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…

Beer Notes: Yet another taproom is on tap for NE Heights

As a public service, anytime we publish a story about one new brewery or off-site taproom opening, questions appear about any additional ones coming down the pipeline. As a public service, here are some tasty beer notes with info on what is on tap for Albuquerque and beyond. Boese Brothers head for the foothills We…

Beer Notes: Multiple new brewery openings on deck

Live from Portland, er, well, almost alive from Portland, here are some little beer tidbits that have been popping up on our radar over the last few weeks. August brewery openings Bonito Valley Brewing in Lincoln is now open, becoming the latest addition to the long list of small-town breweries in the state. Located at…

Beer Notes: Bear down on some overdue renovations

Even with the temperatures at 100 degrees, the beer news stops for no heat wave. Here is just a little of what’s happening around the state this month. New look, same good beer We noticed, via social media, that Boxing Bear was doing some renovations on its pub, though specific details were a bit scarce….

Beer Notes: 30 breweries to vie for NM IPA Challenge trophy this July

There was just enough news piling up to require a short notebook this week. The NM Brewers Guild released the list of 30 participating breweries in this summer’s NM IPA Challenge. We also have news on some of the new breweries coming to our state, plus a couple notes on American Craft Beer Week. Thirty…

Beer Notes: Quarter Celtic stands alone at World Beer Cup

Last night, the Crew paid a visit to Toltec Brewing to try the beer and food for the first time at an invite-only soft opening in advance of Saturday’s grand opening. We also brought along a laptop to watch the live stream of the World Beer Cup awards ceremony, which was going down in Nashville…

Beer Notes: New brewery updates and political headaches

It has been a while since we busted out some Beer Notes, but the news was piling up in our inbox, so here we go again. New brewery updates By our count, there are 20 forthcoming breweries, plus one that just opened. Alas, there is also another that closed, as we note below. First up,…

Beer Notes: Hops, homebrews, holidays and more to start the week

Even in a slow news period, there are still little items we would like to share. Brewers Association moves to support independent hop growers The good folks over at the BA announced today that they have struck an agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service (USDA-ARS) “to fund public hop breeding…