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Chama River Brewing Company, photo by Douglas Merriam

Weekend Plans: New Mexico Brewery Crawl

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The Land of Enchantment has become the land of great beer, too. Here’s a city-by-city guide
 By Jen Murphy
Chama River Brewing Company, photo by Douglas Merriam
Chama River Brewing Company, photo by Douglas Merriam
Albuquerque
  • La Cumbre Brewing Company

Master brewer Jeff Erway is an IPA visionary, while his head brewer, Daniel Jaramillo, is a lager maestro. The warehouse-style taproom hosts live music and rotating food trucks.
lacumbrebrewing.com

  • Chama River Brewing Company

This five-barrel brewhouse produces outstanding stouts and porter-style beers. The brewery hosts beer-paired dinners. The Chama River Microbar features six rotating taps.  chamariverbrewery.com

  • Marble Brewery

Voted best small brewery in America, Marble recently renovated its Westside Tap Room, which hosts live music and the city’s best food trucks. marblebrewery.com

  • Canteen Brewhouse

Excellent food, such as stout-marinated brats and Frito pie, that pair with award-winning microbrews. brewery.ilvicino.com

Rio Rancho
  • Turtle Mountain Brewing Company

A cozy pub serving pizzas and pub bites alongside adventurous beers, such as Brohemian Pilsner and Stauffenberg Stout. They also keep a guest tap to showcase beers from friends like La Cumbre and Bosque. turtlemountainbrewing.com

Santa Fe
  • Santa Fe Brewing Company

New Mexico’s oldest microbrewery has a tasting room off Highway 14 and a taphouse in the suburb of Eldorado. Try the Pale Ale and Chicken Killer Barley Wine.
santafebrewing.com

  • Blue Corn Café & Brewery

Training ground for many of the brewers in New Mexico. Don’t miss its delicious stouts and End of the Trail Brown Ale. bluecorncafe.net

Abiquiu
  • Monastery of Christ in the Desert

In the middle of nowhere, monks are growing hops and making solid beers.
christdesert.org/abbey_beverage_company

Taos
  • Eske’s Brew Pub

This pub brews its own beers, most notably its Green Chile Beer, but it also pours some of the state’s most notable craft brews alongside food and live music. eskesbrewpub.com

Rinconada
  • Blue Heron Brewing Company

A small brewery off the side of Highway 68, Blue Heron is becoming a beer-nerd pit stop on the ride between Taos and Santa Fe. blueheronbrews.com

Eagle Nest
  • Comanche Creek Brewing Company

A brewery in a log cabin at 8,500 feet with mountain views, live music and fresh takes on traditional beer styles. comanchecreekbrewingco.com

Las Cruces
  • Bosque Brewing Company

This microbrewery started in Albuquerque but recently opened a taproom in Las Cruces. Chips with green chile stew pair well with its bold microbrews. bosquebrewing.com

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