Albuquerque has been fortunate to have had a robust and growing wave of breweries crop up. The trend continues, with a new brewery district bubbling up in the downtown area. The well known Brewery District off Candelaria and I-25 has had beer lovers visiting for a pint of their favorite craft beer. Now the downtown area has seen an influx of new brew pubs opening their doors. And unlike the Candelaria area Brewery District where driving between breweries is a necessity, the downtown pubs are close enough to warrant a walking pub crawl.
Downtown Brewery District in Albuquerque
Boese Brothers Brewery
610 Gold SW
The newest addition to the downtown lineup is Boese Brothers Brewery. The brewery offers pale ales, porters, white and Scottish ales, an outdoor patio and even though they just opened, they celebrated their first Oktoberfest.
111 Marble NW
Marble Brewery is a well-loved tradition downtown. Located just north of Lomas, it offers award-winning beers that include classics such as Wildflower Wheat and Oatmeal Stout, and specials such as the Double IPA and Reserve Ale.
Ponderosa Brewing Company
1761 Bellamah NW
Ponderosa is located just west of downtown in the Sawmill neighborhood. It's a great quick stop away from the museums and offers beers on tap that include traditional American beers and a variety of German style beers as well.
Chama River Brewing Company
106 2nd NW
Chama River has a microbar downtown that serves up all the craft beers that are conjured up at their brewery on Pan American. Chama River has seasonal select beers, beers on tap and beers to go.
Back Alley Draft House
215 Central Avenue
The Back Alley Drafthouse in downtown Albuquerque features specialty drinks such as the Pre-Prohibition Malt Tonic, a dark lager that's on tap, and Ladron's Peak, a specialty brew that contains unmalted blue corn as the base and uses hops that were grown in New Mexico.
Rio Bravo Brewing Company
1912 Second NW
Rio Bravo opened on September 23, 2015, offering a Duke City Pils, Dirty Rotten Bastard IPA, Black Angus Stout, Old Town Porter and more. Long time home brewer Randy Baker and his wife Denise took their passion for beer to the next level, opening the pub in a reconditioned historic warehouse off North downtown. The brew pub offers a rotating schedule of food trucks for your noshing pleasure.
Red Door Brewery is located on Candelaria and has a second location downtown. Red Door has a Ryeson Sun Saison, a double red, a vanilla cream ale, red ale, cider, pale ale and a chocolate stout, along with a golden IPA, wheat, and blonde. Stay tuned for details.