Beer Notes: Broken Trail and Kaktus plan on returning this Friday

The number of breweries that have temporarily closed during this pandemic, eschewing the takeout-only model, is continuing to dwindle in the Albuquerque metro area. We have news on some planned reopenings, expanded hours, and more that just cried out for a Beer Notes. Broken Trail ready to return to action After shutting down its offsite…

Beer Notes: Ongoing offsite taproom boom hits Las Cruces

Enough little news items piled up on our proverbial desk that we figured it was time for another rapid-fire Beer Notes to get you ready for the weekend. Taprooms taprooms taprooms! The rapid growth of offsite taprooms is continuing down south. Truth or Consequences Brewing opened its first taproom this week at 2001 E. Lohman…

Examining the mysterious mysteries of some forthcoming breweries

Greetings, all, Stoutmeister here with a random bit of randomness on a rainy, rather metal Friday afternoon. I have recently gotten some inquiries on some of the breweries now listed as having active small brewer licenses with the State of New Mexico, but are not yet open to the public. Here is everything we know…

Beer Notes: Farmington gets a 2nd brewery at long last

Time to clear out the old notebook again, with news on all the forthcoming breweries taking center stage. Lauter Haus says hello The soft opening period for Lauter Haus Brewing in Farmington kicks off today (Monday) at 11 a.m. The second brewery in the northwest town is located at 1806 E. 20th Street, near the…

Beer Notes: Resurrections, closures, brewers-on-the-move and more

The news items are piling up around here, so let us start the week with what is going on around the New Mexico craft brewing scene. We’re not dead yet After we published our story about Eske’s Brew Pub and Eatery meeting an untimely demise after 27 years, we were eventually contacted by Mark Hoffman,…

Beer Notes: Taproom boom, more awards and one big party

Now that I am back at work (yay, money), the beer news is starting to pile up, so let us get to a few pertinent items. First, though, in a moment of self-promotion, I will be giving a free talk about the history of brewing in Albuquerque this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Special…

Beer Notes: The brewery taproom boom is not slowing down

It is a relatively quiet week out there, spring winds aside, so it felt like a good time to dust off the old beer notebook. New brewery updates We keep waiting for the number of forthcoming breweries to dwindle down, but that has not happened yet. There are currently five breweries with active small brewer…

Beer Notes: Partial federal shutdown does have an impact on breweries

Most of us are aware of, yet personally unaffected by, the current partial shutdown of the federal government. Leaving the politics aside, it has nonetheless made things difficult on both federal employees and those businesses and people who rely on certain federal agencies. It did not occur to any of us in the Crew how…