Pandemic hits local brewing industry as hard as everything else

There will not be an anniversary party at Quarter Celtic on Saturday, but there will still be business as usual there and at many other breweries.

Never in our lives did we imagine that a story about a global pandemic’s impact on local craft breweries would ever appear on our site, but here we are. We will keep a constant listing of closings and event cancellations/postponements here, but please keep consulting individual breweries’ social media pages for updated information.

We can tell you that breweries, as of now, do not fall under the Department of Health’s order to ban public gatherings of 100 or more people. If you are healthy, please continue to support these breweries, as many of the employees rely upon your business to keep their jobs. But, please, if you do not feel healthy, stay home or follow federal/state/local guidelines on what to do you if you even suspect that you have the Covid-19 virus.

A spate of Sunday updates

Steel Bender has canceled all events for the next two weeks, at minimum. Kellys Pub in Nob Hill has closed indefinitely. Also, please take note that most breweries will no long fill glass or metal growlers that you bring from home. Instead, you can purchase new ones, or crowlers or pre-packaged cans, if available.

Marble pulls the plug on St. Paddy-O Party

(Updated Friday 10:50 a.m.) We were waiting on this one, but as expected, Marble will not be throwing a big music party Saturday afternoon at the downtown location. All three Marble taprooms will remain open to serve you beer, but alas, no music.

Santa Fe Brewing, Tumbleroot cancel all live music

(Updated Friday 10:50 a.m.) It appears that all live music, even smaller acts, will not be permitted to perform at breweries or anywhere. As a side note, a friend of ours informed us that every one of Joe Anderson’s venues in ABQ (Sunshine, Launchpad, El Rey, Moonlight) will be closed until the no-concerts order is lifted.

HoneyMoon Brewery closes its doors temporarily

(Updated Friday 10:45 a.m.) We missed this one when it was announced, but HoneyMoon in Santa Fe is closed to the public for at least this weekend. They will still be bottling their hard kombucha for off-premises sales.

Craft Brewers Conference and World Beer Cup are both canceled

(Updated Thursday 8:30 p.m.) The annual trade-show event, scheduled for San Antonio, Texas, from April 19-22, has been canceled. The Brewers Association was expected to make a final decision by Tuesday, but ended up calling it early as the number of closings for conferences mounted across the nation. Sadly, it also canceled the biennial World Beer Cup, which was to have its winners announced at the conclusion of CBC. This stings the Crew quite a bit since our collaboration with Quarter Celtic, The Winchester, was one of the beers entered in the competition.

Red Door Clovis cancels anniversary party

(Updated Thursday 5:50 p.m.) We just got word the City of Clovis has asked Red Door to cancel its taproom anniversary bash this weekend. Also, Brew at the Zoo in Alamogordo has been canceled. Otherwise, all locations are open for normal business.

Second Street cancels Rufina events

Up in Santa Fe, Second Street Brewery has canceled all events scheduled for the Rufina taproom. The smaller music events at the original location will still be held. There is no word yet on Tuesday’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities. UPDATE: St. Patrick’s Day festivities will go on as planned, minus the Draft Punx show at night at Rufina.

Quarter Celtic cancels fourth anniversary party

The big St. Patrick’s-themed anniversary bash at the original QC location at San Mateo and Lomas is no more. The brewery will still be open for regular business, but the musicians have had their gigs canceled. We will edit and run our Look Back/Look Ahead Series on QC soon.

Steel Bender adjusting its plans

The folks at Steel Bender, who were also celebrating an anniversary this weekend, are scaling things back. There will still be live music and new beers being released, but the overall festivities are being tempered somewhat. Stay tuned for further updates.

Tractor making some changes

At the larger venue locations, Wells Park and Los Lunas, Tractor will be reducing the number of people allowed inside for major events. This Friday’s Drag Queen Bingo, benefiting Carrie Tingley Hospital, will be limited to 75 guests. Other events are still on as scheduled. Please check back frequently with Tractor’s social media sites for additional updates.

New Mexico Brewers Conference postponed

Formerly as the Guild Technical Conference, this event for industry professionals has been postponed indefinitely. It had been scheduled for March 27 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

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That is what we know for now. If you know of some updated news, please contact us via social media or nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com.

Stay safe out there.

— Stoutmeister

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