La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 56
Beer Ratings: 1,387
Beer Avg: 4.06
Taps: 11 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
3.45/5 rDev -23.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
I am writing this review again. I didn't save it, I guess. Stopped at La Cumbre on my way to Denver and beyond and as part of my brewery tour vacation. It is on my list and close to my hotel. This brewery is in an industrial area.
They do not have food but there was a food truck outside and we enjoyed some very good waffle fries that came with an interesting dipping sauce. There are tables for 2, 4, or 8 people along with several stools at the bar and two house chairs downstairs. Upstairs has a couple small tables and a pool table but no one was upstairs.
Our server came over promptly and took our order and quickly brought our beers. A couple of large parties came in and that was all we saw of her. I got me last beer at the bar.
They serve only their beers. I had Elevated IPA, A Bit of Hefe, and Siberian Silk. The last one was from their seasonal selection. All were very good. That night there were four regular beers and six seasonal beers available. Only Sprite was offered if you didn't want beer or more beer.
Overall, this is a place to have a few beers with friends were you can enjoy good beer in a comfortable atmosphere and bring a well behaved dog. They are dog friendly.
07-14-2013 13:07:20 | More by JohnnyJam
3.73/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
01-21-2011 01:45:14 | More by knm
3.86/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited 2.10.11 first stop of ABQ beer tour.
Located in an industrial area north of downtown in a converted warehouse, a bit hard to find and parking quite difficult especially during busy times. Ten seat wood bar, 15 2-top tables made out of barrel ends and a few hardwood handmade tables. Two stories with a pool table up stairs and a small seating area.
They had 6 house beers on tap and 4 guest taps, Chama River, Blue Corn and Marble. The house offerings included a wheat, pilsener, IPA, a british burton-on-trent and a stout. The most interesting beer was a pale ale-british style. No food to speak of, some light bar snacks re peanuts and spicy snack mix, with a few pre-made sandwiches with Boars Head meats. I was surprised at the number of growler fills, $9 a good bargain, a $25 dollar annual club membership got you a full growler, 22 oz. beers for the price of a pint, and $1 off future growler fills, a pretty good bargain IMO.
The atmosphere was pretty bustling, and though it hasn't been opened long, it appears to have developed a sizable regular clientele. The brewer/owner, formerly with Chama River, knows his stuff, all the beers are unfiltered and very close to style. Certainly worth a stop when in ABQ and a player to watch once he gets his distribution and possibly canning lines up and running. Room for expansion, will be interesting to see how this place develops over time. Recommended.
02-13-2011 17:52:43 | More by jdense
4.14/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is not some trendy hipster micobrew pub. This is a place for working stiffs - you will see plumbers rubbing elbows with heart surgeons. Parking is a pain since the lot in front of the brewed is limited to a half dozen spaces and parking at a neighboring business can get your car towed. However, if you want great beer, and I mean really great beer, then you will find a spot on the street and make your way inside. The pub is cozy and welcoming. The beer selection is outstanding.
02-10-2014 18:24:54 | More by -N8
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
4.21/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
My last stop of the night. Atmosphere was pretty solid, I met plenty of locals at the bar and a few milling around the other areas of the tasting room. Quality was pretty good. Beers served in the right glasses at least. Service was solid all around. I talked to both bartenders and they were really nice. Selection was solid with about 10 beers on offer, my favorite being their IPA or the Cafe Con Leche stout. They had a food truck out front but I didn't partake after having quite a bit of food beforehand, I did however talk to the owner of the truck at the bar and he was a hoot to talk to. Prices were more than reasonable for the area. Overall a really nice tasting room that I would definitely return to in the future.
02-04-2014 06:47:19 | More by orangesol
4.23/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
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
La Cumbre Brewing Co. in Albuquerque, NM
98 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.