Sierra Blanca Brewing Company
Embracing the local culture with its uniquely flavored, distinctive craft brews
Rich and Suzanne Weber traveled west from New Jersey in 1995 with a pioneering spirit and the intention of starting a brewery. Rich had a background in electrical/mechanical engineering and Suzanne was a savvy business woman - both were tired of the daily grind and hoped to turn their love of craft beer into a career. In 1996, the dream became a reality when Rich and Suzanne founded Sierra Blanca Brewing Company in Carrizozo, New Mexico.
The brewery slowly increased its production and sales over the years, but their location in southern rural New Mexico was limiting just how much they could grow. In 2006, Sierra Blanca Brewing Company relocated to Moriarty, New Mexico, just outside of Albuquerque - a decision that has proven to be very fortuitous. Today, Sierra Blanca Brewing Company is one of the oldest craft breweries in New Mexico with a lineup of several award winning brews.
In 2007, the brewery gained even more steam as Rich and Suzanne purchased the Rio Grande Brewing Company’s portfolio of beers. They are now responsible for 17 different styles of craft beers and house-made sodas under the Sierra Blanca Brewing Company umbrella. All of the beverages are available for tasting at the Sierra Blanca brewery (complete with a half-acre beer garden!) in Moriarty and the Rio Grande Grill and Tap Room in Ruidoso, which opened in December of 2013. Each location offers Sierra Blanca’s award-winning, locally inspired craft beers, a relaxed, welcoming environment, and tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for the whole family. The menus were created by Rich’s brother, Chef Keith Weber.
We hope our Craft Beer Membership receipients enjoy these two selections from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company, and make a toast to this premier southwest craft brewery. Their beers are crowd pleasing favorites among locals in New Mexico and we wish them many more decades of success!
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What is SMaSH brewing?
SMaSH (single malt and single hop) brewing is a way to cut down on various brewing ingredients and appreciate what each aspect of a recipe brings to the table. As the name implies, SMaSH recipes consist of one (base) malt and one hop variety, which can be used for multiple additions. SMaSH brewing is an excellent way to learn about the flavors various malts and hops impart on a beer. By focusing on just one grain and one type of hops, you can truly get a feel for the flavor of those used. The term ‘SMaSH” was coined by a group of dedicated brewers at the popular home brewing forum HBT (homebrewtalk.com).