La Cumbre Brewing Company Red Ryeot, a 6.5% ABV Rye Beer
|Appearance||Ruby-colored with foamy tan head.|
|Aroma||Bright fruity hop notes with spicy rye.|
|Taste||Toasty, nutty malt balances fruity hop flavors. Rye pushes through with a pleasant spicy kick.|
|Mouthfeel||Medium bodied, bright carbonation.|
La Cumbre Master Brewer Jeff Erway and his wife Laura met over a beer and have traveled the country in search of good beer. They moved to Church Rock, New Mexico in 2002 to pursue teaching, but continued to travel dozens of states searching for great beers. They even traveled to England and Belgium for the beer.
After stopping at a homebrew store in Arizona and picking up a copy of John Palmer’s How To Brew, Jeff brewed feverishly for 3 years before deciding to leave his position as a music teacher. He went on to earn a degree from the American Brewers Guild and got his first brewing job at Chama River Brewing Company. In late 2009, he pursued his and Laura’s dream and opened La Cumbre Brewing Company.
La Cumbre Brewing Company celebrated 5 years in December 2015. When opening 5 years prior, La Cumbre was the first brewery to open in Albuquerque in nearly 2 ½ years. Elevated IPA became their flagship beer, and put La Cumbre on the beer map. They had three 15 barrel fermenters and two 15 barrel bright tanks.
La Cumbre has grown over the years, allowing them to expand their beer portfolio, as well as distribution. Their facility now holds three 120 barrel fermenters, six 60 barrel fermenters, four 30 barrel fermenters, two 15 barrel fermenters, a 120 barrel bright beer tank, two 60 barrel bright beer tanks, a 30 barrel bright beer tank, and two 15 barrel bright beer tanks.
Red Ryeot, a malted magic hop bomb, brings rich caramel and toasted malts together with flaked rye, balancing bitterness. Brewed with an onslaught of American hops, this brew is loaded with hop aroma and flavor. La Cumbre says, “You want a tame and subservient, spineless beer that takes orders well and doesn’t challenge anything or anyone? This ain’t it!”