This appears to be the best beer store in NM (a state that does not get a wide distribution). Lots of local beers, including NM locals, plus Deschutes, Odells (regulars and also Woodcut), New Belgium, Wasatch, Left Hand, Full Sail, Big Sky, Avery, etc. Also had a few international beers (Mikkeller, Struise, Liefmans, some others I can’t remember right now). Bottom line, this place gets the most beers possible to get in NM. Great prices on 12 packs and other good bargains ($10 for 3 Full Sail bombers!). It’s the place to go in Albuquerque for bottled beers. Also, if you’re interested, they have a very extensive wine collection.
Racks of beer in the back of a liquor store. No real surprises, but there was a healthy and supported selection of local product. Staff was helpful once you asked for it. Easy to find and get to once you figure out the awkward intersection and where the door is.
A store that dedicates its beer space to microbrews, hooray! The friendly staff tries nearly all the new releases, so you can ask for their opinions before wasting your money. This is the best store in town for rare and expensive brews. They currently have Mikkeller single-hop IPAs, all the Oskar Blues products, a bigger Rogue selection than anyone else in town, the freshest Stone bottles this side of Arizona, and a whole refrigerator section called "Hophead Heaven" for people like me. Check it out.
I can always count on Jubilation to have a wide selection of cold Stone bombers. They even had some Double Bastard last time I was there. As a former Albuquerquean, this is my go to place for some great brews.
The Best place to find and buy micros in Albuquerque. The selection is as good as it gets anywhere in the city and the staff really knows what they are talking about. Mainly a wine store (4000+ bottles), the beer selection includes upwards of 300 beers. This place carries a very limited selection of macros, reserving space for the micros. The 7 cooler doors of 6 packs and 2 doors of singles are packed as tight as possible, allowing maximum usage of available space. Next time you need to buy something, stop in at the best store in the Burque.
Wow! That would have been the simpliest way to sum this place up. The staff was extreamly helpful. Since I don’t get to the states much these days, they made recommendations of beers I need to try in my stay in NM. They also gave me personal insite into many of their favorites. The selection was very exciting, but that could because I haven’t seen these beers in Europe. Again I wish I had time to buy some 4 or 6 packs. If I am ever back this way I am will not miss out on another stop here and neither should any of you!
Off notes, 9/2006. As I write this, I have been in Albuquerque for 7 weeks. Plainly stated, the selection of beer in New Mexico is pretty weak, and while talking to one of the guys at Jubilation I found out why. It’s all about the distributors of course, so their choices are limited. Jubilation has a pretty good selection overall. They carry some Belgian brews and a lot of Avery’s stuff, though it is hardly the mecca for beer. Maybe one of the mecca’s of Albuquerque, but you can tell the selection is limited, though still very good. The staff is extremely helpful, laid back, and willing to shoot the breeze with you. And beyond beer, their wine selection is massive. Definitely worth checking out if you are new to the city.