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    Good job! Bikes -n- Beer

    Not only is ABQ a #1 place to ride a bike, but it's breweries have made it a #1 "off the beaten path" city to enjoy great locally brewed beer:

    Bike:
    Top 10 Great Places to Ride a Bike | Livability

    Beer*:
    Top 10 Beer Cities | Livability



    *Kelly's really doesn't belong on the list, and La Cumbre should be the #1 mention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    Kelly's really doesn't belong on the list, and La Cumbre should be the #1 mention.
    Agreed.

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    Kelly's is possibly the worst beer + food place I have ever been, and it's expensive! They would be long gone if they didn't have a patio. Patios (for some reason) make any establishment golden in ABQ.

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    New brewery opening soon(ish). Looks like they are having a SuperBowl party even though they are not officially open yet:

    Boar's Nest Brewery - Albuquerque, New Mexico

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    good find Nate!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ss85 View Post
    Kelly's is possibly the worst beer + food place I have ever been, and it's expensive! They would be long gone if they didn't have a patio. Patios (for some reason) make any establishment golden in ABQ.
    Totally. Kelly's BLOWS.

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    I was glad to see my side of the world represented with Turtle Mtn. Thier Hoptimus Prime IPA has a kick. But I have to say that La Cumbre should of been on there also if only for the Elevated. Another good IPA is Tractor beer from Los Lunas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    New brewery opening soon(ish). Looks like they are having a SuperBowl party even though they are not officially open yet:

    Boar's Nest Brewery - Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Looks like they may never open based on that donation page. They need to hit $40k for their "investor" to kick in and are barely over $10k? Sounds weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abqtj View Post
    Looks like they may never open based on that donation page. They need to hit $40k for their "investor" to kick in and are barely over $10k? Sounds weird.
    At least they are 25% of the way.

    I had their beers at the ABQ Hopfest back in Oct, and they are pretty darn good. They will be a welcome addition to the Burque (when/if they ever open).

    Another brewery that was supposed to open this comming fall is Goathead Brewery, but there hasn't been any updates on their website for months. The owner/brewer makes some great stuff (Hop Sodomy IPA, and Maple Shade Stout).
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    Tractor have gotten much better over the last 18 months. Heck, they are even mentioned in this news piece in the ALES section:

    Come on, get hoppy - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Army Times

    Sod Buster Pale Ale
    Tractor Brewing Co
    Los Lunas, NM

    You can visit their taproom in Nob Hill, or the brewery down in LL for the goods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    Get Plowed:
    Had a friend send me a growler of the stuff from Ribs in LL. Needless to say it only lasted about an hour and I could feel it pretty good afterwards.
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    Here's a google map I made showing the locations of breweries in the ABQ area. I need to add a 'coming soon' for the Broken Bottle Brewery. Their location will be 9421 Coors Blvd. NW


    ABQ Beer Map - Google Maps
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    Whoa... La Cumbre to start canning their Elevated IPA:
    La Cumbre Elevated IPA, GABF gold medal winner, coming to cans | Beernews.org



    La Cumbre's Jefe's Heffe is oh so good, and now a regular tap.

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    Saw this on ABQ Beer Geek's website, get some for St Patty's Day!

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    Curses

    I hate buying beer but this is on my shopping list for tomorrow.

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    Saw this on ABQ Beer Geek's website, get some for St Patty's Day!
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    Picked some up last night. The shiny red can was too pretty to pass up.
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    Stopped in at Tractor's Tap Room in Nob Hill, they had a really good milk stout - Milk Mustachio Stout (6% abv).

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    A World Beer Cup medal is one of the most prestigious forms of recognition brewers can receive, and this year two ABQ breweries brought medals back to the 'Burquè:

    La Cumbre:
    Silver - Malpais Stout (2011 Silver GAFB winner)
    Silver - Barley's Wine
    Bronze - Elevated IPA (2011 Gold GABF winner)

    Nexus:
    Silver - Imperial Cream Ale

    Drop by, enjoy a pint and congratulate the brewers!
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    Jeff (La Cumbre) posted an interesting write up about winning three medals at this year's World Beer Cup:

    La Cumbre Brewing Co.

    I can say without any hesitation, Albuquerque brewers can give any city in the country a run for it's money. What we lack in quantity, we have in both variety and quality. Hops? I tasted nothing that was any better than any of the IPAs and DIPAs that this town is kicking out... (lots more)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    Jeff (La Cumbre) posted an interesting write up about winning three medals at this year's World Beer Cup:

    La Cumbre Brewing Co.
    That man is certainly qualified to speak with authority on IPA's.

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    Landahl (Independence, MO) is on the list. That's in my neck of the woods...I love desert riding so I prefer west!
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    Coming to a store near you by Labor Day:

    (Photo Credit: Marble Brewing Co)
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    very cool. La Cumbre is keeps talking about canning too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    very cool. La Cumbre is keeps talking about canning too.
    We're only a scant few weeks away from seeing Elevated IPA in cans (the cans and canning line are at La Cumbe now).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    We're only a scant few weeks away from seeing Elevated IPA in cans (the cans and canning line are at La Cumbe now).
    I brought my own can and they were more than happy to fill it. I never make them so it's sort of nice to have something different.
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    Where did that white Paulaner beauty come from?!

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    BAM!!! Fvcking BAM!!!

    Git u sum!!!

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    La Cumbre has expanded their distribution of their 4-pks of Elevated IPA here in the Burque... look for it at:

    Jubilation
    Quarters
    Sunflower Markets
    Kelly's Liquors
    Triangle Grocery
    Cedar Crest Food Mart
    Phillips 66 (Wyoming and I-40)
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    ... and if we just ...

    I see that La Cumbre Brewing Co. Is listed at #3 on TravelAdvisor.com's list of top 102 ABQ attractions - Awesome!:

    *Things to do in Albuquerque
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    7.2% alcohol by content?! BAM indeed! La Cumbre is one mountain of a beer - especially at a pint a pop. I now have a weekend plan...

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    I also recommend Tractor's Mustachio Milk Stout, while it lasts!

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    Cool write up about biking and breweries in ABQ (not an all-inclusive list but a good start):

    Biking Albuquerque’s breweries » Travel | DRAFT Magazine

    The best way to cool the burn from all that red and green chile? A pint of craft beer like only Albuquerque can brew. And when you’re done biking the city’s best breweries, you’ll be ready for another plate.
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    Gotta love NM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    Gotta love NM

    Still only available at the brewery?
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    picked up a sixer at Kelly's on Juan Tabo
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    Damn good!


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    Git ur growlers filled at Tractor if you so desire.

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    gotta get some Pilsner before the season is over.
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    Nice, now my wife can get her Oatmeal Stout fix.

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    F**k "Talk" like a Pirate Day..

    DRINK like a pirate, ye scurvy wags!!!! Arrrrrr!

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    Damn Nate, surprised you could find your keyboard.
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    That's why I post "before" pix.

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    I'll be in Santa Fe for a few days, a week from now. I am definitely checking out Santa Fe Brewery and the Marble tap room near the plaza. Any other recommendations, in Santa Fe?

    I love the Imperial Java Stout, so good. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny boy View Post
    I'll be in Santa Fe for a few days, a week from now. I am definitely checking out Santa Fe Brewery and the Marble tap room near the plaza. Any other recommendations, in Santa Fe?

    I love the Imperial Java Stout, so good. Thanks.
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    Moar Beer!
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    Santa Fe beer report...

    My wife and I rented a casita near the Plaza, and spent 3 days eating, shopping, hot springing, hiking, and for me, drinking beer. I hit ALL 4 (are there more?) breweries in Santa Fe. Here are my vague impressions...
    - 2nd Street - Great location at the Railyard! I ordered a sampler, highlights were the Cream Stout and the Double IPA. I wasn't a big fan of the standard IPA, for me it was very bitter but without the balancing sweetness. I guess that is OK for something different than when I am used to, but not my preference.
    We only had appetizers, the big pretzels with ghee (aww yeah) and calamari, both were good. We were stuffed from lunch at the Plaza Cafe and Kakawa chocolate.
    - Santa Fe Brewing - Lucky for me the quilt store was down this way, so my wife had an extra reason to drive South, as this is a bit out of town. I love their Java Stout. Chicken Killer was great, at 10% still smooth not overly sweet. I liked their Porter enough to buy a six pack of it. Cool tap room. Their taster tray was a bargain - 10 4 oz. pours for $8.50.
    - Marble Tap Room - Marble has a tasting room on the Plaza. Great location with a patio overlooking all the action, and propane heaters for the night. Ordered multiple tasters here too. I've had the Red here in CO, but enjoyed their IPA and Double White. And HBC Brown. They make great beer, for sure.
    - Blue Corn - Our last dinner in Santa Fe. My wife picked it, I felt guilty having us go to yet another brewery by this point. The food was good, real good, our waitress was spotty or just an off night. I liked the IPA, I don't recall anything really sticking out but the beers were solid. Once again I ordered a sampler here.

    OK so I wasn't taking notes, and since my wife doesn't drink beer I had to drink all of it, so memory is a little spotty. But I definitely came away happy with the local beer scene and looking forward to my next opportunity.

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    Oh bike-related...

    We spent a half day at Ojo Caliente, 1 hour North of Santa Fe. My wife scheduled a massage in the morning and I rode most of the trails there. The property borders BLM land.

    The trails are fun. Nothing mind-blowing, but still fun weaving back and forth through the desert. The main access is a road that brings you up to the mica mine, then you jump on multiple singletracks. It would be nice if they could route some trails up some of the hills, it stayed mostly level in the valley so no big ascents/descents, just a lot of XC loose trail.

    The pools are real nice. I think there were six public pools in all. I wish I could relax and spend more time there. I recommend.

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