Gabe Montoya of Deadbeach Brewery

Gabe Montoya - DeadBeach Brewery

Gabe Montoya is an OG to the El Paso beer scene. Although DeadBeach Brewery opened less than two years ago, he’s been brewing on a large scale for about 10 years.

He got his start at Jaxon’s Restaurant & Brewing Company brewing for seven years. When it closed down in 2012, he and fellow brewer Justin Ordoñez thought to open up their own brewery. Fast forward to today and that dream has proved that Montoya isn’t just a guy with a couple of recipes and tricks up his sleeve, but a man with vision – vision to realize that a love of El Paso means making it known beyond the city limits.

One of El Paso’s few breweries, Deadbeach has reached out all the way to San Antonio via Hoppy Monk. They’re the first to sign on with a distributor (Ben E. Keith) to get their beer farther out into Texas.

“I compare us to Odell, Adelbert’s in Austin and St. Arnold’s in Houston,” Montoya said of Deadbeach. “We keep ourselves at such a high mark, because that’s what we deserve.”

He said the beers he brews are an homage to the city he loves.

“Made for El Paso, by El Paso.”

More info: DeadBeach Brewery, 406 Durango St, El Paso, TX 79901, 855-915-2337, DeadBeach.com

Runner-up: Albert Salinas, Ode Brewing – 53233 N. Mesa St., 915-351-4377

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