As I prepare to ramble tomorrow (Saturday) about beer to an audience at the library where I work, progress is being made on the Albuquerque beer history book I am writing for The History Press, a division of Arcadia Publishing. One thing I obtained this week from fellow author Jon Stott was a chronology of breweries in New Mexico, at least those that have arrived since 1988. Needless to say, pre-Prohibition records are spotty at best.
The most fascinating part of this list is all the breweries that no longer exist. Many came and went long before I, the oldest active member of the Crew at 38, could even partake in beer (legally, at least). Some I knew about, others are names I never heard of before. To start a little weekend discussion, all of us in the Crew would love to hear back from everyone out there who may have visited one of these places back in the day. Of course, if there is anyone out there who worked at the breweries that were in the ABQ metro area, and may have some old photos lying around, please contact us at email@example.com.
After this, everything I find for the book will be going into the book (planned release May 2017), but when I am allowed to share some small tidbits, rest assured I will do so here.
Here are all the breweries that came and went from the late 1980s to the current decade. They are ordered by their start date, not their closing date or location. Thanks to Jon for the list!
- Embudo Station Brewing (1989-2008): Originally founded by Mike Eskeback, who of course would later go on to open Eske’s in Taos.
- Manzano Mountain Brewing, Tijeras (1991-92)
- Russell Brewing, Santa Fe (1992-96)
- Assets Grill and Brewery, Albuquerque (1993-2005): Heimat House was the most recent business to fail in this location on Montgomery.
- Rio Bravo (original version), Albuquerque (1993-97)
- Old West Brewery, Mesilla (1994-2000)
- O’Ryan’s Tavern & Brewery, Las Cruces (1994-2000)
- Rio Grande Brewing, Albuquerque (1994-2007): Sierra Blanca bought out this brewery and effectively merged it into their operations in Moriarty.
- Elephant Butte Pizzeria and Brewery (1995-97)
- Alamogordo Brewing (1996-99)
- Cabezon Brewing, Albuquerque (1996-2004)
- Volcano Brewery, Rio Rancho (1996-98)
- Wolf Canyon Brewing, Santa Fe (1996-2000)
- Alvarado Brewing, Albuquerque (1997-98): The owners of the original Rio Bravo attempted to start over with this operation, without success.
- Bavarian Lager Cellar, Albuquerque (1997-98): It was located on the corner of Wyoming and San Antonio, in the same shopping center as where Sandia Chile Grill currently resides.
- San Ysidro Brewing, Albuquerque (1997-98)
- Big Tesuque Brewing, Santa Fe (1998-99?)
- Socorro Springs Brewery (1999-2010): Technically still open, though 2010 was when they stopped brewing their own beer and instead outsourced it all to Eddyline Brewing in Colorado.
- Dry Gulch Brewery and Grille, Albuquerque (2000-02)
- Milagro Grill and Brewery, Bernalillo (2001-05)
- Pinon Brewing, Los Alamos (2005-07)
- Corrales Bistro Brewery (2007-12): Also technically still open, though they also stopped making their own beer and are now just a taphouse featuring other local brands.
- Silver City Brewing (2007-10)
- Hallenbrick Brewery, Albuquerque (2009-11): It will always go down as the first place I ever met Leah Black.
- Mimbres Valley Brewing, Deming (2010-14)
- Bad Ass Brewery, Albuquerque (2011-12): Arguably the worst reviewed local brewery of all time. Space now occupied by Lizard Tail, though they completely cleaned out the joint.
- Broken Bottle Brewery, Albuquerque (2012-15)
- New Mexico Craft Brewing, Las Vegas (2012-15)
- The Stumbling Steer Brewery and Gastropub, Albuquerque (2013-14)
Share those memories, and enjoy your weekend, everyone! If you want to come hear me ramble on Saturday at 11 a.m., the Cherry Hills Library is located on the northwest corner of Harper (what San Antonio becomes east of Wyoming) and Barstow.