Home Beer La Cumbre Brewing: All in the family

La Cumbre Brewing: All in the family

/ 0

Troy Paff

At La Cumbre Brewing, there’s a diaper changing station in the bathroom. And for every bearded beer geek on a barstool, there’s a little kid coloring in the taproom. Laura Erway, who co-owns the Albuquerque, N.M., brewery with her husband, Jeff, strolls about the pub, greeting customers by name with her 18-month-old son on her hip.

For a place so low-key, La Cumbre’s got serious beer cred: Only nine months after opening, the brewery earned 2011 Great American Beer Festival gold for its Elevated IPA, taking top honors in the fest’s most competitive category; it then snatched gold for its rice-brewed BEER pale lager and silver for Malpais Stout, a burly cask-conditioned beer that proves malt-bill composition is an art. In May, Elevated and Malpais also scored World Beer Cup medals. Though the place is literally a mom-and-pop operation, there’s impeccable attention to quality.

Jeff and Laura met over beer, moved to New Mexico and soon discovered their shared passion for brewing. The couple toured North America sampling hundreds of craft brews and spent their honeymoon basking in the beer of the U.K. and Belgium. Jeff began homebrewing, earned a degree from the American Brewers Guild, and landed the head brewer spot at Chama River. In 2010, the Erways opened their own brewery and named it La Cumbre, Spanish for “The Summit” or “The Peak.”

Jeff says his future plans include canning Elevated IPA, with other brews to follow, and experimenting with sour ales. “Laura and I loved tasting all those fine sours on our trip to Belgium, and it will be great to bring them to New Mexico.” –Bill Nevins and Pia Gallegos



Brewery Travels

Brewery Travels: My Favorite Brewery/Beer from Each State

In my ongoing quest to visit breweries all across this great land, I have now surpassed the 400 mark, and they’ve been spread across 37 states and 175+ cities. To celebrate this landmark, I’ve put together a ‘Special Edition’ of Brewery Travels: A rundown of my favorites in each of the states visited so far.

CATEGORIES: Beer   Feature   Midwest Breweries   Midwest Feature   Northeast Breweries   South Breweries   Travel   West Breweries  


Why a Miller Lite Was the Best Beer I’ve Ever Had

I’ve worked in craft beer for nearly five years now. I’ve had the fortune to try some truly amazing brews: Pliny the Elder, Heady Topper, Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout. Supplication? I’ve got one in my mini-fridge. The reason I’m telling you this is because I want to frame my statements here properly. I’ve had good beer, trust me. The best beer I’ve ever had, though, was a Miller Lite.

CATEGORIES: Beer   MIDWEST   Midwest Feature  

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

199 queries in 2.632 seconds.