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La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
4.07/5
Based on:
65 Beers
365 Reviews
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 26
Visits: 92
rAvg: 4.4
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

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Reviews: 26 | Visits: 92
Photo of EspressoGuy
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is a true beer place and am I ever glad I found it. I echo everyone else's comments here but have to say that all the staff were friendly and really liked good beer -- what a concept! I liked all the beers but the standouts for me were the Oatmeal Stout and Notty IPA (brewed with Nottingham yeast). This place is worth finding and well-worth watching for how the facility develops and their reputation skyrockets. Tell everyone that you remember it when .... Bring your own food or choose from the Burger truck outside. Make sure you sit up at the bar and start a conversation with the friendly locals. (608 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

If you didn't know what was inside, you'd never stop in. Located in an industrial part of town, with bars on the door and windows, it doesn't look very inviting. Different story inside, Clean, well-lit, decorated in a rustic southwest style. The high tops are barrels, the lampshades are old license plates. L-shaped bar with 11-12 seats. There's a sofa and pool table upstairs. It has a neighborhood bar feel. My wife and I opened the place up one Sunday afternoon. The bartender was friendly and helpful. We were soon joined by some of the regulars, and had a great time.
On our visit there were 7 Le Cumbre taps: wheat, pilsner, pale ale, IPA (also in cask), stout, imperial red, super pils, and white. 4 guest taps, one Marble Brewing Company and three Chama River. I had the imperial red and the cask IPA, both excellent. My wife really enjoyed the super pils.
We spent two very pleasant hours there. What could be better than drinking great beer with a bunch of great people? (981 characters)

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4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited La Cumbre for the first time this past July and have gone back several times since then. They seem to really be getting their feet under them and offer some of Albuquerques best beer. Most times I go are on weeknights and still find the place busy (a good sign).

Aside from the other beers mentioned in the other reviews they are currently pouring one called Rojo Grande. To call it a red would be selling it short. With 8.1% abv and 120+ IBU's it is a monster of a beer and in my opinion the best being poured in Albuquerque right now. I try any and every IPA I can get my hands on, including great offerings from Marble and Chama River as well as La Cumbre's own IPA. Rojo Grande WILL exceed any hophound's need for more...Try it! (744 characters)

Photo of orfeu
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

La Cumbre is the newest brewery in Albuquerque's already impressive local-beer scene. Head brewer Jeff Erway and his wife Laura opened the place up back in December 2011, and it immediately became a mandatory stop for any serious beer aficionado in the middle Rio Grande Valley. La Cumbre features five regular house beers (an American wheat Aae, a Foreign Export Stout, British-style pale ale, a Czech Pilsner, and an insanely hoppy IPA). Seating is somewhat limited at an L-shaped bar, with maybe ten small tables in the main bar room and second room to the north, which has benches lining the far walls and some chairs. There is also a small leather couch and one table in the upstairs room with the pool table. The brewery and tap room is located in a decidedly industrial zone off of Candelaria, about 7-8 blocks east of I-25, and the decor is a mix of unpretentious industrial brewery taproom (exposed painted metal beams lined with an impressive collection of empty beer bottles from around the U.S. and Europe and concrete floors downstairs) and cozy pub (upstairs billiard room is carpeted with wood panels and hunter green paint on the walls). The entire place is tastefully well-lit but not overly bright. As another reviewer mentioned, there's no food other than a small selection of pre-made sandwiches from DG's Deli, although patrons are welcome to bring in takeout from other restaurants or even have pizza delivered to the taproom.
As far as the beer is concerned, La Cumbre is brewing some excellent stuff that either equals or surpasses the already great offerings from other local breweries and brewpubs like Il Vicino, Chama River (where Jeff used to be the head brewer), and Marble. The Malpais Stout is a sturdy and chocolatey FES and their Pyramid Rock Pale Ale is more reminiscent of a British style ESB than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale -- a welcome change of pace. However, my hands-down favorite La Cumbre beer is the Elevated IPA, a massively hoppy San Diego style IPA. Topping 7% abv and 100 IBUs, the aroma on this thing is AMAZING: more piney than citrusy, it smells like a bowl full of high-grade cannabis. Without a doubt, the best IPA brewed in the southwestern US. In fact, I have a hard time thinking of any IPA I'd rather drink (only Pliny the Elder and Ruination compare, frankly).
Also, this is the only place in town that has at least one (sometimes two) cask beers pouring every day of the week. If you are in Albuquerque and can only visit one brewery, I'd recommend La Cumbre without hesitation. (2,534 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.86/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited 2.10.11 first stop of ABQ beer tour.

Located in an industrial area north of downtown in a converted warehouse, a bit hard to find and parking quite difficult especially during busy times. Ten seat wood bar, 15 2-top tables made out of barrel ends and a few hardwood handmade tables. Two stories with a pool table up stairs and a small seating area.

They had 6 house beers on tap and 4 guest taps, Chama River, Blue Corn and Marble. The house offerings included a wheat, pilsener, IPA, a british burton-on-trent and a stout. The most interesting beer was a pale ale-british style. No food to speak of, some light bar snacks re peanuts and spicy snack mix, with a few pre-made sandwiches with Boars Head meats. I was surprised at the number of growler fills, $9 a good bargain, a $25 dollar annual club membership got you a full growler, 22 oz. beers for the price of a pint, and $1 off future growler fills, a pretty good bargain IMO.

The atmosphere was pretty bustling, and though it hasn't been opened long, it appears to have developed a sizable regular clientele. The brewer/owner, formerly with Chama River, knows his stuff, all the beers are unfiltered and very close to style. Certainly worth a stop when in ABQ and a player to watch once he gets his distribution and possibly canning lines up and running. Room for expansion, will be interesting to see how this place develops over time. Recommended. (1,420 characters)

Photo of knm
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This brewery does it right! Two-story with a pool table upstairs. Nice sized bar with plenty of tables. The place didn't open very long ago, and already they are doing alot of business. They are tucked away in what looks like an industrial area. But you can't miss there sign. They have 11 taps I think. 7 of there own beers, and some guest local breweries. Plus they have two beers on cask! I sampled all 7 of theres, and was not disappointed by any of them! I like the pilsner and both the pales. (498 characters)

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La Cumbre Brewing Co. in Albuquerque, NM
96 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.