Ex Novo brewer Chichura takes long and winding road back to New Mexico

Long before he ever brewed a beer in New Mexico, a young Dave Chichura visited Albuquerque on a two-month brewery tour of America in 1995. He visited the Rio Bravo Restaurant Brewery downtown and Assets Grille in the Northeast Heights. Those two breweries passed into history in 1998 and 2005, respectively, while the young beer…

Outside Bike & Brew Festival wraps up tonight

Editor’s note: Julie attended the Friday night main event, and filed a quick bit of info of what folks can expect tonight. Remember, this is not a traditional unlimited sampling festival. I’ll let her explain the rest below. If you go: Breweries who will have staff on-site tonight (Saturday) include Santa Fe Brewing, Marble, and…

Previewing Oskar Blues’ Burning Can in Santa Fe

Editor’s note: Julie is going to try to hit up as many events as possible this weekend during the Outside Bike & Brew Festival in Santa Fe. Because she’s out and about, I’m posting all of her stories on the site to make things a little easier. The WordPress phone app is good for checking…

Outside Bike & Brew Festival kicks into high gear

The real fun with the Outside Bike & Brew Festival in Santa Fe begins today (Friday) and continues through the weekend. The main event will take place at Fort Marcy Park tonight and Saturday from 3:30 to 9 p.m. There will be live music, a beer garden, and a whole lot more. On the music…

My IPA is too heady for this heat: Session IPA selections from Susan’s

In honor of IPA Day, I went in search of the best out-of-state Session IPAs that can be found in Santa Fe. Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits (1005 S. St. Francis Drive) is my go-to place, conveniently located between home and office. I found the beer manager, Matt Zehnder, who was likely afraid I’d repeat my offense when I went in search of new-to-us Evil Twin brews a couple of weeks ago. Yeah, I took all the beer out of the boxes. Two hours old and not in your system? Don’t care. Here’s some money, I’m running out of the store with my spoils.

The Dark Side Brew Crew’s guide to Bike & Brew’s beer dinners

Right smack dab in the middle of American Craft Beer Week, Outside Magazine’s giant celebration of all things craft beer and cycling kicks off with a barrage of beer dinners, pairing culinary creations from some of Santa Fe’s finest chefs, with beers from New Mexico, California, and Colorado craft breweries. As the Crew now has…

Grab a brew at the Zoo this Saturday

Beer festivals are usually held at hotels, casinos, convention centers, parking lots, and a whole lot of other nondescript places. So whoever thought “we should have a festival at the ABQ BioPark Zoo” deserves a medal. One of the most unique settings we have ever heard of will host Lions, Tigers, & Beers this Saturday…

Where to quench your hop thirst at Hopfest

Oh, Hopfest, you lovely giant beer festival, you have returned. It’s Lucky No. 7 for Hopfest, which returns to the Isleta Casino this Saturday. Tickets are still available online today (Friday). They go up in price at the door ($35 for general admission, $45 for Extra Hoppy Hour), so we highly recommend you get them…

The San Juan Brewfest had something for everyone

The 16th annual San Juan Brewfest took place on Saturday, August 23, in beautiful downtown Durango. Benefiting the United Way of SW Colorado, the brewfest had a great turnout, despite the rain that threatened to dampen the mood. Held at Buckley Park near the northern tip of Main Street, there couldn’t be an easier event…