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Homemade brewery coming soon to Downtown El Paso

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Valerie Herrera
Dead Beach Brewery will open this spring at 406 Durango St.

Dead Beach Brewery will be replacing the former Motel Bar Night club located on 406 Durango St.

The brewery founders and operators are keeping a lot of the details under wraps, however, the project will be the only operating microbrewery in El Paso.

With craft beers brewed in house, the brewery will be distributing its product locally to bars and restaurants once distribution agreements have been made.

Ideas for the project began developing in 2013 when founders first secured the name with the city. After permit and construction requirements were met, the Dead Beach Brewery broke ground in Downtown Union Plaza in 2014.

The brewery will craft an assortment of flavored craft beers and will be available for purchase not only to local businesses, but also to the public.

“We will be a full functioning Brewery and Pub”,” said Gabriel Montoya , owner and Founder of Dead Beach Brewery.

Managing operators Gabriel Montoya and Raymundo Campos could not give the official date of the grand opening but they plan on doing so during the spring of this year.

“The brewery is currently in the construction phase and are trying to complete renovations at a timely manner so if everything goes as planned, the operators hope to open in the spring,” said.Gilbert Guillen, landlord of the property.

Guillen said the difference from other brewpubs and Dead Beach is that they make their own brew.

“It’s the beer made on the spot that attracts the beer lover, so you can expect to purchase a fresh batch of beer every time,” Guillen said.

This is not the first brewery to open in El Paso but it will be the only one in operation once construction is complete.

Esmeralda Elias, senior, social work major, said she thinks Dead Beach Brewery will be great for El Paso’s growth by creating jobs and contributing to the economy.

“It will be unique for El Paso to have a brewery like this, it will definitely boost up the economy here,” Elias said.

The beer scene has increased in popularity since new beer laws were implemented in June of 2013

According to the Texas Tribune, Texas breweries have received approvals to open every week. With the passage of Senate Bills 515, 516, 517, 518 and 639 last year, the largest overhaul of the beer industry changed since the Legislature legalized brewpubs in 1993. Under new senate bills, brewpubs can distribute their beer using third-party distributors, and are able to sell limited amounts of their own beer directly to retailers.

Before, brewpubs could only sell their product on site.

No comments have been made as to when the hiring process will begin and no information has been released on distribution agreements.

However, the owners will be making further announcements, as the brewery gets closer to completion. Owner and operators Ray Campos and Gabriel Montoya have the goal of selling their beer in restaurants and bars by this year.

Based on feedback through social media,

many are excited to see a new brewery develop in El Paso and can’t wait for its doors to open and taste the finished product.

The Dead Beach Brewery’s owner and operators hope it will serve the community and near regions by providing another draw for beer tourists and economic growth.

“We are thankful for the support we have received from the community and are excited to embark on this new opportunity,” Guillen said.

Valerie Herrera may be reached at [email protected]

 

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    ChrisFeb 4, 2015 at 5:15 AM

    Profoundly inaccurate article in regards to the Deadbeach brewery info.

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