ABQ Beer Week: Everyone pucker up on Day One as sours take center stage

And, we’re back! ABQ Beer Week kicks off today (Thursday) with an actual kickoff party, plus a special tasting/tap takeover, a beer-and-cheese pairing, a beer dinner, a fundraiser, and more. Let’s get right to it, shall we? Featured Event Every day we will pick what we consider the biggest, most interesting, most unique event. This…

20 questions with Jennifer Treu, Rowley Farmhouse Ales’ new head brewer

It’s not an easy thing to turn your passion into a career that spans several states, partially through a pandemic, but Rowley Farmhouse Ales’ new head brewer has done just that. On a nice, reasonably un-windy Wednesday, I sat down with the entire RFA brew crew, including brewmaster John Rowley, cellarman Roger Pacheco, new to…

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…

Rowley Farmhouse Ales is back in black with Blackest Friday

A cold wind blows across your face, sending a shiver deep down into your sweater. You can see your breath as you huff and puff across the parking lot. And, as you pull the sleeves over your frigid fingers, you already begin to regret the inevitable walk back to the car, as your legs feel…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Black Friday takes on a whole new meaning

Welcome to an early edition of Week Ahead, as we want to make sure everyone is aware of what beers are available well in advance of Thanksgiving, when most breweries will be closed (see below for the exceptions). Despite being a holiday week, there are plenty of beer releases coming Friday, with some fun events…

Rowley Farmhouse Ales celebrates 5 years in the business

Making it as a successful restaurant concept has never been an easy feat. Making it, and lasting as a successful business in Santa Fe is even more impressive, something restaurateurs take great pride in, something they can celebrate. For Santa Feans to embrace you, for visitors to seek you out while in town, you have…

Even more fresh-hop beers are on the horizon for New Mexico breweries

As we noted the other day in our first story about fresh-hop beers coming from New Mexico breweries, only a handful of places had responded before I hit publish on ye ole WordPress. Since then, three more breweries (two in collaboration, technically) shared what they have coming up, another hinted a beer might be coming,…