One of the worst-kept secrets of recent beer memory has been that Dogfish Head was coming back to New Mexico. The Delaware brewery was here long ago, but the news that it was returning was circulating throughout the local scene. The only question left was when it would arrive.
Ta-da! That day is today. Dogfish Head six-packs are now available at Jubilation and Total Wine.
The returning of the quirky, award-winning craft brewery will likely generate more hype than Great Divide’s recent return did, or at least that seems to be the case around here. Then again, perhaps in a way Dogfish’s star has dimmed a bit. The Vermont beer scene is the big trend on the East Coast now, and the most hard-core beer geeks we know have been far more keen on getting their hands on brews from Trillium, Tree House, and The Alchemist of late.
Whether or not Dogfish Head still has the cachet around these parts will be determined in sales. The sight of trendy beers arriving, causing a huge splash, and then fading into the background on shelves has become a trend into itself. Local beer drinkers here seem to swarm to a new out-of-state brewery for a few weeks or months, then they move on to the next shiny arrival. We have seen it with Ballast Point, Founders, and many others in the last few years.
In the end, loyalty to local brands seems to take precedence over out-of-state for a lot of people. That is just fine with us (fresh beer is better, supporting local is better, etc.), but at least the national craft beer market has recognized that New Mexico is worthy of receiving many more options from around the country.
Go grab some Beer for Breakfast Stout (and maybe snag its Founders counterpart for some head-to-head tastings) and enjoy your weekend. It’s gonna be cold and miserable out there. We will keep an ear out to see which local beer bars might have some tapping events coming up. The original date was January 14 (location TBA), but now it looks like that could be a lot sooner, or perhaps not, considering the holiday chaos descending around town.
UPDATE: Readers on Facebook have passed along the following. Fire & Hops will have Dogfish beers on tap Saturday. O’Niell’s should have at least 60 Minute IPA, if not more, on tap the same day. The Local Brewhouse in Rio Rancho also expects to tap several kegs soon, though they are not sure exactly when.