Red Door will finally swing open the doors to their downtown taproom in the Simms Building this
Thursday Friday starting at 11 a.m. It will be the second notable taproom opening of 2016 following Nexus Silver on the West Side.
I got a tour of the place last Friday, where construction was still buzzing as the last pieces were being put into place. The taproom is located on the lobby floor of the building in the northeast corner, right on the intersection of 4th Avenue and Gold.
Brewer Wayne Martinez showed me the space. He said it will seat 90 to 100 people. There was talk of a small patio on the east side, though that has been pushed back.
“With the zoning and everything, we’re more focused on in here,” Wayne said. “It wasn’t worth it to do that yet.”
The interior of the space will feature a long community table on the east side, but for the most part it will be a mix of four-top and two-top tables. The bar itself in the center is fairly long. There will also be a game room dubbed “The Vault.” It will feature a couch and a video game system similar to the setup at the main brewery, though with walls on three sides.
“That actually used to be a bank vault,” Wayne said. “This used to be a bank at one point. It still has that retro feeling.”
The retro look even extends to the ceiling, which has metal grating. It fits in with the Simms Building itself, which was built in the 1950s and is the oldest modern high-rise in Albuquerque. Much of the recent remodeling/rebranding of the ground floor has been done with sort of a Mad Men influenced vibe.
The taproom will have 11 beers on tap for the grand opening, from all the main beers like Threshold IPA and Paint it Black Milk Stout, to all the seasonals. Included will be a special new seasonal, Downtown Pale Ale, that will be ready.
“We’ll have two more taps than our main location, just because we’re going to expand that location in the next two months,” Wayne said. “It will probably be more seasonals, we don’t see it being any more year-round offerings.”
The taproom will be open every day at 11 a.m. It will close at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, at midnight Friday and Saturday, and at 10 p.m. Sunday.
Red Door will also be partnering with one of their new neighbors, Radish, for food options. The restaurant will be shifting its hours, and adding some new dishes, to collaborate with the taproom. Look for that in the near future as well.
All in all, it will be another great addition to the downtown beer scene. Thanks to Wayne for the tour, and we look forward to enjoying some pints there this week!