In a relatively short period of time, Gravity Bound Brewing has established themselves as an impressive player in the Albuquerque beer scene. They are now taking their presence to the next level with the addition of a canning line to their downtown facility, which is a step in the right direction for multiple reasons, co-owner/brewer Cameron Frigon wrote in response to a series of email question.
“First off, we were already filling a lot of crowlers, and that was time consuming for our bartenders, and it’s not necessarily our favorite to-go format,” he wrote. “We figured that since we’re sending a lot of beer out the door as it is, we might as well put it into a package that we think is better for our patrons.”
This Friday, the GB boys are going big right off the bat with two brand-new beers debuting in four-packs: Disregard All Regards, a hazy DIPA brewed with Citra, Strata, HBC 586, and Sabro hops, and City Symphony, a sour ale brewed with raspberries, blueberries, basil, lime and salt.
These new releases will also be available on tap, and to celebrate this monumental day, Gravity Bound is hosting local, throwback country band, The Roswells, from 5 to 8 p.m., and the Katsukare food truck will be also on site, serving up their Japanese curry dishes.
As we’ve come to expect, sustainability was at the forefront of Frigon’s mind when beginning a new undertaking, and the packaging for their new cans was no exception.
“We use bio-degradable four-pack holders from a company called E6PR,” he wrote. “They’re mostly made of wheat stalks, a byproduct of a popular beer ingredient that hasn’t really found much use other than the small amount that’s used as animal bedding.
“While the traditional plastic Pak-Tech four-pack holders say that they are recyclable, we’re finding that most recycling facilities are having trouble processing them, so they actually just end up in the landfill and contribute to the plastic waste crisis that’s happening on this planet.”
With these additional ecological efforts, not only can you feel good while drinking Gravity Bound beer, you can feel good about it.
“I feel it’s the responsibility of companies to make sure that their products are either easily recyclable, or won’t sit in a landfill for hundreds of years, then breakdown into microplastics, and then end up harming people and animals,” Frigon wrote. “It’s a bit more expensive, but also polluting sucks and we don’t want to burden our customers with that.”
Like many of their small-batch releases, these two new brews will likely fly off the shelves AND the taps very quickly, so be sure to stop by this Friday for the celebration and to grab some deliciousness to-go. The taproom at 816 Third St. NW will be open from 3 to 11 p.m.
May the beer be with you, always.