Rio Bravo Brewing boldly marches forward under current restrictions

After more than 20 entries in our annual Look Back/Look Ahead Series, there seem to be three things that have kept breweries going during the pandemic. First, it really helps to can your beer. Second, a kitchen can be awfully beneficial. Third, the bigger the patio, the better. Rio Bravo Brewing checked off all three…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Bow & Arrow earns some well-deserved recognition

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 eight 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….

The Crew reviews a new hop that tops one tasty IPA

Apparently, we are beer influencers now. Yeah, we are pretty surprised, too, but that was the reasoning behind the good folks at Yakima Chief Hops offering to send us a four-pack of Early Winters IPA, a collaboration of theirs with Old Schoolhouse Brewery of Winthrop, Washington. The reason for this IPA being special is that…

The Week Ahead in Beer: A variety of brew styles is the spice of life

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 eight 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….

That time we discovered the Truth (Serum) is out there and really darn tasty

A short while ago, the incredibly generous people at Truth or Consequences Brewing offered to send us a three-year vertical of Truth Serum Barleywine. There would be three 22-ounce bottles of the regular versions produced for 2018, 2019 and 2020, plus three each of their barrel-aged versions. This was not something we would ever say…

The Week Ahead in Beer: The hopheads strike back against winter

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 eight 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….

Local breweries name their MVPs for this most difficult of years

During a conversation with a front-of-house employee from a local brewery, he noted that it felt rather nice to see words of praise from one of the owners in a recent Brew Crew story. That got me thinking about how much it might mean to other brewery employees to see some public recognition for their…