Holiday gift shopping should never cause the anxiety that it does for so many of us. There’s always that one person you need to shop for who likes ... nothing. Sure, you can rely on blah fallback gifts that leave you feeling vaguely ashamed: something from Bath and Body Works or the Craftsman tool section.
Homebrewers are, more or less, mad scientists. Making beer from scratch comes with its own slightly cracked culture, a litany of equations and garages packed with kooky supplies. If the thought of funny-sounding, experiment-grade equipment like "carboys" and "bungs" gets your pulse racing, you might have a future in homebrewing. Meet other alchemists of alcohol at Sangre de Cristo Craft Brewers meetings, held the third Wednesday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Santa Fe Brewing Company Tasting Room (35 Fire Place, Santa Fe). Whether you've made hundreds of successful batches or are just contemplating your first, these are your people. Call (505) 424-3333 for more info.