As a part of the new DSBC series on beer bars, I volunteered to drop in to Sinners n Saints on the southeast corner of Montgomery and Eubank in the Northeast Heights. Unbeknownst to my editor (sorry, Stoutmeister!), I thought it might be kind of fun to do a crawl of sorts with the bars that have the most taps along Montgomery.
I started off the evening at Rock & Brews on Montgomery near the intersection with San Mateo. For those who have not read the story, I did a review on them just after they opened. The number of taps there is notable, and I was recently very impressed with their willingness to participate in the local ABQ Beer Week events despite being a chain establishment. They promote a happy hour sampler flight of local beers, too, and that’s what I had there. I took note that they are offering several types of Ballast Point beers among their impressive list of craft brews.
From there, I moved east along Montgomery (just west of Louisiana) to Heimat House. I am a happy hour addict so I called ahead and asked about happy hour specials. I was told the hours of the specials, but that the special changes every day. The person on the phone did not either know or did not divulge the one for that day. Since it was on my route, I took a chance. My gamble paid off because the special that day was 50-percent off sample flights (note: no food specials). I was able to pick any of my own beers. I picked five beers that even included St. Bernardus, so I was a happy, happy girl.
Finally, I ended my journey at Sinners n Saints. Friday night was round four of their “Brewdown Challenge” – with that week’s participants being Odell versus La Cumbre. I had no preconceived notions, but I ended up kind of disappointed. I felt the pricing was off for challenge participants because a sign inside the bar said you could buy either of the beers on special for $3.50. However, for the challenge, you paid $8 for two smaller-than-pint-sized beers. I didn’t really understand why that was the case.
In order to avoid any comment wars, I am going to keep my opinions on the two beers to myself – except that I will say that they were wildly different styles, one of which is inherently pretty polarizing. My question is, how do you really compare the two if that is the case?
Sinners n Saints’ shopping center home on the southeast corner of Montgomery and Eubank has quite a few other imbibing options, including a microbrewery (Lizard Tail), a raucous music/dancing venue if you are into country, what I would call a “dive bar” (no offense, I love a good dive bar myself), and several restaurants that serve beer and wine or have a full bar. You can choose whatever suits your fancy, depending on your mood. My mood was suited to a beer bar with a chill vibe. At least on this crowded Friday evening, I didn’t feel like this had that vibe at all. I wonder if it was more of a pre-clubbing crowd waiting for things to get started next door. For the most part, people seemed to want to see and be seen. I left after about 15-20 minutes, because although this usually is not the case for me, sitting alone at the bar here felt uncomfortable. If you want a good beer selection and you like a hopping (no pun intended) after-work scene, give them a go.
Side note: Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul fans will love the front door at Sinners n Saints! (The bar sits in the location that served as Saul’s office in the Breaking Bad series.)