The Week Ahead in Beer: Embrace the darkness in its many forms

A smooth stout appears in cans, an epic imperial stout returns in bottles, we celebrate the dead, dance to a certain spooky family’s theme, and blast our souls into oblivion with local metal. Yeah, it’s our kind of week. New Draft: Boese Brothers also joins this darker setting with Soul Stealer Extra Stout. (UPDATE) Bombs…

This guide to brewery Halloween happenings filled up awfully fast

Anytime Halloween falls on a weekend, and the world is not in full COVID restrictions mode, one can expect breweries to jump on board with a whole slew of parties, costume contests, and more. Well, Halloween is this Sunday, so the weekend is as chock-full as one would expect. Here is just about every Halloween-themed…

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…

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….