A quick trip among the offsite taprooms of Las Cruces

Three of us in the Crew launched our trip to Southern New Mexico on Friday with a change from the original plan. Rather than head straight for the mountain towns of Cloudcroft, Lincoln, and Ruidoso, we instead went to Las Cruces first, saving the rest for Saturday. The reason was fairly simple: we had no…

The Crew returns to the road to visit breweries in southern NM

It has been a long, long time since multiple members of the Crew piled into a vehicle and hit the road to visit breweries beyond the confines of the Albuquerque and Santa Fe metro areas. Well, with vaccine coursing through our systems, and eager to avoid a potential influx of Texas tourists in the summer,…

Second Street Brewery survives 2020 and thrives so far in 2021

I waited in my car until I was given the signal from Tom Ludzia to follow him inside, through the service door, into the brewhouse at 2920 Rufina Street. There, in a fortress of stainless steel, less than a handful of other masked do-gooders stood around looking as if their day was about to get…

Toltec Brewing brings its new head brewer full circle

Brandon Venaglia is back in his old neighborhood. The well-traveled brewer, who went from Back Alley Drafthouse to Cazuela’s to Bathtub Row, has taken the open job at Toltec Brewing on the West Side of Albuquerque. “I went to Cibola High School,” he said, shaking his head. “I went all around the United States and…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Our musician friends begin to return

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….