Albus Quercus

Ok all. 6 years. You may have seen the video that we put together for this beer, but this is where I get to take the shackles of our marketing peeps off and get seriously damn geeky with all of you. So Alan Skinner, our Head Brewer and Sean Reardon brewed this beer on July 14th. Just Canadian Superior Pilsner malt and GW Wheat malt were in the grain bill. But Jeff, what happened to using nothing but the finest ingredients like Pilsner malt from the Czech Republic, Belgium or Germany? I mean common! Not even French Pilsner malt? Just Canadian Pils malt? I answer defiantly YES! Canadian Superior Pilsner malt has become my go to malt for many beers such as this where I really have no interest in accentuating any malt richness. With 2,700 lbs. of malt, the malt profile was not going to be defeated. It just wasn’t. The real question here is will the beer attenuate and will the malt get in the way? Well, you have your answer; yes it will attenuate and no, the malt definitely won’t get in the way. We performed a 3-step infusion mash, not unlike what you’d see in many Belgian breweries to be absolutely sure that the beer came out as dry as humanly possible. To further accentuate the dryness, and to approximate an authentic minerality, we completely left our filtered water alone. While we normally add Phosphoric acid, Calcium Chloride and/or Calcium Sulfate to any of our beers that aren’t black in color, we wanted this to have a firm finish, and it sure does. Nothing unique... read more

A Letter to the Editor re: Raising the State Alcohol Tax

It came to my attention yesterday morning that the Editorial Board of the Albuquerque Journal wrote a rather shocking letter in support of a $.25/drink increase across the board. This cost WILL be passed on to the end consumer and I am doing my damndest to make sure that it never passes. Please find my letter to the editor below and write your state legislators to let them know that you do not want them supporting this bill.

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Ales for ALS and our newest Project Dank IPA

It’s been a while since I wrote about our Project Dank. The beer has taken on a life of its own since I first brewed it in the summer of 2013. When it was first created, as you may recall, it was my attempt at starting a creative outlet for our brewers to make IPAs …

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Strawberry Gose

Gose, as a classic beer style, originated in the town of Goslar well over 1,000 years ago. A city in Lower Saxony, the Goslar brewers had no need to follow the Reinheitsgebot which dominated the brewers to the south starting in 1516. So, from the beginning, and throughout it’s history, this was a beer brewed with at least 50% malted wheat, much like the weizens of the south (which could only be brewed legally by royalty).

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A Lager with Soul

Marketing campaigns that claimed “fizzy yellow beer is for wussies” and “What’s the matter lagerboy, afraid you might taste something?” were battle cries of my early embrace of craft beer. As a community we likened ourselves and even cross-branded with punk rock, horror comics, jazz, even Dadaism? We have simply tried everything we can find to make sure EVERYONE knows, this is anything but industrial beer.

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Project Dank: Operation Sea Monkey

Some would argue that La Cumbre Brewing Co., and the Albuquerque brewing scene as a whole, is at the forefront of IPA brewing, and craft brewing in general. But something that stands out in Albuquerque is a level of clarity and refinement to our IPAs. I have always felt, and I know many of my local colleagues feel the same, that clarity is part and parcel with professionalism in brewing.

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La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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3313 Girard NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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