Eighteen NM breweries will pour their finest at Hopfest

Ah, late August, when the hints of cooler weather arrive, the kids go back to school, football (both American and international) revs up, and Hopfest takes over Isleta Casino. Hey, at nine years old, we can pretty much declare Hopfest an annual tradition. The largest beer festival in New Mexico returns this Saturday from 2…

Surprise, the second annual Marchfest was a huge hit

Last Saturday was the second annual Marchfest put on by Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. Previously, this was an event that many of the Crew had written off due, mostly in part to little to no advertising, except through commercials on the mainstream radio stations (I’d be pretty surprised if the Crew listened to the…

Second Street’s got one sweet can!

Last week I had the opportunity to watch some awesome history in the making. Santa Fe’s Second Street canned their first beer inside their brewery. “Why is that awesome?” I hear you asking yourself. Besides the fact that we can now pick up a canned version of their Pivotal IPA and take it along on…

Beer Premier draws mixed reviews from crowd

The Yards Craft Beer Premier went down Saturday afternoon, but people were still chatting about it throughout the weekend. It is hard to sum up people’s feelings on the event, which were as mixed as the beers themselves. We asked for attendees to weigh in on Facebook and for the most part their general reactions…

New location and format set for Beer Premier

AUTHOR’S NOTE: After originally publishing this story I received an email from Christopher Goblet of the Brewers Guild. He brought up a couple key points that I’ve now added to the story. Perhaps most importantly for everyone, based on people’s responses, is that you can sample the beers before you buy them. Read on for…

ABQ Beer Week: Almost at the end of the line on Day Nine

So many events down, so many beers consumed. C’mon, troopers, let’s gear up. The end to this glorious time is nearly in sight. We shall not go out with a whimper, but a cosmic bang worthy of the elder gods. To that end, Friday is Day Nine of Ten, and it shall be a valiant…

ABQ Beer Week: Sours rule on Day Two

Day Two of ABQ Beer Week 2014 will feature eight different events, including two devoted to that heavily debated beer style — the dreaded/beloved sour ale! Viva Friday! Oh, and by the way, thank you to everyone that came out for the Battle of the Beer Geeks on Thursday. We’ll have a little more on…

Beer Notes: A festival for Cruces, Dead pints, Hopfest winners

Happy Friday everyone. Stoutmeister here with a grab-bag of beer news and notes. I would ask if you all had a fun Halloween, but it seemed strangely quiet out there. Save for a show at Sister Bar and the kids trick-or-treating, putting the great holiday on a Thursday meant a lot of folks put it…