If an apple a day is good for you, how about four?

Last Saturday afternoon, fellow Bullpen-er Luke and I, Amy O (along with our significant others), visited Santa Sidra Cidery in Santa Fe. We were very warmly greeted by owner and cidermeister Michael Zercher and his wife. None of us had ever seen a working cidery before and the tour was quite informative. Mike knows a…

Il Vicino fans should not worry about name change

Another week, another brewery re-branding itself. In the wake of Marble and Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca, Il Vicino Brewery will henceforth be known as the Canteen Brewhouse. This change will likely have less of a visual effect than things have been for those two breweries, since IV never did any package sales. So why the change…

Rescue your weekend at Marble and other breweries

This weekend marks a temporary respite amid festival season, falling in between Hopfest last week and the upcoming Lions, Tigers, and Beers at the Zoo next weekend (plus GABF, for those lucky enough to head up to Denver) and then NM Brew Fest the weekend after that. So the good folks at Marble decided it…

Beer Notes: Yes, there are more breweries on the way

There has been a lot of little beer-related news items coming across the Crew’s proverbial desk of late, so I figured I would jam them all together in a notebook. Now it’s just a test to see how many of those items I actually remember. Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead. New breweries are…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Tastes like fall around here

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the reunified edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and one newcomer down in Socorro also joining the party. We tried hard to keep the state edition going, but without…

Shenanigans were aplenty at Hopfest

Well now, wasn’t that just a fun way to spend a Saturday? The seventh annual Hopfest went down at Isleta Casino, with a lot of beer choices (seriously, a lot) to sort through. For all four original Crew members, plus at least two from the Bullpen, and our assorted friends, we’re pretty sure we collectively…

Head to Head: Brewing up a hit

Editor’s note: For more on this story below, you can visit Paul at his own booth at Hopfest this afternoon. His booth is located on the south wall of the main ballroom, next to the Dukes of Ale and Pagosa Brewing. — Stoutmeister In the craft beer industry, homebrewing, professional brewing, and competition are all…

Where to quench your hop thirst at Hopfest

Oh, Hopfest, you lovely giant beer festival, you have returned. It’s Lucky No. 7 for Hopfest, which returns to the Isleta Casino this Saturday. Tickets are still available online today (Friday). They go up in price at the door ($35 for general admission, $45 for Extra Hoppy Hour), so we highly recommend you get them…

Spotting a new brewery down south

Recently I, Porter Pounder, was invited to an advance tasting at a new brewery under construction while working down south in Las Cruces. Spotted Dog Brewery is the name, and wheat beer is their very specific game. Jerry Grandle, owner and operator, was kind enough to let me in to watch them brew their first…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Everybody is back together again

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the reunified edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and one newcomer down in Socorro also joining the party. We tried hard to keep the state edition going, but without…