beer, History

New Mexico : Red or Green

This is the second week in a row that we only had one beer to represent the state. But one is better than none! We are now 47 weeks into the project, and we are drinking beer from the 47th state of the union, New Mexico.

New Mexico Craft Beer

IPA from Marble Brewery

Our beer from New Mexico was an IPA from Marble Brewery. Marble is located in Albuquerque, the largest city in the state of New Mexico. Opened in 2008, Marble provided Albuquerque with a beer garden and on-site tasting room just blocks from the historic Southwestern Brewery. Now defunct, the Southwestern Brewery was once the one of the largest employers of the Albuquerque, and a provider of beer through out the soiuthwest. Southwestern suffered the fate of many other early brewers, with the onset of Prohibition, their business model was decimated. While they survived through the sale of ice during that period, they never retained their status in the beer world. However their original building still stands today as one of the only 19th century commercial buildings in the city.

Marble is keeping the tradition alive in the downtown area, and we were lucky enough to get to try one of their brews. This beer, an IPA,  was really cloudy in the glass and had a distinct citrus fruity smell. It had a mild carbonation that was complimented with a smooth taste that made this a really drinkable beer. This was an enjoyable IPA, however the IPA category is a broad and deep, requiring something special to really stand out. While I recall not disliking this beer, it is hard for me to recall specific characteristics at this point to help it stand out from the many others I have tried over the year.

Thats all for New Mexico, next up is Arizona.


Finding Beer: Two More Days, And We Start

Finding Beer

Beer from Southeast US

There are two more days until the project officially kicks off, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been much work behind the scenes finding beer and getting setup. Over the past few weeks, I have been researching which states I can easily obtain beer from and which will present a challenge. Since the goal is to sample the beer in order of statehood, I have been focusing my efforts on the first few weeks of the year. The 13 colonies, will get me into April:

  1. Delaware
  2. Pennsylvania
  3. New Jersey
  4. Georgia
  5. Connecticut
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Maryland
  8. South Carolina
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Virginia
  11. New York
  12. North Carolina
  13. Rhode Island

I can easily obtain beer from 8 out of the 13 states  above from a local craft beer store. That left me on a search for beer from 5 states:

  • New Jersey
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina

Finding Beer

Finding beer from some of these states is a challenge. Luckily, I just happened to be driving south to Alabama for the holidays and had the opportunity to do some collecting. During this trip I also purchased beer from a few other states that I saw as a potential issue down the road. (Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, etc.) In the end, I brought home 25 different kinds of beer from 11 different states. A successful run.

Next week will kick off with Delaware. I tried to get my hands on 16 Mile and Twin Lakes and a few other Delaware Beer, but failed to locate any on my route. Next week will be all Dogfish Head.

Hope you stick along for the adventure.

P.S. There are a few states already starting to be concern. If you can provide assistance with beer from North Dakota and West Virginia, drop me an email.

I will also be tweeting at: @50statesofbeer