The Week Ahead in Beer: The spirit of collaboration is alive and well

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s eight breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, one in Silver City, and one in Truth or Consequences also joining the party….

Resurrection Song: 3 closed Burque breweries are returning to life

Over the last few days, as we worked to follow up on our recent story about the challenge of reporting on brewery closures, we learned that three places we have reported as closing for good may be coming back to life. The circumstances in each case appear to be slightly different, but we are happy…

Beer Notes: The first full-fledged brewery opens in Clovis

In terms of craft beer, options were fairly limited out in Clovis for a long time, to put it mildly. A town of 38,000 people had no breweries or taprooms to call their own. Things began to change a couple years ago, when Albuquerque’s Red Door Brewing opened a taproom in Clovis. Roosevelt Brewing, from…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Steel Bender barrel ages a beautiful brew

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s eight breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, one in Silver City, and one in Truth or Consequences also joining the party….

A past champion claims the top spot at the 10th Stout Challenge

A dozen stouts, poured at random, and the first one poured ends up the champion. That was how it went Sunday afternoon, as the Brew Crew gathered for the 10th time to engage in a blind taste test of local dark elixirs for our annual Stout Challenge. The winner? Oh, you will have to scroll…

The Stout Challenge lives with a few 2021 modifications

Here we go again. The Crew is gathering a few weeks later than most years, but it’s time for our annual Stout Challenge. Only there will be fewer of us participating, in a different location, and with fewer stouts. Hey, it’s the pandemic era, sacrifices had to be made. In some ways, the breweries made…

Writing about the end of breweries is much harder than the beginning

As we noted in Tuesday’s beer history timeline article, the idea for that story came from a reader after we put out a request for a little inspiration to help us through a slow news period. Another reader had a shorter and simpler request for an article, asking what is happening over at Cantero Brewing….

The Week Ahead in Beer: Digging out from the can avalanche

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s eight breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, one in Silver City, and one in Truth or Consequences also joining the party….

The mostly complete timeline of the history of brewing in New Mexico

With our next few stories in the Look Back/Look Ahead Series delayed for various reasons, we put out a request to our readers on Facebook for some story ideas. One that caught our eye, or specifically mine, was to type up a single, comprehensive timeline of the history of brewing in New Mexico. Over the…