Brewery Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
Albuquerque - Corrales
Sun-Thu 11am-11pm Fri-Sat 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Il Vicino’s thin-crusted, gourmet-topped pizzas are perennial favorites among Alibi readers, but the big salads are equally popular. Order at the register and a server brings the food to your table, making weekday lunches speedy. The open kitchen gives you something to stare at while you wait. Stop in for a quick lunch or a late afternoon microbrew on the patio.
Albuquerque - Downtown
Mon-Wed 4pm-midnight, Thu-Sun noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Wine • Cider • Live Music • DJ • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
This indoor-outdoor brewery is as cozy as it is fun. The bartenders are friendly and informative, and you’ll even find the smiling owners working the taps. The identifying feature of the outdoor patio are metal towers that stretch high above the building. Enjoy Asian fusion cuisine from resident food truck Kitsune or order a pizza made in the wood-fired oven.
Mon-Thur 3-11pm, Fri 3pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-10pm (hours can change without notice)
If you’re in need of a good conversation and a personalized sampling flight, Sidetrack is the best brewery to go to. The servers are personable and chatty, but if you’re feeling introspective or want a private conversation, take your drink and meal (the food is provided by local restaurants that they have on rotation) and head out to the gorgeous patio. The beer selection is always changing, so there’s always something new to try at this modern taproom.
Albuquerque - Far Northeast Heights
11225 Montgomery Blvd NE (Far Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87111
Albuquerque NM 87111
Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Catering • Wireless Internet
Il Vicino’s thin-crusted, gourmet-topped pizzas are perennial favorites among readers, but the house-brewed beers are equally popular. Order at the register and a server brings the food to your table, making weekday lunches speedy. The open kitchen gives you something to stare at while you wait. Stop in for a quick lunch or a late afternoon microbrew at one of the patio tables.
Albuquerque - I-25 Corridor
4730 Pan American Fwy NE Ste D (I-25 Corridor)
Albuquerque NM 87109
Albuquerque NM 87109
Mon-Thu: 11am-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm Sun: 11am-8:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Growler refills • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
This brewery has quite a following, both for the beer and as a “New Mexican soul food” gastropub. The menu offers specialties like New Orleans-style gumbo and the delicious marriage of chicken and waffles. It’s just the place to take your corn-bread-and-Frito-pie-craving friends while still getting your craft beer fix.
Albuquerque - Midtown
Sun-Thu: noon-10pm Fri-Sat: noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Growler refills • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-FriendlyCask Conditioned Ale: every Wednesday 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Canteen Brewhouse picks up where the Il Vicino Vassar taproom left off. The canteen is spacious, and so is its shaded patio filled with picnic benches—a comfortable spot to enjoy the brew, regular live music and a casual menu. There’s no pizza here, but there are satisfying sandwiches. As always, the ingredients are top-notch, the microbrews are award-winning, and the home-brewed root beer float is a real treat.
Albuquerque - Nob Hill
Mon and Tue 4pm-9pm Wed 12pm-9pm Thur-Sat 12pm-9:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Take Out / To-Go • Wireless Internet
This small restaurant has a straightforward goal: to serve the best damn local-beef hamburgers and microbrewed beers around. With eight burgers to choose from—including the delectable Nawlins with bleu cheese—and 33 local beers on tap, the joint should be a beacon for anyone with a carnivorous appetite while a selection of meatless burgers and impressive salads should satisfy vegetarians.
Mon-Wed: 11am-11pm Thurs:11am-midnight Fri-Sat: 11am-1am Sun: 12pm-11pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Growler refills • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
Bosque’s freshly expanded taproom in the Nob Hill/University Heights area is a must try on your brewery tour list, especially as their food is top notch. This location offers a sunny patio, too. The happy hour menu is a must, and the sandwiches are pretty great all around, especially the caprese and the Italian.
Sun-Thu noon-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Head to Nob Hill for one of Head Brewer Ken Wimmer’s tasty brews such as the Tipsy Cow, Dad Joke or An Irish Tan. This joint has 40 local taps and savory pub grub like the Brew Dog with sauerkraut and a Pub-B-Q quesadilla with smoked brisket and melted cheddar jack.
Sun-Thu: 11am-11pm Fri- Sat: 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio
Il Vicino’s thin-crusted, gourmet-topped pizzas are perennial favorites among Alibi readers, but the big salads are equally popular. Order at the register, and a server brings the food to your table, making weekday lunches speedy. The open kitchen gives you something to stare at while you wait. Stop in for a quick lunch or a late afternoon microbrew at one of the sidewalk tables.
Sun-Thu: 8am-10:30pm Fri-Sat: 8am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Besides its late-night menu and 20-odd house-brewed beers, Kelly's has an enormous, dog-friendly patio that somehow manages to be packed to the elbows, lively and laidback at the same time. Snag a spot by the rails for some of the best people-watching in Nob Hill. The food is decidedly geared toward the bar crowd (the kitchen stays open until 11pm, but the food isn’t the strength here), with shades of cow, ostrich, turkey, buffalo or veggie on the burger menu. Get one with a side of sweet potato fries.
1100 San Mateo Blvd. NE Ste. 50 (Nob Hill)
Albuquerque NM 87110
Albuquerque NM 87110
Everyone’s a little Irish at this friendly place! Bring the kiddies, bring your grandpa—everyone else does (which means it can get a little crowded and noisy, but we love it anyway). The whole joint smells wonderfully like hot cereal and the brewery tanks are visible from the eating area. We recommend the perfect fish and chips paired with a pint o’ the Rye’t Side of Dublin. Sláinte!
Alibi recommends: Shepherd’s Pie, Tiramisu
Vibe: Friendly, open spaced Irish pub
Albuquerque - North Valley
Mon-Wed: 11am-10pm Thu-Sat: 11am-11pm Sun: Noon-10pm (hours can change without notice)
For pizza, there are more choices in terms of toppings and sizes than you can shake a stick at. They offer gluten-free crusts, as well as a CauliPower crust, so dietary restrictions are supported here. I opted for the simple traditional go-to, a large pepperoni. At $14.50 for a 16-inch single-topping pizza, the price fit. The crust is solid, with enough crunch to feel sturdy, but the dough above still has some softness to it. The sauce was rich and flavorful, while the cheese was gooey and stretchy. The pepperoni was great, covering the face of the pie sufficiently and allowing me to get a piece in every bite. From the first bite, you can tell that these are all high quality ingredients that come together to create something truly worth devouring.
Alibi recommends: Appetizers are amazing, and so is the pizza.
Vibe: Open, friendly, comfortable.
Whether it’s appetizers and beers with the buds, or a nice family dinner, Steel Bender has what you’re looking for. Asiago truffle fries? Yup. Green chile stew? Of course. House-ground beer brats? Yes, please! Wash it all down with a local wine, seasonal brew or house beer such as the Skull Bucket IPA.
Albuquerque - Old Town
Another brewery jostles for recognition in the crowded Albuquerque market place. This one, an expansion of a Portland, Ore. outfit, offers a tastefully appointed and classy dining area and a menu of pub-inspired gastro-delights like fish and chips, burgers and the like. As far as beer is concerned, check out the oatmeal stout or the Ghost Train IPA.
Albuquerque - University
This burger (The Kobe) came topped with pickled red onions, truffle butter, tomato-aioli and local greens. The bun was toasted to a gentle crispiness, and the meat was perfectly juicy (I order burgers medium-rare, don’t at me). The truffle butter helped accentuate some of that bold Kobe flavor, the tomato-aioli was a toasty, spicy kick to give the bites a little bit more pizzazz and interest, with the pickled red onions giving it a hint of sweetness and a little extra crunch
Alibi recommends: Cajun Fries, Kobe Burger, Chicago Dog
Vibe: Western burger lovers paradise
Albuquerque - Uptown
Sun 10am-midnight, Mon-Sat 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Previously known as ABQ Brew Pub, this establishment puts a laser focus on quality brews and makes sure every customer has a truly out-of-this-world experience. The space has high ceilings reminiscent of an upscale ski lodge bar with less colorful sweaters. You’d never know it shares a wall with Uptown Sports Bar. Alien Brew Pub’s kitchen boasts ahi tuna with a wasabi cilantro dressing and crème brûlée made with vanilla bean custard topped with carmelized sugar. Ten taps host Sierra Blanca and Rio Grande offerings, available in 10-, 16- or 22-ounce glasses.
B2B2 makes some bomb street-style tacos. From the handmade tortillas to the specialty sauces, everything is prepared in-house. Each taco is paired with a complementary sauce that creates a mouthwatering savory treat. The tacos arrive at your table on a variety of house made tortillas of the day selection from lime, cilantro, saffron, chipotle spinach and blue corn with garnish of pickled carrots and onions, along with julenne sliced radishes, and jicama. All of these components deliberately put together create a burst of different flavors and textures in your mouth. What about drinks? Dont sweat it. B2B2 has 60 award winning local craft beers on tap at one place with 6 different margaritas. Happy hour is Monday-Friday 3-6pm, when drinks start at $3. Each Saturday there’s live music on the patio.
Albuquerque - Westside
Watch a movie, drink some beer and enjoy a meal at this hybrid theater. While the forgettable in-house beers—actually made by the company—aren’t fulfilling, the theater makes up for it with the loaded fries, tasty pizzas and the silent, yet still friendly, servers.