Brewery Patio Bracket Round One: The Battle of Burque begins north of I-40

Many of the breweries in the northern half of Albuquerque have expanded their patios this summer.

All right, as we detailed last week, it is time for the opening round of our first brewery patio bracket challenge. This is all purely for fun, a way to celebrate our breweries and their efforts to maximize their patios during the current year.

We started with the breweries down south, where 575 Brewing of Alamogordo and Cloudcroft Brewing have piled up a ton of votes so far. After that, we split up the offsite taprooms of Albuquerque between those east and west of Interstate 25, and the results have been awfully close so far. Our third set of brackets covered both the breweries in the Albuquerque suburbs and those offsite taprooms located far from the state’s biggest city. The last pair of brackets focused on the northeast and northwest breweries. You can still vote in any of those polls if you have not already.

Today, things figure to get extra competitive as the Battle of Burque begins. For the most part, we used the two interstates as the dividing lines. We kick things off with the breweries north of I-40 and then split those between west and east of I-25.

So, a few points we want to make before you all get to the voting:

  • What makes a patio the best? That is entirely up to you. It can be the setup, the views, the size, the shade coverings, the staff on hand, or just the beer (and/or food) served there. There are no wrong answers or reasons, but if you want to leave a comment with the poll to tell us why a specific place is your favorite, please do so!
  • We ask that everyone vote for a maximum of four brewery patios per poll. If there is only one or two or three you want to vote for, that is just fine. We will narrow these initial lists of eight patios per region down to four, then two, then one will advance to the final rounds.
  • You are totally allowed to pick a place just based upon the photos we are providing (credit to each brewery for the photos that we did not have a good patio shot from, which is most of them), even if you have never been there. However, if you have friends or relatives that do not follow us, but live in one of these towns, please share the story links and let them have their say as well.

Polls for each region will be set up to last for one week worth of voting. If there is a tie for fourth place, we will either open it up to a tiebreaker poll, or the Crew will figure out a tiebreaker that is as fair as we can make it. The four highest vote totals per region will advance to the second round.

The bulk of the photos used here are from individual breweries’ social media pages, with a few archived photos from the Crew.

ABQ Northwest Breweries

Boxing Bear Brewing
Desert Valley Brewing
Hops Brewery
La Reforma Brewery
Lava Rock Brewing
Red Door Brewing
Steel Bender Brewyard
Toltec Brewing

Yes, we are aware that Desert Valley and Hops do not brew at those locations, but the former does not sell directly from its brewing site, and the latter has closed its brewery to the public due to a lack of patio space in Nob Hill.

So which of the eight breweries in the northwest portion of Albuquerque (and Los Ranchos) has the best patio? You make the call, either from personal experience/visits or the photos above.

ABQ Northeast Breweries

Broken Trail Brewery and Distillery
B2B Garden Brewery
Canteen Brewhouse
La Cumbre Brewing
Marble Heights Brewery and Taproom
Nexus Brewery
Palmer Brewery and Cider House
Starr Brothers Brewing

Same as in the first bracket, Broken Trail does not brew out of that location, but does not sell directly to the public from the Mother Trail production facility off 12th Street. Also, since Marble Heights is home to the MavLab brewery, it is included here instead of with the offsite taprooms.

So which of the eight breweries in the northeast portion of Albuquerque has the best patio? You make the call, either from personal experience/visits or the photos above.

The first round rolls along. Good luck to all the breweries and to all the beer drinkers.

Next up: We finish the first round with the ABQ southeast and southwest/downtown breweries.

Keep supporting local!

— Stoutmeister

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