Marble goes to Heller (and) Bock with new canned seasonal

The annual seasonal releases at Marble Brewery have become staples in the craft beer community for many years now, from Reserve Ale and Imperial Stout at the end of the year to other big hits like White Out and Pumpkin Noir. This year, however, a number of new additions to the seasonal menu have taken…

A quick guide to brewery hours on the Fourth of July

Just in case you are in a state where all days blur together, you might have missed that Saturday is the Fourth of July. We kinda forgot to ask for any changes in hours among the breweries for The Week Ahead in Beer, so out went a new request for info Thursday morning. So far,…

New Mexico Brewers Guild goes virtual for Saturday beer festival

This era of stay-at-home has forced just about everyone and anyone to get creative when bringing people together. That includes state brewers guilds and other beer festival organizers, who cannot hold those festivals in the usual manner. A few state guilds have been experimenting with doing things online, and the New Mexico Brewers Guild will…

Gravity Bound Brewing was oh-so-close to opening when the pandemic hit

After Boxing Bear Brewing surprisingly opened its new taproom on Tramway, even in the midst of the current stay-at-home orders for the entire state, a popular topic in beer-related discussions was the state of the other breweries/taprooms-in-planning. All of us in the Crew knew that Gravity Bound (formerly Context) Brewing was the closest to opening…

All the breweries staying open or closing for Easter Sunday

As a public service, we wanted to save you all some time today (Sunday) if you are in need of beer and/or food from a brewery. To that end, here are the breweries in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe metro areas that have announced they are closing for Easter: Bosque Brewing (all locations, including Restoration…

Breweries are exempt from latest state order that closes liquor stores

A moment of sheer panic among craft beer drinkers and brewery staff members occurred late Monday afternoon when new orders from the office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham included the closing of all liquor stores to in-person sales. After a few anxious minutes of waiting, we were informed by Alcohol Beverage Control, via the New…

Breweries offering promotions throughout the state during the pandemic

In these uncertain times, one thing is certain:  we are still thirsty. For social interaction, for a sense of community, and of course, for beer. Even in their darkest hour, many of the local breweries are responding by offering various promotions to help us, the consumers, get the libations we require while on a limited…

Metro breweries still adjusting to new regulations during pandemic

Most craft beer drinkers have been able to adjust to the new normal of to-go beer only from breweries, but we still wanted to know just how the breweries have adjusted with no major changes in statewide edicts since dine-in sales were stopped. After Luke checked in with the Santa Fe-area breweries last week, I…

COVID-19 and how it has affected the Santa Fe brewing industry so far

Now that we’re several weeks into the global pandemic, it’s pretty evident that life has changed drastically for small businesses everywhere. For our local craft brewing scene here in New Mexico, they’re feeling the effects just as much as in the larger cities. You’ve no doubt read my editor’s updates on what’s been going on…