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Southern comfort foods (and beer): A brown ale, Imperial Cream and more are on tap

Nexus Brewery is one of the places you find yourself going back to time and time again.

The Southern-style foods, particularly the gumbo, are regular favorites. And then, there are the Nexus craft beers, especially the Imperial Cream, a corn-based, lighter beer with a punch.

Hurry in for the Brown ale, which has been selling well at the brewery. It will be around only through the first part of September and then it will be gone. The Brown is a Northern English-style beer, according to Nexus Brewery owner Ken Carson Jr. Northern English beers have a tendency to be dryer than Southern beers, he said.

“Our beer is not sweet or dry,” Carson explained. “It’s more in the middle. We brew our Brown with a good variety of malts. There are six to seven malts used to make this beer.”

Nexus also is gearing up to bring back its Beam Me Up Scottie, an Imperial Scottish Ale that is traditionally called a Wee Heavy, Carson said. It will be on tap in mid-September, somewhere between Sept. 15 and Sept. 20.

“Wee Heavies are usually very sweet and very malty,” Carson explained. “(Beam Me Up Scottie) is made with six malts, but much more grain is used in the brewing process than with the Brown. The beer is very sweet and a little smoky. And of course, very malty.”

Craft beer is not for everyone, so Nexus has joined forces with a New Mexico favorite, Black Mesa Winery.

“We’ve got everything from our dry wines to our sweeter wines,” Carson said. “The sweeter ones seem to sell the most. We have our whites and our rosés, everything from a chardonnay to a dry rosé to white zinfandel and a La Bajada.”

La Bajada, red table wine, is “pretty popular and very sweet,” Carson said.

“We also have Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a dessert wine called Black Beauty,” Carson added. “It’s a powerful, little, sweet wine.”

Share a pair

With the Brown, try any of Nexus’ spicy dishes including its gumbo or red beans and rice. Same goes for the Beam Me Up Scottie. Stay on the spicy side and try it with Nexus’ fish tacos.