By Dillon Cullinan
Deep into the pink hue of another New Mexico sunset I walked past the old warehouses of northern downtown. I soon happened upon the vast and impressive entrance to Bow and Arrow Brewing Company (602 McKnight Ave NW Albuquerque, New Mexico) which is outfitted with bright red lights and a welcoming patio area.
I walked past the packed patio into what I’d never seen in an Albuqerque Brewery: a line. While in line I could see what the wait was for. A massive taproom complete with long communal tables, warm lighting, and a hospitable and exciting atmosphere.
This place immediately reminded me of breweries in San Diego, a bit reminiscent of a smaller version of Ballast Point or Stone Brewing. To me Bow and Arrow nails what a lot of local breweries aim for is a hospitable and fun environment.
I found myself a beer menu that had beautiful descriptiions of their selection. My first instinct at a new brewery is to go for the least common beer. In this case it was their Sun Dagger, a Belgian-Style Saison.
As promised it was both tart, complex, and nothing short of refreshing. It made me look forward to the warmer weather. I will certainly be back on a warm spring night sipping on one of these soon.