Ponderosa Brewing has high spirits for the new year

While the pandemic shuttered many businesses across the state, one of Albuquerque’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods, The Sawmill District, has experienced rapid growth even in the past year. At the heart of it is Ponderosa Brewing, which just completed its sixth year in business this September, and remains a steadfast presence in the local brewery scene….

Local breweries name their MVPs for this most difficult of years

During a conversation with a front-of-house employee from a local brewery, he noted that it felt rather nice to see words of praise from one of the owners in a recent Brew Crew story. That got me thinking about how much it might mean to other brewery employees to see some public recognition for their…

Aluminum can shortage begins to hit NM breweries where it hurts

The buzz about a nationwide aluminum can shortage has been getting louder in the last couple of months. We have been waiting and wondering when it was truly going to hit our craft breweries in New Mexico, and starting late last week we started asking around via email. It is not something that will hit…

Ponderosa Brewing continues to grow as Sawmill District rapidly develops

Driving over to Ponderosa Brewing, it can be hard to miss the rapid growth of the entire Sawmill District in all directions. Old warehouses and empty lots are being transformed into modern commercial and residential properties. Amid it all, Ponderosa has continued to grow at its own pace, keeping up with what is quickly becoming…

A very successful 10th anniversary for the New Mexico Brew Fest

The 10th annual New Mexico Brew Fest is in the books. This year’s festival brought it back to where it all began at Villa Hispana in the state fairgrounds. I have attended this festival a few times and I considered myself very lucky that I was able to attend this year. Often a trip, or…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Pub crawling before the Balloon Fiesta and more

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 seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, one in Silver City, and one in Truth or Consequences also joining the party….