How I really won in Vegas

Hello, all. I just got back from Vegas and I have some exciting news for you. I had heard a rumor just before I left for my trip that Mandalay Bay casino was starting to serve craft beers on the casino floor. I could barely contain my excitement. Of course, this beer traveler had to…

The Crew’s annual Hopfest survival guide

The Albuquerque Hopfest returns this weekend, featuring 70 breweries and a whole lotta beers down at the Isleta Casino. Once again, the Crew will be in attendance, as we are veterans of this annual event. So we present our picks for what beers to try and all the other advice we can think of sharing….

So about that one missing beer from the Founders kickoff party

The Tuesday announcement that Founders Brewing was coming to New Mexico in October was greeted warmly by most of the people we interacted with online or in person. However, more than a few folks seemed a bit disappointed that one beer was missing from the (outstanding) lineup of nine Founders offerings that will be at…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Let the madness commence

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 four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party. Well, hello there, festival season. Good…

Founders finally finds their way to New Mexico

Rejoice, craft beer lovers of New Mexico, one of the national heavyweights in the industry is at long last coming to our humble little state. Founders Brewing Co. of Grand Rapids, Michigan, will begin distributing to New Mexico this October via Premier Distributing. The news leaked out a couple weeks ago, though we were politely…

Beer Notes: Canteen’s new gear, another brewer on the move and more

Enough little tidbits of beer-related news have come up with this week that they cried out for their own post. None was necessarily a full-fledged story, so voila, Beer Notes makes a triumphant return. Canteen feeling swanky with new brewhouse As some might have seen on their Facebook page, the mad scientists at Canteen have…

The Week Ahead in Beer: The calm before the festival storm

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 four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party. Festival season is about to roar…

Boese Brothers Brewery bursts onto the local craft beer scene

By the time you read this, Boese Brothers Brewery could already be open. No, do not stop reading just yet, but be aware that if it is after 2 p.m. here on Friday, Aug. 14, that the grand opening of Albuquerque’s newest brewery is underway. The good news is they will be open until 2…

Sturm Brauerei: Birth of a home brewer

From a wish to an idea to the bottled goodness we call beer, this is my tale concerning how I became a home brewer and the adventures I’ve had along the way. Twenty years ago I was in my parents’ home wondering what in the blazes was this odd aroma coming from the kitchen. My…