ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Roger Peery and Nick Pavlakos met in an eighth-grade math class at Jefferson Middle School, then known as Jefferson Junior High.
The two became friends, a friendship that grew after the pair became a part of the first-ever freshman class at Highland High School, and solidified through watching “Star Trek” at one another’s houses during their time at University of New Mexico, Pavlakos said. While their careers took them in different directions, they talked about one day starting a business together.
On September 7, that dream came true, when Albuquerque Distilling opened its doors at 5001 Central Ave. NE. The new distillery is located minutes from where the two friends grew up, and Pavlakos and Peery agreed that they want to play a role in revitalizing their old stomping grounds.