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Work to begin for downtown taproom

The renovations for Milton’s Off Main taproom will begin this week. The taproom will be located in the back of Stellar Coffee’s downtown shop. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Renovations of the back portion of Stellar Coffee Co. will begin this coming week to prepare for the opening of an artisan and craft beer taproom.

Anne Baker, owner of the downtown Main Street coffee shop, said that the back of the building at 315 N. Main St. will be closed for a while as construction is underway to make that portion of the site ready for Milton’s Off Main, a taproom to be run by the owners of Milton’s Brewing in Carlsbad and some local investors.

“It is a great partnership,” said Baker about her decision to lease part of her store at 315 N. Main St. to the taproom. “With the non-alcoholic beverages combined with the artisan and crafted beers, it will offer people some good choices.”

Both the coffee shop and the taproom will have entertainment at certain times, she said, noting that Milton’s Off Main also intends to have a patio and outdoor seating area in the back of the building, as the coffee shop has in the front.

Stellar Coffee opened in 2014 and has become a central downtown business, the site of many meetings, music acts, talent shows and gatherings.

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Milton’s Brewing opened on East Mermod Street in Carlsbad in July 2016 as both a small brewery and a taproom.

In November, the Roswell City Council voted 7-0, with three councilors absent, to approve the Carlsbad company’s request for an off-site location at Stellar. Only on-premises consumption is permitted at the Roswell taproom.

Baker said renovations are expected to be done quickly, but she was not certain when Milton’s Off Main will open. An owner for the company did not respond immediately to a phone message.

According to the Brewers Association, a trade group of independent and small craft brewers, New Mexico ranked 26th nationally for the number of craft breweries in 2016. The state had 57 by the end of that year, up from 25 in 2011. New Mexico ranked 11th in the nation for the number of breweries per capita. The state’s craft brewery industry generated about $333 million in annual sales in 2016.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.