Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a city that continues to defy its outside perceptions. Indeed, Albuquerque is one of America’s oldest cities, having celebrated its 300th birthday in 2006. Locals have spent those centuries building a truly unique culture in the cradle of the American Southwest. Burqueños boast an inimitable character reflected in the city’s cultural arts, cuisine and, of course, breweries.
There are few beer scenes in America more wildly contemporary than Albuquerque (though people have been making beer in New Mexico for hundreds of years). New spots are sprouting up in Albuquerque every year, with microbreweries that are Native-owned, some focused on Mexican-inspired flavors and breweries that are ecologically sustainable. In short, Albuquerque’s breweries reflect the colorful vibes of the city itself.