Four New Mexico breweries bring home five medals from 2020 GABF

The fastest Great American Beer Festival Awards ceremony in history — these things happen when it is all virtual — saw four New Mexico breweries claim five medals on Friday night. Two golds, two silvers, and one bronze are all coming home from the annual competition, which was still held even as the festival itself…

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…

Santa Fe breweries react to indoor dining restriction

About a week ago, the governor renewed restrictions on indoor dining for all restaurants and breweries, and quite a few brewery and restaurant operators were quick to weigh in with their opinions. Across various social media platforms, a great deal of those in and around the brewing industry vented their frustrations, some in comments and…

Beer Notes: One taproom closes after another opens for first time

Well, that sure was an interesting few days over on social media. The reactions to our last couple of stories about the latest change to the governor’s health orders — no more indoor seating at breweries or restaurants starting today (Monday) — brought out a lot of fire and passion and plenty of debates among…

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….