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New Mexico’s beer scene has been booming over the past few years and a recent change to state law made it easy for local breweries and wineries to sell one 
another’s products, vastly expanding the offerings available all over the state. 

SANTA FE

Second Street Brewery
Stop in to the original location (the city’s first brewery) or the Railyard taproom for a taste of one of their 60 handcrafted beers.

Fire and Hops
A curated selection of intriguing local and national beer, wine, and cider complement dishes like pork-belly tacos with pineapple kimchi.

Santa Fe Brewing
The brewery and tasting room just outside of town is a hot spot for concerts in Santa Fe. Be sure to Instagram yourself with a can of the iconic Happy Camper IPA: electric yellow with a bright red Zia symbol.

Also in Santa Fe, don’t miss The Root Cellar, a new taproom that specializes in mead, the enormous sake list at Izanami, or the 24 taps of local cider and other brews at New Mexico Hard Cider.

 

ALBUQUERQUE

Bosque Brewing
There’s a full menu (falafel sliders, duck poutine, fish and chips) at the North Valley brewery, and a shorter list for lunch and happy hour at the Nob Hill pub.

Bow and Arrow
This popular new spot (co-owned by two Native American women) is worthy of a feature in Architectural Digest. But Burqueños come for the Land of Mañana IPA, the Jemez Field Notes Golden Lager—and kombucha on tap!

Marble Brewery
The city’s best-known brewery bottles and cans a short list of classic brews, but more are available at its three taprooms that often feature live music.

Tractor Brewing
The Nob Hill taproom is a popular gathering place for university-area students and professionals, while the Wells Park taproom is the northern anchor of the downtown “brewery district.”

Also in Albuquerque, Kelly’s Brewpub was taken over by Santa Fe 
Dining (owners of Chama River Brewing and Blue Corn Brewery) last summer. The Freight House in Bernalillo is a beautifully industrial hangout with lobster tater tots and a big list of wine and craft beer. Ponderosa Brewing Company has enlivened the Sawmill District. Try a glass 
of Dr. Strangehop at 
Boese Brothers Brewing, located in an old Studebaker dealership 
downtown.

 

TAOS

Taos Mesa
Brewing A hot craft brewery and restaurant, this “brewclub” near the airport draws national music acts to an indoor 
stage and outdoor amphitheater.

The Burger Stand at Taos Ale House
Linger over juicy burgers and craft brew in these cozy digs on the main drag.

Eske’s
Green Chile Ale is the beer you date, but Elf Juice is the pale ale you marry. The food is kid-tasty, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly.

 

LAS CRUCES

High Desert Brewing
Stop in for a pint of porter and a pub burger (house-made root beer and a quesadilla for the kids); take home a growler of Black IPA.

Pecan Grill and Brewery
An upscale restaurant with a thriving bar scene 
and a dozen craft brews. 
Don’t skip the pecan-flavored beer.

Spotted Dog
A constantly changing list of house-brewed beer is on tap at Mesilla’s only brewpub, owned by a husband-and-wife (and dog) team.

 

THE BUZZ AROUND THE STATE

Bathtub Row Brewing in Los Alamos is one of only four brewing co-ops in the country; member-owners get discounts on beer—and dividends when it’s profitable. 
Enchanted Circle Brewing is a 50-seat taproom with a fine food menu and a stunning view of Angel Fire’s ski area; it opened in the spring of 2016. Rio Grande Grill and Tap Room is the place for craft brews 
and barbecued pork sliders in Ruidoso. Turtle Mountain has been Rio Rancho’s favorite destination for craft beer and wood-fired pizza since 1999. The Three Rivers 
Brewery, taproom, restaurant, and pizzeria takes up a whole block of Main Street in Farmington. Little Toad Creek is Silver City’s craft brewery and distillery in a charming historic building.

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