Fairly large place in a sort of weird strip mall in the interesting suburb of Rio Rancho. Long bar, patio, lots of bar and restaurant tables. Brewhouse visible through glass behind the bar. Flights of seven in a turtle shaped board, and they had 12 of their beers on offer plus three guests. Beers were decent enough, nothing too exciting. Didn't try the food, looked like OK pub food. Good prices. Worth a look if nearby.
A large brewpub north of Albuquerque that we stopped at on our way to Santa Fe. A large place with a long bar that was packed with many more waiting. Servers seemed a bit overwhelmed and didn’t really get to test their knowledge. Only 6 beers on tap for my visit but a sampler was available. Pizza was solid but not outstanding. Prices we ok. A pretty good visit overall.
Nice place, sports bar, crowded on NFL night. Lots of bar area seating, swift service. They hand-toss the pizza dough and have a stone oven, we were only hungry enough for a snack and got cheesy bread, it was good.
A fairly large brewpub in Rio Rancho, just outside of Albuquerque. Very dimly lit with a large bar, several tables and a long bar overlooking a large screen projection TV plus the wood ovens in the kitchen, and other tables and outdoor seating available. Seems like it caters to sports fans with all the tvs and on All Star day, all the seating in front of the large screen projection was completely full. Service was good, very attentive. They offer ~5-6 regulars with 3-4 seasonals, all of which were quite good, especially the IPAs and hefe. The menu is quite extensive with so many enticing items, it was very difficult to choose. My sandwich with ham, salami, pepperoni, cheese, and peppers was huge, super tasty, and impossible to finish. I can’t wait to try the other items on the menu. Yeah, overall had a great time at this place, one of my favorites in/near Albuquerque.
Dimly lit interior with a long bar plus large bar area with projection TV plus three others, in addition to a small restaurant section and bland patio. Open kitchen with flames bouncing about from the oven and stove. Not overloaded with character, but nice enough, and a good deal of beer paraphernalia around. Beer selection was solid with a couple IPA’s, other standard offerings, an EXCELLENT seasonal hefe, possibly the best American go I’ve had, as well as a cask version of their English-ish brown. The other beers didn’t match the hefe, but were still from good to very good. I tested their menu by ordering the pork chops with house-made applesauce, barley pilaf, and sauteed broccoli (not exactly their wheelhouse seemingly), and they passed the test admirably. It wasn’t the best effort ever, but for 12 bucks (tied for the most expensive item) at a brewpub pizzeria, I was plenty impressed. Was there for happy hour, $3 pints. A very enjoyable stop.
nearbeer (250) Knoxville, Tennessee | October 17, 2010| Updated October 30, 2010
New Location at 905 36th Place SE. Typical brewpub atmosphere. Good selection and quality of food at reasonable prices. There were about a dozen house brews available and were of a broad variety. Had a sample flight of 6 beers and all were above average to excellent. Waitress was knowledgeable and friendly on a busy NFL-game Sunday afternoon.
I have not been to the new location but Nico & Liz certainly made us feel at home in the old place. We stopped by for a beer and spent the day. The staff here could not have been nicer. The beers were varied and tasty, as was the food. I will go back to Rio Rancho just to go here.
Turtle Mountain 2 (official grand opening one week ago) is a completely different creature from the original location on Southern. The new place is spaceous, all non-smoking, well lit and inviting. The large granite bar and counter tops are modern and attractive. While the flat-screen TVs do pander to the sports crowd, there is also the projection screen that delivers what local customers want - such as Comedy Central and South Park. The kitchen operates fairly late for this bedroom community and a 3-6 happy hour has $2.75 pint deals on very flavorful beer. Same great pizzas and calzones though. Seating is booths and tables, with two outdoor patios! The brewhouse is visible behind the long bar. The staff is not yet seasoned but seem committed to offering requisite information on the wood-fired oven dishes and Mark Matheson’s refined brews. The original location has added pool tables and now allows all forms of legal second-hand smoke generation. Dart boards should be added shortly.
Another great place. I only sampled one beer, it was good. The food was really good, (BTW, in New Mexico, Green Chili means HOT!!!) The pizza was good, and so was the Calzone I ended up with... The brewery equipment has been moved to their new location, but this restaurant was a really cool place. Glad I made it out here. Thanks to Jeff and his whole family for making my trip a buch of fun.