The Hopper Pub & Pizzeria

The Hopper Pub & Pizzeria stands as a beacon of community and culinary delight, where the love story of its owners infuses every wood-fired pizza and pint in this homegrown Albuquerque favorite.


Mark Stensland

11/8/20231 min read

"The Hopper: A Story of Love, Pizza, and Second Chances"

In the heart of a pandemic-ravaged world, when the once vibrant hum of local pubs was silenced, The Blue Grasshopper—a place of connection and cold brews—had to shutter its doors. Yet, as fate would have it, this wasn't just any pub for John and Destiny Schermerhorn; it was their serendipitous meeting spot. And in the spirit of resilience and romance, they breathed new life into their cherished haunt, rechristening it as The Hopper Pub & Pizzeria.

With two thriving locations, The Hopper has become more than just a pub; it's a testament to community, love, and the enduring power of a good slice. The wood-burning ovens are a beacon for pizza aficionados, their crackling fires forging pies that are a cut above the rest.

The ambiance is unpretentiously delightful, a place where laughter mingles with the strum of guitars, and where an easy-going vibe is served up alongside a colorful chalkboard menu. It's the sort of locale that's perfect for a casual dinner or a laid-back evening with friends—where the stories are just as good as the pizzas.

But what sets The Hopper apart is its libations, a parade of more than 45 beers on tap, celebrating the local brew scene. Their menu is an eclectic mix of bold flavors and comfort classics, from the zest of the Athena pizza to the Meatless Monday specials. And let's not forget the deep-fried dessert pizzas—a sweet rebellion against convention.

The Hopper is a place where you can indulge in the tang of house-made tzatziki or the kick of green chile cheese fries while sipping on a Pabst Blue Ribbon Hard Coffee or a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter. It's where every bite and every sip tells a story of revival and the simple joy of being together.

So, if you find yourself on the Westside or near Rio Rancho, follow the tunes and the tantalizing aroma of pizza to The Hopper. Here, you’ll not only find a slice of pizza but also a slice of local heart, all thanks to a couple who turned their meeting place into a gathering space for all.