ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — To say Bosque Brewing Co. is expanding would be an understatement.
The brewery has taken over a neighboring space to house three 30-barrel fermentors and two 15-barrel fermentors at its mothership location in the Northeast Heights. The expanded area should be up and running by mid-March, according to Gabe Jensen, Bosque Brewing Co.’s director of operations. The addition will boost Bosque Brewing’s production to 3,500 barrels per year – 10 times what it has sold in just more than a year that it has been open, Jensen said.
By late spring, Bosque Brewing also plans to open a second location, approximately 3,000 square feet, where the Nob Hill and University of New Mexico areas of town meet.
On top of that, Bosque Brewing is bringing a renowned brewer on board.
John Bullard, who is head brewer at Blue Corn Brewery in Santa Fe, will join the Bosque Brewing team in mid-March. Bullard won the 2013 New Mexico IPA Challenge for Blue Corn and he won two silver medals for his Gold Medal Stout and End of the Trail Brown Ale at last year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, beating out numerous other breweries from around the country. By adding Bullard, Bosque Brewing plans to add lagers, sours and cask beers to its menu, Jensen said.
“We’ve never featured lagers. (Bullard’s) real good with lagers,” Jensen said. “He’s passionate about lagers.”
Bosque Brewing recently tapped its Nestordamus, a “mysterious” Belgian dark strong ale.
“Legend has it that this hazy beast was known to keep you warm and that it’s copper hue inspired work of artists and poets alike,” Jensen said of the Belgian ale. “Notes of dark cherry, currant and date round out this feast in a glass.”
A full list of Bosque Brewing’s craft beers and food menu is available at bosquebrewingco.com.