Steel Bender Brewyard
A family-owned brewery in the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico, Steel Bender Brewyard is a collaborative effort offering innovative, approachable craft beers.
The first licensed brewery in the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico, a vibrant agricultural community located in the heart of the North Valley, Steel Bender Brewyard was established in 2017 by three brothers, Ethan, Chris, and Greg Chant and their families. The brewery offers an extensive range of meticulously crafted beers and ciders that are innovative and approachable, offering a style for every beer drinker, and with its beautifully designed public house/pub, it’s no wonder that Steel Bender Brewyard has quickly become a hot spot in the Albuquerque area.
The Chant brothers have been in the construction business since the late 1990’s and were inspired by their grandfather, Lloyd Chant, who joined Huning Electric in the 1930’s. During Prohibition, Lloyd Chant and other engineers and craftsmen would build make-shift distilleries for their personal use. Ethan, Chris and Greg carried that theme into Steel Bender Brewyard - ‘steel bender’ is a slang term for a steel press that bends and manipulates steel. Just as construction crews would bend steel, stack bricks and manipulate materials to create something, brewers manipulate malted barley, yeast and hops to craft beer. The brothers also tied in their construction backgrounds when designing the brewery, combining very industrial materials such as steel, wood, brick, concrete and glass to create something unique and beautiful.
In addition to the nine house beers on tap, Steel Bender offers several rotating seasonals, sours, barrel-aged beers, and ciders, creating a very well-rounded portfolio that appeals to most beer drinkers. Head Brewer Bob Haggerty, who has extensive brewing knowledge and previously brewed in Main and locally at La Cumbre Brewing Co. and Ponderosa Brewing Co., continues to make a name for himself at Steel Bender, where his beers are becoming big favorites with locals. At the brewery, visitors can also enjoy tasty pub fare made daily by award-winning Chef Jason Baczkiewicz.
We are happy to introduce Steel Bender Brewyard to our Craft Beer Club members this month. Enjoy!
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1. What are Lambics?
Lambics are a type of ale brewed in parts of Belgium by exposing hot wort (unfermented beer) to the outside air. Indigenous, wild yeasts and other microorganisms settle on the exposed surface of the wort as it cools and begin spontaneous fermentation. They are often sweetened with fruit flavorings and generally prized the world over.
2. What is a Witbier?
A Witbier is a Belgian-style ale that’s very pale and cloudy in appearance due to it being unfiltered and the high level of wheat (and sometimes oats) that area used in the mash. Always spiced, generally with coriander, orange peel, and other spices or herbs, Witbiers usually offer a nice crispness and slight twang with a lively level of carbonation. Witbiers are also commonly referred to as ‘white beers.’