Firkin Brewhouse up and running despite an uncertain future

Divorce is never a pretty thing. Even in the craft beer business. A few months ago, Firkin Brewhouse went from being just another new brewery looking to make their mark to a vortex of controversy and in-fighting, the likes of which had not been seen in Albuquerque in a long time. Things have settled down,…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Duel dials up a 3rd anniversary celebration

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 one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos also joining the party. Every time a brewery’s anniversary comes around, it usually leads…

The IPA Challenge survival guide 2016 preliminary round edition

Hopheads! Assemble! The 2016 edition of the New Mexico IPA Challenge kicks off this Saturday at noon with the preliminary round at Rio Bravo Brewing. If you need a reminder of how it will be set up, we wrote about that a while back. To further help you out, we asked Rio Bravo brewer Ty…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Things to do in ABQ when you’re not a hophead

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 one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos also joining the party. The preliminary round of the IPA Challenge is this Saturday…

Camping at a hop farm is one unique experience

This past weekend, Porter Pounder and I got the opportunity to camp overnight at the Santa Fe Brewing Hop Farm. SFBC sales rep Silas Sims rounded up a small group and led us up there. For those who have no idea where it is at, the farm is located in Rinconada, along the highway between…

Marble continues upward trajectory with rooftop deck

It can be hard to beat the view at Marble Brewery. No, not like that, we are referring to the new downtown rooftop deck, which opens to the public today (Friday) at 4 p.m. The staff was putting the finishing touches on the space Thursday afternoon before Brew Club members could hang out. The deck…