SANTA FE, N.M. — Marble Brewery has bowed out of the City Different.
The Albuquerque-based microbrewery this month closed its Santa Fe taproom in a move Marble president and co-owner Ted Rice said will allow him to focus more on other projects. That currently includes a brewery production expansion at Marble’s flagship Downtown site.
Marble had been part of the Santa Fe beer-scape for about six years, first in a spot overlooking the Plaza. When it lost its lease there at the end of 2013, it moved to Cerrillos Road. Rice said it was meant as a temporary location while Marble secured a larger, permanent place. When its one-year lease expired on Cerrillos at the beginning of the month and Marble still hadn’t settled on a new home, the brewery decided to close.
“It did not make financial sense to operate such a small location,” Rice said.
Marble currently has two locations in Albuquerque — its production facility and original pub in Downtown and a taproom on the West Side.
Current plans call for another site near the University of New Mexico’s athletic complex. (Marble is part of a group picked by Lobo Development Corp. for a new restaurant/beer garden/entertainment venue on UNM property between the football stadium and the Pit.)
Under current state law, a New Mexico small brewer’s permit allows for operation of three locations — the brewery premises and two off-site locations — but that soon will change. New regulations effective July 1 allow for three off-site taprooms, meaning Marble could still add another site.
Rice didn’t say specifically how Marble might use that fourth location option only that “We’re always thinking about things.”