A full beer lineup bubbles to the surface at Lava Rock

The last time any of us visited Lava Rock Brewing on the westside, an actual beer lineup was just starting to take form. Since then, we had received word that head brewer Ram Khalsa now has that promised full lineup on tap, and with some time to kill on a Tuesday afternoon, this here editor-in-need-of-a-story…

Beer Notes: Resurrections, closures, brewers-on-the-move and more

The news items are piling up around here, so let us start the week with what is going on around the New Mexico craft brewing scene. We’re not dead yet After we published our story about Eske’s Brew Pub and Eatery meeting an untimely demise after 27 years, we were eventually contacted by Mark Hoffman,…

Lava Rock’s own beer begins to flow at long last

I very rarely get to the west side of town, so after an overnight stay at Route 66 Casino Hotel for my birthday, I made a point to quickly swing by Lava Rock Brewing Company at 2200 Unser Blvd. The Crew had heard that they are now brewing their own beer on a full-size brewhouse…

Lava Rock slowly bubbles to the surface on the West Side

The first of two finish lines is in sight at Lava Rock Brewing. After enduring many a delay, the newest brewery on the West Side will open, sans its own beers, this month. That second finish line, the one with its beers on tap, well, that is still obscured by the sluggish bureaucracy of the…

The Week Ahead in Beer: One opening and one anniversary highlight the weekend

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 six breweries, one in Los Alamos, and one in Moriarty also joining the party. UPDATE: We received word directly from the brewer at Lava Rock that his brewery…

Beer Notes: Brewers Association recaps the entire year

Yeah, it is definitely that time of year. The recaps and top 10 lists are being posted, the year-in-review stories are rolling along (like, uh, our Look Back/Look Ahead Series). When it comes to recapping the year in craft beer for the entire country, no one sums it up best quite like the Brewers Association….

Beer Notes: La Cumbre bears down in Arizona

It was clearly time to clear out the old notebook once again … La Cumbre expands distribution to the west Last year, when I sat down with owner/master brewer Jeff Erway for our Look Back/Look Ahead Series article, he said that Arizona was definitely his next target for out-of-state distribution. The only thing he was…

Random thoughts on the 10th annual Hopfest

Yeah, this story should have run Monday, but Sunday featured soccer in the morning, work in the afternoon, and Isotopes coverage in the evening. Anyway, just figured the Crew could share a few of our thoughts on the latest edition of Hopfest, which was held back on Saturday at Isleta Casino. Wherefore art thou, 377?…

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…