Beer Notes: Hops, homebrews, holidays and more to start the week

Even in a slow news period, there are still little items we would like to share. Brewers Association moves to support independent hop growers The good folks over at the BA announced today that they have struck an agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service (USDA-ARS) “to fund public hop breeding…

Blue Corn hosts fall beer and cocktail dinner with Santa Fe Spirits

Tonight (Thursday), Blue Corn is hosting another epic beer and cocktails dinner, with Santa Fe Spirits, at their south side location. Because we’ve had so much fun at these dinners in the past, we wanted to give you a quick look at what you’ll be enjoying tonight. APPETIZER (1st Course) Paired with gin and tonic…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Spooky fun times at local breweries

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. Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, so naturally everyone is throwing parties…

Beer Premiere returns with an excellent lineup and a new venue

The Beer Premiere, the final fundraising event of the year for the New Mexico Brewers Guild, returns this Saturday with a lineup of 18 never-before-released offerings from local breweries. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bow & Arrow, with tickets still for sale online for $25 apiece. I sat down…

Bell’s rings up the season of decadent darkness for New Mexico

It was pretty awesome and all when Bell’s Brewery started distributing in New Mexico last month. After the initial excitement just to get beers like Two Hearted and Kalamazoo Stout here, plenty of folks started asking that one, inevitable question: “Where are the seasonals?” Oh, they are about to arrive in a big, big way….

Tax reform may be coming to breweries across America

The Crew received some promising news from the Brewers Association late last week. No, really, good news from Washington D.C. arrived in our mailbox. The BA has been working with members of Congress to pass the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. Now it appears that they will actually get this thing through both…

Broken Trail moves oh-so-close to opening its new taproom

UPDATE: You can all continue reading the story below, but we have now received official word that Broken Trail has received its state license and will be opening soon! Still, though, read on for details about the space and the battle they went through to get open. * * * * * The mini-mystery of…

The Week Ahead in Beer: ABQ breweries step up to help once again

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. This week will feature a lot of our breweries giving back to the…

The Crew survived to tell the tale of NM Brew Fest 8

While I was at work Saturday afternoon, a trio of Crew members joined a gaggle of our friends and other beer lovers at the eighth annual New Mexico Brew Fest. Held at Expo New Mexico, it moved back out to Main Street instead of being in the more cramped Villa Hispana. Here are their thoughts…

Bosque revs up plans to replace its original San Mateo location

The cat finally got out of the proverbial bag late Monday afternoon as Bosque Brewing officially announced it will be replacing its original San Mateo location in 2018. The new spot will be located along the southbound Interstate 25 frontage road along Venice Avenue, in between two existing buildings. “We purchased a piece of land…