La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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La Cumbre Brewing Co.La Cumbre Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
4/5
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3,945 Ratings
La Cumbre Brewing Co.La Cumbre Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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:
101
Reviews:
648
Ratings:
3,945
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.48/5
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
126
pDev:
7.81%
 
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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of LXIXME
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

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Photo of sholland119
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
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 kylehay2004
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of nickfl
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of cbcrunch
4.57/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mrcraft
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
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 orangesol
4.21/5  rDev -6%
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 Canada_Dan
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of 22Blue
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of italianstallion
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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 fredmugs
4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of kingpin1010
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.3/5  rDev -4%
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 jdense
3.86/5  rDev -13.8%
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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La Cumbre Brewing Co. in Albuquerque, NM
Brewery rating: 4 out of 5 with 3,945 ratings