Real life fixer-upper realtors Molly Pattillo and Dylan Olsen wanted to be a part of the craft beer scene in Alamogordo so the couple recently opened a taproom for a popular Las Cruces-based micro-brewery in the heart of the city.
The two celebrated the soft opening for the new taproom at 902 N. New York Avenue on Sept. 20 to a large crowd.
As the realtor and beer enthusiasts work to complete the inside of the taproom, Pattillo said the official grand opening will be sometime in November.
The City of Alamogordo approved a liquor license for Picacho Peak Brewing Company on June 25. The taproom is part of Alamogordo MainStreet’s downtown revitalization district along New York Avenue.
Pattillo and Olsen partnered with Xavier Mendoza of Picacho Peak Brewing Company, a micro-brewery based in Las Cruces, to open the taproom featuring Picacho’s New Mexican craft beers.
Pattillo said she met Mendoza because she had the listing at 902 N. New York Avenue and was looking into what the city needed to grow. She began reaching out to taprooms and Mendoza expressed interest in opening a taproom in Alamogordo.
“He was in between looking at a couple of cities in New Mexico and chose to go with us, we will keep expanding, eventually we will have four locations pretty quickly,” Pattillo said.
Pattillo said there could be another taproom in Las Cruces later. The couple also just applied for a vintner’s license.
Right now, the taproom’s featured beers are Peak Light, a light cream ale with corn flavor as well as regional beers such as the Green Chile Amber Ale.
“The green chile is more of a subtle taste in the back of your mouth,” Pattillo said.
The taproom also serves the heavier I Heart Porter, a robust beer with chocolate malty overtones, as well as a peanut butter porter.
Beer enthusiasts can also find a Scottish barley ale, a German-style Hefeweizen with banana and clove flavor, a black, malty lager, a few IPAs and other New Mexican beers.
Pattillo said their Dirty Blonde beer will also be making a return.
The couple has visited breweries all over New Mexico, which sparked their passion for craft beers.
Picacho Peak Brewing Company was established in Las Cruces in 2015. Today, the brewing operation operates a restaurant, after Las Cruces owners Xavier and Cynthia Mendoza partnered with a local chef to create a healthy menu.
Pattillo and Olsen are also looking into food options for the taproom in Alamogordo but the location currently allows customers to bring their own food.
Pattillo said some some customers bring snacks or order from the nearby eatery Alamogordo Pizza and Burgers, also on N. New York Avenue.
Pattillo was born and raised in Alamogordo but left for a few years to attend Texas Tech University. After graduating, she moved to Dallas to work in the alcohol industry before returning to Alamogordo to work with her family in real estate.
Pattillo and Olsen met while doing real estate. Olsen had just completed 12 years in the Air Force and was finishing his last assignment at Holloman Air Force Base.
“Dylan realized what a growth opportunity for business Alamogordo was and wanted to also provide more amenities for our community,” Pattillo said.
Before the taproom opened, the building previously housed two restaurants, Stella Vida’s and before that Rachel’s restaurant.
Pattillo said the taproom will begin featuring live music on the weekends and football season hours on Monday, Thursday and Sunday. The taproom will also begin featuring trivia nights earlier in the week.
The taproom is open Thursday through Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m., Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. and Monday from 4 to 11 p.m.
Cristina Carreon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 575-437-7120 or on Twitter @Cris_carreon90.
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