Tuesday 15th May 2012
A couple of times in other BeerVisit reports I've mentioned the New Mexico Rail Runner as a means of transport in the area. This is a railway service that runs south from Albuquerque to Belen and north to Santa Fe, the New Mexico State Capital. It's almost an Inter-City service as it takes over two and a half hours from end to end.
Before visiting the first pub of the day I thought I'd try it out and take a ride. Please see the photograph of the train.
The name Rail Runner becomes significant when you look at the livery. The locomotive has a huge representation of a Roadrunner, the official state bird of New Mexico, along the side. The coaches display its tail feathers. I hope there's never going to be rival service as this would probably be named Wile E. Coyote!
On returning to the Downtown station I went back to the hotel for breakfast, checked out and took my heaviest bag to the Amtrak station as I was leaving Albuquerque that afternoon on the next leg of my trip. That chore achieved, it was time for beer. I took the 766 Rapid Ride bus to its terminus, the Uptown Transit Center (Bus station). I would guess this was about five miles from downtown.
Three minutes walk from the stop and I was in the pub. Again there was a large list of beers of many styles. These were Rio Grande Desert Pils (5.4%), Rio Grande IPA (5.8%), Rio Grande Outlaw Lager (5.2%), Rio Grande Pancho Verde Green Chile (sic) Cerveza (6.7%), Sierra Blanca Pale Ale (6.0%), Sierra Blanca Nut Brown Ale (5.0%), Sierra Blanca American Style Lager (4.8%), Sierra Blanca Black IPA (5.8%), Monks Belgian Ale (5.0%) and finally Monks Witt (5.1%).
I could have had a taster flight of four or eight beers of my own choice. I took four as I'm not that keen on some of the styles that another four would have brought. Additional, I was not brave enough to try the Green Chilli beer.
I thought the Pale Ale tasted a little stale and flat but the rest were well liked. Nut Brown Ale was very good, with a nice lingering bitterness. Black IPA and IPA were not over bitter as some are, yet were both very good.
The Brew Pub offers a full food service and is next door to the Uptown Sports Bar which sells some of their beers. Both pubs are under the same management.
ABQ Brew Pub, 6601 Uptown Boulevard NE
Open: Mon to Thurs 11.00-24.00; Fri to Sat 11.00-02.00; Sun 10.00-24.00
766 Rapid Ride bus to/from Downtown.
Several other routes start/terminate at the Uptown Transit Center.