It was warm outside, the sun was shining, and I was supposed to catch up with a buddy. He texted, “Hey, want to get a beer at Sidetrack?”
Fast forward and I was explaining to the bartender, Amanda, that I was new to Sidetrack as she stared at me like I should know what I wanted. She replied, “I didn’t realize I was going to have to hold your hand. Wait here, new guy.”
Sassiness delivered with a laugh, she returned with a sampling of Sidetrack’s different brews and I had to make a choice.
I went with the, Basecamp IPA, which Sidetrack calls, “extremely crushable.” They didn’t lie; it was great.
As you can see, things on the beer patio seemed practically normal. Bartenders were giving me good-natured grief, the sun was shining, people riding bikes kept showing up and…
…it felt normal, New Mexico. It felt good to be out, doing normal things around other people — safely, of course.
Since I am still mostly new to New Mexico, I started thinking about the state’s excellent reputation regarding microbrews, and realized I am fairly ignorant to everything out there.
If you any of you have recommendations about what New Mexican-brewed beer I should try, please Iet me know!
In all, it was a fantastic late afternoon out in the city.