- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Two New Mexico state senators are seeking to highlight a “brewery district” in Albuquerque.

Senators Tim Keller and Daniel Ivey-Soto, both Democrats from Bernalillo, are co-sponsoring Senate Memorial 81, which would officially establish a Brewery District in the city.

Keller says Albuquerque has a legitimate, industry-driven neighborhood of breweries.

He says the legislation would recognize the cluster of breweries that have had a positive impact on the local economy and social scene.

According to the New Mexico Brewers Guild, more than 65,000 barrels of beer were produced statewide last year. There are also at least two dozen microbreweries in New Mexico that have contributed to employment in their surrounding communities.

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