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Steel Bender Brewyard pivots and pivots and pivots again to stay the course

Adapting to the to-go model for much of 2020 was just one of the many challenges that Steel Bender faced. (All photos courtesy of Mario Caldwell/Steel Bender Brewyard, unless noted) Pivot is not a word that came up too often in breweries before 2020. Now it is perhaps the defining word of the year that was, and in some ways, the current year as ...

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The Week Ahead in Beer: A variety of brew styles is the spice of life

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. Stoutmeister p ...

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Tumbleroot keeps their spirits high through 2020 and into 2021

Santa Fe sun setting on Tumbleroot Agua Fria Taproom Jason Kirkman takes a break from bottling to answer the phone call from a beer writer. He sits for a minute in the empty facility, once filled with the sounds of laughter, the odd clang of a hoseclamp here or there, and new beers bubbling away into buckets. He’s already waived off the ...

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The Week Ahead in Beer: The hopheads strike back against winter

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. Stoutmeister p ...

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Ponderosa Brewing has high spirits for the new year

A set of tasting flights are ready to go out at Ponderosa Brewing. (All photos courtesy of Antonio Fernandez) While the pandemic shuttered many businesses across the state, one of Albuquerque’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods, The Sawmill District, has experienced rapid growth even in the past year. At the heart of it is Ponderosa Bre ...

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Palmer Brewery had to put big projects on hold in 2020

We’ve all missed hanging out with Rob Palmer as much as he has missed all of us. (Photos courtesy of Palmer Brewery/Left Turn Distilling) I recently pinned down Rob Palmer for a short Zoom interview for the Look Back/Look Ahead Series. I have to admit, it is difficult for me to start these interviews. It’s basically just such a c ...

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Local breweries name their MVPs for this most difficult of years

The front-of-house staff at Sidetrack collectively earned MVP honors from the brewery owners. (Photo courtesy of Sidetrack Brewing) During a conversation with a front-of-house employee from a local brewery, he noted that it felt rather nice to see words of praise from one of the owners in a recent Brew Crew story. That got me thinking about how ...

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The Week Ahead in Beer: New brews for a New Year

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. Stoutmeister p ...

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2020 really sucked but at least the beer was tasty

Taprooms were empty for a good portion of 2020, such as the one at Ex Novo. (Photo courtesy of Joel Gregory) Rather than wait until New Year’s Eve or Day, we decided that today (Tuesday) marked a perfectly good time to run our annual Year in Review. So, did anything happen in 2020? Well, gosh, a lot happened, and it was not all pandemic-r ...

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