Rio Bravo issues a bold challenge to start 2017

For this edition of our annual Look Back/Look Ahead Series, I caught up with Rio Bravo head brewer Ty Levis at the end of last week. Ty is seemingly always in motion, befitting his position. Rio Bravo has endured its share of ups and downs since opening in late 2015, but he and the rest…

Red Door open to new possibilities after busy 2016

After taking a week off from our Look Back/Look Ahead Series to deal with SB314, the Stout Challenge, and a couple hangovers, we are back with our latest entry on Red Door Brewing. I sat down with brewmaster Wayne Martinez at the end of last week to recap 2016 and preview what is to come…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Turtle Mountain brews straight from the heart

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. Most of the time, I start this story with an…

Battle lines are drawn for SB314 after contentious town hall

The Friday revelation that members of the New Mexico state legislature were pursuing an increase in excise taxes caught many of us by surprise. Senate Bill 314, an updated version of the same legislation proposed by the neo-prohibitionist group Alcohol Taxes Save Lives and Money, was dropped on an unsuspecting public by State Senator Cisco…

Stout Challenge VI: A Starr rises above the rest

Amid all the seriousness of the weekend, the Brew Crew was still able to gather to hold our annual Stout Challenge before the start of the Super Bowl. While the game featured an improbable rally by the favorite, our blind taste test featured an upset by one of the newer breweries in town. For the…

Stout Challenge VI: The not-so-sweet sixteen dark ales of doom

Well, it is that time of year again. The Super Bowl is this Sunday, which means it is also time for the sixth annual NM Dark Side Brew Crew Stout Challenge. We fill up growlers of stout from breweries around the ABQ metro area and then hold a blind taste test to determine which one…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Feeling Super with lots of local brews

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. Social media has been rife with strife since a certain…