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New Mexico Brewers Guild keeps the collaborative spirit alive during tough times

Back in the before times, at the Stout Invitational at Bathtub Row in Los Alamos, someone snapped this wonderful photo of Brewers Guild executive director Leah Black, left, and board of directors president Anne O’Neill hamming it up. Ah, the memories. (Photo courtesy of Red Door Brewing)

Back in March 2019, Leah Black accepted the role of executive director of the New Mexico Brewers Guild. She told us then it might take a full year to get fully acclimated to the job.

A full year later, the job changed in ways she could not have imagined due to events completely out of her control, as it did for everyone else in the craft brewing industry in New Mexico and beyond. Nevertheless, Black and the Guild’s board of directors have persevered throughout 2020, though at no point did any of it get any easier.

Black and I met up over Zoom last week for the Guild’s entry in our annual Look Back/Look Ahead Series.

“The (phrase) I would think of would be dumpster fire,” she replied when asked how to d

Source: NM Dark Side Brew Crew

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