Kaktus scrambles to open Nob Hill taproom for New Year’s Eve

Kaktus' rooftop patio has some of the best views in town.
Kaktus’ rooftop patio has some of the best views in town.

The folks over at Kaktus Brewing might be nuts. Or, maybe they are just ambitious. But, probably nuts. They are currently in a mad rush to have their new Nob Hill taproom ready for a New Year’s Eve celebration. I stopped by Monday afternoon amid the chaos, and more than anything I came away impressed by owner Dana Koller’s dogged determination to pull it all off.

“I just hope people are patient with us,” Dana said. If it all comes together Thursday night like he plans, it should keep folks more than satisfied.

For those who missed our prior story on Kaktus’ taproom, it is located at 2929 Monte Vista in the space formerly occupied by Amore Pizza (which is now at the Green Jeans Farmery). For those who never visited Amore, it is located in the little shopping center just northeast of the intersection of Monte Vista and Girard.

The taproom can be divided into three parts. Downstairs as patrons walk in, there will be a traditional bar area to their right, with eight taps and seating for 23 customers. Turn left as one enters and there will be a more traditional dining area in front of the kitchen. Kaktus will be serving all of the same food as they have in Bernalillo, including their gourmet sausages and some of the more unique pizzas you will find in the metro area. This area will seat 30 people.

Needless to say, the taproom will be a colorful place.
Needless to say, the taproom will be a colorful place.

The unique feature of the taproom will be the rooftop patio. Dana said they used a crane to lift in a second tap system, this one with six taps, so patrons do not have buy a pint downstairs and carry it up. There will be heaters on the patio during the colder months, but Dana said he expects Kaktus to be especially popular when it is warmer out. The view is, to put it mildly, rather spectacular.

This is all being cranked out quickly so Kaktus can host a New Year’s Eve party. It will kick off at 7 p.m. and admission is free. There will be free appetizers, live entertainment from a jazz band and the Desert Darlings belly dancers, and they will have a special “chile drop” at midnight, as a 15-foot long, lit-up chile will be dropped from a 100-foot crane in Triangle Park across the parking lot. It will be the first official event in the upcoming year-long celebration of Nob Hill’s 100th anniversary.

OK, so they were misspelled, but at least it all ended up in the right place.
OK, so they were misspelled, but at least it all ended up in the right place.

The Crew will endeavor to head over (seriously, at this point, none of us have any idea what we are doing for NYE) and check out the finished product Thursday night. Hopefully we will see some of our readers there as well.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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