ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When he was starting out, Marble Brewery President Ted Rice figured 5,000 square feet of space would give him enough room to brew 5,000 barrels of beer per year.
The problem — if you want to call it that — is that 5,000 barrels wasn’t nearly enough to sate the state’s appetite for the beer Rice and his crew were making. Marble Brewery, founded in 2008, quickly exceeded Rice’s initial expectations and has for years been making more than twice that amount at the same Downtown Albuquerque building it started in eight years ago.
Marble, in fact, produced 14,700 barrels last year.
“Fifteen thousand barrels in 5,000 square feet is somewhat remarkable,” said Rice, also Marble’s brewmaster and co-owner. “We’re looking forward to having some breathing room and building some efficiencies.”
Marble finally has that breathing room, now that work is wrapping on a $4 million expansion at its Downtown flagship at 111 Marble NW. The project added 7,000 additional square feet of production space and enough new equipment that Marble, which has struggled for years to make enough beer to meet demand, is in a position to produce as much as 30,000 barrels annually.