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:
3.43/5 rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$
Visited here while on business last week. I enjoyed two of the beers, their Sleeping Dog Stout and one of their Ales, the name of which escapes me.
I thought both beers were very good. Unfortunately, this was a business dinner and I did not take specific notes. However, I would definitely go back if in the area again for the beer.
The food was a different story. We shared appetizers (wings, nachos, calamari) and they were good, about what you would expect as typical bar fare.
I had a NY strip steak which was average at best, as was the accompanying side dish. At $30, this seemed like a rip-off to me.
Long story short, I'd be back for the beer in a heartbeat, but I would not eat here.
05-11-2009 21:07:22 | More by mphopkins99
3.48/5 rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
The location of Chama River is odd. It can been seen off the interstate however difficult to get there for anyone who is not familiar with ABQ. You must turn on Jefferson and then take the frontage road on the west side of the interstate. It is one way heading south.
Once there you are faced with a sea of compact car parking spaces. The building is well maintained, with a patio facing the mountains. The bar is to the left, with several seperated areas of seating, which probably helps keep noise down. The bar is dark brown wood and copper. The ceiling is also copper stamped reminescent of late 1800's early 1900's. It felt like a synthesis of brewpub and Santa Fe snob.
I sat at the bar. The place was slow and so was the service. The bartender didn't seem to want to be there. I had to ask twice for a lunch menu.
I had the lunch special which was a lamb curry pot pie and salad ($10.00). The salad was very fresh and presented perfectly. I had the chipolte vingerette, which was spicy yet flavorful. The pot pie could have used a little more curry for me. I was presented well using a puff pastry covering an oval dish. Food service was fast, and the server was polite. There was however no follow up.
Now for the brew. I tasted the IPA and either I wasn't in the mood for it or something because I was unimpressed. I had heard good things about it. I decided to have a 16 oz Hefeweisen ($3.97). It seeemed to follow the traditional Hefe recipe. It started with a banana-vanilla note. The taste was an average Hefe. I really like Hefe's. This one I could take or leave.
Overall I'll return to Chama River when in ABQ.
05-26-2008 16:35:54 | More by chileman13
3.6/5 rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited Chama River Brewing on a chilly Tuesday night. The brewpub is located on, what is essentially, a chain restaurant row near a high tech office park.
The door is not located at the front but is on the side-you must walk through a patio with a fireplace to get to the door. When I first walked in I wasnt struck by the fact that I was in a brewpub. Dinning is to the right and the bar to the left.
The ambiance here is upscale yuppie-the place was full of office workers and business types-I included among these. Not my kind of place to kick back and relax-have to pose too much.
The service was good and quick once I was noticed.
With about 8-10 beers on tap I tried 10oz pulls of:
Chamafest ABV 5.9. This Oktoberfest style ale was a little too sweet for my tastes-it could have used a little more hop character. Not a terrible beer-but not one I would try again.
Jack Rabbit IPA. As others have commented in their reviews this beer is light on hops for the style. Not that it wasnt a beer I could have a few of-but one which needs a boost of hops.
Mal Pais Stout ABV 5.0- This was an excellent stout-something between a Foreign Export and a Dry Stout-this according to the local Brewpaper-I happen to agree. This beer was brewed by the winner of a local homebrew competition. Fantastic beer.
Still full from lunch I opted for a dessert of Espresso Crème Brule which was an excellent companion to the Mal Pais Stout.
I liked this place and wouldnt hesitate to suggest having a beer and a bite to eat with friends or the in-laws-however this would not be my local- I prefer a more laid back establishment with less yuppies.
11-16-2005 16:29:59 | More by bradybeer
3.6/5 rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
3.7/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was in Albuquerque a few months ago for a wedding, and Chama River looked like the place to go for a good brew. It has a somewhat modern look with a nice bar which is separated from the regular dining area. Not too busy early on a Friday Evening.
Our immediate party only went here because I recommended it. One of our party took the initiative to get us reservations because there were eight of us. When we showed up the hostess put two tables together, which would seat about six people comfortably. I was a bit put off by that and sternly asked her to pull up another table. It was apparent that they didn't want us to use up too many tables, but finally I persuaded her, and got dirty looks for the rest of the meal.
Ok, the brew, the original draw of the place. I had the IPA and the Stout. As someone mentioned, these are both very good brews, and made up for the lack of service. If I had to choose, I would pick the IPA, as it seemed a bit more robust than the stout, but that's just personal preference. The tasty brews went a long way in making up for the service.
The food was very good, and we all left satiated. I even got a few of my party to try the Stout after they finished their Coors Lights. They enjoyed the craft brew experience. Overall it was a good experience despite the service. One which I will repeat the next time I'm in Albuquerque.
03-21-2008 18:39:00 | More by stephens101
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Got the rec to go here from Rblwthacoz. As a bit of a Albuquerque swami he said this was better tha Kelly's and I think I agree with him.
Chamas is located right off of I25 just north of downtown. They have outside seating with a good view of the mountains and a nice outdoor fireplace by the entrance. When you walk in there are booths to the right, a long U shaped bar right ahead and tables to the far left. There also is another private room which looks onto the brew tanks. The bar itself is mainly dark brown wood and looks nice without being cheesy. The copper ceiling tiles are a nice touch.
The beers themselves were all above average for brew pub fare. I had their IPA, Brown Ale and Stout which were all very good. They had around 10 of their own beers on tap all of which were fresh. I didn't see any other beers available but I did not really look.
Foodwise they do an upscale pub type of thing. I had a bowl of chili and their house salad. The chili was good but nothing mind blowing. There were a number of other entrees available such as coffee crusted pork chops, squash pasta and some more typical pub stuff.
Service was mediocre at best. The bartender really wasn't attentive or friendly but he did check in every so often. The bill was about $24 for three beers and the two food items which I supposeis expensive for NM, but wasnt bad for me.
All in all Chama's is a good place to grab a brew and some dinner.
05-07-2008 04:08:07 | More by sleazo
Chama River Brewing Company in Albuquerque, NM
92 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.