Wet Hop Series for Harvest Season

Hop harvest in northern NM.

Hop harvest in northern NM.

I was in Portland last year in the heart of hop harvest season. Every brewery I went to (which was a lot…) had multiple wet hop beers on the tap list ranging from the expected IPAs and pale ales to the unexpected kellerbier and saison. Jealous that we rarely have access to this amount of fresh or wet hop beers in ABQ and with our Acequia Wet Hop IPA garnering honors three years in a row at the Great American Beer Festival, I tried to convince John to source more fresh hops for a multiple-beer wet hop series. Wouldn’t you know it, he bit!

For the last three years, we’ve purchased fresh hops from a small farm in Colorado for Acequia; this year’s Acequia will keep the tradition. However, we’ve also sourced fresh hops from the Pacific Northwest and from a small farm in northeast NM to bring you a unique (to NM) series of fresh and wet hop beers:

  • Rio Vallecitos Wet Hop DIPA – Trying to keep it as local as possible, this beer exclusively uses malts from Colorado and Wet Hops from NM.
  • Acequia Wet Hop IPA
  • Citra Blonde
  • Hazy Mosaic – A northeast style hazy IPA

First up is Rio Vallecitos Wet Hop DIPA (8.8% ABV  |  95 IBU) where New Mexico meets Colorado for the ultimate expression in hyper-local freshness. We’re welcoming fresh hop season with a unique Double IPA showcasing Chinook hops grown right here in New Mexico with malt produced by our neighbors up north. Pungent, earthy, and bursting with complex freshness, Rio Vallecitos is our way of celebrating local ingredients and the beginning of our brewer’s favorite time of year!

New Name, Same Beloved Beer

New Mexico’s affection for Riverwalker IPA has been steadily increasing since its launch in February 2015. However, the national craft beer explosion has created some unanticipated problems, namely trademark conflicts. While many are amicably resolved, some have led to vicious and nasty legal battles. This was not the case for Riverwalker IPA, but a conflict exists nonetheless in the form of Riverwalk Blonde Ale from the now-defunct Twisted Manzanita Brewing Co. based in California. Anticipating a lengthy and uncertain process to acquire trademark rights, we opted to submit this beer to the 2016 World Beer Cup competition under the moniker Bosque IPA, for which no additional trademark was required. The 2016 Bronze Medal win in the Australian or International Pale Ale category set the name change in stone. While the name change is substantial, have no fear: no changes were made to the original Riverwalker recipe.

Bosque IPA, along with Bosque Lager and Scotia Scotch Ale, will be available for purchase at local retailers in 6-packs of cans beginning in October 2016.

Scale Tipper: ICYMI in the taprooms...

Ah, Scale Tipper, you are loved by many and elude even the most devout. And as such, every last drop of the Scale Tipper kegs and bottles that made it to our taprooms is gone. But don’t fret! If you’re still jonesing for a fix, you can, for a limited time, find bottles of it at these fine establishments across the State:

Albuquerque Metro Area
Total Wine (Uptown)
Total Wine (Westside)
Kelly's Liquors (Bernalillo)
Kelly's Liquors (Juan Tabo)
Kelly's Liquors (Mountain Run)
Kelly's Liquors (Wyoming)
Jubilation Wine & Spirits
Paradise Liquor
Quarters (Wyoming)
Quarters (Yale)
Triangle Grocery (Cedar Crest)
Whole Foods (Carlisle)
Whole Foods (Wyoming)

Santa Fe Area & Taos
Kelly's Liquor Barn (Santa Fe)
Kokoman (Pojuaque)
Susan's Fine Wine & Spirits
Whole Foods (Cerrillos)

Las Cruces
Kelly's Liquor
Side Door Liquor Store

And if bottles aren't your thing, Scale Tipper’s going to make a brief comeback on draft at the taprooms in roughly 2 weeks.