Review of Eske's, A Brewpub

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Located just off of the plaza in Taos, the refurbished house turned brewpub is easy to find even with the high-density tourist traffic. Dirt parking lots surround the building but the dust never reaches the designated drinking areas. Out back, the upper patio offers a redwood railing around a tiled floor with a half dozen sets of glass and plastic patio furniture combos that include shade umbrellas. The lower half of the patio includes a half dozen aluminum picnic tables and a ping pong table under the shade trees. Inside, the front room no longer contains a sofa and lounge chairs but does have a fireplace adjacent to tall tables and stools leading up to a small bar separating the kitchen from the dining/drinking area. The adjacent room has more small tables surrounded by wooden floors and framed artwork. The bar features three 3-tap brass towers pouring the available draughts. The small brewery resides in the basement and is most noticeable during brew sessions when the aromas of hops and malt come wafting upward, enveloping both the indoor and outdoor areas. The food menu includes salads, green chile stew, Bangers & Mash, vegie burgers ($6.25) and a kids section that features peanut butter and jelly.

On the beer menu is a Blonde Ale, hazy light amber in color, with a sweet, honey-like flavor, subdued hops character and clean light hoppy finish. The Oat Cole Porter offers a medium body, creamy mouthfeel, and chocolatey flavor. The Wanda's Wicked Wheat is a clear straw color with a light body, clean light wheat flavor, and a light hop finish. The Taos Mountain Gold has a golden appearance matched to a medium body, and very light malty flavor. The Eske Special Bitter is a dark amber color with a medium body, smooth malty flavor and dry finish. The 4th of July Rye is a dark straw color with a creamy mouthfeel, medium body, and crisp dry finish. The ever popular Mesa Pale Ale is a dark amber color with a medium body, nice hoppy flavor, creamy mouthfeel, and very dry finish. The Taos Green Chili Beer has a sharp green chile aroma and flavor that betrays its clear straw color. The summer seasonal is the Apricot with a strong apricot aroma, light smooth and complex flavors followed by a lingering aftertaste. Christmas-time visitors get to enjoy the Hoppy New Beer, a local favorite. The clear amber brew can be deceiving with its intense hop aroma and flavor masking the 7% alcohol strength.

Operating hours vary based on the season but generally, look for hours of Noon to 10:30 pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 10 pm on Sunday all summer. A taster tray costs $6 while 4 ounce tasters are $1 each. Pints are $3.50, 10 ounce glasses $2.50, and pitchers $11. The unisex restroom is extremely clean and fully wheelchair accessible.

Eske's A Brewpub
106 DeGorges Lane
Taos, New Mexico

Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - October, 1996; July, 1997 & February 1998

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