Great NM Beer Festival holds a first competition between local breweries

For the first time in a long while, an all-New Mexico breweries competition was held in advance of Saturday’s Great New Mexico Beer Festival. Local breweries competed for three medals in each of four categories, with a different brewery claiming gold in each category. Well, almost, since no gold medal was awarded by the judging…

This guide to brewery Halloween happenings filled up awfully fast

Anytime Halloween falls on a weekend, and the world is not in full COVID restrictions mode, one can expect breweries to jump on board with a whole slew of parties, costume contests, and more. Well, Halloween is this Sunday, so the weekend is as chock-full as one would expect. Here is just about every Halloween-themed…

A different kind of tale for Lizard Tail starts in Nob Hill

I went over to the new Nob Hill location of Lizard Tail at 3417 Central Ave NE Suite C (formerly home to Poké Poké) to celebrate a friend’s new job, and unexpectedly ran into Rich Montoya, now one of the owners of Lizard Tail Brewing. Our super awesome server Laura had sent him my way…

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…

Beer Notes: Updates on all the new places still in progress

With the recent openings (re-openings?) of two closed-turned-new-breweries — Lizard Tail Industrial (neé Cantero) and Juno (ex-Dialogue) — we figured it might be a good time to catch up on what is still in the forthcoming brewery/taproom pipeline. Also, our planned story for today fell through, so here we are, going to Plan B. Got an…

Former Cantero Brewing reopens as Lizard Tail Industrial

It is a bit rare that we post a story late on a Friday afternoon, but it was not until a couple hours ago that any of us was able to trek on over to the Brewery District to check out the grand opening (reopening?) of a local brewpub. Restaurants often close and then reopen…

Resurrection Song: 3 closed Burque breweries are returning to life

Over the last few days, as we worked to follow up on our recent story about the challenge of reporting on brewery closures, we learned that three places we have reported as closing for good may be coming back to life. The circumstances in each case appear to be slightly different, but we are happy…

Ready to rock: Rock Canyon sets grand opening date

For the past three weeks, Lizard Tail Brewing’s Rock Canyon Taproom in Carnuel has been operating in a soft opening mode. That all changes this Saturday when they will have the grand opening celebration. The party includes live music all day, headlined by The Real Matt Jones at 7 p.m. I recently paid a brief…