The Week Ahead in Beer: All Hallows Weekend is set for ABQ

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 six breweries, one in Socorro, one in Los Alamos, and one in Moriarty also joining the party. In case anyone has not checked the calendar, Halloween falls…

Hopfest 2016: The first fest of the season keeps it fresh

Newcomers and summery, fresh-tasting, hoppy beers helped to keep interest alive for the ninth annual Albuquerque Hopfest. Each year the crowds get larger, and each year I wonder how in the world Marne Gaston puts on such a large production. But, she does, flawlessly, and I am in complete awe of her. I would be…

Eighteen NM breweries will pour their finest at Hopfest

Ah, late August, when the hints of cooler weather arrive, the kids go back to school, football (both American and international) revs up, and Hopfest takes over Isleta Casino. Hey, at nine years old, we can pretty much declare Hopfest an annual tradition. The largest beer festival in New Mexico returns this Saturday from 2…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Defying the odds to finish a first year

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 four breweries and one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos also joining the party. It has been a bumpy ride at times for the…

ABQ Beer Week 2016: That’s all, folks!

And so it ends. After 11 days, ABQ Beer Week 2016 comes to a close. The theme of the final day is kick back and relax, enjoy a final few tastings and pairings, and generally reflect on all the awesome that just transpired. A big thanks to the breweries, beer bars, and everyone else who…

ABQ Beer Week 2016: Aiming for a perfect Day Ten

The party isn’t over yet, so it’s time to gear up for one last Saturday full of events. There are two big fundraisers today, one at Tractor Wells Park and the other at Marble Westside. Throw in some more beer releases, special tappings, sampling events, and more, and you should stay plenty busy as we…

ABQ Beer Week 2016: Crushed under the weight of Day Eight

Welcome to the single biggest day of Beer Week. Don’t believe us? Scroll below. Yeah, that’s 23 events. Twenty. Three. Now more than ever, you need a plan of attack. Go by time. Go by geographic location. Go by whatever you can do safely (if driving, or even Ubering). Just remember to carve out some…

ABQ Beer Week 2016: Rolling a lucky number on Day Seven

While I am out in California this week, I was reminded of two key things. First, traffic here still makes the worst I-25/I-40 messes you’ve ever seen look like nothing. Second, they charge $14 for craft beer at Angels games. For one pour. Not like multiple pints or a pint plus a flight or anything….

ABQ Beer Week 2016: Get your kicks on Day Six

Now that the holiday has come and gone, things are starting to rev up again. From a competition, of a sort, between two breweries, to lots of new food-and-beer pairings, more samplings/tastings, a beer dinner, and an educational class on off flavors, the afternoon and evening are packed with lots of fun. Good luck picking…