Enjoy a craft beer with a view of the Sandia Mountains, taste local wines in the lush greenery of Albuquerque’s North Valley, or listen to live music on a rooftop bar while you sip a local brew. Albuquerque boasts award-winning breweries and wineries throughout the city.
With its unique blend of Spanish, Mexican and Native American culinary influences, Albuquerque offers a dining and imbibing experience like no other city. Albuquerque's local beer and wine put this high-altitude city a level above the ordinary. Here are just a few of the dozens of breweries and wineries that dot the Albuquerque landscape.
Whether you come for the hops and barley or the grapes and bubbles, Albuquerque has craft breweries and local wineries perfect for any type of imbibing.
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When you want to sip on something locally made, you'll find plenty of options in and around Albuquerque. The craft beer scene has exploded here, earning such accolades as a Top 10 beer destination from Travelocity and one of America's best beercation spots from Beer & Brewing Magazine. A number of local brewers have been awarded medals at prestigious events like the Great American Beer Festival.
There are dozens of breweries scattered around the city. If you want to hit multiple breweries in a single stop, drop by the bustling Brewery District, which can be found on Candelaria between Edith and I-25.
Here are a few of the city's award-winning breweries.
This local favorite has grown from a small brewing company to an award-winning craft brewery with two taprooms. After more than two decades in the business, the Canteen Brewhouse boasts a strong local following, as well as national and international awards.
With three locations in Albuquerque, Marble Brewery is another award-winning local brewery. The company serves a handful of Albuquerque favorites, such as a hoppy IPA, a red ale, and the Wildflower Wheat. You'll also be able to find some of your Marble favorites at a number of regional grocery stores.
Boasting awards for both their beer and their food, Steel Bender Brewyard is family-owned and serves up a multitude of craft beers in a casual and comfortable atmosphere.
Red Door features not only amazing beer, but also a laid-back atmosphere and great service. The downtown location is the only brewery in the city that also has a full bar and serves craft cocktails and specialty drinks along side delicious pub food.
Located in a historic warehouse, Rio Bravo serves world-class beers alongside great food. The pub-style bar is the perfect meeting place for friends, family, and visitors alike. With a combined brewing experience of more than 40 years, the brewers at Rio Bravo know what they're doing when it comes to craft beer.
With four locations throughout the city, Tractor Brewing has become a local staple and a favorite watering hole in many of Albuquerque's neighborhoods.
New Mexico might not be the first state that comes to mind when someone mentions U.S. wine country, yet Albuquerque is home to a handful of wineries producing some truly exceptional wines. Explore the diverse, higher-elevation terroir during your visit, and find a new favorite to bring home to your friends. Local wine makes a perfect souvenir. Find more information about wineries throughout the area in the business listings farther down this page.
The North Valley is home to a wide array of varietals that make for some of the region’s tastiest wines. Since 1984, Gruet Winery has produced some of America’s finest sparkling wines. Made with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, these bubbly bottles are a favorite of sommeliers across the country.
Established in 1995 by acclaimed vintner John Calvin, Casa Rondeña is one of Albuquerque’s most esteemed wineries. The winery's 1629 Club, named for the year Franciscan monks first brought vines to New Mexico, is an exclusive association where members sip fine wines in a sophisticated but relaxed setting.
Near historic Old Town, D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro offers French country cuisine along with highly lauded and beloved wines. Try one of the recommended pairings – like the chicken marsala accompanied by the Chardonnay – or make your own selection. As New Mexico’s largest winery, D.H. Lescombes has the perfect red, white, blush or sparkling wine to complement anything on the menu.
The VARA Winery & Distillery tasting room features a scenic outdoor patio with stellar views, as well as a cozy, rustic indoor setting. Along with their award-winning wines, Vara also serves local brews from various breweries from around Albuquerque. VARA Wines are unique, with "a connection to the past with a focus on the future," celebrating the family's historical connection to Spain and New Mexico.
Expertly crafted spirits from Albuquerque distilleries are the newest way to enjoy local flavor. Check out these local distilleries to enjoy seasonal cocktails and specialty spirits.
Hollow Spirits Distillery's Award-Winning Master Mixologists create the innovative and delicious Craft Cocktails using only the freshest fruit and locally sourced ingredients. To round out your experience at Hollow Spirits, be sure to try New Mexico Chef of the Year, Tristin Rogers’, cuisine. His menu selections are masterfully developed specifically to provide guests with a delicious and unforgettable dining experience. For some local flavor, try their RED96 Bourbon, Gold Medal Rum, Lavender Vodka, Silver Agave, aged whiskies, and other delicious spirits.
Pushing the boundaries of traditional whiskey, this local distillery was founded by a pilot and patriot. Taylor Garrett Spirits distills and ages whiskey with award-winning partners, Vara Winery + Distillery. Our setting is an eclectic mix of winery, distillery & Taberna. Here, enjoy wine, beer & spirits paired with delicious tapas. The atmosphere inside the intimate tasting room is industrial chic and outside is a spacious, shaded patio where you can enjoy an amazing sunset.
The VARA Winery & Distillery offers hand crafted, specialty spirits, along with their award-winning wines. VARA also serves local brews from various breweries from around Albuquerque. VARA is an international family of Spanish and American wines and spirits celebrating the origin of the American wine experience thanks to the historical connection of Spain and New Mexico. Visit VARA Winery & Distillery to celebrate "life's pleasurable essentials."
The Albuquerque area hosts unique food, beer and wine festivals that draw thousands of visitors every year. Be sure to check our calendar of events for these fantastic festivals, in addition to smaller beer-pairing dinners, wine tastings and other savory events.
Find more palate-pleasing breweries and wineries in the business listings below.