Chama River Brewing Company
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Visited this large brewpub located right off the highway in dusty, windy Albuquerque last month while on business (actually in Santa Fe). New in appearance and looking somewhat like a Texas steakhouse, I looked forward to the visit and was not dissapointed. In case you've never been to New Mexico, there is precious little quality beer available. I don't think there's a single beer bar in the entire state, so you're left with a select few brewpubs such as this. A large outdoor fireplace and patio was found right at the entrance. Nice touch. The interior was large and roomy with a high post and beam ceiling and a sizeable rectangular bar dominating the space as you enter. The copper topped surface and tin ceiling over the bar made for a clean, attractive and pleasing atmoshere. I'm guessing the bar sat upwards of 40 people, it was just that big. A row of curved silver armed taps with uniform white handles were in the middle of the space within the rectangle. Two flat screens in the same space were perfectly located for viewing. The beer was well crafted. I enjoyed the Munchener Dunkel(5.3%) first. I then followed up with the Double IPA - "Dangerous Intentions, " which was served in a pint glass even at 8.4%. Grassy and herbal nose and aggessive hopping made this the best of the three. I also found the Broken Spoke Golden Ale crisp and refeshing. Efficient service from the barkeeps, too. All in all a solid brewpub in the high desert that is Albuquerque. Will visit again on my next business trip and stay at the best Embassy Suites I've been to right down the road.
04-10-2008 12:04:53 | More by jim102864
3.98/5 rDev -2.9%
Had the sampler on a Friday evening: The barleywine was the best of the bunch, also liked the ESB & IPA
The place reminded me of a upscale rock bottom in many ways. A little too fancy for me to be truly comfortable
Our waiter was great, very attentive, despite the fact it was a busy Friday night
Most of the beers were average to above average, but the barley wine was the only beer I'd call good.
9 beers on tap to include a farmhouse ale & a few lagers, not too mind blowing IMO
The food was pretty tasty albeit a bit pricey. The Chimchuri steak was tasty but smallish. Some nice regional touches.
Not a bad stop, but nothing to to get too excited about. I expected a little more from the beer to be honest
04-06-2008 23:24:39 | More by russpowell
3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
I was in Albuquerque a few months ago for a wedding, and Chama River looked like the place to go for a good brew. It has a somewhat modern look with a nice bar which is separated from the regular dining area. Not too busy early on a Friday Evening.
Our immediate party only went here because I recommended it. One of our party took the initiative to get us reservations because there were eight of us. When we showed up the hostess put two tables together, which would seat about six people comfortably. I was a bit put off by that and sternly asked her to pull up another table. It was apparent that they didn't want us to use up too many tables, but finally I persuaded her, and got dirty looks for the rest of the meal.
Ok, the brew, the original draw of the place. I had the IPA and the Stout. As someone mentioned, these are both very good brews, and made up for the lack of service. If I had to choose, I would pick the IPA, as it seemed a bit more robust than the stout, but that's just personal preference. The tasty brews went a long way in making up for the service.
The food was very good, and we all left satiated. I even got a few of my party to try the Stout after they finished their Coors Lights. They enjoyed the craft brew experience. Overall it was a good experience despite the service. One which I will repeat the next time I'm in Albuquerque.
03-21-2008 18:39:00 | More by stephens101
3.6/5 rDev -12.2%
We managed to make it here twice during our trip to the southwest. Atmosphere was welcoming, a little classy, with a nice bar that had chromed cobra taps, and a fountain in the seating area. A bit tricky to find, though. Plan on dodging one-way streets and driving 'round in circles a bit.
A few notable beers, especially their IPA-- nice, golden/amber with a great citrus/floral bouquet. Very drinkable. Also worth trying is the stout-- a hearty, thick bit of deliciousness that had notes of chocolate and coffee, great mouthfeel. Good selection overall, with a few seasonals on tap, too.
Don't expect much from the service, however... seemingly unattentive. I would suggest sitting at the bar where service managers are present.
Food was pretty good. It's nice to see a brewpub that doesn't just serve up brewpub food. Some items were poorly executed, but my girl had the ribs, and said "the meat falls right off the bone."
Had a long flight and need a beer? Go check out Chama.
11-11-2007 01:51:29 | More by breadnerd
4.63/5 rDev +12.9%
Each time I visit Chama River, I am impressed by how quickly I am seated and served. They have very good menu variety with some unique items and consistently excellent food quality. Try the blue cheese frites or ale fondue appetizers. They have very good prime rib, clams, and many other main course items. This is not just your average brew pub fare. The atmosphere is nice with a big open bar and a nice casual dining area. Their beers are typically very good to excellent. My only complaint here is that the beer tends to be served too cold by as much as 10 degrees, which requires letting it warm up significantly before tasting it.
06-16-2007 22:14:34 | More by walshclimb
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
My wife and I went here in mid-March and was very impressed as my ratings reflect. The interior is wonderful. Vaulted ceiling, a huge open bar and a fountain off to the right.We started with their sampler of ten beers. There was six regulars and four seasonals. We were very impressed with the stout and the i.p.a.. The server hovered alittle, but knew the beers well and was very quick with any request. The entrees were served in a timely manner and were hot. Don't miss the desserts. We both had the cappuccino creme brule and it was incredible.
04-25-2007 17:16:34 | More by weknowmatt
4.6/5 rDev +12.2%
"An oasis for beer in the Southwest".
Located unassumingly in the middle of a busy strip-mall area of town, I was happily surprised to find Chama River. It was so good! I was really surprised to find it in Albuquerque and would recommend it for anyone who goes there in the future. I sat at the bar, which was copper and wood. It had a very modern/swanky atmosphere (there was a large bronze sculpture/fountain in the doorway). I got to talk to the brewer, who recommended the Weizenbock and the Imperial Red as their two newest seasonals on tap. And wow. They were the best beers Ive had on this trip, hands down. Eventually one of the other brewers came out and talked to me for a while, because I apparently attract attention with my beer-reviewing notebook. The staff was exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable. They also had an extensive and good menu I had the bbq beef sandwich and sweet potato fries which were good.
03-13-2007 00:53:35 | More by kdoc8
4.63/5 rDev +12.9%
Chama River Brewing Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico is one of my favorite places. It's easy to find; just a stone's throw north on Hwy 25 from ABQ International and Kirtland AFB. I've had the opportunity to visit just under 100 brewpubs in 12 different states now and CRBC really stands out. It's newer, upscale and very comfortable. As with any really great place, the staff was excellent; very attentive and well informed. I've eaten dinner there twice. The Tenderloin and the Chimichurri Steak dinners were both excellent. The Jack Rabbit IPA is good but Dangerous Intentions Pale Ale is a real treat and will keep you coming back. I highly recommend that you pay them a visit if you're planning a trip to ABQ.
02-03-2007 23:32:10 | More by jjayjaye
4.14/5 rDev +1%
We stopped by during a trip to NM for Balloon Fiesta and visiting family. This is a nice place, fairly busy. We were there on Wednesday evening which is $2 pint night, a great deal, and on a Tuesday for regular beer prices ($3.75/pint) which is still a good price. There was a decent mix of people all enjoying the beer plus a good portion eating. The food looked good but we didn't try any.
The only downside (from their standpoint) was that the servers were not accurate in accounting for all of the beer served. We were given a "free" beer because they missed it on the bill. We paid them for it anyway.
We'll stop by the next time we're in ABQ.
10-21-2006 13:14:39 | More by ruleof72
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
I stopped here at the end of my New Mexico tour based on the revies from this site. It is on the chain row right next to I-25 a bit north of Albq. The place is very open with plenty of tables and a big bar. I sat at the bar. I had the double IPA first which was very good, nice floral hops with an excellent malt background, very well balanced. Next I had the Hefewiesen, which was also very good, great smells. banana and clove. I ordered the filet and it came with a mushroom side in a red wine reduction that was awesome. The steak was done perfectly and the other side, of smashed potatoes was exellent. I was very impressedy by the food. I wanted to try the barleywine and I asked the bartender for a taste and he poured me a good 5-6 oz, without charging me, very nice. The only down side was the people sitting next to me talking about how you have to try the beer that tastes just like Bud Light. Very good beer, excellent food, and with my bartender great service.
04-15-2006 01:24:49 | More by orsulacp
Chama River Brewing Company in Albuquerque, NM
91 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.