A Brewery Tour of Albuquerque
Albuquerque's beer scene is simply exploding.
Jeff Erway runs La Cumbre Brewing, and he said it best: "When La Cumbre opened in 2010, we were the seventh brewery in Albuquerque. Today, there are over forty! I don't think many craft beer drinkers expect to come to New Mexico and have their mind blown by our beer, but honestly, most people come and they're kind of shocked by how good this city's beer is. It's every bit as good as cities like Portland and Denver. The scene here is really good, it's vibrant and it's friendly competitive. We're not necessarily trying to put each other out of business, we're just trying to make better beer than everybody else."
Below, Albuquerque's brewers, like Jeff Erway at La Cumbre and Missy Begay at Bow & Arrow Brewing Co., and craftsmakers like the teams at The Grove, Zendo, Prismatic Coffee and Spur Line Supply Co., share their recommendations for the best breweries in Albuquerque.
Jason and Lauren Green are the owners of The Grove Cafe and Market. "Our place to go get beers is Marble Brewery. They have a great location in Downtown Albuquerque. They started about ten years ago, around the same time as us at The Grove. They're good buddies of ours. They have an awesome outdoor patio with live music and really, really killer IPAs."
La Cumbre Brewery
Thomas Isole of Trifecta Coffee Company knows his fair share not only about coffee, but about beer, too. "Albuquerque's beer scene is possibly in the top-tier of cities across the entire country, per capita. There are award-winning brewers all over town, and smaller ones like Nexus and Sidetrack. My favorites in the whole city are La Cumbre and Bosque Brewing."
Bow & Arrow Brewing Co
Jonathan Perno is the executive chef at Los Poblanos Inn. “Bow & Arrow has a really, really good beer program. I've got nothing but high comments for them. We have two of their beers on our tap at Los Poblanos, and everyone speaks very highly of that brewhouse."
Jeff Erway is the President and Master Brewer at La Cumbre Brewing. When Jeff's not at his brewery, he shared, "Canteen Brewhouse is my local spot. It's the brewery where I step out after I've worked myself to the bone at La Cumbre."
Red Door Brewing
Recommended by: Paul Hunton
Dust City Opera's Paul Hunton knows where to go when he's looking for beer and music. "I love to go to the open mic nights at Red Door Brewing.”
Steel Bender Brewyard
Recommended by: Jonathan Perno
As executive chef at Campo at Los Poblanos Inn, Jonathan Perno has gotten to know many breweries around Albuquerque. "Any traveler should definitely go to Steel Bender Brewyard. Bob, their head brewer, is a great brewer and is doing such a good job over there. They've got a full dinner menu, unlike a lot of the breweries in town."
Tractor Brewing Company
Recommended by: Adrian Carver
Adrian Carver is the executive director of Equality New Mexico, New Mexico's statewide LGBTQ advocacy and civil rights organization. “For LGBTQ friendly businesses, Tractor Brewing Company is lovingly known as the gayest straight bar in all of Albuquerque."
Thomas Isole of Trifecta Coffee Company said, “Albuquerque's beer scene is possibly in the top-tier of cities across the entire country, per capita. There are award-winning brewers all over town, and smaller ones like Nexus."
Recommended by: Paul Hunton
Santa Fe Brewing
Recommended by: Missy Begay
Missy Begay is a co-founder of Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. "Santa Fe Brewing is the oldest brewery in New Mexico and they have a taproom here in Albuquerque. It's a unique taproom that's really cool to visit because it's built in these container spaces. Plus, their IPA is excellent!"