Beer Notes: Fall catch-up with all 7 of the Santa Fe area breweries

As summer draws to a close, and the air finally begins to cool, we in the Crew get a special tingly feeling in our black-shirted bellies; a special grin curls upward beneath our beards, and not just because it’s soon to be hoodie season. And, it’s not just because (most of) our freezers are packed…

Lava Rock leads the NM IPA Challenge after a controversial first round

One, five, six, 16 … many (beer) numbers were heavily deliberated, as the public gathered to vote for their favorite IPAs in the 2022 New Mexico Brewers Guild IPA Challenge at Second Street Brewery – Rufina on Saturday afternoon. Just around 2,080 tasters were poured for around 130 guests in total, and zero people had…

The IPA Challenge returns to Santa Fe

This Saturday, the New Mexico Brewers Guild is headed to Santa Fe for the first public round of the 2022 New Mexico IPA Challenge. Second Street’s Rufina location will play host once again to another grueling tournament of taste, where votes from this round will be added to the tally that will eventually choose the…

20 questions with Jennifer Treu, Rowley Farmhouse Ales’ new head brewer

It’s not an easy thing to turn your passion into a career that spans several states, partially through a pandemic, but Rowley Farmhouse Ales’ new head brewer has done just that. On a nice, reasonably un-windy Wednesday, I sat down with the entire RFA brew crew, including brewmaster John Rowley, cellarman Roger Pacheco, new to…

Beer Creek hosts Big Brew event for annual National Homebrew Day

Beer Creek is celebrating National Homebrew Day this Saturday with their first Big Brew event. Now in its 25th year running, the annual event created by the National Homebrew Association in the past has brought together homebrew enthusiasts, as well as the homebrew curious at shops, backyards, and breweries across the nation to brew beer…

Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery continues to gain ground in 2022

I hadn’t been to 32 Bisbee Ct. since Tumbleroot reopened their smaller taproom and started serving from it again in May of last year. Previously, the garage bay of their brewing facility was the only door of that location open to the public. Their Agua Fria space, one of the largest taprooms in town, had…

Hidden Mountain Brewing reveals a new direction for 2022

Hidden Mountain opened in January 2021 as a major rebrand of long-time local favorite Blue Corn Brewery. Now, one year later, I sat down with brewmaster Paul Mallory to see how the new business is faring, what has changed, what has stayed the same, and what’s in store for the Southside’s newest BBQ/Mexican fusion brewpub…