Bosque Brewing Co.
Photo by Gabriella Marks
With 67 breweries (and counting), New Mexico ranks 12th in the country for the number of beer makers per capita. With more than 50 breweries and taprooms, Albuquerque has an outsized portion. For two years running, the city has made Travelocity's top 10 list of beer destinations. Visitors can taste the craft culture at staples of the decade-old microbrewery boom and a few new kids on the block.
This brewery's 2008 founding kicked off the latest wave of craft breweries in the Duke City. Although it has two taprooms, its original location remains a micro-brew mothership with an outdoor concert stage and a roof deck. In 2014, it earned the top spot from Great American Beer Festival as Small Brewery and Small Brewery Brewer of the Year. The medals have continued flowing, including a 2016 gold from the World Beer Cup for its pilsner.
Bosque Brewing Co.
With its grand, riverside brewery in Bernalillo, this microbrewery matches its picturesque new location with award-winning brews like the Pistol Pete's 1888 Ale, a 2018 bronze Great American Beer Festival winner.
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Although locals toast this brewery's hop-tastic Elevated IPA, it has also medaled with its darkest beer: the creamy Malpais Stout, which earned a silver at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Boxing Bear Brewing Co.
It splashed on the scene in 2016 as Great American Beer Fest's Mid-Size Brewpub and Mid-Size Brewpub Brewer of the Year. Boxing Bear continues to turn heads with its IPAs; its Bear Knuckle variety took home the 2017 NM IPA Challenge, a hotly contested local competition.
Bow and Arrow Brewing Co.
This female-owned brewery is known for its hyper-local approach. Your beer might feature locally roasted blue corn or sumac berries, depending on the season.
This public house won fans quickly thanks to its dynamic duo: top brewmaster Kaylynn McKnight and lauded local chef David Ruiz.
Bombs Away Beer Company
This veteran-owned brewery caters to military servicemen and women with its location near Kirtland Air Force Base and camo décor — and it delivers solid beers, too.
Quarter Celtic Brewpub
The masterminds behind Il Vicino Brewery, which long held the top spot for the best local beer, opened their own brewery that nods to their Irish heritage.