It has been quite a year for Tractor Brewing Company.
It opened its new location on Fourth Street NW in February, started up its on-site brewery operation at the new location in March and just began offering three of its craft beers in cans.
Tractor officially released cans of its Farmer’s Tan Red Ale, Farmer’s Almanac IPA and Milk Mustachio Stout on Tuesday.
“Currently, our red ale is very popular, and the most popular style in Albuquerque and around the country is IPA,” Tractor head brewer David Hargis said as to why the three beers were chosen. “Our Milk Mustachio Stout is a sweet stout. … It’s really good.”
Unlike the red and the IPA, the Milk Mustachio is not part of Tractor’s regular rotation. The Milk Mustachio Stout is a traditional stout. Sweet milk and sugar are added to the brew, which blends with the rich flavors of chocolate and roasted coffee, Hargis said.
All three beers will be available for tasting or purchase at the 2014 Albuquerque Blues and Brews on Sunday, May 25 at Sandia Resort & Casino. Tractor also will be serving up its Hay Maker Honey Wheat, Double Plow Oatmeal Stout and it’s gluten-free Tractor Hard Apple Cider, according to Hargis.
Tractor expanded its operation earlier this year. It continues to operate its successful Nob Hill location, and opened its Wells Park location. It started brewing at the Wells Park location in mid-March. Tractor moved its brewery operation from a 2,000-square-foot facility in Los Lunas to the 10,000-square-foot facility on Fourth Street. It renovated a warehouse into a brewery, tap room and administrative offices. There also remains 8,000 square feet of warehouse that has yet to be remodeled, according to Hargis.
The new tap room, which is about 1,600 square feet, seats 99 people. The old warehouse loading dock has been converted into a patio featuring 10 tables that can seat 30 to 40 people. The patio is open depending on the weather, Hargis said. The new facility also is beginning to incorporate live music on some Thursdays and Sundays. For more information on all things Tractor, visit getplowed.com.