Driving to Rio Rancho as a longtime Nob Hill resident is a quest for me. A 30-minute drive can seem like an hour with traffic. Rarely do I find myself over there, but when I do, I hit up one of my all-time Rio faves, Turtle Mountain Brewing Company.

Turtle Mountain doesn’t contain a wide variety of brews—and that may be off-putting to some—but it works in their favor. Turtle puts quality over quantity in its selection. Beers like their Wooden Teeth American Lager and their Widespread Haze are two of their best beers. Both crispy and refreshing beers with a Turtle twist.

When you go to a brewpub, you’re going to want quality beers to match the food, right? Well, this place gots the stuff. Turtle offers a wide variety of pizza! From the Ojo Caliente ($12) to the Chimayo ($12), they make some pretty legitimate wood-fired pizza. Try the Buckhorn ($14); it’s a delicious take on the buffalo chicken pizza that will entice your senses into indulging in another slice.

Their menu also features tasty calzones. If you’ve got an appetite, the Manzano ($13), which contains a gooey mess of ricotta and mozzarella, stuffed with Italian sausage, green chile and mushrooms. If you finish it, you’ll need to undo a button or two. If the pizza and calzone are a little too much, a simple green chile burger also pairs well with a pint.

Turtle Mountain was an idea curated by Nico Ortiz after he lived in Germany for a few years. Now that Ortiz has established one of the tastier spots across the river, it’s a great place to gather for some good brews paired with pretty filling eats.

Turtle Mountain Brewery

905 36th Pl SE

Neighborhood: Rio Rancho

Category: Brewery

Phone: (505) 994-9497

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Cade Guererro

Cade is young journalist who has worked at publication in Austin, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. He focuses on the cultural topics of Albuquerque.

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