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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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Mar 29, 2018
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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 (ON)

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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MJSFS from Florida

4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Nov 26, 2019
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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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NickThaFish from New Mexico

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Mar 06, 2019
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DavidHume from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Dec 29, 2018
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SierraFlight from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Dec 21, 2018
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gmale9000 from New York

4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Dec 06, 2018
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Frankie6492 from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Nov 11, 2018
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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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jjones6724 from Ohio

4.86/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Miss this place

Jun 21, 2018
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El_Jefe_90 from New York

4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Apr 26, 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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qjholler from New Mexico

4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Mar 24, 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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Hank_hill from New Mexico

4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Dec 29, 2017
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Thanwill from New Mexico

3.81/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Dec 14, 2017
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leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Dec 11, 2017
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cgrunin from Texas

3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Oct 19, 2017
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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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mkyer from Connecticut

3.82/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Jul 31, 2017
La Cumbre Brewing Co. in Albuquerque, NM
Brewery rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4439 ratings