Jubilation Fine Wines
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
4.02/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I visit here about once a week if not more as it is my go-to spot in Albuquerque for beer. They have the best selection of any locally-owned establishment and have better prices---most of the time---than Total Swine. Also, they have all the local stuff like La Cumbre, Marble, Santa Fe Brewing, etc. much fresher than at the big box store. I always check before buying La Cumbre and notice that here, you'll be getting the week-old Elevated, where as Total Wine's are usually a month to a month and a half from their canning date.
Here you can find every craft beer available in New Mexico and they have a great Facebook page on which they share new arrivals the day of. I really appreciate this. The imported beer selection is damn good too, with all the good German, Belgian and Italian offerings that make their way into our distribution-deprived state. Though most Burquenos (folks from Albuquerque) don't know it, a sketchy liquor store called Bird of Paradise and a place north of Santa Fe called Kokoman have more Belgians and Germans, but still, Jubilation is always on point.
As for the staff, the guys are always helpful and more inclined to have people drinking good beer than simply pushing a micro or macro on the customer. Also, they do have a level one Cicerone who is quite knowledgeable, affable, and fun to talk beer with.
For those not into beer, they have great liquor and beer selections as well.
Finally, this place always is doing beer tastings, most recently being the newly arrived Alaskan Brewing offerings, and that is very much appreciated.
I'll continue supporting these locals.
09-13-2013 20:42:08 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.16/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Went about 3 weeks ago.
For some strange reason they tried to charge me for a bottle of wine I didn't even purchase. Luckily i realized something was off in the pricing, cause they didn't notice until after I was hesitant and asked to see the receipt first.
Oh well, sh*t happens, and they were more than happy to correct the mistake.
They had a really awesome deal going on where if you buy a Unibroue bomber, you can get any beer glass you want for free.
My main gripe (besides the cashier goof-up), was the fact that the beers didn't end up tasting all that great. Perhaps improper handling (light/heat protection)? Or maybe it was just me. Whatever the case, the beers just didn't seem as delicious as usual.
My brothers a beer novice, so I recommended he get a Trois Pistoles bomber (which sold for about $8), and picked out the matching Trois Pistoles snifter for free. Bomber + Official logo glass for under ten bucks? That's a steal.
My wife picked up the La Fin Du Monde glass. There was at least half a dozen others to choose from.
Also found some hard to find Stone Collaboration bottles, and they had a pretty good price on them as well.
Aside from bombers and six packs, there's also a selection of single 12oz bottles.
10-15-2011 08:27:47 | More by ZenAgnostic
4.14/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited several times on a business trip to Albuquerque. Thank you to several BAs for recommending this place. Very easy to find: Lomas is a major east-west road in town. Plenty of parking too.
Staff is very friendly and helpful. Showed me where the singles cooler was, answered questions about what's available in NM, etc.
Great selection of western U.S. beers (Deschutes, Odell's, Great Divide, Avery, Ska, Stone, Left Hand, Left Coast, New Belgium, Moylan's), including just about every beer brewed in NM. Nice selection of Belgians and other European beers too (Mikkeller, Nogne O). Found some nice rarities in Deschutes The Abyss, Odell's Woodcut No. 4, and Liefmans Goudenband. The singles cooler doesn't have much, but at only $1.50 per 12 oz. bottle, it's great for trying new beers on the cheap. I think my only complaint about this place was the lack of Odell's in the singles cooler.
Overall this is a great shop with friendly, knowledgable staff.
03-10-2011 05:17:39 | More by ElGallo
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After reading previous reviews I was convinced that the parking lot, 'getting in/out' was going to be a pain, but I was wrong. It was an easy find and an even easier parking experience.
I love this place. Simple as that.
There are beers that I've kinda written off as never going to find them. Then I walk in to a store in the middle of New Mexico and my jaw hits the floor. I then start worrying about how pissed my wife is gonna be when she finds out how much I've spent.
Service was maybe just a bit below excellent, the guys were willing to help me but all I could say was 'don't know still trying to decide what I can do without'.
Prices were average, and compared to another local beer store a little bit less.
Highly recommend to anyone in Albuquerque, and to those passing through.
05-30-2010 04:53:31 | More by Inflames
3.95/5 rDev -6.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This was a repeat visit to Jubilation. Beer selection is relatively good, given the market. Coolers are excellent and have expanded since my previous visit (Jan 2008). However, they seem to have expanded only their wine selection since a vast majority of the store's real estate is devoted to wine. Other stores in the local area are starting to challenge the selection available at Jubilation. I will return, but came away disappointed that the store expansion did not result in a growth of beer choice as well.
10-26-2009 22:40:19 | More by tese68
4.05/5 rDev -3.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
After checking out the reviews here, I went by Jubilation Fine Wines, as I was in New Mexico for a week again on business travel. The store is well laid out, with the beer occupying the rear of the store. As far as I could tell, almost all of the beer was in coolers. VERY nice. There was an open cooler for 6 packs, and closed refrigerator for Bombers. Myself and a coworker were able to get Kulmbacher EKG, New Belgium 1554, Mothership Wit, Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA, Mikkeller Stateside IPA, and Affligem Tripel, none of which are available in our home state of Oklahoma. The service was fine, though no one asked us if we needed any help. Selection overall is good, perhaps the best in Albuquerque though. Decent prices, though some of the 750mL can be expensive. Overall, one of the best beer stores in ABQ IMO.
09-06-2009 00:59:08 | More by tronester
3.55/5 rDev -15.7%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $
This place sits on a pie shaped property at a 3 road intersection so it is a bit confusing on how to get inside. The entrance is around by the back parking lot.
Once inside there are there separate rooms of wine and liquor with a small three doors of beer coolers. After walking around a bit I fond a stand alone cooler and a small shelf with other beers which didn't seem to have a theme other than beers not in the main cooler. They had a good selection of Stone, Odell, Full Sail, Dales cans and BBC. Marble brewing was the only local beer I could find from the southwest.
They had bombers and six-packs of craft beer but no 12oz. singles. Many of the bombers were pretty cheap with some of them under 4 dollars. All the beer prices were posted on a poster above the coolers and many of them were marked on the bottles, from the website http://www.jubilationwines.com they do have some beer events but the two guys behind the counter were to busy talking about ports to talk to me.
I would definitely stop back in if I was in ABQ, and it seems they have a good selection of seasonals aswell.
04-16-2009 18:50:56 | More by rhoadsrage
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Just want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who reviewed this place before me. Thanks for the info and pointing me in the right direction! This is a MUST if you are spending enough time in ABQ to buy beer.
This is a large wine store with one refrigerator dedicated to delicious beer. The volume is not extraordinary, but the variety is great, considering you're in NM. The only downside is the inability to mix and match sixers. That being said, they do have a great selection of larger singles to enjoy.
The staff was certainly knowledgeable and approachable. They took me back into the cooler - always a plus. We discussed the unfortunate state regulations responsible for the unavailability of a certain brewery's fine brews. These guys know beer and have strong opinions.
They have a good amount of Stone and Rogue varieties (6-8 deep). They have a good selection of domestic craft brews - another plus - and a decent selection of imports, as well. I didn't see any macros anywhere. It doesn't mean they weren't there, it might be because I was not looking for them.
07-29-2008 21:01:40 | More by Ben4881
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Brought here by a friend who lives in ABQ while we were in town.
I was a little skeptical when we walked in, as their wine selection is pretty large and the beer was not immediately noticeable. Walk towards the back though, and in the coolers they have just about every NM micro and many good selections from CO, which was what we were interested in. They also have a good selection of English, Belgian and German imports.
Staff was friendly, knowledgeable and happy to discuss beer.
The only drawback is that they would not allow us to mix or break six packs.
05-14-2008 02:29:28 | More by htomsirveaux
Jubilation Fine Wines in Albuquerque, NM
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