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New Mexico

The Land of Enchantment

It is believed that the first New Mexico beer brewers were part of the Pueblo tribe. However, it wasn’t until 1848 just after New Mexico officially became a state that more and more smaller breweries began opening. The first brewery on record was started in 1855 in Santa Fe, but was sadly demolished by a flood.

Through the 1800s the brewing industry fluctuated with the success and failure of the gold and silver industry. Of course prohibition brought brewing to a halt especially since it started earlier than most states in New Mexico, in 1918.

Prior to the Great Depression, Illinois Brewing and Southwestern Brewery/Ice Company were the New Mexico breweries with the most success. Unfortunately, they shut down in the 1930s and 1940s. After this, and upon new refrigeration technology and transportation methods, big name brewers such as Coors began dominating the market.

The year 1988 rolls around and New Mexico officially has the first craft brewery, Santa Fe Brewing, since 1909. In 1992, the first brewpub opened under the name Eske’s Brew Pub, and it remains operating today.

Many people wonder, can you buy beer on Sunday in New Mexico? The answer is yes! On Sunday’s, beer used to be sold starting at noon, but recent changes in the laws are now allowing bars, restaurants, and breweries to begin their sales at 11 a.m. instead of noon. However, grocery stores and convenience stores still must wait until noon to sell liquor and beer.

Some of the must try New Mexico craft breweries are: Bosque Brewing, Boxing Bear Brewing, Chama River Brewing, La Cumbre Brewing, and Marble Brewing, all of which are in Albuquerque. As a whole this state and all of the craft breweries within it have earned 64 GABF medals.

We have had the pleasure of featuring some of the best beer in New Mexico from some of the best breweries in New Mexico, such as Sierra Blanca Brewing Company and Santa Fe Brewing Company. We love including New Mexico craft beer in our craft beer of the month club, and are constantly looking for new ones!

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