ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A home-brewing kit was the beginning of a promising future for Paul Mallory, who started crafting his own beers at his Albuquerque home and now is the head brewer for Black Diamond Brewing Company in Concord, Calif.
Mallory’s interest in creating his own craft beers led him to seek advice and train with some of Albuquerque’s best head brewers, including Jeff Erway of La Cumbre Brewing Company and Ted Rice at Marble Brewing.
He took what he learned from these craft-beer masters and went to school to hone in his talents in the craft-beer industry. His efforts paid off and he now creates flavorful craft beers for Black Diamond.
Mallory has been with the brewery for two years and has now brought a few of his craft beers home to New Mexico, including Moesaic Session IPA and Rampage Imperial IPA. Several of the craft beers he makes for Black Diamond are available throughout the state at specialty liquor retailers.
The Moesaic has a tender back story. It was named after a regular named Moe, who would frequent the Black Diamond tap room where he later died, according to Mallory.
The Moesaic also is made with mosaic hops, a newer hop that makes the IPA smooth and not overbearing on the palate.
“It’s very drinkable,” Mallory said of the Moesaic. “It has a hop malt flavor.”
For IPA enthusiasts, the Rampage Imperial is a must-try. It packs a powerful punch with just the right hoppiness and some fruit notes for a nice balance and subtle sweetness.
For now, Black Diamond is trying out selling a couple of its beers in New Mexico. It later hopes to bring in its full line to the state. One of those might be its White Witch West Coast IPA, named after a legendary ghost who appears in white and haunts the Black Diamond mines in California.
“It’s similar to the Moesaic,” Mallory said. “It has a lower alcohol content and it is smooth and full of flavor. It’s a West Coast IPA and is full of hop flavor.”