More fresh-hop beers are on the horizon for New Mexico breweries

The arrival of Freshly Hopped Mass Ascension IPA in cans and on draft at Ex Novo on Monday marked the beginning of fresh-hop beer season in New Mexico. Rather than wait patiently to see which brewery would be the next to drop their offering, we reached out to just about everyone to find out in…

Schwebach seizes the opportunity and helps move Canteen forward

A few years ago, while sharing a pint with Canteen head brewer Zach Guilmette, he made an interesting comment as we looked out on the then-newly-remodeled patio and the full crowd enjoying themselves out there. “Man, Jamie saved this place,” Guilmette said. “I almost thought about walking away, but she turned it around.” Any fans…

The Lager Ledger: Highlighting the most quenchable beers in New Mexico

Welcome to our new miniseries of articles to highlight the season’s best local offerings. We will be doing spot reviews on recent releases in the lager family of beers from around the state. **DISCLAIMER** Please be advised that these reviews do not indicate current availability, double check our Week Ahead in Beer posts for weekly…

Canteen Brewhouse cans its way to success even amid global pandemic

It was one year to the day of the first pandemic shutdown when I joined Canteen Brewhouse head brewer Zach Guilmette and general manager Jamie Schwebach on the patio to recap all that was and what’s coming up for their entry in our Look Back/Look Ahead Series. The beautiful weather and full patio (well, as…

A past champion claims the top spot at the 10th Stout Challenge

A dozen stouts, poured at random, and the first one poured ends up the champion. That was how it went Sunday afternoon, as the Brew Crew gathered for the 10th time to engage in a blind taste test of local dark elixirs for our annual Stout Challenge. The winner? Oh, you will have to scroll…

The Week Ahead in Beer: The hopheads strike back against winter

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 eight 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….

Local breweries name their MVPs for this most difficult of years

During a conversation with a front-of-house employee from a local brewery, he noted that it felt rather nice to see words of praise from one of the owners in a recent Brew Crew story. That got me thinking about how much it might mean to other brewery employees to see some public recognition for their…