Ponderosa’s renaissance man takes the brewing reins

Ponderosa Brewing is about to celebrate their second anniversary with a party on Saturday. The festivities include a special release, a 2014 barley wine that has been aging for 18 months. The impressive, or at least unique, fact is that beer was made four brewers ago. Ponderosa has seen a lot of change in two…

The Week Ahead in Beer: All Hallows Weekend is set for ABQ

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 six breweries, one in Socorro, one in Los Alamos, and one in Moriarty also joining the party. In case anyone has not checked the calendar, Halloween falls…

Beer Poll: Choosing Albuquerque’s favorite taproom

Believe it or not, the Marble Westside Tap Room will be celebrating its fourth anniversary today (Tuesday). It certainly changed the beer scene west of the Rio Grande when it opened back in 2012. It has been expanded three times in order to serve the growing number of Marble fans. Now, Marble Westside was not…

The 377 Brewery flies in for stealthy soft opening

Surprise! A new brewery opened Friday afternoon in Albuquerque. It would be easy to miss that The 377 Brewery was pouring beers at the corner of Yale and Gibson, directly west of an ubiquitous Applebee’s. The 377 has no social media page, not Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, so in the end it was just…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Helping our four-legged friends

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 six breweries, one in Socorro, one in Los Alamos, and one in Moriarty also joining the party. Many of our breweries have been friendly to dogs for…

The Crew could use a little help

Pardon the lack of fresh content so far this week. Things are conspiring against us in terms of timing right now. There has not been any big, breaking news (yet), just a few stories we are trying to chase down without much success so far. The biggest problem is that I am in the stretch…

Oktoberfiesta returns bigger and better than ever at Santa Fe Brewing

It’s Oktoberfest season once again, and you have plenty of choices to visit Oktoberfest celebrations around the state this year. Adding to the list is Santa Fe Brewing Company with their zany twist on a traditional Oktoberfest celebration, Oktoberfiesta. Sure, there will be brats, contests, dirndls, and a great Oktoberfest beer, but if you’ve ever…

Beer Notes: Tart times at Rio Bravo

Rio Bravo head brewer Ty Levis said, long ago, that he fully planned to take advantage of the many barrels in his possession to branch out beyond simply doing standard barrel-aged stouts, porters, and barley wines. A sour program was coming, at least as soon as things finally settled down in terms of production at…

GABF Notebook: Wrapping up everything from the fest

My first experience as a member of the working press at the Great American Beer Festival was a bit up and down. It can be a bit hard to do everything by yourself, for one thing, but in the end it is difficult to drink a lot of beer and then have any desire whatsoever…