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…

Taos Brewmasters Festival returns for its 23rd edition

If there is such a thing as a white whale among New Mexico beer festivals, for me it is the Taos Brewmasters Festival. It has been around for 23 years counting this Saturday’s event, and yet I have never managed to time my own schedule to where I can thanks to either my day job…

Weekend Beer-cap: The one where we get exceptionally wordy

Well, that was quite the weekend. Of all the Crew, I may have done the least craft beer drinking, which is quite weird. Hey, I am single and do not have a kid, but I also have a screwy work schedule and missed the ninth annual New Mexico Brew Fest. Boo. Anyway, I did get…

Autumn has arrived at the Northern New Mexico breweries

Fall was suddenly and dramatically in the air recently as Dave and I trekked up north to visit some breweries we have been trying to visit for some time. We welcomed the cooler air and monsoonal rains as we made our way around arguably the most beautiful area of the state. Our plan was overly…

Leveling the playing field: Clean lines means a clean(er) fight

The New Mexico IPA Challenge is well underway, and the question of fairness has come up a bit, to say the least. Well, at least from a technical standpoint, rest assured, our IPA Challenge is as fair as it can be because the Brewers Guild and its volunteers have taken steps to ensure that each…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Hops head north to Taos and Santa Fe

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, and one in Las Cruces also joining the party. The preliminary round is in…

IPA Challenge: Cry havoc and let slip the hops of war!

Oh, it is that time of year again. The time of year the Crew likes to forget Twitter exists, because the ludicrous arguments, they will be upon us again. This time around, we are gonna ignore it all as best we can and focus on the beers and the fun. Yes, it is time for…

The Week Ahead in Beer: A taste of Taos comes to Wells Park

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, and one in Las Cruces also joining the party. What New Mexico lacks in…