Meet our new Brew Crew Bullpen members

If you were reading our site during ABQ Beer Week you probably saw some new names pop up amongst the usual suspects. These correspondents have all agreed to accept an invitation to join our Brew Crew Bullpen. As we stated when we created the Bullpen last year, they are designed to provide relief to the…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Dear summer, let us drink our beers in peace

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…

No fish tales, just great beer at Ballast Point in San Diego

I am back from San Diego, where it was a perfect 75 to 80 degrees all four days. What the literal hell happened here in ABQ while I was gone? I mean, it’s seriously scorching. Anyway, back to the beer talk. Last month, a team of folks from San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits…

New breweries update: Checking in on the progress of the many

One thing I had hoped to do in June, before life got in the way, was to go around and see where all the forthcoming breweries are in their progress toward opening. It is something that is easier to think about writing than actually writing. After all, these folks are busy somewhere in the process,…

Blue Corn’s Midnight Red is coming for your soul!

The Midnight Red is now available at Blue Corn Brewery. After a week on tap, it has certainly hit its stride. It’s been a while since Blue Corn released a beer as monstrous as this big, dark, malty Imperial Red Ale, and so I sat down with brewer James Warren to taste his beer and…

The Week Ahead in Beer: It’s Monsoon (IPA) season at Bosque

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…

The numbers add up for Tractor’s new assistant brewer

A while back I believe that I mentioned we would be re-starting our NM Women in Brewing Series now that ABQ Beer Week is in the rear view mirror. During the first round of interviews, one little bit of info that I picked up at Tractor caught my attention. While the Crew had been working…

Full disclosure: So, I got a job at a brewery

In the Dark Side Brew Crew, we try to remain as objective as possible and build our headlines on pillars of truth. We tell it like we see it, and if we didn’t like it, we’ll say so. Remember the fiasco at the zoo? Me neither. Thank you, six-pack therapy. So what if one of…

Ponderosa plucks their new brewer from just down the road at Marble

A while back we reported on the pending departure of founding brewer Matt Kollaja from Ponderosa Brewing. At the time we did not know why Matt was leaving the nascent brewery, nor who his replacement would be. While serving as the proverbial fly-on-the-wall for the creation of the 505 Collaboration beer, Matt told me that…