A very successful 10th anniversary for the New Mexico Brew Fest

The 10th annual New Mexico Brew Fest is in the books. This year’s festival brought it back to where it all began at Villa Hispana in the state fairgrounds. I have attended this festival a few times and I considered myself very lucky that I was able to attend this year. Often a trip, or…

GABF 2019: Brewers and owners share what they love about the fest

After getting the chance to see the original Sierra Nevada brewhouse and meet founder Ken Grossman (more on that next week), I took the time before the opening session of the Great American Beer Festival began on Thursday night to try and track down New Mexico brewers and brewery owners for a quick quote. The…

Steel Bender gears up for another year of Balloons & Brews

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a big, wild event, and that can often include the task of getting in and out of the park, finding food to eat, something to drink, and so on. Two years ago, Steel Bender Brewyard provided a bit of an alternative, inviting everyone over early in the morning to…

The Week Ahead in Beer: A bountiful harvest of brews

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 seven 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….

Marvelous Marblefest features a slew of new brews of a German variety

Long ago, Marble Brewery used to hold Septemberfest in its back parking lot downtown, featuring other breweries from around the state offering up their autumn beers. As the brewery grew and expanded, eventually swallowing that parking lot, Septemberfest disappeared into the memory of festivals gone by. Then along came Marblefest, a full-on German-themed beer event…

New-look Nob Hill Bar & Grill aims to become a craft beer haven again

It was only a few years ago that Nob Hill Bar & Grill was regularly packed with beer geeks, there to enjoy a special tapping, tap takeover, or a giant introductory event for an out-of-state brewery new to town. Quietly, though, those nights seemed to fade away, until most events moved elsewhere. Well, if the…

An ode to the season of the wet hop beers in New Mexico

The other day a series of videos were posted by the folks at Bathtub Row Brewing in Los Alamos that showed the harvesting of the fresh, wet hops for their Ancones Wet Hop IPA. That was followed by Wednesday’s surprise arrival of Fresh Hop Eliot IPA at Ex Novo Brewing in Corrales (it was made…

IPA Challenge: Boxing Bear claims its 3rd title in 4 years

The masses have spoken, and the West Coast IPA has not lost its crown just yet. Boxing Bear Brewing won its third New Mexico IPA Challenge trophy in the past four years, with its Bear Knuckle II fending off a host of hazy competitors. Bear Knuckle racked up 102 votes to fly past Bosque (72)…

IPA Challenge: Boxing Bear extends its lead in Santa Fe

Our man Luke was at the second round of the New Mexico IPA Challenge on Saturday afternoon, but we will cut him some slack and let him enjoy all those hop-forward ales while we do a quick recap of the competition. Boxing Bear, which edged out Icebox 17 votes to 16 in the first round…