The Wellhead restarts brewing in Artesia after pandemic shutdown

On a recent work trip to Artesia, my coworkers and I stopped in at The Wellhead Restaurant and Brewpub. It had been a couple years since any of us had been there, and we were curious to see how things were going for this small, southeastern New Mexico town’s only brewery. Walking in, everything looked…

The Crew returns to the road to visit breweries in southern NM

It has been a long, long time since multiple members of the Crew piled into a vehicle and hit the road to visit breweries beyond the confines of the Albuquerque and Santa Fe metro areas. Well, with vaccine coursing through our systems, and eager to avoid a potential influx of Texas tourists in the summer,…

Finding our way to all 80-plus New Mexico craft breweries

Recently over on Facebook, the website Brew to Do shared a full list of all the active breweries in New Mexico. The goal is to give beer lovers in this state, and beyond, a checklist for some fun in-state pub crawls and road trips. That got all of us thinking about how many of the…

Hop on down to Silver City for Toadfest this weekend

The New Mexico Brewers Guild and Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery are teaming up for their annual event, Toadfest, this Saturday in Silver City from 2 p.m. to midnight. This free event will feature 21 different beers and ciders from 12 different breweries, all packed into the LTC taproom at 200 N. Bullard Street….

Going south in a good way on a Southern New Mexico brewery tour

Last September, my other half and I thought a quick overnight road trip was in order. We ventured up north to visit some northern New Mexico breweries we had not been to. At that time, we were trying to decide whether to do a northern or a southern route. The time of year pulled us…

Searching for craft brews in the heart of Manhattan

Greetings, beer fans! Normally, this blog is dedicated to all of the great beers produced in New Mexico. But, once in a while, Stoutmeister allows us to babble on about some of our trips to other lands, near and far. I had the pleasure to visit New York City (NYC) a few months ago and…

Oktoberfest: Welcome to the mountains of Red River

In mid-October, in the mountains of northern New Mexico, a certain familiar sound can be heard through the little valley of Red River. It’s not the rustling of the wind through glimmering gold, fresh-changed aspens, nor the honking of the horns of people-packed caravans. It’s the chorus of clinking glasses and the raising of toasts….

Autumn has arrived at the Northern New Mexico breweries

Fall was suddenly and dramatically in the air recently as Dave and I trekked up north to visit some breweries we have been trying to visit for some time. We welcomed the cooler air and monsoonal rains as we made our way around arguably the most beautiful area of the state. Our plan was overly…

Tucson bears down on its craft beer scene at long last

Tucson has always been a second home to me, so after going more than three years between visits, I was pulled back to the Old Pueblo for a short-but-fun visit. Being a craft beer writer, I ended up spending most of my time bouncing between breweries and beer bars. Tucson has come a long way…