Archive for March 6, 2019

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 seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, and one in Red River also joining the party.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

Stoutmeister puts on his serious face to handle The Week Ahead in Beer.

This Friday is International Women’s Day, which makes for a great opportunity to raise a pint glass to all the women working in breweries across New Mexico. There are the ones we all (should) know about, like owners/co-owners Skye DeVore (Tractor), Heather Starr (Starr Brothers), Hilary Degnaro (Bombs Away), Katey Taylor (Cantero), Denise Baker (Rio Bravo), Shelby Chant (Steel Bender), Diana Navarette (Toltec), Shyla Sheppard and Missy Begay (Bow & Arrow), and Anne O’Neill (Sidetrack), who also doubles as president of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Brewers Guild. Anne is joined on the Board by Santa Fe general manager Alanna Jones and Bosque director of culture and engagement Jessica Griego. In case you somehow missed the news on Monday, the Guild will be getting its first female executive director later this month when Marble’s Leah Black takes the reins from John Gozigian. There are also head brewers like Kaylynn McKnight (Toltec), Lyna Waggoner (The 377), and Cathy Racow (Enchanted Circle), plus numerous assistant brewers, packaging line staffers, and cellarmen, er, cellarwomen. There is every single female beertender and server (heck, we still owe Tractor’s Lauren Poole for our breakthrough story many moons ago), with more names than we can possibly list here. There are all the general managers and taproom managers who keep things running smoothly, from Barbie Gonzalez (Marble) to Jenn B (La Cumbre) to Melissa Martinez (Tractor) to Jamie Schwebach (Canteen) to Ali Cattan (Red Door) to Tasha Isbell (Sierra Blanca), and many, many more. Top if off with all the key front-office personnel like Geraldine Lucero (Marble), Tammy Lovato (Marble), Nicole Duke (Tractor), and everyone else we accidentally forgot … there are so many of you who keep this industry alive! We thank one and all for your hard work. Cheers to all of you this Friday, and every day!

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bosque went all crazy and created Take on Mead, which is exactly what you think it is. Boxing Bear gets in the season with Red Knuckle Irish Red. Cantero recently brought back its ESB, while also adding CTZ Smash. La Cumbre has the spring edition of Project Dank coming out on tap and in cans this Friday. Marble has Stout Americano on tap and in cans at all three locations today. Nexus has Tropical Tart available at the Silver Taproom. Ponderosa has the decadent Red Velvet Ale on tap at last. Starr Brothers has more There Gose Them Boyzz, as well as the new StarrLite (Kolsch). Toltec salutes all the Manchester United fans who have made the brewery their home away from home with Red Devils Helles. Tractor keeps it light, but flavorful, with Waning Wheat and Foggy Mountain Breakdown Hazy IPA.

Up in Santa Fe, Rowley Farmhouse Ales is starting bottle sales of Grandissant – 4x Cerise on Friday (pick up on Sunday), plus it will have a limited batch of a special Colkegan barrel-aged Steindock’d Barleywine on tap today (Wednesday).

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of March 4.