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Ale Republic pivots its business model while remaining a convenient getaway spot

Ale Republic owners Patrick Johnson, left, and Zachary Gould take a moment to enjoy their cozy patio in Cedar Crest. They promised they were smiling under their masks.

Ten degrees cooler than Albuquerque, hummingbirds darting about, a flight of beer, and a fresh carne pizza pretty much summed up my visit to Ale Republic in Cedar Crest this week. A little mountain getaway 30 minutes from home, it almost seemed like another world, far removed from the typical chaos of the city beyond.

I had been meaning to visit Ale Republic back in late February/early March for their entry in our annual Look Back/Look Ahead Series. Between snowstorms, a family funeral, and then the arrival of a certain pandemic, I was not able to meet up with owners Patrick Johnson and Zachary Gould, but I kept meaning to make it up to them and reschedule. Finally, at their request, with mask in hand I trekked up Highway 14 for a quick interview (and some tasty lunch).

Back in March, Johnson and Gould had just installed

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