La Cumbre Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
3.97/5
La Cumbre Brewing Co.La Cumbre Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

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

(505) 872-0225 | map
lacumbrebrewing.com

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Added by taxguyjase on 01-18-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
77
Reviews:
563
Ratings:
3,588
PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
116
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
3.85%
 
 
Taps:
11
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 116
Photo of eppCOS
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

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Photo of Edie
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of MtnSoup
4.19/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of ChaseBoat77
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of m_c_zero
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of denver10
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of amano_h
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

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Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
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 !

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Photo of jhavs
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of gantry
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of NMBeerLoversWifey
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Chastise
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

With a good (and ever-changing) selection, La Cumbre is a taproom that should be visited if you find yourself in Albuquerque. The bartender was exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly. My wife and I split a flight of 8 flavors (of the 14 on tap), and through conversation ended up tasting a few more options. La Cumbre was in the process of expanding their brewery when we visited, and hopefully they'll be able to supply more beer across the US soon.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

La Cumbre is a place that you have to visit if you're in Albuquerque. All of the beers we tried (and we tried everything that was on tap) ranged from good to great.

The service was a bit slow, but the place does seem to be pretty busy from open to close.

No food is served, but they often have a food truck right outside.

Prices were reasonable.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Place was packed with people. Got a flight and sampled on top of a stool. Beer were good to great, notably the IPAs. Might not be my style as far as hops... they were very good but I've had better with less hype. Still well worth a visit. Didn't get anything from the food truck outside.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.5/5  rDev +2%

I rate places primarily on the quality of their beers, and on this score, La Cumbre is a top tier, must-visit, worth-a-road-trip-to-Albuquerque kind of place. We had four beers, and not only loved them all, but found most of them exceptional and unusual.

The place itself is a typical industrial area small brewery, with the usual oddity of such locations. Inside, it's better than average for industrial tasting rooms, with a fair number of tables and a nice bar. No food, but a food truck outside.

Prices are reasonable, and they'll do a taster flight of any number of tasters of your choice.

Did I mention the remarkable beer?

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Photo of Irrenarzt
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

One of my favorite New Mexico spots. Jeff Erway brews clean, solid beer and has nice looking women pouring them. That's a winning combination right there folks.

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Photo of -N8
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is not some trendy hipster micobrew pub. This is a place for working stiffs - you will see plumbers rubbing elbows with heart surgeons. Parking is a pain since the lot in front of the brewed is limited to a half dozen spaces and parking at a neighboring business can get your car towed. However, if you want great beer, and I mean really great beer, then you will find a spot on the street and make your way inside. The pub is cozy and welcoming. The beer selection is outstanding.

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Photo of orangesol
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

My last stop of the night. Atmosphere was pretty solid, I met plenty of locals at the bar and a few milling around the other areas of the tasting room. Quality was pretty good. Beers served in the right glasses at least. Service was solid all around. I talked to both bartenders and they were really nice. Selection was solid with about 10 beers on offer, my favorite being their IPA or the Cafe Con Leche stout. They had a food truck out front but I didn't partake after having quite a bit of food beforehand, I did however talk to the owner of the truck at the bar and he was a hoot to talk to. Prices were more than reasonable for the area. Overall a really nice tasting room that I would definitely return to in the future.

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Photo of JonesArtGlass
4.41/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I had the pleasure of working in the neighborhood, near La Cumbre and it was a staple in my after work (ok sometimes midday) routine. A nice selection of beers, awesome people, and a true family atmosphere that let's you know they take pride in their work. Thanks for soso many pints of delicious beer!

Yes, I admit that it gets a lil crowded on the weekends, but that's the price you pay for having such great beer, a lot of people want to drink it.
#jonesartglass

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This is THE BEST brewery in Albuquerque and that's saying something, as Marble Brewery and Il Vicino are both outstanding, and Nexus is damn good too.

A rundown of some of my favorite beers:

Elevated IPA- Not only is this beer's ratings among the top 250 in the world, but it's highly sought around the US. People contact me from all over looking to get their hands on it. It's that good. What you get is an immensely hopped up beer, that is magnificently balanced so you don't have a bitterfest in your mouth. The hops impart all of the piney, citrusy notes you'd expect from a West Coast IPA, while the malts come in and smooth the beer out, give it a nice mouthfeel, and make it very easy-drinking. A super beer that us New Mexicans have the privilege of calling our own.

Witch's Tit- An excellent fall offering, this is a pumpkin beer done right. This beer had me filling growler after growler.

Simcoe's Daughter- This beer was to me taking the Elevated and improving on it---if that's even impossible.

The list goes on and on, with beer after beer being downright delicious, from the Anniversary Stout to the smoked porter, the Baltic porter, Gracias Por Fumar, the Acclimated DIPA... La Cumbre continues to offer delicious offering after delicious offering.

And beyond that, let's tip our hats to Jeff and the other brewers for their continued respect of the German forefathers that have paved the way for the artfully made beer we get to enjoy. Beers like Miles from Cologne, Who Gose there, and Where in the Helles are not only nods to classic and/or centuries-old styles, but they're damn tasty too.

I'm thankful for this brewery. I enjoy the staff and appreciate their love of the beer. I will acknowledge that I've heard of issues with them before but every place has room for improvement.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
3.45/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

I am writing this review again. I didn't save it, I guess. Stopped at La Cumbre on my way to Denver and beyond and as part of my brewery tour vacation. It is on my list and close to my hotel. This brewery is in an industrial area.

They do not have food but there was a food truck outside and we enjoyed some very good waffle fries that came with an interesting dipping sauce. There are tables for 2, 4, or 8 people along with several stools at the bar and two house chairs downstairs. Upstairs has a couple small tables and a pool table but no one was upstairs.

Our server came over promptly and took our order and quickly brought our beers. A couple of large parties came in and that was all we saw of her. I got me last beer at the bar.

They serve only their beers. I had Elevated IPA, A Bit of Hefe, and Siberian Silk. The last one was from their seasonal selection. All were very good. That night there were four regular beers and six seasonal beers available. Only Sprite was offered if you didn't want beer or more beer.

Overall, this is a place to have a few beers with friends were you can enjoy good beer in a comfortable atmosphere and bring a well behaved dog. They are dog friendly.

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Photo of sholland119
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Second great stop on a great cross country trip. We hit La Cumbre for beers after a terrific dinner at Chama River Brewing.

A very cool, laid back vibe in the place. About a 10 stool bar on the left, some high tops behind and a larger seating area on the right. Relaxed crowd, great service and outstanding beer. There were a couple of empty taps, not surprising on Sunday night. But there was plenty of Elevated IPa, which is all I needed. The Jefe's Hefe and the Malpais Stout were quite tasty for others in the party but the IPA was really mindblowing. Lived up to its GABF gold and all the hype.

There was a food truck outside, which looks like a permanent fixture. Did not try anything but good to know they have a food option.

Great place.

HV

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La Cumbre Brewing Co. in Albuquerque, NM
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,588 ratings.
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