Gravity Bound stays grounded heading into 2021

Back in March, our friends at Gravity Bound were planning their soft opening to celebrate finally sharing their refreshing beer with the New Mexico craft brewing community. We all know what happened next, but the brothers and co-owners, Cameron and Chris Frigon, kept pushing forward and managed to open their doors during the pandemic a…

High and Dry Brewing is staying aloft in their sophomore year

Just as High and Dry were successfully celebrating their second anniversary with live music and a packed taproom (remember those?), the world came to a screeching halt. Sounds like an epic party, right? No, no, it was COVID … and as with so many other businesses, they had to stop partying and quickly rethink their…

ReSource Brewing will remain dedicated to the beer and the community

Knowing what we know now, most of us would have said 2020 was the worst possible year to open a business. Thankfully, Stephanie and Shawn Wright decided to defy that viewpoint to successfully open ReSource Brewing Co. at 3107 Eubank Blvd. NE, Suite 12, in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights this past October. We caught up with…

Sidetrack looks get to back on track as its 5th anniversary approaches

Throughout 2020, most individuals and businesses alike have had to set aside any big plans and focus on adapting to the ever-changing regulations and curveballs being thrown at all of us. Sidetrack Brewing Company was not an exception to this, said co-owner Dan Herr, in a series of email responses to us to kick off…

Bending Steel like never before: Catching up with the folks at Steel Bender

Our continuing journey to get to know our brewery owners and staff members on a more personal level has led us to Steel Bender Brewyard in Los Ranchos. We had a lovely tête-à-tête with Ethan Chant (co-owner with his brothers Chris and Greg), Shelby Chant (co-owner and marketing director), April Varela (general manager), and Bob…

No compromise: A conversation with the owners of Boxing Bear

We are continuing our quest to get to know the people behind the beer in our amazing New Mexico brewing community, and this week we had the pleasure of interviewing Boxing Bear co-owners Kevin Davis, David Kim, and head brewer/co-owner, Justin Hamilton. What was the path that led you to open Boxing Bear? Justin: The…

Drinking beer and doing good: A chat with our friends at Ex Novo Brewing

When you’re sitting on the patio at your favorite brewery, do you ever look around at the staff you’ve come to know and love, and wonder, “What brought them here? What did they do before becoming part of my brewery family?” Us Dark Siders wondered that too, and we’ve decided to start asking. We are visiting…

Several Albuquerque metro breweries benefit from expanded patios

In early June, Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) worked with city and state officials to create and pass an initiative allowing businesses to expand their existing patios or create makeshift patios if they didn’t already have one. With the Governor’s most recent public health orders once again prohibiting indoor dining, the breweries that have taken advantage…