Rio Bravo wins the 2020 NM IPA Challenge by the closest of margins

We kinda figured that the take-home edition of the 2020 New Mexico IPA Challenge was going to produce some surprises. The big surprise was the first-time winner, beating out two stalwarts of the hop-forward part of our local beer scene. Rio Bravo Brewing took home the trophy with 22 votes, followed closely by two-time past…

Beer Notes: Broken Trail and Kaktus plan on returning this Friday

The number of breweries that have temporarily closed during this pandemic, eschewing the takeout-only model, is continuing to dwindle in the Albuquerque metro area. We have news on some planned reopenings, expanded hours, and more that just cried out for a Beer Notes. Broken Trail ready to return to action After shutting down its offsite…

New Mexico Brewers Guild goes virtual for Saturday beer festival

This era of stay-at-home has forced just about everyone and anyone to get creative when bringing people together. That includes state brewers guilds and other beer festival organizers, who cannot hold those festivals in the usual manner. A few state guilds have been experimenting with doing things online, and the New Mexico Brewers Guild will…

Breweries are exempt from latest state order that closes liquor stores

A moment of sheer panic among craft beer drinkers and brewery staff members occurred late Monday afternoon when new orders from the office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham included the closing of all liquor stores to in-person sales. After a few anxious minutes of waiting, we were informed by Alcohol Beverage Control, via the New…

Pandemic hits local brewing industry as hard as everything else

Never in our lives did we imagine that a story about a global pandemic’s impact on local craft breweries would ever appear on our site, but here we are. We will keep a constant listing of closings and event cancellations/postponements here, but please keep consulting individual breweries’ social media pages for updated information. We can…

Flix Brewhouse sneaks past Rio Bravo to claim 2020 Stout Invitational

Flix Brewhouse’s very good February continued on Saturday afternoon. The brewery/cinema followed up three medals at the Best of Craft Beer Awards by taking first place in the fifth annual New Mexico Brewers Guild Stout Invitational, once again held at Bathtub Row Brewing. Mama’s Kitchen, a milk chocolate stout with cinnamon, cocoa, coffee, coconut, and…