Alibi V.21 No.50 • Dec 13-19, 2012 

Last-Minute Gift Guide

Breweries & Wineries

Eric Williams
Who doesn’t need a drink to get through the holiday season? Gifts from the city’s ever-growing number of craft breweries and wineries will keep friends and family happily tipsy while sleigh bells ring and jingle. Most of the breweries in town offer some sort of club membership that includes discounts, treats and access to special events. Here are a couple of our favorites.


111 Marble NW • 243-2739

Hours: Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to midnight
Sunday from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The Marble Brewery Club Card grants its lucky owner $1 off pints and a discount on growler refills and kegs. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Il Vicino Brewery Canteen

2381 Aztec NE • 881-2737

Hours: Sunday through Thursday from noon to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from noon to midnight

Members of the Canteen’s Mug Club enjoy happy hour prices around the clock, and membership comes with an official Mug Club T-shirt.

Victor’s Grape Arbor

2436 San Mateo NE • 883-0000

Hours: Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

One of Albuquerque’s only supply stores for home brewers and vinters, the Grape Arbor has supplied the city’s alcohol-lovers since long before the craft-beer craze hit the city. The shop offers easy starter kits for beginning brewers or more advanced equipment and supplies for those who prefer hand-selected hops and grapes.

St. Clair

901 Rio Grande NW B100 • 243-9916

Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This Deming-based winery has a small bistro in Old Town where you can choose from its entire line of reds and whites. You will also find specialty bottles, including the Wine A Rita, red and green chile-infused varieties, and a sangria. The St. Clair Mimosa, which makes breakfast drinking far too easy, is a surefire crowd-pleaser. The bistro’s shop also offers other wine-inspired gifts.

Casa Rondeña

733 Chavez NW • 344-5911

Hours: Monday through Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.

This sprawling vineyard in Los Ranchos has an assortment of monthly club memberships and a wide selection of wines. And with a charming location blissfully removed from the hordes descending on malls at this time of year, you will likely leave in a better mood than when you arrived.