Archive for January 12, 2017

If you got the tickets, we've got the beer lists to whet your appetite!

If you got the tickets, we’ve got the beer lists to whet your appetite!

All right, this is one of those posts where you can react one of two ways:

  1. Be excited, because you bought a ticket
  2. Be seriously bummed, because you did not and the event is sold out

If you fall under No. 2 there, you might want to just move on with your internet browsing. Unless you want to kick yourself for not getting a ticket to WinterBrew, the annual awesome NM Brewers Guild event, which takes place this Friday at the Santa Fe Farmers Market from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Yes, the event is sold out, as it is every year. Only so many folks can fit inside the space, and few of us ever leave (unless a certain emeritus Brew Crew member decides to hold his wedding the same weekend, which happened to us last year) until the night is done.

There will be food on site (you will need it), the Rail Runner does drop you off right there (though not until a little after 6 p.m.), and if you are heading up and want to spend the night, there is a discount at the Sage Inn & Suites (call 505-982-5952 and mention WinterBrew to get said discount).

Truth is, if you are going, you probably know all of these things. What you probably do not know is what beers will be poured. As usual, we asked around, and while not everyone answered us (yet), what lists we received were fairly impressive.

  • Abbey: Monks’ Ale, Monks’ Dubbel, Monks’ Tripel, Monks’ Dark, Monks’ Golden Ale
  • Bathtub Row: Holiday Bock, The Tripel Lindy, Spearmint Stout, Honey DIPA
  • UPDATED >>> Bosque: Tone it Down Pale Ale, Jet Black Russian Imperial Stout, Vienna Amber, Lager, Elephants on Parade, IPA, Brewers Boot, Scotia, Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Brown, Barrel-Aged Red Lightning
  • Bow & Arrow: Storm & Hearth (Vanilla Bean Stout), Crossed Arrows (Scotch), Sun Dagger (Saison), Land of Manana (Farmhouse) IPA
  • Boxing Bear: Chocolate Milk Stout, The Red Glove, Ambear, Uppercut IPA, AppleBear Cider
  • La Cumbre: Elevated IPA, Project Dank, Red Ryeot, Malpais Stout, Cafe Con Leche
  • Milton’s: TBA
  • Rio Bravo: Level 3 IPA, Belgian Strong (Golden), NM Pinon Coffee Porter, Roadkill Red, Barrel-Aged Old Town Porter, Cereza Loca Cherry Sour
  • Sidetrack: TBA
  • Three Rivers: Cerberus (BA Imperial Stout/11.8% ABV), Truffle Butter (Imperial Stout w/ peanut butter/10% ABV), Brass Monkey, Framboise de Trois-Rivieres (Sour Blonde/4.7% ABV), IPAC Nugs (7.2% ABV)
  • Tractor: Luna de los Muertos, Barley Wine, Cranberry Ginger Cider, Cerveza New Mexican Lager, Almanac IPA
  • Turtle Mountain: Depravity, El Toro Rojo, Encierro (maybe), Hopshell IPA (maybe)
  • Blue Corn: Apparition Pale Coffee Ale, Russian Imperial Stout, Roadrunner IPA, Captain Omar’s Boat Beer
  • Chili Line: TBA
  • UPDATED >>> Duel: Monomyth (DIPA), Manikin (Scottish), Fantin (Pale Ale), Bad Amber, Turncoat (Sour Winter Brown), Winter Saison (blended casks), and maybe Goya (Cask-aged Imperial Stout)
  • Rowley: Greyscale all night; 5 p.m. release — Homeslice (Brett IPA), 6 p.m. — Haole Kook (Pineapple Berliner Weisse), 7 p.m. — The Darkest Season (Dark Winter Saison), 8 p.m. — Sin Barreras with Mostra coffee, cinnamon, and maple
  • Santa Fe: Snowflake IPA, Dysphotic Stout, Adobe Igloo, Vanilla Hazelnut Porter (small keg)
  • Second Street: Cereza Negra Nitro (Tart Cherry Stout), 2920 IPA, Brown Ale, Fulcrum IPA, Rod’s Steam Bitter, Anniversary Ale

As more lists come in, we will share them, right up until Brandon and I hop on the train. See many of you up there. For those who missed out this year, no excuses, you better get those tickets early next time around!


— Stoutmeister

La Cumbre grows with purchase of adjacent property

Posted: January 12, 2017 by cjax33 in News
La Cumbre has purchased the empty building next door, adding 6,000 square feet.

La Cumbre has purchased the empty building next door, adding 6,000 square feet.

Back when we ran our Look Back/Look Ahead Series entry on La Cumbre, Jeff Erway said he was getting close to acquiring “a property very close to here” that would help expand the brewery’s distribution footprint. The only thing Jeff left out was which building, but just about anyone walking down Girard had to notice that the property just north of the brewery was for sale.

Jeff announced on his personal Facebook page late Wednesday afternoon that he had indeed purchased the 6,000-square foot building. A quick follow-up at the brewery led to the succinct, “I bought that f—ing building right there!” from a clearly excited brewer. Jeff had hinted at the possible purchase back in our 2015-16 Look Back/Look Ahead article, and he confirmed the entire process took 18 months.

Finally, though, the building will be his. Jeff said in December the building will house offices for much of his distribution staff, and either he or Scot Nelson, the brewery’s chief financial officer, will also move his office next door. Beyond that, the new building will house one other cool feature (pun intended).

“If we can close on that, we will be adding a 2,500-square-foot cold room in the very near future,” Jeff said last month. “That will be mostly for distribution, but that will open up our 1,000-square-foot cold room out back for a lot more barrel aging. What we realize in the past few years, this has been kind of a learning process for Daniel (Jaramillo) and I, we really don’t like barrel-aged beers, specifically whiskey barrel-aged beers, that have been aged warm in any way. If they’re going to be above 60 degrees, we really don’t like the results. That being said, long, slow cold-aging in a cold room, we like that a lot. So, you could see quite a bit more barrel-aged beers coming out of our place. A few more specialty releases in that vein.”

We will raise our glasses to all of that.

Oh, yeah, and Jeff wrote on Facebook that it will give the brewery 26 new parking spaces. That alone deserves a hallelujah.

Look for other new details from La Cumbre in the near future. Until then, make sure to stop by for a pint and congratulate the staff on their new acquisition.


— Stoutmeister