brewing Company. Chama River is now pouring a new batch of their India White Elephant (7.2% ABV, 70 IBU). Kaktus has American Brown, American Wheat, and Dark Abbey now on tap. Il Vicino has added Belgian Blonde, Vienna Lager, and a new batch of Sweet Sandarine Porter to their lineup.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Phil’s Kolsch by Phil Armour. Second Street Brewing currently has Outlier Special Bitter, Citra IPA, and Winter Warmer on tap, and Railrunner Ale should be on tap soon.

Up in Taos, the Taos Ale House is releasing the single-hop Mosaic Lollipop on tap, and they are also serving a new batch of Simple Porter.

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

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: IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Stone’s Matt’s Burning Rosids, an imperial saison brewed in tribute to Matt Courtright, as well as Lips of Faith Cigar City, Stone Double Bastard, Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA, and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Tomorrow’s IPA, Kamikaze Ace, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter. Blue Corn Brewery is releasing Tomorrow’s IPA, a variation on the IPA Challenge winning Resurgence IPA, this week. The difference is the hops that were used. Tomorrow’s IPA showcases Mosaic, Galaxy, Citra, and Simcoe hops. Blue Corn used seven pounds of hops per barrel, including 3.5 pounds in the dry-hop alone! (7.5% ABV, 100 IBU, OG 1.076) Kamikaze Ace, an Imperial Pilsner hopped up with Sorachi Ace hops and clocking in at 8.7 percent, is also on tap.

News: Blue Corn is currently serving a rotating Nitro beer.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

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

Beers: Penasco Porter, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Blue Heron Blonde, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Cascabel IPA. The lineup is unchanged from last week. The Cascabel is an English-style IPA, though with more hops than most beers in that genre. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

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: Nestordamus Belgian Dark Strong, Imperial Wheat IPA, Mellow Brit. Pale Ryder and Oatmeal Stout have replaced Old Bosky as year-round offerings. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Oatmeal Stout, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

News: Bosque is brewing a batch of Bosque’s Burn’n Red right now, which will mark the return of their Adoption Ale series and should be on tap within two weeks.

The last of Bosque’s new brewing equipment has arrived, and they have started moving equipment into the new brew space. They expect their expanded brewery and new taproom to be in place in the near future.

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.

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: Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter), End of Days Tripel, Cracked Cork Barley Wine (11% ABV), Anamole Stout. Both the Tripel and the Barley Wine are being served in 10-ounce glasses due to their high alcohol content.

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. B3 will have live music Friday Featuring John Allen at 8 p.m. and Saturday featuring Brandon Gomez at 8 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Cabrocito (Pale Ale), Papa Cabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Red, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). First there was the Chupacabra IPA, then Papa Cabra Double IPA, and now Cazuela’s is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Cabra family, the Cabrocito Pale Ale. Try them all. Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, 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.”

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: India White Elephant (7.2% ABV, 70 IBU), Cacao Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU), Union Jackalope (5.8% ABV, 65 IBU), Son of Slap (4.9%ABV, 40 IBU). Chama had this to say about India White Elephant: “Our India White-style ale, produced with big additions of aromatic hops and malted wheat, has a hazy golden hue and a tongue-coating hop tang that creates the perfect pre-spring drinking experience.” Chama also had this to say about Cacao Stout: “Brewed with 10 pounds of Cacao nibs from Ghana, this chocolate stout has rich enticing flavors and aromas of earthy dark chocolate as well as a smooth finish perfect for winter months.”

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

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: Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: This week, Duel will be hosting live music by Sydney Westan on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m., Pray for Brain on Thursday from 7-10 p.m., Alex Maryol on Friday from 7-10 p.m., Rumelia on Saturday from 7-10 p.m., and the Mariachi Differencia on Sunday from 3-5 p.m.

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.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA got a big write-up in the Albuquerque Journal‘s revamped Friday entertainment section. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beer brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

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

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Bohemian Pilsner, IPA, Rye Beer, Anniversary IPA, Amber Ale, Steam Beer, Imperial Stout, Barley Wine. Returning to the lineup this week is the Rye Beer, replacing the American Pale Ale. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Biere de Garde (aged in wine barrels), Black Hops IPA, Rye PA, Smooth Operator (a cherry-chocolate doppelbock), HBC-291-IPA, Belgian Blonde, Vienna Lager, Sweet Sandarine Porter. HBC-291-IPA is from the Canteen’s experimental hop series. Franz Solo recommends the Smooth Operator.

News: The Canteen has a new calendar in stock that is selling at $12. It features lots of photos, antics, and craziness, as well as beer facts from around the world, and scheduled events and releases at the Canteen.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: American Brown, American Wheat, Dark Abbey, Black Out Stout, Hop Donkey IPA, Helles Lager, Winter Ale, ESB. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is the state’s newest brewery. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. 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.

Cask: Kaktus is now serving their ESB on cask.

News: Kaktus will be closed Saturday from 6pm till 10pm for a private party. To encourage their customers to come in beforehand, they are offering $4.50 brats/dogs up until the closing time.

Kaktus should have their Red Ale on tap next week.

Events: Kaktus hosts live music by original song writers every Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and they are also offering $3 pints every Monday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Pecos Porter, Red Ryeot, Southern Cross Pale Ale, Full Pint Pale Ale (a collaboration with Oskar Blues), No, You’re a Dort. The Red Ryeot and Southern Cross were big hits when they were released recently. The former finds a nice balance between the rye and its other aspects. The Southern Cross is made entirely with hops from the Southern Hemisphere, giving it a very unique flavor.

News: Look for the new Red Ryeot, Project Dank, and Cafe Con Leche bottles at your local stores. A Slice of Hefen and Malpais Stout 16-ounce cans are also on store shelves.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Events: LTC will host live music by Iya Khan at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Stout Americano, Azacca Pale Ale, Abbey Darkness, Tripel, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Reserve Ale. Azacca is an experimental hop that imparts the Azacca Pale Ale citrus notes balanced by a subtle earthiness. Abbey Darkness is a Belgian-inspired strong, dark ale featuring fruity aromatics with a dried fruit and caramelized sugar palate.

 (8.7% ABV, $5.50 16oz Goblet) This year’s batch of Imperial Stout finds a nice balance between the bourbon flavors from the barrels and the strong stout base, or so says Stoutmeister, who has already gone by multiple times to enjoy this powerful elixir. He also recommends the Imperial Red, which is not as overly hopped as years past. Franz Solo wrote up his thoughts on the Stout Americano.

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

News: 111 Farmhouse Ale will be released on March 5. Stay tuned for more
 information.

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery Hours: Mon–Fri 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.,)

Beers: Liquid Nap, Belgian Wit, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, New England Hard Cider. Liquid Nap is a Belgian Style Tripel. While being a strong beer, it is sneaky smooth. Hard Ciders have grown increasingly popular in recent years, yet they are still pretty hard to find on-tap. The MVB Hard Cider is brewed with apples, brown sugar, and honey and has a high ABV of 8 percent. Because of the high alcohol content, the Hard Cider is served in 10-ounce glasses only. This dry cider is different from most other ciders. Mimbres Valley has a brewery in Deming and a taproom in Las Cruces. Both locations feature $7 tasting flights, and both locations carry the brews listed above.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

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

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Imperial Stout, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring their Scottish on cask this week.

News: Nexus’ Imperial Stout should be out late this week or next, and their Irish Red is currently brewing and it will be tapped on March 8.

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.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

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

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Phil’s Kolsch, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Phil’s Kolsch by Phil Armour. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

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

News: SFBC is purchasing a 7.5-acre farm in Northern New Mexico where they will begin growing their own hops. SFBC has also purchased property adjacent to the brewery with plans to eventually expand brewing operations from 30,000 barrels per year to 200,000 barrels.

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: Railrunner Ale, Outlier Special Bitter, Citra IPA, Winter Warmer, Cream Stout, British Mild, Brewer Jordy’s Hard Cider, Outlier Special Bitter, Kolsch, IPA, Tres Equis Lager, Brown Ale. Railrunner Ale will soon replace Brown Ale on tap. Winter Warmer is brewed with the same Ringwood yeast as the Outlier. Brewer Jordy and her partner have a cidery upstart called Santa Fe Cider Works … The Cider Different. SFBC is currently selling Brewer Jordy’s Hard Cider by the glass. The British Mild and Tres Equis are nearly out. Millennial Pale Ale is on its way in the near future.

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.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: The Mosaic Lollipop, Simple Porter. Mosaic Lollipop is a super tasty new single-hop pale ale. TAH also has a few guest beers on tap as well.

News: Mogul IPA will be back on tap next week.

Production of TAH house beers is down because they are in the process of building a kitchen. They are partnering with The Burger Stand out of Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., to bring you the best burgers and fries you’ll ever eat!

Events: Taos Ale House will be pouring their beer at Brewfest in the Taos Ski Valley on March 8.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Big Brown, Hopper IPA, Kolsh 45, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Old 96 Sticke Alt. The Hopper IPA (6.2% ABV) and the the Amarillo Rojo (7.3% ABV) are the most recent beers to come back on tap. There are also three guest taps featuring La Cumbre Elevated IPA, Marble IPA and Red Ale.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Orchard Street Raspberry Wheat, S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, German Pilsner, IBUsive Black-Eye PA, Violator Doppelbock (X-Beer), Longshot Light, La Plata Pale Ale, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Mother’s Milk Stout. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The newest beers on tap are the IBUsive Black-Eye PA (6.4% ABV, 100 IBUs) and the La Plata PA (4.6% ABV).

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Brandy Oak Rasputin’s Imperial Stout. Next up will be the Coconut Wheat.

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 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Pilsner #15 (6.8% ABV), Berry Cider, Black IPA, ESB (6.2% ABV), Javi Lager, C+C IPA, Chocolate Milk Stout.

Beers at Wells Park only: Luna De Los Muertos imperial stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale, Barn Storm Ale, Adebisi Black Lager, Cherry Blonde. 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 Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

News: Tractor’s Wells Park taproom, located at 1800 4th Street NW, is now open for business.

Events: On the first and third Thursdays of each month, Tractor’s Wells Park taproom will show love to the local music scene. One dollar from every pint bought during the time the musician is playing will serve as payment for the night’s worth of musical entertainment.

In case anyone missed it, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, a Tractor staple, is this year’s NMDSBC Stout Challenge champion.

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: Grandma’s Brown, Triple Play Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Revelation IPA, White Knight Belgian Golden Ale, Red Rye, Cabo Lager, Golden Ale, Oblivion Express Barleywine, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. Revelation IPA, which is an offshoot of TMBC’s Genesis IPA, is brewed using Pils malt and hopped with Simcoe, Summit, Falconer’s Flight, and dry hopped with Simcoe. (7.3% ABV, 100 IBU) TMBC also has their Oblivion Express Barleywine back on tap. This tribute to the more-malty and less-hoppy English-style barleywines is one TMBC’s favorite recipes. (8.7% ABV, 60 IBU)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring their Hybrid IPA on cask.

News: Maximus IPA is in the fermenter. TMBC hopes to have it on tap next week.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

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

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

New Mexico craft beer junkies, it’s time to tempt your taste buds with an assortment of new and exciting beers making their way to taps in the Land of Enchantment. Cacao nibs, basil, coriander, orange peel, raisin, pecan, apricot, and cherry are just some of the ingredients gracing new beers this week. For those of you whose tastes are not as intrepid, there are also more standard beers making their way to taps this week including stouts, browns, and porters. Enjoy!

Right now in the Duke City, Chama River is serving Cacao Stout. Kaktus is now pouring Black Out Stout and Basil Lager, and they should have their English Brown on tap this week as well. The Il Vicino Canteen has unleashed Biere de Garde (aged in wine barrels) this week, and they are also serving Black Hops IPA and Rye PA as well. La Cumbre has a new batch of their Pecos Porter on tap.

In the City Different, Duel is releasing Ensor 14, a Flemish Brown Ale with aromas of raisin, pecan and apricot, flavors of tart cherry, and hints of chocolate. This week, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Bill’s Sweet Wheat Beer, and in El Dorado SFBC will be serving La Petit Orange, a Belgian style light Dubbel with coriander and orange peel. SFBC will also be in Los Alamos on Thursday pouring beer for the Los Alamos Beer Co-op fundraiser/movie premier of Crafting a Nation.

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

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: IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Stone’s Matt’s Burning Rosids, an imperial saison brewed in tribute to Matt Courtright, as well as Lips of Faith Cigar City, Stone Double Bastard, Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA, and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Tomorrow’s IPA, Kamikaze Ace, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter. Blue Corn Brewery is releasing Tomorrow’s IPA, a variation on the IPA Challenge winning Resurgence IPA, this week. The difference is the hops that were used. Tomorrow’s IPA showcases Mosaic, Galaxy, Citra, and Simcoe hops. Blue Corn used seven pounds of hops per barrel, including 3.5 pounds in the dry-hop alone! (7.5% ABV, 100 IBU, OG 1.076) Kamikaze Ace, an Imperial Pilsner hopped up with Sorachi Ace hops and clocking in at 8.7 percent, is also on tap.

News: Blue Corn is currently serving a rotating Nitro beer.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

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

Beers: Penasco Porter, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Blue Heron Blonde, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Cascabel IPA. The lineup is unchanged from last week. The Cascabel is an English-style IPA, though with more hops than most beers in that genre. Blue Heron also has many of its beers for sale in bombers.

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: Nestordamus Belgian Dark Strong, Imperial Wheat IPA, Mellow Brit, Pale Ryder, Oatmeal Stout. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Oatmeal Stout, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

News: Bosque recently ran out of Amarillo Red, but they hope to have a new red on tap in the next few weeks.

The last of Bosque’s new brewing equipment has arrived, and they have started moving equipment into the new brew space. They expect their expanded brewery and new taproom to be in place in the near future.

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.

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: Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter), End of Days Tripel, Cracked Cork Barley Wine (11% ABV), Anamole Stout. Both the Tripel and the Barley Wine are being served in 10-ounce glasses due to their high alcohol content.

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. B3 will have live music Friday Featuring John Allen at 8 p.m. and Saturday featuring Brandon Gomez at 8 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Cabrocito (Pale Ale), Papa Cabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Red, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). First there was the Chupacabra IPA, then Papa Cabra Double IPA, and now Cazuela’s is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Cabra family, the Cabrocito Pale Ale. Try them all. Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, 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.”

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Cacao Stout (5.5% ABV , 20 IBU), Union Jackalope (5.8% ABV, 65 IBU), Shadow Boxer (6.5% ABV, 65 IBU), Son of Slap (4.9%ABV, 40 IBU). Chama had this to say about Cacao Stout: “Brewed with 10 pounds of Cacao nibs from Ghana, this chocolate stout has rich enticing flavors and aromas of earthy dark chocolate as well as a smooth finish perfect for winter months.” Chama also had this to say about Union Jackalope: “Our British-style IPA has flavors and aromas of earthy, spicy, and down-right tasty East Kent Golding hops as well as a rounded caramel backbone to create the perfectly balanced beer.”

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

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: Ensor 14 (Flemish Brown Ale), Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel had this to say about their new Ensor 14: “Beginning with fine aromas of Raisin, Pecan and Apricot, this well-bodied beer transports you to the northern areas of Belgium. This well balanced sour style let’s you travel through the flavors of tart cherry and hints of chocolate. With the unbelievable ABV of 11%, you’ll find yourself wandering in thought and peering into the depths of this limited release beer.” Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: Duel is trying to have music at least Thurs-Sat (usually 7-10 p.m.), their food menu just expanded with three new items, and they have a life drawing session each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun).

This week, Duel will be hosting live music by Los Gatos Trio on Thursday from 6-8 p.m., Friday is Duel Ladies Night with 
$3 Bad Amber from 5 till close for women and featuring two all-female bands performing back to back:

 Girls’ Night Out Band from 5-6:30 p.m.
, followed by Hot Honey from 7-10 p.m.,
 Lisa Carman on Saturday from 7-10 p.m., and the Divino Trio on Sunday from 3-5 p.m.

Events: The life drawing session is $25. 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.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA got a big write-up in the Albuquerque Journal‘s revamped Friday entertainment section. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beer brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

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

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Bohemian Pilsner, IPA, American Pale Ale, Steam, Anniversary IPA, Amber Ale, Octoberfest, Imperial Stout, Barley Wine. Returning to the lineup this week are the Bohemian Pilsner, American Pale Ale, and Amber Ale. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Biere de Garde (aged in wine barrels), Black Hops IPA, Rye PA, Smooth Operator (a cherry-chocolate doppelbock), HBC-291-IPA, Summer Pale Ale, Just Esteem, Irish Red Ale. HBC-291-IPA is from the Canteen’s experimental hop series. Franz Solo recommends the Smooth Operator.

News: The Canteen has a new calendar in stock that is selling at $12. It features lots of photos, antics, and craziness, as well as beer facts from around the world, and scheduled events and releases at the Canteen.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: English Brown, Black Out Stout, Basil Lager, Hop Donkey IPA, Traditional Bock, Helles Lager, Winter Ale, ESB. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is the state’s newest brewery. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. 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.

Cask: Kaktus is now serving their ESB on cask.

News: Kaktus should have their Red Ale on tap next week.

Kaktus has a new winterized patio covered by a tent, so now you can enjoy a pint on the patio any time of year.

Events: Duel will host Bohemian Sol on Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and they will host The Night Knights on Saturday from 5-7 p.m.

Kaktus hosts live music by original song writers every Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and they are also offering $3 pints every Monday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Pecos Porter, Red Ryeot, Southern Cross Pale Ale, Full Pint Pale Ale (a collaboration with Oskar Blues), No, You’re a Dort. The Red Ryeot and Southern Cross were big hits when they were released recently. The former finds a nice balance between the rye and its other aspects. The Southern Cross is made entirely with hops from the Southern Hemisphere, giving it a very unique flavor.

News: Look for the new Red Ryeot, Project Dank, and Cafe Con Leche bottles at your local stores. A Slice of Hefen 16 oz. cans are also on store shelves. Malpais Stout has been canned as of today (Wednesday) and should be on shelves around town this week.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Events: LTC will host live music by Iya Khan at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Stout Americano, Azacca Pale Ale, Abbey Darkness, Tripel, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Reserve Ale. Azacca is an experimental hop that imparts the Azacca Pale Ale citrus notes balanced by a subtle earthiness. Abbey Darkness is a Belgian-inspired strong, dark ale featuring fruity aromatics with a dried fruit and caramelized sugar palate.

 (8.7% ABV, $5.50 16oz Goblet) This year’s batch of Imperial Stout finds a nice balance between the bourbon flavors from the barrels and the strong stout base, or so says Stoutmeister, who has already gone by multiple times to enjoy this powerful elixir. He also recommends the Imperial Red, which is not as overly hopped as years past. Franz Solo wrote up his thoughts on the Stout Americano.

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

News: 111 Farmhouse Ale will be released on March 5. Stay tuned for more
 information.

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery Hours: Mon–Fri 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.,)

Beers: Liquid Nap, Belgian Wit, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, New England Hard Cider. Liquid Nap is a Belgian Style Tripel. While being a strong beer, it is sneaky smooth. Hard Ciders have grown increasingly popular in recent years, yet they are still pretty hard to find on-tap. The MVB Hard Cider is brewed with apples, brown sugar, and honey and has a high ABV of 8 percent. Because of the high alcohol content, the Hard Cider is served in 10-ounce glasses only. This dry cider is different from most other ciders. Mimbres Valley has a brewery in Deming and a taproom in Las Cruces. Both locations feature $7 tasting flights, and both locations carry the brews listed above.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

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

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Imperial Stout, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring their Scottish on cask this week.

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

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

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

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Bill’s Sweet Wheat Beer (In El Dorado), La Petit Orange, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Bill’s Sweet Wheat Beer, and in El Dorado SFBC will be serving La Petit Orange, a Belgian style light Dubbel with coriander and orange peel. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

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

News: SFBC will be in Los Alamos on Thursday pouring beer for the Los Alamos Beer Co-op fundraiser/movie premier of Crafting a Nation. Stoutmeister is working to track down some additional information on this event and the Los Alamos Beer Co-op in general.

SFBC is purchasing a 7.5-acre farm in Northern New Mexico where they will begin growing their own hops. SFBC has also purchased property adjacent to the brewery with plans to eventually expand brewing operations from 30,000 barrels per year to 200,000 barrels.

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: Cream Stout, British Mild, Brewer Jordy’s Hard Cider, Outlier Special Bitter, Kolsch, IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Halifax Strong Pale Ale, Tres Equis Lager, Brown Ale. The Halifax is nearly out, so hurry over soon before it is gone. SSB will be featuring British Mild as the Firkin cask beer to be paired with Chef Jason’s curry menu on Thursday for Cask & Curry Night. On Friday, they will also debut Brewer Jordy’s Hard Cider. Further down the line look for a new version of the Winter Warmer brewed with the same Ringwood yeast as the Outlier.

Events: Ben Wright will be hosting Open Mic Night at the Railyard on Tuesday night.

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. Franz Solo and Porter Pounder did an early review of the beer and the food at the Steer and came away impressed. The DIPA and the Stout are limited to two per customer, due to their high alcohol content (10% and 9.5% ABV, respectively).

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Mosaic Pale, Yet-to-be-named IPA, Mogul, Dunkelweizen. Taos Ale House’s single hop Mosaic Pale will be on tap in a few days. The Mogul is a staple at Taos Ale House.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Amarillo Rojo, Big Brown, Hopper IPA, Kolsh 45, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Old 96 Sticke Alt. The Hopper IPA (6.2% ABV) returns to the lineup, while the Amarillo Rojo (7.3% ABV) is a big new red/amber ale on tap. There are also three guest taps featuring La Cumbre Elevated IPA, Marble IPA and Red Ale.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Orchard Street Raspberry Wheat, S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, German Pilsner, Violator Doppelbock (X-Beer), Longshot Light, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, Mother’s Milk Stout. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The newest beers on tap are the Violator (7.4% ABV) and the Milk Stout (4.2% ABV).

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Brandy Oak Rasputin’s Imperial Stout. Next up will be the Coconut Wheat.

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 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Pilsner #15 (6.8% ABV), Berry Cider, Black IPA, ESB (6.2% ABV), Adebisi Black Lager, Javi Lager, C+C IPA, Chocolate Milk Stout.

Beers at Wells Park only: Luna De Los Muertos imperial stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale, Barn Storm Ale, C+C 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 Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

News: Tractor’s Wells Park taproom, located at 1800 4th Street NW, is now open for business.

Events: On the first and third Thursdays of each month, Tractor’s Wells Park taproom will show love to the local music scene. One dollar from every pint bought during the time the musician is playing will serve as payment for the night’s worth of musical entertainment.

In case anyone missed it, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, a Tractor staple, is this year’s NMDSBC Stout Challenge champion.

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: Grandma’s Brown, Triple Play Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Revelation IPA, White Knight Belgian Golden Ale, Red Rye, Cabo Lager, Golden Ale, Oblivion Express Barleywine, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. Revelation IPA, which is an offshoot of TMBC’s Genesis IPA, is brewed using Pils malt and hopped with Simcoe, Summit, Falconer’s Flight, and dry hopped with Simcoe. (7.3% ABV, 100 IBU) TMBC also has their Oblivion Express Barleywine back on tap. This tribute to the more-malty and less-hoppy English-style barleywines is one TMBC’s favorite recipes. (8.7% ABV, 60 IBU)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring their Hybrid IPA on cask.

News: Maximus IPA is in the fermenter. TMBC hopes to have it on tap next week.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

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

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

It’s that time of year to show appreciation to the one you love, and while you are appreciating that beer you should probably think about what you are getting your significant other for Valentine’s Day, too. Whether or not you have a significant other, breweries across the state will play host to a variety of different Valentine’s Day parties and other unrelated beer events that you can share with the one you love, or just enjoy by yourself. The Il Vicino Canteen, Marble Brewery, Santa Fe Brewing Company, Second Street Brewery, and Tractor are a few local breweries serving up something special this week.

Right now in the Duke City, Back Alley Draft House has their IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, and Belgian White back on tap this week. The Il Vicino Canteen has Smooth Operator, a cherry-chocolate doppelbock, on tap for Valentine’s week, and they will have an IPA dry-hopped with Simcoe and lemon zest on cask. Later this week, the Canteen will also be serving a chocolate and beer pairing-board featuring five beers and an assortment of chocolates to complement and contrast them. Marble will be releasing Stout Americano today (Wednesday) for the INDULGE party. They will have gift packs and featured chocolates. Nexus will be featuring their Scottish on cask this week.

In the City Different, Blue Corn Brewery is releasing Tomorrow’s IPA, a variation on the IPA Challenge winning Resurgence IPA, this week. Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Small Batch Saturday features Phil’s All Brett Porter, a traditional porter fermented with wild Brettanomyces yeast. SFBC will be in Grants on Saturday selling beer at their Quadrathlon. In addition, SFBC will be brewing a beer at Sipapu at the ski hill with fresh runoff in their stream. Second Street Brewery will be featuring British Mild as the Firkin cask beer to be paired with Chef Jason’s menu on Thursday for Cask & Curry Night. On Friday, Second Street will also debut Brewer Jordy’s Hard Cider.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Feb. 10.

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: IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Belgian White. Back Alley Draft House has their full complement of house beers back on tap. In addition to their own brews, BADH is also serving Stone’s Matt’s Burning Rosids, an imperial saison brewed in tribute to Matt Courtright, and Lips of Faith Cigar City, Stone Double Bastard, Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA, and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Tomorrow’s IPA, Kamikaze Ace, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter. Blue Corn Brewery is releasing Tomorrow’s IPA, a variation on the IPA Challenge winning Resurgence IPA, this week. The difference is the hops that were used. Tomorrow’s IPA showcases Mosaic, Galaxy, Citra, and Simcoe hops. Blue Corn used seven pounds of hops per barrel, including 3.5 pounds in the dry-hop alone! (7.5% ABV, 100 IBU, OG 1.076) Kamikaze Ace, an Imperial Pilsner hopped up with Sorachi Ace hops and clocking in at 8.7 percent, is also on tap.

News: Blue Corn is currently serving a rotating Nitro beer.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

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

Beers: Penasco Porter, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Blue Heron Blonde, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Cascabel IPA. The Porter and the Cascabel IPA rejoin the lineup this week. The Cascabel is an English-style IPA, though with more hops than most beers in that genre. Blue Heron also has many of its beer for sale in bombers.

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: Nestordamus Belgian Dark Strong, Imperial Wheat IPA, Mellow Brit, Amarillo Red, Pale Ryder, Oatmeal Stout. The new Amarillo Red uses Amarillo hops to balance out a smooth, sweet red ale. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Oatmeal Stout, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

News: The last of Bosque’s new brewing equipment has arrived this week, and they have started moving equipment into the new brew space. They expect their expanded brewery and new taproom to be in place in the near future.

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.

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: Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter), End of Days Tripel, Cracked Cork Barley Wine (11% ABV), Anamole Stout. Both the Tripel and the Barley Wine are being served in 10-ounce glasses due to their high alcohol content.

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. B3 will have live music Friday Featuring John Allen at 8 p.m. and Saturday featuring Brandon Gomez at 8 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Cabrocito (Pale Ale), Papa Cabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Red, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). First there was the Chupacabra IPA, then Papa Cabra Double IPA, and now Cazuela’s is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Cabra family, the Cabrocito Pale Ale. Try them all. Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, 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.” Brandon tried Panama Red at NM Brew Fest and recommends this slightly hoppy red ale.

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Union Jackalope (5.8% ABV, 65 IBU), Shadow Boxer (6.5% ABV, 65 IBU), Son of Slap (4.9%ABV, 40 IBU), Serenity Milk Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU). Chama had this to say about Union Jackalope: “Our British-style IPA has flavors and aromas of earthy, spicy, and down-right tasty East Kent Golding hops as well as a rounded caramel backbone to create the perfectly balanced beer.” Chama also had this to say about Son of Slap: “AKA Hop-Tap, this session pale ale continues the legacy of its bigger, stronger, and notorious ancestor “Hop-Slap!” Brewed with similar malt and hop varieties as its predecessor, this ale has less alcohol with the same refreshingly dry finish and hop forward flavor.”

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

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: Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: Duel is trying to have music at least Thurs-Sat (usually 7-10 p.m.), their food menu just expanded with three new items, and they have a life drawing session each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun).

This week, Duel will be hosting live music by Bill Palmer and Stephanie Hatfield on Thursday, Joe West and Anthony Leon as a Valentine’s Day Special on Friday, and Petty Theft on Saturday. All performances run from 7-10 p.m.

Events: The life drawing session is $25. 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.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA got a big write-up in the Albuquerque Journal‘s revamped Friday entertainment section. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beer brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

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

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Extra Special Bitter, IPA, Steam, Anniversary IPA, Dark Bock, Octoberfest, Stout, Imperial Stout, Barley Wine. The lineup is unchanged from last week. Stoutmeister and Franz Solo sampled some HDBC beers at WinterBrew. They recommend the Dark Bock, in particular. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Smooth Operator (a cherry-chocolate doppelbock), Sasquatch Scotch, HBC-291-IPA, Exodus IPA, Summer Pale Ale, English Brown Porter, Just Esteem, Irish Red Ale. HBC-291-IPA is from the Canteen’s experimental hop series. Sasquatch Scotch and Exodus IPA are back on tap at the Canteen. Both beers are local favorite seasonals that make their way to taps several times a year.

Cask: This week, the Canteen will have an IPA dry-hopped with Simcoe and lemon zest on cask.

Events: The Canteen will be serving a chocolate and beer pairing-board featuring five beers and an assortment of chocolates to complement and contrast them. The pairings will begin on Thursday and will continue until they run out of chocolate.

News: The Canteen has a new calendar in stock that is selling at $12. It features lots of photos, antics, and craziness, as well as beer facts from around the world, and scheduled events and releases at the Canteen.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Hop Donkey IPA, IPA, Traditional Bock, American Wheat, Helles Lager, Winter Ale, ESB, Late Hop Amber, Stout. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is the state’s newest brewery. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. Stoutmeister recommends the ESB and any and all of their lager-style beers. 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.

Cask: Kaktus is now serving their ESB on cask.

News: Kaktus has a new winterized patio covered by a tent, so now you can enjoy a pint on the patio any time of year.

Events: On Saturday from 4-6 p.m., Kaktus will be doing a $2.5 pint happy hour with live music.

Kaktus hosts live music by original song writers every Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and they are also offering $3 pints every Monday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Red Ryeot, Southern Cross Pale Ale, Full Pint Pale Ale (a collaboration with Oskar Blues), No, You’re a Dort, Cafe Con Leche. The Red Ryeot and Southern Cross were big hits when they were released last week. The former finds a nice balance between the rye and its other aspects. The Southern Cross is made entirely with hops from the Southern Hemisphere, giving it a very unique flavor.

News: Look for the new Red Ryeot, Project Dank, and Cafe Con Leche bottles at your local stores. A Slice of Hefen 16 oz. cans are also on store shelves. Malpais Stout is next, hopefully some time later this month.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Events: LTC will host live music by Iya Khan at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Stout Americano, Azacca Pale Ale, Abbey Darkness, Tripel, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Reserve Ale. Azacca is an experimental hop that imparts the Azacca Pale Ale citrus notes balanced by a subtle earthiness. Abbey Darkness is a Belgian-inspired strong, dark ale featuring fruity aromatics with a dried fruit and caramelized sugar palate.

 (8.7% ABV, $5.50 16oz Goblet) This year’s batch of Imperial Stout finds a nice balance between the bourbon flavors from the barrels and the strong stout base, or so says Stoutmeister, who has already gone by multiple times to enjoy this powerful elixir. He also recommends the Imperial Red, which is not as overly hopped as years past.

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

Events: Stout Americano will be released today (Wednesday) for the INDULGE party. They will have gift packs and featured chocolates. They will also be selling Valentine’s Day gift packs featuring soap and shampoo made with Marble beer and giving away Rebel donuts with the purchase of a Stout Americano (while supplies last).

News: 111 Farmhouse Ale will be released on March 5. Stay tuned for more
 information.

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery Hours: Mon–Fri 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.,)

Beers: Liquid Nap, Belgian Wit, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, New England Hard Cider. Liquid Nap is a Belgian Style Tripel. While being a strong beer, it is sneaky smooth. Hard Ciders have grown increasingly popular in recent years, yet they are still pretty hard to find on-tap. The MVB Hard Cider is brewed with apples, brown sugar, and honey and has a high ABV of 8 percent. Because of the high alcohol content, the Hard Cider is served in 10-ounce glasses only. This dry cider is different from most other ciders. Mimbres Valley has a brewery in Deming and a taproom in Las Cruces. Both locations feature $7 tasting flights, and both locations carry the brews listed above.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

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

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Imperial Stout, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

Cask: Nexus will be featuring their Scottish on cask this week.

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

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

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

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Phil’s All Brett Porter, Irish Red, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Phil’s All Brett Porter, a traditional porter fermented with wild Brettanomyces yeast. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

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

News: SFBC will be in Grants on Saturday selling beer at their Quadrathlon. In addition, SFBC will be brewing a beer at Sipapu at the ski hill with fresh runoff in their stream. There will also be lots of giveaways and a can “hunt” for prizes on the hill.

SFBC is purchasing a 7.5-acre farm in Northern New Mexico where they will begin growing their own hops. SFBC has also purchased property adjacent to the brewery with plans to eventually expand brewing operations from 30,000 barrels per year to 200,000 barrels.

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: Cream Stout, British Mild, Brewer Jordy’s Hard Cider, Outlier Special Bitter, Kolsch, IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Halifax Strong Pale Ale, Tres Equis Lager, Brown Ale. The Halifax is nearly out, so hurry over soon before it is gone. SSB will be featuring British Mild as the Firkin cask beer to be paired with Chef Jason’s curry menu on Thursday for Cask & Curry Night. On Friday, they will also debut Brewer Jordy’s Hard Cider. Further down the line look for a new version of the Winter Warmer brewed with the same Ringwood yeast as the Outlier.

Events: Ben Wright will be hosting Open Mic Night at the Railyard on Tuesday night.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Mosaic Pale, Yet-to-be-named IPA, Mogul, Dunkelweizen. Taos Ale House’s single hop Mosaic Pale will be on tap in a few days. The Mogul is a staple at Taos Ale House.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Big Brown, Kolsh 45, Lunch Pale Ale, Notorious ESB, Old 96 Sticke Alt, Rainy Day IPA, Superstitious Stout, White Feather. The Lunch Pale Ale (5.2% ABV) returns to the lineup. Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout, while Brandon has enjoyed the Notorious ESB in the past. There are also five guest taps featuring La Cumbre Elevated IPA, Marble IPA and Wildflower Wheat, plus Santa Fe Black IPA and Nut Brown.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Orchard Street Raspberry Wheat, S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, German Pilsner, Rasputin’s Imperial Stout (X-Beer), Bisti Blonde, Longshot Light, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, S.M.A.S.H. – Vienna Lager, New London Porter. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The newest beers on tap are the German Pilsner and Longshot Light.

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Chocolate Oak Imperial Porter. Next up will be the Brandy Oak Imperial Stout.

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 1:00 p.m.)

Beers at Nob Hill: Pilsner #15 (6.8% ABV), Berry Cider, Black IPA, ESB (6.2% ABV).

Beers at Wells Park: Luna De Los Muertos imperial stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale, Javi Lager, Black IPA, Berry Cider, Barn Storm Ale, C+C IPA, Chocolate Milk Stout. The ESB and Pilsner are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

News: Tractor’s Wells Park taproom, located at 1800 4th Street NW, is now open for business.

Events: Tractor, well known for their love of dogs, is working with Luvin’ Labs to hold an adoption event. So go by their 4th Street taproom and check out some gorgeous Labradors. You never know, you might be bringing home your new best friend by the time the event is over!

On the first and third Thursdays of each month, Tractor’s Wells Park taproom will show love to the local music scene. One dollar from every pint bought during the time the musician is playing will serve as payment for the night’s worth of musical entertainment.

This Friday night, Nob Hill will play host to the second annual Ex-orcism Party, which encourages singles to stop by with a picture of their ex and then exorcise the bad memories with beer, music, and fun.

In case anyone missed it, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, a Tractor staple, is this year’s NMDSBC Stout Challenge champion.

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: Grandma’s Brown, Triple Play Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Revelation IPA, White Knight Belgian Golden Ale, Red Rye, Cabo Lager, Golden Ale, Oblivion Express Barleywine, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. Revelation IPA, which is an offshoot of TMBC’s Genesis IPA, is brewed using Pils malt and hopped with Simcoe, Summit, Falconer’s Flight, and dry hopped with Simcoe. (7.3% ABV, 100 IBU) TMBC also has their Oblivion Express Barleywine back on tap. This tribute to the more-malty and less-hoppy English-style barleywines is one TMBC’s favorite recipes. (8.7% ABV, 60 IBU)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring their Hybrid IPA on cask.

News: Maximus IPA is in the fermenter. TMBC hopes to have it on tap next week.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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

Cheers!

— E-Rock

Greetings New Mexico craft beer lovers, this is E-Rock, back to bring you this installment of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column is hand-crafted to keep you up to date on all of the seasonal beers, news, and events served up at breweries and taprooms in New Mexico.

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

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

It might be winter in the Land of Enchantment, but local breweries are already preparing for warmer weather by releasing an assortment of new pale ales, reds, and IPAs. So bundle up and check out the pale ales now on tap at La Cumbre and Turtle Mountain, or sample the new reds on tap at La Cumbre and Santa Fe Brewing Company. You can even pretend it’s summer and hold your own IPA challenge with new entries from Bosque, Il Vicino, Kaktus, and Nexus. With so many great beers on tap, there’s no reason to let the weather get you down.

Right now in the Duke City, Bosque is serving their new Imperial Wheat IPA, and they should have their Nestordamus Belgian Dark Strong on tap by the end of the week. A fresh batch of Sasquatch Scotch is back on tap at the Il Vicino Canteen, and on Thursday the Canteen will have a Citra dry-hopped IPA on cask. Kaktus just tapped a new IPA called Hop Donkey IPA. This week La Cumbre will be tapping Red Ryeot as well as releasing it in bottles. In addition, they will be tapping their Southern Cross Pale Ale, brewed with five different Southern Hemisphere hops. Nexus’ Simcoe Session IPA will be on tap later this week. Turtle Mountain has new batches of Grandma’s Brown and Triple Play Pale Ale now on tap.

In the City Different, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf in cans. Also, SFBC’s Small Batch Saturday features Bill’s Dopplebock, a German-style dark lager. Second Street Brewery is now serving a new batch of Outlier Special Bitter.

That is just a small sample of what is going on in the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of Feb. 3.

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: All of Back Alley’s house beers have been cleaned out! Luckily, BADH is brewing at max capacity so they have all four back on tap soon. Until then, BADH just tapped Stone’s Matt’s Burning Rosids, an imperial saison brewed in tribute to Matt Courtright, and they are still offering Lips of Faith Cigar City, Stone Double Bastard, Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA, and the Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine on tap.

Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800

(Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Beers: Kamikaze Ace, Bankrupt Brown (Imperial Brown), Plaza Porter, Barrel Series #2. Kamikaze Ace, an Imperial Pilsner hopped up with Sorachi Ace and clocking in at 8.7-percent, will be hitting the taps at the end of the week. Barrel Series #2 is a Brett Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels.

News: Blue Corn is currently serving a rotating Nitro beer.

Blue Heron Brewery — (505) 579-9188

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

Beers: La Llorona Scottish Ale, Lava Rock Pale Ale, Blue Heron Blonde, Tarantula Trek Red Ale, Aurora IPA. The lineup is unchanged from last week, but considering the quality of the five beers on tap, that’s more than OK. Blue Heron also has Prieta Real Imperial Stout, La Llorona, Lava Rock, Amber’s Folly Amber Ale, and Aurora IPA for sale in bombers.

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: Nestordamus Belgian Dark Strong, Imperial Wheat IPA, Mellow Brit, Amarillo Red, Pale Ryder, Oatmeal Stout. Bosque should have their Nestordamus Belgian Dark Strong on tap by the end of the week. The new Amarillo Red uses Amarillo hops to balance out a smooth, sweet red ale. Not surprisingly, Stoutmeister gives thumbs up to the Oatmeal Stout, which he described as “big and bold, almost like a hybrid of a dry stout and an oatmeal. It’s not for wimps.”

News: Bosque’s new brewing equipment has arrived, and they have started moving equipment into the new brew space. They expect their expanded brewery and new taproom to be in place in the near future.

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.

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: Sickle and Hammer Imperial Red (8.0% ABV), Rosemary’s Baby (4.3% ABV, a rosemary porter), End of Days Tripel, Cracked Cork Barley Wine (11% ABV), Anamole Stout. Both the Tripel and the Barley Wine are being served in 10-ounce glasses due to their high alcohol content.

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. B3 will have live music Friday Featuring John Allen at 8 p.m. and Saturday featuring Brandon Gomez at 8 p.m.

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

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

Beers: Cabrocito (Pale Ale), Papa Cabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Red, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager) (5.2% ABV), Hefe Weizen (5.5% ABV), Robusto Porter (5.9% ABV), Chupacabra IPA (7.2% ABV), Pastizal Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV), Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale (5.0% ABV), ESB (5.2%). First there was the Chupacabra IPA, then Papa Cabra Double IPA, and now Cazuela’s is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Cabra family, the Cabrocito Pale Ale. Try them all. Stoutmeister and I had a chance to sample the Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, 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.” Brandon tried Panama Red at NM Brew Fest and recommends this slightly hoppy red ale.

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

Chama River Brewing Company — (505) 342-1800

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

Beers: Union Jackalope (5.8% ABV, 65 IBU), Shadow Boxer (6.5% ABV, 65 IBU), Son of Slap (4.9%ABV, 40 IBU), Serenity Milk Stout (5.5% ABV, 20 IBU). Chama had this to say about Union Jackalope: “Our British-style IPA has flavors and aromas of earthy, spicy, and down-right tasty East Kent Golding hops as well as a rounded caramel backbone to create the perfectly balanced beer.” Chama also had this to say about Son of Slap: “AKA Hop-Tap, this session pale ale continues the legacy of its bigger, stronger, and notorious ancestor “Hop-Slap!” Brewed with similar malt and hop varieties as its predecessor, this ale has less alcohol with the same refreshingly dry finish and hop forward flavor.”

Comanche Creek Brewing Company — (575) 377-2337

(Wed-Sat noon–6 p.m.)

Beers: Touch-Me-Not IPA, Deadman Pale Ale, Homestead Amber Ale. According to Comanche Creek’s website: “Touch-Me-Not IPA is a tantalizing American style IPA flavored with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. This bold IPA is named for the majestic mountain that overlooks our brewery!” Homestead Amber Ale was on hand when Stoutmeister and I visited Comanche Creek in 2012. The Homestead is often bottled and served at establishments in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire area.

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: Goya Stout (13.6% ABV), Manikin (Scottish ale, 3.9% ABV), Titian (Belgian golden strong ale, 8.2% ABV), Grunewald (imperial porter, 12% ABV), Dark Ryder (Belgian strong dark ale, 11% ABV), Bad Amber (Belgian amber, 6% ABV), Fiction IPA, Non-Fiction Pale Ale. Duel describes the Goya Stout (13.6% ABV) thusly: “Smokey pear on the nose. Ethereal mouth feel. A true journey for all the senses!”

News: Duel is trying to have music at least Thurs-Sat (usually 7-10 p.m.), their food menu just expanded with three new items, and they have a life drawing session each Sunday morning from 11-1 (although they are not open to the drinking public till 1 p.m. on Sun).

Events: The life drawing session is $25. 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.

Eske’s Brew Pub — (575) 758-1517

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

Beers: Rio Red Ale, Naked Apricot Ale, Green Chile IPA, Chemist Ale, Seco Stout, Blonde Betty. The Green Chile IPA got a big write-up in the Albuquerque Journal‘s revamped Friday entertainment section. The Chemist Ale is one of the few gluten-free beer brewed in New Mexico.

High Desert Brewing Company — (575) 525-6752

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

Beers: Wheat Ale, Peach Wheat, Extra Special Bitter, IPA, Steam, Anniversary IPA, Dark Bock, Octoberfest, Stout, Imperial Stout, Barley Wine. The Steam and Anniversary IPA are new to the lineup this week. Stoutmeister and Franz Solo sampled some HDBC beers at WinterBrew. They recommend the Dark Bock, in particular. High Desert Brewing Company is located at 1201 W. Hadley Ave. in Las Cruces.

Il Vicino Brewing Canteen — (505) 881-2737

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

Beers: Sasquatch Scotch, HBC-291-IPA, Exodus IPA, Summer Pale Ale, English Brown Porter, Operation Black Hops, Just Esteem, Irish Red Ale. HBC-291-IPA is from the Canteen’s experimental hop series. Sasquatch Scotch and Exodus IPA are back on tap at the Canteen. Both beers are local favorite seasonals that make their way to taps several times a year.

Cask: Thursday, the Canteen will have a Citra dry-hopped IPA on cask.

News: The Canteen has a new calendar in stock that is selling at $12. It features lots of photos, antics, and craziness, as well as beer facts from around the world, and scheduled events and releases at the Canteen.

Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072

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

Beers: Hop Donkey IPA, IPA, Traditional Bock, American Wheat, Helles Lager, Winter Ale, ESB, Late Hop Amber, Stout. Located at 471 South Hill Road in Bernalillo, Kaktus is the state’s newest brewery. It is a small, casual place, similar to Blue Heron in appearance and comfort factor. We already did a review of Kaktus and Stoutmeister highly recommends the ESB. 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.

Cask: Kaktus is now serving their ESB on cask.

News: Kaktus has a new winterized patio covered by a tent, so now you can enjoy a pint on the patio any time of year.

Events: On Saturday from 4-6 p.m., Kaktus will be doing a $2.5 pint happy hour with live music.

Kaktus hosts live music by original song writers every Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and they are also offering $3 pints every Monday.

La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225

(Open every day at noon)

Beers: Red Ryeot, Southern Cross Pale Ale, Full Pint Pale Ale (a collaboration with Oskar Blues), No, You’re a Dort, Cafe Con Leche. This week La Cumbre will be tapping Red Ryeot as well as releasing it in bottles. In addition, they will be tapping their Southern Cross Pale Ale, brewed with five different Southern Hemisphere hops.

News: Look for the new Red Ryeot, Project Dank, and Cafe Con Leche bottles at your local stores. A Slice of Hefen 16 oz. cans are also on store shelves. Malpais Stout is next, hopefully some time this month.

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery — (575) 956-6144

(Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open late on Friday/Saturday.)

Beers: Helles Lager, IPA, Amber Ale, Robust Porter, Oatmeal Stout. These are all beers in the regular rotation. I will add seasonal brews as I learn about them.

Events: LTC will host live music by Iya Khan at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739

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

Beers: Azacca Pale Ale, Abbey Darkness, Tripel, Double White, Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Reserve Ale. Azacca is an experimental hop that imparts the Azacca Pale Ale citrus notes balanced by a subtle earthiness. Abbey Darkness is a Belgian-inspired strong, dark ale featuring fruity aromatics with a dried fruit and caramelized sugar palate.

 (8.7% ABV, $5.50 16oz Goblet) This year’s batch of Imperial Stout finds a nice balance between the bourbon flavors from the barrels and the strong stout base, or so says Stoutmeister, who has already gone by multiple times to enjoy this powerful elixir. He also recommends the Imperial Red, which is not as overly hopped as years past.

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

News: Stout Americano will be released Wednesday, Feb. 12 for the INDULGE party. They will have gift packs and featured chocolates. 111 Farmhouse will be released on March 5. Stay tuned for more
 information.

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company — (575) 544-2739 (Deming)

(Deming Brewery Hours: Mon–Fri 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun closed)

(Las Cruces Taproom Hours: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.,)

Beers: Liquid Nap, Belgian Wit, Silver Spike IPA, Beer Goggles, New England Hard Cider. Liquid Nap is a Belgian Style Tripel. While being a strong beer, it is sneaky smooth. Hard Ciders have grown increasingly popular in recent years, yet they are still pretty hard to find on-tap. The MVB Hard Cider is brewed with apples, brown sugar, and honey and has a high ABV of 8 percent. Because of the high alcohol content, the Hard Cider is served in 10-ounce glasses only. This dry cider is different from most other ciders. Mimbres Valley has a brewery in Deming and a taproom in Las Cruces. Both locations feature $7 tasting flights, and both locations carry the brews listed above.

New Mexico Craft Brewing Co. — (505) 426-6079 (brewery), 203-521-7908 (pub)

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

Beers: Imperial Stout, RyePA, IPA, X Hop Pale, Brown. I am told that the Imperial Stout is well worth the trip to Las Vegas. Business has been nuts over at NMCBC, so beers are changing out rapidly on tap.

News: NMCBC’s new pub, The Old Town Draft House in Las Vegas, is open for business. They have 10 NMCBC taps and some cider. At least for a while, their hours are high noon until close, seven days a week.

Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100

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

Beers: Simcoe Session IPA (4.8% ABV), Barley Wine, Imperial Stout, English Pale, Chocolate Porter, Imperial Cream. Nexus’ Simcoe Session IPA will be on tap later this week. Imperial Cream is high in alcohol content and flavor. It is one of my favorite beers and pairs well with chicken and cornbread waffles when you are up for a decadent brunch.

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.

Roosevelt Brewing — (575) 226-2739

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

Beers: Eleanor’s Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV, 21 IBU), Portales Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), Clovis Point IPA, Dirt Town Brown Ale (4.0% ABV, 23 IBU), Happy Heifer Hefeweizen (4.9% ABV, 17 IBU), Big Stick Stout, Cole Espresso Porter. Roosevelt Brewing is located at 201 S. Main Street in Portales. Our own Porter Pounder stopped by while working on a film crew that was shooting in Portales and reviewed several of Roosevelt’s beers.

Events: Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Roosevelt Brewing.

Sandia Chile Grill — (505) 798-1970

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

Beers: Red, Rattlesnake IPA, Rio Negro Milk Stout (7.6% ABV), Barb’s Barrel Hefeweisen (5.5% ABV), Gold Rush Pilsen (6.8% ABV). The current batch of Rio Negro Milk Stout offers up a unique hybrid of the creamy milk stout and more of an Irish dry stout. And a big welcome back to the Gold Rush, a medal winner at the New Mexico Cup last year.

News: Sandia Chile Grill will be helping Desert Water Winery and Brewery open soon just outside Artesia.

Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333

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

Beers: Irish Red, Bill’s Dopplebock, Black IPA, Saison ’88. This week, Small Batch Saturday features Bill’s Dopplebock, a German Style Dark Lager. SFBC’S Irish Red Ale is officially on tap and on the shelf. The Saison ’88 was brewed in honor of SFBC’s 25th anniversary. It is also available for sale in cans just about everywhere you can find SFBC products.

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

News: SFBC is purchasing a 7.5-acre farm in Northern New Mexico where they will begin growing their own hops. SFBC has also purchased property adjacent to the brewery with plans to eventually expand brewing operations from 30,000 barrels per year to 200,000 barrels.

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: Outlier Special Bitter, Kolsch, IPA, Rod’s Best Bitter, Halifax Strong Pale Ale, Tres Equis, Brown Ale. The Halifax is nearly out, so hurry over soon before it is gone. New to taps this week is a second batch of the Outlier Special Bitter. Arriving soon is a British Mild, which will be the featured beer for Cask & Curry Night on Feb. 13. Further down the line look for a new version of the Winter Warmer brewed with the same Ringwood yeast as the Outlier. The Brown Ale is the first in a series of browns for February.

Events: Ben Wright will be hosting Open Mic Night at the Railyard on Tuesday night.

Taos Ale House — (575) 758-5522

(Mon–Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.)

Beers: Mosaic Pale, Yet-to-be-named IPA, Mogul, Dunkelweizen. Taos Ale House’s single hop Mosaic Pale will be on tap in a few days. The Mogul is a staple at Taos Ale House.

Taos Mesa Brewing — (575) 758-1900

(Daily 11 a.m. – close)

Beers: Big Brown, Kolsh 45, Notorious ESB, Old 96 Sticke Alt, Rainy Day IPA, Superstitious Stout, White Feather. The Big Brown (8.5% ABV) and and Rainy Day IPA (7.6% ABV, 100 IBUs) return to the lineup. White Feather (5.8% ABV), an American pale ale, is also fairly new. Stoutmeister recommends the Superstitious Stout, while Brandon has enjoyed the Notorious ESB in the past. There are also four guest taps featuring Marble Red and Wildflower Wheat, plus Santa Fe Black IPA and Nut Brown.

Three Rivers Brewery — (505) 325-6605

Beers: India Pale Ale, Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale, Animas Pale Ale, Red Apple Flyer Cider, Orchard Street Raspberry Wheat, Rasputin’s Imperial Stout (X-Beer), S.M.A.S.H. – EPA, Bisti Blonde, 3 Rivers Scottish Ale, Arroyo Amber Ale, S.M.A.S.H. – Vienna Lager, New London Porter. The Arroyo Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) is the local favorite. It is copper-red in color, medium bodied, and is brewed with caramel malt with a nice hop balance. The newest beer on tap is the Imperial Stout (8.3% ABV).

Cask: Three Rivers is now featuring the Chocolate Oak Imperial Porter. Next up will be the Brandy Oak Imperial Stout.

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 close)

Beers at Nob Hill: Pilsner #15 (6.8% ABV), Berry Cider, Black IPA, ESB (6.2% ABV). Beers at Wells Park: Luna De Los Muertos imperial stout (9.2% ABV), Barley Wine (9.5% ABV), Sticky Fingers Brown Ale, Black Lager, Javi Lager, Black IPA, Berry Cider, Barn Storm Ale, C+C IPA, Chocolate Milk Stout. The ESB and Pilsner are also at Wells Park, which has 24 total taps (Tractor’s five regular beers have two taps apiece). The Crew highly recommends the Luna De Los Muertos, it’s one of our favorite imperial stouts in town. It’s not barrel-aged, but it still packs a punch. There are so many beers on tap at both Tractor locations that they will cover all types of beer lovers.

News: Tractor’s Wells Park taproom, located at 1800 4th Street NW, is now open for business.

In case anyone missed it, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout, a Tractor staple, is this year’s NMDSBC Stout Challenge champion.

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: Grandma’s Brown, Triple Play Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Revelation IPA, Walter White Wheat, White Knight Belgian Golden Ale, Red Rye, Cabo Lager, Golden Ale, Oblivion Express Barleywine, Low-Gluten Amber, Hybrid IPA. Revelation IPA, which is an offshoot of TMBC’s Genesis IPA, is brewed using Pils malt and hopped with Simcoe, Summit, Falconer’s Flight, and dry hopped with Simcoe. (7.3% ABV, 100 IBU) Walter White Wheat Lager is a 50-percent wheat beer brewed with a lager yeast, Pilsner malt, dextrose, and a Belgian yeast strain, but no spices, so all the fruitiness comes from the yeast. TMBC also has their Oblivion Express Barleywine back on tap this week. This tribute to the more-malty and less-hoppy English-style barleywines is one TMBC’s favorite recipes. (8.7% ABV, 60 IBU)

Cask: TMBC is currently featuring their Hybrid IPA on cask.

News: TMBC will be pouring Cabo Lager and Hyrbid IPA and serving pizza dough bites, mac ‘n’ cheese and club pinwheels at this weekend’s Taste of Rio Rancho.  For more information, click on this link.

The Wellhead — (575) 746-0640

Beers: Wellhead Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), Roughneck Red Ale (4.8% ABV), Roustabout Porter (4.8% ABV), Cisco Canyon Blonde, Indian Basin Wheat. The Wellhead is located in Artesia. The Roustabout Porter is available in the summer months replacing the stout. The brown-colored porter was originally developed in the 18th Century for the working class or ‘porters’ of London. The malt and hop ingredients are simple and well-balanced. The Roughneck Red is as sweet malty Irish Red ale. The Chinook, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops create a wonderful aroma and flavor combination. Try this microbrew with spicy dishes or steak and the turtle cheesecake dessert.

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Cheers!

— E-Rock