Milestone celebrations: Nexus Brewery marks 10 years with two events

Ken Carson, owner of Nexus Brewery, holds a pint of the brewery’s Imperial Cream Ale. The brewery is celebrating 10 years of operation with events on July 10 and July 11. (Courtesy of Welstand Foundation)

Nexus Brewery is celebrating a decade of making beer.

The brewery opened on May 23, 2011, but the party had to be postponed due to the pandemic. Now that state restrictions have been lifted, the brewery will hold celebrations on Saturday, July 10, and Sunday, July 11. DJs will keep the party going from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on July 10, and from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. July 11 at Nexus Brewery & Restaurant, 4730 Pan American Fwy NE.

The event will feature barbecue from the Nexus Blue Smokehouse. A barbecue combo platter can be purchased for $20. The brewery’s regular menu also will be available, with its popular items including fried chicken and waffles.

New beers also have been brewed specifically for the celebration. The Beam Me Up (Higher) Scotty Scotch Ale is an amped-up version of the brewery’s Beam Me Up Scottie, which is one of its most popular beers. This is the first time Nexus has brewed an 11.25% ABV version of Beam Me Up Scottie.

The Warp Bubble IPA was brewed with Cryo Pop hops “to achieve all the best parts of an IPA without the heavy bitterness,” according to a Nexus news release. The Ôrale Mexican Lager also will be on hand.

Guests can purchase commemorative T-shirts, glassware, hoodies and hats. There will be a 10% discount on the special items. A 10th-birthday goblet can be bought for $11 with a beer pour of your choice for non-Nexus members or $10 for members.

Nexus Brewery has plenty to celebrate. During its years of operation, it has won several awards for its beer. They include gold and silver medals at the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival for its Imperial Cream and Honey Chamomile Wheat. The brewery’s New Mexican soul food has also received national attention after being featured on such popular food shows as Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Nexus will again be featured on national television this fall as part of the show “Food Paradise.”

” ‘Food Paradise’ will feature our NM Soul Burger,” Nexus Brewery owner Ken Carson states in the news release. “I am so proud to be featured again on national TV. And what is best of all, we have never solicited either of these shows to be featured, they found us through word of mouth.”

Nexus’ menu has evolved over the years. Input from customers and team members led to the additions of gumbo, red beans and rice, such desserts as cobbler, and more. In 2019, Carson opened Nexus Blue Smokehouse in the South Broadway area with an emphasis on blending traditional barbecue with New Mexican barbecue and smoked meats.

Carson coined Nexus’ cuisine as New Mexican Soul Food in honor of his family, which has been in New Mexico since 1930. Carson wanted to mix their Southern roots with New Mexican cuisine. Red and green chile had to be included, as well as chicken and waffles.

Carson’s intent when he opened Nexus was to differentiate it from other breweries operating in the state. He wanted his brewery to be a community-oriented location where people enjoy great beer, tasty soul food and good conversation. His inspiration for the name of the brewery came from the movie “Star Trek Generations.”

” ‘Nexus’ meaning in the movie was a place where everything is right,” Carson explains in the news release. A place where there are no worries or concerns. A place where you feel comfortable all the time. The actual meaning of Nexus is connection, which matched the desire to be a community organization that invited the community with open arms.”

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