… and a four-pack to go: Nexus Brewing’s three bestselling beers now available in cans

Nexus Brewing Co. has released its first canned beers, including canned Black Is Beautiful Imperial Stout, with proceeds benefiting the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. (Courtesy of Nexus Brewing Co.)

Nexus Brewing Co. top three sellers are now available in cans.

Its Honey Chamomile Wheat, Imperial Cream Ale, and Scotch Ale are available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. The four-packs can be purchased at Nexus Brewery & Restaurant and Nexus Blue Smokehouse, 1511 Broadway SE.

“We are not distributing at this point,” Nexus owner Ken Carson said. “We may do that in the future, but for right now we’re the only place you can buy the beer is in each of our restaurants.”

The Honey Chamomile Wheat features Local B’s honey and chamomile flowers that make it slightly sweet and aromatically refreshing. The wheat beer is a 2015 Great American Beer Festival silver medal winner and a 2016 World Beer Cup gold medal winner. The Imperial Cream Ale is crisp, smooth, light and packs a punch. It received a gold medal at the 2017 GABF and won a silver medal at the 2016 World Beer Cup.

The Scotch Ale is Nexus’ flagship beer. It is a strong, very malty, deep-brown ale. The malt flavor predominates, with “nutty flavors mingling within,” according to brewery’s tasting notes.

“We’re basically canning them in-house,” Carson said. “The brewer and the assistant brewer are basically our canning machine. Right now, they’re up to four cans a minute, and that’s actually on a manual system. It’s actually a canning machine, but it’s small. It’s not like the big machines you see over at Marble (Brewery).”

Carson said part of the decision to start canning had to do with the pandemic.

“Customers have asked for it for a long time,” Carson said. “We decided to start distributing our beer. We literally signed a contract to distribute our beer to restaurants in New Mexico in December. It started to be sent out right before the pandemic. And so we are distributing to a few restaurants around New Mexico right now, and this is just a part of the plan to ultimately distribute cans on probably on a very limited basis. But we’ll probably figure out a way to place small batches in places.”

Carson said that before they look to get their canned product on local retailers’ shelves, they need to get the canning process down.

“First, we have to get used to what we’re doing in-house, and then next step would be to take it to the next level and get a bar code on it and see if we can sell beer on the outside,” Carson said. “It’s just one baby step toward distribution sometime in the future.”

Nexus also labeled and canned its version of Black Is Beautiful, an Imperial Stout, which it previously had only on tap. The cans are available for purchase at both Nexus locations. Proceeds from the beer benefit the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty.

The base recipe for the beer was created by Weathered Souls Brewing Co. in San Antonio, Texas. Breweries around the country were challenged to join the initiative by adding their own twist on the beer and donating proceeds to local foundations that support police reform and legal defenses for people who have been wronged and local organizations that promote equality and inclusion. Participating in the cause are 1,177 breweries throughout the United States and 22 other countries. More information can be found at blackisbeautiful.beer.

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