The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Brew Pubs
New Mexico





Santa Fe


Three Rivers Eatery and Brewhouse
101 East Main Street
Farmington, NM 87401

The Three Rivers Brewery is located in an historic building in downtown Farmington.
The bar area is adequately sized with the bar itself seating about 10.
The adjoining dining area, game room, and beer museum are each in separate store fronts.
Beers include a golden honey ale, a stout, an IPA, and a cider among others.
Two casks are also offered.
The pub grub is good and not expensive.
One must step between various brewing tanks to reach the rest rooms.


Santa Fe Brewing Company
27 Fire Place
Santa Fe, NM 87508


The Santa Fe Brewery, New Mexico's oldest microbrewery, is in the desert just outside Santa Fe. The brewpub is located across the parking lot from the brewery. The pub is very large, but most of the space goes to the eatery, game rooms, and dance hall. What appears to be brewing equipment in the foyer is actually holding tanks for the bar, with the beer being pumped underground from the brewery. The pub serves all 10 of the Santa Fe beers.


Second Street Brewery
1814 Second Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 982-3030

The Second Street Brewery is in an older industrial neighborhood with very limited parking.
Very eclectic; the dining area, kitchen, and bar share the same space.
Second Street serves nine of their own beers. The proprietors envision Second Street as a
" neighborhood brewpub that locals can call their own, as well as a place tourists can visit and enjoy."
The brewing operation is in the back behind closed doors.


Blue Corn Cafe and Brewery
4056 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Blue Corn Cafe and Brewery is a large stand-alone restaurant across from the Mall in Santa Fe.
There is also a downtown location.
The bar seats about 30 itself and has about 15 tables and booths.
The brewing operation is visible beyond the large dining area.
They serve seven of their own beers.
The pub grub is good and reasonably priced. With light paneling and lots of windows, this is an inviting place to eat and drink.

Chama River Brewing Co
4939 Pan American Freeway
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Located in the restaurant strip near the mall,
Chama River Brewery is a restaurant that makes it's own beer.
The bar area takes up most of the space and the bar itself seats about 50.
The tiny brewing operation is visible behind the bar. Chama River has ten of their own beers on tap, with no guest brews.
The menu is upscale.


Il Vicino
3403 Central N.E.
Albuquerque, NM

Il Vicino is a small brewery with a small "tasting room".
With four seats at the bar and four other seats, ten people make this a crowded place, although there is seating outside. They have their 8 beers on tap and all sizes of kegs and growlers are available. Il Vicino has two other locations in Albuquerque.

Kelly's Brewpub
3222 Central Ave. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 262-BREW (2739)

Kelly's Brewpub is in a building that used to be an auto dealership.
The one time showroom is now the main dining area. This large area seats well over 100 in German beerhall style. The patio seats nearly as many.
The bar, too, is large and spacious.
Kelly's has about 20 of their own beers on tap as well as about 15 guest beers.
Access to the brewing operation is adjacent to the men's room, but the brewery is not really visible.
The menu has typical BBQ pub grub, and seems high priced.