The word is out that Albuquerque is America’s newest hot spot for breweries. The great thing about this (besides more beer) is this influx allows breweries to specialize their skills in certain styles. Here at Ponderosa, we aim to bring Albuquerque the most authentic German and Pacific Northwest beer styles possible, while creating some new styles of our own.
German brewing is deeply steeped in tradition, and a properly brewed lager is a true joy to imbibe. Our brewing system allows us to step mash, which gives a depth and complexity to the body of beer that’s not possible with simpler methods. In addition, our German beers follow the Reinheitsgebot, or German Beer Purity Law of 1516. Utilizing German-sourced ingredients of barley, wheat, yeast, and hops, our dedication to following German tradition ensures the authenticity of our beers. We treat our water with various brewing salts to match the water profile of the targeted style, further replicating flavor profiles. We do not filter or use fining agents in our beers in order to retain each style’s true character.
Our year-round German beer (and best-seller) is our Crosscut Kölsch, a style hailing from Köln. Kölsch is often categorized as a hybrid between an ale and a lager due to the yeast that brewers select to brew this beer. Kölsch yeast is an ale strain of yeast that ferments at sub-ale temperatures. This strain of yeast is what defines the Kölsch style, as it provides a clean flavor profile, a slight fruitiness and soft malt finish. A decent addition of wheat provides unique character to this beer, making it a true winner for year-round drinking!
Another German beer on tap now is our delicious Dunkel. Translated to “dark” in English, a Dunkel imbues a malty profile with a slightly spicy hop character. The malt bill is composed mostly of Munich malt, the source of the rich flavor. A dash of debittered malt delivers the alluring hue that lends this beer its name. Though full flavored, it’s on the lower end of alcohol content, ensuring a sessionable evening.
Prost, my friends!! — Matt