The Week Ahead in Beer: Friday and Sunday events highlight holiday weekend
Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, one in Silver City, and one in Truth or Consequences also joining the party.
Labor Day Weekend is usually seen as the traditional end of summer, even though it sure doesn’t feel like it temperature-wise. For the most part, the breweries are treating it like any other weekend, with the exception of a trio of Friday events and two more of note on Sunday. First up, La Cumbre is definitely feeling autumn with the annual release of its delicious Oktoberfest Lager this Friday at noon on tap and in cans. The original location will also have My Sweet Basil outside, and if last year’s German-themed menu is back, we should all rejoice. Later that night at 8, the Desert Darlings return to Tractor Wells Park for Hops & Dreams: The Muppets Edition, and we are probably just as curious as everyone else as to what that will entail. If you cannot make it to that location, stop by Tractor Nob Hill for its eighth anniversary party. Jacob Chavez and friends will perform at 5 p.m., followed by DJ Flo Rader at 7. There will also be specials where you can order a growler of beer for your table.
Sunday’s events span two cities. The 377 Brewery will be providing the beers at the Red, White, Blues & Brews event at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial. It runs from noon to 8 p.m., is free to attend, and will also feature plenty of food, live music, and family activities. Up in Santa Fe, Rowley Farmhouse Ales will celebrate its third anniversary, with live music from noon to 5 featuring Mark Dawson, El Brujo Trio, and Clark Libbey & Kristen Rad. Special beers on tap will include Raspberry Germophile, Body isn’t Life Barleywine (collab with Chicago’s Pipeworks), Song of our Own (tangerine spontaneous wild ale), and Grandissant 4x Cerise (jumbo-sized kriek). Look for more archived beer bottles being poured and/or sold. There is no cover charge.
Also, do not forget that today (Wednesday) is the early bird ticket party for New Mexico Brew Fest at Marble. Head down after 5 p.m. and snag some discounted ticket(s), and use that savings to buy yourself a beer or two.
On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bow & Arrow has a small batch of Thai Crush Grissette available Friday. Brew Lab 101 will introduce Wicked Pissa New England-Style IPA on Friday. Canteen is being a WIPL Wouser again. Differential has a new Light Lager for the lingering days of summer. Ex Novo goes retro with 1995 Called Amber Ale. La Cumbre also wonders What’s the Alternative (Altbier). Marble follows suit with its own new Altbier. Nexus puts on Raspberry Beret American Wheat. Rio Bravo added Berliner Weisse and Blood Orange Blonde. Tractor rolls out American Amber Ale and Pineapple IPA, plus Cold Brew Milk Stout is on tap at Wells Park only.
Up in Santa Fe, Blue Corn has more of its tasty Scotch Ale on tap. Furthern north in Red River, RRBC adds Mango Cream Ale. Down in Truth or Consequences, T or C Brewing ascends with Valhalla Peach Wheat.
Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 26.
To break down each “capsule,” I listed the brewery (with Web page linked), its phone number and hours of operation. Under “Beers” are the new or seasonal beers on tap for this week.
Albuquerque metro area breweries
Ale Republic — (505) 281-2828
(Open daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m.)
Beers: Best Coast IPA, Wheat St. Wheatwine, Bug Juice, Sombra Stout, Belgian Cream, Lone Wolf. Ale Republic is feeling smooth with the new Belgian Cream. Lone Wolf is also back on tap.
News: Ale Republic is now open for lunch seven days a week.
Live Music: Saturday—Gabriel Tafoya, 7 p.m.
Alien 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: Call the number above for details on any small-batch beers currently available. They change frequently. The rest of the lineup is from the Sierra Blanca/Rio Grande family of beers.
Bistronomy B2B — (505) 262-2222
(Mon–Tues 4-9 p.m., Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-9:30 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)
Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.
Black Snout Brewhouse — (505) 296-8166
(Tues-Thurs 2-10 p.m., Fri 2 p.m.-midnight, Sat 2 p.m.-11 p.m., Sun 2-9 p.m., Mon closed)
Beers: Half Guard Hefe, South Paw Porter, Triple Double Hazy Pale Ale, Hat Trick Red. Welcome to the listings, Black Snout! The brewery at Juan Tabo and Menaul is now open, with a decided sports theme throughout. The first three beers will be standards. Hat Trick Red is the most recent addition.
The Blue Grasshopper — (505) 896-8579
(Noon to 11 p.m. most days, call for more info)
Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.
Live Music: Bands perform from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday. Click the link for the schedule.
Boese Brothers Brewery — (505) 382-7060 (brewery); (505) 821-0752 (brewpub)
(Brewery hours: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–midnight, Fri 3 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat noon–2 a.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.; Brewpub hours Mon–Thurs 3-10 p.m., Fri 3 p.m.-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)
Beers: Dr. Strangehop IPA, Duke City Lager, Washington’s Hatchet, Super Kreak, TruBlu Pilsner, Cascade Grenade, Märzen, Zeus Juice, Prickly Pear Sour. The Zeus Juice, a white IPA, makes its triumphant return. The Prickly Pear Sour is the most recent addition.
Bombs Away Beer Company — (505) 554-3204
(Hours: Mon–Sat noon–10 p.m., Sun noon–8 p.m.)
Beers: BABC IPA, Willie Pete Wit, Low Order Porter, Actuator IPA, All Clear! (Apple Beer), Counter Charge Coffee Stout, Operation Single Hop (Citra), Independence Amber Ale, S.A.F. Mango Sour, Common, Summer Bier, Type 50 Vienna Lager, Thor Missile Session IPA, Hazy Chain DIPA, Primer Pub Ale, X IPA. The most recent additions are the Primer, X IPA, Thor Missile, Summer Bier, and Type 50. The seventh version of Hazy Chain DIPA has arrived.
Bosque Brewing Company — (505) 508-5967 (Nob Hill Public House), (505) 361-1876 (Bosque North), (575) 571-4626 (Las Cruces Taproom)
(Nob Hill: Mon–Weds 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun noon-11 p.m.; North: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-10 p.m.; Las Cruces: Sun–Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-midnight)
Beers: Driftwood Oatmeal Stout, Open Space Haze, Bosque Cider, Resto Hazy Pale Ale, 550 U-Turn (Hazy IPA), Azacca SMASH, Earl of Mango, Motueka Hazy IPA, Old Days Pilsner, Strawberry Sabotage, Working Lab Golden Ale. The most recent additions are Working Lab, a charity beer for Canine Companions for Indepence, plus Allryety Then (Lager), Lulumelon (Watermelon Gose), Old Days American-style Pilsner and Strawberry Sabotage are best enjoyed with a lot of ’90s music. Cans of Open Space Haze and Jetty Jack are now available at all Bosque locations and retailers throughout New Mexico.
Bow & Arrow Brewing — (505) 247-9800
(Mon-Weds 3–10 p.m., Thurs 3–11 p.m., Fri 3 p.m.-midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–9 p.m.)
Beers: (House) Fringe Jacket (Saison), True Aim (Scotch Ale), Denim Tux Lager, Nomadico IPA, Savage Times Sour IPA, Visionland Amber Ale; (Seasonal) Strawberry Amigo Sour, Cake Bandit, Rad Vista Pilsner, Super Bien, Desert Rambler Hefeweizen, Wassabro Hazy IPA, El Breakfast Stout; (bottles and on tap) Western Beauty Grisette, Cosmic Arrow; (bottles only) Coyote Cool, Guest of Honor. The most recent additions are El Breakfast Stout, Desert Rambler, Rad Vista with Styrian Dragon hops, Super Bien (Mexican Lager), and Wassabro Hazy IPA, the brewery’s NMIPAC entry. Guest of Honor is a Belgian-style pale ale with brett, which is now only available in bombers, while Western Beauty Grisette is on tap and in bombers. Look for Thai Crush Grisette this Friday.
Boxing Bear Brewing Company — (505) 897-2327
(Brewery: Sun-Thurs noon-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; West Downtown Taproom: Sun-Thurs noon-10 p.m., Fri-Sat noon-midnight)
Beers: Mountain Pale Ale, Blood Orange Pale Ale, Ameri-Kolsch, New Mexi-Kolsch, Cascade Mountain IPA, Razz-Bearry Gose, Mosaic DDH Albu-Murky Hazy IPA, Guava Gose, Headlock Hazy IPA, Murkito, Bear-Mosa. First, take note that Black and Blue Tart is now a year-round beer, and is available now in cans. The most recent additions are Murkito, Bear-Mosa, Guava Gose, Headlock Hazy, and Razz-Bearry Gose. Cans of Guava Gose, Hazy Headlock, Mosaic DDH Albu-Murky, New Mexi-Kolsch, and Chocolate Milk Stout are now available.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8-10 p.m.
Brew Lab 101 Beer & Cider Company — (505) 962-1587
(Mon-Thurs 3-10 p.m., Fri 3-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.)
Beers: The Bull IPA, Sassy Brunette Amber, Event Horizon Oatmeal Stout, Newton’s Apple Cider, Cherry Bomb Cider, Drought Dry Cider, Jane’s Addiction Pomegranate Cider. Welcome to the listings, Brew Lab 101! Rio Rancho’s newest brewery is now open, with three beers and three ciders on tap to start. Jane’s Addiction is the most recent addition. They also have their own root beer, for those seeking a non-alcoholic option. This Friday, Wicked Pissa, a New England-style IPA (get it?) debuts on tap.
Live Music: Friday—Roger Jameson, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Sloan Armitage, 7 p.m.
Broken Trail Brewery & Distillery — (505) 221-6281
(Uptown Tasting Room: Mon-Thu noon-10 p.m., Fri noon-midnight, Sat 10 a.m.-midnight, Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m.)
Beers: Otero ESB, Lone Pine Pilsner, Sancho Saison, Pepe the Mule, Double Black, Trailworks IPA, Arroyo Blanco Wheat, Goathead Red. OK, fine, Pepe the Mule counts as a beer, even though it is basically a Moscow Mule, but it was made with beer. Double Black is now on tap at all times, and that is a good thing.
Canteen Brewhouse — (505) 881-2737 (brewery), (505) 200-2344 (taproom)
(Brewery: Sun–Thurs noon–10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight; Taproom: Open daily 3–10 p.m.)
Beers: Exodus IPA, Laid Back Lager, Irish Red, Citranova, Maze of Haze Pale Ale, Tuttle IPA, Abbey Ale, Strawberry Basil Gose, Sundance Kolsch, WIPL Wouser. Recent additions include the summer anniversary beer, Citranova, which is also available in four-pack cans, plus WIPL Wouser, Strawberry Basil Gose, Sundance Kolsch, Irish Red, and Abbey Ale. State Fair Pilsner, Cabana Lager, and Tuttle IPA are still available in six-pack cans to go.
Live Music (Brewery): Thursday—Cali Shaw Duo, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday—Javier Ortega and Sean Etigson, 4-7 p.m.
Other Events (Brewery): Saturday—Comedy Night, 8:30 p.m.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Today (Wednesday)—Brain Gang Trivia, 6 p.m.
Cantero Brewing — (505) 312-8247
(Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)
Beers: Cantero IPA, Cream Sour, Deaf Dog Brown, Brew-ha-ristra (Red Chile Stout), North Drain Lager, Cantero Black IPA, Critical Mass Radler, Brut IPA, Sour Grapes Ale, Sour’d Haze IPA. Cantero brews on a main system for its house beers and a smaller pilot system for its seasonals, so many of those beers will go fast. The most recent additions are Sour’d Haze and Black IPA.
Live Music: Saturday—Dirty Brown Jug Band, 6 p.m.
Cazuela’s Seafood & Mexican Grill — (505) 994-9364
(Open daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Papacabra (Double IPA), Acapulco Gold (Mexican Lager), Chupacabra IPA, Piedra del Fuego Stoned Cream Ale, Beer for My Horses (Oatmeal Stout). These are the regular house beers. Call the number above for an updated seasonal list.
Dialogue Brewing — (505) 585-1501
(Mon-Thurs 4-11 p.m., Fri 2 p.m.-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-8 p.m.)
Beers: Belgian Citrus IPA, Sour Raspberry, 505 Lager, Munich Dunkel, Belgian Dark Strong with cherries, Dry Irish Stout, Blacker the Berry the Sweeter the Juice, Nugget to the Rack Hoppy Imperial Amber, ODB Sour Brown Ale, Indo IPA, Mandala IPL. The most recent additions are the Indo IPA and Mandala IPL, preceded by the Nugget to the Rack and ODB.
Live Music: Thursday—Sloan Armitage, 6 p.m.; Friday—Summer Fizz: Tone Ranger, 7 p.m.; Tuesday—Mythic Valley, 7 p.m.
Differential Brewing — (phone number TBA)
(Mon–Fri 2 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Blue Corn Cream Ale, Dark Lager, Xtra Pale, Wheat Ale, Amber Ale, Pale Ale, Irish Dry Stout, Light Lager. Say hello to the new brewery at 500 Yale SE! The current lineup includes all the beers listed above. With a 3-barrel system, expect some fairly frequent turnover. The Stout and Light Lager are the most recent additions.
Ex Novo Brewing — (505) 508-0547
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Beers: The Most Interesting Lager in the World, Mass Ascension IPA, Cactus Wins the Lottery, Where the Mild Things Are, Perle Haggard Pilsner, Aperture Pale Ale, Stiff Upper Lip ESB, Hello My Name is Indigo Montoya, Stout of Good Names, Easy Come Easy Go (Bohemian Pilsner), Weiz Guy Eh?, Hopped Up on Pils, Eliot IPA, 1995 Called. Welcome to the listings, Ex Novo! Now open at 4895 Corrales Road, the production brewery is already rolling out cans into the marketplace, including the hoppy flagship Mass Ascension. On the seasonal/specialty front, 1995 Called (Amber Ale), Hopped Up on Pils, Eliot IPA, Pina Corrales Wheat, Stiff Upper Lip ESB, Stout of Good Names, Weiz Guy Eh?, and Easy Come Easy Go, a collaboration with Rowley Farmhouse Ales, are the most recent additions.
Flix Brewhouse — (505) 445-8500
(Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight)
Beers: Nebulas IPA, Candy is Dandy, Pale Full of Bricks, Saison De Walt, Marvelous, Scarlet Wit, H-E-Dubbel Hockey Sticks, James Blond. The Candy is Dandy is a peanut butter cup porter, which we’re sure many of you need in your lives. Nebulas is a hazy IPA. Marvelous is a tasty oatmeal stout. The most recent additions are the H-E-Dubbel and James Blond.
High and Dry Brewing — (505) 433-5591
(Mon closed, Tues-Thurs 2-10 p.m., Fri-Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)
Beers: Special Shapes (IPA), Ghost of a Moon (Pale Ale), other taps rotate frequently. The most recent additions are constantly shifting. That’s what happens with a 1-barrel brewhouse, the turnover is pretty constant, but it also means the beer is always fresh! Special Shapes and Ghost of a Moon are on tap at almost all times.
Live Music: Saturday—Martin Y Moso, 7 p.m.
Hops Brewery — (505) 369-1378
(Sun-Thurs noon-10 p.m., Fri-Sat noon-midnight)
Beers: Dad Joke (California Common), Tipsy Cow (Milk Stout), Warm Scottish Nights, An Irish Tan (English Bitter), Honey Wheat, Chica (Pale Ale), Hop Hill IPA, Tres Lobos IPA, Sourpuss IPA, Los Ranchos Cerveza, All About the Stout. Hops is generating more seasonal offerings, with Tres Lobos, Sourpuss, Los Ranchos, and All About the Stout (an Irish dry) now available.
Weekly Events: Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.
Kaktus Brewing — (505) 379-5072
(Mon-Thu 2-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30-10 p.m., Sun 11:30-9 p.m.)
Beers: Oatmeal Stout, German Pilsner, Longhair London Porter, Helles Lager, Maibock, Amber, Blonde, Puddle Stomper IPA, Cider, DjinnJar Kombucha. The most recent additions are Amber, Blonde, German Pilsner, and Maibock, plus Helles Lager and Puddle Stomper are back after a short absence.
Live Music: Friday—Ancient Bones Band, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Chris Cordova and Jazz Band, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events: Sunday—Blues Jam, 3-5 p.m.; The Desert Darlings, 6-8 p.m.
Kilt Check Brewing (formerly Drafty Kilt) — (505) 881-0234
(Sun 11 a.m–10 p.m., Mon closed, Tues–Thu 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight)
Beers: Groundskeeper Willie Cream Ale, Wee Beastie Scottish Ale, Campbell Toe IPA, McRojo or No?, Black Sunshine Robust Porter, Outlamber Amber Ale. The Outlamber is the most recent addition, preceded by the tasty Black Sunshine.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—X-ile Open Mic, 7 p.m.; Thursday—Blues Jam, 7 p.m.; Sunday—Tobyriffic Karaoke Show, 3 p.m.; Tuesday—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.
La Cumbre Brewing — (505) 872-0225 (brewery); (505) 916-0787 (Westside taproom)
(Both locations open every day at noon)
Beers: Miles From Cologne, Sun Fade Hazy IPA, Full Nelson DIPA, Kool Thoughts and Apricots, Dortmunder, Tres Padres Belgian Tripel, What’s the Alternative. You can still get cans of Full Nelson, Sun Fade Hazy IPA, Strawberry Gose, Acclimated, and Autumn Project Dank. Recent additions on tap include What’s the Alternative (Altbier), Dortmunder, Tres Padres, Kool Thoughts and Apricots, and Miles From Cologne. Oktoberfest Lager will return on tap and in cans this Friday.
La Reforma Brewery — (505) 717-1361
(Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Beers: La Ref Lager, Maximillian (Dunkel), Turbia (Hazy IPA), Hi-Wit, El Combi NEIPA. Welcome to the listings, La Reforma! Now open at 8900 San Mateo NE in the old Bosque taproom space, this brewery/distillery/taqueria is already making a positive impression. Enjoy any of the four house taps, or grab a Bosque guest tap or a cocktail. The El Combi was La Reforma’s entry in the NM IPA Challenge.
Lava Rock Brewing — (505) 836-1022
(Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun noon-10 p.m.)
Beers: Volcan IPA, 32 Bravo DIPA, Seismic Stout, Petroglyph Wit, Butte Blonde, Ash Cloud Hazy IPA, Shiprock Saison, Capulin Pale Ale, Gila Gose, Brown Trout Lager. Well, look at that, the first full beer list of house brews at Lava Rock! They sent it over to us, so how could we not share it with all of you? Head over to try them out alongside the revamped food menu as the kitchen is now run by M’tucci’s. The Valles Lager has temporarily run out, but Brown Trout Lager, a German-style dunkel, is available. There are also two fruited versions of the Gila Gose, one with peaches and the other with prickly pear.
Lizard Tail Brewing — (505) 717-1301
(Mon–Weds noon-9 p.m., Thurs–Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7 p.m.)
Beers: Contact the brewery for an updated list.
Marble Brewery — (505) 243-2739 (downtown), (505) 508-4638 (Westside), (505) 323-4030 (Heights)
(Downtown: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.; Westside: Mon–Thurs noon–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.; Heights: Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30 p.m.)
Beers: Desert Fog, Double White Triple Berry, Cerveza, Thunder from Dortmunder, Cholo Stout, Lifted Pale Ale, Rita, Pina Loca Gose, Brut Savant, Altbier, Double IPA, Honey Kolsch (Downtown and Heights only), Weizenbock (Heights and Westside only), Passionate Gose (Heights and Westside only), Valley Fog (Heights and Westside only), Dang Pale Ale (Heights and Westside only), Daisy Duke City Kolsch (Westside only), Dry Oaked Stout (Westside only), Basic Brunch (Westside only), Sorens’ Stonefruit Gose (Westside only). There are so, so many beers between the three locations. Don’t feel bad if you can’t get to them all. The most recent additions are Altbier, Pina Loca Gose, Honey Kolsch, Rita, Daisy Duke City Kolsch, Lifted Pale Ale, and Thunder from Dortmunder. Cans of Double White Triple Berry are now available, as are the cans of the two new hard seltzers.
Live Music (Downtown): Today (Wednesday)—Ponce, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday—Julian Dossett Quintet, 7-10 p.m.; Friday—Ceekay Jones, Katy P & The Business, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Saturday Night Fever Blisters, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday—The Travelin’ Kine, 3-6 p.m.; Monday—The Rudy Boy Experiment, 3-6 p.m., Julian Dossett Quartet, 6-9 p.m.
Live Music (Heights): Friday—Kelsey Manning & Gabriel Tafoya, 7-11 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Thursday—DJ JusinCredible, 8-10 p.m.; Friday—Adam Hooks & Danny Harps, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday—Soul Divine, 8-11 p.m.
Weekly Events (Downtown): Saturday—Brewery tours, 2 p.m.
Nexus Brewery — (505) 242-4100 (brewery), (505) 226-1055 (Silver Taproom), (505) 445-1545 (Blue Smokehouse)
(Brewery: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; Silver Taproom: Mon–Fri 4-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.)
Beers: Coffee & Cream, Sun Dust Hazy Pale Ale, 8 of 9 Blood Orange American Wheat, Toucan Sam Mango IPA, Raspberry Beret American Wheat. The most recent additions are the Raspberry Beret, Toucan Sam, and Sun Dust. Coffee & Cream is nearly out.
Palmer Brewery and Cider House — (505) 508-0508
(Tues–Sat 3–9 p.m.)
Beers: MWA (Malt With Attitude), Pool Session Pale Ale, Cockness Monster (Scotch Ale), Switch Stance Stout, Low Card Lager, Landed Up (Belgian Wit), Skater-Aid Pilsner, Coffee Pale Ale, Mocha Hipster Bomb, 2 Robs Make a Rita. It had been a while since we received an update, but then they went and put the tap list on Instagram. That works! Newer beers (to us) include Landed Up, Skater-Aid, and Low Card. Mocha Hipster Bomb is an award-winning collaboration with Quarter Celtic. 2 Robs Make a Rita is a collaboration with Starr Brothers.
Ponderosa Brewing Co. — (505) 639-5941
(Brewery: Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; El Vado Taproom: Daily 1-8 p.m.)
Beers: Blood Orange Double Wit, New Mexico Lime Lager, 400th DIPA, Amber Ale, Ponderosa Porter. The most recent additions are Amber Ale, 400th DIPA, and Ponderosa Pilsner. Next up are an India Pale Lager and Altbier.
Quarter Celtic Brewpub — (505) 503-1387
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
Beers: Dark Pedro, Kill or be Kilt, Fading Days of Summer Haze IPA, Blimey Gold. The most recent additions are Fading Days and Blimey Gold, an English golden ale.
Red Door Brewing — (505) 633-6675 (brewery), (505) 990-3029 (downtown taproom), (575) 268-3511 (Clovis taproom)
(Brewery hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to midnight, Sat 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Downtown taproom hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m. to midnight, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Clovis taproom hours: Sun–Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m. to midnight)
Beers: Cascade SMASH, Nitro Double Vanilla Cream, New England IPA, Ginga Ninja, Rickety Cricket, Left Paw Lager (Candelaria and Downtown only), Picture Rock Porter (Downtown only), Hopical Storm (Downtown only), Raining Blood (Downtown only), Blackberry Hefe (Downtown only), Riley’s Switch Lager (Downtown and Clovis only), Mail Order Russian Imperial Stout (bottles only). The most recent additions are Ginga Ninja, a pale ale brewed with Yuzu and ginger, Rickety Cricket, a raspberry green tea hefeweizen, and Left Paw Lager, a Bohemian pilsner benefiting Animal Humane. There is a limited supply of Blackberry Hefe and Raining Blood on tap downtown.
Weekly Events (Brewery): Saturday—Brewery Tours, 1 p.m.; Sunday—The Draft Sessions, 5-7 p.m.
Rio Bravo Brewing Company — (505) 900-3909
(Mon noon–10 p.m., Tues–Thu noon–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–1 a.m., Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: ESB Amber, NM Piñon Coffee Porter, El Lobo Rojo, Velvet Udders, Freak Juice Hazy IPA, Beer Against Humanity (IPA), Send it Pilsner, Wolfgang (Vienna Lager), Thin Mint Stout, Made Wit Love, 24/7 Session IPA, Dawn Patrol (Pale Ale), My Rye or Die IPA, Oktoberfest Marzen, Dunkelweizen, Berliner Weisse, Blood Orange Blonde. The most recent additions are the Berliner Weisse, Blood Orange Blonde, Dunkelweizen, Oktoberfest, and My Rye or Die IPA. Look for cans of Freak Juice and Send It Pilsner for a limited time.
Live Music: Friday—Hip Hop Fest, 6 p.m., Chuckie Campbell, 9 p.m.
Sidetrack Brewing — (505) 832-7183
(Mon–Thurs 3–11 p.m., Fri 3 p.m.–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Ante Up IPA, Counterbalance IPA, Pale Ale, Crystal Cream Ale, Hazy Summer Pale Ale, Pub Ale. The hops keep changing as Ante Up and Counterbalance are the newest IPAs on tap. The Pub Ale is a fresh batch and tasting mighty good.
Cask: Hazy Summer and Duke of Earl, the Pub Ale with Earl Grey tea, are in the beer engines.
Starr Brothers Brewing — (505) 492-2752
(Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day)
Beers: Starrstruck IPA, L.A. Woman (Blonde), Red Zepplin, Lampshade Porter, Starrphire Pilsner, 505 Reds Liverpool Ale, Armadillo Trousers, Starrlite Kolsch, The Velvet Whip, The Red Queen. The most recent additions are The Velvet Whip, a hybrid IPA, and The Red Queen, a raspberry gose. The 505 Reds Liverpool Ale is back in time for the start of the Premier League season.
Steel Bender Brewyard — (505) 433-3537
(Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: (house) Skull Bucket IPA, Red Iron Red, Sparkfitter Amber, Lloyd’s 3 O’Clock Kolsch, Blue Bullet Stout, Compa Los Ranchos Lager, Raspberry Dynamite, Steel Bender Cider, The Village Wit; (seasonals/specialties) Pucker Up Buttercup, Stay Golden Ale, The Village Idiot, Schwarz Bender, Cinderella Story; (barrel-aged bottles) Ned’s Sour Pail, Ned’s Sour Pail with boysenberry; (bottle-conditioned bottles) Cinderella Story, Saison de Luxe, Los Ranchos Cider. The most recent additions are Schwarz Bender and The Village Wit, plus Cinderella Story is back on tap for a limited time, and you can get $1 off four-pack bottles of the brett saison, too. A new batch of Stay Golden is available, made with lemondrop hops instead of actual lemons. Bottles of Saison de Luxe, a collaboration with Ex Novo, and The Judy are available for a limited time. Cans of Manana IPA and Peach Dynamite are still available even though they have run out on tap.
Thirsty Eye Brewing — (505) 639-4801
(Mon-Thurs 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sun 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.)
Beers: Citrus Buzz (Orange Blossom Honey Wheat), El Ojo Rojo (Red Ale), Hello EDo (Pale Ale), El Drac IPA, Rented Tux (Vanilla Porter), Cashmere Blonde, Mise-en-scene Pils. Welcome to the listings, Thirsty Eye! The brewery is now open at 206 Broadway SE. Rented Tux and Cashmere Blonde are the most recent additions. They also sell their own coffee, hence the early opening times. I Know You Are But What Am IPA will return in a couple weeks. The most recent addition is Mise-en-scene Pils.
Live Music: Thursday—Thirsty Eye Thursdays with Brendangerous, Cloud of Dust, Graeme Byous, 7-10 p.m.
Other Events: Saturday—Meet the Publishers, 2-6 p.m.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Local Artisan Showcase, 5 p.m.
The 377 Brewery — (505) 934-0795
(Open noon-11 p.m. most days)
Beers: The 377 IPA, Red Horse Lager, El CuCuy DIPA, Peach Wheat, Kolsch, Schwarzbier, Belgian Quad, Flanders Red, Ginger Beer, Wee Heavy, Mother Pucker Sour, Milk Stout, Brut IPA, Mantango Pilsner, Hefeweisen, German Pilsner. The Schwarzbier was a bronze medal winner at the Great British Beer Festival last year. There are often limited sours on tap, but those beers change out quickly.
Toltec Brewing — (505) 890-1455
(Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight, Sunday noon-10 p.m.)
Beers: (House) Cactus Warrior (Agave Wheat), Pale Ale, IPA, Stout, Altbier, Rye Lager; (Seasonals) Cherry Limonada, Guapo Hoppo IPA. The most recent additions are Cherry Limonada Gose and Roja Guardian, a hoppy red ale. The Red Devils Helles, brewed for the local Manchester United fan club, is back for the Premier League season.
Tractor Brewing Company — (505) 433-5654 (Nob Hill), (505) 243-6752 (Wells Park), (505) 243-6752 (Four Hills), (505) 361-1834 (Westside)
(Nob Hill: Sun–Weds noon–midnight, Thurs noon–2 a.m., Fri–Sat noon–2 a.m.; Wells Park: Mon–Thurs 3 p.m.–close, Fri–Sun 1 p.m.–midnight; Four Hills: Sun–Thurs 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m.; Westside: Sun-Thurs noon-11 p.m., Fri-Sat noon-midnight)
Beers: Acreage IPA, Berry Cider, Rosé Cider, Blood Orange Cider, Chicharron Red Lager, Saddle Up Jefe, Apricot Wheat, American Amber Ale, Pineapple IPA, Cold Brew Milk Stout (Wells Park only), Nitro Milk Stout (Wells Park and Westside only), Flanders Red (Four Hills only), Veruca Salt Gose (Four Hills and Westside only), Ebony & Ivory Pale Stout (Westside only), Summer Spice Field Beer (Westside only). The most recent additions include Chicharron, a collaboration with Turtle Mountain, plus American Amber, Pineapple IPA, Apricot, Wheat and Saddle Up Jefe, which benefits New Mexico Horse Rescue.
Live Music (Wells Park): Today (Wednesday)—Aaron Gillespie with Kevin Herig, 7:30 p.m.; Friday—Kyle Martin, 5 p.m.; Saturday—The Timewreckers Unplugged, 8 p.m.
Live Music (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Mississippi Jake, 7 p.m.; Friday—Nob Hill 8-Year Anniversary with Jacob Chavez & Friends, 5 p.m., DJ Flo Fader, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Gato Malo, 6 p.m.
Live Music (Westside): Friday—Kyle Murphy, 7 p.m.; Saturday—David Garcia, 7 p.m.
Other Events (Wells Park): Thursday—Comedy Roast Battles, 8 p.m.; Friday—Hops & Dreams: The Muppets Edition, 8 p.m.
Weekly Events (Wells Park): Monday—Breaking Bad Retro Watch Party, 7 p.m.; Tuesday—Kamikaze Karaoke, 7 p.m.
Weekly Events (Nob Hill): Today (Wednesday)—Writing Wednesdays, 5 p.m.; Monday—Tractor Tune Up, 7:30 p.m.
Weekly Events (Four Hills): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Game Night, 5 p.m.
Turtle Mountain Brewing Company — (505) 994-9497
(Kitchen hours: Mon–Tues 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed–Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Reminder: TMBC closes early when business dictates. Please call.)
Beers: Yum Yum Bramble, Maibock, Wheat Couture Wheatwine, SCH Scotch Lager, Tenacious Mediocrity IPA, Chicharron Red Lager, Tentative Magnificence IPA. The most recent additions are Yum Yum Bramble, which replaced Yum Yum Breeze, plus Tentative, Chicharron, and SCH Scotch Lager, with $1 from every pint sold of the latter going to help brewmaster Mick Hahn’s brother, who is battling cancer. Those were preceded by Maibock and Wheat Couture Wheatwine, a collaboration with Rowley Farmhouse Ales. When Tenacious runs out, Oktoberfest will go on tap.
Santa Fe breweries
Blue Corn Brewery — (505) 438-1800
(Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Fustercluck Hibiscus Wheat, Oscura Especial Mexican Lager, 505 Apricot Sour, Scotch Ale. The most recent additions are the Scotch Ale and 505 Apricot Sour. Points to Blue Corn for the name Fustercluck.
Chili Line Brewing — (505) 500-7903
(Mon–Sat 4–11 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Beers: Llorona (Blue Corn Lager), Pinche Guey (Malty) IPA, La Bamba (Dark Smoked Lager), Hugo’s Hef, Tio Coco (Milk Stout), Cherry Poppin (Smoked Sour), Que Picante (Dark Red Chile Lager), Fuego (Juniper and Honey Ale), Brumoso (Hazy) IPA. We got a big update from Chili Line with a slew of new beers available, including Hugo’s Hef, Tio Coco, Cherry Poppin, Que Picante, Fuego, and Brumoso.
Live Music: Every night at 7 p.m.
HoneyMoon Brewery — (505) 303-3139
(Tues-Thurs 1-8 p.m., Fri-Sat 1 p.m.-10 p.m., Sun-Mon closed)
Beers: Camellia Blanco, Camellia Flor, Cereza Negra, Pearsephone, Lupolo Seca, PIedra, La Moneda. The full lineup of hard kombuchas are now available. Blanco was made with jasmine green tea pearls, ginger, and lemon. Flor takes all of those ingredients and adds hibiscus. Cereza Negra uses tart cherries, Pearsephone is made with pear and elderflower, Lupolo Seca is Citra hopped, Piedra features apricot, peach, and mango, and La Moneda is made with grapefruit, lime, and Himalayan pink salt.
Rowley Farmhouse Ales — (505) 428-0719
(Open all week from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Beers: Agent Scully – Season Two, Episode Ten (IPA), Germophile (Berliner Weisse), Oyster Stoutish, Thrace (IPA), Jose (Key Lime Gose). The Agent Scully is a series of IPAs which will vary by hop combinations. We have now moved on to Season Two, where hopefully she isn’t abducted by aliens for a while, leaving RFA adrift with just the saisons to carry the show. The most recent addition besides Episode 10 is Jose, a key lime gose. Bottles of Fields of Rye and Cote d’Or Cerise Redux are available for a limited time. Look for a slew of new beers coming out this Sunday for the anniversary party, which are listed in the intro above.
Events: Sunday—Third Anniversary Party, all day
Live Music: Sunday—Mark Dawson of Mod Orange, noon-1 p.m., El Brujo Trio, 1-3 p.m., Clark Libbey & Kristen Rad, 3-5 p.m.
Santa Fe Brewing Company — (505) 424-3333
(Main taproom: Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 2-8 p.m.; ABQ taproom: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight; Sun 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)
Beers: Contact the brewery and/or the ABQ taproom for an updated beer list. We know Oktoberfest is back for a limited time, so get it on tap or in six-pack cans. Another six-pack, Social Hour, is now available, and has replaced State Pen Porter as a year-round beer.
Second Street Brewery — (505) 989-3278 (Railyard), (505) 982-3030 (original location), (505) 954-1068 (Rufina)
(Original and Railyard: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sunday noon-10 p.m.; Rufina: Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–midnight, Sun noon–midnight)
Beers: Kolsch, IPA, Cream Stout, 2920 IPA, Boneshaker Special Bitter, Agua Fria Pilsner, Chin-Gose, Rod’s Steam Bitter, CerveSandia, Pecos Porter, Six Fruit Under, XX ESB, Rod’s Best Bitter, Mandarina Brut IPA, Yuzu Gose. The benefits of having two brewhouses are now apparent as Second Street is loaded with more beers than ever. Recent additions include old favorites Rod’s Best Bitter and XX ESB, plus newcomers Yuzu Gose and Mandarina Brut IPA.
Live Music (Original): Friday—Stanlie Kee & Step In, 7 p.m.; Saturday—Bill Hearne Trio, 7 p.m.
Live Music (Rufina): Thursday—Pearl Charles, 7:30 p.m.
Weekly Events (Railyard): Today (Wednesday)—Geeks Who Drink, 8 p.m.
Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery — (505) 303-3808
(Bisbee Tasting Room: Daily 4-8 p.m.; Agua Fria Taproom: Sunday-Wednesday noon-10 p.m., Thursday-Saturday noon-midnight)
Beers: Farmhouse Ale, Sunset Pale Ale, Keymaster IPA, Hazy IPA, Honey Hibiscus Wheat, Honey Double IPA, TBR (Light Lager), Imperial Blonde, Irish Stout (on nitro), German Pilsner, Hefeweizen, Barrel-Aged Wheat Wine (in bottles), Sour Golden Ale (in bottles), SMASH Barleywine Series (in bottles), Sour Golden Ale with apricots (in bottles), Sour Brown Ale (in bottles). Stop by the tasting room at 32 Bisbee Court or go all-in at the taproom and music venue at 2791 Agua Fria Street. Recent additions include Keymaster and Hazy IPAs, Imperial Blonde, German Pilsner, and Hefeweizen, plus the SMASH Barleywine Series is now available in bottles.
Live Music: Thursday—The Surf Lords, 7 p.m.; Friday—Iribellion and guests, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Ryan and the Resistors, 8 p.m.
Weekly Events: Today (Wednesday)—Open Mic Night with Jason Reed, 6:30 p.m.
Other breweries you need to visit
Bathtub Row Brewing — (505) 500-8381
(Mon–Weds 2–10 p.m., Thurs 2–11 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.)
Beers: Hoppenheimer IPA, American Wheat, Little Bird Blonde, Patriot Porter, Smoked Porter, Mexican Lager, CojonHaze IPA. We are now getting regular updates again from Los Alamos, where the tasty beers are flowing. Hoppenheimer is always on tap, while the rest tend to rotate. The most recent additions are Smoked Porter, Mexican Lager, and CojonHaze.
Little Toad Creek Brewing and Distilling — (575) 956-6144 (Silver City), (575) 556-9934 (Las Cruces)
(Silver City: Sun-Thurs 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Las Cruces: Sun-Thurs 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-1 a.m.)
Beers: Smart Blonde, Copper Ale, E-9 Pale Ale, Hop-A-Long Rye Pale Ale, Grumpy Old Troll IPA, Big Ditch Brown, Pendejo Porter. After LTC asked us to add them to the listings, how could we say no? This is the year-round beer menu, available both at the main taproom in downtown Silver City, and at the taproom in downtown Las Cruces. Take note, the nitro version of the Copper Ale has run out.
Live Music (Silver City): Thursday—Karaoke with Miles, 9 p.m.; Friday—Rhythm Music, 8 p.m.; Saturday—Jerry G and the Cold Cash Band, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Joe Neri and Blues Dawg, 1 p.m.
Live Music (Las Cruces): Friday—Memphis Band, 8 p.m.; Saturday—DogBrain, 8 p.m.; Sunday—Paper Moon Shiners, 5 p.m.; Tuesday—Karaoke Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Red River Brewing — (575) 754-4422
(Mon–Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat–Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Beers: Lazy Bear Blonde, Greenie Peak Wheat, Ed Iver Pale Ale, Cat Skinner IPA, Copper Chair Amber, Midnight Meadows Oatmeal Stout, Back Forty Farmhouse Ale, Campfire Cream Ale, Mango Campfire Cream Ale, Bad Medicine Honey DIPA. Mango is the latest fruit to be added to the Campfire Cream, which will rotate additives all summer. The non-fruited Campfire is also back on tap.
Live Music: Saturday—Ry Taylor and Jessie Martinez, 7 p.m.
Sierra Blanca Brewing — (505) 832-2337
(Mon–Thurs 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri –Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m.)
Beers: Cherry Wheat, Peanut Butter Porter, Toasted Coconut Porter, Imperial Stout, Alien IPA, Tularosa Burro Flats Cider, Raspberry Sour. Take a gander at SBB’s first cider there, plus you can find Alien IPA landing just about everywhere. Raspberry Sour is back for the summer.
Truth or Consequences Brewing — (575) 297-0289
(Mon–Weds 3-9:30 p.m., Thurs noon-10 p.m., Fri–Sat noon-11 p.m., Sun noon-9:30 p.m.)
Beers: Airstream Ultra, Cosmic Blonde, Irish Red, Buckhorn IPA, Palomas Porter, Dark Skies Oatmeal Stout, Big River India Brown Ale, Cerveza Gold, Fireside Tripel, Earthshine Double IPA, Jackrabbit Pils. If you have to make one stop between ABQ and Las Cruces, this is it. The most recent additions are Earthshine, Big River, and Cerveza Gold. Look for Valhalla Peach Wheat on tap this Thursday.
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