NM LEGISLATIVE News:
SANTA FE–State Sen. Tim Keller, D-Bernalillo and Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Bernalillo co-sponsored Senate Memorial 81 (SM81), which officially calls to establish a Brewery District in Albuquerque. Breweries named in the memorial are Nexus, La Cumbre and Il Vicino because of their close proximity to one another.
According to the New Mexico Brewers Guild (NMBG), there are more than two dozen established microbreweries across the state. NMBG also estimated that more than 65,000 barrels of beer were produced in 2013. The local economic stimulus these breweries bring to small business economy in New Mexico is significant and contributes to the employment of the area, surrounding communities and neighboring businesses.
“This industry neighborhood in the heart of Albuquerque has become the hub of the popular local brewery movement,” Keller said. “This legislation recognizes that this cluster of breweries has positively affected brewery owners, customers and Albuquerque residents who not only enjoy the economic benefit, but also the social atmosphere is offers.”