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Growler to open two ABQ pubs

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A typical Growler USA taproom. (Courtesy Growler USA)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The first New Mexico location of a national craft microbrew pub will be opening soon in Albuquerque.

Growler USA, a purveyor of beer and pub fare in a casual bar setting, announced Monday it has inked two new franchise agreements with Albuquerque-area operators.

In a news release, Denver-based Growler USA identified one of the franchisees as Acoma Business Enterprises, which plans to open a pub this fall in the Las Lomitas plaza under construction at Unser Boulevard and La Morada Place. The eight-acre commercial center is being developed by Acoma Pueblo, according to the pueblo’s website. Calls to the pueblo’s business development office seeking additional comment were not returned.

The other franchisee is Sean Jariwala, who plans to open a location near the Albuquerque International Sunport in late 2019, according to the news release.

Growler USA, which has 22 pubs around the country, pours only American-made craft beverages with draft selections from local and regional breweries. In addition to beer, the pubs serve hard cider, draft wine and kombucha.

Albuquerque’s West Side clearly is not lacking in establishments for locals to raise a pint or two.

Adding to the flow of suds is Lava Rock Brewing Co., a new taproom/eatery and eventual brewery which recently opened at 2220 Unser NW.

In addition, La Cumbre Brewing has signed a lease to open a 2,400-square-foot taproom in the North Andalucia at La Luz shopping center, where the recently opened Sprouts grocery store is the anchor tenant.

Joel Gregory, the founder of Ex Novo Brewing Company in Portland, Ore., is planning to expand to his hometown of Corrales with a production brewery and tap room some time this year.

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