SANTA FE, N.M. — In the last few decades, it seems that a shop promising gourmet coffee has sprouted up on every street corner — some truly local, some part of that chain whose name shall not be uttered.
Now it seems as if something similar is happening with craft brewers. The choices in local brews have proliferated to the point — well, maybe to the point they were a century ago, when almost all beer was local.
“Crafting a Nation,” a documentary on that trend, will be shown 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos. It is a fundraiser for a local effort by the Los Alamos Beer Cooperative, which has gone to crowd funding to help it open a brewery and tap room in near downtown Los Alamos — the first for that community. (Not counting any personal projects might be bubbling away in that scientific community’s home basements.) The dream hasn’t become reality yet, but when it does, it will be the first brewery run by a cooperative in New Mexico. They’re hoping to open this fall.
Thursday’s screening will cost $12 in advance, tickets available at the theater box office, or $15 at the screening. Beer from Santa Fe Brewing Company will be offered and there will be a drawing for door prizes.
“Opening a brewery ′taps’ into the underlying goal of a scientific community to meet with and share thoughts among colleagues and friends, while aligning with both a city and state desire to boost the local economy,” said Micheline Devaurs, a board member for the co-op.
And all those shared ideas undoubtedly sound really good after a few beers.