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NMSU debuts “Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale”

New Mexico State University will debut its original craft beer Thursday, becoming only the fifth university to do so.

“Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale” was created in collaboration with Bosque Brewing Co., a New Mexico-based company.

The beer is named after NMSU’s mascot and the year the university was founded.

“As alumni and most of our ownership having grown up or lived in Las Cruces, NMSU has a special place in our hearts,” said Gabe Jensen, managing director of Bosque Brewing Co, in a press release. Three of the five owners are alumni of the university.

The beer will be available on tap at the brewery and also at NMSU’s first home game on September 16 at Aggie Memorial Stadium, according to the university. Proceeds from each purchase of the beer will go toward NMSU athletic programs, helping them become more “financially independent.”

It is a blonde ale with a “light malt sweetness and just enough late addition hops to add flavor and aromatic nuance,” according to the press release.

“If marketed appropriately, this extends our brand across the state,” said Chancellor Garrey Carruthers in the release. “It also shows that New Mexico State University is willing to team up with local companies.”

The university will hold a special event at 4:30 p.m. at Bosque Brewing Co., which is located near the intersection of University Avenue and Espina Street.

Just after New Mexico State’s announcement, the University of New Mexico also announced a new craft beer, called “Lobo Red,” according to the Associated Press. Louisiana State University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Tulane University and Colorado State University already have beers of their own.

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