The beer scene here in New Mexico has taken off with some of the country’s top-ranking breweries, and several of their recent entries in the Great American Beer Festival have earned gold, silver, and bronze medals. Notably, Marble Brewery 1 was named Small Brewing Company of the Year — a fantastic thing for a city like Albuquerque. With so much beer talk and so many beer purchasing options for every night of the week, it’s also motivated many would-be-brewers to try their hand right in their own homes. Shops around town sell a multitude of grain varieties from all over the world and all the tools and necessities one would need to get started. Several of my good friends have picked up this (dare I say it?) serious hobby and have made some stunningly good beer, so good I could have sworn they picked up a microbrew 6-pack and did a behind-the-scenes-swap before I could spot them.
Marble is one of my favorite local microbreweries that has been in business here in Albuquerque for a long while now with a strong following.↩