Barreling toward the future

Three Rivers Brewery replaces old tanks with 10-barrel system

Jon Austria
Farmington Daily Times


Three Rivers Eatery and Brewhouse maintenance worker Sham Hawkins helps unload the brewery's new hot tank Thursday in Farmington.

Three Rivers Eatery and Brewhouse is replacing its 21-year old brewing tanks with a new 10-barrel system recently trucked in from Lincoln, Nebraska, that can produce up to 340 gallons of beer.

Three Rivers Eatery and Brewhouse employee Mike Ponder, left, and assistant brewer Austin Jacobs remove the brewery's old mash tank Thursday at the brewery in Farmington.

Employees will produce the first batch using the new system on Oct. 1. The single-malt and single-hop Indian Pale Ale will be ready for consumption on Oct. 15.

Three Rivers Eatery and Brewhouse owner John Silva, center, works with his employees in setting up his new 10-barrel brewing system Thursday.

Earlier this month, Three Rivers Brewery and Distillery was named Distillery of the Year by the New Mexico Restaurant Association. The Three Rivers Brewery has been a fixture in downtown Farmington since 1997.

Head brewer Patrick Liessmann works to disassemble the old tanks Thursday at the Three Rivers Eatery and Brewhouse in Farmington.