The Dukes of Ale homebrew club was formed in January 1989 and we held our first meeting in April 1989. The Dukes of Ale is the oldest homebrew club in New Mexico. In a lot of ways it was more difficult to brew a great homebrewed beer, due to limited quality malts, extracts and hops, and available information. Many times a homebrewer would have to beg grains and hops from microbreweries, as well as a limited selection (and supply) of yeast. At that time only one homebrew/wine supply store was in Albuquerque, and that was Victor’s Grape Arbor.
Also, in 1989, National Homebrew Competitions took their show on the road, and left Colorado to have their judging at the Oldenberg Brewery in Cincinnati, and were getting small amounts of entries. Here’s a few facts:
1989 National Homebrew Competition held in Cincinnati Ohio, had about 400 entries.
2014 NHC, held in Grand Rapids MI, had 8,172 entries!
The Dukes Of Ale’s original mission still holds true today, and that is:
Maintain quality in the production of homebrewed beer.
- Promote public awareness and appreciation of the quality and variety of beer through education, research and the collection and dissemination of information.
- Serve as a forum for the technological and cross-cultural aspects of the art of brewing.
- To encourage responsible use of beer as an alcoholic beverage.
We generally meet on the first Thursday of the month starting at 6:30pm. The location varies but is announced on the front page of this website a week or so before the meeting.
We try to make the meetings both educational and social, discussing and tasting different styles each month.
Meetings are a great opportunity to learn more about beer styles and to have your beers tasted and evaluated in a semi-formal setting.
Special events range from club campouts and potlucks to brewery tours educational seminars, and club brews. We also conduct the judging for the Enchanted Brewing Challenge and The New Mexico State Fair ProAm, evaluating beers brewed by amateurs and commercial breweries. There are other times that club members provide volunteer help at beer festivals.
First, by joining you are bound to have a good time and become a better brewer.
Second, you may qualify for discounts on everything from brewing materials to beer.