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Boese Brothers Brewery ready to start making beer


George Boese with the new brewing equipment at Boese Brothers Brewery at Gold and 6th Downtown. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Curious onlookers have been peeking inside the under-construction Boese Brothers Brewery for months.

Pretty soon, they’ll be able to actually go inside to order a pint.

George and Sam Boese are finally prepared to begin production in their new Downtown brewery, and the associated taproom should open by next month.

The brewery received its certificate of occupancy this week, and George Boese said the crew should start the beer-making process on its new 15-barrel brewing system in the next few days.

Though no official opening date has been set, the goal is to open in August.

The brothers, raised in Roswell, have spent more than six months readying their new place — an old brick building at 6th and Gold SW that was most recently used as a parking garage but had a past life as a Studebaker-Packard car dealership. It required a significant conversion since it had no plumbing or drainage and limited electricity when the brothers took possession, but they liked the building and the area.

George Boese said most of the available properties that fit their size requirements were around the Brewery District, but were more industrial than what they wanted — particularly for their taproom.

“We kind of completely switched our search,” he said. “We found this building that was a real fixer-upper but kind of perfect as far as what we were looking for.”

Boese said the brothers have been doing some pilot batches of beer and that the brewery will have four “flagship” offerings: a brown porter, a white ale, a Scottish ale and an extra pale ale.

George Boese, an Air Force Academy graduate, has previously worked for Santa Fe Brewing Co. but said Sam has more commercial brewing experience both in and outside of New Mexico and will steer the production effort at Boese Brothers.