As the brewery scene in New Mexico continues to grow, local brewers are putting unique flavors to the test to stay on top.
Ponderosa Brewing Company’s Head Brewer, Antonio Fernandez, said it’s a common strategy to always try and out-do the competition.
“Albuquerque breweries are typically good at being ahead on some of the trends,” Fernandez said. “The new thing right now is what they’re calling the pastry stouts.”
He said some of the time, he gets inspiration straight from his customers.
“We got to talking and they said, ‘Hey, have you ever put cereal into beer?'”
Fernandez said that’s all it took, then he got to work.
Recently, Ponderosa unveiled its newest creation: Toasted Cinnamon Stout Float. It’s served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.
“A giant bag of cereal that was about two feet around by four feet tall,” Fernandez said. “It went in with the barely and the grain.”
Once it’s all sold, it’s gone for good. Customers who’ve tried it, can’t get enough.
“It’s an interesting texture. It’s sweet, it’s cold and there’s a crunch to it,” Dan Sanchez said. “It’s delicious. Very nice combination.”
Across town at Bosque Brewing Company, managers set up a challenge for all employees.
“To come up with unique and cool beer ideas,” Andy Domski said.
Domski and fellow server Mackenzie Montoya’s Strawberry Sabotage made one of the top four beers that will be put to the test starting this week.
“They are (customers) super excited to try it and super excited to taste a beer that I helped create,” he said.
The other three co-op beers Bosque Brewing will feature this upcoming spring include “Brandon’s Hazelnut Stout,” “Josh’s Honeydew Saison,” and ‘”Marisa’s Smoked Sea Salt Jalapeno Lime Gose.”
Ponderosa Brewing will also feature a Peach-Wheat Ale, a Tart-Cherry-Chocolate Porter, and a PB&J Stout.
“Some of these are still in the making, but we have some fun things coming out,” Fernandez said.