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…

For Casa Vieja it’s all about location, location, location

Unlike some breweries, Casa Vieja in Corrales elected not to wait until the Governor’s initial shutdown order in mid-March. They shut down about a week before she actually “pulled the plug,” as owner Gary Socha told me. This is but one example of how protective Gary is over his customer base. As it turns out,…