La Reforma hires a familiar face as 2022 head brewer shuffle gets underway

After a relatively static period during the height of the pandemic, a new shuffle of head brewers is underway in New Mexico. “There was very little mobility during the pandemic,” said La Reforma co-owner John Gozigian, who has just hired a new head brewer/distiller. “Now that things are getting back to normal, for a long…

Red Door opens new chapter after moving its brewing operation in 2021

It has been a little less than a year since Red Door Brewing closed its original brewery and taproom on Candelaria, moving brewing operations to the shared Mother Trail facility at 12th Street and Bellamah. Like so many other things, however, in the last two years, it can seem like a lifetime ago. I caught…

More canning woes add to a long list of new troubles for breweries nationwide

Just before Thanksgiving, craft breweries around the country received some very unwelcome news. Ball Canning, the largest producer of aluminum cans in the country, announced changes in how pre-printed cans could be ordered. Instead of being shipped one semi-truckload at a time, Ball would now require breweries to purchase five truckloads, or roughly 1 million…

Downtown breweries appreciate all that Artwalk brings to their taprooms

The weather is sure cooperating with the organizers of the monthly ABQ Artwalk in downtown this Friday. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. and run through most of the night at multiple places on Central and adjacent streets. From today’s events to all those in past months, Artwalk has provided a major boost for…

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…