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La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
4/5
Based on:
67 Beers
3,111 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 29
Visits: 101
Avg: 4.42
pDev: n/a
Taps: 11
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

3313 Girard Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87107-1930
United States
phone: (505) 872-0225 | map
www.lacumbrebrewing.com

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Reviews: 29 | Visits: 101
Reviews by DanE:
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4.51/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Great find while on business in NM. Very reminiscent of a Portland bar scene. Kids and dogs are welcome, a food truck outside (they don't have a kitchen), TVs, a pool table, and the love for quality. The Elevation IPA is very, very good. They have a good variety of styles on tap and cask and have a fridge full of cans. It also didn't hurt that the bartender was gorgeous. A must stop if in NM. It was about $20 fare and tip to take a cab from the airport.

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4.51/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Quiet on A Sunday evening. Brews available more than make up for it. Nice small brewery feel, bar staff even recommending other local places and brews. Cozy, comfortable, stellar lineup.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of RobertConway
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of m_c_zero
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Jeff is a great guy, very accommodating host. Rotation of beers is awesome, get to try something new every time I go in. Lots of seasonals and one-offs.

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Photo of MattKurt
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Best brewery in Albuquerque.

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Photo of denver10
4.01/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of amano_h
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I somehow managed to visit La Cumbre at the worst time of the day at the worst time of the year, and my experience still ended up being a lot better than I thought it was going to be.

I had never heard of La Cumbre until earlier this year when I was heavily involved in the "sharing" of beers through a forum that is yet to be named, when I came across what I was told was "beer from New Mexico." Just from that description alone, it was hard to gauge what La Cumbre's beers would be like (I mean Texas, Colorado, Utah, and Oklahoma are proven beer states, but New Mexico??) but all doubts faded away from my mind when I first had a taste of Elevated IPA and a bottle of Project Dank.

My chance to actually sample La Cumbre from the teet came during my 3000+ road trip from NJ to CA where I purposely took a longer, more beer scenic route just so I could hit up this magical place in New Mexico where the beer flows freely and immersed in hops. Unfortunately for me, I got to La Cumbre three days before they were heading out to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, 30 minutes prior to last call.

Despite the limited time and choices I was given at the Brewpub, it was still a very positive experience -- the cute bartender was more than understanding enough of my situation and let me order my growler of Full Nelson a little after I had my pint of Elevated IPA, straight from the source; I also got to score a pint glass with the La Cumbre and the Malpais logo on there even though they were running out of merchandise (again, because of GABF) because they took pity on the fact that I had just driven 16 hours from St. Louis to get there, and would have to drive another 12 to drive to Los Angeles the next day.

Notwithstanding circumstantial experiences that made my trip slightly less favorable than expected, I really like the brewpub itself; the atmosphere is kind of like a sports bar (downstairs) and a lounge (upstairs) rolled into one. Given the amount of space they have onsite, I wouldn't be surprised if they had live music and/or dancing too, if that's more of your thing. The crowd seemed to be predominantly college/younger adults which is unsurprisingly due to the proximity to the university(ies?), but the establishment seemed remarkably chill and mellow despite the younger patron population. Maybe it's a New Mexico thing.

I'll have to make a trip out to New Mexico again next time Father Nelson is available!

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4.73/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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4.42/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Another cool spot in the ABQ. I am glad to see the beer revolution is alive and well here. visiting from Cali and I was excited to try the spots here. The service is outstanding, the beer selection is very good and the beer is cold. they have different lunch trucks providing food. there was a pizza truck with excellent looking grub but, I stuffed myself with old school N.M. food (green chilies, beans and potatoes) and did not partake in the pizza. I'm coming back !

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4.86/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great place. Kinda tough location in a industrial park, but they pull it off. Have lots of seating indoors and out, food trucks park out front and bring their food to your table when ordered. Great beers, world class IPA's, not much to complain about. Easy going vibe, good prices, lots of pour sizes so you can try multiple brews.

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4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Overall great atmosphere. The new patio is much needed addition to the facility. I love that it is family and dog friendly and a must stop for any beer drinker traveling though NM.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4.64/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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La Cumbre Brewing Co. in Albuquerque, NM
96 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.