Las Vegas, N.M., restaurateurs tap defunct Duel to start brewery

May 14, 2019

The brewing equipment from the defunct Duel Brewing will help launch a new craft brewing operation in Las Vegas, N.M.

Las Vegas restaurateurs Brian and Darcy McGill picked up the Duel equipment for about one-fourth to one-third the cost of new equipment at an April 26 sale to satisfy a landlord’s lien of $31,552. The sale price was not disclosed, but Duel building owner Ronald A. Adams said the lien and two other bank liens were not satisfied.

Dozens of people showed up for the sale, where Adams was taking bids. Brian McGill pulled Adams aside to make his offer.

“I have a feeling people went in there wanting to pay 5 cents on the dollar,” McGill said about his bid getting accepted even though it didn’t pay off the liens.

Brian McGill said the Wanted Brewing Co. he is establishing with the Duel equipment will be the only brewery in Las Vegas.

“It will be nice to have a truly local beer here in town,” McGill said.

The McGills opened B3 BBQ Burgers & Beer on Bridge Street in 2016 and received a one-barrel brewing permit the same day they bought the Duel equipment.

“[The Duel equipment is] more than 20 times what we’re set up for,” Brian McGill said. “We got everything down to a chandelier and foosball table.”

McGill is looking for a large enough property to set up his brewery and possibly move B3 BBQ into. He has until the end of May to remove the equipment from the former Duel site at 1228 Parkway Drive near Meow Wolf.

Adams said he will seek a new tenant for the former Duel Brewing space as soon as the equipment is removed.

“We have no immediate prospects,” said Adams, who owns the multitenant commercial property as Adams & Miller LTD with Adam Miller.

McGill has no idea yet how many barrels of beer a year he will be able to produce with the Duel equipment. He does know he will serve Wanted Brewing beer at his B3 BBQ, and he hopes other Las Vegas restaurants and bars will serve his brew, too.