Created: 07/04/2014 7:17 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Central New Mexico Community College could eventually be home to a new Brewing Academy, as early as spring of 2015. CNM is in the preliminary planning stages of the process, citing the growing brewing industry and consequent demand for skilled workers as a reason for development.
Ted Rice, owner and brew master for Marble Brewery, says that even though he first learned to brew with a home brewing kit in his parents' basement, that brewing education can be valuable for those hoping to work in the business.
"Brewing is definitely science and art, its engineering. It’s all of the above," Rice said.
Since he and two friends started Marble Brewery in 2008, he's seen the market for craft beer- and New Mexicans' interest in the industry - grow.
"There’s definitely people who come to work for us with the intent of opening their own breweries someday, and there’s obviously a lot of breweries opening up in town, so yeah, Albuquerque is definitely booming in terms of breweries and in terms of consumers open to what we do," Rice said.
Rice says there is something special New Mexico brings to the craft beer scene.
"There’s a certain sense of style based on the culture here, I think based on type of spicy intense food that New Mexico cuisine is, the bright sunshine and warm weather, all those things influence the beer we like to make and drink," Rice said.
Rice says he wouldn't think of graduates from a local brewery as competition; instead, as an opportunity.
"Having a brewing school in Albuquerque, that would probably take a lot of the workload off myself, as far as training people," Rice said. "If I had people knocking on my door who had good solid brewing science, understanding and engineering skills, mechanical skills, that would make my business much easier to grow and develop."