Farside Brew Pub
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
2.49/5 rDev -37.8%
I've been coming to Albuquerque off and on for work for over a decade. In the last 5 years I've been really impressed with the burgeoning beer scene. On this trip I did a search and saw that there was a relatively new brewery in town and wanted to check it out.
I asked some locals about it and heard nothing but negatives. Everyone said the beer was bad, and that it tasted like homebrew. But I like a good homebrew, so I figured their palates may just not be ready for something different. I ignored the locals' advice and stopped in.
As everyone on here has said, this is a friendly place, so I can't fault their service or atmosphere, though there weren't many customers there when I dropped by.
However, the beer was, in my opinion, truly terrible. I got a sample of six beers. Started with the pale ale, and it was some kind of mess. There was some bitterness to be sure, but it didn't taste like hop bitterness. There was something very off in each of the beers. Almost a chemical taste. The triple chocolate stout was the most tolerable of their offerings - but it seemed as if the chocolate taste was simply masking the bad flavors in the other beers.
The Naked Euphoria, which some people here are raving over was listed at 13% ABV and had an extra charge, even for the sample. I really thought it tasted like cough syrup.
I wanted to like the place - I wanted to meet the brewer and talk with the server and have a good time. But I didn't feel like I could talk to them with a straight face about their beer and pretend to enjoy it. So I just finished what I got and walked out wondering why I even finished the samples I got. I had to head immediately to La Cumbre to wash the taste out of my mouth.
Again, I want all breweries to succeed. But I think this brewer needs either more instruction, better ingredients, better cleaning, or something. I never want to discourage trying something new but this is really the first time that I can't in good conscience recommend a visit. If you are in Albuquerque I would put this far down on the list, unless the buzz on them starts to change. Don't take my word for it. Ask some locals. If they're still giving negative feedback, listen to them.
09-12-2012 16:09:42 | More by kcillini77
5/5 rDev +25%
The name says it all. First and foremost, the beers are phenomenal. Who wouldn't want to try a brew called Zombie IPA? Torn Kilt and the Triple Chocolate Stout are some of the most unique flavors in the Albuquerque area. Also, the Naked Euphoria owns all other Barley Wines in the area, period. They truly take pride in their craft and it shows in each tap they have.
Next, they have a great menu of appropriate food choices to supplement their beers--not too fancy and it hits the spot for a great price.
One of the biggest factors that makes an establishment stand out is the staff--they are great! Our tap-meister has been Jessica for most of our visits and she is awesome--friendly, attentive, makes great recommendations, and is fun to talk to! The kitchen staff and brewers in the back area take pride in their work and have fun doing it.
Finally, the atmosphere is what sets these folks apart from the remainder of the brewery pantheon in Albuquerque. With good music (ranging from rock to industrial) that is not loud enough to drown out conversation, the darts and foosball, and the screens to catch the game(s), Bad Ass Brewery caters to many different tastes and interests.
The fact that I more often than not choose to drive past 4 really good breweries to get my growler filled here says a lot. I gave them 5 out of 5 because I truly feel they fit my style. So, check these guys out, stay for a sub and take a growler o' some awesomely-named goodness!
08-25-2012 03:29:21 | More by EightBitHitman
5/5 rDev +25%
I really appreciated the laid back comfortable atmosphere.
Their location in a strip mall makes no difference. The store front is all windows. No problem. From the outside the window paint and beer logos advertise nicely, and keep the inside lighting nice and low.
There is an open wall allowing you to see the people in the back room, making your food. It's a great way get a chance to talk to your cook and/or brewer. Also it is a brilliant way to ease your mind about the freshness or preparation.
I find the use of space, with different types of seating and small stage with a piano, to be smart and accommodating. Family or bigger groups have tables with booth-type-seating. There is a great bar to sit at, and the recliner-like leather chairs are an option too.
The decor is beer posters and logos like most every Pub. I love the fact that they use the growlers of other local Breweries as decoration too.
The beer is my favorite part! Creative beer names make it fun to order and the flavors more than live up to their names. I really want to buy a Bomber if their Naked Euphoria. It is currently my favorite beer of all time. The bomber is pricey so I haven't done it yet, but believe it's worth it!
The staff has made me feel like a friend from the minute I walked in. The invitation to call the place my own is wonderfully endearing.
A wonderful tribute to the heart of beer loving people coming together.
08-24-2012 02:55:25 | More by OranGenius
3.53/5 rDev -11.8%
The grungy dive bar of brewpubs. Several flatscreen TVs for the sports fans. Mostly clean, but by no means classy. Nice staff and low-medium volume rock music. The place is lodged in a strip mall.
~20 taps, but they were out of a few of them when I went. Flights of six 4oz glasses comes out to $7. However, you can buy single 4oz glasses for $1. Save a buck - buy one at a time!
Beers were served in frosted glasses by default, but there are also nonfrosted glasses readily available for those who aren't as anal as me.
They sell growlers. $10/$15 for refills/growlers of under 7.9% beers. $16/$21 for "premium" beers. Bombers go for $6/$13 under 7.9% and $16/$21 premium. Pints are $4; 23oz are $6, 1/2 pint $2, Goblets $4.
The beer menu includes six "beer fusions", the vast majority of which include some amount of Red Bull. Didn't even consider trying any of them.
Snacks are $1 and consists of carnival staples like popcorn, nuts, chips, and soft drinks.
They carry a couple of guest brews which apparently don't sell too fast, so they've probably been sitting around for a while.
The GM is apparently a brewer, and his girlfriend bartends. They're both very nice, talkative people.
There was plenty of variety in their beers, at least half being traditional styles, and the rest being some sort of fruit-beer. Many of them seem to be experimental/one-timers.
Has the feel of a brewpub where instead of a brewmaster at the helm, there is a hobbyist homebrewer who's just having fun making different beers and testing them out on friends.
As such, the beers aren't particularly noteworthy, but still a worthwhile experience just for the novelty of the situation.
12-18-2011 09:31:02 | More by ZenAgnostic
Farside Brew Pub in Albuquerque, NM
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.