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Letter from the

Publisher Greetings Fellow Craft Beer Enthusiast, 2017 is here and in full swing! We at BC Mag are eager to see what 2017 has in store. We are certainly looking forward to another successful year for local craft beer! While the act of brewing is indeed an art, there are several other forms of art that many of our craft breweries incorporate -- in one way or another. We have seen everything from musicians, painters, jewelers and chefs grace the tables and floors. In this issue, we are introducing you to a handful of these artists; and if you enjoy local craft breweries regularly, you may recognize most of them. With this being an art-focused issue, what other brewery is better to feature than Duel Brewing? Duel is a Belgian-style brewery whose owner is an avid artist and art admirer. You can read more about him and their brewer inside. In this issue you will notice our list of breweries in the Happy Hours & Crafty Specials section includes all of the breweries in the state! (We gathered all the info we could -- if we missed one, we are sorry and please let us know!) You will also see several Southern Colorado breweries and an El Paso Brewery. It is broken down by region and you can always find a brewery near you by using this valuable tool! Of course, our Trails and Ales section is back -- and I would like all of you to keep in mind that Trails and Ales is a live blog that is constantly being updated on our website at You can read it daily to see where we are stopping, and to read some crazy craft beer-inspired stories that always find their way into Trails and Ales. Finally, as New Year resolution, I encourage all of you to step out of your “craft beer comfort zone” and try a new beer! While I am a self-confessed “hop head”, it is easy to always order IPA -- but it is also always refreshing to try a new style. Whether it’s from a large, small, new or established brewery; order a pour you would usually order last, and you will probably find yourself surprised.

Tony Medrano President / Owner Paul Mares Publisher Dave Gordon Advertising & Marketing Trail Runner / Blogger Marlo Gutierrez Production Director Design Contributor Chloe Rae Podkonjak Social Media Manager Hollie Nelson Graphic Designer Anthony Tapia Distribution

As Always -- Enjoy Responsibly,

Special thanks to...


Trent Edwards and Todd Yocham Duel Brewing Luke Macias Dark Side Brew Crew

Paul Mares, Publisher Brewers Crew Magazine

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Steve Siciliano Danny Hart Nikki Zabicki Carlos Contreras Silver String Band Nosh Wagon Saep Fire G&T Foods


Brewers Crew Magazine 901 Rio Grande Blvd Suite D-126 505.883.5400

3 Letter from the Publisher 5 Mr. Hops 6-7 NM Ale Trail | There is No Alternative to Water 8 NM Ale Trail | Beer is Art

We’re always interested in new talent! Give us a call if you’re interested in working with the crew. We’re always looking for: • Contribution Writers • Photographers • Advertising Sales / Reps

10 Meet the Owner | Duel Brewing 12 Meet the Brewer | Duel Brewing 14-17 Feature | Local NM Talent 19-21 Happy Hours and Crafty Specials 22-23 Reminisce 2016, Look Forward to 2017 | Luke Macias 24 A Beer with... | Joe S. Sausage

* Our Happy Hour listing is based on research gathered by the BCM team. If you do not see your brewery or taproom listed and would like to be included, please submit your information via email or phone. 505-883-5400

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our eyes do not deceive you mis queridos, it is I, Mr. Hops, returned and roaring from his sabbatical. Based on the numerous demands, inquiries, screams of yearning and echoed emptiness the lack of Mr. Hops’ spawned literature birthed, I am 100% certain that 60% of you have seen the vast nothingness the lack of this poetry creates. Indeed, we have seen much come and go since my last visit, and my true hopes are that your Holidays were special and blessed. Of course, you can rest assured Mr. Hops celebrated with all the revelry appropriate and fitting the quasi-celeb I am – I opened many tamales, gifts, chocolates and, yes, as should be expected, a plethora of bottles and cans of dark brown to golden hued brew and ale.

Ol o H c OlD SOrS wItH A FlAv  ScHoOl NeW T R  TwIs uS Fo T!

The Holidays would not be the Holidays without family fun and celebrations, but, I dare say, would not be the Holidays without the variety of College Football Bowl games. Mr. Hops made his annual appearance at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, tailgating, imbibing and munching on delectables, including a bowl of steaming yellowfin tuna chowder. Whaaaaa!!

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You see my Beerthren, unto thee I shall school; Mr. Hops knows how to enjoy the winter, both by staying warm and by selecting choice brew to enhance the ambiance, namely, a nice American Porter. The truly wise understand that the smoked malts, and chocolate/espresso notes of a dark hoppy porter will speak to the soul, especially if consumed before a roaring fire, or with a Dominican-leaf Churchill. When superlatively lucky, Mr. Hops will delight in a bourbon caskaged porter, whisking me away to a Winter Wonderland, or, just as satisfying, an un-snowed upon Albuquerque backyard. So Beer-Fam, for the New Year of 2017, let’s stick to our resolutions and ENJOY, as much as possible, the wonderful brews our local beer masters have gifted us. Salud!! -- - Mr. Hops

There is no alTernative To water. A NM Ale Trail read. By: Dave Gordon


eer is good! Beer is mostly water. Therefore, the water used for brewing must be good! While writing this piece, I am happy to report that the warm dry days of October and November yielded to what has become a remarkably snowy beginning to the winter of 2016/17. The San Juan Mountains in Colorado and the Sangre de Cristos in northern New Mexico are both receiving monstrous amounts of snow! What does that matter and why should we care you may ask? Beer comes out of the taps. According to the New Mexico Journal of Science, most people living in, or visiting New Mexico have no idea the true source of the water. This is a desert. And that thing called the Rio Grande that splits the state in two has to get its water from somewhere! Presently, most of the beer that you are drinking and will be drinking is in cold storage high up in the mountains of south central Colorado at the headwaters

of the Rio. Smaller amounts come from the other mountain ranges in the state, reservoirs of snowmelt and summer monsoons and aquifers below ground that were once snowmelt water that has percolated deep into rock layers from thousands of years ago. Water must be available in quantity. Andrew, head brewer at Chama River, and I were discussing the amount of water needed for brewing and cleaning. We came up with about 5 gallons of water per pint of beer, a ratio of 40 to 1! Imagine walking into a brewery tasting room and ordering an IPA. Bartender says sure and delivers a bowl of dry grains with some green stuff mixed in and some whitish brown powder on top. “What’s this?!” you ask. Bartender says directly, “The state is running out of water and we are being rationed. This is our month to make beer without water, so this is our

Dry PA.” She points at your bowl. “Two different malts, four hops in the green mix, and the powder on top is brewers yeast.” Shocked, you say, “Well, I’ll try it, but can I get a glass of water to wash it down?” “Sorry,” comes the reply. If this does not impress upon you the need for water in brewing, have your beer drinking buddy next to you check your pulse and skip the rest of this article. Water must be available in quality also. Places like Burton-

on-Trent in England, Dublin Ireland, Munich Germany, Pilsen in the Czech Republic all have water profiles from years ago that became brewing capitals for good reasons. No

modern filtration systems were available at the time and chemistry textbooks were limited so brewers had to rely on what Mother Nature provided when it came to their water sources. Six general properties are required in varying quantities to control the basic parts of brewing. These are: Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Chloride, Sulphates, and Bicarbonate. These all contribute to making styles of beer. These days, brewers can have their water tested, and tweak the water with mineral salts and other compounds to achieve the water quality they desire for a certain style. Enchanted Circle Brewing in Angel Fire is lucky to have the same water profile, naturally, as the water in Munich Germany. ...see “According” on next page

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According to Kyle, the head brewer there, the profile allows them to brew the wonderful lighter styles like the German Helles style. Kyle brews this style as a Helles Lager at a 19 IBU and a 5.1% ABV. Refreshingly wonderful beer when I was there in November. The history of Helles is what saved the Munich brewers from being out competed by the brewers from Czechoslovakia! It all begins of course, with the water! Water that flows downstream from Colorado starts out pure and wonderful in some of the streams

River. Even though the San Juan is on the western side of the Continental Divide, some of the water does get transported via tunnels into the Chama River drainages that also become part of Albuquerque’s water supplies. All water sources are precious, especially for brewing! Raise your glass, drink a toast to all the brewer’s and their assistants who take the time to filter their water to remove heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides from upstream agriculture, tweak it properly for each style of beer, and bring it passionately to the

Welcome to the first issue of The Trailhead! Whether you’re new to mountain biking, an experienced rider or just thinking about starting, our goal is to provide you with tips to help you enhance your mountain biking experience. Each issue contains helpful suggestions on topics like care & maintenance of your bike, improving your riding skills, great places to ride, and getting connected to the local mountain biking community. In addition, we’ll provide a link to a FREE GUIDE with more in-depth information on the featured topic.


IS YOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE SUSPENSION LETTING YOU DOWN? In this issue our Head Mechanic Jesse Burris provides his top tips for maintaining your mountain bike suspension. Jesse is an accomplished BMX & Downhill mountain bike racer with 10 years experience servicing a wide range of mountain bike suspension systems.


• As a starting point, set the air pressure in your suspension system to achieve 25% Sag. To fine tune, try increasing or decreasing Sag in small increments. • Wipe off dust seals and stanchions with a clean rag after every ride. • Inspect upper stanchions for scratches after every ride. • Monitor for cracks and misalignment of dust seals. Check for oil leakage. • Have your suspension serviced at a minimum once per year, and once a season if you ride a lot.

To learn more about setting up your mountain bike suspension for a better ride, download our Free Guide by copying this link: in your browser, or stop in and talk with Jesse.

Heavy snow in S. Colorado. NM relies heavily on the snowfall in CO for our water supply.

though some tributaries are contaminated by heavy metals from the mining days. Animas Brewing in Durango made a Gold King Sour in dishonor of the mine spill that turned the Animas River a mustard yellow for several days and inundated the water with a nasty mix of deadly toxins that also flows into the San Juan 7


taps for our enjoyment. From Peter Brown in All About Beer Magazine - I will leave you with this quote from his article ‘Burton-on-Trent World’s Most Important Beer Town.’ A good read. “Beer is in the air. It’s in the blood. And more than anything, it’s in the water!”


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beer is art ART: a diverse range of human activities in creating and expressing imaginative or technical skills intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. - or a skill at doing a specified thing, typically through practice. Based upon these definitions, beer is definitely art! New Mexico is known for its many styles of art, from the indigenous peoples leaving petroglyphs, making jewelry, pottery, baskets, blankets, and clothing to the Spanish influence of painting, architecture and sculptures. As water became increasingly tamed for irrigation, and new food crops were planted then along came the liquid arts in the form of wine. But beer, brewed in New Mexico before prohibition killed the art, through most of the 1900s, had mostly been imported. Ahhh, finally things have changed, and micro-brewing has returned to New Mexico to become an art form complete with the passion and skills required to make great fermented beverages across a broad spectrum of colors, flavors and styles. Brewing is thriving and the art of brewing has evolved, in my words, into a magnificent collaborative extravaganza between brewers, true beer ingredients, and Mother Nature!

Now, imagine a few hundred New Mexico brewers, including you too homebrewing humans, from 5 gallon carboys to multiple barreled systems at the larger breweries, and all given the exact same ingredients. Results? There would be as many different beers as there are brewers simply by using their own artistic brewing talents! This is why, and how, beer has become art, not much different than the 15 painters viewing the same landscape. NEW MEXICO BEERS - ART FOR OUR SENSES How does beer artistically stimulate our senses? Obviously, beer does not contribute much to our pleasure center through sound. Oh sure, hearing the sound of a bomber bottle or growler lid being opened, or the ‘pshhhttt’ of a can, may trigger our Pavlov’s response to stimulate our minds to think of our favorite brews. Okay, but what about our other senses? Going through beer tasting protocol to get a feel for the brewer’s art, sight comes first when the beertender sets your pint before you, or perhaps a sample platter of beers you have chosen off the menu for a taster flight. Wow, such colors! From pale yellows, to deeper golden, to various shades of ambers and reds, to browns and dark chocolates, from see through liquids, to blacker than a New Mexico night sky! Pick up a sample and give a sniff. What

initial aromas are there? Are the hops and the malts intermingling and making your nose dance with delight? What bouquets are there if the beer is a barrel aged masterpiece with perhaps wine or bourbon overtones? Have fruits or other unique ingredients been added? Are you catching the hints of cherry or apricot? The oak? Is the talent of the artist/ brewer coming through in their fermented endeavors? Ready for the artistic tasting? Bring that glass to your lips and take sips. Is the pilsner true to its style? Could you dance a jig to the Irish Red? What about the American Pale Ale? How about the stout? Is the temperature affecting the complexity of flavors? Are you getting the description written on the brewery’s menu or are you tasting other flavors entirely? What about the feeling of the beer in your mouth? Is the beer too thin or does the body perfectly match the flavor? Is the beer pleasantly malty or is it too sticky like syrup? Can you tell right away whether you could drink this sample size pint after pint, or be ready to move on to something else after finishing this short one? Combine all of your mental notes about a particular beer, write them down perhaps, and let memory serve for future reference. Congrats!

AUTHOR’S NOTES: Let’s take one example. BLANK IPA is a classic beer for those beer lovers who love their hops. By masterfully combining several different hops with a very specific brewing process, we ended up with a beautifully balanced IPA. Full bodied maltiness combined with a spicy, citric and floral hop character, make this IPA one of our most popular beers. This description describes their IPA and it is a good one! To really appreciate the art of brewing, it really requires sampling a variety of beers, keeping an open mind, and developing a beer palate to a point where you will become your own beer artist. Like other industry awards, I care little about what medals a beer has won in what category, what beer festival where it may or may not have placed in the top three, because that is not the judge of a good beer for each of us as individuals. The above beer? Hint - go forth, be a happy camper, and taste beers as if you were a world famous art critic. And enjoy your new job.

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Being a lifelong artist, Trent Edwards opened Duel Brewing as a creative endeavor. Duel originated in Santa Fe, NM, but now has a second location in downtown Albuquerque. On opening Duel, Trent says, “It was the most creative thing I’ve done in my life.” Both locations passionately support the arts. We love anywone who embraces and supports our local community. So we sat down with Trent and the brewer, Todd Yocham, to learn moreabout their passion for craft beer and art.

meet the owner

Duel brewing Trent Edwards

Hometown: Probably Santa Fe Years in the arts: 37 years Places Traveled: United States,

Paris and Mexico City

What inspired or motivated you to make the decision to open your brewery?

My inspiration was sparked by drinking the best beers I could get my hands on while playing cards with some buddies of mine. It was a social idea all along. To be clear, I never envisioned what Duel is today. I’m really a process oriented person; not driven by a final image or result. Honest and well intentioned ideas create uniqueness. So...drinking world class beers lubed my imagination and my basic creative instincts pushed me in deep. My motivation was to not drown myself or others while learning about “Duel”.

Being an artist, is there a medium that you specialize in?

I don’t really consider myself a specialist at anything. I love to spend time learning about what it is I choose to work on. Currently it’s the art and the business of Duel. Ultimately I’m a creator whose first love is painting. A medium that’s impossible to really get quite right. It’s never boring. Bored painters are really not trying to paint at all. I’m inspired by many artists and many mediums. The world has always been rich with greatness. I get what I can and I keep it inside. It helps me get out of bed.

Do you have a favorite style of craft beer?

I’m a high gravity Belgian style kinda guy. I love Goya and Titian. The depth of Goya has always fascinated me. Titian is an illusive beer. It’s both simple and difficult. That’s what makes it a great beer for us.

Tell us more about how duel and art go hand-in-hand.

We support the arts any chance we get. Art is human. Without it, our society becomes foolish and idiotic.

What do you consider your most memorable moment in life?

I once met Ian Anderson after a Jethro Tull concert. We shook hands and talked a short while. He hoped on his bus and drove away. I just laid down in the parking lot. It was one of the few moments in life when I’ve felt complete.

What should we expect to see from Duel in 2017?

Duel will be opening the rooftop at our Albuquerque taproom in the spring. Other than that, I’d say will be determined by how we’re feeling. It’s a process and we don’t really know what’s next till we get there.

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Duel Taproom Albuquerque

Duel Taproom Meow Wolf 1352 Rufina Cir, Santa Fe, NM 87507 11


Duel Brewery & Taproom Santa Fe 1228 Parkway Dr D, Santa Fe, NM 87507

606 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

meet the brewer

todd yocham duel brewing

Hometown: Silver City, NM Years brewing: Four Original Occupation (before beer): Graphic Design

When did you start brewing for Duel? January 2013 Have you learned from or mentored other brewers here in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area?

I’ve learned a bunch from other brewers here in NM, I’m so fortunate to have the friends that I do in this industry.

Duel specializes in Belgian-Style beers. For those who are not familiar with Belgianstyle beers, can you tell us what makes it so unique?

From my perspective, Belgian-Style beer is unique not as much for its taste but for its liberation. Creativity is core to my being, Belgian-Style is creativity. From a beer drinkers perspective, Belgian-Style typically tastes a little sweet/fruity on the palate, not as hoppy as most Americans are used to and sometimes higher in alcohol than other styles of beer.

Which is your favorite Duel beer?

To drink or make. My favorite Duel beer to drink is typically the latest one to get kegged, but... I keep Fiction in my kegerator at home.

Do you have a “go-to” beer for a lazy Saturday?

I’m not really a go-to beer drinker, I’m a “I’ve never had that so lets get it” beer drinker. On any given lazy Saturday I’ll be drinking something I’ve never had before, from a brewery I’ve never been to.

Tell us a funny story from your brewing experience. (Have you accidentally blown anything up?)

Ha! In the early days of Duel we “accidentally” blew things up all the time... I have a wall of shame for anyone thats interested in seeing the electronics we’ve fried.

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ABQ Trolley Co.,

the Albuquerque Tourism



& Sightseeing Factory, and Brewers Crew Magazine as we take over downtown ABQ on Friday, March 17th, for the inaugural

St. Patty's Pub Crawl.

for tickets and more info: 505-200-2642 | | 6pm - 10:30pm

Brewers Crew Magazine recently had a Q&A session with various local artists. We found out some very interesting things. Who knew we had so many talented individuals?

For those who are not familiar with you and your work, tell us about yourself. I have been a special education teacher now for 5 years and truly enjoy the work. However, on the side of teaching, I also brew a lot of beer. I have been brewing for 3 years now and don’t have any plans of stopping. Another thing I like to do is hike, and on one day I got the idea to make the cholla cactus tap handles when I saw them on the trails. At first, I thought I’d just use the wood for the taps, but it wasn’t stable enough to hold up over time. Then the Southwest idea came in - TURQUOISE! Honestly, I have never seen someone make tap handles in such a way and just got the creative juices flowing one day to come up with a plan. I decided on how I thought it should be done, got some materials and rock, and began creating my first handle. Since then, about a year ago now, I have made over 20 tap handles, ranging in different sizes and colors.

the sculptor

What do you like to do for fun? I love the outdoors and anything that has to do with it. I hike, I fish, I hunt, I camp, I like to do it all. Also, in the winters I enjoy snowboarding, and on the weekends I do adaptive snowboard instruction up at Sandia and Santa Fe – if they have snow. In the summers, if I go to the beach I enjoy surfing and golfing. Other than that, I am pretty much down for anything, especially if it involves some sort of athletics – or beer. What are your thoughts about the NM craft beer industry? I admire it because it truly “stays local.” Our craft beer scene holds to some of the traditions of New Mexico, and as many native people, they do it in a bold way. Our beer is delicious – we make damn good beer period. The medals won at the GABF throughout the last few years are a testament to that opinion.

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the band

the poet Tell us your story. I am a husband, poet, father, artist and human being. I own a small business Immastar Productions. I like to make collaborative, engaging, and accessible events for the Albuquerque community Going on 16 years as a poet, performer and artist – 10+ as a small business owner. I’ve visited most of the lower 48 [states], via a stage and a microphone at a poetry slam or competition. What is the inspiration behind your work? I consider myself a “working artist.” I have a 40 hour job, and a family...but ART really is my job… no matter how you slice it, art and family are my most prized things in life. I am inspired by the artists in ABQ, they make me want to make space and time, and money so that we can all eat and get paid to do what we love. There are a number of people who create visibility for art and artists in this city. I am honored and proud to be one of them. Are you currently working on any projects? Or what are some plans for 2017? I have my ongoing brewery show: I’LL Drink To That – it is going “on the road” in 2017 – so you will see it at venues that aren’t its ‘normal home’, Tractor Brewing Co. Wells Park. I also have a big art show I can’t talk about right now, but look out Santa Fe, Summer 2017. I plan to release a brand new “brand” – Website, App, and Merch will all get a face lift via Immastar Productions in 2017 as well. Do you ever wish to have a super power? How would you use it to make the world a better place? If I had the ability to wave a wand and make everyone equal – not in the sense of monetary status, but equal on the level of being human beings that just love and see the wonder in one another. 15


Tell us about your band. We’ve been playing as the Silver String Band with our current line-up for about a year, with the recent addition of Kyle Malone in the absence of our other guitar player, whom is abroad. All members bring a different musical background to the mix including everything from jazz and folk music, to metal and punk-rock. Meet the Band: Emily Anslover- Fiddle and Vocals Kyle Malone- Guitar and Vocals  Jacob Chavez- Vocals and Mandolin Paul Hunton- Vocals and Bass Lars Olsen- Vocals and Banjo “You can find our updated events calendar at our website:” Out of all the breweries you have performed, which has been your favorite? Why? This feels like an impossible question to answer with all of the fantastic beer and beautiful atmospheres that our New Mexico breweries offer, but if we’d have to pick, we are particularly fond of for Marble Brewery in Albuquerque, NM. From great beer for all drinkers and a killer atmosphere, to the great times that always seems to shake-up at their brewery when we play, I can say we have always had a great time performing there. We even held our album release at their new facility earlier this Fall. 

What do you admire about the NM craft beer industry? Our band got its start in live performance working with the breweries. From Tractor Brewing letting us set up and Jam and drink just for fun, to Marble booking us for some of their most high traffic nights, we have seen an immense amount of support for local artist and musicians within our community. Great beer, great people, and always a good time. Are you currently working on new songs? Absolutely, with the completion and release of our first self-titled album, we have hit the ground running with new material for an album we plan to start working on sometime during the summer of 2017. Before we end, you must tell us your favorite local craft beer. Or brewery. Or both. Jacob Chavez- Marble Double White/ Bosque Lager Paul Hunton- Bosque Lager/ Scale Tipper IPA / Marble Double White Lars Olson- Marble Stout Americano Emily Anslover- Marble Double White  Kyle Malone- La Cumbre Elevated IPA / Marble Pilsner

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the jeweler

the painter What do you like about the growing NM craft beer scene?

What is your inspiration for creating beautiful art? Most of what I do i owe to my life growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where my parents cultivated an environment of creativity and freedom to be imaginative. My mother’s inherent craftiness, my father’s skills as a builder and carpenter, combined with my colorful Southwest surroundings - no doubt influence my work today.

-school of architecture and this is where I really harnessed my passion for creative design and assembly. While in school, I took a class on lighting where one of the assignments was to design a light fixture. I’ve made over 60 one-off lights since that class. Have you collaborated with other local artists on projects? Most recently, I have collaborated with local artist David Santiago on some oneof-a-kind wooden jewelry. Together, we created high quality pieces that push the boundaries of what art and jewelry can be. Before we end, give us your comments on the local craft beer scene here in ABQ.

You not only create awesome jewelry, but amazing light fixtures. Tell us about this. In high school my drafting and shop teacher helped channel my creative energy to building and drawing. I attended the UNM17


I feel that the craft brewery boom has been instrumental in allowing the local artist to grow as well. Each space along with providing amazing services, provides a rotating art gallery of sorts, for local artist to display there work in a constantly crowded environment. With the award winning beers being produced and the amazing spaces being built, the future is bright for both the craft beer scene and the artist scene in Albuquerque as I feel they are one in the same.

For those who are not familiar with you and your work, tell us about yourself. I’m 39 and have been a working artist in New Mexico for over ten years. I’m a native New Mexican and grew up in Belen and currently live in Raton, New Mexico. I hand paint a variety of products from earrings to guitars and I got my start with my hand painted belt buckles. I sold for years at the Albuquerque Grower’s market and met a lot of my clients (who are friends now) there. I work with a lot of New Mexican families, Working with clients to paint Day of the Dead wedding portraits, family Dia de Los Muertos paintings, pet portraits, and a variety of custom paint jobs including murals. I also have a clothing line, based on my designs.    What is the inspiration behind your work? I’m inspired by Mexican Art, and New Mexican Art and natural colors of the landscape here. I’m inspired by New Mexican people, and current affairs, current art, music, and most of all, love and family. 

I admire the craft beer scene working and supporting local artists so heavily. I especially admire Palmer Brewing and Left Turn Distillery for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to showcase my murals in their facility. I’m a local artist and try to support other local artists/businesses. I find it so important to support local because all our money goes back into the community and it keeps our community vibrant and sustainable. Is there a super power that you wish to have? How would you use it to make you and your work become world-known? I wish my super power was to eliminate hate. I wouldn’t use it to make my art world known, my art has a life of it’s own and whatever is meant to be will happen naturally.  When can we see your work next?  Will you be at any local breweries soon? I have two beautiful murals always on display at Palmer Brewing/Left Turn Distillery and you can follow my artwork at NikkiZabicki on Facebook and @nikkizabicki on Instagram. And I may have a gallery coming soon to Albuquerque, NM.

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happy hours & crafty specials DOWNTOWN ABQ Rio Bravo Brewing Co. 1912 2nd St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87102 Hours of operation: M - Th: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm F - Sat: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm Sun: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm St. Clair Winery & Bistro 901 Rio Grande Blvd NW B100 Albuquerque, NM 87104 Hours of Operation: Sun - Th: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Boese Brothers Brewery 601 Gold Ave SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 Happy Hour: M - F: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Tuesdays all day! Hours of Operation: M - Th: 3:00 pm - 12:00 am Friday: 3:00 pm - 2:00 am Saturday: 12:00 pm - 2:00 am Sunday: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm Tractor Brewing Co. - Wells Park 1800 4th Street Albuquerque, NM 87102 Hours of operation: M - Th: 3:00 pm - Close F - Sun: 1:00 pm - Close Bow & Arrow 608 McKnight Ave NW Albuquerque, NM 87102 Hours of Operation M - Th: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm F - Sat: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Duel Brewing - ABQ 606 Central Ave SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 Hours of Operation: Sunday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm M - Th: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm F - Sat:12:00 pm - 12:00 am Happy Hour: M - F: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Golden Crown Panaderia 1103 Mountain Rd NW Albuquerque, NM 87102 Hours of Operation Tues - Sat: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm



(Albuquerque to the Southern Areas of NM)

Ponderosa Brewing Co. 1761 Bellamah Ave. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 Hours of Operation: Sun - Wed: 11:00am - 10:00pm Thurs - Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm Happy Hour Daily: 3pm - 6pm and 9pm - close Marble Brewery (Downtown) 111 Marble Ave NW Albuquerque, NM 87102 Hours of Operation: M - Sat: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am Sunday: 12:00 pm - 10:30pm Abbey Brewing Co. 205 Silver Ave SW Albuquerque, NM, 87102 505-266-0876 Hours of Operation: Mon - Thurs: 11:00am - 11:00pm Fri - Sat: 11:00am - 12:00am Sunday: 12:00am - 8:00pm Happy Hour: Mon - Th: 4:00pm - 6:00pm $1.00 off pints Dialogue Brewing 1501 1st St NW Albuquerque NM, 87102 505-585-1501 Hours of Operation: Daily 12:00pm - 12:00am Red Door Brewing Company 400 Gold Ave SW #105 Albuquerque, NM, 87102 505-990-3029 Hours of Operation: Mon - Th: 11:00am - 11:00pm Fri-Sat: 11:00am - 12:00am Sun: 11:00am - 10:00pm Side Track Brewing Company 413 2nd St. SW Albuquerque, NM, 87102 505-288-6468 Hours of Operation: Mon - Thur: 3:00pm - 11:00pm Fri: 3:00pm - 12:00am Sat: 12:00pm - 12:00am Sun 12:00pm - 10:00pm

ABQ NOB HILL Bosque Brewing Co. 106 Girard Blvd SE, Ste. B Albuquerque, NM 87106 Hours of operation: M - Wed: 11:00am - 11:00pm Thurs: 11:00am - 12:00am F - Sat: 11:00 am - 1:00 am Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Kaktus Brewing Company 2929 Monte Vista Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87106

Santa Fe Brewing Co. 3600 Cutler Ave NE Albuquerque, NM 87110

Happy Hour: Monday: 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm (College I.D night 25% off food)

Happy Hour: Monday All Day Tues - Th: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hours of Operation: Tues - Thurs: 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm Fri and Sat: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm Sunday: 1:30 am - 10:00 pm

Hours of Operation: Mon - Th: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 12:00 am Sun: 11:00am - 10:00 pm

Tractor Brewing Co. (Nob Hill) 118 Tulane SE Albuquerque, NM 87106

Canteen Brewhouse 2381 Aztec NE Albuquerque, NM 87107

Hours of operation: M - Wed: 3:00pm - 12:00am Thursday: 3:00 - 2:00 am Fri - Sat: 1:00pm - 12:00am Sunday: 1:00pm - 12:00am

Hours of Operation: Sun - Th: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm Fri - Sat: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am Music Sundays: 4pm - 7pm Music Thursdays: 6pm - 9pm

Bistronomy B2B 3118 Central Ave SE Albuquerque, NM, 87106

Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza (Heights) 11225 Montgomery Blvd NW Albuquerque, NM 87111

Hours of Operation: Mon - Tues: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Wed - Th: 12:00pm - 9:00pm Fri - Sat: 12:00pm - 9:30pm Sun: 12:00pm - 9:00pm

Hours of operation: Sun - Th: 11:00am - 10:00pm Fri - Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Happy Hour: Giving Back Sundays

Sandia Hard Cider 2809 Broadbent Parkway NW Suite D, 87107

Kellys Brew Pub 3222 Central Ave SE Albuquerque, NM, 87106 262-2739

Hours of operation: Mon - Th: 11:00am - 10:00pm Fri - Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm Sun: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Hours of Operation: Sun - Th: 8:00am - 10:30pm Fri - Sat: 8:00am - 12:00am Happy Hour: Fri - Sat: 9:00pm - Close $2.50 pints, $5 small appetizers

GREATER ABQ AREA Left Turn Distilling/Palmer Brewing 2924 Girard Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87107 Hours of Operation: Tues - Sat: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm 377 Brewery 2027 Yale SE Albuquerque NM, 87103 Hours of Operation: Sun - Th: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Fri Sat: 12:00pm - 12:00am Happy Hour: Military Discount: $1.00 off beer Mondays $1.00 off beer La Cumbre Brewing Co. 3313 Girard Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87107 Hours of Operation: Daily: 12:00pm - Close

Broken Trail Spirits and Brew 2921 Stanford Dr. NE Albuquerque, NM, 87107 Hours of Operation: Mon: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Tues - Th: 3:00pm - 10:00pm Sun: 11:00am 6:00pm Happy Hour: Bloody Mary Brunch 11:00am - 2:00am Red Door Brewing Company 1001 Candelaria Rd NE Albuquerque, NM, 87107 505-633-6673 Hours of Operation: Mon-Th: 11:00am - 11:00pm Fri-Sat: 11:00am - 12:00am Sat: 7:00am - 12:00pm Sun: 11:00am - 10:00pm Chama River Brewing Company 4939 Pan American Fwy NE Albuquerque, NM, 87109 505-342-1800 Hours of Operation: Sun - Th: 11:00am - 10:00pm Fri - Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Drafty Kilt Brewing Co. 4814 Hardware Dr NE Albuquerque, NM, 87109 Hours of Operation: Daily 11:00am - close Nexus Brewery 4730 Pan American Fwy East Albuquerque, NM, 87109 Hours of Operation: Mon - Th: 11:00am - 9:30pm Fri-Sat: 11:00am - 10:00pm Sun: 11:00am - 8:30pm Starr Brothers Brewing 5700 San Antonio Dr NE Albuquerque, NM, 87109 Hours of Operation: Mon - Wed: 11:00am - 10:00pm Thurs-Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm Sun: 11:00am - 10:00pm Alien Brew Pub 6601 Uptown Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM, 87110 Hours of Operation: Mon - Th: 11:00am - 12:00am Fri - Sat: 11:00am - 2:00am Sun: 10:00am - 12:00pm Happy Hour: Tuesday 50% off all beer Mon - Fri: 4:00pm - 7:00pm $1.00 of all beer, cocktails & wine Broken Trail Spirits and Brew 3600 Cutler Ave NE Albuquerque, NM, 87110 Hours of Operation: Mon - Th: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Fri - Sat: 12:00pm - 12:00am Sun: 12:00pm - 10:00pm Quarter Celtic Brewpub 1100 San Mateo Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM, 87110 Hours of Operation: Sun - Th: 11:00am - 10:00pm Fr-Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm Lizard Tail Brewing 9800 Montgomery Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM, 87111 Hours of Operation: Mon - Wed: 12:00pm - 10:00pm Tues - Sat: 12:00pm - 12:00am Sun: 12:00pm - 9:00pm Marble Brewery 9904 Montgomery Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87111 Hours of Operation: Mon–Sat 12:00pm - 12:00am Sun 12:00pm -10:30pm


E. MTN AREA Sierra Blanca Brewing Co. 1016 Industrial Loop Moriarty, NM, 87035 Hours of Operation: Mon, Tues, Th: 10:00am - 6:00pm Wed, Fri: 10:00am - 9:00pm Sat: 11:00am - 9:00pm The Ale Republic 28 Arroyo Seco Road Cedar Crest, NM 87008 Hours of Operation: Mon - Th: 2:00pm - 10:00pm Fri - Sun: 12:00pm - 10:00pm

PORTALES, NM Roosevelt Brewing Co. 201 S Main Ave. Portales, NM 88130 Hours of Operation: T - Th: 11:30am - 9:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm


GRANTS, NM Route 66 Junkyard Brewery 1634 E. Highway 66 Grants, NM Hours of Operation: Daily 11:00am - 11:00pm

WEST ABQ / RIO RANCHO Turtle Mountain Brewing Co. 905 36th Place SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 Hours of operation: Sun - Tues: 11:00am - 8:30pm Wed - Thurs: 11:00am - 9:00pm Fri - Sat: 11:00am - 9:30pm Marble Brewery 5740 Night Whisper Rd NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 Hours of Operation: Mon-Th 12:00pm - 11:00pm Fri-Sat: 12:00pm - 12:00am Sun: 12:00pm - 10:00pm Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza 10701 Corrales Blvd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 Hours of operation: Sun - Th: 11:00am - 10:00pm Fri - Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Cazuela’s Mexican Grill and Brewery 4051 Sara Rd SE Rio Rancho, NM, 87124 Hours of Operation: Mon - Th: 9:00am - 8:30pm Fri - Sat: 7:00am - 9:00pm Sun: 8:00am - 9:00pm Happy Hour: Military Mondays: 10% of for military Taco Tuesdays: $1.00 Tacos Happy Hour: 7 Days a week 2:00pm 6:00pm $1.00 off all drinks Boxing Bear Brewing Company 10200 Corrales Rd NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 Hours of Operation: Sun - Th: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Pi Brewing 9780 Coors Blvd, Suite B Albuquerque NM Happy Hour: Tues - Fri: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm . Monday beers are $3.14 all day. Blue Grasshopper 4500 Arrowhead Ridge Dr SE Rio Rancho, NM, 87124 Hours of Operation: Sun - Wed: 11:00am - 10:00pm Th - Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm Happy Hour: Mon - Th: 11:00am - 5:00pm


BELEN, NM Hub City Brewing Co. 202 De Soto Ave Belen, NM 87002 Hours of Operation: Daily: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Mug Club - $20 $1.00 off for a year

SOCORRO, NM Twisted Chile Brewing Company 115 Abeyta St, W. Socorro, NM 87801 Happy Hour: Every day 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Hours of Operation: Mon - Th: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SILVER CITY, NM Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery 200 N Bullard St Silver City, NM, 88061 575-956-6144 Hours of Operation: Daily 11:00am - 11:00pm

LAS CRUCES, NM St. Clair Winery & Bistro 1720 Avenida de Mesilla Las Cruces, NM 88005 Hours of Operation: Sun - Thurs: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Fri - Sat: 11:00 - 10:00 pm Friday night music on the patio. The Pecan Bar and Grill 500 S Telshor Blvd Las Cruces, NM 88011 Happy Hours: Mon- Fri: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Reverse Happy Hour: Mon - Wed: 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Th - Sat: 9:00 pm - 12:00 pm Hours of Operation: Mon - Th: 3:00 pm - close Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - close Sunday: 10:00 am - close High Desert Brewing Co. 1201 W. Hadley Ave. Las Cruces, NM 88005 Hours of operation: Sundays: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm Mon - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Spotted Dog Brewery 2920 Avenida de Mesilla Las Cruces, NM 88005 Hours of operation: Wednesday: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm Thursday: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm Friday: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm Saturday: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm Sunday: 12:30 am - 8:30 pm Picacho Peak Brewing Co. 3900 W. Picacho Ave. Las Cruces, NM 88033 Hours of operation: Mon - Fri: 4:00 pm - 10:30pm Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am Happy Hour: Mon - Fri: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Roosevelt Brewing Co. 201 S Main Ave., Portales, NM 88130

Happy Hours: Socorro Springs Brewing Company $2 Tuesdays 1012 N California St Hours of Operation: Socorro, NM, 87801 Tues - Sat: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm Vol. 3 Issue 1 |


happy hours & crafty specials BERNALILLO, NM Kaktus Brewing Co. 471 S Hill Rd., Bernalillo, NM 87004 Hours of Operation: Mon -Th: 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm Fri and Sat: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm Sunday: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm Algodones Distillery 15 Calle Alfredo Algodones, NM, 87001 505-301-9992 Tour Hours: Saturday 2:00pm 4:00pm (By appointment only)

SANTA FE, NM Chili Line Brewing Co. 204 Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM 87501 Open 7 days a week 4:00pm - 10:00pm Happy Hour: BOGO Pizza w/purchase of 2 pints, 4pm - 6pm Santa Fe Brewing Co. 35 Fire Place Santa Fe, NM 87508 Hours of operation: Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Saturday: 11:00 am - 9:00pm Sunday: 2:00pm - 8:00 pm Happy Hour: $3 pints Wednesday: ALL DAY M - Fri: 4pm - 6pm Second Street Brewery 1814 2nd St, Santa Fe, NM 87505 Happy Hours: Every Day Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm Hours of Operation: Mon - Th: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Blue Corn Cafe 133 W Water St, Santa Fe, NM 87501 Hours of Operation: Open Daily 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Duel Brewing 1228 Parkway Dr. Santa Fe, NM 87507

(Northern Areas of NM to Southern Colorado)

Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza 321 W. San Francisco St. Santa Fe, NM 87501 Hours of operation: Sun - Th: 11:00am - 10:00pm Fri - Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm Rowley Farmhouse Ales 1405 Maclovia St. Santa Fe, NM, 87505 505-428-0719 Hours of Operation: Daily 11:30am - 10:00pm

NE / NW AREAS OF NM Eskes Brew Pub 106 Georges Ln Taos, NM, 87571 Hours of Operation: Sun: 11:00am - 9:00pm Mon: 4:00pm - 9:00pm Tues: Closed Wed-Th: 4:00pm - 9:00pm Fri-Sat: 11:00am - 9:00pm Taos Ale House 401 Paseo del Pueblo Norte Taos, NM, 87571 Hours of Operation: Daily 11:00am - 11:00pm Happy Hour: Mon - Fri: 2:00pm - 6:00pm Blue Heron Brewing Company 2214 NM Highway - 68 Embudo, NM, 87531 Hours of Operation: Tues - Sat: 1:00pm - 9:00pm Sun: 1:00 - 8:00pm Mon: Closed Happy Hour: Tues - Fri: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Blue Heron Brewing Company 100 Los Alamos Hwy Espanola, NM, 87532 Hours of Operation: Sun - Mon: 12:00pm - 6:00pm Tues: Closed Wed - Th: 10:00am - 7:00pm Fri - Sat: 10:00am - 8:00pm Happy Hour: Daily: 5:00pm - 6:00pm Sat: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Happy Hour: Mon - Fri: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm: $2 off all Drafts

Bath Tub Row Brewing Co-op 163 Central Park Square Los Alamos, NM, 87545

Hours of Operation: Sunday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Mon - Wed: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm Thur - Sat: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hours of Operation: Mon - Thurs: 2:00pm - 10:00pm Fri - Sat: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm



Three Rivers Eatery & Brewhouse 113 E Main St, Farmington, NM 87401 Hours of operation: 11:00 am - 11:30pm Daily Happy Hour $1 off beers 2pm-5pm Daily and Sundays all day 550 Brewing 119 E. Chuska St. Suite B Aztec, NM Hours of Operation: M - Th: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Fri: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm Sunday: Closed Taos Mesa Brewing 20 ABC Mesa Rd El Prado, NM 87529 Happy Hour: Mon - Fri: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week 12 pm - 10 pm Comanche Creek Brewing 225 Comanche Creek Rd. Eagle Nest, New Mexico Hours of Operation: Wed-Sat: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Enchanted Circle Brewing 20 Sage Lane Angel Fire, New Mexico 87710 Hours of Operation: Daily: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

SOUTHERN COLORADO Animas Brewing Co. 1560 E. Second Ave. Durango, Co 81301 Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00am - Close Carver Brewing Co. 1022 Main Ave Durango, CO 81301 Hours of Operation: Daily: 6:30am - 10:00pm Ska Brewing 225 Girard St. Durango, CO 81303 Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri: 9:00am - 8:00pm Sat: 11:00am - 7:00pm Sun: 12:00pm - 6:00pm Steamworks Brewing Co. 801 E. Second Ave. Durango, CO 81301

Pagosa Brewing Co. & Grill 118 N. Pagosa Blvd. Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm Bottom Shelf Brewery 118 E. Mill St. Bayfield, CO 81122 Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00am - 9:00pm Riff Raff Brewing Co. 274 Pagosa St. Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm Three Barrel Brewing Co. 475 Grand Ave. Del Norte, CO 81132 Hours of Operation: Mon - Sat: 10:00am - 9:00pm Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Crestone Brewing Co. 187 W.Silver Ave Crestone, CO 81131 Hours of Operation: Mon: 5:00pm - Close T- Sun: 12:00pm - Close Elevation Beer Co. 115 Pahlone Parkway Poncha Springs, CO 81242 Hours of Operation: Daily: 12:00pm - 8:00pm Eddyline Brewery (Taproom) 102 Linderman Ave. Buena Vista, CO 81211 Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm Happy Hours: Mon - Fri: 3:00pm - 6:00pm $3.50 Pints / $1.00 off appetizers

EL PASO, TEXAS Ode Brewing Co. 3233 N. Mesa #301 El Paso, TX 79902 Hours of Operation: Sun - Wed: 11:00am - 11:00pm Thurs - Sat: 11:00am - 12:00am Happy Hour: Mon - Fri: 4:00pm - 6:00pm 1/2 off appetizers and $3 pints Brewunch on Sundays: 11:00am - 3:00pm


LOOK FORWARD TO 2017 “Looking back over the year, 2016 was a doozy, to put it lightly. The political, social, and economic struggles of 2016 made us glad we have plenty of great places to go for a beer. Fortunately, the New Mexico brewing industry enjoyed many successes in 2016, with very few losses along the way. We saw brewers recognized in major competitions, breweries expand their craft operations, new breweries open up, and opponents of the industry beat back, or hushed (for now). Here, we take a look at just a few of New Mexico beer’s many achievements brought about by the hard work of so many passionate people. Much thanks to my editor, Stoutmeister, for helping me to wrangle so much info into one small story.” --Luke Macias Writer/Craft Crusader NM Dark Side Brew Crew

Major Expansions It was a big year for New Mexico’s largest breweries. In 2016 Marble made some huge additions to their realestate, significantly expanding their Westside Taproom. They opened up a third location, the Heights taproom and brewery. They cut the ribbon on a rooftop deck at their original taproom, and moved into their new fermentation hall, complete


Hops Brewery (Nob Hill) Steel Bender Brewyard (Los Ranchos) — projected February opening Lava Rock Brewing (West side) Desert Valley Brewing (adjacent to The Craftroom) Bombs Away Beer Co. (near Lomas and Eubank)

Outside of Albuquerque

Truth or Consequences Brewing Drylands Brewing (Lovington) Bare Bones Brewing (Cedar Crest)

management of the brewery with names like Ziggy Marley and Atmosphere hitting the stage. A few other new taprooms opened their doors in Albuquerque as well. If you haven’t yet done so, go check out the new locations for Canteen and Red Door Brewing Co., and stop in at Nexus Silver and Monk’s Corner for some crafty deliciousness, if you’re in the neighborhood.

2016 Brewery Ope


As a sign that our ev er breweries opened th -growing industry has no fear yet of sa turation, a whoppi eir doors to the publ ng sixteen new ic Enjoy beers now at the breweries below: this past year and there will be more to come in 2017.

Santa Fe

2017 Brewery Openings

with more fermenters and a shiny new canning line. Speaking of canning, up in the state capital, Santa Fe Brewing Company unpacked their new line as well, and made the switch from their long-time bottled products to cans, now produced in their vast new packaging hall. This was the first year that the new music venue, The Bridge, got a chance to rock out, under the

Rowley Farmhous e Ales Chili Line Brewin g Co.

Southeast NM

Milton’s Brewing


Western NM

Route 66 Junkyard Brewery (Grants) Northwest NM Farmington HUB Br


Outside ABQ

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Hub City Brewing Co. (Belen) Ale Republic (Ced ar Crest)


Sidetrack Brewing Co. Firkin Brewhouse & Grill Starr Brothers Brew ing Co. Bow & Arrow Brew ing Co. Quarter Celtic Brew pub Dialogue Brewing Co. The 377 Flix Brewhouse Drafty Kilt

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R E M I N I S C E 2 0 1 6 LOOK FORWARD TO 2017

Legislation It wasn’t all cheers for the brewing industry in 2016. Earlier in the year, the industry experienced a bit of a shot across the bow, from radical neo-prohibitionist sounding group, Alcohol Taxes Save Lives and Money. They proposed a ridiculous increase on Alcohol Excise Tax at the wholesale level, raising the state beer excise tax to the highest in the nation by far. If passed, NM breweries large and small would be hit with a devastating tax that could potentially shut down operations for many, and just to keep the doors open, breweries would pass that tax on down to us consumers per glass/six pack etc. The average consumer would likely seek out a cheaper alternative. Thankfully, that legislation was quickly tabled, but only time will tell, when that grim reaper will rear its ugly hood.


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Major Awards Once again, our brewers did us proud, highlighting 2016 with the glint of shiny medals. Eighteen “Big Ones” were awarded to several very deserving breweries, not to mention Boxing Bear enjoying a bit of success as GABF’s Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year, as well running away with the coveted New Mexico IPA Challenge trophy. Although many awards were given out to New Mexico beer makers this past year, below we are listing some of the most notable:

World Beer Cup (7 total) Gold Nexus Honey Chamomile Wheat, Boxing Bear Chocolate Milk Stout, La Cumbre BEER Silver Second Street Trebuchet Imperial IPA, Canteen High Plains Pils Bronze Marble Pilsner, Bosque IPA

Great American Beer Festival (6)

North American Beer Awards (5)

Gold Boxing Bear Chocolate Milk Stout and The Red Glove

Gold Blue Corn Oatmeal Stout, Boxing Bear Chocolate Milk Stout

Silver Bosque Lager and Acequia IPA

Silver Blue Corn End of the Trail Brown Ale, Quarter Celtic Pedro O’Flannigan’s Mexican Lager

Bronze Marble Pilsner and La Cumbre Siberian Silk

Bronze Rio Bravo Karl’s Krystal Weizen

3225 Central Ave NE Albuquerque, NM 87106

A Beer with the Craft Sausage-Maker


o way back in the late 90’s, after I worked as a chemist and a water bacteriologist, I moved from Wisconsin. On my way to ‘Cali’ wine country, I made a stop here in Albuquerque for vacation. I noticed a lot of needs here and so with my entrepreneurial spirit, I began several start-up businesses. Joe S.Sausage was one of those businesses. One scenario occurred about 14 years ago, I had been making only the italian green chile sausage. While grilling the italian green chile at a friend’s house party, a group (or “pod”) of vegetarians walked up to me and exclaimed, “It smells so good, but we’re vegetarians.” Many-a-beers later, they walked back over and demanded a taste. The next situation was at the herb store on Carlisle. I was developing the Joe S. Brat. A very observant lady at the register noticed the combination of herbs and spices; she asked, “What are you making?” I

told her. She said “Ooh, you’re a sausage-maker? You know what you should do? Sell your sausages at the growers market!” She gave me a name and number and I sold sausages and ravioli at the Los Ranchos market for 6 years after that. By the end of that 6th year span i was selling at 3 markets a week. I occupied a small hidden space in the north valley for 8 years, then moved over to 4th street and I-40 for a year and a half. Now, I’m with Left Turn Distilling/Palmer Brewing. A great location where you can get delicious sausage, Spirits, Brew, all under one roof- created by high level CraftsMen. The base of my operation is at Left Turn Distillery/ Palmer Brewery. Some customer favorites include: Italian Green Chile, Thai Sausage, Carne Adovada Sausage, Jamaican Jerk Sausage, Joe S. Meatballs, Joe S. Mustard, Smoked Brisket Sausage. Those are just the popular ones, keep in mind, I

make over 50 different flavors! Soon, however, I will offer grilled pizzas that will be topped with my hand-made sausages of your choice. Now, when it comes to beer (and my personal opinion), my favorite craft beer is really any brew that is well crafted. I’m a lager guy, however, I appreciate IPA’s or Scotch Ales. But like I said, if it’s well crafted and executed, I’ll like it. A lot of people ask me about pairing my products with beer, primarily my sausages, are made from the whole muscle of the animal. This gives each one a mouthful of flavor, which allows for so much creativity for a beer pairing. **I am available if another brewery or business wants to hire me for a special collaborative event. I also do private parties and ravioli/pasta making classes.

Here are some suggestions: Jamaican Jerk Chili Line Brewing - LOCO Motive 377 Brewery - Mexican Lager Maple Blueberry or Extra Maple Maple Blueberry Bacon Canteen Brewhouse - Dark & Lusty Stout 377 Brewery - Stout Curry Sausage Palmer Brewing - ‘Guero’ Duel Brewery - Whistler Sweet italian Canteen Brewhouse - Flashback IPA Rio Bravo Brewing Co. - Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA




What are some popular favorites?

Our Ooey Gooey Cheesy Philly Cheese steaks are like no other in the 505! Made with real Black Angus Choice ribeye sliced thin right off the rack, usually when you get a Philly it’s all onions and peppers, ours is piled high with meat, a few scattered veggies and a ton of cheese, most folks will have it southwestern style with the Hatch Green Chile magic.  Also the Poutine and Fat Daddy Wings are popular.  Our Garlic Parmesan Fries are referred to as “Crack” fries.  Once you have ‘em, you gotta have more.  The Squealer dog, Junk yard dog and Da Bomb Piggety are good too and will fill your belly quick!


Do you have a favorite craft beer? Yes, the liquid kind.  But seriously tho, I’m not much of a fan of the hoppy stuff so La Cumbre Slice of Hefen is my regular there, Bosque Brewing has a nice Scotia Scotch Ale and the wife loves the Elephants on Parade (I like it too but don’t tell anybody I drink pink beer!).  They also have good eats, fries are good and so are the Mussels!  Rio Bravo Oktoberfest was pretty darn good.  Chocolate Milk Stout at Boxing Bear, but my favorite hands down is the White Out at Marble when they have it, if not I go for the Double White or Wildflower Wheat.


How did The Nosh Wagon start?

Left my job in the semiconductor industry that I was in for 26 yrs. They wanted me to move out of state again and just couldn’t do it anymore so told the wife I was building a food truck. She looked at me like I had two heads… Who are the founders/owners/chefs/staff?

Myself, my wife are the founders and chefs, my staff consists of up to 7 people available. They’re the best staff anyone can wish for… period! How has your business grown since the beginning?

Has grown quite a bit as far as revenue. Also learned many lessons!  Especially how to tweak the menu for festivals when your literally feeding hundreds in just a few hours.  You don’t want to have a lot of time consuming items, lines tend to get really long and folks have better things to do.

What sets your food apart from the other trucks? I think the menu as much as the food sets us apart.  We have a base menu with about 15 items including sandwiches, wings, fries, gourmet hot dogs, pulled pork etc.. These will always be available and you don’t have to worry about your favorite not being on the menu. Regarding the food, since we do mostly breweries, we serve bar food, no ‘foo foo’ stuff is ever published on the menu - who wants to eat healthy when drinking an awesome craft brew!

GOOD & THOUROUGH FOODS Who are the owners/chefs/staff? Owners: J. Peter Smith, Nate DeLay, Dylan Garrison Chef: J. Peter Smith Staff: Pete, Nate, and Dylan take care of daily operations. Leif Smith handles our Twitter, and Ruth Cisneros does our photos and How did Good and Thorough Foods start? Pete: We’re all originally from the Española, New Mexico area. I left home at 19 to pursue a career in cooking. I’ve traveled around since then, cooking in Europe and exploring food from Albuquerque to Brazil to Australia. After I received my second culinary degree, I started a food truck using the skills I learned after several years in school and working in Switzerland and New York City. Shout out to the old Coaches Sports Bar on Central. It was one of my early workplaces that shaped my decision to become a cook.

I wanted to create an opportunity to serve fresh, delicious food while supporting other local businesses and creating my own work environment where I could provide an authentic dining experience. When I got home from Europe, I sourced an old bread delivery truck and asked my buddy Nate if he wanted to start working on making a food truck. After a long building process at home in northern New Mexico, the food truck was born. Since then, we’ve gone from an old truck and an idea to regularly serving at local breweries and taking care of private catering events. We all believe in feeding as many people as possible good food. Good and thorough is exactly how I feel about the food we make.

website work. Thanks to everyone who has posted a review on Facebook and shared our posts. Again, this is a group effort.

Where did you learn to plate and present your dishes? Pete: I attended two culinary arts schools in Europe. First was DCT and the second was The Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland. I also interned at Gasthaus Krone and Domaine de Chateuvieux, located in Lucerne and Geneva respectively. Presentation is one key to making a beautiful dining experience. Our goal is to create not only food, but an engaging event where you’re satisfying all your senses. Vol. 2 Issue 6 |



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NM FOOD TRUCKS CONTINUED What were your struggles?

Definitely getting familiar with driving and parking the trailer. Also, finding locations to park and building relationships with the local breweries.

Photo credits for: Nosh Wagon photos provided by: Rusty McConnell; Saep Fire photos provided by: Tony Chaleunphonh; Good & Thorough Foods photos provided by: Ruth Cisneros.

How has your business grown since the beginning?

We are only six months in to the business. It’s stable but I am anticipating 2017 to be a great year for us.

SAEP FIRE How did Saep Fire start?

I think my neighbors were getting tired of cars parked in front of our house on the weekends from me grilling for family and friends. On a serious note, I’ve always had a love for grilling and food. I wanted to start a food truck for the past several years and in January 2016, after ~13 years with Frito Lay, I decided to take the leap of faith. I put my two weeks in and begin planning for the business which was rolled out in June 2016.

“Saep” means delicious in Laos and “Fire” represents three things: 1) fire from the grill, 2) heat from the hot sauce, and 3) my passion for grilling. Who are the founders/ owners/chefs/staff?

I am the founder, owner, and chef. My wife, Dorean, is the business mind behind the business and keeps me on track. Right now, my nephew Marcus, is my only staff.

What are some popular favorites?

My homemade sausages are always a hit but The Aden, my 24-hour marinated grilled chicken, is our #1 seller. What are your favorites?

My personal favorite is when we have sticky rice on the menu. I serve it along with spare ribs or chicken wings. What sets your food apart from the other trucks?

I bring a taste of Laos, which is served through fresh grilled dishes.

products wherever possible. Local and sustainable. A good meal should be affordable, and it should be good for you and the environment, as much as possible. Some of this stuff should be more standard, but our approach will always be of gourmet comfort.

GOOD &THOUROUGH FOODS What sets your food apart from the other trucks? Pete: I’ve been cooking for a while now and feel like I have a really clear vision of what I want the food and vibe to be. Every dish we serve is made to order. We strive to provide restaurant-quality service, and as much as we can, will tailor your meal to your dietary preferences or requirements. I’ve been known to buy out all the produce at the farmers’ market and the tortillas at Cuauhtémoc Tortilleria on Bridge and Isleta. I’m always looking for that local inspiration to define the season’s menu. We source environmentally-friendly and sustainable service ware, paper goods, and cleaning

Do you have a favorite craft beer? Style? Name? Pete: Sours and wheats. I like Dialog’s Berliner Weiss. Dylan: Stouts, Reds, and Hefeweizens. I like Bow & Arrow’s Wayward Arrow. Nate: Lagers and Pilsners. I like Marble’s Double White. Do you think the booming craft beer industry in ABQ has helped your sales? Our main outlet for food-trucking is via the micro-breweries. There is no question that the breweries have helped us make sales. They have offered us a place to do business. We believe in supporting local businesses as much as possible and have a passion for creating food and beverage pairings to complement each brewery. We can’t wait for more opportunities with all the creative brewers and breweries around ABQ.

Do you have a favorite craft beer? Style? Name?

IPAs are definitely my favorite. Do you think the booming craft beer industry in ABQ has helped your sales?

Oh, yeah. It is great that they are patterning with the food truck community here. Both sides are able to share their creations with beer and food lovers.

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