Chama River Brewing Company

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Chama River Brewing CompanyChama River Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.79/5
Based on:
24 Beers
64 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 35
Visits: 51
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4939 Pan American Fwy NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87109-2230
United States
phone: (505) 342-1800

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @chamariverbrew

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Reviews: 35 | Visits: 51
Photo of bradybeer
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited Chama River Brewing on a chilly Tuesday night. The brewpub is located on, what is essentially, a chain restaurant row near a high tech office park.

The door is not located at the front but is on the side-you must walk through a patio with a fireplace to get to the door. When I first walked in I wasn’t struck by the fact that I was in a brewpub. Dinning is to the right and the bar to the left.

The ambiance here is upscale yuppie-the place was full of office workers and business types-I included among these. Not my kind of place to kick back and relax-have to pose too much.

The service was good and quick once I was noticed.

With about 8-10 beers on tap I tried 10oz pulls of:

Chamafest ABV 5.9. This Oktoberfest style ale was a little too sweet for my tastes-it could have used a little more hop character. Not a terrible beer-but not one I would try again.

Jack Rabbit IPA. As others have commented in their reviews this beer is light on hops for the style. Not that it wasn’t a beer I could have a few of-but one which needs a boost of hops.

Mal Pais Stout ABV 5.0- This was an excellent stout-something between a Foreign Export and a Dry Stout-this according to the local Brewpaper-I happen to agree. This beer was brewed by the winner of a local homebrew competition. Fantastic beer.

Still full from lunch I opted for a dessert of Espresso Crème Brule which was an excellent companion to the Mal Pais Stout.

I liked this place and wouldn’t hesitate to suggest having a beer and a bite to eat with friends or the in-laws-however this would not be my local- I prefer a more laid back establishment with less yuppies. (1,664 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere- Place seems fairly high-end with wood and adobe being the main construction elements with a more formal carpeted side with booths and a more casual side with stained concrete floors and tables. Brew area is glassed in and I saw the brewer working while we ate. A number of big flat screen TVs were playing sports with no sound and a fairly good stream of mellow rock music was playing and a lot of old pictures on the wall to check out.

Quality- High marks here, all beers were fresh and of good quality, the place was clean and had good food. A lot of the beers used a Belgian yeast which gave some interesting flavors to some beers like the dunkle.

Service- We were well taken care of by our server who seemed to know beer, at least knew their beers. I got a half gallon growler which arrived with electrical tape sealing the cap, but the growler fizzed out anyway on the plane ride back. Fair warning for travelers.

Selection- 10 beers on tap made for a big sampler: golden lager, golden ale, honey wheat, amber, pale ale, porter, stout, dunkle, wit, IPA, a very nice range. Menu was a little small, but your standard range of choices was there.

Food- Had a green chili cheeseburger that was really big and pretty tasty. I recommend the sweet potato fries, they were really good!

Price- Moderate price, a touch high ($8.50 burger and fries) but very fair for the portions and quality

Big thumbs up, worth a visit! (1,447 characters)

Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

03/29/05:

Decided to visit again since they have changed their name from Blue Corn Cafe to Chama River. The have changed the format also, went from southwest flare to an uncommonly good steakhouse. Still very casual and reasonable prices but the menu is impressive and the steaks are fantastic.

Same brewer but they have expanded the brewing capacity and the quality of the beers seems to have improved. Upped their taps to 10 on tap at a time.

Closed in the patio and made that area somewhat of a cigar bar now. Definitely spent some bucks upgrading the interior, real nice atmosphere now!

I will definitely spend more time there!

12/05/04:
I have visited Blue Corn several times since moving here, and I have yet to be impressed with the food. basically the food is just marginal when compared to other southwestern cuisine present in the area. Fortunately I hear that they are converting the Albuquerque location to more of an upscale steak house.

As for their beers, their regular lineup beers (Atomic Blonde, End of Trail Brown, High Altitude pale, etc) are just moderately good and haven't warranted my returning often. However, their specials or seasonals seem to be of much higher caliper. There Pumpkin Ale and Jack Rabbit IPA were quite the step up from their regulars.
I will continue to frequent Blue Corn if only to try whatever seasonal they happen to have at the moment. (1,406 characters)

Photo of Loki
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited Blue Corn thanks to Beerfly and a recommendation by Guslter, definiately worth the trip. Especially if the DIPA is available, talk about fresh hops smell!

Atmosphere: Laid back, yet still lively. Very well lit, super clean, nice view of the rather small brewing area by the bar. The bartender thought they had a 10 barrel system, but they were going to double the size very soon.

Quality: They had twelve taps with at least eight available at that time of their fantastic beer. Didn't look to see what else they had beer wise.

Service: Very friendly, very quickly, very personable and knowledgable. You can't really ask for much more.

Selection: A very wide variety of their beers. They had a Hefe, Saison, Weisebock, Stout, Double IPA, and some others.

Food: Great southwestern style food, with some other choices. I had the Santa Fe Sampler which was fantastic. If you like chilis or spice ask for your food "Christmas" you won't regret it. (965 characters)

Photo of schoolcb
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

What a gem in the middle of the desert! I talked my family, while on vacation, into having dinner at Blue Corn so I could sample their beer. They all made an ugly face when I told them it was a brewpub. Not only was the beer fantastic (they had 9 on-tap) but the food (mexican style) was also a hit, and everyone in my family said they were happy we'd given them a try. I had a sample of every beer they had on-tap at the time, and won't go into details about each of them, however will say that they were all good, and a few of them superb. (541 characters)

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Chama River Brewing Company in Albuquerque, NM
92 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.