Casa Vieja Brewery set for an upcoming change in ownership

I recently received an unexpected text from Gary Socha, owner of Casa Vieja Brewery at 4541 Corrales Rd. It said, verbatim, “Well, it’s official. We are under contract to sell Casa. It will take 6 months to get a new small brewers license for the new owner, but we have a buyer.” I was floored,…

Small brewer license renewals come with a surprise for some this year

Back in 2019, Senate Bill 413 was passed, which had a potentially profound effect on breweries throughout New Mexico. One of its key provisions was a new requirement for every brewery to produce a minimum of 50 barrels per year, or at least have its own beers account for 50 percent of total alcohol sales….

Local breweries cautiously optimistic as counties move to green

The Wednesday news that much of New Mexico was moving to the green/turquoise levels on the state’s colored reopening chart came as a relief to many breweries. After a long period of being stuck in yellow, Bernalillo and Sandoval counties are moving to green, enabling 40-plus breweries and their taprooms to expand their occupancy. Well,…

The Crew reviews our collaboration stout with Casa Vieja

We collaborated on another one. Another stout, that is. The Brew Crew was contacted a while ago by brewer Michael Sharpe at Casa Vieja. He wanted to know if we would be interested in creating a proper stout for the winter months. Obviously, the answer was yes, and away we went. Franz Solo crafted the…

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…