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:
80
Reviews:
564
Ratings:
3,604
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
Reviews by DanE:
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4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Great find while on business in NM. Very reminiscent of a Portland bar scene. Kids and dogs are welcome, a food truck outside (they don't have a kitchen), TVs, a pool table, and the love for quality. The Elevation IPA is very, very good. They have a good variety of styles on tap and cask and have a fridge full of cans. It also didn't hurt that the bartender was gorgeous. A must stop if in NM. It was about $20 fare and tip to take a cab from the airport.

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Photo of phizill
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

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 tfrog3030
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BGsWo22
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

Photo of baggedlunch
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of willreid86
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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 Canada_Dan
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of RobertConway
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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 MattKurt
4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Best brewery in Albuquerque.

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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 grainmasher24
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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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La Cumbre Brewing Co. in Albuquerque, NM
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,604 ratings.
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