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La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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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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BEER STATS
Beers:
72
Reviews:
545
Ratings:
3,534
PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
115
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
3.85%
 
 
Taps:
11
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Photo of JohnnyJam
3.45/5  rDev -21.9%
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 knm
3.73/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This brewery does it right! Two-story with a pool table upstairs. Nice sized bar with plenty of tables. The place didn't open very long ago, and already they are doing alot of business. They are tucked away in what looks like an industrial area. But you can't miss there sign. They have 11 taps I think. 7 of there own beers, and some guest local breweries. Plus they have two beers on cask! I sampled all 7 of theres, and was not disappointed by any of them! I like the pilsner and both the pales.

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Photo of jdense
3.86/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited 2.10.11 first stop of ABQ beer tour.

Located in an industrial area north of downtown in a converted warehouse, a bit hard to find and parking quite difficult especially during busy times. Ten seat wood bar, 15 2-top tables made out of barrel ends and a few hardwood handmade tables. Two stories with a pool table up stairs and a small seating area.

They had 6 house beers on tap and 4 guest taps, Chama River, Blue Corn and Marble. The house offerings included a wheat, pilsener, IPA, a british burton-on-trent and a stout. The most interesting beer was a pale ale-british style. No food to speak of, some light bar snacks re peanuts and spicy snack mix, with a few pre-made sandwiches with Boars Head meats. I was surprised at the number of growler fills, $9 a good bargain, a $25 dollar annual club membership got you a full growler, 22 oz. beers for the price of a pint, and $1 off future growler fills, a pretty good bargain IMO.

The atmosphere was pretty bustling, and though it hasn't been opened long, it appears to have developed a sizable regular clientele. The brewer/owner, formerly with Chama River, knows his stuff, all the beers are unfiltered and very close to style. Certainly worth a stop when in ABQ and a player to watch once he gets his distribution and possibly canning lines up and running. Room for expansion, will be interesting to see how this place develops over time. Recommended.

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Photo of Edie
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
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 -N8
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
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
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited La Cumbre for the first time this past July and have gone back several times since then. They seem to really be getting their feet under them and offer some of Albuquerques best beer. Most times I go are on weeknights and still find the place busy (a good sign).

Aside from the other beers mentioned in the other reviews they are currently pouring one called Rojo Grande. To call it a red would be selling it short. With 8.1% abv and 120+ IBU's it is a monster of a beer and in my opinion the best being poured in Albuquerque right now. I try any and every IPA I can get my hands on, including great offerings from Marble and Chama River as well as La Cumbre's own IPA. Rojo Grande WILL exceed any hophound's need for more...Try it!

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Photo of MtnSoup
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
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 orangesol
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Irrenarzt
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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 m_c_zero
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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 eppCOS
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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 lordofthewiens
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

If you didn't know what was inside, you'd never stop in. Located in an industrial part of town, with bars on the door and windows, it doesn't look very inviting. Different story inside, Clean, well-lit, decorated in a rustic southwest style. The high tops are barrels, the lampshades are old license plates. L-shaped bar with 11-12 seats. There's a sofa and pool table upstairs. It has a neighborhood bar feel. My wife and I opened the place up one Sunday afternoon. The bartender was friendly and helpful. We were soon joined by some of the regulars, and had a great time.
On our visit there were 7 Le Cumbre taps: wheat, pilsner, pale ale, IPA (also in cask), stout, imperial red, super pils, and white. 4 guest taps, one Marble Brewing Company and three Chama River. I had the imperial red and the cask IPA, both excellent. My wife really enjoyed the super pils.
We spent two very pleasant hours there. What could be better than drinking great beer with a bunch of great people?

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Photo of amano_h
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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 thebigredone
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
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 JonesArtGlass
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
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 mrcraft
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Thomas_Wikman
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
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 sholland119
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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 +1.8%

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 stevoj
4.51/5  rDev +2%
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 DanE
4.51/5  rDev +2%
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 dhabersetzer
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Wonderful experience here in Albuquerque. Every beer I've tried met or exceeded expectations. The elevated IPA is up there with the best of them, and I have never had a hefeweizen so good. 11 beers on tap as of Oct 2012. Every beer is well thought out and complex. The brewmaster is off at the GABF this week as a judge, which says about this brewery and its beer. No food, but a decent food cart outside with burgers, wings, and fries. Live music every Wednesday and Friday. A must stop here in New Mexico.

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Photo of lisomiso
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

LOVED this place. We were a bit apprehensive driving through the industrial district, but the bar was bustling. A great band was playing while older hippie types danced to the music. We sat at the bar and chatted with the friendly bartenders. Lots of house brews, a few guest beers, and two beers on cask!

We loved pretty much every beer we tried. I'd drink their Notty Pale Ale every day if I could get it at home, and I also very much enjoyed their pumpkin beer (Witch's Tit) on cask.

Wish we had a place like this at home... And I live in Southern California!

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