Good news came down from Santa Fe on Thursday afternoon as Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is allowing all breweries to reopen their patios to 50-percent occupancy Friday and then indoor seating Monday.
Two weeks ago, the governor permitted breweries with 50-percent or greater food sales to reopen, but that left many breweries big and small stuck in the to-go-only model. It was a tough blow for many barely scraping by, but now all will be allowed to serve pints to all customers who maintain social distancing.
While each brewery will have their own individual rules and setups, in general they are all required to have customers wear masks until seated at their tables (this is state law at the moment, so arguing for whatever reason will not work). All places will have table service, and tables will be capped at six customers apiece. A few other tidbits include no pets, not even on the patios for the time being; payments with credit cards are preferred, but cash will still be accepted; there is still a three-beer limit; and 10 p.m. is now the latest any brewery can stay open.
We checked in with a number of brewery owners, all of whom expressed just how happy they are to join their brewpub brethren in having customers back on site.
As La Cumbre owner Jeff Erway wrote, “In the words of my 6-year-old, ‘We’re super, duper, pooper excited’ to get back open and find a new normal. This has been, and continues to be, the single most challenging time in our brewery’s history and we have navigated into something that resembles ‘somewhat sustainable.’ This just makes it that much more feasible. We can’t wait.”
Please remember that not every brewery is going to be fully staffed again right away. The servers and beertenders will be working hard, but they still have to make adjustments. Please, please, PLEASE be kind, respectful, patient, and understanding as everyone adapts to the new normal. We have already started to see some ugly reviews popping up online. The world has enough Karens in it as is, let us all show that Burquenos can rise above that and continue to treat our brewery staff members with kindness and respect.
All right, now the important news, namely who is open and when they will be open. We have not heard back from every brewery yet, but this is the full list that we have of everyone who had not yet opened. We can let you know that Steel Bender went and stealthily reopened for dine-in service earlier this week in order to work out the kinks. Now that they are officially open, we can say that their hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and they have full food service running. Check their Facebook page for further details about the process of how things work now.
As for everyone else, here is what we know. If you know more about any brewery with a TBA below, please drop us a line via social media or at email@example.com. If there is a brewery missing from the lists, please check our last post on the brewpubs that were allowed to open.
Albuquerque metro area
- Bombs Away: open 1 to 8 p.m., will resume regular hours July 1, plus the return of food service.
- Bosque Nob Hill: (UPDATE) will reopen Monday for dine-in and patio service. (Thanks, Andy!)
- Bow & Arrow: open noon to close
- Boxing Bear: (UPDATE) open noon to 8 p.m.
- Boxing Bear West Downtown: (UPDATE) open noon to 8 p.m.
- Brew Lab 101: hours will be Friday and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., Sunday from noon to 8, Monday through Thursday from 3 to 10.
- Broken Trail: open at noon
- Canteen: (UPDATE) open Friday at 3 p.m.
- Casa Vieja: open Friday and Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m.
- Dialogue: (UPDATE) open every day this weekend at 4 p.m.
- Differential: (UPDATE) Guess who’s back? After being closed since March, the patio will be open Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.
- Ex Novo: open from noon to 10 p.m.
- Harmon Lane Brewing at Southwest Grape and Grain: (UPDATE) the new patio is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- High and Dry: open this weekend from 4 to 7 p.m., next week hours will be 2 to 8 daily.
- Kilt Check: TBA
- La Cumbre: (UPDATE) open from noon to 10 p.m.
- Lizard Tail: no patio, so TBA until Monday
- Marble (all locations): (UPDATE) open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Palmer/Left Turn: no patio, so TBA until Monday
- Red Door Candelaria/Downtown: both locations open at 3 p.m. Friday, closing at 9 at Candelaria and at 10 Downtown. Downtown will then be open from noon to 10 on Saturday and Sunday, while Candelaria’s hours will be noon to 9 on Saturday and noon to 6 on Sunday.
- Santa Fe Green Jeans and Tin Can Alley: (UPDATE) both patios open Friday at 11 a.m.
- Sidetrack: (UPDATE) open from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, 2 to 9 on Saturday and Sunday
- Tractor Wells Park/Nob Hill/Westside: all locations open Friday and Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday, then next week will be open Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9.
- Turquoise Trail: TBA
- Thirsty Eye: will not open fully until Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m. They will still be selling beer to-go over the weekend.
Santa Fe area
- Blue Corn: TBA
- Santa Fe (3 locations): TBA
- Second Street Oldery, Railyard: TBA
- Tumbleroot Agua Fria: TBA
Northern New Mexico
- Bathtub Row, Los Alamos: the patio is open, hours are TBA
- Blue Heron, Rinconada: TBA
- Comanche Creek, Eagle Nest: open noon to 8 p.m.
- 550 Brewing, Aztec: (UPDATE) Another brewery closed since March returns, with the patio open Friday at 3 p.m.
- Lauter Haus, Farmington: open at 11 a.m.
Southeastern New Mexico
- Milton’s, Carlsbad: reopening Tuesday
- Sierra Blanca, Moriarty: (UPDATE) the half-acre beer garden will be open from 3 to 8 p.m.
Southern New Mexico
- Icebox, Las Cruces: open, hours TBA
- Lost Hiker, Ruidoso: (UPDATE) the patio is open from noon to 9 p.m.
- Spotted Dog, Mesilla: open at 11:30 a.m.
- Truth or Consequences: (UPDATE) the main brewery and the Las Cruces taproom are open 3 to 8 p.m.
Finally, a huge thank you to everyone at the New Mexico Brewers Guild for their tireless efforts to get everyone back open again. We will raise our pints to you from the comfort of a patio this weekend!
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