Something different

Drylands Brewing Company opens in Hobbs, but don’t expect the pizza

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TODD BAILEY/NEWS-SUN Drylands Brewing Company co-owner Daniel Torrez cuts the ribbon during the business’s official opening on Thursday. Located at 502 W. Navajo, the business sells beer and wine only. Food is available through a food truck that is with the business.

 

Daniel Torres and Andres Arreola always had a plan of bringing a business to Hobbs.

For the past couple of years they two have run Drylands Brewing Company in Lovington which no only featured great craft beers, some of which they made, but also a full menu of foods including creative pizzas.

On Thursday, in a sort of way, Drylands Brewing Company officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The “sort of part” comes with one exception, the beer came to Hobbs, but not the pizza.

The Hobbs local is a tap room with a vast selection of craft beers, ciders and wines from throughout New Mexico.

“We didn’t want to create the same thing we had in Lovington because then that would take away from what we haver there,” Torrez said. “The idea was to bring a different type of presence in Hobbs, so people can still enjoy both. As a beer garden, we actually have more taps here than at the Lovington restaurant.”

The Hobbs location, 502 W. Navajo, is scheduled to be open Wednesdays through Sundays at various times. On Wednesdays and Thursdays times of operation are 3-9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays is 12-11 p.m. and Sunday 1-8 p.m.

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TODD BAILEY/NEWS-SUN Drylands Brewing Company bartender Sydnee Landrum pours some beers following the ribbon cutting of the Drylands Brewing Company at 502 W. Navajo in Hobbs. The business sells beer and wine only. Food is available through a food truck that is with the business.

The tap room has a large bar area with seating throughout, a shuffleboard table and dart board. There is also the back patio area that is family-friendly with a variety of games including large Jenga, bucket pong (similar to beer pong) and two corn hole games; complimentary seating with a fire pit and outdoor heaters for those cooler evenings. There is also an area set up for a band to provide some live music and dancing.

“When we were looking at a place in Hobbs, we saw this and knew that it was being used as a yoga studio during the day and talked to the owners about possibly turning it over to us in the evenings,” said Arreola, “but when it opened up we knew this was a good place. This back patio area was something we envisioned right away.”

As for the tap Drylands has the full compliment of its beers — including its own — from Santa Fe Brewing Company, Marble Brewery in Albuquerque and Sierra Blanca Brewery in Carrizozo; ciders from Sandia Cider; and a compliment of wines from St. Clair, Noisy Water, Manzano Cellar, Gruet and Domain Saint Vincent.

As for the food service, that will be provided by the local food trucks who sign-up to be next to the tap room.

“That allows us to help other people grow their food truck business,” said Torrez, who added he has been in contact with other local food trucks about working next to the tap room. “Letting them come here, get some business and notoriety and when they are throughout Hobbs our customers would remember them and stop by for a meal.”

Torrez said the tap room’s atmosphere will be active.

“It will be really different,” Torrez said. “Most people don’t just sit at a table. They are up moving around, coming in and out and meeting everyone. It is a very outgoing crowd. We have people telling us that we draw a different crowd than from the other bars that we don’t see.”

Torrez and Arreola aren’t done. There are plans for a restaurant/distillery on a spot off North Central Avenue behind First American Bank and next to TownwePlace Suites. They plan it to be operational in the next 12-14 months.

“We will build a small distillery there and will incorporate a cigar lounge,” Torrez said. “We are going to start selling cigars at the tap room. We have guy out of Mississippi, who is working around here. He has a cigar shop in Mississippi and he has been helping us because we don’t know much about the ins and outs cigars.”

In keeping with the theme of expansion, Arreola said the restaurant/distillery will also have a different theme from the Lovington restaurant and the tap room.

“We aren’t even going to call it Drylands,” he said. “We want to continue to bring new things to the area, not repeat on successful businesses we have. It’s about variety.”

Todd Bailey can be reached at editor@hobbsnews.com.