La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
4.23/5 rDev -7%
This is THE BEST brewery in Albuquerque and that's saying something, as Marble Brewery and Il Vicino are both outstanding, and Nexus is damn good too.
A rundown of some of my favorite beers:
Elevated IPA- Not only is this beer's ratings among the top 250 in the world, but it's highly sought around the US. People contact me from all over looking to get their hands on it. It's that good. What you get is an immensely hopped up beer, that is magnificently balanced so you don't have a bitterfest in your mouth. The hops impart all of the piney, citrusy notes you'd expect from a West Coast IPA, while the malts come in and smooth the beer out, give it a nice mouthfeel, and make it very easy-drinking. A super beer that us New Mexicans have the privilege of calling our own.
Witch's Tit- An excellent fall offering, this is a pumpkin beer done right. This beer had me filling growler after growler.
Simcoe's Daughter- This beer was to me taking the Elevated and improving on it---if that's even impossible.
The list goes on and on, with beer after beer being downright delicious, from the Anniversary Stout to the smoked porter, the Baltic porter, Gracias Por Fumar, the Acclimated DIPA... La Cumbre continues to offer delicious offering after delicious offering.
And beyond that, let's tip our hats to Jeff and the other brewers for their continued respect of the German forefathers that have paved the way for the artfully made beer we get to enjoy. Beers like Miles from Cologne, Who Gose there, and Where in the Helles are not only nods to classic and/or centuries-old styles, but they're damn tasty too.
I'm thankful for this brewery. I enjoy the staff and appreciate their love of the beer. I will acknowledge that I've heard of issues with them before but every place has room for improvement.
09-13-2013 20:27:00 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.45/5 rDev -24.2%
I am writing this review again. I didn't save it, I guess. Stopped at La Cumbre on my way to Denver and beyond and as part of my brewery tour vacation. It is on my list and close to my hotel. This brewery is in an industrial area.
They do not have food but there was a food truck outside and we enjoyed some very good waffle fries that came with an interesting dipping sauce. There are tables for 2, 4, or 8 people along with several stools at the bar and two house chairs downstairs. Upstairs has a couple small tables and a pool table but no one was upstairs.
Our server came over promptly and took our order and quickly brought our beers. A couple of large parties came in and that was all we saw of her. I got me last beer at the bar.
They serve only their beers. I had Elevated IPA, A Bit of Hefe, and Siberian Silk. The last one was from their seasonal selection. All were very good. That night there were four regular beers and six seasonal beers available. Only Sprite was offered if you didn't want beer or more beer.
Overall, this is a place to have a few beers with friends were you can enjoy good beer in a comfortable atmosphere and bring a well behaved dog. They are dog friendly.
07-14-2013 13:07:20 | More by JohnnyJam
4.47/5 rDev -1.8%
Second great stop on a great cross country trip. We hit La Cumbre for beers after a terrific dinner at Chama River Brewing.
A very cool, laid back vibe in the place. About a 10 stool bar on the left, some high tops behind and a larger seating area on the right. Relaxed crowd, great service and outstanding beer. There were a couple of empty taps, not surprising on Sunday night. But there was plenty of Elevated IPa, which is all I needed. The Jefe's Hefe and the Malpais Stout were quite tasty for others in the party but the IPA was really mindblowing. Lived up to its GABF gold and all the hype.
There was a food truck outside, which looks like a permanent fixture. Did not try anything but good to know they have a food option.
06-12-2013 14:07:53 | More by sholland119
4.51/5 rDev -0.9%
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 -0.4%
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 +5.5%
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%
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 +0.2%
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 +5.5%
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
La Cumbre Brewing Co. in Albuquerque, NM
99 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.