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Taproom with a view: Boxing Bear opens for takeout in new Bridges on Tramway shopping center

Boxing Bear Brewing Co. enthusiasts can now purchase crowlers and packaged beer from the brewery’s new taproom in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights neighborhood. (Courtesy of Kevin Davis)

The wait is over for Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights residents who want to get their hands on Boxing Bear Brewing Co. beers without making the trek across town.

Previously, Boxing Bear fans who live in the Northeast Heights had to travel across the river or to west Downtown for their favorite beers fresh from the brewery’s taps. They can now save on travel time and visit the new taproom, at the Bridges on Tramway shopping center.

Patrons may not be able to sit down and sip their beers in the new taproom, but they have their choice of 20 Boxing Bear beers on tap to take home in crowlers. The brewery also has a selection of packaged beers, as well as cider. Tap offerings include Body Czech pilsner, Ambear ale, Headlock Hazy IPA, Black and Blue Tart, Chocolate Milk Stout, Apple Bear Hard Cider, DDH Simcoe Albu-Murky Hazy IPA, Red Knuckle Irish Red Ale and New Mexi-Kolsch.

“We have a very cool lager that is very delicious called Mandarina Bavaria Lager, which is a particular hop that is really interesting,” said Kevin Davis, Boxing Bear co-founder. “We’re doing kind of a single-hopped lager series, and this is kind of the second one in the series that we have done that’s really a delicious summertime beer.”

Other seasonals on tap are Basic Batch American Blonde, Iron Lung Smoked Porter and Standing 8 Stout, a dry oatmeal stout.

“We have Nuts and Nibs, which is essentially a Reese’s peanut butter cup-style porter,” Davis said. “It’s got ton of chocolate and peanut butter in it. It’s really kind of interesting.

And then we have Murkules, and it’s a double hazy IPA. It’s really popular. Everybody seems to like that one, and then we have our double West Coast-style IPA, which is called Sucker Punch.”

The taproom has received a warm welcome from patrons who come in for pickup.

“We’ve been thoroughly welcomed by everybody that’s come in,” Davis said. “Everybody is just super-happy that we’re here and that we’re open – and there’s a little bit of disappointment that they can’t come into the pub and sit down and enjoy a pint – but everybody understands, and everybody has been really cool about that. We’re just kind of counting the days down until they let us open up again and we can kind of get back to normal.”

The 3,500-square-foot taproom has a prominent bar that “dominates the whole place” and features a large room separated with barn doors. The room can be used for private events, special events such beer dinners or for overflow seating on busier days. The taproom has a kitchen that makes food items customers have come to enjoy. Menu items include pizzas, nachos and grilled sandwiches, including the popular Albuquerque Turkey and artichoke chicken sandwiches.

The outdoor patio provides a spectacular view of the Sandia mountains.

“When we first looked at this spot, we didn’t really put much thought into it and said, ‘Yeah, we can have a little patio out there; that will be good,’ but then all of a sudden the place went up and the patio fencing went in and we’re looking at it going, ‘Wow, this is a really cool patio,’ ” Davis said. “We’re excited about that too. The cool thing is in the heat of the summer that whole patio is going to be in the shade in the afternoons and the mountains are lit up. They’re really bright because of the sunset, and the patio itself is in the shade, and it will be a great place to kick back and enjoy the view.”

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