Sidetrack Brewing sets steady course for late fall opening

Downtown continues to become more of a destination for something besides just late-night chicanery. There are more condos rising up every day. A grocery store will soon join those living spaces. In that sense, it is becoming more of a neighborhood unto itself than ever before. The addition of neighborhood pubs, rather than hipster clubs,…

Former Albuquerque Brewing brewer speaks out about his firing

A little while back a friend of the Crew told us that Albuquerque Brewing Co. had fired their founding brewer, Mike Marsh, after just five months of being open. We emailed Mike to confirm or deny this, and he said it was true. He also said that he would be willing to talk about what…

Tubs with taps: The Czech beer spa experience

M: “My thumbs are sweating.” J: “Can eyeballs sweat? ‘Cause mine are.” This was the conversation between my husband and I as we laid trapped, rolled up — torturously — in electric blankets with the heat turned all the way up in a subterranean room in the center of Prague. M: “I’m such a moist…

Matanza hopes to “kill it” in Nob Hill

A matanza translates to a killing or slaughter and comes from the Spanish action verb matar, meaning “to kill.” As a native New Mexican, I have attended a few matanzas (pig roasts) in my day, but none of these fiestas ever included 100 local craft brews on tap. In fact, the available beer was usually…

The Week Ahead in Beer: A wild and woolly weekend awaits us all

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. Lost amid all the festivals this…

Brewing and judging better beer at State Fair Pro-Am and beyond

The annual State Fair Pro-Am has come and gone for the year, and no doubt you’ve seen the RESULTS, but from competitions like these we get to see some great brewers, both pro and amateur, show off their talents as part of our New Mexico brewing scene. I spoke with John Rowley, very near-future head…

Distillery 365 is the latest to jump on board at Green Jeans Farmery

Distillery 365, which just opened recently, has become the latest local libations spot to decide to open a second location. They are set to join Santa Fe Brewing at the new Green Jeans Farmery, the new reused shipping container facility located at Carlisle and I-40. They will be taking the spirits, but there beer will…

Kaktus takes a chance with plans to open Nob Hill taproom

The news that Kaktus Brewing was planning on opening a taproom in Nob Hill broke while Franz Solo and I were up in Denver two weeks ago. Once our respective busy schedules fell into place, Kaktus owner Dana Koller and I finally met up last Friday morning to talk about the decision-making process that went…

Picacho Peak joins the craft beer community in Las Cruces

Editor’s note: The Crew cannot be everywhere in New Mexico, so from time to time we have to call upon a new contributor to help us out when news is breaking in the outlying parts of the state. When we got word a new brewery was opening in Las Cruces, we put the call out…