1. Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery (Silver City)
The folk at Little Toad Creek describe their food as a "mix of fresh and fried," from fish and chips to salads. The brewery is particularly strong on ale and – as an added bonus – this place is also a micro-distillery. Green chile vodka, anyone? The most convenient location is in downtown Silver City at 200 N Bullard Street, but there’s also a seasonal location 25 miles north of town (1122 Highway 35, Silver City).
2. Duel Brewing (Santa Fe and Albuquerque)
This Belgian-style brewery offers generous flights. Try the popular fantin, which is a double-pale ale. Admittedly the food menu here isn’t extensive. However, the fare available is excellent, from the artisanal meat and cheese platters to the Rueben sandwich. The actual brewery is in Santa Fe (1228 Parkway Drive, Unit D, Santa Fe) and there’s also a taproom in Albuquerque (at 606 Central Avenue SW).
3. Rio Grande Grill and Tap Room (Ruidoso)
Whether you’re in the mood for sandwiches, chicken fried steak or green chile alfredo, this restaurant is sure to please. In addition to great food, you can also sample four beers for $5 - a pretty good deal. The alien amber ale has won multiple medals, and who can resist a green chile cerveza? The actual brewery is in Moriarty but there’s no on-site restaurant there. So, if you’re hungry, it’s best to head to the tap room, located at 441 Mechem Drive in Ruidoso
4. Freight House (Bernalillo)
If you’re in the mood for down home done fancy, you’ll love this restaurant, where an award-winning chef produces creative meals such as lobster tater tots with sriracha sauce and jalapeño aioli, and a flight of bacon. New rule: every restaurant must offer bacon flights! There are 24 beers and ciders available and, although this spot is technically a tap house rather than a brewery, the food’s so good you won’t care. Freight House is located at 200 S Camino Del Pueblo in Bernalillo.
5. Spotted Dog Brewery (Mesilla)
This microbrewery specializes in unfiltered beer – check out the Belgian wit or the milk stout. Pair a pint or tasting flight with one of the yummy (and massive) burgers served here. This gastropub is located at 2920 Avenida De Mesilla in Mesilla.
6. Taos Mesa Brewing (El Prado and Taos)
The Taos Mesa "Mothership" in El Prado offers a unique venue, spectacular views, and live musical performances. And that’s before you get to the beer menu, which is heavy on the IPAs, or sample the excellent salads, tacos, and pizza. There’s a also a tap room close to the Plaza in Taos (201 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur) that serves food, but head out to 20 Abc Mesa Road in El Prado if you get the chance because, as you can see, it’s a one-of-a-kind place.
7. Turtle Mountain Brewing Company (Rio Rancho)
From German lager to white pale ale, the selection of beer on tap here is sure to satisfy. Combine that with wood-fired pizza and calzones, and you begin to understand why this place has won so many "Best of Burque" Awards. Turtle Mountain is located at 905 36th Place SE in Rio Rancho.
8. Enchanted Circle Brewing (Angel Fire)
Diverse styles of beer, great views, and a pleasant patio are enhanced by the food served at Enchanted Circle. This includes dishes less typically found in New Mexico, like Scotch eggs and beer cheese soup, along with standard fare like salads and sandwiches. This establishment is located at 20 Sage Lane in Angel Fire.
9. Roosevelt Brewing Company (Portales)
You’ll find an extensive burger and wood-fired pizza menu, along with craft-brew inspired cupcakes at this brewery – so essentially beer for dessert! The actual beer selection is on the smaller side but includes both lager and ale (from German to pale). Roosevelt Brewing Company is located at 201 S Main Street in Portales.
10. Nexus Brewery (Albuquerque)
Soul food and beer? Sign me up. Dig in to gumbo or chicken and waffles, washed down with the blood orange Worf-a-Weizen. Although the food here is definitely Southern, there is a section of the menu devoted to salads as well, if you want something lighter. You can actually tour Nexus Brewery, although you do need an appointment. This establishment is located at 4730 Pan American East Freeway NE, Suite D, in Albuquerque.
11. Socorro Springs Restaurant and Brewing Company (Socorro)
If you want to nitpick, this New Mexico location is affiliated with Eddyline Brewery up in Buena Vista, Colorado. However, their beer is fantastic and includes a red chile porter (yes, "chile" is spelled correctly) and their calzones will blow you away, so we’re going to give them a pass. This restaurant and brewhouse is located at 1012 N California Street in Socorro.
12. Bosque Brewing Company (Albuquerque and Las Cruces)
Bosque Brewing Company definitely lives up to the expectations set by the term "gastropub." Dishes here are diverse and creative, from duck poutine to green chile falafel, to banh mi. The beer is just as unexpected. Where else can you find a pink ale called Elephants on Parade (pictured)? There are two Albuquerque locations: 8900 San Mateo Boulevard NE, Suite I and 106 Girard Boulevard SE, Suite B. The Las Cruces location is at 901 E. University Avenue, Building 945, Suite 3-A.
We are in the fortunate position of having too many great breweries in New Mexico to include in one article. Did your favorite appear on this list? To find a brewery near you, check out
this map from the New Mexico Brewers Guild – just bear in mind that not all of the establishments listed serve food.