Second Street Brewery survives 2020 and thrives so far in 2021

I waited in my car until I was given the signal from Tom Ludzia to follow him inside, through the service door, into the brewhouse at 2920 Rufina Street. There, in a fortress of stainless steel, less than a handful of other masked do-gooders stood around looking as if their day was about to get…

Beer Creek Brewing Company looks back at 2020 and hops forward in 2021

Beer Creek Brewing Company has been tested before. The men (and ladies) of Beer Creek have had to prove their toughness and steadfastness many times before out in the middle of what one might consider nowhere, and especially in a location whose history had seen nothing but failure in the past. But, nothing had tested…

Chili Line keeps on track in 2020

In 2020, Chili Line Brewing Co. closed their taproom to the public and pulled out of the Lamy Station. While it may sound like the beginning of another worst-year story, actually, all things considered and despite the challenges they faced, the brewery known to smoke ‘em if they’ve got ‘em (meaning beers of course) had…

Tumbleroot keeps their spirits high through 2020 and into 2021

Co-founder and brewmaster Jason Kirkman takes a break from bottling to answer a quick phone call from a beer writer. He sits for a minute in the empty brewing facility, once filled with the sounds of laughter, the odd clang of a hoseclamp here and there, and new beers bubbling happily away into buckets. He’s…

Santa Fe Brewing heads into 2021 with hope for a better year

Though Santa Fe Brewing Co. is the oldest and largest of New Mexico’s craft breweries, with a great deal of veteran experience inside and outside of our local industry, nothing could have prepared them for this year. At all levels, from production to taproom, SFBC has faced many of the same challenges as the rest…

20 questions with Rowley Farmhouse Ales’ new head brewer

Rowley Farmhouse Ales has a new head brewer. When former head brewer Wes Burbank accepted a new position at Ex Novo Brewing in Corrales this summer, he left some pretty big barrels to fill back in Santa Fe. It was a good thing Rowley and crew have built up such a wide network of friends…