Thursday, January 23, 2014

Santa Fe Winter Brew and All Things Beer

This Friday is the 3rd Annual Santa Fe Winter Brew sponsored by the New Mexico Brewers' Guild. Good times, tasty beverages, a helluva lot more fun than your regular happy hour. In fact they sold clear out of tickets on Tuesday. In honor of Winter Brew I thought I'd pen some beer related write-ups this week. Here goes:

Duel Brewing became the newest Santa Fe craft brewer when they opened shop on Rufina St. this last summer. The place specializes in Belgian brews and serves waffles, so it's an awesome addition to the current options in town. If you haven't been out there you'll find they did a more than admirable job building out a warehouse space on Rufina. A recent report in the New Mexican notes that they're already tripling their space under lease to increase production demands.

Duel Brewing
This same New Mexican report states that Santa Fe Brewing Co. continues to grow apace under owner Brian Lock. Now solidly a regional brand, the company just purchased an extra 3 acres of property adjacent to their facilities off NM 14 in an effort to continue expansion. They hope to eventually ramp up their production from 30,000 barrels (already the state's largest by volume) to as much as 200,000 barrels in a few years.

Lastly, Embudo's own Blue Heron Brewery, long a staple on the drive up the Rio Grande Gorge to Taos, has presented plans for a second location on the west side of the river in Espanola, in a now defunct restaurant space near the Espanola Plaza. If approved and finalized they'll be the first brewpub in the Espanola valley, and an extra rest/food option on the road between Santa Fe and Bode's up in Abiquiu.

All of the above brewers will be sampling their wares this Friday at the Farmers' Market Pavilion. Consider that I'm in need of an extra ticket to Winter Brew if you happen to 'know a guy'. Email is at the top of page.

Related Posts:
 - Craft Beer in New Mexico
 - Santa Fe Winter Brew (2012)
 - New Belgium Brewery and their Awesome Beer

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