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One of Albuquerque’s oldest brewpubs charts a new path without its own beers

Santa Fe Dining vice president Justin Svetnicka is spearheading the latest makeover at Kellys Pub, which includes emphasizing a wide selection of craft canned beers.

At last, we have clarity regarding the future of Kellys Brew Pub and the former Chama River Brewing. After receiving some mixed messages from some of the staff at parent company Santa Fe Dining, I was invited to sit down with SFD vice president Justin Svetnicka late last week to clear up the entire matter.

“As of (March) 8 all brewing operations were suspended at Chama River,” he said. “Kellys is staying open. The idea was with the Chama building on the market for lease, we did not want to keep the brewery running when we have some interest. We want it to be ready for an occupant to move in quickly.”

As we detailed last year, even though the restaurant part of Chama River had shut down, most of the beer brewed for Kellys was made with the Chama brewhouse by SFD director of brewing operations Andrew Krosche.

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Source: NM Dark Side Brew Crew

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