A very successful 10th anniversary for the New Mexico Brew Fest

The 10th annual New Mexico Brew Fest is in the books. This year’s festival brought it back to where it all began at Villa Hispana in the state fairgrounds. I have attended this festival a few times and I considered myself very lucky that I was able to attend this year. Often a trip, or…

GABF 2019: Rowley Farmhouse Ales claims Small Brewpub of the Year

It was Rowley Farmhouse Ales’ day in Denver. The Santa Fe brewery claimed three medals and the Small Brewpub of the Year award at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival on Saturday morning. RFA took home gold for Meier in the German-Style Sour Ale category, silver for Agent Orange – Apple Brandy Barrel in the…

Marvelous Marblefest features a slew of new brews of a German variety

Long ago, Marble Brewery used to hold Septemberfest in its back parking lot downtown, featuring other breweries from around the state offering up their autumn beers. As the brewery grew and expanded, eventually swallowing that parking lot, Septemberfest disappeared into the memory of festivals gone by. Then along came Marblefest, a full-on German-themed beer event…

Cantero Brewing goes all out with 1st anniversary block party

The past chronicles of Cantero Brewing have noted that going from concept to opening was not an easy process, so please excuse the folks there if they want to throw one jumbo-sized party to celebrate a year in business. “Honestly, all the things we went through this year, it was definitely a challenge,” co-owner Kane…

An ode to the season of the wet hop beers in New Mexico

The other day a series of videos were posted by the folks at Bathtub Row Brewing in Los Alamos that showed the harvesting of the fresh, wet hops for their Ancones Wet Hop IPA. That was followed by Wednesday’s surprise arrival of Fresh Hop Eliot IPA at Ex Novo Brewing in Corrales (it was made…

ABQ Beer Week: Day Eight is great when breweries collaborate

First, we are terribly sorry for that rhyming headline, but, we could not resist. Moving on … As we inch closer to the second and final weekend of Beer Week, the number of events takes a jump today. There are two beer dinners on opposite sides of town, a special collaboration beer release from two…

Toltec Brewing picks up steam with an all-female command staff

Toltec Brewing is taking female empowerment to a new level for a local brewery in New Mexico. The promotion of Emma Gibson to executive chef this past week puts women in charge of almost every key position, as she joins head brewer Kaylynn McKnight, general manager Keri Fleming, and owner Diana Navarrette. “I think we…

The Crew’s brewery merchandise guide for 2018

As we did the last four years, the Crew has put together a brewery merchandise guide for all of you just in time for your last-minute holiday shopping. Hey, it might be nice to just buy people beer, but sometimes they need more in life, like cool shirts, hoodies, growlers, and other specialty items carrying…