ABQ Breweries (and a Nearby Distillery)
I predict a trip to Albequerque in your future, and to prepare for any moments of down time, I’ve compiled a list of breweries for you! I will warn you, I felt like I went back in time about 15 years when I checked out most of these websites. A few were just too much for me, you can find them at the bottom. At the very least, all seem promising, especially if your goal is to indulge in local beer.
Oh, and here’s a map if you’re in need of convenient locations.
Marble Brewery tours happen on the first Friday of each month at 5:30 pm at the downtown pub, not sure if they charge for these. They have three locations, a pub and two taprooms. The limited menu is provided by the chef at Chama River Brewing, and they have a page just for the frequent food trucks!
Tractor Brewing Co makes me want to visit just because of the humor (can we giggle for a moment about the web address?) And they provide tour information on the main page (slide 3)! A great sign they already know me well. Tours are Monday – Thursday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, no information about admission fees.
Turtle Mountain Brewing Co lured me in with their menu page. Just take a look, do I need to say more? Actually, yes, I do need to say more. The bottom of their menu features their “Hoppy” Hour specials, and if you go here, Shane and I need you to order the Truchas pizza, upgraded to the cracked pepper dough (to make it healthier). I order those exact toppings at my favorite pizza place, I had no idea it was a “thing.”
Broken Bottle Brewery would be a good place to check on on a Tuesday night when they offer $3 pints from open to close! It seems like they have a Monday-Thursday happy hour from 4-6, also featuring $3 pints. They have open mic nights on Wednesdays and occasional live music.
Bad Ass Brewing doesn’t have much to say, except that they have HUGE SUB SANDWICHES and to check out their facebook page for events and beer release info. I went to their website to look for that sort of thing, but I guess it could be worse (see painfully uninformative websites below)
Chama River Brewing Co looks like it could be a fancy place. They have a full menu and several of their own beers on tap. Or check out their tap room which appears to serve the same beers, but no food (they do allow deliveries from nearby restaurants!)
Don Quixote Distillery and Winery came VERY close to being bumped to the next list, but they’re the only distillery I found, and they provide information about their tasting rooms, which are in Santa Fe and Los Alamos (so probably not an option unless you have a LOT of time to kill). They laughably boast a third location: their e-store.
And for a bit of humor, here are a few other places with websites too painful to summarize anything useful:
Nexus Brewery why it’s painful: their calendar of events still includes NFL Sunday Ticket and Wings… I’m not a sports gal and I know that after the Superbowl, the NFL is over until the fall. They DO have $3 pints all day on Mondays and Tuesdays, which ALMOST saved them, but just didn’t numb enough of the pain.
La Cumbre Brewing Co why it’s painful: the header is so big the navigation menu is at the bottom of my screen, a page about the brewery features a single photo without text, and I couldn’t find hours… maybe they’re on the contact us page, but that’s not the most obvious for prospective customers.
Sandia Chile Grill why it’s painful: perhaps it’s my internet, but the photos loaded painfully slow. Also, hover over some of the links and notice the default title from whichever web design program was used to build the site. Do they brew their own beer? I couldn’t even figure that out. Oh, and their website looks just like Bosque Brewing…
Whether you visit some or none, I need a food-and-drink-play-by-play of your trip. That’s basically the only thing I miss about traveling for work, eating and drinking local stuffs. Enjoy!