The Los Alamos Beer Cooperative passed another milestone toward its projected opening early next year when the Los Alamos County Council approved its application for a Small Brewer Liquor License on Tuesday.
The application now goes to the New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Division, which usually issues the license within 30 days.
In the meantime, construction continues on the brewery and taproom’s location at 163 Central Park Square, former home to the Canyon Bar & Grill. Brewing equipment has already been purchased from Bosque Brewing in Albuquerque and the board will soon be seeking a professional brewer.
President Micheline Devaurs and board member Amy Engle explained what the cooperative model is, and addressed some misconceptions.
“I think a lot of people have wondered if that’s a place where people can come and brew their own beer or whether we’re going to be brewing beer from local home brewers,” Engle said.
“We are going to be a fully professional craft brewery like Santa Fe’s Second Street (Brewery) or Duel (Brewing) or Santa Fe (Brewing Company) or La Cumbre (Brewing) or any of the number of incredible craft breweries in the state.”