The Week Ahead in Beer: A month of charitable brews continues

November has already seen the release of the charitable collaboration SereniTEA Now at Canteen, High and Dry, and Steel Bender to benefit the Agora Crisis Center. Now more charitable beers are beginning to appear, including the annual release of Copper Canyon Pale Ale, which benefits children in need in the Copper Canyon region of Northern…

La Reforma hires a familiar face as 2022 head brewer shuffle gets underway

After a relatively static period during the height of the pandemic, a new shuffle of head brewers is underway in New Mexico. “There was very little mobility during the pandemic,” said La Reforma co-owner John Gozigian, who has just hired a new head brewer/distiller. “Now that things are getting back to normal, for a long…

An update on the lack of updates about future breweries

Every now and again, I check the State of New Mexico’s licensing page to see if there are any new pending small brewer or small brewer offsite licenses. For quite some time now, there have not been any new ones, which is just a sign of the times. Allow me to explain that statement. The…

Four New Mexico breweries bring home five medals from 2020 GABF

The fastest Great American Beer Festival Awards ceremony in history — these things happen when it is all virtual — saw four New Mexico breweries claim five medals on Friday night. Two golds, two silvers, and one bronze are all coming home from the annual competition, which was still held even as the festival itself…

Several Albuquerque metro breweries benefit from expanded patios

In early June, Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) worked with city and state officials to create and pass an initiative allowing businesses to expand their existing patios or create makeshift patios if they didn’t already have one. With the Governor’s most recent public health orders once again prohibiting indoor dining, the breweries that have taken advantage…