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Albuquerque Ranked #1 “Best Beer Cities in U.S.”

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Albuquerque New Mexico is known for its cultural diversity, high desert and Rocky Mountain landscapes and blend of ranchers, artists, writers, scientists, educators and cutting edge research and manufacturing – and they love their brews. Residents enjoy mostly sunny days and have their pick of micro-breweries that always have fresh beer on tap.

Among the best are:

Chama River Brewing Company serves up six house beers, several of which have picked up awards at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. The River is a step up from your casual neighborhood brew pub with prime rib, quail and Ahi tuna on the menu. It’s ginormous copper-clad bar is a great place to check out the scene and see what other folks are drinking.

The barrel-aged Belgian ale called ‘From the Wood’ landed Marble Brewery a spot on Draft Magazine‘s “Top 25 Beers of the Year” list in 2010. That’s no small feat considering the brewery opened in 2008. Marble Brewery offers seven house beers and a changing variety of seasonal and other brews.

At Kellys Brew Pub they’ll help you make your own beer while you drink their beer. There are more than 20 micro-brews on tap at this large sports bar with a huge patio right neat Knobb Hill and the campus of the University of New Mexico.

And just outside Albuquerque, but close enough to claim, is Turtle Mountain Brewing Company in Rio Rancho, NM.  The beer menu here is always changing as the staff brews more than 40 different beers over the course of a year.

Here is’s “Top Ten Best Beer Cities:”

  1. Albuquerque, NM
  2. Burlington, VT
  3. Akron, OH
  4. Kalamazoo, MI
  5. Missoula, MT
  6. Lincoln, NE
  7. Boise, ID
  8. Charlottesville, VA
  9. Louisville, KY
  10. Chattanooga, TN

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