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Boese Brothers Brewery celebrates its first anniversary

A brewery that breathed new life into the heart of Downtown is celebrating its first anniversary.

Boese Brothers Brewery, in a historic brick building at Sixth and Gold SW, is commemorating its first year on Saturday, Aug. 13, with an anniversary IPA as well as its first bottled product, called Sour Strangehop, a sour-style IPA brewed with apricots.

It also is hosting an inaugural Brewery Pentathlon, in which 16 teams will compete in bag toss, shuffleboard, wallhooky, foosball and the old-school arcade game Galaga. Gobble This will be grilling on site from 4 p.m. to midnight.

The brewery is the vision of Roswell brothers George and Sam Boese. George is an Air Force Academy graduate who previously worked with Santa Fe Brewing Co., and Sam Boese has experience in commercial brewing.

“We’ve stayed busy, so it kind of seems like we’ve been open forever, but then to actually think that it’s been a year is pretty cool,” Boese Brothers Operations Manager George Boese said. “Same time last year, we were just starting to make beer. It’s been very positive, especially starting distribution as a small brewery. … The reception here at our taproom, even though its a small place in Downtown, has been really good. We had always envisioned being kind of like a neighborhood bar for Downtown Albuquerque, which is cool because we have lots and lots of regulars that live close by or work close by that are the people who are kind of hanging out here day in and day out. It’s kind of exactly what we envisioned and it’s kind of cool to kind of see that vision become a reality.”

Cheers to the occasion with a Boese Anniversary IPA, specially made for the event.

“We only produced 10 gallons,” Boese said. “It contains more hops than we’ve ever used in a beer. It’s all a proprietary variety called El Dorado, which has a really unique juicy lifesaver-like flavor.”

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Boese Brothers will also offer its first bottling effort, Sour Strangehop. There will be an early-bird special “bomber,” or 22-ounce bottle, and a pint of Sour Strangehop for $12 from 1 to 5 p.m.

“It’s a variation of our house pale ale we call Dr. Strangehop,” George Boese said of Sour Strangehop. “We kind of started with that recipe and then we fermented it with a hybrid sour ale yeast, which makes it a little bit kind of tart and acidic but then also adds a bunch of kind of really crazy, tropical fruit flavors to it. So you’ve got that kind of combination of a big IPA with these sour ale qualities and then we also added a couple hundred pounds of apricots to it as well, so it has another kind of layer of fruit flavor in there.”

Boese Brothers began its in-house bottling operation a couple months ago. It plans to eventually offer its bottled products at local retailers, but for now it will sell specialty bombers of Sour Strangehop through the summer.

It plans on brewing its Double Dead Red again in October and later packaging it. The red ale, which had a limited release in January, has been one of the brewery’s most popular beers, according to George Boese.

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