The Week Ahead in Beer: Strike up a Dialogue for another anniversary weekend

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 Los Alamos, and one in Moriarty also joining the party. Another weekend, another anniversary party. Why, yes, here we go again. Dialogue Brewing…

A totally unscientific way to pick the best local Oktoberfest beer

Here in these final quiet days, before the Great American Beer Festival comes to dominate all beer-related news and conversation, the Crew is left to contemplate many things. First among them, once again, is how the heck did I drop the ball and not have a story for back-to-back days? The answer is, once again,…

An in-depth look at Saturday’s many beer-laden events

As we noted back in The Week Ahead in Beer, this Saturday is chock-full of beer-soaked events in Albuquerque and points nearby. To help everyone pick out where to go, we offer up a more detailed look at all of them. We already covered ULLR Fest in Los Alamos, with an updated entry for Boxing…

The time to honor the Norse god of winter is nearly upon us

The days are getting shorter, and there’s a bit of a nip in the air here in the higher elevations. Fall will be here soon, officially, and with it the prospect of snow. To many people, snow means skiing, but, only if there’s enough of it! To please Ullr, the Norse god of snow and…

The Week Ahead in Beer: A mountain of events to ascend

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 Los Alamos, and one in Moriarty also joining the party. You know those weeks where there are barely any events or beer releases…

Beer Notes: La Cumbre bears down in Arizona

It was clearly time to clear out the old notebook once again … La Cumbre expands distribution to the west Last year, when I sat down with owner/master brewer Jeff Erway for our Look Back/Look Ahead Series article, he said that Arizona was definitely his next target for out-of-state distribution. The only thing he was…

Fire & Hops ushers Bell’s brews into Santa Fe

The arrival of Bell’s Brewery in New Mexico led to plenty of special tappings and tap takeovers. One of those took place in Santa Fe, at an establishment that is becoming a go-to place for craft beer lovers. “Bell’s reputation precedes it,” said Josh Johns, co-owner and cicerone of Fire & Hops Gastropub. “I’m always…

Desert Valley shows promise but has to work out just-opened kinks

The Crew was invited, en masse, to visit the new Desert Valley Brewing taproom on the west side Thursday night. We were able to put together a sizable collection of members — myself, Franz Solo, Luke, Andrew, Shawna — at the last minute to head over and try the food and beer. Desert Valley has…

Even more beer-laden events materialize for the weekend

Just when you thought we had all the weekend’s events covered in The Week Ahead in Beer, two more popped up, and we thought we might provide some additional details on one other. We will have our first review of the Desert Valley Brewing taproom up later today. Oktoberfest at Taos Ski Valley This Saturday…

Round up the wet-hop IPA harvest for 2017

The advent of fall is near upon us, and the time of the harvest for all things green and good has begun in earnest. The season of the malt draws ever closer, but we are in the best days for some of the juiciest and most sought after IPAs in the land. For those of…