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Meet the crew

Letter from the

Publisher Greetings, my fellow craft beer enthusiasts, I hope we are all embracing our cooler weather, enjoying fall festivities, and finding ourselves up to our neck in glorious Oktoberfest and Märzen beers.

Tony Medrano President / Owner

In this issue, we discuss statistics regarding the local industry with Executive Brewers Guild Director John Gozigian. We talk about some trends emerging in 2017 and what to look for in 2018. You will read about the number of current breweries and get a brief forecast of what to expect in the future. We also have the list of the Great American Beer Festival entrees. Congratulations to the NM Brewers Guild on a job well done. This year, all of its events reported record-breaking numbers as it continues to move New Mexico breweries upward and onward.

Paul Mares Publisher

In the spirit of Oktoberfest, we give a brief history and point out some interesting facts, such as how Oktoberfest actually starts in September. It’s general knowledge to some, but not to everyone. You get to find out how it all got started. So, next time you are out and about enjoying some cold crafties, make sure you get an Oktoberfest while you still can. ’Tis the season to be Märzen!

Marlo Gutierrez Production Director Design Contributor

Of course, Trails and Ales returns with a different type of trail. This trail includes a trip through the experience of a craft beer lover who watched the industry evolve. It’s quite nostalgic and gives good insights on how things used to be. We also have the head brewer from Picacho Peak Brewing, Las Cruces, talk about chile beer. It’s a novelty concept and, to those who cherish both chile and craft beer, the combination is a delicate issue. Still, it is a topic that requires some attention given the fall chile season. I, for one, won’t be in a hurry to try it anytime soon. If you have never tried one, though, I urge you to give it a shot—cause after all, it is still beer! Finally, I am also very happy to announce BC Mag has celebrated its 2nd anniversary. It has been quite a ride and a lot of fun. We would like to thank all our readers and the businesses and many breweries that have contributed to our success. We will continue to support local business and always urge everyone to drink local beer. Good luck to all our friends and breweries at GABF 2017—you can expect to see results in the next issue. As always, enjoy responsibly and drink local beer. Salud!

Mistie Smailer Editor

Hollie Nelson Graphic Designer Sarai Cajiao Design Contribution Dave Gordon Advertising & Marketing Trail Runner / Blogger Michael Lucero Social Media / Brewery Relations Heather “Nugget” Bendele Social Media / Brewery Relations Anthony Tapia Distribution


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combo and plans on checking out some of what’s going on.


hilst I reminiscently watch the everelongating shadows of the cypress junipers lining the edge of some patio like proper soldiers awaiting a command, I sip my cold kolsch. I sip, enjoying that tingly, excited, stomach-butterfly sensation of first falling in love, or discovering a new beer, or first falling in love with a new beer. As autumn relentlessly approaches, summer does its best to hang on, beaming sun and heat until the position of the planet requires it to cease. Mr. Hops doesn’t fret though;

Because, you see my beloved, mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of FOOTBALL SEASON (Yes, I used all caps last year too) to which many other holidays and special times of year yield dutifully and appropriately. I know not all folks, some Beerthren included, are as jazzed as Mr. Hops about football season. It’s absolutely alright, because what fall also brings are new and interesting types of brew, created and provided by our local Brew Masters. Even though Mr. Hops, a native New Mexican and

Burqueño, loves him some green and red chile, I haven’t developed the palette for some of the exotic uses of the spice. Call me traditional, but green chile ice cream and red chile pudding just haven’t made the cut for Mr. Hops. However, I will not reject something without trying it – which is a motto I’m happy to live by, especially when it comes to some of the chile beers being brewed. Mr. Hops, who will NEVER order “Christmas” in response to the greenor-red question, hasn’t yet been introduced to the flavor

Dialogue Brewing, through its hybrid community garden concept, endeavors to promote community interaction, catalyze creativity, serve world class beer, and provide its clients an oasis in the urban desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dialogue Brewing and Community Sculpture Garden is not only taproom. It is not only an art gallery. It is not only a community meeting place. It is not only a high-tech creation hub. It is the sum of all these things. It is, simply, an invitation to a dialogue.

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What I can brag upon is Santa Fe Brewing’s Oktoberfest! While Mr. Hops is more than a connoisseur but slightly less than an expert, I know Oktoberfest should be crisp and clean finishing with a good balance of hoppiness and maltiness. The folks at SFB nailed it. Of course, Mr. Hops gets around, so beware you other Oktoberfest styles – I just might be coming to getcha. My Beerthren, enjoy the change of seasons and the football -- Go Lobos!! Cheers! –Mr. Hops

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often tell myself that aging trades time for experience. Much can be said about each of us from “What You Are Is Where You Were When,” a brilliant series of videos by Morris Massey, a former CU Boulder sociologist who describes how people go through three major periods in development. During the Imprinting Period we learn right from wrong, good from bad. Next, in our Modeling Period, we copy people to see what feels right for us. Lastly in our Socialization Period we are influenced by our peers. These periods intertwine with regional and world events and the way they shape our lives, and explain why we relate to people from our ‘generation.’ What does this have to do with beer? Tons. I grew up in the Midwest, a baby boomer. Late in my modeling period, I had friends starting to collect beer cans. My brother and I took up the hobby. The artwork and history behind US breweries were quite interesting. My brother and I would ride our bikes, scouting from country road ditches to lakes where people had weekend cabins and tossed their cans to Mother Earth. Rummaging through ravines, scavenging under years of fallen leaves, we would find well-preserved cans. Beer can archeologists! Treasure hunters! One year in the early 70’s, we came to Colorado and dug through old miners’ dumps and somehow talked our parents into going by the old Walter’s Brewery in Pueblo. The brewery crew liked our beer can passion and gave us numerous brands with colorful artwork. That summer trip yielded 49 different brands! One was an almost mint condition Tivoli can from 1951. 9


In my Socialization years, I started going to high school parties. Kegs piled in horse troughs and buried in ice made a beautiful sight while rock “n” roll blasted from someone’s van. Sometimes parties were BYOB. Somehow we always found someone who would buy us beer. Breweries subtlety began marketing to women by introducing 7-ounce cans. Meanwhile, Miller introduced their 8-pack of 8-ounce Ponies in stubby clear bottles. They looked like urine samples but tasted like beer! Girls loved them. An 8-ounce bottle was not intimidating and easy to drink before getting warm.

us... but, then, graduation. It is time to move and travel.

Competition among major breweries bred loyalty with beer drinkers like major sports teams. No Green Bay Packer fans were drinking Budweiser just as no St. Louis Cardinal Fans were drinking Miller, Pabst, or Schlitz. I would go to the tavern with my girlfriend’s dad when I was 17. He was a hardworking welder for a refinery near St. Louis, a Cardinal fan, and a Bud guy. We drank returnable longnecks on Saturday nights. ‘Of age’ was never an issue; the tavern culture at the time.

2017. The craft beer lifestyle scene in the US is blazing a path. Recently, I met a group from England who were in Colorado for Steam Trains and Breweries. Great people with whom to share conversations and beers!

In college I began my beer drinking R & D, a member of the coed organization, Tappa Kegga Brew. We had only three styles from which to choose, Beer, Malt Liquor, and ‘Cheap.’ A quarter would yield a schooner during Happy Hour at Johnny’s Tavern. A pocketful of change would score a six-pack on sale. Falstaff, Stag, Busch, Stroh’s, Coors, Old Style, Blatz, Schlitz, Old Milwaukee, Olympia, Pabst, Mickey’s Big Mouth. Premiums were Michelob, Andeker, Budweiser, Schlitz Malt Liquor. Beer found

Boulder CO, early 80’s. Green bottled skunky beer scene. I was never a fan but, it prepared us for what was to come! CRAFT BEER! It came to Boulder, and other parts of the country, especially the West Coast, along with people’s garages and bathtubs. I found my way into the beer scene. I attended the first GABF! I became an original member of Mug Club at Walnut Brewery. I even drank beer with Dr. David Hummer to test Boulder Beer before it hit the market.

I’m in with the trail running crowd traveling all over the country to ‘test drive’ gnarly trails and tasty ales! What’s your passion for fun and mixing it with breweries? Think back to your beer travels in time and places. One suggestion in two words - BEER TRAVEL! I have seen too many breweries and beers to name favorites. I’m not sure if there is any brewery more remote than Death Valley Brewing in California. Or any beer better than our next one! Okay, a sing along with Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.” Change Land to Beer and sing - “This beer is your beer, this beer is my beer, from California to the New York island, From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters, this beer was made for you and me...”

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hen it comes to fall in New Mexico, what is the first thing you think of? If you’re like most people in the land of enchantment, you would say the smell of roasted chile. From enchiladas, to ice cream you can pretty much find chile in any dish imaginable, and people will try it. So why is this not the case when it comes to chile beer? There seems to be quite a debate when it comes to chile beer, and whether the two belong together. When presented with this style of beer most people won’t even give it a chance. There are many factors that could contribute to people shying away from chile beer. I think the biggest reason being, it is too hot! The beer Ghost Face Killah is what comes to mind at the thought of really hot chile beer. Twisted Pines is responsible for the six-pepper blend that is sure to take your breath away, literally. If this beer was a first experience for someone being introduced to chile beer, it is understandable that they would shy away at the next opportunity. Another popular nostalgic chile beer is the Cave Creek Green Chile Beer. It is bottled with an actual pepper in the bottle, which looks great as a bottle on your shelf, but lacks a place for a case in the fridge. Although these are fun beers to try, they lack in drinkability. Making a sessionable chile beer that can be enjoyed year-round can be a bit of a challenge. The Pancho Verde Green Chile Cerveza by Sierra Blanca has been around longer than most breweries in New Mexico have been open. It is a golden beer with roasted chile flavor and a bite on the back of the throat. A drinkable and delightful beverage to have with a meal, it’s still too spicy for those less familiar with the local scene. Santa Fe Brewing Company is no stranger to chile beer and boasts red chipotle peppers in several of their specialty beers. Straying away from the more common trend of light chile beer, they make a bold 11% Imperial Rye Smoked Porter. The sweet finish of the peppers perfectly accentuates the roast and smoky flavor without the hot kick.

right blend of malts and hops to accentuate the roast of the chile is important, but balancing the heat is essential to the beer’s drinkability. New Mexico has a wide variety of chile beer styles to choose from. All I can say is, “Don’t knock it ‘til you try it”. Cheers! Carnie - Picacho Peak Head Brewer Written for my friend Bonnie Chauncey-Riggs

In September of 2014 Santa Fe Brewing company hosted the first American Homebrewers Association rally ever held in New Mexico. The theme was chile beer and the homebrewers in attendance set out to make it a rally to remember. Many styles were made in small five to ten-gallon batches. Over 100 pounds of chile were used in beers ranging from blondes to barley wines. Of all the recipes brewed that day, one still stands out to me as my favorite, Tom’s Green Chile Amber Ale, a medium bodied amber ale with a malt-forward taste and a roasted, green chile flavor and finish. Tom Riggs, the man responsible for the recipe, is no longer with us, but his spirit lives on through his beer. Tom was a brewer in Northern New Mexico, who understood the balance that chile beer takes to be truly enjoyable. Leif Rotsaert brewed Tom’s recipe that day and everyone was pleasantly surprised. So many found a chile beer they liked because of Tom’s passion and creativity. As with any beer, the key to a successful chile beer is balance. Finding the

Dedicated to my friend Bonnie Chauncey-Riggs Vol. 3 Issue 5 |


hoppy hours & crafty specials DOWNTOWN ABQ

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 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 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 Dialogue Brewing 1501 1st St NW Albuquerque NM, 87102 505-585-1501

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 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 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 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

Hours of Operation: Daily 12:00pm - 12:00am

Tractor Brewing Co. - Wells Park 1800 4th Street Albuquerque, NM 87102

Duel Brewing - ABQ 606 Central Ave SW Albuquerque, NM 87102

Hours of operation: M - Th: 3:00 pm - Close F - Sun: 1:00 pm - Close

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 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 15


Bistronomy B2B 3118 Central Ave SE Albuquerque, NM, 87106 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 Happy Hour: Giving Back Sundays 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

Cheba Hut 115 Harvard Dr SE Albuquerque, NM 87106

Broken Trail Spirits and Brew 2921 Stanford Dr. NE Albuquerque, NM, 87107

Hours of operation: M - Sun: 11AM-12AM

Hours of Operation: Mon: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Tues - Th: 3:00pm - 10:00pm Sun: 11:00am 6:00pm

Hops Brewery 3507 Central Ave NE Albuquerque, New Mexico Hours of Operation: Sun-Thu: 12pm-10pm Fri - Sat: 12pm-12am Kaktus Brewing Company 2929 Monte Vista Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87106 Happy Hour: Monday: 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm (College I.D night 25% off food) 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 Kellys Brew Pub 3222 Central Ave SE Albuquerque, NM, 87106 262-2739 Hours of Operation: Sun - Th: 8:00am - 10:30pm Fri - Sat: 8:00am - 12:00am Matanza Beer Kitchen A, 3225 Central Ave NE Albuquerque, NM 87106 Hours of Operation: Tues - Th: 11:30am - 10:00pm Fri - Sat:11:30am - 11:00pm Sun: 11:30pm - 9pm Tractor Brewing Co. (Nob Hill) 118 Tulane SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 Hours of operation: M - Wed: 3:00pm - 12:00am Thursday: 3:00 - 2:00 am Fri - Sat: 1:00pm - 12:00am

Happy Hour: Bloody Mary Brunch 11:00am - 2:00am Canteen Brewhouse 2381 Aztec NE Albuquerque, NM 87107 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 Cantero Brewing 3351 Columbia Dr NE Albuquerque, NM 87107 Drafty Kilt Brewing Co. 4814 Hardware Dr NE Albuquerque, NM, 87109 Hours of Operation: Daily 11:00am - close La Cumbre Brewing Co. 3313 Girard Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87107 Hours of Operation: Daily: 12:00pm - Close Left Turn Distilling/Palmer Brewing 2924 Girard Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87107 Hours of Operation: Tues - Sat: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm 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

377 Brewery 2027 Yale SE Albuquerque NM, 87103

Marble Brewery 9904 Montgomery Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87111

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 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

Hours of Operation: Mon–Sat 12:00pm - 12:00am Sun 12:00pm -10:30pm 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 Quarter Celtic Brewpub 1100 San Mateo Blvd. NE

- BREWERIES NEAR THE EXPRESS Albuquerque, NM, 87110 Hours of Operation: Sun - Th: 11:00am - 10:00pm Fr-Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm 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 Sandia Hard Cider 2809 Broadbent Parkway NW Suite D, 87107 Hours of operation: Mon - Th: 11:00am - 10:00pm Fri - Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm Sun: 11:00am - 10:00pm Santa Fe Brewing Co. 3600 Cutler Ave NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 Happy Hour: Monday All Day Tues - Th: 4:00 pm - 6:00 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 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 Steel Bender 8305 2nd St NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 Hours of Operation: Sun - Thurs: 11:00am - 10:00pm Fri - Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm Sun: 12:00pm - 9:00pm

WEST ABQ / RIO RANCHO 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 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

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 Desert Valley Brewing 3700 Ellison Road NW Albuquerque, New Mexico Mon - Wed: 12pm - 10pm Thurs - Fr: 12pm - 12am Sat: 11am -12am Sun: 11am - 10pm Las Ristras de Corrales 4940 Corrales Rd #400 Corrales, NM 87048 Hours of Operation: Tues - Sat: 9AM–9PM Sunday 9AM–2PM Monday Closed Local Brewhouse 300 Unser Blvd SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 Hours of Operation: Sun - Th: 11:00am - 11:00pm Fr - Sat: 11:00am - 2:00am 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 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

E. MTN AREA 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 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


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

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:


Hours of Operation: Mon - Th: 3:00 pm - close Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - close Sunday: 10:00 am - close

Route 66 Junkyard Brewery 1634 E. Highway 66 Grants, NM

Picacho Peak Brewing Co. 3900 W. Picacho Ave. Las Cruces, NM 88033

Hours of Operation: Daily 11:00am - 11:00pm

Hours of operation: Mon - Fri: 4:00 pm - 10:30pm Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

LOS LUNAS, NM Camino Real Winery/Taproom 133 Vallejos Ln, Los Lunas, NM 87031 Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun: 12:00pm-10:00pm Happy Hour: Mon - Th: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

BELEN, NM Hub City Brewing Co. 202 De Soto Ave Belen, NM 87002 Hours of Operation: Daily: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

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 High Desert Brewing Co. 1201 W. Hadley Ave. Las Cruces, NM 88005 Hours of operation: Sundays: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm Mon - Sat: 11:00 am - 12:00 am Happy Hour: Sun & Mon: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Roosevelt Brewing Co. 201 S Main Ave., Portales, NM 88130 Happy Hours: $2 Tuesdays 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


Algodones Distillery 15 Calle Alfredo Algodones, NM, 87001 505-301-9992 Tour Hours: Saturday 2:00pm 4:00pm (By appointment only) 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


Socorro Springs Brewing Company 1012 N California St Socorro, NM, 87801 Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm

SANTA FE, NM Blue Corn Cafe 133 W Water St, Santa Fe, NM 87501 Hours of Operation: Open Daily 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Chili Line Brewing Co. 204 Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM 87501 Open 7 days a week 4:00pm - 10:00pm

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

Happy Hour: BOGO Pizza w/purchase of 2 pints, 4pm - 6pm

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

Duel Brewing 1228 Parkway Dr. Santa Fe, NM 87507

Blue Heron Brewing Company 100 Los Alamos Hwy Espanola, NM, 87532

Happy Hour: Mon - Fri: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm: $2 off all Drafts 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 Rowley Farmhouse Ales 1405 Maclovia St. Santa Fe, NM, 87505 505-428-0719 Hours of Operation: Daily 11:30am - 10:00pm 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

NE / NW AREAS OF NM 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

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 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 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 Th - Sun: 11am-2am Mon - Wed: 11-11

Bottom Shelf Brewery 118 E. Mill St. Bayfield, CO 81122

Three Barrel Brewing Co. 475 Grand Ave. Del Norte, CO 81132

Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Hours of Operation: Mon - Sat: 10:00am - 9:00pm Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Carver Brewing Co. 1022 Main Ave Durango, CO 81301 Hours of Operation: Daily: 6:30am - 10:00pm Crestone Brewing Co. 187 W.Silver Ave Crestone, CO 81131 Hours of Operation: Mon: 5:00pm - Close T- Sun: 12:00pm - Close 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 Elevation Beer Co. 115 Pahlone Parkway Poncha Springs, CO 81242 Hours of Operation: Daily: 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Eskes Brew Pub 106 Georges Ln Taos, NM, 87571

Pagosa Brewing Co. & Grill 118 N. Pagosa Blvd. Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

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

Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm

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 Three Rivers Eatery & Brewhouse 113 E Main St, Farmington, NM 87401

Happy Hour $1 off beers 2pm-5pm Daily and Sundays all day |

Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00am - Close

Hours of Operation: Daily: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Hours of operation: 11:00 am - 11:30pm Daily


Animas Brewing Co. 1560 E. Second Ave. Durango, Co 81301

Steamworks Brewing Co. 801 E. Second Ave. Durango, CO 81301

Riff Raff Brewing Co. 274 Pagosa St. Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00am - 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 Square Peg Brewerks 625 Main St, Alamosa, CO 81101 Hours of Operation Daily: 2pm - 10pm Closed Sunday

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

ARIZONA Barrel & Bottle House Flagstaff 110 S. San Francisco St. Flagstaff, AZ 86001 Hours of Operation: MonTh: 11:00am-11:00pm Fri-Sat: 11:00am-12:00am Sun: 11:00am-10:00pm Barrel & Bottle House Williams 141 W. Railroad Ave. Williams, AZ 86046 Hours of Operation: Sun-Th: 11:00am-11:00pm Fri-Sat: 11:00am-12:00am Historic Brewing Company Flagstaff Taproom 4366 E. Huntington Dr. Flagstaff, AZ 86804 Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri:3:00pm-9:00pm Sat- Sun: 12:00pm-7:00pm Mother Road Brewing 7 S. Mikes Pike Flagstaff, AZ 86001 Hours of Operation: Mon: 5:00pm-9:00pm Tue-Thu: 2:00pm-9:00pm Fri: 2:00pm-10:00pm Sat: 12:00pm-10:00pm Sun: 12:00pm-9:00pm




475 Grand Ave Del Norte, CO 81132


Ammica’s Smoked Craft Brewwy 204 Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM 87501 505-500-7903

Hours Monday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass (Urban Dictionary). Lucky for beer lovers, that’s not something we have to worry about in 2017! In 2017, 11 breweries and seven tap rooms opened in New Mexico. For 2018, there are already some rumored breweries-in-planning in Raton, Carlsbad, Lovington, Hobbs, and Mosquero. Last year, New Mexico craft breweries numbered 57 and ranked 26th in the US. The state’s breweries produced 111,237 barrels of beer, 32nd in the US (Brewers Association). We don’t have the numbers yet, but it’s safe to say that this year NM will produce even more. The New Mexico Brewers Guild has been serving NM Breweries since 1996, when they lobbied the New Mexico State Legislature to lessen the state excise tax from 41 cents per gallon to eight cents per gallon for breweries that were brewing less than 5,000 barrels a year. Back then, New Mexico’s largest breweries were brewing less than 1,000 barrels. Times have certainly changed. According to John Gozigian, Executive Director of the Brewers Guild: “In 2009, Marble and Santa Fe Brewing did over 5,000 barrels. We could see it going up, up, up, and up.” Since then, the Brewers Guild has attained a non-profit status and has lobbied for excise tax relief in the legislature several times. “We guarantee whatever we save here (for the biggest breweries $100k a year in savings) were going to be spending more than that re-investing, expanding and hiring”, John said.



“We’ve fulfilled that promise hundreds of times over.” The Brewers Guild also helped pass legislation that legalized growler-fills and created allowance for a third off-site tasting room, alternating proprietorship that permits different breweries to share space and equipment, and reciprocity with New Mexico winemakers, which allows breweries and wineries to buy and sell each other’s product. The mission of the Brewers Guild is to protect and promote New Mexico Brewers. In 2017, the Brewers Guild took their role of protector very seriously. “We’ve become more defensive,” John said. Its work this year was to prevent the NM legislature from passing a misrepresented excise tax that would have raised costs per beer for breweries, buyers, and consumers. The promotion side of the guild allows for events like the New Mexico IPA Challenge, Winter Brew Fest, Blazing Brew Fest, and the upcoming Beer Premiere at Bow and Arrow Brewery on October 28, 2017. According to John, the Beer Premiere is “an annual festival where each participating brewery brews a beer they’ve never brewed before and there’s a massive release party.” Red carpet and suspense are certainly included.

New Mexico Beer Trends of 2017: New England IPAs! Across the state (and nationwide), many breweries are shifting from the bitter, ultra-hopped, clear filtered West Coast style IPA to the traditionally turbid, subtle citrus, floral notes, and shadowed hops of the New England style.

Other US Craft Brew Trends of 2017: New Flavors: New is the trend across the nation. Brewers and beer lovers want to try everything new! Vegetable or Fruit infused beers Kombucha (in beer or on tap) Sours & Barrel-Aged styles are still brewery and beer-lover favorites, but are more and more becoming lasting offerings. Spent grain donations that go to community members ensure less waste from the breweries and that valuable food does not go to waste.

The guild also has a Beer Map that shows all the breweries and tap rooms in the state. Since 2011, the guild has added 38 breweries and tap rooms to the map.

IPA: Still the largest category, IPAs have infinite variations this year. Brewers and consumers are eager to find more and more complex flavors.

What does John foresee for 2018?

Gruit: An African brewing style that utilizes alternative grains and many complex flavors.

“I see a lot of the breweries doing the same thing now. I’d like to see a little more creativity. There’s this model: Open up a brewery and a tap room; you don’t have a kitchen and get food trucks to come. Everyone does yoga. That’s cool, too, but I see a lot of repetition. Now that there are so many breweries and the density has gotten really high, I think and I hope that we see more differentiation begin to take place.” Survival needs both creativity and chemistry. The beer world is an ever-changing and innovation-driven atmosphere, and so we know that the sky’s the limit.

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Oktoberfest A slight bite to the afternoon air and an effervescent Märzen heralds Oktoberfest. We celebrate its origins and recognize that Oktoberfest’s spirit is closer to home than you might By Mattie Hensley & Rick Feddema


ktoberfest denotes summer’s transition into fall, socializing with friends and strangers, and drinking great beer at long tables outside or in a tent. The official event, held annually in Munich, Germany, is known as the largest folk festival in the world. Boasting five- to six-million visitors in past years, the event is actually held mid-September. The festival runs 16-plus days and beer is purportedly served only in staggeringly sized one-liter glasses. Its history is equally impressive. The festival itself dates back to 1810 as Munich’s citizens celebrated a royal marriage. Aside from a handful of years, the event has run continually since in the same location, marked by large beer tents, steins, Bavarian cuisine, and its signature beverage. The beer that is nearly synonymous with Oktoberfest is the Märzen. Before refrigeration, hot summers meant that March (Märzen) was the last feasible month to brew. The result—Märzen beers—were available to drink in the late summer and fall. Fortunately, not everybody has to buy lederhosen and travel abroad to fill their glass. Given that almost onefourth of the US claims German heritage, there are many local Oktoberfests to be found. Taos Ski Valley hosts an Oktoberfest at the Bavarian Restaurant, complete with German food, beer, and a yodeling contest. The

Oktoberfest at the Moriarty, NM-based Sierra Blanca Brewing has historically sported horseshoes competitions, a band, a family-friendly atmosphere, and plenty of bratwurst and sauerkraut. Boese Brothers Brewing’s Oktoberfest begins on September 16th. Like pumpkin-spice-everything, Oktoberfest beer abounds in the fall. Santa Fe Brewery’s Oktoberfest beer is widely available in New Mexico. Sidetrack Brewing Company on 2nd Street in downtown Albuquerque has a Märzen style on tap that makes for a great growler fill. Local German Clubs host Oktoberfests that are open to the public. The fact that many local brewers provide Oktoberfest styles or variations means that DIY-ers can embrace the spirit of Oktoberfest by coordinating their own celebration. A backyard Oktoberfest may be one growler-fill away -- just add a big table, food, and good company. Alternatively, a bar crawl between nearby breweries that have really nice patios (See the last Brewer’s Crew issue for our patio issue winners,) may approximate reveling from tent to tent on the weis’n, or Oktoberfest grounds. Today, the mayor of Munich opens the festival by opening the first keg and declaring “O’ zapft is!” (It’s tapped!). Given the abundance of breweries and emerging fall seasonals, we can’t help but agree. Prost! Vol. 3 Issue 5 |



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he weather is finally cooling down and homebrewers are getting back into their brew routines. This change of seasons triggers a new season: Competition season. There are many homebrew competitions held in the fall and winter. By the time this edition of Brewers Crew goes to press the Dukes of Ale New Mexico Homebrew Competition will have come and gone. But the Santa Fe Open organized by fellow homebrewers the Sangre de Christo Homebrew Club usually occurs in November and there are numerous scheduled competitions in the region and nationwide. The main objective for any homebrew competition is to help homebrewers improve their beer. Sure it is fun to win ribbons, medals and swag but the feedback on a beer is what most homebrewers are looking for with their entry fee. Most competitions are certified by the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) and use a score sheet and the style guidelines provided by the BJCP. The BJCP has grouped beers, ciders and meads, into specific categories in which they are judged. For example an IPA would be in its own category and would not be judged against a stout. Each category has guidelines to evaluate the style of beer. These guidelines help the judge evaluate the beer using the scoresheet. The score sheet focuses on five areas which are aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel and overall impression. The first area evaluated is aroma. The aroma can consist of hops, malts, esters and off aromas. The idea is to be descriptive in what is being smelled. When evaluating an IPA the hop aromas usually dominate and can be very specific such as grapefruit or lemon. Hop aromas can range from earthy and floral

to piney and tropical fruits. Malt aromas can also be very distinct giving a stout can give the impression of roasted coffee in the nose. Next is appearance. This is where the evaluation of the color, clarity and head occurs. Does the color of the beer match the guideline being judged? How long does the head last after the beer is poured? Is the head creamy and thick or rocky with big bubbles? What is the clarity of the beer? Is it brilliant or is it hazy? Finally we get to taste the beer! Using the guideline for the style of beer being evaluated the judge comments on the malt flavors. The judge could be tasting anything from a sweet, honey like flavor to chocolate and coffee to dark stone fruits. The flavor of hops could be full and flavorful grapefruit with pine to basically nonexistent. Are the malts and hops in balance? Are there any fermentation “off” flavors? How does the beer finish; what is the aftertaste? Next is mouthfeel. This is the section where the judge evaluates the body, carbonation and any palate sensations. For instance is a beer “too thin”, “too thick, or “chewy”? This is also where the carbonation is noted as being either too low or too high for the style. Other things such as alcohol warmth and astringency would also be noted. The final section is the overall impression. Here is where the judge would give their general opinions on the beer such as the drinking pleasure associated with the entry. This is also where the judge would give suggestions on how to improve any “off” flavors or shortcomings to the style guidelines. It is best that judges use

generalities and not make assumptions when giving suggestions. Telling an entrant to back off on the Cascade hops when Cascades were not even used will hurt the credibility of that judge. All off these categories add up for a possibility of a score of 50 points for a beer. Beers scoring 30 to 37 are considered very good, 38 to 44 being excellent and 45 to 50 outstanding. There are usually two or more judges evaluating a beer and each fill out a separate score sheet. The scores are then averaged for the final score. Next time you are drinking a beer it may be fun to evaluate the beer against the style guidelines and maybe even fill out a score sheet. You can find the guidelines, score sheets and a list of upcoming competitions at There are also free apps of the style guidelines available at the app store for your phone. If you are interested in learning about homebrewing, including judging and beer styles, please attend a Dukes of Ale meeting. You can find meeting information at Cheers!

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