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Second Street Brewery survives 2020 and thrives so far in 2021

Head brewer Tom Ludzia pours me a pint of their award-winning Brown Ale.

I waited in my car until I was given the signal from Tom Ludzia to follow him inside, through the service door, into the brewhouse at 2920 Rufina Street. There, in a fortress of stainless steel, less than a handful of other masked do-gooders stood around looking as if their day was about to get a lot busier. We passed the dark cavernous kitchen into the unlit Rufina taproom. Bright sun shone through the large garage bay doors. Our voices and footsteps echoed through the big empty space, as we chatted about the serious business of seasonal allergies.

Normally it would be hard to hold an interview in the middle of a restaurant at noon, let alone find a table, but this is how it’s been for about a year and some change. And so, once more (and hopefully for the last time), I sat a good 10 feet of social distance apart from owner and brewmaster Rod Tweet and head brewer Tom Ludzia. We talked about 2020, the toughe

Source: NM Dark Side Brew Crew

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