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Game time: Black Snout Brewhouse caters to sports lovers in NE Heights

Sports enthusiasts now have a new watering hole in the Northeast Heights.

The seating area inside Black Snout Brewhouse, on Menaul NE just east of Juan Tabo. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Black Snout Brewhouse is geared toward sports lovers who enjoy craft beer but also has local cider and wine selections. Black Snout hosts UFC fight viewing parties and sponsors a few mixed-martial arts fighters who train in Albuquerque. It also plans to sponsor professional motocross and supercross riders and is working with Bobby J’s Yamaha and Moriarty Motocross to make that happen. Head brewer Josh Olivas recently brewed a black India pale ale named Moto X IPA.

“Essentially, anybody who wants to watch any types of games – they want to watch rugby or if there’s a kicking-can league, we’re going to show it. Of course, we’re going to show NFL. We’ve had huge MMA nights. We have a lot of the Jackson’s MMA fighters come in here because we sponsor a lot of those guys too. That’s kind of what we’re doing around here. We wanted to design a brewery that was nothing like it in the city of Albuquerque.”

There are tentative plans to increase the brewery’s eight taps to 16 by the start of football season, according to James, who, with his wife, Natasha, owns the brewery, on Menaul NE just east of Juan Tabo.

“Right now, we have eight beers, and we want to get up to eight of our own beers and then probably here in about two months we’re going to expand to another eight taps, so as our inventory grows, my deadline date is for football season, so once football starts we expect to be pretty busy Thursday through Monday, so we want to have a big variety of lagers, ciders, porters, stouts and even IPAs, so we’ll extend to 16 here very shortly.”

Black Snout has two of its own beers on tap, as well as guest taps featuring local breweries and ciders from New Mexico cideries.

“We have our Cross Check IPA, which is our house IPA, brewed and designed by Josh Olivas, and then we have a Hat Trick Red, which is also one of Josh’s concoctions,” James said. “It’s a honey Irish Red. It’s a very smooth, malt-forward type of beer. Also, on our house IPA, we scaled back on the hops, being that it’s summertime. We wanted people to taste the bitterness but still get the point that it’s an IPA. We wanted a nice summer house beer, house IPA, because a lot of people want IPAs.”

Different styles of craft beer that cannot be found around town is what Black Snout aims to offer to keep people interested and coming back. It recently brewed a gummy bear beer, made with the sour, fruity, chewy candy, that had people coming from around the state for a pint. Its Half Guard Hefe also was a big hit with patrons.

“I’m from the neighborhood; I grew up in the neighborhood; I know a lot of people from the neighborhood, so what we wanted to do is we got a lot of inspiration when my wife and I wanted to open a brewery,” James said. “I’ve been homebrewing for about 12 years, so I came up with a lot of different recipes, and so Josh (Olivas) and I were working together combining our super powers to release a lot these beers. And Josh, a lot of these recipes are his, as well. He wants to showcase his talent, his ideas, and so we gave him the platform to do that.”

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