Bathtub Row Brewing hopes for a better 2021

Our latest entry for the Look Back/Look Ahead Series takes us back to Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op (BRB), tucked away near the Jemez Mountains in Los Alamos. 2020 was a difficult year for the little brewery, as it was for nearly everyone else in the industry. The business survived intact, thanks to government funding at…

Another new brewery arrives near Los Alamos in Piedra Blanca Brewing

Brewers in New Mexico are a dedicated lot. The pandemic has been very difficult for nearly everyone, but that hasn’t stopped Dave and Cindy Hayes from launching their new nanobrewery, Piedra Blanca Brewing Company. I stopped by and talked mostly with Dave about their new venture. Piedra Blanca is currently located in their home in…

Bathtub Row Brewing weathers the pandemic as best it can in Los Alamos

The Brew Crew has been reporting on how the coronavirus pandemic and related regulations have been affecting the breweries around the state. No one expected to have to suddenly close their doors for several months. Even today, in the middle of July, it’s not clear when we’ll return to anything approaching normalcy. To see how…

Bathtub Row Brewing plans to expand up the mountain

For our Look Back/Look Ahead Series, I sat down with Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op’s head brewer, Brandon Venaglia, and the new assistant manager, Rob Hipwood, to find out what happened in 2019 and what will be new for 2020. In terms of facility improvements, Brandon mentioned that they finally purchased two new critically-needed serving vessels….

Boese Brothers’ Los Alamos taproom quietly opens its doors

Los Alamos is a pretty small town, so most people here are probably already aware that Boese Brothers’ latest taproom opened two weeks ago. I was out of town and missed the grand opening, and I finally made it over last Wednesday. It’s about what you’d expect: a cool vibe, a few big screen TVs,…

Ullrfest signals the end to summer at last

After a long, hot summer that’s still pretty hot, it may seem strange to have a beer festival dedicated to snow, but it’s happening at Pajarito Ski Area near Los Alamos this Saturday. Ullrfest is an annual tribute to Ullr, the Norse God of Snow. The hope is that with enough people dressed in Viking…

Boese Brothers takes on small town Los Alamos

If you’ve followed my posts religiously (and I assume you all have), you may have noticed a pattern to my posts. Bathtub Row had a good year, the ski hill is having a festival, Bathtub Row hired a new brewer, etc. I think the ‘Tub and ski hill are wonderful places, but living in small-town…

Second Alarm Brewhouse springs to life in Jemez Mountains

Jemez Springs is a lovely little town in the Jemez Mountains. Despite living in Los Alamos, which is a little less than an hour drive away, I hadn’t visited the place in several years. Sure, you can get to Albuquerque by going “the back way” (coming out on Route 550), but it takes a little…

Skiesta returns to finally put an end to winter (we hope)

Spring is right around the corner (honest!), and with it comes the return of beer festival season. One of the early annual fests is Skiesta, which is held at the Pajarito Mountain ski area above Los Alamos. This year’s edition will be happening this Saturday. In preparing for this article, I re-read last year’s post,…