Hoppy collaboration: Marble Brewery, Casa Rondeña release hybrid blend of German pale lager and wine

Casa Rondeña Winery and Marble Brewery teamed up to create Vigne Rustíque. (Courtesy of Casa Rondeña Winery)

Collaborations are commonplace in today’s world.

It’s a way to find a new audience and keep ahead of the curve.

For Casa Rondeña Winery and Marble Brewery, it was a chance to come together to create a product.

After over a year of working together, the two New Mexico-based entities are releasing their first collaboration, Vigne Rustíque. It is available to the public on Friday, Aug. 20, and is brewed by Andrew Krosche at Marble.

Vigne Rustíque is a blend of 51% German pale lager and 49% Viognier. It’s alcohol by volume is 9.4%.

“This is sort of a new environment of doing these hybrids of beer and wine,” says John Heine, Marble production manager. “At the end of the day, we’re all making libations, and we’re making beverages that people enjoy. We love the taste and love the experience that goes along with the process.”

Marble Brewery began talks with John Calvin, Casa Rondeña Winery owner, less than two years ago.

“We were looking for compressed wine juice that we could blend with our beers,” Heine says. “Its makeup had to be more than 50% malt-based and 49% or less fruit- or juice-based, because we have a beer license, not a cider or wine license.”

Heine says Marble decided to partner with a long-standing winery in the state and create some fun flavors.

“So we paired it with one of our lighter lagers as sort of a base style,” he says.

Heine says that growing up in the North Valley, he would travel along Chavez Road on his way to school. That’s where his love for agriculture was born.

“Seeing the way that folks here still have a connection to the land, it was the backbone to my learning,” he says. “When I was learning about beer, learning about harvest and things like that, the unique opportunity became clear.”

Heine and Krosche say the collaboration has been a fun journey because it puts two local businesses together to create a new product.

“I hope that this collaboration goes beyond what’s in these walls,” Heine says. “To be able to work back and forth with Casa Rondeña and learn why they are one of the best has been amazing.”

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