Somebody turn down the volume in our taprooms

Recently one of the first questions we were asked about a just-opened brewery came as a bit of a surprise. Rather than ask about the beer or hours or something like that, our reader asked us this simple question: “How loud is it inside?” While we could answer “not too loud,” we did so by…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Membership has some tasty benefits

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. Remember back in our brewery membership…

Firkin Brewhouse inches ever closer to finally opening

To say that it has been a struggle to get open for Firkin Brewhouse might count as the biggest understatement of 2016 (to date). The beer is nearly ready, the building is nearly ready, and yet they have dealt with one roadblock after another from the City of Albuquerque, which prides itself on being business…

Kaktus kicks it up a notch with a new taproom and more

My latest story for our annual Look Back/Look Ahead Series took me to two different towns. That is what happens when Kaktus Brewing moves out of just their cozy space in Bernalillo and opens a taproom in Nob Hill. That alone was the big move of 2015 for Kaktus, but it was far from the…

Boese Brothers blaze through first year and now settle into their second

Boese Brothers Brewery burst onto the local brewing scene in 2015, offering up a swanky downtown location, some out-of-the-ordinary beers, and a general sense of fun. That they did this all downtown, a former craft beer desert, has helped inspire a renaissance of sorts in that region. Since they opened at Gold and 6th Street,…

Albuquerque Brewing Company hopes to hit higher notes in 2016

The first year of operations for Albuquerque Brewing Company featured quite a few changes throughout 2015. I set up a meeting with new brewer/owner John “Carnie” Bevz to discuss the past year and what is coming in 2016 for our annual Look Back/Look Ahead Series. When I arrived I found that they had a whole…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Wake up with some epic coffee stouts

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. To prove that winter is not…

Red Door Brewing rings in the new year with some big plans

Hey there, everyone! Time for another entry in our Look Back/Look Ahead Series for another local brewery, this time at one of my personal favorite spots, Red Door Brewing. Head brewer Wayne Martinez was gracious enough to sit down with me in the middle of his busy brewing schedule to talk to me about what’s…

Duel Brewing set for soft opening of ABQ taproom this week

Before the ugly, grueling Steelers-Broncos game kicked off Sunday, some of us in the Crew — myself, E-Rock, AmyO — headed downtown to check out the new Duel Brewing taproom. Much to our surprise, we were told the taproom would have a soft opening this Tuesday at 5 p.m. Before anyone heads over, here is…