The Week Ahead in Beer: Spooky Events Emerge in Advance of Halloween

After kind of a lull the week after the Balloon Fiesta, this week looks to be chock full of new brews and a plethora of weekend events.  New Draft: Bosque added Perpetual Sunset, a strawberry lager. Boxing Bear recently tapped Loose Seal Pale Ale and Falcon Mountain IPA. (UPDATE) Brew Lab 101 took some Boo-Berry…

Trio of breweries team up once again to raise funds for Pink Warrior House

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and just as in years past, Canteen Brewhouse, High and Dry Brewing, and Steel Bender Brewyard are joining forces to help out. The Pink Warrior House Foundation is the designated non-profit, and all three breweries will be contributing a portion of the proceeds on specific beers. Needing a little…

The spirit of collaboration is alive and well with the return of One for 5

The annual tradition of the One for 5 charity beer, spearheaded by Steel Bender Brewyard, Second Street Brewery, and Sierra Blanca Brewing, is back for another go-around starting this Wednesday. A hazy pale ale this time around, One for 5 will be available at all three breweries, as well as at Albertsons Market locations statewide….

Steel Bender shows its support to Los Ranchos in limited but flavorful way

The Lavender Festival was an annual event, until interrupted by Covid in 2020, that celebrated the many unique businesses and people in the village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. It is quietly making its return this week, and Steel Bender Brewyard is again participating in the best way it can — by highlighting local eateries…

Steel Bender brewer decisively cements her place on the staff

As the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg wisely said, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” And that, of course, includes breweries, where countless decisions are made every single day. Thousands of years ago brewing was a female-dominated craft, but the widespread industrialization of brewing over the past few centuries caused it to…

Local breweries cautiously optimistic as counties move to green

The Wednesday news that much of New Mexico was moving to the green/turquoise levels on the state’s colored reopening chart came as a relief to many breweries. After a long period of being stuck in yellow, Bernalillo and Sandoval counties are moving to green, enabling 40-plus breweries and their taprooms to expand their occupancy. Well,…

Steel Bender finds much-needed positivity in its latest charity brew

Anyone following Steel Bender on social media probably saw some teasing images of a new canned specialty beer last week. At the start of this week, the beer was unveiled as Shine On Saison, made with passion fruit, and brewed in collaboration with Whole Foods Markets and the Agora Crisis Center. “It’s been this enthusiastic,…