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Beer & BBQ: Sip ales from Turtle Mountain at Pork & Brew

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Turtle Mountain Brewing Company owner Nico Ortiz stirs mash at the Rio Rancho brewery. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company owner Nico Ortiz stirs mash at the Rio Rancho brewery. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Rio Rancho residents know that when they are looking for a good pizza, a hearty salad and some good craft beer that they have to look no further than Turtle Mountain Brewing Company.

The eatery and brewery makes its craft beers in-house. It boasts 13 taps with five or six of its beers constantly on tap and three to five special beers on rotation. It is located at 905 36th SE in Rio Rancho.

Turtle Mountain offers a wide range of craft beer including its Hopshell IPA, Kosmonaut Kölsch, NB SMash, Okú Amber, Parasol White Pale Ale, Piedra Lisa Porter and Red Rye. A full list can be found at turtlemountainbrewing.com.

It also hosts guest taps that offer craft beers from other area breweries. Currently, it features beers from Albuquerque’s La Cumbre Brewing Company and Bosque Brewing Company, according to Turtle Mountain owner Nico Ortiz.

On July Fourth weekend, the Santa Ana Star Center, as part of its Pork & Brew event, will host Turtle Mountain so that attendees who come from around the area and the country can taste some of its craft beers. Ortiz and crew will be bringing some of their craft beers available for purchase including Pork & Brew Brown, McDay’s Cream Ale and The Fitzgerald Session IPA

“Pork & Brew Brown goes well with barbecue,” Ortiz said. “It’s malty and softly sweet, not like a coffee or stout, but rich like an amber.”

Ortiz described the cream ale as a golden-colored light ale.

“It’s a slightly sweet, traditional American-style made with corn and minimal hops,” Ortiz said.

Those looking for full flavor and a hoppier finish should lean toward The Fitzgerald, Ortiz suggests. Turtle Mountain will be rotating the Fitzgerald with some of its other favorites during Pork & Brew. The event also features a number of barbecue vendors from around the region competing in contests as well as selling their barbecued foods. Also, arts and crafts, face painting and live music will be part of the event.

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