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Boese Brothers Brewery opens in ABQ Downtown with ales, lagers, porters and more

George Boese is shown with the 15-barrel microbrewery system at the new Boese Brothers Brewery in Downtown Albuquerque. (Greg Sorbe/Albuquerque Journal)

George Boese is shown with the 15-barrel microbrewery system at the new Boese Brothers Brewery in Downtown Albuquerque. (Greg Sorbe/Albuquerque Journal)

A local brewery is now breathing new life into the heart of Downtown.

Boese Brothers Brewery has opened its doors to the public and is hosting its grand opening today. The brewery is located in a historic brick building located at Sixth and Gold SW. Patrons will find a variety of craft beers produced in-house as well as some hard cider from Santa Fe’s Santa Sidra and some wines from Los Ranchos’ Casa RondeƱa.

It’s all about keeping it local for brothers George and Sam Boese from Roswell, who decided to go into business together.

“I was finishing up my military career toward the end of last year and we talked about starting a business,” George Boese said. “When they rezoned Downtown we started hunting for a location Downtown. Our brewery is in the heart of the city in a historic building.”

George Boese said he and his brother started brewing as a hobby, which set the wheels in motion. George is an Air Force Academy graduate who previously worked with Santa Fe Brewing Company, and Sam Boese has experience in commercial brewing.

All that brewing experience has paid off and now locals can taste what the Boese brothers have to offer.

La Onza is a white ale based on a Belgian white, but the spicing is a little different in this Boese Brothers version. Fresh lemon zest and ginger add some zing to the brew.

The Old Shonie Scottish Ale is a surprise to the palate.

“In New Mexico, a majority of breweries make a much stronger version of the style,” George Boese said. “We wanted ours to be more of a traditional drink. … It has toasty and caramely flavors. It is real light and a very drinkable beer.”

If you’re searching for something with more hop, try the Steampunk Lager. It is a California common lager style that is very “hop-centric” with American hops. It’s clean tasting from the yeast with a nice punch of hop flavor in there, George Boese explained.

Another flagship of Boese Brothers is its Patriot Porter, which is a more traditional style of porter.

“Something you will get from ours, rather than sharp bitterness from using dark malts, is a lot of graham cracker, caramely, bready flavors with dark chocolate notes,” George Boese said. “It has kind of a creamy, smooth texture.”

Soon patrons also will get to enjoy the brewery’s pale ale, Dr. Strangehop, which is currently in production but expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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