Taproom up front, brewery in the back. Beers were the best I had in Albuquerque & Sante Fe. Great vibe, friendly atmosphere. Jeff is a terrific host. Meeting up with the RateBeer crowd and friends here over a bunch of great beers was definitely the highlight of my New Mexico trip!
This place is in walking distance from the newly renamed Canteen Brewhouse (Il Vicino) so thatís nice. The real attraction here is that they make some really good hoppy beer. If I lived in New Mexico Elevated IPA would be my new Pliny. The Project Dank was pretty awesome too. I guess it changes every batch as they experiment with different hop combinations. What I know for sure is that the version that I had on this trip was considerably better than the one I had at GABF the year before.
If you want to try everything on the menu be prepared to get a tray crammed full of tasters. 11 on tap at the time and probably too cheap for their own good. Iím pretty sure the bartender didnít charge for the last couple. A couple things of note: they had a vintage keg of their imperial stout on tap, Hell Froze Over (I guess their thing is that they would never brew a brown ale, but now they did), and their hefe is called "A Slice Of Hefen" (LOL). Good stuff all around.
The building has an interesting layout. When you enter the bar area is on the left. There is a dinning area (sort of, since they donít serve food here) on the right. And upstairs is a private room of sorts that was packed to the point where I couldnít even walk in. Iím fine with the bar. They also have a neat display right by the entrance. Itís a lit up display of a bunch of beer bottles with a La Cumbre sign in the middle. Also, around the bar area in the rafters are a bunch of empty beer bottles.
Over all itís a nice place with great service but youíre here for the beer. There isnít much to do if you donít like their beer.
Dropped in for a quick visit on a Sunday afternoon. Big loyal crowd of locals. But the staff was prompt to serve me a sturdy beer off the impressively deep list of beer offerings. I loved the one I had. Nice environment, peppered with some nice breweriana. Worth their hype. Brewery #698.
Located in what looks like an old warehouse. Well it is an old warehouse bu in the inside is a modern, comfortable pub that bigger than it first looks. Even in the early afternoon they had a solid crowd in the bar. They had 9 things on tap which ranged from good to fantastic. The bartender was someone who,loved hanging out in the place so much he thought it would be fun to work there which gave him passion for beer and the brewery. Definielty one of the highlights of my trip.
Oakes (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | October 29, 2011
Fairly big place - bigger than I was expecting. Lots of great brews on tap. Tasted a few, had a pint. Lots of people were coming in for growlers. The parking is probably an issue, as there arenít many spots at the building itself. They donít have a kitchen. But Erwayís making some nice stuff and this should be on the list of for any beer lover passing through town.
This was an awesome stop! On a Friday afternoon it was lively. Itís a two story pub with brewerania all over. A bar, tables and foosball are downstairs. Upstairs is a pool table and a comfy couch. They had a smoked beer, major props. The IPA is absolutely top notch as well. They do growler fills and have cans of the IPA to go. No food whatsoever.
On a Wed evening the place is packed and loud. However I managed to find a seat by the bar. 12 beers on tap. Flight of any number of beers available. The service was a bit inattentive but the place was full and I wasnít the most interesting guest. Pretty nice beers all the five I had.
Out in the middle of a creepy industrial park with tow lots and god knows what else- typical brewery real estate. No food here but thankfully has a symbiotic relationship with a high quality food truck that brings the food for you into the brewery. Pretty boss set up. Service was quick, efficient, friendly. Tasting flight here is clearly set up by Ratebeerian (the brewer/owner is a ratebeer veteran so go figure). Flight has all of the beers on tap labeled correctly. This is a mega tasting flight so get ready. 14 beers! Beer quality is above average to very high for some of the hoppier stuff. Lively, crowded place. Clearly Albuquerque needed a brewery and erway delivers!
Tried the Elevated IPA by mail back in early 2012 after it won best IPA at the GABF in 2011. Hadnít had it since. So I was in Vegas with a free weekend (and donít gamble...lol!) and ended up doing a 16 hour roundtrip to Albuquerque and back over a 2 day weekend. To my way of thinking it was worth the drive...although most would consider that excessive (got to see a few sights along the way like Meteor Crater). Well the place is great inside...and out on the patio too. There was a food truck when I visited...but otherwise no food...and great music playing. I thought the staff was really great...both service and personality...but itís about the beer here...great beer in fact. There may not be a lot of craftbeer...great or otherwise in New Mexico...but La Cumbre holds its own against a lot of larger and more well known US craft breweries. If you can visit here...do so...if you can get their beer elsewhere (CO & AZ I think)...do so. La Cumbre is definitely a destination brewery...in a fun city with a few other good breweries to include on your tour (like Marble).