The craft brewing and distillery industry in New Mexico is growing, and Taos has joined the party known as “liquid tourism.” From the Taos institution, Eske’s Brew Pub to the popular Taos Mesa Brewery to the newest brewery on the scene, the award-winning Red River Brewing Company, there are excellent handcrafted beers and spirits around these parts that will make any palette smile.
Blue Heron Brewing Co.
2214 State Road 68, Rinconada
This family-owned brewery and tap room on the banks of the Río Grande was established in 2009. Check the website for live music and other special events.
Comanche Creek Brewing Co.
225 Comanche Creek Road, Eagle Nest
Think small-batch ambers, IPAs, porters, Kölsch and more made with pristine water flowing from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Comanche Creek Brewing Company, located just 2 miles north of Eagle Nest in the Moreno Valley, is family-owned.
Enchanted Circle Brewing Co.
20 Sage Lane, Angel Fire
The Enchanted Circle Brewing Company located along the Enchanted Circle is a split 10/20-bbl production brewery with a 75-seat tasting room that attracts beer fans seasonally at this Moreno Valley resort town.
Eske’s Brew Pub
106 Des Georges Place, Taos
A Taos classic for more than 25 years, this popular and well-established hangout, set back from the main drag, rotates small-batch microbrews.
Red River Brewing Company
217 West Main Street, Red River
Red River’s first and only brewery opened just this April. It recently won the New Mexico Brewery of the Year award by the New Mexico Restaurant Association.
Taos Mesa Brewing Co.
20 ABC Mesa Road, El Prado
The brewmasters at Taos Mesa Brewing have the goal of producing beers as iconic as Taos. Twelve distinct house beers are on tap at all times. TMB has a second Taos location: the Taos Tap Room near Taos Plaza on Paseo del Pueblo Sur. Check the website for live music and other special events.
183 Country Road 41, Alcalde
Heralded small-batch heirloom spirits such as Taos Lightning rye whiskey are handcrafted in the small town of Alcalde in between Santa Fe and Taos. Taos Lightning is the oldest spirit brand in America. It was originally distilled in 1820 by Simeon Turley of Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico. A popular whiskey among fur trappers, traders and Native Americans, it was sold in the Southwest until 1847, when Turley was killed during the Taos Pueblo Revolt. It can be purchased at The Cellar behind Cid’s Food Market on Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Walgreens and Albertsons.