Indigenous, LGBTQ-friendly Albuquerque brewery opening Farmington taproom

by Nick Gonzales

Farmington fans of craft beer rejoice – your local options are growing rapidly.

Up until Lauter Haus Brewing Co. joined the scene in October, Farmington was a one-brewery town, with only Three Rivers brewery to slake its thirst. Come early 2020, however, a third brewery, Bow & Arrow Brewing Co., will join them, at least in the form of a taproom, The Durango Herald reports.

Shyla Sheppard and her partner Missy Begay opened Bow & Arrow in 2016 Albuquerque. According to Vice, as of last year it was the only brewery owned by Native women in the United States. The Albuquerque location is a haven to both the LGBTQ and indigenous community.

“Many of the small-batch brews on the rotating menu draw on regional southwestern ingredients, from roasted blue corn kernels to foraged Navajo tea to wild sumac, while names like Denim Tux Lager, Fancy Feathers Brut IPA, Fringe Jacket Saison, and Savage Times Sour IPA are cheeky nods to reservation subcultures,” Vice’s Diana Hubbell writes.

The brewery’s first off-site location, the Rambler Taproom, will open on the East Side of Farmington, the Herald reports. While it will not brew beer on site, it will have the same tap options as the flagship location and may feature one-off brews made specifically for the Farmington location.

While we’re still getting used to having more than one brewery in Farmington, we’re looking forward to seeing what Bow & Arrow does in the Four Corners.

Nick Gonzales


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