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 run to finish the book on beer history, leaving me little time to go around and dig up stories in a slow news period. As for the rest of the Crew, most are bogged down by their day jobs or other situations outside their control. With our annual Look Back/Look Ahead Series set to resume in November (we hope), the time has come to accept the fact we could use one or more new writers to join us.
Qualifications for joining the NMDSBC Bullpen are as follows:
- You gotta love craft beer, especially local craft beer. You do not need to love every brewery in town, but the majority of your beer money should be staying local.
- This is not a paying job. At best, you might get a free beer here or there, behind the scenes access, and discounted or even free festival tickets (though we are mostly past that season until next summer). We are aware that your paying job will always come first, so we are looking for folks who love beer and have a decent amount of free time on their hands in which to write.
- Some writing background is preferred, but not totally required. You do not need a journalism or English degree. We are looking for capable writers who can construct a story. Yours truly has the journalism degree and professional experience to edit out those grammatical errors and double-check the facts. I can coach you as far as the terminology goes, and if you are worried about doing face-to-face interviews with people, I will help with that, too.
- Check your strong opinions at the door. We are first and foremost a news site, telling people the what, when, where, and how about craft beer in New Mexico. While we do offer up the occasional recommendation, beer is highly subjective. A beer or brewery you might think is terrible probably has someone who thinks completely the opposite, plus many people who fall somewhere in between. If you just want to write beer/brewery reviews and be hyper critical, check with Beer Advocate or start your own website.
- You would not be required to write every week. Once a month would be good to start, depending on your availability and our needs, not to mention how much news there is coming out of the breweries. If you have an especially time-consuming or physically/mentally-draining job, you need not apply. Just keep drinking local craft beer.
- You do not have to like metal, hockey, soccer, or dress in mostly black. But, it would not hurt.
If you want to jump on board, please send us an email to email@example.com, or contact us via the comments below or on social media. Any interviews will be conducted in person at a time and place (brewery or taproom) that best fits everyone’s schedules. If you know of someone else who might fit what we are looking for, please share this story or our contact information.
At this point we are looking for one or more writers who live in the Albuquerque area, but if anyone in other New Mexico communities are interested, we would still love to add writers, particularly in the Las Cruces area, Taos area, Southeastern New Mexico, or the Farmington area. We have Santa Fe and Los Alamos covered.
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On a separate note, but getting back to the beer history book, I am still looking for photographs of the many breweries that came and went in the 1990s and early 2000s. They can be from on-site or off-site events/festivals, or just images of beer labels or anything else of the sort. If you do not have the ability to scan them digitally, I can come pick them up, scan them, and then return them. Otherwise, please email them to the address listed above.
For the record, these are the breweries for which I currently lack imagery.
- Albuquerque Brewing (1988-90?), which only produced one bottled beer, Mike’s Golden Ale
- Rio Bravo Restaurant and Brewery (1993-97), which later became Alvarado Restaurant and Brewery (1997-98)
- Rio Grande Brewing (1994-2007), before it was absorbed by Sierra Blanca
- Volcano Brewery (1996-98), which was based on Rio Rancho
- Bavarian Lager Cellar (1997-98)
- San Ysidro Brewhouse (1997-98)
- Dry Gulch Brewery and Grill (2000-02)
- Westwind Brewing (1998?-2000?), located in Bernalillo, later became Milagro Brewing (2001-05)
Thanks to Mark Matheson and Mike Carver, I have Assets Brewery and Cabezon Brewing covered from the 1990s.