Canteen Brewhouse


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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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Photo of Radome
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of denver10
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Photo of Boostie
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of Determined_021
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of bmaxtothemax
4.23/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ThomasAllen
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JonesArtGlass
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

It's definitely worth finding. There's actually a few other breweries near here but il Vicino has the best patio in the neighborhood. It's a bright sunshiney spot to have a daytime beer and is quiet and out of the way so it's a perfect 2nd date spot, when you want somewhere fun but still intimate enough to talk. They have a good selection of rotating beers and all the regulars are super nice and helpful.

I'm a wheat beer fan but I really like their Wet Mountain IPA. It's really smooth and not as intimidating as some of the other local options. It goes great with their sandwiches.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of elNopalero
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Taking it to the source here… This is the brewery for all Il Vicino locations in New Mexico, from what I understand. While the chain is known for their pizzas this location, ironically enough, only has a sandwich bar. A meat-centric sandwich bar, which is fine if that’s your thing. I didn’t eat here, tho, so I can’t comment on the food. The service, however, was excellent. I went around dinnertime and found a seat at the bar. I had a wonderful time talking with the servers about some of the beers they had on tap and found the price a surprise. These were both constants during my Albuquerque visit, by the way—great service and low prices. Really enjoyed the vibe here. Missed out on the cask conditioned beers (I think they’re just Wednesdays and Fridays) but found their house beers to be solid.

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Photo of QuesQueCe
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

This is our favorite brewery in town! The Beer is "to-die-for!" Hubby likes IPA and this is his favorite (and he has had lots of them from all over the country). I am a Brown drinker in the cold weather and Hefeweizen in the summer - Il Vicinos' is SO refreshing!!

This location just re-opened recently after building a new joint a mile south of the old place. We always sit on the patio and our kids love it too. Love the Beer Sponge, but the rest of the Deli stuff is a bit pricey and not all the spectacular.

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Canteen Brewhouse in Albuquerque, NM
3.69 out of 5 based on 246 ratings.
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