What's going on, Albuquerque?
Located on Commercial St. downtown, the Southwestern Brewery was built in 1899. It changed businesses a few times until finally closing in 1997. It is now vacant.
Marble or Chama or one of the other locals needs to buy this place and turn it into a fancy brew pub and music venue...that would be awesome.
I've thought that too. Bring everything full circle. During prohibition, this place became an ice company- talk about turning lemons into lemonade.. It looks like a castle with the tracks as a moat....
Alright, who's in? Austin, Tx has a Co-op MicroBrewery - slash- Restaurant so why not Albuquerque? I say we all pitch in to buy the building then sell memberships via DCF. I'm sure through the Fix we could find all the appropriate talent (brewing, restauranteur, financing, etc, etc, etc) to give it a go. Me, I'm the idea guy so I'm pretty much done aside from volunteering to tap the first keg and provide taste testing of subsequent batches...
That building went on the market right after I bought my house in 1997. It's one of my favorite buildings and would have made a great Casa Hinkydink.
Yes, since we've all 'found' the perfect spot, all we need is the perfect financing....
we'll call it The Glorieta...we'll do a thorough, historically sensitive remodel job, get all the local beers on tap, serve a great neo-New Mexican menu, and put an awesome, intimate music space on the 2nd floor (if there is one). Now who's got the winning lottery ticket?
It was much,much,much cheaper in 1997.
Glory to the Glorieta...
Note to self: buy a lottery ticket this month.
so with all that space I think we can definitely do a production bottling/canning line and maybe even do a combination brewing/distilling operation like these guys in San Antonio, Tx:
So, we have micro-brewery/restaurant with live music venue on 2nd floor. Maybe Pool/games/what-have-you on the 3rd floor and guest brewer quarters in the penthouse? Since we have warehouse space out the proverbial wahoo, we can partition and do production/contract brewing/bottling with storage and maybe, to maintain that co-op/hacker ethos we could toss in a "maker space" in the un-used bit. Lots of parking, toss in some solar generation and various greenly bits and pieces for general purpose and we're good to go.
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