The Week Ahead in Beer: High and Dry doubles up on anniversary fun

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, one in Silver City, and one in Truth or Consequences also joining the party….

Bathtub Row Brewing plans to expand up the mountain

For our Look Back/Look Ahead Series, I sat down with Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op’s head brewer, Brandon Venaglia, and the new assistant manager, Rob Hipwood, to find out what happened in 2019 and what will be new for 2020. In terms of facility improvements, Brandon mentioned that they finally purchased two new critically-needed serving vessels….

Stout Challenge IX: Once more into the darkness for a chosen few

Last year, most of us felt like the Stout Challenge was coming to an end, between a seemingly declining number of stouts, and the Crew itself shrinking down. One person who could not participate last year was Mrs. Solo, who told us that we had to do at least a ninth edition so she could…

Bosque Brewing keeps growing with even more taprooms in the works

One of these years, Bosque Brewing is going to stop expanding, content to settle down with what it has already built. 2020 will not be that year, however, as I found out when I sat down with Bosque owners Gabe Jensen, Jotham Michnovicz, Jess Griego, and John Bullard for our latest Look Back/Look Ahead Series…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Keep it local this Super Bowl Sunday

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, one in Silver City, and one in Truth or Consequences also joining the party….

Red Door Brewing staff looks to catch their breath in 2020

It has been quite a year for Red Door, with taprooms and canning and brewery expansions to boot. I was fortunate enough to find some time in December to spend with head brewer Matt Meier and operations manager Ali Cattin to get all of the details.  Solo: So, uh, quite a year for you guys….

It’s a bit different at Differential Brewing and that is OK

Bucking trends of super hoppy IPAs or heavy, high ABV beers, the less-than-one-year-old Differential Brewing makes mostly approachable, lower-to-mid ABV styles. As it turned out, this proved to be advantageous for the unexpected crowds that may want to hang out for multiple pints. According to one of the owners, Tony Hanson, they also recently started…