Train of Foams: Hop on the Ale Trail locomotive in Santa Fe

There’s something new to do in Santa Fe. Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame (along with some other investors), purchased and restored a historic railroad. There are multiple themed trains to choose from each month, including, but not limited to, stargazing, cocktails, brunch, and the one I took last weekend…

Casa Vieja Brewery set for an upcoming change in ownership

I recently received an unexpected text from Gary Socha, owner of Casa Vieja Brewery at 4541 Corrales Rd. It said, verbatim, “Well, it’s official. We are under contract to sell Casa. It will take 6 months to get a new small brewers license for the new owner, but we have a buyer.” I was floored,…

Palmer Brewery and Cider House shifts focus due to increased demand

It has been another crazy, mixed-up year, and recent holiday season. But, despite all the ups and downs this year, Palmer Brewery and Cider House has successfully reopened (following the COVID shutdown) one taproom up north in Raton, the Gate City Craft Bar, and opened the new Taproom at Old Town at 546 Romero St….

Hey, it’s a beer event – don’t be scared!

We know, it’s been a while since we’ve been able to attend events, but they are slowly returning. Which is great, because fall is the best time of year to attend outdoor events. A trio of local breweries will be pouring at the Boo and Brew this Saturday at Cottonwood Mall. This event sounds like…

A different kind of tale for Lizard Tail starts in Nob Hill

I went over to the new Nob Hill location of Lizard Tail at 3417 Central Ave NE Suite C (formerly home to Poké Poké) to celebrate a friend’s new job, and unexpectedly ran into Rich Montoya, now one of the owners of Lizard Tail Brewing. Our super awesome server Laura had sent him my way…

Palmer Brewery had to put big projects on hold in 2020

I recently pinned down Rob Palmer for a short Zoom interview for the Look Back/Look Ahead Series. I have to admit, it is difficult for me to start these interviews. It’s basically just such a crappy time for everyone and it’s hard to know what to even say. It’s also hard to end these interviews…

For Casa Vieja it’s all about location, location, location

Unlike some breweries, Casa Vieja in Corrales elected not to wait until the Governor’s initial shutdown order in mid-March. They shut down about a week before she actually “pulled the plug,” as owner Gary Socha told me. This is but one example of how protective Gary is over his customer base. As it turns out,…