E-Malt.com News article: USA, NM: Rio Bravo Brewing Co. preparing for soft opening in April
Spring could bring a new brand of craft beer to Albuquerque, Albuquerque Journal reported on February 14.
Rio Bravo Brewing Co. should open softly in April and celebrate its grand opening shortly thereafter, according to Denise Baker, who owns the new venture with husband Randy.
Originally targeted for the South Valley area, Rio Bravo will actually operate in the old Firestone Building at 1912 2nd NW, near Interstate 40. The 14,000-square-foot building provides ample room for production, Baker said, as well as a substantial area for the associated brewpub and beer garden.
Rio Bravo will open with seating for about 180 people, though Baker said it will eventually have room for about 300 guests.
The Bakers — who own Albuquerque’s D.R.B. Electric — have turned to a beer industry veteran to oversee the brewing, hiring Ty Levis, formerly of Santa Fe Brewing Co.
“We’re very fortunate to have him come on board,” Baker said.
Baker said the brewing equipment is scheduled to arrive in early March. Some cleanup has begun at the site, and Baker said D.R.B. itself will spearhead the buildout.
Baker, a frequent traveler to Germany, said the breweries around Munich will serve as the inspiration for the design. Windows will give patrons a look into the beer-making process, and Rio Bravo will also offer tours of the production area.
18 February, 2015