This stretch of Central in Nob Hill is a gold mine for beer ratings if that’s what you’re in to. 4 blocks 4 breweries. Further west another half mile are several more (Chama River tap room and Back Alley Draft House). This area is right next to the college so Thursday night is pretty busy, in most bars. This one however was kind of dead. Kind of interesting building. It used to be a car dealer and garage. Now it’s a large restaurant with a bar on one end, a brewery and some bathrooms on the other end, and probably a hundred tables in between.
The beer list is equally big. Granted they didn’t have all of these on tap but the menu shows about 20 beers, all with generic names (Blonde, Apricot, Golden, Belgian Pale, etc). I didn’t inquire about the brew on premise concept but I assume that these are all available as recipes should you decide to brew some beer here. For the record they do have a larger brew system in the back which I’d guess is 10 bbl. I certainly didn’t try all of them but I tried a few (not very good) and had a glass of dunkelweizen while I watched the last game of the Giants/Cardinals NLCS. They also have plenty of guest beers. I’d guess maybe 30-40 guest taps and maybe 15 house beers.
Maybe the food is good, I don’t know, but I don’t see a lot of reasons to spend time here unless you’re desperate for ticks, in which case you can mooch/schmooze your way to a bunch of free tasters.
Hmmm, well the place has a good concept, but needs alot of work all around,. place is dingy and needs major update, especially the bar/taps. all of them are over crowded and old. staff is fair but not overly friendly. crowd is college kids for the most part. Beer was bad. I had been driving by this place for years but never stopped. I did once and i will never again.
Updated: A lot of house beers, all fairly bad. They do have cans and bottles from other breweries though. The food has gotten much better. The patio is great on nice days. Dog friendly and HUGE. Waitstaff is eyeball friendly.
Kinda of a cool place in a cool part of town. I didn’t try the food, but I liked that they had a large selection of their own brews (somewhere in the area of 20 or more) on tap - too many to make a taster set possible. Their brews tend to be hit or miss, but I enjoyed hanging out there drinking.
Kind of a weird place. Doesn’t seem to be aiming for any particular vibe atmosphere, food, or beer wise, and just felt like a generic bar/eatery with a bunch of beers on tap, both house and guest, some quality, some macro. The bartender certainly did not care or indicate that she or anybody should care about the house brews one bit. Out of the many selections I tried the British Pale, ESB, and 7.2% stout, the former two being decent, the latter being pretty poor. Hard to make a judgment about twenty beers from just three, but coupled with the lack of brewpub atmosphere they seemed to indicate a less than stellar standard. Prices seemed a little high for what they were putting out, at the high end of the local price range. In a city which now boasts a wealth of excellent options, this place just doesn’t make the cut.
A brewpub/bar in Nob Hill, Albuquerque. This place clearly caters to the college/sports loving crowd. There are lots of posters announcing the prices of macro beers. It is a huge space - tons of outdoor seating (equipped with large outdoor fans as well), lots of long tables inside (cafeteria style), and a decent sized bar as well. They have a number of guest taps as well as house brews (although apparently the menus are separate...). There is quite a large number of house brews (maybe 20) of a variety of styles (if you’re looking to tick, this is the place). The beers I tried were not too bad, although not too great, but definitely easy to drink. There is a food menu (didn’t try anything- it looks like your typical pub fare). The service was middling - I felt ignored some of the time even though there were not many patrons there. On the other hand, the bartender was very interested in testing out different versions of Shock Top Raspberry Wheat each with a different sugary rim on the glass, so we got a lot of free samples. Anyway, overall definitely on the lower end of the beer spectrum, but if you were really into going somewhere with a big crowd or watching a big sporting event, I imagine it would be a good place to go. One of the things they really tout is the opportunity to participate in brewing one of their recipes and taking home 72 bombers of said beer (doesn’t particularly appeal to me, but may to some I guess).
LOVE the old gas station turned brew pub! It’s a great locations and the patio is fun year round!!!
The light lager is our favorite and will have it agian. Food is OK too, but hte beer is the reason to come here.
ajm (202) Los Angeles, California | October 22, 2008| Updated December 7, 2008
Cannot believe I haven’t rated this place, as I try and make an appearance when in the 505. I like it here a lot and especially enjoy the brown. I repect that they have a couple stouts, an Alt, a couple Belgian styles and rotating wheat beers. Tasting more like extract brew every day, but a good watering hole. I read erway’s account of his visit and cannot comment one way or the other, but he is right to call shenanigans, and I wonder if other places are worthy of such allegations!
Each time I have been to Kelly’s at peak meal or drinking time, it has seemed crowdedbut I’ve never had to wait for a table. The old motor company has a vast amount of spaceespecially for a location on Central Ave. Good indoor and outdoor seating plus a bar with lots of large-ish TVs around and sports constantly on. Soccer is popular.
The first drink orders are generally taken within two minutes and food orders soon after. The menu boasts a wide varietyfrom burgers to spanakopita. I’m a fan of the steak sandwich.
Two dozen house beers on printed beer menu. Similar characteristics due likely from the extract approach. Latest samples actually had somewhat style oriented distinctive characteristics. Large outdoor patio in the UNM/Nob Hill area is the biggest attraction. Food tends to be all fried and best consumed during the popular happy hours. Some college student staff are more informed that others. Even more pleasant now that Albuquerque has gone non-smoking.