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A national beer magazine has named The Stumbling Steer to its list of the “best new beer restaurants.” The B2LT, a play on the classic bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, is pictured. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

A national beer magazine has named The Stumbling Steer to its list of the “best new beer restaurants.” The B2LT, a play on the classic bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, is pictured. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

A national beer magazine has named a West Side Albuquerque gastropub to its list of the “best new beer restaurants.”

The Stumbling Steer – open since February at 3700 Ellison NW – was among 19 eateries cited by Draft Magazine in its recent lineup of new eateries around the country that are “churning out inspired plates and putting serious thought into pints that match.”

In its note on The Stumbling Steer, the magazine said: “There’s a burger, but it’s stacked with beef and pastrami. There’s beer-can chicken, but it’s accompanied by ginger-lemon sauce. And there’s beer, but it’s brewed on-site by former Newport Beach brewmaster Kirk Roberts, who brought along the recipe for his GABF gold-winning Scotch ale.”

Other list-makers include a North Carolina gastropub that serves “Polynesian fare with a Southern twist” and a “beer-and-breakfast joint” in Kentucky.

Business at the young gastropub has been good so far, said Stumbling Steer co-owner Min Lee.

“We have certainly met our hopes in terms of being well-received by our customers,” he said via email.

He said the Draft recognition will help further bolster The Stumbling Steer brand and perhaps help the gastropub become a more active force in community events and organizations.

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