Beer Notes: More openings and closings around metro area

Well, it’s Friday, and the little bits of news are starting to bunch up. Here we go … R.I.P. Draft Station, and Sandia Chile Grill, too? It appears that two more local beer spots have closed their doors. One is now confirmed, the other seems likely but is not official. First up, Draft Station ABQ…

Eighteen NM breweries will pour their finest at Hopfest

Ah, late August, when the hints of cooler weather arrive, the kids go back to school, football (both American and international) revs up, and Hopfest takes over Isleta Casino. Hey, at nine years old, we can pretty much declare Hopfest an annual tradition. The largest beer festival in New Mexico returns this Saturday from 2…

ABQ Beer Week 2016: Crushed under the weight of Day Eight

Welcome to the single biggest day of Beer Week. Don’t believe us? Scroll below. Yeah, that’s 23 events. Twenty. Three. Now more than ever, you need a plan of attack. Go by time. Go by geographic location. Go by whatever you can do safely (if driving, or even Ubering). Just remember to carve out some…

ABQ Beer Week 2016: Get your kicks on Day Six

Now that the holiday has come and gone, things are starting to rev up again. From a competition, of a sort, between two breweries, to lots of new food-and-beer pairings, more samplings/tastings, a beer dinner, and an educational class on off flavors, the afternoon and evening are packed with lots of fun. Good luck picking…

ABQ Beer Week 2016: So much beer for thee on Day Three

Forget keeping up with the Joneses, it’s all about keeping up with the beerses, um, yeah, this weekend. Saturday is another jam-packed day, with two major events for charities, a slew of beer tastings, and two big beer dinners. Beyond what’s listed below, don’t forget, today is also Nexus’ fifth anniversary. They will have an…

Blues & Brews set for another blast of beer sensory overload

The biggest of the big is back at Sandia Casino this weekend as Blues & Brews returns for its sixth annual beer-a-palooza. This Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. (2 to 6 for VIP ticket holders), attendees will be able to choose beers from 70 different breweries, a mix of local, national, and international. As…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Leaner but not meaner for the new year

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 four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party. As more and more breweries keep…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Jumping on the special bomber release bandwagon

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 four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party. During the winter, seasonal beer releases…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Ring in the New Beer, er, Year!

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 four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party. Now that we all (hopefully) survived…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Stock up on brews, a blizzard is a comin’!

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 four breweries and a pair of newcomers, one down in Socorro and the other in Los Alamos, also joining the party. By all accounts of the weather…