For Carl it had been a year or two or ten or more since he'd been to New Mexico's largest city, and thus we packed up the bikes and his Pathfinder and left Thursday afternoon to join the local hop heads. Lucky us: The weather cooperated, and we were able to ride a total of 158 miles in two-and-a-half days. I was the planning force behind the excursion, while Carl provided the vehicle and encouragement. Together we provided the beer money.
|Tractor Brewing CO in Los Lunas gave us beer and gas!|
Albuquerque is a true oasis in the desert, at least when it comes to brew pubs. While Lubbock has nothing but the pathetic Triple J's when it comes to a pouring micro-brewery, Albuquerque offers about a dozen brew pubs and taprooms. Some are better than others—actually, some are top-of-the-class while we also encountered one that pours essentially undrinkable crap. So, while we're at it: Please don't go to Bad Ass Brewery, as it is home to foul, yucky, sickening brew. Just don't go. It truly sucks. Way worse than Triple J's even. Period.
|Triple J's, eat your heart out!|
|Drawing a real beer from the cask at Turtle Mountain|
|No, it's not doping control—just four lovely IPAs|
We rode our little hearts out, to Corrales and Rio Rancho, Isletea and Los Lunas. How could one not enjoy Albuquerque's bike trails and bike lanes plus this veritable cornucopia of drinking establishments? The growlers were the least expensive at Marble ($8), the stained glass was the prettiest at Corrales Bistro Brewery (which currently only has guest taps), and the place featuring the most farm implements (Tractor Brewing, with the memorable internet domain www.getplowed.com) also provided the longest-lasting Völlegefühl thanks to a generous helping of mesquite-smoked beans. Oh well, I guess I asked for it.
|Yes, there's always local artistry ...|
|... and true art|
And if you think we were too beer addled to take in our surroundings, well, here are two beauties from along the way that deserve at least honorable mention:
|Gotta love those sales! Is it Black Friday yet?|
|Now that's scary! BTW, the showroom window sported a 20%-off sale sign!!!|
|HWY 91, leading through the Moon Valley|