Our pals at NM Darkside Brew Crew are reporting that Nexus Brewery is planning to open a new location at Bridge and Broadway Boulevards. Owner Ken Carson says his plans for the spot include a smokehouse/barbecue joint and, naturally, another brewery. This is all still in the planning stages, so we’ll just have to wait
Our pals at NM Darkside Brew Crew are reporting that Nexus Brewery is planning to open a new location at Bridge and Broadway Boulevards. Owner Ken Carson says his plans for the spot include a smokehouse/barbecue joint and, naturally, another brewery. This is all still in the planning stages, so we’ll just have to wait and see what develops.
And in “duh” national news, it turns out Wal-Mart has a line of “craft” beers.
Now, if you’re an idiot, you may be surprised to find out that the world’s largest retail chain’s line of beers does not meet the definition of “craft” as laid out by the Brewer’s Association. According to the group, “craft breweries” must produce no more than 6 million barrels of beer per year in order to qualify.
The brewer that supplies Wal-Mart with the likes of “Cat’s Away IPA” and “After Party Pale Ale” is, according to a Fox News article, owned by Florida Ice and Farm, a Costa Rican company that produces approximately one bazillion barrels of beer under the brand names Labatt, Pilsen, Bavarian, etc.
I don’t know who out there is buying their “microbrews” from Wal-Mart, but knock it off!
It’s been a while since I stopped by the Sawmill district, so this week I took the family out to Ponderosa Brewing (1761 Bellamah Ave. NW).
There’s been some remodeling since the last time we were there – gone is the children’s play area, much to my daughter’s disappointment.
The main dining room now has the typical brewery-style communal picnic table seating, as well as some private tables for those who don’t want to touch elbows with drinkers who haven’t made their acquaintance.
Bellamah Brown, 5% ABV 30 IBU: A graham-cracker-like crispness and a touch of toffee make this a brown worth seeking out. Light mouthfeel for the style and an easy-drinking ABV.
Spanglish, 5.5% ABV 161 IBU: This crisp golden lager is imminently drinkable and my personal favorite of the lineup. Maybe it even helps support hard-working immigrants when you drink it! Probably not, but it’s worth a try.
Sour Brown, 6.6% ABV 10 IBU: I hate sour beers, and I hated this beer, so that probably means it’s good if you like sour beers. Seriously though, I admire the distinct acidophilus-like flavor of the house-culture even if I didn’t actually enjoy it. And I wound up drinking the whole thing and it got better with every sip, so that’s a good sign, both for the beer and my expanding palate.
Nickolaus Ginger Lager, 5.0% ABV 30 IBU: A mild, slightly malty lager with some interesting spice choices. The ginger is strong and combines with orange peel into a flavor not unlike juniper berries.
Amber, 5.5% ABV 25 IBU: There’s nothing fancy about this ale, it’s just a solid example of the style with caramelly malt and quiet hops. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Until next time, drink happily and be safe!