Award-winning brewer switches gears at Hollow Spirits Distillery

The last time any of us talked to Mick Hahn, he had just taken over the position of head brewer at Tractor Wells Park, having just left Turtle Mountain a few months after winning the first Great American Beer Festival gold medal in the venerable brewpub’s long history. Then, poof! Covid-19 came along, and soon…

Art on the Rio brings local creatives back to the breweries

The pandemic shutdown and subsequent restrictions not only limited our craft breweries around the Albuquerque metro area, it also took a bite out of the many other creatives who utilized the taprooms for events and other showcases. Well, Carlos Contreras is not the type to sit back and just wait for everything to blow over…

The Week Ahead in Beer: A taproom returns to active duty

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….

Tractor Brewing hopes to start firing on all cylinders again in 2021

The challenge of maintaining even a single brewery taproom has been tremendous during 2020. The challenge of maintaining five locations, including a production-and-packaging facility, has been downright monumental. In the face of everything 2020 has thrown at it, Tractor Brewing is still standing. Not all of its locations have lasted through the year, but on…

The Week Ahead in Beer: A blast of winter cannot stop the hops

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….