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Monks’ Corner sets grand opening date

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Monks’ Corner debut is … around the corner.

The first taproom from New Mexico’s Abbey Brewing Co. will host its grand opening Oct. 5, according to general manager Berkeley T. Merchant. The 73-seat venue is located inside the Imperial Building at 2nd and Silver in Downtown Albuquerque, aka home of the Downtown grocery store.

Merchant said the pub will have 20 taps, including some for outside breweries and at least one for cider. It will not serve its own food but will operate in partnership with chef Dennis Apodaca, who is using the neighboring space for his new restaurant, Maya.

Abbey, which makes beer at Monastery of Christ in the Desert in Abiquiu and in Moriarty, is known for its Monks’ Ale.

It will join the swell of craft beer producers operating in the heart of Downtown. The Boese Brothers and Sidetrack breweries are headquartered in the area, while Red Door and Duel each have taprooms.

The Monks’ Corner is part of the Imperial Building’s street-level commercial space. In addition to Silver Street Market and Maya,  Crackin’ Crab Seafood Boil and Salon Jerome will also do business there.