La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 56
Beer Ratings: 1,390
Beer Avg: 4.06
Taps: 11 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
4.51/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
03-29-2013 16:00:38 | More by DanE
4.53/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Wonderful experience here in Albuquerque. Every beer I've tried met or exceeded expectations. The elevated IPA is up there with the best of them, and I have never had a hefeweizen so good. 11 beers on tap as of Oct 2012. Every beer is well thought out and complex. The brewmaster is off at the GABF this week as a judge, which says about this brewery and its beer. No food, but a decent food cart outside with burgers, wings, and fries. Live music every Wednesday and Friday. A must stop here in New Mexico.
10-10-2012 23:43:13 | More by dhabersetzer
4.8/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
La Cumbre is definitely the class of the Albuquerque beer scene. I've been to lots of breweries in ABQ, but no trip to the city is complete without a stop at La Cumbre.
Don't let the location fool you. Everyone is friendly - the servers are knowledgeable and love to talk beer, and the beer itself is outstanding.
The pilsner is world class, the IPAs are incredible, the stout is great, and there are always a handful of unique beers. This time they had a single hop beer made with Nelson Sauvin that was outstanding. Beers are available at $1 per 4 oz, $2.50 per 10 oz. and $4 per pint.
And now, they are canning their Elevated IPA. Picked up a 4 pack that is finding its way to Kansas City in my luggage.
09-14-2012 18:05:22 | More by kcillini77
4.73/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This place was great! Nothing but beer but oh, what incredible beer! If I lived in Albuquerque I would make this my regular spot. I counted 8 house beers on tap—including their GABF Gold medal winning IPA, aka my new favorite IPA crush—available by the glass or to go. Nothing on hand-pump on my visit. They played reggae and had a healthy food truck outside for some food options but otherwise the main focus here was on the beer. Seemed like a place with a lot of regulars as literally everyone around me had a familiar banter with the servers. It was a great start to my Albuquerque visit.
07-19-2012 22:22:30 | More by elNopalero
4.56/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
LOVED this place. We were a bit apprehensive driving through the industrial district, but the bar was bustling. A great band was playing while older hippie types danced to the music. We sat at the bar and chatted with the friendly bartenders. Lots of house brews, a few guest beers, and two beers on cask!
We loved pretty much every beer we tried. I'd drink their Notty Pale Ale every day if I could get it at home, and I also very much enjoyed their pumpkin beer (Witch's Tit) on cask.
Wish we had a place like this at home... And I live in Southern California!
11-03-2011 21:21:07 | More by lisomiso
British Columbia (Canada)
4.8/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
10-09-2011 22:46:43 | More by EspressoGuy
4.3/5 rDev -4.9%
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?
08-30-2011 11:26:13 | More by lordofthewiens
4.16/5 rDev -8%
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!
08-16-2011 23:50:59 | More by
4.6/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
03-06-2011 00:50:43 | More by orfeu
3.86/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
02-13-2011 17:52:43 | More by jdense
La Cumbre Brewing Co. in Albuquerque, NM
98 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.