What’s in the box?! Rowley Farmhouse Ales has big news

Recently I was sitting at Rowley Farmhouse Ales, talking about barrel-aged goodies with the bartender as I sipped on their latest edition of Agent Scully IPA. Chef and co-owner Jeffrey Kaplan then sauntered down the steps, as he often does at the end of the day to greet his customers and check on the business…

Steel Bender gears up for another year of Balloons & Brews

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a big, wild event, and that can often include the task of getting in and out of the park, finding food to eat, something to drink, and so on. Two years ago, Steel Bender Brewyard provided a bit of an alternative, inviting everyone over early in the morning to…

Second Street heads into the Oktoberforest for a good cause

Second Street Brewery is celebrating Oktoberfest with a special event at the Railyard location today (Tuesday) from 5 to 8 p.m. It is not, however, just about the beer. The name of this special brew, which will be on tap and for sale in six-pack cans, is Oktoberforest, and is part of a wider campaign…

Tractor Brewing adds spirits and cocktails to its Westside Taproom

Back when we wrote about Tractor Brewing’s forthcoming Los Lunas Taproom, it was noted that it will be the first off-site location that will have its Troubled Minds spirits in addition to beer and cider. Well, it will actually be the second taproom, as Tractor announced this week that cocktails are coming to the Westside…

Broken Trail shakes things up with new brewer

My running joke with Matt Simonds, owner of Broken Trail Spirits & Brew, is that at least once a year he has to totally change up some part of the operation. Recently, Matt needed more space at the original location on Stanford for his increased production — especially for contract production of a nationally distributed, canned Moscow…

Boese Brothers’ Los Alamos taproom quietly opens its doors

Los Alamos is a pretty small town, so most people here are probably already aware that Boese Brothers’ latest taproom opened two weeks ago. I was out of town and missed the grand opening, and I finally made it over last Wednesday. It’s about what you’d expect: a cool vibe, a few big screen TVs,…

Marvelous Marblefest features a slew of new brews of a German variety

Long ago, Marble Brewery used to hold Septemberfest in its back parking lot downtown, featuring other breweries from around the state offering up their autumn beers. As the brewery grew and expanded, eventually swallowing that parking lot, Septemberfest disappeared into the memory of festivals gone by. Then along came Marblefest, a full-on German-themed beer event…