GABF 2019: Stoutmeister returns to the belly of the brewing beast

It may not feel like autumn in much of the country, but in Denver, the biggest sign of fall is the mass gathering of brewers, beer lovers, and yes, even beer writers, at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival. Only yours truly is headed north this year, but I will do everything in my power…

IPA Challenge: Boxing Bear claims its 3rd title in 4 years

The masses have spoken, and the West Coast IPA has not lost its crown just yet. Boxing Bear Brewing won its third New Mexico IPA Challenge trophy in the past four years, with its Bear Knuckle II fending off a host of hazy competitors. Bear Knuckle racked up 102 votes to fly past Bosque (72)…

IPA Challenge: Survival guide for final round at Bow & Arrow

Every year as a public service, the Crew likes to provide a sort of survival guide for those who are new to the New Mexico IPA Challenge. The final round will be held at Bow & Arrow Brewing this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and we highly recommend that you buy tickets in advance,…

IPA Challenge: Boxing Bear extends its lead in Santa Fe

Our man Luke was at the second round of the New Mexico IPA Challenge on Saturday afternoon, but we will cut him some slack and let him enjoy all those hop-forward ales while we do a quick recap of the competition. Boxing Bear, which edged out Icebox 17 votes to 16 in the first round…

IPA Challenge: Boxing Bear barely fends off Icebox in 1st round

The results are in from the first round of the 2019 New Mexico IPA Challenge, held today at Picacho Peak Brewing in Las Cruces. Two-time past champion Boxing Bear garnered 17 of the 65 votes cast, one more than the only Southern New Mexico brewery in attendance, newcomer Icebox Brewing (16). Perhaps the biggest surprise,…

Senator Heinrich takes time to discuss the big issues with NM Brewers Guild

Senator Martin Heinrich was in Albuquerque last week, and representatives of the New Mexico Brewers Guild were able to set up a meeting with him to talk all things craft beer in regards to the federal government. Tractor Brewing co-owner/president Skye Devore spearheaded the event, which was held inside the brewery at Wells Park. The…

ABQ Beer Week: Day Eleven puts a wrap on the whole darned thing

Well, this is it. Eleven days of fun have come down to one final day’s worth of events. The final slate includes a sold-out golf tournament, a breakfast special, a brunch, an anniversary party, a celebration of casks, a unique charity drive, and one final sensory experience to close it all out. Thanks for being…

Blazin’ Brewfest lights up the Las Cruces night once again

There are only a few beer festivals left in New Mexico that no one from the Crew has attended. One was the Blazin’ Brewfest, but I will be heading down this Friday since it is not falling on my birthday or opposite a metal show this year (it was rather uncanny how many times that…

Hop on down to Silver City for Toadfest this weekend

The New Mexico Brewers Guild and Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery are teaming up for their annual event, Toadfest, this Saturday in Silver City from 2 p.m. to midnight. This free event will feature 21 different beers and ciders from 12 different breweries, all packed into the LTC taproom at 200 N. Bullard Street….