New Mexico is fast becoming a name on the craft brewery scene and producing a variety of craft beers that are increasingly winning awards at festivals and competitions around the country. The state is becoming home to a variety of nano, micro, and microbreweries that are whipping up seasonal and special production beers.
1.Santa Fe Brewing Company
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Established in 1988, Santa Fe Brewing Company is New Mexico's oldest and largest brewery. Santa Fe Brewing Company focuses on making quality craft beer with a solid line-up of core and seasonal beers, including favorites such as Chicken Killer Barley Wine and Happy Camper IPA that are distributed in 10 states. Santa Fe Brewing also pushes the boundaries of craft with their sour and barrel-aging programs, including the Los Innovadores Series and Ever-Changing Series, which can be sampled in the brewery’s tasting room. Other award-winning beers include the Black IPA, the Kriek Sour Ale, and Imperial Java Stout, and the Chocolate Trail: Adobe Igloo and the classic Winter Warmer.
35 Fire Place, Santa Fe, NM 87508, Phone: 505-424-3333
2.Spotted Dog Brewery
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Founded by Jerry Grandle in 2014 after 15 years of experimenting with historical beer recipes, and brewing in his wife's kitchen, the Spotted Dog Brewery is a local brewery in Mesilla that produces a range of deliciously handcrafted crews. Named for the family's bluetick hound, Ryleigh, the Spotted Dog Brewery is proud to be Mesilla's only microbrewery and offers a range of brews to taste and purchase, as well as a full-service menu of chef-prepared food which is available in the brewery’s taproom. Located at the southern tail of Mesilla, the Spotted Dog is the local brewery of choice with seven brews on tap and a great outdoor patio with spectacular views of the surrounding Organ Mountains.
2920 Avenida de Mesilla, Mesilla, NM 88005, Phone: 575-650-2729
3.Bombs Away Beer Company
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Bombs Away Beer Company is a unique brewery in Albuquerque that has been hand-built from the ground by the owners and features handcrafted furniture and fixtures, contemporary decor and a modern taproom. Located in Albuquerque’s up-and-coming Skyline Heights district, Bombs Away Beer Company brews a range of handcrafted beers, ales, lagers, IPAs, and stouts, including signature brews such as the B.A.B.C. IPA, a north-east inspired hazy IPA; the Actuator IPA, an American IPA; Willie Pete, a witbier; Hazy Chain D.I.P.A., an Imperial Double IPA; Booster Blueberry Sour; and Milkshake IPA Bombs Away. Boasting 16 taps in the taproom, visitors can taste most of the brewery’s offerings in a comfortable and laid-back environment.
9801 Acoma Rd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123, Phone: 505-554-3204
4.Bosque Brewing Co.
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Bosque Brewing Company is a microbrewery based in New Mexico that produces world-class, award-winning craft beer with superior flavor that can be sampled in taprooms in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Bosque Brewing Company produces world-class, award-winning craft beer with superior flavors inspired by American and European style traditions that are distributed throughout the state of New Mexico. Focusing on quality over quantity and taste over mass production, Bosque Brewing Company offers a range of year-round beers such as the Bosque Lager, Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale, Elephants on Parade, and Bosque IPA, along with a selection of rotating seasonal beers.
8900 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Suite I, Suite I, Albuquerque, NM 87113, Phone: 505-750-7596
5.Bow & Arrow Brewing Co.
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Bow & Arrow Brewing Company is a locally owned and operated brewery that produces a range of homebrews that explore the vast frontier of the American Southwest. Inspired by the unique heritage, landscape, and people of the Great American Southwest, beers are made from locally sourced ingredients and are adventurous and full-flavored. Located in the heart of Albuquerque, Bow & Arrow Brewing Company features an onsite brew hall and tasting room with stylish décor, and an outdoor patio with a wood burning fire pit where visitors can enjoy sampling the fantastic range of beers on tap at the brewery. Bow & Arrow Brew Hall is open seven days a week.
608 McKnight Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, Phone: 505-247-9800
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The Canteen Brewhouse, formerly known as the Il Vicino Brewing Company, is an American craft brewery in Albuquerque that features a tap room restaurant with outdoor seating and offers handcrafted brews, fine food, and live entertainment. Founded in 1994 as the Il Vicino Brewing Company and initially housed in the Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza restaurant in Nob Hill, Albuquerque, the brewery was established to hand-crafted beers to the chain of wood-oven pizza restaurants. After growing beyond expectations and producing award-winning beers, the I.V.B. Canteen taproom was opened in Albuquerque’s Brewery District in 2011, and they are creating the same award-winning beers today. The 6,500-square-foot brewing facility offers tastings seven days a week, along with home-cooked cuisine, and live music.
2381 Aztec Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107, Phone: 505-881-2737
7.Comanche Creek Brewery
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Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico just outside Eagle Nest One, Comanche Creek Brewing Company is a small family-owned and one-of-a-kind microbrewery that offers great tasting beer in an incomparable setting. Inspired by the spectacular natural surroundings and using locally sourced ingredients, such as utilizing the pristine mountain waters of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Comanche Creek Brewing Company produces a unique range of several hand-crafted beers in various styles, including four taps at the tasting patio with rotating beers, and exclusive releases. Signature brews include Homestead Amber, Touch-Me-Not IPA, Scully Mountain IPA, Creekside Blond, Iron Mountain Porter, Golden Aspen Oktoberfest, Gold Rush Kolsch, and Ol' Smokey Ale, all of which can be sampled on the lovely outdoor patio against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain views.
Co Rd B-24, Eagle Nest, NM 87718, Phone: 575-377-2337
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Located just up the road from Marble in Albuquerque, Dialogue Brewing is a local brewery owned by Eliot Salgado that produces a range of European-style beers brewed on-site in comfortable, art-filled surrounds. Situated in a revamped warehouse filled with unique artworks and featuring a charming outdoor patio and sculpture garden, Dialogue Brewing offers a variety of handcrafted beers ranging from America to Belgium. Flagship beers include Sour Raspberry, a medium carbonated American sour ale; Berliner Weisse, a straw yellow, medium carbonated German sour ale; Belgian Citrus Ale, a medium carbonated Belgian IPA; and 505 LAGER, a medium carbonated Mexican lager.
1501 1st St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, Phone: 505-585-1501
9.Kilt Check Brewing Company
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Kilt Check Brewing Company, (formerly Drafty Kilt Brewing Company) is a locally-owned, and family-operated brewery that was opened by award-winning brewer Mike Campbell in 2017 and has conjured up several tasty brews ever since. Kilt Check Brewery's namesake gives homage to both the couple's Scottish heritage, and renowned sense of humor, and produces a line of beers with quirky names, such as Groundskeeper Willie, a cream ale with a malty sweet corn taste; McRojo or No?, a medium-light bodied Irish Red Ale; Kilt Rocks, an Imperial Red; and Wee Beastie, a dark and malty Scottish Ale. Kilt Check Brewing Company is open daily Monday through Sunday at various hours.
4814 Hardware Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, Phone: 505-881-0234
10.Kaktus Brewing Company Inc.
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Recently voted as the second-best restaurant north of Albuquerque, Kaktus Brewing Company is a family-owned and operated business with over 30 years of commercial brewing experience. Located next door to the KOA campground in Bernalillo, the two-barrel German-made brewing facility boasts a laid back and relaxed environment in which to sample and enjoy the homebrewed beers, along with ciders, kombuchas, and a selection of local New Mexican wines. Kaktus Brewing Company also features a kitchen that serves fresh, organic, natural and local foods from New Mexico to accompany the beers, against a backdrop of spectacular views of the Coronado Monuments.
471 S. Hill Rd, Bernalillo, Albuquerque, NM 87113, Phone: 505-379-5072
11.La Cumbre Brewing Company
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La Cumbre Brewing Company is a microbrewery in Albuquerque that offers a range of handcrafted house staples and seasonal specials, as well as delicious fare from several food trucks, live music and other events, yoga sessions and more. Established for the love of brewing and beer, La Cumbre Brewing Company is the realization of a long-held dream. The centrally located Albuquerque taproom opens daily at noon and features a delicious lineup of year-round and seasonal brews, including a Slice of Hefen, Pyramid Rock Amber, Elevated IPA, Malpais Stout, and Red Ryeot, and seasonal Sun Fade, Full Nelson DIPA, Snafued Hazy IPA, and A Session Divine. An array of food trucks stop by every day of the week, and the taproom offers live sports, and foosball as entertainment.
3313 Girard Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107, Phone: 505-872-0225
12.Left Turn Distilling
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Founded by Brian Langwell, Left Turn Distilling is a local distillery in Albuquerque that specializes in high-quality craft distilled spirits. Featuring handcrafted equipment made by the founder himself, the distillery produces a range of exceptional spirits ranging from gin and whiskey to vodka and rum. Signature spirits include Brothers Old Tom Gin, which is made from a recipe dating back to 18th-century England; NM Blue Corn Whiskey, a traditional triple-distilled corn whiskey made with pure New Mexico water and roasted and blue corn; a conventional Caribbean-style Rojo Piñon Rum with a southwest twist; and a very clean and clear La Luz Vodka, inspired by the Sandia Mountains that overlook Albuquerque.
2924 Girard Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107, Phone: 505-508-0508
13.Lizard Tail Brewing
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Founded in 2014, Lizard Tail Brewing is a local micro-brewery that focuses on producing a range of quality craft beers using traditional brewing techniques with an emphasis on distinct flavors. Co-owned by Dan Berry and Kenneth Rhoads, Lizard Tail Brewing grew from a home-brewing business to a fully-fledged brewery and produces 11 year-round beers with reptile-themed names such as Black Bearded Oatmeal Stout and Whiptail White. Lizard Tail Brewing also offers three unique brews per season, such as the Biscochito Brown, all of which can be sampled in the brewery’s taproom, which is open Monday through Sunday, at various times.
9800 Montgomery Blvd, Albuquerque, NM 87111, Phone: 505-717-1301
© Milton's Brewing
Milton's Brewing opened their doors in 2016 near the heart of downtown Carlsbad and features a working brewery and modern taproom that boasts both indoor and outdoor seating for year-round. Milton's Brewing creates small batches of beer that encompass local culture and flavor, and are available to sample, and in flights, pints, and growlers-to-go. Milton's Brewing produces four year-round beers, including the Red Stapler American Red Ale, an English Pale Ale called Strongjaw, the Hoprunner Hefeweizen, a traditional German-style wheat beer, and Bellydragger, an American Brown Ale. Seasonal beers include a Frijole Mole Stout (a red chili chocolate stout), a Peco American Pale Ale, Permian, a smash pale ale, and Oktoberfest 20XX. The brewery also features local and regional food trucks and live entertainment throughout the year.
108 East Mermod Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220, Phone: 575-689-1026
15.Nexus Brewery and Nexus Silver Taproom
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The Nexus Brewery and Nexus Silver Taproom is a dedicated Albuquerque brewery that produces excellent handcrafted craft beers, authentic Mexican food, and a friendly, vibrant atmosphere. The Nexus Brewery produces signature brews including Imperial Cream Ale, Honey Chamomile Wheat, Scottish Ale, Lemon Wheat Ale, Red Ale, IPA, and Chocolate Porter. In addition to excellent beer, the restaurant serves with delicious, home-style southern and Mexican food, such as Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles, and New Orleans Style Gumbo. The Nexus Silver Taproom features nine taps of rotating beers which fellow craft beer lovers can sample and enjoy in a relaxed, laid-back space.
4730 Pan American Fwy East, Albuquerque, Phone: 505-242-4100
16.Red Door Brewing Company
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Red Door Brewing Company is an innovative brewery on the outskirts of Albuquerque's Brewery District that offers a variety of cider and wine options and a lovely outdoor patio where the brews can be sampled and enjoyed. Founded in 2014 by five friends with a shared passion for delicious beer, and badminton on ice skates, Red Door Brewing Company was named for the long-recognized cultural sign of welcoming and safety – a red door. Priding themselves on being a welcoming gateway to craft beer and gathering space for the community, Red Door Brewing Company offers a large variety of styles of beer, wines, cider, as well as gluten-free options of impeccable quality and taste. The Red Door Brewing Company brewery and taproom can be found on Candelaria in between Edith and I-25 along with a taproom in downtown Albuquerque in the ground floor of the Simms Building.
1001 Candelaria Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107, Phone: 505-633-6675
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17.Rowley Farmhouse Ales
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Rowley Farmhouse Ales is a small independently-owned, family-friendly, farm-to-table gastropub and craft brewery in Santa Fe, New Mexico that focuses on brewing rustic craft beers and wild fermented ales and serving mouthwatering home-cooked food. Rowley Farmhouse Ales features 24 tap handles pouring 16 guest taps of beers from New Mexico, out-of-state and around the world, including saisons, Berliner weisses, IPAs, and amber ales, along with limited releases every week. Rowley Farmhouse Ales has a spacious taproom which can be rented for special events, along with a charming outdoor patio for tastings and socializing in warmer weather.
1405 Maclovia St, Santa Fe, NM 87505, Phone: 505-428-0719
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Ale Republic Brewery is a small batch brewery in the heart of the East Mountains that hosts new, seasonal and experimental beers from breweries around the state, and to establish a community-oriented atmosphere where beer-lovers can sample and enjoy fantastic beers from all four corners of New Mexico. Located in Cedar Crest, Ale Republic features unique seasonal, specialty, and experimental beers, along with New Mexican red and white wines, sparkling wines, meads, and ciders, which are available for tasting and purchasing. The brewery also features a state-of-the-art small batch system in which community members can brew their recipes and hosts a variety of events throughout the year.
28 Arroyo Seco Rd, Cedar Crest, NM 87008, Phone: 505-281-2828
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19.Sidetrack Brewing Company
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Sidetrack Brewing Company is a small locally owned and operated brewery and taproom just south of downtown Albuquerque with a focus on producing a variety of high-quality craft beers and serving it in a friendly neighborhood pub atmosphere. The brewery features an ever-changing tap list, which has a good variety of beers, ranging from Pub Ale, Guera American Blonder Ale, and Co-Mo IPA, to Buzz Bomb Coffee Pale Ale, and Railhead Red. Beers are available by the pint or as cask-conditioned ales from a beer engine and can be tasted in the taproom, which is open daily, and food can be purchased from several food trucks who make a stop at the brewery throughout the week.
413 2nd Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, Phone: 505-288-6468
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20.Sierra Blanca Brewing Company
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Located in Moriarty just outside Albuquerque, Sierra Blanca Brewery Company is a great brewery with two brands, namely the Sierra Blanca and the Rio Grande. Established in 1996 by Rich and Suzanne Weber in Carrizozo New Mexico, business growth saw relocation to Moriarty, New Mexico in 2007. The brewery produces a range of beers that blend the two brands and run with the Rio Grande theme, including the Alien Amber Ale, Alien Wheat, Pale Ale, Nut Brown, Outlaw Lager, Desert Pilsner, IPA, and a Pancho Verde Chile Cerveza. Sierra Blanca Brewery Company has a tasting room and a gift shop that is open Monday through Saturday, at various hours.
1016 Industrial Loop, Moriarty, NM 87035, Phone: 505-832-2337
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21.Truth or Consequences Brewing Company
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Truth or Consequences Brewing Company is a destination brewery in the historic hot springs spa district of downtown Truth or Consequences that produces handcrafted ales and lagers as well as a variety of beers and wines from other New Mexico producers. The brewery produces arrange of brews that include Redbone Ale, a malty red ale with moderate hop flavor and aroma; Oasis Ale, a crisp and light creamy ale; Hot Springs Lager, a delicious Pilsner-style Lager; Double Wheat, a refreshing American Wheat Beer; and Hibiscus Mint Booch, a light, tart, refreshing, and beautiful pink-colored kombucha.
410 N Broadway Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, Phone: 575-297-0289
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22.Turtle Mountain Brewing Company
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Named after the Tewa name for Sandia Peak and as a tribute to the owner’s father, Turtle Mountain Brewing Company is owned and operated by Nico Ortiz who began the business after dedicating his life to the pursuit of good beer. The inviting brewpub was established to provide the people of Rio Rancho and surrounding communities with tasty handcrafted beverages and delicious; high-quality foods served in a comfortable, friendly environment. Signature brews include Wooden Teeth American Lager, Can’t Catch Me Copper Lager, Red Rye Redux, Parasol White IPA, Hopshell IPA, and Stauffenberg Stout.
905 36th St SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124, Phone: 505-994-9497
23.Abbey Brewing Company
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Abbey Brewing Company is a locally owned and operated craft brewery located on the grounds of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, north of Abiquiu. Abbey Brewing Company follows the 1,500-year-old-tradition of monastic brewing in Europe to brew their beers in a variety of contemporary styles. The brewery focuses on the development of new styles of beer and limited commercial production of small draft batches on a 20-barrel brewing system with bottle and draft packaging happening at the brewery in Moriarty. Nestled within the private living space of the monastic community, the brewery is closed to visitors, however, all of the beers brewed and packaged are available at Bode's General Store in Abiquiu, and available at fine restaurants across New Mexico.
Forest Rd 151, Abiquiu, NM 87510, Phone: 505-670-6802
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23 Best New Mexico Breweries
- Santa Fe Brewing Company, Photo: Santa Fe Brewing Company
- Spotted Dog Brewery, Photo: Spotted Dog Brewery
- Bombs Away Beer Company, Photo: Bombs Away Beer Company
- Bosque Brewing Co., Photo: Bosque Brewing Co.
- Bow & Arrow Brewing Co., Photo: Bow & Arrow Brewing Co.
- Canteen Brewhouse, Photo: Canteen Brewhouse
- Comanche Creek Brewery, Photo: Courtesy of BillionPhotos.com - Fotolia.com
- Dialogue Brewing, Photo: Dialogue Brewing
- Kilt Check Brewing Company, Photo: Kilt Check Brewing Company
- Kaktus Brewing Company Inc., Photo: Kaktus Brewing Company Inc.
- La Cumbre Brewing Company, Photo: La Cumbre Brewing Company
- Left Turn Distilling, Photo: Left Turn Distilling
- Lizard Tail Brewing, Photo: Lizard Tail Brewing
- Milton's Brewing, Photo: Milton's Brewing
- Nexus Brewery and Nexus Silver Taproom, Photo: Nexus Brewery and Nexus Silver Taproom
- Red Door Brewing Company, Photo: Red Door Brewing Company
- Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Photo: Rowley Farmhouse Ales
- Ale Republic, Photo: Ale Republic
- Sidetrack Brewing Company, Photo: Sidetrack Brewing Company
- Sierra Blanca Brewing Company, Photo: Sierra Blanca Brewing Company
- Truth or Consequences Brewing Company, Photo: Truth or Consequences Brewing Company
- Turtle Mountain Brewing Company, Photo: Turtle Mountain Brewing Company
- Abbey Brewing Company, Photo: Abbey Brewing Company
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