My IPA is too heady for this heat: Session IPA selections from Susan’s

In honor of IPA Day, I went in search of the best out-of-state Session IPAs that can be found in Santa Fe. Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits (1005 S. St. Francis Drive) is my go-to place, conveniently located between home and office. I found the beer manager, Matt Zehnder, who was likely afraid I’d repeat my offense when I went in search of new-to-us Evil Twin brews a couple of weeks ago. Yeah, I took all the beer out of the boxes. Two hours old and not in your system? Don’t care. Here’s some money, I’m running out of the store with my spoils.

To properly tackle Hopfest everyone needs a battle plan

Hopfest is big. There are 62 breweries serving up samples for thousands of beer lovers. In other words, it is not the place to just walk into and wander about. Nope, you need a plan, a battle plan. Luckily, the Dark Side Brew Crew is here to provide one. It’s what we do. In terms…

GABF 2012: The halls of Valhalla must close eventually

DENVER — Stoutmeister here with our final recap from the final day of the Great American Beer Festival. Yes, VALHALLA has come and gone. We shed a silent tear. Our livers quietly rejoice. And thus, the tale ends. So first, the news of the day involved the awards ceremony, which took place during the day…

Hopfest in review: Chilling out in The Maple’s Shade

Stoutmeister here, fully recovered from the madness that was Hopfest 2012 down at Hard Rock on Saturday afternoon. First off, a huge thanks to everyone there, from the fans to the employees and volunteers. You all made it a wonderful show. A big thanks to Marne Gaston, who supplied us with Extra Hoppy tickets. For…

Durango beer trip: Winding down at Carver

Stoutmeister and E-Rock continue their trek through the breweries of the Four Corners area with a stop at Carver Brewing Co. in Durango. By the time E-Rock and I got back to Carver (we had a beerless breakfast there early in the day) to finally sample their beers, we were a couple of tired bloggers…

Durango beer trip: Embracing the darkness at DBC

Stoutmeister and E-Rock continue their quick trek through the breweries of the Four Corners area with a stop at Durango Brewing Co. After an hour or so break following our time at Ska on Wednesday afternoon, E-Rock and I headed up Main Ave. to the north end of Durango, where at the intersection of 30th…

Durango beer trip: Rockin’ out 90s style at Ska

Stoutmeister and E-Rock continue their quick trek through the breweries of the Four Corners Area with a stop at the most famous of the bunch, Ska Brewing. After the general disappointment of Steamworks on Tuesday night, our bar dropped pretty low for Durango-area breweries. Not surprisingly, Ska said “to hell with that” and reminded us…

Durango beer trip: Steamworks falls just short

Stoutmeister here. E-Rock and I arrived late in Durango on Tuesday night, cursed by traffic, construction, a long Isotopes game, etc. So by the time we got into our hotel room and took a moment to unwind from the drive, it was after 9 p.m. and there was not much left to beckon us. The…