Brewery’s success spurs talk of liquor law remix

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Local beer and live music helped revive downtown Truth or Consequences.

Now state lawmakers are wondering if similar ingredients can help Main Streets in smaller cities across New Mexico. Members of a legislative committee agreed this summer to take a look at New Mexico’s complex system of liquor licenses, along with other ideas to help downtowns, with an eye on proposing changes in the 2019 session.

They highlighted the Truth or Consequences Brewing Co. as an example of the power of offering visitors an “Oasis Ale” or “Hot Springs Lager” – local beers on tap in TorC.

The new brewery is so successful that other businesses are staying open later to take advantage of the extra traffic, and the establishment has emerged as a venue for live music, Rep. Rebecca Dow, R-Truth or Consequences, said in an interview.

“What it’s done for the downtown area is amazing,” she said.


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