If you’re a craft beer lover, one of the things you check out in every new city you visit is probably the best local brewery. If you’re visiting Albuquerque any time soon, you won’t have any problems with that—in fact, if anything, you might have trouble narrowing down which one(s) you want to visit.
If you’re heading to New Mexico soon, be sure to put one, some, or heck, why not all of them on your itinerary? After all, we’ve got a comfortable place for you to stay afterwards!
Boxing Bear Brewing Co.
Founded by three friends, Boxing Bear Brewing Company is located along the banks of the Rio Grande River in the northwest part of Albuquerque. In addition to an array of beers, the Brewing Co. also produces and serves locally made wines. Stop in and check out some of their brews, such as their Uppercut IPA, Ambear Ale, Body Czech Bohemian Pilsner, or AppleBear Hard Cider. This brewery also stocks a variety of local beers from New Mexico that change frequently.
Broken Bottle Brewery
Located at 9421 Coors Blvd. NW, this brewery has been around since 2011 and was started by two men who loved beer. They turned their hobby into a profession, opening Broken Bottle Brewery, with a focus on producing small, craft batches using fresh and unique ingredients.
Chama River Brewing Company
This brewery produces 1,000 to 1,200 barrels each year, and is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., as well as Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Chama River Brewing Company has proudly won awards at the Great American Beer Festival, including Gold Medals for their Bohemian-Style Pilsener, American Style Rye Ale, German Style Kolsch, as well as silver and bronze medals for other beers. They’ve also earned awards at the World Beer Cup Awards.
Red Door Brewing
Red Door Brewing Company opened in 2014, and was founded by five people who originally wanted to start a band, but realized they weren’t great musicians and shifted their efforts toward beer. They’re located at 1001 Candelaria Rd NE in Albuquerque, and are open seven days a week. There’s something for everyone on their menu, including their Ryeson Sun Saison, Vanilla Cream Ale, Unhinged Cider, Threshold IPA, and Paint It Black Milk Stout, among others.
Turtle Mountain Brewing Company
From their Heidelberg Helles to their Amerikriek, their Slack Tide Session IPA to their After Midnight “black beer,” Turtle Mountain Brewing Company was inspired by—what else—a love of all things beer, when its proprietor, Nico Ortiz, visited Germany as a teenager. Since then, this brewhouse has won awards including Best of Burque in 2012 and 2013, and is located at 905 36th Place SE, just outside of Albuquerque.
Last on our list is Marble Brewery. With two locations at ABQ West Down and ABQ Westside, Marble offers an array of different brews, such as their Pilsner, which they suggest pairing with green chile cheeseburgers (a specific, yet very New Mexico-appropriate suggestion), and their unique Wildflower Wheat, which they describe as their “liquid sopapilla.”
Have you ever visited any of these breweries? Which one is your favorite?