ABQ Beer Geek
By ABQ Beer Geek
Time for another roundup of what’s being poured at your favorite local breweries. But first, exciting local news:
Il Vicino Brewery has leased space to build a brewery at Stanford and Aztec after losing its lease at the Vassar location. Former Chama brewer Jeff Erway had a brewing line trucked in from Ohio and is a baby step closer to opening his own brewery. Baby steps. His wife is pregnant.
Here’s your tap list and notes from the experts, before this turns into a damn gossip column.
Il Vicino Brewery, Brady McKeown
Vienna Lager: “Made with Munich and Vienna malts and Tettnanger hops, this Amber Lager drinks easy without sacrificing flavor.” 4.5 percent ABV
Simcoe Pale Ale: “100 percent Simcoe hops make for an aromatic, hoppy pale that could double as an IPA.” 6.5 percent ABV
Coffee Stout: “English chocolate and crystal malts combine with Australian coffee to wire you with this light and drinkable stout.” 4.7 percent ABV
Turtle Mountain, Mark Matheson
Yankee Stout: “This stout is smooth, yet has chocolate overtones on the palate. Roasted and chocolate malts, and summit hops.” 5.6 percent ABV
Pennant Ale: “This small batch of Extra Special Bitter was brewed to remember the hard-earned victories in life and baseball. Enjoy this while rooting for your team to earn the pennant this season.” 5.8 percent ABV
Audit Ale: “Taxes done? File for an extension? Owe money? Gettin' money back? Here's a brew that'll make you a little less anxious about your financial situation. This IPA has about 90 IBUs with a little bit of Galena hops and a lot of Amarillo hops.” 9 percent ABV
Amnesia: “Ahhh, our favorite beer that everyone loves to forget is back! The day after our first anniversary party, the obscured and lost memories of the prior evening quickly brought a name change to our Anniversary Ale.” 9.8 percent ABV
Marble Brewery, Ted Rice
Double White Ale: “This Belgian-style pale wheat ale is fragrant, dry and a touch tart. Brewed with coriander and orange and lemon peel, giving a distinct flavor.” 7 percent ABV
Hefeweizen: “A traditional German-style unfiltered wheat beer.” 5 percent ABV
MPA: “This beer is a refreshing American pale ale, dry hopped with Simcoe and cascade.” 5.1 percent ABV
Barley Wine: “Marble’s biggest beer to date, this Barley Wine has a nice malty characteristic balanced with ample hops that disguise the high alcohol.” 11.6 percent ABV
Chama River Brewery, Justin Hamilton
Centennial Pale Ale: “Pleasant and sweet floral aromatics with a crisp, clean drinkability make this a perfect session beer.” 6.2 percent ABV
El Hefe: “This German-style unfiltered wheat beer is known for its big banana, clove and vanilla flavor and aroma.” 5.3 percent ABV
Rye-PA: “Brewed with German malted rye to lend a unique spicy character, this one-of-a-kind IPA was produced with bitterness in mind.” 5.7 percent ABV
Wild Hare: “Previously brewed with a Scottish Ale yeast, this specialty IPA is back but revamped with our house ale yeast and a new hop profile. Big tropical and floral aromatics with a clean, dry finish.” 7.5 percent ABV
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