Marble to debut NE Heights taproom - Albuquerque Journal

Marble to debut NE Heights taproom

A new Marble Brewery taproom at 9904 Montgomery NE is preparing to open on Wednesday. Sergio Hernandez of Lehman Electric works on lighting over the bar on Tuesday. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

Last summer, Ted Rice and his crew stood in the baking heat outside Marble Brewery and turned a ceremonial heap of dirt signifying the start of a significant expansion at the Downtown production facility.

But that groundbreaking turned out to be just the start of a major Marble growth spurt that has fanned out across the city and is expected to culminate — at least for now — with the planned debut of Marble’s Northeast Heights taproom, 9904 Montgomery NE, at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The Heights launch will cap an intense 13-month stretch for Albuquerque’s largest craft brewery that has included:

— The $4 million production facility expansion, which added enough square footage and new equipment to more than double Marble’s annual production capabilities to about 35,000 barrels.

— Doubling the size of the West Side taproom.

— The construction of the Heights location in an old post office, and subsequent $5.6 million purchase of the property at Montgomery and Eubank.

— Debut of a new rooftop deck at the Downtown pub.

Rice, Marble’s president, said he did not necessarily set out to make everything happen at once, noting “it’s just the way it played out.”

The surge in activity has necessitated other changes, including staffing levels. Marble now employs 105 people, up from about half that a year ago.

Revenue should grow, too, though by how much remains to be seen. Rice said Marble did $6.7 million in 2015 when it was bursting at the seams to make the 14,700 barrels of beer it sold. Rice anticipates hitting about 20,000 barrels this year. Almost all of it should remain in New Mexico, where Marble has had ongoing trouble producing enough to meet local demand.

Ted Rice, president of Marble Brewery, is preparing to open a new taproom in the Heights at 9904 Montgomery NE. (Marla Brose/Journal)

Marble will not embark on another project for at least the rest of the year, Rice said. Even though its small brewer’s permit would allow for another off-site taproom, Marble is not currently seeking a location.

“We’ll tune up each aspect of the operation before we make our next move,” Rice said.

That includes getting everything running at the Heights location. The onetime post office — reimagined by Modulus Design — can accommodate nearly 300 people between its pub and outdoor beer garden.

Customers get a view into the on-site brewery, a smaller-scale facility where Marble’s brewers will have the freedom to get creative. That includes Rice, who said he will seize the opportunity to start brewing again. Marble’s founding brewmaster hasn’t touched the equipment in the last two years due to his mounting administrative responsibilities.

“We’re going to experiment with every possible aspect of the brewing process … It’s just going to be a fun flavor lab,” Rice said of the Heights production space, which could yield up to 2,500 barrels per year.

Marble will bring in food trucks to serve the location, as it does at other sites, said Barbie Gonzalez, director of taproom operations. She said there will also be some kind of arrangement so that customers can order pizza from neighboring Slice Parlor.

Home » Business » Most Recent Biz News » Marble to debut NE Heights taproom

Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email

taboola desktop

30-foot sequoia replica to light up Old Town this ...
ABQnews Seeker
Old Town Shop and Stroll and ... Old Town Shop and Stroll and Tree Lighting set for Friday, Dec. 2.
Want to see a free comedy show? Big Benny ...
ABQnews Seeker
Local comedian hosting his own company ... Local comedian hosting his own company Christmas party, and everyone is invited
Harry Connick Jr. bringing new holiday album to ABQ
ABQnews Seeker
Harry Connick Jr.'s tour makes a ... Harry Connick Jr.'s tour makes a stop at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Kiva Auditorium.
Iconic musical ensemble Mannheim Steamroller making holiday tour stop ...
ABQnews Seeker
Mannheim Steamroller, which is currently on ... Mannheim Steamroller, which is currently on its Christmas tour, will make a stop on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Popejoy Hall.
Taylor Garrett Spirits releases whiskey finished in Pedro Ximénez ...
ABQnews Seeker
The limited batch of Taylor Garrett ... The limited batch of Taylor Garrett Sherry Cask Finish Whiskey (PX) is available at the Vara Winery & Distillery tasting room.
Paloma weaves a jubilant atmosphere with vibrant Mexican food
ABQnews Seeker
The next time you are seeking ... The next time you are seeking a festive spot with a vibrant vibe and dishes, head to Paloma.
Everything you need to know before heading to the ...
ABQnews Seeker
Over 4,000 people are set to ... Over 4,000 people are set to participate in the 2022 iteration of the Twinkle Light Parade, which begins at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, ...
Mariachi Christmas celebrating 23 years music and ballet folklórico
ABQnews Seeker
Mariachi Christmas at Popejoy Hall will ... Mariachi Christmas at Popejoy Hall will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.
Actor Chaske Spencer examined the 1890s through the lens ...
ABQnews Seeker
'The English' follows aristocratic Englishwoman, Lady ... 'The English' follows aristocratic Englishwoman, Lady Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt), and a Pawnee ex-cavalry scout, Eli Whipp (Chaske Spencer), as they come together in ...