The website Livability.com has once again honored Albuquerque for its beer scene, ranking it No. 4 on a new list of the 10 best “beer cities” in the country. Bend, Ore. claimed the top spot, followed by Denver and San Diego.
“In 2011, we placed Albuquerque, NM, at the top of our Unexpected Beer Cities list. Back then, the city’s beer scene was largely undiscovered, but breweries in Albuquerque have quickly emerged, garnering accolades from beer snobs and helping attract a batch of beer tourists,” the website says. The story also notes the success Chama River Brewing Co., Marble Brewery and La Cumbre have had at the Great American Beer Festival.
Marble even earned Small Brewery of the Year honors at this year’s beer festival.
To establish this top 10, Livability considered beer consumption, beer preference, award-winning breweries and breweries per capita. The Albuquerque metro area boasts about 20 microbreweries, and the scene continues growing.
Livability listed Canteen Brewhouse, Chama River and La Cumbre as the city’s best breweries. As for best beers, it named Imperial Red at Marble Brewery, the Dougie Style Amber Ale at Canteen, and Acequia IPA at Bosque Brewing Co.