The door is finally ready to open.
Red Door Brewing Co. — the latest addition to Albuquerque’s growing craft beer scene — will open to the public Wednesday, according to managing partner Matt Biggs. The owners plan a grand opening event on Friday.
Red Door has settled into an 11,000-square-foot building at 1001 Candelaria NE, only about a mile from the La Cumbre and Il Vicino breweries.
While technically ready to open for the last few days, Biggs told the Journal the owners decided to hold off until next week to ensure the beer “was at the exceptionally high level we would expect from our neighbors,” citing La Cumbre, Il Vicino and Marble.
Biggs said Red Door will launch with its Threshold IPA, Roamer Red, Paint It Black Milk Stout, Gateway Blonde Ale and Unhinged Cider.
“I think we know when we open, we’ll be proud of our beer, our space, and our staff, who will be ready to rumble by that time,” Biggs said via email.
Red Door – like several other local microbreweries – won’t operate its own kitchen but instead rely on local food trucks to serve its customers.
Red Door joins a lineup of about 20 microbreweries in the Albuquerque area, but neither its owners nor Chris Goblet of the New Mexico Brewers Guild think the city has reached its craft beer saturation point.
“Oh, not yet,” Goblet said. “There is a town in Oregon called Bend that has 80,000 people and 16 breweries.”