La Cumbre Brewing Co.

La Cumbre Brewing Co.La Cumbre Brewing Co.
La Cumbre Brewing Co.La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

3313 Girard Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87107-1930
United States

(505) 872-0225 | map

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slander from New York

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Yeah, we’re really in New Mexico en route to Colorado the long way around 2 days from now. Ask not whose idea that one was, you know very well who I am. It’s the night now of the day we flew out here early morning from back East. Already improperly edumacated on the red/green chili situation, but I got my head burrito-fixed just the same. And then we set out after dark, an entertaining Uber ride from the hotel away….

In something of an industrial stand-alone zone easily located by its bright colorful sign and the large attached silo. Hey, what smells like a goddamn pizza? (Oh, it’s the wood fired pizza truck out front). And through the pen and in. Tall front windows with a giant hop piece and a very cool bottle chandelier in the entranceway. Concrete floors, beige & green walls, rafter ceilings over the bar and wraparound ductwork tracing the space where the ceiling ends looking upstairs. Can art, GABF & World Beer Cup medals framed, and NM license plate lamps over tables here and there.

Along the rear, an ‘L’ shaped dark wood 3 panel piece topped bar under laminate plexi with a worn trim lip, curvy corrugated base, and phat black foot rail. Seating for maybe 10, when all filled in, on large clunky wood chairs. Drop rusted and holey tin fez hat drop lamps tracing above the bar. 20 non-descript knob handled taps on a stainless panel with a corrugated base & overhang in the barback corner angled. A single shelf up high to the left with bottles & cans over hung 6 slot stave sampler racks (of which I will now lighten their load by one). Next to that, a framed 4x8 horizontal board listing tap selections in alt colored somethings (Beer, ABV, & IBU), with a ‘Please respect our 3 beer limit’ sign above, and sinkage below. Glassware countered for the easy grab. A single small TV on the end and a can cooler on the end end. Shirts & swag on the other end end; down where we be.

Parked at the bar looking for a beers and you realize that you've traveled 2000 miles from home and the bartender is wearing an ‘Other Half’ shirt. That shit would be ironic if it happened in Brooklyn, I don’t know what we call it when the irony goes on the road.

16 beers (A Slice of Hefen, Hefeweizen, 5.4%; Beer, Light Lager, 4.7%; Project Dank, IPA 7.5%; Sun Fade, Hazy IPA, 7.2%; What’s the Alternative, Altbier, 5%; Miles from Cologne, Kolsch, 4.8%; Dortmunder, 5.9%; Elevated IPA, 7.2%; Pyramid Rock, Amber, 5.8%; Malpais Stout, Foreign Export Stout, 7.5%; Ryeot IPA, Rye IPA, 6.5%; Endless Horizon, Foreign Export Stout, collab with Beachwood, 7.5%; A Wise Man’s Fear, DIPA, 8.2%; Oktoberfest, 5.8%; Full Nelson, DIPA, 9%; Mango Pineapple Gose, 5%), and a guest local cider (Tractor Dry hard Cider, 6.9%).

I got through 7 on sampler and shorty (A Slice of Hefen, Hefeweizen, bananananana, good Hefe; Project Dank, IPA, yeah, it’s got the dank a-going on; Dortmunder, nailed it; Elevated IPA, their flagship, it is a lovely West Coast IPA; Malpais Stout, Foreign Export Stout, roast, sure; Endless Horizon, Foreign Export Stout, black strap molasses & licorice; Oktoberfest, 5.8%). Not a clunker in the lot.

2 rows of hightops off the bar for the share, and 2 shortys of the same further out. Beyond there, a side room with a bake’s dozen tables; mostly 2’s and a pair of long shareds. Yellow walls over shared wood bench vertical plank backings and some vibrant ‘the day of the dead on hops’ mural action. Someone’s really awesome OG bottle collection lining the ceiling sills. I’m talking Brooklyn Brown Dark Ale, Pete’s Bohemian Pils, Catamount Christmas, New England Oatmeal Stout, Commonwealth Burton, Celis Grand Cru, Grants IPA, Anchor OSA ’98, Alexander Rodenbach, and on and on. And all at once I got 90’s craft beer longing and sad. Some framed art, it is for sale (and hey, what do you want for that old Brooklyn Brown Dark Ale bottle? I needs it!), and a 4x8 horizontal board with logo piece.

There is an upstairs room with seating & foosball, and a space out front with 8 tables horizontally & vertically battleship style penned up front (we came through it, there was pizza, focus). Planters along the perimeter and ping pong ball lighting strung.

Mariotending this evening, he is the jam. Good tunes, chill house, and excellent beer. We like this place a lot!

Jul 25, 2020
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Sammy from Canada

3.89/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is the best beer destination for miles and miles around. Just very good beer made, at fair prices. Good service, safe environment. Not necessary world class, but certainly the class of the region.

Jan 31, 2020
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prock180 from Arizona

4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in one evening and had a few beers with my wife. I started off with the brut ipa, can't remember the name and my wife had el jugo (hazy ipa) both were excellent. Next up I had chew and swallow oatmeal stout and my wife had acclimated pa, both very solid. Got a shirt and growler of the brut, and some to go 4 packs and a big bottle of father nelson. All were fantastic. Definitely recommend to anyone passing through Albuquerque. No food but the night we were there they had a food truck and it looked purdy tasty. Cheers.

May 27, 2019
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Fee from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Fun place in Albuquerque with nice staff. Good selection but not huge. Seems to focus on IPAs - and they are good. Flights are available. Food trucks are here all the time. There's a small parking lot vibe is relaxed and local.

May 18, 2019
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Cool brewery in an industrial section of town. Definite local vibe. L-shaped bar on left seats a dozen. Counter bar and tables opposite the bar, as well as, outdoor patio area. A dozen beers on tap, the 2 I had were excellent. Friendly bartender, very relaxed atmosphere.

Oct 21, 2018
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I stayed four hours enjoying pint after pint of delicious beer. They have a nice range of lagers and ales including pale, rye, ipa, pilsner, american pale lager and foreign export stout currently. The vibe and service are worthy as an establishment any beer geek should enjoy.

Oct 04, 2018
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shigg85 from Japan

3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The music and vibe here is always cool... Great tunes, dog friendly, clean. Servers are hard to come across sometimes as they are slammed at the bar. If you don't mind waiting, it's a great place to chill and enjoy some of the best beers NM has to offer.

Apr 18, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

i have been enjoying the beer these guys make for years, long before they came to colorado with their stuff, so it was awesome to finally get down and be able to check out their spot! its cool too, with a big patio out front, chili peppers blowing in the wind, it feels southwestern, and tons of wood inside, low ceilings, bar on the left, all wood, very humble and cozy, with a comfortable sitting room off to the right, like a mini beer hall, very cool vibe in here, mellow and relaxed, a perfect place to drink on some of their awesome beers. i loved all of them that i had here, but the big door prize mosaic double ipa blew me away, as did the barrel aged malpais stout on nitro with cocoa nibs and coconut, but all of them were excellent, these guys are arguably making the best beer in town, certainly some of the most refined and professional, and their spot is such a cool place to enjoy it. i sat comfortably in the back on a wooden bench and got some work done, sipped beer, and let the time pass. service was awesome, she knew a lot about the beers and was attentive, especially considering she was the only one working. some views to the brewing operation on the way to the bathroom, but its not such an obvious feature of this place. i could see this just bumpin out on the patio on a nice saturday afternoon, but i enjoyed my more relaxed experience in here too. tons of respect for this beer, it was wonderful to get to see where it comes from!

Jan 11, 2018
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joedvegas from Nevada

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Cool place with a great vibe and awesome beers. Stopped by late on a Saturday afternoon to pick up some beer to take home and a t-shirt. Patio was nearly full as was the bar. Lots of seating on the first floor and they have an upstairs too. Vibe was cool, nice mix of folks who all looked like they were enjoying themselves. The two bartenders on duty had their hands full so the wait was a bit long, but they had great attitudes and took care of me. Had a pint of their Project Dank. Simply outstanding beer. Great experience at La Cumbre. I will stop in every time I'm in ABQ.

Sep 25, 2017
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Radome from Florida

4.01/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Stopped in on a weekday evening in July. The bar and outdoor patio were fairly full but not over-crowded. The decor was funky and Southwest-inspired. The vibe was friendly and casual. Table service was OK, but not super-attentive. They did not have food, but a food truck was parked out front. The beer selection was very heavy on hops, with several IPAs and DIPAs. The IPAs I sampled were decent but not too exciting to me, but I was absolutely blown away by their Hefeweizen.

This was a good tasting room and hopheads will be very happy. Non-hopheads like me will be less happy, but happy nonetheless.

Jul 31, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A very relaxing place in a very cool town. The beers were very good and the selection on tap was also very good. The also had a nice selection of beers to go.

Mar 31, 2017
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Nice to see the cover story in the latest BA on your tasting room. In any case, if you have never given La Cumbre a stop, you ought to, should be REQUIRED for any love of fine craft in the Southwest. The strange metallic looking shed of a building doesn't promise much from the outside, and it's in an interesting part of town, hard to connect to downtown, but once inside... it's all good - great stuff, great staff, good relaxed vibe, food trucks that rotate, and the pirate-English speaking owners of the joint. Love it, can't wait to get back to ABQ to do another stop there. Tack on a visit to Marble and Bosque while you're at it - Albuquerque has some great (hoppy) beers, folks!

Nov 08, 2016
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Edie from Oklahoma

3.94/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

get to ALBQ a couple times a year and never miss at least one trip to LC. always a friendly staff. everyone behind the bar seems to know beer and can carry on a conversation as long as you'd like.

haven't spent anytime at the tables outside, prefer to sit at the bar.

Oct 26, 2016
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mrcraft from California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I wanted to take some time off, and I always wanted to visit Albuquerque and Santa Fe, so here I am. A trip to Albuquerque wouldn't be complete without a visit to La Cumbre.

Very solid place. It's located in an industrial area. There was a food truck serving food, and they had a front patio area. Inside were more tables and a bar area with monitors. They had empty beer bottles from various breweries from around the country decorating the inside. They probably had 10 or so beers on tap. The production area was in the back where you could take a peek from the door next to the restrooms.

The servers were great. Very friendly and attentive. I had an Elevated IPA, Project Dank, and Malpais Stout. Fantastic beers.

Great place. Now time to explore the two cities.

Oct 21, 2016
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MtnSoup from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in recently while on a biz trip in ABQ for the day.
Vibe: Your prototypical craft brewery — outdoor seating and food truck; indoors, an l-shaped bar with the brewhouse in back. Pretty fun spot to hang out, but located in a bit of a strange industrial warehouse sort of area near the highway.
Quality: La Cumbre's IPA are second to none if you ask me...and fresh from the source is tops.
Service: We were quickly served and the bartender was very knowledgeable about the beers on tap.
Selection: Was alright (coming from someone who has LaCumbre distro). They had a few beers we don't get, but for the most part it was the regulars...

Great spot. Amazing beer. I'd go back. I wish in the future for some tap room only IPAs.

Oct 17, 2016
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I’ve previously had beers from La Cumbre Brewery in Albuquerque but last weekend I finally visited the brewery. I love their beers, Project IPA, Elevated IPA, Malpais Stout, etc, it might be the best that New Mexico has to offer. The inside is pretty nice, and they have an outside patio. Overall the atmosphere is pretty nice and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I had three very nice beers and a taster. However, I learned that you can have maximum three beers. The reason is that New Mexico law holds breweries responsible for their drunken customers’ bad behavior, so to protect themselves Albuquerque breweries got together and instituted a three beer limit.

Right outside they have a food truck that deliver the food straight to your table or to the bar. There was no line, which is certainly not always the case with popular breweries. The food came quickly and the food was good. They had most of their beers available for take-out so I bought quite a lot. They gave me a big box with handles. I am certainly enjoying those beers now. Overall I really liked this brewery.

Aug 25, 2016
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ChaseBoat77 from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Ended up here on a Monday night and was really glad that I did. Really cool atmosphere with a a good sized bar as you walk in. Behind it is a mix of high tops, tables and a few couches for lounging. Upstairs is a pool table type area. The staff was very friendly and their beers were exceptional. They even had a great BBQ food truck outside serving great food. Overall, a really good experience. They also offer sixers to go. I definitely recommend this place if you're in the area.

Mar 09, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Quiet on A Sunday evening. Brews available more than make up for it. Nice small brewery feel, bar staff even recommending other local places and brews. Cozy, comfortable, stellar lineup.

Jan 25, 2016
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m_c_zero from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Jeff is a great guy, very accommodating host. Rotation of beers is awesome, get to try something new every time I go in. Lots of seasonals and one-offs.

Dec 02, 2015
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denver10 from New Mexico

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Along with Marble, these guys are the top dogs here in Albuquerque. Unfortunately everyone knows that and I think they have outgrown their taproom. Unless you go real early in the day the place is always packed. It's often a crapshoot to find seating and it can be at times awkward and challenging to find a spot to order your beer at the bar without getting into someone's personal space who is sitting at the bar. The place has the small bar, tables throughout the rest of the inside, 2 random living room type seats, and a smallish outdoor area with some benches. The place is decorated with a bunch of empty beer bottles on walls/shelfs/beams (similar to how Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver is decorated). Beer quality is great. All their flagship beers are fantastic representations of their style. Their pilot/seasonal offerings are always worth checking out. These guys might be known for their hoppy stuff but its their lagers that I enjoy best. Anytime I see that they have a new lager on tap I make sure I hit them up, usually for a growler fill. Their overall selection/variety is decent. They usually have 4 or so pilot or seasonal beers on tap at all times which is cool. Can't say for sure how often they rotate, I'd probably guess monthly. Service is solid. Overall, great beer and one of the must stops for those traveling through Albuquerque. As a local, I just wish it had more space. Great beer though.

Nov 01, 2015
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amano_h from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I somehow managed to visit La Cumbre at the worst time of the day at the worst time of the year, and my experience still ended up being a lot better than I thought it was going to be.

I had never heard of La Cumbre until earlier this year when I was heavily involved in the "sharing" of beers through a forum that is yet to be named, when I came across what I was told was "beer from New Mexico." Just from that description alone, it was hard to gauge what La Cumbre's beers would be like (I mean Texas, Colorado, Utah, and Oklahoma are proven beer states, but New Mexico??) but all doubts faded away from my mind when I first had a taste of Elevated IPA and a bottle of Project Dank.

My chance to actually sample La Cumbre from the teet came during my 3000+ road trip from NJ to CA where I purposely took a longer, more beer scenic route just so I could hit up this magical place in New Mexico where the beer flows freely and immersed in hops. Unfortunately for me, I got to La Cumbre three days before they were heading out to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, 30 minutes prior to last call.

Despite the limited time and choices I was given at the Brewpub, it was still a very positive experience -- the cute bartender was more than understanding enough of my situation and let me order my growler of Full Nelson a little after I had my pint of Elevated IPA, straight from the source; I also got to score a pint glass with the La Cumbre and the Malpais logo on there even though they were running out of merchandise (again, because of GABF) because they took pity on the fact that I had just driven 16 hours from St. Louis to get there, and would have to drive another 12 to drive to Los Angeles the next day.

Notwithstanding circumstantial experiences that made my trip slightly less favorable than expected, I really like the brewpub itself; the atmosphere is kind of like a sports bar (downstairs) and a lounge (upstairs) rolled into one. Given the amount of space they have onsite, I wouldn't be surprised if they had live music and/or dancing too, if that's more of your thing. The crowd seemed to be predominantly college/younger adults which is unsurprisingly due to the proximity to the university(ies?), but the establishment seemed remarkably chill and mellow despite the younger patron population. Maybe it's a New Mexico thing.

I'll have to make a trip out to New Mexico again next time Father Nelson is available!

Sep 15, 2015
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Ernie_The_Dude from California

4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Another cool spot in the ABQ. I am glad to see the beer revolution is alive and well here. visiting from Cali and I was excited to try the spots here. The service is outstanding, the beer selection is very good and the beer is cold. they have different lunch trucks providing food. there was a pizza truck with excellent looking grub but, I stuffed myself with old school N.M. food (green chilies, beans and potatoes) and did not partake in the pizza. I'm coming back !

Jul 30, 2015
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jhavs from New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great place. Kinda tough location in a industrial park, but they pull it off. Have lots of seating indoors and out, food trucks park out front and bring their food to your table when ordered. Great beers, world class IPA's, not much to complain about. Easy going vibe, good prices, lots of pour sizes so you can try multiple brews.

Jun 30, 2015
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gantry from New Mexico

4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Overall great atmosphere. The new patio is much needed addition to the facility. I love that it is family and dog friendly and a must stop for any beer drinker traveling though NM.

Jun 21, 2015
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NMBeerLoversWifey from New Mexico

4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

La Cumbre is a local place for me and among my favorites. Their wait staff is outstanding, they remember their customers and the beers are excellent. The atmosphere leavses a little to be desired (pre-fab building, no parking, very noisy, limited seating and an up-coming no vaping policy). Still, the beers are very good. Slice of Hefen is my go to beer on site and in stores.

Feb 14, 2015
La Cumbre Brewing Co. in Albuquerque, NM
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