Canteen Brewhouse

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2381 Aztec Rd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87107-4207
United States

(505) 881-2737 | map

This brewery provides beer for all Il Vicino locations in NM.

Added by Jason on 05-30-2006

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3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

i had heard good things about this place and enjoyed both beers i had from them before i made the trip to check them out. its well worth a visit, even if that means traveling, this was one of my favorite stops on my albuquerque brewery jaunt, and definitely an amazing atmosphere despite it being in sort of a weird industrial neighborhood. they have an old western sort of saloon vibe in here, lots of wood and tin, dim light inside, a view to a sizeable brew house behind the bar, and an impressive selection of beers in the works across all styles, including sours and adjunct stouts among more foundational stuff. the place was mellow and relaxed when i was in, and posted up on their covered patio, which unlike the inside bar area is flush with natural light, picnic tables, good tunes, and an elevated area that looks like it doubles as a stage in the evenings. i had a cool stout called panama jose that featured coffee and spices, as well as a cherry sour, both of which were very good, and it made me wish i had more time to explore the rest of their beers, several intriguing ones on the list and apparently quite a lot of innovation happening in their brewery! the vibe was awesome, taking in the sun in a comfortable space that just feels right. really quality beer overall too, some of the best i had in town! mixed on service, female bartender couldnt care less, the guy in there was great. there are a ton of breweries here, but this is one to put at the top of your list! id love to go back and catch some live music here!

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Photo of Edie
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.25 | food: 2.25

Photo of mkyer
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Some of the nicest servers I've ever met at a brewery!

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Radome
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Visited in the evening on a recent trip to Albuquerque. Non-descript industrial park exterior, but a warm, welcoming interior. Staff was friendly and seemed knowledgable about the house beers. They had about 5 regular house beers and about the same number of house seasonals. I found the beers to be mostly pretty standard and uninteresting, but there were some high spots. I give them props for having a sour on tap (Social Capital Sour), and I enjoyed the Piedra Red Ale, The food menu was limited to a few sandwiches that were definitely not fancy, but were pretty tasty. They reminded me of something off a food truck, but hit the spot when I was hungry.

Overall, a decent place to stop in and try some beers.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

After getting a good recommendation from the staff at La Cumbre on this place, I had high expectations. Nice atmosphere, and yet another brewery located in an industrial area. Everything was nice about this place, but I found the beer a let down. I had higher hopes, but it was just average at best.

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4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.39/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

I wish I would have been here in the evening. there is live music and a place to dance. The service was excellent and always offered to get you a round when you are empty. I do not think there is a cut off but, they ask you to respect a 3 beer limit. Unfortunately I didn't make the limit but next time I am in town, I am sure I will. a definite stop in location if you are visiting Albuquerque, if your a local beer fan, a good spot to throw back two,, or three.

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3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Il Vicino is a gem of a place in Albuquerque.

It's got one of the best atmospheres of any brewery in Albuquerque thanks to a good deal of spaciousness and a nice outdoor patio/biergarten setup. Add to this that the brew crew here are a bunch of goofs with silly streaks and the place sheds all pretentiousness and snobbery. And the parties. This place knows how to throw a good party, like their most recent anniversary party that involved pulling out kegs of 50 beers from years past. Getting to try their St. Bob's Imperial Stout from 2007 from a keg was some shit. It tasted as good as any whale your best buddy is chasing.

The service here is always friendly and accommodating. Samples are given eagerly and everyone here seems to enjoy their job. The staff all seem to have been here for as long as I've been visiting.

The food is solid, particularly the paninis, which do a good job of incorporating a good mix of tasty ingredients. The frito pie makes for good bar food too.

Beer-wise, these guys don't nearly get the credit they deserve. Many people like their regular lineup, and I think beers like the Wet Mountain IPA are great. But the best thing about Il Vicino is the way they pump out specialty and seasonal beers of exceptional taste and quality. They take risks and brew beers from across the spectrum, all with superb results.

Finally, the prices here are always reasonable. There's rarely a beer over $5 and food only will cost you a buck or two more. I love this place.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Canteen Brewhouse in Albuquerque, NM
Brewery rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 268 ratings