Chama River Brewing Company
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 104
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
4.68/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Atmosphere- Place seems fairly high-end with wood and adobe being the main construction elements with a more formal carpeted side with booths and a more casual side with stained concrete floors and tables. Brew area is glassed in and I saw the brewer working while we ate. A number of big flat screen TVs were playing sports with no sound and a fairly good stream of mellow rock music was playing and a lot of old pictures on the wall to check out.
Quality- High marks here, all beers were fresh and of good quality, the place was clean and had good food. A lot of the beers used a Belgian yeast which gave some interesting flavors to some beers like the dunkle.
Service- We were well taken care of by our server who seemed to know beer, at least knew their beers. I got a half gallon growler which arrived with electrical tape sealing the cap, but the growler fizzed out anyway on the plane ride back. Fair warning for travelers.
Selection- 10 beers on tap made for a big sampler: golden lager, golden ale, honey wheat, amber, pale ale, porter, stout, dunkle, wit, IPA, a very nice range. Menu was a little small, but your standard range of choices was there.
Food- Had a green chili cheeseburger that was really big and pretty tasty. I recommend the sweet potato fries, they were really good!
Price- Moderate price, a touch high ($8.50 burger and fries) but very fair for the portions and quality
Big thumbs up, worth a visit!
08-26-2005 01:38:57 | More by HardTarget
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Each time I visit Chama River, I am impressed by how quickly I am seated and served. They have very good menu variety with some unique items and consistently excellent food quality. Try the blue cheese frites or ale fondue appetizers. They have very good prime rib, clams, and many other main course items. This is not just your average brew pub fare. The atmosphere is nice with a big open bar and a nice casual dining area. Their beers are typically very good to excellent. My only complaint here is that the beer tends to be served too cold by as much as 10 degrees, which requires letting it warm up significantly before tasting it.
06-16-2007 22:14:34 | More by walshclimb
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
"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
4.58/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
07-06-2003 13:51:08 | More by schoolcb
4.58/5 rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I'm in New Mexico on business and always like to check out the local breweries and brew pubs. I picked up my wife at the airport and headed over to Chama River for dinner. I had a coupon from Avis for a free 'suprise' and that turned out to be a 5-beer sampler. I tried three seasonals, none of which are listed on BeerAdvocate yet for review. I had the Class VI Lager, the Rio Lodo Brown, and the seasonals were an Extra Stout, Imperisl Red and a Raspberry Heffi. All were very good, but the food itself was exceptional. The nachos were some of the best I've had with actual chunks of roast beef included. I had the oven fried chicken with a honey-pecan glaze and my wife had the prime rib. No desert, but I did pick up a bomber of there High Five Anniversary Barleywine, which can only be purchased at the brewery and one other retail spot. I think I'm going to cellar that one for a while.
I highly recommend Chama River for the beer, the food and the atmosphere.
09-18-2010 14:29:57 | More by jcurtis55
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
09-10-2004 16:41:57 | More by Loki
4.53/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Great selection of beers. I had the Rye, which was one of the best I've had since Steelhead's in Eugene at the KLCC Brew Fest last February. Also had the Citra Red. Nice Citra hops taste, not as citrusy as at the Fresh Hops Fest in Eugene. Refills on growlers very reasonable. Less expensive than Oregon and a bit more than Montana. Take a growler when you go. Food also good. Altogether a great experience. Waiter, Eric, exceptionally informed about beers and beer culture. The deserts are to die for. Pinon pine nuts where great with the Citra.
12-12-2010 20:50:12 | More by mistaya
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
Chama River Brewing Company in Albuquerque, NM
92 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.