Archive for August 14, 2019

Outgoing Turtle Mountain head brewer Mick Hahn, left, passes the “torch” to new head brewer David Pacheco. Blessed be the beers!

It has been a few years since a head brewer has moved from one Albuquerque area brewery to another. That relatively static era is over as Tractor Brewing looked locally to fill its vacant head brewer position, finding the right man for the job at Turtle Mountain Brewing.

Mick Hahn is jumping from one brewery celebrating its 20th anniversary this year to another, leaving the cozy brewpub confines in Rio Rancho for the bustling production facility in Wells Park. To catch up on how this all went down, I met up with Mick, Tractor co-owner/brewmaster David Hargis, TMBC owner Nico Ortiz, and his new head brewer, David Pacheco.

“It was pretty quick,” Mick said. “David Hargis called me two weeks ago Monday, when Nico was (on vacation) in Costa Rica, which is always good. I had seen the posting for the position on the (New Mexico Brewers) Guild newsletter. I definitely thought about what it would be like to be their head brewer. I didn’t think much of pursuing it until he called to tell me we had been looking for someone, and hadn’t gotten a whole lot of interest and are you interested, because we’re interested in getting you.

“I met with him the next day to just to talk it over a little bit more. I met with him towards the end of the week when Nico was coming back from Costa Rica. They got in Thursday at 5 o’clock and I told him Friday at lunch that this was all happening. I had less than a week to figure out if this was going to go forward.”

Nico said he knew Mick’s departure was almost an inevitability.


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, one in Red River, one in Silver City, and one in Truth or Consequences 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.

It seems like only yesterday that Boese Brothers Brewery and the Marble Brewery Heights Taproom both opened, but instead it was four and three years ago, respectively, and this Saturday will mark the anniversary parties for both locations. Boese will have an all-day michelada bar, plus birthday cake and possibly singing (we can only hope by staff members with good voices) later on. Adam Hooks & His Hangups will perform from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by DJ Dave 12 from 9 to midnight. Up at Marble, it all kicks off at 11 a.m. as Oni Noodles will be taking over the patio until 5. The Pina Loco Gose will be tapped all day, and music will be provided by The Moon Thieves, Eugene, and DJ Ryan Dedmond from 3 p.m. onward.

In addition to that, Red Door will be holding a soft opening for its new downtown taproom location starting today (Wednesday). In case anyone forgot, the new spot is in the former Zullo’s Bistro/Blackbird Buvette location on Central. It comes with a full liquor license, too. This could be a good spot to pregame the Goatwhore concert at Launchpad. A little blackened death metal soothes the troubled soul.

On the new beer front this week, there are a few options to check out. Bombs Away moves on to version seven of its Hazy Chain DIPA. Bow & Arrow brings back El Breakfast Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Stout on Saturday. Canteen releases the State Fair Pilsner on tap and in cans this Thursday. Cantero puckers up with Sour’d Haze IPA. Ex Novo brings back Aperture Pale Ale, while also adding a Hefeweizen. La Cumbre added a Dortmunder and Tres Padres Belgian Tripel. Marble also added Daisy Duke City Kolsch and a fresh batch of Rita. Ponderosa has an Amber Ale ready to go by this weekend. Quarter Celtic bellows Blimey Gold, while also feeling the Fading Days of Summer Haze. Red Door brings back Rickety Cricket, a raspberry green tea hefeweizen. Starr Brothers cracks The Velvet Whip, a hybrid IPA, and kneels before The Red Queen, a raspberry gose. Tractor’s latest Beer for a Better Burque offering is Saddle Up Jefe, plus Apricot Wheat returns.

Up in Santa Fe, Rowley Farmhouse Ales tapped Agent Scully – Season Two, Episode 10 IPA, and has a limited number of Cote d’Or Cerise Redux bottles for sale.

Continue reading for all the news that is fit to blog for the week of August 12.