Beer Notes: Taproom boom, more awards and one big party

Now that I am back at work (yay, money), the beer news is starting to pile up, so let us get to a few pertinent items. First, though, in a moment of self-promotion, I will be giving a free talk about the history of brewing in Albuquerque this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Special…

The Week Ahead in Beer: A Prideful weekend awaits after a brisk ArtWalk

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, and one in Truth or Consequences also joining the party. The weekend kicks off…

There will soon be more Hops in the Village

Savvy searchers may know that Hops Brewery in Nob Hill is actually incorporated as Los Ranchos Brewing, LLC. There is a good reason for that, as Hops Brewery is finally opening a long-awaited taproom in the Village of Los Ranchos. This is a plan that has been about five years in the making. I tracked…

ABQ Beer Week: Day Seven goes to the casks

Sometimes life leaves you with difficult decisions to make. In our case for this Beer Week, it was whether or not to stay in town or make an overnight run to Denver to see one of our favorite metal bands. The chance to see Insomnium won out today. For the rest of you who probably…

Hops Brewery opens in Nob Hill at long last

When a new brewery opens up in Albuquerque, it’s only a matter of time before the Dark Side is there on the scene to report our findings back to you good folks. Well, as it turned out, this particular brewery opened up a couple weeks ago, while our editor was on the road for a…

Long-awaited Hops Brewery finally sets an opening date

I’m happy to say that I have an update on what may be one of the longest anticipated brewery openings in the Albuquerque area for some time. Hops Brewery has been a project in the making for years, with a prominent location on Central Ave. in Nob Hill. I’ll confess that I have been regularly…

Beer Notes: More openings and closings around metro area

Well, it’s Friday, and the little bits of news are starting to bunch up. Here we go … R.I.P. Draft Station, and Sandia Chile Grill, too? It appears that two more local beer spots have closed their doors. One is now confirmed, the other seems likely but is not official. First up, Draft Station ABQ…

Beer Notes: New label guidelines, Bacon Fest lists and more

Goodness gracious, beer notes on a Friday. Whatever has come over me? Brewers Association takes a stand against offensive labels An emerging point of contention for craft beer has been the use of blatantly sexist or offensive labels and imagery by certain breweries. Luckily, New Mexico breweries have largely managed to avoid these sorts of…

Beer Notes: Firkin closing is not the start of a bad trend

In case anyone missed it on social media over the weekend, the long-rumored demise of The Firkin BrewHouse and Grill came to pass, as their own Facebook page communicated the following: To all of our loyal and wonderful customers, unfortunately I must state that the Firkin BrewHouse and Grill is closed. More info will follow…