Trekking to Taos and the four northern breweries

After a really busy week, just about every member of the Crew is looking forward to this weekend. Anyone that reads this blog probably realized that, considering we did not come with a single post since the previous Beer Weekend entry that went up last Friday. Rest assured, Shilling and Cryptogrind will have multiple posts…

Beer Weekend—We drink our own

Stoumeister here, on the eve of a big event for the Dark Side Brew Crew. Saturday will mark the world debut of Cryptogrind’s homemade ESB. The Crew will gather at his house for food and the first tasting of his first beer. I will let him take you through the plans below, but let it…

Quick review: La Cumbre gets its Irish on

La Cumbre is at it again. Just when beer lovers thought the hops were in full command of the brewery, Jeff Erway and company flipped the script and concocted an Irish red ale and an oatmeal stout, perfect for March. With Shilling and the Professor Emeritus of Beer in tow, I dropped on by LC…

Arizona Adventure: Back in the Old Pueblo

Stoutmeister here. My last major stop during the Arizona spring break getaway was my old college haunt of Tucson. I attended the University of Arizona from 1996 to 2000, celebrating a national basketball championship and spending far too much time drinking instead of going to class. Remarkably they gave me a degree, and even more…

Arizona Adventure: Baseball and Beer

While E-Rock has returned to ABQ, Stoutmeister kept busy visiting spring training ballparks and stopped by some of the remaining breweries in the Phoenix metro area. Ballparks are not exactly bastions of the craft-brewing movement. They tend to stick to the same, dull macro-brews found at convenience stores and supermarkets across America. With E-Rock in…

Arizona Adventure Part II: Dave’s Electric Brew Pub

We, Stoutmeister and I (E-Rock), decided to head to Dave’s Electric Brew Pub on the first night of our stay in the Phoenix metro area.  By the time this was possible, we had already driven for over seven hours, sampled seven beers and had a large lunch at Beaver Street Brewery in Flagstaff, and met…

Arizona Adventure Part I: Beaver Street Brewery

The Beaver Street Brewery in Flagstaff, Ariz., is a family-friendly restaurant reminiscent of Chama River and Turtle Mountain.  The staff at Beaver  Street was very nice and the food was delicious.  I had the grilled chicken oven-cooked pizza while Stoutmeister had a giant hamburger. (Editor’s note: Half-pound of beef with bacon and cheese. It shortened…

E-Rock and Stoutmeister’s Excellent (Beer) Adventure

As some may have read in our Beer Weekend post, E-Rock and I (Stoutmeister), have set off on a road trip of epic epicness to our neighboring state of Arizona. While E-Rock, brilliant in music and math but slow in typing, works on a review of Flagstaff’s landmark Beaver Street Brewery (it was his first…

Auto-correct fail of the week

The Brew Crew uses GroupMe to keep in touch since e-mail and texting can be too impractical.  Since we are all on touch screen phones (equally divided between Android and iPhone), the auto-correct sometimes gets the better of us! This has been a post… — Shilling (Editor’s note: Shilling is very lucky I have a…