GABF 2019: Brewers and owners share what they love about the fest

After getting the chance to see the original Sierra Nevada brewhouse and meet founder Ken Grossman (more on that next week), I took the time before the opening session of the Great American Beer Festival began on Thursday night to try and track down New Mexico brewers and brewery owners for a quick quote. The…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Benefiting humans and doggos through brews

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 seven breweries, one in Los Alamos, one in Moriarty, one in Red River, one in Silver City, and one in Truth or Consequences also joining the party….

Starr Brothers steps up to help family of NM United player

Sad news came down this week that New Mexico United soccer player Justin Schmidt’s father, Jonathon David Schmidt, was killed in a car crash last weekend in Wyoming. As the brewery with the closest ties with the team, Starr Brothers is hosting a fundraiser for the Schmidt family this Saturday from noon to 6 p.m….

Beer Notes: Partial federal shutdown does have an impact on breweries

Most of us are aware of, yet personally unaffected by, the current partial shutdown of the federal government. Leaving the politics aside, it has nonetheless made things difficult on both federal employees and those businesses and people who rely on certain federal agencies. It did not occur to any of us in the Crew how…

Oktoberfest: Welcome to the mountains of Red River

In mid-October, in the mountains of northern New Mexico, a certain familiar sound can be heard through the little valley of Red River. It’s not the rustling of the wind through glimmering gold, fresh-changed aspens, nor the honking of the horns of people-packed caravans. It’s the chorus of clinking glasses and the raising of toasts….

New Mexico Brew Fest keeps it local for its 9th edition

One of our favorite annual beer festivals, the New Mexico Brew Fest, is back at the State Fairgrounds this Saturday afternoon. The ninth edition starts at 1 p.m. (noon for early entry ticket holders) and runs until 6. Tickets are available online here. What makes this a favorite fest of ours? Well, to start with,…