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Santa Fe Brewing to open first Albuquerque taproom

SFBrewingBrianLockfromfileSANTA FE, N.M. — The state’s oldest microbrewery  will plant some roots in Albuquerque.

Santa Fe Brewing Co. has signed a lease to put a tasting room at Green Jeans Farmery, a new shipping container retail project/hydroponic farm just north of Interstate 40 near Carlisle.

The taproom could open as early as next spring.

Santa Fe Brewing president and owner Brian Lock said the site selection ends a nearly three-year search for a Duke City location. He said he chose Green Jeans because of its visibility from the interstate, proximity to hotels and because it wasn’t “a traditional strip mall or something that was just kind of ordinary.”

“We’ve had a lot of requests, and I was kind of waiting for the right spot to open up,” he said. “And I feel this is the perfect fit.”

Green Jeans — the brainchild of Albuquerque businessman Roy Solomon — will feature shipping-container construction, a growing trend in commercial and residential developments.

Lock said the Santa Fe Brewing space will feature eight of the crates, mostly the traditional size — 40 feet long, 8 feet tall and 8 feet wide — though a few may be taller. There will be at least one rooftop patio.

He said he and his wife have worked on possible configurations using their son’s toy building blocks.

“We’ve actually come up with what we think is a pretty cool design using those eight containers and literally build it out of Legos,” he said. “That’s what we’re going to take to the architects and show them.”

Green Jeans will ultimately feature about 7,000 square feet of buildings. Santa Fe Brewing is the first business to sign a lease, but Solomon said he’s planning to add several more tenants.

He said the final mix could include food and perhaps a flower shop and bike shop — vendors who “would be complementary — something to fit into the mood of what we’re doing.”

In addition to the retail component, Green Jeans will feature a hydroponic farm. Solomon said he’s already begun that portion of the project, starting with the planting inside a container already on site.

For more on the project, check out this Journal story from July.