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Local blend: Sadie’s creates Red & Green salsa with Marble’s Red Ale

Sadie’s restaurant and Marble Brewery have teamed up to create Red & Green craft salsa. (Courtesy of Lisa Burke)

Spice things up with a salsa created by one of New Mexico’s top authentic restaurants and a popular local brewery.

Sadie’s restaurant has joined forces with Marble Brewery to create Red & Green craft salsa. The green chile salsa incorporates Marble’s Red Ale in the recipe.

“We’ve always been committed over the last 60-some years to making sure that we use the best products, the freshest ingredients, family recipes and all that stuff,” said William R. Stafford, Sadie’s owner. “So we started thinking about how to stay relevant in the community, especially during this COVID time, and we thought, what if we team up with a well-represented beer in town? And Marble was the one that worked out the best, that’s for sure. I think they have the same values. I know they were founded in 2008 and they’ve always been devoted to brewing premium craft beer. The relationship just made sense, and of course, with all that being said, we had to come up with a product that both companies would be completely happy with.”

Simplicity is key when it comes to Sadie’s salsa.

“We’ve always prided ourselves, in particular, with our Hot (salsa) and Not As Hot (salsa) is that it’s very simple,” Stafford said. “If you look at our jar, there’s not a whole lot of stuff in there, but what is in there is very flavorable. So when you start adding things like beer, particularly onions, things like that, it’s a tricky process because you have to play with it until you find that perfect flavor, really. Of course, with beer there’s no alcohol content. It all gets cooked out. … Their Red Ale was a perfect blend and a perfect match with our green chile salsa. So when we were experimenting with the flavors, we came up with a flavor that was perfect for both companies to sign off on.”

The recipe for the Red & Green craft salsa took a couple months to perfect.

“I know the first run was 160 gallons that we produced … after we signed off on the recipe,” Stafford said. “Prior to that, you’re making it in small batches. It’s a process. It’s quite a long process too, because you’re making it in small batches and then everybody’s got to taste it.”

Marble allowed Sadie’s to come up with the recipe that had its Red Ale as an ingredient.

“One of things that we were really excited about Marble is they trusted us as far as the recipe goes. Using their Red Ale and combining it with our tradition was something they were excited about, and they pretty much trusted our opinion because our salsa has been in the market for many, many years, and currently our regular Hot and Not As Hot are in 9,000 stores across the nation. Hopefully, this particular product will do the same once it gets released.”

The final product is pleasing to the palate.

“I really liked it,” said Geraldine Lucero, marketing and events coordinator at Marble Brewery. “I thought that the hop characteristic in our Red Ale complements the green chile so well. And it’s also nice, it also pairs well with the Red Ale too. … We all have our favorites. We all get stuck in our ruts but trying it side by side is so tasty and delicious.”

Red & Green craft salsa is now available at Sadie’s restaurant at 6230 Fourth NW and at Marble taprooms. It also can be purchased online at sadiesofnewmexico.com. It will be available on Nov. 1 in retail stores, including Sprouts, Smith’s and Albertsons.

“We are excited to get it out in the retail market too and the storefronts,” Lucero said. “The set up and display with the salsa next to our Red Ale, and I think it’s going to be really cool. It’s going to be really good. Our Red Ale is my first Marble beer that I started drinking way back in the day and an old favorite that I don’t revisit often, and so it’s going to be good for people to remember how good our Red Ale is.”

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