Over a hundred years ago, Albuquerque and the surrounding area looked much different than it does today. The hills near and far along the Sandia Mountain Range were populated with Ponderosa pines as far as the eye could see, with railway lines being built throughout the mountainside to transport the heavy loads of timber to what now is known as the Sawmill District.
After decades of logging, land wars and urban growth, the Sawmill area of Albuquerque was put out of business in the late 1980’s and remained largely empty. In 1996 the Sawmill Community Land Trust was formed and set their intentions to clean up the ecological damage from the sawmills that had occurred over the past century. After many years of environmental restoration and rebuilding, the SCLT succeeded in revitalizing the area, bringing new life back to this once vibrant area bordering Old Town.
With the help of the SCLT, Ponderosa Brewing Company was able to build our brewery right in the heart of the Sawmill District at an important time in its revitalization.
Ponderosa Brewing Company was born September 2nd 2014 with a lot of help from local businesses, local breweries, friends and family.
We welcome you to relax and feel at home here at Ponderosa. Whether sitting on our large patio, enjoying conversation at the bar, watching the game, or having an intimate dinner in one of our cozy booths, Ponderosa has something for everyone.
At Ponderosa Brewing, we’ll always have a cold beer and warm welcome waiting for you…