Other than the occasional pickup of a takeout order of food and/or beer, it had been a while since any of the Crew had set foot inside (well, on the patio) at Steel Bender. I rectified that Wednesday with a quick trip over for lunch, photos, and interviews with head brewer Bob Haggerty and co-owner Shelby Chant.
The main reason for my visit was to preview the Thursday release of OktoberFiesta, but there was also the upcoming release of Black is Beautiful, and a recap of a recent collaboration with Second Street. Basically, there is a lot going on down in Los Ranchos.
First up, a wee little Marzen arrives in August.
“We blew through spring, now we’re blowing through another season,” Chant said. “On the other hand, fall is my favorite time of the year. I’m very happy and people are very excited about it. It’s a fantastic beer. Between that and an imperial stout, fine, I’ll start running my fireplace earlier.”
Source: NM Dark Side Brew Crew
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