WELCOME TO MANCOS BREWING
Connoisseurs discussing beer at Mancos Brewing
Sandia Crest Trail and Red Door Brewing
Adrien, Annie, and Guinness
P-lot at Sulphur Canyon
View from the junction of Cienega and Sandia Crest trail
Red Door Beer lineup!
Gluten reduced beers
The Bar at Red Door Brewing
MOTEL SOCO - Pagosa Springs CO
Cozy Bed in Room 4
Custom wooden vanity adds warmth to the room.
East view from the SOCO parking lot.
The Menu for Happy Hour
The bar is open for happy hour!
MOTEL SOCO - Pagosa Springs, CO
Cozy bed in room 4.
Pints, Pools, Pleasures in Pagosa
Riff Raff Brewery Mobile - formerly a M.A.S.H style ambulance turned paddy wagon, turned beer delivery truck!
Imperial Blueberry Single Hop Oatmeal IPA Feat!
Toasting the wild brew!
Terry playing guitar
Drink It Intern Explore Beer Application Video
Horse Gulch Trails and SKA Brewing Taproom - Durango CO
Better to be in a tasting room than have mountain rescue out looking for you. Impossible to get lost up Horse Gulch! I headed over to Ska Brewing's tap room. Plenty of beers and a few guest taps, food, music and always an upbeat crowd. After the rocky trail and all the up and down, I opt for a hoppy beer as the hops are good for joint inflammation. Good thing I love hops so I can drink the Hop Ivy for double duty of enjoyment and medicinal purposes.
Taps and Bar at Ska Brewing
FOOD at SKA
HORSE GULCH Trail sign
Fort Lewis College from Raider Ridge
Ahh the La Platas! (Silver Mountains)
Sandstone slab trail
Mountain bike station
Horse Gulch Trails - Durango CO
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East Fork of the San Juan River and Riff Raff Brewing
Activities include, snowmobiling, dog sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and winter running. The top several inches had 'corned up' and was soft enough under foot to make running slow but is so cushiony soft that it is easy on the joints and quite enjoyable. Never know whom or what you will see...
Later, I found my way down the hill in Pagosa with my scheduled stop to take Brewers Crew Magazines to Riff Raff Brewing, have lunch and a couple of good beers while chatting with Madeline, who is on the marketing team as well as one of the bartenders. She is also a part time brewer there as she gets to be in charge of the 'Outlaw Tap,' a small batch of her own concoction with the resulting flavors a bit of a fun mystery. i tried it! A single hop is what she had on and it was somewhere between a nice IPA and a cream soda with a bit of sweetness.
Trail post; Directions - click on link, get image of trail and click on runner icon and get more info.
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Deep winter gripping the cold flowing waters of the East Fork of the San Juan River.
South facing sunny side of the East Fork canyon
Frozen water falls
Sun on the waters of the East Fork of the San Juan
Madeline in thought about Riff Raff discussing...
Dog sled team in action
Dogsledding in winter
Beast Imperial IPA
Riff Raff I was taking a quaff! (take on Bobby Darin's 1958 song 'Splish Splash' - I was taking a bath...) This beer is titled a Beast but it is an easy drinking (quaffing) delightful IPA. Yum. Had the opportunity to take a beautiful February day to go to Pagosa Springs and visit Riff Raff. First on tap (for me) was running up Forest Service Road 667 along the East Fork of the San Juan River. Ten miles East of Pagosa Springs on way toward Wolf Creek Pass is the turnoff for FS Road 667. In winter it is closed about a mile up and becomes a snowmobile, dog sled, cross country skiing snowshoeing, or, since the snow is packed down - a great scenic road on which to run! Story and more pics to be continued
Snow packed and icy in the shade
Saddle view on Three Gun Trail
Trailhead for Three Gun
ABQ view from high up on 3 Gun Trail
view toward I-40 from 2.5 mile mark - the saddle
South Sandia peaks from trail junctions
Three Gun Trail on Super Sunday
Click on link below for trail map, elevations, my blistering pace (ha ha) and other information.
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February Brews News
I like to build a thirst, first for water, then for a nice follow up ale for enjoyment and medicinal purposes. Hops are known for their anti-inflammatory properties so they are good for post trail running therapy. Trail running in Northern New Mexico can be a snowy, muddy, wet mess which I find to be exciting and fun. One perfect place for trails is above the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs. Indians new why this spot was hot! Great mineral springs, a small river for fertile growing areas, protection, nicer climate than the higher mountains and snow free most of the time. To be continued... click on above link to see part of the trail system above Ojo. They have 4 New Mexico beers on tap at the bar!
News flash!! New species of Odocoileus hemionus
DryPA - Blue Corn Brewing - Santa Fe
Dry ingredients of beer - roasted barley malt grains and hops - add yeast and water! - hint - a bit more to making beer than that! Serious beer connoisseurs may even want to taste the ingredients. Roasted barley has a wonderfully sweet flavor. The hops have a unique flavor also because of their resins that will nicely bitter your favorite beers. Worth a chew! I like them dry. Eat the barley, but I would suggest spitting out the hop flower after flavor is removed! Bon Hoppetite!
Running in the South Sandias
Santa Fe Tasting Room - Green Jeans complex - I-40 and Carlisle.
A bit of a maze to get in and out of the place. Many motel rooms nearby if traveling through ABQ and need a place to hang your hats and quench thy thirst.
ESKE'S Brewpub and Eatery - Taos, NM
Christmas Eve at The 377 Brewery
Riff Raff Brewing Company - Pagosa Springs CO featuring EARTH Powered beers!
"As a matter of fact," Randy said, " yes there is one. Her name is Arabelle (sp?) and she has a habit with pennies. If she likes you she will toss pennies at you. We have had customers get hit with pennies on numerous occasions. And I had to plunge the toilet in the restroom and there was a penny under the plunger when I picked it up!" Read their story at riffraff brewing.com. Arabelle had apparently invited me in as long as I mentioned her. The penny was a 1978 D so it was minted in Denver the year I turned 21. Significant date? To her. or me? That's my story! Go see Riff Raff Brewing - great local food and beer and always an upbeat crowd - and all with stories!
Ohhh! The beers. I sampled all of them but filled my growler with Hopgoblin APA. They accurately describe their beers on the website (some breweries do not!)
Hot springs water piping system.
Randy Schnose - One of the owners and head tap puller.
1896 Victorian - many businesses since then. Now, full of Riff Raff!
Welcome to Riff Raff Brewing
Full bar with plenty of other seats. Outside patio weather permitting
World's deepest Hot Spring
Enchanted Circle Brewing
Crestone Brewing - Crestone Colorado
Atalaya Mountain Trail and Second Street Brewery - Railyard Location
Second Street Brewery at the Railyard is my choice as it is near the Sage Motel. Great seating indoor and out at the brewery, always has good energy with customers and knowledgable staff. Watch the trains roll by! Meeting regulars and beer trekkies who are traveling through Santa Fe can lead to intellectual discussions on all subjects from beer to sports to travel and beyond...
La Luz Trail and Nob Hill breweries/tap rooms.
Post Hike - if Nob Hill is your destination -a good selection of beers can be found. Bosque Brewing has wonderful IPAs and a sample of their lager is wonderfully crisp and light for after a hike. Or head to Tractor, study the New Mexico Beer Map and try their samples. And Kaktus Brewing is close by with excellent brews. For the ultimate New Mexico Beer tour in a one stop - pop into Matanza where there are 100 beers on tap, all from New Mexico. A one stop New Mexico Beer Tour!
Frederic Remington's Fight for the Waterhole
One of my favorite photos of the American West showing how precious our water resources are - respect and conserve water. Our brewers need it!
Introducing New Mexico Trails and Ales
Brew Dog at his local tavern 'barkscussing' (discussing in dog language) his opinions from his perch.