The Week Ahead in Beer: Small breweries grab the big spotlight

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 eight 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….

Even more fresh-hop beers are on the horizon for New Mexico breweries

As we noted the other day in our first story about fresh-hop beers coming from New Mexico breweries, only a handful of places had responded before I hit publish on ye ole WordPress. Since then, three more breweries (two in collaboration, technically) shared what they have coming up, another hinted a beer might be coming,…

Toltec Brewing brings its new head brewer full circle

Brandon Venaglia is back in his old neighborhood. The well-traveled brewer, who went from Back Alley Drafthouse to Cazuela’s to Bathtub Row, has taken the open job at Toltec Brewing on the West Side of Albuquerque. “I went to Cibola High School,” he said, shaking his head. “I went all around the United States and…

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…

The Crew reviews ApocalypTHICC from Toltec Brewing

We have changed up our Zoom-based beer reviews. Rather than just us rambling on about a local beer or two, we invited the brewer who made the beer to join us. After all, a brewer’s insight is often far beyond what our mere mortal palates can tell you about a beer. This time around, we…

Toltec Brewing was fine-tuning the experience before Covid-19 arrived

We have been sitting on this Look Back/Look Ahead Series interview that I did with Toltec Brewing’s dynamic duo of head brewer Kaylynn McKnight and general manager Keri Fleming for some time now. With things having (ever so briefly) settled down for now, we thought we would bring a little light and levity back to…