The Crew’s brewery merchandise guide for 2015

As we did last year, the Crew (and I do mean almost all of us) has put together a brewery merchandise guide for all of you just in time for your holiday shopping. Hey, it might be nice to just buy people beer, but sometimes they need more in life, like cool shirts, hoodies, growlers,…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Brace yourselves for Black Beer Friday

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. If you are feeling especially terrified…

The future of NM brewing: Gaining an insider’s perspective

The Crew met Angelo Orona back when he was working in the sales department for Marble Brewery. We could tell from the beginning that it was not just a job for Angelo, but a passion for good craft beer. Even after Marble’s early 2014 upheaval left the entire sales staff heading off to new jobs,…

The second annual Santa Fe Open brewing competition was another success

The Santa Fe Open brewing competition has once again come and gone, and this year the event was bigger and better than the first. Envisioned by the Sangre De Cristo Craft Brewers (the local Santa Fe homebrew club) in 2014, this event has been held in early to mid-November for home brewers and professional brewers…

Festival overload is hurting the NM craft brewing scene

As the snow falls outside, it currently feels about as far removed from festival season as can be in New Mexico. The period that begins with ABQ Beer Week in May and ends with NM Brew Fest in October saw more festivals than ever this year. That is not a good thing. Back on Friday…

Bosque ups the ante for awesomeness

A Thursday that began with all the computers going down at the day job just turned into something far, far better. The good folks at Bosque Brewing dropped some welcome news in our laps, and we just had to make sure to share it with all of you. Next Friday, Nov. 20, from 4 to…

The Week Ahead in Beer: The Imperial (Stout) March begins again

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. In honor of Star Wars, or…

Gazing into the future of the New Mexico brewing scene

After a slew of slow news days regarding the local brewing scene, the intrepid Stephanie Guzman of Albuquerque Business First posted a story today about Rio Bravo Brewing applying for a $5 million county industrial revenue bond. A surprising move? Maybe to some, not to others. Rio Bravo has been talking big since before they…

Enjoy a little beer with your Bacon Fest

The Southwest Bacon Fest is back Saturday at Balloon Fiesta Park for a third edition. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature a slew of eateries and food trucks providing bacon-centric dishes, plus of course there will be beer. You can buy a ticket for as little as $7, or…