Beer Notes: The we-wish-we-had-better-news-to-share weekend edition

It is rare that we publish stories on Sundays, but these are strange times, and unfortunately the bad news has been piling up since Friday. We wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the following news items, so here we go. Taos Mesa Brewing needs our support At about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, the owners…

Remaining Santa Fe breweries at various stages of reopening

On Tuesday, the Dark Side Brew Crew ran my story on the Santa Fe breweries that have been open to the public for a couple weeks now, and what unique challenges they’ve faced as they blazed the trail for the others. As promised, I reached out to Second Street Brewery, Blue Corn Brewery, and Tumbleroot…

Crushing the can game at Second Street and beyond

Second Street Brewery’s design team has just won some major national awards for craft beer can design, but the best part about the local Santa Fe brewery’s design team is that technically it’s a one-woman show, Mariah Cameron Scee. Scee also designed the can for Pink Boots Society beer, Essential Pie, that was released today….

Beer Notes: Broken Trail and Kaktus plan on returning this Friday

The number of breweries that have temporarily closed during this pandemic, eschewing the takeout-only model, is continuing to dwindle in the Albuquerque metro area. We have news on some planned reopenings, expanded hours, and more that just cried out for a Beer Notes. Broken Trail ready to return to action After shutting down its offsite…

Second Street Brewery had a solid 2019 and then 2020 happened

We’re now more than a month into the *zombie apocalypse, and while some of us are getting restless and anxious for an end to the madness, some are settling into what may be the new normal (for a while) in the best way they know how. But, at least with the rules of engagement no…

COVID-19 and how it has affected the Santa Fe brewing industry so far

Now that we’re several weeks into the global pandemic, it’s pretty evident that life has changed drastically for small businesses everywhere. For our local craft brewing scene here in New Mexico, they’re feeling the effects just as much as in the larger cities. You’ve no doubt read my editor’s updates on what’s been going on…

Pandemic hits local brewing industry as hard as everything else

Never in our lives did we imagine that a story about a global pandemic’s impact on local craft breweries would ever appear on our site, but here we are. We will keep a constant listing of closings and event cancellations/postponements here, but please keep consulting individual breweries’ social media pages for updated information. We can…

The Crew selects our favorite brews of 2019

Over the course of our winter mini-break, several of us in the Crew started discussing what were our favorite local craft beers of 2019. Normally, we tend to not express our opinions publicly, so as always, please take these merely as our individual likes, and humble suggestions for those beers still available. It is up…