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…

Beer Notes: La Cumbre bears down in Arizona

It was clearly time to clear out the old notebook once again … La Cumbre expands distribution to the west Last year, when I sat down with owner/master brewer Jeff Erway for our Look Back/Look Ahead Series article, he said that Arizona was definitely his next target for out-of-state distribution. The only thing he was…

Beer Notes: Staff changes, college brews, patio fests and more

Fridays are always a good day to catch up on all the news that would otherwise slip through the cracks. This week, we have some changes with the front-of-house at Rio Bravo, two special brews for college rivals UNM and NMSU, a Saturday beer fest at Rock & Brews, and, yes, of course some news…

Beer Notes: All the little tidbits edition

Lots of stuff can fall through the cracks as far as beer news goes, especially when an editor goes on a road trip, so here is pretty much everything I know we missed over the last couple weeks. Anniversaries and grand openings and soft openings Today (Friday) is going to be a busy one. First…

Beer Notes: Road tripping across the old USA

As you read this today, I, your humble Stoutmeister, will be traveling along Interstate 40 eastward. The last of my cousins (at least for a while) is getting married down in Pensacola, Florida, so I figured heck, why not drive out there and explore beer in a part of the country I have not visited…

Beer Notes: More openings and closings around metro area

Well, it’s Friday, and the little bits of news are starting to bunch up. Here we go … R.I.P. Draft Station, and Sandia Chile Grill, too? It appears that two more local beer spots have closed their doors. One is now confirmed, the other seems likely but is not official. First up, Draft Station ABQ…